MarkWHO42, Just another Doctor Who podcast? We don’t think so…

There are loads of fantastic Doctor Who podcasts on the internet, but we found one in particular that deserves a big shout out; MarkWHO42 (formerly known as MarkWHO42's WHOniverse).

They are an online radio show as well as podcast and cover Doctor Who news, reviews, and interviews, and have also started to branch out into other genre topics as well... but it's Doctor Who they are in love with. The show is hosted by Mark Baumgarten (who also edits, produces, and directs the show), Christian Basel (the creator of The Legend of the Traveling TARDIS), Patty Hawkins (the founding member of Geeks of Comedy and a self proclaimed Geek Theorist as well), and Iggy Mathews (of Let's Be Reelz). The show has a website where they also have news, Big Finish audio reviews, and host their show. You can find it at www.markwho42.net.

Besides doing a show, they also appear at conventions all around the United States, hosting panels, and moderating guest Q&As. They also have regular day jobs but still manage to do a new show almost every week of the year. MarkWHO42 has been around for over 4 years now, with over 160 shows available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn, and many other podcast platforms... they even have a Roku channel. Big shoes to fill, but they do it!

DWO interviewed MarkWHO42 showrunner Mark Baumgarten and asked him a few questions:

Who... or what are you?

"MarkWHO42 is an online radio show and podcast as well. We started primarily as a show about Doctor Who. And it still is. But last year, we made a conscious decision to go "beyond the WHOniverse." It seems you cannot talk about Doctor WHO without its influence in other medias. You can see little things appear such as in the Simpsons, Leverage, South Park, so many other shows. And now with other actors leaving to do other shows and movies. Doctor WHO's influence stretches far beyond its roots."

Do you guys cover classic or new Who?

"We think of Doctor Who as one show spanning 53+ years on one medium or another, so we cover both. Since we review the episodes as they come out, we are new Who, I guess. But our interviews and discussions have been Classic Who-based a lot of the time. So in answer to your question: YES!"

So what's the difference between you & everybody else?

"Our chemistry. We have had several hosting teams since we began, and all of them worked, in my opinion. Some of the hosts are die-hard fans from the 70's. Some have been newbies starting with the new series and have since gone back to watch the classics. We all have different opinions and are not afraid to give them. So we are definitely well-rounded.

Also, while most Doctor Who podcasts are a bunch of fans just talking about Who, we bring celebrity interviews into the mix. We have had 4 classic Doctors (Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann) on the show as well as Doctor Who writers (Richard Dinnick, Robert Shearman, Andrew Cartmel,...) and actors (Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Daphne Ashbrook, Yee Jee Tso, Michael Jayston, and many more). Plus by going Beyond the WHOniverse, we have had other celebs like Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Chase Masterson, Michael Winslow, and just recently Duke Nukem himself Jon St. John to name a few. We have brought over 80 guests to our audience so far, and we are not stopping there."

What's your one big claim to fame?

"Popping Katy Manning's podcast cherry... that's right, you heard me! We were the first online show by fans that she ever agreed to and participated in.

If I got a second chance to answer that question, I would probably say that being the Doctor Who radio show on Krypton Radio airing 4 times a week would be right up there too. You can find them at www.kryptonradio.com for showtimes in your area."

Why THAT name?

"I've given a different answer to this question over the years including that it was my email address (which it was) but really it comes from my name Mark, the show title Doctor "WHO", and The Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything (DnA's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest books ever written). So Mark + Who + 42 or as we write it: MarkWHO42!"

Don't just take our word for it, check out MarkWHO42 for yourselves. They have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/markwho42lives , a Tumblr page: www.markwho42.tumblr.com and you can tweet them at @markwho42

Or just go to www.markwho42.net and join the WHOniverse Army... We did!

[Source: MarkWHO42]

 

Lethbridge-Stewart: Mind of Stone

Candy Jar Books have released details on the final Lethbridge-Stewart novel for 2016:
Lethbridge-Stewart: Mind of Stone (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Lethbridge-Stewart: Mind of Stone
Written by Iain McLaughlin
Cover by Colin Howard

"You will be taken from this court and remanded in custody until your trial."

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart has been remanded to Wormwood Scrubs Prison, and his team have no idea why. Secrecy surrounds his case, but his team barely have a chance to process anything before they are sent on a mission to Egypt.

Why does it seem like Lethbridge-Stewart is going out of his way to court trouble from the prison’s most notorious inmates?And what does it have to do with well-known gangster Hugh Godfrey?

In the Ptolemaic Museum of Cairo, Anne Travers and her team aretrying to uncover the mystery surrounding some very unusual stone statues.Statues that resemble those held in a secure military facility in Berkshire.

One thing connects these events; the mysterious cargo transportedby Colonel Pemberton and Captain Knight in August 1968.


The book includes a foreward by Victor Pemberton

The book is written by scottish author Iain McLaughlin, known for his Big Finish creation, the Egyptian pharoah Erimem who became a companion to the fifth Doctor, and now the subject of her own series from 2015. In 2004, he also co-wrote two scripts in Big Finish’s UNIT series, both of which featured Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Iain says:
Back in 2004 I was lucky enough to write for the older Brigadier in Big Finish’s UNIT series. That was an absolute joy. It was an older, wiser but always resolute Brig. Passing years hadn’t diminished his sense of duty or his willingness to risk everything to do what needed doing and do what was right. Writing those scripts was as big a buzz for me as writing for the Doctor. Hearing Nick be complimentary about how we had handled the Brig was one of the happiest moments of my career. Writing a younger version of the Brigadier was something I had pondered, but I didn’t see how I could do it… until news of the Lethbridge-Stewart books came along. When I had the chance to pitch I jumped at it, just for the chance to spend some time with a character who feels like an old friend.

I wanted the book to start with a bang – and so we go straight into the Brig being sent to jail. From there… well, life inside Britain’s prison system wasn’t easy. I’d read about Wormwood Scrubs having been used as a military installation during WW2 and that helped me shape the story and plan how it would unfold. Using the Scrubs made me think of TV and films from the ‘60s and ‘70s that had a real edge. McVicar, Get Carter, Target, The Long Good Friday… suddenly the Brig in jail had some edge, and it was the kind of situation we’d never seen him in before. But he’s clever and he’s resourceful… the Brigadier isn’t Colonel Blimp. He’s a damned good soldier, and he’s a dangerous man in the right situation. I hope that’s the Brig you see in this book. As an outline it went through a few revisions, as most books do. But through the writing and the rewriting, the joy at the heart of it is the Brigadier having new adventures. Taking this wonderful character, putting him in situations he needs to resolve and writing dialogue people will read in Nick’s wonderful, rich voice… that’s an honour and a pleasure. Nick and the Brigadier? Splendid fellows, both of them.
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
This was a fun story to break. The idea of Lethbridge-Stewart serving time in prison came from Shaun; it was of the earlier ideas we discussed. I personally wanted to bring back both Captain Knight and Colonel Pemberton, who have both been mentioned several times in the series. Indeed both have appeared in some of our short stories, so it was nice to bring them into the novels properly. I approached Iain after he was recommended by a friend, although I was aware of his work I had forgotten he’d written for the Brigadier back in 2004. Iain was up for it, and took on board the small ‘shopping list’, building a very solid story from the initial ideas.
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says:
I thought it would be great idea putting Lethbridge-Stewart in prison, so it was a lot of fun to finally read the book (by the time I read them, at the formatting stage, these books are fully written). It was just as I hoped it would be. It combines the tough storytelling of The Sweeney, with comedy elements of Porridge. Iain has really done a fantastic job on this book, bringing some much-needed comedy touches to the Brigadier’s time inside.
The cover of Mind of Stone is by regular cover artist, Colin Howard (who recently produced the cover for the animated Doctor Who DVD, The Power of the Daleks). Colin says:
I really enjoyed bringing Captain Knight to the fore, as I particularly like the performances that actor Ralph Watson brought to both The Web of Fear and Horror of Fang Rock, and he deserves such a homage. Andy knows my strength, and gave me a brief that really brings out the best in me.

Mind of Stone also features a forward by former Doctor Who script editor, and author of the classic Fury from the Deep, Victor Pemberton, close friend of Mervyn Haisman and the man after whom Colonel Pemberton was named.

The book is due to be shipped out mid-December 2016, and can be pre-ordered individually or as part of the Series 3 Bundle (both UK and overseas), which includes the previous novels, Times Squared by Rick Cross, and Blood of Atlantis by Simon A Forward, or the subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five (now extended to international customers). There is also offering a special promotion for its online customers.


It is still possible to enter our competition to win Series 3 of Lethbridge-Stewart, closing date 11th December.

New Zealand cinema outing for The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Prime in New Zealand have yet to announce when The Return of Doctor Mysterio, will air on television, but BBC Worldwide ANZ have confirmed that the Christmas Special will be shown in selected cinemas around the country on Boxing Day:

The Return of Doctor Mysterio in New Zealand Cinemas (Credit: BBC Worldwide)BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) and Rialto Distribution will present a Boxing Day screening of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which sees the Doctor teaming up with a comic-book superhero in New York.

The cinema event will include the full 60-minute special plus two exclusive bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero, giving a special inside look at Doctor Who’s concept of a modern superhero, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, showing the making of this year’s special, with appearances by stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, and showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffat.

This family favourite from Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat will see the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, join up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player) and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat.

New Zealand joins Australia in showing the story in cinemas on Boxing Day, with screenings in Canada both on that day and the 28th, and in the United States on the 27th and 29th December.

London Doctor Who meeting venue re-opens

Jeremy Bentham has announced the return of regular Doctor Who fan meetings in central London:

THE FITROY TAVERN in Central London has reopened its doors to visitors following completion of a year-long, multi-million pound refurbishment that had seen Fitzrovia's most celebrated pub upgraded and restored to its original Victorian splendour.

Since 1984 'The Tavern' has played host to the regular First Thursday of each month evening gatherings of Doctor Who fans, keen to meet, exchange gossip, share or catch up on news and compare views on all things Who-related. In keeping with the area's reputation for attracting the famous, celebrated attendees of First Thursday gatherings have, down the years, included Douglas Adams, John Nathan-Turner, Terrance Dicks, Barry Lettrs, Nick Briggs, Steven Moffat and a good many faces from Doctor Who Magazine, past and present.

At ground level 'The Tavern' has now been divided into four separate bars, each with its own distinctive Victorian style. The Edwardian-styled upstairs is more spacious and likely to be the area most frequented by fans. This area also includes the dining area.

Located on the corner of Windmill Street and Charlotte Street, THE FITZROY TAVERN’s nearest Underground Station is Goodge Street on the Northern Line.

The next First Thursday gathering will take place on 1st December.

New Poster Image Released

The BBC has released a new poster image for the Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Nardole (MATT LUCAS), Lucy Fletcher (CHARITY WAKEFIELD), The Ghost (JUSTIN CHATWIN), The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI)  (Credit: BBC / Ray Burmiston)

This Christmas sees the Doctor join forces with a masked Superhero for an epic New York adventure. With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?

Peter Capaldi stars as the Doctor, Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids, Little Britain) as Nardole, Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, Shameless) as Grant and Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player) as an investigative journalist.

The special is written by Steven Moffat, executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark). It was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios.