Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Audio Releases in July

AudioGo have announced details of three new Doctor Who audio releases coming up in July. Check out the details below:


Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara, is a brand new audio novelisation by David Fisher, exclusive to AudioGO. Based on a classic 1978 TV adventure, starring Tom Baker, it sees the enigmatic Fourth Doctor, Romana and K9 become enmeshed in a Prisoner of Zenda-style adventure where the evil Count Reynart plots to become ruler of Tara.


Doctor Who: The Nu-Humans is an exciting audio exclusive adventure read by Raquel Cassidy (who played Miranda Cleaves in The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People), featuring the current Doctor played by Matt Smith. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive on the planet Hope Eternal, where colonists from Earth have reworked themselves with new internal organs and DNA structures. But their presence is far from welcomed by the colony governor – and when the travellers unearth some dark home truths, their lives are put in danger.

Doctor Who: Dark Horizons is an unabridged reading of a brand new BBC Books novel featuring the Eleventh Doctor. It is written by J.T. Colgan (otherwise known as Jenny Colgan, bestselling author of novels in the romantic comedy genre). On a windswept Northern shore, at the very tip of what will one day become Scotland, the islanders believe the worst they have to fear is a Viking attack. The Doctor is just looking for a game on the famous Lewis chess set. Instead he encounters a people under attack from a power they cannot possibly understand. The islanders must take on a ruthless alien force in a world without technology; without communications; without tea that isn't made out of bark. Still, at least they have the Doctor on their side... Don't they? The reader is Neve McIntosh, who played Silurians Alaya, Restac and Madame Vastra in 2011.

All these titles will be available to download and to purchase physically from July 5, 2012.

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Doctor Who Magazine 448 details

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out now, included below are all the details and info on DWM 448:

Sixties action hero William Russell, talks to DWM about his role as science teacher Ian Chesterton, companion to the First Doctor in the very earliest days of the series:

"William Hartnell never forgave me for leaving," he reveals. "He couldn't understand it, which was nice in a way. He said to me, 'What's the matter with you? You've got three kids, you've got a job, we're having a great time – what more do you want?!' 'I want to do a play, Bill.' He didn't understand that. Maybe he was right. But he never forgave me for jumping ship."

FREE AUDIO ADVENTURE!
DWM, in association with Big Finish Productions, is proud to present an exclusive brand new audio adventure starring WILLIAM RUSSELL. THE REVENANTS, written by Ian Potter, features the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan and is available FREE to all readers this issue!


POLL POSITIONS
The votes have been counted and the winners of DWM's annual poll can now be announced! Find out which stories, actors, authors and directors came out on top in 2011. And where did YOUR favourite come in the race for the most popular Doctor… ?


THE OTHER HALF
Author NEIL GAIMAN, writer of the acclaimed 2011 episode THE DOCTOR'S WIFE, talks exclusively to DWM about writing the story and reveals the secrets of the scenes you DIDN'T see…


SAYING GOODBYE
Doctor Who's commander-in-chief, STEVEN MOFFAT, writes exclusively for DWM in PRODUCTION NOTES and tells of the sad day on which Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill recorded their very last scene as departing companions, Amy and Rory. Have your hankies ready! 

TIMELASHED
GLEN McCOY, author of 1985's time-twisting Timelash, talks to DWM about writing the Sixth Doctor's infamous adventure and his early career in television. 

COMIC STRIP CAPERS
The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory get involved in some very organised crime on an alien world as they embark on a brand new adventure, THE CORNUCOPIA CAPER, written by SCOTT GRAY and drawn by DAN McDAID. 

FLASHBACK TO THE FIFTIES!
THE TIME TEAM slick their hair back and join the Doctor and Rose in post-war London where the alien Wire is riding the airwaves of the nations TV broadcasts. Join Chris, Emma, Will and Michael as the bathe in the warm glow of 2006's THE IDIOT'S LANTERN.

PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 448 is out NOW for just £4.50!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Series 7 casting & writers update

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out tomorrow, has revealed some new info regarding Series 7, check out the highlights below:

Steven Berkoff, yesterday.
Steven Berkoff (Beverly Hills Cop, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Jemma Redgrave (Howard's End and television series Bramwell) will star in Episode Four.

Neil Cross (creator of Luther and lead writer on Spooks) has penned the episode currently shooting, starring Jenna-Louise Coleman, and it's director by another newcomer to Doctor Who, Jamie Payne.

The Christmas special will be filmed later in the run.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 448 is available from Thursday, May 31 priced £4.50 from all good newsagents. (And shops that sell magazines.)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jenna-Louise Coleman in Room At The Top

The BBC have issued a promotional image from the upcoming BBC Four drama, Room At The Top, featuring new Doctor Who companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman. Click on the picture included for a bigger version. The actress plays Susan Brown in this dramatisation of the novel of the same name which was due to be broadcast last year but was pulled due to contractual issues. The BBC say Room At The Top will air in the "near future".

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

The TV BAFTAs 2012


Earlier this evening the television BAFTAs took place in London, watch actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Smith present Steven Moffat with an award in the player above. You can see Andrew Scott (Moriarty in Sherlock) win the Best Supporting Actor in the player below.

Watch highlights from last year's event, featuring Moffat, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss HERE and the 2010 BAFTAs, including Peter Davison, HERE.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

10 Liz Two Moments

To celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Blogtor has collated the ten best mentions/references/hints of her Madgeness* in Doctor Who - check 'em out below and raise a glass to Queen Elizabeth II! Apparently, she and her crew are big fans of the show, so I hope they enjoy this tribute. 

10. Mawdryn Undead
OK, I admit it, this one is a bit tenuous (but I had to make the list up to ten somehow), but what better way to celebrate The Queen's Silver Jubilee than to do a story about it almost 6 years later. Yup, in those days, Doctor Who did things a tad differently. Her Majesty isn't directly mentioned but The Doctor knows the date precisely (that's June 7, 1977, fact fans), showing off his Queenie knowledge aptly. And just check out that bunting and tight t~shirts!


9. Tooth & Claw
Slightly less tenuous (slightly) is this 2006 ep, which featured one of her predecessors, Queen Victoria, exploring the notion of "The Royal Disease" (insert "I didn't know taking everyone's money and doing nothing was a disease" gag here). Rose asks The Doctor, "So the Royal Family are werewolves?" after he suggests that the blood sport~lovin' nature of the Royal DNA may raise its head in the early 21st Century... 

8. The End of Time [Part 1]
OK, now were' getting somewhere. Lizzie W didn't actually make an appearance in Davey T's swansong but she almost did (her "name" is visible!). And everyone's favourite old person Wilf even starting saluting her only to be replaced by, dun~dun~dunnn, Mumtor Who**! Of course, Queeny would have got her bonce transformed into that of John Simm but mere hours later. Which makes me wonder, did the stamps change...?

   
7. Turn Left
Again, a bit of an oblique, not to mention bleak, reference for the 2008 Doctor~lite episode (and one of my all time favourite stories, I should add) but I think we can assume that, as the Titanic crashed into Buckingham Palace, the head of the Windsors was involved in this parallel conclusion to Voyage of the Dammed. Killing The Royal Family may have seemed like a sequel to the film Titanic for poor Donna Noble, but RTD showed a rather macabre side to his normal Monarch~lurvin' stance.

6. The Beast Below
Not to be outdone by the former showrunner, Steven "SteeMo" Moffat produces his own Queen with a blink and you'll miss it reference (if ears can blink) to our current Monarch. Liz Ten reveals that The Doctor had "tea and scones" with our Betty. We don't know when in her life and we don't even know what incarnation of everyone's favourite Gallifreyan took the time to perform such a decadent act. Mind you, "tea and scones" does sound like a rather filthy euphemism... #durtyboy

5. The Christmas Invasion 
"It's hardly the Queen's Speech, I'm afraid that's been cancelled..... Did we ask about the Royal Family? Oh, they're on the roof." Best. Queen gag. Ever.


4. Planet of the Dead
This one came right out of left~field. After effing up a bus, flirting outrageously with a "Lady", chumming it up with some Tritovore and battling a swarm of metal exoskeleton stingray aliens (what the hell were they called??) on San Helios, The Doctor reveals his relationship with Her Queeny~ness. "Oh, she doesn't mind,"  he proudly boasts on UNIT returning the TARDIS after being found in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Show~off.

3. The Idiot's Lantern
If it wasn't for the old Queen, this story wouldn't even exist (please keep the sarky remarks to yourself, please). According to one of the ladies watching the Coronation, Liz "Makes you forget all your troubles." Interesting, I was not aware of that. The Doctor's ironic utterance of "God save the Queen, eh?" was intriguing, however. Not sure who he was doubting - the former or the latter. Or maybe he was giving a nod to The Sex Pistols?


2. Silver Nemesis
An actual sighting! This time Lizzy takes the dogs for a walk around Windsor Castle whilst The Seventh Doctor and Ace goof around in search for... hold on. Just why were they are? Oh yeah.*** Anyway, on first sighting, his confused, "I can't place that woman for the life of me!" turns to "She's just the woman we need!" as he feels the need for armed forces to overthrow the Cybermen, Lady Peinforte and some Neo~Nazis (I think that's what they were).


1. Voyage of the Damned
Another sighting! AND she gets some dialogue! But before that we get some discussion  of Highnessnessness. Wilf warmly responds, "Gawd bless her" (saluting, again; or for the first time, rather) in admiration of The Queen's decision to remain in residence at Buckingham Palace over the festive period despite all the beastly goings~on in London over the past few Christmases. The Doctor incorrectly chips in, "Her Majesty has got it right, as far as I know." (Mind you, his mind was probably a bit frazzled as he had Kylie on his arm.)

 

QE2's decision to show the people of the world that there was "nothing to fear" of extra~terrestrial intelligence was almost a bad move. Almost. Thankfully The Doc calls in a "Security code 771" (I wonder what the first 770 were?) from the Titanic to the palace  - cue corgis, the Royal slippers and rollers. But, there's more. We even hear from Her Madgeness as she shows her appreciation for the Time Lord, "Thank you Doctor, thank you. Happy Christmas." What a classy gal.


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Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentaries for the 2006 Doctor Who two~parter, The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit Recorded by Cameron K McEwan and Alexander J McKinnon, the commentaries can be enjoyed whilst watching the story - though, that's not essential. You can download the audio commentaries directly HERE and HERE, subscribe on iTunes HERE or use the players below.




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Friday, May 25, 2012

John Simm interview



Actor John Simm, who readers may know as the current incarnation of The Master, was a guest on the BBC Radio 4 show Front Row earlier this week. Hear him talk about Doctor Who, fans and David Tennant with Mark Lawson in the player above.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Good As Gold mini~episode

CBBC children's show Blue Peter today included the winning entry for this year's Script To Screen competition run by the BBC. Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Karen Gillan as Amelia Pond, the Olympics-inspired story was filmed at BBC Wales Roath Lock studios in Cardiff and was created by three talented pupils from Ashdene Primary School in Wilmslow. 

The three-minute winning script was chosen by Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, Katy Jones BBC Learning executive producer and Caroline Skinner, executive producer of Doctor Who. Skinner praised the quality of the scripts, saying: “We loved reading all of the scripts from schools across the UK and the standard of entries was truly outstanding. It was a difficult, but a tremendously fun task to choose a winner and it was just brilliant to see so many children being creative in developing an adventure for the Doctor. We hope all fans enjoy this special one-off mini episode!”



You can watch the Doctor Who mini~episode, titled Good As Gold, in the player above and watch some behind the scenes footage, including interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Marcus Wilson and Caroline Skinner, below.



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Billie Piper in True Love


The BBC have released more promotional pictures of actress Billie Piper, who older readers may remember played Rose Tyler, in the upcoming drama True Love - click on the images included for bigger versions. The five~part series also stars former Doctor Who David Tennant star in its first episode (see promo pics HERE) whilst Billie's story is the third. True Love starts June 18 and will air nightly on BBC One.


  Thanks to BBC Pictures
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Doctor Who: The Wheel Of Ice

BBC Books have announced the forthcoming publication of Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter, an all-new Doctor Who adventure starring The Second Doctor, as played by Patrick Troughton, with his companions Jamie and Zoe. Synopsis below:

DOCTOR WHO: THE WHEEL OF ICE

Resilience. Remembrance. Resolution. Whatever the cost.

She had no name. She had only her mission - she would return Home. And bathe in the light of a long-dead sun... Even if it meant the sacrifice of this pointless little moon to do it. The Wheel of Ice: a ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn, home to a colony mining minerals for a resource-hungry future Earth. A bad place to grow up.

The Wheel has been plagued by problems. Maybe it's just gremlins, just bad luck. But what's the truth of the children's stories of 'Blue Dolls' glimpsed aboard the gigantic facility? And why won't the children go down the warren-like mines? And then sixteen-year-old Phee Laws, surfing Saturn's rings, saves an enigmatic blue box from destruction. Aboard the Wheel, The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe find a critical situation - and three strangers who have just turned up out of nowhere look like prime candidates to be accused of sabotage ...

The Doctor finds himself caught up in a mystery that goes right back to the creation of the solar system. But it's a mystery that could have dire repercussions for the people on the Wheel. It's a mystery that could kill them all.
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Stephen Baxter is recognised as one of the world's foremost science fiction writers. Since 1987, he has published over forty books, mostly science fiction novels, and over a hundred short stories. He is also collaborating with Discworld author Terry Pratchett on a series of science-fiction novels.

The Wheel of Ice will be published on 16 August 2012, as a £16.99 hardback.

Thanks to BBC Books
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tennant & Piper in True Love

The BBC have released some promotional pictures of former Doctor Who David Tennant and companion Billie Piper from an upcoming BBC drama, True Love - click on the images below for bigger versions. This five-part series will be "stripped" across the week (Sunday to Thursday), starting June 17 on BBC One with Tennant's episode (Piper's is the third). Actor David Morrissey (The Next Doctor) is also set to star in an installment.



True Love explores five powerful and overlapping love stories set in the same town. Each story looks at a different relationship and explores a different dilemma or situation. When it comes to love and relationships, there is never an easy "right answer" – telling the truth is complicated, and the conflict of desire and responsibility can be explosive. Pictured below with David Tennant is actress, Vicky McClure.



Thanks to BBC Pictures


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Series 6 Audio Commentaries

Doctor Who Series 6 has begun airing in France this weekend (full details of the launch HERE) whilst the Netherlands and Belgium have also started broadcasting the series recently (details HERE). Included below are the Blogtor Who Audio Commentaries for all the episodes - there's a direct download link or a player for you to "enjoy". You can visit the audio commentaries page HERE or subscribe on iTunes HERE.





Doctor Who tee

 

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

NEWS ROUND~UP!

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

SERIES 7
Ghost Story for Christmas?
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Series 7 to premiere in August
Series 7 Preview!

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The Idiot's Lantern
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The Girl in the Fireplace
 
MERCHANDISE
Classic R1 DVD artwork & details 
The Sarah Jane Adventures The Fifth Season R1 DVD 
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Doctor Who Experience Announces Cardiff Opening
TARDIS teapot and more!
Classic Doctor Who novels reissue!
UK Classic DVD news
REVIEW: Death to the Daleks DVD

MISC.
Matt Smith in Bert and Dickie
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Dalek impersonator on Britain's Got Talent (1st Appearance)
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Classic R1 DVD artwork & details

As revealed HERE, June sees the Region 1 DVD re~releases of The Seeds of Death and Resurrection of the Daleks in North America. Included below is the art work and details for these Special Edition 2~disc sets which are both released on June 12 (priced $34.98 in the US and $43.98 in Canada). These editions were released in the UK as part of the Revisitations 2 Box Set. Click on the covers for bigger versions.

The Seeds of Death: Special Edition
By the late 21st century, mankind has become totally dependent on T-Mat to transport people, food and medicines around the world. When the system breaks down, Earth is soon crippled by global shortages. Traveling to the relay station on the moon, the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and his companions discover the horrific truth: the Ice Warriors have hijacked T-Mat, and intend to claim the planet for themselves. Can the Doctor defeat the Martians before Earth is smothered in deadly fungus, and the human race is condemned to extinction?

This digitally re-mastered edition includes audio commentary with actors Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, director Michael Ferguson and script editor Terrance Dicks; Lords of the Red Planet history of the Ice Warriors featurette; Sssowing the Ssseedsss behind the scenes featurette; as well as many other bonus features.


Resurrection of the Daleks: Special Edition
The TARDIS is dragged down a time corridor, forcing the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) to materialize in a disused part of London in 1984. The corridor links Earth with a battle cruiser in the future that contains the Doctor’s oldest enemy – the Daleks. Having lost the war with the Movellans, only one person can now help the evil race. With shocking consequences for the Doctor, it is time for the Daleks to resurrect their creator Davros.

This digitally re-mastered edition includes audio commentary with actor Terry Molloy, writer Eric Saward and visual effects designer Peter Wragg; additional audio commentary with actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and director Matthew Robinson; alternate 4-part version of the story; Come In Number Five retrospective of the Fifth Doctor presented by David Tennant; as well as many other bonus features.

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The Sarah Jane Adventures The Fifth Season R1 DVD

BBC DVD have announced details of The Sarah Jane Adventures The Fifth Season DVD in North America. This single disc has a street date of June 12 and is priced $19.98 in the US and $24.98 in Canada. Details below:

Created and produced by award-winning writer Russell T Davies, the final season of the exciting action-adventure children’s series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, follows the exploits of school friends Luke, Clyde and Rani, who team up with Sarah Jane Smith, investigative journalist and former companion to The Doctor, to examine strange and mysterious events.

Season Five finds Sky, the Starchild who was given to Sarah Jane to look after, settling into Sarah Jane’s home on Bannerman Road as she discovers her own telekinetic powers. Fish rain from the skies, Clyde is cursed by an ancient god, and a mysterious new computer leads the gang to another run-in with aliens. The final season continues the fast and funny recipe of action, drama and special effects, even as it features the final performances of Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.

Bonus features include: Goodbye Bannerman Road – Remembering Elisabeth Sladen, a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen with contributions from those who worked closely with her, including the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith


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The Idiot's Lantern audio commentary



Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for the 2006 Doctor Who episode, The Idiot's Lantern 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.



++DOWNLOAD THE IDIOT'S LANTERN COMMENTARY++


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Friday, May 18, 2012

Matt Smith in Bert and Dickie

The BBC have issued two new pictures of Matt Smith in the upcoming Olympic~based drama, Bert and Dickie. The current Doctor Who plays gold medallist Bert Bushnell and is joined by actor Sam Hoare (who starred alongside Smith in Party Animals), playing fellow athlete, Dickie Burnell. Click on the pictures below for bigger versions.


The ninety minute drama does not have an air date in the UK yet but will air on BBC America on July 25 and is called, Going for Gold – The ’48 Games - details HERE. You can read the original press release, with another promo picture, HERE.

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