You do not know. You do not know how far I would go for Big Finish to release an audio drama series with the Doctor and River on Darillium. And then they have a kid. I would love that. Just. Ugh please
It’s great to finally get back to our Doctor Who series and Eight is one I have been greatly anticipating as he is my absolute favourite Doctor. He may have only had one movie but I am in love with the Big Finish audio dramas. I was so glad that McGann got to continue in the role even if only in audio form.
As his run was the most unconventional, the evolution of his character and his costume bare the evidence of that. Eight is very romantic, easily the most refined and elegant of the Doctors.The original costume never really felt lived in, he was so buttoned up, and because we only see him wearing it in one film, he never got the opportunity to break it in and make it his own like the other Doctors.
But over the years he’s changed, starting out as an old soul with a child-like enthusiasm that gradually gave way to a darker side as he was traumatised by certain events, which culminated in him becoming the War Doctor. As such, my costume reflects elements of his journey, it’s not quite as stuffy as his original costume, there’s a bit of edge there.
I’m not a massive Doctor Who fan, but I am very attached to this series of shoots as Courtney’s desire to do a fashion portrayal of each Doctor was a catalyst for many of the shoots you see on this site. After a year of working closely together it was fantastic to finally add another couple of Doctors to the collection - this one, plus one another who you will see next week. And the location couldn’t have been more perfect, we were incredibly lucky to discover that the location we’d picked had a very similar palette to the costume we were working with. Another in a long string of happy accidents.
If there is one word in the English language that best
describes how I feel about Peter Capaldi’s run as the Twelfth Doctor coming to
an end it would be disappointment, disappointment in the fact the Dr Who fandom
didn’t give him a chance and just acted like spoiled children ever since it was
first announced that he would be taking over the role from Matt Smith in 2013.
Capaldi’s Doctor was a breath of fresh air, he was like a
perfect mixture of Pertwee and Eccleston, he knew when to be goofy and when to
get serious. He was the perfect mixture of classic Who and new Who and it pains
me that such a perfect choice for the character had such a short run.
To be fair there was only so much he could do under Moffat’s
rule, as Moffat showed the world that he didn’t care that much for the Doctor’s
character in the eighth and ninth series, instead having Clara the Mary Sue to
end all Mary Sues upstage the Doctor on his own show at every turn.
Hell the ninth series should have been called “The Clara
Oswald Show Also Starring the Doctor” as she had become the main focus of the
show and The Doctor just felt like a side character. Hell Bent being one of the
worst examples, as it featured The Doctor returning to his home planet of
Gallifrey and confronting Rassilon for the first time in this incantation, only
to have that be the set up to the actual plot of the episode, the actual plot
being about The Doctor trying to break his one rule to save Clara from dying.
That’s not to say the eighth and ninth series didn’t have
their highlights, Capaldi stole the show throughout the entire Zygon Invasion
two prater, but again there was only so much he could do with the material he
With all that being said, I am still appalled at the
behavior of the fandom, constantly giving Capaldi shit because of his age and
looks, because you know an older actor has never ever played The Doctor before
am I right? Your immaturity and disgusting behavior are the reasons why the BBC
got cold feet when it came to Capaldi’s run. It wouldn’t shock me at all if the
BBC starts looking for a younger actor to replace Capaldi, because thanks to
you idiots and your constant whining we might never see an older actor play the
role of The Doctor ever again. So chances are the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and
Fifteenth Doctors will all be played by Twilight and CW rejects.
I had kind of hoped Capladi would stay on after Moffat left,
because I wanted to see what the new showrunner was gonna do with the character
but alas that’s not happening and any future Twelfth Doctor adventures will be
told via comics or Big Finish audio dramas (if we’re lucky).
Had you idiots put aside you entitlement and gave Capladi a
chance his run would have lasted longer, but you just kept shitting on the man
at every turn and now he’s gone.
So fuck you all for ruining this man’s childhood dream of
playing The Doctor.
Ah, yes, that’s sort of a pet favorite rant topic of mine. Here’s the overview.
Around the fortieth anniversary of Doctor Who, Big Finish, the company that produces officially licensed Doctor Who audio dramas with many actors from the show, put out a bunch of alternate universe takes on Doctor Who under the banner of “Unbound.” Stuff like, “What if the Doctor never left Gallifrey,” “What if the Doctor had a different moral code,” that kind of thing. They’re pretty interesting, honestly.
One of those audio plays is Exile, the story with the misfortune to be my literal least favorite Doctor Who story ever. I mean it, nothing else comes close for me. It’s the only full-length production about a woman as the Doctor, at least until series 11 comes along, and it is an absolute disaster. For one thing, it’s built around really unfunny comedy involving vomiting, fecal matter, and alcohol. At one point in it David Tennant’s character (he is, bizarrely, in it, long before he ever played the Doctor) eats dog food. High art it is not.
But worse yet, it’s transphobic and aggressively against the idea of a woman playing the Doctor. Periodically, we hear her mentally conversing with her past self, who goes on long tirades about how gross it is that she’s a woman. At the end, Time Lords trick her into getting killed just because they think it’s gross she changed gender. And worse yet, the whole story is about her lack of fulfillment because she isn’t getting to live life as the Doctor, which is, of course, all tied to her change in gender.
It is, in my opinion, the single most awful and offensive thing to ever call itself Doctor Who. And today it’s gotten blown into obscurity forevermore by no longer being able to call itself the only woman Doctor story. Hurrah.
Doctor Who fans have had their prayers answered as it has been revealed that the Doctor’s Daughter, Jenny, will be returning in her very own audio series from Big Finish!
Georgia Tennant will return to the role. The actress, of course, has a long history with Doctor Who as she is the real-life daughter of Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison and the wife of Tenth Doctor, David Tennant whom she met while filming the show.
Jenny first appeared in 2008 during the fourth series of Doctor Who in the aptly named episode “The Doctor’s Daughter” where the Doctor produced a daughter after having DNA forcibly removed from his hand. Jenny fought alongside the Doctor, and his companions Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) while trying to bring peace between two warring factions before being shot and killed by the evil General Kobb. However, the Doctor and his friends left in the TARDIS before the half time-lord came back to life and sped off into the stars like her father.
Jenny: The Doctor’s Daughter will also star Sean Biggerstaff as Jenny’s companion Noah and she will come face to face with the Ood in four brand new adventures
Stolen Goods by Matt Fitton
Prisoner of the Ood by John Dorney
Neon Reign by Christian Brassington
Zero Space by Adrian Poynton
Jenny: The Doctor’s Daughter is available on the Big Finish website and will be released in June 2018!
We’re here, we’re many, and we’re not yet done by half
This is not the time to give up. I know, Class has been officially cancelled by the BBC, what else is there to do but despair??? you may ask.
Well, the answer’s NOT sending hate to the BBC. No. Instead, send requests / messages informing of your interest in the show to Big Finish.
Big Finish, for anyone who might not know it, produces audio dramas of very high quality for various shows (mainly Doctor Who but also many others). [They’re keeping Torchwood alive almost by themselves these days and it’s beautiful, if I may say so myself. Heck, Torchwood even received an OFFICIAL 5th season this year!! In audio form, yes, but none the less amazing!!! Courtesy of Big Finish Productions.]
So please, if you want Class to continue, say as much to Big Finishy They’re already considering it!!! They just need to make sure they’ll actually have an audience. So go and show them. Show them we are here, we are many, and we’re not done yet by half!!!
Hi, AVA! I haven't listened to Torchwood audios but after reading you talking about Norton Folgate, now I'm really curious. Can you tell me about him? I don't mind spoilers, but if you don't want to spoiler other followers, you can do something general. Love you blog, specially the Torchwood posts!! :D
Hello, anon! Why yes, I would LOVE to tell you about the amazing Norton Folgate! :D
Norton Folgate (whose name is a play on a historic area of London) is a Torchwood operative who was active during the 1950s… and a few other centuries, thanks to a soft light projector that allows him to pop in and out of other periods of time as a hologram. He appears in the Big Finish audio dramas Ghost Mission, The Torchwood Archive, Outbreak, and the upcoming The Death of Captain Jack. He is played by Samuel Barnett.
If Ianto Jones is the king of sass, Norton is the queen. He may be a midcentury gay stereotype in a natty suit, using camp Polari slang and calling everyone “poppet,” but don’t be fooled – he will cut you. And smile while doing it.
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Norton works for Torchwood, but he’s also an agent of The Committee (the primary enemy from the first two Big Finish Torchwood series). He’s totally willing to throw other Torchwood operatives under the bus to accomplish his own goals, and is nearly responsible for the deaths of Andy Davidson, Ianto Jones, and Jack Harkness (okay, he actually succeeds in killing Jack). He was also involved in the development of the Good Thinking Virus (which plagued Cardiff in Outbreak), and burned dozens of test subjects alive – Jack among them. (Jack has rather strong feelings about this.)
It’s also worth mentioning that Norton and Jack have a past outside of the whole setting-on-fire thing. We don’t know how long they were involved, but Norton ended it when he realized that Jack’s lovers tend to wind up either broken or dead. In a rare moment of honesty, Norton warns Ianto against the same fate, despite already knowing how and when Ianto is going to die.
We know little of Norton’s personal life, other than a few snippets about his family: He has an older brother, Gerald, who was the favored child; his father was a vicar whose church was bombed during the war; and Norton’s relationship with his parents is strained, likely because of his sexual orientation. He once had to kill someone he loved, and that’s one of the only memories that jars him out of the flamboyant, stone-hearted persona he projects. He occasionally shows flickers of conscience, but mostly smothers his compassion under attitude and indifference. He’s also incurably vain and, predictably, motivated by money and power. (He and his partner steal something really important and valuable in The Torchwood Archive.)
So if Norton is such a shady character (and oh, he is!), why do we love him? Well, he’s fun. I mean, really fun. He has discovered how to weaponize attitude, and uses his taunts and sarcastic remarks to simultaneously infuriate and manipulate his foes. The fact that he usually appears as an untouchable hologram gives him the ability to stand (literally) in the middle of a fight and keep up a running commentary, often mocking both sides equally.
But he’s not a one-dimensional antagonist, either. He may be a cold-blooded killer, but he also has sympathetic moments, and there are times you really feel for him and what he’s been through. Samuel Barnett’s performance is delightfully nuanced.
To sum up: Norton is absolutely my favorite EU character, and Big Finish has put him to excellent use in multiple episodes. If you have the chance, I would recommend you listen to either Ghost Mission (Norton’s introduction) or Outbreak (Norton Folgate vs. Ianto Jones in a legendary sass battle). They’re well worth the price, just to hear the snark firsthand. :)
Finished just in time for St. Patrick’s Day - Molly “Dark Eyes” O’Sullivan. She may not be familiar to a lot of Whovians because she’s the 8th Doctor’s companion in the Big Finish audio dramas - which are really good. Like really, really good. If you haven’t tried these audio dramas out and you need something to fill your Doctor Who void for 2016, you absolutely should devour the Big Finish Audio Dramas.
The Dark Eyes series, which has four volumes, features Molly O’Sullivan - the Doctor’s Irish companion. She’s awesome. She’s not afraid to stand up to the Doctor. She even punches him several times. Knocking him out once. I wish we could have seen her on T.V. She’s the last companion the 8th Doctor mentions prior to his regeneration in the ‘Night of the Doctor’ webisode before the 50th Anniversary episode.
Red&Toby: Full disclosure: We have not worked our way thru Burn's corpus of work yet [mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa] so what does the mention of S 4 Torchwood being so good mean??? R they doing another CD version like Corps Day last year, or is there something new going to be on telly. Owen is DEAD & not even in the last several S of Torchwood already filmed, so we R confused. Cud U provide some clarification for bozos who are not with the program yet?
You’re not a bozo! As far as I’m aware, no new Torchwood TV episodes are forthcoming (alas). However, those pictures of Burn, Naoko, and Gareth were posted by Scott Handcock, who’s involved with Big Finish Productions (which does the Torchwood audio dramas), and from his Twitter I gather that the actors were indeed there for studio times. So, although I can’t state this with 100% certainty (because I haven’t seen it said outright), I would imagine that they’re working on another audio drama.
I’m sure we would all perish of joy if they DID film another season of the show with the original main cast, though. They can pull give us whatever half-baked explanation they want regarding certain characters’ survival, I don’t care, it’s Torchwood, they can find SOME way to bring our darlings back to life.