Daily Archives: November 9, 2013

The Day of the Doctor – Behind the Scenes Gallery

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Doctor Who 24/7 has posted six behind the scenes photographs from The Day of the Doctor on Twitter.

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The Day of the Doctor Extended Trailer Released

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ImageFollowing the release earlier today of a 40 second trailer for the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, an extended 1 minute and 20 second trailer has been posted on the BBC’s Doctor Who websiteThe Doctor Who Mind Robber understands that the extended trailer was broadcast on BBC One tonight.

The Day of the Doctor Second (Extended) Trailer

The Day of the Doctor Official (short) Trailer

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The Day of the Doctor Trailer Screen Captures

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The Night of the Doctor – 50th Anniversary Mini Episode

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ImageThe Doctor Who TV website has posted details on the 7 minute Doctor Who Mini Episode, The Night of the Doctor. The UK’s Freeview television listings indicate that the episode will go live on the BBC’s Red Button service from 16 November. Presumably it will be available from the BBC’s Doctor Who website at the same time.  The Freeview listing describes the Mini Episode as:

The 50th Anniversary features Matt Smith, David Tennant and a mysterious incarnation played by John Hurt. Only one appears in this mini episode, The Night Of The Doctor. But which?

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Day 14 of 50th Anniversary Countdown – Children, Wind and Paper Pattern Pieces

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There’s the distinct smell of bushfire in the air as I recommence work on the Troughton Frock Coat. Living on an island, a block from the water, means I’m blessed by frequent sea breezes. Wind, however, wrecks havoc on Cosplay sewing. I’m ready to pin the remaining 12 pattern pieces to the fabric when I discover that the neatly ironed pieces have scattered around the ground floor of my home. Putting them on top of a large garbage bin had appeared rational at the time.  Who ever could have imagined that pre-teen children would possibly have removed the weight, lifted the lid and put garbage in? 🙂  From the living room to the adjoining bedroom the pieces were spread. Beneath lounges, inside washing baskets and under doonas the pieces were found.  But one was missing.  Where was number 12 – the coat lower front facing? After much effort it was located hidden under a bed.  Eureka! Work can recommence.

At last the Frock Coat pattern pieces are located and work can begin again.  For a while I thought that the Troughton Frock Coat's career would be as short as Fariah, Salamander's Food Taster

At last the Frock Coat pattern pieces are located and work can begin again. For a while I thought that the Troughton Frock Coat’s career would be as short as Fariah’s, Salamander’s Food Taster in The Enemy of the World. Glasses, dog muzzles and remote controls are used to weigh the pieces down from the wind.

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Day 15 of 50th Anniversary Countdown – Griff the Chef’s Legacy

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Writing the Doctor Who Mind Robber’s 50th Anniversary Countdown is reminiscent of Griffin the Chef’s sublime appearance in Episode 3 of the recently recovered and released Second Doctor serial, The Enemy of the World. That episode, as you may recall, had been the only part of the six part serial to have been previously held in the BBC Archives. Released as part of the triple DVD set, Lost in Time, Episode 3 had caused many a fan to discount Enemy. Forever being one to differ, my review of Enemy prior to the recovery was nonetheless positive. Australian Reg Lye’s portrayal of the laconic Griff was the highlight of the episode. 

Griff the Chef hides under the table during a tense moment in The Enemy of the World, Episode 3

Griff the Chef hides under the table during a tense moment in The Enemy of the World, Episode 3

Griff is seen to complain to Victoria about his life as the evil Salamander’s chef.  His mother, he stated, had wanted him to be a dustman and that night’s dinner was sure to be “a national disaster”. Having agreed to be of assistance, Griff went on to say to Victoria,

Well sit down and write out the menus. First course interrupted by bomb explosion. Second course affected by earthquakes. Third course ruined by interference in the kitchen. I’m going out for a walk. It’ll probably rain.

Reg Lye was phenomenal as the chef, Griffin in The Enemy of the World

Reg Lye was phenomenal as the chef, Griffin in The Enemy of the World

Trying to keep up with this Countdown, and also sew the Second and Fourth Doctor Cosplay outfits discussed on Days 16 and 17, leaves me in a Griff type predicament. First course interrupted by The Day of the Doctor sneak peak. Second course affected by leaked The Day of the Doctor trailer. Third course ruined by interference from #SaveTheDay hastag on Twitter.  Just over a fortnight out from the 50th Anniversary and any half interested fan could spend almost every waking hour of the day following the latest Doctor Who news.

Doctor Who retro posters courtesy of Radio Times designer Stuart Manning - http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-10-11/doctor-who-missing-episodes-retro-poster-designs

Doctor Who retro posters courtesy of Radio Times designer Stuart Manning – http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-10-11/doctor-who-missing-episodes-retro-poster-designs

Keep watching the Doctor Who Mind Robber as we continue to report on all the anniversary news and hopefully even get some Cosplay sewing done!

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The Day of the Doctor – Australian and NZ Broadcast Times Announced

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ImageThe Radio Times has published details of the air date and times for the broadcast of The Name of the Doctor, the 50th Anniversary Special, in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia the show will be simulcast with the UK screening on BBC One which commences at 7.50 p.m on Saturday evening 23 November 2013.  The ABC1 air times on the morning of Sunday 24 November for the five Australian time zones will be as follows:

Sydney/ Canberra/Hobart/Melbourne 6:50am (AEDT)

Alice Springs/Darwin 5:20am (ACST)

Brisbane/Cairns 5:50am (AEST)

Adelaide 6:20am (ACDT)

Perth 3:50am (AWST)

In New Zealand The Day of the Doctor will be broadcast on Prime TV at 8.30 a.m.

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The Science of Doctor Who – UK Air Date Announced

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ImageThe BBC Media Centre has announced that the 60 minute special, The Science of Doctor Whofeaturing Professor Brian Cox, will air on BBC Two on Thursday 14 November at 9.00 p.m. Details on when the programme will air in Australia have not yet been announced.

The trailer and a short clip, “Brian Cox Tests the Doctor”, have been uploaded to YouTube and the BBC’s published synopsis describes the show thus:

Brian takes an audience, with the help of celebrity guests, on a journey into the wonderful universe of The Doctor, in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Brian reveals the science behind the spectacle and explains the physics that allows Doctor Who to travel through space and time. Fun, but filled with real science, it’s a special night for Who fans as well anyone with a thirst for understanding.

Brian is in the unique position of knowing The Doctor’s universe inside out as well as the reality behind the drama. When the TARDIS travels through time and space, Brian understands the physics involved. And when it comes to life on other planets, Brian knows the real science that could prove extra-terrestrial life might just really exist in our galaxy.

The Science of Doctor Who Trailer

Brian Cox Tests the Doctor

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An Adventure in Space and Time DVD Special Features Announced

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The Region 2 release date for Mark Gatiss’ docudrama on the genesis of Doctor WhoAn Adventure in Space and Time, has been announced, together with details on the Special Features to be included. The BBC’s Doctor Who TV website has reported that the DVD and Blu Ray is to be released in the UK on Monday 2 December. This is the same date set for the release of The Name of the Doctor on video.The Region 4 Australian and New Zealand release date has not yet been announced however as The Name of the Doctor is due to be released on 4 December 2013, it’s fair to assume that the docudrama may be issued on the same date. 

The details published on the BBC website are as follows:

Synopsis

Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industry’s glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday tea-time drama, time travel and monsters! Allied with a team of brilliant people, they went on to create the longest-running science fiction series ever, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Extras

  • Leaflet featuring programme images and an exclusive foreword by writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss
  • William Hartnell: The Original
  • The Making of An Adventure – narrated by Carole Ann Ford
  • Reconstructions:
    • Scenes from An Unearthly Child and the pilot episode
    • Regenerations
    • Farewell to Susan (from The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
    • Festive Greeting (from The Daleks’ Master Plan)
  • The Title Sequences
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • The Radiophonic Workshop
    • Verity’s Leaving Party
  • English subtitles for the hard of hearing, audio description and audio navigation.
  • 5.1 soundtrack

Credits

An Adventure in Space and Time is written by Mark Gatiss, executive produced by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner and directed by Terry McDonough. David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) plays the lead role of William Hartnell while Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, The Woman in Black) co-stars as the first ever producer of Doctor Who, Verity Lambert. The stellar cast is joined by Sacha Dhawan (Waris Hussein), Lesley Manville (Heather Hartnell), and Brian Cox (Sydney Newman).

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