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Richard E. Grant has been cast in the upcoming 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special. The news came from a tweet from Doctor Who Magazine today. It's interesting to see an official-unofficial past Doctor actor return to the series. You may recall that Richard E. Grant was the original 9th Doctor in the Scream of the Shalka, a story written by Paul Cornell. This animated adventure was produced prior to the television series being relaunched in 2005. We reviewed Scream of the Shalka not too long ago in Doctor Who: Podshock 267. In it, we discussed Richard E. Grant's portrayal of the Doctor and how Scream was the forerunner of Rose.
Matt Smtih (the 11th Doctor on Doctor Who) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock) presents Steven Moffat (executive producer of both aforementioned series) with his special 2012 BAFTA award.
To follow up on our panel discussion about the possibility of a Doctor Who feature movie in Doctor Who: Podshock 261, Executive Producer and Lead Writer, Steven Moffat has responded to the David Yates comments about bringing Doctor Who to the big screen. He dismissed Yates comments as speaking off the cuff on the red carpet. He also agreed with my assertion that if a feature movie is produced, it should star the current actor playing the Doctor and it would not be a "Hollywood reboot."
Doctor Who returns on Saturday, 27 August 2011 both on the BBC in the UK and BBC America in the USA. Executive Producer and Lead Writer for the series, Steven Moffat had the following to say about the resumption of the 2011 series in the latest from the BBC Press Office. Some may consider some of this to be a little "spoilery" — so be warned if you rather not know any details about the upcoming episodes for 2011.
What do you think of the Doctor's long coat in the promo image?
Hold tight for the next DW: Podshock episode coming soon… in the meantime, there's a new episode of The Sonic Newsdriver out today filled with Doctor Who, Torchwood, and related news.
The Sonic Newsdriver 20110708
Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
For Earth-date: Friday, the 8th of July 2011
In this episode: Torchwood Comes to Starz on Friday, John Barrowman as the Doctor, Speaking of Kilts, A Doctor - Not The Doctor in Torchwood, Great Leaping Doctors - Batman, Farewell to Beth Willis, Doctor Who is on for 2012 or is it and more!
From BBC America - An exclusive, never-before-seen interview with Doctor Who star Matt Smith and Executive Producer/Lead Writer Steven Moffat, about getting to finally show the Doctor being "properly cross" and the events of the end of the episode that change Amy & Rory's lives forever!
An exclusive, never-before-seen interview with Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill, plus Executive Producer/Lead Writer Steven Moffat, about Amy Pond's surprising ties to the evil of the Universe.
BBC America's 'Doctor Who Insider' video series continues with this episode with Executive Producer and Lead Writer, Steven Moffat speaking of The Curse of the Black Spot.
BBC America has released another "Doctor Who Insider" video. This one is an inside look at the episode, The Curse of the Black Spot focusing on guest performer, 'supermodel' Lily Cole.
A preview of BBC America's new original special DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA which goes behind the scenes with Doctor Who shooting in the U.S. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan plus Executive Producer and Lead Writer Steven Moffat. DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA premieres this Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10/9c, immediately following "Day of the Moon" at 9/8c on BBC America. Be sure to catch Doctor Who: Podshock live on the net on Sunday when we review "Day of the Moon" as well as "The Impossible Astronaut" - See details here.
If you want to be one of the first people on the planet to see the season opener to series 6 of Doctor Who then you need to be at the Village East Cinema in Manhattan at 7pm on Monday the 11th of April (this coming Monday!)
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Steven Moffat, aaaaaaannnnddd Alex Kingston! The panel will be moderated by Chris Hardwick otherwise known as @nerdist and will be recording for the Nerdist Podcast. The tickets are be warened FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!
In DWM Steven Moffat has his own page at the beginning of the magazine called "Production Notes" well in DWM 426 (That's the Cybermen Special and it's why I own it!) Steven goes into explaining the series split and there are a few thing which come to the fore.
1.) Dear Steven even isn't sure even at this time, as to how the series will be numbered in the future, seeing as he's called the series 1, 5, 11, 31 and Fnarg by his own admittance. Fnarg being my personal favourite.
2.) Spoilers or not, so if you don't like possible spoilers skip the first paragraph that Steven has written.
Doctor Who has won Best Family Drama by the TV Choice Awards 2010. Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Steven Moffat (Lead Writer and Executive Producer) were there in person at the ceremony Monday evening hosted by Alexander Armstrong (voice of "Mr. Smith" on The Sarah Jane Adventures).
This comes on the heels of another award granted to Doctor Who, this time a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) for last year's Doctor Who special, The Waters of Mars(Amazon US link).
Out of the handful of Doctor Who specials transmitted last year, I enjoyed Waters most.
Paul Cornell was at the Hugo Awards ceremony presenting an award.
Congratulations all around!
Watch the full session from the Edinburgh International Television Festival with Doctor Who Executive Producer and Lead Writer, Steven Moffat and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) from 29 August 2010 chaired by Richard Bacon.
Follow the link below and then click the right sidebar for Doctor Who: A Masterclass. Special thanks to @terrylightfoot for the heads up on it.
More news coming out concerning the 2011 Doctor Who series (or set of series as it is now) is that we may get a reprieve from the Daleks stories. This according to what executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat hinted at the Edinburgh TV Festival:
"Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the Who showrunner admitted that there are currently no plans for the famous aliens to reappear, although work on the 2011 series is not yet complete.
Steven Moffat announced at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that the next season of Doctor Who will be split. But not like we think of spilt, according to Steven,
There is another Doctor Who stage show in the works, but Trevor Martin won't be returning for the title role. The Press Association reports the following:
"Actor Nigel Planer - best known for his role as TV hippy Neil in The Young Ones - is to take centre stage in the new live-action Doctor Who tour.
The hit BBC One show is being adapted for the stage in a nine-city arena tour which will begin next month with Daleks and Cybermen among the evil creatures which will be brought to life.
Now Planer has been unveiled as the star who will act as the production's lynchpin, starring as a travelling showman Vorgensen.