Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Series 6 update - Gaiman & Gatiss


As Series 6 bounds into full production, some details have been arising as to its content. Today a read~through for the Neil Gaiman story, currently Episode 3, took place. Speaking on his website, the Coraline writer said:
The 2011 Gaiman story is being directed by Richard Clark (Gridlock, The Lazarus Experiment) who is also directing a Mark Gatiss story for Series 6 (next in the shoot). The director describes the episode, which is currently number four in the series, as "wonderful".

ETA: The Gaiman episode is now fourth whilst the Gatiss episode has been put back to the second half of Series 6.

"Great TV Mistakes" - Doctor Who


BBC Three recently screened a one~off compilation of bloopers from television shows entitled, Great TV Mistakes. During the two hours a number of clips from Doctor Who (both "nu" and "classic") and they've been collated here for your pleasure.

Monday, August 30, 2010

University Challenge - Dr. Who questions


Long-running "quiz" show University Challenge featured a round on the Doctor Who theme tune earlier this evening on BBC Two. See the questions and answers in the player below.

Matt Smith's head on "Hedz"


Matt Smith's head will make an appearance on the UK comedy sketch show for kids, Hedz. The show parodies various celebrities and politicians as large cardboard cut-outs over people's faces with bizarre personalities, wobbly bodies and giant heads. PLEASE NOTE: Matt Smith won't actually be in the show, just a cardboard cut-out of his face.

Matt's "appearance" airs Friday, 10th September on CBBC

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Next series to be "split transmission"


From the BBC Press Office:
The BBC and Steven Moffat have announced today that the transmission of the next series of Doctor Who, in 2011, will be split into two blocks, transmitting in spring and autumn.

The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.

Steven Moffat said: "The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!"


ETA: At the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival today, Steven Moffat stated that there would be seven episodes starting at Easter with the remaining six airing in the Autumn. He also referred to this split as "Series 6" and "Series 7", see him talk about it HERE.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Karen Gillan talks Christmas Special & Future


At a signing earlier today in Glasgow, Karen Gillan revealed some information on the 2010 Christmas Special, the next series and her future in Doctor Who. The Daily Mail reports that the actress said of the Christmas Special:
"It's really funny but it's also heartbreaking and you get a glimpse into Amy and Rory's honeymoon, which is an interesting one."
She added that it includes a "really, really scary" monster. Of filming on Series 6 of Doctor Who, due for broadcast at some point in 2011, Gillan said:
"We are about to start in a week and a bit on the series, which is exciting.... As far as I'm aware I think we're filming in Cardiff. I don't know maybe that's (Scotland) just a rumour, maybe it's not, but I haven't heard anything about that. Do you know what would be really cool? To film an episode around the back streets and sort of underground in Edinburgh because it is really spooky and old and I like that sort of stuff, that's why it should be done there."


Neil Gaiman recently confirmed that the read~through for his episode will be taking place on Tuesday. Finally, when quizzed on her future in the show, Gillan commented:
"Who knows? I'm just taking it series by series and I'm just having fun. So, I don't know. I have no idea."

Friday, August 27, 2010

Dr Who at the Proms 2010 - Red Button extras


As reported HERE earlier this week, Dr Who at the Proms 2010 will be broadcast on BBC Three, Mon Sep 6 @ 8.30pm. Through the "Red Button" - an interactive service provided by the BBC - fans will get treated to extras from the event. From the BBC Press Office:

From Monday 6 September, Doctor Who fans can press their red buttons for a VIP access-all-areas view of the Doctor Who Prom.

Staged at the Royal Albert Hall in July of this year, Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) are on presenting duties, and also talk about the Prom as well as their preparations as they get ready to take the stage.

BBC Red Button viewers can also see exclusive music not featured in the main Doctor Who Prom show as well as a look at the audience through the eyes of some of the Doctor Who aliens.

See promo pictures from the event HERE

Dalek Invasion at the National Space Centre


On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September Daleks from the last 40 years will be invading the National Space Centre and threatening to “exterminate” visitors. These iconic characters of ultimate evil will be on show, gliding around, even up stairs courtesy of the Dalek Builders Guild and Project Dalek. The Daleks will be joined by The Doctor and many of the iconic characters from the old and new series as the exterminating fun begins, with full size Daleks from every era of the famous TV show roaming free.


Hyde Fundraisers will be joining the Invasion on Saturday to celebrate 25 years of raising money for charity through costuming. Since the group was formed back in 1985 they have raised an estimated £50,000 for BBC Children In Need and helped other charities with over £35,000 of donations. The event will also include static displays, demonstrations, craft sessions and of course all visitors will be helping to raise money for Children in Need.

For more info, visit their website HERE

TARDIS trailer


The official site has updated with a trailer for the third in The Adventure Games series, TARDIS. See it in the player below and download the game for both PC and MAC, HERE (in the UK).



Read more about The Adventure Games HERE

Thursday, August 26, 2010

NEWS ROUND~UP


Although Doctor Who has been off our screens in the UK for some time now (mind you, Series 5 is currently being repeated on BBC Three), news is coming thick and fast. Here's a round~up of the latest:

SERIES 6
Neil Gaiman reveals deleted scene from S6 script
Adam Smith & Richard Clark Return To Direct

2010 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

First official pic from the Christmas Special

MISC.
Dr Who at the Proms 2010 - UK broadcast date
Matt and Karen on The One Show [video]
"What's In Your TARDIS?" - Matt & Karen interview [video] I Don't Wanna Go - Blogtor's video tribute to The Tenth Doctor
Series Three coming to Europe and Middle East
David Tennant in Dramarama [1988] [video]
"Home Movie Roadshow" - Dalek playsuit [video]
Karen Gillan visits Glasgow for her first in-store signing event
Nigel Planer joins Doctor Who Live!
A History of Horror With Mark Gatiss coming to BBC Four

MERCHANDISE
Nintendo Wii and DS games on the way
Details on The Adventure Games episode three, TARDIS
Karen Gillan talks TARDIS [video]
The 1996 TV Movie to get North America release
Coming Soon to DVD - The Revisitation Box
Time and the Rani DVD review

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Series 3 comes to Europe & the Middle East


BBC Worldwide has announced that the third series of Doctor Who, starring David Tennant as The Doctor and Freema Agyeman as companion Martha Jones, is coming to BBC Entertainment later this year. The channel (formerly BBC Prime) is available across Europe and the Middle East, you can visit their website HERE.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"What's in Your TARDIS?" with Matt & Karen


To celebrate the release of TARDIS on Friday, the official site has updated with an interview featuring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. In it they chat about the kinds of things they'd like to see inside the TARDIS, see it in the played below. Read more about the game HERE.

TV Movie gets North American DVD release


Dan Hall, of 2|entertain, has revealed to Hoo on Who that the 1996 TV Movie, starring Paul McGann, will be released on DVD in North America "within 12 months". The rights to the story have now been secured for home release in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The one~off outing for The Eighth Doctor is due for release in the UK in October, as posted HERE.

Listen to the full announcement HERE

Dr Who at the Proms 2010 - broadcast details


The Radio Times website is listing a broadcast date for the recent Doctor Who concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Dr Who at the Proms 2010 is scheduled to be screened on BBC Three, Mon September 6 at 8.30pm, with a running time of an hour. Click HERE to see pictures from the event.

ETA: A 90 minute version of the programme will be broadcast on Friday 10th September on BBC Three at 7pm. Read details about the "Red Button" extras HERE.

You can read a review of the event HERE

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Karen Gillan talks "TARDIS"



The official site has updated with a Karen Gillan interview where she talks about the third episode of The Adventure Games series, TARDIS. She reveals there's a new alien called "The Entity" and we'll see rooms in the TARDIS that we've never seen before.

Nintendo Wii and DS games on the way

As rumoured some months ago - this post, for example - Doctor Who is to get a video game release on two Nintendo games systems. Return To Earth, for the Wii, and Evacuation Earth, for the DS, are both due for release late October/early November (Amazon states Oct 29, Play says Nov 19). Plans also include launching a remote control unit and stylus shaped like a sonic screwdriver. The title is produced by Asylum Entertainment and will also be released in Australia and Europe. Included here is the cover art and synopses for the games, click on them for bigger versions.

Evacuation Earth
The Doctor and Amy arrive at the Lake District to watch the humans leave the planet. Suddenly the TARDIS gets lifted from them and bolted onto the evacuation ship. They have to make their way onto the ship before it leaves As the ship launches it has technical problems and they realise the Silurians have built a ship underneath. The Doctor finds a solution to make the ship work

Suddenly the Dalek ship smashes into the human one and splits the Silurian half off. It’s the Dalek ship that chased the Time Axis into the sun – they weren’t destroyed, they actually made a random jump several hundred years into the past

The Daleks are pleased that they can exact revenge on the Doctor but first they make him fix their ship. The Doctor goes along with their plan but tricks them into bolting the TARDIS onto their ship, which he promptly jumps into and uses to fling them into the nearest black hole

Return To Earth
The Doctor and Amy help the SS Lucy Gray to return home to Earth, unravelling a Cyber Plot and preventing the Daleks from retrieving a lost Time Axis along the way. The Doctor and Amy arrive on a human colony ship returning to Earth after it was rendered uninhabitable by solar flares. Without provocation they are attacked by the ship’s maintenance robots and become separated in the struggle.

The Doctor is eventually led to the ship’s Head Quarters, where he discovers a Cyber Leader has connected himself to the ships AI and is blackmailing it into doing his bidding, or else he’ll kill the crew. Meanwhile the Cybermen that were hiding in the ship ambush Amy and chase her out into space.

Guide the Doctor and Amy as they face their biggest adventure yet!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

DAVID TENNANT in "Dramarama" [1988]


Included for your viewing pleasure here is David Tennant in his very first television appearance. The Secret of Croftmore was broadcast in 1988 as part of the children's series Dramarama. The quality is not the best I'm afraid and I expect this to get removed pretty quickly - so enjoy it while you can!

PLEASE NOTE:
Those of you in the UK can see it in the STV's YouTube HERE

Part One


Part Two

"I Don't Wanna Go"




For your consideration... a video made by Blogtor after hearing the wonderfully slowed~down version of the Dr. Who theme tune - as posted by io9.com last week. Titled I Don't Wanna Go, it's an alternative look at the final moments of David Tennant's Tenth Doctor. Featured in the video are clips from The End of Time Part 2 and audio from its corresponding episode of Doctor Who Confidential, David Tennant's Video Diaries, the Peter Howell arrangement of the theme tune and the aforementioned version posted on io9. It's a bit indulgent and a tad grim, but I hope you enjoy the 'experimental' nature of the piece.

PLEASE NOTE:
I've had to use Dailymotion 'cos YouTube removed it immediately

Saturday, August 21, 2010

2010 Christmas Special - HIRES pic


The BBC have issued a HIRES version of the pic first shown last night on The One Show from this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special. Click on it for a bigger, juicier version.

Thanks to BBC Pictures

Friday, August 20, 2010

"The One Show" with Matt & Karen


Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were guests on The One Show earlier this evening. See the duo in action in the players below, there is some brief discussion of kissing and this year's Christmas Special. BE WARNED - these clips include the antics of BBC presenters...

Part 1 - Main interview



Part 2 - includes Matt & Karen and a vat of batter...



2010 Christmas Special - first pic


Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were guests on The One Show earlier tonight and during their interview a picture from this year's Christmas Special was displayed. Click on the image for a bigger version.

ETA: A HIRES version of this image can be seen HERE

The Adventure Games - TARDIS


Details have been announced for third installment of The Adventure Games, read below (click on the pic above for a bigger, juicier version):
Executive produced by Steven Moffat, and written by James Moran (Torchwood, Doctor Who), this third installment of the four-part series is called TARDIS – and will, for the first time, offer fans the opportunity to fly the blue box which is bigger on the inside.

TARDIS is a brilliant, brilliant adventure” says Steven Moffat. “It’s funny, touching, terrifying, amazing – everything a Doctor Who episode should be. Since 1963, kids have wondered what it would be like to control the TARDIS. Now we're handing complete control of the most powerful ship in all of space and time to a generation of children. Everybody duck!"


With the TARDIS stuck in a riptide, and the Doctor sucked into space, Amy Pond must explore the secrets of the time machine in order to restore normality. The adventure will uncover the secrets of the TARDIS, unveil two brand new monsters – and allow players to pilot the TARDIS themselves.


James Moran’s madcap script takes players on a frantic, funny and altogether surprising adventure which could only be told by a Doctor Who story. With full virtual likenesses of Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, and music from Murray Gold, this adventure is as much a part of the Doctor Who legend as the TV series.

TARDIS will be available simultaneously on PC and Mac from the Doctor Who website on August 27

Sunday, August 15, 2010

REVIEW: "Time and the Rani" DVD

Time and the Rani DVD
Release Date: Sep 13

RRP: £19.99

Duration: 100 mins (approx.)

Stories included:
Time and the Rani

Extras:
See HERE

I have to say that this year has not been, how should I put it, a vintage year for DVD releases in the Doctor Who range. Thankfully we've got the pant~wetting~inducing Revisitation Box and The Seeds of Doom to look forward to but before that here's, wait for it, Time and the Rani. Sylvester McCoy's debut is one of those stories (like Time Flight or The Twin Dilemna) that generally has a bad name in fan circles (like crop circles but a helluva lot more irritating). Its position in the recent DWM poll (almost at the very bottom) is even cited in one of the accompanying docs on this release - and those involved are not shy about saying they're not "proud" of the 1987 four~parter.


Now, I'm not going to waste your time, or mine, examining Time and the Rani - enough has been said. I hated it then, loathed it when released on VHS (though still bought it and watched it!) and still have nothing but contempt for it now. I'm sure there are fans of the story so I won't further upset those thirteen people. For me, this story shows just how little the BBC cared about Doctor Who at the time. Who signed off on this? If proof were needed that they wanted to get rid of the show then this is a prime example.


Thankfully, McCoy's performance changed over his brief time on telly and the stories improved but that's not going to help you trying to get through this. Plus points? The computer generated effects are, actually, still purty good. Particularly the "flying globes" and explosions in the first episode along with expert model work. You also get to see Who veteran Wanda "Benny Thundersnatch's mother" Ventham in action but the negatives far outweigh the good in this, frankly, poorly thought~out, acted and produced story.


EXTRAS
It's the extras that make this DVD release an essential purchase. Warning, however: even if you dislike the story, like me, these extras will engage you so much that you'll forget your feelings for Time and the Rani and watch it again. First up is one of the best documentaries produced for a Who DVD, Last Chance Saloon; an absolutely fascinating study of the position Doctor Who faced during the mid~80s and just how Sylvester McCoy came to be cast.


All the main players are featured (though no Bonnie Langford sadly) and there's also some archival footage from John Nathan~Turner to further paint a picture. If the facts weren't enough to salivate you then you will be positively drooling when you get to see the audition 'tapes' for The Seventh Doctor. Simply gob~smacking. Apart from McCoy you get a couple of other actors auditioning but most amazing of all is who they are reading with on this footage - only flippin' Janet Fielding!


Fact fans may note, that Janet also starred as Tegan alongside Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor in a Jim'll Fix It sketch. I will point out that the Aussie beauty is not playing the companion here but that of a Maggie Thatcheresque villain... Aside from McCoy's frankness about his portrayal in the opening episodes (admits that he got it wrong) there's a eye~opening letter from Sydney "The Guv'nor" Newman to JNT regarding how the show should continue - professing that The Doctor (or 'Dr. Who' as he calls him) should be played by a woman!


Two of the other featurettes take a close look at the computer~generated imagery and production of the title sequence. Fascinating for nerdoids like me but not sure how they'll translate to the 'normals' out there (though I can't image too many 'normals' buying Time and the Rani). Filling up disc space is McCoy's delightful, if slightly nervous, appearance on Blue Peter (with fellow Who alumni Janet Ellis); an excellent 'On Location' report by BBC Breakfast Time which takes place in a quarry featuring Kate O' Mara in the most disgusting jumper I've seen in a long time; and there's also some extra discussions with Pip and Jane Baker and also the aforementioned O' Mara.


But there's more! Included are three Easter Eggs (three!), two of which are purty funny but there's one that's gonna get tongues wagging on its release (in a positive manner). I won't say what it is so you can get the same joy as I did when I watched it. Let's just say that it re~addresses one of the famous 'fan issues' about the story. As always, there's: a Photo Gallery; a PDF featuring Radio Times listings and feature; excellent Production Notes; and a trouser~tightening trailer for The Revisitation Box (pics HERE).


Lastly, the commentary. Whilst I'm very glad that Bonnie Langford has popped up here, evening~out her absence on the other features, chatting away very brightly with Sylv it's the inclusion of Pip and Jane Baker that slightly brings it down. They're just a bit too serious, a bit too rigid. McCoy and Langford (wow, that's a show right there!) get the tone right acknowledging the failures but also highlighting the fun they had (Bonnie claims never to have seen Time and the Rani 'til now).


And there's a point I've raised before but have to again in regards to commentaries - repeated information. It's a bit grating to constantly have to do this but, for me, it marks an oversight on the part of the production team. There are stories we hear in the doc, and then in the commentary and are also repeated in the Production Notes. Totally unnecessary and a tad annoying. One would assume that those listening to a commentary (I appreciate not everyone does - weirdos!) have also watched the documentary and also read the production notes. Anyway, rant over - though I'm sure I'll have this same point to make again in the future.


Time and the Rani is worth purchasing alone for the extras, and there is a bountiful array of them - surprising for a single disc release. It's almost as if they're trying to compensate for the story itself which is much appreciated by this reviewer! The rating below is based purely on these magnificent features. One hopes that this is the standard that the range continues to deliver in the final years of the collection.



BLOGTOR RATING 8/10

Thanks to 2|entertain

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Coming Soon to DVD - The Revisitation Box


Included on the Time and the Rani DVD release is a "Coming Soon" trail for The Revisitation Box - a 7 disc set that features The Talons of Weng~Chiang, The Caves of Androzani and The TV Movie. It's released October 4, more details to follow - click on the pics below for bigger versions.

"Home Movie Roadshow" - Dalek playsuit


The BBC Two series Home Movie Roadshow once again featured some Doctor Who material. Footage in the player below shows some amateur film of a Dalek playsuit in action. Fact fans note, presenter Kirsty Wark starred in 2008's The Poison Sky.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Doctor Who Magazine 425 cover



The cover for Doctor Who Magazine issue 425 has been released through their Facebook page. It hits the streets on Aug 19.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Doctor Who on "SeeSaw"


Online service SeeSaw are now offering many episodes of Doctor Who to watch legally, and more importantly, for free. A number of stories from the 'classic' era (including The Caves of Androzani and Tomb of the Cybermen) can be watched free of charge whereas episodes from the 'new' series can be rented from £1.19 each (or £9.99 for a whole series). Episodes from spin~off show Torchwood are also available to watch. Their collection is constantly growing so expect to see some more stories from the 'classic' and 'new' series in the future.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Doctor Who Adventures 179


Hitting newsagents this Thursday is Doctor Who Adventures issue 179. As well as all the usual content (competitions, comic strips, posters and exclusives), the magazine also comes with three free gifts. One of the gifts is a set of Dalek Playing Cards with designs from artist Ben Morris check out the pictures below (click on them for bigger versions).

Dalek Playing CardsDalek Playing Cards

Doctor Who Adventures 179
is available from Aug 12, priced £2.99

Time and the Rani - DVD cover art & details


Coming up next month from 2|entertain is another 'classic' Doctor Who DVD, this time it's Time and the Rani - Sylvester McCoy's first story as The Seventh Doctor. Read details on the extras below and click on the cover for a bigger version:
• Commentary with Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and writers Pip and Jane Baker.

The Last Chance Saloon– by 1987, senior executives at the BBC were on the point of killing-off Doctor Who in the face of stiff fan opposition. Instead, they decided to give the show one last chance… With actors Sylvester McCoy and Kate O’Mara, producer John Nathan-Turner, director Andrew Morgan, script editor Andrew Cartmel, writers Pip and Jane Baker, BBC Head of Series & Serials Jonathan Powell and graphic designer Oliver Elmes. Written by Nev Fountain and narrated by Richard Heffer.

7D FX – a look behind-the-scenes at the creation of the story’s impressive visual effects. With visual effects designer Colin Mapson, visual effects assistant Mike Tucker and video effects designer Dave Chapman.

Helter-Skelter– Graphic designer Oliver Elmes and animator Gareth Edwards talk about how they created the first CGI title sequence in Doctor Who’s history.

Lakertya – writers Pip and Jane Baker talk about their original vision for the lush forest planet Lakertya and director Andrew Morgan explains why he ended up shooting it in a desolate quarry instead…

Hot Gossip – Kate O’Mara recalls the fun of working with gossiping friends. With Sylvester McCoy and Andrew Morgan.

On Location– BBC Breakfast Time’s reporter Guy Michelmore visits the production during location filming for the story’s exterior scenes and talks to John Nathan-Turner, Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and Kate O’Mara.

Blue Peter – Janet Ellis welcomes newly appointed Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy to the Blue Peter studio.

• Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.


Time and the Rani
is released September 13th, priced £19.99

Thanks to 2|entertain