Friday, October 31, 2008

Doctor Who: The runners and the riders

Doctor Who: The runners and the riders

Thursday, October 30, 2008

In pictures: National TV Awards

In pictures: National TV Awards

As Tennant calls time, fans ponder who new Doc will be

David Tennant is calling time on the Doctor Who series at the end of next year.
Tennant's decision brings to an end his popular four-year tenure as the BBC time lord.
The Paisley actor broke the news while collecting the Outstanding Drama Performance gong at the National Television Awards last night.
Speaking through a video link, he told viewers: "When Dr Who returns in 2010 it won't be me. Now don't make me cry. The 2009 shows will be my last.
"I love this show and if I don't take a deep breath and move on now I never will and you will be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair.
"It's been the most brilliant, mad, life-changing time over the last three-and-a-half years but I am not going yet. Thank you for watching it, for loving it and for being so enthusiastic."
Tennant said co-star Catherine Tate should have won the gong as he accepted the award from Stratford-upon-Avon, where he is playing Hamlet.
Tate, who took to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall to pick up the award for Doctor Who, said: "This is extraordinary. I know Doctor Who has won it every year. I was sweating we were going to lose the year I joined."
Speculation about Tennant's replacement has gripped Doctor Who fans for years.
Cold Feet star James Nesbitt has often been touted as the 11th timelord.
But bookmakers Paddy Power favour Paterson Joseph as the favourite to take over the role, offering odds of 3-1 on him becoming the first black doctor.
He has already appeared in two episodes of the show playing Roderick, alongside previous doctor, Christopher Eccleston.
Life on Mars star John Simm and his co-star David Morrissey in political drama State of Play are also given odds of 8-1 and 5-1 respectively.
Ignored by the bookmakers but a contender that has piqued the fanbase's interest is Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dr Who wins at NTA

The Official BBC Doctor Who website has been updated with Doctor Who's win at the National Television Awards and David Tennant winning Outstanding Drama Performance, click on the appropriate link for more details.

David Tennant to leave Doctor Who with video

David Tennant has announced that he will leave the award winning BBC One drama Doctor Who when he has completed the filming of four special episodes which will be screened in 2009 and early in 2010.

David Tennant first appeared as The Doctor in 2005 and has gone on to star in three series and three Christmas specials as the tenth incarnation of the Time Lord.

The BBC has confirmed that David will continue to play The Doctor in the four specials that will make up the 2009 series before a new Doctor takes over for Series 5.

Tennant will also star in the Doctor Who Christmas special, titled The Next Doctor, this year.

David Tennant comments: "I've had the most brilliant, bewildering and life changing time working on Doctor Who.

"I have loved every day of it.. It would be very easy to cling on to the Tardis console forever and I fear that if I don't take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will. You would be prising the Tardis key out of my cold dead hand.

"This show has been so special to me, I don't want to outstay my welcome.

"This is all a long way off, of course. I'm not quitting, I'm back in Cardiff in January to film four special episodes which will take Doctor Who all the way through 2009.

"I'm still the Doctor all next year but when the time finally comes I'll be honoured to hand on the best job in the world to the next lucky git – whoever that may be.

"I'd always thought the time to leave would be in conjunction with Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner who have been such a huge part of it all for me.

"Steven Moffat is the most brilliant and exciting writer, the only possible successor to Russell and it was sorely tempting to be part of his amazing new plans for the show. I will be there, glued to my TV when his stories begin in 2010.

"I feel very privileged to have been part of this incredible phenomenon, and whilst I'm looking forward to new challenges I know I'll always be very proud to be the Tenth Doctor."

Russell T Davies, Executive Producer of Doctor Who, comments: ""I've been lucky and honoured to work with David over the past few years – and it's not over yet, the Tenth Doctor still has five spectacular hours left!

"After which, I might drop an anvil on his head. Or maybe a piano. A radioactive piano.

"But we're planning the most enormous and spectacular ending, so keep watching!"

David expands upon his decision in a taped interview which can be found at

Doctor Who returns to our screens on BBC this Christmas. The Next Doctor starring David Tennant, David Morrissey and Dervla Kirwan will be screened on 25 December 2008 on BBC One.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tom Spends Time With Fans

Tom Spends Time With Fans

Fourth Doctor Tom Baker recently met up with fans at a signing session in a Norwich Sci-Fi store.
BBC Norfolk were on hand to catch Tom in action, and produced a lovely gallery of pictures.
Follow the link below to check them out.
BBC Norfolk Tom Baker Gallery

Friday, October 24, 2008

Exclusive Doctor Who preview on Children in Need

Teaser For The Next Doctor to be shown on charity night.

This year's Children in Need Telethon is to feature an exclusive preview of the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special.
The clip, from the Christmas Special entitled The Next Doctor, will show the first two minutes of a brand new episode for the Time Lord, played by David Tennant.
This never seen before footage, is a worldwide exclusive, and will keep fans all over the globe wondering what's in store for the Doctor's next adventure.
Starring David Tennant and David Morrissey

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Billie Piper gives birth to son

Actress Billie Piper has given birth to a baby boy by an emergency Caesarean, her husband has confirmed.

Laurence Fox told reporters outside the Portland Hospital in London that the couple have named the baby Winston James Fox.

He said the baby weighed 6lb 11oz and was born at 0100 BST on Tuesday.

Piper, 26, who stars in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl married Fox last December. News of the birth was first revealed by her former husband, Chris Evans.

'Beautiful and sweet'

Fox revealed his wife had been in labour for 26 hours before going to hospital.

"The emergency caesarean only took about 20 minutes," he said.

"Billie is happy. Of course she is, she's a mum. I am tired but not as tired as her - I am a proud father.

He said his new-born son was "beautiful" and "sweet".

The proud father showed reporters outside the hospital a picture of new-born Winston on his mobile phone.

There were also some smaller thumbnail pictures of a smiling Piper holding her son, but he did not show these in full.

He said they were personal "secret" photos and would not be released to the media.

The actor initially thought Piper would only be kept in overnight after the birth.

But speaking to reporters on Wednesday he revealed doctors had told them she might not be ready to go home for "five days to a week".

He added: "She had a Caesarean. It was quite a major thing wasn't it."

Visibly tired as he left the hospital to smoke, Fox said he had not changed his jeans and jumper for three days.

On the day of the birth Chris Evans told reporters outside the hospital that mother and baby were "fantastic".

The Radio 2 presenter, who is also expecting a baby with his new wife Natasha Shishmanian, said: "Mum is very happy and I am really pleased. There are some tears of joy up there."

Teenage pop star

The star also updated his blog with news of the birth.

He wrote: "At the time of this writing, the little fella is not even fifteen hours old.

"He is cute as you like and didn't cry once for the few minutes I was there which was just a few moments ago."
Piper shot to fame as a teenage pop star with her hit single Because We Want To in 1998.

She met Evans on his Channel 4 show TFI Friday in May 2000, and later revealed to the Daily Mail that she was "terrified" of their encounter.

But the couple hit it off and, six months later, travelled to Las Vegas where they married with only six friends in attendance.

Following the ceremony, the pair travelled for 18 months before returning to the UK where Piper kicked off her acting career with a role in BBC's The Canterbury Tales.

She became a household name for a second time in 2005 when she played the role of Rose Tyler in the revamped Doctor Who.

Piper married her second husband, Fox, on New Years Eve at a church in West Sussex.

Planet Nerd: Doctor Who's Assistant

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Series 4 soundtrack to be released

Digital Spy reports the Doctor Who Series Four soundtrack will be released next month, CLICK HERE for more details.

Paul McGann returns as the Doctor

Paul McGann returns as the Doctor with Sheridan Smith as Lucy Miller to BBC Radio 7 with eight Big Finish audios that have never been broadcast before. The first episode is Dead London tomorrow at 6pm and midnight and will be available for a week following broadcast at the BBC7 website.

CIN press release

The BBC Press Office has released details of what this years Children in Need will contain, with no mention an appearance from any of the actors who have played the Doctor, CLICK HERE for the Press Release

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


DOCTOR Who star David Tennant may yet do battle with the Daleks in another full series of the BBC1 cult sci-fi show.
The guessing game over whether the actor will continue in the title role has taken another twist, with a source close to the programme saying the popular star is “talking about coming back” and is “set to open up negotiations”.
And last night a BBC executive admitted: “We just can’t lose him.”
Tennant is currently signed to do three specials in the new year, but has refused to say anything about whether he will sign for a fifth series.
Instead, he has taken a step back from television to play Hamlet in the theatre. This had led to much speculation over who would follow him into the Tardis, with stars from Richard Hammond to David Morrissey each staking a claim to the coveted, and lucrative, role.
Three weeks ago in the Sunday Express, outgoing Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies suggested Tennant may not be lost to the series after all and could go on “for ever”.
He added: “David has brought everything to Doctor Who. I remember exactly where I was when I saw him audition for Casanova,” which was also written by him. “I thought, here is someone saying the lines exactly as they are written.”
Meanwhile, the search is still on for the Doctor’s new assistant. Since the show’s relaunch there have been three – Billie Piper, Freema Agayman and Catherine Tate and the part is considered a plum role for any emerging actress.
A source said: “What we do know is that Patrick Stewart is going to appear in the fifth series as the Meddling Monk.
The character last appeared in Doctor Who in the Sixties. Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, and Tennant have become close friends through starring in the RSC’s Hamlet at Stratford-upon-Avon.
The three specials are due to film in January, February and March next year, while the new series will be shot from June.
A Christmas special will feature Tennant, Morrissey and Dervla Kirwan in a battle against the Cybermen.

And another with the Doctor this time

Doctor Who~How Far We've Come

How Far We've Come


My Last Breath

Coin-Operated Boy

Seven Dr Whos set for reunion????

The actors are getting together for the BBC charity Children in Need in a programme to be broadcast on November 14.
An insider at the BBC said: "It's a pretty ambitious idea and it's still being finalised. Everything is being kept under wraps but Doctor Who fans are in for a big treat."
The first of the 10 actors to take the role was William Hartnell in 1963, followed three years later by Patrick Troughton and then by Jon Pertwee but all three have since died.
The seven survivors include Tom Baker, now best known as the voice of the comedy series Little Britain, who played the role for seven years from 1974.
He was followed by Peter Davidson from 1981 to 1984, whose daughter Georgia Moffett has also featured in the programme and who is now dating the current doctor, David Tennant.
The others are Colin Baker, from 1984 to 1986, Sylvester McCoy who had two stints from 1987 to 1989 and re-appeared in the role in 1996, Paul McGann, who took over the role in 1996 and Christopher Eccleston who reprised the series in 2005.

Russell T Davies Q&A

The new Who??? ***K ME i sure hope not!!!!

io9 is rumoring that a new Doctor is set to take the reins and OMG he is the last person id EVER pick for the role. I have only seen his peformance in Jekyll and he sucke balls. He tried to effect this southernish twangy american accent and sounded like a complete and total idiot throughout the show. Christ i never thought id ever say i wouldn't watch Dr Who no matter what but if HE gets the role i may finally bail. Damn this sucks.... The article below came from io9 HERE.

According to official comic rumormonger Rich Johnston, Paterson Joseph will be the next Doctor Who:

My last couple of Doctor Who leaks were fairly solid — Neil Gaiman to write 2010 “Doctor Who” and Tom Baker returning to the series proper in an unnamed role. Both have been bubbling under ever since. The next one is not so tied down. It’s still rather up in the air. But it’s quite a possibility.

The sixth series of “Doctor Who” (2011) will star Paterson Joseph as The Doctor.

Previously playing Roderick in the “Doctor Who” episodes “Bad Wolf”/”Parting Of Ways,” Joseph is known for fine upstanding and terribly-well-spoken-dontcha-know roles as Johnson in “Peep Show,” the Marquis De Carabas in “Neverwhere,” Space Marshall Clarke in “Hyperdrive,” Lyndon in “Green Wing”…

…and more importantly Benjamin in “Jekyll.” Written and produced by upcoming “Doctor” Who showrunner, Steven Moffat.

If true, it’s a great call on Moffat’s part. A damn fine call. Paterson has a very British Authority approach to many of his characters, comparable with Jon Pertwee. It’s not a traditional choice, but then neither was Christopher Eccleston. And, like I say, it’s bloody brilliant.

Johnston himself rates the rumor as being "a little dodgy," but adds that that could change in months to come. Personally, I'm looking forward to it, if true - Joseph is a great actor, and a new Doctor would definitely be a way for Moffat to announce his arrival as the man in charge. Not that I have anything against David Tennant, but still... He has been doing it for a few years now...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tshabalala reveals 'The Next Doctor' details

Velile Tshabalala has revealed several details about her 'companion' character in the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special 'The Next Doctor'.

Speaking to the West Sussex Gazette, the former Tittybangbang and Kerching! actress stated that Rosita is "an East Londoner, very Cockney".

She revealed that Rosita "is the assistant to the other Doctor", played by David Morrissey, "but as the episode goes on she starts helping The Doctor", as played by David Tennant.

Tshabalala added that she hopes her appearance is not a one-off, saying. "I would love to do more. At the moment I am just being positive about it, that I did it and that I had a great time. But I would love to be in it again if I can.

"I am just so excited about it. We filmed it in April in Cardiff and Gloucester and Monmouth and so it has died down a bit, but now it is getting closer and I just can't wait."

New 'Torchwood' cast members revealed

Four new cast members have been revealed for Torchwood: Children of Earth, the shortened third season of the cult show.

Producer Peter Bennett told Torchwood Magazine about the additions, a mixture of established and upcoming talent.

Former Cape Wrath star Lucy Cohu will play Alice, described by Bennett as "a woman keeping many secrets from the past".

Susan Brown, best known for her turn in The Riff Raff Element, plays Bridget Spears - "a character vitally connected to the government, which plays an important part in this story", according to Bennett.

The quartet is completed by newcomers Cush Jumbo and Rik Makarem, with the former playing Lois Habiba, "a secretary who hacks into some vital information", and Makarem portraying Doctor Rupesh Patanjali, a "junior doctor at St Helen's hospital who gets drawn into Torchwood's investigations".

They join a trio of previously announced guest stars - including Peter Capaldi - in the third season, which is currently filming for transmission on BBC One in early 2009.

Torchwood spoiler alert

Torchwood TV has a scoop with pics and video of the hub being destroyed and many other pics from the mini series that was filmed.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tennant calls Moffat "new boss"

From Den of geeks article

Commentaries on the forthcoming season 4 of Doctor Who reveal some fun, but also fascinating facts…
The all-new audio commentaries from the upcoming series 4 DVD box-set of Doctor Who reveal some juicy news about this year's Christmas special, the future of the show under Steven Moffat and The Sarah Jane Adventures. The box-set hits the street in mid-November, but you'll be able to read a full review of the six disc behemoth later this week. Until then enjoy the following news collated from the various new commentaries:


• The phrase "cache of info-stamps" is said (not revealed by whom).

• There's a character called Aubrey Fairchild*, (the name of the Prime Minister in early drafts of The Stolen Earth) who meets a "terrible death".

• The Hub set, from spin-off series Torchwood, has been 'trashed' and used for filming in the special.


• David Tennant refers to Steven Moffat as his "new boss", and their discussion indicates that they are already working together.

• The Moff prefers two-parters but this will not affect how he approaches the series.

• When asked if the title sequence for series 5 will change, the incoming show-runner jokes, "Should his face be in it?"

• The written (but not filmed) 'Shadow Proclamation' scene in The Stolen Earth, featuring monsters from throughout the series, has been requested by David to appear in one of the specials.


• The production team couldn't find an actor short enough for Kaagh in The Last Sontaran so they had to make a new costume - thereby upping the cost of the episode.

• The actor who played the milkman from Journey's End is to appear in an upcoming episode.

• Catherine Tate wants a part (but not as Donna Noble), as her daughter loves the show.

• David Tennant wants to be the voice of 'Mr. Smith'.

and the biggie:

• David Tennant was to appear in the opening episode (in a sub-plot which would explain why K9 was not to appear in the show) but, at the time of recording the commentary (May 2008), this idea was binned. Julie Gardener states "it could still happen".


• On the Paul McGann TV Movie, RTD says, ".. so not what I would do, but I love it."

• Although RTD loves the Ice Warriors, he says they are "slightly generic".

• When asked if River Song is The Doctor's wife, Steven Moffat says "it's more complicated than that"

• RTD reveals that Harriet Jones died in The Stolen Earth despite Phil Collinson's protestations that she lived.

* 'Aubrey Fairchild' only seems to appear anywhere else as a name in the film Midnight Masquerade (1942) - Ed.

Download SIX full scripts from series 4 of Doctor Who

Series 4, Episode XVoyage of the Damned
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Series 4, Episode 11Turn Left
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Series 4, Episode 12The Stolen Earth
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Series 4, Episode 13Journey's End
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