Doctor Who wins Institutional Peabody AwardBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The winners of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards were announced this week, with Doctor Who winning an Institutional Peabody. The presiding committee said:
Peabody AwardsSeemingly immortal, 50-years-old and still running, this engaging, imaginative sci-fi/fantasy series is awarded an Institutional Peabody for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe.
 

The George Foster Peabody Awards were first presented in 1941, and is administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Nominations are considered by a panel of academics, critics, industry practitioners and experts within culture and the arts, who look to award "excellence on its own terms". As its aim is to reflect excellence in quality rather than popularity or commercial success, the Peabody is considered by many to be the industry’s most competitive honour.

Olivier Award Nominations

The nominations for the 2013 Olivier Awards have been announced, and include a few names related to Doctor Who, with Billie Piper nominated as Best Actress for her role as Connie in The Effect, Adrian Scarborough (who previously won in 2011) nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Hedda Gabler, Imelda Staunton nominated as Best Actress in a Musical for Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and Helen McCrory nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Last of the Haussmans.

The Awards Ceremony takes place at the Royal Opera House on 28th April, and will be hosted by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville.




Big Finish: Easter offerBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This weekend sees Big Finish celebrate the return of Doctor Who with a special offer on a number of their recent releases.
They're back! This weekend as a special Easter treat, we're rolling back the prices of the Doctor Who special releases to their pre-order states!
  • Doctor Who: Love and War - an audio adaptation of the classic New Adventures novel, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace's first encounter with Bernice Summerfield.
  • Doctor Who: Dark Eyes - an epic adventure across many worlds and times with an Eighth Doctor wounded from recent losses, a fearless new companion and the ever-present threat of the Daleks.
  • Doctor Who - UNIT: Dominion - The Seventh Doctor and Raine trip across dimensions while another incarnation of the Doctor teams up with UNIT to fight extra-dimensional incursions. But what's really going on?
  • Doctor Who: Voyage to Venus/Voyage to the New World: The Sixth Doctor takes his old friends Jago & Litefoot sight-seeing around the cosmos, leading to an ill-fated landing which leads neatly into the new Jago & Litefoot fifth series box set.
Available since the end of last year, the Special Releases are some of our most acclaimed audios.
The offer runs until Tuesday.


There is still time to enter our Scorchies competition - see here for more details (closing date 31st March).




The Sarah Jane Adventures arrives on LOVEFiLMBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Amazon-based LOVEFiLM streaming service will be making episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures available to watch, as a new deal has been struck with BBC Worldwide. The package will include shows like The Story of Tracy Beaker, Balamory and Teletubbies.

Chris Bird, Director of Film Strategy at LOVEFiLM, said:
We are committed to bringing the very best in children's TV to our ever-increasing audience, and are thrilled to have secured even more brilliant BBC shows for members to enjoy. We have got some of the best family programming around and look forward to entertaining fans of all ages.

Lisa Rousseau, BBC Worldwide's Head of UK, Ireland and Pan European Television Sales, added:
More parents are turning to LOVEFiLM's kids' TV offering as a form of quality family entertainment than ever before and we are excited that this new agreement will see our award-winning children's shows available to subscribers. This is a natural partnership for us and follows on from our previous content deals.




Media RoundupBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A roundup of recent media "clippings" for Doctor Who in the run-up to the series return tomorrow.

Matt Smith (The Doctor)

On his new co-star: "You’ll see on screen she’s absolutely brilliant and it’s been a joy. I’m really proud of the work we’ve done and I think it’s exciting for the character, he’s got a new lease of life somehow. Jenna’s inventive, she works tirelessly hard. I like her, which is good because you’ve got to get on. And I’m really proud of what she’s achieved and I’m pleased that it’s gone so well for her because I think she’s brilliant in it." [Yorkshire Evening Post, 27 Mar 2013]

On how they get along: "Really well. We’re good friends, actually, which is nice. It would be really rubbish if we weren’t! I guess you guys are the critics of this, but I think she has started really well. She’s immediately likeable and popular, which is a stroke of fortune. It was always going to be difficult coming in after Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill [who played Amy and Rory] because they became really loved and admired. I think she’s made it her own and she’s been inventive and brave. It’s not an easy show to waltz into. It moves at such a pace. And there’s such a fervent following and people have such clear opinions on it." [TV Choice, 30 Mar 2013]

On riding a bike around London: "It was very exciting. I am innately very clumsy, and my mother has always forbidden me from getting a motorbike. I’ve driven mopeds before, abroad and stuff, without her knowing – well, now she knows. But that’s like a big old Harley looking bike, and I wouldn’t know where to begin… It was amazing filming those scenes. It was on a rig, and we got to sort of travel round London. Car rigs are different because you’re in a car, but being on a bike it’s like you’re on a sort of fairground ride. It was a really crisp, sunny day and we kept going around Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge and it was just one of those days where you think ‘This is a very privileged place to be for a day at work." [SFX, 25 Mar 2013]

On the 50th Anniversary script: It sort of does what it says on the tin. You won't be disappointed. It's my cryptic way of going ... no, the thing is, much as we'd love to tell you everything, I read it and I clapped at the end. I think it's hilarious and I think it's epic and I think it's vast. I'm telling you nothing more. But you will not be disappointed. I think it's going to be the biggest, the best, the most inventive, the most exciting year for the show. And I think this script, it delivers on all those points that you want it to for where the show is at this time. It's brilliant. It somehow manages to pay homage to everything and look forward. And I think that's the mark, the genius of it." [This is Local London, 25 Mar 2013]

Matt also spoke to BBC News about the 'vast and epic' series. [BBC News (video), 18 Mar 2013]

Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara)

On the re-appearance of Clara: "You'll see an essence in the same way there was an essence of Oswin in Christmas Clara, there was a similar essence running through them, a similar spirit. We'll see that again with this Clara." RedEye Chicago, 27 Mar 2013]

Her take on The Bells of Saint John: "I saw it at the London screening that we did last week. It just looks brilliant because it’s such a ... from shooting the show there’s so much that happens afterwards from the CGI and the music and to make the episodes kind of as epic as they are so it’s gonna be great for me to sit there as a viewer and watch them as well. I was able to just enjoy all of the pieces of like the jigsaw coming together, and also you just realize how clever Steven Moffat is and the setup of the story that we have going through, arcing through the series, of the mystery of Clara Oswald and the Doctor trying to figure out who she is. It’s set up so brilliantly from everything that we’ve done so far through Steven. So, it’s exciting." [Access Hollywood, 26 Mar 2013]

On how the relationship between the Doctor and Clara develops: "I'm sure audiences will be looking out for it, and they have an advantage, over the two characters even, because they have experienced the Christmas special, but this series is a whole new beginning again. That sounds like such an unsatisfying answer, but one of the things that is explored in this series is that there is nothing the Doctor dislikes more than something he can't solve, something he can't explain, and that's exactly what Clara is. He can't figure her out. They are drawn together, and really like each other, but there's always this underlying feeling of them both trying to figure each other out. It's not plain sailing between them both." [New Zealand Herald, 28 Mar 2013]

On how her family keeps her grounded: "My brother is a joiner, like my dad, and they came to the Doctor Who set to see me at work. He’d never been much impressed by my acting stuff before but he watched filming and said: 'You’ve got the coolest job in the world – fighting the Cybermen.' I think he’s right." [Metro, 28 Mar 2013]

On her gran's plans for Matt Smith during filming for the 50th Anniversary: "I think she's gonna come on set when we're filming the 50th, which she's very excited about. She's gonna be patting Matt a lot. Matt's her favourite Doctor." [Access Hollywood via STV, 27 Mar 2013]

Steven Moffat (lead writer)

On the role of the companion: "We never see how the Doctor began his journey. We'll probably never see how he ends it. We'll probably never know why he embarked on it, but we know all those companions, who they were before they met the Doctor, why they ran away with him, and where they ended up. Those stories are complete. The Doctor is the enigma that enters their lives and changes them. The story is always about the person who changes the most." [Examiner, 27 Mar 2013]

On Jenna-Louise Coleman: "Well, she’s terrific! The most obvious answer is that she’s a terribly good actress. I know that’s a dull thing to say, but it’s the truth. You can be as beautiful and charming as you’d like, but if you’re not terrific at acting, it will mean nothing on the screen. She’s a terrific actress. She looks great. She has great comic timing. She looks like she belongs, somehow, next to Matt Smith. When the two stand together, they look like an instant team. They have enough in common, and yet have enough sharp contrasts, that it’s an instant poster when you stand them together." [Collider, 27 Mar 2013]


Other Media Items


Entertainment Weekly Issue #1252 Entertainment Weekly Issue #1252
Entertainment Weekly has been published with two different covers as it celebrates the return of Doctor Who this weekend. The magazine's cover story looks at how the show will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, and includes a touching tribute to the Time Lord from director Peter Jackson, who still has his eye on the Doctor: "They don’t even have to pay me! But I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint)." [Entertainment Weekly, 21 Mar 2013]

Two associated videos have also been released, with the first featuring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman discussing fans, whilst the second features Matt, Jenna and costume designer Howard Burden discussing the Doctor's new look. Burden commented: "When I first came into the series [on Asylum of the Daleks], we had an established look for the Doctor. As subsequent episodes came in, I was told that we could actually change the look. It was quite an intense process to actually make sure everyone was happy." [Entertainment Weekly, 22 Mar 2013]

Amongst its pages was a comment from Steven Moffat in which he said that statistically he was nearer the end than the beginning of his time on the show: "I just take it a year at a time. I think the feeling of it being done for you is quite unambiguous when it suddenly arrives.".

One name that cropped up as a potential replacement for Moffat earlier this month was that of Being Human showrunner Toby Whithouse: "I have heard the rumours. I've been hearing them for years now. In terms of my future on Doctor Who, this kind of speculation only takes place in the heads of the fans. No-one from the BBC has said anything to me. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by the idea, but also it would be terrifying. It's definitely something I'd be really tempted by but I'm genuinely not in any hurry to do it." [SFX via Metro, 11 Mar 2013]

The Sun reported that they believed Matt Smith would be leaving the show at Christmas, with their 'sources' suggesting the BBC already had someone in mind to replace him. However, the BBC have stated: "Sorry folks but even we don’t know what's going to happen at Christmas. It's not been written yet! But Matt loves the show and is to start filming the unmissable 50th anniversary, and the new series starting on Easter Saturday." [The Sun, 22 Mar 2013]

The report came after Matt's appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, where he said: "Doctor Who is one of of those jobs that you have to take year by year, it's ten months a year, it's all-consuming, so I don’t think you can plan five or six years ahead, or even two years ahead. It's a year by year thing, and at the moment it’s 2013 and we’ll see what 2014 holds."

The BBC statement didn't stop the Sun from polling readers for who they'd like to see next as the Doctor, with their results citing Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as the favourite; the runners up were previous Doctor David Tennant, and comedy actor James Corden (who played Craig in the series). [The Sun, 24 Mar 2013]

Other Magazine Covers

Some other covers prominently featuring the series return:

The Big Issue 1044 (Credit: The Big Issue) TV & Satellite Week, 22-29 Mar 2013 (Credit: TV & Satellite Week) SFX Issue 233 (clean cover), published March 2013 (Credit: SFX) Radio Times (30 Mar - 5 Apr 2013) (Credit: Radio Times)




People RoundupBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Talking about fandom in the US, Matt Smith said: "We didn’t realise how big it was until we filmed in New York, but the fans have been so supportive. The British are a lot more reserved, and the North Americans have a lot more enthusiasm. I love it when people dress up as the Doctor. I like all that — that is the spirit of the place and there is a freedom to be enthusiastic there, which is hugely enjoyable. That is what’s great about working in science fiction shows." [New York Daily News, 23 Mar 2013]

And his thoughts on now being immortalised on a new stamp from the Royal Mail? "It’s a great privilege that the nation will be licking the backs of our heads. It’s an amazing thing – I’m really proud to be part of it. It’s cool. it’s something that I can show my grandkids." [SFX, 25 Mar 2013]

He also has an eye on being in the Bond franchise: "I'm not handsome enough to be James Bond. Maybe a villain though. Start campaigning now. I'd edge on the camp dangerous side I think. Javier Bardem was amazing. I thought Skyfall was a sumptuous film." Jenna-Louise Coleman also commented: "I’d love to be a Bond girl — I did have my moment on the back of a motorbike. But then we’ve got the goggles and the hat, so it was Doctor Who’s take on James Bond." [The Sun 19 Mar 2013, 22 Mar 2013]

Outside of Who, Jenna-Louise chats about what she'd like to tackle, drame-wise: "What I would really like to do is an adaptation. I like period drama because everyone is so restrained, but they have all these emotions raging underneath." [Evening Standard, 22 Feb 2013]

David Tennant has said that he isn't a fan of social media: "Twitter! It’s like being stalked by committee! Come and say hello if you want, but not for the sake of twittering about it." [Time Out via Radio Times, 27 Feb 2013]

Jenna-Louise similarly talks about avoiding the online community: "I don't really get online very much, I try to stay away. It's just ... that feeling of accessibility, you know? I like to go about my business and go to work and not have too much of a consciousness of what I'm doing. I just don't think it's for me, really. It's just not my cup of tea." [Mashable, 27 Mar 2013]

On the other hand, Billie Piper has embraced it, having arrived on Twitter as @BilliePiper - including a photo to prove it!

Peter Davison talks about watching Doctor Who with his children: "I do watch the new series, yes, because my children watch it and I love watching it. I've got to that age now. Douglas Adams who was a script editor on Doctor Who once said to me: "the trick about Doctor Who is making it simple enough for the adults to understand and complicated enough to hold the children’s attention". And I think I'm now getting to that point where I think I've moved into the older bracket, obviously I have, but in brain as well because I do find myself turning to my children saying: "what’s going on? What? Can you explain that?" They go: "oh, dad, what’s happened is this..." So, I'm now in that bracket which has to be simple for dad to understand." [Independent, 3 Mar 2013]

Colin Baker is to appear at Sci-fi By The Sea, a convention to be held at Herne Bay Football Club on the 16th June 16. Organiser Gerald McCarthy said: "People are very excited to have a proper Doctor Who coming down. Sometimes these announcements have a knock on effect for other guests, who ask who else is coming down before they attend. We already have two tardis’, seven or eight Daleks and some Cybermen coming along, so Colin tops it off for us on that front." [Kent Online, 14 Mar 2013]

On tour promoting their latest book, The Bone Quill, John and Carole Barrowman discuss their future plans for Hollow Earth: "We worked out some key plot things and some new things we hadn’t originally planned.. When we first planned [the series], we had three major evolutionary things we wanted to happen, [one] in each book, based on Matt’s and Em’s ability. We fleshed out the little details as we went along. One of the things we’ve had a lot of fun in doing, particularly with the first book, is seeding a lot of things that we hope to pull out as we go along. We planted little Easter eggs, or symbols, to discover. The twins live on Raphael Terrace. There are all sorts of allusions to art in ways that kids may not pick up until they get a little older. Matt and Em’s last name is Calder, not only a Scottish last name but also a famous artist’s last name. The idea of duality is in there. We’ve actually had a lot of fun playing the puzzle makers for all of that." [Popmatters, 29 Mar 2013]

The book was launched at St Katherine's School, Ham Green, which was chosen as the venue through librarian Lucy Edwards’ working relationship with Waterstone's. The siblings had an audience of 300 year eight pupils were there for their visit along with students from various reading groups. [Weston Mercury, 13 Mar 2013]

Writer Neil Cross explains what makes a good monster: "There's two kinds of good monsters. The monster to whom your existence means nothing. That's something like the Daleks. It's something so alien that it's inhumane in every sense. Then there's the monsters that look like us, but there's something wrong, like Hannibal Lecter. The attributes that we think are best in ourselves - love, conscience, compassion - are all stripped away. They're the people who kill puppies." [The Wellingtonian, 8 Mar 2013]

Writer Mark Ravenhill explained about potentially writing for Doctor Who: "I did once go and see Russell T Davies and he said he thought I was far too adult for Doctor Who. But he was creating Torchwood and so he said to go away and come up with some ideas. I had very few clues what it was about, so it was like throwing darts at a dartboard in the dark. That was the closest I ever came. Although I love Doctor Who - maybe I'm not the right person to write it." [BBC News, 24 Feb 2013]

When asked whether the perceived imbalance between male and female writers on Doctor Who would be addressed, producer Marcus Wilson said: "Due to schedules and other projects, both male and female writers whom we have wanted to join the team simply haven't been able to. For us it's about who can write good Doctor Who stories, regardless of gender." [Guardian, 27 Mar 2013]

Paul McCartney has revealed how he had asked Delia Derbyshire to remake Yesterday, though it never went any further: "We went round to visit her, we even went into the hut at the bottom of her garden. It was full of tape machines and funny instruments. My plan in meeting her was to do an electronic backing for my song Yesterday. We'd already recorded it with a string quartet, but I wanted to give the arrangement electronic backing. The Radiophonic Workshop, I loved all that, it fascinated me, and still does." [Q Magazine via Guardian, 22 Mar 2013]

Murray Gold recently appeared at the Scoring Drama Masterclass at London’s BFI, where he discussed strategies for composing drama music, including reading the script: "You need to love drama to score drama and show that you love it. First time I get a script, I read it. Which some composers don’t do. But reading the script helps you work out where ‘the kick’ is. This job is also a lot more interesting when you’re writing for a show you actually like." [M Magazine, 21 Mar 2013]

Being a former footballer, Matt Smith continues to take a keen interest, and shared his thoughts on recent developments at Blackburn Rovers: "It's an absolute farce, a joke, it's being run by complete numpties. Great players, great team, great club and those berks have ruined it. They talk about getting rid of Allardyce because of the long ball - what the hell was that against Millwall? It was a woeful performance against Millwall. It's the first time I've been embarrassed at the way the team played." [BBC News, 16 Mar 2013]

Now firmly established on ITV, David Tennant commented on how the Broadchurch story unfolded where the actors didn't know how it would develop: "When you're playing those initial interviews with characters and you genuinely don't know what the truth is, you can't load those scenes with 'actorly' tricks. You have to play it for what it is, which can only make it more real. You can be as exasperated about the mystery of the characters as the audience will be. It's great to be part of something where all the characters have powerful stories to tell. There's the whodunit aspect but there are other stories going on and such wonderful people portraying those parts." [Belfast Telegraph, 22 Feb 2013]

Co-star Arthur Darvill explained how he became involved with Broadchurch: "Chris Chibnall came up to me while I was filming one of his episodes in Cardiff and said, "I've written you a part in a new TV series, will you do it?" I thought, "I can't say no to that, that's amazing!". We chatted about it, we discussed where the character would go, and I just found what he was trying to do really interesting, so I jumped at the chance. That's the first time somebody's ever written anything for me; it was very humbling. It's quite an honour," he added." [Belfast Telegraph, 1 Mar 2013]

Karen Gillan is to join American comedy series NTSF:SD:SUV for its third series, appearing as Daisy, described as the team's "Q" expert. The series is due to be broadcast in from July. [Radio Times, 22 Mar 2013]

David Warner and Lisa Bowerman can be seen in The Wizard, a short film written by Simon Guerrier for Hat Trick and Bad Teeth's Short and Funnies short comedy film competition.




BFI Brings In Ticket Ballot For Anniversary ScreeningsBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 March 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Overwhelming demand for events in the BFI's Doctor Who At 50 celebratory season has led to a rethink on ticket allocation.

As part of the season, the organisation is showing one story per Doctor per month with an accompanying guest panel, and all events so far have sold out to members - who get priority booking - immediately after being made available to them, which has led to huge numbers of fans who are not members missing out and being left disappointed.

As a result, the BFI is introducing a ticket ballot system for May's screening onwards. The Caves of Androzani, which marked the end of the Fifth Doctor's era, is being shown on Saturday 4th May at 2pm, and seats are being restricted to two per buyer, with a ballot also being run to try to ensure the fairest possible allocation.
 
BFI Champions can apply from Monday 1st April and BFI Members from Tuesday 2nd April. They will be able to apply via e-mail up to 8.30pm on Friday 5th April saying how many seats they would like, but will only be allowed a maximum of two. These will then be allocated by ballot, and not on a first-come first-served basis.

Ticket applicants can ask for specific seat numbers in their e-mail and the BFI says it will do its best to meet those requests. If applicants are happy to sit elsewhere in the auditorium if their choice is unavailable they should state this in their application and the BFI will try to seat them as near as possible to where they wanted to be. If people only want their specified seats or are happy to be seated anywhere in the auditorium they are similarly asked to state this in their application.

Any tickets that are left over following the ballot plus about 25 set aside for the public will then go on release to non-members on Tuesday 9th April when, again, purchasers will be restricted to two seats each.

As in the past, returns and stand-bys are also always a possibility once an event has sold out, so keep checking back with the BFI.




Mill TV to closeBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Mill is nominated for a BAFTA for Asylum of the DaleksThe Mill has announced that its UK Visual Effects office is expected to close at the end of April due to a downturn in VFX requirements within the industry.

The Television and Film studio has been responsible for providing visual effects for Doctor Who since its return in 2005, and this week was nominated for a BAFTA 2013 Craft Award for its work on Asylum of the Daleks - the company has been nomimated every year since 2007 and won it 2009 for The Fires of Pompeii.


Announcing on Twitter yesterday the company said:
Mill TV has not been immune to the volatile trends present in film and television production. Therefore, yesterday we reluctantly announced a proposal to close Mill TV and are now in consultation with our employees about this proposal. Naturally, this is very disappointing: we have enjoyed a nine years of creating great work that everyone in The Mill is hugely proud of.

The Mill's CEO Robin Shenfield explained in a statement:
Mill TV has suffered a number of setbacks such as failing to join the roster on Starz/BBC production of DaVinci’s Demons and the cancellation of Sky’s Sinbad sequel. Going forward, broadcasters are commissioning less high-end VFX driven drama series this year, with Merlin discontinued and the BBC not commissioning a Doctor Who series this year.

I’m not feeling negative about film and TV VFX in the U.K. I think the work will return in both film and TV. We are just at a point of hiatus. While TV VFX has been less volatile than film - last year the U.S. studios spent far less than they did in 2011 - TV also seems to have caught the bug, and there have been less of those high-end commissions and repeat series.

We have reluctantly decided that this is a business we do not want to play in any more, although I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and we hope we will be able to redeploy a number of those people elsewhere in the group and are looking very hard at that.

As well as Doctor Who and Torchwood, the company has provided effects on a variety of projects, with television shows including Sea of Souls, Merlin, Sherlock, Primeval, Demons, Woolly Mammoth: Secrets from the Ice and the BBC's Where Next? promotion, advertising campaigns such as for Kia, Barclays, Blackberry and Tesco, and for films like 28 Weeks Later, The Damned United and Les Misérables.






Silva Screen: The KrotonsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The second in the range of classic Doctor Who soundtracks has been announced by Silva Screen Records, this time focussing on the Second Doctor with the electronic soundscape created by Brian Hodgson for The Krotons.

The Krotons (soundtrack) (Credit: Silva Screen)Originally transmitted in 4 episodes on BBC1 between 28th December 1968 and 18th January 1969, The Krotons starred Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor. The soundtrack (or "special sounds") were created by Brian Hodgson and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, who said:
For this story I mainly used the “Crystal Palace”, so called because its case was made of clear Perspex which exposed its workings. This machine, created by our engineer Dave Young, could mechanically sample 16 inputs and combine them into a single output in 4 prearranged patterns. The progression of the patterns was deliberately slow to create textures of sound. I was very much interested in exploring changing aural textures in tracks such as “The Learning Hall” and “Kroton Theme”.

Generating and manipulating music and sound effects defines sound design, a process that is common on TV and film productions nowadays. However The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was way ahead of the game in the 1960s. Brian Hodgson was a member of the Workshop working closely with the seminal figure of Delia Derbyshire. As the original sound effects creator for Doctor Who he was responsible for the chilling Dalek voices and the powerhouse sound of the Tardis lifting off (created by running a back door key for his mother's house along the bass string of a gutted piano and treating it electronically). His highly innovative techniques are fully on display on this collection of 'special sounds' that provided the background to Doctor Who - The Krotons.
 
  1. Doctor Who (New Opening Theme, 1967)
  2. The Learning Hall
  3. Door Opens
  4. Entry Into The Machine
  5. TARDIS (New Landing)
  6. Wasteland Atmosphere
  7. Machine And City Theme
  8. Machine Exterior
  9. Panels Open
  10. Dispersal Unit
  11. Sting
  12. Selris' House
  13. Machine Interior
  14. Snake Bleeps Low
  15. Silver Hose (The Snake)
  16. Snake Bleeps High
  17. Teaching Machine Hums
  18. Forcefield
  19. Burning Light
  20. Birth Of A Kroton
  21. Kroton Theme
  22. Kroton Dies
  23. Link – Rising Hum
  24. Kroton Dies – (Alternative)

The soundtrack is due to be released on the 13th May 2013 on CD and download, and will also be released as a limited edition 10" Vinyl disc on the 24th May.

Competition

Thanks to Silva Screen we have three copies of the CD for our readers to win. To be in with a chance, simply answer this question:

Brian Hodgson is one of the original participants in the creation of Doctor Who back in 1963, and will be featured in the forthcoming Mark Gatiss drama An Adventure in Space and Time - but which actor will portray him?

Please send your answer to krotons-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject line "Winner-Gond!", along with your name, address, and where you read about this competition. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date will be on the 30th April 2013. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


There is still time to enter our The Caves of Androzani soundtrack competition - see here for more details (closing date 31st March).





Ford And Hines To Guest On Norton Radio ShowBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 March 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Classic-era companion actors Carole Anne Ford and Frazer Hines will be joining Graham Norton on his BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday 6th April.

They will be talking about the Destiny of the Doctor CDs, and radio show producer Malcolm Prince told Doctor Who News that the actors will be the first of many Doctor Who-related guests on Norton's radio programme this year to mark Doctor Who's 50th anniversary.

Destiny of the Doctor is a year-long series of new audio dramas from BBC AudioGo being produced by Big Finish as part of the anniversary celebrations. Each Doctor will have his own story in the run-up to the anniversary itself in November.

In the AudioGo dramas, Hines, who played Jamie McCrimmon alongside the Second Doctor, stars in Shadow of Death, which was released last month, while Ford, who portrayed the Doctor's granddaughter Susan, is in Hunters of Earth, released in January.

Questions to the duo can be submitted via graham.norton@bbc.co.uk

The show runs from 10am to 1pm and they are scheduled to be on air at 11.30am, but please note that running orders are subject to change.

It should be available to listen to worldwide via the BBC iPlayer. A clip of the interview will be posted on the radio show's site afterwards, along with the weekly podcast.




Doctor Who Adventures Is RelaunchedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 March 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The weekly magazine Doctor Who Adventures is relaunched today with a new logo, fresh design, and new features.

It includes a new comic strip called Alien Babies, monster makes, a collectable Whoniverse guide, and behind-the-scenes secrets. In addition, the DWA website will now carry extra videos, downloads, and more content.

To celebrate, the publication is inviting youngsters to its Monster Day Out at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff on Wednesday 3rd April. Billed as the first children-only Doctor Who event there, it promises a day packed with monster fun, with visitors able to meet the Sontaran Strax and find out during special question-and-answer sessions how he feels about being called a potato head.

Three Q&A sessions will be taking place - from 11.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, and 3.30pm to 4.30pm - with tickets limited to 100 per session. Parents/guardians need to register for it, and every child attending must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Also during the Monster Day Out, youngsters will be able to learn cartoon skills at DWA's comic artists' workshop, find out how to walk like a monster with the show's choreographer Ailsa Berk, and create their own scary monster eggs at the "Eggsterminate" station. In addition, they will each be given a DWA goody bag.

DWA editor Natalie Barnes said:
We're really excited to be relaunching Doctor Who Adventures magazine with a dynamic new look and fantastic new content. This is a brilliant year for the show, and it's great to be a part of it. Our Monster Day Out is the perfect way for us to give something back to our readers, and for them to come face to face with one of the Doctor's most fearsome - and shortest - allies, Commander Strax!
Tickets to the the Monster Day Out are free with a valid Doctor Who Experience ticket for that day. More information, including how to buy Experience tickets and how to register for a Strax Q&A session, can be found here.

Issue 313 of DWA - the first new-look edition - has three free gifts: a design-your-own-bow-tie kit, an exclusive Topps card, and a huge sticker sheet.

As well as being available in print form, the publication, which is ranked number one in the primary boys' market, can also be downloaded as an app for the iPhone and iPad from App Stores in the UK, USA, and Australia.





The Bells of Saint John: New Clips / Interview RoundupBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
A number of clips from the BBC and BBC America have been released to promote Saturday's The Bells of Saint John, joining those that have already been released earlier this week:


Interviews

ITV's entertainment correspondent Richard Arnold spoke to Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman on this morning's Daybreak, chatting about the return of the series, the character relationships, and what might happen in the 50th Anniversary:
Jenna-Louise Coleman speaking to Richard Arnold, Daybreak 27 Mar 2013 (Credit: ITV)
Matt Smith speaking to Richard Arnold, Daybreak 27 Mar 2013 (Credit: ITV)
Jenna-Louse spoke about the relationship between the two: "Clara has kind of been billed as the impossible woman to the Doctor because she's this unsolved mystery that he doesn't understand, and a woman twice dead. There's kind of a lot going on between the two of them, he's trying to figure her out, she doesn't quite know him, so there's a lot going on." Matt responded to the description of the TARDIS as "the snog box": "(It) gives him a fright and irritates him hugely I think because the idea of snogging in it is just redundant." And on romance: Perhaps, you'll have to wait and see - god knows how he'd react to romance, the Doctor - or my Doctor, anyway!"

When asked about the Doctor's greatest secret, which Steven Moffat promises to reveal in the series finale, Jenna-Louise only said: "It's huge finale episode, it's a great build up into the 50th. It's a homage to the last 50 years, it's pretty epic."

Speaking about the 50th Anniversary special, Matt said: "It's a thrill and a privilege, and I think it's going to be the biggest and best year and the most momentous occasion - we hope - in the show's history. I've read the script and it balances looking back and forward in a glorious way. I've become a fan of the show, in the same way as when you watch it there's that, and there's that, and there's this and there's that." However, Matt wouldn't be drawn on the appearance of past Doctors though!
 
The interviews can be watched in the UK via the ITV Player until the 3rd April (last segment of the show).


Matt Smith was interviewed at London's Apple Store about the series return; this is available to listen to for free via iTunes. Jenna-Louise Coleman made an appearance on the Craig Ferguson show on the 18th March (search YouTube), and has recorded three segments with Access Hollywood on getting ready for the 50th Anniversary. flirting and kissing with the Doctor, and working with Matt Smith. An interview with Steven Moffat was conducted by Ed Stradling for the Gallifrey One convention in February, in which he talks(ish) about the eight episodes coming up, the 50th Anniversary and An Adventure in Space and Time.




Doctor Who Revisited: The Third DoctorBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC America will broadcast the next in their Doctor Who Revisited series on the 31st March, covering the Third Doctor's era.

BBC AMERICA celebrates the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, in a new special of Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited. Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, executive producer Caroline Skinner, Tenth Doctor David Tennant, Season Six guest star Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), among others, discuss how the third Doctor brought action and stunts to the series.

It is followed by the classic storyline Spearhead from Space. In the story, a swarm of meteorites fall on the sleepy English countryside, bringing with them a terrible new threat to mankind: the Nestene consciousness - a disembodied alien intelligence with an affinity for plastic. The Doctor is forced to race against time, in order to stop humanity from being replaced by a generation of terrifying plastic replicas.




Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited – The Third Doctor premieres Sunday, March 31, 8:00pm ET/PT.




The Bells of Saint John Prequel via Red ButtonBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have made the The Bells of Saint John "prequel" available on television via their Red Button service.

The times scheduled are as follow:

Saturday5:15pm-8:30pm
Tuesday7:00pm-Midnight
WednesdayMidnight-7:00am
Wednesday7:30pm-Midnight
ThursdayMidnight-7:00am
Thursday7:30pm-Midnight
FridayMidnight-7:00am
Friday7:30pm-Midnight
SaturdayMidnight-7:00am

The service is available on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.





The Bells of Saint John: new clipBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a new clip from the forthcoming The Bells of Saint John, featuring The Doctor within the new TARDIS console room (first introduced in The Snowmen).