Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on the Second Doctor Box Set

Out this month is the Second Doctor Volume One.  It is a box set of four stories taking place during the Patrick Troughton era.  This is similar to the First Doctor box set that cam out last year.  You can order it from the Big Finish website.

A new four-disc release featuring four tales from figures associated with the Second Doctor era, and a second actor.

10.1 The Mouthless Dead by John Pritchard
The TARDIS arrives in 1920s England, the Doctor, Jamie, Ben and Polly finding themselves in a wintry dusk beside a railway line. The station nearby appears deserted, but there are figures watching from the shadows, all of them waiting for a dead man’s train...

10.2 The Story of Extinction by Ian Atkins
Civilisations rise and fall – and few planets have seen this happen more often than Amyrndaa. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria join a survey team to find out why on the planet where everything is suited to creating life, nothing lives for long...

10.3 The Integral by David Bartlett
When tempers fray in the TARDIS, the Doctor struggles to help Jamie and Zoe resolve their differences. Arriving at Aspen Base proves a welcome distraction; but the isolated facility is under siege. Can Jamie’s belief in right and wrong withstand the perspective changing power of the Integral?

10.4 The Edge by Rob Nisbet
The Edge is the galaxy’s scientific hub of experimentation, theoretical breakthroughs and invention – just the sort of place to interest the Doctor and Zoe. However, a secret lies hidden in The Edge laboratories. Jamie instinctively knows that something is wrong, and it doesn’t take long for him to be proved right....

Written By: John Pritchard, Ian Atkins, David Bartlett, Rob Nisbet
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Frazer Hines (Jamie), Anneke Wills (Polly), Deborah Watling (Victoria), Wendy Padbury (Zoe), Elliot Chapman (Ben), Robert Whitelock (Curtis)

Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Jacqueline Rayner
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Monday, June 27, 2016

Doctor Who - 50 Years of Ben and Polly: The War Machines Review

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first appearance of Ben and Polly.

Doctor Who:
The War Machines
By Ian Stuart Black


It’s the swinging Sixties and London is a buzz.  The hottest club in town is The Inferno and that is where The Doctor meets two new friends.   The lovely and swinging girl of the 60’s scenes Polly and her soon to be boyfriend the grumpy sailor Ben soon to be travelers in the TARDIS.  Well soon and unexpected and quite soon as the pair gets entangled with The Doctor and WOTAN.

WOTAN is a super computer who thinks humans are inferior and should be ruled by machines.  Thus WOTAN uses hypnotic influence to get humans to assemble The War Machine to use in taking over the world. What is funny about WOTAN is that he calls The Doctor Doctor Who.  One of his instructions is Doctor Who is required. For such an intelligent computer you would have thought it would know The Doctors name.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Doctor Who - Anneke Wills Added To LI Who 4 Guest List

LI Who has added another Classic Who companion and one of the first for the Second Doctor. Anneke Wills will be joining the guest list this year in what is a rare New York City appearance. Anneke Wills played Polly who was a companion to the 1st and 2nd Doctor and was present for the first regeneration.  You can order tickets to this years show at the LI Who website.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Marvel Vs DC - June 2016 - Superman, Captain Marvel, The Killing Joke, Wolverine 3 and Suicide Squad

With the TV season ended and Marvel's movies raking in the money, I figured it was time to look at our imaginary Marvel V DC battle.  Some news, rumors and the build up to Suicide Squad.  Let's get to it.

Superman and Supergirl - in a surprising but welcome move, DC and CW are bringing the character of Superman to the Supergirl series.  After appearing in distant cameos and seeing the Man of Steel's boots the CW, taking over from CBS has decided to bring Superman to the series for at least a couple of episodes.  Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) will play Superman.  I think this is a huge move because in the past the movie and TV characters haven't really been that inclusive.  Often characters being used on TV won't be used in the movies and so on.  Obviously that will change as time goes on but perhaps with Superman making an appearance other characters like Batman and Wonder Woman have a chance.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Doctor Who - Peter Capaldi on the Emmy Ballot for Best Actor

For the first time ever Doctor Who has made it on the ballot for the Emmy's.  What this means is that he is on a ballot that will be voted on to see who garners enough votes to be nominated for an Emmy. He is one of 109 names on the ballot for best actor for his performance in Heaven Sent which is also on the ballot for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series with 247 others.  So fingers crossed that Peter Capaldi gets nominated.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Doctor Who - Series 10 News: Matt Lucas To Return

Matt Lucas will be returning to Doctor Who in Series 10 reprising his character Nardole who we last saw in The Husbands of River Song.  Acording to Steven Moffat he will be in the first epsiode of Series 10 and will also be sticking around for awhile.

"delighted and slightly amazed to be welcoming Matt Lucas back on to the Tardis - and this time it's not just for Christmas, he's sticking around. One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space."
 Other Series 10 news includes that Mark Gatiss will be back and its possible we might be getting a sequel to Sleep No More.  Also announced to be in the new series is Sherlock and Jekyll and Hyde star Stepanie Hyam.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on The Two Masters

This month's Main Range release sees the continuation of The Master Trilogy as we get two Masters teaming up.  It's up to the 7th Doctor to stop the dastardly duo. You can order this release from the Big Finish website.

The future is dying. All over the universe, gaps are beginning to appear. From the space lanes terrorised by the rag-tag remnants of the once-mighty Rocket Men, to the empire of the Gorlans, stricken by a terrible civil war. Gaps in space/time, portents of the end of everything.

Only three beings might prevent it. The Doctor, a renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. The Master, another renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. And another Master, yet another renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey.

One Doctor. Two Masters. What could possibly go wrong?

Written By: John Dorney
Directed By: Jamie Anderson

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Geoffrey Beevers (The Old Master), Alex Macqueen (The New Master), Lauren Crace (Jemima), Russ Bain (Blore/Baron Jarvill), Esther Hall (Tazmeena/Bauza/Mum), James Garnon (Sebastian/Gorlan), Neil Edmond (Sarlon/Gorlan/Time Lord). Other parts portrayed by members of the cast.

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

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on Torchwood: Moving Target

This month's Torchwood audio takes us to the early days of Torchwood as we have a story that features Suzie.  This audio can be purchased at the Big Finish website.

Suzie Costello would never describe herself as a hero. Not even if she were the last woman on Earth. Turns out, she's the second last woman on Earth, and that'll just have to do.

With the Earth frozen in time, Suzie becomes locked in a battle to save the planet and the life of Alex, the last woman alive. Hunted by alien warriors, and, with every hour that doesn't pass, the stakes are only getting higher.

Suzie Costello would never describe herself as a hero. But she would say she's someone who always makes the right choices. Wouldn't she? .

Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners

Written By: Guy Adams
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Indira Varma (Suzie Costello), Naomi McDonald (Alex), Nicholas Burns (The Referee)

Producer: James Goss

Script Editor: Steve Tribe

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs

Monday, June 6, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on Short Trips: Lost and Found

This month's download only audio adventure features the 2nd Doctor, Ben and Polly.  An early 2nd Doctor adventure narrated by Anneke Wills who plays Polly. You can order this adventure from the Big Finish website.

The post-war London of 1948 is rebuilding, the people are recovering, and Ben and Polly have arrived with an old friend with a new face. But they're not the only visitors. A very different kind of war is being fought, in a department store, and they are in the middle of it…

Producer Ian Atkins
Script Editor Ian Atkins
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Written By: Penelope Faith
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Anneke Wills (Narrator)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Doctor Who - Covers and Details For 4th Doctor Issue 3

Out today is the third part of the 4th Doctor mini series as we see The Doctor trying to find a way to rescue Sarah Jane.  You can pickup this comic book at your local comic book store.

'GAZE OF THE MEDUSA' continues, as the Doctor and Sarah Jane team with Professor Odysseus James, and his daughter, Athena, to face down an ancient alien horror. Battling a malign influence all the way from Ancient Greece to London in 1887, the Doctor is faced with a petrifying challenge – and physical evidence that he cannot win!

Doctor Who: Fourth Doctor #3
Writers: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Artist: Brian Williamson
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On Sale: Jun 1

Cover A: Brian Williamson
Cover B: Photo
Cover C: Warren Pleece
Cover D: Robert Hack

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on the 10th Doctor Adventures Death and the Queen

The third 10th Doctor audio release sees The Doctor and Donna trying to save the Queen from certain death and that Queen is none other than Donna.  You can order this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.

1.3 Death and the Queen

Donna Noble has never been lucky in love.

So when, one day, her Prince does come, she is thrilled to have the wedding of all weddings to look forward to. Though the Doctor isn’t holding his breath for an invitation. And her future mother-in-law is certainly not amused.

But on the big day itself, Donna finds her castle under siege from the darkest of forces, marching at the head of a skeleton army.

When it looks like even the Doctor can’t save the day, what will Queen Donna do to save her people from Death itself?

Written By: James Goss
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

David Tennant (The Doctor), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Blake Ritson (Rudolph), Alice Krige (Queen Mum), Beth Chalmers (Hortense), Alan Cox (Death)

Other roles played by the cast

Monday, May 30, 2016

Doctor Who - Details on 10th Doctor Adventure: Time Reaver

Out now is the second of three 10th Doctor audio adventures from Big Finish as we see The Doctor and Donna come across an illegal weapon known as the Time Reaver.  This audio adventure is available from the Big Finish website.

1.2 Time Reaver

Calibris. The spaceport planet where anything goes. Where anyone who doesn't want to be found can be lost, and where everything has its price. Where betentacled gangster Gully holds sway at the smugglers’ tavern, Vagabond’s Reach.

The alien Vacintians are trying to impose some order on the chaos. Soon the Doctor and Donna discover why. An illegal weapon is loose on the streets. A weapon that destroys lives… Slowly and agonisingly.

The Time Reaver.

Written By: Jenny T Colgan
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

David Tennant (The Doctor), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Alex Lowe (Soren), Sabrina Bartlett (Cora), Terry Molloy (Rone), John Banks (Gully), Dan Starkey (Dorn)

Other roles played by the cast

Friday, May 27, 2016

Into the Time Vortex Podcast Episode 16 - Doctor Who - The Planet of the Odd and Closing Time

DoctorWho Magazine 500 Cover and Details

Doctor Who Magazine released its 500th issue yesterday and it comes with a bunch of goodies.  Lots of interviews and a special comic by Dave Gibbons.  Out now.

Doctor Who Magazine celebrates its 500th issue with two exclusive interviews with Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, as well as a specially commissioned front cover where Peter recreates the first ever cover of the magazine. The 500th issue features Peter adopting the same pose alongside a Dalek that Fourth Doctor Tom Baker did for the very first edition on 11 October 1979. Doctor Who Magazine Issue 500 hits newsstands on Thursday 26 May.

Commenting on the magazine’s success, Peter Capaldi says, “The magazine was enormously helpful to me. When I started playing the Doctor I was able to get piles of them and dive in. I went out and bought lots of Doctor Who Magazines, because I deliberately wanted to steep myself in Doctor Who and connect – reconnect – to it in a very kind of visceral way, to the affection and the heartbeat of it.’

And in what he calls is his last ever interview with the magazine, Tom Baker adds, “500 is a big milestone, and I’m sure you’re right to want to mark it BIG. Your magazine has been extremely good to me, and has helped to create a warm and faithful fanbase for the programme. I am still signing first editions. After all these years”.

Other highlights include an interview with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and a special treat for fans also in the form of an exclusive letter to DWM readers from Pearl Mackie, who will play new companion Bill.

Also featured in the magazine is an interview with the First Doctor William Hartnell, dating from 1965 and written by an eleven-year-old fan.

The first issue of Doctor Who Magazine was published on 11 October 1979. It began life as a weekly publication with a cover price of just 12p, created as the perfect accompaniment for fans of the BBC One primetime show. Featuring exclusive interviews with Doctors, companions and even some monsters, the magazine included comic strips, features, news and interviews. 

Among the buyers of Issue 1 were an eight-year-old David Tennant, 16-year-old Russell T Davies and 17-year-old Steven Moffat. All of them have been reading the magazine ever since.

The highly collectable 500th issue comes packaged in a striking card envelope and is a bumper 116 pages long, priced £9.99, including a bonus 116-page supplement, a poster, stickers and art card.