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This Week In Doctor Who - January 6, 2011

This Week In Doctor Who – January 6, 2011
Section A
By Benjamin F Elliott

Welcome to the weekly guide to Doctor Who and spinoffs. Sarah Jane, K9, and the PBS Doctor Who broadcasts are in Section B. Torchwood schedules are in Torchwood This Week.

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2011 – the year Doctor Who does a split series! Well, the first year – if it works I’m sure they’ll want to make it a regular feature.

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David Tennant Engaged to Georgia Moffett? [RUMOUR]


I hate relaying this kind of stuff reported in The Sun from an unnamed "source."

To quote the source in The Sun, "They (David Tennant and Georgia Moffett) are besotted with each other and can't wait to tie the knot." It doesn't exactly say they are engaged though. I would file it under rumour for now until there's some sort of official confirmation.

If it is true, we wish them all the best. Georiga Moffett had just turned 26 this past Christmas (Happy Birthday, Georgia Moffett). We interviewed her last year at Gallifrey 21 in Doctor Who: Podshock 187.

The following is from the article that ran in The Sun:

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Ambassadors of Death Restoration Gets a Boost!

Ambassadors of Death

As reported in Wired magazine the restoration of Ambassadors of Death has gotten a boost due to a new editing computer. 

"Their method is a refined version of that trialled on the 2009 Planet of the Daleks re-release; it is now being deployed on a seven-part 1970 Jon Pertwee adventure, The Ambassadors of Death. "It seemed almost recordings, they didn't filter off the colour carrier [encoded as a 'chroma dot' pattern in each frame], which for the last few decades has been nothing more than an annoyance." Team member Richard Russell used the signal to reverse-engineer raw colour pictures that could be retouched frame by frame. "It's very, very labour intensive -- several hundred man hours' work every episode," says Steve Roberts. Luckily, a new "quadrant editor" is helping them to produce better source material upfront, so they hope to deliver the Ambassadors episodes to the BBC within weeks."

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Classic DVD Doctor Who Launch YouTube Channel!

BBC Worldwide have announced a Classic DVD Doctor Who Channel, to come today.


BBC Worldwide have announced a Classic DVD Doctor Who Channel, to come today.

The Idea is that snippets and trailers are to be released on a regular basis, the official line is this:

"BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, will be launching a Classic Doctor Who channel on YouTube on 4th January.

The new channel, featuring a mixture of classic clips and exclusive previews from forthcoming Doctor Who DVD releases, will appeal to existing fans and give new viewers an opportunity to sample some classic Doctor Who. The channel will complement the Classic Doctor Who Twitter account @classicdw run by 2entertain. 

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DVR Alert: Alex Kingston is Scheduled for Thursday's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

River Song

Once again, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (on CBS in the US) will be having a Doctor Who related guest this Thursday (6th January 2011). This time it is Alex Kingston (River Song). Although she is not listed (at the time of this writing) in the upcoming shows for free tickets (they are actually recording two shows on Thursday according to their website, one at 3pm with actor Gary Sinise and one at 4:15pm with actress Mila Kunis - the latter being sold out), it was announced that "River Song" would be on Thursday's show via Craig Ferguson's Twitter feed. In addition, the Doctor Who musical opening number ("cold open") which could not be aired last November has finally been cleared for this show.

I wouldn't be too concerned about her absence on the website, as with the last time when Matt Smith was scheduled to appear on the show (16th November 2010), he was not showing up on the site for the longest time. Perhaps this show was pre-recorded on another day? @CraigyFerg tweeted the following tweet on Monday:

CraigyFreg Tweet about Alex Kingston

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Disco Doctor Who!

Finally, the HUGE hit of 1978 is available on iTunes!

Album: Gallifrey And Beyond (Remastered) - Mankind Gallifrey And Beyond (Remastered) - Mankind

Two songs from the above album:

Dr Who? (Club) - Gallifrey And Beyond (Remastered) Dr Who? (Club) - Gallifrey And Beyond (Remastered)

Dr Who? (Radio) - Gallifrey And Beyond (Remastered) Dr Who? (Radio) - Gallifrey And Beyond (Remastered)

If you want to see what people looked like when I was... well, a mere infant, check this out:

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New Year - New Video: The Wheel... In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream

Every year, for the last few years, just in time for the holidays, 'TardisTimegirl' releases an animated Doctor Who related video on YouTube. A holiday treat for all Whovians. Last year, it was the immensely popular, '2001: A Who Odyssey' in which she combines the classic 1968 Doctor Who serial 'The Wheel in Space' with the film '2001: A Space Odyssey' which was released the same year. So when the holidays rolled around this year, I checked her YouTube channel and was disappointed not to see any new animated shorts for this year's holiday season. So I was surprised and delighted to see that a new short was released over the New Year's Day holiday.

Once again, using the 2nd Doctor story, 'The Wheel in Space' as the backdrop, she poses the question of what would a trailer look like for it if the once BBC set designer, Ridley Scott (who later went on to direct Alien among other films) made it? What follows is another awesome computer animated (CGI) trailer for Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space done in the style of 1979's Alien film by Ridley Scott. Thank you, 'TardisTimegirl.'

Turn off the lights and watch this in full screen mode. Enjoy!

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Who Fan Art

Waiting for a meeting, found this:

Really incredibly well-done fanart.  Enjoy!


(No, that's not me, but it sure looks like it, huh?)

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Merry Christmas All!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

to all Doctor Who:Podshock listenners, HHGTBSF listenners, The Cultdom Collective Podcast members & listenners & viewers!

Also a BIG 'Thank You' to Louis, Ken & James for all their hard work bringing great Dr Who related podcasts & news updates and not forgetting all the other GE bloggers & correspondents.

Cheers, daveac

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The Latest Sonic Newsdriver and Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi

A couple other shows to check out while you are waiting for the next Doctor Who: Podshock episode to arrive. (I was trying to get an episode of DWP out tonight, but lack of sleep and it being Christmas Eve now may not make it possible).

The latest episode of The Sonic Newsdriver has been released with select Doctor Who news delivered sonically to you. Last week, Dave Cooper @daveac joined me on the latest episode of Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi in which we discuss and review the most recent series of The Sarah Jane Adventures (series 4).

Sonic Newsdriver (23 December 2010) -

The Sonic Newsdriver 20101223
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Thursday, the 23rd of Dec. 2010

The Game is Afoot, Bow Ties are Cool - Fezzes are Cool - The Doctor is Cool, Happy Trails to You, Be Careful What You Ask For, Jurassic Doc, Jenkins Almost Said No, Your Android Has Gotten More Sonic, and much more!

The Sonic Newsdriver 20101223 (MP3)

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Doctor Who - The Adventure Games: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada Available TODAY!

Doctor Who Adventure Game

For all you lucky UK bound license fee paying Doctor Who fans. The fourth Doctor Who Adventures game "Shadows of the Vashta Nerada" has just gone live on the BBC official Doctor Who website.

The official blurb reads as such, "So you've learnt to fly the TARDIS and defeat the Cybermen and Daleks. But how will you fare against the fearsome Vashta Nerada? In an underwater base. While being attacked by alien sea monsters. Do you think you're ready?

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Merry Christmas from Matt, Karen and the Piano-man (Arthur)

This will bring a tear to your eye, one way or another.

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