Sunday, May 30, 2010

Matt and Karen perform the theme tune

During the most recent edition of Doctor Who Confidential, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan took time out to perform their version of the iconic theme tune, see their performance in the player below.

Vincent and The Doctor - TV trailer

The BBC have released a new trailer for the tenth episode of the new series, Vincent and The Doctor. See it in the player below and visit the episode section - for more pics and spoilers - HERE.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Monster Files - Silurians

The official site has updated with another installment of the Monster Files. Taken from River Song's diary, this edition looks at the 'Silurians' - see it in the player below.

The Big Questions 8 - Matt Smith & Karen Gillan

The official site has updated with another edition of The Big Questions featuring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. See it in the player below BUT BE WARNED - it includes HUGE SPOILERS for the episode Cold Blood.

Vincent and The Doctor - 'Next Time' trail

The latest edition of Doctor Who brings us another preview. See the 'Next Time' trail for Vincent and The Doctor in the player below and visit the episode section - for pics and spoilers - HERE.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Arthur Darvill - BBC Breakfast interview

Arthur Darvill was a guest on BBC Breakfast earlier today, see his interview in the player below. PLEASE NOTE: I didn't catch the start of it unfortunately, apologies. See some clips of Cold Blood HERE and visit the episode section HERE

ETA: The full interview can be watched HERE. Many thanks to Dexter.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cold Blood - new clips

The official site has updated with four new clips from Cold Blood - see them in the player below and visit the episode section HERE.

Cold Blood - Meera Syal introduction

The official site has updated with an introduction to Cold Blood from Meera Syal - see it in the player below and visit the episode section HERE.

The Lodger - episode synopsis

The BBC have released the episode synopsis for The Lodger, written by Gareth Roberts. Read it below and visit the episode section - for more pics - HERE.

There's a house on Aickman road, and a staircase that people go up, but never down, as the time-travelling drama continues.

To solve the mystery of the man upstairs, the Doctor faces his greatest challenge yet – he must pass himself off as a perfectly normal human being, and share a flat with Craig Owens.

The Lodger is due to air June 12, 6.45 pm

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Matt and Karen on "Junior Masterchef"

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan made an appearance on the BBC children's show Junior Masterchef - see them chomping away in the player below.

The Dominators - DVD artwork & details

Featuring Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor, The Dominators follows the Doctor’s battles with a cruel alien race set on spoiling the Doctors holiday! Packed with a host of fantastic extras, this classic five-part adventure is available on DVD from 12th July 2010, priced £19.99. Here are the extras (click on the pic above for a bigger version):

• Audio Commentary with actors Wendy Padbury, Frazer Hines, Giles Block and Arthur Cox and make-up designer Sylvia James.
Recharge and Equalise – cast and crew look back on the making of the story with actors Frazer Hines, Felicity Gibson, Giles Block and Arthur Cox, script editor Derrick Sherwin, co-writer Mervyn Haisman, designer Barry Newbery, make-up designer Sylvia James and Radiophonic Workshop designer Brian Hodgson.
Tomorrow’s Times – The Second Doctor – a looks at Doctor Who’s contemporary media coverage in daily newspapers and other publications.
• Photo Gallery
• Coming Soon.
• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.
• Programme subtitles.
• Subtitle Production Notes.

Thanks to 2|entertain

REVIEW - "Kamelion Tales" DVD Box set

Release Date: June 14

RRP: £29.99

Duration: 150 mins (approx)

Stories included:
The King's Demons
Planet of Fire
Planet of Fire: Special Edition


The box sets these days are getting to be an odd collection. For example take this one, a box set named after Kamelion, one of the most universally loathed and inconsequential creations in Who's history. Well, perhaps loathed is a bit harsh but after watching this set you'll see that no~one involved in the show had any affection, or trust, in the robot. But more of that later, first up the stories.

This box set actually demonstrates just why the Eighties' Master is regarded by some as such a pantomime creation. In The King's Demons his plot, involving the Magna *yawns* Carta has so little merit that even The Doctor comments on the smallness of his enemy's machinations. At no point does The Master convince you of his name and even employs the ridiculous robot Kamelion in his 'dastardly' scheme to so little effect that you'll wonder if the story has actually been read by anyone (including the author).

Not helping matters is a woeful performance from Anthony Ainley whose "accent" (and I use the word quite wrongly), as The Master in disguise for the first part, really will make you wonder what the production team were thinking. Throw in another misplaced performance from Gerald Flood as the King (listen to him singing the word "waaaarrrrr") and you've got yourself a laugh~fest of the highest order. The rest of the cast also seem to think they're actually starring in some kind of Am~Dram show. Although only two parts, The King's Demons manages to outstay its welcome.

Acting is another problem that raises its head in Planet of Fire, a story with a number of items on the shopping list, as it were. Peter Davison's penultimate story sees the 'end' of The Master, goodbyes to Turlough and Kamelion and a hello to Peri. Oh, and Peter Wyngarde. Again the supporting cast lend little sympathy to the 1984 four~parter with a bland cast, the prime sinner being Peri's stepfather played by Dallas Adams - simply awful.

As in The King's Demons, The Master comes off as a poor villain though the idea that he's trying to restore his powers (after being a bit silly with the Tissue Compression Eliminator) is solid. But the other 'plot' involving the indigenous people of Lanzarote, sorry I mean Sarn, is a well-trodden one and lacks any interest at all. And, like the two~parter accompanying this tale, the ending is abrupt and we're so used to seeing The Doctor's nemesis 'die' that his final scenes are unaffecting, safe in the knowledge that he'll probably be back.

I'm a huge fan of Peter Davison's portrayal of The Fifth Doctor and his era but these two stories are no way to introduce anyone to his time in the TARDIS (though his performance, as always, is never less than spot~on). The usual Eighties problems raise their head and even though the location shoot might spark interest, sadly the story fails to engage.

Despite the quality of the stories, any Doctor Who DVD is worth the price alone for the wonderful special features that we always get from 2|entertain. And, I would add, the commentaries on these two stories are testament to that. The King's Demons features an irreverent Peter Davison (is there any other kind?) whose candid outlook is to be commended. AND he reveals that when he took on the job of The Doctor, he had to stop advertising a brand of beer - always refreshing to hear a new anecdote.

Those familiar with commentaries will slightly tire of hearing (yet a~flippin~gain) about how people don't rehearse anymore. We get it! I think every commentary for the past year has had some 'actor' say that very same thing - can't a producer inform guests of this fact?? Anyway, Davison's sense of fun is engaging and their laughter at Gerald Flood's "singing" will have you joining in on the giggles.

The commentary for Planet of Fire is even better. Joining Petey D is Mark Strickson (Turlough) and Nicola Bryant (Peri) and they are clearly on the same wavelength whilst acknowledging the limitations of the show (usually the acting in this case) and regaling the listener with various stories about the activities on Lanzarote and Peter Wyngarde. It's slightly saucy too, not surprising given the tightness of Turlough's shorts and the skimpiness of Peri's bikini, though I was surprised nobody commented on the Trion relic which looks not unlike a female sex toy.

Given that The King's Demons is only a two~parter, not much time is given over to it. Kamelion - Metal Man is a tonally appropriate look at the aforementioned hated robot (and I will say that at every opportunity in this set, numerous people are queuing up to stick the boot in). It looks at the origins of the 'companion' discussing its possibilities but, ultimately its failures. Bizarrely, there's a deleted scene from The Awakening included which is very welcome but one would have expected that to pop up on its own DVD release. Even more bizarre is the occasional foray into 'educational' VAMs which continues on this set with Magna Carta. I'm sure it's all worthy stuff - including the inclusion of weighty comments on 9/11 and Guantanamo Bay (no, really) - but that's not what I want on a Doctor Who DVD, thank you very much.

Surprisingly, given the current economic climate, 2|entertain have seen fit to send out some of the crew to Lanzarote, revisiting the excellent locations. The Flames of Sarn, Return to the Planet of Fire and Designs on Sarn all superbly document the entire production from start to finish with contributions for the main players. In particular, John Nathan~Turner's thoughts, on audio, are put to good use. I will say, however, I was not fond of the music tracks used; namely from Take That and Sigur Ros. Two overplayed tracks on television you will not find. Though I did guffaw heartily at the montage of Kamelion's "best bits" with Culture Club's Karma Chameleon blaring out.

Other special feature include Remembering Anthony Ainley, a look at the actor who played The Master during the Eighties. Despite some remarkable footage of him in conversation at a convention (revealing himself to be a very amusing fellow) it's light on archival materials (unlike the excellent doc on Roger Delgado). There's also a lack of insight into the man but one can only assume that's indicative of Ainley himself who, according to all reports, was a very private chap. There's also some fun to be had in Calling the Shots - a collection of behind~the~scenes larking around from Planet of Fire (especially when Bryant is asked to tighten her blouse).

Accompanying the original version of Planet of Fire is a newly updated 'Special Edition' version, which condenses the four~parter into one movie, of sorts. Not only have they tarted up the original (and letter~boxed it) there's even a pre~titles sequence. Sadly, apart from the fact it's totally unnecessary, the CG work is jarring and the actual film stock, as it were, is markedly different to the pre~existing footage. The producers have done an excellent job, however, in making the location footage seem more alien when the action takes place on Sarn. It's always interesting to see how 'classic' Who can be changed, especially when the original director is involved, but on the evidence presented it is no better (or worse). My view is distorted, of course, as Planet of Fire is not exactly what I would refer to as 'classic' and the SE treatment could be better used elsewhere.


Cold Blood - image gallery

Our chums over at Den of Geek have posted a gallery of promotional pictures from Cold Blood - look at them HERE and visit the episode section HERE.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Hungry Earth - deleted scene

Tonight's edition of Doctor Who Confidential included a deleted scene from The Hungry Earth - see it in the player below. See the 'Next Time' trail for the next episode, Cold Blood, HERE.

The Big Questions 7 - Matt Smith & Arthur Darvill

The official site has updated with a new edition of The Big Questions - this time featuring Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill. See them discussing Wales in the player below.

Cold Blood - 'Next Time' trail

The BBC have issued the 'Next Time' trail for Cold Blood, the conclusion to The Hungry Earth. See it in the player below and visit the episode section HERE.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Hungry Earth - BBC Wales preview

BBC Wales have issued their own preview for The Hungry Earth - see it in the player below. Visit the episode section - for more clips and pics - HERE.

Happy Birthday Blogtor!

If you'll permit Blogtor to get sentimental for just two of your Earth seconds...

It was two years ago to the day that Blogtor Who began - see the very first post HERE (ah, so naive back then). Anyway, there's heaps of posts to mull over, read, listen and watch. Over to the left, sorry I mean right, you'll find a SEARCH box so if there's anything you're particularly looking for, you can hopefully find it. There's the archive section over there too (down a bit) AND you can follow Blogtor on Twitter HERE for extra juicy Who goodness.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vincent and The Doctor - episode synopsis

The BBC have released details about episode ten in the new series, read the episode synopsis for Vincent and The Doctor below and visit the episode section - for more pics and info - HERE.

Terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence, but only a sad and lonely painter can see it, as the time-travelling drama continues with an episode written by Richard Curtis.

Amy Pond finds herself shoulder to shoulder with Vincent Van Gogh, in a battle with a deadly alien.

Vincent and The Doctor is due to air 6.40pm, June 5

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Finale Titles revealed

The BBC site has updated with information on the titles of two episodes that will form this year's finale, they are:

The Pandorica Opens
The Big Bang

Read the synopsis of the finale, written by Steven Moffat, HERE. The episodes have been directed by Toby Haynes and are due to be broadcast on June 19 & 26.

The Hungry Earth - Meera Syal introduction

The official site has updated with an introduction to The Hungry Earth from Meera Syal, see it in the player below. Visit the episode section - for more clips and pics - HERE and see a gallery of promo images over at Den of Geek HERE.

The Hungry Earth - new clips

The official site has updated with three new clips from The Hungry Earth, see them in the player below. Visit the episode section - for more clips and pics - HERE and see a gallery of promo images over at Den of Geek HERE.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Karen Gillan & Vernon Kay 'act' out scene

Last week Karen Gillan was a guest on Vernon Kay's Radio One show - hear the interview HERE - and during their time together they acted out a scene from The Eleventh Hour. See it in the player below. BE WARNED - this video features Vernon Kay.


Here's the latest round~up of the all the news from the world of Doctor Who from the past week or so. Read the last one HERE.

Pictures [Spoilers]
TV Trailer [video]
'Next Time' trail [video]
Episode synopsis

Three clips [video]
The Big Questions with Matt Smith & Arthur Darvill [video]
Introduction from Arthur Darvill [video]
'Next Time' [video]

The Big Questions with Matt Smith & Arthur Darvill [video]
The Monster Files [video]
Arthur Darvill introduction [video]
Three clips [video]
Promo pics

Episode 11 title - The Lodger
Cold Blood - episode synopsis

New Series novels - cover art & details
Kamelion Tales - DVD artwork & details
Series 5 Vol.1 DVD review
Doctor Who - The Live Tour

Karen Gillan - Vernon Kay radio interview [audio]
Matt Smith interviews Karen Gillan [video]
Karen Gillan interviews Matt Smith [video]
Christopher Eccleston in Lennon Naked
Karen Gillan on The Graham Norton Show [video]
Matt Smith on Blue Peter [video]

Follow Blogtor Who on Twitter HERE

New Series Books

BBC Books are pleased to unveil three thrilling, all-new adventures featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television. All novels will be published on 8 July, retailing at £6.99 each.

Doctor Who: Nuclear Time
Oli Smith

‘My watch is running backwards.’

Colorado, 1981. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Appletown – an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist – whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is the Doctor…

As death falls from the sky, the Doctor is trapped. The TARDIS is damaged, and the Doctor finds he is living backwards through time. With Amy and Rory being hunted through the suburban streets of the Doctor’s own future and getting farther away with every passing second, he must unravel the secrets of Appletown before time runs out…

Doctor Who: The King’s Dragon
Una McCormack

‘They called it Enamour. It turned minds, sold merchandise, and swayed elections. And it did its job far too well...’

In the city-state of Geath, the King lives in a golden hall, and the people want for nothing. Everyone is happy and everyone is rich. Or so it seems. When the Doctor, Amy and Rory look beneath the surface, they discover a city of secrets. In dark corners, strange creatures are stirring. At the heart of the hall, a great metal dragon oozes gold.

Then the Herald appears, demanding the return of her treasure... And next come the gunships. The battle for possession of the treasure has begun, and only the Doctor and his friends can save the people of the city from being destroyed in the crossfire of an ancient civil war. But will the King surrender his new-found wealth? Or will he fight to keep it...?

Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase
Gary Russell

‘Why are you here? I mean – who are you, exactly?’

An archaeological dig in 1936 unearths relics of another time... And – as the Doctor, Amy and Rory realise – another place. Another planet. But if Enola Porter, noted adventuress, has really found evidence of an alien civilisation, how come she isn’t famous? Why has Rory never heard of her? Added to that, since Amy’s been travelling with him for a while now, why does she now think the Doctor is from Mars?

As the ancient spaceship reactivates, the Doctor discovers that nothing and no one can be trusted. The things that seem most real could actually be literal fabrications – and very deadly indeed. Who can the Doctor believe when no one is what they seem? And how can he defeat an enemy who can bend matter itself to their will? For the Doctor, Amy and Rory – and all of humanity – the buried secrets of the past are very much a threat to the present...

Thanks to Ebury and BBC Books

The Hungry Earth - new pics [Spoilers!]

The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures, out on Thursday, includes some new pictures from The Hungry Earth - they are included here. Visit the episode section - for clips and more pics - HERE. PLEASE NOTE: They are slightly spoilery so don't scroll down if you are remaining completely spoiler~free.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Doctor Who Live - The Monsters Are Coming!

BBC Worldwide have issued details about a new Doctor Who stage show, read them below and visit their website HERE.

Developed in association with Doctor Who’s Executive Producer and show runner, Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Live promises the same excitement, adventure and suspense that viewers have come to expect from the TV programme and will feature specially filmed new video scenes. Opening in wartime London and concluding in an epic onstage battle, audiences should expect the unexpected as the The Doctor’s arch-enemies the Daleks are joined by some of the best-loved and most terrifying monsters from the TV series including the Cybermen, Weeping Angels, Judoon and Oods to name but a few.

With an out-of-this-world set, Doctor Who Live will feature special FX, optical illusions and spectacular pyrotechnics building to an epic finale. Specially edited video clips, drawn from the TV Programme will be shown on a massive screen and accompanied by the music of longtime Doctor Who composer Murray Gold. These iconic scores will be brought to life by a 16 piece orchestra live on stage.

Visit the official Doctor Who Live website HERE. Tickets go on sale 9am, Friday 21st May.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Hungry Earth - TV trailer

The BBC have issued a new trailer for the next episode, The Hungry Earth. See it in the player below and visit the episode section - for more clips and pics - HERE.

Discuss this trailer HERE

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Big Questions 6 - Matt Smith & Arthur Darvill

The official site has updated with a new edition of The Big Questions - this time featuring Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill. See them discussing dog~walking in the player below.

The Hungry Earth - 'Next Time' trail

As always, the latest installment of Doctor Who brings us a preview for the following episode. See the 'Next Time' trail for The Hungry Earth in the player below and visit the episode section HERE.