All posts by Dan Collins

Dan loves science fiction and fantasy in just about any format. He has so many shelves full of dvds and books that there's no where for him to sleep. One day he hopes to add his own novels to those shelves. You can contact him at dcollins@troughtonismydoctor.com

Monday Morning News Round Up March 24th

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.

 

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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.

 

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Lego Who

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.

 

From The Ashes Of doctorwhoworldwide.com

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.

Omnirumour

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.

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updated- From The Ashes Of Doctorwho worldwide.com

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 dcollins@troughtonismydoctor.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.

 

UPDATE 3/25

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.

Monday Morning News Round Up- March 17th

So, what was going on last week in the world of Doctor Who?

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The Horror!

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.”

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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.

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Omnirumour Update

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.