March News Round-Up!

Despite no Doctor Who on telly at the moment (boo!), there's still a lot going in the world of Who, included here is a round-up of the stuff you may have missed in March.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the February news round~up HERE.

SERIES 9
Game of Thrones Arya Stark and comedian Rufus Hound join guest cast
New story titles and writers announced
VIDEO: Mark Gatiss talks about Series 9 episode
Guide to Doctor Who Series 9
Mark Gatiss reveals his episode is "scary"
New novels and audios for The Twelfth Doctor

TENTH ANNIVERSARY
Peter Capaldi surprises fans at the Doctor Who Experience
Peter Capaldi sings "Happy Birthday!" with children
Where are the class of 2005 now?
Looking back on 2005's Rose 10 years on
Top 10 MUST WATCH Eps Since 2005
6 Ways New Who Totally Nailed It
In-Jokes from Series One
6 Things New Who Kept From Its Past
Blogtor Looks Back On Rose
The DWO WhoCast looks back at Rose and Series One


THE BIG BOOK OF LISTS
OUT NOW IN THE US! BUY HERE
Special Weapons Dalek art
David Tennant Tenth Doctor art
The Unicorn & the Wasp art
Rose Tyler art
UK PRE-ORDER

MERCHANDISE
Cybermen, Ice Warrior, Weeping Angel and Sontaran figurines
The Ninth Doctor #1 variant covers [more!]
The Ninth Doctor #1 variant covers
Doctor Who Magazine 485
Doctor Who Figurine Collection 42 & 43
Doctor Who Adventures 363
Tee Offers
AMAZING Doctor Who Leggings
Essential Doctor Who: The Master
Doctor Who Magazine 484
Doctor Who 2015 audio releases
Cybermen Helmet busts
New Electronic Dalek figures
Tom Baker Fifth Doctor collectable figure
Karen Gillan Amy Pond collectable figure


REVIEWS
Comic: The Ninth Doctor #1
Audio: The Entropy Plague
Audio: Dark Eyes 4

MISC.
Blogtor joins the DWO WhoCast - The Doctor Who Podcast
The Thick of It creator wants to write for Doctor Who
The Ninth Doctor comic trailer
International Women's Day
Doctor Who and the Sun - a history
Doctor Who guest stars in Thunderbirds Are Go!
John Simm in Code of a Killer

John Simm in Code of a Killer

John Simm, Code of a Killer Ep 1 (ITV)

ITV have released images of John Simm in the new two-part drama, Code of a Killer - click on the pictures included here for bigger versions. The actor, who played The Master in the David Tennant era, stars as Dr Alec Jeffreys in the show based on the extraordinary true story of Alec Jeffreys’ discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker in catching a double murderer. Code of a Killer airs April 6 at 9pm on ITV.

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The drama focuses on how Jeffreys’ science and Baker’s investigative vision created the single biggest leap in the history of criminal investigation. David Threlfall (pictured above and below with Simm) takes the role of David Baker who between 1983 and 1987 headed up the investigation into the brutal murders of two Leicestershire schoolgirls, Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth.

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Only a few miles away, Dr Alec Jeffreys, played by John Simm, was a scientist at Leicester University who, on 10 September 1984, invented a remarkable technique to read each individual's unique DNA fingerprint. Code of a Killer also stars Robert Glenister (The Caves of Androzani), pictured above. 

CODE OF A KILLER EP 1 AIRS APRIL 6 AT 9PM ON ITV

Doctor Who Adventures moves to Panini

Doctor Who Adventures, issue 354, 2014Doctor Who Adventures, the UK-published magazine aimed at younger Doctor Who fans, is to move publishers to Panini UK from next month, where it will become a stablemate of Panini's existing Doctor Who Magazine.

DWM editor Tom Spilsbury confirmed the news on the Gallifrey Base Doctor Who fan forum this evening, stating that the first Panini issue will appear on the 23rd of April, with an advert to appear in the new issue of DWM due out later this week.

DWA began life in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. Like most of Worldwide's magazine output, it was sold off to Immediate Media in 2011, who have published the title until this point. Initially a fortnightly title, its success saw it increased to weekly publication from issue 47.

However, DWA has seen a marked decrease in circulation figures over the past five years, selling an average of just under 20,000 copies per issue in the first half of 2014, as opposed to over 50,000 for the same period in 2010 (see our previous story). It has also decreased in publication frequency from a weekly back to a fortnightly and then a monthly title.

The website DownTheTubes.org has further information on the news, including a preview of the first new-style DWA comic strip. This strip will be drawn by Russ Leach - there is no news yet on whether DWA's long-standing artist John Ross will return to the publication at all.

The DownTheTubes article also confirms that Jason Quinn will take over as editor, with the April 23rd issue being a new issue 1, as opposed to continuing the existing numbering. The current issue of DWA on sale, issue 363, will be the final one to be published by Immediate Media, and will remain on sale until next month.

Maisie Williams to Guest Star in Doctor Who

Maisie Williams (Credit: BBC/ Simon Ridgway)The BBC has announced that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is to star in a guest role in the next series of Doctor Who.

Williams is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

On her first day on set, Maisie Williams said:
I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added:
We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.
Two more story details have been released by the BBC. The first is The Girl Who Died which is written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Mathieson wrote the aclaimed Series Eight stories Mummy On The Orient and Flatline. Also announced is The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna. Tregenna wrote four episodes of Torchwood: Out of Time, Meat, Adam and Captain Jack Harkness, which was nominated for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

The two stories will be directed by Ed Bazalgette, currently earning rave reviews for working on the BBC One 18th-century drama Poldark.

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the series Cucumber, also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

The series returns this Autumn.

Doctor Who Series 9 guest cast and writer news

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The BBC have revealed that actress Maisie Williams (pictured above) will be joining the guest cast of Doctor Who Series 9. Check out all the details below.

Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival. On her first day on set, Maisie Williams said:
“I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added: “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge The Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Bursting with drama, wit and heart, the show continues filming with two period adventures - The Girl Who Died written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna both directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC One’s 18th Century drama Poldark).

VISIT THE DOCTOR WHO SERIES 9 EP GUIDE HERE

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the Russell T Davies series Cucumber, also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.