February 17, 2005

The Twin Dilemma

I’m not sure about how many of you people watch Survivor.  But this season there’s a man by the name of James Miller playing the game…and BY MERCY does he ever look like Christopher Who, Doctor Eccleston, you know…that guy.  He sounds like he’s from the deep south (US)... but he looks like he’s actually from the north (UK).  Makes the series all that more interesting to watch… can a Time Lord lose a reality show?  And if he wins…is it cheating because he can travel in time?  I’m sure CBS knows what they are doing.  Hey…*maybe* CBS *IS* the US broadcaster!!!


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The Foamasi Terror

Once upon a time, DVD covers in the UK really sucked. I mean who can forget the stunning image of, er, a Dalek on Remembrance of the Daleks or, um, a blindfolded Doctor on The Caves of Androzani. Back in those halcyon days, it was okay that the North American DVDs sucked because they actually sucked less than the UK DVD covers.

But the times have changed. The BBC hired Clayton Hickman to do the cover artwork because he apparently owns his own licensed version of photoshop and does design work for everyone else. And lo and behold, the covers to their DVD range went from suckage to awesome. Hickman’s covers have a gorgeous use of colour and, although photoshop composites, evoke the best of the Target Novel covers.

All of a sudden, it’s the North American DVD covers that blow.

leisurehive.jpgCase in point is The Leisure Hive. On the left hand side of the image you can see the UK cover, which has gone to the trouble of sourcing an image of Tom Baker not unlike the one used in the era-redefining title sequence,  even using lens flares like the one in the opening titles for good measure. The foamasi and the hive itself are well balanced in the composition. There’s a good use of colour.

The North American version, on the right hand side….yech. The composition is stacked higher and higher such that the foamasi looks ridiculous, rather than menacing, behind the logo. Pangol and two Argolins with their backs to the viewer is an idiotic image to use. And there’s a waxy yellow sheen to the colour that makes me think the designer was using a filter called “nicotine”. It gets points for using Lalla Ward on the cover, but that’s about it.

I know that the UK covers use only half of the space, but really, couldn’t we start using Clayton Hickman’s images on the North American releases instead of these ugly…things. Please? I’d rather suffer the hideous TARDIS wall backdrop than another of these graphical frankensteins.

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February 16, 2005


bettman_gary250 copy.jpgHockey is Dead.
Long Live Doctor Who on the CBC.

Although it’s shame that the hockey season had to come to such a terrible demise, at least we will now see New Doctor Who on the CBC as early as the first week of April.

As they say out west…. Yeeeee-Haaaa!

I wonder what the theme song for Doctor Who Night In Canada will sound like?

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February 15, 2005

3/26/05 (26/3/05 in the UK…)

Outpost Gallifrey now confirms that the new series will premiere on March 26, 2005. Well it doesn’t so much confirm as has decided, based on an overwhelming number of sources, that it’s time to bring out the countdown clock.

Someone on the OG forum has had access to a BBC Marketing memo to booksellers outlining the marketing ramp-up to the new series which will include:

  • Outdoor posters, beginning either the 5th or 12th March
  • TV teaser trails for the series
  • A press launch is taking place on 8th March in Cardiff
  • Radio Times will be publishing an 18-page supplement to celebrate the
    return of the series
  • A variety of photo shoots with Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, the latter having a photo shoot in Arena magazine. (Luca DiRocco has already pre-ordered his)
  • A relaunch of the BBC Official Doctor Who website

We here at the Doctor Who Blog don’t have our own countdown clock, but if we did, it would be a countdown of the hours til NHL hockey finally admits they’re ending the season and thus allow the CBC announce a start date for Canadian airings of Who. Sheesh. (This would be followed by a countdown clock leading up to the announcement of a Sci-Fi Channel airing as rumoured on Outpost Gallifrey)

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February 14, 2005


nebulous.jpgWhile you’re all waiting for the new series to debut, you might want to listen to the last episode of Nebulous Radio 4’s fab and silly parody of 70s UK genre television. The series has a great modern Who-related pedigree: League of Gentlemen member Mark Gatiss (Nightshade and the new series’ third episode, The Unquiet Dead)  stars as the titular Professor Nebulous, Graham Duff (Faith Stealer), also stars and wrote the series and it’s directed by Nick Briggs (Dalek Empire).  There’s even a classic Who connection with Graham Crowden playing a recurring role.

The whole series has been delightfully fluffy and inconsequential but great fun, and there’s usually a few great Who in-jokes, including (this week) “Strangmoor Prism” and David Warner playing the incompetent pseudo-Master to Mark Gatiss’s incompetent pseudo-Doctor, a fitting reversal to Unbound: Sympathy For The Devil.

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February 13, 2005

Count Down (Up?)

I figure today is the day to listen to Moonbase, or alternatively watch episode 3 clock_small.jpg
of The Sensorites.  I’m not sure how either of these particular adventures actually apply to my life, days past, or what lies ahead…or if that even matters. Dammit all I’m going to take the time to watch an episode of my favourite television show…and I’ll choose one that is relative to me this day.  Perhaps I should listen to Neverland, or read Parasite.  That would work as well, I guess.  But nah…. right now I want the original (soon to be “classic”) series.  Whether I spend 24 minutes in the Sense-Sphere or help the citizens of 2070 defend the Gravitron against villains that are not microwave safe , I’ll be thinking of days past when every episode of Doctor Who was new, fresh and exciting.  When I was younger I was giddy at the possibility of seeing an episode I had not seen before.  It was a treat, a trick, Christmas and ground hog day all rolled into one.  I’ll try and enjoy these stories I’ve chosen as I did the first time.  For today is my 33rd birthday, and my gift is coming via Wales in a month or two’s time.  That’s ok.  I can wait.  After all even though I’m a little bit older today….new Doctor Who will remind me of what it was like to be a kid again.  Soon…. so very soon.

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The Kreinervore

I’m sure you’ve heard that the release date for The Gallifrey Chronicles is June, which means we’ll be reading about the Doctor, Rose, and the Clockwise Man before we find out what’s happened to the Doctor, Fitz, and Trix. But Lance is letting slip some details about the book. Let the wild speculation begin!

For those who don’t want to read the whole thread, the first line of the book is:

‘Oh yeah, the whole concept behind [the album] came from Rick.’

And the last line is:

‘You’ve moved on in your life, so I won’t spoil its twist ending for you.’

And the fly on the cover is actually a “Vore,” maybe even a “Kreinervore.”

Of course that last bit sounds highly unlikely, right? Right…?

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February 11, 2005

Baby We’ve Hit The Big Time!

sfx128.jpgThe last time I remember Doctor Who being on the cover of SFX was back in…think about this people…1998. It was the 35th anniversary: the videos had just colonized mars with the release of The Ice Warriors and the height of Doctor Who style was The Infinity Doctors....

Seven Years. Even when the Doctor was named the #1 SF character in an SFX poll a year or two back, Buffy got the cover. Seven years. Every issue of SFX I’d look at it and say, “when are you going to stop pandering to these flash in the pans and show some props to a real genre show?” Actually I probably didn’t say anything as a) I try to keep utterances in front of SFX to a minimum and b) I’m crap at ebonics. But the sentiment is still pretty much there.

Well, our time has come. We have arrived. We’re now the hip thing in town and SFX is paying us some attention. About time, I say, about time…

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Who Are We

Contributors to the Doctor Who Blog are contributors to Enlightenment, the Doctor Who Information Network’s fanzine and long-time members of DWIN:

John Anderson, Author of many fine stories in Myth Makers, DWIN’s fiction anthology. He also writes the popular “A Two-Four and…” feature in Enlightenment, DWIN’s fanzine
Graeme Burk, former editor of Enlightenment, editor of Mad Norwegian Press’ Time, Unincorporated books, reviewer for Telos Publishing’s Back to the Vortex series of reference books and contributor to the Short Trips fiction anthologies by BBC Books and Big Finish
Scott Clarke, former writer of the popular “Wheezings & Groanings” column in Enlightenment and former editor of DWIN’s fiction anthology Myth Makers
Gian-Luca Di Rocco, feature writer for Enlightenment and long-time writer of Enlightenment’s news column, “WhoLine”
Cameron Dixon, editor of of Enlightenment
Michael Doran, Canadian Correspondent for Doctor Who: Podshock and a News Editor at the Doctor Who News Page
Alex Frazer-Harrison, freelance journalist and editor, and a fan of Doctor Who since the mid-1980s. He’s a frequent contributor to the TARDIS Index File Wikia and a columnist with the Rockabilly Hall of Fame website.
Rod Mammitzsch, Graphic artist, writer and contributor (along with everyone listed) to Enlightenment’s “Two-Four” feature.  He’s also a film maker and a follower of Kroll.
Deborah Stanish, writer of the “Love & Monsters” column in Enlightenment.  She is one of the Chicks Dig Time Lords crew and has contributed essays to other fine volumes including the Time, Unincorporated Series

Emeritus Members
Richard Salter, former editor of Myth Makers. He is also a multiple contributor to Big Finish’s Short Trips anthologies.

And there’s more to come!

What Are We

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The Doctor Who Blog’s mission is to provide witty and insightful commentary on the world of Doctor Who in all its various forms. And to make several bad puns and references to jokes Tom Baker once made.

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