Kopic’s News Round Issue 4

We’ll start this issue of Kopic’s News Round by sending our sincerest sympathy to Doctor Who star David Tennant and his family on the loss of David’s mother, Helen McDonald, on Sunday of this week. There will be a celebration of her life held at Renfrew North, on Saturday, July 21, at 11am. You can read more about this loving and courageous woman at the icRenfrewshire website.

On a personal note, I would imagine the family would appreciate donations to a cancer charity or to ACCORD (see the website), rather than flowers. Should you feel the need to add a Doctor Who flavour to your donation you could give money to The South West Dalek Crew who raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. They are currently organising a Dalek Trundle from Swindon to Cardiff, starting on 30th July, and need your support!

In Christmas special news today we see that various newspapers have acquired a photo taken during a break from filming showing Jimmy Vee (who previously played The Moxx of Balhoon) in costume as a rather spiky red critter. The Sun [no direct links to The Sun – see here for reasons] likens him to a puffer fish and I can see the resemblance. This has also been reported by The Mirror, icWales and The Western Mail – beware minor spoilers, though.

Some big merchandising news, now. Those incredibly talented people at Weta Collectibles have announced a range of Doctor Who collectible statues,

The Weta Collectibles line will incorporate key moments Doctor Who. The initial series will consist of four pieces, all of which capture a nostalgic scene from the series. Each piece will be made at 6th scale, be free standing, and made out of high quality polystone…Selected pieces will be on display at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con from 25 – 29 July, meaning that Comic Con attendees will be the first to view the range. The Weta Limited stand is number 2615. The official images of the pieces will be revealed the following day, on 26 July.

All I want to know is WHERE DO I SIGN? I think these pieces will be incredible and can’t wait to collect them!

We have a whole mothershipful of Dalek appearances to report now. For some reason the summer months seem to attract them like a swarm of ranting wasps. Now that I’ve mixed my metaphors enough, I’ll get to the point. Or points…

  • Funday exterminates summer blues – Borehanwood Times (this was last week)
    “The day was filled with a number of things to do and there were amazing props like the tardis and there was also K-9 the dog. We had a wonderful time; the children and Dr Who fans enjoyed themselves.” [Don’t know why, but this made me laugh, “Children and Dr Who fans”. We’re back to the days of Dr Who fans being a distinctly different species of human being! – Kopic]
  • Weekend of rally good fun – Southport Visitor (August 4th/5th)
    As well as the vintage cars, military vehicles, motorbikes and model railways, this year sees a Doctor Who-themed Planet Fantasy Roadshow, with Daleks and Cybermen threatening The Doctor and Rose.
  • Dalek alert! – Yeovil Express (August 12th)
    A full army of 12 Daleks led by the dreaded Black Dalek and accompanied by menacing Cybor Men [“Cybor Men”? What show does this reporter watch?!?!? – Kopic] and Ice Warriors will be there to terrorise the public

I’m glad to see that ITN have got their fingers on the pulse of popular culture in this story about killing off Catherine Tate’s alter-ego “Lauren Cooper”,

The funnywoman has filmed a special edition of Doctor Who alongside David Tennant, to be shown later in the year.

That’s only a year out of date. Keep it up, guys! What next? “Christopher Eccleston in shock decision to quit Doctor Who”? 😉

If you like your Doctor Who news served up as a big dollop of satirical spoofery, then try The Spoof, whose story about “the production team being blasted for a stunt ‘explosion’ which nearby people thought was a terrorist attack,” goes on to say,

Following this public rebuke the BBC are to consider filming the rest of the new series – featuring aliens, sub-human creatures, zombies, surreal sets, trick camera work and relative privacy – at the Big Brother house, where at least some of the above criteria are already in place.

The John Barrowman takeover of the universe continues… Not only has he got a new four album record deal with Sony, but he’s also hosting a pilot for a new quiz and guest hosting The Friday Night Project! The following is from The Daily Record,

Although he is filming the second series of Torchwood until November, John will take time off to guest host Channel 4’s Friday Night Project next week. And he will host a pilot for a possible new BBC One Saturday night quiz show called The Kids Are All Right. As if all that wasn’t enough, John is being followed by his sister [Carole E. Barrowman – Kopic] who is writing his biography, Anything Goes, which is due out next spring.

You can read a great story about John as written by Carole here and we’ll let John have the last words in this buleting, as quoted in the same Daily Record article from above,

“The weird thing is with Doctor Who star David Tennant, when we are off-set we speak Scottish but when we go on-set he’s English and I’m American. It’s like being bilingual. We call it bi-dialectical. There is a lot of “bi” in me.”

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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