The Tony Jones Masterplan

I’ve decided I would like to be showrunner on Doctor Who. The main requirement seems to be having my own masterplan. We’ve had the Cartmel Masterplan to make the Doctor more mythic and the Chibnall Masterplan to reset Doctor Who further. What’s next? How do you walk back from the end of the Time Lords…

The Ice Warriors review in the Celestial Toyroom Annual 2021

One thing I didn’t mention in my Celestial Toyroom Annual 2021 news piece, is I wrote the review for The Ice Warriors. It’s fairly critical, explores the predecessors of some of the ideas and suggests how there’s a much better story inside. You can read it for free if you grab the annual from the…

Celestial Toyroom Annual 2021

The DWAS kicks off 2021 with the free Celestial Toyroom Annual 2021 and it’s all things Second Doctor with a great cover, piece from Anneke Wills and every Patrick Troughton story covered. You can grab it now from the link, and if you look around you can still get the previous few for free a…

Fury from the Deep artwork

The animated reconstruction of the Second Doctor missing adventure Fury from the Deep is out in September. It’s been widely reported (eg on the DWC) but I was most interested to see the artwork. It’s another piece of Stuart Manning’s work, always good to have! Not long to wait! +++ Message Ends +++

You could write about the Second Doctor for the DWAS

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) is planning the 2020 Christmas special edition of The Celestial Toyroom Annual. This year the theme is the Second Doctor. They are asking for writers, including those new to DWAS so why not take a look at their post on the DWAS site here: Celestial Toyroom Annual 2021. ***…

The Kroton Annual 1969

On the assumption we’d all like a little distraction at the moment, here’s the cover for the 1969 Robert Holmes Kroton Annual. Not mine, it’s the work of Paul Cooke. Enjoy! __= Message Ends =__

Professor Howe and the Furious Foam coming soon

If you haven’t checked out the Professor Howe parodies recently, now’s a good time to visit their website. Not only can you pick up a bundle on the first seven Professor Howe books but you can also pre-order the Fury from the Deep (the one with the Intelligent Seaweed) parody Professor Howe and the Furious…

See The Faceless Ones at the BFI this February

February 29, 2020 the British Film Institute (BFI) will show the reconstructed / animated The Faceless Ones. This missing Second Doctor story will be shown at 12 pm and there’s a Q&A with Anneke Wills. Tickets on sale from 14 January from the BFI. The DVD is released later this year! *** Message Ends ***

Doctor Who on Boxing Day?!

Good news, there will be Doctor Who on Boxing Day this year (2019). The (perhaps) less good news – it’s every available classic episode streamed on new service BritBox as reported on The Doctor Who Companion: EVERY SURVIVING EPISODE OF CLASSIC DOCTOR WHO COMING TO BRITBOX ON BOXING DAY. Enjoy! *** Message Ends ***

The DWC looks at Longleat and the 20th

If you want a thorough article on the twentieth anniversary of Doctor Who in 1983, including a major focus on Longleat, have a read of REVIEWED: DOCTOR WHO’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY – AT LAST, THE 1983 SHOW. Leon Hewitt is to be congratulated on a piece full of information. I learned a few things and I…

Celestial Toyroom 496/97

If you’re a member of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society lookout for the latest double issue Celestial Toyroom (496/7 – August 2019) with colour cover, evoking the Daleks in London. Edited by Alan Stevens, Alan also wrote the first article, a study of Daleks in London, ie Invasion of Earth. There are also fascinating articles…

The DWC bids a fond farewell to Troughton in the Season 6 review

With a sense of relentless inevitability the DWC reaches Season 6 in its exploration of the entirety of Doctor Who’s television output. You can read James Baldock’s excellent piece here: REVIEWED: DOCTOR WHO SEASON 6 – ALL THE STRANGE, STRANGE CREATURES. Yes, everything from The Dominators to The War Games and all ports in-between.