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Buy Your Own 4th Doctor Scarf From Forbidden Planet!

Buy your own Doctor Who Scarf for Authentic Cosplaying Fun!Are you not one of the few Doctor Who fans lucky enough to own a hand-knitted or extortionately priced replica of perhaps one of the most famous scarves in history?

Then fret no more! Now you can pre-order a replica of the Fourth Doctor’s scarf (his original, brighter one, that is) from the good folks at Forbidden Planet.

It’s 12 feet long - 13 if you have the tassles with it (neither are as long as one of the original scarves, which reached 24 feet long at one point!). You may want to use it to recreate those moments from the classic series such as when the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith tripped Eldrad down a chasm, or when the Doctor needed something to measure the length of a puzzle.

The scarf costs £49.99 and ships from 1st October, and we know it would make a nice Christmas present when that time of year rolls around again. Yours won’t be knitted by that witty little knitter Madame Nostradamus herself, of course, but it’s still a pretty nifty little number!

What if the Doctor Used a Nokia Lumia 900?

[caption id=”attachment_125060” align=”alignright” width=”465”]The TARDIS-esque Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone Does this phone remind you of anything?[/caption]

Nok Nok, a website dedicated to all things Nokia have asked the question; the ultimate question, the question hidden in plain sight: What smartphone would the Doctor use?

Unsurprisingly, (as far as they’re concerned) it’s a Nokia.

More specifically it’s the Nokia Lumia 900 – a Windows phone whose ‘tile’ system bares more than a passing resemblance to the panel on the TARDIS doors.

Now, rather than dedicating an entire television series arch to unfolding said question and then a further series to answer it Nok Nok have instead listed the reason why the Doctor would pick a Windows phone over an Android, Apple or even an open source operating system.

Firstly there are the specifications; what better way to check out facts about the myriad planets and time zones the Doctor visits than with a 4:3-inch screen? Exploring the planet and learning about individual customs yourself? No!

And don’t forget the eight megapixel camera with the new excellent Nokia Camera Extras – including the fabulous the Panorama app!

Now, it’s well documented that the Doctor has a habit of getting lost or arriving at the wrong time or location but with Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps, the Doctor will have no excuse for his enchanting, magical unplanned trips to untold wonders and will instead become punctual – which is way more exciting, I think you’ll agree.

As with most smartphone, it’s all about the apps and the Doctor has plenty to choose from:

“For example, the Sonic Screwdriver may be as iconic as the good Doctor’s TARDIS but in this age where everything is being integrated into your smartphone, having a virtual Sonic Screwdriver is just as good.”

Which it almost certainly isn’t…

“Options are available to mute the Sonic Screwdriver sound, have a loop instead of repeating endlessly and to stop the vibration of the Sonic Screwdriver.”

Because what the Doctor needs most is a less annoying life saving device like say, his actual screwdriver.

With Series 7 imminent we’re about to see a whole host of the Doctor’s greatest foes grace our screens once again with Asylum of the Daleks, so what better time to for the Doctor to download the Dalek Soundboard – which plays a raft of Dalek sounds from various incarnations to defend himself in oddly specific situations.

For more on the Nokia Lumia 900 and more Doctor Who apps head over to Nok Nok.

(And yes, we’re well aware that the Doctor is far more likely to use a device running an open-source operating system… it’s fun to see that so many tenuous links to the show are cropping up to earn some coin though, isn’t it?)

Kasterborous Magazine is Coming - And It’s All About YOU

Ah, you loyal, wonderful Kasterborous readers. From time to time we make some mad hints, we tease you, and fortunately only about half of you email us asking what in the blazes we’re talking about.

It could be much worse, and certainly our recent hints about a Kasterborous Magazine have got quite a few people excited. But what on earth is going on? How can a website such as Kasterborous consider spreading its wings into a publishing project of this kind?

Kasterborous Magazine is coming...Well, it all started with a chat with Vworp Vworp! editor Gareth Kavanagh, who had long believed we could spread out into a magazine-style project. After much research and brainstorming, it struck me that there was scope for a particular type of article that was too in-depth for the website - not the sort of thing that you might consider disposable.

So, with this in mind, we set about creating a contents list for a potential magazine. I headed back down to Manchester to chat with Gareth, who was very enthusiastic about the format!

Because, dear reader, it may surprise you to know this, but there are several Doctor Who themed magazines and fanzines in production. From the obvious DWM all the way down to the smallest PDF fanzine, all manner of topics are covered.

But not quite like this.

What we have put together is, essentially, both a full Doctor Who magazine and a Doctor Who fanzine. If you like, it is a magazine about fans - so what better description could it have than “fanzine”?

Here, at last, is a sample of the contents. To the right, you’ll find a piece of James McLean’s concept art that will appear in the finished product.

Now, naturally we don’t want to give too much away, and one or two items are subject to change, but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy:

  • In the Shed
  • Doctor Who and the Curse of the Videogames
  • Audio Club
  • Our exclusive Crash of the Elysium feature
  • A very special - and fascinating - interview
  • Recreating Classic FX
  • Plus lots more!

This is only a small sample of what is in store for readers of the magazine, the pricing and dispatch details of which will be announced at a later date.

We’ve also obfuscated some of the items above, which we’ll be releasing details on as we get nearer to publication.

As things stand, we don’t require any contributors for issue 1, only your support.We need you to share this news item, join our Kasterborous Magazine Facebook group and generally get as excited about this as we are!

We’re intending that this should be the ultimate bible for Doctor Who fans - rather than being a print version of the website you’re reading, it should stand on its own two feet, and this can only be achieved (we think) by reflecting the activities of fans, sharing what goes on in the worlds of Doctor Who cosplay, prop building, gaming, audios and books, live events and more!

Kasterborous Magazine isn’t about mimicking other mags - it’s about YOU.

We’ll have more details soon!

New Dalek Desk Defender!

Distract Yourself at Work with Desktop Dalek Patrol!Tired of not being able to exterminate your boss while you slave away in a cubicle-dwelling 9-5 job?

Now you can get the Dalek Desk Defender, who will take care of any unwanted visitors to your desk once you’ve plugged it into your nearest USB slot (fortunately it won’t actually exterminate them). It lights up, makes noises and wheels around your work surface.

Of course, it’s restricted in its movement by the length of the USB cable but we’re assured that it’s long enough to take care of most of your needs. And it won’t be able to leave your desk should it decide to go on a rampage.

It comes with an in-built motion sensor that works anywhere from 6 to 9 feet away depending on the lighting. Of course, this does mean that it will most likely start making a racket when you come back to your own desk to turn the thing off.

A pretty nifty gadget, wouldn’t you say? You’d have to decide for yourself whether the $39.99 (£25.27, or £23.37 from Amazon!) outlay is worth it, of course, but look at it.

How can you say no to that?

Doctor Who Collector’s Jigsaw

A Doctor Who jigsaw celebrating 50 years of time travel

An English tradition once designed to teach that now entertains millions with its thrills. No it’s not Doctor Who; it’s Jigsaws! Jigsaws of Doctor Who! A Doctor Who jigsaw!

This Doctor Who Jigsaw!

Released just in time for the new series this Ravensburger collector’s edition 1000 piece Doctor Who puzzle is designed to show off the Doctor’s deadliest foes including: the Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and the Master.

Made from premium cardboard and measuring 70 x 50cm this puzzle will look fantastic once completed – perhaps ‘something to consider gluing and framing for your wall’.

So why not pass the empty hours between now and 1st September with the thrill of assembly!

Ravensburger Doctor Who Collector’s Edition Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 pieces) is available now from Amazon for £10.67.

Assimilation #3 Out Now!

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Star Trek: The Next Generation/ Doctor Who: Assimilation #03, available at any good comic book store.

The comic series, written by David and Scott Tipton and Tony Lee, pairs a few incarnations of the two massive franchises, as the Doctor, Amy, Rory and the crew of the USS Enterprise face off against the Cybermen and the Borg. Here’s issue 3’s synopsis:

“The true horror of the Borg-Cybermen alliance has been revealed, but what course of action will Captain Picard and the Doctor agree upon? And will the Doctor’s recently resurfaced memories shed new light on the dilemma?”

Issue 1 sold out remarkably fast, as did the special Forbidden Planet editions signed by Lee. The eight-part series is getting great reviews so far, as SFX’s Alasdair Stuart says:

“Massive in scale and hugely fun, this is how a crossover should be done.”

Issue 4 is released on 29th August, and sees the two enemies wreck destruction on the galaxy:

“The Federation is met with the possibility of assistance, but from an unthinkable source! Will Captain Picard and the Doctor agree to an alliance that could be worse than the enemy they face?”

IDW’s new ongoing Doctor Who series starts next month – as does the TV series! – with Andy Diggle and Mark Buckingham at the helm.

Finally, The Rory Williams Action Figure!

Rory Williams action figure releasedShortly after Rory Williams leaves the show, fans can (finally) re-enact his adventures with an action figure for the first time!

The figure is based on his initial “life-preserver” appearance and boasts no trappings from his “Lone Centurion” alter ego. Something tells us that will be saved for a later action figure.

It’s interesting to note that the synopsis of the toy features no mention of his adventures past the end of Series 5. We wouldn’t mind this but it completely ignores the fact that he’s had a baby (who turned out to be River “spoilers” Song), left the TARDIS full time (temporarily) and had to condemn an older version of his wife to death…

Amy Pond’s fiancée who, on his stag night found himself whisked away in the TARDIS. After defeating the Saturnynes and the Dream Lord, Rory was killed saving the Doctor’s life during a battle with the Silurians. However, his body was absorbed by the time energies leaking across time and space – resulting in him never having existed. However, his essence was placed into an Auton replica of himself in Roman times and after briefly reuniting with Amy, he accidentally killed her. To restore her, the Doctor placed her in the Pandorica and for two thousand years Rory stood guard over her, the legendary Lone Centurion. When time was finally rebooted, Rory became human again, married Amy and once again joined her and the Doctor in the TARDIS.

What do we think? It’s hard to tell based on one picture, but this should make a fine addition to any fan’s collection. And at least it bears some resemblance to Arthur Darvill…

You can pre-order the action figure from Forbidden Planet for £8.99, and it will be released on October 5th.

Brandon Seifert Discusses IDW’s Doctor Who

The Eleventh Doctor and Rory appear in the new Doctor Who series from IDWRecently, IGN caught up with Doctor Who writer Brandon Seifert (who writes not for the television series but for the IDW comics range of Doctor Who) about his upcoming work with the company and his new Time Lord adventure.

Seifert’s work can be enjoyed through either his Witch Doctor series or his Hellraiser: The Road Below comics but his most exciting piece that’s due to come out is his new Doctor Who two parter starring the Eleventh Doctor and Rory! Whilst not giving too much away, he spoke about the plot for his latest story:

[quote]“It’s a time-travel “road-trip” buddy comedy between the Doctor and Rory! I love Rory, and I love his dynamic with the Doctor… This is Rory and the Doctor, lost in a malfunctioning TARDIS trying to get back to where they left Amy, squabbling throughout time and space!”[/quote]

Covering the whole of time and space (or as much as Seifert could fit into a two part comic) this adventure will be an unforgettable tale with more than a few comedy bits to enjoy! But does the task of writing a tale for a comic rather than television make things easier or harder for Brandon:

[quote]“The Doctor has a time machine that’s also a spaceship, he can go anywhere in the whole life-span of the universe… as long as there’s enough money for the costumes, sets and special effects. But in comics, that’s not a problem. Famously, comics are said to have an unlimited budget — it just comes down to the creators’ imaginations and the amount of time the artist has.”[/quote]

So with this new adventure, expect plenty of scope and imagination to shine through! To find out who is Seifert’s favourite Doctor and companion plus for more information about his other comic book tales, you can check out the full interview at IGN.

The Comic Strip Companion Preview Sampler!

The Comic Strip Companion: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 - 1979Coming in September The Comic Strip Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 — 1979 promises to be a must read for anyone enamoured with the Doctor’s pen and ink adventures – and to celebrate its release author Paul Scoones has released this 13 page preview.

Launched just a year after the show itself in TV Comic this volume of the companion chronicles the first 15 years of the Doctor Who comic strip from its origins to just before the on-going strip was launched as a regular feature in Doctor Who Weekly in 1979.

During this time more than 200 comic strip stories were published in the pages of TV Comic, Countdown, TV Action, TV Century 21, The Dr Who Annual and the Dalek books.

This is the first time that details about the creation and development of the adventures have been documented, alongside comments from some of the original writers and artists.

Founder of fanzine Time Space Visualiser and writer of several Production Information subtitles for various Doctor Who DVD releases Paul Scoones is the perfect host to take you through in exhaustive detail the plot, continuity, points of interest and analysis of these early sequential art additions to the Doctor Who canon.

The Comic Strip Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 — 1979 by Paul Scoones for Telos Publishing is available to pre-order now for £16.99 from Amazon.

(With thanks to Matt)

The Comic Strip Companion in Hardback

The Comic Strip Companion: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 - 1979Due to popular demand, the publishing house Telos Publishing is bringing out Paul Scoones’ new book, The Comic Strip Companion, in a limited edition hardback.

Featuring a cover by original comic strip artist Bill Mevin, Scoones’ book takes you through 1964 to 1979 of the comic strip’s run and features comments from some of the original artists and writers. It also features notes on production context and things like continuity and what caused the adventures to come into being.

If you’ve already ordered the paperback, fret not: there is an option to upgrade to the hardback if you ordered it directly from the Telos website. In any event, it’s not like you get extra content for picking one version over another - both versions clock in at a hefty 608 pages (with 8 of those being in full colour to show off some of the comic strip covers of the period).

The book is due to be published at the end of September, and the paperback version is available for £16.99 from Amazon. The hardback is £30 plus p&p and can be ordered from the Telos website.

(Via A Life More or Less Ordinary: Limited Hardback Edition).