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Monday Morning News Round Up- May 12

Greetings! Here’s what you may have missed over the past week if you didn’t spend every waking moment online searching for Doctor Who news and opinion… Remember, to stay up to date, follow @troughtonsmydoc and get the news as it happens!

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Mother’s Day!

What does this have to do with Doctor Who? Well read it and find out. Okay, yes, it is a bit of a puff piece, but so what…

New Doctor, Familiar Location!

Series 8 is taking the Doctor back to somewhere the he visited a long time ago, 1984 to be exact…

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Interview with Rob Lloyd, host of The Science of Doctor Who

Andrew had a chance to sit down with Rob and talk about all things Who!

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Getting Into the Thick Of It

Can’t wait for Capaldi’s first regular appearance? Neither can Andrew, that’s why he dove into Peter’s other big show, having a marathon viewing!

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The Quest For 1000

The Quest is the quest, as they said in Underworld. And the Doctor Who Missing Episodes Group on Facebook is on a quest to reach 1000 members. Did they make it yet?

We had a couple of Polls this week, both of them related to the omnirumour. First up, did the article in DWM a couple weeks ago change your mind about anything? And more recently, do you think a kickstarter fund would be a viable option that fans could use to help get possible missing episodes returned faster? If you haven’t voted in one or both of those polls, please, go ahead, make your voice heard!

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William Hartnell famously breaks ‘the fourth wall’

Missing Episodes: Season 3 part 2

On the topic of missing episodes, Andrew looked at the latter half of season three, from The Feast of Stephen right through to the War Machines.

Well, I think that’s about it for this past week! We also started #FanProducedFriday in which we highlight fan productions to bring more viewers/listeners to worthy causes. If you have a project you would like mentioned, email dcollins@troughtonismydoctor.com or tweet that hashtag at us with a link to your project!

Doctor Returns to a Classic Location!- Spoilers

The BBC has released more information regarding an upcoming episode from season 8! The episode, directed by Peter Harness, will feature Hermione Norris

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Steven Moffat had this to say:

…For the first time since 1984, the Doctor Who production team is heading to Lanzarote. The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure – but there have been sinister changes since his last visit.

Lanzarote hasn’t been seen since 1984, when the fifth Doctor faced the Master in Planet Of Fire!

Getting into ‘The Thick of It’

So. Peter Capaldi. That guy, you know, he’s the next Doctor. Number 12, or 13 or perhaps technically 14… (THANKS Moffat). Anyway, as is natural when there’s a new Doctor, I want to know more. We really haven’t seen him yet apart from a very brief appearance at the end of ‘The Time of the Doctor’ and an even briefer one in ‘Day of the Doctor’.

When Matt Smith was announced, I bought the DVDs for ‘Party Animals’ to see what we were getting. Peter Capaldi is widely known for ‘Malcolm Tucker’, the Director of Communications for an unnamed party in ‘The Thick of It’. I soon heard that Tucker swears a lot and is an angry man, but beyond that I didn’t know much at all. So recently I watched ‘The Thick of It’ – from start to finish.

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It’s not a long series – 24 episode encompassing 4 seasons and 3 specials, the first two series are a mere 3 episodes each, and I have to say, pardon my French, it’s a fucking good series! Like ‘Party Animals’, it’s a political series, and like ‘Yes, Minister’, it’s a satire. But it’s more than that. Now, a word of warning, if you do go down the path I did and watch it, the camera work is NOT smooth. In fact after two episodes I was seriously sick! I got used to it and I’m sure they backed off with the style of camera work after the first series – people complained about it.

Now – if you don’t like swearing, it’s not for you. Because it’s not just Capaldi’s character who swears, it’s pretty much the whole cast. The humour is a bit black at times, but it is a genuinely funny series, the sort that at the same time makes you think ‘it could really be like that’. MPs bumble and fumble and make mistakes, office staff act as if they are in control of everything, when in fact it’s character’s like Malcolm Tucker pulling all the strings and barking, nay shouting orders.

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If you don’t know much about British politics and civil servants, then you’ll probably learn a bit. You’ll be shocked, then you’ll laugh, then you’ll be shocked again. The whole cast are simply brilliant, and as the series progresses we see the opposition (presumably meant to be the conservatives) in action, and in series four [SPOILER ALERT] they are in government. Their Director of Communications is very different to Tucker, trying to be ‘zen’, but losing the plot regularly and lapsing into aggressive craziness.

To try and find the perfect analogy is difficult. It’s one part ‘West Wing’, one part ‘The Office’, one part ‘Yes, Minister’ and one part ‘Red Dwarf’ – with a bucketload of swearing thrown in for good measure. Three things are clear about Capaldi from the series. He is a brilliant actor, his Doctor might be more aggressive but he won’t be playing him like Tucker, and Capaldi runs funny!

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Do yourself a favour, if you like political satire at all, watch this series. I seriously had no idea how brilliant it was until I did.