The new head writer, Steven Moffat, has confirmed at Comic Con in San Diego that he will not bring back the Daleks when his series arrives in 2010. From the Doctor Who 'revival' in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston's 9th Doctor, the Daleks have appeared in every series (nine episodes in total).
Moffat said this: “Fans always look back, but shows have to look forward. There’s a brand new audience of kids for Doctor Who each year and they have to think it’s their programme, not some relic that belongs to their parents. I’m as obsessed with the show’s past as many in the audience, but I have to resist my impulse and keep everything fresh.”
I think it's reasonable, after all... nine episodes?! That's over-use isn't it? What do you think?
UPDATE: Can I just point out to the people commenting on this post saying the Daleks are in Series 5. Yes, I know now, thanks. If you could just take a look at the date this news was posted and then to when we found out the Daleks are in Series 5 from the trailer, you'll realise this was in fact posted months before we discovered it.
The cover and details of the newest Doctor Who Quick Read book have been released. The book is called The Sontaran Games (click the image to enlarge) and here's the details...
"Every time the lights go out, someone dies...
The TARDIS lands at an academy for top athletes, all hoping to be chosen for the forthcoming Globe Games. But is one of them driven enough to resort to murder? The Doctor discovers that the students have been hushing up unexplained deaths.
Teaming up with a young swimmer called Emma, the Doctor begins to investigate – but he doesn’t expect to find a squad of Sontarans invading the academy!
As the Sontarans begin their own lethal version of the Globe Games, the Doctor and Emma must find out what’s really going on. But the Doctor is captured and forced to take part in the Sontaran Games. Can even a Time Lord survive this deadly contest?"
The music company Silva Screens, who previously released the Doctor Who soundtracks, have released the cover (click image to enlarge), details and trailer of their upcoming Torchwood Official Soundtrack. The soundtrack is due to be released on September 22nd this year. See below for details and trailer.
TRACKS: 1. Everything Changes 2. The Chase 3. Ghosts 4. Sleepers Awake 5. Toshiko & Tommy 6. Into the Hub 7. The Mission 8. Gray's Theme 9. Jack's Love Theme 10. Another Day, Another Death 11. Look Right Then Leave 12. Welcome to Planet Earth 13. The Plot 14. Out of Time 15. The Death of Owen Harper 16. King of the Weevils 17. Owen Fights Death 18. The Woman on the Roof 19. Owen's Theme 20. Pearl & the Ghostmaker 21. Flat Holm Island 22. A Boy Called Jonah 23. Toshiko Sato - Betrayal and Redemption 24. Gwen & Rhys 25. Jack joins Torchwood 26. Captain Jack's Theme 27. I Believe in Him 28. Memories of Gray 29. Goodbyes 30. Death of Toshiko 31. The End Is Where We Start From 32. Torchwood Theme
Doctor Who Fansite has another partner-site in the form of a Sarah Jane Adventures fansite. The site includes links to watch full episodes of SJA (via Doctor Who Fansite.TV), latest SJA news and coming very soon on the site are: episode guides, character profiles, and monsters' and villains' profiles. To visit the SJA Fansite follow this link:
Many scripts for Torchwood Series 3 have been scrapped after Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones in Doctor Who) has announced that instead of doing Torchwood she will be moving to the BBC's major rival, ITV, to act in the British version of the USA show Law and Order.
It was previously believed that Freema would reprise her role as Martha in Torchwood's five-part mini-season after a successful few episodes on the programme earlier this year. Apparently Russell T Davies is seriously annoyed by this news, as it was him who gave Freema her 'big break' in Doctor Who.
A source (presumably an insider) told The Sun newspaper: "This has really mucked things about. We’ve had to go back and re-edit loads of scripts because she’s not going to be in it. ITV is the Beeb's bitter rival, so the fact she's going over there to star in a big new project has not gone down well at all."
I have to say, I wasn't very happy at this news, what do you think? Please make comments below...
This longer trailer for the Chrismas Special 2008 shown at this year's Comic Con, July 24 2008. I expect this trailer will be shown on TV in the near future, therefore added to the BBC's YouTube in proper, when that happens I'll be sure to update you all on the subject. Here's the trail (sorry about the poor quality).
Character Options are surely pushing themselves this year, as so far they have released Series 4 figures of the Doctor (with 5 Adipose), Donna, Ood Sigma, Natural Ood, Sontarans (General Staal, Commander Skorr and Sontaran troopers), High Priestess, Journey's End set (including Supreme Dalek, Dalek with special weapon and the almighty Davros himself).
Now they have released an image of the upcoming action-figure set for 'The Fires of Pompeii' (click the image to enlarge). This includes an 8 inch Pyrovile in all it's glory and a Roman soldier (shouldn't the High Priestess be there as well?). Here's what Character have to say:
"Recreate scenes from the excellent second episode of Doctor Who Series 4 with this amazing Fires of Pompeii deluxe action figure set!"
The blurbs for the Doctor Who novels to be released on April 16th next year have been released. Click the covers to enlarge.
Judgement of the Juddon - by Colin Brake Elvis the King Spaceport has grown into the sprawling city-state of New Memphis - an urban jungle, where organized crime is rife. But the launch of the new Terminal 13 hasn't been as smooth as expected. And things are about to get worse... When the Doctor arrives, he finds the whole terminal locked down. The notorious Invisible Assassin is at work again, and the Judoon troopers sent to catch him will stop at nothing to complete their mission. With the assassin loose on the mean streets of New Memphis, the Doctor is forced into a strange alliance. Together with teenage private eye Nikki and a ruthless Judoon Commander, the Doctor soon discovers that things are even more complicated - and dangerous - than he first thought...
Prisoner of the Daleks - by Trevor Baxendale The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding in to Earth's space. The Earth forces are resisting the Daleks in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance... The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Earth Command will pay them for every Dalek they kill, every eye stalk they bring back as proof. With the Doctor's help, the bounty hunters achieve the ultimate prize: a Dalek prisoner - intact, powerless, and ready for interrogation. But where the Daleks are involved, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. Before long the tables will be turned, and how will the Doctor survive when he becomes a prisoner of the Daleks?
The Slitheen Excursion - by Simon Guerrier
1500BC - King Actaeus and his subjects live in mortal fear of the awesome gods who have come to visit their kingdom in ancient Greece. Except the Doctor, visiting with university student June, knows they're not gods at all. They're aliens. For the aliens, it's the perfect holiday - they get to tour the sights of a primitive planet and even take part in local customs. Like gladiatorial games, or hunting down and killing humans who won't be missed. With June's enthusiastic help, the Doctor soon meets the travel agents behind this deadly package holiday company - his old enemies the Slitheen. But can he bring the Slitheen excursion to an end without endangering more lives? And how are events in ancient Greece linked to a modern-day alien plot to destroy what's left of the Parthenon?
The titles of the first two Sarah Jane Adventures stories in Series 2 have been confirmed. Each will consist of two episodes, as do the other episodes in Series 2. If you would like to know the titles highlight the blacked out text between the white lines...
Episode 1/2: The Last Sontaran
Episode 3/4: Day of the Clown
If you would like to view the Sarah Jane Adventures Series 2 teaser trailer, see a few articles below.
I have been planning another website to add onto the Doctor Who Fansite chain for a while now and it's finally opened it's called Doctor Who Fansite.TV.
DWF.TV will include videos, episode clips, trailers, fan trailers and fan music videos (which will be picked be you) from Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures. I am still getting it up and ready so there aren't many videos yet, but there are loads to come. A link to DWF.TV is below...
Apparently two BBC staff members had the wacky idea of mixing David Tennant's time on Top Gear with clips of the TARDIS (you'd think they'd have better things to be doing) and the end result is quite funny and rather cleverly put together. Take a look...
"What am I looking in the wingmirror for, there's nothing behind me!"
The cover for the Doctor Who Storybook 2009 has been released, along with short blurbs of the seven stories contained in the book. Here they are... Hello Children, Everywhere - written by Paul Magrs, illustrated by Brian Williamson.
Grand Theft Planet - written by James Moran (The Fires of Pompeii), illustrated by Daryl Joyce.
Cold - written by Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot's Lantern), illustrated by Ben Willsher.
Bing Bong - written by Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp) & Clayton Hickman, illustrated by Dan McDaid.
Island of the Sirens - written by Keith Temple (Planet of the Ood), illustrated by Adrian Salmon.
The Puplet - written by Gary Russell, illustrated by Andy Walker.
Hold Your Horses - written by Nicholas Pegg, illustrated by Jon Haward & Nigel Dobbyn.
Tomorrow morning I will be going on holiday for two weeks and therefore will not be able to edit this website until 20th July 08. But, yes, thankfully I will be able to watch the finale tomorrow (or if you're reading this after it's aired, wasn't it fantastic?).
In the meantime, feel free to use the Cbox, vote on the new poll (Favourite Come-Back Villain), or check out the all-new pages on the Doctor and his companions. Remember...
The BBC have added loads more stuff, as usual, to the Doctor who website. Including an exclusive clip of next Saturday's episode, wallpapers, jigsaw (with script extract), and the Fear Forecast. You can see everything below apart from the Fear Forecast and wallpapers (sorry, but you'll have to just go to the BBCi Dr Who website episode page for those).
Jigsaw Script Extract:
"FRANCINE: What are those numbers? MARTHA stands, starts hoisting the Indigo Project MARTHA: Grid references. Now Jack's explained the base code, I know how this teleport works. I think. But you stay indoors, there's no Daleks on this street, you should be alright, just keep quiet."
The Radiotimes issue for 5th-11th July 08 has been released into shops today sporting Davros on the cover with a rather freaky smile. There's also a great competition to win Davros' mask! Take a look...