Doctor Who Festival, November 2015

Cosplay & reunions: in the very first day of Doctor Who Festival there were some interviews to Peter Capaldi, Michelle Gomez, Ingrid Olivier, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffatt.

In the same first day Peter Capaldi was interviewed by Good Morning Britain at London’s Excel.

People were visiting the Millenium FX stand at the Doctor Who Festival with YouTuber Bullysteria to turn him into a Zygon and find out a bit more about how he became a Doctor Who fan!

Peter Capaldi gives Jenna Coleman leaving gift and speech at doctor who festival.

Anyway, if you have the time you can watch Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, Ingrid Oliver and Steven Moffat talking at the Doctor Who Festival, just a few days ago, the full 42 minutes. The footage is shaky, but that’s it…

Doctor Who: series 9, episode 9 – Sleep no more extra

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman explain how filming in a freezer is a chilling challenge!

Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and the cast discuss creepy new monsters, The Sandmen.

Every obnoxious computer needs a voice, producer Nikki Wilson couldn’t resist and impersonated one in this horror classic episode!

Doctor Who’s SFX Supervisor, Danny Hargreaves, tells you how he achieved the impressive flame effects in ‘Sleep No More’.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 9 – Sleep no more

An interesting episode, different, of new Who, something you should not watch! Not because is a classic horror episode, nor because the actions is made of different recordings (different perspectives) and put in order to get something fluent, something atypical, nor because of the monsters that haunts the indo-japanese space station le Verrier (on the orbit of Neptune).

The main reason is the unexpected ending: if you start watching the show and you get to the final yon can not erase or undo its effects. You will be entirely corrupt, you will can not sleep, and this thing will consume you all.

In the XXXVIIIth century the work is a very important of human activities, and the competition is so high the people are taking any advantage they can get. And when someone invents Morpheus, a device named after the Greek god of sleep, that modified the brain chemistry and compresses one month of sleep in only 5 minutes burst, it becomes very fast a vogue.

But sleep a necessary function of every live being, and the lack of sleep surface the monsters with human form and more: Sandmen are a new category of monsters, created along with the human body product (that ”sand in the eye” linked to sleep) and the dreams of Morpheus device. That ”sand” became alive and started digesting the host and any other human being that can be hunted and killed.

The story is happening on Tuesday, on the space station suddenly empty. The lack of communication rushed the saving team, but they are finding a lot of unexpected beings: first 2 visitors that had no business there (Clara and the Doctor) and a few of Sandmen. The story complicates, of course, and the humanity is being threaten again. At the end of the episode the situation is not clear, the threat is not completely eliminated, and the story could be continued some other time.

Directed by Justin Molotnikov, written by Mark Gatiss. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Reece Shearsmith (Rassmussen), Elaine Tan (Nagata), Neet Mohan (Chopra), Bethany Black (474), Paul Courtenay Hyu (Deep-Ando), Zina Badran (Morpheus Presenter), Natasha Sonal Patel (Hologram singer), Elizabeth Chong (Hologram singer), Nikkita Chadha (Hologram singer), Gracie Lai (Hologram singer).

Next time on Doctor Who: Face the Raven, the tenth episode of Series 9, written by Sarah Dollard. It premieres Saturday 21 November on BBC One, 8.10pm to 9pm.

The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a magical alien world, hidden on a street in the heart of London.
Sheltered within are some of the most fearsome creatures of the universe… and Ashildr (Maisie Williams)! With a death sentence hanging over their heads, not all of the intruders will get out alive.

Doctor Who Magazine DWM Issue 493

Doctor Who Magazine DWM Issue 493Issue 493 of Doctor Who Magazine has been out since this Thursday (12 November), priced £4.99.

And, of course, they are telling us about Clara not being the apprentice. She sort of became the Doctor, and it is time we see the consequences. She is so sexy taking the last orders – her clock is off, the departure is near.

Series 9, episode 9: Sleep no more preview & introduction

Last message from Le Verrier Station: Gagan Rassmussen reports on the events which led to the demise of this facility.

`Hold my hand` preview: The Doctor and Clara flee from unknown creatures in this found footage.

Professor Rassmussen has created a machine that has changed the very fabric of human existence, compressing one month sleep to 5 minutes. He is very proud of what he has done, but at what cost? Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi introduce the tonight series 9 episode, with Steven and Pter warning of the terrors awaiting in ‘Sleep No More’.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 8 – The Zygon inversion

If you enjoyed the first parte of the story, in the last episode, The Zygon invasion, then you will love this episode for sure: the action is also very intense, the political message is even more present, the answer to Osgood’s presence is still not answered – human or Zygon? We will find out some other time. The Zygon inversion is a true continuation of the story started last week, in a way that makes it great – it’s one of the greatest Doctor Who stories I’ve watched lately!

Bonnie, the Zygon general that took Clara’s place copying her look and memories proved to be a special being: she wants her people not to be slaves, to live their lives without hiding and how they want to live, but she is ready to sacrifice all of them (all 20 millions) to succeed. Ready to risk a war, who could stop her? Cara from inside a cocoon, trapped, being used for information by Bonnie? The Doctor and Osgood, trying to survive (the rockets missed the only because of Clara that found a way to use Bonnie’s body without her realizing that) and to escape the Zygons? Kate that barely survived in the small town True or consequence (an important question in this story, something you should ask yourself all your life).

I won’t tell yout the story of the episode. But I can tell you that all the elements of the story will lead you to a very emotional Mexican standoff, something great that applies very good to the world in we all live. Some could say that the life became art, and they would not be wrong. Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) bring some very good arguments against war and the hate cycle that keep a lot of people prisoners, he shows very good the madness of the war and its effects.

Maybe in the real life the Doctor won’t convince a suicide bomber, the action is only inspired from what’s happening in the world, but let’s say that for a science-fiction story he did a very good job.

Directed by Daniel Nettheim, written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat. The Zygon characters were created by Robert Banks Stewart. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate), Nicholas Asbury (Etoine), Aidan Cook (Zygon), Tom Wilton (Zygon), Jack Parker (Zygon), Nicholas Briggs (Zygons – voice).

Next time on Doctor Who: Sleep No More, the ninth episode of Series 9, written by Mark Gatiss. The episode premieres Saturday 14 November on BBC One, 8.15pm to 9pm.

This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.

Cosplay, Companions & Costumes – Doctor Who Festival

Do you know how to cosplay for the Doctor Who Festival next week? Want to get started with cosplay? With less then a week away to the festival Christel Dee was given a cosplay challenge, £30 and one day to make a cosplay costume. Find out more:

Peter Capaldi was asked a few production questions about the show, cosplay, companions and costumes: from being a companion to his new velvet jacket! Peter will be appearing at the Doctor Who Festival.

Doctor Who series 9, episode 8 – The Zygon Inversion preview & introduction

That’s the trailer, don’t forget to watch the eighth episode of the new series, The Zygon Inversion, tomorrow evening!

Trapped in her own mind and under attack, can Clara turn the tables on her Zygon double? Let’s watch the Clara versus Clara standoff.

Kate has it all in hand, but the Doctor and Osgood find out she may not be who she seems. Where is Clara?

Steven Moffat and Ingrid Oliver talk about Zygons as they introduce ‘The Zygon Inversion’.

Scary moments in Doctor Who

You don’t have to be celebrating the Halloween in order to enjoy this selection of truly hair-raising moments from the last 52 years of Doctor Who. If you want to get even more spooked, check out the Doctor Who Monster Collections in iTunes: www.iTunes.com/DoctorWho.

Featuring scary moments from: Listen (2014), Midnight (2008), Blink (2007), The Satan Pit (2006), The Doctor Dances (2005), Spearhead from Space (1970) and The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967).

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 7 – The Zygon invasion

There was a moment in time when there were 3 Doctors (the tenth, the eleventh and the War Doctor) and two Osgood (the real one and the Zygon copy) and there were a peace treaty about to be signed between the humans, represented by Kate Stewart and the UNIT, and the Zygons. Of course, that moment is The day of the Doctor. And they did it: the treaty was signed, 20 millions Zygons were allowed to live on Earth, disguised like humans, while Osgood remained in duplicate to ensure the treaty. A nice trick to get her back, of course, and a very good way to start an action packed dense episode!

We all have known for some time about Osgood’s return, but we did not know many things about it. It was chosen the hybrid variant, one quite often recently: Ashildr introduced us another type a hybrid two weeks ago. A reason good enough to change a little the Zygon rules: until now they need the original alive to be drained by information and to keep intact the exterior look they copied. But these rules seem obsolete.

Returning to this episode: the treaty has been untouched for two years (from the special episode in 2013), until the moment a radical Zygon group started to act against their own species and the humans on Earth. They wanted the entire planet in order to live without hiding and they did not hesitate to do anything and to kill anyone to get that. The political message is very subtle as clear as a sledgehammer in the head.

You will have to discover yourself how they did it (if you haven’t done it already) and the conclusion of this invasion in the second part of the adventures with aliens metamorphis, next week. Kate Stewart and UNIT, Osgood and Clara, the Doctor – they will all be there (probably), involved, if they survive until then.

Directed by Daniel Nettheim, written by Peter Harness. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Jaye Griffiths (Jac), Cleopatra Dickens (Claudette), Sasha Dickens (Jemima), Rebecca Front (Walsh), Abhishek Singh (Little boy), Samila Kularatne (Little boy’s mum), Todd Kramer (Hitchley), Jill Winternitz (Lisa), Gretchen Egolf (Norlander), Karen Mann (Hitchley’s Mum), Aidan Cook (Zygon).

Next time on Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion, the eighth episode of Series 9, written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat. It premieres Saturday 7 November on BBC One, 8 pm to 8:50 pm.

Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust. With UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And what can the Doctor do to save his friends?

The Tenth Doctor & Donna return to Who univers in Big Finish productions

David Tennant & Catherine Tate return to Doctor Who on 3 audio dramas with Big Finish Productions. The stories are compiled as Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures and are Technophobia (set in a near-future London in which mankind loses the ability to use technological devices), Time Reaver (set on a mechanical planet with a thriving black market economy and a dark secret) and Death and the Queen (Donna falls for the man of her dreams on a planet called Goritania, but the Doctor isn’t entirely convinced by this fairytale romance).

During the final days of  recording they had a quick chat with the team, interviewed by executive producer Nick Briggs (know for the Dalek voice), filmed and edited by Tom Saunders. Why does Catherine Tate make such a good Doctor Who companion? And why is David Tennant such a good Doctor?

Doctor Who: series 9, episode 6 – The woman who lived extra

Me against the world – Maisie Williams and Peter Capaldi talk about the relationship between the Doctor and Me.

Life as Me – Steven Moffat on Ashildr’s march through history.

Stand and deliver or stand up – Peter Capaldi and Rufus Hound talk about the character of Sam Swift.

#RufusCam: Caught on camera – Rufus Hound with the inside scoop on this ‘acting lark’.

#RufusCam: Peter’s birthday surprise – Rufus Hound films Peter Capaldi being surprised for his birthday!

#RufusCam: Quickfire quiz for Maisie – Rufus Hound and Maisie Williams play a quiz between takes. Lots and lots of fun!

#RufusCam: Maisie’s work experience – Rufus Hound and Maisie Williams set their positions with the Camera Operator. That’s work for television.

#RufusCam: ThunderTap – Rufus Hound gets the crowd moving while waiting for some explosions to happen.

#RufusCam: Village people – Rufus Hound meets the villagers in the crowd, the same people that wanted to hang his character!

Interview with writer Cath Tregenna – she talks about writing for an immortal woman in The Woman Who Lived.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 6 – The woman who lived

Yes, the Doctor saves the Earth one more time (from an alien invasion), and that’s something already ordinary. He’s done it too many times not to expect of this from him, and an episode that would have only this would be almost boring. Almost. This episode is boring only for a few moments, when the action is slow and a little childish, or when it’s hinting to Robin Hood duel in the woods (from any movie about Robin Hood you can think about in this very moment, not only the episode from last season), but you can pass with no problems of these moments.

Especially because the episode The woman who lived deals with two important subjects for the entire Doctor Who show and, why not?, the future of the Doctor.

  • everyone knows the Doctor is always running, right? He saves someone, he destroys some things, he saves a planet (usually the Earth), he looses some men doing that, and he moves on. He never sets to some place long enough to set some roots there. The only times (at least in the last seasons) when he was close enough to that was the refuge for an undetermined time (we only know that he was alone “for a long time”) between the clouds where he hid after Amy and Rory’s dissapearance, and the time he spend on Trenzalore, bat then he did not have too many choices. Only a few times, too few!, he had to deal with what he leaves behind and the effects of his actions as intense as this episode.
  • at the end of the previous episode the Doctor says something you should remember: immortality does not mean “living forever”, it means “everyone dies around you”. It’s a different perspective that is the center of the action in this episode, you deal with it very intense: what happens with a person that lose often the beloved ones (friend, lovers, children)? Does that person remains normal (in the common sense of the word: a people you deal with, you are friend with and you can do something together) or he / she retreats in a personal world, distinct of the world we all share, and from he / she wants to escape?

Tha’s why this episode is a true continuation of previous episode. You will have to find out for yourselves the details (if you haven’t already found them): the Doctor made some mistakes, Ashildr made also some mistakes, and the second medical device (made by the Mire, reprogrammed by the Time Lord to repair humans, its secondary effect is immortality) is merged with the most trivial and unimportant human being in the world. A man who did nothing special, but who loves to live and, more, to remind Ashildr how precious is the human life. The conclusion will be understood only in the end of the episode, with Clara’s appearance (she was absent most of the episode) and the barely noticed appearance in the background of a selfie.

Directed by Edward Bazalgette (as Ed Bazalgette), written by Catherine Tregenna. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), Rufus Hound (Sam Swift), Gareth Berliner (Coachman), Elisabeth Hopper (Lucie Fanshawe), John Voce (Mr. Fanshawe), Struan Rodger (Clayton), Gruffudd Glyn (Pikeman Lloyd Llewelyn), Reuben Johnson (Pikeman William Stout), Ariyon Bakare (Leandro), Daniel Fearn (Crowd 1), Karen Seacombe (Crowd 2), John Hales (Hangman).

Next time on Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion, the seventh episode of series 9, written by Peter Harness.

The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen — until now! When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?

It premieres Saturday 31 October on BBC One, 8.15pm to 9.05pm.

The girls who died extra & #MaisieCam

Beards, dragons and spacesuits: the viking world collides with the future in this episode.

Meet the Mire – #MaisieCam: Maisie Williams meets two of the men behind the Mire.

Making The Mire: check out the meticulous work that Millennium FX put into creating the Mire. You can go meet them and see the finished monster in all its glory at the Doctor Who Festival, 13th – 15th November 2015! Get your tickets: http://www.doctorwhofestival.com

Peter Capaldi shares his appreciation for the men and women behind the monsters – the Mire.

The Doctor’s Yo-Yo – #MaisieCam: can Peter Capaldi really use a YoYo? Let’s watch Maisie Williams finding out!

Peter Capaldi tells us of his delight in working with Maisie.

Maisie finds out about parenting skills on the set. #MaisieCam

Let’s meet Chuckles #MaisieCam: Maisie Williams introduces you to actor Ian Conningham.

Maisie Williams shows us rehearsals from the actor’s perspective whe the Mire came and took all the warriors. #MaisieCam

Will Ashildr be back? We’ll find out, eventually, hoping to be very soon..

Maisie Williams tells us about the reactions to her joining Doctor Who and crossing fandoms with Game of thrones.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 5 – The girl who died

Any whovian knows that Peter Capaldi appeared in the Who Universe at least twice before becoming the Doctor: the episode Fire of Pompeii (series 4, episode 2) and an entire season of Torchwood. And we all know that Steven Moffat, one of the executive producers, promised that the issue will be solved “sometime in the future”.

That means this episode. Or, at least, an explanation is provided to match the events in this episode, to make the Doctor to keep the way he has chosen for himself: saving people. In Fire of Pompeii Dona implore him to save at least somebody if he could not save the entire town, and now he loses somebody saving a viking village from a very advanced technological civilization raiding for their chemical resources (adrenaline and testosterone from the local elite warriors).

But let’s return to the current events: Clara is lost in space, in clear and immediate danger, but the Doctor saves her life in the last moment. The break they are during, some kind of retreat, brings them near some vikings that take them prisoners and bring them to their village.

A young viking girl Ashildr, makes a great impression to the Doctor (and you will discover the reason why, alone). Clara and the same girl are kidnapped by Mire, the most deadliest mercenary in the galaxy during a raid again the vikings. The only thing that keeps both of them alive, for the moment, is the technology that they are wearing, something that could not have existed in a viking village. But Ashildr provoke them to war, so the Doctor and Clara have to find a solution to assure their survival without creating to many ripples in time.

And they, finally, succeed in doing that, in one short period of time: just a day. That’s a good thing considering that in the beginning the Doctor react very not like himself, arming and training some farmers that did not want to run away, even they did not stand a chance against the elite warriors of Mire.

The success is not complete, because Ashildr is lost, and the Doctor have to find some very good reasons to bring her back. And he does, so well that Maisie Williams (Ashildr) will be in the next week episode.

The episode is interesting, with the Doctor trying to keep the imposed attitude. There were very few times he was closer to a normal ordinary human being that tries to keep a high standard, with the normal, but only temporary, hesitations and misguidance.

Directed by Edward Bazalgette (as Ed Bazalgette), written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), David Schofield (Odin), Simon Lipkin (Nollarr), Ian Conningham (Chuckles), Tom Stourton (Lofty), Alastair Parker (Limpy), Murray McArthur (Hasten), Barnaby Kay (Heidi).

Next time on Doctor Who, The Woman Who Lived, the sixth episode of Series 9, written by Catherine Tregenna, premieres Saturday 24 October on BBC One, 8.20pm to 9.10pm.

England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman ‘The Nightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that’s not of this world, they come face to face with the Doctor. Who is the Nightmare in league with? And can the Doctor avoid the hangman’s noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal?

Traffic Experiment – Vashta Nerada (Doctor Who Theme)

Something interesting to listen. 🙂

Vashta Nerada [Doctor Who Theme] is Traffic Experiment’s reworking of Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire’s classic Doctor Who theme, featuring the vocals of the very lovely Harri Norris and recorded with producer George Shilling (of Bernard Butler, Blur, Porcupine Tree fame) at his Bank Cottage studio. TE’s very good friend and videographer Rich Wakefield of FX Media filmed the recording and produced this video.