The Day Approaches



Saturday is nearly here, and soon, all the anticipation of the 50th anniversary will devolve into nitpicking it's every aspect. As I noted earlier this week, a 3 minute short mentioned on the DVD specs has come to surface, as a purchasable feature on iTunes. The short, called The Last Day, concerns a battle on Gallifrey, taking the viewer into the Time War that will presumably end in the 50th special.

Elsewhere, proactive fan Theodore Stone has set up a petition (because those always work) asking that Steven Moffat and Paul McGann (probably should have made it for the BBC, mate) create an Eighth Doctor spinoff, based on the recent and terrific Night of the Doctor. The petition reads as follows:
"For 17 years, we only had the TV Movie to satisfy our appetite for a Live-Action Eighth Doctor. On the 14th November 2013, we were granted the minisode, the "Night of the Doctor". Although we do possess a vast number of Big Finish Audio-Dramas and books, it would be a shame to never see McGann as the Time Lord on-screen again. Therefore, I have created this petition in order to drum up interest and support in order to pressure both Moffat and McGann into making a live-action series, featuring the Eighth Doctor. It would be a shame for such a fantastic actor and Doctor to be once again confined to the past yet again. Even a web series would suffice!"
Obviously, the BBC has tried Doctor Who spinoffs before (K-9 and Company, Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood) with various degrees of success, though as much as I would like to see an Eighth Doctor series (and I really really would), I doubt the Beeb would put on two series both centred on the Doctor, especially considering that we know how it all ends. A web series of shorts seems all the more likely, or perhaps some DVD exclusives or direct to market features. Wouldn't it be lovely if the Eighth Doctor's legacy on screen was a series of stand alone films? There is more than enough room in the now semi-canonal timeline of the Big Finish dramas for the Doctor to get up to some stuff.

Finally, in anticipation of the tomorrow's An Adventure In Space And Time, the BBC has released some new footage, seen above, which summarises the original intent of the programme pretty well.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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