Monday, October 20, 2014

Fabricating the Tardis Siege mode cube

You can buy the replica here. Click the pic below to learn more about the creation of the Siege Cube. It is an interesting process.I don't see me getting it anytime soon at $49.95. Replicas are expensive!!tardis-seige-mode/c70e

Watch Death in Heaven early

Are you in the UK? Then you can watch the finale "Death in Heaven" early if you'd like.
The programme of six events, devised and coordinated by Film Hub Wales and BAFTA Cymru, and hosted in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and 6 key venues around the country, will offer fans of the series a chance to see monsters from key episodes of the cult classic on the big screen and hear from the creative team working on the series.
The events will be held between November 2014 and January 2015 and will be part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, the BFI’s landmark season dedicated to cinema’s most spectacular genre, presented together with 02. Tickets will be available to BAFTA members and the general public.
The first event in the series, to be held in partnership with Chapter pop up cinema on 4 November at the landmark National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, will be a preview of Death in Heaven, the current season finale, which will be screened ahead of its broadcast on BBC One and will be attended by cast and crew.
The wider programme of events includes The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe at Ffwrnes in Llanelli on 1 December ; The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky at Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn on 12 December; The Unquiet Dead at the Savoy, in Monmouth on 12 January; ending with The Five Doctors on 27 January at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. An additional double bill screening of Mask of Mandragora and The Prisoner will be confirmed to take place in January at Theatr Harlech.
The events will each have a specific theme, focusing on one creative department within the Doctor Who production team.

Tickets for these special events will cost £12 and £8 (concessions) and are available exclusively from the venue websites here:
Doctor Who: Death in Heaven
Tuesday 4th November 7pm
Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff
029 2030 4400
Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Monday 1st December at 7pm
Theatr Ffwrnes, Llanelli
0845 2263510
Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem & The Poison Sky
Tuesday 16th December 7pm
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Denbighshire
01745 850197
Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead
Monday 12th January 7pm
Monmouth Savoy Theatre, Monmouth
01600 772467
Doctor Who: Doctor Who Masque of Mandragora & The Prisoner
Saturday 17th January at 7pm
Theatr Harlech, Snowdonia
01766 780667
Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
Tuesday 27th January at 7pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
01970 623232

13 Doctor Who will soon teach children how to code

In the Forest of the Night Promo pics

Click the epic pic to go to the gallery.

Lynda Bellingham has died

Bellingham starred in the 14-part Doctor Who serial The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986 as the Inquisitor. She reprised the Inquisitor character for the Big Finish Productions audio series, Gallifrey, and in the Big Finish Productions audio drama Trial of the Valeyard.The actress and presenter died aged 66 after announcing she was terminally ill with bowel cancer.

Lights Out - Doctor Who eBook

Out this month, Holly Black, best-selling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), Doll Bones and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, explains her love of Doctor Who and the inspirations and ideas behind her new Doctor Who story, Lights Out, for the Twelfth Doctor.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Flatline - Doctor Who Extra

In the Forest of the Night: Next Time Trailer - Doctor Who

Jamie Mathieson and the orgins of The Boneless

Jamie Mathieson, writer of Mummy on the Orient and Flatline, has posted an article about the origins of The Boneless. He cites the book Flat Stanley from his childhood as inspiration. Go HERE to check it out. It is a good read.

The 12th Puppet Doctor needs your help.

The people behind the Doctor Who puppets featured below in the video need our help.
"Doctor Puppet is a stop motion animated fan series that celebrates Doctor Who and its rich history through hand-crafted puppets and original stories. The series has been praised on countless websites and podcasts (see a list here,) and even seen on TV and in magazines... but it's never had proper funding.

We are a small group of professional artists and musicians who have largely spent our free time making Doctor Puppet. Stop motion is a meticulous technique that requires nearly every aspect to be made from scratch. A huge amount of time and care goes into everything you see and hear.
 This Christmas, we want to top it!
It will be a mysterious adventure starring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara - something a little darker than our past Christmas episodes. The puppets won't speak or sing, so the music will be their voice.
We plan to release the episode about a week before Christmas.
To make this happen, we need a little help.

What We Need & What You Get

$15,000 will cover the cost of supplies, compensate us for our time, and allow us to hire more live musicians to record the score. It's a very modest budget for a professional animation production. We are not seeking to make a profit, but rather just cover our costs while making the episode.
In return for your generous contributions, we have some cool perks to offer. Get a link to an exclusive video only for contributors, or a prop that was used in a past episode. You can even meet the crew and puppets!

If we unfortunately fall short of our goal, we'll scale back production and use what we have to make something shorter or simpler.
If we surpass our goal and reach $17,500, we'll use the extra money to upgrade some well-used equipment. Any money after this will be saved for future episodes."

Well go on and check them out and please help in whatever way you can. Any amount would be great and of course goes to a great team of people who are producing the best puppetry there is around.

Need some temporay Tats?

Tattify has some great temporary Doctor Who Tats for the Halloween season. Designer Jackson Badger out did himself with a few quotes and iconic images you can slap on anytime and wear almost anywhere. Go on go check them out.

Flatline review [Spoilers abound]

  So the Doctor gets some new steampunk goggles and a wee teeny Tardis in the latest episode from writer Jamie Mathieson titled " Flatline". Clara gains a better understanding of why the Doctor acts the way his does and gets to step into his shoes by proxy to defend a small community in Bristol from aliens from another plane of reality. Writer Jamie Mathieson shows that his prowess in crafting a Doctor Who tale is not a one off with his intriguing aliens from a 2D dimension.
  The Doctor lands in an estate in Bristol well off from where he planned and Clara finds a companion of her own in a young graffiti artist named Rigsy. The Tardis is shrunken to action figure size by creatures leeching off external dimensions and Clara has to "become" the Doctor and do the investigating. Clara continues to lie to both the Doctor and Danny, but after this episode I'm sure the jig is up. The Doctor congratulates Clara on her deception as well as admonishing her. When the aliens which the Doctor later names The Boneless make their presence known Clara does her best Doctor impression and tries to keep everyone alive and safe. Efforts hindered by a civil servant named Fenton with a huge lack of imagination. The Doctor does as he always does and doesn't jump to the conclusion that the aliens are hostile, but are just trying to communicate and understand and may not understand we need three dimensions to live remarking "That would be a nice change wouldn't it?".

The Doctor tries his hand at handy gadget making harkening back to 10 and makes a 2dis that restores dimensions to flattened objects. I do wonder why they didn't attempt to use it on the aliens that finally broke through using the changing images of the people they had absorbed. The aliens were perhaps the creepiest and scariest I think I have seen in a long time, lumbering and changing like an oil painting come alive. The creeping hand that reaches out to pull insert name down along the tunnel was fantastic and a great scare. I have to give the production team props with the CGI work done on this episode. All top notch across the board.

The infamous A113 used in Pixar films pops up in a scene straight from The Addams family when the Doctor has to inch his way across railway tracks to avoid being crushed. His victory dance, which was hilarious, is short lived though and he has to disengage the chameleon circuit and we are shown the true shell of the Tardis. I thought it very similar to the Pandorica with it's cube like design and pattern on the outside.

Clara shows some inventiveness and saves Rigsy from sacrificing himself showing differences from the way the Doctor goes about his usual business. She then has to ask herself WWTDD and although she misquotes rule number one of the Doctor comes up with an ingenious solution to power the Tardis back up and help save the day all on her own. The Doctor makes a spectacular speech and later gives some encouragement to young Rigsy on his future work as an artist. One line at the end stuck out at the end when Clara is seeking a bit of praise and the Doctor replies "Goodness had nothing to do with it." I feel like either he is commenting on himself as not being good or he is on to a nagging doubt he now has. Missy makes an appearance remarking "Clara, my Clara, I have chosen well." So we now have confirmation that Missy was the woman in the shop who steered her to the Doctor's side in the first place. 

All in all top marks here for the second outing with Jamie Mathieson. His episodes are by far the strongest this season, next to my favorite "Listen" this season. I hope he gets to write a few more next season. It would be a waste to let such a talent slip by. You hear me MOFFAT? :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Keep away from the walls! - 'Flatline' preview

The Doctor and soldiers. A quote from interview with Steven Moffat from DWM #477

Making Danny a former soldier both mirrors and sits uncomfortably with the Doctor's morality.
"The ultimate hypocrisy at the heart of the Doctor, which is fun to poke a stick at, is that he's so nasty about soldiers and about people who carry guns, yet look at him - always in the middle of the fight, usually taking command, and I'm not so impressed at his refusal to pick up a gun when he's inclined, occasionally, to blow up entire planets! I think Danny Pink would say, 'Look, I picked up a gun to save that guy's life. You blow up a planet, and you sod off.' And I think that's a good character trait of the Doctor's. I like that he's the ultimate autocratic liberal - you know, the fascist liberal. It's what I love about the Robin Hood thing, because it reminds us that the Doctor never stops being a nobleman. He's a high-born nobleman, used to wealth and privilege, who decided to come down among us lot and help out. He thinks he's one of the guys, but never stops assuming that he's in charge and that people will make him tea. You love the Doctor, but you do think, 'You're a bit of an arse, and you really, really do think that everybody's here to carry stuff for you.' That's true throughout the Doctors, however 'men of the people' they pretend to be. They're really wonderful men trying to help everybody, but the Doctor does, just like Robin Hood, expect to be in charge. He doesn't really tolerate being second in command. He's helping out the people, so long as he can be the boss person with the best bow and arrow - and one day that will come back to haunt him."

Confirmation on planet in Listen

DWM has given confirmation that the planet visited in the episode Listen was in fact Galifrey. Maybe some of the people on Reddit will shut up about it now. Spoilers for episodes 1-4

Steven Moffat talks fan service: ‘You don’t give them what you think they want’

As executive producer and lead writer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat is used to fans expressing strong opinions on his work, for better or worse. But he’s determined not to pander to them.
“You don’t give them what you think they want. That would be mad! The only useful index you’ve got is what you would like,” said Moffat, speaking during a panel session at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes.
“It’s really a strange way to write a story, and an arrogant way to write a story: to give them what they want. You don’t even know what birthday present to give the person close to you! How would you know what everybody wants?” he said.
“I honestly don’t think anybody makes a film or television programme for any reason other than ‘wouldn’t it be brilliant to get someone to pay me to do this?’”

Moffat made it clear that the latter statement was not about greed, but rather positioning himself as a super-fan, trusting his instincts based on his passion for the show.
Moffat sees one of Doctor Who’s current strengths as its emotional grounding: it may go “hell for leather on the sci-fi fantasy aspect” but never forgets to explore the characters immersed in that.
“It is frequently the intimate moments in Doctor Who that make it connect with its audience,” said Moffat.
“It is sci-fi that people who don’t like sci-fi watch. Although we never make any apology about Doctor Who being as science fiction as it gets. We don’t like to have a scene without a robot or a talking slug coming along!”
Moffat also talked about Sherlock, and why he believed modernising it was the right move to take. “Updating Sherlock Holmes, as we automatically update James Bond, was the right thing to do,” he said. “Sherlock Holmes is meant to be pulpy and vital and new.”
He admitted to nervousness in the run-up to the launch of the first series of Sherlock, however. “There was a moment when my new version of Doctor Who was about to come out in the same few months as Sherlock was about to come out,” he said.
“And I thought if I screw these up, all I’ll have to do is shoot Daniel Craig in the face and I’ll have screwed British culture!”


Steven Moffat Q&A for DWM #479

ANTHONY FINCH asks: Why is it that the TARDIS doesn't rattle and crash about when in ordinary flight anymore? The Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors' TARDISes were always a bit unstable.

Oh, what do you want here? The "in-universe" explanation, or in Cardiff?
In universe: following the terrible events of the Time War, the TARDIS is a bit ropey for a long while. Instead of its (mostly) placid locomotion before the War, it bumps about all over the place. Gradually he fixes the old thing up, and it's back to plain sailing, except for solar storms and dramatic effect.
In Cardiff: I think we gradually forgot. Oh, don't grump, it happens. And speaking of dramatic effect, it was always a bit flexible, wasn't it? I mean, reading Madame de Pompadour's letter while clinging to the console wouldn't have been brilliant, would it? Actually, thinking about it, maybe it's not so much forgetting as gaining confidence that the audience know that this is a flying spaceship, not just a big room with a high-tech mushroom in the middle. It's so clever in Star Trek that they basically fit the bridge with a windscreen so it feels like they're moving. All the TARDIS thrashing in the early days was mainly to remind you we're on the high seas. And to be honest, maybe we should be doing more of it...

CATHERINE GRAHAM asks: In Deep Breath, Madame Vastra says to Clara that the Doctor trusted her when he regenerated and became an older man, showing his great age and "lifting the veil". But in The Parting of the Ways, the Ninth Doctor regenerates to become even younger than before. Does this mean that the Doctor didn't trust Rose like he trusted Clara, or became younger in order to flirt with Rose?

Well, that's only Vastra's theory - and she's arrogant, so she talks like she's right. To be fair, she generally is. But let's also remember the Doctor is at a very different place in his life. Chris was the war-survivor Doctor, the high-plains drifter, pushing everyone away. But then he's brought back to life by a girl he falls in love with, and when he regenerate perhaps he reaches out to her a bit. He becomes a more suitable 'boyfriend'. Often, when talking to women, I've wished that I could turn into David Tennant - and I'm pretty sure they've all wished that too.
But a thousand years on Trenzalore is a very different learning curve. He watches generation after generation die in front of him, and remembers that he is nobody's boyfriend - he cannot afford to love or be loved. When he regenerates, instinctively, he lets Clara see who really he is.

CHLOE HASTINGS asks: Will the Silence ever find out that the Doctor didn't really die on the shores of Lake Silencio?

The Kovarian were a splinter group, who travelled back in time to stop the Doctor ever reaching Trenzalore. The Silence who tackle him there clearly know the plan has failed. However, in researching the matter, I uncovered this rare transcript of a meeting between two high priests of the Silence Movement.
SILENT 1: So, brother - did the Doctor truly perish at Lake Silencio, or did that
          double-hearted schemer live to fight another day?

SILENT 2: ...Who are you?

SILENT 1: You did it again. You broke eye contact. We mustn't break eye contact, or
          this will take all day.

SILENT 2: Sorry. Bit distracted at the moment.

SILENT 1: We have to maintain eye contact at all times. It is the eternal law of the 
          Silence Praesidium.

SILENT 2: Who are you?

SILENT 1: You see, now you've looked out of the window. Don't look out of the window.

SILENT 2: Sorry, I was just wondering where Jeff was with that coffee.

SILENT 1: We can't really send people for coffee - we should remember that.

SILENT 2: Remember what?

SILENT 1: Who are you?

SILENT 2: Who are you?
SILENT 2: Is that a Weeping Angel?

SILENT 1: Keep looking at it!

SILENT 2: Keep looking at what?

SILENT 1: I don't know, who are you?

SILENT 2: What's that rising under that blanket?

SILENT 1: Don't look at it!!

SILENT 2: Don't look at what?

SILENT 1: Hang on, didn't we send Jeff for coffee?

SILENT 2: I'll go and look for him.

SILENT 1: Good idea.

SILENT 2: Who are you?
I think that clears everything up. It goes on for another 8000 pages, but it gets a bit repetitive.

JACK SYNNOTT asks: In Listen, how did Orson get his hands on a Sanctuary Base 6 spacesuit? He is seen wearing it on the news footage dated circa 2110, but SB6 didn't come into existence until the forty-second century.

Oh, blimey. Okay. Mentally rolls up sleeve (which would be a fantastic trick if I could do it).
That's not a Sanctuary Base spacesuit in the news footage, it just looks very much like one.
Those red spacesuits became standard issue for many centuries, so your mistake (you can't see it, but I'm looking shifty) is understandable. The Doctor, of course, has a Sanctuary Base suit, and has used the TARDIS clothing replicator (come on, he must have one, it's the only explanation!) to make several more. When he first meets Orson, he notices that his red spacesuit is in a terrible state, and so gives him one of his. From that point on, Orson is wearing a Sanctuary Base suit. Frankly, I'm surprised this wasn't perfectly obvious and deplore your inattention. (Dear the Internet - that was a JOKE, that last sentence. Ask your Mum and Dad, they were popular back in the day.)

MICHAEL ALLAN asks: In Listen, it is established that there are no monsters. So what was hiding under Rupert's bed sheet?

Oi! It is in no way established that there are no hiders, not at all. The Doctor's theory is never disproved, and by its nature, couldn't be. At every point, there are TWO explanations for the phenomena they encounter. So, under the bedspread it was either (a) a hiding creature (b) a kid, possibly wearing a mask. The whole point of the story is that we don't know, and can't, and that's all right. All that we know is that the monster under the Doctor's bed happened to be Clara.

NIALL DUFFY asks: The Doctor has visited England, Scotland and Wales, but why has he not come to Ireland?

He's been many times, but it never coincided with an alien intervention (because the Irish are just TOO HARD), so he had a lovely time, and we were unable to make an episode, because he was basically just having lunch and a bit of a jig.

JAMES LAWRENCE asks: I enjoyed Into the Dalek very much... However, seeing that they were noticeable by their absence, I do have to ask, are the Paradigm Daleks ever going to reappear?

You know when you ask someone if your bum looks big in this...?

If you have a question you'd like Steven to answer, email with 'Ask Steven' in the subject line.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Michael Hayes Doctor Who Director 1929-2014

The director Michael Hayes has died, aged 85. He directed three stories during the 70s, Season 16's The Androids Of Tara, The Armageddon Factor, and the following year's City of Death.

Initially reluctant to take on the show, seeing it as "a children's show with dodgy effects", he was persuaded to do so by his friend Graeme MacDonald (Head of Serials) and producer Graham Williams, during which he also became friends with the lead actor Tom Baker. With his final contribution to Doctor Who, Hayes took the show to its first overseas location, filming in the streets of Paris - he also contributed to the story both with a cameo as a passenger on the Metro seen to follow the Doctor and Romana of the train at Boissière station, and to provide the voice of one of the gendarmes who inform the Doctor that the Mona Lisa has been stolen from the Louvre.

As well as Doctor Who, he directed a number of episodes of popular series such as Thirty-Minute Theatre, Z Cars, The Onedin Line, When The Boat Comes In, and All Creatures Great And Small, leading up to his last credited production, Skorpion, in 1983. He also produced and directed (and cameoed in) the 1961 sci-fi series A For Andromeda.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paul McGann in Fables of forgotten things

This seems to be a short pilot for a planned series that never got off the ground. A mysterious drifter and his young friend must save a frightened, forgetful old lady from a memory eating ghost who has taken over her home. With nothing but a box full of whispering spiders and a bottle of vintage dust, Clarence and Danny have to help the old lady stumble upon a forgotten dance shoe in the hope that one happy memory can bring back a million others. Broadcast on BBC HD as part of their Film Shorts season. Starring Paul McGann and James Bird. This highly atmospheric drama was shot and mastered on Hi-Def with music composed by Josh Hill. 

  • Clarence
    Paul McGann
  • Danny
    James Bird
  • Magenta
    Muriel Barker
  • Eldritch
    Anthony Wise
  • Eldritch (before)
    Louise Dumayne
 Another short titled A fairytale of forgotten things came before this with different actors. Broadcast on BBC2 as part of their Homegrown Hollywood season, this award-winning 5 minute drama is narrated by a young boy who spins an epic fairytale out of the chance discovery of an old button under a leaf. It was the inspiration for the television project Fables of Forgotten Things.

Fairytale Of Forgotten Things from Toby Meakins on Vimeo.

Paul McGann's Doctor Who audition tape teaser

In the mid 1990s, rights to make new Doctor Who were acquired by American producer Philip Segal. Commissioning a new series "Bible" - one that saw the Doctor and his half-brother the Master, searching for their long-lost father Ulysses - Segal began auditioning potential Doctors. Although much of this Bible was dispensed with in the eventual 1996 movie, Paul McGann auditioned using scripts based on these ideas.

 Interesting to see where they would have taken the series. It seems a bit to soap opera-ish to me though. I really wish they would have let McGann keep that curly mop of hair though instead of that wig he had to endure.

Click the pic for Flatline Promotional Images

Clara becomes the Doctor? - 'Flatline' Preview

I want a teeny tiny tardis!!!!