Buckle your TARDIS seatbelts and prepare yourself for the latest senses-shattering, spine-tingling, spacesuit-ripping installment of the Kasterborous News Blast! Covering the universes of Doctor Who from the Abzorbaloff to the Zygons… and everything in-between! Today’s Blast involves classic Who invading USA TV, Matt Smith’s voice twin, the mega-popular fan-made Twelfth Doctor trailer, and more awards than a Dalek has bumps!
Pop-Pop-Pop!!! An Adventure in Space and Time Recognized by American Critics
BBC America tweeted a special congratulations to An Adventure in Space and Time for being nominated as “Best Movie” at the Critics’ Choice Awards. It will compete with an episode of Sherlock (!) and BBC America’s own Burton and Taylor biopic, among others. The American critics also nominated–and rightly so!–David Bradley and Jessica Raine for their fantastic portrayals or William Hartnell and Verity Lambert, respectively. Former guest stars Michael Sheen (The Doctor’s Wife) and Diana Rigg (The Crimson Horror) also received nominations for their current non-Who work.
Fan-Made Trailer Takes Over The Internet
The fan-made trailer “Rain”, which has now passed 300K+ hits on YouTube, was featured in a short article on DigitalSpy, who seemed pretty impressed:
“We don’t know about you, but we think it’s pretty convincing…”
A one-minute short feature, it stars a digitally-created Twelfth Doctor and Clara slowly emerging from the TARDIS into a brightly-lit rain shower, and possibly walking on water. “Rain” was posted by “John Smith”, who previously posted the popular “Wholock” YouTube video last Christmas. If he’s not careful, “Smith” may just land him/herself a real job in the industry!
The Day of the Doctor Wins Eurovision!
No one at the Doctor Who production offices or at the BBC is saying “No more!” to winning awards. BBC One was awarded with a first place Eurovision Connect award in the “Best Promotion for a Fictional Programme” category for the first trailer for The Day of the Doctor. Yes, you read that correctly, even the trailer has now won an award. Maybe the War Doctor should have said, “Pardon me, I’m looking for the Doctor… awards.” Well, he certainly came to the right place. (Thanks to Combom)
Matt Smith’s Voice Cloned!
If Matt Smith ever comes down with a nasty case of laryngitis, or isn’t available to re-dub flubbed dialogue or lines, someone should get Jake Dunsbridge on the phone. The young Whovian YouTuber recently posted a video (below) of himself doing an amazing impression of the Eleventh Doctor. (Too bad his hairstyle looks more Tenth Doctor-ish!) If Dunsbridge were ever able to get Karen Gillan’s mobile number, hopefully he would use his talents for good, not for evil…
Big Finish’s Shape-Changing Thriller
According to the Big Finish News page, August will see the release of another eagerly-awaited Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Leela (Louise Jameson) audio adventure, the intriguingly titled Zygon Hunt. The scary sucker-faced villains–who are surprisingly good kissers–first menaced the Doctor in the classic Terror of the Zygons and will meet the long-scarfed-one once again. Here’s the official story teaser:
“On the jungle planet Garros, Earth Forces Knight Commander-in-Chief Greg Saraton and his team are hunting gigantic beasts, for sport. When the Doctor and Leela arrive, they are caught up in a web of intrigue where there is no clear friend or foe…”
Retro TV To Air Classic Doctor Who In The USA
Luken Communications, a Tennessee-based TV company, has made a deal with BBC Worldwide to start showing classic episodes of Doctor Who later this summer under their Retro TV banner. The company’s programming is available to 80% of the USA in a variety of ways (cable, satellite, broadcast television) and the agreement allows them to show episodes from the first seven Doctors. Luken’s Vice President of Production, Matthew Golden, made this cheery statement upon the deal being reached:
“We couldn’t be more excited to make legendary classic episodes of Doctor Who available nationwide. The series is an institution, and we’re proud to give fans new and old the opportunity to experience this groundbreaking series from the very beginning.”
It is not quite clear, however, if the agreement involves the whole catalog of available classic episodes.