August 14, 2006

Best Casting News Ever

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That’s right, for all you fans of both the P.D. James Mysteries and the classic tv series The Sandbaggers, Adam Dalgliesh/Neil Burnside himself, actor Roy Marsden will finally be appearing in Doctor Who in time for its 29th season. Marsden has, in the opinion of this blogger, been one of the finest actors in Britain to have never worked on Doctor Who in any of its many forms. An actor with career spanning over years appearing on a 43 year old show - its about time!

Those wishing to see Marsden in his acting prime should check out The Sandbaggers, a fabulous British spy series from 1978-1980 which he starred in. Fans of current British hit MI-5 (or Spooks, as it is called in the UK) may be particularly interested in the series. Eagle-eyed Doctor Who viewers will spot a number of actors who have appeared in Doctor Who who were regulars in The Sandbaggers, including Jerome “The Green Death” Willis, Ray “Frontier in Space” Lonnen, Michael “Time-Flight” Cashman and from the Hitch-Hikers tv series, the redoubtable Richard “Slartibartfast” Vernon!

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August 09, 2006

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (II)

docmartha2.jpgA little late this year, but the BBC have finally posted the first real sneak peek of Season Three, with the first pictures of the Doctor and Martha. It seems the Doctor has ditched the earth tones—doesn’t he look natty in blue?

For those of you wanting a little more substance, the official site has also posted their first major news item on the third season of the new series which contains a wealth of new information for Doctor Who News Junkies including:

  • Sarah Parish will be playing the villain in the 2006 Christmas special. For those of us who marvelled at Ms. Parish’s chemistry with David Tennant in Blackpool, there is much rejoicing…
  • writers for series 3 include the already known names Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Gareth Roberts, Paul Cornell, Helen Raynor, plus Torchwood co-executive Producer Chris Chibnall and Stephen Greenhorn
  • Euros Lyn and Graeme Harper are back directing, and two new directors are Charles Palmer and Richard Clarke
  • Captain Jack is back, but not until very late in the season. Other guest stars include Anne Reid, Roy Marsden, and Don Gilet.

    Ah, the good times are back…

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    August 08, 2006

    Series Two North American Premiere - August 29th

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    It has been announced that Series Two of Doctor Who will premiere in North America on August 29th, 2006. Will it be in Canada on co-producer CBC? Nope, their debut takes place on October 9th. Will it be in the US on the Sci-Fi Channel? Nope, all signs are potnting to late September for the start of a run on Sci-Fi.

    Series Two of Doctor Who will premiere on Ztélé, a french language Sci-Fi specialty channel from Quebec. The channel aired Series One last winter and has been repeating it over the summer.  Promos featuring clips with David Tennant are currently running on the channel.

    First “L’invasion de Noël” will air on August 22nd. The Christmas Invasion has been previously aired in English on the CBC on December 26th, 2005. The following week on the 29th Ztélé will air “Une nouvelle Terre”. The first time that this episode will have aired in North America.

    “Une nouvelle Terre
    [ mardi 29 août 20h ]

    La destruction de la Terre entraîne une vague de nostalgie, encourageant la création d’une nouvelle Terre, une planète qui ressemble en tous points à l’original. Pendant ce temps, le Docteur et Rose répondent à un appel à l’aide et visite un hôpital tenu par une sororité de chats humanoïdes. Cet établissement aurait trouvé un remède à toutes les maladies… mais à quel prix ? C’est ce que le Docteur et Rose tenteront de savoir.”

    Ztélé runs each new episode of Doctor Who six times. New episodes air first on Tuesdays at 8:00pm EDT and are repeated Thursday at 5pm, Friday at 10pm, Saturday at 8am, Sunday at 4pm and the following Tuesday at 2pm. Ztélé is available from a variety of digital cable and satellite services across Canada.

    We congratulate Ztélé on beating the big boys to the punch.

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    August 04, 2006

    Fly the Friendly New Earth Skies

    A correspondent to DWIN wrote us today to tell us: “on select Air Canada flights (the ones with personal tv in the seatbacks), the 1st episode of the 2nd season (New Earth) is offered for viewing.  This “sneak preview” was a pleasant surprise for me, flying from St.John’s to Halifax on Wednesday!”

    I wonder if they’ll show Tooth and Claw soon…

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    July 27, 2006

    Broadcasting vs. Narrowcasting

    New series writer Paul Cornell once again demonstrates why the gain for the world of television is the loss for the world of fan criticism with this fascinating entry on his blog about the mainstream appeal of Doctor Who and its effect on long time fandom. (WARNING: contains massive amounts of spoilers for series two)

    One of the more perceptively funny observations Paul makes:

    The reception of this re-positioning amongst the Doctor Who fan community could generally be summed up as: ‘who cares as long as it’s a hit?’ Doctor Who fans now find themselves in the rather odd position of everyone once more knowing about the thing that used to be their terrifying and private love. It’s like Doctor Jekyll’s potion becoming available on the NHS. For a lot of fans, that was all they ever wanted. They are mainstream folk at heart, and this means that all has now reverted to being as it should be. (And who of us could say there’s anything wrong with that?) These guys are a bit suspicious of women’s ‘squee’ fandom, and other kinds of fandom that have evolved entirely within fanspace.

    But for another group of fans, those who’ve always seen themselves as living outside the city gates of mainstream culture, it’s a more awkward proposition. Some of them accept the need for the changes, but look down on the audience they’re designed for: the mob need their bread and circuses. (Although ‘comic book guy’ in The Simpsons has the sublime disdain typical of our culture down to a fine art, part of the fan stereotype that nobody ever notes in comedy is that online we tend to talk like the members of a Victorian gentlemen’s club. One day I’m going to go on Outpost Gallifrey and declare my intention to travel around the world in eighty days. ‘I for one,’ someone will say, ‘welcome that’.

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    July 25, 2006

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

    Yay! It’s late July and it’s the third annual major filming of the new season of Doctor Who in downtown Cardiff!

    I look on times like these with the same excitement as Christmas, Easter and of course the day Doctor Who premieres on BBC1. Looking on Outpost Gallifrey at the digital photos snapped by fanboys and fangirls and reading their reports of what happened on set, revelling in the excitement that Doctor Who will be back, is what being a fan is all about!

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    July 20, 2006

    Mondo Vanilla

    DoctorWho_S1V1 S1V2.jpgThose of you complaining about the high price of the Series One boxset will be pleased to learn the news that BBC Worldwide Americas has heard the same moaning and bellyaching that we heard over the past several months and are releasing the ‘vanilla’ (feature-less) versions of Season One in indvidual packages (ie. what the UK did leading up to the boxset release last year) at the more affordable price of $19.99 (US, presumably $24 Canadian) each.

    Happy now? smile

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    July 18, 2006

    October 9 on CBC

    What’s all this foolishness about spinoff books. Nevermind all that - Season 2 will be shown in Canada starting on October 9 at 8 pm!

    Thanks to Jonathan Miller for reminding us.

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    July 14, 2006

    Doctor Whom (again)

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    Science fiction author Adam Roberts has written perhaps the strangest Doctor Who spinoff yet: Doctor Whom, some sort of parody combining our hero with Lynne Truss’s prescriptivist punctuation bestseller Eats Shoots and Leaves. Is this even possible? I guess we’ll find out.

    Doctor Whom, the grammatically correct TimeLord (or should that be Time Lord? Or is it Timelord?) has come to save our universe from the terror’s of sloppy syntax and bad grammar. With his intrepid assistant Lynne: hes here to correct greengrocers sign’s, popular fiction and government memos (memoes?) before inaccurate and lazy communication rips apart the very fabric of the space time continuum. Is it any wonder that the rise of global warming has coincided with the decline in the teaching of Latin in our schools? I do’nt think so. Will the Doctor save us all? or will his evil nemisises (nemisiss? nemisi?) The Dalek’s triumph and rule over a universe where no-one has any clear idea of the correct usage of semi-colons?

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    July 12, 2006

    The Completely Unofficial Encyclopedia

    Mad Norwegian Press is publishing a sequel to Howarth’s and Lyons’ Completely Useless Encyclopedia and calling it The Completely Unofficial Encyclopedia. It’s due out in November. The original was one of the funniest Doctor Who books of the nineties, with entries like

    ‘INDEFINABLE MAGIC’: A term coined by fans who cannot for the life them explain why they watch a tacky, cheap kids’ show.

    ERGON: Giant chicken that threatened the fifth Doctor in Amsterdam.

    NESTENES: A collective race who have been collecting worlds for 1,000,000,000 years, though presumably only those with thriving plastics industries.

    ‘K9, K9, DOO DOO DOO DE-DOO DE-DOO, K9’: Memorable lyrics to the theme tune of the 1981 spin-off story K9 and Company, available on the Solid Gold Label, SGR 117.

    ...and so on. I can’t wait to see what they have to say about the new show.

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