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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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Series 7 Previews in DWM 451!

Doctor Who Magazine Previews Series 7aDoctor Who Magazine issue 451, published on Thursday 30 August, features exclusive previews of the new series of Doctor Who – and the show’s executive producer, Steven Moffat, teases the ultimate fate of the Ponds:

[quote]“As you’ll be able to tell from the end of Episode 5, I’ve had the very last moment of Amy Pond in my head for quite some time…”[/quote]

Available in three different covers (as seen here - click to view in a larger resolution), the new issue of DWM previews three episodes of the new series, going behind the scenes to talk to cast and crew…

ASYLUM OF THE DALEKS – DWM takes over the Asylum for Doctor Who's most ambitious episode yet. Matt Smith shares his thoughts on the Doctor’s arch enemies, Steven Moffat on the challenges of keeping the Daleks fresh and how Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill feel about the beginning of the end for Amy and Rory.

DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP – it’s an episode of Doctor Who packed to the rafters with dinosaurs. On a spaceship! Writer Chris Chibnall reveals how his script lived up to that title, and what challenges did the FX team face on bringing so many dinosaurs to life?

A TOWN CALLED MERCY – guest stars Adrian Scarborough and Ben Browder on how thrilled they were to join Doctor Who for an adventure into the Wild West, how the crew enjoyed their time on location in sunny Spain, and what writer Toby Whithouse thought of being out of his comfort zone.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

THE USUAL SUSPECTS – the writers of the new series are given the once over by Doctor Who’s executive producer, Steven Moffat (including himself!) in a curtain-raising Production Notes.

Doctor Who Magazine Previews Series 7aGUILTY AS CHARGED? – John Nathan-Turner was Doctor Who’s most colourful and controversial producer, guiding the show to dizzying heights, but perhaps a few lows too. Luminaries and experts from Doctor Who past and present assemble for the first in a two-part feature to assess the work of the series’ longest-serving producer in The Trial of John Nathan-Turner.

COLD FRONT – the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Prague in the dying days of the Cold War. Revolution is on the horizon, but the Doctor senses something unreal in the air. What is the significance of the book The Sorrows of Prague, and why will Yuri Azarov and his terrifying companion stop at nothing to retrieve it? Part One of The Broken Man, the latest comic strip written by Scott Gray with art from Martin Geraghty.

IS THIS DEATH? – companions come and go, but should they ever die? Johnny Candon and Toby Hadoke weigh up the pros and cons of crash-landing to Earth in an out-of-control freighter, or heading off into the sunset to marry Brian Blessed in A Battle of Wits.

TAKE ART – DWM’s intrepid Time Team – Chris, Emma, Michael and Will – go for gold as the Doctor and Rose land in an ordinary housing estate where extraordinary things are happening as children are going missing, trapped in the drawings of Chloe Webber. Will the Doctor make it to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics as The Time Team views Fear Her?

Doctor Who Magazine Previews Series 7aCOMING OF AGE ­– Doctor Who’s 21st year saw a season packed with exciting cliff-hangers, companion departures, a tour de force performance from the leading man, andarguably the finest Doctor Who story ever made. Countdown to 50 reaches 1984 and Series 21.

ALL IN THE MIND – mind-sucking alien parasites, prison riots, a nerve-gas missile and the Master at his most scheming – find out how the Third Doctor, Jo and UNIT fought The Mind of Evil in this month’s Fact of Fiction.

LIGHT MY FIRE – the Watcher warns of the pitfalls of predicting the near future as A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects reaches number 22 – the Olympic Torch. Was the 2012 of Fear Her remotely like the real thing? Also stare into the eyes of The Six Faces of Delusion, flick through The Stockbridge English Dictionary and marvel at the Supporting Artist of the Month in Wotcha!

With a choice of THREE different covers, DWM 451 is on sale from Thursday 30 August, priced £4.50.

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.

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.

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.

PodKast with a Bafta!

Chewing the fat on what has been taking place in the Doctor Who world lately are Brian Terranova, James McLean and Christian Cawley, who despite their obvious, unrivalled professionalism on the podKast haven’t received a Bafta lately (or, indeed, at all).

Fear not, however, at least one of them has been in the same room as two of the subjects of this week’s podKast with a K - Steven “The Grand Moff” Moffat (aka The Moffinator) and Matt Smith.

This week we look at Steven Moffat’s much-deserved Bafta award and some of the odd reaction to this on Twitter, as well as chat about Matt Smith carrying the Olympic torch (and being slightly distracted by the issue of blanket coverage of the subject).

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PodKast with a Schedule

We’re a little earlier with this week’s podKast - which is just as well as we’re talking about some pretty topical stuff, namely the questions over the scheduling of Doctor Who Series 7, the coming BAFTA special achievement award for Steven Moffat and Kasterborous’ own review marathon in which we cover every serial from An Unearthly Child/100,000 BC to Survival.

We reckon the issue over scheduling needs to be taken more seriously with a lot more clarity from the BBC. Do you agree? Should there be some honesty rather than spin?

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PodKast with a Question

Matt Smith as the DoctorWe’re a little later than normal with this week’s podKast - but worry not, we’re here now to discuss (in our own unique manner) everything from the impending end of the DVD range (or is it?) to whether or not Matt Smith might star in Doctor Who for more episodes than David Tennant.

This week the crew is looking a bit thin on the ground, however, with only Brian and Christian taking up podKasting duties. Fear not, however, as their is plenty to get through!

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A Fannish PodKast

Greetings, Kasterborites, and welcome to the new Kasterborous podKast (with a “K”). This time around we’re covering cosplay, apps, novelizations and a discussion of Terrance Dicks’ work as an author on the TARGET books and Virgin New Adventures.

As ever, James McLean, Brian A Terranova and Christian Cawley are on hand to share their quite different thoughts and opinions on the topics, and listen out for Brian’s recollections of visiting New York dressed as the Tenth Doctor.

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PodKast with a Tweet

We’re discussing the Twitter habits of Steven Moffat and Sophia Myles in this week’s podKast (with a “K”)… well, that’s how it starts, but in fact we manage to talk about pretty much every subject in the Doctor Who universe, from snow-bound Daleks to Hugo Awards.

Christian Cawley, Brian Terranova and James McLean cover the topics with their usual good humour and honesty - the oft-derided Paradigm Daleks are mentioned once again, and as the episode progresses we wonder if they were badly done to…

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