Monday, April 30, 2012

Michael Grade: On the Box


Included in the player above is a segment from Episode 5 of the BBC Radio 2 series, Michael Grade: On the Box. Grade was Controller of BBC One from 1984 to '86 and was the man who "cancelled" Doctor Who back in the Colin Baker era. Featured are exclusive interviews with the people who helped bring it back in 2005: Russell T Davies, Jane Tranter, Lorraine Heggessey, Mal Young and the man who runs it today, Steven Moffat.

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Wizards Vs Aliens update

The BBC have released more details and an image from the new show from former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and writer Phil Ford (The Waters of Mars and various The Sarah Jane Adventures stories), Wizards Vs Aliens. Joining the cast are: Annette Badland (Aliens of London, WWIII and Boom Town), Don Gilet (The Runaway Bride) and Nina Sosanya (Fear Her). The first series (consisting of 12 30 minute episodes) will air later this year.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Doctor Who night on French TV [UPDATED]


The French television channel France 4 have announced Nuit Doctor Who (The Doctor Who Night), which will kick off the broadcasting of Series 6 on the station on May 19. Included in this night will be:
The broadcasting of the first four episodes of Series 6 (The Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon, The Curse of the Black Spot and The Doctor’s Wife) dubbed in French and original versions subtitled in French.

The Edge of Destruction - original version subtitled in French.

Genesis of The Daleks - dubbed in French.

City of the Death - original version subtitled in French.

Rose - dubbed in French and original version subtitled in French.

Interviews, some of which are exclusive to this night, with: Steven Moffat, Russell T Davies, Matt Smith, John Barrowman, Billie Piper, Christopher Eccleston, Freema Agyeman, Karen Gillan, Derek Jacobi along with French experts like Alain Carrazé and Romain Nigita, some fans and many more! A visit to the Doctor Who Experience will also be included.

Between the episodes there will be exclusive reports, written by Alain Carrazé and Romain Nigita: The Doctor Who Phenomenon, The Origins of Doctor Who, The Eleven Doctors of Doctor Who, The Companions of Doctor Who and The Future of Doctor Who.
And more surprises!
The Doctor Who Night, produced by 8 Art Media and filmed partly at the Palais de la Découverte (Paris), will be presented by Louise Ekland. For more information (and in French!), visit their Facebook page HERE.

Many thanks to Aude Boubaker and Samy Kacimi
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

School Reunion audio commentary


Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for the 2006 Doctor Who episode, School Reunion. Recorded by Cameron K McEwan and Alexander J McKinnon, the commentary can be enjoyed whilst watching the story - though, that's not essential. You can download the audio commentary directly HERE, subscribe on iTunes HERE or use the player below.





We are now taking your opinions and thoughts on the episodes Rise of the Cyberman/The Age of Steel - leave a comment below, Tweet us HERE, Facebook us HERE or email us HERE. All comments are read out after the commentary.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Colin Baker in Get Your House in Order


The latest episode of the Channel Four series, Get Your House in Order (a home makeover show), featured a Doctor Who fan getting rid of their collection. Lending a helping hand was The Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker. Watch clips in the players included here; Baker features in the player below.



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Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel - What Did YOU Think?

The Blogtor Who audio commentaries continue as the "team" tackle Doctor Who Series 2. We're looking for your comments, thoughts and questions on the two~parter Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel for inclusion on the podcasts (read out after the commentary). You can comment below, Tweet us HERE, Facebook us HERE or email us HERE.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Doctor Who tee

 
Our chums over at RIPT Apparel have got another great Doctor Who  t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Words With Enemies, the design is available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE! It's also available in kids sizes, a fleece hoody AND a onesie!

PLEASE NOTE: No longer available
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Doctor Who Tee

Our buddies over at TeeFury have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Gallifrey Timelords, the design is available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

John Barrowman interview


Included in the players here is an interview with actor John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) from the recent C2E2 convention in Chicago. The Torchwood actor sings a little Springtime for Hitler, answers a question about a musical episode and discusses walking into the TARDIS.
Thanks to Gabrial Canada, Kind of Epic Films

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REVIEW: Torchwood, Red Skies

Torchwood: Red Skies 
by Joseph Lidster
May 1/3 on Download/CD

Back in The Seventies, the then Doctor Who script editor Douglas Adams toyed with the idea of a story featuring the The Doctor turning his back on saving worlds, civilisations and people he'd barely met and having a "day off"; taking a holiday from his hobby of universe~saving. Well, it seems Captain Jack has had the same idea...

Red Skies sees Harkness feeling a little tired of the human race (well, that's Miracle Day for you*) and finding solitude on the planet of the "fit" (his words), Cotter Paluni’s World - a planet surrounded by deadly scarlet lightning and cut off from the entire universe. It also features a pasty~skinned population that worship Torchwood and those who speak against are punished (comment, much?). And so Jack finds himself at the heart of a mystery, rather than relaxing - just why does the planet know about him and his operation?

It's an unusual story, for Torchwood, but does the usual tone jumping from Captain Jack in humorous form ("I never miss an opportunity to be naked!") to some dark imagery from the man's mind (mainly down to guilt caused by his actions we've witnessed over the years).

For fans there's references to Suzy Costello, Ianto (whatever happened to him?), The 4,5,6 (from Children Of Earth) and The Blessing (Miracle Day) as well as quite a pleasing nod to the 1999 New Year's Eve flashback from the Series 2 episode, Fragments. There's also a mention of Gwen, but I shan't go into that... #spoilers

Author Joseph Lidster, writer of the Torchwood episode A Day in the Death, three top stories from The Sarah Jane Adventures and a number of Big Finish Doctor Who audios, has delivered a very different kind of Torchwood tale. It's really a Captain Jack story; a story where he comes face to face (well, metaphorically) with his demons. Lidster focuses on his character wonderfully, utilising the show's history (not just mere references) to become part of the story.

There's gags as well as demons, and I certainly chuckled at a mention of "Hen Nights in Cardiff" along with television quiz show, Catchphrase.

Special mention must go to John Telfer, the man who voices Red Skies. Usually, these exclusive audio adventures would feature an actor or actress from the world of Doctor Who or Torchwood but here the production team have made a bold move and gone for out and out vocal talent rather than connection (not to say that's a bad thing). Telfer's skills as an actor shine through and is a absolute treat to listen to. But, best of all, is his Captain Jack. He perfectly captures Barrowman's cadence and conjures Jack at every turn.

Red Skies, as I stated, is not your traditional Torchwood; it's set on another planet, for example (lordy knows how the Cardiff loving fans feel about that). It's a fascinating character piece that fleshes out a sometimes rather two~dimensional man. A great production and engaging story make this a must buy for fans.



BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to AudioGO



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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Charity Doctor Who Comic Strip Set For Release

Featuring the tenth incarnation of the time travelling adventurer, Time Leech is a compilation of a three-part web comic originating on the Doctor Who news and reviews website, www.Kasterborous.com.

Time Leech throws The Doctor, as played by David Tennant on television, together with a new companion, Ruth, as he uncovers a terrible Dalek plot to overthrow humanity.

This compilation is being released as a non-profit project, with all proceeds being split 50-50 between the annual Children in Need event and the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR), of which Tennant is patron.
Time Leech was conceived and scripted by Christian Cawley and Brian Terranova, Justin Abbot and Rick Lundeen, cover art is by Martin MacIntosh, with additional credits to Colin Brockhurst and former Doctor Who Magazine editor John Freeman, who advised on the project.

Upon release, Time Leech will be available for £4.99 plus p&p (£7.99 plus shipping for overseas). The ebook version is available CBR and PDF and can be purchased for £0.99. The electronic version is available now whilst the print edition will be available to purchase from mid-May 2012. For further details visit:

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Series 7 cast news

US Actor Mike McShane has revealed through Twitter that he is currently filming on Doctor Who Series 7. The actor, best known for his role in improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and as Friar Tuck in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, is filming on Episode Five, the story which sees the return of the Weeping Angels and the end of The Ponds. He states:

"most fantastic time doing Doctor Who; best cast and crew I've been with in a while! Long live Gallifrey..."


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Series 7 filming [SPOILERS!]

PLEASE BE WARNED:
At the bottom of this post there includes spoilers for Doctor Who Series 7, Episode 5
(though, it should be said, this news has already been hinted at previously).


Filming continues on Series 7 and there has been much location work in both Wales and New York of late. Episode 5, as previously announced, includes the Weeping Angels and will see The Ponds leave the show. Included below are some links to filming reports in the UK press and, again, please be aware that these pieces could contain spoilers if you haven't been keeping up to date on all the events recently.

SPOILERS TO FOLLOW


SPOILERS TO FOLLOW



In the past few days, filming has been taking place in a cemetery and spotted on set were Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston, reprising her role as River Song. Night shoots over the weekend have also confirmed the appearance of the actress as Cardiff doubles up for New York City. Actor Mike McShane, known for Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, revealed that he is involved in this episode too, through Twitter.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tooth & Claw audio commentary


Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for the 2006 Doctor Who episode, Tooth & Claw. Recorded by Cameron K McEwan and Alexander J McKinnon, the commentary can be enjoyed whilst watching the story - though, that's not essential. You can download the audio commentary directly HERE, subscribe on iTunes HERE or use the player below.




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REVIEW: Day of the Cockroach

Day of the Cockroach
by Steve Lyons
Read by Arthur Darvill
May 1/3 on Download/CD

Continuing their series of exclusive audio adventures for the current incarnation of the Time Lord, as played by Matt Smith on television, AudioGo deliver a tale from the Eighties from the "pen" of seasoned Who author, Steve Lyons. But it's not the Eighties as we know it.

Or even knew it...

"We're inside a nuclear bunker in Great Britain,
in the middle of an atomic war. And it's 1982!"


The Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves inside a British nuclear bunker, in the middle of an atomic war in 1982. As you may have guessed, this isn't quite the history we're used to. The opening of the story is quite remarkable, sorry, incredibly remarkable; certainly worthy of the television series (and more memorable than some). It's an exciting and vivid start that lumps humour, scares and intrigue together in a most pleasing fashion.

It's the perfect start.

The rest of the story doesn't quite live up to the fascinating opener and it's surprisingly old~skool in its form; base under siege, The Time Lord and his chums get split up early on. If I were being lazy (perish the thought), I would say it evoked both Genesis of the Daleks (the oppressive state of wartime) and The Doctor's Daughter (claustrophobic tunnels and blustering old soldiers).

Despite the upbeat tone from The Eleventh Doctor throughout there's some nastiness in the form of the titular cockroaches and the devastation the beasts cause (one death scene in particular is particularly unpleasant). Amy, uncharacteristically it has to be said, displays some sympathy as she reflects on how her parents are coping in this 1982. It's a moving moment though fans will be wondering why she never displayed this familial tone with regards to her daughter.

Full marks and a huge gold star must go to reader Arthur Darvill. The man behind Rory not only voices the narrative with a pleasant ear~stroking tone but he really dives into characters and their personalities fleshing them out neatly. His Matt Smith is on~the~nose, giving rise to his quirks and unusual style. Sadly, Darvill doesn't do his hilarious Karen Gillan "impersonation" and goes for a more subtle Scottish accent.

The production on Day of the Cockroach is also worth a mention, adding to the atmosphere with a fantastic array of sounds and menacing soundtrack. It's a cracking story, perhaps a little too long, that will amuse, scare and entertain in bucket loads. An immense addition to the series of exclusive audio adventures.



BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to AudioGO


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

DWM Special Edition: The 11th Doctor Vol. 5

Publication Doctor Who Magazine have announced their latest Special Edition, The Doctor Who Companion: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 5 - available now! Check out the details below:
The 2011 season of Doctor Who began in the most dramatic way possible – by killing off the Doctor in the first episode! Unaware of his ultimate fate, the Doctor (Matt Smith) was reunited with his friends, newlyweds Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory Pond (Arthur Darvill) and together they embarked on an incredible series of adventures in time and space. Their journey took them from a mysterious space prison to an alternative Earth where past, present and future were one, and saw encounters with River Song, Madame Kovarian, the Cybermen, the Silence, Winston Churchill... and even a Minotaur!

Now, DWM takes you behind the scenes of these astonishing episodes with an in-depth episode guide – including original storylines, deleted scenes, media appearances, ratings information and hundreds of facts about the day-to-day life of the making of Doctor Who – all illustrated with gorgeous, never-before-seen photographs.

This collectors’ edition examines The God Complex, Closing Time, The Wedding of River Song and The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, as well as the interactive attractions, The Doctor Who Experience and Crash of the Elysium.
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition
The Doctor Who Companion: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 5
Written and researched by Andrew Pixley.
In shops from Thursday 19 April, priced £4.99


Thanks to Doctor Who Magazine

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Girl in the Fireplace - What Did YOU Think?

The Blogtor Who audio commentaries are back and the "team" are tackling Doctor Who Series 2. We're looking for your comments, thoughts and questions on the episode The Girl in the Fireplace for inclusion on the podcast (read out after the commentary). You can comment below, Tweet us HERE, Facebook us HERE or email us HERE.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Doctor Who Tee

Our buddies over at TeeFury have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Lords of Time, the design is available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE.
PLEASE NOTE: This tee is no longer available


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Murray Gold plays the Doctor Who theme


Included in the player above is composer Murray Gold playing his take on the Doctor Who theme tune on a steel guitar. He's titled it, Southern Fried Who. Watch Muzza's solo rendition of I Am The Doctor HERE. 

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Monday, April 16, 2012

NEWS ROUND~UP!


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

SERIES 7 
Karen Gillan Films Her Final Scenes in NY
Filming pics
Series 7 - What Do YOU Want to see?
Behind~the~scenes pics  

AUDIO COMMENTARIES 
New Earth
Planet of the Dead  
School Reunion - What Did YOU Think?   

MERCHANDISE
Death to the Daleks DVD details
Love and Monsters book
New Torchwood audio adventure
New 11th Doctor Audio adventure  
Doctor Who Sound Effects - Record Store Day release
North American DVD News
Exclusive Jenna-Louise Coleman interview in DWM 446  

MISC.
Happy Birthday Peter Davison!  
School Reunion - What Did YOU Think?
Doctor Who Online VortExtra

REVIEWS
An Evening with Waris Hussein  
The Minor Character (starring David Tennant)



Death to the Daleks DVD details

BBC Worldwide have released the artwork and details for the classic Doctor Who story Death to the Daleks on DVD. The Jon Pertwee tale will be released in the UK on June 18, priced £20.42 (RRP) and in the US and Canada on July 10. Check out the details below and click on the cover for a bigger version.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide
Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Commentary
With actors Julian Fox (Peter Hamilton), Dalek operator Cy Town, director Michael E Briant, assistant floor manager Richard Leyland, costume designer L Rowland Warne and special sounds maestro Dick Mills. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

Beneath the City of the Exxilons
Cast and crew look back on the making of this story. With actor Arnold Yarrow, Julian Fox, Michael E Briant, Richard Leyland, L Rowland Warne and fan and Dalek voice artist Nick Briggs.

Studio Recording A rare glimpse into the production of a Third Doctor story.

On the Set of Dr. Who and the Daleks
Behind the scenes on the first Dalek film in 1965.
Doctor Who Stories
Dalek Men

Radio Times listings
Programme subtitles
Production information subtitles
Photo gallery
Coming soon trailer

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Earth audio commentary


Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for the 2006 Doctor Who episode, New Earth. Recorded by Cameron K McEwan and Alexander J McKinnon, the commentary can be enjoyed whilst watching the story - though, that's not essential. You can download the audio commentary directly HERE, subscribe on iTunes HERE or use the player below.

We are now taking your opinions and thoughts on the episode School Reunion - leave a comment below, Tweet us HERE, Facebook us HERE or email us HERE. All comments are read out after the commentary.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Love and Monsters: The Doctor Who Experience, 1979 to the Present

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Publishers I.B.Tauris have announced details of a new reference book, Love and Monsters: The Doctor Who Experience, 1979 to the Present, out later this month. Details below and a special money off code for Blogtor Who readers:
Much has been written about how fans relate to their favourite programmes, but there have been few historical accounts of how specific fandoms change over time. Scholar and Doctor Who fan Miles Booy has written the first historical account of the public interpretation of Doctor Who.

Love and Monsters begins in 1979 with the publication of Doctor Who Weekly, the magazine that would start a chain of events that would see creative fans taking control of the merchandise and even of the programme’s massively successful twenty-first century reboot. From the twilight of Tom Baker’s years to the newest Doctor, Matt Smith, Miles Booy explores the shifting meaning of Doctor Who across the years - from the Third Doctor’s suggestion that we should read the Bible, via costumed fans on television, up to the 2010 general election in Britain.

Love and Monsters is also the story of how the ambitious producer John Nathan-Turner, assigned to the programme in 1979, produced a visually-excessive programme for a tele-literate fanbase, and how this style changed the ways in which Doctor Who could be read. The Doctor’s world has never been bigger, inside or out!

Thanks to I.B. Tauris
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