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Forbidden Planet’s Doctor Who Finale Range

Blogtor Who - Mon, 06/24/2024 - 23:00
Doctor Who merchandise for Rogue, The Legend of Ruby Sunday and Empire of Death are now available from Forbidden Planet

 

Merchandise for the last few episodes of the current season of Doctor Who have now arrived at Forbidden Planet. They cover the episodes Rogue, The Legend of Ruby Sunday, and Empire of Death.

Rogue is represented by designs featuring the Doctor and Rogue together in the style of a classic novel cover, and the Duchess in her birdlike Chuldur form. Meanwhile, the Legend of Ruby Sunday merchandise feature the S TRIAD Technology logo. Finally, Empire of Death gets two designs, Sutekh crouched around the TARDIS, and his acolyte Susan Twist in her skull faced reverent form.

The designs come on a whole range of products, from t-shirts and pin badges to mugs, coasters, art prints, and magnets. There’s also a new set of postcards, collecting together all of the monster designs from this season.

 

The full list of new products are:
  • Monster postcard set – 7 designs: Bogeyman, Maestro, Villengard Ambulance, Mantrap, the Duchess, Sutekh, and Skullface
  • Rogue t-shirt (unisex, women’s and children’s fits)
  • Rogue art print
  • The Duchess t-shirt (unisex and children’s fits)
  • The Duchess pin badge
  • The Duchess coaster
  • S. TRIAD Technology t-shirt (unisex, women’s, and children’s fits)
  • S. TRIAD Technology mug
  • S. TRIAD Technology coaster
  • Sutekh t-shirt (unisex, women’s, and children’s fits)
  • Sutekh art print
  • Sutekh pin badge
  • Sutekh magnet
  • Sutekh coaster
  • Skullface t-shirt (unisex, women’s, and children’s fits)
  • Skullface pin badge
  • Skullface coaster

 

You can browse the entire range on Forbidden Planet’s Doctor Who page here.

 

These are probably the last additions to Forbidden Planet’s episode specific range for this season. However we can probably expect plenty more items celebrating Joy to the World when Doctor Who returns for this year’s Christmas special, as well as next year’s season. Meanwhile, the long wait for the Fifteenth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver to materialise in toy form goes ever onwards…

 

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Doctor Who Second Sight Review: The Legend of Ruby Sunday

Blogtor Who - Fri, 06/21/2024 - 18:00
The Legend of Ruby Sunday pits our new UNIT family against death itself in a darkly witty episode which plays cheekily with fan theories

 

These Second Sight reviews aim to take advantage of multiple re-watches and a week to let the episode sink in. In fact, by the time you read this, Blogtor will already be en route to the UK so he can watch it one more time, this time on the big screen, as part of the double bill with tonight’s Empire of Death. As the only two-parter this season, though, re-watches are as frustrating as they are illuminating. Every new detail you notice is also a new question. Every new nuance spotted fires up thoughts of another theory. This may just be one of the longest weeks to wait in the history of Doctor Who.

 

Kate Lethbridge Stewart (JEMMA REDGRAVE), Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON) & Rose (YASMIN FINNEY), in The Legend of Ruby Sunday ,BBC STUDIOS 2023,Alistair Heap There’s no a moment wasted, as we get straight down to business in a breathless thrill ride of an episode

Not that there’s much waiting around in the episode itself. The Legend of Ruby Sunday begins with a shower of sparks as the TARDIS skids across the main floor of UNIT HQ before slamming to a halt. The Doctor emerges and, after a bit of a hug-fest with his old friends, is straight down to business. He’s a man on a mission, unusually. The exposition of things we already know are sped through, and met with what’s basically with that old old Harriet Jones gag “Yes, we know who she is.”

It’s an appropriate start for a story that wastes no time, its 44 minutes packed with more drama and incident that many of the episodes which run 60 or even 75 minutes long. Despite the frantic pace, the story itself doesn’t feel rushed. Every scene serves a purpose, driving the plot forward, and every line either sheds light on either characters or puzzle pieces. But each individual moment has space to land with the audience, whether its one of humour, emotion, or tension.

 

Colonel Ibrahim (ALEXANDER DEVRIENT), The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) &
Morris Gibbons (LENNY RUSH) in The Legend of Ruby Sunday ,BBC STUDIOS 2023,Alistair Heap We finally have a new, true UNIT Family

There’s plenty of all three in The Legend of Ruby Sunday. It’s always been one of Russell T Davies’ fortes as a scriptwriter to move smoothly from laughter to terror without any detectable shift of gears. This is probably one of the best examples of that yet. That’s in no small part to the immediate sense of family created with the UNIT setting and abundance of familiar characters.

In fact, the “UNIT Family” feels well and truly back. They haven’t felt like such a cohesive team since the 1970s if even then. Rose, Mel, Colonel Ibrahim, and Kate are all back. Just a couple of lines (“Even I got that one!”) and standing his ground like a total bad ass as everyone else ducks for cover, are all it takes to make us feel like we really know Ibrahim now. Meanwhile Mel’s tough love approach to the Doctor (“Now stop grissling and fix it!”) is just as effective. It simultaneously evokes her 1980s self while giving her more character depth than her entire two seasons back then.

New additions Morris and Harriet immediately fit in, both eager to please and full of natural warmth. Meanwhile, bringing Carla into the “Nitwit Tower” mix adds to the family feel. Even our potential antagonists, Susan Triad and Mrs. Flood, are familiar faces.

 

Susan Triad (SUSAN TWIST), has a darker secret than any fan theory BBC STUDIOS 2023, Photo: James Pardon Russell T Davies shows himself peerless at being able to play with, and subvert, audience expectations

There’s also a fun lightness to how the first half of Legend of Ruby Sunday approaches the mysteries. Davies’ season arcs have always been about the breadcrumbs leading us up the garden path. At this stage, though, it’s such a finely honed skill he can play with his own (correct) predictions of fan guesses about where it’s all going. The Doctor dramatically unveils the revelation that S Triad is an anagram of TARDIS. But just as fans pat themselves on the collective back, UNIT burst their bubble with a “Well, obviously.”

Fan theories that the actor Susan Twist’s real name somehow hints that the twist is that she’s Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter, get an outing. And there’s even a playful teasing of unseen adventures in which the Doctor and Ruby encountered versions of her. Unseen stories that would bring the season total up to ten. They’re literally the episodes we would have gotten in the old days.

 

Kate Lethbridge Stewart (JEMMA REDGRAVE),in The Legend of Ruby Sunday BBC Studios/Bad Wolf – Photo bySophie Mutevelian Twelve years, and six Doctors, Jemma Redgrave is rightly adored as the successor to Nicholas Courtney’s legacy

You can almost chart the story’s progression though the brilliant performance of Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart. It’s now twelve years since she first joined the Doctor Who family and by now she’s truly become the successor to Nicholas Courtney’s legacy as the Brigadier. “Splendid, all of them,” she might say of the six Doctors she’s worked with. (Well, seven if we count David Tennant twice.) It lends both actor and character a certain licence to act as the Doctor’s unofficial godmother.

Redgrave fills every moment on screen with charm, whether raising an eyebrow of “really, Doctor?” at the Time Lord not having the Regeneration Talk with Ruby yet, ruefully admitting the Time Window is ten floors down, like a small child being found by Daddy with the puppy she was forbidden to get, throwing her hands up in exasperation at the Doctor handing out access to her top secret base to the world and Ruby’s mother.

But it also falls to Kate to signal the pivot point where things take a dark turn. The team’s attempt to use the Time Window to identify the woman who left Ruby at the church on Ruby Road starts so hopefully. The Doctor’s laughs at how rubbish UNIT’s technology is, and he and Ruby cheer in excitement as it starts up and they’re enveloped in the VHS tinged past. It ends with a man dead and Kate throwing a scythe-like glare of recrimination at the Doctor after he makes them do what he himself warned was dangerous.

Nobody laughs for the rest of the episode.

 

The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA), finally meets Susan Triad (SUSAN TWIST) in The Legend of Ruby Sunday ,BBC STUDIOS 2023,James Pardon “It’s the wrong anagram!” may be the most RTD line in the show’s history

“It’s the wrong anagram!” If you had to sum up the Russell T Davies approach to Doctor Who hitting its highest peak in one sentence, it would be that one. The humour may have turned pitch black, but there’s a devilish playfulness to the series of reveals in the episode’s final scenes. “Did you think I was family, Doctor?” mocks Susan Triad and, in a season full of fourth wall breaks, she’s laughing at us too. “S TRIAD Technologies” signifying not “TARDIS Technologies” but “Sue-Tech” is Davies’ most audacious bit of slight of hand hidden in plain sight yet. It’s enough to make us forgive it being an abbreviation not an anagram, no matter what the Doctor says.

All the trails of breadcrumbs laid out this season lead satisfyingly in one direction: Sutekh. The woman whose image has been following them everywhere is the new Servant of Sutekh. The quest to find Ruby’s birth mother brings them instead to Sutekh. The weird groaning sound of the TARDIS: Sutekh himself.

It’s a little amusing to imagine Sutekh dreaming up the flourishes of this scheme. How long did it take him to find a tech billionaire called Sue to front his company to deliver the Sue-Tech pun? Never mind getting an H.Arbinger past UNIT’s crack HR department – possibly by yelling “Look! Over there!” as the paperwork went through.

But then again, he is the One Who Waits. He’s plainly had a lot of time to obsesses about the details. Besides, as anyone who’s seen Pyramids of Mars knows, Sutekh and his fellow Osirans love puzzles and riddles.

Morris Gibbons (LENNY RUSH), UNIT Scientific Advisor BBC STUDIOS 2023, Photo: Sophie Mutevelian Gabriel Woolf’s tiger-like purr may have sent an instant chill up some fans’ spines, but others may have wondered “Who-tekh?”

Though that’s a key point. The climactic reveal inevitably hits differently for two different parts of the audience. For fans more familiar with the classic era, Gabriel Woolf’s tones of velvety malice were an instant thrill, a moment of anticipation before the name. For those who haven’t seen 1975 serial Pyramids of Mars, it might be more of a mystery as to why a big CGI dog has everyone quite so rattled.

However, it’s a moment the cast sell to both groups with every fibre of their being. It was rare to see Tom Baker’s Doctor scared, but Sutekh terrified him. So it’s appropriate we end The Legend of Ruby Sunday on Ncuti Gatwa’s wide eyed terror as Sutekh’s gift of death closes in…

 

Mrs Flood (ANITA DOBSON) & Cherry (ANGELA WYNTER)BBC STUDIOS 2023,James Pardon Like any good Part One, The Legend of Ruby Sunday puts some pieces of the puzzle in place while raising more questions. It’s almost time to get the answers…

So where do we go from here? We left Cherry Sunday in the clutches of Mrs. Flood. Though, consider that in the episode’s first half, Mrs. Flood is the only character treated as sinister. Which probably means that she’s actually not, and has been there all along to keep a protective eye on the Sundays. The Doctor and Ruby will presumably escape the skeletal talons of Sue-Tekh to join up with the rest of our heroes.

But beyond that? The first time the Doctor faced Sutekh, victory came through frustrating his plan to escape. But with the near omnipotent God of Death already free, how can he possibly be stopped now? Meanwhile Kate’s “You do not question, you go!” was a nice dramatic way to cover us not knowing why the Doctor wants Ruby in the Time Window. Much more subtle, at least, than an old fashioned “I’ll explain later.” But it means we still don’t know what part that plays in the Doctor’s plan. Could the TARDIS really have betrayed her Doctor? If so, how can that wound between them be put right?

It’s time for answers.

Get your popcorn sorted. Have your jelly babies ready. Turn your mobile off (until 1934 BST tomorrow if necessary). The show’s about to start…

 

 

What awaits,Ruby (MILLIE GIBSON),in the Time Window? ,BBC STUDIOS 2023,James Pardon Doctor Who’s 2024 season concludes with Empire of Death, dropping at midnight on iPlayer and in cinemas in the UK, and on Disney+ everywhere else except Ireland.

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Doctor Who Viewing Figures: Rogue +7s and Legend Overnights

Blogtor Who - Thu, 06/20/2024 - 07:00
Viewing figures for Rogue and Legend of Ruby Sunday help illustrate the season’s solid, consistent performance

 

The UK viewing figures for Rogue have been updated for its +7 results, while the initial overnights for The Legend of Ruby Sunday are here too. Sadly, the +28 number for Boom hasn’t reached us yet, but the figures we do have make interesting reading. The 2024 season may well be Doctor Who’s most consistent season yet, without the slow week on week decline we’ve come to expect over the past 20 years.

In its first week, Rogue was seen by 3.52m in the UK. That’s up 1.41m (66.8%) from its initial overnight. It’s also up 0.14m (4.1%) on the +7 result for previous episode Dot and Bubble. Dot and Bubble was actually a series low but that illustrates that consistency Blogtor mentioned. The +7’s for the season so far have ranged from 3.38m for Dot and Bubble to 4.06m  for 73 Yards. That’s a range of just 0.68m, clustered around an average of 3.74m, with each episode deviating from that number by an average of only 0.25m (6.68%).

Given the challenges of the summer months, both in terms of the weather and live sporting events, it seems Doctor Who retains a strong and loyal core audience. One large enough to keep its spot as one of the BBC’s biggest hitters each weekend.

That’s underlined as well by the weekly chart. Rogue’s initial spot in the chart is at #14. That’s up 10 places from Dot and Bubble, which as we mentioned last week had an entire week of Britain’s Got Talent to contend with. But the dystopian story is the outlier, with the average +7 placement for the season so far is #15 and the median chart position is #13.

 

Rose (YASMIN FINNEY), at UNIT HQ in The Legend of Ruby Sunday BBC STUDIOS 2023,James Pardon Fans wary of spoilers made the pre-transmission number for Legend of Ruby Sunday the highest this season

That sense of consistency carries through to last weekend’s The Legend of Ruby Sunday, even though we only have the initial overnight. The official overnight, measuring the live audience and all recordings of it watched before 2am, is 2.02m. Added to that are the 297k who streamed the episode on iPlayer between midnight and the BBC One transmission. That means a total of 2.32m viewers watched The Legend of Ruby Sunday last Saturday in the UK. That’s a change of 0.0m (0%) change from Rogue’s equivalent number. Of course, the number won’t be absolutely identical, but any difference, up or down, is too far down the decimal points to show up in our reporting.

That’s the first time there’s been effectively no change in the overnights from one episode to the next since 2010. But it is worth noting that that 297k is the highest pre-transmission number yet. After a slow start that cast doubt on the wisdom of the whole idea, those watching the midnight drop (or catching up the following morning) has doubled since the season’s start. In fact, it’s more than four times the lowest pre-transmission number for 73 Yards. It’s understandable, of course, that people were particularly weary of being spoiled heading into the finale, with big revelations bound to be made.

But the fact that, overall, 73 Yards was also a season high just hits home again that what’s evolving is how and when people choose to watch Doctor Who. The more people watch on iPlayer, the lower the live TV number. But the total across the two has remained largely the same.

The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) & Mel (BONNIE LANGFORD),in Empire of Death BBC STUDIOS 2023,Sophie Mutevelian Next week we will have a complete set of overnights for the season, and (fingers crossed) final results for the first half

Hopefully by next week we’ll be able to report on the final +28 results for both Boom and 73 Yards, alongside the +7 for Legend and the overnights for the finale. Though Blogtor’s instincts tell him that they’ll continue the same picture of solid, consistent, performance. Perhaps we’ll even have some idea how Pyramids of Mars has done on BBC Four, 50 years after the original version first aired!

 

Will Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON) uncover the secret of her birth? BBC STUDIOS 2023,James Pardon Doctor Who’s 2024 season concludes with Empire of Death, dropping at midnight on Friday on iPlayer and screening in cinemas in the UK, and on Disney+ everywhere else except Ireland

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Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Stop the Clock! from Candy Jar Books

Blogtor Who - Wed, 06/19/2024 - 19:01
Stop the Clock! sends Lucy Miller back to the London Blitz to solve a Big Ben mystery

Stop the Clock!, the latest instalment of The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, is now available for pre-order exclusively from the Candy Jar Books website.

Lucy Wilson is the granddaughter of the iconic Doctor Who favourite Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart. Recently in the series, Lucy had one of her biggest adventures yet in the Mystery of Lucy Wilson trilogy, where she time travelled back to 1985 Melbourne to meet plant people from outer space (Memories of the Future), followed by killer koala bears (Rampage of the Drop Bears). She was then thrust forward to encounter giant spiders in an alternate 2020 apocalyptic Earth (Apocalypse Tomorrow). As if this wasn’t enough, Lucy also visited her first alien planet in The Web of Terror.

This time, however, Lucy is spending time away with her best friend Hobo at her brother’s house in London. After a whirlwind of adventures over the past few months, the duo are under strict orders not to go exploring London on their own. But Lucy’s time ring has other ideas. Soon they’re cast back in time to London to World War II during the blitz.

 

Stop the Clock! is the first full length Lucy Wilson novel from Cherry Cobb.

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries series first started back in 2018, spearheaded by the talented Sue Hampton. Even so, since then the series has since been very male-led. Stop the Clock! is the first full-length novel written by a female writer since Hampton.

Head of publishing at Candy Jar, Shaun Russell, says: “It’s fantastic to have Cherry [Cobb] writing for the series. We were incredibly lucky to have the series kickstarted by Sue and I’m hoping that this will be the start of more stories by women authors.”

Cobb herself is very excited to be the second woman author for the series. She says: “I’ve written a few short stories about Lucy over the years, but when Shaun asked me to write a full-length novel, I jumped at the chance!”

Cherry continues: “I had to set the story in World War II London as it was such a remarkable period in history. There are so many stories to be told, but one that grabbed my attention was the time that Big Ben stopped working from June the 3rd at 10.13pm to June the 4th at 10.13am in 1941. This was due to a workman who accidentally dropped a hammer into the movement works while repairing the clock after an air raid. But then I started to think, what if it wasn’t the workman and was something else entirely?”

 

What is the secret of the mysterious ticking echoing through the Houses of Parliament?

As well as exploring a time so rich with history, the book also features some cameos of Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Candy Jar’s very own Eileen Younghusband, author of the award-winning One Woman’s War.

Keren Williams is Publishing Co-ordinator and part of the editorial team for both Lethbridge-Stewart and Lucy Wilson. She says: “We’ve seen Eileen quite a lot in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, due to popular demand, but this is her first appearance in Lucy Wilson. And, what’s most exciting is that the ending leaves an opening for her return in a later story.”

This brand-new Lucy Wilson book is filled with unexpected twists and intriguing characters. Join Lucy and her loyal companion, Hobo, as they race against time to unravel a mysterious case that holds the key to the future. Against the backdrop of wartime London in 1941, Lucy and Hobo are entangled in a web of secrets and suspense. Prepare to be spellbound as you uncover the truth behind the enigmatic ticking noise that echoes through the Houses of Parliament. With their sharp wit and keen investigative skills, Lucy and  Hobo dive deep into the heart of the mystery. Along they way, they uncover secrets and unravel clues.

 

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Stop the Clock! Cover by Steve Beckett (c) Candy Jar Books The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Stop the Clock!

London, 1941. The day Big Ben stopped.

It’s half-term. Lucy and Hobo are excited to be in London, especially as they’re going to see The Lion King at the theatre! But, Lucy’s dad has told them to stay inside and out of trouble. Luckily for the dynamic duo, Lucy’s time ring has other plans!

Rationing. Air raids. Bombs. The Houses of Parliament. Big Ben. And a strange ticking noise.

But who is Curt Uhrmacher? Why does he have an army of clockwork people? And can Lucy and Hobo stop the clock in time?

 

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries is a Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off adventure inspired by characters created for Doctor Who by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.

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Doctor Who Stars for London Film and Comic Con This July

Blogtor Who - Wed, 06/19/2024 - 15:00
London Film and Comic Con plays host to Doctor Who stars old and new this July

Susan Twist has been throughout time and space in this year’s season of Doctor Who. Just last weekend we finally learned the dark secret at the heart of all those cameos. But her next visitation will be to the Olympia in London this July for London Film and Comic Con. Twist’s first major convention appearance has just been announced and she’s just one of the many stars from the show attending the convention taking place on the 5th to 7th of July.

Other stars from this season include Lenny Rush, currently appearing as UNIT’s scientific advisor Morris in The Legend of Ruby Sunday/Empire of Death, the legendary Dame Siân Phillips, who appeared in 73 Yards, and Josie Sedgwick-Davis who played Cilla Black in The Devil’s Chord. Plus, of course, there’s a host of others who’ve appeared in the show over the years.

(Warning visitors attend at their own risk of receiving the One Who Wait’s Gift of Death to All Humanity. Also of witnessing The Dance in person).

 

Among the Doctor Who related guests are:
  • Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor)
  • Sylvester McCoy (The Seventh Doctor)
  • Sophie Aldred (Ace)
  • Maureen O’Brien (Vicki)
  • Peter Purves (Steven)
  • Susan Twist (Susan Triad)
  • Julian Glover (Count Scarlioni, City of Death)
  • Jessica Martin (Mags, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy)
  • Lenny Rush (Morris, The Legend of Ruby Sunday/Empire of Death)
  • Nisha Nayar (Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways)
  • Sheila Reid (Etta, Vengeance on Varos and Clara’s Gran, The Time of the Doctor)
  • Dame Siân Phillips (73 Yards)
  • Josie Sedgwick-Davis (The Devil’s Chord)
  • Paul Cornell (writer, Father’s Day, Human Nature/Family of Blood, and countless novels)

 

London Film and Comic Con is also one of the best places to meet comic book artists. Just some of those with Doctor Who credits include:
  • Mike Collins (storyboard, merchandise, and comic book artist)
  • Emma Vieceli (artist, The Eighth Doctor)
  • Andy Lanning (artist, DWM)
  • Tony Lee (writer, The Tenth Doctor, The Eleventh Doctor)
  • Sonia Leong (artist,  The Women Who Lived)

 

They join a typically full line up of guests for this year’s event. Others guests come from across the multiverse, with Marvel, Star Wars, Buffy, and more all well represented. You can find full details and well as buy tickets on the official LFCC site.

 

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Doctor Who:  Journey to the Pyramids of Mars: Tales of the TARDIS

Blogtor Who - Mon, 06/17/2024 - 17:24

Following the explosive events of “The Legend of Ruby Sunday,” Doctor Who fans are in for a nostalgic treat as the Doctor and Ruby Sunday embark on a thrilling journey in the latest episode of “Tales of the TARDIS: Pyramids of Mars.” This feature-length special not only revisits a beloved classic but also brings back a legendary villain, Sutekh, portrayed by Gabriel Woolf.

 A Trip Down Memory Lane

Originally aired in 1975, “Pyramids of Mars” is a four-part story that sees the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) confronting the almighty Sutekh. The episode has now been remastered into a feature-length omnibus with updated visual effects, ready to enchant both new and long-time fans.

In “Tales of the TARDIS: Pyramids of Mars,” the Fifteenth Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) land in 1911, where they encounter Egyptian mummies walking the grounds of the Old Priory. The duo must tackle an ancient and powerful evil that threatens mankind. As they reflect on their recent adventures aboard the Remembered TARDIS, they prepare for the ultimate battle to save the universe in the season finale, “Empire of Death.”

Phil Collinson on Revisiting Classic Who

Phil Collinson, Executive Producer, expressed his excitement about revisiting a classic enemy of the Doctor: “Revisiting the rich history of Doctor Who is endlessly thrilling, and this is no exception. It’s so exciting to bring back Tales of the TARDIS again and to revisit a classic enemy of the Doctor. Gabriel Woolf as Sutekh, returning to terrify a whole new generation of children in a blistering season finale, is what makes this show so special and appeal to so many across the generations.”

Gabriel Woolf Returns as Sutekh

Gabriel Woolf, who originally played Sutekh, returns to the role nearly 50 years later. In a Q&A session, Woolf shared his thoughts on reviving the iconic villain and his excitement about introducing Sutekh to a new generation of fans.

Q&A with Gabriel Woolf

Q: How does it feel to revive Sutekh after nearly 50 years? 

A: It felt sort of inevitable in a way. I’d never lost Sutekh because of the fans. They’ve kept him alive through conventions, so it feels kind of natural.

Q: How does it feel to know that a whole new audience will discover the classic story of “Pyramids of Mars” when it is revisited in “Tales of the TARDIS” this week? 

A: It’s excellent; they will have the complete backstory of Sutekh, so they will know how it all began. Tom [Baker] and I played off each other dramatically, almost like a play. I hope it adds a tremendous dimension to the excitement for the finale, spreading the experience across cinemas and the world.

Q: What was your reaction when you were asked to come back to the Whoniverse? 

A: I was over the moon, delighted, and thrilled. The fans have always said, ‘Oh, you must come back!’ and I always replied, ‘It’s not up to me!’ – and now it’s happened. Extraordinary.

Q: Did you ever think you would return to the Whoniverse? 

A: No. It’s been 48 years since we did it, so I thought it was pretty unlikely. It was a big surprise but a good one!

Q: Is there anything different about this version of Sutekh compared to the one we met in 1975? 

A: Well, visually, certainly. I thought there had been some development of the character – but we do have the same classic lines here and there, so he is recognizable and he is destroying the same universe.

Q: You’ve played another role in Doctor Who. Can you explain more? 

A: Yes, the Beast. That was in “The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit” with David Tennant – I never met him or many of the people; I do things in a little box on my own!

Q: What is the process for recording voiceovers? Do you imagine the finished result when recording? 

A: You are always working in a vacuum with the character in your head and using your voice. It was only when I had a special viewing a couple of weeks ago that I could see what my voice was matching to – it was a big relief to see how well it worked together.

Q: How do you hope fans will react when they see the big reveal of Sutekh’s return? 

A: I hope they’ll be very excited and pleased, and that they’ll give themselves a pat on the back as it’s all down to them that this has happened.

Q: Do you have a favourite Doctor Who villain other than the ones you’ve played? 

A: I enjoy the Daleks more than anything else, but then The Master is good… they’re all classic ones!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in time and space, where or when would you go? 

A: I don’t think I’d want to go to the origins of the universe and see how it began or anything like that; I’m not a scientist (laughs). I love the Victorian age for literature – most of my life has been spent in Victorian literature and poetry – but I’m mostly remembered for Doctor Who, which is funny; it was two weekends in 1975!

Don’t Miss It!

Experience the timeless clash between the Doctor and Sutekh when “Tales of the TARDIS: Pyramids of Mars” airs on Thursday, 20th June at 8pm on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer. Relive the moment the Doctor first met his ferocious enemy and gear up for the season finale, “Empire of Death,” which promises to be a thrilling conclusion to an epic adventure.

Doctor Who season one is available on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK and on Disney+ in the rest of the world, where available. The season finale, “Empire of Death” airs on 21st June / 22nd June.

Don’t miss out on this cosmic journey through time and space!

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REVIEW: Doctor Who ‘The Highlanders’ HMV exclusive vinyl

Blogtor Who - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 16:00
Doctor Who forms part of the latest HMV 1921 edition releases with Patrick Troughton story ‘The Highlanders’ getting a release on vinyl record for the first time.

Presented in a beautiful sleeve, ‘The Highlanders‘ is presented across two discs (one red and one blue) featuring the original soundtrack of the four-part BBC TV serial. Now missing from the BBC video archive, the broadcast audio is now accompanied by linking narration. Both discs are housed within two inner sleeves with Radio Times-style billings for each episode.

First broadcast in December 1966 and January 1967, the story is notable for the introduction of Jamie McCrimmon who would go on to be one of the Doctor’s longest serving TV companions. Actor Frazer Hines, who brought Jamie to life on screen, is appropriately our narrator for this release and does an excellent job in the role.

Doctor Who: The Highlanders – HMV exclusive vinyl record (c) Bedwyr Gullidge Story

The TARDIS materialises in 18th Century Scotland, shortly after the Battle of Culloden. The Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) assist a group of Highlanders. In no time they’re immersed in a dangerous tussle between supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the English redcoats who are hunting him. The stakes are very high as the Doctor, his companions and those they meet along the way battle just to stay alive.

The Highlanders‘ is the last of the historical stories of the 1960’s as the programme would embrace more science-fiction scenarios and enter the monster era. A wonderfully colourful story ‘The Highlanders‘ is full of excellent characters. In the red corner you have individuals such as Lt. Algernon Ffinch and Solicitor Grey, accompanied by Perkins. In the blue corner we have Kirsty, Jamie and the Laird. Kirsty and Polly have a wonderful dynamic together largely due to the contrasting attitudes of centuries difference. Patrick Troughton‘s second story after replacing original actor William Hartnell shows him still grappling with the character. His performance is therefore a little experimental but the Doctor is very much just enjoying the adventure. Embracing the madness, we get to see the Doctor demonstrate his ability with words (and accents) and ingenuity. Traits which suit this incarnation perfectly.

Doctor Who: The Highlanders – HMV exclusive vinyl record (c) Bedwyr Gullidge Vinyl release

Many conclude ‘The Highlanders’ to be the original missing episode as the tapes for the story are thought to have been among the first wiped from the archive following any potential overseas sales. As a result it is particularly lovely to get a release for this story. The original audio release was over 20 years ago with a few subsequent re-releases. A new release on vinyl therefore feels particularly special. Not just because of the limited edition scarcity.

The physical item is especially memorable with new artwork from Cady Keady alluding to the battle of Culloden alongside the contrasting red and blue vinyl discs. Thanks to the efforts of Mark Ayres the audio from the episodes, and therefore the dialogue, is crystal clear. Linking narration from Frazer Hines assists in telling the story and creating the drama. The result is an accurate representation of the story which is easy to follow and appropriately dramatic. Hopefully, this new release will provide an opportunity for those who perhaps haven’t explored ‘The Highlanders‘. That is if you are lucky enough to find a copy!

Doctor Who: The Highlanders – HMV exclusive vinyl record (c) Bedwyr Gullidge Doctor Who: The Highlanders is available on vinyl record exclusively from HMV stores in the UK. If you can’t get to a HMV store then it is also available online for a limited time only, priced at £34.99.

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SPOILER REVIEW: Doctor Who The Legend of Ruby Sunday – A Dramatic Prelude to the Finale Episode

Blogtor Who - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 13:05

The first episode of Season 1’s two-part season finale has just aired. Doctor Who – The Legend of Ruby Sunday sees the Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) returning to Earth, seeking answers to two ongoing mysteries.

Who is Susan Twist? and “Who is Ruby Sunday?”

The episode opens rather spectacularly, with the TARDIS landing front and centre in UNIT HQ. Ruby and the audience are introduced to several key characters: UNIT, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), Colonel Ibrahim (Alexander Devriant), Rose Noble (Yasmin Finney), and Harriet (Genesis Lynea). We’ll learn more about Harriet later.

A new Scientific Advisor, Morris Gibbons, is portrayed by Lenny Rush. Rush was originally scheduled to appear in Space Babies, but after his reading, the powers that be promoted him to the Scientific Advisor. On another note, I was surprised he wasn’t introduced as Dr Gibbon. Surely, he has several degrees. As for Ruth Madeley’s Shirley Bingham, she does seem to have fallen victim to the frequent rotation of Scientific Advisors.   UNIT goes through numerous scientific advisors quite quickly.

Doctor Who The Legend Of Ruby Sunday, Morris Gibbons (LENNY RUSH),BBC STUDIOS 2023, Photo: Sophie Mutevelian

After the hellos and hugs, the Doctor jumps into his request, identifying who and what Susan Twist is.   In the Doctor’s video montage, a few versions of Susan Twist that we haven’t seen are shades of Star Trek and Loki. Well done to the VFX team. Someone has enjoyed themselves with the new AI tools.

To his surprise, UNIT is already one step ahead of him. Susan Triad is Earth’s version of this woman. She runs S Triad Technology, and Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford ) is already embedded in Susan’s business. All of this leads us to Rule 1 of Doctor Who.

The Showrunner Lies.

Russell T Davies is known for his clever misdirection, and The Legend of Ruby Sunday is no exception. The episode plays with the concept of anagrams, particularly the anagram of “S Triad,” which leads UNIT and much of the programme’s fan base to speculate that Susan was the Doctor’s granddaughter or the TARDIS itself.   But we must remember that Astrid (Kylie Minogue) wasn’t the TARDIS either.

Doctor Who The Legend Of Ruby Sunday, Susan Triad (SUSAN TWIST),BBC STUDIOS 2023, Photo: James Pardon

Back to the other mystery of the season. Who is Ruby Sunday? After some banter, the Doctor acquires access to UNIT’s Time Window and a VHS tape from Ruby showing her left at church.   By combining the tape with Time Window, Ruby and the Doctor are set in a recreation of her mother’s abandonment on Christmas Eve. The woman thought to be Ruby’s mother remains “66 metres or 73 yards” away from Ruby, and no one sees her face. How much the distance calls back to the previous episodes is yet to be discovered.

The Time Window proves to be not just an observation point but also a tool to change time itself. An unknown entity appears—a black cloud surrounds the TARDIS—one that wasn’t at the original event. UNIT loses yet another officer as Colonel Winston Chidozie (Tachia Newall) is devoured by a mysterious entity entwined into the very fabric of the time vessel.

On the other side of London, Susan Triad is also possessed. The black cloud entity starts to manifest from the past into this time and place surrounding the present-day TARDIS just as Unit’s Harriet, H Arbinger, announces the coming of a new god. The black cloud around the TARDIS, Susan, and Harriet all transform, becoming the ancient being, Sutekh, and two of his messengers.

A Return of an Old Enemy – Sutekh

Russell T Davis has created a dynamic setup for the finale of Season 1. All the pieces are set for an explosive end to the season. He has departed from the traditional use of iconic villains such as the Daleks, Cybermen, the Master, or the Time Lords from Gallifrey and reintroduced a classic villain from Tom Baker’s era. Sutekh, an ancient and malevolent force, first terrorised the Fourth Doctor in the Pyramids of Mars.  Sutekh’s return brings a nostalgic yet chilling atmosphere, as his evil influence poses a significant threat once again.

RTD doubles down on the pantheon of Gods with Sutekh’s return and reminds everyone of the Toymaker’s threats.   As H(arriet), Arbinger recites a list of the gods, including Maestro, the Trickster and the Toymaker, the “hidden one” that all gods fear, returns. Ruby’s past is now intertwined with Susan Triads and these gods. The gods that the Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant) released with his use of salt in The Blue Yonder.

The Problem with the Bigenerational

With Rose Noble and Donna Noble working for UNIT, this episode emphasises the problem of the bigeneration of the Doctor. The 14th Doctor is still alive and around, complete with his own TARDIS. It isn’t plausible that he would fail to help his “niece” Rose, Earth and the universe.   It isn’t credible that a fully aware Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) would not be marching up to UNIT with her daughter, Rose Noble (Yazmin Finney), trapped in such danger.

The Doctor and Ruby

Ncuti Gatwa continues to excel in his performance. He has created a happy, joyful Doctor with a young vibe and a love for life.   But his performance shines in the quieter, more thoughtful moments. This Doctor is vulnerable, and while he still ducks and dives to hide this, he relies heavily on those he knows well. Kate gives him a pep talk and a hug as he mourns his granddaughter.   Mel forces him to focus instead of berating himself about the death of the UNIT officer.  Russell T Davies has continued to infuse this Doctor, as with his previous versions, 9th and 10th Doctors, with the pain of loss. While the Time War has been resolved/reduced, other pains and losses have taken their place. Once again, the Doctor has put a cloak on to hide.   Given the destruction of Earth seen in the trailer for the next episode, Blogtor expects more of the Doctor’s angst to appear next week.

Doctor Who :The Legend Of Ruby Sunday, The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) & Mel (BONNIE LANGFORD),BBC STUDIOS 2023,James Pardon

Blogtor likes Ruby Sunday. She is a dynamic and confident companion, but we haven’t gotten to know her and her family or understand her relationship with the Doctor. This season needed to be longer, and it has made it more difficult to define the relationship between the two leads.   The chemistry exists, but not the history of how they came to trust and rely on each other.    This series has had 8 episodes. The next one will have 9. In contrast, Season 1 of the 2005 reboot had 13 episodes. This series would have benefited greatly from the extra episodes.

From “The Legend of Ruby Sunday” to “The Empire of Death”

Given that the title of this week’s episode is called The Legend of Ruby Sunday, little of Ruby Sunday’s legend has been identified or resolved. It is an episode that focuses heavily on the Doctor and his past. Even the Time Window sequence meant to examine Ruby’s abandonment on Christmas Eve is a plot device to emphasise the Doctor and his TARDIS. Callbacks from across the specials and series 1 recognise the pain that the TARDIS has exhibited at various moments. How long Sutekh has been embedded into the fibre of the TARDIS is unknown, but it has impacted the beloved time machine.

Doctor Who S1,15-06-2024,The Legend Of Ruby Sunday,Ruby Sunday (MILLIE GIBSON) & Carla (MICHELLE GREENIDGE), BBC STUDIOS 2023,James Pardon

Mrs Flood (Anita Dobson) and her interaction with Ruby’s mum and grandmother is another subplot. Mrs Flood has a lot more than she appears. How she fits in a Triad comprising herself, Susan, and Ruby needs to be resolved. Ruby is part of Series 2, so this mystery might not be solved by the end of the series.

There are also the stunning breakout effects expected in a two-part series finale. The VFX department has been working overtime, starting with the initial TARDIS landing to the Time Window drama.   Based on the trailer, we can only expect more for the last episode.

Conclusion

Doctor Who: The Legend of Ruby Sunday, featuring Sutekh’s return, provides a thrilling connection to the past, while the various misdirections showcase Russell T Davies’ mastery of plot twists. The decision to forgo traditional villains in the finale allows for fresh and innovative storytelling, keeping the narrative exciting and unpredictable.

“Doctor Who: The Legend of Ruby Sunday” blends nostalgia with the present.   We must wait until next week for the conclusion of Ncuti Gatwa’s first season.

Doctor Who continues at midnight on 22nd June BST with The Empire of Death on iPlayer in the UK and on Disney+ everywhere else except Ireland

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Doctor Who’s Ncuti Gatwa Joins New ‘War of the Roses’ Adaptation

Blogtor Who - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 13:00
Ncuti Gatwa joins divorce satire The Roses, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman

With filming on his second season of Doctor Who complete, Ncuti Gatwa has signed up to co-star in a new adaptation of William Adler’s novel The War of the Roses. The new film, titled simply The Roses, tells the story of a divorce so vicious and volatile it becomes almost farcical. On the surface, Jonathan and Barbara Rose seem to have the perfect marriage. At least until a life changing event occur and Jonathan has a heart attack. Barbara realizes she doesn’t actually love him anymore and would be quite content if he had died, suing for divorce. Jonathan wants everything to go smoothly and amicably, offering an even 50:50 split. However, Barbara demands their entire mansion and all its contents as her own, triggering a vicious legal brawl. Neither party will move out during the court proceedings, so the mansion becomes a battlefield between the increasingly unhinged ex-lovers.

The 1989 adaptation of The War of the Roses starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as Jonathan and Barbara, with Danny Devito as Jonathan’s lawyer Gavin. In the new film, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Dr. Strange) and Olivia Colman (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour, Broadchurch, The Crown) take the roles of the warring couple. Joining them are Doctor Who’s Ncuti Gatwa, alongside his Barbie co-star Kate McKinnon, and Andy Samberg (Brooklyn 99). There roles are as yet unrevealed. However, there are few likely possibilities based on the original novel and previous adaptation. They’re likely a mix of the competing divorce lawyers and the new client to whom Gavin relates the cautionary tale.

 

The Roses is currently filming around the UK

The new adaptation has been written by Tony McNamara, recently Oscar nomination for his Poor Things script. The director is Jay Roach, whose past work has included everything from out and out comedies like the Austin Powers series, to more cutting satire like Game Change, charting the rise and fall of American politician Sarah Palin. Exactly where The Roses falls on that spectrum remains to be seen. There’s no official release date for the film yet, but audiences can probably expect it in cinemas some time late next year. Filming is currently underway around the UK, but it’s unclear yet if that means the setting has moved from the original American location.

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Doctor Who: Conspiracy of Raven – Coming in July from Big Finish

Blogtor Who - Sat, 06/15/2024 - 21:00
The Doctor and Jamie reunite with Zoe in a new set of adventures from Big Finish this summer

At the end of the Second Doctor’s run in the classic Doctor Who television series, the Time Lords separated him from his companions Jamie and Zoe, who had their memory of him wiped. Since then, Big Finish Productions’ Second Doctor Adventures range has taken up their story. The Time Lords’ Celestial Intervention Agency are forcing the convicted renegade to carry out missions for them. Meanwhile, he’s also reunited with Jamie, whose memories are back.

And their next adventure will bring the third member of the TARDIS crew back on board…

Jamie has gone missing, while Zoe apparently returns after a lifetime away from the TARDIS. Does even the sinister Time Lord Raven realise the terrifying extent of the conspiracy in which she is embroiled? The Doctor and his friends must fight to uncover the truth.

Conspiracy of Raven is a brand-new box set comprising three full-cast audio drama episodes, starring Michael Troughton (son of original actor Patrick) as the Doctor, alongside original TV series actors Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury as Jamie and Zoe.

 

Michael Troughton returns as the Doctor in the Second Doctor Adventures (c) Big Finish The three new stories for the Doctor and his companions are: Kippers by Nicholas Briggs

The Doctor and Jamie have attempted to break free from performing covert missions for the Time Lord agent Raven. But things haven’t gone according to plan.

Jamie has vanished, Raven finds herself in a familiar yet strangely disturbing location. And all the while, half-glimpsed, unnervingly perceived… something… fluttering, buzzing, tugging at their very souls…

Catastrophe Theory by Mark Wright

When the Doctor comes face to face with Zoe, can he be sure it really is his old friend? Jamie is lost somewhere in the cosmos, and the Doctor must find him.

From a pleasure cruiser on course for destruction, to an alien world invaded by savage warriors, the Doctor faces catastrophe at every turn – but what has become of Raven?

The Vanishing Point by Mark Wright and Nicholas Briggs

Following the threads of a conspiracy twisting throughout all of time and space, the Doctor and his companions head to the Vanishing Point — a mythical place, said to exist somewhere between science and magic. But it is a journey from which they may never return.

 

Jamie (FRAZER HINES) and ;Zoe (WENDY PADBURY) in Tales of the TARDIS ,BBC Studios 2023,Alistair Heap “The Doctor finds the truth is more elusive than the alien threat hiding just out of reach”

The Second Doctor Adventures: Conspiracy of Raven also features Emma Noakes reprising her role as Raven, the Doctor’s CIA supervisor. It also features a guest role for Jacqueline King. The actor, of course, played Sylvia Noble in Doctor Who, recently reprised her role the 60th anniversary specials.

Producer and writer Mark Wright said: “The post-War Games adventures of the Second Doctor continue as we delve deeper into a Conspiracy of Raven, but the Doctor finds the truth is more elusive than the alien threat hiding just out of reach.

“It’s such a thrill working on these stories and hearing Michael Troughton’s performance find new dimensions in the role made famous by his father, Patrick. Conspiracy of Raven powers the story forward in a new direction, and it’s never less than a privilege to hear our regular cast bringing these adventures to life.

“We’re a very happy band on these adventures, our studio days full of warmth and fun. This time it was very special to have Wendy Padbury join the team as Zoe Heriot, reuniting her with Frazer Hines as Jamie. It feels so right to honour the history of this classic TARDIS team – but can we be sure all is as it seems?”

 

 

Doctor Who: Conspiracy of Raven. Cover by Christopher Naylor (c) Big Finish Doctor Who: Conspiracy of Raven

Jamie has gone missing, while Zoe apparently returns after a lifetime away from the TARDIS. Does even the sinister Time Lord Raven realise the terrifying extent of the conspiracy in which she is embroiled? The Doctor and his friends must fight to uncover the truth.

 

Conspiracy of Raven is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition 3-disc CD box set (for just £22.99) or download only (for just £18.99), exclusively here.

It can also be pre-ordered in a bundle with The First Doctor Adventures: Fugitive of the Daleks, which was released in January and which stars Stephen Noonan as the First Doctor, for £44 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £36 (download only).

Additionally, Big Finish listeners can save money by purchasing Conspiracy of Raven as part of a 15-release Classic Doctors bundle for just £318 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £264 (download only). A 12-release bundle is also available to purchase from just £216 (download only).

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