Entries from August 2009
August 31st, 2009

tenth-doctor-2If you’re interested in being named as our Fan of the Month for September 2009, don’t forget that the closing date for applications is very nearly upon us!

We’ve changed how we do things to make it easier for you to have your time under the spotlight, so you can find out all about the updates and learn how you can apply by clicking here!

Please send in applications by lunchtime tomorrow (Tuesday 1st September). A winner will be picked at random tomorrow afternoon and their profile will be up shortly after - thanks!

August 30th, 2009

tenth_doctor_series_4_promo_shotBBC Audiobooks have released the synopsis for their upcoming release The Day of the Trolls, a brand new Doctor Who adventure written exclusively for CD by Simon Messingham, and read by the current incarnation of the Time Lord himself – David Tennant!

The story follows the Doctor as he arrives on Earth in the far future. He is horrified to find the planet beset by famine and starvation, and England is a barren wasteland.

Scientists are desperately seeding the ground to make the crops grow again, but now it seems that something even worse is happening…

Karl Baring, the owner of research facility The Grange, has been snatched away in the middle of the night. His sister Katy was with him when he vanished, but is now in catatonic shock - so it’s up to the Doctor, with the help of the scientists at The Grange, to investigate. What is lurking under the old bridge, and why is it preying on people? The Doctor must find out, before it strikes again…

The Day of the Troll is due to be released on 8th October 2009, at the RRP price of £9.77. The cover will be revealed soon – stick with us!

August 30th, 2009

sja_website_revamp_augustThe BBC’s official website for The Sarah Jane Adventures has been given a complete overhaul in time for the show’s third series! Hurrah!

The CBBC website unveiled its new look this Bank Holiday weekend, and now, if we can say so ourselves, it’s much easier to navigate around!

As well as that, there’s also several new features, including detailed character biographies and a brand new Trailer Maker to occupy our minds as we wait for the Doctor Who spin off’s brand new series…

Check out the official updates here, and don’t forget to tune in to the CBBC Channel’s Sarah Jane Series One Marathon tomorrow from 9:00AM! The third series is due to air this Autumn. Stick with us!

August 29th, 2009

daleks_stolen_earthThe official website has released a preview clip of the upcoming final episode of BBC3’s Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments, and the concluding instalment promises to be bursting to the brim with the likes of Daleks, Cybermen and Slitheen, as the celebratory series goes out with a bang looking back over the best bits of the Doctor’s enemies!

Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments: The Enemies celebrates the wonderfully wicked foes that our beloved Time Lord has faced throughout his travels since 2005.

Don’t miss Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments: The Enemies at 8:00PM on BBC3 on Thursday 3rd September. Prepare to be deleted…

August 29th, 2009

rose_tyler_s4Overnight ratings for the second instalment of BBC3’s Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments have been released.

The latest episode, which looked back at the best bits of the companions of the new series, aired on the channel on Thursday night and it has now been revealed that it was watched by an unofficial audience of 290,000 - a 1.5% share of the total television audience.

The celebratory series concludes next week, with the final episode devoted to the enemies of the new series. Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments: The Enemies will air at 8:00PM on Thursday 3rd September on BBC3 – tune in or be deleted!

August 28th, 2009

karen_gillan_avatarAfter a few days in Swansea, the production team have now returned home to Cardiff as filming for the eagerly-anticipated fifth series of Doctor Who continues! Hurrah!

Scenes were being shot at the top of the city’s University’s Glamorgan Building yesterday, and, although all the action was taking place up on the rooftops, that didn’t stop eagle-eyed fans (God love ‘em!) managing to pick up a few bits and bobs about what was going on!

And thanks to various members of the GallifreyBase forum who were lucky enough to experience the unfolding surprises first hand, we now know that Matt Smith and Karen Gillan weren’t the only familiar faces present on location yesterday – but for those of you who would rather remain spoiler-free, we’ve hidden the information below. Highlight the white space if you’re feeling rebellious!

The University’s rooftops were dressed to look like what appears to be a World War II-style bunker, which was surrounded by barbed wire and there were even extras dressed as troops to complete the look! But that’s not all – a Dalek was partially spotted over the wall, and from what was seen of it, they’ve gone back to their traditional grey colour scheme for the fifth series, rather than the gold attire seen in previous years. Interesting…

Meanwhile, Scottish actor Bill Paterson, of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Shoebox Zoo and Little Dorrit fame, was spotted filming, dressed in costume as a scientist, and Nicholas Briggs, fresh from his stint in Torchwood: Children of Earth, was also seen arriving, which just about confirms that even though the exterior of the Daleks might be changing, their voices won’t be! Exterminate!

As always, feel free to discuss the filming developments below – but beware the almighty spoilers!

August 27th, 2009

david_tennant_tardisNow that he has left the wonders of the TARDIS behind, David Tennant has revealed that he’ll be spending some of his newfound spare time trying to improve his skills in cooking and gardening!

“Those basic life skills seem to have escaped me and maybe now’s the time to make them my hobby,” the actor told The Daily Express. “Cooking is not something that comes naturally to me, so I’m working my way through a couple of cookbooks to teach myself.”

He added: “I don’t have any distinctive flair for it. So I’m trying to learn some techniques there.”

And when he’s not conquering recipes in the kitchen, he’ll be busy outside planting and plotting away…

“I’m trying to teach myself how not to kill plants, which I do manage to have the skill for,” he explained. “I’d like to be a little more nurturing with my garden.”

August 26th, 2009

rose_tyler_s4The official website has posted a short preview of Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments: The Companions, the second instalment of BBC3’s new 3-part celebratory series!

The channel journeys through space and time as they celebrate the fiesty companions the Doctor has travelled with since 2005.

The current incarnation of the Time Lord himself, David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor) will be on hand to share his favourite new series companion moments, as well as Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) and John Barrowman (Captain Jack).

Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments: The Companions will air on BBC3 tomorrow night at 8:00PM.

August 25th, 2009

tenth_doctor_defaultDavid Tennant has revealed that he was thrilled when he first read the scripts for his final episodes, and is sure that his Doctor’s swansong will live up to everybody’s expectations.

“It was funny because it’s always been my favourite part, when a new script arrives, and you find out where you’re going next,” the actor told BoingBoing. “And this is the last one, this has got to be special, y’know? I should’ve never have doubted, of course! It was all there, and it’s sad.”

He added: “It’s very exciting, it’s thrilling, and it does new things to the show that haven’t been done before and that’s very exciting. There are revelations that you don’t see coming, and there are just beautiful moments of humanity.”

“There’s some very sustained dialouge scenes,” outgoing showrunner Russell T Davies continued, “between David Tennant and Bernard Cribbins. It’s as big and as strong as all the monsters and spaceships and fighting and explosions, but it’s just two men sitting together – two old men, both as wise as each other, but what do they think about the world, and life, and death?”

Meanwhile, David went on to divulge that the plot for the next special, The Waters of Mars, pushes the boundaries of Saturday night teamtime viewing, admitting that it’s “as down right creepy and gothic as we’d go”. But Russell added that some of the Master’s actions in the Christmas special might just raise a few eyebrows, too…

“Some of the stuff the Master gets up to on Christmas Day is going to be pushing it,” he laughed, before concluding, “I thought we’d push it right towards the end…”

August 25th, 2009

dalek_collection_dvd_coverFollowing on from April’s release of The Cybermen Collection, 2 Entertain has released the cover for their upcoming Dalek Collection boxset, which, as the title suggests, showcases a caboodle of new series episodes that have featured what are arguably the Doctor’s most menacing enemies to date.

The collector’s DVD features the episodes Dalek, Bad Wolf, The Parting of the Ways, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End - all of which have one thing in common: lots and lots of exterminating!

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also an exclusive interview with the current Time Lord himself – David Tennant, who talks candidly about his feelings towards the Universe’s deadliest foes…

The Dalek Collection will be released at the RRP price of £15.99 on 19th October 2009. Meanwhile, the Daleks will also be celebrated (among with all the other enemies the Doctor has faced since returning to our screens in 2005) in BBC3’s final instalment of their Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments series, which will air on Thursday 3rd September 2009 at 8:00PM. Stick with us!

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