Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Children In Need 2012


The BBC have announced details of a special Children In Need scene featuring Matt Smith and the broadcast of the first trailer for the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special. This year's Children In Need night on the BBC will take place on Friday, 16th November; from the BBC:
Doctor Who, featuring Matt Smith, will also bring viewers an extra special 'prequel' to its Christmas special, with a bespoke storyline made for Children in Need, and an exclusive preview trailer of the Christmas special including the first glimpse of the Doctor with his new companion.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wizards Vs Aliens: The Podcast!


Included in the player above is a podcast with the Blogtor Who "team" reviewing the very first WIZARDS VS ALIENS story, Dawn of the Nekross! Both parts are discussed whilst the show also features a spoiler~free preview of next week's story, Grazlax Attacks. You can also download the Wizards Vs Aliens podcast HERE or subscribe for free on iTunes HERE.

For next week's show, we're looking for your thoughts on Dawn of the Nekross Parts 1 & 2 - so do get in touch! You can comment below, or contact us on Twitter or Facebook. Visit the WIZARDS VS ALIENS blog for all the latest news, clips and pics HERE.



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Monday, October 29, 2012

PODCAST SPECIAL: Matt Smith interview

Matt, just after our interview on Oct 26, 2012 in London.

Earlier this month Blogtor was lucky enough to catch up with current Doctor Who Matt Smith at the unveiling of the amazing Series 7 exhibits at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff (read all about that HERE) and also at the recent MCM Expo in London - check out the two audio interviews in the player below. You can also download it directly HERE or on iTunes HERE.


During the interviews Matt chats about the 2012 Christmas Special, the upcoming Neil Gaiman story, the first episode from Series 7 Part Two, Doctor Who crossovers with Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, a multi~Doctor 50th Anniversary story, the Paul McGann 1996 TV Movie whilst also delivering some impersonations of Steven Moffat and Richard E Grant.

My huge thanks to Matt and BBC Worldwide for all their assistance and special thanks too go to Dan Martin of The Guardian and NME, Gem Kendrick, Philip Hamilton of BANG Showbiz and Pete Dillon-Trenchard from Den of Geek (check out his great piece on Matt HERE) whose voices you will also hear at various points during the interviews.


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Doctor Who Series 7 Commentaries


Doctor Who Series 7 Part 1 is released on DVD in the UK today! Read the full details of the release HERE but you may notice there are NO audio commentaries included! Fear not however! Included here is a commentary for each of the five episodes from the recent run. You can use the players included here, or the direct download links OR subscribe on iTunes HEREPlease note: it's not entirely necessary to watch the episodes along with the commentaries; I know one young lady who likes to listen on the bus and another chap whilst shaving, for example.

A TOWN CALLED MERCY || THE POWER OF THREE




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Doctor Who on The Big Bang Theory


The latest episode of US "sitcom" The Big Bang Theory (Season 6, Episode 5) featured some references to Doctor Who - watch the clips in the player above. Earlier this year the show included another Who reference, watch it HERE.


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The BondCast


To celebrate 50 years of James Bond movies, and the release of Skyfall in cinemas, the Blogtor Who audio commentary "team" have got together for a special podcast, chatting all things 007. There is, of course, a strong Doctor Who element to the proceedings and there's even a song~off between hosts Cameron K McEwan and Alexander J McKinnon as they reveal their own compositions for the latest Bond "film".


You can listen to the show in the player above, on iTunes HERE or you can download it directly HERE. Next Saturday [Nov 3] sees the release of the audio commentary for Army of Ghosts - you can leave comments for inclusion on the podcast HERE.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Half-term at the Doctor Who Experience


The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay is preparing to welcome visitors through the TARDIS doors in Porth Teigr with a special half-term schedule. The Doctor Who Experience has proved popular with fans around the world since opening in Cardiff in July 2012, welcoming over 40,000 visitors to the Welsh capital. Check out these amazing events below, taking place during the half~term period!
 

27th October
Learn to walk like a monster by taking part in master-classes with monster choreographer for Doctor Who, Ailsa Burke.

28th October
The Doctor Who Experience’s curator Andrew Beech hosts informal chats on the mezzanine where he will share his unique insight into Doctor Who monsters.

29th October
Visitors to the Experience can enjoy a monster makeover by former Doctor Who make-up artist and resident face-painter Bethan Kate Harris. Choose between a Weeping Angel, Cyberman, Silurian, Peg Doll and Silence or a mini-paint (TARDIS or Dalek).

31st October
20/07/2012 16:12
Bethan returns to the Doctor Who Experience as the exhibition comes to life. Visitors on Halloween should prepare for a number of spooky surprises; the exhibits might not be as permanent as they appear...

2nd November
Bethan Kate Harris returns to the Experience to hand out more monster makeovers.

3rd November
Stephen Nicholas from Doctor Who production in Roath Lock hosts informal chats on the mezzanine where he shares his unique insights into producing the world’s longest running sci-fi series.

4th November
Ailsa Burke rounds off the half-term activity at Doctor Who with another walk like a monster master class.

The Doctor Who Experience is the world’s only interactive Doctor Who exhibition. Visitors to the Experience take part in their own Doctor Who adventure, confronting Daleks and Weeping Angels in a quest to reunite the Doctor and his TARDIS. The exhibition area of the Experience houses the largest collection of Doctor Who props and exhibits ever assembled.

More information can be found at www.doctorwhoexperience.com


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wizards Vs Aliens

The new television show from former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and writer Phil Ford (The Waters Of Mars and a number of brilliant stories from The Sarah Jane Adventures) starts Oct 29 on CBBC.

Wizards Vs Aliens will air on a Monday and Tuesday at 5.15pm with Part One and Part Two of each story on each day. There will also be a repeat showing of the episodes on Saturday mornings at 10am.

The first story, Dawn of the Nekross, is written by Phil Ford - you can see promo pics HERE and HERE and read the synopses HERE.

Grazlax Attacks is also written by Phil Ford. Read the synopses HERE, see promo pics HERE and listen to the podcast HERE.

Rebel Magic is written by Joseph Lidster (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood). You can read the synopses HERE and see promo pics HERE.

Friend of Foe is written by former Doctor Who Magazine editor Clayton Hickman and stars Ruthie Henshall. Read the synopses HERE and see promo pics HERE.

Fall of the Nekross will air Monday Nov 26 and Tuesday Nov 27. This story is written by Gareth Roberts (The Lodger, The Unicorn & the Wasp) and features the voice of Gabriel Woolf (Pyramids of Mars, The Impossible Planet). Read the synopses HERE and see promo pics HERE.

The finale, The Last Day, will air Monday Dec 3 and Tuesday Dec 4. It's written by Phil Ford, directed by Joss Agnew and stars Jennifer Hennessy (Gridlock). Read the synopses HERE.

Keep up to date on all the news on Wizards Vs Aliens HERE.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tee Offer!


Our chums over at TeeFury have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Bad Wolf, the design is available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE. The design is also in competition with another - so make sure it wins!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tee offer!


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

PLEASE NOTE: This Tee is no longer available

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fear Her audio commentary


Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for Doctor Who Series 2, Episode Eleven,  Fear Her. 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. After the commentary itself you can hear all the listener comments on the episode collected from Blogtor Who, Twitter, Facebook and email!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Army of Ghosts/Doomsday - What Did YOU Think?


The Blogtor Who audio commentaries have come to an end with Doctor Who Series 2. We're looking for your comments, thoughts and questions on the 2006 finale, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, 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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New Audio Releases

AudioGO have released details of two great new Doctor Who audio releases, both released on Dec 6, 2012.

Snake Bite is an exclusive adventure written specially for audio by Scott Handcock, and features the Doctor, Amy and Rory as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television. It is read by Frances Barber, who played Madame Kovarian in Series 6.

After a lifetime spent working on her secret project, Doctor Elehri Mussurana and her husband, Ernst Wharner, watch in awe as their experiment reaches its final, glorious fruition. A wormhole in time and space is being created…  Then the unexpected occurs:  inside the swirling vortex appears a tall blue box...

Potential disaster awaits The Doctor, Rory and Amy as the TARDIS arrives in a scientific research outpost far into the future just as the fabric of reality is ripped at the seams and the universe tears in two….

This story is the final Audio Original to feature Amy and Rory, as played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill who left in the most recent TV episode, The Angels Take Manhattan.

Download or 1 CD
Duration: 1 hour 12 minutes

City of Death is written by David Agnew (a Douglas Adams pseudonym) and features the cast from the 1979 four-part TV soundtrack, starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor with specially recorded linking narration by original cast member, Lalla Ward

Whilst sightseeing in Paris, 1979, the Doctor and Romana notice a series of unexplained temporal disturbances – ‘like a crack in time,’ as the Doctor puts it.  They discover that Count Scarlioni, has a knowledge of advanced technology that far exceeds that of normal 20th century Parisians. Not only that, the Count is forcing a genius professor to undertake time experiments.  The question is, why?  As the time travellers become involved in an audacious plan to steal the Mona Lisa it becomes evident sinister forces are afoot…   What lies behind the Count’s suave persona and what are his plans, not only for Paris, but the entire world? The Doctor and his friends must find the answers before time runs out.

In an exclusive bonus interview Lalla Ward recalls her time as Romana in the BBC TV series. Also included are colour PDF files of the original TV scripts.

Download or 2 CDs
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blogtor Meets Mark Sheppard



Earlier this year Blogtor got the opportunity to chat to actor Mark Sheppard (Canton Delware III in The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon) at the Starfury 11th Hour Convention - watch the full interview in the player above. In it, he talks about his time on the show, the fans, Sherlock and a deleted scene in Day of the Moon.

Read a review of the 11th Hour Convention, which also featured Matt Smith, HERE and check out details of the the next Starfury convention featuring David Tennant and Billie Piper HERE.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Horror Europa With Mark Gatiss

The BBC have released details about a new documentary from Doctor Who writer/actor exploring European horror cinema. The 90 minute special follows on from his A History of Horror series for BBC Four (reviews HERE, HERE and HERE). Click on the images for bigger versions.


Written and presented by Mark, the documentary journeys through the story of European horror cinema: from the nightmare visions of German Expressionism to the black-gloved killers of Italian Giallo movies, from lesbian vampires in Belgium to the ghosts of the Spanish Civil War. Visiting key filming locations and meeting some of the genre's finest talents, Horror Europa With Mark Gatiss shows how the Continent's turbulent 20th century forged an extraordinary and diverse horror tradition.

 

Mark's voyage takes him across Europe, from the castle in Slovakia where FW Murnau shot Nosferatu (1922), to the hotel in Ostend where Harry Kümel filmed his erotic vampire classic, Daughters Of Darkness (1971). Other highlights include a visit to Paris where Mark meets Edith Scob, the woman behind the mask in the extraordinary Eyes Without A Face (1960), while in Rome Mark talks about Giallo thrillers with master director Dario Argento. In Madrid, he has a rare interview with the godfather of Spanish horror, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, before speaking with today's foremost exponent of Spanish-language horror, Guillermo del Toro.

Horror Europa With Mark Gatiss airs Tuesday 30 October at 9pm on BBC Four

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 453

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out tomorrow, check out all the details below and click on the pic for a bigger version.

Karen tells DWM about leaving Doctor Who after three years as the Doctor's companion: "I am so, so sad. I'm not going to lie. Leaving that show has to be one of the saddest experiences I've ever had. It was my life for, like, three years. That's going to take a while to go away. But also it's really exciting, because I get to go and do other things…"

THE FIRST LADY OF TIME
DWM looks at the life and times of MARY TAMM, the actress who played the Fourth Doctor’s companion Romana, with never-before-seen photos and tributes from her friends and colleagues including LOUISE JAMESON, JOHN LEESON, and ANTHONY READ.

MATT’S MISSING SCENE!
Just how old is the Doctor nowadays? The clue’s in his hair, as showrunner STEVEN MOFFAT reveals, as he presents a missing scene from The Angels Take Manhattan – exclusively in PRODUCTION NOTES.

THE FEAR FACTOR
There have been some truly terrifying moments in Doctor Who’s 49-year history… and, just in time for Halloween, DWM 453 celebrates the very best of them! Fearmerchants PHILIP HINCHCLIFFE and TERRANCE DICKS are on hand to give their expert opinion, so prepare to have your blood chilled and your spine tingled, with THE A-Z OF DREAD…

ROUGH JUSTICE?
DWM look back at the season that gave us the longest story ever, an evil future Doctor and Bonnie Langford, as THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD is put under the spotlight in COUNTDOWN TO 50!

DEATH IN PRAGUE
The Doctor, Amy and Rory encounter a legendary monster and terrifying creatures from another dimension in THE BROKEN MAN, the brand new comic strip written by SCOTT GRAY and illustrated by MARTIN GERAGHTY.

MONSTERS AND MAGIC!
DWM catches up with former Doctor Who showrunner RUSSELL T DAVIES and chats exclusively with him about his brand new show – WIZARDS VS ALIENS – and just why Doctor Who fans will want to watch…

PLUS! All the latest official news, the latest episodes, DVDs, books and CDs reviewed, sneak previews of forthcoming merchandise, a prize-winning crossword, FIVE fantastic competitions and much, much more!
 
Doctor Who Magazine 453, is out Thurs Oct 18, priced £4.50

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Matt Smith at MCM London Comic Con

Popular actor Matt Smith is to make an appearance at the MCM London Comic Con as part of a Doctor Who panel at the event. Taking place on Friday 26th October, Matt will participate in a panel discussion with the show’s Executive Producer, Caroline Skinner. The panel discussion will also be freely available online so all Who~fans can tune in.

Matt Smith will also sign 100 copies of the new DVD, Doctor Who Series 7 Part 1. The first 100 people to purchase the new series’ DVD at the Doctor Who stand (days before its actual release date!) will receive a wristband for the signing at the venue’s Signing Hall.  The DVD is released to the public on Oct 29, 2012 - full details and cover coming later this week.

MCM London Comic Con takes place at ExCel London on 26-28 October - visit the site HERE for tickets.


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Smith & Moffat Visit The Doctor Who Experience!

Matt Smith and Steven Moffat created their own piece of Doctor Who history yesterday during their first visit to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff as the their hand prints were immortalised in cement, which will be displayed permanently at the new attraction. Matt Smith is the first Doctor to be immortalised in this way, while the fingers of the show’s Lead Writer will also be set in stone.

The casts were in addition to the unveiling of several new exhibits of the most iconic monsters and props from the recently broadcast series including the dress worn by new companion actress Jenna-Louise Coleman (Oswin’s dress and boots from Asylum of the Daleks), Grayle’s Chained Weeping Angel and The Cherub Angels (The Angels Take Manhattan) and the Robots and costumes of Solomon and Nefertiti (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship).

Matt Smith says, “It’s fantastic that the Doctor Who Experience has been given its very own purpose-built home here next to the studios and it feels like a bit of a spiritual home for Doctor Who. It’s been great fun unveiling some of the Doctor’s most fearsome adversaries from Series 7 and with the Christmas special and more episodes next year, there’ll be plenty more props to come down the line”.

On his hand-cast: “I’m honoured to have made my own little piece of Doctor Who history today. It’s a show with so much tradition over nearly 50 years, so to be the first Doctor to take part in something like this is really special”.

Steven Moffat says: “I’m very excited and honoured to have my hands preserved forever. And quite relieved they came back out of the cement! I now know, for all my future crimes, that my fingerprints are readily and permanently available."

The Doctor Who Experience is the only interactive Doctor Who attraction in the world. It welcomed over 230,000 visitors during a one-year stay at London’s Olympia before moving to Cardiff in July 2012. Since opening in July, over 40,000 fans have passed through the TARDIS doors and taken part in their very own Doctor Who adventure.

Blogtor was in attendance at the event and I've included some pictures from the unveiling of the fantastic new Series 7 exhibits below featuring Matt and his new buddies... Click on the images for bigger versions.




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Series 7 Review Podcast


Included in the player above is a special podcast featuring all your thoughts and theories on Doctor Who Series 7 collated from here, Twitter, Facebook and email. Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment, much appreciated.  You can check out all the audio commentaries for the five episodes HERE. The podcast is available to download directly HERE and on iTunes HERE.

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DVD REVIEW: The Claws of Axos Special Edition

THE CLAWS OF AXOS
Starring Jon Pertwee & Katy Manning

2 Disc DVD
Extras: See HERE


Oct 22 (UK)
Nov 7 (Aus & NZ)
Nov 13 (North America)

Review by Daren Thomas Curley


STORY
I know, I know, you've bought the VHS, you've got the DVD, you've read the Target novelisation and was even tempted to download it on iTunes to watch on yer iPhone on that drunken night home from town… No? Just me then. So, let's cut to the chase you say, is it worth re-buying this? I mean, really? Come on… Okay okay, hold yer horses a bit…

Let's quickly do the math, the sum of the parts. Axos as most of us already know (and, for those that don't, it's worth repeating) is a gem of classic Pewee Drew. UNIT? Check. The Master? Check. Weird alt incidental music? Check. Jo Grant in a silly unfeasibly short skirt (in spite of the clearly wintery weather)? Check… And can I add a 'ding dong' into the mix… Oh come on, its a 1970's show, you have to allow me one of those!

Its a really solid bit of Who from that time, and yes, I'm biased because this is where my personal journey of Doctor Who began. In fact Axos even aired during my third birthday… Okay, granted my actual memories of that time really boiled down to those Sea Devil claws on the side of the dingy, gel guards on the UNIT lawn, giant maggots and even bigger flies, pushed off by The Doctor's trusty cape… And so, if I'm totally honest my love of the show was in its infancy and flourished with the arrival of that plucky reporter and the first sighting of the Phil Mitchell look-a-likey monster who fell on that Castle in the middle-ages. [How old is this guy??? - Ed.]

But I digress, let's get back to the story in question… What immediately struck me is how so many staples of the modern show are present in here (all dodgy American and rural accents aside). Doppleganging-shape shifting shenanigans, Aliens who aren't what they claim to be,  a duplicitous double-crossing Master and all with very real human concerns, conflict and stories at its core. I heartily recommend it to anyone who has yet to explore this rather tense, action-packed modern paced affair, with its innovative visuals and bags of suspense. Okay, the half-empty edge to all my positivity is that it's still very much a show of its time and even though it had some truly iconic and original ideas, the fact it has endured and been so good that it's been emulated many times since, may loose some of that in translation and may well seem a bit too familiar to modern viewers.

But hey, that be damned… Special mention here has to go to the magnificent job the Restoration Team have done with the episodes. This is why you need to buy this! Visually it is a magnificent step-up and whilst still flawed, this is surely the very best version of this story we are ever likely to get. Knowing that ropey VHS of years gone by and the subsequent DVD, this release is positively leaps ahead of both.

As always, the info subtitles are both entertaining, informative and gives Axos another reason to re-watch. Everything is there, from dates, names, titles, to precise production backgrounds and more detail on Bob Baker and Dave Martin's first scripting duties and mentoring by Terrance Dicks. Its also reassuring to learn that nothing has changed since my days as an Assistant Director in continuing drama. Tiny budgets and tight schedules meant that even back then a lot of creativity the use and re-use of extras was a must.


EXTRAS
Okay, let's move on to the other core reason to tempt those who already have a previous version to re-buy? The extras, what's new? What's good?

Axon Stations - Making The Claws of Axos This new "making-of" is a rather nice and affectionate look back on the production which is led by Director Michael Ferguson and contains a wonderful series of memories and anecdotes from the lovely Katy Manning (who is her usual frank, eccentric and ever so slightly saucy self). There is clearly a lot of fond memories from the shoot and a great deal of warmth to the story, in spite of the problems and extreme weather conditions they faced on location. Bernard Hollie talks of his unorthodox golden god appearance and even Pigbin Josh (stunt man Derek Ware) gets an oo-arr in on proceedings.

But centre stage is Terrance Dicks, who recounts, along with Bob Baker, the unique talents of Bob and his late writing partner Dave Martin. The story of how they met and the original hilarious pitches originally given to the show do highlight their rather unique vision for stories, which is nicely described as 'a good acid trip on LSD'. Whilst the loss of Barry Letts deprives us of some of his wonderful insight, this is a really good addition to the set. It certainly feels a lot different to many of the other making of's in other previous releases. There is warmth, frankness and more mature and polished direction here.

Living With Levene I wasn't really sure what to expect with this extra, I was concerned of the potential tone and content and questioned what it could genuinely provide… How wrong could I be? It’s a very professionally put together piece, easily feeling on a par with something akin to Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends than merely some throwaway trinket for fans (which is always the danger with DVD extras).

 
John comes across as complex character, ever the showman and always finding the gag in his tales. His larger than life persona, comes complete with a random Stratocaster in his kitchen, photographs from his time on the show littered through the house and a copy of his own Benton costume in his wardrobe and no, I’m not kidding. At first he seems a little too self-aware, bemoaning his gift of being able to ‘see sad people’ and proceeds to engage and accost any elderly strangers in the street to wish them well and throw in an explanation of how he used to be famous in Doctor Who.

But credit to Toby Hadoke, who is very genuine and gracious presenter and any fears of it degenerating into a slightly superficial piece are short-lived. Toby allows the interviews to breathe which makes it feel very naturalistic. He gives John the space to relax and in turn it provides an opportunity to get under the skin and reveal a little more of the man behind Benton. They go on long-walks to childhood haunts, enjoy a 'Benton Breakfast' with John's Mother and even a do a round of golf to boot. Whoda thought the self-confessed non-sporto Hadoke is a natural golfer (well sort of).

John's candour about the UNIT dynamic may seem a little shocking with the brandishing of Nick Courtney as 'humourless' and citing Tom Baker as the reason for it's demise (there is even talk of a proper UNIT spin-off series). But in spite of any eccentricity, there is no agenda or edge in these tales and John is both extremely honest and frank, even when revealing his own impoverished upbringing and a childhood blighted by illness.

In the end, not only has a genuine respect and connection been made between both John and Toby, but we also get a glimpse of the shy, more fragile John behind the mask. For me, this engaging 'extra' was worth of the cost of re-purchasing these discs alone and I only hope Toby gets more opportunity to present other pieces like it.

Extended Scenes offer a chance to get the same behind the scenes studio out takes and filming. Whilst included in the original discs, here it is presented in its entirety. Always entertaining, and another rare glimpse of classic Who being filmed (with the same multi-camera set-up which is still used on programmes like EastEnders to this day).

The Audio Commentary features the late great Barry Letts, along with the delightful companion of the good Doctor and the near-love interest and all round activist, come Buddhist, Captain Mike Yates (or, Katy and Richard as they are more properly known). It’s the same included from the previous release, but having not heard it before it’s a lovely and delightful addition to the disc and a nice way to watch. All are on good form, clearly enjoying the re-watch of the serial and are having a lot of fun. It’s a nice chance to hear the main three closest to the story and that of the Pertwee era. It’s very informative, enjoyable and full of anecdotes.

Finally, as with the previous release, we have the Reverse Standard Conversion Easter Egg and the Richard Bignell Then and Now both alongside the original piece on Director Michael Ferguson and of course the usual PDF materials, Coming Soon trailer (for Shada-aaaa), Programme Subtitles, Subtitle Production Notes and Photo Gallery.

 BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fear Her - 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 2006 episode Fear Her 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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Doctor Who: Limited Edition DVD Gift Set

 
Our lucky chums over in North America are getting treated to 41 disc DVD set featuring Doctor Who Series 1 to 6, featuring Christopher Eccleston (the Ninth Doctor), David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) and Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor). It's released Nov 20 and is priced $249.95 (in the US) and $294.00 in Canada. Click on the pictures included for bigger versions.



The gift set includes over 70 hours of Doctor Who in all and also includes hours and hours of bonus features including 3 new specials coming to DVD for the first time ever, a collectible Eleventh Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, 3 original art cards and the comic book, Doctor Who at Comic Con.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Series 7 DVD details [UK details]

Doctor Who Series 7 Part 1 sees a DVD release in the UK on October 29, 2012 - click on the cover artwork (left) for a bigger version. Priced £20.42, the two~disc set includes the five episodes along with the following Extras:

Pond Life (5 x 2 min eps)
Asylum of the Daleks Prequel (3 mins)
The Making of the Gunslinger (90 seconds)

You can check out the R1 DVD/Bluray art & details HERE. There’s also a Limited Edition "Weeping Angels" Boxset that will also include a Science of Doctor Who featurette (pictured below).


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