It must be August – doubtful rumours abound! Young Harry Lloyd – best known as Baines from Human Nature and Will Scarlet in the BBC’s Robin Hood – impressed the Doctor Who production team, reports BBC America.
‘To what extent?’, I hear you ask. Well – a debatable source claims:
Russell T. Davies: “After his audition I sent a note to the casting director saying, ‘He’s not just good for Baines (his character), that’s the next Doctor. Seriously. He’s so brilliant.”
Bit young, though, surely? Nothing wrong with a more mature Doctor and focussing on a dynamic male/female tag team, a sort of Harry and Sarah for the 21st century, now is there?
It’s unlikely of course that David Tennant will be leaving before the end of Series 4 (let’s face it, we’d know about it by now), but Lloyd is only 25, and given his age he won’t be getting over 30 any time soon. A good choice, but definitely too young.
Elsewhere, we forgot to take a look at the Children in Need angle for the Peter Davison comeback story. As far as I can see, there’s still no information that this is definitely a CiN production, and if it is, whether or not it’s full length or just a skit. SFX have questioned the legitimacy of the claim, noting that the source – The Sun – referred to Davison’s “trenchcoat”. You know the one…
I must admit, this news does excite me, regardless of the format it takes. Preferable, of course, would be the full comeback a la Sarah Jane Smith, although of course this might provide terrible consequences. One can rightly surmise that the Ninth Doctor made attempts to divert the course of pre-Time War history with possible contacts with his past selves, perhaps unleashing Reapers.
But I digress.
The Stage meanwhile has extolled the virtues of the Fifth Doctor, with blogger Mark Wright celebrating Peter Davison’s stint as the Doctor.
If I didn’t know better, I’d suspect Anthony Dry was doing some ghost writing:
And the reason why the news of the Children in Need special (itâ€™ll probably be a five minute fluff piece, but Iâ€™ll take what I can get) excites me so much is that my childhood TV viewing experience has come full circle. 25 years later, my Doctor Who could be appearing alongside my nephewâ€™s Doctor Who, and I think thatâ€™s pretty cool. A timely reminder of why I love TV so much in these increasingly dark times for the medium.
Is that you?