Future's best-selling sci-fi and fantasy magazine SFX is offering readers an exclusive opportunity to win a full-scale Dalek, in a two-part competition that will test even the most dedicated of DOCTOR WHO fans.
One lucky reader will win the once in a lifetime prize of a life-size Dalek, modelled on Dalek Sec from the new series of DOCTOR WHO and hand-built using measurements from the BBC originals by THIS PLANET EARTH, the only company licensed by the BBC to produce full-sized replica Daleks.
Spanning two issues, the SFX challenge will separate the Dalek experts from the casual DOCTOR WHO fans with a series of exhaustive questions covering the classic TV show's 40 year history.
Once readers have answered the final series of questions, appearing in issue 168 of SFX, on sale Wednesday 12th March, a special grid provided in each issue will reveal the anagram of a phrase relevant to the Daleks. Readers must then unlock this hidden phrase to be in with a chance of winning the competition and taking home the exclusive Dalek prize.
The March 2008 on sale Wednesday 13th February with a cover price of £3.99
The April 2008 on sale Wednesday 12th March.
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31 JANUARY 2008 | BBC AUDIO | JOHN BARROWMAN
TORCHWOOD's John Barrowman's ANYTHING GOES autobiography is released on BBC AUDIO on 4 February 2008. RRP £12.99. 2x CDs - duration 2 hours 15 minutes.
"This is only the intermission" (the final line of the CD) is a expectation that this autobiography will be the first volume of many.
Whilst some of the language may not be suitable for children (who are fans of DOCTOR WHO and TORCHWOOD), Barrowman presents a view of a balanced & supportive family life (even though the upheavals of transatlantic life were disconcerting at time) where strong females (his grandma, mom and sister) seem more like trusted friends than family, discusses the devoid of growing pains development as a young man (and the gay-thing), the entertainment industry (including his nemesis, Peter P. who finally got his comeuppance in New York), and his cival partnership ceremony.
Of course, fans will be relieved that both BBC WALES' series are discussed at length but, in conclusion, this aspect of Barrowman's life is, whilst currently important, peripheral.
ANYTHING GOES is about the value of life (exposing the "negative nellies" and purging them) and family & friends. All of which Barrowman embraces & promotes in this uplifting BBC AUDIO.
And, yes - of course he does - he breaks into song. And why not.
24 JANUARY 2008 | SERIES 4 | AIRDATE?
THE SUN reports that SERIES will launch on Saturday 5 April.
This is two weeks later than a BBC SOURCE told this website - 22 March.
Note: TORCHWOOD SERIES TWO ends Wednesday 9 April. Unless the finale is a double-bill on Wednesday 2 April.
24 JANUARY 2008 | SERIES 4 | CASTING
BBC PRESS OFFICE have announced two new British actors for SERIES 4.
Former ER actor, Alex Kingston (a mysterious character who meets the Doctor on an expedition to uncover the secrets of an abandoned library) and JAMES BOND regular actor, Colin Salmon.
They appear in the Steven Moffat two-parter.
21 JANUARY 2008 | EYE OF HORUS | COMPETITIONS
If you were waiting for the eyeofhorus.org.uk competition to win one of 10 copies of DOCTOR WHO - THE TIME MEDDLER, sorry, but we're unable launch the competition.
Another entry in our range of unabridged readings of classic DOCTOR WHO novelisation, first published by Target books in the 1970s & 1980s. The planet Chloris is very fertile, but metal is in short supply, and has therefore become extremely valuable. A huge creature, with most unusual physical properties, arrives from an alien planet which can provide Chloris with metal from its own unlimited supplies, in exchange for chlorophyll. However, the ruthless Lady Adrasta has been able to exploit the shortage of metal to her own advantage, and has no wish to see the situation change. The Doctor and Romana land on Chloris just as the creature's alien masters begin to lose patience over their ambassador's long absence. The action the aliens decide to take will have devastating consequences for Chloris, unless something is done to prevent it...
THE ROMANS (5 May 2008)
William Hartnell stars as the Doctor, alongside William Russell as Ian, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara and Maureen O'Brien as Vicki in this four part story set in Ancient Rome. Written by Dennis Spooner. Whilst Ian and Barbara are kidnapped by slave traders, the Doctor is mistaken for a famous lyre player and plays at Nero's court. Can the TARDIS crew reunite and escape Rome before it burns to the ground? The original TV soundtrack has been digitally remastered, with linking narration by a member of the original cast.
THE DAEMONS (12 June 2008)
Another entry in our range of unabridged readings of Classic DOCTOR WHO novelisation, first published by Target Books in the 1970s & 1980s. DOCTOR WHO is strangely concerned about Professor Horner's plan to cut open an ancient barrow near the peaceful English village of Devil's End; equally worried is Miss Hawthorne, the local white witch, who foretells a terrible disaster if he goes ahead. Determined that the Professor should is Mr Magister, the new vicar (in truth the MASTER) whose secret ceremonies are designed to conjure up from out of the barrow a horribly powerful being from a far-off planet...The Brigadier and Jo Grant assist Doctor Who in this exciting confrontation with the forces of black magic!
15 JANUARY 2008 | MERCHANDISE | EXHIBTION update
Opening a few days before the start of SERIES 4, the London-based DOCTOR WHO WHO EXHIBITION will open on 20 March 2008.
Tickets will go on sale on 18 February 2008.
DOCTOR WHO WHO EXHIBITION
15 JANUARY 2008 | MERCHANDISE | Toying with DAVROS
Toy maker, CHARACTER OPTIONS confirms a 5" and 12" remote controlled Dalek creator, DAVROS for 2008 release.
Expect eBay to be awash with CHARACTER OPTIONS latest "toy".
The Doctor's Fob Watch is a highly detailed (and fully functional - as a watch, of course) replica of the fob watch used by both the Doctor and the Master. It features speech, lights and sound effects.
RRP: £14.99. Suitable for five year olds plus and adults of-a-certain-age.
07 JANUARY 2008 | MERCHANDISE | BBC CLASSIC WHO
BBC DVD and 2|entertain are releasing Tom Baker's 1978 THE INVASION OF TIME (featuring the Sontarans and Gallifrey) and Peter Davison's two-parter (but a two disc release), BLACK ORCHID (1982).
The DVD EXTRAS for BLACK ORCHID include:
NOW & THEN - THE LOCATIONS OF BLACK ORCHID (DISC 1)
DOCTOR WHO - COMING SOON TO DVD... - THE INVASION OF TIME
BLACK ORCHID - PHOTO GALLERY
DELETED SCENES 1-4
BLACK ORCHID - FILM RESTORATION
POINTS OF VIEW
STRIPPED FOR ACTION - THE STORY OF DOCTOR WHO COMICS - THE FIFTH DOCTOR
DOCTOR WHO - BLACK ORCHID - PART 1 (AUDIO COMMENTARY) (DISC 2)
DOCTOR WHO - BLACK ORCHID - PART 2 (AUDIO COMMENTARY)
01 JANUARY 2008 | MERCHANDISE | SERIES 4
Though yet to be broadcast, DOCTOR WHO SERIES 4 DVD boxset has been schedule for 4 August 2008 according to several online retailers.
Seems a bit too early. Probably more likely to be the release of the first Volume of SERIES 4.
Boxset RRP £69.99.
01 JANUARY 2008 | SERIES 4 SPECIAL | VOYAGE Commentary reveals...
The red button commentary for VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED with T Davies, Gardner and Collinson revealed that at the time of recording (12 December 2007) that:
SERIES 4 Episode 6 contains a new alien called "The Haff"
SERIES 4 Episode 11 contains Catherine Tate's the most extraordinary performance
SERIES 4 Episode 7 the Doctor eats anchovies as a "remedy"
The best quote on the commentary; Julie Gardner commenting that the team had just talked over the new theme tune adding "Hooray". If only everyone had talked over it to drown out the dreadful music.
Phil Collinson confirms that he will resign at the end of SERIES 4 and will not Produce the three 2009 Specials.
01 JANUARY 2008 | EOH | COMPETITIONS
eyeofhorus.org.uk is launching three all-new DOCTOR WHO DVD competitions this month.
THE TIME MEDDLER - win one of 10 copies
THE FIVE DOCTORS (new 2008 edition) - win one of five copies
VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED - win of 10 copies
BENEATH THE SURFACE DVD boxset is open for entries.
01 JANUARY 2008 | MERCHANDISE | BBC CLASSIC SC-FI
With thanks to BBC AUDIOBOOKS.
Releasing on 7 January 2008, BBC AUDIOBOOKS continue with their CLASSIC SCI-FI stories (2 CD sets RRP £12.99).
A FALL OF MOONDUST (by Arthur C Clarke) first broadcast in 1981
CHOCKY (by John Wyndham) first broadcast in 1998 - starring TORCHWOOD actor, Owen Teale
SOLARIS (by Stanislaw Lem)
If you are looking for an antidote to an overdosing of DOCTOR WHO, eyeofhorus.org.uk recommends this series of CDs.