Before the BFI screened Doctor Who: The Movie as part of their ‘Doctor Who’ season, the first of two panels gave numerous writers for the show, the fanzines and novels, the chance to discuss their love for it and why they continue to come up with Doctor Who stories in so many forms. The panel included Andrew Cartmel, Nicholas Briggs, Justin Richards, Gary Russell, Jason Haigh-Ellery and Marcus Hearn.
Cartmel, who was a script editor and writer for the seventh Doctor, explained that there was no big dramatic finish when the series came to an end. To him, the ratings were impressive, especially as it was going up against Coronation Street. He explained that, when it did end, ‘it was just silence’. The writers had been thinking about where the show could go next. It just wasn’t to be.
What followed was what fans have come to call ‘the wilderness years’ but this wildnerness did not seem to touch the panel who all had plenty to say about the fandom. Russell speculated that ‘everyone who grew up watching Doctor Who wanted to do something creative’. Everyone on the panel had at some point worked on fanzines or some other medium. Some had written Doctor Who novels and many of the panel also run Big Finish Productions, the company that works on audio stories which continue to expand the Doctor Who universe even further. Richards said that it’s a ‘very open format’, explaining that there are always more stories to tell. Haigh-Ellery also speculated that the Doctor will always be with us in some form or another, just like Sherlock Holmes.
Classic 1960s Doctor Who on the big screen and a top line-up of guests – it’s another hit for the British Film Institute…
This month, the BFI turned the clock back to 1967 for the stone-cold classic, The Tomb of the Cybermen, starring second Doctor Patrick Troughton….
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with Waris Hussein, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Mark Gatiss, and more.
Radio Times has a great writeup of this past Saturday’s all star panel to celebrate the First Doctor at BFI Southbank:
Saturday was a big day for Doctor Who – the programme and fans – as the British Film Institute launched Doctor Who at 50, its year-long celebration of the Time Lord. Every month they’ll be screening a classic story for each Doctor and reuniting many luminaries from the world of Who.
To kick off, it was right back to the very beginning, to An Unearthly Child, the atmospheric four-part serial that launched the series on BBCtv in November and December 1963. And it was amazing how many guests were able to attend, people directly involved on that programme or with the era of the first Doctor, William Hartnell. They included (pictured above) William Russell and Carole Ann Ford (companions Ian and Susan) and Jeremy Young, who played the first villain….
Hartnell created the role of the time- travelling adventurer known only as The Doctor when the show first materialised in 1963. In this opening story we are introduced to the fantastic time machine – The Tardis – and to the first of the Doctor’s human companions, Ian and Barbara, as they unwittingly find themselves whisked out of their time period and stranded in the far-distant Earth past.
We are pleased to announce the following guests for our first ’Doctor Who at 50’ event:
Waris Hussein (Director); Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman); William Russell (Ian Chesterton); Jeremy Young (Kal the Caveman); Mark Gatiss; Donald Tosh (Script Editor); Brian Hodgson (Radiophonic Workshop); Clive Doig (Vision Mixer) and Jessica Carney (William Hartnell’s grand-daughter and biographer).
The BFI’s Dick Fiddy andJustin Johnson have curated a nice long season of Doctor Whofor the show’s anniversary year. Starting in January, one adventure per Doctor is to screen, building up to November.
The first session is set for 3.30pm on Saturday January 12th, and tickets will go on sale at 11.30am on December 11th.
As you might expect, the opener will be An Unearthly Child, the first ever adventure from the series, chosen to represent William Hartnell and his tenure in the TARDIS.
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Steven Moffat, Caro Skinner and the stars of Asylum of the Daleks discuss the episode.
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Matt, Karen, and Arthur at yesterday’s BFI screening of Asylum of the Daleks.
Cult British sci-fi show Doctor Who is to get a boost for its upcoming seventh season as key cast Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will take to the stage for a Q&A following a preview of the first episode at the British Film Institute’s Southbank center.
The actors will be joined on stage next week at the event by award winning writer Steven Moffat and executive producer Caroline Skinner at the one-off event hosted by broadcaster Richard Bacon.
The British Film Institute event will play host to series seven’s debut episode, Asylum of the Daleks, a return of the Doctor’s deadliest foe.
The BBC caused a fanboy and girl frenzy on the web with a fresh trailer for the new season during the Olympics last week.
It included glimpses of episode content including a story set in the Wild West and one that sees the Doctor and Amy rock up in Times Square, New York.
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill at the BFI screening of “Let’s Kill Hitler” give a very unusual kind of spoiler…