The first month of the year finds fans of Doctor Who looking behind them for classic series nuggets while simultaneously looking to the future with eager anticipation of the 50th anniversary.
The upcoming 50th anniversary means that the next few months will feature loads of interviews, retrospectives and speculation. All of it making us even more thrilled about the possibilities of what adventures in time and space lay in store for The Doctor. It will be amazing! One thing is for sure, it is going to be a massive cultural event of epic proportions.
DELIA DERBYSHIRE DAY
On January 12th Delia Derbyshire Day was celebrated in Manchester. Derbyshire was a pioneering figure in electronic music who is best known for making Ron Grainer’s Doctor Who theme a reality.
The event was highlighted by performances, screenings, lectures and a symposium on her work. There also was a screening of the documentary The Delian Mode which examines her life, career and impact on contemporary music.
Derbyshire was a co-founder of Unit Delta Plus an experimental studio and performance troupe that created sonic electronic textures. She also had a hand in establishing Kaleidophon and Electrophon, two studios devoted to the appreciation and exploration of experimental electronic music. In addition to creating sound exhibitions and soundtracks she also produced an album for the seminal band White Noise.
As part of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop she created some of the most imaginative and interesting soundscapes of the 1960s and 1970s, pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation.
Delia Derbyshire Day was organized by three experimental artists to celebrate her life and work. Dubbed The Delia Darlings, the organizers have set up a three date tour of Northern England to further spread the news of her amazing work.
This tour will feature a screening of The Delian Mode accompanied by commissioned works inspired by her work. The film’s director Kara Blake will be on hand for a Q&A session.
Derbyshire’s extensive catalog was preserved and digitized after fellow Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres became the custodian of her recordings after her death in 2001.
More on her life here: http://delia-derbyshire.org/
Event Link: http://bandonthewall.org/events/3762/
MARTHA NOT RETURNING FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Freema Agyeman recently nixed any possible return to Doctor Who in an interview with Crave. However it is interesting that she said she was doing ‘two things for the fiftieth anniversary.’ She is a guest for Gallifrey 2013 in Los Angeles.
The Carrie Diaries star talked about not appearing on Doctor Who for the anniversary.
I got misquoted hideously once saying that there are some rumblings going on about being involved in the 50th in terms of the drama. It’s not. It’s in terms of conventions and interviews and things like that, which we’re all doing stuff to promote the 50th. We have to. It’s the ‘Doctor Who’ family and we want to. I think in terms of my involvement in the show, that’s a different thing now. It moves on, it changes and that’s a good thing.
MATT SMITH DIRECTS
Matt Smith has often spoken of his passion to direct. Now it appears his dream has come true. Smith will direct Cargese, a ninety minute episode of Playhouse Presents for Sky Television.
Cargese is written by Simon Stephens and stars Craig Roberts who appeared in the film Submarine. Smith will begin shooting the telefilm next week. It is due to air on April 25th, right around the time of some new episodes of Doctor Who.
TIMELORD FEST 2013
Time Lord Fest is billed as “Tampa’s Premier Doctor Who Event.” It is being held from noon until midnight on January 26, 2013 at the Empress Tea Room & Bistro.
This one day convention is created by fans for fans in Tampa and nearby environs.
Events include cosplay, panels, vendors and a concert from The Ken Spivery Band.
Although the event has sold out for this year you can still visit their website for updates and information.
MCCMOY AT ALL CON
It is best to not mess with Texas or The Seventh Doctor. However fans will get to meet him in person when he appears in Dallas for All Con from March 8-10, 2013.
The theme of the 2013 con is Fractured Time. Read more about the convention: http://www.all-con.org/gst.html
WARRIS HUSSEIN TALKS ABOUT WILLIAM HARTNELL
Doctor Who director Warris Hussein talked with Nerdyrottenscoundrel about working with William Hartnell whom he directed in An Unearthly Child. Diplomatically he says a lot (between the lines) about his character and beliefs.
William was an eccentric actor as well as a character. He was very conservative in many ways in his approach to life. I think he was somewhat taken aback when he confronted a woman producer because he was very much a male oriented person. And then a British Indian for Heaven’s sakes! I was the very first Indian ever to be doing what I am doing. And I think it must have been a very unusual set of people that he confronted. We had to woo him and persuade him to be a part of the team. I have to say I am happy he did become a part of it, we was a very good actor.
MCGANN IN RIPPER STREET
Ripper Street debuts on BBC America this weekend. Those watching the show in the USA will soon see a familiar face, the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann. McGann appears in Episode Four, The Good Of This City (which airs in Britain this Sunday) as Stanley J. Bone.
NEW TROUGHTON PHOTOS
Some previously unpublished pictures of the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton have turned up in The Mirror. The pictures were taken during filming of The Abominable Snowmen in September of 1967.
A gallery of pictures from The Mirror can be found here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/doctor-who-check-out-yetis-1343198
THE AUNTIE MATTER
A second series of Big Finish’s Fourth Doctor Adventures begins this month with the release of The Auntie Matter, starring Tom Baker and the late Mary Tamm. Lucy Griffiths (Robin Hood) guest stars. The Auntie Matter is written by Jonathan Morris and directed by Ken Bentley.
England in the 1920s.
Whilst K9 is off in the TARDIS leading the Black Guardian on a wild goose chase, the Doctor and Romana are enjoying a leisurely lifestyle as the Lord and Lady of a London townhouse. But trouble never stays away from them for long, and before they know it a chance discovery of alien technology leads them deep into the heart of the English countryside where a malign presence lurks.
As the Doctor dodges deadly butlers and ferocious gamekeepers, Romana is faced with a malevolent Aunt and an even deadlier peril – marriage.
THE WRONG DOCTORS
Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford are back in the TARDIS this month in The Wrong Doctors, a Sixth Doctor audio adventure written by Matt Fitton and directed by Nicholas Briggs. Guest cast includes Tony Gardner and Beth Chalmers.
With Evelyn gone, the Doctor sets course for his destiny… in the form of his first meeting with Miss Melanie Bush, a computer programmer from the village of Pease Pottage, currently busy rehearsing with the local Amateur Dramatic Society – and blissfully unaware that her future is on its way, in his TARDIS.
Make that two TARDISes. Because at that very moment, a slightly younger Doctor is flying into Pease Pottage, too – returning his future companion Melanie Bush to her rightful place and time, after they were flung together during the course of his Time Lord trial.
Time travel is a complicated business – the iguanadon terrorising Pease Pottage being a case in point. But how much more complicated could things possibly become, if the wrong Doctor were to bump into the wrong Mel?
Both of this titles are out this month on Big Finish. Link: http://bigfinish.com/hubs/v/doctor-who
BURN GORMAN’S NEW GIG
Torchwood star Burn Gorman continues to get steady work in the States. After popping up in the last Batman film, Gorman will next be seen by audiences as a villain named Trask in the ABC series, Revenge. Trask will be a part of The Initiative.
Gorman will also be seen in an upcoming episode of Game of Thrones and in Guillermo del Toro’s big budget SF film, Pacific Rim.
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #456
Don’t worry about The 456. In this instance it refers only to the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine.
This issue focuses on the new TARDIS interior and divulges some news on Season Seven. Here’s a look at what lies in its pages,From Panini Comics…
TAKE A TOUR OF THE BRAND NEW TARDIS – EXCLUSIVELY IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 456!
In a lavishly illustrated feature, DWM talks to Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, the man responsible for the TARDIS makeover, about his inspiration for the time machine’s new look: “There was a lot of going forward, and a lot of harking back. You want to take the best of everything that’s ever happened…”
QUESTIONS THAT MUST NEVER BE ANSWERED…?
Doctor Who showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat provides cool answers to burning questions from readers in his new regular column.
He’s directed dinosaurs on a spaceship, cyborgs in the Wild West and snowmen in Victorian London! DWM interviews Saul Metzstein about his work, and discovers behind-the-scenes secrets from Doctor Who…
THE YEAR OF THE DOCTOR
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who – and there will be plenty of ways to celebrate! Doctor Who Magazine reveals what’s planned in the worlds of Doctor Who books, audios, screenings and much, much more…
The First Doctor adventure The Reign Of Terror is released on DVD this month, with brand new animation to bridge the gap left by its two missing episodes. DWM investigates how this remarkable reconstruction was achieved, with exclusive notes and images from the team that created it.
THE HOLIDAY FROM HELL
DWM turns the clock back to 1980, and looks at a Fourth Doctor story which featured reptilian criminals, cutting-edge science and a brand new look for Doctor Who. Prepare to be amazed as The Fact of Fiction enters The Lesiure Hive.
AN ACE YEAR
It was the year that saw Haemovores and Husks, the Brigadier and the Master and the Doctor become Merlin… and it would be the last regular series of Doctor Who for nearly 16 years! DWM takes a nostalgic look at the Seventh Doctor’s final TV adventures as Countdown to 50 continues with a look at 1989.
SARAH JANE INVESTIGATES
The Time Team takes a sideways step to look at The Sarah Jane Adventures, the popular CBBC spin-off from Doctor Who starring Elisabeth Sladen as the investigative journalist on the look out for extraterrestrials.
Doctor Who is now being enjoyed by a whole new generation. But how will their experience as fans differ from their parents? Doctor Who author and dedicated mother of two Jacqueline Rayner finds out.
QUEERS DIG TIME LORDS
Mad Norwegian Press examines the appeal of Doctor Who with the LGBT community through a collection of essays entitled Queers Dig Time Lords. The book is a follow up to their Hugo Award winning endeavor, Chicks Dig Time Lords.
The book is edited by Sigrid Ellis (Chicks Dig Comics) and Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine) and introduced by John and Carole Barrowman
THE GOVERNOR SPEAKS
Den of Geek interview The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey about a number of things including a possible return to Doctor Who.
Morrissey, who has been amazing in The Walking Dead, said he would love to play Jackson Lake again.
He commented, Ah, I’d love that. I would absolutely love to do it again. I had such a ball doing it.
To commemorate 50 years of Doctor Who the BBC is collaborating with well known children’s authors for a series of eleven eshorts. The online stories will then be collected in one compendium for release in November of 2013. Just in time for someone’s birthday!
BBC publisher Juliet Matthews commented on the series. We are delighted to have 11 sensational children’s authors involved in the series, all bringing an individual style, imagination and interpretation to their eshort tribute to the Doctor.
It all starts on January 23rd with the release of A Big Hand For The Doctor by Eoin Colfer. Colfer is the author of Artemis Fowl as well as And Another Thing, an extension of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novels.
London, 1900. The First Doctor is missing both his hand and his granddaughter, Susan. Faced with the search for Susan, a strange beam of soporific light, and a host of marauding Soul Pirates intent on harvesting human limbs, the Doctor is promised a dangerous journey into a land he may never forget…
Although no announcements have been named, J..K Rowling is rumored to be one of the authors involved in the series. More information will be made available at a later date.
Next time…BBC America & classic Doctor Who, Big Finish news, Shada and more!