Two days ago, Revenge of the Film Nerds were guests of Culture Shock Events at the Lords of Time convention in Sydney. The con featured seven guests most famous for their contributions to Doctor Who, which this year celebrates its 50th year since it first hit our television screens.
First up, the event features Janet Fielding, whom played Tegan Jovanka, companion to the 5th Doctor. It also featured John Leeson, the voice of K-9, and Nicholas Briggs, who is the modern voice of both Daleks and Cybermen, as well as various other aliens. Most fans were there, however, to meet four Doctors. Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann were all in attendance. Catch the video of our interview with them below;
EmmJ wrote into our competition, and provided the following response to our question, Who is your Favourite Doctor and why?;
The eighth doctor - he's so underrated, and I love the way he makes
so many fanboys rage with his on-screen sexytimes.
But also, I like that he's idealistic, has a good reason for
dressing anachronistically, and he had the first non-white human
A great response, and we absolutely agree. EmmJ, you and a friend now get to meet the Eighth Doctor, as well as the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh, at Lords of Time tomorrow. We hope you have a fantastic time!!
Those that have been following our Podcast will be aware that in our last episode we had an interview with Robbie, director of Culture Shock Events. In said interview, he offered us a double pass to Lords of Time this weekend at Rydges World Square. The event features FOUR Doctors!! That’s right, four!! Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann. If that is not enough, they have Janet Fielding, who played companion Tegan Jovanka to Davison’s Doctor, John Leeson the voice of K-9, and Nicholas Briggs who is the modern voice of the Daleks.
There are only 17 tickets left to the event, so this could be your last chance to get in. For your chance to win, tell us who your favourite Doctor is and why in the form below. Entries close at midnight this Friday, with winners to be contacted on Saturday.
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Significant contributions to the Whoniverse: Doctor Who had been off the air for seven years when the first attempt at a reboot was attempted. A such, the most significant contribution of McGann to the Whoniverse is the fact that Doctor Who has survived at all. Talk that the 1996 telemovie was to be a reboot for the series never became reality, but the fact it happened at all proved there was still interest alive and well in the franchise.
Being a reboot, it was a big event and some significant additions to Whovian lore. A new function of the Eye of Harmony was revealed. The Eye has appeared previously, originally in the Fourth Doctor’s era. It is an artificial black hole which provides the power for Gallifrey and for time travel technology. In the telemovie, a resurrected Master attempts to use the eye to steal the Doctor’s remaining regenerations for himself.
Another element introduced in this film, though subsequently ignored in future incarnations of the Doctor, is the implication that the Doctor is half human. While making a significant plot point in this story, it seems now to be flatly denied. I have read that explanations have been flying around the interwebs and in print media of the further adventures of the Doctor, including that this particular incarnation alone is half human. In the end though, I find it amazing the lengths people can go to explain away a plot discrepancy In the end, it is just an introduced idea into the franchise which was later decided to be dropped.
Cast: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elzabeth Winstead, Yulia Snigir
Synopsis: John McClane is off to Moscow after tracking down his estranged son Jack, whom is facing a prison sentence due to various nefarious dealings. John is outside the courthouse when a major escape is attempted. Unfortunately, John intervenes and ruins Jack’s attempt to extricate another political prisoner, given that he is actually working for the CIA.
Significant contributions to the Whoniverse: Unfortunately, the most significant thing that stands out for Sylvester McCoy’s tenure as the Doctor is that he was the last Doctor in the classic run of Doctor Who. This is quite unfair, as McCoy was fantastic in the role, and personally I would love to have seen him play the role a bit longer into the period that the Doctor was absent from our screens.
McCoy’s Doctor met with all the classic villains… The Master (still played by Anthony Ainley), the Cybermen, and the Daleks. He also reunited with the Brigadier, on the final occasion he appeared in a regular episode of the series. In addition to this, there is a very amusing story-line that reveals the Doctor was indeed Merlin from Arthurian legend. In hindsight, this is extremely amusing given the same actor has taken on the role of another prominent wizard, Radagast the Brown from The Hobbit.
Of course, with the series ending in 1989, it meant the show was not running for the 30th anniversary in 1993. A special of sorts did occur though, featuring McCoy, Pertwee, both Bakers and Davison. It was a charity special for Children in Need, called Dimensions in Time, intersecting the Doctor with another popular BBC series EastEnders. Many former companions also appeared, and The Rani also made a return. McCoy was to return one more time after this, to regenerate into Paul McGann in the 1996 telemovie. As a result, though the record of most episodes still goes to Tom Baker, McCoy technically is the one man to play the Doctor for the longest period of time. Continue reading →
Time Lords have the rule of both space and time, but Homo sapiens do not. Our time is running out to get tickets to the latest Culture Shock Event….
That’s right, FOUR DOCTORS!! Five through Eight inclusive. To break it down even further, that means Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. That is not all, however… Janet Fielding, whom played companion Janet Fielding alongside Davsion, will also be in attendance, as well as John Leeson, voice of K9. Unfortunately, Frazer Hines has had to pull out, which is a real shame as he was quite the entertaining gentleman at last year’s Heroes and Villains convention.
To book your tickets, visit the Culture Shock Events website. We here at Revenge of the Film Nerds look forward to catching up with you all.
While you are at it, don’t forget about our competition which we are currently running, thanks to our friends at CSE!!
We are now aiming to make our podcast a weekly thing. So episode three is already up, much quicker than the gap between episodes one and two.
In this one, we chat To Kill a Mockingbird, Hitchcock, and The Place Beyond the Pines. We also remind you all of our competition, in which we have autographed photos of both Robert Englund and Jeri Ryan. You can enter on our Facebook or Twitter page, or on the form below. For an Englund photo, tell us what your favourite Freddy kill is, and for a Ryan photo, tell us your favourite Seven of Nine line.
Thanks to our friends at Culture Shock events, we have the following four autographed photos to give away, featuring previous convention guests Robert Englund and Jeri Ryan…..
Those interested in winning, listen to Episode 2 of the Revenge of the Film Nerds Podcast, then leave your competition entries on our Facebook page or Twitter feed (@RevengeFilmNerd). Competition entry details are at the end of the episode. Good luck!