Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Doctor Who Comes To Minecraft On Xbox

BBC Worldwide have announced that Doctor Who is coming to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. Full details below and click on the images included for bigger, blockier versions.

From September 2014, Minecraft players will have access to a range of Doctor Who assets which will allow them to change their avatar to resemble their favourite characters from the show. The first pack – priced at just £1.99 – will include a character inspired by the Twelfth Doctor as well as five other Doctors, each of their on-screen companions and some of the Doctor’s most well known adversaries including his arch-nemeses, the Daleks.

Rikesh Desai, Digital Entertainment and Games Director at BBC Worldwide UK says “We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring Doctor Who content to our loyal fans. Working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’ve created an exciting new product which will allow Doctor Who fans to create their own brand new adventures in the heart of the iconic world of Minecraft.”

Looks like a BLOCK party for a Zygon, a Dalek and an Ice Warrior...

The deal will bring more packs as time goes on, introducing many of the most recognisable characters from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. Each skin pack will feature at least six Doctors and will be released regularly following the broadcast of the first episode. 

Minecraft is one of the fastest selling Xbox game of all time with over 13 million sales to date. The deal to bring Doctor Who to Minecraft builds on BBC Worldwide’s successful partnership with Microsoft, which has seen Microsoft publish Forza racing games complete with Top Gear themed challenges and features.

Entertainment Earth

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Into The Dalek clips

The BBC have released two clips from the next Doctor Who episode, Into The Dalek - watch them in the players included here. For more clips, pics and info on the story, click HERE. Into The Dalek airs Aug 30 at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Deep Breath BFI Q&A

In the player above you can watch the Q&A panel with Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi which took place at the BFI Southbank on Aug 7 after a screening of the first episode of Doctor Who Series 8, Deep Breath. This was also first day of the Doctor Who World Tour - check out more pics and clips HERE.

News Round~Up!

With Doctor Who Series 8 finally started, it's been a busy old time on the world of Doctor Who and there's some news and juicy nuggets that may have passed you by. Collected here is a round-up of the very latest news.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the last news round~up HERE.

Teaser trail
Gallery of promo pics
Cast list
Spoiler~free review
Next Time trailer
10 Bits of Dialogue

Steven Moffat talks Listen
Capaldi, Coleman & Moffat CBS interview
1 Day To Go teaser
Doctor Who Lands In London
Jenna Coleman on "quitting" rumours
The Doctor Who fan who created the show's new titles
Check out the new title sequence
How the wheels were set in motion for Series 8 titles

Entertainment Earth

DVD/Bluray in North America
Doctor Who Extra - Ep 1
Blogtor's review
FREE Audio Commentary

Into The Dalek
The Fifth Doctor box set
Zygon Hunt

Deep Breath
Into The Dalek (coming Aug 30, 8.15pm)

Deep Breath DVD/Bluray in North America
The Tenth Doctor #2 comic out now

Jenna Coleman: Clara was meant to be Mary Poppins
Mark Gatiss says "never" to a Doctor Who / Sherlock crossover
6 seriously shocking surprises in Doctor Who
6 weird things The Doctor does after regenerating
Peter Capaldi in a nightgown: 6 more nighties in Who
12 hilarious quotes from The Paternoster Gang
Why fans can’t wait for Doctor Who Extra
Doctor Who-style TARDIS toilet appears on Bristol to Bath cycle path
Sherlock scoops seven Emmy 2014 Awards 
Free Doctor Who Knitting Pattern

The Tenth Doctor comic #2 out now

The second of the comic series Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor is out now. Check out the details below with a look at the interior art - click on the images for bigger versions. You can read the Blogtor Who review HERE.

Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #2
Writer - Nick Abadzis
Artist - Elena Casagrande
Colorist - Arianna Florean
Letterer - ComicraftCover artist - Alice X Zhang

All Gabriella Gonzalez wanted was to skip her shift at the Laundromat and hang out with her friends. It’s Halloween, and Sunset Park is hosting its first-ever Day of the Dead festival!

But her father wouldn’t listen – again – and now Gabby is stuck with a store full of empty washing machines while the rest of the neighborhood goes wild.

But this graveyard shift is living up to its name! Vortexes explode out of the machines, shadowy creatures stalk on the edge of sight, and Gabby finds herself pursued by unearthly forces.

Finally, on the longest night of her life, Gabby is trapped in a powerless subway car – and the only thing standing between her and horrific death-by-monster is some skinny white guy in a suit – who’s waving a blue flashlight around!

If Gabby survives this – she’s going to kill him!

Eisner Award-winning Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk) ramp up the tension, horror, and joy of discovery – as a new companion meets the Tenth Doctor!

Thanks to Titan Comics

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PREVIEW: Into The Dalek [spoiler~free]

Into The Dalek
by Phil Ford & Steven Moffat

Starring Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman

Airs Aug 30, 2014

Regular blogites and blogotrons may perhaps remember my own personal aversion to those mad little bastards from Skaro. So it's with some weary eyebrow-raising that I welcome them back to Doctor Who. Steven Moffat may very well say that the Daleks are the best but, for me, no thanks. Anyway, preamble over - this is a new adventure. My own prejudice, like The Doctor's in this story, is irrelevant.

Before the pre-credit sequence is over, The Doctor is plunged face~to~face with a rather damaged intergalactic pepperpot having come into contact with a bunch of rebels from the Combined Galactic Resistance. And, rather foolishly, they want to help this poor little Dalek who is in desperate need of a doctor.

Of course, due to one of Clara's previous selves, the Daleks don't know who The Doctor is (though, it's unclear in the story at what point in their timeline this adventure takes place - to be honest, I thought it may have been during the Time War). And so the fun begins as the Time Lord questions his own morality when faced of that which he thought he was certain of.

And that's really the crux of Into The Dalek. You will have seen the "Am I good man?" trailer by now, and this is the episode where that little chat with Clara takes place. I will say, everyone's favourite Gallifreyan does some questionable things and spits more than a few nasty lines during the course of the forty-five minutes or so.

The Twelfth Doctor continues with his rather opaque and spikey personality first witnessed last week in Deep Breath. Capaldi seems like he's been The Doctor for years now, so comfortable is his performance.

Elsewhere in the cast, we're introduced to Danny Pink; a teacher at Coal Hill School alongside Clara. The two hit it off immediately and it looks like we'll be seeing much more of the handsome new man in her life over the series. Samuel Anderson does a sterling job, fitting in straight away with his ill-at-ease manner and fascinating past... I look forward greatly to more from him.

Filling up the ranks, as it were, are the fine, fine actors Zawe Ashton and Michael Smiley as the soldiers at war with the Daleks. Though only guest stars, the pair bring an engagement and an urgency to their roles - and both have a frosty time with The Doctor. It's through these other roles in the episode where we see the Time Lord's acerbic side and cold functioning rationality, a facet that Clara isn't too happy with but deals with head on.

Director Ben Wheatley, who performed such a stout job on the opener for Doctor Who, Series 8 lends his cinematic gaze again for a few moments here but this is a more pedestrian effort; and like Deep Breath there's an odd lack of cohesiveness at times. I have to add, however, the CG and model work are most impressive, with a very Star Wars-y beginning.

Murray Gold, the show's regular composer, chimes in with a fantastic and, at times, very odd score; ranging from the traditional actiony fun orchestral sounds to more cerebral and delicate synth palettes. One to listen to and savour.

I've been a huge fan of writer Phil Ford's work for some time. For The Sarah Jane Adventures he's penned number of cracking stories such as Eye of the Gorgon and The Curse of Clyde Langer and for the excellent Wizards Vs Aliens there was the sublime The Thirteenth Floor (for me, one of the best stories broadcast on television anywhere last year). And who can forget The Waters of Mars, back in 2009? Whilst not up to the very, very high standards of David Tennant's penultimate story, Into The Dalek asks some astounding and provocative questions. I'm sure the internet will be alight for some time to come after it airs.

As I said, I'm no fan of the Daleks, but this story, like the very best of their oeuvre, isn't really about them (I'm thinking of Genesis of the Daleks and Dalek here). And Into The Dalek follows in this morally curious mould, subverting and weaving in and out of our preconceptions about both Skaro's and Gallifrey's finest. There may well be, to paraphrase Peter Capaldi, shit getting blown up but this is a thinker of an episode too.

Oh, and listen out for a delicious reference to former showrunner, Russell T Davies.

Thanks to BBC

Deep Breath DVD/Bluray in North America

BBC America have announced the details of the North American home video release of Doctor Who, Series 8, Episode 1, Deep Breath. As previously posted HERE, the episode is out on DVD/Bluray in the UK on Sept 8. Check out the bonus materials below and click on the images above for bigger versions.
  • Prequel Scene only seen in theaters
  • Behind the Scenes featurette only seen in theaters
  • Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor – the live announcement of the casting of Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor
  • The Real History of Science Fiction: Episode 4 - TIME - This documentary series delves into the real history of science fiction, with this episode focusing on time travel and featuring Steven Moffat, David Tennant, Karen Gillan, and Neil Gaiman offering a unique perspective on the Doctor.

Deep Breath hits the streets in the US and Canada on Sept 9 priced $19.98 [US] / $24.98 [CAN] on DVD and $24.98 [US] / $30.98 [CAN] on Bluray.

Coleman: Clara was meant to be Mary Poppins

In an interview with Interview (good name there), Jenna Coleman has been chatting about Doctor Who, her future and the audition process for Clara. In it, the actress reveals that her character was to be more bossy and like Mary Poppins. Check out what she has to say below.
"When the brief came through [for her audition], I knew it was a 'Doctor Who companion.' But the character description was actually very much like 'Mary Poppins' originally. Clara's very, very bossy and tells the Doctor where to go and what to do, and whacks him with an umbrella and stuff."
Recently, certain tabloids have suggested that Jenna is leaving the show, this is what she had to say when asked about her "legacy" on Doctor Who.
"Oh wow. It's so funny because I'm still working at it—I'm still there. For me personally, to be honest, for these last eight months the show has been totally and utterly life consuming. When you're in Doctor Who you're in Doctor Who. There just isn't much time. It's going to be interesting now that we finished the season."
You can read the full interview HERE where Coleman chats about her career and more.

Steven Moffat talks Listen

Website Science has been chatting to current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and in it the writer discusses Episode 4 of Series 8, Listen. Check out what he has to say about the story below and read the full interview HERE.
"In the episode Listen, my impulse starting in that was just the idea, 'What does he do when he’s got nothing do?' Because he’d throw himself off a building if he thought it’d be interesting on the way down.
You know, he’s fascinated by anything. And here he’s with nothing to do so he just goes out and poking things with a stick until something bites it. And I think that’s quite interesting, isn’t that? Sort of, there’s a thrill seeker aspect."
Listen airs worldwide on Sep 13. For more pics, clips and news from Doctor Who, Series 8, visit the episode guide HERE

Into The Dalek promo pics

BBC America have released a batch of promotional pictures from Doctor Who, Series 8 - Episode 2, Into The Dalek - click on the images included here for bigger versions. Featured alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Zawe Ashton (Journey Blue) and Michael Smiley (Colonel Morgan Blue). 

For more pics, clips and news from Into The Dalek, click HERE

6 seriously shocking surprises in Doctor Who

Download the Deep Breath audio commentary HERE

All pics courtesy of Ray Burmiston, ©BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 and Adrian Rogers, ©BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014