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Regular followers are probably aware that we here are at Sound on Sight are more than a little fond of an obscure British science fiction program that celebrated an anniversary of some kind last weekend. Anniversaries are always an excellent time to reflect upon and celebrate a show’s history and the lead up to last Saturday’s “The Day of the Doctor” saw the entire Whoniverse coming together to share their thoughts on everything from their favourite episodes, most beloved eras, and of course, “their” Doctor. I just love that a top ten list can be the beginning of a good conversation or a great fight, and I find that the most heat, and some of the best light, is generated when Whovians start talking about their favourite Companions. A Companion is more than just our surrogate, they’re a gateway and guide to the series who helps us »
- Derek Gladu
"The Day of the Doctor" is less than 24 hours a day and "Doctor Who" fans couldn't be more over the moon. Finally, David Tennant is returning. Finally, two of the most celebrated Doctors will share the screen. Finally, the waiting has come to an end.
There are lots of surprises promised for the special. Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) is back, John Hurt is playing a Doctor Whovians have never seen before, they're going to show the Time War on Gallifrey.
What about the things they haven't confirmed, though? Obviously there's that spoiler looming out there about a certain return. What else could be in store for the 50th anniversary episode, though?
The resident Whovians at Zapit have some ideas and have thrown them together into a wishlist. Take a look and let us know what special surprise you'd like to see in "The Day of the Doctor."
With Tennant and Billie Piper both returning, »
Sarah Jane Smith
Portrayed by: Elisabeth Sladen
Doctor(s): Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Tenth Doctor
Tenure: 20 stories (including her two appearances as a Companion in Nu Who- 18 without), from The Time Warrior (Dec, 1973) to The Hand of Fear (Oct, 1976)
Background: Sarah Jane is a journalist sneaking in to Unit with her virologist aunt’s credentials when she meets the Doctor. She’s eventually caught, but she leaves an impression and ends up replacing the recently-departed Jo as the Companion. After traveling with the Doctor, he drops her off in the wrong city, if not the wrong time, leaving her behind when faced with a summons to Gallifrey. Sarah runs into the Doctor again much later, allowing her to meet Rose and Mickey and get some much-needed closure.
Family/Friends: Sarah Jane’s family and friends are expanded upon tremendously in her recent spinoff series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, but »
- Kate Kulzick
When Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccelston left Doctor Who after only one season, he left behind a set of episodes that were a great reintroduction to the classic series but more than anything, they were a springboard for whoever was going to take over the iconic role next. David Tennant’s Tenth remains one of the most memorable and beloved Doctors in the show’s long history. Bolstered by a robust and often deeply moving performance by Tennant, this five year run produced some of the finest Doctor Who stories in the show’s 50 year run. Here are Ten’s ten best stories:
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Hettie MacDonald
Aired June 9th 2007
“Blink” introduces the Weeping Angels, one of the most terrifying villains in the Doctor Who universe. Breaking the show’s usual format, this story barely features the Doctor and his Companion at the time, Martha (Freema Agyeman »
Timelord Tom Baker recalls introducing jelly babies to the Doctor's diet, how the Daleks were darlings, and why his scarf kept getting longer
Tom Baker, the Doctor
I was an unhappy, out-of-work actor in 1974, working on a building site where they all took the mickey and called me Laurence Olivier. In desperation, I wrote to the BBC just as they were looking to replace Jon Pertwee, who was stepping down as Doctor Who. There were plenty of others in consideration, but when the team behind the programme saw The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, the Ray Harryhausen film in which I played the magician Koura, that was it.
I didn't consciously try to be different from Jon because I didn't know anything about the series. I was younger, of course – but, having been brought up a Catholic, the idea of disappearing and reappearing, of miraculous events, strange voices and all the »
Digital Spy readers named David Tennant as Doctor Who's greatest ever Doctor - now, with less than three weeks to go until the 50th anniversary, DS is embarking on a new quest... to list the top 10 Who stories of all time.
After paying heed to 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang', this week we've opted for another Tom Baker tale - the third greatest Doctor Who story of all time transports us to the battle-ravaged planet of Skaro, where a war between two races culminates in the creation of a scientific abomination...
3. Genesis Of The Daleks (1975) - Six episodes - written by Terry Nation
"Do I have the right?"
Yes, the giant clam is rubbish.
With that out of the way, let's get about appreciating everything that's amazing about 'Genesis of the Daleks' - without question, Terry Nation's best Doctor Who script and indeed one of the show's finest ever serials. »
Feature James Peaty 28 Oct 2013 - 06:44
Despite its undoubted behind-the-scenes pedigree, it would be fair to suggest that Russell T Davies and Phil Ford’s Wizards vs Aliens struggled to find its feet during its maiden series on Cbbc last year.
Weighed down by a far heavier expositional burden than the team’s previous effort, The Sarah Jane Adventures, ever had to contend with, it wasn’t until the final weeks of its first run that WvA truly seemed to find its feet and deliver satisfying and compelling stories in its own right.
However, despite the show finally managing to deliver on its obvious potential the question remained: would WvA’s second season be able to maintain that progress? While it’s too early to deliver a definitive answer, »
The Zygons only appeared in one episode of the classic series, but their look was so unique they continued to appear in the novels, audio plays and more. After an off-camera cameo in this season’s The Power of Three, they’ll be featured on the anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor.
Their original adventure, Terror of the Zygons, get the restoration treatment in this new DVD release. The episodes are in great shape, and includes a :director’s cut” of episode one, with a deleted scene, a rarity in the original series where nearly no waste was allowed. The adventures feature commentary by the series producer Phillip Hinchcliffe and the writer, Robert Banks Stewart. The subtitle option of the trivia track is an exhaustive repository of production factoids that almost guarantees you facts you didn’t know previously.
The extras on disk two are a delight – in addition »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Feature Patrick Sproull 21 Oct 2013 - 05:13
Patrick asks the significance of six intriguing moments from Doctor Who's 50th anniversary trailer...
Rumours materialized on the internet over the weekend that the BBC were due to release a trailer for the forthcoming and hotly-anticipated Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. The scuttlebutt was silenced with a tweet that went something like this.
Still, when the trailer arrived on Saturday night, there was lots to love. It was a celebration of the last 50 years, glued together with gorgeous SFX and topped off with some vivid colour added to the show’s monochromatic years. And it teased The Day Of The Doctor a treat.
You can watch the trailer here, and stroke your chin over six of its most interesting moments, below...
The policeman from the opening of An Unearthly Child
The trailer began with an image now so »
Pete May loved Doctor Who as a child, but his dad thought it was rubbish. So when he had his own children, he was intent on being the Time Lord-loving father he'd never had – and luckily, his daughters share his lifelong obsession
Never mind Sats or key stage four results. My prime duty as a father has been to instil in my daughters a love of Doctor Who. I was there during the wilderness years, playing my toddlers VHS videos of the Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Sylvester McCoy eras. Instructing them in Time Lord history and telling them that their mum is a distant cousin of Lalla Ward, who was once a companion and married to Tom Baker.
But all the time I was worrying about indoctrinating them in something that would get them laughed at by their peers. A programme that had been taken off air in 1989 and seemed doomed never to rematerialise. »
- Pete May
Over the summer I came across an article at the Mirror about Doctor Who’s location manager, Iwan Roberts. I put the link aside and never found the right time to post it — it’s worth a read if you’re a production dork, or if you want to learn about the places in Cardiff they use over and over again — but when I rechecked it again today, I saw something I missed the first time around (or perhaps it wasn’t there).
Smack in the middle of the article — in a sidebar sort of way, not actually related at all to the Roberts’ piece — is an incredible collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the classic series, none of which I had ever seen before. And I’m so familiar with the material that’s generally available that I was astonished to find a trove of “new” old stuff.
Here’s a sampling. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Review Andrew Blair 30 Sep 2013 - 08:15
Andrew checks out the DVD release of Tom Baker story Terror Of The Zygons...
This review contains spoilers.
It's aptly named, is Terror of the Zygons. Its opening episode is a slow-build towards one gloriously unexpected shock moment. Even now, when you know it's coming, it's a brilliant moment of jarring editing. A sudden reveal, a scream, a zoom into a shadowy monstrous face, cue credits. You don't quite have time to process it before its over.
That's after some enjoyably ripe Hammer horror scene-setting in the north-east of Scotland. Tales of ancient horror are spun to incredulous newcomers, and we occasionally cut away to ineffable alien eyes. Most formidable of all, of course, is Tom Baker. Here he's in prime unnerving form amidst a lot of competition. Perhaps there was a competition between him, Lillias Walker and Robert Russell. That would certainly explain a lot. »
Doctor Who fans, prepare to feel very, very old - it's 10 years to the day since the BBC announced that it planned to dust off its sci-fi classic and reinvent a much-loved series for a contemporary audience.
Of course, the man charged with revamping the show was writer Russell T Davies, then best known for penning Channel 4's Queer as Folk and ITV's The Second Coming - which, of course, starred a certain Mr Christopher Eccleston...
To mark a decade of 'nu-Who', Digital Spy brings you Rtd's Greatest Hits - his 10 finest moments and biggest contributions as showrunner...
"Nice to meet you, Rose - run for your life!"
"Why don't you just die?!"
Still reeling from a nightmarish 'Time War', »
Interview Cameron K McEwan 27 Aug 2013 - 06:46
I caught up with Doctor Who DVD documentary maker and BAFTA nominated director Chris Chapman to chat about his animated reconstruction of The Ice Warriors, which is now available on DVD (details here) and his career so far in the world of Who documentaries.
How did you get involved in the animation of the missing episodes of The Ice Warriors?
I've been a Doctor Who fan since I was a kid. And first I became a producer of documentaries and so I thought, 'Well, why aren't I making Doctor Who documentaries?' I got in touch with Dan Hall at the classic Doctor Who range and said, 'Please let me do Doctor Who documentaries,' and he said yes. And then I made Doctor Who documentaries, »
A creepy ventriloquist with a homunculus puppet, giant sewer rats and a fanatical, futuristic supervillain – it was a dream team that masterminded this adventure
The Talons Of Weng Chiang (February-April 1977)
Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the past 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at The Talons Of Weng Chiang. It contains spoilers both about the specific episode and the story as a whole.
"Elementary my dear Litefoot," says the Doctor, wearing a deerstalker, to a scientist with a distinctly Watson-ish quality, whose housekeeper is called Mrs Hudson, as the fog of Victorian London whirls outside.
But while the Sherlock Holmes nods are broad, that's only the tip of the inspirations mined by The Talons Of Weng-Chiang. There is the music-hall jollity, The Phantom Of The Opera, Fu Manchu and more, all wrapped up in grand and lavish ruse that is classically Doctor Who – genteel, »
- Dan Martin
We delve deep into Timelord society in a political thriller based loosely on The Manchurian Candidate
The Deadly Assassin: episode three (13 November 1976)
Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the past 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at part three of The Deadly Assassin. It contains spoilers both about the specific episode and the story as a whole.
The Deadly Assassin sits as curio in Who-lore, an accident of circumstances that conspired to turn out another classic. This is when we first delved deep into Timelord society, in a political thriller based vaguely on The Manchurian Candidate. And Timelord society proved to be less idyllic than many had thought. The Doctor is called back to Gallifrey in the midst of a Presidential handover, but on his journey he is horrified to witness a premonition of the President being murdered, and more horrified still to »
- Dan Martin
Mork And Mindy. The Fenn Street Gang. Robin's Nest. Just a sample of the many spin-off shows from successful parent television classics. If a particular character or characters prove popular enough, then they get the chance to take centre stage in a specially created show. Even Doctor Who has had its fair share of spin-offs in recent years. Captain Jack got to helm his own team in Torchwood. K9 got to trundle around some more in super-futuristic style. And of course, the great Elisabeth Sladen brought Sarah Jane Smith for a slew of adventures in the late Noughties.
It's been suggested that the latest Doctor Who caper could have functioned as the pilot for a new spin-off show. It concerns the detective machinations of what's known as The Paternoster Row gang, namely the recently introduced lesbian Silurian Madame Vastra, her feisty lover Jenny Flint and their comedy sidekick Sontaran Strax. »
Bookmakers and newspapers start guessing game but TV agent says only thing to expect is the unexpected
• Poll: who should be the next Doctor?
It is a debate that hasn't actually run for the entire 900-year span of the Time Lord's life, though it can sometimes feel that way: who should be the next incarnation of the Doctor, and is it time for a woman and/or a non-white actor?
The latest outbreak of speculation was sparked by the announcement that Matt Smith, who has held the Tardis keys for the past three years, will bow out with what the BBC described as a "spectacular exit", taking in a November episode marking the show's 50th anniversary, followed by a Christmas special.
- Peter Walker
Yeah, I’m gonna get political on your ass. Pop culture and politics; gasoline and fire.
I do not know which is worse: the self-victimization that we call being “politically correct” or the rampant naval-snorting of the cloistered elite. I do know there’s a book coming out this August called Doctor Who And Race, and it couldn’t be more full of shit if it had been printed on toilet paper.
Here’s the bird’s-eye lowdown on the book: a bunch of narcissistic holy-holy academicians got together to prove they are smarter than you are by writing a whole bunch of essays that definitively declare the 50-year old television phenomenon Doctor Who to be racist and, oh yeah, sexist.
What evidence do they offer? Their central point is that the lead character, the Doctor, is a white male and has remained that way despite many “regenerations.” To tell the truth, »
- Mike Gold
The Doctor literally holds the fate of the Daleks in his hands, in what has been voted the greatest story in Who history
Genesis of the Daleks: episode six (12 April 1975)
Spoiler Alert: We are discussing some of the Doctor Who adventures broadcast over the past 50 years. In this blog, we're looking at part six of Genesis of the Daleks. It contains spoilers both about the specific episode and the story as a whole.
The Doctor is about to commit genocide. Can he really bring himself to do it? In one climactic moment, a historic pivot point in 50 years of Doctor Who plays out not with explosions or creaking special effects, but the holding together of two wires and a poetic monologue.
Sensing that the Dalek menace is careering out of control, the Timelords have sent the Doctor back through the history of Skaro to avert the creation of the metal meanies in the first place. »
- Dan Martin
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