Showing posts with label the eleventh hour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the eleventh hour. Show all posts

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Blogtor Who Top 50 - No. 34

Here it is! Blogtor's personal countdown of his 50 favourite Doctor Who television stories, one a week till the big day in November 2013. Now, just to point out, this choice is purely my own. So don't expect reasoned debate or objectivity. Or even the need to please every fan out there. This is my list, and I stand by it. I will also add that I've seen every Doctor Who story released (at least twice), so I feel like I know what I'm talking about. Anyway, enough chittle of the chattle, let's begin...

THE ELEVENTH HOUR
First broadcast 3/4/2010 starring Matt Smith

Just over three years ago to the day this one, and what an opener for the young Mazza!  So I'll start with the man of the hour, Matt Smith. Waaaay back in, ooh let me think, 20, when was it, 09 when the 'youngster' (*coughs*) was announced, too many people were asking "Who?" Frankly, their ignorance was no excuse for the numerous and hasty remarks about the actor. Thankfully, there were some of us who were quite aware of Mazza's talents and said so - you can read what I said HERE. Yup, those who had seen him, just knew he had it in him. And, by crikey (if you'll let me use the 'C' word), weren't we right?

Yes. Yes, we were.

Gloating aside however, his first appearance as Doctor Who certainly ranks amongst the greats of opening performances matching William Hartnell and Christopher Eccleston for assurity and style. The "fish custard" scene was sublime - from hilarity to heartbreak in the time that it takes to throw a plate out of the kitchen. Eleven, as no one calls him, took no time to get used to at all. His opening "apples" gambit was enough for this fan. (As a sidenote, that was a nice piece of deconstruction of The Moff's - suggesting that his "banana" motif was to be replaced by another, only to completely abandon the idea.)

The other newcomer to the show, Karen "Kazza" Gillan, proved to be no slouch either and already started to tighten the ole trouser region in a very Daily Mail~hating way.

Amy was a bit like many pulchritudinous gurls, totally bonkers - her fake radio scene was delightfully Dahl~esque. Full credit must go to Kazza for portraying someone in lurve but clearly harboring a grudge (don't we all dear!) but a gold star is awarded to her "entering the TARDIS" moment. We've had some good ones over the years (specifically in recent times) but Amy's amazement and childlike wonder as she wandered into the time and space machine was superbly played with seemingly impossible wide~eyedness by the Scottish actress.

Full marks and a soulful pat on the head also go to the even~younger Caitlin Blackwood who played Amelia Pond. Man, she was damn good! Kids can often come off as, well, kids but Caitlin played her lonely part so believably that one wonders what the flip is going on in the girl's actual life. Her facial expressions were a treat, evoking (for me anyway) kiddy comic strips, especially when Amelia chomps down on some ice~cream. Counter this with the utterly heart~wrenching scene of her packing her little suitcase and then sitting, waiting... *sniff*

Again, like Amy's first TARDIS scene, this moment was punctuated by the genius of Murray Gold; his score for The Eleventh Hour reaffirmed his status as Who ledge. These two moments were beautifully touching but he also delivered, as always it should be noted, in both the 'action' and, dare I use such an annoying and reductive word, 'epic' departments (next to the 'Trouser' department). I particularly enjoyed his choral work on this occasion - nice one MuGo!

Steven Moffat had a lot to do in that episode, a lot. Not only did he introduce a new Doctor, new companion (in fact two new companions), a new TARDIS and open a new series (which are in themselves a tricky beast) all in the shadow of the RTD and David Tennant-era (remember, they were quite popular back in the day) but he also delivered a cracking story, beautifully directed.

The Eleventh Hour was a fresh start for Doctor Who; SteeMo instantly proved his worth as showrunner whilst Matt Smith made a nation forget about that other guy who preceeded him. No mean feat from either gentlemen.


See Nos. 50-35 HERE

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Series 5 - BBC Three repeats



As of Friday July 30, UK television channel BBC Three will repeating Series 5 starting with The Eleventh Hour at 7pm. "Cut down" versions of Doctor Who Confidential will follow.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

REVIEW - "The Eleventh Hour"

As always, this review will contain specific details of The Eleventh Hour so if you haven't seen it, I suggest you read no further. If you're simply here to find out if the first episode of The Moffat & Co.'s era is any good, then toddle off downwards to the last paragraph (as I suspect many do regardless). Before I "begin" the review, I'll start with an apology - the review would have been posted sooner but due to a "technical" glitch (screen on laptop effed up) this was not possible. Anyway, alons~y....


S'pose I'll start with the man of the hour, Matt Smith (or "Mazza" as shall now refer to him). Waaaay back in, ooh let me think, 20, when was it, 09 when the 'youngster' (*coughs*) was announced, too many people were asking "Who?" Frankly, their ignorance was no excuse for the numerous and hasty remarks about the actor. Thankfully, there were some of us who were quite aware of Mazza's talents and said so - you can read what I said HERE. Yup, those who had seen him, just knew he had it in him. And, by crikey (if you'll let me use the 'C' word), weren't we right?


Yes. Yes, we were. Gloating aside however, his first appearance as Doctor Who (I'm old skool, that's what I call him!) certainly ranks amongst the greats of opening performances matching Hartnell and Eccleston for assuredness and style. The "fish custard" scene was sublime - from hilarity to heartbreak in the time that it takes to throw a plate out of the kitchen. Eleven, as no one calls him, took no time to get used to at all. His opening "apples" gambit was enough for this fan. (As a sidenote, that was a nice piece of deconstruction of The Moff's - suggesting that his "banana" motif was to be replaced by another, only to completely abandon the idea.)


And I do like the way he says "Pond"!


The other newcomer to the show, Karen Gillan (I now dub thee "Kazza"), proved to be no slouch either and has already started to tighten the ole trouser region in a very Daily Mail~hating way. Amy is bit like many pulchritudinous gurls, totally bonkers - her fake radio scene was delightfully Dahl~esque. Full credit must go to Kazza for portraying someone in lurve but clearly harboring a grudge (don't we all dear!) but a gold star is awarded to her "entering the TARDIS" moment. We've had some good ones over the years (specifically in recent times) but Amy's amazement and childlike wonder as she wandered into the time and space machine was superbly played with seemingly impossible wide~eyedness by Gizza (no, that doesn't quite work - won't be saying that again).


Full marks and a soulful pat on the head also go to the even~younger Caitlin Blackwood who played Amelia Pond. Man, she was damn good! Kids can often come off as, well, kids but Caitlin plays her lonely part so believably that one wonders what the flip is going on in the girl's actual life. Her facial expressions were a treat, evoking (for me anyway) kiddy comic strips, especially when Amelia chomps down on some ice~cream. Counter this with the utterly heart~wrenching scene of her packing her little suitcase and then sitting, waiting... *sniff*


Again, like Amy's first TARDIS scene, this moment was punctuated by the genius of Murray Gold (should I call him "Muzza"?) His score for The Eleventh Hour reaffirmed my lurve for him, well his music anyway. These two moments were beautifully touching but he also delivered, as always it should be noted, in both the 'action' and, dare I use such an annoying and reductive word, 'epic' departments (next to the 'Trouser' department). I particularly enjoyed his choral work on this occasion, nice one Muzza!


So, the perfect opener? The perfect episode? Sadly, not quite. The CG work, whilst good, was a bit, how does one put this, duff at times. And slightly unnecessary too. Prisoner Zero (has escaped and hopefully released an album full of tracks like we heard in the episode) was an excellent creation though its execution was not great. Likewise, the ships used by the Atraxi were not always believable (though that eye did creep me out) despite their attractive style. It should be said that these really are minor points and in no way affected my total enjoyment. Anyway, back to the good stuff.


The supporting cast are certainly worthy of a mention - always been a fan of Olivia "Olly Colly" Coleman, would have made a top companion (read my thoughts HERE) - and one wonders if we'll see Rory again? (Of course we will, you've posted pictures of him in future episodes!) And this mysterious Jeff fellow, I'm sure someone said he was The Meddling Monk... Moffat has set up an interesting, not to mention burr~illiant, situation in Leadworth with these characters, but also with what look like will be 'arcs'. Pandorica, silence, crack - you get the picture.


Congrats and one big cabbage to The Moff for the reveal of both Doctor Who's outfit and the TARDIS interior. Very natural. And a doff of the fangasm cap for featuring the previous Docs, a nice touch though I do hope that we can start afresh, as it were. Doctor Who feels very new at the moment and I wouldn't like to see it bogged down in continuity and needless references - though I'm sure Moffo is far too savvy for that nonsense. Having said that, I did appreciate the nod to the Paul McGann TV Movie in the TARDIS when we were presented with POV shots of The Doc and Amy around the girth of the new console (similar to The Doc and Grace's "alarm clock" scene).

Bucaneer? Screw that! I'm Indiana Jones
So, if you did just jump ahead to read the final paragraph then I salute your resolve. Needless to say, and rather predictably, Doctor Who remains the greatest television programme ever. The golden age continues unabashed. Really, it's as simple as that.

And don't forget kids - bow ties are cool.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10

Thursday, April 1, 2010

STEVEN MOFFAT introduces "The Eleventh Hour"


Included below is an introduction to the first series of the new series, The Eleventh Hour, from STEVEN MOFFAT.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Eleventh Hour - another clip


Another new clip from The Eleventh Hour has been released - see it in the player below.


MATT SMITH on "Blue Peter"


MATT SMITH was a guest on today's edition of the UK children's 'magazine' show Blue Peter. The actor "helps" make a TARDIS bird~feeder and we are also treated to a new clip from The Eleventh Hour. See it in the player below.


The Eleventh Hour - new clip


UK children's TV channel CBBC broadcast a new clip from the first episode in the news series, The Eleventh Hour, earlier today. See it in the player below.



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

TV Choice and What's On TV features

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UK TV listings magazines TV Choice and What's On TV are celebrating the return of Doctor Who with articles on the new series and by featuring Matt Smith on their covers. Click on the pics for bigger versions. The issues are both dated 3-9 April and are available now.

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What's On TV, 3-9 April 2010

TV & SATELLITE WEEK Cover

TV & Satellite Week, 3-9 April 2010

UK TV listings magazine TV & Satellite Week is celebrating the return of Doctor Who with a cover feature and a two page spread. Click on the pics for bigger versions. The issue is dated 3-9 April and is available now.

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TOTAL TV GUIDE Cover

Total TV Guide Easter 2010

UK TV listings magazine Total TV Guide is celebrating the return of Doctor Who with a cover feature and a three page spread. Click on the pics for bigger versions. The issue is dated 3-9 April and is available now.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Eleventh Hour - opening clip


The BBC have released the 'opening' clip from the first episode in the new series, The Eleventh Hour. See it in the player below.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BBC America to air "Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide"


BBC America have announced they will be screening an original program looking at Doctor Who before their premiere of The Eleventh Hour. Here's the synopsis for Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide:

Just in time for the U.S. premiere of Doctor Who, journey into the Doctor Who universe with BBC AMERICA's original program, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide. The program is an original, all-access look inside the world's biggest, most successful sci-fi television program.

Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide premieres Saturday, April 17th at 8 pm/7c on BBC AMERICA, followed by the series premiere of the new Doctor Who at 9pm/8c.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Eleventh Hour - more pics


The BBC have released some more images from the first episode of the new series, The Eleventh Hour, it's due for broadcast on Sat April 3, 6.20pm. Click on the pics for slightly bigger versions and visit The Eleventh Hour section on Blogtor Who HERE.



Friday, March 19, 2010

STEVEN MOFFAT - BBC Breakfast interview


STEVEN MOFFAT was a guest on today's edition of BBC Breakfast - see his interview in the player below. In it he confirms that an old monster will return, the Weeping Angels are "way worse this time" and that Matt is an "elegant shambles". See interviews with MATT SMITH and KAREN GILLAN, along with a clip from The Eleventh Hour, from last night's press launch HERE, HERE and HERE.


BBC Breakfast - Matt & Karen interviews


BBC Breakfast ran a small piece from last night's press launch, see it it in the player below. Included are interviews with MATT SMITH and KAREN GILLAN. Coming up later is an interview with STEVEN MOFFAT - see it HERE. See more interviews from the event - along with a clip from The Eleventh Hour - HERE and HERE.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Eleventh Hour - first reactions


Now that the first episode of the new series has screened, reactions have started to come in for The Eleventh Hour. You can read Lizo Mzimba's (BBC Correspondent) review HERE. (Warning it includes a description of a trailer for the rest of the series - includes a fairly big spoiler!) Friends of Blogtor, Den Of Geek have their spoiler~free review HERE.


Over on Twitter, SFX said "First episode of Doctor Who fantastic. Utterly magical. Already a bit in love with Doctor eleven and Amy Pond"; Benjamin Cook added, "New Dr Who is well good!!"; Chris Allen noted "Ep 1 of new Doctor Who is amazing. A whole new show. Not the most exciting story ever but Matt is fantastic"; whilst the BBC Ents Team teased us with ".... no spoilers, but it does feature custard and a famous astronomer...!"


It should be noted that the version of the episode screened did not include the new title sequence or newly arranged theme tune. See interviews with MATT SMITH and KAREN GILLAN from today's press launch with a clip from The Eleventh Hour HERE and HERE.

BBC Wales - Matt Smith & Karen Gillan interview


BBC Wales were present at today's press launch for the new series of Doctor Who and interviewed MATT SMITH and KAREN GILLAN - see it in the player below. It also includes a clip from The Eleventh Hour. See an interview with Matt from the same event HERE.


The Eleventh Hour - press launch & clip


The press launch for the new series of Doctor Who took place today in Cardiff - see an interview with MATT SMITH in the player below (it also includes a clip from The Eleventh Hour). Also officially confirmed was the news that a Christmas Special will take place this year along with another series coming next year.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Eleventh Hour - synopsis


The BBC have released the synopsis for the first episode of the next series, The Eleventh Hour - read it below:
The Doctor has regenerated into a brand new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. With the TARDIS wrecked, and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world - and only Amy Pond to help him.

See promo pictures from the episode HERE. Matt Smith's debut is due for broadcast on April 3, BBC One, 6.25pm