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Doctor Who Collector’s Jigsaw

A Doctor Who jigsaw celebrating 50 years of time travel

An English tradition once designed to teach that now entertains millions with its thrills. No it’s not Doctor Who; it’s Jigsaws! Jigsaws of Doctor Who! A Doctor Who jigsaw!

This Doctor Who Jigsaw!

Released just in time for the new series this Ravensburger collector’s edition 1000 piece Doctor Who puzzle is designed to show off the Doctor’s deadliest foes including: the Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and the Master.

Made from premium cardboard and measuring 70 x 50cm this puzzle will look fantastic once completed – perhaps ‘something to consider gluing and framing for your wall’.

So why not pass the empty hours between now and 1st September with the thrill of assembly!

Ravensburger Doctor Who Collector’s Edition Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 pieces) is available now from Amazon for £10.67.

SFX Doctor Who World Exclusive

Doctor Who features in the new SFX #226In a world exclusive SFX quizzes head-honcho Steven Moffat on what we can expect from this year’s thrilling season of Doctor Who.

Up for discussion are dinosaurs, Daleks, the departure of Amy and what lies in store for the 50th anniversary.

In a bumper issue – which comes with this stylish cover of the eleventh Doctor being photo-bombed by a fleet of Daleks – comes a 24-page TV preview Mini-Mag covering the best of what’s on the box from both sides of the Atlantic, interviews with the cast and crew from upcoming blockbusters such as ParaNorman, The Hobbit and Twilight, and a ‘groovy’ retrospective on Evil Dead II.

SFX 226 is available now from all good retail outlets, via the Apple Newsstand and – for all you Android or PC users - via Zinio.

Assimilation #3 Out Now!

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Star Trek: The Next Generation/ Doctor Who: Assimilation #03, available at any good comic book store.

The comic series, written by David and Scott Tipton and Tony Lee, pairs a few incarnations of the two massive franchises, as the Doctor, Amy, Rory and the crew of the USS Enterprise face off against the Cybermen and the Borg. Here’s issue 3’s synopsis:

“The true horror of the Borg-Cybermen alliance has been revealed, but what course of action will Captain Picard and the Doctor agree upon? And will the Doctor’s recently resurfaced memories shed new light on the dilemma?”

Issue 1 sold out remarkably fast, as did the special Forbidden Planet editions signed by Lee. The eight-part series is getting great reviews so far, as SFX’s Alasdair Stuart says:

“Massive in scale and hugely fun, this is how a crossover should be done.”

Issue 4 is released on 29th August, and sees the two enemies wreck destruction on the galaxy:

“The Federation is met with the possibility of assistance, but from an unthinkable source! Will Captain Picard and the Doctor agree to an alliance that could be worse than the enemy they face?”

IDW’s new ongoing Doctor Who series starts next month – as does the TV series! – with Andy Diggle and Mark Buckingham at the helm.

Finally, The Rory Williams Action Figure!

Rory Williams action figure releasedShortly after Rory Williams leaves the show, fans can (finally) re-enact his adventures with an action figure for the first time!

The figure is based on his initial “life-preserver” appearance and boasts no trappings from his “Lone Centurion” alter ego. Something tells us that will be saved for a later action figure.

It’s interesting to note that the synopsis of the toy features no mention of his adventures past the end of Series 5. We wouldn’t mind this but it completely ignores the fact that he’s had a baby (who turned out to be River “spoilers” Song), left the TARDIS full time (temporarily) and had to condemn an older version of his wife to death…

Amy Pond’s fiancée who, on his stag night found himself whisked away in the TARDIS. After defeating the Saturnynes and the Dream Lord, Rory was killed saving the Doctor’s life during a battle with the Silurians. However, his body was absorbed by the time energies leaking across time and space – resulting in him never having existed. However, his essence was placed into an Auton replica of himself in Roman times and after briefly reuniting with Amy, he accidentally killed her. To restore her, the Doctor placed her in the Pandorica and for two thousand years Rory stood guard over her, the legendary Lone Centurion. When time was finally rebooted, Rory became human again, married Amy and once again joined her and the Doctor in the TARDIS.

What do we think? It’s hard to tell based on one picture, but this should make a fine addition to any fan’s collection. And at least it bears some resemblance to Arthur Darvill…

You can pre-order the action figure from Forbidden Planet for £8.99, and it will be released on October 5th.

Brandon Seifert Discusses IDW’s Doctor Who

The Eleventh Doctor and Rory appear in the new Doctor Who series from IDWRecently, IGN caught up with Doctor Who writer Brandon Seifert (who writes not for the television series but for the IDW comics range of Doctor Who) about his upcoming work with the company and his new Time Lord adventure.

Seifert’s work can be enjoyed through either his Witch Doctor series or his Hellraiser: The Road Below comics but his most exciting piece that’s due to come out is his new Doctor Who two parter starring the Eleventh Doctor and Rory! Whilst not giving too much away, he spoke about the plot for his latest story:

[quote]“It’s a time-travel “road-trip” buddy comedy between the Doctor and Rory! I love Rory, and I love his dynamic with the Doctor… This is Rory and the Doctor, lost in a malfunctioning TARDIS trying to get back to where they left Amy, squabbling throughout time and space!”[/quote]

Covering the whole of time and space (or as much as Seifert could fit into a two part comic) this adventure will be an unforgettable tale with more than a few comedy bits to enjoy! But does the task of writing a tale for a comic rather than television make things easier or harder for Brandon:

[quote]“The Doctor has a time machine that’s also a spaceship, he can go anywhere in the whole life-span of the universe… as long as there’s enough money for the costumes, sets and special effects. But in comics, that’s not a problem. Famously, comics are said to have an unlimited budget — it just comes down to the creators’ imaginations and the amount of time the artist has.”[/quote]

So with this new adventure, expect plenty of scope and imagination to shine through! To find out who is Seifert’s favourite Doctor and companion plus for more information about his other comic book tales, you can check out the full interview at IGN.

The Comic Strip Companion Preview Sampler!

The Comic Strip Companion: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 - 1979Coming in September The Comic Strip Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 — 1979 promises to be a must read for anyone enamoured with the Doctor’s pen and ink adventures – and to celebrate its release author Paul Scoones has released this 13 page preview.

Launched just a year after the show itself in TV Comic this volume of the companion chronicles the first 15 years of the Doctor Who comic strip from its origins to just before the on-going strip was launched as a regular feature in Doctor Who Weekly in 1979.

During this time more than 200 comic strip stories were published in the pages of TV Comic, Countdown, TV Action, TV Century 21, The Dr Who Annual and the Dalek books.

This is the first time that details about the creation and development of the adventures have been documented, alongside comments from some of the original writers and artists.

Founder of fanzine Time Space Visualiser and writer of several Production Information subtitles for various Doctor Who DVD releases Paul Scoones is the perfect host to take you through in exhaustive detail the plot, continuity, points of interest and analysis of these early sequential art additions to the Doctor Who canon.

The Comic Strip Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 — 1979 by Paul Scoones for Telos Publishing is available to pre-order now for £16.99 from Amazon.

(With thanks to Matt)

The Comic Strip Companion in Hardback

The Comic Strip Companion: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 - 1979Due to popular demand, the publishing house Telos Publishing is bringing out Paul Scoones’ new book, The Comic Strip Companion, in a limited edition hardback.

Featuring a cover by original comic strip artist Bill Mevin, Scoones’ book takes you through 1964 to 1979 of the comic strip’s run and features comments from some of the original artists and writers. It also features notes on production context and things like continuity and what caused the adventures to come into being.

If you’ve already ordered the paperback, fret not: there is an option to upgrade to the hardback if you ordered it directly from the Telos website. In any event, it’s not like you get extra content for picking one version over another - both versions clock in at a hefty 608 pages (with 8 of those being in full colour to show off some of the comic strip covers of the period).

The book is due to be published at the end of September, and the paperback version is available for £16.99 from Amazon. The hardback is £30 plus p&p and can be ordered from the Telos website.

(Via A Life More or Less Ordinary: Limited Hardback Edition).

John Guilor: Man of a Time Lord’s Voices

John Guilor voices the First Doctor in the reconstructed Planet of GiantsThis week sees the DVD release of the 1964 William Hartnell story Planet of Giants. As you may know, this story was originally recorded as a four-parter but in order to add pace it was almost immediately truncated to three parts at the behest of Doctor Who creator Sydney Newman.

At the time the decision was made, the edited material was apparently junked, never to be seen again.

Until now (sort of).

One of the most anticipated, discussed and intriguing aspects of the DVD release is a special feature in which the story is once again re-instated to four parts, utilising existing footage, animation and the vocal talents of surviving cast members and modern voice artists.

But what about the Doctor? Who could possibly rise to the challenge of reproducing the idiosyncratic mannerisms of the great William Hartnell. It’s that man again, John Guilor (who we have previously featured concerning a project to animate Shada)!

Regular Kasterborous reviewer Elton Townend Jones has known Guilor for many years. Once we became aware of this, it was time to hide his fluid links and demand an interview with the jobbing actor and lifelong Doctor Who fan.

After all, it was only right that he should get together with John and find out what it was like to become the new old Doctor. Of course, it wasn’t the first time that this had happened…

[quote]”I had been recommended as a voice artist to (special features producer) Ian Levine by Toby Hadoke. Ian was, at the time, engaged in numerous private projects requiring the voices of several Doctors, some with us, some no longer with us. We worked together on various things for about eight months before Planet of Giants was mentioned. But during that time, I voiced six different Doctors.”[/quote]

For John, it was a massive learning curve, despite insisting that he could only achieve the first and fourth Doctors with what he considered “any degree of satisfaction. However, he was working for Ian Levine…

[quote]”Ian being Ian, he pushed and pushed me. I’m grateful for that, because he made me work hard and well outside my comfort zone, which is the only way you get good or amazing results. I had never thought of myself as an impressionist, and always hated stand-up routines by impressionists – but I guess I’m doing something different here, so that’s okay.”[/quote]

If you’re looking for a comparison, think more along the lines of Michael Sheen than Mike Yarwood. If you haven’t had the pleasure of Guilor’s abilities, we previously featured a showreel from his website, which you can catch again here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuw7nNHdnH0

Being able to actually “do” any of the Doctors is pretty tough as they all have very particular ways of delivering dialogue in addition to the vocal traits of the actors concerned. Comedian John Culshaw made his name with his Fourth Doctor impression, but on review, this is more of an interpretation, caricatured more towards the grotesque than anything approaching accuracy. John Guilor, on the other hand delivers a voice that could actually be Tom Baker in the 1970s.

[quote]I discovered quite early on that I could achieve a very convincing Tom. Now, as I get older, people often say ‘Christ, you even look like him’. I’ve been asked to ‘do Tom’ for the past ten years – although I avoided adverts and anything else that may upset the man himself![/quote]

Of course, being able to do something almost naturally isn’t quite the same as being asked to do it in front of other people and a microphone, especially when the other people in the room were present when the original lines were delivered. So how did John prepare for the mammoth task of playing the First Doctor opposite William Russell and Carole Ann Ford?

[quote]”By watching Hartnell episodes on a loop. The audio soundtracks were on in the car and I’d repeat lines, skip the CD back, listen, repeat, skip back, listen, and so on, before finally making test recordings – some of which even sent a chill down my own spine.”[/quote]

This is the tip of the iceberg from a fascinating chat with talented voice actor and occasional Doctor Who John Guilor. We’ll have full details on how you can enjoy the rest of this great interview at a later date…

Due for release on Monday, August 20th, Planet of Giants can be ordered from Amazon for £12.99.

(Additional words by Elton Townend Jones, to whom big thanks are owed!)

Enter the Asylum…

With the Asylum of the Dalek premiere at the British Film Institute on Wednesday the BBC Doctor Who team were on hand to grab interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner.

In this exclusive video, the team have managed to capture the excitement and the anticipation of a brand new series of Doctor Who and there hopes for the future.

The screening was followed by a Q&A hosted by Richard Bacon who shares his opinion on the episode along with all the other action from the night’s festivities below.

Head to www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/Enter-the-Asylum and get a feel for what the evening was like…

Asylum of the Daleks airs on BBC One and BBC HD soon.

A PodKast with Speculation!

It’s podKast time again, and this week Brian Terranova, Christian Cawley and James McLean are taking a wider view of recent news and events, including some cosplay competition success for Brian, a recent viewing of The War Machines for Christian and thoughts on John Simm vs Derek Jacobi as the Master for James.

You won’t be surprised to learn that there is some Series 7 speculation in there too, mainly concerning the broadcast date. At the time of recording we still didn’t know about the most likely (but yet to be confirmed) date, so forgive us for our calendar musings at the back end of the discussion.

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