British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died, aged 89, his friends and colleagues have said.
Sir Patrick presented the BBC programme The Sky At Night for over 50 years, making him the longest-running host of the same television show ever.
He wrote dozens of books on astronomy and his research was used by the US and the Russians in their space programmes.
Described by one of his close friends as “fearlessly eccentric”, Sir Patrick was notable for his habit of wearing a monocle on screen and his idiosyncratic style.
Sir Patrick presented the first edition of The Sky at Night on 24 April 1957. He last appeared in an episode broadcast on Monday.
Sir Patrick Moore is known to Whovians for his cameo appearance (as himself) in the Eleventh Doctor’s first episode, “The Eleventh Hour.”
Did you know that Spearhead from Space is the only Classic Who story that can be remastered into genuine HD?
Originally broadcast in January 1970, the story features John Pertwee’s first outing as the Third Doctor and was the first colour production of the iconic series.
A scene-shifters strike at Television Centre in 1969 meant that the entire story was filmed on location using 16mm film rather than recording to video tape, which allowed the team at BBC Studios & Post Production to remaster the story.
Working with the 16mm format meant BBC S&PP’s Digital Media Services lead colourist Jonathan Wood took a different approach to the grading of Spearhead from Space. He explains: “The look of this HD remaster is a low-key filmic approach, which gives it more of a dramatic result. Working with the original negative and using a powerful non-linear grading system, we decided to treat this four-part story like an individual filmed drama rather than thinking of it as part of an ongoing series normally shot in a TV studio.”
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The Doctor will come face-to-face with some old enemies…
We can confirm that the Cybermen will be menacing the universe once again when Doctor Who returns for a run of eight epic episodes in spring, 2013.The iconic enemies will feature in an adventure directed by Stephen Woolfenden and written by the acclaimed Neil Gaiman whose previous episode was the Hugo Award-winning, The Doctor’s Wife.
Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as the new companion, the episode co-stars Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short and Harry Potter), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders and Hotel Babylon) and Jason Watkins (Being Human and Lark Rise to Candleford) as a band of misfits on a mysterious planet…
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, told us, ‘Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing. ’ He added, ‘And with one of the all-time classic monsters returning, and a script from one of our finest novelists, it’s no surprise we have attracted such stellar names as Tamzin, Jason and Warwick.’
Doctor Who is up for 'Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show' which is awesome. We want the show to win that one.
we REALLY want you to win the ‘Favorite TV Fan Following’ Award.
Because you guise deserve this. We just voted for you so go vote for yourselves.
(thx xxgoldie12xx for the heads up!)
Update 4:08pm EDT: I think we crashed the People’s Choice Awards site. It was up all day and then you started clicking through and it wasn’t.
There should be a separate award for that.
Update 4:55pm EDT: It’s up again! Go vote!
Find out what happened to Rory’s dad and the Ponds in this scene written by Chris Chibnall and narrated by Arthur Darvill.
Because somebody’s got to water the plants.
The UK BBC One broadcast of the mid-season finale of Doctor Who begins in an hour!
We cannot express enough the importance of tagging your spoilers as ‘spoilers’.
So instead we are expressing it through this gif. And in case the single pin isn’t enough, we’ve added EVEN MORE PINS.
This episode is KIND OF THE BIGGEST EPISODE to hit the fandom IN YEARS so BE SURE TO TAG YOUR SPOILERS.
For everyone watching in time zones after the UK, install Tumblr Savior and blacklist the tags you think people will use tonight. Our personal blacklists include the tags ‘spoilers’ ‘dw spoilers’ ‘the angels take manhattan’ ‘wtf’ and every profane variation of ‘OMG’ that we can think of.
We WILL BE LIVETUMBLRING the U.S. premieres of The Angels Take Manhattan later tonight. We will post our usual warning about an hour out.
“You know what’s another great thing about Doctor Who? Its own official tumblr, which has always been a spot of joy in this fandom.”
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Karen Gillan’s Dalek impersonation
Doctor Who has been recognised with three nominations for this year’s BAFTA Cymru Film, Television and Interactive Media Awards.
The prestigious nominations came in the categories of Television Drama and Sound with the Adventure Game, Doctor Who: The Gunpowder Plot nominated in the Digital Creativity and Games section. And we’re delighted that The Sarah Jane Adventures has been nominated in the Children’s Programme category.
The winners will be announced at the BAFTA Cymru Awards on Sunday, 30 September 2012 at the Wales Millennium Centre. Good luck to all our nominees!
So be careful. The internets will be full of spoilers.
And we PROMISE you, this is one that you’ll want to know nothing about before watching it.
In this new video, Doctor Who’s head writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, discusses the Daleks, talking about their weaknesses and how he wanted to make them scarier than ever in their new adventure.
For those of you who may have missed our post about this weekend’s season premiere of Doctor Who Series 7, we’ve constructed this handy dandy click-and-drag game to tell you where you should watch “Asylum of the Daleks” and when.
Click on each gif and drag it in order to find out when you’ll be watching this weekend’s premiere, who you will watch it with, what character you will cosplay as, and what you will post to Tumblr about it.
Of course, this game is not valid in all territories and if it determines that you should travel three continents just to see the premiere, we suggest taking it less as a directive and more as a modest suggestion.
Of course, if you want all of the Doctor Who Series 7 premiere info now, you could just click through to the Series 7 Premiere Date Superpost instead.