Friday, 28 November 2014

DW Series 8 stats

Figures showing the Live+7 performance of Doctor Who Series 8 are now available. 

The LIve+7 figure is calculated by the BBC to try to get an accurate estimate of the total unique audience for an episode of a programme. Unlike official BARB figures the Live+7 uses data to include those who watched one of the broadcast repeats of the episode and those who watched the episode on iPlayer all within 7 days of the original transmission. 

On average only 62% of the total audience of Doctor Who watch the programmme live or, as a recording, on the same day as broadcast, compared with an average of 86% across all BBC programmes. Around 24% timeshift the recording compared with an average of 6%, while 4% watch one of the repeats compared with an average of 6%. Around 9% watch on iPlayer, the BBC average being 2%. 

Live +7 figures give a fairly consistent ratings across the series, with over 10.8 million tuning in for the twelfth Doctor's debut. The average rating drops to around 8 million for the rest of the series with Death in Heaven finishing with around 8.8 million watching.

BBC America DW 2014 Xmas Special trailer

BBC America has confirmed the 2014 Christmas special, Last Christmas, will be broadcast on Christmas Day. 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Ressha Sentai Toqger Ep 37

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DW on Bell Media

Canadian company Bell Media revealed today that its upcoming subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte,” will give users in Canada access to 108 episodes of Doctor Who. 

Project Latte, which launches next month, is aiming to be Canada’s premium subscription on-demand video streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. Project Latte will feature more than 10,000 hours of premium non-kids TV programming, with more than 350 unique TV titles. Designed to complement traditional television and available to all TV providers, to date Project Latte will be offered via set-top box to TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV subscribers at launch. The service will also be available via mobile apps, the web, game consoles, and smart TVs. 

Doctor Who, which is the Number 1 series of all time on Canadian channel Space, reached new hights in the recently concluded eighth season, averaging 756,000 viewers weekly, making it the most-watched TV series on Canadian speciality television during its run. 

Other shows included in Project Latte include Orphan Black, Utopia and all 726 episodes from the Star Trek franchise Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media said
Some of the hottest TV shows on earth right now are sci-fi and fantasy-themed, so we’ve strategically curated Project Latte to deliver the best of this type of programming. In addition to our own Orphan Black and cult-hit Doctor Who, we are also proud to provide the complete Star Trek collection.

Cult times on DVD

Cult Conversations is an exciting new range of DVDs from Fantom Films, featuring icons of British screen and television, presented by television aficionado Toby Hadoke. 

The series contains in-depth interviews from many associated with Doctor Who, including Katy Manning and Terry Molloy as well as actors who have appeared in the series such as Tom Adams from Warriors of the Deep and John Carson from Snakedance. The first three Cult Conversations DVDs are now released (Katy Manning, Terry Molloy and Valerie Leon), with the rest to be published next month, individually priced £10.99 each or £54.95 for the whole series.
Credit: Fantom Films Ltd
Katy Manning

Katy Manning is known to audiences the world over for her role as Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor in Doctor Who. Outside of this iconic series Katy's life has literally taken her round the world. From uprooting and moving to Australia with her children in the late seventies, writing her remarkable one woman show in LA, through West End shows and the Edinburgh Fringe, even hosting her own chat show, this is the story of a lady who lives life to the full. 
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Terry Molloy

Terry Molloy is an iconic name in two of Britain's most loved cultural institutions. On television he is best known as the monstrous Davros, creator of the Daleks in Doctor Who. On radio he has played Mike Tucker on The Archers for over forty years. Now the man with the distinctive voice shows his face to tell all about his extraordinary and long lasting career. 
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Tom Adams

Tom Adams has been acting for five decades, and taken in a vast array of iconic and popular British series. On television he has appeared in Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Persuaders and The Onedin Line amongst others, as well being a regular in medical soap opera Emergency Ward 10. On film he appeared opposite Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. A born raconteur, Tom has a cavalcade of entertaining anecdotes from his wide ranging career. 
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John Carson

John Carson is familiar to millions for his smooth villainous portrayals on television and on film. His cult television credits encompass all major classics such as The Avengers, The Saint, The Baron, Adam Adamant Lives! and Doctor Who to name but a few. On the silver screen he was a main player in some of Hammer's most horrific outings, including The Plague of Zombies, Taste The Blood of Dracula and Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter. But the real life story behind this legendary star is far greater than any of the roles he has played on screen. 

DW: 11th Doctor comics

Next Wednesday​ December 3​ ​2014, sees the release of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #​5 by Al Ewing and Boo Cook​.​ 

Titan has released ​a sneak peek​ of​ ​​the interior art ​by Boo Cook.

Still trapped aboard the SERVEYOUinc research satellite, Alice and the Doctor must unravel the mystery of the creature codenamed ‘ARC’ - while staying one step ahead of its whisper-quiet rampage through the station!

But there’s something essential the Doctor’s missing – something he’s overlooked.

Can Alice help him see it, in time to save her life… or is the story of the Doctor’s favorite sarcastic library assistant doomed to end in the icy depths of space?

Writer Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and artist Boo Cook (2000AD, Elephantmen) invite you to a high-tech race against time, with everything to play for!

Comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by Verity Glass and a photo subscription cover.
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Nana Mizuki, T.M.Revolution, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, AKB48 Return to New Year's Kōhaku

The Japanese public television broadcaster NHK announced the full artist lineup for this year's Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Battle), the New Year's Eve singing contest that is Japan's most viewed music television program.
This year's lineup includes the sixth consecutive performance of Nana Mizuki, the fifth appearance of T.M. Revolution, and the third appearance of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Johnny & Associates band V6AKB48 sister idol group HKT48, May J. (singer of the Japanese theme song for Disney's Frozen), four-man band SEKAI NO OWARI, and Hiroko Yakushimaru are making their Kōhaku debuts. Howewver, Ayumi Hamasaki andLinked Horizon are not returning this year. Yuriko Yoshitaka and Arashi are the hosts for the Red and White Teams, respectively.
The NHK-General channel will run the program from 7:15 to 11:45 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
The lineup is as follows:
Red Team:
White Team:

V6, May J., Sekai no Owari, HKT48 Make Their Debuts on New Year's Kōhaku

The Japanese public television broadcaster NHK announced the artist lineup for this year's Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Battle), the New Year's Eve singing contest that is Japan's most viewed music television program.
This year's lineup includes the debut appearances of Johnny & Associates band V6AKB48 sister idol group HKT48, May J. (singer of the Japanese theme song for Disney's Frozen), and four-man band SEKAI NO OWARIKyary Pamyu Pamyu, who is the girlfriend of SEKAI NO OWARI vocalist Fukase, will also be returning to the program. Yo-kai Watch theme song performers Dream5 and King Creamsoda will also appear.
Singer Ayumi Hamasaki announced earlier this week that she will not be returning to the program this year. Hamasaki had appeared on the program for 15 years in a row. She commented, saying, "I will graduate from the NHK Hall! ...I'm actually happy and refreshed that I was able to part with the hall in the best way."
V6 is a male idol unit that formed in 1995. The group has performed theme songs for the Inuyasha anime, as well as for the live-action Kimi wa Pet series. In addition, SEKAI NO OWARI is performing the theme song, "Mermaid Rhapsody" for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of the Princess Jellyfish manga.
The North American television channel TV Japan regularly carries the Kōhaku program during New Year's.

Kakureya Secret Gaming Base Gets Upgrades and Price Cut

Japanese furniture Cozy Room debuted its Kakurenya II ("hiding room II") model on Monday with upgrades and a price cut from the version released in June. Cozy Room said that the units would drop from 798,000 yen (US$7,823) to 398,800 yen (US$3,910) if it went into mass production.
Kakureya II now includes a reclining seat and adjustable height table. Kakureya II measures 120 centimeters wide, 125 centimeters long, and 150 centimeters tall (or 3'11'' x 4'1'' x 4'11''). Additional parts, like shelving, an AV board, and other storage to go inside the unit, as well as the shown electronics, are sold separately.
Each Kakurenya II is made to order and ships about one month after the order is placed.
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Add Magic Knight Rayearth Boots To Your Stealth Cosplay Wardrobe

The designers at the mail order fashion site SuperGroupies are at it again with some Magic Knight Rayearth short boots for the wet, wintry season.
Each design is modeled after one of the main heroines from Clamp's manga and anime series. Hikaru Shidou, Fuu Hououji, and Umi Ryuuzaki are represented in their respective red, green, and blue colors. The pairs are now available for pre-order for 21,384 yen (about US$181) and are made from genuine leather.
SuperGroupies is also offering tie-in jewelry, including a Hikaru necklace, Umi earrings, and Fuu bracelet. Each jewelry piece has an attached Mokona charm and costs 8,800 yen (US$75).
Magic Knight Rayearth is celebrating a revival this year as part of its 20th anniversary. Break Prize machines are also offering prizes and the series will get a crossover in the Crusade system card series. "Crusade Magic Knight Rayearth" went on sale on November 21, and includes cards with illustrations drawn by character designer Atsuko Ishida featuring the Magic Knights, as well as illustrations of the Rune Gods drawn by Crusade's illustrator.
Discotek Media licensed the anime series and will release it on DVD with both English subtitles and dubbing in 2015. It will also offer a Blu-ray Disc version in 2016.

Comedian Tekken Animates New Year's Card Short

The Japanese postal service's New Year's card website began streaming a new short movie on Tuesday with animation by Tekken, a comedian famous for emotional flip-book-style anime shorts. The short, titled "Nenga no Kizuna" (New Year's Card Bonds), features musical duo YoshidaYamada's new song "Aitakute."
Text: On a certain morning, abrupt good-byes came around...
Man: After all, Jon...
Woman: Jon is was coming to say good-bye so... Please, take him.
Text: New Year's Day
The video's story comes from greeting card website Nenga Aisatsujo's 6th annual contest, which asks participants to send in their heart-warming New Year's card memories. Sachiyo Okuno wrote the story and won the Japanese Postal Service Award, a new award this year.
Tekken gained famed with Pendulum, a manga "flip book" animation with over 1,620 images he drew by hand. The short depicts the story of a married couple through the years. The animation attracted over 3 million views on YouTube since its initial in release on a Japanese variety show in 2012.
After watching the video that same year, British rock group MUSEused Pendulum as the official music video for their song "Exogenesis: Symphony Part 3 (Redemption). Panelist at the 42nd Japan Cartoonist Awards held by the Japan Cartoonists Association of Manga Creators honored Tekken for last May for Pendulum, lauding the short as "a work that shows us the new potential of manga." The short is now inspiring a live-action film with Manami Konishi (Steamboy), Itsuji Itao (Cromartie High: The Movie), and Naoko Ken (Mirai Shōnen Conan Tokubetsu Hen-Kyodaiki Gigant no Fukkatsu).
Tekken also created an animated short for Disney's Big Hero 6.

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Opens Friday

Warner Brothers UK will give a limited cinema release to the second of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films from Friday November 28. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen) was the highest-grossing Japanese live-action film of 2014. In the story, Kenshin has settled into his new life with Kaoru and his other friends when he is approached with a request from the Meiji government. Against Kaoru's wishes, Kenshin reluctantly agrees to go to Kyoto and help keep his country from falling back into civil war. The film will be rated '15' for 'strong bloody violence and injury detail.'
The following cinemas are screening the film from November 28 to December 4.
Vue Picadilly - Screenings at 9.20 p.m.
Cineworld Enfield - Screenings at 9pm; plus extra screenings on November 28, December 1 and 2 at 12.45 p.m.
Crawley - Screenings at 9 p.m.
Sheffield - Screenings at 7.55 p.m.
West India Quay - Screenings at 8.10 p.m.
Glasgow Renfrew Street - Screenings at 8 p.m. (8.50 on December 2); plus extra screenings on November 28, December 1 and 2 at 12.10 p.m.; plus an extra late screening on November 28 at 11.20 p.m.
Cardiff - Screenings at 1.30 p.m. (except November 29 and 30), and 7.45 p.m.
Stevenage - Screenings at 7.20 p.m.
Bolton - Screenings at 1.50 p.m. (except November 29 and 30) and 8.25 p.m.

Japanese Scientists Bring Us Closer to World of Ghost in the Shell

25 years ago, Masamune Shirow's science-fiction manga Ghost in the Shell wowed readers with its advanced technology. Its various animated incarnations have inspired and intrigued viewers the world over. This month, NTT Docomo Ventures, a venture capital fund, is launching a project to help recreate some of the signature technology from Ghost in the Shell like cyborgs, electric brains and thermoptic camouflage: the Ghost in the Shell Realize Project.
At a panel held on November 12 at Roppongi Garden Gallery in Tokyo, scientists specializing in these technologies convened to formally launch the initiative and discuss how close some of their research is to achieving Ghost in the Shell technology levels. Nobuyuki Akimoto, vice president-director of NTT Docomo Ventures, spoke with Masahiko Inami, a media design professor at Keio University; Naotaka Fujii, a team leader at RIKEN's Brain Science General Research Center and representative director at Hacosco, a virtual reality systems developer; Shuuji Kajita, an intelligent systems researcher and head of the Humanoid Research Group at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology; and Satoshi Endou, director-chairman of Kadokawa Ascii Research Laboratories.
Professor Inami has been conducting research into "optic camouflage," the technology that allows the characters of Ghost in the Shell to blend in with their backgrounds. His inventions allow images to be reflected onto clothes, making the wearer seemingly blend in with their background, and into cars, letting the drivers see what's behind them.
Fujii discussed his research in brain science and presented a video of the head-mounted display his team has developed. This "substitutional reality system" plays pre-recorded video along with displaying reality, thereby confusing the viewer's perceptions of reality. Fujii speculates that this might be the first step towards the memory alteration used in Ghost in the Shell.
Kajita is researching humanoid robots and compared a robot from 2003 with a more humanoid robot built in 2009 with much more realistic and nuanced motions, although he admitted it's still a far cry from Ghost in the Shell's Motoko Kusanagi.
Fujii also opined that the micromachines of Ghost in the Shell that connect brains to computer networks may be possible ("technologically, there's nothing that can't be done"), but the research is still in its early stages, and finding the financial backing for the project would be difficult. Computerizing brains will also be hard due to the sheer amount of noise in brainwaves and the difficulty in finding subjects willing to attach electrodes to their brains for non-medical research. Discussion therefore turned towards the possibility of wearable devices and non-invasive technology like Google Glass, a computerized pair of eyeglasses, or hitoe, a nanofiber patch developed by NTT Docomo that monitors heart rates.
The panel also debated the feasibility of developing cyborgs, with similar optimism tempered with doubt. Kajita pointed out that while humans have around 600 muscles, the humanoid robot in the video only has 44. Beyond the difficulty of merely multiplying muscles, scientists will also have to figure out how to power the cyborgs. While Kajita's robot lasts for an hour at most, "looking into the future, battery life will gradually increase; I think humanoid battery life will be seven or eight hours by 2025. Going even further forward, to 2049 or 2050, using fuel cells, it could reach three days without refueling." Panelists also puzzled over details like the connection between the brain and muscle movement and what kind of network infrastructure regulates the cyborgs in Ghost in the Shell.

A replica of Ghost in the Shell Arise's Logicoma symbolizes the project's ambitions
At the end of the discussion, Inami quoted a science-fiction director as saying that you'll get a good work if you add 5% fiction to 95% reality. He framed the Ghost in the Shell Realize Project's work as bringing that remaining 5% to reality.
Here is the video of the panel for those able to follow technical discussions in Japanese. Video of Inami's optic camouflage can be watched at 4:42, video of Fujii's substitutional reality starts at 6:44, and video of Kajita's robots plays at 9:20.

DW series 8 Finale Chart placing

The finale of Series 8, Doctor Who: Death in Heaven finished as the 14th most watched programme on British Television for the week, according to figures from Barb. 

The episode had an official 28.8% share of the total TV audience. 

Top for the week was Strictly Come Dancing which had 10.52 million watching, just beating ITV's Downton Abbey, which had 10.44 million viewers. 

Doctor Who was the 6th highest rated programme on BBC Television.