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     What I did while waiting for RTD to leave, by Steven Moffat  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Wednesday, January 07 2009 @ 09:07 AM EST
     Viewed:  2,442 times  
    General NewsContinuing his tradition of re-inventing classic characters, Steven Moffat has just enough time to give us his take on Sherlock Holmes before starting work on Doctor Who. Along with co-producers Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue, Moffat will be doing for Holmes and Watson what he recently did for Jekyll and Hyde.

    Though initially reported by the media in August of 2008, M & G's upcoming Sherlock Holmes adaptation drew little attention until the BBC issued a full press release in the week of the broadcast of "The Next Doctor". Follow-up reporting on the event has been drowned out by coverage of the Matt Smith's election as the Eleventh Doctor.

    Nevertheless, the project appears to be what Moffat will be doing while RTD finishes out his lame duck term. Piers Wenger, the incoming Doctor Who exec and current BBC Wales Head of Drama, has said, "Our Sherlock is a dynamic superhero in a modern world, an arrogant, genius sleuth driven by a desire to prove himself cleverer than the perpetrator and the police, everyone in fact." A recent Mark Gatiss interview suggests the setting of Sherlock will be 2009.

     A Chance to Win Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures 1st Season Set and More  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Louis
     Dated:  Tuesday, October 28 2008 @ 09:39 PM EDT
     Viewed:  2,765 times  
    General News

    By special arrangement between the Gallifreyan Embassy and Mike's Comics who is giving our Doctor Who: Podshock and Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi listeners a chance to win a copy of Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures Season One Set. It is a CD set by B7 Media with an exclusive slipcase. It's a 3 release set with the third coming with an extra DVD including interviews and extras. Ten other listeners will win Blake's 7: The Early Years, a prequel to the Blake's 7 series.

    All you need to do is listen to the Ben Aaronovitch interview included in the podcast (see Introducing the Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi Podcast) and then answer three questions based on what Ben Aaronovitch said in our interview with him in that episode. The questions are simply:

  • 1) What term did Ben use to describe the audio soundscape created by effects and music?
  • 2 ) How many prequels have been made so far?
  • 3) What non-science fiction 1970's television show did Ben mention? (A TV series that began and ended its run in the 1970's)

    Submit your entry with your answers to the above questions to the special email address mentioned in the podcast. Please include your email address, phone number, and mailing address. Out of all the correct entries received one will be randomly selected for the 1st season set, and ten others win The Early Years CD. This contest is being offered by Mike's Comics. Void where prohibited by law.

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  •  Mythical Approaches to Doctor Who (Call for Papers)  View Printable Version  
     Author:  TimeRift_in_NYC
     Dated:  Thursday, September 25 2008 @ 10:32 AM EDT
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    General NewsGreetings Everyone,
    It is my hope that this finds you all well. While I have not been a huge poster on the forums, nor community, I do appreciate all the great insights and thoughts throughout the threads and podcasts that I have read and listened to daily. I know a few that have been involved with the podcasts, that I met through DWNY. I would like to share with your community a project that Dr. Kristine Larsen (author of "Stephen Hawking: A Biography" (, my wife Jessica Burke and I are planning. It is a collection dedicated to understanding the mythological and the applicability of the mythical in Doctor Who.

    The Call for Papers for the collection is pasted below any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

    Many thanks and I look forward in speaking with you all,
    Anthony S Burdge
    Independent Scholar

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     UFC Helps Create a Mini Fan Event in Place of JumpCon Boston  View Printable Version  
     Author:  Louis
     Dated:  Thursday, July 17 2008 @ 04:30 PM EDT
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    General News

    United Fan Con (UFC) along with fans already planning on attending the now cancelled JumpCon Boston event this weekend (18-20 July 2008) are coming together to create a mini fan event in its place. Since fans were already planning on being in Boston, they rallied together to create a mini fan convention after discussing the situation on an online forum. UFC, a small not-for-profit fan-run group located in Randolph, MA has been producing fan-run events in Massachusetts for the past 17 years is helping make it happen by giving funds to rent space at a new venue and use any and all equipment and supplies needed to host this event. UFC is also contacting actors, agents, and vendors in hopes in making this an exciting weekend.

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     Barrowman highlights European advances in physics  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, August 14 2007 @ 03:07 AM EDT
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    General NewsJohn Barrowman likes big bangs.

    If that sounds like an obvious statement about Captain Jack's sexual appetites, consider this: Barrowman has recently been caught promoting a serious scientific study examining the original Big Bang that scientists theorize began life in the universe.

    In the same way that Star Trek actors have frequently lent their time to the promotion of NASA, Barrowman began giving British audiences an understanding of the work of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) this July.

    He's kicking off a series of podcasts which will explain what has been called "the biggest scientific experiment in history". The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project, run by British physicist Dr. Brian Cox, represents one of the largest governmental outlays for pure research in history.

     K-9 goes down under  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Friday, July 27 2007 @ 08:14 PM EDT
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    General News

    Earlier this summer we relayed news from Outpost Gallifrey that suggested K-9 Adventures was still proceeding, despite a year's worth of silence on the subject.

    Today OG are citing a report from Film Finance Corporation Australia that the show is in fact proceeding as a more-or-less Australian domestic project.

    Network 10 are currently seen as the likely premiere network, building upon their Doctor Who spin-off success with Torchwood.

    Producers Penny Wall and Richard Stewart have now both been named. They both have a background in animation and live action principally aimed at young adults. Both, in fact, are coming to K-9 straight from the live-action Australian teenage thriller series, Acolytes. Also named are Simon Barnes (producer for Park Entertainment), and executive producers Grant Bradley, who is also attached to Acolytes, and Jim Howell (for Park Entertainment).

     More "Damned" Christmas competition  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Friday, July 27 2007 @ 07:05 PM EDT
     Viewed:  1,422 times  
    General NewsThough still half a year away, the Christmas Day schedule in Britain is now firming up. And it seems to be a season in which Christmas Past is the dominant ghost. We earlier reported on the remake of The Old Curiosity Shop on ITV. Now Sky Plus has added another old favorite to the festivities: Noel Edmonds.

    In a report from The Sun, the host of a dozen Doctor Who-related interviews (many of which have been included on Doctor Who DVD releases) will resurrect his formerly-traditional Christmas special for audiences. The show last appeared in 1999 and involved sending cameras out with Noel as he presented emotionally-resonant, and sometimes exhorbitant, gifts to ordinary Britons.

     Eccleston's heroic return still being discussed  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, July 24 2007 @ 03:47 PM EDT
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    General NewsE! writer Kristin Veitch continues to stoke the fire regarding Christopher Eccleston's season two return to Heroes. Responding to a June question sent in by a viewer in Indiana, Veitch posted this tantalizing quote from the series' chief:

    Creator Tim Kring says of a possible Invisible Claude return, "We're not making it official, but the truth is we would love to have Christopher back. We are going to pursue it with the hopes we can do it."

    This squares with, but is slightly more forceful than, a quote Kring provided in an online chat at on the day after the final episode of series one aired.

    Eccleston became a recurring guest artist midway through season one, after having turned down the role of the main villain, Sylar.

     Jacobi, Wanamaker to have "curious" Christmas  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Tuesday, July 24 2007 @ 03:09 PM EDT
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    General NewsTwo of the Tenth Doctor's most memorable enemies are pairing up for a holiday special of their own this year. Sir Derek Jacobi and Zoe Wanamaker will co-star in Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop, ITV's Christmas Day answer to "Voyage of the Damned".

    According to a May 2007 article from The Stage, Jacobi will play the central role of "Grandfather"a part more akin to that of Professor Yana than the Master. Grandfather is a man destroyed by gambling away his curiosity shop in an effort to carve a better life for himself and his granddaughter, Nell Trent. Wanamaker will play Mrs. Jarley, the owner of a travelling waxworks, who eventually employs the pair after Grandfather's loan shark, a dwarf named Quilp, takes possession of the shop.

    Doctor Who fans will remember that Russell T. Davies expressed a desire to adapt the Dickens classic himself in a long interview with The Telegraph this March.

    The ITV1 special will be at least the 11th time the story has been adapted for English-language film since 1911.

     School Reunion alumni graduate  View Printable Version  
     Author:  DarthSkeptical
     Dated:  Monday, July 23 2007 @ 10:36 PM EDT
     Viewed:  1,670 times  
    General NewsContributors to the series two story, "School Reunion", are set to write new television futures for themselves. Noel Clarke and Toby Whithouse, who have also penned episodes of Torchwood, have received a commission from Danny Cohen to write two new series for BBC3.

    According to a July 12 report from Digital Spy, both series will be broadcast later this year.

    Clarke will tackle the familiar setting of a London council estate with his drama W10 LDN. It will follow the lives of several teenagers residing at the estate. It will be produced by Kudos, who also produced Life on Mars.

    Whithouse will continue plying the supernatural in Being Human, about a trio of housemates who are, in reality, a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf. It will film, but may not be set, in Bristol.

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