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Doctor Who Companion Debbie Watling Dies

Doctor Who Companion Debbie Watling Dies

Watling with an Ice Warrior in a 1967 episode of Doctor Who.

By Steve Green: Deborah (Debbie) Watling (1948-2017): British actress, died 21 July aged 69 Best-known for playing Patrick Troughton’s companion “Victoria” in Doctor Who (40 episodes, 1967-68), her other genre appearances included H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man (11 episodes, 1958-59), Out of the Unknown (1966 adaptation of John Rankine’s ‘The World in Silence’), Where Time Began (a 1977 animated adaptation of Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth). She reprised her Doctor Who role in the 1993 Comic Relief minisode Dimensions in Time and the non-BBC Downtime (1995), then appeared as herself in the 2013 spoof The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, directed by former timelord Peter Davison.

She was a five-time guest at Gallifrey One, the Los Angeles Doctor Who con. Her first visit was in 1991.

The 13th Doctor is Revealed

Few TV casting announcements can have been as long awaited as the name of Doctor Who’s 13th Time Lord and when the revelation finally came it sent social media into a frenzy.

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world joined the debate about the news that Jodie Whittaker is to star as the first female Doctor.

While some people talked about the great role model the new Doctor would be for girls and women, others wondered why it had taken so long and some were firmly in the camp that the Doctor was only ever meant to be male.

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A few Doctor Who Christmas videos

 

From Josée:

And a few Doctor Who Christmas videos until the real thing.
Enjoy!
The Doctor Puppet Christmas special was a labour of love made before the launch of the Doctor Puppet series.

 

Join the Doctor Puppets for a musical Doctor Who Christmas adventure!   “A Timelord Christmas” is a labour of love made by a truly dedicated crew of artists and musicians. It was produced and animated in under a month in a tiny Brooklyn apartment. The music and vocals were produced and recorded in England.

Join the Twelfth Doctor and Clara for a mysterious Christmas adventure.

Doctor Puppet is a Doctor Who fan series made by a team of professional artists and musicians. It’s a labor of love. The puppets and animation are created in a tiny New York City apartment. The music and vocals are produced and recorded in England. This video took over 3 months to make.

The Twelfth Doctor plays a Christmas duet with the stars. Peace, joy, and rock n’ roll.

Doctor Puppet is a Doctor Who fan series made by a team of professional artists. It’s a labor of love. The puppets and animation are created in a tiny New York City apartment. The music is produced and recorded in England.

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UNKNOWN CHRISTMAS COMPANION. ScreenRant says who is a mystery: Doctor Who 2016 Christmas Special Features ‘Different Guest Companion’”.

http://screenrant.com/doctor-who-christmas-special-2016-companion/

David Tennant and Steven Moffat each received honorary degrees from different schools in Scotland.

 

EXEC COMMENTS ON TREK FAN FILM GUIDELINES. Axamonitor has a thorough article covering what a CBS representative has said about interpreting the new guidelines.

COSTUMERS AHOY! Costume-Con 36 (2018) in San Diego has picked its hotel and set a date. The con will take place May 11-14, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley. The hotel is adjacent to the Hazard Center Mall (which offers several restaurant options) and it is across the street from the San Diego Trolley.

TOLKIEN AT WAR. On the anniversary of the first day of the Somme, Joseph Loconte muses about “How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front”. Loconte’s book A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 was released a year ago.

Netflix is rebooting Lost in Space

The science fiction drama is coming in 2018 http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/30/12064988/lost-in-space-tv-reboot-netflix-announced

Meet the new companion!

Her name is Bill and she has never met Daleks before.

 

I don’t know whatever possessed the Beeb to announce the new companion during an FA cup semi-final, but it is England, and one of the teams was Man United.  Man United won in overtime, which is all that mattered to some in this household.

BBC One today announced Pearl Mackie will join the Doctor Who cast as the Doctor’s new companion. Pearl was exclusively revealed to audiences on BBC One during half time of the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday 23rd August.

On joining the cast in her first major television role, Pearl said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It’s such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the TARDIS my home!

Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character, I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space. Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in – I can’t wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series.

Continue reading Meet the new companion!

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  • Ask Lovecraft:  Captain America
  • Jurassic Sequel is a go, apparently
  • New Dr Who Companion to be announced tomorrow during the Manunited / Everton football match.

 

  • Ask Lovecraft, Captain America, a bit of silliness.

 

  •  New Dr Who Companion to be announced tomorrow during the Manunited / Everton football match.   We’ll be getting different ads, but watch social media light up.  READ MORE
  • Jurassic Sequel is a go, according to a small article in Montreal Gazette. J A Bayona will direct. Colin Trevorrow will still co-write, and will be executive producer, but won’t be directing because he will be at the helm of Star Wars: Episode IX for 2019.

Hopping over to IMDB, we learn: Universal has announced that a sequel to Jurassic World will be released on Friday, June 22, 2018. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return to star. Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, who did a rewrite on World, will write the script for the sequel. Steven Spielberg will return to executive produce and Frank Marshall to produce. Trevorrow, who is not expected to return to direct, will also be an executive producer on the Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment sequel. »

 

 

 

3 Doctor Who stories

File 770 posted 3 Dr Who Stories that I thought would interest the MonSFFen. Two are about the spin-off, Class, and the third is about Gallifrey One 2017 in LA.  Apparently, 2016 tickets sold out in under 2 minutes.

(1) HEAD OF THE CLASS. From Variety: “’Doctor Who’ Spinoff ‘Class’ Taps Katherine Kelly to Lead Ensemble Cast”.

Happy Valley” alum Katherine Kelly has been tapped to lead an ensemble of newcomers in the “Doctor Who” spinoff “Class.”

Kelly will play a teacher at Coal Hill School, an institution that has been part of the “Doctor Who” universe since its inception in 1963. Students will be played by newbies Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah.

Filming on “Class” begins this week. There’s no word yet on a target premiere date for the BBC Three/BBC America series created by Patrick Ness. “Doctor Who” and “Class” exec producer Steven Moffat likened the series to a British version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

(2) ROLL CALL. Sci-Fi Storm completes the roster – “BBC announces the Class of Class”.

Joining Kelly as students at the school are Greg Austin (Mr. Selfridge), Fady Elsayed (My Brother the Devil), Sophie Hopkins (The Meeting Place) and newcomer Vivian Oparah.

With the focus on the young adult audience, each of the students is described as having “hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow — and possibly the end of existence.”

(3) TWO MINUTE WARNING. Tickets for next year’s Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who-themed convention in LA, go on sale April 16.

As we prepare for Gallifrey One 2017 ticket sales to start, please remember: tickets to Gallifrey One 2016 sold out in less than two minutes. We mention this because we want to emphasize very strongly that you should be prepared to be ready to purchase your tickets shortly before the time announced above….

2017 Ticket Prices

Prices for tickets to our 2017 Gallifrey One convention are as follows:

$95.00 Adult Full Weekend

$50.00 Teen Full Weekend (Ages 12-16)

$20.00 Child Full Weekend (Ages 3-11)

…Please note that we have elected to discontinue single-day tickets for 2017 in order to adequately support our entire attendee base with a complete weekend full of programming. All tickets will allow entry into the 2017 convention at any time throughout the weekend, and attendee badges can be picked up from Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning.

Possible Cure for DW Withdrawal Symptoms?

Contributed by Josée Bellemare

Since there won’t be any new episodes of Doctor Who until 2017, so for those of you going through Doctor Who withdrawal I have found a DW web series you may like.

The star and producer is a young man named Luke Newman. With the regular episodes, the mini episodes, and the behind the scenes look there are over two dozen videos available. Some episodes are better than others and the Tardis console he built is quite impressive.

If you need a Doctor Who fix, look up DoctorWho2012 on Youtube.

“Two hearts–doesn’t mean I’m any kinder…

Dr Who News

Brian Blessed, of “Gordon’s Alive” fame expressed an interest in playing the next Doctor. Not sure if he said it first, or if he was responding to a question. If a reporter asked if the role would interest him, he would hardly say, oh, hell, no, lousy show.

He had a role in Doctor Who years back as a barbarian who married Peri, Colin Baker’s companion. He also played two different roles in Blake’s 7. He’s 79, now, and has a pace-maker.

Apparently, he had been asked to consider following William Hartnell. It might have worked then, but with the possible exception of Colin Baker, none of the Doctors since was as flamboyant as Brian Blessed. It would have taken the Doctor in a whole new direction!

I saw Brian Blessed at Visions in Chicago; to say he was a character would be an understatement. He’s a huge bear of a man. I can still hear him bellowing,” We don’t need microphones, we’re British! ” At the time, he was preparing to climb Mount Everest.