Sean Pertwee talks about playing the Third Doctor 

Doctor Who fans have long debated and demanded that Sean Pertwee pick up his dad’s cape, jump in Bessie and play his dad’s incarnation of The Doctor. Last Halloween we got a glimpse of it when he went to a party dressed in an improvised third Doctor costume. 

After that, a fan mocked up a very realistic image of Sean in the role.


Well, speaking to the radio times the question of playing the Doctor came up. 

Pertwee Jr. said:

“It would be an honour, but I think I would be completely terrified,“ he explained. “They’re large boots to fill. My dad would have absolutely split his sides if I did that, I’m laughing just thinking of his reaction.”

“Doctor Who was a huge thing in my life, but the thing is my father was just an actor. I was surrounded by extrodinary people all my life. The people he was interested in weren’t actors, they were artists, pirates, smugglers, butchers, florists, whatever. My recollection of being brought up by my dad was in Ibiza, so I remember this idyllic bohemian lifestyle.”

Read the full interview here

Warner Bros announce The Goonies special edition

Cult classic “The Goonies” is set to make a return with a special 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. From the imagination of three time Academy Award®-winning executive producer Steven Spielberg* and directed by Richard Donner, the special edition Blu-ray of the much-loved adventure will be released on 9th November by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, including a host of special features and never-before-seen deleted scenes. For die-hard fans, there is also a 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, which comes with an array of money-can’t-buy Goonies collector’s merchandise.
“The Goonies” stars Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Ke Huy Quan, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Kerri Green and Martha Plimpton as ‘The Goonies,’ a group of children from the Goon Docks area of Astoria, Oregon, who are facing the foreclosure of their homes.

“The Goonies” plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling, surprise- around-every- corner quest beyond their wildest dreams!

Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys… and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.
A family adventure classic from start to buccaneering finish, “The Goonies” is a cinematic treasure trove of breathtaking action, dazzling effects and shiver-yer-timbers thrills!

• Commentary (with hidden video treasures) by director Richard Donner, and selected cast members

• ‘The Making Of The Goonies’ featurette

• Deleted scenes

• Cyndi Lauper The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough music video

• Soundtrack remastered in Dolby TrueHD 5.1

• Theatrical trailer

• Art Cards

• 1985 ‘Making of’ mini magazine

• Empire’s ‘Cast – Where Are They Now’ mini magazine.
The Goonies: 30th anniversary edition Blu-ray

EST & Street Date: November 9, 2015

Run Time: 114 min.

Doctor Who Lego sets revealed

The team behind Lego Ideas, have revealed the first images of their upcoming Doctor Who range. Check out the images bellow.
Here is the official product description:

Construct a stunningly detailed LEGO® version of the iconic TARDIS® and role-play the Doctor’s time-travel adventures! Created by fan-designer Andrew Clark and selected by LEGO Ideas members, this set is based on the BBC’s popular and long-running television series about a Time Lord – the Doctor – exploring the universe in a blue police box. Due to trans-dimensional engineering, the TARDIS is bigger on the inside than the outside and this cool multifunctional set includes the console room that houses all the flight controls. Regenerate the Doctor and defeat the evil Daleks™ and a Weeping Angel with the help of his extraordinary companion Clara. Then close the doors of the TARDIS and launch into another dimension! Includes 4 minifigures with assorted accessory elements: the Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and a Weeping Angel, plus 2 Daleks™.

LEGO Doctor Who sets will be available from 1st December 2015. At the RRP of £49.99.

The Light of September

Nothing can travel faster than light. In the near future, however, something does and the crew of the RRS Venus must deal with the Earth-shattering consequences. The phenomenon is somehow tied to the mysterious symbol known as the Quantum Talisman.

Written and directed by Dan Freeman (Minister of Chance, Dr Who: Death Comes to Time), The Light of September is a maritime adventure with a science fiction twist. Drawing from research he conducted on England’s south coast, Freeman has scripted a new audio series and engaged several actors from The Minister of Chance to perform it.

Returning to the mic from The Minister of Chance cast are Sylvester McCoy, Tamsin Greig, Jed Brophy, Stuart Fox, Simon Hickson and Richard Oliver.

They’re joined by Robert Picardo (Stargate, Star Trek), Thorbjørn Harr and Gorge Blagden (Vikings), Karim Saleh (Iron Man 2), Heida Reed (Vampyre Nation), Julian Seager (Poldark) and Tuppence Middleton (Sense8).

As with the previous show, this Radio Static series is powered by you and I. They’ve raised £4200 of the five grand unlock for episode 1, with a deadline of 13 October. The perks for your support are numerous and really creative; have a look at the website for The Light of September.

Pepsi perfect 

Pepsi announced today that they’re releasing a limited edition bottle, on October 21st, 2015. When talking PepsiCo’s senior director of marketing Lou Arbetter said:

“Fans have always been a little crazy about it, and so we wanted to take advantage of the fact that Marty travelled to the future, to this month, and wanted to actually come out with the product.”

Pepsi is only making 6,500 bottles, and if you want one it will cost you $20.15, or £15 (cheaper than the $50 Marty paid in the film). The bottle will be sold online. 

Audio review:Criss-Cross

Pete and I had a chat about Doctor Who: Criss Cross, by Big Finish.

Martyn: With over 16 years of audio adventures, the biggest problem with the Doctor Who range used to be ‘where do you start?’

Pete: In a way, everyone jumps into Doctor Who in the middle; there’s a certain joy to discovering the world we’re dropped into, in our own order.

M: It can still seem daunting for new listeners to climb on board the Big Finish train. Recently they’ve decided to play down the continuity of the first 200 and provide a fresh jumping on point for new listeners. The first three focused on the Seventh Doctor and Mel.

P: Return of the Sontarans was really fun; I liked your review.

M: Criss-Cross kicks off a brand new trilogy for the Sixth Doctor and Constance Clarke. In a very time-wimey way, we met her in The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure.

P: The extras for that mention how Colin Baker needed some convincing to sign his character’s death warrant. But he needn’t have worried; it just left me wanting more. It must have helped him, though, to have a glimpse of the future in there.

M: Written by Matt Fitton, Criss-Cross tells the story of the ‘Wrens’ working at the Bletchley Park codebreaking facility in World War II. They start out dealing with and becoming suspicious of the eccentric ‘Doctor John Smith.’

P: This is super timely, too. There’s a new book by Tessa Dunlop about the women of Bletchley Park, BBC2 have just done a doco on somebody besides Alan Turing and of course there’s the Imitation Game film with Cumberbatch.

M: This one’s a gripping war-time story – suspicion and espionage, with hints of sci-fi thrown in. The characters are spies, double agents, Nazis and code-breakers. Matt Fitton manages to perfectly encapsulate the horrendous situations people in war often found themselves. The period feels authentic and Constance Clarke is very much of her time.

P: They’ve given her an absent husband like Emma Peel had, but perhaps not like that; we’ll see. Mrs Clarke is both a foil and an asset, which is really good for ‘old sixie.’ Miranda Raison pitches it just right; I remember her from Wreck of the Titan. I’m also hoping to see her in A Winter’s Tale, a new live HD theatre project Kenneth Branagh is doing.

M: Colin is at the top of his game here, the chemistry with Miranda Raison is impeccable, it’s up there with the Seventh Doctor and Ace, or Ten and Donna.

Criss Cross is available now in CD or download from Big Finish.

John Hurt returns as The War Doctor for Big Finish

Big Finish announced today that John Hurt will reprise his role as The War Doctor for a series of audios.

The adventures of The War Doctor will be told over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes. The first is titled ‘Only The Monstrous’, and is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs.

“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me,” says Nicholas. “Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”

The cast of The War Doctor also includes Jacqueline Pearce, who plays Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra — an arch manipulator who is waging the Time War against the Daleks. Jacqueline starred in The Two Doctors as Chessene and she is known to many science fiction fans for her role as Servalan in the cult classic Blake’s 7.

Only The Monstrous will be released in December 2015, and will be followed in February 2016 by the second volume, Infernal Devices, which is written by John Dorney, Phil Mulryne and Matt Fitton. Volumes Three and Four are currently in pre-production.

In addition to The War Doctor, November 2017 also sees a prequel box set to the saga, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor — The Time War, which will follow the early stages of the Time War from the Eighth Doctor’s perspective. Paul McGann stars, alongside characters first introduced in the War Doctor box sets.

If you only listen to one podcast with John Hurt, listen to the one he did with Big Finish. If you listen to two podcasts with John Hurt, then listen to my podcast with John Hurt.

Lethal Weapon TV series in development 

A Lethal Weapon reboot has spent years in potential development. Now, FOX and Warner bros are partnering up to bring us a TV adaptation.

Here’s the synopsis:

Texan cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs who, following the loss of his wife and baby, moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh who, having recently suffered a heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.

Richard Donner and Shane Black aren’t involved and Gibson and Glover are too old for this shit. 

Doctor Who spin-off in development 

Breaking News, not content with their 3 hit shows set in a school (Waterloo Road, Big School, Bad Education). The BBC announced today that they’re making a Doctor Who spin-off set in a school.
Class will consist of 8 x 45 minute episodes and will be written by Young Adult author Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls). Class is a Young Adult (teenager) series set in the contemporary Coal Hill school, in London.
Current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, will act as executive producer on Class. 

He said:

“No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”

Ness added:

“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. There’s so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-levels.”

Class is expected to air towards the end of 2016.