Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It's the end

After almost four years of updating this website, I regret to say that this will be the final post.

I've found it hard to update the website as regularly over the last few months and now seemed an appropriate time to bring it to a close. The blog only started out as an experiment and here I am exactly four years later having produced 3165 posts with over 218,000 page views.

However, I'm thinking of keeping the Twitter account open for the foreseeable future and I'm hoping to keep over 500 followers updated with the latest Doctor Who news.

I would like to thank everyone who has ever read, commented and supported this website over the last few years.

Special thanks go to Alwyn Ash and Nebula One, Rhys and patar. These people have consistently supported me over the last four years and the site would not have been possible without them.

Additional thanks go to Dan for producing the banners; the TARDIS Newsroom (an excellent website!), mrdrwhoforever and Void23.

This is set to be a huge year for Doctor Who and I will of course keep watching and supporting the greatest TV show of all time.

All the best,

John (Vortex)

"We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one." - The Doctor

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Doctor Who: The Snowmen - TV Trailer

With the Doctor Who Christmas Special due to be broadcast within the next two weeks, the BBC are currently airing a 40-second trailer to promote Steven Moffat's festive episode, The Snowmen.


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SFX 230 featuring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman

The Doctor Who Christmas Special is the cover story on the festive edition of sci-fi and fantasy magazine SFX.

There’s the distinct whiff of mulled spices in the air and dodgy tunes on the radio which can mean only one thing, it’s almost time for the Doctor Who Christmas special! This year our Nick talks to showrunner Steven Moffat about “The Snowmen”, Jenna-Louise Coleman’s new companion and what’s in store for the rest of series seven.

Issue 230 is on sale in newsagents now or the digital edition can be downloaded via the SFX website.




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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Doctor Who: The Snowmen - Richard E. Grant interview - video

Richard E. Grant discusses The Snowmen and wishes Doctor Who fans "Merry Christmas" in this video from the Doctor Who Adventure Calendar.

Watch the video below:


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Doctor Who: The Snowmen - Preview Clip

A preview clip from the Doctor Who Christmas Special was aired during The One Show on BBC One earlier tonight. The footage sees The Doctor and Clara encounter The Snowmen which are voiced by Sir Ian McKellen.

Watch the clip below:


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sir Ian McKellen to guest star in Doctor Who

Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has a voice over role in this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special.

McKellen will voice the monstrous Snowmen in Steven Moffat's festive episode which will be broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day.

The actor is known for his roles in blockbusters including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, X-Men and The Da Vinci Code.

The news was revealed by Radio Times reviewer Patrick Mulkern who admitted that he initially thought that the Snowmen were voiced by Sir Partick Stewart.

In his preview of The Snowmen, Mulkern also praises Jenna-Louise Coleman for her portrayal of Clara. The reviewer says: "We have a proper introduction to Matt Smith’s new co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman, who is dazzling and perky as Clara, and not as cocky as her looky-likey Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks."

Read the full preview on the Radio Times website.

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British public most proud of Doctor Who

Doctor Who is the TV programme that the British public are most proud of, a new poll has revealed.

48% of the audience said Doctor Who was the British programme they take the most pride in. Downton Abbey came second with 44% while Coronation Street was third with 34%.

The BBC's EastEnders took fourth place with 24% and ITV1's The X Factor was fifth with 20% of the 2000 viewers questioned across the UK.

The poll was conducted by Plusnet whose CEO, Jamie Ford, said: "It has been fascinating to see the results of this survey and see exactly what it is that makes Britain proud."

(Source: Radio Times)

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TARDIS interior redesigned for 2013

The interior of the TARDIS has been redesigned in preparation for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year, Steven Moffat has revealed.

Production designer Michael Pickwood has designed the new interior which will be unveiled in The Snowmen on Christmas Day at 5.15pm.

The first glimpse of the new look, featuring the circular Gallifrayan writing, has been posted on the BBC website and can be seen in the image above.

The iconic time machine was previously given a makeover for Matt Smith's debut episode The Eleventh Hour in 2010.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

The Doctor Who Companion - The Eleventh Doctor, Volume 6

The sixth edition of The Doctor Who Companion: The Eleventh Doctor is on sale later this month.


DISCOVER THE SECRETS BEHIND THE DOCTOR'S MOST RECENT ADVENTURES IN THE LATEST DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL!

The 2012 series of Doctor Who saw married couple Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) joining the Doctor (Matt Smith) for their final adventures together in the TARDIS. Their travels in time and space took them from the terrifying Asylum of the Daleks, to the American Wild West, and came to an abrupt and sad conclusion in New York. They encountered insane Daleks, a cyborg assassin, River Song, an invasion of mysterious black cubes, the Weeping Angels... and dinosaurs on a spaceship!

Now, Doctor Who Magazine takes you behind the scenes of these astonishing episodes with an in-depth episode guide – including original storylines, deleted scenes, media appearances, ratings information and hundreds of facts about the day-to-day life of the making of Doctor Who – all illustrated with gorgeous, never-before-seen photos.

This collectors’ edition examines all five episodes of the latest series – ASYLUM OF THE DALEKS, DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP, A TOWN CALLED MERCY, THE POWER OF THREE and THE ANGELS TAKE MANHATTAN – as well as the five-part mini-adventure POND LIFE, the DVD extra NIGHT AND THE DOCTOR and the two ‘Script to Screen’ winning entries DEATH IS THE ONLY ANSWER and GOOD AS GOLD, plus the Doctor offering his clothes for auction for CHILDREN IN NEED in 2011.

Written and researched by Andrew Pixley, this is your essential 100-page guide to Series Pond!

DWM: The Doctor Who Companion – The Eleventh Doctor Volume Six is available from WH Smith and newsagents from Thursday 20 December, priced £5.99.

(Source: Doctor Who Magazine)

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Doctor Who Adventures: Issue 298

The 298th issue of the weekly Doctor Who Adventures magazine is on sale until Wednesday, 12th December 2012.

Get ready for tons of laughs in this week's Doctor Who Adventures, as we take a look at the Doctor's Christmas list. Also, you'll get the chance to let us know what you would get our top Time Lord for a pressie. He loves surprises! 

We've also got loads of brain-teasing puzzles, lots of monster chuckles, behind-the-scenes facts and cool comic adventures! If that wasn't enough, we'll show you how to turn your Christmas tree into a Dalek!*

  (Source: Doctor Who Adventures)

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Jenna-Louise Coleman discusses "becoming the companion"

Day 7 of the Doctor Who Adventure Calendar is the second part of the BBC's interview with Jenna-Louise Coleman who discusses becoming the Doctor's new companion.

Watch part two of the interview below:


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Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 455


Doctor Who Magazine have released the cover and some information for the 100-page Christmas issue which features Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.


JENNA-LOUISE COLEMAN TALKS ABOUT HER D√ČBUT AS
THE DOCTOR'S NEW COMPANION, CLARA, IN AN
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FOR DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 455

"She’s this mysterious girl, and the Doctor can’t quite put his finger on what it is about her," Jenna tells DWM. "It’s the same for her, because he’s this mystery man who’s landed in a blue box…"

THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE INCLUDES THREE FREE ART CARDS, FEATURING THE DOCTOR, CLARA, AND VASTRA & STRAX! AND THAT'S NOT ALL…

LET IT SNOW!
An extensive preview of this year's sensational Doctor Who Christmas Special, THE SNOWMEN, featuring new photos from the festive adventure, and revealing hints from writer STEVEN MOFFAT and producer MARCUS WILSON.

THE DOCTOR'S GANG!
DWM interviews THE SNOWMEN's stars, NEVE McINTOSH (Silurian warrior Madame Vastra), CATRIN STEWART (Jenny, Vastra's companion) and DAN STARKEY (Strax the Sontaran) and discovers what it's like to be part of the Doctor's Victorian 'Scooby Gang'!

LOOK TO THE FUTURE, NOW!
Doctor Who's head writer and executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT takes DWM readers on an episode-by-episode guide to the next series of eight adventures, set for broadcast in 2013 – only in PRODUCTION NOTES!

THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS!
2012 brought thrills as well as sadness – and some brilliant new episodes of Doctor Who. DWM turns back the clock to the start of the year to relive the highlights of the last 12 months in THE DWM REVIEW OF 2012.

THE EIGHT LEGS OF CHRISTMAS!
The Time Team get into the festive mood, travel back to Christmas 2006, and watch the Tenth Doctor have an adventure with Donna Noble for the very first time. What will Chris, Emma, Michael and Will make of THE RUNAWAY BRIDE... ?

TWISTED IMAGINATION!
School friends Amelia Pond and Rory Williams encounter a scary Santa and his evil elves – can their young chum Mels save them? Find out in IMAGINARY ENEMIES, written by SCOTT GRAY with art by MIKE COLLINS.

OH YES IT IS!
Christmas is the panto season – and to celebrate this beloved British tradition, the Watcher explores how pantomime's influence can be found throughout Doctor Who's history. Oh yes it can!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
DWM takes a nostalgic look back to Doctor Who's silver anniversary in 1988, and a season that featured Daleks, Cybermen, creepy clowns and the Kandy Man, in COUNTDOWN TO 50!

THE BEST YEAR EVER!
Next year will be the most exciting time to be a fan ever! But which year has been the best so far? 1983 or 2005? JOHNNY CANDON and TOBY HADOKE argue it out in A BATTLE OF WITS.

TWO DOCTORS FOR CHRISTMAS!
David Morrissey is THE NEXT DOCTOR! The Fact of Fiction looks back on Christmas 2008's memorable Tenth Doctor adventure, and talks to writer RUSSELL T DAVIES, who reveals hitherto unknown secrets about the seasonal show.

QUIZZES AND PUZZLES!
Try your luck in DWM's competitions and crosswords, to win amazing prizes from the latest Blu-ray release to deluxe CD box sets! And then engage your brain, and prepare to have your knowledge tested to the limit, in THE WATCHER'S FIENDISHLY FESTIVE CHRISTMAS QUIZ!

BETWEEN THE LINES!
The Watcher investigates the curious case of the scenes we never see, champions another supporting artist of the month, and challenges readers with the Six Faces of Delusion in WOTCHA!

PLUS!
All the latest official news, the latest DVDs, books and CDs reviewed, sneak previews of forthcoming merchandise, a cryptic preview of the new-look TARDIS interior, and much, much more!

It's your perfect companion for Christmas – the bumper-sized, 100-page Doctor Who Magazine 455, in shops from Thursday 13 December, priced £4.99!

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