Further Doctor Who News – Updated

A wonderful continuation of Doctor Who is the daily press as we approach the end of the week – still two weeks away from the UK Premier of Rose and we’re getting trivial, fun items from the Press…

GuardianUnlimited are running twenty questions on Doctor Who – titled “Who’s Who?”, 20 multiple-choice questions in which the answers are easily gettable.

Meanwhile at Times Online and in the Daily Times, someone has a matter to settle…

Forgotten timelord

From Mr David Stuckey

Sir, Your Who’s Who of Doctor Who (March 9) omitted to mention that Peter Cushing played the good Doctor in two movies in the mid-1960s.

He deserves a mention in intergalactic dispatches.



Meanwhile, Doctor Who trailers are currently available on the BBC’s Official site, and feature Rose, the Doctor and the TARDIS in small 6 second segments. Meanwhile, the ad hoarding campaign has taken place accross the country, with lucky drivers everywhere enjoying the delights of a 16 foot tall Billie Piper.

Monday 14th March

To top off a wonderful week for Doctor Who, Monday’s MediaGuardian reprinted some of last weeks key media events in the “Media Diary” feature. The original article can be found above (registration required) – or you can read the Doctor Who bits below:

Doctor Heggessey takes control of the time machine

BBC1 controller Lorraine Heggessey was very much the regal Time Lady at the launch of Doctor Who – and deservedly so. Monkey is sure the series will be a huge smash for a Saturday teatime audience, and probably be the crowning glory of Heggessey’s reign at BBC1 – she certainly had to battle for years to get it on air. Heggessey showed she could mix it with rabid Whovians in an impeccably pitched speech to the audience gathered in a Cardiff hotel last night. After a little bit of Welsh, she won over fans by quoting from no less than the good Doctor in an episode from way back in 1964 after he had defeated the dalek invasion of London. “One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”

Who’s back?

As many know, Lorraine Heggessey is shortly to give up her BBC1 post and regenerate into the chief executive of Talkback Thames. But will one of her last BBC1 acts be to recommission Doctor Who for a second series? Many in the commercial arm of the BBC certainly hope so and executive producer Russell T Davies attested last night that he had already worked out the storylines. When Monkey put the question, all the great lady could offer was a enigmatic, Gallifreyan-style smile.

No Tardis for weary hacks

If any unflattering articles or reviews of the new series of Doctor Who appear, it may well be due to the fact that many hacks were exhausted after returning to London via an uncomfortable coach that took three hours to reach London from Cardiff. One reporter was overheard asking if it had really been worth it as he hunted for a cab in the vicinity of Baker Street station at 2am.


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