“What [Moffat’s] written is just spellbinding. It’s one of the best [episodes] ever, ever, ever.”
Actor Matt Smith has promised the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be “the biggest and the best”.
The celebratory one-off November 3D episode begins filming in April and Matt said on tonight’s Jonathan Ross show that he is already excited.
Time Lord Matt said of the special episode: “It will be undoubtedly the biggest and the best. And it will be one of the most exciting years for the show.
“With 3D, Steven (Moffat) is so clever. He doesn’t just throw things at the screen, I’d get bored then.
“I have read the script and Steven is on fine form. It won’t disappoint.”
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, BBC Books are reissuing eleven classic Doctor Who novels - one for each Doctor - from across their fiction range. Repackaged with new introductions and bold new covers, they’re not only a collectable set for fans, but a brilliant introduction to the depth and range of the Doctor Who fiction universe.
Titles include classic classic TV novel Remembrance of the Daleks, as well as original novels from Mark Gatiss, Terrance Dicks and Dan Abnett.
All eleven novels are available to buy now from Random House in paperback or ebook.
Ben Aaronovitch, Dan Abnett, Terrance Dicks and Gary Russell will be signing copies of their novels at Forbidden Planet in London, on Saturday 9 March. More details about the signings here (this link takes you to a site beyond our control).
Read the blurbs below, or see a gallery of the beautiful new 50th anniversary covers.
Ten Little Aliens
Deep in the heart of a hollowed-out moon the First Doctor finds a chilling secret: ten alien corpses, frozen in time at the moment of their death. They are the empire’s most wanted terrorists, and their discovery could end a war devastating the galaxy. But is the same force that killed them still lurking in the dark? And what are its plans for the people of Earth?
Dreams of Empire
On a barren asteroid, the once-mighty Haddron Empire is on the brink of collapse, torn apart by civil war. The one man who might have saved it languishes in prison, his enemies planning his death and his friends plotting his escape. The Second Doctor arrives as the last act of this deadly drama is being played out – and with both terrifying killers and cunning traitors to defeat, the future hangs in the balance.
Last of the Gaderene
The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious – when black-shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at UNIT. The Third Doctor is sent to investigate – and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way…
Festival of Death
The Beautiful Death is the ultimate theme-park ride: a sightseeing tour of the afterlife. But something has gone wrong, and when the Fourth Doctor arrives in the aftermath of the disaster, he is congratulated for saving the population from destruction – something he hasn’t actually done yet. He has no choice but to travel back in time and discover how he became a hero. And then he finds out. He did it by sacrificing his life.
Fear of the Dark
On a moon of the ruined planet Akoshemon, an age-old terror is about to be reborn. Something that remembers the spiral of war, pestilence and deprivation – and rejoices in it. The Fifth Doctor joins a team of archaeologists searching for evidence of the planet’s infamous past, and uncovers more than just ancient history. Forced to confront his own worst fears, even the Doctor will be pushed to breaking point – and beyond.
Arriving on the sun-baked veldt in the middle of the Boer War, the Sixth Doctor is soon involved in the adventures of struggling politician and war correspondent Winston Churchill. Of course, he knows Churchill is destined for great things, but unseen forces seem to be interfering with Winston’s historic career… The Doctor suspects the hidden hand of the Players, mysterious beings who regard human history as little more than a game. With time running out, can the Doctor find the right moves to defeat them?
Remembrance of the Daleks
With unfinished business to attend to, the Seventh Doctor returns to where it all began: Coal Hill School in London in 1963. Last time he was here, the Doctor left something behind – a powerful Time Lord artefact that could unlock the secrets of time travel. Can the Doctor retrieve it before two rival factions of Daleks track it down? And even if he can, how will the Doctor prevent the whole of London becoming a war zone as the Daleks meet in explosive confrontation?
Anji has just had the worst week of her life. She should be back at her desk, not travelling through time and space in a police box. The Eighth Doctor is supposed to be taking her home, so why are there dinosaurs outside? The Doctor doesn’t seem to know either, or else he surely would have mentioned the homicidal princesses, teen terrorists and mad robots? One thing is certain: Anji is never going to com- plain about Monday mornings in the office again.
Reports of a time disturbance lead the Ninth Doctor to modern-day London, where he discovers a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. A trip back to the dawn of humanity only deepens the mystery: who are these strange humans from the far future now living in the distant past? The Doctor must learn the truth about the Osterberg experiment before history is changed forever.
Wilfred Mott is very happy: his granddaughter, Donna, is back home, catching up with family and gossiping about her journeys, and he has just discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Tenth Doctor with him to the naming ceremony. But the Doctor soon discovers something else new, and worryingly bright, in the heavens – something that is heading for Earth. It’s an ancient force from the Dark Times. And it is very, very angry…
The Silent Stars Go By
The winter festival is approaching for the hardy colony of Morphans, but no one is in the mood to celebrate. They’re trying to build a new life on a cold new world, but each year gets harder and harder. It’s almost as if some dark force is working against them. Then three mysterious travelers arrive out of the midwinter night, one of them claiming to be a doctor. Are they bringing the gift of salvation or doom? And what else might be lurking out there, about to wake up?
DOCTOR WHO REVISTED: PATRICK TROUGHTON - The Second Doctor. Feb 24 on BBCAmerica
2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors.
Don’t miss the Premiere of the second DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Second Doctor episode “The Tomb of the Cybermen” Sunday Feb 24 at 8pm ET on BBC America.
Take an in-depth look at the second incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, who brought a new energy, impish charm & boundless enthusiasm to the role, and meet his fearless Scottish highlander companion, Jamie McCrimmon. Plus, get a close look at one of his most iconic foes, the Cybermen! With exclusive interviews with stars David Tennant & John Barrowman, Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, Executive Producer Caro Skinner, and more!
Then, in “The Tomb of the Cybermen,” the TARDIS arrives on the planet Telos where an Earth archaeological expedition, led by Professor Parry, is attempting to uncover the lost tombs of the Cybermen…
We’ll be reblogging your tagged posts from Gallifrey One all weekend.
The first two events at the BFI Southbank, London, were a massive success: An Unearthly Child in January and The Tomb of the Cybermen last weekend. Tickets for the Jon Pertwee story The Mind of Evil (10 March) sold out in minutes. But – many were asking – which serial would be selected to represent Tom Baker from his diverse seven-year tenure?
“Genesis, Talons, Zygons or Pyramids? How to choose just one story from the era of the fourth Doctor has to be the cruellest choice of all,” says BFI programmer Justin Johnson, contacting us between screenings at the “chilly” Berlin Film Festival. “In the end, we went for this fine story with Tom Baker at his sparkling best and four episodes of sheer joy… I just wish we had a venue with 20,000 seats!!”
First shown in 1977, The Robots of Death has long been a fan favourite. A suspenseful, beautifully designed four-parter, it features Tom Baker in his prime, with the always brilliant Louise Jameson as Leela, the Doctor’s leather-clad “noble savage” companion. The adventure unfolds aboard a gigantic mobile Sandminer, run by a small band of humans whose robot servants suddenly become homicidal…
The date and time of the event are now fixed: Saturday 20 April, 2.00pm. Guests are still to be finalised.
Doctor Who celebrates its 50th birthday in November, but it is not the first time viewers have had the chance to see the Time Lord in 3D. Doctor Who’s 30th anniversary was marked in 1993 with a 3D story, Dimensions in Time, broadcast as part of Children In Need. The two-part adventure was filmed on EastEnders’ Albert Square set, and featured Doctor Who stars past and present, as well as cast members from the BBC soap. Stevan Moffat, the show’s lead writer and producer said the latest 3D escapade would bring a “whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore”.
The special was announced as part of the BBC’s latest round of drama commissions, which will also see Call The Midwife return in 2014.
Update: story link fixed!
Radio Times is kicking off its Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations in style this week by giving away eight exclusive collectable postcards featuring some of the Time Lord’s most iconic appearances on the cover of the magazine.
Free with the new issue of Radio Times, the images range from an early appearance by the Cybermen to an iconic shot of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton; a comic-book style clash between the Daleks and Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor, to a historic five Doctors cover – plus encounters with the Time Lord’s latest incarnations David Tennant and Matt Smith.
There are two sets of cards to collect, each featuring four different designs – get your hands on the whole lot from Tuesday 12 February, when the magazine materialises in newsagents.
Visit Radio Times for more info.
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….
Read the story at Radio Times
Star Trek references/shout-outs/homages in Doctor Who
Being the longest running sci-fi universe, it’s nice to be able to acknowledge a younger show every now and then.
with Waris Hussein, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Mark Gatiss, and more.