Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Up coming gobuster episodes

The 43rd issue of this year's TOEI Hero Max have provided new summaries for the November episodes of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. This centers around the debut of Go-Buster King and the hunt for the remaining MessiahRoids.

 Mission 37: The black and white brides - 11/04 Yoko receives an invitation from mister Hasegawa (played by Gong Teyu), one of her old teachers. The young man, now about to marry a woman, was Yoko’s first love when she was a little girl. Tiararoid, a new Metaroid, attacks without any warning. The Go-Busters think of a plan where Yoko can take the place of the bride to protect her. Meanwhile, Escape appears donning a new form!

 Mission 38: Event! Ace deathmatch - 11/11 Vaglass’ new plan consists in building a giant dome where Enter wants to trap Go-Buster Ace to make it fight a whole bunch of Megazord. No one can access the dome from the outside and without Hiromu and Ace, the Go-Busters have a problem. Meanwhile, a new formation appears! Can the Go-Buster King defeat all these threats to the city?

 Mission 39: Final strike! Messiah’s fist! - 11/18 Kenta Sawai, owner of a karate dojo, claims to have seen a Messiah Card around. The Go-Busters question him but he suddenly changes his mind and denies seeing such a card. The Karateroid appears!

 Mission 40: To cover J and the Messiahroid! - 11/25 Escape creates Parabolaroid 2 to locate the missing Messiah Cards. She finds one but it seems that J collects it before she does. Is J going to turn into a Messiahroid? In addition, the magazine also hinted that "unexpected guests" will take part in the upcoming Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs Gokaiger team-up film. The movie premieres January 19th.

Go-Busters vs Gokaiger Film's Initial Plot, Staff Revealed

The 43rd issue of this year's TOEI Hero Max provided the initial plot premise of the upcoming Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs Gokaiger team-up film. Along with it is the staff that will be working behind the camera. As promised, the Space Pirates have returned to Earth. But... riding on a Black GokaiGalleon, what happened to them?

And... where is Gai Ikari?! The Go-Busters and Gokaiger are compelled into a head-on fight! In an earlier blog post, the magazine also hinted that "unexpected guests" will take part in the team-up film. Directed by Shibasaki Takayuki (Chou Den-O: Episode Yellow, Kamen Rider OOO WONDERFUL), with Shimoyama Kento (Goseiger vs Shinkenger) on the scripts, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs Gokaiger will premiere this January 19th.

K-ON!'s Real-Life School to Be Designated as Cultural Asset

In its September 21 report, Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs recommended K-ON!'s real-life model school to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for designation as a tangible cultural asset. The old Toyosato Elementary School building is located in Toyosato, Shiga Prefecture. Buildings at least 50 years old with high architectural and historical value can be recommended for registration as tangible cultural properties.

Toyosato Elementary was built in 1937 and designed by U.S. architect William Merrell Vories and built by Toyosato native Tetsujiro Furukawa with his own funds. It was known as the "best elementary school in the Orient" after its completion.

 The building was previously marked for demolition in 2001 due to the building's age and other factors, but local residents appealed to the Otsu District Court, who ordered an injunction in December 2002.

The town mayor at the time proceeded with the demolition plans anyways, sparking a local preservation campaign. An estimated 50,000 K-ON! fans visit the campus every year, and over 1,000 goods inspired by the anime have been put on display. The former campus hosted a few anime song concerts and events, as well as contests between bands from across the nation.

Hatsune Miku Bemoans Windows 8 Purchase in New Song

BBC Announced DW book for 2013

BBC Books is to bring out a number of publications next year in the run-up to Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. Editorial director Albert DePetrillo said the "first official piece of anniversary publishing" would be out on Thursday 7th March with the reissue of 11 paperback novels - one per Doctor and with each book boasting a "little bit retro, but fresh" look.

They will include Only Human by Gareth Roberts, Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell, Ten Little Aliens by Stephen Cole, Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris, and Dreams of Empire by Justin Richards.

 Before that, though, comes the paperback edition of Shada by Gareth Roberts on Thursday 31st January, followed by A Silurian Gift by Mike Tucker on Thursday 7th February, the latter of which is for the Quick Reads range and will be the seventh in the series so far. Shada can be pre-ordered here and A Silurian Gift can be pre-ordered here. Next April will see three mass-market paperback fiction books brought out:

Dalek Generation by Nicholas Briggs, Plague of the Cybermen by Justin Richards, and Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand. A specific date for their publication is yet to be announced. DePetrillo said: Next year we have new stuff publishing every month.

We are trying to celebrate the anniversary in every different way - the past of classic episodes and stories, the present, and looking to the future too. This autumn is very much the build-up to the big show next year.

In addition, the publication of the Melody Malone e-book The Angel's Kiss earlier this month could be the first of a number of similar releases. DePetrillo said: "That's certainly the hope.

We are looking into it now and, considering the response we've had, we could do more." BBC Books will also be updating the Doctor Who Encyclopedia app for the iPad so that it includes the five Series 7 episodes aired so far plus the 2012 Christmas special.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

DW Stage show in Austrlia

An improvised show inspired by Doctor Who is taking to the stage in Melbourne from tomorrow for a seven-date weekly run. Time Lord is being put on by The Impro Box and will be performed by Rob Lloyd with members of The Impro Box. Made up on the spot, it will centre on a fan presenting an audience-suggested adventure about the Doctor.

The show will be at Club Voltaire in Raglan Street every Wednesday at 7.30pm from 31st October to 12th December. Tickets can be booked via The Impro Box.

  Lloyd previously performed the one-man Doctor Who-themed comedy show Who, Me at the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Armageddon Expo 2011, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Anime Announcements at London MCM Expo

The following upcoming releases were announced at the London MCM Expo: Kaze UK (to be released by Manga Entertainment)

The new TV series K has been licensed. The first volume of Tiger & Bunny is due on January 14, carrying the first seven episodes. It will come in a special box including "hero" cards and mini-magazine. Makoto Shinkai's Journey to Agartha (aka Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below) will appear on January 28 on DVD and Blu-ray.

There will be a collector's edition, including an artbook. Mirai Nikki, Un-Go and Mawaru Penguindrum will appear next year, as will Bakuman. A Blu-ray of Bakuman. is still possible.

  Both seasons of Code Geass will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the first quarter, about five weeks apart. Bleach Season 10 part 1 is due in February or March, followed by part 2 in spring and a complete box-set in Summer.

Seasons 11 and 12 should also follow next year. MVM Entertainment Needless has been licensed: part 1 in January, part 2 in February Shana Season 2 part 1 will be released in March. Tony Allan of MVM Entertainment commented that pre-orders of the title would encourage him to release Series 3. CANAAN will be released in March as a complete box-set.

Dream Eater Merry is also due in March. Ga-Rei: Zero will be released in April. Titles without a release date confirmed yet include Bodacious Space Pirates, Majikoi: Samurai Girls, Mayo Chiki! and Kids on the Slope. Allan commented that the Blu-ray edition of Broken Blade this year 'had performed better than expected' but not well enough to persuade him to release many more Blu-rays. However, he would still consider further Blu-ray releases.

Manga Entertainment Aria the Scarlet Ammo will probably be released in a complete series box-set. Jormungand will be released in two half-series sets. Fractale will be released in February or March.

The Blu-ray edition of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa has been moved back to next year. Re the film King of Thorn, Manga is still waiting to sign the contract with Sunrise. Manga is also confident that it wll release the second season of Fairy Tail, plus the film version, next year.

  Manga is planning a "trilogy" box-set of the three stand-alone films by Mamoru Hosoda; his new film The Wolf Children and its predecessors Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Released Monday on Blu-ray and DVD

Manga Entertainment will release the complete 12-part series of Puella Magi Madoka Magica in Blu-ray (pictured) and DVD editions on Monday October 22. Madoka is a young girl who encounters a strange cat-like creature, Kyubey, who invites her and her friend to become Magic Girls, with the power to defend the world. However, Kyubey is concealing terrible secrets about the true nature of Magic Girls.

  Manga is also releasing a box-set containing the complete Season 8 of Bleach, carrying episodes 152 to 167 of the series.

Manga Entertainment Announcements at London MCM Expo Including Wolf Children

At the London MCM Expo festival, Manga Entertainment announced the following upcoming releases: The Wolf Children - the latest feature film by Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time).

The film will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray. A theatrical release is also planned, and possibly a theatrical retrospective of all of Hosoda's previous films.

Blood-C (the television series) Blood-C: The Last Dark - the feature film sequel to the above.

Hellsing Ultimate part 5 to 8 (two Blu-ray discs and two DVD discs), 'hopefully' in May. Hellsing Ultimate parts 1 to 4 will be released on Blu-ray on the same day. Guilty Crown is planned for release in April; Cat Planet Cuties and Jormungand are also due next year.

  Jerome Mazandarani said that he was still negotiating with Kadakowa over the series Steins;Gate, and that it 'might' be ready by May or June 2013.

  Mazandarani also said that he would like to release BTOOOM! and Usagi Drop. He also mentioned that he "would like to do something" with the film versions of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, but that it would better to wait until the third film was releases.

  Andrew Partridge of Kaze UK added that he would like to release Deadman Wonderland and (an 'unrealistic' hope) Nodame Cantabile.

Forthcoming Release Dates from Kaze

The Kaze UK booth at London's MCM Expo festival featured posters for forthcoming releases, with the following dates:
Bakuman. (pictured) - second quarter of 2013.
  Journey to Agartha (aka Children Who Chase Lost Voices) -

January Tiger & Bunny - January Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse - February

Manga Jiman 2012 Deadline Extend to November 19

The deadline for the Manga Jiman contest, in which UK artists are encounraged to create their own original strips, has been extended to Monday November 19. Details of the contest are available on the Embassy of Japan website here, plus full rules.
An application form can be downloaded from the site. The theme of this year's contest is "ganbare!" which means "good luck!," 'do your best!" or "come on!"

The entries should refer to that idea in some way. The first prize is a return ticket to Japan. Second prize is a Toshiba laptop computer, and the third prize is a Ricoh digital camera. The winners' work will be displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy.

The competition is open to legal UK residents who are, or will be, over 14 on January 1st, 2013. All strips should be original (not previously published or publicly displayed).

They must be between six and eight A4-sized pages in length, drawn so the strip reads from left to right. Photocopied manga and completed entry forms should be submitted, by post or in person, to: MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2012 Japan Information and Cultural Centre Embassy of Japan 101/104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT Finalists will be posted on the Embassy of Japan website in December, and the prizes will be awarded in February 2013.

TW in limbo not cancelled

Russell T Davies was a guest on the Graham Norton show on Saturday, where he discussed his new series starting on Monday and Tuesday next week, Wizards vs Aliens.

During the interview, the question of future series of Torchwood was raised, to which he answered: I loved making it over there (in the USA), and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn't brought me back to this country, so it's kind of in limbo for me at the moment.

 I'm not working on it at the moment, I'm only working on Wizards vs Aliens - when I get back to work one day, I don't know, it'll be old news to the BBC! It's not officially (cancelled), it's in a nice limbo where it can stew - those shows can come back in ten, twenty years time. The interview can be heard via the BBC website.

DW current series news round up

Current Filming

Filming commenced this week on episode 7 (2013 #2), written by Neil Cross and directed by Farren Blackburn, who announced on Sunday: "Once more unto the breach! Start filming Neil Cross's latest Doctor Who ep tomorrow. Gonna be a ride!!!" Filming is due to continue until the 6th November on the episode, which appears to be set in the early 1980s - though no guest stars have been announced for this episode so far. Filming kicked off in Newport on Monday, with eagle-eyed viewers possibly recognising the Gaer estate from Torchwood: Children of Earth back in 2009; another old haunt from previous stories was the nearby St. Woolos Cemetery, which was used on Tuesday. Blackburn commented: "Several coffees a day keeps the Doctor at play. Boy you need energy to direct this show!!! « BTW the Doc is looking cooler than EVER!!! « When I say The Doc is looking cooler than EVER!! I mean what he's wearing!!! Just wait and see!!! «"

Matt Smith filming in London. Photo: Anne KoerberThe bulk of episode six (2012 #1) by Steven Moffat has been completed, with a high-profile shoot in London taking place last week incorporating motorcycle antics on the South Bank and around Westminster streets, plus scenes in the shadow of the Shard near to London Bridge. Some pickups also took place on Wednesday back in Cardiff, with director Colm McCarthy wryly commenting: "Five cameras on a corner of a street in Cardiff shooting Dr Who for an hour. Nobody has noticed yet. Too late Whovians! We're out of here."

Thursday evening saw filming by Barry Pump House with director Saul Metzstein present - this seems likely to have been pickups for the Mark Gatiss story (2013 #6) that stars Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling - though the scene in question features another character, familiar to regular viewers... Main filming back at the BBC Studios during the day was briefly interrupted to celebrate Matt Smith's birthday (he'll be 30 on Sunday) - the cake surprise is available to watch via the BBC's Doctor Who website.

Neil Gaiman's script (2012 #7) has its readthrough next week, with the writer saying: "in case you are wondering: I'm really a bit nervous: the table read of my episode of Doctor Who is next week. Think good thoughts at us. I'll try and post some photographs afterwards. Oh, and for the curious, the episode will be called ███ ████ ████████ . Only with letters instead of Ascii Blocks. Unless we change the title again before it's broadcast. Which might well happen, actually. I mean, it was originally called █ █████████ ██ ██████." [Neil Gaiman's Journal, 25 Oct 2012]

Ashley Walters (who guest-stars in the fifth episode next year) spoke about his co-stars from his recent stint filming for the series: "You can't beat being in Doctor Who - it's something I've grown up with my whole life and working with Matt Smith was amazing. He's a really, really good actor and just being a part of that huge BBC franchise was an incredible thing. And Jenna Louise Coleman is really good at what she does - it seems like she's enjoying her job and I loved working with her." [Radio Times, 22 Oct 2012]

The Radio Times also reports that the fifth episode is intriguingly entitled Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS - however, episode titles won't be finalised until closer to transmission (for example this year's The Power of Three was originally entitled Cubed).

London MCM Expo: Q&A

Matt Smith and Caroline Skinner participated in a Q&A at the London MCM Expo taking place at the Excel Centre in order to promote The Series 7 Part 1 boxed set, and answered a variety of questions about the series both shown and still to be broadcast. The session was streamed live, and will be made available to watch on YouTube next week.

Into the Future: re-occuring roles

Steven Moffat has re-iterated that Amy won't be back for the 50th Anniversary, in spite of recent media speculation: "Amy and Rory won’t be back. At the very beginning, when I was talking to Karen, I said, 'Let's make it a proper ending'. Heaven knows if they will appear in some flashback – I have no plans – but the story of Amy and Rory is over." [Mirror, The Sun, 15 Oct 2012]

If he were to return, John Simm would like to take the Master in a different direction: "I'd love to have another take on him, to be a bit quieter. Russell T Davies had a specific idea of what he wanted him to be like. So I just had to do exactly what he wanted me to, and he wanted a giggling lunatic. There's a new writer now, and I'm sure his take on him would be different so I'd be interested to have a look at it. I'd like to take the Master to a very, very dark place." [Radio Times, 23 Oct 2012]

Matt Smith confirmed at the MCM Expo in answer to a question that he'd expect that - should the Master ever return - he'd expect it to be played by John Simm! Both he and Caroline Skinner indicated that Alex Kingston would also be back as River Song (though not exactly when!).

Former Doctor Who lead writer Russell T Davies wants to be surprised by next year: "I think I’d be like the ghost at the feast, what would I do – turn up and make the tea? I have asked current boss Steven Moffat not to tell me what they are planning." [What's on TV, 24 Oct 2012]

Into the Future: alternative Doctors?

Actor Stephen Mangan wants to add his name to the list of Doctors: "I'd love to be Doctor Who – who wouldn't, it's a great part, it's very exciting, I think the Doctor Whos we've had recently have been phenomenal and I'm glad I wasn't the one who had to follow David Tennant because he was extraordinary." [Radio Times, 12 Oct 2012]

Comedian Russ Noble wouldn't ignore it either: "I think anyone would cancel anything to be [The Doctor]! The weird thing about Doctor Who is, I think there isn’t a human being on the planet who would say no to Doctor Who. But the only downside of that is you’d have to live in Cardiff!" [Den of Geek, 22 Oct 2012]

Into the Future: location, location location!

After the more 'exotic' locations visited for the first part of the series, Caroline Fisher said that they sadly weren't travelling that far from Cardiff Bay for the current batch of stories being recorded. However, when asked by the audience the the London MCM Expo about the possibility of filming in places like Louisiana in the United States, or in Australia (as championed by MP George Christensen) she didn't rule either out in the future.

Having recently stirred the hornet's nest over Australian filming himself, Matt Smith throws a few more locations into the mix: "I also think you could make quite a fun episode in Iceland or South America, or you could go to Peru. I'd like to film something in those places. The Pyramids would be fun, too, but I'd rather go to Peru." [BANG Showbiz, 18 Oct 2012]

DW CHildren in need 2012 news

The BBC have announced that, as with many years in the past, Doctor Who will feature as a part of its annual Children in Need fund-raising evening: Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith, will also bring viewers an extra special 'prequel' to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for Children in Need, and an exclusive preview trailer of the Christmas special including the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion.

  Last year, the Doctor's costume was auctioned for the charity, raising £50,000. Children in Need takes place this year on Friday 16th November.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Inquest into Mary Tamms widower

The grieving widower of Mary Tamm who died shortly after the actress's funeral may have suffered from a rare condition in which the heart stops beating for no reason, an inquest was told. Marcus Ringrose, who was aged 59, gave a moving eulogy at Tamm's funeral on 7th August this year but just hours later his body was found at their home in Battersea.

The cause of death was given by pathologist Dr John du Parcq as sudden adult death syndrome, with emotional stress as the potential trigger. Mr Ringrose had collapsed while e-mailing a friend about his wife, but a post-mortem revealed that he had been fit and well and there was no evidence that he had suffered a heart attack. No alcohol or drugs were found in his body, nor were there signs of external injury, Westminster Coroner's Court was told.

 Dr du Parcq said there may have been a genetic cause, as Mr Ringrose had complained of palpitations years earlier and had had an uncle who suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 52, but the pathologist added that "acute stress, be that metabolic or emotional" could have been the trigger.

 Referring to the syndrome, deputy coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said: "It is a recognised situation that it can be triggered by particularly stressful and emotional events, which undoubtedly Mr Ringrose had been going through." She recorded a verdict of death by natural causes and advised the family to seek advice and tests from a cardiologist.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Fractale Moved Back to Early Next Year

In its latest 33-minute podcast, Manga Entertainment confirmed that the series Fractale (pictured), previously scheduled for December, has been moved back to early 2013.

 (Host Jeremy Graves stressed that the series is not cancelled, just delayed.) Manga also confirmed that the following titles will be available from the Manga stand at the London MCM Expo, prior to their release in shops: Trigun: Badlands Rumble (DVD and Blu-ray), Bleach Season 8 and 100 copies each of the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

There will also be the individual DVD and Blu-ray editions of the remastered Ninja Scroll, but probably not the Steelbook edition.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Classic DW IDW Comic

IDW Publishing have announced a new series of releases to tie in with Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary - launching in January, Prisoners of Time will focus on each of the eleven Doctors over the course of the year, with the first of course tracing the First Doctor. Each issue will also feature an essay on the Doctor of that month.

 Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1 Written by Scott and David Tipton Artwork by Simon Fraser Colouring by Francesco Francavilla November 23, 1963:

A day that changed the world forever. That day saw the broadcast debut of Doctor Who, which was to become the longest-running science-fiction series on television.

And now 50 years later, we pay tribute to one of the greatest pop-culture heroes of all time with this special series, which tells an epic adventure featuring all 11 incarnations of the intrepid traveller through time and space known simply as... the Doctor. 

The issue also features an article on the First Doctor written by producer, director and script editor for Big Finish Productions, John Ainsworth! Featuring two covers, with artwork by Simon Fraser and a photo cover of the first Doctor. Full colour, 32 pages There'll also be a twelfth issue, details of which are unknown at present ...

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Wolf Children Wins Best Animated Film Award at Sitges

The 45th annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain announced on October 13 that Mamoru Hosoda's The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki) film won the festival's Best Animated Feature Film award.

  The film's story covers 13 years and begins with a 19-year-old college student named Hana who encounters and falls in "fairy tale-like" love with a "wolf man." After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two wolf children — an older sister named Yuki ("snow") who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame ("rain") who was born on a rainy day.

When the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city.

 The film has also been nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film award at this year's Asian Pacific Screen Awards in Australia.

Funimation will release the film theatrically and on home video in North America next year.

  This is the third film from Hosoda to win the best animated feature film award at Sitges. In 2006, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time won the award, and Summer Wars won the award in 2009. Last year, Eric Khoo's animated film adaptation of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A Drifting Life autobiographical manga won the award.

London MCM Expo This Friday to Sunday

The London MCM Expo will take place at the ExCel centre from Friday October 26 to Sunday October 28; ticket details are here.

Guests include Toshio Maeda (pictured), the manga artist who created such sexual horror titles as Urotsukidoji (animated as Legend of the Overfiend); another guest will be the dub actor Liam O'Brien, whose credits include Bleach (Jushiro), Naruto (Gaara) and Tiger & Bunny (Lunatic). Manga Entertainment will announce new releases and acquisitions, and record a live podcast during the event.

 It will also be screening clips from the new Blu-ray edition of Ninja Scroll.

Toshio Maeda has created two A2 digital lithographic prints exclusively for Expo, limited to 100 prints per design, costing £15 each and are limited to availability on a first come first serve basis.

The designs (possibly NSFW) can be seen here. Liam O'Brien will be signing on the Manga stand on Saturday and Sunday. Distributors,

Third Window Films and Terracotta Distribution will also be represented at the event.. Namco Bandai will be promoting games including Ni No Kuni, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Dragon Ball Z for Kinect; Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection, and Naruto Shippūden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. NIS will be promoting Persona 4 Golden for the PlayStation Vita.

London Anime All-Nighter Tickets Available

Tickets for the next London Anime All-Nighter event are now available here. A ticket is £25, and concessions are available. The event will start at 11.40 p.m on Saturday November 10.

The venue is the Stratford East Picturehouse cinema, near to Stratford station (map).

The five titles being shown at the All-Nighter are: Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- (pictured) - the first feature film spun off from the Tiger & Bunny series.

  Journey to Agartha, aka Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, the new film from Makoto Shinkai, director of 5 Centimeters Per Second and Voices of a Distant Star. Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~ GYO, aka GYO: Tokyo Fish Attack Gintama: The Movie

PR Megaforce trailer

Monday, 22 October 2012

Auditions for Princess Mononoke Stage Play

The Whole Hog Theatre company has announced there will be auditions for voluntary (unpaid) actors in its upcoming stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke. The sign-up page will open on Thursday October 25 and will operate on a first-come first-served basis. More details below. As well as the auditions, the theatre has also posted a call-out for the following staff positions: Set Designer, Costume Designer, Technical Manager/Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Hair and Makeup Design. Again, these positions will be voluntary.

 According to the site, "all levels of experience are relevant; candidates are chosen based on their demonstration of talent and commitment, and not necessarily on previous credits/professional experience."

Appplicants for these positions (not the auditions) should send a portfolio or CV to, along with a covering letter explaining why the applicant wants to join the production. The Princess Mononoke play has been developed in cooperation with Studio Ghibli. The stage performances will feature giant puppets made from recycled materials, as well as original live music. The play sold out within 72 hours of its announcement. It is due to be performed at London's New Diorama Theatre from April 2 to April 6, 2013.

However, the new message mentions that "We very much hope to take the production further over the rest of 2013."

From the Whole Hog Theatre website regarding the auditions: The roles will be unpaid and voluntary (as are all roles within Whole Hog Theatre). Those who wish to audition need to sign up for a slot via this online form; this will go live at 8am this coming Thursday (25th October).

Please do not try and sign up before this time as your application will not be counted and you will have to reapply from 8am on Thursday. Applications can only be submitted through this form and should not be emailed in. The closing date will be Friday 9th November, but we are expecting a great deal of interest and will be operating on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will be holding three full days of first round auditions: Thursday 22nd November – New Diorama Theatre, London Friday 23rd November – The Band Factory, Leamington Spa Saturday 24th November – Warwick University Campus, Coventry All auditionees must memorise and perform a 30 second monologue of their choice and participate in a short physical workshop for the first round auditions.

Please come dressed appropriately. Any other information that you will need, including detailed directions on how to get to your chosen venue, will be emailed to you with the confirmation of your successful sign up, along with the time of your slot. Please note that all recall auditions (two rounds) will be held the following week on Warwick University Campus, Coventry.

Should you be cast, all rehearsals will be on Warwick University campus, so cast members need to be able to commute easily, or relocate to the Leamington or Coventry areas.

As this is an unpaid opportunity rehearsals would be part-time (weekday evenings and weekend rehearsals) but time commitment would increase in the run up to production week.

Rehearsals will begin in earnest at the beginning of January, but R&D sessions will be happening the first three weekends of December for those who do not need to relocate or are based locally.

Confirmed production dates are the 2nd - 6th April 2013 at The New Diorama Theatre, London, but we very much hope to take this production further over the rest of 2013; please bear this in mind when choosing to audition.

Blue Exorcist Part 2 Plus Chaos;HEAd Released Monday

Manga Entertainment will release the second (and concluding) volume of Blue Exorcist, a supernatural action series, on DVD on Monday October 22. The title character is Rin Okumura, a boy who discovers he is the son of Satan. Rin decides to fight his fate by joining the True Cross Academy to become an exorcist and defeat demons.

The series was directed by Tensai Okamura (Darker than Black) and animated by A-1 Pictures (Black Butler, Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW).

As with the first volume of Blue Exorcist, this release is subtitles-only. Manga is also releasing the complete twelve-part series Chaos;HEAd, by the Mad House studio. The series is a mystery-thriller about a teenage boy named Takumi with psychological problems. Takumi becomes embroiled in a spate of gory serial killings around the Tokyo neighbourhood of Shibuya.

The series is based on a psychological suspense visual novel by the software developer 5pb.

DW Series 7 pt 1 DVD release

The first part of Series 7 is due to be released in the UK on the 29th October, and will come in two flavours. Both versions feature the five episodes shown so far (Asylum of the Daleks to The Angels take Manhattan), the UK mini-episode Pond Life, and also the two special 'prequels' that were originally exclusive to iTunes:
  • Asylum of the Daleks: The Doctor receives a message from a mysterious hooded stranger – a woman called Darla Von Karlsen wants to meet him...
  • A Town Called Mercy: Civil war has ravaged the Kahler race, but a team of scientists has found an advantage. The Gunslinger is born.
In addition, a limited edition "Weeping Angels" release also contains the documentary The Science of Doctor Who, which delves into whether the scientific concepts of the series live up to reality.

Both the standard (DVD/Blu-ray) and limited edition (DVD/Blu-ray) versions are available for pre-order.

DW Audio News: winter release

AudioGo have released details on audio titles in their spoken word range due to be released towards the end of the year. After November's Destiny of The Daleks, the next in the television soundtrack range will also be the following adventure, City of Death, again with linking narration and bonus interview from Lalla Ward (Romana).

Meanwhile, the next Eleventh Doctor story, Snake Bite, will be the final one to feature the characters of Amy and Rory.

City of Death Written by David Agnew Narrated by Lalla Ward Released Winter 2012 (CD) Whilst sightseeing in Paris, 1979, the Doctor and Romana notice a series of unexplained temporal disturbances – ‘like a crack in time,’ as the Doctor puts it. They discover that Count Scarlioni, has a knowledge of advanced technology that far exceeds that of normal 20th century Parisians.

Not only that, the Count is forcing a genius professor to undertake time experiments. The question is, why? As the time travellers become involved in an audacious plan to steal the Mona Lisa it becomes evident sinister forces are afoot…

What lies behind the Count’s suave persona and what are his plans, not only for Paris, but the entire world?

The Doctor and his friends must find the answers before time runs out. In an exclusive bonus interview Lalla Ward recalls her time as Romana in the BBC TV series.

Also included are colour PDF files of the original TV scripts. Snake Bite Written by Scott Handcock Read by Frances Barber Released Winter 2012 (CD) After a lifetime spent working on her secret project, Doctor Elehri Mussurana and her husband, Ernst Wharner, watch in awe as their experiment reaches its final, glorious fruition. A wormhole in time and space is being created…

 Then the unexpected occurs: inside the swirling vortex appears a tall blue box...

Potential disaster awaits the Doctor, Rory and Amy as the Tardis arrives in a scientific research outpost far into the future just as the fabric of reality is ripped at the seams and the universe tears in two….

This story is the final Audio Original to feature Amy and Rory, as played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill who left the most recent TV episode ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’.

Friday, 19 October 2012

DW Xmas Special news

It might seem enshrined in tradition, but the Christmas Special is seldom confirmed to be on Christmas Day itself until just a few weeks before broadcast. This year, however, the BBC have announced some ten weeks in advance that Doctor Who will indeed feature in the line-up for the festive evening, which it hopes will help settle the audience in front of BBC1 with their turkey sandwiches for the duration!

The time of the episode has yet to be announced, but will slot into the usual late afternoon/early evening line-up, which this year includes the Pixar Oscar-winning film Up as well as the usual instalment of Walford mayhem in EastEnders. The prime-time 9:00pm slot this year falls to the popular new series Call the Midwife, which is expected to go head-to-head with the ratings winner of last Christmas, ITV1's Downton Abbey. The main evening viewing on BBC1 is rounded off with The Royle Family at 10:00pm.

The as-yet-untitled hour-long special set in Victorian times will be Matt Smith's third Christmas outing, and sees the debut of Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new regular co-star; the episode also guest stars Richard E Grant. In addition, the episode will see the return of several of the Doctor's compatriots from last year's A Good Man Goes To War, with Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart and Dan Starkey reprising their roles of Vastra, Jenny and Strax respectively. The episode is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein.

Into 2013 ...

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has summarised the expected running order of the remaining eight episodes of the current series to be broadcast in 2013, and also confirmed that fantasy author Neil Gaiman - who suggested he was writing a script last month - has indeed done so.

EpisodeWriterDirectorGuest stars
2013 #1Steven MoffatColm McCarthy
2013 #2Neil CrossFarren Blackburn
2013 #3Mark GatissDouglas MackinnonDavid Warner and Liam Cunningham
2013 #4Neil CrossJamie PayneDougray Scott and Jessica Raine
2013 #5Stephen TomkinsonMat KingAshley Walters
2013 #6Mark GatissSaul MetzsteinDiana Rigg and Rachael Stirling
2013 #7Neil GaimanStephen Wolfenden
2013 #8Steven Moffattbc

People Round Up

Paul McGann is to be interviewed as part of the Personal Development Planning Week at the Liverpool John Moores University on Tuesday 23rd October.

The actor will be there to discuss how his own career has developed. The event is only open to university staff and students. [LJMU, 15 Oct 2012] Russell T Davies is to be a guest on BBC Radio 2's Graham Norton show on 27th October, to tie in with the premiere of his new children's show Wizards vs Aliens on CBBC on 29th October. Questions can be submitted to the show address.

 Arthur Darvill is adding theatrical composition to his ever-growing list of activities; the actor/musician said: "I write music as well, so I work a lot with Sean Walker. We've been working on a twisted version of The Bacchae called The Lightening Child (written by Che Walker) with carnival music, so I've co-written music for that.

We made it really big and refused to scale it down. Finally, the Globe said they would love to do it, so we’ll be doing that next summer." [Independent, 17 Oct 2012] Actress Chase Masterson talks about working with two Doctors on the forthcoming Big Finish audio dramas The Shadow Heart and Night of the Stormcrow:

"They were all absolutely charming and very welcoming to me, and it was big fun to see them exude the same playfulness and brilliant quirks that they displayed on screen. Tom and Sylvester were particularly generous with stories of working with other British greats, including Olivier and Gielgud and McKellen, and I ever got Sylvester to do a command performance on the spoons.

Some of my now-favorite career moments include hearing Sylvester recount stories of the roots of his career in vaudeville, as well as tales of his upcoming, key role in The Hobbit trilogy. Also truly lovely and deserving of her reputation as a favorite Companion is the gorgeous Louise Jameson.

What is even more stunning about Louise is the richly aware person she is, and her kindness and personal attention to everyone she comes into contact with." [Star Trek, 11 Oct 2012] Nina Toussaint-White is currently playing one of four twentysomething white witches in the new contemporary ITV2 comedy-drama Switch. The six-episode show, which started on Monday 15th October, is set in Camden Town and Kensington, with Toussaint-

White's character, Jude, as the fashionista of the group, and she said she couldn't believe how alike she was to her. "When I first read the script I thought, 'That's me!' I could see myself in the role because we are so similar. We're both quite bolshie, energetic people.

Jude is a hedonist. I wouldn't say I'm a hedonist as such, but I sometimes speak before I think. I like to go out and have fun and party. She's confident and loud, fun and care-free, and I think that's what I'm like," she said.

[ITV Press Centre] BBC Four is to show Mark Gatiss's documentary Horror Europa on Tuesday 30th October at 9pm, it has been confirmed. The 90-minute journey through European horror cinema is a follow-up to his 2010 series A History of Horror for the same channel.

[BBC Media Centre, 18 Oct 2012] Phil Collinson is leaving his post as Coronation Street producer but will be staying at ITV to take up a new role of drama development. He has produced the soap opera since July 2010 and will hand over the reins to current Emmerdale producer Stuart Blackburn in January 2013. He said: "It's been an honour to produce Coronation Street and I'll be sad to leave. But the drama can only stay at the top of its game if the producer is re-energised every two to three years," [ITV Press Centre, 17 Oct 2012]

DW: Air lock for march

As reported by Dan Hall at Recon last month, the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine has a summary of the DVDs scheduled for the beginning of 2013, which includes the announcement that the recently recovered and restored third episode of the William Hartnell story Galaxy 4, Air Lock, will be released as a bonus episode on the special edition version of Season 1 story The Aztecs.

 Other releases lined up for the first quarter include the previously reported Legacy Box on 7th January, the animation-enhanced The Reign of Terror on 28th January, a special edition version of The Ark in Space on 18th February, and the above-mentioned special edition of The Aztecs on 11th March.

No features for the DVDs have been announced at present. In addition, the last 'intact' story of the range,

Terror of the Zygons has been announced for June (The Mind of Evil undergoing colour restoration) - features for the final Tom Baker release were unexpectedly revealed by the BBFC back in July.

 Finally, DWM also revealed that Jon Pertwee's inaugural story Spearhead from Space is to be released yet again in June, this time taking advantage of the 'classic' series story's unique film recording to produce a high-definition Blu-ray presentation.

Features on this release will include an extensive biography on Pertwee and an obituary for his co-star Caroline John, who died earlier this year.

 uture History ... Since our summer update the list of currently unannounced titles has diminished rapidly, with only fourteen episodes remaining to see the DVD treatment: The First Doctor: The Tenth Planet - three existing episodes, missing episode four The Second Doctor: #

The Underwater Menace: Episode 2 The Second Doctor: The Ice Warriors - four existing episodes, missing episodes two+three The Third Doctor: The Mind of Evil - all six episodes, episode one is in the process of being colourised In addition, several special edition versions of previously released stories are expected during the course of the year, including Inferno.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

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Jyuden Sentai Kyouryuuger Rumored Cast

Above is the first rumored cast for Jyuden Sentai Kyouryuuger (獣電戦隊キョウリュウジャー). Could this confirm that the 37th Super Sentai series will be a three-man team, and not a five-man team?

 The team is composed of Naoto Ito as KyoryuRed, Ryosuke Yamamoto (Hana Kimi 2011) as KyoryuYellow, and Erika Yazawa (Kodai Shoujo Dogu-Chan) as KyoryuBlue.

Take note that none of these are already confirmed. It has been rumored that the Kyouryuuger will appear in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs Gokaiger, and fight alongside their seniors until the end of the film. During the filming, someone saw Joe and Don transforming with the three new guys in red, blue and yellow.

Momo, Poppy Hill, Rainbow Fireflies, Wolf Children Nominated for APSAs

The official website for the Asian Pacific Screen Awards announced on Friday that Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy HillHiroyuki Okiura's A Letter to Momo,Toei's Rainbow Fireflies (Niji-Iro Hotaru ~Eien no Natsu Yasumi~), and Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children films are nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at this year's awards in Australia.
Goro Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill follows a group of Yokohama teens in their quest against a wrecking ball that threatens to destroy their school's clubhouse in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. North American distributor GKids has acquired the rights the film. GKids will have an Oscar-qualifying run in Southern California later this year, then it will release the film in Los Angeles and New York on March 15. "Big cities" will then receive the film in the following two weeks, and still more cities the week after. GKids will then release From Up On Poppy Hill on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
A Letter to Momo follows a girl named Momo who struggles with her father's sudden passing and her move to the countryside. Momo finds an otherworldly surprise at her new home. The film held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011, and it opened in Japan on April 21. The film received the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at this year's New York International Children's Film Festival, won the main prize in the "Feature film" category at the Czech AniFest, and competed at France's Annecy film festival in June. GKids will release the film in theaters in 2013 to qualify for the Academy Awards that will be held in early 2014.
Rainbow Fireflies, based on Masayuki Kawaguchi's 2007 novel, follows a sixth-grade boy named Yūta (Akashi Takei) on his summer vacation. His father passed away one year ago in a traffic accident, and Yūta now goes alone to visit a place where he and his father once shared memories. The two had gone often to an unused dam deep in the mountains to collect the rhinoceros beetles nearby. Yūta suddenly receives a shock in a thunderstorm, loses his footing, and gets knocked out. When he wakes up, he see a small girl and a village — except this village is the one that should be submerged below the dam. Yūta realizes that he slipped back time to over thirty years ago, before the dam was completed. Another summer vacation, and another chance for Yūta to reclaim what cannot be reclaimed, begins. The film opened in Japan on May 19 and screened at France's Annecy film festival in June.
Wolf Children is the latest film by the director of Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The film's story covers 13 years and begins with a 19-year-old college student named Hana who encounters and falls in "fairy tale-like" love with a "wolf man." After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two wolf children — an older sister named Yuki ("snow") who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame ("rain") who was born on a rainy day. When the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city. The film opened in Japan on July 21. Funimationannounced last weekend that it will release the film theatrically and on home video in North America next year.
The four films are competing alongside the Happy Feet Two animated film for the award.
Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below and Erik Khoo's Tatsumi film based on the life of manga creator Yoshihiro Tatsumi were both nominated for the award last year, but the prize went to Oh Seongyun's Leafie (Madangeul Naon Amtak) film.
The sixth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards will take place on November 23 in Brisbane, and the ceremony will bebroadcast live online.

Manga Jiman 2012 Contest

Details of this year's Manga Jiman contest, in which UK artists are encounraged to create their own original strips, are available on the Embassy of Japan website here, plus full rules. An application form can be downloaded from the site. The closing date for entries is Thursday November 1. The theme of this year's contest is "ganbare!" which means "good luck!," 'do your best!" or "come on!" The entries should refer to that idea in some way.

 The first prize is a return ticket to Japan. (If the winner is under 18, he or she must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or someone appointed by a parent or guardian.) Second prize is a Toshiba laptop computer, and the third prize is a Ricoh digital camera. Runners up will receive a selection of manga publications, and other prizes.

The winners' work will be displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy. The competition is open to legal UK residents who are, or will be, over 14 on January 1st, 2013. All strips should be original (not previously published or publicly displayed).

They must be between six and eight A4-sized pages in length, drawn so the strip reads from left to right.

 The entries will be judged on such factors as originality, storytelling, layout and design, character design, and use of onomatopoeia. Photocopied manga and completed entry forms should be submitted, by post or in person, to: MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2012 Japan Information and Cultural Centre Embassy of Japan 101/104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT Finalists will be posted on the Embassy of Japan website in December, and the prizes will be awarded in February 2013. 'Manga Jiman' means 'Having Pride in Manga.'

DW Series 7 episode list announced

The Latest Issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Released today, has confirmed the episode line up for the second half of Series 7 that will transmit in 2013. The writers rumoured are all confirmed including Neil Gaiman's involvement with the series once again: 706.

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Colm McCarthy. (Filming now)
707. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Farren Blackburn. (Not filmed) #
708. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. (Filmed)
709. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Jamie Payne. (Filmed)
710. Written by Stephen Thompson. Directed by Mat King. (Filmed)
711. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Saul Metzstein. (Filmed)
712. Written by Neil Gaiman. Directed by Stephen Wolfenden. (Not filmed)
713. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by TBA. (Not filmed)

Issue 453 of Doctor Who Magazine is released today priced £4.50.

DW: legacy for January

The Legacy Box has now been confirmed to be the first DVD release for 2013, coming out in the UK(R2) on 7th January and in North America(R1) on the 8th. As previously reported, the two-disc boxed set will feature the 'lost' story Shada from Season 17 and the 30th Anniversary celebratory documentary More Than Thirty Years in the TARDIS.

 After months of speculation, the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed that the main version of Shada presented will be the 102 minute, 1992 VHS release, which included added effects, music, and linking narration by Tom Baker.

Though no other R2 information has been released at present, the R1 details indicate that the set will also contain the re-interpreted version of Shada featuring Paul McGann that was produced by Big Finish and released as a Flash animation during the 40th Anniversary for (and still available from) the BBC's official Doctor Who website.

 Other features (R1 details) include a documentary on the troubled history of Shada's production, Taken Out of Time, a look at the story's locations in Now and Then, the first part of a feature on Doctor Who's first producer Verity Lambert in The Lambert Tapes - Part 1, memories of the Doctor's honorary companion in Remembering Nicholas Courtney, another companion profile with Doctor Who Stories - Peter Purves, plus Strike! Strike! Strike!, Being a Girl - Women in Doctor Who, and Those Deadly Divas.

DW Audio News

Later this month Big Finish release Doctor Who – UNIT: Dominion, an epic five-disc box set that reunites the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) with his cat burglar companion Raine Creevy (Beth Chalmers) in a fight to save the universe. Joining the fray are Dr Elizabeth Klein (Tracey Childs), scientific advisor to UNIT, and a future incarnation of the Doctor (Alex Maqueen).

 Producer David Richardson said: UNIT: Dominion is a massive story. The script was enormous and we realized when we were making it that it’s actually the same length as The Invasion. But it needed to be that long to tell a tale of such scope, which crosses between multiple dimensions.

 To count down to the release, Big Finish have released a number of digital postcards, such as the ones below which feature the Seventh Doctor, Raine, the Other Doctor, Sergeant Pete Wilson, the Nexus, the Skyheads and the Mind Leeches. The boxed set can be pre-ordered on its own, or as part of a fifteen disc bundle from Big Finish with productions Love and War, Dark Eyes, Voyage to Venus and Voyage to the New

Mary Tamm: Book

Fantom Publishing have announced the publication of the second part of the actress Mary Tamm's autobiography. Second Generation continues on from the first volume, with the late actress imparting her personal recollections of playing Romana during her final three Doctor Who stories from Season 16. Publisher Dexter O'Neill said:

We want to make this book the ultimate celebration of a wonderful person who we so sorely miss. We are presenting the entirety of her writings together with tributes and anecdotes from Mary's closest friends and colleagues. The book is due to be published early next year, and will be available in both paperback and a limited edition hardback with additional photographs. Pre-order details can be found via the Fantom website.

DWM 453

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine (out tomorrow) speaks to Karen Gillan about leaving Doctor Who after three years as the Doctor's companion:

I am so, so sad. I'm not going to lie. Leaving that show has to be one of the saddest experiences I've ever had. It was my life for, like, three years. That's going to take a while to go away. But also it's really exciting, because I get to go and do other things...

Also in this issue:
  • The First Lady of Time: DWM looks at the life and times of Mary Tamm, the actress who played the Fourth Doctor’s companion Romana, with never-before-seen photos and tributes from her friends and colleagues including Louise JamesonJohn Leeson, and Anthony Read.
  • Matt's Missing Scene! Just how old is the Doctor nowadays? The clue’s in his hair, as showrunner Steven Moffat reveals, as he presents a missing scene from The Angels Take Manhattan – exclusively in Production Notes.
  • The Fear Factor: There have been some truly terrifying moments in Doctor Who's 49-year history... and, just in time for Halloween, DWM 453 celebrates the very best of them! Fear-merchants Philip Hinchcliffe and Terrance Dicks are on hand to give their expert opinion, so prepare to have your blood chilled and your spine tingled, withThe A-Z Of Dread...
  • Rough Justice? DWM look back at the season that gave us the longest story ever, an evil future Doctor andBonnie Langford, as The Trial of a Time Lord is put under the spotlight in Countdown To 50!
  • Daleks vs Cybermen! Witness the greatest battle in history as the Daleks and Cybermen come face to face with the Tenth Doctor and Rose in Torchwood HQ. It's Doomsday – and what will The Time Team make of it all...?
  • A Matter of Life and Death: It's one of the most controversial issues currently challenging fandom – the Doctor’s morality. Are there circumstances where it's acceptable for him to kill his enemies, or should this be avoided at all costs? Toby Hadoke and Johnny Candonargue the pros and cons in A Battle of Wits
  • Death in Prague: The Doctor, Amy and Rory encounter a legendary monster and terrifying creatures from another dimension in The Broken Man, the brand new comic strip written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • The Secret Companion: Celebrate 20 years of Bernice Summerfield, as DWM talks to Paul CornellLisa BowermanJac RaynerGary Russell and Scott Handcock about one of the most enduring Doctor Who characters of all time.
  • Zap! The mysterious Watcher examines the Doctor’s little-known use of weaponry (including his ray-gun), challenges readers with The Six Faces of Delusionand champions another Supporting Artist of the Month, in Wotcha!
In addition, DWM catches up with former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and chats exclusively with him about his brand new show – Wizards vs Aliens – and just why Doctor Who fans will want to watch...

PLUS! All the latest official news, the latest episodes, DVDs, books and CDs reviewed, sneak previews of forthcoming merchandise, a prize-winning crossword, FIVE fantastic competitions and much, much more!