Sherlock lives on New Year’s 2014 9.00pm BBC1
Sherlock lives on New Year’s 2014 9.00pm BBC1
Invictus is a short poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). Invictus (Latin for “unconquered”) was recited by Nelson Mandela, who was empowered by its message of self-mastery, to other prisoners during his incarceration on Robben Island prison. The poem also leant its title to the 2009 film Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
The BBC has confirmed that Sherlock series 3 will feature in the Radio Times Christmas issue, so that means a transmission date for the first episode, The Empty Hearse, between 21 December 2013 and 3 January 2014. Some speculation has New Year’s Day as the transmission date. Sherlock has traditionally broadcast on a Sunday so that gives 22 December and 29 December as possible transmission dates. Whatever the truth it means that #SherlockLives and within five weeks Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman’s Dr John Watson will be back on our screens.
The official synopsis for The Empty Hearse:
“Two years after the devastating effects of [Series 2's finale] The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But, with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It’s what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’! If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it though, he’s in for a very big surprise…”
The official synopsis runs:
“Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.” Read the rest of this entry »
Rumours have Sherlock series 3 commencing on 1st January 2014. Episodes are:
1. The Empty Hearse (by Mark Gatiss, based on “The Empty House”).
2. The Sign of Three (by Stephen Thompson, based on “The Sign of the Four”).
3. His Last Vow (by Steven Moffat, based on “His Last Bow”).
In the books Watson has a moustache but let’s hope Martin Freeman loses that growth under his nose fairly quickly.
Every so often Doctor Who pulls off an instance of shock that leaves the viewer gasping like a floundering fish and barely managing to utter “What? What?! WHAT?!”. The Doctor’s first regeneration in The Tenth Planet; the Cybermen slamming into shot for the cliffhanger ending to part one of Earthshock; and the Doctor’s seemingly unannounced regeneration at the close of Journey’s End. All moments of unheralded surprise that befuddled, delighted and provoked national and global discussion in their wake. Now added to this list of joyful occurrences comes Paul McGann’s onscreen return as the Eighth Doctor in The Night of the Doctor.
I’m a Doctor. Probably not the one you were expecting.
The Name of the Doctor remains a secret as the mystery of the Impossible Girl is solved and an almighty cliffhanger lays the seeds of the 50th anniversary special in a disjointed series finale.
It’s the repair shop. What kind of idiot would try and steal a faulty TARDIS?
From “Gallifrey. A very long time ago…” and the First Doctor’s “borrowing” of the TARDIS (slightly rewriting The Doctor’s Wife in the process) to the battle-scarred world of Trenzalore and the final resting place of the Doctor, The Name of the Doctor is one of the most sweeping, ambitious and epic adventures that Doctor Who has attempted. For the most part it succeeded in atoning for the generally lacklustre Series 7b, though faults remained that dragged the story down to a status of “pretty good” rather than “exceptional”.
For his third series finale as Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat used the same basic plot as he had for the previous two: a tale featuring River Song (Alex Kingston) revolving around the “wibbly wobbly time-y wimey” consequences of attempting to remove the Doctor from history. The Big Bang, The Wedding of River Song and now The Name of the Doctor all feature this basic trope to varying degrees. This time around it was the turn of the Great Intelligence, in the guise of Dr Walter Simeon (Richard E Grant returning from The Snowmen and The Bells of Saint John), to mess up the Doctor’s place in the history of the universe by entering his time stream and rewriting it to remove him completely. The sight of the future deceased Doctor as a pulsating column of light scarring space and time situated within a decaying TARDIS console room was a disquieting image representative of the funereal tone that pervaded much of the episode. Read the rest of this entry »
The BBC have released official programme information for the 50th anniversary Doctor Who adventure.
In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.
The Day of the Doctor is being transmitted on Saturday 23 November 2013 (time TBC), exactly 50 years to the day since episode one of An Unearthly Child.
Since January 2013 I’ve been contributing articles to the online magazine HI! Magazine. An occasional music review and pieces on the Guildford Shakespeare Company have been a small part of my output but the main focus of my writing has been “geekier” matters, in particular Doctor Who (both classic era and revived era). I’m always surprised that a) my work is read, and b) my work is appreciated. I’m therefore delighted to be a tiny part of the imminent evolution of HI! Magazine from its current status as a general overview of life into something more catered for the exploding geek culture of the 21st century.
HI! Magazine is regenerating into The Geek Agenda. It’s the end…but the moment has been prepared for. The full announcement can be found here. It’s gratifying to read “articles on Doctor Who through the years brought a regular audience of Whovians”.
Once upon a time geeks were defined thus: “an unfashionable or socially inept person”. Now we’re defined thus: “a knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast”. Like bow ties and fezzes we are cool.
The geeks are running the show in so many aspects of the entertainment universe. Current Doctor Who luminaries Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss all grew up watching and obsessing over the adventures of the Doctor. Joss Whedon, a chief custodian of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a self-acknowledged geek. Massive geek J J Abrams is now overseeing the two titans of the science fiction genre, Star Trek and Star Wars. And is there a more acclaimed and popular geek than Neil Gaiman whose work transcends genres?
A new website is coming soon but in the interim you can follow all the news for The Geek Agenda on their Twitter.
I’m excited to be aboard for The Geek Agenda. Please join the adventure.