Monday, April 20, 2015

Christopher Eccleston interview

Christopher Eccleston (The Ninth Doctor) was a guest on The Paul O'Grady Show earlier today - watch his interview in the player above. He doesn't chat about Doctor Who but he does give a very entertaining interview and dons a virtual reality head-set for some plank-walking fun.

Host Paul O'Grady had a cameo in the Series Four episode The Stolen Earth whilst you can also see Russell Tovey in the video, guest star in Voyage of the Damned (2007).

Recently, Eccleston talked about clashing with Doctor Who bosses, listen to the interview HERE.

REVIEW: Doctor Who Novel Adaptations Vol. 2

The Well-Mannered War
by Gareth Roberts (adapted by John Dorney)

Damaged Goods
by Russell T Davies (adapted by Jonathan Morris)

Starring Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and Sylvester McCoy

The Well-Mannered War
by Gareth Roberts (adapted by John Dorney)
Adapted from the novel of the same name, the new Big Finish audio The Well-Mannered War brings The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) together with Romana II (Lalla Ward) and K-9 (John Leeson) on a joyous, creepy adventure.

Admittedly, any story that begins with a nice cup of lapsang souchong has already won me over, but The Well-Mannered War continued to endear itself to me well beyond the opening tea scene. Our heroes find themselves between two peoples who have been poised on the brink of war for an implausibly long time. Indeed, as the team dig deeper and peel back the layers of just what has been going on between the humans and the Chelonians and their oddly friendly – but recently escalating – dispute over the planet Barclow, it becomes clear that there are forces manipulating things to a greater degree than anyone could have imagined, in a series of twists that were an absolute delight to discover.

(Even, I’m sure, to anyone who has read the book and remembers exactly what forces are at work here!) And to top it all off, through a particular quirk of local policy, K-9 finds himself standing for public office, and makes a surprisingly good politician. I mean, I'd vote for him!

John Dorney has done a fabulous job of adapting Gareth Roberts’ novel; indeed, so much of this story lends itself so perfectly to being heard as well as read, from the utterly chilling mental imagery I’m left with hearing animated corpses and a sentient swarm of flies, to the sheer amount of brilliant dialogue John Leeson gets to play with as K-9 the politician.

The whole story culminates in a rather thrilling conclusion that leaves this reviewer quite keen to know just what befalls The Doctor next.

by Russell T Davies (adapted by Jonathan Morris)
Damaged Goods is a tale which expresses the kind of intimate, very human story that Russell T Davies would go on to bring to Doctor Who in his time as the series’ producer. At its heart, this is very much a story about family, of mothers facing impossible decisions about their children’s futures, and the consequences of those choices.

In this story, The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) is joined by book companions Roz Forrester (Yasmin Bannerman, whom listeners may remember as Jabe from The Ninth Doctor story, The End Of The World) and Chris Cwej (Travis Oliver, whom listeners may also remember from The Tenth Doctor story Gridlock), finding themselves on the Quadrant, a housing estate, in 1987. It becomes clear that something is amiss, centred around the Tyler family and young son Gabriel, who seems to possess a glamour, the uncanny ability to seem nice and do well without ever making an effort.

The root of Gabriel’s special skills turn out to be rather more complicated when it is revealed that his twin brother was given up for adoption as an infant, and has indeed been in a declining comatose state for years, while Gabriel has been using their psychic connection to drain his life force. Meanwhile, an ancient Gallifreyan weapon known as the N-form has been awakened, sensing the vampiric activity emanating from the estate.

Denise Black gives a chilling performance as Eva, the ruthless adoptive mother of Gabriel’s ailing twin Steven, and it’s nice to see Chris get a bit of a romance in with local resident David. The story ends on a fairly striking divergence from the original novel; in Jonathan Morris’ lovely audio adaptation, at least some of the Tyler family receive a happy (or at least alive and well) ending, where the novel saw an awful lot more death and thus ended on a rather bleak note.

I’m a sucker for an ending that’s at least hopeful, if not happy, so I was quite grateful for it, while purists may or may not agree.


Thanks to Big Finish

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Doctor Who Figurine Collection

The latest issues of the magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 44 comes with a figurine of a MONDAS CYBERMAN (from The Tenth Planet) whilst Issue 45 features the ROBOT KNIGHT (from Robot of Sherwood). For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Eccleston: "clashed" with Doctor Who hierarchy

In an interview with BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends, Christopher Eccleston talked about why he left Doctor Who back in 2005. When directly asked, the actor replied, "myself and three other individuals at the top of the pyramid clashed." Listen to the interview in the player above.

Eccleston also talks about why he wanted to be involved in the show and looks back on his time in the TARDIS, adding: "I'm always there in spirit."

Earlier today Eccleston was interviewed and said he'd "had enough" and wouldn't compromise which led to his departure - more HERE.

Eccleston played The Ninth Doctor for thirteen episodes of Doctor Who alongside Billie Piper in 2005, winning praise from all quarters and proving to be a huge hit with fans. And much-missed now.

His new drama Safe House starts on Monday on ITV at 9pm - visit a gallery of pictures HERE.

Eccleston "had enough" of Doctor Who

Eccleston in Safe House (Picture: ITV)

In an interview with the Daily Record, Christopher Eccleston has revealed just why he left the role of The Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who back in 2005. Whilst promoting his new ITV show Safe House, the actor stated:
“I’d had enough. I wanted to do it my way, they wanted something else. We were never going to compromise so it was best to be straight about it and just go.

It’s very easy to stay in one job and make that your comfort zone, and I want to resist that temptation.”
Eccleston played The Ninth Doctor for thirteen episodes of Doctor Who alongside Billie Piper in 2005, winning praise from all quarters and proving to be a huge hit with fans. And much-missed now.  Read his full interview HERE.

His new show Safe House starts on Monday on ITV at 9pm - visit a gallery of pictures HERE.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9 casting news [SPOILERS]

Included in this post is information about Doctor Who Series 9 - it includes SPOILERS regarding a character and the plot. Please stop reading now if you're remaining spoiler-free.


Actor David Schofield has been cast as Odin in the Doctor Who Series 9 episodes The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived - the episodes currently filming.

Odin, as some readers may know, is a well known "god" from Viking mythology (as well as other cultures), suggesting this could be a "Viking" adventure for The Twelfth Doctor.

Originally cast in the role was Brian Blessed, who starred in The Trial of a Time Lord as King Ycarnos, but the actor had to pull out due to illness.

Schofield is well known for his roles in television shows like Merlin as King Alined (pictured left), Da Vinci's Demons and will be seen soon alongside Christopher Eccleston in ITV's Safe House. He has also provided his voice in Doctor Who audio adventures for Big Finish.

The Girl Who Died is written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat and The Woman Who Lived is written by Catherine Tregenna. Both episodes are directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC One’s 18th Century drama Poldark). 


Described by the BBC as a "period adventure", the story stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the Russell T Davies series Cucumber, Tom Stourton (Horrible Histories), Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger (who voiced of the Face of Boe in 2006 and 2007).

Doctor Who to air on Disney XD

BBC Worldwide and Disney have announced that Doctor Who is to air on the Disney XD channel in North America. Check out the details below.

BBC's world-renowned science fiction drama Doctor Who will premiere on Disney XD beginning SATURDAY, MAY 9 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT). Disney XD has picked up seasons two through four of the global sci-fi hit.

On Saturday, May 9, Disney XD will feature a preview airing of Doctor Who (season two, episode one - New Earth) following the Disney XD premiere of Fantastic Four.

Season Two, "Adventures in time and space," will continue to rollout on Disney XD beginning Saturday, June 13. The special week-long programming event will give fans eight episodes airing daily Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, June 20.

Beginning June 14, episodes will also be available on the WATCH Disney XD app, which allows consumers to watch on tablets, phones, computers and connected TVs.  

Doctor Who Series 8 soundtrack

Silva Screen have released details about their next Doctor Who soundtrack, Series 8 - which will be a three disc set. Check out the details below.  Doctor Who: Series 8 OST hits the streets on May 18, 2015. Pre-order HERE.

Doctor Who: Series 8 will be the first soundtrack release of music from The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, featuring the new Doctor’s theme A Good Man?.

This 3 disc set also includes the music from the episode Last Christmas and an extensive 24 page booklet with notes from Murray Gold. The score is performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ben Foster and James Shearman and with Murray Gold on keyboards, guitars and synths.

The first 5000 copies of the CD will include an extra 16 page booklet depicting the 13 retro posters designed by Stuart Manning for Radio Times, one for each episode and be packaged in a slip case. All pre-ordered product on this store will include the extra booklet.
01 DOCTOR WHO THEME (Series 8)
22-24 LISTEN



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Doctor Who Magazine Special: The Art of Doctor Who

Included here is the artwork and details for the new Doctor Who Magazine special, The Art of Doctor Who. It is available now.

The characters and scenarios from Doctor Who have been inspiring artists since 1963. The latest special edition of Doctor Who Magazine celebrates the best of their contributions to both the programme and the vast range of licensed products that rely on their skill.

“This is how the story of Doctor Who unfolded in the eyes of the artists who interpreted, shaped and represented the show,” says editor Marcus Hearn. “In fact, the story begins before the first episode was even transmitted – we have articles examining the creation of the Doctor Who logo and the filming of the original title sequence.”

This 100-page Special is packed full of stunning reproductions of original artwork from the Dalek annuals, the Doctor Who annuals, Doctor Who Weekly, the DVD range, the Radio Times, Target Books, TV Century 21, the VHS releases and more.

Other highlights include:
• Articles covering the history of graphic design and illustration in Doctor Who, from the early 1960s to the present day.

• Award-winning graphic designer Bernard Lodge explains how he created the series’ first four title sequences.

• Concept artists Peter McKinstry and Matt Savage share their portfolios from 21st-century Doctor Who.

• Interviews with Target Books artists Chris Achilleos, Jeff Cummins, Bill Donohoe, Roy Knipe, Tony Manero, Andrew Skilleter and Nick Spender.

• Interviews with comics artists including Mike Collins, Martin Geraghty, Dave Gibbons, Richard Piers Rayner, John Ridgway, Nick Roche, John Ross, Adrian Salmon, Lee Sullivan and Alice Zhang.

• Interviews with VHS and DVD cover artists Lee Binding, Colin Howard and Alister Pearson.
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The Art of Doctor Who is available now, price £5.99

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Newzoids - Peter Capaldi sketch

Newzoids, the new puppet comedy show from ITV, featured a sketch tonight featuring a crossover with Doctor Who and the David Tennant series, Broadchurch - watch it in the player above.