Thursday, 17 November 2011

Brand new Doctor Who mini episode on tomorrow night's Children In Need

Hurrah, a mini-episode unlike any other, apparently. From the publicity stills, we're talking a direct-to-camera chat by Matt Smith regardng the auction of the eleventh Doctor's costume.

So not unlike anything we've seen before then. But still, a little bit of fun and an extra bonus for the fans, so bring it on! Plus it's for a good cause, so dig deep if you enjoy.

Also, watch out for the first scene from the 2011 Christmas Special, which will also be featured in this year's Children in Need appeal. It's the first glimpse we'll get, and I for one, can't wait.

Doctor Who Movie Announced

So, a new Doctor Who movie has been announced as in development. What will this mean for the television series? Who knows. Will the show be able to co-exist with a rebooted movie version as it did back in the sixties? Only time will tell, we guess.

The American producer has expressed that changes are required to make the format work, and it will most likely have a back to basics approach. Let's hope that this big-budget venture doesn't jeapordise the series that's shortly to become 50 years old and has kept the same continuity whilst constantly refreshing and regenerating more often than the lead character.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Doctor Who - The Doctor's Wife

Well what can I say? A fantastic episode of Doctor Who by the legendary Neil Gaiman. Who'd have guessed he was just a nerd? :) there were continuity references galore, from the entire history of the series, even from BEFORE the series began.

Wonderfully acted throughout and incredibly creepy in places, this really did feel like event TV. A couple more rooms being glimpsed wouldn't have gone amiss, but other than that budget constraint, it was fantastic.

I even got a little teary-eyed when Idris said 'Hello' at the end. wonderful.

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Sylvester Mccoy returns as the Doctor?

There's some odd rumblings over on the Lan Levine forum. Sylvester McCoy (who is currently in New Zealand filming the Hobbit) has been spotted, dressed as the seventh Doctor, filming some sequences against bluescreen for as-yet unconfirmed projects.

But what has been mentioned is that he's provided voice material for an animated version of the Dark Dimension, and he's performed some material as the Doctor that will be dropped in around pre-filmed scenes from the 1990's independant drama Downtime.

These scenes will also feature Pasmaha... Phamasaha... The old monk bloke from the Abominable Snowman.

A picture has leaked onto the net featuring Sylv standing at a table, trilogic game in front of him and a Celestial Toymaker type figure sat opposite him. What this footage is for, we do not know, but as another rumour was regarding the use of the Master's specially filmed sections from a late 90's Doctor Who computer game (starring Anthony Ainley), which apparently mentions the Toymaker, this would fit in with the whole 'game playing' scenario.

Whether any of these projects see the light of day, well it's too early to say, but it's nice to know that things like this are being filmed, and hopefully one day, we might all get to see what they've been up to!

Doctor Who - Day of the Moon

Search for doctor who series 6So the second title of series 6 is Day of the Moon. It's a continuation from episode 1 - the Impossible Astronaut, and it looks like it's going to be a hell of a story. Steven Moffat said that he wanted the series finale to be shifted to the beginning of the series, rather than the end, in order to get people gripped.

Well, it's certainly got me interested! I'll be writing a full review after the episode has been televised, but I thought it would be fun to write a little preview to see what we know already.

So somebody dies. River, The Doctor, Rory or Amy. Except, River died back in series 4 with David Tennant, so it can't be her... The Doctor..? Well, yes I suppose it could be him, but he tends to regenerate when he's a bit under the weather, so it's doubtful that Matt Smith is going anywhere for a while... Rory? If so, it's a bit Deja-vu, as he died three times last year alone... And then there's Amy. hmm.... no reason why she can't die I suppose...

So here's my thoughts... while someone may die, I have a feeling that they may hang around for a while... You know, like Owen in Torchwood. I was listening to a few of the old Eighth Doctor & Lucie miller stories for the past couple of weeks, and I'm starting to wonder if perhaps the new series isn't 'borrowing' from Big Finishes 'Auntie Pat' saga. After all, Moff did mention a two part story involving shape changing aliens... Probably completely wrong, but time will tell.

Looking forward to this season immensely, can't wait to see where the Tardis takes them next...

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Torchwood Miracle Day Series 4

As if two series of Doctor Who wasn't enough (well, one season split in half, but still!) we've also got series 5 of the Sarah Jane Adventures and Series Four of Torchwood, which should land, smack bang in the middle of the summer while the good Doctor is hanging off the cliff that Steven Moffat has promised!

John Barrowman is back as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles is back as Gwen Cooper and Kai Owen returns as her long suffering husband Rhys. We even see the return of hapless PC Andy. As with Doctor Who, we see a hop over the atlantic, but a more permanent one for the Torchwood team, it seems.
With Russell T Davies keen to push the show in the US, it seems that if the series is a success, the chances are that we'll be seeing the Torchwood team permenently set up camp in the states.
With writers such as Jane Espensen onboard (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), it's looking like it's going to be a hell of a show, and I for one can't wait to see the Torchwood team back in action.

Doctor Who - The Impossible Astronaut

Yes! It's almost time for Steven Moffat's second season at the helm of Doctor Who, and I for one can't wait! I'm avoiding spoilers like the plague, which isn't easy when Doctor Who Magazine eblazen's 'One of them will die!' on the cover of their latest issue and Radio Times features a highly spoilerific photograph in its episode guide!

The preludes and clips that have been released all look stunning and the location filming in America looks grand, expensive and fun. Matt Smith appears to be on top form as the Doctor and the whole team seem to work together amazingly well. We've still got so many unanswered questions from last year, who are the Silents? Is Rory an Auton or not? Who exactly is River Song? And Amy is still a bit of a mystery too, there's something still not altogether right going on there as far as i'm concerned.

I'm looking forward to the Easter weekend with relish, it is going to be a fun ride. Add to that an episode written by Neil Gaiman (the Doctor's Wife), a pirate story (that could possibly have some links to Hartnell's penultimate 'The Smugglers' and the return of Craig Owens later in the year, and it's shaping up to be a belter of a season. Here's hoping!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Doctor Who: To the Death

Doctor Who to the Death CD (Dr Who Big Finish)Doctor Who : To the Death

Good grief, a lot happens in this audio. If you've been following the adventures of the Doctor and Lucie Miller, you'll know it's been a bit of a rollercoaster of late. This is the final audio from the fourth season and is a cracking season finale. Not only do we have the Daleks (which I'm finding a bit overused of late if i'm honest), we have the far more interesting Meddling Monk & Tamsin as well as the Doctor's granddaughter Susan & great grandson Alex.

I can't say much more about the tale without revealing too much, but suffice to say, this is a bit of a turning point for the Eighth Doctor. If you've been at odds with how the Eighth Doctor could press the button to end the time war, then a pointer (as alluded to in the 2005 tv series), you start to feel with this adventure that you can see where he's heading. And it's quite a dark place.

Excellent stuff, highly enjoyable and well done to Paul McGann, Graeme Garden & Sheridan Smith for making this such a memorable season finale!