Planet Gallifrey: November 2008

Sunday, November 30


Another roundup with the latest news from the Whoniverse!

Thursday, November 27

The Next Doctor

Just something to mull over...

Looking at close ups (thanks to Mr Dark) we can see that there are no timelordy markings on it...

Interesting aye?

TubeTalk with Barrowman

DigitalSpy has a great interview with Barrowman about Doctor Who & Torchwood.

John Barrowman is keeping himself busy. This month he's releasing a shamefully catchy new single, as well as finishing work on the upcoming third series of Torchwood.

Did you know David was going to step down as the Doctor?"Yeah and I thought everybody else knew! We all knew he was going to do four specials plus the Christmas episode and then he'd be finished. I think people just didn't believe it until it came out of his mouth. It's the right progression for him. If he stayed on, he'd never do anything else because he loves it so much. He has to move on."

Have you given any thought as to who might replace him?
"I'd have no idea. I don't answer that question because if I mention a name and that person becomes associated with the role it might blow someone else's chances. But somebody mentioned Billie Piper and that is so not gonna happen!"

What qualities does the new Doctor need?
"They need to be what my niece calls 'intellectually attractive'. David is very handsome but he's not what you'd call a classically good-looking man, and my niece calls that 'intellectually attractive'. He also needs to be quirky, a good actor and blessed with a strong personality. One more thing - he needs to fill a pair of trousers really well, both front and back."

Did David fill his?
"Hahaha! That's for me to know and you to think about over and over again."

What can you tell us about the new series of Torchwood?
"It's five episodes stripped from Monday to Friday and we're moving to BBC One. The reason we're doing only five episodes is because we need to make an impact on One. If we were to do an entire series, the show might kinda float around and not really be recognised."

Any teasers on what might happen in the new episodes?
"Well, you'll find out more about Jack's dark past and a lot about Gwen too. There's going to be some deaths, some new faces, some surprises and an event that will almost destroy the world. There's also going to be a shocking event instigated by Jack that people will be totally floored by."

Are you missing Naoko Mori and Burn Gorman?
"Of course I miss them. Naoko and Burn were part of our family and the characters of Toshiko and Owen were so important to the show. The first couple of days we started filming in the hub again, it felt a bit empty so we put pictures of them up on our desks. Naoko and Burn will always be part of Torchwood because they were there at the beginning and helped to make the show what it is today."

Are they mentioned much in the new episodes?
"Oh yeah, we mention them, and Toshiko even got a mention in the last episode of Doctor Who. Plus there are plans to do more some Torchwood radio programmes because the first one was so popular - it even beat all the TV programmes on iPlayer. Who knows what they're going to be written about, but I would love to see old characters brought back because we can do different things on radio and jump around a bit more."

Read the full interview right here, tis a good 'un!

Tennant on Hamlet

From Time Out

David Tennant: Doctor Who to Hamlet

You know Doctor Who. But do you really know the magnificent David Tennant? Time Out has been following his career from its early days, and that's why we say he's a fine choice for 'Hamlet'

Fans of the 900-year-old Time Lord may find it hard to believe, but it is possible to admire David Tennant without ever having sat through a whole episode of ‘Doctor Who’.

Tennant was of course a young fan: ‘I was convinced from the age of three that I wanted to be Doctor Who,’ he confessed. ‘Then, when I discovered that Doctor Who didn’t exist, I wanted to be the man who played him.’ 

It says something for Tennant’s drive that his wish came true, to such an extent that when he recently returned to Stratford to play Hamlet, he had to explain to the play’s director, Gregory Doran, that they couldn’t meet quietly in a local pub as it would quickly turn into ‘a sci-fi convention’.

See the full article here, plus a list of the past Shakespeare plays that Tennant has been in.

Torchwood for Pirates

The Coventry Telegraph has a brief interview with Gareth David-Lloyd...

ACTOR Gareth David-Lloyd, who plays Ianto Jones in Torchwood, was asked who he would like to see replace David Tennant as the Doctor and he said: "My choice would be Bill Nighy. I just think it would be fabulous.

"There was a time when the Doctor wasn't necessarily a young, good-looking sex icon as well as a nice big character. Casting Bill Nighy would take it back to the older style of the show."

British actor Nighy, 58, had a background in stage and television before moving to the big screen - his roles include Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Notes on a Scandal, Underworld and as the tentacle-faced Davy Jones in the second and third films of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Actor Warwick Davis says he wants to be Doctor Who, while Terry Molloy - who played Davros in the past - told The Geek Files that TV gran Liz Smith should be cast in the role.

Read the full article here and keep a looky out for future interviews!

Tuesday, November 25

45 Moments

io9 has a fantastic "top 45 moments of Doctor Who" which I highly recommend you taking a look at. Heres from 40 to 30 but for the highest rated, you need to go right here!

45) London finally gets nuked, in "Turn Left."
We finally get to see what things would be like without the Doctor and... not that great, actually. London gets completely pulverized, and you get an awful glimpse of the evil the Doctor is always standing in the way of.

44) The Doctor saves his ambiguous wife, in "Forest Of The Dead."
I had some issues with the way women were treated in this episode, including the "happy ending" River Song gets treated to. But you can't really beat the Doctor jumping down through the entire library, with one bar left on the buffer thingie, to restore his "wife" from a saved backup before she's gone forever. Can you?

43) Bannakaffalatta stops the angels, in "Voyage Of The Damned."
Cyborg pride represent! Don't let anybody tell you you're inferior just because you're part machine. You can bring down angels!

42) The Master's musical number, in "Last Of The Time Lords."
This is possibly the greatest moment in Doctor Who history, and the episode where I finally decided to stop worrying and love the Russell T. Davies era. The Master seranades a hyper-aged Doctor after he's conquered the planet Earth.

41) The DVD extra conversation, in "Blink."
Sally Sparrow actually manages to have a two-way conversation with the DVD easter egg that the Doctor recorded in 1969, thanks to his handy transcript.

40) The TARDIS car chase, in "The Runaway Bride."
Catherine Tate is being kidnapped by an evil Santa taxi-driving robot, so the Doctor manages to steer the TARDIS along the highway. Just totally insane.

39) Dalek-Cyberman smackdown, in "Doomsday."
Haven't you always wanted to see the Cybermen fight the Daleks? If the Daleks could fly?

38) The weird ELO cover band, in "Love And Monsters."
Sometimes the Doctor changes people's lives without even knowing it — like this group of loners who come together to play ELO in his honor. Too bad that mean alien guy ruins it.

37) The mirror stunt, in "The Girl In The Fireplace."
The cavalry arrives — literally, on a horse. Through a mirror from an alien spaceship.

36) K-9 finally shows his bite, in "School Reunion."
As an old-school fan of K-9 the tin dog, it's great to see him finally going ballistic and shooting down tons of killer bat creatures instead of creaking along. And then Giles from Buffy says "Bad dog," and K-9 says "Affirmative," and blows him up. Classic.

35) "It. Is. Defended!" in "The Christmas Invasion."
Another lovely defiant Doctor moment. He defeats the Syccorax in single combat, despite losing a hand along the way, and then gives a great speech telling them to tell everybody about the Earth's riches and wonders, and then tell all the nasty alien conquerors, "It. Is. Protected!"

34) The Doctor's defiant speech, in "Bad Wolf."
A lovely bit of defiance and brio, as the Doctor tells the Daleks he's going to rescue their hostage — and they're so shocked, they don't even think to execute her.

33) Captain Jack's naked showdown, in "Bad Wolf."
Where do you think he kept that gun?

32) "Everybody lives," in "The Doctor Dances."
The Doctor not only figures out why people are turning into gasmask-clad child-brained zombies, he manages to reverse it and save everybody. He's just so bright and in this episode.

31) Captain Jack rescues Rose, in "The Empty Child."
She's only in 1942 for a few minutes before she gets lifted up by a barrage balloon and winds up falling out of the sky... but Captain Jack, in his most swashbuckling moment ever, catches her with his spaceship. Awesome.

30) The Doctor regrows the TARDIS, in "Father's Day."
Rose has wrecked the space/time continuum, thanks to her daddy issues, but the Doctor is able to use the TARDIS key to regrow the TARDIS inside the church where everyone is sheltering. Too bad Rose messes things up again.

And the countdown continues at io9

Doctor 11?

The site Comic Book Resources section entitled Lying in the Gutter has a nice looky at a potential eleventh Doctor. 

Lying In The Gutters currently feels ready to make the call that Paterson Joseph in the new Doctor Who. I understand that while there were still a number of contenders in the running at the beginning of last week, the role was offered to him by the BBC a few days later and he accepted.

That Joseph was showrunner-from-2010 Steven Moffat's favourite choice, was revealed in Lying In The Gutters in early October, which caused the bookies to make him their favourite.

His odds dropped when further tabloid rumours tagged other actors, as well as a horrific misreading of the upcoming Christmas special co-starring David Morrissey as The Next Doctor - ignoring the audio drama it is based on, “The One Doctor.”

But as of now, he's the bookies' favourite again. And PaddyPower have withdrawn the category, a sign that they believe the decision has been made. Meanwhile Betfair have him at around 1/2 odds.

Joseph played a strong supporting role in Steve Moffat's “Jekyll”, Alan Johnson in “Peep Show” and a regular character actor in “The Mitchell And Webb Look”. He currently appears in the BBC remaking of Terry Nation's "Survivors."

He does a great line in pompous, mischievous, inspiring, well-presented, well-spoken, with a big cheesey grin. He's absolutely perfect for the role. I can't wait.

Also for 2010, we're not only getting a new Doctor but it appears the TARDIS console room will get a new desktop theme

See the full article here

Monday, November 24


Sorry, my internet has been down for the last few days, but heres a roundup of the latest Who related news.

Wednesday, November 19

Before the TARDIS

The BBC uncovered lots of stuff from its Doctor Who archives about the original concepts behind Doctor Who.

You can see all the new archived stuff right here
And below is an article covering this new addition!

Dusted Off

The Doctor without his time-travelling police box is difficult to imagine, but its creators initially proposed he journey through space in an invisible machine covered in light-resistant paint... viewers should see no machine at all, only "a shape of nothingness".

The BBC's head of drama insisted an invisible machine would not work and the doctor's vehicle should be a strong visual symbol. Wisely, writers also said a transparent, plastic bubble would be "lowgrade". But a seed of the Tardis idea is sown when they suggest using "some common object in the street"

Sydney Newman

These discussions are revealed in six previously unpublished documents, now digitised on the BBC Archive website. These include handwritten notes by Mr Newman, regarded by fans as the genius behind the original concept.

At the start, the writer Cecil Webber describes the Doctor as follows:
"A frail old man lost in space and time. They give him this name because they don't know who he is. He seems not to remember where he has come from: he is suspicious and capable of sudden malignance; he seems to have some undefined enemy; he is searching for something as well as fleeing from something. He has a 'machine' which enables them to travel together through time, through space and through matter."

It's hardly heroic but that description, apart from being frail, fits David Tennant perfectly. He's quite unforgiving and it's up to humans to remind him of his moral duty. That first description of the Doctor, played initially by an old-looking William Hartnell, still holds true today and his mystique is one of the show's guiding principles.

"The suspiciousness is something that's passed on through the years and the undefined enemy is things going wrong with the universe. And the mystery as well. It's not just a question mark, but the character itself - who is he? If that's ever resolved in the series, then that's the day it fails."

But what about the ideas that didn't make it?

Mr Newman scribbled "Nuts!" next to the suggestion that the Doctor's secret mission was to meddle with time and destroy the future. But six years later, an element of that was worked into the plot when the Time Lords arrived.

Mr Newman insisted that the show educate and inform, as well as entertain. Hence scenes where science teacher Ian discussed the property of acid on a planet, or history teacher Barbara enlightened viewers about the Aztecs.

But even Mr Newman's foresight failed him on occasion. One of the cardinal rules for the new show, spelled out in one of the newly-released documents, is "No Bug-Eyed Monsters" - which Newman abbreviated to "No BEMs" - and no tin robots. He was therefore angry to find that rule had been broken to accommodate tin-can baddies armed with plungers, called Daleks.

Even geniuses can get some things wrong.

Read the full article right here
I advise you go have a snoop about the archives, they're fantastic!

Missing Tapes?

From The Telegraph... would be good if more were found.

Doctor Who tapes 'missing in Thailand'

Nine missing episodes of Doctor Who have been tracked down to Thailand. The BBC wiped dozens of episodes of the sci-fi serial during the 1960s and 1970s to make space in its archives.

However, some tapes thought lost forever have turned up in different corners of the world, having been shipped there by the BBC for broadcast on foreign television networks.

Researcher Damian Finucane claims to have traced nine early episodes to Thailand, including the seven-part Journey To Cathay serial in which the time-travelling Doctor joined Marco Polo on the Silk Route. They were sent for broadcast on the country's now-defunct Channel 4 in 1967.

Mr Finucane is offering a cash reward to anyone who knows the whereabouts of the missing tapes. "Records show that nine episodes from Doctor Who were shipped to Bangkok, and now we're looking for anybody who has any information about it," he told the Bangkok Post.

"There are at least a few thousand episodes of Doctor Who, but we are still missing 108 of them and nine may still survive in Thailand. We're looking all over the place to recover what we can.

"We don't mind if you have them on VHS or on film, and we don't care if it has been dubbed into Thai. We just need to find them. Doctor Who has great historical and cultural value - the missing episodes are a lost heritage."

Read the full article here

Simm on Who

Just a small extract from a larger article about John Simm and his new role in The Devils Whore...

Simm has great affection for Life on Mars. He'd even consider doing a one-off special if the BBC were to ask him. Has the Beeb asked him to be Doctor Who? “I'm the Master. Simple as that. I don't want to be Doctor Who. I might be the Master again... I'm not allowed to say.”

Read the full article here :)

Saturday, November 15

CiN - The Next Doctor

Apologies for not posting this sooner, my internet decided not to work yesterday. But anyway, here is the Children in Need segment of

Thursday, November 13

Planet Gallifrey in Spanish

Planet Gallifrey has been going for a while now, and I never had any idea it would do as well as it has. And now I'm very pleased and excited to announce that we now have Planet Gallifrey in Spanish!

This fantastic site has been created by so that spanish talkers can visit it knowing they have all the same information, but in their language. So go and visit!

Wednesday, November 12


The Daily Record has a nice interview with John Simm where he talk about an up coming role, and of course, Doctor Who!

I find some aspects of stardom quite strange, admits Doctor Who star John Simm

JOHN SIMM has been here, there and everywhere over the last couple of years and he is on the move again for his latest TV project, the hard-hitting historical drama The Devil's Whore.

Since 2006 John has been transformed from an actor with a fine reputation to a household name, courtesy of those key roles in Life On Mars and Dr Who. And while having no regrets about involving himself in either project, it's clear that the label 'star' sits heavily on his shoulders.

"It's not what I came into this business to be, it's never what I aspired to be," says John, relaxing between scenes on the set of The Devil's Whore near Cape Town.

"I'm okay with most aspects of recognition. I accept that kids are going to want my autograph when they see me in the street and clock me from Dr Who and I'm more than happy to oblige. But there are some parts of 'stardom' which I find strange. For example, when I'd finished Life On Mars and Dr Who I felt the need to disappear for a while, to step away from the spotlight.

"So I did a play, Elling, in London, and every night I came out of the theatre there'd be this same guy there, asking for my autograph. I can understand somebody wanting me to sign my name for them once, but 19 times? Very strange.

"And I never realised what impact playing The Master was going to have on my seven-year-old son, Ryan. I'd take him to school in the morning and I'd feel like the Pied Piper with this huge gaggle of kids around me in playground.

"Ryan is proud of the fact that his dad's been in Dr Who - one of the reasons I wanted to be in the programme, in the first place, is because he's such a fan of the show - but he was a bit freaked out by all the attention and I'm sorry it happened that way.

"Though I'm not, by the way," adds John, hastily, "ruling out a return to Dr Who in the future.
"It's too exciting a show to be a part offor me to do that."

Read the full article here for much Simm enjoyment!

Julie Gardner hits USA

The Gardian has an article covering Julie Gardner's plans to possibly move to LA.. although this is unconfirmed so I have no idea whats going on :)

US move on the cards for BBC's Julie Gardner

The outgoing BBC Wales head of drama, Julie Gardner, who oversees shows including Doctor Who and Merlin, is set to join her current boss Jane Tranter in the US. understands the Gardner is being lined up for a job with Tranter, the outgoing BBC Fiction controller, when she moves to Los Angeles on Boxing Day to head up BBC Worldwide's west coast drama and entertainment production operation.

Sources have said that Gardner is expected to joi
n Tranter in LA in late 2009 after she has finished work on her remaining BBC Wales commitments, with one insider saying she was being lined up either as Tranter's deputy or her head of production.
Gardner, who co-executive produces Doctor Who, announced in December last year that she would stand down from her role at BBC Wales in January.

There has been speculation that at least two of the Doctor Who specials could be filmed in the US, with Gardner going out to oversee them with a permanent move to LA soon after.

At the time of Gardner's announcement of her departure in December last year, Tranter described her as "one of the most impressive television executives in the UK".

"Her success over the past four years in BBC Wales drama has been unparalleled and her work on Doctor Who has earned her a place in TV history," she said.

A BBC spokesman said: "Julie has not announced any plans to move."

Read the full article here

Monday, November 10

Digital Spy

The good and the great from Digital Spy have come up with 2 articles that are definitely worth a read.

The first is a run down of the believed "contenders" for the 11th Doctor:

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Joss Whedon recognised his talent by casting him as the sword-wielding Operative in space western Firefly's big screen follow-up Serenity, but it was Ejiofor's role in David Mamet's recent film Redbelt that really highlights his 'Doctorish' qualities.

Paterson Joseph
Joseph has nabbed roles in space-based sitcom Hyperdrive, Neil Gaiman's fantasy Neverwhere, and of course Doctor Who - as the ill-fated Weakest Link contestant Rodric. We've seen Freema Agyeman return to Who playing another character, so don't think that appearance will work against him.

Sean Pertwee
Wouldn't it be sweet if Pertwee follows in the footsteps of his late father Jon by playing the Time Lord? Sharing the Third Doctor's rasping voice and rugged looks, the 44-year-old has explored both the future and space in films such as Event Horizon and Soldier. Tackling the Slitheen and werewolves should be a doddle after his experiences in Dog Soldiers.

Dexter Fletcher
A long shot, but perhaps Moffat could reward Fletcher for helping his early show Press Gang take off? As the rebellious teen Spike Thompson, his American accent was so convincing that viewers were shocked when he popped up as presenter on Gamesmaster and spoke in his natural Cockney tones.

Read the full article here

And the second is a shorter one talking about how RTD is unconcerned about the amount of pressure David Tennant's Doctor Who successor will face.

"I don't really think there will be a problem with the next Doctor being under too much pressure... the next actor will sit there thinking it's 15 prime-time slots a year on BBC One. It's a great part, a great script - parts like that don't come along very often.

"Actors are clever and very ambitious. They have to be, just to be successful. A lot of actors will actually watch David and say 'I can do better than that' and they'll grab the chance to take over."

Read the full article here

Saturday, November 8

RTD interview

The BBC Writers Room have wonderfully added an interview with RTD all about his career and his time on Doctor Who. Tis a long one, so I've picked out a few of the questions. But I strongly advise you to go read it properly!

You're the showrunner on Doctor Who, which means you're in complete control - when do you have to lay down the law and say no to people?
It sounds like quite an antagonistic process. It's not, it's a team process, you've chosen to work with these people in the first place. I think it's right that the writer has more responsibility - the writer's created it. I know how it should feel and what sort of cast it should have, what sort of colours it should be, what sort of speed it should build at, so I have a lot to say about that.
Phil Collinson and I, I don't think we've ever had a proper argument. We disagree about casting, we disagree about all sorts of things but we've never, from all the years of making the show - and it's a very tough show under very great pressure - we've never had what you'd actually call an argument. Because it's creative, when you've got the people there it just works that way.

Being a producer is something I think all writers should do and I think it's a process we should head towards, but a lot of writers are mad. They're barking a lot of the time. They've got to learn they can't stand there and say "No, that shirt should be blue." (Unless the script says "I like your blue shirt," then something's gone wrong.)

You're a big fan of Doctor Who. Did you know what you wanted to do with it when you took it on?
I did know it very well, and there are a million different versions I could have made, but in the end I probably didn't think about it too much and just sat down and wrote on instinct. Because they'd come to me, they said we want you to do it, so in the end you've got to have the nerve or the confidence to say they want a version of this in the way that I write. They want the Russell T Davies version of Doctor Who, which is always going to have barmy mothers, and sexy men, and jokes, and a sense of humour that switches to darkness in the flick of an eye. That's my style and speed and energy and I'd like to think I bring an honesty to it as well.

It's a weird one, Doctor Who, because in many ways it's the one piece of work I've written that bears an audience in mind more than any other, and it's the most successful. As a writer I'm a bit stuck on this, because as a writer you're meant to sit and say story is the most important thing, don't think about the audience, just follow the story, and I have done that for years. Now I find myself genuinely sitting there, not with charts and things but instinctively thinking I want more women watching this, I want the old fans watching this, I want children watching this, and doing things to take care of that. 

And when Doctor Who started in 1963 it was a very specifically designed programme. It was actually put together by a focus group for that slot on a Saturday night, it was invented. It wasn't one man. A whole summer's worth of research went into it saying what people want. Put a child in it, put responsible adults in it, put a mysterious old man in it... All the format was worked out by committee. So in some ways I'm still being true to that and going, actually, well that worked then and I think it'll still work now.

You still could never have foreseen it would work, it's still a massive shock, it still surprises me to this day, it delights me to this day that it works. But we couldn't have predicted that, so when you see it happening it's actually quite strange. You sit there thinking, record-breaking viewing figures, number one in the charts, you sit there thinking that's what I planned. Which is weird, it's not meant to go that way.

How much do you plan what you write?
It's sort of half-planned and half-improvised. I'm in a really lucky position because being an executive producer, I'm there all the time. So I think about it all day and every day. I've got every option going through my head all day, every day. But in the end the story tells itself to you. You sort of look at them and you think well Rose Tyler loves being with the Doctor, and it's just common sense, there's no other ending, she's never going to choose to leave. I'm never going to kill her, so you've got to invent two parallel universes and split them up, and it's got to be that big. You know she can't be injured or lost or something like that, she's got to be safe with her parents, and you literally end up inventing a whole parallel world in order to solve a plot problem

Why do you have episodes of Doctor Who that hardly include David Tennant?
Every year we do an episode that has very little David Tennant in – that's simply because of cost. We used to make 13 episodes a year, and then when it became a huge success they gave us a Christmas episode as well, so we now have to make 14 episodes in the same time that we made 13. So every year we have to work out a way of taking David and the companion out.
We could pay everyone to stay on a few more weeks and do another episode but it's a very long shoot, and David goes off and does stuff for HBO or BBC1 in every break, so it gives your lead actors a chance to do something else. So it's part logistics, part cost, part interesting system, because out of that we've got some really interesting episodes. Some great ones, I think. It keeps everyone on their toes.

What is your favourite episode that you've written of Doctor Who?
Oh I can't answer that. Honestly I really can't answer that. It's like asking what's your favourite child. I like them for different reasons.

There's an episode called Gridlock that I really like, but I like that one because it was the first episode I wrote completely in Cardiff. I used to go to and fro from Manchester to Cardiff, carry scripts and disks and emails with me between two cities, and with Gridlock I was going oh I've had enough of that, I live in Cardiff, I'm going to do it in Cardiff. So that episode was a psychological breakthrough in a sense. You know the superstitions you have as a writer, you think here's my Manchester desk, I can only write at my Manchester desk. I used to believe that, for two years. And Gridlock broke that superstition and I wrote it in Cardiff. Now of course I'm stuck writing in Cardiff.

So I like that one, but for very different reasons to the one you mean. That might not be the best episode, although it is marvellous, but it's very personally good for me.

Read the full article here!

Beeb for Black Doctor?

From The Sun... so... who knows!

Time is Right for a black Doctor Who

BBC bosses are in talks to sign actor Colin Salmon to be the first black Doctor Who.
They want the James Bond star to take over when David Tennant, 37, leaves in 2009.

Colin, 45, appeared as character Dr Moon this year — but is best known as M’s assistant in three 007 films. He was tipped to land the Bond role before it went to Daniel Craig.

A BBC source said: “He made a good impression when he appeared and bosses think the time is right to have the first black Doctor.”

And thats it, but you can read it on the official Sun page here

No Nesbitt

From the BelfastTelegraph. Apparently we definitely wont be getting a Nesbitt Doctor.

He may be one of the bookies’ favourites to take over from David Tennant but James Nesbitt has said he is definitely not the man to play Dr Who.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph Nesbitt said: “I am not interested in the role whatsoever. I haven’t been approached about it but even if I was, it’s just not something I would want to do.

“People started linking my name with the role because I worked on Jekyll with Steven Moffatt. When I was a kid I never watched Dr Who, although my children are big fans now.

“David Tennant was a fantastic doctor and will be a hard act to follow but I think Paterson Joseph would be ideal for the job. I worked with him on Cold Feet, Murphy’s Law and Jekyll and he is a brilliant actor with a huge range.

“They need someone who could appeal to children, and like David Tennant, Paterson has that empathy. He is much better equipped for the job than I am.”

The Coleraine actor — currently starring in a new indie film Blessed alongside Natascha McElhone — has worked non-stop over the last 18 months, filming television dramas Jekyll, The Passion, Occupation and Five Minutes of Heaven.

But he revealed that he will be taking a break now to spend more time with his family.
“For the first time in around 10 years I have no idea what I’m going to be doing after this.”

So there you go! Read the full article here if you so wish to.

Thursday, November 6

New New Doctor?!

Reported from a few places, but I'm going with Den of Geek's version because I like it.

New Doctor to be announced on Children In Need?

Due to be broadcast on Friday 14th November, one of the treats for Children In Need, according to Wogan, could be that they “may announce the new Doctor Who”. 

Now this could clearly mean a number of things, as part of the Children In Need extravaganza will be the broadcasting of the first two minutes of the upcoming Christmas special, The Next Doctor. Could Wogan’s comment be related to that, which is quite likely? Could the man just be going mad? Or are we really going to see the planet’s most anticipated casting decision revealed in the midst of a charity telethon?

So yes, fun! Read the full article here for the pure joy.

Who's your grandaddy?

From The Sun, all about Moffat's plans for the future!

The next Doctor Who could be a Grandad if the show’s new boss gets his way.
Steven Moffat thinks his ideal Time Lord would be over 40 and more like a grandfather than a young actor.

Speculation over who the new Doctor will be has intensified since David Tennant revealed that he is quitting after filming next year’s four specials.

Moffat — who will take over from RTD — said: “Although I loved Peter Davison and Paul McGann, probably the best two actors in the role, I don’t think young, dashing Doctors are right at all.

“He should be 40-plus and weird-looking — the kind of wacky grandfather kids know on sight to be secretly one of them.”

Veteran TV writer Moffat, 47, told the show’s magazine in 1999 that the best actor to play the role would already be famous, adding: “Any actor with the ‘right stuff’ is unlikely to be a complete unknown.”

Read the full article here

Brief Encounter With David Morrissey

From WhatsonStage. A nice interview with the upcoming co-star of The Next Doctor, David Morriessy.

You’re in the Doctor Who Christmas special. What can we expect?
Well, it was Kylie last year and me this year! I play a character called The Doctor – a man who believes himself to be a Time Lord. It was great to be on board, because I’m a huge fan of the programme and of David Tennant. As for any talk of me taking over as the next Doctor, well, if or when they do choose someone, they would have to totally different to David, which I am!

Most of the interview covers Morrissey's other work, but if you want to read the full article then Clicky here!

Billie Piper as the Doctor?!

Something new to add to the speculation pile, reported by The Telegraph.

Billie Piper could be next Dr Who

The actor is to quit his role as the Time Lord in the BBC's long-running sci-fi show at the end of next year. Piper previously played Rose Tyler, Tennant's feisty assistant, and was a big hit with fans.

Asked if Piper could step into the role, Tennant said a female Doctor was a distinct possibility.
"Why not? It's one of those parts that any actor could bring something valid to, because it can be anything and it's a sort of blank canvas every time."

"Who knows what might happen in the future. It is one of those parts that sticks with you... the door isn't closed forever, but in a day to day way I'll be handing over the mantle to somebody else."

Piper - who gave birth to her first child, a son called Winston, last month - will now be among the front-runners to play the 11th Doctor. Other contenders include Paterson Joseph, who has appeared in previous episodes of the show and would be the first black Doctor; David Morrissey, who appears in the Christmas special, intriguingly titled The Next Doctor; and James Nesbitt, star of Cold Feet.

There has been talk of a female Doctor once before, when Joanna Lumley was mooted as a replacement for Tom Baker in 1981. However, the role went to Peter Davison.

Read the full article here

DW artwork

io9 has an article with some amazing Doctor and Martha artwork if you care to have a browse over there.

The suggestion is that the artist (Ben Templesmith) should work on a new Doctor Who comic, but nothing as been decided yet. Still, good pictures!

Elisabeth Sladen - SJA

Heres a nice article/interview from The Age about Elisabeth Sladen and her role as Sarah Jane in her spinoff show.

Spin-off from the Tardis

FOR 35 years, British actress Elisabeth Sladen has lived with the character that made her famous - Doctor Who companion Sarah Jane Smith. She joined the original series in 1973 when Jon Pertwee was the Doctor, and then spent more than two years alongside Tom Baker, making her one of the best-loved companions from the series.

"She is a lovely character," Sladen explains about her attachment to Sarah Jane. "I aspire to be part of who she is, but I don't think I'll get there. She makes mistakes, but she keeps coming back and trying because she doesn't want anyone to be hurt. You know, when you're young, you think 'It's not fair; I have to make it fair'. She never lost that attitude. I like her; I like her very much."

Doctor Who was never far from Sladen, and in 2006 Sarah Jane returned to the revived series, and proved so popular she was given her own spin-off children's series, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

"I don't think they'd thought of it at the time; I believe it was a one-shot wonder for her to come back, and I thought 'what a lovely place to leave her'. But then RTD started to rethink. I didn't see the possibilities, but he did."

The new series sees Sarah Jane return to her journalist roots as she investigates aliens and monsters, but with her adopted son Luke and his school friends. Being aimed at a younger audience didn't mean that Sladen approached Sarah Jane any differently though.

"Your guideline is the script, and you add your bits and pieces to it. The only time Sarah Jane really changes for me is that she's different with the Doctor than she is with the children. You put yourself in a different position; you lead more with the children and you look after them, and I think with the Doctor, she was more likely to leap and think afterwards. It's a different dynamic with different responsibilities."

"There's a very real but very safe atmosphere about The Sarah Jane Adventures. Things are explained and not glossed over. You have big issues, like people losing people - Maria's family are not together; we touch very briefly on Alzheimer's, for example - but it's all done in a very supportive way."

And what about beyond that? Will Sarah Jane be around for a while yet? "I never like to look that far in the future; I never expected to be around this long, but I think she's still got some mileage."

Read the full article here

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