Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Who's Changing - 1st Year Anniversary SPECIAL OFFER!

A year ago today, our documentary film Who's Changing - An Adventure in Time with Fans was released on DVD and online. To celebrate, for one week only, we're slashing the price of both the DVD and the online rental. Details below.


You can purchase the DVD of Who's Changing - An Adventure in Time with Fans directly from us for only £8 - and this is a WORLDWIDE price (normally £12.99). This INCLUDES shipping. You can also rent the film online for only £1.99 - check out the player above. The DVD is REGION FREE. (This offer ends Feb 2, 2015.)


Who's Changing looks at the changing face of Doctor Who fandom and features insight and interviews from LOUISE JAMESON (Leela), DAN STARKEY (Strax), NEVE MCINTOSH (Vastra), SOPHIE ALDRED (Ace), SIMON FISHER-BECKER (Dorium Maldovar), CATRIN STEWART (Jenny Flint), CAITLIN BLACKWOOD (Amelia Pond), ERIC SAWARD (former Who script editor), JAMES MORAN (The Fires of Pompeii writer), ANDREW SMITH (Full Circle writer), GARY RUSSELL (former Who script editor), JANE ESPENSON (Torchwood, Buffy, Once Upon A Time writer), and many, many more!


The DVD includes the feature-length documentary and also over 80 minutes of extras, full interviews with LOUISE JAMESON (Leela), DAN STARKEY (Strax), NEVE MCINTOSH (Vastra), SOPHIE ALDRED (Ace) and SIMON FISHER-BECKER (Dorium Maldovar). Over 2.5 hours of Doctor Who fun to be had on one disc!



BUY WHO'S CHANGING ON DVD HERE 

Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans has already been screened at various film festivals including: The Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, Sci-Fi London 2014, the North American Science Fiction Convention, DetCon 1 and the Los Angeles Fear + Fantasy Film Festival 2014. Here's what the critics have been saying (click on the quotes for the full reviews):

"sunny hearted celebration of all things fan.
...invaluable instagram shot of where fan culture is at this exact moment.
... a finely detailed and refreshingly uncynical lust letter to the series it now is."
Doctor Who Magazine (#473)












(averages 4.6/5)

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This special offer is open WORLDWIDE and ends on Feb 2, 2015

AUDIO REVIEW: Mistfall

Mistfall
by Andrew Smith

Starring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding,
Mark Stickson and Sarah Sutton

Out Now



Once again, Adric would never know if he was right. Having calculated the coordinates to pilot the TARDIS back into E-space in the spare time before his unfortunate encounter with an army of Cybermen, it’s instead left to The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough to endure the journey through the CVE back to Alzarius.

The travellers have little time available to acclimatise though, as realisation dawns that they’ve arrived on the planet at the worst possible time. Mistfall: when the tranquil, leafy idyll of Alzarius becomes a snarling, biting, poisonous mist-drenched nightmare. Seemingly abandoning the notion of security in numbers, the TARDIS crew divide in two to explore and while The Doctor and Tegan encounter an off-world survey team investigating the planetary eco-system, Turlough and Nyssa get caught up with a small team of saboteurs. Set several hundred years after the Time Lord’s previous visit, his previous efforts there are remembered sufficiently to secure a welcome from the survey team leadership.

Operating as a sequel to Full Circle, it’s of benefit to have a working knowledge of that televised adventure, though not a vital requirement. For me, my recollections of The Fourth Doctor and Romana’s encounters with Marshmen, Alzarian society and – that boy again – Adric, are restricted to what I can remember from viewing it back in the day. I’ve been nervous of watermelons (and their potential long-legged occupants) ever since.

Andrew Smith builds upon the earlier story (which he also authored), but provides an entertaining adventure capable of standing alone. As always, Big Finish provide a sumptuous soundscape, and the incidental music is strongly evocative of early Eighties Who, transporting the listener back in time to Saturday evenings, cringeing at the spiders in the swamps.

Peter Davison is on energetic form throughout, as enthusiastic in audio format as his televised persona. Big Finish secure the talented support of Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart in the telly adventures) to raise everyone’s game, in the role of First Decider Lana Merrion, leading the New Alzarian planetary expedition to uncover the secrets of its eco-system. There’s a strong sense too of a TARDIS crew enjoying travelling together, even with the occasional spiky sparrings between Tegan and Turlough. Where the audio adventures really succeed is in drawing much more upon the talents of The Doctor’s companions, rather than as “What’s happening?” sounding-boards.

Mistfall questions the value of scientific research as against its potential effects upon the ecology being investigated, and whether the end justifies the means. At its heart, there's the slow reveal of an intriguing examination of the dilemmas of leadership and the impact of decisions made to try and secure the least-worst outcome. There’s also more than enough peril and danger from roaring, marauding Marshmen and scratchety, scuttling spiders to entertain throughout the four episode duration. And over the course of the four episodes the motivations of the characters encountered by The Doctor and his friends are revealed in some cases to be rather more shady than first appeared. Beware the seemingly loyal lieutenant!

It’s not a perfect adventure, with The Doctor somehow engineering a rather sudden “let’s all work together” volte-face, involving the previously (justifiably enraged) Marshmen and their New Alzarian captives. Meanwhile, a sequence involving a very protracted threat from the villain of the piece, armed but seemingly preferring to talk about shooting everyone in sight without actually doing so.

I’d be a churl to complain too much though, as Mistfall is an enjoyable listen and a thought-provoking one too. A solid start to an intriguing trilogy of adventures in E-space.

BLOGTOR RATING 7/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Friday, January 23, 2015

Doctor Who comics preview

Titan Comics have revealed some details and artwork from their forthcoming Doctor Who titles. Check them out below and click on the images for bigger versions.


THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #8
Writer: Robbie Morrison
On sale: April 29
The thrilling finale of The Fractures is here – and it will get under your skin!

Bursting from a twisted parallel universe and clawing their way through the void, the Fractures are here, and nothing could prepare the Doctor for their insidious assault on reality!

The Doctor, Clara and UNIT must battle the Fractures, as they slip through the cracks in our world to wear the skin – and bodies – of innocent people, puppeteering them from the inside!

When the war spills out of quiet suburbia and threatens the world, it will take a father and daughter – separated by whole universes – to bring the conflict to an end!

Comes with two covers to collect!


THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #12
Writer: Rob Williams
On sale: May 13
A thrilling TARDIS chase through the atmosphere – after no ordinary comet! Tracking the Entity’s signal from the Berlin Wall in 1976 to Rome, 312AD, the Doctor, Alice, Jones and ARC stumble into an ancient mystery that will forever change the course of human history! And the burden and dangers of a life aboard the TARDIS start to hit home for Jones – is this his farewell tour?

Rob Williams (Ordinary) and Warren Pleece blast into a brand-new story arc! Don’t miss the shocking reveal of what’s inside the comet!

Comes with two covers to collect!


THE TENTH DOCTOR #13
Writer: Nick Abadzis
On sale: June 10
Eisner award-winning writer Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk) race the Tenth Doctor and Gabby towards the conclusion of Year One!

A terrifying pyramid has appeared in the skies above New York City, and it’s here to claim an ancient secret – buried in the body of a very-much alive movie star!

As the Doctor attempts to unravel the conflict, Gabby and Cindy’s friendship is stretched to breaking point. Has Gabby changed too much in her short time away – or has she changed just enough to save the day?!

Comes with two covers to collect!


THE NINTH DOCTOR #2
Writer: Cavan Scott
On sale: August 4
Don’t miss the second thrilling installment of Weapons Of Past Destruction – an all-new miniseries adventure featuring the Ninth Doctor – as played by Christopher Eccleston – along with companions Rose and Jack!

Get dragged into the Time Vortex as the Doctor and his friends uncover time-lost Gallifreyan super-weapons being sold on the black market!

Who are the cosmically-empowered Lect and Unon – and can the Doctor help stop an all-new Time War before it starts?!

Comes with three covers to collect!

THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 2
Writer: Robbie Morrison

On sale: 06/10/2015

The second collection of the sell-out smash new Tenth Doctor series, from award-winning writer Robbie Morrison (Spider-Man, Drowntown, Nikolai Dante) and Daniel Indro (Sherlock Holmes, Green Hornet), sends the Doctor and new companion Gabriella Gonzalez hurtling back into the past – and into the trenches of World War One!

Bombed by the German artillery, arrested as spies by the British, Gabby and the Doctor soon learn that there’s something even worse moving in the gas and wreathes of smoke out in No Man’s Land… stone statues who move only when you’re not looking at them! The Weeping Angels have come to feed on the futures of young soldiers -- in their hundreds of thousands!

It’s an unmissable historical epic!

Collects Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #6-10

THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL. 2
Writers: Al Ewing, Rob Williams
On sale: June 10

The second time-twisting collection of the sell-out smash Eleventh Doctor series from writers Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and Rob Williams (Ordinary), with art from the triple threat of Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante), Boo Cook (Elephantmen) and Warren Pleece (Hellblazer, Incognegro)

A threat in reverse as time inside the TARDIS flows backwards! An ancient alien war for supremacy in the sky comes to near-future London! And the machinations of SERVEYOUinc revealed, when the Doctor hits them where it hurts – their wallets!

Three companions – three times the danger, three times the excitement! Experience every twist and secret reveal in the thrilling second act of The Eleventh Doctor’s first year in comics!

Collects Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #6-10

Thanks to Titan Comics

COMPETITION! Win Tickets to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is a musical celebration of the iconic BBC series, featuring Murray Gold’s captivating music accompanied by specially edited video sequences of the Doctors in action, on the big screen.

The show features a host of the Doctor’s famous adversaries including the Daleks and Cybermen, the spine-chilling Silence and many more fan favourites. The live monsters provide a dramatic contrast to the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold, who has been responsible for composing music for the series since 2005, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor.


Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison has been confirmed as the host of a six-city UK tour of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in May 2015.

The live show, which was a sell-out on its world premiere in Australia, will enjoy a limited run of thirteen UK performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow. It features over 100 performers and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the TV series. Music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who.

WIN TICKETS TO THE
DOCTOR WHO SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR

For a chance of winning two tickets to Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, answer the following question correctly:

What is the name of the actress currently playing the Twelfth Doctor’s assistant in the popular BBC TV series?
A) Billie Piper
B) Catherine Tate
C) Jenna Coleman
D) Karen Gillan


Competition closes on Feb 23

Terms and conditions: Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries. Winner receives a pair of tickets to see Doctor Who Spymphonic Spectacular at their chosen venue and date. Full dates and times are to be found at http://www.doctorwho.tv/events/doctor-who-symphonic-spectacular/. Seat band may vary per venue and the winner is unable to choose their seats. Tickets to be collected at the box office with no cash alternative. Tickets are subject to availability and cannot be resold or transferred to another performance. Competition is run by boom ents on behalf of vision nine entertainment.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Christopher Eccleston in Fortitude


Starting on Sky Atlantic next week the UK is brand new drama called Fortitude. This 11-part drama stars former Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston, along with a whole range of familiar names in the world of Who. Check out the details below and click on the images for bigger versions.


Christopher Eccleston (plays Charlie Stoddart)
An eminent scientist, Professor Stoddart is head of the Arctic Research Centre based in Fortitude. In charge of the environmental impact assessment for Governor Odegard’s glacier hotel development, the potentially lucrative project that could save the town from ruin hinges on his findings. When local children make an unexpected discovery on the island, the respected professor is catapulted into the centre of the most significant event in Fortitude’s history.


Also starring in Fortitude are: Michael Gambon (pictured above, middle), who starred in the Doctor Who story A Christmas Carol; Jessica Raine (above, right), Hide, An Adventure in Space & Time; Chipo Chung (below, left), Utopia, Turn Left; Alexandra Moen (below, middle), The Sound of Drums, The Last of the Time Lords, The End of Time Part One; and Michael Obiora (below, right), Blink.


Fortitude, Ep 1 airs Thurs Jan 29 at 9pm on Sky Atlantic

Thanks to Sky Atlantic. All images copyright Sky Atlantic.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

David Tennant wins at the NTAs


Actor David Tennant, The Tenth Doctor, was awarded with a "Special Recognition" award at tonight's National Television Awards in London. Before his acceptance speech, a tribute video featuring Richard Wilson (The Empty Child), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Russell T Davies (former Doctor Who show runner), Olivia Colman (The Eleventh Hour), Stephen Fry and David's dad was played. Watch the video and his acceptance speech in the player below.


Sadly, Doctor Who did not win any awards at the ceremony.

New director announced for S9

A director from Doctor Who Series 3 is to return for at least one episode on this year's Series 9. Returning behind the camera is Hettie Macdonald, who helmed the Steven Moffat episode Blink (2007). Macdonald has just finished work on the Sky Atlantic series Fortitude, which stars former Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston (and Blink star Michael Obiora).

No further details are known as this moment but it is thought she's involved in Block Two of filming on Series 9 which may involve some overseas filming in SpainPeter Bennett will be producing (who has produced a number of eps on the show since 2010).

As previously announced, Daniel O’Hara is directing on the first block which contains the two-part story from Toby Whithouse, which make up Eps 3 and 4. For more details on Doctor Who Series 9, click HERE.


New Tenth Doctor comic


Titan Comics have released details and artwork from their new Doctor Who title, The Tenth Doctor #7. Click on the pics for bigger versions and check out the details below.

DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #7
STORY BY​: ​Robbie Morrison
RELEASE DATE​: ​Wednesday, February 04, 2015

IN THE TRENCHES OF WORLD WAR ONE, SOLDIERS FEAR THE SOUND OF ANGELS' WINGS...

Trapped in a field hospital in No Man's Land, the Doctor and Gabby are surrounded on all sides by a force of starving Weeping Angels. Their only allies - a handful of experienced soldiers, the friendly-but-exhausted Corporal Jamie Hamilton, and beds full of the walking wounded. 


As the siege stretches on and watchful eyes grow weary – who will be the first to blink?!

Comes with two covers to collect!​

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

AUDIO REVIEW: THE EXXILONS

The Exxilons
by Nicholas Briggs

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

Out Now


Planet E9874 supports a developing civilisation known as the Tarl. The peaceful, technologically advanced Locoyuns are helping the Tarl develop rudimentary technology. When the Doctor, Leela and K9 arrive, they find the balance in the relationship between the two cultures reaching an unexpected crisis point.

This story makes a great prequel to writer Nick Briggs favourite classic story Death To The Daleks. Briggs expertly plays with the listeners and fans expectations whilst simultaneously creating a well paced and exciting adventure. The story cleverly adds to the mythology of the city of the Exxilons and it is clear that the writer has extensively “researched” his prequel.

The cast here couldn’t be stronger, Baker’s Doctor is written and performed beautifully. Briggs has really tapped in to a quality that fits right in to a classic Who style. It’s wonderful having Tom Baker, Louise Jameson and John Leeson together as the Doctor, Leela and K9 respectively, this is the first time this trio has ever been reunited for audio. The supporting guest cast are also great, particularly Hugh Ross (who listeners will recognise as the voice of Sir Toby Kinsella in spin off audio series Counter Measures) as Gethal and Jon Pertwee voice impressionist and Big Finish regular Tim Treloar as Ergu.

If you’re a fan of Death to the Daleks this story comes highly recommended - it adds a wonderfully satisfactory extra layer to the little known about the City of the Exxilons. Perhaps a follow-up could uncover even more about this fascinating race.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Monday, January 19, 2015

TARDIS shoes!


TeeFury have moved into the world of "shoes" with new company ShoeFury! And just check out the two wonderful Doctor Who shoes available now. One is a "high top" and the other is a "normal" shoe, both featuring the TARDIS. Click on the pics for more info.