Category Archives: 10th doctor

Companion Trifecta Announced for Fan Expo

Canadian Doctor Who fans are in for a treat this summer as Fan Expo Canada has just revealed that the three most popular new series companions are ALL going to be at the event taking place in Toronto from September 3-6. Billie Piper, Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman were just announced as featured guests. Now that they have the most popular recent companions locked up, will they get a Doctor? They have had some over the years including Matt Smith and Colin Baker. Stay tuned to TIMD for more Fan Expo Doctor Who details as they are announced!

 

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Meet Ford In Toronto

No, we aren’t talking about Mayor Rob Ford, or even his brother Doug, we are talking about Phil Ford, writer of The Waters Of Mars (the best story during the gap year perhaps) and series 8’s Into The Dalek. Phil will be in Toronto on November 15th appearing exclusively at this DWIN event.

Here’s what they are offering:

Saturday November 15th, join us for Who Party: A Day With Phil Ford. Starting at 12pm at Pauper’s Pub at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst, you can meet the writer of ‘Into the Dalek’, ‘Waters of Mars’ and writer/producer for the Sarah Jane Adventures. We’ll ask Phil what it’s like to write a Doctor Who script, his experiences working with RTD and Moffatt, working on Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. And there’s more! A fan Q&A with Phil, autograph session and a Doctor Who darts competition! 6 hours of fun for the price of seeing Deep Breath in the movie theatre! This is rare opportunity to meet a man who has worked on all 4 shows in the Doctor Who universe without the lineups and hassle of a major con.

So, if you are in the area or willing to make the trek, come on down and have some fun at the Who Party! For tickets or more info check out their website http://www.dwin.org/whoparty/

Monday Morning News Round Up June 2

What made the news last week? Check out our twitter account @troughtonsmydoc to get twitter updates as they happen!

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Five-Ish Doctors Reboot To Be Released on DVD

Colin Baker spilled the beans at Myth Makers, regarding the future of this release.

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American Home for Classic Doctor Who

Not too long after the Horror Channel started showing the classics in the UK, a network in the US makes a similar deal!

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Tennant The Last Of The Time Lords?

Moffat told a crowd at a convention that the BBC was thinking about cancelling the show when Tennant left.

Fan Made Series 8 Trailer

Have you checked this out yet? It’s pretty amazing!

And finally, I got a nice email from amazon that gave me some hope about the R1 discontinued stories!

That’s what made the news last week!

 

Doctor Who Almost Cancelled When Tennant Left?

There’s an article on the Metro website where Steven Moffat dropped a bombshell! At the Hay Literary Festival, he claimed the BBC thought Doctor Who ‘wouldn’t succeed at all’ without David Tennant. According to Moffat, it was Russell T. Davies who once again came to the shows rescue! ‘I think there were plans maybe to consider ending it. It was Russell T. Davies saying, “you are not allowed to end it”‘. So RTD not only brought the show back from the Wilderness, but may have also staved off cancellation. I find it unlikely that they seriously considered axing the show for a second time, but you never know…

Monday Morning News Round Up- May 5

Welcome to another wonderful Monday morning. Just in case you were out enjoying the real world and missed some of our amazing stories last week, here’s a recap for you. Don’t forget to follow @troughtonsmydoc to get the news as it’s happening!

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OMNI Denied!

We might as well start with the biggest news coming last week. In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine they published an article with statements denying the omnirumour!

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Bold Prediction?

Everyone involved with the omnirumour has been shying away from making predictions about the next announcement, but TIMD is confident that we can predict when it’s not going to happen.

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Underwater Menace Update Redux

Also in that DWM article was a little snippet about the fate of Underwater Menace. Recon? Seriously?

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Omnirumour Executed

With all the serious stuff being talked about, Martin decided we needed a little laughter in our lives, so he takes a look at the ‘death’ of the omni.

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German Bluray Update

There’s been a development in the German bluray release of Adventures in Space and Time. It had a release date and special features announced.

#FanProducedFriday

TMID decided to start its own twitter hashtag to promote some fan initiatives involving Doctor Who. If you have something you want us to talk about, just tweet that hashtag to @troughtonsmydoc and we will take a look!

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Doctor Who Dark Journey

Speaking of #FanProducedFriday, I talked to MA Tamburro the Director and Producer behind the project where the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes team up to defeat Jack The Ripper.

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Time To Run

And here’s one more fan project, the Time Run, from @thymerun. This is a video that features footage of David Tennant running set to different songs. Today marks it’s launch, so be sure to check it out!

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Last, but far from least, Al Miller brought us another Podcastrovalva, ‘Traveling the Vortex’

The Time Run

So are you a fan of the Tenth Doctor? Do you like to watch him run? Well then I have the perfect present for you…

The Time Run!

From their facebook page:

Join us for the epic, worldwide release of ‘The Time Run’ – a Doctor Who fan film comprised of 700 clips of Ten running; cut from The Sarah Jane Adventures, Dreamland, The Infinite Quest, the Tardisodes, Attack of the Graske, Born Again, Time Crash, The Day of the Doctor, and 48 episodes of Doctor Who.

For you Whovians out there – that is every single source video Ten appeared in, in any capacity.

No clip is repeated. No clip is manipulated.

‘The Time Run’ isn’t just a fan video; nor is it just clips of someone running mishmashed together. The footage has been melded seamlessly with a killer soundtrack that will have you dancing with the Doctor.

You’ll find feels, adventure, heartache and more.

And not only that – ‘The Time Run’ features original video from a Special Guest Star (whose identity will be revealed during the movie).

If you’re a Whovian, you definitely want to see this. If your friends are Whovians, invite them along! If you’re not a Whovian, this will make you wish you were.

Get ready to run!

Check out the trailer.

I don’t know if I can watch that much of David Tennant running, but when Time Run launches I will certainly try.

 

Doctor Who and the cult of historical celebrity

What do Marco Polo, Robespierre, Nero, Richard the Lionheart, Catherine de Medici, Wyatt Earp, George Stevenson, H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Churchill, Van Gogh, Nixon, Captain Avery, Nefertiti and Hitler have in common?

The answer is, they’ve all met a mad man in a box. They’re soon to be joined in series 8, it seems, by Jack the Ripper, by Robin Hood, and Mark Gatiss has even teased the possibility of Jane Austen….

Doctor Who does love its meetings with historical figures, especially since 2005, when the “celebrity historical” became the vogue. It’s a headline-grabbing approach, probably done best in Vincent and the Doctor, which used Van Gogh’s synesthesia as a major plot point, and his presence as a USP. It does make sense to have a historical with a recognisable figure, as opposed to having unknown characters against the backdrop of historic events, but only really when it drives the story. For example, Hitler didn’t have a great deal to do with Let’s Kill Hitler, but you couldn’t have The Unicorn and the Wasp without Agatha Christie.

The thing is though….they’re running out of historical figures to use. Explorers, crusaders, Emperors, playwrights, inventors, gunslingers…..the list of famous figures from history has been ticked off, and many of those left might prove too controversial or divisive. I can’t see them doing Richard III somehow.

Hitler’s arguably the most famous or infamous person to have ever appeared in Doctor Who, but really he’s used as an eye-catching title and strapline for an episode about River Song. This is another of Steven Moffat’s wrongfooting titles, and a plot element that’s swept out of the way quickly, he’s quite literally thrown in a cupboard. On the other hand, it would be much harder to sell something like The Visitation these days, where you have rats and the great fire of London as the backdrop, but a made up character like Richard Mace at the forefront. This is why, despite lavish location work, stories like The Fires of Pompeii and A Town Called Mercy have to work a bit harder….the public do like their celebrities, and there’s no-one ‘famous’ in them, and they take place in locations that are either long lost to a volcanic eruption or in the case of Mercy, made up. In the case of Pompeii, the Doctor and Donna at loggerheads over whether to save the doomed inhabitants is the effective crux of the story. Mercy also deals with a moral dilemma, but if, say, Russell T. Davies had written it, I dare say he’d probably have made it more relatable and set it in Tombstone.

The thought of a Robin Hood episode strikes me as a good bit of fun. That Ripper-in-Fog thing has been done as far back as Talons of Weng-Chiang, and I’m pretty sure Vastra had just eaten the Ripper when introduced in A Good Man Goes to War, so we’d just have to see where Moffat goes with that notion.

The notion of Jane Austen…..just…why, really? It’s mostly been literary figures and royals or world leaders these last few years. The use of Agatha Christie in a Whodunnit, or Dickens in a ghost story is a good use of theme and character. I’m not so sure about Churchill. The use of Nixon in Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon works because of the setting and all the secret agent-y stuff with Canton and the White House. Jane Austen is a famous author of 18th century romantic fiction. I may not be a fan of Austen, but I can’t see it working. There’s no reason, dramatically or Who-ishly to do Austen, apart from a lack of other ideas for famous authors to do.

Perhaps the answer is in recent history. The 20th century is the dawn of real global celebrity, it’s full of untapped potential famous figures. It’s notable that the series has mostly swerved the 60s and 70s since the revival, especially the 70s. Hide could really have been set at any time in history, barring the oscilloscopes and tank tops. Victorian times have dominated, and the period from 1938 to the blitz. It’s perhaps time to do what Moffat and Gatiss must surely have already discussed at some point, and go meet Conan-Doyle. Maybe head to the 60s and meet the Beatles, or Martin Luther King. Do something underwater and creepy with Jacques Cousteau. Go daring and dark in the 13th century and expose Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General as a sinister alien. Just don’t do Sense-Sphere and Sensibility please.