Entries from January 2010
January 31st, 2010

patrick-stewartPatrick Stewart has today responded to the long-standing rumours that he is/was in talks to star in an episode of Doctor Who.

Speaking at OzTrek2 – an Australian Star Trek convention - the actor, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the series, revealed that David Tennant had suggested he appear during their time working together in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet in 2008.

But he feels that a guest spot is unlikely now that the Tenth Doctor is no more, and told TrekMovie.com that ‘that ship has sailed’.

Back in 2008, there was speculation, fuiled by various tabloids, that Stewart would appear in the 2009 Specials as the Meddling Monk, a Time Lord, in a two-parter featuring the Daleks.

January 30th, 2010

catherine-tate-awardsDavid Tennant (The Tenth Doctor) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) hosted Jonathan Ross’s Radio 2 show earlier today (Saturday), the third time they have stood in for the host.

The show was pre-recorded and the guests included Anthony Head, who Doctor Who fans will recognise as Mr Finch from Series 2’s School Reunion, and comedian and actor Ricky Gervais. There was also a peformance from rock band La Roux.

If you missed it, or just want to listen to David and Catherine’s random musings again, you’ll be able to access it via the BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days. Stay tuned!

January 30th, 2010

The Tenth Doctor might be no more, but there’s another new adventure yet to be had with him in the form of Dead Air, the upcoming original audiobook which is due to be released in the Spring!

The story, which has been written exclusively for CD by James Goss, is read by David Tennant himself, and takes listeners to the wreck of a floating radio station at the bottom of the sea, where a lost recording has been discovered…


After careful restoration, it is played for the first time – to reveal something incredible. It’s the voice of the Doctor, broadcasting from Radio Bravo in 1966. He has travelled to Earth in search of the Hush - a terrible weapon that kills, silences and devours anything that makes noise - and has tracked it to a boat crewed by a team of pirate DJs. With the help of feisty Liverpudlian Layla and some groovy pop music, he must trap the Hush and destroy it – before it can escape and destroy the world!

Dead Air will be available to buy in shops, at the RRP price of £8.99, from 4th March 2010.

January 29th, 2010

eleventh-doctor-januaryLast week we reported MCV’s news that BBC Worldwide were looking to develop a series of brand new games based around Doctor Who - and the website has today exclusively revealed that the cooporation are now offering the show’s license to any interested game partners!

This is, of course, fantastic news, because it means that fans hoping for a video game can be reassured that it’s a case of not if, but when!

“We’re having a lot of interesting discussions for a variety of ideas around Doctor Who that are complementary to each rather than in competition with each other – boxed product console games, virtual worlds and other experiences,” Dave Anderson, head of multimedia development at BBC Worldwide, explained. “The deals we are looking at are in different spaces, probably looking at overlapping but different audiences and are certainly delivering a different kind of experience.”

He finished: “The Doctor Who audience who love that show want to have different experiences around it and it has a huge shelf life going back 47 years – it’s about managing and satisfying expectations of both older and younger audiences.” Stay tuned!

January 29th, 2010

john-barrowman-newBack in July last year, we told you that John Barrowman was in talks to appear in US comedy-drama Desperate Housewives, and today news has surfaced that he has accepted the part and will be flying to LA to film in a few weeks time!

The Daily Mail reports that the actor will be playing a ‘bad guy’ at the end of the current series, which launched its run in America last September and began airing here in the UK earlier this week.

It’s thought that his episodes will transmit across the pond this Spring and will reach Britain in May/June.

Plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, and, according to the newspaper, executive producer Marc Cherry is said to have been ‘very taken’ by Barrowman’s portrayal of Captain Jack. Stay tuned!

January 28th, 2010

rose-billie-journeys-endBillie Piper appeared on Radio 1 earlier today where she spoke to Sara Cox about her time as Rose Tyler. During the interview she added yet more fuel to the fire regarding a possible Doctor Who film!

The actress said: “Well, I’ve heard that they’re doing it and that they want David to do it, but I think he’s slightly anxious that there’ll be big American producers on board and that they’ll try and hijack the whole thing and cast someone like Johnny Depp.”

However, she cooly denied that she would be appearing in it herself, labelling her sudden outbreak of laughter as ‘a nervous twitch’, before insisting: “I don’t know!”

A movie has been on the cards for years now, however the rumours were rekindled last May when ‘DR WHO – THE MOVIE’ briefly appeared on the agency profile for Russell T Davies, and then, a week later, BBC Films announced that the script for a feature-length adventure was ’in development’. Does Billie know more than she’s letting on? Make of it what you will!

January 27th, 2010

matt_karen_avatar_defaultBenjamin Cook has recently posted online a 5-minute audio snippet of his exclusive interview with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan!

The interview, their first together since filming for Series 5 began last July, was originally published in this month’s issue of Doctor Who Magazine. 

In it the Eleventh Doctor actor and Amy Pond actress comment on what viewers can expect from the Time Lord’s latest incarnation, as well as his relationship with his new companion.

You can listen to the interview below:

» Never miss a story! See all the Series 5 news reported on WhovianNet!

January 27th, 2010

exhibitionRecently it was confirmed that the Doctor Who Exhibition will be extending its services to Newcastle later this year, and its organisers have today kindly sent us details regarding its anticipated launch!

The museum will be officially opening on May 22nd 2010 at the Centre for Life, which is this year celebrating its 10th birthday, and will host various props, costumes and memorabilia from the series, including Daleks, Cybermen, Ood, Judoon, the Autons, the Abzorbaloff, and many more! 

“Doctor Who is fantastic fun for the entire family so we’re delighted to be able to announce this new exhibition at the Life Science Centre which we hope will bring in a whole new audience,” said Ian Simmons, Science Communications director. “This celebration of Doctor Who over the years is also the perfect 10 year celebratory event for us at the centre.”

Tickets are already on sale for those of you who want to be the first through its doors, and they can be purchased via the Centre for Life website and also by ringing 08444 815 880 (line open 9AM-9PM, 7 days a week). Tickets cost £6.25 for children and £9 for adults, and a family ticket is also available at the price of £25. Entry is free for Life passport holders.

January 27th, 2010

eleventh-doctor-regenerationIt has been confirmed that two brand new Doctor Who board games featuring the Eleventh Doctor will be released later this year as part of BBC Worldwide’s new deal with Imagination Games.

According to Licensing.biz, the games will be released just in time for Christmas and will feature ‘the new style guide, the new Doctor and true gameplay innovation’!

“We’re very excited about this new agreement with BBC Worldwide,” said Imagination’s sales and marketing director, David Snow. “It gives us the opportunity to apply our expertise in gameplay development for TV properties and to deliver authentic and fulfilling experiences to both avid fans of Doctor Who and the casual viewer.”

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January 27th, 2010

eleventh-doctor-januaryAccording to an article published by The Northampton Chronicle today, all of the Eleventh Doctor figures have completely sold out in the area after fans and friends bought the entire first batch of models based on their local hero.

There were reportedly queues of people outside every available shop upon its release, including the actor’s mother, Lynne Smith, who was fortunate to get her hands on one before they disappeared off the shelves!

“The likeness is incredible. It’s amazing, I think it’s a really good model of him,” she told the newspaper. “And he’s my son, so I’ve obviously looked at it really closely. It was fabulous to see his first model, it was really exciting for us all.”

The figure is now available in shops for £8.99, however it’s selling so quickly that eBay, which currently has one auctioning for £30, may be your best bet! Stay tuned!

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