Friday, 23 November 2012

What Doctor Who means to me

As you can probably guess, Doctor Who means a fair bit to me. The first story that I saw was ‘Day of the Daleks’, which was lent to me by my uncle on VHS when I was five or six, and from then on I just carried on loving the series.
When the series was restarted in 2005 I watched that and enjoyed it (although ‘Fear Her’ not so much for obvious reasons). Although my favourite era is the Patrick Troughton years, the newer seasons of Doctor Who have proved that a classic series can be reinterpreted and the shows popularity can be seen to still be considerable even after forty nine years.

Doctor Who has brought me into contact with people I would never have otherwise met, particularly on the internet through websites like Twitter. Ok, some are slightly insane and still want Amy and Rory back, but on the whole Doctor Who has had a positive effect on my life and worked as a route to finding other science fiction television shows such as ‘Blake’s 7’.

Doctor Who has been a constant in my life for years now, and hopefully it will continue to be for years to come. Happy Forty Ninth Birthday to Doctor Who, and lets hope that it’ll be around for another forty nine. 

Happy Forty Ninth Anniversary Doctor Who!

Today is the birthday of a landmark television series.  On this date in 1963 the very first episode of a brand new sci-fi show was transmitted for the very first time.  The programme was called Doctor Who and viewers watched enthralled as two curious school teachers discover that one of their pupils actually lives inside a Police Box at 76 Totters Lane!

Carole Ann Ford played the character of Susan Foreman, who would be revealed to be the Doctor's grand daughter.  The Doctor himself was played by the noted character actor William Hartnell, who was best remembered for The Army Game as well as the films The Way Ahead and Carry On Sergeant.  He was well loved in the role of the Doctor and only left the part when he became too ill to continue.

No one back then could even begin to perceive just how popular this show was going to get until the TARDIS actually left the Stone Age and landed on the planet Skaro.  However let's just forget about the Daleks for a moment, we all know it was their first story which catapulted Doctor Who into the success story it now is.

I wasn't born when Doctor Who first began but the very first episode of the show is a ground breaking piece of television drama.  It set's up the basic format of Doctor Who which would endure for another twenty six years on BBC1!  Thanks to the concept of regeneration which allowed the shows Producer's to change the lead actor, the long term future of Doctor Who is assured.  I have no doubt that the programme will always continue as not only is it a popular show but it is held in high regard by the BBC as a super brand because of it's marketing and merchandising potential.

There is something special about Doctor Who which transcends it for me as more than just a television programme.  It is looked at with great affection and love by many people worldwide.  The shows legacy gives us era's of the programme which are unique thanks to the fine actors cast in the title role. The programme's fan base and appeal consists of kids of six up to adults in their eighties.  Such is the power of a programme which grew from modest beginnings way back on this particular day in 1963.

In truth Doctor Who is possibly one of the greatest television shows ever created, if not the greatest!  The show has a limitless appeal, and since it's return in 2005 it has garnered even more fans. 

So let us raise our glasses today at 5.00pm as the Doctor Who Bar's Special Session of An Unearthly Child get's under way and we celebrate the birth of a television legend.

We press play at 5.15pm on the first episode of the longest running sci-fi series in the universe!

Happy Forty Ninth Birthday to Doctor Who.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

'The Two Doctors' Preview

‘The Two Doctors’ was the fourth story of Doctor Who’s 22nd Season and was first broadcast in 1985. The story stars Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant, as well as Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines, who returned to their roles for this multi-Doctor story.

While this is a story featuring the return of the Sontarans and Servalan actress Jacqueline Pearce, as well as a crazed chef who puts Gordon Ramsey to shame, the main event is of course the meeting of the second and sixth Doctor. Patrick Troughton may look a bit grey and Frazer Hines slightly middle aged, but if you ignore this, then you are likely to enjoy this story.

This story is also a key part the “Season 6B” fan theory, which proposes that between ‘The War Games’ and ‘Spearhead from Space’ the second Doctor worked for the Timelords an ‘unofficial agent’. This would explain his actions in ‘The Two Doctors’ in meeting Dastari, and also several other lines in different serials. While this theory remains unconfirmed by the television version of Doctor Who, it has been expanded upon in books and comic strips.

We will be watching ‘The Two Doctors’ on Wednesday. The bar opens at 7.30pm and we press play at 8.00pm. Hope to see you there. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Would you like to host & take part in the DWBar?

Unfortunately there have been members of the current Bar team who have been unwilling to host any of the sessions.

This puts a strain on the members of the team who do host, and who occasionally cannot fulfill the function due to other commitments.

That's why the Bar is looking for genuine people who would like to host the sessions, rather than people who would like to be associated with the Bar but do nothing!

If you are passionate about Doctor Who and would like to watch the show whilst tweeting on Twitter about it, then the Bar is for you!  You can even submit articles on the site too.

Please DM @Via_the_Void or @TheDoctorWhoBar if you would be interested, or use the email box on the website thanks.

'The Caves of Androzani' Preview

On my first viewing of Robert Holmes’ ‘The Caves of Androzani’, I wasn’t overly impressed. Yes, it has the great part one cliff-hanger, but other elements such as the Magma Monster let the story down in my eyes. I was surprised to see it voted Doctor Who Magazines number one story, and decided to watch it again. This time I formed an entirely new opinion on the story.

The story benefits from a set of good cliff-hangers – in particular the episode one execution of the Doctor and Peri. Although Sharaz Jek is a clich├ęd villain (a madman who wears a mask to conceal horrific disfigurement) he is played in an interesting way and becomes the first in a long line of bad guys to lust after Peri.

The final scene marks the first appearance of Colin Baker as the Doctor (having previously appeared in the 1983 story ‘Arc of Infinity’ as a different character) and the final appearance of Peter Davison after three years in the role.

While arguably some elements of the story fall flat, on the whole ‘The Caves of Androzani’ remains a very good story. We will be watching it on Wednesday. The bar will open at 7.30pm and we press play at 8.00pm. Hope to see you there. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways Preview

Bad Wolf/ Parting of the Ways was the two part finale to the 2005 season of Doctor Who. It starred Christopher Ecclestone, Billie Piper and John Barrowman. It also sees the resolution of the ‘Bad Wolf’ plot arc that had been present throughout the season.

The TARDIS crew find themselves in futuristic equivalents of reality TV shows, onboard a space station. Separated and confused, the Doctor and Jack eventually meet and go to the stations control room, where they are greeted by the cybernetic Controller. Rose, while appearing on ‘The Weakest Link’, has appeared to have been disintegrated after failing to win the round. However, the Controller reveals that the contestants are instead sent to a point in space – this turns out to be a Dalek fleet. The episode ends with the Dalek fleet preparing to invade Earth with Rose trapped on board. This cliff-hanger is resolved in the following episode, ‘Parting of the Ways’ which was Ecclestone’s last episode in the role.

So join us on Wednesday at 8.00pm for this 2005 two-parter. Hope to see you there. 

Friday, 2 November 2012

50 Years of Doctor Who: Preachrs Podcast Live!

Hello all! Some exciting news from Benjamin's podcast.

50 Years of Doctor Who: Preachrs Podcast Live is all about celebrating a 50 year history of the longest running Sci-Fi show ever. Travel through the vortex of time as we take a look at the changing face of Doctor Who. Throw in some quizes and audience interaction and, Geronimo!

Preachrs Podcast is a podcast that focuses on all aspects of the TV show “Doctor Who” and can be found at or on iTunes. The podcast features interviews with the stars, reviews, exclusives and more. Guests on the podcast have included: Nicholas Briggs - voice of the Cybermen and Daleks in the New Series; Sophie Aldred- a companion Ace to Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor; Barnaby Edwards - Dalek Controller in the New Series; Gary Russel - Script editor on the New Series.

Preachrs Podcast celebrated its second birthday during 2012 and was featured on the ABC Radio National show “Top of the Pods” (2012).

This show will be hosted by three avid “Whovians”: Benjamin Maio Mackay – the creator of the podcast and show; Rob Lloyd, a Melbourne-based actor and comedian; and Nicholas Finch a fellow whovian.

Come and join us for a ride down the time vortex of Doctor Who.

Now performing at:
Adelaide Fringe ( Adelaide, 3 shows only)
Whovention: Gold (Sydney, 1 show only)
Lords of Time (Melbourne, 1 show only)

Tickets from here:

More dates soon so stay tuned!