Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jenna-Louise Coleman talks 50th

Jenna-Louise Coleman (who played Clara in The Snowmen) was interviewed by UK "newspaper" The Sun recently and spoke about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, the actress told the tabloid:
"... the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be epic – Steven Moffat said it will be something we’ll talk about in our dotage and he’s right. So watch this space!"
Coleman will soon be seen in the BBC drama, Dancing On The Edge, which she also talks about in the interview; you can read the full piece HERE.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

News Round~Up


As the world of Who continues to throw up news thick and fast, here's a round~up of the latest, in case you missed any juicy tidbits. Read the last one HERE. Don't forget to vote in the The Blogtor Who 2012 Readers' Poll.

SERIES 7, PART 2
Series 7 Part 2 - New Footage
Coming Soon screengrabs
Coming Soon trail
The New Title Sequence
Series 7 finale set in Victorian Scotland?
Another Look At The TARDIS 

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
UKTV to air classic Who in 2013 
Blogtor Chats To Talking Who about the 50th 
Royal Mail reveals Doctor Who stamps
BFI 50th Celebrations
The Blogtor Who Top 50 - No. 48
    
THE SNOWMEN
First Look at the new TARDIS
behind~the~scenes
Top 10 Christmas Episodes
The Doctor as Sherlock Holmes! 
What Did YOU Think?
BBC News behind~the~scenes  
Clara meets The Doctor clip

 
MERCHANDISE
The Snowmen at the Doctor Who Experience
DVD REVIEW: The Legacy Collection
Royal Mail reveals Doctor Who stamps

MISC.
The Blogtor Who 2012 Readers' Poll
Matt Smith interviews Jenna-Louise Coleman
David Tennant in Spies of Warsaw 
Q&A with Moffat, Smith & Coleman
Series 7 audio commentaries
Top 10 Christmas Episodes
Jenna-Louise Coleman on BBC Breakfast

The Blogtor Who Top 50 - No. 48

Here it is! Blogtor's personal countdown of his 50 favourite Doctor Who television stories, one a week till the big day in November 2013. Now, just to point out, this choice is purely my own. So don't expect reasoned debate or objectivity. Or even the need to please every fan out there. This is my list, and I stand by it. I will also add that I've seen every Doctor Who story released (at least twice), so I feel like I know what I'm talking about. Anyway, enough chittle of the chattle, let's begin...

48.The Dæmons
First broadcast 22/5-19/6/1971 starring Jon Pertwee

Many of you will already know that The Dæmons has quite the status in the world of Doctor Who "classics". And, as some of you may be aware, I'm not the biggest fan of the Pertwee era (now, that's not to say I dislike it, I'm just indifferent) but this five~parter (five???) is a supreme delight from start to finish. Even with the inclusion of UNIT (another facet of early 70s Who I'm not so keen on).

The opening few minutes alone are worth re~watching endlessly for its sheer eerie evocation of the sleepy English village, caught in a Satanic storm. Throughout the story, Devil's End, the village in question, is shot beautifully - once more reminding us just how stunning Doctor Who could look on film (a point I do make from time to time, sorry to be such a bore). The direction throughout is superb and hats off to cameraman Fred Hamilton for lending a cinematic eye to the proceedings.

Showing an awesome feat of prescience, BBC Three gets invented some thirty years or so before the digital channel would be vomited onto our screens. In fact, the first episode has an incredibly modern feel with the use of an live outside broadcast, behind the scenes and television stylings. Likewise the pace of the story is also upbeat; never lingering too long on one scene, constantly driving forward.

On the cast front, Pertwee and Manning are on top form. The grumpier side of The Doctor is seen during some delightful traditional pub scenes where his arrogance reminds us that the Time Lord has some social issues. Roger Delgado's Master is as suave as ever with the Gallifreyean endulging in some truly evil doings with utter delight. The evil in The Dæmons is portrayed spot on throughout and culminates in the gargantuan appearance of Azal and his little buddy Bok.

Full marks must go to actress Damaris Hayman, local "witch" Miss Hawthorne, who steals each scene she inhabits even in the company of the show's icons and characters. Who has a history of memorable and eccentric "older" women and Miss Hawthorne comfortable resides near the top of that particular list (note to self: do a Top 10 of Memorable and Eccentric "Older" Women in Doctor Who).

I'm often critical of stories that pass over the four episode mark but this tale treats each part with justice, delivering fully with no filler. Believe the hype, The Dæmons is a true classic.




Matt Smith on The Graham Norton Show


Last week, Matt Smith was a guest on The Graham Norton Show and included here are some promotional pictures of his appearance - click on the images for bigger versions. Watch his interview HERE.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Another Look At The TARDIS


This week's edition of Doctor Who Adventures has unveiled another new look at the new TARDIS interior - click on the image above for a bigger version. The weekly magazine is available now and comes with an army of Daleks! Check out the moment when Clara enters the TARDIS for the first time HERE.

The Snowmen at the Doctor Who Experience

Series 7 Part 2 - New Footage


The BBC have released a trail showcasing their 2013 output and in it includes some new footage from Doctor Who Series 7, Part 2 - watch it in the player below. The series starts in April, read the Blogtor Who Guide HERE


The Snowmen at the Doctor Who Experience

The Blogtor Who 2012 Readers' Poll

It's that time of year again when we take stock and look back at the brilliance of 2012 in the Blogtor Who Readers' Poll. Up for votes are all six episodes broadcast on television this year, but don't forget you can also vote for Pond Life, Good As Gold and all the various "prequels" too!

Please let us know what your TOP 3 episodes are and clearly mark your preference (1 being the best). You can vote by either: using the comment section below; through Twitter; on Facebook; or by email. Voting closes on Jan 6, 5pm [GMT].

2011 Readers' Poll
2010 Readers' Poll

The Snowmen at the Doctor Who Experience

Matt Smith interviews Jenna-Louise Coleman


The BBC have released a video of Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor) and Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara) interviewing one another, watch it in the player above.

The Snowmen at the Doctor Who Experience

David Tennant in Spies of Warsaw


The BBC have released promotional pictures of David Tennant, who older readers may remember was Doctor Who in The Noughties, in the new drama, Spies of Warsaw - click on the images for bigger versions. The two-part mini-series starts on BBC Four, Jan 9.




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The Snowmen at the Doctor Who Experience



Thursday, December 27, 2012

DVD REVIEW: The Legacy Collection

 

THE LEGACY COLLECTION
Ft. Shada and More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS


Jan 7 (UK)
Jan 8 (North America)
Jan 9 (Aus & NZ)


 
DISC ONE - Shada
For those not in the know, Shada was a story written by Douglas Adams and designed to be the finale for Season Seventeen. Due to some strike action, however, the tale was never completed. Back in the early Nineties, those crazy days, it was released on VHS with linking narration from Tom Baker and this is the version presented here (albeit cleaned up for sexy DVD action).

It should be said Tom's presence here is quite remarkable and his introduction is a sight to behold. Sadly, for me, Shada is neither remarkable or a beholden sight. Douglas Adams was none too happy with his story (and was not shy about admitting his disdain) and I agree with him. It seems to have only been held in such high esteem by fans due to is elusiveness and incompleteness.

Having said that, Shada does feature some delightful performances from Tom and future wife/future ex-wife Lalla Ward and Denis Carey as fellow Time Lord, Professor Chronotis. The gang work wonderfully together and they genuinely look like they're having a ball. [Oh dear - Ed.] Likewise, the location shoot adds a terrific dimension to the proceedings; Cambridge looks gorgeous.

But it's the story that gets in the way. It's over long (it's a six-parter) and lacks any real focus. The fractal nature of the version presented here doesn't help either - Shada feels like it should have been left well alone. I will point out there are some cracking production notes alongside, always an informative pleasure on the classic range.

For completists, the BBCi "webcast" version, featuring Paul McGann as The Doctor, is included. Again, despite some good performances, the story and length lets it down. Just too tedious for me. I should also add that I find its inclusion in this fashion - as a DVD-ROM style inclusion, not as a feature on the DVD - a tad odd. Even more bizarre as Shada is still available to watch online on the BBC website.

DISC TWO - Shada extras
Leading the pack here is a "making of", or "un~making of", from seasoned Who docco~maker, Chris Chapman, titled Taken Out Of Time. Cleverly, the route chosen to portray the mournful story of Shada's production is not presumptive. Instead of positing the film from a hindsight viewpoint, we follow its production chronologically. It's an astute move and most refreshing.

The subjects involved, all speak effusively about the shoot but when it comes to that moment of STRIKE! there's a definite sadness. And because we've been watching and enjoying their journey, we've almost forgotten what's about to happen. It's like a shot to the heart. The resulting aftermath is just as distressing as numerous remounts were attempted.

Shot on location in Cambridge, Taken Out Of Time is a real treat on the eye too but the most startling of revelations comes just at its denouement with Tom Baker in a rather sensitive and reflective mood. And it's not even Shada related, in particular. The former Doctor Who regrets, quite obviously, his treatment of producer Graham Williams. I don't think I've seen anyting from Baker so affecting, and it's someting that clearly weighs on his mind.

Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the actual story, as with a number of Whos, the accompanying documentary is always a pleasure and here it excels, brimming with emotion, nostalgia and affection.

Slightly more colder is the ongoing series Now and Then, visiting the locations of Shada. It's a stout feature and excellent reference material but not a series I find interesting. Strike! Strike! Strike! is a look at an often discsussed industrial action and how the BBC was affected. Given that this topic has been broached a number of times in DVD features I approached with trepidation and, indeed, the old "we had to be finished at 10pm on the dot or else" chestnut is wheeled out but there's much more on show here.

Informing on the state of affairs are people like Nicola Bryant and Gary Russell who bring all their charm and knowledge to a fascinating period in the history of television production. When strikes were so frequent, it's amazing Doctor Who was really only affected so badly once. A very appropriate, contextualising accompaniement to Shada.

Not quite so contexualised or appropriate is Being A Girl where broadcaster Samira Ahmed and Doctor Who Magazine's Time Team's Emma Price look at the portrayal of women in Doctor Who. At just thirty minutes, it's not enough to go into any depth on the subject, which is a great a pity as the pair have many valid and interesting points to make. It really just scratched the surface of what is a potentially fiery and contentious hotpot of discussion. There's a feature-length documentary to made there by itself but this is just too slight.

DISC THREE - More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS
First broadcast in Doctor Who's 30th Anniversary year, this smashing documentary from Kevin Davies is presented here in its fuller VHS version (released the following year). I must admit, I have watched this dozens and dozens of times over the years, it never gets tired for me.

It was the very first time I had seen Doctor Who presented with such vigour and such pace. The interspersion of footage was a revelation to me, as was its use of montages - it just felt very fresh and made Who seem like an exciting thing (a feeling I had not had in many years). At the time, when I knew few Who~fans (and I mean literally about two), this was like a new world opening up to me, seeing the series celebrated and spoken highly of; not to mention the inclusion such great clips throughout.

Looking back, it's still a thrill of a watch, full of humour and bounce. There's much to marvel at as various actors and actresses returned to take part in some neat specially~filmed sequences featuring familiar villains and aliens (Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Colin Baker, to name just a few) . Of course, you may be slightly scratching your head at the lack of Tom Baker or Peter Davison action (perhaps they weren't available, or cost prohibitive, or some "other" reason) and the inclusion of "singer" Toyah, criket "legend" Mike Gatting and clothes "guru" Lowri Turner but it all adds to the rather Who~esque skittish nature of the piece.

More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS is something you can sit down with, with a bunch of chums and have a good old time with (something you can't do with a lot of actual Doctor Who stories). It was revelatory fun back in 1993, and it remains an absolute must-watch. One of my favourite bits of Who ever, and stands up to many, many repeat viewings. 

Remembering Nicholas Courtney features Courtney's biographer and friend Michael McManus in a very engaging chat about his career. It's a touching tribute though is somewhat disrupted in fine style by Tom Baker who pops by. Magnificent to see Tom and Nick, who didn't spend that much time together, chatting away so heartily.

Completing the set are: an installment of Doctor Who Stories featuring actor Peter Purves discussing his time on the show; The Lambert Tapes including interviews with original producer Verity Lambert, always a welcome watch with her unique insight into the show; and Those Deadly Divas, a look at the ladies of Doctor Who featuring Kate O'Mara, Camille Coduri and Tracy-Ann Oberman (amongst others). It's a bit of a mix here on this disc and whilst at least enjoyable on a first watch, there's no depth and no desire to come back and revisit these featurettes.


The Legacy Collection is a odd creature (and just why "legacy" exactly?) but one most definitely worthy of a watch. At three discs, some will raise a quizzical eyebrow as the material could have easily been put on two discs but given that you can buy this for less than £15, one cannot really grumble. More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS and the Shada doc, Taken Out of Time, are worth that price alone, and they'll be the features you come back to and enjoy over and over again.
BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to BBC Worldwide
First Look at the new TARDIS


The Snowmen at the Doctor Who Experience


The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff now has some exhibits from the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Snowmen, on display. As you can see in the picture above, the Great Intelligence snow globe sits proudly alongside The Eleventh Doctor and Dr Simeon's costumes. Also on display are Madame Vastra and Miss Montague’s costumes (not pictured).


A ticket to the Experience is the perfect holiday  treat for friends and family, with prices starting at just £9 for children and £13 for adults. Group packages are available, with family tickets priced at £38.
Thanks to BBC Worldwide
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Tee Offer


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

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

First Look at the new TARDIS



Included in the player above is the scene from the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Snowmen, when Clara enters the TARDIS and we get our first glimpse of the new interior. For more pics, clips and info, visit the episode section HERE.

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Doctor Who Q&A with Moffat, Smith & Coleman


The BBC have released  a Q&A with Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor), Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara) and Steven Moffat (current showrunner) - watch it in the player above. SteeMo reveals that the TARDIS is "as you'll see more spectacularly later, quite a scary place sometimes."

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Coming Soon screengrabs

The Coming Soon trail for Doctor Who Series 7, Part 2 has been released (watch it HERE) and included here are some screengrabs . Click on the images for bigger, juicier versions. and check out the Guide To Series 7, Part 2 HERE.












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