Friday, 13 April 2012

Whovian Extras for Friday, April 13, 2012

Editor's bit...
(Dave Lewis 'The Mad Man with a Blue Blog')

Todays picture is Evolution of the Cybermen by jlfletch.

Todays Jigsaw...
preview88 pieceAmy Pond portrait by Waffle-Houdini
Whovian News....

shropshirestar.com has Calling Shropshire Daleks – your time has come in new Doctor Who. Do you have a Dalek? Dave Saunders, from Ellesmere, has three . . . and is set to help the BBC with the new series of Doctor Who. And as well as his Daleks, of which he has two from the 1960s television series – the days of William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton – and a replica of one from the 1965 Peter Cushing film Doctor Who and The Daleks, Dave is even prepared to offer his deadly operating skills, should the Beeb require them....

BBC Doctor Who has Awards Update!. Doctor Who is well-represented in the nominations for this year's Hugo Awards. No less than three episodes are in the running in the Best Presentation, Short Form category, with The Doctor's Wife (written by Neil Gaiman and directed by Richard Clark), The Girl Who Waited (written by Tom MacRae and directed by Nick Hurran) and A Good Man Goes to War (written by Steven Moffat and directed by Peter Hoar) all receiving nominations. The prestigious awards were first presented in 1953 and are named after Hugo Gernsback, founder of the iconic magazine, 'Amazing Stories'. This year's winners will be revealed in August/September in Chicago, USA. Good luck to all the nominees! And we're also pleased to announce that Doctor Who Interactive (this site!) has been nominated for a Banff World Media Award in the category of Cross-Platform Project - Fiction Programs. The awards - affectionately known as The Rockies - celebrate the best in television and digital media and will be presented during the Banff World Media Festival in June, 2012.

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The Nerdist has Doctor Who For Newbies: The Companions, Part Three. 1970s had been a banner decade for Doctor Who. Jon Pertwee’s five seasons brought the show increased popularity, and Tom Baker’s six had taken it even further. Now, with the 1980s, the show would show a marked change in style, pace, and tone. Tom Baker would depart after his seventh season and with the new Doctor would come a return to the “crowded TARDIS” days of multiple companions, but the show soon slipped back to the tried-and-true single companion adventures before taking a very long break (known as cancellation)....

SciFi-London.com has Win Limited Edition Doctor Who prints. We have a fantastic prize to give away that any fan of Doctor Who or sci-fi art will want to get their hands on. Department Six are a collaboration of artists who created the visuals and concepts for the long-running TV series Doctor Who. The images are working drawings and have been converted to beautiful pieces of art delivered to you in a presentation box signed by Ed Thomas (Head of Production) and each of the concept artists. The presentation is enhanced by Gallifreyan text tissue paper and a certificate of authenticity with BBC Worldwide holographic logo....

BBC America - Anglophenia has Doctor Who Rogues Gallery: The Yeti. "Like a lot of Whovians, my first experience of some of the earlier monsters came through reading about them in the Target novelisations, in which the show’s scripts were stripped of stage directions, plumped up again with lots of description, stuffed in a illustrative jacket and let loose on the world. I loved every single one of them, especially as this was the only way to get some understanding of what had happened in the show, in the days before the Internet, DVD reissues and people writing blogs like this...."

Miscellanious News

WhoTube....

Radio Free Skaro has Video Free Skaro 002. On this episode of Video Free Skaro, we cover the latest news in the world of Doctor Who, share some of our exclusive interview with Louise Jameson, also known as the savage Leela, and review Doctor Who: Worlds in Time, the MMORPG set in the Whoniverse.

Podcasts and VBlogs...
Beware most podcasts are of an adult nature and are not suitable for children.

The Oncoming Storm has Episode 5: NA Number 5 - Wait, Which Time Zone Are We In Again? This week, Josh and Ashley are still playing a bit of catchup, so they're only covering one New Adventure this episode, Marc Platt's  Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible. And its a good thing too, because this book is just chock full of paradoxes and multiple time streams and it takes the full strength of your podcaster's miniscule mental capabilities to keep track of it all...

Articles of the Shadow Proclamation has Article 39: The Doctor – Animated and Annoyed. And lo, into the Doctor-less wasteland (a.k.a. late 2003) came the animated attempt to do a Doctor Who reboot. Its name: Scream of the Shalka.

The Whostorian has Episode 34 - At a Meglos for a witty title… Season 2 Episode 4. This week we talk about Ian and Barbara, Producer Derrick Sherwin, John & Gillian (The Doctors grandchildren) & Meglos. The Death Zone has the K1 Robot vs. Sabalom Glitz and we end with (please forgive us) a little Doctor In Distress.

A Mad Man with a Box has Alan Kistler/Pyramids of Mars. Alan Kistler is one of the most knowledgeable Whovians that I know. His love and passion for the show really shine through in this episode as we not only discuss the fourth Doctor adventure, Pyramids of Mars but also the past, present, and future of our favorite show.

DWO WhoCast has Episode 238. Elisabeth and Siobhan have a good look at the Big Finish, Fourth Doctor story, The Wrath of the Iceni. The girls also have a chat about how this story portrays Leela and the history in context.

The Memory Cheats has Episode 5 - Survival. This journey through Josh and Steven's memories started with an adventure broadcast near the very beginning of its run, and now, thanks to the Wheel of Fortune, the very last story broadcast, Survival, is chosen at random. What will your two hosts think of this one?

Tid-Bits...

Velvet Jacket has an altaernative cover for The Android Invasion. Conquest is easy when everyone's already on your side.

Big Finish have uploaded the trailer for 6.12 Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles - The Rings of Ikiria.

RedBubble.com has Australian Doctor Who Coat of Arms by dmbarnham. "To any Australian Whovian who is a proud and loyal fan, (or anyone who takes it fancy) this is the t-shirt for you."

Review's Roundup...

TARDIS Eruditorum has The Ground's Attacking Us (Frontios). There is an almost ritual element to the progression of Season 21. After so long mining every part of Doctor Who’s history save for its alchemical spark the series unexpectedly brings back two of its last three alchemists in Bidmead and, later, Holmes. On top of that, there is an odd focus on the buried. Story after story in this season focuses on imagery of caves, tunnels, or the deep....

Siskoid's Blog of Geekery has Doctor Who 143: The Highlanders Part 1. Some call it the last true historical adventure, and I'm one of them (sorry, but Black Orchid is a genre piece that just happens to be set a few decades in the past), and it's got what it takes to be exciting, dramatic and funny too...

stuartreviewsstuff has The Mind of Evil (or ‘A Very British Prison Break’). The Master – posing as the Swiss Scientist Emile Keller – has donated a machine to a British Prison that removes the evil impulses of the prisoners’ minds. Well…I say removes, but the truth is it feeds on them. And it’s quite a handy machine, capable of tuning in on a person’s greatest fears and using that to kill them. So for example, someone who is afraid of water would drown in a dry room thanks to the machine, or someone with a fear of rats would die from being attacked by imaginary rats that actually leave claw marks on the person’s body....

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