R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen — 1948-2011

News first broke on Twitter from Doctor Who writers and actors including Nicola Bryant, Paul Cornell, and Mark Gatiss.  Now BBC News has confirmed that actress Elisabeth Sladen, known to fans as companion Sarah Jane Smith, has died at the age of 63. Sarah Jane first entered the Whoniverse in the 1973 Third Doctor story […]

What Kara Did on Vacation: “The Doctor Who Experience”

One of the things I love most about the renaissance of Doctor Who is that the people in charge now — writers and actors alike — were fans to begin with and know what fans want.  Up ’til now that’s manifested as letting viewers see Daleks vs. Cybermen, epic Time Lord battles, and two Amy […]

Posted on March 19, 2011 at 23:31 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · 3 Comments
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R.I.P. Nicholas Courtney

It breaks my heart as a “Doctor Who” fan to report that Nicholas Courtney, known for the last 43 years as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, has passed away today at the age of 81.  Courtney was a mainstay of the series in its classic run and Big Finish’s audio adventures, and reprised the role of […]

Posted on February 22, 2011 at 23:31 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: Doctor Who: The Movie

Starring Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook,  Yee Jee Tso, and Eric Roberts Written by Matthew Jacobs Directed by Geoffrey Sax Okay, guys.  I’ve been putting this off as long as possible.  Partly because I suppose people could argue the “British television” categorization of this, partly because it divides the fandom so much, but mostly because the […]

Posted on February 17, 2011 at 01:58 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Blightyvision Extra: Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol”

Written by Steven Moffat Directed by Toby Haynes Starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Michael Gambon NOTE: As this episode has not aired on American TV at the time of this writing, I have done my best to make my review as spoiler-free as possible.  Read without fear. ~KD I want to say, first and […]

Doctor Who, Sylvester McCoy cast in Hobbit role

Ah geek concordance. You are the happiest of happenings, and we’re always somehow surprised despite the fact that casting someone with a built in fanbase makes a whole lot of sense. According to an interview at the BBC, Sylvester McCoy has been cast in the upcoming Hobbit films. Unfortunately, at this point, he can’t say […]

Posted on December 6, 2010 at 17:33 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Trailer Watch: Doctor Who – “A Christmas Carol”

Courtesy of today’s Children in Need extravaganza — where the Beeb launches all its best and brightest stuff of the year — we now have the first full trailer for next month’s Doctor Who special, simply titled “A Christmas Carol.” And here it is: This year is proving to be fantastic for State-side Who fans […]

Posted on November 19, 2010 at 15:55 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Blightyvision: “K-9”

Created by Bob Baker and Paul Tams Starring Robert Moloney, Keegan Joyce, Philippa Coulthard, and Daniel Webber Featuring John Leeson as the voice of K-9 K-9’s had a rough time of it ever since leaving the Doctor’s care.  In 1981, there was an attempted spinoff series, “K-9 and Company,” featuring Elisabeth Sladen reprising her role […]

Posted on November 4, 2010 at 09:33 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Eighth Doctor Gets Makeover, BBC Takes More of My Money

I’m one of those fans who’s been told for years that “her” Doctor doesn’t really count — yeah, poor Eight, as portrayed by Paul McGann once in the ’96 TV pilot and then for many years ongoing in Big Finish’s “Doctor Who” audio line.  Well, justification of his canonicity (and signs that the New Who […]

“Doctor Who” hits America, doesn’t come and get me

For the first time ever in … well, ever … BBC crews are picking up and heading over to the Colonies to film a two-parter for the coming season of “Doctor Who.” BBC America’s Anglophenia blog posted this morning’s press release from the Beeb, which states that “key scenes will be filmed in Utah for […]

Posted on October 10, 2010 at 10:44 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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