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From Autons to tribophysics via Kronkburgers, here's a pick of the best nerdy in-jokes and references from the 2005 series of Doctor Who...
Ten years ago, the world was about to be re-introduced to one of the most enduring and exciting television characters of all time, Doctor Who. The programme's new 2005 sheen brought with it a cheeky self-referential side (though it did do a bit of that in the 80s) and a knowingly raised pop culture eyebrow. From films such as E.T. to Barbarella to Star Trek to modern literature (The Lovely Bones) and icons (Michael Jackson) - everything was in the Time Lord’s gaze.
Most obviously, this opener saw the return of the »
Oceanstorm Films is getting set to produce another horror title. The film is called The Candy House. To be shot in Vancouver, B.C., this terrifying tale follows Josh and Allison. They experience an accident. And, an old woman, in an isolated house, promises to help. But first, they must make a sacrifice! The Candy House will star Ian Whyte (Prometheus), Sylvester McCoy and Jon Campling. Fans of horror can preview the film's concept poster here. The concept poster pays homage to an ancient German fairy tale. Little Red Riding hood appears to haunt the forest. With the tagline promising wolves: "in the battle between good and evil the wolf that triumphs in all of us - is the one we feed the most." Though, the film's storyline and title pay homage to another tale, "Hansel and Gretel." More will be revealed on this title as the film begins production, »
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Orlando Bloom adores his fans!
Watch: Eddie Redmayne Hilariously Reenacts His Failed 'Hobbit' Audition
The ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage.
The film also stars Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, John Bell, Manu Bennett and John Tui.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is out on »
“Everybody lives!” cried Christopher Eccleston at the end of The Doctor Dances. And Whovians across the globe understood the significance, for usually the world’s favourite Time Lord is up to his thousand year old neck in death.
Barely a week goes by on Doctor Who without an extermination by a Dalek, a deletion by a Cyberman, or a… erm, hug from a Magma Creature. But the morbid truth is that the show wouldn’t be half as entertaining if people didn’t get gobbled up by monsters or burnt to a crisp by robots all the time. Producers have frequently tended towards the macabre and the more elaborate deaths, the better!
Saturday teatimes on BBC One play host to the most violent acts, chilling in their execution or simply hilarious due to the series’ legendary budgetary constraints. It’s not unknown for the Tardis’ benevolent pilot to take perverse pleasure in a demise, »
- Steve Palace
Who-ray for Hollywood! Today’s news blast will be running at 24 frames per second; complete with IMAX sound and a small child kicking the back of your seat. Yes, the Doctors are going to the movies! First up, Sylvester McCoy will star in Journey Bound – the prequel to Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey where...
The post Time Lord Movie Roles News Blast appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Andrew Reynolds
Pre-YouTube, fandom was a hard-earned thing. It took research, dedication and enough patience to hover over the family video player’s ‘record’ button for an entire episode of TV-am in anticipation of six minutes with Sylvester McCoy. Six minutes in which the Seventh Doctor would be polled if he was a cat or dog person and then asked to taste a lemon roulade.
Scarcity bred desire in those days, so we took what we could get from our heroes of yore, even if that meant watching Hammer Horror legend Ingrid Pitt make a chocolate mousse, or the aforementioned McCoy attempt to answer fan questions above the hubbub of a Nottingham swimming pool complex. The collision of geek icons and UK daytime magazine shows was sometimes illuminating, sometimes excruciating, »
This BBC audience reaction report was one of the first nails in Doctor Who's coffin in the late eighties…
“Not for publication” is printed at the top of the 1988 audience reaction report for Doctor Who’s 24th season. It’s there for the purposes of BBC confidentiality, but could equally be a pain-saving instruction to save Sylvester McCoy fans the distress of reading the show’s three-page death sentence.
Because this report is painful stuff. Compiled in February 1988 after the broadcast of McCoy’s first four serials as the Doctor (from Time And The Rani to Dragonfire), it doesn’t mince its words in describing audience apathy and antipathy towards late-eighties Doctor Who. Looking back with the knowledge that the wilderness years were around the corner, each unimpressed audience response and scathing comment feels like another nail being hammered into classic Who’s coffin.
To begin with, the numbers weren’t good. »
The third and final Hobbit film is just around the corner from its home video debut as Warner Home Video has announced The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release date is March 24, 2015. The Digital HD version will not arrive earlier than its disc-based companion versions.
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was a worldwide sensation when it released theatrically this past December to wrap up The Hobbit film series and simultaneously complete Jackson's six-film Middle-earth series. The film has earned over $951 million at the worldwide box office and is making a final push toward crossing the $1 billion mark.
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Comprising the world renowned ensemble cast are Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, »
The finale in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, hit theaters just in time for the holidays and now Warner Bros. has announced it's coming to blu-ray in March so fans can re-live the action as many times as they want. Come inside to see when you can bring the film home, and what special features it's coming with.
If you can't wait for the upcoming Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (which we all know is coming), then you're in luck, as Warner Bros. has announced you can take home the theatrical blu-ray on March 24th. Check out all the details according to their press release:
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, »
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The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on March 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, »
Back in the mid-eighties an actor who played "Third Assistant" in a Doctor Who story called The Savages (1966) and the director of another Doctor Who adventure, The Underwater Menace (1967), came together to create one of the BBC’s most successful television shows.
And when they got together, it was murder. Well, not quite. (Though the first episode did feature a victim who would later die, fact fans.) But what they did create was Eastenders.
Broadcast on February the 19th 1985 (in between episodes one and two of The Two Doctors), this creation of Who alumni would go on to share numerous links with the long-running science-fiction for years to come. Even its time-slot owes much to the adventures of everyone’s favourite Gallifreyan.
In an interview in »
All the way in 1984, an independent VHS company, Reeltime Pictures began releasing interviews with some of the people who made Doctor Who. It began with Michael Wisher, who appeared in various serials but is most notable as Davros in Genesis of the Daleks, and the range further expanded to include stars like Michael Craze, Sylvester McCoy,...
- Philip Bates
As the Doctor in charge when the original run of Doctor Who ended, Sylvester McCoy’s era as the Doctor often – rather unfairly – gets a bad wrap from fans. The popular consensus is that it was a pale imitation of the once great show and therefore sadly deserving of its eventual cancellation.
It may not be as accomplished and as consistent as, say, the Third and Fourth Doctors’ tenures but, despite what’s generally thought, the Seventh Doctor’s stories are some of the freshest, most imaginative Doctor Who adventures there had been for years.
It might have had a rocky start (more on that later) but in the end it was a crying shame that the series ended at this time and Doctor Who fans can still be grateful for the the fact that this era gave us a great Doctor (if you don’t believe us, just »
- Christian Bone
A chilly January day in Slough found your correspondent heading to Big Finish Day, the latest of the audio producers’ popular one day events. In no particular order, here goes with all the news from the day… Sylvester McCoy got down to the last two for the role of Bilbo in The Lord of the...
The post What We Learned At Big Finish Day 6 appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Jonathan Appleton
Something very exciting is coming from Big Finish. Bernice Summerfield, archaeologist from the 27th Century, is about to face one of the Doctor’s old enemies: Sutekh the Destroyer! The second boxset in The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield, The Triumph of Sutekh features Lisa Bowerman alongside Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor, and Sophie Aldred as Ace. And Gabriel Woolf...
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- Philip Bates
The epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – and his Middle-earth series – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has become just the second film of 2014 to cross $800 million at the global box office, with the fantasy epic pushing its global haul to $803.1 million this past weekend.
The Battle of the Five Armies remains the lowest-grossing instalment of the Middle-earth franchise behind The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($869.3 million), and is the second-biggest movie of last year after Transformers: Age of Extinction, which sits on $1.087 billion.
See Also: Read our reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here and here
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies features a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, »
- Gary Collinson
Sunday, June 21st 2015, the BayPromoTeam – a group of vounteers from the Herne Bay community – are bringing you Sci-Fi by the Sea 3 (the “SeaQuel”!) This looks to be a great family event on the North coast of Kent boasting an array of props, events and celebrities including Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy and...
The post The Seventh Doctor & Ace At Herne Bay’s Sci-Fi by the Sea! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- James Lomond
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy came about in the second to last season of Classic Doctor Who, the period during which Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor moved from clownish buffoon to something altogether darker. The hint at his centuries long war against the Gods of Ragnarok, the idea that he might just be manipulating events to his own ends and the darker, more callous side of his character all started to emerge properly after a first season spent clowning around, playing the spoons and trying to erase the memory of his sixth incarnation’s more troubled persona.
But try as they might, this “light” approach only worsened the series troubles and so as McCoy’s tenure continued, the production team attempted to put some of the “mystery” back into the Doctor. That they managed to come close, given the production nightmares of the time, was nothing short of a miracle. »
- Russell McLean
Often one of the most maligned incarnations of the Doctor, Sylvester McCoy’s portrayal of the Seventh Doctor is one that’s hotly debated amongst fans. Many complain that the Seventh Doctor is annoying, uninteresting, and over the top – the natural successor to the similarly disliked Sixth Doctor.
However, if viewed from the right angle, and with enough insight, it’s possible to see that, actually, he may well be one of the best and most well-rounded interpretations of the role to date, one who is somewhat more akin to the more recent Doctors than fans may yet realise.
The Doctor, throughout his 50 years on screen, has had many different personalities, faces, and eccentricities – his seventh incarnation gave rise to many such eccentricities (a Scottish brogue, playing the spoons, rrrrrolling his R’s), several of which fans would sooner forget, but McCoy has won over a small faction of »
- Christie D. Inman-Hall
Coming in March, there’s a rare chance for convention goers in the USA to see no less than three Doctors at one event when (Re)Generation Who hits Maryland. Appearing in person on the weekend of March 27-29 2015 will be Doctors six and seven, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. In a neat, very twenty-first century solution to...
- Jonathan Appleton
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