Sunday, 28 June 2015

Big Finish: Doctor Who New Series Audio Update

New from Big Finish: "Further to yesterday's exciting launch of our latest New Series Doctor Who adventures, we can confirm earlier release dates for River Song's Big Finish debut stories."

Doctor Who New Series Audio Update It can now be revealed that Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song, which had a mysterious release date of 'TBA' up until this morning, is to be released in January 2016. Only six months away! (Naturally, we know you can work that out for yourself, we're just a bit over-excited about it all.)

Also, the Eighth Doctor box set Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2, can now be confirmed for a March 2016 release, brought forward from May.

The bottom line is that you'll be getting to hear River Song in Big Finish audio action a lot sooner than you might have been expecting.

You can hear more about these and other New Series Doctor Who releases in the latest Big Finish Podcast here.
An epic four-hour adventure that takes River Song across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe.

The Doctor’s past is catching up with him. And so is his future… As a dark chapter dawns for the universe, a friend is at hand. But how can River Song help the Doctor if she can’t meet him?

Saturday, 27 June 2015

River Song to team up with the Eighth Doctor for a new adventure

Looks like River Song is coming back to Doctor Who in 2016 – but this time, she’s teaming up with a different Doctor.

River Song to team up with the Eighth Doctor for a new adventure

A new radio drama from Big Finish will see Alex Kingston’s time-travelling archaeologist team up with Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor (as well as his companions, played by Hattie Morahan and Nicola Walker) in Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2 – but there’s a complication.

You see, the Time Lord’s a few years away from meeting River for the first time in his Tenth incarnation (as seen in TV episode Silence in the Library back in 2008), so she must try to help her oblivious husband without him realising it – or even seeing her. We can’t help but imagine there’s going to be some problems…

“The idea of River meeting previous Doctors was actually proposed by Steven Moffat,” says producer David Richardson, “and it's just irresistible, isn't it? Alex embraced the idea of returning to the role, and so she will be starring in no less than two box sets next year. And yes, we are still pinching ourselves!”

River will later return for a second Big Finish drama in 2016 called The Diary of River Song, which will once again see her join with McGann’s Doctor (so much for keeping her distance, eh?) as she crosses space and time to seek the secretive rulers of the universe. Bet she’ll be sending lovely postcards to the Eleventh Doctor - and maybe we'll get more insight into this earlier version of her character before her final death in 2013's The Name of the Doctor.

 Doom Coalition 2
Synopsis The Doctor’s past is catching up with him. And so is his future… As a dark chapter dawns for the universe, a friend is at hand. But how can River Song help the Doctor if she can’t meet him?
Directed By: Ken Bentley


Paul McGann (The Doctor), Alex Kingston (River Song), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Hattie Morahan (Helen Sinclair)

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Minions travel in three different Tardises for Doctor Who-inspired video

The cult characters appeared in various TV locations pursued by Radio 1’s Greg James in the newly-released sketch.

The Minions travel in three different Tardises for Doctor Who-inspired videoThe sketch sees DJ Greg James forced to shepherd the wayward Minions towards their appearance on the One Show – but they get a bit diverted (as anyone would be) when they spot the TARDIS. The Minions don't just take ride in Peter Capaldi’s TARDIS, oh no;  also in an appropriately black-and-white version of William Hartnell’s console room, as well as the Ninth and Tenth Doctor’s grungier interior.

 The Minions also visit the set of Coronation street, Blue Peter and various news programmes in the video, which you can see below – though if you’re only interested in the Doctor Who segment, that begins at around 2 minutes 25 seconds.

Doctor Who fan who died suddenly aged 27 remembered with special Tardis tribute bench

A much-loved Doctor Who fan and dedicated volunteer worker who died suddenly aged just 27 is being remembered in style with a unique tribute and a celebration day.

Volunteer Vanessa Stapley (left) is pictured with Gary's widow Emma Abbott (right)The death of Gary Abbott, of Marske, on March 18 last year, came as a huge shock to his family and many friends.

The apparently healthy young volunteer worker passed away suddenly while at the club he dedicated countless hours to from a genetic heart condition he didn’t know he had, hypertropic cardiomyopathy.

Now the memory of Gary, known to friends at Redcar’s Grenfell Club for adults and children with learning and physical disabilities as “Big G” due to his height and equally “big personality”, is being kept alive with a special Tardis tribute bench in the garden of the club.

Manager of the club Samantha Jones said: “Gary joined the Grenfell Club as a volunteer at the age of 14 when his mam wanted to get him away from computers. He became a much-loved volunteer and friend to our many members, over 300 of them. He went on to become a member of staff then a trustee.

Volunteer Vanessa Stapley (left) is pictured with Gary's widow Emma Abbott (right)

Sunday, 21 June 2015

BBC America airs first teaser for ‘Doctor Who’ Season 9

The first teaser trailer for the new series of Doctor Who was shown on BBC America last night. It does not show any clips from the new serie, just teases its return.

The 35th series returns to our screen in September.
Here is the clip. 

Saturday, 13 June 2015

200th Main Range Doctor Who Audio Release by Big Finish

The Countdown to 200 has begun - Doctor Who: The Secret History launches Wednesday the 17th of June!

Fifth Doctor adventure The Secret History marks the 200th main range Doctor Who release by Big Finish Productions. Written by Eddie Robson is Big Finish's 200th story in its Doctor Who Main Range, which started back in 1999. The cover is designed by Tom Webster.


After two recent adventures which saw the Doctor's timeline being manipulated, bringing him back in time to meet old friends in dangerous new situations, his Fifth incarnation arrives in 6th century Constantinople with companions Vicki (Maureen O'Brien) and Steven (Peter Purves), to find out what's at the heart of the Secret History...
 The TARDIS brings the Doctor, Steven and Vicki to the Italian city of Ravenna in the year 540 – besieged by the army of the celebrated Byzantine general Belisarius. Caught up in the fighting, Steven ends up on a boat bound for Constantinople, the heart of the Roman Empire.

Rescuing Steven, however, is the least of the Doctor's problems – because he shouldn't be mixed up in this particular adventure at all. Someone has sabotaged his own personal timeline, putting him in the place of his First incarnation... but who, and why? The truth is about to be revealed – but at what cost to all of the Doctors, and to the whole future history of the planet Earth?
Written By: Eddie Robson
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards


Peter Davison (The Doctor), Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), Peter Purves (Steven), Lysette Anthony (Sophia), Sarah Woodward (Theodora), Tony Millan (Procopius, Yazid), Giles Watling (Belisarius), Tim Wallers (Justinian)

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 02: The Triumph of Sutekh

1) The Pyramid of Sutekh by Guy Adams
Professor Bernice Summerfield, archaeologist and adventurer, has discovered a Pyramid on Mars. Inside she finds her old friend the Doctor is fighting a battle with the Osiran God Sutekh. One he is losing.

2) The Vaults of Osiris by Justin Richards
Egypt in 2015 is an unsettled place. The trade in stolen antiquities is a murky one, and it's about to get a whole lot worse, as an ancient and terrible force enters the market.

3) The Eye of Horus by James Goss
 Ancient Egypt is enjoying a golden age - peace, prosperity and a powerful Pharaoh. But something is moving through the sands. A forgotten god requests an invite to the feast.
4) The Tears of Isis by Una McCormack
Russell Courtland prophesied the world would end on Tuesday. No-one was more surprised than he was when it did.

Written By: Guy Adams, Justin Richards, James Goss, Una McCormack
Directed By: Scott Handcock


Lisa Bowerman (Professor Bernice Summerfield), Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Gabriel Woolf (Sutekh the Destroyer), Diveen Henry (Alozza), Nicholas Briggs (Vasha), Sakuntala Ramanee (Hatshepsut), Matthew J Morgan (Tutmosis), Dan Bottomley (Kamos), Matthew Bates (Courtland), Rachel Atkins (Susannah), Naomi McDonald (Alyx), Guy Adams (Cultist)
Producer and Script Editor James Goss
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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Friday 12th June 2015

Also out now

The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 01

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Joivan Wade Returns as Rigsy

Filming has begun on episode 10 of the new series of Doctor Who and Joivan Wade, who played Rigsy in last year’s Flatline, is back! The episode is directed by Justin Molotnikov and written by Sarah Dollard whose previous credits include Being Human and the BBC’s acclaimed spy drama, The Game.

Sarah commented, ‘Getting to play in the Doctor Who toy box is a dream come true. It’s a total honour to contribute to a show that has brought me such joy as a fan. However, writing for Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman has presented a serious problem: some days I've been too excited to actually sit down and type!’

Watch an interview with Sarah Dollard about writing series 9, episode 10.
The episode sees the return of Joivan Wade as Rigsy, the young graffiti artist who helped save the world in Flatline. He’ll be reunited with the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) in this new adventure although how and why he finds himself mixed up with the time traveling heroes is currently under wraps!

The guest cast for the new series includes Maisie Williams, Michelle Gomez, Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye and Jaye Griffiths.

The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One this Autumn with further casting to be announced.


Peter Capaldi in new outfit for the new series


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

U.N.I.T. New Series: Extinction

Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) is the Head of Scientific Research for the Unified Intelligence Taskforce; an international initiative to investigate and confront alien attacks across the planet Earth. The daughter of the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Kate and her team battle against the Universe's greatest threats in a new series of five-disc boxsets.
The first new release from the world of the 2005 series, UNIT: The New Series begins with UNIT: Extinction; where Kate faces off against the terror of the Nestene Consciousness and its army of plastic Autons. Available November 2015.

Written By: Andrew Smith, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley


Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Oliver (Osgood), Warren Brown (Lieutenant Sam Bishop), Ramon Tikaram (Colonel Shindi), James Joyce (Captain Josh Carter)
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Ken Bentley

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