Friday, 31 August 2012

Karen Gillan on tonight’s The One Show

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BBC scheduling has confirmed that Karen Gillan will be the guest sitting on the big green sofa in this evening’s The One Show, to promote Series 7 and tomorrow-night’s ‘Asylum of the Daleks’.

We can assume Karen won’t be giving any overly-extraneous details away about the opening Dalek ‘movie-poster’ episode (thankfully enough, for me and any other spoiler-phobe).

HOWEVER! We do know (oddly enough) the footwear she’ll be sporting (forgive me, after necessary info there’s not a lot to fill this post with!) after the red-headed embodiment of ‘Awesome’ tweeted today…

The One Show begins at 7PM on BBC One (UK) with Kazza Gillan in swanky blue boots.

Patrick MacNee, Honor Blackman – ‘Kinky Boots’ (1964)

Series 7 Prequel – Pond Life: Part 5

The official BBC Doctor Who site have released the final of the online prequels to Series 7, in a range of very mini-episodes dubbed ‘Pond Life’.

The Doctor finally arrives at the Ponds House. But where are they? Here, Pond Life reaches its dramatic climax…

‘Pond Life’ is written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Paul Metzstein, and produced by Denise Paul for BBC Wales.







Pond Life is also available as a full-length omnibus version, with all parts compressed to one.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Series 7 Prequel – Pond Life: Part 4

The official BBC Doctor Who site have released the fourth of five online prequels to Series 7, in a range of very mini-episodes dubbed ‘Pond Life’.

Domestic life with the Ponds is never dull, as we learn when the Ponds try adjusting to life with an Ood butler…

‘Pond Life’ is written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Paul Metzstein, and produced by Denise Paul for BBC Wales.







Pond Life: Part 5 will be available tomorrow at midday.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Series 7 – Pond Life: Part 3

The official BBC Doctor Who site have released the third of five online prequels to Series 7, in a range of very mini-episodes dubbed ‘Pond Life’.

Rory stumbles upon an unexpected guest in his bathroom!

‘Pond Life’ is written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Paul Metzstein, and produced by Denise Paul for BBC Wales.







Pond Life: Part 4 will be available tomorrow at midday.

Doctor Who Magazine #451 Three Covers

Doctor Who Magazine have unveiled the exciting details of the upcoming issue 451, which features an option of three brilliant covers for the upcoming first three episodes.

So, do you choose Daleks, Dinosaur, or Cyborg?

  • Asylum of the Daleks – DWM takes over the Asylum for Doctor Who's most ambitious episode yet. Matt Smith shares his thoughts on the Doctor’s arch enemies, Steven Moffat on the challenges of keeping the Daleks fresh and how Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan feel about the beginning of the end for Rory and Amy.
  • Dinosaurs on a Spaceship – it’s an episode of Doctor Who packed to the rafters with dinosaurs. On a spaceship! Writer Chris Chibnall reveals how his script lived up to that title, and what challenges did the FX team face on bringing so many dinosaurs to life?
  • A Town Called Mercy – guest stars Adrian Scarborough and Ben Browder on how thrilled they were to join Doctor Who for an adventure into the Wild West, how the crew enjoyed their time on location in sunny Spain, and what writer Toby Whithouse thought of being out of his comfort zone.
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    • The Usual Suspects – the writers of the new series are given the once over by Doctor Who’s executive producer, Steven Moffat (including himself!) in a curtain-raising Production Notes.
    • Guilty as Charged? John Nathan-Turner was Doctor Who’s most colourful and controversial producer, guiding the show to dizzying heights, but perhaps a few lows too. Luminaries and experts from Doctor Who past and present assemble for the first in a two-part feature to assess the work of the series’ longest-serving producer in The Trial of John Nathan-Turner.
    • Cold Front - the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Prague in the dying days of the Cold War. Revolution is on the horizon, but the Doctor senses something unreal in the air. What is the significance of the book The Sorrows of Prague, and why will Yuri Azarov and his terrifying companion stop at nothing to retrieve it? Part One of The Broken Man, the latest comic strip written by Scott Gray with art from Martin Geraghty.
    • Is This Death? companions come and go, but should they ever die? Johnny Candon and Toby Hadoke weigh up the pros and cons of crash-landing to Earth in an out-of-control freighter, or heading off into the sunset to marry Brian Blessed in A Battle of Wits.
    • Take Art - DWM’s intrepid Time Team – Chris, Emma, Michael and Will – go for gold as the Doctor and Rose land in an ordinary housing estate where extraordinary things are happening as children are going missing, trapped in the drawings of Chloe Webber. Will the Doctor make it to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics as The Time Team views Fear Her.
    • Coming of Age ­– Doctor Who’s 21st year saw a season packed with exciting cliff-hangers, companion departures, a tour de force performance from the leading man, and arguably the finest Doctor Who story ever made. Countdown to 50 reaches 1984 and Series 21.
    • All in the Mind – mind-sucking alien parasites, prison riots, a nerve-gas missile and the Master at his most scheming – find out how the Third Doctor, Jo and UNIT fought The Mind of Evil in this month’s Fact of Fiction.
    • Light my Fire – the Watcher warns of the pitfalls of predicting the near future as A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects reaches number 22 – the Olympic Torch. Was the 2012 of Fear Her remotely like the real thing? Also stare into the eyes of The Six Faces of Delusion, flick through The Stockbridge English Dictionary and marvel at the Supporting Artist of the Month in Wotcha!


    Along with your regular favourites: news in Gallifrey Guardian, the WIN page, Production Notes, and much more!

    Doctor Who Magazine #451 comes in three different covers and is available this Thursday 30th August in the UK.

    Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    Series 7 Prequel – Pond Life: Part 2

    articleimageTV_109The official BBC Doctor Who site have released the second of five online prequels to Series 7, in a range of very mini-episodes dubbed ‘Pond Life’.

    In this second instalment, The Doctor turns up unannounced, and realised it was probably best to announce...

    ‘Pond Life’ is written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Paul Metzstein, and produced by Denise Paul for BBC Wales.

    INTERNATIONAL VIDEO coming shortly…







    Pond Life: Part 3 will be available tomorrow at midday.

    Monday, 27 August 2012

    Series 7 Prequel – ‘Pond Life’ Part One

    articleimageTV_108The official BBC Doctor Who site have released the first of five online prequels to Series 7, in a range of very mini-episodes dubbed ‘Pond Life’.

    In this first instalment, The Doctor sends the Ponds a quick message, updating them on his recent lonesome capers in time and space.

    Doctor Who Prequel: Pond Life part 1 - Series 7 Autumn 2012 - BBC One

    Pond Life: Part 2 will be available tomorrow, with subsequent episodes being released on subsequent days.

    Nice one, Doc.

    Saturday, 25 August 2012

    New ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ Teaser Trail #2

    The official BBC Doctor Who site have unveiled the third trailer of the new seires, and the second for ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ specifically…

    Doctor Who: 'Asylum of the Daleks' trailer - Series 7 Episode 1 - Autumn 2012 - BBC One

    Series 7 premieres on Saturday 1st September on BBC One at 7:20PM, and on the same day (in respective time zones) on BBC America.

    Thursday, 23 August 2012

    David Tennant reads James Bond: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    AudioGO have revealed information of the upcoming range of James Bond ‘007 Reloaded’ unabridged audiobooks, read by various well-known faces.

    As one of the twelve actors, David Tennant is reading ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, the release of which includes an exclusive bonus interview with the Tenth Doctor himself. The cover has also been released alongside the other 007 Reloaded readings.

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    In his Alpine base, Blofeld is developing biological weapons that will devastate Britain. Unaware of the danger, James Bond is about to get married to Teresa di Vicenzo, the daughter of a Corsican Mafioso. But then he is sent to Switzerland. Bond's marriage and Blofeld's schemes disintegrate in a blizzard of gunfire and high explosive from which neither man emerges the victor. Includes an exclusive bonus interview with David Tennant.

    Here is the full list of unabridged audiobooks and their respective readers…

    • Casino Royale read by Dan Stevens
    • Live and Let Die read by Rory Kinnear
    • Moonraker read by Bill Nighy
    • Diamonds Are Forever read by Damian Lewis
    • From Russia With Love read by Toby Stephens
    • Dr No read by Hugh Quarshie
    • Goldfinger read by Hugh Bonneville
    • Thunderball read by Jason Isaacs
    • The Spy Who Loved Me read by Rosamund Pike
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service read by David Tennant
    • You Only Live Twice read by Martin Jarvis
    • The Man With the Golden Gun read by Kenneth Branagh

    AudioGO are also running a special competition to win a “facsimile” of the first edition hardback novel of whichever story you may pre-order on audiobook.

    YOU COULD WIN A 'MONEY CAN'T BUY' PRIZE WHEN YOU PRE-ORDER 007 RELOADED...
    When you pre-order any title from our 007 Reloaded range (on CD or Download), we'll enter you into a competition to win an exclusive 'one-off' prize, a facsimile of the first-edition hardback novel of the same story, signed by the star reader! All you have to do is pre-order one of our
    007 Reloaded and wait to see if you've won!

    > Pre-order any 007 Reloaded audiobook at AudioGO.com

    Tuesday, 21 August 2012

    Rory Williams action figure finally on it’s way

    Almost two and a half years since Rory Williams (played by RADA-trained Arthur Darvill) became an official companion aboard the TARDIS, we finally have a picture of the long-awaited action figure of “the Boy Who Waited”, made by Character Options.

    The action figure has been sculpted and painted in a more generic non-episode-specific outfit from Series 5, which closely resembles his costume from ‘Amy’s Choice’: jeans, a blue body-warmer, and a red shirt (red hoodie in the episode).

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    Rory Pond’s (nee Williams) action figure is set for release in late September for £9.99 RRP in the UK.

    > Pre-order at WhoBlackpool.com

    Saturday, 18 August 2012

    ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ Teaser Trail

    This  exciting ‘teaser’ trail for Asylum of the Daleks gives us another glimpse into the new series but it also raises an intriguing question…

    What do the Daleks want saving from?

    A Point Of View discusses Sherlock Holmes

    Earlier this evening, BBC Radio 4’s discussion programme A Point Of View – that delivers weekly reflections on topical issues – gave us a reflection on ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Romance of Reason’.

    “John Gray reflects on the enduring appeal of Sherlock Holmes at a time when we've lost confidence in the power of reason alone to solve problems.”

    The contributor for this instalment, political philosopher and author John Gray, gives frequent mention to the modern-day revival of the Conan Doyle literary legend, Sherlock – created by Doctor Who stalwarts Steven “The Moff” Moffat and Mark Gatiss – and investigates the depiction of Holmes’ science of deduction.

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    In other Sherlock-related news, Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the five-part series Parade’s End, which begins next week on Friday 24th August on BBC One at 9PM.

    Friday, 17 August 2012

    Arthur Darvill stars in West End Production

    London’s Duchess Theatre have cast Arthur Darvill – otherwise known as Rory Williams/Pond in the first ever West End production of Jonathan Lewis’ Our Boys.

    Arthur will be starring alongside Lawrence Fox (DS Hathaway in Lewis, and husband of Billie Piper) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films).

    Based on the author's own army experience, Our Boys is both searingly honest and explosively funny. Five young soldiers are killing nothing but time as they recover from injuries incurred in the line of duty. Suddenly, their daily routine of TV, lonely hearts ads and banter is shattered by the arrival of a young officer.

    The camaraderie of this unlikely band of brothers is soon jeopardised by a dangerous incident and an act of betrayal. With charges of misconduct looming, accusations fly - and the fighting really starts.

    Fired by anger at the neglect of our wounded heroes, Our Boys remains as relevant now as was in 1993, when it won a Best New Play award. This first West End production comes from the creative team behind international hit Journey's End.

    Our Boys runs at the Duchess Theatre from Wednesday 26th September and ends Saturday 15th December. Tickets are on sale now from £10, and can be booked online or by calling the theatre’s box office at 0844 482 9672 (open 24 hours).

    ‘Asylum’ Teaser Trailer to debut tomorrow…

    The BBC have announced that a brand new teaser trailer for ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ will debut TOMORROW at 8AM on and you can be certain DWF will be posting it then, for your enjoyment, too!

    The hotly-anticipated opening episode to Series 7 was shown at the BFI as a press screening, and already shows much promise, following the  all-round rave reviews it has received from the media.

    A strong message that comes prominently through most reviews and instant responses is that spoilers should be especially avoided in these two weeks preceding the episode’s broadcast, since there are many twists and unexpected plotlines to enjoy, as Doctor Who Magazine editor Tom Spilsbury emphasised, while TV/film critic Boyd Hilton praised the episode and Steven Moffat’s writing…


    Richard Bacon, who hosted the event, also had this to say...

    Remember, the new teaser trailer for 'Asylum of the Daleks' will be posted right here tomorrow at 8AM.

    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    John Barrowman cast in US drama ‘Arrow’

    Inside TV are reporting that John Barrowman has secured a recurring role in the CW network’s new and upcoming action-drama Arrow.

    The US show is based on the graphic novel Green Arrow by DC Comics and stars Stephen Amell in the eponymous lead role.

    Barrowman, who made his household name through his role as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood, has signed up for the regular role in the show’s first season. his role is currently unknown, though producers have teased that he plays…

     “a well-dressed man, who is as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.”

    It has been speculated upon by fans that Barrowman’s role may in fact be the part of the comic’s philanthropist “Stanley Dover Senior”, or possibly a twist on “Brick” or “Green Lantern”.

    'ARROW' PRESS RELEASE
    After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance.

    As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow - a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be - flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle - while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel's father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver's own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

    Arrow: Fall 2012 Preview

    Arrow premieres in the US on network CW, on Wednesday 10th October.

    Karen Gillan in Charlie Brooker’s Touch of Cloth

    Karen Gillan is to appear in Charlie Brooker's upcoming new Sky One police spoof show A Touch of Cloth, although it is not yet known what her role will be.

    The comedy, which debuts on Sky1 over the August Bank Holiday weekend is being described as a Naked Gun-style parody of overblown serial-killer dramas such as Luther and Messiah, with John Hannah and Suranne Jones (Idris in ‘The Doctor’s Wife’, Mona Lisa in SJA ‘The Mona Lisa Revenge’) sending themselves up in the lead roles.

    A Touch of Cloth is being broadcast as feature-length, self-contained two-part story. A second story has already been filmed. Karen will appear in the third, which airs on Sky1 in 2013. A Touch of Cloth 2 is set to feature John Hannah's character, DCI Jack Cloth, going under cover in an effort to foil a heist.

    Charlie Brooker told the RadioTimes: "In the third one, we're back to murder but it's very close to home. 'Things just got personal' is the phrase. In the second one they're constantly saying, 'You've forgotten which side you're on!' In the third one it's 'Things just got personal!'"

    Brooker revealed that the spoof comedy would see Suranne Jones's character, DC Anne Oldman, battling alcoholism: "We've given her a drink problem, because that's the sort of thing that happens."

    Karen’s instalment of A Touch of Cloth is set to begin filming soon, and will be broadcast later in the year.

    Series 7 Press Release: Arthur Darvill interview

    As part of the Doctor Who Series 7 press bundle, the BBC Press Office have released an exclusive interview with Arthur Darvill

    Having joined Doctor Who in the fifth series, Arthur became a regular character in series six and is now set to make his departure alongside onscreen wife Karen Gillan in episode 5. Here he shares his favourite moments, monsters and how you can make Karen scream!

    Rather wonderful, the great thing about Doctor Who is that is always tries to better itself and that has really happened this series, Arthur is talking fondly about the upcoming series, it feels like a movie!

    What is fantastic is that the Daleks are actually scary in this episode, continues Arthur as he gives his thoughts on Asylum of the Daleks. It was quite an odd experience being on set that day, not only because of all of the Daleks, but because there was generally a lot more people on set as they were so excited about what was about to happen.

    Such an amazing title, but to be honest I wasn’t sure how they were going to do it, getting Dinosaurs on a Spaceship! But that episode is made extra special with Mark Williams playing Rory’s dad, he was just hilarious, so lovely and just a funny guy, remembers Arthur. With one of the biggest sets ever built to house the prehistoric creatures, Arthur exclaims, The dinosaurs were huge, going on set was like walking in to a massive aircraft carrier.

    So with Amy and Rory’s relationship in a slightly sticky situation in episode 1, how did Arthur find that to play?

    Every relationship has their rocky moments, Arthur explains, but it was quite fun to play out a problem in their relationship and it shows a different side to both of their characters and makes them more real. I think that was an important side to show.

    Series 7 Press Release: Karen Gillan interview

    As part of the Doctor Who Series 7 press bundle, the BBC Press Office have released an exclusive interview with Karen Gillan

    It’s Karen Gillan’s last series as Amy Pond. Having travelled through space and time for three years, she is about to hang up her TARDIS key. Here she gives us a glimpse at what is to come in episodes 1 to 3, from Daleks to Dinosaurs, and some thoughts on her departure.

    It was AMAZING! We have totally made them scary again. I expect everyone to be watching from behind their sofas, I know I will... Karen is talking excitedly about the return of the Doctor’s most fearsome and famous enemy the Daleks. The opener to series 7, Asylum Of The Daleks, will feature the most Daleks ever to be seen on screen and from the different decades, including a special appearance form Russell T Davies’ Dalek, I am so pleased that he now owns an official Dalek, it was a real honour to act opposite him and I think he is going to go far! she says rather cheekily.

    I think my favourite is the 1960s Dalek with the white and blue armour, she continues, there is something more menacing about them as they are smaller and they just look so original. If I was going to own one, it would be one of those, Karen concludes, I would keep it in my kitchen.

    This series has been done in really interesting way with five stand alone epic episodes, like a movie a week, all building to the departure of the Ponds!

    We actually kick-off the series with Amy and Rory’s relationship in a sticky situation; it is less than marital bliss.

    Series 7 Press Release: Matt Smith interview

    As part of the Doctor Who Series 7 press bundle, the BBC Press Office have released an exclusive interview with Matt Smith

    Donning the compulsory tweed for the third time, Matt Smith gets ready for more adventures through space and time as the Doctor. Here he talks about his hopes for the new series, what fans have to look forward to and saying goodbye to the Ponds.

    Asylum Of The Daleks is going to be a cracker, states Matt as he talks excitedly about the opener of the new series. Steven has written and absolute belter and we have made the Daleks scary again, something I am not sure we got right before.

    With Asylum Of The Daleks featuring Daleks from all of the decades, does Matt have any favourites?

    Absolutely! The blue and white ones from the 1960s, I think they are from the Troughton era… they are just kind of groovy, smaller but fantastic. And the lovely Barnaby (Edwards) who operates them. The day we filmed with all of those Daleks there was such an excitable atmosphere on set from cast and crew alike. It was a brilliant few days at work!

    With five big adventures for the Doctor and his companions, this series it is set to be epic. We have five of the most exciting standalone episodes, with everything from Daleks to dinosaurs and of course, the fall of the Ponds, explains Matt. So does he have a preferred episode?

    Well I love Asylum of the Daleks and episode 5, but I am immensely proud of all of them.

    The second episode sees viewers taken on an incredible prehistoric adventure with the unusually titled Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, so what did Matt think when he first heard those four words?

    Steven, you are a genius! It’s Doctor Who in a nutshell. I have always wanted to do a dinosaur episode, he continues, so I was very pleased to get the chance. And the Director Saul (Metzstein) has done a fantastic job, with David Bradley playing a cracking villain. I think it is such a fun episode with a wonderfully crafted script by Chris Chibnall.

    During this series Matt Smith’s Doctor gets faced with a lot of new challenges. Not only did he get to live out many a childhood dream of becoming a cowboy for the day by riding a horse in the western themed episode, A Town Called Mercy, but he also got the once in a lifetime opportunity... to ride a dinosaur. More painful than you can imagine, Matt gives us an insight in to just what that was like, I had to wear padded trousers! Dinosaurs are a lot lumpier than horses, so it was a painful couple of hours, a laugh though and definitely worth it as it’s going to look great.

    Series 7 Press Release: Steven Moffat interview

    As part of the Doctor Who Series 7 press bundle, the BBC Press Office have released an exclusive interview with Steven “The Moff” Moffat

    Head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat gives us an insight in to the monsters and adventures that we can expect from the new series.

    So it is back with a bang and with Daleks from every decade. Why did you decide to kick-off the new series with a Dalek filled episode?

    We've been off the air for longer than usual, so it was an easy decision to come back with Doctor Who at its most iconic and that means Daleks. Lots and lots of scary Daleks.

    There have been many monsters to face the Doctor over the years, but only one that can sum up the whole series just by being there.

    Also, it's my first go at writing for them. I LOVE the Daleks, and I've held off till now. But I had what I thought was a good idea, and couldn't resist any longer!!

    What else can we expect from the new series?

    We have, I think, our biggest range of stories EVER. We've got the return of the Daleks AND the Weeping Angels - both of them poll-topping Doctor Who adversaries - in cracking new stories, we've got Dinosaurs on a spaceship (it's what you've always wanted), we've got a glorious western with a Cyborg Gunslinger, the most unusual invasion Earth story EVER, and location shooting in New York for the Pond finale.

    Series 7 Episodes 1-3 Synopses

    In the  sudden info-burst of Doctor Who squee-worthy titbits in the promotional run-up to the new series, BBC Press Office are spoiling us further, with their release of synopses for the first three episodes!

    Here’s the press release…

    Doctor Who returns this autumn to the BBC, starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as they head off on five epic adventures.

    From Daleks to Dinosaurs and an alien with a grudge, this series features a whole host of guest stars, including: David Bradley, Rupert Graves, Stephen Berkoff, Mike McShane, Ben Browder, Adrian Scarbourgh and Anamaria Marinca.

    Episode 1: Asylum Of The Daleks
    by Steven Moffat

    Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter... the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.

    Episode 2: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship
    by Chris Chibnall

    An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction - unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo... of dinosaurs! By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else on board who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.

    Episode 3: A Town Called Mercy
    by Toby Whithouse

    The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun!), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg, who goes by the name of the Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one!) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret.

    Doctor Who Series 7 begins with ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ on Saturday 1st September on BBC One – worldwide broadcast dates are yet to be confirmed.

    NEW Series 7 Set of High-Res Promos

    articleimageTV_092The official BBC Doctor Who have released a new set of over twenty high-resolution images from Series 7.

    The images tease us with the exciting prospect of the first three episode – ep1 ‘Asylum of the Daleks’, ep2 ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’, and ep3 ‘A Town Called Mercy’. The photos featuring cast members inevitably include more of Matt, Karen and Arthur, though we are given some further glimpses at Rory’s dad Brian (played by Mark Williams), as well as episode three’s Cyborg Cowboy (played by Andrew Brooke). Possibly more exciting for others, however, may be the dinosaurs on a spaceship and, of course, legions and legions of Daleks.

    Here are just a few (click images to enlarge)…

    See the full range of promotional shots here!

    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    Doctor Who Series 7 UK Broadcast Confirmed

    Tonight at the special BFI press screening, Steven Moffat confirmed that the opening episode, ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ will make its world premiere (on BBC One, of course) on the evening of…

    Saturday 1st September

    Some of you will be dismayed, having thought it was August 25th. Some may be smug at having believed it was the September 1st all along. Others may pretend to be smug, as they had absolutely no idea. Others, however, may indeed be thinking, “But you already subtly told us the broadcast date in your previous post…” and you, also, were correct. Enjoy that thought!

    Disclaimer: yes, that font is big enough.

    Series 7 Episode 4 & 5 Titles Confirmed

    The opening episode of Series 7 – ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ – has just been premiered this evening at the BFI’s special press screening, at which the special guests included: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Caroline Skinner and Steven “The Moff” Moffat”, who were interviewed by BBC Radio 5Live DJ Richard Bacon.

    At the event, Moffat confirmed that the long-awaited and much-rumoured titles of episodes four and five are…

    Episode 4: ‘The Power of Three’

    Episode 5: ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’

    Series 7 will premiere in the UK on Saturday 1st September on BBC One.

    Pedants (with a slightly nasal voice): “Isn’t that a little too much like Daleks in Manhattan?”

    Richard E. Grant to play a “villain” in 2012 Christmas Special

    Steven “The Moff” Moffat was interviewed today on BBC Radio 5Live, conducted by Richard Bacon, and revealed that the character who classical and well-known British actor Richard E. Grant will be playing will be a villain.

    When asked about the actor’s role in this year’s Christmas Special, Moffat replied: "Richard [E. Grant] plays a fantastic villain"

    The official BBC Doctor Who website blog revealed the casting of Richard E. Grant in the festive episode last week. The episode is the first to feature newcomer Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion Clara, and is currently being filmed in and around Cardiff and Bristol. The locations are being disguised as areas of Victorian-era Yorkshire in the industrial age of Britain, which- it is rumoured – Clara is from.

    The 2012 Christmas Special will broadcast this December, on Christmas Day, as production crew papers have confirmed.

    I don’t know why his skin is glowing blue in the picture, either.

    Monday, 13 August 2012

    Phil Davis joins Being Human Series 5 cast

    Phil Davis (Lucius in Doctor Who ‘Fires of Pompeii’, and Silk, Whitechapel, Sherlock ‘A Study in Scarlet’) has been cast in the upcoming fifth series of Being Human as a character called Captain Hatch.

    The classic actor said of his casting, “I'm very excited to be joining the cast of Being Human for Series 5. It's a great show. I'll be playing Captain Hatch. I don't want to give too much away about the character at this early stage but I can reveal that he is marvellously disgusting. I'm busy researching now.”

    The press information also included further details of the character…

    Captain Hatch has seen it all. At least he reckons he has. And whatever it is, he doesn’t much like it. Stuck in a failing body, in a wheelchair, in a dismal seaside hotel, things aren’t exactly sunny side up. Hatch embodies the worst in humanity – he’s bitter, manipulative, obsequious and cruel. Quite the catch. But those aren’t even the worst things about the aged army captain… beneath his decrepit exterior there lies within him a dark and toxic secret that could rattle your soul with fear.

    Production is well underway on Series 5 of Being Human, and its six episode are due to air in early 2013 on BBC Three, with the new set of three: Hal the vampire (Damien Molony), Tom the werewolf (Michael Socha) and newcomer Alex the ghost (Kate Bracken)

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