An exclusive prequel to the Season 6.2 premier "Let's Kill Hitler" will be available starting Monday, August 15.
There have been three previous prequels this season, for the episodes "The Impossible Astronaut", "The Curse of the Black Spot", and "A Good Man Goes to War".
This one is said to be "something different" from previous prequels. It will bridge the gap between Episodes 7 and 8, and reveal a little of what the Doctor and Amy are feeling after the dramatic events of "A Good Man Goes to War".
Often one of the most anticipated parts of Doctor Who in the new series is seeing new Doctors take on old enemies. One of the Doctor's oldest foes are the Ice Warriors, reptilian natives of Mars. They have appeared on TV in the classic stories "The Ice Warriors", "The Seeds of Death", "The Curse of Peladon", and "The Monster of Peladon", as well as numerous appearances in books, audios, and comic strips.
Now they return again to face off against the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory in the new book The Silent Stars Go By:
The Doctor battles his old enemies, the Ice Warriors - in a special holiday themed adventure
For centuries the Maintainers have worked. With no help from other worlds, they subsist on the food they can grow and that’s little enough. But their purpose, their whole life is to maintain the machines that will one day make their world as habitable as old Earth.
Life used to be hard. Now as their crops fail, livestock sickens, and the temperature drops, it’s becoming impossible. This year’s Winter Season Feast won’t be the usual celebration. It’s not a time for optimism or hope – and it’s not a time to welcome unexpected guests. The Doctor, Amy and Rory find a society breaking apart under the strain. Tensions are mounting, old rivalries are coming to the fore, people are dying...
And then the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors make their move. With the cold-hearted threat of invasion, the real battle for survival begins. Or does it? The Doctor begins to suspect that behind everything lies a deadlier, and even more chilling danger...
Written by Dan Abnett, it will be released on September 29 2011.
To mark the return of Doctor Who for the final half of Season 6, BBC America will air three new specials, looking at different aspects of the series.
Best of the Doctor will be shown on August 13 at 9 PM. Best of the Monsters will air a week later on August 20 again at 9. The final special is Best of the Companions and will air immediately after the Season 6.2 premier Let's Kill Hitler on August 27.
In other news, Moffat has given some teasers about this year's Christmas special: he might once again be reworking a classic Christmas story, it might have a period setting, and it's not entirely set on Earth. Also, Matt Smith nearly "fell out of his chair" when he was told the title.
Wonder what it could be!
The Doctor Who News Page has revealed more information about the three 'Best Of...' specials airing on BBC America. The programs include interviews from celebrity Doctor Who fans as well as viewers at San Diego Comic-Con. You can watch a preview clip HERE.
If you're a big fan of the David Tennant years of Doctor Who and haven't yet bought any of the seasons on DVD - and if you have money to burn - BBC Video has a treat for you.
The Complete David Tennant Years will be a 26-disc mega-set, set for release in the United States and Canada on October 11. The set consists of Seasons 2-4 of the new series, the 2009 Specials, as well as the animated adventures "The Infinite Quest" and "Dreamland". Special features include all the Doctor Who Confidentials (most likely in their previously cut-down DVD format), video diaries, extended and deleted scenes, as well as the special material filmed for Children in Need.