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This Week In Doctor Who
July 25/August 1, 2009 - Vol 12, No 29
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide since 1998.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Due to extraordinary circumstances, the TWIDW columns could not publish last weekend. This edition covers July 25 through August 7. We hope to return to a regular schedule on Saturday August 8.
No movie or other big news coming out of San Diego Comic Con 2009 relating to Doctor Who to report as of yet. Stay tuned to the upcoming Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 157 in which we have quasi-live coverage with our correspondent Tara Wheeler of the events taking place today at the SDCC Doctor Who panel with David Tennant, Russell T Davies, and Julie Gardner and more.
With that said, it is still a very exciting convention with the guests on hand. We will have plenty to report in the next Doctor Who: Podshock.
Well I've always enjoyed this story and this watching just reinforced that. Yeah, there are problems but I've always tended to overlook them. Part one, as almost all Colin stories aspire to, is inspiring and very, very good. THIS is the way to introduce a new villain and THIS is the way to treat the Rani. Every other appearance by her tends to reduce her to the I want to rule the world villainess one dimensional charcter. Here, she's very much a 3d character IMO. She doesn't want to rule the world, or change time or do anything that fools like Ming the Merciless and the Master and Dr Evil want to do: she has reasons and good ones. She is amoral but not totally evil and not for evil's sake. I still hate her for what she does to Luke and the others but not as much as I hate the Master for killing the dog and the dog's owner. I hate when they have animals die in media but whatever...
Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 5
Running Time: 1:32:09
Torchwood: Children of Earth review (located towards the end to avoid spoilers, the rest of this podcast proceeding the review is spoiler free), Blake's 7 Audio Books, Doctor Who's 11th Doctor's New Threads and TARDIS, Torchwood Radio Dramas, Mike's Comics Winners, feedback and more.
Today was the day it all turned around.
I don't know if it was all the fabulous Doctor Who fans I got to hang out with, but man, my Saturday rocked.
I saw John Barrowman abduct and photograph a Spartan Warrior.
I got filmed for Doctor Who Confidential.
I saw Naoko Mori in a top that defied conventional engineering.
I got to wave at Russel T. Davies and Colin Baker.
And then I took the evening off to see the Mythbusters.
Which was a huge mistake because David Tennant, John Barrowman and Russell T. Davies all attended the Doctor Who/Torchwood screening.
And they snogged on stage.
Not all at once!
David and John had a snog and then John ran over and gave Russel a chase little smooch so he would't feel left out.
I only know this because the video was posted on YouTube. :(
So much for my network of spies.
Correspondent Tara Wheeler on assignment attending San Diego Comic Con informed us of this little intimate moment with David Tennant and John Barrowman as they introduce the Doctor Who/Torchwood programming taking place at the convention.
The Cultdom Collective Podcast Talkshoe ID 54821 with daveac and Ian, The 6th Doctor, is now on iTunes - subscribe - http://tinyurl.com/nvgkxb
Forbidden Planet (UK) has announced the availability of two versions of the 3rd Doctor (as played by Jon Pertwee) collectable action figure expected to arrive in their warehouse on the 30th of October 2009. It is going to be available in two sets.
Today I spent a good bit of the day just roaming, looking over as much of the Con as I could get access to.
I wore my new fedora hat and one of my Season Fourteen scarves.
Ballroom 20, where the Doctor Who and Torchwood panels will be held on Sunday, has changed the entrance to the bay side of the convention hall.
I'm going to the Hayao Miyazaki panel tomorrow morning, so I'll use that as a dress rehersal for Sunday.
I walked the Exhibit floor for several hours, meeting up with several friends from Gallifrey One.
The folks at BBC America were kind enough to tell me that David Tennant was due to fly into Los Angeles, where he was to attend several meetings and then come on down to San Diego Comic Con.
San Diego Comic Con is not a convention. It's a trade show. It's also a social experiment in frustration.
There's too many people crammed into a huge space.
Someday, something awful is going to happen. Sure hope I'm not here to see it.
Anyhoo, arrived in beyootiful San Diego, dropped stuff off at our amazing hotel (it's in an old bank building) and then headed down to the Con.
We stood in the 'Professional' line (my DH owns comic book shops) out in the hot sun for over an hour.
Then we got to sit down in an even bigger line to get onto the Exhibit Floor for Preview Night.
It was a zoo.
But the big boys all had their booths rockin'. DC. Marvel. Lucasfilm. Disney. Huge.
Packing, packing, and re-packing.
Most of San Diego Comic Con is standing in lines or crushing through a crowd to get somewhere, so I'm restricting myself to one bag on the con floor, another one for back at the hotel with clothes and back up stuff.
I keep going back and forth over whether or not I should wear one of my scarves. . . I'll pack one full sized one and a bunch of the sample scarves.
Got my digital recorder, the iPhone, of course, the good digital camera, the new MacBook, sound canceling headphones and regular ear buds.
The scarf I'm currently knitting on.
Business cards, photographs, my PodShock t-shirt, plenty of sharpies and my autograph book.
Got my tickets, my boarding pass, my hotel reservation number.
"My dear Miss Shaw, I never report myself anywhere, particularly not forthwith."
Outpost Gallifrey Presents:
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 156
Running Time: 1:10:05
We break away from our usual format for a casual, loose conversational discussion on Doctor Who news covering everything from the Waters of Mars, San Diego Comic Con, Dragon*Con, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and more.
We are coming 4! The Cultdom Collective Podcast starts Sunday 2nd August 2009 on Talkshoe ID 54821 with daveac and Ian, The Sixth Doctor.
Cheers, daveac and Ian
I figured I'd better give this here blog a whirl before things got nuts a little later this week.
I'm TARDIS-Tara, and I'm a special correspondant for PodShock.
I'm attending San Diego Comic Con and I'll be sending back pictures and soundbites and goodies all week.
So hold tight, watch this space.
IT IS COMING. IT IS COMING. IT IS COMING.