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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.

 

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2014.

The Disturbing Realization That You’ve Watched Too Much Doctor Who, or When Every British TV Programme Contains Doctor Who Actors

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Doctor Who The End of Time

The Tenth Doctor’s Finale The End of Time starred Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott

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Neil Dugeon and Gwilym Lee star in the Midsomer Murders’ episode The Flying Club (2014)

There comes a time when every aficionado of British TV awakes to the startling revelation that the acting community in the United Kingdom must indeed be very small. For a fan of Doctor Who this comes when seemingly every British drama you watch contains at least one actor who has also appeared in Who. 

No more evident was this then when I recently watched the 99th episode of ITV’s long running Detective Mystery series, Midsomer Murders. The 2014 Season 16 episode The Flying Club starred five actors who had appeared in Doctor Who and one in The Sarah Jane Adventures. Moreover, three alone appeared in the same two part extravaganza and the Tenth Doctor’s finale, The End of Time (Parts 1 and 2). Watching Bernard Cribbins, June Whitfield and Jacqueline King successively appear upon the screen was a bizarre experience and furnished me with a sense of camaraderie with comedian Toby Hadoke. Well known for his stage show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, Hadoke draws frequent laughter for his finely honed skills at rapidly identifying any British actor by each and every appearance in Doctor Who. 

Toby Hadoke - Stand-up comedian, actor and author of "Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf".

Toby Hadoke – Stand-up comedian, actor and author of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf

Bernard Cribbins as he appears in Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D (1965)

Bernard Cribbins as he appears in Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D (1966)

Bernard Cribbins, who played Duggie Wingate in The Flying Club appeared as Donna Noble’s grandfather, Wilfred Mott, in nine Doctor Who episodes between 2007 and 2010. Cribbins of course starred as Tom Campbell in Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150, the second of the two 1960s cinema released colour Dalek movies. The actress who played Cribbins’ daughter in Doctor Who and Donna’s mother also starred in The Flying Club. Jacqueline King played Laura Wilding in Midsomer Murders and Sylvia Noble for nine episodes of Doctor Who between 2006 and 2010.  June Whitfield, perhaps most well known for her portrayal of Mother in Absolutely Fabulous, was the third actor from The End of Time to appear in this episode of Midsomer Murders. This time portraying Molly Darnley, in Doctor Who Whitfield starred as the elderly but flirtacious Minnie Hooper.

Bernard Cribbins starred as Duggie Wingate in Midsomer Murder's The Flying Club

Bernard Cribbins starred as Duggie Wingate in Midsomer Murders’ The Flying Club

June Whitfield starred as Molly Rayner in Midsomer Murder's The Flying Club

June Whitfield starred as Molly Darnley in Midsomer Murders’ The Flying Club

To round up this incestuous like recycling of Doctor Who actors, Laila Rouass (Stephanie King in Midsomer Murders) starred as Colonel Tia Karim in The Sarah Jane Adventures two part story Death of the Doctor (2010). Sara Stewart (Miranda Darnely) provided the voice of the Computer in 2005’s The End of the World and Phil Cornwell (Eddie Rayner) is credited as a Stall Holder in The Fires of Pompeii (2008).

Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) and June Whitfield (Minnie Hooper) in Doctor Who's The End of Time

Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) and June Whitfield (Minnie Hooper) in Doctor Who’s The End of Time

Jacqueline and Bernard Cribbins in Doctor Who. King starred as Laura Wilding in the Midsomer Murders' episode The Flying Club

Jacqueline and Bernard Cribbins in Doctor Who. King starred as Laura Wilding in the Midsomer Murders’ episode The Flying Club

Midsomer Murders has long been associated with Doctor Who actors.  The late Barry Jackson, who passed away in December 2013, played pathologist Dr George Bullard for more than a decade until 2011. Jackson first appeared in Doctor Who in the 1965 serial The Romans (Ascaris) and shortly thereafter as Jeff Garvey in Galaxy 4 and Mission to the Unknown (1965). Jackson also played Drax in the 1979 serial The Armageddon Factor. 

Barry Jackson in his first Doctor Who appearance, The Romans (1965)

Barry Jackson in his first Doctor Who appearance, The Romans (1965)

Barry Jackson as Dr George Bullard in Midsomer Murders

Barry Jackson as Dr George Bullard in Midsomer Murders with Jason Hughes and John Nettles

Share with the Doctor Who Mind Robber your experiences of spotting Doctor Who actors in British television programmes.  Can any other episode of a TV series beat Midsomer Murder’s six Who related appearances? We’d love to read your responses!

Vivien Fleming

©Vivien Fleming, 2014.

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.

Dogtor Who?

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I couldn’t resist sharing this Wales Online article which features the fantastic artwork of 35 year old American Christie Cox. Cox has reimaged all 13 incarnations of the Doctor as dogs.  You can read the article and view all of the artwork here.

Paul McGann Tweets Photo as Eighth Doctor in Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS

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ImageThe Eighth actor to play the Doctor in the iconic British television programme Doctor Who, Paul McGann, has tweeted a photograph of the Eighth Doctor in an unexpected location. Presumably taken during the filming of the minisode The Night of the Doctor in April 2013, the shot shows the Time Lord in what appears to be the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS console. McGann captioned the photo with “This is my moment …!”  Could this hint to more Eighth Doctor minisodes? Only time will tell.

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.

Samuel Anderson Joins Series 8 as Danny Pink

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The BBC has announced that former Emmerdale star Samuel Anderson will join Doctor Who in Series 8 as a recurring character. Details on the role are scant with the only confirmation being that Anderson will play Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School.  In the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, companion Clara Oswald was also shown to be a teacher at the school which started it all off for Who in 1963.

Whether Anderson will be a companion is unclear. Which of the Doctor’s male companions would you most like Danny Pink to be modelled on?  Vote in the Doctor Who Mind Robber’s Poll and share your thoughts in our comments section. We’ve excluded UNIT characters, Kamelion and K-9 from the Poll, however please feel free to discuss them in the comments.

Vivien Fleming

Interview with Doctor Who’s Peter Davison on Channel 10 Australia

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A real treat for all Doctor Who fans as Doctor number 5, Peter Davison, arrives via TARDIS and reveals new secrets about his time on the long-running show. During the interview, he also reveals a fascinating fact about the 50th anniversary special that will delight many fans of the classic series.

Studio 10 | 8:30am on TEN

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!

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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.