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The Skaro Review: The Caretaker. Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

The Caretaker

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

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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…)

Doctor Who Magazine Preview by Eddie McGuigan #478

COMEDIAN FRANK SKINNER CHATS EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT HIS DOCTOR WHO ROLE – IN DWM 478! 

Doctor Who Magazine #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…)

The Skaro Review: Time Heist by Eddie McGuigan

Time Heist

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

Doctor Who: Time Heist

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…)

Listen: Review By Eddie McGuigan

The Skaro Review

Listen

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

 Doctor Who: Listen

 

Sometimes, Doctor Who is like wine. Occasionally it’s a fizzy little Lambrusco, just there to set you up for a Saturday night. Sometimes, it’s a medium priced red, full bodied, hard hitting, and perhaps not to everyone’s taste.

 

Sometimes though, just sometimes, Doctor Who is a 1907 Malvazia Madeira Pereira d’Oliveira, the finest of wines, an exquisite, crafted and extraordinary thing.

 

Listen is an episode like that.

 

In many ways, Listen will be the epitome of the ethos behind the Capaldi era – slow, wordy, leisurely, and perhaps even languid. It delivers the promises we were told of and shown in Deep Breath – longer scenes, thoughtful prose, considered performances. It really is a thing to behold. (more…)

Robot of Sherwood: Review by Eddie McGuigan

Robot of Sherwood

Review by Eddie McGuigan

Robot of Sherwood

Now this is an adventure that will split opinion, that’s for sure.

Clara asks the Doctor to take her to see one of her heroes – Robin Hood! The Doctor, of course, knows there’s no such person as Robin Hood, but, to amuse himself and humour Clara he takes her to Sherwood Forest in 1190 AD… and runs slapbang into Robin Hood and his Merry Men! Not only that, but in a sunny and green Sherwood there’s about to be an archery contest, but is it a trap for Robin by the dastardly Sheriff? Of course it is, but neither Robin or the Doctor can resist. (more…)

Series 8 Reviews: Into The Dalek. By Eddie McGuigan

Into The Dalek

Review by Eddie McGuigan

WARNING

CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS

A Doctor isn’t a Doctor until he’s met his most dreaded adversaries, and Steven Moffat always throws a new Doctor at them pretty early on.

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Series 8 is no exception as before the coffee is even cold the Twelfth Doctor comes face to face with the Daleks. (more…)

The Doctor Who Experience

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Everybody knows that Doctor Who is the peoples show. It’s the programme that only, exclusively and completely belongs to me, and you, and him over there. It’s made only, exclusively and completely for me, and you, and, well, ok, him as well and, without a doubt, no one else on a Saturday night either watches it or, indeed, gets anything at all out of it. It’s mine. And your’s. And him other there’s.

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So it was incredibly nice of the people at BBC Worldwide to create an interactive exhibition for me at their sunny (the sun was put on especially for me) and gorgeous Roath Lock facility.

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As a grown up (sort of) who remembers the foreboding and wonderful TARDIS entrance to the Doctor Who Exhibition in Blackpool, this huge, glittery, shiny and very posh custom made place on the water is a spellbinding and tear jerkingly thrilling place. Off to the side, randomly, is an abandoned police box, signs perhaps that the King is in Residence, and the foyer is resplendent with Bessie, a lego Dalek and a very friendly triceratops as well as a few other little nuggets dotted around. Spend some time there, have a coffee, and look around.

The tour itself starts with a cut and pasted message from Matt, a force of nature as always, as he describes the Doctor to us, as if we need to know, and we enter, through the crack in reality, to the tour proper. A thrilling special effect causes the TARDIS to materialise right in front of us and, after a bumpy trip in the console room, a scary encounter with the Daleks and, creepily, a forest of Weeping Angels, takes us to the Pandorica Room where, apparently by shuffling along, we help to rescue the Doctor!

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The interactive part of the Experience is great fun, and more than a little emotional for this long term fan as he joined punters dressed in fezzes and bowties (some of the NOT children!) who were thrilled at Matt’s on screen comic timing and energy. After seeing him do the same thing at Doctor Who Live, he really is a master at this. He pulls us along, makes us laugh, and even a little afraid (“Whatever you do. Do. Not. Blink!”) and punch the air at the very impressive 3D Pandorica Room as monsters reach other the screen to grab at us.

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After saving the Doctor (as you do), we get a two floored, up close and personal, exhibition of the series props and costumes, and whilst we’re asked not to touch, there’s no glass to stop us having a very good look. The treat for me was the reproduced console rooms, and TARDIS props, including the War Doctor’s/Eighth Doctor’s war battered box, and the Daleks. They are HUGE. It has to be said that the “cybus” Cybermen are much more impressive in real life too. There’s a nice little workshop on how to walk like scarecrow which is great fun to join in and also one on the music and sound effects. The miniatures too are worth spending some time studying, as is the Black Archive’s UNIT notice board.

As a fan of the show on a whole I could bemoan the lack of classic series props and monsters, but there IS a K1, an old school Sontaran (nice to see how radically difference Strax and co actually are) and an Ice Warrior (again, with the Cold War prop available for a contract and compare), so I would really be a bit churlish to moan about it. My advice to you is to look up occasionally too. You may forget you’ve seen something.

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For its money, the Doctor Who Experience is very, very good value. It’s jam packed with detail, worth studying, and a complete geek fest. There’s even a little shop. Who doesn’t love a little shop? Take your time to go round, study the exhibits though, because you may miss stuff. And take pictures. Lots of pictures.

Matt is the driving force behind the Experience for now, but it’s due a regeneration soon, so if you’re a fan of the Eleventh Doctor, I’d urge you to get to Cardiff now before he’s gone, but then, I’m absolutely definitely going back to see how Peter Capaldi’s Doctor changes the exhibit.

This is a 9/10 holiday excursion, and thrilled both me as an uber fan, and my group, who included someone who doesn’t watch the programme and a ten year old. We all came out of the Experience happy and excited.

That really doesn’t matter of course, because, as everyone knows, the Doctor Who Experience was made specifically for me. And you. And him over there.

Book up for your own personal Experience HERE

The Master Returns

INTRUDERS PREMIERES AUGUST 23 ON BBC AMERICA

BBC AMERICA’s new original drama series starring celebrated British actor John Simm

and Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino

 

From writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files), Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, the eight part series spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story-lines – a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run – begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, the series is based on British novelist Michael Marshall Smith’s ‘The Intruders’. Intruders premieres Saturday, August 23, 10:00pm ET.

Jack Whelan (John Simm), a former LAPD cop with a troubled and violent history, finds the quiet idyllic life he has crafted with his wife, Amy (Mira Sorvino), shattered when she vanishes. Jack is drawn deeper into the mystery when his high school friend, Gary Fischer (Tory Kittles), shows up on his doorstep asking for help with a murder case. Initially dismissive of Gary’s claims, the more Jack investigates the more complex and surreal his discoveries become. What Jack uncovers leads him down the dark path of his own past and closer to the terrifying revelations about a secret society known as Qui Reverti.

In order to conceal the truth, an assassin named Richard Shepherd (James Frain) is embarking on a series of lethal executions and is in pursuit of a seemingly innocent nine-year-old girl, Madison (Millie Brown) – a run away with a score to settle who could be the end of them all.

With Gary’s help, Jack is determined to find and save the wife he loves, at any cost…

“Because in the beginning, there was death.”

Simm previously starred in the hit BBC AMERICA series Life on Mars, State of Play and Doctor Who. He is joined by Sorvino, whose multi-award winning body of work includes Mighty Aphrodite, Norma Jean & Marilyn and Human Trafficking. BBC AMERICA welcomes James Frain (The White Queen, Tron: Legacy, True Blood) and Tory Kittles (True Detective) to the channel, and 10-year-old Millie Brown (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), making her debut in a series lead role.

Under the direction of Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Exists) and Daniel Stamm (13 Sins, The Last Exorcism), the creative team includes acclaimed production designer Mark Freeborn (Breaking Bad), and the series has music by Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead). The series is executive produced by Jane Tranter (Criminal Justice, Getting On, Da Vinci’s Demons) and Julie Gardner (Getting On, Doctor Who, Torchwood) for BBC Worldwide Productions, Glen Morgan and Rose Lam (The L Word). BBC Worldwide distribute the series internationally.

Intruders is part of BBC AMERICA’s slate of dramas including original series Orphan Black, The Game, A Poet in New York, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Ripper Street, In The Flesh, Atlantis, and Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Magazine 476

 

 

STEVEN MOFFAT REVEALS SECRETS ABOUT PETER CAPALDI’S FIRST SERIES IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 476

 

Showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat gives DWM readers an exclusive guide to the new series of Doctor Who

 

‘Oh, it’s a proper blockbuster this episode,’ writes Steven about one of the brand new adventures, ‘so many explosions that Peter Capaldi came in on his day off to watch the Daleks blowing up! I like a Doctor who revels in the destruction of evil in his downtime…’

 

 

Also in this issue:

  • Doctor Who‘s production designer Michael Pickwoad on how to create entire worlds.
  • Former script editor Andrew Cartmel talks to the writers he employed on what could have been Doctor Who‘s very last season: Ben AaronovitchIan BriggsMarc Platt and Rona Munro.
  • Terrance Dicks – script editor, writer and novelist supreme – talks about his work on Target’s Doctor Who books.
  • DWM pays tribute to the life and times of director Derek Martinus, the man who introduced the Cybermen, Ice Warriors and Autons to Doctor Who.
  • The Fact of Fiction takes a detailed look at the 1982 Fifth Doctor adventure, Kinda.
  • The Crystal Throne ­– the brand new comic strip adventure starring Vastra, Jenny and Strax continues.
  • The Time Team watch the Doctor meet River Song for the first time in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.
  • Jacqueline Rayner and her family get World Cup fever as they wait for the start of the new series in Relative Dimensions.
  • The Watcher poses more questions and reveals dubious secrets from the archives in Wotcha!
  • Reviews and previews of the latest CDs and books.
  • Official news, the DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

 

Doctor Who Magazine 476 is on sale now, priced £4.99

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