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Friday, 8 May 2015

BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Trailer

BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Trailer

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will make its UK debut in May 2015.

Between 23 - 29 May, the show will enjoy a limited run of thirteen performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow. Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster, the UK shows will be hosted by Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor.

United Kingdom 2015 Tour - Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular - a musical monster invasion is coming to London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow in 2015.

Zygons & Osgood In Series 9! - Doctor Who: The Fan Show

Zygons & Osgood In Series 9! - Doctor Who: The Fan Show
Welcome to the first ever episode of Doctor Who: The Fan Show!
This week we look at the announcement of the return of the Zygons AND Osgood in Series 9, which takes us to The Old Doctor Who Monster's Home! Presented by Christel Dee.

Meet Christel - Doctor Who: The Fan Show

Meet Christel, the host of Doctor Who: The Fan Show and find out how she got into Doctor Who, which Doctor is her favourite and what she has been learning to play on the synth! 

Double Trouble As Osgood Takes On The Terrifying Zygons

Cruel, heartless and shocking? Having being killed by Missy (Michelle Gomez) in the show’s series eight finale ‘Death in Heaven’, the Doctor’s biggest fan and UNIT scientist Osgood, played by Ingrid Oliver, has been brought back by Steven Moffat for Doctor Who series nine.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said, “Osgood is back, fresh from her recent murder at the end of last series. We recently confirmed that Osgood was definitely dead and not returning - but in a show about time travel, anything can happen. The brilliant Ingrid Oliver is back in action. This time though, can the Doctor trust his number one fan?”

The last time we saw Osgood as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart’s assistant was with the Twelfth Doctor during an invasion of Earth by an army of Cybermen led by a new, female incarnation of the Master. This time she’s back in action and comes face-to-face with the shape-shifting extra-terrestrial Zygons, as they also return for the new series. They last appeared in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ for the show’s 50th anniversary episode.

Speaking on set, Ingrid Oliver commented on her reappearance, “As every actor who’s worked on Doctor Who will tell you, there’s always the secret hope you'll get the call asking you to come back. To actually receive that call is both unexpected and brilliant. The word ‘honour’ gets banded about a lot, but it really is, it’s an honour. Especially because I was so sure Osgood was a gonner after the last series!”

The two-part episode is currently being filmed in Cardiff and is written by Peter Harness (Doctor Who - Kill the Moon, Wallander, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Daniel Nettheim (Line of Duty, Glue).

Also joining Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and confirmed for guest roles in the double episode is Jemma Redgrave, Jaye Griffiths, Cleopatra Dickens, Sasha Dickens, Abhishek Singh, Todd Kramer, Jill Winternitz, Nicholas Asbury, Jack Parker and Aidan Cook.

Doctor Who series nine will be back on BBC One in Autumn 2015 and further guest cast will be released over the coming months. Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC One.

Via BBC Media

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Doctor Who Panel with Alex Kingston and Karen Gillan at MegaCon 2015

In Orlando, Florida.

The questions are:
1. What Game of Thrones character would you play/be?
2. (Newly weds)
3. What personal traits do you bring to the characters you play?

MegaCon 2015: Doctor Who Panel (Part 1)
The question was what it was like to work with the different aliens on the show.

MegaCon 2015: Doctor Who Panel (Part 2)

TARDIS lift doors for Durham Police HQ

Lift doors designed to look like the Tardis from Doctor Who have been installed at new police headquarters in Durham.

Durham police tweeted a picture of the new doors, apologising that "time travel was not an optional extra".

A spokesman said customising the lifts showed the force could be "professional and still have a sense of humour".

Staff moved into the new £14m building next to its old base at Aykley Heads in Durham City last Autumn.

The tweet attracted one complaint saying the doors were a "waste of taxpayers money".

The six lifts were covered with vinyl wraps, not hand painted, and the cost had been "pretty modest", the spokesman for Durham Constabulary said.

Personalising the headquarters was a "bit quirky" and a "talking point" for anyone who came into the building, he added.

Via BBC News

The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Return to Telos Cover Revealed

We're only halfway through the Fourth Doctor's latest series of adventures - but today we look ahead to August's fabulous finale!

The Doctor reveals to Leela that they’re heading for the planet Telos. And K9 has new masters...
On Telos, in the past, the Second Doctor and Jamie are exploring the ‘tomb of the Cybermen’.
Meanwhile, the Cyber-Controller and Cyber-Planner consolidate their plans. Spare parts from Krelos are being used to construct a mighty Cyber army. The Doctor must be captured.
Out of control, the TARDIS tumbles down a chasm and the Doctor and Leela find themselves caught up in full-scale planetary invasion.
The cover for Doctor Who - The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Return to Telos has been designed by Anthony Lamb, and is now online on the Big Finish site: promising some vintage Cybermen action to finish off the fourth series! It's Saturday teatime in 1967 all over again...
The story can be pre-ordered on CD or Download, or you can find further details including a trailer, all by visiting the link here.

A Subscription is available for any one of the six seasons of adventures featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, with each one offering significant savings on buying these thrilling tales individually.
Fans of the Doctor and Leela in particular might also like to check out a Bundle which provides the entire fourth series of this range as well as the much regarded Doctor Who - Phillip Hinchcliffe Presents...
And let's not forget that the Doctor's guest companion for this adventure, Jamie McCrimmon, is due for another timey-wimey team up the month, as he and Zoe encounter the Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who: Last of the Cybermen - available to pre-order now!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Social media campaign brings TARDIS to the parks

Something strange is traveling around Medina County parks. This big, blue police box is called the TARDIS – a spaceship from British television series Doctor Who – and it’s definitely out of the ordinary.
The TARDIS has landed in the parks as part of a social media campaign put on by the Medina County Park District. All that is required for a Doctor-like adventure is to journey through the parks in an attempt to locate the box.

TARDIS stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space. This time-traveling spaceship, disguised as a 1960s British police box, first made its television debut in 1963 when Doctor Who was introduced to the British Broadcasting Corporation. It’s a science fiction show about an alien who appears human, calls himself the Doctor and travels through time and space along with seemingly-common human companions, protecting the Earth with a sonic screwdriver and some quick thinking.

If lucky enough to discover the TARDIS, locals can take a picture and tag it on Instagram with #tardisinthepark, as part of the campaign started by the district’s Interpretive Services Manager, Shelley Tender.

“The idea for #tardisinthepark stemmed from a conversation I had with my son Jacob, who is a Doctor Who fan,” Tender said. “The conversation went on, and the idea to construct one and hide it in the park came into being. He was my inspiration and my staff made it a reality with their creative skills. They designed and constructed the entire thing."

The TARDIS will move parks every month from now until October. Using the tag #tardisinthepark can help others find their way to the iconic blue box.
“We really hope this will bring some awareness of what a valuable resource Medina County parks are to some of our younger county residents,” Tender said.

Via The Post

Monday, 4 May 2015

Royal Blood by Una McCormack

“The Grail is a story, a myth! It didn’t exist on your world! It can’t exist here!”

The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.

But all is not what it seems in Varuz. The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian’s beloved wife, Guena, and his most trusted knight, Bernhardt, seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue...

Will the Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara’s involvement in the plot against the Duke be discovered? Why is Conrad’s ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights who arrive in Varuz claiming to be on a quest for the Holy Grail…?

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The Hunt Begins - Doctor Who: Series 9 2015: The TV Teaser Trailer - (FAN-MADE)

The Hunt Begins - Doctor Who: Series 9 2015: The TV Teaser Trailer - BBC (FAN-MADE)
***FAN-MADE*** TV Teaser Trailer for Doctor Who: Series 9, coming August 2015...

Big Bang Generation by Gary Russell

“I'm an archaeologist, but probably not the one you were expecting.”

Christmas 2015, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Imagine everyone's surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, inconveniently blocking Port Jackson and glowing with energy.

Imagine their fear as Cyrrus "the mobster" Globb, Professor Horace Jaanson and an alien assassin called Kik arrive to claim the glowing pyramid. Finally imagine everyone's dismay when they are followed by a bunch of con artists out to spring their greatest grift yet.

This gang consists of Legs (the sexy comedian), Dog Boy (providing protection and firepower), Shortie (handling logistics), Da Trowel (in charge of excavation and history) and their leader, Doc (busy making sure the universe isn't destroyed in an explosion that makes the Big Bang look like a damp squib).

And when someone accidentally reawakens The Ancients of Time - which, Doc reckons, wasn't the wisest or best-judged of actions – things get a whole lot more complicated…

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Nigel Terry has died at the age of 69

Nigel Terry played General Cobb in the 2008 Tenth Doctor story The Doctor's Daughter.

Terry has a long career both on stage and screen and worked extensively for both the National Theatre and theRoyal Shakespeare Company.

He is best known for playing King Arthur in John Boorman’s 1981 film Excalibur. Other movie roles include playing Prince John in Anthony Harvey’s The Lion in Winter and playing the title role of Caravaggio in the Derek Jarman film. On television he appeared in Agatha Christie's Marple, MI-5, Foyle's War, Holby City, Mortimer's Law, Resort to Murder, Highlander, The Orchid House, Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Denys Villiers, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Sherlock Holmes and Kenilworth.

Nigel Terry died last Thursday after contracting emphysema.

Via Doctor Who News

Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale

‘I do hope you’re all ready to be terrified!’

The Phaeron disappeared from the universe over a million years ago. They travelled among the stars using roads made from time and space, but left only relics behind. But what actually happened to the Phaeron?

Some believe they were they eradicated by a superior force…

Others claim they destroyed themselves.

Or were they in fact the victims of an even more hideous fate?

In the far future, humans discover the location of the last Phaeron road – and the Doctor and Clara join the mission to see where the road leads. Each member of the research team knows exactly what they’re looking for – but only the Doctor knows exactly what they’ll find.

Because only the Doctor knows the true secret of the Phaeron: a monstrous secret so terrible and powerful that it must be buried in the deepest grave imaginable…

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Spoilers - Maisie Williams filming alongside Peter Capaldi

 The Mirror has put up some spoiler pictures

It appears Maisie hasn’t given up her tough girl attitude in the guest starring role where she appears to be a bandit robbing a stagecoach which just happens to hold, you guessed it, the Doctor.

The actress, who was announced as a guest star in March , has so far kept her role under wraps and despite being quizzed about her character on numerous occasions, she has managed to keep it secret.

She previously told Alan Carr: "There's been a lot of speculation about whether she's like a younger Clara or whether she is a new character completely," she said. "I'm not going to tell you which one.
"Whether she is good or bad is up for discussion, I think. She does put the Doctor to the test and it's sort of a dynamic that we haven't seen before."

And talking about being part of such an iconic series, she said; "It's wonderful. The set's amazing.

"I'm used to being part of Game of Thrones and going into something where you're a small part of something else. You don't want to hold anything up because they've got such a well-oiled machine going.
"Everyone is so accommodating and lovely and happy to have me. There's no rivalry that I thought there would be - 'You're from Game of Thrones' and I'm like, 'You're from Doctor Who'. They're really lovely."

More details and a video over at The Mirror

The Drosten's Curse

Isn't life terrible? Isn't it all going to end in tears? 

Won't it be good to just give up and let something else run my mind, my life?

Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers' Golf Spa Hotel, never to be seen again. It might be related to the strange twin grandchildren of the equally strange Mrs Fetch - owner of the hotel and fascinated with octopuses.

It could be the fact that people in the surrounding area suddenly know what others are thinking, without anyone saying a word. Whatever it is, the Doctor is most at home when faced with the distinctly odd.

With the help of Fetch Brothers' Junior Receptionist Bryony, he'll get to the bottom of things. Just so long as he does so in time to save Bryony from quite literally losing her mind, and the entire world from destruction. Because something huge, ancient and alien lies hidden beneath the ground - and it's starting to wake up...
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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Torchwood returns!

Big Finish proudly presents John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood - an all new series of audio dramas based on the fantastic Doctor Who spin-off series.

Torchwood, the intrepid team of alien investigators, returns in a series of six audio productions, as part of a licensing deal with BBC Worldwide.

Once again, the Torchwood team will be led by the irrepressible Captain Jack, as played by John Barrowman - who broke the news of the series return on his radio show on Sunday evening.
Conceived as a spin-off from Doctor Who, Torchwood was created by Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Cucumber, Banana, Queer as Folk) and made its debut on television in 2006. The top secret organisation Torchwood saved Cardiff (and often the world) from alien menaces and terrifying forces, trying to keep the city safe from the inter-dimensional rift that ran through it. In charge of Torchwood was Captain Jack, a man who has been called: “A companion to the Doctor, a rogue Time Agent, an immortal, a dangerous con-man, and very good at parties.” Captain Jack can't be exterminated or trusted, and there's just no stopping him.

The new series of audio dramas will each focus on different members of the Torchwood team, exploring the impact that a mysterious event has on them. Starting off the range will be John Barrowman, who stars in The Conspiracy, a deadly thriller by David Llewellyn, which is released September 2015.

Torchwood creator Russell T Davies says: “Torchwood has been to the Moon, and America, and the Himalayas, but now I think it's finally coming home, to the brilliance of Big Finish."
What's great about Torchwood is that it is as unstoppable as Captain Jack and just as persuasive,” says producer James Goss. “Torchwood has been a ratings success on nearly every BBC channel, and it's one of the few UK series to translate to America. It's already been a series of iPlayer-topping audio plays, and we are thrilled to continue it. It’s just so exciting to be starting off the range with a drama starring John Barrowman – he leapt at the chance to display a whole new side to Captain Jack.”

Executive producer Nicholas Briggs says: Torchwood is something we’ve wanted to do for ages. It has great characters and there are many stories to be told. Our mission is to bring a whole new series of dramatic adventures to life. We’re starting off with these more intimate, focused releases and will then move on to bigger casts and even wider scope. We’re very much looking forward to working with all the cast and it’s been such a pleasure liaising with Russell T Davies about this. He couldn’t have been more supportive and helpful. Our Torchwood producer, James Goss, has really hit the ground running and his tangible enthusiasm is already proving rather an inspiration to us.”

Additional cast members for the series will be revealed later.

Big Finish - Torchwood by big-finish
Torchwood: The Conspiracy will be released in September 2015, with the remaining five instalments following monthly from January 2016.

You can pre-order all six release now, both individually, or as part of a subscription.
For many more details, watch this space over the coming months.

The Fate of Krelos Cover released by Big Finish

The cover for July's Fourth Doctor Adventure is now on the Big Finish website - Doctor Who: The Fate of Krelos

July's Fourth Doctor adventure, starring Tom Baker, Louise Jameson and John Leeson, is Nicholas Briggs' Doctor Who - The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Fate of Krelos: There are dark skies on Krelos… and something gigantic is descending.

Meanwhile, the Doctor and Leela set off for some fishing in the mountain pools of Krelos. K9 has interfaced with the TARDIS and has reactivated the architectural configuration from the days of the Doctor’s second incarnation. In passing, the Doctor notes it could do with a good clean. And there’s a familiar piece of material snagged on the console.

Far up the mountain, an aged explorer is in trouble. Will the Doctor and Leela be able to save him and his planet? And what is it that K9 has discovered in the TARDIS?

The Anthony Lamb-designed cover for Doctor Who - The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Fate of Krelos is now online. The story can be pre-ordered on CD (with free UK postage) or Download, and exclusive to Big Finish customers, any CD purchase grants instant access to a download version too, so there's no need to wait for a CD to arrive on your doormat before listening to the Fourth Doctor's latest adventure!

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Why a Doctor Who movie starring David Tennant never happened, according to Peter Davison

There’s been a lot of discussion about a Doctor Who movie lately. According to leaked emails from Sony, BBC Worldwide were keen to put the Time Lord on the big screen. Steven Moffat is…less keen. 

Now a former Doctor has weighed into the argument. “Yes, undoubtedly it could work, if you could match the special effects,” Peter Davison tells RadioTimes.com – but he had one reservation. “It seems to me that the movie has got to be made with the current Doctor in it, but the difficulty is the movie process is so long.”

Davison sees an issue with a potential movie being released after a Doctor has left the show. “If they were to plan a movie now, then [Peter Capaldi] would have to commit to being in it in two years' time when it finally came out. A movie with a previous Doctor in it would just be a bit odd, I think.”

But what about the idea that the movies might not feature the same Doctor as the TV show, that it could be entirely separate? Doc Five is sceptical.

“You mean maybe not even have the current Doctor in it? Mmmmm. I don’t know if that would work.”
Plans for a movie are not exactly new: Peter Cushing actually starred in two back in the 1960s. More recently, it was heavily rumoured that a film starring David Tennant – Davison’s son-in-law – was in the works.

“There was a movie mooted when David was doing it,” Davison explained. “It didn’t happen in the end because by the time they had even started to sit down about it David had left.”

Davison left the role in 1984, but has remained connected to the show: cameoing with Tennant, producing the hilarious Five(ish) Doctors Reboot for the fiftieth anniversary and now hosting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular.

Featuring music from the show and stage invasions by baddies like the Silence, it’s probably the only concert that comes with a spoiler warning. Despite that, Davison is very much playing himself, not the Doctor.
“No, I’m not coming on dressed in my outfit.”

The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tours Britain from 23rd May

By Jonathan Holmes for the Radio Times

City of Death by Douglas Adams and James Goss

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris - a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years. 

But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks - not in their wine glasses but in the very fabric of time itself. Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth.

Aided by British private detective Duggan, whose speciality is thumping people, the Doctor and Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni - all twelve of him - if the human race has any chance of survival. But then, the Doctor's holidays tend to turn out a bit like this.

Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, City of Death is a novel by James Goss based on the 1979 Doctor Who story written by Douglas Adams under the pen-name David Agnew. City of Death is one of the best-loved serials in the show's 50-year history and was watched by over 16 million viewers when first broadcast.

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