By now just about everyone has seen the Lego CUUSOO Doctor Who submission that has managed the 10,000 supporters needed to make it on to the second stage. But there are plenty more great submissions out there. Fan of the new series? Well there’s a cool Tennant tardis set that can use your help. For us fans of the classic show there are less to chose from. Here is my personal favourite, from CreatorBen we get a 4th Doctor set with a classic tardis interior (roundels!), K-9, Davros and Dalek. Unfortunately it is a long way from where it needs to be. A long, long way. So, let’s help out an underdog here, pop on over and give it some support. If only for the roundels. If anyone out there has any Troughton submissions, I would love to see and support them!
It’s been 9 years since Doctor Who made its triumphant return to our screens. For those of us who watched the old show, that 16 year gap was agony. We welcomed the return and all the new fans who joined the story with Rose.
I remember the day well. The BBC Doctor Who site said “Sit down. Put down your cup of tea. It’s coming back. On BBC One”. And 18 months later we had something we now call “New Who”. I have issues with some of Russell T. Davis’ writing, but I will always be grateful that he believed in the show, persevering, fighting with execs, making the hard choices that made it such a huge hit. He brought it back just different enough to be successful, by some measures more successful than ever, but still very recognizable to us long term fans. I have no doubt that the man fighting the Slitheen is absolutely the man who fought the Cybermen on Telos and the Wirrn on Space Station Nerva
The new series is by most measure far superior to the classic. The budget is huge, the special effects are great, the characters more well developed and scripts more emotional. Having said that, there is definitely a charm to the classic series. If you’ve only seen the last 3 Doctors, I encourage you to drop everything and go watch Ark in Space. t have to go all the way back to An Unearthly Child, but maybe Rose? Or even The Eleventh Hour would be a good place to pick up the action. I especially love that the new series has gone through 3 leading men, with a 4th filming now. And 2 producers and, depending who you count, 5 companions. It’s shown itself to be bigger than any one man. It owes its renewed existence to RTD but we have moved on from him. And love him or hate him, Steven Moffatt has put his own stamp on the series, his version of things, and no doubt his successor will do the same. People will naturally come and go, viewers change as often as the show. This is how it survives. We could have shut it all down when Ian and Barbara left. Or when Rose said goodbye. But we didn’t. It changes, evolves and thrives. That’s why each generation has their very own Doctor. We’ll be heartbroken when they leave, but forget them by the time the new one’s closing credits roll. As it should be.
It was 94 years ago today, March 25, that Patrick Troughton was born. Pat has been my favourite Doctor for many years and the return of Enemy Of The World and Web Of Fear has only strengthened my love of the 2nd Doctor. I will take this opportunity to say thanks for everything Pat and it’s a shame that you aren’t still with us. If there is any justice in the world, the TV Gods will make the omnirumour turn out to be true, or at least mostly true, and we will get to see more of your genius.
The Omnirumour. A ray of light leading to an Aladdin’s cave of glinting silvery treasure. Devourer of forum pages. Igniter of conflicts that if enacted in real life would make Game of Thrones look like a pillow fight.
It’s profoundly changed online fandom. On one hand, a great community of like minded souls has sprung up – friendly and open, with some good friendships being forged over borders and time zones. On the other, there’s a worrying amount of flame wars and trolling going on. Not to mention an overall oppressive atmosphere on certain forums, and some elaborate hoaxes. But hey ho, it wouldn’t be Doctor Who fandom if somebody wasn’t being a tool about it.
Every scrap of info or potential lead, no matter how unlikely it may seem, has been pored over in microscopic detail. We want to know. We’re excited. But, until some sort of an announcement comes (fingers crossed), all we can do is continue to look at the clues, and we’ve already torn the internet into so many shreds in our search for the truth that it’s a wonder it’s not collapsed.
Let me tell you a story, a story I haven’t shared up to now.
A couple of months ago, after some lengthy indecision about where to have lunch, my girlfriend Lesley and I ended up at a table in the upstairs café of our local Marks and Spencer. We were very hungry (our indecision often results in this).
She chose a healthy option. I didn’t. As we wolfed down our lunch and talked between bites, I noticed a man sat in the corner, tallish, and oddly familiar looking. Did I know him? If I did, where did I know him from? Work? Someone else’s work?
Hold on. I don’t know him. I do know him from being interviewed on TV by Lizo Mzimba though. That looks like…. Phil Morris!
What do I read into this? If that’s him, he’s at least 500 miles out of his way (I live on the south coast, and have an ex from Liverpool, trust me, I know), maybe there’s an episode lead in Dorset?!? He’s having a bacon bagel. Bacon bagels are round. Film cans are round!! Is this a sign?!?
I jest, but whoever this guy was, he looked enough like everyone’s favourite secretive globe-trotting episode hunter to make me stare at him with one eye for a good couple of minutes whilst maintaining eye contact and conversation with Lesley (risking going cross-eyed in the process).
Luckily he didn’t see me, as I would have looked somewhat deranged. My girlfriend didn’t notice my cross eyed basilisk gaze either, which was a relief. I didn’t fancy explaining that I’d spent so long boring holes in forums and twitter over the last few months that I was starting to believe episode hunters were among us, and……. tucking into a nice bacon roll in the corner of England’s favourite Penny Bazaar. Questions might have been asked about our relationship.
“You haven’t changed, still finding menace in your own shadow…”
There’s not really a message here, beyond “Do not stare at strange men in cafes”. I’m sure good times are still coming. The speculation is still great fun. But, if you do see Phil Morris, and he is a) Actually Phil Morris and b) Eating a Bagel, don’t snatch it out of his hand, it’s not a film can, it’s a bagel. And I hope he enjoys his bagel.
The preceding is a humorous account and not intended to offend anyone, even those who hate bagels. The real Phil Morris was not seen anywhere near the vicinity of M&S.
To start off this Monday Morning News Round Up I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has visited over the past week. I was just getting my feet wet seven days ago, but now things are really rolling. We’ve had 1000 views so far and two more contributors will be making regular, or semi regular appearances. Please welcome Gary Morris and Martin Ruddock to the Troughton team.
Matt Smith Uses His Soccer Talents For Charity
June 8th you can see Matt Smith kicking some grass in Soccer Aid 2014. He is joining Robbie Williams England team and taking on the Rest Of The World. In The Lodger we got to see just how good the Doctor can play, so Matt has a lot to live up to.
New Series 8 Monster Filmed- Spoilers
A new monster was seen on set this week, since there are spoilers involved I won’t post the pic, but you can check it out here.
Have you fantasized of building your own tardis out of Lego? Well that fantasy could be a reality. Lego CUUSOO was taking fan submissions for official consideration and GlenBricker had one that met the required number of votes. It moves on to the second stage. Stay tuned via the official page.
Well, it’s been two weeks since DWW went down. We were told that it was just changing servers, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. In its absence this site has attempted to keep the DWW faithful up to date on the latest news, opinion and rumours. Panopticon member Pascal Salzmann has started a facebook group to continue discussion as well.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock on Mars, you’ve heard the latest omnirumour news. But if you are a Martian insect, or maybe were just offline at the wrong time, here’s a full rundown on the latest.
Did you ever get a chance to visit doctorwhoworldwide.com? There’s no point checking now, the site’s down, has been for over two weeks. It’s a shame, it was a great site. Even though I was a contributor on the site, I haven’t heard anything concrete about why it has gone down or if it will ever be back up. With more than 10,000 twitter followers at one point, it was a powerhouse of a news, reviews, rumours and opinion site.
I had my first article posted there on January 6th. After seeing “Keep Calm, Don’t Blink” online, I made a solemn vow that I would be the site’s number one contributor, the most prolific writer (other than the site’s owner) to post under its banner. I think I can congratulate myself that I did actually achieve my goal. So I was and still am extremely disappointed that it has disappeared.
Not only was it the best place to find out new rumours, its forum, the Panopticon, was a great friendly place where I made lots of friends. It was a nice relaxing walk in the park compared to the bitter anger that emanated from some other forums. Members were free to speculate at will without being ridiculed or mocked or talked down to.
Well, out of the ashes of Doctor Who Worldwide something beautiful has bloomed. It turns out that I am unable to keep my opinions to myself, so I took a blog that I had neglected for years and made it in to the website that you’re looking at right now. I’ve been in contact with many of the other contributors from DWW and hopefully soon we will have some of them posting reviews, news and opinions on here as well. On that topic, if you would like to write something for the site, email me at email@example.com and we can talk about it.
Missing the forum? Well Pascal Salzmann started up a facebook group to discuss missing episodes. It’s been an instant success. I would encourage all the former Panopticon members to come on in and check it out, you’ll see lots of familiar faces. Never visited the Panopticon? No worries, everyone who wants to have a civil discussion on missing episodes is welcome on board.
So although we have lost one great site, two more have sprung up to replace it. With your help they can achieve the sort of reach that DWW enjoyed. So spread the word, share the links, like the pages, join in on the conversation.
Well, it’s been an eventful few days on the new FB page. The numbers have exploded as posters and lurkers come flocking over looking for a new place to chat or gather the latest information. Right now we are sitting at 286 members and that’s climbing every hour. With all the new members comes new troubles though, and I would like to take a minute to layout the ‘charter’ for the group.
“This is a friendly open discussion group. We don’t want to enforce rules or be no fun or too controlling like certain forums, but the rules are quite simple.
Basically, this group was set up to try and recapture the ethos of DWW, so, in a nutshell, let’s all be nice to each other.
Personal attacks are not on. Not trying to censor anyone, but lay into someone and you’ll be politely asked to back off. Three strikes and you’re out. There are ways of disagreeing that don’t involve all-out warfare, so please play nice and keep it civil. Anything just plain offensive is a one-strike-and-out deal.
Please remember this is a closed group. What’s said here stays here. You can talk about it in other forums, we can’t and won’t stop that, but please no direct quotes without the original poster’s permission.”
So we are still welcoming all new members, but must ask that everyone tolerate the views of others, even if you don’t agree. Civil discussion will always be permitted and only personal attacks or offensive comments will be moderated.
So, what was going on last week in the world of Doctor Who?
Did you hide behind your sofa when the Daleks came on screen? Or was it the Cybermen that frightened the daylights out of you? Either way, the BBC announced last week that the Horror Channel will begin airing classic Doctor Who episodes starting Easter weekend. They’re going all the way back to the beginning with An Unearthly Child and have 29 other stories to show.
Here’s a quote from Alina Florea, their Director of Programming . “Doctor Who is an iconic series and we are proud and excited to welcome this giant of British television to our channel. The line-up will include some of the most revered from seven classic Doctors- stories that terrified, thrilled and captured the imaginations of children and adults through the decades.”
Ahead By A Century
A classic Doctor Who alum has had a monumental milestone this past week. Olaf Pooley turned the big one oh oh on March 13th. That’s right, the man who will always be remembered as Professor/Director Stahlman from Inferno is now 100 years old. Happy Birthday Mr. Pooley.
Series 8 Casting News
This is your fair warning if you are looking to avoid any casting spoilers. Turn back now, do not proceed. Enter at your own risk. Still here? Ok.
Keeley Hawes was cast as a baddie for the upcoming season. She will apparently be appearing as Ms Delphox in episode five. Rumours are flying around that she will be the Master or the Rani, though that sort of speculation hasn’t come to much in the past. We will just have to wait and see.
So has anything been moving and shaking in the world of the omnirumour in the last week? Yes, no, maybe. Marco Polo and the Massacre are rumoured to be coming this Easter. Check out the State of the rumour address for full speculation. Also of interest may be the Animation Conspiracy, a look at stories that should be candidates for animation and how they may affect belief in the omnirumour.
If you’re looking for news and rumours regarding Classic or New who, this is the spot. We are also always looking for talented people to contribute news, reviews and opinions. The pay isn’t good, just your sweat, blood and tears, but don’t let that stop you. If you would like to contribute in anyway email me firstname.lastname@example.org.