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1/23/2005 10:38:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 23, 2005  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Some additional casting updates: in the story "The Empty Child," Florence Hoath plays Nancy, and Albert Valentineplays Empty Child. Also, some crew updates: Matthew Savage is currently the main conceptual artist on the series, providing the vast majority of drawings under the supervision of Ed Thomas, and was responsible among many other things for producing the concepts for the new Dalek. Liz Griffiths is currently the Set Decorator, having taken over from Peter Walpole when he and props designer Patrick Begley moved to another production. The current props makers are Mark Cordory and Nicholas Robatto, with others working in their shop. Meanwhile, the first assistant director on episodes 9 and 10 is Jon Older, who wrote to Outpost Gallifrey to let us know that, in the location shoot report from January 14, "it wasn't the Director (nice bloke that he is) that went over to thank the little group of fans who were watching us shoot for agreeing to get out of shot - it was me. And also to point out that security guards aren't the most reliable source of info regarding plot points and schedules!"

Peter Davison's daughter, Georgia Moffat, has revealed that she auditioned for the part of Rose in Doctor Who. Interviewed in the 22 January edition of 'Saturday' (a magazine given free with the Daily Express), Georgia says: 'They told me straight away that I wasn't right, which didn't bother me too much. It might have been a bit twee if I'd got it, as dad had previously played Dr Who (sic).When I told him I was up for the audition, he was excited as he really enjoyed the role and still plays tapes of the show to my two step brothers (Louis, four, and two-year-old Joel)'. (Thanks to Ian Wheeler)

By the way, we're hearing that internally at the BBC, March 26 is still the target date for the return of the series.