Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Angels Take Manhattan - video round~up



The BBC and BBC America have released various videos including interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill Steven Moffat and behind~the~scenes action from the most recent Doctor Who episode, The Angels Take Manhattan - watch them in the players included here. 

 
 
DOWNLOAD THE AUDIO COMMENTARY HERE 
 
  
 
THE ANGELS TAKE MANHATTAN ROUND~UP
 

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Angels Take Manhattan audio commentary


Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for Doctor Who Series 7, Episode Five, The Angels Take Manhattan. 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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Christmas Special preview


Earlier this evening a preview of the Doctor Who 2012 Christmas Special aired at the end of The Angels Take Manhattan - watch it in the player above. Featured in the trail are Matt Smith, Richard E. Grant (who previously played The Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death and Scream of the Shalka) and Jenna-Louise Coleman (who older readers may remember played Oswin Oswald in Asylum of the Daleks).


The episode also stars Tom Ward (Silent Witness), is written by current showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein (Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy). Is the Christmas Special a ghost story? - more HERE.

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The Angels Take Manhattan - What Did YOU Think?


The Ponds' finale, Doctor Who Series 7 Episode 5, has aired, but what did YOU think of The Angels Take Manhattan? Leave your thoughts and comments below. PLEASE do not read if you haven't seen the story.

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The Angels Take Manhattan round~up

Included for your delectation before the Doctor Who Series 7 halftime finale airs tonight is a round~up of the all the news, clips and pics from The Angels Take Manhattan.

Audio commentary
What Did YOU Think?
Interviews & behind~the~scenes videos 
Clip 2
The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery
Clip 1
More promo pics
Cast & crew interviews
Promo pics
BBC America trailer
Next Time 
TV trailer
Quotes
Teasers
Synopsis
Cast news
Filming pics [SPOILERS!]
Karen Gillan Films Her Final Scenes in NYC [VIDEO]
Filming pics

The audio commentary for The Angels Take Manhattan will be released immediately after the story airs (8.05pm). Never miss an ep, subscribe on iTunes HERE.

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Tee Offers!


Our chums over at RIPT Apparel have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Mad Man With A Box, the design is available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE! It's also available in kids sizes, a fleece hoody AND a onesie!


Also, our chums over at TeeFury have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Weeping Cherubs, the design is available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Both these Tees are no longer available.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

The Power of Three audio commentary


Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for Doctor Who Series 7, Episode Four, The Power of Three. 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 commentary for the next, and final for the time being, episode, THE ANGELS TAKE MANHATTAN, will be available immediately after it airs (around 8.05pm).




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Karen Gillan - Conan interview


Popular Doctor Who actress, Karen Gillan, was a guest on the Conan show last night -watch some of her "interview" in the player above. Thanks to Brett Whitmarsh for the heads~up.

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The Angels Take Manhattan clip


The BBC have released another clip from tomorrow's Doctor Who episode, The Angels Take Manhattan - watch it in the player above. You can see the opening minute from the story HERE. The audio commentary will be released immediately after it airs - subscribe HERE.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery

BBC Books have announced the release of a new e~book, The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery on 4th October 2012. Keen eyed fans will have noticed that a Melody Malone book features in the Series 7 half~time finale, The Angels Take Manhattan (pictured below). Full details and synopsis:

On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

This was one of the other days…

Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller.  It’s movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the ‘kiss of the Angel’, she takes the case. Angels are Melody’s business…

At the press party for Railton’s latest movie, studio owner Max Kliener invites Melody to the film set of their next blockbuster. He’s obviously spotted her potential, and Melody is flattered when Kliener asks her to become a star.  But the cost of fame, she’ll soon discover, is greater than anyone could possibly imagine.

Will Melody be able to escape Kliener’s dastardly plan – before the Angels take Manhattan?

 
Released to tie-in with the current series, The Angel’s Kiss is inspired by Rory and Amy’s final episode, The Angels Take Manhattan. It is the first Doctor Who title from BBC Books to be published only in e-pub format, and the first to be written exclusively from the perspective of a character within the show – Melody Malone not only runs her own agency, she also happens to be the author of a successful series of novels, featuring one Melody Malone.

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The Angels Take Manhattan clip


The BBC have released a clip featuring the opening minute from this week's Doctor Who episode, and the final to feature The Ponds, The Angels Take Manhattan - watch it in the player above. See more clips and pics from the story HERE.


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REVIEW: The Ambassadors of Death DVD

 

THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH
Starring Jon Pertwee and Caroline John

2 Disc DVD
Extras: See HERE


Oct 1 (UK)
Oct 3 (Aus & NZ)
Oct 9 (North America)


Review by Cameron K McEwan

STORY
There's a moment, and an incredibly tense and exciting one at that, right slap back at the end of Part Two of this 1970 Jon Pertwee seven~part adventure that, without resorting to my ebullient bumper book of handsome hyperbole, is utterly sensational and spine~tingling. And I say that as someone who is not a particular fan of the UNIT Earth era of Doctor Who.

I've seen The Ambassadors of Death three or four times now over the years (the first time on a shoddily~recorded "off air" tape when it aired on UK Gold back in the Nineties) but, at the denouement of the second installment, when The Third Doctor proclaims, "Right, cut it open!" - I still shiver in awe. This is superb television. If you've seen it, you know just how extraordinary and exciting this moment is as the Doctor Who sting stabs Pertwee's icy stare and we cut to credits. Easily in the Top 10 cliffhangers.

Speaking of which, Ambassadors is sublime when it comes to the cliffhanger and its use. Apart from the fact this tale boasts its fair share of stunning endings (all edited sharply with the credits almost busting the episode out of the way), the "recaps" in the following episodes are punctuated by another screaming sting of the famous theme. It's incredibly modern in style and, as the tale is longer than your norm, it invigorates the story every twenty minutes or so.

Likewise the set~pieces in the opening few episodes are exhilarating, with superb location shooting and terrific stunt~filled action. HAVOC, the team who take care of the stunts, do a cracking job in putting together some tight battles and an even more pleasing helicopter sequence. Full credit to director Michael Ferguson who manages these moments expertly but further plaudits are fired at him for breathing life into the entire story, which does tend to meander slightly.

Ferguson's shots are cut ever~so sharply and his excellent camerawork (numerous on some occasions), adds an urgency to the drama that's not normally felt in old~skool Who. In lesser hands, this seven~parter could have easily been a clunker. Similarly, composer Dudley Simpson puts in a stout shift with some incredible sounds, haunting and most definitely otherworldly. The music is uniformly fascinating; adding layer upon layer to the production.

Given the fraught nature of the genesis of the story (presented in the accompanying docco), it's a surprisingly solid affair, paying huge homage to the Quatermass tales (just for a change). The gritty style is firmly rooted in reality and the added touch of the television presenter detailing the ongoing events dispenses with tedious exposition (and performed by future Davros, Michael Wisher, fact fans). A trait that would be "borrowed" again for The Daemons.

Given its length, it's most pleasing that The Ambassadors of Death actually manages to hold up, though it could have made a perfect six~parter. There's enough action and intrigue spliced with twist after twist to keep even the most shallow of viewers entertained for a few hours. If you haven't seen this particular Third Doctor outing, then waste no time and get pre~ordering now - you will not regret it.


EXTRAS
The story, as you may have guessed, is worth the ticket price alone, as they say. But we are treated to some wonderful special features. Heading these is the main documentary, Mars Probe 7: Making the Ambassadors of Death. Leading the way on the beginings of the story is Who ledge, Terrance Dicks; whilst director Michael Ferguson makes for a wonderful subject - both men utterly engaging. Likewise, stuntboys, if we can still call them that, Derek Ware and Roy Scammell reveal some fascinating behind~the~scenes facts and the odd eyebrow~raising story...

Best of all, in the docco, is its evocation of the time - and Ambassadors' contextualisation. The first episode aired on the same day as Apollo 13 launched (which would then go on to have some "problems" of its own) adding a certain frisson to the story's proceedings. Gold star for the inclusion of footage from NASA too in the swish and stylish start! A slight downside, for me, was the reliance on captions relaying the information, rather than coming from the subjects or narrator. Other than that, it's yet another fab Doctor Who DVD doc that could quite easily be broadcast on the telly.

Tomorrow’s Times, the series looking at the media's contemporaneous response to Doctor Who, tackles the Jon Pertwee era and is presented by the gigglesome Peter Purves. The former companion does a magnificent job, bringing much of himself into the feature (which, I suppose, you could argue he shouldn't be doing but, damn, he is funny!). As always, it's a great extra; full of facts and interesting "opinion" though, personally, I'd like to see longer versions.

The audio commentary, featuring (at various points throughout) Caroline John, Nicholas Courtney, Peter Halliday, Geoffrey Beevers, director Michael Ferguson, script editor Terrance Dicks, stunt co-ordinator Derek Ware and stunt performers Roy Scammell and Derek Martin and moderated by Toby Hadoke, is a pleasing affair. It's full of anecdotes (well told, I'm sure) and reminisces from a group of people who clearly loved what they did and have a great deal of affection for those they worked with. Courtney and John have sadly passed on since the recording of this commentary, tinging the laughs with a certain amount of sadness.

And if that ain't enough, you've got the highly informative and detailed Production Subtitles and super Photo Gallery that features a number of candid pictures, namely a few shots of the cast and crew in make~up. Cracking stuff.

Another must~buy from the "Classic" Doctor Who DVD gang, The Ambassadors of Death is gorgeously presented in colour and is a reminder how vital and present the show could be. And, with a collection of excellent extras, this is one set you'll be coming back to time and again.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to BBC Worldwide
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AudioGo have announced details of two new Doctor Who audio releases for November, both featuring the Daleks. One is an EXCLUSIVE new audio adventure and the other is a classic from the Seventies. Check out the details below.

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The Sleepers in the Dust
This is a brand new audio exclusive story featuring the 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the hit BBC One TV series. Written by Darren Jones, it features the return of the Nadurni, whom the Doctor first encountered in last year’s audio original The Eye of the Jungle. On an apparently lifeless world, the Doctor and his friends battle against plague. Will they find the cause - and the cure? Arthur Darvill reads this nail-biting original adventure

Available on CD (RRP: £9.25)/Download
Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes

Destiny of the Daleks
This full-cast TV adventure from 1979 stars Tom Baker as the Doctor alongside Lalla Ward as Romana, who also provides specially recorded linking narration. In a bonus interview Lalla recalls her time on Doctor Who, whilst additional PDF files contain colour scans of the original episode camera scripts.

Available on 2 CDs (RRP £13.25 )
or Download (£9.19)
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes 

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THE ANGELS TAKE MANHATTAN
More promo pics
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BBC America trailer
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Quotes
Teasers
++Audio Commentary - Coming Sat, 8.05pm++

THE POWER OF THREE
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MERCHANDISE
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MISC.
Matt Smith at MCM London Comic Con
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Sesame Street sing about Doctor Who

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The Three Doctors Collectors Set


Our buddies over at Forbidden Planet have announced details of an exciting new EXCLUSIVE (in the UK) Doctor Who action figure collection.  The Three Doctors Collectors Set is released in January 2013 and features The Brigadier (in peaked cap with pistol), Jo Grant (with alternate arms and removable gilet) and a Gel Guard.


The Three Doctors was a four~part story first broadcast in 1973 to celebrate the show's 10th Anniversary and also featured William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Angels Take Manhattan promo pics


The BBC have issued more promotional pictures from this week's Doctor Who episode, The Angels Take Manhattan - click on the images included here for bigger versions. The story is the final adventure with The Ponds and airs on Saturday in the UK and various other territories - the audio commentary will be released as soon as the episode finishes. See more promo pics HERE.


 
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The BBC have released two new videos featuring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Steven Moffat and Caro Skinner talking about the next Doctor Who episode, and the finale for the Ponds, The Angels Take Manhattan - watch them in the players included here.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Coming Soon to DVD: The Legacy Box



Included on the upcoming classic Doctor Who DVD, The Claws of Axos: Special Edition (out next month), is a trailer for The Legacy Box. This DVD set is to feature: the unfinished Douglas Adams story, Shada; a brilliant making-of feature on the aforementioned aborted adventure (which I was lucky enough to see last year); and the also~brilliant documentary More Than 30 Years In the TARDIS, first released on VHS in 1994.


Taken Out Of Time, the Shada documentary from BAFTA-nominated director Chris Chapman, was filmed largely on location around the River Cam in Cambridge and features interviews with the story's stars Tom Baker and Daniel Hill as well as crew members Ralph Wilton, Les McCullum and Olivia Bazalgette.



More Than 30 Years In the TARDIS is an extended version of the televised version (30 Years in the TARDIS, broadcast on BBC One as part of the Doctor Who Thirtieth celebrations) and features specially-filmed scenes with Elisabeth Sladen, Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Sylvester McCoy and interviews with Who cast and crew along with some celebs. It is approximately 90 minutes.


No official date has been given for the release of The Legacy Box but January 2013 looks probable. Probably.
The Angels Take Manahattan teasers

The Angels Take Manhattan promo pics


The BBC have released promotional pictures from Doctor Who Series 7, Episode 5, The Angels Take Manhattan - click on the images included here for bigger versions. The final story for The Ponds airs Sep 29 in the UK and North America. Featured in the pics are Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan, Alex Kingston and Mike McShane.







Thanks to BBC Pictures
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