After a Break in Transmission Service has Resumed

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Regular readers of the Doctor Who Mind Robber would be aware of the paltry output from this esteemed blog in recent months. Whilst roughly correlating with the eight month absence of the Doctor from our television screens, the cause of this tardiness is much deeper and sinister than that. In Australia our community has been confronted by an evil arguably greater than that ever encountered by our hero and his companions. More malignant than the Cybermen and with less empathy than the Daleks, Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government is seeking to restructure the very fabric of Australian society by the decimation of our Social Welfare System and the redistribution of collective wealth to their Master, Big Business.

Here is a meme the author created not long after the September 2013 Federal election.The text quoted are the words of Davros, the creator of the Daleks,  in Part 5 of The Genesis of the Daleks (1975) (with slight amendment) to Tony Abbott. The similarities between Davros and Abbott are most striking.  Enjoy!

Here is a meme the author created not long after the September 2013 Federal election.The text quoted are the words of Davros, the creator of the Daleks, in Part 5 of The Genesis of the Daleks (1975) (with slight amendment) and now attributed to our “Esteemed Leader” Tony Abbott. The similarities between Davros and Abbott are most striking. Enjoy!

The author of the Doctor Who Mind Robber has been caught in an abyss of political activism against this creeping fascism and has been known to surface occasionally to blog on this terror at The Abbott Proof Fence. The return of Doctor Who with the magnificent Peter Capaldi at the helm is a most welcome respite from the terrors that confront Australian society daily. Whilst it is unlikely that much progress will be made on our Ultimate Doctor Who marathon in the short term (we are ready to meet the Third Doctor in Season 7), the Doctor Who Mind Robber will nevertheless provide weekly reflections on Series 8 from the perspective of an old series fan with a fetish for history and continuity.

Sit back, adjust your sets and await the recommencement of transmission. Enjoy the ride!

 

Vivien Fleming

Doctor Who World Tour

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The BBC has just announced a 12 day Doctor Who World Tour commencing on 7 August 2014.  Covering five continents and seven cities, the tour will conclude in Brazil on 19 August. The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, Companion Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Executive Producer Steven Moffat will visit the cities of Cardiff, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.

Full details of the tour have yet to be released, however it has been confirmed that the Tour will land at Cardiff and London on 7 August and conclude in Rio de Janeiro on 19 August. Further itinerary details will be released soon and will be available from the dedicated tour website http://www.doctorwho.tv/worldtour/

In the meantime check out the World Tour promotional video below.

Season 8 of Doctor Who will commence screening on a date to be advised in August 2014.

 

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2014.

The Disturbing Realization That You’ve Watched Too Much Doctor Who, or When Every British TV Programme Contains Doctor Who Actors

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The Tenth Doctor’s Finale The End of Time starred Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott

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Neil Dugeon and Gwilym Lee star in the Midsomer Murders’ episode The Flying Club (2014)

There comes a time when every aficionado of British TV awakes to the startling revelation that the acting community in the United Kingdom must indeed be very small. For a fan of Doctor Who this comes when seemingly every British drama you watch contains at least one actor who has also appeared in Who. 

No more evident was this then when I recently watched the 99th episode of ITV’s long running Detective Mystery series, Midsomer Murders. The 2014 Season 16 episode The Flying Club starred five actors who had appeared in Doctor Who and one in The Sarah Jane Adventures. Moreover, three alone appeared in the same two part extravaganza and the Tenth Doctor’s finale, The End of Time (Parts 1 and 2). Watching Bernard Cribbins, June Whitfield and Jacqueline King successively appear upon the screen was a bizarre experience and furnished me with a sense of camaraderie with comedian Toby Hadoke. Well known for his stage show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, Hadoke draws frequent laughter for his finely honed skills at rapidly identifying any British actor by each and every appearance in Doctor Who. 

Toby Hadoke - Stand-up comedian, actor and author of "Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf".

Toby Hadoke – Stand-up comedian, actor and author of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf

Bernard Cribbins as he appears in Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D (1965)

Bernard Cribbins as he appears in Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D (1966)

Bernard Cribbins, who played Duggie Wingate in The Flying Club appeared as Donna Noble’s grandfather, Wilfred Mott, in nine Doctor Who episodes between 2007 and 2010. Cribbins of course starred as Tom Campbell in Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150, the second of the two 1960s cinema released colour Dalek movies. The actress who played Cribbins’ daughter in Doctor Who and Donna’s mother also starred in The Flying Club. Jacqueline King played Laura Wilding in Midsomer Murders and Sylvia Noble for nine episodes of Doctor Who between 2006 and 2010.  June Whitfield, perhaps most well known for her portrayal of Mother in Absolutely Fabulous, was the third actor from The End of Time to appear in this episode of Midsomer Murders. This time portraying Molly Darnley, in Doctor Who Whitfield starred as the elderly but flirtacious Minnie Hooper.

Bernard Cribbins starred as Duggie Wingate in Midsomer Murder's The Flying Club

Bernard Cribbins starred as Duggie Wingate in Midsomer Murders’ The Flying Club

June Whitfield starred as Molly Rayner in Midsomer Murder's The Flying Club

June Whitfield starred as Molly Darnley in Midsomer Murders’ The Flying Club

To round up this incestuous like recycling of Doctor Who actors, Laila Rouass (Stephanie King in Midsomer Murders) starred as Colonel Tia Karim in The Sarah Jane Adventures two part story Death of the Doctor (2010). Sara Stewart (Miranda Darnely) provided the voice of the Computer in 2005’s The End of the World and Phil Cornwell (Eddie Rayner) is credited as a Stall Holder in The Fires of Pompeii (2008).

Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) and June Whitfield (Minnie Hooper) in Doctor Who's The End of Time

Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) and June Whitfield (Minnie Hooper) in Doctor Who’s The End of Time

Jacqueline and Bernard Cribbins in Doctor Who. King starred as Laura Wilding in the Midsomer Murders' episode The Flying Club

Jacqueline and Bernard Cribbins in Doctor Who. King starred as Laura Wilding in the Midsomer Murders’ episode The Flying Club

Midsomer Murders has long been associated with Doctor Who actors.  The late Barry Jackson, who passed away in December 2013, played pathologist Dr George Bullard for more than a decade until 2011. Jackson first appeared in Doctor Who in the 1965 serial The Romans (Ascaris) and shortly thereafter as Jeff Garvey in Galaxy 4 and Mission to the Unknown (1965). Jackson also played Drax in the 1979 serial The Armageddon Factor. 

Barry Jackson in his first Doctor Who appearance, The Romans (1965)

Barry Jackson in his first Doctor Who appearance, The Romans (1965)

Barry Jackson as Dr George Bullard in Midsomer Murders

Barry Jackson as Dr George Bullard in Midsomer Murders with Jason Hughes and John Nettles

Share with the Doctor Who Mind Robber your experiences of spotting Doctor Who actors in British television programmes.  Can any other episode of a TV series beat Midsomer Murder’s six Who related appearances? We’d love to read your responses!

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2014.

Vale Kate O’Mara

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The Doctor Who Mind Robber is saddened to learn of the death of actress Kate O’Mara who was best known to fans of Doctor Who as the renegade Time Lady, the Rani. O’Mara appeared as an adversary of the Sixth Doctor in The Mark of the Rani (1985) and with the Seventh Doctor in Time and the Rani (1987). O’Mara also starred as the Rani in the 30th Anniversary charity cross over between Doctor Who and The East Enders, Dimensions of Time, in 1993. On that occasion she appeared alongside the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors.

Kate O’Mara was most well known for her role as Joan Collins’ sister Alexis Colby in the US soap, Dynasty. You can read more about O’Mara’s career in a BBC news article here. The first video below is one of O’Mara’s last interviews.  Recorded on 22 November 2013, O’Mara discusses her role as the Rani in Doctor Who. 

The Mark of the Rani (1985)

Time and the Rani  (1987)

Dimensions in Time (1993)

 

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2014.

A Plea for a Friend – Flix In The Stix

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A passion for Doctor Who is one thing that all readers of this blog share, including a dear friend who would really appreciate your votes in an Australian Band Competition. Lyndall Dalley plays percussion in the blues outfit Frank Macias who were the Bowral finalists in the 2014 Commonwealth Bank Flix in the Stix competition. My old school friend and her band mates are in the running for the major prize of $5,000. Voting is being conducted through Facebook and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday.  One vote per Facebook account is permitted each day at https://www.facebook.com/flixinthestix?sk=app_403834839671843&brandloc=DISABLE&app_data=dlt-1

Frank Macias and Los Amigos.  My friend Lyndall Dalley is seen here playing the tambourine.

Frank Macias and Los Amigos. My friend Lyndall Dalley is seen here playing the tambourine.

Lyndall’s band is only 60 votes behind the current leaders. A daily vote from all our blog readers would be greatly appreciated by my friend whose favourite Doctor is Jon Pertwee. In the meantime you can check out Frank Macias’ website here.

Vivien Fleming. 

©Vivien Fleming, 2014.

Dogtor Who?

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I couldn’t resist sharing this Wales Online article which features the fantastic artwork of 35 year old American Christie Cox. Cox has reimaged all 13 incarnations of the Doctor as dogs.  You can read the article and view all of the artwork here.

Paul McGann Tweets Photo as Eighth Doctor in Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS

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ImageThe Eighth actor to play the Doctor in the iconic British television programme Doctor Who, Paul McGann, has tweeted a photograph of the Eighth Doctor in an unexpected location. Presumably taken during the filming of the minisode The Night of the Doctor in April 2013, the shot shows the Time Lord in what appears to be the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS console. McGann captioned the photo with “This is my moment …!”  Could this hint to more Eighth Doctor minisodes? Only time will tell.

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2014.