Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New writers for Series 8

More writers have been added to the roster for Doctor Who Series 8 and it's two new names to the show - Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson. The former's previous work includes Wallander, Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me and Case Histories. Speaking on Twitter this morning Harness said he was, "Extremely excited and privileged" to be writing for Doctor Who adding, "This is the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition which I have held all my life."

Doctor Who Magazine has today also confirmed that Jamie Mathieson (Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel) is also writing for Doctor Who Series 8.

Peter and Jamie, both lifelong Who fans, join Steven Moffat, Gareth Roberts, Phil Ford, Mark Gatiss and Steve Thompson as writers announced so far for Peter Capaldi's first series in the TARDIS.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Tom Riley: Capaldi "will completely revitalise" Who

Actor Tom Riley has been speaking about his upcoming role in Doctor Who Series 8 to Flicks and the City - watch his interview below. Riley, who is starring in Episode 3, says that Peter Capaldi will "completely revitalise the show" with a "change of tone". However, the Da Vinci's Demons actor wouldn't be drawn on spoilers on his Doctor Who story, written by Mark Gatiss, which is still currently and Robin Hood-themed. See filming pics HERE.

Eagle-eyed Who fans will notice Mike Tucker and Danny Hargreaves lurking in the background, both winning a BAFTA Craft Award for Special, Visual and Graphic Effects on The Day of the Doctor last night.



Sunday, April 27, 2014

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The Official Guide to the 2013 Series

Doctor Who Magazine have released details about their new Special Edition publication, The Official Guide to the 2013 Series. Check out the details below and click on the cover for a bigger version.

Discover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Eleventh Doctor’s adventures, in the latest DWM Special Edition. The Official Guide to the 2013 Series is researched and compiled by Andrew Pixley, and packed with previously unpublished photos, day-to-day details of Doctor Who’s production and hundreds of fascinating new facts. 

Containing amazing in-depth articles on the TV episodes The Snowmen, The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, Hide, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver and The Name of the Doctor, this is the essential guide to Matt Smith’s final season as the Doctor.

The Official Guide to the 2013 Series is on sale now, price £6.99

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pre-Order for Doctor Who: The TARDIS Edition begins

The pre-order for the 11 disc soundtrack boxset, Doctor Who: The TARDIS Edition, has begun. Customers will be able to purchase from now until May 2 [10am BST] and can ONLY do so from the Silva Screen website. Check out the details below.


Doctor Who: The TARDIS Edition is a boxed set of eleven CDs collecting Original Soundtrack music from 50 years of Doctor Who and housing them in a specially constructed TARDIS, which is mainly painted wood, with a flashing light on top and makes the materialization noise when the door is opened.

Composer and BBC Radiophonic Workshop Archivist Mark Ayres has spent over a year researching, compiling, editing and mastering the set with the principle work being done on the first seven discs which will showcase much material being released for the first time.

The eleven discs will be packed in DVD-style digipacks and then inserted in individual slipcases. There will be a 52 page booklet with a history of Doctor Who music, details of the sources of the audio masters, notes from fourteen of the composers who worked on the programme and detailed track listings for each disc. Read the specially written notes HERE. There will also be a numbered certificate in each box.


This unique collection is ONLY available from the Silva Screen website - visit HERE. The pre-order will be live from 10am (UK time) on April 25 and will end at 10am on May 2. These are available worldwide. The TARDIS Editions will then be manufactured to order.

Below you can find links to artwork and composers' notes from each disc in the set, starting from the William Hartnell era right through to the Matt Smith era.

PART 10
PART 11

BREAKING NEWS: Silva Screen have just announced that the collection will be available as a CD only set. Check out the latest below and visit their site HERE for more details.

In addition to DOCTOR WHO: THE TARDIS EDITION, Silva Screen are pleased to announce DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVEN DISC EDITION.  This has all the musical content of THE TARDIS EDITION, but the eleven CDs are packaged in a standard clamshell format and not in the TARDIS model, with a reduced booklet and packaging.  The price will be £70 plus P&P.  Please refer to THE TARDIS EDITION for the track listing.  Please note the final artwork may differ from image shown.

Click HERE for details on DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVEN DISC EDITION.


Thanks to Silva Screen

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Billie Piper interview

Actress Billie Piper, who older readers may remember played Rose Tyler, was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson earlier this week.

During her time on the show she chatted about her new TV show Penny Dreadful, tattoos, Doctor Who and playing a prostitute whilst host Craig mentioned taking LSD with his good chum Peter Capaldi. Probably not one for younger viewers this.

Watch her interview in the player below.

Peter Capaldi in new art film


From time traveller to art enthusiast. New Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi appears in new online film exploring Surrealism in art. Watch it in the player below.

Peter Capaldi, famed for The Thick of It, In the Loop and, most recently, as the Twelfth Doctor in the BBC Television series Doctor Who stars in a new online film exploring Surrealism in art.

In Unlock Art: Exploring the Surreal, Capaldi investigates how psychoanalysis and the unconscious mind shaped the Surrealist movement. The film examines the key players including Miro, Ernst and Dali and explores how the movement’s playful yet sometimes disturbing nature impacted contemporary culture and society; from art and theatre through to pop, humour and even politics.

This is the seventh Unlock Art film in the series of eight produced in collaboration between Tate and Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts which aims to unlock the big stories and ideas behind art. Other presenters in the series include indie rock band The Kills, author and broadcaster Dawn O’Porter, HBO Girls star Jemima Kirke and actor Alan Cumming.

Unlock Art aims to take viewers on a journey through various art movements and themes, from the history of the nude and humour in art, to Surrealism and Pop – offering the need-to-know facts, and making the arts more accessible to a wider audience.

Unlock Art is part of Le Méridien Hotel and Resorts’ ongoing commitment to provide a new perspective on the hotel experience through a curated approach to arts and culture.



AUDIO REVIEW: The Evil One

The Evil One
by Nicholas Briggs

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

Out Now


The TARDIS lands in a luxury space cruiser. The crew and passengers are missing. The agents of Inter-Galaxy Insurance are determined to find out what’s happened. The Doctor and Leela find themselves facing a horde of metal mantis-like aliens and throughout it all, Leela is haunted by terrible nightmares of her past.

This just feels like a classic Who story; maybe a cross between Robots of Death and Nightmare of Eden. It’s a wonderfully simple story that uses elements of Leela’s first outing with the Doctor, The Face of Evil; specifically its very first scene where her father sacrifices himself to save her. Something that is never mentioned again.

The first episode plays with the listener and really makes them doubt everything they believe about the character of Leela and wonder just who is The Evil One? And it’s no surprise that it’s one of the Doctor’s archest enemies behind the plot.

Nicholas Briggs, who penned this excellent adventure has surpassed himself, clearly demonstrating his best writing yet. The closing scene is beautifully written and performed and manages to develop and deepen the character of Leela and her relationship with the Doctor even further.

With only a six-strong cast there are no weak links. The supporting cast are first class, Geoffrey Beevers is great, as is Louise Jameson and Tom Baker is on particularly good form. However it is Nicholas Briggs who deserves the biggest accolade for such an excellent piece of writing. In the interviews included on the release Briggs talks about how he drew on his own experiences with the loss of his father, this synergy clearly comes through and enlivens the beautifully honest closing moments.

Please give this a listen it’s top quality and won’t disappoint, it feels like a true classic Who story.

BLOGTOR RATING 10/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Doctor Who Figurine Collection


The latest issues of the fantastic magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 18 comes with an amazing figurine of a Judoon (see below) whilst Issue 19 comes with a Dalek from The Daleks. For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.


Thanks to Doctor Who Figurine Collection

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AUDIO REVIEW: The War To End All Wars


The Companion Chronicles:
The War To End All Wars
By Simon Guerrier

Starring Peter Purves

Out Now


Presenting a sequel of sorts to the 1966 First Doctor adventure The Savages, the latest Big Finish "Companion Chronicle" opens with an older and wiser Steven Taylor. The bold experiment, appointing him as leader of the Elders and the Savages has not ended well, with The Doctor’s former companion held captive by the society of which he was once king.

At the prompting of his granddaughter Sida (Alice Haig), Steven gradually reveals by reference to an earlier adventure with The Doctor and Dodo, how he ended up in his current predicament. What follows is an intelligent exploration of the absolute folly of war, all set on a planet in a near permanent state of conflict.

The Doctor is arrested as a subversive element early on in Steven’s narrative, leaving Steven and Dodo having to survive on their wits. Their story plays out over a significant period of time, as the two of them gradually become assimilated into the relentless planet-wide war.

This audio adventure doesn’t shy away from the horrors of trench warfare, drawing on elements of the original “War To End All Wars”, the First World War. The writing, and Peter Purves’s narration, are particularly strong here in describing the exhaustion, fear and futility of an attritional war: but all without in any way being exploitative.

This reviewer has a soft spot for this particular combination of the TARDIS team, and it was easy to imagine Steven and Dodo working together (with some bickering), trying to challenge the deeply-ingrained system in place on the planet Comfort. There’s a particularly enjoyable cliffhanger midway through the story, not to be spoilered by me.

Peter Purves belies the passage of time in his performance as the younger Steven, with the narrative structure allowing a more reflective performance as the older, present-day version. His portrayal of The Doctor imparts the perfect mix of mischief and delight in his own cleverness, and Purves even captures Dodo’s occasionally wandering accent.

Simon Guerrier’s story creates a dystopian society, populated by Orwellian politicians spouting platitudes and doublespeak, a challenging environment for The Doctor, Steven and Dodo to battle their way through. A thought-provoking audio experience, and highly recommended.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10 
Thanks to Big Finish

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Interview with Blogtor

Recently the long-running magazine Starburst interviewed Blogtor (also known as @CameronKMcEwan) about the book The Who's Who of Doctor Who and the documentary Who's Changing - An Adventure in Time With Fans - read it HERE. In it, Blogtor also discusses Doctor Who, the 50th Anniversary and the BBC. The interview was first published in the print edition of Starburst Issue 399.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

NEWS ROUND~UP

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/21-doctor-who-pictures-peter-7007851
From Wales Online
With filming on Doctor Who Series 8 continuing, 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

REVIEWS

MERCHANDISE

MISC.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Robin Hood ep filming pics

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/21-doctor-who-pictures-peter-7007851As filming continues on Doctor Who Series 8, some more pictures have emerged from onset of Episode 3. Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Tom Riley and Ben Miller, the episode is set to feature Robin Hood (played by Riley), his Merrie Men and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Miller). Check out the links below for two great galleries of photographs featuring the Doctor Who cast and crew from Wales Online.


The episode, rumoured to be called Robots of Sherwood, is written by Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, The Crimson Horror) and will air in September.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sci-Fi London Film Fest to screen Who's Changing

http://www.sci-fi-london.com/festival/2014/programme/feature/whos-changing-doctor-who-panel

Doctor Who documentary, Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans, has been chosen as part of the Sci-Fi London Film Festival. The feature-length film, directed by Blogtor, will screen on May 3 at the Stratford Picturehouse - details and tickets HERE. There will also be a panel beforehand featuring Lisa Bowerman, James Goss and Scott Handcock discussing their involvement with Doctor Who animation and audio plays. After the screening there will be another Q&A panel afterwards with Blogtor.


Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans features interviews with Doctor Who 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 and watch the trailer below.


Here's what the critics have been saying about Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans (click on the quotes for the full reviews):

"Who’s Changing ultimately celebrates one thing about Doctor Who that never, ever changes – the fact that its most devoted fans adore it almost unconditionally."
Starburst, 8/10

"sunny hearted celebration of all things fan.
...invaluable instagram shot of where fan culture is at this exact moment.
... a finely detailed and refreshingly uncynical lust letter to the series it now is."
Doctor Who Magazine, 473

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 

"The film looks and sounds thoroughly professional yet has a fan-made aesthetic at the same time, somehow. "
MJ Simpson, B+

"... well worth a watch. Doctor Who fans: embrace your even geekier side!"
Roobla.com, 3/5

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Robin Hood themed ep for S8? [Update]

A couple of weeks ago we reported that actor Ian Hallard will be starring in Episode 3 of Doctor Who Series 8, written by Mark Gatiss, as "Alan-a-dale" (a member of Robin Hood's gang, the "Merry Men"). 

Filming has begun on the adventure and on-set fans have spotted Tom Riley (Da Vinci's Demons) who is, perhaps, playing Robin Hood. Check out the picture included here from Twitterer Suzanne Jones

Filming is currently taking place in Fforest Fawr with period clothing and arrows present. Check out a gallery of pics HERE.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Classic Doctor Who Horror Channel trailer

Included in the player below you can watch the fantastic trailer from the Horror Channel for their season of classic Doctor Who.

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



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

For more details visit the Horror Channel

REVIEW: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes at the BFI

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Introduced by Mark Gatiss

BFI Southbank, London, 9 April, 2014


Showing as part of the exclusive BFI members-only "Screen Epiphany" season*, where a prominent figure from the arts and culture community talks about the film that inspired their passion for cinema, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes comes bounding into the Southbank cinema full of Sixties fun and colour.

Introducing the film was Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, Night Terrors) who, as you will no doubt know, showruns the television series Sherlock with Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue. How apt that Mark should recommend the 1970 Billy Wilder film as he and Moffat have often cited The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes as an inspiration for their own take on the Arthur Conan Doyle detective.

Gatiss was effusive in his praise, recalling his own journey with the film from seeing it on television and tracking it down years later to enjoy once more. It's always a pleasure to hear him chat and the audience seemed quite happy to sit back and enjoy his conversation all evening. But the main event, of course, was the film itself.

In in an age when every movie one sees has been remastered every which way from Sunday, it was most refreshing to see that the print of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes looked like it had no attention whatsoever since initially screened. I was immediately taken back to my younger days when it seemed every film was full of scratches, jittery frames and pregnant with sound pops. Well, that's how I remember them anyway.

Quality aside, the content of the film is quite remarkable. No, incredibly remarkable. As a fan of director's Billy Wilder's work (Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch and Buddy Buddy, for example), I was curious to see how he would handle Holmes. And straight from the off we can see clearly just how much the interplay between the Holmes and Watson here informed the choices of Moffat and Gatiss when it came to writing the roles now inhabited by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

There's a lightness and self referential quality to the parts that feels extremely modern, especially when addressing Watson's writings, Sherlock's outfit and the couple's "imposed" homosexuality (a ruse by the sleuth). Portraying the couple are Robert Stephens, who many may know better as evil Abner Brown in The Box of Delights (which starred Patrick Troughton, fact fans) and Colin Blakely (who I adored in the 1980s UK series, The Beiderbecke Affair) and what a fine, fine job they do too.

In comparison with previous onscreen pairings, theirs must have been somewhat of a shock to to regular viewers, perhaps why the film didn't do nearly as well as expected. But, watching now, it's a joy to see them interacting and, in general, having a lot of fun (especially with the ladies). Complementing the cast is screen legend Christopher Lee, playing Sherlock's brother Mycroft (pictured below). In his introduction, Gatiss paid wonderful tribute to the performance, citing it as the inspiration for his own take on the role.

The plot is a meandering affair, to be honest (possibly another trait Moffat and Gatiss picked up on), with lots of extraneous, though hugely enjoyable nonetheless, action towards the start. By the time they've reached the fascinating denouement featuring the Loch Ness Monster and Queen Victoria (no, really), it's a kaleidoscopic technicolour whirlwind. Wilder, despite the film being made when classic Hollywood was really getting the boot, produces a piece of work out of time. Thankfully, tastes change and it has come round again for reevaluation and appraisal.

I do heartily recommend you seek out The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes whether it be on DVD or television. You won't be disappointed. It's a glorious insight into the past, but also a wonderful piece of filmmaking and a terrific addition to the many interpretations of the Baker Street duo. Despite my delight at the antique nature of the print shown, I do hope it gets a bluray release sometime soon, it's just too delicious not to be celebrated properly.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to the BFI

Review by Cameron K McEwan
 

*BFI Membership gets you to the front of the queue for the hottest tickets in town including the BFI London Film Festival where you can experience the glamour of the red carpet first hand as well as exclusive access to special Members' events like the Screen Epiphany series. Previous guests in the last year have included James Franco, Yoko Ono, Cillian Murphy, Paul Greengrass and Grayson Perry.