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Peter Capaldi signed script up for auction
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have launched an auction on behalf of Syrian Refugees in North London, a charity run from Muswell Hill Methodist Church and supported by the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi and his wife Elaine. A number of items are up for auction, including the original readthrough script for the episode Listen, signed and illustrated by the actor.
The auction ends just after 5pm on the 4th September - visit the DWAS website for full details.
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The eighth doctor returns in the time war
Starting in October the hugely anticipated epic, The Time War, stars Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor joined by new companion, Bliss, played by Rakhee Thakrar.
The Eighth Doctor stars in The Time War! Four new stories written by John Dorney andMatt Fitton cover the Eighth Doctor trying to survive in a universe at war:
1. The Starship of Theseus by John Dorney
The Doctor and his companion, Sheena, land the TARDIS on the glamorous luxury space-liner Theseus just as it’s about to leave the Jupiter space-port. An opportunity for a holiday presents itself – and it’s one they’re very glad to take.
But when a disturbance catches their attention, they realise sinister events are taking place on board. Passengers are vanishing on every trip. And unless they’re careful they may be next.
Can the Doctor and Emma solve the mystery? Or is there something else they should be worrying about?
2. Echoes of War by Matt Fitton
Colliding with the full force of the Time War, the Doctor crash-lands on a jungle world with a ragtag band of refugees.
To stay alive, they must cross a landscape where time itself is corrupted. A forest which cycles through growth and decay, where sounds of battle are never far away, and where strange creatures lurk all around.
Luckily, the Doctor has friends: not only plucky scientist Bliss, but another, much more unlikely ally. Its name is ‘Dal’…
3. The Conscript by Matt Fitton
Cardinal Ollistra has a new tactic to persuade the Doctor to join his people’s fight. With his friends locked away, he has been conscripted alongside fellow Gallifreyans to train for the front lines of battle.
Commandant Harlan has a reputation – his camp’s regime is harsh. He believes the Time Lords must adapt to win this war, but the Doctor is not easily intimidated.
Can there be any place for dissent when the Time War looms so close?
4. One Life by John Dorney
As the full force of the Time War crashes down around the Doctor and his friends, a desperate battle for survival ensues.
But not everyone is playing the same game. Ollistra is after a weapon that could end the war in a stroke and she’ll sacrifice anyone or anything to take it back to Gallifrey. Even the Doctor.
Surrounded by Daleks, and on a tortured planet, only one man can save the day. But he doesn’t want to fight.
“How exciting to go back in time," says writer Matt Fitton, “before the War Doctor, before that fateful Night on Karn - to see the Eighth Doctor doing all he can to stay out of a conflict raging across time. But inexorably, inevitably, he's dragged towards it - forced to confront unpalatable truths about his people and what they've become, learning new things about an enemy he thinks he knows - all the while trying to save the innocents. We've a brilliant cast of allies and enemies, and an exciting journey planned as this Doctor makes a last stand for his values in a universe at war."
Be ready for The Time War! Preorder now at £23 on CD or £20 on download. All CD pre-orders will unlock the digital download on the Big Finish website and the Big Finish app. Or save money with a bundle and get Series 1–4 of The Time War at £88 on CD or £80 on download.
The Time War stories act as a prequel to Doctor Who: The War Doctor starring Sir John Hurt as the War Doctor and Jacqueline Pearce as Cardinal Ollistra.
Jodie Whittaker auditioned alongside other actresses
Jodie Whittaker has revealed that she was “up against other actresses” when auditioning for the role of Doctor Who.
Whittaker will be the first ever woman to take on the iconic role since the show’s 1963 debut, but she says that showrunner Chris Chibnall was consciously looking for a female Time Lord.
“I have no idea who, but I know I was up against other actresses,” she told Rolling Stone. “It was very much that [Chibnall] was auditioning people for the first female Doctor.”
Others rumoured to be filling the role were Tilda Swinton, Kris Marshall and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
On the morning of the big reveal, Whittaker said it was strange to savour her last moments of relative anonymity. “I was just walking about my street, thinking, ‘Oh, this is so weird. Right now, I’m completely anonymous. I’ve got four hours’ time.'”
Since Whittaker was announced as the 13th Doctor, some have hailed her as a feminist icon, while other Who fans call the casting a form of sacrilege.
For now, it remains to be seen who her companion will be… although there is heavy speculation that it might be The Chase presenter, Bradley Walsh.
The next series of Doctor Who is expected in 2018.
John Hart returns to Big Finish!
An old flame of Captain Jack’s returns to Torchwood, as Captain John – played by James Marsters (Buffy) – returns to wreak havoc in The Death of Captain Jack.
We last saw Captain John and James Marsters in the finale of Series Two of Torchwood, originally broadcast in April 2008. With Torchwood continuing at Big Finish with Series 5 – Aliens Among Us, it seemed only right to bring Captain John back for the ride for The Death of Captain Jack.
Captain Jack is finally dying, and it's time for his oldest friend to visit his deathbed. King John has come to tell him a story. The story of the life he should have had.
It's the story of Alexander the Great, sinking ships, falling empires, robot dinosaurs, and alien invasions. It's a story of love, royal weddings, murder, mass murder, genocide, and very tight trousers.
It's the story of the life of Captain John and it's the story of Torchwood. Be careful what you wish for.
"The Death of Captain Jack is just naughty!” producer James Goss tells us. “It was a joy to get James Marsters back in, and, once again, Captain John romps through Torchwood like a demented clown. David Llewellyn has given us a peek into a world we really shouldn't see – one where John steals Jack's timeline and creates havoc.
“If you've ever wondered what Torchwood would be like with Captain John at the helm, wonder no more. Nothing from the world of Torchwood emerges unspoiled – and that includes Queen Victoria, and Ianto's dress sense!"
This story will be released when the Torchwood monthly range kicks off in March 2018 – available for pre-order now for £9.99 on CD or £7.99 on download. Or you can save with a bundle – order Torchwood monthly stories 19–24 for £45 on download or £50 on CD. All CD orders unlock a digital download which works with the Big Finish app.
If you’re missing the Torchwood monthly releases don’t forget we still have parts 2 and 3 of Torchwood Aliens Among Us to come in October and January respectively.
The Lucy Wilson mysteries
Candy Jar Books is to publish a new series of novels, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, a spin-off from their Lethbridge-Stewart range:
Lucy Wilson doesn't want to move from London to sleepy south Wales. But when she arrives at her new seaside home, it doesn't appear to be as boring as she expected.
Ogmore-by-Sea seems to be under the control of a mysterious and powerful force. But why is Lucy its target? And why, when students at her new school start to disappear, does no one seem to care?
With the help of her new friend Hobo, Lucy Wilson must assume the mantle of her grandfather, the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and defeat an invisible enemy before it's too late.
The Lucy Wilson Mysteries is a Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off adventure and features licensed characters created for Doctor Who by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.
Up until now the Lethbridge-Stewart series has continued on from the BBC’s The Web of Fear, taking place in the 1970s period known as Doctor Who’s "classic era". But three years into the series, Shaun Russell, head of publishing, thought the time was right to broaden the Brig’s horizons:
The great thing about Doctor Who is that it appeals to adults and children alike. There’s something for everybody to explore, from The Sarah Jane Adventuresfor the very young, to Torchwood for those a bit older. Lethbridge-Stewart’s last appearance in any Doctor Who media was, in fact, in The Sarah Jane Adventures. I’m sure that sent a lot of kids back to the classic series to see what all the fuss about. And once you’re a fan of that, you’re generally a fan for life.
The Brig is such a fundamental part of classic Doctor Who, but after Nicholas Courtney’s death, he’s naturally become less a part of the ongoing programme. We thought that, with the Lucy Wilson series, we could ensure his legacy continues into the modern day – at the same time hopefully sending young fans back to the classics! This is why we have decided to pit Lucy up against the iconic Great Intelligence.
Lucy's character is described as "a modern girl with strong values and opinions, she’s dauntless, loyal and whip smart – qualities long embodied by the Doctor". The announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor has spotlighted the positive example the character provides young viewers, a tradition Candy Jar wanted to continue with its own contributions to the Who universe.
Sue Hampton, author of two previous Lethbridge-Stewart stories, says
I’m sure that the new Doctor will defeat her enemies with smarts and ingenuity – and with the help of her friends. It’s great for kids to have someone like this as their role model. They’re the values of the show. And while she’s very much her own girl, we see Lucy as embodying similar traits. We hope young readers will find her just as inspiring.
The book has been endorsed by Eggheads presenter and Radio 2 DJ Jeremy Vine. He says:
A great read – brilliant characters and a plot that keeps surprising you. Sue Hampton writes in three dimensions! Avatars of the Intelligence draws you in from the very first page.
The cover art is by Steve Beckett, a freelance writer and illustrator who has contributed artwork for the UK's longest running children's weekly comic The Beano, including The Bash Street Kids, General Jumbo and Bully Beef and Chips. He says:
I am very excited to have contributed to the expanding Lethbridge-Stewart universe. Shaun contacted me because he was familiar with my work for The Beano. He wanted something that could appeal to the young and adults alike. Hopefully I have achieved this. I have certainly grown quite fond of the characters and I look forward to hopefully drawing them again very soon.
Avatars of the Intelligence by Sue Hampton is available for pre-order exclusively for fans via the Candy Jar website until the end of September, with dispatch shortly thereafter. The commercial release of the book will be early next year.
Source/Doctor Who News
The Fifth doctor returns to the main range!
Coming Soon to Big Finish - the continued adventures of the Fifth Doctor, with Tegan, Nyssa, and Adric!
Coming soon from Big Finish, Peter Davison returns as the Fifth Doctor with companions Tegan, Nyssa and Adric, played by Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse.
Having last worked together in the TV episode Earthshock (1982) which depicted Adric’s untimely demise, the team were first reunited for Big Finish in the Fifth Doctor Boxset in August 2014 to great acclaim.
Their next three brand new four-part stories will be out monthly from January 2018, as part of Big Finish’s monthly Doctor Who range.
January 2018: Kingdom of Lies by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky
The TARDIS crew is mistaken for a team of deadly assassins, hired to facilitate royal assassination.
February 2018: Ghost Walk by James Goss
A walking tour guide meets a ghost who says her tour is being used to bring a terrible being into our world. Before he died, the ghost was known as the Doctor.
March 2018: Serpent in the Silver Mask by David Llewellyn
On the planet of Argentia, a tax haven for the ultra-rich, a murderer is working their way through the members of the Mazzini family. Can the Doctor and his friends stay alive long enough to discover the killer's identity?
We chatted to Guy Adams, who told us what to expect in this trio of stories, set in, “Early 1982. The Commodore 64 has set the computing world alight and West German Nachtigall, Nicole wins Eurovision by wishing for A Little Peace. Somewhere in the vortex, four travellers in Space and Time might agree with her but thanks to pesky Terileptils, smug space frogs and naughty snake deities they’re unlikely to get any.
"It’s always a joy reuniting the Fifth Doctor with Tegan, Nyssa and Adric and in this trilogy we ensure their hectic existence continues.
"In Kingdom of Lies from Robert Khan and Tom Salinksy, they’re split into pairs and mistaken for deadly assassins. When embroiled in a particularly spiteful divorce will Doctor Scorpion and his vicious colleague in slaughter, Nyssa the Destroyer win the day? Or will Adric and Tegan, from the Order of Alzarius, strike first?
Kingdom of Lies is, at heart, a bubbly farce. Albeit one with Deadly Drones of Death and psychotic killers for hire. Listeners who heard Robert and Tom’s Early Adventure The Ravelli Conspiracy will know they have previous for wringing joy from courtly intrigue.
"In Ghost Walk from James Goss, tour guide Leanne has become the target of an ancient force known as Sabaoth, her only hope is one of the ghosts on her tour. A ghost called The Doctor.
"As soon as James sent me this idea revolving around a ghost tour I knew we were in for something special. James has a great skill in balancing the epic with the mundane, those lovely little everyday details that make his scripts pop with realism. Ghost Walk is an unusual story and offers real heart as well as apocalyptic danger and — as always from James — dialogue so sharp I had to handle the script with gloves. It moves from shadow to light then right back into the shadows again.
"Finally, in a delicious slice of Space Giallo from David Llewellyn, our heroes find themselves trapped at a memorial service on Argentia, the galaxy’s most exclusive tax haven. Sealed off from the rest of time, will they manage to stop the Serpent in the Silver Mask before he or she kills again?
"David and I discovered we both shared a love of Italian Giallo movies — stylish thrillers hugely popular in the 70s — so when I approached him it seemed sensible to turn this mutual love to our advantage. Serpent in the Silver Mask is a blissfully fun murder mystery shot through with the gloss and spectacle that the Italians loved to bring to the form. If Mario Bava had directed a version of Kind Hearts and Coronets in space — and now I come to think of it, why didn’t he? — it would have been something like this.”
These stories will each be available from Big Finish at £14.99 on CD or £12.99 on download, or available via the Big Finish subscription. You can subscribe to the Main Range in either six or twelve month subscriptions. Subscribers can enjoy a range of bonuses, including exclusive extras from behind-the-scenes, up to four exclusive subscriber Short Trip releases, PDFs of each script and a free Big Finish release!
Video of the week
Another trip back to 2008 in this week's throwback Thursday as we see a clip featuring Georgia Moffatt as Jenny, the Doctors daughter.
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