Posts Tagged ‘ 50th ’

“Night of the Doctor”

I am in something of a state of shock.

It’s long been rumoured, but to actually see this has blown my mind.



And So It Begins… #SaveTheDay

I am taking a break from the marathon viewathon of all 102 21st century episodes of Doctor Who, to bring you the news that all Doctor Who fans have been waiting for: the big marketing push is well and truly underway. The episode will be here in just 15 short day’s time but firstly a few videos have been released.

First up, we have the Doctor, finally jumping aboard the social media bandwagon with this plea to use the hashtag: #SaveTheDay in every place possible (oh, go on then)….

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“The Girl Who Waited” – Review: Redux

Rory “I’m not on my own. I’ve got my wives.”

The Girl Who Waited

I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the March 2012 Official Doctor Who Convention held in Cardiff (much as I am also fortunate enough to be going to the 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Excel in a little under three week’s time). It was at this convention that one of the panels, ‘Creators and Directors‘, focussed on “The Girl Who Waited”, appropriately enough given that the Millennium Centre itself had featured in the episode. The session was hosted by Gary Russell and the guests were Neill Gorton (Millennium FX), Robert Allsop (Designer), Marcus Wilson (Producer), and Tom MacRae (Writer). This was the kind of detailed analysis that fans adore, giving Tom the opportunity to describe the various stages that the script went through under guidance from Marcus and the team. Interestingly, Tom described television as a writer’s medium while film was a director’s one, illustrating this by saying that he viewed his script as a blueprint from which the show had to be built. Once this blueprint was out there, folk like Neill and Robert would start to plan their approaches. Continue reading

Missing Episodes and Anniversary Marketing

The weekend before last, all was quiet in the world of Doctor Who, well, as quiet as this fandom ever gets. That was until the teaser announcement was published that a couple of “stings” had been made (essentially a 10-second insert to be shown between BBC programmes) and a hashtag developed to mark the beginning of the televisual publicity for the 50th Anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor”. Now, to be honest, making a ‘thing’ of a hashtag, even as we sit here in 2013, already seems like a bit of a lame idea: it strikes me as being a predictably lazy bit of marketing. Making the logo ‘golden’ to represent the anniversary was probably just as predictable. Either way, that weekend, for a few seconds just before and just after BBC One’s new Saturday evening fantasy show, Atlantis, we got to see the first snippet of build up to the 23rd November. In less than seven weeks’ time the anniversary will be upon us and this was the first thing shown on the BBC as part of their anniversary celebrations. Continue reading

Light Who Touch Paper

If one were to watch all of the episodes of Doctor Who from the 2005 re-launch “Rose” all the way through to “The Name of the Doctor”, one would, excluding all the mini-episodes that have littered the intervening years, be sitting through 102 episodes of a British institution. Furthermore, if one decided to watch one of these episodes each and every day then wouldn’t it be thrilling if one were to time that viewing marathon to conclude the day before the show’s 50th Anniversary when the next, 103rd episode was to air? Imagine the fun that could be had if some random blogger decided to revisit and (re)write a review of each of those programmes as he watched them. Well, imagine no more because that’s exactly what I’m going to endeavour to do in my own little celebration of the Golden Anniversary.

You understand, of course, that this will never work. This blog is nothing if not one aborted attempt after another to commit myself to the act of regularly writing about the world’s greatest cultural phenomenon. But it’s worth a shot, and at least I already have episode reviews to act as a basis for this Review: Redux (if that’s the right phrase). Furthermore, as we approach the 23rd of November, and Steven Moffat delivers on his promise to “take over television” there will also be news, views, opinion pieces and controversy… quite likely beginning on Sunday night when an unprecedented live TV show on BBC1 will reveal the actor who will become the Twelfth Doctor. A quick calculation tells me that my marathon review should begin on Tuesday 13th August, so that “The Name of the Doctor” gets viewed on Friday 22nd November, however, I am going to be starting on Monday 12th August instead, because on Friday 22nd November, I will be joining thousands of similarly unbalanced fans at the three-day 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Excel in London.

T minus 500

Here’s a trivial little factoid for any of you of a Whovian disposition: Wednesday 11th July 2012 is the milestone which marks the point exactly 500 days until the golden anniversary of Doctor Who. There are not many television programmes that have clocked up a 50th anniversary, and there aren’t many of them with a fanbase quite like the good Doctor’s. These two facts combined, along with the small matter of there being a Doctor Who fan in charge of the whole shooting match, would suggest that there is going to be a lot of news, developments, events and other such shenanigans, not least of which at the moment is Series 7 (or season 33 if that’s your preference), happening between now and then. Hopefully this means that there’ll be some good stuff to blog about.

My first thought was to undertake that old fan favourite of a marathon between now and then, but an episode-a-day format (considering that we’ll have a minimum of 798 TV episodes in the canon by the Big Day) would see me overshooting by quite a distance, even taking in to account the 106 missing ones. Also, that kind of commitment is the sort of goal setting challenge to oneself that I invariably fail. This blog is littered with re-launches and commitments and blogging promises that, time after time, I have not lived up to.

Anyway, I thought I’d come here and mention the 500 day thing just to try and breathe a bit of life into the blog and try and force myself in to writing something from time to time. Keep watching and reading, you never know what’ll turn up.