Being Human – 8 Part Second Series Announced!

Being Human - Image (c) BBC/Todd Antony
Being Human - Image (c) BBC/Todd Antony
Good news everyone! Being Human series 2 will happen. Missed series 1 – well you have really missed out. Catch it on DVD. (Being Human Series 1 DVD)

Being Human is the the critically acclaimed hit BBC Three drama (yes BBC three Drama – and it is really good!), chronicling the somewhat complicated lives of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living in modern-day Bristol, made by Touchpaper Television, part of the RDF Media Group, has been recommissioned for another eight-part series. The writeup like this makes it seem bad, but it is a quality 5/5 scifi drama series

The first series ends (dramatically) this Sunday (1st March).

Starring Russell Tovey (Little Dorrit, Doctor Who, The History Boys) Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic (strangely not Doctor Who)), Being Human attracted a high of over one million viewers and rave reviews. If they put it on BBC1 this could be a big mainstream hit!

Being Human has also enjoyed multiplatform success, being the most watched programme on BBC iPlayer for its first two episodes, as well becoming one of the best performing BBC websites.

Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three, says: “I’m thrilled that we are recommissioning Being Human. It’s hugely popular with young viewers and earned great critical acclaim at the same time.

“It’s also a very important staging-post in the successful development of home-grown young drama on BBC Three.” Being Human is written by Toby Whithouse (Torchwood, Doctor Who), produced by Matthew Bouch (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Being Human pilot), directed by Toby Haynes (M.I. High, Spooks Code 9), Alex Pillai (Wire In The Blood) and Colin Teague (Torchwood, Doctor Who), and executive produced by Rob Pursey, Touchpaper Television (City Of Vice, Sold) and Julie Gardner, Head of Drama for BBC Wales.

Congratulations to them all – they deserve it.

Big Finish – May Release Schedule

Enemy of the Daleks - Click To Order
Enemy of the Daleks - Click To Order
DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPANION CHRONICLES ? 3.11 THE MAHOGANY MURDERERS
Trevor Baxter and Christopher Benjamin recreate their roles of Professor Litefoot and
Henry Gordon Jago that they first played opposite Tom Baker?s Doctor in the classic Doctor Who adventure, The Talons of Weng-Chiang in 1977 Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

DOCTOR WHO 121. ENEMY OF THE DALEKS
A new adventure in time and space for the Seventh Doctor and his companions Ace and Hex.
Bliss used to be a paradise planet. The Galapagos Islands of space. But when the TARDIS brings the Doctor, Ace and Hex to Bliss, it?s been over-run with ironweed plants, and the air is heavy with the stench
of burnt silk and static electricity.
Worse, the Daleks are coming, on the trail of a lost patrol of starship troopers. Holed up in the Roarke
279 research facility, Lieutenant Beth Stokes is preparing her last stand against the invaders.
But there?s a secret on Bliss, a secret guarded by the obsessive Professor Shimura?
This time, could it be the Daleks need saving? Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

DOCTOR WHO: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES ? 3.3 THE BEAST OF ORLOK

A new adventure in time and space for the Eighth Doctor and his companion, Lucie.
With fangs like splinters, claws like knives, the Beast of Orlok gobbles lives.
With brimstone breath and eyes aglow, he’ll eat your soul – to Hell you’ll go!
Germany, 1827. The town of Orlok is under a curse, haunted by the memory of a spate of grisly murders that shattered the community twenty years before. At the time, townsfolk blamed the legendary Beast of Orlok, a nightmarish creature from medieval folklore.
And now, it seems, the Beast has returned. As the killings begin again, the people of Orlok are understandably suspicious of two strangers newly arrived in their midst. The Doctor and Lucie must face
their darkest fears as they find themselves plunged into a decidedly grim fairytale Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

IRIS WILDTHYME ? 2.4 THE PANDA INVASION
A new adventure for eccentric adventurer, Iris Wildthyme and her companion, Panda in their time travelling London double-decker bus!
San Francisco, New Year?s Eve, 1999
She?s back, and it?s about? gin!
When an unconscious Iris Wildthyme is rushed into a San Francisco hospital on New Year?s Eve 1999, hunky doctor George Strangeways? life is turned upside down.
As the world prepares to party its way into the next millennium, a space time rift opens above the Golden Gate Bridge ? where an old fashioned London bus has appeared? As the rift spills untold horrors from other dimensions into our world, Iris has just one question: where the ?eck is Panda?! Order From SHOPSCIFI.co.uk

ROBIN HOOD ? 1.3 FRIENDLY FIRE
Robin is horrified when a young villager is killed during a skirmish with Gisborne and his men ? and the arrow in the boy?s back is one of his own. As an angry mob of villagers descends on Sherwood, Robin refuses to fight on if innocent people are in danger. Shunned by the people he has sworn to protect, Robin is taken to Nottingham Castle by Gisborne. But Tuck, convinced that Robin is not to blame, attempts a daring rescue mission to clear the outlaw?s name and convince him to take up his bow once more. For how else will free men rally to the legend of Robin Hood?

A dramatic reading by David Harewood, who plays Tuck in the hit BBC TV/Tiger Aspect series.
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STARGATE SG-1 ? 2.1 FIRST PRIME
The first in the second series of original, partiallydramatised stories based on Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, read by members of the original cast.
Christopher Judge reprises his popular role of Teal?s which he played Stargate SG-1 TV series
Featuring Noel Clarke (Mickey in the new Doctor Who TV series)

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No Daleks This Year!!!

Dear missus Scifind. I want one of these unter the tree this year, ta
Dear missus Scifind. I want one of these unter the tree this year, ta

Finally I got round to seeing the toys of the year announcement, I am shocked to see that there is not a Dalek or other doctor who toy on the list this year. The full 12 buys toys list follows:

Air Hogs? Zero GravityTM Micro Radio Controlled Vehicle Spinmaster??????????????? RRP ?29.99
BakuganTM Starter Pack Spinmaster???????????? RRP ?12.99
Ben 10 Deluxe Omnitrix Bandai???????????????? RRP ?15.99
Cars Walkin? Talkin McQueen Mattel???????????????? RRP ?44.99
Clone Wars AT-TE Vehicle Hasbro???????????????? RRP ?99.99
Gormiti Island of Gorm Playset Flair Leisure Products RRP ?29.99
Indiana Jones Hat & Whip Set Hasbro???????????????? RRP ?24.99
Power Rangers Overdrive Tracker Bandai???????????????? RRP ?13.99
Star? Wars??? Clone?? Trooper??? Voice Changer Hasbro???????????????? RRP ?29.99
Transformers??? Animated??? Roll?? Out Command Optimus Prime Hasbro???????????????? RRP ?44.99
Wall.E Transforming Robot Vivid Imaginations???? RRP ?14.99
WWE RAW Arena Playset Vivid Imaginations???? RRP ?49.99

Some Star Wars stuff (cool) but not one Dr Who item in there.

For a 2008 top Dr Who toy I would push for the Dr Who 12″ Radio Control Dalek (supreme) or the? Dr Who Interactive Screwdriver Set,
where is the DAVROS toy this year? or the plush cuddly adipose? I want answers!

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DOCTOR WHO – DOOMSDAY

This second season of DOCTOR WHO has been a bold, wild ride. It s been exhilarating, exciting, experimental and once or twice a little bit underwhelming. At its best it s been absolutely astonishing with at least three episodes Girl in the Fireplace, The Satan Pit, Love & Monsters taking their place in the pantheon of genuine DOCTOR WHO classics. Here s another to add to that list. Doomsday is absolutely brilliant, a masterpiece virtually from start to finish, a television episode it s hard to believe was created by the feckness, moribund British TV industry. This is DOCTOR WHO firing on all cylinders, Russell T Davies pitching a script so well-centred and epic it leaves the audience sitting there, astonished and staggered, and wondering just where on Earth this timeless series can go next.

Doomsday had one hell of a checklist. Daleks, Cybermen, Torchwood, bye-bye Billie. All on a TV budget. Can t be done. But during forty-six exhausting, emotionally-charged, action-packed minutes, this episode delivered on just about all counts and packed a punch far more powerful than many similarly-themed feature films churned out by the Hollywood machine over the last few years. This one just doesn t stop from the moment the credits fade. The Daleks are back and how. The Cybermen are flooding through a dimensional breach and are effortlessly taking over the world. The Doctor is a prisoner, a powerless observer. Rose is a moment away from extermination as the Daleks crowd around her. What the Hell s going to happen next?

Doomsday is the episode that the previous twenty-six have been leading up to. This is where it all pays off; the Doctor s relationship with feisty Rose, the lives of the once-hapless Mickey, lonely Jackie and even her dead husband Pete. Here too we see the final dreadful repercussions of the Time War which plunged the ninth Doctor into such despair. Here it all comes together, it all makes sense and it all ends in a glorious, tragic triumph. Davies turns in another smart, witty, explosive script which has you laughing one minute and gasping for breath the next. Here even the Daleks have a sense of humour. The Cyberleader boasts of his army of millions swarming across the Earth and demands to know the strength of the Dalek force. Four, retorts the Black Dalek leader before turning the comedy moment into a thrill of terror when he announces that just one Dalek would be enough to wipe out the Cybermen. The two races enjoy a brief bitchy sparring match before the Daleks quickly disabuse their silver rivals – and long-time fans – of any dreams of an alliance between the two and all Hell breaks loose as the two alien forces clash in the bowels of Torchwood Tower. Out on the streets humanity is under attack from the Cybermen and while we don t, for obvious budgetary reasons see a lot of the chaos, we see a couple of well-realised action sequences (director Graeme Harper well up to speed after his largely-unimpressive work earlier this year in the first Cyberman adventure) which serve to convey the scale of the devastation; particularly impressive is the CGI aerial shot of London ablaze.

In the middle of all the madness is the Doctor, still veering manically from excited goofy puppy to raging, impotent hero, struggling to understand the scale of the threat and battling to find an answer. His confrontation with the Daleks is the match for anything his predecessor managed last year and he s just as powerful in his face-offs with the Cyberleader. Tennant is at the top of his game here, full of exuberance and yet deadly serious when he needs to be. The moment when he brandishes his beloved sonic screwdriver and uses it to blow open the chamber doors, allowing alternate-Earth troopers to swarm in and enter into pitched battle with the Daleks, is yet another I just punched the air! moment in an episode already bursting with them.

The events of Doomsday are inextricably linked to those of the earlier Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel two-parter and yet Davies s script isn t lumbered with swathes of dreary exposition for those out of the loop. The parallel world theory is neatly summarised by the Doctor (for Jackie s benefit) in one sentence and the show s new mythology Mickey, Jackie, Pete Tyler, the Time War has been magnificently embraced by the attentive new audience who will no doubt have been grateful to have seen the characters and situations they ve invested their time in pay off so beautifully in this cracking episode.

There s a lot of parallel-world jumping, lots and lots of gunfire and, finally, a third act which is quite literally the stuff of fanboy fantasy. With the Genesis Ark, the device so assiduously protected by the Daleks, revealed to be the last product of Time Lord technology, finally revealed to be a TARDIS-like prison ship holding millions of Daleks, the scene is set for a tour de force of special effects. Daleks swarm out of Torchwood Tower and indulge in a ferocious battle with the Cyberman army on the ground below, with hapless humanity caught in the middle. This is mind-blowing stuff and once again the Mill effects house work wonders as the Dalek force sweeps across the sky, incinerating Cybermen and humans with fierce abandon. Only the Doctor can save the day, using those pesky 3D glasses he s been taking on and off the last few weeks, to reason that the void-stuff aura which fizzes around anything which passes through the gap between dimensions, could just turn out to be the downfall of the Daleks and the Cybermen if he can reverse the dimension-jumping process, causing both races to be sucked back into the void towards oblivion. The Doctor sends Rose off to safety with Mickey, Jackie and alternate-Earth Pete (reunited or should that be united? with our-Earth Jackie in a nicely-placed emotional breathing space earlier in the episode) but Rose makes her way back and together they activate the Torchwood mechanisms which can destroy the Daleks and the Cybermen. But of course this is DOCTOR WHO, it s Billie Piper s last episode; nothing can possibly go right

The last ten minutes of Doomsday are enough to make a grown man cry, dammit. In the space of just over a year Billie Piper has presided over a change in DOCTOR WHO s fortunes which not even the most optimistic of fans (also known as me) could ever have predicted, not even when it was announced that the show was re-entering production. Billie s given the show a face, a profile, a connection to a young audience which might have found science-fiction a bit too geeky. Billie s hip and she s modern, a proper role model in the face of such witless competition as the ghastly Jade Goody and the repulsive Jordan. In many ways she s more responsible for the success of the series than either of her illustrious titular co-stars. Now she s gone. And what a way to go. Torn away from the Doctor in the middle of their battle to banish the Cybermen and the Daleks, Rose looks set to die a hero s death when oh, Russell, you re such a tease! her alternate-Earth Dad Pete explodes through the breach in dimensions and whisks her off to safety in his world. Moments later the breach seals forever and the Doctor and Rose are separated for the last time.

Rose, devastated, tries to adjust to life on a world which isn t quite her own and yet almost is. The Doctor travels on alone but he s able to use some handy residual energy to fashion a brief enough dimensional gap for him to enjoy one last emotional moment with the girl who made him live again. And oh God what a moment On a beach in Norway (ha, I recognise you, Mumbles beach in Swansea!), an image of the Doctor flickers into existence, having called to Rose across Space and Time. Here these star-crossed lovers come on, that s what they were say a final, teary farewell. And it rips your heart right out and stamps on it in the sand. Rose tells the Doctor she loves him. And the Doctor .oh, so close and yet so far

Back in the TARDIS our man is alone again, naturally. There are tears. Then there s a woman. A woman in a wedding dress, standing in front of him. She turns to face him, shocked and amazed, squeaking in amazement. It s Catherine Tate, the popular TV actress/comedienne. Then we re done

Russell T Davies, bigging his season finale up a few months ago, promised a season-ending which would cause grown men to rend their clothing. Consider mine suitably rent, unrepairable. But such is the confounded genius of this man that not only did he not, obviously, kill off his leading lady, he also didn t leave his audience on a desperate downer, missing Billie like crazy and vowing never to watch this damned programme again. In another masterclass on savvy casting, he signs up one of the hottest British TV talents of the last few years, promises an episode all about her for Christmas ( The Runaway Bride ) and guarantees that Tate s 6 million-plus fans will be on board for the festive special, which will itself be broadcast in the wake of her own third comedy series. Here we go again

Doomsday promised so much and delivered far, far more than we ever imagined or deserved. The departure of Billie is undoubtedly a milestone, a turning points for this series and it s been done with a poetic finality which really makes me hope that all those rumours about her returning somewhere along the line in season three are just that rumours, groundless ones at that. To undo this elegiac finale would be to rob it of its beauty and its poignancy and Russell T Davies is far too clever a writer to want to do that. Isn t he?

So that s it, scifinders. DOCTOR WHO Year Two done and dusted. What does the future hold for our favourite time traveller? These first two seasons have been so brash and extraordinary it s hard quite to imagine how BBC Wales can even begin to top them. Whatever lies in store, I m hoping that the series can retain its emotional heart Rose and the Tyler clan will be such a tough act to follow whilst still telling vivacious, audacious, crazy, scary stories which can continue to engage the imaginations of its massive new audience and demographic. Exciting and challenging times for DOCTOR WHO. I suspect Russell T Davies and those towering talents at BBC Wales are more than up to the task and, at the risk of overusing a much-abused tagline, that the trip of a lifetime has only just begun

DOCTOR WHO: THE THREE DOCTORS

Review By Paul Mount, 4 out of 5

As this remarkable 40th Anniversary year of DOCTOR WHO draws to a close, what better way to round off the celebrations than with a trip back in time thirty years, to a more innocent era when DOCTOR WHO rarely acknowledged its own history and when the idea of wheeling out a few old faces from the past was a really good idea and not just a tired gimmick relied upon by a desperate production team? ‘The Three Doctors’, released just in time for Christmas, is DOCTOR WHO-as-Panto with garish, colourful sets, larger-than-life performances, bad costumes and a real live ‘He’s-behind-you!’ bad guy. It’s all utter nonsense but it’s hard not to love it like an old friend because it’s such a timely reminder of how much fun DOCTOR WHO used to be.

The Time Lords are in trouble. A mysterious space force is draining their energy through a nearby black hole. The only man who can help is the Doctor (Pertwee) but he’s been exiled to Earth and his TARDIS doesn’t work. Some bright spark on the High Council decides to lift the Doctor’s previous incarnations (that’s Troughton and Hartnell, to you) out of their time-streams to give him a helping hand. This unholy triumvirate (with the first Doc stuck on a screen in the TARDIS) finally find themselves in the anti-matter world of Omega (Thorne), a forgotten legendary figure from Time Lord history. Much scenery-chewing and tramping about in quarries ensueszp>

‘The Three Doctors’ is worlds away from the harder SF fare of, for example, Pertwee’s first season or even the lighter but pacy adventures of his second and third. By now Pertwee, a little bit greyer but as glittery as ever, is happily esconced in his starring role, surrounded by his ‘UNIT family’ and the return of his predecessors, the scene-stealing Troughton particularly, has clearly got his dander up. Troughton himself slips effortlessly back into the role he only gave up four years earlier and sadly Hartnell, too ill to participate fully in the story, is scarcely recognisable as the pioneering old grump from the show’s black-and-white years. The supporting cast are just there to make up the numbers and they seem to know it, relishing in the opportunity to watch these old masters at work. Courtney’s Brigadier completes his slow transformation into the ‘idiot soldier’, and Katy Manning’s Jo Grant is as high-pitched and irritating now as she was thirty years ago. Bless her. ‘The Three Doctors’ is hardly essential DOCTOR WHO but it’s still loads of fun and a nice reminder (as if we needed it) of how bright and breezy the show could be even when it was on auto-pilot. If you can’t make it to your local Panto, grab yourself a copy of ‘The Three Doctors’ and disengage your brain for a couple of hours. Marvellous.

THE DISC: HmmmmUthe transfer doesn’t seem to be one of the Restoration Team’s best with plenty of grain and fuzzy colours. The disc excels, yet again, with its extras. Like this year’s ‘Talons of Weng-Chiang‘ the extras serve to put the show into a contemporary context, reflecting its popularity and ubiquity back in the glory days. So we have lovely clips from BLUE PETER and PEBBLE MILL (featuring a distinctly uncomfortable Patrick Troughton in a rare TV interview setting), a thirty-minute 1993 Convention panel featuring Pertwee, Courtney and a somewhat hyperactive Katy Manning, some bits and pieces from a cheesy 1990s BSB DOCTOR WHO weekend, photo gallery and a chatty commentary from producer Barry Letts and Manning and Courtney. Overall a marked improvement on recent dreary releases from the show’s dying days.

DOCTOR WHO: RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS

Review By Paul Mount, 3 out of 5

Hottish on the heels of the recent DVD release of ?he Aztecs? another tale of derring-do from TV? legendary death-defying Time Lord. Resurrection of the Daleks hailing from fifth Doc Peter Davison? third and final season in the role, is a grim beast indeed. Less a story and more a series of set pieces strung together, this is probably the weakest DOCTOR WHO DVD issue yet (bar the unwatchable Colin Baker yarn Vengeance on Varos. The Daleks returned to the screen in 1984 after a five-year absence and despite the fact that the production team were determined to make their return a spectacular, star-studded extravaganza, it? all a bit of a damp squib. The story is all over the place; Dalek creator Davros has been held in cryogenic suspension aboard a battered prison spaceship for nearly a hundred years. The Daleks set about releasing him to help them combat a lethal virus unleashed by their deadly enemies the Movellans. Meanwhile, there are mysterious goings-on in London? rundown docklands and when the Doctor and his companions Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) are dragged into a ?ime corridor? the scene is set for much whiz-bangery and corridor-running. Halfway through the Daleks reveal their plan to replace human leaders and the High Council of Gallifrey (?) with Dalek replicant agents and it all goes terminally pear-shaped when the Daleks start fighting one another and they start spurting foam. Davros lives to fight another day, by the way. It? bright and breezy enough but the scale of the narrative is way beyond DOCTOR WHO? meagre resources so the explosions are feeble and the gun-battles are unconvincing (despite the high death toll it? hard to care much because there are no real characters here). The cast is crawling with minor 1970s/80s thesps; Rodney Bewes, Rula Lenska, Del Henney, Chloe Ashcroft and Maurice Colbourne. But none of them – with the notable exception of Colborne – are remotely competent in their roles and when it all runs out of steam in a dismal Dalek gun battle we?e just left with memories of when DOCTOR WHO was much better than this and when the Daleks were a genuine TV phenomenon. Tegan leaves the TARDIS crew at the end of the story. ?t? stopped being fun, Doctor,?she whines at one point. It? hard not to imagine much of the Tv audience at the time saying much the same thing before turning over to watch CORONATION STREET.

THE DISC: Better extras than the story deserves. The highlight is the twenty-minute ?n Location?documentary where enthusiastic director Matthew Robinson marvels at how the Docklands locations have become a yuppie wonderland. He? joined by portly writer Eric Saward who doesn? seem particularly bothered about the whole thing and late producer John Nathan-Turner adds his own words of wisdom from a different location. Other features include a lumbering BREAKFAST TIME item featuring Nathan-Turner and Janet Fielding in a sweater scarier than anything ever seen in the series, yet another dull and pointless TARDIS cam, a trailer for episode one (I?e still got that on VHS somewhere!), extended/deleted scenes and a nice commentary by Davison, Robinson and Fielding who, it appears, has decided to succumb to the inevitable and rejoin the DOCTOR WHO fold after years of rubbishing the series. Nice extras, shame about the story. Oh, and that limited edition rubber sleeve?r,what? that all about then, Mr BBC?