Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9, Part 2 on DVD and bluray

Available to pre-order now from the BBC Shop is the new box set Doctor Who Series 9, Part 2. Featured on the set are the episodes: The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion, Sleep No More, Face The Raven, Heaven Sent and Hell Bent. Special features include: 4 x Exclusive Extras. It is released on Jan 4, 2016. Pre-order the DVD HERE and Bluray HERE or in the Amazon links below.

Doctor Who Series 9 is also available to download and own from the BBC Store
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Doctor Who Series 9: Heaven Sent clip 1

The BBC have released a clip from this week's Doctor Who episode, Heaven Sent - watch it in the player below. Read Blogtor's spoiler-free review HERE and check out the image gallery HERE. Heaven Sent airs 8.05pm, Nov 28 on BBC One.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PREVIEW: Doctor Who Series 9, Episode 11, Heaven Sent [SPOILER-FREE]

Peter Capaldi in Heaven Sent (C) BBC

Heaven Sent
by Steven Moffat and starring Peter Capaldi

Review by Cameron K McEwan - follow on Twitter HERE

Fan of corridors? You'll love this one.

In fact, if you're a fan of anything, you will utterly adore this bold, fascinating and, at times, deeply disturbing fifty-plus minutes of Doctor Who.

Showrunner Steven Moffat has prepared us for this moment; we've seen some very angry moments from Peter Capaldi (who I feel has really defined his Doctor in recent episodes) and witnessed the tumultuous goodbye from Clara. This alone time, as it were, was always coming for him. Not only is it a punishment for him, the Doctor, but also us, the audience, as we see our favourite Gallifreyan ripped apart physically and mentally.

I make no bones about it, this is a tough watch. I think younger viewers, and those of a sensitive disposition, may be scarred for a while (never did me any harm, I should add, the Mandrels scared the hell out of me back in '79 and I turned out ok). We've never seen a Doctor so raw and so scared before, it's absolutely engrossing.

Before we get to the 'meat' of the story, if you pardon the pun [that wasn't a pun - Ed.], let's address the special feature of this week's episode - that it's a "one hander" (meaning Peter would be in this by himself). Firstly, as you've no doubt seen from the images, the Time Lord is not alone in this episode and we'll come to The Veil later. Secondly, any notions that this might be a gimmick are quickly distinguished. Heaven Sent could only exist in this form, in this style. Within minutes you're lost in the story, just as the Doctor is lost in this nightmarish castle. There may only be one speaker, but you'll hear a thousand voices.

The Veil in Heaven Sent (C) BBC

As mentioned, Capaldi has a co-star - the hideous Veil (see above). This slow-moving, doom-laden monster creeps after the Doctor all day and all night, giving the Time Lord little respite. Like a creature from Hieronymus Bosch, it is unrelenting, signalling its appearances with dozens of flies and their incessant and irksome buzzing. Not only that, the bugger delivers scares the likes Doctor Who has not seen in quite some time. Again, I don't want to second-guess an audience, but some viewers may not find this monstrosity palpable, so haptic and visceral is its menace.

The threat to the Doctor, throughout, is all too real.

In true style, thankfully, he does have a chipper outlook on the situation initially and uses all sorts of devices to keep himself amused and focused. Steven Moffat has been good enough to remind us of the Gallifreyan's sense of humour, including a neat dig at gardeners, a cracking corridor gag, and another fourth wall-breaking nod to the audience (and do look out for one of the maddest faces I've ever seen Peter Capaldi pull in, well, anything ever).

But really, this episode will take you down, down to the Doctor's personal hell. His anger at the loss of Clara in Face The Raven remains as strong and pushes him on to find out who caused her death and who brought him to his own bespoke torture chamber. This then subsides into curiosity about where he is and, ultimately, how he will escape. It's this mystery and the Time Lord's resourcefulness that are at the heart of Heaven Sent. Whatever emotions we felt at the start of the episode, are overcome by wonder at what unfolds in front of us.

And you will feel a number of emotions as each strip of the mystery is peeled away. No matter how shocking or unsettling the episode gets, one can't help be completely and utterly engaged with the diegesis. It's quite unlike any other episode of Doctor Who. (Though, on a superficial level, it does bring to mind the "out there"ness of Warrior's Gate, some imagery from Logopolis and the mind games of Castrovala). Director Rachel Talalay must be commended to the highest for her ground-breaking work here, making this slow and torturous journey seem like an unimaginable rollercoaster horror show that gets in your mind and stays there for days after. Creating horror, heartbreak and thoughts is no easy feat, but Talalay has most assuredly done the job perfectly.

Peter Capaldi in Heaven Sent (C) BBC

Of course, there's more perfection going on elsewhere. Composer Murray Gold has, again this year, delivered a soundtrack of such sublime beauty that one wonders just how far this man can touch your heart and make it sing or cry. At times heroic and triumphant, at others mournful and wake-like, this is Gold's finest moment; a majestic lament. It's a soundtrack that sounds like nothing he's done before including synths that will make you queasy, strings that will haunt your soul and brass that will embolden your spirit.

It's almost as if a challenge was set by writer Steven Moffat. His script and story are so unique that all those around felt compelled to deliver their finest work. Moffat has his trademark gags in there (as previously mentioned) but the whole premise is to be admired and applauded - the Doctor alone fighting for his life and freedom with nothing and no one to help. Steven has chosen a slow and languorous pace to tell this story, and I certainly don't mean either of those words pejoratively. This is our showrunner taking the long way round, if you like. This isn't just a story, Heaven Sent is akin to an epic poem from Milton, an allegorical journey into hell of our own self. I don't want to spoil any part of this luscious and affecting script, but one of the stand out lines for me was from the Doctor as he reflected on Clara's death saying the first day isn't the worse, "it's all the days they stay dead." You may want to pause at that particular moment just to have a cry.

Finally, there's Peter Capaldi. Man, he pulls no punches here. In The Zygon Inversion and Face The Raven we witnessed new sides to his character but here he wipes the slate clean and dives into a raw abyss. The fragility of his Doctor is shown as is his inventiveness, boldness and, in one key scene, his vulnerability. And then there's the many moments of contemplation and reflection, where you may wonder if all will end well. His bloodied face and hands have been displayed in various clips and promotional pictures, these moments will make you squirm and look away. Capaldi is such a violent force here. A desperate violent force, who we root for uncategorically as he fights passionately and frantically against his imprisonment. It is not a portayal for a "family" teatime show (not that it is any more, of course), this is a tragic performance of Shakespearian fortitude. Nothing more, nothing less.

Heaven Sent is a true work of art, fitting for any visual arts museum anywhere.

Doctor Who, Heaven Sent airs 8.05pm, Nov 28 on BBC One

Thanks to the BBC

Doctor Who Series 9: Heaven Sent introduction

The BBC have released an introduction to this week's Doctor Who episode, Heaven Sent - watch it in the player below. Included in the video are Peter Capaldi and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. Heaven Sent airs 8.05pm, Nov 28 on BBC One - check out 10 teasers HERE and the image gallery HERE.

Doctor Who comic covers inspired by Bowie, Blondie and Dylan!

Titan have released three special variant covers from the upcoming Doctor Who comics featuring The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) and The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) - click on the images above and check out the details below. All these 'Album Variants' are by artists Simon Myers.

Get ready for an all-new season of comics adventures featuring the Eighth Doctor, as played by Paul McGann in the Doctor Who movie, fan-favorite minisode Night of the Doctor... and over fourteen years (and counting!) of astounding Big Finish audio spectaculars!

Five amazing, interconnected new stories take the Doctor on a rollercoaster of threat and misadventure, as he investigates the mysteries surrounding his new companion Josie. Victorian magic shows, murderous trees, lost books, crystalline life-forms, barges in space crammed with the undead... and the grand journey all begins in a sleepy Welsh town... besieged by living paintings!

Buckle up for a wild ride that embraces all the Gothic Romance and interstellar terror of the Doctor's eighth incarnation!


Chaos descends on the private Scottish school of Ravenscaur, as secrets sunk at the bottom of the bay are dragged into the light! As the Doctor investigates reports of a Tunguska-style event that shook the heavens decades previous, Clara unravels an establishment conspiracy that cuts to the country’s heart!


The shadowy puppetmasters behind the darkness at Ravenscaur are revealed, as the bodycount climbs and the shocking revelations add up! Can the Doctor and Clara, armed with a hundred years of secret history, triumph over the conspiracy and drive out an ancient evil?


Steven Moffat talks Doctor Who 2015 Christmas Special

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been talking to the UK television listings magazine Radio Times about the return of River Song in this year's Christmas Special. Check out the highlights below.

On the return of River Song for the Christmas special:
“I really fancied it. I hadn’t written River for a couple of years and I’d missed her. I thought, given that I’m knackered at the end of a series, what would be a treat for me would be getting Alex Kingston back onto Doctor Who.”

The change of tone for the Christmas special and the relationship between River and the Doctor:
“Our current series of Doctor Who gets quite dark towards the end so I thought it was time, at Christmas, to take it back up. It’s towards the comedy thriller end of the Doctor Who market. It’s light, and quite emotional at the end.

The big deal is Doctor No 12 encountering River and vice versa. It’s strange because they’re now, in our human terms, the perfect couple. They’re both sexy older people. It’s always been slightly strange before with Matt Smith. Now, yeah, they could actually be married. It works. Alex is great with Peter.

It’s a great romp for Christmas Day but there’s not a lot of Christmas in it. It starts with a big bit of Christmas at the beginning and then we ignore it and go off on a chase, really, with Mr and Mrs Who.”

Read the full interview in the new issue of Radio Times on sale now.

First look at the Doctor Who 2015 Christmas Special

Alex Kingston and Peter Capaldi (C) BBC

The BBC have released the first promotional picture for the Doctor Who 2015 Christmas Special - click on the image above for a bigger version. The pic shows River Song (Alex Kingston) and The Doctor (Peter Capaldi). It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Listen, Flatline), and stars Greg Davies and Matt Lucas. Check out the synopsis below:
It's Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song's squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?

All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

Doctor Who Series 9: Heaven Sent quotes

Included below you can find ten spoiler-free quotes from Doctor Who Series 9, Episode 11, Heaven Sent. Find out more about the finale HERE (spoilers!) and check out the image gallery HERE.

One day you will linger in the same place too long, you will sit too still or sleep too deep.

I’m not more than single light year from where I was.

Clara said, “Don’t take revenge.” You should know I don’t always listen.

My day can’t get any worse.

When I was a very little boy, there was an old lady who died.

You’ve known about me for a very long time.

Don’t you want to know how I survived?

I always imagine that I’m back in my TARDIS, showing off.

Can’t I just sleep?

Come on teacher, ask me questions!

Heaven Sent airs 8.05pm Nov 28 on BBC One. Doctor Who Series 9 is available now to buy on the BBC Store.

Doctor Who Series 9: Heaven Sent image gallery

Peter Capaldi in Heaven Sent (C) BBC

The BBC have released images from Doctor Who Series 9, Episode 11, Heaven Sent - click on the images here for bigger versions. Featured are Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jami Reid-Quarrell (The Veil). For more news on the finale, click HERE (spoilers!).

Doctor Who, Heaven Sent airs 8.05pm, Nov 28 on BBC One