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Doctor Who Chronicles 1971: from the Creators of DWM

Blogtor Who - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 23:00
Doctor Who Magazine’s guide to the year that gave us the Master is out now! It’s Doctor Who Chronicles: 1971

The new 116-page bookazine in the Chronicles range from the makers of Doctor Who Magazine celebrates an unforgettable era in the show’s history. The success of the first episodes starring Jon Pertwee saved the series from the threat of cancellation. A year later, the next phase of its reinvention introduced a new assistant for the Doctor and a debonair adversary to threaten him during his exile on Earth. The colourful formula for some of the show’s best-loved adventures was complete.

 

This issue covers all the stories from 1971:
  • Terror of the Autons – the very first appearance of the Master as he arrives on Earth to help the Nestene invade
  • The Mind of Evil – the Keller technique promises to turn violent prisoners into model citizens, but only the Doctor can see the danger
  • The Claws of Axos – the Axons arrive on Earth promising prosperity and plenty for all, but hide a terrible secret behind their gold facade
  • Colony in Space – the Time Lords send the Doctor and Jo on a mission to a struggling human colony on the brink of starvation
  • The Dæmons – a quiet country village has a new vicar – the Master! But what is his satanic plot?

All-new content includes exclusive features, insightful commentary and rare behind-the-scenes images.

 

Contents include articles on:
  • The year’s most significant events in the Whoniverse (both on and off screen)
  • Stars Roger Delgado, Richard Franklin and Katy Manning
  • Writers Don Houghton, Bob Baker and Dave Martin
  • Doctor Who in the popular press
  • Special effects and production techniques
  • Classic Doctor Who comic strips and merchandise
  • … plus much more!

 

Doctor Who Chronicles: 1971 (c) Panini Doctor Who Chronicles: 1971

The next issue of Doctor Who Chronicles, 1971 is on sale now, RRP £11.99 from the DWM section of the Panini store and selected branches of WH Smith while stocks last. It will also be available digitally from pocketmags.com.

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Doctor Who’s Ncuti Gatwa is a Stranger on a Train

Blogtor Who - Mon, 02/26/2024 - 09:00
Ncuti Gatwa is signing up to a new adaptation of Strangers on a Train from the makers of The Zone of Interest

Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa is attached to star in Strangers on a Train. The new adaptation of the classic story is in the works from House Productions (The Zone of Interest.) The 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith depicts how a man’s life spirals out of control following a chance encounter on a train. When the charismatic but psychopathic Bruno hears the more timid Guy venting about his adulterous wife he proposes trading murders. Bruno will kills Guy’s wife, and then Guy Bruno’s overbearing father. With no connection between the two men, there can be no motive and therefore no suspicion. Though Guy doesn’t take the idea seriously at first, it quickly takes a lethal turn.

Several productions have adapted Strangers on a Train, most famously the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film. It’s also inspired countless adaptations and references, with characters in many TV episodes and films directly citing it as inspiration for their own murder schemes. House Productions’ version will take the form of a TV mini-series. Whether Gatwa is in line to play the charming Bruno or the heroic Guy is still unknown for now.

We also don’t know who else will be in the cast. We do know however that while the original novel takes place in New York, Texas and Mexico, the newest version transfers at least some of the action to Sitges in Spain.

 

Ncuti Gatwa as real life 2nd Lieutenant Robert Daniels of the Tuskegee Airmen in Masters of the Air (c) Apple TV+ Meanwhile, Ncuti Gatwa can be seen and heard in Masters of the Air, David Copperfield and, of course, Doctor Who

Strangers on a Train is just one of a number of Ncuti Gatwa’s upcoming projects outside of Doctor Who. He’s currently appearing in Apple TV+’s World War II drama series Masters of the Air. He will also be starring as David Copperfield in Sam Mendes’ audio drama adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Plus of course, he’ll be starring in Doctor Who when it returns in May this year.

 

 

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in the TARDIS ,BBC Studios 2023,James Pardon Doctor Who returns in May 2024 on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK, RTÉplayer in Ireland, and on Disney+ everywhere else

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Arcadia: The Doctor Who Convention on Platform One

Blogtor Who - Sat, 02/24/2024 - 00:00
No psychic paper required: Arcadia brings you to the Temple of Peace, home of Platform One, for a special one day convention

Cygnus Alpha Events are launching a brand new Doctor Who event in Cardiff, the home of Doctor Who since 2005! Arcadia will be taking place at the Temple Of Peace on Saturday 2nd November 2024. The Temple Of Peace famously appeared as the interior of Platform One in the revival’s second ever episode, The End of the World. Now you can be one of ‘the great and the good’ at an exclusive Doctor Who convention.

The Temple of Peace also featured as the Senate of New New York in Gridlock, the Sibylline Temple in The Fires of Pompeii, the Silurian Senate in Cold Blood, the Berlin restaurant in Let’s Kill Hitler and the bridge of the Imperial flagship in Nightmare in Silver. It was even the gallery in Sarah Jane Adventures episode Mona Lisa’s Revenge and was in minisode The Eternal Mystery. It’s also appeared in other shows such as Bad Wolf’s adaptation of His Dark Materials.

With the Temple of the Peace generally not open to the public unless you book it as a venue, it’s a rare opportunity to walk among the pillars of one of Doctor Who’s most iconic locations. It’s in line too with Cygnus Alpha Events’ frequent use of filming locations as the backdrop of smaller scale conventions. These have included Spearhead at the local hospital from Spearhead in Space, and Time Controller at the Coal Hill School location from Remembrance of the Daleks. Now Arcadia adds the Temple of Peace to the list.

 

The Temple of Peace in real life (c) Temple of Peace Tickets include lunch and an autograph with each guest

Cygnus Alpha are still announcing the full guest list for Arcadia but we already know Yasmin Bannerman, who played Jabe in The End of the World, is attending, with more to come. Tickets cost £90.00 per person. This includes tea or coffee on arrival, a finger buffet lunch and one autograph from each guest (excluding bonus guests.) All guests appearing at Arcadia will be taking part in a professional photo studio. This will take place in iconic main hall at The Temple Of Peace and the photos will be available in time for the autograph signing session. Tickets are limited to only 100, so book early to avoid missing out.

For full details, updates, and to buy tickets, see the official Cygnus Alpha Events page.

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Doctor Who Arrives in Ireland!

Blogtor Who - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 21:00
Doctor Who can now be streamed in Ireland on RTÉ Player for the first time

The Doctor Who team have found a solution to the hole in the show’s international streaming rights. When the BBC originally announced their international partnership with Disney+, Irish fans were quick to raise an eyebrow at an oversight in their plans. Disney+ would have the international rights to the show, beginning with the 60th anniversary specials. BBC One meanwhile would remain the broadcast home of Doctor Who in the UK and Ireland. And iPlayer would retain the streaming rights for those territories.

Except… iPlayer isn’t available in Ireland.

Ireland became practically the only place in the world where viewers couldn’t stream Doctor Who legally.

 

The Doctor (David Tennant) is finally setting course for Ireland thanks to the new deal BBC Studios 2023,James Pardon Last year’s four specials are already available on the platform, with the new season almost certain to follow to May

However, after months of gentle needling by Irish fans, it seems a solution has finally been found. Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) is the country’s equivalent of the BBC, and funded by its own licence fee. Now RTÉ has obtained the rights to stream Doctor Who on its streaming platform RTÉ Player. The four specials so far, The Star Beast, Wild Blue Yonder, The Giggle, and The Church on Ruby Road are already available there. (Though they’re inexplicibly bundled as “Season 23” of the show.) And it seems almost certain that the Doctor and Ruby’s first full series of adventures will follow this May.

The exact details of the deal between the BBC and RTÉ are unknown. But with Doctor Who appearing nowhere on the schedules of the Irish broadcaster’s two channels, it seems it exclusively covers streaming. So Irish viewers will still be heading to BBC One (which is available in Ireland on various platforms) for their live viewing.

There’s no sign of Doctor Who Unleashed being added to RTÉ Player. However, given that that’s also not included in the Disney+ deal, that’s hardly surprising.

 

The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) in the TARDIS ,BBC Studios 2023,James Pardon Doctor Who returns in May 2024 on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK, RTÉplayer in Ireland, and on Disney+ everywhere else

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REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Chaos Cascade

Blogtor Who - Tue, 02/20/2024 - 16:00
The latest in Big Finish’s range of original Doctor Who audio novels, The Chaos Cascade, enlivens a standard scavenger hunt series with three lively readers

If we begin this review at the end, let’s consider the interviews which close out The Chaos Cascade. They present an eye-opening, even eyebrow raising, view of how these Doctor Who projects come to be. The main criteria handed to author Colin Brake was that it match a Doctor, any Doctor, with another Doctor’s companion in a previously unseen pairing. So it’s to Brake’s credit that he manages to avoid the random dart board approach to such casting. Instead, he successfully finds one with some satisfying potential. The result is Tania Bell, former flatmate of the Eighth Doctor, throwing herself into a space hopping quest alongside the Twelfth Doctor and Missy.

From the Doctor and Missy’s point of view, events take place midway through Series 10. Though this placement does stretch credibility a little. The couple of frenemies are an outing to test Missy’s reformed character. As such, it slightly takes away from her ‘first’ such adventure in World Enough and Time. For Tania, this is after she and fellow former companion Liv have settled down together on 2020s Earth and already briefly reunited with the Doctor in the form of Christopher Eccleston. Now she’s come to the Yorkshire moors to debunk an obvious ‘satellite crash’ cover story. But she’s rapidly finds herself trying to prevent, what else, the destruction of the entire universe.

 

Readers Rebecca Root, Dan Starkey, and Beth Chalmers create a nice energy of shifting perspectives

This trio of characters inspires a somewhat different format to previous audio novels from Big Finish. Three distinct points of view frame the narrative. Dan Starkey reads those passages focusing on the Twelfth Doctor and Beth Chalmers those reflecting Missy’s thoughts. Meanwhile, Rebecca Root takes those centred on Tania. Starkey and Chalmers both read in the third person. It’s in accordance with that old tradition of us never quite being able to get into the Doctor’s head on the page. But Root gives a full first person performance, as if Tania is relating events after the fact. Given that she’s the actor the originated the character, it’s a move that makes perfect sense.

Theses shifts in both perspective and performance give Chaos Cascade a nice energy. Some of us generally find audiobooks a mite too relaxing, and are prone to drifting off mid-chapter. But you should find plenty to keep you awake here. And all three voices work well together, with a pleasant variation in tone. In terms of capturing the various characters, Root naturally gets off lightly – only having to approximate the Doctor and Missy’s Scottish accents as well as Tania might. Among the others, Chalmers’ Missy is particularly note perfect. Both she and Starkey, though, like many before them, pitch the Twelfth Doctor as a little too gruff, with not enough sly humour. However between them, the trio are the release’s strongest asset by far.

 

Colin Brake’s plot is a pick and mix of Doctor Who stand-bys but none the worse for it

Plot-wise, the story stays firmly on safe, if unoriginal, ground. The eponymous Chaos Cascade in an area of instability in the fabric of space time. Only a network of satellites left behind a long vanished species hold the Cascade back from eventually consuming all reality. But now those satellites are failing and the quest is on to locate the three McGuffins scattered across the universe that brought together than reboot the system.

The Doctor’s quest is complicated, however, by two warring species, each determined to claim the power of the Cascade for themselves. Both the Tollatee and the Myzen claim to be acting in self-defence. Each seems convinced the other will use the Cascade to wipe them out. But which one, or both, or neither, can really be trusted? Meanwhile, the search for the three doohickeys of power takes our characters to a present day Earth where an alien spaceship has crash landed, a future human colony in the midst of a robot revolution, and a medieval monastery. (Albeit it on another planet populated by alien monks.)

 

The Chaos Cascade is hardly groundbreaking, but will give you a few cosy winter evenings of easy listening

The story, then, may read like a ransom note assembled from cut up bits of previous scripts in Doctor Who’s back catalogue. But that cosy familiarity, allied with such charismatic readers, creates a lovely flow. The Chaos Cascade’s jaunt across the universe may never take the listener anywhere unexpected, but it wraps you of a comforting blanket of attack eyebrows, Missy winks, and doomsday machines.

The choice of Tania as the returning companion pays off better than many of these mix-and-match pairings too. She’s travelled in the TARDIS less than most, and even perhaps a bit envious of girlfriend Liv’s many years of adventures. So she can provide the wide eyed wonder at the universe the story needs. She’s also endearingly quick in the early chapters to believe that Missy is actually the Doctor. It may reflect an element of wish fulfillment from the Time Lord’s first trans companion. But it’s so sweetly played that an appearance alongside the Thirteenth Doctor, should Big Finish ever get Jodie Whittaker on the payroll, is an absolute must.

At six hours long, The Chaos Cascade is nevertheless an easy going, gentle listen to curl up and while away the winter evenings.

 

 

Doctor Who: The Chaos Cascade. Cover by Claudia Gironi (c) Big Finish Doctor Who: The Chaos Cascade The Twelfth Doctor embarks on a desperate search for the three scattered parts of the Triskelia – the only means to contain a dangerous multi-dimensional breach in reality: the Chaos Cascade. But two warring races, the aggressive Myzen and the peace-loving Tollatee are also searching for this powerful device, as is a mysterious tech-enhanced part-human mercenary.Meanwhile, the Doctor’s former housemate Tania Bell travels to Yorkshire to investigate reports of alien activity and is delighted to run into a previously unknown incarnation of the Time Lord: one that is female, dresses in purple and carries a parasol!Can the Doctor, Missy and Tania find a way to work together as a team? Or, once unleashed, will the Chaos Cascade wreak havoc across all space and time? Doctor Who – The Audio Novels: The Chaos Cascade, over six hours of audio adventure, is now available to own as a digital download for just £17.99, exclusively here.  

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Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker Cover Reveal

Blogtor Who - Sat, 02/17/2024 - 17:00
The Doctor’s original game with the villainous Toymaker will soon be re-imagined as a new CG animation

The cover of the next Doctor Who animation is here! The two-disc set of The Celestial Toymaker contains the 1966 story as well as special features. This classic four episode serial stars William Hartnell as the Doctor alongside companions Peter Purves as Steven Taylor and Jackie Lane as Dodo Chaplet. Michael Gough, later best known as Alfred Pennyworth in several Batman films, guest stars as the Toymaker. The godlike villain recently returned for a rematch in the form of Neil Patrick Harris in 60th Anniversary special The Giggle.

The Celestial Toymaker sees the Doctor and companions separated when they come up against the Toymaker. While the Doctor plays the Trilogic Game, Steven and Dodo are forced to play seemingly childish but ultimately dangerous games with the aim of being reunited and getting back to the TARDIS.

All four episodes of the original story were wiped by the BBC to recycle the tape for other filming, though an Australian copy of one was recovered in 1984. Now, the new releases uses CG animation to bring the classic tale back to life. The animation team, freed from 1960s BBC studio limitations, have boldly re-imagined the epic, surreal, vistas of the Celestial Toyroom. But the set also includes the surviving original episode, The Final Test, as well as a reconstruction of the three lost episodes bringing viewers as close as possible to what the story originally looked like in 1966.

 

Disc Contents Disc One

Episodes 1-4 – Animation – Black and White
Episodes 1-3 – Reconstruction
Episode 4 – Original 1966 Episode newly restored
New Audio Commentaries

Disc Two

Episodes 1-4 – Animation – Colour
Making The Animation
Doctor Who Escape Room – Team First Doctor
Sylvester McCoy Introduction for episode 4 as per the original VHS release
Photo Gallery
PDF Material including camera scripts

 

Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker Blu-ray (c) BBC Studios Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker

When the TARDIS lands in the Celestial Toyroom, its occupants meet a new and deadly opponent. The Toymaker rules this ethereal kingdom, and he desires the Doctor, Steven and Dodo to become his perpetual playthings. While Steven and Dodo face a series of challenges posed by clowns, ballerinas and living playing cards, the Doctor is challenged to play the fiendish Trilogic Game against the Toymaker himself. His only hope of escape is to beat the powerful entity at his own game…

Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker can be pre-ordered now on Blu-ray, DVD and Steelbook. However, the release date is still unknown for now.

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