This week is the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, which means there is a tremendous amount of tech related announcements coming out of the show. As often is the case, there is some crossover between tech and sci-fi. The Panasonic booth had a special "most impressive" (as they termed it) announcement of (pre-orders for) the Star Wars films coming to Blu-ray. I had heard there would be a TARDIS speaker system at the show, but didn't have much details on it. Engadget has come to the rescue (since I am not at the show myself) with this report of hands-on prototype of the new Speakal TARDIS speaker dock and Bluetooth speaker and IR remote control system.
I am assuming it will work with the iPhone as well as the iPod. The photos show an iPhone in the dock (a white at that). If the speakers are shielded enough to prevent GSM radio noise interference from the iPhone, it should work.
Every year, for the last few years, just in time for the holidays, 'TardisTimegirl' releases an animated Doctor Who related video on YouTube. A holiday treat for all Whovians. Last year, it was the immensely popular, '2001: A Who Odyssey' in which she combines the classic 1968 Doctor Who serial 'The Wheel in Space' with the film '2001: A Space Odyssey' which was released the same year. So when the holidays rolled around this year, I checked her YouTube channel and was disappointed not to see any new animated shorts for this year's holiday season. So I was surprised and delighted to see that a new short was released over the New Year's Day holiday.
Once again, using the 2nd Doctor story, 'The Wheel in Space' as the backdrop, she poses the question of what would a trailer look like for it if the once BBC set designer, Ridley Scott (who later went on to direct Alien among other films) made it? What follows is another awesome computer animated (CGI) trailer for Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space done in the style of 1979's Alien film by Ridley Scott. Thank you, 'TardisTimegirl.'
Turn off the lights and watch this in full screen mode. Enjoy!
As previously reported, there is a new Doctor Who iOS game, Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time. It is now in the Apple App Store as of today. There are two versions, one is for the iPhone and iPod touch, and an HD version for the iPad. Unfortunately, it is not a universal app, so you can either get the iPhone/iPod touch version and upscale it for the iPad, or alternatively get the HD version specifically for the iPad.
The prices in the US App store are currently
$3.99 and $4.99 NOW ONLY 99¢ each.
Here is the link to the iPhone/iPod touch version: Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time - BBC Worldwide
Here is the link to the iPad HD version: Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time HD - BBC Worldwide
A screenshot for the iPhone/iPod touch version
Once again London was invaded by the Cybermen! This time around it wasn't some diabolical scene of Tobias Vaughn, but publicity for the newly opening "Doctor Who Experience" in london. The same steps used in the iconic Patrick Troughton era story "The Invasion" were used once again. Later on the Cybermen marched onto the London Underground.
The Doctor who experience will open in London on the 20th of February 2011. more photos below. www.doctorwhoexperience.com.
As far as releases for Cybermen figures from character options, this year has really been a storm. With the Earthshock Cyberman at the beginning of the year, to the recently released Silver nemesis twin pack of Cyber lieutenant and Cyber Leader. To the Pre-orderable Revenge of the cybermen set due in November. It left me puzzling what could Character Options/Underground Toys bring out next Cybermen wise. Well that wish list has been cut down even further with this Double pack of the 6th Doctor and Cyber Scout. For me this is a double goal As I collec t 6th Doctors and Oh boy DO I COLLECT CYBERMEN! I personally would have made this set the Cyber Controller and Cyber Scout from attack of the Cybermen, but due to the silly prices going for the Standard 6th Doctor I am more than happy about the nature of this set. Since the original 6th Doctor release was brought out in a blister pack with a singular Part of the K1 robot from Robot to collect, trying to get hold of this figure for a "Reasonable Price" has been an absolute Nightmare. As to the cyberscout, it saves me time and effort of trying to customise an Earthshock cyberman to look like a cyberscout.
In another Forbidden Planet exclusive, the 6th Doctor and stealth Cybermen collectable figure set will be available 01 October 2010. Available for pre-orders today for shipping to the UK and Ireland now for £24.99. This set includes the 6th Doctor and a Stealth Cyberman from the 1985 Doctor Who story Attack of the Cybermen. The Doctor comes with a signal tracker accessory and the Cyberman is equipped with a Cybergun.
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.
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.