Saturday, October 18, 2014

In The Forest of the Night - Next Time trailer

The BBC have released the Next Time trailer for Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 10, In The Forest of the Night - watch it in the player above. For more clips, pics and info from the story, click HERE.

Doctor Who Extra - Flatline

In the player above you can go behind-the-scenes on Flatline in the latest episode of Doctor Who Extra. For more info, pics and clips from the story, click HERE.

Flatline audio commentary

This commentary includes EXCLUSIVE comments from director Douglas Mackinnon!

Included for your listening pleasure is the Blogtor Who audio commentary for Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 9, Flatline. Recorded by Cameron K McEwan and Alex Romeo, the commentary can be enjoyed whilst watching the story - though, that's not essential. You can download the audio commentary directly HERE, subscribe on iTunes HERE or use the player below. And it's FREE!

Flatline - What Did YOU Think?

The ninth episode of Doctor Who Series 8, Flatline, has aired, but what did you think? Please leave your comments in the section below and, obviously, if you haven't seen it best not to read. Check out the What Did You Think? for Mummy on the Orient Express HERE.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Flatline clip and introduction

In the player above you can watch a new clip from this week's Doctor Who episode, Flatline. Below you can find an introduction from current showrunner Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi. The story airs at 8.25pm, Oct 18 on BBC One - for more info, pics and clips from the story, click HERE.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

EPISODE REVIEW: Flatline [spoiler-free]

by Jamie Mathieson

Starring Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman

Airs Oct 18

Review by Cameron K McEwan

You wait three years for a Doctor Who story with a train in it and then two come along at once. Last week saw the opulence of the Orient Express while this week's gives us Bristol's gritty old out-of-service 2M65. And both from new writer Jamie Mathieson.

The Doctor and Clara find themselves split up once more due to the interference, and possible invasion, of an alien race who exist in a different dimension. These 2D entities are hurting those they come into contact with, "flattening" them in the process. With the Time Lord stuck in the TARDIS, it's up to Clara to become The Doctor...

Having a Doctor Who episode set in Bristol may not seem like the most exotic or exciting of events but Flatline is one of the most unusual and otherly stories in a very long time.

This is down to the creation of writer Mathieson - monsters for another realm whose communication with our world is baffling and incomprehensible (well, I did say it was set in Bristol). Their intrusion into/onto Earth is unsettlingly portrayed, with the various deaths expertly realised by director Douglas Mackinnon (who performed such sterling work earlier this year on Listen and Time Heist).

The creepy factor in the adventure is high throughout and gathers pace as the beings begin to learn more about the human race and accommodate their form accordingly; going from classic horror in the home (with a neat nod to Terror of the Autons) to horror on your streets motifs. Indeed, the viewers also learn a lot about ourselves as a society when opinions are spouted on the "lesser" characters in the piece by others. Even in the face of certain doom, humanity still finds a way to act atrociously unpleasant (see also Midnight and Turn Left).

Despite the rather grim and scare-laden tone of Flatline, there is a great deal of humour - including a number of highly amusing sight gags. Why? Well, as you may have seen in the official promo pics and clips, the TARDIS has had a makeover and been shrunkified. The Doctor's joy in the opening scenes upon discovering this is a real delight. "I don't think we're bigger are we?" he beams curiously, adding gleefully, "The TARDIS never does this. This is HUGE!"

From there on, we're given more memorable and mirthsome moments based on the resizing (none of which I shall spoil) creating some genuinely unforgettable sights. It's pretty bonkers in parts, and I mean that in the most positive of fashions. The bravery and vision of Jamie Mathieson and Douglas Mackinnon is to be congratulated heartily.

Guest cast member Joivan Wade does a great job as the graffiti artist who befriends Clara, Rigsy. "People were thinking that no one was listening and no one cared," he muses when it comes to missing locals, commenting that the police weren't interested in the disappearances. Christopher Fairbank, who plays community payback leader Fenton, is terrific - snarling bitterly and nastily throughout. However, I will add, he's underused given his stature and talent as an actor.

Coleman impresses with her role as "The Doctor", though her lies are beginning to unravel whilst Capaldi really shines as the Time Lord; going from joyfully bewildered to genuinely confused ("Why can't I understand this?" he questions) to saviour. If there is one point in Doctor Who Series 8 that sees Peter Capaldi as THE Doctor, it's here. A truly spine-tingling, fan-pleasing moment that will have monsters all over the universe treading in fear.

Flatline is one of the most unusual - visually and tonally - episodes in the history of Who. There's laughs and scares as well as the odd slice of social commentary thrown in for good measure. And the relationship between Clara and everyone's favourite Gallifreyan takes an intriguing step after her stint as The Doctor. A fascinating and hugely entertaining episode.

Flatline airs Oct 18 at 8.25pm on BBC One

Thanks to the BBC

COMIC REVIEW: The Twelfth Doctor #1

The Twelfth Doctor #1
by Robbie Morrison

Out now

Terrorformer, featuring the brand new and shiny (or crinkly and grumpy, depending how you look at him) Twelfth Doctor, has a similar theme to the recent Eleventh Doctor comic, "The Friendly Place" – the idea of a fake paradise, or one that has been demolished for some ulterior motive. This story is far darker though, starting off with a light-hearted conversation between a traveller and his robot co-pilot and descending into a gruesome death…

In Terrorformer, The Twelfth Doctor is as spiky and alien as he has been on television, but also displays that slightly softer side that we see only rarely. In the first few panels, he feels as familiar in pen and ink as he does on television. This Time Lord has absolutely no patience for time wasters but he yet again is prepared to jump in at the last moment and save some travellers in peril, much like he does in Into the Dalek with Journey Blue.

The snappy dialogue often ventures into the meta with references to hiding behind the sofa and people asking the question "Doctor who?" The Doctor also gets in a couple of digs about his previous incarnation (hint – it’s fez related) and yet another nod towards Scotland, this time regarding its weather.

Everyone's favourite Gallifreyan also conforms to his recent practice of telling Clara he’s taking her somewhere fun, like skiing, but actually ends up taking her to somewhere dangerous – in this case an unstable planet that has undergone some terraforming which seems to have gone horribly wrong. "I’m a magnet for adventure", he says, by way of a kind of apology.

Clara, who is captured perfectly as the love-struck teacher trying to live two different lives, and her alien traveling companion get stuck into the mystery of how the tropical paradise planet Isen VI could have been a frozen planet only a few decades ago. The culprits, "Dollar Intergalactic", and its pet robots, brilliantly named Eric and Clarence, drive the Time Lord to snap and bark at the people running the operation in a way we’ve all become accustomed to in the last few weeks. It also includes some fascinating insight into the legacy of Gallifrey and the Time Lords.

Terrorformer is a great introduction to The Twelfth Doctor in comic format and captures his character as faithfully as the other comics in the Titan series have.

Thanks to Titan Comics

Dark Water synopsis

The BBC have released the official episode synopsis for Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 11, Dark Water; check it out below.
In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn up.

Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming.

“Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.
Dark Water airs Nov 1 on BBC One. Visit the Doctor Who Series 8 episode guide HERE for more info on the story. 

In The Forest of the Night cast list

Included below is the cast list for Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 10, In the Forest of the Night. [Spoiler after pic.] For more info on the story, click HERE.

Danny - Samuel Anderson
Maebh - Abigail Eames
Samson - Jaydon Harris-Wallace
Bradley - Ashley Foster
Ruby - Harley Bird
Maebh's Mum - Siwan Morris
George -  Harry Dickman
Minister - James Weber Brown
Neighbour - Michelle Asante
Emergency Services Officer - Curtis Flowers
Jenny Hill - Herself
Paris Reporter - Kate Tydman
Accra Reporter - Nana Amoo-Gottfried
Little Boy - William Wright-Neblett 
Annabel - Eloise Barnes



Moffat Talks S8 Finale in DWM 478!

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out now, check out the details below and click on the cover for a bigger version.

Head writer Steven Moffat talks about the return of the Cybermen in this year's final adventure. "I really wanted to do a Cyberman story," says Steven, "because they were always my favourites when I was a kid, and I was quite surprised that one way or another I'd never used them in any of my own scripts, except as supporting characters. So I wanted to do a proper scary one..."

· Extensive previews of Episodes 9 to 12 of the new series – Flatline, In the Forest of the Night, Dark Water and Death in Heaven. DWM talks exclusively to writers Jamie Mathieson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Steven Moffat.

· DWM interviews Samuel Anderson, aka Danny Pink .

· Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions in his exclusive column.

· DWM talks to Derrick Sherwin, Doctor Who's producer in the late 1960s.

· Kill the Moon writer Peter Harness talks in depth about the script for his episode.

· DWM talks to the stars of the Eighth Doctor's latest audio series, Dark Eyes 3, including Paul McGann, Alex Macqueen & Georgia Moffett.

· The results of the DWM 2013 Merchandise Poll are revealed.

· The DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 479 is on sale now, priced £4.99