Friday, January 31, 2014

Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi Talks About His Other Role As Cardinal Richelieu

Before he was cast as the 12th Doctor he was playing the character of Cardinal Richelieu the main protagonist on The Musketeers. (Which is pretty good by the way)  Here he talks about his former role Cardinal Richelieu and The Musketeers.

RISE OF THE MAGI: A dark fantasy for Free Comic Book Day

When a piece of forbidden magic is stolen,
one boy will be the key to saving the world
The world as we know it is at risk because the world we don’t see—the one that makes ours possible—is on the brink of destruction. From Top Cow Productions, Marc Silvestri (THE DARKNESS, WITCHBLADE, CYBER FORCE), founder and partner at Image Comics, and artist Sumeyye Kesgin present a new fantasy adventure series set in both the worlds—magical and mundane—in which we live. 

A small black sphere contains all the magic that exists—past, present, and future. Without it, two worlds would not survive. But someone has done the unimaginable—stolen a piece of the sphere and fled from the world of magic into the world of man. 
Now only the very common Asa Stonethrow can find him. Asa thought saving two worlds was great enough a burden... until he meets a girl. “The unfamiliar, the uncomfortable, and the things that scare us are what make us grow as people,” said Silvestri. “It’s safe then to say that in Rise of the Magi, Asa and a cast of characters both strange and familiar, will be doing a LOT of growing.”
The Magi are awake and they are legion, and only seven magicians, sorcerers, thieves, and killers can stop them. But as Asa will soon find out, among thieves, there is no honor.
RISE OF THE MAGI #0 will be available on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY on 5/2, followed by RISE OF THE MAGI #1 in late May.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Doctor Who - Karen Gillan Joins Wizard World Convention Tour

Karen Gillan who is known to all Whovians as The Girl Who Waited Amy Pond will be attending The Wizard World Convention Tour in the cities of Chicago, Philadelphia and Austin.  This is pretty cool for US fans as we have three chances to see Karen Gillan this year and what is an added bonus she will also be promoting her new movie Guardians of the Galaxy also.  You can read all the details as to the dates and ticket packages from the link below.

Doctor Who - Track Listing and Release Date For An Adventure In Space and Time Soundtrack

Silva screen will be releasing a soundtrack for the docudrama of the 50th anniversary special about the beginning of Doctor Who "An Adventure In Space and Time." It will be out March 3rd.
Track listing below.
  2. THE RIGHT MAN (1:17)
  4. I’VE GOT AN IDEA.. (1:34)
  5. THE DALEKS (2:52)
  6. KILL DR. WHO (1:48)
  7. WHAT DIMENSION? (1:24)
  8. THIS IS MY SHOW (1:50)
  10. SYDNEY NEWMAN (1:00)
  11. SCARLETT O'HARA (1:03)
  12. PISS & VINEGAR (1:24)
  13. DRESSING ROOM (1:18)
  15. THE TARDIS (0:57)
  16. GOODBYE SUSAN (2:37)
  17. 10 MILLION VIEWERS (0:57)
  18. THE FANS (0:41)
  19. I’M SO SORRY BILL (2:45)
  20. KISS GOODBYE (1:05)
  21. MY SUCCESSOR (1:06)
  22. ISOP GALAXY (0:50)
  23. IRREPLACEABLE (1:19)
  24. THE NEW DOCTOR (3:55)
  25. TIME’S UP.. (1:15)

New Character Movie Posters For Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Doctor Who - Vienna Series One Box Set Synopsis

The popular bounty hunter Vienna gets another audio adventure but this time in a box set of three adventures.  She is no stranger to fans of the Doctor Who Main Range as Vienna has crossed paths with The Doctor before.  Now it is time for her to take center stage as Chase Masterson and Frazer Hines star in this box set. You can get it from the Big Finish website.

Three brand new adventures for glamorous bounty hunter Vienna Salvatori.

Dead Drop by Mark Wright

Dwarfed by the burning star of the Hyspero system, two devastating battle fleets face each other across the stars. On one side, the Dyarid Primary Vanguard, commanded by Admiral Salaron aboard the starship Custodian. On the other, a Chtzin battle cluster.

Bounty hunter Vienna Salvatori’s latest assignment brings her aboard the Custodian – but completing her mission and earning some poldaks is the easy bit. When all hell breaks loose with the Chtzin and the Custodian is left crippled and plunging towards the sun, a simple assignment turns into a battle for survival for the galaxy’s deadliest assassin.

Bad Faith by Nev Fountain

Vienna Salvatori has seen the light.

Time was, if you lost everything, at least you still had your faith – but not any more. Faith stealing is the latest commodity to light up the criminal underworld – extract somebody’s faith and sell it to the highest bidder.

On the trail of a faith stealing ring, Vienna Salvatori comes into the orbit of the charismatic Bax Spendlove, spiritual leader of the Church of New Wonderment, a breakaway sect of the Church of Old Wonderment. Bax has an important mission for his latest convert – and Vienna is a willing disciple.

But when Bax’s followers start to be murdered, it seems Vienna isn’t the only killer keeping the faith…

Deathworld by Jonathan Morris

The planet Mercator. Twenty trained assassins enter a game arena, armed only with their wits to compete against each other in a harsh environment. Twenty killers go in. One comes out.

Amongst the killers is Vienna Salvatori. This is the moment she has trained her whole life for, honing her skills as an assassin to become the best in the galaxy.

As the killers are wiped out one by one, Vienna fights on in the hope of finally learning the truth about her past. In the last battle, only one can be the last assassin standing.
Written By: Mark Wright, Nev Fountain, Jonathan Morris
Directed By: Ken Bentley 

Chase Masterson (Vienna Salvatori), Frazer Hines (Bax Spendlove), Alisdair Simpson (Admiral Salaron), Alison Thea-Skot (Lt Paley/Jamela K’Lynn), James Hayward (Ensign Roaig), Rachel Atkins (Kendra Spendlove), Mike Grady (Parsival/Kreyfin), Andrew Dickens (Malrick), Michael Chance (Shazarel), Mark Frost (Crevo Finn/Darvil)

New Comic Book Check List For 1/29/14

Conan: People Of the Black Circle 4
Furious 1
Never Ending 3
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind 1
Sledgehammer 44: Lightning War 3

All Star Western (2) 27
Aquaman (7) 27
Batman and Robin (2) Annual 2
Batman: Beware the Batman 4
Batman: Catwoman (4) 27
Batman: The Dark Knight (2) 27
Batman:TPB: Batman And Son (New Print)
Damian: Son of Batman 4
Dead Boy Detectives 2
Earth Two: Annual 2
Fables 137
Flash (4) 27
Forever Evil: Argus 4
Green Lantern Corps (3) Annual 2
Green Lantern: Larfleeze 7
Green Lantern: New Guardians:THC: 3-Love + Death
Green Lantern: New Guardians:TPB: 2-Beyond Hope
Green Team 8
Justice League Dark 27
Justice League Dark:TPB: 3-Death of Magic
Red Lanterns 27
Smallville: Season 11: Special 4
Superman (3) 27
Superman: Adventures of Superman 9
Talon 15
Teen Titans (9) 27
Unwritten:TPB: 8-Orpheus in the Underworlds
Worlds Finest (3) Annual 1

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Doctor Who - Trial of the Valeyard Review (Mild Spoilers)


Doctor Who: 
Trial of the Valeyard 
By Alan Barnes and Mike Maddox 
Starring Colin Baker, Michael Jayston and Lynda Bellingham

The Doctor is recalled to the courtroom space station of the Time Lords.  The Doctor wants nothing to do with another trial and bellows out his displeasure about being recalled.  He objects mightily and extremely loud to The Inquisitor that she bellows out in frustration for The Doctor to shut up.  Eventually he does and he stays quiet enough to find out why he was recalled.  It appears the person on trial is not The Doctor per say but in fact The Valeyard.  This revelation makes The Doctor happy and hopes he is found guilty and executed.  What The Doctor doesn’t realize is that he is not a witness but in fact he is The Valeyards defense attorney.  What ensues next is a mystery that The Valeyard wants The Doctor to solve that could have ramifications on Time Lord’s and The Doctor himself.

Gerry Anderson's Gemini Force 1 Book Deal

Jamie Anderson, son of the late Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Space:1999) has reported that thanks to the Kickstarter support for a book based on an idea of Gerry's, Gemini Force 1, Orion publishing is set to produce a three book series.

Originally planned for one book funded with Kickstarter, the project surpassed it's goal and Orion will now set up world wide distribution for the book series.  Jamie hopes this increases the chances that the idea of Gemini Force 1 might be picked up for a TV series as well.

Author MG Harris will write the books based on Gerry's ideas which he came up with in 2008.  The books will start to come out in 2015 although people who took part at the right level in Kickstarter will get the first book early.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Doctor Who - Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor Costume Revealed

The BBC and Doctor Who Producers have revealed to us what the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi will be wearing during Series 8.  So far we have only seen him in Matt Smith's costume and in filming pictures in a Victorian era nightshirt. So here you have it at long last what Peter Capaldi is wearing as we have something that looks similar to Matt Smith but with a Hartnell/ Troughton type of style thrown in but definately reminds me of Pertwee.

So let us know if you like it or hate it as it will sure take some time getting used to it but at least we know what he is wearing and I like it so far.

Here is the official BBC America Press Release on the new costume

A brand-new era of Doctor Who begins as the Time Lord dons a new look. Each incarnation of the Doctor has his own original style, and BBC AMERICA has just released the first photo of the Twelfth Doctor’s costume. Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Doc Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden. Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi said: He's woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.” While lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat added: “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over - Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!” This new look will be featured in the series when Doctor Who returns to BBC AMERICA later this year. Filming on the upcoming season, which also stars Jenna Coleman (Death Comes to Pemberley) as companion Clara, is currently underway in Cardiff.

Doctor Who - Big Finish and Dark Eyes Wins BBC Audio Drama Award

Big Finish has won an award.  In fact a pretty prestigious award for their audio adventure Dark Eyes which starred Paul McGann and if you haven't picked it up it is truly a really great story to listen too.  The BBC Audio Drama Award were announced yesterday and Big Finish took home the award for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Drama for Doctor Who - Dark Eyes: The Great War.  This is a pretty cool award for Big Finish and the Doctor Who audio adventures as they were a big part of Doctor Who and helped fill the void when the show was not on the air and now as a compliment to the new show.  Steven Moffat had this to say.

'I am completely thrilled, I am air-punching. In the wilderness years, when Doctor Who was off the air, Big Finish did so much to keep the legend alive in the hearts and minds of the fans. Now, in this time of Who abundance, it is beyond exciting to see their excellent work recognised. Hopefully this award will bring the Big Finish audios to the attention of an even wider public. Recently, on TV, we saw how the Paul McGann Doctor died - now it's time to find out he lived.'
You can get Dark Eyes at the Big Finish website for its original pre - order price and Big Finish has extended its sale till Tuesday of 8th Doctor audio adventures to celebrate this win with the fans.  You can read the full story at this link.

You can purchase Dark Eyes here

8th Doctor Audio Sale

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Day of the Triffids Remake

Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) will direct this adaptation of John Wyndham's 1951 novel. Neil Cross (Luthor, Mama) is writing this latest theatrical version of the story which features deadly plants on the rampage.  There has been a 1962 film version, with Carol Anne Ford (Susan of Doctor Who) in it, several radio plays and two TV series (1981 and 2009).

The original story always fascinated me as it wasn't just killer plants attacking people. A meteor storm hits the Earth, blinding the vast majority of the population.  Couple this with these  mobile tree like plants, and the concept is pretty creepy.

Technology Report - A Sci-Fi Fan's Dream - The Internet

Observations by Ken Parker

Remember just a few years ago getting Time Screen Magazine and seeing all those cool shows that aired in the UK?  No?  Since I was already a fan of Doctor Who and some other British shows, it seemed to me that the rest of the stuff would be all good but was going to be impossible to see.  At the time shows were slowly coming out on VHS tape but unless I found bootlegs of Time Slip or Doomwatch, I was out of luck. As an American I so badly wanted to see many of those.

Years later we have You Tube and now virtually anything is available to watch.  I have known this for years of course but unless I stumbled across something by accident, I rarely ever thought about hunting down these gems.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Timelord in Taiwan: The Story of Missing Doctor Who Episodes, The US Army and Taiwan By @Blackadder345

Missing Doctor Who episodes have been in the news lately with the recovery of The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear.  There have also been finds of episodes that all ready exist but what is strange is that they were found in a place no one had any idea they were. With the United States Army Armed Forces network.  Will Barber - Taylor interviewed Andy Lehrer the man directed Ian Levine to Keith Perron the man who found the tapes of Doctor Who episodes.  With this discovery it gives us hope that there is more Doctor Who film cans out there to be found.  

Thanks to Will Barber - Taylor for allowing us to post this interview.  For those with a keen eye this is the interview that was on The Consulting Detective, The Cult Den and Doctor Who World Wide websites. 

A Timelord in Taiwan:
The Story of Missing Doctor Who Episodes, The US Army and Taiwan 
By Will Barber – Taylor

Doctor Who Missing Episodes. They are a hot topic in the world of Doctor Who fandom at the moment mainly due to the recent discovery of The Web of Fear and The Enemy of The World. The tale I’m about to relate to you concerns some of these missing gems. The story, from my point of view at least goes back to October 2013, just after Enemy and Web had been released on DVD. I came across a tweet to Ian Levine which went as follows:

@IanLevine I have a possible lead on missing DW and Goon tapes. How can I contact you?

It was tweeted by Andy Lehrer a Canadian Doctor Who fan. I saw this tweet and became interested in what Andy was saying about the episodes. After a bit of a mix up I finally managed to get in contact with Andy about the episodes. Here is an interview I did with him on the subject:

Hi Andy, thank you for agreeing to talk to me. First off, how did you find out about this collection of episodes?

Doctor Who - The Web of Fear DVD Details

There are very little details to report on this DVD as it is a bare bones release.  Yep a vanilla copy with none of the extras/VAM that we have come to expect from BBC World Wide and the Restoration Team that give us the great making of and commentary tracks that usually accompany a Doctor Who DVD.  Not this time though.  Another downer is that the missing episode three will be the telesnap reconstruction that is on the iTunes release.  So no animation for the missing episode three in which we have come to expect from other releases like The Moonbase which came out this week.  So if you just want to see the story and did not buy the iTunes release then you can buy this DVD of the Classic Patrick Troughton Story on February 24th in the UK. 

Below is the BBC Worldwide Press Release

Previously unseen in the UK for 45 years and re-mastered from newly discovered tapes located in Nigeria, the formerly missing Doctor Who classic - Web of Fear - will soon be available to own on DVD. Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, alongside Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria) as companions, this iconic story sees the TARDIS narrowly avoid becoming engulfed in a mysterious cobweb-like substance in space before arriving in the London Underground railway system.
The Doctor soon discovers that something strange is afoot as the tunnels are being overrun by the web, an army or robotic yetis and The Great Intelligence. Before the original broadcast in 1967, this story was deemed so scary that the Doctor delivered the following message to television audiences:

Thank goodness… Oh, it’s you… I thought for one moment it was… I’ll just sit down for a minute. I’m glad I met you as a matter of fact; there’s something I want to tell you. When we start out on our next adventure – Jamie, Victoria and I – we meet some old friends. Yes, and we also meet some old enemies. Very old enemies. The Yeti as a matter of fact. Only this time, they’re just a little bit more frightening than the last time. So I’ll warn you that if your Mummy or Daddy are scared, you just get them to hold your hand. *Gunfire* Here we go again. I’ve got to go. See you soon – I hope!

The Web of Fear is also famed for introducing one of Doctor Who folklore’s most beloved characters; Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart who later became the Brigadier. The Brigadier’s legacy lives on in contemporary Doctor Who, with Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (his daughter) starring in the show’s 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor.


Episode Three reconstruction, presented using the original soundtrack alongside surviving images from the episode
Programme subtitles
Also Available: The Enemy of the World

Comic Books: Fans Will Rejoice in the GLORY of It All

The acclaimed apocalyptic war saga, collected in its entirety
This April, Ross Campbell (Wet Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Joe Keatinge (SHUTTER, Marvel Knights: Hulk) present GLORY: THE COMPLETE SAGA HC, collecting the critically-acclaimed and brutally told tale in one amazing edition from Image Comics.
Collecting the contemporary reimagining of Rob Liefeld's classic character by Keatinge and Campbell, GLORY: THE COMPLETE SAGA includes GLORY issues 23-34 for the very first time in a deluxe, oversized hardcover edition—encased in a stunning wraparound cover featuring new art from Ross. Also included are never-before-seen sketchbook materials, scripts, commentary, and interviews. 
Praise for GLORY:
“Some of the most innovative and ballsy work comics has seen for a long time. This is a re-launch, people.”
—Kelly Thompson, Comic Book Resources
“As long as Keatinge and Campbell turn in work this good, I'm in with this book for the long haul. You should be, too.”
—Rob McMonigal, Newsarama
“Whatever you do, read this run because it's cemented a place in my top 10 series of 2013, less than three months into the year.”
—Poet Mase, IGN
“Whether its action, drama, suspense or just about anything else, Glory #33 delivers with its usual colorful and detailed art style and writing.”
—Edward, Unleash the Fanboy
GLORY: THE COMPLETE SAGA HC (ISBN: 978-1-60706-960-7) collects issues 23-34 and arrives in stores on 4/23 for $34.99. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140525.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Doctor Who - New Biography For Verity Lambert "Drama and Delight: The Life and Legacy of Verity Lambert"

If you are interested in the woman who was an integral part of Doctor Who's beginnings and the docudrama An Adventure In Space and Time pic your interested even more then there is a book for you.  Richard Marson a former Doctor Who Magazine writer has written a biography about Verity Lambert who was Doctor Who's first producer and a pioneer for woman in the television industry.  This book is a must have for fans who are interested in Doctor Who's early days and one of the most notable woman pioneers who opened doors in an industry ruled by men.  You can order this book from Miwk Publishing at the link.

For five decades, the name Verity Lambert appeared on the end credits of many of Britain’s most celebrated and talked about television dramas, among them Adam Adamant Lives!, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Minder, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Eldorado, G.B.H. and Jonathan Creek. She was the very first producer of Doctor Who, which she nurtured through its formative years at a time when there were few women in positions of power in the television industry. Later, she worked within the troubled British film business and became a pioneering independent producer, founding her own highly-successful company, Cinema Verity.

Within her profession, she was hugely respected as an intensely driven, sometimes formidable but always stylish exponent of her craft, with the stamina and ability to combine quantity with quality. Many of her productions have had a lasting cultural and emotional impact on their audiences and continue to be enjoyed to this day.  
But who was the woman behind all these television triumphs and what was the price she paid to achieve them?

Combining months of painstaking research and interviews with many of Lambert’s closest friends and colleagues, Drama and Delight will capture the energy and spirit of this remarkable woman and explore her phenomenal and lasting legacy.     
After graduating from the University of Durham in 1987, Richard Marson joined the BBC and progressed from floor assistant to producer/director. Along the way, he worked on many iconic programmes including Top of the Pops, That’s Life!, Wogan and Going Live! He went freelance in 1994, with stints at companies like Planet 24, Chatsworth and LWT. A return to the BBC in 1997 to direct series of Record Breakers and Tomorrow’s World led to his appointment as a producer on Blue Peter, where he remained for a decade. He spent four years as the programme’s Editor and during this time, won a BAFTA. In 2007, he was Executive Producer of BBC FOUR’s Children’s TV On Trial.

More recently, he produced and directed a 90-minute documentary for BBC Four, Tales of Television Centre. He is currently with TwoFour producing a major 15-part ‘fixed rig’ documentary for CBBC called Our School.

He is the author of several books, including Inside Updown: The Story of Upstairs, Downstairs, Blue Peter 50th Anniversary and JN-T: The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, which was published in 2013 amid a flurry of publicity and which received much acclaim for its searching but sensitive portrait of Doctor Who’s longest-running producer.

ELEPHANTMEN! An Irresistible Pulp Science-Fiction Noir

A new arc and a low introductory price
makes this the perfect jumping-on point
A new arc, a new slim trade paperback format, and a low introductory price make this the perfect opportunity to join the legions of ELEPHANTMEN fans with ELEPHANTMEN 2260, BOOK ONE, written by Richard Starkings and featuring art by Axel Medellin.

Jack Farrell is a private detective who never gave a second thought to the Elephantmen—until he was paid to. Read the comic John Layman, writer of the New York Times bestselling CHEW calls, "not just the best science-fiction on the market today, but simply one of the absolute best comics. An epic, affecting, unforgettable exploration of the human condition."
ELEPHANTMEN 2260, BOOK ONE collects issues 51-55. 
Praise for ELEPHANTMEN 2260:
“A new beginning is definitely how I would bill this book. It doesn't erase anything that's come before but just puts one of the main characters in a different corner of the universe. If you love science-fiction mixed with some hard boiled characters and some strong character work then you should pick this up.” —Brandon Borzelli, ComicList
“Get it for the main story, get it for the back up, get Elephantmen, one of the best comics on the rack that far too few people are reading.” —Bob Bretall, ComicSpectrum
“Starkings brilliant storytelling wouldn't be anything without Axel Medellin's art adding to it. The emotion of this book is told through Medellin's facial expressions and close ups. His ability to draw advanced technology and mutilated and mangled fetus' help ground the story in a futuristic setting.” —Lenny Wojt, Nerds on the Rocks
ELEPHANTMEN: 2260 BOOK ONE TP (ISBN: 978-1-60706-960-7), collecting ELEPHANTMEN #51-55, arrives in stores on 4/2 at a low introductory price of $9.99. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140572.



Comic-Inspired Action Title Confirms New North American Release Date

Team NINJA and Dark Horse Comics today launched the three-part YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z digital comic series, providing insight into the backstory in three revealing vignettes. Yaiba takes a break from slaughtering zombies in the debut issue to tell the tale of how his often bloody sword became to be known as a Heartless as he recounts the story to Miss Monday. Initially released digitally with an all-new full color print comic to be available with the game, as it launches on its newly confirmed North American release date of March 18, 2014, the series is brought to life by Writers Tim Seeley and Josh Emmons, Artist Rafael Ortiz, Colorist Carlos Badilla with special cover art by James Harren. The comic will be available for free download at the Dark Horse Digital Store,, as well as through the Dark Horse Comics app (available through iTunes & Google Play). The comic can be found at:

In YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z, players will battle fierce zombies as Yaiba, a cyborg ninja who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. Cleaved in two, he is brought back to life with cyber-technology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyber arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon. Step into a stylized living comic book where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad. Hordes of undead can only be stopped by Yaiba's willingness to use any means necessary to get the job done. Will he kill by turning his cyber arm into a razor chainsaw for slicing up undead”or just rip off an opponents arms to use as zombie nunchucks? Both possibilities fill Yaibaâ's heart with twisted laughter in this collaboration between famed developers Team NINJA and comcepts Keiji Inafune.

YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will be available for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Steam (PC) March 18, 2014. This title has been rated M (Mature) by the ESRB

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Doctor Who and Matt Smith Win At The NTA's Plus Matt Smith Thank You Video

Matt Smith won Best Drama Performance and Doctor Who won Best Drama at tonight's National Television Awards.  The British award show which is similar to the Peoples Choice Awards show here in the US as the winner is picked by the fans.   So congratulations to Matt Smith and to Doctor Who on winning the NTA.

Doctor Who - Synopsis For The Paul McGann Audio Adventure "Dark Eyes 2"

The sequel to the popular and one of the best Paul McGann audio adventures from Big Finish Dark Eyes 2 will be out in February.  The 4 disc box set sees the 8th Doctor going up against the Daleks once again.  He is joined once again by Molly O' Sullivan the World War One nursing assistant. Plus there is an old enemy tagging along to make things difficult for Doctor 8. You can order it at the Big Finish website.


When the Doctor defeated the Dalek Time Controller and its Time Lord ally, the timelines shifted and events changed... but the danger is far from over. And new threats to the continued safety of the universe are emerging.

Molly O'Sullivan carried on with her life as a nursing assistant in World War One. She probably thought she would never see the Doctor in his 'Tardy-box' again...

From the Dalek occupied planet Nixyce VII through Earth's history and to the very edge of the universe, the Doctor's footprints across eternity are being tracked by foes old and new. But when did it all begin and when will it end? Living his life through the complexities of time travel, the Doctor can never be quite sure if he's experiencing his life in the most helpful order. The only certainty appears to be the advance of the powers of evil and the oncoming threat of a fight to the death against forces that would destroy everything the Doctor holds dear.

Part 1: The Traitor
by Nicholas Briggs

Nixyce VII is under Dalek occupation. For many, their only hope of survival is decent medical care, as slave working conditions under the Dalek regime are appalling. But when you help people to survive under the rule of the Daleks, are you actually helping the Daleks? Med-tech Liv Chenka doesn't have the luxury of pondering these dilemmas. She must just do what she feels is right.

But then there are the soldiers of last resort... The freedom fighters left behind to cause maximum damage to the Dalek war effort, at whatever cost. To them, anyone who seems to be helping the Daleks is a traitor.

And when the Doctor arrives, his secret agenda throws him into conflict with everyone.

Part 2: The White Room
by Alan Barnes

Molly O'Sullivan is still trying to help people, but now she is back in London, staying in Baker Street.

But there are dangerous forces abroad. Where are the young deserters disappearing to? Who are the Huntsmen? And what is really going on at the Blackwell Convalescent Home?

Perhaps the mysterious 'Surgeon General' has the answers. To find out, the Doctor must tackle an old and baffling enemy.

Part 3: Time's Horizon
by Matt Fitton

The Doctor and Molly find themselves at the very edge of creation. But something dangerous seems to be heading back into the known universe from the very end of time.

The crew of the cryo-ship Orpheus, including its medical officer Liv Chenka, have their mission parameters to adhere to; but the arrival of the Doctor and Molly changes everything. An ancient and terrible force is on a collision course with them all and the outcome seems to be a matter of divine destiny.

Part 4: Eyes of the Master
by Matt Fitton

The Doctor, Liv and Molly arrive back on Earth in the 1970s to investigate the Ides Institute. The timelines have shifted since the Doctor and Molly first travelled here and all is not as it was. Dr Sally Armstrong is still working for the Ides, but her associate has a devastating plan in mind.

Soon, Molly's 'dark eyes' prove to be at the centre of a plot to seize control of all life in the universe.
Written By: Nicholas Briggs, Alan Barnes, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs 

Paul McGann (The Doctor), Ruth Bradley (Molly O'Sullivan), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Alex Macqueen (The Master), David Sibley (The Eminence), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)

THIEF OF THIEVES Will Steal the Hearts of New Readers

Long-running popular series begins a new story arc with ongoing writer
From Robert Kirkman, the creator of THE WALKING DEAD, new ongoing writer Andy Diggle (SNAPSHOT, Green Arrow: Year One, The Losers), and dedicated artist Shawn Martinbrough comes THIEF OF THIEVES #20. Conrad Paulson is after a big score once again, but this time he may not be so lucky.
Conrad pulled off his last heist, but not without making some new enemies to add to his ever-growing list. Diggle hinted that the stakes would be raised in this new arc. “Master thief Redmond was hoping to retire after the biggest heist of his career, but instead it's dropped him into the crossfire of an international gang war,” hinted Diggle. “He's been on the back foot for too long; now it's time for Redmond to go on the offensive. Things are going to get bloody.” 
Is anyone in his life really safe with number of individuals bent on causing him harm? Find out when THIEF OF THIEVES #20 arrives in stores on 4/23. It will be available for $2.99 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140639.

Shotgun Wedding A New Mini Series By Image Comics

Here is an interesting new book by Image Comics. A story about revenge will be out in April.

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned… Particularly When She’s a Trained Assassin
Mike Stone wants nothing more than to marry the woman of his dreams… but the last woman of his dreams wants nothing more than to stop him. This April, the new SHOTGUN WEDDING miniseries from Top Cow's Minotaur Press imprint will give you a slice of vengeful wedding drama to look forward to each week, all month long.
William Harms (Impaler) and Edward Pun (Ninja High School) introduce an assassin named Mike and his smart, sexy, 2nd-grade-teacher fiancée, Denise. Mike loves Denise more than anything in the world, but Chloe—his first fiance who got left in the lurch—has been plotting her revenge. 
"Grosse Pointe Blank is one of my favorite movies. I absolutely love the balance it strikes in tone between Martin's job—killing people—and how he struggles to reconcile that with the rest of his life,” said Harms. “Ever since that movie came out, I've been wanting to write a story about an assassin and then one day a little lightbulb went off in my head and I thought, Imagine if an assassin was going to get married, and on that very special day, all of his enemies showed up… and one them was his ex-fiancée."
All four issues will come out in April, one a week and will each be available for $3.99. The first issue in the four-issue miniseries SHOTGUN WEDDING arrives in stores on 4/2 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code FEB140515. 
SHOTGUN WEDDING #2 can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140516 and will be available on 4/9. SHOTGUN WEDDING #3 can be pre-orded using Diamond Code: FEB140517 and will be available on 4/16, and SHOTGUN WEDDING #4 can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code: FEB140518 and will be available on 4/23.

Comic Book Checklist For 1/22/14

  • Amalas Blade:TPB: Spirits of Naamaron
  • Captain Midnight 7
  • Conan (7): The Barbarian 24
  • Conan:THC: 15-Nightmare of the Shallows
  • Dark Horse Presents 32
  • Eerie:THC: Archives 15
  • Elfquest: Final Quest 1
  • Hellboy:BPRD: Hell on Earth:TPB: 7-A Cold Day In Hell
  • Mass Effect: Foundation 7
  • Massive 19
  • Mind MGMT 18
  • Star Wars: Legacy II: 11
  • Animal Man (2) 27
  • Animal Man (2):TPB: 5-The Meaning Of Flesh
  • Batman (2) 27
  • Batman 66: 7
  • Batman and Robin (2) 27
  • Batman Beyond: Universe 6
  • Batman: Batwing:TPB: 3-Enemy of the State
  • Batman: Birds of Prey (7) 27
  • Batwoman (2) 27
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians 27
  • Harley Quinn 2
  • Justice League (5) 27
  • Planetary:THC: Omnibus
  • Preacher:TPB: Book 3 3
  • Red Hood And the Outlaws 27
  • Supergirl (6) 27
  • Trinity of Sin: Pandora 7
  • Unwritten: Apocalypse 1
  • Wonder Woman (4) 2

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jerome Willis Passes Away

The actor who played Stevens in the Jon Pertwee Doctor Who story "The Green Death" has died at the age of 85.  Willis also had parts in Z Cars, The Avengers and Space Precinct and starred in The Sandbaggers.  he was also in the movie Lifeforce

New Doctor Who Action Figures Announced Featuring Peter Capaldi

2014 will be seeing some new Doctor Who toys coming out and our first glimpse is of the 3.75 inch range and the first 12th Doctor action figure.  We also get a Zygon and a couple of repeats like a Weeping Angel and old style 11th Doctor.  In this set we get Clara also even if her face sculpt doesn't look right.  Here's hoping we get some 5 inch figure news soon.

Comic Books: J. Michael Straczynski and Image Comics Brings You "Dream Police"

The man who brought us Babylon 5 now brings us another science fiction comic and no it isn't the song from Cheap Trick but it does have some similarities.

Crime, changelings, nightwalkers, and police detectives that uncover more than they bargained for

Join Dream Police Detectives Joe Thursday and Frank Stanford as they patrol the dreamscape in DREAM POLICE, written by J. Michael Straczynski (TEN GRAND, PROTECTORS, INC.) with art by Sid Kotian.
Joe and Frank have been partners for as long as they can remember, patrolling the alternate universe of dreams, nightmares, and the great void beyond, an alternate but very real dimension of changelings, echoes, wisps, ethers, and nightwalkers, those that died in their sleep and wander the dreamscape forever.
The Dream Police have seen it all. But when Frank steps away and disappears… and the woman who returns says she’s Joe’s partner, that she’s always been Joe’s partner… he begins a journey into the unknown that will shake the dreaming down to its very foundation.
While growing up, Straczynski moved 20 times by the time he was 17. This lack of continuity as a child led him to imagine his own “hometown,” a community that he patched together with different memories from all the different places he’d tried to settle, and visited only in his dreams. “I've been fascinated with the idea that the dreamscape is a real place, stitched together from echoes of the physical world, where we go to find some measure of relief, or adventure, or understanding,” said Straczynski. “If that's the case, then there has to be some means of providing order and protecting dreamers from danger… which led me to the notion of the Dream Police.”
DREAM POLICE is more than just a crime series. Each issue does world building and allows readers to get to know more than just the police that inhabit the dream community. “The book delves into the other characters who live in the dreamscape,” said Straczynski. “The architects (who design environments on the fly as needed by dreamers), changeling and echoes (who play the parts of people we know), nightmares (figures both frightening and deeply tragic) and others who serve a higher power.” 
The first issue of DREAM POLICE arrives in stores on 4/30 and will be available for $2.99. Cover A (by Sid Kotian & Bill Farmer) can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140494. Cover B (by Renae Deliz & Ray Dillon) can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140495.

Comic Books: Sina Grace and Image Brings You "Self - Obsessed"

Sina Grace returns to slice-of-life roots
with a new collection of autobiographical strips 

For fans of his gothic-tinged retail hell graphic novel NOT MY BAG, Sina Grace (LI’L DEPRESSED BOY, BURN THE ORPHANAGE) presents a collection of rare and never-before-seen autobiographical strips in SELF-OBSESSED!
"I feel like I've been teetering between mainstream and indie,” confessed Grace. “Self-Obsessed is a fun middle ground for the fans who love my slice-of-life stories like Not My Bag, and for the readers who got behind the raucous romp that is Burn the Orphanage. Plus—how fun are convenient one-shots jam-packed with quirky insights?"
Loaded with new stories for this edition, SELF-OBSESSED is packed with quirky and humorous insights about comics, love, dreams, and frenemies. 
SELF-OBSESSED is a one-shot comic that arrives in stores on 4/2, and will be available for $3.99. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140508.

Doctor Who Regenerates with Titan Comics

Last year IDW license was not renewed to make Doctor Who comic books anymore and there was a big void in the comic book department.  Now the news is out that Titan Comics will be taking over the license and Doctor Who will be appearing in comic books again in 2014 with Peter Capaldi'd Doctor taking center stage.


BBC Worldwide and Titan Comics team up
for all-new Doctor Who comic book adventures

New York, NY – January 21, 2014 – In the universe of Doctor Who regenerations bring not only a new Doctor but often a fresh look and feel to the series and BBC Worldwide is bringing that same approach to Doctor Who comics as it signs a new deal with Titan Comics. The deal will open up the world of Doctor Who and provide fans with new stand alone adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor and after the new series launch, the Twelfth Doctor. Creative and production teams will be announced in the coming weeks and the first comic books will be released in 2014.

The Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, saw Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor regenerate into the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. The next season is now in production and will premiere in 2014. In 2013, Doctor Who set ratings and social media records for BBC AMERICA.

Doctor Who is sold to over 200 territories across the world and last year was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest TV drama simulcast ever after the 50th Anniversary special was broadcast to 98 countries at the same time as well in thousands of cinemas across the globe.

Titan Comics is the comics and graphic novel division of global publishing giant Titan, a pioneer that has proven itself over three decades with internationally-recognized brands such as James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, as well as creator-owned successes like Tank Girl, Lenore, and Death Sentence. Titan's magazine division is the largest publisher of licensed entertainment properties in the US.

New Trailer For The Disney Movie "Maleficent"

Here is a trailer for the new Disney movie based on the villain from Sleeping Beauty.  Doesn't look to bad and might be interesting seeing more about this character. Maleficent is out May 30th.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Doctor Who - The Underwater Menace DVD Trailer

The trailer for The Underwater Menace which if you believe the rumors has been postponed to later this year and the animation has been halted still gets its trailer released on The Moonbase DVD.  This Patrick Troughton story has two surviving parts in episode 2 and three and would have episodes 1 and 4 animated. We'll post any news on this future release when it becomes available.

Doctor Who - Happy 80th Birthday Tom Baker plus Birthday Interview!!!!

Tom baker turns 80 today and he did an interview with Doctor Who World Wide about his time on Doctor Who and about returning for the 50th Anniversary.

Three New Movie Posters For The Amazing Spider - Man 2

Here are three new posters for the second movie in the The Amazing Spider - Man franchise which comes out on May 2nd in the US and April 18th in the UK.

New Trailer For 300: Rise of an Empire

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Akira - seen it for the first time!

A very quick review from someone who finally saw this movie
by Ken Parker

I watched Akira for the first time just this past weekend. This anime movie was on my list to watch for years but never even came close to watching it until I recorded it off Toonami in December. This HD presentation was pretty spectacular and while I prefer subtitles, the dub version was acceptable especially as I would be able to concentrate on the visuals. I love the visuals and the usual weirdness of anime, especially toward the end. The movie had an excellent story and was full of action. The characters are well defined and there is a small amount of humor which worked perfectly.

I love the whole style and look of the film and really enjoyed the animation in all its glory. I have not seen that much anime but am glad I finally caught this. To me this seems to be like most other anime of this type, complete with some kind of out of control power that grows larger and potentially will kill everyone. The cyberpunk setting was well thought out and I can imagine that all of this would have been incredible to see when it came out in the 80's. It holds up really well and it is a film I will most definitely re-visit at some point in the near future. I would be interested in a live action version but can see how an American could potentially be altered too much.

I am really surprised that there has been no sequel made.

Anyhow, if you get a chance to see this classic, groundbreaking sci-fi tale, give it a shot!

Batman and Superman will battle in 2016

Well, that is probably a good idea.  Originally scheduled to go in 2015 along with every other sequel and remake in Sci-Fi and Fantasy you can imagine (Terminator, Mad Max, Jurassic Park, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, James Bond and Star Wars just to name a few) Man of Steel 2 will wait until 2016 and I would expect a couple more will follow suite.  Many will agree that Man of Steel 2 will have a lot to live up to.  Not only does it have to introduce and sell to us a new Batman (Ben Affleck) but it also has to do damage control for the many fans who were let down by Man of Steel.

The Musketeers: Doctor Who 's Peter Capaldi On Playing Cardinal Richelieu

We finish up with The Musketeers interviews with the 12th Doctor himself Peter Capaldi playing the villain of this series Cardinal Richelieu.  He sat down with the BBC Media Centre to talk about his role in The Musketeeers which airs tonight on BBC One.

How would you describe your character in The Musketeers?

Cardinal Richelieu is protector and confidant of the king as well as being essentially the first minister of France. He runs the country. He is a military figure as well as a religious and political one. He has a network of spies and operates like an illegal secret service to pursue his ends. He is by nature Machiavellian.

Did you do any research for the role? 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Academy Award Winner Aron Warner Publishes PARIAH With Dark Horse!

Academy Award winner produces
webcomic-to-print series!

JANUARY 15, MILWAUKIE, OR—As announced at Comic-Con International 2013, Aron Warner, the Academy Award–winning producer of Shrek, is bringing his acclaimed webcomic Pariah to Dark Horse Comics!

Pariah is cowritten by Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt (Petrograd), with artwork by Eisner-nominated painter Brett Weldele (The Surrogates). Volume 1, which collects the webcomic, is available in bookstores everywhere today. 

In Pariah, genetically engineered geniuses known as vitros are labeled a terrorist cell after an explosion at a military weapons lab. The vitros are rounded up and left on a decrepit satellite orbiting Earth. Now they must band together and use their supergenius abilities to get back to Earth safely.
Pariah will also see a brand-new, eight-issue miniseries beginning next month! 

Praise for Aron Warner’s Pariah:

“A group of hyper-intelligent teenagers called vitros suddenly find themselves hunted by a society that has marginalized them . . . I was hooked by the fifth page.”—Fanboy Comics

“It does have a lot of potential and ironically enough much of the story is about untapped potential of highly intelligent teens being ostracized for, well, being smarties.”—Comic Bastards

“A good read. The art is great, plain and simple.”—Eat Geek Play

Aron Warner’s Pariah Volume 1 webcomic collection is available digitally and in stores today! 

Pariah #1, the first issue of the new print series, will be on comic shop shelves on February 26, 2014!