DWM 407

April 3, 2009

The leading feature in this month’s issue of Doctor Who Magazine is the 10 pages of preview features, four of which consist of an interview with Michelle Ryan, for 11 April’s Doctor Who special Planet of the Dead.

The episode has a lot more ‘sci-fi’ in it than Gareth’s previous Doctor Whos or Sarah Jane Adventures. “But you need to approach a totally imagined setting with equal thoroughness as a historical or contemporary one,” he points out. “I’ve never done that for TV before, so it was a real challenge, but every Who script throws new problems at you that nobody’s encountered before.”

Also featured is what promises to be a very controversial interview with Christopher H Bidmead, script editor of Doctor Who’s 18th season. In the interview, Bidmead explains why his episodes were so much better than what came before, after, and much later on.

Russell,” he continues, “who I shouldn’t call Russell, as I don’t know him and have never met him, is what I call a first-draft writer. He sits down in the heat of the moment and churns out something that’s delightful and inventive and wonderful. But writing’s not about that. It’s about going back into that script, and cutting it, and shaping it. The problem is, Russell will put a first-draft script into the studio, because he can. He’s in charge!”

In his column You Are Not Alone, Neil Harris ponders the culture of tabloids gaining “exclusive” celebrity Doctor Who rumours.

Also, readers are asked to rate all 200 (technically) Doctor Who stories, the second part of Mortal Beloved, Who On Earth Is… Daniel Kaluuya, the first part of a quick guide through the history of Doctor Who, as well as The Fact of Fiction: Castrovalva, Sheridan Smith in Out of the TARDIS, The Time Team looking at The Happiness Patrol, and the usual reviews, news and production notes.


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.


Michelle Ryan in ‘Planet of the Dead’

January 24, 2009

The BBC has confirmed that Michelle Ryan and Lee Evans will guest star in the forthcoming Doctor Who Easter Special which began filming this week in Wales.

“Michelle is one of the most sought after young actors in the country and we are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team,” said Executive Producer and writer Russell T Davies. “As always the script is being kept strictly under wraps – however we can reveal that Lady Christina is a woman with a mysterious past who’s going to have a huge impact on the Doctor!”

Planet of the Dead, written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts, is currently in production and will be screened on BBC One in Spring 2009.

The full article is available here. Also announced is that Noma Dumezweni will return as Captain Erisa Magambo. She previously featured in Turn Left.