Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Spiders cover, Sarah Jane wins, New Whotopia, plus more news, reviews and a spoiler



Editor's bit...

Todays picture is Dr Who: Scratchman 2 by BrianAW, in the second image from Tom Baker and Ian Marter's unfilmed script the Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane are trapped in a giant pinball machine with the Daleks for company, from DR Who Magazine.

Coming Soon...


Doctor Who - Planet of the Spiders cover and details, at a Tibetan retreat in the English countryside, a group of men are using ancient meditation rituals to tap into a mysterious alien power. They unwittingly create a bridgehead between Earth and Metebelis 3, a planet where the ‘Two Legs’ are oppressed by giant spiders. The creatures are desperate to recover the blue jewel that the Doctor gave to Jo Grant as a wedding gift, now the Doctor must risk everything and return to Metebelis 3 to face the awesome power of The Great One, who plans to use the crystal to enslave all of human kind...
Special Features include: Audio commentary, Trailer, John Krane remembers Planet of the Spiders, Directing Who with Barry Letts, Now and Then: the locations of Planet of the Spiders, Photo gallery, and an Extract from Wogan relating to Doctor Who, pre-order from the TARDIS Shop.

The News...


The Doctor Who News Page has Steven Moffat and Sarah Jane win out at RTS Awards, The show's lead writer Steven Moffat was awarded the Judge's Award at the ceremony; his co-creation with Mark Gatiss, Sherlock also performed well, winning the Drama Series category, former Doctor David Tennant was nominated in the Actor (Male) category for Single Father, but lost out to another "Doctor", Jim Broadbent, who won the award for his role in Any Human Heart (Broadbent was one of the Doctor's short-lived incarnations in Moffat's Comic Relief special, The Curse of Fatal Death), finally, the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures starring Elisabeth Sladen also won a prize, beating off opposition to win the Children's Drama category.


Big Finish has Gallifrey IV Released, the wait is over – at last Lalla Ward, Louise Jameson, Miles Richardson, Sean Carlsen and John Leeson return in a brand new series of Gallifrey, the spectacular five-disc collection, comprising four episodes plus an entire extra disc devoted to a ‘Making of’ documentary, is available to buy now on CD and download. Subscription copies were posted out today, the series includes a host of special guest stars and heaps of surprises, and is not to be missed.... (Editor: you can also order this from the TARDIS Shop).

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Glitter Guns and Laser Beams has Whotopia Magazine Issue 20 Now Available, this issue is our salute to the David Tennant era of Doctor Who featuring amongst others…The Tennant Legacy, Ian Wheeler considers what Doctor number ten has given to the series, Ten Again, Thomas Willam Spychalski conducts an overview of the Doctor’s tenth persona, Tennant’s Ladies, Emily Jones reflects upon the Tenth Doctor’s female companions, Martha Jones: Is She The Worst Companion Ever?, A fresh critique of the Tenth Doctor’s lovelorn companion by Steve Tomporowski, The Perfect Tennant, Kenny Smith investigates whether the Tenth Doctor was the perfect Doctor....


The Doctor Who Site has the cover and details for Doctor Who Adventures Issue 209, it isn’t easy being a cop -as we find out from a sneaky peek through the Judoon’s case files, meanwhile, The Doctor, Rory and Amy battle Romans and robots in our thrilling comic strip and here’s an amazing competition to design a new monster that will be shown at the Doctor Who Experience!....

WhoTube....


End of Part One - Doctor Eyes, Doctor Who spoof from the satirical ITV show End of Part One.




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Review's Roundup...


The Daily Drew has "Carnival of Monsters" - Episode Three, this is the episode where the Doctor figures out what we've understood all along. Interestingly, Jo is utterly disgusted at the idea that other beings would get amusement out of watching their adventures on a screen. Russell T. Davies gets a lot of credit, and deservedly so, for the satirical whacks he took at reality TV in "Bad Wolf", but Robert Holmes beat him to the punch decades before reality TV was even invented....


Doc Oho's Big Finish audios reviews has The Kingmaker written by Nev Fountain and directed by Gary Russell, a wonderful, wonderful story for Peri who gets so many priceless moments I lost count by the end of the story! Nicola Bryant gives this witty material such exuberance, I have always adored her in the role but this is one of her best ever performances. Every time Peri opens her mouth I couldn’t decide whether to laugh my head off or cringe – most of the time I just said ‘Oh Peri…’ Peri spoils the end of Richard the Third, telling the crowd the ending....


Classical Gallifrey goes back to the start with Serial 1: An Unearthly Child, in the early 1960s, the BBC sought to create a new science fiction edutainment children's television show. That show, as we all know, is Doctor Who, a show designed to focus on teaching children about science and history. There would be the eponymous main character, an elderly man traveling from place to place, taking the crew on wondrous sights and on adventures that were designed to expand the mind and broaden an understanding of the world to British children....


The Edwardian Adventurer has 109 – The Return (The Ark Part 3), after discovering the statue with new modifications, The Doctor, Steven, and Dodo do a bit more exploring.  They discover the bridge, which is empty, the floor covered with dead leaves from the trees that decorate the ship. They also learn that The Ark is about to arrive at its destination, the Planet Refusis....


The Daily Drew has "Carnival of Monsters" - Episode Four, "honestly, I frequently struggle to come up with interesting things to say about a story by the time we reach the final episode.  Predictably, four-part stories tend to be a lot easier to handle than longer ones.  In this case, I'm facing the opposite problem.  There's a lot I still want to say, and this is my last chance to do it....."

Outer Space Book and a Pick of the Tweets...

Fantom FilmsFantom Films  New Guest Announcement: RICHARD FRANKLIN joins us for Daemons at Forty!
JaneEspenson Just got word. It can be revealed. Our friend @GoCheeksGo has a role in an ep of #Torchwood. Yes! This Cheeks: http://bit.ly/g5tje8 
DWMtweets Unused cover for DWM 432. This was replaced by the Comic Relief image for March 2011. If we'd gone with this cover... http://fb.me/Rk9tmzub
This version of the cover for DWM 387 was never intended for publication. It was my (Tom's) first issue as editor,... http://fb.me/UPyeLvXd
steven_moffat Turns out you can't write a script by staring at it. Worth a try. 

Spoiler Alert...


Doctor Who Filming
has Jeremy Burleson - At this TV shoot in Los Angeles, a short video of the production team planning a shot at Venice Beach on Monday caught by Jeremy, who happened to be visiting (and got to appear in the background of a take!).

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