A New Rani, A New Dalek Game and A New Spider-Girl?

Today, there’s more news than is socially acceptable. If you’re of a nervous disposition, take a sip of tea, read slowly and, if all else fails, watch City of Death for a while.

Engage safety. And three, two and… spike.

Siobhan Redmond IS The Rani!

The Rani

Big Finish has announced that they’re bringing the Rani back!

It was the idea of the late, great Kate O’Mara who initially portrayed the rogue Time Lady in The Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani, desperate to play the character once more. Producer, David Richardson remembers:

The Rani’s return was very much prompted by Kate. Her agent contacted me and said that she would love to reprise the role with us, and when I mentioned this to executive producer Nicholas Briggs and script editor Alan Barnes they leapt at the opportunity.

Justin [Richards] wrote The Rani Elite for us, and we were just a few weeks away from recording when the terrible news reached us that Kate had passed away. At first, we were not sure what to do – until Kate’s agent again got in touch again, and said that it had been Kate’s wish that we proceed with a new incarnation of the Rani.

Siobhan Redmond will star as the Rani after impressing the Big Finish team in Revenge of the Swarm, out in August (and sees the return of the big bad shrimp from The Invisible Enemy – and even though I just insulted him, I really do have a soft spot for that episode. After all, contact will be made).

Whilst I’m pleased to see the character return, it probably won’t end the “SUCH AND SUCH IS THE RANI!” fan speculation that takes up 62.357% (roughly) of the internet. Clara is the Rani! The TARDIS is the Rani! That Cyberman who kidnapped Angie in Nightmare in Silver is the Rani!

(Although I can, without doubt, confirm that Kasterborous editor, Christian Cawley, is the Rani. He looks incredible dressed as Bonnie Langford too, but don’t let that get around.)

The Rani Elite is out in December.

David Bowie IS… The Twelfth Doctor?!


Never thought I’d type that.

Peter Capaldi is a fan of Bowie and it seems the idea of having a buttoned-up white shirt (with rigidly starched collar) under his now-iconic get-up was inspired by the Ashes to Ashes singer’s Thin White Duke look!

Capaldi apparently attended three of the four concerts Bowie held in Glasgow, only missing the fourth for lack of funds. And that, dear reader, is the story of every music lover.

And a little fact for you: David Bowie’s eyes aren’t different colours. He has anisocora – unequal pupils – giving the effect of different colours. Have that, Wikipedia!

And Karen Gillan ISN’T Spider-Girl!

Karen's Selfie

Former companion, Karen Gillan is going to be in one of the biggest movies of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy, as the super villain, Nebula. But what if she were to portray a Marvel super heroine? Well, she’d like to be a female version of Spider-Man!

SFX suggested Spider-Woman – or one of her 326 alter egos, namely Julia Carpenter – but the redhead instead went for May “Mayday” Parker aka. Spider-Girl, the future daughter of Peter and Mary Jane. Actually, the possibly future daughter after Amazing Spider-Man lost its way (following J. Michael Straczynski’s brilliant run) and had its main character turn to the devil for help, thus eliminating his marriage to MJ from time and space. Look, it’s complicated, okay? Karen wants to be Spider-Girl. That’s all you should take away from this.

And yes, that above is her naked selfie to promote her show, Selfie. You can thank me later.

A Day in the Life of: Leela


A Day in the Life of, the mini-conventions that ran throughout The Wilderness Years, is to return with Louise Jameson, who played the wonderful Leela from The Face of Evil to The Invasion of Time.

Neil Goodman resurrects the Q&A, photo and signings sessions, which he co-founded with the Timeless fan club in the 1990s, at the newly-reopened Penarth Pavillion. Louise is a genuinely lovely person to chat to, so expect some great, witty anecdotes on 10th August. Adult tickets are £12 and £8 for children/concessions.

As a welcome change, autographs are free (though you’re limited to three per person), and profits got to Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd.

Find out more from WalesOnline – who also has a nice little quiz about the Doctor and Rose Tyler. Beware: the first question is a tricky, timey-wimey one… while others are just amusing.

Tooth and Claw

No Doctor Who at SDCC 2014!

It’s been announced that there won’t be a Doctor Who panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

That comes as a shock: every time the SDCC rolls around, the team put on quite a show and everyone always has a good laugh. Matt and David certainly had a good time when they regularly turned up.

Mind you, it comes very close to Doctor Who‘s worldwide tour, so efforts are understandably going into that instead. Nonetheless, the TARDIS crew will be represented at the event: BBC America’s booth wants to display your fan art to thousands of convention goers, so be sure to get out those crayons!

Arrow Keys Versus The Daleks!

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks

Upset about SDCC? Well, check out this unofficial free Dalek game demo in which you star as the Tenth Doctor. It’s good fun and could easily become addictive.

It looks like the Doc could use his sonic screwdriver against them, but I can’t figure out how. If you do, leave a helpful comment at the bottom. Please. Seriously. Give a guy a break.

I Need A Doctor: The Musical

This comedic play is about sitting in a doctor’s waiting room whilst kids run around screaming, an OAP coughs into his palm and rubs it onto your shoulder, and the receptionist sneers at you all and sprays you with air freshener. What’s that? It’s actually written by two proud Whovians,Jessica Spray and James Wilson-Taylor? It’s still about waiting rooms though, right? Right?!

The Rings of Akhaten 6Okay, so the pair have actually come up with an hour-long musical, completely unauthorised but more fun than The Twin Dilemma anyway.

I Need A Doctor – The Whosical is at Hayes’ Beck Theatre, Grange Road, on 3rd July.

Siiiiiinging in the Rain

You’re still annoyed about there being no Doctor Who SDCC panel? This tweet from The Sims 3 starring the Eleventh Doctor doing a little jig in the rain is sure to cheer you up.

And if you’re still moping about, just think: no panel means no exclusive trailers which will cause an uproar and set fan against fan. Yeah; thought that’d shut you up.

If you still feel like shouting about today’s frankly extensive news, the comments section below is looking awfully lonely right now…


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion: http://thedoctorwhocompanion.com/

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