Doctor Who – The Movie

The day has finally come. The one I have been waiting for since the movie aired way back in May of 1996.

North American fans can now get a (legal or region 1) copy of Doctor Who: The Movie on DVD. I for one am excited to revisit this classic story and finally have access to all of the extras included on the discs.

The story has always held a special place in my heart. It was the first time I had hope that Doctor Who would make its way back to television after the wilderness years began in 1989.

I believe it also paved the way and in fact some of the inspiration for the new series that would ultimately rescue the show from the darkness in 2005.

In less than an hour I will be watching the film in all of it’s Who goodness… blemishes, continuity problems, and all.

And don’t forget we will be reviewing the story on the next episode of Traveling the Vortex, so be sure to check it out.

Episode 6 – And the Award Goes To…

Episode six is now posted!

In this weeks episode we talk about Doctor Who’s triumphant win at the SFX Awards last week.

Also, Traveling the Vortex poet laureate, Shaun reads his masterpiece, Ode to a Myrka.

And of course we finish series five discussions with a review of Vincent and the Doctor, The Lodger, The Pandorica Opens, and The Big Bang.

Check the feeds!

P.S. Watch your ears. Shaun and Glenn both have colds and we were not able to employ the use of a cough button.

In Memorium

This week, a very old and dear friend of mine lost his brilliant wife to breast cancer.

Steve Hylton and I have been friends since I worked at Suncoast Motion Picture Company. Like so many of my friends, he started off as a customer, a regular, someone who you looked forward to seeing because you knew they’d stay and shoot the breeze with you a while and help time pass. Steve is a fellow geek (and he knows we relish the label). STAR WARS will always be his lifeblood, but as with so many of us, his spheres of influence converge across the spectrum of sci-fi, including Doctor Who.

Steve is a good friend, someone to chat with about everything and nothing, about the importance of things going on in the world, about new movie trailers and about nothing at all. Steve might just be the best kind of friend, because he wasn’t afraid to call me out over some bullshit. He was truthful when he said that I was not an easy person to be friends with, because I expect everyone else to do the work. And he was right. I am the worst kind of friend, and I respect him all the more for being able to say it to me. I like to think I try harder, that I got better, but I’m not sure I have.

Steve met Shari, and found a quiet soul who mirrored his own. They were married in 2006, and have a lovely daughter, Laniey. Shari was an amazing woman, a good wife and mother, a true friend, and she was one of us. She was a geek. She was so like Steve in so many ways, and I regret not getting to know her better. I am reminded of how short and precious and fragile our lives are. Her loss diminishes us all.

“We will sing to you, Doctor. The universe will sing you to your sleep. This song is ending. But the story never ends.” – Sigma Ood, “The End Of Time, Part 2”

Who Doctors the Doctor?

I have been sick this week. Nothing major, (started as a cough, but now in my third day of missing work I of course am beginning to wonder if I’ve contracted Captain Tripps) but it’s laid me low. I cant help but think of the times the Doctor felt a little down and out. Most of those came as the result of a wonky regeneration, (I wonder if the Time Lords allow for sick days? “Sorry Lord Chancellor, I simply cant come in today, I’ve just regenerated and gone insane and tried to kill my companion.” Surely that falls under FMLA or something?)

Regenerations can be simple (Hartnell to Troughton) or nightmarish (Davidson to Colin Baker). As established in Peter Davidson’s debut Castrovalva, the TARDIS was equipped with a Zero Room, which is supposed to aid in keeping the Time Lord sane during the process, (but of course, plot demands caused the ejection of the Zero Room in that story). If only he’d had it for his next regeneration in “The Twin Delima” he might not have throttled Peri. The TARDIS is also equipped with a sick bay, (“The Invasion Of Time”) though we’ve never seen the Doctor use it. The ninth regeneration into David Tennant kept him in a coma for the better part of a day (cured by a cup of tea). Where as most recently, the regeneration seemed to do little to Matt Smith other than cause some interesting food cravings.

Cravings, memory loss, schizophrenia, mood swings. These almost sound more like the earthly symptoms of PMS than cellular regeneration.

At any rate, as I lie here in bed sipping my tea and hoping this damned cough will leave me, I cant help but hope for a regeneration. Maybe I’ll come back as a Ginger…

Countdown To Doctor Who – The Movie – Special Edition

The digitally remastered Doctor Who – The Movie will be release for the first time in North America on Tuesday, February, 8th.

The long awaited release first aired on Fox on May 14, 1996.

Synopsis from WBShop.com

The Doctor is returning home to Gallifrey with the remains of his arch-nemesis, the Master. Forced off course, the TARDIS arrives in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve 1999, where the Doctor is critically wounded in a gangland gun battle. At the local hospital, Dr. Grace Holloway fights – and fails – to save his life. Later, in the morgue, the Doctor wakes up a new man. But he is not the only one – the Master has also found himself a new body. As the clock counts down to the start of the new millennium, can the Doctor stop his oldest enemy from destroying all life on Earth?

Shaun and I (as well as many other U.S. and Canadian fans) have been eagerly awaiting for 2entertain to make the film available to North American audiences since it’s release in the UK in August of 2001 (The Special Edition was released in October of last year).

It’s release here was tied up in legal wranglings with Universal who owned partial rights to the production.

Now the time has come, and I for one cannot wait to finally get my hands on a (legal) copy of the discs. I have already pre-ordered it on Amazon.com.

We will be doing a review of the DVD in two weeks on Traveling the Vortex, so be sure to listen.

June 2011 North American Doctor Who DVDs

From Radio Free Skaro:

June 14 sees the next two North American releases of Classic Doctor Who stories, and this time around we get the Peter Davison story Frontios along with Sylvester McCoy’s first outing in Time and the Rani.
Frontios tells the story of a human colony in the far future, and as yet no release date is known for other parts of the world.

Time and the Rani introduces the world to Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor as he takes on the dastardly Rani in a DVD released last year in the UK.

Proper package art isn’t yet available for the titles but of course we’ll update this post once we have it.

SRP will be $24.98 each, and in the mean time check out more details at TVShowsOnDVD.com.

Ironing Things Out

Okay, I think we have everything running smoothly now with the feed. If you notice any problem, please be sure to let us know. Sorry, again from anyone who got multiple feeds of the smae episodes this week. We thank you for your patience during these technical issues.

Podcast Feed Hiccup

Due to a few technical issues last night, Episode 4 had to be deleted from the feed. It has been uploaded again, but might re-feed to your chosen podcast aggregator. We apologize for the problem. Also, we are trying to resolve the issue of our logo not showing up in iTunes for those who subscribe there. Thank you for your patience on that matter as well.

UPDATE – More technical issues with the episode. The file that is feeding seems to be corrupt. We are working to fix the issue at this time. Please bear with us.

Episode 5 – Silurians, Sea Devils, and Myrka, Oh My!

After more technical issues (and as I have discovered, a few user issues) Episode 5 is now on the feeds.

In this episode, we review three Classic Doctor Who stories, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Sea Devils, and Wariors of the Deep. We also talk about some new DW related toys. Be sure to send us feedback on this week’s episode. Send feedback to travelingthevortex@gmail.com.

New Poll

This week we are asking you to vote on which of the Doctor’s adversaries we should go back and review next. Let us know what you think in the poll on the right hand side of the page.

UPDATE – Three votes so far, and they are canceling each other out. Interestingly enough, no votes yet for The Master, who is probably The Doctors most famous adversary only second to the Daleks. Keep the votes coming!

Ode To A Myrka

Poor misunderstood nightmare from the abyss!
Why must they sneer and laugh when they should tremble in fear?
Do they not see the power rippling beneath your glistening rubber flanks
or the strength of those lumbering limbs?
Watertight bulkhead doors are no match for you!
Can they not feel the static crackling in the air generated by your very presence
as they wait for the shock of your electric hug?
Transfixed by your unflinching stare or fleeing in terror,
firing ineffectual weapons in retreat, the outcome is all but assured.
You are the battering ram, the tip of the spear,
the advance chaos clearing the way for Sea Devil shock troops.
A Silurian’s best friend,
Monster, myth, mesmerizing mediocrity.
My mighty, maligned Myrka.

Rock Band 3 Challenge: Action Shots

Rock Band Challenge

Well, David Tennant has joined our band. No, not really, but as part of our Episode Four challenge, we wanted to see how many Doctors we could create on Rock Band 3. Here’s my new and improved David Tennant in some action shots!
Don’t forget, we want to see YOUR creations! Just create a character, then “Doctor” them up, take a photo and send it too us and we’ll post it!

I’m sure mine will go through a few more revisions as I complete more challenges, thus unlocking more outfit options, (this still isn’t quite the right suit for him) so I’ll definately keep you appraised of my progress.

My gal Mel has even said since I’m doing Doctors, she might try her hand at companions!

Rock on…

Rockin’ The Doctor

In this week’s episode we issued a challenge to Shaun and the listeners to send us your Doctor Who inpired Rock Band characters. Shaun is hard at work on the first draft of Ten, and I have to say, from what I’ve seen it looks pretty impressive.

If you have some images of your DW inspired characters, please send them to us to feature on the blog!

You can send photos to travelingthevortex@gmail.com, or post them on our Facebook page.

Shaun promises me to have some of his own creations up on the blog very soon.

UPDATE – Very rough draft of Ten, but honestly when Shaun sent it to me I knew who it was even before I knew he did it in Rock Band 3. I will update the post when he gets further along.

UPDATE 2 Shaun, with the help of Keith and others has updated his Tenth Doctor character. This one is much closer to David Tennant as the Doctor.