Doctor Who Main Range 202: The Warehouse

Aisle 7 Biscuits and Cakes, Aisle 8 Electrical Goods, Aisle 9 Death…

The Doctor and Mel set out for a relaxing night of music, but the TARDIS instead arrives in a deserted warehouse.  Miles and miles of shelves filled with moldy products hold many secrets, not least that this is an orbital facility.  The staff are acting oddly, there is an infestation of giant rodents and nothing seems to be working properly, including the computer system that should be running the station.  From the depths of the station the mysterious Supervisor watches, but just what does he want from the visitors?

Main Range Episode 202, Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langord take on a dangerous warehouse in space.

The Doctor and Mel must use their wits to avoid reaching their expiry date and save the planet below.

 

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Series Nine Preview, by Eddie McGuigan

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Regenerations have hung heavily over Doctor Who for a while now it seems. Ever since the Doctor was warned about Trenzalore we’ve head multiple Doctors, his death – more than once – secret incarnations, the end of a regeneration cycle and, spectacularly, the beginning of another. But that wasn’t the end of the story. This new regeneration harks back to the “classic” archetype; alien, difficult, rude, grumpy and, well, old. And just when the Doctor himself is getting used to being less matinee idol and more renaissance man, his best enemy goes and shows up in a skirt and his best friend is reincarnated as a zombie cyborg.

 

Identity and the perception of it has been a theme for a long, long time in the series, so much so that now it’s almost a trope, a signature of Moffat’s Second Age, and Series 9 – BBC1, 19th September – continues these themes and plays with those perceptions.

 

There are lots of returns in the new series. Returning old enemies – some you know about, some you don’t. Returns to places as well. Returning friends – both old and new. Return of the roundels as the console room gets a tweak! Return of the crazy hair as Peter Capaldi is finally allowed to express his Doctor without being shoehorned into “as far from Matt as possible”. Return of the two parter and therefore the return of the cliffhanger. And, of course, the return of the Master.

 

Episodes one and two hark back to many classic Who episodes – many, many Who episodes – in which the Doctor and Clara face threats from many sides – but perhaps not one side you’d automatically think they would – and explanations are forthcoming about the Master’s survival – both from s8 and perhaps before. He’s not become a She randomly.

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Identity and perception are again important in Ep 3 – prepare for a surprise, one of many this season -  and writer Toby Whithouse gets his teeth into a meaty 2 parter. But even your perception of two parters will be stretched this year. This series should really be seen as a 12 parter – the episodes mostly all link, and themes and events resonate across the series in a much more insidious way than the usual “Bad Wolf”esque arc.

 

No clearer is this shown in the “two parter” The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived – whilst these are indeed two parts of the same story, they are written by different writers and have very, very different feels. And both include a character the Doctor will have a very significant history with!

 

Much more traditionally a two parter is the Zygon story Invasion of the Zygons/Inversion of the Zygons by Peter Harness. This is an action adventure far more in tune with old school Who, or indeed, RTD’s era, in which the Doctor and UNIT battle a worldwide Zygon invasion. Again, though, identity and perception are important, as the Zygons epitomise this series main conceit. Don’t let the familiarity box you in though!

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The last third of the series is much more experimental. Mark Gatiss gets to go spooky and scary and all out horror, at last, with a very clever, if by now not new, twist on the series which might even not have credits! A brilliant Halloween Special, this could be Mark’s best to date.

 

Episode Ten is a divisive one which will probably blow fandom apart, and has cleverly snuck itself under the radar until now. Well done Episode Ten!

 

The two part finale falls into this “no it really is a two parter!” style with two very distinctively different episodes, one of which had Peter Capaldi exhausted! Alone he may be, but, as always with the Doctor, he’s never really alone, is he?

 

I’ll leave ep 12 hanging in the air, I think, as the “returns” trope is turned to 11 and we’ll be left with our heads whirling with events and locations.

 

I am very much looking forward to s9, and I’m loving the way it’s subverting what we know and trying different things. I can’t wait to get into reviewing it! Stay tuned!

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Doctor Who Magazine 490

STEVEN MOFFAT PREVIEWS THE NEW SERIES OF DOCTOR WHO, EXCLUSIVELY IN DWM 490!

Doctor Who Magazine 490 Cover

Doctor Who Magazine spoke to the show’s executive producer and head writer, Steven Moffat, to give us a taste of what’s in store over the next 12 episodes…

“Why not start with a blockbuster?” says Steven of the two-part opening story, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar. “Why leave it till the last two weeks? So yes, it’s like starting with a finale, and having a big, grand, movie-sized story, as opposed to a 45-minute story.” (more…)

The Music of Doctor Who

THE NEW DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL IS MUSIC TO OUR EARS!

DWM Special 41 The Music of Doctor Who

For the first time in the 36-year history of Doctor Who Magazine – an entire issue devoted to the music and sound design of Doctor Who!
 

From Delia Derbyshire’s groundbreaking experiments in the Radiophonic Workshop, to the acclaimed performances of Murray Gold’s orchestral scores at the Royal Albert Hall, The Music of Doctor Who explores one of the most celebrated and mysterious sonic landscapes in television history.

“We think this Special Edition is unprecedented in its scope and detail,” says editor Marcus Hearn. “Writers such as Mark Ayres and Andrew Pixley have contributed a fresh insight to an aspect of the show’s production that’s been overlooked for too long. (more…)

The Fourth Doctor Adventures – Return to Telos

It’s destination Telos for the TARDIS crew, but the Doctor and Leela are by themselves as K9 has upgraded to new masters!

What surprises are in store in the icy Tombs of the Cybermen? Can the Doctor escape from a Cyber-Controller and Planner who can strike across space and time? This isn’t a  pathetic bunch of tin soldiers skulking about the galaxy in an ancient spaceship, this is the Cybermen at their most devious. Can the fate of Krelos be reversed or are it’s people doomed to be the first recruits of a powerful Cyber army?

Return to Telos

When danger calls the Doctor needs a powerful warrior companion to help save the day but perhaps this time it’s not Leela who will fill the brief…

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Big Finish: The Omega Factor

Long story short, The Omega Factor is an awesome piece of work.

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For those who don’t know, The Omega Factor was a 1970s supernatural horror series that went out on BBC1 and starred, amongst others, one Louise Jameson. It was scheduled badly, and was on the receiving end of the wrath or Mary Whitehouse, and thus survived only a single season. However it was different to anything else at the time and pretty much since, and genuinely (in my humble opinion) had legs far stronger than the run it received .

Ms Jameson returns to the role of Dr Anne Reynolds. And she slips back into the role beautifully, just as she has the role of Doctor Who’s Leela – although this is far different, not least in the fact that unlike Leela the character Reynolds has been allowed to age with the actor. Hearing Jameson play a strong woman of her own age (differently strong to the journalist Jackie Burchill she plays in BF’s Survivors, at least) is a wonderful thing, with believable nuances of pathos and cynicism, anger and empathy, repeatedly jumping out in ways lesser actors would struggle to provide.

Jameson’s performance is complemented rather well by John Dorney’s Adam Dean, son of the original series’s Tom Crane and inheritor of the latter’s psychic ability. Again, a fine and believable performance that nicely illuminates the horror of the piece. (more…)

Doctor Who Main Range – We are the Daleks ( or We are the DAAARRRRLEKS as Matt Smith would say it)

In the 80s greed is good, and bankers and brokers are the masters of the universe.  But supreme among them is the mysterious media mogul Alex Zenos, head of the powerful Zenos Corporation.  He is a man who with a lot to offer and he’s offering it to Britain, just when it needs an economic miracle to offset the strikes and riots.  He has powerful backers who wish to invest and with the terms they are offering, who can refuse? So while the Doctor is distracted investigating a suspiciously advanced computer game called Warfleet, Mel is left to go undercover to find out just who Zenos’s partners are.

 

We are the Daleks

For the Daleks, power is good.  The power of the free market will let them take over the earth, and the only shot fired will be inside a game.

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The Fourth Doctor Adventures – The Fate of Krelos

There are dark skies on Krelos and something gigantic is descending.  Meanwhile, the Doctor and Leela have set off for some relaxing fishing in the planet’s peaceful mountain pools .  But their fishing is interrupted by an explorer in distress – an explorer who is not quite as he seems.  Far below, left interfacing with the TARDIS, K9 has made a troubling discovery.  Will he be able to warn the Doctor of the Fate of Krelos?

The Fate of Krelos

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Gomez and Oliver confirmed for DW Festival in November

Missy and OsgoodMichelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver to come face-to-face

at the Doctor Who Festival this year

ExCel Exhibition Centre, London

Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th November

Tickets on general sale now from www.doctorwhofestival.com

 

BBC Worldwide are excited to announce that Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver will be joining Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat at the official Doctor Who Festival, which will take place at ExCeL, London, on the 13th, 14th and 15th November 2015. The Festival will offer fans an exclusive and interactive glimpse into how the inimitable world of Doctor Who is created. (more…)

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