Monday, September 26, 2016

News For Doctor Who Spinoff Class

Last Friday there was a lot of news for the new Doctor Who spinoff Class.  First it will begin airing on Saturday October 22nd in the UK on BBC 3.  Unfortunately for the rest of us it will air later.  As for us in the USA later means 2017.  Second Peter Capaldi will be in the first episode.  He will be making a guest appearance to make sure that we all know that Class takes place in the Doctor Who Universe.

We now know the names of the characters in Class and they are  Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), and heir physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly).

The first two episode title have been announced and they are For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo.

Below are three videos and one was the live stream from Friday that should get you ready for the late October premiere of Class.

More Doctor Who Guests Added To LI Who Guest List

LI Who 4 have announced a couple more guests and in keeping with the 20th Anniversary of the 8th Doctor they have gotten a couple guests who have a connection with him.  First they have Yee Jee Tso who was in the Doctor Who Movie of 1996.  He played Chang Lee and he was The Masters unwitting companion.  They also got Clare Higgins who played  Ohila  in Night of the Doctor, The Magicians Apprentice and Hell Bent.  They are both scheduled to be at the convention all weekend baring work commitments.  LI Who is the weekend of November 11 - 13 2016.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Doctor Who Magazine 504 Covers and Cybermen Anniversary Special Issue

Out now in the UK and next month in the US and everywhere else is issue 504 of Doctor Who Magazine (With 4 covers!!!) and this issue is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Cybermen.  If you are a fan of the Cybermen, like I am, then this is a must issue for you to pick up as they go in detail about the Cybermen and also a special Cybermen comic strip. It also boast all the regular features and a new 12th Doctor comic strip adventure.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Marvel Vs DC - Suicide Squad Success, Fall TV, Doctor Strange

A few things going on in the world of movies and television related to that ever lasting war between Marvel and DC.

Suicide Squad - a Win for DC - Suicide Squad had a fair amount of panning by critics despite it being the best DC superhero film since Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.  The film for the most part got the characters right and had a fun story to boot.  I felt the movie was trying to hard to be good.  At times the moments you see on screen look like they would be extremely funny or full of great action but instead they seemed to fall a bit flat.  The intros to each character were forced and while I did enjoy most of them, none of them blew me out of the water.  Even Margot Robbie, who I expected to steal the show, was pretty good but not fantastic.  Will Smith and Jared Leto were also pretty good.  The fact that DC has created a movie with pretty good characters is a step in the right direction.  Apart from choppy storytelling and odd pacing the movie did not make any major mistakes like with Superman in his two films.

Suicide Squad raked in the bucks, over taking some heavy hitting Marvel films including Captain America: Winter Soldier.  So I would expect DC to follow suit with films that are more like Suicide Squad and hopefully they will fix some of the writing issues.

Into The Time Vortex Podcast - Episode 22 - Doctor Who - The Terror of the Autons

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Details on Doctor Who - Philip Hinchcliffe Presents: The Genesis Chamber

This month sees the return of the popular series Philip Hinchcliffe presents with another story set during his time as producer of Doctor Who.  This time we see The Doctor and Leela on an alien planet that has a human colony that uses technology to reproduce.  You can order this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.

Philip Hinchcliffe, acclaimed producer of Doctor Who (1975-77) returns to tell new stories for the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

The TARDIS has landed on a human colony world. In the city, where the inhabitants rely on advanced technology to create their children, a marriage is due to take place. But not everyone supports it, and a crash might just prevent it for good.

In the commune outside live the savages, shunned and detested by the city folk. But they have recently been visited by a man, charismatic and handsome, who may yet be their saviour - or their doom.

Two different sides, ready for conflict. But neither realises that a third force threatens their very existence...

Written By: Philip Hinchcliffe, adapted by Marc Platt
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Jon Culshaw (DeRosa Janz), Hannah Genesius (Ana Janze), Jemma Churchill (Farla Janz/Inscape), Dan Li (Grillo Clavik), Vernon Dobtcheff (Jorenzo Zorn), Arthur Hughes (Shown), Gyuri Sarossy (Volor), Elliot Chapman (Dack/Loyyo)

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Friday, September 16, 2016

LI Who Add Three More Doctor Who Guests To Their Amazing Guest List

LI Who has added three more guests this week to their great guest list.  First up they added Richard Franklin who played Captain Yates who was a main stay in the Pertwee era as a member of UNIT. 

Also joining in on the fun and to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the 1996 TV Movie will be Daphne Ashbrook who played Grace Holloway and Jeremy Radick who played Gareth.  This years convention, which will be held November 11-13, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Long Island, is shaping up to be a really good one and you can get your tickets at the LI Who website.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Details For Doctor Who - The Age of Endurance

The Early Adventures returns for a third series and this time the 1st Doctor era takes center stage. The first release sees the original TARDIS crew in the middle of a war zone.  You can order this release from the Big Finish website.

The TARDIS materialises on board a still and eerie spaceship. When a squad of soldiers land, they realise they've found themselves in the middle of a war zone. With one of their crew trapped by the enemy, the Doctor and his friends find themselves locked in a desperate race for survival. Vast warships manoeuvre around each other as both sides try to out-think their opponents, flying into ever more dangerous areas of space.

The stakes could not be higher. But as ever in war, the lines between good and evil are hard to define. Will anyone survive to claim the moral high ground?

Written By: Nick Wallace
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Carole Ann Ford (Susan/Narrator), William Russell (Ian/The Doctor), Jemma Powell (Barbara), Rachel Atkins (Myla), John Voce (Toban), Gethin Anthony (Olivan), Andy Secombe (Benya), Tom Bell (Arran/Shift). Other parts portrayed by the cast.

Producer: David Richardson

Script Editor: John Dorney

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Doctor Who Comic Book Preview and Covers for Third Doctor Comic

Out today is a new mini series featuring the Third Doctor.  These mini series are really well down if you have read the 8th Doctor and 4th Doctor mini's. This story is written by Doctor Who author Paul Cornell and can be purchased in comic book stores today.

Paul Cornell returns to Doctor Who comics with THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION! When something enormous crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilise immediately – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader... But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip the whole world off its axis!

It's classic Third Doctor action as you've never seen it before!

Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Christopher Jones
Colors: Hi-Fi
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: September 14

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Details For Doctor Who Maker of Demons

Out this month from Big Finish's Main Range of Doctor Who audio adventures is the second of the Mel and Ace trilogy that sees the 7th Doctor returns them to the planet Prosper where things are not the same as before.  You can order this release from the Big Finish website.

Decades ago, the mysterious time-travelling Doctor and his cheerful companion Mel became the toast of the planet Prosper, when they brokered a peace between the native Mogera and humans from the colony ship The Duke of Milan.

But when the TARDIS at last returns to Prosper, the Doctor, Mel and their associate Ace find only a warzone. The burrowing Mogera have become brutal monsters, dominated by their terrifying leader Caliban – and it's all the Doctor's fault!

Written By: Matthew J Elliott
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Bonnie Langford (Mel), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Andrew Hall (Alonso/Gonzalo), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Miranda), Rachel Atkins (Juno), Ewan Goddard (Talpa), Aaron Neil (Stephano/Klossi/Trink/Setebos). Other parts portrayed by the cast.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Details on Doctor Who - Short Trips: A Full Life

Out this month for download only is a 4th Doctor audio adventure narrated by Mathew Waterhouse who played Adric during the 4th and 5th Doctor's era.  You can get this release only from the Big Finish website.

Adric's life is full of death. His parents died when he was a child. His brother died a few months ago. Now, travelling with the Doctor and Romana, everywhere he visits, people die. But now they have arrived on Veridis. And on Veridis, the dead come back...

Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Ian Atkins
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: Joseph Lidster
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Matthew Waterhouse (Narrator)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Doctor Who - 9th Doctor Issue 5 Preview and Covers

Out today is the 5th issue of the ongoing 9th Doctor comic book series.  We see the story continue as things are not what they seem in Seattle.  You can pick this up at your local comic book store.

Modern-day Seattle sees the Doctor, Jack, and Rose pulled into a city-wide civil war between strangely empowered citizens. But when they start mutating into horrendous monsters, the Doctor and friends find themselves out of their depth! Fighting side-by-side with a face from his future, can the Doctor restore normalcy to the city before it's completely overrun?

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Adriana Melo
FC - $3.99 - 32pp - On sale: September 7

Cover A: Blair Shedd
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Simon Myers – Watercolor Variant

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

BBC America To Air Animated Power of the Daleks

BBC America will be showing the animated Power of the Daleks on Saturday November 12th.  It will be available to stream on the BBC America website and App the next day.  This is a pretty good deal since the BBC Shop is not availble in the US. More info at the link below.

Long Lost Doctor Who Story Power of the Daleks To Be Released As An Animation

Power of the Daleks the long lost Patrick Troughton debut story will finally get a DVD release but not in the way most fans have expected.  All six episodes will be released as an animation release exclusively on the BBC Store on Saturday the 5th of November which is the 50th anniversary of Power of the Daleks and Patrick Troughton's first episode.

Power of the Daleks does not have any surviving episodes in the BBC Archives as it was junked back in the 70's during the time most of the classic BBC shows were destroyed.  But the soundtrack and lots of telesnaps do survive and that is what helped the animators create this special release.  With this special animated release it is probably a certain that Power of the Daleks will not be found but at least the BBC did give us this special release.  The special release will be availble exclusively from the BBC store from November 5th to November 14th and then will see a DVD release on the 21st of November. Below is the official press release from the BBC and BBC Worldwide.

It's one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974. 

BBC Worldwide has announced that a brand new black and white animation based on audio recordings of the programme using the original cast, surviving photographs and film clips will be released 50 years to the minute after its only UK broadcast on BBC One.

The six half hour episodes feature the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks is being produced by the team behind the highly successful animation of lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Frazer, first released on BBC Store in February this year. The producer and director is Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.

Charles Norton says:
The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says:
Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story.