From the Archive: Episode 9: Doctor Who Season 12 Blu-Ray Edition!

From the Archive

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The PMF Grumpcast V – The Omnirumour (part 2)

The Grumpcasters conclude their discussion about the Omnirumour and reasons to be optimistic about our prospects for the return of more missing Doctor Who. Servo also froths about Australia, Richard is oddly pink and Eric can’t stop saying verisimilitude when talking about the rumours.

Don’t mention mock accents. We did it once, but I think we got away with it. Yak yak yak!

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Doctor Who Magazine 527

Doctor Who Magazine No. 527

DOCTOR WHO STARS WENDY PADBURY, CAROLE ANN FORD AND SOPHIE ALDRED TALK EXCLUSIVELY IN DWM!

Wendy Padbury, who played Second Doctor companion Zoe, recalls how the part she played in Doctor Who was ahead of its time: “She was a strong character for the period. I didn’t quite realise at the time … She thought she was cleverer than the Doctor, brighter. Zoe would never get offended by the Doctor; she knows she’s the brightest and doesn’t see what the problem is. I’ve met two or three people who became astrophysicists because of Zoe, and that’s quite a thing. It’s amazing how the show has that influence. Extraordinary.”

As her character returns for Big Finish’s Class, Sophie Aldred reflects on playing Ace alongside the Seventh Doctor: “I know some Doctor Who assistants weren’t happily served by their characters or by their writers, but I was so well served, at that early age, by everyone around me. I was given a lot of chance for my own input, I was allowed to make my own choices about how to play her, and that was amazing, when I think about being 24 and let loose on one of the most-loved programmes on TV. It gave me a lot of confidence, I think.”

Meanwhile, Carole Ann Ford, who played the First Doctor’s granddaughter Susan, says she would most like to meet… “Jodie Whittaker. I really would like to meet her. Wouldn’t it be fun?! What would I say to her? “Hello grandma!” Jodie’s got a very strong presence. I saw the moment she arrived [in Twice Upon a Time]… The TARDIS is spinning around in space now, but in my time, in the olden days, you could never have the doors of the TARDIS opening in space while it was in flight.

Also in this issue…

BACK TO SCHOOL
Class cast members Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Vivian Oparh and Jordan Renzo, and composer Blair Mowat, talk about the spin-off series’ new audio adventures at Big Finish.

LONDON, 1965!
An inside look at Twitch’s viewing marathon which is live-streaming over 500 episodes of Doctor Who‘s original 1963-89 run.

GLASGOW’S POLICE BOXES
One man’s mission to save the disappearing police boxes from the streets of Glasgow.

NEW DOCTORS
The third part of our series of articles looking back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public.

WHO, ME
Australian comedian Rob Lloyd tells DWM about his Doctor Who themed show Who, Me.

THE MAN WHO SAVED THE DOCTOR
A tribute to Graham Strong, the man who made soundtrack recordings of 1960s Doctor Who.

THE CLOCKWISE WAR
Part Four of The Clockwise War, our new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

TIME TEAM
The Time Team takes a virtual trip to Gallifrey, watching three adventures set on the Doctor’s home planet: 1969’s The War Games, 1976’s The Deadly Assassin and 2015’s Hell Bent.

THE FACT OF FICTION
This issue’s Fact of Fiction delves into the 2010 Eleventh Doctor story The Vampires of Venice.

VORTEX MANIPULATOR
We show you how to make Captain Jack Harkness’ favourite gadget in a simple step-by-step guide.

PLUS…
The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 527 is on sale from Thursday 28 June, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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The PMF Grumpcast IV – The Omnirumour (part 1)

Eric’s having bad dreams again, but Mike and Richard are on hand to distract him by chatting about the history of Missing Episodes. The Grumpcasters then tackle the Omnirumour and the prospects of getting more material back from Mr Morris, in the first of a two part special (Can we call all of them specials and get away with it?) Eh, nice one la’!

Part 2 coming soon!

Here’s the link to the Graham Strong fundraiser

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The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future

The Essential Doctor Who Adventures in the Future

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future

Doctor Who’s predictions of the future have depicted the destruction of planet Earth and the ultimate collapse of the universe. Alien superpowers have subjugated star systems and galactic empires have fallen, leaving only a few witnesses to the end of time itself. This lavish publication sets the TARDIS co-ordinates for a journey into this dangerous realm, exploring landmark episodes and meeting the talents who brought them to the screen. Packed full of exclusive features, including a wealth of previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the series’ greatest futuristic adventures.

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in the Future is on sale from 14 June 2018, priced £9.99. It’s also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who Magazine 526

Doctor Who Magazine #526

TOM BAKER REVISITS HIS FIRST SERIES AS THE DOCTOR IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

As part of DWM’s detailed preview of the forthcoming Season 12 Blu-ray set, Tom Baker reflects on the role that changed his life. “You know, Doctor Who is nothing to do with science fiction,” he says. “It’s nothing to do with anything. It’s a bit like religion really, in that all you have to do is believe it. And I can believe any old nonsense.”

Also in this issue…

ROGER MURRAY-LEACH
An extensive interview with the production designer who achieved the impossible on Season 12 of Doctor Who.

THE HOLMES MASTER PLAN
How Season 12 script editor Robert Holmes created a storytelling formula that continues to influence the modern series.

KEVIN LINDSAY
The life and career of the Australian actor who played Styre in Season 12’s The Sontaran Experiment.

BREWING UP
The untold story of how Doctor Who led a marketing campaign for tea bags in 1976.

GEORGIA TENNANT
The actress talks about how her life has changed since she made her Doctor Who debut – and met her future husband – in 2008.

JESSICA MARTIN
Jessica talks about illustrating her character Mags (from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) for a new Seventh Doctor comic.

NEW FACES
The second part of a series looking at how new Doctors have been introduced to the public.

THE TIME TEAM
It’s hankies at the ready as the Time Team watch tearjerking episodes from 1982, 2006 and 2010.

THE CLOCKWISE WAR
Part Three of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross.

PLUS…
The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 526 is on sale from Thursday 31 May, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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The PMF Grumpcast III – MOFFHACK

Despite the original episode 3 being stolen to order, Eric, Servo and Richard re-record and review the entire Moffat era in a distinctly low brow and shallow way. They’re even nice about bits of it… bits.

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Doctor Who Magazine 525

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From scenes which didn’t make the final cut to characters who were completely edited out… Issue 525 of Doctor Who Magazine brings you the best bits of Doctor Who you never got to see!

Doctor Who Magazine 525 also includes:

• An interview with Will Oswald, an editor on Doctor Who from 2007 to 2017

DWM chats to Michelle Ryan about the return of her character Lady Christina de Souza

• The Time Team returns – and they’ve regenerated!

Out of the TARDIS with Janet Fielding, who played 80s companion Tegan

• A look back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public

• Jamie Lenman’s cosplay quest to recreate the Fourth Doctor’s scarf

• Part Two of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill

The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2009 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Dead

• Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine is on sale from Thursday 3 May at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £5.99. It’s also available digitally from pocketmags.com

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL 49 – IN THE STUDIO

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In 1963 Sydney Newman and Donald Wilson devised an ambitious concept that would stretch the BBC’s technical resources to the limit. In its earliest days Doctor Who was jeopardised by a fierce dispute over facilities. The programme survived, but never stopped demanding the very best from its studios and dedicated crews.

The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition tells the story of the series’ sometimes difficult evolution from relatively primitive beginnings to the cutting edge of modern television production.

Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the ultimate guide to the studio recording and filming of Doctor Who.

Highlights include:

Sections on all of Doctor Who’s major studios: Lime Grove, Ealing, Riverside, Television Centre, Unit Q2, Upper Boat and Roath Lock

  • How the original TARDIS control room was recreated for Twice Upon a Time
  • A tribute to senior camera supervisor Alec Wheal
  • Exclusive interviews with second-unit director James DeHaviland and vintage camera expert Dicky Howett
  • A guide to Doctor Who’s rehearsal rooms
  • The story behind the black-and- white remake of 2006 episode Tooth and Claw
  • Rare images from the Visual Effects Department’s model stages

Doctor Who: In the Studio is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £5.99. It’s also available digitally from pocketmags.com

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who Magazine 524

Doctor Who Mag 524

RUSSELL T DAVIES, STEVEN MOFFAT, PAUL CORNELL AND JENNY T COLGAN DISCUSS THEIR NEW TARGET BOOKS IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE

Steven Moffat tells DWM: “I asked [Russell] why he was doing a novelisation, and he said, ‘Because when we’re very old, this will matter more to us than the show.’ Well, fair enough. But also, The Day of the Doctor was such a monster of a show to do, and almost certainly the biggest success I’ll ever have – so I wasn’t letting someone else do the final lap!”

Also in this issue…

RUSSELL T DAVIES
The former showrunner returns to write this issue’s Production Notes column.

GALLIFREY ONE
Inside the Los Angeles convention that’s renowned as one of the greatest Doctor Who events in the world.

DOCTOR WHO INFINITY
An exclusive preview of the ambitious new game starring Michelle Gomez as Missy and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood.

OUT OF THE TARDIS
Impressionist and Doctor Who fan Jon Culshaw answers randomly selected questions from the TARDIS tin.

PETER MILES
The life and career of the actor who played Nyder in the classic 1975 story Genesis of the Daleks.

BBC RECORDS & TAPES
All the Doctor Who releases from the record company run by the BBC from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.

DOCTOR WHO LOGOS
The untold story behind the creation of Doctor Who’s 2010-17 logo.

KLAUS JOYNSON
The DJ and drummer is interviewed about his remarkable Doctor Who-themed album New Adventures in Time & Space.

COSPLAY
Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying the Doctor’s distinctive orange spacesuit.

THE FACT OF FICTION
Exploring the hidden depths to the 2015 story Sleep No More.

THE CLOCKWISE WAR
Part one of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross.

PLUS…
News, previews, book and audio reviews, competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 524 is on sale now, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who Magazine 523

Doctor Who Mag 523

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NEW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MATT STREVENS IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE

Matt Strevens – who also produced An Adventure in Space and Time – is working alongside Chris Chibnall to bring the 2018 series of Doctor Who to our screens. “You get to ask for a new TARDIS and cast a new Doctor – the childhood me could never have imagined it.”

Also in this issue…

CHRIS CHIBNALL
Doctor Who’s showrunner discusses the new logo and remembers his years as a teenage
fan.

MICHELLE GOMEZ
Michelle reflects on her time playing Missy in this exclusive interview.

OUT OF THE TARDIS
Dan ‘Strax’ Starkey answers randomly selected questions from the TARDIS tin.

DAVID FISHER
A tribute to the late writer, whose stories include The Stones of BloodThe Leisure Hive and the original version of City of Death.

DOCTOR WHO LOGOS
New insights and previously unseen images from the designers who created one of Doctor Who’s best-known logos.

JACOB DUDMAN
An interview with the actor and YouTube star, acclaimed for his uncanny Doctor Who
impressions.

DALEKS IN MILWAUKEE
The inside story of a unique record-breaking attempt.

RICHARD DeDOMENICI
How and why did this performance artist recreate the 1973 story Frontier in Space in its
original location?

COSPLAY
Christel Dee’s guide to making your own Time Lord collar.

THE FACT OF FICTION
Exploring the 2011 story The Doctor’s Wife.

THE PHANTOM PIPER
The final instalment of this comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

PLUS…
The Blogs of Doom, season survey results, previews, book and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine issue 523 is on sale now, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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The PMF Grumpcast II – Grumpcast of the World: Special Edition

After a failed interview with the super special guest, Eric, Richard and Servo play Parse the Parcel, take a look at The Enemy of the World Special Edition and have a few titters along the way.

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REVIEW – SERPENT IN THE SILVER MASK

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“So we’re stowaways?”

“I prefer the term surprise guests.”

 Ooh, I do like a good whodunnit. Mix in some SF, and the result can be great. But you have to be careful to play fair with the reader/listener. Your audience should have a chance to solve the mystery ahead of your sleuth – (their reaction when the culprit is revealed should be “Of course, how could I have missed that?” rather than “Huh?”) And of course this becomes even trickier when there is the possibility that some futuristic technology was used to carry off the perfect crime. Isaac Asimov managed to pull off classic SF whodunnits in “The Caves of Steel” and “The Naked Sun”, and Larry Niven has done so in numerous short stories. They succeeded because despite the futuristic setting, the solutions always relied on things the reader knew, not just the characters and their motives, but relevant facts about the operation of matter transmitters and the Three Laws of Robotics.

 Does “Serpent” manage the same standard? Well, not quite, but it does quite well.

 Like “The End of the World”, it’s set in an ideal situation for a murder mystery – a space station which no one can enter or leave, in which members of a rich family have gathered for the funeral of one of their little-loved members, and more importantly to find out who inherits his fortune. Almost as soon as the will has been read, his relatives start being murdered in rapid succession. It looks as though the goal is the inheritance, but is that answer too easy? After all, the obvious suspect will clearly be the last man (or woman) standing. Maybe the money is a distraction and the real objective is possession of a painting rescued from the Second World War by a time travelling archaeologist, which has mysteriously gone missing…

 I found this great fun, with the same TARDIS crew as ‘Ghost Walk” investigating while, of course, coming under suspicion themselves. The Doctor claims to be ideally placed to play detective because he’s “read every Agatha Christie from cover to cover” – I suspect he isn’t including the Mary Westmacotts or the adventures of  Mr Harley Quin (yes, I’m afraid I actually have read every Christie) – and this adventure is, indeed, rather reminiscent of her works, with a cast of somewhat stereotyped (but amusing) suspects, and the murders suitably cunning. And without giving anything away, the culprit (or culprits) do, in fact, use a plot device that appears in at least one Christie whodunnit.

 So, why the “not quite” above? I will try to tread carefully here, not wishing to spoil anything for anyone, and just say that the solution was rather too convoluted, and the important twist involved rather more technobabble than it should have done – both in my opinion, of course. So, if you want to work out how various things were done ahead of the big reveals, well, the answer to one of the minor puzzles is blindingly obvious (and I can only assume the investigating office had never been on a space station before, since he completely missed it), while the answer to the main crime will involve careful attention to details, and possibly a few leaps of the imagination.

 That said, this is in many ways a classic Dr Who scenario, and none the worse for it. The cast carry off their roles with their usual flair, the incidental music has an 80s Who vibe, the pacing is good, there is plenty of humour and a small dash of social comment. The setting didn’t grab my imagination to the same extent as the one in “Ghost Walk” but a space station, even one with every luxury on tap, inevitably tends to come across as a little sterile.

 8/10 – recommended, with a couple of minor caveats.

Written by Liz R

Synopsis

This title was released in March 2018. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until April 30th 2018, and on general sale after this date.

You are cordially invited to Argentia, the galaxy’s most exclusive tax haven, to attend the funeral of mining magnate Carlo Mazzini. The memorial service will be followed by music, light refreshments, and murder!

Carlo’s heirs have come to say their final goodbyes (and find out how much they’ve inherited) but when a masked killer begins picking them off one by one, Argentia goes into lock-down, closed off behind its own temporal displacement field.

Can the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric apprehend the murderer before Argentia – and everyone on board – is forever cut off from the rest of the Universe?

Written By: David Llewellyn
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards

Cast

Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Samuel West (The Mazzini Family), Phil Cornwell (Superintendent Galgo / Zaleb 5), Sophie Winkleman (Sofia). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Guy Adams
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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The PMF Grumpcast

Eric and Servo take an often cheesed-off look at TUAT (however that’s pronounced), the politics of Moffat, the next Doctor, collecting the Target books and upcoming releases then take a deep dive into the dreaded Omnirumour… and all in under an hour.

Thanks to Ericthehalfabee and Servorobot

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REVIEW – GHOST WALK

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“This is how the world ends, Leanne – on a rainy day.”

There is something lurking in the catacombs beneath the city, something that may or may not be supernatural. Leanne runs a Ghost Walk. She takes tourists to visit the most haunted sites – the Hanging Yard, the Witch Pool, and the catacombs. Like any tour guide, she tries to make the experience as spooky as possible, but doesn’t herself believe a word of it – until she starts to hear a voice inside her head telling her that something sinister is going on, something which could lead to the above quote coming true.

The voice may or may not be a ghost – but listeners will immediately recognise it as the Fifth Doctor.
And so begins a clever, tense story that cuts back and forth between the present and the 18th century, that has lashings of atmosphere, pace and characterisation, especially from Fenella Woolgar as Leanne. And despite the fact that we think we know what ultimately becomes of Tegan, Nyssa and Adric, not to mention the Doctor himself, one of the sign of how good the writing is are the moments where I was genuinely wondering how they’d get out of this one.
The companions all get a piece of the action and come across well, but the highlights are Leanne and the Doctor. If you thought that Peter Davison was a bit too young for the role at the time, as he himself does, then it’s nice to see, or at least hear, the “grown up” version. Despite his apparently ghostly status, the Doctor isn’t a passive witness to events, getting in some timey-wimey shenanigans and a bit of bricklaying, amongst other things.

We have, of course, been over somewhat similar ground before. “The Daemons” came to mind in places (at one point I was wrongly convinced that a certain character would turn out to be the Master). However, that is almost inevitable given the programme’s long history, and “Ghost Walk” certainly has enough that makes it different, including the delightful idea of “Schrödinger’s Doctor” – about which I will say no more (or will I?)

Another tribute to the writing (perhaps a bit back-handed) is that certain things that might easily have jarred were carried off with sufficient aplomb to be overlooked, at least by this reviewer. Comparing psychic projection with email – “I’m the Doctor. I’m the link you shouldn’t click” made me LOL rather than cringe, and a few historical anachronisms that may have grated in the hands of a lesser writer just raised a smile (torches and pitchforks? Ducking stools being used on witches?) This was helped by the fact that they weren’t gratuitous, but vital to the story – as were all the tourists’ destinations mentioned above.

In fact the whole thing fits together very nicely, each part clicking into place like a Key to Time. Highly recommended.

Written by Liz R

Synopsis

This title was released in February 2018. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until March 31st 2018, and on general sale after this date.

This is a city of ghosts and no-one knows them better than Leanne. Twice a night she leads tourists to visit the most haunted sites – the Hanging Yard, the Witch Pool, the Screaming House, and, of course, the Catacombs.

Leanne’s realised the ghosts of the city are real. Something’s lurking in the Catacombs – an ancient force that has been growing in the darkness for centuries. Sabaoth is returning and they must be stopped before they devour the world. Leanne knows this, because a ghost told her.

A ghost called The Doctor.

Written By: James Goss
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards

Cast

Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Fenella Woolgar (Leanne), Sacha Dhawan (Matthew), Stephen Greif (Sabaoth), Carolyn Seymour (Mrs Stubbs), Philip Childs (Giles), John Banks (Louie), Rebecca Tromans (Nancy)

Other roles played by the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Guy Adams
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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The Essential Doctor Who: Science and Technology

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Ever since the TARDIS was first revealed in 1963, Doctor Who has presented a bewildering array of alien technology and gadgetry. Human scientific knowledge can do nothing to explain the mysteries of the astonishing devices and phenomena that the Doctor takes for granted.

This is the first publication devoted to the incredible ideas that the series has made its own.

Highlights include a comprehensive guide to the sonic screwdriver, the secrets of the Time Lords and the weaponry of the Doctor’s most dangerous enemies.

The Essential Doctor Who: Science and Technology is published on 22 February, priced £9.99. It’s available from WH Smith and as a digital version from pocketmags.com

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #522

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PETER CAPALDI, SUSAN CALMAN AND COSPLAY IN THE NEW ISSUE OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE!

Issue 522 also sheds new light on the Dalek craze of the 1960s, as agent Beryl Vertue and writer Brad Ashton remember the roles they played. “The Daleks were really the beginning of the BBC handling merchandise,” says Beryl. “None of us really knew what we were doing, so one might say we invented it.”

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ISSUE…

BERYL VERTUE
In the 1960s Beryl Vertue was Terry Nation’s agent – now she’s Steven Moffat’s mother-in-law! Beryl discusses an association with Doctor Who that began before the first episode was even transmitted.

BRAD ASHTON
The comedy writer recalls his friendship with Dalek creator Terry Nation and the role he played in The Dalek Outer Space Book.

TERRY NATION’S DALEK EMPIRE
How did the Daleks become so popular in 1964? And why did they suddenly disappear three years later?

WALKING DALEKS
The BBC’s archive gives up its Dalek secrets – including details of the prototype toys that were never manufactured.

PETER CAPALDI
Previously unpublished quotes from the last four years reveal a new side to the man who played the Twelfth Doctor.

SUSAN CALMAN
Comedian, Strictly Come Dancing favourite and now Doctor Who writer – Susan Calman discusses her love for the Time Lord in this exclusive interview.

EMMA FREUD
The organiser of Comic Relief’s ‘Breakfast with the Doctors’ event explains how she managed to unite seven Time Lords, two companions and a showrunner.

COSPLAY
In the first part of a new regular feature, Christel Dee presents a guide to recreating Ace’s jacket.

PUBLIC IMAGE
A detailed survey of Doctor Who’s television ratings during the Peter Capaldi years.

NEW EARTH
This issue’s Fact of Fiction explores the 2006 story featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose.

THE PHANTOM PIPER
Part Four of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill.

PLUS…
The Blogs of Doom, previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and your letters.

Doctor Who Magazine 522 is on sale from Thursday 8 February, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL 48 – THE 2018 YEARBOOK

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At the end of 2017 a remarkable chapter in the history of Doctor Who draw to a close. Two incarnations of the Time Lord overcame an existential threat…  before the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor heralded a bold new era for the programme.

The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is a unique celebration of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures, from The Return of Doctor Mysterio through to Twice Upon a Time. Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the year in Doctor Who.

Highlights include exclusive new interviews with:

  • Joe Browning, Jimmy Mann, Gary Pollard and Kate Walshe (Millennium FX)
  • Ysanne Churchman (the voice of Alpha Centauri in Empress of Mars)
  • Matthew Clark (graphic designer, 2017 series)
  • Rachel Denning (Erica in The Pyramid at the End of the World)
  • Mark Gatiss (Captain Lethbridge-Stewart in Twice Upon a Time)
  • Stephanie Hyam (Heather in The Pilot and The Doctor Falls)
  • Adele Lynch (Iraxxa in Empress of Mars)
  • Rove McManus (host of Australian show Whovians)
  • Rachel Talalay (director of three episodes in the 2017 series)
  • Alexandra Tynan (designer of the original Cybermen)

Editor Marcus Hearn says: “The latest Yearbook is out a little later than usual, because we wanted to complete our coverage of the Twelfth Doctor’s stories by including Twice Upon a Time. This issue covers more episodes than any previous Yearbooks, but there are many other fantastic articles in there too. We hope this is a great souvenir of an incredible era.”

The Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2018 is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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REVIEW – THE DIARY OF RIVER SONG SERIES 03

“It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for” – ladies and gentlemen this is my last review for Planet Mondas, real life has finally caught up with me leaving me time poor, but before I hand the baton over to Martin & Liz I have one more review, one more chance to offer my overly wordy, far to flowery opinion. And this release I am reviewing is an absolute corker and deserves not only a musical interlude but a musical introduction:
That was rather good wasnt it and a fitting introduction to The Diary of River Song Series 03, in fact it deserves a GIF as well (no expense spared on my last review)
 
Because this release is rather special, I have been reviewing Big Finish since October 2013 and this is one of the very best I have had the honour to listen to it really has everything – its a part sequel to the series 06 story arc involving Kovarian’s attempt to assassinate The Doctor at Lake Silencio, its an almost traditional Doctor Who story with a mystery to solve in historical times, its a surreal almost Lynchian take on “timey-wimey” involving multiple courses at an  an exclusive restaurant and its a reminder that time must always stay on its course and that a fixed point is a fixed point. Intrigued? Well read on.
I make no secret that I adore River Song – I am as far from a Moffat cheerleader as you could possibly get but she is a wonderful character with so many layers – on the surface she seems confident, glamorous, flirtatious and tough but underneath there is the little girl stolen away from her parents and raised by a monster to become a killer – River is a complicated space/time event, she is also The Doctor’s wife (though not all of the Doctor’s incarnations know it) and this time she joins up with The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) and his companion Brooke (Joanna Horton), but more on her later….
Four stories later, one central mystery, one fixed point, several regeneration and load of club card points later the tale is told, the price is paid and River carries on. – the set is split into four interconnected stories:
3.1 The Lady in the Lake by Nev Fountain
So imagine that there is a place called Terminus Prime where you can choose the nature of your demise be it heroic, fantastical or just plain daft – shouldn’t get a lot of repeat custom should it? But unfortunately River has access to the galactic Club-card database and has realised that several people make several journeys there and that these several people all had something in common – Demos Run. It starts as a bit of a light farce, what with employees called Kevin dressed as Death from the Seventh Seal but having to keep their name badge on :-) and ends in abject heartbreak for River – this is the sort of drama that turns from one to another on the head of a pin, Neve Fountain is such a skilled writer one moment satirising the tedium of corporate protocol the next pulling the rug out from under you doing something which is far too spoilery to discuss. Alex Kingston hits the ground running as River, but also plaudits to Ian Cunningham as Kevin and Sophia Carr-Gomm as Lily.
3.2 A Requiem for the Doctor by Jac Rayner
How did Mozart die, was he murdered after he finished composing his requiem? The Doctor )peter Davison), River and Brooke (Joanna Horton) are in Vienna to try to find out – River is her usual flirty, intellectual, confident self around Five and he seems a bit bothered and bewildered by her familiarity all stiff upper lip and english whilst Brooke doesn’t seem to like her at all, in fact she is downright jealous of her relationship and seeming familiarity with HER Doctor – set to the backdrop of a mystery to find a killer and prevent it literally going viral is this game of one upmanship, of carefully calculated chess between River and Brooke with the Doctor seemingly oblivious but probably knowing what is going on all along. A triumph of plotting and pacing acted to perfection.
3.3 My Dinner with Andrew by John Dorney
Ok, forget everything that has gone before, forget “timey-wimey” this takes it to a whole new level – hold on to your chronometers because you aint seen nothing yet! The Bumptious Gastropod is an exclusive restaurant outside the normal rules of causality – and it is here that The Doctor dies, it is here that Madam Kovarian (Frances Barber) has established a new fixers point in time to ensure that it does happen. It is also here that several versions of River, The Fifth Doctor, a very bemused man called Andrew and a very knowledgable Maitre D’ make their marks on the story. Its upside down, its back to front, its almost farce like in its presentation and it is truly a wonderful piece of writing everything just sort of dovetails together quite nicely – it does require active listening but it is incredibly rewarding.
3.4 The Furies by Matt Fitton
And so the end with tales of Furies haunting the mind of Madam Kovarian (Frances Barber) and memories of the childhood she lost haunting River, with causality collapsing and new powers making their play in this brave new Universe can a crime committed be put right? Is the life of one innocent worth, well everything? Its deep dark and stirring stuff and left me with a feeling of unease at the resolution, its very River but certainly not very Doctor. Our two leading ladies Alex Kingston and Frances Barber verbally spar, chew the scenery, spit venom and bristle with rage – their scenes are just so visual and the reprise of the “tick tock goes the clock” motif from series six adds a sinister and melancholy edge to proceedings. Not how I would have wanted it to end, not how the Doctor would have wanted it to end but the only way it could end and bravo Matt Fitton for ending it that way.
And that is that (until the next series in August featuring Sir Tom Baker no less) and what an epic box set, but also what an intimate exploration of the darker recesses of River’s mind and her all consuming love for the being we know only as The Doctor, her love is all encompassing and sometimes The Doctor doesn’t even know who she is – thats River’s tragedy and what drives her onwards.
I cannot recommend this box set enough, even if you ever not that keen on River on TV give this a go and you will be pleasantly surprised by her depth of character.
I sign off on my last review by awarding 10/10 and also would like to end with a song which I find very River-esque. Thanks all.
Written by Ed Watkinson

Synopsis

This title was released in January 2018. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until March 31st 2018, and on general sale after this date.

3.1 The Lady in the Lake by Nev Fountain

On Terminus Prime, clients choose their own means of demise. Something exciting, meaningful, or heroic to end it all.

But when River discovers that there are repeat customers, she knows something more is going on.

She begins to uncover a cult with worrying abilities. Its members can apparently cheat death, and that’s not all they have in common with River…

3.2 A Requiem for the Doctor by Jac Rayner

River has joined the Doctor and his friend Brooke on their travels, and they stop off in 18th century Vienna.

Brooke thinks history is dull. Until people start dying.

Mozart’s legacy is not just his music. River has more than one mystery to solve before a killer is let loose on the people of Vienna – and on the Doctor.

3.3 My Dinner with Andrew by John Dorney

Welcome, Mesdames et Messieurs, to The Bumptious Gastropod.

The most exclusive, most discreet dining experience outside the universe. For the restaurant exists beyond spacetime itself, and the usual rules of causality do not apply. Anything could happen.

It is here that the Doctor has a date. With River Song. And with death.

3.4 The Furies by Matt Fitton

Stories of the Furies abound across the cosmos: vengeful spirits hounding guilty souls to death. Madame Kovarian taught them to a child raised in fear, trained to kill, and placed inside a spacesuit.

Kovarian knows the universe’s greatest threat, the Doctor must be eliminated. An assassin was created for that purpose.

But if Melody Pond has failed, Kovarian will simply have to try again…

Written By: Nev Fountain, Jacqueline Rayner, John Dorney, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast

Alex Kingston (River Song), Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian), Peter Davison(The Doctor), Ian Conningham (Kevin / Rindle), Julia Hills (Sharon / Rindle), David Seddon (Mr Quisling / Tarn 2), Leighton Pugh (Lake 2 / Dave / Tarn), Sophia Carr-Gomm (Lily), Joanna Horton (Brooke), Issy Van Randwyck (Giulia), Rosanna Miles (Antoinette / Maid / Constanze), Teddy Kempner (Viktor / Mozart / Stefan / Apothecary), Jonathan Coote (Maitre D’ / Chef / Assassin), Nina Toussaint-White (Brooke 2), Francesca Zoutewelle (H-One / H-Two / Mission Captain), Pippa Bennett-Warner (O / The Deterrent). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editors Matt Fitton, John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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REVIEW – KINGDOM OF LIES

This story is many things – its a farce, its a Shakespearian pastiche, its a satire on the Royal Family, its a comedy painted in broad strokes, its a story of hidden nuances and it is also rather entertaining. It has the feel of a mid era Hartnell historical so think The Romans or The Myth Makers and you are about the right level – Brian Rix farce on the one hand political intrigue and machinations on the other.

Landing on the Planet Cicero Prime The Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding), Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse) discover a painted line on the floor in the woods of a seemingly Medieval world – with Adric and Tegan standing on one side and The Doctor and Tegan on the other they are captured and find out that the line is a literal dividing line in the Duchy that they have arrived in as the Duke Sebastian (Jonathan Firth) and Duchess Miranda (Charlotte Lucas) are having some pretty severe marital problems and have taken matters into their own hands to resolve the situation. Amicable reconciliation is not on the agenda, in fact The Duke (who has captured The Doctor and Nyssa on his side of the line) has hired an assassin known only as “The Scorpion” to permanently solve his marital problems, unfortunately for The Doctor and Nyssa (or Nyssa “The Destroyer” who kills for fun” as Nyssa calls herself in possible the deliberately least convincing portrayal of bravado I have witnessed :-) ) the Duke believes The Doctor to be The Scorpion and the next few episodes are spent with The Doctor trying to appear that he  is trying to carry out the killing without actually doing it….

Adric and Tegan fare no better, captured by the Duchess they convince her they are protectors from the Order of Alzarius here to thwart The Scorpion…
Its pure Shakespearian farce with both parties working against each other and hilarity ensuing. Until the final episode when the tone changes completely and the larks and misunderstandings of episodes one to three give way and the true seriousness of the situation is brought to the fore.

There is a lot to this story, it is very multi layered and once again demonstrated that the Doctor doesn’t have to use violence to succeed, quite the opposite The Doctor just has to be the cleverest person in the situation, which he is by a long way and is light years ahead of everyone else in the plot. Davison is on fine form and clearly having a ball with the quite comedic material he is presented with and genuinely owns the story ably assisted by his sidekick Nyssa who as I said before is the least convincing bloodthirsty killer you could ever imagine.

The story does stand up to repeated listens as the pace of all the shenanigans, crosses, double crosses and even triple crosses can make your head spin – the plotting is tight and there is not a line wasted.

Doctor Who can be heavy going and some of the best stories are the grim ones but its great to let the story tellers and actors kick back and have some fun once in a while and this story is just that, a great fun start to the year to brighten a grim January 8/10.

Written by Ed Watkinson

Synopsis

On the planet Cicero Prime, the kingdom of Cardenas is divided, with the whole population forced to swear allegiance to either the effete Duke or the fiery, hard-edged Duchess. This is a situation both parties have grown tired of. What use is half a kingdom when, thanks to a carefully engineered murder, you could have it all?

Surely, neither of them would be rash enough to summon the deadly off-world assassin The Scorpion to help with their problem? And surely, this terrifying figure wouldn’t arrive wearing a long cream coat and striped trousers…?

Written By: Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards

Cast

Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Jonathan Firth (Sebastian, Duke of Cardenas), Charlotte Lucas (Duchess Miranda), Harriet Thorpe (Amelia), Tim Bentinck (Lord Crozion), Richenda Carey (Lady Crozion), Piotr Hatherer (Tomek), Patsy Kensit(Mercenary), Harry Smith (Additional Voices). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Guy Adams
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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