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Fans of the iconic BBC sci-fi serial, Doctor Who, cite Russell T. Davies with reinvigorating the franchise both as a show runner, and for writing some of the more memorable episodes from seasons 1-4. It’s true, he brought the show into the 21st Century, but even RTD has to adhere to the most sacred tenants (pun intended) of the Time Lords – you can’t go back and revisit your own timeline.

In what should shock absolutely no Whovian on Planet Earth, Davies recently shared with RadioTimes that he had no plans of returning to Doctor Who as a guest writer in the foreseeable future:  (more…)

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As one of the younger Doctor Who fans on the planet I never got into the BBC series until midway through its revival in 2005. It wasn’t because of the plot or adjusting to British slang, that learning curve is long gone, it was the Northern accent of star Christopher Eccleston that did some of us in. For us Canadians anyway, it almost led to the unthinkable – re-dubbing The Doctor.

Language barriers are nothing new, but why re-dub English with Canadian English?

Well, it appears Blogtor Who got their hands on a copy of the upcoming Doctor Who special-edition DVD, “The Green Death“, featuring a documentary titled “The Unquiet Dead“. In the documentary, Who showrunner Russell T. Davies and the BBC’s former controller of drama commissioning Jane Tranter discuss the CBC‘s (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) suggestion to re-dub Christopher’s voice with a Canadian. They’re reason being Canadian audiences wouldn’t be able to understand the Doctor’s distinct accent. This was brought up due to the fact that the company at the time was a financing partner and co-producer of the series in 2005.

No offense to my people, but I grew up surrounded by people from Newfoundland, the accent is almost exactly that same. Even then there’s no need for it and, thankfully, Davies dismissed the notion saying, “You’re not doing that to our lead actor!

And with that the show went on, three Doctors later and we’re still dubbing-free. What do you think, though? Should Canada have a had a Canadian voiced Doctor?

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So it was a bit of synchronicity when Tenth Doctor David Tennant and showrunner Russell T. Davies departed the franchise together at the end of Doctor Who: The End of Time. But what if…. Tennant decided that he wanted to stick around for one more year. How would that have affected Steven Moffat‘s plan for his first season of Doctor Who?

Well Moffat answered that in the recent issue of Doctor Who Magazine. Here’s what he had to say:

I only had the roughest idea. Had David stayed for one final year, it would certainly have been his last, so my pitch was that it would start with the Tardis crashing in Amelia’s back garden – as now – and a terribly battered and bruised Tenth Doctor staggering out.

Amelia finds him, feeds him fish custard (no that was for Matt, it would have been something more Davidy) and generally helps him. But we, the audience, can see he’s in a truly bad way. Dying maybe. Eventually he heads back to his TARDIS, and flies off.

But when he returns – many years later for Amy – he seems perfectly fine, and indeed doesn’t remember any of those events…And of course over time, we realise what we saw was the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, about to regenerate. Events that we return to in Episode 13…

Hm. I guess in this version of the story The Doctor wouldn’t have escaped the Pandorica in one piece. I wonder how that would have changed the whole River Song storyline because in “Silence in the Library” it’s quite clear that that’s her first and only encounter with Ten.

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Source: Bleeding Cool

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Doctor Who turns 50 this year, and while we all know season 7 starts up again in a couple of weeks, we’re still not sure what other sorts of plans that the producers, the BBC and Steven Moffat have up their sleeves to celebrate.

Until now.

In an interview recorded for Gallifrey One, the annual Doctor Who fan convention, Moffat talked about what’s coming up in the second half of season 7, the anniversary plans for the series, and he answered some fans questions about the writing, directing and production of the show. Unfortunately, the embedding was disabled, so you’ll have to click over to You Tube to watch the full 15 minute interview, but first some highlights.

On the matter of the party planning for Who’s 50th year Moffat says don’t believe the rumor mill. There will be more than one, 60-minute special to celebrate, including the balance of season 7, the Adventures in Time and Space bio-pic film that will bow sometime in the fall, and the usual Christmas special on December 25th.

Doctor Who – the 50th – is approaching us with various different things a lot of different things going on. Don’t believe the nonsense about one sixty-minute film, that’s complete nonsense.”

Other notes:

*Moffat called the 3-D for the 50th anniversary special, “a proper old headache”

*The eagerly anticipated return of the Ice warriors, Moffat calls “an absolute cracker of an episode”

*Despite rumors, a return of the Master is not “off the table”

*Moffat has already begun to make plans for season eight

*”The offer is continually made” for Russell T. Davies to return as a writer, although he keeps politely declining

*”Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” is happening, and it’s happening this season. The title of the episode if also to be taken literally

In other Moffat news he confirmed that Sherlock’s new season is “gearing up for production very, very soon. Next month.” So if you’re a fan of that series, there’s something else to look forward to this year from your British Broadcasting Corporation.

Source: Screen Rant

Despite the near mass refutation of the Miracle Day season that aired on BBC and Starz last summer, I think it’s safe to say that fans would like to see more Torchwood. Sadly for those same fans though, Torchwood creator Russell T. Davies says now that it may be a while till we see any new adventures featuring Captain Jack Harkness and Co.

Davies made the comments while appearing on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, saying that while Torchwood isn’t (yet) officially cancelled, it is however in “a nice limbo.”

Here are Davies comments:

“I loved making it [in the States], and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn’t brought me back to this country, so it’s kind of in limbo for me at the moment.

“I’m not working on it at the moment. I’m only working on Wizards vs Aliens — when I get back to work one day, I don’t know, it’ll be old news to the BBC then! It’s not officially cancelled… It’s in a nice limbo where it can stew for a while — those shows can come back in ten, twenty years time.”

Twenty years?! Till more Torchwood? Oy.

As I’m sure you’ll recall, Davies has been dealing with his partner’s suffering from brain cancer, which understandably has taken up a lot of his time. But still, one hopes that Davies doesn’t wait too long. Captain Jack may be immortal, but John Borrowman is not. One hopes that the delay isn’t so long that Borrowman needs to be made youthful through the miracle of CGI to play the part.

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With Doctor Who about to return, Jason and special guest Who-expert Steven Sautter debate Davies v. Moffat, and discuss the Ponds’ coming exit, which Doctors might come back next year for the 50th anniversary, and more while Jeremy mostly reads comic books in silence.

Prior to that, Jeremy and Jason discuss their collectible addictions, the possibility of a Brett Ratner Justice League film, the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, and Eddie Murphy working hard to soil both the remaining shards of his legacy and the realm of television.

Later, in Dirty Nerdy Confessions, Jason admits that he sings to his technology and Jeremy finds a way to trick his wife into playing with his joystick.

 

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Those things that Jason mentioned:

4th World Comics and Chosen One Collectibles in Suffolk County New York on the island that is long.

Russell T. Davies, the — shall we say — step father of the new Doctor Who series, is working on a new BBC sci-fi series called Wizards vs. Aliens now that the Doctor is off playing with Mr. Moffat.  I’m not really impressed by the lack of creativity in its naming but knowing Davies’ work, I’m sure we have lots of quirky fun ahead of us.

The first official photo has been released as well as the official synopsis of the new TV series.

This photo shows Benny Sherwood and Tom Clarke (played by Scott Haran and Percelle Ascott) ever-so-calmly hanging out behind a shed.  Probably because they’re playing with their alien friends.  Or something.  (That was sarcasm, guys.)

And here’s the synopsis:

Tom Clarke is a seemingly ordinary boy who loves football. He lives with his dad Michael and grandmother Ursula in an ordinary house in an ordinary street – but there’s something different about Tom. He has an astonishing secret – his family are Wizards! When the alien Nekross arrive on Earth hungry for magic, there’s big, big trouble in store for all wizardkind.
With the help of his friend and science super-brain Benny, Tom must stop them – but will these two unlikely heroes succeed, or will the Nekross devour all the magic on Earth with disastrous results for the whole planet?

Could be lots of wacky fun.  What d’you guys think?

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Russell T. Davies is one of the screen writers behind the reboot of Doctor Who (and Torchwood).  He’ll be working alongside Phil Ford, who is also in on this Doctor Who bandwagon, on a project backed by BBC and FremantleMedia Enterprises.

Aliens vs. Wizards will be a 12-part series geared towards teh little ones.

According to Davies,

Writing for children is the biggest challenge of all, and I think CBBC (which will air the show in the U.K.) stands right at the heart of broadcasting.

We’re joining genres — the show’s a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction.

The show is about the conflict between a young wizard named Tom Clarke and aliens called the Nekross.  It’s expected to air in the fall of 2012 and chances are there will be a preview at the Mip TV Mart in Cannes this year.

Source: Variety

Torchwood is over. The world has been saved from the brink of everlasting life. What is the immortal Captain Jack to do? How about getting involved in the 50th anniversary of BBC’s Doctor Who.

This season of Doctor Who has seen a fair share of twists and turns. Steven Moffat and company have provided one gripping tale after another. However, when da fuck is Captain Jack Harkness (played by John Barrowman) gonna meet the 11th incarnation of the Doctor (which has yet to happen)? Seriously, Captain Jack is probably the only 9 and 10 era character that can seamlessly be brought back for further adventures with out dredging up past season drama.

Anyway, pretty much every whovian wants to see the character come back. Including John Barrowman himself. In fact, Barrowman is kicking off an unofficial campaign to get the “Face of Boe” back on the time traveling series.

“It’s the 50th anniversary coming up of Doctor Who and Jack is an integral part to this story and, if I’m going to be a little self-absorbed, I would hope he would be involved, it would be a shame if he wasn’t … But it’s a decision left up to the BBC and the drama department … So like I’ve said to all the fans, you need to write to them if you want it to happen because I’ve never been asked. I know Russell [T. Davies] thinks it might be a nice idea as did [executive producer] Steven Moffat but who knows?

So what do you think Whovians? Should there be another Jack/Doctor team up, or should the 50th aniversary be a Doctor’s only event?

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Torchwood’s light of hope for another season is ebbing away as Starz reports that, despite being happy with the sci-fi shows success,  they do not plan on renewing the show for another season.  Even though its premiere showed solid ratings, the show’s future is not as secure as some would suspect. It turns out that this season’s 10 episode order which was an unusual commitment for BBC, was only due to Russell T Davies involvement.  Starz CEO Chris Albrecht attests that it is up to Davies, and that

“… he has a lot of things on his plate. If Torchwood is at the top of his list, that will affect the future of Torchwood.”

The fact that Starz never planned to continue this show after the first season is slightly odd. I mean why waste the time, and energy to build up a sci-fi epic only to have it cut short.  There has been a reasonable amount of positive feedback about the show and continues to pick up steam. Do you agree that it should be left alone at the first season or do you want to see more Torchwood?

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