Happy Holidays to everyone in Anglotopia land! May the holidays and Boxing Day find you well and in good health!
Who fandom is very excited about the Christmas Special this weekend. It will indeed be good to see Matt Smith again for the first time in what seems like ages. The Christmas Special seems entrenched as a DW tradition so lets all hope this one is fantastic.
I really enjoyed last years and can only hope Team Moffat lives up to the hype.
As the year closes Doctor Who remains a huge ratings phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic. Matt Smith’s Doctor has achieved a great deal of love and fondness from fans of the show and he’s one of the reasons why the show has really become the juggernaut that it is.
As we move into 2012 we’ll see the show change and reshape itself once more. Hopefully it’ll remain awesome and innovative and continue to draw new fan engagement. One thing is for sure, it s not going away anytime soon.
The success of Doctor Who this year is a staggering achievement in the history of the program. It has never been this massive or this epic in scope and scale.
Changes are coming next year for the show, but fear not, it should still remain the cultural institution and an innovative television show that it is now.
But it will be interesting to see where all of this is going…
THE DOCTOR THE WIDOW & THE WARDROBE UPDATE
The UK DVD cover has been released by 2 Entertain along with information on the DVD release of this year’s Christmas Special.It will be released in North America on February 14, 21012.
The DVD will feature the Christmas Special along with the Prequel video and three forty five minute documentaries, Best Of The Doctor, Best Of The Monsters
and Best Of The Companions.
I think the three docs were the ones screened on BBC America.
SPOLIERY BITS AND REVIEWS
It is set in 1941
There are trees in it
The Outer Space Park Patrol is on the job
Amy and Rory are in a teeny weeny bit of it
The Doctor wears a space suit
Yes it is Christmassy
References are made to Eccleston and Davison era stories
Some early reviews from people who have already seen it think that Matt Smith is terrific in it
Opinions vary on the pacing of the show with some saying it is convoluted and others saying it is dull
Bill Bailey is said ot be very funny in it but underused
Holly Earl is amazing in this as Lily and said to be companion material. Hmm……
Despite all of this I am looking forward to seeing it and hoping so much that is does not suck as it is the last we’ll see of The Doctor for quite some time. Sigh.
HARTNELL AT CHRISTMAS
Something remarkable happened during Episode 7 of The Daleks’ Master Plan (titled, the Feast of Steven).
William Hartnell broke character to wish the audience at home a Merry Christmas. Although the video has been lost, the moment has been reconstructed on You Tube with existing audio! The episode aired on Christmas Day, 1965.
This is the only time the show has broken down the invisible wall with the audience and it is a shame that no video of it exists. At the time that it occurred it was said to be pretty amazing.
TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN DVD EXTRAS
The Revisitations 3 Box Set in the UK is featuring an all new, fully remastered version of Tomb of The Cybermen. This version will still have audio commentaries from Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling along with some nifty extra features, including two new documentaries.
Here is a list o f the new extra features:
The Lost Giants-Making of Tomb of the Cybermen
The Curse of the Cybermen’s Tomb
The Magic of Vidfire
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THE THREE DOCTORS DVD EXTRAS
Another release in the Revisitations 3 Box Set is 1973’s, The Three Doctors which was the 10th anniversary special for the program. The DVDS in the box set will be released as separate titles as well. Each DVD will also include the original DVD extras from their debut release.
The Three Doctors has three new features attached to it as extras:
Happy Birthday To Who
Girls, Girls, Girls-The 1970s
Was Doctor Who Rubbish?
Girls, Girls, Girls looks at the show’s female companions of the 1970s. Happy Birthday to Who focusing on the hoopla of the show’s 10 year anniversary.
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
Another nifty 11th Doctor graphic novel is out from IDW publishing. This one sees The Doctor, Rory and Amy in a completely new, non-TV adventure. Tim Lee has again recreated the feel of the show in the pages of his comics.
From the publisher:
Join the Doctor and his companions, Amy and Rory, as they travel to the far reaches of space-a vacation planet built on a rift where multiple alternate adventures overlay each other-and the distant past-where our heroes must face Vikings to save their friend and the future of Britain! This book collects issues #5-8 of the ongoing series, written by Tony Lee with art by Mark Buckingham (Fables) and Matthew Dow Smith, and cover by Tommy Lee Edwards (Turf).
FOURTH DOCTOR AUDIO NEWS
Big Finish has released the tiles for for stories in the next round of 4th Doctor audio adventures. These stories, slated for release in 2013, will reteam Tom Baker with Mary Tamm as the first Romana. John Leeson will also be back as the voice of K-9. The titles of the final two stories will be announced at a later date.
Here are the titles:
The Auntie Matter by Jonathan Morris
The Sands of Life by Nicholas Briggs
War Against the Laan-by Nicholas Briggs
Phantoms of the Deep by Jonathan Morris
The Sands of Life and War Against the Laan are one continuing story by Nicholas Briggs. With Hayley Atwell, Toby Hadoke and David Warner as guest stars this looks to be epic!
Former Borg Queen, Alice Kriege guest stars in Phantoms of The Deep.
Julia Mckenzie (Miss Marple) guest stars in Auntie Matter.
BAKER IN JAGO & LITEFOOT AUDIO
Tom Baker will also guest star in the Jago & Litefoot audio series, reprising his role as The Doctor in their season five audio The Justice of Lalxar. Jago and Litefoot were introduced in The Talons of Weng Chiang.
THE OSEIDON ADVENTURE
The final release in the first season of The Fourth Doctor Adventures has been announced by Big Finish.
The Doctor is in it pretty deep as he battles both the Kraals and the Master in thrilling climax to his first season of audio adventures. The Oseidon Adventure is penned by Alan Barnes and features the return of Geoffrey Beevers as The Master and Louise Jameson as Leela.
It is scheduled for release next month!
This should be fun since The Kraals were last seen onscreen in The Android Invasion and fans have long been clamoring for their return.
For information on all things Big Finish visit: www.bigfinish.com
DAVID TENNANT READS CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
Former Tenth Doctor David Tennant was hand picked by the Ian Fleming estate to voice the audio sequel to Ian Fleming’s book and film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Tennant’s voice can be heard on the audio adaptation of Frank Cottell Boyce’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, a sequel to Fleming’s book.
He spoke with The Guardian earlier this week and called the story, ‘very clever, slightly surreal and hugely readable.’
Download information for the story is here: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/chitty-chitty-bang-bang-flies/id469400803?mt=11
Next time…More DVD News, XMAS Special Wrap Up, The Other Season 7 and more!