Neil Gaiman is a patron of the Bookend Trust science education program in Australia, and together they are producing a documentary project called SIXTEEN LEGS, about the love-lives of still-living, giant prehistoric spiders the size of a dinner-plate that hide in the caves of Tasmania. This is a creepily fantastic natural history project, and DOCTOR WHO fans may think of Planet of the Spiders and Kill the Moon – but there’s even more to it than that.
Kill The Moon
Review by Eddie McGuigan
There is a train of thought, it has to be said, that Steven Moffat’s tenure as showrunner, compared with any others, particularly Russell T Davies, doesn’t have the same uniformity. It can be argued that Moffat allows his writers a much more loose creative atmosphere in which to work, and, as a result, there’s not the same absolute feel to the stories than there has been in the past.
It’s true that, by its very nature, Doctor Who is a programme that thrives on change and differences, that relies on each week or so being different from the one before, and that the only constants are, for a time, the Doctor and that old blue box. (more…)
Here at Skaro Towers we’re no strangers to the gaming phenomenon that is Minecraft, and for you X-Box 360 players, BBC Worldwide are bringing Doctor Who to the game.
From the official blurb:
“From September 2014, Minecraft players will have access to a range of Doctor Who assets which will allow them to change their avatar to resemble their favourite characters from the show. The first pack – priced at just £1.99 – will include a character inspired by the Twelfth Doctor as well as five other Doctors, each of their on-screen companions and some of the Doctor’s most well known adversaries including his arch-nemeses, the Daleks. (more…)
Reviewed by Alan
Hot on the heels of the success of Arrow, DC were quick to start bringing their properties to the small screen. Direct Arrow spinoff The Flash will be coming up next month, but our first visit is to Batman’s stomping grounds, in Gotham.
The premise is pretty straight-forward. This is Gotham before there was a Batman. Focusing on the newly arrived Jim Gordon, the series takes us through the gangland struggles and Police corruption that are familiar to anyone that’s followed the Batman mythos, or even just seen Batman Begins. (more…)
Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan
One thing you know you get with Gareth Roberts is a right good romp. His previous Doctor Who outings, from the very holiday orientated Planet of the Dead, to his more romantic comedy capers in The Lodger and Closing Time, you get humourous, personable and gentle Doctor Who. Not for Gareth the machinations of the Great And Ancient Time Lord.
As a novelist, it’s my honest opinion that Gareth is the natural successor to Douglas Adams. His adaptation of Shada is a wondrous thing, and kept me company on a fabulous Egyptian holiday. I’m looking forward to the rumoured City of Death novelisation too, and his own stuff, particularly his pairing of Tom Baker and Lalla Ward is just perfection.
So you won’t be surprised to find out that The Caretaker takes these tropes and runs with them. It’s a camp, surreal, Did I Just See That romantic comedy, very Rock Hudson and Doris Dayesque in its quaintness in which the Doctor joins Coal Hill school as the, em, Caretaker, mostly to save the day from a deux ex machina bad guy, the Skovox Blitzer but also to get a right good nosey at what Clara gets up with in her “real” life. And what Clara gets up to is, of course, Danny Pink. (more…)
COMEDIAN FRANK SKINNER CHATS EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT HIS DOCTOR WHO ROLE – IN DWM 478!
FRANK SKINNER – Mummy on the Orient Express guest star, and life-long Doctor Who fan – speaks about his role in the new series, playing Perkins.
“I don’t know how I’ll feel when they say, ‘And that’s a wrap for Mr Skinner,’” Franks admits. “I’m sure I’ll go through a mix of emotions. When footballers are in cup finals, the managers always say, ‘Savour every moment,’ and that’s what I’m doing. Every moment is ‘wowee’!” (more…)
Now available to pre-order from the BBC Shop in the UK, the Complete David Tennant Years boxset. Living up to its name, this mighty boxset gives you pretty much all the David Tennant Doctor Who action you could want. But don’t believe me, here’s the official description.
In this massive 26-disc collection, BBC Worldwide brings together every one of David Tennant’s episodes in this special box set. A perfect gift for Christmas, this set is available in the UK exclusively on bbcshop.com. (more…)
Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan
Time Heist isn’t going to win any awards.
Time Heist isn’t going to be the season game changer. It’s not going to make people sit up and take notice. It’s not going to rock the nation. It’s the episode that will remind you that, after all the hype, we’re into the second act of series 8, and well into Capaldi’s tenure as the Doctor.
To put it in perspective. It’s Capaldi’s World War Three, perhaps more concerningly it’s his Rise of the Cybermen, or maybe worse, it’s his Flesh and Stone.
To be fair, it’s also his Revenge of the Cybermen, so, well… em. Nothing to be gained by comparisons. (more…)
You might have noticed, if you listen to our podcasts, we’ve got some pretty special idents introducing them – none other than the Second Doctor himself! But hold! What else through yonder podcast breaks? We have Matt Smith coming up, Peter Capaldi, and a host of other celebrity introductions, from Alan Patridge to Stewy from Family Guy!
How, you ask, have we managed to get such a star studied celebrity guest list?
Well, it’s all thanks to our new friend Christopher Thomson, actor, voice artist and impressionist supremo! Here are some links where you can find out more about him and hear this unique talent for yourselves! Have a listen to Freedom of the Daleks!
Christopher’s YouTube Channel
And his showreel… it’s just fantastic!
Christopher has been a wannabe voice actor and impressionist for many years – at first writing for himself, but also doing a few odd bits here and there for fan-films or audio. He’s based in Chelmsford, Essex, UK. He auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent last year. He’s always been a fan of Patrick Troughton and it’s his ambition to produce a biopic of his troubled life at some point in the future. He spent a long while working on the voice before he was satisfied! He’d like to work as a voice actor professionally so if you can help, get in touch with me (Eddie) and I’ll pass on the request!