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Out Now – The Essential Doctor Who: Davros and Other Villains

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Panini’s lavish series of bookazines – The Essential Doctor Who – continues with a 116-page issue devoted to Davros and Doctor Who’s other notorious villains. Davros and Other Villains includes exclusive interviews with Davros actors Terry Molloy and David Gooderson, Andy Wisher (son of original Davros actor Michael Wisher), Peter Miles (Nyder in Genesis of...

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Davros Speaks: The David Gooderson Interview

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Destiny of the Daleks

Davros and the Daleks made an unexpected and spectacular return to Doctor Who in the Autumn of 1979. In Destiny of the Daleks, Terry Nation’s notorious pepper pots set out on a mission to rescue their malevolent creator – Davros. The mutated scientist had only appeared onscreen once before – in the 1975 classic Genesis of the Daleks. Michael Wisher took on the role of Davros for his debut story but he was otherwise engaged when filming began for the Destiny of the Daleks. Debutant director Ken Grieve found the perfect replacement for Wisher in the form of David Gooderson. Like so many of the stars of his generation, Gooderson had burst onto the acting scene as a member of the Cambridge footlights. Over 30 years later, the multi-talented actor, writer and director still has fond memories of the show.

Were you familiar with Davros when you were cast in the role?
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Myth Makers: Tom Baker & Anthony Ainley on DVD

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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,...

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Doctor Who: casting call for film of Tom Baker's life

The Letter, about the early life of Tom Baker, is heading for production soon. Here are some details...

Comfortably one of the funniest autobiographies we've ever had the pleasure is Tom Baker's Who On Earth Is Tom Baker?, which we talked about in the Den Of Geek Book Club (which is a thing), right here.

Now, however, news has reached us, via The Digital Fix, that there's a one-off drama heading to our screens that tells the story of Tom Baker's early life. A casting call for a project called The Letter has appeared online, with the focus on "how a chance letter to the BBC when working as a builder's labourer lead to him becoming the most iconic Doctor Who".

The following roles, lists the casting call, are all required for a single day of filming. Given that contracts are on a "deferred profit share" basis and
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Reviewed: Doctor Who Figurine Collection – Part 2 Davros

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Davros, one of Doctor Who‘s most enigmatic villains, makes an early appearance in this figurine range. Though initially disappointed that it’s the version from the David Tennant adventure Journey’s End (I’m not dissing Julian Bleach’s performance, it’s just I prefer the design of Michael Wisher’s Davros from Genesis Of The Daleks) this is a great

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Doctor Who: 50 great scary moments

Feature Andrew Blair 22 Nov 2013 - 06:43

Andrew counts down Doctor Who's 50 scariest moments, feat. Daleks, Cybermen, and Nicholas Parsons...

Doctor Who exists to scare children. It introduces them to Horror in a way that can prepare them for the increased intensity and gore of adult films, while its limited budget and family viewing constraints also mean it has to get under your skin in more creative ways. This list is not intended as anything remotely definitive, more a collection of fifty scary moments, scenes, and ideas that the show has given us over the years. There are obviously hundreds more out there, and a Comments Thread waiting for your suggestions. We begin at the beginning, but not necessarily in that order.

1. The first Tardis journey

Following an unsettling twenty-five minutes of investigation, torture and kidnap, our favourite family show was born. The Doctor decides schoolteachers Ian and Barbara have
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'Doctor Who' top 10 best stories: 3 - 'Genesis of the Daleks'

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.
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Doctor Who: 10 best Dalek stories

Top 10 Andrew Blair 13 Sep 2013 - 06:48

Andrew counts down Doctor Who's top 10 Dalek stories, from Invasion Earth to The Power of the Daleks...

A cosmos without the Daleks scarcely bears thinking about.

Without the mutated remnants of the seemingly indestructible planet Skaro, we don't know if Doctor Who would have survived. If Terry Nation had dreamt up the Voord to menace Barbara in the series fifth episode, Den of Geek may well be paying tribute to Doctor Who as an obscure cult concern, cherished by a few but forgotten by many. Instead, we do things like this.

This list is not limited to the television series, because Doctor Who isn't limited to the television series. And hey, why not use our Comments Section to add your own list or express disbelief that I've not included Evil of the Daleks in mine?

10. Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.

There's something eternally
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Doctor Who: Why The Casting Of The 12th Doctor Shouldn’t Be A Deal-Breaker

In a matter of hours, the identity of the Twelfth Doctor will be revealed. In a live programme broadcast on BBC1 at 7Pm, the actor newly cast in British television’s most iconic role (who BBC employees currently refer to as ‘Houdini’) will make his/her first public appearance as the face of Doctor Who and undoubtedly cause internet forums and fansites to crash. Debate around the identity of the new Time Lord is fierce with The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi currently being the bookies’ favourite to take control of the Tardis.

But even though Capaldi’s casting is currently nothing but a rumour, some fans have come out of the woodwork on social networking sites and forums saying that they will stop watching the programme if he is the new Doctor. Partly because of the belief that he doesn’t suit the role (even though we have

Genesis of the Daleks: Doctor Who classic episode #7

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.
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The Doctor Who Column: Rules for guest actors

Time's a healer, so they say. Well whoever “they” are, “they” must have got their facts wrong, since time is anything but a benign presence. Time brings two spectres of evil: Old age, with its saggy, wrinkly skin, creaking bones and chilblains. And of course, death. It's inevitable of course, but that still doesn't make a loss of life any easier for that person's friends and family.

Between them, Halliday, Chinnery and Madoc have graced many iconic TV programmes for the past 50 years, whether it's A For Andromeda, The Champions, The Avengers, The Goodies or Casualty. They were the sort of actors who turn up in these programmes and you'd go “Oh yeah, it's that guy again...” So of course, it's no real surprise that their CVs contained Doctor Who. I actually read an obituary for Madoc the other day which snootily said something along the lines of 'Madoc appeared
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Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons - DVD Review

Terror of the Autons marked the debut of the Doctor.s archenemy the Master and a return of some plastic enemies. Not only that but he also got a new companion in the shapely form of Jo Grant. The Master (Roger Delgado), an old enemy of the Doctor (Jon Pertwee), arrives on Earth at a circus run by a man named Rossini (John Baskcomb) and steals a dormant Nestene energy unit from a museum. He reactivates it using a radio telescope and uses his hypnotic abilities to take control of a small plastics firm run by the Rex Farrel (Michael Wisher), where he organizes the production of deadly Auton dolls, chairs and daffodils. Now as plastic items develop
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Doctor Who complete reviews: Resurrection Of The Daleks

Way back when in 1984, The Official Doctor Who Magazine (yes, it really was called that) ran a poll to find the best story of season 21. Given all the plaudits and platitudes heaped upon it, you'd expect The Caves Of Androzani to have taken the top spot. In actual fact, at numero uno was...

Resurrection Of The Daleks!

Now there's a surprise, especially when you consider how Resurrection has fallen so far from grace. These days, Resurrection would be lucky to scoop the fourth spot, and it's only the follies of Warriors Of The Deep and The Twin Dilemma that save it from being the official season 21 turkey.

So what went wrong? When did the coins fall from the eyes, so to speak? After all, in theory, Resurrection has an awful lot going for it. Eric Saward's back behind the word processor, after his previous offering Earthshock was released to great acclaim.
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Cybermen for DVD

The British Board of Film Classification has cleared a trailer for a forthcoming double DVD release of Revenge of the Cybermen and Silver Nemesis.

Revenge of the Cybermen is a fourth Doctor story first shown in 1975. As well as Tom Baker it stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith and Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan. Written by Gerry Davis, the co-creator of the Cybermen, and Robert Holmes, the story is set on Nerva Beacon and on Voga the fabled planet of gold. It was the first story for the Cybermen since they appeared in the 1968 second Doctor story The Invasion and their last until Earthshock in 1982. Other cast members include Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Christopher Robbie, Jeremy Wilkin, William Marlowe, Michael Wisher, Kevin Stoney and David Collings. This story was the first Doctor Who story to be released on VHS in October 1983 with a retail price of £39.99.

Silver Nemesis was a seventh Doctor story,
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Spoilers: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner At The Tardis?

The story contains Major Spoilers for the upcoming season finale of "Doctor Who." It also contains material considered to be Rumor which has yet to be confirmed by the studio. As The Doctor and Donna Noble take on the intergalactic code of laws known as the Shadow Proclamation, t seems that an old enemy is coming back. And he isn't the Emperor. Instead, it's Davros, the Skaros native probably best known for creating the Dalek race. Digital Spy is reporting that Julian Bleach will take on the role that has, in the past, been played by the likes of Michael Wisher, David Gooderson and Terry Molloy. This isn't Bleach's first venture into the Whoniverse. He also played the ringmaster in the "Torchwood" episode "From Out of the Rain." There have been rumors about a return of Davros for ...
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