It has been a very busy week in Doctor Who. The biggest news surrounds the casting for Mark Gatiss’s film, An Adventure In Space And Time. It is a project that has generated heavy interest since it was announced last year.
The production team is getting ready for the upcoming anniversary and both the BBC and BBC America are ramping up their PR machines ahead of the glorious occasion.
Fans of Doctor Who books are in for a treat thanks to some great reissues and David Tennant is keeping hmself very busy!
So, without further adieu, it’s to start running…..
STEVEN MOFFAT’S BUSY SCHEDULE
Steven Moffat discussed the trials and tribulations of working on Sherlock and Doctor Who simultaneously with The Radio Times.
Moffat’s time certainly is tight these days, nonetheless he perseveres onward to keep bost programs compelling.
NEIL GAIMAN ON THE MOFFAT’S SECRETS
Award winning writer Neil Gaiman recently commented on how to Steven Moffat keeps everything so tight lipped. Gaiman was a guest at the Sydney Writer’s Festival where he was asked if he knew the secret behind Moffat’s silence.
AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME
Earlier this week we reported about the casting announcement of David Bradley as William Hartnell in the forthcoming telefim, An Adventure In Space And Time. Jessica Raine and Brain Cox are also starring in the drama about how Doctor Who began.
Gatiss has been working on Adventure In Space And Time for over a decade. As he told The Radio Times this week, he has had David Bradley on his radar for some time for the role of William Hartnell.
I’ve had David in my head for years. I’ve been trying to do this for years. I tried to do it for the 40th anniversary! And before that, really, it’s taken about 12 years.
It’s a real labour of love for me and I’m just really thrilled that everything’s come together for the 50th. It just seems exactly the right time, and a wonderful cast and it’s a very lovely story.
Broadcast times and other casting announcements are forthcoming.
MARK GATISS TALKS HARTNELL
In case you didn’t notice An Adventure In Space And Time writer Mark Gatiss is really excited about the project. He recently discussed William Hartnell’s portrayal of The Doctor with The Radio Times.
Gatiss also commented on the premise of the film.
It’s mostly the personal journey of William Hartnell and his relationship with Verity Lambert…Eventually he had to leave, and none of us like to find that we are replaceable
The Doctor was a very different person in his first incarnation compared with the heroic character we know today…He was much more of an antihero.
From The Radio Times:
TENNANT IN THE ESCAPE ARTIST
The last time David Tennant played a lawyer it was in the NBC pilot for Rex Is Not Your Lawyer. Although that venture went south David Tennant is at it again, playing a lawyer in BBC 1’s new drama, The Escape Artist.
The former Time Lord will play Will Burton, a lawyer who has never lost a case. Burton has a talent for getting his clients out of some very tough scrapes. This skill comes back to bite him after helps free a suspect in a high profile a murder investigation.
The Escape Artist is three a part drama from David Wolstencoft who created Spooks. Joining Tennant is former Doctor Who guest star Sophie Okanedo Black Mirror star Tony Kebbell. Filming is now underway with Brian Welsh directing.
DAVID TENNANT IN RICHARD II
After a five year break David Tennant is returning to Shakespeare. The former Tenth Doctor is starring in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of Richard II.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran is again directing Tennant. They previously worked together on Hamlet which co-starred Patrick Stewart and David Warner. He is clearly excited to work with his friend again.
I am delighted that David Tennant and Oliver Ford Davies will be returning to the company for this production. As we continue our journey to find a home for our work in London, it’s great to work with the Barbican again and it’s a fantastic space in which to present this particular production.
Five years ago Tennant dazzled audiences in the RSC production of Hamlet. His appearance not only garnered him critical acclaim it also solidified his stature as on of Britain’s finest Shakespearean actors.
Richard II will open in Stratford-Upon-Avon from October 10th to November 16th and then move on to London’s Barbican Centre in December.
Ticket info here: http://www.rsc.org.uk/buy-tickets/richard-ii/
THE TWO DOCTORS
Doctor Number Seven met Doctor Number Ten last Sunday night at the BBC Audio Awards in London. Actors Sylvester Mccoy and David Tennant were both at the ceremony and took some time to chat and update their diaries.
The BBC Audio Awards annually honor the finest actors and writers in the audio industry . Tennant was the master of ceremonies and nabbed the Best Actor award for his work in Kafka The Musical. The script for that drama won the Tinniswood Radio Award for Murray Gold.
PRISONERS OF TIME
The first issue of Prisoners Of Time, an epic comic adventure from IDW Publishing featuring all eleven incarnations of The Doctor is on the shelves now. The first issue features William Hartnell on the cover.
This anniversary series is authored by Scott and David Tipton with a guest artist for each issue. So far only the first four guest artists have been named. Simon Fraser does the honors for issue number one with Lee Sullivan illustrating the Second Doctor adventure. The Third Doctor is being handled by Mike Collins with Gary Erskine taking on the Fourth Doctor.
The second issue will be released on February 20, 2013 followed by the third issue on March 13th.
Here is a synopsis for Prisoners of Time:
November 23, 1963: A day that changed the world forever. That day saw the broadcast debut of Doctor Who, which was to become the longest-running science-fiction series on television. And now 50 years later, we pay tribute to one of the greatest pop-culture heroes of all time with this special series, which tells an epic adventure featuring all 11 incarnations of the intrepid traveller through time and space known simply as… the Doctor.
Both of the Tiptons were interviewed by comicbookresources.com: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=42842
BBC BOOKS ANNOUNCES REISSUES
Beginning in March BBC is celebrating fifty years of Doctor Who by releasing new editions of eleven titles from the classic series, one from each Doctor. Each title features a new vintage themed cover.
Only one of the novelizations (Remembrance Of The Daleks) was based on a real episode. Mark Gatiss, Gareth Roberts and Terrance Dicks have also written titles for both these titles and the program.
First Doctor (With Ben & Polly)
Doctor Who: Ten Little Indians By Stephen Cole
Deep in the heart of a hollowed-out moon the First Doctor finds a chilling secret: ten alien corpses, frozen in time at the moment of their death. They are the empire’s most wanted terrorists, and their discovery could end a war devastating the galaxy. But is the same force that killed them still lurking in the dark? And what are its plans for the people of Earth?
Second Doctor (With Jamie and Victoria)
Doctor Who: Dreams Of Empire by Justin Richards
On a barren asteroid, the once-mighty Haddron Empire is on the brink of collapse, torn apart by civil war. The one man who might have saved it languishes in prison, his enemies planning his death and his friends plotting his escape. The Second Doctor arrives as the last act of this deadly drama is being played out and with both terrifying killers and cunning traitors to defeat, the future hangs in the balance.
Third Doctor (With Jo Grant)
Doctor Who: Last Of The Gadrene by Mark Gatiss
The aerodrome in Culverton has new owners, and they promise an era of prosperity for the idyllic village. But former Spitfire pilot Alex Whistler is suspicious when black shirted troops appear on the streets, he contacts his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at U.N.I.T. The Third Doctor is sent to investigate and soon uncovers a sinister plot to colonise the Earth. The Gaderene are on their way…
Fourth Doctor (with K-9 and Romana)
Doctor Who: Festival Of Death by Jonathan Morris
The Beautiful Death is the ultimate theme-park ride: a sightseeing tour of the afterlife. But something has gone wrong, and when the Fourth Doctor arrives in the aftermath of the disaster, he is congratulated for saving the population from destruction, something he hasn’t actually done yet. He has no choice but to travel back in time and discover how he became a hero. And then he finds out. He did it by sacrificing his life.
Fifth Doctor (With Tegan And Nyssa)
Doctor Who: Fear Of The Dark by Trevor Baxendale
On a moon of the ruined planet Akoshemon, an age-old terror is about to be reborn. Something that remembers the spiral of war, pestilence and deprivation and rejoices in it. The Fifth Doctor joins a team of archaeologists searching for evidence of the planet’s infamous past, and uncovers more than just ancient history. Forced to confront his own worst fears, even the Doctor will be pushed to breaking point and beyond.
Sixth Doctor (With Peri)
Doctor Who: Players by Terrance Dicks
Arriving on the sun-baked veldt in the middle of the Boer War, the Sixth Doctor is soon involved in the adventures of struggling politician and war correspondent Winston Churchill. Of course, he knows Churchill is destined for great things, but unseen forces seem to be interfering with Winston’s historic career… The Doctor suspects the hidden hand of the Players, mysterious beings who regard human history as little more than a game. With time running out, can the Doctor find the right moves to defeat them?
Seventh Doctor (With Ace)
Doctor Who: Remembrance Of The Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch
With unfinished business to attend to, the Seventh Doctor returns to where it all began: Coal Hill School in London in 1963. Last time he was here, the Doctor left something behind, a powerful Time Lord artefact that could unlock the secrets of time travel. Can the Doctor retrieve it before two rival factions of Daleks track it down? And even if he can, how will the Doctor prevent the whole of London becoming a war zone as the Daleks meet in explosive confrontation?
Eighth Doctor (With Fitz and Anji.)
Doctor Who: Earthworld by Jacqueline Rayner
Anji has just had the worst week of her life. She should be back at her desk, not travelling through time and space in a police box. The Eighth Doctor is supposed to be taking her home, so why are there dinosaurs outside? The Doctor doesn’t seem to know either, or else he surely would have mentioned the homicidal princesses, teen terrorists and mad robots? One thing is certain: Anji is never going to complain about Monday mornings in the office again.
Ninth Doctor (With Rose)
Doctor Who: Only Human by Gareth Roberts
Reports of a time disturbance lead the Ninth Doctor to modern day London, where he discovers a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. A trip back to the dawn of humanity only deepens the mystery: who are these strange humans from the far future now living in the distant past? The Doctor must learn the truth about the Osterberg experiment before history is changed forever.
Tenth Doctor (With Donna Noble)
Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell
Wilfred Mott is very happy: his granddaughter, Donna, is back home, catching up with family and gossiping about her journeys, and he has just discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Tenth Doctor with him to the naming ceremony. But the Doctor soon discovers something else new, and worryingly bright, in the heavens, something that is heading for Earth. It’s an ancient force from the Dark Times. And it is very, very angry…
Eleventh Doctor (With Amy And Rory)
Doctor Who: Te Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett
The winter festival is approaching for the hardy colony of Morphans, but no one is in the mood to celebrate. They’re trying to build a new life on a cold new world, but each year gets harder and harder. It’s almost as if some dark force is working against them. Then three mysterious travelers arrive out of the midwinter night, one of them claiming to be a doctor. Are they bringing the gift of salvation or doom? And what else might be lurking out there, about to wake up?
CRIBBINS SPEAKS OUT
In a January 19th interview, Bernard Cribbins had some very pointed comments about the state of children’s television. Cribbins lengthy career in kids TV continues with his new show, Old Jack’s Boat with Freema Agyeman and co-written by Russell T. Davies.
It’s all very fast and noisy now I think. You think of the gentleness of Jackanory, somebody would walk onto the set, sit down and say ‘hello I’m going to tell you about Ratty and Mole and the Wind in the Willows’ and off you went. Nice and gentle, and the only thing you saw, apart from the guy or lady talking to you, was a few captions and illustrations, which were stills. That was how it used to be. Pure, simple storytelling. Now there seems to be, sometimes, not always, a tendency to use every single opportunity to put in CGI and animation and a lot of it is, I think, gratuitous when the story is actually doing the work for you.
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