Recently at the Toronto Comicon I had the chance to meet the Doctor Who Dark Journey guys in person for the first time. It was a real treat to finally shake hands with Andrew “the Cool Beans Doctor” Chalmers and Mike Tamburro after spending so much time interviewing them and speaking to them about Dark Journey online. Things were going very smoothly until Mike decided to turn the tables on me. Now instead of being the interviewer I became the interviewee as he did an off the cuff interview for Who Wars, a podcast that they contribute to! Give it a listen! I look forward to seeing Andrew and Mike at the next convention!
You know the phrase “better late than never?” Well the awesome guys behind Doctor Who Dark Journey might have something to say about that phrase because I have been extremely late.
Way back at the beginning of the summer I recorded a two part interview with them. The first part has already been posted, in it we talk about the first four episodes of their fan produced Doctor Who audio. But the second interview? It’s lain dormant on a hard drive as the dog days of summer have affected my work habits and work ethic. Well, the time has finally come. Here is part two of the interview in which we talk about what I love about their show (and what I didn’t like), the Master as a stay at home mom, what is coming up in season 2 (spoilers) and more.
This job is all about the perks. When you’re a big time Doctor Who site like TIMD, you get a lot of freebees. Okay, that’s a complete fabrication, I’ve yet to get anything free because of the site, but you know what I did get? An exclusive early listen to episode four of Doctor Who Dark Journey!
Episodes two and three were dark, edgy. As I previously mentioned, I think they were more about building the Andrew Chalmer’s Doctor, hinting at some of the emotional trauma he’s suffered, showing a darker and grittier side. Moving on to number four, entitled Emily Looks To The Stars, it felt like I was in the sun again after being under a dark cloud!
Out of danger and finally having a rare moment of relaxation, Holmes and the Doctor again rekindle the easy camaraderie they had when they met in episode one. They interact like old friends who have known each other their whole lives. Oh the banter! The first three minutes of this story are the funniest so far in Dark Journey and many of the quips rival some of the best from the new show. Seriously.
“It’s the age old story, lunatic cult member meets girl, girl meets lunatic cult leader. It’s all so romantic.”
To top it all off, they even reference the production staff’s favourite Canadian band, Rush! Don’t get too comfortable and think that this penultimate episode is nothing but warm fluff. Halfway through things start to get intense and it races forward to a conclusion that will have you begging for the next and final episode.
Oh yeah and there’s a great Downton Abbey joke too.
So, if you haven’t started along the Dark Journey yet, what are you waiting for? All the episodes are up online at AMAudioMedia.com and episode four, Emily Looks To The Stars will be up Saturday June 28th at 5:35!
Welcome to a special edition of the Monday Morning News Round Up!
Special? You betcha. Welcome to the Dark Journey Round Up. Saturday the good folks over at amaudiomedia.com launched their fan produced Doctor Who audio adventure Dark Journey. Episode One – The Doctor Meets the Great Detective went live at 5:35pm local time. Have you had a chance to listen yet? I would recommend you take eleven minutes out of your day and check it out!
Earlier in the week I had a chance to sit down and Skype with Mike, Andrew and Clayton, three of the masterminds behind the project! You can check out that interview as well as more information about the project. And stay tuned because later today I will be posting a review of episode one!
It was a busy week for interviews because not only did we have the Dark Journey one, but Martin Ruddock conducted an amazing interview with Neil Perryman author of Adventures With the Wife in Space!
Oh, but there’s more. As a part of #FanProducedFriday, where we try to highlight fan projects, TIMD interviewed Dave, who produced the amazing tardis console you see here!
Okay, on to the real news. Or lack thereof. Have you been waiting for The Underwater Menace to come out on dvd? Well you might be waiting a little while longer. Even though amazon has it listed to preorder, Steve Roberts says the dvd range is dead.
That’s all the news from this past week, check out @troughtonsmydoc to find out about it as it happens!
Your Monday Morning News Round Up is a little late today, but it’s a holiday in Canada and we are taking advantage of it. Here’s a collection of what made the news last week. Follow us on twitter @troughtonsmydoc to get all the news as it happens!
The RT released a YouTube video last week showing some of the restoration work being done on Enemy Of The World and Web Of Fear. Worth noting is that the video was shot before the omnirumour even broke in June last year.
Peter Capaldi was on the Cover of Radio Times this week and Steven Moffatt had an interview inside as well.
With an older Doctor in charge of the tardis, have we come full circle towards a more Hartnell-ish dynamic?
There’s a new clip online from the fan produced Doctor Who audio Dark Journey. The teaser has a few quotable clips, so be sure to check it out.
If you were unable to attend the Calgary Comic Expo earlier this month, you can still see their panel thanks to this YouTube video!
Finally we have a help wanted add for TIMD. We are looking for someone who follows news for the new series and would be interested in contributing small write ups as it happens.
The creative team behind Doctor Who Dark Journey have released a second preview that you can check out here! It’s a fan produced project that features the Doctor, Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes. I interviewed the director/producer M.A. Tamburro about it a few weeks ago. Stay tuned to TIMD for more details about the launch!
We’ve been talking about Doctor Who Dark Journey for a little while now. A couple weeks ago I did an article and posted a link to the trailer, last week I talked with M.A. Tamburro the director and producer and now we have a full four minutes from the upcoming production that you can check out.
The clip features the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes in a pub talking with some locals. It also features a kick ass version of the Doctor Who theme! So be sure to check out the preview. I will caution that there is some language in there that some may find offensive.
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!
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!
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.
Also in that DWM article was a little snippet about the fate of Underwater Menace. Recon? Seriously?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Last, but far from least, Al Miller brought us another Podcastrovalva, ‘Traveling the Vortex’
Emotionally shattered after a tragedy, the Doctor arrives in London and becomes companion to Sherlock Holmes in an effort to stop Jack the Ripper’s murderous trail of terror. But is there an even greater evil at work in Victorian England?
Welcome to the fan produced Doctor Who audio Dark Journey. It’s a multi-episode series written, performed and produced in Toronto, Canada with a Canadian and international cast and crew featuring the music of Doctor Who fan favourite Traffic Experiment.
I had the chance to sit down and have a chat with Director/Producer M.A. Tamburro about the project.
Troughton Is My Doctor: What made you want to get into fan produced Doctor Who audio?
M.A. Tamburro: My good friend Andrew Chalmers is a writer and fellow Doctor Who fan. We’ve done a few small comedies and things together before and this just seemed like an obvious thing that would be fun and a challenge to do. I’m also a writer and involved in the podcast world.
TIMD: So once you two decided to write a Doctor Who audio, what were the big challenges with getting it produced and ready for the public?
MA: The story is set in England in the 1800’s, so our cast had to be, or at least sound, British. Andrew is half English, half Scottish, so we had our own iconic Doctor, we just needed everybody else!
TIMD: How many different actors worked on it?
MA: We cast from a surprisingly large pool of UK expats and recruited a fantastic and professionally trained cast of 10 actors plus a crew of 2.
TIMD: Tell me a little bit about the story itself, what is it about?
MA: The Doctor lands in 1880’s England and falls in as the companion to Sherlock Holmes who is on the trail of Jack the Ripper. Or so he thinks. The Doctor and Holmes work together to unravel the mystery at the heart of recent brutal murders and protect the innocent!
TIMD: Right now we just have a trailer for it. When will it be available to download?
MA: June. It’s multi-episode, so there will be an ongoing story for listeners to enjoy.
TIMD: How many episodes do you have planned?
MA: We’ve recorded 4 episodes of Dark Journey, but are looking to do more if fans like what they hear.
TIMD: So, now for some fun questions like who’s your favourite Doctor?
MA: Non -canon is Andrew Chalmers- great catch phrase “Cool Beans!” Canon is Paul McGann. I could listen to him read the phone book!
TIMD: What did you think of Night Of The Doctor?
MA: Loved Night Of The Doctor, but too little of 8! Give this man an online or summer series!
TIMD: Agreed! That would be awesome.
MA: Troughton though is a close second and I’m not just trying to curry favour!
TIMD: Hey, consider that favour curried…. Um, nevermind. Do you have a favourite episode or story?
MA: McGann- The Chimes at Midnight, Troughton- The Mind Robber.
TIMD: Do you follow the omnirumour at all?
MA: Omnirumour? He was a rubber monster in a Pertwee serial right? Seriously it would be wonderful if true, but who knows, (taps nose) Who nose.
There you have it! Doctor Who Dark Journey will premiere in June, TIMD will have all the details as the release nears. For now check out their facebook page, follow them on twitter @AMAudioMedia and listen to the trailer for episode one, The Doctor Meets The Great Detective!
Thanks to MA Tamburro for the interview.
There’s a new fan produced Doctor Who audio entitled Dark Journey coming to iTunes in June. I sat down for a chat with MA Tamburro, the director and producer and will have that interview for you in the coming days. Until then you can check out the trailer and get a taste for what it’s going to be about. You can follow them on twitter at @AMAudioMedia for updates on the project.