Friday, December 19, 2014

BBC One Christmas ident

BBC One are currently airing their specially themed Christmas idents and one of them has a Doctor Who feel to it - watch it in the player included here. Visit the guide to Last Christmas HERE and read Blogtor's spoiler-free review HERE.

REVIEW: Last Christmas [spoiler-free]

Last Christmas
by Steven Moffat

Starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

Airs Dec 25, 6.15pm on BBC One

It’s Christmas Day and that can mean only one thing - the world needs the Doctor! And this year is no exception as the nightmarish Dream Crabs invade and threaten to enslave Earth.

Thankfully, for us, Santa Claus is also on standby to lend a hand as Clara and the Time Lord find themselves under attack in a Polar Base (at the North Pole, Santa’s home) along with a group of scientists, some of whom have already been converted by the Dream Crabs.

Between them, they have to figure out just how to defeat the alien menace, which aren’t unlike the menace from Alien (1979) in that they like to hug faces (Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic does get the odd mention in the episode). Santa is the key to the mystery of this attack.

Speaking of the big man, sweet Pappa Crimbo is played with relish by Nick Frost (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead). "Are we gonna get busy saving Christmas?" he cooly drawls whilst his elves, brilliantly played by Misfit’s Nathan McMullen and Dan Starkey (who normally plays Sontaran Strax), look on in awe calling him, "Bad ass."

The trio make for some great laughs as they answer questions on their veracity and generally fool around (look out for Frost's impression of Capaldi). You’ll (no pun intended) be hoping for some more fun from these guys in future festive outings. Surprisingly, however, this lot aren’t as much a part of the story as the team of scientists; a quickly identifiable group of characters. And, like Santa and his troupe, expertly played by the actors involved.

Clara and the Doctor continue their rather problematic relationship with the fall-out from the Series 8 finale all too visible. These facets are woven in to the plot, gratefully, and rather than slowing down the story, add to its menace. Elsewhere, Capaldi finally gets to show some unadulterated joy and you won’t fail to feel his happiness, whilst Coleman gets to do some proper old skool Doctor Who companion screaming and something new for viewers (shan't spoil).

Last Christmas has been described as scary and nightmarish - and rightfully so. I foresee many youngsters needing a hand on getting to sleep come Christmas night. The Dream Crabs, not unlike a cross between the Weeping Angels and the Silence, are on the rather terrifying side and are filmed with a proper cinematic eye, the camera never staying too long on them but giving the audience enough to grab the nearest pillow or loved-one.

Director Paul Wilmshurst does an excellently eerie job with the horror her but it’s not just the monsters that will give chills. There are a number of uncanny scenes that will remind you of The Shining or Hitchcock with its disembodied voices, Dutch angles, empty corridors and zooms - this is psychological terror as well as physical. Indeed, it’s the former that will haunt and unnerve more. Rather satisfyingly, some of the best scares are kept until the denouement.

Worthy of a mention too, and a gold star, is composer Murray Gold who cultivates these scares with sharp strings and also lends a beautifully heartwarming tone to the story's final moments.

It’s not entirely perfect though. There’s still the continual annoyance of people having a “thing” to do or the numerous times "Shut up!" gets delivered (even Santa gets in on the action) and halfway through there’s a slight sag which somewhat slows the story up.

But, other than that, Last Christmas is a hugely satisfying story and a cracking festive outing (certainly one of the best Doctor Who specials). The ending will have some in tears and others beaming with joy and excitement. I can’t imagine anything better for Christmas Day.


Doctor Who Last Christmas teasers

Included below are 13 spoiler-free teasers and dialogue from the upcoming Doctor Who festive special, Last Christmas. Read Blogtor's review HERE.
Someone has Time Lord technology.

“He’s probably texting women of low moral character.”

The Doctor reveals he finds someone sexually attractive.

“That noise. I never realised how much I loved it.”

Something heard in Turn Left is heard again

“My Little Pony”

The Elves find something in common with Clara

“It’s the North Pole, and I own it.”

The Doctor almost quotes Die Hard.

“That is rude. That is perverted.”

Santa reveals how reindeer can fly.

“We’re being hacked!”

The Doctor quotes Madame Vastra
Doctor Who, Last Christmas airs Dec 25 on BBC One at 6.15pm. For more pics, clips and news on the special, click HERE.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Eleventh Doctor #6 comic

Titan Comics has revealed details about the upcoming title, The Eleventh Doctor #6. Click on the images for bigger versions and check out the information below.

STORY BY​: ​Rob Williams

RELEASE DATE​: ​Wednesday​ ​December 24, 2014​​


The Doctor is the only one who realises that the flow of time in the vortex has been disrupted, but can he uncover the cosmic culprit and put causality back on the right track – before Alice and her fellow TARDIS travelers are de-aged right out of existence?

Rob Williams and Simon Fraser spin a mind-bogglingly unique tale that cannot be missed! ​

Comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by Verity Glass​ (cover A) and a photo cover (cover B).​ For more information visit:​

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Doctor Who Magazine: The 2015 Yearbook

Doctor Who Magazine have released details on their new special edition magazine, Doctor Who Magazine: The 2015 Yearbook. Check out the details below and click on the cover for a bigger version.

The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine reviews an incredible year for the programme, its spin-offs and licensed merchandise. Highlights include our first major interview with the show’s executive producer, Brian Minchin, in which he reflects on Peter Capaldi’s first year as the Doctor and looks forward to further adventures with the Twelfth Doctor.

• Features on every episode in Peter Capaldi’s first series.
• We speak to the team that accompanied Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on the Doctor Who World Tour.
• Fourth Doctor Tom Baker discusses his return to television and audio Doctor Who.
• Eighth Doctor Paul McGann reveals what he thinks about Capaldi’s Doctor.
• Orchestrator and conductor Ben Foster previews the 2015 Symphonic Spectacular.
• Inside the new ‘making of’ show, Doctor Who Extra.
• Behind the scenes at the new Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.
• Interviews with some of the key players behind recent books, soundtracks, audio dramas, DVDs, Blu-rays and action figures.
• Highlights from the year’s newspaper and magazine reviews of Doctor Who.
• A round up of Doctor Who’s awards and honours from the last 12 months.
• Detailed tributes to the Doctor Who luminaries who passed away in 2014..., and much more!
“This is the Doctor Who Magazine almanac,” says editor Marcus Hearn, summing up the new publication. “We’ve taken a fresh look at every episode from Peter Capaldi’s first series, but we’ve also explored many other corners of the Doctor Who universe. For many fans, the television series is just part of a world that includes DVDs, Blu-rays, books, soundtrack albums, audio dramas and action figures. We’ve tried to reflect the last 12 months in all those different areas.”

Doctor Who Magazine: The 2015 Yearbook is out Thurs 18 Dec, priced £5.99

Thanks to Doctor Who Magazine

Jenna Coleman interview

Actress Jenna Coleman was a guest on the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show where she chatted about Doctor Who, the upcoming special Last Christmas, her favourite scariest monster and much more!

Listen to her interview in the player included here. Be warned though, this clip features Nick Grimshaw.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Steven Moffat on "The Clara Show"

Current show runner Steven Moffat has been chatting to about Doctor Who Series 8 and commenting on how many fans felt that it turned into "The Clara Show". Check out the highlights of the interview below and read the full interview HERE.
“The thing about Clara is she thinks the show is called Clara. She really does. She has no idea she’s number two in the credits, which is why we did that joke in Death in Heaven. She’s got a high opinion of herself, not in a conceited way, but in a correct way. She knows she’s extremely clever and capable, and she doesn’t feel like she particularly fits in the world that she lives in.

She’s a bit more like the Doctor in the first place. She’s not really very good at living a normal life. The other companions, like most people, like you and me, can be quite good at living normal lives. I’m very happy living my normal life, I’m sure you are too. Going to the shops seems fine for an adventure, but Clara’s not like that.

When I first wrote Clara, I thought, 'Oh, this is fun. If the Doctor were a young woman living in contemporary Britain, it’d be a bit like her.' Clever and presentable and funny but also thinking when is something interesting going to happen? The interesting thing between the Doctor and Clara is she can sort of play the same game he does. She can absolutely do that, she’s terribly clever, she’s got a wayward ego.

Her botched love affair with Danny is heartbreakingly proof of that. He’s a lovely man with a traumatic secret, and she just screws it up because she doesn’t really give it enough attention. It’s just a little bit less exciting than running off in the blue box. You have to be a bit of a loony to think that way. I think for the first time, the Doctor’s traveling with someone who’s a bit of a loony like him, and that’s quite fun.”
In another interview, this time with Zap2it, Moffat talked about returning characters. Check out what he had to sat below and read the full interview HERE. When asked if River Song or Captain Jack Harkness could star alongside Peter Capaldi, the writer said:
"It's never, ever closed off. It's all about 'Do you have a story that's worth it?' Unless you've got a story that is absolutely informed and invigorated by their presence, just bringing a character back in an ordinary story won't do. Both River Song and Jack Harkness are massive characters in Doctor Who mythology. Their returns would have to be seismic, not routine."

Last Christmas: Natalie Gumede interview

Last Christmas guest star Natalie Gumede (who plays a scientist called Ashley Carter) was interviewed on the chat show Lorraine yesterday - watch her chat about Doctor Who and the upcoming festive special in the player above. For more pics, clips and news about Last Christmas, click HERE.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Doctor Who Potato Head sale

Entertainment Earth have got a special one day sale on for the range of Doctor Who Mr Potato Heads. These three fab sets will be available for 24 hours with 30% off their normal prices. Check out the details on each below:

Hop in the TARDIS with Mr. Potato Head as he pays homage to the last known survivor of "Galli-Fry!" This 5-inch tall Mr. Potato features the Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who in his brown trench coat, blue suit, red sneakers, and his messy hair!

Also included is his trusty sonic screwdriver! "A big ball of wibbly wobbly... timey wimey...mashed potato stuff!" The Tenth Doctor comes in a window box packaging. Ages 2 and up. Buy HERE.

WHO's that tater? Doctor Who and actor Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor get a Mr. Potato Head makeover! This adorable Doctor Who Eleventh Doctor Mr. Potato Head made its debut at SDCC 2013 and comes with all sorts of show-specific accessories, like his hat and Sonic Screwdriver. Dressed in his suit and suspenders, he looks every bit as dapper as he does on the BBC TV series Doctor Who!

The Doctor Who Eleventh Doctor Mr. Potato Head includes 8 removable parts and pieces. Buy HERE.
Mr. Potato head becomes the ultimate "Extermi-tator" when he dons the indestructible shell of the dreaded Dalek - the Doctor's "starch" nemesis! This fantastic Doctor Who Gold Dalek Mr. Potato Head is a must-have for any true fan of the popular Doctor Who series.

Measuring 7-inches tall, Doctor Who would be quite confused and bamboozled to witness his deadly enemy as a Mr. Potato Head! Ages 2 and up. Buy HERE.

Saturday, December 13, 2014