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The 10 greatest episodes of Doctor Who ever

Last Updated: 12:01am BST 02/07/2008

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With the final episode of series four approaching, the Daily Telegraph's in-house team of Doctor Who buffs (including, we might add, Gavin Fuller, who won Mastermind in 1993 with Doctor Who as his specialist subject) has compiled a countdown of the sci-fi spectacular's finest ever episodes. They've been selected from both the original era (1963-89) and the new (from 2005); in some cases, multi-part storylines have been counted as single episodes.

Disagree with our choices? Think we’ve left out a classic episode? Then post your comments, and your own below.


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Blink (David Tennant, 2007)

Writer (and soon to be executive producer) Steven Moffatt has consistently come up with the most scarily memorable stories of the reborn series, and here he gives us chilling statues that move and menace when you don’t look at them. Unusually the Doctor is somewhat on the periphery here, but this only adds to the threat that central character Sally Sparrow (Carey Mulligan) is faced with. We've never been able to look at statues the same way since.

William Hartnell as Doctor Who

The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve (William Hartnell, 1966)

A sober tale of the lead-up to a massacre of Huguenots in France in 1572 is not the most obvious historical event to be mined by the programme, but it proves to be gripping fare, and it pulls no punches in bringing the horrors of religious persecution to life. This is the first time we get a double for the Doctor, in the shape of the fanatical Catholic Abbot of Amboise (also played by Hartnell), and with the Doctor himself absent for much of the story, companion Steven (Peter Purves) is effectively left adrift in history and has to cope as best he can. A perfect example of the educational remit of the original series being fulfilled. Tragically only the soundtrack survives, because the BBC wiped the tape.

Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who

Inferno (Jon Pertwee, 1970)

The original series is at its most mature in this seven-part fable about the powers that could be unleashed if we start to mess with our planet. The use of a parallel universe heightens the drama, as the Doctor actually witnesses the destruction of Earth while on a parallel world where his friends are all fascistic versions of themselves. It's a fine example of the work of one of the series’ great directors, Douglas Camfield, and the pace never lets up.

Jessica Hynes as nurse Joan Redfern in Doctor Who

Human Nature/Family of Blood (David Tennant, 2007)

A Paul Cornell tale adapted from his 1995 Doctor Who novel that sees the Doctor transformed into the human school-teacher John Smith on the eve of the First World War. David Tennant and Jessica Hynes superbly delineate the relationship between the humanised Doctor and nurse Joan Redfern and the Doctor is forced to confront the death and destruction that seem to follow in his wake.

Sylvester McCoy as Doctor Who

The Curse of Fenric (Sylvester McCoy, 1989)

A fantastic tale from the final series of the classic run. A complex tale of awakening ancient evil, faith (or lack of it), sexuality and betrayal, with companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) really being put through the emotional wringer by the Doctor and coming of age as a result. Even Nicholas Parsons as a vicar doesn't let the side down. Remarkably, we get a scene spoken entirely in Russian (with subtitles). Shame no one seemed to be watching the show at the time.

Tom Baker as Doctor Who

City of Death (Tom Baker, 1979)

A plot about the theft of the Mona Lisa; a script co-written by Douglas Adams; Tom Baker in fine form; a suave Julian Glover showing why he’d be later cast as villains in the Star Wars, James Bond and Indiana Jones franchises; cameos from John Cleese and Eleanor Bron… All of these things confidently combine to make the single most entertaining story from the original run for non-fans to watch. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the final episode of this four-part story holds the record for the highest viewing figures of any episode in the series' history at 16.1 million.

Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (Christopher Eccleston, 2005)

Arguably the most memorable story of the series since its return. Second World War London is brilliantly brought to life as a backdrop, Captain Jack (John Barrowman) enters the scene and enjoys some great interplay with the Doctor, Rose (Billie Piper) flies across London hanging to a barrage balloon during an air raid, Richard Wilson metamorphoses into a man with a gas mask for a face - and who would have thought that the question "Are you my mummy?" could prove so frightening? The titular empty child is one of the most chilling figures the series has produced, and just for once we have a happy ending.

a Dalek, one of Doctor Who nemesis

Genesis of the Daleks (Tom Baker, 1975)

The Time Lords send the Doctor to Skaro's home planet to ensure that the Daleks will never be created. It's the first appearance of Davros, who, like the Daleks, was such an iconic design that the current team haven’t felt the need to rethink his design in the new series, and Michael Wisher gives an extraordinary performance in the role. Some of the dialogue between the Doctor and Davros is among the best the series has ever had. The Daleks, created by scriptwriter Terry Nation, were inspired by the Nazis, and this influence is laid bare in the militaristic Kaleds (the Daleks' forebears). The production pulls no punches when it comes to the horror of war, naturally upsetting Mary Whitehouse in the process.

Peter Davison as Doctor Who

The Caves of Androzani (Peter Davison, 1984)

Peter Davison bows out of the role with easily the best regeneration tale. There is something of a Jacobean revenge tragedy in this grim story of corporate greed, conflict and betrayal, and the Phantom of the Opera motif rears its head in the figure of Sharaz Jek (Christopher Gable), the first of many villains to lust after the nubile Peri (Nicola Bryant). John Normington’s asides as Trau Morgus add to the character's evil machinations and Graeme Harper's direction lifts the story to new levels. No wonder he was asked to return to the new series (he's the only director to have that honour). There’s huge body count in this episode as every single male character dies, leaving only two women survivors. Davison gives the performance of his life.

Tom Baker as Doctor Who

The Talons of Weng-Chiang (Tom Baker, 1977)

A superb pastiche of the Sherlock Holmes and Fu Manchu novels with a bit of the Phantom of the Opera thrown in for a good measure - and it’s all beautifully scripted by the best Doctor Who writer of them all, Robert Holmes. Holmes (who also wrote Caves of Androzani, above) always seemed to have a knack of creating great double acts, and in the impresario Henry Gordon Jago (Christopher Benjamin) and pathologist Professor Lightfoot (Trevor Baxter) he comes up with his best - two memorable allies for the Doctor who were nearly given a show of their own as a result. Also memorable is the psychopathic miniature villain Mr Sin (Deep Roy). No cliché of Victorian London (fog, hansom cabs, Chinese laundrymen, Music Hall and opium dens just for starters) is left unmined, making this marvellous six-parter seep atmosphere. The top-notch characterisation, direction and performances, with Tom Baker at the top of his game, make this the perfect Doctor Who story.

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Telegraph’s Top 10 Doctor Who Episodes

On, like, February 7, 2008, the Telegraph had this article on Doctor Who.   Whoever wrote it was clearly not paying attention when the 2005 Series Episodes were airing.  Or most of the Tennant/Piper Episodes.   Love the TARDIS picture, though.   We think the Formatting of this Blog Entry got majorly screwed up because there's a Table in the article that's set up funny.  Sorry.  Can't fix it.  Tried and failed. 




The 10 greatest episodes of Doctor Who ever


Last Updated: 12:01am BST 02/07/2008


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William Hartnell as Doctor Who
Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who
Jessica Hynes as nurse Joan Redfern in Doctor Who
Sylvester McCoy as Doctor Who
Tom Baker as Doctor Who
Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who
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Peter Davison as Doctor Who
Tom Baker as Doctor Who

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News round up 3 September 2008

Posted by: "russwhover" russwhover@yahoo.com   russwhover

Wed Sep 3, 2008 3:23 am (PDT)

BBC News reports Ken Campbell, who auditioned for the role of the
seventh Doctor, has died at age 66, CLICK HERE
http://news. bbc.co.uk/ 2/hi/entertainme nt/7593589. stm> for the article
and HERE
http://www.guardian .co.uk/stage/ 2008/sep/ 01/obituary. ken.campbell> for
the obituary from The Guardian (thanks to Michael Pike).

A reminder from the Official BBC Doctor Who website that as Series One
of The Sarah Jane Adventures is being repeated on BBC One it will also
be available to view via the BBC iPlayer, CLICK HERE
http://www.bbc. co.uk/doctorwho/ s4/news/latest/ 080901_news_ 01> for more
details (service available in the UK only).

The Guardian has an interview with Alex Kingston (River Song in Silence
in the Library/Forest of the Dead), CLICK HERE
http://www.guardian .co.uk/lifeandst yle/2008/ sep/03/celebrity .television\
?gusrc=rss&feed= media
> for the article.

The Daily Record reports Cambridge University has offered the university
as a setting for an episode of Doctor Who, CLICK HERE
http://www.dailyrec ord.co.uk/ news/uk-world- news/2008/ 09/03/cambridge- un\
iversity-turns- to-soaps- and-doctor- who-in-bid- to-shed-old- fashioned- imag\
> for the article.

For more news CLICK HERE
http://tv.groups. yahoo.com/ group/Doctor_ Who/message/ 100169> .

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Torchwood logo

Filming under way for new series of Torchwood

Filming for the third series of the smash hit drama Torchwood, created by Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies, has begun in Cardiff.


Due to transmit in 2009 on BBC One, the series – called Torchwood: Children Of Earth – sees the team embarking on a single action-packed adventure as they battle for the future of the human race against the fiercest force they have encountered.


The highly-motivated Torchwood team are John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones.


Other regular cast involved in their high-octane adventure are Kai Owen as Rhys Williams, Gwen's husband, and Tom Price as PC Andy.


Special guests in the five part series are Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Thick Of It, Skins), who plays the role of Mr Frobisher – a civil servant who is hiding a terrible secret; Paul Copely (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem – the survivor still haunted by his past; and Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson – the cynical covert government agent determined to expose Torchwood.


Russell T Davies said: "The new series of Torchwood is hugely bold and promises to be bigger and better than ever – the audience is in for an amazing ride.


"This series is one big serial and the most ambitious story we've ever made, and we've got plenty of surprises in store."


Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, said: "We hope to make Torchwood a gripping and surprising TV event with storylines that push our team into greater danger and sacrifice.


"Joining our main cast are some fantastic guest artists who will only add to making this unmissable TV."


The first two series of Torchwood have received global critical acclaim and the hit drama has been sold to more than 20 countries.


The second series of the BBC Wales-produced series, broadcast on BBC Two earlier this year, attracted audiences of around 3.4 million, peaking at 4.2 million for the first episode. Including viewers on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer the consolidated audience was 5.1 million.


When it launched on BBC Three in October 2006, it attracted the channel's highest viewing figures, with an audience of 2.5 million for the first episode.


Torchwood is executive produced by Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner. The producer is Peter Bennett (Doctor Who).


Torchwood is written by Russell T Davies, John Fay (Clocking Off, Coronation Street, Mobile) and James Moran (Doctor Who, Torchwood) and directed by Euros Lyn (best director in BAFTA Cymru TV Awards, Doctor Who, George Gently).


Torchwood is a BBC Wales for BBC Drama Production and was commissioned by Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Fiction.


Press quotes


"One of the best programmes on TV." The Observer


"This show has been brilliant." The Sun


"Torchwood lightens up but doesn't dumb down as series two kicks off in style." London Evening Standard

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That 'Doctor Who' finale

Sunday, July 6 2008, 10:09 BST

By Neil Wilkes, Editor

So, we've seen it. The finale has aired and the truth is out. Are we satisifed?



Here's ten things that were great about the Doctor Who finale:

1. The Doctor not regenerating after all.

2. The Daleks speaking German. "Exterminieren! Exterminieren!"

3. Martha Jones being able to speak German too. "Ich heisse Martha Jones" is probably the best line of the series.

4. Doctor Number Two imitating Donna. Donna imitating the Doctor.

5. The surprise appearance of Gita from EastEnders.

6. Julian Bleach as the frighteningly maniacal Davros.

7. The touching reference to Tosh, who posthumously saves the lives of her Torchwood colleagues.

8. Doolally Dalek Caan stitching up Davros and the Daleks. He was actually a nice bloke!

9. A surprise reference to Gwen's ancestor Gwyneth ('The Uniquet Dead'). Has no stone been left unturned?

10. Bernard Cribbins, whose guest appearance as Donna's granddad Wilf this series has been genuine and moving.

Wherever there are positives, negatives are normally always close behind - and I don't think I'd be giving a fair appraisal if I didn't also mention what wasn't quite as good about the finale.

In a nutshell? There was simply too much happening - too much fanw***ery crammed in - to do any individual story strand justice. The thing we were looking forward to the most all series long was the return of Rose, but when it finally happened, it was undeniably underwhelming (let's overlook Billie Piper's unfortunate dental trauma). It felt like a wasted opportunity.

There is an argument to be made that, had she been given more of a role, Rose could have overshadowed the finale and the other characters, but so what? Why not make the finale all about Rose? Forget bringing in Martha, Sarah Jane, Captain Jack, et al - they can wait. Rose-Doctor interaction is what we wanted, and we were slightly cheated.

Taken in a wider context, however, these episodes cap a magnificent run of episodes. Series four has been sometimes epic, sometimes moving, sometimes funny and sometimes upsetting. The quality of the show has never been greater. Bring on those Cybermen!







'Doctor Who' finale pulls in 9.4 million

Monday, July 7 2008, 10:59 BST

By Dave West, Media Correspondent

The hotly-anticipated climax to the fourth series of Doctor Who brought in huge ratings on Saturday night, according to early figures.

The 65 minute special, in which the Doctor did not regenerate, leaving David Tennant in the titular role, was watched by an average of 9.4m (45.9%) from 6.40pm.


The show's popularity has continued to grow since it was revived by BBC One in 2005. Last year's finale drew 8m, when John Simm made a guest appearance as The Master, and in 2006 the final instalment attracted 7.7m (43%). Last Christmas the show enjoyed its best ratings since 1979, drawing a peak of almost 14m for its festive special, which guest starred Kylie Minogue.

This year's finale, 'Journey's End', is the last series close to be made by Russell T. Davies, who has overseen the show's comeback. The audience peaked in the final 15 minutes with a massive 9.8m (47%).

BBC Three also benefited from Saturday's show, with 1.3m watching Doctor Who Confidential straight afterwards.

No other channel could compete with BBC One in the Who slot, though BBC Two managed to hold 2m (11%) for the closing stages of Wimbledon. Coverage, shown between 5.35pm and 8pm, included the men's doubles final.

ITV1 aired Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Kindergarten Cop from 5.45pm to 7.45pm, drawing 2.1m (11.5%), while C4's Dispatches was seen by 1.1m (5.4%). Five attracted 974,000 (4.8%) with an NCIS repeat.

BBC One continued to top the ratings later on with new series Last Choir Standing, a reality show searching for the UK's best choir. The opening episode averaged 4.6m (22.8%) between 7.45pm and 8.45pm.

The first in a new National Lottery quiz show format, This Time Tomorrow, followed with 5.2m (25.3%) until 9.35pm, then Casualty interested 5.5m (27.8%) until 10.25pm.

Over on ITV1, You've Been Framed! drew 4.2m (21.3%) from 7.45pm to 8.15pm, then the second episode of Denise Van Outen karaoke competition Who Dares Sings! was watched by 3.9m (19.3%) until 9.15pm. The following Foyle's War repeat, which lasted two hours, drew 2.8m (15.3%).

ITV1 was more successful earlier when coverage of qualifying for the British Grand Prix brought in a strong daytime audience of 1.9m (21.6%).






Doctor Who's top five episodes this series

Tuesday, July 8 2008, 07:30 BST

By Neil Wilkes, Editor

Sob! Another series of Doctor Who is over (the last full-blown series, in fact, for two years). But what a series it's been. An evil genius was resurrected, the Earth was stolen from its orbit, a gazillion companions returned and the Doctor had a near-miss regeneration after being "exterminated" by a Dalek.

So many good episodes, but which were the best? Here are Tube Talk's favourite five from series four:


5. 'Turn Left'

What would have happened if Donna had never met the Doctor? This episode explored how events would have differed in such a parallel world. Rose returned to help guide Donna back on the right path, but it entailed Donna making the ultimate sacrifice - her own life.


4. 'Midnight'


This Donna-lite episode, set on board a tourist spaceship, took paranoia to new heights. The Doctor was almost turned to spacedust after an unknown parasitic creature boarded the craft, possessed guest star Lesley Sharp and then began imitating his speech.


3. 'The Stolen Earth'

Companions, assistants and acquaintances united in the first part of the series finale after the Earth was planet-napped and relocated to the Medusa Cascade by dastardly Dalek creator Davros. Former prime minister Harriet Jones was cruelly exterminated, having given her life to help summon the Doctor.


2. 'Planet of the Ood'


A very touching episode that revealed the history of servant race The Ood. Catherine Tate proved her worth as a serious actress as Donna cried over the plight of the enslaved creatures.


1. 'Forest of the Dead'

Alex Kingston guest starred as Dr. River Song in a two-part story penned by exec-producer-in-waiting Steven Moffat. Claiming to know The Doctor very well at some point in the future, Song also revealed that she knew his real name. In a stunning conclusion, Song sacrificed her life to save others, meaning that the Doctor will always have known how she died, before they even met.



Okay, so Fans LOVE Doctor Who, but who would actually try to ring the Doctor’s personal phone?  More than 2500 people, apparently.  The Daily Mail and Sky News have articles on it. 




Dial a doctor: 2,500 Dr Who fans try to ring Time Lord's mobile


By Laura Roberts
Last updated at 10:08 AM on 07th July 2008

Doctor Who finished its latest series on Saturday night watched by a huge audience of nearly 10million.

But it was another set of figures that got some fans really worked up  -  the Time Lord's phone number.

The digits had been flashed up on screen several times in the previous week's episode as the Doctor's sidekicks Sarah Jane Smith, Martha Jones and the Torchwood team contacted him.

The Doctor's private mobile number appeared on screen during the final episode.


More than 2,500 fans  -  whipped into a frenzy of anticipation after a cliffhanger ending in which it appeared that star David Tennant might be leaving as the Doctor began regenerating  -  dialled it before the last episode aired on Saturday.

One fan complained: 'They showed that number so many times, as if they were asking for it to be called.'

But their attempts to contact their hero on his personal number - 07700 900461 - came to nothing when they discovered that it would not connect.

Writing on the BBC's website, one disgruntled viewer said: 'Grrr  -  I phoned the Doctor's phone number but there was just an annoying network message.

'What's the point in showing a phone number if you're not gonna use it?!'

Ofcom, the TV industry watchdog, said the number was simply one reserved for use in television dramas.

A spokesman added: 'It wouldn't have cost anything to call these numbers because they are not real.

'If someone did call it they would hear either a dead dial tone or number unavailable. There are a series of phone numbers we assign to producers for TV series.'

A BBC spokesman said: 'BBC complied with Ofcom who supplied the programme with a safe number that was inactive and reserved specifically for the use of TV programmes.'

Saturday's finale was watched by 9.8million viewers at its peak, taking 47 per cent of the total audience share.

But the show experienced a backlash from some viewers who felt tricked by the Doctor's non-regeneration. Instead, Tennant's character quickly recovered to defeat the Daleks and their creator Davros.

Tennant will return in a Christmas episode this year and four specials next year, but he is not yet confirmed for the next full series in 2010.

Later this year he will play Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Bookmaker William Hill has tipped the three favourites to succeed Tennant to become the 11th Doctor as David Morrissey (who will guest star in this year's Christmas special), Robert Carlyle and James McAvoy.






Dr Who Fans Try To Call Time Lord

12:05am UK, Tuesday July 08, 2008

Thousands of Doctor Who fans tried to phone the Time Lord after his personal number appeared on the show.

More than 2,500 people reportedly dialled the number before TV industry watchdog Ofcom revealed it was a fake.

The digits 07700 900461 were shown as mankind attempted to contact the Doctor, played by David Tennant, to scupper the invasion plans of Dalek leader Davros.

One disappointed fan wrote on a message board: "Grrr - I phoned the Doctor's phone number but there was just an annoying network message.

"What's the point in showing a phone number if you're not gonna use it?!"

The BBC confirmed the number was not real and is one of a range reserved by Ofcom for the purposes of television.

The BBC complied with Ofcom who supplied the programme with a safe number which was inactive and reserved specifically for the use of TV programmes

The broadcaster defends decision to show number on Doctor Show

Ofcom confirmed that they regularly give non-active numbers to production companies for use in film and television programmes.

The much-hyped season finale of Doctor Who provoked a mixed response among the show's most devoted fans.

The episode was met with a backlash of disappointment from some viewers who felt deceived by last week's cliff-hanger in which the Doctor apparently started to regenerate.

Tennant has been confirmed to star in Doctor Who in a Christmas special this year and another three specials next year.




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Doctor Who Video on DigitalSpy from last week’s cliffhanger. 







Phobia Corner: Bees ('Dr Who', 'X-Files')

Sunday, June 29 2008, 07:00 BST

By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

No wonder the bee population is dwindling in real life, given what sci-fi fans have witnessed over the years. Courtesy of Doctor Who and The X-Files, the airborne critters have struck fear into the hearts of many, who shudder and recoil at the merest hint of a buzz - even if it's the tiniest vibration of their mobile phone. It's too late for even a re-release of Billie Piper's polemic 'Honey To The Bee' song to restore their reputations.

Fresh in the minds of Whovians is the giant wasp that swarmed all over the guests at a 1920s country mansion, where The Doctor and Donna joined Agatha Christie and an array of stock characters with murky pasts. The sting in its tail was enough to pierce wooden doors and smash through windows, although it chose to dispatch the alliteratively sublime Professor Peach by means of lead piping in the library. How on Earth it managed to wield the weapon is anyone's guess.

It's worth pointing out that the creature was actually an alien called the Vespiform an that it had a fairly sympathetic demise in a lake. But in an age of genetic modification where fruits and vegetables can be sizeably enhanced, how long before massive bees are reared to ensure diners all over the globe have enough Honey Nut Cheerios to devour for their breakfast?

On the subject of GM, there was a right royal jelly melee on The X-Files in the mid-90s, as the ongoing government conspiracy mythology snorefest/story arc didn't exactly have viewers waxing lyrical over the bees. For they were tampered with by scientists in order to carry a lethal smallpox virus in their stingers and placed in a colony where they could pollinate various alien plants. Sadly, David Bellamy was not on hand to detail the shrubbery.

We've had a pooch hero in the shape of K-9 to help redress the anti-mutt sentiment brought about by killer dog films like Cujo, so isn't it time that benevolent bees were given some kind of prominence? Otherwise, we'll be saying 'buzz off' to the winged species for a lot longer...






Supermodel Deyn to star in 'Doctor Who'?

Monday, June 23 2008, 07:32 BST

By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

Supermodel Agyness Deyn has been linked to a possible role in a future Doctor Who story.

The Sunday Mirror reports that the BBC is keen to cast more showbiz stars following previous appearances by Kylie Minogue, Peter Kay, Simon Pegg, Barbara Windsor and Paul O'Grady.

The tabloid cites a BBC insider as stating: "Agyness is the perfect choice. She's talented and fast becoming a household name. Doctor Who remains the Beeb's jewel in the crown and bosses love pulling out the stops to land a big-name star to add a bit of extra showbiz sparkle to the Christmas special."

However, filming on the 2008 Christmas Special is believed to have finished several weeks ago, with David Tennant now immersed in rehearsals for his theatrical stint in Hamlet.




Digital Spy Reviews S4E11, “Turn Left.” 



S04E11: 'Turn Left'

Airs on Saturday, June 21 2008 at 18:40 BST on BBC One

By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor



Move over Sliding Doors - here comes Turning Cars. The whole 'what if?' Butterfly Effect concept has been used countless times in science fiction shows over the years, but there's enough humanity and rewarding moments to make 'Turn Left' an intriguing endeavour. For those underwhelmed by the return of Rose, it's worth watching the episode again as there's plenty of brilliance that Billie Piper's uneasy performance shouldn't detract from.


The central message is clear and inspiring - you can turn right and pick a seemingly stable 20k per annum career that means a predictable future full of staplers and wandering hands. Or you can turn left and take a bold risk by temping, keeping your options open and clinging onto your hopes and dreams. Take the gamble and you might just meet someone very special... perhaps with a fondness for the phrase 'Allons-y'.

(Note to students: Taking a permanent job will most likely not lead to London being blown up, America beng turned into living fat and the eventual destruction of planet Earth. So don't use that as an excuse!)

Russell T. Davies's script rewards regular viewers of the show (eight million of them!) by incorporating events from previous Donna Noble episodes - and giving them a very dark twist. There's mass bloodshed, but never at a loss of the humanity and spirit that Davies effortlessly weaves into the narrative. Just witness the emotive rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the cramped house of beleaguered evacuees.

The return of Billie Piper to the show has launched a thousand headlines, but sadly her performance as Rose Tyler serves largely as a distraction. She looks fine, with her haunted eyes signalling that much heartache and darkness lies ahead. There's no doubting she's a superb and proven actress. But the voice - those familiar chavette tones of Rose Tyler - oh dear. Has Rose had some major dental work over in her parallel Earth and had her mouth numbed with local anaesthetic?

The stars might be disappearing, the darkness is apparently coming, yet we're too busy trying to figure out Rose Tyler's speech impediment. Maybe she assimilated Chris Eubank while passing through the Void? Fortunately, she finds her character's voice again in the next episode and is back on fine form.

Who would have thought Oliver Morgenstern from 'Smith And Jones' would make a random comeback? It seems a shame that the demise of various companions like Sarah Jane and Martha occur off-screen, but it could be argued that one's own imagination can fill the gaps in a more harrowing way than any images could.


Doctor Who adventures penned by Davies often veer between light-hearted frivolity (albeit with an underlying sense of danger) and bleak darkness. 'Turn Left' certainly shifts tone from light to dark on various occasions, and is far more effective for doing so. This mirrors the performance of Catherine Tate, who has found the right balance between the shouty-comedy moments and the tender, emotional scenes.


Take the evacuated Donna's Italian housemate, who she calls 'Mussolini' in a rather incongruous but non-malicious piece of racial stereotyping. He appears to be a nauseatingly cheerful stock character, but suddenly we're stunned and affected by the fact that he's being carted off to a concentration camp.

This is powerful writing for a family show, especially as Wilf poignantly remembers the similar horrors he has experienced in the last World War. "It’s happening again," he movingly states. Can someone please knight Bernard Cribbins asap? Preferably The Queen, assuming she's not busy digging a Titanic spaceship out of her back garden.

Inevitably, the effectiveness of the drama is watered down by a strong feeling that The Doctor will be restored to life by the end of the episode. The point is slightly laboured about The Doctor's importance to the well-being of the world, but there's plenty of fun and thought to be had throughout the story.

But when everything is seemingly restored to normality, the big Bad Wolf comes a-howling again. The season finale is upon us...






Preview: A 'Doctor Who' reunion

Tuesday, June 24 2008, 15:49 BST

By Neil Wilkes, Editor

Prepare to fanw*** yourselves silly.


This week on Doctor Who there's the mother of all reunions. In 'The Stolen Earth' - the first episode of the two-part finale - our planet is suddenly plucked from the solar system and deposited (along with 26 others) in a place far, far away.

Donna and The Doctor are left clueless in the TARDIS, which is hovering in the empty space where the Earth used to be. Meanwhile, on Earth itself, mass panic and hysteria reigns. Companions from the past start to band together to summon the Doctor and save the world from "the darkness".

This means the return of Martha Jones, on assignment for UNIT in New York; Captain Jack, who appears in the Torchwood hub alongside Gwen and Ianto; and Sarah Jane, together with son Luke and trusty computer Mr. Smith.

Oh, and what about Rose? Well, she decides to pay Donna's parents a visit and misses out on a lot of the action. But she deserves a reunion too, doesn't she? Yes. Yes she does.

Who said What?
Here are some select quotes from the episode, with the now-customary stars inserted to keep you wondering. Add your guesses at the end of the column!

"I like Saturdays."
"You cannot possibly *****."
"I'm sorry for your loss. I mean the loss that *** *** to ****."
"My vision is not impaired."
"Who's she?!"
"Tell the Doctor from me, he chose his ********** well."

One more thing...

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Nicholas Briggs ('Doctor Who')

Friday, June 27 2008, 17:39 BST

By Neil Wilkes, Editor

The darkness is here. In the first part of the Doctor Who finale, the Earth is literally plucked right from under the Doctor's feet and transported to a destination unknown. While the Doctor scratches his head, the mother of all reunions ensues on Earth, as his allies (Captain Jack, Sarah Jane Smith, Martha Jones) come together to help deal with the crisis. Behind the dastardly act are the seemingly-indestructible Daleks, now under the charge of one of the Doctor's old foes. Nicholas Briggs, voice of the metal menaces, previews the final episodes.

What has happened with the Daleks since we last saw them?
"The last survivor of the Cult of Skaro, Dalek Caan, has had a very rough time. Something very odd has happened to him! That's linked up to a load of stuff that I couldn't possibly reveal because unfortunately the Daleks have used a mind probe to erase my brain."

When did you find out that you would be returning for the final two episodes?
"I think those who I know that knew about it, including David Tennant, might have given me hints pretty early on. I think David said to me, 'I'm not cagey but if things go as planned, you'll probably be here in March for the final block.' I'd kind of known it was on the cards for quite some time."

How did you react when you read the script for this week's episode, 'The Stolen Earth'?
"Well first of all, it didn't have a title, so I didn't know what was [going to happen]. It's a great, exciting title, but it does rather give stuff away, doesn't it? The whole build-up was very exciting, bringing together the new mythos of Doctor Who with Torchwood and Sarah Jane. I was quite taken aback about how epic it is - and it really pays off in the final episode, which of course I can't tell you anything about. D'oh! How annoying."

How difficult was it to perfect the voice of the deranged Dalek Caan?
"Well, it was a great challenge, a bit like when we did the Dalek Emperor in the first series. When Russell [T Davies] introduces a character like that, there is a whole chunk of stuff in the script that describes the voice. He did the same for Dalek Caan, which gave me a real key into what I could do. Then I evolved all these different theories about Dalek Caan's neurons firing in the wrong direction in his brain. He can't tell when he's happy or sad, his emphasis is very strange and he finds things funny when things aren't funny. He's a kind of soothsayer really. His mind is almost pure."

Do you ever get to improvise any Dalek dialogue?
"No, although there's some bits in this one where they kind of go a bit crazy, and things go wrong at one point, so they do a few strange noises. I suppose that required improvisation in a scene. Also I remember in 'Parting of the Ways' when they flew into the void, I had hours of fun in the studio [doing Dalek screams]. When I heard it back, it was hilarious, because they'd multitracked it. It sounded like the cat in that old public information film!"

We know Davros is returning for the finale, but are there any other foes from the classic series you'd like to see come back?
"I do the Doctor Who audio adventures for Big Finish, and we've had the Ice Warriors back in a couple of times. I've rather enjoyed doing those. I can't immediately think of anything else that should come back. I'd be happy for it all to be Daleks, frankly."

What was it like on set with so many former companions returning?
"It was like a really good party, in that people would all be standing around in different groups chatting, and everybody was getting on really well. There was a slight 'end-of-term' feeling, in the best possible way. I suppose you would wonder if there might be some tension, but there wasn't at all. It was lovely to see people back you haven't seen for a while."

How do you feel about Steven Moffat taking over as executive producer?
"Steve's take on Doctor Who is fascinating. His stories have won awards. I'm really excited about it. It'll be interesting to see because he's got such an interesting mind. I don't know what's coming up at all, but I suppose he's going to change a few things."

Finally we know the Cybermen are back for this year's Christmas Special. Are you back doing their voices?
"Well, were the Cybermen to be involved in something, I guess they would get me to do the voices! If that is in fact true. I believe there may have been some pictures of the Cybermen on the internet..."

Doctor Who airs Saturday at 7.10pm on BBC One.

Additional reporting by Ben Rawson-Jones.



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Found this today.  Very interesting Whovians here.  Not on the ohnotheydidn't thing itself, but on this page where the entry for the "Eccleston Joins Amelia" thing is posted.  The Link is below. 

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Eccleston signs up for 'Amelia'

Friday, June 13 2008, 14:24 BST

By Alex Fletcher, Entertainment Reporter

Christopher Eccleston has signed up for the upcoming Amelia Earhart biopic.

The film chronicles the career and personal relationships of the famous aviator, who disappeared in 1937 when flying over the Pacific Ocean.

Hilary Swank will take the lead role, while Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor will appear as Earhart's love interests George Putnam and Gene Vidal.

The movie, which is already shooting in Toronto, is helmed by Mira Nair.


Christopher Eccleston Joins Amelia

Source: Variety

June 13, 2008

Christopher Eccleston will share the cockpit with Hilary Swank in Amelia, the Mira Nair-directed Amelia Earhart biopic for Avalon Pictures and Fox Searchlight, says Variety.

Eccleston (upcoming G.I. Joe, "Heroes") will play Earhart's navigator, Fred Noonan.

Noonan flew with Earhart when her plane disappeared over the Pacific during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937.

He joins a cast that also includes Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Virginia Madsen and Mia Wasikowska.


Shortened 'Torchwood' moves to BBC1

Friday, June 13 2008, 08:20 BST

By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor



Torchwood's executive producer Julie Gardner has confirmed rumours that the show will move to BBC1 with a much shorter season.

According to the official Torchwood Magazine, the third season of the Doctor Who spinoff will feature one continuous story and last just five episodes, including at least one penned by Russell T. Davies.

Gardner told the publication: "As you know, plans for a third series have been underway for a long time, and we now have a new producer and a new director in place, as well as brand new scripts all ready to go. It's the longest and most ambitious story we have ever made, so be prepared for some shocks and surprises!"

She added: "Life at Torchwood is never quiet or easy and the whole of Captain Jack's world
is about to be turned upside down!"

The new series will begin filming in August for transmission in early 2009.




Tennant yet to consider 'Dr Who' future

Tuesday, June 10 2008, 20:19 BST

By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

David Tennant has yet to consider his long-term future in Doctor Who as he hasn't been asked to take part in any further series.

Addressing speculation about whether he will return for the show's fifth season in 2010, Tennant told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show: "I've not really been asked yet... if and when I'm asked then I'll consider the question."

The Scottish actor confirmed that he will be appearing in several specials in 2009 to bridge the gap between the current fourth season and the fifth. "We're definitely doing them," he stated. "I go back to it in January and I think we're doing four now."

It has already been announced that a new showrunner will take charge of Doctor Who for its fifth season, with Steven Moffat replacing Russell T. Davies.

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The CBBC Page for this has Pictures.  If you want to see them, go there. 


Doctor Who superfan Lizo reviews the 10th episode of the fourth series - Midnight.

If you thought that Doctor Who couldn't get much darker of scarier this series, think again. Midnight is one of the most intense and disturbing stories we've seen so far.

It all starts off happily enough with the Doctor and Donna on the holiday planet of Midnight.

Donna just wants to sunbathe, so the Doctor goes off by himself on a sight seeing trip with a group of strangers. And that's when the trouble really starts.

This is one of those stories where the less you know before watching it, the more you'll enjoy it.

Without giving too much away, writer Russell T. Davies takes a beautifully simple concept and turns it into something filled with menace and terror.

It's a story that looks at different parts of the Doctor's personality, especially his never-ending curiosity, while at the same time showing the risks and danger that that brings.

Claustrophobic feeling

And it also highlights, with Donna not around for most of the story, how important his companion is to him. But the most terrifying part is how it explores how human beings respond when they're under intense pressure.

It's great to see how Doctor Who doesn't always need lots of special effects and huge sets to succeed. This episode is mostly set in one room, which gives it a wonderfully claustrophobic feel.

And thanks to a brilliantly intense performance from David Tennant, this is an episode that's well up there with the programme's very best.

Five out of five

Click here to see what this score means

Read Lizo's review of episode 9 - Forest of the Dead.

Read Lizo's review of episode 8 - Silence in the Library.

Read Lizo's review of episode 7 - The Unicorn and The Wasp. .

Read Lizo's review of episode 6 - The Doctor's Daughter

Read Lizo's review of episode 5 - The Poison Sky

Read Lizo's review of episode 4 - The Sontaran Stratagem

Read Lizo's review of episode 3 - Planet of the Ood

Read Lizo's review of episode 2 - Fires of Pompeii

Read Lizo's review of episode 1 - Partners in Crime



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'Doctor Who' more popular than football

Tuesday, June 10 2008, 08:12 BST

By Dave West, Media Correspondent

Coverage of the first Euro 2008 football championship matches attracted mediocre audiences on Saturday - leaving Doctor Who to lead the day's ratings.

BBC One's tournament launch programme, including the Switzerland versus Czech Republic opening game, drew 3.5m, or 27% of the total audience, between 4.30pm and 7pm.

The tournament will struggle to attract big numbers after England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland failed to qualify.

ITV1's first match, between Portugal and Turkey, was watched by 4m (20%) from 7.15pm to 10pm.

Over on BBC One from 7pm, Doctor Who notched up the ratings victory of the day as the second episode of a two-part story attracted 7.1m (40%).

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BBC Press Release

 Doctor Who: Forest Of The Dead


Category: TV Drama; BBC One
Date: 07.06.2008

As the shadows rise and march, the Doctor forges an alliance with the mysterious River Song. But can anyone stop the Vashta Nerada?

In Doctor Who on Saturday 7 June on BBC One, while the Doctor discovers long-buried secrets and revelations about his own future, the sinister Nodes declare that Donna Noble is doomed.

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Catherine Tate plays his companion Donna Noble.

Alex Kingston, Colin Salmon and Steve Pemberton guest star.

Doctor Who: Forest Of The Dead (series 4, episode 9/13), BBC One, Saturday 7 June 2008, 7pm






It appears that not everyone thinks David Tennant is a good Hamlet.  Unhappy that no name talented actors can't get a show in a big production, Sir Jonathan Miller has decided to attack Tennant and others in the press because they are famous and the plays in which they have parts draw huge crowds and get the best venues.  Sorry, Mr. Miller, but that's the way theatre has been since the beginning of time.  It's not new, even in the last decade or so, and it's a load of crap to say that great actors and the people who cast them in plays shouldn't be allowed to do so because it prevents other actors from having parts in the most successful plays is petty and reflects badly on the accusers, not the actors and the producers who hire them. 


Sir Jonathan Miller takes on Dr Who

Sir Jonathan Miller, the theatre director and polymath, has hit out at London theatre producers for succumbing to "an obsession with celebrity" when casting West End plays, citing the Doctor Who actor David Tennant (pictured), who is to play Hamlet in a forthcoming Royal Shakespeare Company production, and Jude Law, as examples. Miller's criticisms come after two of his productions for the National Theatre, where he is an associate director, failed to get runs in London. According to him, this was because the cast had no famous names.

Of this setback, Miller, 73, says: "Producers might have been swayed if I’d been prepared to put in for more luminous names. But I wanted my original cast, who were absolutely first-class." He believes "it is merely the famous" that producers are interested in, and he refers to Tennant dismissively as "that man from Doctor Who". And of Jude Law, who will play Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse, he says: "I suspect he can't act better than the young unknown who played him for me who was quite extraordinary."

None of this surprises the playwright Sir Arnold Wesker, however. "This has been growing over the past decade or 15 years. I don’t know whose fault it is, whether the producers or the public."


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Strange, but true.  Both John Barrowman (#2) and David Tennant (#33) are on the AfterElton.com Hot 100 Gay Icons List.  We’re just posting the Links.  The first page has a huge article about it and the second one has more details on the Top 3. 



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The Doctor Dates His Daughter From 'The Doctor's Daughter'

By John Scott Lewinski EmailJune 03, 2008 | 4:03:03 PMCategories: Sci-Fi, Sex, Television  


From England comes a report that puts the "ew" in sci-fi "news": Doctor Who star David Tennant is currently dating Georgia Moffett -- the actress who portrayed The Doctor's daughter in the Who episode of that same name.

Normally such gossipy kiss 'n' time travel news is better left to check-out line tabloids or Larry King, but there's such a bizarre pseudo-incestual, mobius strip of intertwining coincidences here that they almost create a sci-fi story on their own.

Moffett is the daughter of Peter Davison, who played The Doctor's fifth incarnation. So, she's a Doctor's daughter playing The Doctor's daughter. She's also the first Doctor's daughter who played The Doctor's daughter to date The Doctor.

Davison appeared with Tennant himself in a special Who episode last Christmas, "Time Crash." That yuletide story was written by new show-runner, Steven Moffatt. So, Tennant is the first Doctor to date the daughter of another Doctor -- having just appeared in a story with that paternal Doctor. See, Tennant met the father (Davison) of his new girlfriend (Moffett) on an episode written by his new boss (Moffatt).

Young Moffett's roll in "The Doctor's Daughter" is not the first time a previous lead actor's descendant has appeared on the show. David Troughton, son of Doctor No. 2 Patrick Troughton, appeared in Doctor No. 3's "The Curse of Peladon" in 1972. Strangely enough, Alice Troughton directed "The Doctor's Daughter" with Tennant and Moffett, but she bares no relation to Patrick -- so she's not a Doctor's daughter.

If you're scoring along at home, that's four Doctors, three Troughtons, two daughters, a Moffett, a Moffatt and a migraine.

Image courtesy DavidTennant.com

Current Mood: Have a Major Headache
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Doctor Who Series 4 Fear Forecasts for Each Episode so far.  We’ve only provided the Links to the Fear Forecast pages, as it takes ages to copy and paste each page of it.   Okay, today is Thursday, June 5, 2008, so not all of these are available yet.  The BBC’s Website at the moment goes up to S4E9 for the Fear Forecast.  When the rest become available, the Links 10 through 13 will work properly, but at the moment they don’t.  Keep in mind that the Fear Forecast pages contain major Spoilers and don’t say we didn’t warn you this time.  Anybody complains we ruined this week’s Doctor Who for you by directing you to a page where you went ahead and read major Spoilers will be read the riot act because if you read it after we said it contains huge and very enlightening Spoilers, it’s your own fault.  Now, I’m off to see if the BBC ever provided a Fear Forecast for Torchwood. 

Episode One: Partners in Crime


Episode Two: The Fires of Pompei


Episode Three: Planet of the Ood


Episode Four: The Sontaran Strategem


Episode Five: The Poison Sky


Episode Six: The Doctor’s Daughter


Episode Seven: The Unicorn and the Wasp


Episode Eight: The Silence in the Library


Episode Nine: Forest of the Dead


Episode Ten: Midnight


Episode Eleven: Turn Left


Episode Twelve: Title Not Released Yet by BBC


Episode Thirteen: Journey’s End


Current Mood: Extremely Tired
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Exclusive Comic From Joseph Lidster!

5th June 2008

What's wrong with Martha?

Mad Martha, written by Joseph Lidster is our sixth exclusive writer's comic for this series of Doctor Who. All the comics use the same Doctor Who Comic Maker as featured on the website.

Joseph has previously written several Doctor Who audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions. Last year he provided the fantastic prologue to Series Three's episode, 42, right here on the website.

He is now penning an episode for Series Two of The Sarah Jane Adventures, which is currently in production.

If you missed any of the writer's comics don't worry will be providing links in the weeks to come.

Current Mood: Tired and Busy
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4th June 2008

David on BBC Radio 2

David discusses new role.

If you missed David Tennant on the Jonathan Ross show last Saturday, you can catch him on Jonathan's podcast on the BBC Radio 2 website.

During the interview David discusses his title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet as well as some Doctor Who gossip.

David will be starring as Hamlet from the 24 July untill 15 November 2008 at the Courtyard Theatre, London.

He will also be appearing on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 8th June.

Current Mood: Exhausted
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Doctor Who News Page on BBC.com has Kylie News. 


Kylie Wows France!

Who-influenced stage show and top award for Miss Minogue.

Kylie Minogue began her world tour in Paris on Tuesday night - and, not surprisingly, there was a hint of Doctor Who in her stage show.

At one point, the former companion - watched by an audience that included David Tennant - was seen suspended in a spacey web reminiscent of the Game Station Controller's from Series One's Bad Wolf episode.

Meanwhile, vortex-like graphics were beamed onto screens behind her.

Kylie's previous tour featured a Cybermen-themed dance routine.

The day before, Kylie was awarded the prestigious Chevalier dans L'ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government. She was made a Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters at a ceremony in Paris.

Kylie was given the accolade for her "contribution to the enrichment of French culture".

Comic Maker News


Exclusive Stephen Greenhorn Comic!

Latest Create section news.

Following on from our recent Comic Maker updates, including the introduction of comics penned by the series' writers, script editors and novelists, we thought we'd keep you posted on the latest developments to the Create area of the website.

After last week's fantastic debut comic from Lindsey Alford, our latest offering is from none other than Stephen Greenhorn - the man behind this weeks TV episode, The Doctor's Daughter.

Stephen also wrote last year's terrific episode, The Lazarus Experiment.

We also have fantastic news on the Trailer Maker front, with over 50,000 promos being created in its first week... that's more comics than we've had in a year! So do keep those trailers and comics coming in!

To check out Stephen Greenhorns comic, Mind Shadows, or if you missed last week's In-Flight Entertainment by Lindsey Alford, please follow the links below.

ITV Screwed Up on Peoples Choice Awards!  Catherine Tate Won!  Prize Presented Fraudulently to Other Performers Instead! 


Ant and ..o return prize

Thu May 8, 2008 5:35 PM BST

LONDON (Reuters) - Entertainment stars Ant and Dec said on Thursday they would return a television comedy award after an investigation found the prize, decided by a viewer telephone vote, should have gone to comedian Catherine Tate.

Singer Robbie Williams presented Ant and Dec -- Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly -- with the People's Choice Award at ITV's 2005 British Comedy Awards.

But Tate had received more votes and was the correct winner, according to media lawyers Olswang, called in by ITV to investigate the programme.

Olswang said the switch of winner appeared to be connected with an assurance given to Williams that he could present an award to McPartlin and Donnelly.

It noted that the assurance had been given to the former Take That singer at a time when the only prize left to be decided was the People's Choice, selected by a public vote.

Voting was even allowed to continue after the prize had actually been given, when the show was broadcast as "live" following a break for the evening news.

"While it can be concluded that the assurance was given to ensure Robbie Williams' attendance to present an award, it cannot be concluded that this was the reason why the wrong winner of the People's Choice Award was announced," Olswang said.

It added that there was no suggestion that Williams, McPartlin or Donnelly were aware of the switch.


A spokesman for McPartlin and Donnelly said the revelation was "as much a surprise to them as to everybody" and that they would be returning the award.

Publicists for Williams and Tate declined to comment.

ITV published the findings on the same day that media regulator Ofcom fined the broadcaster a record 5.68 million pounds for cheating viewers over phone-in competitions on some of its most popular shows.

(Reporting by Tim Castle)

© Reuters 2008. All Rights Reserved.

Sonic Screwdriver Troubles.  Royalties Owed to Its Creator by BBC.   He's Pissed Off. 


Friday, May 9, 2008

BBC screwed me sonically

TALK about being completely screwed over . . .

The creator of Doctor Who's famous sonic screwdriver has blasted the BBC for making a fortune licensing toy replicas – without giving him a penny.

Victor Pemberton thought up the gadget, when he wrote Doctor Who story Fury From The Deep in 1968.

The Time Lord was then being played by Patrick Troughton.

The out-of-this-world gadget, used by the Doctor to get him out of – and into – a host of scrapes became a mainstay of the BBC sci-fi show.

Recently the Beeb have licenced a popular toy that young fans have been snapping up for £9.99. Last night vexed Victor told us: "I'm really upset the BBC are making a fortune from something that I invented.

"They cannot even be bothered to credit me, let alone give me any cash. I feel exploited. In the Sixties you didn't really think about ownership rights and things like that.

"So now while they make lots of cash, I get nothing."

Victor, who lives in Spain writing novels, added: "I thought about suing them. But what's the point?

The BBC are a huge organisation and I'm just one bloke. I couldn't afford it."

Victor's case is in contrast to the creator of Doctor Who's Daleks, Terry Nation, who fiercely guarded his rights to the killer pepper pots.

The writer died 11 years ago, aged 66, but four years later we revealed his Daleks were close to being exterminated from a revamped Doctor Who series because Terry's estate had barred their inclusion.

They relented after a campaign by The Sun – but still keep their Daleks on a very tight leash.

The BBC were unable to comment last night.

The Doctor's Daughter.  By, The Sun.  Hmmm.  Why is it they get some things right and report on others before they get all the facts? 


Click the Link for more info.  The article is tiny and it's crap. 

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Here’s our Link of the Day. 

This comes from Nigel Goodall’s website.  It’s probably an unauthorized biography, as it’s not shown on http://www.david-tennant.com/  or anywhere else. 



David Tennant is the most powerful actor on British television. And, with two National Television awards to his credit and numerous other theatrical accolades, David has proven he’s here to stay.

The son of a Presbyterian minister, David was raised in the small suburban settlement of Ralston in Scotland. He appeared on screen before he was even out of school. Then, after graduating from drama school, he landed his first professional acting role in the theatrical production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Uiith. This was just the beginning of what has since become a distinguished acting career.

David has appeared in several high-profile dramas for the BBC. But, undeniably, it is his energetic and eccentric portrayal of the Time Lord in cult sci-fi drama Doctor Who for which he is most famous. Fulfilling his childhood dream, David has been voted ‘Best Doctor’ by readers of Doctor Who Magazine and the ‘coolest character’ on UK television in a 2007 Radio Times survey.

Also a respected classical actor, David has received rave reviews for his stage acting. As a budding young actor he held lead parts in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors. Now, nearly ten years on, he has returned to his roots to take up possibly his most challenging part to date – the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

In this, the first ever biography of the charismatic Scottish actor, Nigel Goodall traces the events and circumstances that have shaped David’s life and career so far and transformed him into a hugely influential artist, and the coolest man on television.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008.  I came across this story at 12:05 p.m.  Central Daylight Time.  That’s 5 after noon here in the Midwestern United States.  So, apparently it took place when it was noon here, which is 6:00 p.m. in London.    6 p.m. British Summer Time. 



Armed police shot at in London

ITN - 5 minutes ago

Armed police have been shot at after being called to an incident in west London.

The officers were alerted to reports of the sound of gun shots in Markham Square, off King's Road, Chelsea.

They came under fire at the scene and a police spokesman confirmed officers fired back.

There have been no reported injuries.

Kings Road has been closed.


Second Article


Police Shot At In West London


By Sky News SkyNews - 6 minutes ago

Armed police have been shot at after being called to an incident off King's Road in Chelsea, west London.

The officers were alerted to reports of gunshots in Markham Square around 4.50pm.

They came under fire at the scene and a police spokesman confirmed that officers fired back.

Eyewitness Bill told Sky News: "I heard six or seven shots coming from an area near a bank - they sounded like fire-crackers. Police arrived and started to push people back."

There have been no reported injuries.

King's Road has been closed.

Shop manager Shan Nimalakumar, 36, is locked in health store Holland and Barratt with one customer and two members of staff.

He said: "The police won't let us anywhere near. We are now stuck in the shop. They said 'stay in the shop, lock the door and go to the back'."

A number of shops on the stretch of King's Road facing Markham Square have been forced to close.

A waiter in the Benihana restaurant said he and around 15 members of staff were stranded in the building. He added: "I heard gun shots when I was outside, it was scary."

More to follow...


Third Article BBC


Page last updated at 17:10 GMT, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 18:10 UK

Police return fire in shoot-out

Police have been involved in a gunfight on a London street.

Armed officers responded after members of the public reported gun shots being fired near the King's Road in Chelsea, south-west London on Tuesday.

The policemen were fired at and they "discharged their weapons" on Markham Square at about 1700 BST, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

He added the incident is ongoing and no injuries or arrests have so far been reported.

Roads in the area and large parts of the King's Road remain closed.

A number of shops on the stretch of King's Road facing Markham Square have been forced to close.

Shop manager Shan Nimalakumar, 36, is locked in health store Holland and Barratt with one customer and two members of staff.

He said: "The police won't let us anywhere near. We are now stuck in the shop. They said 'stay in the shop, lock the door and go to the back'."



Fourth Article from icEaling



Armed police come under fire



18:00, May 6 2008


Armed police have been shot at after being called to an incident.

The officers were alerted to reports of the sound of gun shots in Markham Square, off King's Road, Chelsea, west London, around 4.50pm on Tuesday.

They came under fire at the scene, and a police spokesman confirmed officers fired back.

There have been no reported injuries.

King's Road has been closed.



Fifth Article from the Times Online




May 6, 2008

Armed police under fire in Chelsea

Adam Fresco, Crime Correspondent


Armed police have been shot at after being called to a square of houses in Chelsea, west London. The officers returned fire but it is not thought that anyone has been injured.

Police were called to Markham Square, off King’s Road, at 4.50pm this afternoon by members of the public who had heard gunshots. When both armed and unarmed officers arrived they were targeted by the gunman or gunmen. The armed officers returned fire.

The King’s Road has been closed, and shops have been told by police to lock their doors and stay away from the windows.

Two members of staff and a customer were locked in health store Holland and Barratt. Shop manager Shan Nimalakumar, 36, said: “The police won’t let us anywhere near. We are now stuck in the shop. They said ’stay in the shop, lock the door and go to the back’.”

A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard said that there had not been any arrests or reports of any injuries.

Earlier today, hundreds of children were kept in their classrooms after school in Slough as police hunted a man armed with a handgun who had been threatening to shoot pedestrians. Residents said he fired three shots and held the weapon to another man’s head.

Several calls were received at around 2.45pm by terrified members of the public, who are currently being interviewed by detectives.

It was initially thought that the gunman had gone into a block of flats, which the police are searching.

Superintendent Chris Ward, of Slough Police said: “I would like to reassure local residents that we are currently carrying out a number of lines of inquiry following reports received of a man believed to be armed with a gun.

“This type of incident is extremely unusual for Slough and a thorough investigation is underway. We have officers currently liaising with local schools and children are being allowed to leave with their parents.”

Ann Townsend, who lives on the street where the gunman was seen, said helicopters hovering in the area have left and armed police were no longer patrolling the street.

She said: “The helicopter appeared about 2.45pm and hovered over a block of flats in Cardigan Close, which is a bit of a troublespot area around here.

“My neighbour saw a man down by the roundabout running around with a gun and he fired three shots. Other people were saying that he had held the gun to a man’s head after an argument with a man in a van.”

All roads in the area have now been reopened.

Current Mood: Shocked!
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Overpopulation in Britain? 




Population Figures Spark Fears


Press Assoc. - Tuesday, May 6 07:47 am

England is set to become the most crowded country in Europe as its population grows by a third over the next 50 years, according to official projections.

There are currently some 50 million people in England, but by 2056 this could hit 68 million - 1,349 for every square mile.

The population density now is about 1,010. In London, the figure could rise from 12,377 to 13,910 over the next two decades.

The Tories, who obtained the data from the Office for National Statistics, demanded restrictions on migration levels.

Shadow immigration minister Damian Green said: "This demonstrates the real pressure public services are being put under as a result of Labour's immigration policy."

London aside, the biggest population rises will be in the East and South West of England, up 16% by 2029, while the North East is expected to remain static.

Scotland's level will remain the same at 171 per square mile; Wales will have 15% more residents by 2056 and Northern Ireland will have a fifth more.

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We have made a few changes to theGallifrey Club Profile on MySpace.com today. 

We deleted the following item, which used to be in the About Me section.

"We who run Gallifrey Club are looking for Information on Christopher Eccleston's progress with doing MacBeth in London.  Anybody who has an update that says more than "If we can pull the deal together," or "I've wanted to do this since I was 12," please forward it to us via the MySpace Messages system."

We also added and updated a few Links.

  • Café Press Doctor Who T-Shirts

  • http://gallifreyan.wordpress.com

  • We got rid of the Rolos Link, as it seems to have died. 

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    Stuff we found on Digital Spy Today.


    'Dr Who' boss explains shock Rose cameo

    Thursday, May 1 2008, 15:49 BST

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    Russell T. Davies has explained the reasons behind the unexpected appearance of former companion Rose Tyler during the opening episode of Doctor Who's fourth season.

    The showrunner wrote in his monthly column in Doctor Who Magazine: "When I wrote the very first draft of 'Partners In Crime' in September, I just got the devil in me. What if, I thought, what if we could transmit something, just once, that no one sees coming...?"

    The scene, featuring Billie Piper as Rose and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, was not included in any screenings or DVDs for the press. "We live in such a world of spoilers and preview tapes," said Davies, "that a proper narrative shock is becoming an impossible thing."

    Davies also spoke of the "serious reason" behind the concealment of Piper's cameo: "This is Donna's series, and if anyone had caught a rumour of Rose's return, there was a genuine danger that Catherine's launch could have been overshadowed. We owed it to her to carry this off successfully."

    Digital Spy's Review of "Partners in Crime"


    S04E01: 'Partners In Crime'

    Airs on Saturday, April 5 2008 at 18:20 BST on BBC One

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    Doctor Who kicks off its fourth season with an episode that's pure fantastic family fun, delivering a winning blend of action, comedy, poignancy and one unexpected shock cameo.

    The reintroduction of Donna Noble to the show works well by emphasising the sadness and loneliness of her mundane post-'Runaway Bride' life, with Catherine Tate excelling at bringing out the character's melancholic side. Casting Bernard Cribbins as her excitable grandfather Wilf is a real masterstroke (no, that's not a sly use of punnery to suggest that he actually is The Master!). The scene in which the pair gaze up at the stars on top of the hill is particularly touching, with dialogue full of banter, hope, regret and wonder at the beauties of the universe.

    On a purely visual level, the humour in the episode is outstanding. This is epitomised by the hilarious mime-meeting between The Doctor and Donna, in addition to the sight of a massive spaceship hovering over Wilf's shoulder as he continues his seemingly futile astrological efforts, plus the cheeky wave an Adipose gives Donna before it escapes from a bathroom window.

    There's not a great deal of substance or tension to the narrative, presumably as the episode is effectively a vehicle to reintroduce Donna and her clan - so any heavy duty plot might have detracted from the well paced flow of events. Nonetheless, Sarah Lancashire delivers a commanding performance as the ambiguous Miss Foster, never allowing her character to turn into a pantomime villain. As for Billie Piper's cameo, the BBC cleverly cut the scene out of any press preview screenings or DVDs. This preserved a genuinely intriguing and effective twist that lays the foundations for future developments.

    'Partners In Crime' also contains a satisfying reference to The Doctor's decision to flush plenty of newborn alien spiders down the plughole in 'The Runaway Bride'. "They're just children," says the Time Lord when he opts to allow the Adipose to go on their merry way. Donna, not unlike many avid Whovians, rightly notes that this is a significant shift and character development from his previous actions against the eight-legged arachnids.

    Overall, the story transcends a deliberately lightweight plot to kick off the fourth season in style and pave the way for future adventures - and hopefully lots more Wilf!

    Current Mood: Excited! More Rose?
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    Doctor Who on the BBC Website lately. 

    BBC Website Doctor Who News May 2nd

    BBC Radio 2

    Catherine to co-host the Lee Mack show.


    Doctor Who star Catherine Tate will be leaving the TARDIS for a short time to co-host a special Lee Mack BBC Radio 2 show on Bank Holiday Monday.

    Catherine had previously appeared on the Lee Mack show over Christmas and they became such a popular pair, that she's decided to come back and join him.

    Listeners can look forward to some fast-paced banter from the fine comedic pairing, as the duo plunder the BBC archives to revisit songs and news events from each decade, spanning 1958 to the present day.

    You can listen to Catherine and Lee on BBC Radio 2, Monday 13:00 - 16:00 or if you miss it, it'll be streamed on the BBC Radio 2 website.


    BBC Website Doctor Who News May 1st

    Comic Maker Updates

    New assets and exclusive comics!


    It's been nearly a year since we launched the Doctor Who Comic Maker, and now with over 40,000 comics already published we're very pleased to offer you creative bunch the first of many brand new Series Four assets for you to use in your own comics.

    New characters for you to feature in your own Doctor Who stories include the Adipose, Pyrovile and Sontarans.

    Thanks to the kind co-operation of Catherine Tate, We are also delighted to add new companion Donna Noble to the Comic Maker. So let's see those Donna adventures rolling in!

    Finally, as a special feature this year, we are today launching a series of exclusive comics written by the series writers, script editors and Doctor Who novel authors - including Stephen Greenhorn, Paul Cornell and Jacqueline Rayner.

    Our first exclusive comic, In-Flight Entertainment, comes from script editor Lindsey Alford.

    To create your own comics, visit the Doctor Who Comic Maker in the Create section of the new site.

    BBC Website Doctor Who News  April 30th


    Monster Mash

    David Tennant reveals his love of Sontarans.

    "Sontarans are great," enthused the Doctor Who star in an exclusive chat with Doctor Who Magazine.

    "I think that's partly because they come from a very specific world. That back story gives them a great context. Robert Holmes didn't just create a race, back in the 1970s: he created a world that they came from. Even if you never saw that planet, you understood why they did what they did."

    Also in the latest issue: Georgia Moffett discusses what it's like being the Doctor's Daughter; Russell T Davies reveals all about Partners in Crime's top secret scene in Production Notes; a crisis in the Caribbean as Donna makes her comic strip début in Part One of The Widow's Curse; plus behind-the-scenes features on The Fires Of Pompeii and Planet Of The Ood.

    Doctor Who Magazine issue 395 is out on Thursday 01 May 2008, priced at £3.99.


    BBC Website Doctor Who News April 28th.


    BAFTA Cymru Success

    Big win for Doctor Who.

    Doctor Who triumphed at the BAFTA Cymru Awards for the third year running, winning in six categories.

    The ceremony, held for films and television programmes produced in Wales, was held in Cardiff's Millennium Centre.

    Doctor Who won the awards for: Best Drama Series (Phil Collinson, for Voyage of the Damned), Best Screenwriter (Steven Moffat, for Blink), Best Sound (BBC Wales Sound team), Best Director, Drama (James Strong for Voyage of the Damned), Best Director of Photography (Ernie Vincze for Voyage of the Damned) and Best Make-Up (Barbara Southcott and Neill Gorton at Millennium FX for The Shakespeare Code).

    Torchwood, nominated in four categories, emerged with the Best Costume award for the episode Captain Jack Harkness.

    Current Mood: Not Enthused!
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    Jolene Howorth  joins National Youth Theatre. 


    Dr Who role dream of actress Jolene

    NELSON teenager has been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the National Youth Theatre.

    Jolene Howorth, of St John's Place, has won the chance to attend the prestigious group's summer school just days after her 18th birthday.

    The former pupil of Pendle Vale College, Nelson, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig and "Little Britain" creators Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who began their careers at the NYT.

    "I'm still in shock," said Jo. "I can't believe I got in.

    "The competition at the auditions was really strong. I've wanted to do acting since I was eight, but didn't do anything until I was a little older. I love acting because it lets me be someone else and live a different life.

    "Going to the National Youth Theatre is a great opportunity to be seen by casting agents and other drama schools. My dream is to have a part in 'Dr Who."

    At her audition, Jo performed an extract from a play about the Pendle Witches called "Cold Light Singing", written by East Lancashire playwright Yvonne Pinnington.

    She will now spend two weeks at the NYT in August and needs to find funding for her training period in London. Anyone wishing to support her is asked to contact Andrew Spencer at this newspaper on 612561.

    • Last Updated: 01 May 2008 4:12 PM
    • Source: n/a
    • Location: Burnley

    Current Mood: So Much News. So Little Time!
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    271 Today. 

    Not much news.  Nothing Interesting, anyway.  So, not much of a Blog Entry.   
    I did post a few new Images in the Pics thing.  Have a look. 

    Here's one from about a week ago.  Don't think it got posted before.   It might have, though. 


    'Torchwood' action figures to hit shelves

    Monday, April 14 2008, 09:21 BST

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    Torchwood merchandise will be globally available this summer after an international distribution licence was secured by a leading firm.

    Toy News Online reports that Underground Toys has won the rights to distribute new Torchwood products such as action figures, mugs and playing cards in both the UK and the US. The company will also take over the existing range of items based on the Doctor Who spinoff show.

    BBC Worldwide's Head of International Licensing, Anna Hewitt, said: "We're thrilled to embark on this project with Underground Toys. The partnership follows the success of the Doctor Who range, which Underground Toys distributes in North America, and we're looking to tap into the amazing TV success on both sides of the pond to attract toy sales across a range of premium product."

    Current Mood: Exhausted But Busy
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    The Ellesmere Port Standard Newspaper has a short article on what's been seen during filming of the Doctor Who 2008 Christmas Special. 


    • Published Date: 22 April 2008
    • Source: Press Association
    • Location: The Press Association Newsdesk

    Fans See Stars Film Dr Who Special

    Actor David Morrissey has appeared on set alongside David Tennant as the pair filmed the next Doctor Who Christmas special.

    Dozens of fans gathered in the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral to catch a glimpse of the stars of the popular BBC sci-fi show.

    College Green was covered with artificial snow for the scene in which mourners in Victorian costume marched in front of a horse-drawn cart carrying a coffin.

    Tennant was dressed in the Doctor's trademark ankle-length brown coat, while Morrissey was in kitted out in full period garb - a tan knee-length jacket and red waistcoat.

    A security guard sat in front of the TARDIS, which was tucked down a nearby alleyway, covered by a white sheet.

    Tennant waved to the crowds as the crew prepared the intricate set and covered the surrounding historic buildings with fake snow.

    Secrecy surrounds the Christmas episode's storyline, but it's believed to feature the Cybermen - the Doctor's deadliest enemies.

    Copyright (c) Press Association Ltd. 2008, All Rights Reserved.

    The full article contains 181 words and appears in Press Association newspaper.

    Last Updated: 22 April 2008 3:57 AM

    Is Billie Piper pregnant already?  This article on Digital Spy hints that she might be, but there's no confirmation.  "…patter of tiny feet in time for their first anniversary."  Hmmm….  That's December 31st, isn't it?  Since that's about 6 months and 10 days away, she'd have to be expecting already, right? 


    Billie Piper makes baby plans

    Sunday, April 20 2008, 09:55 BST

    By Daniel Kilkelly, Entertainment Reporter

    Billie Piper and Laurence Fox have told their friends that they are ready to have a baby together.

    The couple tied the knot on New Year's Eve and have admitted that they are hoping to hear the patter of tiny feet in time for their first anniversary.

    A source told the News of the World: "Billie's ready to become a mum now and it's no secret that she's been getting increasingly broody lately."

    Piper has already given up cigarettes, alcohol and fast food in preparation for pregnancy.

    The actress recently made an unexpected cameo in the opening episode of Doctor Who series four.

    The Digital Spy article on Billie Piper's appearance in the S4 season opener. 


    Billie cameo stuns 'Doctor Who' viewers

    Monday, April 7 2008, 09:00 BST

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    An unexpected cameo by Billie Piper in the opening episode of Doctor Who's fourth season surprised viewers of the show.

    Piper reprised her role as Rose Tyler for a brief scene with current companion Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate. The moment was not featured in the cut shown to journalists at last week's press launch and Piper's name was not listed in the cast lists in any listings magazines, which successfully prevented the news from leaking.

    The appearance was Piper's first on the show since the second season finale 'Doomsday' in 2006, in which Rose was trapped in a parallel universe and separated from The Doctor.

    On BBC Three's Doctor Who Confidential, Russell T Davies joked about the cryptic nature of the scene: "What's going on there? How could she be standing on that street? Why did she fade away? Like I'm going to tell you now! You've just got to keep watching."

    > Click here for our (Digital Spy's) review of 'Partners In Crime'

    The BBC's Press Release about "The Planet of the Ood."


    Doctor Who – the return of the Ood

    Category: TV Drama; BBC One
    Date: 19.04.2008

    Doctor Who – Planet Of The Ood , BBC One,
    Saturday 19 April 2008, 6.20pm

    The Doctor takes Donna to her first alien world in episode three of series four of the BAFTA Award-winning drama Doctor Who on BBC One.

    But on the planet Ood-Sphere, they discover terrible truths about the human race. As the enslaved Ood struggle for survival, a secret buried for 200 years threatens to rise up and engulf them all.

     Blackadder and Notting Hill actor Tim McInnerny guest stars as Mr Halpen.

    Head writer and executive producer Russell T Davies comments: "We're delighted The Ood are making a welcome return to Doctor Who. They were last seen falling into a black hole back in series two and we think it's only fair for the viewers to find out what the Ood have to say for themselves! Donna is certainly in for a shock."

    Award-winning actress, Catherine Tate is reprising her role as Donna, the runaway bride, and will star as The Doctor's companion throughout the new series alongside David Tennant as The Doctor.

    The couple are destined to experience a series of wonderful adventures throughout the series run including travelling through time for an encounter with the legendary murder mystery novelist, Agatha Christie, and visiting an intergalactic holiday spa.

    Further guest stars already confirmed to appear in the new series include Felicity Kendal, Lesley Sharp, Georgia Moffett, Lindsey Coulson, Fenella Woolgar, Christopher Ryan and Michael Brandon.

    Freema Agyeman, who played Martha Jones, The Doctor's companion throughout the critically acclaimed third series, will also return to the show to join The Doctor and Donna mid-series.

    The producer is Susie Liggat; executive producers are Phil Collinson; Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner; and Russell T Davies.

    Doctor Who is filmed in Cardiff.


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    Okay, the MySpace.com Blog is fucked up again.  It won't set a table on the left side of the entry.  Everything gets pushed way to the right and you have to use the little bar at the bottom to move the screen over so you can read the latest Blog Entry.  The stats table is a pain in my ass, and I am probably going to stop posting it every week because if makes the Blog fucked up. 

    Our Link of the Day.   Time Meddlers of Los Angeles.  This is obviously their MySpace.com Profile.  They really don't seem to do much at all, but here they are anyway.   Check out their MySpace.com stuff and if you live in LA give them a call. 


    And today's Stats before we forget. 





















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    Okay, anybody agree with me that the Ood are the most disgusting thing ever on Doctor Who except the insides of the Daleks?  Apparently David Tennant has a totally different opinion.   


    Tennant performs own 'Who' stunts

    Saturday, April 19 2008, 15:04 BST

    By Daniel Kilkelly, Entertainment Reporter

    Doctor Who star David Tennant performed his own stunts for tonight's episode of the show.

    The actor rejected plans to bring in a stuntman for scenes which see The Doctor fighting with a huge mechanical claw, vowing to do them himself instead. He wore knee and elbow protectors underneath his clothes so he would not be injured as he was thrown into barrels and over containers.

    "I wasn't doubled for any of it because it was throwing yourself around, which I enjoy," Tennant revealed.

    The latest story sees The Doctor coming face-to-face with The Ood, who made their first appearance in series two.

    David added: "The Ood heads are so squeezable, you just want to bite them."

    I just gotta say "Ew!"  Who else wants to squeeze the Ood and bite them?  Maybe we should have a Poll. 

    Current Mood: Have a Headache.
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    Tennant and Tate at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.  They’ll be talking about what they do for the Royal Shakespeare Company. 



    Published Date: 18 April 2008

    Source: Edinburgh Evening News

    Location: Edinburgh

    Related Topics: West Lothian

    Dr Who to join literary festival

    DOCTOR Who actor David Tennant will be this year's star speaker at a literature festival in Cheltenhan.

    The Bathgate-born actor will join his co-star from the show Catherine Tate to talk about their work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as their roles in the BBC series.

    Tennant is due to speak about the challenges of playing Hamlet, although questions from the audience are expected to focus on his life as the Tenth Doctor.

    Edinburgh writers Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith will join the festival, which runs from October 10 to 19. The programme will be finalised in August.

    The full article contains 109 words and appears in Edinburgh Evening News newspaper.

    Last Updated: 18 April 2008 10:28 AM




    Eve Myles (Gwen in Torchwood) to Host Boxing on BBC Radio Wales at 6:30 on Saturday, April 19, 2008. 


    Teen has knockout rap for Joe Calzaghe

    Apr 18 2008 by Katie Bodinger, South Wales Echo

    A YOUNG musician is hoping to help Joe Calzaghe clinch another successive win this weekend.

    Hip-hop artist Joe Hayde, 17, has composed a song for the Welsh Dragon called “Unbeaten Continues”.

    His music will be played as Calzaghe walks down the red carpet to the ring in his match against Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas tomorrow night. The former Whitchurch High School pupil is sure the rousing tune will help his hero carry on his amazing record.

    “I’ve had a text from him and Joe says he really likes the song,” said hip-hop Joe, who lives with parents Janet and Kevin in Gabalfa, Cardiff.

    His dad Kevin knows Calzaghe’s dad, Enzo, who passed copies of his music to the boxer.

    It is not the first time his songs have reached such a huge audience.

    He also wrote a song for Calzaghe’s last match at the Millennium Stadium. But he is sure this latest track will bring even more luck to the sporting legend.

    “It took me about three weeks to write this song and record it and I think it’s even better than the last one I did,” said Joe.

    “It’s nerve wracking thinking that everyone will hear my song but exciting too. All I’ve ever wanted to do is rap.”

    Go to www.myspace.com/joehayde to hear his music.

    THE STARS have turned out in force to give Joe Calzaghe their seal of approval.

    Alien-bashing actress Eve Myles has revealed her love of boxing as she joins fans gearing up for the big ffight in America.

    The Torchwood star has spoken of her passion for the sport as she prepares to host an evening of radio programmes celebrating Blackwood-based Joe’s clash with America’s Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas tomorrow.

    Eve, who is best known for her role as Gwen Cooper in Torchwood, said she has always had an interest in boxing and has thrown a few punches herself.

    “I did a bit when I was young,” she said.

    “I broke my knuckles and I did it no more! I wasn’t hitting anybody by the way – it was a punch bag.”

    She said her love of boxing came from her family.

    “It’s been passed down to me from my father and my brother who have been huge boxing fans,” she said. “My brother’s done a fair bit of boxing himself although nothing on a professional level.

    “Boxing has always been a big talking point in our house and I think Joe has really brought that to the forefront.”

    Eve, who also stars in the BBC Wales drama Belonging, believes Joe stands a good chance against in the light heavyweight title fight. She said: “I think he’s got every chance in the world. He’s one of the strongest boxers we’ve ever sent out there and I think that with the support and love of Wales behind him he can do no wrong.”

    And last night, Hollywood legend Al Pacino voiced praise for Calzaghe.

    The Godfather actor spoke of his admiration for the Blackwood-born boxer when the pair met on the red carpet at the Las Vegas premiere of Pacino’s new film, 88 Minutes.

    Referring to Calzaghe, the Scarface star said: “He’s an amazing fighter, as is Bernard Hopkins, so it’s going to be the most amazing (fight).

    “I’m so looking forward to seeing it. I’ve seen Calzaghe fight three or four times and he’s amazing to watch.

    “What he brings into the ring, it’s almost like acting. And of course Bernard Hopkins is a real technician and he doesn’t want to lose.

    “He goes into the ring and he says ‘I’m going to win’ – and Calzaghe’s the same.”

    Eve Myles ill present Calzaghe Fight Night on BBC Radio Wales from 6.30pm tomorrow. It will be followed by an evening of Calzaghe-themed programmes culminating in coverage of the fight in the early hours of Sunday.


    Doctor Who Garden at the Cardiff Flower Show.  Yes, I realize that I posted this as a separate entry and then here, too. 


    Cardiff plants the seeds of success

    Apr 18 2008 by Tim Lewis, Western Mail

    Click here to see Media Wales' RHS Spring Flower Show image gallery

    WALES’ leading horticultural show could one day rival the scale and glamour of the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, its organisers claimed last night.

    Cardiff’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Spring Flower Show gets underway in the grounds of Cardiff Castle today.

    The three-day event showcases some of the best green-fingered talent from Wales and around the world.

    While it may not be as big as the world-renowned London show just yet, RHS organisers have said they are looking to expand the show every year.

    Organiser Bob Sweet, when asked whether it could one day rival its better-known English counterpart, said: “A number of exhibitors here this weekend are of top, top quality.

    “Anything is possible, this is another exciting enterprise for us and we are always looking to expand the show.

    “Over the past three years the show has attracted just under 20,000 visitors and we are hoping to add quite a few thousand to that every year.”

    It would still be a massive challenge to match the 150,000 visitors attracted to the Chelsea Show, an annual event that enjoys royal patronage and has become renowned around the world. But the Cardiff show already shares a number of characteristics with Chelsea.

    “What’s important for us is that we don’t lose any of the character of the Cardiff show built up since we began. At the moment people find it quite comfortable to walk around and you can really make a good day of it,” said Mr Sweet.

    “Exhibitions at the Cardiff show are judged on exactly the same criteria as the Chelsea one, we want to ensure the standards are kept very high because it’s the RHS’ reputation on the line.”

    Show judge Rose Clay, who has judged at the RHS Chelsea show and many international shows, said: “It’s wonderful for the people of Wales to have such a prestigious show on their doorstep.

    “There’s a huge array of plants that have been transported from as far away as South Africa. It’s been a tough year with all the bad weather we’ve had, so to get plants of this quality is testament to the hard work of all the people exhibiting.”

    Attractions at this year’s event include a Welsh Assembly Government-sponsored Experience Wales tent, offering the best in Welsh food and crafts.

    Returning popular features include the floral marquees, the wise council of RHS experts and the launch of a special Welsh Rugby Union Daffodil.

    Flower arrangers Delyth Price and Susan Thomas will be exhibiting their work at the show for the first time after picking up a bronze prize at last year’s Chelsea show.

    Mrs Price, from Llandovery, who will be representing the National Association of Flower Arrangers Society (NAFUS) in South Wales, said: “We’re a little nervous because it’s our first time here and we are the only flower arranging stand at the show.

    “We’ve designed it around the theme of ‘paradise is a garden’ and so far it’s been going very well. It takes years of experience to feel confident to exhibit in this way and we are always picking up new ideas.”

    Set in Bute Park, the show’s organisers are hoping to attract a range of visitors, from hardened garden enthusiasts to families looking for a day out. Visitors looking to get tips on how to grow their own produce in limited space can get advice from experts running the “interactive garden” section.

    Cardiff Council has once again created the Doctor Who-themed garden that won a silver gilt at last year’s Chelsea show.

    It contrasts the design styles of a 1960s’ garden with a more contemporary outlook, and also includes an original Tardis from the South Wales-filmed hit show.

    Click here to see Media Wales' RHS Spring Flower Show image gallery

    Bag some seeds with show visit

    The RHS Spring Flower Show in Cardiff runs from today until Sunday. Opening times are 10am to 5.30pm today and tomorrow, and 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday.

    Tickets can be bought on the day for £10 or by calling 0870 247 1226 or visiting www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows.

    Visit the Western Mail show trailer, situated just outside the main entrance, to collect a free eco bag and sunflower seeds with every purchase of the newspaper.



    Russel T. Davies on being chosen as the most influential gay man in Britain.  I don’t think he likes it.  Do they have a category for most influential straight man in Britain?  Apparently not. 


    Davies rubbishes 'influential gay' title

    Thursday, April 17 2008, 12:20 BST

    By Alex Fletcher, Entertainment Reporter


    Russell T Davies has said that a poll naming him the most influential gay person in the UK is rubbish.

    The Doctor Who executive producer topped a 2007 list in the Independent, but Davies described the title as "demeaning".

    The newspaper described Davies as a "genius" who had made "Saturday evening telly compulsory again".

    Speaking to the Pink Paper, Davies said: "B******s, am I hell! I had nothing to do with that decision.

    "I mean I hope, I think, I do good work and I’ll be very visible as a gay man because I think that’s very important, but in terms of being influential when there are people out there fighting for changes in the law, homophobia in schools. That’s influence."

    He added: "What’s influential? I mean it’s a funny old question, who’s the most influential straight person in the world?

    "We don’t apply that question to straight people. The category itself is slightly demeaning."



    Who’s Next? 


    McInnerny honoured by 'Doctor Who' role

    Friday, April 18 2008, 09:06 BST

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    Tim McInnerny has expressed his delight at being cast in a Doctor Who episode, believing it to be a "mark of respect".

    McInnerney, who plays Mr Halpen in 'Planet of the Ood', told Radio Times magazine: "Apart from having watched Doctor Who since the age of four, it's like The Morecambe and Wise Show - a mark of respect that you're asked to be in it."

    "From an actor's point of view, they're some of the best scripts on television," continued the actor, best known for his roles in Blackadder and Severance.

    Speaking about his villainous role in the episode, McInnerny added: "Halpen has great lines. He's witty and intelligent. He's not a cartoon baddie... he has a complexity. You do have some understanding of why he behaves the way he does."



    Images from this week’s S4 episode, “Planet of the Ood.”  The first pic is the best.  Ood are yucky. 


    In Pictures: This week's 'Doctor Who'

    Friday, April 18 2008, 09:17 BST

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    The Tardis coordinates have been set to random and The Doctor whisks Donna away for her first trip to an alien world. 'Planet of the Ood' features a return for the supposedly servile Ood creatures who first appeared in the second season of Doctor Who.

    > Click here for spoilers for tomorrow's episode




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    Doctor Who Garden at the Cardiff Flower Show. 


    Cardiff plants the seeds of success

    Apr 18 2008 by Tim Lewis, Western Mail


    Click here to see Media Wales' RHS Spring Flower Show image gallery

    WALES’ leading horticultural show could one day rival the scale and glamour of the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show, its organisers claimed last night.

    Cardiff’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Spring Flower Show gets underway in the grounds of Cardiff Castle today.

    The three-day event showcases some of the best green-fingered talent from Wales and around the world.

    While it may not be as big as the world-renowned London show just yet, RHS organisers have said they are looking to expand the show every year.

    Organiser Bob Sweet, when asked whether it could one day rival its better-known English counterpart, said: “A number of exhibitors here this weekend are of top, top quality.

    “Anything is possible, this is another exciting enterprise for us and we are always looking to expand the show.

    “Over the past three years the show has attracted just under 20,000 visitors and we are hoping to add quite a few thousand to that every year.”

    It would still be a massive challenge to match the 150,000 visitors attracted to the Chelsea Show, an annual event that enjoys royal patronage and has become renowned around the world. But the Cardiff show already shares a number of characteristics with Chelsea.

    “What’s important for us is that we don’t lose any of the character of the Cardiff show built up since we began. At the moment people find it quite comfortable to walk around and you can really make a good day of it,” said Mr Sweet.

    “Exhibitions at the Cardiff show are judged on exactly the same criteria as the Chelsea one, we want to ensure the standards are kept very high because it’s the RHS’ reputation on the line.”

    Show judge Rose Clay, who has judged at the RHS Chelsea show and many international shows, said: “It’s wonderful for the people of Wales to have such a prestigious show on their doorstep.

    “There’s a huge array of plants that have been transported from as far away as South Africa. It’s been a tough year with all the bad weather we’ve had, so to get plants of this quality is testament to the hard work of all the people exhibiting.”

    Attractions at this year’s event include a Welsh Assembly Government-sponsored Experience Wales tent, offering the best in Welsh food and crafts.

    Returning popular features include the floral marquees, the wise council of RHS experts and the launch of a special Welsh Rugby Union Daffodil.

    Flower arrangers Delyth Price and Susan Thomas will be exhibiting their work at the show for the first time after picking up a bronze prize at last year’s Chelsea show.

    Mrs Price, from Llandovery, who will be representing the National Association of Flower Arrangers Society (NAFUS) in South Wales, said: “We’re a little nervous because it’s our first time here and we are the only flower arranging stand at the show.

    “We’ve designed it around the theme of ‘paradise is a garden’ and so far it’s been going very well. It takes years of experience to feel confident to exhibit in this way and we are always picking up new ideas.”

    Set in Bute Park, the show’s organisers are hoping to attract a range of visitors, from hardened garden enthusiasts to families looking for a day out. Visitors looking to get tips on how to grow their own produce in limited space can get advice from experts running the “interactive garden” section.

    Cardiff Council has once again created the Doctor Who-themed garden that won a silver gilt at last year’s Chelsea show.

    It contrasts the design styles of a 1960s’ garden with a more contemporary outlook, and also includes an original Tardis from the South Wales-filmed hit show.

    Click here to see Media Wales' RHS Spring Flower Show image gallery

    Bag some seeds with show visit

    The RHS Spring Flower Show in Cardiff runs from today until Sunday. Opening times are 10am to 5.30pm today and tomorrow, and 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday.

    Tickets can be bought on the day for £10 or by calling 0870 247 1226 or visiting www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows.

    Visit the Western Mail show trailer, situated just outside the main entrance, to collect a free eco bag and sunflower seeds with every purchase of the newspaper.

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    A website called thelondonpaper (yes, it’s not capitalized) reports that Catherine Tate and David Tennant will be the headliners at the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.




    Dr Who actors to headline festival

    Dr Who actors David Tennant and Catherine Tate have been unveiled as star speakers at this year's Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

    The pair will be talking about their work with the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as their roles in the cult BBC series.

    Tennant is due to speak about the challenges of playing Hamlet, although questions from the audience are expected to focus on his life as the Tenth Doctor.

    Festival spokeswoman Amy Hulyer revealed that a talk by Bond actor Roger Moore would also be among 400 planned events at the Gloucestershire festival.

    The one-time 007 will discuss his life and work, contained in his memoir, My Word Is My Bond, which is released this year.

    Former BBC war correspondent Kate Adie and crime writer Ian Rankin will be festival guest directors. The Festival runs from October 10 to 19.

    Ex-Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell, Chris Patten (once governor of Hong Kong) and William Hague's wife Ffion will represent the event's political wing.

    Chef Rick Stein and wine expert Oz Clarke will talk about their favourite subjects, while Gardeners' World presenter Monty Don will entertain garden-lovers.

    History buffs can listen to the theories of Dan Cruickshank, Simon Schama, David Starkey and Robin Lane Fox.

    Novelists Alexander McCall Smith, Louis de Bernieres, and William Boyd are also due to speak, while many other big cultural names have yet to be confirmed.

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    Today we got Friend Request from someone who currently calls himself  “Maximum Ride.”  He’s borrowed our Profile Image (the one that gets displayed automatically on everyone’s Friends List who adds us).   I have declined to approve him, but am keeping the Friend Request thing where it is now so I can easily monitor any changes the image thing.  I have sent him a message.  You can read it below.  Here’s the address for his MySpace.com page.  Not much to it. 


    Hi.  My name is T. D. Hartman and I have viewed your Profile and your one Blog Entry.  I am respectfully asking that you stop using the same Profile Photo image that I use for Gallifrey Club. 

    I realize that although it is copyrighted to the BBC it is available for public use.  However, for more than 6 months, it has been used by Gallifrey Club exclusively in identifying Gallifrey Club to the Doctor Who and Torchwood community online, especially on MySpace.com, as I have not found any other Doctor Who Fans or RolePlayers or anyone else who uses it on this site as the image that identifies their Profile. 


    One of the reasons I chose the Eccleston TARDIS image was that no one else has been using it. 

    If you would like another image of the same type, I can provide it.   

    Also, it was an unpleasant surprise to log in this after noon, check our Friends Requests, and find that you are using the Gallifrey Club Profile Photo.  It is common practice and common courtesy to not take someone else's main Profile Image and use it as your own.  We have over 200 RolePlayers on our Friends List, all related to Doctor Who and Torchwood.  Only 2 or 3 of them use the same Profile Photo Image.  Individuality is highly respected among those who use MySpace.com as a place to express their interest in Doctor Who and Torchwood.  We use our Profile Photo Image to identify and distinguish ourselves from others with the same interests and goals. 

    Please consider my offer to provide you with another suitable image of your choice.  Thank you. 

    T. D. Hartman

    Also, we have noticed in going over our Friends List again that the copying of Profile Images is really far less common than we once thought.   Okay, so we've got two Jacks out of about 10 and maybe two Roses out of 25 or so who use the same image, but everybody else has found different ones to identify themselves with.  Now, many of them have copies fo the same photos in their Pics, but they are careful to not use the same one as anybody else as the Profile Pic that identifies them on their own Profile and on other peoples Friends Lists.  We are just asking that Maximum Ride respect this tradition. 

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    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel around Cardiff and snap pictures of places that scenes in Doctor Who were filmed?  What about the rest of Wales?  Now it’s easier than ever.  icWales has got the scoop on the latest book to help Whovians find what they are looking for.  Here’s the article it has on an upcoming guide to where to go and what you’ll find there. 


    Cardiff experiences Dr Who tourism bonanza

    Apr 15 2008 by Sarah Miloudi, South Wales Echo

    FANS of sci-fi series Doctor Who have flocked to Cardiff for years, keen to visit the shopping centres, monuments and museums featured in the programme.

    Tourists from as far afield as America and Australia have even been seen snapping pictures of lampposts believed to have been used in the hugely successful television programme.

    Now two publishers from Cardiff want to create a 300-page book featuring each of the Welsh filming locations.

    The unofficial guide, which is not being created in association with Doctor Who’s producers, will largely feature pictures of the cast and crew at work and anecdotes from fans about filming.

    Sites such as the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay – used to film the New Earth episode in series two – are expected to feature heavily in the book, and its editors, John Evans and Brian Willis, say they hope it will bring “added enjoyment” to the series.

    Mr Evans, who has been a follower of the series for almost 40 years said: “I have always enjoyed spotting the different filming locations – the characters say they are in London, but I can tell they are really at the St David’s shopping centre or somewhere similar in Cardiff or Newport.

    “There are often tourists taking pictures of the locations in town, so we decided to create a guide for fans to help them spot the different sites.”

    According to the publisher, local knowledge can be of “huge benefit” during location-spotting trips, and without it, fans could be missing out.

    Mr Evans, of Stratosphere Books, said: “Knowing where a scene has been filmed and having seen it in the flesh gives it an added ‘something’ – without this it can be easy for a site to be missed.”

    Fans of the series often say they try to spot Welsh locations during the series’ three-quarter hour slot on Saturday evenings on BBC1.

    Caleb Woodbridge, 22, from Roath in Cardiff, is a fan of both the old and the re-vamped series. He said: “I don’t watch it specifically for the locations, but keeping a look-out for Cardiff scenes adds fun and helps with keeping your ear to the ground about the next area to be used for filming.”

    Some fans post messages on online discussion boards such as www.outposts.com, whenever they spot Doctor Who being filmed.

    The unofficial filming guide has not yet been named, and will be published in March 2009. Fans of the series can submit pictures and stories to Stratosphere Books for inclusion by contacting Brian Willis at bjwillis90@hotmail.com


    Apparently some Welsh people don’t like the fact that Doctor Who doesn’t seem Welsh enough, despite being filmed there. 


    Dr Who could have been made in Brum

    Apr 16 2008 by Sarah Manners, Western Mail

    BAFTA nominee Richard Harrington claims Doctor Who “doesn’t reflect Wales”.

    Merthyr-born Richard, who stars as DC Luke French in BBC1’s Holby Blue, said that BBC Wales’ reprisal of the family sci-fi show – itself nominated for eight Bafta Cymru awards – has had little impact on the arts in Wales.

    “Doctor Who and Torchwood are marvellous,” said Richard, 33. “But they don’t reflect Wales.

    “The show could have been made in Birmingham and it would not have looked any different,” continued Richard, up for Bafta Cymru Best Actor for his portrayal of a deranged psychiatrist in the low-budget horror movie Daddy’s Girl.

    Written and directed by David Evans, Daddy’s Girl also stars Jamie Winstone, daughter of movie legend Ray Winstone.

    Shot in Wales on a budget of £400,000, it has won critical acclaim, yet it has never been released in cinemas, instead being released straight to DVD, a decision which has frustrated Harrington deeply.

    “I’ve a Bafta nomination for a film that nobody has seen,” he said.

    “I must be a legend in petrol stations and bargain buckets up and down the land – I’ve been in so many films that have not seen the light of day.

    “I take my hat off to Dave for writing and getting a film together for less than half-a-million quid – and making it look amazing. Yet I don’t know why it never got released in the cinema.

    “I first watched it with Bafta in Piccadilly with about 500 people and I thought ‘Wow, this is really good’

    “Then I watched it in Wales with some of the Welsh media and there was an element of hostility in the audience.

    “The film was being judged even before the lights went down.

    “Yet the talent is here.

    “Torchwood reflects Wales a lot more because there are more Welsh actors working on it.”

    Torchwood is itself nominated for four Bafta Cymru awards.

    “Yet for Doctor Who they shipped a load of people down from London to make the show,” he added.

    Richard, who recently starred as Welsh surgeon Allan Woodcourt in the BBC’s adaptation of Dickens’ novel Bleak House, said that he would love to work more in Wales, but that the opportunities are limited.

    “I’d love to get more work in Wales,” said Richard, who now lives in London with his partner Nerys and their two children.

    “But the opportunities just aren’t there.”

    Now working on New Tricks with Alun Armstrong, he continued: “It is so frustrating.

    “Wales is a cauldron of talent.

    “But there’s not enough of an infrastructure.

    “Certainly not if you are an actor. Not unless you are getting regular work on Pobol y Cwm as a Welsh-speaking actor, then you can’t make a living there.

    “Things needs to change a bit in Wales, particularly the work ethic in acting.

    “It’d be great to see great single regional dramas coming out of there, like a Poppy Shakespeare or White Teeth.

    “Television is a really powerful medium. We’ve proven that we can make good telly in Wales.

    “But I think we should be inspiring a lot more writers to write things about where they’re from – and don’t compromise on it.

    “Wales needs to have the confidence in itself to bring the writers out and to come out of Cardiff and make something that will just explode.

    “We need more great writing – because Wales is a great place.”

    BBC Wales defended “the Welshness” of Doctor Who, the product of writer Russell T Davies and producer Julie Gardner – both of whom are from Wales.

    “These are Richard’s personal opinions and he is entitled to express his feelings,” said a BBC Wales spokesman.

    “However, Doctor Who has made a significant impact on broadcasting, the creative industries and the wider arts in Wales.

    “Through its huge success it has put both Cardiff and Wales on a global map.

    “It uses local talent both on screen and behind-the-scenes, with the majority of the production team consisting of Welsh people.

    “Torchwood’s impact has also been considerable. It is filmed in Cardiff, using mainly Welsh actors and is a very obviously Welsh production. These two productions have raised the profile and credibility of Wales as a world class location for producing world class programmes.

    “They are developing local talent and supporting local services. The benefits they have brought to Wales should not be underestimated.”

    No-one from the Arts Council of Wales was prepared to comment.

    Bafta Cymru winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 27.


    But, apparently some people have a different opinion. 


    Why Wales is feeling the Dr Who effect

    Apr 5 2008 by Catherine Jones, Western Mail

    Wales’ biggest export is back on our screens tonight. Doctor Who, the series which put Cardiff on the world map, is made here, its big boss Russell T Davies is Welsh, and many of our iconic buildings are used in the filming. Catherine Jones goes behind the hype to ask what the series has done for the entire nation

    SUCH is the buzz about what Doctor Who is doing for Wales, you’ve got to wonder if a statue of the good Russell T Davies – the creator of the new version of the classic show and its spin-off Torchwood – will one day be erected in the Welsh capital’s main shopping drag.

    In years to come, just as it is currently de rigueur for pranksters to scale the monument to Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service, will it become a rite of passage for students to place a bollard atop the head of Mr Davies, the creative genius who seems so instrumental in putting Cardiff on the contemporary map?

    Might a Russell Road or a Davies Drive be in order to acknowledge the city’s debt to the Swansea-born writer who has boosted the fortunes of the Welsh film and tourism industries?

    For this business about Doctor Who – the fourth series starts tonight on BBC One – drawing the right kind of attention to Wales is no media hype based on a couple of desultory mentions in London-based television reviews.

    This is real. For those who have been living on another galaxy, Doctor Who – which attracts around 10 million viewers per episode – and Torchwood are filmed in Cardiff and make use of locations including the Millennium Stadium, Queen’s Arcade Shopping Centre and Wales Millennium Centre.

    Cardiff Bay is home to the Wales branch of Torchwood, an elite unit who use alien technology to solve both human and alien crime.

    The special operations team, headed by Captain Jack Harkness, is based in ‘The Hub’ (a hi-tech operations centre hidden beneath the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay) which is also the centre of The Rift (a tear in the fabric of space and time that has resulted in increased extra-terrestrial activity in the city).

    Now, thanks to high ratings, Davies and The Doctor have ensured thousands of visitors are treating Wales with the kind of reverence Hollywood movie aficionados afford Los Angeles.

    There’s the Doctor Who Up-Close exhibition in Cardiff Bay’s Red Dragon Centre, replete with Daleks and Cybermen, props and costumes and monsters – now part of the tourist campaign for Wales. More than a million people have gone through its doors since it opened in 2005, while hotels such as the Park Plaza in Cardiff’s Greyfriars Road are hosting Doctor Who weekends.

    Cardiff Tourist Information Centre is handing out maps of filming locations used across the city so it’s no wonder Visit Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government’s tourism team, are delighted with the exposure the award-winning programme gives the country.

    “We believe location work, as seen in Doctor Who and shows like Torchwood, does us good and raises the profile of the entire country,” says a spokesman.

    “It opens up Wales to huge audiences, many of who wouldn’t have possibly thought about coming here to visit before.

    “We can’t say how much such tourism is bring to the Welsh economy, but anecdotally we’re hearing from tourist centres, hotels and the like, that it’s really successful.

    “We think these cult series are bringing new people to Wales and will continue to do so.

    “You’ve only got to look at places like Portmeirion for evidence. That’s where the series The Prisoner was shot, and people still flock there to see where it was made.”

    Fans will go to some lengths for the complete Doctor Who experience, even signing up for the Doctor Who package at the Park Plaza hotel.

    It costs £125, but for that you do get a free remote control Dalek on arrival and free admission to the Doctor Who Up Close exhibition.

    Caroline Sims, director of sales and marketing, says, “We’ve been inundated with visitors since we launched in March last year, welcoming visitors from all over the UK and the world who are coming to Cardiff just to see the now-famous Doctor Who landmarks.

    “A high number of families were booked in over the Easter holidays, eager to experience where all the action happens, and we’re expecting another surge of bookings once the new series starts.”

    Richard Houdmont, the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s director for Wales, reckons hotels should be cashing in on the cult show’s success.

    “The Doctor Who package offered by Park Plaza is an impressive example of how to capitalise on what’s popular right now,” he says.

    “Just as London has EastEnders and Oxford has Morse, Doctor Who has given Cardiff its very own TV series with a large fan-base that is attracting thousands of tourists to the city and this package offers everything a fan could want.

    “With a viewing audience of millions, Doctor Who offers the perfect marketing opportunity to attract visitors from across Wales and the world to experience the famous set for themselves whilst showcasing Cardiff’s best assets.

    “The majority of Cardiff’s landmarks that feature in the programme, such as the Millennium Stadium, Mermaid Quay and Howells department store, are amongst the city’s major attractions making it easy for fans to track the Doctor’s adventures.

    “As such, the cult TV show can be credited with breathing extra life into the city’s tourism industry.”

    And to think there was pique among the great and the good in Wales’ media-land when it was first announced the Doctor was coming to Wales.

    “I know initially that in conventional Welsh acting circles and literary there was resentment,” says cultural historian Peter Stead. “(Some people) were hoping some Welsh thing would come out of BBC Wales’ drama department.

    “Initially there was a sense of resentment that this outside thing had come in – what’s Welsh about Doctor Who?

    “But it’s been liberating. It’s taken us away from conventional forms, caused us to use imagination, to see that you can create really powerful drama that can be futuristic.

    “It doesn’t have to be made in reality. We have been released from the idea everything has to be conventional realism.”

    Take a walk around the city and who knows what characters you may bump into – what about William Shakespeare, blood-sucking alien Plasmavores, the Judoon (a clan of galactic storm troopers) and Battle Daleks in 1930s New York.

    “When you see Cardiff on film, it looks like LA – it looks amazing,” says John Barrowman, who plays Torchwood’s Captain Jack.

    “I think a lot of people are going to want to come here, not just because of Torchwood but because it’s such a great place – it’s buzzing every single day and it’s beautiful.”

    The futuristic Wales Millennium Centre, the stylish Altolusso apartment buildings and Cardiff’s lively bar and club scene have all been showcased on Torchwood – can you imagine the fun of having such an exciting show filmed on your doorstep? – and it’s not just Cardiff that’s getting in on the act.

    No doubt a Doctor Who expert – though nobody is suggesting the classic has a reputation for attracting so-called geeks – could tell you a Magor brewery and an old paper mill in Cardiff were used to depict the Cyberfactory (where humans are converted into Cybermen) while the factory’s rooftop was shot on a flat bit of tarmac at Veritair, Cardiff’s heliport – the same location used as a zeppelin airstrip in Rise of the Cybermen.

    Then there’s that School Reunion episode, when the Tardis arrives back on modern Earth – in reality it’s Belle View Park on Cardiff Road, Newport, while strange goings-on at Deffry High School were filmed at Duffryn High School in Newport as well as at Fitzalan High School in Cardiff’s Canton.

    And did you know the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith fixed K9 in Da Vinci’s Coffee Shop in Newport’s High Street?

    What, indeed, has Doctor Who done for Wales!

    For starters it’s showing that a country and its capital city have hot-footed it into the 21st century, a place that’s proud of their industrial and cultural heritage but not averse to fabulous modern buildings.

    It shows we have a vibrant café culture and are minded to show off our own talent, such as Wales-born Torchwood actors Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd.

    So as Wales becomes less about How Green Was My Valley and more about the Adventures of Sarah Jane (another Doctor Who spin-off filmed in Wales) or Gavin and Stacey (based in Barry), the cult drama that is also giving Welsh locations an airing, are we grateful for the exposure?

    Swansea-based Prof Stead says, “It’s a remarkable story, a wonderful success story.

    “It was a very brave decision by the BBC to give Doctor Who to Cardiff and it has brought the BBC drama department to prominence.

    “The spin-offs have been tremendous in terms of work for Welsh actors and the whole industry, with Torchwood developed out of it.

    “Full marks to Russell T Davies who has attempted to maximise the Welsh benefits.

    “It was something we were waiting for. We are fascinated by film and fiction in Wales and for several decades we have been training young actors and directors, all sorts of talent, and we have been waiting for this breakthrough.

    “And we thought it would come with Owain Glyndr and poverty and drama in the valleys.

    “In a sense, there’s a bit of that, albeit through science fiction which can be used to tell contemporary stories.

    “In terms of human emotion it’s a very, very useful vehicle. I welcome the way Doctor Who and Torchwood have taken us out of our rut.

    “We developed this tremendous experience in Wales and many thought the breakthrough would be through traditional writing. In a sense, this has released us from that.

    “The challenge now is for all our indigenous writers to accept this challenge. Welsh drama doesn’t have to be about heartbreak in the valleys or historic battles against the English. We can use any vehicle to excite a new generation of writers.

    “It’s a genuine moment of benefit for Welsh film and writing. We now have to build on this by encouraging our writers to accept this challenge to go on and create.”

    What does he see as the show’s appeal?

    “In this particular instance, it’s story-telling. The essence of all film is story-telling, and then there’s the special effects, fashion, settings, having the right kind of actors – male and female characters that capture the imagination of a generation.

    “It’s a very different young generation and we have to capture their imagination.

    “There are many elements to good story-telling and to making people care – that’s the success of the drama.”

    Prof Stead has personal experience of the thrill Doctor Who and Torchwood have created for visitors to the Welsh capital.

    “Everyone knows this is made in Cardiff and they know if they come to Cardiff, there are things to be seen – especially with Torchwood as well,” he says.

    “Towards the end of last summer I was invited to address a national conference in Cardiff. The dinner was on a boat going round the Bay – a two-hour cruise.

    “People were staying in a lovely modern hotel, they had me as a speaker and they got off the boat and saw they were filming Torchwood in front of the Millennium Centre.

    “The sense of excitement!

    “They were running to see the filming and what was going on. I mentioned I did work with BBC and they were saying ‘Can you introduce us to the actors?’

    “There was a real sense of thrill.

    “In a more limited way, it’s a bit like British visitors going to Los Angeles and hoping to see a Hollywood actor cross the road or a location from a film.”

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    Why Wales is feeling the Dr Who effect

    Apr 5 2008 by Catherine Jones, Western Mail

    Why Wales is feeling the Dr Who effect

    Ed Townsend, of Cardiff and Co – a company set up to promote the city region nationally and internationally to the likes of investors and tourists – says the cult show has increased the appeal of the capital to visitors.

    “It has definitely had an impact. The hotels have started offering special packages – the Park Plaza was the first to do this and have been doing it for about a year.

    “The Future Inn at Cardiff Bay is another one offering Doctor Who weekends and I gather the manager of the Doctor Who exhibition says that from early in the morning he’s had queues of people waiting to get in.

    “People come in to look at the exhibition, go away to look at the locations, and then come back to the exhibition.

    “In Doctor Who you have Cardiff pretending to be London and all sorts of other places but in Torchwood, Cardiff is itself and the all-important Rift is in Cardiff meaning the place has a link to supernatural things.

    “It puts the city on the map because of Torchwood and shows Cardiff in a good light.

    “All the iconic buildings, such as the Wales Millennium Centre, are on show and people can come here and see Cardiff Bay isn’t a figment of people’s imagination.

    “I have watched Torchwood.

    “It’s a bit of fun and fantasy – let’s not take ourselves too seriously. It’s imagination, it’s fiction, but it’s not tacky or nasty.

    “Importantly, these shows are sympathetic of the way Cardiff is moving as a city – moving towards a centre for media, for scientific knowledge as shown by developments such as the new Roath Basin which will focus on media and high technology. There’s also the fact the BBC has decided to film here and that investment will encourage others to do the same.

    “It’s a great thing to help promote the city. Cardiff has actually shed its heritage. It’s proud of that but that isn’t all it has – the Bay regeneration is an emblem of the way in which the city is moving and becoming a place for financial services, high technology and media.

    “It’s entirely appropriate that Torchwood is set in the Bay, a place which shows the way Cardiff is moving forward.”

    BBC Wales has made it known it is pleased with the success – and the increase to its drama budget – Bafta-winning Doctor Who has brought. But how do those beyond Wales now view it?

    London-based Elaine Penn, features editor of TV Choice, a Doctor Who fan and television critic, says, “I think it’s gone a great way to promoting tourism, not just in Cardiff but the whole of Wales.

    “People know Doctor Who is set in Cardiff and with Torchwood, the characters talk about Cardiff – it’s not actually a nameless place in the drama, it’s mentioned – and you get great aerial shots.

    “There is lots of local talent used too – a great showcase for actors and actresses. I’ve occasionally seen a Pobol y Cwm actor popping up – I watch that through Sky to get a village side of life in the English capital! And I’m thinking of Torchwood – Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd weren’t names the rest of the UK really knew even though Eve was in Belonging.”

    In industry terms, Elaine believes the success of Davies’s creations will encourage other film companies to come to Wales – not only for the locations and facilities but also for the “impressive level of local talent showcased”.

    Why does a seasoned critic think the shows are so appealing?

    “I think its success is in part because it appeals to family viewing. There aren’t many things the whole family, young and old, can all sit down together to watch without being worried it may be too violent or crude.”

    It seems the UK is going Doctor Who crazy. The biggest-ever official Doctor Who exhibition recently opened at London’s Earls Court, packed with all manner of memorabilia spanning the Time Lord’s career, from life-sized Ice Warriors and Sea Devils to Cybermen and Daleks.

    “Nearly 250,000 people visited the 2007 exhibition in Manchester,” says the venue’s marketing boss Lynne Marie Cox. “And that was just one-third the size of this one.”

    It runs until September 18 but that doesn’t stop sister shows slipping through the dimensional rift.

    The largest-ever Doctor Who Exhibition was unveiled at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on March 31, while the Daleks recently invaded the West Country at the Land’s End tourist centre, with the opening of Doctor Who Up Close.

    Let’s not forget the classic monsters, props and costumes from the past 40 years of Doctor Who, which can be found lurking within the Doctor Who Museum on Blackpool Promenade while, on the Wirral, The Art Of Doctor Who reveals how an episode is created from script to screen, and is starring at Spaceport in Wallasey’s Seacombe Ferry Terminal.

    Historian and author Martin Hackett, who lives near Welshpool, has watched Doctor Who since it started 44 years ago.

    He reckons that Tom Baker, who had “such personality and presence”, is the best Doctor ever but adds David Tennant has “that kind of charisma” too. “I like David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston was good too. Tom Baker played it quite moody and David Tennant is now voted most popular Doctor Who for first time ever, more popular than Tom Baker – whether that’s because the younger generation are more ready to text or press the red button to vote than the older generation.

    “What will it be if he plays it for 10 years?

    “David Tennant and Tom Baker are two of the best doctors though there’s a world of difference between the old Doctor Who and this one because of the money thrown at it. The old one was done on a very tight budget and people respect that. The new one is like Star Trek because of its budget.

    “I think in production terms it’s really state of the art. I know for instance, my children, now 18 and 20 but who liked early Doctor Whos because of me, really like the new one.

    “It appeals to the young generation. It’s far more pacey, all the settings so far are modern day.

    “As a historian, I liked watching Doctor Who for historical accuracy and I wonder if this version will go back in time.

    “I think it’s obviously done tremendous good for Wales. I live on the Welsh Borders – an Englishman come to live in Wales 21 years ago. It is fantastic for Cardiff and really put it on the map.

    “Wales has been very much unsung and now there are plenty of references to it. It’s a shame it’s all so based in Cardiff when you think of some of the fantastic locations in Mid Wales, where I am, such as Lake Vyrnwy and I know the Carry On films were made in Snowdonia.

    “It polarises Wales into Cardiff – everything is Cardiff.

    “Certainly other people in Wales are very disappointed that everything is Cardiff.

    “How you would get a film crew there, I’m not sure, but the Roman Steps in Snowdonia would be one place or the old Trawsfynydd power station would be a great location.”

    How does he think old compares with new?

    “If you look back at old Doctor Whos, there was a very high level of morality. I think that was the same for everything in the 1970s – it was politically correct without stating it. Everything was morally right and good came out on top at the end.

    “My feeling is that the new Doctor Who is aimed very much at a younger generation.

    “Is it asking questions? Is it probing moral questions? I don’t get that same feeling.”

    But he does believe both offer families the chance to enjoy a programme together.

    “I remember very clearly as a child that there was a set routine on a Saturday in my family. My mother and grandmother would go shopping and myself, my father and my grandfather would go and watch a football game, then come home to watch Doctor Who and have fish and chips.

    “These days, my daughters tend to tape it and watch it later.”

    Mr Hackett, 49, author of Lost Battlefields of Britain and Fantasy Gaming (about Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons) wonders if those who visit Cardiff on the trail of scenes from the show are seeking to share the excitement and glamour of the stories.

    “The majority of people are chasing a connection into that feeling, almost like getting a buzz from it. I get a very strange feeling walking over battlefields, where sometimes thousands of people have died, and I wonder if people who are hooked into the programme feel that kind of aura when they go to Cardiff.

    “I am not going to say people are ‘sad’ who get this buzz. But might it be that people have lost a sense of spirituality in their existence in an age when there are so many different spiritual things in our world – such as Buddhism – and when people almost worship idols from television shows?”

    Doctor Who fan Caleb Woodbridge, 22, a clerical assistant at Cardiff University, has the distinction of travelling to London to a recent recording of the Friday Night Project for Channel 4 in which he asked David Tennant a question in Welsh.

    “I really think Doctor Who is one of the most fun and imaginative family shows on television – there’s nothing quite matches it for inventiveness and creative story-telling,” he says.

    “I think some people thought the family attraction was dead but I think Doctor Who has shown it isn’t. This is something that’s both interesting for adults and children.

    “I think it’s really good the way that Doctor Who is clearly seen as something coming from BBC Wales and the Doctor occasionally stops over in Cardiff.

    “Along with Torchwood, it showcases Welsh talent and is getting people realising how great Wales is.”

    Doctor Who is on at 6.20pm tonight (Saturdays) on BBC One Wales

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    A bit of Fun during Filming turns into a Collector’s dream. Apparently Fans and bystanders had a great time, but there aren’t that many being offered for sale lately. Collectors snatched them up right away, if the Fans would part with them at all.  
    Fake notes are Doctor Who's cash conversion
    Jul 26 2006 Paul Carey, Western Mail 
    DOCTOR WHO'S David Tennant has replaced the Queen on thousands of pounds of fake banknotes.
    A cashpoint machine is sent crazy in the new Doctor Who and sends a fortune in banknotes into the street.
    But BBC chiefs couldn't use real cash, so made their own funny money with Tennant's face on the notes.
    And excited fans grabbed handfuls of the fake cash as it fluttered in the breeze during filming of the Christmas Doctor Who special in Cardiff.
    The £10 notes with the Timelord's face read, "I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of 10 satsumas.
    "No second chances - I'm that sort of man."
    A Doctor Who insider said the notes were an "in-house" joke and the detail wasn't part of the script.
    "Obviously we can't have real cash fluttering about - TV licence-payers wouldn't be too impressed," he said.
    "Nor could we scan or copy a real banknote to change it - that's highly illegal.
    "So we started from scratch and made our own.
    "We're all rather pleased with the 'ten satsumas'. It's given us a real Christmas stocking feel to the day's filming."
    Tennant and funny-girl Catherine Tate are filming the special called The Runaway Bride.
    An onlooker said, "From a distance they almost look like real notes but you'd never be able to use them in the pub."

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    Our Link of the Day: 

    Something Interesting about the Doctor Who DVD's. 

    This website tells you how to access the "Easter Eggs" on the DVD's.  The website is actually called www.doctorwhodvdfaq.com  but that address takes you to a page with the address above instead.   It really is a great site.  Just click on the Links that are on the first page to access the stuff you are looking for.  Very informative.   Scroll through the entire thing and have a look.  You'll eventually find what you want. 
    The Link for the DVD FAQ.  http://home.comcast.net/~smanfred/DVD_FAQ.html 

    Here's the Link for S1.



    All great pages and highly recommended. 

    And here's another one with DVD stuff on it.  You can figure out this one for yourself.  Very user-friendly. 
    Click on the "Doctor Who New Series" icon at the upper left of the page for everything from S1 to S3.  It's great.

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    Okay, as you probably know by now, we have been having problems with the Blog.  If you don't find a Blog Entry here  Monday thru Saturday, check the LiveJournal Blog we've set up.  It can be found here. 
    Oh, and chances are that if there is a Gallifrey Club Blog for that day on MySpace.com, the LiveJournal Blog is an exact copy of it.  So, just read it one place or the other. 



    Digital Spy Stuff on the Second Season of Torchwood. 


    'Torchwood' - The Cult Spy Awards

    Sunday, April 13 2008, 08:00 BST

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    What better way to celebrate a fantastic second season of Torchwood than to dish out a few imaginary gongs to the best and worst elements of the show? We're sure some of the controversial victors will take your breath away - but thankfully not dispose of it in a silver jug carried by a ringmaster who has emerged from a reel of film. That's already been done.

    Best Episode
    More fright wedding than white wedding, 'Something Borrowed' was a pure joy to watch. Gwen's shock pregnancy at the hands of a shapeshifting alien propelled us into the realms of farce and heightened emotion, as her union with Rhys came under immense strain. The parents of the hapless couple were almost as horrific as the alien itself! The tantalising scene in which Gwen almost snogs Jack (in reality a shapeshifter) really ramps up the ongoing intrigue, while the bondage between Tosh and the horny Best Man called Banana brings out the lass's nut crunching ability!


    Worst Episode
    With a script by legendary sci-fi scribe PJ Hammond and a performance the highly touted Julian Bleach (rumoured to be playing Davros in Doctor Who), expectations were understandably high for 'Out of the Rain'. However, some leaden direction dissipated any tension and the central celluloid plot was equally languid.


    Strongest Liver Award
    The winner stands head, shoulders and bladder among everyone else. Step forward Captain John for his marvellous drinking feats in a
    Cardiff nightclub in 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang'. His door policy left something to be desired though, as only the aesthetically pleasing clubbers were allowed to bask in his presence.

    The Pinocchio Wooden Performance Award
    A quick fade to Gray dominates this category. Captain Jack's long lost brother may have had some passing resemblance to John Barrowman, but he also had plenty of splinters. Lachlan Nieboer's turn as the tortured Gray was unbearably bad, devoid of any depth or sense that he'd been subjected to years of mental torture. If only the viewers could have been retconned and the role recast.

    Most Moving Performance
    Undoubtedly the tightest category, we'll overlook the tragic death scenes of Owen and Tosh to save readers from another onslaught of tears. Instead, the nutritious space whale in 'Meat' wins the category, fending off strong contenders in the shape of Beth from 'Sleeper', 'To The Last Man's' Tommy and the elder Jonah in 'Adrift'. This win is a real victory for the combined efforts of the CGI and sound effects department, as they combined to great emotive effect. Even Captain Jack displayed his soppy side.

    Useless Information Award
    If ever any Torchwood fans are accosted by a stray pterodactyl, they now have the necessary knowledge to plot a quick escape to safety. Simply use a random piece of dark chocolate to distract the beast and quickly leg it. Under no circumstances try and mount the creature like Captain Jack did.

    Best Guest Star
    Legendary actors Richard Briers and Alan Dale both turned in compelling, multi-layered performances, but the return of the loveable, meat-munching Doctor Who monster The Hoix in 'Exit Wounds' is unbeatable. Give him his own spin off show please! Preferably set in Burger King... with Gray doused in barbecue sauce and chained to the straw dispenser.


    Digital Spy Reviews the Second Season of Torchwood.


    'Torchwood' Season Two Review

    Sunday, April 13 2008, 07:00 BST

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    "Bloody Torchwood," grunted an old lady at the start of the show's second season, as she witnessed the gang pursue an alien blowfish in a sports car. Thirteen episodes later, it's a comment that deserves to be upgraded. "Bloody amazing Torchwood" is far more appropriate. Blatantly using classic Buffy as it's model (not a bad thing at all), Torchwood gained the all important fun factor.

    A vast improvement over its debut season, this year's episodes have tickled many a rib, caused plenty of jaws to drop and probed the most defiant of tear ducts - all thanks to a winning blend of action, emotion and humour. Just witness the hilarious shapeshifting antics at Gwen's wedding, followed soon after by the powerful tale of a teenage boy whose trip through the rift has left him scarred, drastically aged and tortured by memories of his own pain.


    Such powerful juxtapositions were rife throughout the season and also epitomised by the dizzy romantic heights Tosh found with a frozen soldier called Tommy, only to be tearfully dragged down into the mental mire by the young lad's suicide (and world saving) mission. 'To The Last Man's closing tracking shot of Tosh, as she walks away from Owen, is a defining moment and an example of a resoundingly triumphant ending that conveys so much via the simple image.

    Burn Gorman was consistently brilliant as Owen Harper, in both his live and unalive states of being. We occasionally despised Owen for his abrasive shunnings of Tosh when he swatted away her good natured come-ons. We pitied his impotence after his initial 'death'. We gulped when the truth about his fiancee's death was revealed... and we laughed when he was stripped of all cynicism due to the mind manipulation of Adam.


    Ianto's character certainly underwent an interesting transition too, morphing into Captain Jack and John's "eye candy" and always armed with a quip. The turbulent domestic life of Gwen and Rhys was also foregrounded much more, with their 'kitchen sink' naturalist drama creating a nice contrast with the fantastical elements of the show. As for a certain work romance, it's nice to see that Ianto has traded in his metallic cyberwoman girlfriend for a wooden Time Agent boyfriend.

    That's too harsh on John Barrowman of course, as while his ability to convey genuine anger is somewhat dodgy, he really bolstered the aforementioned fun element. Two such moments highlight this splendid quality. Just witness his Blowfish brainblowing return at the start of the series, armed with a cheesy quip - "hey kids, did ya miss me?" - and a grin that was pure Stilton. Weeks later, he equalled this with the "how's that for shapeshift?" line after blasting apart the alien invader at Gwen's wedding, again armed with that distinctive and disarming smirk. It was like Buffy Summers had been reincarnated and was still twirling her stake after dispatching a vampire.  


    Sadly, the 'Gray' arc during the series was a definite disappointment given the intriguing build-up and flashbacks. This was down to a combination of woeful casting and miscalculated characterisation during the last episode, 'Exit Wounds'. Still, at least James Marsters' sublime turn as the Buffy Spike-like Captain John proved a fine distraction from Gray's anatomy.


    Ultimately, the real power of Torchwood's strength became explicit with the deaths of certain characters - and the immediate impact on the viewer. In 'Sleeper', Beth's harrowing plight and discovery of her true self pushed precisely the right buttons in a very short space of time and compelled us to care about her wellbeing - thus her death deposited an instant lump in the throat. Similarly, the harvested squealing space whale in 'Meat' also hit a nerve.

    More significantly though, the tragic demises of Owen and Tosh bore incredible impact and emotional intensity. It takes some quality writing, acting and directing to make us care and believe in these characters, given that they exist in a world full of Weevils, Sleeper Agents, Grim Reapers and where Jim Robinson from Neighbours has been reincarnated as a pharmaceutical boss. Above all, we can't wait to find out how Torchwood fares in its third season. "Bloody Torchwood" indeed.


    Digital Spy reports that the next Doctor Who Christmas Special will have Cybermen.  

    Cybermen back for Christmas 'Doctor Who'

    Monday, April 14 2008, 09:12 BST

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    The Cybermen will return for Doctor Who's next Christmas special, according to a report.

    Filming has already begun for this year's seasonal story and the South Wales Argus published a photograph depicting the metallic monsters roaming a cemetery coated in fake snow. The Cybermen all bore the Cybus Industries logo, meaning that they are the parallel universe versions previously featured in the second series.

    The local paper quoted
    Newport resident Janet Hancock, who stumbled upon the filming: "I was going past the cemetery walls and saw lots of white smoke... a security guard said they were filming Doctor Who - it was very exciting".

    Showrunner Russell T Davies has previously indicated that the Christmas special will be set in the Victorian era. Unconfirmed reports also suggest that former Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart actress Dervla Kirwan has been cast in a key role.


    Digital Spy again.  Torchwood Action Figures.


    'Torchwood' action figures to hit shelves

    Monday, April 14 2008, 09:21 BST

    By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor

    Torchwood merchandise will be globally available this summer after an international distribution licence was secured by a leading firm.

    Toy News Online reports that Underground Toys has won the rights to distribute new Torchwood products such as action figures, mugs and playing cards in both the
    UK and the US. The company will also take over the existing range of items based on the Doctor Who spinoff show.

    BBC Worldwide's Head of International Licensing, Anna Hewitt, said: "We're thrilled to embark on this project with Underground Toys. The partnership follows the success of the Doctor Who range, which Underground Toys distributes in
    North America, and we're looking to tap into the amazing TV success on both sides of the pond to attract toy sales across a range of premium product."



    More on Barrowman's take on Eccleston from Digital Spy.


    Barrowman criticises "grumpy" Eccleston

    Saturday, April 12 2008, 09:59 BST

    By Daniel Kilkelly, Entertainment Reporte

    John Barrowman has claimed that Christopher Eccleston was "grumpy" on the set of Doctor Who.

    The actor, who plays Captain Jack Harkness on the BBC One sci-fi hit, admitted that he did not enjoy spending time with Eccleston when they worked together on the programme.

    Eccleston took on the role of The Doctor for one series, which aired in 2005. He was replaced by David Tennant, who is currently starring in his third series.

    "Chris was always grumpy. You don't always have to be intense. There comes a point when intensity makes you miserable - I think that was the case with Chris," Barrowman told the Daily Record. "I much prefer working with David - he likes to have a bit more fun, he's more charismatic as a person.

    "Chris might have been a great Doc but he was darker and had a chip on his shoulder, he was not as much fun on set as David. I will give him the credit that he was the first Doctor to bring back the series and made a damn good job of it.

    "But I just wouldn't go to the pub with him. On the other hand, David's been to my house, we went to the Madonna concert with our partners - we socialise together. He's a lot more fun."


    The South Wales Argus reports that filming for the next Doctor Who Christmas Special has begun.  Photos and everything.  Hmmm…  Did I post this before, or not?


    Cybermen invade Newport

    By David Deans

    THE Cybermen are back - and they've come to a city near you.

    The classic Doctor Who villains took over the St Woolos cemetery, Newport while filming yesterday.

    The BBC Wales drama team covered the site in fake snow for a winter scene.

    Residents was left wondering whether the team may have been filming a christmas special.

    Janet Hancock, who lives in Canberra Crescent, Glasllwch, said she saw the filming yesterday morning while out walking the dog.

    "I was going past the cemetery walls and saw lots of white smoke.  A security guard said they were filming Doctor Who - it was very exciting."

    She said she peeked over the cemetary walls to take a look at the filming, and saw people in long black coats running all over the site.

    Sadly she didn't see any of the stars of the series.

    Mrs Hancock said although she wasn't a big fan of the programme, her son's girlfriend had appeared in the series as an extra.

    "She's going to be a hostage," she said.

    A spokesman for BBC Wales confirmed that Doctor Who was being filmed at St Woolos Cemetery.

    However he remained tight lipped about what was being filmed and who was on set -saying the coporation never reveals storylines during production.

    The BBC has frequently used Newport as a set for the programme.

    Among the locations that have popped up are the Riverfront Theatre, the city centre, Tredegar House, and Duffryn High School.

    Gwent residents have also appeared in the series as extras - as daleks, aliens and others.

    One girl -Lucy Lutman -stood in for Billy Piper when the former Doctor Who assistant wasn't available.

    Ms Lutman's hands were filmed in close-ups when the star wasn't available.

    The programme returned to TV screens on Saturday romping home with 8.4 million viewers and a 40 per cent share of the audience.

    Series writer Russell T Davies had criticised the BBC for moving Doctor Who to 6.20pm from its 7pm time slot.

    Were you taking pictures of the filming? Send us your photographs by e-mail to newsdesk@southwalesargus.co.uk or follow the links on this website to send us mobile phone pictures by snap and send.

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