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Published on September 23rd, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

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McGann’s Shackleton Expedition

The Eighth Doctor Paul McGann will be narrating passages of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s diaries over the newly restored film South which was filmed by a cameraman taking part in Shackleton’s doomed expedition to cross the Antarctic continent.

The film will be shown as part of the ten year anniversary of the Bristol Silents series (of which McGann is also a patron), which has been showing live silent movie screenings including new scores and even new silent films- featuring the multi instrumental talents of Steven Horne who will also be accompanying South.

From 1914-1916 Australian cameraman Frank Hurley captured every successful failure of  Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ‘Eudurance’ expedition.

The expedition, named after the boat that eventually sank into the Weddel Sea went from a voyage of discovery to a fight for survival as the ship  became trapped in the unforgiving ice for 11 months.

From there  Shackleton, his 28 men and three boats were left to drift on the ice for over five months until with good fortune they drifted close enough to reach Elephant Island. From this tiny island- home to a few seals and penguins- Shackleton and a crew of five men set sail in a 22 foot boat called the ‘James Caird’ on a 800 mile journey across one of the roughest seas in the world to South Georgia for help.

15 days later, the men discovered South Georgia only to find mountains, glaciers and snowfields blocking their path to a whaling station, where after four attempts and several months, they finally returned to Elephant Island to rescue the remaining men.

The screening will take place on the 26th September, at the Arnolfini, Bristol at 3:30pm

Tickets cost £7 (£5 for concessions or members of Bristol Silents)

To book call 0117 917 2300 or click here

(Via GallifreyanEmbassy)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




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