Doctor Who

  1. The Power of Three

    Wednesday 19 September 2012, 10:48

     The Doctor Who TeamThe Doctor Who Team

    The Power of Three iconicAhoy there! It started with the MSC Napoli…After the brilliant Pond Life and run of three blockbuster episodes that kicked off the new series, we now look ahead to Amy and Rory’s farewell story, and before that, their penultimate adventure with the Doctor: The Power of Three.

    We’re back on Earth for an episode that promises to be full of intrigue and action. The Doctor and the Ponds must puzzle over an unlikely invasion of Earth, as millions of sinister black cubes arrive overnight… But what are they, what’s inside them and most importantly, who sent them? With the international community at a loss, it’s left to the Doctor to unearth who is behind the mystery.

    We caught up with Chris Chibnall, who wrote The Power of Three, and asked him about his latest story. ‘A few years ago,’ he explained, ‘near where I live, the MSC Napoli got stuck in Lyme Bay. A lot of its contents got washed up onto shore and people just started taking the contents. I wanted to do a story based on humanity’s ability to go Oh, look at that… I’ll take that!

    The Power of the Three guest stars Steven Berkoff (OctopussyThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) playing – in Karen…

    The Power of Three

    The Power of Three (Photo credit: Doctor Who Spoilers)

    Doctor Who Series 7 2012: What We Know



    A compilation of everything we know about Series 7 so far. This post is continually updated as more info emerges over the coming months until broadcast.

    Note: This post contains some mild spoilers.

    LAST UPDATED: 14 September 2012


    • 1 September 2012 — Part 1 (5 episodes)
    • 25 December 2012 — Christmas Special
    • Spring 2013 — Part 2 (8 episodes)

    Other notes: Filming began 20th February 2012.

    Official Description

    This series will see the last days of the Ponds with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill returning for their final, rollercoaster voyage with the Doctor. Amy and Rory have been at the Doctor’s side for more than two series but what will he do after their heartbreaking departure?

    Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when The Doctor meets a new friend.

    Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year. Fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.

    Main Cast

    • Matt Smith — The Doctor
    • Karen Gillan — Amy (Episodes 1-5)
    • Arthur Darvill — Rory (Episodes 1-5)
    • Jenna-Louise Coleman – Clara Oswin (2012 Christmas special onwards)

    Returning Cast

    • Alex Kingston — River Song (episode 5)
    • Neve McIntosh — Madame Vastra (Xmas, episode 10)
    • Catrin Stewart — Jenny (Xmas, episode 10)
    • Dan Starkey — Strax (Xmas, episode 10)

    Other notes: James Corden said he had discussed Craig’s return with Moffat and will do“everything in his power” to appear again.

    Guest Stars


    • The Daleks (episode 1)
    • Dinosaurs & robots (episode 2)
    • The Gunslinger (episode 3)
    • Shakri / Cubes (episode 4)
    • The Weeping Angels (episode 5)
    • Snowmen (Xmas TBC)
    • The Ice Warriors (episode 8 TBC)

    Other notes: Producer Marcus Wilson said that a couple of old classics from the 60′s and 70′s will return but will be “moved on a bit.” One of the rumoured monsters is revealed inthis post. Caroline Skinner possibly hinted that the Zygons will be back. Reports of the Ice Warriors have also been rife.



    Other notes: Moffat has said it is unlikely there will be any two-part stories this year.


    2012 Episodes (Series 7 Part 1)

    701. Asylum of the Daleks

    Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Nick Hurran.

    Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter… the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.

    Described as “full on sci-fi” with spaceships and alien planets. According to Caroline Skinner, it will feature “Every Dalek known to man.” Moffat originally stated the first episode will be a bit like the movie Die Hard.

    Guest starring: Anamaria Marinca (Darla), David Gyasi (Harvey), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek Operator), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Daleks), Naomi Ryan (Cassandra)

    702. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

    Written by Chris Chibnall. Directed by Saul Metzstein

    An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction – unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo… of dinosaurs! By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.

    Chibnall’s first of two stories is said to contain one of the biggest sets Doctor Who has ever had (although Moffat’s opener later surpassed it).

    Guest starring: Riann Steele (Queen Nefertiti); Sunetra Sarker (Indira); Rupert Graves (Riddell); Mark Williams (Brian Williams); David Bradley (Solomon); Noel Byrne (Robot 1); Richard Garaghty (Robot 2); Richard Hope (Bleytal) and Rudi Dharmalingam (ISA Worker)

    703. A Town Called Mercy

    Written by Toby Whithouse. Directed by Saul Metzstein

    The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun!), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg, who goes by the name of the Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one!) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret.

    Whithouse’s latest episode takes place in America’s old west, where the Doctor will face a cyborg called the Gunslinger. Filming took place in Almeria, Spain.

    Guest starring: Ben Browder (Isaac), Adrian Scarborough (Kahler-Jex), Dominic Kemp (Kahler-Mas), Garrick Hagon (Abraham), Rob Cavazos (Walter), Andrew Brooke (The Gunslinger) and Joanne McQuinn (Sadie), Byrd Wilkins (The Preacher), Sean Benedict (Dockery).

    704. The Power of Three

    Written by Chris Chibnall. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

    The Doctor and the Ponds puzzle an unlikely invasion of Earth, as millions of sinister black cubes arrive overnight, almost like presents falling from the sky.

    But what are they, what’s inside them and most importantly, who sent them? With the international community at a loss, it’s left to the Doctor to unearth who is behind the mystery.

    The Doctor investigates mysterious black cubes that have fallen to modern day earth. These cubes cause illness on unsuspecting victims, including the Doctor. UNIT return along with a character called Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) who may be the late Brigadier’s daughter.

    Guest starring: Mark Williams (Brian Williams), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), Steven Berkoff (Shakri), Selva Rasalingam (Ranjit), Alice O’Connell (Laura), Arnold Underwood (Peter Cartwright), Orderly 1 (David Beck), Orderly 2 (Daniel Beck)

    705. The Angels Take Manhattan (Mid-series finale)

    Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Nick Hurran.

    The Doctor’s heart-breaking farewell to Amy and Rory – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan, as New York’s statues come to life around them… With Rory’s life in danger, the Doctor and Amy must locate him before it’s too late! Luckily, an old friend helps them and guides the way.

    Amy and Rory’s last ever episode and will also feature the return of River Song. The story will take place in 30s New York where the gang will face the Weeping Angels for a “final encounter.” Karen Gillan said that Amy dying is a possibility. Moffat has promised a “heartbreaking” end and “Not everybody gets out alive – and I mean it this time!”

    Filming reports: Central ParkMore Central ParkTudor CityBrooklyn Bridge ParkBig Rory SpoilersCemetery Set Report (Big spoilers)

    Guest starring: Alex Kingston (River), Michael McShane (Dr Grayle), Rob David (Sam Garner), Bentley Kalu (Sophisticated Hood).

    2012 Christmas Special


    X. The Snowman (TBC).

    Written by Steven Moffat.

    “The Doctor is going to meet someone very new in the very last place he could ever have expected…” A Doctor Who take on Raymond Briggs’ festive tale The Snowman. Set in 1890s London and introduces the new companion called Clara Oswin. Also features the return of Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax from A Good Man Goes To War.

    Guest starring: Richard E Grant, Tom Ward, Liz White, Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny), Dan Starkey (Strax)

    Next Time: The Angels Take Manhattan




    Next time on Doctor Who, it’s The Angels Take Manhattan, the last of this short run and the Doctor’s heart-breaking farewell to Amy and Rory. With Rory’s life in danger, the Doctor and Amy must locate him before it’s too late! Luckily, an old friend helps them and guides the way.

    Doctor Who Series 7 Ratings Accumulator



    According to early overnight viewing figures, last night’s episode of Doctor Who was watched by 5.5 millionviewers on BBC1.

    The overnight figures are only early estimates and we can expect a sizeable increase when the BARB figures are released next week.

    Unlike the overnights, the final figures count those who recorded the show and watched it later, making them a more accurate measure of how many were watching.

    This post will be updated over the next five weeks

    • 1. Asylum of the Daleks – 6.4 million (overnight) 8.3 million (final figure)
    • 2. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship –  5.5 million (overnight) 7.57 million (final figure)
    • 3. A Town Called Mercy – 6.6 million (overnight) TBA (final figure)
    • 4. The Power of Three – 5.5 million (overnight) TBA (final figure)
    • 5. The Angels Take Manhattan – TBA (overnight) TBA (final figure)

    Note: Overnight and BARB figures do not include iPlayer viewings which have, in some cases, added over 1 million on top of these.

    50th Anniversary Shooting Spring 2013



    Matt Smith has revealed that Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary will likely begin filming Spring 2013.

    In an interview with the Waikato Times, Smith spoke about the plans so far: “[Steven Moffat] was pitching the 50th anniversary at the end of this series and what everything was going to be about and it was a very exciting meal. No doubt he’ll come up with something brilliant because that’s the sort of man he is…

    “I hope that we mark it in the best way possible and we honour the people that have been in the show before us and we make it as grand and brilliant and inventive and as much an occasion as possible. What that is, I may have an idea, but I can’t tell you I’m afraid.’’

    Asked about multiple Doctors appearing, Smith said: “Who knows? I think it’s an exciting idea. Whether it would be possible, or whether it could ever happen I just don’t know, but whatever we can do to mark that 50th anniversary will be spectacular, that much I do know.’’

    ‘‘Nothing’s set in stone. I imagine there will be a script knocking around about Christmas and there we will develop further and shoot it next spring.’’

    Smith also denied he is quitting any time soon: ‘‘Shock horror. Everyone leaves eventually people. No I’m not leaving any time soon.  You know I am coming back for the 50th anniversary. To suggest I am quitting now is wrong,’’ he said.

    Doctor Who NOT reduced in 2012?

    PUBLISHED JULY 4, 2011


    Just when you thought the situation withDoctor Who in 2012 couldn’t get any more confusing, along comes this bit of news.

    According to an attendee at this year’s Comic Con France, Steven Moffat was asked how many episodes will be shown in 2012 and he responded with: “Contrary to some rumours you may have heard, there will be the same number of episodes.”

    Later adding that there will be a change in transmission. But not on the number of episodes.

    If all 14 episodes did air in 2012, this goes against what we’ve heard from multiple sources now. So we’re not sure what to make of this. It’s very possible it could have been misinterpreted, but it’s hard to say, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

    There were also another couple of interesting bits from Moffat:

    • On River Song: “You do not know anything yet”
    • Apparently there is a pay-off to Rory repeatedly dying.
    • There are very ambitious plans for the 50th anniversary.

    Thanks to Le Village and 3xcusemyfrench.







    Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures REVIEW

     at 12:00pm October 5 2012

    Release Date: 8 October 2012
    1981-2008 | 12 | 483 minutes | £64.99
    Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution
    Director: Steven Spielberg
    Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott

    Steven Spielberg always wanted to make a James Bond movie, but never got the call. The loss is entirely 007’s, for Indiana Jones is an action-adventure hero to match (and even surpass) Her Majesty’s finest.

    Raiders Of The Ark introduces the globetrotting archaeologist in timeless style. Effortlessly fun, 100% slack-free and with setpieces to die for, it’s the blueprint all summer blockbusters should aspire to.

    While darker prequel Temple Of Doom (here in its uncut version) can’t quite match Raiders, it deserves plaudits for daring to take a younger Indy seeking “fortune and glory” off on a very different kind of adventure.

    The Last Crusade fixes Temple Of Doom’s biggest flaw (Kate Capshaw’s Willie Scott) by providing Jones with a more effective foil – his old man. The movie is essentially a Raiders retread, but the chemistry between Harrison Ford and screen dad Sean Connery makes it the most entertaining entry in the series.

    It felt like the perfect ending, until Indy returned 18 years later in The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Ford recaptures plenty of the old magic, but is let down by some questionable story choices and the impossible weight of expectation.


    If you own the Indiana Jones DVD releases, you’ll already have most of the material here. The excellent “Making The Trilogy” docs from the 2003 box set are still the definitive guide to the movies; they’re joined by a Crystal Skull doc made up of material reassembled from its DVD. There’s also the quartet of shorter featurettes from the aforementioned box set, and a selection from the 2008 special editions.

    The newcomers are a 1981-vintage Making Of on Raiders and the new “On Set With Raiders Of The Lost Ark”. The old-school doc is a fun addition (not least for the chance to seeing the filmmakers talk about the movie without the benefit of hindsight), but it’s the hour-long, narration-free “On Set…” doc that’s most exciting for fans. Nestled amongst loads of fun behind-the-scenes footage are plenty of deleted scenes and outtakes. While it’s frustrating that there’s no option to watch them in isolation – and just plain bizarre that the doc ends with a montage of unused scenes from the other three movies – it’s great seeing how Indy’s infamous fight with the swordsman was meant to play out, and how exactly he hitched a ride on that submarine.







    Torchwood: Children Of Earth Trailer To Get UK/US Simultaneous Preview

    Torchwood: Children Of Earth Trailer To Get UK/US Simultaneous Preview

    Torchwood fans in the UK will be given a sneak preview of the brand new series of the award-winning drama. From 9.00pm on Thursday 5 February, a 60-second trailer of Torchwood: Children Of Earth will be shown on the Torchwood website,

    The trailer will be simultaneously broadcast at New York ComicCon 2009 — where actress Eve Myles and director Euros Lyn will be taking part in a panel session. Torchwood has proved a big hit with audiences in the United States and is BBC America’s highest-rated series.

    In one epic story told over five nights the new series, to be broadcast for the first time on BBC One later this year, promises to be Torchwood’s greatest adrenalin-fuelled, high-octane adventure yet.

    Torchwood: Children Of Earth rejoins Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David Lloyd), who are still coming to terms with the death of two of their closest friends.

    Despite their pain, they have a job to do. This time they are faced with their fiercest threat to date — one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiralling into danger.

    They battle against the odds but do they stand a chance of saving humankind?

    Torchwood is executive produced by Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner. The producer is Peter Bennett (Doctor Who).

    Torchwood is written by Russell T Davies, John Fay (Clocking Off, Coronation Street) and James Moran (Doctor Who, Torchwood) and directed by Euros Lyn (best director in BAFTA Cymru TV Awards, Doctor Who, George Gently).

    Torchwood: Children of Earth is a BBC Wales for BBC Drama production.






















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One Response to “Doctor Who”

  1. willsscfinews December 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    so cool

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