New producers announced

April 15, 2009

BBC Wales has announced the rest of the producing team that will take over from the current producing team. Along with Piers Wenger and Steven Moffat as executive producers, they will be joined by Beth Willis.

Taking over from Phil Collinson in the producer role are two producers: Tracie Simpson and Peter Bennett. Simpson was the producer on Planet of the Dead and has been Production Manager on the series since 2005, while Bennett is producing the forthcoming Torchwood series: Children of Earth.

Steven Moffat said:

“Beth and Tracie and Pete aren’t the A Team, they’re the people the A Team call. Tracie and Pete are the backstage stars of Doctor Who and having them on board as producers isn’t just the best possible news for Matt Smith’s first series, it’s a massive relief. And Beth Willis, fresh from the brilliant Ashes To Ashes, is joining Piers and I as an executive so finally there’ll be someone to wear the trousers.”

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‘The Tennant Tapes’ 5

April 11, 2009

The fifth of David Tennant’s video diaries has been released on the BBC website amidst all the updates following tonight’s Special episode of Doctor Who – Planet of the Dead.

The video covers the team’s hectic three-day shoot in the deserts of Dubai.


The Tennant Tapes 4

March 18, 2009

The fourth delivery of David Tennant’s 2009 video diaries – The Tennant Tapes – has arrived. The 3-minute clip was taken back at the start of February, when we in Britain has 5 feet of snow (maybe I’m exaggerating).

In the clip, Tennant speaks to co-star Michelle Ryan about some wire work she had been doing; to director James Strong about the bus that was broken on transit to Dubai; and to 3rd Assistant Director Sarah Davies about the steelworks in which they were filming.

The video is available on the BBC website here.


‘The Tennant Tapes’ 3

March 6, 2009

The third of David Tennant’s video diaries: ‘The Tennant Tapes’ is now available on the BBC website.

The clip features more behind-the-scenes work on Planet of the Dead, before filming relocated to Dubai.


‘The Tennant Tapes’ 2

February 16, 2009

The second of David Tennant’s ‘Planet of the Dead’ video diaries is up on the BBC website.

The two-and-a-half minute video covers the start of filming on Planet of the Dead.

The video may not be available outside of the UK.


News from DWM 405

February 14, 2009

In DWM 405, it is announced that starting from Planet of the Dead, Doctor Who is to be shot in High Definition (HD). Torchwood is already in HD, but Doctor Who was delayed because of the high number of effects shots.

More cast names were announced for Planet of the Dead – Reginald Tsiboe, Ellen Thomas, Victoria Alcock, Daniel Kaluuya, David Ames, Keith Parry, Adam James, Glenn Doherty and James Layton.

It is also announced that for part of the third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, K9 will make an appearance, in approximately half the episodes.


‘Planet of the Dead’ in Dubai

February 14, 2009

The BBC announced yesterday that ‘Planet of the Dead’, the first of the specials, to be aired at Easter, has started filming on the Arabian Gulf.

Also announced is that Lee Evans’ character is called Malcolm.

Producer Tracie Simpson said: “The locations in Dubai are a perfect match for writer Russell T Davies’s vision of the episode and we expect to film some incredible scenes while we are here.”

The full press release is located here. Pictures from the Dubai filming are here.

You can find out more about the episode by visiting the Next Episode section of this site.