Entries from September 2009
September 30th, 2009

jack-torchwood-series-3John Barrowman was interviewed by DigitalSpy recently, and the actor briefly discussed his thoughts regarding the future of Torchwood, the infamous ‘Ianto-gate’, and whether or not he will be back in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas specials…

“We’re in discussions about the possibility of doing a Series 4 of Torchwood,” he revealed. ”I would hope it would be 13 episodes - much bigger.”

He added: ”I don’t know if they’d do 13 as one story, or if they’d do 5 as one story then the rest another story, or how they would work it, but I would hope that they’d give us 13 episodes.”

When asked about the controversy the show has faced following the death of Ianto Jones, played by Gareth David-Lloyd, in Series 3, Barrowman said: “Ianto was a really popular character and he was a great companion for Jack. Their relationship was ground-breaking on television, but, as has always been said from the beginning of Torchwood, people die young. We were all gutted, but we all realised that it had to happen. Nothing we can do.”

And, of course, the question on everybody’s lips – to what extent (if any) will Jack be appearing in David Tennant’s final episodes, due to air at the end of the year?

“If I’m ever asked to go back, I will go back and do an episode because I love it and I think it’s fantastic,” he said, before finishing: “You’re just gonna have to watch and see. I’m not saying anything.”

September 30th, 2009

master_john_simm_series_3_maskFollowing on from his interview on the Jonathan Ross show at the weekend, John Simm has spoken to Radio 1’s Newsbeat about the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas specials, in which he will be seen returning to our screens as the Doctor’s arch-nemesis, the Master. 

The actor is currently ’dubbing’ the finale with outgoing Tenth Doctor David Tennant, which basically means that they are re-recording some of their lines (ADR), and making sure that everything runs nice and smoothly!

This is exciting news because it means that the post-production stage for the festive two-parter is near completion, and at some point over the next few days, the episodes will be locked and for the next few months they will be kept under tight security measures to avoid any spoilers from slipping out.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it,” Simm said. “It was a great script and we had such fun doing it. It’ll be a brilliant send-off for Mr Tennant. Last time I did it it was such fun to do. It was wonderful to be asked back and to be in the very, very last one.”

He added: “To go head-to-head with him was a real honour. It was lovely to be asked. It was a great, great experience. We had such fun doing it. Hopefully it’ll come across.”

The as-of-yet unnamed Part 1 of the Tenth Doctor’s regeneration two-parter is due to air on Christmas Day, and it’s thought that Part 2, The End of Time, will follow on New Year’s Day.

September 28th, 2009

sja-team-series-3-attic-trailerThe BBC Press Office has today released a press pack detailing CBBC’s highlights for Autumn/Winter 2009, and included is a trailer for the first story of the upcoming third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, entitled Prisoner of the Judoon!

Meanwhile, DigitalSpy.co.uk have posted the first official shots (spoilers aplenty!) from episodes 5 & 6, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, which will feature a guest appearance from David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor.

As well as that, the website has an exclusive interview with leading actress Elisabeth Sladen, who talks about K-9’s return, her favourite new series moments, and what the future holds for the programme…

And it all kicks off on BBC One at 4:35PM on Thursday 15th October, so stick with us for up-to-the-minute pre-series news, and don’t forget to bookmark our mini-site for all the very latest! Life on WhovianNet can be an adventure too, you just have to know where to look!

September 26th, 2009

sja-prisoner-of-the-judoonWe’re now just a few short weeks away from the launch of Series 3 of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and here at WhovianNet we’re getting ready for what promises to be the biggest series of the Doctor Who spin off yet!

As we cross off the remaining days, our mini-site will be updated around the clock with all the latest news, previews and trailers, and when the series hits our screens, we’ll be posting our very own episode guides and downloads for every week! And, of course, our discussions will be back!

But this is where we need your help. Our episode discussions are one of our main features, and they, obviously, thrive on your input – which is why we want YOU to decide how we should run them this year.

For last year’s series, we opened our discussions after each story had finished airing on BBC One (every fortnight), but with the show’s updated format for 2009, we’re not sure if we should open a discussion after each individual episode, or after the concluding part of each story on Friday nights. What do you think? Would you prefer being able to discuss both instalments on both Thursday and Friday nights, or to talk about the story as a whole after both parts have aired?

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Please use the poll above and comment system below to share your thoughts with us and other visitors. Whichever proves to be the most popular will be how we run the discussions this year, so it’s down to you – go, go, go!

The next series of The Sarah Jane Adventures starts on October 15th.

September 26th, 2009

john-simm-jonathan-ross-septemberJohn Simm appeared on the Jonathan Ross radio show this morning to promote the play Speaking in Tongues, which he is currently starring in at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. But the interview wouldn’t have been complete without a mention of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas specials – David Tennant’s last – which will see the actor returning in the role of the Master.

“Ooh, he’s back all right!” Simm teased. “The producers are sweating now listening to this!”

He added: ”But it’s fantastic, it was such fun to do, and it’s brilliant to be asked to go back and play that character again, and Russell has written these amazing scripts. Obviously they’re David’s last hurrah as the Doctor, and it’s a hell of a way to go. It’s a great, great couple of episodes.”

He went on to reveal a few extra tidbits regarding the anticipated two-parter (“Ooh, it’s a two-parter all right!”), and as far as he’s aware, the first instalment will transmit on, as was already regarded, Christmas Day, and the second, The End of Time, will follow on January 1st 2010…

“It’s Christmas Day and, I think, New Year’s Day,” he said. “I’ve never been on Christmas Day before – I’m very excited! And it’s called The End of Time, so no pressure there then for the new Doctor!”

When asked by Ross if he had bumped into any other of the show’s stars during his time filming the story, Simm said: “[John Barrowman] was sniffing around on the set, but I didn’t get any scenes with him this time. I did last time. Last time I got to kill him about 13 times because he never dies does he?”

So, Captain Jack won’t meet the Master again, but it’s safe too say that the Tenth Doctor will come face to face with his arch-nemesis once more (it is his regeneration story, after all…), and Simm is full of nothing but praise for David Tennant, labelling him “officially the nicest man in the world”.

“He’s a brilliant, brilliant, brilliant Doctor,” he finished. “He’s just been wonderful.”

David Tennant’s last episodes will air at the end of the year, after The Waters of Mars.

September 25th, 2009

wn_news_newCan you believe it? Another month is drawing to its end, and Autumn is now well and truly upon us! But we’ve got no time to stop and admire the beauty of the falling leaves just yet, because we’re on the lookout for one of our visitors to take home the title of our Fan of the Month for October 2009!

If you’re interested in putting yourself forward, you can find the details and the all-important questions over at our Fan section, and you can also browse through our previous Fan of the Month profiles dating back to June 2008!

If you’ll be applying, best of luck! Now, time to get back to those leaves…

September 25th, 2009

sja-prisoner-of-the-judoonIssue #190 of SFX Magazine features an exclusive interview with Elisabeth Sladen, in which she talks about the upcoming third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

While the issue itself isn’t due to be released until mid-November, we’re now just 20 short days away from the launch of the series.

To mark this the magazine’s official website has published a short but sweet extract from their chat with the actress, which took place back in July.

You can read the preview by clicking here, but watch out for the almighty spoilers!

The next series of The Sarah Jane Adventures starts on Thursday 15th October.

September 24th, 2009

sja-prisoner-of-the-judoonThe BBC Press Office has today been updated with the synopses for both instalments of the first story of Series 3 of The Sarah Jane Adventures!

The next series will kick off next month with Prisoner of the Judoon by Phil Ford, and, as the title suggests, the opening adventure will see Sarah Jane and the gang come face to face with the intergalatic police, the Judoon, who were last seen in the Doctor Who Series 4 finale.

You can read the synopses for episodes one and two below:

Prisoner of the Judoon – Part 1
Thursday 15th October, 4:35PM
In the first of this two-part adventure, Sarah Jane and the gang face the most dangerous day of their lives, as the rhino-like Judoon return. When prisoner Androvax the Destroyer crash-lands on Earth, a Veil is set free and starts to turn Earth’s technology against itself. And his next intended victim is Sarah Jane.

Prisoner of the Judoon – Part 2
Friday 16th October, 4:35PM
As the Judoon fleet approaches Earth, it’s a race against time to stop Androvax. But with Genetech’s technology on the rampage, and Rani’s parents taken prisoner, can anything stop the Army of the Infinitesimal?

September 22nd, 2009

david_tennant_tardisIt has been confirmed that David Tennant will be guest-hosting the Absolute Radio breakfast show alongside Christian O’Connell in November.

The actor will be co-presenting the show for a whole week, and there will no doubt be lots of talk of his final specials, which will then only be a few short weeks away.

“It’s hard to think of a celebrity more loved by the British public,” said the programme manager, Tony Moorey. “When you combine that with David’s sense of humour and the on-air relationship he’s formed with Christian O’Connell in recent interviews, it’s clear that these shows will be must-listen makes.”

He added: “Seriously, who wouldn’t give Doctor Who a show?”

September 22nd, 2009

jack-torchwood-series-3John Barrowman has revealed why he thinks Captain Jack has proved to be such a hit with Doctor Who and Torchwood fans.

The actor, who was speaking to Metro to promote his new autobiography, I Am What I Am, which was released yesterday, was first introduced as the character in the main show back in 2005, and since then he has appeared in 10 Doctor Who episodes to date, as well as every episode of its spin off, Torchwood.

And Barrowman thinks that part of Jack’s success is down to the fact that the audience find it easy to relate to him and his ‘happy-go-lucky’ attitude towards life.

“I think it’s the fact I’m portraying somebody people can identify with,” he told the newspaper. ”Whether it’s because he’s omni-sexual or he’s proud of who he is – he doesn’t [care] about what anybody thinks.”

He continued: “If I had a formula, I would sell it! I’d be handing it out on street corners for £1.50 each. I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popularity and success of Captain Jack.”

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