Episode 196: The good, the bad and The Chib

Bad Wilf is back! In this exciting instalment, Martyn and Gerrod discuss life, work, holidays and the Doctor Who series 11 episodes, The woman who fell to Earth, Ghost monument and, Rosa.

The eleventh series of Doctor Who began its initial run on 7 October 2018, and will consist of ten episodes. The series is the first to be led by Chris Chibnall as head writer and executive producer, alongside executive producers Matt Strevens and Sam Hoyle.

The series introduces Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, with Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole playing her companions.

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Review-The Time Tunnel blu-ray

As a child of the nineties, I have fond memories of Channel 4 showing repeats of high-quality American shows from the 60’s, during school holidays. 

I wasn’t sporty, so when all my friends were out playing football. I was at home. Enjoying shows like Man from UNCLE, Get Smart and, the time tunnel. Out of all those shows, it was The Time Tunnel that really captured my imagination and probably sparked my passion for sci-fi, before I even really knew what sci-fi was.

It’s extremely dated by today’s standards, but if you look passed that, passed the special effects, passed the fashion sense, you’ll find a highly entertaining show that feels like a prequel to Quantum Leap, Stargate and timeless.


The series is set in an imagined 1968, the near-future to when the show was made, two years to be precise.

Make-up clad James Darren and former pop star, Robert Colbert play our scientists Tony Newman and Doug Philips.

Tony and Doug have been working on Project Tic-Toc, in a top secret government facility under the Arizona desert.
After the military start to interfere and shift the deadline for results. Tony takes it upon himself to test the time tunnel and ends up onboard the time tunnel. Doug follows to mount a rescue mission and the pair find themselves following one time travelling caper after another.

The time tunnel is the brain child of Irwin Allen, the man behind such classic series’ like; Lost In Space and, Land Of The Giants. His hallmarks are all over this. There’s dodgy science, dodgy sets, glaring plot holes and a lot of camp. But that’s what makes this so brilliant.

The premise is a sandbox for any writer. Nothing is off limits, there’s no logic to hold you back. You can just go. The time tunnel doesn’t just send the users back in time, it also teleports them to different locations. Tony and Doug find themselves on The Titanic, the first manned mission to Mars, Ancient Greece and even, the American civil war.

The transfer to HD is good, considering the show was not shot that way. There’s also the option to hear the sound in it’s original mono, or in the remixed 5.1. Both work well. 

Overall, there’s a lot to love here, there is even music from John Williams. This is a pretty decent set and it’s absolutely criminal the show didn’t get a second series.

The set will be released on 5th November 2018. It would make a perfect Christmas gift, for the sci-fi fan in your family. 

Extras:
• Original Unaired Pilot Episode (HD Version)
• 2002 Unaired TV Pilot
• Time Travellers TV Movie
• Cast Interviews
• Irwin Allen’s Behind-The-Scenes Home Movies
• Promotional TV & Radio Spots
• Visual Effects
• Camera Test
• Stills Galleries

Episode 195: Interview with Paul McGann

Recorded today at MCM London, here’s the interview I attended with Paul McGann. He discusses Jodie Whittaker and whether or not sci-fi should ever be political.

He praises Big Finish, Bradley Walsh and Sheridan Smith. He also addresses the Withnail & I drinking game.

Paul John McGann is an English actor. He came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the 1986 television serial The Monocled Mutineer. He later starred in the 1987 dark comedy Withnail and I, and as the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television film, a role he reprised in more than 150 audio dramas and the 2013 mini-episode “The Night of the Doctor“.

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Trailer-Spider-Man:Into the spider-verse

Here is a fantastically fun trailer for the upcoming Sony animations film, Spider-Man:into the Spider-Verse. The trailer is packed with stunning animation and introduces us to Nicholas Cage, who seems perfectly cast as Spider-Man Noir.

How fun was that!? Sony have been trying to get a Spider-Man universe off the ground for a few years, with Venom receiving negative reviews. It seems their Spider-Verse may well succeed in animated form.

Spider-Man:Into the Spider-Verse is out in December.

Jodie Whittaker talks about Doctor Who’s filming schedule

In an excerpt released by The Two shot podcast, Jodie Whittaker talks about the challenges of the Doctor Who filming schedule.

It’s rewardingly hard because every night you go home and the next day is your big day as well. That’s the bit I’m not used to. I’m used to going in and it being like Monday and Tuesday are pretty light. I’m not in Wednesday or Thursday and Friday is a big day. And this, every day’s the big day and for nine months. I’ve never done that. I’m sure it’s happened to lots of people, it’s just never happened to me. I think that was overwhelming, was I gonna always be on top of my lines? It’s the lines that are the hardest part.

The full interview will be released on Thursday morning. The podcast can be found here.

Review-The women who lived: Amazing tales for future timelords

The Women Who Lived is a A 224 page hardcover book that features profiles of 75 women from the history of Doctor Who.

From Sarah Jane Smith to Bill Potts, from Susan Foreman to Agatha Christie, to the Thirteenth Doctor. Doctor Who has featured many heroic women, who have helped prevent alien invasions or thwarted maniacal plans. Pick a female character from Doctor Who’s rich history, she’s in here.

This book explores their adventures and celebrates their legacy.

Each profile is written by Christel Dee and Simon Guerrier and accompanied by beautiful full page art pieces. A team of female artists, at various stages in their careers were especially assembled for the project. The book includes artwork from Sophie Cowdrey, Emma Price and Rachel Smith to name a few.

The profile pieces are written with genuine affection, Dee and Guerrier have put a lot of love into this and it shows. The decision to have a team of artists work on the book, is an inspired choice. Each artist brings their own unique talent. Which brings out the uniqueness of the characters, whilst also clearly defining their era.

All of this is collected under a stunning new cover by Doctor Who artist Lee Binding.

This is a must buy for the Doctor Who fan in your life.

Lionsgate to re-release 6 legendary titles

Lionsgate UK will release legendary titles AMERICAN PSYCHO, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE EXPENDABLES, THE EXPENDABLES 2, WARRIOR, and 3:10 TO YUMA on newly remastered 4K Ultra HD with incredible extras on 15 October. In addition, the stunning new edition of AMERICAN PSYCHO includes never-before-heard commentary from director Mary Harron, recorded in 2018. See below for full details for each release.

AMERICAN PSYCHO 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Special features:

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR MARY HARRON (RECORDED IN 2018 – 4K ONLY)

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH WRITER GUINEVERE TURNER

• DELETED SCENES WITH OPTIONAL DIRECTOR COMMENTARY

• AMERICAN PSYCHO: FROM BOOK TO SCREEN

• THE ’80S: DOWNTOWN

It’s 1987 and Patrick Bateman (Academy Award Winner® Christian Bale) is living the American dream. He has a great job, he’s handsome, he’s athletic and has the attention of many beautiful women. However, Patrick has a dark secret that he keeps hidden from those around him; Patrick is a psychopath. Dissatisfied with his charmed life, Patrick spends his evenings prowling the streets looking for victims; whether they are his business associates or strangers he meets in passing, he makes no distinction. Cultivating his serial killer persona as much as his yuppie lifestyle, the two sides of Patrick’s life soon begin to merge and he begins to wonder where one side of his life ends and the other begins. Also starring Academy Award Nominee® Willem Dafoe, Academy Award Winner® Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, and Academy Award Winner® Reese Witherspoon.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Special features:

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR DREW GODDARD & WRITER/PRODUCER JOSS WHEDON

• WE ARE NOT WHO WE ARE: MAKING THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

• PRIMAL TERROR: VISUAL EFFECTS

• AN ARMY OF NIGHTMARES: MAKE-UP & ANIMATRONIC EFFECTS

• THE SECRET SECRET STASH

• WONDERCON Q&A

• THEATRICAL TRAILER

• IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS BONUSVIEW™ MODE (BLU-RAY™ ONLY)

A rambunctious group of five college friends steals away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror-movie behaviour, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by an all-powerful “eye in the sky,” do they have any chance of escape?

THE EXPENDABLES 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Disc 1 – 4K Ultra HD (Movie only)

Disc 2 – Blu-Ray™ (Movie and special features):

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR SYLVESTER STALLONE

• BONUSVIEW™ – THE EXPENDABLES: ULTIMATE RECON MODE

• “FROM THE ASHES: POST PRODUCTION” DOCUMENTARY

• DELETED SCENE

• GAG REEL

• MARKETING ARCHIVE

Sylvester Stallone stars as Barney Ross, leader of The Expendables, a tight-knit team of skilled combat vets turned mercenaries. Hired by a powerful covert operator, the team jets off to a small South American country to overthrow a ruthless dictator. Once there, they find themselves caught in a deadly web of deceit and betrayal. Using every weapon at their disposal, they set out to save the innocent and punish the guilty in this blistering action-packed thriller.

THE EXPENDABLES 2 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Disc 1 – 4K Ultra HD (Movie only)

Disc 2 – Blu-Ray™ (Movie and special features):

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR SIMON WEST

• GODS OF WAR: ASSEMBLING EARTH’S MIGHTIEST ANTIHEROES

• ON THE ASSAULT: THE REAL-LIFE WEAPONRY OF THE EXPENDABLES

• DELETED SCENES

• GAG REEL

The Expendables are back in a sequel that J. Rentilly of MensHealth.com calls “a high-octane adventure with non-stop action!” The team signs on for a mission that looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But things quickly go wrong, and one of their own is killed by a psychotic terrorist-for-hire. Hell-bent on payback, they cut a swath of destruction through enemy territory and wreak havoc upon their opponents. In the midst of the mayhem, they must also shut down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – preventing five tons of weapons-grade plutonium from falling into the wrong hands.

WARRIOR 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Special features:

• “REDEMPTION: BRINGING WARRIOR TO LIFE” DOCUMENTARY

• PHILOSOPHY IN COMBAT: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS STRATEGY

• SIMPLY BELIEVE: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES “MASK” LEWIS, JR.

• CHEAP SHOTS: GAG REEL

• BROTHER VS. BROTHER: ANATOMY OF THE FIGHT

• THE DINER: DELETED SCENE WITH TOM HARDY AND NICK NOLTE (WITH OPTIONAL COMMENTARY)

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH WRITER-DIRECTOR GAVIN O’CONNOR, COWRITER ANTHONY TAMBAKIS, EDITOR JOHN GILROY, AND ACTOR JOEL EDGERTON

• FULL CONTACT: BLU-RAY™ ENHANCED VIEWING MODE — AN IN-DEPTH ORIGINAL AND PERSONAL LOOK AT WARRIOR WITH THE CAST AND CREW (BLU-RAY™ ONLY)

An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns home and enlists his father, a recovering alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. Tommy’s estranged brother Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to provide for his family as a public school teacher, also enters the competition. Set on a collision course with each other, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense winner-take-all battle of their lives.

3:10 TO YUMA 4K UHD + BLU-RAY™

Special features:

• AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR JAMES MANGOLD

• “3:10 TO SCORE” FEATURETTE

• “SEA TO SHINING SEA” DOCUMENTARY

• “A CONVERSATION WITH ELMORE LEONARD” FEATURETTE

• “THE GUNS OF YUMA” FEATURETTE

• HISTORICAL TIMELINE OF THE WEST (BLU-RAY™ ONLY)

• INSIDE YUMA: AN EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY™ DISC INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE

• “DESTINATION YUMA” MAKING-OF DOCUMENTARY

• “AN EPIC EXPLORED” FEATURETTE

• “OUTLAWS, GANGS, AND POSSES” DOCUMENTARY

• DELETED SCENES

Infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale) volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma,” a train that will take the killer to trial. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail – and dangers at every turn – the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey towards each man’s destiny.

RIP Gary Kurtz

Gary Kurtz, Star Wars producer passed away on Sunday the 23rd of September at 4.47pm after living with Cancer for the last year.

  In the 70s and 80s Gary Kurtz was a young film maker that revolutionized the Hollywood film industry at its core with his films like Star Wars, American Graffiti and The Empire Strikes Back. The agreements he closed altered the balance of power from the film studio to the directors and producers so they could, for the first time, make the films how they wanted to make them and control the process of the art of filmmaking.

  In the mid 1960s Gary Kurtz was assistant director on a Monte Hellman western, Ride in the Whirlwind, starring Jack Nicholson, and went on to work on Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet with Basil Rathbone and Queen of Blood, with John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, and Dennis Hopper, and then on to another Monte Hellman western, The Shooting, starring Warren Oates and Jack Nicholson, and finally wore multiple hats as production manager, assistant director, and editor on the Harry Dean Stanton film The Hostage.

Then in 1966 Gary Kurtz joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served his country in Vietnam. This led him toexperiences in his life that would later directly influence his film making skills and story telling ethos.

  After leaving military service, Gary Kurtz moved into studio pictures, and became associate producer on Chandler and Two-Lane Blacktop with Monte Hellman for Universal Pictures, both in 1971. Kurtz’s well-rounded skills in directing, editing, producing and storytelling made him the perfect partner for the young upcoming George Lucas when they first met through Francis Ford Coppola in 1971. This meeting led to a collaboration of these two film makers that lasted over a decade.

  Gary Kurtz studied religion extensively in his early years. In the early stages of development on “Star Wars” he suggested to Lucas that he might give the film a sufficiently universal religion to help to give it more depth.  That led to Kurtz working on the “Star Wars” screenplay and developing “The Force” which would go on to influence generations of fans.  Lucasfilm was born under their banner, and went on to make some of Hollywood’s most successful films of all time.

  Gary Kurtz developed a good relationship with Universal Pictures off the back of Two-Lane Blacktop in 1971. Following that, George Lucas and Gary Kurtz brought a two-film deal to Universal for American Graffiti and a sci-fi film that was to be Star Wars. American Graffiti was a low budget movie and cost only $777K which was less than Kurtz’s last movie Two-Lane Blacktop at $850K, but American Graffiti went on to take $140 Million world wide which made it the lowest cost to highest profit ratio film of all time and that record held until The Blair Witch Project in 1999.  Kurtz now 33 years old went into re-negotiations with Universal Pictures to make the the second of the two film deal which was to be the Star Wars film. In the end Universal passed on the project because the script was not fully developed.

  Gary Kurtz later closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to make Star Wars for $11 million, and off the back of this Kurtz and Lucas set up the Star Wars Corporation. Gary Kurtz became Vice President of the corporation looking after the development of the film and also the film’s other assets such as merchandising rights and products. Star Wars was to become a troublesome production which was complicated to finish. It pushed special effects technology and the art of filmmaking to the limit.

  In order to finish the film on time, Kurtz set up a second unit and directed many pick up shots, most of the cockpit dog fighting scenes, and most of the Star Wars opening scene interior fight sequences on Princess Leia’s ship. He then went back to the US to work on the special effects miniature unit at ILM as they were struggling to complete many of the shots that were promised in England. At this point, George Lucas was not confident that they had a film to release, but in the end Star Wars was finally finished and unleashed to the world on May 25, 1977 and became one of the biggest films of all time bringing in over 1.1 Billion Dollars.

  Kurtz and Lucas carried on their partnership but they both started to have desires to make different sequels to the successful films they had already released. So, it was decided that Gary Kurtz would make the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and that Lucas would make the sequel to American Graffiti, More American Graffiti. Gary Kurtz would join up with long time friend Irvin Kershner to direct Empire, the film again pushed all limitations in filmmaking technology.  The film had twice the number of sets that the first Star Wars film did and a budget match of  $18,000,000.

  Gary chose to film in icy Norway where he had served out his basic training in the U.S. Marine Corps. They filmed there during Norway’s coldest weather in over 25 years. The production then came back to its UK home in Elstree Studios, but disaster struck when the the large sound stage there caught fire during Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. Gary Kurtz again just got on with what was needed to make the film happen and negotiated with the studio to have a new soundstage built using Lucasfilm funding. The agreement allowed them to use the stage rent free and once the filming of Empire was completed the new soundstage was to be sold back to the studio. This saved on the production budget and only pushed the filming back by a few days. In the end, the film, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was released on June 20th 1980.

At this time Gary Kurtz started to feel that Lucasfilm had become too corporate as he often said there were too many suits in the production office that was supposed to be full of artistic people. That started to damage the strength of the Lucas / Kurtz partnership. Gary Kurtz was asked to produce Revenge of the Jedi (Return of The Jedi) and turned it down as he felt the script was too limited and that most of what was in the script had already been seen in the first two films (i.e. Another Death Star and the sand planet). He had worked on the Star Wars films for many years now and wanted to continue with changing the direction of filmmaking.

  Kurtz was living in the UK at this point and had made several interesting filmmaking friends there.  He had been talking to Jim Henson about a big film featuring only puppets. This felt like a real challenge to him, which is exactly what he was searching for, so he joined up with Jim Henson to produce and second unit direct The Dark Crystal, a technical filmmaking masterpiece.

  Gary Kurtz’s next big film was again not going to be easy. A long time friend, Walter Murch, had written the screenplay and was to Direct Return to Oz. Gary Kurtz Executive Produced it and it was critically acclaimed for its technical achievements with the room of mirrors. It was a very dark twist on the world of Oz and was released June 21st of 1985.

  Gary Kurtz went on to produce more films such as Slipstream (1989) with Mark Hamill, The Steal (1995), 5-25-77 (2007) and stayed working in the industry developing projects around the world including the far east and China up until his death, at the age of 78.

  Gary Kurtz was considered by many as a pioneer in the film industry and a master of the art of filmmaking. He found any opportunity to share his expansive knowledge of the film industry with budding filmmakers and those seeking knowledge. He was a real humanitarian and a gentleman; some have said that he is one of the gentlest souls in the film profession, modest and humble, and a very unique man.

  Gary Kurtz’s art left lasting impressions on generations of adults and children across the world. We have him to thank for these wonderful memories that he made for us all. Gary Kurtz helped to create the force and it is with us always.

  Gary Kurtz left behind Clare Gabriel ,Tiffany Kurtz, Melissa Kurtz, and Dylan Kurtz. Our thoughts are with his family.

 

Review-The Diary of River Song 4

After adventures with the eighth, seventh and sixth Doctors. River Song finally meets with the legendary Fourth Doctor, in The Diary of River Song Series 4.

When River Song visits a place where time has vanished, a genie escapes its bottle… the Discordia are freed – nihilistic time pirates, in devilish form, altering the past to make sure they never lose.

Emma Reeves and Matt Fitton’s Time in a bottle, has a fascinating story idea. There’s a place in space with no time. That’s such an interesting concept for a story. However, I can’t help but feel this story is wasted in a box set format. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a strong concept, with great writing and a superb cast, with writers at the very top of their game. I just feel the time constraints of a boxset limit the stories true potential.

This would’ve made a very interesting four-part story in its own right.

Regardless, it’s a solid introductory adventure that sets up the premise and introduces the main villain. It also takes the interesting angle. It feels like a good old fashioned pulp adventure. James Bond-esque in places. It pits River against her intellectual rival and shows her at her most Doctor-like state.

7/10

‘Kings of Infinite Space’ may not have the most original plot, but it is very entertaining and rewards repeat listening. It’s easily the strongest of the set. It’s well paced, paradoxical and fun. Alex Kingston and the rest of the cast are on top form. It feels like a Moffat era Doctor Who story. There’s action, humour, with a great use of the vortex manipulator and the locations that time travel opens up. It’s everything you could want from a River Song audio.

8/10

‘Whodunnit’ is an oddity in this boxset. Now, that isn’t me saying it’s bad. Far from it. The concept is interesting, with some thought-provoking philosophical discussions, the characters are three-dimensional and it’s well paced. However, it just doesn’t fit this box set. Like time in a bottle, this would’ve made a great main range story. Given more time to fully explore the premise, this could’ve been great. But I felt it interrupted the flow of the story ark.

That said, it’s an interesting listen with a fun take on the cliches of murder mysteries.

7/10

Someone I once knew, is the big one. The season finale, the one fans are excited for and it delivers. John Dorney brilliantly subverts expectation and puts an interesting spin on the River/Doctor dynamic.

Tom Baker and Alex Kingston have an instant rapport and a naturally brilliant chemistry. I would welcome future stories with this duo. Their chemistry is so natural, it’s difficult to believe they only met on the day of recording.

7/10.

Series four of ‘The Diary of River Song’ perfectly meshes the unique styles of the Steven Moffat era and Big Finish originality.

Not every story works completely and suffers from what most prequels do. Giving River companions is always going to be tricky, as we’ve never encountered or heard mention of them in the main show, you know they’re a goner the second they’re introduced.

At times the fourth Doctor feels more like a plot device, than an active companion. But this set is an absolute joy to listen to and has left me excited for series 5.

Written By: Emma Reeves, Matt Fitton, Donald McLeary, John Dorney

Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast:

Alex Kingston (River Song), Tom Baker (The Doctor), Adele Lynch (Gammarae), Fenella Woolgar (Professor Jemima Still / Formidian Queen), Josh Bolt (Spod), George Asprey (Melak), Nicholas Asbury (Dante), Ewan Bailey (Human / Alien / Robot Voices), Tim Bentinck (Franz Kafka / Samsa), Alex Tregear (Miss Vermillion / Vermillion), Christopher Naylor (Lord Simon Whist / Captain Bartholomew / Discordia Underling), Shvorne Marks (Cissy / Thelma Sketch), Nigel Anthony (Rakkezar / Drayl), Nathalie Buscombe (Garen / Galerayna). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson

Script Editors Matt Fitton, John Dorney

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs.

New Doctor Who trailer

BBC America have just released a new trailer for series 11 of Doctor Who. It looks like the fun is back in the show.

Episode 1 is titled ‘The woman who fell to Earth’.

Synopsis:

We don’t get aliens in Sheffield. In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?

Doctor Who returns Sunday, October 7th. BBC1.