Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Temporal Logbook Released For Charity

A new book of unofficial short stories has been written by a group of new and upcoming writers. The collection features twelve stories - one for each Doctor - and will be published by Pencil Tip Publishing, with all proceeds going to Positive Living Society of British Columbia, a charity dedicated to helping people cope living with HIV/AIDS.
temporal logbook
The Temporal Logbook

A Charity Short Story Collection

Twelve Doctors.

Twelve windows onto the universe. And the Doctor's life is the history of the universe.

The Temporal Logbook is the telling of that history.

From the myths of Ancient Greece to the depths of unknown space, from the life of Lewis Carroll to the horrors of the Black Death, The Temporal Logbook recounts some of the Doctor's most enthralling journeys during his first eleven incarnations, as told by a selection of Doctor Who fandom's best writers.

The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK features stories from Michael Baxter, J.E. Remy, Benjamin Pocock, Craig Charlesworth, Hannah Parry, Ian Larkin, Sarah Parry, Nick Mellish, Hamish Crawford, Paul Silvester, Michael Itig and Meg MacDonald.

Edited by Robert Mammone, Jez Strickley & Bob Furnell.

Cover designed by John Gordon.
The Temporal Logbook will be on sale for $16.95 CAD (plus postage) and will be available for purchase from 15th July from Fore more information on the book, go to the Temporal Logbook website.

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Doctor Who Legacy: Update 3.0 Announced

A brand new version of Doctor Who Legacy is to be released by Tiny Rebel Games and is set for launch in August.

Doctor Who Legacy version 3.0 will see the introduction of the Sonic Adventures. Spearheaded by the First Doctor and set to include the likes of River Song, Donna Noble, Mickey Smith and now the announcement of Third Doctor companion Jo Grant, players will be able to embark on fabulous new adventures with an aim to collecting a whole host of sonic devices which have all appeared at sometime or other in Doctor Who.

Version 3.0 will also include Doctor Who: Legacy Kids an area of the game specifically designed for younger players, an expansion of the popular Anna's Playground levels previously seen in the game.

Doctor Who Legacy is currently played by roughly two million people. All 13 Doctors appear alongside over 140 different companions and allies in an extensive universe packed with monsters and enemies spanning all of classic and modern Doctor Who.

[Source] Doctor Who News
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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi Teases Series 9

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Peter Capaldi shed some light on the forthcoming series of Doctor Who, teasing his experience of working with guest star Maisie Williams and discussing his upcoming appearance at San Diego Comic-Con.

With Comic-Con just around the corner, Peter enthused about looking forward to the popular event:
"Comic-Con is so legendary, so a great thrill to be invited along."
In a previous interview, Peter explained that he was always more intrigued than frightened by Doctor Who. However, the panels at Comic-Con are famed for the mania of a room full of passionate fans, and Peter confessed to feeling nervous appearing in front of over 7,000 people at the Doctor Who panel:
"Very nervous. Don't think I've ever stood in front of 7,000 people in my life. But if 7,000 people want to see us, it would be rude not to turn up."
Matt Smith previously walked the Comic-Con floor disguised as popular Simpsons character Bart Simpson. Would Peter do the same this year, and if so, what character or monster would he dress up as?
"A white walker from Game of Thrones. Or, from Doctor Who, a menoptra."
Peter gave a small glimpse into the forthcoming two-part premiere, The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar:
"It places the Doctor in a conflict that is central to his being, as well as containing some subtle tributes to the '60s, and truly wonderful guest performances."
Additionally, Entertainment Weekly have supplied an exclusive photograph from the series premiere (see below), the first to have been made public.

When asked about the details behind the exclusive photograph, Peter was able to share some cryptic details of the Doctor's situation:
"The photo shows the Doctor about to make a mistake that has cataclysmic repercussions."
The Doctor faces weird and wonderful adventures in every series, and Peter elaborated on the character development for forthcoming series:
"He's throwing himself into life with a newfound hunger for adventure. He's in pursuit of joy and grabbing every thrill that he can along the way. But I sense him running from something, that even he does not yet understand."
The monsters and villains in each series never fail to scare and thrill viewers. Entertainment Weekly asked what enemies the Doctor would be facing:
"There is an epic sweep to this season and I think the villains and monsters reflect that. Great new ones, brilliant old ones, and some very scary creatures looming in stories with real emotion and ambition."
It was previously announced that Michelle Gomez would be reprising her role as Missy in the forthcoming series. Peter enthused about the reappearance of Missy:
"In the hands of Michelle Gomez, Missy is more magnificently bad than ever before."
Maisie Williams, known for her popular role as Arya Stark in HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, was recently confirmed as a new guest star. Peter described his experience of working with her:
"Maisie is fantastic. A sharp, talented tornado. As an 18-year-old, she has taught me many new words and expressions. All I'll say about her character is she shifts in cosmic ways." 
Further details were also given on the relationship between Clara Oswald and the Doctor in the forthcoming series, and how it would develop:
"They've suddenly realised that they are the most fortunate people in all of time and space and are hellbent on adventure. Jenna continues to deliver a beautifully nuanced, complex and funny performance that marks her out as one of the best companions ever."
Lastly, with Jenna's previous plans to leave Doctor Who at the end of the previous series, but however changing her mind and staying, Entertainment Weekly asked if the forthcoming series would be Jenna's last:
"I hope not."
There are so many elements to look forward to in series 9, so what are you looking forward to the most? As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below.

[Source: Entertainment Weekly]
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Rachel Talalay Returning To Direct Series 9 Finale

The BBC have revealed that Rachel Talalay - who directed last year's epic finale, Dark Water/Death in Heaven - will return to direct the Series 9 finale, which, Moffat has promised, contains a cliff-hanger that we 'won't see coming'.

Talalay tweeted that she feels 'fortunate' to be asked back to direct the finale.
Filming has begun on episode 11 of the new series. Episodes 11 and 12 are written by Steven Moffat and produced by Peter Bennett.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

TGT Debate - Are Multiple Companions Better?

Last week we discussed whether more two-parters in series 9 was a good thing. 69% of you agreed that it was, while 31% preferred single episodes.

This week we're looking at the companions. With the news the Rigsy will be returning in series 9, this has led us to think whether multiple companions works better than single companions. So, let's find out.

"The Doctor needs a team!" argues Ben

Over the years, the Doctor has had many companions, sometimes travelling with two or three at a time. Let's look at a few examples.

Amy & Rory. This team worked so well, with the bossy girl that waited and the devoted centurion. As the series progressed, we lost Rory (several times) and saw Amy cope with this. Later in their tenure, we also saw what it was like for both of them living normal lives together and how their relationship struggled due to travelling with the Doctor. 

The Dinosaurs on a Spaceship gang. Although this was just for one episode, it worked. The companions were able to go off on their own mini-adventures, exploring the ship together. The fact that they were from different periods in time made the dynamic so much more interesting and added a lot of humour. This is also the case with Time Heist, with the group helping each other and working together.

It's not just recently we've had multiple companions. Back in the day, the Doctor would often invite several friends onto the TARDIS. The most notable being the very first set of companions: Ian, Barbara and Susan. The reason this worked so well was that you had the two humans discovering time travel together, as well as the Gallifreyan girl representing all the children watching the show.

Another memorable team was Adric, Nyssa and Tegan. Although there were three very different personalities, it never felt overcrowded. In fact, this again provided humour and more of a domestic setup in the TARDIS. 

I do understand that sometimes multiple companions doesn't work - Angie and Artie, I'm looking at you - but in general, the episodes with groups of companions have always seemed that bit more exciting to me.

"Just one companion will do!" argues Anna

In a show like Doctor Who, with such a variable cast, it often seems as if someone we only just met has suddenly finished their season and is gone forever. Because of this, I believe that having just one companion is better. With only so many episodes to work with per season, it’s trickier to properly develop characters when there are more of them. Companions are often the most harshly judged by fans, and a badly developed companion would have a huge negative effect on the whole show.

Another thing that immediately comes to mind when I think of multiple companions is Mickey and Rory, who were two of the most prominent new who “second companions”. Not many people seemed too crazy about Rory; he tried to look at the practical side of things, when everyone knows that Doctor Who is often far from practical. After a while, I think we all just got tired of watching him die again and again. In terms of Mickey, I have yet to meet someone made it past “p-p-p-pizza!” and stills thinks Mickey is cool.

Considering they meet new people practically every episode, I don’t think there really needs to be more than one companion. The one-time characters often act as second companions anyway. With so many people to keep track of per episode, I’d just go out of my mind worrying about them all; I mean, more characters for Moffat to kill off, right? Also, with more characters, they’d need more scenes to show what each person is doing, which implying the use of shorter scenes. This would just amount to a bunch of very short clips, which would end up being rather confusing and boring for viewers, as this style would be scattered and jumpy.

As Ben says, a second companion may allow for extra subplots or conflicts, but wouldn’t that just take away from the main plot? I much prefer having just one problem per episode, rather than having to worry about two separate issues. With multiple conflicts, the viewers would have a split focus, which wouldn’t allow them to become fully engaged in either dilemma, causing them to lose interest.

Overall, I think it’s best for extra companions to be kept to only one or two episodes, and for there to be only one main companion per season.

So, you've heard what we think, but what's your opinion? Should the Doctor travel with an entourage, or is he fine with just one companion? Vote in the poll and let us know your comments below. 
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Doctor Who Shortlisted In TV Choice Awards 2015

Doctor Who has made it through the first round of voting for the TV Choice Awards, and now features in three categories on this year's shortlist.

Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi is up for Best Actor, alongside former Doctor David Tennant (Broadchurch), James Nesbitt (The Missing) and Aiden Turner (Poldark).

Co-star Jenna Coleman, who plays companion Clara Oswald, features in the Best Actress category with The Eleventh Hour's Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Big Finish companion Sheridan Smith (Cilla) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark).

Doctor Who itself can be voted for in the Best Family Drama category, where it will be competing with fellow BBC One shows Casualty, Holby City and Call The Midwife.

Doctor Who last won TV Choice awards in 2013, where it not only scooped Best Drama Series but was also recognised in its 50th anniversary year for Outstanding Contribution to TV.

The final round of voting for this year's TV Choice awards is now open here and will close at midnight on Friday 10th July.

The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony hosted by comedian and actor Lenny Henry, which will take place on the 7th September at The Hilton, London.

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Doctor Who: Ask The Execs!

Edit: Question submissions are now closed

The BBC wants your questions! As we wait for the new series of Doctor Who this fall, what better way to pass the time than to send in your most thought-provoking, deep questions to the executive producers themselves, Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat? But not just any questions will do. The website says:
We’ll pick some of your best questions and bring you the execs’ answers very soon. So, if you can’t get to San Diego for this year’s Comic Con – don’t worry! Let us put your questions to the execs and bring you their answers online. But here’s the bit we can’t stress strongly enough: we’re looking for the most interesting and imaginative questions!

It’s essential to avoid questions like what evil scheme does Missy dream up in the new series, or the details about how Osgood returns... These secrets will unfold when the new episodes air, later this year. We want questions that only Steven and Brian can answer… It could be about their best moments on set, favourite (or least favourite!) memories, monsters, earliest recollections of the show or how they decide what will happen to the Doctor and Clara…
So, if you have a question you've been wanting to ask the producers, you'd better hurry! The window for questions closes tomorrow, Tuesday 30 June, at noon BST. Questions will be received via email at [email protected], or by Twitter when you tweet @bbcdoctorwho using the hashtag #AskTheExecs.

[Source: BBC]
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

River Song Returns In Upcoming Audio Dramas

Alex Kingston's much loved and integral character River Song seemingly met her end in the Series 7 finale Name of the Doctor, and whilst it seems we will have to wait a bit longer for any return in the Twelfth Doctor's reign, River Song will be having new adventures in several upcoming audio stories.

Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2 will see River joining up with Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor, likely before her (temporary?) goodbye. These adventures will then continue in The Diary of River Song in 2016, a 4 hour journey searching for ''the secret rulers of the universe''.

Whilst no return to TV appears imminent for Alex and River, showrunner Steven Moffat has gone on record having stated “[The return of River Song will] now be story-driven. If we’ve got an idea that she fits perfectly then there’s no reason why we can’t do it, but I quite liked where we got to at the end of ‘The Name of the Doctor’, with him saying goodbye to her. So we’ll see''. These latest adventures are the strongest indication yet for a burgeoning interest in the character's return.

Source: Cultbox
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Friday, 26 June 2015

Doctor Who Festival To Land In Australia

Exciting news for Doctor Who fans down under: BBC Worldwide have announced the first official Doctor Who Festival in Australia! The event will take place at the Royal Hall of Industries and Horndern Pavilion in Sydney, on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 2015. Fans will be able to see the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi and executive producer Steven Moffat, with more talent announced shortly.

This Festival follows closely from the UK version of the event, which runs 13th - 15th November at ExCel, London, promising fans of all ages exclusive access to the magic and heritage behind the show with chances to hear from key cast members in talent Q&A's, limited photograph and autograph opportunities, interactive workshops with Doctor Who's resident creative team and chances to win great prizes in the ultimate Doctor Who Quiz. Exclusive merchandise will also be available, making the festival a must-attend event for any Doctor Who fan, with more exciting announcements promised in due course.

Additionally, in a first for New Zealand fans, Peter Capaldi will be attending an intimate event with fans in Auckland on the 24th of November. Venue and ticket details for this event will be announced in due course.

Peter Capaldi says:
"Being unveiled as Doctor Who in Sydney at last year's world tour, and meeting the fantastic Australian fans was such a cosmic, life changing experience that I'm thrilled to be coming back for a full weekend of Time Lord mania."
Each Festival ticket includes:
  • Q&A Panels - see the writers and cast unveil secrets about how they make an idea become reality on a show as big and wonderful as Doctor Who.
  • Photo and Autograph Opportunities - A limited number of opportunities for photos and autographs will be made available in due course.
  • Wardrobe Department - A fantastic exhibition of original costumes and props.
  • Doctor Who Quiz - Fans will be able to test their knowledge in a traditional themed setting, to win some great prizes.
Day ticket prices:
  • General Adult: $195
  • General Concession: $99
  • TARDIS Adult: $365
  • TARDIS Concession: $265
All tickets are subject to a processing fee of 1.95% + transaction fee. The general ticket will include one day entry to the Festival, access to three separate theatre shows with the cast and writers, Festival lanyards and a show planner. TARDIS tickets will include all of the above along with reserved seats for the theatre sessions, exclusive access to a TARDIS lounge with two free drinks and a Doctor Who goodie bag with merchandise to the value of $110.

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketek with the pre-sale tickets available from 11am on 1st July, and general sale from 11am on 6th July. Fans interested in signing up for pre-sale tickets should head to the Doctor Who Festival website for more information. The hashtag #DWFestAu can also be used on Twitter for the event.

Are you excited for the Doctor Who Festival? Will you be attending the event? Let us know in the comments section, we love to hear from you!

[Source: BBC Worldwide]
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Steven Moffat Addresses Doctor Who Hate Critics

It's no quiet fact anymore that Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat has picked up a lot of vicious criticism from some Doctor Who fans, unhappy with what he has done with the show after taking over from predecessor Russell T Davies in 2010.

For the average Doctor Who fan it could come as quite a shock to read and hear the passionately angry views and comments on some forums and within the harsher debates held by a growing number of fans, particularly as Moffat has secured the job of showrunner for an additional Series following the upcoming Series 9.

In the most recent Doctor Who Magazine (#488) Moffat sounded defiant, calling to mind another former Doctor Who Showrunner, John Nathan Turner. Moffat says:
[John Nathan-Turner] was the first boss of Doctor Who to have a tiny little number of (sort of) fans who were waging entirely ineffectual campaigns against him, in their twos and threes. Russell had a bit of that, and so do I. So what? Pick an online newspaper, go to the comments section below, read the ranting horrors there. It will turn your hair white. Dear God, who are those people? I don’t know. I don’t care.
Moffat continues:
The fact is, you don’t judge the newspaper, or people in general, by the standards of those comments sections, so why would you judge Doctor Who fandom by the occasional attention-seeking ranter? I have always found [fans] to be clever, funny, articulate and more than usually friendly. And perfectly and humorously aware that knowing every detail about an early Saturday evening adventure serial is a pleasant but extremely daft thing to do. May it be daft forever. It is now, and always has been, a game for the civilised and kind. Lone exceptions don’t change that.
In a very human manner, Moffat does concede he has felt some hurt by the more extreme forms of criticism:
I suppose, being honest – because we’re all human and fragile – some of the blows do land. You know, when you’re tired, in the dark watches of the night, when that hand is grasping for your ankle from under the bed. I guess it must have been hard for JN-T, sometimes, back in the day. I remember, not long ago, feeling a bit grim myself, about some vicious remarks. Stupidly and childishly, I’d let them get to me (ranters rejoice, your aim was true).
Moffat explains how he was offered some comforting words from fellow sci-fi author Neil Gaiman:
Neil Gaiman dropped me a gentle note. He said (something like), “They love your shows so much, they think they own them.” I think the point – and the kindly admonishment – was that it’s a privilege to be making shows about which people care so much, and that honour should take care of everything else.
[Source: DWM]
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Doctor Who: Series 9