Monday, 30 May 2011

The Weekly Agenda - Is Doctor Who Getting Too Confusing?


Here in the 'Bar' we came up with an idea that would get everyone talking and discussing Doctor Who between sessions so that we are always active.

The Weekly Agenda will be asking you a particular question at the beginning of every week and we want your feedback by the end of the week so we can show what each and everyone of you think. In addition our team members will also be expressing their view on the subject. So what is this weeks question?

Is Doctor Who getting Too Confusing?

Ellis (@APoliceBox) Says:
I don't think Doctor Who is becoming too confusing. I believe that this series in particular has stepped up a level and is so much different from any other series of Doctor Who that has gone before. I think that to understand something you have to believe in it, trust in it and have faith in it. From the second episode, Day of The Moon, I can say I did have my doubts about where it was going and if this would  all makes sense. But watching something like Doctor Who Confidential, you see how much work and effort the Cast and Crew put into this series and how much they want people to see these stories. So with that I think that Doctor Who isn't becoming too confusing, you just need to be there till the end and see how it all pans out.

We really want to hear your opinion on this Weekly Agenda, especially as it's the First one. Even if it's one itsy bitsy sentence or a big paragraph we still want you to express your thoughts so we can show the world what we all think.

To get in touch please comment on this post below (With a Name), email us your feedback to doctorwhobar@gmail.com with the Subject 'Weekly Agenda' or  Tweet us @DoctorWhoBar with the hashtag #weeklyagenda.

Doctor Who and Computer Games



The most recent Doctor Who games are the BBC Adventure games 
Doctor Who and it's form in computer games have been around for about thirty years, and here are a few random pictures of previous Doctor Who computer games.

Dalek Attack



Adventures In Cyberspace

The First Adventure




Doctor Who Return To Earth
This is a short review of the last Doctor Who game I bought.  It is of course Doctor Who Return To Earth on the Wii, you can buy this game with or without the sonic screwdriver which acts as a Wii remote, for me it's a must!  The game itself is a basic one at best.  It's very simple to play and complete.  Sadly the game is aimed at the kids market but I did get some enjoyment from it simply because it  features the Doctor.  The sonic screwdriver remote is very cool and is the best thing about the game in my opinion and I rate this game 4/10!! I would like a Doctor Who game on the scale of say Mass Effect.  That  is what I would really want but I think we will have to wait a long time for that.  But if they just made a Doctor Who game for everyone and not just specifically for the kids then I would be happy.  Do check out the trailer for it below and see what you think of it.


Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Diogenes Club


 The Diogenes Club will be officially opening its doors at 7pm GMT on Bank Holiday Monday.

At 7.30pm, be ready to press play on the superb 'A Study in Pink' and join in with them as they tweet about the episode.

We are very proud to be a part of this fantastic project and hope it achieves the success it deserves.

You can get in contact with the The Diogenes Club on Twitter by using the link below. 

 

Follow: @TheDiogenes


The New Staff

Hello people of the Doctor Who Bar. This is just a quick post. I am a new member of the #DWBar staff. Please call me by the name of Josh.



Remaining Series 6 Sessions Moved to the New Chat Room!


After the news that BBC America and ABC will not be showing Doctor Who at the same time as the BBC do in the UK, we can announce that our remaining Series 6 BBC Three Repeat sessions will be held in our new Chat Room.

Our new Chat Room is brought to you by Chatroll, a free sign up service where you can open up to the chatting world and get talking about a particular subject.

We only decided to move these Series 6 remaining sessions as we wanted all American, Canadian and all other fans who haven't watched the episode to stay spoiler free until they do actually see the episode a week later.

Just to clarify, the sessions we are moving over to the Chat Room are the Sunday and Friday repeats of The Almost People and A Good Man Goes to War.  All of our mid-week Classic Doctor Who session's will continue to remain on Twitter using the current Hashtag #DWBar

To join in with the Chat Room session's, please go to our Chat Room page, sign up with a name and start chatting with everyone about your favourite Doctor Who moments, quotes and more from Tomorrow for The Almost People!

Watch Talking Who - Episode Six

Thursday, 26 May 2011

A poem about Doctor Who by Cheryl Riches @Treehugger71




The whirling, twirling Tardis,

Travelling through time,

Engine pulsing constantly,

Like a never ending rhyme.



The Doctor and his sidekick,

Weaving through time and space,

From Gallifrey to London,

He saves the human race.



Whirling past the planets,

Galaxies and suns,

When the Daleks appear among us,

He's brave and never runs.


The Rebel Flesh Review

Here is my review of The Rebel Flesh.

I like the fact it was filmed at Caerphilly Castle, and I could say, I know where that is, I have been there, I didn't like the fact they filmed on my doorstep and I didn't know about it....!

Enjoyed the opening after the credits, when it showed the interior of the TARDIS, and Rory and Amy are playing darts and there is a pot noodle on the stairs, random but funny!  We see another pregnancy scan being done on Amy by the Doctor, and again we don't see a resolution to it.

The reaction of the Doctor indicates that she may very well be pregnant, when he offers to let them go for fish and chips while he runs off to do something. Maybe leaving them behind to live their lives, have their child and be a proper family without all the running around and having adventures.

Also we saw the 'Eye Patch Lady' yet again. No dialogue this time, just the hatch she appeared in disappearing. I will write another thread about her shortly, discussing who I think she may be, but I have my inklings she may possibly be a midwife. All the dialogue she has spoken so far, could indicate this. Although Moffat could very well have done it this way to make it appear that she is a mid wife when she could actually be something more sinister. She will appear in The Almost People as well, lets see if she has any dialogue in this episode, before we find out who she is in A Good Man goes to War.

Anyway back to this episode, the snow globe was rather random I thought, I couldn't tell what he was doing with it, if anyone does know, please let me know!!

Rory's change in personality was a bit confusing as well. I can't pinpoint why he was wanting to protect Jennifer. Right from the off when they all came around, he was paying her more attention. Hopefully this will get answered in The Almost People episode this week.

Overall I thought it was a brilliant story, and a good lead up to the mid series cliffhanger!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Next time in the 'Bar'!

Why I like the Third Doctor



I like all the incarnations of the Doctor, however I think Jon Pertwee is often under rated. His authoritative tone contrasts the dandified clothes of his costume.

Having read many of the Target novelisations and the Archives in Doctor Who Magazine, my first glimpse of Jon Pertwee was in The Five Doctors, the first VHS video I got for Christmas 1991. I would have to wait years later until my first Pertwee story, The Sea Devils which was repeated on BBC2 in 1992, when I was fourteen!

Being used to the Seventh Doctor, Pertwee was more authoritative and was much less of a buffoon than his predecessor, or any other actor to follow him. We are now used to a Doctor who abhors violence, but Pertwee was a Doctor who regularly used Venusian Aikido and was also a master swordsman, but never to gratuitous effect. His sword fight with the ultimate Master, Roger Delgado in The Sea Devils highlights this perfectly!

I met Jon Pertwee, just once. I had my photo taken with him on the TARDIS set. Being a shy fifteen year old I could not summon any words to speak to him! Sadly I have long since misplaced the photo.

Since the Bar, to my knowledge at least, have not shown a Pertwee story, I think it’s high time we did! But I cannot decide which one! There are so many classics of this era!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Putting the 'Bar' in the Doctor Who Bar - Part 1

Now that the Doctor Who Bar has been running for a couple of months, we thought it would be wise to put a bit of the 'Bar' in to the Doctor Who Bar.

You probably know this already but the Doctor Who Bar was first set up to give you more enjoyment from the Classic and New Series of Doctor Who. Originally two of our members started talking on Twitter, over a few beers, about Doctor Who and wanting to watch it whilst tweeting about it on Twitter! Doctor Who is a particular subject which crops up everywhere not just in pubs and bars but everywhere else really - and that is where the Doctor Who Bar began.

So in this first part, were showing you how to make your very own Sonic Screwdriver Cocktail!


Ingredients: 

1 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka

1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao

6 oz Clear Lemon & Lime Soda

  1. Firstly half-fill a 12 oz clear glass with ice.
  2. Then pour your 1 1/2 oz of Vodka in, followed by your 1 1/2 of Blue Curacao and your 6 oz of Clear Lemon & Lime Soda (lemonade or limeade here in England)
  3. Top it of with a Parasol or a Doctor Who related object and then you have your very own Sonic Screwdriver Cocktail to enjoy whilst watching your favourite Timelord!

    NB Please note the Doctor Who Bar will not be held liable for any hangovers induced by drinking this cocktail!!
With thanks to Dirty whoers

Join us next time in Putting the 'Bar' in the Doctor Who Bar, when we will be looking at what drinks have been featured and mentions in Doctor Who episodes.

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Doctor Who: The Rebel Flesh - Tonight!


Doctor Who Series 6 Episode 5: The Rebel Flesh aired on BBC One yesterday, Saturday 21st May 2011 at 6.45pm.
The episode stars Matt Smith as The Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Artur Darvill as Rory Pond 
The fifth episode of this series is written by Matthew Graham and is the First of a Two-Parter, The second episode is titled The Almost People.

A solar tsunami sends the TARDIS hurtling towards a futuristic factory where doppelgangers - known as 'Gangers' - are used to complete jobs deemed too hazardous for humans. When a second wave hits, the Gangers separate and war seems inevitable. Only the Doctor can prevent an escalation of hostilities... but all is not as it seems...

You can watch Doctor Who; The Rebel Flesh Tonight at 8pm but be prepared to join us in the #DWBar from 7.30pm on BBC Three.

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Building an Earthshock Cyberman Part 2

So, I have the main parts of my Cyberman well on the way, but unless I plan on strangling all my enemies, I'm going to need some sort of weapon - a Cybergun!

What do you build a Cybergun from? Well, in the 80's the BBC Prop Department thought that the main features should come from a car air freshener and a castor cup from a sofa! Unfortunately the car air freshener market has changed somewhat and they are no longer available, however luckily someone has made a cast of one and that is what I am using, along with a B&Q bird feeder and some MDF!

The first stage was to clean up the moulded air freshener so it looked more like the menacing barrel of a Cybergun. The next thing to do is to use a piece of plastic plumbing pipe as the central part of the barrel and fit this through the car air freshener and the castor cup:


 
Now we need to make the body of the Cybergun. Unfortunately it's a bit of an odd size and I couldn't find any plumbing pipe that was the correct diameter, however B&Q bird feeders are actually Cyberguns in disguise. All that was needed was to remove all the plastic trays for the birds and I was left with a tube that just needed a bit of cutting and filling. The handle of the gun is quite wide and needed two pieces of 18mm MDF to be cut to my plans and glued together.


 
After carefully cutting away a hole in my birdfeeder the handle could be fitted and the body of the gun sanded down ready for the first coat of primer.



I have just finished adding the acetate to the clear part of the barrel and now have to start making up the trim parts for the main body of the gun and adding aluminium tobe between the back of the handle and the body. Here is the gun in it's present state:


 
It's now starting to look the part, although the handle still needs sanding down and filling in to get a better finish before the primer goes on.

The actual Cybersuit is nearing completion too, so the final updates for that will come in Part 3! As John Nathan-Turner used to say: Stay Tuned!

Doctor, Me, Myself and I

This weeks’ episode of the 'Rebel Flesh' took on a dark aspect of the human psyche when it comes to who has the right of soul ownership.

I loved the idea about the Gangers. Many years ago, when people talked about creating clones of humans I thought only of one thing - If someone was to make a clone of me, would that make me immortal? The answer to that is no, because you would still be you, and you would then see a copy of yourself. However the third party perspective would think your copy was you should you die, so to them you are immortal. The only way to survive in your own body would be to transfer the actual brain of your own body into that of the copy. That way should your own body die, you would still be alive, thus becoming truly a copy in every aspect of body and soul.

I know, heavy thinking for a Sunday :)

But this moves me on to the Doctor. In the episode, I thought it quite obvious that as soon as his hand was placed into the living flesh vat, that something would remember everything about him. Now for the clincher - go back to the 'Impossible Astronaut'. Remember the Doctor was shot and we saw him 'die'. What if!? What if the Doctor we saw was actually the clone that has been created??

Hmmm, more coffee this morning and another seven grueling days to wait. Until the next time :)

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Mannequin Mania


Out now from 2|Entertain is a two disc boxset of the two Auton stories from Jon Pertwee's era of Doctor Who!

Spearhead From Space, and it's sequel Terror of the Autons! Spearhead was also Jon Pertwee's debut story, a process which was repeated many years later when Chris Eccleston played the Doctor in Rose!

This boxset has only recently been released on DVD, the reissue of Spearhead From Space is notable with a few documentaries now on it, as well as an additional commentary from Terrance Dicks and Derrick Sherwin.

Both tales are as compelling as ever on DVD! Terror of the Autons not only introduces us to Katy Manning as Jo Grant but Roger Delgado as the villainous Master.

It's particularly poignant to watch both of these serials now that Nicholas Courtney is sadly no longer with us. However it was lovely to hear him on the commentary for Terror of the Autons, both stories are two of the Brigadier's best.

Best place to buy it is Asda where it's retailing for £19.99, it's £21.97 in Tesco. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Thanks to Everyone!


 
Wow! We at the Doctor Who Bar are gratefully overwhelmed by the outstanding response to our presence on the web and also on Twitter. In just three months, your support has helped us grow from a small group of friends just having fun to an amazing 800 followers!! We're so excited to keep the Doctor Who Bar open so you can watch both the older, original series of Doctor Who and the current New Series episodes with friends, both near and far!  We have some very innovative new developments in the pipeline!
You can always see the upcoming #DWBar schedule at http://doctorwhobar.blogspot.com/p/schedule.html. We update regularly and always post what's happening on Twitter (so be sure you're following us @DoctorWhoBar and tell your friends!). We get a number of emails asking about next screenings, so instead of waiting around for us to reply, just check the site for a fast answer.

Please bear in mind that due to the huge volume of emails the Doctor Who Bar receives it is not possible for us to answer each and every one of them!  We do appreciate your interest in the Bar however! 

We are so thrilled by the enthusiasm and just like you, the opportunity to watch and discuss "Doctor Who" with friends old and new is a dream come true for us. Thank you for your continued support and we'll see you in the Bar!

Article by @abby_queenofall

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Mystery that is River Song



River Song

The sexy future Time Traveller, who is she?

She travel's in the Doctor's future and the Doctor travel's in River's past. This is one lady shrouded in mystery, maybe she is the Doctor's Wife?  We all know the end for River Song unless Steven Moffat has a few plot twist's up his sleeve. *Spoiler's*  It all start's for River, as far as we are concerned, in the two part story Silence in the Library and  Forest of the Dead.  The Tenth Doctor didn't know River but she apparently knew him? 
 


Blue TARDIS Diary *Spoiler's*
River Song turn's up with a TARDIS blue Diary which contain's the Doctor's future, maybe River was only meant to turn up in these two great episode's, but the charismatic Alex Kingston made such an impact as River that thankfully she was brought back for future episode's.  Catch Alex Kingston as River Song in Silence in the Library, Forest of the Dead, The Time of Angels, Flesh and Stone, The Pandorica Opens, The Big Bang, The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon.

Alex Kingston is set to star in later episode's of the current series run, when we will find out who River Song actually is? Who she killed? And her importance to the Doctor!



Dirty "Harry" River

I for one hope this is not the end for River Song in Doctor Who, because she has been one of the best thing's to happen to this great show in a long time.  Alex Kingston has brought so much as River Song in each episode she has been in. You can see the great chemistry her character has had with both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors! All we can do is hope she is brought back many, many more time's!




Please Mr. Moffat, we want more River Song!!

Article by @4371Les


More Classic Doctor Who on the BBC!




After the HUGE success of last week's Elisabeth Sladen tribute on BBC4, the Doctor Who Bar Team believe that the BBC should show more Classic Doctor Who!

We now have a FaceBook page and a Petition dedicated to this very worthy cause. We hope that we can count on your continued support and help us to convince the BBC that the popularity of the original series of Doctor Who should warrant more repeats of it on BBC4!


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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Coming Up in the 'Bar' This Week!


Following on from Sunday and Friday Series 6 BBC Three Repeats, we have many mid-week Doctor Who Bar Sessions coming up!



Coming up first on Tuesday we have the Seventh Doctor and Ace adventure, The Curse of Fenric!

The Doctor and Ace have arrived at a Naval base on the coast of England during World War II as the Time Lord wants to meet Dr Judson, creator of the Ultima machine, one of the first computers used to break German cipher codes. He presents forged credentials to Commander Millington to get the run of the base.

So Join us, Tuesday 17th May 2011, from 7.00pm, Press Play at 7.30pm on your DVD or video player for The Curse of Fenric.



On Thursday Night we have the first ever Doctor Who Big Screen Movie, Dr.Who & the Daleks starring Peter Cushing. 

Accidentally thrown together in an adventure of a lifetime, Dr. Who, his granddaughters, and their friend Ian cross the intergalactic universe in the Doctor's new invention the T.A.R.D.I.S. his space and time machine. Landing unsuspectingly on Planet Skaro, they meet the kind and peaceful Thal's, who are under the mortal fear of discovery by the dreaded Dalek's who are deadly mutants living inside their metal casings!

So join us for the Doctor Who Movie, Dr.Who & the Daleks, Thursday 19th May 2011, From 7.00pm, Click Play at 7.30pm.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Talking Who Episode Four - Tonight!



For the past four weeks the Team in the 'Bar' have been proudly supporting the new Live Talk show, Talking Who! 

'Talking Who', as you may know, is a weekly chat and review show that discusses New and Classic Doctor Who as well as Merchandise and other features in the Whoniverse.

So what can we expect this week?

In this week's episode Sean is joined by the writer of The Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space RPG, David Chapman.

During the show you can send in your questions and comments to David about the RPG.

The guys will be reviewing The Curse of the Black Spot and Revisitations 2 boxset.

Join live Wednesday 9pm BST / 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT

Remember you can Tweet @TalkingWho your questions, theories and chat on the Youtube Live Chat box if you have an account! 

http://www.YouTube.com/thosevideoguystv (Click Live)

Article by @APoliceBox

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

We'd like to see more 20th Century Doctor Who repeats on BBC Four!


Over the past two evenings, BBC Four has been repeating the 1976 Fourth Doctor story, The Hand of Fear. This was arranged in tribute to the late Elisabeth Sladen, as it was her final regular appearance, and it's excellent to see 20th Century Doctor Who back on the BBC, even though it was to mark such a very sad passing.

However, what if BBC Four regularly repeated the older episodes? I'm sure I'm not the only fan of the show who would jump at the opportunity to see stories from as far back as the Hartnell and Troughton days on broadcast television once more! After all, Doctor Who has arguably the most incredible history of any television show.

When it began nearly forty eight years ago, in 1963, William Hartnell was the Doctor. But in 1966, he had to step down due to ill heath - but rather than end the show, the BBC came up with the ingenious notion of the Doctor changing his form (a process later known as 'regeneration') to allow the show to continue.

So Patrick Troughton became the leading man until he decided to move on in 1969, at which point it was all-change once more. Over the following twenty years, five more actors played the Doctor: Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. But in 1989, tragedy struck - the BBC cancelled the series from our screens after 26 seasons. But this wasn't the end...

Seven years later  in 1996 - Doctor Who was back for a one-night-only television movie, with Paul McGann as the Doctor. This episode brought to an end Doctor Who in the 20th Century, although of course, it made a triumphant return in the 2!st Century in 2005!  However my point is this: television showings of these wonderful stories are as rare as hen's teeth, but they needn't be. BBC Four is perfectly suited to showing these episodes, and if this happened on a regular basis then many fans, even the casual fans, would be very happy indeed!

You can voice your support for more BBC Four repeats on this Facebook page.

Article by @ianrdw

Monday, 9 May 2011

100, 000 BC

On Thursday Night in the Doctor Who Bar, we'll be watching the very first Doctor Who story!
Usually referred to as An Unearthly Child, it's also known by the titles 100,000 BC or The Tribe of Gum!

In the first episode two school teachers are curious about a pupil of theirs. The mysterious Susan, who appears to possess a great deal of knowledge, but can also be exceedingly dim too!  So they follow her home, only to discover it's a junkyard, and then whilst she vanishes they meet the mysterious old man who's known simply as the Doctor!

On hearing Susan's voice from deep inside the Police Box, Barbara & Ian rush through the doors, and straight into adventure!!!

Join us at 7pm Thursday 12th May, when we'll be pressing Play on our DVD's or video's at 7.30pm to watch the very first iconic story in the remarkable run of the original series of Doctor Who!

Article by @Via_The_Void 

Sunday, 8 May 2011

The Hand of Fear


"When the TARDIS lands on Earth in a quarry, the Doctor and Sarah are caught in a mining explosion. Sarah is found clutching what appears to be a fossilised hand, buried in a 150-million-year-old stratum. Analysis shows the hand to be silicon-based and inert, but when Sarah begins to act as if possessed, the Doctor suspects that it may still be alive..."

On Monday and Tuesday night (9th - 10th May at 7.40pm) BBC4 will be showing The Hand of Fear as a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen.

The Doctor Who Bar will be running two sessions across both nights in sync with the episodes. So, join us tomorrow from 7.10pm as we watch Lis's last appearance alongside the 4th Doctor.


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Thursday, 5 May 2011

Talking Who - Episode Three


So as you probably know, every Wednesday Talking Who is Live from the Makers of  Those Video Guys.
This Week Elisar and Sean Review Saturday's Day of the Moon and tell you what they thought of it!  What Questions were raised and how they answered them! They also Review a Classic Doctor Who DVD, this weeks is the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith adventure, The Seeds of Doom. There is also the Fan-dorica section where they review the latest Fan projects and other Fan related subjects.

Talking Who also gave a wonderful mention to the Doctor Who Bar during the episode and we would like to thank them dearly for it.

You can find more information on Talking Who - Episode three below: Episode 3 of our Doctor Who discussion show (broadcast live 4th May 2011) is packed full of anecdotes and fun.  Find out what our Doctor Who Podcast of the Week is and much, much more....

You can always watch the Episode here when it has been uploaded every Thursday but to catch it live head over to here and click live at the following times...

Every Wednesday,
 9pm UK
4pm EDT New York
 1pm PDT Los Angeles

The Curse of the Black Spot

Please note this article contains mild spoilers!


The latest episode sees the TARDIS crew arrive on a pirates ship where the crew are coming down with a strange black spot on their hands!  Oh dear, you might say!  The Doctor and his companions are immediately taken for stowaways!

Fans beware, this episode does not pick up from the end of Day of the Moon last week!  This episode is written by Steve Thompson who penned an episode of Steven Moffat's Sherlock last year!

So what happens tonight then, well the Doctor is made to walk the plank! Amy does her audition for Jane in the Tarzan films!  As well as swishing a sword about!  Keep back everyone as Amy is lot loose on the poor pirates aboard a stranded 17th Century pirate ship!



Poor old Rory, you'll never guess what happens to him, so I'll tell you instead - he comes down with the dreaded black spot!  And absolutely no sign of Holby City's A&E to treat him until Casualty starts later on!  We also discover that the TARDIS can do something 'new' that the Doctor didn't know it could do!

Hugh Bonneville gives a stellar peformance as the grizzled Captain Avery, and Lily Cole makes an ethereal appearance too!

A reminder that this episode goes out at 6.15pm on Saturday 7th May!  Don't miss this episode!  Whilst it does not continue the storyline established in the opening two parter, it is a terrific maritime adventure!  Also for fans of Casualty it's on at 9.25pm on BBC1!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The Education of Donna Noble




When I tell people that Donna Noble is my second all-time favorite companion, I get some funny looks (if it’s possible to actually see a funny look via Twitter, but believe me, it’s a funny look). What is it about Donna Noble that makes her so appealing?

Sure, Catherine Tate is a very funny actress, with wonderful comedic timing; Donna’s brash attitude and take-no-prisoners style of speaking brought a spark back to Doctor Who that was missing with Martha Jones’ constant mooning and moping around. However, as the show went on, Donna’s defenses lowered and we started to learn just what made her tick.

Underneath that overconfidence was a woman who was so lonely, who didn’t think she was all that, who assured us that she was “nobody special,” and at base, was just “a temp from Chiswick.” But she was so much more - at the heart of Donna Noble was the woman who cried when she heard the Ood’s song, who mourned the children she never had in “Forest of the Dead and who found out just how important she was when the world was about to end at the hands of the evil genius Davros and the TARDIS was sinking into a pit of fire.

I think we all see so much of ourselves in Donna - more perhaps than in heroic Rose or lovely Amy. Those companions have that certain something , where you think, “Well, of course they wound up with The Doctor, they are Chosen, they have such forceful personalities.” Donna comes to The Doctor having nothing. 

She is like you and me - just one of six billion people on the planet, nobody special - but at the same time, is the absolute key to the survival of the human race. When she undergoes the biological metacrisis (a word which, by the way, neatly sums up every emotional up and down you can possibly ever have) and becomes the Doctor/Donna, she has extracted the best of herself; the knowledge of a Time Lord with that extra oomph that humans have.

She has learned that it’s not just the Doctor that makes her special - she herself, the lowly temp, is something spectacular, a woman who is remarkable in her perceived unremarkableness. Donna had that extra oomph all along, more so than any other companion we’ve seen in this new version. It just took a huge bug on her back to make her believe it.

Article by @abby_queenofall

Doctor Who: Monster Invasion





A new Doctor Who Partwork launches on Thursday 5th May!


Part One of Doctor Who: Monster Invasion will retail at £1.50 (normal price £2.60) and will contain: a Magazine featuring an Episode Guide; an A-Z of Monsters; an Alien Slamdown fold-out Poster; two Packs of Cards; and the first section of a three-part giant Poster. Parts Two and Three each come with one Pack of Cards; the first and second part of a collectable TARDIS Storage Box; and the remaining sections of the giant Poster.

Packs of the Collectable 'Monster' Cards can also be purchased separately, priced £1.50. 

Doctor Who: Monster Invasion is being distributed by Seymour and will available from all good retailers every Thursday.