PHIL MORRIS Q&A ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE

Fans who have been following the missing episode saga are in for a treat tonight. Phil Morris himself has offered to do a question and answer session on the Doctor Who Missing Episodes Discussion Group page on Facebook.

They set up a thread to take some questions for Phil in advance of tonight’s event. Unfortunately, the deadline for questions was earlier this morning (blasted different time zones) and they are already done with that process. Not that it really matters. Honestly, there’s only a few questions most of fandom are breathlessly anticipating. The Q&A is set for 9pm UK time, 4PM my local time. Be sure to be on the facebook page all day for updates in case the start time changes. If you haven’t joined yet, seriously, what are you waiting for?

UPDATE: as an administrator for the Facebook group, I have been asked to moderate the  debate. I am honoured and can’t wait for the action to begin!

Series Eight Trailer and lots of leaks…

Last night,  in the middle of their coverage of the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, the BBC debuted the first full trailer for Doctor Who Series Eight.

And, what a trailer! At just over a minute long we see glimpses of Daleks and their saucers,  a Tyrannosaurus Rex,  various unnamed new creatures,  all manner of explosive chaos going on, a veiled Vastra, and of course, the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, who he promises to take “into darkness”……….

It’s obvious from this trailer that Peter Capaldi is going to make one hell of an impact as the Doctor, cutting an imposing figure and looking absolutely right in the role. We at TIMD are excited. Roll on August 23rd and Deep Breath.

And on that subject, if you’re reading this you’ll no doubt be aware of two major  leaks relating to Series Eight in the last week; firstly the scripts of the first five episodes have found their way onto the web and rapidly circulated, and then, unfinished monochrome work prints of the first two episodes found their way to torrent and file sharing sites.

Our advice is to avoid these leaks, and don’t be tempted to download them.  Don’t spoiler yourselves with a month to go. Don’t be tempted to read, or to watch the unfinished episodes, which are missing FX sequences and aren’t ready yet. Of course, fandom abhors a vacuum,  and waiting for the Doctor can be a long slog at times, but it’s not long to go, and we at TIMD think that what’s coming is going to be pretty special.

So, take a deep breath until Deep Breath, watch the trailer again, and let us know in the comments below if you spot anything we haven’t. To paraphrase a friend of ours, good times are coming.

Power

Missing Episodes Update July- UPDATE

I will preface this by saying that I don’t have any sources, I only know what has been reported on the forums and to me in private.

July 17th is a day to mark on your calendar. Will there be a reveal of some sort then? Well… maybe, probably not, but maybe. In case you didn’t know, that’s the day the BFI are announcing the details of their Sci Fi season. The season will take place from October 2nd until January 2015.

From the BFI’s website:

Expect incredible one-off events, extra-special guests and a unique BFI perspective on the genre with screenings of key sci-fi films including Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Alien (1979), Planet of the Apes (1968) and the eerily prophetic British classic The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961).

Nothing in there about Doctor Who, yet. The current rumours flying around are suggesting that perhaps the BBC will announce some of the non TIEA finds at that event, topping the speculated list so far are Power Of The Daleks and The Tenth Planet episode 4. Now, this would directly contradict previous reports that Power is slated to be one of the last releases.

There are two great things about this rumour. One, it won’t be long before we find out. July 17th is just a week and a bit away, so there isn’t going to be a prolonged and excruciating wait. Having said that, there’s always the possibility that they release the schedule with some blank spots for events To Be Determined that will have us salivating and speculating until Christmas. Two, even if there is no Doctor Who connection here, as a fan of one vintage science fiction show, surely there will  be something else scheduled by the BFI to capture our interest. So, either way, I am looking forward to July 17th!

On a side note, if you have fallen off the omnirumour bandwagon over the past few months (ever since nothing happened at Easter) now might be a good time to start diving into the forums again. It seems like things are heating up again and people are getting excited once more. Maybe, just maybe, we’re nearing the end. Just an opinion.

UPDATE:

Well, the day has come and gone with nothing ME related, though I hear there is going to be a screening of Peter Cushing’s Dalek Invasion Of Earth movie. But, omnibelievers, don’t get disheartened. The BFI’s sci fi season hasn’t even started yet, not until October, so there is plenty of time for something to happen.

Dark Journey

Dark Journey Episode 5

“They say you judge a man on the strength of his enemies.”

The Doctor journeys to his darkest place searching out the truth that will save the day in this final episode of Doctor Who Dark Journey!

A few days ago I had the chance to talk to Mike Tamburro, Clayton Turner and the ‘Cool Beans’ Doctor himself, Andrew Chalmers regarding the first four episodes of Dark Journey. Five questions turned into eighteen minutes of conversation about the good times and the bad that the Doctor has gone through so far. It was a great chat, please give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed!

But all good things must come to an end. Tonight I listened to the last episode, Death On Baker Street. The amazing folks over at AMAudioMedia.com courteously provided me with an advance copy of this final episode, letting me be among the first to hear the completed version, and I am honoured!

So, what can you expect from this final episode without getting too spoilery? Stuff. It happens. Lots of it. Oh, a little too vague there? Okay, well in the last episode we see the Doctor going to his dark place in an attempt to learn the truth behind the brutal Jack the Ripper murders. He finds out, but gets more than he bargains for. Who are the Illuminatios and what is their connection to all of this? Where do the Watchers fit in?

This is my favourite kind of final episode. Jammed full of info and surprising reveals sandwiched between great action scenes and trademark humour from our two heroes. And, of course, you are left wanting more!

It’s been fun talking to Mike, Andrew and Clayton over the past couple of months and getting the word out about this awesome project. But they aren’t done yet. Not by a long shot. Next week I will post an interview with the guys about the future of Dark Journey!

Here are some links to other media who have been supporting them!

The Cult Den

Inferno Fiction

The Droids You Are Looking For Canada

We Came From The Basement

Movie Pilot

But of course, stay tuned to TIMD for all your Dark Journey news and keep supporting them!

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Frank Cottrell Boyce confirmed for Series Eight

After months of rumours suggesting his possible involvement, the BBC has confirmed that the as-yet unfilmed episode ten of Doctor Who series eight will be written by acclaimed children’s novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Cottrell Boyce’s past work includes the films Welcome to Sarajevo, 24 Hour Party People, Millions, and A Cock and Ball Story, as well as numerous children’s novels and scripts for TV. He is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Danny Boyle on the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

Cottrell Boyce is quoted by the BBC Press Office as saying: “Of all the thrills that pen and paper have brought into my life, there’s nothing that quite compares to the buzz of unlimited possibility that rushes through your fingers and into your brain when you write the words: ‘Interior … TARDIS’.”

“I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode – partly because I’ve been so absorbed in the last few series that I’d sort of forgotten that it wasn’t real.”

The BBC have also revealed that the episode, which goes before cameras after the two part series finale, will feature a cast of child actors, and be directed by Sheree Folkson and produced by Paul Frift.

Dark Journey Interview-Spoilers

The last episode of Doctor Who Dark Journey will go live Saturday July 5th at 5:35. The moment has been prepared for, as I have heard someone say before. I sat down with Andrew ‘the cool beans Doctor’ Chalmers, Producer Mike Tamburro and Clayton ‘Claytec’ Turner for another interview discussing the series so far. We talk about the humour, the darkness, Season three of Dark Journey featuring the Master as  a stay at home mom… You name it. Andrew had a large glass of red cider, so there was no stopping him! Warning, there is spoilers about the previous four episodes here, so why not check them out before you listen to the interview!

 

 

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How much Doctor Who are we getting this year?

Series eight of Doctor Who is almost upon us, and we’ll soon get to find out if Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is a good man.

The BBC, as usual, are being very secretive about anything but guest stars and writers, with info slowly being drip-fed in anticipation of a big launch in August. One thing that remains shrouded in mystery, however, is the actual number of episodes we’ll be seeing this year.

Since 2005, the norm has traditionally been fourteen a year, albeit sometimes split into two shorter runs across the year. In series seven the usual fourteen episodes were joined by two more specials, but split across two years.

Back in October Steven Moffat stated that there would be “at least thirteen episodes” this year. However, it’s unknown whether this includes a Christmas Special or not.

When details of Matt Smith’s exit were leaked early by e-mail last year, the number of episodes for this year was stated as a slightly reduced twelve.

Another interesting factor is the announcement of ‘feature length’ opener Deep Breath. Feature length can mean something the length of The Day of The Doctor (75 minutes), but it could mean longer, perhaps a double-length episode to act as a big tentpole intro for Capaldi?

What is known, is that filming on the two-part finale is underway, bringing the total filmed for this year to eleven. It could be just secrecy, as the production team are playing it closer to their chests this year, particularly after some of last year’s problems with leaks, but, if you pick through what we have been told, no mention has actually been made of any further episodes yet to film. A lot of the round-ups going round at the moment online are more fan supposition based on filming photos and scant information, than cold fact. The truth is, there’s nothing firm been said.

There could be an episode or more yet to go before the cameras, from earlier in the series. Some round-ups suggest an episode ten, written and directed by TBA and TBA. If there is, we know nothing about it; who is writing, directing, who is in it…….it could be a Neil Cross episode that’s been mooted, or, less likely, a Neil Gaiman one. Or one by Frank Cottrell Boyce. If all three, then there’s your fourteen, and that’s presumably not including any Christmas special, as Moffat writes those….

Anyway, before I get carried away, until we hear it from the production team, it’s just conjecture.

So, if there is , say, one other episode to come, that makes twelve.

If a Christmas Special is to follow, then we’re up to thirteen. Does Deep Breath‘s ‘feature length’ status, mean that we will get the same run-time as fourteen episodes spread over thirteen?

Some fans argue that if there is a shorter run, we might see a leaner, more focused series. I’m on the fence about the benefits of that, but it’s also possible that we might have a season the same length as usual, but in a different format.

Whatever happens, it’s going to be exciting finding out. Who keeps count when you’re having fun, anyway?

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