Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9: 10 quotes from Before The Flood

Included below are 10 quotes from the next Doctor Who episode, Before The Flood. The second of a two-parter, it airs on BBC One at 8.25pm pm, October 10. Check out the synopsis HERE and cast list HERE.
Somehow I doubt that Rose or Martha or Amy lost their breakfast on their first trip.

Why have we gone to Russia?

I used to be in Military Intelligence. I was demoted for dangling a colleague out of a window.

If you love me in any way, you’ll come back.

First proper alien, and he’s an idiot.

This isn’t a potential future, this is the future now. It’s already happened.

This regeneration, it’s a bit of a clerical error anyway.

Doctor, such an honour. I’ve always been a huge admirer. This is really a delight.

You can’t cheat time, I just tried.

Maybe it will mean that the universe will be ruled by cats or something in the future.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace on DVD

(C) BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide have released details about the DVD release of the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who The Underwater Menace. Check out the details below and click on the artwork for a bigger version. Pre-order from Amazon HERE and from the BBC Shop HERE.

The Underwater Menace is the fifth serial of the fourth season, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 14 January 1967 to 4 February 1967. The story introduces Jamie McCrimmon's (Frazer Hines) on his first journey with the Doctor as a travelling companion. This special release will contain the two re-mastered existing episodes, with the two missing episodes represented with restored audio and surviving stills, as well as over an hour of extras.

For episode 1, Interview with actor Michael Troughton Part 2 (from Ice Warriors). For episodes 2 and 3, a commentary with actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Catherine Howe, special sounds supervisor Brian Hodgson and floor assistant Quentin Mann. For episode 4, archive material featuring Patrick Troughton, directors Julia Smith and Hugh David, and producer Innes Lloyd. Moderated and linked by Toby Hadoke.

A Fishy Tale (Feature, dur. 28’ 30”)
Cast and crew look back on the making of the story. With actors Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines and Catherine Howe, AFM Gareth Gwelan, production assistant Berry Butler and new series writer Robert Shearman. Narrated by Peter Davison.

The Television Centre of the Universe – Part Two (dur. 32’ 10” )
Yvette Fielding continues her tour of BBC Television Centre in the company of actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson, with contributions from former colleagues along the way. With senior camera supervisor Alec Wheal, AFM Sue Hedden, former BBC producer and writer Richard Marson, exhibitions assistant Bob Richardson, production assistant Jane Ashford and videotape engineer Simon Anthony.

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace is released Oct 26

New Doctor Who audio series with John Hurt's War Doctor

Audio producers Big Finish have today announced a new series featuring the return of John Hurt as The War Doctor. Check out the details below.

The audio adventures of The War Doctor will be told over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes. The first box set is entitled Only The Monstrous, and is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, whose many successes for Big Finish include the BBC Audio Award-winning masterpiece Doctor Who: Dark Eyes.

“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me,” says Nicholas. “Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”

The cast of The War Doctor also includes Jacqueline Pearce, who plays Time Lord Cardinal Ollistra — an arch manipulator who is waging the Time War against the Daleks. Jacqueline starred in The Two Doctors as Chessene and she is known to many science fiction fans for her role as Servalan in the cult classic Blake’s 7.

Only The Monstrous will be released in December 2015, and will be followed in February 2016 by the second volume, Infernal Devices, which is written by John Dorney, Phil Mulryne and Matt Fitton. Volumes Three and Four are currently in pre-production.

In addition to The War Doctor, November 2017 also sees a prequel box set to the saga, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor — The Time War, which will follow the early stages of the Time War from the Eighth Doctor’s perspective. Paul McGann stars, alongside characters first introduced in the War Doctor box sets.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Doctor Who Series 9: Behind the scenes on Under The Lake

Under The Lake star, Colin McFarlane

The BBC have released behind-the-scenes footage from the most recent Doctor Who episode Under The Lake. Watch Doctor Who Extra in the players below. Read a spoilery review of the ep HERE and check out a trailer for next week's instalment HERE.


by Matt Fitton

Starring Colin Baker and Miranda Raison

Out Now - Buy HERE

Review by Emrys Matthews

Bletchley Park. Britain's most secret weapon in the Second World War. Mrs Constance Clarke directs her charges to provide vital assistance to the boffins stationed in the Manor House. But a recent arrival among the code-breakers, the mysterious Dr Smith, has attracted the attention of MI5's spycatchers. As encrypted radio waves criss-cross the planet, unearthly forces stir. And when certain ciphers are cracked, something will emerge to threaten all humanity, regardless of allegiance...

Criss-Cross is another triumph by my favourite Big Finish writer Matt Fitton. It's getting to the point where one needs to judge him on a different level than his peers. He's really nailed the drama and sometimes misdiagnosed stiff upper lipped style acceptance of the horrific situations the people of the 1940s faced. Fitton has brilliantly captured the period feel of this piece. Not wanting to spoil the story, I must still congratulate Fitton for creating such a wonderfully appropriate meta-textual alien for this particular setting and time. As in any Doctor Who story the creature has an eventual demise but in this case is wonderfully apt. Kudos.

This story also introduces a new audio companion for Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor and she's a historical companion. The usual downside to a companion from the past is the Doctor constantly needing to explain what is happening, but in Constance Clarke's case this isn't so. Constance, played by Daleks In Manhattan's Miranda Raison, is a genius, thus when introduced to impossible, inexplicable situations her mind adapts and understands.

Raison and Colin Baker share some wonderful banter in this story, and there's lots of room for the character and her relationship with the Doctor to grow. Oddly in the timey-whimey world of Doctor Who as listeners this isn't the first time we've met Constance, as we heard her along side Colin Baker in his swan song story, That Last Adventure [review HERE]. She feels a lot more defined in this her first chronological storyline and I look forward to seeing how her character develops and grows.

Massive kudos must also go to the production team under the command of director Ken Bentley for expertly creating a period piece for an audio medium, specifically the period RP dialects.

Criss-Cross will appeal to anyone interested in this period and setting and Who fans of a more mature age. This one doesn't feel like one of the kids, but it's another real corker for writer Matt Fitton. I'm waiting for a bad one from you Matt...

Thanks to Big Finish

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Doctor Who's Steven Moffat "sure" Sonic Screwdriver will return

Under The Lake

Doctor Who's Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat has been chatting to the BBC about the controversial decision to ditch the Sonic Screwdriver and replace it with Sonic Shades. Speaking about the shock change, Steven knew it might upset "fans", saying:
"Sometimes you just have to embrace the heresy.
It's fun to be naughty. I know some people will get incredibly irate about it."
However, it seems that the Sonic Shades might not be a permanent fixture for the Time Lord with the writer adding:
"I'm sure the screwdriver will show up again some day"
The Sonic Shades were introduced in the opening episodes of Doctor Who Series 9 and were continued to be used in the second two parter, Under The Lake and Before The Flood. Watch the full interview in the player below.

Doctor Who Series 9: Before The Flood Next Time trailer

The BBC have released the Next Time trailer for Doctor Who Series 9, Before The Flood - watch it in the player below. Check out the synopsis HERE and more details about the ep HERE

Doctor Who Series 9: Before The Flood trailer

The BBC have released a new trailer for Doctor Who Series 9, Episode 4: Before The Flood - watch it in the player below. Check out the synopsis HERE and more details about the ep HERE

Doctor Who Series 9: A SPOILERY look at Under the Lake

In a new feature on Blogtor Who, each week regular contributor Richard Unwin will be taking a more personal, in-depth and spoilery look at each episode. So, obvs, SPOILERS ahead if you haven't seen Doctor Who Series 9, Episode 3.

Well that was a change of pace.

Not every week can be grand mythos-expanding larks, and Under the Lake sees things shift down a gear for an adventure that’s more contained – in tone as well as location. This is very traditionally flavoured Who, with the Doctor and Clara facing an underwater menace in a good old-fashioned base-under-siege scenario. This is the Werther’s Original to last week’s popping candy. While there are still plenty of comic moments, it’s an episode that’s played relatively straight and is more concerned with ramping up the fear factor than making us chuckle and squee.

While this isn’t our absolute favourite breed of story, it succeeds well in what it sets out to do. The ghosts are superbly realised, and there are definite chills as we witness our heroes facing the creepy, insubstantial warriors of the deep. Once again, this is the first instalment of a two-parter, making it difficult to judge the overall plot until next-week’s Before the Flood. Most of what happens here seems to be setting things up for clever reveals down the line… We’ll reserve judgement on how successful all this sleight-of-hand is until we’ve seen the conclusion…

Clara’s unbridled enthusiasm for the predicament that she and the Doctor find themselves in feels like a signpost that’s hinting at her ultimate downfall. With Jenna Coleman having announced her imminent departure from the series, and the countdown to her exit having already begun, we can’t help suspecting that this all-consuming appetite for adventure will play a part in her eventual farewell. Could Clara be the first companion since Adric to actually properly be killed off…? (No – Amy and Rory don’t count!)

The Doctor’s pretty keen on the whole thing too – claiming to have never met ghosts before. (Really Doctor? Have you forgotten The Ghosts of N-Space, that classic BBC Radio 2 escapade…? And what about Doctor Who Magazine comic strip Ghosts of the Northern Line, hmm…? ) His joy at stumbling across this undead fury from the deep is infectious – and while Peter Capaldi’s interpretation of the role has often been compared to those of Hartnell or Pertwee, it’s actually more of a Tom Baker vibe that we’re getting here.

We love the scene in which he has to use prompt cards to express condolence – it’s hysterical, but allowing his awkwardness to bubble to the surface like this also serves to remind us just how truly alien our two-hearted hero is. 

The biggest revelation, perhaps, is that the sonic sunglasses appear to be here to stay. Have we really seen the last of the screwdriver…? We don’t really mind if that’s indeed the case – the Doctor managed perfectly well without it for a good chunk of the Eighties. (Has Delta and the Bannermen ever really been topped? Has it? Really?) And this wearable variant is something that all kids can easily emulate without having to splash out on an expensive electronic toy. (And now you’ll be able to ‘cosplay’ as the Doctor whilst simultaneously avoiding eye contact with anyone.)

The cliffhanger is a haunting hit. You can see it coming a mile off, but it’s still satisfyingly spooky as it slides into place. Once again we are left wondering – is the Doctor really dead? (He really might be one of these days, you know.) And if he is – even temporarily – does that mean that the Confession Dial will open…? The next-time trailer suggests a widening of the narrative – with all the pieces of this timey-wimey puzzle in place, we’re looking forward to seeing how they fit together.

We hope that the solution involves fish people.

Doctor Who Series 9: What Did The Cards Say in Under The Lake? [SPOILERS]


In the latest episode of Doctor Who Series 9, Under The Lake, companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) helped out the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) with his social etiquette in an underground base in Earth's future (or past, depending on when you're reading this). As the cards did flip by pretty quickly, here they are again for you to read at your leisure!

I completely understand why it was difficult not to get captured

It was my fault, I should have known you didn’t live in Aberdeen

I didn’t mean to imply that I don’t care

No-one is going to get eaten / vapourised / exterminated / upgraded / possessed / mortally wounded turned into jelly
We’ll all get out of this unharmed