A look at all of the news, however little we may have this week, and videos from the mrlewismoon channel.
Big Finish contracted till 2025
Big Finish have announced that their licence to produce Doctor Who and Torchwood audio dramas has been extended to 2025.
Head of Audio Publishing at BBC Worldwide, Jan Paterson said:
We very much look forward to continuing to work with Big Finish over the coming years; the high standards of their productions — quality scripts, impeccable sound design and music, and impressive casting that utilises some of the country’s biggest stars — are a reflection of the care and thought that goes into every audio.
Big Finish's Executive Producer, Jason Haigh-Ellery, said:
It is very rare that a production company is given the luxury of being able to plan so far ahead. Thanks to the faith placed in Big Finish by the BBC we can look forward to many years of story progression and real character development for the Doctors and their companions. We are excited about what the future holds and look forward to the next decade of adventures travelling in time and space.
Nicholas Briggs, who as well as Executive Producer also voices the Daleks, said:
It’s been with me all my life in one form or another. So it’s truly delightful for me that the good old BBC has given us permission to carry on space-time travelling.
Producer David Richardson added:
It’s such an honour for us to tell new stories in the worlds of Doctor Who and Torchwood. The possibilities truly are endless, the potential for ideas is infinite. It’s a wonderful feeling when we have been doing this for seventeen years, yet feel like we’ve only just begun and that the best is yet to come.'
Forthcoming highlights from Big Finish include the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the tenth Doctor and Donna Noble in The Tenth Doctor Adventures, and John Hurt returns as the War Doctor in another box sets, whilst the "classic" Doctors - as played Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy andPaul McGann - continue their regular adventures. Current spin-offs include Alex Kingston as archaeologist River Song, Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver as Kate Stewart and Osgood, and Christopher Benjamin, Trevor Baxter and Dan Starkey as Jago, Litefoot and Strax.
Riff Trax Doctor who style
The latest BBC Insiders survey has been canvassing participants over the viability of running a live RiffTrax screening event in cinemas around the United States based around a story from 20th Century Doctor Who.
Following a brief video example utilising Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD, the survey then asks how interested the participant would be in attending an event based around such a presentation, with suggested stories including The Twin Dilemma, Warriors of the Deep, The Gunfighters, Robot, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Five Doctors, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Four to Doomsday, Timelash, Time-Flight, and The Horns of Nimon. There's also an option to say which stories shouldn't be "riffed"!
Please note that the survey request does not mean that such an event will take place, only that such an event is being considered.
RiffTrax are are series of comedy audio commentaries to accompany film releases, provided by the stars of the original Mystery Science Theatre 3000 programme, comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.
Shakespeare Live with David Tennant
Shakespeare Live, the celebration of the bard's work, hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate, is to be screened in US movie theatres later this month.
The show marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. It was commissioned by the BBC in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was originally screened live on BBC Two last month.
Fathom and BBC Worldwide have joined forces to present the broadcast in select U.S. cinemas nationwide for one night on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. local time.
The event celebrates Shakespeare's plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. Appearances include Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Al Murray, Meera Syal, Alison Moyet, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Gilbreath and theRoyal Ballet.
Doctor who time and space #157
On this episode of the podcast we discuss the monsters and the villains from the 70's period of doctor who. Our review story this week is curse of peladon-what will we think about this story? Plus, we discuss the new companion Pearl Mackie and have the final game of quiz or question for a while. Next week we review a town called mercy.
More next week.
Hello. I'm Lewis Moon. This is the blog with all the doctor who news as well as MLMA updates.
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