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Article 45.2: Book Club 5: Squids and Princesses

Posted by: Whochick

Article 45.2: Book Club 5: Squids and Princesses
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This wraps up Scott and Ken’s Book Club podcasts…for now. For the occasion, they’re covering the last two pieces of the Key to Time in The Power of Kroll and The Armageddon Factor.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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Article 45.1: Book Club 4: Mary Tamm Times Three

Posted by: Whochick

Article 45.1: Book Club 4: Mary Tamm Times Three
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It’s that time again. Book Club with Scott Viguie and Ken Spivey!

This time they’re talking about The Androids of Tara, so come on and join the conversation.

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Article 43.3: Book Club 3: Ogri on the Moor

Posted by: Whochick

Article 43.3: Book Club 3: Ogri on the Moor
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It’s Book Club Time, again!

Once again with discussion enhanced by the analysis in the book About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who by Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood. This time Scott and Ken discuss The Stones of Blood.

Are you sufficiently far away from any standing stones on a moor? Yes? Good to know…

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Article 43.2: Book Club 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Article 43.2: Book Club 2: Electric Boogaloo
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It’s Book Club Time, again!

That’s right, with discussion enhanced by the analysis in the book About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who by Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood, this time Scott and Ken discuss The Pirate Planet.

Are you sitting comfortably? Yes? Then what are you waiting for?

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Article 43.1: Book Club Begins

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Article 43.1: Book Club Begins
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It’s Book Club Time!

That’s right. With discussion enhanced by the analysis in the book About Time: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who by Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood, this time Scott and Ken discuss The Ribos Operation. So, join us as we remember Mary Tamm and discuss Romana’s first episode.

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Another Who Spin Off?

Posted by: Dr. Geek

Well not exactly, but the new Dirk Gently series does have its’ origins in Doctor Who. Douglas Adams, who wrote Shada took some of his ideas from that script and turned it into a series of books. I am guessing the BBC has decided that if Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures can do very well than maybe there is room for one more Who adjacent program.

Here is the trailer:

Dirk Gently

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Newsbytes from the Whoniverse

Posted by: Whochick

So, I’ve been storing up a bunch of info and silliness in various tabs in my browser, and now it’s time to share it with you lot.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…

  • New Who! You’ve seen the trailers. (There are four so far that I know of, and we’ve featured them here on the site.) Now, if you’re like Dr. Geek and myself, you are dying for the show to get started already. Well, in the UK it looks like the answer is “Easter 2010.” The Press Office has it listed as “Unplaced, Day and time to be confirmed, BBC ONE.” …But, for the record, Easter Sunday is April 4. So, I’d imagine that we’re looking at April 3 or 4 for the UK date. Steven Moffat seems to favor the third. Word is that in Australia series 5 is premiering on 18 April on ABC1 (thanks, Gillian!) but will actually be on iView two days earlier. Here in the US of A, BBC America will be showing the episode on April 17…but you can catch an earlier showing if you go to WonderCon in San Francisco on April 3, or Chicago’s C2E2 on April 16. Guess where I’ll be on the 3rd?
  • Did you know that William Hartnell trained as a jockey before deciding to ditch it in favor of acting? The BBC Press Office has a page of Doctor Who Statistics that you can find here. It’s more along the line of cool, facts, rather than stats.
  • The first New Who Trailer broken down for you: (thanks, powerhousechipmunk23 and er…Mrs. Geek for the heads up!)
Doctor Who Series 5
Press Launch Trailer | Broken Down

  • Another hat tip to Gillian for letting me know about this. It’s a rather amusing look at the various Doctors’ alignments as if they were RPG characters.
  • Have you heard about Chicks Dig Time Lords? It’s a book that’s currently on my wish list.
  • Another bit of silliness…the Doctor Who A-Team…
Doctor Who A-Team

Anyone else out there going to the WonderCon Doctor Who Showing?

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John Barrowman Reads a Bedtime Story

Posted by: Whochick

This is John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who/Torchwood) reading Blot and Ogs Monster Party as the bedtime story for the CBBC. I had to share this with you all. You won’t believe the voices that he does for the different monsters. I warn you now that this video can cause hysterical giggling, so I’d advise against watching it at work. Enjoy!

Blot and Ogs Monster Party

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Review: Aliens and Enemies

Posted by: Whochick

Book: Aliens and Enemies

Doctor Who: Aliens and Enemies by Justin Richards is a companion book to Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains, and it was just as fun to read as its predecessor. All sorts of new and classic foes are discussed within its 95(or so) full-color pages, and even a few friends ,such as K-9, make an appearance. I loved the pictures of the Clockwork Robots especially. The author also treats us to some behind the scenes insight into how some of the effects were created for the show. Did you know that the gas masks used in the episodes “The Empty Child” and “The Doctor Dances” were actually specially made for the show? Cool, eh? Some bits of information that have not appeared in the show are included as well, so keep your eyes peeled for them. The only downside to this book that I can see are the couple of factual errors that I encountered. (For example, on p. 49 it states that “The Five Doctors” was originally shown in the UK on 25 November 1963, when it was really first shown on 25 November 1983.) Aliens and Enemies is fun and informative. If you are the sort of person that likes a bit of extra insight, this is the book for you. (By the way, am I the only one who wants to know for sure that The Rani died in the Time War?)

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Book Review: Doctor Who – The Shooting Scripts

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The Shooting Scripts

Doctor Who: The Shooting Scripts contains the almost final scripts for the episodes from series one of the new Doctor Who. I wish that they would publish a book of the scripts for series two through four, as this one is just fabulous. Each episode’s script is accompanied by an introduction by the author of that episode. Sometimes, this gives the reader some background on where the idea for the episode came from or information on previous versions. For example, the Dalek wasn’t always in “Dalek.” There was some question about the rights to use the character while the scriptwriter was busy writing the script. Okay, I just love this book. I love being able to read the stage directions as they give just a bit of extra insight into the episode. The couple of scenes that are in the script, but didn’t make it into the final cut of the episode, are a little window into what might have been. The pictures that accompany the scripts really add to the fun. I want more. Actually, while we’re dreaming big, I want the Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures scripts too.

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