The Doctor and the Dalek

As one of the most ground-breaking sci-fi programs in TV history, you’d think that there would be a rich history of Doctor Who video games but strangely that’s not the case. Throughout the 1980’s, there were many pc games and after the 2005 relaunch too off there have been many more elaborate games.

In an earlier blog post, I chronicled the previous entries in the Doctor Who gaming legacy, but my favorite is still the pinball game.

With the arrival of a new Doctor, there is of course a new videogame featuring Peter Capaldi as the 12th incarnation in an adventure game that teaches programming skills to children while blasting away enemies with the unlikely aid of a Dalek.

(official press release below)

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The Doctor and the Dalek is a new video game from the BBC, free to play on the CBBC website from Wednesday. It sees the Doctor (voiced by Peter Capaldi) team up with a suspiciously friendly Dalek in order to take on Cybermen, Sontarans and Britain’s shaky position in the digital economy.

Released as part of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative, the aim is to teach children programming skills as they guide the Dalek across alien worlds including Sontar and the Cyber-tombs of Telos. Every time they encounter new obstacles, such as impassable chasms or powerful enemies, players can upgrade the Dalek by playing minigames that cover the fundamentals of coding. Although it will start with the basics, eventually the game will explain complex subjects like Boolean operators and hacking telepathic Pathwebs.

The story from series writer Phil Ford promises derring-do and universe-ending consequences, as well as tying into the curriculum for Key Stage 2 and 3. And if that’s not enough, the Doctor has issued a heart-felt plea to children around the world:

“Oi! Short and not-very-old one! I need your help – I’ve got a Dalek and we’ve got a mission to save the universe,” the Time Lord said. “Come on! Chop chop!”

The Doctor and the Dalek is released Wednesday 22nd October at bbc.co.uk/cbbc

Review here:

Bonus: Click here for a gallery of series eight posters from the Radio Times
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Silence please for the Avengers 2 trailer

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The events in each of the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date have established a unified world of superheroics, magic, technological marvels and dangers unlike anything dreamed of in our world. The heroes are big and complex, flawed human beings with unimaginable powers and abilities, trying to exist in a normal world when they are not defeating otherworldly foes.

The first step taken in the initial Iron Man film set moviegoers on a path through eight more adventures which took a world that had previously existed on the printed page and exploded it on screen. From the Hulk to Captain America, to Thor, an entire pantheon of heroes is now in place (and there’s more to come). It has been a wild ride and one that seems to get better with each turn.

imagesThe milestone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the Avengers film which united all of these characters against a common foe (and oftentimes each other as well). It was a roaring success and also redeemed a certain green-hued Goliath while bringing two other heroes to the forefront- Hawkeye and the Black Widow. The sequel will challenge the strength of the team in many ways. It appears that Tony Stark’s tech has gone wild and the Hulk has as well, and out of this mayhem comes a deadly new threat – Ultron.
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Viewers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (another extension of the Marvel Universe) got a glimpse last night of what is to come. And it is a showstopper.

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Doctor Who Big Finish- The Wormery

The Wormery

Story 51
Written by Stephen Cole and Paul Magrs
Released November 2003

Despondent and depressed, the Doctor finds himself in Bianca’s, a special kind of bar where the owner slinks her way among the clientele between torch songs. She takes a special liking to the gloomy Doctor who is still recovering from the shame and humiliation of his trial with the High Council of Time Lords. He rebuffs Bianca’s attentions only to find himself buttonholed by a gin-soaked former acquaintance, the time-travelling vagabond Iris Wildthyme.

For the uninitiated, the scatter-brained Iris Wildthyme is a character who popped up back in 1998 alongside the Fourth Doctor and already claimed to be an intimate acquaintance. Her back-story is purposefully garbled and is a reflection of the Doctor’s adventures mis-remembered or mixed up with other creatures or situations. She travels in a double decker London bus version of the TARDIS which seems smaller on the inside than out, sometimes with a panda companion. Played by former companion and consummate vocal performer Katy Manning, Iris is a beloved creation who has appeared with numerous incarnations of the Doctor.

When Iris bumps into the Doctor, she finds him very cuddly beneath his prickly personality (which co-star Nicola Bryant has attested to) and attempts to lighten his mood. She accompanies the Doctor in a cab only to realize after leaving the club that it is actually a TARDIS floating in the aether of time and space. Iris seems more off kilter than usual as she has been imbibing liquor all night to get in touch with sentient worms that are swimming in the fluid. There is something very unusual going on in Bianca’s.

Confronting the club owner, it soon becomes apparent that Bianca is another incarnation of Iris herself who has reached the end of her life cycle and wishes to steal her former lives… much like the Valeyard did to the Doctor in his aforementioned trial.

Wormery is one of my favorite audio adventures as the performances are exemplary, the audio landscape of the club is expertly executed and the plot is bonkers. As co-stars, Baker and Manning are a sterling combination with Iris appearing to be suffering from an everlasting hangover yet really fancying the Doctor who just wants to be left to his ruminations.

Paul Magrs is responsible for some of the most ambitiously outlandish stories in print and audio from the Eighth Doctor Adventures with Paul McGann’s Doctor to the Tom Baker audio series for the BBC. Not only is the Wormery an enjoyably whimsical tale but it is also full of depth and explores a moment of the Doctor’s life when his massive ego was chipped away in a humiliating attack from his own people.

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2001: A Space Odyssey – new trailer

1968_2001 Space Odyssey_01A film that launched a thousand dreams, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 is returning to the big screen for a special engagement. Most likely you will not be able to attend (like myself), but the trailer alone has been generating lots of online buzz.

Stanley Kubrick’s philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning cinematic milestone returns to UK cinemas on November 28th  as part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.

Book tickets here: http://bit.ly/10elluf

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 10/22/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

ANDREWS MCMEEL
Batman Files SC, $45.00

DC COMICS
Aquaman #35 (Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman ’66 #16, $2.99
Batman Eternal #29, $2.99
Earth 2 World’s End #3, $2.99
Flash #35 (Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund Regular Cover), $2.99
Multiversity The Just #1 (Ben Oliver Regular Cover), $4.99
New 52 Futures End #25, $2.99
Ronin Deluxe Edition HC, $29.99
Secret Origins #6, $4.99
Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #3 (Darwyn Cooke Regular Cover), $2.99
Superman #35 (John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson Regular Cover), $3.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Bionic Woman Season Four #2 (Sean Chen Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice Inc #3 (Of 6)(Cover C Gabriel Hardman), $3.99

IMAGE COMICS
Five Ghosts #13 (Cover A Chris Mooneyham), $3.50

LIVERIGHT
New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft HC (not verified by Diamond), $39.95

MARVEL COMICS
Alias Omnibus HC (New Printing), $99.99
Avengers #37, $3.99
Avengers And X-Men Axis #3 (Of 9)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99
Axis Hobgoblin #1 (Of 3), $3.99
Secret Avengers #9 (Tradd Moore Regular Cover), $3.99
X-Force #11, $3.99

MOVIELAND CLASSICS
Famous Monsters Of Filmland #276 (November/December 2014), $9.99

TITAN BOOKS
On Set With John Carpenter HC, $29.95
Robocop The Definitive History HC, $34.95

Videos
Rick And Morty The Complete First Season BD, AR

Merchandise
Batman 1989 Movie Cowl Prop Replica, AR
Batman ’66 Batgirl 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman ’66 Batman 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman ’66 Catwoman 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman ’66 Joker 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman ’66 Robin 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack Set 1 (DC Direct), $75.00
Batman Arkham City Batman ARTFX+ Statue, $54.99
Batman Dark Knight Returns Real Action Hero, $199.99
Batman Forever Batarang Prop Replica, $400.00
Batman Li’l Gotham Batman Mini Action Figure (DC Direct), $12.95
Captain America Collectors Set, $9.99
Daredevil Firebrand Black T-Shirt LG, $16.99
Darkman Full Head Mask, $59.99
Doctor Who 3.75-Inch Action Figure 12-Piece Assortment Wave 3, AR
Doctor Who Titans The Tenth Doctor Mini Figure 20-Piece Blind Mystery Box Display Series 5, AR
Godzilla 2014 S.H.Monster Arts Action Figure, AR
Godzilla Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank, $22.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon ARTFX+ Statue, $54.99
M.O.D.O.K. Previews Exclusive Navy Black Heather T-Shirt SM, $17.99
Mad Monster Little Tibia Mask, $42.99
Mad Monster Party Baron Von Frankenstein Mask, $59.99
Mad Monster Party Count Mask, $54.99
Mad Monster Party Creature Mask, $49.99
Mad Monster Party Fang Mask, $49.99
Marvel Minimates Best Of Series 3 Assortment, AR
Mr Toast 16-Piece Plush Display Version 5, AR
Punisher Skullblocks Black Glow-In-The-Dark T-Shirt LG, $16.99
Sherlock Dr. John Watson 1:6 Scale Figure, AR
Sherlock Holmes Deerstalker Hat, $18.99
Sherlock Sherlock Holmes 1:6 Scale Figure, AR
Star Trek Blue Uniform Coin Purse, $19.99
Star Trek Blue Uniform Luggage Tag, $9.99
Star Trek Gold Uniform Coin Purse, $19.99
Star Trek Gold Uniform Luggage Tag, $9.99
Star Trek Red Uniform Coin Purse, $19.99
Star Trek Red Uniform Luggage Tag, $9.99
Star Trek Retro Tech Card Holder, $7.95
Star Wars Hoth Wars Charcoal Heather T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Star Wars Lightspun Heather T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Superman Collectors Set, $9.99

Doctor Who – The Highest Science to be adapted for audio

After leaving the airwaves in 1989, Doctor Who entered what is now referred to as the ‘Wilderness Years.’ New Adventures were published by Virgin, written by names now familiar to viewers of the 2005- BBC Wales revival such as Paul Cornell (Father’s Day, Human Nature/Family of Blood), Russell T Davies (Love and Monsters and a few others… ;) ) and of course Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Planet of the Dead, The Lodger, Closing Time and The Caretaker).

New Adventures stories picked up the gauntlet from the Cartmell Masterplan and saw a darker, more sophisticated version of Doctor Who than fans were previously used to. Beloved by many fans new and old, the novels were a great way to keep Doctor Who alive and even spawned a line of new stories for classic Doctors 1-6! While I was not a fan of the adaptation of Love and War (which was a surprise to me as I recalled enjoying the book), I am very excited about Highest Science which is a cracker of a yarn.

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The cover for Doctor Who: The Highest Science is now online, with the Jacqueline Rayner adaptation of Gareth Roberts’ Seventh Doctor novel coming in December.

Sakkrat. Many legends speak of this world, home of an ancient empire destroyed by its own greatest achievement: the Highest Science, the pinnacle of technological discovery.

When the TARDIS alerts the Doctor and Bernice to the presence of an enormous temporal fluctuation on a large, green, unremarkable planet, they are not to know of any connection with the legend.

But the connection is there, and it will lead them into conflict with the monstrous Chelonians, with their contempt for human parasites; into adventure with a group of youngsters whose musical taste has suddenly become dangerously significant; and will force them to face Sheldukher, the most wanted criminal in the galaxy.

As well as Doctor Who: The Highest Science, fans of Gareth Roberts’ work in the realm of Doctor Who novels might like to check out next year’s releases of Doctor Who: The Romance of Crime, Doctor Who: The English Way of Death, and Doctor Who: The Well-Mannered War: titles which are also collected in two luxury collections volume 1 and volume 2.

Doctor Who – Freedom of the Daleks

drWho_FreedomoftheDaleksDoctor Who has existed for 50 years but aside from the televised adventures there have been reams of comic strips, stacks of novels and reels of audio tapes (not to mention many many audio adventures produced by Big Finish!).

And there’s more!

Fandom is a wonderful thing. Here the folks at Time Tunnel Media have created a thing of beauty.

A group of humans have found the Dalek Emperor and are attempting to revive him. A Thal ship arrives and demands the handover of what they define as a war criminal which prompts a stalemate. In a moment of desperation, the Thals and Daleks humanized by a procedure initiated by the Doctor years ago (in Evil of the Daleks) reach out to the Time Lord for help.The Doctor must convince the humans to hands over the Emperor at the risk of reigniting the fires of war. While the Thals wait in orbit, ready to fire upon the planet, the Doctor must live up to his legendary reputation and defuse a deadly situation.

After conversing with the Emperor, it seems that the Doctor has achieved the impossible by brokering a peace between the two races. Yet, in the eleventh hour, the Emperor instead declares war on the Thals, stating peaceful coexistence as an insult.

“Can the Doctor prevent a massacre?”

Not only is this a story set in the timeline of the Second Doctor (likely season 6B?), and not only does the voice actor playing the Second Doctor capture the character and play loving homage to Patrick Troughton, but it’s a thrilling yarn that would make series writer David Whittaker (co-writer of the initial Daleks story and both Power and Evil of the Daleks) happy. Freedom of the Daleks is a thrilling story with sharp dialog, superb acting and uses the Daleks so well that BBC Wales should sit up and take notice.

AND IT’S FREE!

Set after the events of Evil of the Daleks which saw the demise of the Daleks forever (they would not be seen again until 1973), the story utilizes the ‘humanized’ Daleks and an ailing Emperor with the Doctor trapped in the middle of a moral argument as he attempts to broker peace between the Thals and the surviving Daleks.

Should he actively commit genocide? Should the Daleks be exterminated?

Listen here to find out!

Concept art for Star Wars Episode VII leaked

istar-wars-episode-vii-logo Set thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi that saw the demise of the Empire, Episode VII could be the most hotly anticipated sequel since Son of the Mask (possibly moreso). Rather than giving fans Darth Vader as precocious kid, this time the tried and true classics of Luke, Han and Leia are coming back along with some new characters. Early production footage has established that practical special effects will be used rather than a reliance on green screens, which makes my inner 5 year-old very happy. What’s even cooler are these leaked pieces of concept art depicting a universe haunted by the dark Empire and its fallen lord.

Rumors favor that Luke Skywalker will be the main villain in this new trilogy, but like much of the information floating around, this has yet to be confirmed. StarWars_Vader_EpSeven StarWars_Ep7_tiefighter StarWars_GraveRobber Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars Episode VII has a December 18, 2015 release date.

More images can be found here

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 10/15/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

Not sure where your local comic shop is? Try comicshoplocator.com!

(note: all information including ad copy is from the publisher)
If you can’t make it to the shop, just click on any of the images below to be taken to an online retailer. I don’t get any referrals for these sales, I’m just doing my bit to spread the word on some neat products.

PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

DARK HORSE COMICS
Action Philosophers HC, $29.99
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #124, $3.50
Black Sky Sampler (One Shot), $4.99
Criminal Macabre The Third Child #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Dark Horse Presents #3, $4.99
Star Wars Legacy II Volume 4 Empire Of One TP, $16.99
Star Wars Volume 4 A Shattered Hope TP, $16.99

DC COMICS
Adventures Of Superman Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Batman ’66 Volume 1 TP, $14.99
Batman ’66 Volume 2 HC, $19.99
Batman And Robin #35 (Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman Eternal #28, $2.99
Batwoman #35, $2.99
Earth 2 World’s End #2, $2.99
Justice League #35 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99
New 52 Futures End #24, $2.99

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Walt Disneys Uncle Scrooge Volume 2 Seven Cities Of Gold HC, $29.99

MARVEL COMICS
Avengers And X-Men Axis #2 (Of 9)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers World #14, $3.99
Daredevil #9, $3.99
Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu Out Of The Past TP, $16.99
Fantastic Four #11, $3.99
New Avengers #25 (Jackson Guice Regular Cover), $3.99
Original Sin Annual #1 (Julian Totino Tedesco Regular Cover), $4.99
Thor Epic Collection Volume 1 The God Of Thunder TP, $34.99
Uncanny X-Men #27 (Chris Bachalo Regular Cover), $3.99

TITAN BOOKS
Planet Of The Apes The Evolution Of The Legend HC, $39.95

TITAN COMICS
Black Dragon HC, $19.99
Complete Johnny Nemo HC, $22.99
Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor #1 (Alice X. Zhang Regular Cover), $3.99

Videos
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 30 DVD, AR
Star Blazers 2199 Volume 3 DVD, AR

Merchandise
Back To The Future Time Machine Mark I Car, $60.00
Batman 1966 TV Retro Action Figure Accessory Pack, AR
Batman Desktop Standee, $5.99
Bioshock Infinite Booker 7-Inch Action Figure, $24.99
FW Gundam Standart Trading Figure 6-Piece Assortment Series 21, AR
Guardians Of The Galaxy Drax The Destroyer Dagger, $12.00
Guardians Of The Galaxy Fully Loaded Previews Exclusive Black Spiral T-Shirt SM, $20.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Lanyard With PVC Dangle, $5.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Previews Exclusive Snap Back Cap, $26.99
M.O.D.O.K. Previews Exclusive Navy Black Heather T-Shirt XXL, $17.99
Marvel Weapon Plus Steve Rogers Previews Exclusive Navy T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Masters Of The Universe Snake Mountain Statue, AR
Star Trek Dr McCoy Desktop Standee, $5.99
Star Trek Mr Spock Desktop Standee, $5.99
Star Wars Black 6-Inch Action Figure Assortment 201404, AR
Star Wars Kenner-Inspired Wampa Jumbo Action Figure, AR
Star Wars Life-Size Vintage Stormtrooper Monument, AR
Steampunk Inverness Jacket Gray, $65.00

The Doctor Who Experience 2014

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The Doctor Who Experience has undergone its very own regeneration and will reopen its doors on Friday 24 October 2014 from 12pm.

With a newly scripted adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi), star in your very own episode of Doctor Who as you journey to the heart of the TARDIS and grapple with a threat that could destroy the universe…

PLUS visit the new look Doctor Who exhibition, hosting the single largest collection of Doctor Whoprops, sets and costumes, including the latest props from series 8.

Tickets are selling fast – book yours today!

Anyone want to fly me to England next week?