Cybermen & Dalak attack on Tokyo (1970s era anime)
NBC has ordered several new pilots to fill the hole in primetime left by Jay Leno returning to the Tonight Show, including a new Rockford Files by the creator of TV's House, and a dramedy starring David Tennant called "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer" (I hope that's just a working title). The Sun of London, which tends to run with rumors more often than American supermarket tabloids do, reports that David Tennant's final appearance as Dr. Who will see 3 weddings: Rose (Billie Piper) to marry the half-human clone of the Doctor in their parallel universe, while Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) will tie the knot with show regular Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke). BBC will confirm only the third: Tennant's Doctor will show up at the wedding of Sarah Jane Smith in an upcoming 2010 two-part episode of her series. Producer Russell T Davies promises it is "extraordinary, wild and powerfully moving... Let's just say that the wedding will be a day for everyone to remember! It's not just a cameo - it's a full-on appearance as he and Sarah Jane face their biggest threat ever."
Elisabeth Sladen: "When I heard that David was going to be joining us I was absolutely over the moon. Not only has it made my day but it will make the viewers' day." Comedian Catherine Tate, who played sidekick Donna Noble, will also reunite with Tennant for his finale in which he dies and regenerates into the 11th Doctor, to be played by 26-year-old Matt Smith. Karen Gillan, 21, was recently named as the new Doctor's companion. Also in the last episode: British TV veteran June Whitfield (83) has been filming in Cardiff, along with Bernard Cribbins, who plays the grandad of Donna Noble. John Simm will appear as the Doctor's archenemy The Master. Former James Bond actor Timothy Dalton - who played 007 in The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill - has flown over from his Los Angeles home to play a baddie in one of the three specials. "Fans won't be disappointed by 2011's new Doctor... which will include the return of the ultra-scary Weeping Angels." What would happen if The Doctor was on the Moon when Apollo 11 landed in 1969? But he's not the only alien on the Moon waiting for the landing... Check out the prologue of Blue Moon, courtesy BBC.com
Doctor Who episodes are showing on BBC America. Times shown are EST, subtract 3 hours for Pacific Time
Doctor Who: The Next Doctor
When the Doctor investigates a spate of mysterious deaths, he's surprised to meet another Doctor. The two must combine forces to defeat a human ally to the Cybermen. But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing in Victorian England?
The mysterious Lady Christina de Souza joins the Doctor on a bus-trip which takes a very unexpected detour into danger. Watch out for the deadly flying stingrays!
Doctor Who: Inside the TARDIS
One-hour special chronicling David Tennant's time in the TARDIS. Through exclusive interview footage and clips from earlier episodes, revisit the Doctor's history and get a sneak peek at what the final series of specials holds in store for him.
Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars (80)
"Mars, 2059. Bowie Base one. Last recorded message: don´t drink the water. don´t even touch it. not one drop"... Confused? All will be revealed in The Waters of Mars, starring Lindsay Duncan as the Doctor´s cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet. Picture if you will, passengers on a London bus...a bus about to take a detour into, the Twilight Zone
Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part One (PG, 75 minute)
It's the Tenth Doctor's final journey - but his nemesis, The Master, has been reborn. With both determined to cheat death, they battle from London to the mysterious Immortality Gate. A terrible shadow falls across the Universe as great danger approaches.
Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part Two (PG, 90 minute)
The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master's plans hurtle out of control. With an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made, and the deadly prophecy warns: "He will knock four times."
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
5:00 PM - Ep 5 Evolution Of The Daleks
9pm, 12am & 2am - The Hungry Earth. Season 5 (2010) Ep. 8
Part 1 of 2. It's 2020 and scientists are drilling far into the Earth's crust, hoping to make history - but deep below the surface, something is not right. Season 5 (2010) Ep. 8
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
11:00 AM - Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride (2006)
12:00 PM - Smith and Jones, Season 3 (2007) Ep. 1
1:00 PM - Ep 2 The Shakespeare Code
2:00 PM - Ep 3 Gridlock
3:00 PM - Ep 4 Daleks In Manhattan
4:00 PM - Ep 5 Evolution Of The Daleks
5:00 PM - Ep 6 The Lazarus Experiment
Thursday, June 17, 2010
5:00 PM - Ep 7 42
Friday, June 18, 2010
5:00 PM - Ep 8 Human Nature
Saturday, June 19, 2010
8pm, 11pm & 2am - The Hungry Earth. Season 5 (2010) Ep. 8
9pm, 12am & 3am - Cold Blood
Part 2 of 2. Season 5 (2010) Ep. 9
Monday, June 21, 2010
5:00 PM - The Family Of Blood. Season 3 (2007) Ep. 9
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
5:00 PM - Ep 10 Blink (don't blink, blink & you're dead) Season 3 (2007) Ep. 10
5:00 PM - Last of the Time Lords. Season 3 (2007) Ep. 13
The new SARAH JANE ADVENTURES miniseriesnot yet scheduled in 2010 on SCIFI or BBC America
BBC America began showing Doctor Who episodes of new season 5 starting June 27, see above. Apparently, SYFY has decided not to air season 5 at all. And so far, the second season of Sarah Jane Adventures has not been seen on either SYFY or BBC America
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition
Doctor Who episodes are also showing on SYFY, usually different episodes from BBC America. Times shown are EST/Pacific
The high-octane second season will take the Torchwood team through dare-devil action, temptation, heartache, and a life changing event. Ever since Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) disappeared in the Season One finale, the Torchwood team - Gwen (Eve Myles), Owen (Burn Gorman), Toshiko (Naoko Mori), and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) - has had to cope without him. It's clear that, strong as they've become, there is no replacement for their mysterious Captain.
Thankfully, slick Captain Jack returns in time to battle a rogue Time Agent, the charismatic-but-psychopathic Captain John Hart, played by James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville). From the moment these two Time Agents come face-to-face, it’s apparent they have a history - but with Gwen’s life in danger, and cluster bombs scattered across the city, whose side is Jack on?
The second season also features guest appearances from Alan Dale (Ugly Betty, The O.C.), Richard Briers (Hamlet, Monarch of the Glen), Ruth Jones (Saxondale, Gavin & Stacey), and Nerys Hughes (The Liver Birds, District Nurse). In addition, for three episodes, Doctor Who's Martha Jones (Freema Agyemen) teams up with Torchwood to help solve a series of mysterious deaths in Cardiff. She steps into the Hub for the first time, bringing the Torchwood team medical expertise learned while time travelling with The Doctor.
By the way, if a homicidal blowfish driving a red sportscar is like something out of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Universe, you should know that the late Mr. Adams was a writer for Doctor Who
TORCHWOOD schedule (BBC America) rated PG-14
No episodes sceduled at this time
Torchwood: Inside the Hub (60, not currently scheduled)
Get ready for Torchwood: Children of Earth by going inside the hub and learning everything there is to know about Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, and the rest of the Torchwood team. Featuring exclusive interview footage.
Children of Earth (5 part, 2009)
All over the world, children stop moving. Stop playing. Stop laughing. Stop everything. As one, they speak, announcing the arrival of an imminent new alien threat. Torchwood jumps into action, but find themselves facing an even deeper conspiracy.
Torchwood Season 1 episodes:
Everything Changes When Gwen Cooper witnesses the resurrection of a murder victim, it begins her journey into a dangerous underworld of savage monsters and alien hunters. Her chance encounter with Captain Jack Harkness and the Torchwood team will change her life forever.
An alien addicted to sex is let loose on Cardiff’s nightlife, leaving a trail of gruesome deaths in its wake. Captain Jack and Torchwood must track down the creature’s new host and in doing so, confront a violent new form of love in the 21st Century. Note: this episode is rated R. Ep 2
When Gwen retrieves an alien object from a fleeing thug, she’s haunted by a vision of a lonely young boy. As the team track down the object’s elusive owner, Owen experiences an even more terrifying vision and a long buried crime resurfaces. Ep. 3
In the basement of Torchwood, Ianto Jones hides a terrible secret. As a doctor attempts to rescue the soul of a half-Cybernised woman, a quiet day in Torchwood quickly becomes a nightmare. Has Ianto unleashed a force that will destory his colleagues? Ep. 4
Supernatural forces stalk the suburbs: but are they friendly or malevolent? And what do they want with the seemingly normal Pierce family? As nightmares of his past haunt Jack, can his old friend help him prevent the tragedy brewing in the suburbs? Ep. 5
Concerned that the space-time rift is spreading, Torchwood investigates a series of gruesome deaths in a village. What sort of creature could cause such shocking injuries? Stranded without communications, and isolated, the team confronts the enemy. Ep. 6
Greeks Bearing Gifts
Toshiko is given an alien pendant which enables her to hear other people’s thoughts. As the rest of the Torchwood team puzzle over a skeleton, the pendant forces Toshiko to question her commitment: is her new-found ability a blessing or a curse? Ep. 7
They Keep Killing Suzie
Torchwood is linked to a series of brutal murders around the city. As Jack and the team investigate further, it becomes clear somebody wants their attention. What is Pilgrim? And how is it connected to a figure from Torchwood’s past? Ep. 8
When Eugene wakes to find himself (a) dead and (b) invisible to the rest of the world, he knows something has gone wrong. Eugene knows there is one person he can rely on to discover the truth behind his death: Gwen Cooper. Ep. 9
Out Of Time
When a plane from 1953 makes an unexpected landing in present-day Cardiff, its three passengers are shocked to learn they can never go back to their own time. Torchwood helps them to settle into contemporary society, but this task has painful consequences. Ep. 10
Savage aliens are being kidnapped from Cardiff and Torchwood wants to know why. Owen is sent undercover to find out who is behind it and soon befriends the charismatic Mark Lynch. Beneath normal city life, Owen discovers a shocking subculture. Ep. 11
Captain Jack Harkness
While investigating reports of ghostly music, Jack and Toshiko find themselves stranded in a packed dance hall in 1941. As Gwen, Owen and Ianto work to rescue their colleagues, Jack and Toshiko meet a young American leader by the named Captain Jack. This episode is rated R for sexual themes. Ep. 12
End Of Days
The rift has been opened, and time is splintering all over the world. As events spiral out of control, the Torchwood team members are faced with fragments of their pasts – and terrifying visions of their futures. Can Captain Jack save the world? Ep. 13
2008 new Season 2 episodes:
Episode 1 - Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (BBC 1st broadcast was January, 2008)
Episode 2 - Sleeper (a woman is an alien agent planted on Earth
Episode 3 - To The Last Man (1918 is colliding with the present timezone, a WW1 soldier comes through the rift)
Episode 4 - Meat
Episode 5 - Adam (an alien with the power to change memories)
Episode 6 - Reset (calls in Martha Jones to investigate mysterious deaths in a sinister medical testing center)
Episode 7 - Dead Man Walking
Episode 8 - A Day in the Death
Episode 9 - Something Borrowed (the night before Gwen’s wedding, an alien shapeshifter leaves her carrying more than she bargained for)
Episode 10 - From Out Of The Rain (dark carnival killers step out of a horror film)
Episode 11 - Adrift
Episode 12 - Fragments
Episode 13 - Exit Wounds
Note: the 2009 season of Torchwood, consisted of a single serialized 5-part storyline similar to the format of Doctor Who in past decades, but with a harder edge
Sometimes replaced on BBC America by Robin Hood, a series that aired new episodes over there thru 2009
Catherine Tate Show (TV-14, all times EST)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
10pm, 1am & 4am - The Graham Norton Show - 50 Cent, Catherine Tate, Jimmy Carr
Multi-award winning comedy talk-show host Graham Norton returns to BBC America in the latest season of The Graham Norton Show, his talk show based on the people, trends, stories and aspects of celebrity culture that interest him. Season 6 Ep. 10
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
9:40 AM The Catherine Tate Show Christmas Special TV-14 (L)
Catherine Tate's award-winning sketch show presents a Christmas special, complete with her familiar stable of unique and quirky characters. Nan is surprised by an extra guest on Christmas Day and Bernie meets her match at the staff party.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
12:40 PM The Catherine Tate Show Christmas Special TV-14 (L)
8:40 & 11:40pm The Catherine Tate Show Christmas Special 2
Catherine Tate’s memorable and quirky characters offer their unique take on holiday cheer in this special Christmas edition of her legendary sketch comedy show.
Friday, December 25, 2009
12pm & 3:20pm The Catherine Tate Show Christmas Special 2
2:40 PM The Catherine Tate Show Christmas Special TV-14 (L)
No episodes scheduled for next month yet
On Sunday, July 26 the waiting was over as 4000 members of the public applauded and went crazy for the four Brits abroad who were there to give the inside scoop on Doctor Who. The panel was hosted by Robert Lloyd of the LA Times and organised by BBC America, now the home of Doctor Who in the US. A sense of celebration was established immediately as David Tennant's entrance triggered a rare standing ovation and many within the audience were overtly vocal about their love for the show and members of the panel! Tennant was on great form and confirmed he will be appearing in The Sarah Jane Adventures in a story called The Wedding of Sarah Jane. He also noted that outside the world of Doctor Who he'll star in the new movie, St. Trinian's: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. Incidentally, the film also features Talulah Riley (Miss Evangelista in Silence in the Library) and Fenella Woolgar (Agatha Christie in The Unicorn and the Wasp)
David was enormously positive about Matt Smith who will take over as the Doctor and reflected that everyone who has worked with him in Britain has nothing but praise for his abilities. He revealed that although they've chatted, he did not offer him advice about playing the Time Lord. Russell T Davies discussed Torchwood and admitted he was astonished by the colossal success of the recent mini-series. Although there's no announcement about Torchwood's future, its creator was hopeful we'll see it return. Fingers crossed! Russell also accepted an award from Guinness World Records which recognised Doctor Who as the most successful science fiction programme on television, ever. He accepted the honor on behalf of Verity Lambert, the show's first producer back in 1963, and we'll be covering this story in more depth shortly.
Everyone was aware that following The Waters of Mars David Tennant will play the Doctor in two more specials and there was a huge buzz for the first ever look at footage from the first of these, directed by Euros Lyn. The audience reaction left no doubt that the Tenth Doctor's farewell story is one of the most anticipated in the show's history. ComicCon International, 2009 took place in San Diego, California and the Doctor Who panel provided a celebration of the show's past and a clear indication that its immediate future will be powerful, poignant and exciting. The affection and joy which surrounded the event proved to be reminder of how much Doctor Who means to so many - both the people who watch it, and the people who make it.
If anyone wants to remain in the dark about the two specials which form the Tenth Doctor's finale, please look away now! Footage from the first of these episodes was screened during the Doctor Who panel at ComicCon International, 2009, meaning details about the adventure are officially out there!
As we revealed earlier today, the episodes feature the return of John Simm as the Master. The Doctor's fellow Time Lord is sporting a different hair color in the finale, working a striking, lighter look. And the Master isn't the only familiar figure returning from Doctor Who's recent past. Executive Producer Russell T Davies, who wrote David Tennant's final episodes, confirmed that Alexandra Moen is back as Lucy Saxon, the character we previously saw in The Sound of Drums/The Last of the Time Lords. Although married to the Master she put a serious dent in their relationship by shooting him but what happened to her after the events of Series Three has remained a mystery, so far...
Russell further explained that footage from the finale screened at ComicCon included the voice of Timothy Dalton as the Narrator. His exact role in the specials is currently undisclosed but Dalton is, of course, best known for portraying James Bond in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. One of the biggest cheers of the Doctor Who panel occurred when the trailer showed the face of Catherine Tate, last seen playing Donna Noble in Journey's End. Bernard Cribbins, who played her grandfather, Wilf, also features in the trailer which depicts a grim-faced Doctor walking purposefully away from a wall of leaping flames... but towards what, or whom?
Sneak peaks, Doctor Who for 2008/2009 ............. Sarah Jane Smith also returns sometime in 2009
CBBC goes behind the scenes with actors and sound mixer .................. Wrong police box (2009 season on SCIFI)
Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans to guest star in Planet Of The Dead episode
Former BIONIC WOMAN star Michelle Ryan has landed another sci-fi role - in an episode of DOCTOR WHO.
The British actress will make a cameo appearance alongside current Time Lord David Tennant, and the part could lead to a full-time job when new Doctor, Matt Smith, takes over from Tennant in 2010: "I'm a huge fan of Doctor Who and very excited to be joining David Tennant and the Doctor Who team." Executive producer/writer Russell T Davies: "Michelle is one of the most sought after young actors in the country and we are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team."
The Last Sontaran
Reports of strange lights around the Tycho Radio Telescope lead Sarah Jane, Luke, Clyde and Maria into a terrifying forest encounter – and Sarah Jane comes face to face with her oldest enemy. Meanwhile Maria wrestles with a huge decision when her dad is offered a new job in America. Sarah Jane and the gang have only 40 minutes to save Earth as Sontaran Commander Kaagh plots to bring the world's orbiting satellites crashing down on nuclear installations across the world. And Maria's Mum finally gets to the truth from Alan – but will they be in time to save Maria? Grown by the alien Bane as The Archetype in their plan for world domination, Luke has the brain power of 10,000 people but, as he's only really a year or so old, his understanding of the world around him is sometimes lacking. But he's a fast learner, and his intelligence often proves key in saving the day. K9 will return, reports Doctor Who Magazine, in about half of the twelve episode series, due to be screened on BBC1 in Autumn 2009. K9 first appeared on Doctor Who in "The Invisible Enemy" (1977), then left in 1981. Before returning in the 2006 story School Reunion, the little guy got his own spin-off, K9 & Company in 1981, which also featured Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane. Production is also currently taking place on another K9 spin-off in Australia with co -creator Bob Baker working on the 26-part series, simply titled K9 at the moment. Australian broadcaster Network Ten are broadcasting the show later this year. Broadcast date on SCIFI channel not yet announced for new Doctor Who episodes or any of the spin-offs
Day Of The Clown
A new girl in Bannerman Road, Rani Chandra, is being haunted by a sinister clown – does it have anything to do with the local children that have gone missing? When Clyde's friend disappears the trail leads them to a strange circus museum – and the legend of the Pied Piper. Sarah Jane's investigation into Spellman and Odd Bob the Clown takes her to a meteorite at the Pharos Institute. But Spellman's plot to make all of Park Vale's pupils vanish leads Sarah Jane into a confrontation with her own childhood fears in a bid to save Luke.
Secrets Of The Stars
Astrologer Martin Trueman causes a stir with his uncanny insights and predictions. While Sarah Jane doesn't believe in astrology, she does believe that all is not as it seems with Trueman. Around her, people are falling under Trueman's sinister spell and even Mr Smith doesn't understand what's going on. As Trueman begins to take over the world's population through their star signs, Clyde takes a big gamble to help Sarah Jane, Luke and Rani into the astrologer's inner circle. But when Sarah Jane's plan to defeat Trueman fails, who will be Earth's last hope to overcome the Ancient Lights? Only one person can save them, someone who doesn't have a star sign!
The Mark Of The Berserker
Luke and Rani enlist the help of Clyde's mum to help track down Clyde and his father, who has an alien pendant. The chase leads to a terrifying waterside confrontation, as the pendant takes control of Paul and begins transforming him
The Temptation Of Sarah Jane Smith
When Sarah Jane returns a boy who has slipped through a time fissure back to 1951, she realises she has found a way to meet the parents she never knew. But is it a trap? Sarah Jane and Luke fall victim to a revenge plot by The Trickster. This story marks 45 years of Doctor Who. (23rd November 1963)
Enemy Of The Bane
Mrs Wormwood returns, working with the Sontaran. Special guest appearance of the Brigadier who is semi-retired. K9 may also make an appearance. The Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) - fan favorite from the classic series - is making a special appearance (after an absence of almost 20 years) in the series finale. "I've seen Nick on and off over the years but he was so pleased to be asked back," says Elizabeth Sladen. "It's a lovely thing to do because he's spoken about doing it and I think that's really nice for the fans." Each story is shown in two 30-minute parts
As for the Doctor Who special broadcast on BBC on Christmas 2008 (not yet scheduled on the SCIFI channel), here is the opening scene: "The Doctor arrives, hears a damsel in distress," says Russell T Davies. "The Doctor steps forward to save her... when this other man [played by David Morrissey] swings in, dashing, brilliant, amazing, clever, witty, saves the day. The Doctor says, 'Who are you?' The man says, 'I'm the Doctor!' Good scene. The Doctor becomes his companion. I like that. Sweet. There will be a beautiful woman too, of course, but really it's the Doctor paired with a new Doctor." Posted on BBC.com in 2008 Note: Morrissey is not replacing Tennant in the series, this will be explained in the rest of the story, though he is a version of the Doctor from the future. Davies praises "Russell Tovey as Midshipman Frame [in Voyage Of The Damned, last year's Christmas episode], which is my favorite casting of the lot, because he's going to be huge, that man. He's amazing. I think I'd make him the Eleventh Doctor." The other Doctor even has his own companion: Velile Tshabalala. The former Tittybangbang and Kerching! actress stated that Rosita is "an East Londoner, very Cockney". She revealed that Rosita "is the assistant to the other Doctor (played by David Morrissey), but as the episode goes on she starts helping The Doctor" (played by David Tennant.) "I am just so excited about it. We filmed it in April in Cardiff and Gloucester and Monmouth and so it has died down a bit, but now it is getting closer and I just can't wait."
DOCTOR WHO producer RUSSELL T DAVIES has been awarded the Order of the British Empire. The writer was presented with the accolade by British royal PRINCE CHARLES, the Prince of Wales, at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Friday, 28 Nov. 2008
Next will be a Doctor Who special episode around Easter 2009; James Strong will direct it. Showrunner Russell T. Davies announced the news in the latest Doctor Who Magazine and hailed Strong's previous involvement in the show, having helmed stories including 'The Impossible Planet', 'Daleks In Manhattan', 'Voyage Of The Damned' and 'Partners In Crime'. "We're so happy that he's returning to the fold, James has handled Daleks in sewers, hordes of Adipose and Satan himself, as well as a Titanic with Kylie on board." Davies, who has co-written the Easter Special with Gareth Roberts, added: "But believe me, none of that will have prepared him for what we're about to unleash in this next script!"
David Tennant to leave Doctor Who: actor announces his departure.
Tennant announced 29 Oct 2008 that he will leave the award winning BBC drama Doctor Who when he has completed the filming of four special episodes which will be screened in 2009 and early in 2010.
David Tennant first appeared as The Doctor in 2005 and has gone on to star in three series and three Christmas specials as the tenth incarnation of the Time Lord. The BBC has confirmed that David will continue to play The Doctor in the four specials that will make up the 2009 series before a new Doctor takes over for Series 5. Tennant also stars in the Doctor Who Christmas Special titled The Next Doctor (2008)
David Tennant comments "I've had the most brilliant, bewildering and life changing time working on Doctor Who. I have loved every day of it. It would be very easy to cling on to the TARDIS console forever and I fear that if I don't take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will. You would be prising the TARDIS key out of my cold dead hand. This show has been so special to me, I don't want to outstay my welcome. "This is all a long way off, of course. I'm not quitting, I'm back in Cardiff in January to film four special episodes which will take Doctor Who all the way through 2009. I'm still the Doctor all next year but when the time finally comes I'll be honored to hand on the best job in the world to the next lucky git--whoever that may be. "I'd always thought the time to leave would be in conjunction with Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner who have been such a huge part of it all for me. Steven Moffat is the most brilliant and exciting writer, the only possible successor to Russell and it was sorely tempting to be part of his amazing new plans for the show. I will be there, glued to my TV when his stories begin in 2010. "I feel very privileged to have been part of this incredible phenomenon, and whilst I'm looking forward to new challenges I know I'll always be very proud to be the Tenth Doctor."
Russell T Davies, Executive Producer of Doctor Who, comments "I've been lucky and honored to work with David over the past few years -- and it's not over yet, the Tenth Doctor still has five spectacular hours left! After which, I might drop an anvil on his head. Or maybe a piano. A radioactive piano. But we're planning the most enormous and spectacular ending, so keep watching!" Who will replace Tennant? No one will say yet, and could even be a female (a Time Lady)
TENNANT has withdrawn from all Royal Shakespeare Company performances of HAMLET until next year (2009) after scheduling surgery for a slipped disc. He is said to be devastated after pulling out of live performances of the Shakespeare play at London's Novello Theatre on Monday and Tuesday (Dec.8,9) because of the ongoing injury. He is now due to undergo surgery on his back on 11 Dec.
Although he says his enforced absence is "hugely disappointing", Tennant has lavished praise on his understudy Edward Bennett, who won standing ovations on Monday and Tuesday. "My back problem has progressed to the point where it is currently impossible for me to carry on without surgery."
5th Season Episodes below (tentative broadcast order, titles subject to change)
Direct from BBC America, including Classic Doctor Who episodes from past decades!
BBC America has released this running commentary for 3rd-season episode finale "Last Of The Time Lords" by David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, and John Barrowman. Don't forget to pause the audio during commercials as it runs in real time with the action on your TV screen during showings of this episode on BBC America and the SCIFI channel. Almost an hour long, it is about 47Megs if you want to save it to your computer or ipod for listening.
Catherine Tate Show, The
This hilarious series is a menagerie of instantly recognisable characters, from the Hollywood actress with an over-enthusiastic penchant for botox to the screaming housewife who hollers every time her toast jumps from the toaster. No episodes scheduled this month
DOCTOR WHO is heading back to cinemas for the first time in more than 40 years, according to Steven Moffat, who pens the scripts for the BBC series. He insists that producers are eyeing another big screen version of the programme - which currently stars Scottish actor David Tennant in the lead role. The show first became a movie in 1965 in Dr. Who and the Daleks, which was followed a year later (1966) by Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 AD, both starring Peter Cushing in the role. Moffat says that he will back any plans to bring the Time Lord back to the big screen once again, "I would say yes, as long as it never gets in the way of the show. It would be great to see it at the cinema. It's been there before so it would be good to see it again. A movie is 90 minutes, that's not that different from making a single episode, so I'm not against it."
27/08/2008: The script for the opener to the Tintin franchise has been penned by Doctor Who writer Stephen Moffat, and Steven Spielberg is still attached to direct the first film in a forthcoming Tintin trilogy, his representatives confirmed. Herge Studios, the Belgian production company which owns the rights to the famed comic strip character, had said on Tuesday that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson would helm the first movie. But representatives of both Jackson and Spielberg confirmed that Spielberg is to direct the first film, to be based on the Tintin books "The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure", and Jackson will serve as a producer on the first movie before directing the sequel. Set to use motion-capture technology, and will be Spielberg's first directing assignment since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Jackson, his partner Fran Walsh and their writing partner Philippa Boyens will reform the writing team behind the Lord of the Rings adaptations to work on his upcoming "Hobbit" script. Moffat has not been confirmed as script writer of the Tintin sequels.
What would that Law & Order sound like with a British accent? We'll find out this fall when the Dick Wolf-produced legal franchise heads overseas with Law and Order: London. Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones in Doctor Who and the second season of Torchwood) is signed on to portray the ITV show's in-court prosecutor. Agyeman was originally scheduled to join John Barrowman as a regular part of the Torchwood cast for the show's short, five episode third season, but her new lawyer gig might prevent her from chasing aliens and monsters in Cardiff. Chris Chibnall, the show-runner for Law & Order, was formerly head writer of Torchwood and stole Agyeman away from that Russell T. Davies-created show. There's no official word yet if Agyeman will be able to find time to take part in Torchwood's production schedule. Jamie Bamber (Apollo from The Sci-Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica) will join Agyeman in the Law & Order cast with the show set to premiere in late fall. A Torchwood source tells The Sun: "This has really mucked things about. We've had to go back and re-edit loads of scripts because she's not going to be in it."
At San Diego's Comic Con in July, John Barrowman was asked if he'd like to play Captain America in the upcoming movie in 2011. He said he would, then joked that his agent was probably on the phone calling about it right now. Let the internet rumor mill begin! In response to some seriously nerdy questions like 'Will we see a return of Sarah Jane Smith, as played by Elisabeth Sladen in the 1970s?' Moffat, speaking at Comic-Con, told fans: "We're not in the business of being nostalgic, we're making nostalgia for the future, new monsters, new friends. Doctor Who is at its best when it's brand new and you've always got to remember that there's a new bunch of eight-year-olds watching every year and it has to be original - it has to belong to them." "Having taken the precaution of having memorised every single event in Doctor Who's history, it's fairly easy for me to keep continuity because I remember it all. In the end, a television series which embraces both the ideas of parallel universe and the concept of changing time can't have a continuity error - it can't. It's impossible for Doctor Who to get it wrong because we can just say he changed time, it's a time warp, it happens." Moffat is known for writing some of the best episodes of Doctor Who, including that frightening one with the weeping angels. TVscoop.tv
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Torchwood: Children of Earth will see Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and team battling to save the future of mankind against the fiercest force they have ever encountered. Filming on the five-part series - Torchwood's third - has just begun in Cardiff and the production team have "plenty of surprises in store", said creator Russell T Davies. Joining the regular cast (all 3 were seen in the final episode of Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth) are actor Peter Capaldi (Caecilius in the episode Fires of Pompeii) as a civil servant hiding a terrible secret and "Bad Girls" actress Liz May Brice as Johnson, a sceptical covert government agent with a score to settle against Torchwood. The five-part series is written by Davies, John Fay and James Moran. All 5 parts will be shown over one week in Britain as a miniseries
A fun idea by two BBC staff members has resulted in a hilarious mash up of Doctor Who and Top Gear.
Inspired by his colleague Simon Catt, Matt Taylor of the BBC's Repeats & Reversioning team had the idea of combining David Tennant's appearance in Top Gear's Star In A Reasonably Priced Car slot with clips of the TARDIS in flight from Doctor Who. The result - with Jeremy Clarkson talking Tennant through his spectacular 'lap' in the Space/Time machine - so impressed their boss Gill Holmes, that it found its way to Mark Harrison, Head of the BBC's Multiplatform Studio and then to Peter Salmon, Chief Creative Officer of the BBC Vision Studio. Coincidentally, Peter was due to visit the Top Gear team this Wednesday, and showed the clip to Clarkson and Top Gear's Executive Producer Andy Wilman. They loved it and agreed that it could be put online.
We loved it too, and thought you would like to see it. Don't plan a trip to be part of Top Gear's studio audience any time soon - unless you have 21 years of free time to wait in line. Autoblog reports that "the waiting list to get a first-hand glimpse of the show being produced is an incredible 336,000 names deep." Well, if you don't want to wait until 2029 to see Clarkson, Hammond, and May in action, you could just see the special Top Gear live show at Earls Court this fall...if you can manage a ticket.
Donna Noble must track down The Doctor to save London from an alien emergency – even if it means braving the villainous Miss Foster (Sarah Lancashire) and her hordes of sinister Adipose, as executive producer/head writer Russell T. Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama returns for a fourth series.
But when the alien threat escalates out of control, can Donna find her Time Lord before the march of the Adipose begins? Howard Attfield, who appeared as Geoff Noble in 2006's The Runaway Bride, originally reprised his role as Donna's father for this episode. Sadly, Howard passed away shortly after recording his scenes for Partners in Crime, so Bernard Cribbins stepped in to play Donna's grandfather, Wilf. Bernard previous appeared as the same character (although we didn't know it) in Voyage Of The Damned. The Adipose creatures were inspired by the Pillsbury Dough Boy (the mascot of a US firm specialising in ready-to-bake products), created in 1965 and appearing in over 600 commercials so far.
Episode 2: The Fires of Pompeii
~~~~~~~ The Fires Of Pompeii 5/2/08 .............................. The Doctor has no secrets from psychic Oracles ~~~~~~
The Doctor and Donna visit Pompeii, on the eve of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, however, they discover psychic powers and beasts of stone running riot in the streets of old Pompeii. The time-travellers face their greatest challenge yet – can established history be changed, or must the Doctor let everyone die? "She's from Barcelona," is a reference to Sybil Fawlty's regular apology for clumsy Spanish waiter Manuel in classic sitcom Fawlty Towers
Episode 3: Planet of the Ood
Planet Of The Ood 5/9/08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [classified Torchwood report on The Ood]
The Doctor takes Donna to her first alien world, but the Ood-Sphere reveals some terrible truths about the human race? Even in the year 4126, slaves are happy to be slaves, aren't they? (also see descriptions below). The transformation of Halpen into an Ood was originally far more graphic, but after viewing the footage it was re-edited to be less horrific for a family audience.
Classified Torchwood Report For UNIT, Subject: The Sontarans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I think I'm a clone now
Episode 4: The Sontaran Stratagem (part 1 of 2)
Martha Jones summons the Doctor back to modern-day Earth, but an old enemy lies in wait. With the mysterious ATMOS devices spreading across the world, Donna discovers that even her own family is not safe from the alien threat, but is it too late to save them? The evil Sontarans last cropped up when Colin Baker was in the title role (1985)
Episode 5: The Poison Sky (in part 2, the Sontarans begin changing Earth's atmosphere)
UNIT is left defenseless, with a traitor in their ranks. As interplanetary war edges closer, the Doctor has to fight to keep both Martha and Donna alive – but will he have to make the ultimate sacrifice? The world is on fire, and the Doctor had a hand in it. War Games
The defense condition (DEFCON) is a measure of the activation and readiness level of the United States Armed Forces - although NATO appear to have adopted it, too, in the Doctor Who universe. DEFCON 1 refers to maximum readiness. It is not certain whether this has ever been used, but it is reserved for imminent or ongoing attack on US military forces or US territory by a foreign military power.
Episode 6: The Doctor's Daughter (someone has The Doctor's DNA, and possibly his female clone)
The Doctor meets the most important woman of his life on the distant planet Messaline, in the middle of an endless war. The Doctor, Donna and Martha are dragged by the Tardis to a planet and within seconds of arriving the Doctor's DNA is sampled and a genetically modified, bred for war, 25 year old woman is instantly created from it. Donna promptly names her Jenny and helps the Doctor come to terms with the fact that he has a new daughter. Jenny is needed to help the Humans fight the Hath, a fight that has been going on for generations. Martha is separated from the group and help the Hath in her own way.
But as General Cobb threatens genocide, the Doctor faces an even greater battle – can he find peace with his own child? Georgia Moffett guest stars. Stephen Greenhorn previously wrote the Lazarus Experiment. "Hello, Daddy!" Georgia Moffett is the daughter of Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. He was recently seen alongside the Tenth Doctor in the 2007 Children in Need special, Time Crash. Back in 2004 Georgia was considered for the role of a certain Rose Tyler... Georgia also appeared with her Dad in the Doctor Who audio adventure Red Dawn. Though one of her hearts now has a bullet in it, you may not have seen the last of Jenny. Donna describes her as G.I. Jane - a reference to the 1997 action film starring Demi Moore as a trainee Navy SEAL. This should not be confused with G.I. Joe, the upcoming film featuring a certain Christopher Eccleston as the villainous Destro. In January, 2007, RUSSELL T DAVIES said that he wanted BRITNEY SPEARS to play the clone of an extra-terrestrial, but didn't think she would come to Cardiff where the show is shot. He also had an episode written to star rock star Madonna as "The Last Cassandra," the race of people composed only of skin stretched out with a face in the center. RUSSELL T DAVIES said Cassandras were inspired by skinny Hollywood actresses who’ve had too much plastic surgery...
Episode 7: The Unicorn and the Wasp (that's Fenella Woolgar as Agatha Christie)
Torchwood report on Vespiforms
In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 10 days. Was it amnesia? A nervous breakdown? Or a Giant Alien Wasp? The Doctor and Donna join forces with the world's most famous crime novelist to encounter a body in the library, poisoned cocktails and a Vespiform seeking revenge. As the body count mounts the Doctor and Agatha must find the clues to lead them to the killer. And what has a giant wasp got to do with it? See Torchwood Briefing above. Official website: AgathaChristie.com
Episode 8: Silence in the Library (part 1, an abandoned 51st century library has more than books lurking in it)
100 years ago, the universe's greatest library was sealed off, leaving only a warning: "Count the shadows." But now the shadows are moving again. The Doctor and Donna must uncover the terrible truth behind the Nodes and the horrifying Data Ghost, to find the library's secret; confront the monsters of the Dark, the vicious Vashta Nerada. With guest stars Alex Kingston, Colin Salmon and Steve Pemberton. At the end of part 1 Donna is separated from the Doctor and finds herself in a mysterious hospital administered by Doctor Moon. Alex Kingston is best known for playing Dr. Elizabeth Corday in 158 episodes of the medical drama ER. The main library scenes for the episode were filmed at Swansea Library and Brangwyn Hall, Swansea; the world's largest library--the Library of Congress--holds approximately 29 million books. Donna has been saved. Hey, who turned out the lights?
Episode 9: Forest of the Dead (part 2)
As the shadows rise and march, the Doctor forges an alliance with the mysterious River Song. But can anyone stop the Vashta Nerada? While the Doctor discovers long-buried secrets and revelations about his own future, the sinister Nodes declare that Donna is doomed. Donna starts receiving strange images from a girl with blond hair. Her name is Rose and she tries to warn Donna of a plan by an old enemy of the Doctor's to destroy her universe. Nobody has ever died on screen in a Steven Moffat Doctor Who story by any means other than natural causes, and not been subsequently resurrected in some way. If you look closely at the wall in Charlotte's house you will see two of her drawings are of a blonde girl and a wolf. Make of these what you will...
"The library is our brain. Without the library, you have no civilization" Ray Bradbury
Episode 10: Midnight, a projection of Rose tries to warn them
The Doctor is Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Captain Jack's Report on Planet Midnight
The Doctor is trapped, alone, powerless and terrified, on the planet Midnight. Soon, the knocking on the wall begins. Only a woman called Sky seems to know the truth – but as paranoia turns into a witch-hunt, Sky turns the Doctor's greatest strengths against him, and a sacrifice must be made or all the passengers will be lost. Copy?
Episode 11: Turn Left (part 1 of 3)
Tell your fortune, lady? Turn right . . . . . . . . . There's something on your back!
Donna's entire world collapses on the planet Shan Shen, but there's no sign of the Doctor. There is someone, or something on Donna's back. Something evil controlling her. Thanks to the alien creature, Donna gets to find out what her life would have been had she never met the Doctor: Donna never went to work as an office temp, she never got engaged and didn’t help defeat the Raknoss. Because of that, The Doctor is killed on Christmas Day, 2005, Martha Jones is killed on the Moon by the Judoon, Team Torchwood are killed by the Sontarans, and the Titanic crashes to Earth in Christmas 2007 causing the most massive explosion in Earth history. But, as Donna and Rose Tyler combine forces, are they too late to save the whole of creation from the approaching darkness? Billie Piper guest stars near the end as Rose Tyler, leading into the final 2 episodes of the season. Chipo Chung, who plays the mysterious fortune teller also appeared in episode 11 of Series Three, as Professor Yana's faithful assistant, Chantho.
Episode 12: The Stolen Earth written by Russell T Davies, part 2 (if it's dark, does it matter?)
Earth's greatest heroes assemble in a time of dire need, in tonight's penultimate episode in this time-travelling drama. Davros (Julian Bleach) is creating new Daleks, and they have taken over London. But can Torchwood and the Doctor's secret army defeat the might of the new Dalek Empire? With battles on the streets and in the skies, the Doctor and Donna must brave the Shadow Proclamation (an intergalactic police force) and the Medusa Cascade (a space-time rift near a nebula) and finally solve the mystery of Earth's disappearing bees. Sarah Jane Smith is trapped, the Judoon may have returned, and the Tardis is on fire. Michael Brandon makes a guest appearance as General Sanchez; Brandon is probably best known for his portrayal of tough New York cop Lt. James Dempsey in the 1980s TV-series Dempsey and Makepeace. Cameo by Richard Dawkins, the celebrated ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer, who is married to the Second Romana, actress Lalla Ward. The Judoon is played by Paul Kasey. And, a fearsome old enemy waits in the shadows...0770 900 461. Right, now we're in trouble
No ad at end for next week's part 3 so as to not give anything away
Episode 13: Journey's End (part 3)
In their increasing madness, Davros and Dalek Caan have captured the Earth and other planets, and plan to destroy them all simultaneously, along with every atom of reality itself! This final story features Rose, Mickey, Pete, Jackie, Sarah Jane, Captain Jack, Martha Jones and K9 (cameo) as well as Donna and the Doctor. Gwen and Ianto from Torchwood also make an appearance. This is the final regular episode by Russell T. Davies and will be his grand finale storyline for all 4 years. David Tennant has promised the season finale will be "the biggest, boldest, maddest, saddest, most exciting story we've ever done." Some have speculated that Donna is possessed by The Master, but it's just as possible that she contains an alien from her very first episode, a cute little baby Racnoss...it happened to Ripley, believe it or not! Donna is hit by something and Wilf takes care of her but she's lost all her memories after absorbing all of the Doctor's 900 years' worth all at once. As Rose said in Turn Left, Donna dies, just not physically. Rose must return to the alternate universe after her reunion with Mickey and Jackie. The Doctor returns to his Tardis and leaves alone. There's also a possibility that the Doctor's daughter will make an appearance here or in the Christmas episode to kick off the spinoff series. Though Rose must return to the other Earth in the end, the Doctor gives her a hand (her scenes were not in the version the preview audience saw in order to keep the ending secret). The second Doctor may also be in the Christmas Special. Journey's End is almost 50 per cent longer than a regular episode, and even longer than the first two Christmas Specials! No ad for the Christmas special as last year's ended up on YouTube. Official figures from the Broadcasters Audience Research Board reported that this past season's climactic episode (Journey's End) was the U.K.'s most watched television program of the week with 10.57 million viewers.
Captain Jack's report on The Judoon
Christmas Special 2008, The Return of the Cybermen / The Next Doctor
First, Queen Victoria had to deal with werewolves, now it's Cybermen in London! At least present-day London won't be attacked by aliens this time. The Doctor arrives in Victorian London and encounters two very different types of Cybermen. The Cybus Cybermen and some diamond headed wraith-like Cybermen (this universe's Cybermen?) They've taken over a graveyard and look set to take over the planet through stealth. The Doctor calls on Rose to help him. Troops of Cybermen attack a major Market place in snow covered London. Guest stars include David Morrissey and Ballykissangel actress Dervla Kirwan. It's going to be a Dickens of a Doctor Who story! There will also be a cameo appearance by the 7 living actors who have played The Doctor, but this scene might only be seen in England like last year with "Time Crash." So far, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Tom Baker and David Tennant have been named but not Eccleston. David Morrissey's character is referred to as the "other Doctor" on the actors' makeup trailer. Velile Tshabalala appears to be his new companion in this one: Morrissey says to Tshabalala, "The Doctor's companion will do what the Doctor says. Now go!" Meanwhile, The Scotsman reported that the BBC is prepared to pay David Tennant a massive £1.3 million to carry on as Doctor Who - that's £100,000 per episode. He could also be offered other drama projects to keep him on board, said the paper. Tennant is rehearsing for Hamlet this month and will be in the theatrical role from next month until January 2009. A 20-second teaser for this one was broadcast by BBC on 7-6-08 but it sucks so I didn't post it here. Hopefully they'll do some better promos for it. Davies has four more "special" episodes of the show left, running across 2009, before Steven Moffat takes over the reins of Doctor Who in 2010.
Season 5, episode 1: Ghosts in the Machines (Donna goes to the alternate universe to help Rose in a new threat from the Cybermen on alternate Earth)
Season 5, episodes 2,3: Rose Tyler, Earth Defender: War (Part 1 and Part 2) the Doctor is missing and has unwittingly caused the new war between Cybermen and the alternate Earth (the script is being written to allow David to be unseen, while he is involved with other acting commitments in 2009. Tennant has denied rumors that he will leave in 2008 after season 4). Tennant will appear in one or more eps as the "other" Doctor created by Donna and left with Rose at Bad Wolf Bay. Donna and Martha are not in season 5 as Martha will be full time on Torchwood and Donna loses her memory. If Tennant signs on for 2010 season, he will be in all 13 episodes, regenerating in the 13th. John Simm as the Master will show up sometime in 2009 or 2010.
Christmas Special 2009: The End of Time
(the Doctor regenerates, new actor's name to be announced. If Tennant doesn't leave, the regeneration will "only be temporary", whatever that means). Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle is in talks to take over as time traveller DR. WHO. Tennant is rumoured to be leaving the cult TV show at the end of the current series in 2009 and speculation about his replacement is pointing to his fellow Scot, Carlyle. Tough guy Carlyle hasn't ruled out stepping into his place, "Would I do it? Possibly." Stephen Fry and David Warner have also been considered in the past.
The Dust of Stars by Neil Gaiman (1st or 2nd episode 2010 script)
Kylie Minogue is back as Astrid. Somehow she's found a way to merge with an obsolete TARDIS and, being symbiotically linked with it, she's able to trace the Doctor. She needs to warn him about an impending disaster from the centre of the galaxy. If you haven't seen Voyage Of The Damned ending yet then watch the ending of Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979), which is similar
Family Reunion by Stephen Greenhorn (3rd or 4th episode script)
The Doctor's daughter discovers a world shifted out of phase with the rest of the universe. She finds that her symbiotic nucleii allows her access and discovers Time Lords frozen in time. She finds a way of tracing active Tardii but it leads her to discover other problems. Note: this episode will likely air in the Doctor Who series only if the spinoff series never happens
Disney is said to be co-developing a children's TV series for broadcast in Australia and Europe based on the Doctor's robot dog, K9. This is why BBC can no longer use K9 in any of its TV series, though a brief cameo was allowed in the pilot for Sarah Jane Adventures, and may be again for a future Doctor Who episode.
Freema Agyeman (Martha) has been cast in a new BBC re-imagining of classic 1970s series "Survivors" based on the novel by Dalek creator, Terry Nation. Originally launched in April 1975 on BBC, Survivors ran for 38 episodes over three years. The new series, set in the present day, focuses on the world in the aftermath of a devastating virus which wipes out most of the world's population. Freema has been cast as Jenny Collins, a bright and lively young teacher in a primary school who must face choices beyond anything she could have imagined. Currently filming in Manchester until September for transmission in autumn 2008, Survivors is a BBC Drama Production for BBC One.
Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Russell T Davies has been made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama. An OBE is one of the highest civilian honours available to a British subject and is awarded by the Queen, on the advice of the Government.
Russell T Davies said of his honour: "I'm delighted to accept, and I hope it does the whole industry a bit of good, for the writing of television drama to be recognised." A BBC spokesman commented: "We are delighted for Russell - he is one of this country's greatest writers and it is fantastic that his talent has been recognised in this way." Russell is the second Doctor Who producer to receive this award after the late Verity Lambert was awarded an OBE in 2002.
After the final episode of Doctor Who for the year airs on the SCIFI channel in August, there will still be a second season of Sarah Jane Adventures to look forward to. Twelve half-hour episodes (six stories broadcast as 2-parters), including a return of the Sontarans, as well as another actor from the previous Doctor Who series: Nicholas Courtney as The Brigadier. Interview with Courtney (an Army vet in real life) his website. His character, now known as Sir Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart, helps Sarah Jane with the Sonatarans in a two-part episode filmed in July for broadcast on BBC and the SCIFI channel later in 2008. You haven't seen the last of Miss Wormwood, either. Maria Jackson and her dad will be moving on though, replaced by an Asian family. A third season to air in 2009 is also set for filming; an additional 12 episodes.
FAQ from BBC
Are the Time Lords really dead?
The Doctor is the last of the Time Lords. We've no details of any other survivors, including Susan, The Rani, Romana or Chancellor Flavia. Please don't email us about this. Please.
What about the Master?
Don't count him out - despite refusing to regenerate at the end of Last Of The Time Lords, he's come back from worse scrapes than being shot and cremated!
What exactly happened in the Time War?
That's a story which hasn't yet been revealed.
How many regenerations does the Doctor have?
Now that his people are gone, who knows? Time Lords used to have 13 lives.
In case you're wondering, a female Time Lord is called a Time Lady. Amongst the ones we've encountered so far are Rodan in 1978's The Invasion Of Time and Romana (first seen in 1978's The Ribos Operation)
Can I get an autograph, poster or picture of any cast or crew?
The Doctor Who actors are usually responsible for handling their own correspondence; however we are able to forward any fan mail to them on your behalf. If you wish for us to do this for you, they can be reached at the following address:
(Name of celebrity) Doctor Who c/o Artists' Mail PO Box 1922 Glasgow G2 3WT
Please write 'Private and Personal - Please Forward' at the top of the envelope.
I heard a rumour that a certain actor / actress will be in Doctor Who, is it true?
Rumours are generally just that, rumours. Every series random actors / actresses are rumoured to be in the show, almost all are wild goose chases. For official news on castings, always check the Doctor Who website.
Do any of the cast have a Facebook / Myspace or any other social networking account?
No, they are not members of such networking sites. Please be very careful, as we are aware of people who have posed as cast members in the past.
Catherine Tate Will Go Nude For New Play posted Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Catherine Tate will "get her Tates out" (to steal The Sun's headline) in a "saucy sex scene" - a "graphic sex romp," if you will - for the new West End play, Under the Blue Sky. Get your tickets now!
One of Tate's co-stars in the play is Francesca Annis, best known as Ralph Fiennes' former companion. She tells The Times a horror story about a visit with a "Hollywood doctor" during a difficult pregnancy, and it turned her off Tinseltown for good: "He asked me my age, symptoms, how many children I had - all that, and I answered dutifully. Eventually he said, 'Yes, OK, I think we can do it.' He was offering to get rid of the baby. He'd just thought: actress, in her forties, two kids already - she wants a termination."
Showtime Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt announced today the American cable network will premiere a provocative half-hour comedy series, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl. Taken from best selling, real life diaries, this eye-opening insight into the life of a high-end call girl leading a double life became an immediate ratings winner in the United Kingdom. SHOWTIME will air the first season's 8 half-hour episodes beginning in Spring or Summer 2008, with a commitment for an additional 12 episodes. Billie Piper takes on the challenging lead role. To her friends and family she is Hannah, a legal secretary clocking in regular hours and enjoying a "normal" life. To her clients, she is Belle, the answer to all of their fantasies. Her challenge is to keep her two lives separate. Inevitably they begin to blur. The real Belle (whom the charismatic Piper met and worked closely with pre-and during production) published her diaries in 2005 and, despite many attempts to discover her true identity, remains anonymous.
"When Chris Albrecht called me to take a look at this show we were intrigued," said Greenblatt. "Initially we thought we should make an American version of it, but we fell in love with the original episodes, were captivated by Billie Piper's Belle, and decided to bring it to SHOWTIME as is. American audiences will be transfixed by the series poignant, sexy, comedy-meets-drama elements and the series will fit in perfectly with our line-up of original programming." Piper told the Sun (of London) that she had to watch Doctor Who episodes to get back into character as Rose after "Callgirl."
Sarah Jane Adventures
6 titles, shown in twelve 2-part 30 minute episodes
The second season is currently filming for broadcast in 2008 or 2009, though Sarah Jane has guest starred in the new Doctor Who series and may show up in it again in 2009 to help Martha & Rose pilot the Tardis when The Doctor is missing. It is also possible that Martha Jones could show up on Sarah Jane's doorstep in an episode if she doesn't get hired away for Law & Order London on ITN
Years before The Sarah Jane Adventures was even a glint in Russell T Davies's eye, the very first Doctor Who spin-off debuted in the form of "K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend" first broadcast during Christmas 1981. A pilot for a series which sadly never happened, the fifty minute adventure saw Elisabeth Sladen reprising her role of Sarah Jane Smith to investigate mysterious goings-on in the village Moreton Harwood. This "lost" Doctor Who spin-off pilot is available on DVD in Britain, though I haven't seen it show up here in America. Perhaps the SCIFI channel will show it sometime.
"The Doctor often travels with an entourage. Sometimes they're human. Sometimes they're alien. Sometimes they're tin-dogs."
--Sarah Jane Smith
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April Fools Day video promoting Dr. Who as posted on BBC website 4/1/08.....In space there are no icebergs
* Planet of the Ood (March 2008). They're back - but will they be beastly? The start of the new series will see Donna tracking down the Time Lord during an alien emergency in modern-day London. In Planet of the Ood, the Doctor and his new companion Donna will travel to a weird and wonderful alien planet, where she will meet the mysterious race for the first time. The episode will allow viewers to discover the origins of The Ood and why they behave the way they do – but will the Doctor be their friend or foe?
"We're delighted The Ood are making a welcome return to Doctor Who," said lead writer and Exec. Producer Russell T. Davies. "They were last seen falling into a black hole back in Series Two and we think it's only fair for the viewers to find out what the Ood have to say for themselves! Donna is certainly in for a shock." It's a good thing the Doctor tried to get Donna to the church on time last December, or she would never have come on board the Tardis again this time. And yes, she will be the new companion for all 13 episodes in 2008. Guess married life didn't work out too well (specially since her not-so-loving groom became alien spider food). "I had a blast last Christmas and look forward to travelling again through time and space with that nice man from Gallifrey."
Donna and The Doctor will also be travelling through time for an encounter with the legendary murder mystery novelist, Agatha Christie, played by Jekyll star Fenella Woolgar. Fenella will be joined by The Good Life actress Felicity Kendal, who will star as Lady Clemency Eddison. "What a brilliant idea that Agatha Christie and Doctor Who should meet!" noted Matthew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson. "Two characters whose contribution to British entertainment is absolutely unrivalled. As far as I know my grandmother, Agatha Christie, never saw Doctor Who, but I am sure she would have been intrigued, excited and above all flattered by all this attention in 2007." Doctor Who's executive producer and head writer, Russell T. Davies comments: "Visiting Agatha Christie has been on my wish-list for ages now, and for the Doctor, it's a real meeting of minds! Viewers can expect many more ambitious storylines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008." The Planet Of The Ood may air back-to-back with the Agatha Christie episode, though I'm not sure which half airs first: the 2 stories are from the writer of Human Nature/The Family Of Blood. Blackadder and Notting Hill actor Tim McInnerny will also guest star later in the series. The other costar of Blackadder has a House of his own now in America, and Rowan Atkinson has already played The Doctor (see below).
Freema Agyeman who has played Martha Jones, The Doctor's companion throughout the critically acclaimed third series, will return to the show to join The Doctor and Donna mid series. "She'll actually be in a relationship by that point, so that part of her soul is fulfilled, so I think she'll look at her relationship with the Doctor with fresh eyes - older and much, much wiser. The last time they will have seen one another is after she's just saved the world, so she went out on a high. And then they meet up again... so I imagine that they'll be sizing each other up a bit!" Freema is also set to join the cast of Torchwood, where she will continue to play the character in three new episodes before returning to Doctor Who. Season 4 of Doctor Who will be broadcast on BBC starting March, 2008. Rumor has it that Ben Kingsley may appear as Davros, creator of the menacing Daleks, in a later 4th season episode (or maybe not).
Fires Of Pompeii
For the episode set in ancient Pompeii (just before the volcano explodes) Peter Capaldi guest stars as Caecillius and Phil Davis as Lucius; filming of the episode took place at Cinecitta studios in Rome. "I knew before we began filming Series Four that an overseas shoot was needed to achieve exterior scenes for an episode set in Pompeii on eruption day. There are standing replicas of ancient roman cities in Malta, Bulgaria and at Cinnicitta studios in Rome and we considered using all three. The Cinnicitta sets are the most recently built (constructed for HBO's ROME in 2004) and the biggest and so were the most appealing to us."
Christopher Ryan, who previously appeared in Trial Of A Time Lord (1986) will play a very different character in an episode filming soon: a villainous Sontaran (a military, warlike species, able to clone vast armies of themselves).
Alex Kingston and Colin Salmon have joined the long list of guest stars to feature in series 4 of Doctor Who. Kingston, best known for roles in ER and Moll Flanders, will appear in a Steven Moffat penned two-parter as River Song – a mysterious character who meets The Doctor on an expedition to uncover the secrets of an abandoned library. She is joined by James Bond regular, Colin Salmon who also stars in the two episodes. She comments "I used to watch Doctor Who through the crack in the door. I was so terrified but I couldn't tear myself away. I loved it so much and I'm delighted to be a part of the new series."
British actress BILLIE PIPER will also reprise her role in cult TV series. The 25-year-old quit in 2006 after two years of playing the Doctor's assistant Rose Tyler, but is set to return to film episodes. Piper will join Tennant for at least three episodes, starring alongside comedienne Catherine Tate and actress Freema Agyeman, who play Doctor Who's assistants Donna and Martha respectively. A source tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror, "With Donna, Martha and Rose competing to assist him, Dr Who is going to be spoilt for choice." Piper was married on New Year's Eve and apparently became pregnant almost immediately, though she is still planning to film the second series of "Secret Diary Of A Call Girl" playing a high-class hooker in 2008. On March 1, she had announced that they were planning to adopt a baby, before a pregnancy test in mid-April revealed another development.
"She's changed. She's hardened. She's been through a lot in her parallel world," explained Billie in an interview for the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine. "I think she's been through emotional turmoil. She's quite sad and lonely, but also really bolshy and - that great quality that Rose has - just so headstrong and single-minded... But this series will make you cry. That's a promise."
Joan Collins, the British-born star of Dynasty, visited the Doctor Who set for 15 minutes with her grandchildren, and hinted that she would consider a cameo appearance. It was reported May 16th that she was "enamoured with Scottish actor Tennant, after he politely spoke to her grandchildren, who had accosted him with questions about his famous character."
She says, "I have seldom met an actor more gracious and charming to visitors to a film set. For 15 minutes David Tennant patiently answered all the children's questions...As one who has spent most of their adult life on a sound stage, I was feeling quite blase about visiting the set of Doctor Who...the thought amused me because of the intense excitement of nine-year-old Miel and Weston, four, my daughter Tara's children, who had barely slept the previous night in breathless anticipation." She had planned on filming a sequel to the 1973 British horror film "The Wicker Man" starring herself and Christopher Lee as villains, when it was abruptly cancelled April 29th. Lee would have reprised his role from the original film.
AMY WINEHOUSE was also rumored to guest star in the 5th series, though she was dropped from doing the themesong for Daniel Craig's latest James Bond movie when she missed too many recording sessions due to "illness"
NME magazine reported in late March that songstress will reprise the role of the villainess rogue Time Lady "The Rani", which was made famous by actress KATE O'MARA in the 1980s. The Rani is an evil scientific genius rouge timelord who in previous series of the hit TV show has enslaved entire planets. Sources revealed to the publication that Amy is very excited about the role as she is a "massive fan" of the show. Her spokesperson has so far refused to confirm the deal, saying, "Amy is considering many offers at the moment." She is currently working on the themesong for Quantum of Solace, the 22nd James Bond 007 film. On July 8, RUSSELL T. DAVIES commented, "AMY WINEHOUSE would be a great Doctor" (there have been several claims over the years that The Doctor could regenerate as a female, most recently by Tom Baker in 1980). A video of Ms. Winehouse singing a "racist" ditty has been published by News of the World. Amy's husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, shot the video, and he's heard egging Amy and an unidentified female on to sing a song full of ethnic slurs. Amy asks him if the camera is running; Blake swears on his life that it is not. Later in the sequence, Blake films Amy passed out on a couch with what looks like drug paraphernalia strewn all around her. In today's Daily Mail, Amy has issued an apology for all of this: "I don't want to play anything down, but I'm the least racist person going."
It is also possible that either Joan or Amy could appear in 2010 spinoff series "Jenny Who," if BBC decides to go ahead with plans for a new series starring the Doctor's daughter.
Season Four will be the last for a while. BBC has announced that there will be no series episodes made in 2009, only three Doctor Who specials (stand-alone stories, about 90 minutes each). This will allow Tennant to take part in a previously planned Shakespeare tour, and Tate says she is auditioning for the role of Nancy in the musical "Oliver" and hopes to get it because she knows one of the judges, John Barrowman. “I’d love to do Nancy, musical theatre, yes, for the rest of my life. I’ll ring up John Barrowman and sing "I’d Do Anything" to him!’ Series Five episodes have been ordered for the 2010 year/season. So what will replace Doctor Who in 2009? BBC1 says off the record that they are considering a TV-series based on Pirate Of The Caribbean or The 3 Musketeers. An in-house BBC drama production team is working on the Musketeers and Kudos, the company behind Life on Mars, is developing the pirate idea. But Broadcast magazine reports that ITV (an independant BBC rival) is also planning a pirate adventure series. On 2008 April 2, David Tennant was mum on the subject of a fifth season, and Russell T. Davies told reporters that his future with the show was "none of their business," according to the BBC website.
There have been many companions for the Doctor before, 3 died (their characters anyway) and one appeared topless with a dalek on the second page of London's newspaper in real life.
Torchwood, a Doctor Who spinoff series, started on BBC in 2006 starring John Barrowman as his Doctor Who character Captain Jack. It is an adventure TV-series with a bit darker and more violent matrix. Montage of Torchwood TV series ads, coming soon to America: BBC America will broadcast Torchwood in the U.S. on Saturdays, the same day they show "classic" episodes of Doctor Who. So far there are no plans to broadcast it on the SCIFI channel in the U.S.
"The rift has been opened - and time is splintering all over the world. As events spiral out of control, the Torchwood team are faced with fragments of their past - and terrifying visions of their future. Can Captain Jack save the world?"
Not to mention dealing with a Cyberwomen, and Mary the Alien
"This is not the end of the world, I'm certain of that." Captain Jack
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Sylvester McCoy (the 7th Doctor) returned to BBC in October 2008, guest-starring in an episode of the daytime drama series Doctors. He plays an actor who once played a time traveller on children's television in a show called The Amazing Lollipop Man. He now finds his life consists of giving DVD commentaries and posing for photos in his old costume, though nowadays he can't do the buttons up. The episode is written by David Semple, who told DoctorWhoNews.com: "Sylvester gives an extraordinary performance: funny, touching and incredibly inventive. He also manages to appear 40 years old in one scene and 60-something in the next, despite the fact that Doctors is shot in a day and he filmed the young scenes in the morning and the aged ones in the afternoon."
If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. C. S. Lewis