August 16, 2005

Chat with Tennant!

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The BBC are doing a chat with new Doctor David Tennant, on August 17th, 5:30pm to 6pm (UK time). Check out this BBC website for more details!

Send in your questions now. Its your chance to ask him which sock he puts on first in the morning, what his views are on the canonicity of the Big Finish UNIT audios and how effective he thinks the City Administrator was as the main villain of The Sensorites!

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August 10, 2005

Doctor Who and the Canadian Brand Awareness

A press release today from BBC Worldwide indicates that:

In an unprecedented deal, BBC Worldwide has appointed Buzzworthy Licensing + Entertainment as the merchandising agent for the Doctor Who brand in Canada. This is the first time an agent has been appointed solely for the territory.

As part of the three-year agreement, secured by Anna Hewitt, BBC Worldwide’s Head of International Licensing, Buzzworthy will actively seek partner companies to produce and distribute new and existing Doctor Who products. These will include toys, clothing and gift items from both the first and second series.  In addition, Buzzworthy will also work closely with BBC Worldwide Canada to secure ongoing promotional opportunities for the series.

This marks an interesting shift in BBC Worldwide’s thinking about Doctor Who in Canada and could point to something interesting when it finally gets aired in the US. No longer will we be subject to the vagarcies of importing Doctor Who related product from the UK; the success of it airing on the CBC has ensured that the BBC have got someone local to start taking care of it.

Whether or not this means we’ll see toy sonic screwdrivers in Toys R’Us in Winnipeg and Ninth Doctor books in Chapters in Moncton remains to be seen, but it’s pretty darn promising I’d say.

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August 05, 2005

Hey, Look Who’s Back!

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No, Peter Davison’s not pictured here filming in the new series, but simply visiting the set, saying hello to new Doctor David Tennant and the regular cast, which is very cool to see. But he’s not the only one to come back - BBCi’s WhoSpy is back as of today. And they’ve started with a more interesting photo than they typically had last year.

I’m glad its back - a new Who photo from the production of the latest season pretty well every week day from now until the series begins broadcasting again!

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August 01, 2005

I should have published these earlier

This is the DWIN table as it looked on the last day of Toronto Trek.

I have a few more photos.

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July 28, 2005

Look up, the Christmas Invasion is coming!

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It might be a little too early (and hot outside) to be thinking about Christmas, but the my appetite for it is now truly whetted!

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July 26, 2005

Another Christmas Invasion Starts Early

The official BBC website has a nifty little interview with the man behind the new Doctor Who range of toys to be released next month. Featuring some awesome photos, the interview with Alasdair Dewar of Character Options gives the full rundown on action figures and cool stuff that will soon be reaching UK stores. Isn’t the Slitheen awesome?

12 inch remote control Dalek, you soon will be mine.

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What a Difference a Year Makes!

Flashback: 2004. Doctor Who begins filming for the first time in 14 years. There’s a new Doctor and a new costume…and the official Doctor Who site has nothing in terms of pictures or news.

A few weeks later they eventually give us something: Who Spy. Cryptic photos from the filming—a game, essentially, that turned out to be quite fun. But there weren’t any pictures of Christopher Eccleston in costume for the longest time (3 months, actually). There weren’t any news of upcoming episode. Nothing. Meanwhile, the first really good photo of Chris Eccleston in costume was on Outpost Gallifrey about a week after shooting began. The news about episode titles, writers and directors came to light in DWM. The official BBC Doctor Who website was left out of the loop.

This wasn’t the BBC website’s fault, I suspect. They only can disseminate what’s given them, and what was being given to them were daily photos of teacups and clapperboards. The BBC’s role in Doctor Who on the web wouldn’t come into ascendance until the TV series debuted.

Fast-forward to yesterday. News about important new writers, a fab guest star from the past and pictures of the Doctor in costume and it all came from the official Doctor Who website. It would seem the powers that be finally learned that there’s value in using the official Doctor Who website as a means of being out in front first with news to please fans rather than lagging far behind.

Though I do kind of hope Who Spy will come back…

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July 25, 2005

The New Doctor’s Outfit

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View image of the full costume

Tell us what you think!

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July 23, 2005

Storm Sounds of Delight

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While you’re waiting for The Christmas Invasion, are you interested in finding out what happened after the TV Movie, but before Rose? BBC Radio 7 will start broadcasting the 8th Doctor audios produced by Big Finish while the tv series was off the air. Broadcasts start Saturday August 6th at 6:30pm (UK time) with repeats taking place 6 hours later.  The great thing about this for listeners outside the UK is that BBC 7 can be heard over the internet, allowing fans all over the world to tune in. One episode will be broadcast a week, making it convenient after all that Big Finish tend to release their stories in 4-part episodic format on CD when there isn’t any strict need to do so for the CD format.

Joining Paul McGann in the regular cast is the delightful India Fisher as his companion Charley Pollard. Their first adventure together, Storm Warning, also guest stars Gareth Thomas (best known as Blake from Blake’s 7) and was first released in January 2001.

Somewhere in the distance, the sounds of a “8th Doctor Audios are officially canon due to this BBC broadcast” debate can be heard like an oncoming storm…...

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July 22, 2005

...And So It Begins Again!

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Filming on the next season of Doctor Who has started once again in Wales, as of today, in what is becoming a great new annual tradition in July, one that I could get used to. It’s incredible that it was just a year ago that we got the first pictures from filming of the new series, almost instantaneously (due to the wonders of technology and the internet).

Reports are already flooding in of Billie Piper sightings in a hotel in Wales reading a script, and of production vans containing filming equipment rolling into Newport (where the first filming is to take place this year). The first photos from actual location filming should be out soon.

The above pic shows Executive Producer Julie Gardner, new Doctor David Tennant (wearing his own leather jacket I think, before anyone asks) and of course Billie Piper coming out of a restaurant a few weeks prior to the new season beginning filming, and is no doubt just a small teaser of what’s to come in the months ahead.

Get ready Doctor Who fans, as I think we’re in for another great ride!

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