Just as we Whovians were beginning to go through withdrawal symptoms from having no Whoniverse material on our screens, the BBC America team has come through for those of us who are Time Lord Addicts: finally, the release of the trailer for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, which you can view at the bottom of this post.
Rumored for a long time to be a play on a Narnia theme, the buzz has now been verified with the revelation of the special’s title – Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe. Showrunner Steven Moffat is clearly going with a formula which worked well for the previous special, a play on a classic Dickens yarn and also titled A Christmas Carol.
Marvel will be launching a new five-issue miniseries in May called Marvel Zombies Christmas Carol.
That’s right you read it correctly, it’s Zombies in the Marvel Universe, retelling the classic Charles Dickens story. Artist David Baldeon and writer Jim McCann are teaming up to bring this story to life. Apparently they plan on telling something more horrific than silly like you might expect from a Marvel Zombies story.
“When we started working on this idea, I was amazed at how well the original text worked in with the concept of the undead. We’ve taken a way to introduce ‘zombies’ in a Victorian manner, keeping with the chilling tale Dickens crafted in the 1800s,” said writer Jim McCann. “I think that David’s amazing designs show you how well it will look. We aren’t going for campiness or shoving zombies into a popular story, but for true Victorian horror…and a small glimmer of hope that lies in one man’s cold heart: Scrooge!”
Following the broadcast of the Doctor Who Christmas Special, the TARDISblend returns, as we not only review A Christmas Carol, but discuss the new teaser trailer for Doctor Who Series 6, and discover a couple of bits and pieces you may have missed!
To kick off the show, we dissect the new trailer, discussing the elements we enjoyed seeing the most, and then highlight a couple of minor pieces of footage included in the trailer that connect to a stand-alone episode in Series 5 called The Lodger. We dive into reviewing A Christmas Carol, and examine the excellent performance of Michael Gambon in the show.
Later, we review some of the related Doctor Who news floating around the web — including information about new cast members for Torchwood, and a free Doctor Who e-book released by the BBC.
See below for the podcast player to listen to TARDISblend Episode 18.
For those who saw the Doctor Who Christmas Special, entitled A Christmas Carol, if you stuck around for the end credits you would have been treated to the first teaser trailer for Series 6 of Doctor Who… and it’s a ripper.
Scroll down to view the trailer.
Filming and production is continuing on Series 6, so this teaser trailer includes footage from episodes that are mostly from the first part of the season. Included in the trailer is a great deal of portions from the opening two episodes set in the United States. Doctor Who Series 6 will continue the multi-series story arc of “The Silence,” and more secrets are to be revealed about the mysterious River Song.
Doctor Who Series 6 is executive produced by showrunner Steven Moffat, and will feature Matt Smith continuing his portrayal of the eleventh Doctor. Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are also returning, reprising their roles as Amy Pond and Rory Williams respectively, traveling with the Doctor as his companions. River Song, as mentioned, is also back for Series 6 as portrayed by Alex Kingston.
Beloved author Charles Dickens‘ classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, is perhaps the greatest Christmas story ever to be crafted. It has been adapted countless times in a myriad of different fashions and styles, and one would find it very difficult to find any single soul who’s not familiar with at least one of them.
Favorite adaptations include the 1951 film of the same name starring Alastair Sim, Scrooged starring Bill Murray, and my own personal favorite, Mickey’s Christmas Carol! Just recently, director Robert Zemeckis kept things going with a performance capture animated take on the tale starring Jim Carrey in the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge.
But adaptations of Dickens’ work aren’t restricted to just movies and specials. No, no — it goes far beyond that. Plenty of TV shows and theater productions have formed their own takes as well, and one that is catching much attention and many curious eyes (especially of festive fanboys everywhere) is called A Klingon Christmas Carol.
Click on over to the other side to learn more about this Klingon holiday production and to see a video showcase of the event complete with clips from the show.