Things have slowed down a bit with production on the new series as the cast makes press rounds before this year’s special. Behind the scenes, the production team is editing, writing and working hard on Season Seven. Most of the season has been shot and post production is ongoing. The season finale has yet to be filmed.
Most of the news this week centers around The Snowmen!
There also are some new pictures and a great piece of cover art for The Reign of Terror DVD.
But one thing is for sure. As we head into the holiday season, interest in Doctor Who remains red hot.
THE SNOWMEN PROMOTIONAL IMAGES RELEASED
The BBC has release fifty new images for The Snowmen. Here is a sampling.
THE SNOWMEN AIR TIME CONFIRMED
The BBC has officially confirmed the Christmas Day airtime for The Snowmen. The hour-long special will air on BBC One in the UK at 5:15pm.
They also have released an official synopsis for the story.
Christmas Eve 1892 and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy-tales. When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help.
But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe.
As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace.
SEASON SEVEN NEWS
There was a flurry of rumor activity late last week stating that all eleven D0octors would appear in a fiftieth anniversary special called The Eleven Doctors. At this point this appears to be a wild rumor. It would be really hard ot script an episode with all of them. Most likely their parts in the special would be broken up into several episodes or featured in very short bits. Although the technology does exist to insert the deceased actors into an episode the process is extremely time consuming and expensive. So view this one with wild skepticism.
There was some location filming this past weekend on Leckwith Road in Cardiff as well as around several local houses.
Episode Thirteen could end with a cliffhanger that leads into the fiftieth anniversary/
River Song is rumored ot be in the season finale.
Matt Smith has recently intimated that The Doctor could be attracted to his new companion. This would cause some awkwardness with the character.
When we next see him the Doctor is definitely going through a rough patch following the departure of the Ponds.
MATT SMITH TALKS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH COMPANIONS
Matt Smith was interviewed by The Radio Times where he discussed The Doctor’s attraction to Clara and his other female companions.
THE LAST CYBERMAN
We are getting more information on Episode Twelve, The Last Cyberman. It has an amazing guest cast which includes Warwick Davis, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Watkins as a group who are stranded on a mysterious planet where they encounter the very deadly Cybermen.
It was announced this week that Will Merrick of Skins has been added as a guest star.
Stephen Woolfenden is directing Gaiman’s story which also features a revamped Cybermen.
LOUISE MENSCH ON DOCTOR WHO
Outside of the the political arena many politicians can be surprising. This is the case with Corby’s former MP Louise who recently professed her love for Doctor Who to The Telegraph.
What makes this so interesting is that Mensch is a conservative. She also is apparantly a Tom Baker fan. She described why The Doctor is such an appealing character.
The Doctor is an ancient creature, mighty in the extreme. When actors forget that in favour of hokiness and a quick laugh the whole premise of the thing is ruined. Every good fairy story has darkness at its heart.
Mensch recently contributed an essay to the Behind The Sofa collection which raises money for Alzheimers Research UK.
DOCTOR WHO: SERIES SEVEN, PART ONE DVD
The first five episodes of Season Seven (Asylum Of The Daleks, Dinsosaurs On A Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Power of Three, The Angels Take Manhattan) are now avaialable on DVD in North America.
Each story is presented without commercial interruption. Sadly there are no audio commentaries but those could be a part of the full season DVD release.
Doctor Who Series Seven, Part One collects these five stories and throws in some some extras for padding. The result is a fast paced adventure through time and space that closes out the Pond Era and readies us for the completely new adventures that await us in the spring.
Join the Doctor, the Ponds and numerous friends on their latest escapades through space and time where they puzzle over an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in a Wild Wild West adventure, and are even kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest foe. The explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory’s heart-breaking farewell – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever? There’s only one way to find out…
The Science of Doctor Who: This is one of the better specials that aired on BBC America. A panel of boffins looks at the science and technology of Doctor Who. The results are interesting, funny and very informative.
Pond Life: A five part series (spanning from April through August) penned by Chris Chibnall. These shorts help frame the event sof the first half of Season Seven while offering some lighter moments as well. There’s romps through history, TARDIS malfunctions an Ood on the loo. there also is a brief overview of the Pond’s private lives which lead up to the events that open Asylum Of The Daleks.
Doctor Who At Comic Con: This feature documents what happens when the producers and cast of the show confront the rabidly intense fans at Comic Con. You get a really good glimpse of what they are going through as they answer questions and interact with fans. This documentary serves as a great window into the ascension of Doctor Who as a cultural phenomenon in the USA.
Asylum Of The Daleks Prequel: You will never think of a tea room in the same way again. The Doctor is visted by a hooded stranger and their meeting shapes the events that unfold throughout the season. Is this hooded figure connected to the second half of the season? If not then why is The Doctor dressed like a monk in the latter part of the series?
The Making Of The Gunslinger: Taking the show on the road to Spain was not easy. This featurette looks at the filming of A Town Called Mercy and offers a behand the scenes look at location filming.
In general this DVD serves as a wonderful placeholder until the full season DVD is released. Although sparce, the extras are entertaining. However a few more extra features would not have hurt. The five stories featured are entertaining and bring the Ponds travels in the TARDIS to a tragic close. It is interesting to see how the production team is treating each episode as an event, complete with movie like pacing and a very broad canvas.
Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan are in top form and they work well with thier guest stars. Rupert Graves is amazingly great in Dinosaurs On A Spaceship and one can only hope we see him again in the future.
MCCOY IN THE HOBBIT
Sylvester McCoy could not have asked for better role in The Hobbit then Ratagast the Brown. McCoy plays a wizard who talks to animals, eats a lot of mushrooms with great relish. That blend of dark seriousness mixed with perfect comedic timing that he brought to the Seventh Doctor is used with great efficiency.
McCoy has some wonderful scenes with Ian McKellan and it is great to see him use slapstick skills. McCoy is clearly having fun with his action scenes as well. Simply put he almost steals the picture.
JOHN BARROWMAN NEWS
If you watch very briefly you will see John Barroman in Zero Dark Thirty.
Barrowman’s role on Arrow will expand as the season progresses. He is in the next two episodes.
It’s panto season and Barrowman can be sen on stage in Jack and The Beanstalk at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow through December 15th.
John has also written another young adult book with his sister Carol called Bone Quill. The book is a follow up to Hollow Earth and is scheduled for release in February of next year.
Here is a synopsis of their novel from Amazon.
12-year-old twins Matt and Emily Calder are Animare: they can bring art to life and enter paintings at will. They must do everything in their power to prevent a breach in Hollow Earth: a supernatural place that holds all the demons, devils and creatures ever imagined. The Hollow Earth Society are getting closer to finding the key that will release the beasts: an ancient bone quill whose powers can be only be used by a powerful Animare. The quill has been lost for centuries, but important clues to its whereabouts lie somewhere on the island of Era Mina – as does the entrance to Hollow Earth itself. Matt and Em must find the quill and protect it through their drawings, through certain famous paintings and, ultimately, deep into the mists of time itself. But their lives in the relative safety of Auchinmurn Abbey are thrown into confusion with the arrival of a newcomer who threatens to ruin everything they have worked for. All too soon, the twins are forced to make a terrible choice: save their father, or save the world.
DOCTOR WHO IN TV GUIDE
Doctor Who is taking the TARDIS to TV Guide. The program was named the winner of this year’s Fan Favorites Cover Poll and as a result it will grace the cover of the December 23rd cover. This is great news that comes as a bit of an OMG moment for fans who have loved the show since the classic series. Things have come a long way since those late night on PBS in the 1980s.
Voting for the Fan Favorites Cover poll began this past October with voting occurring on TV Guide’s Facebook voting. The Doctor faced some very daunting foes in the voting including The Walking Dead, Fringe, Grimm, Happy Endings, Parks And Recreation, Pretty Little Liars,Scandal, Spartacus, The and Vampire Diaries.
Former Doctor Who producer Russell T. Davies has been very busy with his new series Wizards VS Aliens. However this has not stopped the always vibrant RTD from having his priorities.
It was announced this week that RTD has married his longtime partner, Andrew Smith. Davies left Holllywood late last year after Smith was diagnosed with brain cancer.
SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE ON DVD
There is more news to report about the Blu Ray DVD release of Spearhead From Space. This Third Doctor story has been cleaned up (yet again) for the Fiftieth Anniversary.
John Pertwee’s debut story from 1970 has the distinction of being the only classic sereis episode ot be filmed on 16mm. This places it in a unique position as it will be the only classic era story to be released in this format.
The DVD is scheduled for a UK release on July 15, 2013 and will feature a new featurette along with a tribute to the late Caroline John. Jonathan Wood, the lead colorist for the Blu Ray restoration commented on the process of preserving this episode for a high definition format.
THE REIGN OF TERROR DVD COVER ART RELEASED
BBC Worldwide has released the cover art for next year’s release of William Hartnell’s The Reign Of Terror. It again features artwork designed by Lee Binding.
The DVD is being released in North America on February 12th. Two episodes of the release have been animated in order to connect it with episodes that already exist in the BBC archives.
CRIBBENS FOR NEVERWHERE
Bernard Cribbens is just one of the Whoniverse alums starring in the forthcoming radio dramatization of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere for both BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra.
It is scheduled for broadcast in early 2013.
Neverwhere has previously been released as a TV series, novel, graphic novel. Now it has ben adapted for radio by Dirk Maggs. Joining Cribbens in the production are DW alums Anthony Head and Sophie Okonedo along with SJA’s Yasmin Page. Christopher Lee and Benedict Cumberbatch also star in the production.
CLASSIC WHO COMING TO BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
London’s BFI Southbank has announced that in will screen classic episodes of Doctor Who in 2013 in conjucntion with the Fiftieth Anniversary of the show.
The complete lineup has yet to be announced but we do know that it will begin on January 12th, 2013 with ascreening of An Unearthly Child. The list of planned special guests for the screening have yet to be made public.
BFI is planning on showing one episode per moth for 2013 to celebrate this special occasion.
Details and dates of future screenings in the season are yet to be announced
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