Planet Gallifrey: August 2009

Monday, August 31

Sarah Jane Adventures

It's back on Thursday 15th October, and Digital Spy have the details...

'Prisoner of the Judoon'
Adopting a similar policy to last season's opening Sontaran tale, the first story features the return of some aesthetically displeasing aliens from Doctor Who. The rhino-like intergalactic law enforcers from 'Smith and Jones' are back, with Nick Briggs once again on vocal duties.

Producer Nikki Wilson told SFX magazine: "The Judoon are joining us in our series opener, alongside a brand new monster, a reptilian character called Androvax, a Veil. He's under arrest when one of the Judoon's life carriers crashes on Earth, so a Judoon's hunting down his prisoner who's escaped."

'The Mad Woman in the Attic'

Sadly not a remake of a legendary Cracker episode of the same name, unless butchering innocent women on trains is suitable CBBC material these days. The contents of the story are shrouded in secrecy, but the cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson, Toby Parkes, Souad Faress, Gregg Sulkin and Kate Fleetwood.

'The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith'

Whenever the chiming of wedding bells can be heard in the Whoniverse, it's a sign that something strange is happening. Just look at Gwen Cooper's shapeshifter-dominated wedding in Torchwood. Just what lies in store for Sarah Jane as she prepares to walk down the aisle? She'd better have a sonic wedding ring to accessorise with her lip gloss.

The big news is that David Tennant will be featuring prominently as The Doctor in this story. "Viewers thought they may have to wait until November for the next full episode of Doctor Who," stated showrunner Russell T Davies, "but this is an extra special treat. It's not just a cameo from David - this is a full-on appearance for The Doctor as he and Sarah Jane face their biggest threat ever."

Sarah Jane herself, actress Elisabeth Sladen, added: "When I heard the news that David was going to be joining us, I was absolutely over the moon. Not only has it made my day but it will also make the viewers' day. It's fantastic news that Sarah Jane is going to spend some time working with The Doctor again and is testament to just how successful this CBBC series is."

But what is this big threat that awaits us? Could it lie in the form of the debonair Nigel Havers, who has personified suave in a glittering acting career?

Sladen's real-life husband Brian Miller shows up in front of the camera, too. Nikki Wilson told Doctor Who Magazine: "He was simply ideal casting for this pivotal role, which sees him in conflict with Sarah Jane and the gang. Although there's a lot more going on with Brian's character than might first appear." In addition, the ever-sinister Trickster is lurking around the church. The prospect of him and The Doctor locking horns is mouthwatering...

'The Eternity Trap'

This tale is reportedly a ghost story which features an extraterrestrial that can make people play games against their will. Floella Benjamin reprises her role as Professor Celeste Rivers from the Pharos Institute, who previously appeared in the stories 'The Lost Boy' and 'The Day Of The Clown' as an ally of Sarah Jane. The main villain is called Erasmus Darkening, played by veteran actor Donald Sumpter.

'Mona Lisa's Revenge'

Has someone been watching Ghostbusters II? This brilliantly titled two-parter involves a painting that appears to come alive, although it's not the first time that Mona Lisa has featured in the Whoniverse. For the superb 1979 story 'The City Of Death' is partially set in the Parisian art gallery Le Louvre, which houses Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece.

Former Corrie star Suranne Jones guests in this episode, but has she swapped Moaner Karen for Mona Lisa? Possibly, but this has yet to be confirmed. Nikki Wilson certainly has high hopes for her role, as she stated: "We conceived the character in a story meeting about 18 months ago and immediately named Suranne as perfect to play her - never imagining we'd actually get someone who's in so much demand."

Drop The Dead Donkey legend Jeff Rawle appears too, 25 years after starring in the Doctor Who story 'Frontios'. Newsround presenter, BBC Entertainment Correspondent (and more importantly Whovian) Lizo Mzimba is also part of this story, presumably playing himself.

'The Gift'

Very little is known about the season finale, but it will surely please fans of all things Raxacoricofallapatorian. That's about as much fun to type as it is to say. It looks like the Slitheen mob are in conflict with cousins from their home world - the Blathereens. Whatever its merits, the final two episodes look like they'll be a real gas!

I can also exclusively reveal that the Blathereen will be... orange!

Saturday, August 29

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

I'm aware that I've only just got back into the swing of things, and PG has just got going once more, but I'm afraid I have to abandon you all again!

It wont be forever this time, just for 2 weeks while I'm taken on holiday (lucky me ey?). For all I know there might be internet where I'm going, in which case I can update and whatnot, but just incase there isn't I thought I'd warn you.

You have been warned!

As for PG, I've updated things to the best of my ability:

So have fun with all of that!
I know there's still some stuff left to do, but it shall be done in due time.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who left me such wonderful comments. You have no idea how much it means to me that even after going awol for 2 months, people still cared enough to keep coming back.

I missed the Whoniverse and all Whovian inhabitants muchly!


Product of BabelColour... GO AND WORSHIP HIM!

Episode ??

At the moment, we only have very early set reports for series 5. Of course I have no idea which filming is for which episode, or even if they're the same episode or not... But I like organising things and so they shall be organised!

Episode Location: Earth, WWII
Aliens/Enemies: Daleks
New Characters: Churchill
Gadgets Used: Unknown
Episode Objective: Unknown

Filming
At the moment I have no idea what order these come in, I'm just listing them in the order they were filmed. I also have no idea if these are even for the same episode. Isn't guessing fun!

1st Report (22/08/09)
The BBC has been filming the latest series of the show at a council-owned World War Two underground bunker near the TA Centre in West Cross.

The special effects crew arrived on the set early yesterday, and the location was a hive of activity as cameras rolled inside the Joint Resilience Centre, off Mumbles Road.

Location manager Gareth Skelding was keen to keep details under wraps and would not spill the beans on which actors were on location.

He said: "There's very little I can say — it's all a big secret. Obviously, we don't want the storylines to get out. We're filming inside the Joint Resilience Building, which makes it easier to keep it quiet."


2nd Report (27/08/09)
Filming went on at North Road, on the roof of the Glamorgan building in Cardiff Uni.


First up, there were some trailers set up with the signs on their doors reading: Childers, Todd and Bracewell.

There were reports of 'hundreds' of sandbags on the roof that resemble a bunker of some kind. Lots of barbed wire all about, and a WWII soldier spotted with gun.


Indy125 reported how "I can't see anything but I can hear people shouting "bang!" and things like "cease firing" echoing down the lightwell. There's also a smoky haze drifting down."

There was also some dialogue floating down about "our new secret weapon"...

Spotted on the roof:
The Doctor
Amy (in the same costume as on the beach)
A dalek which is a grey/black matte in color
A Scientist believed to be played by Bill Paterson

You can see more amazing photos of this here:


3rd Report (28/08/09)
Filming took place at Jacob's Antiques, but although it was inside, the intrepid set reporters have still managed to dish out the goods!

First off, there were a few trailer doors, which read:
The Doctor, Amy, Enemy No.2, and Churchill.

Its assumed that Enemy No.2 is referring to the Daleks since Nick Briggs (voice of the Daleks) was spotted leaving the building:


Alun.Vega (the god who he is) has pieced together everything he's witnessed into a comprehensive and excitable account of what he thinks is going on:

As far as I can tell, the story so far is that Bill Paterson's character is some kind of Professor, a boffin working for Churchill during WW2. He believes he's invented the Daleks as a new super-weapon, though he's a bit fuzzy on how the idea came to him. The Daleks are stringing the Prof along, playing docile and very British.

DALEK: "Would you care for some tea?"

Churchill doesn't care where the Professor's "ironclads" came from, only that they have the potential to defeat the Nazis and win the war.

CHURCHILL: "Death to our enemies... Death to the 3rd Reich!"
THE DOCTOR: "Yes, yes, and death to everyone else too."


The Doctor is trying to convince the Prof and Churchill not to unleash the Daleks, but they're not taking him seriously (possibly because he seems implausibly young?) hence his growing frustration and anger, as he turns on the playing-it-innocent Daleks:

THE DOCTOR: "I sent you back into the void. I saved the whole of reality from you. I am the Doctor, and you are the DALEKS!"

The Professor (Bill Paterson) seems to warm to Amy, as they're both Scottish. I believe the Prof says: "Are you from the Islands?"


CHURCHILL: "You are my ironsides!"
DALEK: "We are the Daleks."
PROFESSOR: "I created you!"
DALEK: "No, we created you."


There are LOADS more amazing photos and videos of the filming here:

A huge thanks to Scooty, Alun.Vega, Chick, baraduim, Supreme Dalek, ANobleToaster, indy125, Mark, Dragonmyst, Napoleon, Blogtor Who, and anyone else who has reported. I salute you all!

(If I have used any material you didn't wish to be shared, please let me know and I'll remove it immediately. Apologies in advance.)

Friday, August 28

Doctor Who filming, 28.08.09

Oh, its all hotting up!

Filming today took place at Jacob's Antiques, but although it was inside, the intrepid set reporters have still managed to dish out the goods!

First off, there were a few trailer doors, which read:
The Doctor, Amy, Enemy No.2, and... Churchill.

Its assumed that Enemy No.2 is referring to the Daleks since they've apparently been code named that before. Plus Nick Briggs (voice of the Daleks) was spotted leaving the building:


And apparently, the scene today included the Doctor, Churchill and Bill Paterson who is playing a professor type person.

There weren't any actual sightings of Churchill (or whoever is playing him) but its still exciting to think about it... WWII, Churchill, Daleks... Oh, I have shivers!

As well as this, two lines were distinctly heard. The first coming from a Dalek, though not really a Dalekesque thing to say:

"WOULD YOU CARE FOR SOME TEA?"

And the second from the Doctor himself, and absolutely amazingly provided for us from Alun.vega (the legend)



Good first lines to hear from Smithy!

A huge HUGE thanks to Alun.vega, Scooty, Chick, and any other noble set reporters. I salute you all! 

Thursday, August 27

Doctor Who filming, 27.08.09

Filming has been going on today at North Road, and its all excitement!


First up, there were some trailers set up with the signs on their doors reading: Childers, Todd and Bracewell.

A crane was also present near the Psych building, firstly removing ducts and other materials from the roof, but then afterwards it was used to lift things onto the roof of the Glamorgan building...


There's been further report on 'hundreds' of sandbags on the roof that resemble a bunker of some kind. Lots of barbed wire all about, and a WWII soldier spotted with gun.


Indy125 reported how "I can't see anything but I can hear people shouting "bang!" and things like "cease firing" echoing down the lightwell. There's also a smoky haze drifting down."

There was also some dialogue floating down about "our new secret weapon"...

Spotted on the roof so far:
The Doctor
Amy (in the same costume as on the beach)
Barnaby Edwards (the usual Dalek operator) and A DALEK which is a grey/black matte in color
A Scientist believed to be played by Bill Paterson

Apparently there will also be Daleks and the TARDIS on the roof tonight...

You can see more amazing photos here:

A huge thanks to Chick, Scooty, baraduim, Supreme Dalek, ANobleToaster, indy125, Mark, Dragonmyst, Napoleon and anyone else who ventured forth to the lands of filming. I salute you!

New New New Doctor

This is just a small look at Smithy's Doctor, and the world of Who under the rule of Moffat. New things are afoot.

The Doctor
Obviously we have no idea of personality other than what we know of Matt Smith, and what we can guess he might put into his Doctor. But we at least know what he'll look like!


And now, thanks to the amazing Alun.vega, we have some idea of how he talks. Here are the first recorded lines we've got of the new Doctor!



Amy Pond
Yup, a new companion. Young and feisty to go with Smithy's Doctor. Again, not much idea about her personality other than she's Scottish, but we have a look for her too!


New Sonic Screndriver
Not really looking much like the old one, or River Song's revamped one. But its still about and its still very sonic.


New New TARDIS?
Well certainly the outside of the TARDIS has changed. With a new shiny paint job and slightly different windows, methinks it looks good.


But its the inside of the TARDIS that really has us all guessing. Rumors are that its getting a revamp, but of course at the moment theres nothing official to back any of it up.

Here's something that was posted on the Digital Spy forums:
The set is on 2 levels, joined by a spiral staircase, but is not as big as I'd thought. We saw the console room, a lab area, a sort of sitting room area, a fairly long section of corridor leading nowhere and numerous other little nooks and crannies. The console room reminds me of a new and shiny version of the old one, except the roundels are very simple and basic looking, simply spherical dents in the walls. 

Back to the console room - mainly golds and silvers and the coral theme has been replaced with a smooth marble like finish. Also the room is not circular, it's a kind of hexagon-joined-to-a-square shape, the hexagon bit containing the console, which to me looked like the same console they've used throughout the series except with new buttons and blinky lights, though apparently it's entirely new. Your beloved hatstand was still there but no sign of the interior doors, also there was no ceiling to the set - could be that these bits are meant to be there but were missing from the set for some reason I suppose. 

Apparently the whole set has been designed in a modular way, so things can be moved and double as other parts of the ship. The roundels are different colours in each area, gold for the console room, silver/grey/blue in the lab, brown in the sitting room. The roundels can be removed/swapped out or even turned around completely to be convex rather than concave, in order to become a different area.

However, theres no proof of any of this. Though it could be true, it could also just be made up... I guess only time will tell!

Dreamland

Coming soon to a red button near you...


Yup, the brand new animated Doctor Who story, Dreamland, will be vworping its way onto our TV's at some point this year. Can you taste the excitement?

Roswell, USA. The dusty strip of desert where nothing ever grows except alien legends and strange stories about flying saucers... The TARDIS touches down in 1958 and another legend is about to be born!

During a visit to a local diner the Doctor stumbles upon a mysterious alien artefact that leads him on a mission to rescue Rivesh Mantilax from the threat of the Viperox and the clutches of the American military.

Theres also a fantastic Blog on the Official BBC site, that will keep us all updated with any Dreamland news, pictures or interviews.

Here's RTD intro to it:


All thats been revealed so far is that the Doctor will have two new companions, one of them, Cassie Rice, will be voiced by Georgia Moffett!

The six-part series will be premièred via the BBC Red Button on BBC One and the Doctor Who website, and the 45-minute long animation will be broadcast in its entirety on CBBC on BBC Two this autumn and also on the BBC HD channel.

Hooray!

Wednesday, August 26

Episode ??

At the moment, we only have very early set reports for series 5. Of course I have no idea which filming is for which episode, or even if they're the same episode or not... But I like organising things and so they shall be organised!

Episode Location: Earth/Alien planet
Aliens/Enemies: Unknown
New Characters: The Doctor, Amy Pond, River Song
Gadgets Used: Sonic Screwdriver,
Episode Objective: Unknown


Filming
At the moment I have no idea what order these come in, I'm just listing them in the order they were filmed. I also have no idea what episode this is for. Isn't guessing fun!

1st Report (20/07/09)
Filming took place in Dunraven Bay, i.e. Bad Wolf Bay! However, from the description it seems like it wont be the same place...

Heres an amazing set report from Scooty:

...We arrived at the beach and there was the TARDIS, not the TARDIS of recent times, but the Hartnell one. Retro. Back to basics. This is Moffat injecting the classic series right into the new series.

Anyhoodle, the TARDIS seems to have landed next to the crash landing of some sort of alien spaceship. Debris everywhere, all around and smoke is billowing all around. Thick smoke.


Then Matt and Karen leave the TARDIS and have a look around. Flames around the TARDIS.... River Song in a long black flowing dress seems to already be there. 


But she isn't unknown to the Doctor. He clearly recognises her as friendly and they have a chat.




















On the behind the scenes front, both Karen and Matt were wonderful - polite, friendly, posing for photos, always smilie. I even got my picture with the new companion! Brilliant!

See more pictures here, herehere, or here


2nd Report (21/07/09)
Filming was in the same place - Dunraven Bay - however, it seems to be a different scene. If the previous filming was an opening scene, perhaps this would be a closing one. Thats just a guess though.

Anywho, now we have soldiers on the beach. 


The Doctor and Amy are about, Amy clad in a warm blanket probably due to whatever adventure they might have just had.


And who else? Well River Song is back, this time fitted out in a more practical army outfit with matching handcuffs to accessorize.


I've got no idea as to whats happening/has happened, but its been pointed out that on one of the pieces of shrapnel, there is the word Byzantium which was last mentioned in Silence of the Library


River Song: OK, shall we do diaries, then? Where are we this time? Uh, going by your face, I'd say its early days for you. Yes? So, um... Crash of the Byzantium, have we done that yet?

Photos courtesy of Blogtor Who

3rd Report (21/07/09)
Filming took place in Fonmon Quarry, however there wasn't much to see. We still have a fantastic report from Scooty though:

The filming base has indeed moved to Fonmon Quarry near Rhoose, the vans are now parked in a massive quarry, it blows the Waters of Mars one (from earlier in the year) out of the water! Pardon the pun! Anyway, no sightings of anything, there really aren't any good vantage points to be had unfortunately. 


Though I understand explosions are meant to be happening. Does cast some doubt on Forest of Dean filming for tomorrow though, maybe its a night shoot in the quarry then off to Forest in the morning...

See more pictures here

4th Report (27/07/09)
Filming was at Puzzlewood and, again, there wasn't much to see. But we DO have a fantastic report from Emma

Not much to see just smoke coming out of the woods at one point, lots of coming and goings from Karen and the army men and some shouting that sounded like the army men giving orders. The wonderful security (some of the best so far) said Matt wasn't on set last night and by the looks of things neither was Alex Kingston...


5th Report (09/08/09)
Filming took place in a cave. We have an amazing report and photos courtesy of Thai Footsoldier

...The BBC has constructed some pillars inside the caves as well as a large arch. In addition, the crew were also positioning some statues around the lake inside the caves complex.



Also draped across the arch and one of the pillars was a type of vine. This was also placed around many other parts of the caves. I don’t know if this is merely set dressing or something more sinister?


Matt, Karen and Alex Kingston arrived a little after 5 O’Clock, followed a few moments later by a group of actors/extras dressed in the same military uniforms seen at Southerndown Beach. 

They went into the caves for a short while before coming out and returning to the base at Puzzelwood. They returned at about 6:30 and hurried straight into the caves.


There are LOADS more amazing photos and videos of the filming here:

A huge thanks to Scooty, SLR Pap, Blogtor Who, Thai Footsoldier and anyone else who has reported. I salute you all!

(If I have used any material you didn't wish to be shared, please let me know and I'll remove it immediately. Apologies in advance.)