Sunday, 28 February 2010
Doctor Who's latest assistant will become Pregnant in the new series, TV Biz can reveal.
Before you get too excited, the father is NOT the Time Lord, now played by Matt Smith.
His sidekick Amy Pond - played by 22-year-old Scottish actress Karen Gillan - turns up with the bump during episode seven of the series, written by Men Behaving Badly scribe Simon Nye.
But all is not as it seems.
An insider said: "Amy is pregnant but it's all part of a strange dream she's having.
"She can't work out what is real and what's not."
The new series kicks off on BBC1 in April. via
Thursday, 25 February 2010
The Doctor Who heart throb will play a bereaved dad struggling to raise four kids in four-part drama Single Father.
Bosses at BBC Scotland are thrilled David has signed up for the role - his first big British project since his five-year reign as the Doctor ended.
He's just the latest big name to work at the Beeb's Glasgow HQ, after James Nesbitt, Kevin McKidd, Minnie Driver, Alex Kingston and ER hunk Goran Visjnic.
Bathgate-born Tennant, 38, said: "I feel very lucky to have been sent this script. I was desperate to be partof this project." ...more
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
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Sunday, 21 February 2010
The 51-year-old is directing and writing ‘W.E’ - which will tell the story of the relationship between Britain’s King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson - and is hoping the former ‘Doctor Who’ actor will take on the role of the monarch, who sensationally abdicated the British throne to live with the American divorcee in 1936. more
Friday, 19 February 2010
A full 13-episode season will be broadcast in the Spring of 2010 (It may be spit up, the second half of the episodes being shown later on in the year). Rumours have it (info from the WHOle of the internet) that these will be the names of the upcoming episodes. If you know any better please let us know in the comments, thanks.
Episode 1 – The Eleventh Hour (an hour long episode)
and here's the list of the other episodes yet to be confirmed
13 possible Episode names for 12 Episodes
The Beast Below
Victory of the Daleks
Dalek Tea Party
Time of the Angels
Flesh and Stone
Vampires of Venice
Vincent and the Doctor
Lend Me Your Ear
Could Doctor Who be back as early as mid-March? Plus, news of the new trailer, and a brand new image…
The run-in to the upcoming fifth series of Doctor Who is about to begin, with rumours suggesting that Matt Smith and Steven Moffat's maiden run in the key roles could begin as early as March 13th. That's far from confirmed, of course.
What we do know is that the BBC is premiering the next trailer for the new series on Saturday, which it'd ordinarily do a few weeks before transmission, and that it's also unveiled a new promotional shot for the show.
Here's the picture, and we'll have the trailer here for you as soon as we get it...via
Thursday, 18 February 2010
The Weed Creature was an intelligent, semi-mobile form of seaweed that inhabited the Atlantic Ocean near the coasts of England. It was sighted by mariners in the 18th century.
The Weed Creature, which fed on gas, possessed a sting and the ability to release poisonous gas or a foam that allowed it to mentally control those it touched, whom also gained the ability to exhale gas. It was vulnerable to oxygen and high-pitched sound.
In the late 20th century, a Weed Creature was sucked up by a Euro Sea Gas rig. It enslaved Oak and Quill (and later Robson and Van Lutyens) and used them to take over the refinery and rigs. It planned to eventually conquer Earth, but was defeated by the Doctor, who used a recording of Victoria Waterfield's screams to destroy its nerve centre.
From Fury From The deep, 1968.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
EastEnders star Nina Wadia has been given time off from the soap to appear as a baddie in the new series of Doctor Who.
The 41-year-old - aka Zainab Masood in the soap - will be seen as an evil psychiatric episode alongside new Doctor Matt Smith when the show returns in the spring. more
Monday, 15 February 2010
She battled the Argentine army abroad and the unions at home. But Margaret Thatcher never knew she was also under attack from outer space.
Left-wing scriptwriters hired by the BBC during the 1980s tried to inspire a 'Tardis revolution' by using Doctor Who as propaganda to undermine the Tory prime minister.
In one serial they caricatured her as a vicious and egotistical alien ruler who banned outward displays of unhappiness among her downtrodden people and used a secret police to oppress dissidents.
Former actors and writers on the show admitted yesterday that there was also thinly veiled support for the miners' strike and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. more
Saturday, 13 February 2010
DRINK A SHOT EVERY TIME...
- a Dalek shrieks EXTERMINATE!
- (Take a double if the Dalek says it more than once without firing; if it keeps screaming like a broken Hitler doll, then keep drinking until it fires or the people involved get away.)
- a Dalek seems to be having a nervous breakdown.
- (One shot for each "MY VISION IS IMPAIRED! I CANNOT SEE!)
- the Cyberleader says "Excellent!"
- the sonic screwdriver is used.
- the sonic screwdriver convieniently breaks down just long enough to cause a cliff-hanger.
- the Master shrinks someone, hypnotizes someone, uses a cheesy anagram for a false name, or says "I am the Master and you will obey me!"
- any companion twists her ankle.
- any companion screams
- (Warning: "Time and the Rani" may prove hazardous to your health.)
- the TARDIS materializes or dematerializes.
- (Double if it's in a crowd of people and no one notices.)
(Triple if John Cleese notices.)
- you can identify any prop/set/actor as from another story.
- you can identify any prop/set/actor as from another series.
- (Double for Blake's Seven)
(Triple for Eastenders)
(Quintuple for Red Dwarf)
(All you can drink if you catch the TARDIS in the Red Dwarf shuttlebay)
- instead of shooting the Doctor in the back, the villain just puts him in some strange and easily escaped danger.
- "But we're not spies! We're... travellers." (Or any variation)
- a companion falls in love for no discernable reason.
- someone dies.
- (Quadruple shot score for death by special effect)
- any set, prop, monster or actor wobbles.
- (The Creature from the Pit does not count)
- the TARDIS goes off course, or runs into a camera-shake vortex.
- Atlantis is destroyed.
- some twit actually says "Doctor Who?"
- Bessie appears.
- One drink for every time you actually recognize Terry Walsh doing stunt work or playing a double in the middle of a story
- Every time you successfully notice Michael Sheard before the credits roll
- Every sci-fi reference you hear in "Revelation of the Daleks"
- Take a double if it's from "A Clockwork Orange"
- Every reference to a "Doctor Who" planet or scientific invention in "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
- "...the Argolin cluster..."
"...tachyon drive ..."
- one for any reference to an older regeneration
- one for any weapon which does NOT require a laser-like effect
- one for every time the Doctor actually LOCKS the TARDIS door
- one for any scene inside the TARDIS that does not have the roundels in it (except for the secondary control room)
- one for every time the Doctor does something underneath the control panel.
- they mention "The
Of Rassilon" (The Tomb of Rassilon, The Harp of Rassilon, The Pink-And-Purple-Polka-Dot Pajamas of Rassilon...)
- the Brigadier does something which actually advances the plot, instead of acting like a generic military twit (it's so rare, you've gotta celebrate!)
- you can guess the author of the story from the way it's written (e.g. Robert Holmes characters, Pip&Jane Baker dialogue from hell)
- a companion wears an outfit which the Fashion Police would shoot her dead for
- they do an Evil Twin Story (or a good twin story)
- one for every Gratuitous Continuity Reference!
- One sip when the villain pauses to explain his plot to the Doctor before attempting to kill him. Another if the attempt to kill the Doctor is foiled by an outside agent rather than the Doctor himself.
- Half the glass if any character uses the phrase, "too horrible to think about."
- The whole glass for, "reverse the polarity of the neutron flow."
- If the alien is green (the colour for aliens is always Gween)
- If aliens invade human society/territory
- If humans invade alien society/territory
- If you see something of which Mary Whitehouse would disapprove
- William Hartnell blows, mangles, or forgets a line, or just giggles, 'hmph's or coughs.
- you can chorus along with Hartnell's speech at the beginning of "The Five Doctors"
- (optional: one drink per word correct)
- you get mind-numbingly bored.
- something directly contradicts what we are told in later stories
- (ex: any detail of the Doctor's biology, or the TARDIS's inner workings)
- Patrick Troughton plays his recorder.
- you think you see what's really under Jamie's kilt.
- you can't understand what on Mondas one of the old-model Cybermen is saying.
- Patrick Troughton's hairstyle changes in mid-story.
- Patrick Troughton says "Oh dear." or "When I say run, run."
- Jon Pertwee says "my dear"
- (Double if you're a girl, or wearing a mini-skirt.)
- the Brigadier acts like a twit.
- Jo Grant almost stumbles into something.
- Jon Pertwee is obviously reading his lines off the props.
- Jon Pertwee mentions Venusian Akido.
- Anytime during a fight scene, somebody takes a swipe with a chair, misses the human target competely, yet, there is a loud "TWAAAACK!" and the person falls convulsively
- Any indistinguishable accent in "The Ambassadors of Death"
- Example: What the hell are Heldorf and Taltalian supposed to be???
- one for every scene inside the TARDIS
- Tom Baker trips on his scarf, offers someone a jelly baby, bugs out his eyes, or generally acts like he has more teeth than brain cells.
- Harry sullivan is an imbecille.
- Leela's butt or cleavage shows.
- K9 obviously stalls, his batteries go flat, or someone ends up having to carry him.
- Drink continuously through "The Horns of Nimon", until you're so soused that "Looord Niiiimon!" actually seems like good acting. You won't regret it.
- Take a drink everytime K-9's nose-laser shoots in the wrong direction or for every time the little beam of red light isn't completely colored in.
- Every bag of jelly babies the Doctor gives away ("The Ark in Space")
- Peter Davidson smiles, then frowns fetchingly.
- Turlough grips that little piece o'crystal and moans/whines "But I can't kill hiim!"
- Tegan yells at someone.
- you get lost in Peter Davidson's deep, romantic eyes.
- (sorry Amy, this is a PG newsgroup, we can't mention chaining his sweet, luscious Gallifreian body to the wall.)
- you want Adric to die.
- (Quintuple drink score and hold a party when you get your wish)
- Colin Baker repeats something three times.
- (Take a double if they get progressively louder)
- Peri's accent slips.
- Peri's top slips.
- Colin Baker calls the Valyard "The Graveyard", "Railyard", "Backyard", "Scrapyard", "Knacker's Yard" etc...
- Oh, go ahead, drink to the man while he's strangling Peri, he almost managed it!
- Sylvester McCoy rrrrrrrolls an 'r'.
- Ace says "wicked", "Gordon Benett", etc
- (Double shot for "Ace!")
- Ace blows something up
- (Double shot if the Doctor uses Ace's nitro to blow something up)
- the Doctor uses his umbrella to save the day.
- you sight any "Unearthly Child" in-joke in "Remembrance of the Daleks"
- Ace's current love interest dies.
- "GhostLight" confuses you.
- the line that comes out of Sylvester McCoy's mouth is clearly NOT the one in the script
And finish off the bottle every time the Doctor saves the universe! via
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Props and costumes worn by the likes of Kylie Minogue, Billie Piper and David Tennant in Doctor Who are going under the hammer later this month.
Among the highlights are Minogue's waitress costume – complete with bloomers – worn when she played Astrid Perth in the 2007 special Voyage of the Damned. It is expected to fetch up to £3,000.
From the same special, 10th Doctor Tennant's two-piece Paul Smith dinner suit is also valued at the same amount.
A jacket worn by Piper's character Rose Tyler is expected to raise up to £700 while a pair of the character's pyjamas and dressing gown could fetch £250.
Fans can also snap up their own Cyberman costume, with various designs and sizes from the 1980s on offer for around £1,000 to £3,000.
Two Imperial Daleks from 1988 are also in the sale. One, altered for exhibition purposes, could raise £3,500, while the other is set to raise up to £7,000.
Also under the hammer will be examples of Kroll squid, Mandrells, Nimons, Foamasis, Tractators, Mogarians and Vervoids and a Brontasaurus spanning the tenure of Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy at the helm of the Tardis.
A Sea Devil Warrior from a 1984 episode has been valued at up to £2,500, while a Time Lord velvet robe worn by Baker in 1976 is set to raise £650.
The sale takes place at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on February 24. via
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Bill Nighy will appear in the next series of 'Doctor Who' The top British actor will appear in an episode written by comedy legend Richard Curtis - the man behind landmark series such as 'Black Adder' and films including as 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'. Bill and Richard have been close since they worked on hit films 'Love Actually' and 'The Boat That Rocked', and it is thought the British actor was top of the writer's list to guest star as soon as he agreed to write an episode.
Bill will play a curator of Van Gogh paintings in the episode, one of the first series featuring new Timelord Matt Smith.
A source said: "Richard and Bill have amazing chemistry. Bill is a national treasure, and his stock is high at the BBC."
The episode is set in both present day and 19th century France. 'This Life' actor Tony Curran will play Van Gogh in the programme. via
Friday, 5 February 2010
According to The Sun, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston were seen on location at the landmark in Wiltshire.
The scene, which was shot at night, shows the stones illuminated by floodlights and surrounded by fog.
Last month, shooting in Wales continued on the new series despite the heavy snow. In December, the cast and crew were pictured filming scenes in Croatia. via
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Bosses want to cash in on the show’s huge popularity by taking the Time Lord into the new market.
Until now they had held off from making a game based on the show, only allowing the release of the Eidos game Top Trumps: Doctor Who in 2008.
But Dave Anderson, head of multi-media development at BBC Worldwide, said: “We are having discussions about a variety of ideas around Doctor Who that are complementary to each other rather than in competition, including boxed product console games, virtual worlds and other experiences.
“The Doctor Who audience love the show and want to have different experiences around it.”
Marketing experts estimate the Doctor Who brand is worth around £100million, with cash pouring in from sales of TV rights and DVDs after it was given a makeover by the BBC five years ago.
More than 10million viewers, over a third of the total TV audience, watched the last episode featuring David Tennant, 38, on New Year’s Day.
It saw Tennant, the 10th Doctor, get killed off and the character regener-ated into the next Time Lord, played 27-year-old Matt Smith.
There are also plans to base games on other top BBC shows including Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, Antiques Roadshow and MasterChef.
Neil Ross Russell, head of children’s and licensing at BBC Worldwide, said: “We are open to conversations with anybody in games about all kinds of business models to see how we can extract more value.” via
Monday, 1 February 2010
By the time of Pyramids of Mars the Doctor is about 750 years old. In The Tomb of the Cybermen he tells Victoria that he's 450 Earth years old (Since Gallifrey's other qualities are Earth like, and since the Doctor continually boasts of his age to humans, we might assume that there's not much difference between Gallifreyan and Terran years).
The difference between the two figures might in part be explained by the long period that the second Doctor spent travelling (often on his own) after the trial (see The War Games). (It is also possible that the Doctor spent a good deal of time wandering mid-Robot: see The Face of Evil.) He is 749 in The Brain of Morbius and The Seeds of Doom. He turns 750 before The Robots of Death, and has reached 759 (his vanity makes him say it's 756, but Romana knows better) by The Ribos Operation. After The Invasion of Time, therefore, he spent a few years wandering on his own.
He turned 760 before The Power of Kroll, but by The Creature from the Pit Romana is teasing him about his claimed age (750). In The Leisure Hive we discover that he's been rounding down in order to disguise his true age. (The gaps between stories on his own or without human companions (The Deadly Assassin/The Face of Evil, The Armageddon Factor/Destiny of the Daleks) therefore cannot be more than a year or two in length.)
By Revelation of the Daleks and The Trial of a Time Lord the Doctor is 900 years old. The gap is best explained by the two Time Lords having adventured together for many decades (say between The Leisure Hive and Meglos). (The only other explanation would involve super long life span for Nyssa between Time Flight and Arc of Infinity.)
The sixth Doctor adventures for over 50 years during and after The Trial of a Time Lord: in Time and the Rani the seventh Doctor gives his age as 953. The third Doctor twice indicated that he'd been around for several thousand years (Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Mind of Evil), but he was merely indicating the range of Earth history he'd experienced.
Romana, incidentally, is in no position to complain about the Doctor's vanity, since she admitted to being nearly 140 in The Ribos Operation, slimmed it down to 125 for City of Death, and only allowed herself to be her full 150 in The Leisure Hive. via