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Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac

Art Trap Productions - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 10:54pm

Now in my tenth year of being a podcaster, it is by no means surprising that one of the topics I’m asked about over and over again is how to start podcasting. I always recommend starting off with the minimum essentials and then slowly building up your gear as you go along. In other words, don’t make a huge investment in hardware and software initially. You can always upgrade and enhance your set up as you go along. This way, if you find it is something that isn’t for you or perhaps you simply don’t have the time you thought you would had when you first decided on doing it, you can stop without having invested too much money into it.

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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 1st August 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:00am



A mega round-up of news, reviews, pictures, podcasts and videos from the world of Doctor Who for the discerning Whovian...

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Friday Night Trivia Fun

Art Trap Productions - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 1:26am

Last week I had the pleasure of guest hosting on the Radio Free Caemlyn show for their weekly live ‘Friday Night Trivia’ show. If you missed the live show, you can still catch it along with other past recorded (audio podcast) shows along with upcoming live shows of course here on the Radio Free Caemlyn page on Talkshoe (the show I hosted was the 7/25/2014 "CLXXXI" episode, but feel free to check out any or all of the others as well). 

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New Photos from the New Series

BBC - Doctor Who - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:01pm

On Saturday, 23 August, the new series begins with a feature-length episode called Deep Breath. We’ve had glimpses of the adventure in teasers and trailers but here are new photos that give us a further hint at what’s ahead…

The image above is, of course, the Doctor himself: Peter Capaldi! In this shot he’s wearing the Eleventh Doctor’s clothes so at this point he presumably hasn’t got his hands on his smart new attire…

The image below is another shot of the Doctor, this time looking slightly more austere…

It’s Madame Vastra! (Below) And the self-proclaimed ‘lizard woman from the dawn of time’ isn’t the only familiar face returning in Deep Breath. Vastra (played by Neve McIntosh) will be joined by her fellow members of the Paternoster Gang - Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and the Sontaran, Strax (Dan Starkey).

Partners in crime? It’s the Doctor, deep in discussion with Clara…

And finally, here’s another shot of the Time Lord and his companion – both back on BBC One on 23 August! Don’t forget, you can watch trailers and teasers for the new series now!

 

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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 25th July 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:07am



A round-up of all the latest Doctor Who news, reviews and tidbits of interest from the Whoniverse...

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Doctor Who Stars to Launch World Tour in Cardiff

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 7:26am

Doctor Who fans arriving in Cardiff for the much-anticipated world premiere screening of the first episode from the new series, will get an opportunity to see the new Doctor on the red carpet, ahead of the event, August 7.

Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman, his on-screen companion Clara, will be meeting the public as they walk up the red carpet outside Cardiff Central Library, from 11am, en route to the sell-out screening at St. David’s Hall. Joining them in the Hayes will be Cybermen and Daleks.

Brian Minchin, Executive Producer of Doctor Who said, “After seven months of filming the moment has finally arrived when we get to introduce Peter Capaldi to the world. And where better to start but Cardiff, the home of Doctor Who!”

BBC Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies says: “Doctor Who is getting even bigger and even better - and it's a real thrill that the show's fans here in Wales will be the very first to see the new Doctor at this very special premiere screening. Doctor Who has been made in Wales for almost ten years - and we're so proud of its worldwide success.”

 

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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 18th July 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:35am


A mega round-up of news, reviews, pictures, podcasts and videos from the world of Doctor Who for the discerning Whovian...


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Interview with Nicholas Briggs

BBC - Doctor Who - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:33am

UPDATE: The Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File is now only available from BBC Worldwide.

Nicholas Briggs has been the ‘Voice of the Cybermen’ since their return in 2006 and so who better to read Cybermen: Status Update, the new adventure that you’ll find in Doctor Who – The Cybermen Monster File Ebook?

Aside from the Cybermen he’s also voiced an array of aliens including the Daleks, Skaldak the Ice Warrior, Zygons and the Judoon. 

We caught up with Nicholas and asked for his unique take on the Cybermen, their new story, his favourite Cyber moments and who would have won the Time War had the Time Lords been fighting the Cybermen…

 

Question: The Doctor has faced literally hundreds of villains and monsters over the decades… What makes the Cybermen so special?

Nicholas Briggs: I think what makes them so scary is that they are essentially ‘us’ but with all the humanity removed. The walk, they talk, but they have blank faces and no emotions. That means they are devoid of all the things that make us human. They have no conscience, no pity and no love. And they want us to be like them. Terrifying.

Q: The Cybermen are emotionless creatures… How difficult does that make them to voice?

NB: It actually makes it really difficult, because if we were to be strictly ‘logical’ about how the voice should sound, it would be utterly monotonous and boring to listen to. All the things that grab our attention in a human voice are to do with emotions. The Daleks are very emotional, which is what makes their voices so scary, because they’re so cross and afraid all the time. The Cybermen… well, they don’t give anything away in their voices at all. So when we devised the new Cyber voices in Age of Steel, we went for ‘tactless’, which gave them an unpleasant edge.

Q: In terms of the audio version of the story, could you describe Cybermen: Status Update for us?

NB: It’s a really clever little tale from the point of view of a piece of social media software from the future on another planet. The idea is that instead of just posting on Facebook or tweeting on Twitter or whatever, you actually connect BOB to your brain and it updates your statuses with your thoughts and feelings. So, when the unfortunate lead character gets involved in a Cyber invasion of their planet, you get a real first-hand, terrifying account, as told through their thoughts and emotions. And imagine how weird that is when the person connected to BOB gets Cyber-converted!

Q: What’s been your favourite scene featuring the Cybermen since their return in 2006?

NB: There have been so many. I think their face-off with the Daleks in Doomsday was pretty good.

Q: Reaching back a little further, which of the early (pre-Rise of the Cybermen) stories is your favourite?

NB: I have a controversial fondness for Revenge of the Cybermen, but I’m rather fond of The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Invasion.

Q: And do you have a favourite line of Cyber dialogue?

NB:  You belong to us. That’s a pretty horrifying thing to hear.

Q: What was your favourite version of the Cybermen and why? And you’re not allowed to pick the current version!

NB: My favourite version to look at is the version from The Invasion. That design is so streamlined and simple — if you ignore the laces on the boots! But the best voice, although it’s the most difficult to do, was in The Moonbase and The Tomb of the Cybermen. It was produced using an artificial larynx, the kind of thing that people who’s lost their vocal chords use. It produces a vibrating, buzzing sound that can be articulated by the movement of your mouth. Very difficult to do.

Q: If the Time War had been fought between Cybermen and Time Lords, who’d have won?

NB: Well, no one really won the Time War did they? Forgive me for being a bit serious here, but I think the point that’s being made with the whole Time War thing is that no one really wins a war. Even the people who win suffer appallingly. It’s best to avoid wars. So, I think it would have been a horrible stalemate that would probably raged for eternity. Not nice.

Q: Which is your favourite of the many iconic photos featuring Cybermen?

NB: The one from The Invasion, when they’re walking down the steps from St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Q: If you could give the Cybermen just one emotion, what would it be?

NB: I’d give them a conscience if I wanted their ceaseless thirst for conquest to stop!

Many thanks to Nicholas Briggs!


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We Travel Back to the 1980s in Doctor Who: Podshock 305 Interviewing Peter Howell and Ron Katz

Art Trap Productions - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:15pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 305
Running Time: 1:12:59

We have a classic interview with the co-founder of the Doctor Who Fan Club of America, Ron Katz, a recent interview with Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, plus news, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani.

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Interview with Doctor Who Writer, Joseph Lidster

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:48am

UPDATE: The Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File is now only available from BBC Worldwide.

Doctor Who – The Cybermen Monster File Ebook is available to download now and contains a brilliant, brand new adventure called Cybermen: Status Update, written by Joseph Lidster (Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards vs Aliens). 

We caught up with Joseph and asked him about the new adventure, his favourite Cyber moments and any advice he might have for aspiring writers…

Question: Could you sum up the new adventure, Cybermen: Status Update, in 140 characters or less?

Joseph Lidster: Status Update is the tale of a normal teenage boy living a normal teenage life until the day the Cybermen invade. And it features pork pies.

Q: Talk us through where Cybermen: Status Update came from… What inspired the story and the ideas for Jacob and BOB?

JL: I've found in the past that telling short stories in the first person gives you more of a chance to tell something a bit different. There have been so many brilliant Cybermen stories over the years so it can be quite difficult to come up with something new for them to do - and even harder to do this in a short story. By telling it from the point of view of a teenage boy it allowed me to explore what it would be like if an invasion actually happened. It's about what he goes through, his family, the girl he fancies and so on. I then decided to give it a little extra by having it told through social media. We're all using social media more and more so it felt a bit new and relevant. It also meant that, as the BOB device records your thoughts directly, I could keep telling the story from the main character's point of view - even when terrible things are happening. Plus, of course, there's some fun to be had comparing our reliance on social media and technology to what the Cybermen have done to themselves.

Q: Why do you think the Cybermen remain so popular after so many decades?

JL: I personally always found them scarier than the Daleks because they just seem so unstoppable. Most monsters are different to us. The Cybermen are better than us. They are us but stronger and faster. There's a real logic to what they did to themselves and to what they want to do to every living creature in the Universe.

Q: What’s been your favourite scene featuring the Cybermen since their return in 2006?

JL: It's got to be them fighting the Daleks in the Torchwood Institute in Doomsday. "This is not war. This is pest control."

Q: And delving back a little further, which of the early (pre-Rise of the Cybermen) stories is your favourite?

JL: My favourite has to be Silver Nemesis. It's my first real memory of the Cybermen. It's not the most popular story but I love it for just how entertaining it is. Lady Peinforte is a fantastic character and the Doctor and Ace are just absolutely lovely in it. It's funny and bonkers and still feels fresh and modern today.

Q: What was your favourite version of the Cybermen and why? And you’re not allowed to pick the current version!

JL: I think the original version with their cloth faces are still chilling, even today!

Q: Cybermats, Cybershades or Cybermites?

JL: Cybermats! I remember watching the video of Revenge of the Cybermen when I was younger and there's a moment when one jumps up and attacks Sarah Jane Smith and it's horrific!

Q: If you could give the Cybermen just one emotion, what would it be?

JL: Well, it wouldn't be anger! An angry Cyberman would be even more terrifying. Joy! A really happy Cyberman would be sweet.

Q: And finally, what advice would you give anyone who wants to become a writer?

JL: The most important piece of advice for anyone who wants to be a writer is that they should write! It sounds obvious but it's true. Write stories, plays, anything. I'd then suggest looking for local acting and writing groups so you can meet other writers. The BBC Writersroom website is also really helpful so do check that out.

Many thanks to Joseph Lidster!


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305 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:23am

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 305
Running time: 1:12:59

We have a classic interview with the co-founder of the Doctor Who Fan Club of America, Ron Katz, a recent interview with Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, plus news, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani.

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions. Interview segment courtesy of Chuck Rabb of the Chuck Rabb Show. The Peter Howell interview was conducted by UK correspondent, Nick Joy.

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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 11th July 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:03am

Have you been Whoogled? Find out in the latest roundup from the world of Doctor Who, with the latest news, extras and reviews to name but a few of the links that can be found here....


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New Adventure with the Cybermen!

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 9:06am

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The opening of a new adventure available in the Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File Ebook.

We’re delighted to bring you an extract from the brilliant new story, Cybermen: Status Update.

It’s the opening of the adventure which was written by Joseph Lidster and read by Nicholas Briggs – known throughout the world as the voice of the Cybermen, Daleks and many other monsters that have crossed the Doctor’s path! The striking illustrations are by Neil Roberts who has created some stunning imagery for this dramatic Cyber story.

You can enjoy the complete Cybermen: Status Update by downloading the Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File Ebook now!

 

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Sanjeev Bhaskar to join cast of Doctor Who

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:33am

 

Popular comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar is to join the cast of Doctor Who when the series returns to BBC One on 23 August.

Speaking about the role, Bhaskar said: “I’m thrilled to have made a small contribution to and now be part of the Doctor Who universe. Another dream box ticked!”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said: “I’m completely thrilled that Sanjeev Bhaskar is coming to the aid of the Doctor. The danger is never deadlier than in a finale episode, and the Time Lord is going to need all the help he can get!”

Filming is well underway for Series 8 of Doctor Who. Guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series include Michelle Gomez, Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.

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Whoogle Weekly Roundup for Friday, 4th July 2014

TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 10:11am

Well dear reader, another week nearer series eight, and it's time for the round-up of the best news, reviews, and other points of interest in the Whoniverse over the last seven days, so grab a cuppa and enjoy....


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Doctor Who to Kick Off Global Tour with Cardiff Premiere

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 7:39am

The much-anticipated new series of Doctor Who will have its world premiere in Cardiff on August 7, BBC Wales has announced today (4 July, 2014).

Marking the start of the BBC One hit sci-fi drama’s spectacular world tour, the premiere will be fans’ first chance to see Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman as on-screen companion Clara in episode one of the new series.

The stars will be attending the lunchtime St David’s Hall red carpet event, together with lead writer and producer Steven Moffat. Tickets will be available to the public from St David’s Hall Box Office from Monday, 7 July.

The feature-length premiere episode of the eighth series entitled “Deep Breath” will land on BBC One on Saturday 23 August, 2014.

BBC Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies said, “Doctor Who is getting even bigger and even better - and it's a real thrill that the show's fans here in Wales will be the very first to see the new Doctor at this very special premiere screening. Doctor Who has been made in Wales for almost ten years - and we're so proud of its worldwide success.”

Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, Cllr Peter Bradbury, said, “We are delighted that St David's Hall, the National Concert Hall of Wales will be the host venue for this exciting worldwide premier.

“The launch of the Doctor Who World tour will be a fantastic event in our city and no doubt a highlight on our cultural calendar. We look forward to welcoming fans from across Europe to enjoy the hospitality of St David's Hall.”

The event is held in association with BFI Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, the full programme for which will be announced later this month.

…next stop London!

 

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Vote for Your Cyber Fave!

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 5:35am

UPDATE: The Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File is now only available from BBC Worldwide.

To celebrate the release of Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File we’re launching a vote to find out which of the early adventures featuring the Cybermen ranks as your favourite! 

Don’t worry if you don’t know those early stories! There’s plenty about them in the ebook, including clips, galleries and info on every version of the Cybermen that have ever faced the Doctor.  The brilliant ebook is full of fantastic clips, photos, facts, games, a thrilling new adventure and much more, all about one of the Time Lord’s greatest foes! It’s available for iPads, Kindle Fires and Android tablets and is free in the UK until 23.59pm, 31 July, 2014. 

You can find out more or download it now! 

So… which of the early Cybermen stories was your favourite? The icy chiller that was The Tomb of the Cybermen? The twentieth anniversary special, The Five Doctors? How about their first outing in the classic The Tenth Planet or the fast-paced caper that was Silver Nemesis

This vote has now closed.

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Award-winning children’s novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce confirmed as Doctor Who writer

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 5:05am

Children’s novelist and writer for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony Frank Cottrell Boyce completes the line-up of writers for series 8 of the hit BBC One show Doctor Who.

Cottrell Boyce’s episode for the eagerly-anticipated eighth series will feature a cast of child actors including Harley Bird, the voice of household favourite Peppa Pig, alongside Abigail Eames (Harry and Paul, The Crimson Field), Ashley Foster (The Woman in Black) and Jaydon Harris-Wallace (CITV Text Santa).

Also known for films such as 24 Hour Party People and Millions (directed by Danny Boyle), Cottrell Boyce says: “Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there’s nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: ‘Interior … TARDIS’.”

“I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode - partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, says: “Frank's script is pure magic - and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius!”

The episode will be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova, Hit & Miss), and produced by Paul Frift (Escape Artist, Best Possible Taste, Restless).

Other writers confirmed for the eighth series are Mark Gatiss, Phil Ford, Gareth Roberts, Peter Harness, Steve Thompson and Jamie Mathieson.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday 23rd August.

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