Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sci-Fi London Film Fest to screen Who's Changing

Doctor Who documentary, Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans, has been chosen as part of the Sci-Fi London Film Festival. The feature-length film, directed by Blogtor, will screen on May 3 at the Stratford Picturehouse - details and tickets HERE. There will also be a panel beforehand featuring Lisa Bowerman, James Goss and Scott Handcock discussing their involvement with Doctor Who animation and audio plays. After the screening there will be another Q&A panel afterwards with Blogtor.

Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans features interviews with Doctor Who legends such as: Louise Jameson (Leela), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Dan Starkey (Strax), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond), Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint) and writers such as Andrew Smith (Full Circle), James Moran (The Fires of Pompeii), Eric Saward (Earthshock), Jane Espenson (Torchwood: Miracle Day) and script editor/author Gary Russell alongside many more fascinating names. Visit for the full list and watch the trailer below.

Here's what the critics have been saying about Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans (click on the quotes for the full reviews):

"It's like spending 80 minutes in the company of your friends talking about your favourite TV show. Highly recommended."
The Geeks Handbag

"Very interesting and very worth watching if you’re a fan of the show.", 7/10

"Who’s Changing is a fine DVD that shows why, after 50 years, we’re still fascinated with a alien who travels through time in a big blue box."

"really fun to watch and an excellent addition to any Who fan's collection. I would highly recommend it for everybody."

"What makes it stand out from the rest though is that it talks to real fans as well as the stars and also gathers a real insight into the mind of Doctor Who fans. All in all it is a great little package"
Burton Mail

"This documentary serves as an excellent introduction to the world of Doctor Who’s fandom and will certainly leave you wanting to know and see more."
The Spoilist 

"... well worth a watch. Doctor Who fans: embrace your even geekier side!", 3/5

Monday, April 14, 2014

Robin Hood themed ep for S8? [Update]

A couple of weeks ago we reported that actor Ian Hallard will be starring in Episode 3 of Doctor Who Series 8, written by Mark Gatiss, as "Alan-a-dale" (a member of Robin Hood's gang, the "Merry Men"). 

Filming has begun on the adventure and on-set fans have spotted Tom Riley (Da Vinci's Demons) who is, perhaps, playing Robin Hood. Check out the picture included here from Twitterer Suzanne Jones

Filming is currently taking place in Fforest Fawr with period clothing and arrows present. Check out a gallery of pics HERE.

Tee Offers

Due to the popularity of the Doctor Selfie tee design (initially available for one day only), it has been brought back permanently - buy it HERE for just $18. Some other Doctor Who designs from Tee Fury have also been brought back for purchase, check them out below and click on the pics for more info and to buy.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Classic Doctor Who Horror Channel trailer

Included in the player below you can watch the fantastic trailer from the Horror Channel for their season of classic Doctor Who.

Launching on Fri April 18, the season begins with the very first story An Unearthly Child, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor. It then leads into a special WHO ON HORROR weekend - a classic marathon featuring one story from each of the Doctors across the Easter weekend. There will then be weekday double-bills in daytime and evening slots with stories shown in chronological order starting on Easter Mon 21 April. The Horror Channel is available in the UK on Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138.

Horror Channel is screening many of the stories that are regarded as the most memorable that the show produced including The Mind Robber, The Daemons, Genesis of the Daleks, The Talons of Weng Chiang, The Caves of Androzani, Attack of the Cybermen and The Curse of Fenric. The Horror Channel is available in the UK on Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138.

For more details visit the Horror Channel

REVIEW: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes at the BFI

Introduced by Mark Gatiss

BFI Southbank, London, 9 April, 2014

Showing as part of the exclusive BFI members-only "Screen Epiphany" season*, where a prominent figure from the arts and culture community talks about the film that inspired their passion for cinema, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes comes bounding into the Southbank cinema full of Sixties fun and colour.

Introducing the film was Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, Night Terrors) who, as you will no doubt know, showruns the television series Sherlock with Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue. How apt that Mark should recommend the 1970 Billy Wilder film as he and Moffat have often cited The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes as an inspiration for their own take on the Arthur Conan Doyle detective.

Gatiss was effusive in his praise, recalling his own journey with the film from seeing it on television and tracking it down years later to enjoy once more. It's always a pleasure to hear him chat and the audience seemed quite happy to sit back and enjoy his conversation all evening. But the main event, of course, was the film itself.

In in an age when every movie one sees has been remastered every which way from Sunday, it was most refreshing to see that the print of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes looked like it had no attention whatsoever since initially screened. I was immediately taken back to my younger days when it seemed every film was full of scratches, jittery frames and pregnant with sound pops. Well, that's how I remember them anyway.

Quality aside, the content of the film is quite remarkable. No, incredibly remarkable. As a fan of director's Billy Wilder's work (Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch and Buddy Buddy, for example), I was curious to see how he would handle Holmes. And straight from the off we can see clearly just how much the interplay between the Holmes and Watson here informed the choices of Moffat and Gatiss when it came to writing the roles now inhabited by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

There's a lightness and self referential quality to the parts that feels extremely modern, especially when addressing Watson's writings, Sherlock's outfit and the couple's "imposed" homosexuality (a ruse by the sleuth). Portraying the couple are Robert Stephens, who many may know better as evil Abner Brown in The Box of Delights (which starred Patrick Troughton, fact fans) and Colin Blakely (who I adored in the 1980s UK series, The Beiderbecke Affair) and what a fine, fine job they do too.

In comparison with previous onscreen pairings, theirs must have been somewhat of a shock to to regular viewers, perhaps why the film didn't do nearly as well as expected. But, watching now, it's a joy to see them interacting and, in general, having a lot of fun (especially with the ladies). Complementing the cast is screen legend Christopher Lee, playing Sherlock's brother Mycroft (pictured below). In his introduction, Gatiss paid wonderful tribute to the performance, citing it as the inspiration for his own take on the role.

The plot is a meandering affair, to be honest (possibly another trait Moffat and Gatiss picked up on), with lots of extraneous, though hugely enjoyable nonetheless, action towards the start. By the time they've reached the fascinating denouement featuring the Loch Ness Monster and Queen Victoria (no, really), it's a kaleidoscopic technicolour whirlwind. Wilder, despite the film being made when classic Hollywood was really getting the boot, produces a piece of work out of time. Thankfully, tastes change and it has come round again for reevaluation and appraisal.

I do heartily recommend you seek out The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes whether it be on DVD or television. You won't be disappointed. It's a glorious insight into the past, but also a wonderful piece of filmmaking and a terrific addition to the many interpretations of the Baker Street duo. Despite my delight at the antique nature of the print shown, I do hope it gets a bluray release sometime soon, it's just too delicious not to be celebrated properly.

Thanks to the BFI

Review by Cameron K McEwan

*BFI Membership gets you to the front of the queue for the hottest tickets in town including the BFI London Film Festival where you can experience the glamour of the red carpet first hand as well as exclusive access to special Members' events like the Screen Epiphany series. Previous guests in the last year have included James Franco, Yoko Ono, Cillian Murphy, Paul Greengrass and Grayson Perry.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Arthur Darvill interview

Actor Arthur Darvill (Rory Pond) has been interviewed by Official Theatre.Com to promote his role in Once: The Musical (read the Blogtor Who review HERE). Below you can see the interview where talks about Doctor Who, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Visit Official Theatre.Com for more and another interview with Arthur HERE.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DWAS event - The Making of Doctor Who

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The Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) has announced a great new event looking at the making of Doctor Who featuring guests such as Colin Baker and Terrance Dicks. Check out the details below and visit the website HERE:

Over the last 51 years, The Doctor has travelled through time and space on a never-ending voyage of discovery. Similarly, the making of the show itself has undertaken its own journey. Today Doctor Who is a colour, HD, CGI, surround sound spectacle - a far cry from its humble beginnings as a studio bound production made for monochrome 405 line televisions.

But how has the production of the programme changed in over half a century..., and exactly how have they gone about making such a show over the years?

Myth Makers will feature guests involved in the The Making of Doctor Who on both sides of the camera, and will take place at Riverside Studios on Sunday 1st June. Riverside itself was one of the homes of Doctor Who during the black and white era of the 1960s.

Guests announced so far are: Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor), Mike Tucker (Visual Effects Designer during both the Classic and New eras) and Terrance Dicks (legendary Writer, Script Editor and Novelist). More names to be announced.

Doctor Who slippers!

Our Chums over at Think Geek have got some fab new Doctor Who slippers for sale! Above you check out the EXCLUSIVE K9 slippers - available HERE. These officially licensed items are 100% polyester and available for just $29.99.

Above you can see the Eleventh Doctor slippers (buy HERE) and TARDIS slippers (buy HERE). They are available for $19.99 each. Check out Think Geek for loads more Who goodies!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ben Miller joins Doctor Who Series 8

Actor Ben Miller, best known for his roles in Primeval, Death In Paradise and one half of the comedy duo Armstrong & Miller, has been revealed as another actor to join the cast of Doctor Who Series 8.

Miller will star as a villain in an episode written by Mark Gatiss (Episode 3) and told the BBC: "As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming." The story is possibly Robin Hood-themed - details HERE.

Fact fans will also note that Ben starred with current Doctor Who Peter Capaldi on stage in The Ladykillers (pictured left).

Current showrunner Steven Moffat added: "Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it's about time Ben Miller was in Doctor Who!"

Producer Nikki Wilson tweeted: "Brilliant first day on set with the marvellous - gonna be a stonking episode of ! Thank you

Miller's other half in the aforementioned comedy duo, Alexander Armstrong, has already appeared in Doctor Who twice: as the voice of Mr Smith in The Stolen Earth/Journey's End and as Reg Arwell in The Doctor, The Widow & the Wardrobe.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Doctor Who: The TARDIS Edition soundtrack details

Doctor Who: The TARDIS Edition is a boxed set of eleven CDs collecting Original Soundtrack music from 50 years of Doctor Who and housing them in a specially constructed TARDIS, which is mainly painted wood, with a flashing light on top and makes the materialization noise when the door is opened.

Composer and BBC Radiophonic Workshop Archivist Mark Ayres has spent over a year researching, compiling, editing and mastering the set with the principle work being done on the first seven discs which will showcase much material being released for the first time.

The eleven discs will be packed in DVD-style digipacks and then inserted in individual slipcases. There will be a 52 page booklet with a history of Doctor Who music, details of the sources of the audio masters, notes from fourteen of the composers who worked on the programme and detailed track listings for each disc. Read the specially written notes HERE. There will also be a numbered certificate in each box.

This unique collection is ONLY available from the Silva Screen website - visit HERE. The pre-order will be live from 10am (UK time) on April 25 and will end at 10am on May 2. These are available worldwide. The TARDIS Editions will then be manufactured to order.

Check out the FULL tracklisting HERE and read the composers notes and see the individual CD artwork HERE.

Thanks to Silva Screen