Thursday, December 31, 2009

The End Of Time, Part Two - BBC Breakfast clips

DAVID TENNANT was a guest on BBC Breakfast this morning. During the segment two clips were shown from The End Of Time, Part Two - see them below. You can see his interview HERE.

REVIEW - "The End Of Time, Part Two"

Wow, The Doctor is talking to me. Through my telly! How'd he manage that?

For those slightly confused, The End Of Time, Part Two was preceded on BBC One by David Tennant performing the continuity announcement (putting 'young' people out of a job again cries the Daily Mail and its twelve "mentally hilarious" readers). So, his doleful tones at the start set the mood for the most tearful episode of Doctor Who ever but I set my trousers to 'stunned' just in case....

What's most remarkable about the finale to The Tenth Doctor's time in the TARDIS is that Tennant kept his most captivating performances until the very end. He has impressed in general over the past four~and~bit~years, and greatly in stories like Human Nature, Midnight and The Waters Of Mars, but Russell T Davies gives him some beautiful and painful moments to go out on. Particularly his scenes with Wilf, so heart~wrenchingly played by Bernard "Doctor Film~Flam" Cribbins, (most noticeably when he cries "I don't want you to die") where the two old men discuss the use of the gun - a brilliant and thoughtful message to portray for sure.

But this message of peace is broken by two things: firstly - The Doctor's admission that he'd taken lives and then, chillingly, telling Wilf he "got clever" manipulating people into taking their own; secondly, when The Doctor takes the gun on hearing about the return of the Time Lords - scary stuff. Tennant also excels in the scene, again with Wilf, as he rails against the inevitable after hearing those four knocks (as a side~note, Bernard's little wave and "They gone now? Good~o." was superbly played). The Time Lord's arrogant childishness comes to the fore again as he cries, "I could do so much more!" and "It's not fair!" shortly before he resigns himself to death. Powerful stuff and a gold star goes to Davey T for always giving 100% to his role and saving the best 'til last.

Not to be outdone, John Simm gets in on the actoring action too. He goes from the gigantical (is that even a word??) menace we see at the start to a little boy (not unlike The Doctor) desperate to be on the winning side. The conversation with his fellow Time Lord at the beginning of the episode was a real with the renegade sneering "Where's your TARDIS?" and ending with everyone's favourite son of Gallifrey asking, "I wonder what I'd be without you?" - marvelous stuff.

To finish with the acting side of the production I have to talk about Matt Smith and his wonderful introduction to the series. I cannot recall a more thrilling or better start for The Doctor in a story and he pitches it perfectly - all fingers and legs. Not to mention hair. And he gets a catchphrase too, "Geronimo!" Nice. I look forward greatly to seeing more of The Eleventh Doctor (and his trouser~tightening 'companion', *coughs*), but that's a few months away yet - back to The End Of Time, Part Two.

The CG work throughout was excellent: from the beautiful realisations of Gallifrey and its citadel to the Star Wars~esque battle featuring Wilf as Luke Skywalker - truly cinematic visuals. The Time Lords themselves are a bad bunch, for sure, and their power, for the first time in the show's history, is plain to see from reversing The Master's template on the human race at the flick of a wrist (literally) to the recalling of their home planet into the Earth's galaxy. Their wish to become "creatures of consciousness" evokes The Eternals (another race of bored idiots) and quite chilling as the audience realises just why The Doctor had to finish the Time War in the way he did. Mind you, those Skaro Degradations sound fun! (Good name for a band too.)

Curiously, the President did manage to name~check those creations from The Moff, referring to the two punished Time Lords that went against his wishes as "Weeping Angels of old." Interesting... More mysteries are formed with that woman, you know, the one who looked like she was selling insurance to the over-60s. Was she Romana? Was she Susan?? Was she his mum??? His sister???? Is this the long~awaited spin~off Nurse Who????? Personally, it doesn't matter - I like mystery. But I think the shot at Donna's wedding, after Wilf asks about her identity, indicates which one RTD thinks she is.

Hearty congrats also go to director Euros Lyn who, yet again, delivers a work that transcends the small screen it inhabits so vividly. Every shot is cared for and framed expertly, going from tight action scenes (like the spaceship attack) to the more somber moments peppered throughout. His handling of the gun, and its use, unnerves every time it appears (as it should). Whilst I'm handing out plaudits, biscuits and cake must go to composer Murray Gold for matching the all the various tones present in The End Of Time. Particularly his themes for the return of the Time Lords and, of course, Tennant's final moments and the gorgeous song of the Ood. Credit must go too to the production team for the numerous scenes where sound was dropped completely in favour of silence and dialogue (the Master chatting to the strapped Doctor for example), improving the scenes tenfold.

It wasn't all perfect though. There a number of changes in tone that jarred, none more so than Captain Jack's inclusion in the 'goodbye' sequence (though it would have given a chance for some to laugh and wipe away the tears that were flowing by that time). That sequence also threw up some other issues - Mickey and Martha? Married, really? And The Doctor giving a lottery ticket to Donna smacked too much of greed for my liking. Also, his visiting Rose would surely be more of a punishment to him than a 'reward' but these points are trifling in the face of such an emotionally draining story.

The End of Time has an enormous sense of majesty about it but, countering that, is the emotion and the truths of each personal moment. From Wilf welling up recounting tales from his youth to The Doctor asking Verity Newman "Was she happy in the end?", Russell T Davies has continually knocked on the door of the heart, traipsed inside and gutted it completely whilst also delivering a story that only Doctor Who could tell. RTD & Co. went out at the height of their powers never failing to entertain since 2005 and always reminding me why I lurve this show so much. It will be a very difficult time to follow and I sincerely hope that The Moff & Co. can at least match it but, until 'Spring 2010', there's time to celebrate the past five years. Best. Era. Ever.

DAVID TENNANT - BBC Breakfast interview

DAVID TENNANT was a guest on BBC Breakfast this morning, see his interview in the player below. You can see the clips shown from The End Of Time, Part Two HERE.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

THE END OF TIME - Part Two promo pics

The BBC have released some new promotional images from The End Of Time, Part Two. As always, click on them for bigger, juicier versions.

The End Of Time, Part Two clip

DAVID TENNANT and CATHERINE TATE were guests on the latest edition of Alan Carr: Chatty Man. A clip from The End Of Time, Part Two was shown, see it in the player below.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The End Of Time, Part Two clip

Earlier tonight on BBC Radio 2 a clip from The End of Time, Part Two was broadcast during Who On Who? - an interview with RUSSELL T DAVIES conducted by DAVID TENNANT. Hear it in the player below - it does NOT contain any spoilers so feel free to have a listen.

REVIEW - "The End Of Time, Part One"

You can read the Blogtor review of The End Of Time, Part One HERE. WARNING: Please do NOT read if you have not seen the episode as it contains info that will ruin your enjoyment of Part One.

Monday, December 28, 2009

JOHN SIMM interview

The official site has updated with a new edition of The Big Question featuring JOHN SIMM - see it in the player above. WARNING: Do NOT watch if you have not seen The End Of Time, Part One as it will ruin your enjoyment of the episode.

Friday, December 25, 2009

THE END OF TIME - Part 2 clip

In the player below you'll find a clip of The End Of Time, Part Two made available through the official site earlier tonight. WARNING: Do NOT watch the clip if you haven't seen Part One - it will seriously spoil your enjoyment of it.

THE END OF TIME - Part 2 TV Trailer

In the player below you'll find the new TV trailer for The End Of Time, Part Two. WARNING: Do NOT watch the clip if you haven't seen Part One - it will seriously spoil your enjoyment of it.

THE END OF TIME - Part 2 'Next Time'

In the player below you'll find the Next Time trail for The End Of Time, Part Two that aired in the UK earlier tonight. WARNING: Do NOT watch the clip if you haven't seen Part One - it will seriously spoil your enjoyment of it.

The End of Time - Commentary extract

The official site has updated with a clip from the forthcoming commentary to The End Of Time, Part One - hear it in the player below. It features RUSSELL T DAVIES and JULIE GARDNER.

A Ghost Story for Christmas...

The official site has been updated with a video, narrated by Captain Jack Harkness, looking at the Weeping Angels - see it in the player above. Here's what the BBC say:
Christmas is a perfect time for scary stories that send a shiver down your spine and put a smile on your face! It's good to have a touch of terror in the tinsel and we've got a tale for you now that'll make you go brrrrrr!

But a warning to the curious... it's about a strange and terrifying race known as the Weeping Angels. Enjoy their story but whatever you do, don't blink!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

DAVID TENNANT in "Catherine Tate - Nan's Christmas Carol"

DAVID TENNANT makes an appearance in Catherine Tate - Nan's Christmas Carol tomorrow night on BBC One. CATHERINE TATE also pops up. Click on the pic for a bigger, Brandier version.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


With only a few day remaining until the broadcast of The End Of Time: Part One, some new images have been released featuring DAVID TENNANT and JUNE WHITFIELD - click on them for bigger, juicier versions. Here are some details from the BBC Press Office:

Minnie Hooper (June Whitfield) takes a shine to the Doctor...

It's the Tenth Doctor's final journey – but his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn, on Christmas Eve!

With both determined to cheat death, the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate, while the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe.

The End Of Time part one, Christmas Day 2009, BBC One, 6.00pm

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

DAVID TENNANT in "Hamlet" - preview pics

Coming up on DVD from 2|entertain is Hamlet starring DAVID TENNANT. It's available from Jan 4, 2010 and it will also be broadcast on BBC Two this coming Saturday. Included here is a taste of what to expect, you can find even more screengrabs HERE. As always, click on the images for bigger, Tennantier versions.

Loads more screengrabs HERE

Site Update - Comments Disabled

As the run~up to The Tenth Doctor's finale in Doctor Who begins in earnest, more information about the last two specials is being revealed online. Here at Blogtor Who we do NOT want to spoil what could be the greatest couple of hours in television history so, in order to keep everyone SPOILER~free, comments have been disabled until Jan 3, 2010. We hope you appreciate this move as we don't want someone blabbing about the contents of The End Of Time and ruining it for you. Blogtor Who will only be posting images and videos released officially by the BBC. Thanks for your consideration.

Monday, December 21, 2009

DAVID TENNANT - "Making Of Hamlet" preview pics

Coming up soon here on Blogtor Who will be a review of the new DVD version of Hamlet starring DAVID TENNANT (amongst others). Included on this disc is fantastic Making Of documentary, some pictures of this are included here (click on them for bigger, juicier versions). Hamlet will be broadcast on BBC Two, Dec 26 and is released on DVD on Jan 4, 2010. See promotional pictures for the production HERE.

Thanks to 2|entertain.