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While Doctor Who’s behind the scenes issues in the 1980s are well documented, the programme has faced problems both long before and long after what is widely regarded as its decline, and its eventual cancellation. Because no matter how polished and pristine it may look when it’s finished, Doctor Who is not a faultless well-oiled machine. Never has been, never will be. Pretty much any Doctor episode you can think of will have had some kind of problem at one point or another.
Minor problems will always crop up from somewhere but, thankfully, it’s now incredibly rare for them to be of such a magnitude that they jeopardise the production of an episode. Rare but not unheard of. From literally the very beginning of Doctor Who, there have been some major production issues at one point or another.
And today, we’re exploring ten stories that »
- James T. Cornish
To celebrate the release of the British sci-fi comedy The Search for Simon – which is out on Monday, October 13th – we’ve got three copies of the film on DVD to give. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
Starring Carol Cleveland (Monty Python), Sophie Aldred (Doctor Who), Tom Price (Torchwood) and Chase Masterson (Star Trek Deep Space 9), The Search for Simon follows 39 year David’s search for his younger brother Simon, who, at the age of 7 (ish) in 1979, disappeared, due to a perceived alien abduction. After all, his Dad did tell him that he had been.
Completely devastated by the loss of his younger brother, and best friend, David vowed to find his brother – or at the very least find out about the Aliens that took him. This quest has taken over and completely filled David’s life. It’s more than a passion, it’s an obsession. »
- Gary Collinson
BBC receives complaints about unfair product placement after the Doctors assistant is shown clutching a copy of the paper
Is the Guardian the newspaper of choice on Doctor Who? At least two Whovians seem to think so, lodging complaints with Ofcom that the Guardian has been given an unfair amount of promotion in the hit BBC1 show. The scene that so incensed the complainants featured the Doctors companion Clara, a teacher, carrying a clearly identifiable Saturday edition of the Guardian. Complainants said that it amounted to commercial product placement, a regulatory no-no for the BBC. The Twittersphere seemed more concerned why Clara was carrying a Saturday Guardian on a weekday. One tongue-in-cheek response was that the Guardian marketing would have it that as the paper owns the weekend there is so much inside it rolls into a weekday read. Monkeys favourite: Shes a time traveller. Ofcom decided that the »
Villordsutch reviews Doctor Who series 8 episode 5 – ‘Time Heist’….
The Doctor – “Why is your face all coloured in?”
‘Time Heist’, written by Stephen Moffat and Steve Thompson, can easily fall into two piles on a desk. You either “Enjoyed It” or you “Didn’t Enjoy it”. I was balancing on precipice between these choices and when I thought I made my judgement and began to base jump into my chosen pile something happened and I quickly scrambled back up and continued to sit there, waiting to make my final decision.
From last week’s fear inducing ‘Listen‘ we come to this, a bank heist story where a shrouded figured called the Architect has convinced the Doctor, Clara and two new companions – an Augmented-Human called Psi (Jonathan Bailey) and a Mutated-Human called Saibra (Pippa Bennett-Warner) – to rob the most fortified bank in the Universe, Karabraxos. Our would be robbers have no idea »
Depressing, isnt it, that a TV show about an immortal wizard in a knackered phone box is doing a better job at digesting our fears than most newspapers
If I had to hazard a guess about why there are 74 Paranormal Activity movies, Id say its because we have an obsession with fear. Fear sells; just ask the Daily Telegraph. If there really is such a thing as Team Australia*, it is standing on the pitch with terror-piss trickling down its leg in fear of an opponent that might not even be there.
Televisually tapping into this vague sense of dread is a nuanced affair. You can either go full Jack Bauer, screaming into a variety of smartphones (theres a man who needs his own range of emoticons) while waterboarding anything on dry land. Or you can weave new and terrifying folk tales in the vein of the increasingly impressive Doctor Who. »
- Jazz Twemlow
“Are you in or out?”
The Doctor and Clara wake in the company of two strangers and are quickly told they are to rob a bank. Everything is planned so well, almost as if the planner knows what’s going to happen, that The Doctor quickly realizes that this isn’t a mere bank heist, but a…
Directed by Douglas MacKinnon
The Bank of Karabraxos is the single most secure bank in human history. A loyal staff, redundant security systems, and a guard dog that literally smells guilt in the customers. When The Doctor picks up the phone of the Tardis and suddenly recovers from a blackout in a strange room with two criminals, it’s too tantalizing not to move ahead with. Being chased by the bank’s security at all times, the quartet must breach unbreachable security, all the while »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
The fall 2014 TV season is upon us — and what better way to remind yourself of that fact than by diving into TVLine’s Quotes of the Week?
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This time around we’ve got food- and beverage-based humor from Last Week Tonight, The Real and Real Time, a double dose of Sons of Anarchy, inappropriate come-ons on Unforgettable and General Hospital, and much more.
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So click through the gallery below for the full roster of quotes, then hit the comments and »
Show of hands: Who else guessed the identity of the Architect as soon as the premise was thrown out there? It wasn’t that there were any particular clues, but with an episode that, per its title, involves time travel, and with X amount of characters on display early on, it seemed sort of obvious. But more detrimental to the perception of this episode is that it arrives on the heels of the groundbreaking “Listen,” which the internet quickly declared one of the best Doctor Who episodes, evah! (It was pretty brill.) Having said all of that, there’s plenty to dig about this episode, starting with Clara’s clothes dryer, and the Doctor being mesmerized by it, which strikes me as quite comical.It’s that simple domesticity versus unimaginable adventures in time and space that fuels much of the Doctor/Clara dynamic right now. She’s perfectly happy at home, »
- Ross Ruediger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The BBC has released a Next Time trailer for Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who entitled ‘The Caretaker’, which sees the Doctor going undercover at Coal Hill school and finally meeting Danny Pink; take a look below…
The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity – but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.
When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor decides to go undercover.
The post Trailer for Doctor Who series 8 episode 6 – ‘The Caretaker’ appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
After last week’s episode, which was arguably one of the strongest entries into the Whovian lore in years, can the show maintain that momentum? “Time Heist” looks like a straight forward bank caper in the vein of the Rat Pack or the new Rat Pack Ocean’s Eleven. But things are rarely, if ever, straight forward when the Doctor is involved. Away we go! ************ Oh hey, the world is twirling like an out of control Spin Art™ machine. No, wait. It’s just the Doctor staring into Clara’s dryer. He is trying to convince her to run away on an adventure with him instead of going on a boring old date with Danny. Doctor Who, Last of the Time Lords, Professional Cock-Blocker. Clara is not taking the bait though. She is dressed to the nines and is ready for date two with her probable future husband. Her ensemble »
- Donna Dickens
Recently, BBC dropped these new spoiler photos for their upcoming "Doctor Who" episode 5 of season 8, and they feature new looks at the ugly teller creature's arrival to the scene, along with the shape shifter lady, the Doctor, Clara, and more. The storyline for this episode, reads like this: "The Doctor will turn bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse: steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara are going to have to fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller, who is a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt." The episode was written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat ,and it was directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Episode 5 is set to air tonight, September 20th at 7:30pm on BBC. »
Recently, BBC released these 2,new sneak peek/spoiler clips (below) for their upcoming "Doctor Who" episode 5 of season 8, and they give us new looks at the ugly teller creature being introduced. The shape shifter girl shows off her skills, and more. The episode is called, "Time Heist." The plotline for this episode, reads like this: "The Doctor will turn bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse: steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara are going to have to fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller, who is a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt." The episode was written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat ,and it was directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Episode 5 airs tonight, September 20th at 7:30pm on BBC. »
Whovians just got an early Christmas present from the BBC.
“I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show,” Frost said in a statement. “The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream ‘No spoilers!’ Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!”
Production has already begun on the episode, which also guest stars Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay, Nathan McMullen and Michael Troughton. Michael Troughton’s father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.
- Maane Khatchatourian
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
8.5 Time Heist
"Basically, it's the eyebrows"
For the first time in the current run of Doctor Who, Time Heist gives us an adventure where the Doctor is the lead character in it. The focus, to date, has seen Clara doing Doctor-y duties, frequently being the grown up who rolls her sleeves up and gets things sorted out. This time, though, Peter Capaldi gets a go. Turns out he's really quite good at it.
It's coupled with a slight re-hardening of his take on the Doctor too. There have been little thawings around the edge of his portrayal here and there over the past couple of weeks, as he continues to work out and get used to his new identity. Here, the character's a bit tougher, »
In a statement, Frost says: "I'm so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I'm such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream 'No spoilers!' - every day on set I've had to silence my internal fan boy squeals."
Showrunner Steven Moffat adds: "Frost at Christmas - it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the Tardis."
- Garth Franklin
Justified is adding some new faces to its sixth and final season.
Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope, Burn Notice) and veteran actor Sam Elliott (whose most recent TV gig was Parks and Recreation) will recur on the FX drama, which returns January 2015, the network announced today.
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Dillahunt will play Walker, a spec-ops veteran who handles security for a quasi-legal businessman. The combined irritants of Raylan and Boyd will bring to the surface the monster lurking beneath his cold exterior.
Elliott, meanwhile, has been cast as legendary Kentucky gangster Markham, who »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Doctor Who, Finding Carter, The Mindy Project and The Mysteries of Laura!
2 | On a scale of 1-to-“Blink,” was Doctor Who‘s “Listen” episode the sci-fi series’ best installment in years?
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How’s this for a slice of fried gold? The BBC announced today that actor Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End) will guest star in this year’s special Christmas episode of Doctor Who, the production of which has now begun.
“I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show,” Frost said in a statement. “The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream ‘No spoilers!’ Every day on set I »
- Clark Collis
We're not even at the half-way stage of Doctor Who series 8 yet, but already, we're looking ahead to the Christmas special. It's been filming over the past couple of weeks, albeit mainly behind closed doors. As such, details of the guest stars this year has been thin on the ground.
Until now, at least.
Three names have now been confirmed. Firstly, there's Nick Frost, who needs little introduction. Nor, to fans of Misfits, will Nathan McMullen. And in a lovely touch, Michael Troughton, the son of second Doctor Patrick Troughton, has also been added to the cast. Troughton's book on his father's life is well worth picking up.
Steven Moffat has penned the script for this one. It will screen, as you might have guessed, on December 25th. Here's the picture that the BBC Tweeted, »
Two sorts of time-travel in our Doctor Who series 8 update – Time Heist clips and BBC schedule time-hops.
As series 8 of Doctor Who continues to develop into one of our favourite runs of the Moffat-era, there’s never a shortage of news about the show. We combined a couple of stories to save you some clicking.
First up, the BBC are pushing Doctor Who into a later timeslot in a bid to avoid clashes with another big hitter ratings-wise. Next week’s The Caretaker will air at 20.30, directly after Strictly Come Dancing wraps up on BBC One. It’s unclear whether this will become a regular occurrence.
We’re told it’s the latest start-time in the show’s history, with hangers-on to the idea of Capaldi’s Doctor utilising some Malcom Tucker-esque vocabulary surely gutted that the episode will finish just half an hour shy of the watershed.
Before that though, »
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