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British character actor and stunt arranger Barry Jackson has died today, aged 75. Best known for his recurring role in Midsomer Murders from 1997–2011, Jackson also had several Doctor Who roles, most notably as dodgy geezer Time Lord Drax in The Armageddon Factor back in 1979. Appearing in The Romans in 1965 as assassin Ascaris and
- Christian Cawley
Actor best known for playing the pathologist George Bullard in Midsomer Murders
The actor Barry Jackson, who has died aged 75, was a staple of British television for more than 50 years but it was not until he was in his 60s that he earned a degree of stardom, thanks to his portrayal of the pathologist Dr George Bullard in 76 episodes (1997-2011) of the popular mystery series Midsomer Murders.
Bullard, the friend of local inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), is called in whenever a murder victim is found, which happens in each feature-length episode. "It's always good when I get more to say than 'He died at 11pm'," Jackson remarked. "I try to be as real as possible, though I call the show pantomime crime, not true crime. That's its appeal – everyone gets bludgeoned to death but there's something quite old-fashioned and harmless about it."
From the plots of Midsomer Murders, you »
- Ronald Bergan
News Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 05:55
The BBC has released some pictures from the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time Of The Doctor...
Is that a Cyberman's head in Matt Smith's hand, or is he just pleased to see you? The BBC has released the promotional posters and a few images from this Christmas' Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time Of The Doctor. And as was already hinted by the brief preview that played after the transmission of The Day Of The Doctor, there are a fair few monsters coming to bid Matt Smith farewell.
Here are the two takes on the poster first...
And there here are a few shots from the episode. Poor Clara will catch her death. Can someone lend her Tom Baker's scarf?
The Time Of The Doctor will be screened in December 25th at 7.30pm on BBC One. The Day of The Doctor, »
As shown in Mark Gatiss’ excellent An Adventure in Space and Time, Waris Hussein was an invaluable part of Sydney Newman’s “misfit dream team” in the early days of creating Doctor Who. The young Indian director, who was barely 25 at the time, oversaw the production of Doctor Who’s very first story in 1963 and
- Drew Boynton
The first trailer for BBC period drama Death Comes to Pemberley has been released.
The three-part drama centres around a murder mystery plot that takes place after the events of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Doctor Who, Sherlock: BBC One unveils Christmas, New Year listings
The period drama will air on BBC One across three consecutive nights over the Christmas and New Year period, beginning on Boxing Day at 8.15pm.
Death Comes to Pemberley will air on PBS in the Us but a »
There was always a risk that ‘The Day of the Doctor’, a special episode celebrating a 50 year old sci-fi show with an inordinately complex history, would devolve into nostalgic navel-gazing. But writer Steven Moffat managed to avoid it becoming too self-referential whilst still working in enough elements of the show’s past to keep hardcore Whovians happy.
However, Moffat seemed to miss a number of prime spots for a craftily-inserted reference that wouldn’t have distracted from the main story and may even have enhanced the mythos. They wouldn’t have required much extra effort behind-the-scenes, nor would they have disrupted continuity.
Here’s what I think was missed…
5. Not Using The Shape-Shifting Zygons To Sneak In Some Cameos
What was top of every ‘Doctor Who’ fanboy/girl’s wishlist for the anniversary special? That’s right – gratuitous cameos!
When I heard that the Zygons would be making a substantial appearance in the episode, »
- Mat Greenfield
Picking what to watch at Christmas time can be a tricky challenge, so Digital Spy has created a quick handy guide to the biggest shows and movies airing across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Check out the Christmas TV schedules for the big channels below:
EastEnders - 7.30pm
Holby City - 8pm
Last Tango In Halifax - 9pm
Not Going Out Christmas special - 10pm
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - 5pm
Call The Midwife - 6.15pm
Doctor Who: 'The Time Of The Doctor' - 7.30pm
EastEnders - 8.30pm
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special - 9.30pm
Gangsta Granny - 6.05pm
EastEnders - 7.15pm
Still Open All Hours - 7.45pm
Death Comes To Pemberley - 8.15pm
Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas - 8pm
Qi Xl Christmas Special - 9pm
The Awakening - 11.25pm
If we sat all the millions of Tumblr users with their 150 million-plus blogs in one room and asked them to compile their list of this year’s top entertainers, it would look like this:
Fine, bad idea. Instead, the minds at Tumblr HQ compiled a 2013 Year in Review, listing the top reblogged names in each category, including actors, actresses, bands, and solo artists.
But we at EW HQ have a bone to pick with Tumblr users: Out of the 100 entertainers listed as the most popular, only three names match our list: Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, and Macklemore. With that discovery, »
- Shirley Li
BBC Two has unveiled official details of its Christmas and New Year schedule for 2013/14.
The Choir's Christmas final will air on Saturday, December 21 at 9pm, followed by The Sarah Millican Television Programme Christmas Special at 10pm and a festive Hebburn episode at 10.30pm.
The Great British Bake-Off is scheduled for 6.30pm on Sunday, December 22, with Christmas specials of University Challenge and Never Mind the Buzzcocks airing at 8pm and 11.05pm respectively.
The Day of the Doctor has been and gone. We were all blown away/disappointed/confused/moved (delete depending on what your expectations were – I loved it, but that’s a whole different article). Irrespective of what the special was lacking or what it delivered, one thing is certain; Doctor Who’s next story arc is set. Spoilers… Gallifrey is not destroyed – it’s simply hidden somewhere in the Universe thanks to some clever retconning and button pushing by the 10th, 11th and War Doctors. Now the Doctor must find his home and save his people. It’s fairly likely that this will form the bulk of series 8′s (and Peter Capaldi’s debut) ongoing narrative once Matt Smith is finished dying on Trenzalore and out of the way.
Series-spanning narrative arcs are not entirely new to Doctor Who; with the Key To Time quest forming the entirety of a »
- Joe Gardner
We all know the noise, I have it as the message tone on my phone and seeing others recognise it in public is priceless. Yes, I’m talking about the Tardis sound effect. Regularly described in the target novels as a wheezing, groaning sound it is one of the most iconic pieces of audio in not
Interview James Peaty 3 Dec 2013 - 06:52
This time last year, we had a chat to Wizards vs Aliens writer Phil Ford about the new show's first season. Now, one year on, we're back to talk about season 2 - in particular, what Phil learned from the show's first season, how it felt to incorporate scripts originally written for The Sarah Jane Adventures into the show, and what's next...
This article contains very mild hints of spoilers for the Wizards vs. Aliens episode, The Thirteenth Floor
The second series of Wizards vs Aliens is drawing to a close on Cbbc. How happy are you with this year's batch of episodes?
I couldn’t be happier. It’s the old thing… you do the first series and it works and then you think: ‘How »
"Doctor Who" fans around the world were delighted to no end by "The Day of the Doctor," which seemed to deliver on just about every single Whovian dream for the show's 50th anniversary. One person is definitely not pleased with it, however. That man is the sixth Doctor, Colin Baker.
The former Time Lord is mad he wasn't asked to appear on the special episode, even though fellow Doctor Tom Baker was. "I know Tom did it longer than anybody else and he's the oldest Doctor but by asking him and not us, it makes you feel like a second class citizen," he tells the Daily Mirror. He continues, "Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor, said way back that they were not going to have us in the special. At the time, we didn't know that Tom was in it which was slightly irritating."
Baker says he figured it would be »
Though the Eleventh Doctor’s time is almost up, he can at least rest assured that he could live on through the audio Whoniverse or future multi-Doctor TV specials. This in turn raises the intriguing possibility of adventures with his Second self, arguably the past incarnation with whom he shares the most in common ground. Indeed, Matt Smith’s costume and performance for his own take on the role owes much to Patrick Troughton – who he’s acclaimed as his own favourite past Doctor, with ‘ Tomb Of The Cybermen’ his favourite serial. So why not pair them together?
Anyone familiar with classic ‘Who’ couldn’t fail to note that ‘Cold War’ served as Mark Gatiss’s love letter to ‘The Ice Warriors’ either. While these are perhaps obvious lead-ins, we think there are several more ways in which these two particular Doctors overlap. And while its sad that the late, »
- Chris Morley
Amidst all of the hoopla surrounding The Day Of The Doctor, three incarnations of the Time Lord saw fit to have a little fun and rope in a few friends old and new into the bargain. And what better time for a jokey celebration than the 50th anniversary of that fateful day in 1963?
While Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy are all old enough to remember the first time that eerie Radiophonic music heralded the arrival of their predecessor William Hartnell in “An Unearthly Child,” age hasn’t withered them or their Doctors – one listen to their Big Finish audios, whether it’s the Fifth, Sixth or Seventh incarnation or two or more of them together/with other selves (as has been done a few times) and you can hear the chemistry between them.
A special occasion demanded more and they delivered – not necessarily in the way you might expect, »
- Chris Morley
The Eleventh Doctor
Portrayed by: Matt Smith
Companion(s): Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song, Clara Oswald
Tenure: 39 stories (44 episodes), from “The Eleventh Hour” (April, 2010) to “The Time of the Doctor” (Dec, 2013)
Signature look: The Eleventh Doctor’s look gets a few tweaks during his run. He starts with a tweed jacket, which later becomes a long purple (all together now) frock coat (the Doctor loves his frock coats), button-down shirt, bowtie (they’re cool), suspenders, lace-up boots, and, to go with his purple coat, a purple waistcoat and pocket watch with chain. And of course, if possible, he will accessorize with whatever distinctive headware is handy.
Catchphrase: The Eleventh Doctor has several catchphrases, particularly, “Geronimo”, “Come along, Pond”, and “I like <fill in the blank>s now. <Fill in the blank>s are cool.”
Personality: The Eleventh Doctor is whimsical and energetic, but also brooding and manipulative. His number one rule for his Companions is that the Doctor always lies, »
- Kate Kulzick
Portrayed by: Jenna Coleman
Doctor(s): Eleventh Doctor
Tenure: 11+ stories, first “Asylum of the Daleks” (Sept, 2012), then from “The Snowmen” (Dec, 2012) to present
Background: Many versions of Clara have existed in the Doctor’s timeline. The first incarnation that we meet is Oswin Oswald (“The Asylum of the Daleks”), the Junior Entertainment Manager of a spaceship that crashed onto the Asylum of the Daleks who has been turned into a Dalek herself, but has created a fantasy/coping mechanism that she is hidden in her ship making souffles. Next is Clara Oswin Oswald (“The Snowmen”), a governess in nineteenth century London who moonlights as a barmaid. The final version we meet is Clara Oswald (“The Bells of Saint John” onward), the original and a babysitter in 21st century London. All three have had adventures with the Doctor, during which the first two both died. The Doctor brings »
- Drew Koenig
Portrayed by: Jemma Redgrave
Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Story: 2 stories, “The Power of Three” (Sept, 2012) and “The Day of the Doctor” (Nov, 2013)
Background: Kate Stewart is one of the leaders of Unit, rising through its ranks to become the Head of Scientific Research and working to restructure it to follow her father’s advice that, “science leads”.
Family/Friends: Kate is the daughter of classic series Companion Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and his first wife, Fiona. Though she speaks of her father fondly (he passed away fairly recently), we know very little else about her family or friends.
Personality: Kate is intelligent, thoughtful, and very professional. She is efficient and somewhat brusque in her demeanor, but she also has a quiet smile and a playful, if dry, sense of humor and much like her father, is made of stern stuff, willing to go to great lengths to protect humanity. »
- Kate Kulzick
The Jones Family
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Story: 2 stories, “The Lazarus Experiment” (May, 2007) and “The Sound of Drums”/“Last of the Time Lords” (June, 2007), though they also appear in other stories as Martha’s family, rather than as part of the larger adventure of the week
Background: Francine and Clive Jones are the bitterly divorced parents of Martha, Tish, and Leo. Almost nothing is known of their married life or really anything before Martha met the Doctor, other than that Clive has a much younger girlfriend named Annalise. Tish is the head of PR for an experimental scientist who creates a de-aging machine that winds up turning him into a horrific monster, which she helps Martha and the Doctor defeat. Leo has a far more adventure-adjacent life, managing to avoid both the more traumatic events of “The »
- Kate Kulzick
Portrayed by: Katy Manning
Doctor(s): Third Doctor
Tenure: 15 stories, from Terror of the Autons (Jan, 1971) to The Green Death (1973)
Background: Jo is a young woman brought in by the Brigadier to replace Liz Shaw as the Doctor’s assistant. Her uncle, who has ties to Unit through the United Nations, is also partially responsible for her assignment. Initially the Doctor is displeased with her appointment and skeptical of her abilities, but eventually her skill set proves to be incredibly valuable, despite being decidedly different from her predecessor’s.
Family/Friends: We hear briefly of Jo’s uncle, but never actually meet him and the rest of Jo’s family don’t come up during her time on the show. During most of her tenure, however, the Doctor is grounded by the Time Lords and unable to fly his Tardis, causing him and Jo to investigate Earth-based »
- Kate Kulzick
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