Time for a Rest Mr Moffat?

“Sorry Fanboy, but the arc resolution is in another castle!”

Ugh. That’s the only word I have to describe The Wedding of River Song. Boring, predictable, dull,  full of holes – the list goes on. I enjoyed this weeks (final) Doctor Who Confidential more than I did the show itself. *Warning* This post will contain massive spoilers, as I unleash my nerdy rage at everything. You have been warned. Ever since the credits rolled I’ve been growing more and more angered by this episode, and my faith in Moffat has been shrinking. Fast. The Wedding of River Song was supposed to be the big finale to reveal all the mysteries that have been around the last two seasons – River Song, the Silence, the Question, Lake Silencio, Madame Kovarian, the exploding TARDIS – and yet a grand total of 1 of those was properly answered. We still don’t [properly] know who River Song is, as for some unknown reason she still finds out the Doctor’s name. And we still haven’t met Jim the Fish =( I felt the Silence in this episode were massively underused, only there to create at least some sort of threat, without them it was just running about in floaty car dinosaur train land, which was a terrible idea in itself. (Why do the finales always have to be about “THE END OF TIME ITSELF”!? *yawn*) Then there was the Tessalecta. You know, that thing that was invented out of thin air by the Moff simply because he panicked and realised he had yet to invent the Doctor’s ‘Get Out of Death Free’ card. Anyone who missed Let’s Kill Hitler would’ve been completely confused by his survival, and, in my opinion, anything that plays a major plot point in an episode and wasn’t primarily introduced in that episode, should have been in at least two episodes beforehand. And considering the fact the Tessalecta couldn’t even replicate a pair of glasses (LKH), how did it somehow manage to replicate the effects of a regeneration and fool the universe (including a Silent not 20 metres away) with it I’ll never know.

On the subject of Silents, talk about underused. They seemed to be there just to give their story some sort of rough ending, even if there’s still more about them we don’t know, like why they blew up the TARDIS in last year’s finale (presuming it was them). Also Madame Kovarian – totally unnecessary. She’s had her time in the spotlight, she was just the midwife who brought up Melody to be the weapon they wanted her to become. No need for her to return, just another “Look who’s back!” character.

Anyway, enough ranting, I’m meant to be writing an English essay right now (T_T), so that’s all from me.






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The Good, the Bad and the Facially Distorted.

Oh look, a new post! Yeah, procrastination took hold again. Again. Since the last post we’ve seen 2 new Doctor Who episodes and the finale of Torchwood, so I guess I’ll start there.

Out of the 10 Torchwood episodes this series, I feel we only needed 3. The whole substory of the overflow camps and the modules was pointlessly superfluous (Dodgo used big word! The wild reader’s mind was blown!) All we really needed was the introduction to the situation, translate problem into solution, solve. All the investigating they did into the camps was completely pointless as they never used the information gathered. Then they suddenly jumped back on track two episodes to the end, seemingly forgetting about the modules and all them shenanigans. Of course, when we did get to the big climax, it was bloody great. *Spoilers incoming!!* The actual VFX of The Blessing slightly confused me, as it was supposed to be a cylinder though the Earth, yet it looked like some kind of void followed by a flat empty plane thinginany. Apart from that, great finale. More or less made up for the rest of the series :/

So, onto the main event, Doctor Who, starting with The Girl Who Waited. My honest opinion? Junk. I was really looking forward to this episode, after reading it was lovely and timey wimey, right up my street. But in the end nothing really happened; with dodgy back-of-the-head stand ins for Karen Gillan and an attempt at jerking tears, spoilt by the undeniable fact that we knew Old Amy would stay behind.

Then there was The God Complex. Hell. Yeah. What a step up from the previous week that was. I’ve always found scary to be most prominent in the ordinary (Dodgo used wisdom!), and TGC took that to the extreme. The creepy 80s hotel, the unnerving pictures on the wall, the creepy stuff in the rooms, the freaky worshipping – it was all perfect. The only thing I would’ve changed was who was in the wall pictures. It seemed to be mainly recent monsters badly photoshopped in: Silurians, Judoon, Sontarans, Tritovores etc. It would’ve looked better as many things we’ve never seen before, as, lets face it, its a big universe out there. What would be even better if there was a monster we are yet to meet, this is time travel after all. Oh, and if you didn’t figure it out, the ‘facially disfigured’ from the title was referring to the minotaur 😛

Anyway, I’m unbelievably excited for Closing Time – Craig, Cybermen, Cybermats and a huge toy store 😀 So, that’s everything for now, so I’ll probably update again after episode 13, The Wedding of River Song (Yup, that’s the title!)


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Carry on USA

What’s this? A new post? But that never happens! Have no fear, I actually remembered to update everyone about stuff! Due to my immense procrastination over the last month or two, I’ve built up a rather large list of things to discuss, preview, review and complain about. So, before I get distracted and forget about this post entirely, I better get started.

First thing’s first, Torchwood: Miracle Day. I was highly doubtful of Miracle Day being any good at first, then The New World  aired. Blimey. I was expecting some kind of slow recap of the first three series and re-introduction to the characters, mainly because of the fact this series is being broadcast on Starz in the States (A whole fricking week earlier as well! You have no idea how long I raged about that!). But I was pleasantly surprised when they managed to integrate this into the action, without it actually degrading from the viewing in any way. Sure, the CIA team still had to go through the well-trodden ground that is “What, aliens? Pfft, you’re crazy.” Of course, I should’ve realised that a good start does not mean the series would continue this way. Episode 2, Renditions, was, in my view, the same episode, just skipping out said discovery of Torchwood. We spent a whole episode watching Rex and Esther trying to get hold of Torchwood to help unravel the Miracle, just like the last. Admittedly, it was quite a funny episode. “IT’S JUST BLOODY WIRES” is perhaps Gwen’s greatest line ever. Well excluding, “I’m Welsh.”

Then came Dead of Night. Not only the second title in a row to have nothing to do with the content, but also the first one where I really got fed up. It just got dragged on and on. This is Torchwood, I want aliens, explosions and gunfire. If I wanted a show about the philosophical side of the Miracle this would be perfect. What I call ‘complete bleh’. And that’s not mentioning the gaping plot holes. World wide event affecting the entire human race, and the Doctor doesn’t show up? Not bloody likely.

Second thing on the agenda is a brand new Adventure Game! This one is the first one which will go properly far into the past, and will have the Doctor and Amy run into a freedom fighter known as ‘Guy Fawkes’. All I can say is, ‘Me wants giant explosions.’ Also this new games is planned to feature “portal technology” allowing gamers to “experience for themselves that the TARDIS really is bigger on the inside.” Sounds awesome! It also features the return of two old foes 😀 ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ is available free from the Doctor Who BBC site this October.

Now then, this particular piece of news is the biggest for me. The trailer for Series 6 Part 2. And it. Looks. Awesome. Like literally jaw-droppingly good. There’s really nothing I can say except show you it, so here goes. Don’t die of excitement now!

Yeah. Zomfg.


I can already feel a procrastination attack coming on, so I better round this off and publish it quick before it just ends up gathering dust till January.


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[Note: After writing this post I realised I should insert a warning here. This post does contain an awful lot of my fanboy ranting. You have been warned…]

Well, there we have it, A Good Man Goes To War. Since the broadcast I’ve trawled through quite a few forums, reading reactions like “Wow, just wow” and “NO WAY! Awesome!!!”. But then every once in a while comes a “Well that was dull and predictable”, and I hate to say it, but I shared such a reaction. For the first time since Marmite itself, I’ve found myself on the hate side of the love/hate Marmite relationship. It’s quite nice actually, to have hoards of internet beings raging down on you for not conforming to the hype laid out for episode 7. And there’s the added bonus that there’s free sandwiches over on the dark side. Except they’re Marmite, so I wouldn’t get too keen to convert.

[Undoubtedly spoilers incoming, so if you somehow weren’t clever enough to figure out the ending already, avert your eyes!]

I’ll start my rant at the universe at what’s been repeatedly, and now irritatingly, described as ‘the big reveal’, the identity of River Song. A conclusion I successfully predicted shortly after the broadcast of The Impossible Astronaut, and, luckily, recorded on this very blog over a week ago for all to see. I may have gone about it a different method, but only because the right one could not be guessed until the baby’s name was revealed in 6.7. So much for ‘the big reveal’ eh? So secret the cast and crew didn’t know until Alex Kingston said the line. So secret that fake scripts were created to create false rumours. So secret I could figure it out a month ago? Some secret. However, by no account should this mean I spent the whole episode yawning and guessing what was going to happen before it did. The flesh baby, for example, was far more surprising, and really shocked me; but it was unfortunately poorly executed, almost as if it was an afterthought. Disappointing for something which was designed to be shocking and add but another twist to (To use a certain Mr. Cook’s bloody genius phrase) the barrel of corkscrews this episode was already becoming. The appearance of the Silurian whose name escapes me was great, wholly didn’t expect that. The Cybermen (Mondas ones at that!), Sontaran and Dorium Maldovar didn’t surprise me unfortunately, as they had already been plastered everywhere to grow the already oversized hype. Fortunately I chose not to over analyse the trailer, or I would have spotted the foreshadowing of the appearance of the Doctor during a speech on how to stop the Doctor infiltrating important speeches, rather impressively. Well done Clerics, working hard or hardly working?

Speaking of the Carnival of Monsters that we saw in this episode, I have to say it better not happen again. Last year’s finale consisted of a plot entirely based around the reappearance of a great many monsters, and was executed brilliantly. This time however? “Oo, past monster cameos seemed popular last year, let’s do it again!” Wrong. Completely ruined it. Moffat scored a winner with the Pandorica Opens, but was coming back around for a victory lap really necessary? No, it most certainly wasn’t. Let’s start brining everyone back! James Corden was popular last year, let’s bring him back? Oh wait, they are… (Not that I have anything against Corden, I thought he was great, he just makes a bloody good point enforcer). And I have a feeling Moffat better keep an eye out for upwards rain, as this is the second time he’s brought the Judoon back then shunted them out after 8 seconds of airtime.

And in my opinion, the one thing that really spoiled this for me was the enormous hype. Nobody would shut up about the events to come in this episode. River’s reveal! Amy’s baby! Madame Kovarian! Now, I don’t mind a sneaky wee ‘Next Time On Doctor Who’ to entice the viewer, but with all the details revealed about the ‘super secret jaw dropping episode’, I’m impressed they managed to stop themselves from just releasing the episode in jumbled chunks with random trivial words bleeped out, just to watch the fanbase explode. The episode could have been executed so much better if the only thing we knew were the events at the end of The Almost People, and the only evidence we had of the episodes existence was a slot in the TV guide.

Frankly, Moffat can sure as hell write a jaw dropping story, just look at Blink, The Emtpy Child, The Girl in the Fireplace. He was the writer who would come along once a series and make your hair stand on end. When it comes to writing a series however, let’s just say he’s no RTD. Still, at least he’s less keen on the deus ex machina we became all too irritated by over the last few series of Doctor 10…

Ranting over for another episode then, but fear not, the title alone of the next episode is enough to send the rant mill into overdrive. Bring on the autumn, and “Let’s Kill Hitler” with it…


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Reverse the Jelly Baby of the Neutron Flow!

Well then well then, quite a bit has happened since I last posted just before Curse of the Black Spot, and I guess that’s as good a place as any to start my rambling.

I’ve spoken to quite a few people about this episode, and they all said they’d rather watch Love and Monsters than that particular pirate plunder. I, in my usual fashion, disagreed with a passion (This is beginning to sound like a Dr. Seuss book). I bloody loved this episode. Pure Doctor Who as its meant to be, for me anyway. Not driven by some big mysterious series arc,packed with cliches and generally brilliantly light hearted. Less of a ‘Let’s see how dark we can make this show and how many characters we can kill’, and more of a ‘You know what’d be cool? Doctor Who meets Pirates of the Caribbean and everyone has a good time.’ After all, its not actually possible to make a dark, meaningful episode with that beast of a beard hanging from Bonneville’s chin! Moving on swiftly, as lets just say Episode 4 gave every Whovian a hell of a lot to talk about.

Firstly, before we even knew the title ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ was massively anticipated, as its been known since its earlier scheduled broadcast in Series fnarg that it would be penned by sci-fi legend, Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline and re-envisioner of The Sandman. Of course, the reveal of the title did nothing but shift the hype from ‘pretty hyped’ to ‘Royal Wedding’  on the Hype-o-meter. And then of course, it was broadcast. And it was perfect. It had, time lords, a deep foreboding voice, spooky smoke, dim lighting, endless running through corridors, a chase sequence, a bitey mad woman, a green eyed Ood, telepathic passwords and a whole lot of TARDISes (TARDI?). And it bore the official 11th Doctor Genuine Episode Authentication Certificate, a dead Rory. I’ll not go in any deeper than that (Cue Inception quotes) for fear of spoiling it, and the extremely unruly phone keyboard I’m typing on. Next up is the two-parter that just finished (with a bang) this Saturday, The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People. Thought these were flippin’ great episodes! Utterly genius (and totally creepy) concept executed in the best possible way. And in my opinion the icing on the cake – it was set in a monastery. I’m fed up of episodes which are set in a factory made of corrugated iron and flashing warning lights; this was clever, adding that perfect extra degree of unsettling creepiness to the story. Of course, unless you experienced a power cut during that last five minutes, sat on your remote’s off button or suffer from severe amnesia, the thing that’ll nag in the back of your mind until next week was the cliffhanger. Wow. Wawooweewa. I’ve seen the tables turned many a time, but Mr. Moffat just flipped them all at once, while the nation was still eating off them. Wowzers. If you haven’t seen it yet, what on Earth are you doing on the internet?!? Back slowly away from the computer and hikack your nearest television unit box.

The trailer for Episode 7, ‘A Good Man Goes to War’ is out now on the BBC’s YouTube, which I would link to if I were on a computer, but I’m not, so I can’t. But if you’re too lazy to go find it, trust me, you need to. Your mind may implode, but its worth it. *Spoilers!* Personal theory? Madame Kovarian clearly wants to use the baby as a weapon, and if we are to believe the photographs, the baby is the astronaut. And who did the astronaut kill? The Doctor. And what is the Doctor doing next episode? Going to war. And what does that make him? The good man. And who killed good man? Professor River Song. Kovarian made Amy pregnant to kill The Doctor, in some weird roundabout way. *All clear!*

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see! So until the good man goes to war,



Edit: Here is the Youtube Trailer : Computers couldn’t live without them 🙂

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The Juvenile Astronaut

My oh my, Doctor Who is most certainly back, and in big way. The Impossible Astronaut was quite possibly the biggest series opener since An Unearthly Child! Have to say though, although a good episode, I didn’t find it very good as an opener, it seemed more fitting as a finale to be honest.

And that’s without mentioning the numerous plot holes. *SPOILERS INCOMING!* For example, why did the 909 year old Doctor go to the same cafe as the others, and presuming his letter told him to go there, why would 1103 Doctor want go there too and risk bumping into himself? And if it’s the girl in the suit, how come she can walk fine considering the fact her feet must be dangling beneath her! And if there’s a network of tunnels under the surface of the Earth, how come no one ever found them? It was only ever said that the Silents themselves are forgotten, not their habitat. Also, the school bus Amy and Rory get off says ‘San Juan’ on the side, which is in Puerto Rico, so why is their school bus picking up hitchhikers in Utah!

*one week later…*

It appears that as usual I started blogging and then gave up! We’ve now seen the Day of the Moon, and blimey what a conclusion that was! Have to say it’s a pretty good beginning to the series arc too!


My personal theory on that little girl isn’t what most people seem to think, that she is a bi-product of the time Rory wasn’t with them in the TARDIS, and instead that she is theirs, just somehow affected by overexposure to time lordyness! Unsure as to whether or not I think its River though…

Also, as I only just realise I haven’t said anything yet, I’v started work on an obituary for.Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier) and Elizabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), which’ll probably never be finished as procrastination is all too easy these days…

Another little thing I have been meaning to say for a while is that a limited edition Doctor Who Monopoly is getting a limited run of 5000 this June, which I’m hoping to hell I can get a copy of! It’s available to preorder now from forbiddenplanet.com for £26.99, can’t provide an exact link right now, I’m writing this on my phone (And so its likely to be full of typos and spelling mistakes!)

Pretty sure that’s all I can remember for one, or rather all.I can be bothered typing on this terrible keyboard!


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The Countdown has begun… again…

Well well well, look at this! I’ve remembered to keep this place up to date! And there’s only 9 days, 5 hours and 6 minutes to go from the time of posting until the whovian’s number 1 date for the diary! Or at least the join biggest for this rather strange year… And so, let’s start with some brand spanking new episode titles!

Episode 1 & 2, the controversial opening two parter episode, are written by Steven Moffat and directed by Toby Haynes, meaning after these episodes Toby will have directed the last 5 episodes broadcasted, which is rather impressive. The eps have been titled The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, hence the numerous trails featuring said astronaut! These episodes are set in 1969’s America, and feature the elusive River Song, FBI agents inside the TARDIS, and a Stetson. Stetsons are cool. The rather intriguing major plot detail that’s been released for these episodes, is that within the first ten minutes of the Impossible Astronaut, one of the 4 regulars will have taken their last breath… Of course, this leaves the small matter of who. The Doctor, Rory and Amy can all be clearly identified in pictures from what is definitely episode 3, and presumably more. That just leaves River, and let’s face it, she’s practically immortal, what with the whole already seeing her death (4.9) and her still being alive in the future! (4.8/5.4/5.5/5.12/5.13) Also keeping with tradition of Matt’s Doctor, a couple of preview videos of the episode have been released, in addition to the one off prequel to the first episode:

The Impossible Astronaut Prequel:

Preview Clip 1:

Preview Clip 2:

Looks like Doctor Who is dropping to an all new level of dark…

Episode 3 this year comes from the pen of newcomer to Who, Steve Thompson, titled The Curse of the Black Spot, and rather unsurprisingly, set on a pirate ship. Essentially the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, but with a slightly different name and the Doctor rammed inside. To use the rather elegant words of Mr. Moff, it’s “just made of win”! This episode guest stars Hugh Bonneville one of (and presumably leader of) the pirates, Avery, and also Lily Cole as a ‘siren’.

Now then, Episode 4. Neil Gaiman’s episode has been highly anticipated for some time as it was scheduled for series 5, but budget issues pushed it back to series 6, but this time it stayed. Intriguingly titled The Doctor’s Wife, the episode features Suranne Jones (Mona Lisa in SJA) as Idris, and presumably said wife! Or rather, impression of a wife, I’m highly convinced we’ll have another Doctor’s Daughter on our hands where the title character turns out to be not quite what it sounds like.

Episodes 5&6 is the only other (complete) two parter we see this half of the series, and is penned by another new-to-who, Matthew Graham. Episode 5 is still titled The Rebel Flesh, but Episode 6 has been renamed from Gangers to The Almost People. Sounds pretty awesome! We’ve also got a rather gruesome promo pic for The Almost People, which looks pretty damn freaky:

These episodes are rumoured to be about cloning and doppelgangers, and this, umm, thing, reminds me of the test-tube Frankenstein from the 2007 Frankenstein remake, and that thing was bloody creepy!

Episode 7, the final episode of Series 6 Part One, has been renamed from Demon’s Run to A Good Man Goes to War, and is written by the only person who could ever write a whopping great finale, Steven Moffat. Recently a promo pic was released for this episode and blimey what a pic it is:

So after Piers said there would be no returning monsters this series, we find at least 4 in a one-er! You may also notice that Rory has donned his centurion outfit again, and that the Cybermen seem to be lacking the Cybus Industries logo! All very intriguing stuff…

Well, that’s everything I can remember from my rather large collection of things to remember to post, so you’ll have to make do till I find some more!


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And again!

Blimey, three new updates in 3 days! More stuff (That’s a technical term) has come through, and I’ll start with, in my opinion, the biggest.

Torchwood. Everyone looking forward to the New World? Well don’t be, the New World is no longer going to be broadcast. Or even filmed. Of course, by which I mean they’ve renamed it. What do you mean you cried a little? The new series is now (Brace yourself) Torchwood: Miracle Day. Great title huh? You don’t think so? No, me neither. Not exactly the most imaginative… On the plus side, the storyline was released at the same time as the new trailer, and so without further ado, the official Series 4 synopsis:

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four months’ time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

Now that has totally made up for the new name! Sounds absolutely amazing!! The 10-episode series is currently estimated to begin transmission into your brains on the 1st of July 2011, on BBC One and the American Starz network. Should also point out it is heavily advised that you watch Children of Earth before said transmission does begin. Maybe the 456 isn’t as dead as we’re led to believe…

Other news from the set of DW series 6, is that Karen Gillan was filmed filming on a pirate ship in Cornwall! Lots of sword fighting for the new series it seems, and also a nice pig Pirates of The Carribean style rope swing!

Also this clip, which looks almost identical to PotC!

Well, that’s all for now (Phew!) but I’m sure it won’t be long before there’s more to update yourself about (Awww…)! Until then though,



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Told you so!

Just one day after posting a nice big update, I open up my computer to discover a huge amount of new stuff! Mainly all to do with the new series as well! Lots of details from the trailer have also been uncovered, so without further ado, let us begin!

In the series 6 trailer, you may have spotted the return of this little contraption:

But what you may not have noticed was the identity of the figure approaching it: The one and only River Song! You can tell on closer inspection that she is wearing the same Denim outfit that she is wearing in Episode 1&2.

You may also have noticed this little fella:

Unfortunately not a spaceman from Apollo 23 (Aww…) but a character from the ever mysterious opening episodes. Other details revealed about the monster from these episodes are called “The Silents”. Sound familiar? Maybe all will finally be revealed… Matt also said this about the new baddies:

Steven has created the greatest monsters since the weeping angels … Oh, the way they’re dressed! They’re dressed in a very interesting way.

And Karen said this:

I think it’s the scariest one yet, physically and just what it does. They’ve got one thing about them that feels almost undefeatable.

Sounds awesome!!! Also, the trailer shows Amy and River covered in some form of ‘tally marks’, and now Rory’s joined in on the act!

Could this mean it’s some kind of disease? My personal opinion is that they are counting up, not just coincidentally shaped scars, as there’s a picture of Amy with them on just her arms, yet later on she looks like this!

Also in the Utah episodes, we see the Doctor in the Oval Office, and rumour is he will meet US president Richard Nixon! Apparently this adventure will also open up another paradox, as the Doctor uses the stabilisers River showed him to sneak in to the White House silently, and in doing so, teaches River how to do it!

We also have a lot of running to look forward to! We see Amy and Rory running in corridors, escaping from a green eyed Ood (!). These corridors have been confirmed to be corridors inside… the Doctor’s very own TARDIS!! And while exploring the corridors, Amy and Rory discover the TARDIS’s secondary control room. Wonder if it’s still wooden panelled… Of course, it’s more likely it’ll be the winning design for a new TARDIS console competition run by Blue Peter, way before Series 5 aired. These corridor running sequences are supposedly from Neil Gaiman’s episode, and keep Amy and Rory busy while the Doctor is outside on the junk planet with Idris. Of course, this also means that there’s an Ood running about inside the TARDIS! My theory is that Ood Sigma at The End of Time was a distraction so Green Eyes could sneak in and hide inside. Must’ve got lost in those corridors searching for the bathroom, and never made it back out, and when the TARDIS regenerated, it made the staircases to help the lost Ood find it’s way back! I’m 100% sure that’s the correct theory. Okay, maybe 99%. Or possibly less…

Anyway, that’s pretty much all for now, so I’ll be off to search the internet for the inevitable new info that’ll pop up seconds after I post this. Ah well.


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A Brand New Year

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.

Hunter’s Moon

‘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…

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