Saturday, 31 December 2011
Friday, 30 December 2011
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Friday, 23 December 2011
- Zoe Heriot "was played with great charm by Wendy Padbury, who had to don some interesting costumes"
- Nyssa "was the perfect foil for the Fifth Doctor"
- Jo Grant was "the clumsy UNIT operative" and part of "one of the "warmest Doctor-companion pairings"
- Ace was "the streetwise tomboy" and the first, pre-RTD era companion "given an emotional journey"
- Barbara Wright played "an integral part of establishing the series"
- Donna Noble "was a mature woman.. able to.. keep the Tenth Doctor in much-needed check"
- Peri Brown was "the most physically attractive of all" TARDIS travellers
- Leela was "an Eliza Doolittle figure" who's "success was due to Louise Jameson's fine performance"
- Rose Tyler was given "a very fine, naturalistic performance" from Billie Piper
- and unsurprisingly, Sarah Jane Smith is revealed as "the best of companions"
- Paul McGann is described as "the George Lazenby" of Doctors, who "instantly nailed how to play" him
- Christopher Eccleston - here given the usual "serious" tag again - played "a different kind of Doctor"
- Sylvester McCoy "brought a Troughton-esqe eccentricity to the role with this most Scottish of Doctors, and.. tried to bring back an element to the part"
- Matt Smith "has charisma to burn in the role, looks suitably alien, and has brought a subtlety.. not seen since Troughton" but, like McCoy, seems "too light-hearted at times" and currently lacks gravitas
- William Hartnell "was a Doctor who mellowed from crotchety anti-hero to benevolent old sage"
- Peter Davison had the "most difficult task in taking on the role" and seemed "to be more of a big brother to his companions"
- "For many the definitive Doctor" Tom Baker only polls here at #4! Baker's "natural eccentricity" was "helped by a memorable hat and scarf costume" and his "first three years.. were possibly the strongest consistent run of serials in the programme's history"
- Patrick Troughton "brought a huge degree of subtlety to the role, which makes it a terrible shame that so many of his episodes were lost"
- David Tennant was able "to show us just what a good actor he is" and is "easily one of the great Doctors"
- and the best Doctor here (thereby pushing Colin Baker out of the rundown) is Jon Pertwee - "an action hero.. with a strong moral slant" and "a panache that has never been bettered"
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Pet Shop Boys are currently working on their 11th studio album which is due for release in early autumn next year.
The full "Format" track-listing is as follows:
1. The truck driver and his mate
2. Hit and miss
3. In the night (1995)
5. How I learned to hate rock 'n' roll
6. Discoteca (New Version)
7. The calm before the storm
8. Confidential (Demo for Tina)
9. The boy who couldn't keep his clothes on
10. Delusions of grandeur
11. The view from your balcony
12. Disco potential
13. Silver age
15. The ghost of myself
16. Casting a shadow
18. Sexy Northerner
3. Searching for the face of Jesus
4. Between two islands
5. Friendly fire
6. We're the Pet Shop Boys
8. I didn't get where I am today
9. The Resurrectionist
10. Girls don't cry
11. In private (7-inch mix): Pet Shop Boys with Elton John
12. Blue on blue
13. No time for tears (7-inch mix)
14. Bright young things
15. Party song
16. We're all criminals now
17. Gin and Jag
18. After the event
19. The former enfant terrible
20. Up and down
Doctor Who websites and forums are rife with speculation about the programme's forthcoming Fiftieth Anniversary, still almost two years away. The Radio Times website today published an interview (from The Scotsman) with Steven Moffat. The showrunner discusses the rumoured Hollywood reboot of Doctor Who, his eventual departure, and naturally, the anniversary special - read his comments here.
The latest edition of the SFX Collection, The Fanzine, asks writers and fans how the BBC should celebrate the show's half-century, whilst the current issue of DWM debates the pros-and-cons of re-casting past Doctors. The majority of Whovians seem to favour a traditional, multi-Doctor story, but personally, I thinks that Paul McGann deserves another television outing. Obviously, all other ten incarnations would feature in my adventure, but purely in flashback sequences. The story would open like this:
A sometimes frustrating, often majestic second series for showrunner Steven Moffat. He trusted his audience to deal with a torrent of ideas, particularly in the series’ bewildering major story arc about the apparent death of the Doctor and his inside-out relationship with River Song (Alex Kingston). But the real highlights were the one-offs: among the strongest were The Doctor’s Wife, an ingenious story of the Tardis made flesh that encapsulated the Doctor’s fundamental Flying Dutchman predicament; the simple retro spooks of Night Terrors; and The Girl Who Waited, a stripped-down story that asked for and got a best-ever performance from Karen Gillan. More often than not, Moffat and his muse, Matt Smith, gave kids (big and small) sci-fi thrills of extraordinary quality and ambition.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
|The Doctor and Vicki in a scene from Airlock|
Monday, 5 December 2011
|Photo by Murdo Macleod for the Observer Magazine|
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011
- James Wilby (Bruce Ismay) has been cast as Tenebris for next year's The Acheron Pulse (Big Finish)
- Toby Jones (Batley) played the Dream Lord in Amy's Choice
- Lee Ross (Barnes) was the Boatswain in The Curse of the Black Spot
- Sophie Winkleman (Dorothy) voiced Kelly Westwood for The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web (BF, both 2009)
- for Christine Kavanagh (Mrs Thayer) see A Very British Coup here
- Sylvestra Le Touzel (Lady Duff Gordon) made her TV debut, aged 10, in The Mind Robber, as a Child
- Simon Paisley Day (Lord Duff Gordon) was a Steward in The End of the World
- Miles Richardson (Astor) provided the voice of Black Rod for The Gunpowder Plot, and see Murder Rooms (here) for his previous roles
- Ruth Bradley (Mary) voices the Eight Doctor's new companion, Molly O'Sullivan for next year's Dark Eyes quartet
- Pandora Colin (Countess of Rothes) voiced Fash for Prisoner of the Sun (BF, 2010)
- Timothy West (Lord Pirie) voiced Kai Tobias for Phobos (2007), Ronald Turvey for Cuddlesome (2008), and Dr Magnus Soames for House of Blue Fire (2011) - all from Big Finish
- Michael Cochrane (Captain Smith) played Charles Cranleigh in Black Orchid, Redvers Fenn-Cooper in Ghost Light, and voiced three Big Finish roles - Lt. Col. Brook for No Man's Land (2006), Murgat for Brotherhood of the Daleks (2008), and Colonel Spindleton for Trail of the White Worm (2012) - he is the older brother of Martin Cochrane (Chellak in The Caves of Androzani)
- for Derek Jacobi (Lord Pirie) see my second Randall & Hopkirk blog
- Gray O'Brien (Bruce Ismay) was Rickston Slade onboard Titanic in Voyage of the Damned
- David Warner (Lovejoy) voiced five roles for Big Finish - the 'Unbound' Doctor for Sympathy for the Devil (2003), and Masters of War (2008), Isaac Newton for Circular Time: Summer (2007), Co-ordinator Angell for Empathy Games (2007), Siris for The Children of Seth (2011), and Professor Boston Schooner for Deimos (2010), and Lord Azlok for Dreamland (BBC Red Button/BBC2)
- Ron Donachie (Master-at-Arms) was a Steward in Tooth and Claw
- real-life husband and wife, Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres (here as married couple, the Duff Gordons) were both in Jubilee (BF, 2003) as Nigel and Miriam Rochester, and the 3 'classic' TV roles of Jarvis can be found here
- Paul Brightwell (Quartermaster Hitchens) was the Surgeon in World Enough and Time
- Terry Forrestal (Bell) was a Tractor driver in K9 and Company
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
- For Anna Massey (Older Agatha) see Vs. Strange, here
- Raymond Coulthard (Archie Christie) voiced Loki/Edgar/Hawks for Cobwebs (Big Finish, 2010)
- Anthony O'Donnell (Kenward/Poirot) played Commander Kaagh in The SJA: Enemy of the Bane and The Last Sontaran
- for both Mark Gatiss (Kenyon) and Bertie Carvel (Max Mallowan) see Sherlock here
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
|Director David Yates (left) on the set of The Half Blood Prince|
Rumours of a new Doctor Who film surfaced (again) on twitter last night! The reputable Hollywood media trade magazine, Variety reported yesterday that the English film director, David Yates is working on a movie version of the "iconic sci-fi TV series"- see Daily Variey here. St. Helens-born Yates helmed the last four installments in the Harry Potter film franchise, and has now teamed up with Jane Tranter at BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles to develop Doctor Who for the big-screen.
(Here's a nice Radio Times movie timeline)
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Monday, 3 October 2011
Saturday, 1 October 2011
Friday, 30 September 2011
Written by Russell T Davies
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
(another star of Hot Fuzz,
see here); Alexander Armstrong (see Vs. Murder Rooms); and Arabella Weir (see Vs. Randall & Hopkirk).
New executive producer Caroline Skinner begins her tenure on Doctor Who with this story, which will be directed by another newcomer, Farren Blackburn.
Friday, 16 September 2011
|Michael Putland's studio portrait of Dusty & the Pet Shop Boys, dressed as 1960's |
journalists. The shoot was for the cover of the Nothing Has Been Proved
single, recorded for the film, Scandal (December 1988).
Monday, 12 September 2011
Sunday, 31 July 2011
- 85 - Martha Jones
- 82 - Rose Tyler
- 71 - Rory Williams
- 52 - Donna Noble
- 44 - Gwen Cooper
- 41 - Amy Pond
- 27 - River Song
- 5 - Ianto Jones
- 3 - Jack Harkness
- 2 - The Doctor
Many 'icons' come from brilliant BBC shows like Being Human, and Life On Mars, and that other giant of British culure, Harry Potter took the No. 7 slot. The highest placed American character was Buffy Summers, at No. 4. Obviously, as a Whovian I'm biased, but I was stunned to see that the No. 1 position is taken by Mal Reynolds of Firefly! At least Sheldon Cooper would be pleased.
Saturday, 9 July 2011
- Kenneth Watson (Craddock) appeared opposite Patrick Troughton in Kidnapped (1956), and then in The Wheel in Space, as Bill Duggan - according to IMDB, he was to play a farmer in The Time Monster, but was replaced by George Lee
- Eileen Way (Old Woman) was Old Mother in 100,000 BC, and Karela in The Creature from the Pit - Outside 'classic' Who she had worked in: They Who Dare (1954) with William Russell; episodes of the BBC's Sunday Night Theatre opposite Roger Delgado [both also featured in Rendevous (1957) for TV and in the John Mills film, The Singer Not the Song (1961)], with Troughton, and Anneke Wills [both had featured in The Blakes (1955) too]; and the Kenneth More film, The Comedy Man (1964) with Jacqueline Hill
- Geoffrey Cheshire (Roboman) was the Viking Leader in The Time Meddler, Garge in Devil's Planet, and Tracy in The Invasion
- Philip Madoc (Brockley) is a prolific guest actor
- Robert Jewell was again a Dalek operator, and David Graham and Peter Hawkins again provided the Dalek voices
- Roger Avon (Wells) was also Saphadin in The Crusade, and Daxtar in The Traitors episode
Monday, 6 June 2011
Friday, 29 April 2011
"The Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard planet sitting upon a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe, populated by a very strange family, as the time-travelling drama continues.
The Doctor, Amy and Rory are given the warmest of welcomes by Auntie, Uncle and Nephew. But the beautiful and insane Idris greets them in a more unusual fashion – what is she trying to tell the Doctor? As the Doctor investigates, he unwittingly puts his friends in the gravest danger."
Monday, 25 April 2011
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
- The Daleks by David Whitaker was the first TV serial to be adapted as a novel, and was published in hardback in November 1964, less than a year after the story was shown. Paperback editions were then issued in 1965 (Armada) and 1973 (Target).
- The Crusaders (based on serial P) also by Whitaker was first published in 1966.
- The Cybermen (based on The Moonbase) by Gerry Davis, 1975.
- The Abominable Snowmen (based on serial NN) by Terrance Dicks, 1974.
- The Auton Invasion (based on Spearhead from Space) also by Dicks, 1974.
- The Cave Monsters (based on The Silurians) by Malcolm Hulke, 1974.