Running Down Corridors-The greatest assassin?

In this mini-episode, Martyn and Abi discuss the recent UNIT spin-off speculation. As well as the announcement of the Doctor Who trans-media event Doom’s Day.

Doom’s Day is a “trans-media” event, that will span across Big Finish Audios, Penguin Random House books, BBC audios and, Titan comics.

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Doctor Who launches Doom’s Day

Launching later in 2023, Doctor Who fans will get the chance to immerse themselves in transmedia series featuring Doom, the Universe’s “most formidable assassin”. With a vortex manipulator and only 24 hours to spare, Doom travels across all of time and space in pursuit of the Doctor, hoping to save her from impending doom.

Bringing Doom to life is Sooz Kempner, a performer who is a graduate and Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, and an award-winning stand-up comedian and comedy sketch artist. Kempner is best known for her viral impersonation videos and will be the face and voice of Doom. She recently completed filming for a forthcoming Big Talk/CBS Studios series for Freevee and is set to tour her solo comedy show, Playstation, in 2023 before returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer.

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As Doom journeys through time and space, viewers will encounter many fan-favourite characters who will add excitement and intrigue to the series.

Doctor Who show runner Russell T Davies said: “Doom’s Day is a huge new adventure for the whole Doctor Who universe – starring the brilliant and hilarious Sooz Kempner as an intergalactic assassin. Her adventures will span comics, audio, a novel, video games stories and more, expanding the world of Doctor Who into brand new territories. Beware the Doom’s Day, it’s coming for us all”.

Sooz Kempner added: “To be part of the Doctor Who universe, a British institution up there with cups of tea and James Bond, is surreal and amazing! I love everything about Doom and can’t believe I get to travel across time and space with her”.

Later this year, Doom’s Day will be introduced on Doctor Who’s digital channels, followed by various products from Doctor Who Magazine, Titan Comics, Penguin Random House, East Side Games, Big Finish, and BBC Audio. These partners will each create their own stories about Doom’s Day, with each adventure focusing on a specific one of the 24 hours that Doom has left on the clock. These standalone tales will also have an overarching storyline that will unfold leading up to the finale, which will be available on Doctor Who’s digital channels.

UNIT spin-off in development

According to The Mirror. new details have emerged about upcoming Doctor Who spin-offs, including one featuring Jemma Redgrave.

Show runner Russell T. Davies, who has expressed his excitement for the expanded ‘Whoniverse’ following a distribution deal with Disney+, has teased that an episode from the new series is “one of the greatest things I’ve ever made in my life.”

Redgrave is set to star in a spin-off based on the military research organisation UNIT, which she has played a part in for the past decade in various Doctor Who episodes. Davies has been vocal about his desire to expand the Doctor Who universe, with Disney+ serving as the show’s international home.

The character of Kate Stewart was originally created for the unofficial Doctor Who spin-off, Downtime made by Reeltime pictures.

Jemma Redgrave first played the character in the 2012 episode titled “The Power of Three”. She went on to reprise the role in subsequent episodes, including “The Day of the Doctor” in 2013, “Death in Heaven” in 2014, and “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion” in 2015. More recently she has appeared in the UNIT range of audios by Big Finish Productions. As well as fighting alongside Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor, in Doctor Who: Flux and “The Power of The Doctor”.

It’s yet unknown if the release of a UNIT TV series, would affected the Big Finish range of audio dramas.

Although the BBC or RTD have yet to make an official announcement, there are reports from multiple reliable sources that a ‘UNIT’ series is currently in development. As soon as more information becomes available, we will provide updates.

Game Review: Doctor Who: Lost in Time

Doctor Who has long been a beloved sci-fi franchise with a dedicated fan base. And while the show has seen its fair share of successes and failures in the video game space over the years, Doctor Who: Lost in Time unfortunately falls into the latter category.

The game’s main flaw is perhaps the one thing that Doctor Who should never be, tedious. Lost in Time is essentially an energy mining game that requires the player to tap repeatedly on their screen until they’ve built up enough energy to progress. And while there are slight variations in the gameplay, the core loop is one of endless repetition.

Adding insult to injury, the game also comes with a heavy emphasis on in-app purchases. For real money or by watching ads, players can increase the automation and productivity of their various energy mines. But ultimately, the game feels like it’s trying to convince players that digging coal out of the ground with their bare hands is a fun time – and then offer to lease them a pickaxe.

The perfunctory storyline and simplistic character designs only add to the game’s lackluster quality. And worst of all, the constant notifications reminding players to play the game only serve to add insult to injury.

In short, Doctor Who: Lost in Time fails to capture the sense of adventure and fair play that fans have come to expect from the franchise. It’s a dull and repetitive game that leans too heavily on in-app purchases, and one that is unlikely to satisfy even the most die-hard Doctor Who fans.

Doctor Who: Lost in Time is available through both the App Store and PlayStore

Dalek tells humans to stay home

A Dalek has been spotted ordering people to stay indors.

Most of the UK is currently on a government-ordered lockdown as part of a national effort to save lives, although there are some members of the public who’ve been disregarding the guidelines this weekend, due to unseasonabily warm weather.

A video posted on Twitter has shown a Dalek, roaming the street in a countryside village.

As people have been so blatantly flouting the guidelines, I think we need Nicholas Briggs to redub this video with the official voice of the Daleks.

Episode 224: Series 12

In which two angry men, talk to one heavily medicated man, about the last three episodes of series 12 of Doctor Who. The trio discuss the strange times of Covid 19 and the recent positivity its brought about within the Doctor Who fandom. Which saw the likes of Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat and, Matt Smith join Twitter for a Doctor Who watch along. Episodes Included Rose, Day of the doctor, Vincent & The Doctor and, The eleventh hour.

Steven Moffat wrote a new short video, featuring Dan Starky reprising his role as Strax. Russell T Davies released a prequel and sequel to ‘Rose’. The prequel was written long before the concept of The War Doctor, was introduced by Steven Moffat. It featured the regeneration of Paul McGann’s incarnation of The Doctor, into Christopher Eccleston’s

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Book review-Rose Target novelisation

Recently published are five new Target novels that include four adaptations of Doctor Who stories from the post-2005 era. These stories comprise Rose by Russell T Davies, Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat, The Christmas Invasion by Jenny Colgan, and Twice Upon a Time by Paul Cornell. Additionally, a Target version of City of Death by James Goss is also available.

Doctor Who: Rose is a novel adaptation of the iconic first episode of the show’s revival in 2005. This book marks the first time that Russell T Davies has adapted his own work into a novel, making it a highly anticipated release for fans of the show. As an avid fan of the show myself, I can say that this novel did not disappoint.

Russell T Davies brings his trademark playfulness and wit to the novel, adding new colour and several new laughs to the story. The novel captures the excitement and energy of the original episode, transporting the reader back to the first time the Ninth Doctor takes hold of Rose’s hand and utters the immortal phrase – ‘Run!’

One of the highlights is the expanded backstory of Wilson, a character who was briefly mentioned in the original episode but never seen. The prologue of the novel provides insight into Wilson’s life and his involvement with the lottery pool, adding a new layer of depth to the plot. Davies expertly weaves in these new details, creating a more fully realised world that adds to the overall richness of the story. By expanding on the peripheral characters, Davies has created a novel that feels even more fleshed out than the original episode. Fans of Doctor Who are sure to appreciate these new details and the way they enhance the story as a whole.

The novel also includes several cameos that nod to the future of the show, post-Rose and even up to the present day. Davies also addresses Steven Moffat’s Pandorica and Crack in Time story arc, which explains the frequent Earth invasions in RTD’s era and why no one remembers them.

While there are a couple of areas where the added details don’t quite ring true, the novel is still a thrilling read that delivers on all fronts. The climax builds to an epic battle that could not have been achieved on a BBC TV budget, and the humour is firing on all cylinders.

Overall, Doctor Who: Rose is a delightful novel that will transport fans of the show back to the excitement of the first episode of the revival. Russell T Davies has once again proven himself to be a master storyteller, and fans of Doctor Who are sure to enjoy this adaptation. Highly recommended.