Monday, 30 November 2009
Hopefully David will one day appear himself.
Ex Leeds Doctor Who group member and one time producer of Doctor Who has now landed the job of producing Coronation Street. He is due to take over in the summer of 2010. We done Phil and you can read more on this news here.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Here is the final part of the fascinating interview with Combom. It has been a great pleasure talking to him and I just want to say thanks again Combom and also thank all of you who have taken time out to read it (and there have been many of you).
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Here is a picture of a new monster appearing in next years series featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor. The fearsome beast is called the Dravvlox and comes from the planet Spirryvest. Little is known about it's intentions but from the look of it is is sure to strike fear in the hearts of all who meet it.........
But really it was the guys in my office who were messing about and built their version of a Dr Who monster to cheer me up :-) ......... Silly boys.....
Here is a continuation of my interview with Combom which you all seem to be enjoying as we're getting more hits than ever :-)
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
So our good David will be all over the place this Christmas with his final installments as The Doctor, the RSC production of Hamlet on BBC Two, Nevermind the Buzzcocks, and CBeebies!!
Is this Tennant Overload?! Hell no!! I better invest in a bigger bucket to catch all the dribble.
To read the article, clicky here.
I am now very weary of "Bloggers charts" you enter one and your 6,000 hits a day Blog is beaten by a 200 hits a day Blog "because he has a prettier side bar" or something, and he got all his news from you in the first place, so that adds insult and injury! I'm a firm believer in "bums on seats" (hits to the rest of you lol), if you don’t like, you won’t call!
Monday, 23 November 2009
And not just a run-in-the-mill Who related blog, but a shameless attempt at plugging my own fundraising activities in the month of December.
I am taking part in Decembeard for Macmillian Cancer Support, where I will be growing a beard for charity!! Anyone who knows me will know that I support many charities, but I prefer to be a passive fund raiser, and growing a beard suits my physical prowess perfectly.
I’m doing this for 2 reasons…
- In memory of Michelle Thompson (nee Blakey), a very dear friend and colleague from British Gas who sadly lost her battle with cancer in the summer of 2008.
- For my Nan, Alice Furlong who passed away last November from cancer. Macmillan provided exemplary care and support during her final months, not only to my Nan, but to my Mum as well. That is a huge debt that I want to help repay.
- Get clean shaven on the Monday 30th November and have my photo taken
- Constantly bang on about what I’m doing and raise sponsors
- Get people to bung in a few quid onto www.justgiving.com/decembeard
- Grow a beard (or something that resembles a beard)
- In last week before Christmas shave it into a style of my choosing (either on a specific day or a different style every day of the week) and take a photo’s
There is a link above to the Just Giving site, but this is the group site set up by all of us taking part and it is not individual to me, but please do sponsor me! Even if it’s only a pound, it all helps a very worthy cause.
There will be photo's taken to show my progress, and I shall be uploading them to Facebook and I'll bung them on here as well to show my progress.
Thank you for your time, and hope that you will support me in this event! I shall now return you to your usual programming!
The End Of Time Part Two
The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master's plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder, and an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made, and the deadly prophecy warns: "He will knock four times."
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Okay, so that's not the the first question on everyone's mind, but let me explain.
For years, I didn't know any other fans of Doctor Who. I was aware they were 'out there', somewhere. But the nearest I got to fandom was reading Doctor Who Magazine. Fair enough, but a few years ago I resolved to track down my nearest local group and to start attending conventions.
What I found was an incredible social circle, a multitude of long, boozy weekends and very little actual talk of Doctor Who.
Drinking until six in the morning, catching some disturbed sleep for a few hours and then heading back to the bar at eleven to try and ward off the hangover...and this goes on for four days. Fairly regularly, someone will plonk food down in front of you, you'll manage to stagger to the toilet, you'll feel divorced from reality for four days and every so often you'll catch sight of someone you think you recognise from the seventies. I imagine Alzheimer's Disease has similar effects.
There are only so many autograph queues to stand in, Q&A panels with guests to attend and merchandise dealers to avoid, so eventually everything comes back to the bar.
There's the obligatory cabaret, of course. It's traditional for it to be awful. Imagine Richard Franklin dressed as a schoolboy, dancing around a stage while singing 'Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me A Bow Wow. You can't, can you? Neither could we. Even when it was in front of us. McGann had hidden in his room by this point.
Then there was the - equally obligatory – disco. No one told me they were videoing the bloody thing, but I'm now stuck forever with the embarrassing atrocity that currently inhabits Facebook.
A non-fan straight boy kept hugging me and told me I was his first 'man crush.' My friend thought he was confused. I just thought he was pissed. And cute.
The hotel manager being a fan, helped of course. His staff must have been instructed not to take the piss out of we nerds, and it has to be said we were all treated royally. And, the bar area was exclusively devoted to a live screening of Waters of Mars on the Sunday evening. 100 fans, absolutely spellbound. McGann wandered down for a fag half-way through, stopped, looked around quizzically as if thinking “What on earth are you all watching?”, realised, shrugged and disappeared outside in a wreath of smoke. The only moment of the whole weekend he could get out the door without being pestered about what it's like to snog Daphne Ashbrook.
Monday mornings are always the worst. Home, and reality, beckon. Breakfast with Anneke. Checking the local rag to see how much of a hatchet job yesterday's journalists have done. Strong coffee and lots of it, then the pain as you sober up and realise by just how much you've blown your budget for the weekend. Then the long drive home.
Best weekends of your life.
Even the straight boy said so.
Don't forget everyone what this Blog is about, the Leeds Doctor Who Group. If you're a fan and would like to come to one of our meetings then why not have a look at our website where you can find out our contact details. We usually meet on the first Saturday of every month at the Adelphi pub in Leeds. It usually involves a few beers, Dr Who chat and general socialising. So, if you're in the area and want to pop in the we would love to see you. Our next meeting is Saturday 5th December.... see you there!!
Thursday, 19 November 2009
I found this fascinating quote today:
Doctor Who The Five Doctors DVD At A Bargain PriceJust trawling through Doctor Who DVDs this am, looking for any good prices, and here is a bargain, Doctor Who The Five Doctors Special Edition at £3.24 including free delivery!Combom, Life, Doctor Who & Combom, Nov 2009
You should read the whole article.
The official BBC website has confirmed the title of the first part of David Tennants final two part adventure is......... The End Of Time Part One.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Yesterday my wife Gemma was away on a hen do so I was left with the prospect
of having to keep two little boys (at 3 & 5) amused for a whole day on
my own. Fortunately there was the Time War event at the Magna centre
near Rotherham in South Yorkshire in aid of Children in Need where we met up with Neil & Sarah Charlesworth and their 2 kids.
Even before the event I had not done my usual research so I wasn't
actually sure what was in store for us other than it was an event
based around Doctor Who. On arrival we paid our entrance fee which
also gave us access to the whole of the Magna centre itself as well as
the Time War event. In the foyer was the familiar Police Box and as
expected several fans were having their photo's taken alongside it. To
the rear of the reception area was where the hub of the event was.
On entering we were confronted by about 20 full sized Daleks ranging
from all era's of Doctor Who right up to present day. With the odd
exception all of the Daleks were excellent replicas of their TV
counterparts which is all the more astounding when I learned that they
had all been made by fans of the show. One in particular Dalek was
like nothing we had ever seen. "Dalek Storm" is apparently based on a
CGI design from way back and was never made by the BBC so fan Alan
Clark decided to make it himself. As you can see from the pictures t
is truly a magnificent creation and, dare I say it, better than
anything we have seen on TV?
My kids were loving the whole spectacle however suddenly we looked
round and there was a black Dalek moving around the hall actually
speaking to people. My 2 boys started to get scared at first but soon
plucked up the courage to go and chat with the black Dalek. It was all
As you would expect at these events there were several fans who went
to the effort of getting dressed up as their favourite Doctor or
character (gaining them free entry) and some of the David Tennants
were great however some of the other Doctors were a little suspect.
Other monsters appearing were a couple of Scarecrows from Human Nature
and the odd Ood. Again, at first the appearance of these unnerved my
kids but they soon realised that it was just people dressing up.
In another room there was a home made Tardis interior provided by
Chris Hoyle from the excellent Projection Room (a fan film group) -
more from them later. You could pay a small price to have your picture
taken at the console along with one of the Doctor lookalikes and all
the proceeds went to Children In Need. Another room had a display of
props and masks from the show although I never established whether
these were official BBC props or fan made ones, they were interesting
none the less.
At 1pm there was the first event in the great hall. When we arrived
there were literally hundreds of people waiting to see what would
happen. There was a stage with a full sized Tardis to the left and
when the background music died down, out popped a David Tennant
impersonator, he even sounded a bit like him too. He proceeded to
introduce a charity fan made film called "Pudsai" made by the
Projection Room guys and featured many incarnations of the Doctor.
Most of the guys were attending the event dressed in the costumes
they wore in the short film and were duly brought on stage for a brief
interview after the showing.
Next up was "an audience with the Daleks" whereby about 7 Daleks
appeared from the back of the room and ended up at the front of the
stage. The audience were invited to ask the Daleks questions which was
really surreal but hight entertaining and amusing at times.....
To sum up I'm not entirely sure how to refer to the Time War event, it
was not a convention or an exhibition really and whatever its
intentions it was well attended, raised a lot of money for a worthy
cause and was a brilliant day out for all. My kids & I will certainly
be going to the next one.