It was a quarter of century ago today, as hard as it is for me believe, is when the Gallifreyan Embassy began. Unbeknownst at the time, it was the day after the Discovery Channel was launched. It was also the day after the launch of the space shuttle Discovery (STS-51-G) which marked the first Arab and Muslim in space (payload specialist Sultan bin Salman bin Adulaziz Al Saud). Yes, it was 1985. Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Commodore launches the Amiga personal computer while NeXT is founded by Steve Jobs after leaving Apple Computer.
Just two weeks before we went Back to the Future in the theaters, the Gallifreyan Embassy of Long Island officially began.
The above pictured Cyberman head from the Second Doctor's period is one of many articles going on sale once more at Bonhams in Knightsbridge London. Other props include Daleks also from this time (Power of the Daleks) K9 and two TARDIS's. The most interesting being the TARDIS from 2005 from 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston. This is part of an entertainment auction rather than just a Doctor Who specific one. The auction will be taking place at 11am on the 23rd of June 2010 and lot numbers are 126 to 142 inclusive. Lot 126 being an Dalek from The Chase and 142 being the 9th Doctors TARDIS.
This Week In Doctor Who - Section A
June 12, 2010 - Vol 13, Number 21
by Benjamin F. Elliott
All the known broadcasts of Doctor Who covered weekly since 1998. With the spinoffs too.
UK - the world premiere of "The Lodger" is today, 12 June at 6:45PM BST on BBC One and BBC HD in a 45 minute slot. "The Pandorica Opens" is due to premiere on 19 June at 6:40PM BST in a 50 minute slot. Series finale "The Big Bang" is due to premiere on 26 June - the time will be set based on which World Cup games BBC One gets. The BBC has not announced the length, but tentative early listings have The Big Bang in a 55 minute slot.
Toby Hadoke is back, well if you have the Cd or Digital Copy "Moths Ate my doctor Who scarf!" He's never really away. But after touring for over three years with "Moths" Doctor Who Fan and fan Favourite Toby, has a new routine quote from his web site.
"An affectionate and stroppy love letter to his favourite Auntie from the passionately squared eyed comedian whose previous show “Moths Ate Mt Doctor Who Scarf” received 100% 5 star reviews (Ed Fringe 2007), toured the UK and internationally, had a West End run, and spawned a Sony nominated radio series."
All 11 Doctors together at one time is something to make any fans hearts race faster.
this time though it's because they are being released as an 11 figure boxed set for the first time. The set may become one of the most sought after items this year after the 11th Doctor's sonic screwdriver. Mainly by hardcore fans and some not so hardcore fans, 1st big point being that obviously Paul McGann's 8th Doctor is part of the set, and Tom Baker's 4th Doctor is in his season 15 garb.
SFX in association with BBC Books has launched a competition for the Description of the 11th Doctor in a Target book Novelisation style. Anybody who has read the Target books will be aware each doctor had an Unique Description for each of the Doctors. "He had and old young face" is part of the Description for Pertwee's 3rd Doctor.
...playing the Roddy McDowell role????
Not sure if you've seen it, but this is kind of crazy and out of control. Idris Elba is phenomenal, as we know, but McGann's character is fantastic too and it's the best he's been in years. Definitely worth your time:
BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and US premium entertainment network Starz Entertainmenthave today announced a three-way co-production partnership that will develop a new series of the hit BBC sci-fi drama Torchwood. BBC Worldwide will also distribute the series to broadcasters globally. The 10-episode instalment will be written by a team led by Torchwood creator Russell T Davies and produced by BBC Worldwide productions.
This Week In Doctor Who - Section A
June 5, 2010 - Vol 13, Number 20
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Welcome to the ORIGINAL This Week In Doctor Who. All the known broadcasts of Doctor Who covered weekly since 1998. With the spinoffs too.
UK - the world premiere of "Vincent And the Doctor" is due to premiere on 5 June at 6:40PM BST on BBC One and BBC HD - another 50 minute slot. "The Lodger" is due to premiere on 12 June at 6:45PM BST on BBC One and BBC HD in a 45 minute slot. "The Pandorica Opens" is due to premiere on 19 June, tentatively at 6:40PM BST but it could change.
The computer game, which was introduced as "The Doctor Who Adventures" earlier this year has now been released. There are a couple of sore points, 1: IT IS AS WE EXPECTED GEO-LOCKED, that means if you are not resident in the UK you can't access it. 2: WINDOWS VERSION ONLY, the Mac version is due on the 15th of July. and most Importantly 3: IT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, but your going to have to lay out your hard earned cash for it. I suspected this part but as the BBC now has to show responsibilty for it's earnings since the change of government in the UK this was no surprise to me.
The BBC has renewed the Big Finish Audio's Licence to produce Doctor Who audios until 2012 through its BBC Audio branch, the following statement was published to Facebook earlier today from Big finish.
Anyone remembering my review of City of Spires will recall that I promissed to review all the Releases in this Series of Sixth Doctor and Jamie Stories.
Final figures for episode eight, The Hungry Earth, published by BARB show it was watched by 6.49 million viewers. The figure is an increase of over two million on the initially reported overnights, implying many recorded the programme to watch it later.
On BBC One the programme got 6.01 million watching where it was the ninth most watched programme for the channel for the week. An additional 0.48 million watched on BBC HD. When added together the programme totalled 6.49 million viewers.