Monday, March 30, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9 guest cast and writer news

IMAGES COURTESY OF BBC

The BBC have revealed that actress Maisie Williams (pictured above) will be joining the guest cast of Doctor Who Series 9. Check out all the details below.

Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival. On her first day on set, Maisie Williams said:
“I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added: “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge The Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Bursting with drama, wit and heart, the show continues filming with two period adventures - The Girl Who Died written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna both directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC One’s 18th Century drama Poldark).

VISIT THE DOCTOR WHO SERIES 9 EP GUIDE HERE

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the Russell T Davies series Cucumber, also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

Peter Capaldi surprises fans at the Doctor Who Experience


The Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi surprised fans at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff last week with an unexpected appearance. Luckily, cameras were on standby to capture the moment - watch the video in the player above. Taking place on the Tenth Anniversary of New Who, the actor also answered questions from fans. From the same day, watch Capaldi sing "Happy Birthday" to Doctor Who HERE.

REVIEW: Doctor Who - The Ninth Doctor #1

Doctor Who - The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott | Artist: Blair Shedd

Out April 1


Ten years on since Doctor Who first returned to our televisions, the Ninth Doctor and his friends are continuing their adventures in comic form. Weapons Of Past Destruction, written by Cavan Scott with art by Blair Shedd, reunites us with precious Nine, Rose, and Jack Harkness in a new story set between the televisual stories The Doctor Dances and Boom Town.

One does wonder at what point in his life The Doctor will actually stop expecting a pleasant trip to someplace nice not to end in unpleasant surprise and disaster: the Time Lord’s idyllic descriptions of the planet Excroth prove wildly inaccurate as the team find themselves the guests/prisoners of some big angry robots known as the Lect, who appear to be engaged in battle with the Unon, giant metal space-centaurs engaged in attacking the Lect ship.

In spite of their best efforts (which, admittedly, aren’t very good), The Doctor and friends find themselves embroiled in this conflict – and while they attempt to make good their exit, Rose finds herself stuck outside the TARDIS in the midst of escalating explosions.



But there are some mysterious time-related issues aplenty in this adventure, and I’m sure we’ll find out just what the heck happened to the nice planet they were meant to have been visiting as the tale unfolds.

This first instalment does a good job of capturing the essence of this TARDIS team – though I do hope that Rose has more to do beyond asking exposition-y questions next time round, now that she’s been separated from The Doctor and Jack, and in possession of a curious piece of jewellery which seems to protect its wearer.

The art is joyously faithful to the 2005 Doctor Who aesthetic, and the comic as a whole is a welcome reminder of the brimming enthusiasm and fun of that first revived series. And if I’m honest, they had me at giant metal space-centaurs.

BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to Titan Comics

Doctor Who guest stars in Thunderbirds Are Go!

Pictures: ITV

This weekend sees the return of International Rescue to television with the new series, Thunderbirds Are Go! Starting on April 4 on ITV, the show features a number of Doctor Who guest stars. Pictured above are (L-R): Colonel Casey, Brains, John Tracy, Kayo and Parker. They are voiced by:

Adjoa Andoh who played Sister Jatt in New Earth and Francine Jones in Series Three & Four

Kayvan Novak voiced Handles in The Time of the Doctor

Thomas Brodie-Sangster played Latimer in Human Nature and The Family of Blood

Angel Coulby played Katherine in The Girl in the Fireplace

David Graham played Professor Kerensky in City of Death, Charlie in The Gunfighters, voiced the Mechonoids in The Chase, and voiced Daleks in The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Chase, Mission to the Unknown, The Daleks' Master Plan and the two Peter Cushing movies, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

Thunderbirds Are Go! begins on ITV on Saturday April 4 at 5pm


All images courtesy of ITV and reproduced with permission.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Lt. Ed. Doctor Who Collection statues


The BBC Shop have got some great new Doctor Who figurines in - click on the images above for more info. These Doctor Who figurines are limited edition and hand-sculpted - check them out at the BBC Shop HERE and the details below.

• A Limited Edition 1:12 scale handpainted figurine / statue from the Doctor Who Collection
• Designed and Sculpted in Shropshire, England by Robert Harrop Designs
• Only 750 Figurines Worldwide
• Individually hand numbered with a unique number on the base
• Comes complete in a presentation box with information card and a Certificate of Authenticity
These amazing figurines are available to pre-order from the BBC Shop now. The items are currently listed as being in stock  from April 1. Order HERE.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists - Out Now in US

Blogtor's new Doctor Who book, The BIG Book of Lists, is now available to purchase in North America! You can find it on Amazon HERE and in your local book store! Featured below are two pieces of art from Doctor Who - The BIG Book of Lists by legendary artist Andrew Skilleter - click on the images for bigger versions. Buy The BIG Book of Lists HERE.


The book also features an EXCLUSIVE list from Doctor Who composer, Murray Gold - including some fascinating insights to his work and most popular themes and scores! Check out all the details on the title below.
Known for his popular lists, Cameron K. McEwan, author of The Who's Who of Doctor Who, is back with a book that compiles loads of fun facts and never-before-heard tidbits about the Whoniverse. (It's bigger on the inside!)

Pour over a wealth of fascinating lists about the TARDIS, Gallifrey, and Daleks, as the fandom unites in epic appreciation for The Doctor.

Organized by theme, Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists will cover everything over the past fifty years of the epic series including: doppelgangers, popular locales, regenerations, Gallifrey adventures, highest-rated episodes, plots, characters and loads more.

Accompanied by the incredible Doctor Who artwork of Andrew Skilleter and loaded with weird and interesting facts and quizzes, this is the perfect gift item for the Time Lord lover in your life.
Doctor Who - The BIG Book of Lists will be available in the rest of the world from May. In the UK, you can pre-order the book on Amazon HERE.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Peter Capaldi Celebrates 10 Years of New Who


The official Doctor Who YouTube channel has updated with two fantastic videos to celebrate ten years since the return of Who in 2005. In the player above you can watch Peter Capaldi's visit to the Doctor Who Experience where he lead the children in a chorus of "Happy Birthday!" See more pics HERE.  Below you can find the Top 10 most shared "New Who" videos from the YouTube page.

The Ninth Doctor #1 variants [UPDATE]

Click on the images for bigger versions

Titan Comics have announced details of even more variant covers to accompany the first issue of their Doctor Who title, The Ninth Doctor #1. You can find 12 more covers HERE. Above you see (L-R): Alien Entertainment variant cover; Pop Culture Paradise variant cover by Mariano Laclaustra; Think Geek variant cover by Zak Simmonds-Hurn. Check out the details of the title below, which is out next week.

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1
Writer: Cavan Scott | Artist: Blair Shedd
Release Date: March 11, 2015

BRAND-NEW 5-PART MINI-SERIES STARRING THE NINTH DOCTOR AS PLAYED BY CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON!

WRITTEN BY THE CO-AUTHOR OF BESTSELLING ‘WHO-OLOGY’, CAVAN SCOTT

The Ninth Doctor is BACK with a brand-new miniseries: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION!

Leaving World War II behind, The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack discover that Time Lord technology, lost in the wake of the Time War, is being sold on the intergalactic black market!

Now the threat of a NEW temporal war brews on the horizon. Can the Doctor stop history repeating itself?

Thanks to Titan Comics

AUDIO REVIEW: The Entropy Plague


The Entropy Plague
By Jonathan Morris

Starring: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding,
Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton

Out now



There’s a lot to enjoy in The Entropy Plague. The TARDIS crew are forced to join a ragtag bunch of refugees desperately trying to escape from E-Space, while the ravages of entropy take hold. Making another forced landing on the planet Apollyon, The Doctor, Nyssa and Turlough go on the trail to try and find Tegan, following her sudden kidnapping during their escapades on Isenfel.

They find a society under extreme pressure, clinging to survival, yet infused by an almost celebratory sense of fatalism. There’s an escape route available, controlled by scientist Pallister in his citadel, guarded by his small army of sentinels. Departure from Apollyon requires that a macabre price be paid. The Doctor and his friends actually succeed in finding Tegan fairly early on in this adventure - turns out she’s been kidnapped by a crew of space pirates.

And that’s the point where my enjoyment of The Entropy Plague foundered. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with an adventure that mixes things up a bit, and as Doctor Who has demonstrated on countless occasions, bizarre juxtapositions can work very well. However, a swashbuckling, bloodthirsty band, “Ha-HARRRGH”-ing for all they’re worth, speaking in pirate patois: I’m afraid it felt to me as if they’d blundered into the middle of the wrong adventure. It’s perhaps understandable to attempt to bring some levity to what is a bleak and, at times, shocking tale, but I’d have happily enjoyed the adventure without the pirates in it at all.

Pallister exerts an iron control on the only route out of E-Space, or perhaps more accurately, iron-clad, in the form of his steam-and-clockwork powered robots. Robert Duncan brings just the right level of dangerous charm to an individual who has after all, maintained his stranglehold over the Apollyon portal back into N-Space in truly desperate times.

In truth though, the charm runs thin. Pallister has no hesitation in indiscriminately turning the firepower of his robotic sentinels against the refugee populace, the same populace which provides the power source for his portal-controlling machinery, in the truly grotesque form of human batteries. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, there’s the fearful prospect of roving Sandmen, spreading the titular plague amongst the camps outside Pallister’s citadel. Jonathan Morris introduces so many powerful images and concepts into this adventure, providing much for the listener to enjoy.

This really should be Nyssa’s story, considering the eventual outcome. The horror of seeing at close quarters the effects of entropy upon others, particularly knowing what happened to her home planet and the sacrifice she makes for her friends, knowing she’ll never see her children again remind the listener of the ordeals the Trakenite has faced.

It’s a shame then, about those pirates.

BLOGTOR RATING 6/10
Thanks to Big Finish


Doctor Who Magazine 485


IT'S 10 YEARS SINCE DOCTOR WHO RETURNED TO TELEVISION
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE CELEBRATES WITH FOUR VERY SPECIAL COVERS FOR ISSUE 485!

Ten years after the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) grabbed the arm of Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and told her to "Run!", Doctor Who is still going strong, as one of the greatest TV success stories of the past decade. Doctor Who Magazine celebrates this milestone with a special commemorative issue that comes with four different covers, each one featuring one of the twenty-first century Doctors – Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi!

Inside the issue, we look back on the show's success, with contributions from writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell, Toby Whithouse, Gareth Roberts, Chris Chibnall, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson, as well as from BBC Head of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson, who gives his view on the future of Doctor Who...

ALSO INSIDE ISSUE 485 OF DWM
• Russell T Davies, the writer of the landmark first episode, Rose, and many other episodes since, looks back on his first Doctor Who script, and shares brand new information about bringing the Doctor back to our screens.


• DWM tracks down a guest star from each and every one of the ten Ninth Doctor adventures, including Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Yasmin Bannerman (Jabe the Tree), Alan David (Gabriel Sneed), Alan Ruscoe (the Slitheen and other creatures), Barnaby Edwards (the Dalek), Bruno Langley (Adam Mitchell), Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler), Florence Hoath (Nancy), Annette Badland (Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer Day Slitheen) and Jo Joyner (Lynda 'with a Y' Moss).

• Doctor Who's first director of the modern era, Keith Boak, is interviewed, looking back on the making of Rose, Aliens of London and World War Three.

Doctor Who's first ever director, Waris Hussein, concludes his look back over the epic lost adventure from 1964, Marco Polo.

• DWM pays tribute to 1980s director Fiona Cumming, who passed away earlier in the year.

• The Doctor and Clara visit Antarctica in Part One of Blood and Ice, a brand-new comic strip written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

• Steven Moffat answer readers’ questions – and speculates about Osgood's family connections!

• The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, reviews, official news and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 485 is out on Thurs April 2, priced £4.99