The Dark Tower: The Drawing of The Cast – Rumors

This may seem a tad out of place on a primarily Doctor Who site, but sci-fi fans are a diverse bunch, and we frequently have overlapping interests.

This is all rumor and hearsay at this point, but The New York Post recently reported that there are a few front runners in the casting news for the trilogy of films and tv series that will make up Ron Howard’s addaption of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ beauty Naomie Harris (Tia Dalma) is being considered for the female lead of Susannah, while Javier Bardem ‘No Country For Old Men” and Viggo Mortensen “Lord Of The Rings” are the lead contenders for Roland Deschain.

Okay, Viggo would be awesome. But Javier? Not really my idea of Roland! What do you think?

Episode 2 – Fishfingers, Beasties, and Daleks!

Episode 2 of Traveling the Vortex is now available on the feed!

This week we talk a bit about Torchwood: Miracle Day, and the Dr. Who YouTube Channel. Keith has watched the first three episodes of Season 5 since then, so we discuss what he and the others thought of them. We round out the episode by discussing how Keith should continue.What do you think? Should he go back and watch Blink, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead before continuing on to The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone? Sound off and let us know!

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UPDATE: In this episode we also talked about the opening theme, and that it represents our passion for gaming, particularly from the late 80’s and early 90’s (or the NES years). Giving credit where credit is due, here is a link to composer, ShatteredDreams888’s YouTube channel where the theme comes from.

Cardboard Boxes and Long Scarves

As most non-Who fans could attest, “The Doctor wears that really long scarf, right?” And of course they would be right, referencing Tom Baker’s stint on the show when Doctor Who hit big in America.

While STAR WARS was a gateway drug for my science fiction fix, Star Trek and Doctor Who became staples of the habbit. I watched as a kid and got hooked early. I can fondly remember my mother calling upstais for my brother and I, asking what we were doing. “Playing Doctor!” we’d reply. Her nervous verification had a whole different connotation to it until she realized what was going on.

And thank heavens for cardboard boxes, the bulwark of our playtime. We’d stack up a few boxes and stick plungers out of them to be Daleks, we carefully sculpted a couple of cardboard boxes and covered them with duct tape to resemble K9 (complete with an extendable stalk with a lego radar dish in the middle of his eye scanner) and mom brought home a giant printer box that we cut windows in and wrote “Police Box” over the door. And inevitably, we’d tie every scarf in the house together to create something close to the Doctor’s apparel.

I have wanted one of these scarves since I was nine. (Of course I also wanted a lightsaber and a light cycle as a kid) but I felt the scarf was at least attainable. It took almost thirty years.

My roommates girl friend knits. She loves to make things for people. Music to my ears. We scouted out patterns on line, found the “official” knitting pattern from the woman who made the original for the show. (Of course in show, the scarf was made for him specially by Nostradamus’s wife.) We picked out yarn, and away she went.

For the better part of a year.

I feel vaguely bad about asking for her do make something that turned into a project of this undertaking. Until she gave it to me. I literally have no words to describe what a wonderful gift this truly is. Thank you, Miss Kara, for an amazing job.

And I wear it. I told her in advance, this was no convention floor showpiece, this was a Doctor Who scarf for Pete’s sake!

And oddly, I have only gotten two Doctor Who related comments on the scarf, where people recognized it from the show while I was out and about. But I have gotten a slew of compliments from people who don’t associate it with the show. They just thought a really long scarf was cool. And fashionable.

Doctor Who, fashionable? Wow. Those are two words I never actually thought I’d hear together in the same sentence. This is not to say the scarf is without challenges. Wearing it during the winter is fine, because it’s exceedingly warm. (of course its warm, it’s 40 lbs of wool!) I can see now why they filmed in all those Scottish highlands and rock quarries. Baker had to be sweltering running around in that! And there are dangers lurking for the long scarves. Car doors. Cats eyeballing the dangling fringe. And of course, escalators are a definitive no-no.

But I’m bringing it back.

So everyone, go into your closets and tie those scarfs together. The fashionistas tell me they’ll be all the rage next year…

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" details

The BBC and Starz Entertainment, today announced new cast, plot and character details for the new series of Torchwood.

– First is the name change from Torchwood: New world to Torchwood: Miracle Day.
– It will premier this July.
– Cast
  – Mekhi Phifer (ER and Lie To Me) as Rex Matheson, a C.I.A.operative.
  – Bill Pullman (Independence Day) as Oswald Danes, a convicted child killer who survives his own execution to become the most infamous man on the planet.
  – Alexa Havins as Esther Drummond, a deskbound C.I.A agent
  – Arlene Tur as Dr Vera Juarez, a Washington D.C. surgeon
  – John Barrowman and Eve Myles will return in their roles as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper respectively.

– The 10-episode installment has been written by a team led by Torchwood creator, Russell T Davies, and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

The plot of Miracle Day (SPOILERS): 

  • One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four months’ time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

Recording Tonight!

Keith, Shaun and I will sit down and record our second episode of Traveling the Vortex tonight. We’ll be talking about the first three episodes of Doctor Who – Season 5 starring Matt Smith as The Doctor. Be sure to look for it on the feeds coming soon.

And thank you to everyone who has discovered and downloaded our inaugural episode. We were a little overwhelmed by the amount of people who have been attracted to out site.

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River Song on the Late Late Show

Don’t forget to set your DVRs tonight. Alex Kingston (River Song) is on The Late Late Show With Craig Freguson tonight on CBS. I also understand that the Doctor Who cold open planned for the night Matt Smith was on, was finally cleared by their legal department. So if you didn’t catch it on YouTube, tonight could be a special treat.

Episode 1 – A Christmas Carol

Episode 1 is now available on the feed!  In this episode we discuss the recently broadcast Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol.  Also an introduction to the hosts, Shaun, Keith, and Glenn.  Hope you enjoy.  By the way, the iTunes feed is not available.  We are still waiting approval from Apple.  We will let you know when it becomes available.


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