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2 September 2013

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, Melbourne-based improvisational theatre company The Impro Box is bringing back its sell out improvised Doctor Who show, Time Lord, devised and directed by David S. Innes.

The season once again stars Rob Lloyd (Who, Me, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Live on Bowen) along with The Impro Box players. Show details can be found below:

Venue: Club Voltaire, 14 Raglan Street, Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 3rd-7th September 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Prices: $15 (Full), $10 (Concession & Cosplayers), $45 (Season Pass)
Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/58329

+  For more info visit the Time Lord website: http://www.theimprobox.com/time-lord/
+  Follow The Impro Box on Twitter@ImproBox

[Source: David Innes]

26 August 2013

Each month of this year, the British Film Institute have been airing episodes from each Doctor's era to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. At the most recent event, which looked at The 9th Doctor's era, a special message was read out from Christopher Eccleston:

“I love the BFI. I love the Doctor and hope you enjoy this presentation. Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series. He understood the tone the show needed completely – strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances, missus.

If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special, I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and – providing the Daleks don’t bring theirs – I, the ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it.”

So there you have it! Eccleston DOES love Doctor Who, and seems to be up for a return at some point. Maybe for the 10th Anniversary of the new series in 2015?

[Source: RadioTimes.com]

15 August 2013

If, like us, you're an avid user of the fantastic Google Maps website and app, you'll be pleased to know there is a rather cool Doctor Who related Easter Egg to look out for.

Users navigating to this url (The Earl's Court Police Box), can actually enter the TARDIS by clicking the double arrows at the bottom of the screen, or if you're using the new beta, by clicking the up arrow on your keyboard.

You are then whisked away to the new TARDIS interior, (first seen in the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special The Snowmen).

Do you know of any other Google Maps related Easter Eggs? Let us know by posting a comment below!

[Source: Google Maps]

6 August 2013

Awesome Doctor Who band, Chameleon Circuit, have a brand new music video titled 'Teenage Rebel' to coincide with YouTube's Geek Week.

The music video, which is a rather touching look at how Doctor Who can change a person's life for the better, has already had well over 100,000+ views on YouTube!

Watch the music video for 'Teenage Rebel', below:

+  Check Out the Chameleon Circuit website at DFTBA, here.

[Source: Alex Day]

6 August 2013

Our good friend, Cameron K. McEwan and his chums Elisar Cabrera and Jack Ayers are putting together a Doctor Who Fan Documentary called 'Who's Changing', and they need your help to fund the project.

The feature-length documentary about 50 years of Doctor Who fans, looks at how the nature of fandom has changed since the series returned to TV screens in 2005.

Filming has already begun, having started in the Spring, and the team have already met and interviewed some incredible people:

Louise Jameson ('Leela' - companion to the 4th Doctor); 
Sophie Aldred ('Ace', companion to the 7th Doctor)
Neve McIntosh ('Madame Vastra', companion to the 11th Doctor); 
Dan Starkey (Sontaran 'Strax', companion to the 11th Doctor); 
Simon Fisher-Becker ('Dorium Maldovar', friend of the 11th Doctor); 
Catrin Stewart ('Jenny', companion to the 11th Doctor);
Caitlin Blackwood (Young 'Amelia Pond', the first person to meet the Eleventh Doctor); 
Gary Russell (Doctor Who, Torchwood & Sarah Jane Adventures Script Editor and author);
Andrew Smith (writer of Fourth Doctor story, 'Full Circle'); 
James Moran (writer of the Tenth Doctor story, 'The Fires of Pompeii');
Spencer Wilding (Doctor Who creature actor in the 11th Doctor era); 
Eric Saward (Doctor Who Script Editor and writer); 
Jane Espenson (Torchwood, Buffy, Once Upon A Time writer); 
Jeremy Bentham (Writer Doctor Who Weekly and Co-Founder Doctor Who Appreciation Society); 
Tony Lee (writer of the IDW Doctor Who comic); 
Simon Furman (writer of Doctor Who Magazine and Transformer comic strips);
Dan Slott (legendary Spiderman Marvel comics writer and Who fan);
Richard Starkings (writer of Doctor Who Magazine comic strips and the Elephantmen comic book series);
Liam Dryden (YouTube star and Chameleon Circuit band member);
Josh Adams (American artist of Doctor Who comics); 
Alain Carrazé (French journalist & TV programmer)

and many more including lots of Doctor Who fans like yourself...

+  Help fund the project by donating at the IndieGoGo page, here.

Watch the trailer for the project, below:

[Source: Cameron K. McEwan]

21 July 2013

Matt Smith continues to enjoy himself at this years San Diego Comic Con, and our friends over at BBC America have evidenced this with their latest video showing Smith walking the floors of Comic Con in a Bart Simpson mask!

Watch the video, below:

[Source: BBC America]

21 July 2013

Ex-Doctor Who Companion, Karen Gillan, has stunned fans at this years San Diego Comic Con by unveiling her bald head, after shaving off her hair for a new film role.

Gillan (who still looks just as gorgeous without hair as she does with hair) appeared at Comic Con on Friday sporting her trademark red hair, which, on Saturday, she admitted was in fact a wig!

Karen unveiled the new look at the Marvel press line for 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', in which she plays the role of villainous pirate, Nebula. The movie is due for release in 2014.

She follows in the footsteps of he ex-Doctor Who co star, Matt Smith, who shaved off his hair for a role in Ryan Gosling's upcoming directorial movie debut in 'How To Catch A Monster'.

Gillan can most recently be seen in Brit comedy movie, 'Not Another Happy Ending' in which she plays struggling author, Jane Lockhart. For more information on the movie, check out the trailer below or visit the website, here.

[Source: Fraser Davies]

19 July 2013

IGN have uploaded a video interview with Matt Smith, taken at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

In the interview, Matt talks about his hair, the Christmas Special, the 50th Anniversary Special and the future.

Watch the full IGN video interview with Matt Smith, below:

[Source: IGN]

19 July 2013

In celebration of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, acclaimed comedian and Sony Gold nominee Toby Hadoke performs both of his Who-themed solo shows in a West End double bill for one night only. 

No super fan's 50th anniversary celebration will be complete without this unique opportunity to see both ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf' and ‘My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver' presented together for the first, and quite possibly also the last, time.

Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf

Get out from behind that sofa and get aboard Toby Hadoke's TARDIS on a trip through time - charting the rise, fall and rise again of a television legend. This delightful show is a personal, satirical and razor sharp comic odyssey from child to man, through obsession, joy and disappointment. 

My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver

Intimate knowledge of the TARDIS is not required to enjoy this bittersweet comedy of parenting through sci-fi evangelism: Hadoke's compelling and incisive shows are universal in appeal. This Chortle Awards 2012 nominee has an acid tongue and a warm heart. 

Join Toby as he takes you on a heart-warming journey that begins with losing a partner, ends with gaining a stepson and pays homage to the restorative powers of the Time Lord in between. Intimate knowledge of the TARDIS is not required to enjoy this bittersweet comedy of parenting through sci-fi evangelism.

Below are a list of dates for 'My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver':

Thursday 3rd October 2013 - 7.30pm | The Castle | Wellingborough
Tickets and information: www.thecastle.org.uk | 01933 229 022

Friday 4th October - 7.30pm | Customs House | South Shields
Tickets and information: www.customshouse.co.uk | 0191 454 1234

Friday 1st November - 7.45pm | Riverfront Theatre, Newport
Tickets and information here  | 01633 656757

Sunday 17th November - 7pm | Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London.
Tickets and information here | 0844 482 9673

Thursday 21st November 2013 - 7.30pm | Lincoln Drill Hall | Lincoln
Tickets and information: www.lincolndrillhall.com | 01522 873894

Thursday 5th December 2013 - 7.30pm | Rondo Theatre | Bath
Tickets and information: www.rondotheatre.co.uk | 01225 463362 

+  Book Tickets for the double bill at the Garrick Theatre, here.
+  For more information visit Toby's website: http://www.tobyhadoke.com
+  Follow Toby Hadoke on Twitter@TobyHadoke

[Source: Toby Hadoke]

16 July 2013

Doctor Who is about to face his greatest challenge: his number one fan. Rob Lloyd (The HoundsThe Mutant WayA Study in Scarlet (A Study of...) and Fan Number One) is putting The Doctor on trial.

Not just for Doctor Who fans, it’s a show about obsession and it’s many faces. What have you been obsessed with – a celebrity, a football team, a TV show? For Rob, it’s Doctor Who all the way.  

After sell out seasons at the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, The Melbourne and Perth International Comedy Festivals and a full house for Armageddon Expo 2011 (Australia's Premier Science Fiction Convention) Rob Lloyd will be asking the BIG questions in WHO, ME. Rob will be investigating whether Doctor Who (the television show) is guilty of inciting in him a debilitating obsession, or whether it has shaped him into a well-rounded, mentally-sound member of society.

Since 1996 Rob Lloyd has dedicated himself to amassing as much Doctor Who knowledge, as well as videos, DVDs, novels, audios, action figures and assorted paraphernalia as he can afford. With his replica Jon Pertwee era sonic screwdriver in hand and dressed in his 10th Doctor get up he is ready to jump head first into finding out how and why he got here!

Built up through improvisation and storytelling techniques, this one-man show is a personal and fitting tribute to a television icon. Through the course of the show we will see how one TV program can influence a persons actions, behavior and psyche. You don’t need to be a Doctor Who fan to relate to this show, it speaks to anyone who has known obsession. It’s a hilarious romp across the Doctor’s 49 years, 11 faces and countless adventures.

Show Details:

Venue: Just The Tonic – Bristo Square
Dates: 1st-25th August (No show 13th August)
Time: 1:25pm (65 minutes)
Prices: £6-9
Tickets: www.edfringe.com/event/ROBLLOY

+  For more information visit Rob's website: http://www.roblloyd.com.au
+  Follow Rob Lloyd on Twitter@futurerobby
+  'Like' the WHO, ME Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Who-Me/103024733135485

[Source: Rob Lloyd]

12 July 2013

Like the TARDIS materialising from another dimension a giant Dalek has cropped up in a field of maize on the outskirts of York. Is it the work of alien invaders or crop circle pranksters? In fact it is an inspired piece of field art created by Yorkshire farmer and Doctor Who fan Tom Pearcy as his tribute to the 50th anniversary of the show. 

Mr Pearcy’s York Maze design features the biggest image of a Dalek ever created, over 300m (1000ft) long, cut out of an 18 acre field of over one million living maize plants. The design also includes images of the first Doctor in 1963 William Hartnell and the current Doctor 2013’s Matt Smith. The 10km of pathways form an intricate maize maze which visitors can explore. York Maze is the largest maze in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

Tom Pearcy said:

“Like many kids I grew up watching Doctor Who from behind the sofa and fell in love with the show. I wanted to create a piece of art as a tribute to the 50th anniversary and also make it interactive so visitors can have their own adventures in time and space inside the maze.”

The sixth Doctor, Colin Baker met up with some of his old foes the Daleks at the launch of the York Maze.

Colin Baker said:

“It is fantastic to see how much interest there is in the 50th anniversary of the show. I have been invited to join events all over the world this year, but what York Maze have created with their giant maize maze has to be one of the most imaginative ways to mark the 50th anniversary I have seen. Who would have thought almost thirty years after I played the Doctor that the show would continue to go from strength to strength reaching a new generation of fans. It is great that children and their families will be able to have their own Doctor Who inspired adventures in the York Maze this summer.”

A video from today's press launch for the maze can now be watched below:

+  York Maze is open to the public from Saturday 13th July to Monday 2nd September. See www.yorkmaze.co.uk for details.

[Source: York Maze]

10 July 2013

A fantastic SciFi event for Doctor Who enthusiasts takes place at Spaceport on Saturday 20th July when Doctor Who actor, Colin Baker, visits the Merseyside attraction. 

Colin Baker, who played the sixth embodiment of the celebrated Doctor from 1984–1986, will be at Spaceport between 10am–4pm to meet fans and share some anecdotes from his stint as the Time Lord - plus there will also be replica Doctor Who costume characters ranging from the 1970’s up to the present day. 

Colin’s visit launches a fun packed schedule at Spaceport over the summer holidays, including monster making workshop events and the new Time Travellers exhibition featuring favourites such as life size Daleks, Cybermen, a TARDIS display, a Sontaran, a scary Weeping Angel and K9 –plus prop weapons and an activity area. 

Spaceport hosts the exhibition giving SciFi fans a unique opportunity to experience the creative talents of Hyde Fundraisers, a voluntary organisation who create replica characters from Doctor Who, Star Wars and other SciFi programmes to raise funds for BBC Children In Need and other charities. 

+  For more information visit the Spaceport website.

[Source: Spaceport]

4 July 2013

On November 23rd, 2013, Doctor Who fans around the world will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world’s longest running sci-fi series. We are delighted to announce that current Doctor – Matt Smith – will attend the only official 50th Anniversary Celebration at ExCeL, London alongside special guests confirmed so far: Tom Baker*, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy who have also played the iconic role of The Doctor.

The event on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th November is a must for the whole family to celebrate their love of all things Doctor Who, with an exciting range of activities to suit all ages. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements of high profile guests in the coming weeks.

Matt Smith says:

“The event this year will be an extra special occasion for me, I’m truly looking forward to a huge celebration with the fans in the lead up to the 50th anniversary episode.”

Ticket holders to this once-in-a-lifetime event will have access to a whole range of activities including: 

•  Guaranteed seats to two theatre panel shows featuring star guests from 50 years of Doctor Who. 

•  Guaranteed seats in a spectacular special effects show hosted by Doctor Who’s special effects guru Danny Hargreaves

•  Activities in the main halls including: stunt workshops with Doctor Who stunt co-ordinator Crispin Layfield and stunt double Gordon Seed, audio and visual effect workshops, on-stage panels with cast members, walk-like-a-monster master-classes with Doctor Who’s official monster choreographer Ailsa Burke, quizzes and games for fans young and old and plenty more to ensure the whole family have an amazing day out celebrating Doctor Who. 

All of the above will be available to guests who purchase a standard ticket to the event. Tickets go on general sale at 11am on Monday 8th July 2013 from celebration.doctorwho.tv. Standard tickets are priced at £45 for adults and £20 for kids, while a family ticket will cost £104** (two adults and two children***). Tickets cover entry to the Celebration for one day. 

There is also an option to purchase a limited edition TARDIS ticket. This ticket guarantees front row seats to the theatre shows, a private lounge for use all day, drinks and light refreshments and a special goodie bag with exclusive merchandise which can be collected on the day guests attend. TARDIS tickets are priced at £95.50 for adults, £44.25 for children and £218 for a family (two adults and two children****).

To ensure every visitor gets access to the best experience, when buying tickets online they will have the option to choose one of two streams – Ice Warrior or Weeping Angel – which will reserve each guest a seat for that day’s shows in the theatre. 

Visitors to the Celebration will also have the opportunity to visit signature and photo booths where they can meet their heroes from 50 years of Doctor Who (photos with Matt Smith should be booked in advance via the website). These opportunities will be available at a fee and subject to availability. 

In addition to the Celebration, further activity is being planned for the Saturday evening and will be announced soon.

For more information on the Celebration and a Plan Your Day guide, visit celebration.doctorwho.tv. To hear who else will be making the journey to this once-in-a-lifetime occasion at ExCeL in November subscribe to the doctorwho.tv newsletter and follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/dwcelebration.

*Tom Baker is only able to attend the Doctor Who Celebration on Saturday 23rd November.
**Prices shown for standard tickets exclude booking fee.
***Children under five can attend for free, but must be able to sit on a parents lap during the theatre shows as seats are pre-allocated.
****Prices shown for TARDIS tickets include booking fee.

[Source: BBC Worldwide]

3 July 2013

Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today visited the home of Doctor Who BBC Cymru Wales’ Roath Lock studios in Cardiff - to help celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary.

On arrival they were met by Rhodri Talfan Davies (Director, BBC Cymru Wales), Danny Cohen (Director, BBC Television), Faith Penhale (Head of Drama, BBC Wales & Executive Producer, Doctor Who) and Clare Hudson (Head of BBC Cymru Wales Productions).

The visit began with a trip to Doctor Who’s production office where The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were introduced to members of the team including Brian Minchin (Executive Producer) and Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer).

A trip to the TARDIS was next on the agenda where the royal couple were introduced to Steven Moffat (Executive Producer and Lead Writer), Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Matt Smith (the Doctor) who gave Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall a quick lesson in how to fly the TARDIS! Moments later, Their Royal Highnesses operated the console controls and the time machine sprang to life as if in flight!

Back on Earth it was time to meet the monsters! Their Royal Highnesses were introduced to Strax the Sontaran - in other words, Dan Starkey in full costume and make-up. There were Weeping Angels, Ood and various alien masks on show but a highlight of this section came when Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall met and chatted to a Dalek. The brilliant Nicholas Briggs was initially hidden behind the scenes to ad lib the interview and was then introduced, explaining how he created the distinctive voice patterns of the Time Lord’s oldest foes.

Another demonstration followed with special effects supervisor Danny Hargreaves showing the royal couple the ‘speederbike’ from The Rings of Akhaten and explaining – with the use of greenscreen - how it achieved its fantastic onscreen appearance. Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall then met and talked with several Creative Skillset Cymru apprentices who are training at Roath Lock in a number of TV functions. They also discussed how BBC Cymru Wales’ Roath Lock studios employ the latest methods to ensure sustainability and an eco-friendly approach to television production.

The visit lasted approximately an hour and a crowd of well-wishers gathered to wave and cheer Their Royal Highnesses as they left the studios.

Faith Penhale commented:

"It was lovely to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to the home of Doctor Who to help celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. Certainly, seeing Prince Charles flying the TARDIS and Their Royal Highnesses chatting to a Dalek are memories to cherish from what looks set to be a very memorable year!"

[Source: BBC Doctor Who Website]

18 June 2013

Jenna-Lousie Coleman has been added to the cast of BBC One's new adaptation of PD James's Pride And Prejudice sequel, Death Comes To Pemberley.

Coleman will be taking a leading role as Lizzie's sister (and Wickham's wife – Lydia), who arrives at Pemberley one night, six years after the conclusion of Austen's novel, screaming that her husband has been murdered. In fact, he hasn't – but he is found with the dead body of his travelling companion, prompting a murder investigation that casts a shadow over Pemberley and its residents. 

Also joining the all-star cast is Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), who will appear as Lizzie's vociferous mother, Mrs Bennet, with The Vicar of Dibley's James Fleet playing her resigned spouse, Mr Bennet. Penelope Keith will star as haughty aristocrat, Lady Catherine de Burgh, while Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead) will portray local magistrate, Sir Selwyn Hardcastle.

Front's The Thick of It co-star Joanna Scanlan will appear as Pemberley's housekeeper, Mrs Reynolds, while The White Queen's Eleanor Tomlinson is to play Darcy's niece, Georgiana. She is being courted by dishy attorney, Henry Alveston (James Norton) and her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, played by Silent Witness's Tom Ward

Filming on the production is to begin this month on location in Yorkshire, with Chatsworth estate rumoured to be the chosen location for Pemberley. The production will be directed by BAFTA-winning Daniel Percival (Dirty War, Place of Execution) and produced by Origin Pictures

[Source: Radio Times]

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