Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Chewbacca and Boba Fett vacation in Exmouth

Holidaymakers were greeted by surprise visitors from a galaxy far, far away... when Chewbacca, best friend of Han Solo and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, and bounty hunter Boba Fett appeared on Exmouth seafront (photo: Peter Hopkins) this week.

The odd couple have emerged from lockdown and seemingly become friends despite the notorious bounty hunter capturing Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back and taking him, frozen in carbonite, to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt.

Boba Fett (Jonathon Curtis-Kroeger) and Chewbacca (David Wellbeloved) appeared on BBC Spotlight and were interviewed by Devon Live. The screen-accurate cosplaying Star Wars fans are members of Southern Troopers who fundraise for various charities including Children's Hospice South West - I recently donated rare Doctor Who memorabilia, raising hundreds of pounds for the charity.

So, if you're by the Jurassic Coast don't be surprised if you bump into Boba Fett and Chewbacca this summer. Socially distanced and wearing a mask (exceptions apply). You wouldn't want to end up frozen in carbonite whilst eating an ice cream...

Monday, 3 August 2020

Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep this September

Following the success of The Power of the Daleks, The Faceless Ones, Shada and The Macra Terror, another classic lost Doctor Who serial gets the animated treatment from BBC Studios this September.

Fury from the Deep is told across six episodes and stars Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield, in her last televised adventure.

The storyline concerns a colony of sentient, parasitic seaweed, last seen in the eighteenth century, returning to attack a number of gas instillations in the North Sea in an attempt to take over humanity.

The three-disc release gives fans the opportunity to enjoy Fury from the Deep in high definition, either in full colour or in black & white. The release will include the surviving clips from the original 1968 production as well.

The six new animated episodes are being made in full colour and high definition and will include the following exclusive special features:

Audio commentaries
The Cruel Sea – Surviving Fury from the Deep
Original surviving footage
Behind The Scenes 8mm footage
Animating Fury from the Deep
Archive interviews with Peter Day and Victor Pemberton
Teaser Trailer
Photo Gallery
The Slide Audio Drama
PDF scripts

Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep, coming 14th September, is available as DVD, Blu-ray, Steelbook and digital download. You can pre-order now from Amazon (affiliate link) and Zavvi (referral link).

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Beam back aboard Discovery this October

Comic-Con@Home featuring a Star Trek Universe panel (including past and present cast members) may have ended. However, there's more exciting news for Star Trek fans.

Star Trek: Discovery season three begins on CBS All Access on 15th October and will be available on Netflix outside the US.

Discovery's second season ended with Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and her crewmates facing an uncertain future (930 years into the future thanks to a wormhole) as Captain Pike (Anson Mount), Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and Science Officer Spock (Ethan Peck) returned to the USS Enterprise to continue its mission. The latter deservedly garnering their own highly-anticipated spin-off series, Strange New Worlds.

"Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must together fight to regain a hopeful future," CBS All Access teased.

In addition to Martin-Green, the cast for the third season of Discovery includes Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), David Ajala (Cleveland “Book” Booker) and Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou).

If Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks weren't enough Star Trek spin-offs for you. Star Trek: Prodigy is in development for Nickelodeon. Clearly, CBS All Access is for all things Trek.

Star Trek: Lower Decks, a new animated spin-off, starts streaming on CBS All Access on 6th August and, again, will be available on Netflix outside the US.

Are you looking forward to the return of Discovery? Let me know in the comments below.