Doctor Whooligan: New Companion Announced, Season Seven News, Cardiff Convention, DVD News, David Tennant News, Own Your Own TARDIS Door

Man oh man has it been crazy this week. The floodgates of rumors and news have opened and we now know lots more about the upcoming season of Doctor Who then we have  in the last few months. Finally it’s going down!

We also have a new companion!

SEASON SEVEN NEWS

It has been a rapid fire, hectic week of news this week. As filming continues we are learning more and more about the season and how it’ll shake out.

SAY HELLO TO THE NEW GIRL

Blackpool’s Jenna-Louise Coleman has been named as the new companion for Doctor Who. The twenty-five year old actress will replace Karen Gillan as the next companion.

She has appeared in as Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale  and played Lindsay James in Waterloo Road. She is going to be seen on ITV in Britain this week as Annie Desmond in Julian Fellowes’ Titanic mini-series. She also had a small role in  Captain America: The First Avenger.

Moffat will not divulge much information about her character or even how she meets The Doctor. We now know that it will an unconventional introduction.

Coleman herself is excited to get the role. I want to get started already. I’m a huge fan of the show, she commented after being named as the new assistant.

She will appear in eight episodes of the season beginning at Christmas. She begins filming her episodes in May.

Steven Moffat commented on her casting, We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt – he had to keep up!  He addedIt always seems impossible when you start casting these parts, but when we saw Matt and Jenna together, we knew we had our girl. She’s funny and clever and exactly mad enough to step on board the TARDIS. It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now. Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.

Matt Smith was interviewed on Radio Wales this week where he talked about his new costar.  I was part of the audition process where we met a number of wonderful actresses…But I think Jenna responded to Steven’s writing in the most interesting way. We’re very excited to welcome her to the Doctor Who family.

More on Jenna-Louise here: http://www.anglotopia.net/doctor-who/doctor-who-jenna-louise-colmean-emmerdale-actress-joins-tardis/

A photo gallery is here: http://www.anglotopia.net/british-entertainment/brit-tv/doctor-who-jenna-louise-coleman-high-quality-picture-gallery/

Some other news and rumors….

Steven Moffat addressed Matt Smith’s future on the show at the press conference announcing Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion.

Honestly we don’t know. We take it a year at a time and that’s the only sensible way you can go with it. It takes a huge amount of time, filming a series of Doctor Who and towards the end of that, you have to consider whether you’re going to push on to another one…The honest answer is, we don’t know.We’ll keep him as long as we can, that’s the absolute truth.

SPOILERS

The Weeping Angels are returning in Episode Five.

Earlier this week Steven Moffat commented on their return.

Amy and Rory will leave in the fifth episode that goes out, and it will be a final encounter with the Weeping Angels, and not everybody gets out alive – and I mean it this time!

It looks like someone is going down this season. The rumors simply will not go away. It’s been a persistent rumor but it seems more likely that someone is gonna die.

Moffat also dismissed rumors that Benedict Cumberbatch was lined up to play The Master. He discussed the situation in an interview with The Radio Times.

Read it here: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-03-20/steven-moffat-no-benedict-cumberbatch-in-doctor-who—for-now

Andrew Brooke has been cast as The Reckoner in Episode Three.

The Daleks are back in the first block of Season Seven. My guess is that since the first story has been rumored to be called  “____ of the___” in blogs and in interviews for some time now that this vagueness means that the first story of the season could have the Daleks in it. This is pure speculation on my end but it would really kickstart the season. Plus if they appear in the early part of the season then you could easily see come back to some part of their story arc in the second half of the season in 2013. Again this is all just jibber jabber on my part.

There will be six new episodes in 2012 counting the Christmas Special.

Actor/comedian Greg Davis is rumored to be playing the Ice Warrior leader. The actor is 6″ 8.’

Alex Kingston is coming back. My guess is that it may possibly be in the Weeping Angels story (episode five).

Farscape’s Ben Browder has been confirmed as a guest star for the new season.

DOCTOR WHO THE CONVENTION.

Who fans are swooping down upon Cardiff this weekend for the official DW convention. A lot of stuff is planned for the weekend. Guests include Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat and members of the special effects and production teams. It seems likely that Jenna-Louise Coleman may also make an appearance.

This is the first Doctor Who Official Convention put on the BBC and those involved with making and marketing the show and it looks like it could be an annual epic event.

If you do not have tickets yet be prepared to beg and plead as the event is practically sold out. Saturday is sold out and Sunday has a few tickets remaining.

The convention has tiered its programming to three levels.

Meet the Stars

Showrunner Steven Moffat and Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan and Caroline Skinner talk all things Who. Also on hand are series guest stars Mark Sheppard, Ian McNiece, Racquel Cassidy, Nicolas Briggs, Stuart Milligan and Simon Fisher-Becker.

Creators & Directors

Doctor Who Script Editor Gary Russell moderates an in-depth behind the scenes seminar with the current creative team. Producer Marcus Wilson, Script Executive Nick Hurran, Writer Tom MacRae and Millennium FX Director Neill Gorton are scheduled to appear.

Doctor Who Uncut

Finally some props for the people who work to make the show shiny onscreen. Dalek operator Barnaby Edwards goes behind the curtain to meet the people who put you behind the couch. Production Designer Michael Pickwoad, Casting Director Andy Pryor, Director of Photography Stephan Pehrsson and Directors Toby Haynes and Julian Simpson are slated to appear.

As with any convention all appearance are subject to change as things do happen from time to time that take away a guest from a scheduled appearance.

We do know one thing though, there will certainly be lots of news coming out of this con over the weekend.

Here’s a link for all the convention information: http://dwconvention.com/

OWN YOUR OWN TARDIS DOOR

Over at Etsy.com the hard-working crafters at House of Whimsy have sorted out how to travel in time & space. They are selling their own handcrafted ‘TARDIS Fairy Door with Glow In The Dark Timey-Wimey Windows’ on the site.
Here is a link to the site:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/95578784/tardis-fairy-door-with-glow-in-the-dark

DAVID TENNANT NEWS

David Tennant is a dad again. The Tenth Doctor has adopted  Tyler,  Georgia Moffat’s ten year old son. The adoption happened last year but was not made public previously.

Tennant appeared on Chris Moyles’ Radio 1 show this Wednesday where they discussed playing Doctor Who, meeting fans and also took calls from listeners. When asked about appearing in the series again for the 50th Anniversary he answered, I’m not at present! I’m waiting for a phone call. He went on to add, I’ve no idea if it’s even in the offing.
More here:
You can hear it on the very wonderful  TARDIS Newsroom site as well:
NORTH AMERICAN DVD UPDATE
Fans of the classic series have a good reason to be excited. Some of the best episodes of classic Doctor Who are being on DVD released in the USA. There also are some lesser loved stories as well, but really, how can you not want to see any Classic Doctor Who on DVD?
March 13
The North American release of The Face of Evil  and three special edition reissues, The Three Doctors, Tomb of The Cybermen and Robots of Death are out now.
As we get nearer to the 50th Anniversary everyone should see The Three Doctors. It’s a fun little story.  Robots of Death is one of Tom Baker’s best moments in Doctor Who and the DVD makes up for the kind of crap release it was the first time around. The extras are better.
The Face of Evil sees the introduction of Leela during Season Fourteen. It was the fourth story of that season and marked an interesting transition for the Baker era after the departure of Elisabeth Sladen.
The Face of Evil is a solid story but also an under appreciated one. It was made during the Hinchcliffe Era of the classic series which may account for its somewhat dark tone. Louise Jameson is great in it and shows us that she is more than ready to come aboard the TARDIS as a companion.
April 10th
Fans of the Third Doctor are in for a double bill with the release of The Daemons and a special Edition of Carnival Of Monsters.
If you have never seen The Daemns make it a point to. It is really great. Jon Pertwee and Roger Delgado are delightful in it and Nick Courtney turns in one of his most memorable performances as The Brigadier.
May 8th
Two more Seventh Doctor Stories, The Happiness Patrol and  are getting released. These stories were previously released in Britain as the Ace Box Set. Tom Baker’s Nightmare of Eden is also released on that day.
These two McCoy stories are not the best of his era but they have their moments. Both stories do feature  Sophie Aldred and Sylvester McCoy practicing their shenanigans. it is obvious here that they had one of the best Doctor/Companion onscreen relationships of the classic series.

But be warned, The Happiness Patrol, while being rich in social commentary is not the best of stories. The Kandyman is truly a rubbish villain.

Dragonfire sees the departure of Mel and the arrival of Ace as a companion.

June 8th

Two more special editions see our shores with the release of  revamped versions of The Seeds of Death and Resurrection of the Daleks, Ironically both villains in these stories (Daleks and Ice Warriors) will appear in Season Seven.

The Seeds of Death features the Ice Warriors in their last really menacing appearance. They were watered down a bit in the Pertwee era. In this story from Season Six they are scary and devious. Patrick Troughton is amazing and if you want a feel for his era, get this one or Tomb of The Cybermen. The Second Doctor era had some great monsters in it and the Ice Warriors were the best of the new aliens introduced in his run on Doctor Who.

MICHAEL E. BRIANT TO PUBLISH MEMOIR

Former Doctor Who director Michael E, Briant is publishing his memoir, Who Is Michael E Briant?, in May. Briant directed and/or worked on  several classic Doctor Who stories including The Crusade, The Gunfighters, Fury From The Deep , The Sea Devils, Colony In Space , The Green Death, Revenge Of The Cybermen and The Robots of Death (which has been remastered and rereleased on for DVD). His memoir undoubtedly will have stories about being on set with several Doctors, including William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

He also worked as  a director for Blake’s 7, directing The Way Back, The Web, Project Avalon and Deliverance. He also was director for other television shows including Secret Army Kessler and Warship. In the book, Briant also has a passionate love for sailing having crossed the Atlantic Ocean several times.

You can order his book here: http://www.classictvpress.co.uk/briant.htm

Next time…New Target books, more convention news and Season Seven!

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