Sunday, 31 July 2011

New SFX Magazine Poll





A new poll in the latest SFX magazine has been published to find readers' Top 100 Sci-Fi Icons of the 21st Century. The results include 10 characters from the Whoniverse/Torchwood, and the highlights are as follows:
  • 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.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Doctor Who Repeats: Part 2

Further to Part 1, this post will chronicle the BBC repeats of  'classic' Doctor Who, from 1963 to
the present, and I'll not pretend that my research is definitive.

KEY:
ER = Episodic Repeat
OR = Omnibus Repeat
CR [2] = Compilation Repeat (No. denotes Parts)

UK Terrestrial Channels:
BBC1 (BBCtv launched in 1936 & rebranded as 'One' in 1997) = 1
BBC2 (Launched in 1964, also rebranded as 'Two' in 1997) = 2

UK Digital Channels:
BBC3 (Launched 2003, 'Three' moved online 2016) = 3
BBC4 (Launched in 2002, now 'Four') = 4
BBC Prime (Served Europe and the Middle East, 1995-2009) = P
BBC Choice (Britain's first digital TV channel, 1998-2003) = C

STORIES:

Pilot - 2 (26/8/1991), C (22/11/1998 and 24/12/1998)
An Unearthly Child only - 1 (30/11/1963)
100,000 BC - ER: 2 (2-5/11/1981), 4 (21/11/2013)
The Daleks - CR [3]: 4 (5-9/4/2008) and Episode 7 only - 2 (13/11/1999)
The Time Meddler - ER: 2 (3-24/1/1992)
The Evil of the Daleks - ER: 1 (8-22/6 & 13/7-2/8/1968)
The Web of Fear - Episode 1 only - 4 (18/3/2007)
The Mind Robber - ER: 2 (31/1-21/2/1992)
The Krotons - ER: 2 (9-12/11/1981)
Spearhead from Space - ER: 1 (9/7-30/7/1971), 2 (16/11-30/11/1999),
4 (2006)
The Silurians - ER: 2 (7/12/1999-25/1/2000)
The Daemons - OR: 1 (28/12/1971), CR [2]: 4 (October 2007), ER: 2 (20/11-18/12/1992) and Episode 5 only - C (November 1998 & July 99)
Day of the Daleks - OR: 1 (3/9/1973)
The Curse of Peladon - CR [2]: 1 (Excluding BBC Wales, 12-19/7/1982)
The Sea Devils - OR: All 1 (27/12/1972, August 1973 and 27/5/1974),
ER: 2 (6/3-10/4/1992)
The Three Doctors - ER: 2 (23-26/11/1981)
Carnival of Monsters - ER: 2 (16-19/11/1981)
Planet of the Daleks - ER: 1 (5-19/11 & 3-17/12/1993)
The Green Death - OR: 1 (27/12/1973), ER: 2 (2/1-6/2/1994), CR [3]:
4 (2006)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs - ER: C (1999)
Planet of the Spiders - OR: 1 (27/12/1974)
[All Pertwee Serials: AAA-ZZZ - ER: P (1995-97)]

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Doctor Who Vs. Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD


Based on the TV serial, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, the second Dalek movie was released in July 1966, but proved less successful than Dr Who and the Daleks.
Peter Cushing and Roberta Tovey reprised their roles of Dr. Who and Susan, and were joined by new companions, Jill Curzon as Louise and Bernard Cribbins as PC Tom Campbell (replacing Ian and Barbara in the television version). Cribbins ultimately portrayed two Who companions - he was Donna Noble's grandfather, Wilfred Mott (Wendy Padbury had played Zoe Heriot on TV, then was cast as Jenny in Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday in 1974).
This sequel was again written by Terry Nation, David Whitaker, and (producer) Milton Subotsky, and directed by Gordon Flemyng.
  • 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