Episode93:The Two Doctors/Remembrance of the daleks

In which Mark and Bob look at stories from the 6th and 7th Doctor era of Doctor Who.

 

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Doctor Who rumour

There’s a rumour doing the rounds that an email was “accidentally” sent from BBC worldwide to employees confirming that series 8 will consist of 12 episodes (including the 2014 Christmas special) and feature a new Doctor.
The series is said to air in August 2014. Which, if true would mean Matt Smith is going at Christmas and a 15 month gap between series 7 and series 8.

A reduced episode run would make sense. The split was budgetary and hasn’t proved popular. Luther, Merlin and Being Human all had their episodes reduced in their hight of popularity.

An official announcement is being made by the BBC, at midnight.

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Frankie Pics-Episode 3

The BBC have issued four new images from episode 3 of Frankie. Click on the images to enlarge.

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Eve Myles has been a guest on the podcast a couple of times. Have a listen to the chat the Pharos project and I had with her last year, as well as the short chat she had with us at the entertainment media show.

Frankie episode one-spoiler free review

A few years ago in America, there were a series of commercials featuring Cavemen advertising GEICO car insurance. A TV exec Frankiesaw the ads and thought “this would make a great TV show” (It didn’t).
After watching Frankie, it’s clear that an exec at the BBC saw the boots “here come the girls” commercials and had the same thought.
Luckily, Frankie is a good show. It’s written by Lucy Gannon (Soldier Soldier) and stars Eve Myles (Doctor Who/Torchwood) and Dean Lennox Kelly (Doctor Who/Shameless).

Frankie (played by Myles) is a nurse with a heart of gold, often putting the care of her patients a head of her own. Her long-term partner Ian (Kelly), a police officer is starting to feel the strain of her being so caring.

The episode starts off a few days before Frankie’s 36th birthday. Ian is planning a surprise party for her, she knows. He does it every year.
Frankie is so caring, that she misses her own birthday in order to care for one of her patients. Which, is the straw the broke the camels back for Ian.

Eve Myles puts in another great performance, it’s as if the part was written for her. She injects humour and emotion and gives us a fully formed character, that we often don’t see in a series opener.
The supporting cast is also great, Kelly puts in an endearing performance as Ian, in the hands of a lesser actor, he could have come across as unlikable, but you genuinely feel his pain when Frankie let’s him down.

Be prepared to fall in love with Eve Myles all over again.

Frankie starts on the 14th of May at 9pm, BBC1.

Have a listen to the chat the Pharos project and I had with Eve Myles last year.

Episode 90: Doctor Who, The rings of Akhaten

In which Martyn and Pete are joined by Nick and Andy from Podcastique.

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Villains return

Classic series villains, The Zygon’s are returning to Doctor Who for the 50th anniversary special. The creators haven’t fully appeared since the Tom Baker series, Terror of the Zygon’s. the appeared briefly in The Pandorica opens and we’re mentioned in the power of three.
Older who fans and Big Finish listeners will remember that the Zygon’s are shape-shifters, able to replicate any living thing they desire.

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It has also been announced that Joanna Page, will also be staring in the anniversary special.

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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?