Wednesday, 23 July 2014

More Details Announced for 50th Anniversary DVD/Blu-Ray Collection

More details regarding the much rumoured 50th Anniversary Collection on DVD and Blu-Ray have been revealed.  The boxsets are limited to 4000 units on DVD and 6000 units on Blu-Ray.  The set will feature:

The Name of the Doctor
The Night of the Doctor
The Day of the Doctor
The Time of the Doctor
An Adventure in Space & Time
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot


Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide
The Science of Doctor Who
Doctor Who Proms 2013
The Last Day
The Day of the Doctor Readthrough
The Day of the Doctor Cinema Intros
Deleted Scenes
Behind the Scenes action
BBC America Documentary: Tales from the Tardis
BBC America Documentary: Farewell to Matt Smith

This will be the first time that "An Adventure in Space and Time" will be available on Blu-Ray in the UK.  The set will be released on 8 September 2014 in the UK.

Update:  The set is now available to Pre-Order from the BBC Shop.  The DVD Set is £28.99 and the Blu-Ray set is £31.99.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Photos - Karen Gillan - "Guardians of the Galaxy" - LA Premiere

Last night saw the Los Angeles Premiere of the new Marvel film "Guardians of the Galaxy" starring Karen Gillan as Nebula.  Below, courtesy of are some photos from the event.  More photos - and of a larger size - are in the Coppermine Gallery:

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Cybermen at St Paul's...Again

It's St Paul's again - Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez, along with a troop of Cybermen are filming near St Paul's echoing the 1968 story, "The Invasion".   These scenes are apparently for the Series 8 finale.  The steps used in 1968 no longer exist - replaced with a slope with the odd small set of steps - so it certainly appears to be a present day setting.

Good to see that these are Neil Gaiman's Cybermen - I really like them but I do wish they'd change the voices.  They can be a tad difficult to understand at times.

For those who haven't seen it, here's the iconic photo from 1968:

Thursday, 17 July 2014

New BBC Worldwide Statement on the Series 8 Leaks

BBC Worldwide have released a new statement regarding the recent script/unfinished episode "leaks":
We would like to thank Doctor Who fans everywhere for their amazing efforts in helping us contain the recent leaks. 
The mistake was damaging and resulted in the exposure of five scripts and the first six unfinished episodes from Series 8 on a publicly accessible FTP site.  While there is still a risk that this leak will result in more of this content emerging, so far the impact has been contained to a limited amount of this material through a combination of fans efforts and the plan that we put in place using new technology and internal manpower to limit any illegal activity. 
We would particularly like to thank the fansite moderators and Doctor Who devotees who have actively protected the programme. 
BBC Worldwide has taken this issue extremely seriously and disciplinary action has been implemented as a result of the incident. 
Our sincere apologies again to Steven Moffat, the cast and production team who toil long hours to make the show in Cardiff, the BBC, and of course the fans who expect so much better. 
So, an apology, a thank you and disciplinary action.  You'd like to think they'd learn from this - but seriously, don't hold your breath.

Doctor Who Global Tour - "Deep Breath" BFI London Screening

Well, it was sort of odds-on that the BFI would be involved.  It is a good venue - even though I think it's a wee bit small now for this kind of thing.  However, Thursday 7 August 2014 is the date and 6.30pm is the time.  So, with the Cardiff premiere taking place the same day at 12.15pm, they may well need a quick getaway to zip to London.

As usual, the BFI will hold a ticket ballot.  There are 2 separate ballots - for BFI members and for non-members.
Ahead of our major season ’Sci Fi – Days of Fear and Wonder’ commencing in October, the BFI is proud to present the feature-length premiere episode of the new series of Doctor Who entitled Deep Breath. Written by Steven Moffat and produced by Nikki Wilson, this will see Peter Capaldi launch as the 12th Doctor, one of TV’s most iconic roles, alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara. 
Tickets £16, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £1.50 less). 
Tickets to this event will be balloted and you can apply for up to two tickets online at any time before 20:30 on Sunday 20 July. At that point tickets will be allocated to applicants at random to ensure the fairest allocation possible. All applicants will be informed if they’ve been successful by Thursday 24 July.
Any unclaimed ballot tickets will go on general sale at 11.30 AM on Monday 28 July.
For more information and the ballot links simply go to the BFI Website.


Monday, 14 July 2014

Screencaps - Doctor Who Series 8 Trailer

Courtesy of "Life, Doctor Who & Combom", a batch of screencaps from the Series 8 trailer have been uploaded to the Coppermine Gallery.  Samples below - right click and open in new tab/window for larger versions.  The ones in the Coppermine Gallery are slightly larger.

You also might be interested in the fact that Jonathan over at Life, Doctor Who & Combom has done a pretty awesome breakdown of the trailer.  You can also download a zip file of all the screencaps on the same page. 

Global Tour - Sydney and Seoul Details Confirmed

BBC Worldwide - yes..them - have announced the details for the Seoul and Sydney stops on the Global Tour.  The team will visit Seoul on 9 August 2014 and the event will take place at the IFC Mall:
Seoul is the first city for the world tour with main actor and actress from Doctor Who on 9th of August. 
BBC Worldwide today announced that the very first Doctor Who Global Publicity Tour will land in Seoul on Saturday, August the 9th. Korea is the first stop in the major global publicity tour to launch the new series of Doctor Who and introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor.The twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi and the Doctor’s on-screen companion, played by Jenna Coleman will land in Korea on 9 August and will spend the day with Korean fans and media. 
The fan event will take place at IFC mall on the 9th and will start with a special fan screening of the new season's first episode. After the screening, Peter and Jenna will meet with Korean Doctor Who fans. The fan meeting will take place at 5.00pm at the atrium of the mall and is open to all. 
To celebrate the Korea stop of Doctor Who: The World Tour, there will be competitions where fans can win tickets to the screenings that will take place in multiple cinemas. More information about these competitions will be released later this week. Fans can follow doctorwho_kor on twitter for details.
The Sydney "fan event" takes place on 12 August 2014 at the Stage Theatre:
Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and his onscreen companion Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) will be live on stage at the State Theatre, Sydney for a one-time-only fan event on Tuesday 12 August.  
Following on from last year's smash-hit 50th anniversary celebrations for Doctor Who, BBC Worldwide is thrilled to be bringing the stars of the show to Australia as part of a major global tour to launch the latest series and introduce fans to the new Doctor.  
Join the stars for an exclusive Q&A hosted by long-time Doctor Who fan, Adam Spencer, and be the first in Australia to see Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor with a special screening of the feature-length premiere episode of the new series.   Fans will also be given the opportunity to put some of their own questions to the stars.
Details of the rest of the itinerary are expected to be announced very soon.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Video - New Doctor Who Series 8 Trailer

At halftime during the World Cup Final, the BBC aired the following cracking trailer for Series 8:

"Deep Breath" rough cut appears online...

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you'll know that recently, due to a BBC Worldwide "open" server, the scripts for the first five episodes of Series 8 appeared online.  On the same server were mp4s of the first five episodes - these didn't appear online so we all thought they hadn't been downloaded.  "Deep Breath" has now hit the internet.  It's a rough cut, black and white version with no cgi and "BBC Worldwide" watermarked all over it.

Originally, I wasn't going to comment on this.  As with the scripts, I have no intention of finding this or downloading it.  Quite rightly, the blame is being laid solidly at the feet of BBC Worldwide - their history of cock-ups is quite extensive.  A technical point - BBC Worldwide and the BBC are not the same thing.  BBC Worldwide is the commercial arm but it is wholly owned by the BBC.   I've no doubt the BBC themselves are angry and fit to burst about this - it harms their product after all.

Now, Steven Moffat said something interesting at London Film and Comic Con yesterday - he said that the script leaks had been "horrible, miserable and upsetting" for the Doctor Who team and then commented that "they were stolen, it's theft".  He also used a "you wouldn't steal from a car with an open window" analogy.  That's quite true - just because a door or window has been left open doesn't mean you go inside and nick stuff.  BBC Worldwide were incompetent idiots for leaving this window open...but what about the person/people who saw this and immediately stole the material by downloading it?  Why not simply inform the BBC and BBC Worldwide about the server?  Is it because the download culture online is so extensive that it's taken as being normal behaviour?

We've all done it - we've all downloaded things online.  The difference in this case being that this is stolen material that was not going to be broadcast.  Have no doubt - this IS illegal.  Some sites are saying that the Police are involved - I hope they are.  This needs to stop.  Heads should roll at BBC Worldwide but the person or people who blatantly stole this material from their server and spread it around need to be heavily punished too.

Here's the latest statement from BBC Worldwide - they also point out the illegality but their investigation is going to be watched very closely and I think it's only right that their conclusions are made public:

"This is part of BBC Worldwide's ongoing security investigation into leaked unfinished Doctor Who materials. This content is currently being removed and originates from the same Miami server we disabled last week, it is not a new issue. We'd like to thank the amazing Doctor Who fans who are continuing to keep fansites and social media spoiler-free but would remind anyone downloading and sharing this material that it is illegal to do so."

I can't tell you what to do.  You guys will have to make up your own minds on this but, be honest, do you REALLY want to see a rough, cgi-less black and white version?  You want to illegally download something because you can't wait a few weeks to see the proper, finished version?  Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and the production team deserve a bit more respect - they've worked their socks off and the very least we can do is wait until the finished version is transmitted.  

I'll get off my soapbox now....

Friday, 11 July 2014

Promo Images - Karen Gillan - "Selfie"

ABC have released a nice batch of promo images for Karen Gillan's new project - "Selfie".  Larger versions are in the Coppermine Gallery:

Sanjeev Bhaskar to Guest Star in Series 8 Finale

Sanjeev Bhaskar himself broke the news on twitter last night that he would be guest starring in the Series 8 finale:

Now it's also been confirmed by the BBC Press Office:
Popular comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar is to join the cast of Doctor Who when the series returns to BBC One on 23 August. 
Speaking about the role, Bhaskar said: “I’m thrilled to have made a small contribution to and now be part of the Doctor Who universe. Another dream box ticked!” 
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, says: “I’m completely thrilled that Sanjeev Bhaskar is coming to the aid of the Doctor. The danger is never deadlier than in a finale episode, and the Time Lord is going to need all the help he can get!” 
Filming is well underway for Series 8 of Doctor Who. Guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series include Michelle Gomez, Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.
That is one very impressive guest cast list for Series 8.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

"Deep Breath" - First Look Image

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly magazine, below is the first look image from "Deep Breath" - obviously prior to 12 acquiring his new costume - right click and open in new tab/window for larger version (full size version now in the Coppermine Gallery):

Let's hope the official promo images are released soon...