Sunday, 20 February 2011

Goodbye from Blink

This is the hardest post I have ever written, and I’ve been planning it for some time. I’m sorry to inform you that this blog will no longer be posting news after today, as although I do enjoy posting Doctor Who news, it simply takes too long to keep the blog updated with posts everyday.

‘Blink’ was opened exactly a year ago today, on 20th February 2010 at 13:30pm, and so it seems appropriate to close it on this date and time. When I began the blog twelve months ago, I could not have imagined that it would have last this long or have been so popular with visitors.

Although this blog is ending, I am not going to suddenly vanish from the Doctor Who community, and I will continue to visit and support everyone’s blogs and fanfic series. I have recently written scripts for both Captin Franko’s and Jay Burke’s new animated Doctor Who series, which you will be able to view when they are released in the next few months. I also have plans of creating my own fanfic series, which if it goes ahead will be released on a new blog later this year.

Before I go, I would like to thank everyone who has ever visited this blog and hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed running it. I have had a lot of fun during my year of blogging, and have met some really great people who I hope to keep in touch with in the future.

It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for… Geronimo!

Captin Franko has released this cinema trailer for his upcoming second season, which is kindly dedicated to Blink.

A Matter of Time: The Web Planet


DESCRIPTION: ‘The Web Planet’ was the fifth story of Season 2 of Doctor Who, and starred William Hartnell as the First Doctor.

FACT: The highly unusual music soundtrack in this story was created by a group called Les Structures Sonorés, who produced music on glass tubes.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Doctor Who Interview with Jay Burke

Earlier in the week I also conducted an interview with the creator of The Writer’s Blog, Jay Burke, who discussed his love of Doctor Who and what inspired him to create his own new animated series with the Doctor and his companion Eve Miller…

B: When did you first watch Doctor Who, and what makes it special to you?

JB: Well, I first began watching Doctor Who when it returned to our screens in 2005, and ever since then my love for the show really has grown. I think what makes it such a great programme to me is the whole concept of Time Travel and how your stories can be set anywhere in space and time; it really does add variety. I’m also a fan of the writing on the show. They get some fantastic writers and they really do make each adventure its own. I love it!

B: What inspired you to initially create your own animated Doctor Who series, and what do you hope your series can offer fans?

JB: Captin Franko has been a huge inspiration to me! His series really did spark my enthusiasm in creating my own series and hopefully the positive influence from his series will spark some enthusiasm for others in my own series. As for what I hope I can offer fans, well, its more Doctor Who for a start! Its gonna give you an entirely new take on the Doctor and his companions and I think that adding voice actors to the series will really enhance the story-telling and your connection with the characters.

B: As well as scripting your own animated series, you have worked on other projects such as Captin Franko’s series – how does writing for your own series compare with writing for other peoples’ series?

JB: It’s quite funny, but I think I prefer writing for another’s series! I really enjoyed working on the ‘Picnic at Asgard’ script (not saying I don’t enjoy writing my own!) and I think having Captin Franko there to look over what I’d written and point me in the right direction really enhanced the script. It’s very different to writing for your own series because for me now there’s so many variables to take into account and the story-telling is pretty limitless, whereas writing for someone else you’re slightly more restricted and refined.

B: James Hall has said that his interpretation of the Doctor will be more serious than the recent Doctors on television – had you always planned to show a more serious Doctor, or were you simply impressed with James’ portrayal?

JB: I’m not too sure about this question, to be honest. It was Captin Franko’s script idea that really got me thinking about a darker Doctor, and I think James managed to tap into this and see where he was coming from. James’ portrayal is going to be more serious in some aspects but he will still have a light hearted side when it comes to his companions. I say this, but I’m pretty much in the dark about what James specifically wants to do with the character! I’m just waiting to hear what he makes of the lines on the page; I’m as excited to hear him as you!

B: What were the challenges you faced when designing the stories for this upcoming series, and what surprises are in store for the Twelfth Doctor and Eve Miller?

JB: The most difficult thing in designing the series has got to be the episode scheduling! You’ve got to account for so many things; making sure the two-parters are distanced enough, making sure you haven’t got two episodes set in the past, present, or future next to each other. I’ve found that to be the most difficult thing.
Surprises… well I can leak a few I suppose! The Doctor and Eve will be facing a variety of enemies, both new and old. We can expect to see Daleks stranded in the Wild West, Cybermen planning their next invasion in Devon, and the Oblivion drawing closer!

B: Thank you for taking the time to complete this interview Burkey, and I wish you all the best with the release of your first series!

Doctor Who Interview with Captin Franko

Earlier in the week I conducted an interview with the creator of Christel Doctor Who, Captin Franko, who discussed the success of his first series and also what we can expect to see from the Doctor and Tabitha in his upcoming second series...

B: What inspired you to initially create your own animated Doctor Who series, and what do you hope your series offers fans?

CF: When Doctor Who returned to the Television in 2005 I was immediately hooked (again) and I had been doing some little bits of writing on and off in my spare time. It really didn’t take long to put my two hobbies together. I began to write a number of short stories about the Ninth Doctor and Rose but when David Tennant came along I stepped up my plans and decided to see if I could put a whole series together. My initial ideas were very grand and completely ‘un-writeable’.

The series that you see today is probably about the 18th version of what I originally started out with. As the series has developed I hope that it has given people the chance to experience Doctor Who in a slightly different way. I wanted to put my own slant on it and so I wrote in my own version of the Eleventh Doctor. This was a Doctor that I could shape and not have to worry about what was happening in the real ‘canon’ of the television series. Obviously I try and stay as close as possible but it gives me more freedom to play about with the Doctor, and more obviously the interior of the TARDIS.

B: The first full series of episodes were released last year, and proved to be a great hit with fans – what do you think was your best achievement when creating the series?

CF: If I had to pick one thing out from the series as a whole it would probably be the plot arc that I managed to weave into the whole 13 episodes. It was subtle, yet it worked, and completely took people by surprise. I had people sure that Davros was coming back... so when Rassilon walked up to the TARDIS doors I would like to think that it took a lot of people by surprise! I must say some of it happened as spur-of-the-moment writing. I knew where I wanted to get to but the way that I did it was changed with pretty much every episode I wrote. In the end it all worked out fine.

B: Your spectacular spin-off series ARNIE is coming towards the end of its first series – what inspired you to create the idea of the mysterious android, and had you always planned to create a whole series about him?

CF: If I’m honest ARNIE was born out of a need for a sixth episode for Series 1 and a considerable amount of luck. I had written 12 stories and still had a space. I also had a number of ideas to choose from. When I eventually chose to tell ARNIE’s story I began fleshing the back story of the character out in my head and decided that it was something that was just not going to fit into a single episode. Thus, the spin-off series was born. The whole idea that he somehow knows the Doctor and the Doctor does not know him plays nicely in hand with the fact that he does not know who created him. Plus I have also been able to use the series to seed certain plot arcs for upcoming stories that will span the entirety of the Christel Doctor Who universe.

B: If you were given the chance to go back and change anything from Christel Doctor Who, would you decide to do anything differently?

CF: I wouldn’t change any of the stories, because I think as a series of stories they play well together. The changes I would make are more aesthetic. I would have uploaded the episodes through YouTube from the start. Yes, it would have meant splitting them in half, but with the quality you get it is more than worth it. ARNIE Series 1 has proved that and indeed I shall be uploading Series 2 of Christel Doctor Who through YouTube. I would also change the subtitles in the first few episodes, as they took a while to get right and I can’t help but worry that it took away a little from the storytelling side of things.

B: What were the challenges you faced when designing the stories for the upcoming second season, and what surprises are in store for the Doctor and Tabitha?

CF: Probably the biggest worry for me at the moment is that Series 2 will be as well received as Series 1. I got some really good reviews for Series 1 for which I was very grateful, and I am working my hardest to make sure that Series 2 is even better. As far as surprises go... that would be telling, but I can tell you that this is the year of the Trojan and that the Doctor’s hearts will be broken. The plot arc is a lot less subtle this time around, but should hopefully smack you clean between the eyes when all is revealed. This is also why the finale to this series runs to 3 parts instead of the traditional 2. Oh, and of course, nobody knows just what those pesky guardians of time are up to yet!

B: Thank you for taking the time to complete this interview Captin, and I wish you all the best with the release of your second series!

The Pandorica Answers: Regenerations

The first story to mention how many regenerations a Time Lord has was the Fourth Doctor story ‘The Deadly Assassin’ in 1976.

The Fifth and Tenth Doctors were both forced to regenerate from radiation poisoning, and the Eleventh Doctor said he was capable of having 507 regenerations in ‘Death of the Doctor’.

A Matter of Time: The Robots of Death


DESCRIPTION: ‘The Robots of Death’ was the fifth story of Season 14 of Doctor Who, and starred Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.

FACT: This is the last story to feature the wood-panelled TARDIS secondary control room, which first appeared in ‘The Masque of Mandragora’.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Doctor Who Series 5 Episodes 4-6 French Trailer

The Pandorica Puzzles: Regenerations

What was the first story to mention how many regenerations a Time Lord has, what caused the Fifth and Tenth Doctors to regenerate, and how many regenerations did the Eleventh Doctor say he was capable of having in ‘Death of the Doctor’?

Please post your answers in the comments section below.

A Matter of Time: Jacqueline Hill

(17/12/1929 – 18/02/1993)

DESCRIPTION: Jacqueline Hill played the companion Barbara Wright from ‘An Unearthly Child’ to ‘The Chase’.

FACT: Hill returned to Doctor Who for an appearance as the priestess Lexa in the Fourth Doctor story ‘Meglos’.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Doctor Who Maxi Bust 8” Third Doctor and Weeping Angel

The official Forbidden Planet website has revealed information about two new highly-detailed maxi busts of the Third Doctor and a Weeping Angel, the latest editions to the exclusive maxi bust range.

“This beautifully-sculpted 8" maxi-bust of Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor captures the most flamboyant incarnation of the Time Lord in all his velvet-jacketed, bouffant-haired glory.”

“This maxi-bust of the Weeping Angel captures every detail of The Tenth Doctor's stone nemesis from the classic ‘Blink’ episode. Don't close your eyes!”

These new figures are available to pre-order at the discount price of £49.99 each from Forbidden Planet, and are expected to arrive at their warehouse on 28th August this year.

Doctor Who Adventures 205 Cover and News

The cover for Doctor Who Adventures 205 has now been revealed and shows what can be expected from the issue. The magazine comes with an ultra-tricky monster test, a Silurian wordsearch, and some secret backstage photos from the filming of Series 6. There are also loads of puzzles and prizes, as well as a brand new comic strip featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond!

Doctor Who Adventures 205 is now available in shops across the UK, at the regular price of £2.20.

A Matter of Time: The Armageddon Factor


DESCRIPTION: ‘The Armageddon Factor’ was the sixth story of Season 16 of Doctor Who, and starred Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.

FACT: Lalla Ward appears as Princess Astra in this story, which led to her being cast as the second incarnation of Romana in the next season.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The Doctor Who Experience Photos Released

The official Doctor Who website has released a gallery of photos from the Doctor Who Experience, which opens in London this weekend. The event has been described as “the ultimate Doctor Who Adventure”, and is part immersive experience, part interactive exhibition. Specially written scenes featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor, fiendishly inventive sets, and incredible effects conspire to make the Doctor Who Experience more than just an exhibition.

The premise of the immersive adventure is to take visitors through their very own journey across time and space, helping the Doctor, dealing with Daleks and whirling through a breath-taking world. There will be three TARDIS sets on views, as well as classic monsters and mementoes from the show itself.

The Doctor Who Experience gallery can be viewed here.

A Matter of Time: The Two Doctors


DESCRIPTION: ‘The Two Doctors’ was the fourth story of Season 22 of Doctor Who, and starred Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor.

FACT: This story was originally set in New Orleans, and the food-obsessed Androgums were created with the city’s cooking reputation in mind.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Classic Doctor Who Regeneration Scenes

A Matter of Time: Resurrection of the Daleks


DESCRIPTION: ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’ was the fourth story of Season 21 of Doctor Who, and starred Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor.

FACT: Although the story was recorded as four separate episodes, it was broadcast as two 45-minute episodes to avoid clashing with the Winter Olympics.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Doctor Who Mara Tales DVD Trailer

A Matter of Time: The Keeper of Traken


DESCRIPTION: ‘The Keeper of Traken’ was the sixth story of Season 18 of Doctor Who, and starred Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.

FACT: Geoffrey Beevers is credited as the Melkur to conceal the plot twist of the Master’s return, and the name Tremas is also an anagram of Master.