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 Posted:   Apr 11, 2013 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Set report and some spoilers.

 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Earlier in the week there was more doubt on the return of any classic era Doctors in the 50th anniversary special. Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy claimed that the producers at the BBC were not interested.

Eighth Doctor Paul McGann has subsequently recorded another video interview and offers a glimpse of hope.

He says: “We’re not going to know until the 11th hour. Half past 11… I can’t count the times as an actor, when you’re offered something and you start next week!”

Although earlier on in the chat McGann seems unaware of certain developments such as Eccleston’s position (the interview was recorded this week):

“I think Chris Eccleston is probably a big factor in it. I don’t want to speak for him… he’s probably reluctant to get involved in anything that’s ongoing, so that’s something that they have to somehow get over and deal with. I’m guessing they’ve got time to do it. It’s not quite the anniversary yet. The anniversary doesn’t start until November.

“Whatever it is that they’re planning and they are making, they’ve got time to do it. It’s my feeling [and] this is just a personal thing, once they resolve Chris Eccleston’s participation or non-participation either way, then they’re free to [figure it out]… Being actors anyway, they’ll call us on the Friday and say, ‘You’re starting on a Monday’.”

 Posted:   Apr 15, 2013 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Music heard in the first episode of Doctor Who is to be made exclusively available on vinyl as part of this year's Record Store Day.

Three Guitars Mood 2 is the song that introduces the Doctor's granddaughter Susan, who is listening to it on a hand-held transistor radio when the audience first sees her. It is attributed by her to John Smith And The Common Men, and they are the title artists of a three-track EP, Sounds From The Inferno, which is being released on Saturday 20th April on the Hysterion Records label.

The back cover of the 7-inch EP includes a guide to the hand movements performed to the song by Susan.

The B-side has the tracks Latin Gear and The Eyelash, which are two pieces of music heard in The Inferno nightclub in the season 3 closing story The War Machines.

Hysterion Records' Ronnie Shame said:
These tracks were originally recorded as library music. They appeared in numerous television programmes during the 1960s, but they also have a special association with Doctor Who.
The EP - or extended play - is a numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies and will only be available from independent record shops. Copies will be sold on a first-come first-served basis and cannot be pre-ordered or bought online. A list of retailers taking part in Record Store Day is available here.

Three Guitars Mood 2 was actually composed by Nelson and Raymond, performed by The Arthur Nelson Group, and originally released on the Conroy label, while The Eyelash and Latin Gear were composed by Johnny Hawksworth and included on the album The Mood Modern, brought out on the Keith Prowse Music label.

 Posted:   Apr 15, 2013 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Preview of the next episode.

 Posted:   Apr 15, 2013 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)


 Posted:   Apr 15, 2013 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Oh good.

 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann want to see a Peter Jackson Doctor Who episode become a reality.

The director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit recently said he would work on the show with his only fee being a Dalek.

Speaking at the Lords of Time convention Baker said: “I could only think he would make an epic Doctor Who story. I would like to be cast, not as the Doctor, even if it’s inside a furry suit. Maybe I could be a villain.”

McCoy said: “He knows what he’s doing. If he was in charge of the budget he’d most likely want to film it on the moon and has the ability to do it. If he was using the resources of Weta they would make some amazing magic.

“It’s really exciting and would be great fun and Peter Jackson has been a fan of Doctor who for years. I have been told that he’s got my Doctor Who costume, he’s also got my Radagast the Brown costume and I’m hanging on to my own clothes because he’s not getting his hands on them I can tell you.”

McGann added: “I think he would be above trying to make anything trendy. The story would be strong. He would be ideal to make it he’s above the kind of pressure, who could lean on him. He would make the best thing we have seen.”

Nick Briggs meanwhile suggested The Rings of Akhaten and Hide writer Neil Cross to pen a Dalek script.

“Wouldn’t it be great? It would be fantastic. Peter Jackson is a fantastic director . . . I think it would have to have the Daleks in it.”

 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

It makes me sad that there is almost no chance that we'll see any previous Doctors other than Tennant.

 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Agreed that Simm not appearing is good, didn't like his Master at all. Would rather they used the lovely Derek Jacobi but alas they wanted someone young and trendy.

As to Peter Jackson, that would be rather interesting. Maybe he could do the movie version, with Weta for the aliens *dreams*

 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

It makes me sad that there is almost no chance that we'll see any previous Doctors other than Tennant.

Perhaps the BBC don't want to be reminded of the original series.

 Posted:   Apr 16, 2013 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

“Wouldn’t it be great? It would be fantastic. Peter Jackson is a fantastic director . . . I think it would have to have the Daleks in it.”

A Peter Jackson episode would be three hours long. big grin

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

And the anniversary bandwagon rolls on...

Stamps issued in the UK last month to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who have proved phenomenally successful and today Doctor Who News is pleased to launch a competition that will see one lucky person win framed sets of them, courtesy of Royal Mail.

Each of the 11 TV Doctors was represented on his own first-class stamp, and a five-stamp mini-sheet comprising a first-class stamp of the TARDIS and four second-class stamps of enemies – a Dalek, Cyberman, Ood, and Weeping Angel – was also produced. Royal Mail reportedly received more than three times the usual number of pre-registrations for the first-class set, such was the interest in them.

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Doctor Who writer Robert Banks Stewart has told Digital Spy we can expect more than just the Zygons in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.

Banks Stewart wrote classic era stories ‘Terror of the Zygons’ (1975) and ‘The Seeds of Doom’ (1976).

“The Zygons are in there with all the others – particularly the Daleks and the Cybermen,” he said.

“[But] nobody yet knows what the plot of the 50th will be – Steven Moffat and his team in Cardiff, they are quite rightly keeping it all secret.”

He also said that he feels Doctor Who has become too adult: “My own personal opinion is that the modern Doctor Who should be aimed more at children. People very fondly remembered being scared by Doctor Who – now the plots seem to me a little too adult.”

 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

It makes me sad that there is almost no chance that we'll see any previous Doctors other than Tennant.

Couldn't agree more. I still recall how awesome it was to see Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee together in Th Three Doctors.


 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

It makes me sad that there is almost no chance that we'll see any previous Doctors other than Tennant.


 Posted:   Apr 17, 2013 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

“Wouldn’t it be great? It would be fantastic. Peter Jackson is a fantastic director . . . I think it would have to have the Daleks in it.”

A Peter Jackson episode would be three hours long. big grin

And split into. trilogy no matter how flimsy the story.

 Posted:   Apr 19, 2013 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The title for the concluding episode of Series 7 has been revealed this morning with the release of accompanying movie posters in both landscape and portrait formats.

Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein, the story is called The Name of the Doctor, with the posters also carrying the teaser line "His Secret Revealed" and confirming that Alex Kingston will be guest-starring in the story.

The episode is scheduled to air on BBC One on Saturday 18th May at a time yet to be confirmed.

 Posted:   Apr 20, 2013 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

In what is probably just another recycling of an old rumour, the Daily Star are claiming that the classic Doctors will appear in the 50th anniversary digitally using archive footage. David Tennant will apparently be the only Doctor to appear in the flesh.

The article states:

Viewers will see Matt Smith, 30, mingle with all the actors from the previous BBC series, including the late William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee.

TV chiefs came up with the plan, thanks to fellow sci-fi smash Star Trek.

In 1996, the cast of spin-off series Deep Space Nine had an adventure with the original Enterprise crew Captain Kirk and Mr Spock (William Shatner, 82, and Leonard Nimoy, 82) as they looked in the 1960s.

The show used hi-tech wizardry to digitally insert the young stars from Deep Space Nine into old footage from an episode called The Trouble With Tribbles, which aired in 1967.

Now BBC bosses plan to do the same. In November’s TV special to mark 50 years of Doctor Who, fans will see the current Doctor come face to face with all of the former Doctors who include Tom Baker, 79, Colin Baker, 69, and Peter Davison, 62.

He will be “placed” into clips from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to make it look as though he is really there and interacting with his old Time Lord selves.

Ex-Doctor Who star David Tennant, 42, is the only actor who will appear in the flesh in the episode.

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2013 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

David Tennant has been speaking about Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary again today and may have given hope that some more “Old faces” will be involved.

Earlier today on Radio 2 he said: “You’ve got to push the boat out for a birthday. 50 years old, there’s not many television programmes that can claim that!”

Host Chris Evans then asked about “all the old faces there” and Tennant replied: “It could have been a bit tricky bringing lots of people from different eras to work with each other, but the current team of Matt and Jenna are so welcoming and enthusiastic about the whole thing, it has been a really fun time.”

 Posted:   Apr 23, 2013 - 5:58 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

John Barrowman has spoken some more on why Captain Jack won’t be returning for the 50th anniversary special.

Barrowman told TVLine: “Everyone on Twitter tries to make it like it’s my decision, but the bottom line is I was not asked. [The Powers That Be] don’t want to put Jack in it. And I know fans are really upset about it, as was I.”

“People have tried to say it’s my schedule; it’s absolutely not,” he insists. ”I was told by the producers of Arrow that if I was asked to do the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who they’d let me go and do it. It was nothing to do with my schedule. It’s just a matter of fact that I wasn’t asked.”

He adds: “I understand why they did it. They want to move forward, they want to try some different things… I know from how [former EP exec producer Russell T. Davies] approached things, they’re not doing [the special] just for the uber fan; they’re doing it for the wider audience. And if they’re going to bring a character back it wouldn’t be just for the uber fan, it would be for everybody. So perhaps that’s the thinking they had. I don’t know.”

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