Live action superhero shows are not a new idea – versions have existed almost as long as there have been comics to inspire them. Over the last 80+ years, there have been numerous attempts to bring our four-colour heroes to a mass audience, with many of the characters and concepts from the comics having found their way to the movies, serials and tv shows.
DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES #7 ON SALE 8th OCTOBER
It’s October and Something Wicked This Way Comes… in the form of the wickedest magazine in the universe – issue 7 of Doctor Who Adventures. So prepare for a Halloween like no other with a huge celebration of monster mayhem! (more…)
Doctor Who, Underwater Menace
release date news, by Eddie McGuigan
The wait is finally over…
Featuring the imitable Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor and packed with wealth of un-missable extras, Doctor Who: The Underwater Menacewill be available on DVD from 26th October, priced at £20.42.
The Underwater Menace is the fifth serial of the fourth season, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 14 January 1967 to 4 February 1967. The story introduces Jamie McCrimmon’s (Frazer Hines) on his first journey with the Doctor as a travelling companion. This special release will contain the two re-mastered existing episodes, with the two missing episodes represented with restored audio and surviving stills, as well as over an hour of extras.
Well, this author at least never saw this coming…
Previously only the topic of myth and teasing references, the Time War becomes the setting for a new series from Big Finish, starring John Hurt as the War Doctor, and Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor.
Following the proven format of the popular Dark Eyes boxsets, and starting this December, Big Finish have lined up four boxsets starring John Hurt as the War Doctor as introduced during the 50th anniversary. The Eighth Doctor will appear in a boxset in 2017 exploring the early days of the War prior to the events of Night of the Doctor.
The first boxset, Only the Monstrous, is out in a few short months in December 2015, followed by Infernal Devices in February and 2 more volumes currently in pre-production.
For full details and pre-orders, check out the announcement on the Big Finish website.
BBC Three today announces Class – a new 8 x 45 minute Doctor Who Spin off from the acclaimed YA author Patrick Ness. Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before.
Steven Moffat says: “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”
Character Options has today unveiled details of a brand new Limited Edition Doctor Who 5.5” scale action figure. Images of the Missy figure, first in a new range of scale Doctor Who Collector Series toys were revealed by Alasdair Dewar, Product
Development Director, today via video on the Character Options’ website.
Missy, played by Michelle Gomez, is a villainous Time Lady who recently revealed herself as the Doctor’s arch enemy, the Master! Missy has been firmly established as a new fan favourite character, and as a collector’s figure, she is truly a must have.
The Missy Figure will be available in two variants; a purple outfitted version with hat from the series finale episodes; and alternatively in her ‘Heaven’ outfit, hatless with black jacket and manic grin. The Missy figures each have 18 points of articulation and are highly detailed and decorated. Each figure head can also be swapped so that both heads can be incorporated with either outfit, and they both come with accessories. The bespoke UK Collector Series packs are perfect for display and for the first time are re-sealable, so that the figures can be enjoyed in or out of packaging without losing their collectability.
Only 4,000 units of each of the two figures are available in exclusive UK packaging at www.character-online.co.uk for a price of £19.99 each (excluding P&P). Delivery will be made to customers by early November.
Al Dewar states: “Character Options has been designing, manufacturing and marketing Doctor Who toys since 2005, so as true fans of the brand we wanted to tell collectors the latest news in the most direct, if informal way, which is why I made the announcement in person on the website. Missy is the first of a potential new line of highly sought after 5.5-inch action figures so we expect interest to be high and we are all very excited to share this with fans and collectors alike.
“Working with Michelle Gomez was great fun and she was the best subject we ever 3D scanned, patiently holding her facial expressions including her trademark Missy “sneer” for long periods of time. We know that many collectors have been eagerly waiting to see if Missy would at some point be included within our figure range, and at last, here she is.”
THE FIRST FOUR EPISODES OF THE NEW SERIES OF DOCTOR WHO, PREVIEWED IN DWM 491!
Doctor Who Magazine exclusively previews the first four episodes of the new series: The Magician’s Apprentice & The Witch’s Familiar and Under the Lake & Before the Flood…
Under the Lake and Before the Flood form Toby Whithouse’s first two-part Doctor Who story – and it hinges on time travel – and fairly mind-bending time travel at that. While plotting and writing, did Toby ever come to regret taking the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey route?
“Oh never, I loved it! I’ve always wanted to do a timey-wimey episode,” he says. “In fact, it was going to be a lot more timey-wimey, but we lost some of that before we started filming. It’s enormous fun to deposit something in a script, then have the reason for it happen later.”
This is also the first story that Toby’s written to star Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.
“I think he’s the most ‘alien’ Doctor we’ve had since the show came back,” says Toby. “Even though the essentials of the character remain the same – his heroism, his brilliance, his enthusiasm – he feels to me like much more of an outsider than Chris Eccleston or David Tennant or Matt Smith were. He’s more strange and otherwordly. That’s really interesting to play with.”
August Bank Holiday weekend, and putting excitement for Series 9 on the back burner for a few days, it was time for the annual visit to the Dark Heart of Cinema that is Film4 Frightfest 2015.
DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES #6 ON SALE 10th SEPTEMBER
This is the best September ever! Not only does Doctor Who return to our TV screens on the nineteenth, but on 10th September you can feast your eyes upon Doctor Who Adventures #6… the greatest magazine this side of the Seventh Quadrant! (more…)