Planet Gallifrey: November 2009

Saturday, November 28

A Noble End?

MEGA SPOILERS!

The latest Radio Times suggests that Donna and Wilf might be seeing the end. From the quote:

"How much you want the Doctor to triumph, how much you fear for Donna, how much you dread the Master, how much Bernard Cribbins can make you laugh one minute and cry the next. It's all about those wonderful actors, filling your screen and making you care."

"Bernard can break your heart with a look, a gesture, a smile. That's why he;s the perfect companion for the tenth Doctor;s final tale - two wise old men, fighting the good fight. But every soldier must give up the battle in the end, and
poor old Wilf has some terrible reckonings to come."

"There were a lot of last scenes for us all," explains Davies. "The
last day with poor old Wilf, Donna's final words, the last day on the TARDIS, the last time David used his sonic screwdriver. There was a lot of emotion on set. The most awful moment came with the four knocks..."

Russell also speaks of the Master:

"It's personal for the Doctor. The Master is his enemy, his opposite, and yet so tantalisingly close to being his soul mate. There's something epic about their sheer existence - the last two survivors of an ancient race. It's a clash of the titans. Both of them are heading for death, and yet both are determined to survive - at any cost!"

THANKS TO HEATHER FOR THE QUOTES

Friday, November 27

Christmassy Coolness

BBFC have approved these following things, which will all be available on the DVD releases. Check out the running times!

DOCTOR WHO - CONFIDENTIAL - ALLONS-Y! ( Video 27/11/2009 ) Runtime: 57m 7s
Director: Not known Cast: David Tennant
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DOCTOR WHO - THE END OF TIME - PART TWO ( Video 27/11/2009 ) Runtime: 72m 47s
Director: Euros Lynn Cast: Davd Tennant
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DOCTOR WHO AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2009 [Additional material] ( Video 27/11/2009 ) Runtime: 21m 21s
Director: Not known Cast: David Tennant,Russell T. Davies,Julie Gardner
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DOCTOR WHO - CONFIDENTIAL - IS THERE LIFE ON MARS? [Additional material] ( Video 27/11/2009 ) Runtime: 58m 5s
Director: Not known Cast: David Tennant
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DOCTOR WHO - CONFIDENTIAL - LORDS AND MASTERS ( Video 27/11/2009 ) Runtime: 57m 16s
Director: Not known Cast: David Tennant
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DOCTOR WHO - THE END OF TIME - PART ONE [END OF TIME - PART 1] ( Video 27/11/2009 ) Runtime: 59m 42s
Director: Euros Lynn Cast: David Tennant


AND!!!!
we have this! (for all the 'confused' people, read the next line down, which was there all along! :p) 

BBC CHRISTMAS IDENTS (edit 2.0 - idents are those little clips which appear in between shows, such as the hippo one or the neon one.) 
Video Feature
Classified 27 November, 2009 .
Run Time 0m 46s

00:00:30:11 BBC ONE (BBC CHRISTMAS IDENT - DR WHO CHRISTMAS)
00:00:05:02 BBC ONE (BBC CHRISTMAS BLIP - DR WHO DIGGING IN SNOW)
00:00:05:02 BBC ONE (BBC CHRISTMAS BLIP - REINDEER SNIFFING BY TARDIS)
00:00:05:02 BBC ONE (BBC CHRISTMAS BLIP - REINDEER SNORT)

Special Project 3! Much well done to Russell T Davies for getting these going. We'll see them in two weeks.

Wednesday, November 25

Jack's Back

John Barrowman appeared on GMTV and discussed a little about him returning.



He only makes an appearance, he says. Does this tie in with reported sightings of Jack and Alonzo Frame?

Monday, November 23

STOP#PRESS!

The BBC Press Office have released increasingly awesome details of the last two episodes to air this year:

Doctor Who – The End Of Time: Part One

It's the Tenth Doctor's final journey – but his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn, on Christmas Eve. With both determined to cheat death, the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate, while the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe.

David Tennant stars as the Tenth Doctor and guest stars include John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield.

The End Of Time – Part One is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Euros Lyn. The producer is Tracie Simpson.

Doctor Who – The End Of Time: Part One is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

Doctor Who – The End Of Time: Part Two

The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master's plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder, and an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made, and the deadly prophecy warns: "He will knock four times."

David Tennant stars as the Tenth Doctor and guest stars include John Simm, Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate, Timothy Dalton, David Harewood and June Whitfield.

The End Of Time – Part Two is written by Russell T Davies and directed by Euros Lyn. The producer is Tracie Simpson.

Doctor Who – The End Of Time: Part Two is simulcast on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel, available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

Friday, November 20

End of Time Preview

Tuesday, November 17

End of Time MADNESS!!! :D

In the latest commentary, Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and David Tennant talk of some stuff which MAY be of very interesting interest; so interestingly mad that I can't even type at the moment! :D


Russell: ...because long ago the Ood said, "I think your song is sending soon,"
David: Yup,
Russell: They knew, but how do they know? How can Ood be that psychic and that intelligent? How? What's happening? What's going on in the universe?
Julie: You big, big tease.
David: Time is running away with itself somehow.
Russell: You'd think something is bleeding, coming through from the other side. Very strange...
David: We'll have to come back and see what happens there...

What could this mean?! Many have suggested the parallel universe ("the other side")?? 

You can listen to the commentary HERE.

And also a warning, that the Children in Need sneak peek will not be online! What is this outcry I hear? More viewers for Children in Need (and quite right too! :D).

Monday, November 16

Aftermath

Well then, that episode was truly amazing, wasn't it?

Digital Spy have posted their verdict on the episode, which gained a massive 9.1 million viewers, according to early figures

Also, remember that Friday 20th November is Children in Need night, where we'll see a sneak preview of the next episode!!


Sunday, November 15

Christmas 2009...

Thursday, November 12

Remember, Remember - 15th November!

The Waters of Mars is so close!



And looky what I gotted:



THANKS to Adam at Gallifrey Base!

Monday, November 2

Wet, Wet, Wet!

Some fantastic person went to the Waters of Mars screening and gave us some hints!!

Just got back from yesterday's amazing Waters Of Mars screening in London. What a rush that was! From the cosy little cinema in the Soho Hotel, the assembled members of the press got to see the whole episode. Russell T Davies was there, David Tennant was also there. I even spotted the Doctor's daughter, Georgia Moffett there (she's a really pretty girl, looks a bit like Little Boots).

Anyway, it wouldn't be fair to spoil the episode so far in advance, so don't worry about finding out too much from this post. What I will say is that based on the trailer's I've seen for Waters Of Mars, I thought the whole episode would be abysmal. Really. I had serious concerns that David Tennant's third-last Doctor Who would be a complete washout.

Let's face it, The Doctor has wound up on these remote space colonies in the past, facing nameless evils - The Satan Pit for one, arguably Silence In The Library for another. I figured Waters Of Mars for another of those claustrophobic space disaster stories that don't rank among my favourites.

I still hold that the 'scary water' storyline is a bit clumsily executed. "Water always waits, water always wins..." However, it gives an excellent backdrop to the real story - and a massive dilemma for The Doctor which will pave the way to his demise. Add to that the tantalising trailers for "The End Of Time", and you'll be salivating for the two Christmas specials!

Teasers

How to tease you without giving the story away? Well, I'd definitely advise you to go back and watch the Pompeii episode - a Doctor and Donna adventure. There's lots of stuff in there that's relevant to this episode. Also, you might want to check out The Runaway Bride, the first episode to feature Donna Noble. Events in that episode, and Pompeii, also hint at something important to The Doctor.

Oh, and the name of the base (and the episode, I suppose) is actually quite a strong hint toward an upcoming guest star in the next episode.

The End Of Time

At the end of the episode, we got a preview of Tennant's penultimate episode as The Doctor - The End Of Time. It's got Bernard Cribbins as Wilf, which is excellent. We already knew that, but it's excellent. Catherine Tate seems to be in the episode as Donna, but she wasn't doing much. Russell T Davies said that Donna's mother would also be featured. We also see John Simm as an almost feral-looking blonde version of The Master. Again, we heard that Lucy Saxon, The Master's wife would be in the episode as well - will she be friend to The Doctor or foe? We'll just have to wait and see.

Finally...

I just want to say thanks to the BBC and their publicists for inviting Unreality TV along to the screening - it's the first time we've had an invitation this cool, and an honour to be part of this. You know how much we love Doctor Who!

So, a return of the house Gods (ie, the Doctor and Donna?!).

Meanwhile, we get even more spoilers from these lovely people here...

Both an action adventure, base under siege, story, plus an enormously powerful emotional story. I was choked on more than one occasion and actually thought I would cry at one point. (Ben Stephenson from BBC Drama, assured us we would have “wet turkeys” when we watch the newly-completed Xmas eps, but more of that later.)

On the other hand, there’s some class comic dialogue. When asked “Name, rank and intent” the Doctor answers “The Doctor, doctor, fun”, which Tennant delivers brilliantly. Plus there’s some nice to-ing and fro-ing with Linsday Duncan’s character. And a funny robot. (The Doctor doesn’t like funny robots… though he does admit that ones shaped like dogs are different.) And some of the darker stuff is good too. Watch out for the line, “As consolation”. It hits you like a punch to the guts.

A lot of the plot hinges on the same issues of time, consequence and fixed points that were referenced in Fires Of Pompeii, but with rather different consequences. Another obvious influence was 28 Days Later, including one direct lift of a memorable scene from that film. You could also argue that the funny robot is a tribute to Johnny Five or WALL-E.

The Ice Warriors, unsurprisingly, get a mention in a good, plot-reinforcing way, and there’s more than one old enemy that puts in an appearance, either in flashback (not necessarily from The Doctor’s life) or… dare I say, premonition. We never really get to know the nature of the threat, either. Very Midnight.

There was a preview of The End Of Time confirming much of what we already knew but let’s just say thatWaters Of Mars ends on such a mood that you wouldn’t want it going out on Chrimbo Day. The last two eps are scheduled for then and New Year’s Day.

Oh, and it’s in HD, so I’m assuming the titles have been re-rendered. It certainly looked amazing. You could see every pore on Tennant’s face in the close-ups. And the CGI was impressive, even on a big screen. Also, I dunno where they went to shoot the Mars surface but it was pretty fucking cool. Graeme Harper’s done a bang-up job. So many jump-y moments and creepy direction, plus it all hangs together well. There were so very few moments when you thought “Hang on, this isn’t Mars, it’s a warehouse in Llandaff.”



Sunday, November 1

Alien Armies Competition


Our last competition was very successful, with tens of tens of entries flooding in every day and giving Jess and I even more to do on our already-topped schedules! We were very happy with the winner and you can see Miranda Scruggs' lovely banner on the site for ages to come.

However, in terms of pushing the site forward in its interactivity with the readers, I thought it would a be great idea to have another competition, but with prizes up for grabs! In this case, a healthy collection of the Alien Armies collecting cards.

Prizes
Up for grabs are 49 cards, including a Tenth Doctor - Limited Edition (from the latest Doctor Who Magazine, just in case you missed out), a Sixth Doctor - Foil Card (E6) and four Glitter Foils, including Cassandra (G16), The Doctor (G17), Heavenly Host (G33) and The Face of Boe (G14). On top of this, there are loads more common cards; this competition might be perfect for you if you're looking to expand your collection or just to try it out!

Competition
To win these cards, all you have to do is write a short passage on this topic:
What Doctor Who means to me.

Rules & Entry
  • The passage must be 170 - 200 words. Any more or any less will not be counted, sorry!
  • Your entry must be sent in a .doc, .txt or .rtf file to planetgallifrey@inbox.com using the heading: Alien Armies Competition Entry
  • Please leave your name and age at the end of the email.
  • Please do not copy and paste your entry into the body of the email as any formatting will not stay once sent.
  • (You can also send questions to that address!)
  • For this competition, only UK residents may enter. Sorry about this, but it's easier for us to send off stuff within the UK as opposed to outside just incase something goes wrong.
  • The passage must take the continuous prose form.
  • The competition ends on Sunday 15th November (the Waters of Mars airdate!) and the results will be published soon after.
  • All entries will be judged fairly and we do have the right to reject any entries if they fail to comply with the rules :)
  • The winner of the competition will be contacted. If you do enter, then you must be willing to give your address so we can send the prizes to you.
  • We will publish all the entries on here with the results, too.
Good Luck!