It’s hard to imagine the Doctor Who franchise being in dire straits, but that’s kinda what happened back in 1985 when the production was suspended for a year and it looked as if the show faced cancellation. But — for better or worse — the fans were having none of that!
In March of that year, a charity single was produced, written by the series’ unofficial continuity advisor Ian Levine and freelancer Fiachra Trench. That charity single — a sort of “Doctor’s Band-Aid” for the show — was “Doctor in Distress” but instead of featuring a “Who’s Who” of celebrities, it featured a “…Who?” list of celebrities. (The single was actually released under the artist name “Who Cares?”. Indeed…) To be fair, it did include four regulars from the TV series: Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor), Nicola Bryant (companion Peri Brown), Nicholas Courtney (recurring character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) and Anthony Ainley (the Master). The most famous other names recognizable (at least to me) are band members from The Moody Blues and Ultravox. Oh, and now-famous composer Hans Zimmer supplied the music for this high-energy nightmare that tries to summarize the entirety of the Doctor’s history.
Here’s the video of the outcome. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
The holidays are approaching…and that can only mean one thing! Well, actually, it means several things, but one of the most enjoyable is the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special.
Here’s a trailer for this year’s special…
William Ritter lives and teaches in Springfield, Oregon. The Sherlock Holmes–style adventure Jackaby is his first novel. He began writing Jackaby in the middle of the night when his son was still an infant. After getting up to care for him, Will would lie awake, his mind creating rich worlds and fantasies—such as the one in New Fiddleham. Follow William at his website and on Twitter as @Willothewords.
Doctor Who Distilled
by William Ritter
Your fervent, occasionally unhealthy enthusiasm for Doctor Who has finally piqued the interest of your last non-Whovian friends. You’ve been scribbling “Bad Wolf” in the margins of their history books for years, freaking them out by staring unblinkingly at every stone angel you see, and answering their legitimate questions, such as “What have you done with all of my left shoes?” with a cheeky “Spoilers!” Well, congratulations, all of your hard work has finally paid off—they’ve reached out an arm and given you the chance to pull them aboard the TARDIS!
One problem—that big Peter Capaldi party you’ve been planning is right around the corner! Your Whovian hold-out doesn’t have time to sit down and start from the beginning! You need to cherry-pick the best of the best. (Trust me, don’t leave them to their own devices. My brother-in-law tried “giving it a go” three times on network television. By pure chance he got “The Girl in the Fireplace” EVERY time. He is a fan now, but he’s developed a Pavlovian response and weeps uncontrollable whenever he hears the opening credits.) I don’t recommend starting a newbie with the classic series either—not because it isn’t worthy, but because fine wine is wasted on an unrefined palate. So where to begin?
Without further ado, because I know you’ve got darling little Dalek cupcakes and Cybermuffins to bake before the big day, here is Doctor Who Distilled. In just 5 hours of screen time, these episodes showcase the breadth of Doctor Who. They feature Eccleston, Tennant, Smith, and Hurt’s incarnations of The Doctor, and introduce viewers to Rose, Martha, Donna, Amy, Rory, Jack, River, and Clara.
The source of this video is not known, but I suspect it came from Aweseomeland.
My favorite part: When the Dalek calls Doctor Who a bastard.
“Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho”
First thought: How is this the first time anyone has ever though of this mashup?
Second thought: Props to The Hillywood Show for making a fairly elaborate and enjoyable video!
Craig Ferguson shows his audience the “lost” Doctor Who musical number that’s even campier tan the show itself…
The folks behind How It Should’ve Ended and Superhero Cafe, bring us a special video for Doctor Who Week – Who’s A Hero – featuring Superman, Batman and the Doctor.
“What would a bat do with a screwdriver?”
“You could’ve saved Rory and Amy!”
Everything you need to know is in the title of this post.
Can’t wait until November 23rd for the new Doctor Who? Maybe this will whet your appetite. It’s a short mini-episode called “The Night of the Doctor” and it features Paul McGann as The Doctor.
The full trailer for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, is here!
I’m looking forward to the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special. How about you?
Hi guys! I’m new here and, while I will rarely ever write reviews,* I plan on putting pen to paper (figuratively speaking of course) to share all sorts of geeky and genre related goodies with you beginning today. So, I thought I’d break the ice with some amazing cookie cutters based on a few of our favorite bookish fandoms. Who doesn’t like cookies, right?**
Here goes nothin’…
When the powers-that-be decide to make a real Doctor Who musical, they would do well to take tips from this fan-made video. A catchy show tune, this is…and should the earwom take hold, you can download the song and read the lyrics from bandcamp and listen/sing to your heart’s content.
A pop-tune ode to Doctor Who…
In the prequel to the new season…”the Doctor takes a break on Earth, despondent that he can’t find Clara”…
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, BBC Books is reissuing eleven Doctor Who novels, most of them classics. Each novel features one of the eleven Doctors and has been redesigned with new covers (including 50th anniversary branding) and new introductions.
According to Amazon, all books in the series will be available in March. However, note that BBC’s site lists the release date as July.
Embiggened cover images an synopses follow the jump…
Have you noticed the trend of established authors writing Doctor Who novels? I have, and I wrote about it.
You can find Drawn to the Pages of Doctor Who over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog today.
Or, has it been there for millions of years…?
(See what I did there?)
“It’s your kid, Rory. Something’s got to be done about your kid!”
This video is full of wonderful mash-up moments. I especially liked 9-Stein.
Check it out after the jump! …and whatever you do, don’t blink.