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September 2009


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Doctor Who: Podshock 161 Cover

Cover artwork for Doctor Who: Podshock 161 featuring the one and only Gary Russell

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Another Reason to Avoid Flying Buses in Doctor Who

I have no idea why, but wired.com had this video on their site today. It features David Tennant and Russell T Davies at San Diego Comic Con talking about Doctor Who and in particular some of the difficulties they had with the bus in the then most recent special, Planet of the Dead.

Benny Audio: Venus Mantrap

I guess I'm biased. I just love the Benny audios now. They can do no wrong. This story is fun filled, danger filled, and exiciting in several senses of the word. I'm not sure it's for children though to be honest and in fact, I'm sure it's not. It's very funny and frolicking. I'm also not sure of the politics going on but I love every second of this. Benny is very funny, Peter and his dad Adrian are very caring and love Benny and come off like real people. In short, this spin off has become everything that it wasn't and everything DW can never be: grounded and yet a spacey fun filled adventure anyway. With DW you either get one or the other, never both and of late, nothing DW has done in any spinoff or special can come close to what they are doing in the Benny audios. And for me it all started in the last part of the 8th Benny audio season.

David Tennant to Star in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

David Tennant is to play George Milton in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation reports the guardian.co.uk. He will be playing opposite Liam Brennan as Lennie Small

Slated to run early in 2010 in Radio 4's Classic Serial slot, Of Mice and Men chronicles the story of two migrant workers whose dream of owning their own place is destroyed in 1930s California.

The guardian.co.uk reports that it has been adapted for Radio 4 by writer Donna Franceschild for whom David Tennant had worked with in 1994 in Takin' Over the Asylum.

Ray Barrett Dies at 82

The RescueAustralian actor Ray Barrett has passed away after falling and suffering a brain hemorrhage. The veteran actor became a staple on British television in the 1960s. 

It was in 1965 that Barrett appeared in Doctor Who in the classic story, The Rescue. In the two episode story, he played Bennett and Koquillion

His long list of credits span from the 1950s to the 2008 movie, Australia

Kai Owen Heads Volunteering Drive for Save the Children

Kai Owen and Naoko Mori at Gallifrey 2009Kai Owen (Rhys Williams on Torchwood) will head up an emergency Wales charity volunteer drive for Save the Children according to a report in Walesonline.co.uk. The charity is looking for emergency workers to raise money when disaster hits such as earthquakes, typhoons, disease outbreaks, etc. 

"When an emergency strikes, Save the Children leap into action so they can reach children and families caught up in a disaster as quickly as possible," Kai stated.

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The 4th Doctor's Return - A fan's reaction

 

For many Doctor Who fans, especially those of a certain age (and it still upsets me that I can now use that phrase about myself!), the biggest news of the summer - with the exception of the first pictures of the 11th Doctor - has been the return of Tom Baker to the role that made him a national institution and an icon all over the world. Yes, the 4th Doctor is back - in a 5 part audio adventure called Hornet's Nest from BBC Audio. It's been almost 30 years since the 4th Doctor had a new adventure. 30 years since those wonderful warm and throaty tones have been part of a new Doctor Who story.

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Blackadder Creator Richard Curtis to Write Doctor Who Episode

Richard CurtisRichard Curtis, known to most for creating the popular Blackadder series starring Rowan Atkinson and for romantic comedies like Four Weddings and a Funeral has told The Sun that he will be writing a story for the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith).

Curtis, aged 52, revealed, "There will be a monster. And a famous historical figure will battle the monster." He can not reveal much more.

Some of speculated that the historical figure could be none other than Sir Edmund Blackadder himself. Though this is just speculation.

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BBC America announces "Doctor Who" marathon

BBC America has annonced that on Sunday, September 13th, they will air a marathon of Doctor Who" Episodes. At the time I'm writing this the scheduled episodes are:

6:30 AM     Human Nature / Family of Blood

8:30 AM     Utopia

9:30 AM     The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords

11:30 AM   Voyage of the Damned

1;00 PM     Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead

3;00 PM     The Stolen Earth / Journey's End

5:30 PM     The Next Doctor

6:45 PM     Planet of the Dead

All times are EDT

 

The ad also tells of a preview of "The Waters of Mars" but what that could mean is not known to me.

The scedule on the BBC America website has the episodes listed by season and number so I had to put the titles on here myself.

GIRL IN THE FIREPLACE

Holy crap! This is 10/10 or 5/5. This is what DW should always be like! And most of the time it is but this is a notch above even itself. It's almost as if it doesn't know it's so great. Lyrical, poetic, beautiful in both time zones, colorful, sad, funny, chilling, warm, and a bit offbeat, this is just amazing. Is this DW? Certainly not the same DW that...well, never mind. It's just great.

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