Kopic’s News Round Issue #3

Here we are for the thrilling third instalment of Kopic’s News Round in which we wonder about the Australian takeover, why we might be seeing cybermen in our showers, what Steven Moffat has to say about the future of Doctor Who and just how naughty James Marsters and John Barrowman are!

First up, look out the Aussies are coming! Although New Zealander Alan Dale, who will be appearing in Series 2 of Torchwood might be upset at being lumped in with the Aussies! He’s an excellent character actor and has been very busy since his Australian soap opera days, appearing in CSI: Miami, Lost, NCIS, The O.C., ER, 24… and the list goes on. What with Kylie already on board (see, I made another nautical joke!) and Jason Donovan reported as wanting to be the next Doctor, one wonders where it will all end? I vote for Dame Edna Everage as The Rani. Hmmm, Natalie Imbruglia as the companion after the next, anyone? There’s a round-up of Australian media coverage of Series 3 of Doctor Who at Outpost Gallifrey.

The self-same article from the BBC Press Office about Series 2 of Torchwood goes on to mention James Marsters as a naughty psychopath. Couple this together with the statement that the team encounter a rogue Time Agent and Mr Marsters’ own confession at a recent convention that he would be getting up to some omnisexual shenanigans in this series, it seems quite evident that he will be playing the Time Agent. John Barrowman, in an excellent interview with The Chicago Tribune, says this,

“There’s a scene between he and Jack when they first meet, all I’ll say is, this scene is so hot, so horny, so violent, that all the fans who watch it are going to [er, appreciate it greatly].”

You may want to go and read this piece at the Sci Fi Wire site for some more raunchy details about this James Marsters and John Barrowman stuff. There’s more interviews at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Multichannel News.

Kasterborous can now exclusively reveal, courtesy of some industry sources, that Titan will be publishing a Torchwood magazine heading our way in January, presumably to tie-in with the new series which will include comic book content. Titan also hold the rights to produce graphic novels, so we could see the comic book content from the magazine republished as graphic novels. Woohoo!

Andrew Skilleter, the fabulous artist of many Doctor Who Target novel covers, is to be featured in a 15 page full colour, highly illustrated interview in the August edition of Book & Magazine Collector, a glossy pocket size monthly magazine, which is on sale now from most WH Smiths and other news agents. Andrew Skilleter will soon have his own website online, hopefully in August.

A reminder now to get your skates on and head on over to SSPL Prints if you want to buy the print of the recent Radio Times cover featuring David Tennant and John Simm as The Doctor and The Master. Also available is a nice B&W publicity shot from around the time of “Planet of Fire” of Nicola Bryant and Peter Davison dressed up as James Bond (Peter, not Nicola, that is). A blond James Bond? Never! 🙂

Speaking of Peter Davison, did anyone notice my tantalising teaser in the last issue that I failed miserably to write about? The one that spoke of Peter Davison as King? Well, I was going to talk about him being cast as King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot – but I won’t now, because you probably already know!

David Tennant and Shaun Dingwall (who played Rose’s father, Pete Tyler) are set to star in a sitcom written by (and co-starring) Jessica Stevenson (or Hynes as she is now – she who played John Smith’s love interest in “Human Nature”). BBC News says that the sitcom will be about learner drivers and will air on BBC One. Speaking of new shows, Toby Whithouse (writer of Series 2’s “School Reunion”) will be penning a drama pilot for BBC Three called “Being Human” about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost who flat-share, reports The Stage. I know I’ll be watching it! They’re all at it now, you know… From the same report at The Stage, Noel Clarke (“Mickey Smith”) will be writing a drama set on a housing estate in west London called “W10 LDN” for Kudos Films (the people behind “Life on Mars”)

Steven Moffat (creator of Jekyll and Coupling, oh and some of the best Doctor Who stories), in his own unique way, is quoted by Sci Fi Wire on the subject of the future of Doctor Who,

“I know that there’s tremendous anxiety among Doctor Who fans about the future of Doctor Who,” Moffat said in an interview at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting his upcoming BBC America series, Jekyll. “Here’s an answer that people should listen to. No broadcaster lets go of a show like Doctor Who. They’d have to be out of their f–king minds.”

And when asked if he’d take over when Russell T. Davies eventually quits as show runner,

Moffat appeared slightly uncomfortable. “Next question,” he answered after a long pause. “There’s a lot of things to think about there.”

Freemaagyeman.com reports that Freema will be appearing on UK TV all this week with five readings on the children’s channel CBeebies

Neill Gorton, Millennium FX guru and prosthetics genius is being featured in TV Film Memorabilia Magazine in an interview about Replicas by Millennium FX as well as the company’s television and film work.

If you’re a fan of Anthony Head (head Krillitane, Baltazar in “The Infinite Quest” and “Buffy” star) then head over to iF Magazine for a fantastic interview. I’d never heard of this magazine before I started writing these news bulletins, but it seems to cover Doctor Who very well. Which is nice.

I’ll wrap up this bulletin with news of the Sarah Jane Adventures wrap party! Filming has finished, reports SARAH-JANE.tv and we can look forward to seeing the finished show sometime in the Autumn, according to this BBC Press Office release about the rebranding of CBBC. The wrap party invites don’t stretch as far as the younger cast members, unfortunately, but I imagine there’ll be plenty of ice cream, jelly and Bubbleshock left over for them.

Simon R. Mills,
Editor and Chief News’bot of Kopic’s Doctor Who and Torchwood News

Simon Mills


Simon was born at an early age and has loved Doctor Who since even before then. Truth be told, it was those pesky giant maggots and the dandy in the frilly shirt that got him hooked... but it was the hair, teeth, eyes and scarf that made him stick around to this very day. When not writing for Kasterborous, Simon indulges in his passion for karate training and listening to (and writing about) some seriously heavy rock and metal music. Not at the same time, though, as that can lead to serious injury and/or lawsuits.

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