- The Dalek Daily News for Monday, July 26 - Motley Fool (blog)
- BBC Proms: Doctor Who, Royal Albert Hall, London - Independent
- Join Us in Celebrating 5 Years of Doctor Who: Podshock Wherever You Are!
- Prom 12: BBC Philharmonic/Vassily Sinaisky - The Guardian
- Glee-fully Barrowman!
- Restarting Torchwood Series 4
- SHERLOCK (BBC) "A Study in Pink" Review - Daemon's TV (blog)
- Forbidden Planet Exclusive August Toys
- Doctor Who Prom Reviews
- Fezzes are cool!
- Finished Product - Issue Four
- The boys of manga: We love 'em 'cos they're vague - Comic Book Resources
- UK Headlines: Living Bags Nikita and Chase - TV.com (blog)
- Dalek ensures fair visitors obey charity collectors - Get Surrey
- Doctor Who Prom - Pink Paper
- London gets invaded by Doctor Who? - NewsTime
- Davies praises new 'Torchwood' format - Digital Spy
- Time traveller Sherlock will be a hit - Herald.ie
- Sherlock - a Study in Pink | TV Review - TV Pixie (blog)
- We watch TV so you don't have to - Watch With Mothers
- In pics: Doctor Who at the Proms - CBBC Newsround
- Sherlock and the IT Crowd - Artrocker.com (blog)
- In pics: Doctor Who at the Proms - CBBC Newsround
- Moffat Tears Into Press Lies
- SFX talks Torchwood
- Doctor Who monsters invade London - FemaleFirst.co.uk
- After Sherlock, which classic tales should Steven Moffat update next? - The Guardian (blog)
- Johnny Depp is no Doctor Who - The Fan Carpet
- More Sherlock please! - RTE.ie
- Proms 2010: Prom 10: Dr Who Prom - Telegraph.co.uk
- Situation Vacant Reviewed
- Sherlock, BBC One, Sunday - Herald Scotland
- Daleks are in control as Doctor Who takes over Proms - This is London
- Vote K-9!
- Sherlock Holmes: Doctor Who in waiting? - expressandstar.com (blog)
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It's summer for those in the northern hemisphere, and for many of us, it has been a hot and sticky one. Now is your chance to turn up the AC (or turn it down really) and join Doctor Who: Podshock hosts, correspondents, friends, and listeners in celebrating 5 years of the show without even leaving the comfort of your home!
There are no secret locations or handshakes needed. No long car or train rides. No worrying about parking or finding a seat. No worrying about what to wear (at least not in the physical sense). No worrying about travel fares, dinner checks, tips, or who paid for the last round. Just kick back in front of your computer with your favourite beverage and/or snack and join other Doctor Who, Torchwood, and alike fans coming together on Second Life. All at no extra cost to you.
It's our summer�Second Life�meet up taking place on Saturday, 21 August 2010 and what better way to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Doctor Who: Podshock and the �25th anniversary of the�Gallifreyan Embassy. Come together with other�Doctor Who�and�Torchwood�fans no matter where you are geographically located, all you need is broadband internet and a computer capable of running the free�Second Life�software.
Our seasonal meet ups are a fun and fantastic way to connect with other fans without even leaving the comfort of your own home. Each meet up has been grown larger and larger.
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Here at JohnBarrowmanNews.com (have you gone mad? – Ed) we can't wait to hear what our favourite (group) Captain is up to – and allegedly he may be tapping his toes and singing his way over to the set of Glee.
As reported earlier this month Barrowman had met with the producers of the global hit, stating his dream to play one of Racheal Berry's (Lea Michele) Gay dads. Barrowman had told Now magazine that:
It seems that ball has come top-spinning its way back to Barrowman now those initial talks have developed into…well talks, for an unspecified role in a future episode.
Previously Producer Ian Brennan had denied that Barrowman had been in touch. Asked if any contact had been made, he replied:
Glee, the global smash post-modern-love it or want it to drown in its own smugness, musical follows the fortunes of a high school show choir as they belt out old show stoppers and chart toppers and is set to return on 21st September.
Aside from returning to Torchwood for the fourth season as (Group) Captain Jack Harkness, Barrowman will be badgering the producers of Holby City for the role of Jazz harmonica player whose hands are blow off in an 'unfortunate kettle incident' and will be presenting the BBC's A Journey for Jake; a talent show where Barrowman plums the depths of Britain to search for a star to fill the role of Jake for a Blues Brothers musical I just made up (nurse, he's gone again! – Ed).
(via Digital Spy)
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 06:56 AM PDT
The SFX website has spoken to Russell T Davies recently regarding the new series of Torchwood, due to air in 2011, and how the series continues from Children of Earth.
Russell doesn't reveal all that much in terms of spoilers but commented on the new way that the series would be developed and made with one of the big changes being a "writer's room."
Davies has written the first episode of the new series but may not write anymore as there are plenty of interested parties wanting to write a script themselves. Russell finished by mentioning what viewers could expect from the 2011 series, which follows on from Children of Earth…
Check out the article at SFX.co.uk for the full interview and also a snazzy Torchwood picture of Jack and Gwen looking very "Angel" (as in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin off).
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Forbidden Planet Exclusive August Toys
News Dated: 26/7/2010
Forbidden Planet are releasing two more exclusive Doctor Who figure packs this August:
The 5th Doctor & The Master (Planet of Fire)
Forbidden Planet Exclusive
The 5th Doctor
His youthful appearance belied his wisdom and experience, but this Doctor still found it frustrating that so many people questioned his judgement, especially his companions. While on an alien planet he and his companion Peri contracted a disease and the Doctor gave Peri the only cure, necessitating another regeneration…
The Master from Planet of Fire
The Fifth Doctor and Turlough are on the island of Lanzarote because the TARDIS has detected a mysterious signal being transmitted from an unknown, recently salvaged artefact. They meet a young American botany student named Peri Brown, whose stepfather has been replaced with a shape changing robot as part of a plot by the Master. He plans to bring the TARDIS to the planet Sarn, so he can use that world's revitalising Numismaton gas to restore his body, accidentally shrunken in an accident. The Master (Anthony Ainley) is apparently defeated when the stream of gas turns to a normal hot flame. The Doctor destroys the shape changing robot, Kamelion, at the robot's own bidding as it has become completely unstable. Turlough leaves to return home, while Peri leaves with the Doctor.
� The 5th Doctor & The Master is released in August 2010, priced £24.99.
� Order Now Exclusively from Forbidden Planet International.
The 5th Doctor in Regeneration Outfit (Logopolis / Castrovalva)
Forbidden Planet Exclusive
Following the events at the Pharos Project which caused his regeneration, the Fifth Doctor escapes with his companions back to the TARDIS. Suffering from post-regeneration trauma, he only narrowly manages to save the ship from destruction as it plunges back through time to Event One, the hydrogen in-rush that preceded the creation of the universe.
The Doctor then seeks sanctuary, with companions Tegan and Nyssa, in the peaceful domain of Castrovalva, only to discover that it is an illusory, dimensionally paradoxical trap set for the him by the Master, unwillingly aided by Adric, whom he has kidnapped. The Doctor eventually wins the day by enlisting the help of the Castrovalvan people who, although also part of the Master's creation, are nevertheless able to exercise free will.
� The 5th Doctor in Regeneration Outfit is released in August 2010, priced £14.99.
� Order Now Exclusively from Forbidden Planet International.
[Source: Forbidden Planet]
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 05:38 AM PDT
Drum roll please…the verdict for the Doctor Who Prom at this years BBC proms is…cymbal crash… Excellent. Though while the spectacle was loved by children and similarly excited parents, some reviewers have scoff at the event calling it a "Pantomime."
The Guardian while quick to praise any event that tries to foster a love of classical music in children accepted that the event was not about the music but about the brand.
As well as showcasing Murray Gold's excellent contribution to the show, the prom also threw in some recognisable classics such as surfer's favourite Richard Wagners' Die Walküre – The Ride of the Valkyries and John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
The evening was ably hosted by Karen Gillan with help from an in character Matt Smith, who received special praise in The Daily Telegraph.
The Prom also featured many of the Doctors greatest foes including an 'Ironside' Dalek who rose from a platform to offered the audience tea and biscuits before being told to 'decend or be exterminated' by a Persil-white Supreme Dalek who then bossed composer Ben Foster to play the Dalek's theme.
The delectable Vampires (from Venice) enticed a man in the audience with a bewitching dance. While others such as the Silurians, Cybermen, Judoon and the Weeping Angels all roamed the audience looking for the Doctor.
BBC News have a video showing clips from the concert and reaction from one particular family whose two boys denied they were scared of the Cybermen- they were (Incidentally, check out costumes worn by some fans in the background of this clip.)
The two hour show featured the London Philharmonic Choir, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Singers Yamit Mamo (Doctor Who, Death at a Funeral) and Mark Chambers (Singing voice of the Ood, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) and Composers Ben Foster (Doctor Who, Nine) and Grant Llewellyn (BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales)
A recording done for BBC Radio 3 is available in two parts on the iPlayer until the 1st August while the event itself will be broadcast on BBC Three next month.
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 04:15 AM PDT
You concur with the Doctor, fezzes are cool.
Posted: 26 Jul 2010 04:08 AM PDT
Issue four of the Finished Product, the unofficial companion to the Big Finish audio series, is due for imminent release.
This issue concentrates on the UNIT series, looking at it from inception through to final execution, as well as revealing some ideas for the never-made second series. And lots of the interviewees talk about their memories of David Tennant in one of his final roles before playing the Tenth Doctor.
Interviewees include producer Ian Farrington, writers Simon Guerrier, Iain McLaughlin, Jonathan Clements and Joseph Lidster, directors Edward Salt and John Ainsworth, actors Ian Brooker and Robert Curbishley, as well as sound designer and composer David Darlington.
In addition, there's also an interview with DWM award-winning Big Finish composer Russell Stone.
For more details and ordering information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat has given an exclusive interview to HeyUGuys.co.uk about his well-received Sherlock re-imagining (co-written with Mark Gatiss) and of course Doctor Who.
There is plenty to read, from The Grand Moff's thoughts on Russell T Davies' The Writer's Tale to the future of British television and his own future, as well as the typical comparisons between Sherlock Holmes and the Doctor.
However it is the question of ratings, and Steven Moffat's reaction to recent reports, that are of most interest. On the matter of whether Sherlock will eventually spawn a full series (it is currently 3 feature length episodes), Moffat put the ball in the court of the viewers pretty much said that it is down to a decision based on viewer reaction and ratings:
It isn't entirely clear why iPlayer isn't included in audience figures, although it may be down to the fact that BBC iPlayer allows delayed viewing of specific BBC content only; until a universal system is adopted, it is unlikely that iPlayer will be a factor in audience totals.
Posted: 25 Jul 2010 11:12 PM PDT
This month's SFX magazine has a Torchwood cover and inside, there's a four-page feature talking to Russell T Davies about his plans for the fourth series. He also comments on the recent rumours about Johnny Depp starring in a Doctor Who movie.
I've always had this story in mind, and when you discover what it is, you'll go, 'Oh, right...' You'll see how that can spread out [for ten episodes]. Actually, Children Of Earth could have run for ten episodes. Once you get martial law declared, we could have done three more episodes of that - if anything, we slightly rushed that ending. So this story is on that big a scale. It's not a Lost-type story, full of mystery, and it's not particularly complicated - it's more linear. Ten parts just gives us a chance to move it onto the international stage where it takes place. The vast majority's going to take place in America - and other countries as well - so it's got a size to it. It's a proper, big, global ten-hour thriller.
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At Christmas, the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller parted ways for good. Now that he's had some time on his own to get over his latest break up, the Doctor's ready to find a new friend to travel with and that's how season 4 of the Eighth Doctor Adventures kicks off.
Situation Vacant revolves around four potential companions gathered in a hotel function room who have responded to an advert to travel time and space. The Doctor turns up and informs them that there's a mystery to be solved and the person who performs the best will win the role of his latest travelling companion. It's very akin to The Apprentice and X Factor (the cover for the play even emulates the latter).
What follows is a strong season opener much like 2008's Partners in Crime - a lightweight episode with a friend trying to prove themselves to the Doctor, a jaunty upbeat incidental score, a middling threat to be resolved and some layering of mysteries yet to be solved.
McGann is on form as the Doctor as always and the auditioning companions are well rounded and acted out well. We won't tell you who the Doctor chooses (if he in fact chooses anyone) but the end results are extremely satisfying.
The loss of Sheridan Smith is felt in Situation Vacant, her brash northern twangs have become so loved and expected in this run of plays that when they don't appear it starts to raise alarms but as always with the Doctor, there's so much going on that there's little time to look back as the TARDIS team are thrown into the present.
Judging by this play alone, this looks set to one of the strongest Eighth Doctor series yet.
Situation Vacant is available this month on CD or download from www.bigfinish.com!
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The SFX website is canvassing votes for their 200 Greatest SF and fantasy characters ever poll in celebration of SFX's 200th edition, which features in the August – and this week they're looking for robots!
With heroes, heroines, monsters and superheroes all covered already – ideal if you want to vote for the Doctor, Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, Donna Noble or Daleks – this is your chance to vote for a legend among Doctor Who characters, K-9!
So successful was he after one episode (1977's The Invisible Enemy) that K-9 remained in the TARDIS for 4 years, before being left in E-Space at the close of 1981's Warrior's Gate. With an earlier version already left on Gallifrey in The Invasion of Time, the Doctor even thought to send another build of his faithful robot dog to Sarah Jane – the reason behind K-9 and Company in 1981 and a piece of continuity that lasts right the way to the modern day with The Sarah Jane Adventures.
And of course latterly, K-9 has had his own spinoff series, which is set to air on Channel 5 later this year.
So if you want to get K-9 top of a list that includes R2-D2, the Terminator and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Commander Data, head on over to the SFX website and get voting!
Curiously, however, there is no mention of Kamelion in the list…
Posted: 25 Jul 2010 05:10 PM PDT
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