Friday, September 19, 2014

2014 Christmas Special casting

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The BBC have released details regarding this years Doctor Who Christmas Special, check out the details below!

Production on 2014's Doctor Who Christmas episode has begun, with a host of British acting talent set to appear.  The Doctor Who Christmas special, a cracker of a highlight in the festive season’s schedule, will air this Christmas on BBC One and promises to be an action-packed, unmissable adventure.

Nick Frost, actor and screen writer, has starred in numerous hit film and television roles, including Spaced, The World’s End, Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Cuban Fury and Paul, which he also wrote. Nick comments: “I'm so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I'm such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream "No spoilers!” Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!"

Michael Troughton (Breathless, The New Statesman), who has recently returned to acting, will follow in his father’s footsteps by appearing in Doctor Who. His father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.

They will be joined by Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Ideal, Strictly Come Dancing), Faye Marsay (Pride, The White Queen, Fresh Meat) and Nathan McMullen (Misfits, Casualty).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “Frost at Christmas - it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS.”

The Doctor Who Christmas special will air on BBC One. Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Kill The Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express).

Thanks to the BBC

Time Heist clip

The BBC have released another clip from tomorrow's Doctor Who episode, Time Heist - watch it in the player above. or more pics, clips and info from Time Heist, click HERE.

Doctor Who Series 8 news [SPOILERS]

Tony Osaba and Hermoine Norris (Kill The Moon) and Frank Skinner (Mummy on the Orient Express)

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has got some news and information from some of the upcoming episodes of Doctor Who Series 8, check out all the details below. If you are keeping spoiler~free then do NOT read any further!

Coal Hill School has a new caretaker. He hides a strange blue box in his cupboard and carries a sonic screwdriver instead of a broom. Clara is suitably mortified, but the Doctor has got bigger things to worry about - especially when Danny Pink starts to work out just what has been going on...
Clara: This school is in danger.
The Doctor: Lucky I'm here then.
Clara: From you... You wouldn't be here if there wasn't an alien threat nearby. Your strategy for dealing with it involves endangering this school.
The Doctor: You don't know that.
Clara: I don't know anything - because you haven't told me anything. Which means I wouldn't approve. Which means you're endangering this school.
Writer Gareth Roberts says, "The school has become an unfortunate battleground because of its past history and because of the things that are currently happening there. It's become s place where bad things are going to happen... The Doctor likes Courtney [pupil at school, seen in Deep Breath and Into The Dalek], he recognises a kindred spirit, in that she doesn't have any social niceties either.

Courtney (played by Ellis George)
The moon has changed - and now it's threatening to wipe out all life on Earth. But when the Doctor uncovers its secrets, he realises the situation is graver than anyone thought. Can he stand by and let humanity destroy the moon?
Clara: We have a terrible decision to make. It's an uncertain decision, and we don't have a lot of time. The man who normally helps - he's gone. Maybe he's not coming back. In fact, I really don't think he is. We're on our own...
DWM says, "Having rumbled the school caretaker's secret in the previous episode [see above], Courtney begs the Doctor for a trip in the TARDIS - and, against Clara's better judgement, he obliges. He offers Courtney the chance to be the first woman on the Moon, and so they fly off into the far future. But, when they arrive, they cross paths with a group of human astronauts (captained by guest star Hermoine Norris) who are on a deadly mission. They are going to use dozens of nuclear bombs to blow the moon into a billion tiny pieces."

The magazine also states that Clara will face a life-changing dilemma, adding, "Perhaps more than any episode so far this series, we'll see just how alien this new Doctor is." Writer Peter Harness adds, "By the end of this episode - and I know we say this kind of thing a lot, but believe us - things will never be the same again. I still don't know how people will take it. I've never see the Doctor do something like this before." DWM comments, "By the end of the episode - once you've started breathing again after a final scene that Steven Moffat calls his favourite this year - you may wonder where the Doctor goes from here."

Frank Skinner and Christopher Villiers

The famous Orient Express, thundering along its journey across space, came to a sudden stop. The hyperspace ribbons under its wheels faded and it began to float, engines dead. Everything was deathly quiet. "And the facade drops away," murmured the Doctor, delighted. Upon which, he found himself very much wanted. For on the Orient Express murder had been committed. And the murderer was still on board!

The Doctor investigates. He raises his mighty eyebrows and thinks - with his little grey cells...
The Doctor: "I have been alive a very long time, and I have yet to meet a ghost or a god that didn't turn out to be... I don't know, sentient gas? Or technology masquerading as magic? This is no demon. Or ghost. Or curse. And I will show you it."
Writer Jamie Mathieson says, "The issue I had in constructing the plot was, how do I hide the Mummy? I thought, 'As soon as the Mummy starts killing people, how stupid are the passengers - and the Doctor - if they can't spot the killer? I had all sorts of ideas until eventually I came up with the finale solution... which I think is a bit spoilery to reveal here!

The thing about the title Mummy On the Orient Express is, you think it's going to be a silly romp, and it's so not. From the first death onwards, you're like, 'Oh, this is quite dark.' The way the Mummy kills people is particularly spooky. It doesn't strangle people, doesn't beat them up or stab them..."

Doctor Who Magazine is on sale now!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

News Round~Up

With Doctor Who Series 8 under way, it's been a busy old time on the world of Doctor Who and there's some news and juicy nuggets that may have passed you by. Collected here is a round-up of the very latest news.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the last news round~up HERE

Blogtor's spoiler~free review
Introduction from Moffat, Coleman and Capaldi
TV trailer
Gallery of promo pics
Next Time trailer
Cast list
Gallery of Doctor Who, Torchwood and SJA aliens in the ep

FREE audio commentary
Doctor Who Extra
What Did YOU Think?

The Caretaker cast list
Kill The Moon episode synopsis
The Caretaker episode synopsis

Time Heist
Tom Baker At 80
Domain of the Voord
The Worlds of Doctor Who
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller

The Complete David Tennant Years box set
Doctor Who Magazine 478
Whovian Dad: Fandom, Fatherhood and Whovian Family Values
Limited Edition poster from Hamleys
Sherlock S1-3 box set

Doctor Who and the Scottish referendum: The Doctor’s adventures in time and Scotland
New late air time may exclude younger viewers
10 game-changing moments in Who history
Arthur Darvill to attend UK convention
Blogtor Writes For Metro

Time Heist clip

In the player above you can watch a new clip from the next Doctor Who episode, Time Heist. For more pics, clips and info from Time Heist, click HERE.

Doctor Who Magazine 478

Details about the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine have been released, check them out below and click on the cover for a bigger version.


FRANK SKINNER – Mummy on the Orient Express guest star, and life-long Doctor Who fan – speaks about his role in the new series, playing Perkins.
“I don’t know how I’ll feel when they say, ‘And that’s a wrap for Mr Skinner,’” Franks admits. “I’m sure I’ll go through a mix of emotions. When footballers are in cup finals, the managers always say, ‘Savour every moment,’ and that’s what I’m doing. Every moment is ‘wowee’!”

• Extensive previews of Episodes 5 to 8 of the new series – Time Heist, The Caretaker, Kill the Moon and Mummy on the Orient Express. DWM talks exclusively to writers STEVEN MOFFAT, STEPHEN THOMPSON, GARETH ROBERTS, PETER HARNESS and JAMIE MATHIESON.

• Doctor Who showrunner STEVEN MOFFAT answers readers’ questions in his exclusive column.

• DWM talks to BILLY HANSHAW, the man who inspired the brand new title sequence for this year’s series of Doctor Who.

• DWM investigates the nature of ‘spoilers’ and asks if they really spoil anything?

• Into the Dalek writer PHIL FORD talks about getting to know a Dalek from the inside out!

• In-depth reviews the Twelfth Doctor’s first four adventures: Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood and Listen.

• As audio company Big Finish celebrates its 15th anniversary with an epic audio adventure, The Worlds of Doctor Who, DWM talks to its stars including COLIN BAKER, LOUISE JAMESON, LALLA WARD, CHRISTOPHER BENJAMIN, TREVOR BAXTER and JAMIE GLOVER.

• The DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 478 is on sale now, priced £4.99

AUDIO REVIEW: Tom Baker at 80

Tom Baker at 80

Featuring Tom Baker

Out Now

Tom Baker celebrated his 80th birthday in January 2014. In March he sat down with Nicholas Briggs (the voice of the Daleks) to look back on his younger days, his time playing Doctor Who and his return to the world of Who with the Big Finish audio adventures.

One day back in 1997 I was wandering around a book shop in Mold (it’s a real place) at the same time that Tom Baker happened to be there signing copies of his autobiography Who on Earth is Tom Baker? I was practically broke at the time, but I dished out the money for my gas bill to buy the book, signed by the man himself. It seemed sad for me at the time to see the man who’d played one of television’s most iconic roles flogging books in Mold.

Who on Earth is Tom Baker? was like nothing I’d ever read before and I wondered a lot if any of it was the actual truth. But then I suppose that’s part of the ongoing appeal of Tom Baker; his storytelling is so wonderfully exuberant that whether any of it is really true doesn't really matter. Seventeen years on and Tom Baker at 80 begins with him telling Nick Briggs, “I’m dramatising and exaggerating things,” when reminiscing about a time when he could tie his own shoe laces. And this may or may not be true the whole way through this two-hour interview. Baker frequently tells Briggs that fellow cast members hated him, which you never quite believe especially when they’re followed up by tales of hitting the town with fellow thesps like Joan Plowright and Larry Olivier -  “Larry called me ‘baby’”.

Briggs proves himself a rather lovely interviewer as he gently guides Tom through his own life, which is no mean feat as Baker is often (as you’d expect from a man of 80) vague about some events and loquacious about others.

We hear about his childhood in an impoverished, but fervently Catholic, family in Liverpool, where the love of his mother gave him a solid base against a religion that told him he was nothing. And that struggle against insignificance moves him from life as a trainee monk to army medic to actor, which in the context of this interview, seems perfectly reasonable and not the least bit odd in any way.

One of the great joys of spending time with Tom Baker is his charmingly peculiar view of life and the world around him. He seems to delight in the perverse, such as, “I liked his megalomania!” when talking about having champagne and tapas with Hollywood producer Sam Spiegel, or when revelling in Jon Pertwee’s lack of irony.

One of the key things about turning 80 is the time to reflect on a long life lived. Baker swears he’s learned nothing and yet Briggs brings out some interesting introspections about regrets or things that Baker would do differently.

Generosity is a trait that Baker often refers to in others and yet the most generous of all seems to be Baker himself as he talks about fellow actors, collaborators, or party-givers, while playing down his own achievements. Asked about playing Doctor Who, he simply says that he read some silly lines and people liked it. He talks with great affection about Paul Schofield and David Warner as well as fellow Who alumni Elisabeth Sladen and Louise Jameson. He has particular admiration for the very lovely Petey D and all of the other actors who’ve played our favourite Time Lord from Gallifrey, “No-one has ever failed at Doctor Who”.

Of course, Tom Baker at 80 also has some fantastically entertaining tales, too, such as being envious of Donald Sinden’s success with the check-out girls in Waitrose or being spotted playing a dog in Scarborough, which led to playing a horse at the National Theatre.

And we can’t end without talking about Tom Baker’s most iconic role. His love of Doctor Who and his passion for the show and the people who make it is extremely moving. He talks affectingly about his great unhappiness at leaving and his rejuvenation on joining Big Finish as well as his experience at the 50th Anniversary celebrations in London, “I’d never had a reaction like it.”

Tom Baker at 80 is filled with charm and affection. If the man wanders off at times, then we can certainly forgive him. Briggs brings him back and the story of Baker’s mad and endlessly interesting life flows very pleasingly. Like the man himself at 80, it is vague at times, but but filled with brilliant stories, lovingly told. And unlike his 1997 autobiography, you get the feeling that his glorious tales are mostly true.

Thanks to Big Finish

Time Heist introduction

In the player above you can watch an introduction to the next Doctor Who episode, Time Heist. It features Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara) and current showrunner Steven Moffat. For more pics, clips and info from Time Heist, click HERE.

Kill The Moon episode synopsis

The BBC have released the official episode synopsis for Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 7 - Kill The Moon, check it out below. The story is written by Peter Harness and is directed by Paul Wilmshurst (both newcomers to Who). 
In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon.

Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma.

When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life. 
Kill The Moon airs on BBC One on Oct 4. Visit the Doctor Who Series 8 episode guide for more news, pics and clips HERE.

The Caretaker cast list

The Radio Times have released the cast for Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 6, The Caretaker - check it out below. Be warned, this list might be slightly spoilery.
Danny Pink - Samuel Anderson
Courtney Woods - Ellis George
Adrian - Edward Harrison
Mr Armitage - Nigel Betts
CSO Matthew - Andy Gillies
Noah - Nanya Campbell
Yashe - Joshua Warner-Campbell
Kelvin - Oliver Barry-Brook
Tobias - Ramone Morgan
Mr Woods - Winston Ellis
Mrs Woods - Gracy Goldman
Mrs Christopholou - Diana Katis
Skovox Blitzer - Jimmy Vee
Seb - Chris Addison 
The Caretaker airs at 8.30pm on Sept 27 on BBC One, for more news, pics and clips from the story, click HERE.

Jimmy Vee will be known to Who fans having already starred in numerous episodes during the Eccleston and Tennant eras. Chris Addison was revealed earlier this year as starring in the series finale.

Nigel Betts and Ellis George have also already appeared this series, in Into The Dalek (and the latter in Deep Breath too). Visit the Doctor Who Series 8 Guide HERE.