The third of my new DW features written for work:( TardisWatch IIICollapse )
Now I don't know how many of you are up to date with the Doctor Who DVDs, but last year they released the Invasion, an 8 part Troughton story on DVD. Now 2 of the episodes only exist in soundtrack form, no film or video. So to fill in the gaps they animated the episodes, commisioning Cosgrove Hall to do it. The results were fantastic and brought the missing episodes to life. As you may know there are another 106 original Doctor Who episodes that exist in sountrack form only (thanks to dedicated home tapers). The DVD comisioning editor has just announced that they are accepting submissions for more animations (as in proper professional submissions). See the Restoration Team forum for detailsSo whilst I doubt we know anyone who could do it, for any fans of 60s Doctor Who this is great news. And there could well be some more missing episodes coming to DVD soon .
Written as part of my Dayjob:( TARDISWATCH 2: THE SHAKESPEARE CODECollapse )
The first installment of my series of Doctor Who features for my dayjob (contains mild spoilers for episode 1):( TARDISWATCH 1Collapse )
Hello... Ooh, new teeth, that's weird. Now where was I? Oh that's right... Barcelona!Yes, I deleted the community for a while as I saw little point in keeping it active. Thankfully a significant amount of my interest has returned, plus the new series starts on SATURDAY MARCH 31ST, so its a perfect time to bring this place back.Discussion, debate and observations regarding the new series are welcome.New Doctor Who EventsThe semi-regular Doctor Who nights may well return in the near future, we'll be talking about this soon. Plus, a possible larger event may be on the cards. Oh, and if you haven't seen them already, the BBC have started posting Doctor Who content on YouTube, the first being David Tennant's Video Diary and Freema Agyeman's Video Diary, both of which are worth a look. Incidentally, I will be writing a feature on Doctor Who for my day-job's Myspace Page, which should be posted on Monday. An extract and a link will be available here!Theory Time!Thinking back to the end of Torchwood series 1, maybe Jack wasn't taken by the Doctor at all? All we heard was a TARDIS in transit, and with all these master rumours flying about, I can't help but wonder if the culprit was actually our goatee'd bad guy... ah well, just a thought :)Glad to be back in the old blue box...Mr Hex
Was just talking about the Jason Statham rumour (probably *just* a rumour but hey, it'd be cool to see the Doctor get some body mass back, hehe) with Rach and we got onto our obsession with Dylan Moran being the 11th Doctor, and the notion of the perfect companion came up: Bill Bailey! *grin* Actually, why not have the BBC go the whole hog and put Tamsin Greig in as the Rani!!! I know she's already been in as another character, but that didn't stop Colin Baker or Freema Agyeman...
Well we've certainly come a long way from just having EDAs and PDAs to look forward to haven't we? On Xmas day we had Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride, which was fun, if rather empty and suffering from a weak script, as well as the Doctor Who charity concert on BBCi. Then today we've had the pilot of The Sarah Jane Adventures and the two-part finale of Torchwood, adding up to a festive period packed with WHO related delights.How the hell did this happen? This is great! A few short years ago, Doctor Who fans were ridiculed, even by other SF fans! A rickety old TV show about a time traveller, his companions and a big blue box, lost in 1989 and briefly resurrected in 1996. It was spent. Fans kept it going with audios, novels and just being bloody stubborn, but no maatter how hard we wanted it back on TV, there was seemingly no chance of it happening.Fast forward to today, and Doctor Who is enormous, bigger than has ever been. Every kid wants a Dalek or a K9 of their own. The DW universe has been opened up to a new generation, the show is massively popular, and now we have two spinoffs to enjoy as well.The Sarah Jane Adventures episode was great fun. Aimed squarely at kids, yes, but still a great romp. Decent cast, fantastic production values (Better than The Runaway Bride!) and pacing to die for.Torchwood ended on a high note with two great episodes. The penultimate episode, Captain Jack Harkness was beautifully written, a bittersweet character piece that finally let Jack's character shine through, followed by End of Days, which did exactly what it needed to and delivered a whopping great big climax to the first series- and that ending! The implications! The Doctor must have been in a REAL rush to get away......unless... SPECUALTION TIME!One thing that occured to me was that maybe the TARDIS wasn't being flown by the Doctor when it swept in for Jack. Perhaps the Doc has been injured (late in series 3- Jack's back in the last few epiodes) and something similar to Emergency Program 1 (from the 9th Doc's season) has sent the TARDIS to fetch Jack to help...Who knows. Aaaah, its fun being sad.
Torchwood has finally won me over. Looking forward to tonight's episode (the teaser looks right up my street) rather alot as my week has been bloody awful.I watched the omnibus last night on BBC3 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The cast certainly seem to have found their footing with their characters, which is partly down to some much better scripts and some superb direction. The last few weeks have *really* made up for the bumpy start the series got off to. Personal favourite right now is They Keep Killing Suzie, which was a wonderful mix of tension and superior plotting adding that missing ingredient to the stellar cast. Really enjoyed that. Even the blatant money-saver episode that followed was a treat in its sheer simplicity, and it also gave Gwen a chance to shine a bit. She's grown on me, but Toshiko will always get my attention first (Naoko Mori is such a lovely actress). Pardon me while I swoon ;)Yeah, looking forward to the rest of the series, and am curious to find out what is 'moving in the darkness' towards Jack...Right, back to writing.
Finally an episode of Torchwood that lives up to what we expected, drama, thrils, characters and a dark dark plotline.If you didn't see it watch it later in the week people.
While sorting the flat out a bit I've popped The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit on as background noise, and am finding it incredibly hard to take my eyes away from the screen.These two episodes really do put the rest of the series to shame, apart from the closing minutes of Doomsday.My favourite tenth Doc episodes so far. Excellent British sci fi. More please.