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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.

 

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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.

Daleks Choose Pink and Exterminate Homophobia

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One can only hope that the ever vigilant Estate of the late Terry Nation, the creator of Doctor Who’s iconic Daleks, turned a blind eye to the mutant pepperpots’ recent outing in defence of gay rights. Renowned for its fervent protection of copyright, the Nation Estate would undoubtedly be confounded to see the perennial haters utilized to spread love and acceptance.

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Sydney women Kathy Sant and Jenny Martin constructed three pink Daleks and assorted props for their “Exterminate Homophobia” float at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on 1 March 2014. Built in the backyard of their Marrickville home, the equal rights Daleks proved a big hit at the parade as they spread the their message, “Equality: You Must Comply”! “David the Dalek” even has his own Facebook page.

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You can check out the construction of Sant and Mann’s Daleks at the same same website. The first photo in this post is courtesy of David the Dalek’s Facebook page.  No copyright infringement is intended.

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2014.

Doctor Who Magazine iPhone and iPad App a Welcome Addition for Non-UK Based Fans

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The recent launch by Apple of an iPhone and iPad app for the Doctor Who Magazine is sure to be welcomed by fans of the 50 year old television programme, particularly those outside of the United Kingdom.  Sales of the print version of the 34 year old publication hit an all time high in the second half of 2013. The Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK) certified DWM’s circulation at 36,151, an increase of 26% over the previous twelve months. This figure is all the more exceptional when compared to the overall consumer magazine market in the UK which dropped 6.3% during the same period.  The press release on this outstanding achievement can be read here.

Whilst these increasing circulations figures evidence an expanding market for Doctor Who in the UK, fans outside of Britain have long experienced difficulties in obtaining the magazine in an efficient and cost effective manner. In Australia, for example, DWM is not stocked in newsagencies and can only be purchased by costly (and sometimes dodgy) annual subscriptions or as a “one-off” from a multitude of eBay sellers.  The current edition, number 470, will set an Australian fan back at least $28.00 and take more than a fortnight to arrive from the UK.  Special editions are even more expensive.  The 50th Anniversary edition (467) cost me $45.00!

Apple DWM Screen

Imagine my delight when I discovered the Apple DWM app. Currently available for sale are all issues from February 2013 (456) to date, together with Special Editions 34, 35 and 36 which feature the missing episodes of the First and Second Doctors.  Issues 466 to 470 are currently retailing for $6.49; issues 456 to 465 for $4.49, and Special Editions 34, 35 and 36 for $8.49.  A 12 month subscription is available for less than $45.00.

The November 2013 (465) edition of DWM featuring exclusive interviews with Doctors  4-8 is available for purchase and download

The November 2013 (465) edition of DWM featuring exclusive interviews with Doctors 4-8 is available for purchase and download

The Apple DWM app is a direct scan from the print version and has not been formatted specifically for iPhones and iPads. One page is presented per screen, or two pages if the device is rotated 90 degrees. On a standard iPad Air this generally permits the text to be read, although use of the zoom function conveniently increases text size for less eye strain.  The comic script reproduces well and can in most instances be read without zooming.  Reading DWM on an iPhone 5 is impossible without repetitive zooming and scrolling. Except for the Contents page and cover the app is not interactive so completing the crossword online is impossible. Automatically accessing articles from the Contents page and cover is a nice addition.  A useful help screen provides instructions for navigating the digital edition.  Let’s hope that a fully interactive tablet specific app is soon introduced, together with an Android version for non-Apple users.

Pages 6 and 7 of the current edition of DWM (470) showing scan when the iPad is held sideways

Pages 6 and 7 of the current edition of DWM (470) showing scan when the iPad is held sideways

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2014.

Brisbane Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular Videos

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A number of fans have uploaded videos to YouTube of last Saturday’s Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Brisbane.  Most prolific of the posters has been Vanessa Aisha M who blogs on Tumblr. Relive the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Chorale’s spectacular performance below. You can read the Doctor Who Mind Robber’s review here.

The Daleks Turn 50

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It was 50 years ago today that the sucker arm of a Dalek made its terrifying debut in the cliffhanger to episode one of Doctor Who serial now known as The Daleks. Pinned to the wall in fear, the Doctor’s companion Barbara Wright exemplified the terror that would soon envelop the British television viewing public. The Dead Planet garnered 6.9 million viewers when it was broadcast on 21 December 1963. By the seventh and final episode of the serial, The Rescue, 10.4 million viewers had tuned in and Dalekmania had begun. Doctor Who was on rocky ground prior to this, with cancellation an ever present possibility. It’s not an exaggeration to state that the longevity of Who is owed to the Daleks.  Had they not made such a successful debut then it is almost inevitable that Doctor Who would have become one of many little remembered, short run serials of the 1960s. Within 18 months the Daleks would make their big screen debut, in full colour, when Peter Cushing starred in the first of two cinema release Dalek movies, Dr. Who and the Daleks. The rest, so to speak, is history. 

Barbara is pinned against the wall in fear during the Daleks' first appearance in Doctor Who on 21st December 1963

One of the most iconic of all Doctor Who photographs. Barbara is pinned against the wall in fear during the Daleks’ first appearance in Doctor Who on 21st December 1963

The Daleks Ultimate Trailer.  Watch Barbara’s first encounter with the Daleks at 2:01.

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