World Wide What?

Naturally news of the 2009 and 2010 commissioning of Doctor Who has been met with a very mixed reaction, with even the press – normally happy to tow the BBC line – working their reports with a hint of bafflement.

Of course, we have to face facts that this is how it is going to be. We cannot expect the BBC and RTD to bend over backwards to accomodate us, the licence fee paying Doctor Who fans who are unhappy with the decision, so the time has come to speculate and expect… and of course look forward to Series 4 which is still shooting!

Speaking of Series 4, I’m guilty of missing a very significant piece of casting in the “Agatha Christie” episode. As reported in DWM (and subsequently by SFX – thanks Simon R Mills!):

* Christopher Benjamin will guest star in the Agatha Christie episode. Benjamin played theatrical impressario Henry Jago in fan-favourite classic Who serial “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”.

I once suggested that of actors involved with the classic series, Benjamin would be most likely to appear in the 2st century incarnation of the show. Well, I was only 4 series out! Christopher Benjamin is of course known as Sir Keith Gold in the Jon Pertwee Season 7 serial Inferno but better known as the theatre impresario Henry Gordon Jago in the Tom Baker classic (and I use the word with precision) The Talons of Weng Chiang.

This is uber-kul casting and I for one am well chuffed.

The same SFX article linked to above also refers to the mammoth Russell T Davies interview, in which he extolls the virtues of not going “dark”. Basically, he reckons it is excluding to casual viewers. Naturally he has no evidence for this. Still as he is an utter genius who writes in his sleep and has written all of the best Doctor Who episodes, He Knows.

iFMagazine reckon that Paul McGann’s recent suggestion that a series of movies was in the works with him in them could well be true, especially with David Tennant appearing in Hamlet with Patrick Stewart next year.

There have been rumors that a big screen DOCTOR WHO movie was in the works, and that former Doctor Paul McGann had been approached to reprise his role in it. According to McGann, this is not the case, though it’s not out of the realms of possibility: “They haven’t called me, but often you hear it first through rumour. But you know… yeah I’d go back and do it … as long as I don’t have to wear a wig.”

Of course, with everything else that’s happened this week, I’ll believe anything now. Incidentally, the Eighth Doctor audio adventure version of Shada is repeated on BBC 7 from September 10th, with two episodes a day broadcast on Monday, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th. See here for details.

Finally, congratulations to David Tennant on his recent award from TV Quick and TV Choice. Doctor Who also won an award, reports BBC News:

Best actor winner Tennant, who is to appear as Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company next year, said he was “very excited and very scared” about his forthcoming stage role.

He added that he did not know if he would play Doctor Who in the next full series, because “it’s in 2010”.

That’s the end of this news report. I’m just off to open the Church of RTD. I am a believer.


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