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The News

Jodie Whittaker has been added to the list of people who will receive the age-old Freedom to the City of London.

Merch Corner

Forbidden Planet (.com) have put a bunch of new T’s up for pre-order ranging from Weeping Angels to, er, the Pting.

“The Mark of the Berserker” Review

Back with SJA for this “Sarah Jane Lite” story about Clyde and his Dad getting into some trouble due to a pesky pendant. Another decent SJA story or have we finally hit a dud?

Next week our review will be the Fifth Doctor’s story – The King’s Demons.  Until then have a great week and remember – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans. In this week’s show…

The News

More tumbleweed ☹️

Merch Corner

Updated on the Morbius and Omega statues from Robert Harrop, Destiny of the Daleks and Galaxy 4 get the vinyl treatment for Record Store Day, confirmed cover art and extras for the upcoming release of The Macra Terror and new releases from Who Talk.

“Fear Her” Review

Often viewed as a clanger from Series 2, we take a look at this 10th Doctor story about a lonely alien and scary drawings. Do we share the popular fan opinion or is there light somewhere?

Next week our review will be the Sarah Jane Adventures story – The Mark of the Berserker.  Until then have a great week and remember – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans. In this week’s show…

The News

A Doctor Who VR short is on the way, you can win breakfast with Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill, some new artwork prints are being auctioned from the DWAS and sadly writer Grahame Curry leaves us.

Merch Corner

Robert Harrop’s new Who figure is The Mutt from The Mutants, the 4th Doctor Regen sets come and go at B&M stores and new Jelly Baby designs on t-shirts, mugs etc from Forbidden Planet(.com).

“The Mutants” Review

It’s been ages since we watched a 3rd Doctor story but does this one bring the usual Pertwee charm or does it mutate into something more sinister?

Next week our review will be the 10th Doctor story – Fear Her.  Until then have a great week and remember – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans. In this week’s show…

The News

The episode Rosa, co-written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, bags an award at the Visionary Arts Awards.

Merch Corner

A new 13th Doctor 1:6 scale figure from Big Chief is up for pre-order and they need to get 500 orders in for the units to go into production.

“SJA – Secrets of the Stars” Review

We continue into Series 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures with the Attic team investigating an astrologer-fraud-come-alien-light-being. Are we starry-eyed about this one or have the stars not aligned?

Next week our review will be the 3rd Doctor story – The Mutants.  Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans. In this week’s show…

The News

We finally have some news! Doctor Who included in the Top 10 iPlayer shows of 2018, we say goodbye to Clive Swift and Tiny Rebel Games are shutting down their Legacy game.

Merch Corner

A new unofficial drama from Reeltime Pictures featuring Sil is out later this year and John Levene’s autobiography is out this month.

“The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People” Review

The majority of 11th Doctor (and 10th Doctor for that matter) episodes left for us to review are two-parters. Our first one, and this week’s review, is a story of moral situations, plot twists and two Doctors!

Next week our review will be the Sarah Jane Adventures episode – Secrets of the Stars.  Until then have a super week and until next time – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans. In this week’s show…

The News

Nothing occurring.

Merch Corner

A new B&M set featuring the regenerated 4th Doctor and TARDIS is due out, hopefully, soon.

“Countrycide” Review

Back on the Torchwood train as we look into this gory story from Chris Chibbnall.

Next week our review will be an 11th Doctor two-parter – The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People.  Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans. In this week’s show…

The News

We say Happy Birthday to Tom Baker and David Tennant has started up new Twitter and Instagram accounts to accompany his upcoming interview style podcast.

Merch Corner

Two new as yet unreleased Dalek novels are due this year.

“Genesis of the Daleks” Review

We’re finally getting round to reviewing this often loved Classic Who story and good timing too with Tom Baker’s birthday. Do we love this one as much as the majority of Who fandom?

Next week our review will be Torchwood – Countrycide.  Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans. In this week’s show…

The News

The tumbleweed is already rolling down the road – no news.

Merch Corner

A new collectors edition vinyl of The Daleks’ Master Plan is coming soon and Mags from the Psychic Circus is joining McCoy for an upcoming Big Finish adventure.

“SJA – The Day of the Clown” Review

We’re back on the SJA reviews and we pick up series 2 and a certain series 11 companion stars alongside Liz Sladen in this creepy story inspired by Stephen King’s IT.

Next week our review will be the 4th Doctor story – Genesis of the Daleks.  Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!

Happy New Year Who fans. After the New Year’s Day Special ‘Resolution’ we’re now faced with a whole year, at least, of no new Doctor Who. We’ve been here before of course, a few times, so we can get through it but what makes these “dark times” easier? Let’s look at some great ways you can still enjoy Who.

Plan some marathons

Doctor Who marathon
Classic Doctor Who offers a huge library of great content

This is potentially the easiest thing to do and it’s not something that’s unique to a Who drought, we all watch plenty of Who all the time anyway. What’s cool about starting a fresh year is that you can plan your marathon viewing for the whole year.

For example, you could say each month is assigned to a Doctor and you’re going to watch a bunch of stories every weekend of that month or every Friday evening or every Sunday morning. I’ll leave it up to you to refine the details.

Fans of Classic Who will be pleased to know that Twitch is doing another stream season up to the end of January so that’s the first month of the year ticked off 👍

Which ever way you do it, it’s a good feeling knowing that your year is planned and filled up with Who.

Get out to conventions and events

London Film and Comic Con
London Film and Comic Con

Ah, the good old fan convention/event. They come in all shapes and sizes across multiple locations spanning the UK (and many other countries).

The convention scene is typically the busiest with the more famous stars but as a result is usually the most expensive. These are things like London Film & Comic Con, MCM London Comic Con etc along with slightly smaller events these companies run at various times throughout the year. These are good if you want to meet your favourite Doctor or companion and get a signed pic and/or photo. There’s also some half decent merchandise sold at these events if you’re after that Adric suit style t-shirt.

Something to consider are smaller events. In the UK we have smaller conventions from organisations such as Fantom Events which run more low key days at a cheaper cost. They usually cater to a more Classic Who audience but it’s still a great day to be had.

There’s also more unique events to behold such as the very cool cinema showings at the BFI Southbank Cinema in London. They typically show a Classic Who story to coincide with the release of a special edition set (the last showing was Earthshock to celebrate the release of the Season 19 Blur Ray Boxset). These are accompanied by a Q&A with cast and crew of the era and they’re a ruddy good afternoon.

Whichever type of event you choose to attend the coolest aspect by far is simply meeting and hanging out with other Who fans. It’s awesome chatting Who (at very deep levels at times) with like minded folk who “get” what you’re talking about. People have made friends for life at conventions, dive in.

Start your journey into Big Finish

Big Finish
Fantastic adventures from Big Finish

Where do we start with Big Finish then. They’ve put out so much great quality content over the years, it’s a bit of a beast to behold. How would one describe Big Finish? It’s essentially a canon-friendly collection of stories from (mainly) the Classic Doctors with some modern era stories starting to gain traction.

What did the Eighth Doctor do for the many years before his regeneration? Ever wondered if the Sixth Doctor got a proper regeneration? After some more multi-Doctor stories? Big Finish has it all. Think of it as the world of Doctor Who that you love from the TV era’s but fleshed out with plenty of back stories and extended adventures.

All of the Doctors are here in some shape or form (the Fourth Doctor through to the 10th Doctor all star in their stories with some great voice actors filling in for the others) along with their respective companions along with some new additions you haven’t seen before from TV.

We could write a whole article on Big Finish stories but jump over to the site and have a browse around and see if there are any stories that take your fancy. There’s also a great website called The Time Scales which offers up lots of reviews and recommendations.

Dive into fan made content

Who's He Video Podcast
Fan made content can be awesome

Like Big Finish, there’s an absolute tonne of fan made content to get stuck into in the shape of podcasts, YouTube channels and blogs. The quality can vary from border-line professional down to listen/watch the once. Let’s break it down…

Podcasts. There’s a raft of them littered throughout the iTunes podcast section (and the now many other podcast networks) so do a search for “Doctor Who Podcast” and plenty should appear. Shameful plug alertalong with our own podcast there’s a few that I listen to regularly which are good starting points: “Doctor Who: Who’s He Podcast”, “Progtor Who Podcast”, and “Krynoid Podcast” plus a few more. Pick a few out and listen to a couple of episodes and decide if you want to subscribe.

YouTube. Like podcasts, there’s a large amount of content (more so here) and the quality varies. Here are some more recommendations based on some channels I subscribe to. Another shameless plug alert – my co-host Adam’s channel “The Geeks Handbag”, “The Who Addicts”, “thehostproductions” and “Doctor Who: Who’s He? Video Podcast”. Also like the podcasts category, have a browse around and get stuck in.

Start or expand your library

Doctor Who Target books
Target novelisations

Although the BBC aren’t putting out any new episodes on the telly box there are still official Who stories released regularly from BBC Books along with plenty of unofficial books too.

A few releases, both old and new, to kick-start or expand your library include:

  • Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter – I always recommend this one and have done loads of times on the podcast. It’s a fascinating insight into the making of Russell T Davies’ era of the show.
  • Doctor Who: The English Way of Death – A great 4th Doctor story based on the old Virgin Missing Adventures range. Great characterisation and the story pips along nicely.
  • Doctor Who: Rose (Target Collection) – One of the recent Target novelisations written by Russell T Davies and fleshes out the episode Rose with some extra characterisation and scenes.
  • Doctor Who: Witch Hunters – I’m a sucker for the Salem witch trials era and this story featuring the 1st Doctor is a belter. Dark, creepy, surprisingly historically accurate and author Steve Lyons writes dialogue for the 1st Doctor so well you’ll hear Hartnell’s voice in your head as you read it.
  • Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen – it would be remiss of me to not include a novelisation by Terrance Dicks in the list. He’s written so many he’s border-line superhuman. There are many great examples of his writing that I literally closed my eyes, waved my finger along my bookshelves and stopped after counting to three. The Abominable Snowmen won’t disappoint. Very well written, engaging story and you can see Dicks’ brilliance even in this early stage.

There’s plenty to keep Who fans busy throughout this year and into 2020 before Series 12 makes an appearance. Let us know on the socials if you pick up any Big Finish releases or books and better still, tell us face-to-face when we bump into you at a convention.

Welcome back Who fans, we hope you all had a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all. We’re kicking 2019 off with a coat of new paint on the website and a new intro to the podcast. Without further ado…

The News

We hate starting off a show (and a new year) on sad news but June Whitfield and William Sheppard left us, there’s a new Cosmic Masque from DWAS and a bunch of new high-quality audio recordings from early Who have been found.

Merch Corner

The War Master will battle The Eighth Doctor is the upcoming Rage of the Timelords and the kid’s mag Doctor Who Adventures is back for a one-off special jam-packed with cool Who goodies.

“Resolution” Review

Our final Thirteenth Doctor review until next year, 2018 did go quick! We ended series 11 feeling a bit flat so does this provide a suitable exit and leave us wanting more of Jodie and the team or is this an unfortunate continuation on poor writing etc from The Chibbers?

Thank you for joining us for 214. Next week we’ll be back to our usual schedule and it will be The Day of the Clown from The Sarah Jane Adventures. Until then have a great week and until next time – Allons-y!