Daily Archives: November 4, 2013

An Adventure in Space and Time to Screen in UK on 21 November

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BBC Two has announced on Twitter that it will be airing the Mark Gatiss penned docudrama on the genesis of Doctor Who at 9.00 p.m. on Thursday 21 November.  Fans in Australia must wait until 8.45 p.m. on Sunday 24 November when An Adventure in Space and Time will be shown immediately after the encore screening of the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, on ABC1. 

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Tom Baker Faces the Press as Doctor Who Nears 50th Anniversary

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In the lead-up to Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, Tom Baker has spoken to members of the British press about his role as the Fourth Doctor.  Several excellent articles have been published on Baker’s interview including one on Digital Spy, which includes discussion on the longevity of Doctor Who; why he turned down participating in the 20th Anniversary Special; why he’s never watched Doctor Who; and why, for once, he’ll be watching The Day of the Doctor. 

You can read Digital Spy’s article here, and also access a Radio Times article here and a BBC News, Entertainment & Arts article here.

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.

BBC Releases Official Synopsis for The Day of the Doctor

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The BBC Media Centre has published a synopsis of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. In Australia the episode will air early on the morning of Sunday 24 November on ABC1 and will be repeated at 7.30 p.m. that evening.  The BBC’s synopsis states as follows:

The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special.

In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Nick Hurran

Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Faith Penhale

Produced by Marcus Wilson

Stars: Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt

Three Doctors - Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt in The Day of the Doctor

Three Doctors – Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt in The Day of the Doctor

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.

Doctor Who Pop Up Shop Materialises in Melbourne

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Following the success of Doctor Who Pop Up Shops in Sydney and Brisbane, Melbourne fans will get their own short-term shop this Saturday. Operating from Shop 2, 177 Bridge Road, Richmond, the store will open this Saturday, 9 November 2013 at 9.00 a.m.  To celebrate its opening fans are encouraged to attend in costume, with a small prize to be awarded for the first 20 fans arriving in cosplay.

A Cyberman outside of the Brisbane Pop Up Shop on 8 October 2013

A Cyberman outside of the Brisbane Pop Up Shop on 8 October 2013

The Australian and New Zealand Retail Manager of BBC Worldwide, Rachael Hammond said:

The popularity of the Sydney and Brisbane stores have reinforced just how passionate Doctor Who fans are about the brand, and with the 50th anniversary fast approaching, we are delighted to offer Melbourne fans the opportunity to interact and take home their very own piece of Doctor Who, especially in the anniversary month.

Fans wait outside of the Brisbane Pop Up Shop on 8 October. Hundreds of fans waited up to two hours to gain entry to the shop

Fans wait outside of the Brisbane Pop Up Shop on 8 October. Hundreds of fans waited up to two hours to gain entry to the shop

BBC Worldwide is promising that the shop will stock a large array of Doctor Who merchandise not currently available in Australian stores including the Who Home Range and women’s apparel from the American designers Her Universe. A limited number of the Silver Collectable Coins, pressed by the Perth Mint, will also be available for sale. These 1oz silver proof coins are currently listed as unavailable on the Perth Mint website, where their retail price is listed as $115.00.

Together with the usual range of BBC Doctor Who merchandise, the shop will also have a TARDIS and a K-9.

You can check out the Doctor Who Mind Robber’s photographic gallery from the Brisbane Pop Up Shop opening here.

One of the fabulous cosplayers waiting in line at the Brisbane Pop Up Shop

One of the fabulous cosplayers waiting in line at the Brisbane Pop Up Shop

A pictorial history of Doctor Who adorned a whole wall of the Brisbane Pop Up Shop in October

A pictorial history of Doctor Who adorned a whole wall of the Brisbane Pop Up Shop in October

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.