Brief one, this, as I have begun preparing for the Guardians’ Wholiday Party and have so many ideas!
Besides the usual cast, the Doctor Who New Year’s special will feature
Now back to party planning. Hmmm, I think we’ll save the Doctors vs. Villians soccer game for a post pandemic meeting, but the Doctor Who Memory Game should be fine, as well as the piñata, auction, and photo ops….
Oh, and besides the expected holiday vibe, we have a secondary theme for next week—here’s a hint:
Watch the Gog Blog this week for more party posts, including details of items up for auction.
This “last-minute spoiler” post will be brief, as I am only including links. Why? Because I have yet to see Episodes 4 and 5 myself, and I would really like to be surprised by at least one episode! Here are the most recent trailers for The Vanquishers, which airs on December 5 at 8pm ET on BBC America:
To view a breakdown of the trailers and unraveling of their clues by the great fans at cultbox.uk, go here:
Just a quick one, ’cause I came across something fun today while looking for Doctor Who Lego images for a party game project. It’s a YouTube video of scenes from the 50th Anniversary special, made with Legos using stop-motion animation.
This weekend’s episode of Doctor Who: Flux is Survivors of the Flux.
Synopsis: As the forces of evil mass, the Doctor, Yaz, and Dan face perilous journeys and seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their quest for survival.
(As has been pointed out elsewhere, that synopsis is as generic as it can get and could apply to almost any Doctor Who episode!)
Here’s what we know (or can surmise) from the two trailers (links below).
As we begin, the Doctor has been turned into a Weeping Angel and recalled by the Division. Yaz, Dan, and Professor Jericho have been sent back in time to 1901 and spend years searching for answers.
Kate Lethbridge-Stewart is confronted by Grand Serpent, probably at U.N.I.T. headquarters. Azure and Swarm are pleased to “feel the timeforce growing,” an indication that their plan is working. Bel continues to search for Vinder, hitching a ride on a Lupari ship. The absence of a Lupari ship has left Earth’s defenses open. Yaz and Dan are seen inside an underground crypt or archeological site.
Other characters who appear in the episode include Karvanista, Joseph Williamson, Farquhar, Aswok, and an Ood. Jonathan Watson plays Sontaran commander Stenck. Nicholas Blane plays a character called Millington, Kammy Darweish is Kumar, and George Caple appears as Alfie.
You can watch the trailers here:
Written by Chris Chipnall and directed by Azhur Saleem, Survivors of the Flux airs at 8pm Sunday on BBC America.
Devon, November 1967. A little girl has gone missing, Professor Eustacious Jericho is conducting psychic experiments, and in the village graveyard, there is one gravestone too many. Why is Medderton known as the Cursed Village, and what do the Weeping Angels want?
Two trailers were released for the fourth chapter of Doctor Who: Flux. One can be seen at the end of the previous episode, the other is on YouTube. https://youtu.be/5v2CX7jvQfI
Working from the two released trailers, cultbox.co.uk has compiled the following information: Claire Brown, who found herself transported back in time by a Weeping Angel in The Halloween Apocalypse, ends up in Medderton in 1967. We see her in Professor Jericho’s lab, connected to monitoring equipment as he questions and records her. The Doctor also comes to Medderton in 1967; two residents (Jan and Gerald), thinking the TARDIS is a Police Box, tell the Doctor that a little girl is missing. In another scene, villagers call out “Peggy!” as they search for the missing girl. Claire informs The Doctor that everyone in the village is going to disappear that night.
A scarecrow suddenly appears to Yaz and Dan.
Reverend Shaw says a prayer in a graveyard near the church; an angel statue he has never seen before is there.
A drawing of the TARDIS is found.
Mrs. Hayward, a villager, worriedly exclaims “It’s happening again!”
Additionally, the episode will continue Bel and Vinder’s story, along with a new character, Namaca. The actors who play Azure and Passenger are also on the cast list.
Village of Angels was filmed on location in Wales at Penarth, Knapp Beach and Friars Point in Barry, and Saint Hilary, Vale of Glamorgan. Written by Maxine Alderton and Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Magnus Stone, the episode airs tonight at 8:00pm on BBC America.
I tried yesterday to post some last-minute spoilers for tonight’s episode, complete with photos and links to trailers, but WordPress was not cooperating. It’s far too late for spoilers (as I type this, the episode has just begun), so…now for something completely different:
Apparently I’m surrounded by Doctor Who fans near my neighborhood–I just can’t contact them! Back in October, I was, once again, stopped in traffic behind a fellow fan. I didn’t notice in time to try out my homemade sign (see post from June 9), but just before the light changed and they pulled away I saw a “Bad Wolf” decal in the rear window and “My other TARDIS is a Firefly” on the tag holder. I was tempted to follow and see if they parked nearby, but that would just be creepy–wouldn’t it?
In the 59-minute second episode, War of the Sontarans, the Doctor discovers the British army at war with Sontarans in the Crimea, and must solve the mystery of the Temple of Atropos and the Mouri. The episode features Sara Powell as Mary Seacole, Jacob Anderson as Vinder, Sue Jenkins as Eileen, Gerald Kyd as a Crimean War officer, Steve Oram as Joseph Williamson, and Sam Spruell as the Swarm. Dan Starkey returns to play Kragar and other Sontarans and Johnathan Watson plays Ritskaw and several Sontarans.
The first episode of Flux, the six-part Doctor Who series, will premiere on BBC One at 6.25 pm Sunday, October 31, and will be screened in the USA on BBC America later that evening. It will air in Australia the following day. Appropriately titled The Halloween Apocalypse, the 49-minute episode has this synopsis: On Halloween, all across the universe, terrifying forces are stirring. From the Arctic Circle to deep space, an ancient evil is breaking free. And in present day Liverpool, the life of Dan Lewis is about to change forever. Why is the Doctor chasing Karvanista? What is the Flux?
The episode features guests stars Craige Els as Karvanista, Steve Oram as Joseph Williamson, Nadia Albina as Diane Curtis, and Sam Spruell as the Swarm.
Karvanista has been described as “a dog-faced halberd-wielding alien who can disguise himself as a human.”
Joseph Williamson was an eccentric real-life 19th century businessman, property owner, and philanthropist who constructed a series of tunnels under Liverpool which are now only partially excavated. The Williamson Tunnels, constructed under his direction in the Edge Hill area of Liverpool, were supposedly delved to provide employment for soldiers returning from the Napoleonic wars. According to source in touch with cultbox, the storyline involves a creature in the Williamson Tunnels. (A photo of antique wheelbarrows from a Doctor Who camera trainee supports the source’s story.)
Diane Curtis, who appears to work at the Museum of Liverpool, is presumed to be a current or former romantic interest of Dan’s.
Not much is known about the Swarm, but Spruell is 6’1’’, so he/it should be easy to identify once the episode airs! Some fans speculate that this photo might represent the Swarm.
In a recent press interview, Jodie Whittaker mentioned the quieter moments in Flux. “There’s a lot of space in this new series – there’s a lot of silence that feels necessary and weighted. But there’s still all the energy of everything that we always do, the fizzing of the episodes, and the mania.” Asked to describe Flux in a single word, she replied, “It has got so many elements, but one of them is ‘unsettling,’ so I’m going to say that.”
Most of the photos used here are credited to James Pardon & BBC Studios.
The next series of Doctor Who starts on Halloween–yes, next Sunday! (Normally I would be putting this in the Gallifrey Guardian newsletter, but it won’t be ‘new’ by the time the next issue comes out.) The six-part serial previously described in the newsletter is now known to be called “Flux” in total. You can see a message from The Doctor here, with details of the aliens/villains:
Guest actors include Robert Bathurst, Thaddea Graham, Blake Harrison, Kevin McNally, Craig Parkinson, Sara Powell, Annabel Scholey, Gerald Kyd, Penelope Ann McGhie, Rochenda Sandall, Sam Spruell, Craige Els, Steve Oram, Nadia Albina, Jonathan Watson, Sue Jenkins, and Paul Broughton—whew!
Monsters mentioned in the trailer below include Sontarans, Weeping Angels, Cybermen, and the Ood, as well as new monsters, one named Karvanista.