Episode 89: Doctor Who-The Bells Of Saint John

In which we actually discuss Doctor Who, yes, actual Doctor Who. Martyn and new host Mark look at The Bells Of Saint John. It’s also our longest episode to date.

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Is the lack of Classic Doctor Who financial?

I, along with many other Who fans have been disappointed with the lack of Classic20130213-093655.jpg Doctor Who episodes being shown in the 50th anniversary year. With BBC America airing them as well as broadcasters in New Zealand and Australia doing the same, it seemed that BBC Worldwide were only concerned with fleecing the UK fan-base.
But, could the absence of classic who be financial? Christopher Biggins once stated in an interview that every time the BBC repeated an episode of Porridge, he, along with the other actors in the episode were paid £1,000. But, if UK gold played it, or it aired overseas they didn’t get a penny. I guess paying every actor involved in a classic story £1,000 per episode, just isn’t a viable option for them.
What do you think? Is the lack of Classic Who, down to the BBC’s financial constraints or, are BBC worldwide just interested in fleecing the fans?

 

Doctor Who: The Angel’s Kiss A Melody Malone Mystery

20120927-151127.jpgOn some days, New York is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

This was one of the other days…

Melody Malone, owner and sole employee of the Angel Detective Agency, has an unexpected caller. It’s movie star Rock Railton, and he thinks someone is out to kill him. When he mentions the ‘kiss of the Angel’, she takes the case. Angels are Melody’s business…

At the press party for Railton’s latest movie, studio owner Max Kliener invites Melody to the film set of their next blockbuster. He’s obviously spotted her potential, and Melody is flattered when Kliener asks her to become a star. But the cost of fame, she’ll soon discover, is greater than anyone could possibly imagine.

Will Melody be able to escape Kliener’s dastardly plan – before the Angels take Manhattan?

Released to tie-in with the current Doctor Who series, which burst back on to our screens in early September, The Angel’s Kiss is inspired by Rory and Amy’s final episode, The Angels Take Manhattan. It is the first Doctor Who title from BBC Books to be published only in e-pub format, and the first to be written exclusively from the perspective of a character within the show – Melody Malone not only runs her own agency, she also happens to be the author of a successful series of novels, featuring one Melody Malone. Details of the 4 October release are available on the BBC’s Tumblog.

A new Captain Jack?

It’s been rumoured and I stress rumoured that during series 8 of Doctor Who, we will see a younger, recast Captain Jack. I’m extremely skeptical that Moffat would go down this route, seeing as we’ve just had the Doctor and River Song storyline.
But, With John Barrowman’s profile rising stateside a recast would certainly make sense. He has just been cast as a series regular in CW’s ‘Arrow’ so, his availability would play a huge factor in him returning as captain Jack. Going with a younger Jack would also make it easier for the writers of Doctor Who and Torchwood, to keep track of the continuity, when/if Torchwood ever returns.
When Jack first met the 9th Doctor, he told him that he had two years of his life missing, Moffat could certainly answer that open plot thread by introducing a younger captain Jack.
But, who would be capable of playing a part played so perfectly by John Barrowman. For me, it’s an easy answer. Beau Mirchoff (pictured above). Now, Mirchoff is not a household name but he does bare an uncanny resemblance to John Barrowman. Beau is probably best known for playing the son, of Barrowman’s character in Desperate Housewives.

Torchwood: Exodus Code

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Published by BBC Books on 13th September 2012, £16.99 hardback

From Torchwood star John Barrowman, and Carole Barrowman, an epic thriller that finds Captain Jack and Gwen in a race to save humanity itself…
It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice – the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales.
Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there’s not much of Torchwood left.
Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he’s uncovered evidence of alien involvement. In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him – but she’s quickly becoming a victim of the madness too…

Harry Potter star honoured at summer graduation

Actor David Bradley, will receive an Honorary degree from the University of Warwick. The University’s summer graduation will take place throughout the week commencing July 16. David Bradley will obtain a Hon DLitt.
He is a celebrated character actor of stage and screen. Born in York, he began his acting career in 1971, at Sir Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre. He also made his first television appearance in that year, playing a police officer in the popular comedy Nearest and Dearest. He now lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, where he serves as President of the Second Thoughts Drama Group.
He was awarded a Laurence Olivier Award in 1991 for his supporting actor role in King Lear at the Royal National Theatre. He has appeared in the Royal National Theatre’s 1997 production of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, as well as productions of Pinter’s The Caretaker at Sheffield Theatres and the Tricycle Theatre in London in 2006/2007.
His television work includes the 1996 award-winning BBC Two series Our Friends in the North; the BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair; the 2004 BBC One drama serials Blackpool (2004), Mr Harvey Lights a Candle (2005) and Sweeney Todd (2006); Midsomer Murders (2006) and Ashes to Ashes(2009).
David Bradley’s many film credits include Nicholas Nickleby (2002) and Hot Fuzz (2007). He is well-known for playing the caretaker of Hogwarts, Argus Filch, in the Harry Potter series of films.
Harry Potter is not the only fantasy or science fiction Universe in which he has appeared. He also played Cohen the Barbarian in a Sky One adaptation of The Colour of Magic by fellow Warwick Honorary Graduate, Terry Pratchett. David Bradley provided the voice of the Shansheeth in The Sarah Jane Adventures story, ‘Death of the Doctor’. He is also set to appear in series seven of the modern era Doctor Who.

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New Doctor Who books

Today, BBC Books announced the publication of two new books for autumn 2012. Graphic novel Doctor Who: The Dalek Project will be published on 6 September 2012. Senior Editorial Director for BBC Books Albert DePetrillo comments,

“The Dalek Project has been many years in the making, and I know that fans will find it worth the wait. Justin’s brilliant script – one of my favourite Doctor Who stories in many years – is brought thrillingly to life with Mike Collins’s art. It’s a big, bold, beautiful book, and I can’t wait for people to read it.”

New non-fiction title Doctor Who: The History of the Universe in 100 Objects joins the list on 27 September 2012. Of this book, DePetrillo says

“How do you convey the enormity and originality of the Doctor Who universe? It seems impossible, but James and Steve’s book is perhaps the best place to start. They’ve selected 100 items from the history of show and used them to tell a huge, and hugely enjoyable, story. Anyone wanting to explore the deeply creative world of Doctor Who will love it – and Peter McKinstry’s stunning artwork helps make this the ultimate gift for Doctor Who fans.”

Doctor Who: The Dalek Project

Justin Richards and Mike Collins

Published by BBC Books, 6 September 2012, £14.99

A stunning new graphic novel, featuring the Doctor as played by Matt Smith in an exciting adventure with the Daleks.

9781846077555 mid.jpg1917. It’s the height of the Great War and Hellcombe Hall is a house full of mystery: locked doors, forbidden rooms, dustsheets covering guilty secrets, and ghostly noises frightening the servants. Most mysterious of all, the drawing room seems to open directly onto a muddy, corpse-filled trench on the Western Front.. Arriving at this stately home, the Doctor meets Lord Hellcombe, an armaments manufacturer who has a new secret weapon he believes will win the war: he calls it ‘the Dalek’. Soon, the Doctor and his new friends are in a race against time to prevent the entire Western Front from becoming part of the Dalek Project!

 

 

Doctor Who: A History of the Universe in 100 Objects

Steve Tribe and James Goss

Published by BBC Books, 27 September 2012, £20

The history of the Doctor though 100 famous – and infamous – objects!

Doctorr Who 100 Objects mid.jpgEvery object tells a story. From ancient urns and medieval flasks to sonic screwdrivers and glass Daleks, these 100 objects tell the story of the entire universe, and the most important man in it: the Doctor.

Each item has a unique tale of its own, whether it’s a fob watch at the onset of the Great War or a carrot growing on the first human colony on Mars. Taken together, they tell of empires rising and falling, wars won and lost, and planets destroyed and reborn. Within these pages lie hidden histories of Time Lords and Daleks, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, the plot to steal the Mona Lisa and the story of Shakespeare’s lost play. You’ll find illustrated guides to invisible creatures, the secret origins of the internet, and how to speak Mechonoid. A History of the Universe in 100 Objects is an indispensible guide to the most important items that have ever existed, or that are yet to exist.

 

 

 

MULTI-AWARD WINNING DOCTOR WHO EXPERIENCE ANNOUNCES CARDIFF OPENING DATE

OFFICIAL OPENING DATE: 20th JULY
TICKETS ON SALE FROM 14th JUNE

“My exhibition of the year so far? The Doctor Who Experience” The Guardian

“The hottest ticket in the universe” Daily Mail

“suddenly it’s as if you’re actually in an episode of the television series” The Telegraph

BBC Worldwide today announced the official opening date for their multi-award winning attraction the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, the home of the BBC One show. Doors will open to the public on the 20th July with tickets going on sale at 10am on the 14th June. Paula Al-Lach, Head of Exhibitions and Events at BBC Worldwide formally accepted the keys to the Experience’s distinctive new home in Cardiff Bay this afternoon and the first exhibits are already being moved in.

Philip Murphy, Managing Director of BBC Worldwide Live Events said: “The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is going to be just minutes away from where the BBC Wales television series is made which I’m incredibly excited about. The Experience sets out to engage visitors’ imaginations from the outset immersing them in the world of Doctor Who and what better place to do this than in Cardiff the home of the show.”

The Doctor Who Experience is the first ever interactive Doctor Who exhibition that invites visitors to star in their very own Doctor Who adventure. Arriving at the venue they will step through a crack in time to become the Doctor’s companion, taking on the challenge of reuniting the Doctor with the TARDIS whilst fending off threats from some of his most fearsome foes – entering a Dalek spaceship and finding a way through a maze of Weeping Angels. Featuring a replica of the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS which visitors get to fly themselves the interactive walk-through culminates in a stunning 3D finale that sets the scene for fans entering the exhibition.

The exhibition presents fans with the world’s most extensive collection of original Doctor Who costumes and artefacts stretching back almost 50 years to the very first series of Doctor Who.
The content of the exhibition is updated constantly with new items from the television series to ensure it is ever changing offering fans the chance to get up close to the incredible sets, costumes and props that feature in their favourite show. New items to be shown to the public for the first time in Cardiff include the Doctor’s cradle seen in A Good Man Goes to War; the Silence spaceship and Matt Smith’s sonic cane from Let’s Kill Hitler with many more items being kept under wraps until the doors open on 20th July.

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