Yoo Hoo, New Who

January 4, 2009

Never heard of him. AND he’s younger than me. And he’s a fop. And… And…

And he’ll be excellent.

Look at those hand gestures! He’s clearly born and bred to play The Doctor in some secret BBC experiment (what are they doing with Porton Down these days anyway?). I suggest he was raised in a vat and that his secret birth date is (in fact) not coincidentally the same time they cancelled the series.

I haven’t seen this year’s Christmas special episode yet, but I’m delighted (DELIGHTED) to report that it includes someone who thinks he’s a future Doctor, come back to help out an old incarnation. Delighted because it proves to me that the writers do understand time travel and because I’d written about just this myself in a previous blog post. Ha!

Clearly I should be hired at once, flown to Cardiff to join the writing team. I can be contacted quite easily should anyone wish to send me a plane ticket.

Also, Tennant rightly points out the obvious: there’s no closed door when it comes to his Doctor.

All told, it’s a win-win.

EDIT: And having watched some of the footage of the interviews, I find the headline I came up with (independently and, I have to admit, somewhat obviously) was used by some red top newspaper in the UK when Tennant took over the role. Clearly a career in newspapers is writ large in my future as well.

Usually

August 10, 2008

Usually I don’t mind not living in London. I mean, I never have, so why miss it?

But then I read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, or Un Lun Dun by China Mieville or I hear that David Tennant is playing Hamlet against Patrick Stewart’s Claudius and I really REALLY want to go and see it.

And then I read this kind of thing (a review of the top 10 performances of Hamlet by the Guardian’s critic) and start to look at jobs advertised online … More on it here.

Gillian took me on a journalist’s tour of London in 48 hours that started with Fleet Street, long after the media had departed.

We visited a traditional journalist’s pub where, she said, ink ran in the beer, there were old chaps who’d stood their ground against Murdoch’s men and who hadn’t worked since and where I could get a real English pint without any of the fuss.

However, it was Waitangi Day in New Zealand and all the ex-pat Kiwis on their big OE were charging round on the tube wearing t-shirts with the map of the Underground but with the place names crossed out and places like Johnsonville, Geraldine, Te Awamutu, Cambridge etched on instead.

The pub was showing Classic All Blacks’ matches and serving Steinlager and was full youths in black shirts “talking loud in a Kiwi accent” including, but not limited to, a couple of guys I’m sure I remember from Waikato.

It was quite surreal and perhaps the best way to visit London.

But I would like to see Tennant’s Hamlet. I very much would.

Hat tip: Neil Gaiman for his very funny take on the photos.

The doctor is in

May 24, 2008

Just as the actor playing The Doctor changes periodically, so too do the staff behind the scenes.

Rarely, though, has anyone behind the scenes had as much of an impact on Doctor Who as Russell T Davies who quit as exec producer this week.

He’s moving on to other things, as is to be expected, following the most astonishing comeback in TV history. Forget wossname (hah) waking up and finding her dead husband in the shower on Dallas. Forget Magnum waking up after walking off into the clouds. Nobody in their right minds expected a Welsh writer to revive TV’s oldest SF show and make it into a drama for grown-ups as much as a homage to the children’s TV show it once was.

That Davies is moving on is sad news, but not a surprise. He had a career before The Doctor and he’ll have one after.

The great news is that the man shoulder tapped to take over is Steven Moffat, the writer behind such episodes as Blink and who clearly loves the show as much as Davies and as much as the fans.

From the BBC story:

Moffat, … said the whole of his career was ‘a secret plan to get this job’,” which is just lovely.

Even Neil Gaiman weighed in with a post on it, although I prefer his ode to David Tennant playing Hamlet as The Doctor. Scroll down a bit.

Who would have thought it?

December 20, 2007

Yay, good news. David Tennant says he’s not leaving Doctor Who after all.

From the Beeb:

“I’m doing four more specials and beyond that no one’s asked me to make any decisions and I’m quite happy to be enigmatic for as long as possible,” he said.

Love it.

Also, he gets to snog Kylie… Clearly he’s the kissing Doctor. Well, he did say he was going to be lucky after his hand grew back in the first episode.

But the best news is that Bernard Cribbins is going to be in the Christmas special. Bernard was the assistant to Peter Cushing’s Doctor in one of the original TV movies “Daleks’ invasion Earth: 2150 AD” although I don’t remember it by that name.

One of the scariest Who’s of them all.

Christmas Day Just Got Better

December 16, 2007

That’s right, Prime TV is playing the entire first season of the new Dr Who (Eccles as The Doctor. Not really.) in its entirety followed (it would seem) by the Christmas special. Not sure if it’s the new special or the first one but who cares!

Gentlemen, start your hard drives.

I must say although I prefer David Tennant’s Doctor, we wouldn’t have that if Eccles hadn’t been as good as he was. Hat’s off to that man. And I had such low expectations of Billie Piper that Rose turned out to be really quite good after all. Nice.

I hear tell that Tennant won’t be in it for much longer, and that’s a shame but not unexpected. And that’s the thing with The Doctor – while one’s good the next one takes it in a whole new direction. You’ve got to like that.