Planet Gallifrey: August 2010

Monday, August 30

Tennant in 'Rex Is Not Your Lawyer'

Here's a clip from the NBC pilot, which stars David Tennant and his American accent.

Oh dear...!

Sunday, August 29

Chaos at Karen Gillan signing

Fans have been left disappointed by the Karen Gillan signing in Glasgow, yesterday afternoon.

Some 100 fans, including people who had been queueing for hours, were turned away from the signing due to confusion and a breakdown in communication.

Meanwhile, regarding her tenure on the show, Gillan didn't reveal any information, saying she's "just taking it series by series and I’m just having fun. So, I don’t know. I have no idea."

"It’s really funny but it’s also heartbreaking," she said of the upcoming special, "and you get a glimpse into Amy and Rory's honeymoon, which is an interesting one."

Karen also remained tight-lipped about the next series, which will air as part of a split transmission next year.

Series 6 to be a 'split transmission'

Calling all Doctor Who fans - this is huge news!

The BBC have revealed that the next series of Doctor Who will be split into two parts - one in Spring and one in Autumn.

The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.

Steven Moffat said: "The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!"

We will get 7 episodes in Spring and 6 in Autumn.

Saturday, August 28

Third 'Adventure Game' Released

The third in the 'Adventure Games' series has now been released.

Named 'TARDIS', players can explore the TARDIS as the Doctor, something which has never been done before.

It can be downloaded here for PC and Mac users in the UK.

Friday, August 27

Daleks Invade for Children in Need!

On 11-12 September, The National Space Centre is being paid a visit by some of the Doctor's deadliest foes, all in aid of Children in Need.

On Saturday, they will be joined by Ruari Mears, who has played a whole host of villains, such as the Slitheen, Cybermen and Hath. On Sunday, Nina de Cosimo (Blanche in Victory of the Daleks) and Sonila Vjeshta (Vampires of Venice) will be attending.

The updating guest list can be checked out on their Facebook page or on their website. Check this out for more information on getting there.

Wednesday, August 25

Armstrong reveals SJA details

In an interview with Digital Spy, Alexander Armstrong (voice of Mr. Smith) revealed some information about the upcoming series of The Sarah Jane Adventures:

Are there any hints you can give on what's coming up?
"There's some brilliant things coming up. I've done the first four episodes, which were great. Luke (Tommy Knight) goes off to Oxford University and there's some intrigue surrounding that. There's a nasty nightmare creature. And K-9 goes off with Luke - there's a very sweet moment between Mr. Smith and K-9. They sort of admit their grudging respect for each other."

The Sarah Jane Adventures will start its fourth series later this year, with guest appearances from Katy Manning and Matt Smith.

Tuesday, August 24

Ninten-doctor Who!

This winter, Doctor Who fans will be getting a treat with two new games coming out! Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth will be available on the Nintendo DS and Doctor Who: Return to Earth will be available on the Nintendo Wii, both apparently bringing back the classic aliens - the Daleks and Cybermen. The games will be out on the 29th October - preorder them here and here.

These two games follow the 'The Adventure Games', the third of which (confirmed to be called 'TARDIS') will be available on Friday 27th August.

Sunday, August 22

Clip of the Week: Caramelldansen

Not really a clip, but I had to put it up here!

The Doctor Who version of Caramelldansen :D

Saturday, August 21

Matt & Karen on The One Show

The lovely duo went on The One Show the other day - check it out below! And we also got to see a sneak peak at the Chrimbo special! (after the jump)

Friday, August 20

First Look at the SJA Book Covers!

Check 'em out!

Next 'Adventure Game' revealed

The third episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games has been revealed.

TARDIS will allow players to explore and fly the famous blue police box for the first time in the show's history.

After becoming stuck in a riptide that sucks the Doctor out into space, Amy must investigate the TARDIS in order to rescue him and restore normality.

The episode will uncover the secrets of the time travelling device, including a location created specifically for the game as well as two brand new monsters.

“TARDIS is a brilliant, brilliant adventure. It’s funny, touching, terrifying, amazing - everything a Doctor Who episode should be,” said executive producer Steven Moffat.

"Since 1963, kids have wondered what it would be like to control the TARDIS. Now we're handing complete control of the most powerful ship in all of space and time to a generation of children. Everybody duck!"

The episode has been scripted by James Moran, who has previously worked on Torchwood: Children Of Earth and Doctor Who episode 'The Fires of Pompeii'.

TARDIS will be released simultaneously on PC and Mac in the near future.

Wednesday, August 18

Torchwood details announced

Starz have released details regarding the new series of Torchwood! Exciting!!

Synopsis -
When C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy, he finds himself unearthing a threat which challenges the entire human race. The answers seem to lie within an old, secret British institute, known only as Torchwood. But Torchwood was destroyed, years ago, and the keys to the institute are held by its only two survivors - former Police Officer Gwen Cooper, who has long since disappeared along with her husband and child, and the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, a man whose history seems to stretch back centuries.

With Rex under attack from all sides, in both the US and the UK, he soon discovers there are forces at work within every level of society, determined to stop Torchwood's return. As a chain of events across the world links together the most disparate and unlikely individuals - including a surgeon, a killer, senators and CEOs - a new Torchwood team takes shape. But this time, the threat is much closer to home, as they realize that their greatest enemy is mankind itself...

And also, an interesting profile on a new character, Rex (actor yet to be announced):

He’s 28, the golden boy.

Has been, all his life. Harvard education, fast-tracker in the C.I.A., destined for success. Though he’s never taken it easy – Rex hustles, seduces and campaigns to get where he is today. He can talk his way into anything, then charm his way out, fast. He’s made a lot of enemies, but his friends and lovers would defend him to death. His choice of career is significant. Someone like Rex could make a fortune in Wall Street, or Hollywood. But choosing the C.I.A. says a lot about him: that for all his swagger, he does believe in justice. And will fight for it.

Slowly but surely, we see him make friends. He’s thrown together a bunch of people known as Torchwood, the only people who might have the answer to a global mystery. To Rex, at first, they’re a bunch of freaks. Welsh women and World War 2 Captains, what’s that about?! But as they race from one crisis to another, dodging assassins, blackmail, corruption and conspiracy, from Washington to Wales and the slums of Shanghai, Rex forges friendships in the heat of fire. He learns to trust his new colleagues. And they realize that this dangerous, dazzling, reckless man is the best friend they could ever have, in a world going to hell.
They frighten us, men like Rex. We wish we were him; we never will be.

Karen Gillan to attend Glasgow signing event

On Saturday 28th August, Doctor Who fans north of the border will be able to meet Doctor Who star Karen Gillan as she visits Hamleys flagship store in Glasgow, St Enoch Shopping Centre for her first in-store signing event.

Talking about the visit Karen said “I’m so excited to be travelling up to Scotland to introduce fans to my new Amy Pond action figure, I can’t wait to meet everyone”

Karen who plays Amy Pond, companion to the Eleventh Doctor will be signing copies of her action figure from 12 noon to 2pm at Hamleys flagship store in Glasgow. From 9am fans will be able to collect a wrist band from the store to ensure their place in the queue.

Hamleys, St Enoch Shopping Centre, Glasgow
28th August 2010
12 noon - 2pm

Monday, August 16

Cumberbatch denies Who role offer

From Digital Spy:

Benedict Cumberbatch has denied that he was offered the lead role in Doctor Who ahead of current star Matt Smith.

It was previously reported that the actor had turned down the chance to replace David Tennant.

However, the Sherlock star told The Sunday Times that he had never been in the frame to take over the part.

"I'd turn it down anyway," he insisted. "Jumping onto school stages and saying, 'I am the Doctor', it's not where I want to go."

It was recently confirmed that Sherlock would be returning for a second series.

Meanwhile, Matt Smith will reprise his Time Lord role in the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special.

Thursday, August 12

Matt Smith auditioned for Sherlock role

From The Metro:

The actor, 27, was after the role of the detective's sidekick Doctor Watson - a part which eventually went to The Office's Martin Freeman.

Steven Moffat, who produced both Sherlock and Doctor Who, told The Sun that kooky Smith was more suited to the lead role of Holmes.

He said: "We'd already cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and the very first person we saw for Dr Watson was Matt, who came in and gave a very good audition."

"But he didn't have a chance in hell of getting it because he was clearly more of a Sherlock Holmes than a Dr Watson."

"There was also something a bit barmy about him - and you don't actually want that for Dr Watson. You want somebody a bit straighter."

"But he gave a very good account of himself and you could feel the effort in him clamping down on his barminess in order to do the audition."

Soon after Smith was cast as the 11th Time Lord in Doctor Who, replacing David Tennant in the iconic show.

Cumberbatch also revealed recently that he was offered the role as Doctor Who before Smith - but turned it down.

The 34-year-old actor said he was being considered to replace Tennant and said: ‘David and I talked about it but I thought it would have to be radically different.'

‘And anyway, I didn’t really like the whole package – being on school lunch boxes.'

Tuesday, August 10

The Specials Soundtrack tracklist revealed

Here is the tracklist for the Series 4: The Specials soundtrack, which will be released on September 20th.

1. Vale

The Next Doctor

2. A Victorian Christmas
3. Not the Doctor
4. A Bit of a Drag
5. In the Sea of Memory
6. Hidden in the Closet
7. The Wonder of Balloons
8. A Forceful Intelligence
9. The Greats of Past Time
10. The March of the Cybermen
11. Goodbyes

Planet of the Dead

12. A Disturbance in the Night
13. The Cat Burglar
14. Alone in the Desert
15. A Special Sort of Bus
16. Stirring in the Sands
17. Lithuania

The Waters of Mars

18. Letter to Earth
19. By Water Borne ...
20. The Fate of Little Adelaide
21. Altering Lives


The End of Time

1. We Shall Fare Well
2. A Frosty Ood
3. A Dream of Catastrophe
4. All in the Balance
5. A Ruined Gaol
6. Wilf’s Wiggle
7. Minnie Hooper
8. The End Draws Near
9. Gallifrey
10. Final Days
11. The Council of the Time Lords
12. The Master Suite
13. The Ruined Childhood
14. A Chaotic Escape
15. The World Waits
16. A Longing to Leave
17. A Lot of Life Behind Us
18. Dealing with the Menace
19. Speeding to Earth
20. The Time Lords’ Last Stand
21. The Clouds Pass
22. Four Knocks
23. Song for Ten (Reprise)
24. Vale Decem
25. Vale
26. The New Doctor

Saturday, August 7

News Roundup!

Friday, August 6

Torchwood Writers Announced (Update)

The writers for the fourth series of Torchwood have been announced. They come from a range of different backgrounds, including having written for House, Buffy and The X Files.

Russell T Davies will be writing in the 10-part series, as will John Fay (one of writers for the critically acclaimed Children of Earth), John Shiban (The X Files; Supernatural), Doris Egan (House) and Jane Espenson (Buffy; Battlestar Galactica).

Eve Myles and John Barrowman will resume their roles and filming is expected to be in Cardiff and North America.

The series is mostly likely going to begin in the Summer of 2011 on Starz and BBC One.

Reports also suggest that the series will be called Torchwood: The New World.

Thursday, August 5

Clip of the Week: Curse of the Fatal Death

Well not a clip exactly, more like a whole episode. This extra-funny 'episode' was broadcast years ago for Red Nose Day, starring Rowan Atkinson (amongst others) as the Doctor and Jonathan Pryce as the Master. This special was also notable for creating the 'female Doctor' rumours (rumours that Joanna Lumley was going to become the Doctor).

Check out the first part here... or y'know the whole thing here!

Tuesday, August 3

Sinbad to go into a ratings war with Doctor Who

From The Sun:

SINBAD the Sailor faces his toughest challenge yet - a ratings war with Doctor Who.

Sky1's 13-part series of the classic tale, costing up to £2million an episode, will go out at the same time as the Time Lord's series in autumn 2011.

Bosses are still looking to cast the lead role for the family drama - and may launch UK-wide auditions to find a sexy and young unknown star to play a 21-year-old Sinbad.

Sky1 controller Stuart Murphy said: "It is by far our biggest show next year.
"Doctor Who is aimed at one type of family - our show will be for a younger, cooler family who like sexy, cool heroes."

Sunday, August 1

Lookin' Good, Gillan!

There is no news. So I shall post this: