Thursday, May 29, 2014

Singer/songwriter joins Series 8

The BBC have announced that human female singer/songwriter Foxes is to star in an episode of Doctor Who Series 8. The English twenty-five year old will also perform a song in an upcoming story starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

Foxes said: "I can't believe I'm actually going to be in an episode of Doctor Who! Especially as it all came about from a chance meeting. I was playing a gig and got chatting to the show's production team who'd been watching my performance. I was telling them how much I loved Doctor Who and next thing they invited me to be on it. I couldn't think of a better place to make my acting debut than on one of the UK's most iconic shows!"

Earlier today, she told BBC Radio 1, "I filmed it yesterday... it was good fun." Current showrunner Steven Moffat said: "We are completely thrilled that the amazingly talented Foxes is joining us on board ... well, you'll see. Let's just say, the Doctor is finally catching up on his phone calls."

Series 8 starts in August, 2014. Visit the Guide to Doctor Who Series 8 HERE.

AUDIO REVIEW: The Elixir of Doom


The Elixir of Doom
by Paul Magrs

Starring Katy Manning and Derek Fowlds

Out Now


The unexpected appearance of a Big Red Bus outside the Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard signals the bold and brassy arrival of Big Finish’s Doctor Who spin-off adventuress, Iris Wildthyme.  She’s accompanied by Jo Jones (nee Grant), former companion of the Third Doctor and they’re pitched straight into an escapade at the “enjoyable romp” end of the Who spectrum.

The two form an entertaining combination, and a vocal work-out for Katy Manning who does an excellent job throughout, voicing both characters. Iris and Jo have connections with events in Hollywood: the former having been there years earlier, unwittingly setting events in motion, the latter (with the Doctor) having been there some forty years later to witness events coming to a close.

From larking around with a mobile phone in full view of movie cameras, deliberately attempting to create an anachronism (“That’ll mess up the fanboys!”) to carelessly leaving behind the titular Elixir of Doom during her earlier visit, Iris Wildthyme’s attitude to time travel is cast in rather stark contrast to the Doctor’s more responsible approach. This places Jo in the role as the practically-minded, moral centre of events while Iris glories in partying, knocking back the Bombay Sapphire and flirting with all and sundry.

But the Number 22 bus is not the only time ship parked in 1933 Hollywood. Breezing in to the middle of a party hosted by horror movie starlet Vita Monet (Manning again) and the latest of her string of husbands, Monsieur Claude (Derek Fowlds), Iris spies a familiar time lord amongst their entourage.  Events are soon set in motion by the arrival at the party of Lizard Man, one of Vita’s monstrous co-stars.

For those who enjoy their dose of Doctor Who with a frothy topping, this adventure is unquestionably for them.  Paul Magrs’ dialogue is gleefully seized by Katy Manning, rolling back the years as Jo, and in full-throated form as both Iris Wildthyme and Vita Monet. This is an audio adventure whose entertainment comes in particular from the expansive performances, as much as from the story itself.  It’s a lightweight, entertaining adventure set in motion by some “temporal unseemliness” on Wildthyme’s part, unwittingly resulting in Vita Monet’s ex-husbands forming a motley parade of monsters. 

With no knowledge of Iris Wildthyme’s prior adventures required (apparently forming quite a back-story), this is an evocation of brash, glitzy camp (sample dialogue “he hissed at me over his banana daiquiri”) and a broadly-sketched enjoyable hour(ish) of fun. 

I should declare at this point that I enjoyed The Gunfighters.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Issue of DWM Reveals The Most Popular Stories Ever!

Doctor Who Magazine readers have voted in their thousands, giving their votes for all 241 Doctor Who television stories, and now, at last, the results can be revealed…

• Which classic twentieth-century story hits the Top Five for the first time ever?
• Which adventure shoots up the list to become the top story of the Second Doctor’s era?
• Which two recurring monsters see their every appearance land inside the Top 75?
• Which two Doctors find an incredible 50% of their stories inside the top third of the poll?
• Which adventure will be voted the greatest Doctor Who story of all time?

The answers to these questions and much, more, as DWM celebrates the Top 10 stories of each decade, from the 1960s to the 2010s – and gives the ultimate chart placing of each and every one of the Doctor’s 241 adventures to date!

Also in this issue:
• Showrunner Steven Moffat writes his exclusive column for the magazine.
• The thrilling conclusion to the final Eleventh Doctor comic strip, The Blood of Azrael.
• The Time Team watch 2008's The Doctor’s Daughter.
• Previews of all the latest merchandise. Reviews of the latest CDs, and books. Prize-winning competitions, the DWM crossword and more!


The bumper-sized, 100-page Doctor Who Magazine 474 – with 16 extra pages and a souvenir gatefold cover! – is on sale from Thursday 29 May, at the usual price of £4.99. Click on the images included for bigger versions.  

Thanks to Doctor Who Magazine

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Doctor Who Series 8 Teaser

The BBC have released a teaser trailer for Doctor Who Series 8 - watch it in the player below. It reveals a glimpse of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in the new series which is due to start in August. Doctor Who Series 8 also sees Jenna Coleman return as Clara with writers Steven Moffat, Gareth Roberts, Mark Gatiss, Phil Ford, Steve Thompson and are joined by new writers Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson. Visit the guide to Doctor Who Series 8 HERE.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy interviews


Flicks and the City recently caught with former Doctor Whos Colin Baker and Sylvster McCoy - watch the interviews in the players included here. During them they discuss the Peter Davison 50th Anniversary special The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, the Big Finish audio range, Peter Capaldi, Star Wars, The Hobbit and much more. Check out Blogtor's intervews with Baker and McCoy HERE and HERE.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Doctor Who Series 8 filming [SPOILERS]

Filming on Doctor Who Series 8 continues and the production team have arrived back in Cardiff after last week's filming in Lanzarote (details HERE). Earlier today, the gang were filming on the dunes at Port Talbot where Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, The Twelfth Doctor and Clara, were both snapped wearing some very familiar orange spacesuits (seen in The Impossible Planet, The Waters of Mars and Hide, for example).

The episode is written by Peter Harness and also stars Hermione Norris (The Crimson Field), who features in some pictures at the bottom of this post, Ellis George (who plays Danny Pink's sister), Tony Osoba (who will be familiar to fans having starred in Destiny of the Daleks and Dragonfire) and Phil Nice (who had a small part in Torchwood: Miracle Day).


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New Capaldi picture

The latest issue of the Doctor Who Figurine Collection has revealed a new promotional picture of The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. In a section looking at Regeneration from Issue 20 (which you can find HERE), the picture included on the left is used. Click on the pic for a bigger, Capaldier version.

This is a variant on the original picture shoot featuring Capaldi in his new costume, which you can see HERE.



Thanks to Doctor Who Figurine Collection

Doctor Who Figurine Collection


The latest issues of the fantastic magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 20 comes with an amazing figurine of a Sycorax (see below) whilst Issue 21 comes with a Cyberman (from The Invasion). For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.



Subscribers are also receiving the extra treat of a Rare Dalek. This second Dalek is from Asylum of the Daleks - check out the pics below.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Doctor Who Theme Remixes

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Details have been released about the upcoming EP of remixes of the Doctor Who theme tune by composer Dominic Glynn. Doctor Who Theme - The Gallifrey Remixes has a release date of June 16, details below.

Originally composed by TV legend Ron Grainer, the Doctor Who Theme was re-arranged for the programme by Dominic Glynn in 1986. Now, 28 years later, Dominic has produced a new EP of original remixes of his theme arrangement. Originally performed at the Gallifrey One fan convention in Los Angeles in February, the "Gallifrey One Remix" is here joined by three other brand new mixes. The EP also sees the first new mix in twelve years from Syzygy - the underground electronica duo of Dominic Glynn and Justin Mackay, best known for their techno and ambient dance releases on the Rising High label.

Available for download via iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Juno Records and all the usual digital services - for more details, visit the site HERE.

Thanks to Dominic Glynn

AUDIO REVIEW: The Legend of Springheel’d Jack

The Springheel Saga Series II - The Legend of Springheel’d Jack
By Gareth Parker and Robert Valentine

Starring Nicholas Parsons

Out Now - available HERE

Review by Mary Tynan

Once again, the Wireless Theatre Company has produced an energising, bewitching, atmospheric piece of radio. Opening seven years after the end of the last series (reviewed HERE), we are immediately dropped into the thick of the action and the pace does not let up throughout the three episodes. The Doctor Who references this time seem to me more subtle and, at the same time, wider-reaching - the soundscape played a large part in this (I’m sure I heard a TARDIS at a couple of points!), especially the incidental music provided by Cameron K McEwan. Without giving too much away, much of the story revolves around a mysterious box, whose origins, it turns out, involve transwarp drive. The box’s final destination is reminiscent of another cult classic – Raiders of the Lost Ark.

As before, the storytelling remains first-class. Writing for radio holds its own special challenges, as the conversations have to tell most of the story without being too obvious or lessening the impact of the characters as individuals, and this was managed seemingly effortlessly by Gareth Parker and Robert Valentine. However, in this series, they have added the device of a narrator, who is also a character in the story (James M. Rymer, wonderfully played by John Holden White), proving to be very effective. Like the first series, the dialogue is outstanding throughout; with priceless lines such as “the tears that rolled down his cheeks behind the large false beard.”

The acting was also superb. Christopher Finney reprised his role of Jonas Smith with aplomb, John Holden White, as James M Rymer, was an excellent addition to the cast, and Nicholas Parsons was wonderful as Cuthbert Leach.  However, my personal favourite this time was Josephine Timmons, as Lizzie Coombe. She was believable on so many different levels (it was a complicated character); totally sympathetic and a pleasure to listen to throughout. Casting was by Jack Bowman, who also had a small but effective cameo, but whose major contribution is in the production and the superb writing (under his pseudonym of Gareth Parker). The excellent direction was by co-writer Robert Valentine, who was also part of the production team, along with Mariele Runacre-Temple.

The Legend of Springheel’d Jack comprises of three episodes: The Terror of London, The Carnival of Horrors and The Engine of Doom - all of which can be downloaded from www.wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk. A third series is planned for an August/September release -  I’ll be listening!

BLOGTOR RATING 10/10
Review by Mary Tynan


Thanks to The Wireless Theatre Company

Monday, May 19, 2014

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

AUDIO REVIEW: Last of The Colophon


Last of The Colophon
by Jonathan Morris

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

Out Now


The crew of the Oligarch survey ship and the Doctor and Leela all arrive on the dead planet Colophos. But is it really as dead as it appears? It’s not long before the visitors receive a communication from within in a ruined structure, a message from the last of the Colophon.

In a particular era, Doctor Who often turned to classic Universal horror characters for its influences, Jekyll and Hyde in Planet of Evil, Frankenstein’s Monster in The Brain of Morbius, the Mummy in Pyramids of Mars, etc... Jonathan Morris has tapped one of the unused creations, The Invisible Man, as the inspiration for this audio adventure.

Kudos is definitely deserved for the ideas that comprise this story, but these concepts don’t seem to fit particularly well together and aren't developed as fully as they could. It feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. The audio medium lends itself to an invisible enemy however audible dynamics aren’t used to their fullest. To top things off, and despite the fact that several characters don’t survive the adventure, there isn’t a strong enough feeling of suspense.

The guest voice work by Gareth Thomas (Blake from Blake’s Seven) as Morax and Jane Goddard as the robotic Nurse Torvik is first rate, but sadly not enough to inject a sense of stakes or danger in to this latest addition to the Fourth Doctor adventures. It’s not by any means a bad Doctor Who story, but it lacks a big enough hook to make it truly memorable.

BLOGTOR RATING 6/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Frank Skinner on Who role: "I feel like a competition winner"

Comedian Frank Skinner has been chatting about his upcoming role in Doctor Who Series 8 during his Absolute Radio show yesterday - check out the full show in the player below (the relevant segment starts around the 17m mark).

Discussing his episode Skinner said, "I've to dress as a cheetah and there's some horse-riding," whilst adding it was a "humanoid cheetah". Readers should be reminded that he is a comedian and that the 1989 classic Survival also featured a cheetah on a horse (of sorts). Frank also talks more about how he feels like a "competition winner" and where he was when he got the role, amongst other things. The other hosts on the show are Emily Dean and Alun Cochrane.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Missing Episodes restoration


Included in the player above is a video looking at the restoration of the missing Doctor Who episodes that were recently discovered by Phil Morris (The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World). The short film was made by restorer Paul Vanezis, a member of the Doctor Who Restoration Team who have brought so many classic stories to life on their DVD releases.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Frank Skinner joins Series 8

British comedian Frank Skinner (pictured left with Billie Piper) has joined the guest cast of Doctor Who Series 8, it has been revealed earlier today. Speaking on his blog, writer Jamie Mathieson said, "So, Frank Skinner is in my episode. Which is very cool."

It is not currently known what episode sees Skinner, a self-confessed life long Who fan, involved but it is set to film later this month. Read Jamie's full thoughts on the matter HERE. Current showrunner Steven Moffat told the BBC, “It's no secret that Frank’s been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while. He’s been volunteering to be “third monster on the left” as long as I’ve been in this job. But now, in Jamie Mathieson’s sparkling script, we finally have a part that can showcase all of Frank’s famous wit and charm. Hopefully he’ll get out of my garden now.”

The episode also stars David Bamber (The King's Speech), Daisy Beaumont (Star Stories), Janet Henfrey (The Curse of Fenric) and Christopher Villiers (The King's Demons). 

You can read an interview with Steven Moffat conducted by Frank HERE and check out his impersonation of Matt Smith in the player below. The comedian is also known to fans having appeared in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.




AUDIO REVIEW: Tomb Ship



Tomb Ship
by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby

Starring Peter Davison

Out Now

Review by Dave Prince

 

Tomb Ship reunites Peter "The Guv'nor" Davison's Fifth Doctor with Sarah Sutton's Nyssa in a Big Finish story that takes the Time Lord and Nyssa to a pyramid tomb ship that is floating in space. As usual they are not the only ones there and become enrolled in a bid to get the treasure and save themselves.

As per the "classic" format the story is split into four parts that end with a cliffhanger, which leaves you wanting more. Compared to the new series I miss this format, however there is the chance that one part doesn't deliver and it may even ruin the complete story. Thankfully that is not the case with Tomb Ship – the set up and pay off always deliver – and the TARDIS team of the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa is a team that will always have a place in my heart and this story is a great addition to their body of work.

The story which was written by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby feels classic in every sense and is captivating. The direction by Ken Bentley is top notch and you feel as if you are watching a brand new TV episode with the depth of description and feel that is created.

Big Finish have released another world class product of which I never see a loss of quality.

BLOGTOR RATING 10/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Review by Dave Prince

News Round~Up!

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
New director revealed
Billie Piper on Peter Capaldi
Steven Moffat on Peter Capaldi
Casting and story news
New filming footage
New writers announced
S8 star: Capaldi "will completely revitalise" Who

MERCHANDISE
The Art of The Who's Who of Doctor Who
Doctor Who Magazine 473
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The Official Guide to the 2013 Series
Doctor Who Figurine Collection

REVIEWS
The Evil One
The War To End All Wars

MISC.
Sir David Attenborough reveals involvement in early Doctor Who
Doctor Who on The Big Bang Theory
Who's Changing screens at Sci-Fi-London 2014
Billie Piper interview
Peter Capaldi art video
Blogtor interview in Starburst

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

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