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)
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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.

Doctor Who Series 9 filming pics

Filming continues on Doctor Who Series 9 with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, and new pictures reveal a trip back to "Medieval"* England. On Flickr you can see a great gallery of images taken yesterday at St Fagans National History Museum in Wales - view the pics HERE. The site has previously been used in Doctor Who for the Human Nature two-parter in 2007.

Currently filming are the episodes The Girl Who Died (written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat) and The Woman Who Lived (by Catherine Tregenna), both 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).

* I use the term loosely.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Christopher Eccleston in Safe House

Christopher Eccleston in Safe House. (Picture: ITV)

ITV have released pictures of Christopher Eccleston, the actor who played The Ninth Doctor, in their upcoming drama Safe House (starts April 20 at 9pm on ITV). The four-part drama also stars Paterson Joseph (Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways) and Peter Ferdinando (Half Face Man in Deep Breath). Click on the images included here for bigger versions and check out the synopsis below.


Former police officer Robert (Christopher Eccleston) and his wife Katy (Marsha Thomason) left city life behind them after Robert was injured, whilst trying to protect a witness in his care. The witness, Susan Reynolds was fatally shot. Robert has been struggling with the guilt he feels over the death of Susan. 

In a bid to put the past behind them, Robert and Katy now run a guest house, hidden away in the idyllic Lake District. A surprise visitor turns up, DCI Mark Maxwell (Paterson Joseph), an ex-colleague and old friend. He suggests that the guest house is perfectly positioned to operate as a safe house, Robert is tempted but will Katy agree?


Later, DCI Maxwell finds himself dealing with a family left reeling from an unexplained assault. The father, David (Jason Merrells), has been hospitalised and an innocent passer-by is in a critical condition. DCI Maxwell needs to work out why this family was targeted and track down the assailant.  

Mark calls Robert to see if he and Katy will take David, Ali (Nicola Stephenson), Louisa (Harriet Cains) and Joe Blackwell (Max True) and keep them safe. They agree. Deep down Robert wants to protect this family to prove that he can still do the job - and make sure that this time nothing goes wrong.

Safe House Ep 1 airs April 20 at 9pm on ITV

Monday, April 13, 2015

Details on new Doctor Who books ft. The Twelfth Doctor and Clara

By Andrew Skilleter, from Doctor Who - The Big Book Of Lists

Included below are the details on three new original Doctor Who novels featuring Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman's Clara. Currently, no cover art has been confirmed but all three releases hit the streets on Sept 10, 2015.

Royal Blood By Una McCormack
The Grail is a story, a myth! It didn't exist on your world! It can't exist here!

The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, The Doctor, comes to Varuz from beyond the mountains, Aurelian asks for his blessing in the war.

But all is not what it seems in Varuz. The city-guard have lasers for swords, and the halls are lit by electric candlelight. Aurelian's beloved wife, Guena, and his most trusted knight , Bernhardt, seem to be plotting to overthrow their Duke, and Clara finds herself drawn into their intrigue...

Will The Doctor stop Aurelian from going to war? Will Clara's involvement in the plot against the Duke he discovered? Why is Conrad's ambassador so nervous? And who are the ancient and weary knights who arrive in Varuz claiming to he on a quest for the Holy Grail...?

An original novel featuring The Twelfth Doctor and Clara, as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

Big Bang Generation by Gary Russell
I'm an archaeologist, but probably riot the one you were expecting.

Christmas 2015, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Imagine everyone's surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, inconveniently blocking Port Jackson and glowing with energy. Imagine their fear as Cyrrus 'the mobster' Globb, Professor Horace Jaanson and an alien assassin called Kik arrive to claim the glowing pyramid. Finally imagine everyone's dismay when they are followed by a bunch of con artists out to spring their greatest grift vet.

This gang consists of Legs (the sexy comedian), Dog Boy (providing protection and firepower), Shortie (handling logistics), Da Trowel (in charge of excavation and history) and their leader, Doc (busy making sure the universe isn't destroyed in an explosion that makes the Big Bang look like a damp squib).

And when someone accidentally reawakens the Ancients of Time - which, Doc reckons, wasn't the wisest or best-judged of actions - things get a whole lot more complicated...

An original novel featuring The Twelfth Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi.

Deep Time By Trevor Baxendale
I do hope you're all ready to be terrified!

The Phaeron disappeared from the universe over a million years ago. They travelled among the stars using roads made from time and space, but left only relics behind. But what actually happened to the Phaeron? Some believe they were they eradicated by a superior force... Others claim they destroyed themselves.

Or were they in fact the victims of an even more hideous fate?

In the far future, humans discover the location of the last Phaeron road - and The Doctor and Clara join the mission to see where the road leads. Each member of the research team knows exactly what they're looking for —but only The Doctor knows exactly what they'll find.

Because only The Doctor knows the true secret of the Phaeron: a monstrous secret so terrible and powerful that it must be buried in the deepest grave imaginable...

An original novel featuring The Twelfth Doctor and Clara, as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

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REVIEW: The Ghost Trap

The Ghost Trap
By Nick Wallace

Read by Louise Jameson

“The walls were breathing”

The Doctor and Leela land aboard a vast and apparently abandoned spaceship in response to a distress call. It soon becomes horribly clear that whilst the vessel’s crew is all present and correct, they’ve suffered a horrific trauma; the signs of which are all too apparent to the co-travellers. This encounter occurs early in their travels, the Time Lord setting out to educate the savage warrior of the Sevateem. Through a combination of the Doctor’s extensive knowledge and his companion’s instincts, they quickly establish that something is very badly wrong aboard the vessel. And all the while, the walls are... breathing.

It’s an unsettling premise, and one Nick Wallace skilfully uses to build up the tension over the course of this story. The spaceship is revealed as being of Hihmakk origin, a race of beings with preternatural abilities in piloting their way through hyperspace. Louise Jameson’s subtle narration takes the listener within the cavernous depths of a ship constructed on an enormous scale, fused from a combination of flesh, bone and muscle. It’s a change in Doctor Who for the setting rather than the monsters to be the cause of such visceral discomfort, but it makes this short audio a memorable one.

Having established that all but one of the Hihmakk crew is dead, the Doctor and Leela, separated by circumstances, work together to try and find the cause of the ship’s debilitation and death of its crew. They discover a tragic misunderstanding of the nature of Hihmakk space travel by others keen to discover and exploit its secrets has set off a chain of events, with brutal consequences.

Leela’s almost extra-sensory hunting abilities soon acquire a greater value as she tracks, and is then forced to lure, a ghostly presence on board the Hihmakk craft, all the while trusting in the Doctor’s efforts in the control room to guide her to safety.

This is a chilling and atmospheric mystery story, perfectly narrated by Jameson. An enjoyable listen, particularly late at night.

Thanks to Big Finish