Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Doctor Who is 48!

Fourty-eight years ago today, An Unearthly Child aired.

It was about an old man called the Doctor (portrayed by William Hartnell) who travelled time and space in a police box.

Little did viewers know the show would go on to feature ten more incarnations and becoming the longest running science fiction show in history--as well as one of the best loved.

In two years time, the show will reach its 50th anniversary.

Happy Birthday, Doctor Who!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Images and Summary for The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe

Several pictures and an official summary have been released for the 2011 Christmas special, entitled The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe.

The summary:
It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.
He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.
Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.
The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…

Friday, 18 November 2011

Trailer for the Christmas Special,

The trailer has been released for the 2011 Christmas Special, entitled The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe. From the trailer and the title, it appears reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's masterpiece.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Hints on the Christmas Special

The latest Doctor Who magazine has dropped several hints on the upcoming Christmas special.

  • Matt Smith is madder than ever and Claire Skinner will break your heart
  • Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong are very funny (surprise!)
  • Contains the words ‘looms’, ‘panthers’, and ‘wish’
  • Contains the line, “Watch and learn, kid,” followed by a loud crash
  • It’s a lovely, heartwarming, touching tale and literally magical
  • “It’s full of the usual concoction of things that spew out of Steven Moffat’s imagination”
  • It’s more of an ensemble piece than last year’s special – “more family”
  • The last ten minutes are really emotional
  • No Amy and Rory brings out a different side in the Doctor
  • A pic of the Doctor running in what looks like a fiery factory of some sort
  • The title will be announced at Children in Need along with the preview

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Owl City Concert

Last night, I attended the All Things Bright and Beautiful Owl City tour concert.

It was, in a word, breathtaking.

Although we had to wait through two warm-up bands, by the time the concert started, everyone was extremely excited.

It opened with blue lights and the sound of rain, punctuated by flashes of white light and thunder sound effects, than Adam Young and the other musicians went on to perform many selections from over the years. As well as songs from their newest album, All Things Bright and Beautiful, there were older songs from Ocean Eyes and Maybe I'm Dreaming. Some of these included Cave In, Dear Vienna, Meteor Shower, and Vanilla Twilight.

There was also a new song,  I Hope You Think of Me.

Galaxies (which had phenomenal lighting effects)
And of course, the ever-popular Fireflies was performed, with Adam inviting the audience to sing along. Of course, when we did, we sounded about ten because everyone was smiling so hard.

After The Yacht Club was performed as the final song--with magnificent lighting throughout--and Owl City left the stage, everyone began chanting 'One more song! One more song!" To our delight, they complied, singing not one, but two more songs--Vanilla Twilight and If My Heart Was a House, bringing an end to an amazingly brilliant concert.