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With the complete ninth series of Doctor Who out this week, Peter Capaldi paid a visit to our store on London’s Oxford Street to meet fans and we grabbed him for a chat.

Time They are a Changin’

 This is a sign of times we live in…

BBC Worldwide is to close the online BBC Shop, which sells Books, DVDs, BluRays and games related to BBC output.

Instead the company will concentrate on BBC Store, which launched last year and offers digital copies of BBC programs.

BBC Worldwide explained its thinking:

The DVD market has been in decline for a number of years as consumers move to digital viewing. The market no longer supports the commercial release of many of the titles we’re able to make available on BBC Store. BBC Worldwide returns profits to the BBC’s Public Service to reinvest in programming.

The shop closes on 30th March. A number of bargains, including items of Doctor Who merchandise, can be obtained while stocks last.


Peter Capaldi: ‘I’ve been asked to stay on in Doctor Who after Steven Moffat leaves’

When Steven Moffat announced his departure as Doctor Who showrunner earlier this year, there was only one question on everyone’s minds – would current Doctor Peter Capaldi stay on with new boss Chris Chibnall, or hand over the Tardis keys like former Time Lord David Tennant did when Russell T Davies left the series?

Now, can reveal that the BBC has asked Capaldi to stay on as the Doctor after Moffat’s departure – but the actor himself isn’t sure whether he’ll take up their offer.

“I’ve been asked to stay on,” Capaldi told, “but it’s such a long time before I have to make that decision.

“Steven’s been absolutely wonderful, so I love working with him. Chris is fantastic, and I think he’s a hugely talented guy.

“I don’t know where the show’s gonna go then. I don’t know. I have to make up my mind, and I haven’t yet.”

He concluded: “As Steven will tell you, it’s very difficult to say goodbye.”

In summary, you shouldn’t be surprised to see a very familiar Time Lord at the Tardis controls for a few years yet…

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? 🙂


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.


Series 9 Boxset

BBC Worldwide have released details for the forthcoming on The Complete Ninth Series, due out in the United Kingdom on Blu-ray/DVD from 7th March 2016 and in North America from 5th April 2016.

Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series
Released 7th March 2016 (UK), 5th April (USA/Canada)

The Complete Ninth Series (DVD) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)The Complete Ninth Series (Blu-ray) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series

Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman with guests including Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams. Now that the Doctor and Clara have established a dynamic as a partnership of equals, they’re relishing the fun and thrills that all of space and time has to offer. Tangling with ghosts, Vikings and the ultimate evil of the Daleks, they embark on their biggest adventures yet. Missy is back to plague the Doctor once more, the Zygons inspire fear as they shape-shift into human clones, and a new arrival moves in cosmic way.

The DVD and Blu-ray contains all twelve episodes from Peter Capaldi’s second series in the role, with guest star’s Maisie Williams and Rufus Hound as well as the brilliant Missy (played by Michelle Gomez). The Complete Boxset also contains the 2014 Christmas Special, Last Christmas and this year’s highly anticipated The Husbands of River Song and more than four hours’ worth of VAM, including:

DVD Commentaries:

  • Under the Lake and Before the Flood: actor Sophie Stone, writer Toby Whithouse, producer Derek Ritchie
  • The Woman Who Lived: actor Maisie Williams, producer Derek Ritchie
  • Sleep No More: actor Reece Shearsmith, writer Mark Gatiss

All The Doctor Who Extras from Series 9:

  • Doctor Who Extra: The Magician’s Apprentice & The Witch’s Familiar
    Peter Capaldi reveals all, and shows off his guitar riffs, as we get the inside story on this stunning two-parter. Featuring additional interviews with Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Under the Lake & Before the Flood
    Go backstage and meet some very ghastly monsters! Discover the secret of a special celebrity appearance as Paul Kaye welcomes us on location, and we reveal how to make a big splash on set. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, writer Toby Whithouse and production designer Michael Pickwoad.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Girl Who Died & The Woman Who Lived
    Maisie Williams talks about crossing fandoms, celebrates her birthday with an impromptu quiz, and generally everyone has a lot of fun, as Rufus Hound gives us a unique view of what it’s like to make Doctor Who. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi and Maisie Williams.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Zygon Invasion & The Zygon Inversion
    The Zygons are back! We discover how a Zygon keeps fit, and Ingrid Oliver tells of her delight at once more playing the Doctor’s biggest fan, Osgood! Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Ingrid Oliver.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Sleep No More
    Mark Gatiss reveals the story behind the horror, Reece Shearsmith reviews the importance of space glasses, and we look at the challenges of making this unique episode. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Face the Raven
    Joivan Wade (Rigsy) is shocked to be back, but he’s not the only character to return for this unforgettable adventure, as we discover the perils of thinking you are invincible. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Heaven Sent & Hell Bent
    Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay reveal the challenges of creating the puzzle-box that is Heaven Sent, we get wind-blown in Fuerteventura, and we witness the departure of a companion as we go on set for Jenna Coleman’s last day of filming. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat and Rachel Talalay.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Husbands of River Song
    Matt Lucas is our guide as we join River Song, the Doctor and a star-liner full of supervillains for this festive Christmas special. We get the heads-up on the Hydroflax from Greg Davies, reveal Alex Kingston’s favourite Sonic, and we find out what Peter Capaldi is getting for Christmas. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston, and Steven Moffat.

Doctor Who Documentaries:

  • Writing Who
    The definitive guide for a would-be Doctor Who scriptwriter. We follow Sarah Dollard on her intricate journey to create her episode, Trap Street. From the highs of pitching her original idea to Steven Moffat, to the challenges of writing her first draft – faced with a blank page and typing Int. TARDIS Day – to seeing her episode becoming reality.
  • Dalek Devotion
    Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat reveal the inspiration for the return of the Daleks to the incredible season opener of series 9, how their earliest memories have shaped their devotion to the ultimate killing machine, and the journey to the Dalek homeland of Skaro.
  • The Adventures of River Song
    Join Alex Kingston and Steven Moffat as we look forward to River’s return in The Husbands of River Song. Find out how River’s character came to be created, why Alex just had to play the role, what happened when the cast discovered who River really is. Narrated by Nina Toussaint-White.
  • Doctor Who: Sublime Online
    A video selection box of the funniest, most insightful and engaging online treats from behind the scenes of Series 9. With interviews and magical moments from Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat, and featuring a host of guest stars, including Maisie Williams, Michelle Gomez, Rufus Hound, Ingrid Oliver and Slipknot.
  • Clara’s Journey
    In 2012, Jenna Coleman joined Doctor Who and took her place in television history as the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald. Having become the longest serving companion since the revival of the show, Clara’s time on the TARDIS has now come to an end, so we can now look back at just what made the Impossible Girl, well, possible. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. Narrated by Colin McFarlane.
  • The Fan Show’s Finest
    Christel Dee gives a whistle-stop guide to Doctor Who: The Fan Show the online series that celebrates Doctor Who and the amazing creativity of the show’s fans. We get a peek inside Steven Moffat’s writing lair, take a look into the Old Monster’s Retirement Home and step into the amazing world of Minecraft to find out how fans are celebrating their love for the show online. We even get face to face with the Doctor and Missy to ask them all the questions the fans want to know.
  • Other VAM includes the Series 9 US prequel – The Doctor’s Meditation, deleted Scenes, Series 8 recap and all Series 9 trailers and prologue, the 2015 San Diego Comic Con Panel and an interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman hosted by Wil Wheaton.

Series 10 Hype

It begins.

“Doctor Who” mastermind Steven Moffat has hinted at mind-blowing new writers for the next season of the show. Discussing preparations for next year’s 10th season, Moffat said of the potential new writers, “If I told you their names, your brain would explode.”

“We’re already moving,” said Moffat of the new season. In fact, he said “We’ve had meetings today with two writers who’ve never written ‘Doctor Who’ before.” Moffat wouldn’t name names for fear of brain-explosion, saying only that they are “brilliant, prominent and amazing writers.”

“It’s going to be amazing,” he promised.

At a question-and-answer session with the audience of children, press and other invited guests, Capaldi was asked to name his favourite episode of his most recent season. “They all have extraordinary things in them,” he said, adding he is “very conscious that one’s time as Doctor Who is finite, so every episode is very special.”

Moffat noted that sentiment was “so Scottish: an equivocation followed by a certainty of mortality.”

Asked the same question Moffat replied, “I only care about the one that was next and the one that was last, that’s all I ever think about… I care profoundly and tragically and tear-inducingly about all of them. You know how they say Doctor Who fans are really sad? I’m the really sad one.”

Asked about his complex plots, Moffat joked, “It’s not that complicated, really — if you’re having trouble following it ask a 12-year-old!”

“One of the things we have to keep in mind is that ‘Doctor Who’ is for everyone, but we all know it belongs to children,” said Moffat. “And we have to keep in mind that they are far more intelligent than we are or ever will be. They can watch ‘Doctor Who’ at its most complex while while tweeting their friends and emailing her friends and playing ‘Angry Birds’ and doing their homework — apparently — so you have to raise it up to meet their level of expectation. Look at the doorstep books they’re reading! Children are not cheap little mini versions of us, they are not our pets, they’re our replacements and they’re definitively better than we are so we have to keep up with them with really complicated television.”

While we don’t know anything about the new series yet, Capaldi has teased fans that “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson could be involved. Capaldi and Jackson appeared together in a video skit suggesting that the Kiwi director could work on the show.

And we could see a return for one item that divided opinion among fans: the Doctor’s sonic sunglasses. “I think the sonic shades are fun,” said Capaldi, “and the sonic screwdriver’s fun, and a sonic hearing aid might be useful… There’s room for all kinds of sonic devices!”

Companions of Us All

But in the Classic Series, I think the companion really wasn’t the “co-lead” or the equal status.  The Doctor was the star. Period.

The fact that some companions like Jamie, Sarah, and ACE rose above that to be virtual co-leads is more a testament to the actor than the part.

Which leads to today’s episode where we not only go companion-less for the first time since 1976’s “Deadly Assassin” (No, I don’t think the 2009 episodes were companion-less, just a series of 1-off companions), but apparently only 2 characters — The Doctor and the monster called The Veil.

So, it’s an interesting experiment for WHO. But I know Peter Capaldi is an actor who can pull it off.

The companion has become much more essential, and many thought Clara too much so, including me but that was the arc of the character.

What happens if a human becomes “The Doctor” psychologically.

It’s not pretty. And it’s fatal.

Humans were not meant to be Time Lords. 🙂

So the Season Finale begins today. Then we’ll have the Christmas Special 3 weeks later.

Then the long dark 8-9 month winter sets in where our only companion is our DVD player, comics,books, and audios.

We are the Doctor’s companions. But we are on the slow road of linear existence.

Gallifrey awaits us all. 🙂

The Script for “Face the Raven” is available from the BBC for free at:



Marketing Already…

  • Doctor Who - Series 9 Part 1 [DVD]
This title will be released on November 2, 2015 (UK)
This title will be released on November 3, 2015 (US)
A complete box set will be released in 2016.
The first six episodes from the ninth series of the relaunched sci-fi adventure drama, with Peter Capaldi reprising his role as the legendary Time Lord. This time around, the Doctor and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman) travel through time taking on foes including Vikings, The Master (Michelle Gomez), Davros (Julian Bleach) and the Daleks. The episodes are: ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’, ‘The Witch’s Familiar’, ‘Under the Lake’, ‘Before the Flood’, ‘The Girl Who Died’ and ‘The Woman Who Lived’.

Christmas in October

  • Doctor Who: The 10 Christmas Specials [Blu-ray]

Tenth Doctor – David Tennant

  • The Christmas Invasion
  • The Runaway Bride
  • Voyage Of The Damned
  • The Next Doctor
  • The End Of Time (Parts 1&2)

Eleventh Doctor – Matt Smith

  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe
  • The Snowmen
  • The Time Of The Doctor

Twelfth Doctor – Peter Capaldi

  • Last Christmas

Bonus Feature

  • Ten Christmases – an all-new exclusive feature, in which Rufus Hound is on a mission to discover what makes a Doctor Who Christmas Special so special!

Each set also includes the Twelfth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver!

Sorry, no Sunglasses! 🙂
US Release: November 24, 2015.
UK Release: October 19th, 2015

The Underwater Menace Update

The saga of the last DVD in the Library (unless the BBC is hiding more “lost episodes”) continues.

The official BBC Shop unexpectedly posted a new listing for The Underwater Menace on DVD, with a release date of October 26th 2015.

The day after my birthday and I have that day off… 🙂

After the second episode was found back in 2011, the serial became 50% complete, and with fragments of parts one and four in existence, it seemed likely that a DVD release would come. But it never did, and the release was eventually confirmed as cancelled in June. As yet, we don’t know what prompted an apparent change of mind, although we understand that the BBC Shop has been given greater powers, so perhaps the answer lies there…

While we don’t know whether or not the missing episodes will receive an animated or photographic reconstruction, The Underwater Menace starring Patrick Troughton is finally heading to DVD – rejoice!

I just ordered it from Amazon UK:

We’ll see if to comes to pass…