Included in this edition: Christopher Eccleston Expresses Regret For His Quick Doctor Who Departure, The Doctor Who Christmas special is "absolutely beautiful" and made Mark Gatiss cry, Exclusive: 'Doctor Who' star Colin Baker reflects on his era and 'that awful outfit', plus even more news and reviews.....
Doctor Who Roundup on Friday, September 16, 2016
Thursday, 15 September 2016
For a long time Big Finish listeners asked if we were considering any special releases on vinyl. Eventually we bowed to interest and started work on two such projects with the first - Paul McGann and India Fisher's classic Christmas murder-mystery Doctor Who - The Chimes of Midnight Limited Vinyl Edition out from today:
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a creature was stirring...
But something must be stirring. Something hidden in the shadows. Something which kills the servants of an old Edwardian mansion in the most brutal and macabre manner possible. Exactly on the chiming of the hour, every hour, as the grandfather clock ticks on towards midnight.
Trapped and afraid, the Doctor and Charley are forced to play detective to murders with no motive, where even the victims don't stay dead.
Time is running out. And time itself might well be the killer...
This epic four-disc set comes in new packaging which shows off the new Tom Webster artwork to its awesome best, the discs also containing a brand new documentary which talks to some of the people involved in the making of this gorgeous release. An excerpt can be heard below:
Check out our Facebook pages for Kris Griffin's unboxing video, showing the set off to its full potential and answering some of your questions along the way.
Doctor Who - The Chimes of Midnight Limited Vinyl Edition is available from today. In April 2017, classic Cyberman story Doctor Who - Spare Parts is our second limited vinyl edition. Please note that both titles are shipped using a door-to-door courier and are strictly limited to just 500 copies.
Paul McGann will next be heard as the Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who - Doom Coalition - Series 3 , while in November India Fisher returns to the role of Charley Pollard for Doctor Who - Short Trips: The Man Who Wasn't There.
|Stardust by AjchaTu|
Todays miscellany from the Whonivese...
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOHN LEVENE EXCLUSIVE: Sontaran Monster Month Wallpaper It's Still A Police Box, Why Hasn't It Changed? Part Six: Foam, If You Want To, All Around The World REVIEW - THE EARLY ADVENTURES 3.1 THE AGE OF ENDURANCE - Planet Mondas Alex Kingston Autographing - Thursday, 11:00 AM - Conferences - New York Comic Con - October 6 - 9, 2016 - Javits Center Review - Doctor Who: The 3rd Doctor # 1 (of 5) Doctor Who Reviews - Maker of Demons (Big Finish)
Check out all the details on Issue #19 below....
Andrew Cartmel’s run on the DWA comic strip continues as the Doctor and Jata the alien horse find themselves besieged by zombies at one of the top schools in the country.
MATRIX CRAFT STUDIO
Enter the Matrix and build your own Time Lord Presidential Staff! You too can have the swag of a President of Gallifrey!
UNIT ALIEN ARCHIVE
Find out all there is to know about the horrendous Sandmen!
RACE FOR SURVIVAL!
Who can escape the Daleks first? Missy, the Doctor or Osgood?
STRAX AND THE TIME SHARK!
Strax and the Doctor have a bizarre game of bowls!
THE PATERNOSTER GANG INVESTIGATES
The Paternoster Gang investigate the Insidious Ideas of the Danger Thinkers, in a terrifying tale from Rik Hoskin!
Doctor Who Adventures #19 comes with a FREE pair of wall-crawling Cybermen plus a set of Story Dice!
Via the BBC
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
|Dalek Supreme by MightyOtaking|
Todays latest from the Whoniverse...
Who Are The Sontarans? - TARDIS Index File - Doctor Who Do the different Doctors' personalities in Doctor Who hide a secret message? DOCTOR WHO Cyberman Attack Electronic Toy Review | Votesaxon07 New picture from Doctor Who spin-off Class teases war and advanced mathematics 8 things we never found out about Clara in 'Doctor Who' REVIEW - 216: MAKER OF DEMONS - Planet Mondas Gallifrey to Trenzalore #25: The Keys of Marinus by Terry Nation
The brand-new Doctor Who spin off series Class, set in the legendary Coal Hill School, has launched its social media channels, so you’ll never be late for class again!
Class is a YA series that will premiere on BBC Three this Autumn and will feature more mature themes than Doctor Who - please note it is not suitable viewing for younger audiences.
Starring exciting young new talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah, as well as the brilliant Katherine Kelly, Class centres on four Coal Hill School students as they face their own fears and navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence.
You can catch all the latest Class news and photos on:
|Scan this snapcode in Snapchat to follow BBCClass, or search 'BBCClass' in Snapchat!|
Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.
Today sees the release of Doctor Who - The Early Adventures: The Age of Endurance, starring William Russell and Carole Ann Ford as The Doctor, Ian and Susan and Jemma Powell (who played Jacqueline Hill in 2013's An Adventure in Space and Time) as Barbara:
The TARDIS materialises on board a still and eerie spaceship. When a squad of soldiers land, they realise they've found themselves in the middle of a war zone. With one of their crew trapped by the enemy, the Doctor and his friends find themselves locked in a desperate race for survival. Vast warships manoeuvre around each other as both sides try to out-think their opponents, flying into ever more dangerous areas of space.
The stakes could not be higher. But as ever in war, the lines between good and evil are hard to define. Will anyone survive to claim the moral high ground?
Doctor Who - The Early Adventures: The Age of Endurance is available now on Download and CD (which instantly unlocks a download version so that you can be listening even as our dispatch department puts your CD into the post!). If you're using any of the free Big Finish apps, you can even listen on the go!
This third series of four Doctor Who - The Early Adventures can be subscribed to for a saving - the first two series are both available as value-for-money bundles. The range continues next month with Doctor Who - The Early Adventures: The Fifth Traveller.
Check out our entire selection of First Doctor stories here.
Via Big Finish
When something enormous crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilize immediately, only to find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader.
But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip the whole world off its axis! It’s classic third Doctor action as you’ve never seen it before!
Doctor Who: 3rd Doctor #1 (Boo Cook Forbidden Planet/Jetpack Comics Variant) Doctor Who: 3rd #1 (Cover A Burns) Doctor Who: 3rd #1 (Cover B Photo) Doctor Who: 3rd #1 (Cover C Myers) Doctor Who: 3rd #1 (Cover D McCaffrey) Doctor Who: 3rd #1 (Blank Sketch Variant)
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
|The Foretold Stare by petrasrenata|
A selection of todays goodies from the Whoniverse...
The Enemy Within New Doctor Who spin-off Class now has a logo How quickly can you recognise the Doctor Who characters from the back of their heads? Your CHICAGO TARDIS Charity Auction Motivational Post
“I really liked the show (especially the third series) and would be very happy to see more – monsters and mayhem, why not?” he told Doctor Who News after receiving a new wave of hate mail in the wake of Torchwood star John Barrowman‘s recent comments indicating a new season would require “approval from certain people involved with Doctor Who” and that the situation would be more favorable “when somebody leaves.”
Moffat made it clear that he has not blocked a new season and is not even in a position to do so. “As John perfectly well knows, it’s not my show and I could no more prevent it happening that he could cancel Sherlock,” he said. “I am bewildered, and a little cross, even to be included in this conversation.”
Though Moffat first wrote Barrowman’s character, Captain Jack Harkness, in the first season two-parter “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances,” Torchwood — and indeed a lot of the character’s development — is the creation of Russell T. Davies. Following the completion of Torchwood‘s fourth season, Davies announced the series would go on an indefinite hiatus due to personal reasons.
And while it seems Barrowman believes he will find a warmer reception with incoming Doctor Who head writer Chris Chibnall, who shared head writing duties with Davies on Torchwood‘s first season, he can be heard as Captain Jack in a series of audio dramas from Big Finish; which recently announced a new series of adventures with the character set for release next year.
Via Bleeding Cool by Erik Amaya
However, frequent Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss (who is writing an episode for the upcoming series) says that the new material might be worth the wait – because this year’s festive special is some of head writer Steven Moffat’s best work yet.
“I think the Christmas special… which is the only one this year…I think is one of Steve’s best ever scripts, absolutely beautiful,” Gatiss told the audience at a Victoria & Albert Museum members’ talk last night.
“It made me cry.”
Unfortunately Gatiss didn’t mention whether they were tears of joy or tears of inestimable sadness (either standard Doctor Who reactions, really), and generally preferred to keep the lid on anything we could expect for the Doctor’s future adventures next April.
“What can you expect?” he mused. “The Doctor is in it. It’s great!”
But in fairness, some of Gatiss’ caginess came from his own desire not to spoil the new series for himself, as he went on to explain.
“I’ve read three scripts. I’ve seen a little bit. Just because of the new companion and things,” he said.
“But I don’t want to see it, because it spoils it! I am such a fan, I just want to watch it.
“Peter Capaldi’s first season, the second half of that I knew nothing about. And it was such a joy to watch the next time trailer and just be totally surprised."
“So I mean, I have to, to some extent, but I try and see as little as possible, because I don’t wanna spoil it.”
Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton
The September release in our Doctor Who - Main Range brings together Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Bonnie Langford in Matthew J Elliott's Doctor Who - Maker of Demons:
Decades ago, the mysterious time-travelling Doctor and his cheerful companion Mel became the toast of the planet Prosper, when they brokered a peace between the native Mogera and humans from the colony ship The Duke of Milan.
But when the TARDIS at last returns to Prosper, the Doctor, Mel and their associate Ace find only a warzone. The burrowing Mogera have become brutal monsters, dominated by their terrifying leader Caliban – and it's all the Doctor's fault!
Doctor Who - Maker of Demons is now available on either Download or CD (which instantly unlocks a download version so you can be listening even as your CD is heading into the post). Use one of the free Big Finish apps to listen while on the move!
For any subscribers to our main Doctor Who range, the latest Doctor Who - Subscriber Short Trip is now available as a download in your accounts: Doctor Who - The Shrine of Sorrows by Julian Richards. All subscribers get one of these for free every three months as part of a subscription package which also includes the PDF download of each script, and an extended version of the CD extras.
Via Big Finish
Monday, 12 September 2016
The latest from the Whoniverse...
Class: BBC Three Teaser Trailer Exclusive: 'Doctor Who' star Colin Baker reflects on his era and 'that awful outfit' John Barrowman has a special deal to help him return to Doctor Who Doctor Who Reviews - The Tenth Doctor: Volume 4 - 'The Endless Song' (Titan Comics) Doctor Who Reviews - The Macra Terror (AudioBook)
Eccleston offered his comments on 774 ABC Melbourne’s Drive program. In regard to his regrets for leaving, he said, “It was kind of tragic for me, that I didn’t play him for longer. He’s a beautiful character and I have a great deal of professional pride and had I done a second season, there would have been a marked improvement in my performance.” He added that the show offered him a chance to learn light comedy, a skill he is not particularly known for.
The actor also further clarified his reasons for leaving so quickly. When asked previously, he talked about a clash of cultures and the terrible behavior of “upper management” toward members of the crew. In the Drive interview, he zeroed in on someone specific: the director of the first episode.”It’s very important on a first series that you make a very informed and intelligent choice, even if it means breaking the budget,” he explained. “About getting the first director who is going to set the tone for the season, for the way the actors relate and that did not happen. Disaster.”
Though Eccleston does not name names, Keith Boak directed the first production block back in 2003. He is credited as the director of the first episode, Rose, and the new series first two-parter, Aliens of London/World War III.
Even at the time, rumours emerged indicating that Eccleston was ready to walk way during that first recording block, with Boak as a principle reason for the actor’s displeasure. Consequently, Boak was never asked to return to the show.
And it seems with the passage of time, Eccleston is more and more willing to talk about what was undoubtedly a difficult start for the series. Perhaps some day, he will be more willing to engage with the show — and perhaps appear in subsequent anniversary special — without that bitterness getting in the way.
Via Bleeding Cool by Erik Amaya
Sunday, 11 September 2016
|Featured image via E-SPACE-Productions|
Another selection from the Whoniverse...
btt80s close What the BBC had up their sleeves ... REMASTERED: The Tenth Doctor meets Holly from Red Dwarf Lethbridge-Stewart: free download The Last Duty / The Havoc Files 2 update Doctor Who The Power of the Daleks Episode 2 Animated CGI Reconstruction I am the remaster, and you will obey me (part one) Gallifrey to Trenzalore #24: Who Discovered America? by John Lucarotti Film & Comic Con Bournemouth, Dorset - September 2016 Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles - The Library of Alexandria