This is it, the finale of Doctor Who Dark Journey Series 2. So far this season we’ve had emotional rollercoasters, amazing cameos from past companions and even a family reunion of sorts. Dangling threads from season one about the Noble Project were answered and shocking revelations made. There was a lot of action, a lot of heart and a lot of quips. So where do we stand now?
This episode, more of a epilogue, finds our hero alone in the tardis. Well, not quite alone, he does have Fred after all. But can a man who has lived as long as the Doctor ever truly be alone?
Dark Journey takes us to the end of the… well, dark journey. This is a much subtler episode than the previous ones, the bulk of it just being dialogue between the two aforementioned characters. They share some of the most poignant moments of the entire series and this episode really shines as a great example of the writing, acting and production from Chalmers and Tamburro. The Doctor is still making jokes, but that’s just to hide the fact that he has lost hope. In the end he must make a decision, to give up or to keep going. What will he decide? Listen for yourself and find out.
Thanks to Mike and Andrew for a great Series 2. I can’t help but feel proud of this season, especially since they dedicated it to me! I look forward to reporting on (and listening to) what’s coming next for Dark Journey.
Saturday July 18th marks the finale of series 2 of Doctor Who Dark Journey. Unfortunately all members of the TIMD family will be on vacation or otherwise out of reach of the internet during the finale. Be sure to check out AM Audio Media to see where you can find that last episode and give it a listen! TIMD will return late next week with a review of the finale and the series as a whole!
The first new trailer for the forthcoming Series 9 has been released by the BBC onto YouTube today. 90 seconds of intriguing glimpses, sounds and quotes (including the one at the top of the page).
We also know when the new series will start, September 19th. This puts it four weeks later than last year and if there are no breaks will mean there is just a three week gap between season finale and Christmas episode this year.
Featuring old enemies and new aliens, as well as an interesting and mysterious encounter at the very end of the trailer, it can be viewed here….
The Passing Of Light, episode four of Dark Journey Series 2, hit the net today premiering on The Droids Canada podcast. Has it really been four weeks since episode one? Time flies when you’re having fun! But some of our favourite characters aren’t having a good time. Things are desperate for the Doctor and Sherlock as they battle evil demonic forces. With so much tragedy in his past, when the Doctor is offered a chance to change it, will he be able to resist? What if it means turning on his friends?
With just two more episodes remaining this series, a lot is revealed about the nasty bad guys today. More importantly, toward the end of the episode the Cool Beans Doctor really gets to shine. One of my favourite Matt Smith moments was during the The Pandorica Opens. The scene where the Doctor stands before a mass gathering of his enemies and gives his impassioned speech has long been a favourite of mine. Well, Andrew captured the defiant essence of that moment and delivered a soliloquy of his own that was the highlight of The Passing Of Light. But if you remember Pandorica, that speech ultimately didn’t help the 11th Doctor. How will the Cool Beans Doctor fair? Will he have a similar outcome? I guess we will just have to wait until next week’s episode to find out
Over on Facebook, the Doctor Who Missing Episodes Discussion Group are currently inviting questions for another of their popular and successful Q&A series. This has already featured Philip Morris (the man who returned Enemy of the World and Web of Fear in 2013), Richard Molesworth (author of the popular book Wiped!) and Paul Vanezis (documentary producer and member of the Restoration Team) and next up to answer fan questions will be archivist Sue Malden.
For those whose memory is hazy at best on the saga of the missing episodes of Doctor Who, it was Sue Malden who was instrumental in the discovery and return of many thought lost episodes in the late 70s and early 80s, having been alerted to the junking of archive TV by Who fan Ian Levine. She also put together the first paper trail of episode sales, building on the work of Pamela Nash who had established a stock of 16mm prints to be sent to foreign TV stations. These along with the episodes held by the BBC were brought under one roof in the new BBC Film and Videotape Library, aka BBC Archives. Sue Malden became its first ‘archive selector’, responsible for deciding which programmes were worthy of storing there.
So, if anybody is interested in asking Sue a question about Doctor Who missing episodes in particular or Film and TV archiving in general, follow the link above to the group and add your question to the pinned thread. All questions to be received by 9pm BST (UK time) on Wednesday July 1st please.
Last Friday I rushed home from work, shovelled some food into my mouth and then ran to the computer. Why? So I could participate in the Gallifrey Stands podcast. When you add in the time difference between Canada and the UK, it made for a late night session for host Doctor Squee! We talked about Patrick Troughton (of course), AM Audio Media’s Dark Journey, missing episodes, missing episode discussion groups and of course Troughtonismydoctor.com! Take a few minutes and check it out!
Doctor Who Dark Journey Episode 3, “The Age Of Banishment”
So far this series we have been privy to some shocking revelations from the Doctor’s past. We learned how his most loved companion and his most bitter enemies were involved with the Noble project and in this episode that project’s true intent is laid bare. On Gallifrey the Doctor tries to extinguish evil, but his pure motivations go astray and lead to his exile from his home planet.
The first two episodes of this season have been full of action and revelations in equal measure and they keep ramping things up! Our heroes destroy a British landmark during the pre-title sequence, have just 18 minutes to save the day, see ghosts from Holmes past and tinker with reality all during this episode.
There is also a special guest voice. AM Audio Media donated a super amazing prize to the Doctor Who Missing Episodes Discussion Group On Facebook back in November when they were holding a contest to celebrate DW’s 51st birthday. That prize was a small role in this series and we get to hear the winner in this episode during the Noble project flashback scene.
This week’s episode was released on the Who Wars Podcast which features an interview with the Cool Beans Doc himself afterward! Check it out!