Sunday, 20 October 2013

Trailer for "The Day of the Doctor"

The BBC has aired its trailer for the commemorative episode The Day of the Doctor which features all the incarnations of the Doctor.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

"Elysium" is in UK cinemas on Friday

"Elysium" movie poster
Neill Blomkamp's new movie Elysium is out in UK cinemas on Friday, 16th August. The film is set in the year 2154 when those who can afford to leave planet Earth and live the high life on a space station called Elysium. On the space station all illnesses can be cured with the latest technology while the poor remain on the surface and suffer. Matt Damon has the starring role in the movie says "Elysium is like Beverly Hills and Earth is somewhere like Baghdad." The scenes for Elysium with its pristine lawns, swimming pools and sun loungers were shot in Vancouver while the scenes for the futuristic Los Angeles were filmed on the Bordo Poniente landfill garbage dump in Mexico City. Two and a half thousand people actually live on the dump. As well as Matt Damon, the film stars Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, as well as Brazilian actors Alice Braga, Diego Luna and Wagner Moura.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

And the new Doctor is...

The BBC has just announced live on BBC1 who the new lead actor of the Doctor Who series will be. Peter Capaldi will take over from Matt Smith as the twelfth doctor. Another Scottish actor? The actor most remembered for the part of the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker on the series The Thick of It.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Skylon rocket gets £60m of Government funds

The British rocket engine designed to power the first fully reusable spacecraft is to get £60 million from the Government so that the design can leave the drawing board and a full-scale prototype can be built. The Sabre engine has been developed by Reaction Engines who are based in Oxfordshire. The engine is unique in that it uses atmospheric oxygen so that it does not have to carry heavy oxygen tanks that have to be jettisoned as it climbs through the air. As it leaves the atmosphere, it switches to onboard oxygen. The engine is to be used for the Skylon which could carry a fifteen tonne payload into Low Earth Orbit at a fraction of the cost of existing rocket technology. It is designed to cruise at five times the speed of sound.

Monday, 8 July 2013

"Pacific Rim" review

Pacific Rim movie poster
Pacific Rim is due for release on 12th July in the UK. This is Guillermo del Toro's action movie where giant robots controlled by pairs of soldiers do battle with enormous lizards. It's a movie that does what it says on the tin. In other words, it's a spectacular epic battle with humans struggling to save their world from extinction. There's no great subtlety to it and the characterisation is thin but it is what it is, and what a great adventure it is. The CGI effects look really good and you can almost feel the blows as they land. Idris Elba plays the exotically-named Stalker Pentecost, a war commander who is called on to give a rousing patriotic speech before leading his troops into battle. He's a hard-bitten determined military man who is going to take on any foe and give them a damn good fight. Either get out to the cinema to join in the fun or reserve a DVD over on Amazon.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

"Now on the Big Screen" - All you ever wanted to know about the Time Lord's movies

The cover of Charles Norton's book 'Now on the Big Screen' - the story of the big screen adventures of 'Doctor Who'
Telos Publishing have published this book by Charles Norton that is obviously a labour of love. It goes into great detail about the two Peter Cushing films and documents the failed attempts by others to get our favourite Time Lord's adventures on to the big screen. It starts with the first Doctor Who and the Daleks movie including the cuts required by the British censor in order for the finished film to get its U certificate. Tom Baker and Ian Marter's project was ultimately doomed as was the seven long year saga of Greenlight effort that was eventually ditched when the BBC put its backing behind the Paul McGann film. Douglas Adams had his own ideas for a Doctor Who movie and even Disney were approached with a script. Apparently Leonard Nimoy showed interest in directing a big screen version of the Doctor. This book does not contain any photographs or illustrations but is still a must for Time Lord enthusiasts. It's available from Amazon: Now on the Big Screen - £12.15

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Iain Banks has died

Sadly,  author Iain Banks has died just two months after he had announced that he was suffering from terminal cancer.