Sneak Peak Warlord Games Doctor Who Release Voyage of the Damned

Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate Game
Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate Game
Warlord Games Doctor Who Exterminate Game

Warlord Games really hit a home run with their Doctor Who Into The Vortex miniatures / skirmish game when they released it at Salute 2017.
The Warlord stand and the Exterminate core set for the game was my first point of call and first purchase of the day.

In the Exterminate! miniatures game your Cyberman and Dalek forces can recruit neutral factions, improving their chances of success and adding even more variety to your games.
These highly detailed plastic Cybermen and Dalek miniatures are ‘push-fit’ allowing them to be easily built without glue.

As well as this core set with plastic miniatures Warlord Games have an ongoing release of metal miniatures for use in the game, or for collectors / painters. Previous releases have go included Judoon, Zygons, various Doctors and Companions and a medley of monsters.

View a selection of games and miniatures at Element Games

Here’s a sneak peek of two figures from the forthcoming Voyage of the Damned episode set. Astrid Peth as played by Kylie Minogue and David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.

The other three figures from this set will be revealed shortly.

Again Warlord have captured the essence of the characters in 38mm*. With the moulded named bases these are ideal for the collector in addition to the gamer. I suspect that the gamer will be mounting these on 30mm bases for the sake of the game.

I just wish I could paint as well as the person who prepared these minis for these images.

August 2017 Warlord Doctor Who Releases

Warlord Ogron
Warlord Ogron

Ogrons: often used by the Daleks to do their dirty jobs

Hailing from the outer fringes of the Mutter’s Spiral, Ogrons are tall, ape-like humanoids of limited intelligence. Due to their great strength and mindless obedience, they are typically used by other species as mercenaries.
The most common employer of Ogrons were the Daleks. In Day of the Daleks, they used Ogrons to control the human population after their 22nd-century invasion of Earth.

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Doctor Who -The Woman Who Lived
The Woman Who Lived

The Woman Who Lived.

An ordinary Viking girl killed after a battle with the alien Mire, Ashildr was resurrected by the Doctor using a Mire repair kit which was able to fix her physiology.
Now with a potentially infinite lifespan, she chose aliases such as Lady Sherade, Ash, El Dir, Alys and the Knightmare, having forgotten her original identity over the centuries.

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*correction 24/8/2017 Warlord have let me know that the miniatures are 38mm scale rather than the wargame standard of 28mm, allowing for greater detail and for the figures to be more in proportion than their 28mm counterparts.

#DoctorWho That Was Takes Role of Doctor Who That Should Have Been

DTCrystalMazeAs mentioned in a number of press outlets this morning a previous Doctor Who is following in the footsteps of possibly the greatest Doctor Who there ever was (with the possible exception of the late great Gene Wilder :( ).

Yes that is right. David Tennant is taking on the role of host of the Crystal Maze. But we keep thinking that Richard O’Brien would have been a great candidate to play the essentric Time Lord in Doctor Who.

There was another host after Richard O’Brien, but he never did quite fill the shoes left for him.

I am feeling VERY old as the show has been off the air for 21 years, ending in 1995 (but that only just happened).

The Crystal Maze is to return to our television screens this autumn after 21 years off air.

The problem-solving game show, which ran from 1990 to 1995, is returning to Channel 4 in October with the former Doctor Who actor David Tennant reportedly lined up to follow the footsteps of Richard O’Brien and Ed Tudor-Pole as the host.

The classic game show will form part of Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer night, with celebrities as the contestants.

Source – Telegraph

This is only a one off though. BUT if the ratings are good there is the possibility of a new series.

At the show’s height it attracted between four to six million viewers.

UPDATE:
Looks like the Telegraph was wrong

This is not a bad thing, just different!

The Doctor and his Magical moment: a Review of the 50th Anniversary Special

Spoilers, Sweetie

Day of the Doctor Poster
Day of the Doctor Poster
The well-loved British television programme Doctor Who aired it’s 50th Anniversary Episode on Saturday 23rd November 2013; a day that will probably stand as a fixed moment in time for most fans. The episode, titled ‘The Day of the Doctor’ had much media coverage prior to its broadcasting, and to say that Whovians of all generations had great expectations for the episode is an understatement. For those of us lucky to have seen it in the cinema, seeing a Sontarn give the rules of the cinema, and having Matt Smith and David Tennant introduce the episode itself, clarified that our expectations were going to be met. Filled with light-hearted humour, familiar faces and theatrical suspense, the episode still managed to stay true to its initial 1963 roots with the opening title being the original from the first ever series, starring William Hartnell, and the opening scene of the policeman walking past Coal Hill School being a re-enactment of the opening of the first ever episode; Clara now working at the school where the Doctors first assistant Susan once attended. A subtle salute from the present day writers to the episode that kicked off the Doctor’s great adventures.

The central setting for the episode, in the present day, was London, which seemed to reflect the tradition of Who in England (as if police call boxes, tweed jackets and cups of tea weren’t enough!). We see the eleventh doctor (Matt Smith) and his assistant Clara being airlifted by helicopter to Trafalgar Square, with the Doctor dangling from the tardis doorway and Clara holding onto his ankles. Clutching his landline telephone and exclaiming in his forever buoyant voice: “Would it call you to knock?!”, the episode got the fans tickled almost instantly. Sat there in the cinema, amongst a sea of fez’s, nothing could be more kick-ass then seeing the Doctor fly across the scene with his catchy hero-esque theme playing in the background.

Landing outside the National Gallery, the Doctor and Clara greet Kate Stewart, who belongs to the paramilitary organisation U.N.I.T (UNified Intelligence Taskforce), and is handed a letter from Queen Elizabeth I which, as its been done previously in Who, gives the programme a royal stamping. The viewers question why the Doctor is only receiving this letter now, when he has had five centuries to get it, insinuating that this can only mean that it belongs to a fixed moment in the Doctor’s timestream (If this is the case than in relation to other historical events this suggests that universal time must essentially revolve around the Doctor)… Clever huh?

Kate takes the Doctor to a painting in the National Gallery, entitled ‘Gallifrey falls’; a 3D painting of the burning city of Arcadia, a captured moment in time and space. This painting is not a gateway to the actual planet Gallifrey, it exists as only that specific moment in space and time.

The Doctor is forced to confront this moment in his past: ”I’ve had many faces, many lives but there’s one that I’ve tried very hard to forget”. And the shot delves into the intricate details of the painting; past the crumbling buildings, mass fires and screaming citizens. It focuses on a man in a leather jacket blasting the words ‘NO MORE’ into an outer wall of the city. The viewers know that we are finally going to learn more about what happened in the Time War.. exciting stuff!

The perspective then changes, and we see the planet Gallifrey at the time of the Last Great Time War. The Timelords are about to use their weapon of mass destruction that has been locked away in the Time Vaults. They realise that it has been taken and comment that there would only ever be one man brave enough to use it…

The scene then cuts to the man in the leather jacket walking across deserted plains and carrying an ambiguous sack over his shoulder. This is the War Doctor (played by John Hurt) and he is going to use the WMD in order to destroy Gallifrey to save the universe.

The War Doctor reaches an abandoned enclosure and removes what appears to be a well-designed jack-in-the-box from the sack. We soon learn that this called ‘The Moment’ (also known as ‘The Galaxy Eater’) which is the most powerful weapon in the universe. It has been said that the Doctor used this weapon to end the Last Great Time War, and so this episode is where the viewers get to see it happen.

‘The Moment’ was the final creation of the Ancients of Gallifrey and its operating system was so sophisticated that it became sentient and developed a conscience. As the War Doctor prepares to understand the weapons complexities, he finds a quirky young girl sitting on top of it instead. Even after trying to remove her from the enclosure, he turns around to find that she is still sat upon the box.

Dressed in faeriesque tights and shoes, and a beige ripped jacket, the viewers are delighted to see the beautiful Billie Piper playing the consciousness of The Moment, manifested in the form of Rose Tyler as ‘Badwolf’ (from the reboot series 1 episode 13 ‘The Parting of Ways ’ where Rose looked in to the heart of the tardis and spread the connection of ‘Badwolf’ throughout time and space as a universal link between herself and the Doctor). The casting of Piper as The Moment represents the importance of Rose Tyler within the Doctor’s timestream whilst also suggesting the fundamental powers that Badwolf created in series 1. It also meant that the episode consists of one actor from the first series of the reboot show, and allows one of our favourite companions to point fun at the Doctor, which the cheeky Piper does well: “Stuck between a girl and a box, story of your life isn’t it Doctor”.

With the powers to destroy Gallifrey and also the power to open up time fissures (portals) that allow people and objects to pass from one time period to another (even to events that were time-locked), The Moment opens up time-windows for the War Doctor, in order for him to see the future of his timestream and therefore his future self.

We now see the timeline of the Tenth Doctor (which is happening parallel to both the War Doctor in Gallifrey and the eleventh Doctor in London) who is somewhat romanticising Queen Elizabeth I in 1562 England. He is trying to prove that she is a zygon (an alien that has the ability to mirror the image of humans with the intent of world domination). An initial joke about Queen Elizabeth I not being a virgin Queen was first started as a one-liner by Russell T Davies from the earlier series, which Moffat has followed through.

However, this decision to continue this storyline seemed almost like a weak move from Moffat, as it takes away the devout legacy of Queen Elizabeth I and makes the episode less historically accurate; both of which are strange qualities for an episode promoting such British legacy and pride to have. It also seems to have been quite an easy move to make, considering that it is written in as a romantic link for the Tenth Doctor (widely thought of as the most attractive by fans) to have in order to gain access to her private collection in the National Gallery, and to have a monarch who would use her institutional power for his benefit in the first place…

A time fissure then opens in the corner of the ceiling of the National Gallery, where the Eleventh Doctor (MS) and Clara are browsing through Queen Elizabeth’s personal collection of paintings. The Doctor, upon seeing the time fissure, starts to remember this moment from his past and subsequently throws in his fez and jumps into it (shouting “Geronimo” of course). He lands in the midst of an English woodland and finds himself facing his past self.

This first meeting of the Eleventh and Tenth Doctor (Smith and Tenant) is brilliant, as they bounce off each other uncannily, and work well together as a comedy duo. “Hey I’m the Doctor and I’m so cool and Oops! I’m wearing sand shoes!’ (11 to 10). Smith’s mocking of Tenant works well as a great way for the writers to play on previous characteristics and traits of the Doctor that it knows the audience likes, and it also brings out a side of Tenant that doesn’t take himself too seriously:
“One of them is a ygon” DT (about the two Queen Elizabeth’s)
“Eurghhh… I’m not judging you” MS.

The duo are sooned joined by the War Doctor (JH) who falls through the time fissure, with the opening line: “Anyone lose a fez?” in his humble grandadesque tones. It is interesting to note that even though he is younger than his future selves, he still acts as the older authority: “Why are you pointing your screwdrivers like that, they’re scientific instruments not water pistols!”.

Day of the Doctor-The Three Doctors Matt Smith, John Hurt and David Tennant
Day of the Doctor-The Three Doctors Matt Smith, John Hurt and David Tennant
With the War Doctor John Hurt now in the mix, it gives the writer leway to mock the Doctor’s character even more.
“It’s a timey-wimey thing” MS calls to Clara through the fissure.
“Timey what? Timey-wimey?” JH
“I’ve no idea where he picks that stuff up” DT, shaking his head at Smith.

The Queens guards come to arrest the boys, with the eleventh Doctor calling his other two selves: “My co-conspirators sandshoes and grandad”. For a cultural interpretation he couldn’t have summed them up better.

The trio are taken to the Tower of London, and it is here that the Doctor has time to really face himself. With The Moment by the War Doctor’s side (that only he can see), he confronts the childish trait within his 10/11 personality. He asks the other two if they ever counted the number of people that they killed on Gallifrey, on that fatal day. The Eleventh Doctor seems oblivious to it and claims that he moved on, to which the Tenth Doctor is furious: how could he forget a mass genocide?

The Tenth Doctor reveals that it was 2.47 billion people on Gallifrey that were killed; making the Eleventh Doctor confont everything that he’d tried so hard to forget. This confrontation was a great scene to address the great differences between the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor,and gave the viewers more of an insight into why Matt Smith’s interpretation of the Doctor contrasted so greatly to David Tennants, explaining his whimsical childish ways (which is what we love most about him!)

Throughout the duration of the conversation, the Eleventh Doctor’s scratching a code into the wall: 1716231163’ which is in fact the time and the date of the first ever episode: 17:16 23.11.63. Another intricate detail that adds to the dedication of the show.

At a parallel time, in present day, Kate is showing Clara around the Black Archive; a secret archive in the Tower of London that consists of private information on the Doctor and artefacts and alien technology that exists on Earth but must be kept top secret from the rest of the human population. Kate’s father, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge- Stewart, had been an original founder of the U.N.I.T, and the Doctor was already familiar with him and the intentions of the Black Archive.

Kate shows Clara the vortex manipulator, which had previously been donated there by Captain Jack Harkness. The manipulator is lacking an activation code, to which Kate sends other members of the U.N.I.T. to look for, around the Tower. It is soon found, and a picture of it is sent to Kate’s phone. However, Kate starts morphing into a Zygon in order to use the vortex manipulator for its own means, but Clara conveniently uses the picture of the code on the phone to activate the vortex manipulator to travel to the Doctor.

In 1562, The Moment (still in the form of Rose Tyler as Badwolf) prompts the War Doctor to use his screwdriver to calculate the molecular anatomy of the door in order to unlock it. Going with the “different case, same software” analogy, a calculation that would take hundreds of years to complete is done in seconds… (Although theoretically, the Doctor would have noticed this ongoing calculation at least once throughout the period of his timestream between the War Doctor and the Eleventh). However, it seems as if this calculation wasn’t needed anyway, as Clara bursts through the door claiming that it was in fact unlocked… I guess even the Doctor can lack common sense sometimes.

Queen Elizabeth soon joins the party, and leads them to the Zygons base of operations to reveal their plans to the Doctor and Clara. The zygons have been using the stasis cube, which allows time travel to frozen instants in time (which is the timelord art) which means that they can use the cube to travel in to the paintings and then into the times in which that painting exists.

However, the Tenth Doctor, thinking that the Queen is a Zygon, comments on the authenticity of the Queen’s bad breath… Although in fact it is the real Queen! She proves this by confessing that she killed her zygon twin in the forest (wipping out a knife from her stocking) and then comes out with a classic quote:
“The arrogance that tipifies their kind… ”
“What the zygons?” Clara
“…MEN!”
Much more like Queen Elizabeth I!

However, Moffat follows through with his initial plan and writes in a wedding between the Queen and the Tenth Doctor, for the intent of comic value. You know, how could she resist after the Doctor has offended her so much, right?

All three Doctors and Clara then venture back in to the tenth Doctor’s tardis, where it’s time to comment upon the ever-changing interior of the most-loved time machine:
“The round things!” MS
“I love the round things!” DT
“What are the round things?” MS
“No idea” DT.

Because of the previous affiliation the Doctor had with Kate’s father, the tardis is systematically linked to the Black Archive, where a show down is happening between Kate and her zygon twin: Kate starting a detonation in attempt to destroy London to save the world, and her twin cancelling the detonation in order to continue with Zygon domination (the detonation is activated and deactivated by voice recognition). The Tardis is blocked from entering the Black Archive, and so the Doctor has to find other means of travel to reach the Black Archive in time.

The Eleventh Doctor uses the Tardis telephone and call’s the mobile of one of the U.N.I.T. workers, to a time when he was first observing the 3D painting at the National Gallery (which is what we see at the beginning of the episode). He tells him to take the painting of ‘Gallifrey Falls’ to the Black Archive, and then himself, the tenth Doctor and the War Doctor use the stasis cube to travel to the dimensions of the painting itself.

The painting is only a captured moment in time of the City of Arcadia during the Time War, which was supposedly ‘taken’ or ‘made’ before the three versions of the Doctor enter it. If this is so, then theoretically the painting would also consist of another War Doctor that belonged to the painting, but this possibility is never explored.

All three Doctors then kick ass, using their screwdrivers to shoot a Dalek back in to the outer-existence of the Black Archive, with them following in slow motion as they announce:
“Hi” DT
“I’m the Doctor” JH
“Sorry about the Dalek” MS

They confront the two Kate’s and all use their sonic screwdrivers to activate the memory modifier, which happens to be situated on the ceiling above where they are sat, (as staff have to have their memories erased after every time they work in the Archive). This means that the zygons and humans then have an hour in which neither can remember whether they are zygon or human and The Eleventh Doctor declares “Peace in our time”.

As the War Doctor enjoys this peaceful moment he decides that it is time for him to make his decision, and The Moment takes him back to Gallifrey. It is when he is about to press the big red button that now exists on top of the box, due to his personal request, he states “Great men are forged in fire. It is the priviledge of the lesser man to light the flame”. Yet before he does, he hears the familiar sound of the tardis, and low and behold the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor step out of their blue boxes.

All three of them vow to press the button together, as the Doctor reassures himself that he is doing the right thing: destroying Gallifrey to save the rest of the universe. Although, the Moment gives the Doctor a projection of the Gallifrey he is about to destroy, focusing on the innocent people that are about to be murdered.

Clara also steps in to talk to her beloved Eleventh Doctor:
“We’ve already got enough warriors and any idiot can be a hero…”
“Then what do I do?”
“What you’ve always done… be a Doctor”.

The Tenth Doctor confesses his principles “Never cruel or cowardly”, and the War Doctor “Never give up, never give in”, and it is in this moment that the Eleventh Doctor changes his mind: “Gentleman, I’ve had 400 years to think about this. I’ve changed my mind”.

He is then estatic as he rememberes this moment from his past. It then clicks for the Tenth Doctor roo, and he joins in with the ludicrous happiness. The War Doctor is simply delighted because he is experiencing this for the first time, stating that The Moment showed him exactly what he needed to see.

This also means that when the three on-screen Doctors have this moment, so do all the other past Doctors that have come before.. At the same time. This may be in accordance with the Doctor’s regeneration, and a specific fixed point for all the different biological forms of the Doctor.

It is also interesting to note here that the consciousness of the WMD might have actually been inherently good, if it prompted the Doctor not to use it in the first place. And if the consciousness was in the form as Rose Tyler as Badwolf, then it might mean that if Rose had never looked in to the heart of the Tardis in the first place then maybe the Doctor would not have been led to this exact moment in time either. Genius!

Now we reach the absolute climax of the entire episode, or could even stretch to say the history of Doctor Who. With Matt Smith being the lucky guy to have played the Eleventh Doctor and to subsequently have this phenomenal decision falling upon his part of the Doctor’s timestream; he will forever be the Doctor who chose to save Gallifrey instead of destroying it. Such a revolutionary plot change in the history of the Doctor has changed an entire guilt trait of his personality. Moffat couldn’t have written anything more controversial and fictionally life-changing for Who in his timestream so far.

Different film footage is then shown of past actors who have played the Doctor announcing Gallifrey as a destination, to insinuate that the Doctor has travelled back there on multiple occasions. Our three main Doctors with their kick-ass phrases as they hit the acceleration lever:
“Geronimo!” MS
“Allonsy!” DT
“For God Sake, Gallifrey Stands!” JH

We see all twelve tardis’s travelling towards the planet of Gallifrey, and we hear the much anticipated voice: “All thirteen!” and a shot of Peter Capaldi’s eyes; the next future Doctor after Matt Smith.

A suggestive explanation for why the Doctor as Capaldi also returned to Gallifrey in that moment (as the moment should only be up to the Eleventh Doctor who makes the choice), is that soon after regeneration into Capaldi the Doctor decides that another pair of hands would help in saving Gallifrey. This plotline possibility has potential to be explored in other episodes.

We then see a mass explosion of blinding light, and the scene cuts to a close up of a cup of tea, with the viewers left unknowing to what happened to the Doctor’s home planet.

The three Doctors and Clara find themselves back at the National Gallery, staring at the 3D painting of the fallen city of Arcadia, with the three tardis’s lined up against the wall. It is drawn to attention that the War Doctor will not remember this moment, so he must continue to live on as the Doctor but with the thought that he burned Gallifrey and didn’t attempt to save it.

The War Doctor states: “And if I grow to be half the man that you are… (the audience assume that he is talking to his future selves)…Clara Oswald, I’ll be a very happy man indeed”. This is interesting as in hindsight, the moment where the Eleventh Doctor is about to press the button on the WMD and destroy Gallifrey, it is actually Clara who steps in and changes his mind. Not only does this link to Clara’s episode (‘The Name of the Doctor’ Season 7 episode 13) where she is forever saving the Doctor throughout time and space but it also reinstates the concept, as it did with Rose Tyler/Badwolf as WMD consciousness, that the Doctor’s decisions are rather propelled by his female companions.

The War Doctor steps back in to his tardis, and then regenerates into the nineth Doctor, Christopher Eccleson, and assumably continues onto his journey to meet Rose Tyler for the first time.

The Tenth Doctor will not remember this moment either, so he must continue on his journey but still with that hidden guilt. The Eleventh knows that the Tenth will not remember the moment, and so when Tenth asks where Eleventh is heading, Eleventh tells him that he has seen Trenzalore, (the planet where the tomb of the Doctor is); openingup potential for future storylines surrounding the Doctors death. The Tenth Doctor announces that he doesn’t want to go, true words of an undieing hero, and then leaves in his tardis, to resume his time travels.

Our current Doctor is left by himself again. Clara gives him time alone to look upon his painting, and our cheeky Matt Smith is left revelling in the fact that he is the Doctor who gets to have this magical moment of remembrance.

However, the episode gives Matt Smith yet another prime moment, as whist he daydreams of becoming curator of the National Gallery, he is answered with the appearance of the gallery curator himself. Complete with suit and walking stick, he is greeted by the familiar face of Tom Baker.

This meeting is a great reflection of the connecion between the original Doctor Who series and the reboot. The humble Tom Baker reveals to our Doctor that the title of the artwork is in fact ‘Gallifrey falls no more’. Eleventh’s eyes light up as he realises that his effort to save Gallifrey did not go amiss: Gallifrey is still out there somewhere!

The two generations of Who’s then share an inside joke:
“If I were you… Perhaps I was you of course or perhaps you were me.. Congratulations…” TB
‘Thankyou very much’ MS
It’s  heart-warming for whovians old and new to see Matt Smith approved by previous actor Tom Baker in the role of filling the Doctor’s boots, and it is also a clever way to open the door for previous actors as the Doctor to be written back in in future episodes.

Left with this universal knowledge, the last scene of the episode is the most spine-chilling for both the Doctor and his fans. We hear Matt Smith voice over:
“Clara sometimes ask me if I dream. “Of course I dream” I tell her, “Everybody dreams” “.
We see his feet running around the tardis, like the happy-go-lucky guy he is.
” “What do you dream about?” she asks. “The same thing everybody dreams about” I tell her. “I dream about where I’m going”. She always laughs at that and says “You’re not going anywhere, you’re just wandering about”. It’s not true, not anymore. I have a new destination” “.
We see Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor open the doors of his tardis, onto a dreamesque vision, with the backs of all the previous eleven Doctors (icluding John Hurt).
“My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyones. It’s taken me so many years, so many lifetimes but at last I know where I’m going, where I’ve always been going…Home.. the long way round”.
The camera pans out and the finishing shot of the episode are the Doctors looking up at the planet Gallifrey. We can finally see into the Doctor’s dreams, and what’s lied in his unconscious for all these years. Such an incredible moment for the Doctor and all of his beloved followers.

‘The Day of The Doctor’ has been received with mixed reviews from fans. Some argue that by changing the entire history of the Time War, Moffat is taking it upon himself to give him the authority to essentially rewrite 50 years of Who (reminiscent of ‘The Name of the Doctor’) and by doing so removes a vital part of the Doctor’s personality. Yet on the other hand, fans have seen this rewrite of the Doctor’s own timestream as phenomenal as it has given the Doctor a new purpose of travel, to find his home planet, and has given the show a whole new direction. This rewrite was also truly representative of the ways in which Who writer Steven Moffat has changed the show from sci-fi realism, which is what Russell T Davies achieved (focusing primarily on mass extraterrestrial attacks on the human race as a whole) into more magical sci-fi fantasy, focusing primarily around the Doctor and his own timestream, and now even his own race and journey to his home planet…

Who knows what’s in store  ;)

NEW Doctor Who Spin Off – Movie – Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer

Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary

For months now, fans have speculated, and complained, about the relative lack of new material for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary. Whilst An Adventure in Space and Time, the behind the scenes docu-drama certainly looks fascinating and the anniversary special has long been confirmed, the questions haven’t slowed down. How long will the anniversary special be? Which doctors will be in it? Which companions? How does it connect to the rest of the series? Will Matt Smith regenerate, especially given the fact the show will be dealing with ‘The Fall of the Eleventh’? The questions constantly out number the answers, or they seemed to, until now.

A couple of days ago, Doctor Who magazine, and the BBC, confirmed that David Tennant and Billie Piper would be returning for the special along with legendary British actor John Hurt in an as yet undisclosed role. Of course, this has led to even more questions; how will Rose return? Will Tennant be playing the 10th Doctor or the pseudo-human clone introduced in Journey’s End? Will Hurt be playing The Master? So many questions but now, the avalanche has started and more and more answers are coming to light. And with them, comes the announcement of a second spin-off project, one which looks set to take the show in a very different, and yet familiar, direction.

Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer Movie

Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer. A straight to DVD movie adaptation of the classic Doctor Who Comics character.

Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer Book - By Steve Moore - David Lloyd - Steve Dillon - Richard and Steve Allen - Lee Sullivan
Abslom Daak – Dalek Killer Book – By Steve Moore – David Lloyd – Steve Dillon – Richard and Steve Allen – Lee Sullivan

Details are sketchy about the exact nature of the plot, and complicated somewhere by Daak’s multiple appearances in various incarnations of the comic, but what we do have confirmed is this. The movie is 90 minutes long, is built around digital sets similar to those used in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome and principle photography was completed late last year in London. This was done ahead of time firstly to allow rendering of the digital sets to be completed and secondly to accommodate the filming schedules of those involved.

That’s what we know for sure…

Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer rumours;

-Daak’s origin and the death of Princess Talyin are dealt with in an opening montage.

-The Star Tigers, Daak’s commando unit, are present in the movie. Harma, the Ice Warrior team-member will be played by the same actor who portrays the Ice Warrior in upcoming episode ‘Cold War’. This was done as a means of saving money and maximising investment in the new costume.

-Similarly, Prince Salander, the Draconian team member, serves as a ‘demonstrator’ for the costume. The Draconians will be a major part of season 8, as will Salander.

-The plot involves Daak and the Star Tigers being hired to break into a Torchwood Archive facility housing some of the earliest Dalek shells. They are pitted against various Dalek factions throughout various time periods up to and including the present day. Again this maximises use of existing costumes and also follows up on the promise made in Asylum of the Daleks to feature every kind of Dalek in existence.

-Set piece scenes take place on the Dalek Emperor’s ship, in Davros’ laboratory and in hard vaccum, with Daak cutting Dalek’s off the hull of the Kill-Wagon as his team make their escape.

-The movie will mark the first ever on screen appearance of Doctor Bernice Summerfield. Lisa Bowerman clearly filmed something during this time period judging by her twitter feed and the filming took place in London. This would make sense as Bernice and Daak have some small, but meaningful history in the novels.

-Daak is being played by Jason Statham. Again, we know Statham filmed in London during this time and we also know he was working multiple jobs at once, including his cameo in Fast 6. Also, Statham recently publicly distanced himself from wanting a role in the new Star Wars movies, ruling him out for many genre fans. However, his continued support of British cinema, and with Hummingbird, recent move into notably different roles lends credence to him being prepared to take the role on.

There are, of course,other rumours; old Doctors being Forrest Gumped into place, Danny John Jules rumoured to be playing Prince Salander and so on but for now they remain unconfirmed. What we do know is that something involving Abslom Daak is scheduled for release shortly. Whether it’s Statham or Ray Stevenson, also rumoured to have taken the role, the fact remains that Daak is finally stepping across into the mainstream Who universe and, whether we like it or not, he’s going to shake things up as only he can. The anniversary party just got a new guest and I for one can’t wait to see who he dances with.

More Info on Absalom Daak (Tardis.Wikia)

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Doctor Who – The Waters Of Mars

Lindsay Duncan and David Tennant in Doctor Who Waters Of Mars
Lindsay Duncan and David Tennant in Doctor Who Waters Of Mars
Just in case you missed it – Doctor Who The Waters Of Mars will be screened on BBC1 on Sunday 15th November

Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: “Don’t drink the water. Don’t even touch it. Not one drop.”

Starring David Tennant as The Doctor and guest starring acclaimed British stage and screen actress Lindsay Duncan, The Waters Of Mars is the second 2009 Doctor Who special to be screened, and is on the BBC Uk on the November 15th.

Lindsay plays Adelaide ? the Doctor’s cleverest and most strong-minded companion. She and the Doctor face terror on the Red Planet in one of the scariest adventures yet.

Neighbours, Flying Doctors and Casualty star Peter O’Brien also guest stars as Ed, Adelaide’s second-in-command at the base.

The Waters Of Mars is written by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford and is directed by Graeme Harper.

Doctor Who – Planet Of The Dead

Planet Of The Dead DVD Cover
Planet Of The Dead DVD Cover

Wow – and I mean wow. Its good to see David Tennent back as the Doctor – even knowing that his time is nearly up and that we only get to see him a handfull of times this year.
To be honest – looking at the trailer my mind jumped to bus+desert = Midnight clone and thinking that has been done so recently I thought the episode was going to get a little dry very quickly.
Yes this was a character driven episode, but packed in alot of the charm, action, drama and special effects that we have come to expect.
Michelle Ryan plays the mysterious Lady Christina de Souza – who (if memory serves) seems similar to the possible (1990) series 27 safecracker. Christina de Souza is soon joined by the Doctor on a london bus which takes a very unexpected detour into danger. British comedy star Lee Evans also joins the cast playing a character called Malcolm whose life becomes connected to the Doctor’s under extraordinary circumstances and Noma Dumezweni returns as Captain Erisa Magambo – last seen helping Rose and Donna save the world in Turn Left.
Lee Evans was fantastic as Malcolm and would love to see the possible spin off series take off (though I doubt it) also loose ends allow for a possible Christina de Souza spin off series in a playgirl explorer in flying bus type way (but I seriously doubt that this would work above a handful of episodes).

Monsters Within: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who 2008

Monsters Within Dr Who Episode Guide by
Monsters Within Dr Who Episode Guide by Stephen James Walker

New book release – available now.

Monsters Within comes from the stable of telos that brings you Doctor Who and Torchwood TV guides comes a new comprehensive episode guide for the fourth series of the reborn Doctor Who. Tracking the Doctor (David Tennant) in possibly the most powerful series to date revisiting the fleeting companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and rejoined by old friends including Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen).

The full build-up and background are revealed, from the aftermath of Series Three and the apparent death of the Master (John Simm) right up to date, detailing all the major news stories, press releases, casting announcements and critical response.

The 2007 Christmas Special ‘Voyage of the Damned’ is included in this in-depth coverage of the 13 episodes of the series, including all the facts and figures, behind-the-scenes details, press and fan reaction and detailed and insightful analysis.

The perfect way to relive the Time Lord’s encounters with the cute Adipose, the fiery Pyroviles, the terrifying Ood, the warlike Sontarans, famed crime novelist Agatha Christie – and even ‘The Doctor’s Daughter’ – plus the Earth-shattering series finale with the Daleks.

Monsters Within is an essential read for all fans of the show, and continues Telos’s unrivalled coverage of Doctor Who.

300pp approx. A5 paperback book. Also available as a signed (by Walker) and numbered, limited hardback edition (from Telos.co.uk).
ISBN 978-1-84583-027-4 (pb) ?12.99 UK
ISBN 978-1-84583-028-1 (hb) ?30.00 UK