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 imdb.com:

  • 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 imdb.com 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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Star Trek meets Doctor Who: Forbidden planet, London, Wednesday 30th may 6 – 7pm

Some time ago I wrote about Star Trek meets Doctor Who and the announcement from The Huffington Post about an unholy alliance between “Star Trek’s” Borg and “Doctor Who’s” Cybermen into a story into crossover comics. It was also announced that the story will be published in May, courtesy of an IDW comic book.

Well, as it was later announced here:

Writer TONY LEE will be signing the Forbidden Planet Variant launch issue of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION / DOCTOR WHO – ASSIMILATION at The Forbidden Planet Megastore on Wednesday 30th May from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
The two greatest science-fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history!
When the Federation’s most terrifying enemy strikes an unholy alliance with one of the Doctor’s most hated antagonists, the result is devastation on a cosmic scale! Spanning the ends of space and time itself, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise find themselves joining forces with the Doctor and his companions, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance!

Comic writer Tony Lee’s work includes both the ongoing tenth and eleventh doctor comics and ‘Doctor Who: The Forgotten’ for IDW as well as ‘Rat Trap’, a 5th Doctor adventure for Big Finish. His graphic novel Hope Falls is being developed into a screenplay for Future Films and Danger Academy is currently being developed into a cartoon series for American TV.

For more about our signings please go to: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/

 

Man offers theatre £50 for pair of former Doctor Who star’s David Tennant’s dirty socks

As far as I have watched online, David Tennant is a great actor (not only in Doctor Who, but also on stage). So I can not say I am surprised (I had some fun reading the news, but no surprise) when I’ve read about the man the offered the Royal Shakespeare Company money for David’s socks.

A FAN offered £50 for apair of David Tennant’s unwashed socks.

Theatre bosses revealed the man rang them after they announced that some costumes were for hire.

Lindsey Archer, a store assistant at the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: “We had one caller who asked if we were selling unwashed David Tennant socks.

“The man called three times.

“He was prepared to spend £50. We told him no.”

The request for socks came after the RSC, who are based in Stratford-upon-Avon, announced that the crown worn by Tennant during the company’s 2008 production of Hamlet is for hire.

The royal headgear can be rented for £20 a week.

BBC news: Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver ‘invented’ at Dundee University, Scotland, United Kingdom

 The Dundee University researchers have created a machine which uses ultrasound to lift and rotate a rubber disc floating in a cylinder of water.

It is said to be the first time ultrasound waves have been used to turn objects rather than simply push them.

The study could help make surgery using ultrasound techniques more precise, the physicists said.

Surgeons use ultrasound to treat a range of conditions without having to cut open a patient.

The ability to steer ultrasound waves to the precise spot where they are needed could make those treatments even more effective.

The ultrasound waves could also be used to guide a drug capsule through the body and activate it, for instance right inside a tumour.

Ultrasound waves could already be made to push objects and scientists believed they could also turn them – but the Dundee University team claims to have now proved it.

They used energy from an ultrasound array to form a beam that can both carry momentum to push away an object in its path and, by using a beam shaped like a helix or vortex, cause the object to rotate.

Dr Mike MacDonald, of the Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSAT) at Dundee, said: “This experiment not only confirms a fundamental physics theory but also demonstrates a new level of control over ultrasound beams which can also be applied to non-invasive ultrasound surgery, targeted drug delivery and ultrasonic manipulation of cells.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-17760077

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Doctor Who filming – Series 7 Episode 5

 The cast and crew of Doctor Who were filming episode 5 of series 7. They had recently been filming in New York and Cardiff and they were probably have been filming here for the final part of the episode.

They were filming at Box Cemetery, Llanelli. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston and a Weeping Angel were all on set.

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