Saturday, June 30, 2012

Series 6 - BBC Three repeats


BBC Three continue to repeat Doctor Who Series 6 this week with another four episodes coming up in within a week. Saturday June 30 sees an airing of The Curse of the Black Spot, Tuesday July 3 sees The Doctor's Wife, Wednesday July 4 sees The Rebel Flesh whilst Thursday July 5 sees The Almost People.



The episodes will be broadcast at 7pm and is followed by the corresponding fifteen minute version of Doctor Who Confidential. They will available on the iPlayer shortly after broadcast for seven days



You can listen to the Blogtor Who audio commentaries for the episodes in the players included here (or download directly from the links provided) or subscribe on iTunes HERE!

 
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Conversations With Screen Composers: Murray Gold

 

The Royal Albert Hall and BAFTA have got together to present a very exciting event next month featuring the legend that is Doctor Who composer, Murray Gold. Full details below:
In this new series, major composers for film, television and video games join us in the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room. Using clips from their work, they’ll talk to broadcaster and promoter Tommy Pearson about the development of creative ideas in their music for the screen.

A composer for television, stage and film and a dramatist for both theatre and radio, Murray has been the composer of choice when it comes to scoring the most innovative programmes on television.

He's beloved for lush orchestral score that retain a strong melody and a sense of play. Gold has been BAFTA nominated four times for his television work on his ground-breaking score to Doctor Who, and also on Casanova, Queer as Folk and Vanity Fair.

In The Guardian’s 2010 feature 'The Top 10 TV dramas of all time' three series had scores from Murray, including Clocking Off and Channel 4's controversial drama series Shameless. Recent projects in theatre and radio include 2010's Rocket to the Moon at the National Theatre, and not content to rest on his music laurels Murray’s radio play Kafka the Musical won David Tennant a BBC Best Audio Drama award for his portrayal of Kafka.

Murray is to make his first convention appearance next week at Comic Con France 2012 - full details HERE.
Thanks to Karan Bhatt for the heads up!
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

BBC 50th Anniversary plans

With next year seeing a special anniversary for Doctor Who, much interest has been given over to exactly what the BBC plan to do in celebration of the world's greatest television show. Earlier today, market researchers GFK posted the following in its MediaView Appreciation Survey:
2013 will be the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. For all of the programmes listed below please say how likely you are to watch:
A one-off Doctor Who special on BBC One.

The making of the one-off Doctor Who special on BBC Three.


A documentary about the science of Doctor Who with Professor Brian Cox on BBC Four.


The Doctor Who Proms concert from the Royal Albert Hall featuring music from the series.
Very special thanks to ConstellationScorpio for this info.

Just to be clear, GFK wouldn't be asking this question unless prompted to do so. Mark Gatiss has also hinted that he is writing a "genesis of Doctor Who" type docu-drama for BBC Four, listen to his interview HERE. Here's Blogtor's list of 50 Things I'd Like To See in the 50th Anniversary!

UPDATE: Doctor Who Brand Manager Ed Russell (follow him on Twitter HERE) got in touch to say the proposed shows are "false".

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Christopher Eccleston in Blackout


The BBC have released promotional pictures of Christopher Eccleston from episode two of the new drama, Blackout - click on the pictures included for bigger versions. Episode One airs this Monday, July 2 on BBC One at 9pm (it's rather good, check it out), see some promo pics from that installment HERE.


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New Who Books in September!

BBC Books have announced the details and artwork for two new exciting Doctor Who releases in September, check out the details below and click on the pics for bigger versions.

The Dalek Project
by Justin Richards and Mike Collins
Published 6 September, £14.99

A stunning new graphic novel, featuring the Doctor as played by Matt Smith in an exciting adventure with the Daleks.

1917. It’s the height of the Great War and Hellcombe Hall is a house full of mystery: locked doors, forbidden rooms, dustsheets covering guilty secrets, and ghostly noises frightening the servants. Most mysterious of all, the drawing room seems to open directly onto a muddy, corpse-filled trench on the Western Front…

Arriving at this stately home, the Doctor meets Lord Hellcombe, an armaments manufacturer who has a new secret weapon he believes will win the war: he calls it ‘the Dalek’. Soon, the Doctor and his new friends are in a race against time to prevent the entire Western Front from becoming part of the Dalek Project!


A History of the Universe in 100 Objects
By Steve Tribe and James Goss
Published 27 September, £20

The history of the Doctor though 100 famous - and infamous - objects!

Every object tells a story. From ancient urns and medieval flasks to sonic screwdrivers and glass Daleks, these 100 objects tell the story of the entire universe, and the most important man in it: the Doctor.

Each item has a unique tale of its own, whether it’s a fob watch at the onset of the Great War or a carrot growing on the first human colony on Mars. Taken together, they tell of empires rising and falling, wars won and lost, and planets destroyed and reborn.

Within these pages lie hidden histories of Time Lords and Daleks, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, the plot to steal the Mona Lisa and the story of Shakespeare’s lost play. You’ll find illustrated guides to invisible creatures, the secret origins of the internet, and how to speak Mechonoid.

A History of the Universe in 100 Objects is an indispensible guide to the most important items that have ever existed, or that are yet to exist.

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New Audio Releases in August

AudioGo has announced details of three new audio releases hitting the streets in August, check out all the details below.

Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice
An unabridged reading of a brand new BBC Books novel which features a ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn, home to a colony mining minerals for a resource-hungry future Earth. Aboard the Wheel the Second 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. A thrilling, all-new adventure written by Stephen Baxter and featuring the Second Doctor. The reader is David Troughton, son of Patrick Troughton who played The Second Doctor on television.

Download or 8 CD set available Aug 16
Duration: 7 hrs approx

The Aztecs
In John Lucarotti’s exciting 1984 novelisation featuring the first Doctor, the TARDIS materialises in Mexico during the Aztec civilisation, and Barbara is hailed as a reincarnation of Yetaxa, High Priest of the Aztecs. But whilst each of the travellers becomes embroiled in the arcane ways of the Aztecs, Barbara's determination to change history seems doomed from the start. William Russell, who played Ian in the series, is the reader with original sound design.

Download available Aug 1
CD available Aug 2
Duration: 2 hours approx.


The Lost TV Episodes Collection 5 (1967-1969)
The fifth and final instalment in the series features soundtrack adventures from the Patrick Troughton era of the series. Additional bonus of linking narration by a member of the original TV cast, and the box also features bonus interviews and pdfs of the original TV camera scripts.

Download available Aug 1; CD available Aug 2
Duration: 16 hours approx.

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 449

DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 449

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out tomorrow! Check out all the details below:

The new issue of DWM examines the growing pains of a television legend in a major feature on the development of Doctor Who at seven-year intervals, as it approaches 49 UP. It examines the moments that defined the show, including the adolescence that brought major format changes, the teenage years with Doctor Who in rude health, its incredibly successful return to television in 2005 – and asks what the next seven years may hold in store…

CHIBNALL’S CHOICE
Scriptwriter CHRIS CHIBNALL drops hints about his two new scripts for the next series of Doctor Who – and how writing for the series is unlike writing anything else – in PRODUCTION NOTES.

YOU'RE HIRED!
Long-serving Doctor Who casting director ANDY PRYOR talks exclusively to DWM about his hand in casting three different Doctors, the joy of working on every single episode of Doctor Who since 2005 – and who he has cast for the next series… 

GENESIS OF DALEK
The Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler encounter a lone Dalek deep within a Utah bunker – but Skaro’s finest very nearly didn’t make the party. DALEK, 2005’s triumphant return for the Doctor’s deadliest enemies, is given THE FACT OF FICTION treatment, with detailed commentary on all 11 drafts of writer ROBERT SHEARMAN’s script – with exclusive new revelations from the writer himself! 

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL?
THE TIME TEAM – Chris, Emma, Michael and Will – have a devil of a time while watching THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET/THE SATAN PIT. But what will the Team make of this terrifying adventure for the Tenth Doctor and Rose…? 

AND THE WINNERS ARE…
The votes are in! See which books, audios and DVDs are hits with the readers of DWM in the results of the latest MERCHANDISE POLL, and discover how your favourites fared… 

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

Doctor Who Magazine 449 is out Thursday, 28 June for just £4.50!

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Series 7 cast news

 
The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out tomorrow, has revealed some new names starring in Series 7. Joining Dougray Scott in the Neil Cross episode is actress Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife) whilst David Warner (Tron, The Omen and the Doctor Who animated story, Dreamland) and Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans, Outcasts) will star in the Mark Gatiss "historical" story. Both these episodes feature new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman and will air in 2013. Read all about what's coming up in the Blogtor Who Guide to Series 7!
Doctor Who Magazine issue 449 is out on Thursday, June 28
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Series 6 - BBC Three repeats


UK digital channel BBC Three are to repeat Doctor Who Series 6 from tonight, Wednesday June 27. Kicking off with The Impossible Astronaut, tomorrow evening sees Day of the Moon. The episodes will be broadcast at 7pm (followed by Doctor Who Confidential) and available on the iPlayer shortly after for seven days. You can listen to the Blogtor Who audio commentaries for the episodes in the players below (or download directly from the links provided).



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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Her Universe launching Fangirl Fashion Collection


BBC Worldwide have announced a new collaboration with Her Universe™, a leader in female genre merchandise, to create a collection of Doctor Who apparel for the female fan base for the television show. Details:
Her Universe recognized the burgeoning force of female Doctor Who fans and the need to create unique apparel and merchandise just for them. The international iconic brand and television hit Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi series in the world and continues to earn critical acclaim as BBC America's highest rated series as well as the number one downloaded series for iTunes in 2011.
The new Doctor Who collection by Her Universe will premiere in July with fashion tops featuring images, characters and phrases from the Whoniverse all with fashion-forward designs for girls to look "Geek Chic." To recognize their female fans, BBC Worldwide has created a special Doctor Who logo which will only appear on merchandise from the Her Universe collection (see right).
Doctor Who apparel and accessories from the Her Universe collection will be available in the U.S. and Canada at both heruniverseshop.com and BBCAmericashop.com and through other retail outlets. Throughout 2012, the Doctor Who merchandise will also be available at select conventions including San Diego Comic Con.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Asylum of the Daleks - BFI screening

The latest programme from the BFI has revealed there will be a screening of the first episode from Doctor Who Series 7, Asylum of the Daleks. Taking place on August 14, the event will be followed by a Q & A with Steven Moffat and yet to be announced guests. Tickets have sold out.


Asylum of the Daleks will also be screened during the Edinburgh International TV Festival (Aug 23-5) along with an interview with Steven Moffat. There will also be a Sherlock Masterclass at the festival featuring Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue. The date and time for these events will be announced later this week.

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Sunday, June 24, 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 news round~up HERE.


SERIES 7
Matt Smith talks Series 7
Matt & Jenna - first promo pic!
Matt & Jenna - another promo pic!
Matt & Jenna - yet another promo pic!
Who guests at Comic Con France 2012 [UPDATE]


MERCHANDISE
Doctor Who Experience Tickets On Sale!
WIN a PS3 & Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock!

REVIEWS
The 11th Hour convention
Tron: Uprising - The Renegade Part 1
Tron: Uprising - Beck's Beginning

MISC.
Going for Gold – The ’48 Games DVD artwork
Bert & Dickie trailer 
Matt Smith in Going for Gold – The ’48 Games
Who guests at Comic Con France 2012 [UPDATE]
Christopher Eccleston in Blackout 
Billie Piper to attend first Convention
Tennant & Piper in True Love
Bad Dads & Dude Dads: The Fathers of New Who
LOST DOCTOR WHO FOOTAGE UNEARTHED!
10 Liz Two Moments
Do You Have Dr Who Treasures In Your Attic?


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Going for Gold – The ’48 Games DVD artwork

The art work for the Matt Smith Olympic drama, Going for Gold – The ’48 Games, has been released; click on the image on the left for a bigger version. The DVD will be released on July 31 after it airs on BBC America on Wednesday, July 25.

In the UK, the ninety~minute film is titled Bert & Dickie but there is currently no news of the DVD release or its television debut. Blogtor's review is coming up next week.

PLEASE NOTE: At no point in the drama do the men row in front of Big Ben. Just want to put that out there.


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Matt Smith in Going for Gold – The ’48 Games


BBC America have released promotional pictures of Matt Smith in the upcoming Olympic drama, Going for Gold – The ’48 Games. Click on the pictures included for bigger versions. Also included in the pictures are actors Sam Hoare, James Frain and Geoffrey Palmer. PLEASE NOTE: This ninety~minute film is titled Bert & Dickie in the UK.


Going for Gold – The ’48 Games airs Wednesday, July 25 on BBC America (there is no broadcast date at the moment for the BBC One transmission). Blogtor's review will be posted next week. See more promotional pictures HERE.

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Who guests at Comic Con France 2012 [UPDATE]

Earlier this month it was announced that there would be some Doctor Who names appearing at Comic Con France 2012, taking place July 5-8th at the Parc Des Expositions at Paris-Nord Villepinte. The organisers have announced that the Who sessions (including signings) will take place on Sunday, July 8; here are the guests:
• Murray Gold (composer)
• Chris Chibnall (writer)
• Toby Haynes (director)
• Caroline Skinner (executive producer)
Visit the Comic Con France 2012 website HERE

Blogtor will be at the event and I'm looking for international fans to take part in a special podcast from the event looking at the appeal of Doctor Who across the world. If you would like to get involved, contact me through the comments section below, email, Twitter or Facebook.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Christopher Eccleston in Blackout

 

The BBC have released promotional pictures of Christopher Eccleston (who older readers may remember from Doctor Who in 2005) in a new BBC One drama, Blackout. The three part series airs from Monday, July 2 and features Eccleston as Daniel Demoys, a corrupt council official. Click on the pics for bigger versions and check out the synopsis below.


Daniel is a mess. He's drinking so much he's having blackouts. He has also been passing council contract details to businessman Henry Pulis. When a row between the pair gets out of hand, an alcohol-fuelled Daniel beats Pulis brutally, leaving him in a coma. Desperate for help, Daniel seeks out his sister Lucy, a lawyer.


Lucy is representing Nelson Venner, a young man speaking out against drug gangs. Lucy and Venner are giving a press statement when a car slows and a gun appears from the window. Daniel impulsively throws himself in front of Venner, taking the bullet.


When Daniel wakes in hospital, he is unaware his impulsive act is all over the news, and a nurse, Donna, explains he's being lauded as a hero. Daniel is lucky to have cheated death. It's a wake-up call. Maybe he has a chance to be a better man.


Elsewhere, Henry Pulis lies in intensive care. Daniel is wracked with guilt and desperate to pay for his sins. When political consultant Jerry Durrans visits Daniel to suggest he could be a viable candidate in the city's first mayoral election, Daniel is sceptical. Yet the seed of an idea has been planted and he has been set on the unlikely path to being elected his city's first political mayor. But Daniel remains a man with the blackest of secrets, desperate to make a stab at redemption.


Other cast members include: Dervla Kirwan (The Next Doctor), MyAnna Buring (The Impossible Planet) and Andrew Scott (Sherlock's Moriarty)

Blackout Ep1 airs Monday, 2 July on BBC One at 9pm

Thanks to BBC Pictures
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Matt Smith talks Series 7

Current Doctor Who Matt Smith was a guest at the recent Starfury convention in the UK, The 11th Hour. During his interview with organiser Sean Harry, Matt talked about this year's Christmas Special, a scene in the episode The Eleventh Hour that will have special meaning in the "final days" of The Ponds and the return of the Ice Warriors. Listen to some clips in the player below.


Picture courtesy of Nicquelle Rhodes

(Please note, when you hear the audience laughing after his mention of the Ice Warriors, Matt gave the crowd a very knowing look and even more knowing smile.)

Also announced was another three day event taking place from Nov 30 called Midnight which will see BILLIE PIPER (who older readers may remember played Rose Tyler in the Noughties) make her very FIRST convention appearance! Tickets are available from their website HERE.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bad Dads & Dude Dads: The Fathers of New Who

As Father's Day arrives, we take a look at the patriarchs in Doctor Who since 2005. But were they "Bad Dads" or "Dude Dads"*? Let's find out.... (Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, some have been left out.)

2005
Back in the crazy days of Series One when Christopher Eccleston donned a leather~jacket like a submarine mechanic, fathers were certainly not in the foreground of Doctor Who, though their shadows were. Immediately we see that Rose was part of single~parent family, with her mother Jackie forming an integral part to the opening episode (and she would continue to do so). But, we did find a dad in Rose.

Step up internet conspiracist nutjob, Clive. Hardly the paternal role model; stuck in his shed obsessing over The Doctor online all hours of the day (insert Who fan gag here). Sadly, poor Clive couldn't even protect his loved ones and came a cropper at the hands (or hand) of an Auton whilst out shopping. Mind you, his family seemed to survive without him.

A couple of episodes later, and a few years in the past, we found another neglectful pater, Charles Dickens. The Unquiet Dead featured the author spending time away at Christmas (the cad!) to go on a jolly to Cardiff. But, in true Dickensian style, he'd realised the errors of his ways and vowed a familial return.

Another fatherly redemption would come later in the series in Paul Cornell's brilliant Father's Day. Pete Tyler, Rose's daddy, gets a visit and The Doctor gets slightly more than he'd hoped for. At first, Pete is a sleazeball Delboy~esque** character; hitting on his daughter (unbeknownst to him, of course) and training to be a contestant on Dragon's Den. But, as we know, by the end, Pete saved the world (and probably the Universe). A flawed but ultimately good man.

To finish off the first series, and rather flippantly, there was Arthur Lloyd from The Empty Child. He may well have catered well for his own family (and, inadvertently, many other children) but Art was keeping something meaty and butcher~related from his crew...


2006
Blimey, Pete Tyler, again? Yup, but this time, in the words of Mickey Smith, "a little bit different". Damn. Not a dad. So we can't count him. BUT he did become all fatherly to Rose in the Series Two finale so we'll let him have it. He traveled far and wide but his biggest journey was accepting a girl from a parallel universe as his daughter. All together now, awww. Pete, Blogtor salutes you!

No faring so well in the same series were some of the other paternal figures that cropped up. Take Eddie Connolly from The Idiot's Lantern, for example. A little facist who bullied his household (whenever he bothered to turn up) and wasn't too nice to his mother either. Mind you, he did supply them with a brand new spanking telly. Not bad going for 1953.

Another notable bad dad in the 2006 came in Fear Her though, ironically, we never got to see Mr Webber (that might not be his name, fact fans) in the flesh. Instead, a horrific re~imagining from his daughter, Chloe. The subtext of their relationship was deeply unsettling and, like the story previously mentioned, hinted at a very dark, but all too real facet of family life for some. Definitely not a shining example of fatherhood. Oh yeah, and we're just gonna let The Doctor's utterance that he, "was a dad once," just linger there for a while...

Finishing off the Series Two daddy collection is The Runaway Bride and the wonderful Geoff Noble. Donna's dad's time on the show as all too brief but his generosity would give his daughter a brighter life in the future. Another heartfelt salute!


2007
Series Three kicked off with a new companion who had a dad; though his car~loving and young blonde chasing ways did rather suggest that he, perhaps, had some mid~life issues (I know the feeling). Smith and Jones introduced us to Martha and her, how should I put it, interesting family. Clive Jones would turn up again in the finale and prove his worth as a man, trying to protect his daughter (demonstrating that shallowness doesn't equate to integrity).

Miaow! Miaow! Miaow! It's Gridlock and inter~species papa, Brannigan. Now there was a good, erm..., man. As it were. Helping with his "human" missus and family, or litter, through the traffic jam from hell into a better life. An upbeat and positive sort, he's the kinda padre you want on your team. Nice one whiskers!

The Doctor? A Dad?? Again??? The Family Of Blood proffered an alternative future for John Smith and we saw him doting on his new born with his wife Joan Redfern. Did The Doctor regret not being able to live out this frankly mundane and earthly existence? His appearance at the book signing of Verity Newman certainly suggested the possibility...
     
The Christmas Special saw a father rather horribly sacrifice himself (and many others) in Voyage of the Damned. Captain Hardaker was promised much for his family (admirable) but wouldn't live to see it happen and the blighter turned a gun on poor old Russell Tovey! Of course, it was Geoffrey Palmer so we can pretty much forgive him anything.

2008
Donna was back for Series Four and a pretty palate of paters were presented. The Fires of Pompeii saw Lucius Caecilius Lucundus (to give him his full title), played by the wonderfully non~swearing Peter Capaldi, who was so frightfully concerned about his daughter's "slutty" attire but no so much with the stone arms. Typical dad. Definitely a fun father and touchingly tried to cover his family from Vesuvuis and its onslaught. Best of all, he got live. #spoilers

The Doctor? A Dad?? Again??? Hold on, didn't I just type that? The Doctor's Daughter, as the title suggested, made a father of The Doctor. And wasn't he just the proper prick about it all? Took him some time but Davey T soon came round to being a pop to Jenny. Probably around the same time he started... (we'll stop there - Ed.). Gallifrey's finest did get a tad upset at her, *coughs*, death but he soon cheered up enough to take in an adventure with Agatha Christie.

The Unicorn and the Wasp, fact fans will note, featured an actual father in the cast. Well, not quite the cast. An extra. And a fleeting one at that. But look carefully enough and you'll see Sandy McDonald, Davey T's very own pa, as a footman just after the opening credits. (Thank you Doctor Who Confidential, the daddy of all behind~the~scenes shows.)

Back to fiction and Midnight presented us with quite the character in Biff Cane, otherwise known as "Beardy". At first, he was just the disinterested parent who could care less about his emo offspring, Merlin. I mean Jethro. But as the episode continued, his spine evaporated; becoming a man no son would want to emulate. Could've been worse - his wife was an absolute monster (figuratively speaking). 

2009
Ah, Jackson Lake. Not only a great would~be Doctor Who but also a wonderful father. Just check out his parenting skills in The Next Doctor. Sure he may have let his son get nabbed by the Cybermen to help build a huge effin' robot in the middle of 19th Century London, but Lake did get him back in true heroic style. *Sniff* Is that a tear in my eye....?

What the hell was going on with Joshua and Abigail Naismith in The End of Time? I wasn't the only one a little creeped out by them, no? All he wanted was to please his little girl and, if that meant giving life to a dead Time Lord and letting him wreak havoc on the world, the universe and everything - then so be it. Full points for a unique Christmas present, zero points for a sense of humanity.

Also, and this is perhaps highly questionable, who was that other Time Lord behind Rassilon (and beside The Doctor's mother) that was cast as a Weeping Angel "of old"? If it was Who Snr then he didn't do a very good job trying to help his son, letting mumsie take care of television appearances and indicating where to shoot. No wonder he had his head in his hands.

2010
Of course, poor little Amy didn't have parents, to begin with, so it was a while before an actual dad popped up in Series Five. Flesh and Stone introduced Father Octavian (sorry, that was lame) and Amy’s Choice gave us potential pater in Rory during the grisly antics of The Dream Lord. Finally, over half way though the series, The Hungry Earth saw the very caring book lover Mo Northover (though slightly too attracted to holes in the ground). Lots of touching scenes between he and his son, Elliot. Clearly a loving bond. Which is just as well as his mother was such a rabid cow bag.

In The Big Bang we got a glimpse of Mr Augustus Pond so we can only but dream of what he’s like (I'm sure he's a top bloke, given how well Amy turned out... *coughs*). In the throng of wedding guests, can we assume that Rory’s pa was there? Well, probably not as Mr Williams  Snr will be making an appearance or two in Series 7 later this year... (played by funnyman, Mark “also named” Williams).

Returning to bad dads though, the festive period gave us a nasty basket in the form of Elliot Sardick. A Christmas Carol revisited the theme of “dads eff you up” with a young Kazran forgoing love for the sake of his father. Thankfully, The Doctor was hand to change Kazran's ways which, in some small way, reverses the behaviour of the baddy daddy.

2011
Last year's opener, The Impossible Astronaut, introduced us to another real life father and son duo in the character of Canton Delaware III. Mark and Morgan Sheppard played the same man and buddy of the Doctor and it wasn't long before we got a real father/son double act... (Well, not real. Fictional.)

The Curse of the Black Spot featured Henry Avery and his offspring Toby. Not a great relationship, it has to be said, to kick off with. Pirate Senior got a tad annoyed at Junior for stowing away but, by the end, the two were a swashbuckling pair ready to take on the galaxy! So much so, in fact, the the Averys cameo'd in the Part 1 series finale, helping out The Doctor with something to do with eye~patches.

Sticking with A Good Man Goes To War, Rory finally got to be a dad proper. How many ovaries exploded as Rozza held Little Baby Pond for the first time. Awwwww. Uh, oh. No, hold on. He wasn't a dad after all! GANGER BABY SHOCKER! Though, having said that, he did discover that River Sing was/is his child. Swings and roundabouts, I guess.

As the second half of the series kicked off, with new Dad Rory showing little familial concern for his somewhere-in-time-or-space baby, Night Terrors presented the audience with another strong father/son team in Alex and George. Much paternal concern was given over to the little guy (especially as his mum conveniently effed off for a "job" at night~time). The relationship between the two was integral to Gatiss' wonderfully creepy story; and who didn't shed a tear at the end as they both hugged. Sniff...

More loving papa goodness came shortly after in Closing Time with Craig Owen and the product of his loins, Stormaggeddon. Of course, poor Craig was a tad insecure about his parenting skills for quite some time, especially as The Doctor seemed to have expert parenting techniques. But, by the end, the new Dad's love for his son not only kept himself alive but also managed to explode a bunch of Cybermen. Did not see that coming.

And finally, the most recent Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, featured the shadow of a dead dad throughout (but for god's sake don't tell the kids). Reg Arwell book~ended the festive tale all cardigans and pipes (apart from when he was flying the pane, of course - that would just be silly) managing to come back into existence through the power of his wife's love. Aww, best Crimbo ever for the kiddies!

So, there you go, Dads. Some good, some bad, some dead. Some flippin' awful. Doctor Who has 'em all!