In the highly unlikely event there’s a sentient being left in the universe who doesn’t know… Series 8 of Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman begins tonight at 7.50pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.
Peter Capaldi’s former The Thick of It co-star Chris Addison has told Radio Times that he will be appearing in the Doctor Who series 8 finale Dark Water/Death in Heaven, written by Doctor Who showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat.
Addison told Radio Times:
“Would you like to be in Doctor Who?” is the easiest question I’ve ever been asked. It’s a 35-year dream come true. Seven-year old me would be going off his nut and I’m not far behind. It’s a great way to spend a couple of weeks, working with people I’ve always wanted to work with on a show I’ve loved all my life. My bucket list is quite a lot shorter now.
The two-part season finale, directed by Rachel Talalay, also stars Michelle Gomez, Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver, Samuel Anderson and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Tonight I’m going to party like it’s Season 19 in ’82! is something that the artist formerly known as Prince probably didn’t sing. What did he care about a brand new series and a brand new Doctor? Well in 1982 I cared a lot. I was 10 and Part One of Castrovalva was broadcast the day before my tenth birthday. I can still remember the shenanigins it caused as it was on the same time as Coronation Street, this being pre VHS would mean either I or my Mum would have to miss out. The solution was simple, we would become a two TV household all due to Doctor Who, I can still remember the £49 black and white portable TV we got for upstairs from Rumbelows in Llandudno, which is where I watched my Monday night fix of Doctor Who throughout the Davison era. Happy me, happy Mum, happy times, until I was taken to watch a Panto in Liverpool the day episode two of Kinda was on. It didn’t go down well at all, but that’s another story…
This box set is a curious thing, it brings Matthew Waterhouse as Adric into the Big Finish family for the first time and it provides a bridge between Castrovalva and Four to Doomsday. It has two full four-part stories, Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris and Iterations of I by John Dorney, and another disc full of interviews. This box set raises a question – is it better to be faithful to the era or to tell a good story?
Psychodrome is of the former, incredibly faithful to the era, it has a “Bidmeadesque” feel to it, begins with a long TARDIS scene, has Tegan moaning about getting home, Adric winding everyone up, Nyssa being concilliatory and a newly regenerated Doctor still trying to work out who he is – so far so familiar – in fact it feels so familiar that if you close your eyes you are transported back to 1982. Okay, Matthew Waterhouse sounds a bit older, but the music is so evocative of 1982, and the plot feels very, well… 1982, for want of a better description. The TARDIS crew land on the Psychodrome and are split up and meet a very very strange yet familiar group of people, form a crashed ship, a Citadel and a Monastery. To reveal any more would spoil the story, but those with a keen mind should be able to work it out.
The problem I have with this story is also its strength, as a pastiche of the Bidmead era it is faultless, its just that I am not a fan of the Bidmead era, and just as I was writing this off as a very well written story, but constrained by the limitations of the era, I began to think, well, the resolution made me think, as the resolution is NOT Bidmeadesque at all, the resolution is decidedly “nu-Who”, so maybe I had got it wrong and this wasn’t a pastiche but a parody of Bidmead. Listen for yourselves and make your own minds up, but overall I give Psychodrome 6/10.
So we come to Iterations of I, a completely different kettle of haddock, in fact its as different as you can get from Psychodrome in that its not at all like the Bidmead era, in fact listening to it put me in mind of Image of the Fendahl or Hide. It begins again with a TARDIS scene, but this time it has Adric trying to program the ship to get Tegan home, and he nearly gets it right, nearly… The TARDIS lands in Ireland in 1982 on a remote island called Flemings Island where people have been going missing, a Cult has completely vanished from the house, and islanders have fallen victim to an invisible yet deadly predator. This is gripping stuff, and you do get the feeling that the Doctor is completely out of his depth, fighting against a rising panic as the situation gets worse and worse. The “monster” is very very clever as well, I suppose it must link in to Bidmead’s love of mathematics to have a predatory sentient number as the villain! This story is paced excellently and you really do feel the threat level grow and grow out of the characters control. The cast are uniformly excellent, with special kudos going to Peter Davison who plays a Doctor not quite sure of himself and still very much under the shadow of his predecessor. A really excellent story let down only by a very rushed ending, which is a real shame. I give it 8/10.
The final disc is the “special features” where the cast and writers are interviewed about the project.
As a piece of nostalgia for season 19, this cannot be faulted, as a box set I give it 7/10.
Written by Ed Watkinson
Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris
Shortly after surviving the perils of Logopolis, Castrovalva and the machinations of the Master, the new Doctor and his new crew could be forgiven for wanting to take a breather from their tour of the galaxy. But when the TARDIS lands in a strange and unsettling environment, the urge to explore is irresistible… and trouble is only a few steps away.
The world they have found themselves in is populated by a wide variety of the strangest people imaginable – a crashed spacecraft here, a monastery there, even a regal court. And not everyone they meet has their best interests at heart.
With the TARDIS stolen, and the very environment itself out to get them, the travellers face an extremely personal threat. They’ll have to work as a team if they want to get out alive… but can you really trust someone you barely know?
Iterations of I by John Dorney
The house on Fleming’s Island had been left to rot. Ever since a strange and unexplained death soon after it was built, and plagued with troubling rumours about what lurked there, it remained empty and ignored for decades until the Cult moved in. As twenty people filled its many rooms, the eerie building seemed to be getting a new lease of life.
But now it is empty again. The cult found something in its corridors… and then vanished.
Trapped on the island one dark night, the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric look into the building’s mysteries, its stories of madness and death. Their only chance is to understand what terrible thing has been disturbed here… before it consumes them utterly.
Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric); Psychodrome: Robert Whitelock (Rickett), Phil Mulryne (Magpie), Camilla Power (Perditia), Bethan Walker (Javon); Iterations of I: Sinead Keenan (Aoife), Joseph Radcliffe (Jerome Khan), Andrew Macklin (Robert DeValley), Teddy Kempner (Donal Dineen), Allison McKenzie (Imogen Frazer)
Written By: Jonathan Morris and John Dorney
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editors: John Dorney, Jonathan Morris
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
This week’s edition of Radio Times is a Doctor Who special featuring an interview with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s guide to Series 8.
The digital edition features extras including the 1973 Radio Times 10th Anniversary special and an exclusive Doctor Who photo gallery and unique digital edition animated cover. The digital edition is available at the promotional half price of just 99p on Apple’s Newsstand.
Radio Times is out now.
READ PETER CAPALDI’S MOST EXTENSIVE AND REVEALING INTERVIEW TO DATE, ONLY IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 477!
In a bumper-sized 100-page issue, DWM catches up on set with the PETER CAPALDI – the new Doctor Who.
Doctor Who Magazine asked Peter how he has gone about making the part of the Doctor his own…
“Well,” says Peter, “you begin with yourself. You begin with those elements of yourself that you feel would be at home in the role. There’s an old actors’ adage that you don’t become the role, the role becomes you. It’s trying to find those parts of you that will fit with the Doctor, and understand those bits that don’t come so naturally to you, that you have to fabricate. I kept looking for people in my life who I thought had elements of the Doctor about them, and were inspirational in some ways. I composed a list of those…”
“Also, it’s recognising what’s been written,” Peter continues. “My Doctor is written slightly differently from some of the other Doctors, and the Doctor changes quite dramatically from episode to episode. Some demand more of your comedy chops, graver or more serious episodes demand a more sombre creature. All these variations have to live in the same body, in the same face. Putting all that together is tricky…”
ALSO THIS ISSUE:
- Read extensive previews of the first four episodes of the new series – Deep Breath, Into The Dalek, Robots of Sherwood and Listen – as DWM talks exclusively to writers Steven Moffat, Phil Ford and Mark Gatiss.
- Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions and reveals more behind-the-scenes secrets in his exclusive column.
- DWM reunites former Doctor-and-companion team Tom Baker and Louise Jameson with their producer, Philip Hinchcliffe, to chat about the new Doctor Who adventures that they’re working on and to reminisce about the 1970′s adventures.
- Louise Jameson writes a very special letter to herself, exclusively for DWM.
- A new comic strip – The Eye of Torment – begins, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
- DWM examines the unique scrapbooks of Peter Hawkins, the man who was one of the first voices of the Daleks in the 1960′s.
- The Fact of Fiction takes a detailed look at the 1964 First Doctor adventure The Reign of Terror.
- Legendary writer Terrance Dicks talks about his later work on Doctor Who – and what he thinks of the series today.
- The Time Team face an unknown horror as they watch the 2008 Tenth Doctor adventure Midnight.
- Jacqueline Rayner writes about the perils of watching Doctor Who on a dodgy TV in Relative Dimensions.
- The Watcher extols the virtues of not giving in to temptation in Wotcha!
- Reviews and previews of the latest CDs and books.
- Official news, the DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and more.
Doctor Who Magazine 477 is on sale from Thursday 21 August 2014, priced £5.99.
Thanks to Tom Spilsbury
The Doctor Who title sequence has changed again to herald the beginning of the Peter Capaldi era.
The latest titles are based on a fan-made version created by Billy Hanshaw, a motion graphics professional based in Leeds. Hanshaw mostly works on TV commercials and corporate presentations, but decided to create his own version of the show’s titles to celebrate the arrival of the Time Lord’s latest incarnation, Peter Capaldi. He shared his version on YouTube where it has been viewed over 700,000 times!
Hanshaw’s titles were noticed by Radio Times and also came to the attention of Doctor Who’s showrunner Steven Moffat, who promptly commissioned him to work with BBC Wales to create the titles for the new series.
Steven Moffat, said:
Hanshaw created this title sequence, put it up on YouTube. I happened to cross it, and it was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963. We got in touch with him, and said, okay, we’re going to do that one.
Having seen the new title sequence, Mike Nuttall, owner of the Planet Mondas site, wrote on facebook:
The title sequence for Doctor Who series 8 is all kinds of awesome !!!
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL: THE YEAR OF THE DOCTOR
Discover the behind-the-scenes secrets of the most exciting year in Doctor Who’s long history in the latest DWM Special Edition! Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, marking half a century of time-travel adventures. The Year of the Doctor is researched and compiled by Andrew Pixley, and has 100 pages packed with previously unpublished photos, day-to-day details of Doctor Who’s production and hundreds of fascinating new facts.
This essential guide contains in-depth articles on the Paul McGann mini-episode The Night of the Doctor; the 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor; Matt Smith’s final story The Time of Doctor; the drama based on the origins of the series, An Adventure in Space and Time; the hilarious The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot; Doctor Who at the Proms 2013; the Brian Cox lecture The Science of Doctor Who; the documentaries Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide and Me, You and Doctor Who; Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty; and much, much more!
The Year of the Doctor is in shops now, priced £5.99.
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE: ABC FIGURE FOR JAN-JUNE 2014
Doctor Who Magazine has announce it’s new ABC figure for the January-June 2014 period, of 33,538.
While this is down around 7% on the record-breaking figure which was achieved over Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, it is up by almost 6% on the equivalent January-June 2013 sales period.
DWM editor Tom Spilsbury, said:
We’re delighted with our new ABC figure. After the last period was boosted with the incredible sales of our 50th anniversary edition (which sold over 50,000 copies alone!), we were bracing ourselves for a fall. We thought that we might be down to under 30,000 for the first six months of 2014, which comparatively were always going to be a quiet period. However, for us to be up year-on-year is a stunning achievement, especially when you consider that during the January-June 2013 sales period we also had eight new TV episodes to help bolster sales of the magazine.
The magazine industry is continuing to find times very tough, with the overall market experiencing declines. However, we’re pleased to see our digital sales on the increase, as well as subscription levels – so the future is looking very bright for DWM! I’m sure we’ll be able to build on these figures for the next sales period, when we’ll have the benefit of a brand new Doctor getting his era underway!
Congratulations to all of DWM’s hard-working contributors, and many thanks to all our loyal readers.
Thanks to Tom Spilsbury
The BBC have revealed the title of the second episode of the upcoming series of Doctor Who, which is called Into the Dalek.
The title was revealed in the advance press information for week 35 . The promo blurb for the episode, which will air on Saturday 30th August at a time to be confirmed, reads:
A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… with the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side.
Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, am I a good man?
The episode is written by Phil Ford, who co-wrote The Waters of Mars with Russell T Davies, as well as episodes of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. The episode is directed by Ben Wheatley, who also directs the season opener, Deep Breath.