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Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who by Simon Guerrier

Doctor Who stories are many things: thrilling adventures, historical dramas, tales of love and war and jelly babies. 

They're also science fiction - but how much of the science is actually real, and how much is really fiction?

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who is a mind-bending blend of story and science that will help you see Doctor Who in a whole new light, weaving together a series of all-new adventures, featuring every incarnation of the Doctor.

With commentary that explores the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more, Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula show how Doctor Who uses science to inform its unique style of storytelling - and just how close it has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries.

This book is your chance to be the Doctor's companion and explore what's out there. It will make you laugh, and think, and see the world around you differently. Because anything could be out there. And going out is the only way to learn what it is.

Order from Amazon UK

In the Space Centre, everyone can hear him scream...


GORDON'S ALIVE!
Foghorn-voiced, Bic-shunning, human bird-scarer Brian Blessed is heading for Leicester next weekend.

Not just that, but he'll be joined by a flurry of names from the world of cult TV to make sci-fi fans' pulses race faster than Commander Kruge's with a stash of under-the-counter Klingon porn.

Yup, it's the return of the annual BritSciFi hoopla at the National Space Centre, which promises all manner of futuristic nostalgia, if you see what we mean.

This year's guests are plucked from the casts of Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Blake's 7 and Thunderbirds.

Aside from Brian Blessed, who'll roll up, no doubt, with all the restraint of a twister bearing down on a balsa wood shack, there's Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn and Hattie Hayridge, who played Rimmer, Kryten and Holly on interstellar slackercom Red Dwarf.

Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor Who, will be joined by his former Tardis sidekick Nicola Bryant, who played a) Peri Brown and b) utter havoc with the raging hormones of the teenage audience.

Representing Blake's 7 – and we're starting to feel a little like the MC at a wrestling tournament – will be Michael Keating (Vila Restal) and Jan Chappell (Cally). And the line-up also includes Shane Rimmer, David Graham and Matt Zimmerman, who voiced the Thunderbirds characters Alan and Scott Tracy, and the morose, nasal, Noel Gallagher-lookalike Parker.

So. Bring your autograph book, if you still do that sort of thing. Otherwise, get set to clog up your pals' Facebook timelines with all manner of sci-fi selfies.

That's not all, mind.

Sophie Aldred, who was Ace in Doctor Who, will be there with old school Saturday morning kids TV favourites Trev and Simon talking about their new comedy podcast Strangeness in Space.

Monster man Jon Davey, who has played Cybermen, Daleks, Ood and all sorts of other Timelord-vexing baddies, will be showing how it's done in a Whovian workshop.

The time-devouring Gamersbus will be parked up at the Space Centre, offering two floors of console-wielding delights in the dark.

And Jamie Anderson, son of the Thunderbirds creator Gerry, will be appearing, as will Dead Ringers and Doctor Who audio drama writer Nev Fountain.

Britscifi runs at the National Space Centre on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Different guests are there on different days.

Find out more at britscifi.co.uk

Tom Baker back as the Doctor on Radio 4 Extra


Tom Baker back as the Doctor on Radio 4 Extra

34 years after Tom Baker hung up his frockcoat, hat and stripy scarf, he's back on the BBC as the Time Lord.

This time around, however, the fourth Doctor will have no need of accessories as he'll only be heard. Baker has lent his voice to six stories that will air on Radio 4 Extra and promise to transport viewers back to 1970s Doctor Who.

The six episodes were recorded as audiobooks in 2012 by Big Finish Productions. It was the first time Baker had reprised his iconic role since stepping down as the longest-serving Time Lord in 1981.

The first instalment will be heard in a fortnight on 16th May, and sees the Doctor and Leela (played by Tenko’s Louise Jameson) respond to an alien distress call beamed from Victorian England. Their adventure takes them to the newly built Space Dock Nerva, where they discover the human race is in grave danger.
Nerva first appeared in the 1975 television episode Ark In Space, which inspired Nicholas Briggs, the writer and director of this episode.

In subsequent episodes the Tardis will go to a museum of everything, back to Roman times to meet Celtic queen Boudicca, and to a futuristic London in the midst of energy crisis. Listeners are also promised "a showdown with some old enemies".

Doctor Who: Destination Nevra will be broadcast on Saturday 16th May at 6pm on Radio 4 Extra

Via Radio Times

Jemma Redgrave will return for another two episodes in the new season

Kate Stewart is back for Series 9! - Doctor Who

In addition to her return in Season 9’s opening two-parter, a new video confirms that Redgrave will be back again as Kate Stewart in Episode 7 and Episode 8.

The writer(s) of the two episodes – which may just be “linked”, rather than a two-parter – have not yet been announced, but it seems likely that UNIT will be involved in the story.

Redgrave told the BBC: “I’m here for the readthrough of Episode 7 and 8. I’m here in Cardiff and really, really happy and thrilled because Kate Stewart is back.”
Filming of the two episodes is expected to begin shortly.

The actress has played UNIT’s Chief Scientific Officer – the daughter of classic character Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart – since 2012 in ‘The Power of Three’, ‘The Day of the Doctor’ and ‘Death in Heaven’.

Thanks to Cultbox

Doctor Who Showrunner Election - Election Night

Doctor Who Showrunner Election | Election Night

Dan and the team present the Showrunner Election Night 2015. But who will win?
Starring:
  • Daniel Sherratt
  • Christopher Johnson
  • Beckie Hough
  • David Boskett
  • Billy Treacy
  • Richard B Brookes
  • Livvy Douglas
  • Benji Clifford
  • David McLaughlin
  • Phoenix Smith
  • Sam Dimitrijevic
  • Joel H Joelson

Showrunner Election Theme, "One" by David Boskett
Additional Music by: Incometech - Dreams become real