Dr. Whooligan: McCoy In The Mikado, Barrowman Busy, Series Six News, Davison on Magnum PI

First of all, thank you to everyone who came out to the Anglotopia panels at Dragoncon. Thanks as well to those who came ot the Doctor Who and Torchwood programming, especially the three panels I moderated with Sylvester McCoy. Your participation made it special.

Thanks as well to those of you who attended the Brit Track programming. We worked hard to give you a great selection of topics and are pleased that you turned out in force with enthusiasm.


I thought Night Terrors was pretty creepy !

Matt Smith was pretty incredible and Arthur Darvill had some of the best lines of the series so far.

I did enjoy it and I think it brought the perfect amount of terror and horror. The TARDIS crew needed a break from the River Song/Melody story arc.  So this episode was a good diversion from that. I also like how it played on the primal fears that we have as children but never really lose as adults.

That cabinet really was terrifying, even before we saw what was inside of it.

I liked the score and the confined feel of the sets which were also lit perfectly to create the right atmosphere. The use of shadows was perfect and underscored the raw terror of the story.

Daniel Mays was terrific and it was great to have him as a guest star.

Night Terrors delivered on scaring people. Especially those who had to take an elevator after seeing the story. Plus dolls are just scary!

I do however think it could have been a bit tighter with the script, but that is only of minor significance.

Writer Mark Gatiss has satisfied fans by Tweeting the lyrics for the nursery rhyme he wrote for the end of the episode.

Tick tock goes the clock
And what now shall we play?
Tick tock goes the clock
Now summer’s gone away?

Tick tock goes the clock
And what then shall we see?
Tick tock until the day
That thou shalt marry me

Tick tock goes the clock
And all the years they fly
Tick tock and all too soon
You and I must die

Tick tock goes the clock
He cradled her and he rocked her
Tick tock goes the clock
Even for the Doctor…

The nursery rhyme is a masterstroke in that it lays out what may happen in the coming weeks and also frames the current plight of The Doctor. There are references to River in it which is pretty cool as well as the death of The Doctor. It also is pretty spooky.


An estimated 5 and a half million viewers tuned into Night Terrors according to preliminary ratings from the BBC.

The audience share for episode eight was 25.9%, placing it as the 21st most watched show for the week in the UK.

BBC America screened the episode for 1400 people at Dragoncon to thunderous applause. Most of those in attendance had their wits scared out of them. It was indeed an experience to see the story in that kind of environment.

People should remember that one of the basic things Doctor Who does well is making people hide behind the couch. This episode really did this.


The 7th Doctor Sylvester McCoy will play The Mikado in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Opera of the same name  from September 19-24 at the Theatre Royal Bath.

(photo courtesy of Royal Theatre Bath)

For more information visit :http://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/page/3028/The+Mikado/225


If you have always wanted to smell like Captain Jack Harkness, now you can! John Barrowman has launched his own line of grooming products called HIM.

Mr. Barrowman will also be seen in the UK as a guest on two shows very soon.  He is taping appearances for Hustle and the sketch show Watson and Oliver. 

He also has released a new CD, The Very Best of John Barrowman.

JB also wrote an interesting travel piece for the New York Times. You can read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/business/john-barrowman-less-daring-than-capt-jack-harkness.html?_r=2


This week’s Doctor Who features some serious sci-fi elements and takes more than a nod to Star Wars.

Karen Gillan owns The Girl Who Waited. It’s her story and she makes it her own. She plays an older version of Amy as well.

The story is set on a gorgeous planet called Apalapucia. Like all good episodes of DW, the TARDIS crew get separated. There is a nasty virus around and it will kill the Doctor so things are in Rory’s hands to fix. Things take a rough turn and Amy goes into quarantine.

This kick starts the story into high gear and allows both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill to deepen their characters.

Matt Smith’s Doctor is darker and more sinister in this episode which will be interesting for fans to see.

It is a sad story, SO BE READY!

Despite being a one part story it is seriously intense and emotionally draining.


The BBC press office has released a plot summary for Episode 11.

(Photo courtesy of BBC One)

The TARDIS lands in what looks like an ordinary hotel, as the time-travelling drama continues. But the walls move, corridors twist and rooms vanish. There is a room for every visitor that contains their deepest, darkest fears. Fears that will kill them. What lies in the Doctor’s room? And when his turn comes, will he welcome death like all the rest?

The Doctor is played by Matt Smith, Amy by Karen Gillan, Rory by Arthur Darvill and Gibbis by David Walliams.


The BBC press office has released an episode summary for Closing Time.

(Photo courtesy of the BBC))

In the last few days of his life, the Doctor pays a farewell visit to his old friend Craig, and encounters a mystery, as the time-travelling drama continues.

People are going missing, a silver rat scuttles in the shadows of a department store, and somewhere close by the Cybermen are waiting…

The Doctor is played by Matt Smith, Craig by James Corden, Amy by Karen Gillan and Rory by Arthur Darvill.


Ian McNiece will be appearing at the New York Comic Con in NYC from October 13th-16th.

For more information visit: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/


IDW has released the seventh volume in their Doctor Who Classics graphic novels series. Volume 7 features the 7th Doctor in stories written by some of the biggest names in comics, including, Grant Morrison,  Bryan Hitch, and John Ridgway.

The IDW series has reprinted and restored many previously released Dr. Who comic strips. The restoration is terrific and the stories are whimsical and fun.

Highlights of this collection include tales set in Victorian London along with the return of Ice Warriors.


I love it when I see Doctor Who actors in different roles. It allows you to see their acting abilities outside of the TARDIS and also makes you feel like you get a feel for how they are as an actor or actress.

I first experienced this in 1985 when Magnum PI went to England. Peter Davison, fresh from finishing up on Doctor Who, played a character named Ian MacKerras in a two part episode called Deja Vu, where Magnum looks up an old war buddy named Geoffrey St. Clair, only to learn that he is dead.

Magnum has some weird dreams in this story and I remember how I kept joking to friends that is was The Mara. Davison was more reserved in his performance then he was as The Doctor.

Although I had seen him in All Creatures Great And Small seeing Davison in this was a big deal. In 1985 a guest slot on Magnum PI was a ticket to other roles in American TV.  Looking back Davison outclasses Tom Selleck  with his acting in some scenes. As the story gets dumber and weirder he marches on in a story with a plot that is a silly farce of American drama.

Despite the utter stupidity of the story I recall  being excited and awed by seeing the 5th Doctor in it. Watching it now I am embarrassed. Davison is the best thing in it and he shows his range and depth as an actor.

Nowadays we take seeing our Doctor on American television as a regular thing. But in 1985 it was really pretty special. Back then a guest spot on this show was a huge deal.

Interestingly enough Geoffrey Beevers and Julian Glover also appeared in the episode.


This week sees the end of Torchwood: Miracle Day. What a bumpy ride!

While the show was not a ratings blockbuster it did develop and maintain a new base of fans who discovered the show.  It also showed that John Barrowman and Eve Myles are ready for American television.

But more importantly it showed what happens when Jane Espenson and Russell T. Davies team up. Also, in many ways it was RTD’s coming out party as a show runner for American television.

Despite some gaping moments with the plot and some plodding timing at the start the show has, for the most part, been interesting.

I am glad that episode nine featured most of the original cast. John Barrowman and Eve Myles were back in their element and Kai Owen got to stretch out a little bit and do some pretty cool stuff as well.

This brings me to an interesting point, with RTD working on other projects is Torchwood now dead? Also where does the old cast and new regulars go from here?

Can the show succeed in the US without Starz?

Next week, John Barrowman on tour, some thoughts on Torchwood: Miracle Day and news on the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special.


  1. avatarBrian Stultz says

    Peter davison was great on Magnum! Tom Baker was in an episode of Remington Steele series 2. Other good performances Patrick Troughton in The Gorgan, Sinbad Eye of the Tiger and the Omen. Tom Baker in The Vault of Horror and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. There are so many wonderful things that the Doctors are in. Love it!

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