Merchandise December 2013 update

The December issue of BBC Focus Magazine, the leading science and technology title, is celebrating Doctor Who’s golden jubilee with a ten-page feature on the incredible science behind the real and hypothetical technologies that have featured in the show.

The feature, by bestselling writer and Who fan Brian Clegg, unpicks the science behind the TARDIS, Daleks, sonic screwdrivers and more, and takes a look at which of the show’s ideas have become science fact. Plus science fiction writer Stephen Baxter reveals how the show’s storylines have always been a product of the age in which it was born.

The magazine is on sale now.

The November issue of the magazine Dance Today includes an artical on Dance and Doctor Who. It’s an overview of how the the show has used dance – from monster movement to dance-trained guest stars – and includes interview with creature performer Paul Kasey. When we first started filming the Cybermen, people would say, ‘I just can’t come over to you, because they scare me. Even on set, people have those memories of those characters, from their childhoods. In the 1960s, Doctor Who used movement to suggest the sheer weirdness of past or alien worlds. In the 1965 story The Web Planet, dancers wriggled through “insect movement” choreographed by Roslyn De Winter, while wearing fibreglass ant suits or huge translucent wings. In The Underwater Menace (1967), the Fish People perform what is basically an Esther Williams water ballet on a BBC budget.
The magazine is available from online.
A charity collection of classic Doctor Who short stories and reviews first released earlier this year is now available as a 50th Anniversary Special Edition.

Fourth Dimension, by British fan Steven Miscandlon, collects short stories and reviews that were first published in various Doctor Who fan magazines in the early 90s, and also includes “The Gallifrey Incursion”, a previously unpublished novelette-length story written in 1995. The new edition – available in hardback and as an ebook – sports revamped cover art and features a brand new story written to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary.

Steven Miscandlon

Since it first went on sale in May, Fourth Dimension has seen some success – peaking at number three in Lulu’s sci-fi bestsellers chart – and raised money for Unite Against Cancer. As the 50th anniversary month approached, I wanted to mark the occasion by producing a special hardback edition of the book. To make this new edition a bit different, I decided to write a new story for inclusion in the collection – ‘Blood and Bones’ features Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, and the story also ties in directly with the post-2005 run of Doctor Who.

The Fourth Dimension 50th Anniversary Special Edition is available in hardback from Lulu, and in various ebook formats directly from the author. All profits from sales of the book will be donated to UK charity Unite Against Cancer, which was set up in 2012 to fund research into new cancer treatments.
Now available in the iOS App Store is a free app called QuizUp. It describes itself as “the biggest trivia game in the world” and has already had more than 1 million players since its launch on November 7th.

The game is a fast-paced trivia quiz where you compete one-on-one against another player in a lightning “mini-quiz” of 7 questions. Your opponent can either be one of your Facebook or Twitter friends, or else a randomly-chosen user.

The game contains over 100,000 trivia questions, across more than 250 trivia categories covering Art, Geography, Literature, Movies, Music, Science, Sport, TV… including of course our favourite British programme about a peripatetic Time Lord! Yes, there is a dedicated Doctor Who category with over 500 questions, most of which were written by Gallifrey Base member Dan O’Malley.

Apart from Who, other cult TV or movie series with their own question categories include Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy, The X-Files and Game of Thrones, plus on the literature side, The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, the Harry Potter series, plus an entire category for The Doctor’s Wife & Nightmare in Silver scribe Neil Gaiman.

The best part is that for every quiz you win, you gain “experience points” and your score is recorded on the global league table for that category. So you can prove once and for all if you’re the king (or queen) of Doctor Who trivia!
The Ultimate Doctor Who Quiz Book is now available.

Are you a big fan of Doctor Who? Have you watched all of the series from years gone by through to the present day? Can you name the various actors who have played the Doctor from William Hartnell to Matt Smith?

If you can tell a Hath from the Heavenly Host and a Sontaran from a Slitheen, you are certain to enjoy this fun new quiz book? What was the title of episode one of the first Doctor story, The Daleks?

Who played The Siren in the eleventh Doctor story, The Curse of the Black Spot? What companion has appeared in the most episodes of Doctor Who since its return in 2005? The answers to these brain-teasers and more can all be found inside The Doctor Who Quiz Book. As the iconic series celebrates 50 years of production, have a go at the 500 questions in this book to find out how much you really know about the Doctor. This is a must-have tribute for Doctor Who fans of all ages. have published a complete timeline of Doctor Who from 1963 to present, including episodes, seasons, companions, villains, and more.

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