Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Doctor Who & Torchwood nominated for Saturn Awards

Doctor Who and Torchwood: Miracle Day have both been nominated in The 38th Saturn Awards. The awards celebrate the best in Science~Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. Check out the nominations below (and the shows they're up against) and Visit the full list of film and television nominations HERE.

Best Youth~Oriented Series on Television
DOCTOR WHO
BEING HUMAN
THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING
SECRET CIRCLE
TEEN WOLF
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES


Best Presentation on Television (10 Episodes or less)
TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY
CAMELOT
FALLING SKIES
GAME OF THRONES
THE KILLING
TREK NATION
THE WALKING DEAD

Best Actress In Television
EVE MYLES (Torchwood: Miracle Day)
MIREILLE ENOS (The Killing)
LENA HEADEY (Game of Thrones)
JESSICA LANGE (American Horror Story
)
KYRA SEDGWICK (The Closer)
ANNA TORV (Fringe)


Best Supporting Actor In Television
BILL PULLMAN (Torchwood: Miracle Day)
GIANCARLO ESPOSITO (Breaking Bad)
KIT HARINGTON (Game of Thrones)
JOEL KINNAMAN (The Killing)
JOHN NOBLE (Fringe)
AARON PAUL (Breaking Bad)
NORMAN REEDUS (The Walking Dead)


Best Supporting Actress In Television
LAUREN AMBROSE (Torchwood: Miracle Day)
JENNIFER CARPENTER (Dexter)
FRANCES CONROY (American Horror Story)
MICHELLE FORBES (The Killing)
LANA PARRILLA (Once Upon a Time)
BETH RIESGRAF (Leverage)



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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Matt Smith on Daybreak


Actor Matt Smith, probably best known as TV's Doctor Who, made an appearance today on the ITV1 morning show, Daybreak - watch it in the player above. In it he talks about the Doctor Who Convention, Series 7 and his future... The piece was filmed earlier this week (Monday) on set in Cardiff.

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Steven Moffat interview



French site Le Village has a report from the Series 2 launch of Sherlock in France (starting March 21) which included interviews with Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue. The full report can be read HERE whilst the video above includes Moffat & Vertue.

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Asociación Planeta Gallifrey

The following post comes from Asociación Planeta Gallifrey:
Since some months ago, the people of PGE, working with other fans such as some members from “Comisión de Whovians”, admins of other Who-Blogs and many other people that share our passion for the Series, we’ve been working secretly to carry on a new project in Spain: The creation of a Spanish Association of Doctor Who fans.

With this Association, we want to bring together all the Spanish-speaking Whovians to achieve the level we deserve as fans of the series.

The “Planeta Gallifrey Association” is open to all Whovians from Spain, but also to all Spanish-speaking countries, and will start its work with an Opening Presentation Party that will take place in Madrid, next April, in which we'll explain further details about this project. Meantime, all the people interested in joining the “Planeta Gallifrey Association” can contact us through our mail:


You don’t need anything special to be a member, and there won't be any membership fees, unless otherwise, but we would like you all to participate as actively as you can in and all the things we will organize.
Thanks to Guillermo Moure
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Dalek Tee


Our chums over at RIPT Apparel have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled The Organic Exterminators, the design is available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE!
PLEASE NOTE: This Tee is NO longer available


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Royal Television Society Programme Awards

The nominations for the Royal Television Society Programme Awards have been announced an include some Doctor Who related nods. The winners will be announced Tuesday 20 March; check out the noms below:

WRITER - DRAMA
Steven Moffat – Doctor Who
Up against: Peter Bowker (Eric & Ernie)
and Neil McKay (Appropriate Adult)

CHILDREN'S DRAMA
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Up against Tracy Beaker

SINGLE DRAMA
United
Starring David Tennant and written by Chris Chibnall (The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, 42 and also a Series 7 episode)
Up against Eric & Ernie and Random

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Matt Smith on Daybreak

Actor Matt Smith, currently playing The Eleventh Doctor, will be a guest on the ITV1 magazine show Daybreak tomorrow morning. Smith appears as part of a piece recorded yesterday on set in Cardiff.

ETA: Watch the interview HERE.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

NEWS ROUND~UP

News in the world of Doctor Who is coming thick and fast (filming on Series 7 has begun!), so here's a collection of the latest tidbits, just in case you missed some. Read the last round~up HERE.

SERIES 7
Series 7 filming
Promo Pic & Casting News!
Series 7 cast news
Series 7 Starts Filming
Who to film in Spain?

MERCHANDISE
Audio Adventures News
Karen Gillan to Attend Official Convention
Barrowman reveals Torchwood novel title

MISC.
Matt Smith on Top Gear
McCoy talks 50th Anniversary
David Tennant & Sophie Aldred interviews
Gareth David-Lloyd in web series
David Tennant & Sophie Aldred in Tree Fu Tom
Georgia Moffett in White Van Man
Catherine Tate in The Office
John Barrowman on Watson & Oliver
Benedict Cumberbatch in Parade's End
Series 6 Audio Commentaries
Sherlock, A Scandal In Belgravia audio commentary

REVIEWS
The Face Of Evil DVD
The Gruffalo's Child Blu-ray
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 418, Crisis On Naboo


Matt Smith on Top Gear



Actor Matt Smith, probably best known for playing the Eleventh Doctor, was a guest on UK TV "show", Top Gear - watch his segment in the player above. Please be warned: This clip includes footage from Top Gear*.
Thanks to Dom Robinson
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Series 7 filming

As announced earlier this week, filming on Doctor Who Series 7 has begun. Wales Online were on hand and captured some pictures of Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill and guest star Mark Williams shooting an episode on a very familiar looking beach (used for Bad Wolf Bay in Doomsday). See a gallery of images HERE and have a look at the first official promo pic for the new series HERE.
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David Tennant & Sophie Aldred interviews



The BBC have released interviews with David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor) and Sophie Aldred (80s companion Ace) regarding their new show, Tree Fu Tom. Watch Tennant above and Aldred below and see promo pics of them HERE.



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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gareth David-Lloyd in web series

Actor Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto from Torchwood) is starring in the first episode of a new anthology web series, Twisted Showcase; a mixture of self-contained horror, drama, psychological thriller and comedy; much like a modern day Twilight Zone, but delivered in 5 short film installments. Watch a trailer HERE.

The first installment, titled Peter & Paul, launches the series on Thursday March 1st and stars David-Lloyd in the lead role of Paul, a man plagued by a voice on the other end of a phone which also happens to be his hand.

New episodes released every Thursday after.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

David Tennant & Sophie Aldred in Tree Fu Tom

Thanks to BBC Pictures

The BBC have released pictures of actor David Tennant (who older readers may remember played The Tenth Doctor) and actress Sophie Aldred (who even older readers may remember as Ace in the Sylvester McCoy era) as part of the promotion for the new CBeebies show, Tree Fu Tom. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.

Thanks to BBC Pictures
Aimed at four to six year olds, Tree Fu Tom is set in an enchanted world where movement creates magic. Tom (voiced by Aldred) appears to be a normal eight-year-old boy but putting on his magic belt and performing a special sequence of magic action-movements (known as Tree Fu) transforms him into a tiny but mighty magical super-hero. Using a Tree Fu spell, Tom is transported into a wondrous enchanted kingdom in a tree called Treetopolis, inhabited by sprites, bugs and naughty fungi – the ‘Mushas’.

Thanks to BBC Pictures
Here he meets his faithful sidekick Twigs (Tennant), a silly and energetic Acorn Sprite. Tom and Twigs are inseparable as they become embroiled in amazing, action-packed adventures, which always lead to trouble, impending disaster and catastrophe. When events run beyond their control it is only with help from the audience performing Tree Fu moves, that Tom can create spectacular Big World Magic and save the day!
Thanks to BBC Pictures
All of the Tree Fu magic moves that children are encouraged to copy are developed from therapeutic techniques that are used to help children with movement disorders like Dyspraxia, but are designed to assist and enhance the development of all participating children at a crucial time in their growth.

Tree Fu Tom airs March on CBeebies (TBA)



Series 7 Promo Pic & Casting News!

Filming has just started on Series 7 of Doctor Who in Cardiff. This series will see the last days of the Ponds with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill returning for their final, rollercoaster voyage with The Doctor. Amy and Rory have been at the Doctor's side for more than two series but what will he do after their heartbreaking departure? Click on the image below for a bigger, juicier version.

Thanks to BBC Pictures

On returning for his third series as the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith says: "It's thrilling and exciting to be back and working with two of my closest friends." Karen Gillan adds: "It's just brilliant to be back on the TARDIS with Matt and Arthur for our craziest adventures yet."

David Bradley
New guest stars so far confirmed to star will include:
David Bradley (Argus Filch in the Harry Potter movies);
Rupert Graves (Lestrade in Sherlock and alongside David Tennant in Single Father); and, as announced yesterday, Mark Williams.

Rupert Graves

Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when The Doctor meets a new friend. Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year. Fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes - each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you've never seen them before.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Series 7 cast news

Mark Williams
Actor Mark Williams has been spotted on set on the filming of Doctor Who Series 7. Williams, best known for his roles in comedy sketch programme The Fast Show and Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films, was filming with Arthur Darvill (Rory) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) for what is thought to be Episode Two of the next series.



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Georgia Moffett in White Van Man

Thanks to BBC Pictures
The BBC have released a new promotional picture of actress Georgia Moffett (who played Jenny in The Doctor's Daughter and is also married to former Doctor Who, David Tennant) from Series 2 of White Van Man - click on the pic for a bigger version.

See more images of her in White Van Man HERE.

White Van Man S2 Ep 1 airs
Feb 23 on BBC Three at 9.30pm


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Monday, February 20, 2012

John Barrowman on Watson & Oliver


Actor John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) was a guest on the new BBC Two comedy show Watson & Oliver earlier this evening. watch a clip of him in action singing a song which includes a Torchwood reference.

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Audio Adventures News

AudioGO have announced news of three Doctor Who related releases in March, check out the details below.

Darkstar Academy
Read by Alexander Armstrong


When the TARDIS is buffeted by ‘time slippage’, the Doctor experiences a terrible vision of the end of everything. Tracking the source of the disruption, he takes Rory and Amy to what appears to be an English public school in the 1950s.

But as the friends are about to discover, there are some very unusual things about Darkstar Academy. For a start the prefects carry guns, and then there is the strange forcefield that surrounds the perimeter. Not to mention the foot-long, crab-like creatures with spiny, armoured bodies...

When the Doctor learns the truth about the Academy, he also discovers that the whole place is in terrible danger. But with a swarm of creatures on the loose, what can he, Amy and Rory do to help prevent a terrible disaster?

Download available March 1 £6.79 | CD available March 8 £10.20
Playing time: 1 hour approx

Shada
Read by Lalla Ward

Thirty-three years ago, the BBC started filming Douglas Adams’ six-part Doctor Who serial, Shada. But industrial action halted recording, and the story was left unfinished… until now. Written by acclaimed Doctor Who novelist and screenwriter Gareth Roberts, it is based on Douglas Adams’ original scripts and read by Lalla Ward (who played the Doctor’s companion Romana). John Leeson, the original K9, returns as the voice of the Doctor’s faithful robot dog. The reading is enhanced with music and sound design.

The Doctor’s old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University – where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs – most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn’t a book for Time Tots. It is one of the Artefacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. The sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands. He wants the book. He wants to discover the truth behind Shada. And he wants the Doctor’s mind...

Available March 15: £19.69 (Download), £19.35 (10 CDs)
Playing time: 11 hrs 30 mins


Torchwood: Army Of One
Read by Kai Owen

Washington D.C., post-Miracle. The city has been hit by a spate of very unusual serial killings. The victims are different ages and genders and the locations vary, but each body has one thing in common – it has been reduced to a dried-up, desiccated husk. Special Agent Lucas Avery has dealt with some tricky puzzles in his time, but this is stranger than anything he has ever encountered. His one lead is a pair of names: ‘Gwen’ and ‘Rhys’...

For Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams, still recovering from the recent, traumatic events that shook the world, life is about to get difficult and dangerous again. For it’s not just Homeland Security on their trail, but something else – something alien, terrifying and deadly...

Download available March 1, £6.79 | CD available March 8, £10.20
Playing time: 1 hour approx



REVIEW: The Face Of Evil DVD

The Face Of Evil
Starring Tom Baker & Louise Jameson

1 Disc DVD

See HERE for Extras
UK March 5 (£20.42)
US March 13 ($24.98)
Canada March 13 ($30.98)


STORY

This mid~period Baker offering is an odd affair. Whilst never being cited as anyone's favourite of all time (not in polite company anyway), The Face Of Evil is also notable for never being poorly regarded. A journeyman of a story, perhaps. There is, in actual fact, much to admire about the four~parter, despite its slight unmemorableness. (Is that even a word?)


The film work on the story is an absolute treat and, as always with Doctor Who on film, makes you wish that the whole series had been captured this way and not just the odd scene here and there. Everything becomes alive and that more magical in the "jungle" scenes whilst Baker's features light up the screen with luscious cinematic luminosity. As does his new co~star Louise Jameson, the beautiful yet feisty "savage" Leela.


Indeed, matching the brilliance of the filmic visuals is the instant spark of the Time Lord and his new companion. Considering all the behind~the~scenes nonsense (and by that I mean Tom Baker's intransigence) the two hit their stride from the off; seeming like best friends who've just met. I'd also like to draw your attention to some delightful Tommy B posturing pre~meeting his new TARDIS traveller as he chats to the camera directly (or is he?) - classic Baker. The rest of the cast aren't quite as engaging and the mob mentality, unsurprisingly, rather blandisises (?? - Ed.) the supporting actors.


In part this is due to the complexity of the story itself, which is more concerned the merging of sci~fi and savagery than background characters. The notion of the Doctor coming across a problem, that he inadvertently caused in the past, is first class (though, even better if he'd done it in the future) and the use of the immense Baker face carved in stone is certainly one of the most remarkable images in the series' history.


Likewise the "computer~generated" face of Baker screaming whilst the real one collapses on the floor also lingers in the mind (particularly when the child's voice comes into play). It's not hard to see why a generation of kids were just as scared of Tom as they were of any of his foes (I include myself in that group) and just as equally easy to see him as The Doctor who could go "bad".

The Face of Evil is remarkable is some facets but doesn't live up to its fantastic premise; though with Baker and Jameson on screen you'll hardly notice/care.

EXTRAS
The special features for this four~parter, and, as discussed, an unremarkable one at that, are a very handsome bunch indeed. And most generous too. First up is the making~of documentary, Into The Wild, a very stylish affair that makes full use of the wonderful model of Tommy B'[s huuuuugggeee heeeeeed. Jameson makes up for the lack of Tom Baker by referring to her, wait for it, "huge arse" (I would like to point out that her derriere was far form large, but hey, that's just me).


It focuses, for the most part, on the actress's introduction to the show (including the odd reference to her and Baker's "difficult" relationship) with the always VFM Philip Hinchcliffe and Mat Irvine. The docco ends on a sad note, however, with a number of moving tributes to director Pennant Roberts (who is also featured in some archival footage). Accompanying this tremendous film are further instalments of Doctor Who Stories (featuring Louise Jameson talking about her time in the TARDIS) and Tomorrow’s Times (looking at press coverage of the Tom Baker era). The latter is always a fascinating watch and none more so here, studying the contemporaneous reaction to the man that many still refer to as THE Doctor.


And yet, there's even more fun to be had on the disc: in From the Cutting Room Floor, you'll find some intriguing (and hilarious behind~the~scenes footage (all on film); there's a Louise Jameson interview from Saturday morning BBC children's show Swap Shop; and the all too brief television advert for the Denys Fisher Doctor Who toy range. Look a little further on the disc and you'll be rewarded with the most welcome inclusion of a PDF with all sorts of materials from the 1976 Typhoo Tea Doctor Who promotion.


The commentary, like The Face of Evil, is a pedestrian affair but does its best to entertain (the overlapping of anecdotes, as always, gets a bit wearing - note the "Janice Thorn" gag). It features Louise Jameson, Leslie Schofield, David Garfield, Michael Elles, Harry H Fielder, Philip Hinchcliffe and film cameraman John McGlashan (with various people popping in from episode to episode). Points are definitely taken off moderator Toby Hadoke for stating that Star Wars (being discussed as two of the cast starred in the George Lucas film) was released in the UK in 1979. (December 1977, fact fans!*)


The unsung heroes, if you like, of the classic DVD range are, for me, always worth giving a "shout out" to, if I may use such a disgustingly urban phrase. Here the Production Notes will inform and raise a smile (I didn't realise the re~appropriation of Colonel Bogey March was a "anti Nazi" song, for example. Anti Hitler, yes...) whilst the Photo Gallery will really question the tastes of the day with those promotional images of actress Jameson with a tad too much tan (pictured here).


This is almost the perfect release; with numerous brilliant extras and a most satisfactory story but one can't help but feel that some Tom Baker involvement would have only enhanced this disc. (I realise that many factors could have prohibited this.) There's plenty of archival footage of the man chatting about the story and it would have been a boon to have his voice and opinion somewhere on the DVD. Other than that, The Face of Evil is another must buy from the "classic" range.
BLOGTOR RATING 9/10

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* Pedantry: Star Wars did, however, receive a theatrical re~release in 1979.