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A Pond Farewell and a New Home for the Holidays [Infographic]

By now I will assume you have seen the latest episode of Doctor Who, The Angels Take Manhattan. If you have not, you may want to stop reading this until you have because this piece may spoil the episode for you. So consider this a spoiler alert (insert cloister bells here). 

In this next to last episode of the year 2012 we see the Ponds for the last time. Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) are doomed to live the rest of their lives in Earth's past without any further visits from the Doctor… Or we are led to believe at least. Though never say "never" in Doctor Who as it has been proven time and time again.

What did you think of their farewell? 

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Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm (Romana) Dies Aged 62

I am sadden to report that once again we have lost someone in the Doctor Who community. A month after the news of Caroline John (Liz Shaw) passing, we have lost another actress that played a companion on Doctor Who, Mary Tamm. You will remember her for her role as the original Romana in the Tom Baker era. She introduced us to the Time Lady companion, Romana in 'The Key to Time' series of 1978 to 1979. 

Mary Tamm in 1984Mary Tamm in 1984

The Mirror reports that she lost her long battle against cancer this morning. She was only 62 years old. 

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Radio Times Interview with Sadie Miller.

The Radio Times has a full interview with Elisabeth Sladen's Daughter Sadie Miller.

Sadie now 26 years old, tells what it was like growing up knowing Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, and what Family life was like.

She goes on to mension that she shall not be watching the 5th Series of Sarah Jane Adventures, Saying “I find it just a bit strange. I can’t really watch it, too soon. But I know I’ll enjoy watching them again at some stage. And if I have children it will mean a lot to watch it with them. Mum would have been a wonderful grandma and I feel sad that she won’t get to experience that.”

The full interview is linked below. 

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Share Your Stories and Thoughts on Our Elisabeth Sladen Celebration DW Podshock Episode

Sarah Jane Smith

Last April we suffered a huge unexpected loss in the Doctor Who community and beyond. The death of the beloved actress, Elisabeth Sladen. Almost immediately following it, DWP Correspondent-At-Large, Colin (AKA "Abersoch") contacted me about putting together a special episode of Doctor Who: Podshock to celebrate Elisabeth Sladen and the Sarah Jane Smith character.

We had just started our series of live shows reviewing the new Doctor Who episodes from the spring 2011 series while Colin and I were discussing what we could do for a tribute. We couldn't record it then. Now that we are in between the spring block and the late summer/autumn block of new 2011 Doctor Who episodes, it allows us to record this celebration episode.

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DVR Alert: Matt Smith and Karen Gillan on 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'

Once again, Craig Ferguson welcomes Doctor Who guests on his US late night chat show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. This coming week we have both Matt Smith and Karen Gillan lined up to appear on his show, but not on the same night. It's Monday night's show for Matt* and Tuesday for Karen… *Maybe. I say maybe because according to the show's CBS website of this week's guests, it has Matt scheduled for Friday at the time of this writing. According to my DVR though, he's on for Monday night's show, so I would advise recording Monday night's show just to play it safe. If Matt is not on it, be sure to set your DVR for Friday. Remember when it comes to setting your DVR, since the show is at 12:35 am, it's after midnight, so techincally, it's the next day. Depending on your DVR, you may need to go Tuesday, July 26th at 12:35 am to find Monday night's show and to Wednesday, July 27th at 12:35am to find Tuesday night's show.

Both are "in town" so to speak -- well at least in CA for San Diego Comic Con taking place now.

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Tom Baker Reflects Back on Lis Sladen and Sarah Jane

Today marks one week since the unbelievable news broke that we lost Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) to cancer. The BBC had dedicated this past Saturday's transmission of Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut (the premiere episode of the new 2011 series) to her and afterwards there was a 12 minute piece on CBBC titled, My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen which if you saw it, I'm sure it didn't leave you with a dry eye. In it, many of her co-stars spoke about their time working with her including David Tennant and Matt Smith. The day after she passed, another Doctor actor had his say as well.

Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor in Doctor Who shares some of his memories and feelings after the passing of co-star, Elisabeth Sladen last week.

Lis Sladen and Tom Baker in Doctor Who

Tom Baker Newsletter | Latest news | Lis Sladen | Sarah Jane: "Sarah Jane dead?  No, impossible!  Impossible.  Only last week I agreed to do six new audio adventures with her for Big Finish Productions.

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Karen Gillan is on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Tonight

Happy Birthday, Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) of #DoctorWho (Note: Although I shot some iPhone photos of Karen, this one is from my DSLR in April with the post processing effects done now on the iPhone).

DVR Alert:

Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) is one of the guests tonight on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. This is the episode she recorded last week (as mentioned in Doctor Who: Podshock 243). The show is on at 12:37am (technically Saturday) EDT, check your local listings in your area for show times in your area.

Late Late Show - This Week's Guests - CBS.com: "Friday, April 22: Diane Lane, Karen Gillan"

(Via www.cbs.com)

Photo: © 2010 @LouisTrapani

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Elisabeth Sladen Has Passed Away. I'm Devastated and Stunned.

Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith of Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures) has died at the age of 63 I am so sad to report…

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I was stunned and dismayed when read the news of passing of Elisabeth Sladen today from a tweet from Gallifrey One. I am at a lost for words. This news came to me very unexpected as I am sure it does for all Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures fans. I don't know what to say at this point. Writer Paul Cornell and actress Nicola Bryant have also confirmed the news by tweeting their sentiments as well. BBC News has also confirmed it in a short statement (now a full obituary).

Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill DVD Signing in NYC

Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill will be on hand at the Barnes & Noble located at 555 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY at 12 noon this Friday, April 8, 2011 signing copies of the DVD box set of Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series (season 31).

According to the Barnes & Noble website, "You will need a wristband to join the signing line for this event. Wristbands will be distributed starting at 9AM on Friday, April 8 with the purchase of the Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series boxed Set. Please call store for additional details."

One can only assume this would apply to the Blu-ray set as well, but best to call the store to confirm at 212-697-3048.

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DVR Alert: Alex Kingston is Scheduled for Thursday's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

River Song

Once again, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (on CBS in the US) will be having a Doctor Who related guest this Thursday (6th January 2011). This time it is Alex Kingston (River Song). Although she is not listed (at the time of this writing) in the upcoming shows for free tickets (they are actually recording two shows on Thursday according to their website, one at 3pm with actor Gary Sinise and one at 4:15pm with actress Mila Kunis - the latter being sold out), it was announced that "River Song" would be on Thursday's show via Craig Ferguson's Twitter feed. In addition, the Doctor Who musical opening number ("cold open") which could not be aired last November has finally been cleared for this show.

I wouldn't be too concerned about her absence on the website, as with the last time when Matt Smith was scheduled to appear on the show (16th November 2010), he was not showing up on the site for the longest time. Perhaps this show was pre-recorded on another day? @CraigyFerg tweeted the following tweet on Monday:

CraigyFreg Tweet about Alex Kingston

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An Article About Last Tuesday's Gallifreyan Embassy 25th Anniversary Event

Daphne Ashbrook signing autographs at our event. #DoctorWho #Podshock

A heads up for those may not have caught the tweets from myself as well as @GEmbassy and @Podshock that there's another article in the Mineola Patch about our most recent 25th anniversary event for the Gallifreyan Embassy which was held last Tuesday at Eleanor Rigby's in Mineola, NY.

'Doctor Who' Actress Visits Mineola for Fan Club’s 25th Anniversary - Mineola, NY Patch:

"'What started in 1985 with newsletters and meetings, in 2010 is now an online presence like the website or podcasts and things,' Louis Trapani told fellow fans of the 40-plus year British sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' gathered at Eleanor Rigby's Tuesday night. 'But there's still nothing better than good old-fashioned people getting together and having a good time and we have a great community of Doctor Who fans on Long Island.'

Along with fellow fan Ken Deep, Trapani is head of the 'Gallifreyan Embassy,' billed as the largest 'Doctor Who' fan club on Long Island, and which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Deep said that it was 'fitting' that the group was in Mineola because club member Beth Trekman had been working at the Mineola post office where the original club newsletters were mailed. 'You used to see Mineola as our paid postage meter-thingy from the post office,' Deep said. 'Mineola has a special place in our hearts.'

Trapani said he decided to start a 'Doctor Who' fan club on Long Island in 1985 'since there was nothing there at that time, (and) since there was nothing there I said 'hey, I'll start it' and little did I know 25 years later they're still talking about it.'"

(Via mineola.patch.com - read the rest here)

Join Daphne Ashbrook in Celebrating 25 Years of the Gallifreyan Embassy

Come and join us for a very special event celebrating 25 years of the Gallifreyan Embassy on Tuesday, the 16th of November 2010 with our very special invited guest, the lovely Daphne Ashbrook!

Celebrating 25 Years of the Gallifreyan Embassy

We have been celebrating the quarter of a century mark of the Gallifreyan Embassy all this year. If you missed our last big event in May, here's another opportunity to join in on the fun!

Joining us at the event is the always lovely Daphne Ashbrook (Grace Holloway in the 1996 Doctor Who movie).

Date: Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Time: 7pm Eastern until (to be announced)
Location: Eleanor Rigby's • 113 Mineola Blvd., Mineola, NY
Cover: $20.00 (Podshock Supporting Subscribers receive a 20% discount)

Eleanor Rigby'sThe event is taking place at Eleanor Rigby's in Mineola, NY. As you may have guessed by the name, it is a Beatles themed venue. It is very accessible from the LIRR train station as well as the Long Island Expressway and Northern & Meadowbrook State Parkways and there is plenty of parking in the rear. They offer a varied selection of menu options for food and beverages. Visit their website for more details and menu offerings. (Please note that the cover charge does not include food or drinks).

For 25 years now the Gallifreyan Embassy has been celebrating the adventures of a certain Time Lord through time and space. Now we are coming together to mark the milestone at this event which is open to everyone (you don't need to have been or be a member of the Gallifreyan Embassy)

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Watch 'Doctor Who: A Masterclass' from Edinburgh International Television Festival

Watch the full session from the Edinburgh International Television Festival with Doctor Who Executive Producer and Lead Writer, Steven Moffat and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) from 29 August 2010 chaired by Richard Bacon.

Follow the link below and then click the right sidebar for Doctor Who: A Masterclass. Special thanks to @terrylightfoot for the heads up on it.

MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival - MGEITF 2010 - Full Sessions:

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It Was 25 Years Ago Today, The Gallifreyan Embassy Began…

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.

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