Richard E Grant to Return To Dr Who

After playing the Doctor in TV spoof Steven Moffat’s ‘Curse Of Fatal Death’ for BBC and the audio/BBC online cartoon Scream of the Shalka Richard E Grant is to make his first ‘official’ entry into ‘canon’ TV Doctor Who with the 2012 Christmas Special. Filming starts this week.

Probably a baddie, but no official word (speculation, Master? thoughts / comments add them below)

Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS - IN CINEMAS 16 December 2011
SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS
Warning – Spoilers, well sort of, for those who haven’t read AC Doyle, or seen previous TV series etc.

One of the films I have been looking forward to all year landed on the mat at Detox Towers this week and like an excited school boy I couldn’t wait and put it straight on. WOW, I don’t think I have ever been so disappointed in all my viewing life. I will tell you a bit about the film and then explain to you all where I think they went wrong.

Robert Downey Jnr is back in the title role, and is again joined by Dr. John Watson portrayed by Jude Law. They must go on an adventure across Europe and thwart Professor James Moriarty in his quest to start a world war so all sides use the weapons companies he has been accruing. The tale ends at the fabled Reichenbach Falls and we are left wondering if Holmes survives.

Robert Downey Jnr was no different in this sequel to how he was in the first film, and again Guy Ritchie has created awesome 19th century looking scenery this time incorporating Paris and other places not just London, but there is problems throughout the film. The chemistry between Holmes and Watson hasn’t carried over from the first film, and with Downey being the same, the blame must lie at the feet of Jude Law who just never seems to get going. With Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) dying at the hands of Moriarty early in the film, the chemistry is lost there also. Downey just has no one to play off. In the first film the more minor actors had larger parts to play and were heavily involved in the insane banter of Downey’s Sherlock, characters like Inspector Lestrad played by the wonderful Eddie Marsan, were there to be the but of all Holmes jokes, but there is no role for him to play in this one. In the first one Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood was a convincing bad guy and this is where I believe the problem lies.

Jared Harris is a fine actor. The son of the legendary Richard Harris has impressed in both Mad Men and Fringe, and I am really looking forward to seeing his portrayal of Ulysses S. Grant in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. BUT he is a serious actor, he has a serious, sullen face. He is not the butt of a joke nor is he a convincing psychopath, so with him playing such a large part in Professor Moriarty, the to and fro with Downey just wasn’t there, was no where near the level of Downey and Strong.

I may be doing Harris a disservice here, but his Moriarty would not have been out of place in Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes, and this film need someone more like Andrew Scott’s Moriarty from Steven Moffat’s Sherlock. And this is where the disservice occurs, Moriarty has been re-written in our psyche by the re-booted Sherlock from the pen of Moffat and Mark Gattis, so it was already going to be a hard task to make a new Moriarty stand out.

The film however was ok, I wouldn’t pay to see it but wasn’t a complete waste of 2 hours. Instructions for Mr. Ritchie, should he be allowed to make a third instalment, less explosions and action, the story is better when its intelligence versus intelligence, and a bigger role for Mycroft Holmes as Stephen Fry portrayal was the stand out memory I shall take from this adventure.

Karen Gillan joins the Official Doctor Who Convention

BBC Worldwide confirmed today that Karen Gillan will be joining her co-stars Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill at the Official Doctor Who Convention taking place on the 24th and 25th March at Cardiff?s Millennium Centre.

Karen Gillan said: ?I’m really looking forward to the Convention and meeting all of the wonderful Doctor Who fans!?

Billed as the ?Ultimate Doctor Who Fan Event?, there are just 1500 tickets available for each of the days. Fans who manage to snap these up will gain unrivalled access to Eleventh Doctor star Matt Smith, Series Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat and many more key members from the award-winning cast, crew and production team including Doctor Who Special FX Supervisor Danny Hargreaves, Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who Producer Marcus Wilson and the award-winning Millennium FX team

Karen Gillan joins a full contingent of Doctor Who professionals ready to give fans an unrivalled glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of Doctor Who. Everyone from the Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, responsible for Doctor Who?s eye-popping visuals to Casting Director Andy Pryor revealing what it takes to find a Doctor will be gathering in one place to celebrate the creativity (and elbow grease!) that goes into the series.

The Official Doctor Who Convention line up includes: Matt Smith; Steven Moffat; Karen Gillan; Arthur Darvill; Mark Sheppard; Nick Briggs; Ian McNeice; Raquel Cassidy; Neill Gorton; Danny Hargreaves; Tom MacRae; Toby Haynes; Barnaby Edwards; Caroline Henry; Stephen Pehrsson; Michael Pickwoad; Andy Pryor; Gary Russell; Simon Fisher-Becker and Marcus Wilson.

Tickets are on general sale now, priced at ?99 and available at: www.dwconvention.com

All tickets include:

? Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir ticket.
? Official Doctor Who Convention souvenir lanyard and pass.
? Official Doctor Who Convention exclusive postcard pack.
? Official Doctor Who Convention bag.

The Silence seen at The Doctor Who Experience…

The Silence - Shhhhh
The Silence - Shhhhh
… er what did I just say?

Have quite a few pen marks on my arms, possibly due to this:

This Friday 13th May Doctor Who Experience will prove monsters are real by giving you the opportunity to come face-to-face with one of Doctor Who?s most terrifying of monsters to date as The Silence arrive at the Doctor Who Experience.

The Silence will be on show in the walk-through part of the Doctor Who Experience following their appearance in the opening two episodes of the award-wining series, The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon.

Fans will be able to encounter these terrifying monsters for the first time, who, with their powers of telepathy and eerie ability to erase themselves from your memory have been cited as one of the Doctor?s more frightening foes.

Glimpse one of these creatures at Doctor Who Experience and you may feel slightly unsettled the moment it’s out of view but the real question is? will you remember?

Come fly the TARDIS and dare to meet The Silence, by taking a starring role in your very own Doctor Who adventure at the Doctor Who Experience. Step through the crack in time and become the Doctor?s companion in this exhilarating walk through experience that recreates all the best parts of the hit TV series. Come face to face with some of the scariest monsters seen on the screen including Daleks, Cybermen and the latest addition from series 6: The Silence.

There?s fun for family and fans alike with the largest collection of authentic Doctor Who props and artefacts including all the previous Doctor?s iconic costumes, the original David Tennant TARDIS set and even interactive lessons in how to walk like a Cyberman!

Tickets on sale at www.doctorwhoexperience.com

Doctor Who Series 6 Preview Round Up

Doctor Who 2011 Preview
Doctor Who 2011 Preview

Well the press have been let in and verdicts are out there. Steve Moffat is asking the press to “Tease not tell“. Below are links to some coverage so far.

Doctor Who returns to UK screens later this month for a seven-episode run which opens with a spectacular two-parter set in the USA and penned by “Who supremo” Steven Moffat.

In the opening two episodes, co-produced with BBC America, key scenes have been filmed in Utah for a story set in the late Sixties in which the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah ? right to the Oval Office itself.

The new series follows on from the Doctor Who Christmas Special which featured guest stars Katherine Jenkins and Michael Gambon, and has been split into two blocks, with the second block to be shown in autumn 2011. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliff-hangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.

Press Views on Doctor Who Season 6 episodes 1 + 2

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Den of Geek – Spoiler Free Review

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Doctor Who Live Tour Dates

Doctor Who Live Tour Features The Judoon on Stage
Doctor Who Live Tour Features The Judoon on Stage

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**AUGUST 28th UPDATE **

*STAGE & SCREEN STAR NIGEL PLANER JOINS CAST TO PLAY EXCLUSIVE CHARACTER VORGENSON – THE ‘GREATEST SHOWMAN IN THE GALAXY’

*VOICE OF DALEKS AND CYBERMEN, NICK BRIGGS CONFIRMED TO PLAY WINSTON CHURCHILL

*MASTER ILLUSIONISTS ‘THE TWINS’ TO OVERSEE A SERIES OF INCREDIBLE ILLUSIONS

*STORYLINE DETAILS REVEALED

BBC Worldwide has today announced that Nigel Planer (The Young Ones, We Will Rock You, Evita, Chicago) will be joining the cast for the forthcoming audio/visual spectacular – Doctor Who Live.

Planer will play the part of Vorgenson, a character exclusively adapted for the tour by the television programme’s Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat. The new character is described as an ‘inter-galactic showman’ who is the Doctor’s biggest fan.

Nigel Planer comments: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Doctor Who Live and this role is something of a boyhood dream come true. My character Vorgenson, who has been developed specially for the show by Steven Moffat, is the Greatest Showman in the Galaxy and using his incredible invention, ‘The Minimiser’, he can make any Doctor Who character appear on stage as part of his traveling show dedicated to his hero. This live tour brings all the magic of the TV show together with a host of incredible effects. I hope that I can survive visiting nine cities in October sharing a stage with eleven Doctor Who Monsters and a flying Dalek in tow!”

Craig Stanley, Doctor Who Live’s Producer says: “This show has something for everyone – Doctor Who fans, of course – but also anyone with a love of incredible illusions, immersive storytelling, magical music, scary monsters, and intergalactic heroes.”

In a further announcement, the producers have revealed that Nick Briggs, famous for voicing some of the scariest Doctor Who monsters including the Daleks and Cybermen, is onboard to replicate his voice talents live on stage every night. Briggs will also portray Winston Churchill, who is summoned by Vorgenson through his Minimiser.

Doctor Who Live will also feature a spectacular array of stunts and illusions designed by Britain’s premiere illusionists, The Twins. Audiences will be in for a treat as they witness a flying Dalek. The Twins have come to prominence in the last few years by designing the illusion of flying without wires, and they have a reputation for large scale stunts including making an elephant disappear live on stage. They have taught magic tricks to the likes of Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow.

NATIONAL ARENA TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED: 8TH OCTOBER – 7TH NOVEMBER 2010

BBC Worldwide has announced a series of arena dates for the very first production of Doctor Who Live.

The new stage show, based upon the BBC?s smash-hit, award-winning series Doctor Who, promises to deliver a spectacular audio/visual experience featuring live music, special effects and appearances from the show?s most popular monsters.

Taking in nine cities and 25 dates, Doctor Who Live kicks off in London at Wembley Arena on 8th October, and will visit Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff and Liverpool, culminating in Belfast on the 7th November.

Developed in association with Doctor Who?s Executive Producer and show runner, Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Live promises the same excitement, adventure and suspense that viewers have come to expect from the TV programme and will feature specially filmed new video scenes.

Daleks And Cybermen On Stage
Daleks And Cybermen On Stage

Steven Moffat said: “This is everything I ever wanted since I was eleven. A live show, with all the coolest Doctor Who monsters, a proper story, and brand new screen material for Matt Smith’s Doctor! I’ll be writing scenes for it, and probably attending every single night!”

Opening in wartime London and concluding in an epic onstage battle, audiences should expect the unexpected as the The Doctor?s arch-enemies the Daleks are joined by some of the best-loved and most terrifying monsters from the TV series including the Cybermen, Weeping Angels, Judoon and Oods to name but a few.

With an out-of-this-world set, Doctor Who Live will feature special FX, optical illusions and spectacular pyrotechnics building to an epic finale. Specially edited video clips, drawn from the TV Programme will be shown on a massive screen and accompanied by the music of longtime Doctor Who composer Murray Gold. These iconic scores will be brought to life by a 16 piece orchestra live on stage.

Meet the Weeping Angels on stage
Meet the Weeping Angels on stage

Murray Gold said: “The live element always adds something extra, but these will also be brand new arrangements for a new band of very talented musicians. It’s very exciting.”

Doctor Who Live has been conceived as a fully immersive music and monsters spectacular. Please note that actors from the TV series will not be appearing live on stage.

DOCTOR WHO LIVE TOUR DATES 2010

DATES LOCATION VENUE
8th, 9th and 10th October London Wembley Arena
12th and 13th October Sheffield Sheffield Arena
14th, 15th, 16th and 17th October Glasgow Glasgow SECC
18th, 19th and 20th October Birmingham Birmingham NIA
22nd, 23rd and 24th October Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
25th and 26th October Nottingham Nottingham Trent FM Arena
28th, 29th, 30th, 31st October Cardiff Cardiff International Arena
2nd, 3rd November Liverpool Liverpool Echo Arena
6th and 7th November Belfast Belfast Odyssey Arena

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 21st May 2010.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are priced at ?38.50, ?34.50 and ?25.00 subject to booking fees

Belfast Odyssey Arena only

Tickets are priced at ?42.50, ?37.50 & ?27.50 and may be subject to service charges

Please note that for Belfast Odyssey Arena, the ticket prices are higher as booking fees and agency commissions are included in the ticket price – this is standard practice for shows in Northern Ireland.

Ticketmaster 24 hour ticket hotline 0844 847 1963

www.Doctorwholive.com

Doctor Who 2010 – The Story So Far

Amy Pond and The Doctor
Amy Pond and The Doctor

You know when you?re eating a bag of Maltesers, and there?s always that dodgy one where you bite into it expecting the satisfying crunch of biscuit, but all you get is a disappointing chewy mess that you inevitably spit out? That?s what this season of Doctor Who has been like for me. There?s still the sweet chocolaty taste of both new and classic Who, but it?s lacking the delicious, biscuity core of intelligence and depth that I?d expect from one of the BBC?s greatest institutions.

When Matt Smith was announced as the Eleventh Doctor, I, like many people, was dubious. After four years David Tennant was the Doctor, and I think a lot of people had forgotten that anyone else had ever been the Doctor. How then could this baby-faced, floppy-haired young unknown possibly play the role of a 900-year-old time travelling genius with a penchant for finding trouble and saving the world with nothing but a screwdriver?

For once I was glad to be proved wrong, because Matt Smith has probably been the best thing about this series. From the moment he appeared on screen in ?The Eleventh Hour?, I immediately thought ?He?s the Doctor?. He?s quirky, eccentric, and really comes across as an old head on young shoulders. On a few occasions he veers a little too closely to Tennant?s brash cockiness, and he?s about as graceful in the physical scenes as a Cyberman in a nightclub, but as the series has progressed he?s really developed his own style of bumbling eccentricity. Watch some of the snappy dialogue in ?Vampires in Venice? or social awkwardness in ?The Lodger? to see Matt Smith?s Eleventh Doctor at his babbling best.

Karen Gillan, too sexy for Doctor Who?
Karen Gillan, too sexy for Doctor Who?

Then there?s the new assistant Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan. She begins the series as a kind of feisty, independent heroine in the vein of Rose or Donna, but gradually falls into the same damsel-in-distress role as Martha; she?s more than happy to get herself into trouble, but when she does, all she can do is pout and huff and wait for the Doctor to rescue her. Despite her implied importance, she?s so far not seemed as vital as Rose or Donna did, and it?s not a good sign when she can sit an episode out without the feeling that she?s really missed. See ?The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone? and ?Vincent and the Doctor? to see Amy at her bravest and most genuinely vulnerable.

So, what about the writing and production? I didn?t expect to be saying this, but as we reach the end of Moffat?s first run as executive producer, I?m actually missing some of Russell T. Davies? flair. I?ve not really felt blown away by anything I?ve seen so far; perhaps it?s an executive decision to drop the grandeur for something a little lower-key, but I can?t help feeling that it?s lost a little bit of spark for it.

The worst part for me, however, is the handling of the series story arc. One thing that Russell T. Davies did well was foreshadowing; he was good at dropping smaller hints into the series that would suddenly become relevant when we hit the season finale. With series 5, the ?crack in time? has been so heavily signposted that it may as well have come with captions ? ?DON?T FORGET THIS, IT?S IMPORTANT?. With all the cleverness of Steven Moffat at the helm, so far all the writers have managed to do is spoon-feed the plot to us. The Pandorica will open. The TARDIS will blow up. Time will be rewritten. I?m hoping that they throw a big surprise in right at the end, but I?m not really holding my breath.

Overall, I?d rather watch these episodes than anything with Martha Jones in it, but I?m sad that the production team have so obviously aimed the show exclusively at a younger audience. The new TARDIS and sonic screwdriver redesigns look like they were specifically made to sell toys, and I may never stop complaining about the Dalek Power Rangers. Having said that, my personal lows, ?Victory of the Daleks? and ?The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood? were offset by the very good ?Vampires in Venice?, ?The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone? and ?The Lodger?, and Matt Smith has been a genuinely pleasant surprise as the Doctor.

I?m really not sure what to expect from the season finale this weekend, but whatever happens, I?d say the Smith/Moffat combination will be firmly set for at least another series, if not more. I just hope that season 6 will have some stronger characters, a little more grandeur and a lot more depth. And possibly a nice nougaty centre.

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Exclusive Interview with Doctor Who Matt Smith

Matt Smith Doctor Who Interview
Matt Smith Doctor Who Interview
Unfortuntatly not with scifind though, please see the following thanks to Gay Times

As Doctor Who returns with a new team and a new look this Easter, we eagerly stepped on board the TARDIS for Matt Smith?s first ever interview with the gay press. And in 47 years of the show, he is the first Doctor to ever hold the cover spot of a gay magazine.

We also have unprecedented coverage of the new series, with exclusive content including the first ever interview with the latest addition to the cast, Arthur Darvill. We speak with the Doctor?s assistant Karen Gillan, head writer Steven Moffat, executive producer Piers Wenger and a selection of other characters and creatives, both returning and new.

What?s more, writer Gareth Roberts reveals that Matt Smith is set to appear pretty much naked in episode eleven, while costume designer Ray Holman tells us what kind of underwear the new Doctor prefers?

Matt Smith on his new role as the Doctor:

?What?s gorgeous about it is that I get to sort of confess to my imagination every day. So I get to play around in a mad, imaginary world every day, which is limitless and timeless, and endless and boundless. You know, that is as close as you get to sort of magic really, I suppose, in many ways.?

On being described by executive producer Steven Moffat as ?Patrick Moore in the body of an underwear model?:

?The thing is, right, I?ll take Patrick Moore, fine. But I definitely haven?t got an underwear model?s body, no way, not on this schedule. All my gym?s gone out the window. God no, I take that as a gross over-compliment to be honest. And also! When the hell has Steven Moffat seen me in my pants alone??

April?s issue of GT Magazine is on sale 24 March and also features exclusive ineterviews with Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, plus Jamie Campbell Bower, Debbie Reynolds, Tracy-Ann Oberman and the real Phillip Morris.