Doctor Who: Day Of The Daleks DVD
Directed by Paul Bernard
Written by Louis Marks
DVD Special Edition Produced by Steve Broster
Starring Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Nicholas Courtney, John Levene, Richard Franklin, Aubrey Woods, Nicholas Briggs
Release Date: September 13, 2011
The Daleks have been a long-term fixture in the chronicle of Doctor Who, and while the television series is two years shy of its 50th anniversary, it is when the evil enemies of the Doctor are used sparingly in the writing of the show that they tend to shine. They featured in only two adventures during Tom Baker‘s era, for example; and during his predecessor’s reign as the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee faced them three times.
From the very beginning of Doctor Who, the companions (or sometimes referred to as his assistants) of the Gallifreyan Time Lord have played a significant and central role not just within the show itself, but also upon the evolution of the good Doctor himself. His first companions had as much an impact on William Hartnell‘s portrayal of the Doctor, as does the impact of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) on Matt Smith‘s Eleventh Doctor.
The infographic below, follows the history of the Doctor’s companions – from the early adventures of William Hartnell’s First Doctor, through to the modern era with Matt Smith. There’s a lot of interesting notes along the way, including why some companions seem to have had a much more significant impact on the history of the show overall.
Check out the full infographic here below and click for a larger version.
The BBC has announced that they will not be filming any more episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures, but they will be broadcasting the final episodes that Elisabeth Sladen had filmed for Series 5 later in the year. Sladen passed away from cancer earlier this year, and is sadly missed by Doctor Who fans around the world.
While filming the fourth season in 2010 of The Sarah Jane Adventures, the cast and crew also filmed 6 episodes for Series 5. There was rumor for some time that the BBC might make a final episode to wrap the series in memory of Elisabeth Sladen, however, it has since been decided that no more filming will be done and only the completed episodes will be broadcast.
We’ve now seen the first episode of Doctor Who Series 6 and have been given more Moffat questions than answers, so in the meantime, between now and the concluding episode that airs this weekend, I thought I’d bring you some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey…uh…rock!
First up, we have Third Doctor Jon Pertwee rocking out to the Doctor Who theme song with lyrics he co-wrote with a few fellows with the BBC, Rupert Hine and David Maclver. This is legit – it was released in December 1972 and was entitled “Who Is the Doctor?”
Secondly, we have a tune called “Doctorin’ the TARDIS” by a group called The Timelords. Essentially it’s one of the first mash-ups ever, blending the Doctor Who theme with music from Gary Glitter, Sweet, and Steve Walsh. U.S. fans may not have seen/heard this one before, but it hit number one in both the UK and Australia. It’s crazy, mad, and for a bit of fun.
It’s Doctor Who Week! That’s right; it’s just a few days to go until the premiere episode of Series 6, The Impossible Astronaut. And even though there are many fans out there waiting for the new season with high anticipation, there’s also a bunch of people out there who are new to the Time Lord, so to help out new folks with the continuity, The Fine Brothers have put together a video: 47 Years of Doctor Who in 6 minutes.
Now, you could go down the route that Neil Gaimanrecommends: