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 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The big question is -- will we see Hurt regenerate into Eccleston? Chris won't do it, so they'd have to do it with CGI or some such thing.

Yesterday i had the idle thought that, wouldn't it be great if Eccleston had agreed to do a brief regeneration scene but then everyone was sworn to secrecy and put out lots of denials. Then today the McGann thing happened...


Makes you wonder if there any other minisodes like this waiting in the wings...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The BBC has announced further details on the special 50th anniversary programme, Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty, which is set to air on BBC3 directly after the premiere of The Day of the Doctor.

The live BBC Three show is to celebrate all things Doctor Who with Matt Smith and fans around the world, as One Direction gate-crash celebrations.

Live from London’s Southbank, Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards will get the afterparty started on BBC Three, as they are joined by Matt Smith and guests to discuss the Doctor’s most epic adventure yet.

As soon as titles roll on BBC One’s The Day Of The Doctor, viewers can join the current Doctor himself, as well as a host of previous Doctors and their time-travelling companions in the ultimate celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who on BBC Three.

As well as all the gossip on the The Day Of The Doctor, there will be exclusive interviews, show-stopping monster moments and fans around the world will be giving their reaction, as they showcase how they are celebrating the special anniversary.

One Direction will also be joining the party as they gate-crash the show live from LA to wish the Doctor a happy birthday.

Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, says: “The 50th anniversary is going to be a huge party for Doctor Who and we’re delighted that BBC Three will be able to give the fans all the backstage access to the stars at the hottest ticket in town.”

Commissioned by Pinki Chambers, Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty is executive produced by Mark Cossey and Phil Dolling. It is produced by Russell Minton and made by BBC In-house Entertainment and Events.

Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty airs 23 November at 9.05pm on BBC3.

BBC Radio Wales are also celebrating the 50th with a special daytime broadcast on Thursday 21 November.

Full details:

BBC Radio Wales has announced it will dedicate its daytime schedule to Doctor Who on Thursday, November 21 – two days before the worldwide broadcast of the special 50th anniversary adventure, The Day Of The Doctor.

Two of the station’s daytime programmes, Jason Mohammad and Eleri Siôn, will be broadcasting live from the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay on the day, with a host of special guests ready to tell the Welsh story of the legendary time traveller. Radio Wales will also be re-broadcasting the Doctor Who Prom that was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in July this year.

BBC Radio Wales’ Editor, Steve Austins, says: “I’m thrilled we’re going to celebrate this truly Welsh success story with the Radio Wales Doctor Who Day. Its return in 2005 marked the start of BBC Cymru Wales’ drama success story with programmes like Doctor Who now viewed by millions all over the world. It’s fitting therefore that we pay tribute not only to The Doctor but also to all those involved in making the series from our Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay. I’d say it’s one of the great Welsh success stories of recent years.”

From 10am on Radio Wales Doctor Who Day, Jason Mohammad will be chatting with Jenna Coleman about her role as the Doctor’s current companion, Clara Oswald, and Steven Moffat, the show’s head writer and executive producer, will also be joining Jason and answering listeners’ questions. Jason will also be talking to the curator of the Doctor Who Experience, Andrew Beech, and there will be a special item about how Wales has benefited from its association with the long-running series.

Jason’s connection with the series is stronger than some listeners of his Radio Wales show may appreciate, as he’s appeared as a newsreader on both Doctor Who and the spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures. He’s therefore experienced some of the passion the fans have for the series at first hand.

“I still get mail from Doctor Who fans,” says Jason. “I’ve got one letter which I’ve kept from a guy in New Zealand who said, ‘I’m not familiar with your repertoire – I don’t know what else you’ve done, but may I say you played the role of a newsreader very well,’ not knowing that it was my job at the time.”

Eleri Siôn will take over the live broadcasts from the Doctor Who Experience from 1pm, with an interview with location manager Iwan Roberts about his job and some of the Welsh locations used on the series. There will also be an exclusive look behind the scenes as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales records the music for The Day Of The Doctor, including interviews with composer Murray Gold and conductor Ben Foster. Film critic Gary Slaymaker will also assess the impact Doctor Who has made on film.

http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/doctor-who-live-the-afterparty-doctor-who-day-55398.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Annoyed the US is getting a few specials that the UK isn't:

Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS – 9:00 –10:00pm ET (U.S. Premiere)
Doctor Who Explained – 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET (U.S. Premiere)

Hopefully they will appear on line quickly. Particularly Tales

"The special features exclusive interviews with principal cast members from the show’s 50-year history, including actors who have played the Doctor: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Tom Baker, and Peter Davison, actors who have played companions: Jenna Coleman, Karen Gillan, Freema Agyeman, and William Russell, as well as the current lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat."

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Annoyed the US is getting a few specials that the UK isn't:

Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS – 9:00 –10:00pm ET (U.S. Premiere)
Doctor Who Explained – 8:00pm – 9:00pm ET (U.S. Premiere)

Hopefully they will appear on line quickly. Particularly Tales


I would imagine they would make it over here pretty quick, just as the "....Revisited" series has...or be re-edited versions of programmes already scheduled. I can't imagine for a minute that there will be anything left unbroadcast in the UK.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 6:05 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



The BBC's annual fundraising event Children in Need is in full swing tonight, and at 7:55pm it was the Doctor's turn to encourage people to donate to the cause with an exclusive clip from the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor; the clip featured Matt Smith as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara, Jemma Redgrave as Kate, plus David Tennant as the Doctor and a very brief glimpse of Joanna Page as Elizabeth!


http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2013/11/children-in-need-151113193008.html

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I would imagine they would make it over here pretty quick, just as the "....Revisited" series has...or be re-edited versions of programmes already scheduled. I can't imagine for a minute that there will be anything left unbroadcast in the UK.

Somehow, I don't think this will be shown on BBC America...

The BBC has announced more details of the BBC Three celebration programme Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty, which will immediately follow the premiere of The Day of the Doctor.

Presented live from London’s South Bank, Zoe Ball and Rick Edwards will be joined by Matt Smith and guests to discuss the Doctor's most epic adventure yet. A host of previous Doctors and their time-travelling companions will also take part in what is described as an ultimate celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who.

As well as all the gossip on The Day Of The Doctor, there will be exclusive interviews, monster moments and fans around the world giving their reaction, as they showcase how they are celebrating the special anniversary.

One Direction, the English-Irish pop boy band, will also be joining the party as they gate-crash the show live from LA to wish the Doctor a happy birthday.

Zai Bennett, Controller of BBC Three, says:
The 50th anniversary is going to be a huge party for Doctor Who and we're delighted that BBC Three will be able to give the fans all the backstage access to the stars at the hottest ticket in town.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2013/11/doctor-who-live-afterparty_15.html

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 1:05 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)



The BBC's annual fundraising event Children in Need is in full swing tonight, and at 7:55pm it was the Doctor's turn to encourage people to donate to the cause with an exclusive clip from the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor; the clip featured Matt Smith as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara, Jemma Redgrave as Kate, plus David Tennant as the Doctor and a very brief glimpse of Joanna Page as Elizabeth!


http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2013/11/children-in-need-151113193008.html


I think it would have been better to use the McGann minisode for CiN, particularly as it would have raised its exposure as a lead in to DotD and it had more meat to it than the 2 minute preview (which I wish had ended as the other hand started to pick up the Fez, without revealing who had picked it it)

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)



I think it would have been better to use the McGann minisode for CiN, particularly as it would have raised its exposure as a lead in to DotD and it had more meat to it than the 2 minute preview (which I wish had ended as the other hand started to pick up the Fez, without revealing who had picked it it)


Why? It's not a secret that Tennants Doctor is in this. If anything, it's the biggest attraction of this particular episode so far.

As for The Night Of The Doctor. That one really seems more suitable for the (somewhat) die hard Whovians who actually know who the Eight Doctor was, and know McGann only ever played the role once. A general audience watching Children In Need won't get as much a kick out of it, I think.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

[As for The Night Of The Doctor. That one really seems more suitable for the (somewhat) die hard Whovians who actually know who the Eight Doctor was, and know McGann only ever played the role once. A general audience watching Children In Need won't get as much a kick out of it, I think.

Sadly, this seems to be the case. Most of the Doctor Who fans I work with have no idea who Paul McGann is. As far as they are concerned, Doctor Who began in 2005.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

[As for The Night Of The Doctor. That one really seems more suitable for the (somewhat) die hard Whovians who actually know who the Eight Doctor was, and know McGann only ever played the role once. A general audience watching Children In Need won't get as much a kick out of it, I think.

Sadly, this seems to be the case. Most of the Doctor Who fans I work with have no idea who Paul McGann is. As far as they are concerned, Doctor Who began in 2005.


A friend of mine, though he knew of the earlier classic Doctor Who and had caught a bit of the end of the Tom Baker era, didn't really know anything until the reboot with Eccleston. In particular he also didn't really know who Peter Capaldi was and didn't remember that he was already named as the next Doctor. So when I emailed a link to 'The Night of the Doctor' and he watched it, he was thinking 'Wow, I like this guy, is he the next Doctor?' I had to explain how it was Paul McGann and how he'd only appeared in one story in the 1996 TV movie. My friend's reaction to the McGann Doctor from just SIX minutes of screen time says sooo much about what we lost when McGann's series never happened.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

[As for The Night Of The Doctor. That one really seems more suitable for the (somewhat) die hard Whovians who actually know who the Eight Doctor was, and know McGann only ever played the role once. A general audience watching Children In Need won't get as much a kick out of it, I think.

Sadly, this seems to be the case. Most of the Doctor Who fans I work with have no idea who Paul McGann is. As far as they are concerned, Doctor Who began in 2005.


A friend of mine, though he knew of the earlier classic Doctor Who and had caught a bit of the end of the Tom Baker era, didn't really know anything until the reboot with Eccleston. In particular he also didn't really know who Peter Capaldi was and didn't remember that he was already named as the next Doctor. So when I emailed a link to 'The Night of the Doctor' and he watched it, he was thinking 'Wow, I like this guy, is he the next Doctor?' I had to explain how it was Paul McGann and how he'd only appeared in one story in the 1996 TV movie. My friend's reaction to the McGann Doctor from just SIX minutes of screen time says sooo much about what we lost when McGann's series never happened.


I was never a big fan of the BBC/Fox movie, although after seeing the six minute minisode, I've changed my views of the 8th Doctor.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I liked what the TV Movie TRIED to do, but I didn't particularly like the way it was done...a somewhat noble effort but with very little substance...but McGann suited the role so perfectly (something it appears he has never lost!) it has always remained watchable for me...and Sylvester McCoy's final scenes are a treat, really. So good to see McGann back in a role that (I think) he helped define for the 2005 reboot...if only so briefly....

Edited to add: Of course, McGann has rarely been away from Doctor Who over the past few years, starring as he does in the Big Finish Audio Adventures which are extremely well produced and (usually) well written. The Two-parter that saw the "Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller" adventures come to a close was a particularly good one, and while the whole series is worth listening to, this two-parter in itself - though not a standalone story - goes very much to the heart of Who, and also stars Carole Ann Ford in a not-unfamiliar role...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I liked what the TV Movie TRIED to do, but I didn't particularly like the way it was done...a somewhat noble effort but with very little substance...but McGann suited the role so perfectly (something it appears he has never lost!) it has always remained watchable for me...and Sylvester McCoy's final scenes are a treat, really. So good to see McGann back in a role that (I think) he helped define for the 2005 reboot...if only so briefly....



I always thought the movie was a template for the 2005 reboot.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 4:40 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Little interview here with John Hurt about Who and things in general.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2508559/Doctor-Who-toughest-roles-says-John-Hurt--star-Alien-Elephant-Man.html

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 4:44 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



Edited to add: Of course, McGann has rarely been away from Doctor Who over the past few years, starring as he does in the Big Finish Audio Adventures which are extremely well produced and (usually) well written. The Two-parter that saw the "Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller" adventures come to a close was a particularly good one, and while the whole series is worth listening to, this two-parter in itself - though not a standalone story - goes very much to the heart of Who, and also stars Carole Ann Ford in a not-unfamiliar role...


The Big Finish productions were something I always thought about collecting, but there does seem alot of them.

I was wondering, during the minisode , does the 8th Doctor mention past companions?

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

The Big Finish productions were something I always thought about collecting, but there does seem alot of them.

I was wondering, during the minisode , does the 8th Doctor mention past companions?


Yes, there are an awful lot of them now and difficult to know where to start! But the "Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller" ones are one long story in themselves - and contain one of the best of all the audio adventures - "Blood of the Daleks". If you just wanted to stick to one Doctor/series go for those wink .... and for continuity's sake, you could also go with "The Boy that Time Forgot" (where we find out that Adric is still very much alive, and not in a good mood, and "The Gathering" - where the 5th Doctor catches up with another of his ex-companions (Tegan[/spoiler - this time giving her a script she deserved!

Yes, the 8th Doctor mentions all of his companions from the Big Finish plays just before he takes a sip...Charlie (Pollard), C'rizz, Lucie, Tamsin and Molly.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Low quality from New Zealand channel Prime TV, some new scenes.



http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/the-day-of-the-doctor-nz-trailer-55493.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

David Tennant has picked up the accolade of the "nation's favourite Doctor" in a survey to mark 50 years of sci-fi drama Doctor Who.

The Scottish actor, who played the role from 2005-10, gained 56% of the RadioTimes.com vote, easily beating closest rival Matt Smith.

Tom Baker wound up in third spot, followed by Christopher Eccleston and Patrick Troughton.

Billie Piper, who played Rose, won a parallel vote for the best companion.

She captured 25% of the vote for her role, which saw Rose accompany both Tennant and Eccleston on their intergalactic travels.

She was followed by Sarah Jane Smith, who was portrayed by the late Elisabeth Sladen, while Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) - who also appeared alongside David Tennant - came fourth in the running.

The latest companion, Clara Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman, only managed ninth place, but finished ahead of Freema Agyeman's Martha Jones.

More than 20,000 readers of RadioTimes.com took part in the vote.

Both Tennant and Piper will reprise their roles in the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor, which will be screened on 23 November.

Smith and Tennant will appear in the 75-minute show alongside John Hurt, introduced as 'The Doctor' at the end of the most recent episode.

RadioTimes.com editor Tim Glandfield said: "Not even parallel dimensions can keep the Doctor and Rose apart.

"It's clear from the results of our poll that they define a golden era of Doctor Who and helped introduce a whole new generation to the show - how fitting that they'll be reunited next week for the 50th anniversary special."

The next Doctor was unveiled in August as The Thick Of It actor Peter Capaldi.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24955294

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Today BBC Radio Four Extra begins a week of celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who with a reading of the very first Doctor Who novelisation.

Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks was first published in 1964, adapted by the series' script editor David Whitaker from the first Dalek story written by Terry Nation. The story was republished by Target Books in 1973, kicking off the range which would introduce a generation of fans born in the sixties and seventies to the eras of the first and second Doctors.

The story, intended to work as a standalone, is told from the viewpoint of Ian Chesterton and has a very different meeting between the Doctor and his future companions than that of the television series.

The Audiogo recording is read by William Russell, who played Ian in the TV series. The broadcast begins at 1800 GMT on Saturday with the first two episodes. The full adaptation is broadcast between 0000 GMT and 0430 GMT on Sunday.

The broadcast kicks off a week of Doctor Who programming on the station. Radio Four Extra can be heard worldwide via the BBC Website.
Sunday - Protect and Survive - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
In this drama the Seventh Doctor (played by Sylvester McCoy) and his young companions Hex and Ace are plunged into the late '80s, where history has gone terrifyingly wrong, with the world trembling on the brink of a final terrible war.
Monday - Fanfare for the Common Men - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
A four-part drama featuring the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison). The Doctor's young companion Nyssa is unfamiliar with the Earth's musical heritage, but in a trip back to the '60s the Beatles are nowhere to be seen and their role has been taken by the Common Men.
Tuesday - A Thousand Tiny Wings - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
A full-cast audio drama in which the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) arrives in a remote homestead during the period of Kenyan independence in December 1963 and is reunited with an old acquaintance – an ex-Nazi called Klein.
Wednesday - Farewell Great Macedon - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
Based on an unproduced television script and brought to life through a combination of performance and narration. The original team of the First Doctor and companions Ian, Barbara and Susan step out from the TARDIS into the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and meet Alexander the Great.
Thursday - Human Resources - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
A full-cast drama featuring the Eighth Doctor (played by Paul McGann). The two-part story explains the on-going mystery of Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith), paired off with the Doctor in a witness protection programme.
Friday - The Dalek Invasion of Earth - 1800 GMT & 0000 GMT
A reading by William Russell (Ian Chesterton in the original TV serial on which the story is based). This is one of the classic Doctor Who stories featuring the First Doctor and set in an occupied Britain.
Saturday - Doctor Who special – Who Made Who - 0900 GMT & 1600 GMT
Tracy-Ann Oberman is the guide on a journey back to a time before Time Lords. Interviewees include Doctor Who writers Charlie Higson and Al Hennen and William Hartnell's grand-daughter Jessica Carney. Featured programmes include The Reunion, which gathers the original 1963 cast, and Whatever Happened to . . . Susan Foreman? which tries to solve the mystery of the Doctor's original travelling companion, his grand-daughter.
Sunday - Lucie Miller - 0000 GMT
An Eighth Doctor adventure starring Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith and Graeme Garden.
Monday - To the Death - 0000 GMT
The Time Lord calls on friends, family and the Monk to help overthrow the Dalek occupation of Earth. This Eighth Doctor adventure stars Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith and Graeme Garden.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2013/11/week-of-specials-on-radio-four-extra.html

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2013 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Sunday - Lucie Miller - 0000 GMT
An Eighth Doctor adventure starring Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith and Graeme Garden.
Monday - To the Death - 0000 GMT
The Time Lord calls on friends, family and the Monk to help overthrow the Dalek occupation of Earth. This Eighth Doctor adventure stars Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith and Graeme Garden


..aaaaaand that's the epic two-parter I referred to a couple of posts back smile

 
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