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This Week In Doctor Who
June 27, 2009 - Vol 12, No 26
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide since 1998.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Note - next week's edition will go out on Friday July 3.
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Casting news coming from The Sun reports that Nigel Havers is set to appear in two episodes of the upcoming series 3 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The 59 year old actor is reported to play a romantic interest to Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen) in the series scheduled to return this September.
Source: Sci-Fi Nige (The Sun)
"I say, what a wonderful butler. He's so violent!"
Outpost Gallifrey Presents:
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 154
Running Time: 1:29:32
Interview with Charlie Ross, news, and feedback (Will, Brigadier Bill, Andre, Lela, Dazon?, Benjamin, and Donavon).
Those of you in the UK who attend 10th Planet events will undoubtedly recognize the chap on the left - it's Charlie Ross, convention interviewer extraordinaire, who also emcees the cabarets and does his hilarious Who-based stand-up there. Charlie is also a writer, and we've optioned one of his scripts. He's out from Glasgow for meetings this week, and I scored tickets for us to the last preview of "Farragut North" at the Geffen Playhouse. Naturally, I was too busy to go, so Charlie and Mark (my producing partner) were treated to Mr. Big and Captain Kirk in the flesh while I slaved over a hot budget. Here's some photographic evidence. I am considering throwing Charlie out on the street as I write this.
Just got this!
As previously mentioned, I listen to a lot of BBC Radio on the iPlayer. I signed up for the Radio 4 Newsletter (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/newsletter/ ) and got this today:
My advice to anyone who's in the UK during the run is GO! It's always interesting seeing these guys on stage; completely different medium. McGann has done theatre in the past but not often, so grab the opportunity if you can! The Globe is also a very cool place to see a play. Have a drink at the Anchor, just a bit east of the theatre, and sit where Samuel Pepys sat, watching London burn during the Great Fire of 1666.
Underground Toys have released images and descriptions of their 2009 San Diego Comic Con exclusives. They seem to be the same exclusives as the figures being introduced as exclusives to the UK Forbidden Planet retailer (and could not ship outside of the UK, now we know why).
Sixth Doctor with ‘Real Time’ Blue coat - $19.99
This alternative costume was most visibly used in the BBC webcast 'Real Time' (having previously appeared on a few book and audio book covers). It varies vastly from the gaudy coat of many colors normally worn by Colin Baker's sixth Doctor whilst retaining some design elements including the dandy's tie and question mark shirt collar. For many fans this has become almost the preferred costume with it's more muted, less frivolous, colorways. Underground Toys are thrilled to be able to offer this new figure as part of their 2009 Exclusives program.
The Watcher, a TV column in the Chicago Tribune by Maureen Ryan interviews David Tennant. In it, he speaks of the specials, his upcoming appearance at San Diego Comic Con, films, and more. Below are some highlights appearing in the column.
An edited and slightly condensed transcript of my interview with Tennant is below. Here are the highlights, in case you don't want to read the whole thing:
The official website for Torchwood: Children of Earth has been launched. This BBC website is catering to the UK and thus media such as movies contained on the site are not available outside the UK.
The 2008 Christmas special, Doctor Who: The Next Doctor is scheduled to be released on DVD in North America on the 15th of September 2009. Oddly (but not Oodly), this comes approximately six weeks after the scheduled release of recent special Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (available on the 28 July on DVD and Blu-ray).
The Next Doctor stars David Tennant as the 10th Doctor along with David Morrissey. The DVD has a suggested retail price of $14.98 in the US. This single-disc release will include a 60 minute bonus feature of Doctor Who at the Proms. The usual trailer, sub-titles, Dolby Digital 5.1 are included as well. No word about an audio commentary, but one is assumed to be included.
Just a quick "hello" to everyone and a big thank you to Louis and the guys for trusting me with this honor!
If you've heard the podcast I was lucky enough to participate in, you might know that I work in the film industry, and, after a horrible year, I've got a few projects that have come to the fore that are keeping me very busy. So, this will have to be brief.
I just wanted to elaborate on the Audible.com info Ken and the guys have been giving on the podcasts recently. I've been a subscriber for years and years (I drive over 20,000 miles a year here in LA!) and have discovered lots of books beyond the Who range that might be of interest. You probably know that Paul McGann and Tom Baker, particularly, have done a lot of audio books and radio drama between them, and some of them are available on Audible.
Torchwood: Children of Earth will be transmitted on BBC1 (in the UK) starting on Monday, 6th of July at 9pm. The mini-series will continue each consecutive night afterwards (i.e. Tuesday, 7th of July, and so on).
Source: Radio Times (Torchwood listing)
Mark Gatiss leads a 30 minute documentary on BBC Radio 4 exploring Doctor Who novelisations published by Target books. The audio documentary, On the Outside it Looked Like an Old Fashion Police Box is available to listen to via the BBC iPlayer (it is available outside of the UK) for the next seven days.
It features interviews with Terrence Dicks, Anneke Wills, and Russell T Davies among others, as well as audio clips from various audio book adaptations.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that all eleven Doctors will be coming together for a special one-off special for Children in Need this November. It reports that the 15 minute episode will be included in BBC1 annual Children In Need appeal in November and shooting of it will begin in September.
This is not the first time a rumour of this nature appeared in the tabloids. The same thing was said to be happening last year for Children in Need except with 10 Doctors which did not happen.
The article states that "images from their original shows, stretching from 1966 to 1974" will be used for the actors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee who have since passed away. They will make cameo appearances through footage from these previous episodes.
Our very own James Naughton of Doctor Who: Podshock is the guest in the hot seat in the latest episode of the Ian Todd podcast "Series 2". This humourous, off-centered, Series 2 podcast headed up by the "weird and wonderful" Sunderland based comic, Ian Todd features Simon Helberg of the Big Bang Theory, Micheal O'Keefe, and now James Naughton.
In Series 1 of the podcast, Ian had David Cross of Arrested Development along with various other guests. Be sure to check out both series, but first the James Naughton episode where he discusses reality TV, soft drinks, Doctor Who, and of course the Loch Ness Monster (running time 9:54):