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) 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!
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, 2014.
With the hysteria of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary behind us, and Peter Capaldi’s debut series as the Doctor at least six months away, it’s time to recommence the Doctor Who Mind Robber’s ultimate marathon. Before the unrelenting barrage of Golden Anniversary publicity and hype derailed the writer’s quest to view and review all 800 episodes of Doctor Who, this humble blog had chronicled the Doctor’s adventures from William Hartnell’s debut serial, An Unearthly Child, to Patrick Troughton’s penultimate outing, The Space Pirates. Although the final serial of the monochrome era, The War Games, had been viewed several times, the review has yet to grace the pages of this blog. It’s almost as if I couldn’t bare to make the final break with my favourite doctor, Troughton. Alas, it’s time to move on. Peter Capalid’s channelling of Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor in his costume publicity photos has reignited my passion to explore the tenure of our first full colour Doctor. Please join me for the journey!
©Vivien Fleming, 2014.
This fan made introduction sequence for the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, has only been kicking around YouTube for a fortnight but has already generated over 175,000 hits. Produced by a YouTuber with the username of billydakiduk, the audio arrangement is by Chris Adams of Hardwire. Do you think that BBC Wales could better it?
Filming has commenced for the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special and on 10 September the crew was spotted in Cardiff. Matt Smith, who is currently bearing a skin-head type hairdo following his filming of How to Catch a Monster in Detroit earlier this year, donned a floppy hair wig for the occasion. The Christmas Special will be Smith’s last appearance in Doctor Who and will see him regenerate into the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
Matt Smith in How to Catch a Monster
You can find two pages of photographs on flickr here. No copyright breach is intended.
The BBC has released a video of Peter Capaldi introducing himself as the new Doctor. Better still, he’s using his own Scottish accent. Enjoy!
After you’ve watched the introduction relive the announcement but beware. The Capaldi haters are already out on YouTube!
The 55 year old Scot, Peter Capaldi, has just been revealed as the 12th Doctor. I can’t describe how pleased I am that the next Doctor will be older than me. There’s been a great deal of age bias surrounding the conjecture on the new Doctor’s identity. Comments to the effect that any person over the age of 40 would find the filming schedule too rigorous have absolutely astounded me. This smacks of ageism and clearly exhibits the rampant discrimination which is the cause of such high unemployment for anyone over the age of about 45. The Australian Government runs the Experience + initiative to assist more mature aged people to enter and remain in the workforce. I wonder if there are similar initiatives in the UK and the US? I only hope that the anti-Capaldi crowd aren’t, or don’t ever become, employers or people whose job classifications involve recruitment.
Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor
With Capaldi’s appointment as the next Doctor one quarter of all Doctors have been Scottish. As show runner Steven Moffat is also a Scot we can only hope that Capaldi isn’t compelled to adopt an Estuary English accent like the last Scottish Doctor, David Tennant. The opportunity to escape from the Londoncentric Doctor Who of the last seven odd years is upon us. Here’s hoping the opportunity isn’t lost.
Since the news was released on 1st June that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who all number of names have been suggested for the Twelfth Doctor. According to an article in yesterday’s Radio Times the bookmakers’ current favourite, at odds of 2-1, is Peter Capaldi. The 55 year old Scot is most well known for his role of Malcolm Tucker in the BBC sitcom The Thick of It. Like the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, Capaldi is a genuine fan of Who and even had a letter published in the Radio Times when aged 15. The thought of an older Doctor is extremely enticing, although I wonder how an actor who’s the same age as William Hartnell was when he first played the Doctor would fare with the fan girls? Perhaps a young male companion, preferably in a skirt like Jamie McCrimmon, would satisfy the younger female viewers?
Peter Capaldi is the current bookies’ favourite to play the Twelfth Doctor
A rumour is currently flying around Twitter that an announcement will be made by the BBC about Doctor Who at midnight tonight (Thursday) UK Time. That’s 9.00 a.m. today Eastern Australian time. Whether the announcement will be the name of the new Doctor, or an announcement of a forthcoming announcement, remains to be seen. The Radio Times had previously said that the new Doctor would be announced on a special edition of Doctor Who Confidential. A special edition it would certainly need to be given that DWC ceased production at the end of 2011. Further rumours have suggested that this special edition will be aired in the UK this coming Sunday.
Bleeding Cool and Metro are now reporting that a one-off Doctor Who Live will be screened on the BBC this Sunday at 7.00 p.m. The Twelfth Doctor will be unveiled and interviewed on the show, it has been stated. More information on this latest rumour can be found at http://metro.co.uk/2013/08/01/new-doctor-the-next-doctor-who-lead-actor-to-be-unveiled-this-sunday-on-bbc-one-3908220/
You can read the latest Radio Times article at http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-07-31/doctor-who-read-the-fan-letter-bookies-favourite-peter-capaldi-wrote-to-radio-times-aged-15 and check out the Doctor Who Tweets on Twitter at #DoctorWho
©Vivien Fleming, 2013.