Friday, July 25, 2014

Deep Breath cinema screenings


The BBC have announced today that the premiere episode of Doctor Who Series 8 will receive theatrical screenings across the world. Deep Breath, featuring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, will be shown in cinemas from August 23. Check out the details below.

Doctor Who makes a spectacular return to the big screen in the feature-length premiere episode of Series 8; Deep Breath. Directed by acclaimed Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and sees the return of fan favourites The Paternoster Gang - Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) – in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.

Steven Moffat comments: "Last November the Doctor didn't just conquer the world on television, he did it in the cinemas too. And like the show-off he is, he can't resist another go - one taste of the silver screen is never enough. On August 23rd the new Doctor will begin his new adventures on BBC One and in cinemas all over the world. Movie-land beware - Capaldi is coming to get you!"

Deep Breath will be screened in participating cinemas around the world from 23 August, 2014. More information will be released by BBC Worldwide and participating cinema chains over the coming weeks. For all of the latest information please visit doctorwho.tv/watch/cinema. For information on all Doctor Who events and products visit doctorwho.tv and sign up for the newsletter.

Please note: Not all participating cinemas will be airing the episode on Aug 23 and in North America fans will be able to attend encore screenings on Aug 25. 

Deep Breath receives its worldwide premiere in Cardiff on Aug 7, details HERE.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

AUDIO REVIEW: The Abandoned

The Abandoned
by Nigel Fairs and Louise Jameson

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

Out Now


The Point of Stillness. A place the Time Lords are forbidden to go. Deep within the TARDIS, something unusual is happening. One of the ship's oldest secrets is about to be revealed, someone long-forgotten is ready to reappear.

This is a particularly fantastic story and certainly the highlight of the largely consistent third season of Fourth Doctor adventures. Massive kudos to Louise Jameson and co-writer Nigel Fairs for a memorable outing. We know that it was the TARDIS that stole the Doctor; we know Clara recommended that The Doctor take the particular one he did; and, thanks to Big Finish, we even know who was fixing the ship when it was stolen; but to whom did the TARDIS actually, originally belong? That question is answered in this wonderful and imaginative adventure.

Not only is this long unanswered question resolved, but there are also some particularly inspired ideas on offer. Without giving too much away Jameson and Fairs have personified imagination as embodied characters. This fantastic innovation reminds one of wonderfully well developed concept stories featuring the Mara from the Peter Davison era.

I would be very interested to see how much of the writing was handled by Louise and how much by Nigel. From the interviews included with the release it certainly seems the ideas were Jameson’s and and the pair equally shared the writing of the piece.

Stephanie Cole, a co-star of Jameson's in the memorable BBC series Tenko, is fantastic as Marianna, and the assembled Mandi Symonds, Andy Snowball and co-writer Nigel Fairs himself make an excellent ensemble. Both Tom Baker and Louise seem very invested in this adventure and are really buzzing as a team.

This one comes very highly recommended. Louise Jameson co-wrote it, it adds a great new part of the Who mythology and it has some very out of the box thinking and ideas. Please do give it a listen.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Doctor Who 50th anniversary collection

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BBC Worldwide have confirmed the release of the boxset, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection. The set, available on DVD and Bluray, will be limited edition and released on Sept 8. Pre-order on DVD HERE and on Bluray HERE. Check out the details below.

For the ultimate Doctor Who fan, BBC Worldwide UK are proud to present a special collection of highlights from the groundbreaking 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, including - for the first time - An Adventure in Space and Time on Bluray.

The limited edition collector’s set (6,000 on Bluray and 4,000 on DVD) includes: the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor; Matt Smith’s Farewell, The Time of the Doctor; the Series 7 finale, The Name of the Doctor; and the Eighth Doctor’s (played by Paul McGann) surprise regeneration into John Hurt’s War Doctor, The Night of the Doctor.

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The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has also revealed that the set will include: behind-the scenes features for The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor and An Adventure in Space and Time; BBC Three documentary, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide; 50th anniversary minisode, The Last Day; BBC America documentaries, Tales from The TARDIS and Farewell To Matt Smith; the BBC Two special, The Science of Doctor Who; and the 2013 Doctor Who at the Proms.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection is released Sept 8 in the UK
Pre-order on DVD HERE and on Bluray HERE

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

NEWS ROUND~UP

With Doctor Who Series 8 just around the corner, it's been a busy old time on the world of Doctor Who and there's some news and juicy nuggets that may have passed you by. Collected here is a round-up of the very latest news.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the last news round~up HERE

DEEP BREATH
World Premiere in Cardiff
BFI screening
First promo pic

SERIES 8
The Doctor's Ring
EXCLUSIVE: Finale set report
New trailer
Jemma Redgrave talks finale
Finale casting news
New teaser
Final writer announced

MERCHANDISE
SDCC 10th & 11th Doctor variant comic covers
Doctor Who Magazine 476
Doctor Who Figurine Collection 24 & 25
Dalek Patrol Ship and Pilot
10th & 11th Doctor comic series - Issue 2 covers
Cybermen Monster File eBook

REVIEWS
Breaking Bubbles & Other Stories
After Life
The Shakespeare Notebooks 
Revolutions of Terror #1 
Tales of Trenzalore 
Masquerade

MISC.
EXCLUSIVE: Jemma Redgrave interview
Doctor Who documentary screenings
Paul McGann interview

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Doctor Who comics out now!


Two brand new Doctor Who titles are released today by Titan Comics. Check out the details for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor adventures below, with interior art whilst above you can find two exclusive variant covers available only at San Diego Comic Con. Titan have also announced that July 26 will be Doctor Who Comics Day - check out all the details about the worldwide event HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1
A stunning new era begins for the Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith!

Alice Obiefune has just lost her mother when the Doctor explodes into her life.

But what does this grieving young woman have to do with the career of a 70s musician, an amnesiac alien, and a terrifying cosmic threat?

In the wake of the second Big Bang, find out what the Doctor gets up to when Amy and Rory aren’t around!

Series architects Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard, Mighty Avengers, Trifecta) and Rob Williams (Revolutionary War, Ordinary, Miss Fury, The Royals: Masters of War, Trifecta) kick off a whirlwind adventure through eternity with artist Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante, Grindhouse, Doctor Who)!

On-sale in comic stores from July 23!

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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1
The Eisner Award-winning Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande (Angel, Suicide Risk, Doctor Who, Star Trek) take control of the TARDIS for their first five-issue arc with the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant!

Gabriella Gonzalez is stuck in a dead-end job in her family’s New York Laundromat, dreaming of college and bigger, better and brighter things.

So when a strange man with an even stranger big blue box barges into her life on the eve of the Day of the Dead celebrations – talking about an infestation of psychic aliens – she seizes her chance for adventure with both hands.

After Donna’s tragic exit, the Doctor thought he was done with new companions. But Gabby Gonzalez is going to prove him wrong… if she survives the night!

On-sale in comic stores from July 23!




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Doctor Who Magazine 476 cover and details

STEVEN MOFFAT REVEALS SECRETS ABOUT PETER CAPALDI'S FIRST SERIES IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 476

Showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat gives DWM readers an exclusive guide to the new series of Doctor Who... "Oh, it's a proper blockbuster this episode," writes Steven about one of the brand new adventures, "so many explosions that Peter Capaldi came in on his day off to watch the Daleks blowing up! I like a Doctor who revels in the destruction of evil in his downtime…"

Also in this issue:
Doctor Who's production designer Michael Pickwoad on how to create entire worlds.
• Former script editor Andrew Cartmel talks to the writers he employed on what could have been Doctor Who's very last season: Ben Aaronovitch, Ian Briggs, Marc Platt and Rona Munro.
• Terrance Dicks – script editor, writer and novelist supreme – talks about his work on Target's Doctor Who books.
• DWM pays tribute to the life and times of director Derek Martinus, the man who introduced the Cybermen, Ice Warriors and Autons to Doctor Who.
• The Fact of Fiction takes a detailed look at the 1982 Fifth Doctor adventure, Kinda.
• The Crystal Throne ­– the brand new comic strip adventure starring Vastra, Jenny and Strax continues.
• Official news, the DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

DWM 476 is on sale now, priced £4.99

Thanks to Doctor Who Magazine

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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Doctor's Ring


Filming on Doctor Who Series 8 has revealed some noteworthy images this year. Throughout the shoots, a ring has been visible on The Twelfth Doctor's (as played by Peter Capaldi) wedding "ring finger" (if he were to get married on Earth, at any rate). Here are some close-up images of the item - click on them for bigger versions. The pics come from filming in London on July 19, see a full gallery HERE.


AUDIO REVIEW: Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories

Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories
by LM Myles, Mark Ravenhill, Una McCormack & Nev Fountain

Starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant

Out Now

Review by Emrys Matthews

Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories is an anthology of four separate thirty-minute adventures by four different writers all featuring the Sixth Doctor and his companion Peri. For those audiobook enthusiasts out there, finding a good time to listen isn’t always easy. These half hour adventures make a great short listen when you’re on the go. There weren’t really ever any single-episode stories in the original series, so here Big Finish creates their own format. But what makes a single episode story great? The set is an eclectic bunch and there are some real gems in the pack.

Breaking Bubbles
The headline story is probably the most linear of the four stories and finds The Doctor and Peri in the palatial gardens on a prison ship of the deposed Empress Valtris.

The story centres around the motivations of leaders and is the only story I felt could have been longer. It works as a stand-alone, but I wanted to find out what happened next. Maybe Big Finish will choose to conclude this one at a later date?
BLOGTOR RATING 7/10

Of Chaos Time
Cast adrift in his own chronology, The Doctor must avert the use of a time weapon. It’s a jumbled dream; a typical events-happening-out-of-sequence Who story, but it’s cleverly handled and well structured. With a story of this length there is a danger of being unclear, but this story avoids that pitfall, often by using the Doctor’s inner monologue, which Colin Baker lands superbly.
BLOGTOR RATING 7/10

An Eye For Murder
An historical adventure set in 1939 WWII against the backdrop of a Women’s College, scandalous letters and a certain mysterious artefact threaten to change the course of history.

Peri is mistaken for a female thriller writer and The Doctor as her assistant which is a wonderful wheeze. This is just a beautifully written and structured story that manages to feel much longer and more developed that it could in its thirty-minute length. Hats off to Una McCormack, writer of An Eye For Murder, for a truly well observed and thrilling and at times funny adventure.
BLOGTOR RATING 9/10

The Curious Incident of the Doctor in The Night-Time
Michael is a young boy who likes to solve mysteries, like the mystery of the extra garden gnome, the absent father and the man in the yellow trousers at the end of the garden.

This story is unashamedly inspired by the book and play of the similar name, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Instead of a dog, it’s The Doctor. It’s a wonderfully empowering story of a boy on the autistic spectrum and fascinating how much the character of Michael has in common with The Doctor. They’re both logical, moralistic, often child like, arrogant, both don’t favour "invisible rules" and behave as if they’re from another planet.

This is the real show-stealer of the bunch; the interactions between the Doctor and Michael are wonderful and oddly the villain of the piece sounds like the Candy Man from The Happiness Patrol.
BLOGTOR RATING 10/10

The cast double-up from story to story but the real stand outs are Jemma Churchill as Valtris/Dr Maria Backhouse, Phil Mulryne as Trobe/Warm and Johnny Gibbon as Michael.

It’s great to have Peri and The Sixth Doctor back together after not hearing the pair jointly since October last year (and August 2011 before that). The latter two stories are really excellent, engaging and well-formed; especially when you consider their short length. Also, it’s heartening to see two stories by female writers and, all in all, Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories is a great release.

Thanks to Big Finish

Review by Emrys Matthews

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