Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day of the Moon - Audio Commentary


Continuing the new Blogtor Who series is the episode commentary for Series 6 Episode 2, Day of the Moon. This audio is designed to play along whilst watching the episode. The commentaries are available to subscribe to on iTunes HERE and you can also download it HERE or use the player below.
PLEASE NOTE: The commentary does not include the 'Next Time' trail.






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The official site has updated with two trailers for next week's episode, The Curse of the Black Spot - see them in the players included here. Come back later tonight for some new promotional pictures.


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The Curse of the Black Spot - prequel



The official site has updated with a "Prequel" top next week's episode, The Curse of the Black Spot - see it in the player above. Come back at 00.01 for some new promo pics.

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DWO WhoCast #191 - available now!

The latest episode of The DWO Whocast featuring Cameron K McEwan (Blogtor Who) and Tony Gallichan (Flashing Blade) is available now from iTunes HERE and from the official site, The DWO Whocast. Check out the details on No. 191 below which features a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen and a review of Day of the Moon.


A show of mixed emotions as the lads celebrate the wonderful Elisabeth Sladen and then go on to review Day Of The Moon. There's also the launch of a brand new competition with a wonderful prize... PLEASE NOTE: This review includes SPOILERS if you have not seen the episode.
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Eccleston: Not coming back to Who


Christopher Eccleston was a guest on Graham Norton's BBC Radio 2 show earlier today. During the interview he discussed his time on Doctor Who and was asked about a possible return. Hear his response in the player above (don't get your hopes up).

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Friday, April 29, 2011

REVIEW: Day of the Moon [SPOILER~FREE]

PLEASE NOTE: This is a SPOILER~FREE review. No plot~points or revelations are given away. Feel free to read on in safety....


Doing a spoiler~free review of The Impossible Astronaut was tough enough due to the spoiler~ish nature of the story but Day of the Moon is even more of a job. It's not so much a story as a series of twists and surprises - some of which pose more questions than answer.


In fact, answers are most definitely not on Moffo's agenda here. He seems more intent on creating intrigue and mystery at every turn - a facet that some viewers may find infuriating whilst others will drink it in. So you'll forgive me for not delving into any of the plot points, as they are the main source of joy in the episode; each a wonderful treat for the viewer.


Although the second of a two~parter, Day of the Moon feels like a completely different story as it features so many new locations (though not many new characters) and the notion of darkness is further enhanced - particularly during the orphanage scenes where Amy and Canton are on the trail of a little girl (I think you can guess which one). It's a absolute, 100% creep~fest. *shivers*

It's also during these moments that some crucial future issues are first presented (one imagines).


Again, like The Impossible Astronaut, the production values are incredibly high, with a return to the beautiful Utah landscape and fantastic location work (Cardiff doubling for New York, for example). The set pieces are also a treat on the eye (and excitement receptors), with the aforementioned orphanage scenes and a showdown with The Silence being most notable.


But the characters are at the forefront of the tale and we witness Rory's seemingly constant struggle with his relationship with Amy. Mr Pond spends a lot of time looking mournful, skulking around in the TARDIS. Frankly, for me, it happens a little too often and tonally jars with the threat and general feeling of malevolence. There's also another heart~breaking moment for River Song as she fully comprehends her dwindling time with The Doctor.


Strangely, there are a fair amount of jokes crammed in; and sometimes at the expense of the drama (which is probably just why they are there). Some gags will rile and annoy, especially due to their lightweight nature. There's also the familiarity of Moffo's trademarks - warnings written on walls, paradoxical time~travel, the use of televisions, children, The Doctor in an inescapable "prison" and yet more instances of ********** ***** (Spoiler~related issue). One hopes the rest of the series is a bit more fresher in the ideas department.


Day of the Moon has an odd feel about it; there are some resolutions, some action, a lot of character development and a trouser~full of mystery. It's not so much a story as a canvas where the rest of the series has begun. The excitement, for the most part, overcomes the negatives and leaves you with an adrenalin~rushed aftertaste.

Oh, and THAT ending.

Didn't see that coming...

The Impossible Astronaut - commentary on iTunes


Launched last week was the first Blogtor Who episode commentary for Series 6, The Impossible Astronaut. The commentaries are now available to subscribe to on iTunes HERE. This audio is designed to play along whilst watching the episode. You can also download it HERE or use the player below.
PLEASE NOTE:
You will be prompted when to start the video during the commentary - it does not include the onscreen tribute to Elisabeth Sladen.



Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Doctor's Wife - episode synopsis


The BBC Press Office has released the official episode synopsis for the fourth episode of the current series, The Doctor's Wife. The episode has a running time of 50 minutes, read the synopsis below:

The Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard planet sitting upon a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe, populated by a very strange family, as the time-travelling drama continues.

The Doctor, Amy and Rory are given the warmest of welcomes by Auntie, Uncle and Nephew. But the beautiful and insane Idris greets them in a more unusual fashion – what is she trying to tell the Doctor? As the Doctor investigates, he unwittingly puts his friends in the gravest danger.

The Doctor is played by Matt Smith, Amy by Karen Gillan, Rory by Arthur Darvill and Idris by Suranne Jones.



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Blogtor Who in "The Sun"


UK newspaper The Sun featured an article yesterday including a mention for Blogtor Who. The news piece about David Walliams upcoming Doctor Who appearance featured in both print and the online edition - see it HERE. Earlier this year, the Twitter feed for Blogtor received a mention in Doctor Who Magazine.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

John Simm on "The One Show"



Actor John Simm (The Master) was a guest on The One Show in the UK earlier tonight and the interviewers wasted no time in asking about a possible return to Doctor Who. See a clip of him discussing it in the player above. Interviewing him was presenter Matt Baker who briefly appeared in 2005's Aliens of London.

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Day of the Moon - BBC America trailer



The YouTube account for BBC America has updated with a trail for episode two of Series 6, Day of the Moon - see it in the player above

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

NEWS ROUND~UP


For your delectation, until the latest onslaught of news comes our way, here's the latest round~up. Read the last one HERE.

ELISABETH SLADEN
My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen [VIDEO]
Tribute round~up
Tribute from David Tennant [VIDEO]
Elisabeth Sladen: 1948-2011
The Hand Of Fear - BBC Four repeat

DAY OF THE MOON
Promotional pictures
BBC radio trailer
TV trailer
'Next Time' preview & two clips [VIDEO]

THE IMPOSSIBLE ASTRONAUT
>>Download the FREE audio commentary<<
Behind~the~scenes extras [VIDEO]
NEW promo pics [SPOILERS!]
The DWO WhoCast review of the episode
The Blogtor Who SPOILER~FREE review
Doctor Who opener watched by 6.5m

SERIES 6
First look at David Walliams in The God Complex
BBC America: Behind-the-Scenes
Steven Moffat - Graham Norton BBC Radio interview
The Curse of the Black Spot - synopsis
Blogtaaaarrrr Who - coming soon....

REVIEWS

The Impossible Astronaut [SPOILER~FREE]
DWO WhoCast #190 - ft. Impossible Astronaut [SPOILERS]

MISC.
Download the FREE audio commentary for The Impossible Astronaut
Steven Moffat - Graham Norton interview
Matt Smith nominated for BAFTA
Karen Gillan on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
John Simm in Exile
Christopher Eccleston in The Shadow Line
David Tennant in The Gobetweenies
DWO WhoCast #190 - available now!

COMPETITION: Win Doctor Who: The BBC Radio Episodes

John Simm in "Exile"


The BBC have issued promotional pictures of actor John Simm (The Master) in his upcoming drama series, Exile. Read more about it HERE and click on the images below for bigger versions.




Exile Ep 1 airs
9pm, May 1 on BBC 1/HD



Thanks to BBC Pictures

Day of the Moon - promotional pictures


The BBC have issued promotional pictures for episode 2 of Series 6, Day of the Moon - click on the images below for bigger versions.





DAY OF THE MOON
airs

6pm, April 30 on BBC 1/HD



Thanks to the BBC

Christopher Eccleston in "The Shadow Line"


The BBC have issued new promotional pictures of Christopher Eccleston, The Ninth Doctor, form his upcoming drama The Shadow Line. Read more about it HERE and click on the images below for bigger versions.




The Shadow Line Ep 1 airs 9pm, 5 May on BBC 2/HD



Thanks to BBC Pictures