Mervyn HaismanBookmark and Share

Sunday, 31 October 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
We are saddened to report the death of the writer Mervyn Haisman.

An actor in his early career, Mervyn Haisman turned his hand to writing, forming a partnership with Henry Lincoln where together they penned three Doctor Who stories for the Patrick Troughton era of the series. The Abominable Snowmen saw the first appearance from the slopes of the Himalayas of the Yeti - robotic servants of the Great Intelligence. The strength of this first story subsequently led to the sequel The Web of Fear, which also saw creation of one of the most enduring guest characters in the series, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart (The Brigadier). Their third outing The Dominators introduced the Quarks, but artistic disagreements with the production team ended further contributions to Doctor Who. However, their association with the show was to be marked once again with a credit on The Sarah Jane Adventures story Enemy of the Bane for Sir Alistair.

Haisman went on to script-edit a number of television series, notably Sutherland's Law (alongside future Doctor Who producer Graham Williams), Jubilee, and some seventeen episodes of The Onedin Line. He also wrote a number of episodes for the popular 1980s drama Howards' Way.

Mervyn Haisman (died 29th October 2010)





Sarah Jane AdventuresBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 October 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Press details are now available for the final three stories in the current series of The Sarah Jane Adventures

4: The Empty Planet
Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 November, CBBC
Part One
Clyde and Rani wake up one day to discover that they are the only survivors of the human race, as the alien-busting adventures series continues. The whole of Earth is empty – even Sarah Jane has vanished. But a deserted London holds terrors of its own. Strange forces lurk in the shadows, as mysterious visitors approach...
Clyde and Rani meet their enemy as the Robots arrive on Earth – but what do they want, and where has the human race gone? It's a race against time, but without Sarah Jane's expertise, Clyde and Rani must trust each other like never before if they're to save the whole world.

5: Lost In Time
Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 November, CBBC
Part One
A harmless investigation turns into an epic quest through time, as the alien-busting adventure series continues. Sarah Jane and the gang are separated by the enigmatic Shopkeeper and find themselves in three different time-zones throughout history, thrown together with ghosthunters, Nazis, Tudors ... and a mysterious parrot called Captain.
While Sarah Jane tries to prevent a future tragedy, Clyde has to take on the Third Reich single-handed. But Rani discovers to her horror that the march of history cannot be stopped, as a greater danger from the Time Vortex threatens to consume them all.

6: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 November, CBBC
Part One
Sarah Jane faces her saddest day, as she realises that no one can defend the Earth forever, as the alien-busting adventure series concludes. She's saved the world so many times but must now hand over the task to safer hands. Clyde and Rani are distraught, and the forces of darkness gather as the inevitable day approaches.
Sarah Jane has gone – but a new regime begins at Bannerman Road! Clyde and Rani must face the fact that nothing lasts for ever – but can they still unite as a team, to face a new and deadly threat from Outer Space? Or is the old gang finished for good?




US DVD Release DatesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 October 2010 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: The TV MovieThe 1996 TV Movie will finally get its North American release on February 8, 2011.

In August we reported that, for the first time, the rights to release the story outside the UK had been obtained by 2|entertain. The feature length episode is the only televised adventure of the Eighth Doctor played by Paul McGann.

The story was released in the UK as part of the Revisitions box set. In North America it will be released as a single story on two discs, containing the same extras as the UK version.

It has also been confirmed that the Third Doctor story, The Mutants, will be released in North America on the same day, February 8, shortly after it's released in the UK.

Both North American covers can be seen at TV Shows on DVD.




Children in Need 2010: Christmas PreviewBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
In what is rapidly becoming a tradition, the BBC's charity appeal show Children in Need will once again include a clip from the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Slotted amongst the various activities listed in the latest press release is:
  • A sneak preview of the Doctor Who Christmas special
  • No other information is available at present, but in previous years this has been a teaser scene from early in the episode to whet our appetites for the main event on Christmas Day.

    This year's Children in Need evening is on Friday 19th November, 7:00pm on BBC One and the new BBC One HD.




    Telegraph UpdateBookmark and Share

    Wednesday, 27 October 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    We have been informed that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the free download of False Gods reported earlier this week - planned for this coming Saturday’s edition of The Telegraph - has been postponed. The article on Big Finish, however, will still be included in the paper and on the Telegraph’s website.

    On Saturday 30th Big Finish will be launching a November Sale on its site, with 10 acclaimed Doctor Who titles available at a discounted price. These include Spare Parts and Jubiliee, alongside some recent offerings Forty Five and The Bride of Peladon.





    Filming roundup 26th OctoberBookmark and Share

    Tuesday, 26 October 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    It was back to Cardiff today, with filming taking place in two locations during the course of the day.

    The daytime hours were spent at the Coal Exchange near Cardiff Bay - a frequent interior location for the series, used most recently for the forthcoming 2010 Christmas Special!

    The evening saw activity switch to Cardiff city centre, focussing around the streets just south of the New Theatre, Crockherbtown Lane and Park Place - another venue that has cropped up in past adventures. The following photos capture the transformation from Cardiff to the currently filming story's required setting!

    The story, being set in 1960s America, seems to require the recreation of a New York street, with the lane decked out with a number of American icons like hydrants and phone booths. A yellow cab was also on location (having also been seen during the day down the Bay), and the Thistle car park and road opposite the lane transformed into 44th Street.

    One scene filmed involved a tramp running past the taxi.

    Matt, Karen and Alex Kingston had been seen during the day, and a young girl was also present at both locations.










    SFX talks to Russell T DaviesBookmark and Share

    Tuesday, 26 October 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Russell T Davies has been talking to SFX Magazine about the infamous line in the latest episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures which has provoked much debate on the internet.

    In the episode the Doctor tells Clyde that he can have 507 different faces contradicting the 12 regeneration limit that was set in The Deadly Assassin in 1976.

    Davies told the magazine
    I could not resist! I was hooting. It’ll never stick, though. That 13 lives is stuck in people’s heads

    The Magazine is also appealing for questions for fourth Doctor Tom Baker who will be the subject of their regular “Fannish Inquisition” pieces.




    US NewsBookmark and Share

    Tuesday, 26 October 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Doctor Who is one of the programmes up for nomination in the annual People's Choice Awards.

    The programme is one of twelve listed in the Favourite SciFi/Fantasy Show category. Voting can be done on the website. The programmes will be short-listed on November 9th with the top rated show going forward to the final.

    Meanwhile Matt Smith will be a guest on CBS's The Late Show with Craig Ferguson on 16th November. Fans in Los Angeles can apply for tickets to the 3.30pm recording from the show's website. Smith will be joined on the show by Jeff Goldblum.




    The Telegraph: False Gods for downloadBookmark and Share

    Monday, 25 October 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    The Daily Telegraph will be making the Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventure False Gods available free for download for readers on Saturday 30th October.

    In the blistering heat of the Egyptian desert Howard Carter and his team search for the lost tomb of Userhat, a servant of the god Amun. What they discover sheds new light on the history of the world as we know it.

    Written by Mark Morris, the story stars Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Howard Carter, Lucy Adams as Jane Templeton, Paul Lincoln as Robert Charles, Jon Glover as Creodont, and Paul Lincoln as Robot.
     

    The download accompanies an article on the new Doctor Who audio stories from the company that will feature in both the newspaper and on the Telegraph website. Readers will also be able to buy ten of the most popular Doctor Who stories at a substantial discount.



    Update: the download has been postponed, see the latest update for more details.




    Sarah Jane Adventures Children's BAFTA NominationBookmark and Share

    Monday, 25 October 2010 - Reported by Chuck Foster
    The Sarah Jane Adventures has been nominated for an award in the BAFTA Children's Awards. The series is listed as one of ten shows in the Television Category, facing opposition from other popular children's programmes like Horrible Histories, Deadly 60, Tracy Beaker Returns and The Wizards of Waverley Place.

    Votes can be entered on The BAFTA Kid's Vote 2010 until 26th November, and the ceremony takes place a couple of days later at the London Hilton, hosted by children's (and Totally Doctor Who) presenter Barney Harwood.

    For more details on the Award ceremony, visit the BAFTA website.




    DVD News - Seeds of Death RevisitedBookmark and Share

    Monday, 25 October 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Doctor Who: Seeds of Death2|entertain have confirmed that the third story in the Revisitations 2 Box Set will be the Second Doctor Story The Seeds of Death.

    DVD commissioning editor Dan Hall gave the news in an interview with Radio Free Skaro. The Seeds of Death stars Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon and Wendy Padbury as Zoe Heriot alongside Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. It was first released on DVD in February 2003.

    The story joins The Carnival of Monsters with Jon Pertwee and Resurrection of the Daleks with Peter Davison, on the box set expected to be released mid 2011.

    Hall confirmed that The Resurrection of the Daleks will contain a documentary fronted by Tenth Doctor David Tennant (mentioned here). He said the story will be released in both the four episode and two episode edition.

    He confirmed that the missing Tom Baker Story Shada is in production and at present the plan is to release it with another title.

    In the wide ranging interview Hall also talked about his plans for the range and his hopes and desires for the remaining classic stories which still have to be released.




    Sarah Jane Ratings - The Nightmare ManBookmark and Share

    Monday, 25 October 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Sarah Jane AdventuresThe Sarah Jane Adventures topped the weekly ratings for CBBC with both parts of the series opener getting a confirmed rating of over half a million viewers according to figures released by BARB.

    The Nightmare Man Part Two topped the charts with 0.67 million viewers with Part One getting 0.59 million watching.

    The score is the highest rating for the channel since January and the third highest of the year so far, beaten by Tracey Beaker Returns.

    The two episodes were repeated later in the week on BBC Two where overnight figures give the story an additional 0.21 million for Part One and 0.31 million for Part two. Final figures for these broadcasts will be out later this month.

    The ratings are slightly higher than the series opener last year although are split over two showings.




    Blue Box 2Bookmark and Share

    Monday, 25 October 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Doctor Who: Blue BoxThe second issue of the fanzine Blue Box is now available.

    In this issue
    • 10 Films Every Doctor Who Fan Should Watch by Ian Wheeler
    • Escaping Sunbeams (Fan Fiction) by Robin Bell
    • Horror of Fang Rock Review by Richard Farrell
    • Season Fnarg Reviews by William JP Turner, David MacGowan and Jez Strickley
    • Paul Cornell Interview Part 2
    • Art by Nathan Lindsell
    • Prom Review by Tim Drury
    • Rumours of Death by Jez Strickley

    The Fanzine, which comes with a cover from Draculasaurus costs £1.50 in the UK and £2.50 for the rest of world. It can be ordered by PayPal from dalek82@hotmail.co.uk. Email for other options.




    Sylvester McCoy wins role in The HobbitBookmark and Share

    Saturday, 23 October 2010 - Reported by Marcus
    Sylvester McCoySylvester McCoy has told fans he has been cast as Radagast the Brown in the upcoming film The Hobbit.

    Rumours of the Seventh Doctor's involvement in the Peter Jackson film have been around for a while but this is the first conformation from the actor that he has been offered a role in the movie.

    McCoy was speaking at the Armageddon Expo in Auckland yesterday, It is understood that McCoy had meetings in Wellington with Jackson and co-producer and co-writer Philippa Boyens last week, where he was offered the role, but that no contracts have yet been signed.

    The Hobbit is slated for release in two parts, the first due in 2012. Production is currently delayed due to a dispute involving the New Zealand branch of Actors Equity.