Monday, May 25, 2009

Fans Unable to Wait Until 2010 Start Matt Smith Animation Project

In the absence of a new series of Doctor Who desperate fans have developed a plan to animate eleventh Doctor Matt Smith's stories before they are broadcast. The project was inspired by the animation of two missing episodes from the 1968 Doctor Who story The Invasion which was released on DVD in 2006.
" We just can't wait," said one of the fans involved who wished to remain anonymous," yes there are the other David Tennant specials to come but that's not enough when you're used to thirteen episodes a year."
So far the animators only have a few rough designs based on publicity photos but they are confident that the pace will increase as more details of the new series leak out.
" We'll fill in the blanks later. The script we've got so far is called The Something of Something. The Eleventh Doctor arrives on a planet in the TARDIS and lots of exciting things happen which the Doctor resolves in forty five minutes, unless it's a two parter in which case there will be a cliffhanger. We don't know who the companion is, or what she will look like, but we are confident that she will be involved in the thick of things and go on an emotional rollercoaster of a journey," our fan source added.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Hidden Dangers of Hyperinflation

Editorial comment. A disturbing trend in monster sizes is becoming apparent; hyperinflation.

In 1973 for a monster to be classified as "giant" it only needed to be larger than its real life equivalent. This giant maggot, left, is barely a foot high.

By 1975 in order for this robot, pictured centre, to be a giant it had to be over seven feet tall. An increase in real terms of 600% in 18 months

When The Next Doctor was broadcast in December 2008 hyperinflation had affected the size of monsters to such a degree that the Cyberking, right, was well over 800 feet tall; an increase of at least 79900%.

To put that in giant maggot terms, this means for The Green Death to have the same impact in 2009 as it did in 1973 the Doctor would have to fight a maggot 15 miles tall and 45 miles long! Is that something you want to see while trying to eat your tea? Frankly I think it would be disgusting.

Doctor Who needs sensible restraint in the height of its monsters. At this rate, by the start of the 2010 series, the Doctor will be fighting monsters the size of the Earth's moon. The Adipose were a step in the right direction, instead of being tall they were very short but there were lots of them.

It's time for the makers of Doctor Who to say no to this trend for ever larger and larger monsters. We need an upper limit. Instead of fighting beings of incomprehensible size, they should say "this tall, and no more". Perhaps the Doctor could fight several toads the size of the Eiffel Tower, or a giant kitten, but this monster madness must end now. Or by 2012 the Doctor will be nothing but a tiny dot buzzing around some mad creature (perhaps a fire breathing lamb/snail hybrid) the size of Jupiter.

And that can only be bad for Britain, bad for the BBC and bad for Doctor Who!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Who’s that baby!

You may think you know who's who but this puzzle is sure to have you scratching your head. Simply identify the famous Doctor Who character from a picture of them when they were younger. No prizes, this is just for fun and the answers are below.

1. Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more and don't you come back no more. This is one Jack that does come back, all the time but who does that young man turn out to be in the future, or is it the past?

2. Who's this purrfect kiddie? She may be fluffy but watch out she's no novice! This kitten's got claws! Yeow!

3. This cute little egg may have a soft centre but she's pretty hard boiled on the outside, we’re willing to bet she’ll be hatching up some new mischief soon. Eggsellent! Life's always a gas when she's around.

4. Stone me! This little chap looks like a real Rock-er. He's a fan of classical tunes as well but prefers Elgar's Pomp(eii) and Circumstance to Handel's Water Music any day.

5. It's not the end of the world, at least not if this person shows you how to get a--head! He looks good now but when he gets to be five billion years old we bet he'll be making use of the bo-tox! What vanity, he's a real big head.

6. Feeling blue? What the Dickens for? Life's a gas again when this fellow's around! Watch out though girls, we think this one's only after your body.

7. Ahh, look at Daddy's little soldier. She may be little now but when she's grown up she'll be breaking hearts; two of them! In this Eden to be she's the apple of her father's eye, but who is her father; or should that be, Who is her father.

8. Who's who? Can this grumpy old man really grow up into a perfect ten? Can you get the answer? Don't hang around we're on ten-derhooks with ten-sion!

DVD News
This exclusive shot from the forthcoming Planet of the Dead DVD shows a deleted scene in which the Doctor encounters a missing World War II ENSA party who fell through the same wormhole some sixty five years earlier.
Thanks to correspondent Gil E Freyan for the DVD screengrab.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Harold Saxon: The first 100 days

Self-described renaissance man for the 21st century, Harold Saxon seemed to come from nowhere to establish himself as a heavyweight player in British politics. Indeed one opponent, shortly before his mysterious disappearance, described him as “rising without a trace” and it is true to say that Mr Saxon rapidly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the political vacuum following the resignation of Harriet Jones.

His swift handling of the Christmas Star Crisis drew much praise and he threw himself into the design and implementation of both the UNIT carrier Valiant and the Archangel Satellite Network which caught the imagination of the public and saw his popularity soar to unprecedented levels. “Vote Saxon” read the posters in the election campaign and the public did, in record numbers.

Recent decisions have, however, drawn more criticism. Killing the President of the United States of America live on global television was viewed by many as bad for Britain's image abroad. Likewise the Toclafane, in some ways endearingly childlike, have bought terror to the planet and their recent decimation of the population has seen the survivors ask if Mr Saxon has perhaps exceeded the limits of his constitutional power... Read More

Have Your Say

“I backed Mr Saxon in the election and I'd do it again. He's good for Britain and good for the world!”
Gerald, Newcastle

“Mr Saxon is the wrong person in the wrong job at the wrong time. As survivors struggle in the ruins of our civilisation we need a uniter not a divider. I didn't vote for Earth to be turned into a giant slave camp preparing for war against the rest of the universe. Shame on you Mr Saxon”
Name withheld, 27b Albert Terrace, Bridge Road, London

“I think Harold Saxon's decision to bring the Toclafane here was a load of balls!”
Mike Giggler, via email
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