More from the BBC Radio 4 iPlayer, which we seem to be able to access here in the US!
Front Row, 7.15-7.45pm
Mark Lawson has the verdict on film The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson and adapted from the novel by Alice Sebold; David Hare talks about his new radio drama Murder in Samarkand, in which David Tennant plays Craig Murray, former ambassador to Uzbekistan, to be broadcast on Radio 4 Saturday 21 February.
2.9 I skipped because rightly so I thought it was to be a predictable romp of comedy ( it seems to go for A COMEDY OF ERRORS and misses the mark by far) and mixed intentions and magic. It really is not a terrible ep but goes for laughs and fails to get them. It's not boring but just is. Gwen is involved more than most other eps and like the other Gwen ep this season and it's not the actress's fault----it falls short somehow. It's a light hearted ep and is certainly better than the 2.5 and 2.6 troll episode but somehow it just isn't that important and my skipping it...seemed justified. It's hard to forget the Gwen did choose Lancelot when push came to shove. I think Peter Davison's daughter who played Jenny in DOCTOR WHO and failed to impress there, does an okay job here as girl who's not very nice but pretty looking and who falls under...and in the only unpredictable thing in this ep...stays under the love spell. Sigh.
Finally got see more of this season, an inferior one to the first. 2.7 is rather good with a strong witchfinder character. Morgana continues to be a sissy, unlike herself from last season. If this is what they claim magic is doing to her, they blew it. It doesn';t work. The rest of this does work including Merlin's antics to stop the witchfinder, and for ocne, one feels that Merlin might actually get caught. A much better episode than the others thus far in this season. Uther is still a jerk.
A new unopened copy of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead on Blu-Ray disc (US) starring David Tennant and Michelle Ryan will be given to a randomly chosen current Podshock Supporting Subscriber.
We will announce who the disc will be going to at our upcoming Gallifreyan Embassy / Doctor Who: Podshock Meet Up on Second Life on the 20th of February (you need not be present to receive the disc).
This 10th Doctor special, originally transmitted in April 2009 is the first Doctor Who television episode offered in high definition (1080i). It also contains the 60 minute behind-the-scenes Doctor Who: Confidential episode. Note: This is a US version of the Blu-ray disc.
For more information see: Planet of the Dead Blu-Ray Going to a Supporting Subscriber
Update: The disc is going to Helen Lesser! See: Planet of the Dead Blu-Ray Goes to Helen Lesser
As we reported in a @Podshock tweet over the last weekend, writer Neil Gaiman has finally confirmed his involvement in writing an upcoming story for Doctor Who. In a message sent to the SFX Weekender convention this past weekend accepting being awarded 'Best Comic' at the SFX Awards, he acknowledge that he is writing an episode for next year's series of Doctor Who (Series 32, Matt Smith's series 2).
There has been much talk and speculation about him writing for the series, but up until now, it hadn't been confirmed.
Once again, Victor1st put together a new video introducing people to our Gallifreyan Embassy / Doctor Who: Podshock Second Life Meet Up coming up on the 20th of February.
Apparently, it's finally been confirmed.
Gaiman himself posted a link to this story on his blog.
In a special message sent to the SFX Weekender in his acceptance speech for winning Best Comic at the SFX Awards, Neil Gaiman has confirmed that he is writing an episode for the second Matt Smith season of Doctor Who.
"Before I go, I just want to tell you: You were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what?… So was I!"
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 182
Running Time: 1:59:23
The Parting of the Ways reviewed (again), Gallifrey 21 Update, news, and more.