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Asylum Of The Daleks Recapped!

So, Asylum Of The Daleks, eh? What’s that all about then? If only somebody could provide a useful recap to tell you…

Lured to the original planet of the Daleks by a distress call from one Darla Von Karlsen, the Doctor swiftly works out that he’s been lured into trap. Once he figures it out, a Dalek eyestalk and gun emerge from Darla’s body and the Doctor is shot.

Fortunately, not only is he not dead, but the maritally-challenged Amy and Rory have been captured by similar methods and all three are now in rather a lot of trouble.

See, they’ve been captured by the Daleks, who take up the unusual chant of “Save the Daleks!” and fire the Doctor and co at a planet containing the Asylum of the Daleks (after giving them protective wristbands), from whence is coming an unusual signal; a song from Carmen…

On the surface, they find the remains of a downed ship (the Alaska) and the remains of her crew. Surprisingly, they promptly turn into more of the pseudo-Roboman Dalek puppets seen earlier. It turns out that happens to anyone who stays there too long due to the Nano Cloud (nanogenes, making a return from The Empty Child) without the protection of wristbands. Shockingly, the Dalek puppets took Amy’s off her wrist.

Keeping his wristband very firmly on his wrist is Rory, who got separated from the others upon landing and is now right in the middle of the Dalek asylum. He accidentally wakes them up (in a chilling scene) and is guided to safety by Oswin Oswald’s voice on the intercom while the Doctor and Amy make their way to them. Along the way, the Nano Cloud infection causes Amy to go a tiny bit mental; she sees dancing ballerinas and people dressed up, when they’re actually the insane Daleks having a ball.

Once Amy and Rory are reunited after an incident with a self-destructing Dalek, they still have to keep Amy loved-up, so the Doctor leaves them alone while he goes to retrieve Oswin (played, in what must be one of the best-kept secrets of Nu Who, by new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman). This presents the Ponds with an all-too-convenient chance to solve their marital difficulties (in which Rory brings up the perfectly valid point that he loves her more than she loves him). This whole plotline is possibly cleared up much too quickly and is symbolic of the whole “fairytale relationship” aspect of the Ponds’ marriage.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Doctor has to go through what passes for the Dalek equivalent of Intensive Care. This naturally terrifies the living [Kaled - Language Ed] out of him and he hammers on Oswin’s door, begging to be let in. After a while, she does, seemingly delaying merely to delete all information on him from the telepathic database of the Daleks. Once he’s in, his problems are just beginning. Because Oswin is a Dalek herself - the end stage of the process seen earlier with the Dalek puppets.

Jenna Louise Coleman as Clara Oswin in Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

This is rather troublesome to say the least; obviously the Doctor can’t take an insane Dalek back with him (albeit a Dalek that used to be human - Oswin was one of the former crewmembers of the Alaska, a genius working as a Junior Entertainment Manager). And Oswin, upon realising the truth of her situation, almost immediately tries to kill the Doctor. She backs down at the last minute, and turns off the force-field. Since that’s the only thing stopping the Dalek ship in orbit from blowing up the planet, it’s probably best that the Doctor and company get out of there sharpish.

Taking advantage of the teleporter that Amy and Rory have been standing on for the last several minutes after having resolved their marital difficulties with a quick discussion (too quick if you ask us), they beam back onto the Dalek spaceship…right into the TARDIS. This rather neatly gets round the difficulty of beaming back onto the ship without getting shot on sight (the Daleks were hoping the Doctor would be taken out with the planet, see) and serves to antagonise them further by serving them with a mystery (since their collective memory was erased, all they see is a mysterious stranger teleporting aboard and taunting them).

This leaves the Daleks repeating Dorium Maldovar’s mantra: “DOC-TOR WHO? DOC-TOR WHO?” and once he’s dropped Amy and Rory off home, the Doctor starts chanting it in jubilation, marvelling at the new power this gives him over the Daleks. Fade out…

Next week: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship!

Matt Smith: The Thin White Duke

Matt Smith's Admiration for David Bowie is Personified in Empire MagazineDoing his best Thin White Duke impression Matt Smith has been channelling glam legend David Bowie in a recent photo shoot for Empire magazine’s massive Winter TV Preview.

Embodying Ziggy himself Matt told Empire:

"I’m a huge Bowie fan. I loved the Olympic Opening Ceremony because I thought, ‘How amazing, the plethora and heritage of music we have. Incredible! Wonderful!’"

Something else incredible and wonderful is the new series of Doctor Who which amongst its many ch-ch-changes includes the arrival of Jenna-Louise Coleman, whose arrival has given Matt new insight into the Doctor:

“He’s endless, he’s boundless, he’s limitless! He constantly allows you to reinvent him. That’s what’s interesting about this year. It’s about what a new companion reveals in him.”

Sharing his love for this Space Oddity Matt added:

“It’s like a Shakespearian tragedy, Doctor Who. There’s a theatre to it. Because every day you’re either facing the end of the world, or the loss of the person you love most, or the invasion of the most appalling creature or alien that you can ever imagine. But in the face of that tragedy there is also comedy. It’s about adventure.”

Asked about the mid-season climax, where once again the Doctor comes face to face with the Weeping Angels and bids farewell to the Ponds (all New York in a city where it’s hard to be a saint):

"It’s terribly exciting because they’re my favourite monster and it’s one of my favourite cities. If I had my way I’d shoot the whole thing in New York."

The full interview and photo shoot appears in this month’s Empire available now from all good retailers.

All of this makes us wonder, of course, if Matt is aware with Bowie’s own connection with Doctor Who - back in1983 he was offered the role of Sharaz Jek in Caves of Androzani, while of course Water of Mars' Bowie Base One was named after the rock legend.

Doctor Who returns to screens this evening with Asylum of the Daleks at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC HD and at 9/8c on BBC America.

PodKast with an Asylum!

Brian Terranova gets close to Amy PondThis week in the Kasterborous podKast (with a “K”) we focus on Brian Terranova’s experiences at the Asylum of the Daleks preview in New York”.

With stories and recollections from the event, Brian tells us everything we need to know about this potentially triumphant return for the Daleks, without giving anything away at all!

In addition, we have a chat about Pond Life and also summarise Steven Moffat’s recent comments concerning Doctor Who scheduling and iPlayer.

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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.

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.

He’s STILL Number One!?

What’s this? News that some bloke called Tennant has beaten our Matt and Tom to top a favourite Doctor poll in the Entertainment Weekly magazine?

Have you gone mad, America? It’s been over two years now, don’t you think you should be getting over it…?

Seriously though, it’s come as a bit of a surprise but congratulations to David Tennant and the legion of fans who must have voted for the Tenth Doctor!

A huge 59% swathe of the vote was cast in Tennant’s favour, while successor and incumbent Time Lord Matt Smith took second place with 16%. Meanwhile the biggest legend in television Tom Baker came third with a not unimpressive 12%.

Christopher Eccleston surprised with 8%, while the remaining Doctors shared the remaining 5% share of the vote.

We’re not going to bore you with a poll right here and now, but what we would like to know is - who would you have voted for, and why?

(Via TennantNews)

Doctor Who Magazine 450

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out now, featuring a whole selection of interesting features from a tribute to the late Caroline John to a “chat” between former Doctor Patrick Troughton and current star Matt Smith…

MATT ‘MEETS’ PAT – IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 450!

In an exclusive, brand new interview with Matt Smith, Doctor Who Magazine imagines what would happen if he could talk with the actor who played the Doctor’s Second incarnation, Patrick Troughton.

MATT: “Patrick has a very Doctory face. Everything about Patrick is Doctory! He is peculiar without ever asking you to find him peculiar. All the elements were right. I loved his costume.”

PATRICK: “Well, you go along to the costumiers and they produce various things, and you say, ‘Ahh, that would be good…’”

Matt Smith on the cover of Doctor Who Magazine #450

ALSO THIS ISSUE:

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?

Head writer and executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT drops his guard and reveals what’s happening with the next 14 episodes of Doctor Who, exclusively in PRODUCTION NOTES!

DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP!
DWM talks to writer CHRIS CHIBNALL and grills him about his forthcoming scripts in the new season of Doctor Who – DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP and the “very different” Episode 4…

REMEMBERING CARRY
DWM pays tribute to the late CAROLINE JOHN, the much-loved actress who played the Third Doctor’s assistant Liz Shaw and died in June – and looks back over her life and times.

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE DALEKS
Seasoned Dalek operators NICHOLAS PEGG and BARNABY EDWARDS give DWM readers on a unique, Dalek-eye view of the making of 2005’s BAD WOLF/THE PARTING OF THE WAYS – accompanied by photos from their private collections!

WHEN PAT MET COLIN
Stern Sontarans, ambitious Androgums and fantastic food! Yes, it’s time to uncover the fascinating details of what really happened when the Second and Sixth incarnations met, as THE FACT OF FICTION looks back at the 1985 adventure THE TWO DOCTORS!

DOCTOR WHO’S REPLACEMENT?
DWM investigates STARWATCH, a sci-fi series that, had it been made in the 1990s, would have starred JON PERTWEE. With never-before-published images from the project, DWM talks to the people who tried to make it happen…

WHEN PAT MET JON… AND PETER AND RICHARD AND TOM
COUNTDOWN TO 50 takes a nostalgic look back at the story which celebrated Doctor Who’s 20th anniversary with some old friends – and some ever older enemies! – as it remembers THE FIVE DOCTORS.

TREASURES BEYOND IMAGINING…
The Doctor, Amy and Rory face up to a ruthless collection of alien criminals within a mysterious ziggurat stuffed with priceless treasures in THE CORNUCOPIA CAPER, the latest DWM comic strip, written by SCOTT GRAY with art by DAN McDAID!

FIND THE DOCTOR!
The Time Team convenes to watch one of the most innovative and controversial Doctor Who stories of all time – 2006’s LOVE & MONSTERS. But what will Emma, Chris, Will and Michael make of it…?

THE BARE ESSENTIALS
DWM strands TOBY HADOKE and JOHNNY CANDON on a desert island, with only eight Doctor Who stories each to keep them company. But which episodes will they choose? And whose selection do you agree with? Find out, in A BATTLE OF WITS!

WOTCHA
The mysterious Watcher marvels at the TARDIS’ food machine, challenges readers with his Six Faces of Delusion, and champions another Supporting Artist of the Month in WOTCHA!
PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more…

AND! A giant-sized, double-sided poster featuring the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and ‘every Dalek ever’!

Get the bumper-sized, 100-page Doctor Who Magazine 450, in shops now, price £4.99!

Doctor Who Hits Entertainment Weekly!

Doctor Who once again makes history this week when on Friday 27th July the world’s longest running sci-fi television show features on the cover of influential US entertainment magazine, Entertainment Weekly!

Incredibly, it is the first time a British TV show has commanded a spot on the cover, further highlighting Doctor Who’s growing U.S. fan-base. Entertainment Weekly was granted behind the scenes access to the cast of the upcoming series, and the cover story features interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Executive Producer Steven Moffat. This fantastic coup for the brand follows on from other notable shout-outs on The Late Late Show, Greys Anatomy and Criminal Minds.

Not only was Doctor Who Series 6 the most watched series ever on BBC America, and the most downloaded show on U.S. iTunes last year, (eclipsing celebrated shows such as Mad Men and Glee) but it’s about to be thrust into the faces of pretty much everyone in the USA who doesn’t already know about it!

Entertainment Weekly have sent us this preview of their Doctor Who coverage (also available on their website)…

Entertainment Weekly’s Cover: Inside the Cult of ‘Doctor Who’

Doctor Who Hits the Cover of Entertainment Weekly!

How do you know when a TV show has become a cult phenomenon? When its (often comparatively small) ratings are eclipsed by the wild ardor of its fans. Take the case of the British science fiction show Doctor Who, whose current lead, Matt Smith, is this week’s cover star of Entertainment Weekly. The now 49-year-old time Who is hugely popular in its homeland but has always enjoyed a more select appeal here — not that you know that from the devotion of U.S.-based “Whovians.” In 1983, 7,000 people attended a Doctor Who convention in Chicago and over the past couple of years the time-traveling “Doctor” has received a bordering-on-the-absurd number of onscreen shout-outs from Community, Criminal Minds, Craig Ferguson’s The Late Late Show, Supernatural, and Grey’s Anatomy, whose creator, Shonda Rhimes, describes herself as a “psychotic” follower of Matt Smith’s time travel adventures in this week’s cover story.

It’s not an obscure show anymore,” says executive producer Steven Moffat. “It’s not even a ‘British import.’ It’s just Doctor Who.”

Has the time finally come for the so-called “Time Lord” to break big in America? Could be. The Doctor Who team has assiduously courted fans here with a succession of publicity appearances, including a panel at this year’s Comic-Con where Whovians paid homage to Smith’s red-haired costar Karen Gillan by donning ginger wigs. (No. 2 way you know  a TV show has become a cult favorite? When fans start dressing as characters.) In June 2011, the show’s U.S. broadcaster BBC America enjoyed its best ever ratings with the premiere episode of the sixth season since Doctor Who was revived in 2005, following a 16 year hiatus. The new season, which debuts later this summer, may well be the most eagerly anticipated ever as the Doctor prepares to say goodbye to his two trusty and beloved-by-fans “companions,” Gillan’s Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill’s Rory Williams. In the cover story we track the ups and downs of the show’s remarkable half-century history and preview the new episodes with help from Smith, Gillan, Darvill, and  exec producer, Steven Moffat.

Fans - including those in the UK - can buy the new issue online, which is available on newsstands this Friday.

The Sonic Screwdriver Remote Is Coming…

It’s been billed as the best sonic screwdriver ever – and I’m inclined to agree. The Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control – developed by the Wand Company and BBC Worldwide – is set for release on 31st August, priced £59.99.

The Sonic Screwdriver Remote

Now, that may seem a high asking-price for what essentially just changes channel and turns the volume up, but just think how cool you’ll look putting Countdown on using a sonic screwdriver. Plus, of course, this is Time Lord technology; it isn’t just limited to something a standard Sky remote can achieve. Aside from televisions, it’s also compatible with DVD and Blu-ray players and iPod docks, and, using advanced gesture recognition software, can store up to 39 remote control codes, based on 13 gestures across 3 memory banks.

The Sonic Screwdriver Remote

As well as a practice mode, the remote features a guided set-up, with spoken prompts, and a personal lock code, with a three-digit PIN. There’s also an FX mode with 13 authentic sounds from the Whoniverse (one for each gesture performed) and every two seconds, the tip flashes briefly. And one of eleven special Morse code messages beeps after every 1,963rd flash! (Yes, 1963 – a nice touch.)

The Sonic Screwdriver Remote

Suitable for both right-handed and left-handed individuals, the copper-plated sonic is 221mm long, with a diameter of 30mm, and stays true to the eleventh Doctor’s TV version with die-cast metal, polymers and synthetic, soft-touch rubber. There’s also a presentation display case, and a double-sided, fully-illustrated instruction manual, previews of which give us a good glimpse into the remote’s functionality.

The Sonic Screwdriver Remote

It looks as if all the sections of the screwdriver are fully utilised, reacting to circular, stabbing and up, down, and side-to-side movements.

When Doctor Who returns to BBC One, you’ll be able to turn the volume up using Time Lord Tech. It’ll be soooo, unbelievably cool.

The Sonic Screwdriver Remote

Best sonic screwdriver ever. Best remote control ever. And the best collectable ever?

You can pre-order it from ForbiddenPlanet.com for just £59.99!

Funky Doctor Who Paper Toys

Amazing new paper Doctor Who caricature figures

Once in a while a brand of Doctor Who merchandise comes along that’s just too… cute to ignore and with a new range of paper toys that includes monsters and different incarnations of our favourite Time Lord, that’s exactly what’s happened!

Ryan Hall has designed a tremendous range of handmade 3D toys for you to purchase that would make an ideal gift for any Doctor Who fan or, quite frankly, anyone with a love for quirky shelf trophies.

The newest range from Hall is of the Fourth Doctor, looking suitably moody and flanked by a Cyberman, a Dalek, a Sontaran and his missus the TARDIS. But the range doesn’t stop there; look a little closer and you’ll also see a rather angry looking Sixth Doctor with a rather bald Peri, Sarah Jane Smith in her Ealing attic, the Eighth Doctor in his gargantuan console room alongside an earlier incarnation of the Master, and the Eleventh Doctor (with a wonderful swirly thing emanating from his sonic screwdriver) alongside Amy and Rory.

Other incarnations and characters include the Seventh Doctor and Ace on the run from a very innocent looking Dalek, the Tenth Doctor (complete with 3D glasses a la Army of Ghosts), the Second Doctor at his beloved TARDIS console, the Third Doctor and Jo facing off against an Ice Warrior, the Fifth Doctor and Adric changing the events of Earthshock by facing off against a Cyberman together, the Ninth Doctor and Captain Jack standing outside an ominous looking shop window and even the First Doctor standing outside I.M. Foreman’s junkyard, where the whole story started almost fifty years ago. Now that’s a lot of hard work! They also come in some brilliantly inventive packaging as well!

Other popular characters from the He-Man and Star Wars Universe are also available. Ryan Hall’s work has been part of many a display, especially around the city of Cardiff in the Made in Wales exhibition.

To find out more about his work or to purchase one of his creations, visit: http://dougy74.wordpress.com/