OK, so it’s not the proper avengers but there are a lot more of the American Avengers and their hearts are in the right place. They start kicking botty next week but here is a nice little feature about the ground breaking IMAX camera use.
Today, BBC Worldwide has announced that the complete collection of this classic BBC sci-fi adventure will be released on DVD on the 12th March and is available to pre-order now from amazon.co.uk.
Produced by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks from Doctor Who, the cult sci-fi series was first broadcast on the BBC in January 1978 and ran for four, 13-episode series until 1981. The programme follows the adventures of a small group of rebels, led by Blake (Gareth Thomas), as they fight against the totalarian Terran Federation who control Earth.
Yes, the official series 5 – and with RTD on board as well! This time round he is in a more advisory role behind the scenes, adding to the wealth of Big Finish talent proven in the past couple of years.
Cardiff is not so much invaded as occupied – these aliens look human enough to avoid mass panic, and have built enough financial and political clout to make them a formidable foe for anyone who should want to shift them. But these newcomers may not be all that’s alien in Cardiff, and things are never straighforward where the freshly-rebuilding Torchwood are involved…
As the finale to Aliens Among Us approaches, it seems a good time to have a look back at some of the recent entries in Big Finish’s monthly range of Torchwood that has helped pave the way in popularity and quality. They all feature members of the team who would be unlikely to appear in that “fifth season” – though stranger things have certainly happened in the series! – and tell very different tales in different ways. But how do they fare as entries to the Torchwood canon?
At the end of 2017 a remarkable chapter in the history of Doctor Who draw to a close. Two incarnations of the Time Lord overcame an existential threat… before the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor heralded a bold new era for the programme.
The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is a unique celebration of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures, from The Return of Doctor Mysterio through to Twice Upon a Time. Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the year in Doctor Who. (more…)
There’s a new Doctor in town. Or rather, an old one. Or rather, rather, a young one. Or rather rather rather, a new old young one. It all gets a bit confusing, this time travel shenanigans.
On Christmas Day 2017, mere moments after his appearance as the actual First Doctor on BBC1 (as opposed to simply the mere mortal who played him in Mark Gatiss’s 2013 Hartnell biopic An Adventure in Space and Time), David Bradley’s Doctor was inaugurated into the Big Finish Hall of Fame with the release of their First Doctor Adventures volume one. Two stories, from the pens of Messrs Fitton and Adams (chained as they are, without let or relief, to the BF writing table) starring the First Doctor and his original team of travelling companions: granddaughter Susan (played by Claudia Grant [who played Carole-Ann Ford in AAISAT]) and her teachers Ian Chesterton (Jamie Glover [William Russell]) and Barbara Wright (Jemma Powell [Jaqueline Hill]). Like I said, confusing. (more…)
Sometimes the most terrifying place in the world can be the most normal. When the Doctor, Flip and Constance visit a caravan park in Abbey Marston they are not in for a relaxing holiday. It’s not that people don’t come to Abbey Marston to get away from it; it’s just that people no longer here sometimes come to visit.
As Peter Capaldi calls time on his adventures in the Tardis, Jo Whiley has exclusive access to the Doctor Who team. She catches up with the stars of the series on the set including Pearl Mackie, David Bradley, Exec Producer extraordinaire Steven Moffat, and the Doctor himself. Plus, Jo hears from outgoing companion, Matt Lucas, and digs into the BBC Doctor Who archive.
There will be stories from behind the scenes including how Matt approaches being recognised by fans, the radical ways in which Pearl’s life has changed, Pele’s reaction to signing a Brazil shirt for the Doctor and how Doctor Who has always been with Peter Capaldi – from dressing up as a Dalek as a child, to karaoke singalongs to The Killers all in the name of getting into character…
Plus, Radio 2 listeners will find out which member of the team has a penchant for Chas and Dave!
Catch it at 8pm, Thursday 21 December
KYLE BARGHOUT: This was one boxset I really wasn’t looking forward to.
NIC FORD: Good start…
KB: As much as I love Big Finish’s output and the tweaks they have made to other parts of the Doctor Who range to improve it, anything New Who was always going to be unwelcoming for me. The RTD era was one of the weakest series of the shows entire history in my opinion. It set a trend of smugness and an air of self satisfaction that I feel has only grown under Moffat. It sacrificed plot and logical story telling for dramatic yet nonsensical, emotional scenes. Worse, the 40 minute format utterly ruined any chance of detailed character development.
NF: Well, Kyle and I have famously always disagreed here. For me, Who post-2005 has been an absolutely triumph, building on a brand of story telling that was always strong and refashioning it for a modern audience. As with every wannabe Who writer, I’d change almost everything if given the chance, of course; but that’s more testament to how inspiring I’ve found the modern show than criticism of it. And for me, Russell Tiberius Davies is the master crafstman of TV drama. (more…)