Friday, April 29, 2016

Doctor Who - Details For "And You Will Obey Me"


This month's main range release begins The Master Trilogy.  First up is an encounter with The 5th Doctor.  You can order this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/and-you-will-obey-me-1050

The Master: wanted for crimes without number, across five galaxies.

The Master: escaped his pursuers. Last known location: rural Hexford, England, Earth.

The Master: dead and buried in an unmourned grave, in a lonely churchyard.

Apparently.

Written By: Alan Barnes
Directed By: Jamie Anderson

Cast
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master), Sheena Bhattessa (Annie), Alex Foley (Colin), Peta Cornish (Helen/Jade Nymph), Russ Bain (Mikey/Grigor), Tessa Coates (Janine), Nick Ellsworth (Gomphus/Auctioneer). Other parts portrayed by the cast.

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on Legacy of Death


This month's Tom Baker adventure adventure sees the 4th Doctor and Romana with K-9 find themselves trapped in a temporal war.  This adventure can be ordered on the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/legacy-of-death-996

The Doctor, Romana and K9 have found themselves trapped in a temporal war. On Aoris, the past battles the future - and the future fights back!

With both sides of the war now capable of time travel, the conflict is about to enter a deadly stage. As the pieces of history lock into place, there is little the Doctor can do.

With more Time Tanks moving into combat, the endgame is approaching. The people of Aoris risk extinction at their own hand.

Can even the Doctor save the same planet twice in the same day?

Note: This adventure continues from Doctor Who: The Paradox Planet

Written By: Jonathan Morris
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9/Machina) Simon Rouse (Drang), Tom Chadbon (Embery), Paul Panting (Fyrax), Emma Campbell-Jones (Shola), Laura Rees (Tyrus), Bryan Pilkington (Lostar), Jane Slavin (Medea). Other parts portrayed by the cast. 

Doctor Who Magazine 499 Details and Cover


This months Doctor Who Magazine looks at the Target range and their awesome book covers which is now featured in a new exhibit.  This magazine is out today in the UK.

As the art of the Target books is celebrated in a new exhibition, DWM tracks down the men who painted Doctor Who…

DWM speaks to Chris Achilleos, the first regular artist on the range, establishing a new visual style for Doctor Who…

“I didn’t need direction – I knew how to do a cover,” he explains today. “I was always very aware that a book cover needs to be attractive – almost interactive, in a way – so that you’re drawn to pick it up in a shop. I still think they work as good punchy covers.”

Target book fan and modern-day Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has much affection for the artwork: “The Three Doctors was my first and perhaps still my favourite,” he says warmly. “The incredibly evocative orange and green luridness of Omega’s deadly fingers, the Doctors themselves in grave monochrome. I still get a Proustian rush from seeing these images.”

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…


PRODUCTION NOTES
Doctor Who’s executive producer Brain Minchin tells DWM about the operation to reveal the identity of the Doctor’s new companion…

WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?
DWM investigates what it is to be immortal in the Doctor Who universe.

NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Ahead of a very special Fact of Fiction next issue on The Day of the Doctor, DWM looks back at the most unexpected Doctor Who story of all time…

BACK IN THE SISTERHOOD
We ask Clare Higgins, High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn, if Ohila could be the Doctor’s mother?

THE WITCH IS FAMILIAR…
… in the third part of our brand-new comic strip adventure, Witch Hunt, written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
Jacqueline Rayner talks about the challenges of dressing her boys up as the Doctor, in her column, Relative Dimensions.

DOCTOR, I MARRIED HIM!
An increasing number of couple are incorporating Doctor Who into the most important day of their lives. But why? DWM investigates…

FISHY BUSINESS
There’s something fishy going on under Venice, as the Time Team watch The Vampires of Venice…

GATEWAY TO THE UNIVERSE
The Fourth Doctor, Romana, Adric and K9 try to find a way out of E-Space in this month’s Fact of Fiction on 1981’s Warriors’ Gate…

COMING SOON
DWM previews all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.

DREAM WORLD
Russell T Davies return to BBC Wales with his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream...

PLUS!
All the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.

Doctor Who Magazine 499 is on sale from Thursday 28 April 2016, price £4.99.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Doctor Who Comic Previews and Covers For 11th Doctor Issue 8 and 4th Doctor Issue 2


Out this week we have two Doctor Who comic books.  The 11th Doctor issue 8 and the 4th Doctor issue 2 continue on with their respective stories and they both are pretty good.  As usual you can get these two comic books at your local comic book store.

DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR #2.8

Abslom confesses a Daak secret. Alice develops a bond. The Squire recovers a memory. And the Doctor discovers the horrific truth about how The Then and The Now has been tracking them - and he doesn't like it one bit. As the universe closes in around them, is escape even possible?

Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Warren Pleece
Colorist: Arianna Florean & Nicola Righi with Azzurra Righi
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC - 32PP - $3.99 - On Sale: April 20

Saturday, April 23, 2016

New Companion Introduction

https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/723922300098076673

The Next Doctor Who Companion is...... Pearl Mackie

The announcement of the next Doctor Who co-star is official and Pearl Mackie will be the next companion. 


Mackie is a newcomer with only a couple of projects under her belt including the BBC soap Doctors. Her character's name is Bill...












Who will be the next Doctor Who Companion?


With just a short time left before the announcement let's look at some of the favorites to play along side Peter Capaldi in the next season of Doctor Who.

Rakhee Thakrar – She has been rumored for a while. Rakhee is mostly known the the UK for her work on EastEnders but she has been in quite a bit of work including Holby City and Doctors. She is 32 which might be a little older for a companion but would be perfect for Capaldi.




Lacey Turner – She has also been in EastEnders as well as Being Human. She is 28 and has won more British Soap Awards than anyone else. Impressive.



Georgina Campbell – Another experienced actress who has been in Holby City, After Hours and Doctors.





Ingrid Oliver – A familiar face who would probably play her Doctor Who character Osgood. This is probably a fan favorite but is probably a long shot. I feel that Osgood is better as a once on a while character and not a full time. Still, no complaints here.






Pearl Mackie – a relative unknown, Pearl was recently visited by Peter Capaldi at her play and the actress recently started following former Doctor Who companion actresses Jenna Coleman and Freema Agyeman. Interesting.

Of course it is probably someone completely off the radar!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on a Masterly Jago and Litefoot Series 11



This month sees the 11th series for Jago and Litefoot and this time they have to go up against the toughest enemy they have ever encountered.  But they will not have to do it alone.  You can order this release from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/jago-litefoot-series-11-1386

1. Jago and Son by Nigel Fairs

With missing persons, dead bodies and a Satanist cult to deal with, both Litefoot and Jago need help. Professor Litefoot finds himself working with Jean Bazemore, an old archaeologist friend. Jago, however, finds he is assisted by someone he never even knew existed – his own son. Or is he? Can Jago be sure of anything?

But there is more to events than the detectives know. An alien menace is stirring underground. Once again, Jago and Litefoot find themselves fighting for their lives…

2. Maurice by Matthew Sweet

As he tightens his grip on Inspector Quick, the Master becomes interested in the young composer Maurice Ravel. For his part, Ravel befriends Professor Litefoot. But is anyone truly who they seem or able to control their own destiny and actions?

When Litefoot goes missing, it’s up to Jago to investigate. But the Professor finds himself in a nightmare landscape where reality and fiction seem to have merged. Will he ever manage to escape? And if the real Maurice Ravel is trapped with Litefoot, who exactly is walking the streets of London?

3. The Woman in White by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris

The great actor Henry Irving is not as great as he once was. In fact, he’s awful – a shadow of his former self. Worried that something may be terribly wrong, Irving’s assistant Bram Stoker enlists the help of an old friend – Henry Gordon Jago.

With Irving’s state deteriorating, Professor Litefoot also faces a challenge. He performs an autopsy on a man who has had all his bodily fluids drained from him. Can the detectives discover the connection between the great actor and the mysterious dehydrated corpse? And how does it relate to the Woman in White who supposedly haunts Irving’s theatre?

4. Masterpiece by Justin Richards

The Master’s plan is nearing completion – and he is sure that Jago and Litefoot will help him bring it to fruition. With Inspector Quick increasingly under the Master’s influence, the Infernal Investigators find themselves tired and fatigued, as if their very life force is being drained away...

With the help of Ellie together with stage hypnotist Madame Sosostris and her assistant Mr Nocturne, Jago and Litefoot finally track down the Master. But as they make their way towards his lair, the Time Lord's true scheme is revealed.

Written By: Nigel Fairs, Matthew Sweet, Simon Barnard, Paul Morris and Justin Richards
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Cast
Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Trevor Baxter (Professor George Litefoot), Ellie Higson (Lisa Bowerman), Conrad Asquith (Inspector Quick), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master), James Joyce (Henry Gordon Jago Jr), Rowena Cooper (Jean Bazemore), Andy McKeane (Maurice Ravel), Jonathan Forbes (Bram Stoker), Edward de Souza (Sir Henry Irving), Robbie Stevens (Mr Manners/Stanley Harker), Maggie Ollerenshaw (Dame Wilhelmina Gussett/Woman in White), Rachel Atkins (Madame Sosotris/Bishop) and Colin Baker as The Doctor.

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor Justin Richards
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Doctor Who - Details For Nightshade


Out this month is another foray into the novel adaptions and this one is one of my favorite books from the New Adventures range.  This book came out in 1993 and was written by Mark Gatiss and this story is one of his best Doctor Who stories ever.  So  if you were luke warm about getting this audio adventure because of Gatiss you should pick it up it is a pretty good story.  As always you can pick it up on the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/nightshade-1230

Professor Nightshade - tea time terror for all the family, and the most loved show in Britain. But Professor Nightshade's days are long over, and Edmund Trevithick is now just an unemployed actor in a retirement home, fondly remembering his past.

It's the same through the entire village of Crook Marsham - people are falling prey to their memories. At first harmlessly, and then, the bodies begin to turn up.

The Doctor and Ace arrive on the scene - but, with the Doctor planning his retirement, it may be time for Professor Nightshade to solve one last case.

Nightshade is based on the novel by Mark Gatiss from the Virgin New Adventures series of Doctor Who books

Written By: Mark Gatiss, adapted by Kyle C Szikora
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), John Castle (Edmund Trevithick), Samuel Barnett (Robin), Katherine Jakeways (Jill), Edward Harrison (Dr Hawthorne), Jonny Magnanti (Lawrence), Tom Price (Sgt Barclay) and Carole Ann Ford (Susan)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Doctor Who - News On This Summer's Doctor Who Comic Book Crossover


Titan Comics has announced its crossover event for this summer and it sees the four NuWho Doctors taking on The Cybermen.  Read the press release below for all the details.


TITAN’S SUMMER DOCTOR WHO CROSSOVER EVENT COMIC CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CYBERMEN!

FIVE ISSUES! FOUR DOCTORS! CYBERMEN! ALL-ACTION!

PART OF DOCTOR WHO COMICS DAY CELEBRATIONS!

April 19, 2016 – BBC Worldwide North America and Titan Comics are thrilled to reveal that this summer’s special Doctor Who event comic will feature the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors from Titan’s four ongoing Doctor Who series. This comic will be a spectacular five-part, bi-weekly adventure featuring one of the Doctor’s most iconic foes – the Cybermen!

Penned by best-selling authors George Mann (Eighth Doctor, Dark Souls) & Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor, Vikings) with art by Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors, Captain America & Hawkeye), this highly anticipated event comic kicks-off in stores and on digital platforms Wednesday, July 6th 2016, supported by Titan’s third annual Doctor Who Comics Day event on Saturday, July 9th 2016.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the show’s iconic cyborgs, the Cybermen. The Cybermen first appeared in the serial ‘The Tenth Planet’ in 1966, and have been featured in Doctor Who numerous times since, including the 2006 two-part modern origin story, ‘Rise of the Cybermen’ and ‘The Age of Steel.’

This special crossover event comic entitled ‘Supremacy of the Cybermen’ stars the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), and Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and their comic companions – Gabby, Cindy, Alice, Rose (Billie Piper) and Captain Jack (John Barrowman)!

Exiled from Gallifrey at the very end of time, Rassilon, fallen leader of the Time Lords, has been captured by the last of the Cybermen. Now, the Cybermen have access to time travel. With it, every defeat becomes a victory. Every foe is now dead -- or Cyberized.

The debut issue comes with five variant covers to collect: an art cover by series artist Alessandro Vitti, a photo cover by Will Brooks, a cool Cybermen variant by Fabio Listrani, a blank sketch variant, and a fun coloring variant – perfect to color in at home or in stores on Doctor Who Comics Day.

This year’s global Doctor Who Comics Day event on Saturday, July 9th, is set to be even bigger than previous years with new comics and collections, merchandise, variant covers, signings, and events across the globe at comic shops, bookstores, retail chains, libraries, and on digital platforms. New to this year’s event, Doctor Who comics fans can register for an event kit to hold their own reading group parties. Doctor Who comics fans, retailers, and librarians should visit Titan-Comics.com for details to sign-up.

Retailers can order both issue #1 and issue #2 of Doctor Who Event 2016: Supremacy of the Cybermen from the May edition of PREVIEWS. Doctor Who fans will not want to miss out on this spectacular crossover event series! Fans can find their nearest comic store at ComicShopLocator.com.

To keep up to date with news about Doctor Who Event 2016: Supremacy of the Cybermen and this year’s Doctor Who Comics Day, follow Titan Comics on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Doctor Who - Details For Torchwood Zone 10


Naoko Mori returns as Tosh for this month's Torchwood audio adventure.  Zone 10 sees Tosh heading to Russia to investigate something in the mysterious Zone 10.  You can order this release from the Big Finish website.
https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/zone-10-1390

They call it "Pulse" - a radio signal which has puzzled the world for 40 years. But now Toshiko Sato has solved it.

She's uncovered a message which leads her to Russia, and into an uneasy alliance with the KVI - the Russian equivalent of Torchwood. Toshiko needs to get into Zone 10 - a frozen wasteland which officially doesn't exist.

An intergalactic war was once fought in Zone 10. And it turns out there's a survivor.

Written By: David Llewellyn
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast
Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato), Krystian Godlewski (Maxim Ivanov), Ella Garland (Anna Volokova), Geoffrey Breton (FSB Agent)

Producer: James Goss
Script Editor: Steve Tribe
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Eye on Sci-Fi - The Expanse, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Woman in the Moon, Women in Star Wars, Orphan Black



By Ken Parker

I have not written an article for this column for quite some time but I am back now – Yeah!! Lots of things to talk about so let’s go.


The Expanse So I watched this mini series and having read the first book – Leviathan Awakes I was eager to see how much of the series followed the novel.  Unfortunately I appear to have a memory block on that book and I do not remember much of it.  I felt that the series was a lot slower than the novel.  Still, I found the series to be interesting enough to keep watching and look forward to the second season which will begin in 2017.  I like the look and feel of the series but the characters were difficult to enjoy.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Blake's 7 Gareth Thomas Has Passed Away


Scifi fans especially those who are fans of the 1970's television show Blake's 7 will be saddened to know that Gareth Thomas who played Blake has passed away. He is best known for playing Blake and had returned to the role for Big Finish.  He has played in tons of shows and plays across the UK far to many to list here.  Besides Avon and Villa, Gareth as Blake really got the show going and made it truly memorable.  I really enjoyed his performance as Blake on TV and with Big Finish and will miss not hearing anything new from him.  He also was in a few of the Doctor Who audios for Big Finish with Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy along with a role in the Dalek Empire Series.  To read a tribute that is far better than what I can do please follow the link below to the Big Finish tribute to Gareth Thomas.
https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/gareth-thomas-1945-2016