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23 December 2010

As the big day approaches, we wanted to put together a final Christmas present to all our visitors. And so we present to you, our humble Christmas poem:

The Delight Before Christmas

by Sebastian J. Brook


'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land,


we wait for the TARDIS, all blue and so grand.


The shopping is finished - well, as much as we could,


Quick! Down to the pound shop, where Woolworths once stood!


A toy from last year at a bargainous price,


So what if it's plastic? It still looks quite nice!



It's a gift for my uncle, who lives far away,

in the constellation of Kasterborous, the planet Gallifrey!


It exists in a time loop, hard to get to, you see,


there's a Taxi that goes there, with a quite hefty fee.


Ill send it by Reindeer, with my old friend, Saint Nick,

he'll get there in time, with a neat little trick.


He'll slide down the chimney (Yes, they have them there too),

They have them on Skaro! (but ought really not to!).



But the hour gets late, and to home we must go,


through the crowds and carols, and the impending snow.


To a place by the fire, with the Quality Street,


or the Cadburys Roses, or anything sweet!


And then off to bed, where tomorrow we'll find,


a room full of presents, from people so kind.



Skip forward 6 hours, to quarter past three,


We're full up from Turkey, and all the debris.



But in two hours from now and 45 minutes,


we'll be sat all together, watching Doctor Who, innit!
 

The one with some Dickens, some singing and sharks,


it's written by Moffat, and will be full of such larks!


So we raise up a glass to all fans as we write,


Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!


[Source: Doctor Who Online]

 

22 December 2010

DWO caught up with YouTube video blog sensation and newly-appointed Doctor Who Confidential Reporter, Charlie McDonnell, regarding his latest projects, future prospects and his love for Doctor Who.

Some facts...You are the most subscribed YouTuber in the UK. You have over 70 Million video views. Youre in a band. You have your own album. And you've achieved all of this within the space of 3 years. At just 20 years old, you must be pretty proud of your fantastic achievements. Where would you like to be 3 years from now?

Well, first and foremost I'd definitely still like to be making videos for YouTube, though my style of video-making has changed a lot over the last three years so I don't really know what kind of stuff I'll be putting up in the future - I just know that I'll be doing it on YouTube! I love making stuff, so I have vague ambitions to work film and television in the future (whether that be in front of or behind of the camera) but only so long as I can have the kind of creative control that I'm used to getting on my YouTube channel. I've had free reign to do pretty much whatever I want recently because I've only had to answer to myself, so having decisions dictated to me my broadcasters and producers scares me a little, but it's still something that I'd love to try id I ever get the chance.

You're shortly going to be making a brief transition from YouTube to the BBC Red Button with a behind-the-scenes look at the 2010 Christmas Special. How did the opportunity come about, and what is it like having two of your passions rolled into one?

The videos are actually appearing on YouTube as well as the red button, so fortunately it's not too much of a transition for me! I n fact the whole red button thing happened very last minute and wasn't something I really thought about - I was just trying to make videos for the internet as I would normally, but within the Doctor Who theme. I also had members of the Confidential team to work with too, a cameraman and video editors, but I still directed everything in the same way that I would my normal YouTube videos, just with more people to help. Being able to combine two things that I love though, video-making and Doctor Who, has just been a joy, and a great learning experience too.

Doctor Who... Lets talk some more about that! We've seen some glimpses of Doctor Who in your YouTube videos, and we know youre a big fan. Lets get down to basics though Charlie; Favourite Episode (Classic and New), Favourite Doctor, Favourite Companion and Favourite Monster / Villain?

New Series: my favourite episode is "Blink", and has been since the moment it was aired, I can't get enough of it. I loved all of The Moff's episodes from the era before he was the Show-runner really, but I think I love Blink for the way it managed to tell such a brilliant, engaging and frightening story on such a small budget - it's something that, as a wannabe indie-filmaker, I really admire. I haven't seen much of the classic series, only a few of the best ones, and out of those I'd probably have to say "Genesis of The Daleks". I still don't have a favourite Doctor, I've never been able to pick one, Rory is by far my all time favourite companion. And for favourite monster, the Daleks. They never used to be, but I gained a real a appreciation for them and the Dalek operators when I learnt how to operate one myself during my time on set. There will hopefully be a video of that in the future, though not one of the ones building up to the christmas special.

Have you ever ventured along to any of the Doctor Who conventions, and do you collect any of the merchandise?

Unfortunately I can't say that I ever have been to a Doctor Who convention, I have a much firmer place in the YouTube community so, whenever I can go to conventions of any kind, they're usually related to something YouTubey. I do however have a few bits of merchandise sitting on desks, in cupboards, one in my bathroom, and a TARDIS T-Shirt sitting in my draw. I'm not really one to collect things like that, but apparently I haven't managed to help picking up Doctor Who kink-kacks...

If offered, would you ever like a part in Doctor Who, and have you ever considered an acting career?

For almost my entire life, my dream was to become some kind of actor, but that ambition was shattered a couple of years ago when I realised that, truly, I just wasn't very good at it. I'd love a part in Doctor Who just for the sheer thrill of being on the show, but I think the chances of me actually being on it are pretty slim, simply because, for whatever role I could fit into, they'd probably be able to find someone better to cast than me! Maybe I'll be an extra or something, but for the moment, hanging out behind the scenes will do :)

 Check Out more DWO interviews in the Interviews section of our Features area, here.

 Check Out the CharlieIsSoCoolLike YouTube Channel, here.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

17 December 2010

As a special Christmas present to all of our visitors at Doctor Who Online, we recently filmed a short documentary in Utah; USA, looking at potential alien landscapes for Doctor Who, as well as some of the states landmarks and places of interest.

Inspired by the recent news that the Series Six two-part opener would have scenes filmed in Utah, DWO flew out to the state in October of this year to put together the third in our series of who-inspired documentaries, presented by DWO Site Editor, Sebastian J. Brook, provided free of charge via our YouTube Channel.

After a week in the editing studio, we are now thrilled to present to you, The Sands of Time:

Let us know what you thought of the documentary, by rating the video and leaving your comments on the Channel.

 

 

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

9 December 2010

DWO are thrilled to announce that Doctor Who Writer and Being Human creator, Toby Whithouse has joined the DWO Forums to answer questions from his fans in our popular Ask & Answer section.

Toby penned the Series Two episode 'School Reunion' and the Series Five episode 'The Vampires of Venice', with another story due for Series Six of Doctor Who. He has also written for Doctor Who spinoff show, Torchwood, with the episode 'Greeks Bearing Gifts' from Series One.

Outside of Doctor Who, Toby is perhaps best known as the creator and head writer of Being Human, a supernatural dramedy television series that has a cult following of its own.

Whithouse is also an actor, having appeared in The House of Eliott and Bridget Jones' Diary. He is also a rising star on the comedy circuit and has played several gigs under the 'Laughing Horse' banner.

DWO visitors can post their questions to Toby regarding his career as a Writer, Actor and Comedian, by clicking here.

 Not a member of the DWO Forums? Register for FREE!

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

16 November 2010

DWO now have a brand new Facebook page which our visitors can follow on the popular social networking site.

To celebrate the launch of the new page, we are giving away a copy of the new Doctor Who: Series 5 Soundtrack to 1 lucky follower. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is click on the 'Like' button at the top of the Doctor Who Online Facebook page - that's it!

The winner will be announced via the Facebook page on December 1st.

We've also launched a new Facebook page for our CompareTheDalek.com price comparison website, which you can follow here.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

8 November 2010

DWO are pleased to announce the relaunch of our popular News page.

After a few weeks of tweaking, and streamlining, we can now present the new page, complete with full integration into the DWO Forums, search and archive functionality, an email NewsFeed, Twitter retweets and more!

A big Thank You to our resident genius, Rob Halliday, who undertook the job and has been furiously programming away to get it all working seamlessly.

Finally, due to the new system, we can now extend our news contributors, so get ready for even more news items at an even greater frequency.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

7 October 2010

DWO's very own Robyn Schneider, who produces the fantastic DWO Vlog's, will be signing copies of her fantastic book, Knightley Academy at the New York Comic Con this weekend.

Robyn, who will be appearing as her pen name, Violet Haberdasher, will be signing this Saturday from 1:15-2:15pm at Table #17 in Autograph Alley. The first five people in line will receive FREE hardcover copies of Robyn's popular book, courtesy of Simon & Schuster, and Robyn will also be signing some limited edition promotional posters on the day.

Robyn will also be recording a short video from the event, so if you want to be part of it, don't forget to pop by her stand! In the meantime, Robyn has recorded a video message for our visitors to promote this weekend's signing:

About Violet Haberdasher:
Violet Haberdasher is the pen name of 24-year-old videoblogger and social media personality Robyn Schneider, whose internet memes, videos and projects have received over 8.5 million hits. She is also the writer, producer and host of the webseries Doctor Who Reviewed, which recaps episodes of the show for Doctor Who Online.

About Knightley Academy:
Knightley Academy follows the adventures of the first three commoners accepted at an elite boarding school for knights in a dystopian version of Victorian England. The series has drawn comparisons to Harry Potter and has an active online following. Film Rights are currently being packaged with producer Andrew Panay in order to further develop this franchise for the big screen.

  Check Out the DWO YouTube Channel.

[Source: Doctor Who Online]

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