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What would Doctor Who be without its music? I’ll tell you what: what life is without air, what trees are without leaves and what beautiful high school girls are without… uh, friends. Empty, less effective, useless and dull. It’s thanks to the musical magic of Mr. Murray Gold that the show can come to life in such a majestic fashion that’s helped it grow as the number one sci-fi TV show on the planet.
Without a doubt, the show would never have been brought back in 2005, and lasted, had it not been for Gold’s recreation of the infamous Doctor Who Theme that everyone had been longing to hear since the film in 1996. So let’s look back at the last nine years of Doctor Who, the revived era, and celebrate 10 of Murray Gold’s best tracks…
10. “The Stowaway”
First heard in Voyage of the Damned, it »
- Adam Smith
Not since Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park has the an amusement park been made the center of a thriller so perfectly. The return (and re-threatening) of a classic villain, a heck of a guest cast and a script by Neil Gaiman. Seems like a dream, but mix it all together and it’s a…
Nightmare In Silver
by Neil Gaiman
Directed by Stephen Woolfenden
After last week’s last-minute extortion, Clara’s charges Angie and Artie are granted a trip on the Tardis to Hedgewick’s World, the greatest amusement park ever. But hidden beneath it is a dangerous secret – A vast sleeping army of Cybermen, under repair and improvement for a thousand years…and they are ready to return.
Guest Star Report
- Vinnie Bartilucci
A quick review of tonight's "Doctor Who" coming up just as soon as we spend the night at Natty Longshoe's Comical Castle... The Neil Gaiman-scripted "The Doctor's Wife" was such a terrific episode, and such an unusual one, that I assumed he'd be playing the role of Steven Moffat from the Russell T. Davies era: parachuting in once a season to tell a story unlike anything the current showrunner might. "Nightmare in Silver," though, was a fairly conventional, if well-executed, outing. It brought back a familiar (albeit not quite as overused in the modern era as the Daleks) "Who" villain in »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Cybermen are back – and scary for the first time since the 60s, thanks to a whimsical but effective script from Neil Gaiman
Spoiler Alert: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching the new series of Doctor Who. Don't read ahead if you haven't seen episode 12 – Nightmare in Silver
Catch up with Dan Martin's episode 11 blog
"Technically upgraded warriors. We couldn't win. Sometimes we fought to a draw but then they'd upgrade themselves, fix the weaknesses and destroy us. It's hard to fight an enemy that uses your armies as spare parts."
As has been widely publicised, there was just one brief for Neil Gaiman's return to Doctor Who: make the Cybermen scary again. About time. Of all the revived enemies since the show returned in 2005, they're the ones whose return has fallen most flat. They've been portrayed as clunky, easily defeated and almost bumbling. »
- Dan Martin
Giant maggots and the Doctor dressed up as a milkman – what more could fans have asked for?
The Green Death: episode six (23 June 1973)
The one … with the maggots!
Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the last 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at part six of The The Green Death. It contains spoilers both about the specific episode and the story as a whole.
Maggots define The Green Death, but the main reason for its place in the canon is the departure of beloved companion Jo Grant. Off she goes, into the Amazon in search of protein-rich fungi with her new Welsh eco-warrior fiance. The Doctor's anguish lies in everything he doesn't say. Not until he hologrammed up to Rose Tyler on Bad Wolf Bay would the Doctor ever appear more heartbroken. That exit, driving off forlornly in Bessie as Jo and her »
- Dan Martin
Gated communities are usually met with some suspicion and mistrust – in this case it’s rightly founded. Something is wrong in Sweetville, and The Doctor is red in the face about it. A bunch of friends reappear to help combat…
The Crimson Horror
by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Saul Metzstein
People are turning up dead in the canal in Victorian Yorkshire, their bodies in varied states of petrifaction and their skin a lobster red. Madame Vastra and Jenny are asked to investigate, and when they realize that The Doctor is somehow involved, they hurry to investigate. A woman is establishing her own ark on dry land, planning to survive the next torrent, not of rain, but of poison.
Mark Gatiss balances comedy and horror with a deft hand, being given the reins on the investigating Silurian and her companions. This may be the closest we ever get to a completely solo Vastra and Jenny adventure, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Wizards vs Aliens is to make its Us premiere on cable channel The Hub.
The show's opening two-parter 'Dawn of the Nekross' will air as a double-bill from 7pm, with new episodes then following weekly each Saturday at 7.30pm.
Teaming with his geeky best friend Benny Sherwood (Percelle Ascott), Tom must protect Earth from the sinister alien Nekross.
A second series has already been commissioned and will air on Cbbc in the UK in late 2013.
> Wizards vs Aliens Percelle Ascott Q&A: "The whole family can watch"
Watch a trailer for Wizards vs Aliens below: »
Doctor Who turns 50 on November 23rd 2013 (at 5:15Pm to be precise). Right now many fans are upset about how little is being done to mark the occasion. This article hopes to lift this shroud of sorrow that the upset Whovians live in so the light of Moffat’s genius can pour in and brighten things up.
There’s plenty reason to be hyped about the occasion. Maybe people are unaware of the special events that are underway already to celebrate everything that is Who on his half-century? With this article I hope to help all that.
Here’s ten reasons to be excited about the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who…
10. In Moffat We Trust
- Adam Smith
The Him & Her star told The Independent he was relieved not to get the part in the BBC sci-fi series.
He said: "It would have terrified me. I don't know what I would have done with all the attention."
Russell, 31, had appeared in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas Special and was thrown into the series spotlight when producer Russell T Davies blogged that he thought the actor would be an ideal replacement for David Tennant.
The Being Human star told The Independent: "Russell texted me to say, 'Look, I've said this quote about how you should be the next Doctor Who, so if it goes a bit crazy...' And I was, 'Oh, that's fine...', and then suddenly it just went everywhere: people messaging me from my childhood and lots of remarks like, »
Feature Cameron K McEwan 26 Apr 2013 - 07:00
Cameron sings the praises of twenty-five classic and modern Doctor Who adventures that deserve more love. See what made the cut below...
Doctor Who fans can be an odd bunch at times (and by that I mean all the time), what's gold to one is dross to another. And when you think everyone is agreed on a genuine stinker (Timelash, for example), you'll find it has admirers in abundance. But what's here are some of the stories that, for whatever reason, get overlooked, underseen and, perhaps, undervalued - in no particular order.
Two-parters often get forgotten about (in classic Doctor Who at any rate) and this Peter Davison story, whilst perhaps best known to Who fans for a famous blooper featuring a horse, has some tremendous imagery and beautiful location shooting. Best of all is the villain of the piece, The Malus, »
The Torchwood actor recently admitted that he is "really upset" about being left out of the celebratory episode.
However, he told The TV Addict: "John Barrowman is disappointed... but I totally understand.
"I remember [former Who showrunner] Russell T Davies saying something to a fan once - the fan was saying, 'You should bring back the Brigadier and you should bring back Leela and you should bring back all these different characters'.
"Russell said, 'No, it's not appropriate sometimes. It's not always about the uber-fan... it's about the viewer and the new audience who are watching'."
Barrowman originally hinted that he was in talks to reprise his Who role of Captain Jack Harkness for November's 50th special, claiming that he was "discussing things" with the BBC.
However, the actor later played down rumours of a return, »
Review Simon Brew 20 Apr 2013 - 19:27
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
"It's 1974. You're the assistant".
While the internet bubbles with a generous dose of negativity towards the current run of Doctor Who, the show itself continues to get on with the job, and also continues, for our money at least, to impress. That's with the caveat this week that we could have lived without the last two minutes or so of Neil Cross' otherwise really impressive Hide. So if it's okay with you, we'll get that ending out of the way first, as there's nerd gold to explore after that.
In days of old on Doctor Who, the Tardis would have dematerialised and things would have finished once the foe of the episode had apparently been defeated. »
Now that gay people have won the right to marry along with other freedoms, it's time we reclaimed all of culture for ourselves
A recent piece in The Huffington Post described Grindr as an example of "gay culture". For those unfamiliar with modern gay dating rituals, Grindr is an app which enables men to track the locations of potential sexual partners. First launched in 2009, it now claims to have four million users worldwide. In fact, so successful has Grindr been that it recently spawned a lesbian version, called FindHrr.
Is this what passes for gay culture these days? An app which offers the quickest, easiest way to arrange sexual hook-ups? If Grindr really is an example of »
- Paul Burston
It’s 1983, and global tensions are running high. A Russian nuclear submarine running drills at the North Pole discovers a curious object in the ice. The scientist on board, Professor Grisenko (David Warner, of Star Trek VI fame), thinks it’s a mammoth and wants to take it back to Moscow, but an overly eager crewman takes a blowtorch to the ice block and releases something far more deadly, and alien, than a mammoth. As the creature runs amok, the Doctor and Clara, on their way to Las Vegas, arrive just in time for the sub to begin sinking and for the true nature of the menace to be revealed. Much to the Doctor’s horror, he knows the alien – the Ice Warrior Grand Marshal Skaldak (voiced by Dalek voice expert Nicholas Briggs) – by the Marshal’s reputation, and it isn’t a friendly one. Now the Doctor must save the sub, »
- Tony Whitt
The first proper space adventure is a momentous occasion for any "Doctor Who" companion, and Clara's request that the Doctor show her "something awesome" paid off in a mostly delightful fashion in "The Rings of Akhaten."
After last week's somewhat bumpy third introduction to new co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman, this week's installment wasted little time sending the Doctor and Clara off on a life-or-death escapade in a far flung section of the universe. We also learned a bit more about Clara, the Doctor's obsession with her and that leaf Clara referred to as "page one."
This was the first "Who" episode written by "Luther" creator Neil Cross and above all showcased a childlike sense of wonder that may have seemed unexpected coming from a man known for dark detective drama. (It's a little less unexpected if you consider Cross' work as a co-writer on the recent Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film "Mama, »
Feature Cameron K McEwan 5 Apr 2013 - 07:00
Over the years, Doctor Who has suffered from what is commonly known as "Sos" or "Season Opener Syndrome". There's been some stinkers like Destiny of the Daleks, Attack of the Cybermen and Arc of Infinity and some mundane instalments such as New Earth, Robot and The Dominators. But there are some genuinely good ones out there too - some damn good ones. So here's ten of the best season openers over the last forty-nine and a bit years of Doctor Who.
10. Partners In Crime (2008)
Despite the levity of the episode, and we're talking about the Adipose here, this Russell T. Davies beauty managed a couple of mean feats. Firstly, he re-introduced us all to the mighty Donna Noble again (The Doctor and Donna's meeting through the windows »
Birthday shoutouts go to Christopher Meloni (above), who is 52, Michael Fassbender is 36, and Emmylou Harris is 66. Italian Scientist: Vaccinations Cause Homosexuality . Remember the video I posted yesterday of the child street preacher? Here's more info on his indoctrination.Michael Reagan on marriage-equality: "There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships and the unconstitutionality of any law based on morality. Think about polygamy, bestiality, and perhaps even murder."In ratings news, The Following scored a season lowEllen announces the Finding Nemo sequel.
Anderson, Julianne Moore and a sloth.
EW.com has the details on Chris Colfer and the second Land Of Stories book, The Enchantress Returns, which will be out August 6th.
The Top Ten hottest Doctor Who companions.
Introducing our new feature - The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we're going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We'll be showcasing the big names, »
Review Simon Brew 3 Apr 2013 - 07:00
If you remember the journey that Russell T Davies took Rose Tyler on back in the first series of the revived Doctor Who in 2005, you might find a parallel or two in The Rings Of Akhaten. Here, the Doctor asks his latest travelling companion, Clara, where she'd like to go. Her answer? She wants to go somewhere awesome, and with a bit of a nod to The End Of The World (as well as one or two other episodes from Rtd-era Who), the Tardis lands her in front of quite a spectacle, one that lends the episode its name.
Spectacle is a good word to describe this one, as it happens. It's sadly ironic that in the week after it's »
The New Normal wraps its first season tonight.
As The Esquire Network continues filling out its schedule, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the channel has picked up Burn Notice and Psych along with a travel series following photjournalist Matt Hranek.
The Carrie Diaries producer Amy B. Harris teases the finale to The Hollywood Reporter and says that a Sex and the City character will be introduced — but not seen — in next week's finale... and it's not the SatC character who appears in the book.
This week CNN will be airing less repeats of Anderson Cooper 360 to make room for a panel show called The Point. The panel will include Donny Deutsch, Margaret Hoover and... I lost interest before I could finish checking if I was recording anything else at the time.
Buzzfeed has estimated how many waffles Leslie Knope eats if she spends over a thousand dollars a year on waffles. »
Feature Andrew Blair 2 Apr 2013 - 08:30
Andrew offers up ten screenwriting names on our wishlist for appearing on the front of future Doctor Who scripts...
Gone are the days where you could send a letter to Peter Darvill-Evans and write a New Adventure. Big Finish will occasionally hold a writing competition, but for most of the time your examination of what it truly means to be an Ogri will be returned unopened. Fan-fiction will never surpass the heights of Ben Chatham's adventures (apart from all the many times it will), and so it came to pass that Doctor Who writing became something of a closed world. The positives of this outweigh the negatives.
To get a job writing for televisual Doctor Who, you have to be an experienced pro with television experience who can turn in a script on time, not minding that their work might be tampered with by »
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