September 8, 2009
BBC News has announced that Richard Curtis is to write an episode for Doctor Who‘s thirty-first series, to be broadcast in Spring 2010. The announcement follows an interview with Curtis in tabloid “news”paper The Sun.
He said that the episode would feature a “famous historical figure” battling a monster.
It is important to note that The Sun regularly makes “facts” up in order to get more readers – the “insider” suggesting that the figure is Sir Edmund Blackadder is most likely invented.
August 19, 2009
In DWM 412, the title for Russell T Davies and David Tennant’s final episode has been revealed as The End of Time. It also announces that John Simm and Alexandra Moen, who played the Master and Lucy Saxon respectively in 2007, are returning to their roles for 4.17/The End of Time.
In addition, former James Bond actor Timothy Dalton has been cast as ‘The Narrator’.
July 20, 2009
On the day that Series 5 is due to begin filming, a couple of very interesting items have been announced. First, Karen Gillan’s character is to be called Amy Pond.
Secondly, the costume for Matt Smith’s Doctor has been announced, and can be seen below.
July 11, 2009
The BBC Doctor Who site has been updated with a (somewhat frightening) video clip (sans music) of The Waters of Mars, as well as a ‘preview gallery’ (containing two new images, some trailer snapshots and photos of the crew).
On Thursday, the BBC announced that “Adelaide is head of the Mars Base and doesn’t take kindly to an uninvited appearance by The Doctor” and that Peter O’Brien’s character is called Ed, Adelaide’s second in command.
June 2, 2009
BBC America has announced that Torchwood: Children of Earth and Planet of the Dead will be part of the programming that will launch new HD channel BBC America HD.
Children of Earth will air on the week commencing 20 July, with Planet of the Dead airing on the following Sunday.
May 30, 2009
The actress to join Matt Smith in Series 5 has been announced as 21-year-old Karen Gillan.
Executive producer Steven Moffat said, “We saw some amazing actresses for this part, but when Karen came through the door the game was up. Funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy. Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it. A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too.”
Series 5 starts production in July and will begin broadcasting in spring 2010.
May 19, 2009
The BAFTA Cymru and BAFTA Craft Awards were announced last night, with Doctor Who winning a total of six awards.
In the BAFTA Cymru Awards, Euros Lyn won the Best Director Award for Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, while Russell T Davies won Best Writer for Midnight. Two other BAFTA Cymru Awards were for Midnight: the sound team recieved the Best Sound Award, while Philip Kloss won in the Best Editor category.
In the BAFTA Craft Awards, Philip Kloss also won an award for his editing of Series Four, while the visual effects team at the Mill picked up the award for visual effects for The Fires of Pompeii.