Blackpool IlluminationsBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 August 2007 - Reported by Chuck Foster

As reported back in May, tonight sees David Tennant flicking the switch for the annual Blackpool Illuminationsparty tonight (31st Aug). The event will take place around 9:30pm and will also be broadcast live on a BBC Radio 2show presented by Dale Winton (8:30-9:30pm).

More details can be found on the illuminations website, and has been reported today by Pendle Todayand24dash.
Jackie Potter, Strategic Director, Tourism and Regeneration said on 22nd August:

We are absolutely delighted that David Tennant has accepted our invitation to switch on the Lights on Friday 31 August 2007. Blackpool’s Switch On celebrations are enjoyed by a huge family audience and we are sure this will be a popular choice.

The free concert during which he will throw the switch marks the start of Blackpool’s Big Switch On Weekend. We hope that thousands of fans of David, and of Blackpool, will join us in the celebrations and that they stay to enjoy all the free events Blackpool will be hosting throughout the weekend and indeed during the Illuminations Season.

The 2007 Illuminations will also be a delight for Doctor Who fans, as Illuminations bosses are soon to unveil plans for a new display featuring characters and creatures from forthcoming episodes.

Tennant joins an illustrious list of stars to have launched the lights including the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, who illuminated the town as Doctor Who back in 1975.

Sci-Fi fans are in for a real treat with the 2007 display, as the most menacing, mysterious, and mean monsters from the most recent series of Doctor Who make their Illuminations debut. These new displays are situated outside the Dr Who Exhibition.




Torchwood VlogBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 August 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

After Elton, a popular gay-themed blog hosted by the Logo network, has invited SyFyPortal.com founderMichael Hinman and the popular former science-fiction radio personality Meredith Hogan to host a series of Vlogs (video logs) that will highlight each episode of "Torchwood's" first season.

The Vlogs will run between 10 to 15 minutes, and will talk about different aspects of each episodes, as well as some of the gay themes present in each show.

Each Vlog will appear on the After Elton Web site by the Monday following each episode's broadcast. Hinman is already a fan of the series, and will be giving a perspective from someone who is watching the show for the second time as it airs on BBC America. Hogan, however, will be a newcomer to the show (and practically to the 'Doctor Who' universe), so she will provide a fresh, "new fan" perspective to the show.

"We've always been true practitioners of Gene Roddenberry's philosophy of infinite diversity in infinite combinations," Hinman said. "I know that has become almost a cliche in science-fiction, but up until shows like 'Torchwood,' that cliche didn't seem to exist when it came to our friends in the gay and lesbian community."




Davison's 20 QuestionsBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 August 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

Whatsonstage.com has posted a 20 question interview with Peter Davison, who is seen below in his role as King Arthur in Spamalot. Davison had the following to say about his time with Doctor Who.
You're quite well known to many as being the fifth incarnation of Doctor Who. Does it all seem so long ago?

Not really, no. You're always connected with Doctor Who in some shape or form. I still do the occasional audio CD, and I'm always being asked to come in and do commentaries on the re-releases of the episodes that I did. You're always connected to it. The people who are making it now are fans of the shows from when I used to be in it, and I know quite a few of them personally.




Friday Night Project spreads Bowie rumorBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 August 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

The Friday Night Project, a variety show airing in the UK on Channel 4, has included a question which furthers a casting rumor for Series Four. One of the questions was, "Which rockstar is set to appear in Doctor Who?", to which the answer by them was David Bowie. This follows from a week of rumors, which have all been denied by representatives for Bowie.




Agyeman Cited In Racism Row DefenceBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 August 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

The BBC has hit back at claims of racism by citing Freema Agyeman as an example of how it is nurturing ethnic talent.

TV writer Jimmy McGovern made the accusation during an interview on BBC Five Live to promote his new stage play King Cotton, which is among commemorations marking the bicentenary of Britain abolishing the slave trade.

BBC News says interviewer Simon Mayo asked him if the country was less racist than it once was, to which McGovern replied: "I have got to say this, you will not like this. But I've worked a lot in the BBC, you know.

"I love the BBC as an institution and as an organisation and you do see lots of black faces in the BBC. But you see them in the canteen. You do not see them in positions of power.

"It would appear to me that one of the most racist institutions in England is in fact the BBC."

Mayo called it "a very serious allegation", saying the BBC would respond, and later read out a statement in which the corporation said: "What really matters is that we reflect our audiences through our programmes.

"The BBC's ambition is to reflect the ethnic and social mix of people around the country. We're actively seeking and nurturing ethnic talents both on and off the air.

"This has been coming through in our output with a range of presenters and reporters across our peak-time programmes, for example Freema Agyeman in Doctor Who, the forthcoming Omid Djalili show, Dance X, and dramas such asWaterloo Road.

"It is something we are always looking to improve on."

Last year in an interview, showrunner Russell T Davies refuted McGovern's claim that there was little decent drama on ITV at 9pm and disagreed with him over how drama could portray world truths.

(Thanks to Dazzler42.)





McGann denies movie rumorsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

Following rumours that a movie was in the works featuring the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann has denied that he is to reprise his role.

Speaking to SyFy Portal's Alan Stanley Blair at the recent Collectormania show, Paul officially denied the rumours with the following statement:

"I've heard as well, yeah I've heard,". "Well they haven't called me, but often you hear it first through rumour. But you know... yeah I'd go back and do it ... as long as I don't have to wear a wig."




Tennant hits the stageBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

The Royal Shakespeare Company have announced their 2008 line-up, which featuresDavid Tennant in two roles.
From July 24th until November 15th 2008, Tennant will be starring in the title role in Hamlet, alongside Patrick Stewart playing Claudius. Fans of the new series will also be excited to note that from October 2nd until November 15th 2008, Tennant will be playing Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost. Love's Labour's Lost was a major plot point in Series 3 episode The Shakespeare Code.




BBC warns about impostersBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

The BBC have issued a statement reminding fans to be alert and watch out for online imposters. "There have been several recent cases of people posing as David Tennant in internet chat rooms and forums - as well as setting up social networking profiles in his name. David would like to point out that neither he, nor Catherine Tate use these kinds of sites, chatrooms or forums, and wouldn't want fans to be disappointed or misled if they thought they were talking to the real actors. We would strongly advise all Doctor Who fans for their own safety to ignore any such postings and not be fooled by impersonators - it will never be David or Catherine online."


Follow-up statement from the Outpost Gallifrey site editor: "We support this statement by the BBC. While David Tennant has indeed visited Outpost Gallifrey in the past -- he has stated so several times in interviews with Doctor Who Magazine and other sources -- he has not posted in our Forum, nor is he likely to, and anyone attempting to post in his name would be immediately removed."




Doctor Who Adventures 37Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures is released today and includes a chance to win a life-size bronze Dalek!
Beware the Carrionites on the cover. Inside the magazine, you can read a bigger and better Tales from the TARDIS all about the Doctor defeating the hideous hags from the Deep Darkness.

PLUS:

News – our first picture of the Doctor and Donna.
Fact file – take a look at medical student turned time traveller, Miss Martha Jones.
Adventure guide / Doctor Who Confidential extra – things get hot for the Doctor and Martha in the episode 42.
Comic strip – the concluding part of Signs of Life.
Doctor’s Data – former TARDIS traveller, Sarah Jane Smith.
Scary mask – the Lazarus monster – perfect for games of hide and seek!
Who knows? – your Doctor Who questions answered.
Posters – three exclusive posters from 42, The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords.
Win – goodies up for grabs.
Puzzles – loads of Time Teasers – and don’t miss out on Bloodtide and Doomfinger’s Woven word search!

Please note: Daleks that survived the Time War are NOT allowed to enter the Dalek competition, but humans everywhere are.




TV Guide Talks TorchwoodBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 August 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

Matt Roush, the main critic for TV GUIDE reports just how much he enjoys Torchwood.

He writes, "Over the years, I've somehow resisted the lure of the iconic British fantasy Doctor Who, in all of its incarnations. So imagine my surprise to be hooked on Torchwood, a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off."

To read the entire review, click on the TV guide link above. The full review contains a few spoilers.




Sun's Bowie story is "tish and tosh"Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 August 2007 - Reported by Josiah Rowe

David Bowie's website has debunked a story in The Sun that claimed Bowie would be appearing in Doctor Who as "an evil alien abductor". The Sun connects the Bowie rumor with the upcoming Agatha Christie story, which they erroneously describe as a two-part special. Bowie's website says, "... the whole story is as much news to [Bowie fans] as it is to him. David Bowie is not planning to star in Dr Who and the whole story is 'absolute tish and tosh'." The Bowie site goes on to mention Dalek operator and Big Finish regular Nicholas Pegg, who is also author of The Complete David Bowie.

UPDATEBBC News has also released a story debunking the Sun's claim. The BBC's story adds that "a spokeswoman for the BBC One show also denied the story.




New Books AnnouncedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 August 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

Amazon.co.uk has added listings for the first new novels and audios for 2008.

February sees a trio of Torchwood audios released.
In The ShadowsHidden, and Everyone Says Hello are all listed for release on February 4th. No further plot or narration information is available at this time.

May sees a trio of new Doctor Who novels alongside a new reference book. Martha in the Mirror,Snowglobe 7, and The Many Hands all see release on May 1st. Starships and Spacestations by Justin Richards will be out on that day also. Further plot and author information will be posted as it becomes available.




Torchwood DVD ExtrasBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 August 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

SCI-FI WIRE has announced a list of the features to be included in the series 1 release of Torchwood. The boxed set is scheduled to hit the shelves on January 8, 2008.

The bonus features include: Welcome to TorchwoodTorchwood on the SceneTorchwood Out of this WorldTorchwood Sex, Violence, Blood and GoreTorchwood on the RoadThe Team and Their TroublesTorchwood: Moments in the MakingThe Captain's LogTorchwood on Time; and Torchwood Declassified. The DVD will also feature deleted scenes, audio commentary on all 13 first-season episodes and outtakes.

The US premier of Torchwood is Saturday, September 8 at 8:00 pm CST on BBC AMERICA.




Bernard Cribbins set for CameoBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 28 August 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, series producer Phil Collinson has announced that Bernard Cribbinswill be making a guest appearance in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned.

It's the third time Cribbins has appeared in Doctor Who, but the first time he's appeared in the TV series! He's probably best known to fans through his appearance as a companion to Peter Cushing's Doctor, the bumbling policeman Tom Campbell, in the 1966 film Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD. He also appeared, earlier this year, as Arnold Lane alongside Paul McGann in the Big Finish/BBC7 eighth Doctor story Horror of Glam Rock.

"This is the icing on the cake, a wonderful addition to an already phenomenal cast," Phil Collinson told Doctor Who Magazine. "It's a wonderful cameo, which kept the entire cast and crew entertained."