July 23, 2014

One month to go!

One month from today Doctor Who will be returning to our screens with the start of a new season and the proper beginning of the Peter Capaldi era of the show! Look for the broadcast at 8pm in North America on Space and BBC America in Canada and the US, respectively.

This will be the 36th Season of Doctor Who by my counting. Not that my counting really counts for anything.

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July 05, 2014

Take a Breath, Take a Deep Breath Now

Doctor Who
returns to our screens on August 23rd with the debut adventure of the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in the “feature length” adventure Deep Breath. What does “feature length” actually mean in terms of running time? We are not quite sure in this instance - the 75 minute Day of the Doctor was also promoted by the BBC as being “feature length” - it is likely that the episode will be longer than 60 minutes but unlikely to be longer than 90. Although a double-length episode might help to explain why (or reassure) Capaldi’s first season is said to be only 12 episodes long (not counting the Christmas special that will follow in December) - a 90 minute debut episode would effectively mean that the season will be just as long as previous seasons, with two episodes combined into one. But time will tell. And very soon…....

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June 19, 2014

The Kind of Massacre I’d Like to See

Just because I hadn’t seen this photo before, from a story from which there aren’t any telesnaps and very few photographs. And no footage which exists in the BBC archives. Note the qualifier, conspiracy-theorists…....

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June 10, 2014

Adventure Has a New Face

We think it is the one on the right, but Who knows?

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June 02, 2014

Enlightenment’s Glorious Return

It’s been far too long, but Real Life Issues have been beaten into submission by two falls to three, and the first all-digital issue of Enlightenment is now available for download from the DWIN website. Just go to http://dwin.org/home/enlightenment/article/issue_172/ and click on “Download this issue” for your PDF copy, and please report any technical issues so we can address them as quickly as possible. Welcome to the new age! We’re radioactive! I can’t get that song out of my head!

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May 23, 2014

Me Want

A new CD of the music of television and film incidental music composer Don Harper, featuring a previously unreleased score for the 1968 Cybermen epic, The Invasion.

The CD, along with another one featuring the electronic music of Eric Siday (which featured in William Hartnell stories such as The Edge of Destruction) can be ordered from Dual Planet (the company releasing the albums) from their website.

(And yes, it is called “The Edge of Destruction” - take that, DWM!)

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May 11, 2014

Summer Who

As the weather is finally starting to get warmer, we remind you that the new series of Doctor Who (Season 34,  35, or 36 or Series 8 or the 2014 Season or Peter Capaldi Series 1, who knows what to call it) is expected to begin airing later in the summer in August - likely late August. We look forward to seeing more of Jenna Coleman because, well, who wouldn’t?

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April 21, 2014

Extremely Cool Yeti & Cybermen Footage from the 1960’s!

British Pathé, the organization that filmed visual reports that were shown in the cinemas in the days before television and early days for television (at a time when lots of people did not have regular access to a tv set), have uploaded its collection of 85,000 films (spanning the years 1896 to 1976) on to youtube.  There are a number of cool archive finds for Doctor Who (not missing episodes themselves unfortunately) including this one from 1968 that features a Cyberman and Yeti at the 1967/68 Schoolboys’ and Girls’ Exhibition at the Olympia. There is also some cool colour footage of Jon Pertwee with this then-wife Jean Marsh (which I did a post on this site a number of years ago). There is a lot of other cool footage not-related to Doctor Who amongst the 85,000 films that have been uploaded, but as this is a blog dedicated to Doctor Who, we trust you won’t mind if we just point out the Doctor Who stuff here. 

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April 05, 2014

Spring is in the air

And I like what Jenna Coleman has done with her hair.

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March 20, 2014

50 Glorious Years: Epilogue - To Our Children’s Children’s Children’s Future

Where do things go from here for Doctor Who, for the next 50 years? Well we know it starts with Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor (let’s not get into a tedious numbering debate - at least, not here, and not yet). The wonderful thing about Doctor Who is that one feels it really could go anywhere, and that, even if there are stops and starts, it will indeed last another 50 years and longer. Which would mean that not only will many of the original fans from the 60’s be outlived by the shnow, even fans like myself (who may be described as being from the 1980’s) won’t get to see all future Doctor Who stories that will be made. Which is why it is always great to see new generation after new generation to get into the show, because, unselfishly, we know that Doctor Who is such a great show, a fantastic idea and such an important role-model and hero as the main character, it is important that future generations enjoy the character long after we are able to do so on this mortal coil. As for what technological innovations might be around decades from now for new episodes to be made in…....well that’s something to have fun imagining.

Another question is whether fans will get a chance to see all of the old stories that we haven’t been able to, in one form or another. As either episode recoveries and animations seem to happen every year lately, and as technology continues to improve, the chances of us being able to sit down and watch Doctor Who from beginning to the present day seems more and more likely, and far more so than it ever did. Just like the notion that there is a new generation of fans who may never know what it is like to watch The Mind of Evil in black and white (and may not ever know what it was like to dream for decades that one day we could do so), there one day might be fans who will never know what it is like to have to listen to a missing story soundtrack without any moving images whatsoever. Well, it’s a nice dream to have, for both Doctor Who’s past and Doctor Who’s future.

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