Visit the official Doctor Who website

Visit the official Doctor Who website
Look to the future

Asylum seekers...

Asylum seekers...
Refuge of the Daleks

Doctor Who picture resource

Doctor Who picture resource
Roam the space lanes!

Explore the Doctor Who classic series website

Explore the Doctor Who classic series website
Step back in time

Infiltrate The Hub of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood

Infiltrate The Hub of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood
Armed and extremely dangerous

Investigate The Sarah Jane Adventures

Investigate The Sarah Jane Adventures
Fearless in the face of adversity

Call on Dani’s House

Call on Dani’s House
Harmer’s a charmer

Intercept the UFO fabsite

Intercept the UFO fabsite
Defending the Earth against alien invaders!

Uncover the secrets of the Dollhouse

Uncover the secrets of the Dollhouse
Programmable agent Echo exposed!

Hell’s belles

Hell’s belles
Naughty but nice

Love Exposure

Love Exposure
Flash photography!

Primeval portal

Primeval portal
Dressed to kill or damsels in distress?

Charmed, to be sure!

Charmed, to be sure!
The witches of San Francisco

Take on t.A.T.u.

Take on t.A.T.u.
All the way from Moscow

Proceed to the Luther website

Proceed to the Luther website
John and Jenny discuss their next move

DCI Banks is on the case

DCI Banks is on the case
You can bet on it!

On The Grid with Spooks

On The Grid with Spooks
Secret agents of Section D

Bridge to Hustle

Bridge to Hustle
Shady characters

Life on Ashes To Ashes

Life on Ashes To Ashes
Coppers with a chequered past

Claire’s no Exile

Claire’s no Exile
Goose steps

Vexed is back on the beat!

Vexed is back on the beat!
Mismatched DI Armstrong and bright fast-tracker Georgina Dixon

Medium, both super and natural

Medium, both super and natural
Open the door to your dreams

Who’s that girl? (350-picture Slideshow)

Wednesday, 7 September 2005

The Shape of Things to Come!


This screencap of David Tennant as DI Peter Carlisle, from episode three of Peter Bowker's dark six-part comedy thriller "Blackpool", brought a smile to my face when I saw it. Unfortunately, I didn't see this serial when broadcast, from 11 November last year, though I believe it's been available on DVD since the beginning of August, but the makers of this drama can't possibly have known about David's future casting as the tenth Doctor, as, like most programmes, "Blackpool" was probably "in the can" several months prior to transmission. And yet, unwittingly predicting his future, here is David crossing the road in front of the Blackpool "Doctor Who" Exhibition with the added bonus of a couple of Cybermen clearly visible behind him!

It seems like a good opportunity to mention a few updates regarding the production of the new series of "Doctor Who". As well as "The Christmas Invasion", six of the thirteen episode titles are now known of the series proper; the first four, although two of these are unconfirmed, and two more from later in the series. Episode one is NOT called "The Sunshine Camp" but seems to be going by the name of "New Earth", at present, and features the return of Zoe Wanamaker in some capacity although it isn't certain whether or not she is reprising the role of Cassandra, from the first season episode "The End of the World". Episode two, as stated in an earlier piece, is entitled "Tooth and Claw".

Contrary to rumours, Anthony Stewart Head is NOT playing The Master in the third episode, "School Reunion", but a headmaster called Mr. Finch, possibly in a similar vein to the late Michael Sheard's headmaster in "Remembrance of the Daleks". It is interesting to note that John Leeson WILL be reprising his role as the voice of K9 in this episode whereas none of the original series Dalek voice artistes were invited back for season one! The design of K9 is to remain much the same whereas the Cybermen, featuring in episodes five and six, are in for a refit. While some have said the Borg are how the Cybermen should have looked, I hope the production team resist copying "Star Trek"!

And the news just in is that episode four of the second series, written by Steven Moffat, and author of the first season's most interesting story, is tentatively titled "The Girl in the Fireplace". Rumours abound that Billie Piper's ex-husband, Chris Evans, has been approached to play Satan in the two-part story opening with eighth episode, "The Satan Pit"! Billie is said to be NOT averse to this piece of casting as they remain on good terms. To my mind, if true, his inclusion would smack more than a little of the stunt casting of which Eighties Producer John Nathan Turner stood accused!! Meanwhile, the return of the Daleks seems an unlikely possibility in twelfth episode "Army of Ghosts", the opening episode of the third two-parter that closes the season, given the cost of renegotiating terms of their use with Terry Nation's estate and that Russell T Davies is quoted as saying the Daleks have been taken as far as they can... ...for the time being...!!!

8 comments:

karensff said...

I'm really looking forward to the new series. I'm also more used to the idea of David Tennant being the Doctor than what I was. I liked the photo of him in front of the Doctor Who exhibition.

I'm like you in that I hope they don't make the cybermen too much like the borg. It will be interesting to see what they come up with though. Hopefully we will be able to get some Dalek stories in the future. If not just having them for that first season was good and we still have the cybermen to look forward to.

karensff said...

Haven't heard from you in a wee while. Hope everything is okay.

karensff said...

I'm glad everything is okay. I'm sorry to hear that your having computer problems though. Blogger has been playing up a few times when adding photo's. They refused to load for me a few times but seem to be okay now.

I think I the story line of revelation of the Daleks is a good one. It's just that I found the characters so irritating. That and I'm not a huge fan of Colin Baker. But then I liked Sylvestor McCoy and most people didn't. Although I have been taking my time in buying the latest Doctor Who release I did pre order "The Web Planet". Play were seeling it for 12.99 so I thought I might as well get it. This is another my parents have on video but I have never watched right through.

Sad to hear about Helen Cresswell. I never read any of her books but I do remember watching "The Demon Headmaster". I know her books were loved by a lot of children.

karensff said...

I do remember Ronald Leigh-Hunt. When I watched "The Children of Auron" it was "Revenge of the Cybermen" that came to mind.

I haven't watched "The Alan Clark Diaries" I'm afraid. To be perfectly honest I rarely watch television. I knew that the radio was broadcasting it but didn't get a chance to hear it. Not a huge Tory fan but I think it would be an interesting read.

Tallulah said...

I don't know anything at all about Doctor Who or Sci Fi so I'm sorry to butt in, but I just wanted to wave hello to a fellow Kirsty MacColl fan. Her music rocks my world and I was lucky enough to see her play live in 2000.

I take it you are already a member of the internet yahoo fan club, if not why not?! Get joining. You might be swayed by the meeting in Soho Square each year which retires to a local pub for a whole afternoon of very loud singing, usually getting through the entire back catalogue. Contact me if you are interested and I will give you more details.

Hope you join in :)

karensff said...

Thanks for the tip on the film.

I actually like the new look. At first I wasn't sure because it's not the same. But the changes make a little sense. The Cybermen are supposed to be mechanical and these ones look more so than the originals. I can see a lot of kids more scared of them than the Daleks because of that face. Just seems more harsh somehow.

What do you think of them?

Tallulah said...

Hi again,
Yes it wasn't that long after she was on Jools Holland. Fortunately I was out on the town that night and taped it, so I still have it :) My mum and dad have all the old French & Saunders shows she was on as well, I love going there and watching them.

My favourite album is "What do Pretty Girls do?", although I suppose it's more of a compilation really, but I think her sense of humour really shows through on that album, and Still Life is my favourite song ever. For proper albums I'd also say "Kite", I think nearly everyone says that! I have them all except Desperate Character which I put off getting because then I'd have nothing left to look forward to. Strange but True :)

karensff said...

I'm afraid I missed the anniversary. 13hour shifts will blur one day into the next. Thankfully it is all over and I have lots of over time for after christmas. Did anything special take place for the anniversary. I thought there might be since the new series was such a hit. I missed Doctor who on Children in need too. Looking forward to the Christmas special though.