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December 2009


David Tennant: "…Nothing I say can really help him."

Reader's Digest David Tennant CoverREADER'S DIGEST EXCLUSIVE:
David Tennant has nothing to say to Matt Smith

David Tennant has admitted he has "nothing to say" to new Time Lord, Matt Smith.

Tennant told Reader's Digest, in an exclusive interview for the December issue, that he'd spoken to his successor several times "but there's nothing to say. I think we both thought we'd be able to exchange lots of ideas. But actually it's none of my business how Matt does it and nothing I say can really help him."

Talking about his final foray as the Doctor in this year's Christmas special, Tennant says "This year we've done something different. It is still set in Christmas, but it's perhaps not got quite as much, er…Christmas cheer as before." Tennant adds that come Christmas Day he'll be watching his own send off. "Just to enjoy the moment. It's my last Doctor Who – it will be nice to witness that."

BBC Makes The End of Time Date and Time Official

It is no big surprise that the final David Tennant (as the 10th Doctor) Doctor Who specials, The End of Time, Part 1 and Part 2 will be shown on the BBC in the UK on Christmas Day and New Year's Day respectively. It was pretty much what we have all been expecting ever since the specials were originally announced. Though we have been waiting for an official word from the Beeb on the dates and times of two last specials before Matt Smith takes over the part.

The End of Time, Part One will be on BBC One on Christmas Day at 6pm. 

The End of Time, Part Two will be on New Year's Day at 6:40pm on BBC One and runs 75 minutes.

Following suit, BBC America has also announced their date and times for part two (see here for details) as well today.

BBC America Announces Final Tennant Special

BBC America has announced the date for the last and final Doctor Who special starring David Tennant as the 10th Doctor (before regenerating into the 11th played by Matt Smith), The End of Time, Part 2 for January 2, 2010 at 8pm ET/PT (note that the other specials are airing at 9pm).

The following is the press release from BBC America:

DAVID TENNANT'S FINAL DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL - U.S. PREMIERE ONLY ON BBC AMERICA

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The Royal Mint honors David Tennant and Doctor Who

The Royal Mint has announced that they will be releasing a medal for the David Tennant's portrayl of the Doctor. On the front it shows the 10th Doctor weilding his sonic screwdriver and the flip-side features the TARDIS.

 

For the full story with a picture of the medal you can go here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/doctor-who/6692352/Doctor-Who-medal-to-be-produced.html

Congratulations to David Tennant and Doctor Who.

 

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Fans and Friends Come Together to Help

Doctor Who fans are coming together on the net to help out a fellow fan and friend, Johanna Mead. Johanna ( @britgeekgrrl ) is well known at Doctor Who conventions across the US for her detailed and creative costumes, she is also a writer and an English expatriate living in northern California. Unfortunately, her husband had just recently lost his battle against cancer and the online community of fans and friends have come together to help raise money to help offset the costs of the final arrangements.

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Johanna Mead (as Romana I) with The White Robot (Billy Davis) at Gallifrey 2009

NOTHING AT THE END OF THE LANE Hartnell unmade script

http://www.nothing-lane.co.uk/

 

The above site has a large book with 7 scripts of two unmade Hartnell stories. The first six is an Alexander the Great historical. The other one is an odd story about an alien in a seeming paradise who falls in love with Barbara but she is not in love with him. Despite this, if she does not, he might die and the others do not know it, not even Barbara knows it. As the TARDIS leaves, something terrible or wonderful might happen but who knows?

End of Time Christmas Special Publicity Image

A publicity image for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time, Part 1. Obviously taken by someone with a camera using a flash (or another external light source) thus creating an unintended glare on the image.

End of Time publicity image

(Thanks to @TARDISDatabanks on Twitter)

Video: David Tennant Discussing his Role as the Doctor

An inside look at how David Tennant shaped the role of the Doctor. (Video is most likely locked down to the US only we fear).

Gallifreyan Embassy and Sylvester McCoy on WLIW in 1987

In August 1987, WLIW, a PBS station in Long Island, New York ran the epic Patrick Troughton 10 part story, The War Games as a marathon pledge drive. The Gallifreyan Embassy was there volunteering on the phones throughout the six hour event. We have already posted the first pledge break of the marathon, here are three more, starting with the 4th break (after episode 5, they skipped the break after episode 4) which includes a pre-recorded segment with the then new Doctor, Sylvester McCoy and producer John Nathan-Turner (with NJN's Eric Luskin). Sylvester talks about landing the role of Doctor here.

In the background can be seen Ken Deep of Doctor Who: Podshock among other Gallifreyan Embassy members, Beth, Tim, Monique, Pete, PJ, and others. This pledge break originally ran 17 minutes, but it is has been edited down to under 10 for YouTube.

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