DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL: THE ART OF DOCTOR WHO
The characters and scenarios from Doctor Who have been inspiring artists since 1963. The latest special edition of Doctor Who Magazine celebrates the best of their contributions to both the programme and the vast range of licensed products that rely on their skill.
“This is how the story of Doctor Who unfolded in the eyes of the artists who interpreted, shaped and represented the show,” says editor Marcus Hearn. “In fact, the story begins before the first episode was even transmitted – we have articles examining the creation of the Doctor Who logo and the filming of the original title sequence.” (more…)
Are you intrigued by the stories that never were, like the original plans for Seasons 23 or 27? This weekend is a great time to find out more, as Big Finish have reduced all of their Lost Stories until the morning (UK time) of Monday 27th April. Check out the offer here!
Over in Arrow, Ray Palmer recently went up against the Arrow only to find his technological superiority wasn’t sufficient against Oliver’s skills and experience. A life-threatening injury brought home to him the need to work to improve the suit, and he heads to Star Labs in Central City with Felicity in order to meet the best person to help him – Cisco. Apparently this episode was supposed to air before his injury in Arrow, but the hiatus messed things up a bit). The premise is a bit wobbly, but any excuse to get Ray and Felicity over to Central works for me. (more…)
Big Finish are releasing two of their novel adaptations – Gareth Roberts The Well Mannered War and Russell T (whatever happened to him?) Davies’s Damaged Goods – a full month prior to the planned May 2015 release.
Incorporating new packaging that allows for more pages of extras, and with a download-exclusive two hour edit of the fifth disc (which includes an interview with Mr Cucumber himself) this looks to be rather fun, if I may be allowed a bit of an understatement. Full details can be found on the Big Finish website.
Given just how prevalent the super hero genre is at the moment, it’s worth remembering that this wasn’t always the case, and that outside of cartoons, Smallville largely held up the torch alone for a decade; during which time it was mining the comics for characters, and the Superman film and tv past for actors to play them. (more…)
Ten years ago Doctor Who returned to television and DWM is celebrating with four very special covers!
Ten years after the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) grabbed the arm of Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and told her to “Run!”, Doctor Who is still going strong, as one of the greatest TV success stories of the past decade. Doctor Who Magazine celebrates this milestone with a special commemorative issue that comes with four different covers, each one featuring one of the twenty-first century Doctors – Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi!
Inside the issue, we look back on the show’s success, with contributions from writers Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell, Toby Whithouse, Gareth Roberts, Chris Chibnall, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson, as well as from BBC Head of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson, who gives his view on the future of Doctor Who…
ALSO INSIDE ISSUE 485 OF DWM…
Last week, Cisco finally learnt Harrison Wells’ secret; Barry revealed his identity to Iris; Joe put himself in non-essential danger (again); and Flash discovered if he ran fast enough, he could travel through time.
At the end of last week’s episode, Flash found himself a week in the past, raising the question of how his trip back in time would effect the timeline. (more…)
The latest issue of Panini’s The Essential Doctor Who is devoted to the Doctor’s most dangerous opponent: the Master!
Over 116 pages of all-new material, the latest issue of The Essential Doctor Who examines every Master story – from Terror of the Autons to Death in Heaven – and profiles the actors who have brought the villainous Time Lord to life. (more…)
So the Dark Eyes 4 box set is with us – and as such the franchise is finally closed, with the four-story narrative neatly (and sometimes not so neatly) wrapping up this, and other, Big Finish story arcs.
The writing credits are jointly shared by BF alumni Matt Fitton and John Dorney, with Fitton also showrunning and defining the arc.
The series opens with Dorney’s A Life in the Day: Liv and the Doctor are in London, being chased by alien assassins for unknown reasons, and tying up with the Donaldson siblings, who may be hiding more than they admit. For me this is possibly the best of the bunch. Without giving too much away, ALitD provides a new angle on an old SF trope, and its an extremely interesting one. It asks questions of the genre that have generally been left unasked before, namely, what does it feel like to be the one the, um, don’t want to spoil, the one the thing isn’t happening to in the relationship, and for this reason alone it makes the boxset worth the asking price. Of course, there are many other reasons too… (more…)