Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Rings of Akhaten teasers

Blogtor has posted 10 snatches of dialogue and 10 hints from next week's Doctor Who episode, The Rings of Akhaten over at Cult Box - check out the links below. The story airs April 6 on BBC One, BBC America and SPACE whilst airing the day after in Australia, Poland and South Africa. Check out the episode section HERE for pics, clips and news.

10 Teasers

10 Hints

An Adventure In Space & Time set pics

Reader Danielle Marie Hayward has sent in some behind-the-scenes pictures from filming on the Mark Gatiss drama, An Adventure In Space & Time - click on the images for bigger versions. The ninety minute film looks at the genesis of Doctor Who and stars David Bradley, Brian Cox as Sidney Newman, Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert and Reece Shearsmith as Patrick Troughton.

Featured in the pics are David Bradley, Lesley Manville (playing Hartnell's wife), the house used for the Hartnell residence, Cara Jenkins as Hartnell's granddaughter and Bailey who plays Hartnell's dog, Stompy.

See pictures of the TARDIS interior from An Adventure In Space & Time HERE and more on~set pics HERE.



Follow Danielle Marie Hayward on Twitter HERE

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Blogtor Who Top 50 - No. 35

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...

 
PLANET OF EVIL
First broadcast 27/9-18/10/1975 starring Tom Baker

Here's a little factoid for you, this was the very first Doctor Who VHS I purchased. An even more bizarre factoid is I was actually trying to track down Nightmare of Eden (this was before Who reference materials were so easy to come by) - but that's, literally, another story (which you can read all about HERE). Despite looking for a different tale, I was most certainly not disappointed. (Without spoiling this Top 50 for you, Nightmare of Eden is not in it.)

The most notable feature about Planet of Evil is its atmosphere. Rarely does Doctor Who do atmosphere quite like we see here on the planet Zeta Minor, and it's purely down to the wonderfully realised "jungle" set, from the impeccable Roger Murray-Leach, and exquisite filming on, wait for it, film. It's an old argument but Who on film really does make a difference.

I mentioned this facet with Spearhead From Space a few weeks back (see HERE) and Evil features some truly delicious film work. The set suits the filmic quality but it's director David Maloney who uses the camera to its full potential during the limited film time. Just check out the way in which the camera peruses the alien world; creeping along, filled with tension with every move. Slightly unusual for Who are the POV shots, courtesy of the oculoid tracker (and superbly designed it is too, almost as eerie as the story), adding an incredible dynamism and urgency to proceedings.

Also worth a strong mention is the unnerving and trippy, erm, trip that The Doctor takes in the vortex between the two universes. Again, the direction shines and is very un-Whoey during these moments - adding to the alien-like and hugely unsettling otherness of the piece.

From a  production perspective it's an unquestionable triumph (though perhaps the costumes are a misfire) and this is matched in the performances from the leading couple, Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. From the former it's a suitably taut performance, drinking in the terror around them; reminding the audience just how subtle he could be at times. The pair are an absolute delight throughout.

In the guest cast there's Frederick Jaeger (pictured above) who has to deal with a tremendous amount of drama in the character of Sorenson, switching from troubled scientist to possessed maniacal monster impressively. Never over-egging it and always affecting (with some neat eye SFX in there too).

Planet of Evil is a perfect example of just how horror-filled the Hinchcliffe era could be, though this outing is particularly more sci-fi than many of its season neighbours (most of which you'll find in the this top fifty). It may steal/borrow from numerous sources but the production, and the performances make this total Doctor Who.


See Nos. 50-36 HERE

The Bells of Saint John - Behind~the~scenes

 

The BBC have released a short behind-the-scenes on the latest Doctor Who episode, The Bells of Saint John, which has just aired in the UK - watch it in the player above. Visit the episode section HERE for more clips and pics.

The Rings of Akhaten trailers


The BBC have released a Next Time and a TV trailer for The Rings of Akhaten - watch them in the players included here. The episode airs April 6, 6.15pm on BBC One and then on BBC America and SPACE on the same date, whilst it airs the following day in Poland, South Africa and Australia.

Blogtor on Good Day Sacramento

Earlier today Blogtor was a guest on the US television show, Good Day Sacramento - watch the interview in the player below. The show was a Doctor Who Special, celebrating the return of the show tonight on BBC America. The Bells of Saint John also airs tonight on BBC One whilst it airs in Poland, South Africa and Australia tomorrow. My thanks to Jonathan Carlyle for recording this!


Follow Cameron K McEwan on Twitter HERE.

You can also watch the segment on the official site HERE.

Tennant & Piper are back for the 50th

As filming on the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special begins, some details have emerged regarding the episode. The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out next week, have confirmed that David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor) and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) have signed up to appear in the special. Also starring is screen legend, John Hurt (Alien).

UPDATE: The special will be sixty minutes long (though could end up being slightly longer) and receive a limited worldwide 3D cinema release.

Friday, March 29, 2013

AUDIO REVIEW: Babblesphere

Babblesphere
by Jonathan Morris

Babblesphere is a new audio adventure for the Fourth Doctor in the 50th Anniversary AudioGO/Big Finish collaboration series, Destiny of the Doctor.

On the planet Hephastos a colony of creatives have come together with the aim to create the greatest works of art in the universe. In the pursuit of their goal, artistic collaboration has been taken a stage too far. The Doctor and Romana arrive to discover that the colonists have all become enslaved to a compulsory twitter-like system called the Babble Network where they are forced to share every thought and privacy is a crime. The colonists are being killed and it’s up to the Doctor and Romana to save the day before they too are absorbed into the endless trivia of the Babblesphere.

Lalla Ward
This Douglas Adams inspired dystopia is a deliciously enjoyable portrayal of the ultimate and terrible ends to which social networking could be taken. Jonathan Morris has supplied some wonderfully mad ideas including a band of geriatric granny outlaws; and I don’t want to give anything away, but the rewarding resolution to the story is one that most trivia hungry Doctor Who fans will really appreciate.

Lalla Ward does a great job narrating and voicing Romana, the Doctor and the rather wonderful toffee-mouthed outlaw Phillis, and Roger Parrott gives great support as Aurelius. 

My only beef with Babblesphere is that I can’t see it. Everything is so lavishly described and it’s such a wonderful idea that I found myself desperately desiring to see all of these wonderfully larger than life characters with their eclectic modern technologies and 18th century garb. It fits the bill in terms of nicely matching and representing the 1979 era of Tom Baker’s Doctor, it’s a great cautionary tale on social networking and a jolly good laugh.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to AudioGo

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Bells of Saint John - Nabile's Warning


The Bells of Saint John airs on BBC One, BBC America and SPACE on March 30 whilst it airs on BBC Entertainment in Poland and South Africa, and ABC in Australia the following day.

Moffat "chasing" female writers

On March 1, Steven Moffat was a guest of Trinity College, Dublin and took part in an interview and Q & A session - listen to it in the player below. During the Q&A the current showrunner addressed the topic of why so few female writers are involved with Doctor Who (the last being Helen Raynor for the 2008 Sontaran two~parter), here's what he said:

"I don't know why. We chase both sexes. There are many [female writers]. I think a female voice would be fantastic. But we're getting no luck there." Joking he added, "I have a folder of women. They all said no!"

The Krotons - Original TV Soundtrack

Silva Screen have announced details and cover art of the release of The Krotons: Original Television Soundtrack - click on the image for a bigger version. It features "Special Sounds" by Brian Hodgson and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and is available on CD/download on May 13 and on 10" Vinyl from May 24.

Brian Hodgson was a member of the Workshop working closely with the seminal figure of Delia Derbyshire. As the original sound effects creator for Doctor Who he was responsible for the chilling Dalek voices and the powerhouse sound of the Tardis lifting off (created by running a back door key for his mother's house along the bass string of a gutted piano and treating it electronically). His highly innovative techniques are fully on display on this collection of 'special sounds' that provided the background to The Krotons, broadcast in December 1968/January 1969. Check out the tracklisting below:

Doctor Who (New  Opening Theme, 1967)
The Learning Hall
Door Opens
Entry Into The Machine
TARDIS (New Landing)
Wasteland Atmosphere
Machine And City Theme
Machine Exterior
Panels Open
Dispersal Unit
Sting
Selris' House
Machine Interior
Snake Bleeps Low
Silver Hose (The Snake)
Snake Bleeps High
Teaching Machine Hums
Forcefield
Burning Light
Birth Of A Kroton
Kroton Theme
Kroton Dies
Link – Rising Hum
Kroton Dies – (Alternative)

Thanks to Silva Screen

News Round~Up

As news comes in thick and fast in the world of Doctor Who, some juicy nuggets may have passed you by. Collected here is a round-up of the very latest news about Series 7 Part 2 and beyond. Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE.

THE BELLS OF SAINT JOHN
Matt & Jenna introduction
TV trailer
Prequel
10 Teasers
Promo Pics Set 5
Promo Pics Set 4
Promo Pics Set 3
Promo Pics Set 2
Promo Pics Set 1
Clip 6
Clip 5
Clip 4
Clip 3
Clip 2
Clip 1
FIRST LOOK: The Spoonheads

THE RINGS OF AKHATEN
First Look: The Vigil
++20 Teasers coming March 30, 7pm++

SERIES 7, PART 2
Mystery of Clara to be resolved in 8 eps
Demons Run - Two Days Later
First Look at the Whispermen from the Finale
River Song returns for finale
Details on Nightmare in Silver and The Crimson Horror
Matt talks about Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
Matt: Series 7 finale leads up to 50th
Jenna-Louise Coleman interview
Moffat promises River Song "love triangle"
Moffat talks about Clara and the new monsters of S7
Movie poster art
Titles and synopses confirmed
FIRST LOOK: David Warner in Cold War
BBC America trailer
Moffat chats Trenzalore and River Song
BBC One Trailer
Promo Pics
FIRST LOOK: Ice Warrior
What do we know about Doctor Who series 7 part 2?

2013 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Filming in August or September

50TH ANNIVERSARY
John Barrowman is NOT involved
Matt Smith chats about the Special
Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy chat 50th
Moffat: no "fanfest" for the 50th
Matt talks about the 50th
Matt on The Jonathan Ross Show
Freema Agyeman talks 50th
What do we know about the 50th Anniversary special?

MERCHANDISE
Doctor Who comes to Playstation Home
Royal Mail Doctor Who stamps
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition - The Missing Episodes
Destiny of the Doctor: Babblesphere
Entertainment Weekly covers
Entertainment Weekly picture shoot
The Visitation: Special Edition - DVD cover art and details
Matt & Jenna in The Times
Blogtor's Doctor Who book!


REVIEWS
Destiny of the Doctors, Vengeance of the Stones

MISC.
Steven Moffat: Doctor Who is "knackering"
Matt & Jenna on The Nerdist
Matt interviews Jenna
Jenna interviews Matt
Jenna: "big gap" before Series 8
Jenna on The Craig Ferguson Show
Matt on The Jonathan Ross Show
David Tennant on Comic Relief
Matt on Comic Relief
Call The Midwife/Doctor Who sketch
EXCLUSIVE! Moffat on the "Washington Theory"
Doctor Who: the classic monsters we want back

THE BLOGTOR WHO TOP 50
No. 36 - The Pirate Planet
No. 37 - Enlightement 
No. 38 - The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
No. 39 - Gridlock

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Moffat - Clara mystery resolved in 8 eps

Website Hollywood.com has been speaking to Steven Moffat about the upcoming series and the mystery of new companion Clara (played by Jenna-Louise Coleman). The current showrunner said:

"She's the insolvable mystery and the enigma, and he's the one chasing after her. The Doctor wants to solve the mystery of Clara. You will uncover the mystery of Clara in the next eight episodes. All will be made clear. You'll get your answer."

Read the full interview HERE.

Thanks to Shaunna Murphy

The Bells of Saint John - another clip

The BBC have released another new clip from the opening episode of Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 - watch it in the player below. The Bells of Saint John airs March 30 on BBC One, BBC America and SPACE whilst Poland, South Africa and Australia get it a day later. Visit the episode section here for even more clips, pics and news.

The Bells of Saint John introduction

The BBC have released a video of Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman introducing the opening episode of Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 - watch it in the player below. The Bells of Saint John airs this Saturday on BBC One, BBC America and SPACE whilst it airs the following day in Poland, South Africa and Australia.


Sherlock Tee Offer


Our chums over at TeeFury have got another great Sherlock t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Sherlock Comic, the design is available worldwide for $11 - visit the site HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This tee is no longer available

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Bells of Saint John - another new clip

The BBC have released another new clip from this Saturday's episode of Doctor Who - watch it in the player below. The Bells of Saint John airs on BBC One at 6.15pm, March 30 whilst it broadcasts on BBC America and SPACE on the same date and Poland, South Africa and Australia the following day. Visit the episode section HERE for more clips, pics and news.

FIRST LOOK: The Vigil and The Whisper Men

As Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 hurtles towards us more details about the upcoming episodes and what they contain begin to be revealed - specifically the new monsters The Doctor and Clara are about to face.

The Whisper Men
 In the finale, The Name of The Doctor written by Steven Moffat, The Whisper Men are the new monsters - check them out above. This episode also sees the return of River Song and has scenes set in Victorian Scotland - see HERE

The Vigil

In The Rings of Akhaten, written by Neil Cross (Luther), new villains The Vigil debut, alongside The Mummy (see image HERE). Pictured above, they appear in the second episode of the run which airs on April 6.


Check out the Series 7 Part 2 Guide HERE.

New Series 7 Part 2 details

The latest issue of the UK listings magazine the Radio Times have revealed some new details about Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2. The episode guide reveals that the Neil Gaiman Cybermen episode will be titled, Nightmare In Silver (and not The Last Cyberman as previously reported).

The Mark Gatiss episode featuring Vastra, Jenny and Strax (along with actress Dame Diana Rigg) is called The Crimson Horror and the story is told from the threesome's point of view; they "tackle a case of their own, and stumble across the Doctor's path, quite accidentally."

The Finale, as yet untitled, confirms that Alex Kingston will return as River Song and Steven Moffat promises: "There's going to be a revelation. I'm not teasing. I'm not wrong-footing you - you're about to learn something about the Doctor that you never knew before. And I think you're in for a shock..." New villains The Whispermen will make an appearance in this story.

On the the future, Matt Smith, the current Doctor Who, told the magazine, "I'm attached to the show for the next year and I take it year by year," whilst new girl Jenna-Louise Coleman has confirmed her involvement in Series 8. 

The Radio Times is available now.

Matt Smith interviews Jenna-Louise Coleman

BBC America have released another video featuring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, watch Matt interview Jenna in the player below. You watch a video a Jenna interviewing Matt HERE. Both actors will be guests on the BBC America show The Nerdist on Saturday - details HERE.

The new Doctor Who episode, The Bells of Saint John, airs on March 30 on BBC America.

Dr Who Royal Mail stamps!


As you can see pictured above, the Royal Mail have got together with the BBC to produce some amazing Dr Who Royal Mail stamps! Capturing each actor who played The Doctor, from William Hartnell through to Peter Davison and right up to the modern day to Matt Smith - these first class beauties are available online HERE in a variety of brilliant sets.

In the Presentation Pack, Who expert Gary Russell discusses all eleven Doctors along with his most formidable foes. This lavishly illustrated set also includes all eleven Special Stamps and the Miniature Sheet. The Prestige Stamp Book contains five completely unique stamp panes featuring all of the Special Stamps, Gary Russell takes an authoritative look at the progression of Doctor Who through the show’s history. Both these great sets are available from the Dr Who Royal Mail site.

You can also get all eleven Doctors Stamps framed! Each one is individually mounted within a black ash effect frame and complete with a commemorative inscription. But where would the Time Lord be without the villains and monsters in the Whoniverse? Fans of the Doctor’s greatest adversaries can now admire them on the wall, as this lovely item features the Miniature Sheet plus the individual Ood, Cyberman, Weeping Angel and Dalek stamps, together with the TARDIS stamp, beautifully mounted in a black ash effect frame. Both these awesome framed pictures are available from the Dr Who Royal Mail site. (There's also a fab special discount offer if you buy both!)

Lastly, there's a collection of four "First Day Covers" that features not only all eleven Doctors, but also a host of his adversaries such as the Daleks and the Cybermen. Check them out on the Dr Who Royal Mail site.

All these fantastic stamps and sets are available now, so don't delay in checking them out, as they won't be around for the rest of time (unlike Doctor Who!).

Doctor Who Book & DVD Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of three new amazing Doctor Who books from Broadway Paperbacks, Blogtor Who is running a fantastic giveaway for one lucky reader! (See competition below.) PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is for US residents ONLY! All books are released in the US on April 2, priced $9.99, check out the cover art and details below (click on the images for bigger versions):

SHROUD OF SORROW
by Tommy Donbavand
It is the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination – and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his late father in the mists along Totter’s Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane.Then the faces begin to talk, and scream... and push through into our world. As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?


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PLAGUE OF THE CYBERMEN
by Justin Richards
When the Doctor arrives in the 19th-century village of Klimtenburg, he discovers the residents suffering from some kind of plague – a ‘wasting disease’. The victims face a horrible death – but what’s worse, the dead seem to be leaving their graves. The Plague Warriors have returned…The Doctor is confident he knows what’s really happening; he understands where the dead go, and he’s sure the Plague Warriors are just a myth. But as some of the Doctor’s oldest and most terrible enemies start to awaken he realises that maybe – just maybe – he’s misjudged the situation.

Read a preview from the book HERE.
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THE DALEK GENERATION
by Nicholas Briggs
Sunlight 349 is one of countless Dalek Foundation worlds, planets created to house billions suffering from economic hardship. The Doctor arrives at Sunlight 349, suspicious of any world where the Daleks are apparently a force for good – and determined to find out the truth. The Doctor knows they have a far more sinister plan – but how can he convince those who have lived under the benevolence of the Daleks for a generation?But convince them he must, and soon. For on another Foundation planet, archaeologists have unearthed the most dangerous technology in the universe...

Read a preview from the book HERE.


THE BLOGTOR WHO BOOK & DVD GIVEAWAY!
This giveaway is for US residents ONLY
In this great competition one reader will win:
PLAGUE OF THE CYBERMEN by Justin Richards with signed bookplate
THE DALEK GENERATION by Nicholas Brigg
THE SHROUD OF SORROW by Tommy Donbavand
AND!!
A classic Doctor Who DVD giftpack featuring:
The Robots of Death, The Ark in Space and Shada.


PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is for US residents ONLY!

The Bells of Saint John promo pics


The BBC have released new promotional pictures for the opening episode of Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 - click on the images for bigger versions. The Bells of Saint John airs this Saturday (March 30) on BBC One, BBC America and SPACE whilst it airs the following day in Australia, Poland and Canada. Check out more promotional pictures HERE.


Thanks to BBC Pictures

Monday, March 25, 2013

Demons Run: Two Days Later [update]

Amazon.com and the US iTunes store have listed a new extra for Doctor Who, Season 7 Part 2. Titled, The Battle of Demons Run - Two Days Later it has a running time of three minutes and has the following synopisis:

In the aftermath of the battle of Demons Run, a battle-scarred Strax lies dying on the floor - or has he just fainted...

You can check out the listing on Amazon HERE, where it is also available to download and it's also available as part of the Series 7, Part 2 subscription on iTunes (in the US at the time of writing). Thanks to Corey LeChat for the heads-up!

ETA: The episode is now available on the UK iTunes store.

Matt & Jenna on The Nerdist


BBC America have announced that Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman will be guests on the new series of The Nerdist, starting March 30. Click on the picture above for a bigger version. Host Chris Hardwick meets Matt and Jenna in the first episode where Smith will share "tidbits on the 50th anniversary". It airs March 30, 10pm ET/PT whilst in the next episode, on April 6, former companion Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) will make an appearance.

Check out Jenna interviewing Matt HERE.

Doctor Who Comes to Playstation Home


Sony DADC’s interactive development group, LOOT Entertainment, and BBC Worldwide’s Digital Partnerships team have joined forces to bring Doctor Who to life like never before by creating a social gaming and commerce environment inside PlayStation®Home.  Available to more than 31 million PlayStation®Home users across the globe on March 27th, the Doctor Who on PlayStation®Home experience will immerse gamers in the world of Doctor Who by allowing fans to interact with iconic elements, explore and customize environments, and watch content from the popular television series in a social atmosphere.

Doctor Who fans can enjoy dynamic features based on the show’s most popular characters and scenery, such as the Eleventh Doctor and River Song costumes, and a TARDIS- themed private space and clubhouse. Users can also visit the Doctor Who-themed LOOT Space Station Theater for additional video content from BBC Worldwide and shop for Doctor Who items - both virtual and real - via LOOT’s Entertainment on Demand system.



“We’re really excited to be bringing this much-loved series to social and virtual worlds,” said Simon Hutson, senior vice president digital development at BBC Worldwide. “Discovering new ways to engage with our fans is incredibly important to us, especially as we approach Doctor Who’s 50th year.”

“We are committed to preserving the spirit and aesthetic of Doctor Who while introducing this historic franchise to PlayStation®Home” said David Sterling, vice president of business development, LOOT Entertainment. “It’s the same Doctor Who millions have loved for almost 50 years—with a virtual, interactive, and social twist.”


In celebration of the series’ 50th Anniversary, additional Doctor Who themed virtual goods, environments and social experiences will be added to Doctor Who on PlayStation®Home throughout 2013.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Barrowman confirms 50th involvement

Actor John Barrowman has announced on Twitter that he will not be taking part in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, due to air on November 23. Speaking on the social-networking site, he tweeted:

I will not be involved in the 50th Anniversary Episode of Dr WHO.

Earlier this month, Barrowman talked about being involved in some capacity on the ITV1 show This Morning - watch what he had to say HERE.

Matt Smith Talks 50th


Jenna-Louise coleman interviews Matt Smith

BBC America have released a video of Jenna-Louise Coleman (new companion Clara) interviewing current Doctor Who Matt Smith - watch it in the player below. The Bells of Saint John airs on BBC America on March 30, 8/7c. The story airs on BBC One at 6.15pm on the same day.

Visit The Bells of Saint John section for clips, pics and news.

Tee offer


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

PLEASE NOTE: This tee is no longer available

Matt Smith talks Series 7 Part 2

Earlier this month, popular actor Matt Smith made an appearance on the Regent Street Apple Store in London and the podcast is now available HERE (in both audio and video form). Talking about next week's episode, The Bells of Saint John, he says, "I think Steven watched James Bond and got slightly inspired by that," and, "There is a bit of Twitter bashing goes on."

Regarding new companion Clara, Matt stated, "She has reignited his curiosity that he has about the universe. She's something impossible to him."

On Journey To The Centre of the TARDIS, Smith lamented, "I really wanted to see The Doctor's bedroom, but we didn't. You sort of learn more about who the TARDIS is, and what effect she can have on the shape of that spaceship."

Regarding the finale, Matt said, "The finale is going to be really exciting. Because, you know, what comes next is the 50th [Anniversary Special]. And, boy-oh-boy, is there a *makes a whip sound, whilst miming a batting motion* at the end of that."


Matt also chats about his favourite Doctor Who episodes, Sherlock and says he'll be back to film the 2013 Christmas Special in "August or September".

Listen/watch to the full interview and Q&A HERE.

Matt talks 50th

Earlier this month, popular actor Matt Smith made an appearance on the Regent Street Apple Store in London and the podcast is now available HERE (in both audio and video form). Talking about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, he promised:

"You won't be disappointed. I think it's the best ever, ever.
It's funny, it's so funny."

When asked if it was one special or a series of specials, Matt replied:

"It's one one-off piece but there are elements to it which are different to normal episodes. When you combine all the elements that are different, it's not just an episode of Doctor Who, it's something else; something bigger and greater and more exciting. "

During the audience Q&A, when prompted, the actor stated:

"I think you might laugh more than you'll cry. But, you know, there might be a bit of crying in there. Actually there is one moment where you might shed a tear."




Jenna talks "big gap" for Series 8

Actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, new companion Clara Oswald, has been talking about Doctor Who Series 8 and has revealed that there could be a substantial amount of time before it appears on our screens. She said:

“There could be a big gap ­until the next series. I think the writer Steven Moffat is off doing Sherlock and there’ll be a lot of preparation for the 50th anniversary special.”


Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Blogtor Who Top 50 - No. 36

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...

THE PIRATE PLANET
First broadcast 30/9-21/10/1978 starring Tom Baker

Before he won us over with his script editing duties and the sublime City of Death (perhaps coming up later in this Top 50), Douglas Adams delivered this beauty as part of the Key To Time season (also more from this story arc later in the 50).

Brimming with invention and pure science-fiction at every turn (and bung in some of your usual Seventies socio-political commentary), The Pirate Planet sees Tom Baker and Mary Tamm in fine form and are matched by the "evil" triumverate of The Pirate Captain, Mr Fibuli and Xanxia. Bruce Purchase's performance as the blustering Captain is an absolute treat, almost teetering on the edge of pantomime with his Moons of Madness! shoutery but remaining a believable villain. And the reveal of his puppet status adds a sympathetic edge to his character.

Especially so as The Captain feels the loss of his right-hand man, Mr Fibuli. It's another neat performance in the troupe and Andrew Robertson plays his obedient slave with an extreme likability. They make for a memorable and fun couple. Completing the gang is the Captain's nurse or, as she turns out to be, Queen Xanxia. She's a cold yet fascinating character, and like the story, the layers that reveal themselves over the course of the four-parter sustain the interest stoutly.

But it's Tommy B who really takes control, reveling in the Adams script. Again, he veers towards the overly comedic but manages to stay on the right side, delivering lines like, "lying in the street exactly where I wasn't expecting to find it," and "Impossible? Pah! that means it'll take 73 seconds," perfectly. But then check out his disgust in Episode Three as The Captain's plan is revealed - "What's it for?" he spits viciously at the horror of planet-shrinking. An amazing Doctor Who moment.

And there's plenty of delicious bafflegab from writer Douglas Adams to enjoy, with each episode unmasking a new facet and strand to investigate. It's a fully-packed story with typical Douglas Adams-y tropes and humour (some that he would economically reuse) and even with the slightly dull Mentiads, The Pirate Planet is top notch Who which manages to combine the most exciting and cleverly imagined science-fiction with damn good gags and a number of magnificent performances.


See Nos. 50-37 HERE

Moffat: Doctor Who is "knackering"

Steven Moffat has been interviewed in the most recent edition of US magazine, Entertainment Weekly (see the two Doctor Who covers HERE and picture shoot HERE). In it, the current showrunner reveals that his time on the show may be coming to an end; Moffat states:

"I just take it a year at a time. It is knackering work. I've stopped writing other shows before, and you just want to leave - not that you hate it, but just 'I'm done'."


The Bells of Saint John trailer

The BBC have released a new trailer for The Bells of Saint John - watch it in the player below. The opening episode of Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 starts on March 30 in the UK and North America, whilst it airs the following day in Australia, Poland and South Africa. 

Visit the episode section HERE for more pics, clips and news.