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.
February 8, 2009
Doctor Who Magazine 405 was released on Thursday.
The main article is a seven-page interview with Matt Smith, the recently announced Eleventh Doctor:
“I’ve got a meeting with Piers [Wenger, executive producer] next week to discuss that, by I think we’ll start rehearsing and, you know, just sit around Piers’ or Steven’s kitchen table, read the scripts together, talk about the part. We’ll talk about my intentions, their intentions, how we feel it can fly, and sing, and be as brilliant and as Doctor-y and as excellent as it can be.”
The magazine also features an eight-page essay, written by Jonathan Morris, on how citizens of the Doctor Who universe seem to repeatedly forget the various invasions of Earth, as well as a four-page interview with producer Susie Liggat, the final part of The Stockbridge Child, The Fact of Fiction – Planet of Evil, the reviews section, an interview with Lizo Mzimba, prizes, competitions and more.