Wednesday, 30 September 2009

DWM Special Edition #23 - Sarah Jane Smith

Doctor Who Magazine announced in Gallifrey Guardian (the latest news section, for those who don't know) that there will soon be a DWM Sarah Jane Smith Special Edition issue. It will be the 23rd Special Doctor Who Magazine has released and will include looks at Series 1 and 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures and an exclusive interview with Elizabeth Sladen. Click cover image to enlarge...

The 100-page Doctor Who Magazine Sarah Jane Smith Special Edition is available to buy across the UK in WHSmith and other good newsagents for £5.99 from Thursday 1st October.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

SJA 'Prisoner of the Judoon' Trailer Screenshots

As you probably by now, a brand new trailer for Series 3 which consists of exciting clips from the first story 'Prisoner of the Judoon'. So I decided to get screenshots of every one of the clips, a few of which you can see below...

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Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 Trailers & Press Pack

The BBC Press Office have released a press pack for Series 3 of The Sarah Jane Adventures, including two new trailers, a new promotional image and a description of the series...

SJA Series 3 Trailer

SJA Series 3 - 15 Second Teaser

Here's the full press release...
Former companion to The Doctor and investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith returns for a third series of alien-busting adventures on CBBC this autumn.

This exciting series includes a special appearance from The Doctor, David Tennant, who joins The Sarah Jane Adventures – not just for a cameo appearance but for a full-blown starring role across two episodes

Sarah Jane's team includes her adopted son, Luke; his streetwise pal, Clyde Langer; their schoolmate, Rani, who lives opposite and has aspirations to become a journalist like Sarah Jane; and Mr Smith, their Xylok supercomputer, who resides in the attic. Add to that Sarah Jane's robot dog, K-9, and the team is set for six weeks of brand-new adventures.

Highlights include the introduction of a new alien race, the reptilian Veil, and their enemies the Judoon; an extraterrestrial girl who can make people play games against their will; a living painting; the inhabitants of a supposedly haunted house; monsters who want to infect the Earth with a strangely aggressive weed; and, finally, a chance for Sarah Jane to find personal happiness with someone who could be the perfect person to complete her family.

A brand new website will accompany the third series complete with a trailer maker, monster hunt, video diaries from the cast and web games plus exclusive behind the scenes videos.

> Official SJA Website

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Monday, 28 September 2009

SJA 'The Wedding of Sarah Jane' Synopses & Photos

The BBC Press Office have released the two synopses and overall synopsis for the third two-parter story in The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3, 'The Wedding of Sarah Jane'. Meanwhile, Digital Spy have revealed three brand new photos of this story, which you can see beneath these synopses...

'The Wedding of Sarah Jane' - overall story synopsis
Sarah Jane has met Peter Dalton and wants him to become part of her life; to become a father to Luke perhaps. But Clyde thinks Peter is hiding a secret or two of his own, especially when he and Rani find an empty house where Peter says his home should be...

3.5: 'The Wedding of Sarah Jane' - Part 1
The Doctor returns on the happiest day of Sarah Jane's life - but a deadly trap is waiting for them all! As the strands of a clever and careful plan draw together, can even a Time Lord save Sarah Jane, on the day of her arch-enemy's greatest triumph?

3.6: 'The Wedding of Sarah Jane' - Part 2
The Doctor joins the battle - but is it too late to save both Sarah Jane and the Earth itself? As the power of the Pantheon of Discord grows in strength, the old friends are separated across different time zones, and must fight to save each other - but for one, there's a terrible price to pay.

The Sarah Jane Adventures begins with Part 1 of 'Prisoner of the Judoon' on Thursday 15th October and Part 2 continues the following day.

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Elizabeth Sladen Interview on SJA Series 3

Digital Spy recently interviewed Elizabeth Sladen on the forthcoming third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures. She talks K-9, 'The Wedding of Sarah Jane', David's last day as the Tenth Doctor and a dusty attic! Here's the full interview...

You've got K-9 back in a larger capacity this series. How does he assist the team?
"Yes - we see more of him. He's out of the black hole and we can use him for what he can do for us - he can sense things, he can shoot at things and he can do mathematical things. There's a nice jealousy between him and Mr. Smith because they're on the same mechanical level. He is actually useful instead of trundling along - the kids can phone him and you can ask him to use his doggy brain!"

The first story involves the Judoon...
"Yes, we have a Judoon and we have [another alien] as well. I love the Judoon, and I love Paul Kasey, who's inside the Judoon - he's Foxy Bingo as well!"

What's your favourite story from the new series?
"That's really difficult. I love episodes one and two because I got to do things I haven't been called upon to do before and I loved it. I'll give too much away if I say though! It's something where she's not just Sarah Jane. I love five and six as well because we've got David and it's quite emotional. The haunted house one is so scary - we were screaming during it" We'll have to be careful how we show it because there's a frightening scene in a nursery and this is a show for eight-year-olds."

Episodes five and six are mysteriously titled 'The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith'...
"Sarah Jane has a reality check. Something at the end of one of the stories makes her realise something quite weird - that The Doctor may come back into her life - and I think there's a line like 'we'll all face the future together'. So there's an inkling that he'll be there and The Doctor gets something the other end to say that he's needed. I cried a lot, on and off. She allows herself to go to places she would never have dreamt of before, emotionally. It's very hard and of course it's written by Gareth Roberts, who always comes up with little nuggets that make me cry. I can't read it too often or I'm spent - I have to limit my reading of Gareth Roberts!"

What was it like having The Doctor as part of your show?
"Brilliant! I don't know if David enjoyed it so much though - as soon as we knew we'd got him, they started giving him loads of dialogue, so I think Dave thought 'Bloody hell! What have I come on to?' But he came to us straight off Who, and maybe it was a kind ease-out for him. His final scenes are with us - isn't that lovely? I know they wanted it for the last two episodes - 11 and 12 - and if it had been, I don't know what ending they would have done. David's schedule meant he had to film it as five and six though, so we treated it as five and six."

Could you not have shifted five and six to become 11 and 12?
"I don't know - we could have done but they decided not to, for some reason."

Was it sad filming your last scenes with David?
"I wasn't there on his last day because I had to do something else. I don't think it was sad, though - he was laughing a lot with the kids."

There are three more Who specials to go with David Tennant - are you returning to Who at all before he leaves?
"You'll have to wait and see!"

Are you open to the possibility of going back into Who with Matt Smith's Doctor?
"I never say never with Who, because look what's happened, but I don't see the call coming and I don't wait for it or expect it. It's a new dynasty now because of Russell leaving."

Have you met Matt yet?
"I met him on his first day when he came to look around the studio. Tracy, who's the executive producer on that, grabbed me and said 'Matt would love to meet you!' and I thought 'No, poor bugger - he wouldn't!' So I got foisted on him."

Are you filming Sarah Jane in HD this year?
"Yes we are. I only really want to see birds and David Attenborough in HD so I thought 'I'm not bloody looking forward to seeing my pores on the screen!' But I have to say, Christ, I think it looks like a film. Now the attic looks so bloody expensive! I look at it and think 'wow!'"

When I visited the attic it was very dusty...
"It's bloody filthy! Sarah Jane's an absolutely awful housekeeper. My daughter says my favourite programme is How Clean Is Your House? - give me a pair of rubber gloves and I'm happy. I bloody hated that filth. One director last year said 'let's get some smoke in here' and I thought 'we've got enough bloody dust, we don't need bloody smoke!' Nightmare."

There are rumours that a fourth series is in pre-production?
"It is, it's in pre-production, but we won't get the green light for quite some time I don't think."

Is Russell still going to be involved?
"Yes - it's his baby! I just got a text from him in LA saying: 'Oh, hooray! I'm sitting in sunny LA - I can't believe I'm watching Sarah Jane defeat whatever it was. Life doesn't get better! Lots of love.' Really lovely. He's there for everyone, not just me, and he loves the programme. Also Julie [Gardner] is the best exec producer a girl with a sonic lipstick could have. In the readthroughs they bring so much energy and appreciation. They're the bones of the whole series."

How long do you see yourself doing the show for?
"I don't know - I guess until I'm wheeled on in my bath chair! But no, I think I'll know. I think we'll all know. I left Who when I wanted to leave. I have to leave when there's still life in her - I've got to leave people wanting. I'm never going to stay until there's no more life in it. It's still got to be fresh and it's still got to be good. I owe it to her and to Russell - I would never hang onto anything. I think it's got another series in it though [after this], I really do."

Series 3 of The Sarah Jane Adventures begins on Thursday 15th October with the first two-parter story 'Prisoner of the Judoon' and continues with next day with the second episode.

> Digital Spy's page on this interview

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Friday, 25 September 2009

SJA - 'Prisoner of the Judoon' Parts 1 & 2 Synopses

The BBC Press Office have released the two synopses for the first two-parter story in The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3.

1.1: 'Prisoner of The Judoon' - Part 1
Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, one-time companion to The Doctor, is back for a third series of alien-busting adventures, from creator Russell T Davies, which also features a special appearance from The Doctor himself, David Tennant, who stars in two episodes.

Sarah Jane is accompanied by her adopted son, Luke, his streetwise pal, Clyde Langer, their schoolmate, Rani, who lives opposite and has aspirations to become a journalist like Sarah Jane, and their Xylok super computer in the attic, Mr Smith. Sarah Jane's robot dog, K-9, also joins the gang on their adventures.

In the first of this two-part adventure, Sarah Jane and the gang face the most dangerous day of their lives, as the rhino-like Judoon return. When prisoner Androvax the Destroyer crash-lands on Earth, a Veil is set free and starts to turn Earth's technology against itself. And his next intended victim is Sarah Jane.

1.1: 'Prisoner of The Judoon' - Part 2
Luke, Clyde and Rani fight their most fearsome enemy yet – Sarah Jane Smith – in the second episode of this two-part, alien-busting adventure.

As the Judoon fleet approaches Earth, it's a race against time to stop Androvax. But with Genetech's technology on the rampage, and Rani's parents taken prisoner, can anything stop the Army of the Infinitesimal?

The Sarah Jane Adventures begins with Part 1 of 'Prisoner of the Judoon' on Thursday 15th October and Part 2 continues on Friday 15th, the following day.

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Nigel Havers on SJA

Nigel Havers, the man who will be playing Sarah Jane Smith's fiancée in The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 story 'The Wedding of Sarah Jane', been interviewed recently in What's On TV magazine about his role in new comedy Lunch Monkeys.

When asked "what's next?", Havers replied: "I’m playing an alien in The Sarah Jane Adventures. I had a great time. It was fantastic seeing Doctor Who and the Tardis."

So Sarah Jane's fiancée is an alien in disguise? My theory - and what I really want to be true - is that Havers' character is a Zygon is disguise. Wouldn't you just love to see the Zygons again?

The Zygons first and only appearance to date was in 1975's 'Terror of the Zygons' featuring the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane, Harry Sullivan, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT. Zygons have the ability to shape shift into being they had captured and kept wired up to special machines, but the form must be renewed every 2 hours so they must keep the subject alive in order to use its body print. The Zygons had their own cyborg creature called the Skarasen - the lactic fluid from which they needed to feed on.

> Watch 'Terror of the Zygons' (full episodes)

News courtesy of Life The Universe And Combom

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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Hamlet DVD Cover

As previously reported on Doctor Who Fansite, the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage production of Hamlet - starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart - is coming to the small screen as a 2 and a half hour television film. Now, four months on, filming has wrapped and everything's in the can and we're getting our first glimpse of the DVD (click cover image to enlarge).

The DVD of Hamlet is due for release on 28th December 2009, after its TV debut on BBC2 around Christmas time.

> Pre-order Hamlet on
> DWF: "RSC Hamlet on the Small-Screen" (30/5/09)

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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Parting of the Ways

It has been confirmed that Sheridan Smith is soon to leave the Eighth Doctor Big Finish audio plays. Sheridan's character Lucie Miller will be parting from Paul McGann's Doctor in the next series' first story, 'Death in Blackpool' with an emotional parting for the two of them.

Nicholas Briggs, executive producer for the Doctor Who Big Finish audios and voice of the Daleks and Cybermen, commented: "It may seem strange to begin the season with Lucie's exit, but we've some interesting twists and turns planned."

'Death in Blackpool' is due for release in December 2009.

> Big Finish website

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Friday, 18 September 2009

Richard Curtis on Writing Series 5

In a BBC News Entertainment interview, Lizo Mzimba recently asked Richard Curtis about his confirmed involvement in Series 5 of Doctor Who. Curtis said, "I can tell you that it's set in the past, that it features somebody famous, that it features something very nasty, and I hope it will be both scary, funny and a bit touching."

He added, after being asked what it's like writing for the Eleventh Doctor,"Writing Doctor Who is such a joy. I started off, apparantly, over-writing him a little bit, and I had Steven Moffat come to me and say 'he doesn't talk like that - he's informal, he's modern'. So I've crushed it down and added in a few colloquialisms, and it's really fun."

Curtis also said, that very day - the day of the interview - he had written a chase scene. Lizo also asked when filming was likely to begin and gave the suggestion, "February?" However, Curtis confirmed that February is, in fact, likely to be the air date of this episode! This has now lead to fan suggestions that his episode must be second (considering that Steven Moffat is probably writing the first) or somewhere else near the beginning of the series.

If Richard is correct in saying February is when his episode will air, this means an earlier start for Doctor Who Series 5 than any other series since 2005.

> Watch interview on BBC News website
>Lizo Mzimba Twitter page

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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Doctor Who Magazine #413 - Covers & Details

Doctor Who Magazine Issue #413 is released tomorrow and has 4 special collectors covers in honour of this issue's results for The Mighty 200, where DWM readers rated every episode of Doctor Who they've seen to find out the best-loved and the not-so-loved episodes. Click the covers' images below to enlarge...

Here's how Tom Spilsbury (the editor of DWM) describes this issue on the official DWM Facebook page...


"It’s taken many months to compile... but now, at last, the results can be revealed of the biggest poll Doctor Who Magazine has ever undertaken! Discover which series in Doctor Who’s incredible 46-year history is the most popular; which is the highest rated story for each Doctor; which Dalek story is the most admired... And which remarkable story has come out on top of THE MIGHTY 200! Featuring contributions from members of the cast and crew who helped create the Top 10 stories and an in-depth analysis of the results, this very special issue is essential reading!"

  • HERO'S WELCOME - Russell T Davies describes the incredible reception David Tennant received when he took to the stage in the US in Production Notes!
  • SILENT VICTORY? There’s brand new comic strip adventure, 'Onomaopoeia', by Dan McDaid with art by Mike Collins.
  • WINNING STRATEGY? The Eleventh Doctor’s on the way and Neil Harris is doing his best to avoid spoilers... Find out how in You Are Not Alone!
  • DARK HORSE? The Watcher continues his guide to everything you need to know about the Doctor’s 10 incarnations. Was the Seventh Doctor as dark and mysterious as his reputation suggests... ?
  • TOP OF THE POPS - DWM interviews Thomas Sangster, star of Human Nature/The Family of Blood about his role as Tim Latimer, his Doctor Who audio story... and on playing Paul McCartney!
Doctor Who Magazine issue #413 is available from tomorrow (Thursday September 17th) in WH Smith and other good newsagents for £3.99.

> Doctor Who Magazine Facebook page
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SJA Series 3 Air Dates

Issue #413 of Doctor Who Magazine reveals the air dates of each of the episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 - they are as follows...

'Prisoner of the Judoon' Part 1 - October 15th
'Prisoner of the Judoon' Part 2 - October 16th
'The Mad Woman in the Attic' Part 1 - October 22nd
'The Mad Woman in the Attic' Part 2 - October 23rd
'The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith' Part 1 - October 29th
'The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith' Part 2 - October 30th
'The Eternity Trap' Part 1 - November 5th
'The Eternity Trap' Part 2 - November 6th
'Mona Lisa's Revenge' Part 1 - November 12th
'Mona Lisa's Revenge' Part 2 - November 13th
'The Gift' Part 1 - November 19th
'The Gift' Part 2 - November 20th

This would mean that Part 2 of each story is shown the day directly after Part 1, meaning we get one story each week, but only 6 weeks of SJA.

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Friday, 11 September 2009

Sarah Jane Adventures - Series 2 DVD Box Set

The BBC have finally released the cover, synopsis and special features details of the upcoming Series 2 DVD box set of Sarah Jane Adventures after almost a year since Series 2 began airing. The 3 disc set includes every story from the second series such as: 'The Last Sontaran', 'Day of the Clown', 'Secrets of the Stars', 'Mark of the Berserker', 'Enemy of the Bane'. Click the cover to enlarge...

This DVD synopsis has been released:
 "Life on Earth can be an adventure too! Get ready for more danger, mystery and wonder as incomparable Sarah Jane Smith returns for a second series of the spectacular, thrilling children’s drama from the makers of Doctor Who and Torchwood!"

When Sarah’s adopted son, Luke, first became part of Sarah Jane’s life, he encountered a world of adventure – not just of dangerous aliens bent on invasion and destruction, but also an amazing world of wonder and excitement which showed him that the universe really is an amazing place.
This is something that Sarah Jane is keen to keep from Bannerman Road, and Series Two’s newest addition, fourteen-year-old Rani Chandra and her parents Gita and Haresh. But sparky Rani is a wannabe journalist and, like Sarah Jane, is not the type to let a mystery go unsolved!"

The special features across the 3 discs include...

  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Season synopses for all stories
  • Investigating Tools – a gadget glossary
  • Quiz with special footage prize
  • Character and alien profiles
  • Photo gallery
  • Audio clips
  • UK TV spots
  • Trailers
The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 2 DVD box set is available in the UK from November 9th 2009 and in the US on November 10th for $39.99. The UK retail price will be posted when announced.

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Thursday, 10 September 2009

Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 Episodes Preview

Digital Spy have compiled all the information which has been previously released to form a preview of Series 3 of Sarah Jane Adventures and each of its episodes...

"After a brilliant debut year and a so-so second season, The Sarah Jane Adventures is back in the autumn with a new run of six two-parters. Familiar faces such as The Doctor himself and a variety of intriguing new characters await us, with faithful mutt K-9 appearing in at least half of the season following two previous cameos. Read on for a rundown of the treats that lie in store..."

1.1-2: 'Prisoner of the Judoon'
"Adopting a similar policy to last season's opening Sontaran tale, the first story features the return of some aesthetically displeasing aliens from Doctor Who. The rhino-like intergalactic law enforcers from 'Smith and Jones' are back, with Nick Briggs once again on vocal duties.
Producer Nikki Wilson told SFX magazine: "The Judoon are joining us in our series opener, alongside a brand new monster, a reptilian character called Androvax, a Veil. He's under arrest when one of the Judoon's life carriers crashes on Earth, so a Judoon's hunting down his prisoner who's escaped."

2.3-4: 'The Mad Woman in the Attic'
"Sadly not a remake of a legendary Cracker episode of the same name, unless butchering innocent women on trains is suitable CBBC material these days. The contents of the story are shrouded in secrecy, but the cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson, Toby Parkes, Souad Faress, Gregg Sulkin and Kate Fleetwood."

3.5-6: 'The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith'
"Whenever the chiming of wedding bells can be heard in the Whoniverse, it's a sign that something strange is happening. Just look at Gwen Cooper's shapeshifter-dominated wedding in Torchwood. Just what lies in store for Sarah Jane as she prepares to walk down the aisle? She'd better have a sonic wedding ring to accessorise with her lip gloss."
"The big news is that David Tennant will be featuring prominently as The Doctor in this story. "Viewers thought they may have to wait until November for the next full episode of Doctor Who," stated showrunner Russell T Davies, "but this is an extra special treat. It's not just a cameo from David - this is a full-on appearance for The Doctor as he and Sarah Jane face their biggest threat ever."
"Sarah Jane herself, actress Elisabeth Sladen, added: 'When I heard the news that David was going to be joining us, I was absolutely over the moon. Not only has it made my day but it will also make the viewers' day. It's fantastic news that Sarah Jane is going to spend some time working with The Doctor again and is testament to just how successful this CBBC series is."
"But what is this big threat that awaits us? Could it lie in the form of the debonair Nigel Havers, who has personified suave in a glittering acting career?"
"Sladen's real-life husband Brian Miller shows up in front of the camera, too. Nikki Wilson told Doctor Who Magazine: 'He was simply ideal casting for this pivotal role, which sees him in conflict with Sarah Jane and the gang. Although there's a lot more going on with Brian's character than might first appear.' In addition, the ever-sinister Trickster is lurking around the church. The prospect of him and The Doctor locking horns is mouthwatering..."

4.7-8: 'The Eternity Trap'
"This tale is reportedly a ghost story which features an extraterrestrial that can make people play games against their will. Floella Benjamin reprises her role as Professor Celeste Rivers from the Pharos Institute, who previously appeared in the stories 'The Lost Boy' and 'The Day Of The Clown' as an ally of Sarah Jane. The main villain is called Erasmus Darkening, played by veteran actor Donald Sumpter."

5.9-10: 'Mona Lisa's Revenge'
"Has someone been watching Ghostbusters II? This brilliantly titled two-parter involves a painting that appears to come alive, although it's not the first time that Mona Lisa has featured in the Whoniverse. For the superb 1979 story 'The City Of Death' is partially set in the Parisian art gallery Le Louvre, which houses Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece."
"Former Corrie star Suranne Jones guests in this episode, but has she swapped Moaner Karen for Mona Lisa? Possibly, but this has yet to be confirmed. Nikki Wilson certainly has high hopes for her role, as she stated: "We conceived the character in a story meeting about 18 months ago and immediately named Suranne as perfect to play her - never imagining we'd actually get someone who's in so much demand."
"Drop The Dead Donkey legend Jeff Rawle appears too, 25 years after starring in the Doctor Who story 'Frontios'. Newsround presenter, BBC Entertainment Correspondent (and more importantly Whovian) Lizo Mzimba is also part of this story, presumably playing himself."

6.11-12: 'The Gift'
"Very little is known about the season finale, but it will surely please fans of all things Raxacoricofallapatorian. That's about as much fun to type as it is to say. It looks like the Slitheen mob are in conflict with cousins from their home world - the Blathereens. Whatever its merits, the final two episodes look like they'll be a real gas!"

> Read original article
> SJA official website

Sarah Jane Adventures is rumoured to begin airing Thursday 15th October on BBC One.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Richard Curtis Writes for Series 5?

The Sun - tabloid, red-top, 'newspaper' notorious for picking false rumours out of the ether - have reported that Richard Curtis, best-known for writing big-hit comedy TV shows and movies such as Black Adder, The Vicar of Dibley and Love Actually, will be writing an episode of Doctor Who for Series 5.

This article seems more plausible than their usual claims though (a particularly funny one claims that Woody Allen is the Eleventh Doctor) because, apart from the odd "Insiders have suggested...", this time they have quite a few quotes from Curtis himself, who says, "There will be a monster. And a famous historical figure will battle the monster." And according to The Sun: "Insiders have suggested the historical figure could be the scheming Sir Edmund Blackadder."
Try not to laugh too hard.

"Played bv Rowan Atkinson, the character appeared in four series that spanned eras including The Regency and World War One before being axed 20 years ago. He was assisted by bungling sidekick Baldrick (Tony Robinson), famed for his 'cunning plans'."

Curtis says he signed up to write Doctor Who in order to impress who are big fans of Doctor Who: "It's tremendously good fun and a treat for my children. These days the things you can watch together as a family are much fewer so when you get something like Doctor Who or The X Factor it is such a pleasure to sit down as a family. I am very interested in time travel for some reason or other. I am writing a film about it but on a low budget with no spectacular special effects. Maybe it's a desire to get out of being old. Sometimes you do just love the idea that you could go back in time and change things."

> Read full article

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National Television Awards 2009 Nominations

This year's nominations for the NTA 2009 have been revealed and are now available to vote on. Amongst the  many nominations at this stage are Doctor Who and Torchwood and some of their fantastic main actors! The Doctor Who and Torchwood nominations are grouped into two different categories, each show battling it out in "Best Drama" and the three lead actors in the "Best Drama Performance" category...

Best Drama - Doctor Who
Best Drama - Torchwood

Best Drama Performance - David Tennant as The Doctor
Best Drama Performance - John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness
Best Drama Performance - Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper

> Vote here (ends September 30th 09)

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Friday, 4 September 2009

The Day Of The Troll - Cover and Details

BBC Audio have recently announced another upcoming exclusive audio story called 'The Day Of The Troll' written by Simon Messingham and read by David Tennant - the one and only Tenth Doctor.

Cover image courtesy of Dr Who Online. Click to enlarge...

BBC Audio also released this synopsis...

'The Day Of The Troll' - by Simon Messingham

"When the Doctor arrives on Earth in the far future, he is horrified to find the planet beset by famine and starvation. England is a barren wasteland, and scientists are desperately seeding the ground to make the crops grow again. But now it seems that something even worse is happening.

Karl Baring, the owner of research facility The Grange, has been snatched away in the middle of the night. His sister Katy was with him when he vanished, but is now in catatonic shock - so it is up to the Doctor, with the help of the scientists at The Grange, to investigate. What is lurking under the old bridge, and why is it preying on people?

The Doctor must find out, before it strikes again..."

'The Day Of The Troll' audio CD is released across the UK from October 8th 2009 for a retail price of £9.99.

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The Dalek Collection DVD Box Set Details and Cover

2|entertain (the company behind Doctor Who's classic and new series DVDs) recently announced the upcoming release of a new box set comprising of every one of the Dalek episodes since 2005 - being dubbed The Dalek Collection. The company released a similar DVD box set earlier this year including all the Cybermen episodes from the 'new series' called The Cyberman Collection.

Click the cover image to enlarge...

Here's what 2|entertain said of The Dalek Collection...

Celebrate one of Doctor Who’s deadliest foes in this fantastic collector’s DVD. Specially packaged and featuring seven action-packed adventures from the new series plus an exclusive interview with David Tennant on this terrifying enemy.

Watch the Doctor and his companions battle against the Daleks, a distillation of all that is evil in the Universe in these thrilling episodes:

Beneath the Salt Plains of Utah, the billionaire collector Henry Van Statten holds the last relic of an alien race. When the Doctor and Rose investigate, they discover that the Doctor's oldest and most deadly enemy is about to break free. It's a fight to the death, with Rose caught in the middle

'Bad Wolf'
The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack have to fight for their lives on board the Game Station. But a far more dangerous threat is lurking, just out of sight. The Doctor realises that the entire Human Race has been blinded to the threat on its doorstep, and Armageddon is fast approaching.

'The Parting Of Ways'
Rose Tyler has seen danger and wonders alongside the Doctor, but now their friendship is put to the test as Earth plunges into an epic war. With the Human Race being slaughtered, the Doctor is forced into terrible action. Will the time-travellers ever be reunited?

'Daleks in Manhattan'
Set in the 1930’s New York, this is part one of a two-part story. In New York in the midst of the Depression, people are disappearing from among the homeless and jobless masses. Pig-like creatures hide in the sewers and at the bottom of the Empire State Building, some of the Doctor’s greatest and oldest enemies, the Daleks, are at work, preparing their most horrific plan yet.

'Evolution of the Daleks'
The concluding episode of this two-part story sees the Daleks’ plan in full force. The Dalek’s final experiment is about to begin and the Doctor must enter an unholy alliance in order to change Dalek history forever.

'The Stolen Earth'
Earth’s greatest heroes assemble in a time of dire need, but can 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 to find out.

'Journey's End'
As Davros and the Daleks threaten the entire universe, the Doctor's companions join forces. But the prophecy declares that one of them will die...

The Dalek Collection DVD box set is available to buy in the UK from October 19th 2009 with an retail price of £15.99.

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Do you want Christopher Eccleston back for the 50th Anniversary?
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