Why hello there, Mr. Internet. Been a long time huh? Well, I appear to have finally found the time to put another little (I say little, it’ll probably be longer than… um… long stuff. EPIC ANALOGY FAIL.) update regarding the Wonderful World of Doctor Who on here. Today’s order of business starts with some Series 6 news. Scrap everything we told you about the upcoming series so far, as the production team appear to have lost the scripts through a wormhole, scrambling them throughout time. Episodes 1 & 2 are kicking off the series, (Logically, that’s why they’re called 1&2) and, for the first time since the regeneration, it’s a two-parter! (Again, hence calling them 1&2). These episodes are the same as we originally stated, set in America, the Doctor wears a Stetson, it’s branded ‘cool’, River Song confuzzles us, Toby Haynes directs (Woop!), everyone’s happy. Also announced as guest stars are Stuart Milligan (Jonathan Creek, Midsomer Murders) and Mark Sheppard (Warehouse 13, Chuck) as ‘major roles’. Next up, Episode 3. No longer Neil Gaiman’s long-anticipated story but new-to-who writer Steve Thompson (Sherlock. Yes, the awesome recent one), moving from it’s original position at Number 9. Rumoured to involve pirates this one, so it is! (Sorry…) Up next at 4 is Neil Gaiman’s episode, set on an alien junk yard planet, guest-starring Suranne Jones as ‘Idris’ “might just turn out to be an old acquaintance with a new face”. All very mysterious stuff… The next two-parter of the series, Episodes 5&6, are still “The Rebel Flesh” and “Gangers” written by Matthew Graham, and still guest star Marshall Lancaster (Ashes to Ashes) and Mark Bonnar (Paradox) [On another note, Scottish, so officially awesome]. Next up is the biggy. Episode 7 and Episode 8. Of course, this time that ‘and’ won’t last a week, but a whole ruddy season! We don’t know anything about this yet, although I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that River Song is revealed in this story. EDIT: As I was writing this, new stuff (!) was uncovered about Episode 7. It is entitled “Demon’s Run” and sees the return of Simon Fisher-Becker as Dorium Maldavar, a certain fat blue man with an interest in disarming micro-explosives from up to 20 feet. Also uncovered is this picture of some prop signs from the episode:
Took me ages to figure out what it was but on closer inspection I realised the small symbol on the bottom signs is the same one featured on the clerics uniforms and equipment (5.4/5.5) as seen below. Intriguing huh? Also, the symbol is dangerously close to being the Greek letter Omega (Ω). Maybe the rumours of his return are true after all??
If you look at the bottom left sign, you’ll notice that particular one is flawed. ‘Personnel’ and ‘machinery’ are spelt wrong, making me unsure on the authenticity of the signs. Also, the logo looks exactly like the US Air Force logo with the Clerics logo stuck on top!
Episode 9 is another Mark Gatiss piece, previously Episode 4, and is rumoured to be called What Are Little Boys Made Of? Also is the episode featuring the giant dolls house and the creepy dolls from the Series 6 preview trailer! This episode guest stars Daniel Mays (Outcasts, Ashes to Ashes) and Andrew Tiernan (Whitechapel, Luther). Also in Series 6 news, a couple of spoiler shots have been uncovered, click the little number 2 at the bottom of this post to see them!
Next up on the agenda is the little matter of the National Television Awards. The results of last [EDIT: No longer last night’s, this post took ages to write xD] night’s awards had a similar effect on Whovians as a stake does through a vampires heart. Not a single win for Doctor Who, Matt Smith, or even the Moff’s other fantastic drama of 2010, Sherlock. Shame =( Still, at least we got one kick ass opening sequence for the awards, written by Steven Moffat and featuring the Doctor himself!
I have to say, Ant and Dec’s little sketch was epic genius of the Moff.
More news on the subject of Torchwood: The New World has also come to light. It will consist of 10 episodes and sees Kai Owen and Tom Price return as the characters we know and love as Rhys Williams and PC Andy Davidson (Who gets promoted to Sergeant this series!). Episode 1 will be directed by Bharat Nalluri who has previously opened series like Hustle and Life on Mars, and the team of writers are Russell T. Davies (Famous for that drama thingy he wrote with the police box or whatever), John Fay (The only other writer to have worked on Torchwood before now), John Shiban, Doris Egan and Jane Espenson (All US based writers). The series is expected to be aired sometime in late 2011.
Also announced recently is a brand new wave of 11th Doctor novels. This set of 3 consist of Dead of Winter by James Goss, Hunter’s Moon by Paul Finch and The Way Through the Woods by Una McCormack.
Released along side the covers and names are brief synopses for each book:
Dead of Winter
‘The Dead are not alone. There is something in the mist and it talks to them.’
In Dr Bloom’s clinic at a remote spot on the Italian coast, at the end of the 18th century, nothing is ever quite what it seems. Maria is a lonely little girl with no one to play with. She writes letters to her mother from the isolated resort where she is staying. She tells of the pale English aristocrats and the mysterious Russian nobles and their attentive servants.
She tells of intrigue and secrets, and she tells of strange faceless figures that rise from the sea. She writes about the enigmatic Mrs Pond who arrives with her husband and her physician, and who will change everything. What she doesn’t tell her mother is the truth that everyone knows and no one says – that the only people who come here do so to die.
‘There’s no end to the horror in this place – it’s like Hell, and there are devils round every corner.’
Welcome to Leisure Platform 9 – a place where gamblers and villains rub shoulders with socialites and celebrities. Don’t cheat at the games tables, and be careful who you beat. The prize for winning the wrong game is to take part in another, as Rory is about to discover – and the next game could be the death of him.
When Rory is kidnapped by the brutal crime lord Xorg Krauzzen, the Doctor and Amy must go undercover to infiltrate the deadly contest being played out in the ruins of Gorgoror. But how long before Krauzzen realises the Doctor isn’t a vicious mercenary and discovers what Amy is up to? It’s only a matter of time. And time is the one thing Rory and the other fugitives on Gorgoror don’t have.
They are the hunted in a game that can only end in death, and time for everyone is running out…
The Way Through The Woods
‘The motorway bends around the woods. So did the old road. So did the Roman road. As long as people have lived here, they’ve gone out of their way to avoid the woods…’
England, today. Between the housing estate and the motorway lies an ancient wood. The motorway bends to avoid it. Last week, teenager Laura Brown went missing. Tonight, Vicky Caine will miss her bus and take a shortcut through the wood. And she will disappear too. England, 1917. Between the village and the main road lies an ancient wood. The old Roman road bends to avoid it. Tonight Emily Bostock and a man called Rory Williams will go to the woods.
Investigating events in the present day and back in 1917, the Doctor and Amy are desperate to find out what’s happened to Rory. He was supposed to look after Emily – and now they’ve both vanished. Something is waiting in the woods. Something that’s been there for thousands of years. Something that is now waking up…
In my opinion the Dead of Winter sounds the weakest of the three, but that’s probably influenced by my own personal affection for futuristic novels, which may lead you to believe I will probably favourite Hunter’s Moon for this batch. Strangely however, The Way Through The Woods sounds absolutely amazing. If I could only buy one it would have to be that one! The books are released on April 28th 2011, priced £6.99 each.
Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all I have for today, so I’ll sign off and be away. Expect more news soon as the rumour mill is on maximum capacity during the winter! Also don’t forget to click the little 2 down below to check out some new spoilers for series 6, including a major one about some familiar faces…
And with that,