January 25, 2006
The official BBC site and Outpost Gallifrey have reports on the next wave of toys coming from character options. Amidst the dizzying range of new action figures and toys that make me wish I was 10 so I could play with them instead of collect them, came this description:
TARDIS Electronic playset - £39.99
The TARDIS Electronic Playset features authentic light and sound effects and its console is a faithful reproduction of the one seen on screen. Its motorised ‘time column’ rises and falls (with lights) when the TARDIS is in ‘flight’ and it has ‘lift out’ access panels in the floor to reveal the mechanisms and circuitry hidden in the floor
I so want this. Sod adulthood. I’m spending the spring playing with my action figures in my TARDIS Electronic playset.
Posted by Graeme on Wednesday, January 25 at 8:36 am
January 18, 2006
The official BBC website has the interesting news that the first three Tenth Doctor books (plus the ‘quick read’ book for younger ages I am a Dalek) will be coming to Canada and the US in April—at the same time as the UK.
Now this is interesting news to us, as last time we looked, we only just received here in Canada September‘s Ninth Doctor books in the past month or so. Does this mean with a new deal with Sci-Fi Channel, the BBC now has the collective might (or a good reason) to get Diamond to better distribute these tomes in a more timely manner? Or have they inked a deal with another distributor?
More importantly, would this mean seeing Doctor Who getting out of the specialty shop ghetto and into actual Chapters, Indigos, Barnes & Nobles and Borders across the continent?
This is one situation where time will actually tell.
Posted by Graeme on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:19 am
January 16, 2006
Today’s blog entry is just a polite reminder to the Doctor Who world, with a special hello to the UK, that Canada exists. Its unfortunate that the reminder is needed, but with the recent fantastic news that the new series of Doctor Who has been sold to the US, Canada appears destined to be shunted further into the nether regions of existence.
Already we’ve had Executive Producer Julie Gardner mention on BBC radio how thrilled she was that Doctor Who has at last “made it across the pond” with the sale to the US. This has followed countless comments from fans (unfortunately, mainly British fans) to the effect that the series had not yet been seen across the Atlantic, not to mention a programme that has never had a story set in Canada, on tv, radio, audio or even a full novel (this gives Canada the unfortunate distinction of being the only country that has had a Doctor Who story filmed on its land, but never had one set there). There has barely been any explicit Canadian characters in Doctor Who, leading fans to desperately clutch at characters like Mr. Huckle from Terror of the Zygons and proclaim them to be Canadians in a last-ditch effort to prove that Canada as a country exists in the Doctor Who world.
There have barely been any references to Canada in the show’s history, many Canadian fans can recite them off the top of their heads thanks to their scarcity. One reference occurs in The Claws of Axos, where Canada is only deemed worth of one unit of Axonite when everyone else in the world is entitled to more (including some places I still haven’t even heard of). In the DVD release of this story, a documentary about the return of the colour versions of the episode to the BBC archives claims that the re-conversion to the British format was done from “the re-covered American tapes” when in fact they were recovered from Canada (along with a whole host of other colour Jon Pertwee episodes). The diagram in the documentary showing the conversion process between North America and the UK ommitted Canada from it, for no readily apparent reason.
A Canadian created Doctor Who. We were the first country on this side of the Atlantic to buy the original series, and the first country anywhere to buy the new series. A plethora of missing colour Pertwee episodes were recovered in Canada. Doctor Who has been filmed here and we currently are “co-producers” of the new series. Canadians usually don’t ask for much, but I think we are entitled to the acknowledgement of our existence. Can the TARDIS not land here once?
Posted by John on Monday, January 16 at 11:41 am
January 12, 2006
Hell apparently has frozen over. After allegedly passing on the new series last year, season one of the new series of Doctor Who begins will be broadcast on Sci-Fi Channel in March!
We residents of the (slightly warm) Great White North here at the Doctor Who Blog salute our neighbours to the south for finally getting Doctor Who. We hope you love it as much as we do. And it would be great if you could love it so much that it gets better ratings in its timeslot than Stargate does, it might send a message to Sci-Fi that they shouldn’t have passed on this brilliant series last year…
(Props to the Official BBC Site for the hilarious new splash page. Get it while you can.)
Posted by Graeme on Thursday, January 12 at 1:16 pm
January 10, 2006
So The Sun has printed a… let’s call it an article about how some “barmy fans” want to get psychic Derek Acorah to help track down missing episodes.
This started on the Outpost Gallifrey forum, so take it as seriously as anything else on that forum. Come to think of it, take it as seriously as anything else in The Sun. It’s funny because some posters remarked that a reporter might glance at the thread and write it up… and of course that’s what happened.
But as long as it generates publicity around the missing episodes, there’s no harm done.
Posted by John on Tuesday, January 10 at 8:34 am
January 05, 2006
La chaîne de télévision Québécoise Ztélé émet Doctor Who (“institution en Angleterre, du réalisateur de Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir et Le Saint”), commençant avec la diffusion de l’épisode “Rose” mardi 3 janvier. Si vous l’avez manqué, la prochaine diffusion est vendredi 6 janvier. Les deux épisodes suivants s’appellent “La fin du monde” et “Des morts inassouvis.”
Visionnez l’auto-promotion, c’est A1.
Posted by John on Thursday, January 5 at 9:44 am
December 25, 2005
Doctor Who is still awesome.
Christmas is magic again.
Posted by Rod on Sunday, December 25 at 9:11 pm
December 13, 2005
Two fan websites have caught my eye as of late and both have taken something “small” and made it larger and quiet enjoyable.
The CYBUSCORPORATION.COM is a fictitious corporate site that heralds the coming of the new Cybermen in Series 2. They’ve basically taken the one existing image of the new Cybermen and created an entire site around it. Sure it’s a nice image… but these guys have really gone to town with it. Very cool. While KASTERBOROUS.COM have a much larger scope with news, reviews and articles on all things Doctor Who. However I’d like to point out one particular article on Toberman as another example of how a fan has taken what might be considered a small secondary character from 1967 (...and a particular favourite of mine) and created something fresh, new, and damn funny.
Fans: Glorifying the insignificant.
And by no means do I mean that as a slight.
In fact, I applaud it, as that’s where the most creative works sometimes stem.
Posted by Rod on Tuesday, December 13 at 8:52 am
December 09, 2005
Posted by John on Friday, December 9 at 6:02 pm
December 06, 2005
We are getting closer every day to the full debut of David Tennant as the Doctor in The Christmas Invasion, and that of course also means we are getting closer to Christmas. I am trying to think of a better Christmas present that Doctor Who fans can be given for Christmas than a brand-new Doctor Who story, but its difficult. Maybe the return of the 6 missing episodes from The Evil of the Daleks or something. But it terms of what is known to be possible, this is pretty good!
And Its been awhile since we’ve had this particular gift. It has been 40 years since the last new episode (the The Feast of Steven , episode 7 of The Dalek Master Plan) was transmitted on BBC1 for its only on Christmas Day, 1965. I wonder if Tennant will pull a Hartnell and turn around and talk to the audience at the end of The Christmas Invasion!
However, in spite of not being around 40 years ago, I do have a lot of memories of Doctor Who around Christmas time, either watching or reading stories for the first time (such as Inferno and The Myth Makers respectively on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 20 years ago). In recent years we have had some Christmas-themed Big Finish audios released in December, such as The One Doctor, which have been great to listen to at Christmas time. But, with the trailers for the Christmas special no doubt soon to hit the airwaves in both Canada and the UK, giving fans and public alike an irresistable taste and a sense of anticipation of what is to come, I have to wonder if this might turn out to be the best “Doctor Who Christmas” I will ever have.
Posted by John on Tuesday, December 6 at 1:23 pm
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