Planet Gallifrey: May 2009

Friday, May 29

Who's that Girl?

Well, now we know who Smithy will be cavorting through time and space with in series 5!
From the BBC

Little-known actress Karen Gillan has been unveiled as the next assistant in Doctor Who. The 21-year-old will star alongside new Time Lord Matt Smith in the new series, to be broadcast next year.

Gillan has already appeared in the drama, having played a Soothsayer in The Fires Of Pompeii in the last run.

"I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor's new companion. - I just can't wait to get started," she said. "The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can't quite believe I am going to be a part of it. Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him."

Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Piers Wenger said she brings "energy and excitement" to the role. "When she auditioned alongside Matt we knew we had something special," he said.

Writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said they saw some "amazing actresses" but Gillan "walked through the door the game was up". He described her as "funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it".

"A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too," he added.

Gillan, from Inverness, developed a love for acting after attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in various school productions. At the age of 16, she decided to pursue her career further and left school to study acting at Edinburgh's Telford College.

She went on to secure a place at the Italia Conti drama school in London and landed her first role in the Scottish drama Rebus. Parts in Channel 4's Stacked, The Kevin Bishop Show and James Nesbitt's forthcoming film Outcast followed, but the role in Doctor Who is her first high profile to date.

Read the full article here
So what does everybody think of that then?!

Who in America

Hooray for all ye overseas!
This was taken from Variety

At BBC America, the Doctor is finally in. The net has acquired the five "Doctor Who" specials that will finish showrunner Russell T. Davies' run on the venerable Brit sci-fi franchise that starred David Tennant as the Doctor.

"The Next Doctor," the series' Christmas special, will air at 9 p.m. June 27, and the next spec ("Planet of the Dead") is set for July. Dates and times for the final three shows are to be determined, but the next incarnation of the show is already in the works, with Steven Moffat (who worked on the Davies version) as showrunner and thesp Matt Smith as the Doctor.

"Doctor Who" has aired on Sci Fi for four seasons, with BBC America preeming Davies' spinoff series "Torchwood" (which will continue) and running the parent show a season late. "Torchwood" will air as a five-episode cycle this year, as well, starting in July.


Tennant's Hamlet

The high and mighty really DO listen to the people sometimes!

If, like me, you missed David Tennant's highly praised role as Hamlet, then do not fear any longer. Its been confirmed that its coming to our screens!

As reported by the Daily Mail:

David Tennant is bringing his Hamlet to the screen. Tennant famously played the Danish prince as part of a Royal Shakespeare Company ensemble at Stratford and in the West End.

The entire cast from that production will be joining him, including Patrick Stewart as Claudius, Penny Downie as Gertrude, Mariah Gale as Ophelia and Edward Bennett as Laertes. Gregory Doran, who staged the play for the RSC, will shoot the film version on location.

Doran's stage production became a phenomenon and every night in Stratford and London there were people queuing around the block for returns.

The joint RSC/BBC production will be shown first on BBC2 and there are plans being discussed for it to be released on DVD. As BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow noted, 'it's a wonderful opportunity to bring one of the great stage successes of last year to a wider audience'.

You can also read about this from the BBC or from the RSC

Tuesday, May 26

RTD talks Tennant's return

Following on from the press release, RTD gave a mini interview about Tennant's appearance in the Sarah Jane adventures.

You can watch this on the BBC news page here - and as far as I'm aware it should work for everyone, but let me know if not.


DT in SJA - press release

And now its utterly official!

The BBC press office have released info on the David Tennant's appearance as the Doctor in the Sarah Jane Adventures, and it looks exciting!

Doctor Who fans are in for a treat this Autumn as David Tennant makes a special appearance as The Doctor in CBBC's hit drama series The Sarah Jane Adventures with a starring role across two episodes.

Elisabeth Sladen, who plays Sarah Jane, says: "When I heard the news that David was going to be joining us I was absolutely over the moon. Not only has it made my day but it will also make the viewers' day.

"It's fantastic news that Sarah Jane is going to spend some time working with The Doctor again and is testament to just how successful this CBBC series is."

RTD, Executive Producer of The Sarah Jane Adventures, adds: "Viewers thought they may have to wait until November for the next full episode of Doctor Who, but this is an extra special treat.

"And it's not just a cameo from David – this is a full-on appearance for The Doctor as he and Sarah Jane face their biggest threat ever."

The series includes 12 weeks of brand new adventures featuring a new alien race, the reptilian Veil and their enemies the Judoon, alongside an extraterrestrial girl that can make people play games against their will.

There will also be a living painting, the inhabitants of a supposedly haunted house, monsters who want to infect Earth with a strangely aggressive weed and a chance for Sarah Jane to find personal happiness with someone who could be the perfect person to complete her family.

So there we go!

In a similar article from DenOfGeek its hinted at that the episode with the Doctor's apperance will be the one where Sarah Jane gets married. Which seems to make sense in my mind - of course the Doctor would want to be around for that happy occasion!

Then again I could just be clutching at straws :)

Dreamland animated story

Although Tennant is due to regenerate soon, it looks like we'll still be seeing about in the Whoniverse for a bit longer!

From DenOfGeek
Debuting in "Autumn," a new animated Doctor Who story, entitled Dreamland, will be hitting the small screen through the BBC's red button service and Children's BBC. There will be seven episodes comprising of approximately six minutes. Viewers may remember The Infinite Quest

Starring as The Doctor is David Tennant and he will be joined by: Georgia Moffett though she is not playing Jenny, her character is called Cassie Rice; the voice of Bernice Summerfield, Lisa Bowerman (Survival); and the legendary David Warner (Tron, Time Bandits). Warner is also no stranger to Doctor Who having played the Time Lord himself in a 2003 audio play.

The writer for Dreamland is Phil Ford who is one of the few to pen stories for the triumvirate of Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. His Who story, The Waters of Mars (due to be broadcast in November), was co-written with Russell T Davies.

In this month's Doctor Who Magazine, RTD hints that a third special project might be on the way (DT's appearance in SJA being the first), he says: "... it would be nice to round things off with a Special Project 3... I can promise, it's worth waiting for!"

Read the full article here

Sunday, May 24

Tonights the Night

Yesterday David Tennant guest stared on Tonights the Night with John Barrowman. Watch and enjoy the hilarity!


Barrowman concert with Tennant

John Barrowman at the moment is involved in a concert tour, and it just so happened that someone managed to get footage of when David Tennant went to go watch him.

In this video Barrowman points out David Tennant sitting in the balcony wearing a 'Team Barrowman 09' t-shirt, as well as some other antics.

With thanks to missmirk for uploading!

Friday, May 22

Burger Eater

Its well known that we have very little idea about what goes on in the filming for Tredegar House. But now we've been given a little tip off thanks to Mikew:

Stay through the boring bit , it is worth it.

My father is involved in the special constabulary here in South Wales. That's the voluntary Police force here in the UK for those that don't know. He regularly attends meetings and during one recently, one of the volunteer coppers chatted to him about myself being a DW fan. This lady works for one of the catering agencies used by the production team. She informed Dad that she had been at Tredegar House recently , at the same time as those wonderful set reporters on this site had snapped away. Part of her role that day was to cook and check the temperature of a lot of hamburgers which John Simm had to eat as part of his scenes. She met JS and said he was a top guy.

All the above is true as far as it's been told to me second hand. My Father , although approaching 70 and likely senility , knows not to fib to me in asny aspect of the Whoniverse!

Fantastic picture courtesy of Kate Orman.

So now we know that the Master eats at least one burger.

Thursday, May 21

Goodbye to the TARDIS

Earlier today BBC Wales had an interview with RTD, talking about his time on Doctor Who...

"The man who rejuvenated Doctor Who, Russell T Davies, takes one last look inside the Tardis before filming wraps up on the new series."

You can watch the interview on the BBC site here and from the looks of it, it works for people overseas fine

If not, you can always watch it on youtube here

Sun "Spoilers"

I just thought I'd draw your attention to another hilarious article by The Sun where they saw a speculated discussion on something and decided to make it absolute, set-in-stone fact.

As far as I know, there's absolutely no truth in this.

Who’s off to do U.S. film deal?

DOCTOR Who boss Russell T Davies is heading to Hollywood, fuelling fresh rumours of a movie spin-off.
Russell, who is behind the show’s hit rebirth, is refusing to reveal why he is heading Stateside.

But insiders claim he is hoping to crack the film market — with a Doctor Who movie his first project.

His agent listed the movie as part of Russ’s credits on his web profile, but took it down after net geeks rumbled it.

A source said: “He is secretive about Doctor Who. Let's hope the rumours are right.”

Read the full article here

The End is Nigh

Sad day...

After yesterdays inside filming, Benjamin Cook commented on twitter that "thats a wrap" indicating that Tennant has finished filming on Who....

Of course there might be pick ups and other minor things, but it looks like maybe the main filming is over. We might not see another Tennant set report again for Who.

Benjamin Cook also quoted David Tennant from the set yesterday as saying, "I'm like an uncool spiderman", which of course led to an outburst of speculation as to what he was doing: kissing upside down, wearing some kind of skin-tight suit (perhaps for regeneration) or maybe it was completely un-who related.

Either way, Tennants time filming may be over, but we've still go 3 specials to go and all the interviews and extra media goodness that comes with them.

Plus Matt Smith starts filming in a month or so :)

Sunday, May 17


*peeps round corner ashamedly*

Hey all :)
I'm so sorry for not posting anything sooner, I really am... and it seems I've missed a lot of shenanigans during my absence as well. I wont go into detail but, eugh, exams and essays and personal stuff all added up into a giant conglomeration of stress... I truly admire people who are able to find the time to keep blogs updated daily.

Anywhoo, sorry again. Hopefully there are still some people hanging about to read this. Well done you!

Here is news in multiple forms:

Doctor Who filming, 15.05.09

Haha, it was bound to happen wasn't it?
Oh yes, a very interesting scene (or possibly scenes) was filmed recently.

And by the way, I have no idea if this is the right order for the scenes, or even whats going on in them. I'm just guessing :)

Episode 18, scene 7

A young, naive Rose walks with Jackie through the Powell Estate. Its decorated with Christmas lights, graffiti, and the ground is covered in snow. From their expressions, it almost looks as if they're having a bit of a tiff...

Whether this is the case or not, they seem to make up as they hug and wish each other a 'happy new year', this is followed by Rose telling Jackie not to stay out all night, to which she replies 'you try and stop me!'

While this is happening, the Doctor is standing around the corner. The TARDIS is further down the street but not near him at this time. He leans against the wall and seems momentarily convulsed with pain, staggering just as Rose walks past.

Rose: Are you alright, mate?
Doctor: What year is it?
Rose: 2005
Doctor: You know what? I bet your going to have a really great year.

This was taken between takes

And then I'm assuming that after this interchange Rose walks on, obviously having no idea who this man is since she hasn't even met the 9th Doctor yet... and our Doctor... well, he has exciting encounters :)

A very evil looking Ood Sigma...

EDIT: Apparently Sigma wasn't supposed to have red-eye, it was a mistake made by the costume department and when they re-shot the scene he was normal and un-evil.

There was speculation that this scene was merely a pick up shot from the end of Waters of Mars, however, since the Doctor is wearing his brown suit rather than his blue I'm going to assume that this is a second encounter with Sigma.

Unfortunately we don't really know anything about this second scene since the set reporters were asked to not take any photos or divulge spoilers. The only reason we have the Ood picture at all is because newspapers are apparently less honest :P

But according the quite a few people, the filming was very very emotional... the bittersweet kind as well...

You can see more amazing pictures here:
Katiespbrennan's Photobucket
StarShipTrooper's Photobucket
The Daily Mail
News of the World

But here are some more anyway!

A HUGE thank you to StarShipTrooper, rassilon053, vickster51, katiespbrennan, Austin39, Schehera, and anyone else who reported from the shoot :D

Torchwood Radio

Woop! Torchwood is back on the radio!

After the success of Torchwood: Lost Souls (which you can listen to here) the good old BBC have decided to bring out three new radio plays with the Torchwood cast!

Three 45 minute episodes will air in Radio 4's Afternoon Play slot at 2.15pm. The three new radio plays bridge the gap between Torchwood: Lost Souls and the upcoming Torchwood: Children of Earth television series.

The episodes feature Captain Jack, Gwen & Ianto and have been recorded over the last two weeks. The episodes will be broadcast in advance of Torchwood: Children of Earth and will be available in the UK on BBC iPlayer and as a download for 7 days after broadcast.

Asylum by Anita Sullivan
The story of a teen runaway called Freda who is brought to the attention of Torchwood by PC Andy. As Gwen, Jack and Ianto investigate where this troubled girl has come from, Andy finds himself drawn closer than ever before into the world of Torchwood.

Golden Age by James Goss
Torchwood go to India to investigate the disappearance of hundreds of people. The trail leads them to an old colonial club which seems strangely stuck in the past as does its young and beautiful owner, the Duchess.

The Dead Line by Phil Ford
A series of mysterious phone calls lead Jack into danger, and result in 'a very emotional moment for Ianto'.

Read the full article here

Tuesday, May 5

Rose in finale?

Some very interesting stuff going on on Life the Universe & Combom today!

Apparently there may be a scene (just one) filmed later this week that includes David Tennant and Billie Piper who are supposedly listed on the Call Sheet as "The Other Doctor" and "Rose Smith".

The scene is 165 which is after the bookstore scene, and very near the end of it all... perhaps right around the time a regeneration would happen??

So will it be Rose and 10.5 turning up to say goodbye? Or helping with the regeneration? Or perhaps it'll just be a reaction shot - since 10.5 is linked to 10 perhaps he just feels when 10 is regenerating?

Who knows, but another rumour thats been hinted at is that the Doctor regenerates alone in the TARDIS - so no companion will be with him.

Obviously these are just rumours at the moment, but if its true then I wonder when Martha will be turning up - they can't really just leave her out can they?

You can read the full post here

Tennant in SJA?

I was sent an email recently that made me very excited indeed!

As we know DW is still filming and SJA has started filming as well - but they're being very secretive. Apparently Tennant was at the read through for SJA which obviously indicates he's going to be in one of the episodes, but thats about as far as we know.

Until now!

On the 20th April there was some filming in Penarth which included Tennant and the TARDIS. It might have included other things but the security was very very tight.

Credit to these wonderful photos goes to Mali :)

Now this could have just been for Doctor Who (they were filming there the previous week) but Tennant isn't wearing the same clothes as he is for the last special, which can only suggest that this is him in an episode of SJA!

A HUGE thanks to Guy and Mali :)