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Doctor Who Season 8 Trailer

Doctor Who Season 8 Trailer

So the BBC have had to deal with not only leaked scripts for the first few episodes of Doctor Who Season 8, but also now a (very poor quality black and white, unfinished) video of the first episode leaking out. Seriously… don’t watch it. I have no problem with spoilers as they are commonly defined these days, but that will absolutely affect your enjoyment of the finished product.

But for those who have steered clear we’ve still seen very little of what Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is actually going to be like. Until now.

With the release of the first full trailer for Doctor Who Season (Series) 8 we get to see and hear the Twelfth Doctor. Not a lot (the trailer is only a minute or so long) but enough to make me feel that all of my hopes for this version are justified.

We get the TARDIS, the Doctor, Clara, Explosions, Daleks, Dinosaurs, Robots, Madam Vastra. A lot of it is stuff that’s already been teased, but the arrangement here certainly suggests a more sombre Doctor than we’ve seen since Christopher Eccleston. Of course trailers can be highly misleading.


It’s Official Sherlock Returns In 2015

101933528 1024x576 Its Official Sherlock Returns In 2015And not just for a Christmas special as previously rumored but for a full (well three episodes) season as well.

Shooting will start in early 2015 for the Christmas special which suggests that will air first, so season 4 itself may not actually air until 2016.

Which is a fair way away certainly. But by Sherlock standards a commitment to 4 episodes within the next 2 years is actually pretty good!

There’s no hints yet about the storylines, although Martin Freeman has previously indicated that his wife Amanda Abbington would be back as well as Benedict Cumberbatch (and presumably Ruper Graves as Lestrade and Louise Brealey as Molly). I think we can also safely assume that the Christmas special  will address the return of Andrew Scott’s Moriarty.

Source: Deadline – Official Sherlock Returning For Special Followed By Three New Episodes


A Christmas Special Of Sherlock Is Coming…. In 2015…. Maybe…

sherlock and watson by perselus d7ks13z 405x600 A Christmas Special Of Sherlock Is Coming.... In 2015.... Maybe...That’s definitely a headline that gets worse as it goes a long.

I’ve actually been reading rumors about a one off Christmas Special for Sherlock since the last episode aired. But nothing has ever been announced officially.

And it still hasn’t. But you would think that series star Martin Freeman might have some idea of the plans. And he does seem to think we’ll see a Christmas Special, just not until 2015.

Series show runners Moffat and Gatiss have previously said that they’ve mapped out a season 4 and 5 (in broad strokes) so it sounds like this would just be a stand alone thing, not the beginning of season 4.

Of course, again, nothing has been announced. Which means even if this is the plan now, everything could change in the next 18 months.

Source: Bleeding  Cool – Sherlock Christmas Special in 2015 Says Martin Freeman

Image: Sherlock and Watson by perselus


Doctor Who Re-Review: S07E07 – The Bells of Saint John

doctor who bells of st john 600x337 Doctor Who Re Review: S07E07   The Bells of Saint John When reviewing The Bells of Saint John for the first time my takeaway was that this was a solid but unexceptional episode that used a lot of familiar elements.

After a re-watch I think that’s still broadly true. It’s certainly not the strongest episode of the season and the Spoonheads with their revolving head gimmick are clearly very similar to The Winders in The Beast Below, only not quite as effective.

There’s not a lot of depth to the story either. It’s very much a reintroduction to The Doctor and what he does. Which obviously isn’t going to be incredibly appealing to long time fans. But I think we sometimes forget that the show is not being produced and broadcast exclusively for us. That in fact the target audience skews towards the children/family mixture and that it needs to stay very accessible.

doctor spoon 600x337 Doctor Who Re Review: S07E07   The Bells of Saint JohnIf you accept that that was the intention here with this episode: re-introduce Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor; introduce Clara as regular companion; set up the season. Then you could call this successful in that it achieved those goals. Still doesn’t make it a favorite episode though and I don’t think it’s the best example of what it was trying to do. On the other hand it was better than Partners In Crime with which it shares a lot of common elements.

I said it was a stand alone episode and you certainly don’t need to have every seen an episode of Doctor Who for it to work, but for those of us who have there were subtle references. I was a little slow on the uptake about the name of the episode for example (referencing the ringing phone on the TARDIS with it’s St. John’s Ambulance logo). Then we have the Great Intelligence putting in an end of episode appearance and of course there is the ongoing mystery of Clara.

But when looking at the episode as a whole, the Macbeth line: It is a tale, Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Is a little more apt than it should be.

It’s fun. It’s fast moving. It’s witty in places. And there are certainly some big action moments like the aircraft and the motorbike ride up The Shard. But because the pace really never slows down, there is no time to reflect. And because there’s no time to reflect there’s no time to actually wring the emotional punch from scenes that have that potential. Which is a shame because there are a couple of scenes here (the second time Clara gets uploaded, and right at the end with Miss Kizlet) which deserve further exploration.

doctor who the bells of saint john ratings 600x336 Doctor Who Re Review: S07E07   The Bells of Saint JohnThe same can be said for a number of the ideas that this show throws out. The paranoia factor of an omni-present wifi and camera network. Hacking people and tweaking their memories and personalities. People lost in cyberspace. This are all good concepts that could be explored further. But not here.

Steven Moffat has a habit of doing that. Just throwing out ideas and not fully exploring them. It is one of the more frustrating elements of his writing style. Admittedly, in some cases, Doctor Who just isn’t the place or format to explore them, but still.

So perhaps my less than ringing endorsement of The Bells of Saint John comes down more to missed opportunities than anything actually wrong with what I was watching. Because, in truth while I was watching it I enjoyed it just fine. The nit picks and if onlys didn’t really arrive until afterwards.


Doctor Who Dominates Hugo Nominations For Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

 Doctor Who Dominates Hugo Nominations For Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)And I do mean dominates. Of the six nominees in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category, four of them are Doctor Who related. Which is pretty impressive. Although it does lead to a real risk of splitting the vote and either Orphan Black or Game of Thrones winning (not that they aren’t deserving themselves).

Anyway, here’s the list:

Nominations Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • An Adventure in Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough (BBC Television)
  • Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Television)
  • Doctor Who: “The Name of the Doctor”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC Televison)
  • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, written & directed by Peter Davison (BBC Television)
  • Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere”, written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
  • Orphan Black: “Variations under Domestication” written by Will Pascoe, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)

Source: Hugo Award Nominees 2014

One Third Scale LEGO TARDIS

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No, I’m not likely to stop posting Doctor Who stuff any time between now and the 24th. Deal with it. icon biggrin One Third Scale LEGO TARDIS

Using 4350 Dark Blue bricks this TARDIS built by Shelly Timson is modeled after the version that was seen in The Runaway Bride with David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

The minifigs in the first picture show just how big this model actually is.