This Saturday’s Doctor Who episode Flatline reveals new depths to Clara’s character, and features some of the trippiest perspective warps outside of a Holbein painting. But for the latest in his stunning retro poster series, designer Stuart Manning turned to a more recent artist.
"A Doctor Who story involving street art, set in Bristol – no inspiration necessary, so just a case of picking up on the same influences as the episode itself," he told RadioTimes.com "A Banksy-style stencil of the Doctor was just an obvious visual and it’s always nice to be able to sum a story up in a single image." [x]
Featuring the classic lines of the Orient Express, an old fashioned murder mystery, flapper dresses and a 5000 year old mummy, the latest episode of Doctor Who is perfect for designer Stuart Manning’s signature retro style. He explained how he wrapped up Mummy on the Orient Express in a single stunning poster:
"I’ve really been looking forward to this episode," he said. "Agatha Christie meets Universal Horror is such a brilliant combination of influences. I’ve based this one on old crime hardback covers, also incorporating some of the art deco-style type of Universal’s classic horror posters. It’s not every day you get to combine Jazz Age glamour with the looming undead." [x]
The Doctor, Clara and a special guest go on a trip to the moon and find themselves faced with a testing dilemma, in this week’s adventure Kill the Moon. Radio Times designer Stuart Manning explains the inspiration behind his exclusive poster for the episode…
"This one came to me pretty much the moment I read the episode title," says Stuart. "Astronauts and moon landings feel very 1970s to me and, combined with the colour scheme of Doctor Who’s standard-issue orange spacesuits, just somehow felt right.
"This is less of a pastiche of a specific style and more a mash-up of creepy old visuals – a bit of 2001, some ’70s bleakness and a touch of those odd, abstract thriller novel covers of the era. Think of it thoroughly foxed and creased." [x]
The Doctor goes under cover this week, coming face to face not only with the terrifying Skovox Blitzer, but also with Clara’s love interest Danny Pink. Designer Stuart Manning drew influences from the 50s, 60s and 70s to create his poster for episode six, The Caretaker…
"Writer Gareth Roberts’ episodes have a wonderful sense of unfussiness about them, which somehow feels very seventies to me," says Stuart. "So that was the starting point – blocky fonts and simple, chunky shapes. I also wanted to pick up on the theme of overlapping relationships after-hours, but in a tongue in cheek way, which inspired the silhouettes. So film noir meets Abigail’s Party seemed to fit the bill nicely."
Radio Times designer Stuart Manning knocks it out of the park again with his poster for tomorrow’s episode of Doctor Who. This week, Time Heist’s crime caper-inspired plot gave Stuart a few ideas for how it should look.
"Slinky Miss Delphox was the starting point for this one. Keeley Hawes’ publicity pic had such a great silhouette that I immediately wanted to include it. I did a poster for Mad Men a couple of years back, using a similar treatment on Joan, and the idea stuck in my head. The other influence was the heist movie inspiration of the episode itself, which got me thinking about things like Ocean’s 11 and the Rat Pack. In my head, this a sorta special Saul Bass-style title sequence for the episode, playing alongside a Henry Mancini sax-and-harpsichord arrangement of the Doctor Who theme." [x]
At this point in the new series of Doctor Who, designer Stuart Manning’s exclusive posters for every episode are almost as anticipated as the adventures themselves. After Deep Breath and Into the Dalek comes Robot of Sherwood, with Manning taking more retro inspiration from classic sci-fi.
"Gotta love a robot!" he enthuses, "This one has definite shades of Metropolis, particularly on the logo itself and the symmetrical robot image. It’s a great, lurid episode title, so I took the lead from that."
"The end result is probably somewhere between a pulp novel and the packaging for a 50s tin-plate toy… I’d happily buy a wind-up Doctor Who robot knight, now you mention it." [x]
A new series of Doctor Who is almost here – and you can trust Radio Times to mark it in style. The latest issue of the magazine features an exclusive interview and a stunning photo shoot with your new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, as well as showrunner Steven Moffat’s guide to all 12 episodes of the series.
But that’s not all.
Readers with the Blippar app on their iPads or smartphones can unlock a host of interactive content, too. Just aim your device at our cover star’s face to watch a special Doctor Who video – then head inside to discover exclusive photo galleries and character biographies. [x]
The new issue of Radio Times magazine is on sale now in the shops and on Newsstand for iPad or iPhone
The Day of the Doctor has scooped a BAFTA Television Award, the win coming in the Radio Times Audience Award category. This means the accolade was voted for by you and we’d like to thank everyone who helped the show’s fiftieth anniversary adventure achieve such special recognition.
It tops off a great few weeks for Doctor Who, triumphing at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, receiving a number of Hugo nominations along with a nomination for ‘Best of British’ in the Freesat Free TV Awards!
"If you’re a Doctor Who fan, then you might want to listen carefully to next week’s episode of BBC crime drama Shetland."
Episode five of the whodunit?, starring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, is set to feature a sneaky uncredited audio-cameo from the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi; who will be treating viewers to the unmistakable sound of his voice via a radio weather forecast.
Adapted from the novels by Ann Cleeves, the detective drama follows DI Perez’s murder investigations on the Shetland Islands. It’s also executive produced by Peter Capaldi’s wife, Elaine Collins - which, no doubt, explains the surprise. (x)
Episode five airs April 8th on BBC1 at 9PM.
"Sean Pertwee: My Dad Jon was ‘very fond’ of Peter Capaldi"
From promo photos to their costumes, eagle-eyed fans have long been noticing certain similarities between new Doctor Peter Capaldi and the third incarnation of the Time Lord, Jon Pertwee. Well now his son, actor Sean Pertwee, has revealed that the two were friends.
Pertwee, who plays villain Sarazin in BBC1’s The Musketeers alongside Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu, has been talking about his love of the actor and how close he is to his family.
"My father was very fond of Peter and Peter is an extremely lovely gentleman," he told PA. "He was very kind to my family when my father passed away, he was big fan of my dad’s actually. So personally the Pertwee household were absolutely delighted when he got the role of The Doctor."
He also gave his thoughts on how the 55 year-old Capaldi will fare after the fresh-faced tenure of Matt Smith.
"I think he’s going to bring some real gravitas and weight, which only comes with age. Taking nothing away from Matt (Smith), who I thought was great, I just think he’s going to stupendous. He’s going to have a completely different look.
"He’s such a phenomenal actor anyway I think he’ll be absolutely brilliant. I’m delighted he’s doing it." (x)
It’s mere weeks until Matt Smith bids a fond farewell to Doctor Who but we couldn’t let him go without one final hurrah – and a Radio Times cover, of course. This week’s magazine marks Matt’s 13th appearance on the cover as the Doctor, matching the record held by his predecessor, David Tennant. And just in time for the arrival of the 13th Doctor. Neat, eh?
And there are plenty more Doctor Who treats in store this week. For those of you who enjoyed our exclusive message from Matt Smith to celebrate the Doctor’s 50th birthday, we’ve got another from the doors of the Tardis plus a sneak peek behind the scenes on our cover shoot. Download the Blippar app and point your phone at the magazine to unlock all the exclusive content.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got Matt Smith’s final interview reflecting on his last days as the Time Lord and revealing his Hollywood hipster ambitions. One man who predicts a long and successful career for Smith is Steven Moffat who praises his lead Doctor Who actor – along with his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch – for their wise career choices.
The Radio Times is celebrating the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary with not one, but 12 covers.
Inside includes ‘Why you can’t destroy the Doctor’ written by Steven Moffat, retrospectives of each Doctor, interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, an extra shot from ‘The Day of the Doctor’, interviews with famous Doctor Who fans.
Of the six winners, only Blue Peter and Doctor Who are still on the air, with both running for several decades.
The full schedule comprised the following programmes:
"It’s a pretty good representation," said Boyd Hilton, TV critic from Heat Magazine. "They’re all solid, hugely influential shows."
"Doctor Who is absolutely unique. It’s an incredible achievement that it’s lasted for 50 years and been entertaining families for that long."
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