Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Good Man Goes To War - introduction


The official site has updated with an introduction to the mid~series finale, A Good Man Goes To War. It features Alex Kingston, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan and Steven Moffat - see it in the player above.

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Total TV Guide cover


The latest issue of the UK listings magazine Total TV Guide features a Doctor Who cover along with brief interviews with Frances Barber (Kovarian in A Good Man Goes To War) and Karen Gillan. Some of the info is spoilery - it is posted after the next picture (click on it for a bigger version).


• Barber reveals that her character is involved with Amy's pregnancy before and after the birth; and is in charge of a band of soldiers.

• Gillan reveals that the Judoon are back as well.

• The upcoming episode is "disturbing" and ends on a "revelation so huge - everyone will need the summer to digest it..."

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Radio Times cover


The latest issue of the listings magazine, the Radio Times, has a Doctor Who cover to celebreat the mid~series finale, A Good Man Goes To War, with a three~page feature inside including an interview with Steven Moffat. It is available now, priced £1.20


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A Good Man Goes To War - more promo pics

The BBC have issued more promotional pictures from the last episode before the mid~series break, A Good Man Goes To War - click on the images for bigger versions. Featured are: The Doctor (MATT SMITH), River Song (ALEX KINGSTON), Kovarian (FRANCES BARBER), Jenny (CATRIN STEWART), Dorium Maldovar (SIMON FISHER-BECKER), Amy Pond (KAREN GILLAN), Commander Strax (DAN STARKEY) and The Hooded Monks.







Thanks to BBC Pictures
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Monday, May 30, 2011

A Good Man Goes To War - Charlie Baker interview


Last week Blogtor interviewed actor and comedian Charlie Baker (The IT Crowd, Let's Dance for Comic Relief 2011) for Cult Box. Charlie stars in the next episode, A Good Man Goes To War, as "The Fat One" - read the interview HERE. Warning, it does include slight spoilers if you are remaining completely spoiler~free - though there are no plot details.


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NEWS ROUND~UP


For your delectation, until the latest onslaught of news comes our way, here's the latest round~up. Read the last one HERE.

THE ALMOST PEOPLE
>>Audio Commentary<<
New clip
Matt Smith on The One Show
More promo pics
Promotional pictures
Trailer & 2 Clips
Introduction

A GOOD MAD GOES TO WAR
Promo pics
Details [SPOILERS]
Episode synopsis
Preview [SPOILERS]
The prequel
Trailer

THE REBEL FLESH
>>Audio Commentary<<
More promo pics
Spoiler~free review
Charlie The Badger on Doctor Who Confidential

SERIES 6
NBC Today set visit [FINALE SPOILERS]

MERCHANDISE

Earth Story - DVD box art & details
Doctor-Hoo Tee from Threadless

MISC.
>>The Almost People audio commentary<<
>>The Rebel Flesh audio commentary<<
15 Years On: Remembering the TV Movie
Video highlights from The Blogtor Who Commentary
Dalek on Four Rooms
Alex Kingston at the Chelsea Flower Show
Matt Smith on The One Show
Dr Who at the BAFTAs
Charlie The Badger on Doctor Who Confidential
"Doctor-Hoo" Tee from Threadless
Catherine Tate in The Office
Earth Story - DVD box art & details
Chiwetel Ejiofor says "Yes" to being "next Doctor Who"


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Good Man Goes To War - prequel



The BBC have released a "prequel" to Series 6 Episode 7, A Good Man Goes To War - see it in the player above.

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A Good Man Goes To War - trailer



The BBC have released a trailer for the last episode before the mid~series break, A Good Man Goes To War - see it in the player above.

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The Almost People - Audio Commentary


Continuing the new Blogtor Who series is the episode commentary for Series 6 Episode 6, The Almost People. This audio is designed to play along whilst watching the episode. The commentaries are available to subscribe to on iTunes HERE and you can also download it HERE or use the player below.






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Thursday, May 26, 2011

15 Years On: Remembering the TV Movie

Cast your minds back, those of you who are old enough, to early 1996 when every Doctor Who fan's dream came true - the series was coming back. Not only back but with a proper actor, Paul McGann! When his announcement was, erm, announced, this particular fan was ecstatic. Withinail & I has always been one of my favourite films and McGann held a certain special place so his appointment as everyone's favourite Time Lord pleased me no end.


Despite the rather dodgy early pics of him, cropped-hair and holding the Key To Time in the 80s TARDIS console (if the expression had existed at the time I'm sure everyone would have been typing WTF???). But, dutifully as ever, the Radio Times came to the rescue with a cover preview (shared with The X~Files, rather annoyingly) and inside a glimpse of McGann all dolled~up, the perfect fan envisioning of the errant Gallifreyan.


Now, you have to remember, that the online~worldwide~internet~web did not exist at the time (well, it did but let's have this discussion another time) so this was how we got our Who factoids at the time - in the press! Actual printed press. Yup, the mid~1990s might have well as been the mid~1890s as far as information was concerned and that's where Doctor Who Magazine (other, lesser magazines were available) really proved invaluable (nothing has changed in that respect).

What struck me then was just how quick it all seemed to be getting done (though this, of course, was not the case as it was years in production). Within months of McGann's announcement, there would be new Doctor Who. New. Seven long years and it would return, granted for a one~off but this would surely lead to more. Surely?


But the startling piece of info that emerged was not story~related but pertained to its release. It was announced that a VHS (that's a video cassette for those who think that the "V" might stand for "venereal") of the 'film' would be released BEFORE it was broadcast on the BBC. That's right, before. For many of us "enthusiasts", the return of Doctor Who would not be a shared experience but one of solitary confinement (insert your own jokes there, you filthy bunch).

As it turned out, the release was put back a week or so, reducing somewhat the exclusivity of the home video debut (it had, of course, already been screened in North America), resulting in numerous trips to HMV everyday to find out what the flip was going on (they also had a nifty free badge with it).


When I finally had the tape in my hand, it was a blisteringly hot and sunny May morning - not the ideal conditions for watching such an event. And so the first time I watched Doctor Who: The Movie (to give it the 'proper' title, *coughs*) was in my bedroom, around twenty past nine. Due to the sun I had to ensure 'blackout' in my room and used various boxes and the curtains to ensure the right environment for watching the event (something I still have to do these days).


I ended up watching it three times in a row, and then twice more that day (with friends - who all lurved it too). So sure was I that Doctor Who was back, so confident of its return proper and so very happy with the production. But, most of all, I was positive the new Doctor - Paul McGann - would usher in a new golden age. An announcement confirming more episodes was imminent, I felt.

And then the wait.



I couldn't believe the wait. I mean, numerous magazines all featured it, there was a new range of books and the viewing figures were healthy. Just why were we waiting? Again, no internet, so we had to wait for the monthlies to tell us what the eff was going on. But info was scant and it was a long time until the official word came through that it wasn't being picked up, months after most of us had actually worked it out.

Back to the dark times.

A time when Sliders was the time~traveling show of choice (or whatever they did on that bloody series). A time when Crime Traveler was something that the BBC thought was acceptable viewing on a Saturday night. But, on the plus side, the VHS releases would get a makeover with the new logo. Yup, that was the plus. As I say, dark times.


Now, fifteen years on, Paul McGann has a legacy with many fans citing him as "their" Doctor, firmly placed as a favourite in the hearts of many. This, I imagine, is a testament to his fine work on the Big Finish audios rather than the fifty-odd minutes or so onscreen in 1996. But that's not to downplay his performance in The TV Movie. Regardless of how I now feel about the production and the, erm, "story" (slightly less enthusiastic than the Nineties me), McGann is most definitely the best thing about it.


This is probably why the rumour of his return abounds every other week - fans just want him back. If McCoy thought that he didn't get a "fair crack of the whip" then McGann most surely did not. He deserves another onscreen outing for sure.

And, like Brian's shoes he was so quick to fill, he fits. Perfectly.

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A Good Man Goes To War - details [SPOILERS]

Some more details have emerged regarding the mid~eries finale, A Good Man Goes To War. If you are remaining SPOILER~FREE then stop reading now (though there are no plot spoilers, it should be said and this all comes from the BBC). Info follows after the pic.

++SPOILERS FOLLOW++


++SPOILERS FOLLOW++
• Some of the story is set on an asteroid called Demons Run

• Features "Jack the Ripper's London"

• Silurians, Sontarans and Cybermen all return. As does River Song.

• Actress Neve McIntosh, who previously played Alaya and Restac in The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, is back as a character called Madame Vastra.

• Nicolas Briggs is back as the Voice of the Cybermen

• Some of it is set far in the future.

• "Eye Patch Lady" (played by Frances Barber) is back and has a name - Madam Kovarian

• Dorium Maldova, last seen in The Pandorica Opens, makes an appearance.

A GOOD MAN GOES TO WAR airs
6.40pm, June 4 on BBC One/HD

A Good Man Goes To War - preview [SPOILERS]



The official site has updated with a preview of episode 7, A Good Man Goes To War, from director Peter Hoar - see it in the player above. PLEASE NOTE: He discusses the return of certain villain, though it should be pointed out that this was announced some time ago.

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The Almost People - introduction


The official site has updated with an introduction to the next episode, The Almost People - see it in the player above. It features writer Matthew Graham, producer Marcus Wilson, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dalek on "Four Rooms"

video

Channel 4 series Four Rooms featured an "original 60s Dalek" up for grabs - see a clip of the show in the player above. Fans will have noticed that, in fact, it was not a 60s Dalek. Jon from dalek6388.co.uk had this to say: "It was half 60s - The top half! Bottom half was built for 'Planet' [of the Daleks]". Check out dalek6388.co.uk for more info on Dalek props from 1965-88.


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The Rebel Flesh - Audio Commentary


Continuing the new Blogtor Who series is the episode commentary for Series 6 Episode 5, The Rebel Flesh. Watch the "highlights" of the first two episodes in the player above. The commentaries are available to subscribe to on iTunes HERE and you can also download it HERE or use the player below.






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Alex Kingston at the Chelsea Flower Show


Actress Alex Kingston (River Song) was a guest on Monday's edition of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 on BBC Two - see her segment in the player above. Be warned, there's an awful lot of talk about flowers....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Matt Smith on "The One Show"


Matt Smith was a guest on the BBC "programme", The One Show earlier this evening - see a compilation of his clips in the players included here. It includes a new clip from The Almost People - WARNING: it includes spoilers for The Rebel Flesh.

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The BBC have released a new clip from the next episode, The Almost People - see it in the player above. WARNING: it includes spoilers for The Rebel Flesh. Don't watch it if you haven't seen that episode.

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The Almost People - more promo pics


The BBC have issued new promotional pictures from the the next episode, The Almost People - click on them for bigger, like double versions. Visit the episode section HERE.



Thanks to BBC Pictures
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dr Who at the BAFTAs



Earlier this evening, the BAFTAs took place and there was a strong Doctor Who related presence at the ceremony - see a compilation of clips in the player above featuring Matt Smith, Alex Kingston, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen. Team Mofftiss proved triumphant with two wins for Sherlock.

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The Almost People - promotional pictures


The BBC have issued promotional pictures from the next episode, The Almost People - click on the images for bigger, Gangier versions. Come back Tuesday 00.01 for even more new pics.