Thursday, June 30, 2016

Into The Time Vortex Podcast - Episode 18 - Doctor Who - The Mark of the Rani

Details and Cover For Doctor Who Magazine Issue 501 Tom Baker Special

Out now in the UK is issue 501 of Doctor Who Magazine.  It is another special issue as it is devoted to the 4th Doctor Tom Baker.  They are billing it as his last interview so this may be one to go out and get.

Following the spectacular 500th issue, Doctor Who Magazine is continuing its celebrations with an issue dedicated entirely to Tom Baker and the Fourth Doctor’s era of Doctor Who.

Tom Baker: The Ultimate Interview is an extravaganza split into several gripping parts, in which Tom talks about life, death and, of course, Doctor Who…

 “Life is too short to be dull. Be interesting. Because not very much else matters does it? In large areas of our lives, hardly anything matters at all. I mean, nothing can beat being with loving friends, and a few wines, and a few beers, and a few lies, and a few yarns. And to still be adored after 40-odd years… yeah that’s the life. Maybe I’m the longest-serving actor, in the whole history of actors, who’s actually still, 40-odd years later, adored for the same part and enjoying it in the same way. When I get sent messages from middle-aged men… or from the wives of middle-aged men, who say, ‘Tell Mr Baker he cannot imagine how important he was to my beloved husband when he was a boy’… it moves me deeply to think about it. I was just going to work. I didn’t know, to begin with, how far-reaching this role would be. I was aware of the excitement, and the generosity, and the affection of the fans, but how could I ever have dreamed of all this?”

 The interview extravaganza is split into seven gripping parts: The Unbreakable Tom Baker, The Insatiable Tom Baker, The Impeccable Tom Baker (with June Hudson), The Irrepressible Tom Baker, The Unstoppable Tom Baker (with Louise Jameson, John Leeson and Geoffrey Beevers), The Unforgettable Tom Baker and The Irreplaceable Tom Baker.

Also featured in the magazine is Part One of brand-new comic strip The Pestilent Heart, an extended Gallifrey Guardian reporting on the latest news from the set of the new series, and DWM‘s Issue 500 celebrations, competitions and the much-anticipated Cave of 500 Eyes answers.

The collectable souvenir edition, available from 30 June and priced £5.99, comes in a polybag containing four amazing art cards, two classic mini-posters, and a massive multi-Doctor poster.

Doctor Who Magazine 501 is on sale from Thursday 30 June 2016, price £5.99.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Details, Covers and Preview For Doctor Who: Supremacy of Cybermen #1‏

Out next Wednesday July 6th is Supremacy of the Cybermen which is Titan Comics comic book crossover event of the summer.  This year's Doctor Who Day will be July 9th and there will be variant covers to collect.  This will be a great event as this crossover also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Cybermen.  You can get this release at your local comic book store.

For the Cybermen’s 50th-anniversary… YOU WILL BE DELETED! 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 is now a victory. Every foe is now dead — or Cyberized. Titan Comics’ 2016 Doctor Who event — and the biggest Doctor Who story of the year — begins here!

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.

Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen #1
Writers: George Mann, Cavan Scott
Artists: Alessandro Vitti, Ivan Rodriguez, Tazio Bettin
Colorist: Nicola Righi, Enrica Eren Angiolini
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC - 32pp - $3.99 - On sale: Jul​y​ 6

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