Friday, 31 August 2012

DW Pond life pt5

Un-Go U.K. Release in Early 2013

Kaze UK has tweeted that it will release the series Un-Go in early 2013. (Kaze's titles are distributed in the U.K. by Manga Entertainment.)

When the series was released in the U.S., Siren Visual described it as follows:

Un-Go is a detective story that follows Shinjurou Yuuki, the 'Last Great Detective' as he solves cases in a world where modern technology has surpassed intuition and reasoning. However the underworld in this post-war futuristic Tokyo does not take kindly to someone with Shinjurou's unique talents. The series is based on Ango Sakaguchi's Meiji Kaika Ango Torimonochō with the team from Fullmetal Alchemist, Director Seiji Mizushima, writer Shou Aikawa and studio BONES along with character designs by pako (Scarred Rider Xechs) & Yun Kouga (Gundam 00, Loveless, Earthian).
Kaze UK announced the "physical release rights" to Un-Go at the MCM convention in October 2011.

Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning Screening in Edinburgh September 22

There will be a screening of the first Tiger & Bunny feature film, Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning-, on Saturday September 22 at the Edinburgh Filmhouse Cinema, which will also host some of the Scotland Loves Anime festival in October. The screening is at 6.15 p.m., a day before the film is shown at the BFI Southbank cinema in London. The running time is given as 88 minutes and the film is rated 12A.

From the webpage:

On an alternative Earth, Superheroes are celebrities and a high rating TV show rates their achievements, awarding them points until an annual King of Heroes is crowned. Old-school hero Wild Tiger is assigned a new partner with very different views on the heroes role in society but soon a vigilante criminal presents them with a serious problem. Based on the successful Japanese TV anime and presented on the same weekend as its Japanese release, we are thrilled to present the first film in the anticipated Tiger and Bunny series. This is being shown at the same time as in Japan so Filmhouse will be the first place in the UK to show the film – one of the first events of its kind in anime in the world.
The first Tiger & Bunny film is directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani (Betterman, GaoGaiGar: King of Braves, Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera). According to the April 2012 issue of Animage magazine, it will have story elements similar in outline to those in the television series. However, producers Kazuhiko Tamura and Chika Matsui said that the film project as a whole will also have new characters, and the second Tiger & Bunny film - which they hope will be released in 2013 - will be an entirely new story.

BBC America DW Weekend

BBC America will be broadcasting a Series 6 marathon during the day of the premiere of Asylum of the Daleks, which airs at 9pm ET. The full schedule of Doctor Who episodes on BBCA can be found on their website

BBC America now has an official Twitter account for Doctor Who on BBC America. You can follow updates @DoctorWho_BBCA.

BBC America's Nerdist YouTube channel has a weekend of special videos about Doctor Who to celebrate the new series. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Steven Moffat will take part in Chris Hardwick's All Star Celebrity Bowling tomorrow [31st].
Nerdist's Doctor Who Premiere Weekend [2 videos]:

Nerdist's Doctor Who weekend schedule
Friday: All-Star Celebrity Bowling, Team Nerdist vs Team Doctor Who! Trust The Doctor: "Bowling is cool!"
Saturday (Day): Dork Fork: Doctor Who Edition with Special Guest: Alton Brown
Saturday (Night): Inside the U.S. Premiere Doctor Who Screening with Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Chris Hardwick - at 10pm ET after BBC America's Broadcast Premiere.
Sunday: Nerdist's Chloe Dykstra & Matt Mira at Gallifrey One.
The Nerdist recently aired a "Tribute to Time Traval" episode on BBC America which featured the cast of Doctor Who playing a version of Cranium called Skull.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Stephen moffat on Asylum of the Daleks

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DW Pond Life Pt4

Danny Choo's Mirai Figure Offered With Japan Trip Giveaway

Japan-based pop culture blogger and television show host Danny Choo announced on his blog last week that he will offer a ticket to Japan to one person who pre-orders Choo and Good Smile Company's upcoming Mirai Suenaga Nendoroid figure. Choo revealed more details about the ticket giveaway on Wednesday.
The giveaway drawing is open to people who pre-ordered or will pre-order the figure from any retailer before September 18. Once the figure arrives, each person must take a photo and upload the photo to Facebook or Twitter. In December, Choo will make a post where can people can add links to their photos, and one of them will be randomly chosen as the winner of the round-trip (return-trip in Choo's British English) plane ticket.

Choo is collaborating with Good Smile Company to release the figure in December. Mirai Suenaga is Choo's mascot character for his Culture Japan projects.

The 10-centimeter (4-inch) tall figure will retail for 4,000 yen (about US$51). The figure will include several facial expressions, a mini Japanese flag, a mini Moekana syllabary card deck, Mira's sidekick Retrokyu, and a miniature itasha (artwork-wrapped car) decorated with images of Mirai by Tasuku Iizuki.

Mirai debuted as an illustration in 2007, and she has since appeared in the Mayo Chiki! and Twin Angel: Twinkle Paradise anime as well as other media. Choo and Good Smile Company also previously collaborated in March to create Moekana, a set of flash cards aimed at individuals who are trying to learn the Japanese hiragana syllabary.

Victoria and Albert Museum Hosts Free Gothic Lolita Event This Friday

On Friday August 31, London's Victoria and Albert Museum near South Kensington (directions) will host Loli-POp!, "an evening of Lolita fashion" to tie in with the museum's current exhibition on Japan's "Lolita" style (called "Kitty and the Bulldog: Lolita Fashion and the Influence of Britain").

The evening will run from 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests are invited to "Be styled in pink, with frills and wigs, plus doll-like make-up with an edge." The events during the evening will be designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. These events include DJ sets, talks, a wig bar, a nail bar, and an eye and lips bar. There will also be a screening of the live-action film Kamikaze Girls, and a film about British Lolita Culture by the cameraman Francesco Calvano.

Trigun Badlands Rumble DVD/Blu-ray Delayed to November 12

Manga Entertainement has tweeted that the DVD and Blu-ray release of Trigun: Badlands Rumble, the feature film version of the TV series Trigun, has been moved back from October 1 to November 12.

DW Asylum of the Daleks TV bits

Today saw both the BBC's Breakfast and ITV1's Daybreak shows featuring items on the return of Doctor Who on Saturday.

The BBC's item was presented by entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba, who spoke to both Matt Smith and Karen Gillan about what to expect in the coming weeks. Talking about this weekend's Asylum of the Daleks, Matt said:

You do feel that sense of the great enemy, and he completely loathes them. The Doctor doesn't hate much, but he hates the Daleks, and it's possibly one of his great weaknesses, but I think they're one of the only alien enemies that he purely despise.

UK viewers can watch the article below (which contains clips from the upcoming episode that might be considered spoilers):

Lizo Mzimba's item on Doctor Who, BBC, via BBC iPlayer

In addition, the BBC's Doctor Who website features an interview with the episode's writer Steven Moffat on the return of the Daleks. You can also catch up on coverage of the preview screenings of the episode in London and New York.

Daybreak saw resident TV reviewer Richard Arnold chatting to Matt and Karen, with the latter revealing her 'geek' tendencies:

I think I was always a geek, it took Doctor Who to bring it out of me, because I love The X Files, and Star Trek, and when I got this job I became a fully fledged geek. (Geek Chic) is definitely back!

Matt Smith also reaffirmed his intentions after this series is over:

I've always said that I'll be around for the 50th Anniversary and that's what we go into next year, so absolutely I'll be around next year - it's the most exciting year for the show and I wouldn't want to miss it.

BBC release Move posterts for DW series 7

The BBC have released four new "movie" posters to accompany the stories in the forthcoming series; these images join the original released for Asylum of the Daleks a few weeks ago, and are available to download as wallpaper in 4:3 and 16:9 ratios.

Asylum of the Daleks
original image

Dinosaurs On A Spaceship
4:3 / 16:9

A Town Called Mercy
4:3 / 16:9

The Power Of Three
4:3 / 16:9

The Angels Take Manhattan
4:3 / 16:9

BBC America NY Screening Highlights

BBC America have released a short video covering highlights from their preview of Asylum of the Daleks last weekend.

Get up close and personal with stars MATT SMITH (The Doctor), KAREN GILLAN (Amy Pond) and Executive Producer CAROLINE SKINNER as they hit New York - in time-traveling DeLorean cars!! - and joined hundreds of die-hard Whovians for a special screening of season opener "Asylum of the Daleks" and a Q&A with Nerdist host CHRIS HARDWICK.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

DW pond Life pt 3

Compile Heart's Neptunia RPGs Also Get Anime

The next issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki PlayStation magazine lists an anime adaptation that has been green-lit to go along with Compile Heart's Kami Jigen Game Neptune V (God Dimensional Game Neptunia V) game. Neptune V, a role-playing game follow-up to Compile Heart's Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, will ship on Thursday — the same day that the next issue of Dengeki PlayStation also goes on sale. Dengeki PlayStation will have a feature devoted to the game.

NIS America released the earlier Hyperdimension Neptunia and Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 games in North America. All three games anthropomorphize the game console wars as female role-playing game characters.

NZ airs DW series 7

New Zealand broadcaster Prime have announced that it will launch the next series of Doctor Who on Thursday 13th September at 8:30pm.

The news indicates that this year viewers in New Zealand have less than a fortnight to wait until they see the new episodes after their debut in the United Kingdom, the shortest period between transmissions for a series since the show returned in 2005!

PRIME's synopsis for Asylum of the Daleks:
Join the Doctor, the Ponds and numerous friends on their latest escapades through time and space in this brand new series, where they puzzle an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, and even don Stetsons in a Wild Wild West adventure. Tonight, kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter... the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.

In summary, Asylum of the Daleks is now confirmed for these dates:
United Kingdom : Saturday 1st September, 7:20pm BST BBC1
United States : Saturday 1st September, 9:00pm ET BBC America
Canada : Saturday 1st September, 9:00pm ET SPACE
Australia : Saturday 8th September, 7:30pm AEST ABC (also on iView from 2nd Sept)
New Zealand : Thursday 13th September, 8:30pm NZST Prime

DW series 7 Magazine round up

UK magazines have this week featured Doctor Who on their covers as the new series approaches.

SFX interviews Steven Moffat about the new series of Doctor Who and the 50th Anniversary.

TV Choice doesn't have the show as their cover but they have an interview with Matt Smith. He teases readers that "Perhaps there are some classic monsters coming back. There’s one I’m very intrigued by, which we haven’t seen for quite some time…". Asked if "we'll be seeing seeing a thing we haven’t seen for quite some time", Smith replied "Well, maybe. We might. A thing we haven’t seen since the series returned to our screens in 2005."

The latest edition of Cardiff Life has been retitled "Dalek Life" and features an 'Eternal' Dalek on the front cover. From pages 46 to 49 they review the new Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay.

Doctor Who also has mentions in Total TV Guide and TV Times.

DWM 451

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out on Thursday, and features previews of the first three stories of the new series - and has three different covers to choose from!

Asylum of the Daleks – DWM takes over the Asylum for Doctor Who's most ambitious episode yet. Matt Smith shares his thoughts on the Doctor’s arch enemies, Steven Moffat on the challenges of keeping the Daleks fresh and how Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan feel about the beginning of the end for Rory and Amy.
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship – it’s an episode of Doctor Who packed to the rafters with dinosaurs. On a spaceship! Writer Chris Chibnall reveals how his script lived up to that title, and what challenges did the FX team face on bringing so many dinosaurs to life?
A Town Called Mercy – guest stars Adrian Scarborough and Ben Browder on how thrilled they were to join Doctor Who for an adventure into the Wild West, how the crew enjoyed their time on location in sunny Spain, and what writer Toby Whithouse thought of being out of his comfort zone.

The show's executive producer, Steven Moffat, also teases the ultimate fate of the Ponds:
As you’ll be able to tell from the end of Episode 5, I’ve had the very last moment of Amy Pond in my head for quite some time...

Also in this issue:

The Usual Suspects – the writers of the new series are given the once over by Doctor Who’s executive producer, Steven Moffat (including himself!) in a curtain-raising Production Notes.
Gulity as Charged? John Nathan-Turner was Doctor Who’s most colourful and controversial producer, guiding the show to dizzying heights, but perhaps a few lows too. Luminaries and experts from Doctor Who past and present assemble for the first in a two-part feature to assess the work of the series’ longest-serving producer in The Trial of John Nathan-Turner.
Cold Front - the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Prague in the dying days of the Cold War. Revolution is on the horizon, but the Doctor senses something unreal in the air. What is the significance of the book The Sorrows of Prague, and why will Yuri Azarov and his terrifying companion stop at nothing to retrieve it? Part One of The Broken Man, the latest comic strip written by Scott Gray with art from Martin Geraghty.
Is This Death? companions come and go, but should they ever die? Johnny Candon and Toby Hadoke weigh up the pros and cons of crash-landing to Earth in an out-of-control freighter, or heading off into the sunset to marry Brian Blessed in A Battle of Wits.
Take Art - DWM’s intrepid Time Team – Chris, Emma, Michael and Will – go for gold as the Doctor and Rose land in an ordinary housing estate where extraordinary things are happening as children are going missing, trapped in the drawings of Chloe Webber. Will the Doctor make it to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics as The Time Team views Fear Her.
Coming of Age ­– Doctor Who’s 21st year saw a season packed with exciting cliff-hangers, companion departures, a tour de force performance from the leading man, andarguably the finest Doctor Who story ever made. Countdown to 50 reaches 1984 and Series 21.
All in the Mind – mind-sucking alien parasites, prison riots, a nerve-gas missile and the Master at his most scheming – find out how the Third Doctor, Jo and UNIT fought The Mind of Evil in this month’s Fact of Fiction.
Light my Fire – the Watcher warns of the pitfalls of predicting the near future as A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects reaches number 22 – the Olympic Torch. Was the 2012 of Fear Her remotely like the real thing? Also stare into the eyes of The Six Faces of Delusion, flick through The Stockbridge English Dictionary and marvel at the Supporting Artist of the Month in Wotcha!

PLUS! All the usual features, latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, and prize-winning crossword.

Radio times cover for DW series 7

Doctor Who features on the cover of the new Radio Times - on sale from today - which celebrates the return of the programme this coming Saturday.

The magazine, issue dated 1st to 7th September, also features interviews with Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Matt Smith - in which he casts doubt on regenerating in the 50th-anniversary story - as well as an episode guide by Steven Moffat plus a Dalek wallchart.

Talking about new companion actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, Gillan says:
I've met Jenna and we get on really well. And I've been texting her bits and bobs about Matt, but what I wrote is a secret. That's the code of the companion. I didn't offer her any advice though because I want her to have the experience for herself. I didn't want to plant any preconceptions in her head.
On the programme's 50th anniversary next year, Smith says:
We want to make it as big and bold and as brilliant as we can because, we hope, it can be one of the monumental bits of TV history. But I doubt there'll be a regeneration.
Asylum of the Daleks is on BBC One on Saturday at 7.20pm.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

DW Pond Life pt 2

DW series 7 fast racked to Australian TV

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has announced via its TV Blog that Asylum of the Daleks will be fast-tracked to premiere on its internet TV iview service on Sunday 2 September from 5.10am AEST immediately after its UK launch on 1 September. ABC1 Controller Brendan Dahill said, “For Doctor Who fans, it is a fantastic opportunity to see new episodes within hours of them premiering in the UK – each episode will be available on iview on Sundays.”

“ABC’s iview is the most watched catch-up service in Australia with 48% of online Australians aged 16+ having accessed iview,” said Dahill. “The new iview app for iphones and iPod Touch, launched on June 26, has seen a phenomenal 434,000 downloads recorded to date – with 210,000 downloads recorded in its first week.”

As previously reported, Asylum of the Daleks will have its debut on Australian terrestial TV on ABC1 on Saturday 8th September 2012 at 7.30pm.

Asylum of the daleks latest images

The BBC have released new images to promote the forthcoming Asylum of the Daleks:

Asylum of the Daleks images: 

The episode is to broadcast at 7:20pm this Saturday on BBC One.

Read the BBC synopsis for Asylum of the Daleks: 
Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter... the Asylum.

A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.

Guest stars: Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks); Anamaria Marinca (Darla) and Naomi Ryan (Cassandra)

Written by Steven Moffat; executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner; produced by Marcus Wilson; and directed by Nick Hurran

Matt Smith appeared on BBC Radio One's Greg James Show yesterday afternoon to promote the return of the series, during which he discussed being in New York at the weekend for the premiere of Asylum of the Daleks for BBC America, his favourite moments on the series, and what he thinks about the potential for a female Doctor. The programme is available to listen to on the BBC iPlayer (42m in) for the next seven days.

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Meanwhile, the Radio Times has listed Dinosaurs on a Spaceship to transmit at the even later time of 7:35pm the following week, making it the second latest time of broadcast since 2005 (with only Gridlock broadcast later at 7:40pm). BBC Programme Information has yet to confirm the time, which will be finalised later in the week.

Read the BBC synopsis for Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: 
An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction - unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo... of dinosaurs!

By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers, a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else on board who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.

Guest stars: Riann Stelle (Queen Nefertiti); Rupert Graves (Riddell); Mark Williams (Brian Williams) andDavid Bradley (Solomon)

Writer: Chris Chibnall
Executive Producers: Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Director: Saul Metzstein

DW Pond life Pt1

The first part of the Doctor Who mini-adventure, Pond Life, has now been released by the BBC. Each of the five parts will be shown online over the next few days, leading into the the broadcast of Asylum of the Daleks on Saturday.

Part One: April: whilst the Ponds enjoy life at home, the Doctor has been having some unplanned adventures...

Further details are available from the Pond Life page on the BBC website.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Tokumei sentai Gobuster ep27

Planzet and Dragonball Z S2 Released Monday

On Monday August 27, Manga Entertainment will release the CGI anime film Planzet, directed by Jun Awazu, who previously made the CGI featurette Negadon: The Monster from Mars. Planzet is set in 2053, when humans are battling for survival against aliens. CoMix Wave produced both Negadon and Planzet as well as the works of Makoto Shinkai. Planzet opened in Japan in May 2010.

Manga will also release a box-set of the second season of Dragon Ball Z, carrying 35 episodes on six discs.

Manga Entertainment Statement on Returning Faulty Panty and Stocking Discs

Manga Entertainement has posted the following message on its blog, regarding the faulty DVD copies of Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.

Due to a technical defect, Manga Entertainment, Ltd. has recalled all the PSG Complete Series DVD Collection stock from retail. Manga will re-issue the DVD on the 10th of September. If you have not yet returned your copy to the point of purchase for a full refund, exchange or credit, please do so immediately and in no event later than November 10th 2012.
If you are unable to return your copy to the point of purchase please email a copy of your proof of purchase along with your name and address to and Manga will mail you a replacement copy of the PSG Complete Series DVD Collection within ten days of receipt of your email or the 10th of September, whichever is later. Please email Manga prior to November 10th.

Manga would like to take this opportunity to thank all of its customers for their patronage, patience and support and sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the recall of the PSG Complete Series DVD Collection.

Scotland Loves Anime Line-Up Announced

The line-up has been announced for this year's Scotland Loves Anime event in Glasgow (October 12-14 October) and Edinburgh (October 19 to 21).

Films confirmed for Glasgow include the film version of K-ON! (partly set in London) and Takashi Miike's live-action version of the Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney videogame franchise. Films confirmed for Edinburgh include Mamoru Hosoda's The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki and the world premiere of Nerawareta Gakuen, produced by Sunrise's Studio 8. (Based on a children's SF novel, the film involves a battle between students at a high school.)

Both cities will screen the CGI comedy feature After School Midnighters; the remastered version of Ninja Scroll; Blood-C: The Last Dark, CLAMP's reworking of the Blood franchise; and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King, the first of the new cinema trilogy based on Kentaro Miura's manga. (Edinburgh will also screen the second Berserk film, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Doldrey War.)

Another title to be shown at both cities is Anime Mirai Project, a quartet of new short films. There will also be a "mystery" film at the Edinburgh weekend, and three "special" slots at the Edinburgh venue, on October 15, 16 and 17. The line-up for these slots will be announced later.

There will also be an Education Day hosted by the Edinburgh College of Art, with industry experts discussing anime.

A full list of confirmed screenings follows. Ticket and screening time information will follow. Scotland Loves Anime has a website here and a facebook page here.

GLASGOW – Glasgow Film Theatre: Friday 12th - Sunday 14th October

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King (UK Premiere, HDCAM)

Blood-C: The Last Dark (UK Premiere, HDCAM)

K-ON! the Movie (European Premiere, HDCAM)

Anime Mirai Project (European Premiere, HDCAM)

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (UK Premiere, Digibeta)

After School Midnighters (Scottish Premiere, HDCAM)

Gyo - Tokyo Shark Attack (TBC Material)

Ninja Scroll (TBC Material)

EDINBURGH – Filmhouse Cinema: Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King (HDCAM)

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II – The Doldrey War (EU Premiere, HDCAM)

Nerawareta Gakuen (World Premiere, HDCAM)

Wolf Children Ame & Yuki (Scottish Premiere)

Ninja Scroll (Material TBC)

Anime Mirai Project (HDCAM)

After School Midnighters (HDCAM)

Blood-C: The Last Dark (HDCAM)

Erratum - An earlier version of this story wrongly suggested that Blood-C: The Last Dark was only confirmed for Glasgow. In fact it is confirmed for both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Apologies for the mistake.

People roundup

David Tennant is to host a new panel show for Channel 4. Comedy World Cup will be a seven-part series in which comedians will use their stand-up to compete against one another in a knockout competition. Justin Gorman, the channel's Head of Entertainment, said: "Needless to say when we thought who could match, handle and wrangle some of the funniest and most talented comedians on TV, we decided it had to be David Tennant, so are thrilled he agreed". [Metro, 24 Aug 2012]

The actor recently appeared on G4's Attack of the Show!, chatting about the Olympics opening ceremony, The Spies of Warsaw, and his feelings on the 50th Anniversary.

Matt Smith can be briefly spotted in the "Don't Think" video from sports company Adidas, during which he was painted as a clown. Several photos of the actor in make-up can also be found via the Daily Mail, taken at a party in Shoreditch to celebrate the Olympics earlier this month.

Speaking at the BFI, Steven Moffat commented on the way in which children should be taught to read: "What makes people read a lot is books they like. I used to think when I was a school teacher that we shouldn’t give them the books they [education authorities] thought they ought to read – we should give them really cool books that they think are exciting. It doesn’t matter if they are good books as long as they read. Reading makes you better at English, reading a lot makes you want to read better books." [Standard, 15 Aug 2012]

Also at the BFI, Karen Gillan announced that she will feature in the third of Charlie Brooker's spoof series A Touch of Cloth, due to be shown in 2013. No character details have been revealed as yet. [Radio Times, 15 Aug 2012]

Freema Agyeman's commitments to the Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries has led to the actress being unavailable to film Law and Order: UK for its 2013 series. Agyeman has been with the show since its creation in 2009. [TVWise, 24 Aug 2012]

Burn Gorman has been reported as joining the cast of HBO's Game of Thrones as a member of the Night Watch. The actor has most recently been seen in The Dark Knight Rises. [WinterIsComing, 8 Aug 2012]

DW series 7 ep1 to screen at a convention

With just under a week to go to the Power: Reimagined convention in Fareham and with the event date unfortunately clashing with Asylum of the Daleks, attendees - and potential attendees - will be relieved to know that they won't miss out on seeing the Series 7 opening episode.

The convention is being held on Saturday 1st September to celebrate the fan film Power of the Daleks, based on Patrick Troughton's inaugural story as the Doctor, and the event was, of course, arranged long before the BBC decided when to show Asylum of the Daleks.

The convention organisers won't be screening the episode but event attendee Jeremy Bentham has - independently and with the organisers' blessing - found a nearby pub with two 53-inch plasma screens on which the manager has said he is happy to show Doctor Who that evening.

The pub is The Lord Arthur Lee, in West Street, Fareham, which is just a short walk away from where the convention is being held, at Ferneham Hall in Osborn Road.

Please note that the screening of the episode is not connected with the convention, nor is it a launch party as held by Bentham in London in the past, so there is not exclusive use of the pub. It is simply an informal arrangement to ensure that those attending the convention who also want to see the episode "live" that evening can do so.

The first two parts of the fan film, which stars Nick Scovell as the Doctor and features Lisa Bowerman, Nicholas Briggs, and Barnaby Edwards in the cast, have been released via YouTube, with the third and final part due to be webcast at some point next month. The charity convention will see the first showing of the fan reimagining in full on the big screen and in high definition.

Guests at the convention will include Christopher Barry, who directed the original story, and Anneke Wills, who played companion Polly in the six-part adventure. Michael Troughton - son of Patrick and younger brother of David - was also to have been a guest but has had to pull out, citing personal reasons and commitments, say the organisers.

Money raised by the convention will go to Children In Need and Cancer Research UK.

People round up - Barrowman

John Barrowman has popped up in the news a bit, recently, covering both his career and personal ambitions.

Talking about other shows he'd like to do in America, the actor said: "I would love to be on one of those wonderfully edgy cable TV series like True Blood or The Walking Dead.". And "I’d like to do a North American version of this British TV series of mine (Tonight's The Night), where people’s performance dreams come true." [Toronto Star, 10 Aug 2012]

Speaking of which, the actor will join the cast of a new comic book-based action drama series Arrow, which kicks off in the Autumn. His character is under wraps at present, described only as a "well-dressed man who is as mysterious as he is wealthy". [Entertainment Weekly, 15 Aug 2012]

One show he might well consider would be the revival of hit American soap Dallas: "My motto is that I only ever do programmes that interest me rather than doing them for money. It always comes across better if your heart and soul are in it. Since I was a kid, Dallas was part of my growing up and I even wrote about it in my first autobiography. On a Friday night, as a family, everything would stop at 9pm and we would sit and watch Dallas." The actor will be presenting a behind-the-scenes show, John Barrowman's Dallas Wednesday evening on Channel 5. [Express, 26 Aug 2012]

Another appearance next week for the actor, this time as a guest on G4's Attack of the Show!, whose host Candace Bailey he worked alongside during G4's Comic-Con earlier this year. [BroadwayWorld, 20 Aug 2012]

Barrowman has also recently talked about a potential family: "We haven't ruled out having children ourselves but it depends where my career takes us. We wouldn't want a baby. We'd look at adopting an older child or teenager who might have been in trouble. We would also look at adopting a gay child, thrown out of their home because of their sexuality. We have a lot to offer — chances and opportunities a young teen probably wouldn’t normally get." [The Sun, 13 Aug 2012]

Moffat the Intl Edinburgh TV festival

Doctor Who's lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat spoke to audiences at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival this weekend, during which he commented on a number of topics relating to the show, which returns next week.

Regarding series budget he said:
The schedule and the pressure of trying to do Doctor Who on any budget - including Avatar's - is horrific. I am never, ever going to say I've got enough money - that's like asking, "Would you like to be more happy?"

Doctor Who is incredibly well looked after by the BBC - they are incredibly aware of its crown jewel status, that it's not merely a show that's successful now.
Doctor Who often features expensive premises and set.

I truly believe it could be a show that outlives everybody in this room. It could carry on that long, so it doesn't just make money now - it'll make money forever.

Of course I'd like more money, just as I'd like to be happier, thinner and more handsome!
On the ongoing debate about whether or not there'd be a big-screen version of Doctor Who:
I'm sure that we should do a movie. The one thing that I always keep saying is it can't ever be allowed to interfere in any way with the television show - that is the mother-ship. The absolute most important thing about Doctor Who will always be the TV show - it would be great to see the TARDIS on the big screen, but not in the way of the show.
Finally, the old chestnut of a female lead for the show also came up:
It is a part of Time Lord lore that it can happen - a Time Lord could potentially turn into a woman. The more often it's talked about, the more likely it is to happen someday, I suppose.

Update: A full transcript of the session can be found via Sci-Fi Bulletin.

RIP Neil Armstrong 1930-2012 (Non DW/Anime related news)

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

We were saddened to learn today of the passing of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who famously was the first man to walk upon the surface of the moon. His historic landing and walk became an inspiration for generations to come, both in the worlds of science and science-fiction.

Buzz Aldrin, who travelled with Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission and also walked on the moon alongside him, said:
I am very saddened to learn of the passing of Neil Armstrong today. Neil and I trained together as technical partners but were also good friends who will always be connected through our participation in the mission of Apollo 11. Whenever I look at the moon it reminds me of the moment over four decades ago when I realized that even though we were farther away from earth than two humans had ever been, we were not alone. Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew. My friend Neil took the small step but giant leap that changed the world and will forever be remembered as a landmark moment in human history. I had truly hoped that in 2019, we would be standing together along with our colleague Mike Collins to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our moon landing. Regrettably, this is not to be. Neil will most certainly be there with us in spirit.

On behalf of the Aldrin family, we extend our deepest condolences to Carol and the entire Armstrong family. I will miss my friend Neil as I know our fellow citizens and people around world will miss this foremost aviation and space pioneer.

May he Rest in Peace
NASA's Administrator Charles Bolden said:
On behalf of the entire NASA family, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of Armstrong family on the passing of Neil Armstrong. As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind's first small step on a world beyond our own.

Besides being one of America's greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation.

As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero.

Armstrong was also to find a "starring" role in Doctor Who itself, when his mission to the moon became a focal point for the resolution of last year's episode Day of the Moon - as his famous first words upon stepping onto the surface were watched by the millions of viewers around the world, the Doctor was able to broadcast his own message to defeat the Silents.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Spirited Away London Screenings This Weekend with Accompanying Food

The Oscar-winning film Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki will have two screenings at the Aubin cinema in Shoreditch (directions), at 4 p.m. on Saturday August 25 and 9 p.m. on Sunday August 26.

According to the website:

The audience receives a series of numbered food packages to consume at specific points during the film along with a Bombay Sapphire cocktail inspired by the film. The smell, texture, even the way your mouth feels after eating the contents of the packages, will correspond to what's happening onscreen and heighten your sensory experience. Imagine eating foaming tapioca 'soap' powder as Sen bathes a filthy river spirit at the bathhouse onscreen. Or when bathhouse worker Lin eats a roasted newt, you're also eating the strangest sweet-savoury crunchy treat you've ever tasted.
The site does not indicate if the screenings are subtitled or dubbed. Tickets are £20 each, and should be booked by emailing . The screening is a collaboration between Soho House, event organiser Polly Betton and experimental food designer Andrew Stellitano.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

5 part DW mini series to air along side series 7

he Official Doctor Who site has just announced that there will be a new 5 part mini-series released as a prequel to Asylum of the Daleks. It features The Doctor, Amy and Rory and a new part released each day at noon. This is followed by an onmibus of the entire thing showed on the following Saturday on the Red Button.

Chris Chibnall commented, ‘Pond Life provides us with a lovely opportunity to catch-up with Amy and Rory since we saw them at the end of the last series. It opens with the Ponds at home and gives us an insight in to just what happens when the Doctor drops in and out of their lives. Travelling with the Doctor is one of the greatest things you can do, but it's fun to spend a few moments looking at the chaos he can also bring.’

Caroline Skinner, Executive Producer, said ‘Chris has written a beautiful, heartfelt and wickedly funny piece about the adventures the Ponds have been having with the Doctor since we last saw them on-screen. It's not long till the series itself will be back with a vengeance - but in the meantime, Pond Life is a truly heart-warming piece about our best-loved companions and their madcap relationship with their raggedy Doctor.’

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DW Xmas special filming 2012 - Filmed on 21/08/202

DW series 7 TX date for Australia

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has confirmed via Twitter that Asylum of the Daleks will have its Australian premiere on ABC1 on Saturday 8th September 2012 at 7.30pm. It will also be repeated on ABC2 on Tuesdays at 9.30pm starting from 11th September.

As previously reported, Asylum of the Daleks will debut in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States on 1st September.

BBC worldwide release 50th anniversary images

Tea-Lady Design have revealed two striking pieces of artwork that have been prepared for BBC Worldwide to promote the forthcoming 50th Anniversary year of Doctor Who:


You can find other pieces of artwork from the company including clean artwork for DVD covers via their Facebook Page.

DW audio news

Big Finish have released information for two of the stories due to come out in October, featuring one character's debut and another's final adventures.

First up is the two-disc full cast audio play version of the Virgin New Adventure Love and War, which stars Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor with Sophie Aldred as Ace, and introduces the (novel) Doctor's other long term companion Bernice Summerfield - a character that first launched Big Finish back in 1998 with Oh No It Isn't!, and still portrayed by Lisa Bowerman.

Producer Scott Handcock said:
It's been a joy to work on the Bernice Summerfield range as we approach her twentieth year, and we always knew we wanted to do something special. As well as a few original dramas, we pitched the notion of a one-off Companion Chronicle to David Richardson - jokingly suggested we call it War and Love as a nod to her roots in the New Adventures. Then typically, as David does, he came back with an even better nod to her origins: a full-cast adaptation of the novel that spawned her.

And so, after conversations with Paul Cornell, Jac Rayner, Sylvester, Sophie and Lisa (of course), we found ourselves tasked with the daunting opportunity of bringing a much-loved slice of 90s Doctor Who to a brand-new audience... and I think we've done it justice!
Love and War (available to pre-order)
by Paul Cornell, adapted by Jacqueline Rayner
starring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Lisa Bowerman

On a planet called Heaven, all hell is breaking loose.

Heaven is a cemetery for both humans and Draconians - a final place of rest for those lost during wartime. The Doctor arrives on a trivial mission - to find a book, or so he says - and Ace, wandering around Joycetown, becomes involved with a charismatic Traveller called Jan.

But the Doctor is strenuously opposed to the romance. What is he trying to prevent? Is he planning some more deadly game connected with the coffins revered by the mysterious Church of Vacuum and the unusual Arch that marks the location of a secret building below ground?

Archaeologist Bernice Summerfield thinks so. Her destiny is inextricably linked with that of the Doctor, but even she may not be able to save Ace from the Time Lord's plans.

This time, has the Doctor gone too far?

Sadly, the month will also see the release of The Last Post, featuring the final performance of Caroline John as Liz Shaw, who died in June. Series producer David Richardson said:
Carry’s death was a very sad blow for everyone at Big Finish, and the whole Doctor Who world. We deliberated for a long time as to whether we should hold back the release of this story until 2013, but Carry’s husband Geoffrey Beevers kindly suggested we should go ahead as planned. It is what Carry would have wanted.

Carry really enjoyed working on this script, and the chance to work with Rowena Cooper as Liz’s mother, Emily. It was such a happy recording day that we had made plans for a sequel, which was storylined. But sadly it was not to be.
The Last Post
by James Goss
starring Caroline John, with Rowena Cooper

People are dying. Just a few, over a period of months... but the strange thing is that each person received a letter predicting the date and time of their death.

Throughout her time as the Doctor’s assistant, Liz Shaw has been documenting these passings.

Her investigation ultimately uncovers a threat that could lead to the end of the world, but this time Liz has someone to help her.

Her mother...

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More details have been released regarding the special online story Pond Life.

The mini-adventure, starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, will be available from the BBC's website from Monday 27th August, with each of the five parts expected around midday on consecutive days throughout the week; the entire story will then be made available on the BBC's digital television Red Button service on Saturday, 1st September.

The story is directed by Saul Metzstein, and written by Chris Chibnall, who said:
Pond Life provides us with a lovely opportunity to catch-up with Amy and Rory since we saw them at the end of the last series. It opens with the Ponds at home and gives us an insight in to just what happens when the Doctor drops in and out of their lives. Travelling with the Doctor is one of the greatest things you can do, but it's fun to spend a few moments looking at the chaos he can also bring.

Executive producer Caroline Skinner added:
Chris has written a beautiful, heartfelt and wickedly funny piece about the adventures the Ponds have been having with the Doctor since we last saw them on-screen. It's not long till the series itself will be back with a vengeance - but in the meantime, Pond Life is a truly heart-warming piece about our best-loved companions and their madcap relationship with their raggedy Doctor.

The BBC have released a video featuring Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill introducing the story:

DW official TX Date 1st September 2012 for UK/USA/Canada

The new series of Doctor Who will premiere on Saturday 1st September, with the show being broadcast on BBC One in the UK at 7:20pm, and on BBC America in the USA at 9:00pm(ET).

United Kingdom (BBC)
For the UK, this places Asylum of the Daleks into the heart of Saturday prime time television, going head to head against the Ant and Dec ITV game show Red or Black?. The Doctor has faced the Geordie duo before, most notably for the return of the series in 2005 when Rose beat Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway by 2.5 million viewers. The Doctor faced Red or Black? last year when ITV1's HD ratings helped Red or Black? edge slightly ahead of Doctor Who, although the latter outrated the game show for the period the programmes were in direct opposition.

On BBC Two the Doctor will be up against BBC Proms 2012 where conductor John Wilson and his orchestra pay tribute to the composers and arrangers responsible for creating the Broadway Sound; meanwhile Channel 4 continues its coverage of the Paralympic Games.

The series will be preceded by a new mini-adventure, Pond Life, which kicks off online from Monday 27th August.

The time of broadcast for Asylum of the Daleks of 7.20pm is one of the latest for the series since it returned in 2005, with only Gridlock in 2007, School Reunion, and Rise of the Cybermen in 2006 being later in the evening.

Trivia: the Daleks have been used to launch the show a few times in its past, with Day of the Daleks in 1972, Destiny of the Daleks in 1979, and Remembrance of The Daleks in 1988 - Destiny also coincidentally premiered on 1st September!

United States (BBC America)
For BBC America, the premiere forms part of the channel's Supernatural Saturday themed evening.
Join the Doctor, his companions Amy and Rory (aka the Ponds) and numerous friends on their latest escapades through space and time where they puzzle an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in a Wild Wild West adventure and are even kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest foe. The explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory’s heart-breaking farewell – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever? There’s only one way to find out…
The full press release can be read on BBC America's website. Meanwhile, BBC America have also released a new trailer to promote the series:

The announcement of 1st September confirms that the trailer witnessed by viewers earlier in the week citing the 8th as the launch was accidentally broadcast rather than being the finalised date.

Canada (SPACE)
SPACE have also confirmed a 1st September premiere, at 9:00pm(ET).
It looks like Steven Moffat really bottled up his Dalek-related urges last season and now he's letting loose in the most outrageous fashion. Not since the Russell T. Davies days have we seen this many Daleks congregating in one place, and not since.. ever have we seen so many different models of Dalek at once!

Doctor Who will air every Saturday at 9E/6P for five episodes (and stream online the following day), then there will be a short break until the Christmas Special!

If you want to join some SPACE friends to share in the journey, we'll be live at through every episode. Join us for some crazy theorizing, Pond feels and "MOFFAAAAAAT!"s every Saturday night between (or at least during the commercial breaks).

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

French Film Fest to Screen After School Midnighters, Gyo Films

The organizers of France's L'étrange Festival have announced that it will screen the CG anime film Hōkago Midnighters (After School Midnighters) and the anime adaptation of Junji Ito's Gyo psychological horror manga. The 18th L'étrange Festival will run from September 6-16 in Paris.

In the slapstick comedy story of After School Midnighters, a human anatomical model comes to life at midnight in a science classroom at an elite elementary school. Kouichi Yamadera (Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion) is starring in the film as the naked anatomical model Kunstlijk, and Hiromasa Taguchi (Kaasan - Mom's Life) will voice the skeleton specimen Goth. Hitoshi Takekiyo is returning to direct the film after directing the original 2007 CG anime short After School Midnight (Hōkago Midnight). The film will open in Japan on August 25. L'étrange Festival will screen the European premiere of the film in Japanese with English subtitles on September 6 and again on September 16.

Takayuki Hirao (Futakoi Alternative, The Garden of Sinners' fifth film) directed the anime adaptation of Junji Ito's Gyo manga. The 70-minute OVA was released in February in Japan. Big Comics published two compiled volumes of Ito's manga series in 2002, and Viz Media released them in North America. The OVA was previously screened at London's Terracotta Festival in April, and then at the New York Asian Film Festival in May. L'étrange Festival will screen the film in Japanese with English subtitles on September 12, 13, and 15.

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DW series 7 Ep1 TX date announced

The Radio Times have published details for Asylum of the Daleks indicating that it will premiere on BBC1 at 7:20pm on 1st September. BBC confirmation is expected later today.

DW series 7 promo

The BBC have released some new images to promote the forthcoming Asylum of the Daleks

Asylum of the Daleks images: 

Further images are to be released next week.

In addition, a new video has been released entitled Ask The Execs, featuring a Q&A with executive producers Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner on the origin of the Weeping Angels and how they joined Doctor Who (video may not play outside the United Kingdom).