The Daleks Are Coming

BBC Books will publish novelisations of two classic Doctor Who stories never released in book form before.

The Fifth Doctor’s Resurrection Of The Daleks and the Sixth Doctor’s Revelation of the Daleks are both set for release later in the year.

Both adventures will be novelised by original scriptwriter Eric Saward, one of the show’s longest-serving script editors. These stories are the only two classic-era Doctor Who adventures not in book form already and their publication more than three decades after their first transmission will fill a long-held gap in fans’ collections.

Saward, who has written for both radio and television, script edited Who for five years as well as writing four original stories. He is no stranger to novelisations of scripts, writing four during his time with the show as well as writing the first ever Doctor Who radio serial.

A jack of all trades, he has just finished a graphic novel based around the adventures of Lytton and has relished revisiting two of his best-known scripts.

“ ‘Resurrecting’ these tales may turn out to be a greater ‘Revelation’ than you’d expect!” he quipped in the announcement press release.

The books come in the wake of the success of the new-era Target novelisations last year.

BBC Books Publishing Director Albert DePetrillo acquired world rights from the author directly. Hardback editions will be published in the UK in July (Resurrection) and November (Revelation) this year, with paperback editions to follow as part of the Target range in 2020.

Resurrection of the Daleks

Synopsis: The Universe is at war. Action takes Courage.

The Doctor and companions Brisbane-girl Tegan and the mysterious Turlough, stumble on a warehouse harbouring fugitives from the future and they are soon all under attack from a Dalek assault force. It seems the Doctor’s oldest enemies have set in motion a plot to resurrect their race from the ashes of an interstellar war. However, for their plans to succeed they must set their creator Davros free from prison and force a reluctant Doctor to help them achieve total control over time and space. But Davros has plans of his own.

Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks

Synopsis: Beware the hands that heal…

The Doctor and Peri land on the planet Necros to visit the funerary home Tranquil Repose – where the dead are interred and the near-dead placed in suspended animation until such time as their conditions can be cured.

But the Great Healer of Tranquil Repose is far from benign and under his command, Daleks guard the catacombs where sickening experiments are conducted on human bodies. The new life he offers the dying comes at a terrible cost – and the Doctor and Peri are being lured into a trap that will change them forever.

 

Classic Who returns to Twitch

Less than six months after Twitch concluded its hugely popular marathon of Classic Doctor Who, the streaming service has announced it’ll be doing it all over again!

Starting on 6 January at 5am (AEDT), the platform will be airing over 500 episodes from the 26 seasons of classic Doctor Who. This means fans will be able to watch adventures featuring the first seven Doctors – from 1963’s An Unearthly Child to 1989’s Survival – while chatting live to thousands of other viewers around the world.

Episodes will be shown in blocks and repeated two times per day, with the marathon concluding on 26 January. The full list of stories can be found here, with provisional screening times from a Pacific US or UK perspective.

So tune in at https://www.twitch.tv/twitchpresents from 6 January to get your fix of Classic Who. And if you like what you see, make sure to head to the DVD section of the DWCA Shop, where a range of stories are available for you to own and watch any time you like – with special features and without ads!

Doctor Who animated short released for Christmas

The upcoming Doctor Who Special may be taking place on New Year’s Day, but that doesn’t mean the BBC has forgotten about Christmas altogether!

A new animated short, narrated by Bradley Walsh, sees the Thirteenth Doctor come to Santa’s rescue on Christmas Eve. Check it out below!

And don’t forget that the Doctor Who New Year’s Special will be broadcast on ABC on 2 January at 7:30pm, as well as on iview throughout the day. The trailer is available to view now.

Series 12 confirmed for 2020

The Thirteenth Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz will be returning to our screens in the 2019 New Year’s Special, followed by a new series in early 2020.

Titled Resolution, the special promises to see our heroes encounter what the Thirteenth Doctor describes as “the most dangerous creature in the universe”. The ABC has confirmed that it will be screening the New Year’s Special on Wednesday 2 January at 7:30pm, with the episode also available on iview from the early hours of the morning, immediately after its broadcast in the UK.

And the Team TARDIS will be back again in 2020, with Series 12 of the programme set to air “early” in the year according to the BBC.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall said “We’re off again! Well we never actually stopped – as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends have been winning the hearts of families across the nation this autumn, we’ve been busy with a whole new set of action packed adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor. We adore making this show and have been blown away by the response from audiences, so we can’t wait to bring more scares, more monsters and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to BBC One. Brilliant!”

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content added, “We’re delighted that the Doctor and her friends will be returning to thrill audiences in 2020. I know Chris and the whole team are already working on a whole new set of exciting adventures. In the meantime we’ve got a very special episode on New Year’s Day for everyone to enjoy.”

The Macra DO exist… in animated form!

The BBC have announced that Second Doctor serial The Macra Terror, which has been completely missing from the archives since not long after its original broadcast back in 1967, has been animated for release on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray.

The four-part story sees the Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Ben (Michael Craze), Polly (Anneke Wills) and Jamie (Frazer Hines) unravel a mystery on a human colony world in the far future. But while the colony has the vibe of a giant holiday camp, one of their number swears the colony is being terrorised by giant clawed creatures that only come out at night…

While no full episodes of this serial are known to have survived on film, a complete audio recording of all four parts still exists. Now, the episodes have been brought back to life in both colour as well as the original black and white, with the DVD and Blu-ray release set to include special features including an animation gallery, behind-the-scenes film and audio commentary.

Check out the teaser trailer for the story below!

The Macra Terror will be available on digital download, DVD, Blu-ray and special edition Steelbook in the UK on 18 March 2019; an Australian release date is yet to be announced. A special screening will also be held at the BFI Southbank, London on 16 March.

The Macra Terror isn’t the first Second Doctor story to receive the animation treatment, with an animated version of The Power of Daleks released in late 2016. The debut story for Patrick Troughton’s Doctor, it is available on DVD and Blu-ray from the DWCA Shop.

ABC to screen New Year’s Special on 2 January

The ABC has confirmed that it will be screening the upcoming Doctor Who New Year’s Special on Wednesday 2 January at 7:30pm.

The episode will also be available on iview from the early hours of the morning, immediately after its broadcast in the UK.

It was announced last month that the special would take place over the New Year rather than the now-traditional Christmas period, ending a run of Christmas specials that had been unbroken since 2005 (with 2009/10 containing both Christmas and New Year’s specials with The End of Time Parts 1 and 2).

The new special has been written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip, with a synopsis as follows:

As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?

New Year’s Day is Special in 2019

CHRISTMAS will be late this year – well in the world of Doctor Who at least.

Doctor Who Magazine confirmed this year’s Christmas Special won’t be at Christmas at all but will come to the world on New Year’s Day.

The ABC is yet to announce if that will include us (though of course, that will be 2 January here anyway).

“We don’t have confirmation yet on the broadcast details for the special,” the ABC publicity department spokeswoman said when contacted this morning.

“But I’ll let you know once we do.”

A Doctor Who Christmas Special has been a regular part of the BBC Christmas Day schedule since the series returned in 2005.

The series peaked in 2007 when Kylie Minogue joined the Tenth Doctor in Voyage of the Damned watched by 13.3 million viewers. The 2017 Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, marking the regeneration from Peter Capaldi to Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, was watched by 7.92 million.

The New Year’s Day episode marks the end of Jodie Whittaker’s first season as the Doctor. The only other recent New Year’s Day Who screening second part of The End of Time in 2010 which attracted 12.27 million viewers.

The official synopsis for the special is as follows:

As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?

The episode has been written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip.

#RaiseYourHoods for Doctor Who!

Drawing inspiration from the Thirteenth Doctor’s outfit and reveal video, BBC Studios have launched a new campaign encouraging Doctor Who fans to get behind Jodie Whittaker as the role model we’ve all been waiting for!

#RaiseYourHoods recognises the Thirteenth Doctor’s hood as a symbol of strength, empowerment and solidarity. It doesn’t matter who you are, how you identify or where you come from – raising your hood makes you a supporter and creates an all-inclusive moment to celebrate everyone.

To support the campaign, simply take a selfie of you raising your hood for awesome people that you know and love. Then post your pic on the social media site of your choice, saying who you are raising your hood for and why they are awesome.

Finally, nominate a friend to take the challenge and add #RaiseYourHoods and #ItsAboutTime to support the cause. To link it back to Doctor Who, also include #ABCTV, #DoctorWho and tag @abctv.

New trailer released, ABC start time confirmed

The BBC has released its most extensive trailer for Series 11 of Doctor Who yet, showcasing the Thirteenth Doctor in action in an array of sci-fi settings – with her new companions by her side.

The trailer comes just a couple of weeks after a specially shot “release date” trailer surfaced, which shows our hero standing in the middle of large dome while glass shatters around her – including the particularly high ceiling…

The ABC has meanwhile confirmed that the new series will air on its main channel from 5:55pm, starting on Monday 8 October, with Whovians at 7:30pm on ABC Comedy. Each episode will also be on iview immediately after it finishes airing in the UK.

New image and episode synopses released

THE excitement is ramping up to eleven (or is that 13?) as the countdown continues to the new series with the synopsis for episodes one and two and a new image released this week.

The new image features the whole TARDIS team in suitable action poses while the supporting BBC press release offers up some brief comments from Chibnall, Whittaker and Bradley Walsh (who we’re of course all about to know better as Graham O’Brien).

It also reiterates that the first episode will be called The Woman Who Fell To Earth while the second is The Ghost Monument.

It is now less than a month until the new Doctor hits Australian screens (big and small) on Monday, 8 October.

“Finally – Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor is about to crash land on to the nation’s screens,” Chibnall said via the latest release.

“It’s thrilling to think, in the next few weeks and months, there will be children encountering Jodie’s Doctor in the next few weeks who’ve never seen the show before. She’ll be forever their Doctor: you never forget your first.

“Alongside Jodie, we have a delightful ensemble of new characters for the audience to fall in love with, led by the incomparable Bradley Walsh.”

The synopsis for Episode One – The Woman Who Fell To Earth is as follows:

We don’t get aliens in Sheffield. In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?

Guest starring Sharon D Clarke, Johnny Dixon and Samuel Oatley. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs.

We have also learned the name of the second episode: The Ghost Monument (which will also star veteran British actor Art Malik). The synopsis follows:

Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough, in a hostile alien environment , to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo?

Guest starring Shaun Dooley, Susan Lynch and Art Malik. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Mark Tonderai.

Chibnall went on to describe what we could all expect from the new series.

“You can expect emotion, you can expect action and adventure and monsters and far ­off planets and huge alien vistas,” he said

“You can expect a lot of humour, a lot of warmth and some great characters.

“Four great new friends for you to meet as they go through past, present and future and meet some incredible people from history and go and battle on alien planets and fight threats closer to home.

It’s really a whole array of different stories. Ten individual stories that show off the range of the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends but also of the show as a whole. I hope you can expect everything you’ve ever loved about Doctor Who.

“More than anything, it’s hopefully incredibly entertaining and I think this series has something for absolutely everyone. If you’ve seen Doctor Who before I hope we’re going to be giving you all the stuff you love. If you’ve never seen it before, this is the place to start and I think you’re in for a rollicking ride.”

Asked to describe the new series in a sentence Bradley Walsh proved less than succinct.

“This new dawn for Doctor Who will be ground­ breaking and exciting and fantastic and unpredictable and beautiful and timeless,” he said.

“I’m telling you now, this is going to be so brilliant. Jodie is fantastic! She works so hard and is so enthusiastic. She leads from the front and she’ll trailblaze for a lot of other shows. The new series of Doctor Who in a sentence is forward thinking, innovative, bold and brave.”

Whittaker herself was asked what the themes of the series would be.

“Friendship and loyalty and survival. All things that are very human, interlaced with things that are very far from human and familiar. It’s a very inclusive world,” she nominated.

“When I watch TV and film I want to feel engrossed and excited, particularly in this world and genre. Doctor Who in itself is its own genre. I suppose you want it to feel like a roller coaster ride!”