New Permanent Doctor Who Merchandise Museum needs Your Help

David J Howe Outside The Museum Location

David J Howe Outside The Museum Location
David J Howe Outside The Museum Location

To those that do not know David J Howe, he has written in excess of 30 books about the history, culture and merchandise of the ever popular TV show Doctor Who. He is also co founder of the Telos Publishing company, who produce TV tie ins and original genre fiction.

Since the 1970s, David J Howe has been collecting Doctor Who merchandise including Toys, Games and Magazines. In addition to original Doctor Who costumes, artwork and props. He arguably holds the biggest collection of ‘Doctor Who’ merchandise and memorabilia in the world. His dream: A museum in which to display and share his collection.

To try and achieve this aim, David has set up an Indiegogo fundraiser to try and get together the funds to bring the premises (which he already owns) up to spec, and to get everything displayed and laid out. ‘Since I was young, I’ve always wanted to be able to display and share my collection with others,’ David says. ‘And a couple of years ago, we got the opportunity to buy the premises, which was always the sticking point … where to house the items! Now we have that, we need to pay for the floor, walls, ceiling and electrics to be sorted out, as well as some groundworks outside, security, and fixtures and fittings. There’s a lot to do, but hopefully with everyone’s help we’ll be able to get it done!’

The premises are just outside Sleaford in Lincolnshire, and David’s aim is to be able to launch the Museum in the summer of 2018. He plans to ‘hold open days, and special events where folks can book to come and see the collection. We may also be able to accommodate pre-booked showings as well. If this all goes well, then who knows what opportunities might be afforded going forward. I’d love to see merchandise launches taking place at the Museum, and talks by the people who produce the toys and games … there’s all sorts of things we could do.

Can you help?

The funding campaign runs on the Indiegogo platform until the end of the year. Full details can be found on his Indiegogo Page Here.

Should you be unable to make a donation please share this project with like minded people using the social tools on This Page Here.

David With Boxes of Collectibles at the Museum's Location
David With Boxes of Collectibles at the Museum’s Location
As part of the fundraising there are a number of perks which people can buy, which include: exclusive invitations to the Launch Day, complete with special guests and buffet lunch; private dinners with David and his wife, the novelist Sam Stone; dinner with Doctor Who actor Frazer Hines; and even lunch with Star Trek’s Chase Masterson in LA! There are also other perks including special signed proof pages from one of David’s books; bundles of goodies donated by Doctor Who Author Richard Dinnick; and there are couples and family perks too! There are more perks being added all the time as friends suggest things which they can provide to help raise the funds.

‘At the end of the day,’ says David, ‘Doctor Who and its merchandise are intrinsically linked together. They have run hand in hand for fifty three years now, and there have been many tens of thousands of items produced and released tying in with the show. I have a great many of these items and I enjoy sharing my love and passion for the merchandise with others, so being able to have a permanent exhibition is a dream come true!

Doctor Who Pay What You Want HumbleBundle Comics For #ChildrenInNeed

Titan Comics have launched their own Doctor Who Humble Comics Bundle! Pay what you want for over 70 comics in aid of BBC Children in Need

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The Humble Comics Bundle: Doctor Who presented by Titan Comics

Truly Dalek-table comics. It’s about time (lord) for the Doctor Who Comics Bundle to regenerate! This incarnation, it’s a multi-volume collection from our friends at Titan Comics. It’s only available for two weeks, so don’t blink and miss it!

Pay $1 or more for Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur #1-6, Doctor Who: Rippers Curse #1-3, Doctor Who: When Worlds Collide #1-3, Doctor Who: As Time Goes By #1-4, Doctor Who: Fugitive #1-4, Doctor Who: Through Time and Space #1-6, and Doctor Who: Body Snatched #1-2.

Pay $8 or more and you’ll also get Doctor Who: The Forgotten #1-6, The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who, Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Vol 1, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol 1, Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 (mini-series), Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1, Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #1, Doctor Who: SDCC Exclusive 2015, and Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #16.

Pay $15 or more for all of that plus Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Vol 2, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol 2, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Vol 1, Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 (ongoing series), Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #11, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #6, and Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1.

Pay $1 or more. Together, these comics would cost over $209. Here at Humble Bundle, though, you name your price of $1 or more!

Read them anywhere. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here.

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Doctor Who Mr Men books are a Real Thing!

Doctor Who Mr Men Books
Doctor Who Mr Men Books
Spring 2017 will see four books in a new range which sees the Doctor’s regenerations imagined in the style of Mr. Men creator Roger Hargreaves.

These storybook mash-ups, written and illustrated by Adam Hargreaves, combine the iconic storytelling of Doctor Who with the whimsical humour and design made famous by his father, Roger Hargreaves.

The first four released will be: Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth.

Check out the details and the four amazing covers below!

With a bizarre twist they are only producing Mr Men books based on the First, Fourth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors.

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Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio [Video]

Peter Capaldi’s Doctor meets Doctor Mysterio in the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

(Yes Doctor Mysterio is the name given to the show in Mexico, but it is more likely an in joke rather than a plot point).

Does the “G” on Mysterio’s chest stand for Gallifrey? Or does it actually have an I in the design somewhere and stand for the Great Intelligence? No, I don’t see it either.

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BBC’s Class From The World Of Doctor Who – Trailer

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A familiar face and voice in this trailer for the new BBC3 series CLASS set in the worlds of Doctor Who.

The Doctor Who spin-off ‘Class’ created and written by Patrick Ness, who also produces alongside Doctor Who showrunner lead writer Steven Moffat, and Brian Minchin, who acted as producer on Doctor Who and two of its previous spin-offs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. The first series will consist of eight episodes, set to premiere on BBC Three on 22 October 2016.

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BBC – Doctor Who – Class

Torchwood / Doctor Who’s Captain Jack has own Series.

John Barrowman / Lives of Captain Jack

John Barrowman / Lives of Captain Jack
John Barrowman / Lives of Captain Jack
John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow) returns to the Doctor Who universe as Captain Jack Harkness in The Lives of Captain Jack, a set of four full cast audio adventures from Big Finish, made under licence from BBC Worldwide.

The four adventures in this full cast series from Big Finish provide some of the answers. Starring John Barrowman, and guest starring Russell Tovey (Grabbers), Camille Coduri (Doctor Who, Him & Her), Alexander Vlahos (Merlin, Versailles, The Confessions of Dorian Gray), Sarah Douglas (Superman I, Superman II, Space 1999, V, Strippers vs Werewolves)….

==SciFind rant==
What Big Finish, seriously. Your press release cited Sarah Douglas being associated with Strippers vs Werewolves? Now I love Sarah Douglas in everything I have seen here in, and I actually really rate SvW but it is not something I would list her as being in on a press release. I would probably have just used Superman II and possibly V.
On the subject of V when is Big Finish going to look at licencing audios in the V universe? Would love to hear what was going on the the UK during the 1980s visits.
==rant over==

Scott Haran (Wizards vs Aliens), Aaron Neil (Class) and Katy Manning (Doctor Who) the four adventures see Captain Jack in different times and on different planets, doing battle with a variety of strange and horrible enemies, from Mother Nothing to the Council Of Three.

“I find it really easy to slip into Captain Jack,” laughs John Barrowman. “There’s a bit of Jack in John and vice versa. What’s great about these stories is that they’re the kind of episode we didn’t have time for on TV – exploring aspects of Jack that you’ve never seen before in a timey-wimey way. And getting to work with Camille was amazing. If you’re a fan of Captain Jack, or Torchwood or Doctor Who, then I say get them.”

Released in June 2017, The Lives of Captain Jack is written by Guy Adams and James Goss.
The stories include:
THE YEAR AFTER I DIED: Set in the year 200,101, on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks, we see Jack struggling to save humanity from its oldest enemy.
WEDNESDAYS FOR BEGINNERS: Jack and Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri) must unite to rescue the Powell Estate from a force whose name Jackie can never say.
ONE ENCHANTED EVENING: Captain Jack and Alonso Frame (Russell Tovey) have only just met. But why did the Doctor want them to be together?
MONTH 25: He’s the young star of the Time Agency, and his whole life is about to fall apart. But that’s not going to stop him winning.

The Lives of Captain Jack is released in June 2017 and is available to pre-order from
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Power Of The Daleks Animated Official – Doctor Who BBCStore

Power Of The Daleks BBCstore

A brand new animation of a lost Doctor Who classic, Power Of The Daleks, available to download and keep. On the 5th November here. DVD release will follow on the 21st November – Pre Order Here!

BBC Store will launched this lost set of episodes, freshly animated from original set photos on the 50th anniversary of the start of the serial.

This post is an update to our original Awaiting Power Of The Daleks post after rumours that a big announcement was going to be made.

Earlier today, 6th September 2016, the official BBC Doctor Who facebook feed posted this animated gif:

Something is materialising very soon... Check back at midnight UK time to find out!
Something is materialising very soon… Check back at midnight UK time to find out!

I think this Wikipedia entry will be changing soon!

The Power of the Daleks is the completely missing third serial of the fourth season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from 5 November to 10 December 1966. It is the first full story to feature Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. Although audio recordings, still photographs, and clips of the story exist, no episodes of this serial are known to have survived.

Put on BBC Store Midnight 6th September 2016

50 years ago, one of Doctor Who’s most significant and celebrated stories had its one and only broadcast. It has never been seen since. The story is not only considered one of the finest in the series’ history. It was also the debut of the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton.

Available to Buy, Download & Keep from 5th November. Exclusive to BBC Store until 14th November.

Although the tapes were lost long ago, now, with the help of surviving photographs and footage, BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce that a brand new black and white animation, accompanied by an original audio recording, will be released 50 years to the day after the story’s original broadcast.

Episode one of The Power of the Daleks will be available to buy from BBC Store on Saturday 5th November, and the remaining episodes will be released over the following five days.

Power Of The Daleks BBCstore
Power Of The Daleks BBCstore

Awaiting Power Of The Daleks Animated Official Notification

Power of the Daleks
Power of the Daleks
Power of the Daleks

It is so frustrating when others post stories of Doctor Who news without attribution.

The Daily Mirror posted a story about “Lost episodes of Doctor Who to be shown as cartoons half a century after they vanished”.

According to this source of information:

Six long-lost episodes of Doctor Who are to be revived as cartoons – 50 years after they were aired.

BBC Worldwide has ­commissioned a company to animate the 1966 classic six-part story The Power of the Daleks, featuring the first ever Doctor Who regeneration.

Patrick Troughton’s first outing as the Time Lord – taking over from William Hartnell – is the holy grail for fans, as it was only shown once in the UK and only sold overseas to Australia and New Zealand.

The film prints of the black-and-white fourth series were junked from the BBC archives during the early 70s.

Only a handful of short clips and cine film footage shot by a fan survive.

This has been rumoured for a while and some footage did surface very briefly on youtube before being pulled of professionally looking animated Power of the Daleks footage.

We are waiting to see what BBC Worldwide come back with. Can we expect an official announcement on the 53rd Anniversary of Doctor Who – or even a DVD release at this time?

Time will tell.

The Power of the Daleks is the completely missing third serial of the fourth season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from 5 November to 10 December 1966. It is the first full story to feature Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. Although audio recordings, still photographs, and clips of the story exist, no episodes of this serial are known to have survived.

From Wikipedia – Also Image taken from Wikipedia.

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David Warner is Playing The Doctor Again #DoctorWho

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BERNICE SUMMERFIELD VOLUME 03: THE UNBOUND UNIVERSE
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BERNICE SUMMERFIELD VOLUME 03: THE UNBOUND UNIVERSE
No not click bait, it is true! David Warner is playing The Doctor Again in Big Finish’s Doctor Who UNBOUND universe.

This time it is with Bernice Summerfield!

The wrong Doctor, the wrong universe, a whole heap of trouble – Bernice Summerfield is having a really bad day.

Full details from the BigFinish website:

3.1 The Library In The Body by James Goss

In a dying reality knowledge is the only thing left of value – and the Kareem have come to destroy it. Can Bernice, the Doctor save the last library?

3.2 Planet X by Guy Adams

Bernice and the Doctor land on a planet so dull no one ever bothered naming it. Finally something interesting is about to happen here.

3.3 The Very Dark Thing by Una McCormack

Tramatz is an idyllic world – the rivers hum to themselves, unicorns prance through the emerald forests, and, at the very corner of your eye, is a horrible secret.

3.4 The Emporium At The End by Emma Reeves

The Last Song has been sung, and the final days of the universe have begun. Everyone flees to the gateway – to find that The Emporium At The End is having a closing down sale.

Written By: Guy Adams, James Goss, Una McCormack, Emma Reeves
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

Lisa Bowerman (Professor Bernice Summerfield), David Warner (The Doctor), Zeb Soanes (The Librarian), Guy Adams (The Sage of Sardner), Tom Webster (Acolyte Farnsworth), Rowena Cooper (Mother Superior), Alex Jordan (Mandeville/Kareem Chief/Acolyte), Sophie Wu (Millie), Julie Graham (Prime Minister 470), Damian Lynch (Ego), Kerry Gooderson (Megatz), Deirdre Mullins (Fleet Admiral Effenish), George Blagden (Colonel Neave), Richard Earl (Gallario), Aaron Neil (Aramatz), Laura Doddington (Idratz), Lizzie Hopley (Sister Christie), Shvorne Marls (Ampz), Gus Brown (Forz), Scott Handcock (Elevator) and Sam Kisgart as the Master. Other parts portrayed by the cast.

Producer and Script Editor James Goss

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Scifi Sitcom Brain Storm

Occasionally I have known to blurt out creative ideas on twitter, and the one that keeps coming back to me is writing a Scifi Sitcom.

Now these have been done, most notability with Red Dwarf, but I was looking for a Time Travel Twist.

I have just had a quick pen and pencil draft of of a pilot, but it reads back as a poor Steven Moffatt Episode of Doctor Who. (Not to say that Steven Moffatt’s Doctor Who is poor, just this plot seems a bit like a duff episode).

I know a lot of the Doctor Who of late has had a LOT of humour, but I was looking at a 6 episode 30 minute laugh-a-thon scifi idea. Which could allow character development.

Now what style?

I had thought a bit Basil Fawlty in a time machine, with some nice time travel paradox farce.
Or a Police Squad / Airplane / Naked Gun style comedy packed with in jokes, sight gags and breaking of the third wall.

I had a quick thought about casting and came up with 2 names Al Murray and Richard Herring. I have been stalking Richard on Twitter for a while, as I was a huge fan of his work for the past 20+ years.

Apparently Richard Herring does have a multiverse comedy in the works (very much look forward to it). But I still get a Pub-Landlord-as-The-Doctor style sketch going through my head. Now obliviously I don’t want to be so brash as to hijack an existing character and work it into a Doctor Who spoof. But I still like the idea of having Al Murray as the Time Travelling comedic lead. Bumbling through time ala Frank Drebin.

A few things I would need to do to take this to the next level, I am no stranger to writing comedy (I submitted many sketches and a sitcom pilot to the BBC back in the early 1990s) but I am a big stranger to getting it commissioned.

First step. Work on my characters and a loose 6 episode story arc with lots of laughs and get a pilot of episode one written.

I will post updates here.

Woman Cast As Doctor Who – Official – Not Really.

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Arabella Weir – The Doctor

American born comedic actor Arabella Weir was officially cast as The Doctor in Doctor Who.
Best known for her role in comedies like The Fast Show, she has a history in straight drama in shows like Midsomer Murders.

Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC from 1963 to the present day. The programme depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a space and time-travelling humanoid alien.

Arabella Weir’s first outing as The Doctor is written by long time Doctor Who contributor Nicholas Briggs.

Arabella joined the list of actors to be cast in the role of the Doctor since 1963 including William Hartnell, Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi

 

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Now. The sharp eyed among you may have spotted a glaring omission in the above, as the above announcement would have been better placed in 2003 (that is 13 years ago, how time flies) as Arabella was the first female to be cast in an official Doctor Who production, Doctor Who Unbound, Exile. Exile was released by Big Finish in October 2003 (and can be bought here).

Why and I doing this?

Well I am a bit miffed by the number of RIP posts appearing on social media for actors who have been long dead, the likes of Tony Hart, Roger LLoyd Pack and Leslie Nielsen.

It seems people are looking at click bait links and retweeting and liking on Facebook without reading the article.

See Why is Leslie Nielsen STILL dead? on the BBC website.

I am looking to see how many people share this as news, either looking to see if they can hook in others to the ‘hoax’ or to see who blindly shares this type of news.

We love Doctor Who and would love to see a Female at the helm (see Sue Perkins)

I am not trying to trick anyone, and this will probably fall flat in its face as this is not the highest trafficked site, but “nothing ventured…”

Arabella Weir on set in the Doctor Who Christmas special Photo: BBC/ Adrian Rogers
Arabella Weir on set in the Doctor Who Christmas special Photo: BBC/ Adrian Rogers

Arabella Weir was in Televised Doctor Who – Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe – Christmas Special with Matt Smith as the Doctor!

Doctor Who: The War Doctor Returns!

The War Doctor Cover
The War Doctor Cover

The War Doctor was introduced for Doctor Who’s Fiftieth Anniversary, and played a key part in the record-breaking television special The Day of the Doctor, alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors.

He is the secret incarnation of the Time Lord — but he has shunned the title ‘Doctor’ in order to fight in the Time War against the Daleks. “I have been a huge fan of John since first seeing him in the repeats of I, Claudius in the 1980s and in his Oscar-nominated role as the eponymous The Elephant Man,’ says Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. ‘Watching his performance in The Day of the Doctor I did find myself fantasising that some far off day we might have the chance to work with him on the audio adventures of Doctor Who and now two short years later it’s happened! John wove a fantastic character together from a great script by Steven Moffat. Now we have the chance to get to know that character more and hear John stretch in the role. We’re all in for a hell of a ride as the War Doctor engages in battle. But who are the greater threat — the Daleks or the Time Lords?”

The audio adventures of The War Doctor will be told over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes. The first box set is entitled Only The Monstrous, and is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, whose many successes for Big Finish include the BBC Audio Award-winning masterpiece Doctor Who: Dark Eyes.

“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me,” says Nicholas. “Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”

The cast of The War Doctor also includes Jacqueline Pearce, who plays Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra — an arch manipulator who is waging the Time War against the Daleks. Jacqueline’s work includes The Avengers, Callan, Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time, Moondial and Russell T Davies’ Dark Season, and she is known to many science fiction fans for her role as Servalan in the cult classic Blake’s 7. Only The Monstrous will be released in December 2015, and will be followed in February 2016 the second volume, Infernal Devices, which is written by John Dorney, Phil Mulryne and Matt Fitton.

Volumes Three and Four are currently in pre-production. “What an utter privilege it is to work with such an iconic actor, playing such a brilliantly devised role,” says producer David Richardson. “This is Doctor Who at its darkest — the era in which our hero casts aside his core values in order to try and save the galaxy in its most terrible hour. We promise bold and brilliant story-telling with gripping character drama, and epic and cinematic audio productions.” In addition to The War Doctor, November 2017 also sees a prequel box set to the saga Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor — The Time War, which will follow the early stages of the Time War from the Eighth Doctor’s perspective. Paul McGann stars, alongside characters first introduced in the War Doctor box sets.