Post Super Bowl

Know what I was doing during The Super Bowl?
Playing Lego Dimensions Doctor Who.

Got past the glitch that had stalled the game last weekend. Then saved the progress and had another glitch.

I love the game dearly, probably the best games ever. But the glitches are very annoying.

But I have The Twelfth Doctor, Cyborg (from the Teen Titans), Smeegal (Lord of The Rings), Batman, and a Cybermen just to name a few in the same game!

Way too much fun.

Game review: Lego Dimensions Doctor Who Level Pack is about time

Oh, and the game isn’t cheap either. So like many things, this hobby isn’t cheap.

But neither has my trips to England or Gallifrey One on THIS Friday… :)

Doctor Who Level Pack - you can almost taste the jelly babies

Haven’t gotten to this stage yet. But I’m closing in on it.
Metro Magazine UK:Although the bottom line here is that the Doctor Who Level Pack is great, and if you have even a passing love for the good Doctor it’s probably the most affectionate homage to the series you’ll ever get as a video game.

It should be pointed out first of all that each of these themes are in the main game as well, including a Doctor Who level. But buying the Level Pack is the only way to play as The Doctor, or use K-9 and the TARDIS. And before you ask which Doctor the answer is all of them. Each one of the 13 Doctors, including John Hurt’s War Doctor, is in the game as their own minifgure, complete with dialogue from the show, their own unique TARDIS interior (even the Jules Verne one from Paul McGann’s TV movie), and their own era appropriate version of the theme tune.

When you die you can chose to regenerate as the next one in line, and many have heir own unique props such as Patrick Troughton’s recorder or Peter Davidson’s cricket bat. Developer Traveller’s Tales are obviously huge Doctor Who fans and at least two of their previous games have featured unofficial cameos of the TARDIS, as well as a Weeping Angel in Lego Batman 3. But here they’ve been able to go all out, with references and characters from the show’s entire 52 year history.

Doctor Who Level Pack - the black & white TARDIS even has glued on wallpaper
Doctor Who Level Pack – the black & white TARDIS even has glued on wallpaper

What makes the level itself unusual is that using the TARDIS vehicle you can actually travel to the same areas at different points in history, which is used for a couple of neat puzzles involving the passage of time. To do this the TARDIS has to park on special plinths, which are actually dotted around in other levels of the parent game and give access to some surprise homages to other TV franchises not in the rest of the game (we’re trying not to spoil anything).

The downside to all this is that there isn’t really any story – just a sequence of largely unconnected scenes that end with the Daleks being defeated, again. The Doctor Who level in the main game was like that too though, and like all the Level Pack levels there’s a lot of reused assets and backdrops between the two.

What sells the Doctor Who Level Pack though is the hub world, which is gloriously indulgent in terms of its fan service. It’s a series of connected worlds that include two time zones for London, as well as Mars, the Dalek homeworld, and others. Each has the usual range of mini-quests and secrets, most of which are based around recreations of famous episodes – from the first Silurian episode of Nu-Who to 1967 classic Tomb of the Cybermen.

The hub also features voiceovers from Michelle Gomez as Missy, who isn’t in the story levels, as well as Jenna Coleman, Peter Capaldi, and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks and Cybermen. Whether we’ll ever get a standalone Lego Doctor Who is unclear – the series probably isn’t quite popular enough abroad to justify that yet – but this will do very well in the meantime.

Pride in Who

Former Doctor Matt Smith has paid tribute to Doctor Who fans, with the actor commending their loyalty and support as he’s moved into pastures new.

“The Doctor Who fans, I owe a great debt to,” he told Comic Book Resources in an interview about his new role in zombie mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (where he plays Parson Collins).

“They’re wonderfully loyal, incredibly supportive. I’m just very proud to have been part of that show. It’s a fantastic part. And again, a bit like Parson Collins or even Hamlet or something, it’s a part that has been played before, but allows you to reinvent, if you can be inventive with it. So I’m forever grateful to the world of Doctor Who.”

Smith went on to discuss the legacy of his time in the Tardis, and how his run as the Doctor had affected his future role choices.

“I think Doctor Who is always going to sit in your ether for a bit, as it were,” he said. “It’s something I’m very proud of as well. It’s not like I’m trying to actively shed that.

“Also, I just think you’ve got to choose things that challenge you in a completely different way, and hopefully The Doctor and Parson feel different.

“I mean, I’m playing Prince Philip at the moment [for Netflix series The Crown], who’s very different to The Doctor as well.

“So it’s just about choosing work that feels like it’s going to challenge you in a different way.” (Radio Times)

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Netflix & Hulu

Let me chime in with my two cents on the whole Netflix/Hulu dropping of WHO thing.

First off, I have them all on DVD or Blu-Ray so I wasn’t watching them on these services to begin with.

But my feeling is, and it’s VERY cynical, is that this the beginning of the end of TV as we know it. Or at least as anyone from my generation backwards knows it.

The proliferation of streaming media doesn’t get to me because I don’t really use it. I check on Netflix maybe once or twice a month. I don’t watch videos on my tablet or phone. So I’m not that into it.

But, the younger generations, Millenials and going forward, are.

That’s the future of TV most likely. Meaning that at some point in the near future, a generation or less, we’ll likely have to buy our networks.

You want CBS content, you have to have CBS All Access. You certainly will in 2017 if you want to watch the New Trek series.

Netflix itself is heading in the direction of a “network”.

The BBC certainly is, at least for us Americans. That’s why they moved the content off of the “competition” in prep for their own pay service.

And I think that’s why TV is headed. Pay for Network service.

You want the latest, pay for it. You want it now, pay for it.

After all, I discovered a very long time ago that the program you are watching is merely the space between the commercials paying for it. This is just another expression of that.

I could be wrong. I also won’t say I’m in favor of it. But I think this is where it’s headed.

Isn’t technology grand? :)


Moffat OBE

It seems pulling double duty on two hit TV shows has paid off for Steven Moffat. The “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” executive producer received an award from British royalty for his work. He was honored with an OBE, which stands for Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. (the 2nd of 4 levels of awards by The Queen)

Moffat received his award on Thursday in London. “I’ve got not one, but two dream jobs,” he explained to the Belfast Telegraph. “So to get this lovely thing for already indulging myself in public, seems like an excess of good fortune.”

OBEs are given to those who provide “distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the civil service and work with charitable and welfare organizations of all kinds,” according to the official website of the British monarchy.

Moffatt has worked on the long-running sci-fi hit “Doctor Who” since it relaunched in 2005. He took over as showrunner in 2010. Simultaneous, he started working on “Sherlock” in 2009. Both have attained success not only in the U.K. but worldwide.

Prince Charles gave the award to the 54-year-old during an investiture ceremony. Moffat commented that the formalities made him feel like a student. “It was very thrilling and formal and slightly, slightly, just very slightly, like being back at school,” he explained. “But nicer because everyone got a prize.”

Unlike other awards for television, Moffat knew he would receive his OBE well before the ceremony. He was revealed as an honoree last year. “I’m astonished and more thrilled than I ever thought someone like me would be,” he told Radio Times in June. “I’m not the least bit cynical, or the least bit trying to be cool about it.”

Moffat isn’t the only member of the “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” families with a royal honor. John Barrowman, who played Jack Harkness on “Who,” was honored with an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2014. “Sherlock” lead Benedict Cumberbatch was given an honor one step above an OBE, a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), in November. (IBT)

Verity Lambert, Doctor Who’s first Producer got an OBE many, many years ago also. She passed away in 2007.



Who Wars

I think one could argue they both have science fantasy and mythological and fairy tale style formats.

Doctor Who and Star Wars are much closer than, say, Star Trek is to Who. Star Trek is a very structured world and very military (even though they don’t like to admit it).

Doctor Who and Star Wars are more fantastical than that.

Who Is The Only Actor To Appear In Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who?

Answer: Deep Roy

There is only one actor the world over who has achieved the Sci-Fi trifecta of appearing in the three biggest Sci-Fi franchises on earth. Deep Roy, best known to modern movie goers as the face of the Oompa Loompas in Tim Burton’s 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reboot of the Willy Wonka franchise, has appeared in Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who.

He appeared first in Doctor Who, playing Mr. Sin in the 1977 story arc “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”and a Posicarian delegate in the Doctor Who story Mindwarp. He then appeared in 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi as Droopy McCool. Finally, he sealed the trifecta with his  Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek:Beyond (2016) appearance as Keenser.

In addition to his roles within the three mega franchises, Roy has always appeared in other Sci-Fi movies and shows such as The X-Files, Planet of the Apes, and Flash Gordon.


The Story That Never Was

Storyboards from the 50th Anniversary show of Doctor Who reveal the Ninth Doctor’s role if he had made it into the episode as originally planned.

Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston obtained storyboards from comic and storyboard creator Andrew Wildman at a comic convention, showing the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, in three scenes.

Wildman attributed the changes to the scenes to Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat.

“My run on the show spanned three Christmas Specials and most of Matt’s final season include his ‘regeneration’. That was me pretty much done other than the huge privilege of being asked to work – albeit in a small way – on the 50th Anniversary special,” Wildman said.

“There were going to be three Doctors in this one. The current, 11th Doctor and the previous two. Ok, so it didn’t quite work out that way in the end as we all know. Contracts are an odd thing and in the end show runner and writer supreme, Steven Moffat, had to come up with something… slightly different. At my time of working on the show however it was three ‘modern age’ Doctors and the current assistant, Clara.”

Andrew Wildman, comic creator, animator, TV producer and storyboard creator was one of the people who worked on the show, and has released a collection of storyboards that he sells at shows, for The Day Of The Doctor and Nightmare In Silver. I picked up a copy at the Geek Comic Con.

In introduction to the former tells us

My run on the show spanned three Christmas Specials and most of Matt ‘s final season including his ‘regeneration’. That was me pretty much done other than the huge privilege of being asked to work – albeit in a small way – on the 50th Anniversary special. There were going to be three Doctors in this one. The current, 11th Doctor and the previous two. Ok, so it didn’t quite work out that way in the end as we all know. Contracts are an odd thing and in the end show runner and writer supreme, Steven Moffat, had to come up with something… slightly different. At my time of working on the show however it was the three ‘modern age’ Doctors and the current assistant, Clara.

Nip in and take a peek behind the curtain. You may be a little surprised at what you see.

And I was, as well as scenes we do remember, we also get aspects we don’t.


Like Clara popping a wheelie on her runup to the TARDIS.

Then we see the barn on Gallifrey, but instead of the War Doctor played by John Hurt, we get The Ninth Doctor played by Christopher Eccleston. And instead of The Moment played by Billie Piper, we get a young girl…


And from that point onwards, the Tenth Doctor seems to take the narrative role of the Eleventh…


…after a trip through the time portal…

…and bumping into the Tenth Doctor played by David Tennant…
IMG_0016And two Queen Elizabeth The Firsts…

This is just a smattering of the boards. You can find the rest at any convention that Andrew Wildman attends…

Andrew Wildman will be appearing at Worcester Comic Con 2016(August). Worcester, UK.


Lis Sladen- Sarah Jane Smith

Elisabeth Sladen’s Doctor Who timeline

Elisabeth Sladen's Doctor Who timeline

Elisabeth Sladen’s professional acting career began in the early 1970s with minor roles in Coronation Street, Z Cars and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave’ Em. Although she would throughout her life work on an eclectic mix of projects, it will be as one much loved time-travelling journalist that she will always be remembered, Sarah Jane Smith.

Sladen began her portrayal Smith in 1973, acting initially as a companion to Jon Pertwee, the third Doctor, and continuing by the side of Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, until 1976.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Sladen reprised the role on several occasions for special episodes and spin-offs of Doctor Who, before winning the hearts of a whole new generation of fans in the Children’s BBC series The Sarah Jane Adventures from 2007.

This interactive timeline uses video, photographs and original transmission dates to illustrate just what a rich and prolific part Elisabeth Sladen and Sarah Jane Smith played in the history of the Doctor Who franchise.


Remembering Lis


Today, February 1st would have been her 70th Birthday had she not tragically died in 2011 on break from filming The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Still the best companion ever, even after 40 years of competition.

The warmth. The charm. The gravitas. The Class. The fun. The cheek.

She was and still is, the greatest, at least to this Who fan.

She was so good she got her own TV show and it was #1 on CBBC for the entire run of the show. Now that’s presence and star power when 30 years after she was WHO.

Generations of people mourned her loss.

I only ever saw her once at a convention in Chicago in 1983. I will always regret I missed her last appearance at Gallifrey One due to working two jobs at then time.

As I have previously relayed I returned from England for the very time that Sunday Night. Got up on Tuesday morning after all that Jet lag to find out she’d passed away.

Broke my heart. Still does.

Utterly brilliant.

My Sarah Jane:

Sarah Jane Smith: No. The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it’s a world, or a relationship… Everything has its time. And everything ends.

Rose Tyler: What do I do? Do I stay with him?
Sarah Jane Smith: Yes, some things are worth getting your heart broken for.

And Lis was worth getting your heart broken for.



No Surprises

BBC bosses expect Peter Capaldi to leave Doctor Who after the next series – when writer Steven Moffat also steps down.

The 57-year-old’s tenure as the 12th Doctor is likely to end in 2017.

When new chief Chris Chibnall, who created Broadchurch, begins a new era in series 11, it is thought he will also get to choose his own Time Lord.

A source on the BBC show said: “Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven leaves.

“They’ve been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor.

“They hope he will be able to find someone who can have the same impact as Matt Smith did when Steven Moffat kicked off his run as executive producer.”

The move would mirror what happened when Russell T. Davies – who brought the sci-fi series back in 2005 after 26 years – departed at the same time David Tennant left as the 10th Doctor.

A BBC spokesman said Capaldi was signed up for the 2017 series but beyond that said: “We don’t discuss contracts.”

“There will come a time when this is over. But I knew that when I started.

“I was thinking about my regeneration scene from the outset. That’s my terrible melancholic nature.

“When you accept the job you know there’ll come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.”

(The Mirror)



Phoenix Comic Con Update


Going to be a fun time…




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