Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Steven Moffat interviewed by his young son...
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
There were many intriguing questions raised by this series of Doctor Who.
Could Matt Smith step into David Tennant's plimsolls?
Did new-comer Karen Gillan have a hope in hell of following such nation's sweethearts like Catherine Tate and Billie Piper as The Doctor's sidekick?
Would creatures created by the programme's new guru Steven Moffat prove worthy of this show's very own Orson Welles, Russell T. Davies?
At the end though, only one unfathomable mystery remained: What was Stephen Fry's problem?
Why would anyone single out a show as imaginative and EXCITING as Doctor Who for criticism as Fry did in a recent BAFTA speech, dismissing it as "a children's show."
You'd have to be tiresomely churlish or a flagrant self-publicist. (Mystery solved!)
The truth is, Doctor Who has been a dazzling, entertaining triumph with Richard Curtis' episode about Vincent Van Gogh the most astonishing piece of DRAMA of the year. It was not remotely aimed at children but took mortality and madness as its themes in a way that children could be educated absorbed and amused by.
Admittedly, I didn't ALWAYS understand what the hell was happening in the last episode, which had more time and space mumbo-jumbo than Stephen Hawking. For the most part, the show has been a masterclass in regeneration.
Central to this was of course Matt Smith who already ranks as the best Doctor since the halcyon days of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. Like David Tennant, Smith is clearly enjoying himself enormously. Unlike Tennant, he doesn't feel he has to let us know or dominate every scene he's in. With Smith, the Doctor's eccentricities and oddness is expressed are more than just a series of mannerisms. Smith has given the Doctor a boyish energy and wit, which Tennant understood but was always trying too hard to demonstrate. Smith has perfected the ultimate Dr. Who trick of being both classically old-fashioned and futuristically timeless.
As for Gillan, she has effortlessly justified the writers' decision to make Amy Pond the foundation for the show's storylines, from the beginning when, as a child, she summoned her "imaginary friend, the raggedy doctor" to fix the crack in her bedroom wall, then having her sub-conscious plundered through the series.
Is Gillan/Pond the best assistant The Doctor has had?
She's certainly got the best legs (which is a start) - and attitude. Billie Piper bordered on insipid and Tate was just a nag. Gillan has proudly styled Amy to look like the girls you see on any high street. But better yet, she also has an other- worldly quality.
Sometimes the camera just studies Amy's face, her black Weeping Angel eyes, as if she too were a work of science fiction. Amy is just more complex than Rose.
As for the plots, last week's cliff-hanger where Amy was shot and The Doctor was locked in the Pandorica was resolved rather too quickly. The Doctor just zapped back and forwards from the future declaring "history has collapsed" and "if we don't do something fast, reality will never have happened" like some paranoid hippy who had been smoking too much weed.
My only real reservation is Rory. I know he's just married Amy and worships her, but he is a gooseberry, a dull obstacle to the spark The Doctor and Amy have. You can detect their true passion in the way they have spent the series screaming
"Doc-TER !" and "A-may !" whenever the other was in danger.
Still, I suppose you can't have everything.
Apart from that, whatever Stephen Fry says, I'd say this series of Doctor Who has been perfect. British television at its brilliant best.
Daily Mirror. Page 21. Shelley Vision. Jim Shelley.
Monday 28th June 2010.
(Thanks Jamie Jones).
Totters Admin Jamie Jones response...
"Though be aware the above story is a pile of steaming Bulls**t and not true at all. An obvious mix of two pieces taken out of context and then slammed together to make a news story. Lazy journalism. More true is the fact that Steven Moffat lost his underpants in a game of Poker to a giraffe named Roger, you heard it here first.... :-)"
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Dear England, karma is such a bitch. Kindest regards, Uwe Seeler, captain, West Germany 1966.
NEWS FLASH - English FA reported to FIFA for letting 11 useless w**kers enter the World Cup.
What's the difference between England and a teabag? A teabag stays in the cup longer.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Brazilian punk rocker MAYANA MOURA's first book features a character who is based on her former lover and times they shared on the north London party scene.
A source said: "Mayana is working on a book. It's a semi-autobiographical novel. She and Matt kept in touch after the split, which was because she is in Rio and his work keeps him the UK.
"It was a passionate relationship. But since Matt met Daisy, they've broken off contact. She still has friends in London who are buzzing about her new work.
"It will show the hedonistic lifestyle the couple enjoyed, and he is trying to distance himself from that image."
When his appointment as the Doc was announced, Matt was often seen in Camden at the Monarch, and Caner HQ, The Hawley Arms.
But since falling for DAISY LOWE he has managed to stay off the radar.
Friday, 25 June 2010
The Beast Below: 6.15pm
Victory Of The Daleks: 6.30pm
The Time Of Angels: 6.20pm
Flesh and Stone: 6.25pm
Vampires Of Venice: 6.00pm
Amy's Choice: 6.25pm
The Hungry Earth: 6.15pm
Cold Blood: 7.00pm
Vincent and the Doctor: 6.40pm
The Lodger: 6.45pm
The Pandorica Opens: 6.40pm
Den of geek
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Where's the Tardis when you need it? Doctor Who's Karen Gillan makes a mad dash as she runs late for a casting
The Timelord’s scary arch enemies barged their way into the hall where Gavinburn Primary pupils were sitting.
The monsters, as well as writer Steven, were at the Old Kilpatrick school to officially launch the second learning game as part of the Doctor Who: The Adventure Games series.
Several pupils at the school got to question Steven as well as voice of the Daleks, Nick Briggs.
The children quizzed the pair on what they love about the BBC sci-fi show as well as how they got involved in working in TV.
The session was hosted by head teacher Gillian Penny, who is Steven’s younger sister.
Introducing Steven to the pupils, Gillian said: “I’ve got my big brother in the school and I would like to welcome him to Gavinburn.
“He’s the man who’s in charge of Doctor Who. We are lucky to have him in the school today.”
Gillian has been heavily involved in games-based learning, previously using Nintendo Wii games such as Mario Kart and Guitar Hero as a “hook” into learning.
Now, from August, teachers will be able to use a game from Gillian’s brother’s TV show to help educate the pupils.
She said: “The teachers are already planning the lessons. They will use a DVD or the game depending on the age of the children.
“Every class will learn a lesson based on Doctor Who, whether it be ICT or art.”
Gillian revealed how Steven would test out some of his work on her and their sister when they were younger and frightened them with his tales of monsters.
A life-long fan of Doctor Who, Steven was keen to tell the pupils that their dream job could come true if they believe.
He said: “I never thought that one day Steven Moffat from Paisley was going to get to write Doctor Who and be in charge of him.”
And the children at the school had a great time getting close to the Cybermen and learning more about the popular Saturday night programme.
Speaking about the Cybermen, primary seven pupil Adam Lawrie, 11, from Old Kilpatrick, said: “I found them kind of scary on TV but it’s really cool that they were here.”
He added: “The weeping angels scare me. They’re frightening.”
Thursday, 24 June 2010
A chance to meet the monsters and celebrate the launch of the new game at 10.00 in the Hayes in Cardiff city centre
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Wednesday, 23 June 2010
■The "Future Doctor" thing from 'Flesh and Stone' DOES happen, and has been confirmed by people who have seen the scripts.
■The Pandorica has a rather useful feature, in that it keeps you alive... forever. (Which is good, considering what just happened to Amy.)
■Amy has a very special brain because she grew up next to the crack for so long.
■Auton-Rory is responsible for releasing the Doctor, and Amy gets locked inside the Pandorica while the Doctor goes off to find the right "fuel" to bring her back to life, leaving Rory to guard the box. Stuff happens and Rory is left waiting a LONG TIME, hence the "love that lasts a thousand years." He becomes "The Lone Centurion" and is spotted throughout time guarding the box. (and as some fans have pointed out, this actually makes him chronologically older than the Doctor now!)
■Rory doesn't stay an Auton though, and he supposedly ends up human by the end.
■The TARDIS does explode, but it's not how you think.
■There is a wedding at the end, and one person who has seen the episode says that the ending is cheesily reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz.
Finally, there are some pretty strong indications that Omega shows up at the end. (possibly played by Jason Isaacs, aka Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter films) He may not be a traditional big bad though, and it's possible that his appearance is just a teaser for bigger events to occur in Series 6.
The main evidence in favor of the evil Time Lord's return come from two independent posters on Gallifrey Base; one who claims to have seen some concept art, and another who says that he was shown a suit of black "armor" with big gauntlets labled as "Omega." As for Jason Isaacs taking over the role, he was seen entering a closed door meeting with Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and John Simm a few months back (after this episode was filmed, though). This led to much speculation that he could be taking over the role of the Master next year (or possibly just appearing in a future season of 'Sherlock', which Moffat and Gatiss also produce), but considering that another informant has teased that "a Harry Potter actor has a surprise role in the finale," some of that speculation has shifted towards him possibly being Omega instead.
I wonder if any of the above spoilers will happen?
See you Saturday 26 June 2010 at 6:05pm BBC1.
The above Spoilers have also been covered by Jamie Jones in Facebook group DOCTOR WHO: THE JOURNEY THAT NEVER ENDS.
The prop, used by the ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, was sold at Bonham's in a memorabilia sale, which also included Daleks and Cybermen.
The 10ft painted wooden Tardis went for £10,800. It was expected to sell for upwards of £8,000.
A console for the time-travelling craft created for a long-running Doctor Who exhibition at Longleat in the 1970s sold for £900.
A Cyberman helmet made in 1967 which featured in the Who stories Moonbase and The Tomb Of The Cybermen went for £7,800.
Two Daleks which appeared in 1960s episodes - one of which was little more than a shell - fetched £4,800 each.
And a model of the Doctor's robotic canine helper K-9 fetched a price of £1,200. All prices include the buyer's premium.
I've just discovered this brief clip from The Claws Of Axos, the first part is as it was transmitted, the second part is the same scene with added effects and music. The end result looks wonderful! Thought I'd share it....
4.1/4.2: The Nightmare Man
Written by Joseph Lidster
Directed by Joss Agnew
Guest starring Julian Bleach as the Nightmare Man
4.3/4.4: The Vault of Secrets
Written by Phil Ford
Directed by Joss Agnew
Guest starring Cheryl Campbell as Ocean Waters
4.5/4.6: Death of the Doctor
Written by Russell T Davies
Directed by Ashley Way
Guest starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Katy Manning as former Third Doctor companion Jo Grant
4.7/4.8: The Empty Planet
Written by Gareth Roberts
Directed by Ashley Way
Guest starring Joe Mason as Gavin
4.9/4.10: Lost in Time
Written by Rupert Laight
Directed by Joss Agnew
Guest starring Cyril Nri as the Mysterious Shopkeeper.
4.11/4.12: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
Written by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman
Directed by Joss Agnew
Guest starring Julie Graham as Ruby White.
(Thanks Jamie Jones).
"I'm lost for words - what a moment. You dream about this as a young lad. This was a must-win game, a Cup final. To get the early goal was great."
The 21-year-old is said to have recently gotten back together with the Doctor Who actor after separating in May.
"Matt's a very nice boy," Pearl told Hello.
"I've only met him once, because he works, which is great. She's met her match - someone who works as hard as she does."
She added that she is relieved that Daisy has finally chosen someone that she finds suitable.
"I can name at least four (boyfriends) I didn't like, and she went out with them anyway."
The 27-year-old actor, who plays the 11th incarnation of The Doctor, has already suggested the idea to head writer Steven Moffat.
He told TV Times: "I'd like Eric to do one and I've mentioned it to Steven Moffat. Eric's got to be bad!"
Doctor Who concludes with 'The Big Bang' this Saturday from 6.05pm on BBC One.
Speaking to Radio Times, the actor admitted that it is a "real challenge" to meet the head writer's expectations for The Doctor.
He explained: "People ask me, 'Who do you think your Doctor is?' and I'm reluctant to think of it in those terms, because it's still a work in progress.
"Steven Moffat, who's just the most brilliant writer, told me when I first met him that the interesting thing, the defining thing, about The Doctor is that he never quite knows what's going to come out of his mouth in any given situation."
Smith continued: "His thoughts just combust spontaneously . I've tried to harness the brain-to-mouth rapidity. I mean, you could think about it forever, but how do you play the most charismatic man in the universe? It's a real challenge.
"If you play him constantly charismatic, he instantly loses the charisma. Of course, really charismatic people don't have to do a thing. They just are. I'm still finding my way on that one, but I like to think it gives me something creative to play with."
Doctor Who concludes on Saturday at 6.05pm on BBC One with 'The Big Bang'.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
ART BY ANDY LAMBERT
LETTERING BY JAMIE JONES
Tuesday 22nd June 2010: An abandoned Arctic research centre... an ancient relic... an off-screen terror – the classic ingredients of a Doctor Who episode. Only this time you are the Doctor.
Blood of the Cybermen has been executively produced by Steven Moffat, stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, and has been written by Phil Ford. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have been digitally recreated in-game, and have provided full voice-overs. Music has been provided by TV series’ composer Murray Gold. An additional cast will portray original characters and classic enemies.
“Blood of the Cybermen is classic Who,” says its writer Phil Ford (who also co~wrote The Waters of Mars and episodes for The Sarah Jane Adventures). “From the intriguing title, through the pre-credits intro to the mystery surrounding the Arctic base, this is everything you expect from a TV episode – only this time you control the action. It’s an epic story, and one we could only tell in a computer game. We’ve ambitious sets, a thrill-a-minute narrative, and we re-introduce a Doctor Who adversary not seen since the Tom Baker era.”
Blood of the Cybermen will be available to download for PC for UK users at no additional cost from the BBC Website from Saturday, 26th June 2010. A Mac version will follow shortly afterwards whilst international availability will be announced soon.
DEN OF GEEK
Monday, 21 June 2010
(David Tennant appears at 45 mins).
Available to watch on BBC iPlayer until 11:59pm Saturday 26th June 2010.
Today, 19:15 on BBC Radio 4