The Children in Need minisode prequel to this year's DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special - which we now know is entitled "The Snowmen" - is now online...
And a new trailer for "The Snowmen" can be found here!
Our plans to return to "classic" DOCTOR WHO coverage for this week's Docback were derailed by mail snafus and some across-the-board fallout from Superstorm Sandy. So...next week we'll get back to vintage Doctor adventures with a look at The Claws of Axos (Pertwee, 1971) - which is now available HERE in the US and HERE in the UK.
Until then...here's a round-up of some interesting/intriguing DOCTOR WHO newslets which came our way over the past week...
BBC RELEASES A PROMO IMAGE FROM THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!!
Here's an EMBIGGENABLE look at Matt Smith's Doctor, as he'll appear in this year's Christmas Special (transmitting Christmas Day).
The look strongly evokes several previous incarnations of the character, and this image most definitely plays to the increasing simmer/hostility we've witnessed from the Doctor in Season/Series 7 thus far. Nicely reinforcing my indelible suspicion that...something is up with that Doctor. A fall from grace? Is he an imposter? Is he jumping the rails as he approaches regeneration? We'll see...
Speaking of the Christmas Special...
CHILDREN IN NEED TO TRANSMIT CHRISTMAS SPECIAL PREQUEL + AN EXTENDED PREVIEW FOR THE SPECIAL ITSELF!!
Continuing a tradition of DOCTOR WHO''s interaction with this amazing cause, this year's CIN begins Friday November 16...7:30 BBC One. As mentioned above, CIN will feature a 2012 Christmas Special prequelsode, an extended trailer for said Christmas Special, and reveal the title of that upcoming installment.
Per BBC's CIN site(HERE), CIN seeks to...
...provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. We are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices.
Our grant programmes are open all year round for applications, with a focus on allocating the money to deserving projects 4 times a year. To find out more about our grant programmes, to apply for a grant or to hear how some children's lives have been changed for the better, visit 'Change Lives'...
PLEASE NOTE: if you donate...
1) You can input your own £ amount (you don't have to go with their pre-sets amounts). For some reason, I almost missed this option...so heads up on that one. Also, there's a nice currency converter HERE to help you be clear on how much you're donating.
2) Some bank cards may trigger a "Verified by..." page asking you to input additional information. I've never understood this function (I see it often when ordering overseas Blu-rays), but the process turns funky if you click "Activate now..." Clicking "DO NOT ACTIVATE NOW" works much better, and STILL PROCESSES YOUR TRANSACTION. Save yourselves the grief on this one...trust me...click "DO NOT ACTIVATE NOW"!
Presumably the CIN Christmas Prequel / extended preview will appear online shortly after CHILDREN IN NEED transmits it...we'll post embeds here as soon as this happens.
DOCTOR WHO: THE ETERNITY CLOCK IS NOW ON PC!! (Previously available only on Sony Platforms)
For this week only, you can find it on Steam at a 10% discount. Steven Moffat forged the story for this one, which incorporates a number of beloved DOCTOR WHO characters and motifs.
Here's an EMBIGGENABLE look at a few screens...
ALEX KINGSTON (RIVER SONG/MELODY POND) TO READ THE ANGEL'S KISS
The recording will be available next month via AudioGo's website!
----> MINOR SPOILER FOR LATER IN SEASON/SERIES 7 IN 10... <----
IMAGES OF NEW CYBERMAN DESIGN HAVE LEAKED...AND BRING WITH THEM A FUNNY COMPARISON
Behold Cybermen from Neil Gaiman's upcoming episode...
Ouch. But fair enough.
This said, I rather like this new design. My 5 year old LOVES it - this new look prompted him to engage me in a protracted discussion about the evolution of the Cybermen (he's never seen an entire DOCTOR WHO episode). So, if that's the ONLY purpose this design upgrade serves...kids thinking the Cybermen are cool, thus broadening awareness of the show...this change pretty much rocks as far as I'm concerned.
This said: I do wonder whether...perhaps...this design isn't shifted radically enough. In our modern world, tech is consistently becoming sexier and smaller...why wouldn't this same tendency apply to a civilization operating with vastly more advanced resources and capabilities? Will we ever see a sleeker...less armored...more streamlined/Apple-y Cyberman? Just a thought.
But...yeah...I'm on board with this design...and am dying to see what Gaiman does with these guys towards the end of Season/Series 7.
COLIN BAKER SAYS NO PREVIOUS DOCTOR ACTORS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED ABOUT THE 50th...
Dovetailing with Ken Plume's recent discussion with Sylvester McCoy, which touched on the same matter.
So, back to Baker. In THIS chat with DigitalSpy, when prodded about next year's upcoming 50th Anniversary, sixth Doctor Colin Baker indicates...
First of all, the big one – has Colin been asked to reprise his role as the sixth Doctor? His reply: “No. As far I know, neither of any of my erstwhile colleagues have been asked either.”
How about the long-rumoured Doctor Who movie “I haven’t been approached to do a Doctor Who movie. I think they would be scraping the bottom of the barrel if they asked me to do it. All you have to do is hold up a picture of what I look right now and what I look like then and you’d know why.”
[Season / Series Seven Docbacks - MOST RECENT DOCBACK IS HIGHLIGHTED]
[SEASON / SERIES SIX DOCBACKS]
"The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe" (2011 Christmas Special)
[RETRO-WHO DOCBACKS ]
"An Unearthly Child" (Story #1)
"The Daleks" (Story #2)
"The Edge of Destruction" (Story #3)
"Marco Polo" (Story #4)
"The Keys of Marinus" (Story #5)
"The Aztecs" (Story #6)
"The Sensorites" (Story #7)
"The Sensorites" (Story #7 - full DVD release)
"The Reign of Terror" (Story #8)
"Planet of Giants" (Story #9)
"Planet of Giants" (Story #9, full DVD release)
"The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (Story #10)
"The Rescue" (Story #11)
"The Romans" (Story #12)
"The Crusade" (Story #14)
"The Space Museum" (Story #15)
"The Chase" (Story #16)
"The Time Meddler" (Story #17)
"Galaxy 4" (Story #18)
"Mission to the Unkonwn" (Story #19)
"The Myth Makers" (Story #20)
"The Gunfighters" (Story #25)
"The Tomb of the Cybermen" (Story #37)
"The Mind Robber" (Story #45)
"The Krotons" (Story #47)
"The Seeds of Death" (Story #48)
"Spearhead from Space" (Story #51)
"The Abassadors of Death" (Story #53)
"The Colony in Space" (Story #58)
"The Daemons" (Story #59)
"Day of the Daleks" (Story #60) + Preview of the DotD Special Edition
"The Three Doctors" (Story #65)
"Carnival of Monsters" (Story #66)
"Death to the Daleks" (Story #72)
"The Robots of Death" (Story #90)
"The Talons of Weng-Chiang" (Story #91)
"The Sun Makers" (Story #95)
"The City of Death" (Story #105)
"Nightmare of Eden" (Story #107)
"Kinda" (Story #118)
"Snakedance" (Story #125)
"The Five Doctors" (Story #129)
"The Awakening" (Story #131)
"Frontios" (Story #132)
"Resurrection of the Daleks" (Story #134)
"The Caves of Androzani" (Story #136)
"Vengeance on Varos" (Story #138)
"Time and the Rani" (Story #144)
"Paradise Towers" (Story #145) + New WHOvian Documentary / Newsbits
"Dragonfire" (Story #147)
"The Happiness Patrol" (Story #149)
"The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" (Story #151)
"Doctor Who: The Movie" (aka TVM) - McGann)
Merrick's Personal Journey With The Doctor (How Merrick Got Hooked On DOCTOR WHO)
"The Crash of the Elysium" (Manchester version - interactive DOCTOR WHO adventure)
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