Doctor Whooligan: Season Seven News, PCA Nomination,Eve Myles New Show, McGann In Dark Eyes, The Angel’s Kiss, Colin Baker Interviewed, Shada

As filming continues in Wales this week and the hype machine is gearing up for Children In Need and the Christmas Special. The excitement builds each day and with Thanksgiving around the corner we are a little more than a month away from seeing The Doctor again.

PCA NOMINATION!

Doctor Who has been nominated in the Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show category for the 2012 People’s Choice Awards!!!

Please vote and help it win!

It is facing some steep competition from The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time and The Vampire Diaries.

Vote here: http://www.peopleschoice.com/pca/vote/votenow.jsp

SEASON SEVEN NEWS (SOME BITS & PIECES)

Filming on Episode Twelve continued this week at Cardiff City Hall, Newbridge Memo and Caerphilly Castle.

This season we will see The Doctor is dressed as a Monk briefly.

Episode Twelve is a stand alone episode.

This week the BBC released a new promo picture featuring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman from the 2012 Christmas Special.

Doctor Who TV featured this picture of Matt Smith on location.

Since we see The Doctor dressed as a monk and with the return of Strax, Jenny and Vastra it is safe to say the events of A Good Man Goes To War are touched upon in the new series.

THOMPSON ON EPISODE TEN

Steven Thompson spoke to Doctor Who Magazine (# 454) about his new episode, Journey to The Centre Of The TARDIS. He explained the origins of Episode Ten and confirmed its title.

My first meeting was last October. I went along with a pocketful of dream-episodes….This initial meeting is fairly predictable. Before I even open my mouth and pitch to the room, Steven goes ‘I want you to do x.’ And his idea is so wonderful, and so much more clever and interesting than anything mere mortals like myself could come up with, you end up saying ‘Yes’ and the meeting’s over in record time. Or at least the same time it took last year. And so it was. ‘Would you do one where we see the centre of the TARDIS?’ ‘Er, yeah. Okay.’ Conversation took nine seconds. And then I’m chained to a laptop on and off for the next six months, basically.

GAIMAN ON CYBERMEN

Neil Gaiman was interviewed by France’s Reviewer last week. In the interview he divulged several interesting things about his new script for Season Seven.

Steven asked me to write a new episode and I said no because I was too busy. And then he wrote and asked if I wanted to make the Cybermen scary again. And I thought back to when I was six or seven years old: ‘The Moonbase’, ‘Tomb of the Cybermen’ … when I saw them when they were first broadcast. The Cybermen were far more frightening than Daleks, because they do not make noise. Daleks move in all directions, shouting ‘Exterminate’, etc..  With Cybermen it’s different. You turned around and bam! There were Cybermen. It’s scary.

I told Moffat that I would revive the Cybermen for the 50th anniversary year and everything that has happened since, and see what I could do. I do not know if it will work, we’ll see.

Link (in French):

http://www.reviewer.fr/breves/series/18082/doctor-who-saison-7-neil-gaiman-nous-parle-de-son-episode-cybermen.html

BBC AMERICA GEARS UP FOR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

BBC America has released more info on when they are showing the 2012 Christmas Special. Also, the BBC has released a new photo of Matt Smith that has been making the rounds ahead of the Children in Need special.

Following the epic mid-season finale, the Doctor gets in the holiday spirit in the all-new Christmas special written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock).  Accompanied by his newest companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, the Doctor’s latest adventure through space and time sees him once again crossing paths with the homo-reptilian Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her cohort Jenny (Catrin Stewart). 

The Doctor Who Christmas Special premieres on BBC AMERICA on December 25, 9:00pm ET.

ALEX KINGSTON FOR AUDIOGO

Those wondering just what happened in that book River Song wrote in The Angels Take Manhattan can now find out this December. Sort of.

AudioGO announced the release of Doctor Who: The Angel’s Kiss, first as an audio download and then as a proper CD in March of 2013.  Alex Kingston has recorded the audio.

Although this is the title of the book penned by Melody Malone in the midseason finale Justin Richards has written The Angel’s Kiss as a completely separate adventure. Nonetheless the audio allows us to get more of River Song as she walks the streets of New York.

Synopsis

Amazon has already released a synopsis for the story.

On some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This was one of the other days…

Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It’s movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the ‘kiss of the Angel’, she takes the case. Angels are Melody’s business…

At the press party for Railton’s latest movie, studio owner Max Kliener invites Melody to the film set of their next blockbuster. He’s obviously spotted her potential, and Melody is flattered when Kliener asks her to become a star. But the cost of fame, she’ll soon discover, is greater than anyone could possibly imagine.

Will Melody be able to escape Kliener’s dastardly plan before the Angels take Manhattan?

EVE MYLES ON FRANKIE

Torchwood star Eve Myles spoke with Wale Online about her new six part TV series, Frankie, from Best Of Men writer Lucy Gannon.

This is an incredible leading part for a female. It’s tremendous pressure but also tremendously exciting. I can’t wait to step into Frankie’s shoes and get on set. I’m desperate to start. Lucy Gannon is an incredible writer and writes relationships so beautifully.

Read It here:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2012/11/03/torchwood-star-eve-myles-filming-title-role-in-new-series-frankie-91466-32159327/

BIG FINISH WINS AWARDS

Alan Barnes, Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby  of Big Finish have been nominated in the Best Videogame Script for their work on the game  Risen 2: Dark Waters. 

DARK EYES

Paul McGann returns as the Eighth Doctor in Dark Eyes, an epic adventure written and directed by Nicholas Briggs. McGann is joined by  an ensemble cast which includes Toby Jones, Ruth Bradley,  Peter Egan, Beth Chalmers and Nicholas Briggs as the voice of The Daleks.

Here is a synopsis from the adventure from the Big Finish website.

Part One: The Great War

Voluntary Aid Detachment nursing assistant Molly O’Sullivan spends her days facing the horrors of the Great War. Little does she know that a man from another world has arrived, looking for her.

But what are the strange sounds coming from the battlefield at night? Where is the glowing gas coming from? And is everyone who they claim to be?

Part Two: Fugitives

With the first objective of his mission reached, almost nothing is going to plan for the Doctor. He finds he cannot contact or return to the Time Lord’s home planet, Gallifrey. And just when Molly O’Sullivan thinks she’s escaped one conflict, she finds herself in the thick of another one.

What is it that connects the Doctor, the Daleks and the mysterious Ides Scientific Institute?

Part Three: Tangled Web

Something happened when Molly O’Sullivan was just two years old, and the Doctor thinks it’s high time they found out exactly what it was.

Meanwhile, the Daleks are fully activating their Temporal Chamber. And while the Doctor and Molly get closer and closer to the terrible truth, the nature of reality itself seems to be in question.

Part Four. ‘X’ and the Daleks

‘Subject is called Molly O’Sullivan. An inhabitant of Earth. Born Earth year 1891. Has travelled in space and time with Time Lord known as the Doctor.’

With Straxus and his TARDIS destroyed, the Doctor and Molly have tracked the mysterious ‘X’ to the planet Srangor. It is here that the truth of the threat to the universe will finally be revealed.

What is the Dalek Time Controller’s ultimate plan? What exactly is the space-time projector? Who will survive this epic battle for survival?

Briggs commented on writing Dark Eyes on the Big Finish website

The story that eventually became Dark Eyes started to take shape in mid-2011, during a script meeting between myself and Alan Barnes. We discussed the question of  ‘what next?’ for the Eighth Doctor, after his emotionally bruising experiences which had culminated in To The Death. There were two main original sources of inspiration, the movie The American (starring George Clooney) and the works of John Buchan, particularly The 39 Steps. We were talking about the idea of the Doctor on the run; but a Doctor who was being asked to go, reluctantly, through the motions again.
 
‘By the time I began writing the script, these inspirations had moved right to the back of my mind. They were catalysts which had started me asking questions about why the Doctor behaves the way he does and how he manages to keep on trucking. I felt, quite keenly, that he could never keep going unless he had a belief in hope. So Dark Eyes, among other things, is a journey through the various types of relationship the Doctor has with hope…

COLIN BAKER INTERVIEWED

Digital Spy interviewed Colin Baker about lots of stuff. Colin is back in the spotlight with his appearance on I’m A Celebrity-Get me Out of Here.

When asked if he still watched Doctor Who he answered:

Do I watch Doctor Who? Of course I do. And I absolutely love Matt Smith. When I heard another young [guy] was going to be playing the Doctor, I thought, ‘Hmmm… Not another young one. Why don’t they have an old geezer again, like me?’ Suddenly, along comes this 29 or 28-year-old guy playing a 300-year-old Doctor – and he’s brilliant. He encompasses all of the previous doctors and adds a bit himself.

Read it all here:

http://www.digitalspy.com/british-tv/s100/im-a-celebrity-uk/interviews/a437252/im-a-celeb-colin-baker-its-kind-of-itv-to-sponsor-my-weight-loss.html

WRITERS’ GUILD AWARDS

Britain’s Writers’ Guild Awards were handed out this week and the Whoniverse was representing! The Sarah Jane Adventures  and Steven Moffat were both winners.

Phil Ford’s SJA script for The Curse of Clyde Langer won in the category of Best Children’s TV Script .

Steven Moffat took home the Writers’ Guild Special Award For Outstanding Writing.  Moffat (along with Mark Gatiss and Stephen Thompson) was also nominated for Best Short Form Drama category for Sherlock. 

Read On: http://www.writersguild.org.uk/ 

SHADA DVD UPDATE 

The forthcoming DVD release of Shada on January 8th is one of those things that longtime Doctor Who fans have been waiting for since very awful bootlegs began to surface in the late 80s it was released on VHS in 1992. The story was intended to end Season Seventeen (1979-80) off with a bang but sadly was never completed because of a strike at the BBC.

Billed as The Legacy Box Set, Shada is coming to DVD in a three disc format along with the special More Than 30 years In The TARDIS.

Here is a summary of the release and its extra features.

DVD 1

All existing footage from Doulgas Adams’ unfinished Shada with Tom Baker providing narration for the missing scenes. A partially animated version of the six-parter from  uberfan Ian Levine was rejected by 2 Entertain.

The disc also features Paul McGann’s 2003 animated version of Shada with Lalla Ward and John Leeson reprising their roles as Romana II and K9. Big Finish released this version of Shada as a webcast audio in 2003.

DVD 2

The second disc features a great deal of making of and behind the scenes information about Shada. 

Taken Out of Time: A feature about the making of Shada.

Now & Then: This documentary looks at the various locations used in filming Shada.

Strike! Strike ! Strike!:  Worker’s strikes, walkout and industrial actions were par for the course in Thatcher’s Britain. this documentary examines how labor issues have taken their toll on the BBC over the years.

Being A Girl: Another new feature, this one featuring  Samira Ahmed and Emma Price analyzing how women have been portrayed throughout the years on Doctor Who.

DVD 3

This is the legacy part. In addition to the More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS  special from 1994, the disc features loads interesting extras and interviews.

Remembering Nicholas Courtney: This documentary  looks at the life and career of the actor who made the Brigadier such a beloved character.

Doctor Who Stories-Peter Purves: Former 1st Doctor companion and Blue Peter host recalls his travels in time and space as Steven Taylor.

The Lambert Tapes: Another installment of  an interviews with producer Verity Lambert from The Story of Doctor Who special.

Those Deadly Divas: Doctor Who guest stars Kate O Mara, Camille Coduri and Tracy-Ann Oberman reflect on being a part of the program.

Also included in The Legacy Box Set are Photo Galleries, Radio Times listings and production note subtitles. An Easter Egg is also included.

Next time…Children In Need, Peter Purves on stage and more news!

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