The highly recommended, and down right terrifying, audio drama ‘The Omega Factor: The Old Gods’ has been short listed for Best Online Only Audio Drama by the BBC. You can buy the box set, with Louise Jameson and Terry Molloy, here.
With Peter Capaldi and show runner Steven Moffat both talking about their respective exits this week (here and here) it’s starting to look like S11 will see a new Doctor and production team. At this time S10’s air date hasn’t been confirmed but with a later start to production it’s either going to be split between 2016/17 or air in 2017 (probably back in it’s Easter slot).
Although some may take Peter’s comments about this being his last year as meaning he’ll regenerate in the Xmas Special. We hope not as Capaldi’s Doctor took it to another level this year and he deserves at least one more full season.
As always with Doctor Who the exit of the old team means the entrance of the new team and a big shakeup to the show. Could this be the time for the first female Doctor?
Now, I am famously not a fan of the crossover. I find having characters from multiple different fictional universes interacting in each others’ spaces achieves little more than breaking two fourth walls at once, if I may stretch that metaphor beyond what is fashionable numerically.
Similarly, I’ve said long and often how much I dislike the part-performed, part-narrated sort of audio play that Big Finish typically puts out in its First and Second Doctor ranges. In this case, it’s the jerk of tense-change that breaks the fourth wall for me, pulling me right out of the story.
So it came as something of a surprise that the eighth outing in Big Finish’s Doctor Who Novel Adaptations range – Guy Adam’s part-performed, part-narrated adaptation of Andy Lane’s Who/Holmes crossover All Consuming Fire, with up to three of its fourth walls missing – is so very, very, very bloody good indeed.
I think partly this works because the (part-)narration style is absolutely correct for one of its canons. Since the original Holmes stories were narrated by Watson, having Watson do the same here feels perfectly fine; and the addition of a few other voices to the task of narration similarly doesn’t seem at all out of place.
The meeting of two canons, my other bugbear, is also a (surprisingly) effective thing. The mercurial Seventh Doctor is perfect in Holmes’s world, confounding the latter with an equal intellect but far more humour throughout, as is his wont, in a manner that leaves the Great Detective utterly baffled. (more…)
After last month’s trek 5 years beyond Miracle Day, it’s back in time for One Rule and a pre-Battle of Canary Wharf Yvonne Hartman.
Director of Torchwood One in London, we last saw Yvonne in the Army of Ghosts / Doomsday two-parter, (if you’re not familiar, now’s a good time to check out the two episodes… done? Yes, it is a striking resemblance between Martha and her cousin!) so she’s possibly not be the most expected choice of episode star for this series. It’s also the first time that Yvonne has appeared in a story under the Torchwood banner, so does One Rule manage to keep consistent quality with the previous stories?
After last week’s two-part pseudo Justice League crossover with Arrow, we’re briefly back with the home team again before the mid-season break, in an episode which echoes back to the days of the Batman TV show with a good old multi-villain team-up. (more…)
We spoke recently to Matthew Jacobs and Vanessa Yuille about their current project, a documentary about American Doctor Who Fans called ‘Doctor Who Am I’. (listen here). You can also watch them tell you about their film below.
Matt was the writer of the Doctor Who TV Movie but kept some distance between himself and fandom after the movies critical reception with some fans. Recently he was invited to a fan convention and this documentary charts him being reintroduced to Doctor Who fandom. It also looks in detail at American fans of the show, something that’s not been looked at this way before.
If you want to find out more about ‘Doctor Who Am I’ you can read more on it’s website: http://www.doctorwhoami.com/
You can also help crowd found the document via their Indigogo campaign.
Filming began in February 2015 at the Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles with additional interviews with fans shot over the summer and at the Long Island Who Convention in November. It’s due for release next year to tie in with the 20th anniversary of the TV movie.
THE BUMPER 100-PAGE FESTIVE EDITION OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE IS OUT NOW!
Doctor Who Magazine takes a look forward to this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special – The Husbands of River Song – and also features an exclusive interview with the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi…
We asked Peter how is the Doctor going to cope with meeting River Song again? (more…)
NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORIES OF THE WOMAN WHO LIVED
‘Ten thousand hours is all it takes to master any skill. Twenty thousand, and you’re the best in the world.
Over a hundred thousand, and you’re the best there’s ever been.’
Ashildr, a young Viking girl, died helping the Doctor and Clara to save her village. Brought back to life by the Doctor using alien technology, she is now immortal – The Woman Who Lived. Since then, Ashildr has kept journals, detailing her extraordinary life.
With titles like these, it’s no great surprise that the now-traditional mid-season crossover story is being used to launch the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow series. What is perhaps more surprising, is that whilst it feels more like the sort of 1970s Giant crossover story that used to appear in the summer before comics invented ‘Events’, this two-parter feels like it’s working within the ongoing plots of the respective shows, rather than taking a step away for the duration.
It may be hard to believe sometimes, but there was a time when there were people even more divisive than Steven Moffat – and one of the most divisive in the past century has been Sigmund Freud.The oft-quoted “father of psychoanalysis”, the frequent focus on sexual history in his theories have fallen out of favour (though they give good joke material) but many aspects of the methodology of analysis and therapy remain.
Now, The Sigmund Freud Files gives a new aspect to the Professor – how would he have dealt with personal involvement in cases of crime? Big Finish bring us Bastei’s new English-language adaptations of the successful German series from 2011 – but do they stack up or end up as a Freudian slip?