Doctor Who news

In news that won’t surprise anyone, The BBC confirmed last night that series 12 of Doctor Who will not return until 2020.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said:

“We’re delighted that the Doctor and her friends will be returning to thrill audiences in 2020. I know Chris and the whole team are already working on a whole new set of exciting adventures. In the meantime we’ve got a very special episode on New Year’s Day for everyone to enjoy”.

Showrunner Chris “The Chib” Chibnall said:

“We’re off again! Well we never actually stopped – as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends have been winning the hearts of families across the nation this autumn, we’ve been busy with a whole new set of action packed adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor. We adore making this show and have been blown away by the response from audiences, so we can’t wait to bring more scares, more monsters and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to BBC One. Brilliant!”.

The New Year’s Day special, Resolution will be shown on New Year’s Day (obviously). BBC One at 7:00pm.

Celebrity deathmatch returning

MTV has confirmed they’re bringing back “Celebrity Deathmatch.”

The “reimagined” show will return in 2019 as a weekly series. Rapper/writer/actor Ice Cube will star and an executive producer. The series, whilst the show’s original creator Eric Fogel is returning as executive producer.



“Celebrity Deathmatch” premiered on MTV in 1998 and ran until 2007. The show pitted stop-motion-animated celebrities against each other in satirical wrestling matches. It was groundbreaking at the time, even launching some video game spin-offs. A reboot was due back in 2015 but ultimately fell through.

Here’s a reminder of what the show was like.

Episode 197: A Few Chibs more

In which Martyn goes solo, to review what’s left of Doctor Who-series 11.



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How to put together a passable fourth Doctor cosplay, at short notice

Last month I was invited to a fancy dress party in Devon’s Devon. I had a weeks notice and the only thing I was told about the party was “vintage”.

Given this limited information, I decided to go as a vintage character from Doctor Who. The fourth Doctor, as played by Thomas Stewart Baker.

Now, before we get into it. Let me start by saying I wasn’t aiming for screen accuracy here. I just wanted something that would be passable and recognisable as Doctor Who. I was also only going to Devon for the day, so I wanted something I could wear on the train to and from.

The first item I purchased, was a burgundy crombie jacket from Jacamo.

Again, in no way screen accurate. But, it’s passable and a really comfortable jacket to wear.

The jacket cost £99 and can be ordered here.

It could also pass for a Twelfth Doctor burgundy jacket.

For the trousers, I just went for a standard black pair. Again, in no way screen accurate. But passable. You can get these anywhere that sells trousers.

For the fedora, I just picked up a cheap one on amazon.

I also ordered a brown curly wig from Amazon. As the wig made my head massive, I put two safety pins through the wig and into the fedora to keep it on my head.

The scarf came from Lovarzi and is a 13” replica of one of the scarfs Thomas Stewart Baker wore, as The Doctor. This is a high quality replica and I absolutely love it.

Shoes, I just wore my Nike’s. I know, not screen accurate.

But you can’t prove he isn’t wearing these on Big Finish audios!

Overall, I was proud of the way this outfit came together. I’m in no way a cosplayer, but after doing this. I can see why people enjoy it, I got so many smiles, hugs and high-fives at the party. Maybe I’ll work on a more screen accurate version in the future.



Billie Piper gets Big Finish spin-off

Billie Piper is returning to the Doctor Who universe in Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon, a new audio series made in association with BBC Studios.

It follows Rose’s journey through dying parallel worlds, and also stars Camille Coduri as Rose’s mum Jackie, Shaun Dingwall as her dad Pete, Mark Benton (Legend!!) as alien investigator Clive Finch and Elli Garnett as Caroline Finch.

The four episodes follow Rose’s mission to seek out the Doctor, the only person who can save the doomed multiverse.

Picture credit-Big Finish

Billie Piper said:

“I love how normal Rose is, and yet really extraordinary. She lived a normal average life but she is incredibly curious and has an enormous capacity for love and empathy and is really spirited. She is extraordinary.”

The four new adventures are:
1.1 The Endless Night by Jonathan Morris
1.2 The Flood by Lisa McMullin
1.3 Ghost Machines by AK Benedict
1.4 The Last Party on Earth by Matt Fitton

From the worlds of Doctor Who, Rose Tyler – The Dimension Cannon will be released in September 2019, available for pre-order now on CD at £25 on CD and £20 on download.

Review-Nativity Rocks!

The Nativity franchise is a strange beast. Every film has received a critical panning. The highest rated in the series currently sits at 46% on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest sits at 16%.

But some how, this series always finds its audience and I believe that’s because the heart of this franchise is very much in the right place.

There’s a soft reboot in the mix here, as Marc Wootton has vacated his signature role as Mr Poppy and been replaced by Simon Lipkin, who plays his long-lost half-brother Jerry.

Along the way, Jerry teams up with a stray dog and, a Syrian child named Doru. The pair teach neglectful parents to be less neglectful, all whilst staging the most ambitious musical that Coventry has ever seen.

Lipkin absolutely nails his performance here, he fills every frame with madcap energy, giving his all, even when the film around him starts to drag.

Craig Revel Horwood chews the scenery and is clearly having a lot of fun, as the pantomime villain.

I’ve read some other reviews of this film, prior to writing my own and I can see every negative point they make. Yes, characters come and go randomly (I suspect filming schedules clashed). Yes, the climactic stage performance is a little too long, but it’s fun and genuinely pulls at the heart strings.

I laughed, I cried, I smiled. I recommend Nativity Rocks!



Geeky gift ideas

With Christmas fast-approaching, it’s time to start seeking out that special gift for the geek in your life. However, that presents its own challenge, as your average geeky will probably already have the latest toy, gadget or gizmo.

So, If you’re going to find the perfect gift, you’re going to need to think outside the Pandorica.

Below, we’ve compiled 4 of the hottest trinkets, for the geek in your life.

No matter what your budget is, we’ve got something to fit into it.

1, PS4 vinyls wraps

These are a great way to personalise your PS4. This premium quality vinyl wrap comes with two free matching stickers for your controllers. The precision cut to the exact dimensions. The panel comes as a separate piece for an easy application and a better way to show off your gaming console to all of your friends. The vinyl will ship within three days and is made from the highest quality in Oxford in the United Kingdom. The wrap skin does not have any residue upon removal. There are several video tutorials on applying the vinyl on your console or controllers, sure to help you get everything on in the correct place each and every time. There are a lot to choose from.

2, Doctor Who scarf

What better gift for the Doctor Who fan in your life, than this 13ft scarf? This is a replica of the scarf worn by Tom Baker, as The Fourth Doctor. I got this recently, when I went as The Doctor to a fancy dress party. I turned a lot of heads. This is perfect for both casual and hardcore fans, alike. This stunning scarf is truly iconic. It can be worn to battle Daleks, Sontarans and even Cybermen. Just be careful when running down corridors.

Lovarzzi also offer a shorter, more practical version of the scarf.

3, Bullshit button

This giant red button will make a hilarious statement to whoever needs to be confronted on their bullshit. Simply press the red button and make it light up and then the button will buzz loudly and announce “bullshit!”.

4, Star Trek enterprise pizza cutter

The Star Trek lover in your family is sure to appreciate this! And who doesn’t love pizza? Now you can have your pizza with a little Star Trek on it as well.

Slices Pies At Warp Speed Now you can own this genuine, licensed U.S.S. Enterprise” pizza cutter, formerly available only through Federation Restaurant Supply depots. And only to Star Trek” mess personnel. The solid zinc-alloy, chromium-plated body is in the shape of the starship itself. It’s 8-1/2″ long overall, with a 4″ dia cutting wheel marked “USS Enterprise NCC-1701.” Gift-boxed for your favorite Trekker. Functions well in zero gravity, but not for use on Tribbles.



Tom Baker writes Doctor Who novel

Doctor Who legend Tom Baker, has written his first Doctor Who novel. Based on his original idea for a film Doctor Who: Scratchman sees The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive on remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures – hideous scarecrows, preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn’t go to plan – the time travellers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them.



Tom Baker said:

“I love the improbability of Doctor Who. Reason plays no part at all. As in religion, the overriding thing is faith. It may be improbable, but just believe in it and it’ll all come right.”“When I was approached about the book, I thought, ‘Why not?’ I’m always on the lookout for a novelty. I’m very enthusiastic as I get close to darkness.”

 

Doctor Who Meets Scratchman began out of boredom somewhere in the 1970s, an idea for a story formed by Tom Baker and Ian Marter between set takes and pauses in filming during the Fourth Doctor era.

Despite great enthusiasm and valiant attempts, funding Scratchman proved difficult (Baker accidentally made a newspaper appeal to the British public for help, and found himself deluged with children’s pocket money – which he had to return.)

For a long time, Scratchman was forgotten, until a script was found in 2006. It was donated to the British Film Institute by former Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner before his death in 2002.