Friday, January 29, 2010

Tennant & Tate Together Again

David Tennant and Catherine Tate will once again be taking to the airwaves when they stand in for Jonathan Ross this Saturday on BBC Radio 2. According to the drummer for La Roux, guests also include Ricky Gervais (The Office) and Anthony Head (School Reunion). The show starts at 10am on Saturday and can be heard throughout the world on the BBC website.


Further confirmation of this story comes from Geoff Marshall through Twitter who posted the above picture, featuring Tate, Tennant and Gervais, at today's recording session.

Billie Talks "Doctor Who: The Movie"

BILLIE PIPER (Rose Tyler) was a guest on the Scot Mills show on Radio 1 yesterday (hosted by Sara Cox). During the interview she talked about Matt Smith, David Tennant and the Doctor Who 'movie', of which she says, "they are doing it". Hear the Who~related clips in the player below (the movie is discussed in Part 1).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Space Museum & The Chase DVD artwork & synopsis

2|entertain have released more detail about the upcoming box set featuring The Space Museum & The Chase - see the box art HERE. Above you can see the individual sleeve art - click on the pics for bigger, Hartnellier versions. Included on the three disc set is:

The Space Museum
The TARDIS jumps a time track and the travellers arrive on the planet Xeros. There they discover their own future selves displayed as exhibits in a museum established as a monument to the Galactic conquests of the warlike Morok invaders who now rule the planet. When time shifts back to normal, they realise that they must do everything they can to try to avert this potential future.
Special Features:
• Commentary - Maureen O'Brien, William Russell, writer Glyn Jones and Peter Purves.
Defending the Museum - writer Robert Shearman provides a personal and robust defence of this somewhat forgotten story.
My Grandfather, the Doctor - Jessica Carney talks about the career of her grandfather, William Hartnell.
A Holiday for the Doctor - spoof comedy recollections of sixties Doctor Who starring Christopher Green as actress Ida Barr
• Photo Galley
• Coming Soon
• PDF Material - Radio Times listings.
• Programme Subtitles
• Subtitle Production Notes

The Chase
The travellers are forced to flee in the TARDIS when they learn from the Time/Space Visualiser taken from the Moroks' museum that a group of Daleks equipped with their own time machine are on their trail with orders to exterminate them.
Special Features
• Commentary - Maureen O'Brien, William Russell, Peter Purves and Richard Martin.
Cusick in Cardiff - Raymond Cusick, the designer of the Daleks, visits the new series production studios in Cardiff to be shown around the TARDIS set and meet the newest version of his design. With Raymond Cusick, production designer Edward Thomas and designer Peter McKinstry.
The Thrill of The Chase - director Richard Martin looks back at the making of the story.
Last Stop White City - School teachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton were the first people from Earth to travel with the Doctor and his granddaughter Susan in their time and space vehicle, the TARDIS. From their first step into the TARDIS in An Unearthly Child to their departure at the end of 'The Chase', the duo were involved in sixteen thrilling adventures that captured the imagination of a generation. This documentary tells their story. With actors William Russell, director Richard Martin, studio vision mixer Clive Doig and writer Simon Guerrier.
Daleks Conquer and Destroy - since they first appeared on our television screens in 1963, the Daleks have been a source of enduring fascination for followers of Doctor Who. But just what was their appeal? With producer Verity Lambert, Dalek designer Raymond Cusick, director Richard Martin, actress Carole Ann Ford, writer Robert Shearman, designer Matthew Savage, model unit supervisor Mike Tucker and new series Dalek voice artiste Nicholas Briggs.
Daleks Beyond the Screen - from the outset, the merchandising opportunities presented by the popularity of the Daleks was quickly realised and continues right through to the present day. With producer Verity Lambert, Dalek designer Raymond Cusick, director Richard Martin, new series Dalek voice artiste Nicholas Briggs, designer Matthew Savage, writer Robert Shearman, Doctor Who merchandise collector Mick Hall, model unit supervisor Mike Tucker, Private Eye journalist Adam MacQueen, BBC Worldwide's Kate Walsh and Dave Turbitt.
Shawcraft - The Original Monster Makers - this documentary looks at the work of Uxbridge-based Shawcraft Models, who during the sixties provided many of the props and models for Doctor Who. With BBC designers Raymond Cusick, Spencer Chapman, John Wood and Barry Newbery, and Annette Basford, the daughter of Shawcraft owner, Bill Roberts.
Follow that Dalek - an amateur 8mm cine film from 1967 looking around the premises of Shawcraft Models. The film features numerous props and models from Doctor Who, many seem for the first time in colour.
Give-a-Show Slides - sixteen stories presented on seven slides each, as featured in the Doctor Who Give-a-Show Slide Projector toy from the sixties.
• Photo Gallery

• Coming Soon
• PDF Material - Radio Times listings
• Programme Subtitles
• Subtitle Production Notes

Thanks to 2|entertain

REVIEW - "The Masque Of Mandragora" DVD

Release Date: Feb 8

RRP: £19.99

Duration: 100 mins (approx)

Stories included:
The Masque of Mandragora

Click HERE

The Something of Something was a popular trait in Seventies Who (only one from this story's 'season' does not abide to that format - The Deadly Assassin) and, as a result, the uniqueness and individuality of the tale can get a bit lost in all the 'ofs'. Indeed, sandwiched between my favourite Tommy B story The Seeds Of Doom and The Hand Of Fear, The Masque Of Mandragora is neither as memorable or as good as either.

Not that it's bad, by no means. Masque is a perfectly well executed story with excellent production values but, for me, it is the very definition of an average Doctor Who story (and sitting at No. 85 in the recent DWM poll, lots of others agree). Unlike Seeds and Hand, it's the supporting cast who let the side down. Whereas Doom had Amelia Ducat, Harrison Chase and Scorby (not forgetting the flippin' Krynoid!); and Fear featured Eldrad (both of them) and even Professor Watson - Mandragora has no real memorable performances.

A pity really as it kicks off in an impressively creepy sci~fi start and a trip round the TARDIS with Sarah Jane commenting, "I see what you mean about relative dimensions!" Do you Sarah, do you really?? Once the intrepid duo hit Earth, she gets captured even pretty quickly for her and so we find ourselves in the world of The Prisoner. Sorry, I mean Portmeirion. Oops, actually it's Renaissance Italy. Apparently. This is another slight problem I have with Masque, I can't get the Patrick McGoohan classic out of my head every time there's some outdoor action.

Viewers may find themselves afeared (or aroused, like me) when SJ gets caught and posed with the statement: "Demnos will not be cheated of his pleasure little one!" Blimey. Annoyingly, the 'journalist' (*coughs*) does manage to get possessed yet again (another trope as lazy as the Sesame Street~sponsored 'of') though I was amused to find that The Doctor does actually use the line "I'll explain later" in answer to a 'difficult' question.

Though I may seem to be rather down on this story, it's an entertaining watch. As a 'season' opener it's not exactly thrilling and there are much more interesting and memorable stories out there (some better, some worse) but Masque is a solid tale told in a time when the show was blasting on full tilt, hitting out classic after classic. So it's probably not fair to compare this one to its surrounding brothers and sisters from the same and previous 'seasons'. Anyway, The Masque of Mandragora is worth watching alone for the new TARDIS console room. Now, hold on - that IS memorable!

Although the story itself is far from memorable, the cast and crew sure do remember it all in great detail (though one has to wonder what Elisabeth Sladen makes of it - sadly, she appears on not one of the extras presented here). The Commentary (featuring Tom Baker, Gareth Armstrong, Philip Hinchcliffe and Chris D'Oyly-John) tootles along quite nicely though Tom does seem slightly restrained here with only the odd strange noise coming out of his gob and the even odder use of the phrase "blacking up". They do go off topic occasionally, debating Eastenders and the merits of HD (at some length). And, yet again, there's another discussion of whether or not actors rehearse today like they did in the "good ole days". Seriously, a producer needs to tell those involved in commentaries discussions that have taken place before. (And more than once!) The implication seems to be that things aren't as good as they used to be which, frankly, is redundant as it is dumb.

As always, there's a main docco covering the production and here we get The Secret of the Labyrinth led by Phillip Hinchliffe. I've admired Hincho for years but his admission that The Prisoner "must have passed me by" left me somewhat disappointed in the once~great man. Really? Passed you by?? Oh well. Ironically this documentary is set in Portmeirion, home to the aforementioned other 'cult' Sixties classic. It's pretty exhaustive and you'll wonder about letting the kids watch this one with some unsavoury info about cod~pieces raked out... I will say there is some mightily impressive CG rendering of the TARDIS console room on this one - excellent work (pictured below).

Bigger on the Inside is, as you might have guessed, is a look at the history of the TARDIS. It's a worthy piece though once feels it could have been easily Confidentialised and stretched to an hour as it is a pretty rushed affair. And they wheel out Christopher "Hello, I Don't Like The Science Behind The 'New Series' Even Though I Had The Master Speak To The Entire Universe Through A Radio Transmitter and Crappy Old Dish in 'Logopolis' - No, Really" Bidmead who, thankfully, manages to keep his more opinionated views to himself. Again there's neat CG rendering - here, they recreate a moment from An Unearthly Child, placing Susan in the New Series TARDIS.

Now and Then continues the DVD series and present a delightful tour of Portmeirion (though maybe that's The Prisoner fan in me speaking, or typing rather). And then there's Beneath the Masque - a 'humorous' piece presented and written by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman. One can't help but feel that if they'd left the narration and presenting to someone else then the gags would have been better played. Sadly, I'm afraid to report, these guys do not have the skills to elicit laughs. There are funny moments in there: cracking idea of a mash~up between Cathy Come Home and The Prisoner (how many more times am I gonna mention that show?); a tittersome Blue Peter skit; and the line "nothing would never be the same again." But one has to question the use of a 'Jamaican' to portray laziness, a lapse in judgment I feel.

Add in a pinch of superb Production Notes, a Dalek~bump inducing 'Coming Soon' trailer for The Space Museum & The Chase, a lurvely Photo Gallery and an 'interestingly' illustrated Radio Times PDF and you've got an almost perfect companion of VAMs. Oh yeah, and did I mention The Prisoner?


Thanks to 2|entertain

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Series, Episode 11 - Radio Times synopsis

The latest issue of the Radio Times - see pics from it HERE - has an episode guide written by Steven Moffat. See what he has to say about episode eleven of the new series below [SPOILERS!]

Radio Times episode guide

"The Writer’s Tale" site mentions Blogtor!

Imagine our surprise here at Blogtor Towers, on a slow news~day/week/month, when the official website for The Writer's Tale used a quote from the recent review of The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter (read it HERE). Written by Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook, the book is an in-depth discussion of the creative life of Doctor Who covering Russell’s final year as Head Writer and Executive Producer of the show. With over 300 pages of new material, and taking in events from the entire five years since the show’s return in 2005, The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter is the most comprehensive - and personal - account of Doctor Who ever published.

Visit The Writer's Tale website HERE where you can download scripts from the Specials (and more!) HERE and find out what other blogs have been saying about it HERE. Thanks again to BBC Books, Ebury Publishing and Benjamin Cook.

ETA: Thanks to reader Kilbey who pointed out that Blogtor Who also features in the cartoon on the same page! (Pictured below)

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Space Museum & The Chase DVD box set artwork

Coming soon is another classic DVD box set from 2|entertain - see the artwork above (click on it for a bigger version). This one features The Space Museum and The Chase and has a street date of March 1 with an RRP of £29.99.

Thanks to 2|entertain

Billie Piper on "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross"

Pictured above is BILLIE PIPER (Rose Tyler) on this week's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross (click on the image for a bigger, Pipier version) - from the BBC Press Office:

Billie Piper, Alicia Keys and Alan Carr join Jonathan Ross for this week's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross on BBC One.

Billie Piper tells Jonathan that David Tennant is a better kisser than Matt Smith but she has finally said goodbye to Doctor Who: "I think enough is enough now."

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross airs Jan 22 on BBC One.

Coming Soon on DVD - "The Space Museum" & "The Chase"

Included on The Masque of Mandragora, the next DVD release from 2|entertain, is a "Coming Soon" trailer for The Space Museum & The Chase - a box set due for release in March which includes the two classic William Hartnell stories. Click on the pics below for bigger versions.

Thanks to 2|entertain

Thursday, January 21, 2010

REVIEW - "The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter"

BBC Books out now
Available on Paperback [RRP £16.99]

Without wanting to flatter myself by association, I was please to discover that I share a few lurves with writer Russell T Davies. Namely Beauty & The Beast. People often bang on about The Lion King (even RD quoted it in The Christmas Invasion) but B and the B has got it all going on for me and the big man agrees. Plus, he's a fan of The Apprentice. What's not to like?

Those familiar with the first edition of The Writer's Tale (included here in all its glory) will know the format - Doctor Who Magazine scribe Benjamin Cook has entered into an email conversation (and sometimes texts - how modern!) with RTD discussing, primarily, the writing process. This new edition picks up where the last left off but what we get is much more than a simple to~ing and fro~ing of "This is how I did that" or "That's why I did that".

As before, there are detailed (yet fascinating) glimpses into how Russell created, wrote and produced the final specials. Reading the unfolding saga of how Planet of the Dead completely changed (as many stories do), not to mention "Bus~Gate", over the months is quite remarkable. Even more so is the moment in an email where Davies realises himself who delivers the four knocks - and there are plenty of these moments of discovery to devour.

But it's the 'backstage' shenanigans that take priority here. And by 'shenanigans' here I refer to the BBC. I lost count of the number of times the phrase 'BBC Editorial Policy' was wheeled out either with regards to a story (the skeleton in Planet of the Dead, for example) or behind~the~scenes chicanery (whether or not they could announce live at the National Television Awards that Davey T was leaving). It's disappointing, and frustrating for a fan, to find out that the creative team have to put up with this sort of interference.

Even more horrifying is the stuff that RTD doesn't tell us about - I can't (and don't want to) imagine. The production crew seem to work in a continual state of emergency and the saga of how The Waters of Mars nearly didn't happen will send more shivers through you than a Weeping Angel or Midnight monster ever could.

Anyway, the book throws up so many interesting tidbits (many of which you've already read about I'm sure), but the one that really sticks out is Davey T's almost decision reversal when Steven Moffat and Piers Why Does He Always Look Like He's Just Been Crying For Ten Hours? Wenger took over. The Moff features like The Watcher, gathering Davies into his final moments on Who. One wonders (and hopes) if the Scotsman will undertake such a tome to record his experiences.

Like the first edition, the reader finds out in graphical detail just how painful (and rewarding) the writing process is for Russell T Davies. Torturous does not cover it and I hope that one day he gets to write a story at a pace that his massive brain can handle. Of his intellect I do have to question one thing - why does he go online? Davies has never been shy in expressing his opinions, quite rightly, on fandom and he lets rip once again. But why subject himself to message boards and forums? I can understand that he must get p'd off at the dozen or so people who continually churn out the same redundant remarks but they're such a minority of the millions that derive pleasure from the series that it seems ridiculous that he would even consider their "opinions". With higher than ever audience Appreciation Index figures and growing viewing figures the hard facts are there - Doctor Who is a palpable hit. Yet, he finds himself niggled by comments as they infiltrate his life in other ways. It saddens me, to be honest, that a man so obviously talented, so obviously brilliant, so bottom~huggingly creative that he finds himself bothering with these "people" - he's better than that. I just wanted to give him a big cuddle. Moving on.

For fans of the show, The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter is the ultimate reference book - utterly indispensable. For those who have any interest in the world of television then it'll serve as a warning and as a helpful guide to the industry. Russell's candour and wit (and his lurve for the show) keep what could have been a dull read, an essential experience - and you will feel his sadness, joy and frustration in equal measures. Full marks must also go to Benjamin Cook for keeping up this correspondence and for keeping it so relevant. One hopes that he and Russell will continue as I, for one, want to know - what happens next?

Blogtor Rating 10/10

Thanks to eBury and BBC Books

REVIEW - "Doctor Who & The Ice Warriors" audio CD

BBC Audio out now
Available on 4xCD [RRP £12.99]

Hot on the heels of their fan~ear tweaking mention in The Waters Of Mars, the Ice Warriors get the novelisation of their debut story released on a mammoth four CD collection. Not only that, it's read by Frazer Hines!

It's busy old time for the Martians as they pop up on the Peladon Tales DVD box set (review coming up this week) though the gregarious green giants don't pop up for a good hour or so. Perhaps, because of this, the first disc does rather drag but their impressive entrance is worth the wait.

The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria also take their time in turning up and you'll be wondering why it says Doctor Who on the cover as we get treated to the on~goings of a base in the middle of nowhere. (Is there any other kind?)

Frazer's style is warm and engaging, if slightly inconsistent (and his 'computer' voice does sound rather like a Dalek). At times his delivery is a tad stilted and clipped whereas at other times he's in full flow with a cracking impression of Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor. (His Jamie ain't too shabby either!)

Doctor Who & The Ice Warriors is value packed release with four hours of Ice Warriors goodness (well, not quite) with some terrific production values - the sound FX, as always with BBC Audio, are top notch. It also serves as stout reference material as the original televised tale is missing in parts with the only downside the aforementioned lapses in consistency from Frazer.

Blogtor Rating 7/10

Thanks to BBC Audio


Last night, Doctor Who scored two big awards at the National Television Awards. The show won Best Drama for the fifth year in a row and David Tennant picked up Outstanding Drama Performance. Check out videos of the awards being won HERE and HERE (courtesy of the Doctor Who Site). In other award news, Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow in Blink) has picked up a BAFTA nomination for her role in An Education.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

REVIEW - "Peladon Tales" DVD Box Set

Release Date: Out now

RRP: £29.99

Duration: 250 mins (approx)

Stories included:
The Curse Of Peladon
The Monster of Peladon

See below

The Curse Of Peladon gets a good name in fandom and it's not hard to see why. At the heart of this futuristic, yet at the same time historical, looking tale is a simple Agatha Christie~style whodunnit?. Though some of the cast may come across as rather po~faced (bizarre considering their ridiculous hairstyles and outfits - not to mention a huge cock~in~a~cloak trundling about) it's countered by the warmth and humour of The Doctor and Jo. She's was getting "dolled up" for a night out with Mike Yates (her words, not mine) and finds herself at the groin~grabbing attention of Peladon himself, played so stoutly by David Troughton.

There are also a few laughs to be found to be found in the choices the production team made with regards to some of the characters' voices and outfits. Although beloved by some, Alpha Centauri will either have you sending the kids out the room in disgust or laughing in delight. And the voice? Blimey. And to think some people have a problem with farting Slitheen!

Anyway, if you get on board, Curse a genuine corker of a classic and the fight scene in Episode Three is particularly worth highlighting - magnificent direction and editing there. Sadly the words 'corker' and 'classic' cannot be applied to the follow up story, The Monster of Peladon. At six episodes, it's about five too long. There's nothing bad about it particularly (apart from some more ridiculous hairstyles and Aggedor), but Monster does not engage in nearly the same that Curse did.

A metaphor for the UK miner strike (with a bit of "women's lib" thrown in for good measure) may be worthy but it's dull as hell and by the end you'll find it hard to care about any of these characters. The miners come off as bland and passionless and their masters are all beards and poses with only the Queen attracting any attention. (Though she is distractingly blinky - go on, check it out!) It's a pity as the first episode starts very well with a good sense of pace, but Monster just didn't have anywhere to go.

Spanning two parts, the main documentary accompanying this feature, The Peladon Saga, covers all bases with all the major players. Thankfully everyone seems to remember what went on (I can barely remember what happened at Christmas) and they do so with some relish - particularly when the cast and crew were introduced to Alpha Centauri. Terrance Dicks proclaims, "looks like a giant dick!" leading to a costume change for the one~eyed 'monster' only to be faced with "looks like a giant dick with a cloak on." Won't someone please think of the children??

Throw in some political shenanigans from the UK scene in the 70s and casual drug abuse and you've got yourself an engaging docco. Warriors of Mars is a neat overview of The Ice Warriors history in Doctor Who and features some excellent archival audio from Bernard Bresslaw. Where Are They Now? is a short interview with Ysanne Churchman (the voice of the aforementioned cloaked cock) conducted in 1980. It's not essential viewing but certain members of the audience may audibly gasp when she describes Alpha Centauri as a "homosexual civil servant."

The On Target series continues superbly with a look at Terrance Dicks and his contribution to the published world of Doctor Who. It's full of great warmth and humour as discussion turns to the origins of "pleasant open face" (his 'classic' description of The Fifth Doctor). There's more larfs to be had in the Easter Eggs - I won't spoil them for you but get ready to hear Jon Pertwee confused, singing and then swear~bleeped. Great stuff.

The commentaries are a packed affair, perhaps one too many people involved for my liking, with some great interplay between Barry Letts and the aforementioned Dicks (though he seems to think that Ice Warriors are as popular as the Cyberman - hardly Terry). Letts also reveals his disdain for celebrity appearances ("Ken Dodd for god's sake!"), his fondness for Fulton McKay as The Doctor (Doctor Who's loss was Fraggle Rock's gain) and his anger for the question marks on the Time Lord's (future) outfits. Katy Manning is lively though one did slightly tire of her various 'voices'. Thankfully, for both stories, the contributors are well informed and stay on topic (an important feature for me). Add to these a Storyboard Comparison, Photo Gallery, Coming Soon and Production Notes and, as always, there's enough VAMs to keep even the most Value~Added~Material hungry fan satiated.


Thanks to 2|entertain

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Catherine Tate on "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross"

Pictured above is CATHERINE TATE (Donna Noble) on this week's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross (click on the image for a bigger, juicier version) - from the BBC Press Office:
Arlene Phillips, Ray Winstone and Catherine Tate join Jonathan Ross for this week's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. Catherine Tate reveals she's moving into movies and is currently writing her first feature film.

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross airs Jan 15 on BBC One.

The Masque of Mandragora - DVD cover art & synopsis

Featuring fan favourite Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, The Masque of Mandragora is packed with extras and will be available on DVD from 8th February 2010 priced at £19.99. Click on the pic above for a bigger, Bakier version - here's the synopsis:
After an encounter with the deadly Mandragora Helix, the Doctor and Sarah Jane land in 15th Century San Martino. In the midst of danger, secrecy and intrigue, they witness the flowering of the Italian Renaissance.

As the masque to celebrate the accession of the new Duke approaches, the Doctor realises that a third visitor has arrived with him in the TARDIS. It is a force with the power to wipe out human civilisation forever. The Doctor has brought it to Earth – and only the Doctor can stop it...

This dramatic tale features the following DVD Extras:
• Commentary by Tom Baker (The Doctor), Gareth Armstrong (Giuliano), Philip Hinchcliffe (Producer) and Chris D'Oyly-John (Production Unit Manager).
The Secret of the Labyrinth - Cast and crew look back at the making of The
Masque of Mandragora
Bigger on the Inside - The history of the TARDIS
Now and Then - A return visit to the locations used for The Masque of
Beneath the Masque - Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman take
the Masque to task
Radio Times Billings (PDF )
• Production Information Subtitles
• Photo Gallery
Coming Soon Trailer

Thanks to 2|entertain

DREAMLAND - DVD cover & synopsis

Created in eye-catching high definition 3D animation, Doctor Who: Dreamland sees the Doctor with two new companions – Cassie Rice and Jimmy Stalkingwolf - and pits him against a new alien race, the monstrous Viperox, led by Lord Azlok. Serving up all the traditional Doctor Who ingredients, excitement, drama and humour, this animated adventure is released on DVD from Feb 1, 2010. Click on the pic above for a bigger, Tennantier version.

Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments - a 3 x 60 minute retrospective taking viewers on a journey through time and space to relive action from the legendary sci-fi show from 2005 onwards, featuring exclusive interviews with key actors offering unique insights on the classic moments. Split into three programmes, The Doctor, The Companions and The Enemies.

Release Date: 1st February
RRP: £12.99

Thanks to 2|entertain

BBC Winter/Spring Line~up

The BBC have released some news of the their line~up for the Winter/Spring season. Included in the video above you'll find: CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON (The Ninth Doctor) in Lennon Naked; BILLIE PIPER (Rose Tyler) in A Passionate Woman; and MATT SMITH (The Eleventh Doctor) in Doctor Who. There's even some RUSSELL TOVEY (Midshipman Frame) thrown in for good measure from Being Human. See the trailer for the next series of Doctor Who HERE.

Christopher Eccleston IS John Lennon

Christopher Eccleston, The Ninth Doctor, is to star in Lennon Naked, a major one-off drama for BBC Four - see some footage from it HERE. The synopsis:

Lennon Naked charts his transition from "Beatle John" to enduring and enigmatic icon. It covers a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes from 1967-71; a time of worldwide adulation at one extreme, a combination of frustration and despair at the other.

Lennon Naked is due for broadcast in the Winter/Spring period

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

BLOGTOR WHO on Twitter!

You can keep up to date with all the posts from BLOGTOR on the social networking site, Twitter - go HERE and follow! Please note, there will only be Doctor Who~related tweets with some previews of what's to come ...

REVIEW - "Doctor Who At The BBC: A Legend Reborn"

BBC Audio Released Feb 11
Available on Double CD [RRP £13.69]
BBC Audio are really spoiling us Who fans in twenty~ten, already we've had the David Tennant read The Last Voyage (see review HERE) and a four~disc marathon with Dr Who & The Ice Warriors (reviewing coming up later this week) and now it's this fascinating look (or, rather, listen) at Doctor Who through its various BBC radio appearances (news articles, interviews, etc...) since the show's return in twenty~oh~five.

Narrated by Lis Sladen (who appears to think this is an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, the way in which she dreamily chats about The Doctor), this two~disc set is presented chronologically and kicks off with none other than Christopher Eccleston (remember him?). Fans may want to avert their ears as he pronounces 'Daleks' as 'dialects' (no, really!) but hearing him all laughs and jokes with Jo Wiley (Radio 1 DJ and fan) will warm the cockles of even the most bitter fan (only one series? Flippin' lightweight!).

More larfs ensue when, during a quiz, he incorrectly identifies the voice of a Cyberman as that of a Vogon whilst confusing Gryffoids with Zygons and Ogrons with Ice Warriors. What comes across most about Chrissy E is his positivity about the return of Doctor Who and his co~star Billie Piper. Then enter Davey T with even more enthusiasm revealing all his geeky knowledge to a suitably impressed Wiley.

All the major players get some air time (though one would have liked to have heard more from Russell T Davies) but there's also some other 'commentators' contributing. Who can forget 'Cup~Gate'? No? It was that dark, dark Saturday when Manchester United were playing, erm, another team* just before the due broadcast of Series Three's Gridlock. BUT if the match was to go to extra time then the episode would have been canceled! Unthinkable now of course but a lot of us were purty p~o'd. And so Mitch Benn took to the stage in The Now Show ('topical' comedy news quiz) and sang about it in all its gory detail - hilarious stuff.

It's not all good though, sadly the listener has to put up with antics of Steve Wright. Aside from that disgusting blip (literally) A Legend Reborn is a cracking piece of reference work that goes right up to Planet of the Dead, but only briefly touching on Matt Smith being cast. Due to this it's slightly incomplete missing out the very end of the RTD era and Davey T's finale - might have been better to either concentrate on the show's return (it is called A Legend Reborn after all) or to wait and compile the recent interviews and coverage. Regardless, it's a fantastic release.

Blogtor rating 9/10

Thanks to BBC Audio

*Who cares? Man U ended up winning and the episode went ahead!