Friday, April 30, 2010

Doctor Who Confidential - preview


The official site has updated with a preview of this week's Doctor Who Confidential, entitled Blinded by the Light - see it in the player below. Here are the details:
As the clip reveals, the episode contains an in-depth look at the adventures written by Steven Moffat with various members of the crew letting us know which ones are their favourites. There's also a set report on the shooting of Flesh and Stone and exclusive interviews with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

Doctor Who Confidential: Blinded by the Light is on BBC Three straight after Flesh and Stone on Saturday, 1 May.

Flesh and Stone - new clips


The official site has updated with three new clips from Flesh & Stone, see them in the player below. Read a spoiler~free review of it HERE.




Visit the Flesh & Stone section HERE

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Amy's Choice - episode synopsis


The BBC have released the official synopsis for the seventh episode of the new series, Amy's Choice, read it below:
It's been five years since Amy Pond last travelled with the Doctor, and when he lands in her garden again, on the eve of the birth of her first child, she finds herself facing a heartbreaking choice – one that will change her life for ever.

This episode will air May 15, 6.30pm

Visit the Amy's Choice section HERE

Flesh and Stone - Alex Kingston introduction


The official site has updated with an introduction to the next episode, Flesh & Stone, from Alex Kingston. See it in the player below.

Doctor Who Magazine 421 details


Hitting shops in the UK today is the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine, read all about issue 421 below (click on the cover for a bigger version):
DWM previews four fantastic forthcoming episodes of Doctor WhoThe Vampires of Venice, Amy’s Choice, The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood – with exclusive interviews with writers Toby Whithouse, Simon Nye, Chris Chibnall and Steven Moffat, and never-before-seen photos!

Talking about the new-look reptile people of The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, Chris Chibnall reveals, “These new creatures don’t negate the original Silurians, they’re a different exploration of the same idea. They’re close cousins. And once you see Neve McIntosh (who plays Silurians Alaya and Restac) and Matt Smith acting their socks off together, I’m hoping you’ll feel the idea paid off...”

Doctor Who Adventures 164


All the news and info from this week's Doctor Who Adventures (click on the pic above for a bigger, juicier version):
This week Doctor Who Adventures looks back at The Time of Angels and the chilling return of the Weeping Angels to Doctor Who. There’s a chance to test your knowledge of the Doctor’s oldest and deadliest enemies in this week’s Dalek quiz. We also go behind the scenes to find out how the Who team made River Song fall through space.

All this, plus:

FREE Weeping Angel mask!
Win the chance to be editor of Doctor Who Adventures for a day
A sneak peak at episode five, Flesh and Stone

Doctor Who Adventures issue 164 is out now, price £2.10

Amy's Choice - Spoiler pics!


The BBC have released some images from Amy's Choice (episode seven in the new series). You can see them HERE. Beware - they are spoilery!

Visit the Amy's Choice section HERE

Discuss this story HERE

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Eastenders: "Gays in Doctor Who?"


Last night's edition of the popular UK soap Eastenders tackled the 'tricky' issue of homosexuality in modern Doctor Who referring, I'm assuming, to John Barrowman. In this clip you'll see actor Derek Martin who starred in the 1977 story Image of the Fendahl (DVD review HERE) when, according to his character, there were definitely no homosexuals on television...

Discuss this story HERE

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Adventure Games: Behind~The~Scenes


During the recent edition of Doctor Who Confidential, some time was spent looking at the new computer outing, Doctor Who: The Adventure Games. See new clips from the game below along with footage of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan recording their lines and getting up to some hi~jinx...

Flesh and Stone - promo pictures


Our good chums over at Den of Geek have posted a gallery of images from the next episode, Flesh & Stone. Get your eyes round these beauties HERE.

See clips from Flesh & Stone HERE

DWM 421 Cover


Doctor Who Magazine have revealed the cover of the next issue, number 421. It hits the streets on April 29.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

REVIEW - "The Time Of Angels"

Finally, being in Scotland pays off!


What, you may wonder, am I referring to? Well us lucky blighters north of the border (along with those west of, over the water from and watching in HD) were not treated to the sight of an Aardman animated Graham Norton buffooning across the screen advertising the following show during the final moments of the latest installment of the world's greatest television show. Yup, all you poor bastids in En~ger~land got it bad. So even though there was no mention of Scotland in The Time of Angels, it appears The Moff's Scottish Agenda has taken another form... Now, if you ain't seen the episode then I suggest you stop reading - spoilers follow... (Though not physically spoiling it like the aforementioned vomiting gargoyle that is Mr Norton.)


We're a lucky bunch us Who fans. Week after week we are treated, not just, to tremendous episodes but also to some genuinely great actors and actresses. Last week, Bill Paterson, this week, Alex Kingston. Alex flippin' Kingston! The beautiful, brilliant and, e.r., worldwide famous Alex Kingston. We are truly spoiled. She's got bags of charisma and she's not afraid to use it, and - as she expertly demonstrated in the Silence in the Library two~parter - Alex steals the limelight every time.


River Song is already an engaging addition to the world of Who (I will NOT use the term Whoniverse) but Moffo doesn't use laurels for relaxing, instead choosing to expand on her mythology. Will we find out next week why she was in prison? Perhaps, though Paisley may well choose to leave that little nugget 'til later *coughs* Anyway, Amy's joy at seeing how The Doctor and the, erm, Doctor interacted was delightful. "You sonic'd her" and "Heel" were two particularly well delivered lines from Miss Gillan.


I have to say Kazza was on top form in The Time of Angels. From the light~hearted japery in the opening scenes to the quick~witted defeat of the her angel attacker to her rather spooky eye~dust action, Gillan was astounding. Even more so given the fact that this was the first story actually filmed for the series. Likewise, Mazza also demonstrated just why The Moff & Co. chose him. Faultless. Unlike his actual character who, again, proved that Gallifrey's finest can eff up now and again. Also, his impression of the TARDIS sound was a moment of pure tit~tugging joy.


The story itself was typically Moffo in its timey~wimey opening (DVD~pausingly good) but, as with River Song, he's quite happy to expand on another of his creations, the Weeping Angels. They're a completely different entity now they've been revealed to have these 'new' powers, an entity that you wouldn't want to be stuck alone in a dark alleyway with. Or with an armed group in come creepy caves for that matter.


The perfect episode? Well, no. What bothered me? Well, a couple of things. Should I tell you? Probably not, but I will. These following points are so inconsequential, not to mention trivial, that they may seem larfable but honesty demands that I deliver the truth. During the 'beach' scenes at the start Matt's hair went from dry to wet~style in the blink of an eye (I know why pedants, so don't bother going on about the rain~soaked shoot!) and, wait for this one, I wasn't too keen on the make~up job on Alex Kingston. A noticeable line around the neck highlighted the orangey~ness of her face (though whether or not this was the fault of her character is not made clear or, indeed, needed). Yup, they were the only "bad" points - wet hair and make~up. I must seem like the proverbial tool~a~tron.


And, to be fair, my hair and make~up aren't that impressive at the best of times. The Time Of Angels manages to not only to be a damn good episode but allows two already memorable creations to grow and become even greater. Combined with three magnificently entertaining performances from the leads, some truly cinematic direction AND a blummin' gun~wielding cliffhanger, this has got it all.


BLOGTOR
RATING 10/10


Visit The Time of Angels section HERE

Read the Victory of the Daleks review HERE


Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Adventure Games - preview


The official site has updated with a new look at Doctor Who: The Adventure Games and first reactions from those who have played it. See it in the player below.

The Big Questions 3 - Matt Smith & Karen Gillan


The BBC site has updated with another installment of The Big Questions. Number three features Karen Gillan and Matt Smith - see it in the player below.

Flesh and Stone - 'Next Time' trail


As usual, the latest episode of Doctor Who featured a 'Next Time trail, see a preview for Flesh & Stone in the player below. See another clip from the episode HERE and read an interview with Fin Robertson (Larry Nightingale from Blink) HERE.

"The Runaway Train" - Audio CD giveaway

Dr Who - The Runaway Train audio CD

Today's edition of the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph is giving away a free copy of a story exclusive to audio and read by Matt Smith. Set in the middle of the American Civil War, The Runaway Train sees the Doctor and Amy having to retrieve an alien artefact, with the help of a Wild West posse The newspaper will be giving away more free CDs over the next week. Read an interview with Oli Smith, the writer of the story, HERE.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Adventure Games - "City of the Daleks"


The BBC have announced details of the first installment of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games. City of the Daleks will be the first time the Doctor ventures to Kaalann, the Dalek capital city; available to download on 5th June, for both PC and Mac users. Details below and you can click on the pic above for a bigger, Dalek~ier version.

The TARDIS materializes in 1963 - and London is in ruins. The Daleks have seized control of time and the only chance of saving Earth lies in a desperate quest to Skaro, the Daleks' home planet - before time catches up with Amy, the last survivor of the human race!

Players will help the Doctor and Amy on an epic new adventure in an original story which forms part of the current series, traversing time and space in a dazzling episode. Nicholas Briggs provides the voice of the Daleks, alongside Matt Smith and Karen Gillan who recreate their roles as the Doctor and Amy.

"This is quite a series opener," says The Waters of Mars co~writer Phil Ford. "We destroy London even before the credits role - so you can only begin to imagine where we travel to from there. City of the Daleks is as big-budget as you can imagine: from London we head to Kaalann, the capital city of the Daleks."

See a trailer for Doctor Who: The Adventure Games HERE and visit the section all about the computer game HERE.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Time Of Angels - introduction


The BBC have updated the official site with an introduction to The Time Of Angels from director Adam Smith. There's also an interview with Alex Kingston and some footage from the episode - see it in the player below.


The Time Of Angels - 3 clips


The BBC site has updated with three clips from The Time Of Angels, see them in the player below


Doctor Who Adventures 163


This week the Daleks invade Doctor Who Adventures magazine. They go behind the scenes and meet the new Daleks for the first time, and have an in depth look at Victory of the Daleks. There’s also free Dalek stationery and a Supreme Dalek poster! In this week’s diary Matt Smith reveals all about the new Daleks. Find out what menacing Doctor Who monster returns this week and which old friend the Doctor is reunited with, too. All this, and…

Four fantastic posters
Brand-new comic adventure for the Doctor and Amy



Doctor Who Adventures issue 163 is out now priced £2.10

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

The Vampires Of Venice - episode synopsis


The BBC Press Office has released details of the sixth episode of the new series of Doctor Who. Read the synopsis of The Vampires of Venice below:

Dessicated corpses, terror in the canal and a visit to the sinister House of Calvierri – the Doctor takes Amy and Rory for a romantic mini-break, as the Tardis touches down once again.

But 17th-century Venice is not as it should be. The city has been sealed to protect it from the Plague, although Rosanna Calvierri may have other plans...

The Doctor is played by Matt Smith, Amy by Karen Gillan, Rory by Arthur Darvill and Rosanna Calvierri by Helen McCrory. The Vampires Of Venice is written by Toby Whithouse and is due to air 8 May, 6.30pm

Visit The Vampires Of Venice section HERE

(Includes clips & spoilers)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Amy's Choice - Spoiler pics!


The BBC have released some images from Amy's Choice (episode seven in the new series). You can see them below. Beware - they are spoilery!




Visit the Amy's Choice section HERE

Discuss this story HERE

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

NEWS ROUND~UP


In case you hadn't noticed, there's a lot going on in the world of Doctor Who - time for the news round~up!

THE TIME OF ANGELS
Collection of clips from The Ultimate Guide [video]
River Song in the TARDIS [video]
TV Trailer [video]
Next Time trail [video]
Preview [video]
Picture gallery

VICTORY OF THE DALEKS
The Blogtor Review
BBC News preview [video]
Doctor Who Confidential preview [video]
Intro from Matt Smith & Karen Gillan [video]
Three clips [video]
The Big Questions 2 with Matt Smith [video]

SERIES 5
Volume 1 DVD/Blu~Ray cover art & details
The Ultimate Guide: BBC America preview
Flesh & Stone synopsis

MERCHANDISE
Volume 1 DVD/Blu~Ray cover art & details
Doctor Who Adventures 162 cover & details

MISC.
The Adventure Games - computer game trailer #1
Matt Smith & Katy Manning to star in The Sarah Jane Adventures

Read the last news round~up HERE

Follow Blogtor on Twitter HERE

Series 5: Volume 1 DVD cover art & details


2|entertain have released details on the first DVD release of the new series starring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Click on the pic above for a bigger version and read the press release below.
The Doctor has regenerated into a brand-new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover, as Doctor Who returns for a new series with an hour long opening episode. With the Tardis wrecked and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world – and only Amy Pond to help him.

As the series continues the Doctor, together with Amy Pond, face some formidable new foes including a mysterious masked Lady and the sinister Smilers and the reappearance of the Daleks.

This brand new volume features the first 3 episodes of Series 5; The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks plus an exclusive 10 minute special feature. Produced by the team behind BBC3's hugely popular Doctor Who Confidential series, the Monster Files gets under the skin and inside the minds of the latest Doctor's most challenging opponents. With previously unseen footage and exclusive comments from cast and crew, the Monster Files take fans old and new even further behind enemy lines.

Doctor Who Series 5 Vol. 1 is released June 7 priced £15.99 (DVD) and £19.99 (Blu~Ray)

Thanks to 2|entertain

The Ultimate Guide - New Series preview


During the BBC America documentary, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide, a special preview was shown of the upcoming series, see it in the player below. There's also a new clip from an episode which I've no idea what it is thrown in there at the start too.

The Time Of Angels - more BBC America clips


Collected below are some more new clips from the next episode The Time Of Angels and one from Flesh & Stone taken from the marvelous BBC America documentary, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide. Please note: some of the images may not be suitable for those avoiding SPOILERS.



Visit The Time Of Angels section HERE

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Time Of Angels - BBC America clip


Last night, BBC America screened Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide and it included a new scene from The Time of Angels. See it in the player below. Be Warned - it contains SPOILERS! See more new clips from this episode HERE.



Visit The Time Of Angels section HERE

The Time Of Angels - TV Trailer


The BBC have released a new trailer for the fourth episode in the new series, The Time Of Angels. See it in the player below.



Visit The Time Of Angels section HERE

REVIEW - "Victory of the Daleks"


I think I should make one thing clear. I am no fan of the Daleks or their various stories over the years. I also strongly disagree with the likes of The Moff and RTD (cue gasps) when they say that Doctor Who is only Doctor Who with the inclusion of Skaro's finest. It's not. I could quite happily live with the show's oeuvre without the Daleks (or the numerous references to them). That's not to say all their stories are unappreciated by me (I should state that I realise that the intergalactic pepperpots have a huge amount of fans across the globe - including those that make the show) and I'm not going down the route of mentioning every flippin' Dalek story - or comparing them, there's really no point. Anyway, my dislike for the Daleks aside (and, to be honest, it's not relevant to the story or review, I just felt I had to get that off my proverbial chest), they're back! Oh, and spoilers, as always, follow. So that's really two things I'm making clear.


Something I haven't commended so far this series (yes, I call it a series NOT season - sorry!) is the direction. It has been top notch and Victory of the Daleks continued the very fine style. The Daleks were shot beautifully (and quite humorously early on with the Daleks hoovering about behind the Doc's back, offering tea and such) in their ship and the action scenes in space were terrific - and, for a second week in a row, a bit Star Wars~y (certainly not a bad thing). Moffat's promise of a movie every week has been delivered with trouser~tightening flair.


Another point I haven't picked up on is The Doctor's fallibility combined with Amy's saving the day prowess. He's been effin' up quite royally this year and, if it wasn't for Pond (I do like the way he calls her that), he'd be stuffed. Too often, The Doctor is seen as a know~it~all who saves the day, so it's refreshing to see him bugger up now and again. Again, it appears everyone's favourite Time Lord has started up the return of the Daleks.


But these are no ordinary Daleks. Well, actually, I suppose they are ordinary as they seem to do all the normal Dalek~y stuff like shootin' an' shoutin' an' that. I have to say I do like the new design. Like Mark Gatiss (the writer of this episode), I have huge soft spot for the Peter Cushing Dalek movies - especially the look of the titular villains. And these newbies are just as big and colourful. But, for a Dalek story, they were here and gone all too quickly.


Of course, this story seems to be a set~up for their return but the speed in which they effed off, leaving a lot of non~Dalek stuff going on, was quite odd and had an unusual feel. Not necessarily a bad thing, playing with stories and how they're told is an important part of keeping the show alive and interesting. Victory of the Daleks does feel like a prelude but, on its own merit, the entertaining sight of Spitfires in space was tit~tuggingly marvellous. The CG work was spot on and genuinely breath~taking.


Gatiss also provided us with two engaging characters in the shape of a blustering (not to mention buggering) Churchill and the more thoughtful Bracewell, played by Bill Paterson. Although one may find debate in the humanisation of a robot (Phillip K Dick certainly got a bit of mileage out of it) and how Amy talked Bracewell out of exploding and destroying the Earth, Paterson brought a great enthusiasm to the role initially, then filling it with sorrow. He was also the conduit that allowed the real story arc* of the series - the Scottish agenda.


Mazza got some real good stuff to play with in Victory from Dalek~bashing to Jammie Dodger brandishing to Why~doesn't~Amy~know~the Daleks? type confusion. Why indeed....? Top marks all round though I have to raise a negative in the form of the bloody crack that's appearing every week (so far anyway). Not exactly subtle this time and one wonders if it's a diversion due to this obviousness. Anyway, small point (as ever), the New Series continues its impressive form scaling the intimate and majestic all in the space of forty odd minutes.


BLOGTOR RATING 8/10

Visit the Victory of the Daleks section HERE

Read the review of The Beast Below HERE

* just in case you don't remember from last week, this is a joke

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Big Questions 2 - Matt Smith


The official site has updated with another installment of The Big Questions - this time, it's Matt Smith (on his own sadly...) talking about Eric Cantona and the Daleks... see The Big Questions 1 (Matt with Karen Gillan) HERE.


The Time of Angels - Next Time trail


After tonight's episode, Victory of the Daleks, a 'Next Time' trail was shown for The Time of Angels - see it in the player below



Visit The Time Of Angels section HERE