Character Group in Profits Slump

Character Options Group, the toy developer whose brands include Dr Who, Bob the Builder and Zhu Zhu Pets, has issued a profit warning after poor UK sales.

While its international revenues are holding up, UK kids (and parents) are apparently not splashing out on its toys, leading retailers to slash prices and delay orders for new products. As a result Character said its full year figures would be below market expectations, although it believed its Christmas ranges would do well enough to get the next financial year off to a good start. It came up with a full house of excuses to account for its current woes:

affected by a number of factors and major events, namely, the Jubilee celebrations, the Euro 2012 Championship, the abnormally bad UK weather, the deepening eurozone crisis and the on-going impact of the Olympic games.Retail trading conditions have remained difficult and have been further adversely

Merchant Securities added one other thing: a shift from Character’s type of toys to more technology based products. Analyst Amisha Chohan said:

Although the group has a broad product portfolio with strong licenses including Bob the Builder and Mike the Knight, there is a shift in demand for toys towards technology. We do not believe the group has any key blockbusters for the current calendar year, which could prevent revenue growth from being achieved in 2013. A lack of appetite for Zhu Zhu Pets and the Squinkies continues to be a short-term hindrance for the group in terms of revenues and margins.

The broker has cut its recommendation from hold to sell and its target price from 170p to 119p. Meanwhile the company’s broker Charles Stanley cut its 2012 profit forecast from £9m to £7m, although it kept its buy recommendation. But the shares are currently down more than 10% at 122p.

Matt loves clowning about

Although his face was well hidden behind a thick layer of make-up, his trademark quiff was instantly recognisable and indeed gave his identity away.

Doctor Who star Matt Smith showed his comical side as he agreed to have his face painted like a clown, last night.

The 29-year-old was attending the adidas Underground party in Shoreditch, east London with a host of other celebrities watch it online with a free vpns uk.

Hide and seek: Matt Smith painted his face like a clown at a party in London, last night

The event was used to celebrate the Olympics in the capital city and was curated by the sports manufacturer.

Matt and his fellow revellers were shown a film made by The Chemical Brothers, Don’t Think, of an event that took place in Japan.

Each guest was gifted an adidas Firebird track top and got into character with face paint inspired by the film.

All made up: The Doctor Who star partied at adidas Underground in Shoreditch

Fright night: Matt was one of many guests at the party who had their faces painted

While Matt enjoyed the immersive experience of having his face covered in make-up, he also got to let his hair down with Rosamund Pike.

The former Bond girl, 33, got into the spirit of things by not only having getting her pretty profile covered but also by wearing a large pink wig.

Matt and Rosamund hung out mostly by the bar and sipped on Absolut Mule cocktails as well as taking to the dance floor and looking around the show.


Richard E Grant to be Christmas Baddie

DOCTOR WHO star Matt Smith will battle Withnail And I legend Richard E Grant in the Christmas special of the sci-fi hit.
Grant — who also starred in movies Gosford Park and The Iron Lady — has signed up to be a special guest alongside Silent Witness star Tom Ward.

The Doctor’s new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, will also make her debut in the festive extravaganza on BBC1.

It will be Grant’s third outing in the hit sci-fi show. He voiced the Time Lord in an animated webcast of the show to mark its 40th anniversary back in 2003.

And he had viewers in hysterics as a lady-loving new Doctor in Comic Relief sketch Doctor Who And The Curse Of Fatal Death in 1999.

It was the first Doctor Who script written by Steven Moffat, now the show’s boss.

The top telly writer has also penned this year’s Christmas special, in which Grant will play a villain.

An insider said: “The Doctor Who Christmas specials are famous for being stand-out episodes and this year’s will be no different.

“It will have a really festive feel and Richard will be great as a baddie.”

The cast got together last week for their first reading of the script and filming begins today.


Doctor Who on Netflix – What is available worldwide?

Doctor Who has gone from being an old school British TV drama for kids to an action filled Sci-Fi adventure for everyone to enjoy.

Doctor Who has become more and more popular in recent years and has now developed a cult following. Since its new release in 2005 after being off the air for 15 years, millions of viewers in the UK have been tuning in. It is now popular all over the world and not just the in the UK.

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The first nine seasons of Doctor Who are available on British Netflix, but so far, season 10 is not available.

If you are watching in the US, sadly, it doesn’t look like season 10 is going to become available on Netflix. The BBC struck a deal with Amazon Prime US, and it looks like they will be exclusively airing season 10 and those to come.

Doctor who is available on Netflix all over the world

doctor who on NetflixSeasons 1 to 9 are available in the following locations: Antarctica, Australia, Cayman Islands, Cocos Islands, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ireland, Malta, Micronesia, New Zealand, Tuvalu and Vanuatu

Seasons 5 to 9 are available in most other locations, including the following: Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Italy, Latvia, Monaco, Nepal, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey

What do I do if I want to watch a season that isn’t available in my country?

Seasons 5 to 9 feature Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and are available in most countries.
But, if you are looking for seasons 1 to 4 with Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, you won’t be able to watch it using your country’s Netflix. I can hear those of you who can’t access seasons 1 to 4 screaming in pain right now.

But don’t worry; there is a way round it! You can get your fix of David Tennant another way.
Say, for example; you wanted to get access to New Zealand Netflix in the US, or get US Netflix in New Zealand. You can trick Netflix into thinking you are in a different country without having to jump on a plane.

VPN for Doctor WhoFlying half way round the world might even be a bit excessive for the most die-hard of Doctor Who fans. You can do this by using a VPN and a smartDNS service. A VPN or smartDNS makes a service like Netflix think you are trying to access Netflix from the country you wish to watch it.

All you need to do is download it, select the country you want to watch Netflix in and you are ready to go.
Some sneaky behind the scenes stuff re-routes your internet traffic to make it look like you are in the UK when you are actually in Sierra Leone.

Neat! So, if you are wondering how to get American Netflix in Australia, this is the way to go about it. Some of the services are free and some you have to pay for, so make sure you do your research.

Rumours For The 2018 Series of Doctor Who

Capaldi is done. He has stated that, despite his love for the show, he doesn’t know if he can stay at his best for much longer. If he remained in the role, some of the energy might go missing. I can understand where he’s coming from.

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But it’s a sad day. Not only that, head honcho, Steven Moffat, is also out. Following the 2017 Christmas Special, both of these Doctor Who giants will be leaving us. It’s strange to imagine things without them, but season 11 will be done one way or another. In their absence, we are left with plenty of room for speculation.

Who will replace Capaldi? Little was released about this until very recently. On Sunday, July 17, there was an official reveal of our Thirteenth Doctor. Jodie Whittaker, mostly known for her work in Broadchurch, will replace one of the most successful Doctors in the show’s history. In the reveal, we see a hooded figure walking calmly through the shaded forest.

Jodie Whittaker First Female Doctor Who

The character pauses, holding out a hand into which a key materialises, then it’s time for the big shock. Bright blonde hair, smooth skin, and striking features. Jodie Whittaker; the first female Doctor.

Keeping it relevant: The show is famous for keeping up with the times. Metaphorically, at least, since time can get a bit messy in some episodes. Anyway, the tenth series saw the introduction of Bill Potts—black, female, lesbian sidekick, Bill Potts.

And it is believable. It doesn’t feel forced, as it sometimes can with these things. The show doesn’t ever try to force anything down your throat. It’s a mere reflection of what the world looks like today, and it does a pretty good job of it.

This is not to say that hasn’t been a long time coming. A female Doctor that is. But the fact that it has come is certainly worth celebrating. I don’t know how fans will respond to there being a female Doctor before a female President, but I’m looking forward to it.

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Without Capaldi and Moffat, others are also talking about leaving the show. It’s possible that season 11 will see an entirely new cast. And so be it. This will be a real test of the show’s durability. And it’s fans. Any good show must learn to adapt to its audience. And today’s audience has a short attention span. No offense, guys—I include myself in this.

We want to hold our iPhones in the left hand and browse Netflix with the right. And with the rise in technology online, it’s difficult for traditional broadcasting methods to survive. The Doctor has survived this long though. Drastic changes to the cast, writing staff, producers, fans, society in general… it’s nothing the Doctor can’t handle.

Was Capaldi the Best Doctor Who Yet?

With the conclusion of the tenth series, we will also say farewell to our Twelfth Doctor: Peter Capaldi. Is he the best we’ve seen yet? He is, in the words of Professor Brian Cox, ‘…involved, menacing and vulnerable. Exactly what the Doctor should be.’

Do I agree?

The Capaldi Decision

Peter Capaldi the Best Doctor WhoLet’s take a look at how it all started for Capaldi. On June 1st, 2013, our Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) publicly announced that he would be leaving the show. The topic on everyone’s lips: who will replace him? Bookies were even keeping track of the race, and by the beginning of August, betting on Peter Capaldi was suspended. He was a shoe-in.

Capaldi missed the original call from his agent while shooting some film for another project in Prague. He dialed back and was welcomed with, ‘Hello, Doctor.’ A nice touch, I thought. But as an outright favourite, did he meet expectations?

Eleventh or Twelfth?

Another interesting thing. Steven Moffat (head writer and producer of the show) briefly considered Capaldi for the role of Eleventh Doctor. At the time, however, he felt he wasn’t the right fit.

Does this mean that Capaldi simply wasn’t ready for the role? Or, rather, was he supposed to be the twelfth incarnation and nothing else? This is a strange thing to consider, but I think Moffat was right. Having a 55-year-old Capaldi follow the youngest Doctor (Smith) was a brilliant move. It gave the show new breath. And the Doctor’s transformation held the room for dramatic, yet believable, changes.

If Capaldi had been our Eleventh Doctor, he would’ve followed after David Tennant… indeed, a tough act to follow.


Bill PottsCapaldi’s reign also saw the introduction of Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie). I have to say; she grew on me like spicy food. At first, I was a little skeptical. Indeed critical. But then, after her first few appearance, I began to get used to her, and she became suddenly much more believable. I got it. And I was glad that the show was willing (as always) to reflect contemporary times.

Modern society, as it stands. Whatever your politics are, you can’t help saying this much: I don’t see our First Doctor, William Hartnell, having a gay, black, female sidekick. The sixties were an era of change, sure, but 2017 is another thing altogether. And Doctor Who has society covered, as always.

All this said and done; I love Capaldi. He’s believable in his strangeness. In fact, if after his departure from the show there was a news report on ‘Capaldi went missing,’ I wouldn’t be surprised. I’d sit back in my chair and smile, thinking he might just have been a time-travelling alien, all along.

I mean, just take a close look at how the guy runs… we don’t love him for his fitness techniques though, we love him for being weird. Was he the best Doctor Who yet? He just might have been.

4 Ways to Get Started Kayaking for Fitness

Kayaking is a great form of exercise. It helps you build core strength primarily because the core part of your body is essential in turning the kayak. Every time you turn your kayak, you build your muscles.

Kayaking also has an isometric effect on your legs. You need to put in pressure to turn and balance the kayak.

As you do this, you tighten your leg muscles just as you do when you perform isometric exercises. Your leg muscles become stronger due to the constant squeezing.


In addition, your arm and shoulder muscles get stronger as you stroke the paddle. This repetitive movement improves your muscle mass as well as tones your shoulders and arms.

It is also good for your heart health because it involves brisk movements. The continuous movements raise your heart rate.

Furthermore, kayaking has mental benefits. It helps clear your mind so that you can improve your mental state and relieve stress. When you engage in this sport, you are able to relax and boost your health.

If you have never tried kayaking before, now is the perfect time to start. As long as you do it the right way, you will be alright. How can you do this?

  1. First of all, you need to get a good kayak. You can check out Perception Conduit 13. It is user-friendly and ideal for beginners. It is unrestrictive with enough stability to let you feel confident as you go on a cruise.


If you prefer longer paddles, you will also like its tracking and speed. It is recommended to be used in small lakes and rivers.

Do not worry because Perception is well known for its quality. For decades, it has produced innovative designs.

It actually pioneered plastic kayaks. Hence, you can count on their kayaks to be stable, durable, comfortable, functional, and high in quality.

  1. Next, you need to search for a good area. Ideally, the water should be calm and shallow. There should also be no rocks around. Once you found a place, you can put your kayak in the water. Use the bow to slide it in as you put your hand firmly on its stern. The cockpit should be in a shallow enough area to stand in.
  2. Then, you can use the kayak. You must hold the paddle in your hand as you walk on the side towards the cockpit. See to it that the kayak is secure before you get in.
  3. Finally, you can start kayaking. Position your leg in the kayak correctly and shift your weight so that you stay balanced.

Always make sure that you hold the paddle properly and you sit upright. Be careful when you rotate your body and take a stroke.

If you are a beginner, you may have difficulty in using the kayak. You may also experience trouble when balancing.

This is why you have to practice on a regular basis if you want to get better at it. Over time, you will be able to use the kayak with ease.


Berkoff set for Doctor Who

It has been announced in the Doctor Who Magazine that, Steven Berkoff most famous for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Krays (that was where I was trying to remember him from) and Beverley Hills Cop has joined the cast for series 7.

Whilst there have been no full details, it is said that he will star in episode 4.

Don’t forget to see here for more Doctor Who series 7 news.

Ben Browder set for Doctor Who

I know that this news is now a couple of days old now, but ‘Farscape’ actor Ben Browder has been cast in episode 3 of series 7, as we know is set in the Wild West.

I remember watching the first ever episode of Farscape and there being a creature on the other side of ther worm hole that looked a bit like Yoda. But that is about it. This episode is shaping up really well so far.

Don’t forget that more Series 7 news can be found here.