Planet Gallifrey: February 2011

Monday, February 28

Comic Relief scene in the works?

News of the World are reporting that Doctor Who will have a special Comic Relief scene which includes "two Amy Ponds". The supposed 6 minute scene has not been confirmed yet, but watch this space!

Screenwriter Steven Moffat previously wrote The Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief in '99.

Saturday, February 26

James Corden returns

It has been confirmed by the BBC that James Corden will be returning to Doctor Who.

Corden, who played Craig Owens in The Lodger, will reprise his role in the next series.

Check out James and Matt singing the Doctor Who theme tune below.

Thursday, February 24

From The Archive: Am I Bovvered?

It's David Tennant and Catherine Tate in a special Doctor Who-themed skit for Comic Relief.

(featuring Rose Tyler)

Wednesday, February 23

R.I.P. Nicholas Courtney (1929 - 2011)

Sadly, Doctor Who alumni Nicholas Courtney passed away today at the age of 81.

Best known for playing Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart since 1968, Nicholas had acted alongside five Doctors, including making an appearance on The Sarah Jane Adventures a few years ago.

Born in Egypt, he originally served as part of the British Army, but then decided to leave to pursue an alternate career. After joining the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, he began to work in theatre. His first roles in TV included appearances on The Avengers and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

Nicholas was originally considered for the role of Richard the Lionheart in the 1965 story, The Crusade, but was kept for further consideration. His first role in Doctor Who was not as the Brig, but as Security Agent Vyon in The Dalek's Master Plan.

His character has had an amazing legacy, as he has been mentioned several times over the course of the new series, including in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Tuesday, February 22

Meet the masterminds behind the books!

Justin Richards, Oli Smith, Colin Brake and Trevor Baxendale will be in London to sign copies of their new '2 in 1' book series as well as answer your burning questions.

The event will take place on March 5th and the Doctor Who Experience in London's Olympia. For more information, click here. My review of Justin Richards' Death Riders and Trevor Baxendale's Heart of Stone is here!

Matt Smith on Series 6

To promote the Doctor Who Experience tour, Matt Smith chatted with Jo Whiley and revealed some spoilers on the next series.

Sunday, February 20


Walliams joins Who
The Come Fly With Me star will feature in a spooky episode playing a character called Gibbis. "I am a huge fan of Doctor Who and am so looking forward to working with Matt Smith and running up and down some corridors with him." He said.

Readership Down for DWM
According to the latest stats, it seems that the Doctor Who Magazine's younger brother, Doctor Who Adventures, has had an increased circulation since 2010. DWM's, however, has dropped by 5.4%. Ouch!

"The Dandy and the Clown!"
The Dandy's latest issue (16th Feb) saw Harry Hill encounter a bunch of Daleks and all eleven Doctors.

Friday, February 18

Review: Death Riders / Heart of Stone

Don't be put off by the double A-side like title! It's better than that. Much better, actually.

For parents, this might be just the thing for your kids. The two-in-one book, a new for the Doctor Who series, is great for keeping the little 'uns interested and page-turning. Both Trevor Baxendale and Justin Richards adopt a very good - and simple - writing style to appeal to younger fans, so this would not be recommended for older people!

The stories themselves are perfect microcosms of the show itself, echoing the most recent series moreso than the previous ones, especially because of the 'dark' atmospheres the two stories create.

Older Planet Gallifrey readers may also be interested to know that a certain Jess makes an appearance! She (unrelated to our Jess, of course) plays the part of the real, 'down-to-earth' token characters which will have a slightly profound effect on the kids.

Planet Gallifrey rates Death Riders by Justin Richards / Heart of Stone by Trevor Baxendale

3/10 (for the adults)
10/10 (for the kids!)