Thursday, 26 April 2018

Russell T Davies: Christopher Eccleston 'was a magnificent Doctor Who'

Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has responded to recent criticism from Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston regarding his time on Doctor Who

An interview with Radio Times last month saw Eccleston - who played the Doctor for one series when Doctor Who was revived by Davies in 2005 - state that his relationship with his superiors on the show had broken down 'irreparably', claiming that he 'will never have' a working relationship with Davies again.

Speaking to SFX Magazine, Davies refused to respond to Eccleston's specific criticisms, but nevertheless defended his right to make them, saying:
"If it gets into any sort of tit for tat then I'm having a conversation with my lead actor via the press, and that's not on. 

"What has to be remembered when the show's being discussed in the present tense, now, is that I was his employer - I was his producer. I have a duty of care towards any lead actor I work with, so I have a duty of care towards Chris in that moment.

"He's free to say and explore whatever he wants - that's fine. This duty of care involves respecting him and listening to him at all times. That's my job. And that duty of care towards him will extend for the rest of our lives. He will always be my Doctor, and I will always be his producer."
Davies went on to unequivocally praise Eccleston's 'brave move' in taking on Doctor Who, saying:
"The thing I've got to say is that Chris is a magnificent actor and a magnificent man - he's truly a leader of men - and he was a magnificent Doctor Who as well.

"You forget what a brave move it was to take the part on when the press were quoting people like Paul Daniels as the next Doctor.

"It was a huge leap for Chris to make, and I love what he did. I think his comedy is funny - he plays it brilliantly. I think the darkness is off the scale with him - when the Doctor's angry, it's spectacular. It's a magnificent, never-to be-forgotten Doctor, and it was an honour to work with an actor delivering a performance like that."
Doctor Who returns for its eleventh series this autumn.

[Source: Radio Times]
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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Torchwood: Believe starring full original cast out today

A brand new Big Finish audio adventure reuniting the full original Torchwood team for the first time in ten years is out from today.

Torchwood: Believe, first announced earlier this year, brings together the show's original cast of John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), Burn Gorman (Owen Harper) and Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato) for the first time since 2008's Exit Wounds, the Torchwood series two finale which saw the departures of cast members Gorman and Mori.
The Church of the Outsiders believe that mankind is about to evolve, to reach out into the stars. Owen Harper believes that Torchwood has to do whatever it takes to stop them.

As well as the original Torchwood team, Believe also features special guest star Arthur Darvill - best known to Doctor Who fans as Eleventh Doctor companion Rory Williams - as the vicious Frank Layton.

Speaking in this month's issue of Big Finish's in-house magazine Vortex, Barrowman says:
“This is the first time in a long while we’ve had the entire Torchwood team back together. It’s something we should do more often, as I know from travelling all over the world doing conventions, I’m meeting the massive amount of fans out there who want the old team back together doing stuff.”
Myles adds:
“It’s incredibly difficult to get us all in to record at the same time. But we’ve managed to get these important audios out to our fans who have been loyal to us for such a long time.”
Torchwood: Believe is now available to purchase exclusively from Big Finish on CD and digital download, and will go on general sale after 30th June 2018.

[Source: Big Finish]
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Titan Comics prepares for the Thirteenth Doctor with a three-part epic

Titan Comics and BBC Studios are paving the way for the Thirteenth Doctor's comic debut with an exciting three-part comic event coming this July.

Written by James Peaty (Supergirl), The Road To The Thirteenth Doctor will see the Tenth Doctor encounter 'lost, ghostly spaceships'; the Eleventh Doctor and Alice visiting a 'robot-infested' 19th century San Fransisco; and the Twelfth Doctor face pterodactyls in a London wasteland.
The covers are by Robert Hack (Sabrina, Archie), while the illustrations have been created by a range of artists.

The series will lead up to the launch of the Thirteenth Doctor ongoing comic series in autumn. The Thirteenth Doctor comics will be written by Jody Houser, with art by Rachael Stott and Enrica Angiolini. 

The three-part series will also lead up to the fifth annual Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday 24th November - a global event celebrating Titan's comic range. The event is set to be the biggest yet, with new comics and collections, merchandise, variant covers, signings, and events across the world at bookstores, libraries and online.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Doctor Who: Velocity reimagines classic villains

Davros and the Daleks get a whole new look in Doctor Who: Velocity's second installment. The American Doctor Who fan series is giving some classic Who villains a modern twist in their highly anticipated episode two.

The Gallifrey Times covered this popular online American fan series after the high praise of internet whovians over the first episode which was released for free online in October 2017. Fans were promised a second episode from the creators and the wait is almost over. Chris Phillips and Krystal Moore have released a brilliant teaser trailer for episode two which is set to premiere very soon.

The episode will feature Daleks, Davros and the fiendish Master who has temporarily captured the Doctor. You can read the full official synopsis for episode two below.
"The Daleks are back! A newly revitalized Davros has undergone a strange transformation and has engineered a new plan to take over the Earth. With a redesigned selection of Daleks he joins forces with a billionaire tech-guru to spread Dalek technology into every home. Meanwhile The Doctor must escape the clutches of The Master and save humanity before it’s too late!"
The Daleks have undergone a makeover that gives them a more modern aesthetic that some fans are calling "Black Mirror-esque", but they aren't the only ones getting a visual upgrade. The Gallifrey Times has exclusive behind the scenes photos featuring Scott Grady, one of episode two's actors undergoing a fantastic transformation into well known Doctor Who villain Davros.

What wicked plots does this revitalised Davros have in store for the unsuspecting Earth population? Can the Doctor stop him on time? We will have to wait and see when the new episode debuts via Doctor Who: Velocity's Youtube and Facebook.

[Source: Chris Phillips]
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Doctor Who inspiration behind Capaldi's signature

Photo: Jason South
Every actor has to develop their own special signature for signing autographs and Peter Capaldi is no exception. However, as it turns out the twelfth Doctor's signature is modelled after that of yet another Doctor from years before.

As a child, growing up in Glasgow, the young Peter Capaldi was a huge fan of Doctor Who. He wrote to Radio Times, expressing his love for the Doctor Who television serial as well as hunting for autographs from any and every actor who had played the Doctor.
"I had Jon Pertwee's autograph, Tom Baker's. I used to have all of the Doctors' autographs, except for William Hartnell, because he was rather infirm. But his wife wrote me a rather lovely letter and signed his photograph, which was very sweet." - Peter Capaldi
However, there was one autograph which really caught the young Capaldi's fancy. It was the signature of an actor who had played the Doctor in the 1960s and who happened to have the very same initials. Peter Cushing, who had played the Doctor in two movies during the 60s, had come to Glasgow where the young Capaldi was able to obtain a large, signed black and white photograph from the actor. "I was such a fan that I modelled my own signature on his, because we have the same initials", Capaldi recalled in his interview for The Sidney Morning Herald. He added, "He had a rather florid P, which I copied."


If one were wondering whatever happened to all of those wonderful autographs the actor obtained during his childhood years, that individual would be in for rather a sad answer. In his late teens the actor decided to give up his 'geeky and childish past'. Before running off to art school and spending time as the lead singer of a band named The Bastards from Hell, the young Capaldi destroyed his collection of anything Doctor Who.
"I didn't want to be a geek any more so I threw out all my geeky stuff. I had a sort of bonfire of the vanities where I got rid of all this stuff that would be great fun for me to have now. Isn't that terrible?"
 As unfortunate as it may be for such great memorabilia to be lost it certainly is a bit of good fortune that Peter Capaldi eventually came back around and rejoined the wonderful world of Doctor Who in his adult years. Otherwise it may have been an even bigger loss to the Whoniverse in the end. Doctor Who certainly wouldn't be the same without Peter Capaldi's performance of the twelfth Doctor.

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Exclusive Doctor Who vinyls for Record Store Day 2018

The original television soundtracks for two classic Doctor Who stories are being released on vinyl for the first time as part of Record Store Day 2018.

The two new releases from Demon Records, exclusive to this year's Record Store Day, are the Fourth Doctor adventure City of Death - which was also released earlier this month as a brand-new Target novelisation - and the Second Doctor tale The Tomb of the Cybermen.

Both vinyls feature newly-commissioned gatefold artwork, sleeve notes and onset photos, and are limited to 3000 units each.

City of Death

The original BBC television soundtrack starring Tom Baker, with linking narration by Lalla Ward.
Whilst sightseeing in Paris, the Doctor and Romana notice a series of unexplained temporal disturbances. When a visit to the Louvre lands them in hot water, they realise that a certain Count Scarlioni knows more about advanced technology than a 20th-century Parisian should.

With British detective Duggan in tow, the time travellers become embroiled in an audacious plot to steal the Mona Lisa and sell it on the open market.

The Tomb of the Cybermen

The original BBC television soundtrack starring Patrick Troughton, with linking narration by Frazer Hines.
The Doctor faces the dreaded Cybermen in the digitally remastered soundtrack of the classic BBC TV story. It has legendary status amongst Whovians as the serial was believed lost for many years until discovered in Hong Kong in 1992.

The action of The Tomb of the Cybermen follows directly on from that of the preceding serial The Evil of the Daleks, with the Doctor and Jamie welcoming the newly orphaned Victoria aboard the TARDIS. Commissioned as Doctor Who and the Cybermen Planet, this was the third encounter between the Doctor and his half-human, half-machine foes.

It was co-written by Kit Pedler, who devised the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet, and Gerry Davis, the story editor who had helped develop them.
This year's Record Store Day takes place worldwide on Saturday 21st April 2018. In the UK the annual special event, supported by BBC Music, aims to promote and celebrate over 200 of the nation's independent record stores.

Details on all of tomorrow's Record Store Day releases, exclusives and participating stores can be found at the event's official website.

[Source: Doctor Who]
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Chronicles out now

The Tenth Doctor Chronicles, a set of new Tenth Doctor stories narrated by impressionist and actor Jacob Dudman, is out from today courtesy of Big Finish.

As well as taking on narrating duties for the new audio stories, Dudman also features as the voice of the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant in the television series.

Talking to Big Finish's free magazine, Vortex, director Helen Goldwyn says of Dudman:
“Jake’s most definitely an actor first and foremost – he just happens to be able to do other people’s voices as well.

“After they auditioned him, David Richardson and Nicholas Briggs were raving about what he could do, and I’ll admit I’m always sceptical about these things. I often wonder what makes an actor better than others – but then you meet someone who has that extra-special something. Jake definitely has that. He’s amazing!”

The new audio tales see the Tenth Doctor reunite with Lady Christina de Souza, first seen in 2009's Planet of the DeadMichelle Ryan returns as the thrill-seeking cat burglar, who will also star in her own Big Finish spin-off, Lady Christina, this autumn.

Also reprising her Doctor Who role for The Tenth Doctor Chronicles is Jacqueline King, who was seen in a recurring role throughout the television show's fourth series as Sylvia Noble, mother to Tenth Doctor companion Donna.

The Tenth Doctor Chronicles features four new 'really rip-roaring' tales from the Tenth Doctor era:

The Taste of Death by Helen Goldwyn
The Doctor and Rose sample the high-life on resort planet MXQ1, run by the famous Bluestone brothers. It has everything: exotic beaches, luxury accommodation and extravagant dining. Something’s cooking in the kitchen, and it’s to die for…
Backtrack by Matthew J Elliott
When the TARDIS crashes in the vortex, Martha and the Doctor find themselves on board the time-ship The Outcome, where the host offers temporal cruises at reasonable prices.

But time travellers must never cut corners. Dangerous forces have been unleashed, and Martha finds her medical skills put to the test as she deals with some lethal fall-out.

Time is running out, and the clock is ticking towards disaster!
Wild Pastures by James Goss
Strange things are happening at the Wild Pastures Rest Home. When the Doctor calls on the Nobles to investigate, he doesn’t expect Sylvia to be the one to step up. Soon, they’re in too deep, and the Doctor and Sylvia will need all their faculties to get out alive.
Last Chance by Guy Adams
Trying to spare a few creatures from extinction, the Doctor bumps into an old acquaintance on the African plains – Lady Christina de Souza. They are about to find themselves on the endangered list…
The Tenth Doctor Chronicles is out now from Big Finish on CD and digital download.

[Source: Big Finish]
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Monday, 16 April 2018

New DWM Special Edition goes behind the scenes

Doctor Who Magazine have announced the next issue in their Special Edition spinoff magazine series, and this time we're going behind the scenes in the studio.

The next Special Edition Magazine, titled In The Studio, is available this Thursday and takes a look behind the scenes of the show, from the very beginning during the days at Lime Grove to the modern series filming at Roath Lock.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

New Seventh Doctor audio adventures coming soon

Three new adventures starring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor alongside companions Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Bonnie Langford (Mel) will be released later this year by Big Finish.

The new set of stories from Big Finish's Doctor Who main range will see the trio in grave danger, with events set to change the Seventh Doctor's past, present and future.

The trilogy kicks off in August with Red Planets by Una McCormack:
London, 2017. Except... it isn't. Berlin, 1961. But it isn't that either. Not really. Not in the timeline the Doctor knows. Something is very wrong.

While Ace tries to save the life of a wounded British spy, Mel and the Doctor must get to grips with the modern day socialist Republic of Mokoshia. For Mel it feels strangely familiar and 'right', which makes the Doctor feel even more uneasy.

Soon, a message from a dark and blood-soaked distant future is on its way... But the Doctor will have to act fast to stop this timeline becoming reality.

And with Ace stranded in an alternate 1961, will saving the Earth end her existence?
Following in September is The Dispossessed by Mark Morris, when the Doctor, Mel and Ace find themselves trapped on an estate on Earth taken out of time. Rounding off the new set of stories in October will be The Quantum Possibility Engine by Guy Adams, featuring an encounter with the director of Gallifrey's Celestial Intervention Agency, Narvin (Se├ín Carlsen), and an ultimate betrayal for the TARDIS team.

Script editor Guy Adams says of the upcoming adventures:
"As we catch up with the Seventh Doctor and his friends Ace and Mel, we’re not alone, Mel’s past has caught up with her too. There are debts to be paid and she may have no friends left once her balance is settled.

“Of course, life doesn’t just stop while old scores are settled, our heroes also find themselves on the wrong side of a Cold War temporal rift and at the mercy of a hungry tower block. Finally, they find themselves face to face with an old enemy who just wants to make the Solar System great again.

“I was blessed with wonderful scripts from Una McCormack and Mark Morris, (*coughs politely*) and some fool I know knocked up the resolution… I hope listeners get as much pleasure from listening to the results as I did working on them.

“From old school espionage thriller to modern day horror and then out into the absurd fringes of the future, these three stories have a lot of different flavours to offer.”
All three forthcoming audio dramas are now available to pre-order from Big Finish on CD or digital download.

[Source: Big Finish]
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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Doctor Who Magazine #524 out now

The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine is out from today, including an exclusive feature on the first new Doctor Who Target novelisations based on 21st-century episodes, also on sale from today.

Doctor Who Magazine #524 features interviews with the four authors involved with the new adaptations published under the Target imprint - Russell T Davies (Rose), Steven Moffat (The Day of the Doctor), Jenny T Colgan (The Christmas Invasion), and Paul Cornell (Twice Upon a Time).

Former showrunner Davies, whose episode Rose relaunched the show back in 2005, speaks about why he became involved with the new set of Target adaptations:
"I've always wondered about writing more prose - I read like a demon, so I thought I could test myself. And there's a very new Doctor Who ahead, so this felt like a chance to say goodbye to the old era before leaping into the new."
As well as the usual news, reviews and features, this month's edition of Doctor Who Magazine also includes a look at the upcoming new game from Tiny Rebel Games, Doctor Who Infinity, 'Out of the TARDIS' with impressionist Jon Culshaw, and a tribute to Genesis of the Daleks villain Peter Miles, who passed away in February.

Doctor Who Magazine #524 is out from today, priced £5.99.

[Source: Twitter]
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