Doctor Who again featured heavily on CBBC's "Blue Peter" (22nd July) as further promotion for the 'Design A Monster' competition. Along with an array of clips a Slitheen, Auton Bride and "Genesis" Dalek prop were in the studio. The team were also joined by series monster designer Neil Gorton who gave some tips to those entering the competition, with attention focussing on the Slitheen. In addition, as the show progressed, he gave presenter Liz Barker a 'monster makeover'. Promotion was also given to the Brighton "Doctor Who" exhibition which apparently runs to October and where "Blue Peter" badge winners can get in free!
Last weekend saw the "Blue Peter Prom" (subtitled "Out Of This World") at the Royal Albert Hall, London and this includes "plenty more Doctor Who...". The Prom included an arrangement of the "Doctor Who" theme by Christopher Austin and was also broadcast on Radio 3 last Monday afternoon.
The Very Best of Billie Piper is a new 15-track album coming out on 8 August from EMI Gold, featuring 15 of her songs including "Because We Want To".
The new Disney film "Sky High" features a scene where Kevin McDonald's super-brain character "Mr. Medulla" is seen reading a Doctor Who paperback novel.
(Thanks to Mike Humphreys, Cody Schell, Jamie Austin)
Outpost Gallifrey will be catching up over the next week on the press coverage that happened throughout July; there was a lot of it, but very little was actually consequential, so we've kept the news page updated with the major stories in the meanwhile. Here's some of the highlights of press coverage from this past week:
The Sun featured an article about the start of production with some photos (collected from the official press photographers Outpost Gallifrey has linked to over the past several days). "The Time Lord clutches the hand of assistant Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper, as they film on a South London council estate," says the sun, which shows a wintry TARDIS scene and robotic Santas. "David [Tennant], 33, donned a natty pinstripe suit for one scene with Billie [Piper], 22 - before changing into a leather jacket." The Daily Star also covered the start of filming, asking "Who else but the Doctor could conjure up wintry scenes like these slap-bang in the middle of summer? While Britain lurches from heatwaves to tornados, the Doc's sexy sidekick Rose is wrapping up warm... Piper looks chilled to the bone as she shoots a special festive edition of the sci-fi smash. ... These new shots of the Doctor clasping hands with Rose seem to show that things are set to pick up where they left off. Pictured on a south London housing estate, the Timelord and Rose looked very close as they filmed a Christmas special." More coverage of the start of production at ITV, Channel 4, Digital Spy,Regional Film and Video, CBBC,
BBC News says that "he's been a dandy, an Edwardian cricketer and most famously wore a long scarf. Doctor Who's togs change as he regenerates. And the latest Time Lord is kitted out in high fashion. Flamboyant. Garish. Bizarre. Seldom does Time Lord fashion make it to the High Street. Until now. When David Tennant takes over the role later this year, it will be in what he describes as 'geek chic'." The article describes the cocstume as "the type of man Kate Moss might date, kitted out in a brown pin-stripe suit, white shirt - unbuttoned at the collar - a loose tie and scruffy white Converse trainers. The ensemble, put together by a freelance costume designer, is finished off with a long brown trench coat, a cross between old hack's Mac and flasher attire. The suit is skinny and crumpled - much tighter and Norman Wisdom will be demanding copyright. The look is just-got-out-of-bed, dragged-through-a-hedge-backwards, only-thing-I-could-find. It's Franz Ferdinand cum Kaiser Chiefs. But is it Time Lord? Does it have the gravitas, the power and the magic that goes with such an eminent position? Will it make the Slitheen, the Autons and the Gelth quake in their boots, or will it simply reduce the Daleks to helpless laughter? Only time will tell, but the new look should further cement the popularity of the series." The Guardian says that "last season was all rather jolly (RIP Christopher Eccleston), but the next one is already winning, fashion-wise - not something one thought one would ever say about a show associated with weird hats and 70s perms. The lovely David Tennant has wisely ditched the leather jacket, a garment loaded with embarrassing 'rocker dad' connotations, and kitted himself out in a charming tweedy suit with white trainers. For some reason, the BBC has dubbed it 'geek chic', as if any man not wearing an Asbo hoodie must be a nerd. And we pay our licence fee to these ignoramuses? So Saturday evenings will now be spent leching over - sorry, watching - TV. Sorry, swains." Additional mentions of this at Media Guardian, The Times, Manchester Evening News, The Daily Record, The Herald (Glasgow), The Scotsman, The Western Mail, Ananova, The Daily Mail, The Examiner, Ireland Online, Megastar, Glasgow Evening Times, Syfyportal,Hello Magazine, IC Wales, Sky News. (Note that some of these also feature comments about the start of production.)
The official Doctor Who website has a feature article on some of the new toys due out later this year, including a 12" remote control Dalek, action figures of the Doctor, Rose and a Slitheen, character walkie-talkies, sonic screwdrivers, Sound Effects mugs, a talking TARDIS moneybank with speech and a TARDIS desk Phone Flasher.
David Tennant says he wants to be the first naked Time Lord. The actor has joked he would love to film a whole series with nothing but computer technology to protect his modesty: "I'm going to be nude throughout. It's a whole new thing, with a bit of pixelation around the groin." But seriously, he says, he does have a new costume. Tennant tells the Sun: "Casanova and the Doctor have a similar joy and wit about them. There is less sh**ging in 'Doctor Who', but who knows? We might change that, too!" Also reported at Female First. Also CBBC has a poll where you can vote on the Doctor's new costume.
The BBC Press Office last week put out a press release with highlights of David Tennant's interview in the new issue of DWM, in which Tennant notes that he's paid a bit of attention online. "Well, when I was announced, I admit, I did go on [Doctor Who website] Outpost Gallifrey to have a quick look, because I just couldn't help myself, and everyone was encouraging me to go on and see what the fans were saying about me. So I went on there and the first comment I read was very nice, and the next comment was terribly flattering, and then the next one said something like 'I can't bear the sight of him!' And the one after that said 'Who?' The one after that said 'I'd rather have David Morrissey.' The one after that said 'That's it! The dream is finished! Somebody who looks like a weasel could never play the Doctor! It's over!' And then I thought to myself that maybe it's best not to read this sort of thing too much!" Naturally, Tennant's comments -- obviously meant as a side note -- were taken by the media and turned into a major story, reported in BBC News, Daily Record, Western Mail, the City Beat, U.TV, Evening Standard, Daily Post, Monsters and Critics, RTE, and in print editions. (Outpost Gallifrey wishes to remind everyone that a couple negative comments on the forum do not reflect the opinions of this website or the opinions of fans and fandom in general.)
Other items: The Stage features a report about dramas dominating ITV's autumn schedule in the wake of their catastrophic fall opposite Doctor Who this spring; Sunday Life features a short piece about an actress, Lisa Hogg, who says she auditioned for Doctor Who when it looked like Billie Piper was set to leave; The Sun mentions today that Billie Piper's role in the forthcoming autumn BBC1 serial "Much Ado About Nothing" features her as a 'sexy weathergirl'; theHexham Courant discusses a local school production "Return to the Forbidden Planet" featuring a Dalek; and more mentions of Queen Elizabeth II being a fan at The Mirror, Ananova, Female First.
(Thanks to Paul Engelberg, Steve Tribe, Chuck Foster, Andrew Harvey, Paul Hayes, Mustafa Hirji, Paul Greaves, John Bowman, Mark Healey)
Doctor Who has been voted the best British fantasy TV show by readers of SFX magazine, according to a BBC newsreport. "The sci-fi drama, which began in 1963 and became a hit with a new audience when it was recently revived, beat comedy Red Dwarf into second place. The TV version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy came third, with space series Blake's 7 in fourth. SFX magazine polled 4,000 readers and editor Dave Bradley said Doctor Who was 'a great British institution which has entertained people for generations. There has always been great affection for Doctor Who.'" The top ten are rounded out with The Prisoner (5), Sapphire and Steel (6), Quatermass (7), Ultraviolet (8), The Avengers (9) and Robin of Sherwood (10). Also reported at U.TV.
Outpost Gallifrey has received more photos taken on the Doctor Who set at the Brandon Estate in London on Friday, July 29, as submitted by Stephen Watts. The images show a visit to the set by Peter Davison, who stopped by with his children to see the production and say hello to David Tennant and company (there is no truth to any rumour that Davison is part of the second series), as well as photos of David Tennant, Billie Piper and Noel Clarke. Click on each image for a larger version. (Thanks to Stephen Watts)
Outpost Gallifrey has obtained the following collection of photographs (none of which are spoilers at all, so they're included here without spoiler tags!) from filming the past several days in London, a recording block that has now completed as the production has gone back to Wales to start Cardiff location work on Monday. Click on each thumbnail in the collection for a larger view (with thanks to Lee Mansfield and John Hancock for submitting them to us!)
Additionally, there are several new collections of photos online today. The World Entertainment News Networksent us a link to a large collection of images (click here); they're still only thumbnails (as WENN is a photo sales company) but Tennant, Piper, Clarke and Coduri are still very visible in the shots. (Another WENN collection is locatedhere). Also, our friends at UNIT News have added a few more photos to their collection from the past couple of days, including a visit by former Doctor, Peter Davison, to the set.
There are some new photos online from the recent filming in London over the past couple of days:
The World Entertainment News Network site has a second collection up with four pages of small photos (the large ones are not available except as highly watermarked files) including Tennant and Piper leaving the TARDIS, Billie under an umbrella, and Noel Clarke, all in a rainy environment (possibly the opening of the Christmas special).
The Czech Isifa Photo service (again reproducing images from the international Splash News celebrity picture service) has added more images including a snow-dusted TARDIS, Piper and Clarke running, Coduri and Tennant outside the TARDIS (again, images watermarked by the photo service).
Our friends at David-tennant.com have a selection of small photos taken of Tennant and Piper together.
The Unit News site has a collection of photographs taken at the Brandon Estate, site of Jackie and Rose's flat used in the first series and again in the Christmas special.
UPDATE 2030 GMT: Another site, Xposurephotos (yet another news photograph site) has more pictures online from the filming over the past several days.
According to today's Mirror, Queen Elizabeth II has ordered a DVD box set of the latest Dr Who series for her summer holiday. "She has become a huge fan of the hit BBC show starring Christopher Eccleston - and she was hugely disappointed when the actor quit after his first stint as the Time Lord," says the article. She "is also a fan of the Daleks and she intends to while away August evenings watching the series at her Scottish residence. A Buckingham Palace source said: 'The Queen loves the programme and has requested a full set of DVDs. She has asked the BBC to send her copies so she can watch the series again during her stay at Balmoral.'" (Thanks to Peter Anghelides)
The ITV network -- which suffered a dramatic turnaround this spring as "Doctor Who" trounced its Saturday night variety series "Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway" -- is planning its own counterattack, with a pantomime featuring cast members from the long-running soap "Coronation Street" to air opposite the forthcoming special "The Christmas Invasion," according to yesterday's Daily Star. "Corrie bosses are planning to zap Dr Who this Christmas. The cast have been told they will be recording a panto for ITV1. And it could go out in competition with the BBC's Dr Who special. But the plan has met with a mixed reaction. A source said: 'Some stars are a bit miffed. They are not allowed to do panto independently when they're working on Corrie. People have missed out on huge salaries in the festive season.'" The pantomime special will likely be "Cinderella" and will be programmed opposite "Doctor Who" when the Christmas special is officially scheduled. (Thanks to Peter Weaver)
Amazon.co.uk now has the large-sized cover illustration for the fourth UK Doctor Who new series DVD release set, featuring the final three episodes of the season: "Boom Town," "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways". Click on the thumbnail at right for a larger version.
The first photos taken from location work on the second series of Doctor Who have made their way to the Internet: what appears to be a Czech photo archive of David Tennant pictures from the Splash News photo service, including pictures of Tennant and Piper rehearsing and some eerily decorated Santas that appear to be aliens or zombies beneath. The photos can be found by clicking here; the first 13 in the set are the ones from this filming, with other shots of Tennant in other locales. (Don't bother registering for larger photos; you won't be able to gain entry.)
UPDATE: A second collection of images from official press photographers is online, from the World Entertainment News Network; you can click here to view them. These also include Camille Coduri and Noel Clarke as well as David Tennant and Billie Piper.
(Thanks to John Starkey, and the folks at david-tennant.com)
The first official Series Two casting confirmations have come in today via the official Doctor Who website, as follows:
As previously rumoured, Elisabeth Sladen has been confirmed to be returning to her original series role of Sarah Jane Smith, companion to the third and fourth Doctor, officially the first 'classic' Doctor Who actor to be reprising a role for the new series. A separate BBC news article today confirmed Sladen's role in the series.
Anthony Stewart Head of "Buffy" fame will be in the second series. Head has already participated in several Doctor Who projects including BBC Online's "Death Comes to Time" and Big Finish's "Excelis" miniseries, and was among the many actors originally mentioned as contenders for the role of the Doctor in 2003/04.
Penelope Wilton will return to the role of Harriet Jones, the brave MP of Flydale North and future British Prime Minister from last year's "Aliens of London" and "World War Three". It is rumoured that her character has already become the leader of Britain's government, and she will star in "The Christmas Invasion".
Adam Garcia, an Australian actor whose films include "Riding In Cars With Boys" and "Coyote Ugly" and nominee for the 1999 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in "Saturday Night Fever," will also star in series two.
Also confirmed for the second series, besides Tennant and Piper, are Camille Coduri as Jackie and Noel Clarke as Mickey, both announced earlier in the year.
The official Doctor Who website today has confirmed the start of production on the second series of Doctor Who. While there has been some production going on since last Friday, 22 July, David Tennant and Billie Piper officially start production on the series today, July 25, working on both the second series and Christmas special.
The tenth Doctor's costume has been officially unveiled: a long brown coat and pinstriped suit with tie, more reminiscent of past Doctors like Jon Pertwee than last year's street-clothed Eccleston. Says Tennant to the BBC site about his new costume, "I think we've come up with something distinctive that's both timeless and modern, with a bit of geek chic and of course, a dash of Time Lord! Most importantly Billie tells me she likes it û after all she's the one who has to see me in it for the next nine months! "
Billie Piper comments to the official site, "I'm thrilled to be stepping back into the role of Rose. We plan to make series two even bigger and better and challenge the viewers' imaginations like never before. Wait until you get a load of the new doctor!" Says executive producer Russell T Davies, "We were delighted and honoured by the first series' success, and we can promise new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak, and some terrifying new aliens. The Doctor and Rose are destined to meet Queen Victoria, an evil race of Cat Women, and the dreaded Cybermen. 2006 is going to be scarier than ever!" The holiday special "The Christmas Invasion" will be filmed first, with production today starting in London and later continuing in Wales, mostly in Cardiff: "Christmas becomes a time of terror for Planet Earth, as the whole of mankind falls under the shadow of the alien Sycorax. Rose needs the Doctor's help, but can she trust a man with a new face?"
One other important news item: the news reports with cast and crew information (see separate story) confirm thatStephen Fry will indeed write one episode, very likely episode 11; previously this had only been reported as a rumour.
Some updates for Australian readers on the forthcoming DVD schedule. Volume Two of the New Doctor Who Series individual releases is due out August 4, with Volume Three on September 1 and Volume Four on October 6. "Revelation of the Daleks" will be released on September 1, while "The Web Planet" is due out November 3 and "City of Death" on December 1, the same day as the release of the new series Season One Boxed Set.
According to UK Gold, the satellite network will begin showing the first season of the new Doctor Who series starting Monday, 23 October, at both 7pm and 8pm and continuing through the end of the week (likely the following Sunday.) There is currently no word as to whether this will be just the single showing or if there are more reruns of this programme in UKGold's futrue. (Thanks to Kenny McGuinness)
The BBC7 digital radio network (website) will air several adventures starring Paul McGann, the last actor in the role of the Doctor prior to the current television series, as created by Big Finish Productions, says a BBC Press Office release. "Russell T DaviesÆs Doctor Who has recently finished a successful run on BBC One with the ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, at the helm of the Tardis. Now BBC 7 takes a step back in time to welcome The Doctor's eighth persona, as played by Paul McGann, in four new four-part adventures, beginning with Storm Warning." This is the first time Big Finish's Doctor Who serials written especially for CD will appear in broadcast format; the company had previously produced two of BBC Online's webcast serials. Four serials starring McGann -- Storm Warning by Alan Barnes, Sword of Orion by Nicholas Briggs, The Stones of Venice by Paul Magrs and Invaders From Mars by Mark Gatiss (which features Simon Pegg of "The Long Game") -- will be broadcast on consecutive Saturdays starting 6 August 2005 at 6.30pm, with repeats at 12.30am the following morning. The episodes have been edited for radio, with one particular plot thread (Ramsey, a Vortisaur in the Time Vortex) being excised. The broadcasts incorporate the first through third and fifth McGann stories produced (skipping 'Minuet in Hell').
Some details from this past weekend's Invasion V convention, where actors Noel Clarke (Mickey) and John Barrowman (Jack) appeared. Both actors said they would definitely be returning to the series, although there was no news for Barrowman on when; Noel would be joining the cast for the filming of the special, "The Christmas Invasion" on Monday. Mickey is revealed to be a car mechanic, and his character will be developed significantly (but, of course, Noel wasn't saying anything specific about this!)
Barrowman revealed that there were several endings originally planned for "The Parting of the Ways," some clearly before they knew they were going to regenerate the Doctor or get a sense of how successful the series would be, but in all versions Jack would not have immediately re-joined the crew (in fact, one early version ended with Rose actually dying from the effects of the Time Vortex!) Both said they'd had no idea Eccleston would be leaving. Another outtake from episode 13: apparently on the second take of Jack's farewell kiss, John kissed Billie as normal, and then, when it came to Chris, gave him a full-on snog...which Chris, getting the joke, just on followed through, with them both ending up, still entwined, rolling around on the floor, the cameraman desperately trying to keep up with them...
Barrowman said he has recorded commentaries for episodes 9, 10 and 11 (with Julie Gardner and Annette Badland) for the DVD boxed set due out in November, which will include commentaries on all 13 episodes. He doubted the shot excised from "Bad Wolf" (the 'bum shot') would make it to the DVD given the 12 certificate (though he hinted that a check of his website in the future wouldn't go unrewarded.
As previously noted, filming on the second season of "Doctor Who" began Friday, July 22; here's a brief rundown of some of the news items and rumours Outpost Gallifrey has picked up over the past few days:
Studio work was done on the first day, as opposed to the location work done last year (which is why there are no on-location photos being taken with anything of importance, only some brief glimpses of production trailers). Piper and Tennant were spotted by the British press on Friday, hence the photograph at right (click for a larger view) showing the two leaving the studio in Newport. Word is that the production has already left Newport for location filming on Monday.
Several news reports suggest that Stephen Fry will be penning an episode of the new series as previously reported; Fry was said to be at the studio on Friday as production got underway.
Filming on Friday July 22 was said to take place at Tredegar House in Newport, where the Doctor Who team had filmed a scene with a Prime Minister. (No word as yet on whether Penelope Wilton is returning as Harriet Jones, but that could certainly be fun...)
There are rumours that an episode will be filmed at Duffryn High School in Newport at some point during August; speculation persists that this will have something to do with the (currently) third episode, "School Reunion".
Russell T Davies spoke recently on "Newsround" and said that "The Christmas Invasion" would involve a new monster as well as all the Christmas trimmings "including Reindeer and snow". He also mentioned that Rose would be finding difficult to come to terms with the new Doctor.
There are currently rumours circling - again, none confirmed - that one of the episodes is entitled "The Sunshine Camp," perhaps the first episode. As always, treat these as speculative in the absence of concrete information...
Christopher Eccleston narrates the two-part documentary "House of Obsessive Compulsives" following three sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder who undergo a radical new treatment programme to try and regain control of their lives; it begins on Monday 1 August on UK Channel 4. (Thanks to Matt Nida)
July 21, 2005 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
Zeta Minor has published an interview with the director of "Spirit Trap", Billie Piper's new film due out in the UK on 12 August. (Thanks to Julian Knott)
The first batch of toys from Character Options is now due at the end of July and comprises a 12" Standard Dalek, Walkie Talkie figures of the Doctor and Rose, the Sonic Screwdriver, a 5" Dalek Battle Pack and a set of metal keyrings. A 12" (presumably exclusive) Toys æR' Us Dalek with claw is available from early August. The TARDIS money box, TARDIS phone flasher and more keyrings are scheduled for mid-August release. The 5" figures range start with the Ninth Doctor and Rose and will expand in 2006 to include the Tenth Doctor, monsters and characters from the series and "an awesome TARDIS playset".
Published in August, details of the first Doctor Who Annual since 1985 have been featured in the latest DWM. The upcoming annual will feature "Mr Nobody", a comic strip by Scott Gray, John Ross and James Offredi, and four text stories: "The Masks of Makassar" by Paul Cornell; "What I Did on My Christmas Holidays" by Steven Moffat; "Doctor vs. Doctor" by Gareth Roberts; and "Pitter-Patter" by Robert Shearman. Russell T. Davies has contributed two features û "Meet the Doctor" and "Meet Rose" û and Benjamin Cook has a behind-the-scenes report. There will also be puzzles by Gareth Roberts and "a æWho's Who' by Philip MacDonald", as well as a frontispiece by Alister Pearson, "a full-colour illustration of the Doctor and Rose".
Big Finish have put up a few new covers, including the forthcoming fourteenth "Doctor Who" hardcover fiction anthology, Short Trips 14: Solar System edited by Gary Russell, due out in September; The Coming of the Queen, a novel featuring the audio companion Erimem's origins by Iain McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett, due in August; and Project: Valhalla by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, a novel sequel to their "Doctor Who" audios "Project: Twilight" and "Project: Lazarus" due in September. Click on the thumbnails below for larger versions. Meanwhile, the story lineup for the fifteenth anthology book, Short Trips: The History of Christmas, edited by Simon Guerrier due in December, has been announced: "The Anchorite's Echo" by Scott Andrews; "Presence" by Peter Anghelides; "Set in Stone" by Charles Auchterlonie and John Isles; "Be Good for Goodness' Sake" by Samantha Baker; "Home Fires " by Jonathan Blum; "Face to Face" by Joff Brown; "The Thousand Years of Christmas" by Simon Bucher-Jones; "Saint Nicholas's Bones" by Xanna Eve Chown; "Ode to Joy" by Jonathan Clements; "The Gift" by Robert Dick; "The Revolutionaries" by John S. Drew; "Rome" by Shaun Lyon Flavin; "The Prodigal Sun" by Matthew Griffiths; "Christmas on the Moon" by Simon Guerrier; "Advent" by Peter Kempshall; "A Light in the Dark" by Joseph Lidster; "Nobody's Gift" by Kate Orman; "The Innocents" by Marc Platt; "The Long Midwinter" by Philip Purser-Hallard; "Not in My Back Yard" by Eddie Robson; "Callahuanca" by Richard Salter; "The Feast" by Stewart Sheargold; "The Church of Saint Sebastian" by Robert Smith; "The Lampblack Wars" by Matthew Sweet; and "Faithless" by Ben Woodhams. Big Finish have also announced Short Trips: Farewellsedited by Jacqueline Rayner for March 2006, Short Trips: The Centenarian edited by Ian Farrington due in September 2006, and two other volumes in June and December of next year.
As reported by Radio Times yesterday, all thirteen episodes of Series One on the forthcoming Doctor Who: Series One Boxed Set DVD release in the UK in November will feature commentaries. The commentary for "The Unquiet Dead" will be by Mark Gatiss, Simon Callow and Euros Lynn; other commentaries as noted in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine will include Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson, although more specific details are not yet available. DVD extras will include "Russell T. Davies' video diary of the first week of filming" and "Billie Piper's own camcorder footage". "Episode-specific featurettes" will include "Deconstructing Big Ben", "Destroying the Lair", "Blitzing London", "Designing Doctor Who" and "Building the Emperor Dalek". The DVD-exclusive episode of Doctor Who Confidential will appear on the fifth disc and will include a "sneak preview" of Series Two alongside highlights of the first series of Confidential.
The BBC's Blue Peter television series is running a contest for children fifteen and under to design a "Doctor Who" monster that will be featured in the programme's second series! "What's the scariest monster that you can imagine? Do you dare to let your imagination run wild? Put your scariest ideas onto paper and the winner of the best design sees their monster come alive on 'Doctor Who'! The winning monster design will be used in the second series of 'Doctor Who'. It has to be a prosthetic monster, that means that an actor has to be able to wear a mask or costume, no computer special effects required." There are three separate age groups and details listed on the Blue Peter website. "The overall winner will not only have their design brought to life by the 'Doctor Who' team and see their monster appear in one of the episodes of the new series, but they will also be taken to visit the 'Doctor Who' film set in Wales!"
Outpost Gallifrey has learned that production on the second series of "Doctor Who" begins this coming Friday, 22 July. Like last year, it is expected that the first day to several days will incorporate action sequences with the principal actors - Billie Piper and David Tennant - joining the production within the week. Locations have been scouted for the first production, The Christmas Invasion, which includes locations in Newport; as we previously reported, this will include Christmas-time decor in storefronts, and several area retailers have cooperated with the production.
Meanwhile, the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (issue #359) reports that David Tennant has been confirmed for both the second and third series, and talks are indeed underway with Elisabeth Sladen (as previously rumored) to be included in an episode. It does mention, however, that "[à The BBC] cannot comment any further at this point with regards to K9." Confirming the news that a third series was commissioned in June, producer Phil Collinson says that Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner (BBC head of drama and Doctor Who executive producer) "had forgotten to tell Russell [T. Davies] and I about the second Christmas Special. We didn't know until it was announced from the stage!" Davies comments that, able now to plan further ahead, he has already moved one scene from Series Two, Episode 1 into the third series (but emphasis that this does not mean that another regeneration is on the way).
The issue confirms the running order as it currently exists for the series, as well as confirms at elast one new title. Episodes 1 and 2 are written by Davies; episode two is tentatively entitled Tooth and Claw. Episode 3, School Reunion, is written by Toby Whithouse, with episode 4 by Steven Moffat, episodes 5 and 6 by Tom MacRae and episode 7 by Mark Gatiss. Episode 8 is The Satan Pit by Matt Jones, with Jones also penning episode 9. Episode 10 is by Davies, episode 11 will be written by a writer to be announced, and the last two are by Davies, with episode 12 entitled Army of Ghosts. James Hawes will direct "The Christmas Invasion" plus episodes 1 and 3, while Euros Lyn will direct episodes 2 and 4, and Graeme Harper episodes 5 and 6 as well as two others to be confirmed.
Also, replacement costume and make-up designers have been announced. Louise Page, whose previous credits include The Wedding Date and The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, replaces Lucinda Wright as costume designer. The new make-up designer is one of the few members of the production team to have worked on the series during its original run: Sheelagh Wells provided the æageing' make-up for Nyssa and Tegan in "Mawdryn Undead" in 1983, as well as working on several series of Blake's 7. Page and Wells have also worked together before, on an episode of The Strangerers ("The Streets of Laredo", 2000).
The CBBC show Blue Peter is running a 'vote for the scariest monster' poll on its website where viewers can choose from Dalek, Autons, The Empty Child, The Slitheen or The Moxx Of Balhoon; the result will be discussed on the show, likely 20 July as "Radio Times" notes the show containing a "Doctor Who competition".
The UK repeat showing of "Rose" on BBC3 at 7pm on Sunday 17 July was watched by 165,300 viewers (1.5% share). The Cut Down version of the first Doctor Who Confidential that followed at 7.45pm had 141,500 viewers (1.2%).
Some new broadcasting information has come to light, according to Benjamin Elliott of "This Week in Doctor Who". In Hungary, the RTLKlub network will carry the series (although a broadcaster in Denmark has also picked it up, the name of this station is unknown). British Midlands Airlines is broadcasting at least one episode on overseas flights, while Volo TV on the First Great Western Railway in the UK is now offering a lot of TV programs to view, possibly also the new Doctor Who series. Finally, Telewest Broadband in the UK is rolling out a video on demand service to their cable subscribers which will allow viewers to see recent UK TV shows, allegedly including Doctor Who.
David Tennant spoke at a BBC America fall press preview event in Los Angeles over the weekend, according to the Scifi.com website. "It's very exciting and fantastically daunting that you come to L.A. and everyone here knows about it as well, because there's a lot of attention," Tennant said. "It's very scary right now, because I haven't started." The article notes that Tennant "grew up watching it... as everyone in Britain did," and his girlfriend, Sarah Parish, noted, "He knew about it? He was obsessed!" Tennant smirked and added: "I was a bit of a fan. So, yeah, I was very, very aware of it." The article discusses Tennant's reported pay cut due to budget slashing, and also mentions his role in "Casanova," likely the reason why he was appearing at the event (as BBC America has not announced any broadcast plans.)
Issue #359 of Doctor Who Magazine will be out this week. The press release and cover are below; click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the cover.
Meet the Tenth Doctor in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine!
Yes, for the first time *anywhere*, David Tennant speaks exclusively - and in detail - about taking over the controls of the TARDIS...
"When I first got asked, I just laughed! I found it hilarious and impossible! It's very exciting, but there's this part of you that goes 'Jings! This is serious suddenly!'"
And there are a whole load of other treats inside DWM 359...
In the first of a two-part interview, executive producer Russell T Davies speaks candidly about casting two very different Doctors, attracting female viewers, and why the Doctor regenerated standing up!
Costume designer Lucinda Wright reveals the tricks of recreating the styles of the 1940s and 1980s - as well as predicting the fashions of the year Five Billion!
Plus there's the first part of a brand new comic strip adventure, The Cruel Sea, written by Dalek writer Rob Shearman, a Fact of Fiction article on the 1985 story Revelation of the Daleks, and all the latest news on the new series, including a new story title! Not to mention the latest reviews of the series, and a special Production Notes on the origin of the Bad Wolf!
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The Media Guardian notes today that the BBC may sell its programs over the internet -- including to overseas users -- and may also take advertising on its website for the first time, in a new plan to boost revenue. "It's something we've been mandated to do by our charter," says Ashley Highfield, director of BBC new media and technology. "It's now become possible because we have internet rights that we could charge for, and we now have the technology." The article notes that "New technology makes it possible for the BBC... to identify exactly where its internet users are coming from. ... The BBC has previously investigated advertising to overseas users of its website, but concluded that the technology was too unreliable. Now, it is prepared to re-examine the idea. While it is unlikely that straightforward online news coverage would be accompanied by advertising, other elements of the BBC.co.uk site could be accompanied by ads if viewed from abroad." The article notes that the BBC will stage a large scale public trial of its interactive Media Player (iMP) technology later this year (aimed at providing UK licence fee payers with the means to download any programme or radio show from the previous week); overseas users would then be charged a fee or subscription after the system is approved and goes live. There's no word, however, if Doctor Who would be included in this... but it's a very promising possibility. Also reported at Brand Republic. (Thanks to Paul Hayes, Mark Healey)
Russell T Davies was listed at number 14 on the Media Guardian Top 100 list of the most powerful people in UK media, according to Media Guardian andBBC News. The list ranks media professionals by cultural influence, economic weight and political power. Says co-executive producer Julie Gardner, "Russell T Davies has extraordinary talent as both a writer and a producer. As a writer, he is a masterful storyteller, able to juxtapose effortlessly humour and tragedy whilst creating engaging, real characters that an audience can care about. As a producer, Russell is an inspiration - he is hardworking, ceaselessly enthusiastic and able to make people believe they can achieve the impossible. Doctor Who has the fortune of having found a great lead writer-executive producer in Russell - he has a huge, joyful appetite for television and, in Doctor Who, he's found a format that challenges and rewards his immense talent." One of the panelists who compiled the Media Guardian list said Mr Davies "can now do anything he wants". BBC Director General and Chairman Mark Thompson and Michael Grade jointly shared the number one slot, new BBC1 Controller Peter Fincham is at number 12, while BBC Head of Drama Jane Tranter -- critical in the return of Doctor Who to television -- was at number 79. (Thanks to Peter Weaver, Craig Hinton, Paul Hayes)
Several new covers have come to light in recent days. Doctor Who at the BBC Volume Three will be out later in the year; this third audio volume from BBC Audio once again features Doctor Who interviews and radio clips, again narrated by Elisabeth Sladen. Doctor Who Funfax from Penguin Books is "a 96 page 2-ring binder packed with amazing photos and facts from the outstanding TV series. Containing a cool diary, stickers, Doctor Who data, profiles of favourite characters, a fabulous poster and heaps more, this is a must-have item for any young fan of the show". Finally, Nick Wallace's forthcoming BBC Books novel Fear Itself will be out in September and features the eighth Doctor. Click on each thumbnail for a larger version. (Thanks to Galaxy 4, Nick Wallace)