Free Christmas short from the Divergent Wordsmiths

Here’s a short (very) freebie for Christmas from The Divergent Wordsmiths, a story for the Peter Cushing version of the First Doctor, aka Dr Who. It’s a charming vignette titled A Christmas Cutaway. It’s buy Iain McLaughlin, and brought a smile to me at least! Merry Christmas! *** Message Ends ***

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes

As part of the British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival 2020 there’s a chance to see a new documentary on Delia Derbyshire. It’s available on the BFI Player app from 18:30 BST 15-18 October 2020. Details below or check the site.

When did the Doctor become the Doctor?

In the post Chibnall Masterplan world we can ask lots of questions about Doctor Who and get some new answers. Of course this is a lot of why a masterplan happened. It gets the show re-examined in the light of a set of principles (I hope) rather than the organic way it first developed. One…

Infinifest May 30 2020

If you can get to London at the end of May, you might want to go along to Infinifest. It’s a one day convention at the Genesis Cinema with guests, films, TV and much socialising. It’s run by Infinity Magazine. There are several reasons for Doctor Who fans to be interested.

Does the Chibnall Masterplan explain why the Doctor left Gallifrey?

We know (unless it gets rewritten) William Hartnell’s First Doctor left Gallifrey by stealing (borrowing) a TARDIS. He went with Susan, a Time Lord who is represented as his granddaughter. We learn in Remembrance of the Daleks how the Doctor also sneaked The Hand of Omega onboard (and never mentioned it until his seventh incarnation…

Hartnell’s Doctor in colour!

No, don’t get too excited, it’s not a colourised First Doctor adventure! It’s is William Hartnell as though in a superbly coloured photo. This is by Stuart Manning – he’s been very quiet on the poster front, but this is rather a treat! ::: Message Ends :::

Doctor Who on Boxing Day?!

Good news, there will be Doctor Who on Boxing Day this year (2019). The (perhaps) less good news – it’s every available classic episode streamed on new service BritBox as reported on The Doctor Who Companion: EVERY SURVIVING EPISODE OF CLASSIC DOCTOR WHO COMING TO BRITBOX ON BOXING DAY. Enjoy! *** Message Ends ***

The DWC looks at Longleat and the 20th

If you want a thorough article on the twentieth anniversary of Doctor Who in 1983, including a major focus on Longleat, have a read of REVIEWED: DOCTOR WHO’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY – AT LAST, THE 1983 SHOW. Leon Hewitt is to be congratulated on a piece full of information. I learned a few things and I…

The making of Mission to the Unknown

If you’ve now watched the remake of Mission to the Unknown on YouTube, you might also want to watch The Making of Mission to the Unknown. It’s also on YouTube and nice to see the BBC get behind this so well. ((( Message Ends )))

Celestial Toyroom 496/97

If you’re a member of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society lookout for the latest double issue Celestial Toyroom (496/7 – August 2019) with colour cover, evoking the Daleks in London. Edited by Alan Stevens, Alan also wrote the first article, a study of Daleks in London, ie Invasion of Earth. There are also fascinating articles…

The DWC looks at seasons 3, 4 and 5!

The Doctor Who Companion is gathering pace with its voyage through the show’s television history. They’ve looked at Season 3, said farewell to Hartnell’s First Doctor, welcomed Troughton’s Second Doctor, met many a companion, said farewell to many more and introduced many alien races along the way. Seen in such breadth and at such pace,…

The DWC looks at season 2

Following season 1, it’s the turn of season 2 to be put under DWC spotlight: REVIEWED: DOCTOR WHO SEASON 2 – PUBESCENT ECSTASY. Frank Danes gets to talk about some of my favourite stories, including Invasion of Earth, but there’s a lot more as well. God, the show was good back in the day! +++…