Oi! Here we go, Kasterborites! A fresh edition of the infamous Kasterborous News Blast is here and it’s chock full of all things that are good! A look at David Tennant in his new Marvel role, a free Doctor Who class at Syracuse University, and update on a couple past Doctors, Verve signs a Who writer/director, the TWOish DOCTORS, Matt Smith filming Patient Zero, and David Tennant regenerates in Peter Capaldi (wait, what?!). With a news slate like this, it’s high time we began. Wouldn’t you agree, dear reader?
A Glimpse of Tennant as the Purple Man
If you noted the image at the start of the News Blast, you saw our Tenth Doctor in those gloriously campy purple pants. While still “potentially” missing the purple skin villain Zebediah Killgrave is known for in the comics, photos from the AKA Jessica Jones filming (courtesy of CBM and Radio Times) give us our first look at the series main antagonist. It’ll be interesting to see how he plays the role.
From the looks of the photo snapped with costar Kristen Ritter, there appears to be plenty of intensity between the pair as they face off throughout the series’ first season. Any one else looking forward to this?
Doctor Who In The Digital Age Covers Blink and Silence in the Library
Special topic college courses are always a mixed bag of greatness. Indeed, one of my favourite classes at university was a special topics romp that covered literature of the fantastic. For those in the Syracuse area (and online!), SU is featuring a free course covering classic and modern Doctor Who. Syracuse.com has been covering the course taught by Prof. Anthony Rotolo and last week’s session covered and screened Blink and Silence in the Library, oft identified as two of the fandom’s favourite episodes. Rotolo also offered some brief commentary on the episodes as well.
Regarding the Weeping Angels in Blink:
“Doctor Who’ has always been a tight budget show, They saved a lot of money with the Weeping Angels.”
Regarding reaction to companion Catherine Tate and fandom’s aversion to change:
“The assumption was that Catherine Tate was not appropriate for ‘Doctor Who. If you haven’t noticed yet, fans get edgy about any major changes.”
You can get more info here. Also, they have cocktails inspired by the show at the venue, as well. Next week is the “Pandorica” and the class focuses on the beginnings of the Matt Smith era.
Davison Turns 64 and Eccleston Gets Seconds on Fortitude
DoctorWhoNews has some updates on the Fifth and Ninth Doctors, respectively. Peter Davison celebrated his 64th birthday this week, but don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon. In addition to his cracking work with Big Finish, he’s also hanging in the West End, portraying Herbie in the revival of Gypsy. He’s also set to return as host of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular when it begins its UK tour next month.
Christopher Eccleston is also keeping busy, and received word that a second series of Fortitude has been ordered. The series is one of Sky Atlantic’s most successful original programmes.
Ahearne Joins Verve Agency
Joe Ahearne, or as I refer to him as the guy who directed all the Series 1 episodes that I liked, also made news this week as he and fellow writer, Malachi Smyth, were signed to new literary and talent agency, Verve. A major coup for the new endeavor as both writers are highly respected. Ahearne also wrote Danny Boyle’s Trance. Of course, now I have to wonder why we haven’t seen Ahearne working with Doctor Who since then. It’s not too late for Series 9, right? (Via The Wrap)
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to hear Troughton and Smith collaborate together, then the above video is here to help fill that need. As fan created work goes, this is a pretty spot on interpretation of the Second and Eleventh Doctors, complete with actual Time of the Doctor background music. While I typically prefer licensed audio adventures if I’m going to listen to that sort of thing, this is worth a listen. The respect for characters and men that played them is at the utmost.
Filming Begins on Patient Zero in Welwyn Garden City
I love me some zombie apocalypse action. Even if it is ‘B’ movie quality, I’m already there. You can already colour me excited about this project even though filming is just now underway. Why, you ask, dear readers? First, the aforementioned love of the genre. More importantly, my favourite Doctor (Matt Smith) has the leading role. Also, very excited to see Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games alum, Natalie Dormer squaring off against hordes of the undead.
The Welwyn Hatfield Times are reporting that the film’s production crew turned the Garden City location into a zombie ravaged town for filming this week. The above image shows us a SWAT team truck that’s seen better days. No plot details or photos of the cast, but as they become available we’ll be sure to pass them along.
Doctor Who/Broadchurch Crossover in Newzoids Sketch!
Newzoids tackle a question we’re not sure we would have asked anytime soon: what if former Doctor David Tennant regenerated into current Doctor Peter Capaldi on Tennant’s current show, Broadchurch? That answer is offered up gloriously in the above sketch. And no, Broadchurch (or Gracepoint, for that matter) is nothing like Doctor Who. Although, should a fourth series (or even during the third series, if timing allows) it seems more than an inspired thought to have Capaldi cameo in some small fashion.
Like a sunrise on Trenzalore, this News Blast is over nearly as quickly as it began. Let us know what you think about these developments in the comments section, won’t you?