This isn’t the first time The Doctor has used chess to play off against an enemy with Very Big consequences.
This thing with chess in the recent episode, how central it was to the defeat of the enemy and the stakes on the outcome reminded me of an adventure from the time of the Seventh Doctor called ‘The Curse of Fenric’.
One could maybe call it a habit even, and a pretty fantastic one at that.
Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy at the “Lords of Time” conference in Auckland, NZ.
Onscreen they battled to rid the universe of Daleks in a race against time, albeit years apart.
And while the time travel continues with a new doctor in the helm, for two of the actors who played him it seems there’s no time like the present.
Former Doctor Who star David Tennant and veteran actor Sylvester McCoy posed up together at the BBC Audio awards in London on Sunday night.
Doctor Who: The Greatest Show In The Galaxy (1988)
In November 2013, Big Finish will be releasing Doctor Who: The Light at the End, a very special 100-minute story to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who. Tom Baker (1974-81), Peter Davison (1982-84), Colin Baker (1984-86), Sylvester McCoy (1987-89) and Paul McGann (1996) will all reprise their roles as, respectively, the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors, whose paths suddenly intersect when they face imminent destruction.
“We wanted to do a proper, fully-fledged multi-Doctor story for this very special occasion,” says writer, director and executive producer Nicholas Briggs, “and it’s wonderful that all the surviving Doctors threw themselves behind the project so enthusiastically. That’s not to say the first three Doctors don’t appear – we wanted to pay homage to the whole history of the classic series.”
The Doctors will also be joined by a number of their regular companions: Louise Jameson reprises the role of the savage Leela, Sarah Sutton plays the scientist Nyssa, Nicola Bryant is American botany student Peri, Sophie Aldred is streetwise kid Ace and India Fisher returns as Edwardian adventurer Charley Pollard.
“And that’s not all,” says producer David Richardson, “because Geoffrey Beevers is back to create mayhem as the Master, and there will be a number of appearances from some much-cherished old friends from the TV series…”
Doctor Who: The Light at the End will be released in two different versions. A five-disc limited special edition comes with two hour-long documentaries, plus The Revenants, a Companion Chronicles tale which began life as a free Doctor Who Magazine download. It’s performed by William Russell, who starred in the very first TV story as Ian Chesterton. The special edition comes in beautiful special packaging, and will include a number of exclusive professionally photographed images of the cast.
The standard edition comprises two discs, featuring the two hour-long episodes of the story.
Disclaimer: these are not meant to be defining characteristics of each Doctor. They are all meant to be facets of his personality overall :)
The collection marks the 50th anniversary of sci-fi show Doctor Who, with all 11 Doctors getting their own first class stamp.
Four of the show’s most notorious villains, including the Daleks and the Cybermen, star on the second class set.
The show first ran from 1963 to 1989. A successful revival returned it to Saturday night schedules in 2005.
Andrew Hammond of the Royal Mail said the commemorative selection “pay tribute to the brilliant actors that have played the Doctor over the years, as well as the adversaries that helped make the show so popular”
Oh I do love a jam session.
Paul McGann as The Doctor in the television movie Doctor Who
Inspired by Alan Moore’s run on DC Comics’ Swamp Thing and armed with new companion Ace, a trouble Dorothy Gale with a dark past who came closer to the Doctor and understanding him than any of his pre-2005 waifs and strays ever had before, script editor Andrew Cartmel began to construct darker, more intense stories that suited the darker, more intense delivery of Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor, the cosmic chessmaster who moved his enemies and allies across the board with an enthusiasm that bordered on callous.
Seventh Doctor, Remembrance of the Daleks