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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March 02, 2014

50 Glorious Years: Episode 51 - 2013

The 50th Anniversary year was a fitting celebration for the Golden Anniversary of the greatest television series of all time. It is debatable what the biggest highlight of the year was. In might have been:

- the colour footage of William Hartnell and the other Doctor’s integrated into The Name of the Doctor.
- the introduction of John Hurt as a Doctor from the past we never knew about.
- the live announcement of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.
- the announcement of the recovery of the 5 missing episodes of The Enemy of the World and 4 of the 5 missing episodes from The Web of Fear, with pretty strong rumours for more missing episodes to come.
- the surprise return of Paul McGann to the role, allowing us to see his regeneration at last in The Night of the Doctor.
- the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor generally.
- the surprise appearance of Peter Capaldi’s eyes in The Day of the Doctor.
- the appearance of all of the Doctors in The Day of the Doctor.
- the surprise return of Tom Baker, on screen with another Doctor at the same time for the first time ever
- The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
- the regeneration of Matt Smith into Peter Capaldi in The Time of the Doctor;

or, something else entirely. Maybe the entire year. What dear reader, do you think?

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February 23, 2014

50 Glorious Years: Episode 50 - 2012

In years to come 2012 might be seen as the calm before the storm. Just six new series episodes were shown in 2012, ahead of the big anniversary year that was to follow a year later. Amy ended her record-breaking long run as a new series companion (two and half seasons in a row) departing at the same time as Rory (literally departing to the same time) while Jenna-Louise Coleman (as she then was) made her debut in two different parts, neither of which were exactly the companion role that she would start to play in earnest in 2013. Out of the 6 stories this year, no less than three featured principle photography overseas, a much higher percentage than normal for the show. The series maintained its popularity in the UK despite the fewer episodes while the series gained in popularity in North America.

And then up next….....

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