Category Archives: Sixth Doctor

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Interview – Colin Baker

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The Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, chats about regeneration, Paul McGann’s mini-episode The Night of the Doctor, why Sylvester McCoy and all the newer doctors are all imposters, Doctor Who fans and why he would like to return to Doctor Who.

An Evening With Steven Moffat

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The BBC has posted a 20 minute video of  An Evening With Steven Moffat, a BBC Cymru Wales event in which the Executive Producer and Lead Writer of Doctor Who discusses 50 Years of  the show. A clip from each of the 11 incarnations of the Doctor is shown and Moffat discusses the defining characteristics of every actor’s tenure. You can access the video interview here.

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50th Anniversary Doctor Who Marathon for UKTV Australia and NZ

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UKTV (Australia and New Zealand) has announced a bumper schedule of Classic Series Doctor Who to celebrate the show’s 50th Anniversary this month. Doctor Who News has listed the entire month’s programmes which includes a 36 hour marathon on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th November.  Starting on Saturday morning at 5.30 a.m. in Australia, UKTV will broadcast the BBC America produced Doctor Who Revisited: The First Doctor followed by the first Doctor Who serial, An Unearthly Child. For the next day and a half every Doctor Who Revisited special for each of the 11 Doctors will be shown, followed by one complete serial from each Doctor’s era.

Full details are available from Doctor Who News here

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50 Years’ Trailer Broadcast in Australia

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The Doctor Who  50 Years’ Trailer was tonight broadcast in Australia on ABC1.  The 60 second teaser was aired after Kakadu and just prior to the 8.30 p.m. start of Luther. In all respects the trailer is identical to the one  shown on BBC One seven days earlier with the exception of the final sting.  As Australia’s time is ahead of Britain’s the simultaneous broadcast of the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, on the evening of 23 November  UK time will actually be early on the morning of 24 November 2013, Australian time.  The sting on the Australian version of the trailer therefore states 24.11.13.

You can view the 50 Year’s Trailer here.

The UK sting for Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary.  The Australian sting says   24.11.13

The UK sting for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary. The Australian sting says 24.11.13

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Deconstructing the 50 Years’ Trailer – Fan Reaction

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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary trailer was aired on BBC One on Saturday night and released online immediately after. Fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Notwithstanding the BBC’s statement that the “trailer does not include any actual footage of the 50th anniversary episode”, fans have nonetheless dissected and deconstructed the trailer for any hints to The Day of the Doctor’s content. 

A number of enlightening articles have been posted by fellow bloggers. Particularly commendable are Blogtor Who’s image breakdown of the trailer which includes 27 screen captures and their article on 50 things to notice. Also of note are Doctor Who TV’s11 Things we Loved in the Doctor Who 50 Year Trailer” and their “50th Anniversary Trailer Who Did You Miss?”  Also check out io9’s “24 Things you Missed from Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Trailer”. Enjoy deconstructing the Trailer!

A scene from the 50 Years' Trailer.  Is this this the Brigadier?

A scene from the 50 Years’ Trailer. Is this the Brigadier?

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Behind the Scenes of Doctor Who 50 Years’ Trailer – Photo Gallery

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BBC Releases Doctor Who 50 Years’ Trailer

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A trailer for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, was screened on BBC One this evening. The press release issued earlier today stated the following:

A specially created trailer celebrating the last 50 years of Doctor Who will air tonight on BBC One, as an exclusive image is revealed today featuring the 11 Doctors.

Travelling through time fans will be taken on a journey from the very beginning using state of the art technology. The special trailer is set to show all of the Doctors as they first appeared on screen, including William Hartnell in high res colour for the very first time, as celebrations ramp up to the 23 November.

A huge moment for the BBC, the 50th celebrations will culminate with the special episode, ‘The Day of the Doctor’, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt. A whole range of shows have also been commissioned across TV and radio to mark the anniversary.

The minute long trailer will air after Strictly Come Dancing tonight on BBC One and will be also be available on http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho

The Doctor’s Companions – The Guardian Articles

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Last Saturday The Guardian published a series of three articles on Doctor Who’s companions through the ages.  The first article covers the 1960s and 1970s and features short interviews with Carole Ann Ford (First Doctor), Deborah Watling (Second Doctor), Katy Manning (Third Doctor) and Louise Jameson (Fourth Doctor).

Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman, the Doctor's Grand-Daughter

Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s Grand-Daughter

The second article encompasses the 1980s and the 1996 telemovie and includes interviews with Janet Fielding (Fifth Doctor), Sarah Sutton (Fifth Doctor), Bonnie Langford (Sixth and Seventh Doctors), Sophie Aldred (Seventh Doctor) and Daphne Ashbrook (Eighth Doctor).

Sophie Aldred as the Seventh Doctor's companion, Ace

Sophie Aldred as the Seventh Doctor’s companion, Ace

The final article features the new series companions, Billie Piper (Ninth and Tenth Doctors), Freema Agyeman (Tenth Doctor), Catherine Tate (Tenth Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Eleventh Doctor).

Catherine Tate played the Tenth Doctor's companion, Donna Noble

Catherine Tate played the Tenth Doctor’s companion, Donna Noble

Each of the three articles features an identical nine minute video featuring Karen Gillan, Carole Ann Ford, Billie Piper, Louise Jameson, Katy Manning and Freema Agyeman. The former companions discuss issues ranging from their costumes to whether the next Doctor should be a woman.

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50th Anniversary Ident Reveal a Damp Squid

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ImageAfter whipping up excitement with a press release headed Trailer, Stings and Other Things … the BBC produced a damp squid when they released two short previews preceding and following Saturday’s episode of Atlantis.  The previews, of a mere five and ten second duration, feature no scenes, photographs or dialogue from the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor. Instead viewers simply learnt that the phenomenally unimaginative hashtag #SaveTheDay would be used to promote the Anniversary Special. The hashtag is now trending, but principally with exclamations of disappointment. Let’s hope that the promised trailer is more enticing.

Meanwhile, my day has been saved by finding this rather cool photo of the five surviving Classic Series Doctors. Perhaps the official 50th Anniversary audio adventure, The Light at the End, will be more exciting than The Day of the Doctor. 

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The five surviving Classic Series Doctors. From left to right, Colin Baker (6th), Sylvester McCoy (7th), Tom Baker (4th), Paul McGann (8th) and Peter Davison (5th)

You can view a more imaginative BBC Doctor Who ident here.

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The Doctors Revisited Specials on UKTV this Sunday

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As part of UKTV’s ongoing presentation of the BBC America produced specials for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, the 30 minute The Doctors Revisited programmes on the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors will be aired in Australia and New Zealand on Sunday 25 August. The four specials, played as a two hour block, will screen at 4:25 p.m. in Australia and 4:40 p.m. in New Zealand. The Eighth Doctor special will in effect be a World Premiere as it will not be shown in the US until 31 August.

Much to the chagrin of British fans of Doctor Who, the BBC has yet to air The Doctors Revisited specials in the UK. Exactly why American and antipodean fans can view them, and not the British, has not been addressed by the BBC. The exclusive preview of the 50th Anniversary trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con in July left a similar bad taste in the mouths of British fans.  To date the trailer has not aired in the UK and British fans are understandably disturbed that a select few American fans should be the only people who have seen it.

The 50th Anniversary Trailer has yet to be aired in the UK

The 50th Anniversary Trailer has yet to be aired in the UK

In anticipation of the screening of The Doctors Revisited specials tomorrow, check out the trailers for them which were originally broadcast on BBC America.

The Doctors Revisited – Peter Davison

The Doctors Revisited – Colin Baker

The Doctors Revisited – Sylvester McCoy

The Doctors Revisited – Paul McGann

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