September 01, 2005

In Tribute to Michael Sheard


As many people may have heard by now, Michael Sheard, who appeared in many stories in the classic series, has sadly passed away at the age of 65 from cancer. Sci-Fi Fans may also recall his appearances in Blake’s 7 as well as The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Sheard appeared first appeared in Doctor Who way back in 1966 during the William Hartnell era, in The Ark, then followed that up with appearances alongside Jon Pertwee in The Mind of Evil (1971), next to Tom Baker in Pyramids of Mars (1975) in arguably his most well-remembered Doctor Who appearance, with Tom Baker again in The Invisible Enemy (1977), with Peter Davison in Castrovalva (1982), and with Sylvester McCoy in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988). He also co-starred with Paul McGann in the Doctor Who audio The Stones of Venice which, while originally released on CD by Big Finish in 2001, is slated to be broadcast on BBC7 starting October 1st. Although no-one knew it at the time, it turned out to be his final Doctor Who role, and as it shall be broadcast so soon after his untimely death it perhaps can serve as a fitting tribute to this fine actor. He will be missed.

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August 24, 2005


The BBC has finally confirmed what many of us knew all along: K9 is returning along with Sarah Jane to Doctor Who

I for one am thrilled that both Sarah and K9 are going to be in an episode of the new series. I’m all for the new show staying new and all and not getting up its own arse over continuity and such, but a show with a rich history and heritage like Doctor Who can afford to, occasionally, acknowledge that glorious past. Sarah Jane and K9 are two things about that past that the average member of the public who watched the original series will no doubt remember. They’re arguably two of the most popular Doctor Who companions ever—certainly the only ones to have, between them, their own spinoff TV pilot, along with spawning pop songs, appearances on Queer as Folk and a gen-x romance novel.

Will the Mill give K9 some cool new effects? Will kids fall in love with the metal pooch like kids in 1978 did? These are good questions and I will absolutely watching the Doctor, Rose, Mickey, K9 and Sarah Jane Smith take on the evil Krillitanes come next spring to find out the answers. But based on last season, I feel a team that has been so sure-footed in bringing back Doctor Who and the Daleks will be equally adroit with Sarah and K9. Affirmatively so.

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August 22, 2005

The UN bans “UNIT” - the Brig unimpressed!


Reports from the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine indicate that Russell T. Davies has revealed that the United Nations has contacted the BBC and forbidden the usage of the name “United Nations Intelligence Taskforce” in Doctor Who. Apparently the production team can still call it “UNIT”, they just can’t say what the initials stand for. Apparently the UN doesn’t want to be associated with a fictional organization that’s been defending the earth from evil alien invaders for the past 37 or so years. This is why the words “United Nations” no longer appear on the BBC’s UNIT website - it’s now just says “Intelligence Taskforce”, though the “UNIT” remains. I had to go there to check it out because I couldn’t believe it to be true. 

Quite how they propose to enforce the ban on the name is beyond me. Will they impose sanctions on the new series production team if the full name is said on screen? Send a peace-keeping force to Cardiff to enforce their will? Force BBC Kids to over-dub something else in the place of “United Nations” when the full name is given out on classic series Pertwee-era repeats?

Perhaps the Slitheen have now infiltrated the ranks of the UN.  The next time someone farts at the UN, I think someone should check for a zipper on the forehead. Only then might I understand this rather bizarre action on the UN’s part.

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August 17, 2005

I want this game…....

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.....and I want it now! The Doctor Who Interactive Electronic Board Game. If Buzzworthy can get this sort of thing into malls and shops across Canada it will be one sweet Christmas for Canadian fans. For the first time in a long time, people will actually know what to get me for Christmas!

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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!

View image”>Click here for a more spoiler-ish photo!

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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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