After an absence of three decades Mad Max returns on 15 May 2015 with Mad Max: Fury Road.

From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannised by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) assumes the role of Max Rockatansky from Mel Gibson. Supporting cast includes Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon).

More information on Mad Max: Fury Road can be found at the official Facebook page and website.

Mad Max Fury Road teaser

On 8 September 2014 BBC Worldwide are releasing the Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition. Limited to 6,000 Blu-rays and 4,000 DVDs this limited edition collector’s set gathers together a whole of host of material from the 50th anniversary year of the much-loved groundbreaking science fiction series. 

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Limited Collector's EditionThe set includes four special adventures for the Doctor: the Series 7b finale The Name of the Doctor, introducing John Hurt’s War Doctor; the mini-episode The Night of the Doctor, featuring the return and regeneration of Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor; the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor; and The Time of the Doctor, Matt Smith’s final adventure as the Eleventh Doctor.

Also included is An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss’ award-winning docudrama about the genesis of Doctor Who, and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot comedy spoof, with Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and a whole host of Doctor Who alumni past and present.

Other ancillary material includes:

  • The Day Of The Doctor read through.
  • Trailers, cinema introduction and deleted scenes for The Day Of The Doctor.
  • Behind-the-scenes features on The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the DoctorThe Time of the Doctor and An Adventure In Space And Time.
  • Doctor Who The Ultimate Guide.
  • The Last Day mini-episode.
  • Tales from the TARDIS.
  • Farewell to Matt Smith.
  • The Science of Doctor Who.
  • 2013 Doctor Who Prom.

The official full length trailer for Series 8 of the revived Doctor Who has been released by the BBC. And for me there’s no excitement at all being generated for Peter Capaldi’s first adventures as the Twelfth Doctor. This is not good. Not good at all…

I’m the Doctor. I’ve lived for over 2000 years. I’ve made many mistakes. And it’s about time that I did something about that.

The TARDIS console continues to explode as it did in the teaser trailers. There’s dinosaurs outside the Houses of Parliament (to add to the dinosaurs inside?); Dalek saucers blasting away; robot knights; and the Doctor riding a horse in a Victorian nightshirt.

(The Doctor is wearing the nightshirt, not the horse.)

The Doctor’s declaration that he and Clara are about to go “into darkness” doesn’t bode well given how dire the Star Trek descent Into Darkness went… There’s a definite fixation on the darkness of the Doctor’s character – as there has been for every episode of 21st century Doctor Who.

The Mockingjay lives…

“I see into your soul Doctor”…

A second trailer for the return of Doctor Who on 23 August 2014 has been released. A whole 19 seconds this time compared to the previous trailer’s 15 seconds… And yet again I’m left with zero anticipation for the series’ return.

Aside from more damage being wrought upon the TARDIS console, and a look inside the Doctor’s anatomy, the trailer’s sole purpose seems to be the revealing of the Daleks returning to face Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. Many have said that the voice sounds like Julian Bleach’s Davros from The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, but to my ear it definitely sounds like Nicholas Briggs, who’s done all the Dalek voices since Doctor Who was revived in 2005.

Here’s hoping that the Daleks are once more a force to be reckoned with and a classic along the lines of The Daleks’ Master Plan, The Evil of the Daleks or Genesis of the Daleks can be produced. Though it doesn’t seem likely given the recent scripting track record of Moffat’s era.

For 15 years Big Finish Productions have been producing inventive, entertaining and award-winning officially licensed Doctor Who audio adventures. In over 400 stories the universe of the Doctor has been expanded by a talented family of actors, writers, directors, sound designers, and many other behind-the-scenes geniuses. And the lunches are legendary…

Happy 15th birthday Big Finish

The first that the world knew of this new chapter in the Doctor’s adventures in space and time came with an announcement in the Gallifrey Guardian news column in issue 275 of Doctor Who Magazine, dated 10 March 1999:

WORLD EXCLUSIVE! Doctors unite for “canonical” drama. BBC approves new Doctor Who audio plays. 
Big Finish Productions, the company behind the recent audio dramatisations of the Bernice Summerfield New Adventures novels, has secured a ground-breaking licence to produce all-new, full-length Doctor Who dramas.

Released in July 1999 Big Finish’s first Doctor Who adventure was The Sirens of Time, written and directed by Nicholas Briggs (now the voice of the Daleks in the revived TV series). Uniting three of the original actors who played the Doctor: Peter Davison (Fifth Doctor), Colin Baker (Sixth Doctor) and Sylvester McCoy (Seventh Doctor), the play was an immediate success and paved the way for Big Finish to redefine the possibilities offered by the Doctor Who universe.

Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor joined the fold in January 2001 in Storm Warning and, after many years of reticence, Tom Baker finally reprised his role as the iconic Fourth Doctor, commencing in January 2012 with Destination: Nerva and The Fourth Doctor Box Set. All five of the living 20th century classic Doctors subsequently came together in 2013 for The Light at the End, a special audio event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Read the rest of this entry »

Between 14-26 July 2014 the Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) will be staging Henry V, the second production in their Summer 2014 Open-Air Season, in the grounds of Guildford Cathedral (being used as a location for the first time). Shakespeare’s anthem to England will star Matt Pinches, Chris Porter, Richard Galazka, Morgan Philpott and Emily Tucker. Five actors tackling 30 roles. GSC’s first Summer 2014 production Twelfth Night was an acclaimed sell-out and Henry V is bound to follow suit.

More information on GSC, and tickets for Henry V, at www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

 

Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will debut on Saturday 23 August 2014 in a feature-length episode scripted by showrunner Steven Moffat entitled Deep Breath. What a dull title. And the news is accompanied by a truly insipid picture and trailer…

Twelfth Doctor trailer

Deep Breath may be the worst Doctor Who story title ever. It’s, well…just bloody dull. Whatever happened to attention-grabbing titles such as The Web of Fear, Carnival of MonstersThe Robots of Death. You were left waiting for a fearful web, a collection of monsters, and many deadly robots. Here you will be waiting for someone to breath? Possibly deeply?

More and more I can’t help but feel that Peter Capaldi, a massive Doctor Who fan since childhood, has inherited seriously damaged goods as his era begins. Controversy about misogynistic attitudes in recent scripts continues to dog Moffat, the quality of stories has declined over the course of the 2012/2013 series and 2013 specials, and the current companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) is one of the most underdeveloped and just plain uninterestingly wooden in the 51 year history of the series.

Even the publicity that’s supposed to get the blood pumping in excitement for the imminent adventures of the Twelfth Doctor is pretty poor. The just-released picture of the new Doctor and Clara seems to suffering from Photoshop overload with the Doctor seemingly about to launch into The Time Warp given his hands on his hips like that. And the accompanying trailer “Am I a good man?” leaves one cold.

As a Doctor Who fan since the Jon Pertwee era (my first memory is of the Third Doctor pulling the face off the policeman Auton at the end of episode one of Terror of the Autons) I’m seriously worried about just how absent my anticipation is for the arrival of Series 8. The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor were unmitigated disasters and nothing about Moffat’s continuing involvement into the Twelfth Doctor’s era leaves me hugely concerned about the continuing decline of the greatest science fiction series in the world.

And don’t get me started on the idiotic reasons behind having to call the Twelfth Doctor the fourteenth incarnation rather than the twelfth incarnation…

Here’s the naff, nay bloody awful, trailer.

And then compare with the trailer that built anticipation for the arrival of Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor, The Trip of a Life Time. In just 50 seconds Russell T Davies had fans screaming for 21st century Doctor Who to begin. Nine years later we’re getting a whimper, not a bloody big bang.

Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s masterpiece of the small screen, comes to Blu-ray in a stunningly remastered Blu-ray edition. All 30 episodes of the television series are present, together with the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, including 90 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes. 

Twin Peaks is the second greatest mindfuck television series of all time, with the crown belonging to Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner. A surreal, symbolistic and supernatural masterpiece of the small screen, the simple premise of the series, the hunt for the murderer of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), is underpinned by a battle between good and evil extending beyond the simple confines of the small Washington town of Twin Peaks.

Populating Twin Peaks are a wealth of memorable characters who have gone down in television history, including Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn), Windom Earle (Kenneth Welsh), The Man From Another Place (Michael J Anderson), the mystic Log Lady (Catherine E Coulson) and BOB (Frank Silva).

Official Synopsis: On stunning High Definition Blu-ray, Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery is a comprehensive collection with every episode from the complete television series; both the U.S. and international versions of the series’ Pilot; the North American Blu-ray debut of David Lynch’s follow-up feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me; and nearly 90 minutes of deleted and alternate scenes from the film. The set also features newly transferred Log Lady introductions for each episode; picture upgrades to many shots in the TV series; a new featurette with series creator Lynch and the actors who portrayed the Palmer family which includes a mesmerizing return to the lives of their characters today; and hours of material never before released on Blu-ray, which dives into the fascinating story behind the celebrated pop culture classic.

Together as one. Panem today. Panem tomorrow. Panem forever.