Weekly Who: Daleks In Training & Torchwood Shenanigans

Welcome to our Weekly Who roundup! Every Friday morning we collect random/cool Doctor Who-related news and things that we’ve found in our internet travels. Feel free to point out your own finds in the comments!

Lots of news this week as the new season/series gets closer, but first, we’d like to invite our readers to take a swing at the new promo poster for Torchwood: Miracle Day, which begins on Starz on July 8, shortly after the conclusion of the first half of Doctor Who season 6.

Our own quickie version is here at right and reflects the first thought that entered our heads when we saw it. We’re sure yours will be better! The task, photoshop your version of the poster and put it in the comments. The reward: MERRIMENT.

In Doctor Who news:

1.) New season 6 prequel scene coming today. The BBC is releasing a “prequel” scene to the upcoming season on their site today at 11 AM EST. The scene informs the action to come in the opening two-parter, “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon.”

They’ve also released the following teaser for the opening episode:


2.) Classic Doctor Who Target novelizations to be rereleased with new intros. BBC Books is republishing six of the original Target book novelizations of classic Doctor Who episodes, with new introductions from Doctor Who luminaries.

Doctor Who and the Daleks novelizationThe books will retain their original Chris Achilleos covers and interior illustrations (pictured at right). The first six rereleases will include:

  • Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker, with introduction by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker, with introduction by Charlie Higson
  • Doctor Who and the Cybermen by Gerry Davis, with introduction by Gareth Roberts
  • Doctor Who and The Abominable Snowman by Terrance Dicks, with introduction by Stephen Baxter. (Check out our unofficial sequel to this novelization, courtesy of Nick Abadzis!)
  • Doctor Who and the Autons by Terrance Dicks, with introduction by Russell T Davies
  • Doctor Who and The Cave Monster by Malcolm Hulke, with introduction by Terrance Dicks

The novels will be released by BBC Books on July 7th.

3.) “Shada” novel to see release in March 2012. Speaking of novelizations, the unfinished Douglas Adams Doctor Who serial “Shada,” featuring the Fourth Doctor, will be released in novel form next year from BBC Books, finished by Who writer Gareth Roberts.

4.) If you’re going to WonderCon this year, say hi to Neil Gaiman for us. WonderCon just added a Doctor Who panel on April 3rd, featuring Neil Gaiman, Mark Sheppard, and Toby Haynes, moderated by superfan Chris Hardwick.


Cool Doctor Who stuff:

1.) Don’t pay attention to him, he’s Davros’s nephew. YouTube user BrainInSkull has put together a little skit featuring a Dalek-in-training. (You know, why don’t Daleks torture first and exterminate later?)


2.) The Doctor Who Proms sets all the regenerations to live orchestral music. And makes an audience member (and us) cry for doing it! Check out this fantastic video of the performance:


3.) Dalek cakes! Tenele Pekin of Stacked Cakes in Canberra, Australia has crafted a Dalek birthday cake for her customers. Check the link for more photos and video of her process. We always knew the Doctor’s greatest enemy was full of chocolate….

Dalek cake by Tenele Pekin


4.) Thirsty Ood is just waiting for his friends to finish showering. We love the nonchalant nature of this Ood just standing in the hotel lobby, sipping coffee, staring vacantly into space as he waits….

Hotel Ood


5.) The laziest Dalek on Skaro. Artist Crystal Fontan has crafted this illustration of a Dalek on its day off. We can certainly relate. You can also purchase a t-shirt with this design here.

Procrastinating Dalek by Crystal Fontan


Doctor Who poems submissions from GJB Publishing

6.) GJB Publishing is looking for your Doctor Who poems! The company is hoping to publish a fan compendium of Who-related poems in July 2011 and submissions are open now. Details available at the above link. (And no copying this guy.)




Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com and can’t look at that Ood picture without busting a gasket.

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