Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wand Company Launches Two New Sonic Screwdriver Remote Controls


The Wand Company have teamed up with BBC Worldwide again to produce two more Sonic Screwdriver Remote Controls, check out the details and pictures below (click on them for bigger versions):

This summer, in response to massive consumer demand, The Wand Company will reveal their new, authentic Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control. Painstakingly 3D scanned from the original screen-used prop, kindly loaned to The Wand Company by David Tennant himself, this Tenth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is a faithful clone, CNC machined from aluminium, crammed full of technology and is a fully functioning gesture-based universal remote control that looks, feels and works just like the real prop.



Previewing on the ThinkGeek Booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Remote will be available exclusively through selected retailers in the UK, US and Australia in October to coincide with BBC Worldwide’s Tenth Doctor celebrations (BBCW have been celebrating a different Doctor during every month of 2013) of the popular and long-running series’ 50th anniversary year.

To further commemorate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary year, The Wand Company is also launching a limited-edition gold and silver plated version of their enormously successful Eleventh Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control. A small quantity will be available first at San Diego Comic-Con, and then from other selected retailers in the UK and US, but with only 250 of these special, individually laser-numbered Sonic Screwdrivers ever being produced, this is the ultimate collectible for Doctor Who fans.

The Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver, officially licensed from BBC Worldwide, is a 1:1 scale replica of the original filming prop. As well as being a fully-functioning universal learning remote control, the Sonic Screwdriver comes with a built-in rechargeable battery, has authentic sound effects taken from the BBC sound effects archives, 10 special secret Morse code messages to discover and a light-up blue tip. It is supplied with a die cast metal stand and comes in its own protective hard case. The Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver is expected to retail for £69.95 in the UK, $109.95 in the US and $129.95 in Australia.


The 50th Anniversary gold and silver plated Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Supplied in a premium high-quality presentation box, with a hand-painted stand and certificate of authenticity, each unit is individually laser-numbered. Limited to 250 units worldwide, and expected to retail for £119.95 in the UK and $199.95 in the US.
Thanks to BBC Worldwide

COMPETITION! Win a replica Fourth Doctor scarf!

The UK's leading scarves shop Lovarzi has teamed up with the BBC to produce this fantastic officially licensed, and officially awesome, full size Fourth Doctor replica scarf as worn by Tom Baker in Doctor Who. This item is available worldwide - buy it HERE. Blogtor has one scarf to give away to a lucky reader (has to be in the UK, I'm afraid). Just answer the following question (correctly):

According to The Fourth Doctor, who knitted his scarf?
Email your answer HERE.
Competition closes 00.00, July 8, 2013 [BST]
PLEASE NOTE: This competition is only open to the UK 

Perfect for casual and hardcore fans, cosplayers and gifts, this stunning Doctor Who Scarf is truly iconic. Worn by The Doctor in the Seventies, now you, too, can battle Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans in style! Click on the pics for bigger versions and check out the details below. Buy it HERE.
  • Length: 13ft (3.96m) Including tassels
  • Width: 10” (28cm)
  • Made from 100% premium quality Acrylic
  • Ships worldwide
  • Free UK delivery
  • 90 day money back guarantee means that if you’re not 100% happy, you can simply send it back and receive a full refund with no questions asked!

To win one of these amazing items, just answer the following question (correctly):

According to The Fourth Doctor, who knitted his scarf?
Email your answer HERE.

Competition closes 00.00, July 8, 2013 [BST]
 PLEASE NOTE: This competition is only open to the UK

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tee Offer


Our buddies over at RIPT Apparel have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Superhero Box, the design is available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE! It's also available in kids sizes, a fleece hoody, a onesie and in prints, coasters and iPhone cases!

PLEASE NOTE: This design is no longer available

Monday, June 24, 2013

DVD REVIEW: Regeneration DVD boxset


DOCTOR WHO: REGENERATION

6~disc DVD boxset
Details HERE

Out now in the UK


To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, BBC Worldwide have released this beautifully packaged, limited-edition collection of Doctor Who stories that focus on one recurring theme from the show's history – the time each Doctor faces his final moments, gives way to the next incarnation and begins to regenerate... (That list is: The Tenth Planet, The War Games, Planet of the Spiders, Logopolis, The Caves of Androzani, Time and the Rani, Doctor Who: The Movie, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways and The End of Time.)

For hardened fans, all the stories contained here will, most likely, already be in their collections and, as a result, they will already have dyed-in-the-wool opinions of each, making it a bit of a fool's errand to review them all again. Indeed, as a product, it seems mostly designed to be a set appealing to new fans, very much a collector's item showing off the most historic moments of the show. There's a natural suspense when you know the Doctor is really facing death – and for those who haven't experienced these stories, this could very well be a truly thrilling collection of stories.

However, it does leave you wondering whether a trick was missed in not including the stories that followed the regenerations themselves - a lost opportunity to show newer fans what happens next, particularly as Time And The Rani and Doctor Who: The Movie are included. While this reviewer is aware certain eras couldn't afford the collection this contribution, perhaps including the opening episodes for Doctors Three, Four, Five, Six, Ten and Eleven would have been a nice touch – and indeed, one that would encourage newer fans to continue exploring Who's great archive on DVD and bluray. However, given the compression issues on these discs – BBC Worldwide have gone for huge value in quantity, rather than perfect picture quality – including more material might not have been possible.

So, for older fans, what's included of interest to them? There's nothing in the way of extras, sadly, and a beautiful booklet on the Doctors again feels more for new fans than old. So, it all hinges on the collection's big selling point – an animated reconstruction of William Hartnell's final appearance as the First Doctor in The Tenth Planet, Episode Four. Currently officially lost from the archives, BBC Worldwide have included an animated reconstruction, using the episode's original soundtrack. 

While the work is stunning, acting as a very successful solution to the missing episode problem, and is highly enjoyable to watch, at times some very styled flourishes creep in – for example, modern movie-style lens-flare creeps in to particular moments – which jars when viewed against the surviving three episodes. Also, it feels like a genuine shame that given the surviving footage of Hartnell's regeneration scene does exist, that the producers chose not to include that, either as part of the animation or as an extra.

The packaging is a real treat and most definitely something you'll want to show off in your home (or dungeon/bedroom) - it's an utterly gorgeous piece of Whovery [is that a word? - Ed.] - though it's not exactly gonna sit amongst your other Who DVDs, it should be said. The discs themselves sit magnificently in the huge pages of the gorgeous art work booklet. Much attention has been lavished on this product.

All in all, this a really nice product that will appeal mostly to collectors and those new to the show – so if you know anyone who's just got into Doctor Who, and they have a birthday looming, this is the thing to buy them... after the older fan has sneaked a in viewing of the wonderful reconstruction of The Tenth Planet, of course! As a product for newer fans.

BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Review by Jack Bowman
 

New Zealand Mint Doctor Who coin

In collaboration, BBCW ANZ and New Zealand Mint offer this stunning 1oz silver proof coin to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary (pictured left). Issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender under the authority of Niue Island, only 10,000 1oz silver proof coins will be released in special TARDIS packaging. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.


The coin’s reverse depicts an engraved relief of the iconic TARDIS used by the Doctor to travel through space and time. This bursts forth out of a dynamic high quality colour printed background representing time travel. The coins border features the finely engraved words DOCTOR WHO 50TH ANNIVERSARY 1963 – 2013. The coin’s obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and the monetary denomination.

The 50th anniversary coin is packaged in a special presentation case in the shape of the iconic TARDIS (pictured right). The packaging has the distinctive sound effects of the TARDIS when opened, making it entirely unique. The doors of the TARDIS open to display the 1oz coin and Certificate of Authenticity. 


Thanks to New Zealand Mint Limited

Torchwood and Red Dwarf stars in Twisted Showcase Series 3

Twisted Showcase is back for Series 3, which sees the return of Gareth David-Lloyd in an episode titled Payback. Another episode titled Toilet Soup stars Red Dwarf actor and stand-up comedian Norman Lovett. There will be a set of all new episodes even more twisted than what's gone before.

Gareth (pictured left) played the iconic role of Ianto Jones in the first three series of Torchwood and also in the Doctor Who Series 4 finale, The Stolen Earth/Journey's End.

The only British independent series to be named in the Guardian Top 25 must watch web shows, Twisted Showcase is an anthology series, a mixture of self-contained horror, psychological thriller and comedy.

A crowd funding page has been launched to help get series 3 off the ground. Any contribution will help towards the series and you can get exclusive access, signed pictures of Gareth David-Lloyd and even become an executive producer. Each instalment offers something new and different to shock, amaze and entertain you, created by Robin Bell and Rhys Jones who wanted to make something different with a strong focus on story.

Visit www.twistedshowcase.com for more details

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tee Offer


Our chums over at TeeFury have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Back to the TARDIS, the tee is available worldwide for $11 - visit the site HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This tee is no longer available.

Friday, June 21, 2013

SPECIAL OFFER! 10% off Official Fourth Doctor Replica Scarf!

The UK's leading scarves shop Lovarzi has teamed up with the BBC to produce this fantastic officially licensed, and officially awesome, full size Fourth Doctor replica scarf as worn by Tom Baker in Doctor Who. This item is available worldwide - buy it HERE.
Perfect for casual and hardcore fans, cosplayers and gifts, this stunning Doctor Who Scarf is truly iconic. Worn by The Doctor in the Seventies, now you, too, can battle Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans in style! Click on the pics for bigger versions and check out the details below. Buy it HERE.

  • Length: 13ft (3.96m) Including tassels
  • Width: 10” (28cm)
  • Made from 100% premium quality Acrylic
  • Ships worldwide
  • Free UK delivery
  • 90 day money back guarantee means that if you’re not 100% happy, you can simply send it back and receive a full refund with no questions asked!
(AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE)

PLEASE NOTE: This offer expires on Sunday at midnight - June 24, 00:00 [BST]

Matt Smith's goodbye video

The BBC have released a video from actor Matt Smith saying thanks to the Doctor Who cast and crew and the fans - watch it in the player below. Smith is leaving the show in this year's Christmas Special and will next be seen in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. He is currently filming How to Catch a Monster in Detroit and will start work on his final story at the end of August. Before then, Smith will pop back to Cardiff to meet the Prince of Wales on July 3 as the royal makes a visit to the Roath Lock studios (where Doctor Who is filmed).




Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Curious Night at the Theatre with Matt Smith

Actor Matt Smith will be seen at the fundraising gala, A Curious Night at the Theatre. Matt will feature in a specially-filmed segment for the show which also includes Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall). The evening will also see an auction where you can win afternoon tea with Matt Smith - read the full details HERE.


Kasterborous Magazine #1

Included below are the details of the latest issue of Kasterborous Magazine, which includes TWO interviews with current Doctor Who, Matt Smith who tells the publication, “I’m not turning into a woman.” You can buy the magazine HERE and a limited edition print copy “package” will follow later in June.

Karen Gillan tells us what she gained from her time on Doctor Who: “I just feel like I’ve learned actually how to act. When I look back at what I was like as an actress when I first started, I just think I didn’t know anything about acting! Through the show I feel like I’ve learned so much, and I’ve learned so much from Matt Smith as well, just because he is the most inventive actor I’ve ever, ever seen work.”

At the Asylum of the Daleks New York premier Matt Smith told us: “I’m going to push to explore the idea of directing. Frankly that’s where the creative power is, I’m fed up of being a puppet!” Meanwhile at the Doctor Who Experience, Matt gives us an idea of how much he will miss Wales: “But the people – I love the Welsh. I think they’re a great bunch. I love their sense of humour. I have great friends in Wales. And it’s a green city and I always feel very welcome here and you know... there’s a great Jamie’s Italian!”

The full contents are:
•    Elton Townend-Jones’ Enlightenment – how should Doctor Who’s 50th be celebrated?
•    Never a Doctored Word with the Valeyard – the Doctor’s alter ego sets the world to rights.
•    Interview: Illustrator Paul Hanley – popular artist reveals his inspirations and plans.
•    The Shape of… The TARDIS – the real star of Doctor Who, the iconic time machine.
•    Crash of Elysium – Tom Macrae discusses his audacious live Doctor Who play.
•    My Mate John IS the Doctor! – John Guilor, the voice of the First Doctor, interviewed.
•    All Monsters Great and Small – Phil Bates meets Matt Smith at the Doctor Who Experience.
•    In the Shed: With a Dalek Builder! – want to build your own Dalek? Gareth Mugridge is the man to ask!
•    The History of Doctor Who Fandom – kicking off an in-depth look at organized fandom.
•    Doctor Who Takes Manhattan – we speak to Matt Smith & Karen Gillan in New York!
•    The Masque Revisited – 38 years later, a trip to Portmeirion revisits The Masque of Mandragora.

Audiobook Review: Planet of The Daleks


Planet of The Daleks 
Written by Terrence Dicks

Read by Mark Gatiss

Out Now



The next in the Target novelisation canon to be released by AudioGo is the Third Doctor story, Doctor Who and the Planet of The Daleks.

Following on from the events on the planet of the Ogrons, the Doctor has been injured by the Master and has set the TARDIS in flight. Along with his companion Jo Grant, the Doctor arrives on the Jungle planet Spiridon, and finds Thals, Daleks and a great deal more...

This release is like listening to professionally produced audio of a Doctor Who fan, taking great pride in recanting one of his favourite classic Who stories. It’s brilliant to listen to Mark Gatiss taking great joy in faultlessly recreating an adventure which is no doubt verbatim from memory. Gatiss provides some wonderful and incredibly accurate impressions of Jon Pertwee, and some of the supporting characters. His rendition of the Thal, Codal is particularly accurate. The incidental music used throughout helps to keep the tension heavy and as always Nicholas Briggs voices the Daleks with élan.

If this story is a favourite or you’re fond of Mark Gatiss, this purchase is a no-brainer. As ever these Target novelisation audiobooks are aimed at quite a niche market, but this is certainly one of the best in recent memory.
BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to AudioGo

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

David Harewood talks "black" Doctor Who



Actor David Harewood was a guest on the ITV1 "show" Loose Women yesterday and during it he was asked by the "presenters" if he thought there could be a "black Doctor Who" and if he was interested in the role - watch a clip in the player above. Older readers may remember Harewood starred as Joshua Naismith in The End of Time. Thanks to Daren Thomas Curley for the clip.

Toby Stephens talks 12th Doctor

Dominic Cooper interested in playing The 12th Doctor

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

BFI: Doctor Who at 50 update

The BFI have announced the guests for the July screening in their Doctor Who at 50 series. Sylvester McCoy (The Seventh Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Dick Mills (from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), Ben Aaronovitch (writer of Remembrance of the Daleks and Battlefield) and Mike Tucker (visual effects) will take part in a Q&A for the screening of Remembrance of the Daleks on July 27. Buy tickets HERE.

August was due to have been the month to screen the Paul McGann 1996 television movie but it has been moved to a "little later in the year" to accommodate guest availability. Instead there will be a screening of the Ninth Doctor episodes Bad Wolf and Parting of the Ways on August 24.

Thanks to the BFI

Monday, June 17, 2013

Christmas Special director revealed

Director Jamie Payne will be behind the camera for the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special. Payne directed the Series 7 episode Hide. The one hour episode, as of yet untitled (officially anyway), is written by current showrunner Steven Moffat and stars Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in his last outing as the Eleventh Doctor (well, until the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Special). It will also, possibly, see the new actor, or actress, to play The Twelfth Doctor. Filming starts in August.

Before the Christmas Special, there's the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special to enjoy too! Read all about it HERE.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Who-Themed Fringe Show Tackles Love, Anxiety And A Female Doctor!

During the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, Blogtor will be starring a play all about Doctor Who and its fans. Check out the details below:

Binka Boo Productions presents... 
Who Are You Supposed To Be?
by Keith Gow.
Starring Jennifer Lusk and Cameron K. McEwan
You can support the show by donating HERE.


Actor Jennifer Lusk wants to know why she can’t play The Doctor in Doctor Who. “The Doctor is an alien with two hearts. Why can’t she be an alien with two hearts and two breasts, “ she said. Lusk will star in a rom com set at a science fiction convention called Who Are You Supposed To Be? at the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

Co-star Cameron K McEwan, better known in fan circles as the owner of Blogtor Who agrees. “Don’t we all want to be the Doctor? Maybe it’s time for a woman to take the mantle. That’s part of what the play addresses.”

Originally conceived as a tribute to fans in the 50th Anniversary year of Doctor Who, the play’s themes became more relevant on the announcement of Matt Smith’s departure earlier in the month “Once Matt Smith and the BBC had made their official announcement, the first thing declared by the tabloids is that he would be replaced by a woman,” said Who Are You Supposed To Be? writer, Keith Gow. “And the online discussions quickly mirrored the conflict in the play. Jen’s character likes to dress up as the Doctor. Cameron’s character doesn’t want a woman, because of tradition.”

The show isn’t just about a woman playing the Doctor, though. It is, at its core, a love story where the characters initially bond over pop culture references. As well as love, the show also tackles the issue of anxiety – and how we cope outside our comfort zones.

“It was important to us that the show wasn’t just about Doctor Who jokes or Batman references. We’ve all got different sides and I wanted to make sure the show captured that,” said Gow. “It would be easy to make a show that relies on in-jokes, but we definitely want to appeal to everyone. So it’s for people who fall in love, people who have awkward moments. All of us.”

Lusk and McEwan are about to begin rehearsals on the play, which they hope to tour after the thirteen-show run at Edinburgh Fringe. Two months out from the premiere, they are also trying to raise a little bit more money for costumes and publicity. Check out the IndieGoGo campaign HERE.

“My character, Ash, is dressed up as Peter Davison’s Doctor throughout the show. We need money to get that costume right. That’s her character – she likes to dress up! She spends hours making these costumes. The show needs to get that right,” Lusk explains. “I get to dress up late in the show as well,” said McEwan. “But I can’t tell you who I dress as. As River Song is so fond of saying, ‘Spoilers!’”

With a decision on who will replace Matt Smith still pending, are the creators of this World Premiere romantic comedy about fans and fandom worried that the BBC might be bold and actually cast a woman in the role? Would that change the show?

“Writing is re-writing,” joked Lusk. “If we have to make a change, we’ll be fine. But I think the argument might go on well after an announcement is made. Besides, if the BBC is so bold as to cast a woman as the Doctor, the most important thing is that little girls watching the show can look up and start to believe they could be the Doctor, too.”

Who Are You Supposed To Be? will be performed at: 
 C Venues – C Aquila, August 14 to 26, 15:40

You can support the show by donating HERE.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Toby Stephens talks 12th Doctor


Actor Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) was a guest on the Graham Norton BBC 2 Radio show earlier today and was asked if he is the new Doctor Who - listen to his response in the player above. 

Dominic Cooper "interested" in Doctor Who

12 Actors For The 12th Doctor  

12 Actresses For the 12th Doctor

NEWS ROUND~UP!

Despite no new episodes on telly, news comes in thick and fast in the world of Doctor Who - and some juicy nuggets may have passed you by. Collected here is a round-up of the very latest news. Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the last news round~up HERE.

THE TWELFTH DOCTOR
Dominic Cooper "interested"
Alex Kingston chats Female Doctor
Blogtor chats female Who with the BBC
BBC News report on Matt Smith leaving
Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who
12 Actors for the 12th Doctor
12 Actress for the 12th Doctor

50TH ANNIVERSARY
Bernard Cribbins and Graham Norton talk about involvement

Series 8 to be "incredible"

MERCHANDISE
LOADS of new Doctor Who toys released! [Gallery of pics]
Return to the 11th Hour convention ft. Tate, Gillan & much more!
Spearhead From Space bluray cover art & details
Doctor Who "Walking Tours" in Cardiff
New figures advert and 360º video
The Tenth Planet - animation clips
Doctor Who at Comic Con Paris 2013
COMPETITION: Win tickets to Film & TV concert!


MISC.
Bad Dads & Dude Dads: The Fathers of New Who
Neil Gaiman - Newsnight interview
Mock The Week features Doctor Who
Return to the 11th Hour convention ft. Tate, Gillan & much more!
David Tennant wins Doctor Who poll
Mark Gatiss to attend Comic Con Paris 2013
Steven Moffat awarded honorary doctorate

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bad Dads & Dude Dads: The Fathers of New Who

As Father's Day arrives, we take a look at the patriarchs in Doctor Who since 2005. But were they "Bad Dads" or "Dude Dads"*? Let's find out.... (Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, some have been left out.) 

2005
Back in the crazy days of Series One when Christopher Eccleston donned a leather~jacket like a submarine mechanic, fathers were certainly not in the foreground of Doctor Who, though their shadows were. Immediately we see that Rose was part of single~parent family, with her mother Jackie forming an integral part to the opening episode (and she would continue to do so). But, we did find a dad in Rose.

Step up internet conspiracist nutjob, Clive. Hardly the paternal role model; stuck in his shed obsessing over The Doctor online all hours of the day (insert Who fan gag here). Sadly, poor Clive couldn't even protect his loved ones and came a cropper at the hands (or hand) of an Auton whilst out shopping. Mind you, his family seemed to survive without him.

A couple of episodes later, and a few years in the past, we found another neglectful pater, Charles Dickens. The Unquiet Dead featured the author spending time away at Christmas (the cad!) to go on a jolly to Cardiff. But, in true Dickensian style, he'd realised the errors of his ways and vowed a familial return.

Another fatherly redemption would come later in the series in Paul Cornell's brilliant Father's Day. Pete Tyler, Rose's daddy, gets a visit and The Doctor gets slightly more than he'd hoped for. At first, Pete is a sleazeball Delboy~esque** character; hitting on his daughter (unbeknownst to him, of course) and training to be a contestant on Dragon's Den. But, as we know, by the end, Pete saved the world (and probably the Universe). A flawed but ultimately good man.

To finish off the first series, and rather flippantly, there was Arthur Lloyd from The Empty Child. He may well have catered well for his own family (and, inadvertently, many other children) but Art was keeping something meaty and butcher~related from his crew...

2006
Blimey, Pete Tyler, again? Yup, but this time, in the words of Mickey Smith, "a little bit different". Damn. Not a dad. So we can't count him. BUT he did become all fatherly to Rose in the Series Two finale so we'll let him have it. He traveled far and wide but his biggest journey was accepting a girl from a parallel universe as his daughter. All together now, awww. Pete, Blogtor salutes you!

No faring so well in the same series were some of the other paternal figures that cropped up. Take Eddie Connolly from The Idiot's Lantern, for example. A little facist who bullied his household (whenever he bothered to turn up) and wasn't too nice to his mother either. Mind you, he did supply them with a brand new spanking telly. Not bad going for 1953.

Another notable bad dad in the 2006 came in Fear Her though, ironically, we never got to see Mr Webber (that might not be his name, fact fans) in the flesh. Instead, a horrific re~imagining from his daughter, Chloe. The subtext of their relationship was deeply unsettling and, like the story previously mentioned, hinted at a very dark, but all too real facet of family life for some. Definitely not a shining example of fatherhood. Oh yeah, and we're just gonna let The Doctor's utterance that he, "was a dad once," just linger there for a while...

Finishing off the Series Two daddy collection is The Runaway Bride and the wonderful Geoff Noble. Donna's dad's time on the show as all too brief but his generosity would give his daughter a brighter life in the future. Another heartfelt salute!

2007
Series Three kicked off with a new companion who had a dad; though his car~loving and young blonde chasing ways did rather suggest that he, perhaps, had some mid~life issues (I know the feeling). Smith and Jones introduced us to Martha and her, how should I put it, interesting family. Clive Jones would turn up again in the finale and prove his worth as a man, trying to protect his daughter (demonstrating that shallowness doesn't equate to integrity).

Miaow! Miaow! Miaow! It's Gridlock and inter~species papa, Brannigan. Now there was a good, erm..., man. As it were. Helping with his "human" missus and family, or litter, through the traffic jam from hell into a better life. An upbeat and positive sort, he's the kinda padre you want on your team. Nice one whiskers!

The Doctor? A Dad?? Again??? The Family Of Blood proffered an alternative future for John Smith and we saw him doting on his new born with his wife Joan Redfern. Did The Doctor regret not being able to live out this frankly mundane and earthly existence? His appearance at the book signing of Verity Newman certainly suggested the possibility...
     
The Christmas Special saw a father rather horribly sacrifice himself (and many others) in Voyage of the Damned. Captain Hardaker was promised much for his family (admirable) but wouldn't live to see it happen and the blighter turned a gun on poor old Russell Tovey! Of course, it was Geoffrey Palmer so we can pretty much forgive him anything.

2008
Donna was back for Series Four and a pretty palate of paters were presented. The Fires of Pompeii saw Lucius Caecilius Lucundus (to give him his full title), played by the wonderfully non~swearing Peter Capaldi, who was so frightfully concerned about his daughter's "slutty" attire but no so much with the stone arms. Typical dad. Definitely a fun father and touchingly tried to cover his family from Vesuvuis and its onslaught. Best of all, he got live. #spoilers

The Doctor? A Dad?? Again??? Hold on, didn't I just type that? The Doctor's Daughter, as the title suggested, made a father of The Doctor. And wasn't he just the proper prick about it all? Took him some time but Davey T soon came round to being a pop to Jenny. Probably around the same time he started... (we'll stop there - Ed.). Gallifrey's finest did get a tad upset at her, *coughs*, death but he soon cheered up enough to take in an adventure with Agatha Christie.

The Unicorn and the Wasp, fact fans will note, featured an actual father in the cast. Well, not quite the cast. An extra. And a fleeting one at that. But look carefully enough and you'll see Sandy McDonald, Davey T's very own pa, as a footman just after the opening credits. (Thank you Doctor Who Confidential, the daddy of all behind~the~scenes shows.)

Back to fiction and Midnight presented us with quite the character in Biff Cane, otherwise known as "Beardy". At first, he was just the disinterested parent who could care less about his emo offspring, Merlin. I mean Jethro. But as the episode continued, his spine evaporated; becoming a man no son would want to emulate. Could've been worse - his wife was an absolute monster (figuratively speaking). 

2009
Ah, Jackson Lake. Not only a great would~be Doctor Who but also a wonderful father. Just check out his parenting skills in The Next Doctor. Sure he may have let his son get nabbed by the Cybermen to help build a huge effin' robot in the middle of 19th Century London, but Lake did get him back in true heroic style. *Sniff* Is that a tear in my eye....?

What the hell was going on with Joshua and Abigail Naismith in The End of Time? I wasn't the only one a little creeped out by them, no? All he wanted was to please his little girl and, if that meant giving life to a dead Time Lord and letting him wreak havoc on the world, the universe and everything - then so be it. Full points for a unique Christmas present, zero points for a sense of humanity.

Also, and this is perhaps highly questionable, who was that other Time Lord behind Rassilon (and beside The Doctor's mother) that was cast as a Weeping Angel "of old"? If it was Who Snr then he didn't do a very good job trying to help his son, letting mumsie take care of television appearances and indicating where to shoot. No wonder he had his head in his hands.

2010
Of course, poor little Amy didn't have parents, to begin with, so it was a while before an actual dad popped up in Series Five. Flesh and Stone introduced Father Octavian (sorry, that was lame) and Amy’s Choice gave us potential pater in Rory during the grisly antics of The Dream Lord. Finally, over half way though the series, The Hungry Earth saw the very caring book lover Mo Northover (though slightly too attracted to holes in the ground). Lots of touching scenes between he and his son, Elliot. Clearly a loving bond. Which is just as well as his mother was such a rabid cow bag.

In The Big Bang we got a glimpse of Mr Augustus Pond so we can only but dream of what he’s like (I'm sure he's a top bloke, given how well Amy turned out... *coughs*). Returning to bad dads though, the festive period gave us a nasty basket in the form of Elliot Sardick. A Christmas Carol revisited the theme of “dads eff you up” with a young Kazran forgoing love for the sake of his father. Thankfully, The Doctor was hand to change Kazran's ways which, in some small way, reverses the behaviour of the baddy daddy.

2011
The Series Six opener, The Impossible Astronaut, introduced us to another real life father and son duo in the character of Canton Delaware III. Mark and Morgan Sheppard played the same man and buddy of the Doctor and it wasn't long before we got a real father/son double act... (Well, not real. Fictional.)

The Curse of the Black Spot featured Henry Avery and his offspring Toby. Not a great relationship, it has to be said, to kick off with. Pirate Senior got a tad annoyed at Junior for stowing away but, by the end, the two were a swashbuckling pair ready to take on the galaxy! So much so, in fact, the the Averys cameo'd in the Part 1 series finale, helping out The Doctor with something to do with eye~patches.

Sticking with A Good Man Goes To War, Rory finally got to be a dad proper. How many ovaries exploded as Rozza held Little Baby Pond for the first time. Awwwww. Uh, oh. No, hold on. He wasn't a dad after all! GANGER BABY SHOCKER! Though, having said that, he did discover that River Sing was/is his child. Swings and roundabouts, I guess.

As the second half of the series kicked off, with new dad Rory showing little familial concern for his somewhere-in-time-or-space baby, Night Terrors presented the audience with another strong father/son team in Alex and George. Much paternal concern was given over to the little guy (especially as his mum conveniently effed off for a "job" at night~time). The relationship between the two was integral to Gatiss' wonderfully creepy story; and who didn't shed a tear at the end as they both hugged. Sniff...

More loving papa goodness came shortly after in Closing Time with Craig Owen and the product of his loins, Stormaggeddon. Of course, poor Craig was a tad insecure about his parenting skills for quite some time, especially as The Doctor seemed to have expert parenting techniques. But, by the end, the new Dad's love for his son not only kept himself alive but also managed to explode a bunch of Cybermen. Did not see that coming.

The 2011 Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, featured the shadow of a dead dad throughout (but for god's sake don't tell the kids). Reg Arwell book~ended the festive tale all cardigans and pipes (apart from when he was flying the pane, of course - that would just be silly) managing to come back into existence through the power of his wife's love. Aww, best Crimbo ever for the kiddies!

2012/13
Perhaps one of the greatest and most fun dads of all was gifted to us in Series 7 - Brian Pond (or "Williams" as he would probably like to be known). Unfazed whilst casually light-bulb fitting as the TARDIS materialised around him, it was his balls that caused so much delight, mainly for dinosaurs it should be said (we're talking about golf-balls in case you haven't seen Dinosaurs on a Spaceship). Despite being injured, he loved the Doctor just as much as his son did and the feeling was mutual - with the Time Lord taking Big Balls Bri™ on a bunch of adventures throughout space and time.

His selflessness was admirable and, after nearly dying at the hands of the Cubes from Space (or whatever they were called) in The Power of Three, Brian's wish that Amy and Rory continued to travel with The Doctor was incredibly touching. Though, of course, if he had told them to stay then maybe they wouldn't have had to deal with being zapped back to the Thirties by the flippin' Weeping Angels (but let's not dwell on that fact too much).

The Snowmen would introduce us to beardy father Captain Latimer whose personality wasn't much and the fact he called his offspring Digby and Francesca is highly dubious but full marks for employing Clara Oswald to look after his children. Similarly, a gold star to George Maitland (you can just catch him in The Bells of Saint John) for his choice of nanny but zero marks for parenting that allows them to fly off into the universe to get part Cyberised.

And then The Name of the Doctor came up with the daddy of them all! INTRODUCING JOHN HURT AS.... THE DOCTOR'S FATHER!!!!!! Ok, sorry. But I needed an explosive end to the piece. So, there you go, Dads. Some good, some bad, some dead. Some flippin' awful. Doctor Who has 'em all!

[Please note: this is an updated version of this list which appeared in 2012, just in case it seems familiar.]

Check out more fun Doctor Who lists HERE.

Dominic Cooper "interested" in Doctor Who


Actor Dominic Cooper (Captain America) was a guest in ITV1 show This Morning, yesterday and was asked if he was interested in playing The Twelfth Doctor - watch his response in the player above. The Mamma Mia star was enthusiastic saying he would be "absolutely" up for being the next Doctor.

12 Actors For The 12th Doctor  

12 Actresses For the 12th Doctor

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Neil Gaiman on Newsnight


Lovely writer Neil Gaiman was featured in a segment on tonight's edition of Newsnight - watch in the player above. During he talks about The Doctor's Wife, stating he was "incredibly happy with" it and "got 95, 96, 97%" of what he wanted. Sadly, for us, it seemed Neil was about to speak about his disappointment at Nightmare In Silver but, rather annoyingly, the interviewer decided not to listen and ask an unrelated question.

Newsnight asks: Was 80s Doctor Who "rubbish"?

Mock the Week features Dr Who


"Satiricial" BBC Two comedy show Mock the Week featured a round on Doctor Who tonight, watch it in the player above. Starring in the hilarity are host Dara O Briain, Chris Addison, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons, Milton Jones, Josh Widdicombe and Katherine Ryan. Please note: this material is not suitable for younger viewers.

The Two Doctors at the BFI - guests announced

The BFI have announced the guests for this Saturday's screening of the Sixth Doctor story, The Two Doctors. Appearing onstage for the Q&A after the episodes are shown will be: Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Tony Selby (Sabalom Glitz), Doctor Who Script Editor and Writer Eric Saward and Visual Effects Designer Mike Kelt.

The Two Doctors screens this Saturday, June 15th at the BFI from 2pm. The event is currently sold out. As previously announced, the July screening will be Remembrance of the Daleks - details HERE.

Thanks to the BFI

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

AMAZING Tee Offer


 Our buddies over at RIPT Apparel have got another great Doctor Who t~shirt for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Time Lord: Episode IV, the design is available worldwide for $10 - visit the site HERE! It's also available in kids sizes, a fleece hoody, a onesie and in prints, coasters and iPhone cases!

PLEASE NOTE: This design is no longer available

Monday, June 10, 2013

Spearhead From Space bluray details & cover

BBC Worldwide has released details of next month's bluray release of Spearhead From Space. This is the very first bluray release of classic Doctor Who and is the only adventure from the classic era which can be remastered into true HD quality owing to all four episodes being shot on location on 16mm film. Click on the cover for a bigger version.

Extra Features
A Dandy and a Clown - exclusive documentary looks at the life and career of Jon Pertwee

Carry On: the life of Caroline John – a tribute to the actress who played the Third Doctor’s companion

• Title sequence raw material

• Restoration comparison

• Programme subtitles

The main feature has digitally remastered picture and sound quality. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, Caroline John as Liz Shaw and Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Spearhead from Space will be available from July 15 in the UK,  July 17 in Australasia and August 13 in North America.
Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Cribbins & Norton chat 50th


On his BBC Radio 2 Saturday show, Graham Norton interview Who legend, Bernard Cribbins. During his time on the programme, Cribbins was asked about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, to which he and presenter Norton revealed their involvement in the celebrations - listen to it in the player above. It is possible that the presenter is taking part in the Radio 2 documentary about Doctor Who.

Friday, June 7, 2013

New Doctor Who "Walking Tour" announced!


The Doctor Who Experience has announced details of the new Doctor Who Walking Tour in Cardiff. Check out the details below:

Directed by the award winning Doctor Who novelist Gary Russell, this amazing opportunity allows you to get even closer to your favourite show this summer plus the chance to see up closed the props used from the show in the very location they aired on TV!

Lasting up to an hour, the official tours will visit over thirty-one locations featured in the filming of the show, including: the building where the Weeping Angels watched Sally Sparrow and the Police Station in the Blink episode; the American diner Amy River Song, Amy and Rory met the Doctor inside within the Impossible Astronaut episode, and the Wales Millennium Centre, where episodes including: The Girl Who Waited, The Sound of Drums, and Vincent and the Doctor were all filmed.

With tickets priced at only £5 per adult and free for children aged 16 and under, these tours are an absolute must for any Doctor Who fan!

For more information and how to book places, please contact the Doctor Who Experience by email contact@doctorwhoexperience.com, stating 'Doctor Who Experience Walking Tours' within the subject header. Please be aware that the Walking Tours will take place at weekends only.

Visit the Doctor Who Experience website HERE.

Tennant wins Doctor Who poll


This week YouGov published a poll on Doctor Who, asking the UK nation who their favourite, least favourite and who the next Doctor should be. Included below are the highlights from the poll, you can read the full results HERE. Please note: no-one under the age of 18 took part in this vote, and it was voted on by the general public (just in case you're the sort of person who gets upset at this sort of thing).

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE DOCTOR WHO?
David Tennant 43%
Tom Baker 16%
Matt Smith 14%
Christopher Eccleston 8%
Jon Pertwee 6%
Patrick Troughton 3%
William Hartnell 2%
Peter Davison 2%
Sylvester McCoy 2%
Colin Baker 1%
Paul McGann 0%
(2% voted "don't know)

WHO IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE DOCTOR WHO?
Sylvester McCoy 29%
Colin Baker 11%
Paul McGann 9%
Christopher Eccleston 7%
Peter Davison 5%
Matt Smith 5%
Patrick Troughton 3%
Tom Baker 3%
William Hartnell 2%
Jon Pertwee 2%
David Tennant 1%
(24% voted "don't know)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Doctor Who toys!

Toy manufacturer Character Options have released images and details of a brand new range of Doctor Who figures, playsets and much more more! The first batch of new sized figures (3.75") are available now and feature: Clara, The Eleventh Doctor, Cyberman, Dalek, Weeping Angel and Ice Warrior. Click on the images below for bigger versions.







Included below are two of the four "Time Zone" playsets from Character Options. The first is the submarine from Cold War whilst the second is a Dalek Invasion Earth set. The other two sets are from Hide and The Angels Take Manhattan (not pictured). Each set includes an exclusive figure or accessory.



Included below is the new "Spinning Flight" TARDIS for use with new range of figures; it also features sound and light FX! Click on the images for bigger versions.


Finally, there's a collection of Sonic Screwdrivers! Included below are images for the Third, Fourth, Tenth and the "Future" sonics. All feature light and sound FX. Click on them for bigger versions.





Thanks to Character Options