Friday, October 31, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Frank Cottrell-Boyce talks In the Forest of the Night

On our audio commentary for In the Forest of the Night, writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce very kindly gave us some of his thoughts and behind-the-scenes tidbits about the episode - download HERE or use the player below. You can find just some of the gems the writer gave us below, though you can find even more on the commentary itself.


• I was interested in the limits of the Doctor’s power. A few times in the last series we’ve had comments about using the sonic as though it was a magic wand. I liked the idea of pitting him against something that everyone in the audience would realise instantly was immune to the sonic. Trees have no moving parts.  There’s no circuitry in a tiger.

• In the first drafts I tried to sell this red herring that the Doctor thought the whole thing - the solar flare,  the forest, the tiger - was aimed at him personally.  That someone was out to get him.  There’s still a line in there about messing with the fabric of time which was originally a reference to that possibility.  But we’ve got rid of all other trace of that strand and Steven nudged me towards something much more direct and emotional about who saves who.  Or who saves Who!

• By the way “messing with the fabric of time” is a quotation from the record producer Tony Visconti who used it to describe the effect of The Eventide Harmoniser which he used on David Bowie’s album - Heroes.

• The young actors were asked to improvise a bit when they auditioned.  I used some of the lines they improvised in the final script.

• The thing I’d most like to say is - whatever the result - I had the most fantastic time doing this.  I have loved Dr. Who since I was a little boy.  My script was a kind of thank you note.
You can check out all the audio commentaries for Doctor Who Series 8 and more HERE. My HUGE thanks to Frank for his time and his fascinating and fun comments! 

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The Fifth Doctor Cricket Sweater is made from 100% Acrylic, based on the original design which debuted in Davison's first story, Castrovalva. He continued to wear this for the majority of his stories as he fought Cybermen, the Mara, and the Black Guardian. This included a celebratory series marking Doctor Who's 20th anniversary, concluding in the 90-minute special, The Five Doctors, which sits between Seasons 20 and 21. Buy HERE.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dark Water clip


The BBC have release a new clip from Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 11, Dark Water - watch it in the player above. For more pics, clips and news from the Doctor Who Series 8 finale, click HERE.

The Day of the Doctor/The Time of the Doctor soundtrack

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Silva Screen have announced that a double CD featuring music from The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor will be released next month. Visit Silva Screen.com for more details. Check out the tracklisting below.

DISC ONE - THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR
1. I.M Foreman (1:10)
2. Will There be Cocktails? (0:40)
3. It’s Him (The Majestic Tale) (2:05)
4. He Was There (4:23)
5. No More (1:06)
6. The War Room (1:42)
7. Footprints In The Sand (1:43)
8. Who Are You (4:38)
9. England 1562 (1:03)
10. Nice Horse (1:43)
11. The Fez and the Portal (2:44)
12. Two Doctors (1:02)
13. Three Doctors (1:56)
14. Somewhere to Hide (1:50)
15. Rescue the Doctor (1:08)
16. 2.47 Billion (4:28)
17. Zygon In The Painting (1:35)
18. Man and Wife (1:33)
19. We Don’t Need To Land (2:27)
20. We Are The Doctors (0:49)
21. The Moment Has Come (3:06)
22. This Time There’s Three Of Us (The Majestic Tale) (7:03)
23. Song For Four / Home (3:41)

DISC TWO - THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR
1. The Message (1:16)
2. Handles (2:07)
3. The Dance Of the Naked Doctor (2:13)
4. You Saved It (0:57)
5. Papal Mainframe (0:45)
6. Tasha Lemm (1:07)
7. Bedroom Talk (1:49)
8. The Mission (0:54)
9. Christmas (2:27)
10. The Crack (5:24)
11. Rhapsody of War (0:52)
12. Back To Christmas (3:09)
13. Snow Over Trenzalore (Song For Four) (2:46)
14. Beginning Of The End (2:47)
15. This is How it Ends (3:07)
16. Never Tell Me The Rules (3:12)
17. Trenzalore / The Long Song / I Am Information (Reprise) (4:03)


Thanks to Silva Screen

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dark Water cast list

Included below is the cast list for Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 11, Dark Water. For more pics, clips and news from the Doctor Who Series 8 finale, click HERE.

The Doctor - Peter Capaldi
Clara - Jenna Coleman
Danny - Samuel Anderson
Missy - Michelle Gomez
Woman - Joan Blackham
Gran - Sheila Reid
Seb - Chris Addison
Dr Chang - Andrew Leung
Fleming - Bradley Ford
Boy - Antonio Bourouphael
Cyberman - Jeremiah Krage
Mr Armitage - Nigel Betts
Voice of the Cybermen - Nicholas Briggs

Dark Water airs Nov 1 on BBC One at 8.15pm


Mark Gatiss to speak at Galha LGBT Humanists Annual Lunch

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The celebrated actor and writer Mark Gatiss (Robot of Sherwood, Night Terrors, The Crimson Horror, amongst others) will be the special guest speaker at an event in London on 30 November celebrating Galha LGBT Humanists, a network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender humanists. Buy tickets HERE.

Gatiss, who is well known for writing for and acting in programmes like Doctor Who, Sherlock, and The League of Gentlemen, and is a firm favourite on both sides of the Atlantic, appearing in fan-pleasing recurring roles in shows like Game of Thrones and Being Human.

Mark has been a firm supporter of campaigns for LGBT rights, as well as humanist activism, over many years. At the Galha Annual Lunch, he will be talking with guests about his commitment to these issues, and toasting to another successful year for Galha, which brings together LGBT people for special events and promotes equality and diversity, particularly in respect of sexual orientation and identity matters.

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The lunch, which will be at Browns Covent Garden in central London, will see Mark honoured with the 2014 LGBT Humanists award, and will also feature a fundraising raffle. All profits will go directly to funding Galha’s activities.

Riccy Unwin, Chair of Galha LGBT Humanists, said: "Mark is a fantastic actor and writer, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him as the guest of honour at this year’s Annual Lunch. The Annual Lunch is always one of Galha’s most popular events, and this year is shaping up to be a very special occasion. Any fans of Mark’s who are curious about what we do and would like to come along are more than welcome to join us at Browns on 30 November."

AUDIO REVIEW: The Doctor's Tale


The Doctor’s Tale
by Marc Platt  
Starring: William Russell and Maureen O’Brien

Out Now

Review by Nick Fraser 

From its lyrical beginning, this Doctor Who adventure betrays its nature: classic Hartnell era educational/historical. Big Finish assemble the necessary ingredients: quality writing from Marc Platt; a strong ensemble cast led by William Russell and Maureen O’Brien; a wonderfully evocative soundscape; and all tightly directed by Ken Bentley – to deliver an entertaining tale of interregnal intrigue in late 14th century England.

The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki arrive at a significant moment in English history, the ripples caused by Henry Bolingbroke’s actions spreading across the country in the aftermath of his usurpation of the English throne. The whereabouts of the deposed Richard II are not widely known, with rumours of plot and counter-plot raising the temperature of an otherwise chilly winter.

The TARDIS travellers quickly establish a position of trust at Sonning Bishop’s Palace, the temporary but enforced residence for Richard’s queen, Isabella. The resourceful TARDIS crew develop relationships of friendship and trust with the Bishop and occupants of the palace, and the story takes time to build up believable friendships between Vicki and Isabella, Ian and Thomas de Wensley as fellow knights, and Barbara with Geoffrey Chaucer. 

William Russell
Meanwhile, The Doctor delights firstly in adopting the role of Lord of Misrule at the Bishop’s banquet, where he first encounters the formidable presence of Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury.  The Doctor then takes on the responsibility of tutor to the young Queen Isabella.  It’s not hard to imagine William Hartnell’s version thoroughly enjoying the variety offered by this story, ably demonstrated by William Russell’s excellent interpretation of the First Doctor.

Over the course of four episodes, The Doctor and his friends must negotiate their way through the febrile atmosphere wrought by Richard’s removal from power. Marc Platt avoids the clich├ęs of the good king unseated by the evil usurper, instead painting the protagonists in shades of grey.  Henry IV is not the villain of the piece: that’s reserved for Archbishop Thomas Arundel. Like all the best villains, it’s clear that Arundel doesn’t see himself as such, believing that his actions are necessary for the greater good, however questionable his beliefs may be.

Whilst well aware of the strictures of tampering with history, the TARDIS crew aren’t passive bystanders to events. Vicki aids Isabella in her escape from Sonning, Barbara and the Doctor decide to try and locate Geoffrey Chaucer, and there’s a shock for Ian when he discovers that chivalric friendships are not all they appear to be.

The tale offers a plausibly entertaining explanation for the strange departure from history of Geoffrey Chaucer, and it’s a beguiling thought that somewhere, in the background of one of the Canterbury Tales there might lurk a battered, wooden, blue box.

William Russell and Maureen O’Brien are dependably excellent, peeling away the decades to give life to a Doctor Who adventure that would sit comfortably alongside The Crusade. The supporting cast work well together and particular praise goes to Alice Haig as the spirited Queen Isabella, and John Banks as the manipulative sneerer-in-chief, Archbishop Arundel.

Another fantastic offering from Big Finish, well worth seeking out for a change of pace.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dark Water promo pics


BBC America has released promotional pictures from Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 11, Dark Water - click on the images included here for bigger versions. Featured in the pics are: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Michelle Gomez, Chris Addison and Andrew Leung. For more pics, clips and news from the Doctor Who Series 8 finale, click HERE.


Dark Water airs at 9pm, Nov 1 on BBC America

Thanks to BBC America

News Round-Up

With Doctor Who Series 8 coming to an end, 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 FINALE

IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT

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MUMMY ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

KILL THE MOON

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DVD and Bluray boxset details for UK
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