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Former Doctor Who executive producer and lead writer Russell T Davies who was also responsible for two Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures will now be spearheading a new series on CBBC, Aliens Vs Wizards.
This new series consisting of 12 half-hour episodes is being created with Phil Ford who Davies worked with on Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures series. It is set to debut in autumn of this year on CBBC. It is being produced by BBC Wales in association with FrementleMedia.
It is the season of giving and for Doctor Who fans such as ourselves, we have been given a wonderful gift, news of two previously missing episodes which have been recovered! Two classic episodes from the 1960s include one from the William Hartnell era, Episode 3 of Galaxy 4 and from the Patrick Troughton era, Episode 2 of The Underwater Menace were found.
Both were in the collection of one Terry Burnett who had purchased them in the early 1980s and was not aware he had them.
Until now, all four episodes of Galaxy 4 were considered lost. The recovered The Underwater Menace episode originates from Australia's ABC channel which had been censored for broadcast there. The missing bits will be restored to the episode via scans made of them from the National Archives of Australia.
Expect information about a forthcoming DVD release from 2 Entertain sometime in 2012.
There are still missing episodes... Are you a film collector? Please what are you waiting for, check your attic and crawl spaces! What exactly is in that film canister you bought decades ago stored away somewhere? We have to find these lost treasures.
Waris Hussein, the first director of Doctor Who (he had directed An Unearthly Child back in 1963) turned 73 today. Though you would never guess it if you spent some time with him as he comes across as someone much younger. We had the honour and privilege of spending a little time with him in Los Angeles last February when we introduced him as our special surprise guest in our Doctor Who: Podshock live show on stage at Gallifrey One. He is charming and intelligent.
A couple weeks ago for the 48th anniversary of Doctor Who I once again watched An Unearthly Child (Part One) as I do traditionally on the anniversary. Despite its age, it never gets old.
Happy Birthday, Waris!
To follow up on our panel discussion about the possibility of a Doctor Who feature movie in Doctor Who: Podshock 261, Executive Producer and Lead Writer, Steven Moffat has responded to the David Yates comments about bringing Doctor Who to the big screen. He dismissed Yates comments as speaking off the cuff on the red carpet. He also agreed with my assertion that if a feature movie is produced, it should star the current actor playing the Doctor and it would not be a "Hollywood reboot."
In case you missed it (as I had), here is the Doctor Who segment with Matt Smith from this year's Children in Need charity which also includes a 'trailer' preview of this year's Christmas special titled, The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe. The special is slated for Christmas Day in the UK.
Donate at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey
It's that time again... Yep, news of a Doctor Who movie is abound again. Though this time the source is coming from Variety. Today the entertainment industry paper has broken the news that director David Yates is working with Jane Tranter of BBC Worldwide to bring the Time Lord to the big screen.
They are looking for writers for the project currently and their sights are not limited to just the UK.
Unfortunately, as I had always feared when this topic comes up as often as it does, the movie would not be in sync with the established television canon (then again, the television series itself is often not in sync with its own canon, but that's another story). Yates who has directed the last four Harry Potter films told Variety, "Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch."
Let's hope they don't rename the Doctor character to "Dr. Who" like the two feature films of the 1960s did starring Peter Cushing.
Today marks the 29th birthday of the youngest actor to play the lead role in Doctor Who, the 11th and current Doctor... Matt Smith. So a big spirited happy birthday wish goes out to Matt who is big spirited himself.
Now I believe he is at the age that Peter Davison was when he took on the role, the previous title holder for youngest actor to play the role in the series. Smith was still 27 when we met and interviewed him in April 2010 which is when I took these photos here of him.
The final touches are being made on the latest episode of Doctor Who: Podshock and should be released later today to supporting subscribers. In the meantime, here are some soothing sounds by the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra with their second collaboration, "This is Gallifrey" / "Vale Decem" by Murray Gold. Another piece of outstanding work and coordination by musically gifted fans and arranged by Stephen Willis.
New York Comic Con is here again! October 13-16th at the Javits Center in New York. It's the largest east coast popular culture convention. Each year, it is growing in size and this year is no exception.
We have been attending each year and last year we recorded an episode of Doctor Who: Podshock live at the event to a standing room only audience with special guest Tony Lee of IDW Publishing (Doctor Who ongoing comic book series). You can listen to our live show from 2010 here: Doctor Who: Podshock 225. We would had done another live show this year at the event, but unfortunately, there isn't a Doctor Who guest there this year. Last year, Alien Entertainment brought over Daphne Ashbrook (Grace from the 1996 TV movie). Word is this year they are bringing Ian McNeice (Churchill) to their booth. You may recall, we interviewed McNeice earlier this year live on stage at Gallifrey One (see Doctor Who: Podshock 240.
Here is a little taste of New York Comic Con in this video from last year (2010):
What a week it has been. Unless perhaps you have been off-world or visiting another time era all this past week, you know we lost Apple co-founder and former CEO, and great tech innovator and visionary, Steve Jobs.
It is a good chance that there wouldn't be a Doctor Who: Podshock show if it were not for Apple under the leadership of Steve Jobs making the iPod so ubiquitous across the world. It certainly wouldn't had been called "Podshock" at least ("iPod" begat "podcast" begat "Podshock"). Now in our seventh year, it has been produced from the beginning using Apple products as it is today.
Catch our review of Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 10 "The Blood Line" on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi
This is a quick post to let you know that the latest Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi episode is out now reviewing episode 10 of Torchwood: Miracle Day, the final episode of the series, The Blood Line. We reviewed it live on the net with your live feedback.
No live show this Sunday for HHGTBSF, but there will be one for Doctor Who: Podshock at 4pm EDT. HHGTBSF will return (probably most likely with reviews of the latest (and sadly final) series of The Sarah Jane Adventures soon).
I have more to say and post, but it will have to wait until later. Need to get some shut-eye and then wade through 369 new email messages.
Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 19
Running Time: 1:11:46
Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 10 - "The Blood Line" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback.
Sunday (today) we will be reviewing the final episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day live on the net at 7pm EDT, we hope you will join us (see details here), but first, if you haven't heard our review of episode 9, "The Gathering" it is available now in the latest episode of Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi.
Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 18
Running Time: 1:04:22
Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 9 - "The Gathering" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback.
Catch the Latest Reviews of Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episodes 7 and 8 "Immortal Sins" and "End of the Road" on HHGTBSF
Be sure to catch the latest reviews of Torchwood: Miracle Day on Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi. Catching up after Hurricane Irene, we review two episodes, bringing us up to date with the BBC. This Sunday we will be reviewing episode 9 live on the net at 7pm. Join us Sunday and have your say about Torchwood: Miracle Day!
Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 17
Running Time: 1:20:53
Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 7 - "Immortal Sins" and Episode 8 - "End of the Road" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback.
In the latest Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi, we review episode 6 of Torchwood: Miracle Day, "The Middle Men." Due to Hurricane Irene, there was no live show last Sunday, so this Sunday, 4th of September, we will be reviewing two episodes of Torchwood, "Immortal Sins" and "End of the Road" at its new time on Talkshoe at 7pm EDT. This is because at 4pm EDT, Doctor Who: Podshock returns to Talkshoe reviewing "Let's Kill Hitler" and "Night Terrors." We hope you can join us for both live shows!
Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 16
Running Time: 1:36:06
Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 6 - "The Middle Men" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback including Abersoch, Mystery Presenter, and Duckworth.
A note about our planned live shows reviewing 'Let's Kill Hitler' for Doctor Who: Podshock and our ongoing review of Torchwood: Miracle Day ('Immortal Sins') for Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi…
Due to the oncoming storm that is Hurricane Irene which is predicted hit here on Sunday. Not knowing if we will have power, let alone internet, it may be best to postpone our two scheduled live review shows for that day. Doctor Who: Podshock and Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi were both originally scheduled for a live-over-the-net review (of Doctor Who and Torchwood: Miracle Day respectively) on Sunday will be postponed to the following Sunday (4 September 2011) when we will double up and review two episodes of each series on each respective show to catch up.