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Doctor Who Monsters in the spotlight for new Never Cruel or Cowardly podcast

Doctor Who: “Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in.”

Last month, comics writer and author Cavan Scott described podcasts as the “… fanzines of the 21st Century”. The team behind a mainly Doctor Who-influenced podcast, Never Cruel or Cowardly, are running with that idea in style. The work of talented creators Leon Hewitt and Matt Badham, their latest audiozine, monsters and monstrosity in Doctor Who. “We’re two mates putting together an audio ... Read More »

Sapphire & Steel Competition: Nigel “Spleenal” Auchterlounie joins the fun

Recent news of a possible return to our screens of the spooky Sapphire & Steel prompted various comic artists to pipe up that they’d love to draw a new comic based on the show, so we’re challenging our readers to do just that. It’s just for fun and open to any style – realistic, cartoon, montage, or even a one-off illustration (but ... Read More »

Plaything Of Sutekh Issue 4 Released

Our friends over at Andersonic, when they aren’t producing that excellent and long running Gerry Anderson fanzine, from time to time change channels from ITV to BBC1 and produce a Doctor Who zine along the same lines called Plaything Of Sutekh. Named for the excellent Tom Baker story Pyramids Of Mars and featuring both old and new Who, Plaything of ... Read More »

Edinburgh Comic Con: A Bird’s Eye View

In April 2014, I went to a rather small, poorly attended comic show called SBA at the Students Union that is part of Edinburgh University. I was lucky and I got to spend an inordinate amount of time chatting with such luminaries as Norm Breyfogle, Ian Churchill, Declan Shalvey and other assorted guests. So when James Lundy was searching for ... Read More »

Matthew Simpson to star as Johnny Alpha, Kevin Horsham as Wulf in Strontium Dog Fan Film

Strontium Dog - Fan Film: Wulf Sternhammer

The team behind the eagerly-anticipated not-for-profit Strontium Dog fan film have released a few photos from their costume test day, and introduce actors Matthew Simpson, who has kindly agreed to play the part of Johnny Alpha in the film, and Kevin Horsham, who will play companion Wulf Sternhammer. The film, which will be directed by Steven Sterlacchini & Steve Green, is ... Read More »

What’s All the Fuss About… Doctor Who?

FBS Publishing have announced a new non-fiction book about Doctor Who which has been co- authored by occasional downthetubes contributor Ian Wheeler. Ian has teamed-up with Will Hadcroft to write What’s All the Fuss About…? An Introduction to Doctor Who: An Unofficial Doctor Who Companion. Who is the Doctor, what are the Daleks and why is the TARDIS a police ... Read More »

BFI announces Blade Runner re-release and more 2015 film highlights

Marvel Super Special #22: Blade Runner

  The BFI has revealed a selection of film highlights to look forward to in 2015 which include a number of films that will appeal to downthetubes readers, including a re-release of Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner: The Final Cut and the screening of a number of horror, fantasy and animated films. Many BFI releases will be picked up by independent cinemas around ... Read More »

BBC heads to the frontiers of space and time with new Science Fiction programming

Historian and author Dominic Sandbrook head to the very frontiers of space and science to offer audiences the definitive television history of science fiction. Image: BBC

  The BBC has announced a number of science fiction-related programmes, including a new four-part series on BBC Two in which Dominic Sandbrook explores how science fiction has offered a revealing window into our dreams and our nightmares that will feature input from the likes of comics writer and author Neil Gaiman, Time Traveller’s Wife and comic author Audrey Niffenegger; and SF ... Read More »

Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm is Go!

  In a stunning show of support for the work of the late Gerry Anderson and the team keeping his legacy alive at Anderson Entertainment, we’re delighted to report that a plan to raise enough funding through Kickstarter to make the necessary models, sets, and puppets, and to pay for the production of a minisode of Firestorm has been a success. ... Read More »

In Review: Doctor Who: Deep Breath proves a Curate’s Egg

12th Doctor Promotional Image

  (First posted  in a shorter form on the downthetubes tumblr, minor spoilers): I’m glad to see that the Twelfth Doctor seems to have been well received in most quarters and was more than impressed by the opening episode of his first comic strip appearance in the bumper, 100-page Doctor Who Magazine last week, “Eye of Torment”, a 12 page, decidedly creepy story from Scott Gray, ... Read More »

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