We're back again every Friday to take a look at some of the key pieces of news that were released in the worlds of doctor who and it's spin off shows in the last seven days, and key videos from the account.
David Bradley discusses Twice Upon a Time
David Bradley, who will be teaming up with Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor this Christmas in Twice Upon a Time, stopped by London Film & Comic Con this weekend and revealed some details about what to expect from the multi-Doctor special.
Bradley revealed that there would be some conflict between the Doctors regarding their different social attitudes, which are almost a half-century apart:
"What we did emphasise [about the First Doctor] was the old fashioned nature and how he is from the 60s. He goes into the Twelfth Doctor’s Tardis and says ‘it’s a bit dusty around here, it’s in an awful state isn’t it? Where’s Polly? Shouldn’t she give it a spring clean?' And then Peter’s saying ‘you can’t say that’.
"[The First Doctor] brings all his 60s sensibilities, what’s lovingly called casual chauvinism. He’s just talking [as if] the [companions] are there just to help out, and do the dusting and do all the domestic chores – his attitudes to a lot of things come right from the 60s, so there’s a lot of conflict between Hartnell’s Doctor and Peter’s Doctor about how things have changed in the last 50 years... we had quite a bit of fun with that."
As you'd expect from a regeneration episode, it seems that Twice Upon a Time will aim for the heartstrings in its final act, which Bradley hinted at in further comments:
“There’s an event towards the end of [the Christmas special] that happens and when it happened, well, we just did a take and neither Peter nor I expected it. There was no CGI involved, it was all happening and we were both almost blubbing by the time that the take ended. I can’t say, I’m not going to say, what it was but it was quite an event and we weren’t prepared for all the things that were going to be going on around us as we were doing our dialogue.
“And as I say to you, we got quite lumpy. They’ve kept that out of the trailer but it takes it all to another dimension…”
Twice Upon a Time will air this Christmas.
Source/The Gallifrey Times
The Doctor Who Audio Annual
BBC Worldwide is to release The Doctor Who Audio Annual featuring audio versions of vintage tales first seen in the Doctor Who Annuals published in the 1960s through to the 1980s.
The Annual, out in December, features classic adventures, from the first six incarnations of The Doctor, read by stars of the show: Peter Purves (who played companion Steven), Anneke Wills (Polly), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric) and Nicola Bryant (Peri).
For two decades, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, every fan of the Doctor hoped to find The Doctor Who Annual in their Christmas stocking. Larger than life and twice as colourful, the stories within were exuberant — and often charmingly naive — in their take on ‘the children’s own programme which adults adore’.
The Annual can be pre-ordered from Amazon
Source/Doctor Who News
New Doctor Men figurines announced
BBC Worldwide has announced the release of a set of figurines based on the Dr. Who/Mr Men set of books released earlier this year.
The first four figures feature Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth and will be released this autumn.
The Dr. Men book series, published by Penguin Random House, brings to life Doctor Who characters in the story-telling and illustrative style of Roger Hargreaves, famous for the Mr. Men books.
Each figure will retail at £9.99
Source/Doctor Who News
Classic doctors new monsters 2 is out!
Classic Doctors New Monsters: Volume 2 is here! Out now are four new tales with DoctorsTom Baker (The Fourth Doctor 1974-1981), Peter Davison (The Fifth Doctor 1981-1984), Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor 1984-1986) and Paul McGann (The Eighth Doctor 1996) as they face off against the Racnoss, the Carrionites and the dreaded Vashta Nerada.
Night of the Vashta Nerada by John Dorney
Funworld was set to be the happiest planet in the galaxy. A planet of joy, of euphoria, of laughter and delight. Except construction was marred by reports of a predator and then, a few days before opening, all communication ceased.
Owner Georgia Donnelly is desperate to open the resort and has hired Amanda Steele's crew to find out what happened on the planet. They're the best. But even they might not be up to the task.
Joined by the Doctor and being picked off one by one, they slowly start to realise that something terrifying lurks in the shadows.
Empire of the Racnoss by Scott Handcock
When a distress call rips the TARDIS from the Vortex, dragging it back through time, it arrives in the midst of a conflict between Gallifrey and an ancient foe.
The Doctor, as ever, wants to help, but in returning a wounded combatant home, he becomes further and further entangled in a web of deceit and recrimination. A web spun by an eight-legged Empress and her minions…
The Empire of the Racnoss is at war, and wherever he stands, the Doctor is on the wrong side.
The Carrionite Curse by Simon Guerrier
Katy Bell returns to her Midlands home to find strange goings-on at the buskers fair. A witch trial in the 1980s. A bonfire ready to be lit...
Luckily, a colourful visitor is already investigating, and the local vicar, Katy's dad, is versed in tales of the macabre. Terrifying forces are on the loose, and the town hall holds a secret. There is black magic in the Black Country, and the Doctor has the name of his enemy on the tip of his tongue...
Something wicked this way comes.
Day of the Vashta Nerada by Matt Fitton
As the Time War rages, Cardinal Ollistra of Gallifrey seeks to create ever more dangerous weapons to deploy against the enemy.
When the Doctor stumbles across Synthesis Station, he discovers that the Time Lords have sponsored a project to weaponise already-lethal creatures. But in doing so, Eva Morrison and her team have unwittingly used a colony of Vashta Nerada with a very unfortunate history of humanoid contact.
The Doctor finds himself leading a desperate race for survival, in which the shadows may be the least of their worries…
“Making the original Classic Doctors New Monsters box set was like directing four movies,’ says director Barnaby Edwards. ‘This time around, it’s like directing four blockbuster movies! We’ve gone to town on the music and special effects to create truly epic audio adventures, packed with action and excitement. I’ve tried to up the ante with the guest cast, too: Adjoa Andoh, Nigel Planer, Pam Ferris, Jacqueline Pearce, Jan Ravens, Michael Fenton Stevens, Adèle Anderson, Lorelei King.
“It’s been great having Tom Baker in the mix this time, too - his Vashta Nerada tale is an absolute joy - alongside Peter Davison and the Racnoss, Colin Baker and the Carrionites and Paul McGann and the return of the Vashta Nerada. If you liked the first box set, you’ll love this.”
Simon Guerrier, writer of the Sixth Doctor adventure, The Carrionite Curse, talks about his story, “Well, the cast Barney has gathered together is extraordinary, isn't it? I'm really thrilled by that. And I'm very pleased to get to write a full-bloodied horror story, which I don't normally get to do. I'm just looking forward to hearing it!”
And John Dorney, writer of the Fourth Doctor Adventure, Night of the Vashta Nerada, talks about bringing this terrifying monster to Big Finish, “The ever creepy Piranhas of the air that are the Vashta Nerada seem totally born for the Tom Baker years of Doctor Who, so it's a joy to bring in a new series element to interact with the fourth Doctor for the first time. And if you're not excited by the idea of Pam Ferris facing off with Tom then I think you might just be dead. We've seen people run from the Vashta Nerada before... so what happens when someone tries to hunt them…”
You can buy Classic Doctors New Monsters Vol 2 now on the Big Finish site for £23 on CD or £20 on download. Don’t forget that every CD purchase unlocks a digital download on the Big Finish app.
Or you can save by purchasing in a bundle! Pick up a CD or Download copy of Classic Doctors New Monsters Volume 2 with The Diary of River Song Volume 2, starring Alex Kingston, Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker (currently £35/£30). Plus! You get a preorder of The Churchill Years: Volume 2, out in February 2018, starring Ian McNeice as Churchill and Neve Neve McIntosh returning as Madame Vastra. Get all of this for just £60, CD or download.
RIP Hywell Bennett
The actor Hywel Bennett has died at the age of 73.
Hywel Bennett was best known for playing the title role of Shelley in the ITV comedy series broadcast in the late Seventies and early Eighties.
One of his earliest television appearances was as Rynian, the Aridian in The Death of Time, the second episode of the William Hartnell story The Chase.
Bennett was born in Garnant, Carmarthenshire, in 1944, and grew up in London. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first stage appearance was in 1959, playing Ophelia in Hamlet.
In the sixties, he appeared in a number of British films including The Virgin Soldiersbased on the novel by Leslie Thomas, The Family Way alongside Hayley Mills and the psychological thriller Twisted Nerve.
In 1979 Bennett won the role he would become famous for, playing James Shelley in the Thames Television sitcom which was watched by up to 18 million viewers. The series ran until 1984. Bennett reprised the character in The Return of Shelley, running for four series from 1988 to 1992.
Other TV roles included parts in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, where he played Ricky Tarr, Boon, Frontiers, Neverwhere, Karaoke, Last of the Summer Wine and the Dennis Potter series Karaoke, Cold Lazarus and Pennies from Heaven. He played Peter Baxter in The Bill for five years and in 2003 he played the gangster Jack Dalton in Eastenders. His last known role was as Reggie Conway in The Last Detective in 2007.
In 2007 he retired from acting due to ill health.
Bennett was married to the former television presenter Cathy McGowan from 1970 to 1988 and to Sandra Layne Fulford from 1998. He is survived by his daughter, Emma.
Source/Doctor Who News
Whotopia issue 31
The latest issue of the fan magazine Whotopia has been released and looks at the legacy of writer and Script Editor Robert Holmes
The Magazine is available in both a free-to-download PDF and can be purchased in hardcopy.
Source/Doctor Who News
Video of the week
A throwback to series 4 back in 2008 with a clip from the sontaran stratagem and the poison sky, which saw the return for these creatures.
Doctor Who Time and space #222
Live in London for the first ever video edition of the podcast, D-Cool and Lewis Moon sit down to discuss their weekend at London film and comic con 2017, including a look behind the talks of the Saturday and meeting people such as Bernard Cribbins, Sylvester Mccoy and Mark Strickson. Also, we review the wedding of River Song and skim through some more news with another press of the randomizer. Clue: A series 4 story.
We're back next week on Friday 11th August to round up more news from this manic world of who.
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