Monday 29 March 2010

BBC Radio Ulster - Matt Smith and Karen Gillan [29/03/10]

Fixing Jamie's Face

(The swap happened because Frazer Hines became ill with chicken pox during filming. Rather than eliminate the character from the script, the writers added material to explain the temporary change of actor to Hamish Wilson). From The Mind Robber (1968).

Sunday 21 March 2010

White Robots

The White Robots were encountered in the White Void into which the TARDIS materialised outside the universe. They made the same clanking noise of the Clockwork Soldiers of the Land of Fiction, strongly implying a link between them and the Master Brain or the Master of the Land controlled both. (The Mind Robber, 1968)

Thursday 18 March 2010

K-9 And Company Opening Titles

The opening titles for the first abortive spin-off of Doctor Who from 1981, K-9 and Company starring Elisabeth Sladen and John Leeson. The theme music was composed by Fiachra Trench and Ian Levine.

Sunday 14 March 2010

Clockwork Soldiers

The Clockwork Soldiers were giant, clockwork robots that appeared as toy soldiers and were used as patrols in the Land of Fiction. The Soldiers were slow and clanky, but deadly and menacing. The light on top of their hats was used as a camera for the Master of the Land to see from his base, but may not be how the Soldiers themselves saw. They lumbered around with rifles that end with sharp bayonets. Land of Fiction characters could not see them. (1968).

Saturday 13 March 2010

Doctor Who to materialise on Wii this Autumn

The BBC's first Doctor Who game in years will be released in October and will be released for Nintendo's Wii, moles have claimed.

The title is said to feature new Doctor Matt Smith who will be placed against the Daleks and the Silurians - both due to make return appearances in the new series, which kicks off next month.

The Daleks turned up in the last full series of the show, in 2008. The Silurians haven't been since 1984's Warriors of the Deep. Before that they made their debut in 1970's Doctor Who and the Silurians. more

Wednesday 10 March 2010

Doctor Who Tour For Matt Smith

The new Doctor Who will be introduced to fans across the UK later this month as a tour gets under way showcasing the first episode of the upcoming series.

The 11th doctor, Matt Smith, and his companion, Karen Gillan, will travel around the UK on a tour bus as part of a BBC Outreach programme.

The tour will target hard-to-reach communities relatively underserved by the BBC.

The locations are Belfast, Inverness, Sunderland, Salford and Northampton.

The first stop is Belfast on 29 March, with the tour winding up in Salford on 31 March.

3D trailer

Each location will also host a regional premiere of episode one, The Eleventh Hour, for local children.

"This is a great opportunity for the new doctor and his companion to interface directly with the people who matter most to Doctor Who: the fans," said Piers Wenger, executive producer and head of drama at BBC Wales.

Following the tour, the BBC will also hold events on big screens for Doctor Who fans in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Plymouth and Swansea.

Fans will also be shown a 3D Doctor Who trailer.

The new series will start on BBC One at Easter.

Friday 5 March 2010

Celebrity Appearances - Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham is an English actress born in Montreal, Canada, on May 31, 1948.

She played The Inquisitor in the 14-part, 4 story The Trial of a Time Lord (1986) and the Big Finish Productions audio series, Gallifrey.

She is now on the ITV talk show Loose Woman

Thursday 4 March 2010

Updated Creatures, Robots & Villains Links

The broken video links have been replaced and a few extra pics have been added here and there if you'd like to have a gawk. (The Sontarans is highly recommended). The blog was born from the idea of compiling a list of creatures and spiralled from there. If you think I've left out any photos or videos, your comments will be greatly appreciated.

Doctor Who Spoof From Lenny Henry Show, 1985

Monday 1 March 2010

Doctor Who Auction Exterminates The Recession As Show Props Sell For Thousands

There was a Cyberman with its guts hanging out, some kind of alien monster with a foot blown off, and a couple of Daleks whose sink plungers looked like they'd seen one too many plugholes.

But yesterday, in the fantasy world of Doctor Who, this was apparently the moment to make a bit of a killing against the gloomy trend of recession.

Everything from early Daleks to actor David Tennant's shirt was offered for sale. Canny investors were even getting into Kylie Minogue's bloomers, if you pardon the expression.

A waitress outfit, boots and bloomers she wore when she played the tenth doctor's glamorous assistant went for £3,120 including tax and commission. Tennant's pale blue shirt fetched £1,260.

Nostalgia, of course, was largely the inspiration for bidders, most of whom grew up with the Good Doctor when the series first hit black-and-white TV screens in 1963.

But many would also be aware that a good condition Dalek sold recently for a staggering £36,000 - and that prices are steadily rising.

Likewise, a simple piece of merchandise that could be had for a shilling in pocket money nearly five decades ago could now be worth a small fortune. more