An Adventure In Space and Time Posters

An Adventure in Space and Time Poster 1

 

Following in the style of series 7 of Doctor Who, the BBC have released two fantastic new posters for the upcoming Mark Gattis docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, chronicling the early years of Doctor Who, and featuring David Bradley as William Hartnell. Click on the images for the hi-res versions.

An Adventure in Space and Time Poster 2

Atlantis Who

 

NEW FANTASY SERIES ATLANTIS FOLLOWS DOCTOR WHO 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL IN BBC AMERICA’S BIGGEST SUPERNATURAL SATURDAY EVER

From the creators of Merlin and BAFTA award-winning series Misfits

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New York – October 24, 2013 – BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday brings the iconic lost city to life in new 13-part fantasy-adventure series, Atlantis. When Jason (Jack Donnelly, Dancing on the Edge) sets out to find his father, he could never imagine his journey would lead to a strange, yet impossibly familiar land full of dangerous creatures, legendary heroes and palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants – the ancient fabled city of Atlantis.In a milestone television event, Atlantispremieres Saturday, November 23, 9:00pm ET/PT following the encore broadcast of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, as part of BBC AMERICA’s biggest Supernatural Saturday ever.

A young man trying to unearth his roots and find his missing father, Jason’s search unexpectedly leads him to this strange mythical realm – and whether he likes it or not, he isn’t leaving anytime soon. He must now familiarize himself with their customs, earn a living, forge alliances and fight-off otherworldly foes. Jason quickly learns that beneath the surface of what appears to be a magical place, is a dark and simmering past filled with secrets and deceit to which he now seems inexplicably bound. And when he becomes embroiled in a perilous game of politics and power, Jason will need all the help he can get.

 

Befriended by an overweight, overly-confident Hercules (Mark Addy, Game of Thrones) and the studious young Pythagoras (Robert Emms, War Horse), Jason embarks on an adventure, which sees him brush shoulders with a sweet girl named Medusa (Jemima Rooper, Hex),come face to face with the fearsome Minotaur, do battle with the dead and catch the eye and heart of the beautiful Ariadne (Aiysha Hart, About Time), the princess of Atlantis whose family and royal standing restricts who she may love. Accordingly, Jason discovers the treachery of Atlantis’ rulers, including Queen Pasiphaë (Sarah Parish, Hatfields & McCoys), a rumored manipulator of the dark arts who has her own plans for Ariadne. Jason finds guidance and protection with the revered Oracle (Juliet Stevenson, The Hour), who has never felt the burden of responsibility more than when Jason arrives in Atlantis. He learns from the soothsayer that it’s no mistake he happens upon the shores of the famed city – it is fate.  In realizing his destiny, Jason and his allies willvoyage through a vast store of myths and legends, re-imagined for a new generation.

Creator, writer, and executive producer Howard Overman (Misfits), on the series:  “It is both a privilege and a delight to have the opportunity to take audiences on a journey into the fantastical world of Atlantis. Drawing on the Greek Myths for inspiration, we aim to tell classic, action adventure stories in unexpected and exciting ways.”

The new 13-part series was filmed in Wales and Morocco. Executive producers are Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy, and Howard Overman for Urban Myth Films and Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales.

 

CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS

 

Jason                                                    Jack Donnelly (Dancing on the Edge, House of Anubis)

Hercules                                              Mark Addy (Game of Thrones, The Full Monty)

Pythagoras                                            Robert Emms (War Horse, Kick-Ass 2)

Pasiphaë                                               Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys, Mistresses)

The Oracle                                           Juliet Stevenson (The Hour, Bend it Like Beckham)

Medusa                                                Jemima Rooper (Lost in Austen, Hex)

Ariadne                                                Aiysha Hart (About Time, Djinn)

Minos                                                   Alexander Siddig (Da Vinci’s Demons, 24)

 

Creators                                              Julian Murphy (Merlin, Hex)

Johnny Capps (Merlin, Hex)

Howard Overman (Misfits, Merlin)

 

Director                                               Justin Molotnikov (Shameless, Merlin)

 

Executive Producer                              Bethan Jones (Sherlock, Mistresses)

 

EPISODE SYNOPSES:

 

EPISODE ONE – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 9:00 PM ET/PT

Jason goes searching for his father and ends up on the shores of an ancient land full of mythical creaturesand legendary heroes: the lost city of Atlantis. But it seems the newcomer has arrived at the worst possible time, and becomes caught in a deadly ritual from which no one has ever escaped.

 

EPISODE TWO – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 9:00PM ET/PT

When a dying old man asks for the trio’s help in locating his missing daughter, Jason, Hercules, and Pythagoras find themselves battling the fierce worshipers of Dionysus alongside a young woman named Medusa.

 

EPISODE THREE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 9:00PM ET/PT

After insulting the rich and powerful Heptarian, Jason and his friends are arrested and sentenced to compete in the perilous sport of bull leaping. In order to gain their freedom they must first survive this daunting test of bravery, but Jason’s enemies are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep him from getting out alive.

 

Episodes Four-Thirteen will be released on a later date.

Doctor Who Experience News

 

Throughout the anniversary month of Doctor Who, the Doctor Who Experience will be running set tours to the actual set of the TARDIS. Details below:

 

·         Saturday 26th October to Sunday 1st of November to commemorate the anniversary month.

 

·         Tours run up to 7 times a day.

 

·         Booking is through the normal channels (online and at the box office in person) from now.

 

We have a small allocation of tickets available to those who had purchased advance sale tickets prior to the 25th October 2013 when these tickets went on general sale.

 

These are available on the day at our Box Office. We can check purchase dates through our Box Office system on the day and upgrade your ticket. The ticket price difference will be charged upon upgrade. Please be advised, this will affect the duration of your visit and we may not have your preferred time available.

 

Please note, this can only be guaranteed to those who purchased advance tickets prior to the 29th July for dates between 29th July and 25th August 2013 inclusive.

Ticket returns may be available on the day, but these will be very limited and cannot be guaranteed in any way.

 

Prices Below:

 

ADULT *

£20.50

£2.21

£22.71

£24.00

£0.00

£24.00

CHILD*

£14.50

£1.68

£16.18

£18.00

£0.00

£18.00

FAMILY

£62.00

£5.28

£67.28

£74.50

£0.00

£74.50

ADULT MERCH*

£39.00

£3.61

£42.61

£45.50

£0.00

£45.50

CHILD MERCH*

£33.00

£3.18

£36.18

£39.50

£0.00

£39.50

FAMILY MERCH

£91.00

£7.32

£98.32

£107.50

£0.00

£107.50

 

Carer tickets are also available – all ticket information (times, accessibility requirements and other further details)

 

·         The set is accessible to wheelchairs – one per tour (as it is a working set and not designed as a visitor attraction)

·         Please note: the TARDIS set is a working one, and due to its purpose, may be recalled for Production purposes at very short notice. Should this happen, we will contact bookers and where possible offer them an alternative tour. This will likely be on another date and time.

 

Halloween Half Term Activities

TARDIS photobooth tour starting at Cardiff Castle and visiting cinema chains around the Capital.

Extended opening hours and the monsters come to life on 31 October.

Who At 50!

Who at Fifty – Manchester’s very own Doctor Who fringe festival

16th – 30th November, 2013

 

“Manchester pays homage to Doctor Who with a two week fringe festival of new drama, screenings and special appearances”

 

Doctor Who is fifty years old on the 23rd November, 2013 and four of Manchester’s best loved venues are teaming up with a host of events over two weeks to help you celebrate!  New drama, live episodes, screenings, poetry and a great big party for Doctor Who’s 50th birthday on Saturday, 23rd November.  With more goodies than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at, it’s truly bigger on the inside!

 

THE ART OF WHOkicks things off on Saturday, 16th November with your chance to meet some of the amazing talents behind the Doctor Who comic strip – currently the Guinness Book of Records World Record holder for the longest running tie-in comic strip.  You’ll see rare art, chat to the creators and maybe buy some original art if the fancy takes you!

 

Another key creative Who at Fifty is also delighted to welcome is ANDREW CARTMEL who will be in conversation at the Lass O’Gowrie on the 30th November. As script editor during the later years of the original run, Andrew did much to lay the ground for Russell T Davies triumphant return in 2005 and is a key voice in the evolution of the show from ratings also-ran to conqueror of Ant and Dec!

 

Sunday, 17th November sees a chance to meet the very first director of Doctor Who – WARIS HUSSEIN, one of the men who created Doctor Who in 1963.  A BAFTA winner and renowned director, this is the first time Waris has appeared in Manchester and is not to be missed!

 

Waris will also be present at a very special live restaging of his original debut AN UNEARTHLY CHILD at FAB Café.  A full cast, live performance of the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963 starring Phil Dennison as the Doctor, this unique presentation is being staged in support of the Alzheimer’s Society and is brought to you by Lass Productions and Scytheplays, the team behind 2013 fringe smash hits V for Vendetta and the Ballad of Halo Jones.

 

An Unearthly Child runs on the 17th, 18th and 19th November and is performed as a double bill with the follow-up, EDGE OF DESTRUCTION on the 23rd November.  Edge of Destruction then continues its run on the 24th and 25th November.

 

The drama doesn’t end there.  Who at Fifty also showcases the premiere of AN ADVENTURE IN TIME AND SPACE; 50 YEARS IN 50 RELS – an anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble and Manchester Theatre Award winning playwright (and lifelong Who fan) Ian Winterton.   Other Doctor Who inspired drama not to be missed includes THE PYRAMIDS OF MARGATE, a solo theatre tragicomedy addressing (alien) life, love, dreams and … Tom Baker which wowed the critics at Edinburgh and NEMESIS – a rehearsed play reading from David Agnew, a bittersweet tale of a couple and how the return of Doctor Who to our screens in 2005 makes an indelible mark on their lives.

 

Doctor Who has always had a great and British sense of humour at its heart.  The programme even had comic genius Douglas Adams as script editor in the late Seventies!  With this in mind, Who at Fifty showcases more comedy than you can shake a Perigosto Stick at!

 

Fringe favourites THE SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE return to the Lass on the 17th November with Socks in Space, their sell-out Edinburgh show with some very special new Doctor Who material to tease us with.  They are also joined later that evening by a Doctor Who themed WET FEET special stand-up evening, with Manchester’s biggest Who fan comedians giving their all with MC JOHN COOPER.  John is also at the helm for JUST AN EARTH MINUTE – A Doctor Who tinged edition of the Radio Four classic.  Stand-up and poet, ROD TAME tells us how Doctor Who makes his life make sense with his sell-out show STRANGE WORLD, ODD PERSON on the 25th November, while fans themselves get to dictate the action in a very special improvised episode of Doctor Who performed by the Comedysportz improve comedy troupe in LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS on Saturday, 30th November.

 

You don’t necessarily need to be an avid fan to take part in the fun?  Thursday, 21st November sees a very special Doctor Who edition of the LASS PUB QUIZ, in association with the Manchester Library Service.  Hosted by ROD TAME with special guest BERNARD PADDEN, who starred as Tylos in Full Circle – a Tom Baker Doctor Who story from 1980, the quiz promises, fun, clips and other interactive treats to challenge the casual fan and hardcore followers of Doctor Who alike.

 

It wouldn’t be Doctor Who without a few screenings either, and Who at Fifty has plenty on offer.  Monday, 18th November sees a rare 16mm film screening of THIS SPORTING LIFE – the 1963 kitchen sink drama starring Richard Harris and William Hartnell that convinced BBC TV bosses to give Hartnell the role of the Doctor and in doing so, change TV history.  The 26th November sees a screening of the David Tennant epic THE STOLEN EARTH while the Lass O’Gowrie will show the big anniversary special – the DAY OF THE DOCTOR on big screens in HD on the evening of the 23rd and docu-drama AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME on the 22nd.  Finally, Wednesday THE COBBLES OF DOOM on the 20th at Taurus celebrates the links between Corrie and Doctor Who with an evening of clips and interviews brought to you by the Fiction Stroker and PHIL COLLINSON, the only man to have ever produced both Doctor Who and Coronation Street.

 

Discussing the programme, Festival co-ordinator Gareth Kavanagh notes;

 

Doctor Who at Fifty is something we’ve been building up to for years.  We’ve had so much pleasure from this wonderful show over the years and Who at Fifty is Manchester’s love letter to Doctor Who. With our links to the show being as strong as they are – ‘beit it from the links between Corrie and Doctor Who or merely as home to Russell T Davies and the place he drew his inspiration from as he plotted the show’s triumphant return to our screens in 2005, it just feels right for our City to give something back to the fans!”

 

Tickets are available on the door (unless sold out) and advance tickets are available from http://www.wegottickets.com/.

 

Participating venues include; the Lass O’Gowrie, FAB Café, Taurus and the Town Hall Tavern.

 

Unearthly Child photoshoot credits – shot director Paul Anderton, lighting Peter Michael George, ace photographer Andrew Greenland and Steven Mitton’s smoke machine!

 

Join the fun over at Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/570519719680069

 

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Who at Fifty

16th – 30th November, 2013

 

SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER

 

THE ART OF WHO

Join Matt Badham and special guests Adrian Salmon, Martin Geraghty and the team Vworp Vworp for a Doctor Who in the comics afternoon at the Lass.  Expect talks, demonstrations, sneak previews and original art for sale.
Date 16th November

Start time: 1pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: none

Category: Q&A
SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER

 

An AUDIEnCE WITH WARIS HUSSEIN

Join Gareth Kavanagh in conversation with BAFTA winning director Waris Hussein – the very first director of Doctor Who and the man who, alongside Verity Lambert cast William Hartnell as the Doctor and in doing so, shaped the 50 years that followed.  This is a rare chance to meet one of the founding fathers of Doctor Who and not to be missed!
Date 17th November

Start time: 2:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Q&A/Screening
AN UNEARTHLY CHILD

Join the Doctor, his granddaughter and a pair of schoolteachers for a terrifying journey through space and time.  A full cast, live performance of the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963 – An Unearthly Child, starring Phil Dennison and brought to you by Lass Productions and Scytheplays, the team behind smash hits V for Vendetta and the Ballad of Halo Jones.

 

Please note; this is a not for profit, charity performance.  The cast and crew are giving their time for free and all profits from the performances will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 17th November

Start time: 5:30pm and 7:00pm

Tickets: £4.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Drama
sOCKS IN SPACE! THE SCOTTISH FALSETTO SOCK PUPPET THEATRE

They’re back!  Join these filthy wee tykes for a brand new show of songs, sketches, socks and violence with a sci fi theme from Earth’s funniest Socks. Everything from Alien to Star Wars via Doctor Who, The Avengers and whatever you ask for!

 

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are the comedy double act that has to be seen to be believed. Absolutely stupidly hilarious! Taking on anything from James Bond to Star Wars, these guys bring you a brand new show full of songs, sketches, socks and violence. The stars of BBC 3’s Comedy Shuffle and Upstaged, and MTV’s Best Show Ever, and the darlings of YouTube bring you songs, sketches, socks and violence. Including an entire Shakespeare play in its entirety (slightly abridged)! ‘Had every single audience member… laughing until they cried’ (Edinburgh Evening News, Aug 2012).
Date 17th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £10.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: 14+, strong language

Category: Comedy

 

WET FEET – STANDUP COMEDY DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL!

A Doctor Who special of WET FEET – a comedy night for new acts to get their feet wet doing short 10 minute sets, and where more established comedians can try out new material. The closing act will be “Talking the Plank”, a unique improvised set made up from Doctor Who suggestions by the audience. It’s never anything less than a whole lot of fun. Using nautical metaphors, our Eternals sail into treacherous areas of space at 8:30pm, and are sent back by the Guardians into the echoing void of Manchester not long after 10pm.
Date 17th November

Start time: 8:30pm

Tickets: FREE

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: 18+, strong language

Category: Comedy

 

MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER

 

AN UNEARTHLY CHILD

A full cast, live performance of the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963 in support of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 18th November

Start time: 7:00pm

Tickets: £4.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Drama
aaben cinema club – THIS SPORTING LIFE 16mm screening

Don’t miss this rare 16mm film screening of This Sporting Life.  A kitchen sink drama from 1964 starring a young Richard Harris, it was Hartnell’s touching performance as an ageing rugby talent scout that convinced original Producer Verity Lambert and Director Waris Hussein that he was the only contender for the part of the Doctor.
Date 18th November

Start time: 8pm

Tickets: Donation on door

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: 18+

Category: Film
TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER

 

AN UNEARTHLY CHILD

A full cast, live performance of the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963 in support of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 19th November

Start time: 7:00pm

Tickets: £4.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Drama

 

JUST AN EARTH MINUTE

A one off special blending Doctor Who and the Radio 4 favourite!  Hosted by John Cooper, join our special panel of guests in this infamous Panel game in which the contestants are challenged to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition on any Doctor Who related subject that comes up on the cards!
Date 19th November

Start time: 8pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions: None

Category: Comedy

 

WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER

 

Doctor who and THE COBBLES OF DOOM! 

The world’s longest running sci-fi show and soap opera have more in common than you’d think!  Join Manchester blogger Matt Charlton – aka the Fiction Stroker and special guest Phil Collinson, the only person to produce both shows for an evening of clips and other material collated in collaboration with ITV and the Corrie team.  You’ll see a host of familiar faces in unfamiliar settings, including a Doctor in the Street, brave companions running the gauntlet of the Rovers and villains more terrifying than even Richard Hillman himself!  All profits go to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 20th November

Start time: 7pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: Taurus, 1 Canal Street, Manchester M1 3HE

Age restrictions; 18+

Category: Q&A/Screening
THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER

 

Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

“Humans – you’re so linear!”

From (just before…) the TARDIS lands in a certain junkyard in 1963, we recreate the adventures of all 11 (12?!) of the Doctor’s incarnations as, aided by an army of loyal companions, he battles Daleks, Cybermen, Ice Warriors, Sontarans, the Master and literally hundreds of other monsters in the order he (probably) experienced them – all in just 50 rels (a Dalek unit of measurement roughly – very roughly – equivalent to one of our Earth minutes). An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 21st November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
special doctor who quiz!

A special pub quiz on Doctor Who across the ages.  Hosted by Rod Tame with special guest Bernard Padden (Tylos from 1980’s Doctor Who classic, Full Circle), expect clips, brainteasers, devilish trivia and lashings of fun in this special edition of the Lass pub quiz brought to you in association with the Manchester Libraries Service.
Date 21st November

Start time: 8:30pm

Tickets: £1.00 per person on the night (all monies go into the quiz pot)

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 18+

Category: Quiz
FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER

 

Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 22nd November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
AN Adventure space AND TIME – LIVE SCREENING

Live screening of the hugely anticipated Mark Gatiss docu-drama on William Hartnell and the genesis of Doctor Who.  Note; time is assumed, actual transmission date may change nearer the time.
Date 22nd November

Start time: 9:00pm

Tickets: FREE

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; None

Category: Screening
SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER – DOCTOR WHO’S 50th ANNIVERSARY!

 

AN UNEARTHLY CHILD/edge of destruction double bill

A double bill full cast, live performance of An Unearthly Child, the very first episode of Doctor Who from 1963, followed by the premiere of a new performance of a claustrophobic two part story from 1964 – Edge of Destruction.  Please note; this is a not for profit, charity performance.  The cast and crew are going their time for free with all profits donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date 23rd November

Start time: 2:00pm

Tickets: £7.50

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: none

Category: Drama

 

the pyramids of margate

Solo theatre tragicomedy addressing (alien) life, love, dreams and … Tom Baker.  The Pyramids of Margate is a solo theatre piece following the course of one evening in the life of Doctor Who fanatic, local council worker and incurable dreamer David Kennedy.  As well as his beloved Doctor Who, David has two obsessions – the beautiful Polish girl from the accounts department, and SETI (the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence).  Fresh from humiliating himself in front of most of Thanet District Council in the local pub, David takes refuge in his laptop link-up to SETI.   Against all the odds – Something is happening!  Is some unknown force attempting to communicate with David through a potent combination of dream, nostalgia and physical sensation (he’s experience strange spasms in his left arm)?  Or … not?  Will he get the girl?  Will his name live in history?  Has he made the greatest discovery of all time?

 

THE PYRAMIDS OF MARGATEis a hymn to all lost and dreaming humanity, to everyone who has ever looked into a star-spattered sky and wondered what or who is out there, to all those who have ever put on an impossibly long multi-coloured scarf and dug into a bag of jelly babies.  The show is initially very funny, but as the human face behind the geek façade emerges also deeply touching.
Date 23rd November

Start time: 5:15pm

Tickets: £5.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction; 14+

Category: Drama
the day of the doctor – live screening of the anniversary episode

Join a host of Who fans for the last of 2013’s legendary LIVE Lass Doctor Who viewings on the big screen.  The Doctor and Clara are still stuck in the Doctor’s timeline, and the only way out is to open the lock on the Doctor’s darkest day, the Time War….

 

First come, first served, doors open to Who fans and their understanding friends only, from 5:30pm.
Date 23rd November

Start time: 7:45pm (estimated, times may change).  Doors open from 5:30pm.

Tickets: FREE

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction; none, although children under 16 will need to be off the premises by 9:30pm alas, or the Reapers will have us.

Category: Screening

 

the leisure hive – doctor who movieoke and burlesque

Join us in the pleasuredome.  You pick the Doctor scene and act it out with the dialogue on the big screen. It’s karaoke but with your favourite Doctor Who scenes instead! A brilliant final chance to enjoy Movieoke at the Lass.  May also include Doctor Who themed Burlesque.  Fomasi not welcome.
Date 23rd November

Start time: 9:30pm (estimated, times may change)

Tickets: FREE

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction; 18+

Category: Entertainment

 

doctor who screening after-show fancy dress party

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Time Lords 1st appearance on our screens, Fab is having a Who Party!  We are offering discount entry for all who attend in Doctor Who fancy dress. Drinks offers, fun, shenanigans and galavanting ahoy!  Geronimo!
Date 23rd November

Start time: 10pm

Tickets: FREE

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Category: Par-tay!
SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER

 

edge of destruction

Join the Doctor, his granddaughter and a pair of schoolteachers in a claustrophobic thriller set in an out of control TARDIS.  A full cast, live performance of this brilliant early adventure from 1964, starring Phil Dennison as the Doctor and brought to you by Lass Productions and Scytheplays, the team behind smash hits V for Vendetta and the Ballad of Halo Jones.

 

Please note; this is a not for profit, charity performance.  The cast and crew are going their time for free with all profits donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date: 24th November

Start time: 2pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restriction: none

Category: Drama
REHEARSAL SPACE FUNDRAISER

Following on from the success of the Bewilderbeastly Productions play Rehearsal Space, which debuted at Fab earlier this year at part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival; there are some exciting plans afoot to extend it, expand it, and take it on tour. But they need your help! This fundraising event is a bit of comedy, a bit of cabaret, a bit of something for everyone, taking the characters from Rehearsal Space and thrusting them into strange and peculiar scenarios. This is the beginning of a very exciting time for the cast, and they hope you can share in this journey with them, as they take Rehearsal Space to new heights!
Date 24th November

Start time: 5pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restrictions: 18+

Category: Cabaret

 

MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER

 

edge of destruction

A full cast, live performance of this brilliant early adventure from 1964, with all profits donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date: 25th November

Start time: 2pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN

Age restriction: none

Category: Drama
strange world, odd peRSON

A regular performer across the UK and recently the States, performance poet Rod has had his debut poetry collection Strange World Odd Person published by Flapjack Press, May 2013.  Playfully energetic with a good dollop of the profound. Gerry Potter, poet, playwright & director No geek tragedy, this show contains mild peril, scenes of unexpected lust and some strong language CORKS!
Date: 25th November

Start time: 8pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Category: Comedy
TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER

 

THE STOLEN EARTH

When Earth and twenty-six other planets are stolen and taken to the Medusa Cascade, it’s up to the combined forces of UNIT, Torchwood, Sarah Jane and Rose to fight off the thieves, who only have one thing to say to the resistance: “EX-TER-MIN-ATE!” …and the Tenth Doctor is nowhere to be found.

 

The latest in FAB’s lovely cosy tea time screenings, this time round with David Tennant’s Stolen Earth.
Date 26th November

Start time: 6:00pm

Tickets: FREE

Venue: FAB Café, 109 Portland St, Manchester, Greater Manchester M1 6DN Age restrictions; 18+

Category: Screening
WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

 

Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 27th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER

 

NEMESIS

A drama premiere.  Mark and Rachel meet at university: He’s coming out of his slumber, its 2005 and Doctor Who is returning from the wilderness. She’s annoyed. She can’t go home without monsters stalking the streets.  Together they embark on a journey of Barcelona, Murray Gold and the void between worlds. But, in the darkness is Steve, Rachel’s ideal man and Mark’s nemesis. Mark’s demons come to the fore as he starts having delusions of travelling in time – will Mark’s nemesis conquer his universe?

 

A rehearsed reading of a new drama from David Agnew.
Date: 28th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: Contribution on the door.

Venue: The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester M2 4JA

 

Category: Drama
Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 28th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER

 

Adventures in time and space – 50 Years in 50 rels

An anarchic and hilarious celebration of everyone’s favourite Time Lord, brought you by our ridiculously talented ensemble, with a script by Manchester Theatre Award-winning writer Ian Winterton.
Date 29th November

Start time: 7:30pm

Tickets: £6.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restrictions; 14+

Category: Drama
SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER

 

AN AUDIENCE WITH ANDREW CARTMEL

Join us in conversation with Andrew Cartmel – script editor from 1987 to 1989 on Doctor Who during one of the programme’s most exciting, creative and yet troubled periods.
Date 30th November

Start time: 2pm

Tickets: £4.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction: none

Category: Q&A
improvised doctor who episode – let’s see what happens

Longform improv from the Manchester troupe of Comedysportz as they tackle an improvised Doctor Who episode based solely on suggestions from you, the audience!
Date 30th November

Start time: 8pm

Tickets: £3.00

Venue: The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7AX

Age restriction: 18+

Category: Comedy

 

Doctor Who Scarf! Season 18

The latest piece of merchandise from Lovarzi is available today on pre-order, the classy season 18 Tom  Baker scarf from his burgundy days. In heavy wool, this perfectly recreated burgundy and blue scarf is a striking piece of merchandise and ideal not just as fancy dress or cosplay but to wear as the winter closes in. Anyone who has the tradition multi coloured scarf, itself still available, will know how good this product is.

You can buy it HERE

TARDIF – Publishing News

A book I’m very much looking forward to it released next week, and we’ll be reviewing it properly soon, but here’s a heads up.

Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith, is to our knowledge the first major study of religion and Doctor Who.

It is compiled by Andrew Crome, Lecturer in the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Manchester, and James McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language & Literature at Butler University, USA.

TARDIF explores the subject of religion and Doctor Who in its broadest possible context, examining portrayals of religion within the show, religious concepts which might be addressed through Doctor Who, and the use of the programme by religious believers. Chapters cover topics such as the religious coding of the Doctor, the relationship between time and theology on the show, whether Doctor Who fandom could ever be considered a legal religion and the show’s interaction with Buddhist concepts.

The essays are all written in an accessible but academically thorough style, aiming to appeal both to academic readers in the fields of religion, media studies and English, as well as to fans with an interest in religion or in analysing Doctor Who.

Published by DLT Books, this is a must read, in my opinion.

The Light at the End Released Early

The Light at the End Cover

Big Finish’s 50th anniversary story, The Light at the End, has seen a surprise release one month prior to the 50th anniversary (nicely allowing us all to enjoy it before we get excited for the TV special).  

Digital Downloads are available as of today (and this fan is very much looking forward to downloading it tonight), with the limited edition CDs being posted out today and the regular CDs and vinyl release following shortly afterwards.

See Bigfinish.com for more details, and then let us know if you enjoyed the story in the forums.

50th Anniversary – Aussie Style!

An article by forum contributor Professor Who…

 

The Fiftieth Anniversary of Doctor Who as an Australian Fan.

by Andrew Boland

Part One – the 1980s

 

Whilst the 50th anniversary fever is raging high in the United Kingdom and America, I think it’s only fair to remember our favourite TV programme also has a strong and passionate following in my home country, Australia.

It wasn’t so long after the first episode aired in the UK, that Australia was also enjoying stories such as ‘An Unearthly Child’, ‘Marco Polo’ and of course, ‘The Daleks’. In fact, we are second only to the UK in the number of episodes shown, being one of the select few countries to screen both ‘Power of the Daleks’ and ‘Evil of the Daleks’. The only episodes not to have been shown in Australia are the twelve from ‘The Daleks’ Masterplan’, and ‘Mission to the Unknown’. They were sent to Australia, but not shown. The only episode never to make its way to Australia in any shape or form is ‘The Feast of Steven’ (and that’s as far as I know!).

Australian fans are as devoted as any across the world. They buy all the products that they can, they’ve watched all the episodes, they’ve bought the replica sonic screwdrivers, followed DWM religiously, organised fan clubs and indeed made fanfiction videos (as has this author)! The fans keep the show alive, and they kept the show alive when the light was fading from the late 80s through to 2005. Whilst America and the UK get most of the exclusives, I believe firmly that Australian fans have played an important role too. Here’s a little window into my world as an Australian Doctor Who fan. It begins circa 1985.

I was introduced to Doctor Who in 1985, and for sure, this was a great time to be a Doctor Who fan in Australia. Fandom was as fanatical as ever at that point, and the ABC obliged by screening Doctor Who four nights a week at 6.30pm. Colin Baker’s first full season, cut into 25-minute episodes, was followed by something no fan had expected – two Patrick Troughton stories, ‘The Mind Robber’ and ‘The Krotons’, and if that wasn’t enough, that was followed by a full (bar episode one of ‘The Invasion of the Dinosaurs’) run of Jon Pertwee stories. After a few early Tom Baker stories were screened, there was a break.

Prime time Saturday night saw Colin Baker return in ‘Trial of a Time Lord’, strangely edited into 50 minute episodes! And then we had a series of Tom Baker stories from where the series left off on Saturday afternoon, originally as 50 minute episodes but then full omnibus versions. When we hit Peter Davison, they suddenly jumped from ‘The Visitation’ to ‘Warriors of the Deep’ with no warning or reason. After ‘Resurrection’ Doctor Who disappeared from our screens.

At this time, we were now in 1988, more fan clubs had opened up, especially in Melbourne. Along with ‘the Doctor Who Club of Australia’, we had ‘The Doctor Who Club of Victoria’ and a rival club ‘Gallifrey’ also appeared on the scene. Australia was home to Mark Strickson and Katy Manning at the time, so these were the most common guests to any conventions, although it was always difficult and rare to see the stars of Doctor Who at conventions in Australia. Jon Pertwee did make his way down under at one point, but sadly I somehow missed that.

It was around 1986-7 that I went to my first ever Doctor Who ‘meet’. A day called ‘Carnival of Monsters’ featuring two rooms screening stories from each of the first six Doctors. What a strange and unforgettable day it was! I went to the room where the black and white tales were being shown – 13 episodes in all, ‘The Daleks’ followed by ‘The Invasion’. The only black and white ‘Who’ I had seen were the Pertwee episodes not held in colour at the time. I will never forget this day – this is the point where I became a bonefide fan. I discovered I was not alone in my love of this series.

I remember thinking it was strange two episodes of ‘The Invasion’ weren’t shown. Perhaps they only had time to screen six of the eight episodes I thought. My brother and father were with me and my Dad was telling me it was time to go and I kept begging for ‘one more episode’, and each time he obliged. So strange, the picture was poor but everyone was transfixed. I remember a subsequent meeting a year or two later when ‘The Tenth Planet’ was shown, and it was almost impossible to make out what was happening on screen and the audio was inaudible! Yet we all sat transfixed to this small TV set and spent the three episodes desperately trying to make out what was happening. How times have changed – the DVD was just released this week with the missing episode animated!

At these meetings there was a special box too, a box of tapes with the soundtrack to almost every story. My best friend and I would borrow ten tapes plus at a time and even though the quality was bad we loved listening to the Hartnell’s and Troughton’s. Then, another friend told me they didn’t have all the episodes. That was a serious moment of shellshock to me, which became worse when I discovered the extent of the tragedy.

Target books were HUGE in Australia too, I’m sure even today go to any decent second hand store and you can find most of the range. I remember being transfixed by ‘The Macra Terror’ when it was released, and then when I discovered it was one of the missing stories I was utterly heartbroken. The Peter Haining books gave us a rough order of stories – Doctor Who: A Celebration, The Key to Time (I still love this book) and later, 25 Glorious years. I used to try and use ‘The Key to Time’ to work out which story would be next. As it skipped the odd story, it was not fool proof! Books by Peter Haining were much prized and beloved by the Australian ‘Who-community’ in the 80s.

1988 saw the McCoy series on ABCTV, and the 25th anniversary of the show. ‘Time and the Rani’ though had already been released by Target and all I could do was wonder how many Colin Baker stories were between ‘The Ultimate Foe’ and ‘Time and the Rani’. I was heartbroken to find the answer was ‘none’. In fact I liked Colin Baker from the start, he’s my second favourite Doctor behind the incomparable Patrick Troughton. It goes without saying I was even more heartbroken to be picked up from camp one day to hear the tragic news of the cosmic hobo’s death.

The new episodes though, were what we always waited so patiently for. In fact a wait of a year or more was not uncommon. Patience was the key thing as an Australian fan. Despite hearing the news reasonably quickly and the occasionally smuggled early copy on video tape, we always had a long wait to receive new episodes of Doctor Who on television.

It was late 1988 that the ABC screened season 24, a year after its broadcast in Britain. It was now in an afternoon slot, which meant the ABC now saw it solely as a children’s programme which was sad. Four nights a week though! AND as a special surprise, they continued on after ‘Dragonfire’ to give us ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’, before another 12 month wait for the rest of Season 25. Well, it wasn’t the anniversary special, but faced with a choice between ‘Remembrance’ or ‘Silver Nemesis’, it was the right choice! Not only that, I think it was around this time they also screened ‘An Unearthly Child’. The first Hartnell on Australian TV for a long time.

By now I was firmly in ‘fandom’, collecting various and many magazines from different clubs and publishers. There was ‘Sonic Screwdriver’, ‘DWM’, ‘The Frame’, ‘DWB’ and more. A shop that still exists in Melbourne today, ‘Minotaur’, was THE place to buy magazines, books and the videos which were starting to appear too. The ABC gradually released the videos, but months after Minotaur did, because Minotaur imported them from the UK. I remember the first video I ever owned was ‘The Seeds of Death’, naturally. A FULL Troughton adventure? Brilliant, bloody brilliant. The next would be ‘Talons of Weng Chiang’, which I missed the ending to when it was on the ABC.

These, for me, were the best days to be a Doctor Who fan. The next two decades would bring change, a show gone but not forgotten, and an eventual relaunch. Australian fans would never waver from their support of the show they loved, and could eventually love again. But that’s for Part Two.

Tapatalk Comes to Skaro

The Skaro forums are probably enjoying some of their busiest times ever thanks to the recent episode discoveries and subsequent release.  With the upcoming anniversary special and regeneration at Christmas, we hope to see that continue, and as such are always open to ideas to make the site more useful for our users.

One suggestion that’s cropped up a few times has been introducing Tapatalk support to our forums, and I’m pleased to announce that as of tonight Skaro is indeed on Tapatalk.  Anyone accessing via a mobile device, should be seeing a familar message prompting you to add us to the Tapatalk app.

Its still under testing here in Skaro Towers at the moment, so you may find it goes in and out as we check settings and the like, however we’re excited to improve our support of mobile devices via Tapatalk, and hope you all find it useful.

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