Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Doctor Who - Synopsis and Trailer For The Doctor's Tale



This months The Early Adventures is another 1st Doctor adventure this time with with Vicki joining Barbara and Ian for a story that takes place in England's past.  In fact it is the year 1400 and the time of Henry the IV just after he takes the crown from Richard the II.  The Doctor's Tale stars William Russel and Maureen O'Brien as Ian and Vicky.  You can order this release from the Big Finish website.
http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-doctor-s-tale-886

England, 1400. Winter. Blood in the snow. Henry IV has usurped the throne, and deposed King Richard II languishes in Pomfret Castle.

Meanwhile the Doctor and his companions preside over New Year revels at Sonning Palace.

But Sonning is a prison, treachery is in the air and murderous Archbishop Thomas Arundel will stop at nothing to crush the rebellion.

As the Doctor and Barbara take the road to Canterbury, Vicki finds a royal friend and Ian is dragged into a dark web of conspiracy at whose heart sits that teller of tales, Geoffrey Chaucer.

Written By: Marc Platt
Directed By: Ken Bentley

Cast
William Russell (Ian Chesterton/The Doctor), Maureen O’Brien (Vicki/Barbara Wright/Narrator), Gareth Armstrong (Geoffrey Chaucer), Joseph Kloska (Sir Thomas de Wensley), Alice Haig (Isabella), John Banks (Thomas Arundel)


Monday, October 20, 2014

Doctor Who - In the Forest of the Night Promo Pics




Doctor Who - Lynda Bellingham RIP


Lynda Bellingham who played the Inquisitor during Colin Bakers last season has passed away from cancer.  She was a co - star during season 23 which was The Trial of a Time Lord season.  She was in all 14 episodes and had a lot of good dialog with Colin Baker.  She also stared in another of my favorite shows All Creatures Great and Small as Helen Herriot.  Unfortunately she never made it to Christmas as that was her wish was to celebrate one more Christmas.

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/oct/20/lynda-bellingham-dies-cancer-actor-presenter

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29685903

Doctor Who - TV Trailer for In the Forest of the Night

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Doctor Who - Flatline Review (Mild Spoilers)


Doctor Who:
Flatline
By  Jamie Mathieson

"I don't know whether you're here to invade, infiltrate, or just replace us. I don't suppose it really matters now. You are monsters! That is the role you seem determined to play. So it seems that I must play mine: The man that stops the monsters."

When Steven Moffat told writer of Kill the Moon Peter Harness to Hinchcliffe the $#@% out of it I don’t think he meant that one story but I believe he meant Series 8 in general.  In fact Flatline is the closest a new Who story has come to achieving this and it would make Robert Holmes smile.  I’m sure he is smiling from heaven as Jamie Mathieson has so far been able to replicate his style of horror in Doctor Who.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Doctor Who – Flatline - Review - Spoilers

By Ken Parker

We may be enjoying the best season of Doctor Who since its return in 2005. The episodes have been consistent and absent of major issues all around. While I am still nervous at the Missy plotline, I have chosen to more or less ignore that for now. Certainly the stories have been focused and void of the frantic frenzy of episodes from the past like “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” and “A Good Man Goes to War.” The stories are succinct and to the point and have had various themes including feelings toward soldiers and what they do for a living to the need for the Doctor to sacrifice others for the survival of the majority. These themes have helped form the personality of this Doctor along with his own eccentricity and attitudes.

Clara has also developed an unhealthy addiction of sorts with her travels with the Doctor and has disliked what Doctor 12 has been doing of late. Soon something will give and all will be revealed. With only three more episodes after “Flatline” one has to imagine that the answers will be coming soon. Will “Flatline” set up the endgame for the season? Will the Doctor and Clara have another falling out or could we be seeing the two of them changing their ways?

Doctor Who Extra - Flatline

Doctor Who - In the Forest of the Night Trailer

Doctor Who - 6th Doctor Gets A New Companion


Big Finish has announced a new companion for the 6th Doctor and it is former Spooks/MI5 star Miranda Raison.  She will be playing Constance Clarke and she will be making her debut in the Autumn of 2015 for a three story arc.  Here is a brief description from Alan Barnes.

“Mrs Constance Clarke is a Leading Wren in the Women’s Royal Navy Service (WRNS) and she served at Bletchley Park, in the famous Code & Cipher School, during World War II. The precise details of when, how and why her path first crossed with the Sixth Doctor’s must remain strictly classified for now – but all will be revealed in time...!

Miranda Raison has been in Doctor Who before in the David Tennant story Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks along with many other Big Finish productions.  To read the full press release follow the link below to the Big Finish website.
http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/raisons-to-be-cheerful---1-2-and-3

Friday, October 17, 2014

Doctor Who - Radio Times Poster For Flatline

Here is the poster for this Saturday's Doctor Who story Flatline.  Have to say that I have enjoyed these posters so far but this one seems to be lacking a bit.


Utopia Series Review - Minor Spoilers


By Ken Parker
 
Utopia, the series that debuted in the UK on Channel 4 in 2013, not that ‘reality’ garbage on FOX.
Are you in the mood for a series that is upbeat and positive?  Want a show full of high hopes that the whole family can watch?  Then don’t watch Utopia.  Actually, The Walking Dead is more upbeat than Utopia and that is saying a lot.




Doctor Who - Synopsis For Dark Water



The BBC have released the synopsis for the penultimate story of Series 8 which is part one for the series finale.  This episode will air November 1st on BBC One, BBC America and Space.

In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn up. 
Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming. 
“Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was. 
Written by Steven Moffat 
Directed by Rachel Talalay  
Guest stars Michele Gomez and Chris Addison

Doctor Who - Second Preview Clip For Flatline

Doctor Who - Introduction To Flatline