The good news is that we are building up to a candy filled sugar rush of Moffat goodness with the mid-series finale. The bad news is that we are going to have to wait until September for it to be resolved.
The lead up across time and space has been pretty good. There have been some missteps and a few head scratching moments, but all in all, I think the series has done what any good TV show sets out to do, entertain and retain its core audience.
I have been watching the latest batch of Jon Pertwee era DVDs from BBC Video. I loved seeing Terror of the Autons and Planet of the Spiders again. In fact I liked them so much that I went back and watched The Mutants and The Time Warrior as well.
I must admit that until recently the 3rd Doctor era has been off my radar in repeat viewing. However, after seeing these episodes again, I have rediscovered just how interesting and daring his Doctor was.I also absolutely love Roger Delgado as The Master. He still remains incredible onscreen.
I also loved seeing Liz Sladen work with Pertwee again. They had a good chemistry together and it would have been interesting to see it play out further had Jon stayed on longer. I also think Jo Grant is overlooked as a good companion.
But I think what struck me the most was how Team Letts made these incredibly expansive shows with so little to work with for sets and effects.
Now I am really looking forward to seeing The Daemons and Mind of Evil on DVD.
PETER WENGER LEAVING BBC
Peter Wenger, one of the three executive Producers of Doctor Who is leaving the BBC to work for Film 4. The former BBC head Of Drama for Wales has also served as an executive producer for Ashes To Ashes, His Kind and Upstairs Downstairs.
FRAZER HINES IN THE USA
It seems that everytime you look around Frazer Hines is up to something in the USA. Whether it is a book signing or convention appearance. He simply will not be turned away from an opportunity to entertain his legion of fans.
The former Troughton companion is bringing his highly acclaimed one man show, The Time Traveling Scot, to New York at the Producer’s Club Grand Theatre on July 8th. This is a pretty exciting opportunity to see one of the classic series’ most interesting performers.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING PETITION
An online petition has begun to urge the powers that be to record and release the Tate/Tennant adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing on DVD.
David Tennant’s father-in-law Peter Davison joined other celebs and came out of a TARDIS.
Matt Smith was beaten out for ‘Leading Actor’ by Daniel Rigby (for Eric & Ernie).
Alex Kingston and Freema Agyman presented awards.
Stephen Moffat’s Sherlock was named best Drama series.
It appeared as though the cast had a good time and that the show is still well received by the critics and viewing audience alike.
THE REBEL FLESH
I have mixed feelings about the episode. I did like how they expanded Rory’s character and gave him some more range. I think too, it had a subtler creepy vibe going at times. But it was paced very differently then any of the previous episodes which I think has thrown some people off.
I think it was a good beginning to something bigger and much more massive. It did remind me at times of a Patrick Troughton era story, particularly with the incidental music from Murray Gold.
Oh yeah, Dusty Springfield is cool.
I also think the way the episode was shot and lit added to the suspense.
With regards to ratings, in Britain the episode was watched by 5.7 million viewers. It drew 29.3% of the overnight audience and again finished in the Top 20 programs for the week
The official Doctor Who site has confirmed that a prequel video to A Good Man Goes To War will go online immediately after The Almost People. The video will feature a message from A ‘familiar figure.’
THE ALMOST PEOPLE (SPOILERS)
Here is an episode synopsis from the BBC Press Office.
As the solar storm rages, Jennifer, a Ganger driven mad by the memories of being “decommissioned”, is seeking revenge, as the time-traveling drama continues.
She can remember every excruciating second of every “execution” and is determined that the humans will pay. And she isn’t just talking war; she’s talking revolution. As the crumbling factory fills with toxic fumes and drips lethal acid, the “Originals” wait desperately for the shuttle from the Mainland to rescue them. But Jennifer has other ideas. Can the Doctor convince the terrified factory workers to embrace their own humanity and work together with their Gangers to overcome a monster of their own making.
A reminder that US audience have to wait 2 weeks for the episode to air since BBC America has other programming airing during the Memorial Day weekend.
Since the episode features the mother of all endings please find a way to see it before the BBC America screening in two weeks. It is totally unfair and stupid that we have to wait an extra week!
Here are some plot points for the episode
The Doctor’s Wife is referenced.
The ganger version of The Doctor is very, very creepy!
There are great scenes with The Doctor and his ganger.
Amy is kidnapped!
Certain parts of this two part story may not be completely settled until the end of the season.
The last few minutes not only set up the mid season finale, they will forever change the course of the show and how the fans view it!
A GOOD MAN GOES TO WAR (SPOILERS)
The BBC Press Office has released an episode synopsis for the last new story until September.
Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her as the drama continues. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap.
Here are some tantalizing bits for the first half season finale.
Headless Monks are cool!
The Doctor calls in some favors and does some pretty shady things in order to help find Amy.
River Song returns and we find out most of her back story.
River Song’s revelation will change everything!
The Silnce are back!
We will finally meet Madame Kovarian (the eye patch window lady)
Dorium Maldavar is back!
Captain Avery and his son are also back!
In order to bring everyone up to speed with great ease, BBC Home Video are releasing the first three series of Torchwood as a box set in both Blu-Ray and DVD formats in the USA on July 19th.
MIRACLE DAY MAKEOVER
Almost every aspect of the Torchwood we know is getting retooled for Miracle Day. One of the most striking changes has been to Captain Jack’s RAF coat. The coat has been streamlined for more comfort and also has been scaled back in design. It also means John Barrowman would not melt in the hot LA sun while wearing a very heavy and warm overcoat.
MIRACLE DAY PICTURES
IGN have released some promo pictures from Torchwood: Miracle Day.