Interview with Blogtor

Recently the long-running magazine Starburst interviewed Blogtor (also known as @CameronKMcEwan) about the book The Who's Who of Doctor Who and the documentary Who's Changing - An Adventure in Time With Fans - read it HERE. In it, Blogtor also discusses Doctor Who, the 50th Anniversary and the BBC. The interview was first published in the print edition of Starburst Issue 399.


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NEWS ROUND~UP

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/21-doctor-who-pictures-peter-7007851
From Wales Online
With filming on Doctor Who Series 8 continuing, it's been a busy old time on the world of Doctor Who and there's some news and juicy nuggets that may have passed you by. Collected here is a round-up of the very latest news.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the last news round~up HERE.

SERIES 8

REVIEWS

MERCHANDISE

MISC.

NEWS ROUND~UP

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/21-doctor-who-pictures-peter-7007851
From Wales Online
With filming on Doctor Who Series 8 continuing, it's been a busy old time on the world of Doctor Who and there's some news and juicy nuggets that may have passed you by. Collected here is a round-up of the very latest news.

Don't forget you can follow Blogtor Who on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news on Doctor Who - follow HERE. Read the last news round~up HERE.

SERIES 8

REVIEWS

MERCHANDISE

MISC.

Robin Hood ep filming pics

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/21-doctor-who-pictures-peter-7007851As filming continues on Doctor Who Series 8, some more pictures have emerged from onset of Episode 3. Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Tom Riley and Ben Miller, the episode is set to feature Robin Hood (played by Riley), his Merrie Men and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Miller). Check out the links below for two great galleries of photographs featuring the Doctor Who cast and crew from Wales Online.


The episode, rumoured to be called Robots of Sherwood, is written by Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, The Crimson Horror) and will air in September.

Sci-Fi London Film Fest to screen Who’s Changing

http://www.sci-fi-london.com/festival/2014/programme/feature/whos-changing-doctor-who-panel

Doctor Who documentary, Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans, has been chosen as part of the Sci-Fi London Film Festival. The feature-length film, directed by Blogtor, will screen on May 3 at the Stratford Picturehouse - details and tickets HERE. There will also be a panel beforehand featuring Lisa Bowerman, James Goss and Scott Handcock discussing their involvement with Doctor Who animation and audio plays. After the screening there will be another Q&A panel afterwards with Blogtor.


Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans features interviews with Doctor Who legends such as: Louise Jameson (Leela), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Dan Starkey (Strax), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond), Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint) and writers such as Andrew Smith (Full Circle), James Moran (The Fires of Pompeii), Eric Saward (Earthshock), Jane Espenson (Torchwood: Miracle Day) and script editor/author Gary Russell alongside many more fascinating names. Visit whoschanging.co.uk for the full list and watch the trailer below.


Here's what the critics have been saying about Who's Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans (click on the quotes for the full reviews):
Blogcritics.com

"It's like spending 80 minutes in the company of your friends talking about your favourite TV show. Highly recommended."
The Geeks Handbag

"Very interesting and very worth watching if you’re a fan of the show."
myReviewer.com, 7/10

"Who’s Changing is a fine DVD that shows why, after 50 years, we’re still fascinated with a alien who travels through time in a big blue box."
Whedonopolis

"really fun to watch and an excellent addition to any Who fan's collection. I would highly recommend it for everybody."
Whoventures

"What makes it stand out from the rest though is that it talks to real fans as well as the stars and also gathers a real insight into the mind of Doctor Who fans. All in all it is a great little package"
Burton Mail

"This documentary serves as an excellent introduction to the world of Doctor Who’s fandom and will certainly leave you wanting to know and see more."
The Spoilist 

"... well worth a watch. Doctor Who fans: embrace your even geekier side!"
Roobla.com, 3/5

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Robin Hood themed ep for S8? [Update]

A couple of weeks ago we reported that actor Ian Hallard will be starring in Episode 3 of Doctor Who Series 8, written by Mark Gatiss, as "Alan-a-dale" (a member of Robin Hood's gang, the "Merry Men"). 

Filming has begun on the adventure and on-set fans have spotted Tom Riley (Da Vinci's Demons) who is, perhaps, playing Robin Hood. Check out the picture included here from Twitterer Suzanne Jones

Filming is currently taking place in Fforest Fawr with period clothing and arrows present. Check out a gallery of pics HERE.

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Classic Doctor Who Horror Channel trailer

Included in the player below you can watch the fantastic trailer from the Horror Channel for their season of classic Doctor Who.

Launching on Fri April 18, the season begins with the very first story An Unearthly Child, starring William Hartnell as the Doctor. It then leads into a special WHO ON HORROR weekend - a classic marathon featuring one story from each of the Doctors across the Easter weekend. There will then be weekday double-bills in daytime and evening slots with stories shown in chronological order starting on Easter Mon 21 April. The Horror Channel is available in the UK on Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138.



Horror Channel is screening many of the stories that are regarded as the most memorable that the show produced including The Mind Robber, The Daemons, Genesis of the Daleks, The Talons of Weng Chiang, The Caves of Androzani, Attack of the Cybermen and The Curse of Fenric. The Horror Channel is available in the UK on Sky 319 / Virgin 149 / Freesat 138.

For more details visit the Horror Channel

REVIEW: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes at the BFI

THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Introduced by Mark Gatiss

BFI Southbank, London, 9 April, 2014


Showing as part of the exclusive BFI members-only "Screen Epiphany" season*, where a prominent figure from the arts and culture community talks about the film that inspired their passion for cinema, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes comes bounding into the Southbank cinema full of Sixties fun and colour.

Introducing the film was Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, Night Terrors) who, as you will no doubt know, showruns the television series Sherlock with Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue. How apt that Mark should recommend the 1970 Billy Wilder film as he and Moffat have often cited The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes as an inspiration for their own take on the Arthur Conan Doyle detective.

Gatiss was effusive in his praise, recalling his own journey with the film from seeing it on television and tracking it down years later to enjoy once more. It's always a pleasure to hear him chat and the audience seemed quite happy to sit back and enjoy his conversation all evening. But the main event, of course, was the film itself.

In in an age when every movie one sees has been remastered every which way from Sunday, it was most refreshing to see that the print of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes looked like it had no attention whatsoever since initially screened. I was immediately taken back to my younger days when it seemed every film was full of scratches, jittery frames and pregnant with sound pops. Well, that's how I remember them anyway.

Quality aside, the content of the film is quite remarkable. No, incredibly remarkable. As a fan of director's Billy Wilder's work (Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch and Buddy Buddy, for example), I was curious to see how he would handle Holmes. And straight from the off we can see clearly just how much the interplay between the Holmes and Watson here informed the choices of Moffat and Gatiss when it came to writing the roles now inhabited by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

There's a lightness and self referential quality to the parts that feels extremely modern, especially when addressing Watson's writings, Sherlock's outfit and the couple's "imposed" homosexuality (a ruse by the sleuth). Portraying the couple are Robert Stephens, who many may know better as evil Abner Brown in The Box of Delights (which starred Patrick Troughton, fact fans) and Colin Blakely (who I adored in the 1980s UK series, The Beiderbecke Affair) and what a fine, fine job they do too.

In comparison with previous onscreen pairings, theirs must have been somewhat of a shock to to regular viewers, perhaps why the film didn't do nearly as well as expected. But, watching now, it's a joy to see them interacting and, in general, having a lot of fun (especially with the ladies). Complementing the cast is screen legend Christopher Lee, playing Sherlock's brother Mycroft (pictured below). In his introduction, Gatiss paid wonderful tribute to the performance, citing it as the inspiration for his own take on the role.

The plot is a meandering affair, to be honest (possibly another trait Moffat and Gatiss picked up on), with lots of extraneous, though hugely enjoyable nonetheless, action towards the start. By the time they've reached the fascinating denouement featuring the Loch Ness Monster and Queen Victoria (no, really), it's a kaleidoscopic technicolour whirlwind. Wilder, despite the film being made when classic Hollywood was really getting the boot, produces a piece of work out of time. Thankfully, tastes change and it has come round again for reevaluation and appraisal.

I do heartily recommend you seek out The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes whether it be on DVD or television. You won't be disappointed. It's a glorious insight into the past, but also a wonderful piece of filmmaking and a terrific addition to the many interpretations of the Baker Street duo. Despite my delight at the antique nature of the print shown, I do hope it gets a bluray release sometime soon, it's just too delicious not to be celebrated properly.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to the BFI

Review by Cameron K McEwan
 

*BFI Membership gets you to the front of the queue for the hottest tickets in town including the BFI London Film Festival where you can experience the glamour of the red carpet first hand as well as exclusive access to special Members' events like the Screen Epiphany series. Previous guests in the last year have included James Franco, Yoko Ono, Cillian Murphy, Paul Greengrass and Grayson Perry.