Thursday, April 24, 2014

Billie Piper interview

Actress Billie Piper, who older readers may remember played Rose Tyler, was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson earlier this week.

During her time on the show she chatted about her new TV show Penny Dreadful, tattoos, Doctor Who and playing a prostitute whilst host Craig mentioned taking LSD with his good chum Peter Capaldi. Probably not one for younger viewers this.

Watch her interview in the player below.

Peter Capaldi in new art film

From time traveller to art enthusiast. New Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi appears in new online film exploring Surrealism in art. Watch it in the player below.

Peter Capaldi, famed for The Thick of It, In the Loop and, most recently, as the Twelfth Doctor in the BBC Television series Doctor Who stars in a new online film exploring Surrealism in art.

In Unlock Art: Exploring the Surreal, Capaldi investigates how psychoanalysis and the unconscious mind shaped the Surrealist movement. The film examines the key players including Miro, Ernst and Dali and explores how the movement’s playful yet sometimes disturbing nature impacted contemporary culture and society; from art and theatre through to pop, humour and even politics.

This is the seventh Unlock Art film in the series of eight produced in collaboration between Tate and Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts which aims to unlock the big stories and ideas behind art. Other presenters in the series include indie rock band The Kills, author and broadcaster Dawn O’Porter, HBO Girls star Jemima Kirke and actor Alan Cumming.

Unlock Art aims to take viewers on a journey through various art movements and themes, from the history of the nude and humour in art, to Surrealism and Pop – offering the need-to-know facts, and making the arts more accessible to a wider audience.

Unlock Art is part of Le Méridien Hotel and Resorts’ ongoing commitment to provide a new perspective on the hotel experience through a curated approach to arts and culture.


The Evil One
by Nicholas Briggs

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

Out Now

The TARDIS lands in a luxury space cruiser. The crew and passengers are missing. The agents of Inter-Galaxy Insurance are determined to find out what’s happened. The Doctor and Leela find themselves facing a horde of metal mantis-like aliens and throughout it all, Leela is haunted by terrible nightmares of her past.

This just feels like a classic Who story; maybe a cross between Robots of Death and Nightmare of Eden. It’s a wonderfully simple story that uses elements of Leela’s first outing with the Doctor, The Face of Evil; specifically its very first scene where her father sacrifices himself to save her. Something that is never mentioned again.

The first episode plays with the listener and really makes them doubt everything they believe about the character of Leela and wonder just who is The Evil One? And it’s no surprise that it’s one of the Doctor’s archest enemies behind the plot.

Nicholas Briggs, who penned this excellent adventure has surpassed himself, clearly demonstrating his best writing yet. The closing scene is beautifully written and performed and manages to develop and deepen the character of Leela and her relationship with the Doctor even further.

With only a six-strong cast there are no weak links. The supporting cast are first class, Geoffrey Beevers is great, as is Louise Jameson and Tom Baker is on particularly good form. However it is Nicholas Briggs who deserves the biggest accolade for such an excellent piece of writing. In the interviews included on the release Briggs talks about how he drew on his own experiences with the loss of his father, this synergy clearly comes through and enlivens the beautifully honest closing moments.

Please give this a listen it’s top quality and won’t disappoint, it feels like a true classic Who story.

Thanks to Big Finish

Doctor Who Figurine Collection

The latest issues of the fantastic magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 18 comes with an amazing figurine of a Judoon (see below) whilst Issue 19 comes with a Dalek from The Daleks. For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.

Thanks to Doctor Who Figurine Collection

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AUDIO REVIEW: The War To End All Wars

The Companion Chronicles:
The War To End All Wars
By Simon Guerrier

Starring Peter Purves

Out Now

Presenting a sequel of sorts to the 1966 First Doctor adventure The Savages, the latest Big Finish "Companion Chronicle" opens with an older and wiser Steven Taylor. The bold experiment, appointing him as leader of the Elders and the Savages has not ended well, with The Doctor’s former companion held captive by the society of which he was once king.

At the prompting of his granddaughter Sida (Alice Haig), Steven gradually reveals by reference to an earlier adventure with The Doctor and Dodo, how he ended up in his current predicament. What follows is an intelligent exploration of the absolute folly of war, all set on a planet in a near permanent state of conflict.

The Doctor is arrested as a subversive element early on in Steven’s narrative, leaving Steven and Dodo having to survive on their wits. Their story plays out over a significant period of time, as the two of them gradually become assimilated into the relentless planet-wide war.

This audio adventure doesn’t shy away from the horrors of trench warfare, drawing on elements of the original “War To End All Wars”, the First World War. The writing, and Peter Purves’s narration, are particularly strong here in describing the exhaustion, fear and futility of an attritional war: but all without in any way being exploitative.

This reviewer has a soft spot for this particular combination of the TARDIS team, and it was easy to imagine Steven and Dodo working together (with some bickering), trying to challenge the deeply-ingrained system in place on the planet Comfort. There’s a particularly enjoyable cliffhanger midway through the story, not to be spoilered by me.

Peter Purves belies the passage of time in his performance as the younger Steven, with the narrative structure allowing a more reflective performance as the older, present-day version. His portrayal of The Doctor imparts the perfect mix of mischief and delight in his own cleverness, and Purves even captures Dodo’s occasionally wandering accent.

Simon Guerrier’s story creates a dystopian society, populated by Orwellian politicians spouting platitudes and doublespeak, a challenging environment for The Doctor, Steven and Dodo to battle their way through. A thought-provoking audio experience, and highly recommended.

Thanks to Big Finish

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Interview with Blogtor

Recently the long-running magazine Starburst interviewed Blogtor (also known as @CameronKMcEwan) about the book The Who's Who of Doctor Who and the documentary Who's Changing - An Adventure in Time With Fans - read it HERE. In it, Blogtor also discusses Doctor Who, the 50th Anniversary and the BBC. The interview was first published in the print edition of Starburst Issue 399.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tee Offers

Our chums over at TeeFury have got more great Doctor Who tees for sale - for 24 hours only! Titled Adventure Awaits and Come Away With Me, these designs are available worldwide for $11 - visit the site HERE. TeeFury have also made available some older Doctor Who designs by Karen Hallion, check them out below and click on each for further details on purchase ($18 each).

Saturday, April 19, 2014

From Wales Online
With filming on Doctor Who Series 8 continuing, 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.





Friday, April 18, 2014

Robin Hood ep filming pics filming continues on Doctor Who Series 8, some more pictures have emerged from onset of Episode 3. Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Tom Riley and Ben Miller, the episode is set to feature Robin Hood (played by Riley), his Merrie Men and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Miller). Check out the links below for two great galleries of photographs featuring the Doctor Who cast and crew from Wales Online.

The episode, rumoured to be called Robots of Sherwood, is written by Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, The Crimson Horror) and will air in September.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sci-Fi London Film Fest to screen Who's Changing

Doctor Who documentary, Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans, has been chosen as part of the Sci-Fi London Film Festival. The feature-length film, directed by Blogtor, will screen on May 3 at the Stratford Picturehouse - details and tickets HERE. There will also be a panel beforehand featuring Lisa Bowerman, James Goss and Scott Handcock discussing their involvement with Doctor Who animation and audio plays. After the screening there will be another Q&A panel afterwards with Blogtor.

Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans features interviews with Doctor Who legends such as: Louise Jameson (Leela), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Dan Starkey (Strax), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond), Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint) and writers such as Andrew Smith (Full Circle), James Moran (The Fires of Pompeii), Eric Saward (Earthshock), Jane Espenson (Torchwood: Miracle Day) and script editor/author Gary Russell alongside many more fascinating names. Visit for the full list and watch the trailer below.

Here's what the critics have been saying about Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans (click on the quotes for the full reviews):

"It's like spending 80 minutes in the company of your friends talking about your favourite TV show. Highly recommended."
The Geeks Handbag

"Very interesting and very worth watching if you’re a fan of the show.", 7/10

"Who’s Changing is a fine DVD that shows why, after 50 years, we’re still fascinated with a alien who travels through time in a big blue box."

"really fun to watch and an excellent addition to any Who fan's collection. I would highly recommend it for everybody."

"What makes it stand out from the rest though is that it talks to real fans as well as the stars and also gathers a real insight into the mind of Doctor Who fans. All in all it is a great little package"
Burton Mail

"This documentary serves as an excellent introduction to the world of Doctor Who’s fandom and will certainly leave you wanting to know and see more."
The Spoilist 

"... well worth a watch. Doctor Who fans: embrace your even geekier side!", 3/5