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Day 16 of 50th Anniversary Countdown – The Troughton Frock Coat Part 1

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As outlined in yesterday’s post, the Doctor Who Mind Robber’s latest challenge is to make both a Second and a Fourth Doctor Cosplay outfit in the 16 days remaining before Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary. Just to add to the challenge I will be using only fabric which I’ve previously hoarded.

As luck would have it Spotlight, an Australian chain of fabric and manchester stores, currently has all Simplicity Patterns on special for $5.00 each.  Present your VIP card and you receive a further 10% off the patterns. How fortuitous then that the very patterns chosen for the Troughton frock coat and the Tom Baker jacket should be by Simplicity.

Simplicity pattern #2895 is being used for the Troughton Frock Coat.  Presently on special for $4.50 at Spotlight its purchase was a real bargain

Simplicity pattern #2895 is being used for the Troughton Frock Coat. Presently on special for $4.50 at Spotlight its purchase was a real bargain.  The coat will be intentionally made large to capture the spirit of our “Cosmic Hobo”

A quick perusal through some of my many crates of fabric quickly yielded success when at least a 10 metre cut of black broadcloth (otherwise known as poplin) was found. Whilst certainly not suiting material, it’s the right colour and meets the “free” fabric criteria perfectly.  Being lightweight I’ll also use it for the lining. If the challenge should fail, and the frock coat is a dud, at least some fine fabric hasn’t been wasted 🙂

Finding the relevant pattern pieces and wrestling with the wafer thin paper has been completed and a beginning made to the rather onerous task of cutting. The photographs document the challenge so far.

The fun starts when you need to wrestle with the wafer thin pattern paper.  Watching Doctor Who whilst sewing is highly recommended, although having Jamie McCrimmon laugh at your endeavours can at times be unnerving!

The fun starts when you need to wrestle with the wafer thin pattern paper. Watching Doctor Who whilst sewing is highly recommended, although having Jamie McCrimmon laugh at your endeavours can at times be unnerving!

I've little doubt that the lovely Mary Peach from The Enemy of the World would be more skilled than me at refolding paper patterns

I’ve little doubt that the lovely Mary Peach from The Enemy of the World would be more skilled than me at refolding paper patterns

10 metres or more of broadcloth awaits ironing and torture by dressmaking pins.  The Doctor and Jamie appear disinterested

10 metres or more of broadcloth awaits ironing and torture by dressmaking pins. The Doctor and Jamie appear disinterested

At last some pattern pieces are pinned to the fabric

At last some pattern pieces are pinned to the fabric

The first pieces of the Frock Coat to be cut out have tailor's tacks

The first pieces of the Frock Coat to be cut out have tailor’s tacks

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.

#SaveTheDay Promo – Hastag Video Released

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The BBC has released a promotional video for Doctor Who’s #SaveTheDay promotion. In the 40 second clip the Eleventh Doctor waxes lyrical about his “like” for hastags and implores fans to “Show your Support.  I need to know the world is ready!”.

As if any more of a hype is required, the Beeb is encouraging fans to use the #SaveTheDay hashtag to help unlock sneak peak preview clips of the Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor. A #SaveTheDay website has been established on which a selection of fans’ messages will displayed as golden “nodes” on the site. To be in the running to have your messages, images or videos displayed, just add the hastag #SaveTheDay to your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram post. Posts are moderated and not all will be shown.

You can visit the #SaveTheDay website by clicking here.

Vivien Fleming

#SaveTheDay Invitation

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Make your own invite save the day

The BBC Doctor Who Facebook page has created a digital invitation to the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, which allows you to put your name and face into the opening titles. You can then share it with all your friends. Access to the invitation generator can be found here.

In the meantime you can check out the Doctor Who Mind Robber’s invitation here.

Vivien Fleming

The Day of the Doctor 3D Screenings Announced for Australia and NZ

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BBC Worldwide has recently announced that the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, will be screened in 3D across 87 Australian and 19 New Zealand cinemas on 24 November 2013.  The screenings coincide with the international simulcast of the special on the evening of 23 November 2013, London time. Doctor Who News reports that the screenings will be accompanied by a special introduction which will be shown at all cinemas worldwide.

The participating Australian cinemas are:

Event Cinemas: Marion, Hornsby, Innaloo, Parramatta, George St, Cambelltown, Macquarie, Robina, Chermside, Tuggerah, Indooroopilly, Glendale, Mt Gravatt, Top Ryde, Burwood, Myer Centre, Liverpool, Brown’s Plains, Castle Hill, Townsville, Bondi, Cairn’s Central

BC&C: Maroochydore, Pacific Fair, Morayfield, Darwin Casuarina, Capalaba, Mackay North, Toowoomba GC, Ipswich, Rockhampton North, Coffs Harbour, Lismore

Greater Union: Miranda, Hurstville, Shellharbour, Morley, Arndale, Canberra Manuka

Dendy: Opera Quays, Newtown, Canberra, Brisbane

Hoyts: Blacktown, Tee Tree, Chatswood Mandarin, High Point, Warringah Mall, Northland, Penrith, Victoria Gardens, Frankston, Belconnen, Carousel

Village Cinemas: Jam Factory, Fountain Gate, Southland, Albury, Geelong, Knox, Eastlands, Sunshine

Independents: Cinema Nova (Carlton), Odeon (Orange), Palace Cinemas (Dendy Brighton), City Cinema (Griffith), Peninsula (Rosebud), Arcadia Cinemas (Ulladulla), Peninsula (Sorrento), Palace Cinemas (Nova Eastend), Peninsula (Warragul), Mitcham Cinemas (Mitcham), Paramount Cinema (Echuca), Mt Baker Wallis Cinemas (Mount Baker), Mildura Cinema (Mildura), Noarlunga Wallis Cinemas (Noarlunga), Wangaratta Cinema (Wangaratta), Piccadilly Cinemas (Piccadilly), Orpheum (Cremorne), Luna Cinemas (Leederville), Palace Cinemas (Norton Street), Luna on SX (Freemantle), Palace Cinemas (Byron Bay), Forum Cinemas (Wagga), Forum Cinemas (Tamworth), State Cinema (Hobart), CMAX (Devonport)

Three Doctors - Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt

Three Doctors – Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt in The Day of the Doctor

The participating NZ cinemas are:

Event Cinemas: Queen Street Auckland, St Lukes Auckland, Albany Auckland, Manukau Auckland, Broadway Auckland, Westcity Auckland, Whangarei, Chartwell Hamilton, Queensgate Wellington, Embassy Wellington, New Plymouth, Westgate Auckland

Hoyts: Sylvia Park (Auckland), Botany Downs, Wairau Park (Auckland), Metro (Hamilton), Te Awa (Hamilton), Riccarton

Rialto: Dunedin

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor in the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor in the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor

Source: Doctor Who News

Worldwide Screening of 50th Anniversary Episode

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On 26 July The Doctor Who Mind Robber reported an article in the UK’s Sun newspaper in which an international simulcast of the 50th Anniversary Special was mooted.  Yesterday, more than two months after the Sun’s report, the BBC officially announced that at least 75 countries have agreed to broadcast The Day of the Doctor on 23 November.

Tim Davie, the chief executive of BBC Worldwide said, “the simultaneous broadcast and cinema screening of the special across so many countries will make for a fitting birthday tribute to our time lord”. The special is due to screen in 200 cinemas across the United Kingdom. Steven Moffat was then quoted as saying, “The Doctor has always been a time traveller.  Now he’s travelling through time zones”.

Steven Moffat, Executive Producer of Doctor Who

Steven Moffat, Executive Producer of Doctor Who

Together with the Eleventh Doctor and his current companion, the 75 minute special will also feature the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, and the first companion of new series Doctor Who, Billie Piper. A hitherto unknown incarnation of the Doctor, played by John Hurt, will also appear.  It has been widely rumoured that Hurt’s Doctor will be number 8.5, being an incarnation between Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor and Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor. There has been no further information forthcoming on a comment by the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, several weeks ago.  Davison was reported as having said that  ”I’m making an appearance somewhere over that period of time but I can’t reveal in what. I can’t reveal anything specific about it. I’m not allowed to. It is a big year for the show and we’re all doing our bit for it. Trust me.”

The ABC yesterday confirmed that The Day of the Doctor will be simulcast live throughout Australia.

Vivien Fleming

“Lost in Time” Reshelved – Another Milestone Reached

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ImageThe triple DVD set Lost in Time has been my constant companion since the sixth serial of Season Two, The Crusade. 106 episodes of Doctor Who are currently listed as officially missing from the BBC Archives. My use of the words “officially missing” are quite deliberate as rumours continue to swirl throughout Who fandom of the alleged recovery of multiple episodes. With neither a confirmation nor unequivocal denial by the BBC, these rumours are unlikely to dissipate in the near future. 

Episode One of The Crusade is the first orphan episode on disc one of Lost in Time

Episode One of The Crusade is the first orphan episode on disc one of Lost in Time

Tonight I had the great pleasure of finally removing disc three of Lost in Time from my Blu Ray player, putting it away in its case, and then reshelving the set. Having watched the extant episode two of The Space Pirates, and the Loose Cannon reconstructions of the  remaining five episodes, I’ve just completed one of the greatest challenges of a Doctor Who fan – to watch reconstructions of all 106 missing episodes and the 18 full orphan episodes released on Lost in Time.  What a relief it is to have straddled the last hurdle in the seemingly unending race towards the final episode of Doctor Who’s monochrome era, The War Games. Henceforth, there are no missing episodes of Doctor Who and only 10 black and white ones remaining. The end of an era is fast approaching and I will certainly miss Patrick Troughton’s “Cosmic Hobo” Doctor.

Episode Two of The Space Pirates is the last orphan episode on disc three of Lost in Time

Episode Two of The Space Pirates is the last orphan episode on disc three of Lost in Time

Watch out for my review of The Space Pirates in the next day or two, and The War Games later in the week. The first post in my 50 Day Countdown to the 50th Anniversary will appear on Friday 4 October and will be rather unimaginatively titled The Ten Most Wanted Missing Episodes. Please join me then for a fun romp through 1960s Doctor Who. 

A Doctor Who Magazine front cover on Missing Episodes

A Doctor Who Magazine front cover on Missing Episodes

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Countdown

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To celebrate Doctor Who’s upcoming 50th Anniversary The Doctor Who Mind Robber will be counting down the last 50 days to this momentous event. Starting on Friday 4th October (Australian time) we’ll be posting a 1960s Who post everyday. Utilizing a “best of” format, the posts will examine a myriad of First and Second Doctor topics including Cliff Hangers, Monsters, Billy Fluffs, Firsts. Lasts, Companions, Supporting Actors and Dodgy Special Effects. Any suggestions for “Best” or “Worst” lists would be gratefully appreciated.

William Hartnell as the Doctor in The Celestial Toymaker

William Hartnell as the Doctor in The Celestial Toymaker
Patrick Troughton as the Doctor in The Power of the Daleks

Patrick Troughton as the Doctor in The Power of the Daleks

My first post will be rather unimaginatively titled The Ten Most Wanted Missing Episodes.  Please join me from the 4th of October for this exciting daily look at retro Doctor Who. 

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.

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.

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2013.