First just a quick note before my news I wish to thank Louis Trapani for allowing my wife (Jessica Burke) and I (Anthony Burdge) to blog here for him and the Gallifreyan Embassy. If you are not familiar with us we are the Editors/Contributors of The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who and The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman both published by Kitsune Books. We have been contributors to Doctor Who Podshock and guests as well. You will be able to hear about our latest book The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman in an upcoming episode of Podshock.
The BBC's "Doctor Who" website and the BBC's press office have announced that a new special about "Doctor Who" is to air on it's 50th anniverasry on BBC2
Here is the text from BBC's Press Office:
The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year.
An Adventure In Space And Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who - first broadcast on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest-running science fiction series to date, the special one-off 90-minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.
If you are like me and do not receive BBC America, you may be pleased to know that their latest Doctor Who related special, The Science of Doctor Who (science in Doctor Who? Who knew?) is available via iTunes for purchase ($2.99).
I haven't seen it yet myself, so I can't comment on the special, though I have heard that not surprisingly it only focuses on post-2005 Doctor Who unfortunately. If you want to find it on iTunes, there's an affiliate link below to it.
Richard E. Grant has been cast in the upcoming 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special. The news came from a tweet from Doctor Who Magazine today. It's interesting to see an official-unofficial past Doctor actor return to the series. You may recall that Richard E. Grant was the original 9th Doctor in the Scream of the Shalka, a story written by Paul Cornell. This animated adventure was produced prior to the television series being relaunched in 2005. We reviewed Scream of the Shalka not too long ago in Doctor Who: Podshock 267. In it, we discussed Richard E. Grant's portrayal of the Doctor and how Scream was the forerunner of Rose.
Den of Geek has on their site a listing of their top five henchmen in "Doctor Who". For fun, I though I'd post their list here:
5. Tamsin Drew (8th Doctor Adventures - Big Finish)
4. Stotz (The Caves of Androzani)
3. Bok (The Deamons)
2. Nyder (Genesis of the Daleks)
1. Packer (The Invasion)
You can see the list and reasons that they were placed in it here:
Now I have a different group in my mind and I'm sure that you have a different list as well.
Who do you think should have been included in the list? Who should have been left out? Why?
I had avoided this image until the new Doctor Who 2012 autumn series promo trailer was released. Now that it has (see it here), here is the "launch art" for this series. Possible spoilers if you haven't seen the trailer. Nothing all that surprising though.
Both BBC and BBC America have made the new promo trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who series available (2012). On the BBC website, it is not restricted to the UK only either. Enjoy!