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Saturday, 10 September 2016

The Lives of Captain Jack from Big Finish

He's back! The irrepressible Captain Jack Harkness in four new adventures... 

Coming in June 2017 from Big Finish is The Lives of Captain Jack, a four-disc box set collecting together four brand new stories about everyone's favourite Time Agent hero, played by John Barrowman. John is joined by some familiar faces, including Camille Codouri as Jackie Tyler, and Russell Tovey as Alonso Frame, as well as Alexander Vlahos:

1. The Year After I Died by Guy Adams
Set in the year 200,101, on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks, Jack struggles to save humanity from its oldest enemy.
2. Wednesdays For Beginners by James Goss
Jack and Jackie Tyler must unite to rescue the Powell Estate from a force whose name Jackie can never say.
3. One Enchanted Evening by James Goss
Captain Jack and Alonso Frame have only just met. But why did the Doctor want them to be together?
4. Month 25 by Guy Adams
He’s the young star of the Time Agency, and his whole life is about to fall apart. But that’s not going to stop him winning.

Producer and writer James Goss gives an idea what's coming: "The Lives Of Captain Jack features just four adventures from his incredibly long existence. It takes us from the year 200,101; to the Powell Estate; to the Time Agency and to an enchanted evening with Jack and Alonso Frame. John was an utter delight throughout, and the day with him and Camille may have been one of the happiest in my life."

The Lives of Captain Jack will be released in June 2017, and is available on pre-order from today at £20 on Download and £25 on CD (which will unlock a free download version on release). This exclusive Big Finish pre-release price is being held until the set's general release at the end of August.

Check out our Torchwood pages for many more adventures for Captain Jack and friends, including subscriptions to new stories next year, bundles collecting previous tales, and pre-orders on some very special releases...

Friday, 9 September 2016

Doctor Who Roundup on Friday, September 09, 2016

Included in this edition: The Power of the Daleks celebrates 50th Anniversary with animated reconstruction, Christmas special's guest companion revealed, the Doctor is returning to our screens sooner than you might have thought, Peter Capaldi confirms when 'Doctor Who' Season 10 will start, plus even more news and reviews.

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Series 10 Production Update from Doctor Who: The Fan Show

It's time for a production update on Series 10. From filming in Valencia to the Doctor’s new hat and a mysterious character called The Landlord we get up to speed on the latest news from set.

Thanks to all the fans who gave us permission to use their pictures!

Torchwood return stalled by “certain egos” says John Barrowman

While new Doctor Who spin-off Class is soon headed to BBC3, the status of original sister series Torchwood (last seen on air five years ago today in 2011's Miracle Day) isn’t looking rosy according to star John Barrowman.

The actor, who played roguish Time Agent Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who before starring in the Cardiff-set spin-off, recently revealed that he had a phone meeting scheduled to talk about bringing Torchwood back to TV – but he now says that the call didn’t quite bring about the outcome he was hoping for.

“I was told that there are some obstacles to overcome, and every time I tried to talk about a way around them, it was almost like there was another obstacle,” Barrowman told RadioTimes.com.

“And this is a personal thing for me, this is not anything that was discussed, but I find it really a little disheartening that a company like the BBC can’t just say ‘Put your egos aside, we’re gonna go forward with this.’

“I travel all over the world, and I see the popularity of Torchwood. But when it comes down that it’s not being done because of people’s egos, I find that really difficult.”

He concluded: “There’s a lot of politics involved, and the people that are close to it, I think would love to see it done, but there’s just certain egos in the path that are just standing in the way. That’s all I’ll say.”

However, despite the knockback Barrowman says that he hasn’t ruled out a return for Captain Jack Harkness and his team – even if it is ultimately a doomed mission.

“I never say never,” the actor told us.

“I think obstacles are things that you have to work through. And you know, if it is a never scenario, it doesn’t mean that I’m gonna stop trying, as will a lot of other people on my side.”

“My sister and I, we’ve been asked to write the new Torchwood, the comic book, because they’re trying to give us other things to do that we can do. We do the Big Finish audio plays and audio stories that come out. They all sell incredibly well worldwide.

“I just don’t understand then why someone very high up can’t say ‘This is gonna be done. I don’t care.’”

For now, then, the status of Torchwood is under a big question mark – but at least its leading man won’t be left clicking his heels, with Barrowman currently starring in US superhero series Arrow and about to return to British TV screens for his sixth year presenting The National Lottery Stars (a yearly search for the UK's favourite lottery-funded good causes) to be aired next week.

“We try to make it a fun night, so it’s not so much of a critique or a critical type of evening,” Barrowman told RadioTimes.com. “With all the stories that are being told, with all the people that are being celebrated, everybody’s there for the same reason, and it’s just a massive celebration.

“The reason I come back every year is because I’m also amazed at how people come up with these ideas. I mean it’s just phenomenal. For instance, who would have thought that a bunch of people would get together on bikes and motorbikes to help deliver blood by themselves? That’s just an amazing thing to do.

He added: “If you want to see what great things the United Kingdom is doing on a human basis, where that lottery money is going, and to see what great people are living in your cities and neighbourhoods and the great things they’re doing, then tune in – because you will be truly inspired.”

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Thursdays Whovian Extras (8th September)

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Todays selection from the Whonivese...

Why The Power of the Daleks is the holy grail of lost Doctor Who episodes My Geeky Geeky Ways: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #5 - A Review Gallifrey to Trenzalore #22: Marco Polo by John Lucarotti

A clever Doctor Who fan proved that the Tenth Doctor caused both of his regenerations himself

Talk about being your own worst enemy...

It turns out that – if you go back in time, follow a complicated causal chain of events and then do the whole thing all over again – you can prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that the Tenth Doctor himself is actually the original cause of both of his own regenerations. And it all goes back to Torchwood...

Look, Doctor Who fan Dan Root has proved it in this snappy video...

Via Radio Times by Paul Jones

12th Doctor - Year Two - Number Nine - Comics

Rachael Stott is back on interior art as the Doctor receives a strange summons from an impossible source, and finds himself trapped inside a house of infinite dimensions!

What is the Doctor’s connection to the family that brought him there, and what is the stunning secret of the house itself?

Doctor Who: 12th: Year Two #9 (Cover A Laclaustra) Doctor Who: 12th: Year Two #9 (Cover B Photo) Doctor Who: 12th: Year Two #9 (Cover C Pleece) Doctor Who: 12th: Year Two #9 (Cover D Byrne)

By David Lewis for Whoogle

'Doctor Who' synthesiser is given engineering heritage award

The Synthi 100 was released in 1971 by London company EMS and retailed for £6,500 — the equivalent of more than $100,000 today.

Only 30 were produced, many of which are now inoperative, in storage, or on display as museum pieces.
Owen Peake, chair of Engineers Australia's Victorian Heritage Committee, said the machine came from a "golden age" of synthesisers.

"There's a move back [today] towards the style of synthesisers that were built around that time," he told 774 ABC Melbourne's Red Symons.

BBC's Doctor Who used Synthi 100....

Mr Craythorn said he was "absolutely thrilled" with Engineers Australia's recognition of the groundbreaking synthesiser.

He said the synthesiser was the first to feature a digital sequencer — a computer which could be programmed to make the instrument play an electronic musical "score".

The sequencer was more powerful than those found on many mass-produced synthesisers today.
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop used a Synthi 100 in the 1970s to produce incidental music and sound effects for Doctor Who.

In 1980, the Melbourne University released an album called Electronic Music, which was entirely recorded with its Synthi 100.

But the synthesiser was soon superseded by digital instruments, and was in storage for decades before Mr Craythorn dusted it off and restored it.

Large and difficult to move, the Synthi 100 was intended to be used as a studio instrument, but in April Mr Craythorn performed with it in a concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

"Who would have thought that this instrument would be performing in a concert hall?" Mr Craythorn said.
Mr Peake said the synthesiser was nominated for the Marker by two students from Victoria University.
"We've introduced another generation of young engineers into the secrets of this machine," he said.

Via 774 ABC Melbourne by Simon Leo Brown

Christmas special’s guest companion revealed

The companion in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas episode has been revealed.

2016’s festive special began filming in Cardiff this week.

Steven Moffat revealed in June that the Christmas ep will not feature Pearl Mackie and that new companion Bill won’t be introduced until the first episode of Season 10 next year.

He teased: “So there’ll be somebody else – a different, guest companion – this Christmas, like how River Song played the companion role in last year’s Special.”

Fans on location today have now discovered who that guest companion will be.

Matt Lucas will return as Nardole alongside Peter Capaldi’s Doctor this Christmas.

The Little Britain star made his debut as Nardole, who met the Doctor on the human colony of Mendorax Dellora in the year 5343, in ‘The Husbands of River Song’.

It was previously announced that Nardole would be a recurring character next year, but the assumption had been that he would not be back until Season 10’s first episode.

Lucas has hinted that “Nardole is becoming more textured” in his new adventures.

Via Cult Box by William Martin

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Does the Doctor Who filming schedule mean Pearl Mackie will debut this Christmas?

We still don’t know much about what to expect from the next Doctor Who adventure to hit our screens, a festive special due to broadcast this Christmas – but at least now we know the reason why.

This week Doctor Who head writer Steven Moffat revealed that work on this year’s special was only just beginning, taking place after the filming of around four series 10 episodes despite those stories not airing until much later (around April, as it turns out). So the reason no information had been announced is because there was no information. Simple.

But you may now be asking yourself, why was the filming staggered in this way? Why not film the Christmas special before the next series (as is usually the practice), instead of jumping ahead when there’s no real need to?

Well, there are a few possible explanations. One is that special location filming (including trips to Spain) was needed for the 2017 episodes, which were time-consuming and more pressing than the Christmas episode (which might involve less travel). Alternatively, it could just be that it worked out this was the most efficient schedule – the Christmas special normally films around this time of year, so perhaps they thought they might as well just fit the rest of the series’ shooting around it.

Both of these or neither could be true (the fact that four entire episodes have been filmed rather than bits of several doesn’t seem to suggest targeted location work) – but either way there could also be a hidden motive behind the unusual schedule.

You see, back in 2009 when filming Matt Smith’s first series of Doctor Who, the production staff decided to shoot a few of his later episodes first (The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone to start) so that he could really get a handle on the character, shooting his first story The Eleventh Hour later on when he’d really “warmed up” as the Eleventh Doctor.

Could it be this new back-to-front schedule is an echo of this, allowing another series newcomer to adjust to a major role before making a good impression in their first appearance? In other words, could we be seeing the first appearance of new companion Pearl Mackie this Christmas?

Sure, it has previously been stated that Mackie’s character Bill won’t appear this Christmas, but that could just be a smokescreen for her to make her big entrance – and in any case, plans could have changed since those statements were made. Jenna Coleman's Clara was one of the series' longest-running companions, after all, so producers would want Mackie at the top of her game to convince fans she could fill her shoes.

And the more we think about it the more this makes sense – Mackie is already on set and filming episodes, so it’d be easy for her to slip into the special (perhaps alongside fellow companion Matt Lucas, whose character Nardole could be appearing in both the Christmas special and 10th series as well). If she’s left out, the actress would be left twiddling her thumbs for weeks while the Christmas episode shoots.

Plus, considering fans have already been introduced to the character with an announcement scene earlier this year, it would make sense for that momentum to be continued by properly introducing the character this December, rather than welcoming a one-off companion who’d leave within the same episode. Fans want to see more of Bill, and making them wait until April to do so could be a missed opportunity.

Of course it could be that we’re reading too much into this, and that there are perfectly legitimate organisational reasons as to why filming has been done in this way. But even if that’s true, it’s still created a perfect opportunity for Pearl Mackie to make her debut this year – and if we don’t see her in at least one small cameo this Christmas, we’ll eat our Santa hats.

Via Radio Times by Huw Fullerton

Wednesdays Whovian Extras (7th September)

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A selection of news stories from today for the inner Whovian in you...

5 more missing 'Doctor Who' stories we'd love to see animated 'Heartbroken' Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat hints Jenna Coleman was behind his own exit Competition Roundup

The Christmas special is filming later than usual

Trust a show like Doctor Who to film out of sequence – 'wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey' and all that.

Series boss Steven Moffat told Newsbeat that four episodes of the next series are "in the can", calling new cast addition Pearl Mackie "a breath of fresh air on the TARDIS".

But most intriguing, Moff revealed that the Doctor Who team has "just started working on the Christmas episode".

That's interesting, because the next series is due to launch in 2017 – in April, according to the Twelfth Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi.

So why is December's festive episode being shot mid-run, when it's ordinarily filmed ahead of the series?
Whatever the reasoning, don't panic – it'll definitely be ready for Christmas, so your annual tradition of watching the special after a boozy roast dinner won't be affected.

"It's got a lot of heart, but it's got a lot of brain too," Moffat said of the special. "Figure that one out."

He might just mean that it's an emotional episode with a particularly tricksy plot – but c'mon, this is Steven Moffat. When is he *ever* so obvious?

Last year's Christmas episode saw Nardole (Matt Lucas) lose his head, literally, with his noggin held captive within the robot body of King Hydroflax.

With Nardole set to return in series 10, could the reference to "a lot of brain" and "a lot of heart" be a hint as to the character's mysterious resurrection?

Or... Time Lords have two hearts. Is a return trip to Gallifrey on the cards? Or are we getting a sequel to Tom Baker story 'The Brain of Morbius' from 1976?

Alright, so that last one's a bit of a stretch...

Via Digital Spy by Morgan Jeffery

More Torchwood from Big Finish

From early next year, there's a fresh run of adventures for the Torchwood teams... 

Starting back in September 2015, Big Finish's Torchwood range has proved hugely popular, with its wealth of witty, emotional scripts and familiar faces from the acclaimed Doctor Who spin-off.

The range continues in March 2017 for six more stories, with producer and writer James Goss giving us an exclusive sneak peek:

"The first release features the return of Nerys Hughes as Rhys's mum in Visiting Hours by David Llewellyn. Coming up after that is The Dollhouse by Juno Dawson, which is ridiculously inventive. She dares to show a glimpse of life at Torchwood LA in the 1970s, and it's magnificent - we're hoping to spend some of the next few releases showing different aspects of Torchwood through the ages, and The Dollhouse is a great place to start. That doesn't mean we won't be keeping the regulars busy - Ianto's going to have a tough time, Gwen's on a road to nowhere, and someone finally dares to say 'No' to Captain Jack."

Each of the new Torchwood stories can be bought for £7.99 on Download, or £9.99 on CD (which unlocks a digital version for free on release), while a subscription collects all six new tales together at a very special pre-release price of £40 on Download and £45 on CD (both going up by £5 at the end of March). The first 12 stories in this thrilling range are all still available on CD and Download, either individually or in collected value bundles.

Check out some of our other Torchwood titles, including the recently-announced anniversary special Torchwood - The Torchwood Archive and Torchwood - Outbreak in November, with a brand new trailer below:

The Power of the Daleks celebrates 50th Anniversary with animated reconstruction

 BBC Worldwide has announced details of an animated version of classic Doctor Who story, The Power of the Daleks, starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor and featuring his most fearsome foes from Skaro.

This classic Dalek adventure, featuring Troughton’s debut as the Doctor, will be released later this year on BBC Store, exactly 50 years to the minute after it was first transmitted on BBC One (November 5), and then on DVD.

It's one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.

But BBC Worldwide has announced that a brand new black and white animation based on the programme's original audio recordings, surviving photographs and film clips will be released 50 years to the day after its only UK broadcast on BBC One.

Watch the trailers below:

The six-part adventure features the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

The Power of the Daleks is being produced by the team behind the highly successful animation of lost Dad’s Army episode A Stripe For Frazer, first released on BBC Store in February this year. The producer and director is Charles Norton, with character designs from acclaimed comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon. Charles says:

    “The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”

Paul Hembury, Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide says:

    “Charles and his team are remarkably talented and passionate about Doctor Who and we are thrilled that fans will soon be able to enjoy this rather sinister but wonderful, classic story.”

The Power Of The Daleks will be released on BBC Store on Saturday, November 5 followed by the DVD on Monday, November 21, 2016.

Also, on November 5 there will be a special screening of episodes 1-3 from The Power of the Daleks at BFI Southbank, London which will include a Q&A with Anneke Wills, Charles Norton and Frazer Hines. Further information will be available from bfi.org.uk from Monday, September 19, 2016.

Via BBC Worldwide

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Paul Cornell signing third Doctor comic at Forbidden Planet London


Paul Cornell will be signing the first issue of Doctor Who: The Third Doctor from Titan Comics at the Forbidden Planet, London Megastore on Wednesday 14th September from 6:00pm.

When something enormous crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilize immediately, only to find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader.

But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip the whole world off its axis! It’s classic third Doctor action as you’ve never seen it before!

Exclusive Forbidden Planet / Jetpack variant with a cover by Boo Cook available!

Paul Cornell has been Hugo-nominated for his work in TV, comics and prose, and is a BSFA award-winner for short fiction. He has also written some of Doctor Who’s best-loved episodes for the BBC, and has more recently written for the Sherlock-inspired TV show Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.

This comic will be available at the event or click here to pre-order a signed copy.

'Class' tie-in novels out in October

BBC Worldwide are to release three new tie-in novels for Class, the new Doctor Who spin-off series created by Patrick Ness.

BBC Books Senior Editorial Director Albert DePetrillo says, “Patrick Ness is simply one of the finest writers working today – in any genre – and his new television series has all the hallmarks of his dazzling fiction. Class is a hugely exciting new brand for the BBC list, and we’re delighted to be working with Patrick and the production team at BBC Wales on these official tie-ins.”

All available to pre-order from Amazon....

Class: What She Does Next Will Astound You Class: Joyride Class: The Stone House

Peter Capaldi confirms when ‘Doctor Who’ Season 10 will start

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has revealed when the show’s new season will begin.
Season 10 began filming in Cardiff in June, with Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas joining the TARDIS as Bill and Nardole.

Chatting to fans this week while filming Episode 3, written by Sarah Dollard (‘Face the Raven’), Capaldi was asked: “When does the new series start?”

The actor responded: “We’re on at Christmas then it starts again in April.”

The BBC had previously only confirmed a vague “spring 2017” air date.

Could Doctor Who be returning to its traditional Easter launch slot? If so, we can expect Season 10 to begin on Saturday 15 April 2017.

Via Cult Box by William Martin

Ninth Doctor - Number Five - Comics

Modern-day Seattle sees the Doctor, Jack, and Rose pulled into a city-wide civil war between strangely empowered citizens. But when they start mutating into horrendous monsters, the Doctor and friends find themselves out of their depth!

Fighting side-by-side with a face from his future, can the Doctor restore normalcy to the city before it’s completely overrun?

Doctor Who: 9th #5 (Cover A Shedd) Doctor Who: 9th #5 (Cover B Photo) Doctor Who: 9th #5 (Cover C Myers Watercolor Variant)

By David Lewis for Whoogle

The Doctor is returning to our screens sooner than you might have thought

We have good news for Doctor Who fans. Some very good news.

Because instead of having to wait until Christmas for the next sighting of the Time Lord on TV, it’s going to come rather sooner than that. Next month, in fact.

Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is to guest star in the opening episode of Class, the scary sci-fi spin-off destined for BBC3 in October.

It is set to be repeated on BBC1, giving fans a chance to see him in action way ahead of his scheduled re-appearance in the festive special.

In the plot, written by Patrick Ness, four Coal Hill School sixth formers have all the normal teenage problems involving friends, parents, school work and sex – but they also find themselves facing the end of existence.

They are kept in line by their teacher, played by ex-Corrie favourite Katherine­ Kelly . One insider said: “What sort of trouble must those kids get themselves in if they need the Doctor to come and bail them out?”

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has promised Class will be like “a British Buffy”, saying it would be “dark and sexy and right now”.

We hear there have been a few tweaks along the way, as BBC bosses struggled with their edgy show’s, er, edginess.

Certain scenes have even been re-shot in a bid to improve the final offering. But a gay sex scene between one of the teenage characters and his older lover remains intact in the third episode, we’re assured.

There had been rumours that the scene in the drama, largely set in Coal Hill School, caused particular concern.

Despite being aimed at young adults like previous spin-off Torchwood, BBC chiefs worried that Capaldi’s appearance would attract young kids to tune in.

Writer Ness is clearly thrilled with how the series has turned out. “I put my heart into it,” he tweeted at the weekend as filming wrapped. “Can’t wait for you to see it.”

As there is no Doctor Who series this year, let’s hope Class can keep fans happy for the time being, until he pops up in the Tardis again next year.

Via The Mirror Online by Mark Jefferies and Nicola Methven

Monday, 5 September 2016

Whographica: An Infographic Guide to Space and Time

Captivating, intriguing, beautiful and strange, Whographica explores the rich universe of Doctor Who like no book before it.

Through creative visualisations, infographics, charts, maps and more, it offers a unique introduction to the extraordinary worlds of the show – from the Doctor’s family tree to the strangest weapons in the universe; from a star chart showing the exact co-ordinates of Gallifrey to a flow diagram of allegiances between Daleks and Cybermen throughout history.

Bursting with colour, expert knowledge, and fun, Whographica will delight new and long-term fans alike. And, like the show it celebrates, it will make you see the world in an entirely new way.

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Fifth Doctor Who to appear at Norwich Sci-fi convention

As the fifth incarnation of Doctor Who Peter Davison travelled to many weird and wonderful galaxies but he is now about to land in Norwich.

The actor, who played the timelord from 1981 to 1984 and is also famed for his role as TV vet in All Creatures Great and Small, will be appearing at Nor-Con 6 which takes place at the Norfolk Showground in Costessey next month.

Mark Dean, director of  Nor-Con Events Limited, said he was delighted the London-born actor would be coming to the event.

He said: “He was the fifth doctor and its his first visit to NOR-CON. There’s a buzz about him coming.”
Davison, whose other TV credits include At Home with the Braithwaites, Law & Order and The Tomorrow People, will be one of the main attractions for sci-fi fans at the event which is shaping up to be the biggest yet.

The convention, which has been going since 2009, was missing from the calendar last year, but a revamped event will now take place on October 8 with plenty to look forward to.

Other actors confirmed so far include Andrew Lee Potts, who starred in ITV’s Primeval alongside Great Yarmouth-born Hannah Spearritt, and Ian McNeice, who has been in a variety of TV shows and films including playing Winston Churchill in Doctor Who, and Bert in Doc Martin.

Danny John Jules and Norman Lovett, who played Cat and Holly in Red Dwarf, are also set to appear at the event with other attractions to include Pinewood Studios’ special effects and make-up specialist Peter Tindall doing a live clay sculpt, Back to the Future Delorean car photoshoots.

Mr Dean said: “We have lots going on. We have the iron throne from Game of Thrones, green screen photography, trader stalls, lots of cosplayers from all over the UK and there are even international visitors from Denmark, Italy and Tokyo.

“It promises to be a very busy day. We strongly advise people to pre-book their tickets online at www.nor-con.co.uk

The event will be raising money for charity, with donations going to the Louise Hamilton Centre at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.

Via Eastern Daily Press

The Torchwood Archive

To celebrate Torchwood's tenth anniversary in October, Big Finish are pleased to announce a new release... 

Torchwood - The Torchwood Archive is a two-disc special release coming in October from Big Finish, celebrating ten years of the massively popular Doctor Who spin-off by bringing together a host of familiar faces in a brand new adventure from writer and producer James Goss:

"Welcome, visitor. The Torchwood Archive provides a complete history of our Institute from its distant beginnings to the present day. When we founded our great enterprise in the year of our Lord 1879, we decreed that there should be a record of this achievement, stored at the very furthest limits of the British Empire. By visiting you are spreading that legacy, perhaps out through the skies. For now, I shall bid you a good day and welcome you to the Torchwood Archive. Do, please look around."
The Torchwood Archive is a forgotten asteroid in the centre of a great war. Jeremiah is its first visitor in many centuries. He's come to learn something very important. And the ghosts of Torchwood are waiting for him.

As James explains: "The Torchwood Archive is a celebration of 10 years of Torchwood. It features scenes with characters from the beginning of Torchwood to what may be its very end - from Queen Victoria through to Jeremiah Bash Henderson. It's an excuse to gather together literally everyone we could get our hands on. It's an unusual release - part anthology, part giddy epic, and mostly just a shameless excuse to hopefully make the fans ridiculously happy."

The story's director, Scott Handcock, adds: "It’s a year since our first Torchwood release and we’ve been discussing the tenth anniversary since the very beginning! The Torchwood Archive is a celebration of all things Torchwood. We’ve spent over a year pulling it together. It’s intricate, epic, insane and tells the story of Torchwood in a way we’ve never experienced before. Fans are in for a treat!”

The Torchwood Archive comes out in October exclusive to Big Finish, and is available for pre-order at £11.99 on Download and £13.99 on CD (instantly unlocking a download version on release), with the pre-release prices ending at the end of the year with the story's general release.

All the Big Finish Torchwood stories can be found here, including high-value bundles collecting together some of these acclaimed releases to date.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Greg Austin - Rambling about 'Class'

Greg Austin: "Now that I've finished filming, I felt like I wanted to ramble a bit about what has happened over the last week, and to share my love for the show and everyone working on it."

Drama graduate Greg Austin is best known for playing the young Gordon Selfridge in ITV's Mr Selfridge.
Austin will, along with the three other young actors, play a sixth-former at Coal Hill School.

The BBC explain that all four pupils "are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow - and possibly the end of existence."

Whooverville 8 - The Videos

The event featured guests from the current and original series, photo opportunities, cosplaying, a dealers room and autographs.

Guests for this event included: Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Michael Jayston (The Valeyard, Trial of a Time Lord), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Daleks & Big Finish Executive Producer), Eric Saward (Script Editor), Mike Tucker (Special Effects & Author), John Davies (DWAS Celestial Toyroom Editor), David J. Howe & Sam Stone (writers), Richard Bignell (Doctor Who historian, writer and researcher). Christopher Thomson (Doctor Who Impressionist). .

Here's a selection of videos taken at Whooverville 8 in Derby on 3rd September 2016.

Videos courtesy of  Tim Dury

Doctor Who - The Movie [Blu-ray]

The Doctor, nearing the end of his seventh life, is charged with transporting the remains of his fellow Time Lord, the Master, back to their hom planet. Despite his precautions, his old enemy is not only not dead, but is out for revenge.

Creating a timing malfunction in the TARDIS, and bringing the Doctor to San Francisco in 1999, the Master escapes and puts his plans into motion.

The Doctor must find a beryllium atomic clock and stop the Master, but after being shot down by members of a street gang, how will he succeed?

  • Commentary #1
    From director Geoffrey Sax (recorded 2001)
  • Commentary #2
    By Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy, moderated by Nicolas Briggs (recorded 2009)
  • The Seven Year Hitch
    Documenting the return Doctor Who to the screen. Narrated by Amanda Drew.
  • The Doctor’s Strange Love
    Writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier discuss The TV Movie with comedian Josie Long.
  • The Night of the Doctor
    The Night of the Doctor was a mini-episode released in 2013 in the run-up to the show’s 50th anniversary special. This marks Paul McGann’s second on-screen appearance as the Eighth Doctor.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Isolated Score
  • The option to view The TV Movie with the isolated music soundtrack.
  • Music Tracks
    Four tracks from the production presented in full: In a Dream, All Dressed Up, Ride into the Moonlight and Auld Lang Syne.
  • Production Subtitles
  • Paul McGann Audition
  • Electric Press Kit
    Used by Fox in 1996, this includes a short documentary and interview segments to allow other broadcasters to put together their own packages about the TV Movie.
  • Behind the Scenes
    On set and on location in Vancouver, Canada during the filming of The TV Movie.
  • Philip Segal’s Tour of the TARDIS
  • Alternate Takes
  • BBC Trails
  • Who Peter 1989-2009
    The second part of this documentary, exploring the special relationship between Doctor Who and Blue Peter. Presented by Gethin Jones.
  • The Wilderness Years
    In the years between the end of the classic series and the broadcast of The TV Movie, Doctor Who survived in print, video and audio, kept alive by fans who were determined not to let it die.
  • Stripped for Action – The Eighth Doctor
    Looking at the Doctor’s adventures in comic-strip form.
  • Tomorrow’s Times – The Eight Doctor
    A look back at the contemporary coverage of The TV Movie in newspapers and other publications. Presented by Nicholas Courtney.
  • VFX Tests June 1994
    Early video effects tests by Amblin Imaging in 1994, featuring the ‘Spider Dalek’ design.
  • VFX March 1996
    Video effects presented as mute time-coded ‘work in progress’ shots from the CGI department.
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