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6 items from 2015


Doctor Who: Downtime spin-off movie finally coming to DVD

20 October 2015 12:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The 1990s Doctor Who spin-off movie Downtime – starring Nicholas Courtney and Elisabeth Sladen - is finally getting a disc release…

Good news, everyone! The 1996 Doctor Who spin-off film Downtime is finally getting a DVD release. It’ll arrive on disc next month, on Monday the 16th of November, to be precise.

If you’re unfamiliar, this is a 70-minute story that brought back classic era Doctor Who characters including Nicholas Courtney’s Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane Smith, Deborah Watling’s Victoria Waterfield and Jack Watling’s Professor Edward Travers.

There’s just one catch, though – Downtime was made by Reeltime Pictures, not the BBC. Although regular Doctor Who director Christopher Barry called the shots, the BBC didn’t grant Downtime a licence to include the Doctor, or even reference him directly. Still, it has a soft spot in many fan’s hearts, not least for introducing Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, »

- rleane

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Don’t Miss Philip Hinchcliffe at the Fab Cafe on October 4th!

21 September 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

As you may have heard on recent podKasts, the man who helped make Tom Baker the Doctor comes to Manchester’s Fab CAFÉ on Sunday, October 4th! Fans are in for a treat with a rare chance to meet Doctor Who Producer Philip Hinchcliffe. Philip was part of the team that cast Tom Baker when he was...

The post Don’t Miss Philip Hinchcliffe at the Fab Cafe on October 4th! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

- Christian Cawley

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Doctor Who: River Song teaming with Paul McGann for Big Finish

29 June 2015 12:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Alex Kingston’s River Song will join Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor for a new audio adventure with Big Finish. Also, Churchill is back...

Exciting news here – the rumoured return for River Song to Doctor Who has been confirmed, but not in the way you might expect. Alex Kingston’s character won’t be teaming up with Peter Capaldi on TV, but instead joining Paul McGann in the audio world of Big Finish.

River will join the eighth Doctor, as well as his companions Liv (Nicola Walker) and Helen (Hattie Morahan) for Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2. Seeing as this Doctor hasn’t met River yet (David Tennant’s version, in Silence In The Library, was the first to meet her), River will have to help him without revealing too much about herself.

“The idea of River meeting previous Doctors was actually proposed by Steven Moffat,” producer David Richardson said. »

- rleane

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Doctor Who: Kate Stewart and Unit to headline audio series

10 February 2015 12:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jemma Redgrave will return as Kate Stewart for Big Finish’s audio Doctor Who spin-off Unit: Extinction…

Good news, Whovians – Kate Stewart is getting her own Big Finish audio series, we’ve learnt today. That’s right, the daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Head Of Scientific Research at the Unified Intelligence Taskforce is set to headline her own adventures.

These adventures will be dubbed Unit: Extinction and will see Jemma Redgrave return to the role that she has played several times on the small screen (most recently in the Doctor Who series 8 finale, Death In Heaven).

Since making her debut in The Power Of Three, otherwise a not-particularly-revered instalment, Redgrave’s Kate has become something of a fan favourite, thanks to her authoritative performance and the character’s links to Who lore. This combined with Big Finish's sterling reputation has our confidence levels nice and high.

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- rleane

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Doctor Who: Every Tom Baker/Hinchcliffe Era Story Ranked From Worst To Best

5 February 2015 7:34 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Running from 1975 to 1977, the Hinchcliffe era was a perfect and passionate storm, the result of visionary minds pushing against each other to create something they collectively believed in. It is largely because of this era that Doctor Who came to be an icon of science-fiction because it had created the icon of itself with the first three names you’d choose in their respective fields behind it. Actor Tom Baker, script editor Robert Holmes and of course, producer Philip Hinchcliffe.

As their first story, The Ark in Space, celebrates its fortieth birthday, it would be suitable to honour this golden age with a retrospective of all 16 stories. These stories sought to distance themselves from the outlandish action adventure stylings of the Pertwee years and focus on atmosphere through world building and good acting (which often was the case in this era).

These stories ended up being written as a family show… »

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10 Reasons Doctor Who Is Better Than Star Wars

5 January 2015 7:06 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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When the first Star Wars film was released in 1977, the Doctor Who production team were thrown for the proverbial loop. Producer Graham Williams, who had just taken over from Philip Hinchcliffe, looked at the ground-breaking effects in the film and was concerned his own programme might no longer be able to compete. The audience expectations of what constituted a convincing alien environment had changed massively thanks to the new techniques in the blockbuster film.

Although Star Wars came out during May 1977 in the United States, the theatrical release in the UK occurred in December, meaning that film goers were thrilling to the exploits of Luke Skywalker at roughly the same time the Doctor was battling an alien tax collector in The Sun Makers and was wandering around exceptionally dodgy tunnels in Underworld. By February 1978, matters had hardly improved with Sontarans wearing unusually poor masks invading Gallifrey in The Invasion of Time. »

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