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Radio Times 10th Doctor Souvenir Guide – Review

February 1, 2010

The Radio Times 10th Doctor souvenir guide is much more than just a book, it is a piece of artwork. The book details every Radio Times cover to feature Doctor Who from when it first reappeared on our screens in 2005. Starting with the gatefold TARDIS cover from March 2005. It takes you behind the scenes on how the created the wonderful Dalek cover from 2005, to featuring a little behind the scenes look of many of the prosthetics used in the series. Also featured in the guide is clean artwork from every single cover made, exclusive never before seen images and all Radio Times’ thoughts on the episodes. The guide features a forward by Russell T Davies and has anatomies of a Dalek and Cyberman.

The Radio Times Souvenir Guide will not be in the shops – available only through an order form in Radio Times magazine or via their 24-hour order line 0844 543 9822 (calls cost 5p per minute at all times from a BT landline). The book is £6.99 and includes free P&P.

Planet Who News Gives it – 5 stars

Torchwood: Children of Earth Radio Times Cover

June 30, 2009

tw_rt_coeThe British listings magazine, Radio Times, for the week 4th – 10th July has been released today and features a Torchwood cover. The initial cover (below) shows Captain Jack Harkness and then when opened up the cover features all three Torchwood members and Rhys. The magazine features a two-page article on Torchwood, which features interviews with all the returning cast and show producer Julie Gardener. Radio Times is out now at a price £1.10. Other listing magazines out today that feature Torchwood covers are TV & Satalite week and TV Guide.



Radio Times Christmas Issue

December 5, 2008

Radio Times have released the cover for the listings 20 December – 2 January which includes a written piece by Russell T Davies, in which he previews the christmas special and talks about plans for Doctor Who, the magazine also includes 2 short interviews with David Tennant and David Morrissey.

An extract from the magazine can be seen below,


“It’s a real thrill to work with him again,” says David Tennant of David Morrissey, with whom he previously starred in BBC1 drama Blackpool in 2004. Morrissey, Dervla Kirwan (opposite page) and Velile Tshabalala, who plays Morrissey’s companion, Rosita, came in for the special at the end of the gruelling nine-month series-four shoot. “There was, I suppose, a danger we’d all be exhausted by the Christmas special,” says Tennant. “But to have David, Dervla and Velile come in with so much energy, always being funny and bright and up for anything, I think it spurred us on. We all got on very well.”


“The show has caught the public imagination. That’s in no small part down to David Tennant,” says David Morrissey (far right). “He absolutely inhabits the role of the Doctor. He’s a fabulous actor. Did you see him in Einstein and Eddington the other week? Brilliant!”
Are you surprised at the level of interest in your casting as the “other” Doctor?
“I’m proud of the episode, so I’m happy with whatever attention comes from that. It was a joy to do. It’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever worked in. It’s a full-on drama. That’s what I love about it.”
So you’ll be watching The Next Doctor at home this year?
“Of course. I have a four-year-old, but I don’t think I’ll let him watch. He might find it too strange to see Daddy fighting Cybermen.”
Of course, you’re the bookies’ favourite to take over from David as the 11th Doctor. Are you tempted to have a little flutter?
“[Laughs] It’s just flattering to be in the frame. What David has done is phenomenal, and whoever gets it after him will be a very lucky person. You’d want to keep the spirit of the Doctor, but do it in your own way.”

Radio Times are doing a special offer in this christmas issue. You can collect two tokens, token one is in this issue and token two in the next issue to be released on 27th December, and send £2.99 to receive a double-sided A1 poster showing the Cyberleader with Cybermen on one side and both Doctors with Miss Hartigan and the cybermen on the other side.
The Christmas issue of Radio Times is out tomorrow for a price £2.10
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Doctor Who Christmas Radio Times Cover

November 28, 2008

Radio Times have released the cover for the listings 6-12 December which includes a fold-out Doctor Who cover. The Cover shows both Doctor’s, Miss Hartigan and the Cybermen, the magazine also includes a special preview of The Next Doctor and interviews from soon-to-be ex show-runner Russell T Davies, David Tennant, David Morrissey and director Andy Goddard. An extract from the magazine can be seen below,

So this is Christmas. We’re at Cyber HQ in London 1851 – in reality a set at Cardiff’s Upper Boat studios in April 2008. This is Torchwood’s Hub cunningly redressed for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special as a sort of huge Cyber-Victorian engine – all cogs, chains, furnaces, pipes and steam. Think steampunk. Or a huge version of the board game Mouse Trap.

Street urchins are shovelling coal into buckets, pouring oil into funnels and trudging up and down rickety wooden stairs. “No smiling, please,” says director Andy Goddard. “You’re not supposed to be enjoying this. It’s hard and tiring. It’s the worst Christmas you’ve ever had.”

The Doctor has snuck into Cyber HQ. He’s crouching, hidden. “David, could you edge to your left slightly?” asks Goddard. But he’s not talking to Mr Tennant. This is the other David –distinguished thesp David Morrissey. He’s the latest actor to play the Doctor . . . or is he? Those who caught the special preview on Children in Need will have seen the two Doctors meeting in Victorian London.

Now Tennant is perched next to Morrissey, watching the enslaved urchins at work. “We can set them free,” urges Morrissey’s Doctor, brandishing a piece of alien tech like an old hand . . .

“Anyone playing the Doctor has to be capable of anything – action, heartbreak, comedy, wielding a sonic screwdriver – and David Morrissey’s got that in spades,” says Who supremo Russell T Davies. “He’s one of those actors who can turn on a sixpence; light-hearted one minute, tragic the next. Sounds exactly like a Time Lord to me.”

At the time of giving the Christmas special its title, The Next Doctor, Davies knew the news of Tennant’s departure would have become public [Tennant announced in October that he’s leaving after filming four more specials next year]. “Hopefully, that creates a bit more intrigue,” says Davies, “and hints at interesting developments in the show’s future. Let’s just say that regeneration is a complicated process, and never as simple as it seems.”

Even before reading the script, I was attracted to this part,” says Morrissey when RT joins him in his trailer over lunch. “Doctor Who is great. They’ve asked me to do stuff before, but because of other commitments I was unable to. Then this came along: the Christmas special, which has added kudos and an amazing character. Well, the ultimate character, really. But a tragic character, too. Something terrible has happened to him. Over the course of the episode, bits of what happened are revealed . . .

“The Doctors become great friends,” he says. “In this episode the Doctor [Tennant] doesn’t have a companion, which is rare, and my Doctor fills that gap. But all those questions my Doctor wants to ask about himself and his past have to be put aside to save London from destruction.”

Back on set, all eyes are on a woman in a vibrant red dress. “Children! Pay attention! I want to see you work.” It’s Dervla Kirwan – flanked by a Cyberman. “Now,” she purrs, “let the new Industrial Revolution begin!”

“I’ve worked with Dervla before,” says Davies. “She had a cameo as David Tennant’s mother in Casanova [BBC1 2005], but I wanted to write more for her. She devours the part of Miss Hartigan with relish – a perfect villain for all the family to jeer at. And the script gives her an amazing villainous scene at a funeral.” In fact, Davies went as far as contacting Heidi Thomas, the writer of BBC1’s Cranford, to research the etiquette of women at the graveside in Victorian times. “Heidi might choke on her Christmas dinner when she sees what I’ve done!”

Tennant and Morrissey have also worked together before – in the 2004 BBC1 drama Blackpool. “What David’s done with the Doctor is so special,” says Morrissey. “He has moved it on – not just the character, but also how he’s taken on the role publicly. We were filming in Gloucester with 400 people watching. When I got out of the car with David it was like being with a member of Take That! They were shouting, ‘We love you!’ and he was so warm-hearted towards them.”

Morrissey explains his approach to nailing his Doctor: “There has to be an inner truth for me, something at stake, and you have to play that
for real.” So did any former Doctors influence his performance? “When I look at Tom Baker and William Hartnell, there’s a truth to their performances; Patrick Troughton as well. They never saw it as a genre show or a children’s show.

“The difficulty for me is green screen [for special effects] – trying to create a relationship with something that isn’t there. It’s just a man holding a scaffolding pole with a tennis ball on the end. It’s a weird process. At least with the Cybermen, their cold, emotionless faces are right there, so you can react to them. Plenty of kids will sleep with the lights on come Christmas night.”

In Cyber HQ, however, the Cyberleader is in a bit of a pickle. His arm keeps falling off. (Well, part of his arm.) Not so scary now, eh? “He’s a decomposing Cyber Controller,” quips Tennant. “Hang on. No, he’s a Cyberleader, isn’t he? Easy mistake to make.”

“Call yourself the Doctor?” Morrissey tuts in mock disgust.

Would Morrissey consider a return to Doctor Who? “Oh yeah. Definitely. I love it. I’ve had a great time.” As speculation gathers pace about who’ll take over from Tennant, Morrissey is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the bookies’ favourite. “If they asked me back,” he says, with a twinkle in his eye, “I’d jump at it. I think it’s a great character, and I’ve loved every minute.”

Radio Times goes on sale tomorrow at the price of £1.05, but also look out for the christmas issue from the 6th December, which includes more previews and interviews.

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Radio Times Monster Poll results

July 3, 2008

Radio Times website have now revealed the results of their monster poll, the winner was the monster from Steven Moffat’s scary series 3 story blink, in which we saw the weeping angels, who is the only being to kill you nicely by sending you back in time and making you start a new life.

The full results can be seen below:
1. Weeping Angels – 42.3%
2. Daleks – and Davros – 25.8%
3. Cybermen – 6.8%
4. Other – 5.5%
5. Scarecrows – 5.21%
6. Sontarans – 3.75%
7. The Master – 2.96%
8. Slitheen – 2.61%
9. Ood – 2.31%
10. Clockwork Droids – 1.97%
11. Autons – 0.79%

in other news, BBC audiobooks have commissioned a second exclusive audiobook to be released later this year, the title is yet to be annouced

Radio Times Davros Cover

July 1, 2008

Today, 01 July 2008, the BBC’s listing Magazine, Radio Times, has been released and sports a Davros cover to promote the last episode of the series. The magazine also includes an extensive look at Journey’s End and interviews with Russel T Davies and Julian Bleach, There is also and 8-page look at the making of the Doctor Who monsters.

Also if you collect a token from this week magazine and next weeks magazine with a cheque for the value of £2.99, you will then get a double sided poster, featuring Davros and The Supreme Dalek.
Radio Times is priced £1.05
full cover can be seen here

Radio Times Monster Poll and Competition

June 20, 2008

The Radio Times have opened a poll on their website in which you could win Doctor Who DVD’s.

All you have to do is go to the poll here, then vote for you favourite new series monster then enter you details to be in for a chance to win some Doctor Who DVD’s, please note that you have to be over 18 to enter

Radio Times and TV & Satellite Week Covers

June 16, 2008

Tomorrow, 17th June 2008, both the Radio Time and TV & Satellite go on sale and both include Doctor Who Covers, the Radio Times even includes an interview with Russel T Davies, whereas TV & Satellite Week has the inside story of Rose’s return.
The full cover for Radio Times can be seen here and the full cover for TV & Satellite Week can be seen here. The Radio Times is £1.05 and TV & Satellite Week is £1.10 both out tomorrow
In other news – the break up between The Doctor and Rose has been named the number one best way to leave you TV lover in the Sky One show ‘Top 50 ways to leave you TV lover’, if you missed the show for any reason you can see it again Sky One on Saturday 21st June at 9pm