Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Doctor Who Stories of 2011

It's that time of year again when Blogtor takes a look over the Doctor Who telly offerings of the year and then places them, needlessly, into his ten favouritist. Yes, that's right. I did just use the word favouritist. Get over it grandad! For your pleasure below is The Top 10 of 2011 as thunk by Blogtor (and you can find the 2010 Top 10 HERE if you're completely bored).

10. The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe
The most recent offering manages to nudge out this year's Pirate episode and the Ganger two~parter; mainly down to the vivaciousness of Matt Smith who starts the Christmas Special off in fine form. The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe was pleasing on the eye and introduced us to, hopefully, future companion Holly Earl. Review HERE.

=7. A Good Man Goes To War / Let's Kill Hitler / The Wedding of River Song
You know, it's difficult to separate these episodes. Each one is bold and broad as the other with revelations and surprises packed into every possible Silent~filled corner. Each with stunning set pieces, eye~popping visuals and larger~than~life characters. And each with a paper thin story that made way for all of these fanciful facets. Great one~off viewing. Review of Let's Kill Hitler HERE and what YOU thought of The Wedding of River Song HERE.

6. Closing Time
Although the ending (lurve defeating the Cybermen, in case you'd banished it from your memory) made me despair somewhat, the preceding thirty~five minutes had been greatly entertaining. Matt Smith and James Corden make for an excellent couple, eliciting laughs at every turn. The Cybes were a tad underused but we were treated to the awesomeosity of Stormaggedon... Review HERE.


5. Night Terrors
Mark Gatiss delivers his first modern~day telly tale and, backed up by some of the finest direction seen in a Doctor Who episode from Richard Clark, delivered chills, lurve but mainly laughs in this flat from hell scenario. More, I feel, could have been made of the creepy effin' dolls but Daniel Mays put in a fine performance, bouncing well of Matt (and mentioned in my Actors Wishlist back in 2010 HERE) and plaudits also go to Jamie Oram who played George with Hammer Horror~esque kiddy scares. Review HERE.

4. The God Complex
Again, this is another story that was slightly floored by a pathetic resolution but the Hotel from Hell (didn't I just say that?) was hugely entertaining with its nightmare rooms and doom~laden atmosphere. The cast were tops, especially future~companion~to~be Amara Karan (pur~lease?) though David Walliams was less than impressive. The ending, dropping off The Ponds, was inspired and hugely unexpected - though, sadly, it was not to stick. Review HERE.


3. The Girl Who Waited
A beautiful story with Karen Gillan performing as never before. Her "Old" Amy was a thoughtful portrayal that meant heartbreak was the only ending for this story. I have to say I did think, for one moment, that there was the distinct possibility of two Amys in the TARDIS - what fun they could have had! The episode loses points for the Macarena and thinking yourself into the same time zone. Review HERE.

2. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon

SteeMo's bold opening contained some of the most memorable imagery and set pieces in the entire series (which didn't live up to this tumultuous start). The American setting added some needed foreign spice and The Silence proved to be another excellent villain from the current showrunner. The boldness was matched in the two~parter's gorgeous cinematic style and in one of Murray Gold's most electric scores. Reviews HERE and HERE.

1. The Doctor's Wife
An out~and~out classic. Suranne Jones' performance as the 'wife' was a treat from start to finish and a wonderful folly to Matt's Doctor Who. Director Richard Clark again proves that he has a masterful eye when it comes to Who; handling the scares, the laughs and the loves. And he does so with aplomb. The only downside? I really wanted more. An hour could have served the story far better, giving more time to House and his inhabitants. But still, a small point, and one hopes that Gaiman will return sooner rather than later. Review HERE.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe - What Did YOU Think?

The Doctor Who 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, has aired - but what did YOU think. Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Obviously there'll be spoilers if you haven't seen it - so probably best not to enter the comment section, yes?

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Advent Calendar - Day 25

Today is the final day of the Blogtor Who Advent Calendar, I hope you've enjoyed the twenty~five day journey through numbers and fun, even if you don't celebrate Christmas. You can find links to all of the daily treats HERE.

Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for the Doctor Who 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe. Recorded by Cameron K McEwan and Alexander J McKinnon, the commentary can be enjoyed whilst watching the story - though, that's not essential.


You can download the audio commentary directly HERE, subscribe on iTunes HERE or use the player below.



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Guide to The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe

Included here is a collection of posts relating to this year's Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe.

Audio Commentary (Coming 8pm, Dec 25)
New clip
DVD details and artwork
Blogtor's spoiler~free review
New images
Three clips
Audio clip
New trailer
Two clips
The Prequel
Special Preview Podcast
Trailer No. 1
Lots of Promotional Pictures
Even more promo pics

More promo pics
New promo pic
First promo pic
Matt Smith interview
Steven Moffat introduction
Matt Smith on the Christmas Special
Alexander Armstrong interview

Claire Skinner interview
Karen Gillan: 2011 special is more "Christmassy" than last year
Bill Bailey: "humanoid, futuristic space parky"
More Cast details
Filming pics
Cast news and story details
Filming pics [SPOILERS]
Casting news
Matt Smith - BBC 5Live interview

Saturday, December 24, 2011

2011 Christmas Special audio commentary - Coming Soon!

As some of you may have guessed, the Blogtor Who audio commentary for The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe will be released tomorrow - 8pm to be precise (immediately after after its UK broadcast). In the meantime, here are some other Christmas Special~related podcasts you can check out to keep you going.

The 2011 Christmas Special Preview Podcast
Cam and Sandy dissect, discuss and digest the first trailer for The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe. Download HERE. (Released Dec 1.)




The Christmas Specials Podcast
We asked for your opinions on all the seasonal outings for The Doctor and you obliged. Hear Cam and Sandy read out (sometimes with "accents") all your thoughts and comments HERE. (Released Dec 19.)




The 2011 Review of the Year/Christmas Party Show
Join Cam and sandy by the fireside as they chat about the year in Doctor Who - and are joined by some unexpected guests... Find out what happened after a few brandies HERE. (Released Dec 24.)




The Christmas Invasion audio commentary
Davey T's first story comes under the "critical" gaze and gobs of Cam and Sandy. Listen to what they had to say HERE. (Released Dec 17.)




A Christmas Carol audio commentary
asdad Matt Smith's first Christmas adventure catches the attention of Cam and Sandy. But what did they make of this Dickensian tribute? Check it HERE. (Released Dec 22.)



Advent Calendar - Day 24

Today is the twenty~fourth day of the Blogtor Who Advent Calendar where each day, up until Christmas (it's tomorrow, in case you're not religious and aren't aware), I'll be leaving a little treat for you (though you won't have to open a door to get it). Day 23 can be found HERE.


Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who 2011 Review of the Year. Join Blogtor and Alexander J McKinnon by the fireside on Christmas Eve night as they share a glass of brandy and chat about the past twelve months in the world of Doctor Who. And watch out for some surprise special guests... You can download it HERE, on iTunes HERE or you can listen to it in the player below.




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Friday, December 23, 2011

Matt Smith on The Graham Norton Show


Matt Smith was a guest on The Graham Norton Show earlier tonight, watch his interview (and other things he had to say) in the player above. In it he talks about the Christmas Special (there's a clip too), Karen Gillan leaving Doctor Who and he plays some "football". Guests also include Gillian Anderson and "comedian" Russell Kane.

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The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe new clip



Tonight's edition of The Graham Norton Show featured a new clip from The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe - watch it in the player above.

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Sherlock more promo pics

The BBC have released even more promotional pictures from Sherlock Series 2 - click on the images below for bigger versions. Read Blogtor's spoiler~free review of the first episode, A Scandal In Belgravia, HERE.




Thanks to BBC Pictures
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Advent Calendar - Day 23

Today is the twenty~third day of the Blogtor Who Advent Calendar where each day, up until Christmas (it's the 25th, in case you're not religious and aren't aware), I'll be leaving a little treat for you (though you won't have to open a door to get it). Day 22 can be found HERE.


Including for viewing pleasure is a teaser trailer for the new album, NOW That's What I Call A Doctor Who Quote! Watch it in the player above.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

REVIEW: Sherlock, A Scandal In Belgravia [SPOILER~FREE]

Quick note for those involved in television production - give up, you're wasting your time. Sherlock has won. You simply cannot and will not beat it.

The show drips with such intelligence and style that one genuinely wonders if the those in higher positions actually watched it before it aired. If they had, I would have to wonder why the BBC aren't trying this hard on every production. Anyway, that's irrelevant. Sherlock is back and has lost none of its guile, charm and immense storytelling.

A Scandal in Belgravia, the first installment of the second series, has all the familiar Sherlock hallmarks (not bad considering there's only been three episodes previous) with the added bonus of injecting it with a whole new raft of excitement and nifty camera work.

I will point out now that I'm not going to address the plot at all in this review, it's just too juicy to talk about. Although surprises and "twists" are abundant, they're not at the heart of Sherlock. They're frills to the tight plot and even tighter characters. And these little extras come in many forms; from hilarious gags to eyebrow~raising character traits to your more "normal" gasp~aloud turnarounds.

The audacious and overwhelmingly gripping cliffhanger from Series 1 is... Well, I think you know that Holmes and Watson survive - no great spoiler there. What I will say is that Lara Pulver's Irene Adler is just as sensational as the men she's playing up against (and sometimes women too). Sexy doesn't cover it; she's mesmerising. From her outfits, and sometimes lack of, to her insatiable smarts, you'll be left wondering just who is charge, Adler or Sherlock.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman continue to impress hugely and deal with shifts in their characters and relationship beautifully. Fascinatingly, Watson's blogging remains an important part of the story and his online scribblings have been lifted from the sneerier tones used in the first series to become more substantial (and also a neat nod to celebrity culture, without over~egging it). One can only be thankful that The Hobbit didn't take Watson from our screens.

Benny Thundersnatch, as no one calls him, gets the lion's share of the action and will get those eyebrows even further raised with his usual intellectual snarl but also some laughs with his great physicality. There's a gigantic depth of his personality at play here. As some may know, he has a "relationship" with Adler and this alone would be enough to fill the ninety minutes but his many friendships also come under the spotlight. Utterly riveting.

Team Mofftiss have delivered televisual perfection yet again. SteeMo's wonderfully crafted script is magnificently realised by director Paul McGuigan; every word has meaning and every image has power.

It's heartening to see that 2012 will begin with such a thoughtful and artistic piece of television. Most warming, though, is the fact that Sherlock never stops to entertain, gathering in laughs aplenty, gasps by the dozen and tears. If this first episode is any form of indicator of what's to come, then Series 2 looks like it will burn the heart of its predecessor. A feat I would not have thought possible.

Sherlock, A Scandal In Belgravia
airs Jan 1 on BBC One

BLOGTOR RATING 10/10
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Sherlock more promo pics

The BBC have released new promotional pictures from Sherlock Series 2, Episode 3, The Reichenbach Fall (airing on BBC One, Jan 15) - click on the images below for bigger versions. Included are Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Andrew Scott as Moriarty. See more promo pics HERE.


Thanks to BBC Pictures
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Advent Calendar - Day 22

Today is the twenty~second day of the Blogtor Who Advent Calendar where each day, up until Christmas (it's the 25th, in case you're not religious and aren't aware), I'll be leaving a little treat for you (though you won't have to open a door to get it). Day 21 can be found HERE.

Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for the Doctor Who 2010 Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol. Recorded by Cameron K McEwan and Alexander J McKinnon, the commentary can be enjoyed whilst watching the story - though, that's not essential.

You can download the audio commentary directly HERE, subscribe on iTunes HERE or use the player below. The special airs tonight in the UK on BBC Three and will be available for one week after broadcast.


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Sherlock promo pics

The BBC have released new promotional pictures from Sherlock Series 2 - click on the images below for bigger versions. They are from Ep 1, A Scandal In Belgravia (airing Jan 1 on BBC one), Ep 2, The Hounds of Baskerville (Jan 8) and Ep 3, The Reichenbach Fall (Jan 15) and include: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott, Lara Pulver and Russell Tovey.







Thanks to BBC Pictures
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