Saturday, 26 May 2012

Whovian Roundup for Saturday, May 26, 2012

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

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Whovian News....

BBC Doctor Who has Matt Smith Carries the Flame for the Games

It’s the early hours of May 26, 2012 and when the sun rises across Cardiff Bay there’s already a huge crowd gathered to greet the morning and Matt Smith.

Because today, Matt Smith has the honour of being the lead runner in the Olympic Torch relay, carrying the world’s most famous Flame for part of its journey from the Temple of Hera to London.

Matt’s used to early starts and is in high spirits when he arrives at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre. His mood is further bolstered by the masses of people who have come along to enjoy the occasion and lend their support. It’s great to see so many well-wishers and the whole team is very grateful to everyone who has managed to make it to the event. As he walks towards the Church which will be the mini-base for the morning, he greets the crowds. ‘What are you doing up so early?’ he jokes.

First things first! Matt meets the press and enthuses about the Torch Relay. He also finds time to talk to us. So, how’s he feeling?

‘I’m very excited about the run,’ he reveals. ‘It’s a huge privilege.  A once in a lifetime thing.’ A slight pause and a grin. ‘Let’s hope I don’t trip over!’

Matt clearly can’t wait to get going and his time with the Torch quickly arrives. He begins his run at 6.29am in sight of BBC Wales’ Roath Lock studios where Doctor Who is filmed. (‘It’s nice to be doing it in the Bay,’ he comments). The atmosphere is as sunny as the weather, but there’s also an awareness that this is part of a historic tradition. Matt takes the Torch with pride, running to the Senedd whilst being cheered on by the frankly fantastic crowd.

The Flame is then passed to the next runner - eventually it will reach the Olympic Stadium where it will light a cauldron symbolising the start of the Games. But for today, Matt’s job is done and he has played his part.

Of course, his leg of the relay was a short one, but this has been about symbolism and people joining in. ‘I love the whole sense of the Olympics,’ Matt reflects. ‘I mean it’s so early in the morning but there are so many people here with bunting and there’s a great atmosphere and everything’s so celebratory…’ He looks across the crowds. ‘I’m excited to be part of it!’ And his over-riding emotion? ‘Thrilled,’ he tells us. ‘Really thrilled.’

Exactly five years ago today an episode called Human Nature saw the Doctor, in the guise of John Smith, comment that ‘Mankind doesn't need warfare and bloodshed to prove itself.’ In fact for almost fifty years Doctor Who has depicted a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey uncovering and celebrating humanity’s very best traits. Endeavour, co-operation and a sense of striving towards better ways. Carrying a torch into the darkness.

And this morning the message of the show and the reality merged into one as Matt Smith – our brilliant Doctor – held the Olympic Flame aloft and cheered on by an amazing crowd, blazed a trail towards the Games that epitomise those qualities.

For a few minutes in the Cardiff sunshine, the hope of the Olympic Games and the spirit of Doctor Who seemed to burn strong and bright. Moving. Magical. Indomitable!

See the Olympic Gallery!

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Blogtor Who has 10 Liz Two Moments. To celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Blogtor has collated the ten best mentions/references/hints of her Madgeness* in Doctor Who - check 'em out below and raise a glass to Queen Elizabeth II! Apparently, she and her crew are big fans of the show, so I hope they enjoy this tribute...

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

The Whostorian has Episode 37 - Nitro 9 & Gordon Bennett. This week we talk about Ace, Producer Graham Williams, Newfoundland’s Own, Last Minute Productions and we take a look at An Earthly Child. In the Death Zone we find K9 Mark II Vs. Chameleon.

Impossible Podcasts has Points of Who Number 6 - Doctor Who Newsflash. It's a short and sweet one this month - just enough time to congratulate Steven Moffat on his new BAFTA, wave goodbye to the Ponds and hello to Jenna-Louise Coleman, and ponder the demise of the SFX Weekender convention. Plus, a look ahead to next month's podcasts, which are chock full of Doctor Who goodness!

Tid-Bits...

Bleeding Cool has The TARDIS Motorbike Of Phoenix Comic Con.

The Doctor Who Site has Doctor Who DVD Files Issue 88. Contains the classic story The Invasion episodes 1-4...

The Doctor Who Site also has Doctor Who DVD Files Issue 89. Contains the classic story The Invasion episodes 5-8...

RedBubble.com has My name is... by english-witch. "I also go by John smith on occasion."

Review's Roundup...

The Daily P.O.P. has The Daleks- The Destroyers. On a far off alien world, an outpost of Special Space Security is attacked by a squad of Daleks. Responding are three officers; Sara Kingdom, Jason Corey and an android named Mark Seven. Sara is deeply concerned about her brother David whom she believes has survived the attack....

Game Rant has Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock. Despite a stable of talented Doctor Who writers floating around the BBC, The Eternity Clock storyline is mostly an excuse for The Doctor to have run-ins with a number of iconic villains (such as The Silence, Daleks, and Cybermen, among others)....

Siskoid's Blog of Geekery has Doctor Who 186: The Ice Warriors Part 5. The base agonizes over using the ionizer or not in case it makes the Ice Warriors' nuclear reactor blow. Jamie is dragged back to the base as bears attack. And the Doctor stinkbombs the Martians....

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