Doctor Who companions

 Song: “A Girl From Earth” by Turn Left.

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Radio Times and the vote for the greatest Doctor Who monster of all time

Last week the team from Radio Times asked for their readers’ help in deciding a shortlist of the best ever Doctor Who monster. The team maintaining the Doctor Who Facebook page helped spread the word and they’ve got the next list of 10 Doctor Who monsters nominated by the fans.

The list with some description can be found here, don’t forget to vote for your favourite in the poll at the bottom of the page.  You have until Friday at 2pm (that’s tomorrow!) to make your choice…

  • Weeping Angels
  • Daleks
  • The Silence
  • Cybermen
  • The Vashta Nerada
  • The Master
  • Ice Warriors
  • Zygons
  • Sontarans
  • Davros

Doctor Who-Star Trek: The Next Generation – Assimilation 2 #1 review

Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation - Assimilation 2 #1 comic
Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation - Assimilation 2 #1 comic

Do you recognize the characters? Or the scenery? Or perhaps the title and the description of the pictures gives you some useful hints to instantly recognize the Enterprise. Well, Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation – Assimilation 2 #1 hit comic book stands on Wednesday, May 30th!

I did not have the chance to buy it, so I am not writing the review for it. But you can found one over here:

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Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock review

Finally, The Eternity Clock was released earlier this week as a downloadable title for the PlayStation Network. The game is essentially a linear, 2-D platform and puzzle game that offers a wonderfully scripted, original adventure within the Doctor Who universe.

I haven’t played the game yet, so I can not offer you a review. But someone wrote it, and you can read the full game review:

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Jenna Louise-Coleman begins filming Doctor Who

A few days ago Doctor Who tv announced (as expected – we all knew from some time that she replaces Amy and Rory as Doctor Who companion) that Jenna Louise-Coleman began shooting her first scenes as new companion on Doctor Who this week.

Filming has been taking place on location at the medieval manor of Plas Llanmihangel. The manor also has a church on the grounds. There’s a bit of an eerie quality to it, so the ghost story rumour could fit. Then again, that seems to stem from Coleman’s audition script, the one that Steven Moffat said would not make it to the screen in any form.

Jenna was spotted as she was leaving the location, so this is unlikely to be her costume (click to enlarge).

Filming was behind closed doors, so no further details unfortunately. But there is speculation Jenna’s companion could be from the past, which would make for a refreshing change.

Dalek Tales – The Dalek that time forgot

A great story with and about the Dalek created by timelash.

 History is in peril, the crack in the universe is changing the very fabric of reality. Leaving earth the new paradigm see an opportunity which will lead one Dalek on its path to destiny. Dalek Caan the saviour of the Daleks..

 Skaro, The ancient planet of the Daleks.. it is a time of crisis, a time of war. In the Dalek City, there is one who stands against time, one who is hidden. Caan The saviour.

 Skaro is saved and the future of the paradigm is secure. Caan returns to finish his mission, or has he..

 The Time War, it spread across the universe effecting the nature of reality. At the Gates of Elysium the Daleks spread there destruction, and the very thing they created destroys the very thing that created them.

Doctor Who: the trip of a lifetime [series 1-6 trailer]

This video was made as a celebration of Doctor Who new series (1 to 6) from 2005-2011. It wasn’t me, someone else made it, but I hope you’ll understand why I love Doctor Who.

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Doctor Who theme on eight floppy drives

Some of you may have (almost) no idea what a floppy drive is, it’s already old computer technology. Well, this old stuff helped creating an interesting version of Doctor Who theme.

As it is said in the description of the video:

I don’t have two microphones of equal quality, so I recorded the left four and right four drives separately and pushed the audio to their respective side. I then recorded all eight and put it through a low pass filter and a small bass boost. I think the resulting mix of the three tracks sounds the best. It takes a lot more time to record and edit, but I thought it was worth it. Let me know what you think.

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Doctor Who versus Darth Vader

Doctor Who versus Darth Vader by Drombyb
Doctor Who versus Darth Vader by Drombyb

The source of the image is here. It was created by *Drombyb and it was categorized as Fan Art / Digital Art / Painting & Airbrushing / Movies & TV.

As it is said in the description of the image:

This is actually a request from Arosenheim : How about an image of the Doctor using his sonic screwdriver on the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader, and depicting that his lightsaber won’t light up. (Perhaps like an motion similar to you and I tapping a flashlight with the palm of our hands when it won’t light.) 

Note: the two female Togrutas in the background are just random characters.

August airdate for Doctor Who Series 7 at 2012 Edinburgh International Television Festival

As The Guardian announces, Charlie Brooker, Steven Moffat and Ruth Jones will be among the speakers at this year’s MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival where the MacTaggart lecture will be delivered by Elisabeth Murdoch. The article also says that the opening episode of the seventh series of Doctor Who is to be screened during that event (it will happen 23-25th August 2012).

Doctor Who TV says that a BBC broadcast shortly after (of the first episode of Doctor Who series 7) seems likely.

Last year, Let’s Kill Hitler was shown at the same festival on 26th August. The episode premiered on BBC1 the next day. If the same thing were to happen this year, then we could be looking at Saturday 25th August, which is a bank holiday weekend.

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The Doctor is getting younger and younger

Have you noticed how the Doctor is getting younger and younger? According to

  • Christopher Eccleston was born on February 16, 1964
  • David Tennant was born on April 18, 1971
  • Matt Smith was born on October 28, 1982

I have no idea when Matt is going to be changed and who is going to replace him as the Doctor, but there are good chances that the new actor is going to be mid twenties or (why not) even a teenager. 😀

What do you think?

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Matt Smith writes fan fiction stories about Doctor Who

Yes, writing fan fiction stories, it’s a very good way to connect to the character one is impersonating, even if they will never be published nor they will become episodes of the show.

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The Doctor Who night at France 4

As announced, France 4 will celebrate the arrival of Series 6 to the channel with with a Doctor Who Night on Saturday 19th May. There will be showed the first 4 episodes of series 6: The Impossible Astronaut, Day Of The Moon, The Curse of The Black Spot and The Doctor’s Wife, as well as some episodes from the classic series: Genesis of The Daleks and City of Death (written by Tom Baker) and Edge of Destruction (written by William Hartnell).

A visit to the Doctor Who Experience in London is also included.

More information are here.

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“I’ve been a naughty girl” – Doctor Who companion Katy Manning interviewed on Radio Times

It is said that she suffered numerous stumbles and torn ligaments playing Jo Grant alongside Jon Pertwee’s Doctor in the 1970s – and “I lose things all the time. I once left my mother’s ashes at a bus stop!” Today, it’s just a glove and make-up bag she momentarily mislays. She has to read menus, letters, scripts inches from her nose.

The full interview can be found here.

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Doctor Who companion is the main character, not the Doctor

Steven Moffat: the companion is the main character in Doctor Who, not the DoctorTell me: have you have ever watch or read a story about a great hero (who saved the world or the history or the entire Universe) that was alone and had almost nobody around him? If there are any such stories they are anonymous. The reason is very simple: there was no one there to tell (us) the story. All the good stories have been told by others… and the Doctor stories are not exceptions.

In an interview published on Radio Times the writer Steven Moffat is establishing the priorities for the Doctor Who characters:

Doctor Who head writer Steven Moffat says the series tells the story of the Doctor’s companion, rather than the Time Lord himself, and that the thought of the Doctor travelling alone is “depressing” and “unhealthy”.

“The story of Doctor Who is always the story of the companion, it’s always their story,” said Moffat. “It was Rose Tyler’s story, it’s Amy Pond’s story – the story of the time they knew the Doctor and how that began; how it developed and how it ended.”

Current companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams – aka Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill – are set to leave the show partway through the upcoming series, with Jenna-Louise Coleman starting a new chapter when she makes her first appearance in the Christmas special.

“The story begins again, not so much with the new Doctor, but with the new companion,” Moffat told BBC America. “It is their story. The Doctor’s the hero, but they’re the main character.”

Time Leech, Doctor Who comics for charity

I’ve never read the Time Leech comics, so this info about the adventures is new for me. Whatever. I found an article about this and I consider it interested to promote: you can get a copy of this comics and you can help other people.

You may recall that the first Time Leech adventure saw the Tenth Doctor landing in a London where Churchill was Prime Minister, Silurians and Elizabethans rubbed shoulders (seriously, two years beforeThe Wedding of River Song!) and the epicentre was a giant Time Leech in the middle of eating Westminster Abbey.

Following this, the Doctor and his mysterious new companion Ruth headed into space in Hellstar, where they found a deserted prison ship, empty bar a monster and a recovery crew… but they held a terrible secret that no one could have possibly guessed.

The final part, Time Bomb, saw the discovery of a giant Time Lord weapon materializing on Earth. Naturally only the Doctor can prevent detonation, but someone else is interested in the device…

Due to licensing restrictions the three-part Doctor Who strip can’t be published and request payment (BBC’s Doctor Who characters are copyrighted. But there is at least a way to work around the legal troubles.

There will be two targets for the raised funds: Children in Need and AICR (Association for International Cancer Research).

You have two ways to purchase your copy of Time Leech. First, there is the print version, in traditional graphic novel format. This has a price of £4.99 including postage and packing (£9.99 for international orders).

The second choice is the entire adventure in PDF, available for 99p. (We also have a second electronic format, CBR, available. If you require CBR, let us know when you checkout.)

For more information read this article.

BBC Books is to republish another batch of classic Doctor Who novelisations

As Radio Times announces, BBC Books is going to republish another batch of classic Doctor Who novelisations next week with introductions by writers including Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

The six books, republished in paperback on 10 May and priced at £4.99, comprise one story each for the first three Doctors, plus all three together in The Three Doctors and two stories based on the TV adventures of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.

Titles are The Tenth Planet, The Ice Warriors, The Day of the Daleks, The Three Doctors, The Ark in Space and The Loch Ness Monster. The selection was made via a poll on the Doctor Who Facebook page.

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James Bond versus Doctor Who

James Bond and the current Doctor (Matt Smith) have both been known to wear bow ties and they are both pretty good with the ladies in their own inimitable ways. According to Skyfall director Sam Mendes in a story from Radio Times, James Bond and the Doctor have something else in common.

“I mentioned the word in the press conference, ‘regeneration’ rather than ‘evolving,'” said Mendes, describing the way new actors of varying ages – and each with their own personal take on 007 – have stepped into the role of Bond over the years.

”I feel it’s like Doctor Who – there’s a geek answer – I was brought up on the idea of Doctor Who, who at the end of his final episode, he dissolves and a new actor pops up,” the director told Collider.

“He regenerates and it’s a whole other character: sometimes it’s an old man, sometimes it’s a young man, but he just changes. I’ve always loved that idea.”

The rest of the article is here.

Zohra Sehgal, Doctor Who’s first Centenarian

As Doctor Who News announces, the actress Zohra Sehgal celebrated yesterday the 100th birthday, becoming the first Centenarian actress that appeared on Doctor Who series. She appeared alongside first Doctor William Hartnell in two stories: she played Sheyrah in the second episode of the 1965 story The Crusade and she also had a small role playing an attendant in three episodes of the 1964 story Marco Polo.

You can find more information about Zohra Sehgal here.

She returned to India in the mid-1990s where she has acted in several films, plays and TV series. She now lives in Delhi with her daughter, where she plans to celebrate her birthday with family and a few close friends from the artistic fraternity.

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Doctor Who star Matt Smith joins Disney poetry show for children

As BBC news and announces, Doctor Who star Matt Smith is to take part in a Disney TV show aimed at introducing poetry to young audiences.

The 29-year-old will perform one of the readings on A Poem Is, a “short-form” series that twins celebrity poetry recitals with classic Disney animation.

Smith will read Once They All Believed in Dragons by Jack Prelutsky, the first US Children’s Poet Laureate.

The actor, who is currently filming his third Doctor Who series, said he had “always had an enthusiasm for poetry”.

He will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery. The show begins on 30 April on the Disney Junior UK cable channel.

Scooby Doo versus Doctor Who

I admit I know who Scooby Doo is, but I never followed its adventures with attention. As I found here, the main difference between the talking dog and Doctor Who is that Scooby Doo always find a human under an alien mask and the Doctor always find an alien under a human mask.

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Doctor Who TARDIS 4G USB Memory Stick

One of the funniest things I found about lately is this Doctor Who TARDIS 4G USB Memory Stick that features a blue LED light and doubles up as a keyring so it can travel with you on all of your adventures.
Shipping Weight: 0.21 pounds

You can preorder it from here. Estimated to Arrive: September 2012

Their price: $29.99

Product Number: UND10517

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