Karen Gillan on The One ShowBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Karen Gillan was the main guest on BBC1's magazine programme The One Show this evening, during which she chatted about her time on Doctor Who, her new film Oculus and demonstrated her impression of a Dalek ordering chips and mushy peas!

Talking about her last day filming, she said:
It was weirdly serene, actually, everyone was really feeling it, and then the last scene was the three of us walking into the TARDIS - this isn't the actual last scene - and we were all in the darkness, and then we all just started hugging and it was this really weird moment - and then I cried a lot ... probably two weeks, actually in total!
And on her decision to leave:
Putting my feelings and emotions about it to the side, the most important thing to me is the show and the character, and I just wanted her to leave at the right time and to have maximum impact, and not outstay my welcome. Arthur and I have been the longest companions of the new series now so it's not as if it is happening prematurely. It just kind of feels right.

(The leaving do) was great, Arthur's favourite band played, and then we all ended up in John Barrowman's flat! We had some massive pictures of ourselves and everyone signed it.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Briggs paid a visit to Slough, where he put his own Dalek vocal talents into action 'terroring' passengers at the station and customers in Tesco.



Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the show for the next seven days via the BBC iPlayer.




More Asylum Images And Episode PostersBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 August 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The BBC has released more images from tomorrow's Series 7 opening episode Asylum of the Daleks as well as a slightly tweaked version of the Asylum "film poster".


"Film poster" images for the following four episodes - Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy, The Power Of Three, and The Angels Take Manhattan - which had earlier been made available as downloadable wallpaper have also been released.



The original version of the Asylum poster can be seen here.





Pond Life: Part FiveBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The final part of Pond Life has now been released by the BBC.

Part Five: August: The Doctor finally arrives at the Ponds' house. But where are they?

Further details about the mini-adventures are available from the Pond Life page on the BBC website.






BBC America's Doctor Who weekendBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2012 - Reported by Harry Ward
BBC America will be broadcasting a Series 6 marathon during the day of the premiere of Asylum of the Daleks, which airs at 9pm ET. The full schedule of Doctor Who episodes on BBCA can be found here.

BBC America now has an official Twitter account for Doctor Who on BBC America. You can follow updates @DoctorWho_BBCA.

Nerdist

BBC America's Nerdist YouTube channel has a weekend of special videos about Doctor Who to celebrate the new series. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Steven Moffat will take part in Chris Hardwick's All Star Celebrity Bowling tomorrow [31st].

Nerdist's Doctor Who weekend schedule
  • Friday: All-Star Celebrity Bowling, Team Nerdist vs Team Doctor Who! Trust The Doctor: "Bowling is cool!"
    [Available to watch now]
  • Saturday (Day): Dork Fork: Doctor Who Edition with Special Guest: Alton Brown [Available to watch now]
  • Saturday (Night): Inside the U.S. Premiere Doctor Who Screening with Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Chris Hardwick - at 10pm ET after BBC America's Broadcast Premiere. [Available to watch now]
  • Sunday: Nerdist's Chloe Dykstra & Matt Mira at Gallifrey One.
The Nerdist recently aired a "Tribute to Time Traval" episode on BBC America which featured the cast of Doctor Who playing a version of Cranium called Skull.




Doctor Who Adventures 284Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2012 - Reported by Harry Ward
This week's Doctor Who Adventures magazine comes with a pack of 20 mini monster figures!

Also in this issue:
  • Dalek madness - A sneaky peek at the Asylum of the Daleks!
  • Eleventh Doctor's Dalek encounters!
  • Monster army attack board game which you can play with your cool monster army gift!
  • Interview – we talk to Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill about their top TARDIS times as the Doctor's companions, Amy and Rory!
  • Mega moments! - Tell us about your best bits from Saturday's brand-new ep. Email us your mega moment to dwa@bbc.co.uk and include your name and age. The best ones will feature in the mag!
Plus the usual comic strip adventures, exclusive posters, puzzles, facts and jokes.

Issue 284 of Doctor Who Adventures is out in the UK now.




Pond Life: Part FourBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Part Four of Pond Life has now been released by the BBC.

Part Four: July: Domestic life with the Ponds is never dull!

Further details about the mini-adventures are available from the Pond Life page on the BBC website.






Asylum of the Daleks: TV BitesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Today saw both the BBC's Breakfast and ITV1's Daybreak shows featuring items on the return of Doctor Who on Saturday.

The BBC's item was presented by entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba, who spoke to both Matt Smith and Karen Gillan about what to expect in the coming weeks. Talking about this weekend's Asylum of the Daleks, Matt said:
You do feel that sense of the great enemy, and he completely loathes them. The Doctor doesn't hate much, but he hates the Daleks, and it's possibly one of his great weaknesses, but I think they're one of the only alien enemies that he purely despises.

UK viewers can watch the article below (which contains clips from the upcoming episode that might be considered spoilers):


In addition, the BBC's Doctor Who website features an interview with the episode's writer Steven Moffat on the return of the Daleks. You can also catch up on coverage of the preview screenings of the episode in London and New York.


Daybreak saw resident TV reviewer Richard Arnold chatting to Matt and Karen, with the latter revealing her 'geek' tendencies:
I think I was always a geek, it took Doctor Who to bring it out of me, because I love The X Files, and Star Trek, and when I got this job I became a fully fledged geek. (Geek Chic) is definitely back!
Matt Smith also reaffirmed his intentions after this series is over:
I've always said that I'll be around for the 50th Anniversary and that's what we go into next year, so absolutely I'll be around next year - it's the most exciting year for the show and I wouldn't want to miss it.




New Series: Movie Poster ImagesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released four new "movie" posters to accompany the stories in the forthcoming series; these images join the original released for Asylum of the Daleks a few weeks ago, and are available to download as wallpaper in 4:3 and 16:9 ratios.



Asylum of the Daleks
original image


Dinosaurs On A Spaceship
4:3 / 16:9


A Town Called Mercy
4:3 / 16:9


The Power Of Three
4:3 / 16:9


The Angels Take Manhattan
4:3 / 16:9




BBC America: NYC Screening HighlightsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC America have released a short video covering highlights from their preview of Asylum of the Daleks last weekend.

Get up close and personal with stars MATT SMITH (The Doctor), KAREN GILLAN (Amy Pond) and Executive Producer CAROLINE SKINNER as they hit New York - in time-traveling DeLorean cars!! - and joined hundreds of die-hard Whovians for a special screening of season opener "Asylum of the Daleks" and a Q&A with Nerdist host CHRIS HARDWICK.





Fan Productions roundupBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 - Reported by Harry Ward
Fish Fingers and Custard - Issue 11
  • Tributes to Caroline John and Mary Tamm
  • The Boy Who Kicked Pigs: LIVE! - a review of Tom Baker's book, performed on stage
  • Meet The Fanziners - we chat to a couple of fanzine editors about the state of fanzines and fandom in general
  • The Krotons - Is it as bad as it looks?
  • Is the TV Movie better than the RTD era?
  • Plus, much, much more
Ian Levine, Doctor Who Script Consultant (1980-1986), gave a rare interview to the DWO WhoCast. [Part 1, Part 2].

The Minute Doctor Who Podcast recreated a scene from The Five Doctors.

Aeronaut Productions designed a TARDIS console for their friend's son. The full story of how they made it can be read here.

YouTube user "livefortodaydiaries" has recorded a metal guitar version of Owen's Theme from Torchwood.




Pond Life: Part ThreeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Part Three of Pond Life has now been released by the BBC.

Part Three: June: Rory stumbles upon an unexpected guest in his bathroom.

Further details about the mini-adventures are available from the Pond Life page on the BBC website.






Magazine roundupBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 - Reported by Harry Ward
UK magazines have this week featured Doctor Who on their covers as the new series approaches.

SFX interviews Steven Moffat about the new series of Doctor Who and the 50th Anniversary.

TV Choice doesn't have the show as their cover but they have an interview with Matt Smith. He teases readers that "Perhaps there are some classic monsters coming back. There’s one I’m very intrigued by, which we haven’t seen for quite some time…". Asked if "we'll be seeing seeing a thing we haven’t seen for quite some time", Smith replied "Well, maybe. We might. A thing we haven’t seen since the series returned to our screens in 2005."

The latest edition of Cardiff Life has been retitled "Dalek Life" and features an 'Eternal' Dalek on the front cover. From pages 46 to 49 they review the new Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay.

Doctor Who also has mentions in Total TV Guide and TV Times.




Doctor Who Magazine 451Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster



The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out on Thursday, and features previews of the first three stories of the new series - and has three different covers to choose from!

  • Asylum of the Daleks – DWM takes over the Asylum for Doctor Who's most ambitious episode yet. Matt Smith shares his thoughts on the Doctor’s arch enemies, Steven Moffat on the challenges of keeping the Daleks fresh and how Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan feel about the beginning of the end for Rory and Amy.
  • Dinosaurs on a Spaceship – it’s an episode of Doctor Who packed to the rafters with dinosaurs. On a spaceship! Writer Chris Chibnall reveals how his script lived up to that title, and what challenges did the FX team face on bringing so many dinosaurs to life?
  • A Town Called Mercy – guest stars Adrian Scarborough and Ben Browder on how thrilled they were to join Doctor Who for an adventure into the Wild West, how the crew enjoyed their time on location in sunny Spain, and what writer Toby Whithouse thought of being out of his comfort zone.

The show's executive producer, Steven Moffat, also teases the ultimate fate of the Ponds:
As you’ll be able to tell from the end of Episode 5, I’ve had the very last moment of Amy Pond in my head for quite some time...

Also in this issue:

  • The Usual Suspects – the writers of the new series are given the once over by Doctor Who’s executive producer, Steven Moffat (including himself!) in a curtain-raising Production Notes.
  • Gulity as Charged? John Nathan-Turner was Doctor Who’s most colourful and controversial producer, guiding the show to dizzying heights, but perhaps a few lows too. Luminaries and experts from Doctor Who past and present assemble for the first in a two-part feature to assess the work of the series’ longest-serving producer in The Trial of John Nathan-Turner.
  • Cold Front - the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Prague in the dying days of the Cold War. Revolution is on the horizon, but the Doctor senses something unreal in the air. What is the significance of the book The Sorrows of Prague, and why will Yuri Azarov and his terrifying companion stop at nothing to retrieve it? Part One of The Broken Man, the latest comic strip written by Scott Gray with art from Martin Geraghty.
  • Is This Death? companions come and go, but should they ever die? Johnny Candon and Toby Hadoke weigh up the pros and cons of crash-landing to Earth in an out-of-control freighter, or heading off into the sunset to marry Brian Blessed in A Battle of Wits.
  • Take Art - DWM’s intrepid Time Team – Chris, Emma, Michael and Will – go for gold as the Doctor and Rose land in an ordinary housing estate where extraordinary things are happening as children are going missing, trapped in the drawings of Chloe Webber. Will the Doctor make it to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics as The Time Team views Fear Her.
  • Coming of Age ­– Doctor Who’s 21st year saw a season packed with exciting cliff-hangers, companion departures, a tour de force performance from the leading man, andarguably the finest Doctor Who story ever made. Countdown to 50 reaches 1984 and Series 21.
  • All in the Mind – mind-sucking alien parasites, prison riots, a nerve-gas missile and the Master at his most scheming – find out how the Third Doctor, Jo and UNIT fought The Mind of Evil in this month’s Fact of Fiction.
  • Light my Fire – the Watcher warns of the pitfalls of predicting the near future as A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects reaches number 22 – the Olympic Torch. Was the 2012 of Fear Her remotely like the real thing? Also stare into the eyes of The Six Faces of Delusion, flick through The Stockbridge English Dictionary and marvel at the Supporting Artist of the Month in Wotcha!

PLUS! All the usual features, latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, and prize-winning crossword.




Asylum of the Daleks: New Zealand premiere for 13th SeptemberBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
New Zealand broadcaster Prime has announced that it will launch the next series of Doctor Who on Thursday 13th September at 8:30pm.

The news indicates that this year viewers in New Zealand have less than a fortnight to wait until they see the new episodes after their debut in the United Kingdom, the shortest period between transmissions for a series since the show returned in 2005!

PRIME's synopsis for Asylum of the Daleks:
Join the Doctor, the Ponds and numerous friends on their latest escapades through time and space in this brand new series, where they puzzle an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, and even don Stetsons in a Wild Wild West adventure. Tonight, kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter... the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Ponds' marriage.

In summary, Asylum of the Daleks is now confirmed for these dates:
United Kingdom : Saturday  1st September, 7:20pm BST   BBC1
United States : Saturday 1st September, 9:00pm ET BBC America
Canada : Saturday 1st September, 9:00pm ET SPACE
Australia : Saturday 8th September, 7:30pm AEST ABC (also on iView from 2nd Sept)
New Zealand : Thursday 13th September, 8:30pm NZST Prime

(with thanks to Paul Scoones)