Monthly Archives: March 2011

August 2011 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

It looks like August 9 will see the North American DVD release of the Seventh Doctor story Paradise Towers; this title doesn’t yet have a UK release date. Amongst the features on the disc are a commentary featuring writer Stephen Wyatt, sound designer Dick Mills and (oddly, perhaps, given he didn’t provide the music score on this story), Mark Ayres. Ayres may be there to offer an insight in David Snell’s unused scored for the story which is included on the disc as an extra. Whether you prefer Snell’s score to Keff McCulloch’s last minute replacement work is another matter…

SRP for the DVD will be $24.98. Check out more details at TVShowsOnDVD.com.

UPDATE: A second DVD, The Sun Makers from Season 15, will also see release on August 9. No artwork has been revealed yet, but a small list of extras has been confirmed including a commentary with Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Michael Keating, and the late Pennant Roberts, as well as a feature on long time Doctor Who composer Dudley Simpson. The shelf price for this will also be $24.98. Check TVShowsOnDVD.com for more on this release.

UPDATE 2: Artwork for The Sun Makers is now available. TVShowsOnDVD.com has full details on extras.

Doctor Who Series 6 Premieres April 23 on SPACE

SPACE, Canada’s home of Doctor Who, today announced they will be bringing Series 6 to Canadian screens day and date with the BBC and BBC America. Beginning at 8:00 PM EDT on Saturday, April 23, fans in the Great White North can learn the secrets of The Impossible Astronaut in part one of the series-opening two-parter – yes, an hour ahead of BBC America!

Being able to launch the series across parts of the world on the same day is indeed a wonderful thing, and we couldn’t be happier that SPACE is able to bring the new Doctor Who series to Canadians with minimal delay. Kudos to the team for giving Canadian Doctor Who fans what they wanted the most!

Check out SPACE’s announcement about it here!

Radio Free Skaro #247 – The Who North Strong And Free

Radio Free Skaro #247 – Click here to listen

The Three Who Rule donned their toques, broke out the stubbies and poured maple syrup all over their first ever, long-past-due episode examining and celebrating Doctor Who in their home and native land, America Jr. Canada. All in a very polite way, of course. With Canuck Who luminaries such as SPACE Channel’s Mark Askwith, Graeme Burk and Mike Doran on hand to lead us through the past, present and future of the Doctor on Canadian TV (and off), it’s fair to say we were as enthused as bunch of drunken curlers crashing a lacrosse tournament.
Show Notes:

Skaro Shop…North America!
Skaro Shop…UK!
Gallifrey One…Guests Announced!
The Impossible Astronaut…Prequel!
New Trailer coming…March 29!
Doctor Who: Iconic…Image!
Matt Smith…Staying!
Richard Senior…Directing!
Quebec’s Ztele Airing…Docteur Qui!
Torchwood: Miracle Day Premieres…July 8!
Doctor Who Panel at…Wondercon!
IDW Comics…on iTunes!
Gareth Roberts novelizes…Shada!
The Gunfighters and The Awakening…Coming to Region 1!
Doctor Who DVD…Region 1 Release Dates!
Earth Story DVD Set Coming Soon in June to…Region 2!
Genesis of the Daleks…Action Figure Set!
Destiny of the Daleks…Action Figure Set!
Sixth Doctor Costume…T-Shirt!
Seventh Doctor Costume…T-Shirt!
Nicholas Courtney…Charity Appeal!

Doctor Who in Canada:

Mark…Askwith!
SPACE…Channel!
Graeme…Burk!
Time Unincorporated…Volume 2!
Time Unincorporated…Volume 3!
Mike Doran And…Who Party!

Check-in on GetGlue

Torchwood: Miracle Day Starz Premiere Date

TVLine.com is reporting that Torchwood: Miracle Day will premiere July 8 on Starz.

Torchwood: Miracle Day, the fourth series of the successful Doctor Who spinoff, tells the story of what it would be like if people on Earth stopped dying. Featuring the return of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness along with regular cast Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) and Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), along with newcomers Mekhi Phifer and Bill Pullman, the story is written by some heavyweights such as Russell T Davies, Doris Egan and Jane Espenson.

No premiere date has yet been announced for the BBC transmission.

Update: The Starz website now confirms the July 8 premiere date.

July 2011 North America Doctor Who DVD Releases

July 5 (as reported by BBC America; July 12 seems the more likely date as announced by Warner) will feature the last as-yet-unreleased-on-DVD Peter Davison story, The Awakening, hitting store shelves. Bonus features include a commentary, a behind-the-scenes documentary, a “Now and Then” piece, and the rest of the usual fare (PDF Radio Times listings and so on) as well as deleted scenes featuring Kamelion who was initially meant to appear in the story.

UPDATE: The William Hartnell serial The Gunfighters has now been added as the second July DVD release from 2 Entertain, streeting on the same date. A few bonus items are included such as a commentary and “Tomorrow’s Times” piece, but the main documentary on this disc is “The End of the Line”, which promises to be a very interesting piece on the John Wiles era. More news on that later…

SRP for The Awakening will be $14.98, and $24.98 for The Gunfighters, and in the mean time check out more details at TVShowsOnDVD.com (The Gunfighters, The Awakening) or click on the cover art for larger a version.

Gallifrey One: Network 23 – The Countdown Begins

Gallifrey One: Network 23 LogoThe first details for Gallifrey One’s Network 23, the 2012 edition of the world’s preeminent Doctor Who convention, have been announced on the convention’s official website, www.gallifreyone.com.

Running from February 17-19, 2012, some of the cast of the 1996 Fox Doctor Who TV movie will be present at Gally, including Paul McGann and Yee Jee Tso. Joining them will be Jake McGann, Louise Jameson (Leela), William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Richard Franklin (Mike Yates), and Mary Tamm (Romana I). Also booked for the convention are mainstays Tony Lee, Gary Russell, Jason Haigh-Ellery and friend of the show, Phil Ford.

Radio Free Skaro will again have Gallifrey One covered in 2012 with daily podcasts from the convention, as well as news and updates here on RadioFreeSkaro.com.

In the mean time, preregistration is open at $60, and the convention is dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Courtney.

And for anyone still experiencing the post-Gally blues, may we suggest revisiting our Gallifrey 22 coverage from last month? Check out episodes 238, 239, 240, 241 and 242 for our daily releases, or have another peek at the special intro video from our Gally live recording!

See you at Gally!

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