This year's EA British Academy Children's Awards honours Bernard Cribbins. Many will know him for his reoccurring role of Wilf, Donna's granddad currently in Doctor Who (and is set to return for the upcoming specials The End of Time), though his association with Doctor Who goes back to the 1966 feature film, Daleks: Invasion of Earth 2150 AD with Peter Cushing, he can also be heard in a radio version with Paul McGann, and was in the running to succeed Jon Pertwee as the Doctor.
Join us live on the internet for a recording of Doctor Who: Podshock reviewing Dreamland. The recent animated adventure featuring David Tennant as The Doctor and Georgia Moffatt as Cassie Rice.
All six episodes of Doctor Who: Dreamland have already been shown in the UK and there will be a feature 45 minute version of all six episodes combined on 5th of December (at this time, no non-UK release dates have been announced).
As you probably already know, in the US, we are currently in the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It is a time when many stop and give thanks and express our appreciation for what we are grateful for in life.
Therefore, this posting is an opportunity to express my thanks to everyone that has listened to and supported Doctor Who: Podshock over the years. That in all likelihood means everyone reading this post.
Now in our fifth year in production, we could not have done it without you.
I thank Ken Deep and James Naughton who have been there since the very beginning, as we would not be where we are today without them. They volunteer their time and efforts on an ongoing basis to bring you the show you know and love.
I found a book for the long forgotten show DEEPWATER BLACK (aka MISSION GENESIS). Any one remember that? It had a giant spaceship that seemed alive ala LEXX (remember that far out show?) and seemed to be a more serious version of that show and more serious than SPACE CASES (wow!). Other random shows: TERRY NATION'S THE SURVIVORS book has finally been reprinted. I hope they do the second novel which gives us Peter as the hero (after he realized he should never have killed...). So far they haven't.
When I first heard that there was going to be a new version of DR JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE or rather THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, I think I might have rolled my eyes or yawned. After all, if any story has been done to death it is THAT one. I held off on getting the series, watching the series, collecting the series until today. Yep. Today. I heard how great it was a few years ago (one? two?) from, well, everyone who watched it. So I bought it and didn't watch it. I hedged on it. Then I heard again how great it was. So I watched ep1 today.
Uhm, yeah. Dark, disturbing, controversial (to say the least), more than slightly sacreligious, this mix of FRANKENSTEIN and a large helping of THE GOLEM and maybe even THE OMEN or ROSEMARY'S BABY, this BBC adaptation of David Almond's (what was he thnking?) novel is a strange beast. On one hand it's meant to be a monster story, then a gay tale, then a tale of revenge and liars, demonism, and heart? It's also a coming of age story. None of these elements quite mix well and none really give a...erm, heart to the tale but there are moments of pure...entertainment, I think. It's not a straightforward story at all. Is the enigmatic Stephen Rose an angel of a different kind, a demon, a hypnotist with delusions of grandeur, a lover? A killer? Is the monster CLAY real? Is he good or bad? Is he a mix of the good ole boy Davies or the evil Stephen?
Sometimes you watch a movie that has just the correct mix of happy and meloncoly but seems to say the best about human nature and circumstances while painting a picture of beauty, both internally and externally. This BBC movie which runs about one hour and a half is just such a thing. It's not going to win any Academy Awards but that doesn't mean it shouldn't. The acting is sincere, truthful, and hits home, both in truth and in warmth. I read that the movie was based on a real series of events, all of them fortunate. Eve plays a school teacher of children in a small town where during WW2 paintings from a famous museum in London were relocated to protect them from the bombings. Present day: a major plumbing leak forces the curator of the museum to move the paintings to the same place. There are stealings (very very funny ones), townspeople galore (all very real people with very real problems and very real joys); relationships, laughs and tears.
This Week In Doctor Who
November 28, 2009 - Vol 12, No 44
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide since 1998.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
The Waters Of Mars rollout is underway. Upcoming premieres: