Monday, March 31, 2014

Tom Baker Welcomes Doctor Who on Horror Channel

Tom Baker says he’s thrilled that the classic Doctor Who is to be screened on the Horror Channel. “Horror is my very favourite genre,” he said today, “so I am thrilled the classic Doctor Who series have been picked up by the Horror Channel."

"There was clearly a darker edge to my storylines, which I think brought a new dimension to the series. I remember hearing of the series scaring children – I wonder how the audience will react to the series today, all grown up."

He added: “The Horror of Fang Rock is one of my favourite stories so I’m looking forward to that one!" Horror Channel has completed a deal with BBC Worldwide to broadcast 30 stories from the Classic series which ran 1963 to 1989 featuring the first seven Doctors, starting with William Hartnell and concluding with Sylvester McCoy.

Launching on Fri 18 April, the season begins with the very first story An Unearthly Child, and then leads into a special WHO ON HORROR weekend - a classic marathon featuring one story from each of The Doctors across the Easter weekend. There will then be weekday double-bills in daytime and evening slots with stories shown in chronological order starting on Easter Mon 21 April.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Essential Doctor Who: Cybermen

THE ESSENTIAL DOCTOR WHO LAUNCHES WITH NEW CYBERMAN BY ORIGINAL DESIGNER ALEXANDRA TYNAN

Following the success of 2013’s 50th anniversary specials, Panini’s bookazines continue with a new title: The Essential Doctor Who. Highlights of the first edition include a brand new Cyberman, specially illustrated for this issue by their original designer Alexandra Tynan.

The Essential Doctor Who: Cybermen is a lavish 116-page guide featuring details of every Cyberman episode. There are exclusive new interviews with scriptwriters Neil Gaiman, Gareth Roberts and Marc Platt, choreographer Ailsa Berk and four of the actors who have played Cybermen. The publication also includes archive interviews with Cyberman creators Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, as well as features on comics, novels, audio stories and Davis' unmade serial The Genesis of the Cybermen.

Editor Marcus Hearn was the author of the New York Times bestseller Doctor Who: The Vault. "Our writers include the estimable Andrew Pixley and our art editor is the brilliant Peri Godbold, so we obviously share our DNA with Doctor Who Magazine," he says. "But there are a lot of new voices in there as well, and I hope we've been able to preserve DWM's authoritative tone while creating our own identity."

The Essential Doctor Who: Cybermen is on sale now at WH Smith and newsagents, price £9.99.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Doctor Who Figurine Collection


The latest issues of the fantastic magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 16 comes with an amazing figurine of a suited Vastha Nerada (see below) whilst Issue 17 comes with the The Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker. For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.


Thanks to Doctor Who Figurine Collection

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

S8 filming report [SPOILERS]

Included here is a set report from filming on Doctor Who Series 8, starring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor courtesy of reader Nathan Creedy (follow on Twitter HERE). Included here, you'll images and and a video from filming. During the shoot, the new Doctor appears in a new outfit and brandishes a sonic screwdriver. Click on the pictures for bigger versions. Read the report below:

Capaldi told us they were simultaneously finishing up with the previous ep (which was being shot in Bute Park, Cardiff a few days earlier) and starting on this one. There wasn't too much to be gathered story wise other than The Doctor seemed to be tracking down a pair of aliens in an old/abandoned building.

Jimmy Vee, who has previously portrayed various aliens in Doctor Who (Bannakaffallatta in Voyage of the Damned, Moxx of Balhoon in The End of the World), was also on set as a diminutive alien seemingly being tracked by Capadli's Doctor. Vee was wearing what appeared to be a Mass Effect-like costume with large pointed shoulder pads that came up past his head.

The other alien creature on set was harder to see but it had grotesque features and glowing blue eyes. Typical Doctor Who "baddie" material.

Capaldi was wearing a new, previously unseen, costume comprising of a brown jacket which can best be described as reminiscent of a lab coat, likely stolen by The Doctor, with pens in the breast pocket. This was also our first appearance to date of Capaldi wielding the infamous sonic screwdriver which, interestingly, seemed to be similar to the one Matt Smith used but apparently slimmer and with a smaller 'claw' at the top, although still retaining its green glow.

As for the shoot itself, we see The Doctor examining the exterior of a run-down building that had been graffitied with the word "UFO" scrawled across it, armed with his trusty screwdriver and a worried look across his face before bursting open the gates and entering inside in pursuit of the likely alien threats lying within.

The building had posters on the wall advertising various parties and clubs with one interestingly bearing the name "Coal Hill Records" (Coal Hill School, of course, was used in An Unearthly Child and The Day of the Doctor). The only actors on set were Capaldi, Vee, and the as yet unidentified mystery alien.


Thanks to Nathan Creedy, follow on Twitter HERE

Monday, March 24, 2014

REVIEW: The Companion Chronicles - Starborn


The Companion Chronicles: Starborn
by Jacqueline Rayner

Starring Maureen O’Brien & Jacqueline King

Out now


Occurring just after their hasty departure from Nero’s Rome and before their peculiar encounters on the Planet Vortis, Jacqueline Rayner’s Starborn provides a short, but thoughtful and poignant interlude in the adventures of The Doctor, Barbara, Ian and Vicki. This is very much Vicki’s story and Maureen O’Brien transports the listener back in time, in the company of the eager, slightly gawky teenaged traveller from the 25th century.

Just on the point of departure from a visit to the abode of a spiritualist, Vicki is urgently summoned to return to take part in an impromptu séance, at the behest of Madam Violet, played with just the right levels of dramatic flourishes and gossipy exasperation by Jacqueline King (best known as Donna Noble's mum, Sylvia). Initial contact is made with Madam Violet’s contact to the spirit world, one Appius Octavius Crispus but it soon becomes apparent that the urgent contact from beyond is in fact coming from Vicki herself, or at least a future version.

It’s a clever construct upon which to allow the narration to proceed, with present day Vicki’s scepticism gradually being eroded, aware that the unfolding story is leading her towards a potentially grim conclusion. She learns of the TARDIS’s forthcoming arrival on an exotic planet, bathed in perpetual light from a web of radiance, literally composed of “star people”.

Her future self describes a developing friendship with one of the fledgling star people, Anet, a fellow teenager who is due to ascend and take her place in the aerial network. The Doctor agrees that the TARDIS crew will stay to witness events, during which time the teenage girls’ friendship continues to grow.

There are intriguing moments scattered throughout future Vicki’s narration to suggest there may be more to her tale than might first appear, and these little “hold on, did she just say…?” moments cleverly draw the listener further into the story, just as present-day Vicki seizes upon these apparent inconsistencies.

The story takes a darker turn at the point of Anet’s ascension, with the sudden arrival of a band of female space pirates seeking to take advantage of the resulting weakness in the planet’s living star network, hoping to drain its power for their own purposes. It’s at that point that Vicki’s ultimate fate is about to be revealed.

Maureen O’Brien is excellent as Vicki, the cynical teenager whose faith is firmly placed in science rather than the spirit world, but who finds these certainties gradually eroded by a growing sense of doubt. She also offers a creditable version of the First Doctor, and the rather fey starborn of the title, Anet. Jacqueline King’s medium, Madam Violet stays just the right side of over-the-top and between them they breathe life into a compact, poignant tale of friendship, redemption and loss.

Jacqueline Rayner perfectly captures Vicki’s perky and amused speech patterns, but doesn’t waste the opportunity to reveal additional facets to her character: an orphan lucky enough to have found the perfect replacement family waiting for her in the TARDIS.

BLOGTOR RATING 7.5/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Sunday, March 23, 2014

AUDIO REVIEW: The Crooked Man


The Crooked Man
by John Dorney

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

Out Now



The Crooked Man was a demon living in books that ate people's imagination and loved to kill, but to Laura, that’s just a story, right? In a small coastal town people are disappearing and dying. A strange spindly figure stalks the cold, deserted streets and it’s up to Leela and the Doctor to sort things out.

This fantastic script was penned by the always impressive, never disappointing, infinitely talented John Dorney. As an audio piece the story is told incredibly clearly; and the atmospheric and creepy style achieved is a real credit to stalwart director Nick Briggs. Without wanting to spoil anything, the literary meta references are handled expertly and the bedtime story/fairy tale framed structure is a masterful touch. The episode one cliffhanger is a particularly exciting one; it manages to not feel rushed in only two episodes and avoids cliche at every turn.

There are some wonderful performances from Neil Stuke as the titular Crooked Man, Sarah Smart (Jennifer in The Almost People/The Rebel Flesh) as Laura is a wonderfully believable one-off companion and, as always, Louise Jameson as Leela is fantastic.

The story doesn’t change the face of Doctor Who, but it isn’t trying to. The Crooked Man has that perfect concoction of comedy and horror. It keeps you guessing right up until the end but, most importantly, it cleverly draws on our childhood fears for its inspiration - which is what Doctor Who does when it's at its best. One of the finest stand alone stories from Big Finish in memory, do give it a listen.

BLOGTOR RATING 10/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Arthur Darvill talks Musical Who ep

Earlier this week, Blogtor caught up with the current cast of Once The Musical in London for a special performance and Q&A. In the video below you can see Arthur Darvill (Rory Pond) perform the OSCAR winning song Falling Slowly (with  Zrinka Cvitešić) and excerpts from a Q&A with the performers. During it, Blogtor asks Arthur about his thoughts on a musical episode of Doctor Who.



My thanks to Emrys Matthews for his camera work and assistance.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

News Round Up

With filming on Doctor Who Series 8 commencing, it's been a busy old time on the world of Doctor Who and there's some news and 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.

SERIES 8
New filming pics
Keeley Hawes joins cast
Samuel Anderson joins as recurring character

REVIEWS
An Adventure In Space & Time soundtrack
The Sleeping City
White Ghosts
Dark Eyes 2
The Brood of Erys

MERCHANDISE
An Adventure In Space & Time on Bluray
Doctor Who Magazine 471
50th Anniversary Collection
The Web of Fear DVD
Tenth and Eleventh Doctor comics from Titan
Tenth and Eleventh Doctor comics from Titan [Cover variants]

MISC.
WHO'S CHANGING - AN ADVENTURE IN TIME WITH FANS
Classic Doctor Who on UK television
Davison, Baker and McCoy discuss Peter Capaldi
David Tennant chats Richard II
Tenth Doctor & Rose in My Little Pony
Mark Gatiss tours Brazil
Mark Gatiss interview in Rio

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

10th & 11th Doctor comic covers

Titan have released details and variant cover art for their upcoming Doctor Who comic series featuring The Tenth Doctor and The Eleventh Doctor. For details on the stories click HERE and check out the new cover art below.

Cover A by Alice X. Zhang | Cover B by Elena Casagrande

The Alice X. Zhang cover is for general release whilst the Elena Casagrande variant cover is intended for subscription customers, and can be ordered in any quantity.


Above you can see the retail order incentives (L-R): for every 10 copies ordered receive one free; for every 25 copies ordered receive one free; and for every 100 copies ordered receive one free.

Cover A by Alice X. Zhang | Cover B by Simon Fraser

The Alice X. Zhang cover is for general release whilst the Simon Fraser variant cover is intended for subscription customers, and can be ordered in any quantity.


Above you can see the retail order incentives (L-R): for every 10 copies ordered receive one free; for every 25 copies ordered receive one free; and for every 100 copies ordered receive one free. And finally, for every 50 copies of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 or Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1 ordered,  order 1 exclusive Doctor ‘Titan’ figure free.


Thanks to Titan

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Doctor Who Series 8 filming pics

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mugim0e/sets/72157642563478994/Filming on Series 8 of Doctor Who continues and some location filming today in Bute Park, Cardiff was captured by mugim0e who has uploaded a gallery of great photographs to Flickr HERE. Please Note: These images include slight spoilers with regards to a new monster and a new character. Featured in the pics are Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman amongst others.

Visit the Guide to Doctor Who Series 8 HERE

Mark Gatiss Rio interview


Brazilian fan site Universo Who have released a video featuring Mark Gatiss interview in Rio - watch it in the player above. As previously reported, Mark is promoting Doctor Who, Sherlock and An Adventure in Space & Time in a tour of Brazil. Please note: the video comes with subtitles.


Thanks to Universo Who

Monday, March 17, 2014

Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans

Earlier this year, Doctor Who documentary Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans was released on DVD and streaming online. The film, directed by Blogtor (sometimes also known as Cameron K McEwan) features legends such as Louise Jameson (Leela), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Dan Starkey (Strax), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond), Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint) and writers such as Andrew Smith (Full Circle), James Moran (The Fires of Pompeii), Eric Saward (Earthshock), Jane Espenson (Torchwood: Miracle Day) and script editor/author Gary Russell alongside many more fascinating names. Visit whoschanging.co.uk for the full list. Watch the trailer below.


You can rent Who's Changing in the player above (for only £3.49) or you can buy the DVD online from: Galaxy4.co.uk, ForbiddenPlanet.com and Amazon or in stores such as Forbidden Planet (London), The Who Shop (London), The Cinema Store (London), The Stamp Centre (The Strand, London) or Galaxy 4 in Sheffield.

You can also buy the DVD directly from us using the form below for only GBP £12.99 - including worldwide shipping!

The DVD is Region 0 (Region Free 0 - can be played by DVD players around the world) and features 82 minutes of extras including full interviews with Louise Jameson, Neve McIntosh, Sophie Aldred, Dan Starkey and Simon Fisher-Becker.

What the critics have been saying! (Click on the quotes for the full reviews.)
Blogcritics.com

"It's like spending 80 minutes in the company of your friends talking about your favourite TV show. Highly recommended."
The Geeks Handbag

"Very interesting and very worth watching if you’re a fan of the show."
myReviewer.com, 7/10

"Who’s Changing is a fine DVD that shows why, after 50 years, we’re still fascinated with a alien who travels through time in a big blue box."
Whedonopolis

"really fun to watch and an excellent addition to any Who fan's collection. I would highly recommend it for everybody."
Whoventures

"What makes it stand out from the rest though is that it talks to real fans as well as the stars and also gathers a real insight into the mind of Doctor Who fans. All in all it is a great little package"
Burton Mail

"This documentary serves as an excellent introduction to the world of Doctor Who’s fandom and will certainly leave you wanting to know and see more."
The Spoilist 

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Classic Who on UK television

Doctor Who fans are set to find the TARDIS materialising at a new location this Easter as a selection of the Time Lord’s classic adventures in time and space start screening on the Horror Channel. The UK’s prime home for fans of horror, fantasy and sci-fi has completed a deal with BBC Worldwide to broadcast 30 stories from the classic series.

Launching on Fri April 18, the season begins with the very first story An Unearthly Child, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor. It then leads into a special WHO ON HORROR weekend - a classic marathon featuring one story from each of the Doctors across the Easter weekend. There will then be weekday double-bills in daytime and evening slots with stories shown in chronological order starting on Easter Mon 21 April.

Horror Channel is screening many of the stories that are regarded as the most memorable that the show produced including The Mind Robber, The Daemons, Genesis of the Daleks, The Talons of Weng Chiang, The Caves of Androzani, Attack of the Cybermen and The Curse of Fenric. Many emphasise the horror elements of the programme from the first scary moments the Daleks appeared, to encounters with giant spiders and maggots, and even battles with Mary Whitehouse over the violent content of the show during Tom Baker’s era. 

The Horror Channel is available in the UK on Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Keeley Hawes to star in Series 8

Courtesy of BBC Pictures
The BBC have announced that actress Keeley Hawes (Ashes To Ashes, Line of Duty) is to star in Doctor Who Series 8 - click on the picture on the left for a bigger version.

Hawes will play Ms Delphox, a powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret. Travelling across space and time the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), will come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet.

The actress commmented: “I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I've had a lot of fun playing.” Current showrunner Steven Moffat added that she will play a "banker".


The episode, the fifth of Series 8, is written by Steve Thompson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon; it is set to air "in the autumn this year".

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Davison, Baker & McCoy discuss Capaldi



The official Doctor Who YouTube channel have released a short video featuring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy discussing the casting of Peter Capaldi as The Twelfth Doctor - watch it in the player above. It was filmed at last year's fantastic Official Doctor Who Celebration at the ExCel in London over the 50th Anniversary Weekend. Read Blogtor's thoughts on Capaldi HERE.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

David Tennant interview



Popular actor David Tennant was interviewed in first episode of the BBC Four series, How to Get Ahead - watch it in the player above. The opening instalment, titled At Medieval Court, features David Tennant discussing Richard II and was interviewed by Stephen Smith backstage with during his run as Shakespeare's Richard II. (Broadcast March 12, 2014.)

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

An Adventure In Space & Time on Bluray

North American-based website Blu-ray.com are reporting that the genesis of Doctor Who drama An Adventure In Space & Time will be released on Bluray later this year. The Mark Gatiss film, which proved to be such a hit with fans last year, is due for release as a 3 disc package on May 27 in North America. Blu-ray.com are suggesting that the following contents will be included:

Disc 1: An Adventure in Space and Time Blu-ray
• Presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround
• The Making of An Adventure in Space and Time
• William Hartnell : The Original
• Regeneration: Doctors 1, 2 and 3, Re-cast
• Reconstruction: Four Sequences
• Farewell: David Bradley
• Christmas Greeting: David Bradley
• Titles Sequence
• Deleted Scene: Delia Derbyshire

Disc 2: An Unearthly Child Bonus DVD
• An Unearthly Child (1963): The first Doctor Who serial, featuring all four episodes
• Original Pilot of An Unearthly Child

Disc 3: An Adventure in Space and Time DVD  

Currently, there is no official news on whether An Adventure in Space & Time will be released on Bluray in the UK, though it is expected to feature on the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection due later in the year - details HERE.