Thursday, July 27, 2017

Details on Doctor Who - Classic Doctors, New Monsters Vol 2

This month sees the release of the second volume of Classic Doctors, New Monsters where we see some of the classic doctors take on some of the villains from the new show like the Vashta Nerada. You can order this box set from the Big Finish website.

Night of the Vashta Nerada by John Dorney

Funworld was set to be the happiest planet in the galaxy. A planet of joy, of euphoria, of laughter and delight. Except construction was marred by reports of a predator and then, a few days before opening, all communication ceased.

Owner Georgia Donnelly is desperate to open the resort and has hired Amanda Steele's crew to find out what happened on the planet. They're the best. But even they might not be up to the task.

Joined by the Doctor and being picked off one by one, they slowly start to realise that something terrifying lurks in the shadows.

Empire of the Racnoss by Scott Handcock

When a distress call rips the TARDIS from the Vortex, dragging it back through time, it arrives in the midst of a conflict between Gallifrey and an ancient foe.

The Doctor, as ever, wants to help, but in returning a wounded combatant home, he becomes further and further entangled in a web of deceit and recrimination. A web spun by an eight-legged Empress and her minions…

The Empire of the Racnoss is at war, and wherever he stands, the Doctor is on the wrong side.

The Carrionite Curse by Simon Guerrier

Katy Bell returns to her Midlands home to find strange goings-on at the buskers fair. A witch trial in the 1980s. A bonfire ready to be lit...

Luckily, a colourful visitor is already investigating, and the local vicar, Katy's dad, is versed in tales of the macabre. Terrifying forces are on the loose, and the town hall holds a secret. There is black magic in the Black Country, and the Doctor has the name of his enemy on the tip of his tongue...

Something wicked this way comes.

Day of the Vashta Nerada by Matt Fitton

As the Time War rages, Cardinal Ollistra of Gallifrey seeks to create ever more dangerous weapons to deploy against the enemy.

When the Doctor stumbles across Synthesis Station, he discovers that the Time Lords have sponsored a project to weaponise already-lethal creatures. But in doing so, Eva Morrison and her team have unwittingly used a colony of Vashta Nerada with a very unfortunate history of humanoid contact.

The Doctor finds himself leading a desperate race for survival, in which the shadows may be the least of their worries…

Written By: John Dorney, Scott Handcock, Simon Guerrier, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Peter Davison (The Doctor), Colin Baker (The Doctor), Paul McGann (The Doctor), Adjoa Adhoh (Racnoss Empress), Nigel Planer (Old Racnoss Emperor/ Herrax), Andrew French (Racnoss Consort), Lisa Kay (Alayna), Pam Ferris (Amanda Steele), Lorelei King (Georgia Donnelly), Emma Lowndes (Phelan), Matt Devitt (Bennetto), Maya Sondhi (Katy Bell), Andrée Bernard (Mary Sissinghurst), Adèle Anderson (Eileen Nelthorpe), Michael Fenton-Stevens (Rev Douglas Bell), Jacqueline Pearce (Ollistra), Jan Ravens (Dr Eva Morrison), Himesh Patel (Biotech Dendry), Tim Wallers (Commander Roxita/ Security Chief Raldon). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer David Richardson

Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Monday, July 24, 2017

Into The Time Vortex Archive Interview - Deborah Watling of Doctor Who

The Following is an interview with Deborah Watling that took place in 2014 and Long Island Who Convention.  In memory of Deborah Watling here is that interview.

Details on Torchwood - The Office of Never Was

This months Torchwood audio adventure focuses on Ianto as he looks into a haunted building.  You can get this audio adventure from the Big Finish website.

There’s an empty office block in Cardiff. That’s nothing special – plenty of businesses go under, clear out, cease to exist. All that’s left behind is an empty building. But there’s one office block that refuses to be forgotten about.

There have been stories about that building - strange lights, funny goings on, faces pressed up against the glass. Enough to get the locals worried. Enough to ask Torchwood to get involved.

It’s Friday night. Ianto Jones has better things to do with his time than look round a haunted building. But he goes anyway, and it turns out that The Office has been waiting for him.

Written By: James Goss
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), Bethan Rose Young (Girl), David Shields (Oliver)

Producer James Goss
Script Editor Steve Tribe
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Friday, July 21, 2017

Doctor Who Companion Deborah Watling has died.

Deborah Watling who played Victoria Waterfield during the Patrick Troughton era during season 5 has passed away after a short battle with lung cancer at the age of 69.  Sadly there are only two of her stories that are complete (The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World) while two others are missing a few epiosdes and have been released with animation and telesnap reconstructions (The Web of Fear and The Ice Warriors).  She also returned to the role of Victoria in 1995's Downtime which is out now on DVD.  She has been a staple of the Doctor Who convention scene and her panels were wonderful to attend as she regaled us all in her stories of her time on the show with Patrick Troughton  and Frazer Hines.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Into The Time Vortex Podcast - Episode 51 - A Doctor Who Discussion About the Casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor

Listen to a special episode of our podcast where we talk about the historic and controversial casting of the first woman as the Doctor in Doctor Who.  We describe our initial reactions and what we think about the whole thing.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Doctor Who and Big Finish Star Trevor Baxter has passed away.

Trevor Baxter has passed away at the age of 84.  He is best known to Doctor Who fans as one half of Jago and Litefoot.  He first appeared in Doctor Who as Professor George Litefoot in the 1977 story The Talons of Weng-Chiang which starred Tom Baker as The Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela.  Trevor Baxter would return to the role of Professor Litefoot for Big Finish in 2008 in their series of Jago and Litefoot audio adventures along side Christopher Benjamin as Jago.  In all he made 13 series of Jago and Litefoot for Big Finish making them one of the successful off shoots from Doctor Who. You can read more about Trevor Baxter from the Big Finish website.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Into The Time Vortex Podcast - Episode 50 - Doctor Who - Blink

Doctor Who - Introducing Jodie Whittaker -The Thirteenth Doctor Interview

The BBC announced to the world that Jodie Whittaker will be the new Doctor Who.
The identity of the new Doctor was revealed exclusively on BBC One and on social media around the world after the Men’s Wimbledon Final on Sunday 16 July.

She will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi, who leaves the global hit show at Christmas.

New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who takes over from Steven Moffat on the next series, made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role.

Jodie Whittaker says: “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with Chris and with every

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Doctor is Jodie Whittaker! - Introduction Video

The new Doctor is Jodie Whittaker.  The 35 year old actress has starred in Broadchurch, Black Mirror, The Smoke, Attack the Block and The Assets.

This is the first time a female has been picked as the Doctor but with another Time Lord changing genders with the Master a couple of years ago, the move seemed inevitable. 

And the New Doctor is.......

Jodi Whittaker