With just three full months to go until Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Special broadcasts across the world, the BBC are notably ramping up their promotional campaigns surrounding the landmark event. Already this week, we've recieved a strong number of new announcements regarding the imminent future of the show and its merchandise, all of which deserve to be read by yourselves at some point.
Without further ado, then, here's our latest round-up of all of the biggest and most significant Doctor Who news of this half-week:
- TOUR THE TARDIS- BBC Worldwide have today announced an expansion of their Doctor Who Experience attraction. Titled 'TARDIS Studio Tour', the new venue will be placed just a moment's walk away from the Experience building in Cardiff Bay, and allow fans the opportunity to explore the new TARDIS that's been introduced ever since the 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen. It's a thrilling prospect to be certain, and believe us, this isn't an attraction that will go anywhere anytime soon, meaning that any chance visit to Cardiff made by you, dear reader, should warrant a trip. Doctor Who Experience: TARDIS Studio Tour is open now to all visitors.
- SCREAM COMES TO DVD- BBC Worldwide have confirmed to the world that the 2005 Doctor Who animated adventure Scream of the Shalka is coming to DVD later this year. A four-part story featuring an alternative non-canon version of the Ninth Doctor played by Richard E Grant, Scream is probably only a worthy addition to the collection of the most dedicated Who followers, but should still hold appeal in that respect nevertheless. Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka will be available in DVD retailers everywhere on September 16th.
- SERIES 8 WRITER REVEALED?- Quite by chance, it appears that we may now know the name of a new writer joining the Doctor Who production team for the show's 2014 run. Consisting of twelve episodes (due to the 50th Anniversary Special forming a fifteenth episode in the extended and expensive 2011-2013 run of filming) and the traditional Christmas Special, Series Eight will introduce the Twelfth Doctor proper in a new saga of adventures with Clara Oswald featuring an audacious season arc. The CV of Jack Lothian reveals a new script for Who set to enter production later this year. Lothian's previous work includes television dramas such as Death in Paradise and Skins, and as we learned with Neil Cross earlier this year, introducing more writers onto the team tends to be a solid move. Steven Moffat will of course return to pen more adventures as showrunner (in what's likely to be his final year in control, his reign being as long as Russell's come the end of 2014), and it seems likely that Toby Whithouse, Chris Chibnall and Toby Whithouse will all contribute again as well.
Doctor Who returns for its blockbuster 50th Anniversary Special this November 23rd on BBC One. Doctor Who Series Eight is set to broadcast in Summer and Autumn 2014.