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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?
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.
The Mirror reports that she lost her long battle against cancer this morning. She was only 62 years old.
Traditionally at this time of the year, it is common to look back at the past year before leaping forward into the new year. We'll do one better… actually forty seven better by looking back at the past 48 years of Doctor Who in this timeline infographic. So before you ring in the new year, look back at the past years of your favourite Time Lord in this in-depth overview of the Doctor's adventures through the years on television along with his companions and iconic foes.
Special thanks to James of cabletv.com for allowing us to share this with you.
Doctor Who by the numbers… Track the Doctors through time and see how they each fared with viewers. Which Doctors do fans favour? Which episodes were the most viewed? Which episodes are the fans' favourite? How many on-screen adventures did we see for each Doctor? These questions and more are answered and visualized in the inforgraphic below.
(Special thanks to James at cabletv.com for offering us to share this with you).
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.
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.
Late last night Big Finish felt confident enough to announce that Tom Baker would be following Colin Baker into Big Finish Audio, as the Doctor. For months it has been a sort of conformation, with Big Finish it's self and more appropriately Nick Briggs himself not wanting to say anything, as dealing in the past had only been a source of spot by Tom.
The details are as follows, "Tom Baker will be playing the Fourth Doctor in a number of audio adventures for Big Finish, to be released from the beginning of 2012. Storylines and scripts are already at an advanced stage, and we plan to start recording early in the summer."
If you enjoyed our discussion on the ins and outs of building your own TARDIS (Police Box) in Doctor Who: Podshock 230 with special guests, the crew from The Happiness Patrol podcast, check out the latest episode of their podcast (The Happiness Patrol 47) in which I was invited on to talk about another Doctor Who icon, scarves!
Read my recent blog entry on ATP about it:
For what feels like for the longest time, we have been trying to get Lewis Bailey to join us on an episode Doctor Who: Podshock. Lewis does a podcast called The Happiness Patrol @TheHPatrol along with Dale Who @FishCustard2010 , Tara Wheeler @TARDIS_Tara (who you may also know as a Corespondent for Doctor Who: Podshock), and Lela Sandstrom @LelaSandstrom, due to scheduling reasons it never worked out. He has been also trying to get me on The Happiness Patrol as well for a while and for the same reason, it hadn't worked. Although we had Lewis on an episode in a recorded segment at the Doctor Who: Podshock 5th Anniversary Event we held last August as well on an episode from Gallifrey 21 last February in Los Angeles at our Meet & Greet Event there, this is the first time we have him on our show in a studio setting for Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 230 along with Dale, Tara, and Lela. Not only is The Happiness Patrol in the latest episode of DWP, but I am in the latest episode of The Happiness Patrol as well!
"Our lives are different to anybody else's. That's the exciting thing, that nobody in the universe can do what we're doing."
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 221
Running Time: 1:25:46
We interview Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield) and director Graeme Harper, plus 2011 will bring 2 series of Doctor Who instead of 1 but no Daleks, Sylvester McCoy in The Hobbit, Live coverage from Doctor Who: Podshock's 5th anniversary celebration with Lewis Bailey (The Happiness Patrol Podcast) and Terry Lighfoot (The DirtyWhoers podcast), Gallifrey update and convention reports, Tom Baker returns again as the 4th Doctor, and more.
More news coming out concerning the 2011 Doctor Who series (or set of series as it is now) is that we may get a reprieve from the Daleks stories. This according to what executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat hinted at the Edinburgh TV Festival:
"Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the Who showrunner admitted that there are currently no plans for the famous aliens to reappear, although work on the 2011 series is not yet complete.
These Cybermen figures are out for revenge in an exclusive set available now to pre-order from Forbidden Planet. This set contains the Cyber Leader and two Mark V Cybermen along with a Cybermat for good measure is expected on the 17th of November 2010. Relive the classic 4th Doctor story, The Revenge of the Cybermen otherwise they may turn you into a cyberbomb.
Pre-order price is currently £29.99 plus shipping. For more information or to place an order, click here.
"I can feel my hair curling and that can mean either that it's going to rain… or that I'm on to something."
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 217
Running Time: 1:57:43
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin reviewed, West Coast Correspondent Amy Krell joins us as we discuss the Doctor Who Proms, Adventure Games, news, rumours, our upcoming Second Life meet up, news, and more!
"I see, you're one of those boring maniacs who's going to gloat. Are you going to tell me your plan for running the universe?"
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 215
Running Time: 1:41:54
Doctor Who: Robots of Death reviewed, Joshua Lou Friedman is back with us talking about his latest film project Bulla and his trip to the UK, Tara Wheeler reports in from San Diego Comic Con, Congratulations to Robin Dal Pozzo McVay, news, and more!
"Would you like a jelly baby?"
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 200
Running Time: 1:50:51
Tom Baker (The 4th Doctor), MyAnna Buring (Scooti in The Impossible Planet), and 'Victor1st Mornington' (The Doctor Who Experience on SL) interviewed. The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who reviewed by Graeme Sheridan, The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who Book Giveaway, Our Second Life Meet Up for May, 200th episode greetings from The Cultdom Collective and Tin Dog Podcast, and more!
Cover art for Doctor Who: Podshock 200 featuring interviews with Tom Baker, MyAnna Buring, and Victor1st Mornington.