Bye-Bye Collinson?

Ninth Doctor doll and series producer Phil Collinson is rumoured o be leaving Doctor Who in order to take the helm of that other great Brtish television institution, Coronation Street.

According to The Star (via Digital Spy), Collinson is begin “groomed” to take over form the current producer (should improe his hair no end, then):

“Phil Collinson is the big target and everyone is saying how he is virtually certain to get the job… [he] is a big fan of old style Corrie so some of the old big names could be back.”

And as Digital Spy themselves point out:

Collinson has overseen the current production of Doctor Who since the series was revived in 2005. On the third series, which concludes next Saturday, Collinson has had a lighter workload with Susie Liggat stepping in for the ‘Human Nature/The Family of Blood’ two parter.

Old butter-fingers Collinson might be a bit of a weak-link in the Who producership chain anyway, if a recent report is anything to go by. As the oddly named iF Magazine put it:

Some fast thinking by Freema Agyeman apparently saved the day when she was at the Monte Carlo Television Festival last week representing Doctor Who for the BBC.

Lead DOCTOR WHO producer Phil Collinson made a nearly tragic mistake of leaving behind a script for the Christmas Special after an intense round of interviews.

If the script had fallen into the wrong hands, this could have been devastating for the BBC. But Freema noticed what happened and had the script returned to him within minutes.

Also via Digital Spy, Kasterborous notes that veteran actress Joanna Lumley has issued a begging plea to be cast in Doctor Who in a Radio Times interview:

Lumley told the Radio Times: “They’ve never approached me. I must say I’m sitting here on my hands bitterly waiting for something to come through the letter box. But they’ve never come near me, so I guess it’s not on the cards.”

I imagine a serious role for Lumley would be excellent (well I wasn’t going to say “absolutely fabulous”. Oh, I have.)

The kit-model manufacturer’s Airfix were saved from extinction some months ago by model train manufacturers Hornby – and there’s a nice range of Doctor Who tie-in merchandise on the horizon, reports The Times (via DWO):

Model enthusiasts will be able to glue together their very own Doctor, his assistant and an eight-inch Tardis.

The Tardis will contain a chip, making it the first Airfix model in the company’s near 70-year history to come with light and sound.

The current Radio Times features a dual-cover edition, with fans able to make a choice between the Doctor and the Master – or both. When placed together, the image looks something like this.

Fantastically Masterful!


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