On “Parkinson”, a week ago, appearing alongside David Tennant, actress Amanda Holden made the remark that all her friends have appeared in “Doctor Who” except her and that she would like to appear in the programme. I suspect “all her friends” was a bit of an exaggeration and that she was actually referring to Sarah (Empress of the Racnoss) Parish with whom she worked on Debbie Horsfield’s “Cutting It”. Amanda’s an ok actress, and I enjoyed her as schoolteacher Miss Titley in “The Grimleys” to a certain extent, but there are better actresses out there who have yet to appear in the programme. I don’t think Kylie is one of them! However, it’s just been confirmed that Miss Minogue will be appearing in the Christmas Special, despite Russell T Davies’ recent denial, but not as a baddie. So, Kylie’s not booked up for the next two years as the Executive Producer of “Doctor Who” would have us believe! As filming special-guest roles often requires just two-to-three days work, I didn’t think for a minute that the Aussie songstress wouldn’t be able to fit an appearance into her busy schedule. Oh, and Russell, I don’t believe a word you say about anything!
With more stunt casting to look forward to, and with the ratings’ continued decline being the real reason behind the decision to take a week’s hiatus before relaunching with “42”, it’s reassuring to know that Russell ploughs on, regardless, with more of the same! “42” is on at 7:15pm this coming Saturday. There was no reason why it couldn’t have been on last night, at that same time, with “The Eurovision” at 8pm! But, in their infinite wisdom, the BBC, despite having a three-and-a-quarter hour “Song Contest” to wade through, chose to run with “Any Dream Will Do” for a further third of that time giving us a grand total of four hours and twenty minutes of something purporting to be music! Who said variety is dead? The very fact that “Neighbours” has been on our screens for more than twenty years, five days a week and in the same time slot, not to mention twice a day, proves the powers that be aren’t remotely interested in providing a little variety. Interminable waffle about superficial relationships for brain-dead dumb heads is, about, what it all boils down to. And, talking about this most-popular of Aussie soaps brings us neatly back to Kylie. So, if not her, which actors and actresses would you rather see making a guest appearance in “Doctor Who”?