Entries from April 2009
April 29th, 2009

john_filming_29th_april_09It will come as no shock to most of you to hear that John Barrowman has been spotted filming on location for David Tennant’s last episodes!

This means Captain Jack can be added to the list of Companions Returning For The Tenth Doctor’s Regeneration, along with Donna (Catherine Tate), Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen), Wilf (Bernard Cribbins), as well as Luke (Tommy Knight) and Sylvia Noble (Jacqueline King).

Meanwhile, Russell Tovey was also seen on set earlier today, confirming that he’ll be reprising his role of Alonso Frame from Voyage of the Damned.

As well as that, the Slitheen and Graske, and red and white people and men dressed as monks, were about, sparking rumours that the scene being filmed is set at the Shadow Proclomation, a scene that was originally written for The Stolen Earth but was cut out due to budget reasons.

So that just leaves Freema Agyeman and Billie Piper, and with every other member of the Children of Time already confirmed to be returning, and with just over 3 weeks of filming left, will we be seeing any exterior shooting with Martha and Rose on set? Only time will tell…

Thanks to Scooty of the Doctor Who Forum for the Barrowman image!

April 29th, 2009

dwm-408-coverThe 408th issue of Doctor Who Magazine is on sale in newsagents across the UK from tomorrow (Thursday 30th April), and inside there’s an exclusive interview with David Tennant who discusses what his feelings will be on his last day in role as the Time Lord.

“I don’t know how I’ll feel when I get there,” he says. “It’ll probably be very scrutinised. Time will tell. But it’s – what? – 12 weeks away, so I’ll cope. I’ll find ways of coping.”

Also in the issue, DWM recounts the tales of what happened when the cast and crew filmed the Easter special, Planet of the Dead, in Dubai, and Russell T Davies reveals how he saved the life of script editor Gary Russell in this month’s Production Notes. Also inside…

  • GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS! – The First Doctor becomes invisible and his companions play some decidedly deadly games in the classic series adventure, The Celestial Toymaker. Discover the truth behind the story and find out how it nearly featured the end of Doctor Who as we know it…
  • WHO IS DOCTOR TWO? – The Watcher presents his essential guide to to the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and answers the question: was he really a stove hat-wearing, recorder-playing, Chaplinesque cosmic hobo?
  • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY? – The Time Team watch sinister Cybermen, wicked witches and nasty Nazis battle it out in Doctor Who’s 25th anniversary tale, Silver Nemesis!
  • DANGER DOWN UNDER! – The Doctor and Majenta land in Australia and find themselves assisting UNIT in the first part of a brand new comic strip adventure, The Age of Ice, by Dan McDaid, with art by Martin Geraghty, David A Roach and James Offredi.
  • AND THE WINNER IS… – The results of the 2008 Merchandise Awards are finally revealed! Find out what DWM readers voted the very best in Doctor Who books, audios and DVDs!
  • DA-DA-DA-DUM, DA-DA-DA-DUM, DA-DA-DA-DUM, WOOOO-EEEEE-OOOOH! – In You Are Not Alone, Neil Harris recalls some of the many memorable melodies (and some of the weird and wacky noises!) that have featured in Doctor Who over the decades…
  • “DING-DING, BRING IT ON!” – Planet of the Dead’s Angela Whittaker, actress Victoria Alcock, chats to DWM about filming in Dubai, what happens when she drinks ros‚ and being the Eleventh Doctor’s companion (maybe!)
  • BENNY’S BACK! – Lisa Bowerman, star of the Seventh Doctor’s final adventure, Survival, talks to DWM about playing a Cheetah Person, the new series of Bernice Summerfield adventures, and what happened when she met with the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith…
  • NEXT STOP: MARS! – DWM examines the clues and tries to work out just what we can expect from the next Doctor Who Special, The Waters of Mars…
  • PLUS! – All the latest news, reviews, previews, competitions and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine #408 is out tomorrow, priced £3.99. Don’t miss it!

April 29th, 2009

children_of_earth_gwen_jack_hubThe first episode of Torchwood: Children of Earth will be shown at a special preview screening on 12th June 2009.

The screening will take place at the BFI Southbank in London, and members of the cast and crew will be attending the event and will also be taking part in a Q&A afterwards.

The 5-part mini-series will air across one week on BBC One. Each episode will be broadcast simultaneously on the BBCHD channel.

April 29th, 2009

claire-bloomSome very interesting news has surfaced online today. According to various media sources, Claire Bloom will appear in David Tennant’s last episode(s) as (highlight to reveal) the Doctor’s mum!

According to her manager, the actress, 78, is ‘filming at the moment’, and is said to be over the moon about landing the role.

“The script is a very closely guarded secret,” her close friend told the Daily Mail. “The producers are desperate for Claire’s appearance to be a surprise.”

Bloom first rose to fame in 1952, when she was chosen by Charlie Chaplin to appear in his film, Limelight. Since then, she has become one of Britain’s most loved actresses, and is probably best known for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the play A Streetcar Named Desire.

According to the reports, the BBC have refused to comment on the rumours, so treat the story as that – a rumour – until there’s any official word!

April 28th, 2009

children_of_earth_gwen_jack_hubThe BBC have released a brand new 10 second teaser trail for the anticipated third series of Torchwood – Children of Earth.

The short but sweet trailer will get its TV debut in Australia later today, as Series 2 finishes its run Down Under, and the programme’s official website have also treated fans in the UK to the preview, which definitely isn’t lacking in creepy children…

Children of Earth picks up on the Torchwood team as they still struggle to come to terms with the death of two of their closest friends, Toshiko Sato and Owen Harper. But there’s no time to grieve properly, because they still have an important job to do, and this time they’re faced with their fiercest threat to date. Can the trio battle the odds to save the whole of mankind?

Torchwood: Children of Earth will air over five nights on BBC One and BBC HD in June.

April 28th, 2009

tenth_doctor_dwmFancy being WhovianNet’s Fan of the Month for May 2009? If so, send in your applications now!

Please email your entries to beckywhoviannet@live.co.uk, including your name, age, location and a short paragraph or two detailing why you’re worthy of the title.

Please send in your applications by lunchtime on Friday 1st May. A winner will be selected at random and we’ll interview them and get the profile up over the weekend.

Our Fan of the Month section has now been running for nearly a year, and we’re delighted with how successful it’s been. It thrives on your submissions, so if you’ve got any suggestions or feedback, feel free to include them at the bottom of your entry or leave a comment below.

We look forward to hearing from you!

April 27th, 2009

russell_t_daviesAll of us here at WhovianNet would just like to send our wishes to Russell T Davies, who’s celebrating his 46th birthday today!

Had it not been for Russell approaching the BBC and asking to bring back Doctor Who, the chances are we would still have our social lives and WhovianNet - not to mention every other new series fansite which has cropped up since 2004 – would never have existed!

The chances are somebody else at some other moment in time would’ve brought the good Doctor back to our screens, but even then it would’ve no doubt been a completely different show to the one we sit down to watch on Saturday nights now…

And those of you who have read The Writer’s Take will appreciate the hard work and dedication that Russell has put into the show these past few years, and the love that he has for it, and we think it’s his love that has driven the new series since its return in 2004, picking up a new generation of fans along the way!

So, we hope Russell has a fantastic day, and we’d just like to thank him for showing the world that sci-fi geeks DO have more fun…

April 27th, 2009

The cover for the May edition of Doctor Who Magazine has been released!


The cover features the Doctor and the caption “FOR WHO THE BELL TOLLS”, a reference to his regeneration this Christmas (one of these days we’ll accept it and move on – promise!) But what’s in store for the Tenth Doctor as he faces his final ever adventure? DWM take a look at the clues and dissect Carmen’s chilling prophecy seen at the end of Planet of the Dead…

Also inside the 408th issue, there’s an exclusive Planet of the Dead set report sent over all the way from Dubai, a brand new comic strip, a Second Doctor feature, the chance to win Who DVDs, CDs and books, and much, much more! As always, a full press release will be released closer to the magazine’s release, but for now…

April 27th, 2009

doctor-discussion-potd-prophecyThe Daily Star has today leaked what they describe as ‘Top Secret Details’ about this year’s regeneration finale.

The tabloid claims that the TARDIS will be ’blown to bits’ during the two-parter, which will transmit on BBC One and BBC HD over Christmas and the New Year. It’s thought that the decision was made to destroy the spaceship to make way for the brand new console set which will be introduced with the 11th Doctor in Series Five.

Meanwhile, the newspaper also claims that not only will the Master be returning for the episodes, but the Doctor will also have to, as they put it, ’battle his fellow Time Lords after discovering they have turned evil’. Oh dear…

And finally – if the ’Star’ is to be believed – John Barrowman and Freema Agyeman will be reprising their roles of Jack Harkness and Martha Jones to help the Doctor do battle alongside Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, Bernard Cribbins as Wilf and Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane (the last 3 of whom have already been spotted on set…)

“The producers are throwing everything they’ve got into Tennant’s finale,” a BBC source told the newspaper. “He will go out with a bang.”

It’s probably worth pointing out that the report is just a vague round-up of all the bits-and-bobs and fan speculation that has cropped up around the net over the past few weeks, so take its contents with a pinch of salt for now!

April 25th, 2009

jack_series_2_gunThe 15th issue of the official Torchwood magazine was released this week, and it’s packed with Children of Earth interviews, pictures and exclusives as fans twiddle their thumbs and anxiously await the third series, which is currently penned for a mid-June tranmission.

Everybody’s favourite Captain, John Barrowman, is interviewed inside, and the actor-turned-singer-turned-presenter-turned-author gets the pulses racing for the brand new series…

“The new Torchwood story drags up a lot of people’s secrets, and we all like to see that, don’t we? It’s the kind of story that, once you start watching it, you will be hooked. Even if you’ve never seen Torchwood before, you’re going to fall for these characters, and you’re going to go with them on an amazing journey that will be the biggest rollercoaster ride of their lives.”

You can read his full interview, as well as an exclusive chat with Eve Myles (Gwen) and other CoE set reports and previews, in Torchwood – The Official Magazine #15 – out now priced £4.99.

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