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To make up for having to miss out on going to meet the man himself at Chicago TARDIS, I settled instead for the pleasure of listening to the recent Big Finish 8th Doctor audio – “The Company of Friends”. And a real delight it was too (more details on that below!). While listening to it, I marveled at the breadth of “friends” (or companions) that the 8th Doctor has accumulated, across a wide range of mediums. In fact, all told, it is possible that the 8th Doctor may have had more companions (15, by my rough count) than any other incarnation! This is all the more astonishing given the brevity of his television appearances – about 50-55 minutes of a 90-minute TV movie.
The End of Time is coming… faster than you can imagine. Here is the latest "trailer" promo video for Doctor Who: The End of Time coming to the BBC on Christmas Day and to BBC America on Boxing Day with part 1 of 2 of the last David Tennant as the 10th Doctor specials.
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Sunday, the 6th of Dec. 2009
Imagine Eccleston as Lennon, The End of Time Now Has a Date and Time, It's Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride Together with Who, Richard Todd Dead at 90, Croatia's Booming Tourism, Last of the Daleks, Dreamland Live, and more.
Hosted by Louis Trapani
Dear John Simm:
I loved you in "Life on Mars," adored you as The Master, but, buddy, you were really awesome in this play. Which wasn't very good. And I was sitting in the front row fearing for my life because Ian Hart almost beat an audience member up a few nights before for allegedly talking during the show. But you were great and it was worth it. Next time, pick a better play. I'll be there, in the front row, savoring every minute of it.
The BBC is offering desktop "wallpaper" of the Doctor riding his TARDIS like a sleigh being pulled by reindeer. As usual, they are offering it in various sizes. Download them from here: BBC - Doctor Who - The Doctor and the Reindeer
A few days ago we came across a photo taken of this publicity image for The End of Time. It was a nice glimpse of the promotional image, albeit it had a flash glare in an unfortunate location. Today, the BBC has published an exclusive image of it sans the glare and it shows a bit more.
See and read more about it here: BBC - Doctor Who - Exclusive Image
This Week In Doctor Who
December 5, 2009 - Vol 12, No 45
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide since 1998.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Many, many things updated. Best I can do is get you into the listings quickly so you can see the updates for yourself.
The official cast list for the 2010 Doctor Who series:
The Doctor: Matt Smith
Amy Pond: Karen Gillan
Doctor Who fans will kinda remember Richard Todd for his part as Sanders in the 1982 Peter Davison story, Kinda. Though for others, this real life war hero will be remembered for roles in such films as The Dam Busters (1955) and the Yangtse Incident (1957).
Todd, who had been fighting cancer, has died at the age of 90. He had been one of the first British soldiers to parachute into France on D-Day.
He has a long list of credits with film and television roles as early as 1937 to as recent as 2007.
The BBC has released a promo for their Christmas line up (see second video below) which features some clips from the Doctor Who: The End of Time specials. One fan ("WhoFan9") made their own edit of it strictly for The End of TIme which you can see below.
The BBC One Christmas Drama 2009 Promo:
READER'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."
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 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
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.
Johanna Mead (as Romana I) with The White Robot (Billy Davis) at Gallifrey 2009
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.
(Thanks to @TARDISDatabanks on Twitter)
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).