Friday, February 27, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9 filming pics

Filming on Doctor Who Series 9 continues and shooting in Tenerife has been spotted by fans. Currently rolling in front of the cameras is the two part story, The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar. Written by current show runner Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink), the two episodes will open Doctor Who Series 9. Click on the pics included here for bigger versions.

As previously reported HERE, a new alien seems to be joining the cast which features Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez. All three have been filming in Tenerife this week. The two parter also stars: Jemma Redgrave (The Power of Three, The Day of the Doctor and Dark Water/Death in Heaven); Kelly Hunter (who appeared in The Stolen Earth as the Shadow Architect); Clare Higgins (who starred alongside Paul McGann as Ohila in The Night of the Doctor); and Jaye Griffiths (Sherlock, Wizards vs Aliens, Bugs).

Doctor Who Series 9 airs in the Autumn. More images and info can be found at Doctor Who Filming and the official Doctor Who Facebook page.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Series 9 alien revealed?

Earlier today on Twitter, actress Gina Beck (Wicked) revealed that actor Ben Freeman (Emmerdale, which also starred Jenna Coleman) was filming in the vicinity of shooting on Doctor Who Series 9 - which is currently taking place in Tenerife. Beck tweeted:
Very jealous that @BenFreeman20 was filming right next to Doctor Who yesterday!! Wahhhhhh!!!! 
Accompanying the tweet was a picture, above, which features Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Freeman and, what looks like, an alien creature. Currently filming are the Doctor Who Series 9 episodes, The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar which also stars Michell Gomez as Missy. Gomez has also been spotted filming in Tenerife.

The two episodes from the opening two-parter of the series, written by current show runner Steven Moffat. Filming is taking place in Teide National Park which is home to the third largest volcano in the world. As revealed previously, the episodes are directed by Hettie MacDonald (Blink).

Doctor Who Series 9 is set to air in the autumn.

REVIEW: Equilibrium

By Matt Fitton

Starring Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton,
Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson 

Out Now

Review by Nick Fraser

On the trail of the TARDIS’s stolen interface stabiliser, The Doctor and his friends make an uncontrolled landing on the icy, rugged terrain of Isenfel. There, they find themselves in the relatively unusual position of being welcomed as honoured guests, invited to attend a banquet hosted by the Isenfel royal family.

It soon becomes apparent however that the friendly welcome carries a heavy cost. The Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa discover the royal court exercises a very strict “one in, one out” door policy, when their arrival is marked by four of the local inhabitants requiring to be sacrificed to maintain equilibrium. They quickly discover that the phrase “Isenfel be constant” is more than just a ritual wish.

Our impetuous Time Lord sets about trying to uncover, then deconstruct, the archaic mechanisms upon which centuries of tradition have been layered, resulting in such drastic measures being considered normal. The concept of a society ossified by rituals and beliefs built on long-forgotten foundations is familiar in Doctor Who, and particularly in E-Space (witness the events unfolding in State of Decay and Full Circle). Writer Matt Fitton creates a believable example of a state whose high tech origins lie shrouded in ceremony, and where the leadership makes life or death decisions on a daily basis in the belief they are acting in the common good.

With Big Finish’s customary attention to detail, the audio experience of the cold, snowy surroundings of Isenfel is convincingly realised, and the incidental music subtly emphasises the fairytale nature of the confines of this “snowglobe society”.

Peter Davison and the TARDIS regulars spark off a strong supporting cast. As Queen Carlina and her Lord Balancer Skarsgard, Annette Badland (also known as Margaret Slitheen in the Eccleston era) and Nickolas Grace convincingly portray the roles of Isenfel’s leadership, sincere in their belief they are acting in the best interests of their people. Over the course of the story, they gradually realise, thanks to The Doctor’s intervention, the full import of their actions.

At the heart of the royal palace, the Gallifreyan uncovers evidence of an ancient, long-running experiment, set in motion by long-departed scientists, attempting to provide a microcosm of E-Space and measure the unavoidable effects of entropy on a closed system.

There’s a building sense of impending peril throughout this adventure, as the Time Lord's initial believing that he has succeeded in hitting the reset button to remove the continuous need for equilibrium to be maintained, discovers that his actions have had a more drastic impact. Davison is as convincing as ever, conveying The Doctor’s growing desperation as he tries to prevent prevent Isenfel and its occupants from being wiped out as its dormant, automated systems reactivate and start shutting down. As events threaten to spiral completely out of control he comes to depend increasingly on Nyssa as a foil, and Fitton writes some nice interactions between them, with the Trakenite providing her friend with a much-needed pep talk.

With time for the story to develop there’s plenty going on. Turlough attracts the attention of the Queen’s daughter, going off on a midnight hunt to capture ferocious, fanged beasts, and Tegan and Nyssa become involved in uncovering secretive goings-on in the royal palace.

In the end, equilibrium is achieved by further sacrifices, and it’s a near-run thing, with roaming, ravaging black monsters and deadly black snow threatening to wipe everyone out. Badland and Grace believably convey the emotional impact events have taken upon their characters, leading the Queen and her Lord Balancer to take drastic steps to save their beloved Isenfel.

In the tumult, events take a very unexpected turn for Tegan, setting things up in intriguing style for the final instalment of this E-Space trilogy…

Thanks to Big Finish

Review by Nick Fraser

Doctor Who repeats to move from BBC Three in UK

Director of Television, Danny Cohen has posted on the BBC Blog explaining why BBC Three is not for sale in response to an offer from television producers Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville. The men had offered to buy the channel since the corporation's decision to move BBC Three online. You can read the full letter HERE, but there is an interesting note for Doctor Who fans.

Currently, in the UK, BBC Three screens a repeat of an episode during the week of its first transmission on BBC One (which subsequent repeats to follow). This has been standard practise since the show's return in 2005 (and, in some series, receiving two repeats within a week). With the channel going online this means that an "in week" repeat could have been ditched on television. Thankfully, this seems not to be the case, Cohen reveals:
"With repeats of other BBC previously commissioned programmes on BBC Three such as ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Doctor Who’, we will re-deploy these repeats on other BBC Channels and secondary rights will continue to be sold to UKTV or other partners."
This would mean that immediate repeats for new episodes will fall to either BBC Two or BBC Four (or, perhaps, even BBC One on a Sunday afternoon?). BBC Three will cease as a "television" channel later this year on move online - the precise date is not known. So this could mean that repeats for Doctor Who Series 9 will have a new home.

Doctor Who Figurine Collection

The latest issues of the magazine, the Doctor Who Figurine Collection, are hitting shops now! Issue 40 comes with a figurine of THE TWELFTH DOCTOR (as played by Peter Capaldi) whilst Issue 41 features the HALF-FACE MAN (from Deep Breath). For full details, visit their website HERE. Click on the images included here for bigger versions.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Doctor Who umbrellas

Lovarzi, the company behind the great official Doctor Who scarves and other ephemera, have today announced details of their latest item - a Doctor Who umbrella! Check out the details below and click on the images for bigger versions.

We've got two new officially-licensed products, available to pre-order now, that we're sure you'll be interested in. Our best-selling Fourth Doctor Scarf keeps the winds at bay. Our Fifth Doctor Jumper will make sure you're toasty.

"And now, our new Doctor Who umbrellas will keep you dry whether you're on Marinus, sheltering from the siege of Trenzalore, or under the Earth's overcast skies."

This 1960s Police Box is an iconic, beautiful design: an instantly-recognisable image that conjures up dreams of all time and space. That's why our official exclusive umbrella displays the TARDIS with pride across its 23"/58.4cm canopy! Opening at the touch of a button, the Stick Umbrella is made from durable fibre glass, with a luxurious rubber-coated handle (pictured above and right).

The Automatic Open and Close Folding Umbrella (pictures below) utilises Time Lord technology: it's bigger on the inside! All you have to do is push a button on the handle and the 21"/53.3cm canopy opens out.

Made with a high quality fibre glass frame, aluminium shaft, and comfortable plastic and rubber- coated handle, the umbrella shows the TARDIS on an alien landscape, evocative of the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, and comes in a specially-made carry case.

Both are ideal for keeping the rain off fans new and old – plus, of course, their companions!

Thanks to Lovarzi

New Doctor Who Merch

Think Geek have some great Doctor Who items currently on sale - check out the full range HERE. Above you can see an amazing Sonic Screwdriver doorstop and a pair of K9 slippers. Below you find TARDIS boot slippers and TARDIS and Fourth Doctor dressing gowns. Click on the images for more info and to purchase.

Below you can a pair of TARDIS bookends and a various different Doctor Who styled pyjama bottomsClick on the images for more info and to purchase. Check out the full range HERE

Check out the full range HERE

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is a musical celebration of the iconic BBC series, featuring Murray Gold’s captivating music accompanied by specially edited video sequences of the Doctors in action, on the big screen.

The show features a host of the Doctor’s famous adversaries including the Daleks and Cybermen, the spine-chilling Silence and many more fan favourites. The live monsters provide a dramatic contrast to the evocative and thrilling music written by Murray Gold, who has been responsible for composing music for the series since 2005, including the record-breaking (and BAFTA award-winning) 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor.

Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison has been confirmed as the host of a six-city UK tour of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in May 2015.

The live show, which was a sell-out on its world premiere in Australia, will enjoy a limited run of thirteen UK performances in London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow. It features over 100 performers and is conducted by Ben Foster, who conducts and orchestrates the musical scores for the TV series. Music will be performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and members of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

The live music will be accompanied by a big screen presentation of key moments and specially edited sequences from the past 50 years of Doctor Who.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Tee Offers

Blue Box Tees have also got a couple designs this week, check out the Calvin & Hobbes inspired designs above and visit the site HERE for more.

Zebra Tees have got some striking black and white designs available - click HERE for more.

TeeFury have moved into the world of "shoes" with new company ShoeFury! And just check out the two wonderful Doctor Who shoes available now. One is a "high top" and the other is a "normal" shoe, both featuring the TARDIS. Click on the pics for more info.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Michelle Gomez Returns To Doctor Who

Michelle Gomez arrives in Cardiff this week to re-join the Doctor Who cast and reclaim the role of Missy for series 9. She joins Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) for the opening episode of the series. Speaking in Cardiff, Michelle Gomez said:
“Things have been a little beige since I left Missy behind, so I'm delighted to be putting my Lippie back on. I'm positively dying to see the Doctor again!”
The second two-part adventure to be filmed, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, is written by the show’s lead writer Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald (Blink). Steven Moffat said:
“Everybody hide - Michelle Gomez as Missy was an instant hit last year, so she’s straight back to plague the Doctor and Clara in the series opener. But what brings her back into their lives is the last thing they’d expect.”

Jemma Redgrave (The Power of ThreeThe Day of the Doctor and Dark Water/Death in Heaven) returns to the guest cast for series 9, alongside the Laurence Olivier Award nominee and film, television, radio and stage actress Kelly Hunter (who appeared in The Stolen Earth as the Shadow Architect).

A familiar theatre and television actress and one of the UK’s most proficient performers, Clare Higgins (who starred alongside Paul McGann as Ohila in The Night of the Doctor) also joins the guest cast for the opening of the series as does Jaye Griffiths (Sherlock, Wizards vs Aliens, Bugs). Other guest stars confirmed for the new series include Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Aaron Neil, India Ria Amarteifio, Joey Price, Dasharn Anderson, Harki Bhambra, Demi Papaminas.

Doctor Who will be back on-air this Autumn. Visit for an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip.

Thanks to the BBC