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OFFICIAL: POWER OF THE DALEKS TO BE ANIMATED

While speculation has run rampant for weeks now, BBC Worldwide has just announced the official word on the project. All six parts of the Patrick Troughton story “The Power Of The Daleks” will be animated and released for the episode’s 50th Anniversary.

It’s a move that surprises no one after a clip surfaced (and was immediately removed by BBC) on line, but delights everyone. Power of the Daleks is reported to be one of the more iconic, and powerful stories in the show’s history. It’s Troughton’s first episode, and features the first regeneration, (here called renewal) by William Hartnell into Troughton. While that clip is technically the very end of the preceding story, The Tenth Planet, this episode deals with the ramifications. The story features the second Doctor, Polly and Ben fighting Daleks on the planet Vulcan. It aired only once, and unfortunately was junked as part of the BBCs then standard practice.

The animation is being produced by the same team that did a highly successful animation for a missing episode of Dad’s Army “A Stripe For Frazer”, which was first released on BBC Store in February this year. The producer and director is Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.

Charles Norton says: “The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”

Previous animations commissioned by the BBC were usually only two segments to complete a serial that was missing individual pieces, such as “The Reign Of Terror”, “The Tenth Planet”, “The Underwater Menace”, “The Moonrise”, “The Ice Warriors” and “The Invasion”.

“The Power Of The Daleks” will initially be exclusively released on BBC Store, with episode one available on the 50th anniversary of it’s original air date, Saturday, November 5th at 5:50pm.  The others will be released on consecutive days thereafter. Readers can register their interest in the download at the BBC Store. The story will become available online more widely on the 14th of November, and will also be released on DVD in the United Kingdom on the 21st of November.

No other regions have been announced at present.

In addition to the story’s release, there will be a special screening of the first three episodes at the BFI in London, which will include a Q&A with Anneke Wills, Charles Norton and Frazer Hines. Further information will be available from the BFI website from Monday September 19th.

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says: “Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story.”

There is no other information on what this announcement means for other missing episodes.

Update:

In the U.S. BBC America announced “The Power of the Daleks” will air Sunday, Nov. 12th and will be available online to stream the next day.

Time Eddy II Convention DISCOUNT CODE

Our friends at Time Eddy II want OUR friends to show up for a fantastic weekend of Doctor Who goodness, so they’ve made it easy! Just head over to their website TimeEddy and order your 3 day tickets, then when you get to the cart enter the coupon code VORTEX for a $20 dollar discount! Tickets for the show for all three days are already a LOW price of $69 bucks, but we want to see you so bad, we got them to knock off even more! 3 DAYS of Doctor Who, All for just $49! But hurry, this deal is only valid through Sept. 1st!

Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart DISCOUNT CODE

So we’ve been touting the good stuff in the Lethbridge-Stewart series from Candy Jar Books for almost a year now, (my how time flies!) and wanted to make sure all our regular listeners and Who fans knew about the following offer…

OUT NOW! BRAND-NEW 30% DISCOUNT CODE ON LETHBRIDGE-STEWART BOOKS!

Summer is nearly over but don’t worry, Candy Jar Books have the perfect cure for you all: a generous 30% off ALL books in the Lethbridge-Stewart series!

It’s easy to do, simply quote this discount code: EPICLS30 before you order and voila- your favourite books at bargain prices!

This offer is only available until the end of the month and is not applicable to book bundles, only individual books. Take a look below at some of the treats that could be yours!

 

   

The “Wait, we’ve been doing this for HOW LONG?” Schedule

It was with a mixture of shocked surprise and gratitude that when compiling the next pieces of the schedule we realized we were coming up on the big 300th episode here at Traveling The Vortex. As always, we remain hopefully humble and slightly bemused that people are still listening, and seem to like what we’re doing, so again, we thank you! Keeping in that spirit, we wanted to do something a little special for the “epiversary” (even if it meant bending the rules just a little bit). So lets dive into the upcoming madness…

Our weekly Doctor Who watch party Friday Night Who continues on 8/19 with the David Tennant episode “Gridlock”. A reminder everyone is welcome to join in on Twitter, look for the #FridayNightWho hashtags, we push play at midnight.

Episode #295 of the podcast is both An Adversary Archive on The Macra, AND a Lost In Time discussion of The Macra Terror, which sadly no longer exists. We’ll be revieiwng the telesnap recon and the novelization of this Patrick Troughton story.

FNW 8/26 is “Heaven Sent” staring Peter Capaldi.

Which should set us up nicely for our final Beyond The Doctor discussion of the year, We’ll talk Peter Capalid and his performance In The Loop for TTV #296.

A change in what was scheduled before, as FNW on 9/2 is now “The Silurians” (Or Doctor Who and the Silurians, if we must.) This is a long one, so we’ll split it up and do the first four parts this week.

No show this week, but we don’t want to leave you high and dry, so instead we’ll bring you some fun courtesy of Candy Jar Books and Lethbridge-Stewart: The Showstoppers author Jonathan Cooper.

FNW 9/9 finishes off “The Silurians” with parts 5-7.

TTV #297 is a Book Review, we’ll give our thoughts on Candy Jar Book’s Lethbridge-Stewart: The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel and the next short story The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock.

Top Gon headline guest Spencer Wilding stars alongside Matt Smith in “The God Complex” for Friday Night Who on 9/16.

And we’ll bring you all the fun from Topeka’s own Top Con this week.

FNW 9/23 is “The Keys Of Marinus” featuring first Doctor William Hartnell. Again, a long one, so parts 1-3 this week.

TTV #298 will have our look at Titan Comics 10th Doctor issues from “season 2”, #2.1 – #2.5, and Big Finish #67 “Dreamtime”.

We’ll finish off “The Keys Of Marinus” with parts 4-6 for FNW on 9/30.

TTV #299 continues season 2 of Titan Comics 10th Doctor comics with issues #2.6 – #2.10 and Big Finish main range story #100 which happens to be called, “100”.

Christopher Eccelson returns to the proceedings for Friday Night Who on 10/7 with “The Long Game”.

A special, TOP SECRET Side Trip #24 fills in the gap for us this week… What could it be?

What on earth could we do for the Friday Night Who (on 10/14) for our 300th Epiversary? Why, Peter Davison’s “The Five Doctors” of course!

And then, the main event itself, Traveling The Vortex #300, which will have all the news fit to print (and some thats not) from Time Eddy II in Wichita. Special Guests! Interviews! Surprises! Flying Monkeys! You DONT want to miss this one!!!

And beyond that? Winter is coming. Which means Christmas is coming. Which means our wilderness year is almost over, and Doctor Who is returning to our screens! Thanks to one and all, stay tuned!

Torchwood #1 Preview

Torchwood is back in comic form on Wednesday (August 3rd)! Titan releases the first issue in the ongoing line. Here’s a synopsis and preview pages from Titan Comics!

Torchwood is Back, in an all-new ongoing comics series written by Captain Jack himself, John Barrowman! Captain Jack Harkness is back in Cardiff, and there’s only one person he can turn to, the last person who expected to see him, Gwen Cooper! On the road, on the run, and under fire, can the pair put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwood, before its flame is stamped out forever? Even better, the new comics series is in continuity with the amazing new Torchwood audio dramas from Big Finish; join us both for the official continuation of the Torchwood saga!

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Schedule Regeneration…

Here’s a few updates to the schedule…

For those of you that like to follow along, we present the newest bit of scheduling….

 

Powerful and creepy, our offering for the Friday Night Who tweet-a-long on 6/11 is “Midnight”.

Which sets us up nicely to go Beyond The Doctor: David Tennant – What We Did On Our Holiday in episode #285 of Traveling The Vortex.

FNW 6/18 is “The Moonbase”.

Episode #286 is very lunar themed, covering the TV Comic Moon Landing, and our Book Review of the Candy Jar short story The Lock-In by Sarah Groenewegn, and Lethbridge-Stewart: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.

Another new to us story on 6/24 for FNW, “Masque Of Mandragora”.

Which brings us an Adversary Archive TTV #287. We’ll give our thoughts on the episode “Masque Of Mandragora”, and “Mark of Mandragora” comic.

“The King’s Demons” starring fifth Doctor Peter Davision kicks of July (7/1) for Friday Night Who.

In TTV #288 we’ll take a look at Titan Comics 8th Doctor Mini series (#1-5), and Big Finish #81 “The Kingmaker”.

FNW 7/8 is “Spearhead From Space” (Hard to believe we’ve not done an official FNW with that one yet, right?)

But since we’ve already reviewed Spearhead, TTV #289 will instead be devoted to the eighth Doctor Paul McGann and his Big Finish 8th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #3 “Brave New Town”, #4 “The Skull Of Sobek”.

Current Doctor Peter Capaldi graces our screens for Friday Night Who on 7/15 in “Robot Of Sherwood”.

And TTV #290 has Titan Comics 12th Doctor #2.1 – #2.5, and Big Finish #84 “The Nowhere Place”.

Coming up beyond that? That would be telling.

Second Lethbridge-Stewart Book Comes to Audio

The second book of Candy Jar Book’s popular Lethbridge-Steward series is coming to audiobook format.

From Candy Jar:

THE SCHIZOID EARTH

In conjunction with Fantom Films, Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that the second in the new series of audiobooks of Lethbridge-Stewart has now been released.

 

The Schizoid Earth is written by David A McIntee and read by Terry Molloy.

Lethbridge-Stewart was supposed to be in the mountains of the east, but things didn’t quite go according to plan. On the eve of war, something appeared in the sky; a presence that blotted out the moon. Now it has returned, and no battle plan can survive first contact with this enemy.

 

Why do the ghosts of fallen soldiers still fight long-forgotten battles against living men? What is the secret of the rural English town of Deepdene? Lethbridge-Stewart has good reason to doubt his own sanity, but is he suffering illness or injury, or is something more sinister going on?

 

Plagued by nightmares of being trapped in a past that never happened, Lethbridge-Stewart must unravel the mystery of a man ten years out of his time; a man who cannot possibly still exist.

The seven disc unabridged audio CD is available priced £18.99 and also on Download priced £13.99. The next two titles will be released in July 2016. You can subscribe direct from Fantom for only £60 for all four releases – saving over £15!

The next two titles, Beast of Fang Rockand Mutually Assured Domination, will be released during July 2016.

You can order the audiobook directly from www.fantomfilms.co.uk, and the paperback directly from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk for the reduced price of £7.99.

 

New Third Doctor Comic Announced

Titan Comics announced today a 5 issue 3rd Doctor comic run written by Paul Cornell, to be released August 31st.

Here’s what they said in the release:

May 18, 2016 – BBC Worldwide North America and Titan Comics are excited to announce the return of the Third Doctor this August, in comics! This brand-new five-part comic series, written by fan-favorite Doctor Who scribe Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics, The Severed Streets), stars the Third Doctor, as played by Jon Pertwee, alongside companions Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) in classic Doctor Who action.

Hitting stores and digital platforms on August 31st, Doctor Who: The Third Doctor expands Titan Comics’ hugely popular and critically acclaimed Doctor Who comics, which already include adventures from the Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors.

Fresh off last year’s epic smash-hit, Four Doctors, Paul Cornell teams up with artist Christopher Jones (Young Justice, Marvel’s Avengers) to bring unexpected twists and turns to the lives of the Third Doctor and his companions in an all-new story, “The Heralds Of Destruction.”

Actor Jon Pertwee starred as the Third Doctor in 128 episodes from 1970 to 1974. Pertwee’s portrayal of the Doctor was a suave, dapper, and technologically oriented man of action, who spent his time stranded on Earth, working with the international military group UNIT.

When something enormous and extraterrestrial crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilize immediately to investigate – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader! But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip their whole world off its axis.

The debut issue comes with five variant covers to collect: three art covers by artists Josh Burns, Simon Myers, and Paul McCaffrey, a photo cover, and a blank sketch cover.

Retailers can order issue #1 of Doctor Who: The Third Doctor from the June edition of Diamond PREVIEWS. This all-new storyline in the world of an old classic will delight longtime fans and freshly converted Whovians alike. Fans can find their nearest comic store at ComicShopLocator.com.

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Comics Preview 11th Doctor Year 2 Issue 9

Titan Comics releases next issue of the 11th Doctor’s second season on Wednesday, May 18th. Here’s a preview.

The attacks on the TARDIS reach fever pitch. The Doctor’s only hope for survival is to track down the mysterious ‘Cabal’ who have been haunting his steps. Were they active in the Time War? Do they still exist? Meanwhile, Alice is forced to make a decision that could wipe her from the timeline forever!

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Schedule Here! Get your RED HOT Schedule Here!

For those of you that like to follow along, we present the newest bit of scheduling….

Our weekly dose of Doctor Who with tweet along continues every Friday Night at midnight. This week’s Friday Night Who selection for 5/20 is the Matt Smith episode “Asylum Of The Daleks”.

TTV #282 will be all our experiences from Planet Comicion and possibly excerpts from The Great Traveling The Vortex Quiz Show!

As a special Side Trip, we’ll present the audio in full from our panel at Planet Comicion, “Classic Doctor Who with Jeremy Bulloch”. Jeremy of course played Tor in The Space Museum, and Hal the Archer in The Time Warrior.

FINALLY released in North America, Friday Nigh Who on 5/27 is “The Underwater Menace”

We’ll review that story on TTV #283.

FNW 6/4 is “Time And The Rani”

and TTV #284 has Shaun’s adventures in Omaha at British Fest the Trilogy, and more Seventh Doctor and Mel action in Big Finish #70 Unregenerate!

Powerful and creepy, our offering for the Friday Night Who tweet-a-long on 6/11 is “Midnight”.

Which sets us up nicely to go Beyond The Doctor: David Tennant – What We Did On Our Holiday. We’ll also talk local cons Smallville and Crypticon in episode #285 of Traveling The Vortex.

FNW 6/18 is “The Moonbase”.

Episode #286 is very lunar themed, covering both the TV Comic Moon Landing, and our Book Review of Lethbridge-Stewart: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.

Another new to us story on 6/24 for FNW, “Masque Of Mandragora”.

Which we’ll review in TTV #287.

“The King’s Demons” starring fifth Doctor Peter Davision kicks of July (7/1) for Friday Night Who.

In TTV #288 we’ll take a look at Titan Comics 8th Doctor Mini series (#1-5), and Big Finish #81 The Kingmaker

FNW 7/8 is Spearhead From Space (Hard to believe we’ve not done an official FNW with that one yet, right?)

But since we’ve already reviewed Spearhead, TTV #289 will instead be devoted to the eighth Doctor Paul McGann and his Big Finish 8th Doctor Adventures Season 2: #3 Brave New Town, #4 The Skull Of Sobek.

Current Doctor Peter Capaldi graces our screens for Friday Night Who on 7/15 in “Robot Of Sherwood”.

And TTV #290 has Titan Comics 12th Doctor #2.1 – #2.5, and Big Finish #84 The Nowhere Place.

Coming up beyond that?   That would be telling.

 

12th Doctor Comic Preview

Titan Comics released a preview of issue 5 for the second year of the 12th Doctor comics. It hits stands on May 11th.

It’s the long-awaited return of a deadly foe, as the Doctor and Clara face a monster that will have you checking your stack of comics for suspicious movement! Dare you continue reading, when every page turn could bring you into MORTAL DANGER?! You have to – you’re the Doctor’s only hope!

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New Comics for 5/4

Celebrate May the Fourth with a new Tenth Doctor comic! Titan Comics released a preview which you can see below. You can pick up the Tenth Doctor #2.9 Wednesday. Here’s a synopsis:

“The Doctor, Gabby and Cindy investigate ‘the Wishing Well Witch’ in the town of Dewbury… only to find what lurks in the well is something far worse, and more strange, than the legend! It’s an unearthly terror, cast through a schism in the universe… and it’s tearing the town apart!”

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