Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Doctor Who Star David Bradley to appear at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con

David Bradley who portrayed the First Doctor in Peter Capaldi's last story Twice Upon a Time will be a guest all three days at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con.  Ths event takes place on April 27th to the 29th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.  For more information and to order tickets follow the link to The Greater Philadelphia Comic Con website.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Details for Doctor Who - Kingdom of Lies

Out this month from Big Finish for the main range series is the beginning of a 5th Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric series of stories.  This month sees the traveling companions on the planet Cardenas where their appears to be a civil war going on.  You can order this release from the Big Finish website.

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

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Doctor Who writer David Fisher has died

David Fisher who wrote four Tom Baker stories died on January 10th 2018.  The four stories he wrote were for the later Tom Baker years and they are the 1978 stories The Stones of Blood and The Androids of Tara, the 1979 story The Creature from the Pit and the 1980 story The Leisure Hive.  He also had a hand in the story The City of Death which he couldn't finish due to person reasons and handed it over to Douglas Adams to finish.   You can read more at the Doctor Who news page.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Details for Doctor Who Magazine 521

Out today is the newest issue of Doctor Who Magazine and the first one to feature Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor.  Issue 521 also features Chris Chibnall taking over the Production Notes column from Steven Moffatt.  Plus the continuing comic strip featuring the 12th Doctor and Bill.  You can get this issue today in the UK.


“There is no other job in the world like this,” Jodie Whittaker tells the new issue of DWM. Jodie also

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Into The Time Vortex Podcast - Episode 65 - Review of the Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi Eras of Doctor Who

Doctor Who Comic Book Releases for January 10th

Out today is the last issue of series three of the 11th Doctor comic book series.  This issue wraps up a year long story line and I'm sure will leave seeds for the next series for the 11th Doctor.  You can but this comic book at your local comic book store.

​Writers: Alex Paknad​el & Rob Williams
Artists: JB Bastos & Luiz Campello 
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC -​ ​$3.99 - On sale: ​January 10, 2018

The third year of the Eleventh Doctor comes to a fiery conclusion!

Can the Sapling escape its destiny?

Will the Scream be remembered? Will Alice make it out alive?

​Cover A: Blair Shedd
Cover B: Photo ​

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Doctor Who News - The 8th Doctor Returns in Ravenous

Big Finish has announced a new box set that will start a new series for the 8th Doctor, Liv, Helen and the Eleventh.  The new box set titled Ravenous will include four stories and will be the first in a new series of four box sets with volume one being released in April, volume two in October and volume three and four will be released in 2019.  You can pre order this series or the first box set at the Big Finish website.

For more info on Ravenous you can read the press release at this link.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Top 10 William Hartnell Doctor Who Stories

Top 10 William Hartnell Doctor Who Stories

Since 2018 brings us a new Doctor in Jodi Whittaker I thought it would be good to do a countdown of the top stories from each Doctors era.  First up is the best stories from the William Hartnell era.

10.  An Unearthly Child
Written By Anthony Coburn
Directed By Waris Hussein
Why It’s In The Top 10:
It was the one that started it all.  An Unearthly Child introduced us to The Doctor and the TARDIS.  The first part is totally a classic as it sets up the mystery of the series and the main character.  You get a sense of dubiousness about the Doctor but we end up thinking he is alright by the end of the story.  Unfortunately the next three parts are pretty dull and it is a wonder that the show makes it at all.  But we have a certain villain in the next story to thank for the success of Doctor Who. An Unearthly Child’s place in history for being the starting point for Doctor Who more than makes up for its short comings and the legion of fans should be thankful for it.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Details for Doctor Who - The Diary of River Song Series 3

Out this month is the third box set featuring Alex Kingston as River Song and this time she meets up with only one Classic Doctor the Fifth Doctor Peter Davison.  You can order this box set from the Big Finish website.

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

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Details for Doctor Who - The Authentic Experience

Out this month for download only is a 6th Doctor adventure narrated by Nicola Bryant who played Peri during the Colin Baker era.  You can buy this download only release at the Big Finish website.

Tired of the old 9 to 5? The daily grind getting you down? Step this way to discover a universe of possibilities! If you're fed up with looking at screens all day, we can offer the authentic experience: whether you want to be as rich as Croesus and swim in gold, or feel the dirt and sweat of honest toil we're ready for your business. Forget the "Same Old", embrace the "New Old"!

(Terms and conditions apply.)

Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Ian Atkins
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: Dan Starkey
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Nicola Bryant (Narrator)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Doctor Who - The Ice Warriors Review

Doctor Who:
The Ice Warriors
By Brian Hayles

“Don't you understand? They're ruthless killers and they'll stop at nothing. Now please, listen to me. There's no time to lose.”

The TARDIS lands, more likes crashes, near Brittanicus Base.  Brittanicus Base is on an island near Great Britain and its job is to keep the glacier at bay by using the ioniser.  In the future Earth is facing a second ice age and bases using ionisers are what they have to try and keep the ice away to survive.  The Doctor Jamie and Victoria have stumbled upon the base in time to help them out with a problem with the ionizer.  By doing this The Doctor has gained the trust of Clent who is in charge of the base. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Details on Doctor Who - The War Master: Only the Good

Out now from Big Finish is a four story box set featuring Derek Jacobi as The War Master.  We now will find out what The Master was doing during the Time War.  You can order this audio adventure box set CD or download at the Big Finish website.

Four brand-new full-cast featuring the Master’s exploits in the Time War.

1. Beneath the Viscoid by Nicholas Briggs

On the ocean planet Gardezza, deep beneath the Viscoid, a mysterious capsule is recovered from the Time War, and an equally mysterious stranger found within. The Doctor’s reputation precedes him, even here… but can he be trusted?

2. The Good Master by Janine H Jones

The Time War rages around Arcking - a planet serving as a sanctuary for the sick and injured. But Arcking is protected by a mysterious, powerful force: a force the Master will stop at nothing to harness… even if time itself is against him.

3. The Sky Man by James Goss

When his new companion decides to save a planet, the Master indulges this most futile of requests. Materialising on a primitive, agrarian world, both the strangers quickly find their place in it… until fallout from the War invades their happy paradise.

4. The Heavenly Paradigm by Guy Adams

With his plans approaching fruition, the Master travels to Stamford Bridge in the 1970s: a location he believes might hold the key to his success. But what terrible secret lurks under the stairs of No. 24 Marigold Lane? And what sacrifices will the Master make in the name of ultimate victory?

Written By: Nicholas Briggs, Janine H Jones, James Goss, Guy Adams
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Derek Jacobi (The Master), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks), Jacqueline King (Nius), Deirdre Mullins (Osen), Mark Elstob (Glortz), Rachel Atkins (Major Desra), Hannah Barker (Phila), Jonny Green (Cole Jarnish), Jacob Dudman (Arcking 12 Computer), Emily Barber (Elidh), Robert Daws (Anvar), Nerys Hughes (Mrs Wilson), Jonathan Bailey (Marigold Lane Computer). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer Scott Handcock
Script Editor Nicholas Briggs
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Friday, December 29, 2017

Details on Doctor Who - The First Doctor Adventures Vol 1

If you enjoyed David Bradley as the First Doctor in "Twice Upon a Time" then this box set s for you. Big Finish has released a set of two audio adventures featuring David Bradley and the actors who portrayed his companions in An Adventure in Space and Time.  You can order this box set from the Big Finish website.

1.1 The Destination Wars by Matt Fitton

The TARDIS arrives in a gleaming utopia in the Space Year 2003. Has the Doctor truly brought Ian and Barbara home, to glimpse their future?

The world owes much to its legendary Inventor, and Susan finds herself face to face with the great benefactor. But soon, the time travellers are in a world at war and the Doctor must confront his past.

1.2 The Great White Hurricane by Guy Adams

Rival gangs turn streets into battlegrounds, and the Doctor and his friends are caught in the crossfire. They find themselves separated, and lost in the cold.

As the hunt for a fugitive turns ever more desperate, a blizzard descends. The snow keeps falling. And soon it will prove as deadly as any weapon...

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: Matt Fitton, Guy Adams
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

David Bradley (The Doctor), Claudia Grant (Susan), Jemma Powell (Barbara Wright), Jamie Glover (Ian Chesterton), James Dreyfus (The Master), Raymond Coulthard (Robac / Servers / Dalmari), Sian Reeves (Tanna), Deli Segal (Reena), Jackson Milner (Patrick), Cory English (Daniel), Carolina Valdes (Rosalita), Ronan Summers (O'Connell), Christopher Naylor (Policeman / Man with Ladder / Gang Member / Henry)