Friday, November 29, 2013

NEWS ROUND UP

The Day of the Doctor has come and gone! And there's some news and lots of juicy nuggets that 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.

BLOGTOR INTERVIEWS
Peter Davison
Colin Baker
Steven Moffat (another one)
Steven Moffat

2013 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR
Episode synopsis
First promo pics
Trailer

THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR
Four behind~the~scenes videos
Behind~the~Lens
Deleted scene
What Did YOU Think?
Clips
David Tennant and Matt Smith on The Graham Norton Show 
The Last Day mini episode
Jenna Coleman and John Hurt on The One Show
Ingrid Oliver and Gemma Redgrave interviews
Joanna Page interview
David Tennant introduction
Jenna Coleman Daybreak interview
DVD/bluray release details
Promo pics gallery
BBC Breakfast set report
Matt Smith - Blue Peter interview

50TH ANNIVERSARY
Baker, Davison, Baker, McCoy and smith pictured together
Happy Birthday Doctor Who from Blogtor
The Blogtor Who Top 50: No.1 - Turn Left
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot trailer
An Adventure in Space & Time image breakdown
Blue Peter Doctor Who special
BBC Breakfast report on An Unearthly Child
Special scenes from The Ultimate Guide
The "Very Best" Bits of Doctor Who montage

REVIEWS
Destiny of the Doctor - The Time Machine
The Companion Chronicles, The Beginning
An Adventure in Space & Time DVD
The Night of the Doctor

MERCHANDISE
New mobile game - Doctor Who: Legacy
EXCLUSIVE: Artwork and notes from 11 disc Collector's Soundtrack boxset PART 2
EXCLUSIVE: Artwork and notes from 11 disc Collector's Soundtrack boxset PART 1
The Day of the Doctor DVD/bluray

MISC.
Doctor Who receives Guinness World Record
The Blogtor Who Top 50: No.1 - Turn Left
David Tennant and Matt Smith on The Graham Norton Show
An Adventure in Space & Time image breakdown
Archive footage of Hartnell and Pertwee on BBC Points West
World's Longest Running Doctor Who Quiz Comes To An End


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Matt Smith - Blue Peter interview

Current Doctor Who Matt Smith was a guest on the Blue Peter Doctor Who Special, broadcast on the 50th Anniversary last Saturday - watch his interview in the player included here.

For more pics, clips and news from The Day of the Doctor, visit www.dayofthedoctor.com.


World's Longest Who Quiz Comes To An End

The world's longest running Doctor Who quiz night is coming to an end next month. The Quiz of Rassilon, which takes place in Cardiff every month, will stage the last of its regular nights this Monday at Buffalo in the Welsh capital. The popular quiz night has featured questions written by such luminaries as Russell T Davies, Gary Russell and even Blogtor in recent times.

Co-host Mikee Snooze reveals the quiz may return for an Easter Special and then again once the show returns in the second half of 2014. Blogtor wishes both Mikee and co-host Ioan all the best for the future.

Join The Quiz of Rassilon for the final outing for some time this Monday, Buffalo Cardiff at 7.30pm as they celebrate The Eleventh Doctor.

DVD REVIEW: An Adventure in Space and Time

 
AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE & TIME
Starring David Bradley

Out Dec 2

Extras - See HERE

Review by Cameron K McEwan




STORY
The outpouring of love for this wonderful film from writer Mark Gatiss after it aired was quite extraordinary. Indeed, the screening I attended, which included the odd cynical journo, was awash with tears and warmth. Gatiss really did create a slice of heaven with An Adventure in Space and Time. Having watched it five or six times now, I can genuinely say this has been the highlight of the anniversary year, it is utter perfection.

I've already posted a review, which you can check out HERE so I shan't bore you with my further thoughts but one thing I rather foolishly omitted from this piece was any comment on the beautiful soundtrack from Edmund Butt. It really did lift the special into new realms with jaunty moments, notably the intro, but also those deeply affecting and emotional moments, such as the breakdown of Hartnell on set. Butt's work is incredible and it was most remiss of me not to flag this up in my initial review. I hope this sees a release by itself in the future.

EXTRAS
Gratifyingly, we're given some top special features to complement An Adventure in Space and Time. First up, William Hartnell: The Original - a very brief look at Hartnell from those who knew him and those filming An Adventure. It's very touching, and includes that infamous recently found interview footage, with his real life granddaughter Jessica and television granddaughter Carole Ann Ford making some heartfelt contributions. Sadly, it's just too short but appreciated nonetheless. 


The Making of An Adventure, narrated by Carole Ann Ford, is a fun look at the genesis of Doctor Who drama including interviews with all the main players and some mightily impressive behind-the-scenes action. And just check out the footage of writer Mark Gatiss dressed as The Third Doctor - wonderful stuff! Again, a lovely piece and grateful to have it, but all too short.

Best of all the extras are the Doctor Who reconstructions. Presented as would have been broadcast, these are delightful examples of just how fastidious the filmmakers were in recreating the past. Highlights include the regenerations of Hartnell into Troughton into Pertwee, played by Gatiss (which should have really been a deleted scene, technically), and the hilarious "Festive Greeting" from The Daleks' Master Plan; where old Billy H turned to camera and wished everyone at home a Happy Christmas.

Completing the set are two Deleted Scenes which feature an extended scene at The Radiophonic Workshop
 and a most excellent appearance of a Monoid at Verity's Leaving Party. Weirdly, the original trailer shown at both Paris Comic Con and SDCC earlier this year doesn't make it onto this DVD - shame, as it really was a terrific trail.

In short if you haven't seen An Adventure in Space and Time yet then you really, really need to - and I cannot think of a better way than this terrific DVD set.

BLOGTOR RATING 10/10
Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Five Doctors at the Official Celebration


During the Official Doctor Who Celebration, which took place at the weekend at the ExCel in London, five actors who have played The Doctor got together in one place for a rather special photo - and time didn't break down (thankfully). Click on the images for bigger versions.


Featured in the pics are (L-R): Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Matt Smith. Read Blogtor's interview with Peter Davison HERE and Colin Baker HERE.

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

 

2013 Christmas Special details revealed


The BBC have revealed the title and details for the Doctor Who 2013 Christmas special - click on the images included here for bigger versions. The episode, which is Matt Smith's final as The Doctor, is called The Time of the Doctor and will air on Christmas Day on BBC One. Watch a trailer HERE and check out the synopsis below:
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars.  And amongst them – the Doctor.  Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
For more info, pics and clips on The Time of the Doctor, click HERE. Eagle eyed Twitterers and @realjackbowman spotted someone familiar in the pictures. Let's look closer for some Capaldi action.


Thanks to BBC Pictures

 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Peter Davison interview

Courtesy of CJ Allan
Yesterday, Blogtor got the chance to sit down with his favourite Doctor Who, Peter Davison, at the Official Doctor Who Celebration at the ExCel in London and chatted to him about his recent special, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Check out what he had to say below.

"It's been in my head and going around every moment of my time for the past year and a bit, ever since I foolishly answered this question by saying I'd make my own 50th Anniversary Special. [Laughs] Because now at conventions everybody records everything, so then I discovered people saying, 'He's gonna make his own if he's not in it!' So here it is! [Laughs]"

How do you feel with the finished product?
"I was very happy with it. We had, which is apparently perfectly normal, huge editing battles with the powers that be who wanted to cut bits I didn't want to cut. I tried to make the point that people, unlike a normal TV audience, who wanted to see this would go looking for it. So they're not going to be sitting there going 'Oh I don't want to see that, it's a bit boring. Let's switch off!'

Of course, it turned out we came to a compromise so I think it's pretty good. We didn't actually cut anything, we shaved bits off here and there, a couple of bits. I said I wouldn't mind doing a Director's Cut [Laughs]. But I said Director's Cut should not be the best thing, the best thing should be the first thing you put out, the Director's Cut should really be a whole lot of other bits put back in that maybe you think you rather like."

So was there much cut?
"I suppose there was a bit but there was nothing dramatic. In the end we didn't cut anything dramatic. I think it started out around 38 [minutes] and we got it down to around 32."

Did you actually contact Tom Baker regarding a part in it?
"I wrote to him three times, I sent him each script by every means but he didn't answer. Basically he didn't let us down in terms of letting us down [laughs]."

I think you got a better gag out of it.
"[Laughs] When we thought of that gag, there's this guy Rhys Thomas, who was helping me, and he said, 'I think that's a better gag than having him in it!'

I wasn't particularly upset. It would have been nice. I'd just written a little scene, in a way a similar scene, where he says, [adopts Tom Baker impression] 'Ahhh, I can't really be arsed.' [Laughs] But he wouldn't even give us time to do that. It's fine, that's up to him.

And we got Jon Culshaw [British comedic impressionist] in to do him [Tom]. Of course, Jon - a big fan. Everyone, literally, we asked came along and did it for nothing. I'll never ever get the chance to do that again - people coming along saying, 'Yeah, I'll do it for no money!' [Laughs]

My kids, who are in it, are quite dismissive. I keep asking, 'Have you sat down and watched it yet?'  And they go [cue teenage grumbling] 'Uhh, I wanna watch another Matt Smith episode!' [Laughs]"

But David Tennant's in it, surely they want to watch David? [Laughs]
"[Laughs] Of course, well I've got one child who's a big Matt Smith fan and one who's a David Tennant fan. They're into the dramatic things, they're not into whimsy and parody [Laughs]. They loved doing it and, of course, they want to be actors. Which is a complete disaster as far as my old age is concerned because there won't be anyone with a penny to look after me. [Laughs]

Future Doctors in the making?
"Maybe so, yeah! I look on it as a North Korean dynasty, where I hand it on. [Laughs]

Peter was asked, by a fellow journalist, what Steven Moffat had to say about the project.
"First of all I asked him if he would be prepared to take part in this video. At that time I was going to do it on my own video camera (I've done a couple of other short videos I filmed myself) and he said, 'Yeah, that's absolutely fine, I'd love to.' And then, when I actually sent him the actual script, that's when the BBC said, 'We'd like to give you a small camera crew.'

There was a point when we were filming the end scene where he's editing and he cuts the Dalek scene and he suddenly stopped and went, 'Hang on! I'm the evil one in this thing! [Laughs] And I asked, 'Have you only just realised that???  [Laughs]"

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer HERE

Thanks to BBC Worldwide and Peter "The Guv'nor" Davison

REVIEW: Destiny of the Doctor - The Time Machine

The Time Machine
by Matt Fitton 

Out Now


The Time Machine is the eleventh and final chapter of the Destiny of The Doctor series produced by AudioGo and Big Finish, and features Matt Smith’s Doctor.

23 November, 2013. In an Oxford laboratory, graduate Alice Watson helps Professor Chivers assemble the final pieces of a time machine. How is this possible and what are the ramifications? The monstrous Creevix are coming. They seek control of time itself and are certain that the Doctor is already too late to stop them. But can the key to saving the future lie in the Time Lord’s past lives?

The Time Machine marks the last outing in the Destiny of The Doctor series and is penned by current Big Finish go-to-guy, and fellow Oxfordian, Matt Fitton. Fitton has chosen his hometown as the location of this final chapter and as a past resident of the University locale, it was lovely to name check many of the beautiful sites from my childhood.

The main question to which we want the answer is: does it tie everything together? The basic answer is: yes! The Destiny of the Doctor series has been an interesting one, not always consistent but certainly noteworthy. The Time Machine is one of the strongest stories and has the seemingly impossible task of tying together the loose story strands of the previous ten instalments. Without wanting to spoil anything surely there couldn’t be a better way to do this than through a Matt Smith monologue, which is handled excellently. Fitton has done a great job once more and has expertly found the style and nuance of Smith’s Doctor and era.

There are some fantastic familiar faces, or should I say voices on hand here also, the piece is narrated by Jenna Coleman, although the character of Clara doesn’t actually feature. Coleman doesn’t appear to be a veteran of the audio format, but does a decent job. Michael Cochrane (Black Orchid and Survival) co-stars as Professor Chivers and gives a laudable performance and the vocal stylings of monster-voice-extrodinaire Nick Briggs as the creepy Creevix are also a welcome addition.

The story is all told from the point of view of one-off companion Alice Watson (who receives both C S Lewis and Arthur Conan Doyle name references), this works particularly well, as we get to see the strange Doctor through the eyes of a relatable and relatively normal character. I love the meta-textual device that Chivers receives instructions to build the time machine from his future self, in the exact way that the previous Doctors have throughout the series. The narrative is ultimately Moffat-esque in it’s paradoxical nature and has a beautiful ending which feels very appropriate to the 50th anniversary and the whole series.  

The remit of the Destiny of the Doctor range was to give new and already existing fans a representative taste of each different Doctor’s tenure. This wasn’t achieved with every story but, for the most part, it has been a successful venture and this success is certainly prevalent in The Time Machine

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to Big Finish


REVIEW: The Companion Chronicles, The Beginning

The Beginning
Starring Carole Ann Ford

Out now


There’s a pleasure to be had in seeing much-loved, familiar surroundings enhanced with a few carefully chosen embellishments.  A sort of “Oh, you’ve redecorated?  I like it!” scenario.  And so it proves, in a story which fits neatly within existing Doctor Who lore.

Big Finish take the listener back to when it all began.  Before it all began – pre Totters Lane, Coal Hill School and curious schoolteachers. The Beginning details an account of the Doctor and Susan’s departure from Gallifrey; two dissidents on the run. 

Carole Ann Ford shoulders the narrative role, capturing the First Doctor in all his verbal tics and mannerisms and easily reviving the role of his unearthly grandchild Susan. Their close relationship is nicely written and performed, communicating the sense of affection between the two. The Doctor and Susan escape Gallifrey in an old, decommissioned timeship with nothing but some light luggage, a rather famous remote stellar device (which the Doctor uses as a door prop later on)…and an unwitting stowaway, Quadrigger Stoyn (solid support from Terry Molloy). There’s a clear hint early on that the choice of timeship was not entirely random, perhaps directed by unseen and unheard influence of an impossible girl. 

The motley TARDIS crew land the borrowed-not-stolen ship on the Moon, in the underground base of the blobby Archaeons, a race of self-styled propagators, on a mission to “bring order to primal worlds”. Terry Molloy provides further vocal support as the first Archaeon, conveying a visceral sense of the otherworldly.

In the first contact between the Archaeons and the Doctor, we get a sense of his philosophy on life; delighting in its inherent chaos in contrast to the propagators’ belief in beauty through formal order.  It’s unfortunate for the Archaeons that in attempting to study the Doctor’s TARDIS, they unleash chaos and disorder in the form of an uncontrolled time bubble.

Life goes on: literally. The Doctor and Susan find themselves rescued some several hundred million years later, life on Earth having taken its chaotic course while the Archaeon base has remained frozen in time. Not that the Archaeons are about to simply accept the unchecked flow of life as a fait accompli, as they seek to “rectify the error”.  There are some particularly unsettling moments for the listener as the Archaeons strike back: the body-horror of their attack on the Doctor and Susan’s lunar rescuers being a particularly vivid example. 

It’s an altogether more chilling moment when the first Archaeon makes his pronouncement that it has become necessary to “purge” their Earthbound experiment. But the Doctor, arch-improviser, meddler and disruptive element in the Archaeon New World Order, manages to engineer an escape plan for himself and Susan.  We also see the ruthless side of his nature, as he chooses to leave Stoyn behind on an Archaeon base by now under heavy attack from Earth.

Marc Platt has crafted an entertaining origins story for the Doctor and Susan, adding depth to the original TARDIS Two. Carole Ann Ford provides a far more subtle performance than her onscreen role ever permitted her, and it’s a delight to listen to the genesis of their wanderings in the fourth dimension.

And it seems rather likely that Quadrigger Stoyn is going to be carrying a pretty hefty grudge, if he ever meets the Doctor again…

BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Review by Nick Fraser

Read more Big Finish reviews HERE

New game - Doctor Who: Legacy

BBC Worldwide, Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studio have announced that their brand new, free to play, puzzle-RPG adventure game for Android and iOS - Doctor Who: Legacy will be launching on Nov 27.

“The Eleventh Doctor’s regeneration is approaching fast. With decades of epic adventures to draw from, Doctor Who: Legacy is a loving homage created by loyal Whovians, and is rich in the show’s creative legacy and fun. Combining easy to learn, hard to master mechanics with beloved characters and cunning villains, Doctor Who: Legacy will be a treat for fans, casual players and even the most hard-core gamers alike” says Lee Cummings, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Tiny Rebel Games.

Build a team of your favourite companions and allies drawn from the extensive and illustrious history of the show; face the Doctor’s most notorious enemies; and relive the Doctor’s greatest triumphs. Doctor Who: Legacy will launch with episodes and characters from the most recent two seasons of the show. Season 5 will be released as further free to play content in the New Year as we go backwards through fifty beloved years of Doctor Who lore.

Visually striking, with meticulous attention to character detail, Doctor Who: Legacy is a feast for the eyes of any fan, and features a brand new score by acclaimed video game composer Chris Huelsbeck as well as the iconic theme song from the show as recorded by Murray Gold.


Follow @DoctorWhoLegacy for updates


EXCLUSIVE: Artwork & notes from 11 Disc Collector's Soundtrack set

As announced earlier this month, Silva Screen are releasing an incredible limited edition Doctor Who soundtrack boxset featuring eleven discs of music spanning every era of The Doctor. This magnificent collection, due for release in early 2014, comes presented in its very own TARDIS boxset and is a must for any fan of Doctor Who music through the years. Also included in the set are notes from classic Who composer Mark Ayres and notes from various composers through the years.

In this EXCLUSIVE series for Blogtor Who, Silva Screen are releasing these fascinating notes ahead of the boxset's release next year. Today sees Part Two which includes notes from composer Dick Mills and Mark Ayres (which are abridged and will continues through this series). Also included are the front and back covers for The First Doctor disc included in the boxset (click on them for bigger versions. Many thanks to Silva Screen, visit their site HERE.

COMPOSER NOTES - DICK MILLS 
By 1963, the Radiophonic Workshop had about five years experience of producing all manner of sounds and music under its collective belt, so it looked like just another commission when we met with Verity Lambert to discuss a new sci-fi programme.

Little did we know what we were letting ourselves - and the world - in for. Of course, we could produce the special sounds but the icing on the cake was the suggestion that Ron Grainer should do the signature tune with us.

Delia and I set to and after about two weeks had something to play to Ron... and the rest is history.


Brian Hodgson and I worked on several Doctor Who stories together before the Workshop’s traditional practice of ‘working in pairs’ changed to ‘solo composers’, so it was not until 1973 that Desmond Briscoe asked me how I’d feel about taking on Doctor Who full time, once Brian had left the Workshop. “Do I have a choice?” I asked. “No,” said Desmond, “and Dudley’s coming at 4 o’clock to do the next lot of music!” In at the deep end, or what?

Again, the rest is history, with all its challenges, technical developments and, of course, the excitement of working for the ever-changing demands of the programme. If I had my own TARDIS, would I take my tin of Swarfega and go back to do it all again? You betcha!

Abridged album notes from Mark Ayres [Part 2]
Tristram Cary had been experimenting with electronic sounds since his time in the Forces and had a home studio from the 1950s where he experimented with and invented electronic music techniques, completely independently and without initially realising that similar experiments were taking place on the Continent. His first (purely orchestral) film score was for the 1955 Ealing classic The Ladykillers, and he later provided a mixture of orchestral score and electronics for the cinematic remake of Quatermass and the Pit (1967). His first (purely electronic) contribution to Doctor Who was its second story, The Daleks, which he expanded upon (with orchestral and treated sections) for 1965’s The Daleks’ Master Plan. This music also went into "stock" and was reused for The Rescue (1965) and The Ark (1966). His "ballad" music for The Gunfighters (1966) is also featured on this collection but, sadly, his score for Marco Polo (1964) is lost. Tristram was also responsible, with Peter Zinovieff and David Cockerell, for the design of the EMS synthesisers that became central to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and to his own studio at home in Fressingfield, where The Mutants (1972) was recorded.


Australian composer Dudley Simpson's first score for Doctor Who was Planet of Giants in 1964, and within a couple of years he had established his position as the show's "house" composer: he was to become its most prolific musical contributor to date. From the use of electronic organs, synthesisers solo or enhanced with percussion, small chamber groups with or without synth overdubs, Dudley constantly came up with inventive new approaches to television scoring (generally in response to changes in the - always small - budget) that inspired many - myself included. All of these ensembles are represented here, along with the little themes he composed for Tom Baker's Doctor and robot dog K9.

Don Harper was another Australian, though he contributed John Barry-style spy music to just one story, The Invasion (1968). This adventure also featured some of those Hodgson sounds that blurred the music / effects boundary.
TO BE CONTINUED



Thanks to Silva Screen

The Day of the Doctor - behind the scenes videos


BBC America has released some behind~the~scenes videos from the making of The Day of the Doctor - watch them in the players included here.




Sunday, November 24, 2013

Colin Baker talks The Day of the Doctor

Earlier today, Blogtor got the chance to sit down with Sixth Doctor Colin Baker at the Official Doctor Who Celebration at the ExCel in London and chatted to him about The Day of the Doctor and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. PLEASE NOTE: This interview includes SPOILERS for The Day of the Doctor.

I started by asking him his thoughts on Peter Davison's special Doctor Who episode, Colin told me: "That was fantastic because Peter said way back if they're not going to have us in the special, and at that time we didn't know that a certain other Doctor was in it [Tom Baker], which was slightly irritating."

I was going to ask about that. "You know, all or none - that's what I would have thought. I know Tom did it for longer than anybody else and he's the oldest Doctor but by asking him and not us, it makes you feel like a second-class citizen, a bit.

I'm so glad Peter had the idea of doing our thing. Because it was there for the fans. I know the population at large don't care if all the old Doctors are in it or not but I think there's enough Doctor Who fans who would have loved to have seen us in it. Even though I don't look the same, none of us look exactly the same, but I look very much not the same.

Even if there was a way to get a small part in it, which we would have done with very good grace because we care about giving back because we've been given so much over the years by the fans - their unending devotion, which has been fantastic. It would have been nice to give back to them but it wasn't to happen.

And I didn't expect it to happen but then Peter came up with the idea of the film which is about us trying to get into it [the 50th Anniversary Special]. In a way, I'm glad we didn't do it now [star in The Day of the Doctor] because I'm so proud of that [The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot].

And Peter should be very proud of that because it's funny, it's poignant, and it really is for the fans. And I hope they're going to love watching it just as much as we loved doing it. I hope it gets a wider showing, 'cos there's a lot of people who can't get access."

As a fan I loved it, I absolutely adored it.
"Thank you, thank you very much."

Thanks to BBC Worldwide and Colin Baker

Steven Moffat interview

Earlier today at the Official Doctor Who Celebration at the ExCel in London, Blogtor sat down with current showrunner Steven Moffat, and some fellow journalists, to chat about all things Doctor Who. Here's what the writer had to say. PLEASE NOTE: This post includes SPOILERS for The Day of the Doctor.

On the return of the Zygons in The Day of the Doctor, Steven commented: "It's not really how you'd do a Zygons story. I think David's [Tennant] always wanted to snog a Zygon [laughs]," adding, "I'd like to use them in a story again, actually."

Moffat was asked if the "future" Doctor's appearance in The Day of the Doctor was always on the cards, he said: "It was the plan from the start. All The Doctors, all The Doctors would fly in to save Gallifrey and change The Doctor's timeline - how could you not do that? I knew there was gonna be a new one [Doctor] so I wrote it with not knowing who would be doing that. We did manage to cast somebody where you can use half his face for less than a second and everybody knows who he is. He looks cross!  It got quite a reaction!"

I asked Steven about the use of two themes from the Russell T Davies era which he picked up on in The Day of the Doctor - Elizabeth I and the Time War. Did he chat with his predecessor about this?
"It's difficult with Russell 'cos he doesn't like spoilers. Even when we worked together on the show we tried not to spoil each other. I did at one point [contact RTD], we had to co-ordinate a bit around some stuff and I did tell him, just because I'm possibly treading on your toes, this is roughly, very roughly what we're going to do. I think he wrote back saying, 'I read half your email and I stopped!'

He did know about Elizabeth I, I love that gag in The Shakespeare Code where that happens. I love it when David Tennant walks out and does a bit about Queen Bess. I thought it was hilarious. And I kept it going in The Beast Below, and I wrote a line into Amy's Choice. To top it off and say that's what she was, a Zygon,  I think is fun.

In general, he doesn't want to know. He always gets in touch after an episode airs to enthuse away like a fanboy. In years to come, when it's not me [as showrunner] I'll hand it all over and not want to be spoiled.

I asked if Rusty D had been in touch after The Day of the Doctor?
"He's in touch instantly. Usually the first email or text I get is from Russell.

I asked Steven for his thoughts on Peter Davison's special The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
"I loved it. I love it, I'm in it! I'm the villain as far as I can see! [Laughs] Absolutely adorable. It was actually my idea to do that, I had bumped into Peter at a party and he said, 'I'm going to do this little fan video about us all trying to get into the 50th. Do you mind and would you be in it?' And I said I'll give you a budget and a camera crew and some time and why don't you make it for real? Make it for us? It solved a problem for me. I wanted all The Doctor's properly involved, if they were willing, as best they could.

It maximises what you can do with Sylvester [McCoy] and Colin [Baker] and Peter because they're not the same people were, all those years ago. You get to see Colin Baker playing Colin Baker which is much more fun that seeing him trying to do a performance that no longer suits him, frankly. And the same with Peter and the absolutely charming Sylvester McCoy, who is an absolute hero. It was brilliant, I love The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, it was gorgeous.

Regarding Billie Piper in The Day of the Doctor Steven stated:
"I thought the story of Rose, which was beautiful, was done. I didn't want to add to it, I didn't feel qualified to add to it. That was always Russell's [T Davies] story. The way Russell ended it in The End of Time was perfect. I didn't want to stick another bit in. It would be wrong.

But we did want Billie Piper, one of the absolute heroes of Doctor Who, back in the show without interfering in the story of Rose Tyler. I think I might of spoiled something if I had done that.  Billie represents the revival of Doctor Who, more than anyone else. It's all about Billie, it's her show for two years. It's really startling watching The Runaway Bride and you're going, 'Where is she? Where is she? Where is the star of the show?'

On the 2013 Christmas Special, Moffat commented, "It's a proper finale to Matt Smith, it's the story we've been telling since he put the bow tie on. A lot of stuff we've left hanging, we tie up there. And it's Trenzalore!" At a panel at the Official Doctor Who Celebration, including Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Steven, they revealed that the world "bubbly" will appear in the finale for The Eleventh Doctor.

Having seen Peter Capaldi in action as the next Doctor, how did that feel?
"We've only seen the tiniest moment. It's just the beginning of a process really. Of course, he's brilliant. And just seeing the energy and vitality that he brings to his performance, he works - he's like Matt - he works, he's a worker. And he's an extraordinary vital performer. The man is not at all elderly in style, he leaps around the place probably more than any other Doctor in that first scene. But that's not how he's gonna play it, he's in a state of post-regeneration madness. It's something we're still working on.


Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Doctor Who receives Guinness World Record


BBC Worldwide today announced that the special 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, the world’s longest running and most successful sci-fi series, has received the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama following a massive global campaign which saw the episode broadcast in 94 countries across 6 continents.

In addition to the TV broadcast, the episode was screened in over 1500 cinemas worldwide, including  in the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.  Over half a million tickets were sold for the theatrical screenings at which fans were able to watch the episode in spectacular 3D.

The award was presented by Craig Glenday, Editor-inChief of Guinness World Records to the show’s Executive Producer and Head Writer Steven Moffat at the Doctor Who Celebration, a special three-day event spanning the anniversary weekend at London’s ExCel.  Cast members Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman were also in attendance along with thousands of fans from across the world. Upon receipt of the award, Steven Moffat comment: “For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he's gone and done it himself!”

Thanks to BBC Worldwide

Saturday, November 23, 2013

2013 Christmas Special trailer



A trailer for 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special aired after the broadcast of The Day of the Doctor - watch in the player above.

The Day of the Doctor - Behind The Lens



The BBC have released a behind~the~scenes making of documentary for The Day of the Doctor, watch it in the player included here.

The Day of the Doctor - deleted scene



The BBC has released a deleted scene from The Day of the Doctor, watch it in the player included here.

The Day of the Doctor - What Did You Think?


The Day of the Doctor has now aired worldwide, but what did you think? Please leave your comments in the section below and, obviously, if you haven't seen it best not to read. Included above is a new promotional picture from The Day of the Doctor, click on it for a bigger version.

The Day of the Doctor clips



Here's the last round up of clips from tonight's Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. For more clips, pics and news visit www.dayofthedoctor.com. Though, it's just about to start so you may as well just wait a few minutes to enjoy it all!


For more clips, pics and news visit www.dayofthedoctor.com