Updated 1 NovemberTenth Planet attended the Brand Licensing Event in London. BBC Worldwide were there promoting their different brands and giving away Doctor Who promotional cards, and Tenth Planet posted the card, of which we've now obtained a better version of the graphic. The back of the postcard reads: "The Doctor looks and seems human. He's handsome, sexy and witty, and could be mistaken for just another man in the street. But the Doctor is a Time Lord: a 900 year old alien with 2 hearts, part of a gifted civilisation who mastered time travel. Christopher Eccleston plays the Doctor, and Billie Piper is Rose in the thrilling new series of Doctor Who, on BBC TV in Spring 2005. Brace yourself for some exhilarating experiences and deadly confronations across time and space. The human race will survive - but only with the Doctor's help." BBC contact details follow on the card. Click on the image at right for a larger version. (Thanks to Roger Anderson)
According to Roadshow Home Video, Ghost Light, the Seventh Doctor and Ace serial, will be available on DVD in Australia (with the same features as in the UK) on February 3, 2005. (Thanks to Tony Keywood)
In addition to recent reports of Doctor Who novels from BBC Books that Outpost Gallifrey have reported, BBCi have featured some updates on forthcoming Doctor Who novels later in 2005. They include the following books.
Fear Itself by Nick Wallace (Eighth Doctor, September 2005) Book To Be Announced by Terrance Dicks (Second Doctor, October 2005) The Time Travellers by Simon Guerrier (First Doctor, November 2005) Doctor) Atom Bomb Blues by Andrew Cartmel (Seventh Doctor) (December 2005)
Brief update at the Big Finish website: single and double CD's have increased slightly in price in the UK, but subscription and overseas rates will remain the same as at present. The reasons are at their site. Also posted: the cover for the final chapter of the Dalek Empire 3 six-CD set, "The Future"; click on the thumbnail at right for a larger version. They've also updated with the cover for The Juggernauts (which we posted here on Outpost Gallifrey a while back) and some other updates to their various spinoff series. One of them, the Bernice Summerfield series, has a slight change: instead of "The Purpura Pawn," the title of the forthcoming novella trilogy being released in hardcover late in the year is now called A Life in Pieces.
As previously noted on Outpost Gallifrey, the Patrick Troughton serial The Mind Robber and the Jon Pertwee storyThe Claws of Axos are the second and third DVD releases of 2005, according to new articles on the Restoration Teamwebsite. The articles briefly describe the cleanup efforts taken on the two releases, coming in March and May of 2005. There is no word on extras, however, as that information has been given to a future issue of Doctor Who Magazine.
The audio adaptation of the third series of Douglas Adams' classic satire The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is out on October 25, having been broadcast over the past several weeks on BBC Radio 4. Based loosely on his aborted screenplay "Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen," the story for the third series (which reunited the original cast) eventually wound up as the third book in the series, "Life, The Universe and Everything" and has been adapted for radio and, now, audio. The CD and cassette release includes 25 minutes of exclusive & previously unheard footage. The cover illustration is at right. Meanwhile, series stars Geoffrey McGivern (Ford), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), William Franklyn (the Book, and recently featured in the Doctor Who audio "The Roof of the World" from Big Finish) and series director Dirk Maggs will be signing the CD's at Forbidden Planet in London on October 30 from 12-1pm. (Thanks to Laura Burch/BBC Audiobooks)
John Barrowman, featured in the forthcoming first season of the new Doctor Who series, will be hosting an exclusive film screening in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1. "Star of stage and screen John Barrowman hosts an exclusive screening of his favourite film for Crusaid. Join us for a fabulous one-off night on World AIDS Day itself, where Crusaid supporter John will introduce his chosen film, followed by drinks and canap?s." To reserve a space at the screening, the venue for which is to be announced, "call the events team on 020 7539 3894 or email email@example.com". (Thanks to Matt Evenden)
The official site has some further details on the forthcoming documentary series Doctor Who Confidential, which we first discussed in a news report in early October. The details come in the form of an interview with executive producer Mark Cossey. "Confidential is its own beast," Cossey told the official site. "[I]t will be more observational than the others, more of a documentary but with an entertainment edge. Like Doctor Who, we just want to tell a good story and give the audience an insight into the legend that is Doctor Who." It mentions that the access of the documentary team to the production is rather extensive, and will focus almost exclusively on the new show. There is no word as to whether it will be released on DVD or not with the first season of the new series.
BBC7 is currently broadcasting Martin Chuzzlewit featuring Pat Troughton as Old Martin, weekdays (from Monday 18th October) at 10am (repeated at 1am the next day), in ten parts. As ever, the Listen Again service allows you to listen for the following six days after broadcast, via the BBCi website. Also Monday's Million Pound Radio show featured a Doctor Who spoof. Broadcast at 0830, 2200 and 0330 the following day, this will also be avaiable for the following six days (not members of the Who cast involved). Plus each Tuesday, at 2300 and 0430 the following day, the vocal talents of Tom Baker can be doing a similar job to his Little Britain role, but many years before. Check out the BBC7 website for further info. (Thanks to Bob Berrow)
The final BBC Books novel of 2004, The Indestructible Man by Simon Messingham, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, will be out in November. Below is the cover illustration and back cover blurb for the book; click on the thumbnail for a larger version.
THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, by Simon Messingham
The Myloki, mysterious aliens from beyond Time and Space. Their Target: Earth.
The human defenders of PRISM are enmeshed in a doomed interstellar war against an unknowable invader armed with the power to possess, duplicate and destroy from within. Only one man stands in their way. A man destiny has made indestructible. Against all the odds the legendary Indestructible Man saves the Earth but victory comes at the highest price. The world economy collapses, governments crumble and PRISM itself is torn apart by a best-selling expose.
AD2096; PRISM has gone underground, becoming the clandestine SILOET, headed by new commander Hal Bishop. Bishop receives an urgent summon to his headquarters. An infiltrator has been unmasked and captured in the heart of SILOET itself. Fatally wounded, the infiltrator makes a miraculous recovery. It appears he is indestructible. The implications are terrifying.
The Myloki may just have returned. And who is left to stop them?
The official Doctor Who site today debuted the new Doctor Who series logo, "created by Louise Hillam, Alison Jenkins and Hywel Roberts at the Graphic Design team at BBC Wales, with Luke Davies and Paul Humphrey at Insect Design working on the background." It's displayed below.
An October 7 news item from Newsquest noted that a security company at the Penarth Leisure Centre guarding props and high-tech equipment being used to film the new Doctor Who series was almost broken into by a crowd of thugs. "Officers were called in to deal with an incident at the Leisure Centre last Friday night," Huw Smart, inspector at Penarth police station, said. "There is an ongoing problem of youth annoyance at the Leisure Centre in Cogan. We have arranged for regular patrols of the area."
The Western Mail and icWales ran an article about Cardiff hoping to become a tourist attraction now that Doctor Who is filming there. "DOCTOR WHO could help Cardiff become the centre of the universe for science fiction buffs around the world, following the sale of international TV rights. Shooting for the eagerly-anticipated new series continued in the capital this week, with dedicated websites excitedly trailing pictures of new aliens and blue-painted dwarves milling around the city centre's Cathays Park. And, according to experts, the city providing the backdrop to Christopher Eccleston's Doctor could soon benefit from a tourist boost. Cardiff is fast becoming a magnet for British fans of the show, drawn by the prospect of a rare glimpse of Doctor Who's space-and-time-travelling craft the Tardis, as well as his young assistant Rose, played by Billie Piper. And following the sale of the new series's rights to Canada, and with a deal in the US reportedly close to being finalised, that appeal could go global." Matt Hills, an expert in Doctor Who and fan behaviour at Cardiff University, told the Western Mail, "A similar thing happened with Vancouver when they were filming the X Files there, with tourists who would be science fiction fans going around locations where it was filmed." Read the full article at the website. (Thanks to Paul Engelberg, Steve Tribe)
While Dragon's Claw, the release of Doctor Who Magazine comics in trade paperback form, has been released, inside is an advertisement for the next graphic novel, due in early 2005. The Tides of Time will include all six of the Fifth Doctor comic strips from Doctor Who Monthly issues 61 to 87. No word as yet on an exact release date.
While there is no official word about a broadcaster for the new series in Australia, an email from the corporate affairs division of Australia Broadcasting/ABC indicates that the ABC network is indeed interested in showing it and is working to acquire the rights. We hope to have more details soon. (Thanks to John Hatfield)
According to a press release issued during the recent MIPCOM television sales event in Cannes, UK distributor Park Entertainment has teamed with Bob Baker, who wrote many episodes of the original series, to produce The Adventures of K9. Baker, who also wrote Aardman's Wallace & Gromit toon, is working with Park's CEO Jim Howell to pitch the show to UK and international networks. The story follows "a junk space ship led by a cynical old captain and a virtual reality female computer... After finding K9 in an abandoned spacecraft, and picking up an orphaned boy from a passing planet, they become a dysfunctional space-age family." The proposed series would mix live-action and CGI, with K9 - who is "cuddly in a robotic kind of way" - now able to morph into new shapes via a special dog collar. Howell and Baker, now in his late-60s, have attracted interest from networks in Canada and Australia. For the UK, Howell said that "the BBC has some kind of first-refusal" on the spin-off show. "We're aiming at the Dr Who market," said Howell, regarding the show's target demo. "Kids and adults love K9... If you can win both demographics with one show, you're really on to a winner." Park is currently looking to finance the proposed project, including securing a production company partner to make the show. (Thanks to Steve Cole)
In cooperation with Big Finish, Tenth Planet will be releasing the Big Finish audio Caerdroia in a limited edition with a different cover during the Dimensions convention in early November. Tenth Planet will also sell the limited edition CD on their website. Click on the thumbnail at right for a larger version of the alternate cover. (Thanks to Tenth Planet)
The Internet Movie Database lists several people involved in the new series, including Stuart Bray and Rob Mayor as special makeup supervisors, Davy Jones as Makeup Artist, Lloyd Ellis as First Assistant Director, Patrick Begley as "Props," John Tellick as "Sound," and Lee Sheward as stunt coordinator. We have no independent confirmation of these crewmembers, however, so will list them as possible until we know otherwise. Meanwhile, stuntman Will Willoughby is the stuntman doing doubling for Christopher Eccleston on the new show, according to an interview with Willoughby on BBC Radio Nottingham. (Thanks to Sean Ditchfield, Steve Freestone)
Tenth Planet has sent us the illustrations for the three CD's included in the forthcoming release of the Cyberman Tin, due out in November. Included in the set are the audio soundtracks for The Tenth Planet starring William Hartnell andThe Invasion starring Patrick Troughton, along with a separate audio CD, a re-release of The Origins of the Cybermen from the early 1990's.
Outpost Gallifrey has received a copy of the 2005 BBC Books catalogue available to retailers and trade periodicals. While there is very little new information, it does feature basic blurbs for five books due out in 2005, including Chris Boucher'sMatch of the Day (January), Stephen Cole's To The Slaughter (February), Lance Parkin's The Gallifrey Chronicles (June), Island of Death by Barry Letts (July) and Future Nostalgia by Gary Russell (August). Click on the spoiler tag to read the story blurbs.
MATCH OF THE DAY, by Chris Boucher It took a long time for the system of freelance duellists to be established - and even longer to develop the league of interplanetary superstars. But someone or something started interfering. When Leela is challenged to a duel, the Doctor suspects more than simple murder and mayhem...
TO THE SLAUGHTER, by Stephen Cole The solar system is being spring-clenaed. Under the supervision of celebrity planetary make-over decoratiste, Aristotle Halcyon, the number of Jupiter's moons is being brought down to an aesthetically pleasing level. But as the Doctor and his companions discover, not everything is as innocent as it seems...
THE GALLIFREY CHRONICLES, by Lance Parkin The Doctor's home planet of Gallifrey has been destroyed. The Time Lords are dead, their TARDISes annihilated. The man responsible has been tracked down and lured to Earth in the year 2005, where there will be no escape. The stage is set for the ultimate confrontation. The last in the series of original adventures of the Eighth Doctor.
ISLAND OF DEATH, by Barry Letts Sarah Jane Smith and her friend Jamie investigate a strange New Age cult. Standard stuff for investigative journalists. Less usual is the demon-like creature the cultists worship. The Doctor and UNIT discover a plot involving government ministers, alien narcotics, and an official cover-up. But can they uncover the truth in time?
FUTURE NOSTALGIA, by Gary Russell When the Doctor and Mel receive a message about the Lamprey, the Doctor is confused. He's never heard of such a thing. Mel has, which is odd, as the Lamprey is a demon from a distant planet, far, far in the future -- somewhere she's never heard of, let alone visited. Meanwhile, two strangers are watching every move the Doctor makes...
Another casting news item: Bruno Langley, who played gay teenager Todd Grimshaw on the long-running ITV soap "Coronation Street," will be featured in the new series playing a "mysterious character called Adam," according to today's The Sun. The Sun quotes a 'BBC insider' as saying, "Bruno will be a recurring charcater towards the end of the series. No one is sure yet if Adam is good or bad. Bruno is really chuffed. It's a great break so soon after he left Corrie." It also speculates that Adam could be another love interest for Rose Tyler. The BBC Children's Newsround also reported the story today, noting that he would appear in "an episode" of the new Doctor Who series, not multiple episodes. (Thanks to Paul Hayes, Justin Thomas)
Word today from Broadcast Magazine: the BBC will produce a companion series for the new Doctor Who season, a documentary entitled Doctor Who Confidential. The thirteen-part, half-hour series will feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews wtih cast members as well as "archive of previous Time Lords" (possibly interviews with prior actors). The broadcast will air on BBC3 immediately after the main series airs on BBC1; each episode will be "based around a particular theme such as the challenges of creating a new Dr Who or finding his assistant." Mark Cossey, who will executive produce the show, said it would be aimed at a mainstream audience and not just fans; he says, "It will have a very entertaining glow to it," he said. "It won't be discussions of technology. We are going for a bigger audience than that." The series will be produced by Gillane Seabourne and co-executive produced by Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies. More details when we get them.
Outpost Gallifrey has received the cover illustration for The Juggernauts by Scott Alan Woodard, the February 2005 audio starring Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford and Terry Molloy (as Davros). Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the cover. (Thanks to Gary Russell)
At the "Dr. Who & The Daleks II" convention this past weekend, Nicholas Briggs announced Big Finish will release a Cybermen audio series in 2005; no further details available. (Thanks to Sean Alexander)
Amazon.co.uk has printed a synopsis of the forthcoming BBC Books novel The Indestructible Man by Simon Messingham, a Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe novel due in November. As Amazon usually has the full retailers' blurb which can include plot points, we've enclosed in spoiler protection below; click on the spoiler tag to read it. (Thanks to John Putland)
THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN by Simon Messingham
Thirty years ago, the Earth was covertly attacked by the alien Myloki who brainwashed humans and seeded them into Earth society as terrorists and assassins. Earth governments pooled their resources and financed Operation PRISM to fight and win the secret war against the Myloki. Now the successor to PRISM, the SILHOUETTE organisation, runs a series of Early Warning devices in space, should the dreaded Myloki return. But the financial burden of the war has caused global financial meltdown and Earth stands on the brink of anarchy. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover the war was in fact faked by a corrupt Earth dictatorship that has turned the planet into a tightly controlled utopia. Drugs keep the population under strict and docile control. Humanity is reduced to little more than work units. With the help of war hero Captain Grant Matthews, a PRISM agent accidentally made indestructible during the war, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe gradually discover the truth but in doing so they face the opposition of a whole planet.
TBI Buyers' Briefing, a weekly information service sent to over 6,000 worldwide TV executives, this morning features a news item: "BBC scout gets feet under US table: Dr Who US sale being finalised". Among the various items mentioned in the report, which is mostly about the move of BBC Worldwide executive Paul Telegdy from London to the US, is an impending sale of the new series to this, the largest television market for the new show. "One really exciting franchise on both sides of the Atlantic that audiences know and love is Dr Who," Telegdy is quoted as saying in the report. It mentions that he is talking to an "interested party" and is confident it will be sold to a US network in the near future. "We're discussing the ratings potential of the show," he explains. He is likely referring to a cable network, not to one of the over-air broadcast networks.
Meanwhile, the UK trade paper Broadcast also mentions the Canadian acquisition of the show in an article in yesterday's edition. "Canadian public broadcaster CBC Television has become the first channel to buy the new series of Dr Who, months before it is due to air in the UK." (This doesn't mean it will air before the UK, only that it's been bought months before the broadcast.) But CBC Television executive director programming Slawko Klymkiw does state, "This was an exciting opportunity for CBC to bring Dr Who to fans new and old alike across the country. We are pleased to be working closely with BBC to bring Canadians this exceptional new series." (Thanks to John Freeman)
There is more location work being done this week; we've learned that the production team is currently doing on-location work at the Temple of Health and Peace in Cathay's Park in Cardiff. "Lots of blue midget aliens and 'tree people' having lunch in the catering wagons on Museum Avenue," says one of our correspondents. The TARDIS model has been spotted in the location as well. More details soon (and hopefully some photos...) (Thanks to MarkD, David Lewis)
We've now gotten the regular image of the cover for issue #349 of Doctor Who Magazine, which as we reported yesterday was received by subscribers almost two weeks early due to a rapid turn-around at the magazine's printers. Among the items in the issue are interviews with new series director Joe Ahearne, writer Rob Shearman and producer Phil Collinson, a feature on the Doctor Who radio dramas, and much more; pick up the issue when it comes out on your local newsstand. Click on the cover thumbnail at right, meanwhile, for a larger version of the cover.
Also, in the issue is a note about issue #350, which celebrates 25 years of the magazine in print. "So as well as the concluding instalment of our DWM history feature Happy Times and Places? to chew over," says the preview, "we also present a FREE digitally restored reprint of the magazine that started it all back in 1979 - Doctor Who Weekly issue 1! PLUS! We've invited some old friends back to celebrate, so there's a chance to enjoy all new special editions of Fluid Links, The Life and Times of Jackie Jenkins, It's the end, but... and UNIT hotline, a new Doctor Who? strip from Quinn and Howett and the return of Leighton Noye's Doctor Oho! On top of that Sorvad will be choosing the best letters of all time in Who cares? and the BBC Wales production team will be answering your queries in a Matrix Data Bank special! NOT TO MENTION...We turn the clock back to the serial that was being screened when DWW first appeared as The Fact Of Fiction investigates the City Of Death! New series scribe Steven Moffat tells us how his episodes are coming along! More intrigung Production Notes from RTD! An extended does of comic strip action in a special 9-page instalment of The Flood! Plus all the latest news from the Doctor Who set and the best previews and reviews...Don't you dare miss it." (Thanks to Tom Spilsbury, Steve Tribe, Simon Hogarth)
The Sci Fi Online site notes, in an article entitled "Latest on the Daleks' dialect" that the Daleks will not abandon the popular phrase "Exterminate!" in the new show, despite the note in The Sun recently. It also mentions rumors on design: "The new-look inhabitants of Skaro wonÆt actually appear much different from their previous incarnations (save possibly a movie-style fender), although a final decision on a colour scheme has apparently yet to be reached. What is clear, however, is that the first Dalek we see will be damaged and covered in gunk, the sole survivor of a forgotten patrol thatÆs killing the unsuspecting crew of a spacecraft." Also mentioned in the report is that the TARDIS is larger and more chunky (as obvious from the photos posted on this very site) and that the rumored new logo was "created with widescreen TVs in mind - all the lettering is on one line in square upper-case text, backed by a coloured oval, some lens flare and the hint of printed circuits." You can read the whole report at that site.
According to the latest DWM, BBC Audio will release an unabridged reading of Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure With The Daleks, the novelisation of the series' second story "The Daleks," as an MP3-CD in March 2005; William Russell (Ian) will be doing the reading. Also confirmed are our earlier reports about the release of The Pescatons in January and The Underwater Menace in February, but it notes that Anneke Wills (Polly) has done the narration and also does an interview on the CD. Meanwhile on the Big Finish front, Short Trips 12: Seven Deadly Sins has been announced, edited by David Bailey, scheduled for March 2005, with seven stories: 'Envy' by Tara Samms; 'Gluttony' by Rebecca Levene; 'Wrath' by Mark Wright; 'Pride' by John Binns; 'Sloth' by Gareth Wigmore; 'Lust' by Paul Magrs; 'Avarice' by David Bailey and with additional linking material by Jacqueline Rayner. Also, the forthcoming release of The Game, the January Big Finish audio starring Peter Dvaison, will still be 6 episodes but only on two discs; the magazine also has the cover illustration for The Juggernauts which will hopefully be on the Big Finish site in the near future.
As previously reported, Storm Mine by Daniel O'Mahony, the sixth chapter of the "Kaldor City" audio series, will be released later this year, featuring appearances by Gregory De Polnay (who played the role of D84 in the Doctor Who serial "The Robots of Death") and Philip Madoc (who played Solon in "The Brain of Morbius"). Magic Bullet Productions has announced that the release date is December 18, and have issued the cover and story blurb for the CD, below. "Kaldor City" is the continuing series of audios based in the universe of "The Robots of Death" by Chris Boucher, who serves as creative consulant; this will be the first story in which the character of Uvanov, previously played by the late Russell Hunter, will not appear.
Kaldor City: Storm Mine, by Daniel O'Mahony
"Evolution. No one said it was going to be easy."
Eighteen months after her final confrontation with Iago, Blayes awakes to find Kaldor City in quarantine and herself on a Storm Mine in the Blind Heart Desert. Her companions are three strangely familiar figures, a vengeful spirit-- and a robot with a dangerous secret.
Trapped in a claustrophobic, dreamlike environment, the former terrorist must now undertake a journey which may end in the destruction of her world-- or its beginning.
Starring Paul Darrow, Tracy Russell, Philip Madoc, Gregory de Polnay, John Leeson and Patricia Merrick. Directed by Alan Stevens and Alistair Lock.
Some new developments now known for the new Doctor Who series. The latest issue of DWM confirms our earlier story about Joe Ahearne being the director for the third block (which it says is comprised of episodes 6 and 8) and notes that the Daleks are in one of these episodes, as well as confirming that George Gerwitz is the first assistant director for block one. New details are that actor Rupert Vansittart plays the role of General Asquith, while Naoko Mori (who plays Saffron's best friend Sarah on "Absolutely Fabulous") plays Dr. Sato; both of these actors were in the very first scene shot for the new series. Also, the BBC Doctor Who website recently confirmed (in their "WhoSpy" photo series) that the make-up assistant on the series is Linda Davie and the sound recordist is Ian Richardson (with two other chaps, Tim the production runner and someone named Dafydd.)
The newest issue of Doctor Who Magazine confirms that The Mind Robber is the second DVD release of 2005, confirming rumors from the past two months. The Patrick Troughton serial, also starring Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, was one of the series' only five-part serials. No extras have been revealed at this time. Also noted in DWM is that "The Claws of Axos" is "under consideration for late 2005," though Outpost Gallifrey still believes it to be the third release of 2005, due in May.
A press release on the BBC Press Office website today confirms the news Outpost Gallifrey recently noted: that an agreement has been signed with Canada's CBC network to broadcast the new Doctor Who series. "BBC Worldwide today concluded its first major pre-sale for the new Doctor Who series with Canadian public broadcaster, CBC Television," says the press release. Producer Russell T Davies notes that "Doctor Who has a remarkable 'fandom' but equally itÆs the new audience that I care about. Someone who has never heard of a TARDIS or a Dalek, whether in Toronto or Swansea, will be able to start with this new series, climb on board with Christopher and Billie, and travel the whole of time and space." Slawko Klymkiw, executive programming director of CBC Television, is quoted as saying, "This was an exciting opportunity for CBC to bring the popular Doctor Who to fans - new and old alike - across the country. We are pleased to be working closely with BBC to bring Canadians this exceptional new series," and Hilary Read, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Worldwide Canada adds, "The CBC is the perfect partner for this fantastic new production. We're delighted to be bringing such a classic series to new audiences." There is no information about when the series will air on CBC, but it will likely be sometime relatively soon after the new series is broadcast in the UK. (Thanks to Steve Tribe)
An article in today's Manchester Evening News called "Meet the partners in time!" notes that, unlike in previous years, "the masterful, male Time Lord and his submissive, female assistant will be history-surfing companions boasting identical billing." "They really are written as a team. They have level pegging," producer Russell T Davies tells the News about the Doctor and Rose. "You couldn't have him as the dominant man and her as the humble assistant in this day and age." Davies notes that this Doctor has a sense of humour: "I think it's magnificent and it's very funny. It's not a knock-about farce, but it's laugh-out-loud funny. That's partly because Christopher Eccleston knew he had a reputation as a very serious actor and wanted to do it because he wished to reinvent himself and show how funny he could be. At the same time as being funny, he brings a tremendous weight. There's a good example in a scene where he is arguing with an alien. It's not tongue in cheek or ironic. He brings a real seriousness. And then, in the more everyday dialogue, he can have laugh." The article also discusses Rose's first entry into the TARDIS -- Davies' "absolute favourite" scene, which he calls "magnetic" -- and actress Billie Piper in general. "She's the hardest-working woman I have ever dealt with. People have this preconception about her being a former pop star, but she has an absolutely brilliant future as an actress. The scene where she walks into the Tardis is beautifully shot and beautifully acted. It's stunning." The article also mentions that the recent reports about the Daleks not saying "Exterminate!" is nonsense (also noted in the Sci-Fi Online article) and that viewers shouldn't expect heavy-handed morality tales: "It's fun, it's lively, it's for Saturday night. We don't want to bring in drama like global warming because no-one is going to watch. It's not about that at all - it's about fighting monsters but having a good drama along the way." You can read the full article by clicking on the link. (Thanks to Paul Engelberg, Tim Brook, Steve Tribe)
BBC Books are currently selling all three of the new proposed Doctor Who new series book titles previously announced to wholesalers and retailers. Clockwise Man by Justin Richards is listed for March, Death Players by Jacqueline Rayner for April and Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole for May. All three books were previously announced titles only, with the Ninth Doctor and Rose from the new series being the characters listed. They're listed as ú6.99 cover-priced hardbacks, not unlike the Lemony Snicket series. Meanwhile, the trade circulars also list a book called Monsters and Villains by Justin Richards, a ú7.99 paperback for sale in May as well. Of course, titles and dates are subject to change. (Thanks to Paul Greaves)