February 22, 2015

This is not a photo from the filming of the new season

Which is a shame, as doesn’t Jenna look lovely? She almost looks like a Magician’s Apprentice.

Possibly that or a Witch’s Familiar.

We’ll find out, though probably not until late August.

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February 01, 2015

Desert Island Hartnell

Another treat from the archives has been found. William Hartnell’s interview on Desert Island Discs, a famous BBC radio programme where celebrities were interviewed and indicated what records and other luxury items they would choose to have with them if they were stuck on a desert island, has been partially found. You can listen to 16 minutes of the interview here. The interview starts with music chosen by Hartnell and then the interview proceeds from there, with Doctor Who beginning to be discussed towards the end of the extract. It was recorded in 1965, at a time when Hartnell was playing the Doctor on television.

Hartnell’s appearance on Desert Island Discs has been known about for a long time, but no trace of it was found until now. There has been no word on the circumstances of its recovery. This is the second interview with Hartnell from the mid 1960’s to be found and released in the last few years - a filmed interview with Hartnell from 1966 (just after he finished playing the Doctor) was discovered by research Richard Bignell and included as an extra on The Tenth Planet DVD which came out late in 2013.

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January 24, 2015

Record-Breaking Year for Jenna Coleman?

The BBC announced after Last Christmas aired that Jenna Coleman will be back for the whole of the 2015 season. While we have to see if that will be true (at least in terms of the whole season), assuming it is Jenna might possibly be breaking a record for longest run as the “current” companion in the new series both in terms of the number of episodes and calendar years. Jenna has been the new companion since December 2012 (for the moment I am leaving aside the guest appearance in Asylum of the Daleks in August of that year since she wasn’t considered “the” companion at time). She did 11 new series episodes from December 2012 through December 2013, and followed that up with 13 more in 2014.  If she stays for the whole season (let’s say either 12 or 13 episodes, depending on whether they do another double-length episode as with Day of the Doctor & Deep Breath), that will put her at at least 36, possibly 37 new series episodes (and that’s with counting the double-length episodes as one). Billie Piper’s run as the current companion was 27 episodes. Karen Gillan as Amy did 33 (I am including Closing Time and The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe in this run, since they are in the middle of her “era” and she does feature, albeit briefly as both). Neither Freema Agyeman nor Catherine Tate came close close to this, and of course Arthur Darvill’s duration as a companion was shorter than Karen Gillan. Assuming the season ends in November once again, she will also have been the current companion for at least 36 months (December 2012 through to November 2015). As such, if the BBC is true in their word, Jenna will break a couple of records.

When Moffat is involved though, it is always a big “if”.....

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December 26, 2014

Dreaming of a White Christmas

The 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special has aired. What did you all think of Last Christmas? So good that you must be dreaming? A horrible nightmare? A story worthy of a soundtrack by Tangerine Dream? Please let us know what you thought in the comments section, whether you had a white Christmas or not.

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December 14, 2014

How long will Last Christmas last?

We’re just 11 days away from the next Doctor Who Christmas Special, which we think will last 60 minutes - although given the penchant for the most recent season of Doctor Who to over-run the alleged 45 minute episode length (I think only one episode of the season clocks in at the 45 minute mark, now that I’ve got my 2014 season blu-ray set to check - the rest run over, not that I’m complaining), who knows how long this special will actually be. Will it be the last story for Jenna Coleman on board the TARDIS? Or will she last even longer as the companion? We’ll find out soon enough when Last Christmas is shown on December 25th, with a 9pm broadcast time on Space and BBC America.

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November 23, 2014

Happy 51st Anniversary

- From a review in The Stage and Television Today 5 December 1963

(Thanks to The Doctor Who Cuttings Archive)

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November 09, 2014

Eternal Rains Will Come

Well, I wasn’t expecting that. What is “that”? Pretty much any part of Death in Heaven, the finale of the 2014 season of Doctor Who. But never mind me. What did you think of the episode? The season as a whole? The characters that played a major part in this season? As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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November 03, 2014

Mystifying Missy

Better late than never, if you missed Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who you should give reading the comments on this blog a miss. If you missed the clues as to who Missy is, you might not be alone. You might think this episode was fantastic, or you may have a bone to pick with it. Take a Deep Breath, take a plunge and give us your thoughts on the first part of the season finale, Dark Water in the comments section below.

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October 26, 2014

Not the Battle of Epping Forest

This is not the Battle of Epping Forest. right outside the TARDIS door (apologies to Genesis), but nevertheless, it is still an adventure that takes place in a forest in London. Or perhaps its a Forest which takes its place in London. Either way, let us know what you thought of the tenth episode of the 2014 season of Doctor Who, In the Forest of the Night. Did the episode show Doctor Who branching out in a great new direction, or did it bark up the wrong tree?

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October 18, 2014

Who’s Flatline is it Anyway?

What did you think of tonight’s episode of Doctor Who? Do you think that the aliens could hear what the Doctor named them when half of the audience couldn’t and even if they did, do you think they’ll accept what the Doctor called them? What do you think the Doctor called them? Do you think it would have been cool if the two-dimensional creatures had been defeated after a teacher from Coal Hill School gave them the old five-dimensional problem to solve (using the 2D blackboard that Ian Chesterton once used in An Unearthly Child)? Tell us flatly what your answers are to these questions, or even better, ignore my silliness and just tell us what you thought of the episode. Remember, goodness doesn’t necessarily have to have anything to do with it.

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