May 11, 2006

10 things to do while you’re waiting for the next episode of Doctor Who…

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10. Drum the Doctor Who theme on your keyboard
9.  Engage in a torrent of ethical angsting (for a bit anyway)
8.  Spell-check your “Bring back Doctor Who” email to the Sci-Fi network
7.  Help Mickey defend the Earth
6.  Watch the trailer over and over and over and over and over again
5.  Renew your DWIN membership online
4.  Curse the NHL Players Association for not holding out longer
3.  Generate new anagrams of ‘Doctor Who’ for use in future season story arcs (“Crow Dot Ho”, “Crowd Hoot” “Cohort Dow”) and then register all possible domain names. 
2.  Make dire predictions on Outpost Gallifrey
1.  Clean the dust off your VHS copies

roll for your regeneration

The comic Full Frontal Nerdity has a funny installment today about the Doctor Who role-playing game (the FASA version - you can see the box). Those of us who have played it know that regenerations can happen that frequently.

Still waiting for a d20 Doctor Who game…

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May 08, 2006

BAFTA-stic!

Oh Wow!

Just when you think Doctor Who’s success story can’t get anymore awesome, something else even more amazing happens. Congratulations to all!

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May 07, 2006

New Dubai

I don’t think it’s a spoiler to point out that one of the towers of New Earth (seen in a few images on the BBC site) seems to be copied from one of the most luxuriant hotels in the world, the Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai. And also, according to some people, it looks a bit like a cat!

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April 28, 2006

The 2007 Crew

The latest DWM has the writers for Season 3 of Doctor Who. Russell Davies, will write the Christmas special and a few episodes and also joining him are Stephen Fry (held over from last year), Paul Cornell (writing a two-parter), Steven Moffatt, Script editor Helen Raynor gets a two-parter as well and new series writer wannabe Gareth Roberts finally gets his shot at writing Doctor Who on TV—having written Doctor Who for the books, audios, short stories, annuals, interactive TV specials and mobile phone episodettes. And that was just the past 12 months!*

If Season One’s line up was a ‘dream team’ of the best writers from the interegnum between series, and this year was a crew of new and dynamic writers (plus a couple from last season and a much-loved former DWM columnist turned successful screenwriter), season three seems to have a bit of both: familiar names (both in terms of Who work and past work on the series) and a couple of new names just to mix it up a bit (I’m looking forward to seeing what Helen Raynor brings and Stephen Fry had me at hello back when he was announed last year)

While the second season is just unfolding in Britain even as we speak, we’re already excited about what’s in store for the Doctor and Rose beyond this year! Roll on 2007!


* Okay, pedants, Gareth didn’t write an audio in the past 12 months!

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April 27, 2006

Doctor Who: the widget

If you’re a Mac user, make sure you don’t fall behind on your Doctor Who news with this nifty widget. It displays news feeds from the BBC or the OG, but not both at once, unfortunately.

For instance, today I learned about the cover design of the series 2, volume 2 DVD, and now I can impress people who are not quite as sad as me.

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April 17, 2006

Confidientially Disappointing

No, we’re not talking about New Earth (ask us at the Doctor Who Blog about that when it’s on Canadian television) but about recent goings on at the usually amazing official BBC Doctor Who site

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Last year, we were able to watch Doctor Who Confidential online. Not this year. Oh, there’s a page for it alright, but it’s just showing us trivia and a listing of all the music North American fans won’t be able to experience because by the time it makes the Series Two DVD it will all be cut out (for rights issues) along with all the classic series stuff (for no good reason).

It’s a shame they’re not putting the episodes online. They obviously were a great draw for BBC3 last year even when the episodes were online, so why not put them up now? It’s a nice added draw to the site and demonstrates that the powers-that-be are aware that not all Doctor Who fans have access to British digital cable.

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April 12, 2006

The New Earth is Coming….

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Saturday April 15th sees the beginning of the 28th season of Doctor Who. David Tennant’s first season as the 10th Doctor begins with an episode entitled “New Earth”, to be broadcast on BBC1 at 7:15pm. CBC will likely follow suite in the autumn.  The year promises to be an exciting one with old and new, friend and foe!

Doctor Who….....43 Years old and still going as strong as ever. Something we should never take for granted.

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April 03, 2006

Podshocked

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Wikipedia defines Podcasting as “...the distribution of audio or video files, such as radio programs or music videos, over the Internet using either RSS or Atom syndication for listening on mobile devices and personal computers. Podcasting’s essence is about creating content (audio or video) for an audience that wants to listen when they want, where they want, and how they want.”

Ove the last year the worlds of Doctor Who and podcasting have joined up and a number of Doctor Who specific podcasts have been created. Probably the best known of these is Podshock. Podshock is produced by the Gallifreyan Embassy of Long Island, New York. The Gallifrey Embassy is a local Doctor Who club that was started back in 1985. In 2005 they celebrated two decades of Doctor Who fandom with a new revamped interactive web site and the international podcast.

Hosts Louis Trapani and Ken Deep of Long Island as well as James Naughton in the United Kingdom put together a weekly audio show about the worlds of Doctor Who. Along with a series of reviewers and international correspondants they talk about the latest Doctor Who news, upcoming and current episodes, audios and just about everything else to do with Doctor Who.

Each weeks new show is available as a direct download from The Gallifrey Embassy website or through iTunes.  Recently Podshock broke into the Top 100 podcasts at the US iTunes store in the Arts and Entertainment category.

Much like fanzines of the past and the present podcasts are a labour of love by fans who put in long hours of work on a product to be shared and enjoyed by other Doctor Who fans.

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March 28, 2006

Eyes on the Prize

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The BAFTA nominations are now in.

The good news: DOCTOR WHO IS NOMINATED FOR BEST DRAMA SERIES!!!

The bad news: Christopher Eccleston was robbed of the best actor nomination he deserved.

But the good news is really great indeed! This is the first time the series has been nominated for a BAFTA…well, ever (though it did get a special BAFTA for children’s programming in the seventies). It’s the capper on an amazing ride that began (officially on BBC1 anyway) a year and two days ago.

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