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Ready to see some magic in Doctor Who? Series 9's opener could be the episode for you...
Before we've even got this year's Christmas special out of the way, and before series 9 has even begun filming, we've now learned the name for the opening episode to Doctor Who series 9.
It will be, as was revealed at the press screening of Last Christmas this week, The Magician's Apprentice. A reference perhaps to the series 8 moment where Capaldi's Doctor lamented that his attempt at a 'minimalist' look had turned out a bit magician-y.
And is it just us (it could well be), but doesn't that sound a little like an introducing-a-new-companion sort of title?
That is pure rampant speculation on our part, though. After Moffat's Davies-era-esque Father Christmas coda from Death In Heaven, there's a chance we might find out a little more about series 9 at the end of the festive spectacular next week. »
The 'Doctor Who' Christmas special is partly inspired by a comic strip featuring the First Doctor. In 'Last Christmas', the Twelfth Doctor - played by Peter Capaldi - endures a terrifying adventure with Santa Claus in the North Pole. Showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed he always wanted the Time Lord to meet Father Christmas and he first got the idea from a comic story where the First Doctor - played by William Hartnell - meets the festive legend. Speaking in a Q&A session at a screening of the episode at the BFI in London on Wednesday night (17.12.14), Moffat said: ''(It's not hard »
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor goes Memento with next week’s sixth issue as the events run in reverse, beginning the adventure with ‘The End’ and working backwards as the Doctor realises that time inside the Tardis is going in reverse. We have a preview of the issue for you right here courtesy of Titan Comics…
!Reverse In Going Is Tardis The Inside Time That Realises Doctor The When Strikes Terror
The Doctor is the only one who realises that the flow of time in the vortex has been disrupted, but can he uncover the cosmic culprit and put causality back on the right track – before Alice and her fellow Tardis travelers are de-aged right out of existence?
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #6 is out on Christmas Eve, priced $3.99.
The post Preview of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #6 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
"There is actually an old comic strip with William Hartnell meeting Santa," Moffat explained. "So I've always wanted to see that. I've always wanted the two of them face-to-face!"
Speaking at a screening of the festive episode on Wednesday (December 17) night, the showrunner also reflected on the recent eighth series of Doctor Who.
He suggested that the episode 'In The Forest of the Night' - which received a mixed reaction from critics - will "grow in stature over the years".
"It's so beautifully and eloquently written," he said, describing writer Frank Cottrell Boyce as an "absolute genius".
"[But] I honestly think whatever one's going out »
As the longest running science fiction programme in the world, Doctor Who has left a large cultural legacy behind it and like anything that has been noted as significant in time (and relative dimensions in space, of course!), the iconic themes and characters of our favourite time travelling mad man with a box have been extended into a range of other medias.
There is a whole Genesis Ark worth of references in other television programmes, some of which are featured here. The first Doctor Who spoof, however, was on the sketch show It’s a Square World in 1963. Clive Dunn – better known for playing Lance-Corporal Jack Jones in Dad’s Army – played a scientist called Doctor Fotheringown who, dressed in William Hartnell’s costume and wig, demonstrated a new rocket that ended up sending BBC Television Centre into space.
While the recent parody that’s probably most well known is Inspector Spacetime, »
- Adam Smith
Right, let’s settle this. Ever since Doctor Who returned in 2005, I have been complaining. Much like people who support a football team who moan when they under-perform but always stick with them I have both loved and moaned about NuWho. Every week I’d faithfully sit down and watch, whether I was captivated or inwardly...
- James Lomond
The Doctor has been voted the greatest sci-fi character of all time! In a poll by the BFI, the Doctor topped the poll which also included characters from franchises like Star Wars, Blake’s 7, and Star Trek. But the Time Lord only just pulled it off: there were just 110 votes between him and runner-up, Ellen Ripley...
The post The Doctor: The Greatest Sci-Fi Character Ever! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Philip Bates
During The Doctor’s tenure over the past fifty-one years on television, fans everywhere from then until now have often imagined themselves running around the famous console room and joining the Doctor on his forays through time and space, fighting everything from Autons to Zarbi, and meeting everyone from Amy Pond to Zoe Heriot. But the one grey area that most Whovians overlook is if they’d actually even make the cut. Would he bother to let them tag along throughout the fourth dimension? Would the journey be truly worth it after everything they’d been put through?
Let’s face it, most companions are happy to have even met the Doctor and a vast majority of fans would be content to merely shake his hand and maybe witness the Tardis dematerialize. But on occasion there are individuals who come out worse as a result of their time in the big blue box, »
- Caleb Beck
Last week the twelve Gold Sponsor Comics for Free Comic Book Day 2015 were revealed [check out the covers and solicitations here], and now the remaining 38 Silver Sponsor Comics have been announced. Check out a list of the titles, along with a gallery of the covers here…
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Hermes Press| The Phantom Fcbd »
- Gary Collinson
Channel 4 debuted their much-anticipated Christmas-themed Black Mirror special this week, and it was very much worth the wait. Black Mirror exists as one of those frustrating British show that trades short, three-episode seasons with yawning gulfs in between them for high quality offerings. It’s probably worth it (like the similarly formatted Sherlock), but the waiting and scarcity of episodes can be exhausting. Series three of Black Mirror is in fact coming, but they wanted to participated in another British tradition in the meantime, the extended Christmas Special, something we’ve seen from The Office to Doctor Who to Downton Abbey over the years. Though Black Mirror has poached familiar faces over the years for its ensemble casts, the Christmas Special is the first to pull someone really, truly recognizable for its main lead, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. It’s also the first time the show has had an American actor/character in… »
Let’s be honest, watching Classic Doctor Who episode reconstructions is a bit of a pain. In no way is this meant as an insult to all the hard work that is put into making these restorations. Fans could’ve had way less or nothing at all if it weren’t for this dedication, but please point out at least one sane person who can honestly declaim on how great a story Marco Polo is and doesn’t refer to the novelisation. You can’t honestly say that you’ve enjoyed any of the lost episodes of the first two Doctor Who eras unless you were born in time to see them broadcast. Otherwise, you’re just like the rest of us who, enthralled by the Doctor in his present form(s), decide to have a go at studying the rich and vast history of the longest running sci-fi show of all time. »
- Adrian Serban
DVD Review: Out of the Unknown
7-disc Region 2 DVD box set from the BFI
By Adrian Smith
Famously, or rather, infamously, the BBC took a rather cavalier approach to the preservation of its television output in the 1950s and 1960s. Due to the cost of videotape, once pre-recorded programmes had been broadcast,the tape was wiped and used again. For programmes to be kept for repeat use or to be sold to other territories around the world, the episode would be transferred to film, and it this process we have to thank that any television from this period has survived at all.
Out of the Unknown was an attempt to present serious, adult science fiction on television, adapting well-known and important authors like John Wyndham, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard and E.M. Forster. The single play was a tradition by this point, with popular series such as Armchair Theatre »
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Shows include: The After, Almost Royal, Alpha House, Atlantis, Baby Daddy, Bates Motel, Being Mary Jane, Betas, Better Call Saul, Bosch, Breaking Bad, Broadchurch, Chasing Life, Doctor Who, Family Time, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, The Fosters, The Game, Halt & Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels, In the Flesh, Intruders, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Law & Order: UK, Let's Stay Together, Longmire, Luther, Mad Men, Mann & Wife, Melissa & Joey, Mozart in the Jungle, The Musketeers, Mystery Girls, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, Recovery Road, Red Oaks, Reed Between the Lines, The Returned, Ripper Street, Single Ladies, Sisters, Switched at Birth, Transparent, Turn, »
Ah, it’s Wednesday again, and as we all know, Wednesday is New Comics Day. Today’s offering from Titan Comics is The Tenth Doctor #5, with two stunning covers available. Okay, so what’s it all about, Alfie? With the Doctor half the man he should be, under the draining influence of an alien tourist trap, Gabriella is left...
The post Out Now: Titan Comics’ The Tenth Doctor #5 appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Philip Bates
BBC – Doctor Who
“What have I got in my pocket?” Bilbo Baggins famously asks of Gollum. Armature that he is, Bilbo had nothing in said pocket but a magic ring which held the fate of the world and had the potential to bring on an age of darkness. The Doctor has five such items knocking about the Tardis… probably.
It was something of a running joke in the original series that the Doctor’s pockets were full of an increasingly odd assortment of items. Indeed, whenever the Doctor is captured and searched, the pile of things taken from his pockets is well worth a look if you’re willing to pause and take a gander.
In these modern times of everything you could ever need being on our phones/cameras/internet machines/just about anything, it’s good to remember the times there wasn’t “an app for that”.
- Joel Cornah
Every Doctor Who fan admires the plethora of lead actors and actresses who run through time and space on our screens (well, most of them, anyway!) but many often overlook the all too often unsung heroes of the series – the voice actors.
Now, Nicholas “Every Dalek Ever” Briggs has been haunting us with his metal machines and voice modulators since 2005 but he’s not the only one who’s lent his voice to the Doctor’s adventures since its revival. In fact, some pretty big name Hollywood stars have been heard and not seen in the series proving that famous figures are so eager to add Doctor Who to their glistening résumés that they don’t mind if they’re not even seen. And let’s face it, it’s a pretty easy gig too. Most voiceovers take all but a day to record which isn’t too shabby »
- Joel Cornah
So there are pretty much two groups of people – those who thought bringing back Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart as one of the resurrected Cybermen was a wonderful tribute, and those that loathe it, think it a sacrilegious, and can’t believe that Moffat would stoop so low and ruin the legacy of a great man. Whatever group...
The post Two CyberBrig Spoof Spinoffs appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Rebecca Crockett
Fred McNamara on why we should (and shouldn’t) be worried about Thunderbirds Are Go!…
There’s a certain website that’s got a countdown timer on it. As of this piece being written, there are 2 days, 5 hours, and 4 minutes left before whatever blasts off actually blasts off, and Lord knows what time we’ll be on once this piece is published. It’s called thunderbirds.com, and you can view it here. It’s the latest piece of viral marketing for the half-cgi/half-model remake of Thunderbirds entitled Thunderbirds Are Go!.
Whatever the website reveals, those behind the website, and the show’s production, appear to have the spirit of the series down to the last letter. That feeling of excitement when something extraordinary is about to happen is a common feeling for those who watch the original 1960’s Supermarionation extravaganza.
So should we be worried that such a »
- Gary Collinson
A new trailer for upcoming BBC Three comedy Crims has premiered.
Set in a raucous Youth Offender Institution, the series sees comedian Elis James and Kadiff Kirwan both make their TV acting debut.
James stars as strait-laced Luke, who inadvertently finds himself sentenced to two years in a Young Offenders Institution, after becoming a getaway driver for his girlfriend's brother Jason (Kirwan).
Sharing a cell with his so-called friend, Luke finds himself forced to rely upon Jason's street smarts, or lack thereof, to get through the experience.
Crims will premiere on BBC Three next month, January 2015. »
He's the man who "invented world music" and who created the first ever music video using Plasticine. Yes, we're talking about '70s rock legend Brian Pern - the frontman of Thotch.
Ok, Brian Pern might not be real, but Simon Day and Rhys Thomas's surreal music doc spoof is so on the money, it feels like Pern and Thotch are very much the bona fide article. Is the Day of the Triffids album not on iTunes yet?
We caught up with Day and Thomas to chat about its success.
First things first, I was a huge fan of your last comedy show Bellamy's People.
Simon Day: "Oh, don't get us started on that."
Honestly, I loved it. That didn't get a second series. »
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