November 23, 2013
Just plain unbelievable, Doctor Who, the longest running sci-fi series and probably the longest running of all series (don't know for sure about those American daytime soaps). Even longer than Star Trek which celebrates it's official fiftieth anniversary in about 3 years. It all started in 1963 and I have to admit I did not see all classic Doctor Who episodes, I started watching Doctor Who with the fifth doctor, hench he is my favourite classic doctor.
Doctor Who was cancelled in 1989 with the seventh doctor being the last at that time. In 1996 he briefly returned in a movie as the eight doctor, played by Paul McGann but it took another 9 years before the BBC revived the series. In 2005 the doctor returned to our screens and has never been more popular than the last 8 years. Doctor Who is like Star Trek in our daily life, there isn't a person in the world who doesn't know about Doctor Who. Since 2005 we've had 3 new doctor's and the fourth is starting next year. When Matt Smith started his tour I did not believe he could ever become my favourite doctor but he did. I would have loved to have him a few years longer as the doctor but we know that this is the case of Doctor Who from the start. Every few years he regenerates into a new doctor. Wish though it would have taken a little longer this time. Then again, the 12th doctor played by Peter Capaldi, is an interesting change, from a young doctor to a bit of an aged doctor. Already looking forward to the 12th.
Today the BBC & BBC America celebrate the 50th birthday of Doctor Who with a special which runs about 77 minutes, which is, I believe the longest Doctor Who special ever. For months now the BBC is dropping hints, showing teasers, trailers and minisodes. This is going to be a happening which every sci-fi fan should be part of! ENJOY!
October 10, 2013
Awesome news for Whovians everywhere! BBC News has confirmed long-running rumors that lostDoctor Who episodes had recently been found.
According to them, BBC Worldwide is set to confirm the exciting news at a press screening taking place later this week that a number (just how many is being kept under wrap for now) of early Doctor Whoepisodes were returned home to Auntie Beeb.
In all, 106 episodes from the early years of the beloved sci-fi series featuring the first two Doctors—William Hartnell’s First Doctor and Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor—are currently missing because the BBC destroyed a staggering amount of original transmission tapes back in the 1960s and 1970s.
However—and thankfully—a lot of those episodes had been transferred to film for the foreign broadcasters which saved a few of those heretofore thought forever lost episodes.
Back in 1991, the full four installments of “The Tomb of the Cybermen” featuring Doctor number Two Patrick Troughton were discovered in Hong Kong. This time, the lost Who episodes are rumored to come from Ethiopia.
The BBC will also probably announce how fans will be able to watch those recently found episodes later this week.
The extraordinary find coincides with the 50th anniversary of the long-running series which will celebrate its half-century on November 23rd with a special episode titled "The Day of the Doctor" starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt.
How excited are you about the confirmation that long-lost Doctor Who episodes have truly been found?
May 27, 2013
Release date [UK] July 15, 2013
The Third Doctor, for the first time in HD!
Originally shot in 16mm film, that's why this is one of the few of the original Doctor Who stories which can be transfered to HD, Spearhead in Space has now been restored for HD and is the first Classic Doctor Who story to be released on Blu-ray. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, the TARDIS arrives on Earth in the middle of a meteorite shower and the Doctor is found by UNIT troops and taken to a nearby hospital. The Brigadier is faced with having to cope not only with the mysterious meteorites but also with Ransome, an ex-employee of a local plastics factory, who claims he has seen a walking mannequin.
May 27, 2013
Release date [UK] May 27, 2013
Dr. Who & The Daleks (1965) & Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. for the first time in HD. Two big screen movies, shot on 16mm film which makes it possible to be transfered to HD. In honour of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who this November. Peter Cushing is the Doctor in both movies. You won't see many more classic Doctor Who being transfered to HD because most episodes were shot on videotape. Also released as duobox.
Januari 31, 2013
According to the BBC, Harry Potter‘s David Bradley – who played cantankerous caretaker Argus Filch – has been cast as the First Doctor, William Hartnell in Mark Gatiss’ Doctor Who 50th anniversary drama, An Adventure In Time And Space. Bradley only recently appeared in Doctor Who itself in the Series 7 episode ‘Dinosaurs On A Spaceship’, and voiced the alien Shansheeth in a 2010 episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
“I first heard about this role from Mark while watching the Diamond Jubilee flotilla from the roof of the National Theatre,” said Bradley. “When he asked if I would interested, I almost bit his hand off! Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television’s history. “William Hartnell was one of the finest character actors of our time, and as a fan I want to make sure that I do him justice. I’m so looking forward to getting started.” An Adventure In Time And Space will tell the story of the creation of the show in 1963.
October 19, 2012
Big Finish is delighted to announce that Chase Masterson, best known to science fiction fans for her role as Leeta in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (the Star Trek spin-off which ran from 1993-1999), will be getting her own audio series as the impossibly glamorous bounty hunter Vienna Salvatori.
Vienna makes her first appearance in the upcoming Doctor Who full cast audiobook The Shadow Heart, which stars Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor (he played the role on TV between 1987 to 1989, and reprised it in the TV Movie in 1996).
Titled simply Vienna, the new series launches with a pilot episode in February 2013 calledThe Memory Box, in which Vienna is on the run from the law, standing accused of murdering a rich industrialist – a crime she may or may not have committed. But is anything quite what it seems?
“In Vienna, Jonathan Morris has created a character who is smart, sexy and a great deal of fun,” says co-producer David Richardson. “And Chase just exudes charisma and star quality. When the two came together during the recording of The Shadow Heart, it soon became clear that we had something wonderful. “The script for The Memory Box is outstanding, and it’s our hope that the audience will embrace Vienna and a series will follow."
Vienna: The Memory Box is co-produced by Mark Wright, directed by Ken Bentley, with sound design and music by Jamie Robertson. Executive producers are Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery. The first episode is available at a special low introductory price of £5 for both CD and download. It will increase to full price a month after release, so pre-order your copy now!