Entries from July 2010
July 30th, 2010

Last month we told you about a brand new game featuring Amy Pond, and the official website has today confirmed that it will be launching it on Monday!

Entitled Amy’s History Hunt, the objective is to help Amy unlock the Doctor’s safe, with specially shot videos starring Karen Gillan. The quest will include facts and trivia about the Doctor’s friends and places he’s visited, as Amy offers her own unique point of view about some of the people she’s met throughout her TARDIS travels.

Completers of the game will unlock a special short story written by Paul Cornell. Head over to the official website now to see a preview of the game. What do you think?

July 30th, 2010

More details have surfaced online regarding the two new scenes, entitled ‘Meanwhile, in the TARDIS…’, that will be included as a special feature on the Series 5 boxset!

The first scene takes place between The Eleventh Hour and The Beast Below and will explain why Amy was floating in space at the beginning of episode two, while the second – set between Flesh and Stone and The Vampires of Venice - shows what happened after that controversial kiss at the end of episode five.

Both scenes are penned by showrunner Steven Moffat and star Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as the Doctor and Amy. In addition, the boxset will boast out-takes, in vision commentaries, video diaries, Confidential Cut Downs, The Monster Files and BBC trailers and promos. The DVD/Blu-ray will be on sale from November 8th in the UK, and November 9th in the US. Are you looking forward to its release? Let us know!

July 30th, 2010
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During a recent interview with Den of Geek, Steven Moffat confirmed that he’ll be writing 5 episodes for Doctor Who’s 13-part sixth series, his second series as showrunner.

He’s also written this year’s Christmas special, which is being filmed in Cardiff as we type, and told the website that “having worked out the sums” based on the format Russell T Davies followed, five episodes is the “perfect way of doing it”. ”But there is a no way of balancing this,” he said. “The last year has been extraordinary.”

He explained: “I’ve had about four days off, and that includes Christmas day. I work every weekend, I get up early in the morning, I go to bed late at night. It’s extraordinary, but it’s great fun too! Great fun, so long as it doesn’t kill me.”

Neil Gaiman will also be lending his acclaimed creativity for Matt Smith’s second series (thought to be Episode 3), which leaves its remaining 7 episodes still to be assigned. With the likes of Toby Whithouse, Paul Cornell, Tom MacRae, Mark Gatiss and Richard Curtis rumoured to be on board, it’s shaping up to be quite a series!

July 29th, 2010
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As filming for this year’s Christmas special continues, another actor has been confirmed to be appearing.

Steve North’s agency profile reveals that he’ll be portraying a character called Older Benjamin the festive episode, which is directed by Toby Haynes.

North has previously appeared in Casualty, Holby City, The Bill and more recently, playing Andy in the online EastEnders spin off, E20.

This year’s special promises to be the most Christmassy yet! It’s time like these we wish we had our own TARDIS – is it December yet!? Thanks to Daniel for the tip!

July 29th, 2010

Russell Tovey has admitted that he has no idea what the future holds for his character, Midshipman Frame.

As DigitalSpy reports, the actor revealed during a Being Human panel at San Diego Comic Con that he doesn’t know if he’ll be appearing in Series 4 of Torchwood.

“[I have] genuinely no idea,” he said. ”There’s been lots of rumours. I did that scene and I never really thought anything of it.”

He explained: “To be honest, I’ve never really watched Torchwood. But I’ve been bombarded with messages asking ‘Are you gonna be Jack’s lover?’”

He was introduced in Voyage of the Damned, and was seen again in The End of Time, during which he met Captain Jack. The brief scene has led to speculation that he’ll be joining the team – something he’s previously told SFX he’d be ‘open’ to.

Would Alonso be a good addition to the team? Share your thoughs below. Allons-y!

July 28th, 2010
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SFX Issue #199 is released today, and its cover features Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper to mark the issue’s exclusive interview with Russell T Davies - a preview of which was released earlier this week.

Inside the magazine, the spin off’s creator divulges new information about the 10-part series. He hints that another dark story is awaiting the team and promises that it will still have the same established look and feel, while also being the perfect starting point for new fans…

Filming begins in January. What are your hopes for it? Share ‘em in the comments!

July 27th, 2010
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The spring series of Series 6 has been and gone, but the first action-packed seven episodes have left us a TARDIS load of unanswered questions and unexplained mysteries…

Suffice to say, Steven Moffat has definitely provided us with more than enough to keep our overactive brains occupied until the Doctor returns in Let’s Kill Hitler in the autumn, so let’s get started, shall we? Of course, we now finally know who River really is, but just what is her relationship with the Doctor? And who was the girl in the spacesuit?

Feel free to speculate away on this post, a link to which will be posted on the sidebar so you can check back to see what our other visitors make of all the latest developments.

July 27th, 2010
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Neil Gaiman has recently updated his official website with a new blog entry in which he discusses the ongoing budget issues he’s faced while working on his Doctor Who episode.

In the entry, the acclaimed writer admits that “the wonderful thing about books and comics is your budget is infinite”, however ”that’s not true of television, where a budget might stretch to prosthetics or CGI, but not both”. He said: “The word came down from the powers behind Doctor Who that I was going to have to do another draft.”

Gaiman’s episode was originally going to be included in Series 5 (he notes that he “didn’t mean to” write an episode so expensive it had to be pushed back to 2011), and he hopes to complete its seventh draft in the next few days.

“I’m not grumbling,” he concludes. “I’m loving writing Doctor Who, and so far, each draft really has been better than the one before. But we’re now at the point where people in Cardiff are nervously drumming their desktops and checking their watches. So I’m putting blogging again off for a few more days…”

July 25th, 2010
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As we await official confirmation regarding the full list of writers for Series 6, speculation is rife about just who will be putting pen to paper for the Eleventh Doctor’s second series – and now Toby Whithouse has added fuel to the fire!

Speaking during the Being Human panel at the San Diego Comic Con, the writer of School Reunion and The Vampires of Venice said he’s “contractually not allowed to say” whether or not he’ll be lending his creativity for the 2011 series. But the plot thickens!

As SFX report, the fact his contract forbids him from answering means he’s under one! Other writers who are rumoured for Series 6 include Paul Cornell and Tom MacRae, Richard Curtis and Mark Gatiss. Who would you like to see on the line-up?

July 24th, 2010
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Later tonight, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will be taking to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the first of this weekend’s Doctor Who Proms! 

Thousands of fans will join the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir as they peform music from the Doctor’s travels as well as classical pieces. There’s also guaranteed to be surprises in store, including appearances from some of the Doctor’s deadliest foes – but it wouldn’t be a celebration of the series without them!

The concert will be transmitted live on BBC Radio Three from 19:30 tonight, and we’ll be here throughout providing live updates as well as a place for you to chat to fellow fans as you listen! Feel free to contribute to this post over the course of the evening and let us know your thoughts about the show. Keep refreshing for the latest updates.

6:30pm: An hour to go until the concert begins! You can check out its running order here – are there any songs you’re looking forward to in particular?

Karen Gillan spoke to BBC Radio 3 earlier ahead of tonight’s show. She said: “It’s my first year playing Amy so my very first prom, but I heard the last one was a really special occasion. I’m hosting the event with appearances from the Doctor, Rory and some secret surprises.” We can’t wait!

6:55pm: You might want to avoid the rest of our updates if you’ll be watching the concert tomorrow…

7:00pm: Matt Smith has described the thought of presenting the concerts as ”utterly nerve-wracking”. We’d like to wish all involved the very best of luck! Don’t forget that iPlayer is broadcasting it live not just in the UK, but all over the world – sounds of the universe will soon be floating across all continents!

7:15pm: 15 minutes to go! Does everybody have their popcorn ready?

7:31pm: The moment has arrived! The audience applaude as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster, the London Philharmonic Choir and Yamit Mamo open the show with The Mad Man With A Box…

7:35pm: More cheers as Karen Gillan takes to the stage! “Hello, everyone! Wow – there’s a lot of you!” She beams: “I’m Karen Gillan, and I play Amy Pond in Doctor Who” - for anybody who didn’t know! ”Tonight,” she explains, ”we’re going to relive Amy’s adventures through the power of music…”

7:41pm: An Untimely Arrival brings with it sweet memories of fish fingers and custard…

7:42pm: Karen asks if any of the crowd have tried the Doctor’s homemade dish. And you thought you were the only one!

7:46pm: Time for a short break from Doctor Who now as the orchestra entertains the crowd with John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Amy’s had her fair share of them!

7:55pm: I Am The Doctor is a hit with the crowd! Arguably Series 5’s definitive theme, and, in our opinion, one of Murray Gold’s finest to date! Geronimo! During the performance, the Cybermen, the Judoon and the Silurians pop on stage for a quick hello. It was only a matter of time!

7:56pm: Karen’s back! After a quick reminder urging audience members not to blink, she introduces the next two pieces, William Walton’s Portsmouth Point followed by Gustav Holst’s Mars from The Planet…

8:12pm: Karen is interrupted by the Daleks, who order the orchestra to play Battle in the Skies from Victory of the Daleks. Those metal creatures are so demanding!

8:20pm: Part one draws to its close, but stay tuned on BBC Radio 3 as in the interval, Matthew Sweet will be investigating the weird and wonderful sound world of Doctor Who in the 20-minute documentary, Dance of the Daleks. What are your thoughts of the show so far?

8:44pm: Back to the Prom now, and the second half kicks off with O Fortuna – one of Karen Gillan’s personal favourites!

8:47pm: “Welcome back to the second half of this Doctor Who Prom,” Karen tells the buzzing crowd, before a message from the Doctor appears on the screen. The crowd chant “Hello Doctor!” as the Time Lord apologizes for not being there in person. The TARDIS has taken him to the Royal Albert Hall but in the wrong year – typical!

8:51pm: The Doctor’s arrived in the right year and is welcomed to the stage with an uproar of applause! He picks one lucky volunteer, Ellis, to help him save the world.

8:55pm: The Doctor bids the crowd farewell. “I’ll leave you in the capable hands of Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Matt Smith, whoever that is – what a dull name!”

8:57pm: Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) introduces Amy’s theme!

9:01pm: A beautiful peformance from the orchestra, the choir and Yamit Mamo, and one favoured by Karen Gillan (we wonder why!). Up next – a melody of themes from the series entitled Liz, Lizards, Vampires and Vincent, with a Weeping Angel rising onto the stage for good measure!

9:10pm: Karen and Arthur introduce the final classic musical performance of the night - The Ride of the Valkyries by acclaimed German composer Richard Wagner, which was also featured in the first Doctor Who Prom back in 2008.

9:19pm: Time for a blast from the past now as the orchestra peform This is Gallifrey, followed by the Tenth Doctor’s heartbreaking regeneration music, Vale decem. Tissues at the ready, folks!

9:23pm: The audience applause as Vale decem plays over a montage of the Doctor’s past regenerations. It only feels like yesterday we were saying our last goodbye to the Tenth Doctor…

9:25pm: “I don’t want to go…”

9:28pm: Matt Smith returns to the stage (this time as himself!) to introduce Pandorica Suite, music from the The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang finale…

9:40pm: The end is near, and Matt, Karen and Arthur thank the audience for their enthusiasm. Before they go though, there’s just time for two more pieces, the first of which, Song of Freedom, has become one of Doctor Who’s most iconic anthems.

9:45pm: What better way to end the show than with Doctor Who’s signature music? The atmosphere is electric as the newest arrangement of the iconic theme plays.

9:47pm: Matt, Karen and Arthur recieve a standing ovation as the Prom draws to a close. Congratulations to all involved for what’s been a marvellous show, and best of luck as they’ll be doing it all over again tomorrow afternoon!

Thanks for following our live updates tonight and we hope you enjoyed the show. Let us know what you thought of it in a comment below.

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