Doctor Whooligan: Season Seven News, Neverwhere, Davison In Wales, The Bells Of St. John

As we get deeper into March there is is a lot of anticipation for The Doctor’s upcoming adventures. The remaining stories of Season Seven promise fans a full throttle ride culminating into a party of epic proportions for the fiftieth anniversary.

SEASON SEVEN/FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY NEWS

BBC America and The BBC both released promotional images for Season Seven B this week. The first picture is from Phantoms of The Hex. The second is from The Rings  Of Akhaten and the third is from The Cold War.

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Steven Moffat has commented on what to expect in the upcoming episodes.

It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed!  If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!

The production team has pushed up the start of filming for the Anniversary Special to March 18th.

Steven Moffat has promised that another classic villain could pop up this season. Could this be The Daleks, Zygons, Yeti or The Master?

Carole Ann Ford is rumored to be involved in the upcoming special.

Nick Hurran will be directing the special which is being filmed in 3D.

No guest star information has been announced but the BBC was irritated by John Barrowman’s recent comments that he is participating in some anniversary plans.

There are three separate Oswins scattered in time and space. As the season unfolds we will get closer to knowing who she is…maybe.

The Daily Mail ran a story on the upcoming stories for Season Seven. There are shades of Pyramids Of Mars.You can read it here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2289504/Doctor-Who-gives-frozen-Warriors-old-modern-makeover-new-series.html

Something nasty has Clara terrified.  This could be from the first Neil Cross story The Rings of Akhaten.

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The Rings of Akhaten is rumored to be connected to Dinosaurs On A Sapceship and specifally The Doctor’s relationship with Queen Nefertiti. The production team is quite happy about the effects for this story, especially the alien planet where it is set.

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It looks like this could be the the long rumored Egyptian themed story. It is rumored to feature a revamped version of the Osirians or even their robot mummies.

Michael Dixon, Emilia Jones and Nicola Sian are guest stars for The Rings of Akhetan.

THE BELLS OF ST . JOHN

Here is the plot synopsis for The Bells of St. John.

Earth, 2013. A whole world swimming in Wi-Fi. A Wi-Fi soup! Suppose something got inside it. Suppose there was something living in the Wi-Fi, harvesting human minds. Something that loves and cares for humanity so much it can’t get enough of it…

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The episode sees The Doctor as a bit of a man of action as he  rides a motorcycle and flies a plane in it.

The BBC has released a promotional image of The Spoonheads who are the villains of the story. I am not sure how menacing a spoonheaded baddie can be but the episode is supposed to be terrifying.

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Location filming was done on Westminster Bridge, The Shard and around London.

Robert Whitelock and Celia Imrie are guest stars.

ICE WARRIORS RETURN

Since it was first mentioned that The Ice Warriors are returning in The Cold War there has been speculation that they would be redesigned. Their appearance has been a closely guarded secret, until now.

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SFX Magazine and The Daily Mail posted a picture of their new design on their websites.

Link: http://www.sfx.co.uk/2013/03/05/doctor-who-new-ice-warrior-picture/#.UTU7JD8t8NQ.facebook

CRIBBINS IN NEVERWHERE

Next week sees the debut of Radio 4’s audio production of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere starring James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Christopher Lee. Bernard Cribbins also stars in the radio drama as Old Bailey.

Cribbins,who starred in Doctor Who as Wilfred Mott, is just one of several Doctor Who alums in the production. He is joined by Anthony Head (Mr. Finch) and Liz Ten herself, Sophie Okenedo.

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Neverwhere opens with an hour long episode on March 16that 2:30 p.m. GMT  with five subsequent half hour episodes, the first of which begins on Monday, March 18th at 6:30pm and runs daily throughout the week. Those living outside of Britain will be able to hear it via replay on the  BBC iPlayer.

Earlier this week Neil Gaiman announced that he was finally finishing up his sequel novella for Neverwhere.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r522y

MASSIVE EVENT PLANNED FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY

This November 15,ooo Doctor Who fans will converge on London to celebrate fifty years of the program. The Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend begins on November 22, 2013 and runs for three days at the ExCel Centre in London.

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A lot of information is forthcoming and fans are urged to sign up for the doctorwhotv newsletter which will serve as the online headquarters for the event. Panels, guests and ticket information will be made available soon.

Link: http://www.doctorwho.tv/events/

Link: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-03-07/doctor-who-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary-with-three-day-event

DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #458

The current issue of Doctor Who Magazine offers a preview of the opener for the second half of Season Seven, The Bells Of St. John.

Readers will be glad to know that Steven Moffat offers some tantalizing bits about what things are coming up in the episode and in Season Seven.

It’s the traditional Doctor Who thing of taking something omnipresent in your life and making it sinister, if something did get in the Wi-Fi, we’d be kind of screwed. Nobody had really done it before, so I thought, ‘It’s time to get kids frightened of Wi-Fi!

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Amongst the goodies inside:

The second part of an exclusive unpublished interview with Jon Pertwee.

An interview with Frazer Hines (Jamie) in which he discusses his time on the show and makes a pitch for a return.

Doctor Who Magazine goes behind the scenes of the special Doctor Who edition of the Pointless Celebrities where Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, John Leeson, Louise Jameson, Bernard Cribbins, Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hines and Andrew Hayden-Smith prepare to do battle on the UK quiz show.

Countdown to 50 continues with a look back at the return of Doctor Who in 2005.

Also included is a guide to organizing your Doctor Who DVD collection, comics, news, merchandise, a prize-winning competitions a crossword and more.

DAVISON IN ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL?

While appearing at Roanoke’s Mysticon Peter Davison addressed the upcoming anniversary of Doctor Who by mentioning that he is meeting with BBC Wales.

I’ve got a meeting with the head of BBC Wales …to go through various things the BBC have got planned. I don’t think she’s going to offer me a part in it… I might be wrong.

I honestly don’t know very much. I know that Steven Moffat will have something planned. I don’t think it will involve the older Doctors, certainly in their present form, because of course we’re meant to look exactly as we did when we left the TARDIS and none of us really do.

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The big question is, are we getting everything he knows we know out of him?

Link: http://www.combom.co.uk/2013/03/davison-in-talks-with-bbc-wales.html

AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME CASTING

Further casting details for Mark Gatiss’ An Adventure In Space And Time have been confirmed with the biggest news being that the rumored Carole Ann Ford cameo is happening. She will play a character named Joyce.

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Mark Eden (who played #100 in The Prisoner) has been cast as BBC One controller Donald Baverstock.

The role of set designer Peter Brachacki is bieng performed by David Annen.

Sam Hoare (Bert & Dickie, Captain America , Blandings) is playing production assistant Douglas Camfield.

The Radio Times ran a picture of David Bradley and Lelsey Manville as William and Heather Hartnell.

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Although principal photography has wrapped on Mark Gatiss’ drama casting and production news continues to surface.

Next time…DVD releases, Gally 2014, Neil Cross and more news!

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