Starships were meant to fly
As part of this weekend's Guardian series: 50 years of Doctor Who
, six of the actors who have played The Doctor's companions - Louise Jameson, Freema Agyeman, Katy Manning, Carole Ann Ford, Billie Piper and Karen Gillan discuss their experiences on the show in video interviews.
(Links to print interviews within.) [more inside]
Diamanda Hagan is an obsessive Dr. Who fan in scary makeup. She posts extensive, entertaining, and exhaustively nerdy rants on some of the worst episodes of Nu Who. Behold! The Beast Below
, Voyage Of The Damned
, Victory Of The Daleks
, Fear Her
, The Next Doctor
, Planet Of The Dead
, The Doctor's Daughter
, and The End Of Time (The Whole Damn Thing)
British manned space flights; an insidious threat from outer space; a man mutating into an evil alien, his human consciousness being eaten away; and a scientist - utterly anti-Establishment, courageous and cerebral - the only man who can fight it. No, not Doctor Who, but his highly distinguished predecessor, Prof Bernard Quatermass
. A decade before Doctor Who first aired, the The Quartermass Experiment was the first science-fiction TV serial produced for adults
, and a live-to-viewers BBC production
, to boot. The show ran for six episodes in 1953, of which only the first two episodes are known survive
. The short sci-fi series spun off three original sequels
and a radio drama-documentary
, along with movie re-makes of the first three series
by Hammer Films
. BBC brought back live TV with a 2005 adaptation of the original 1953 series
. You can watch the various series on online (in parts on Daily Motion), thanks to fans of The British Rocket Group
. [more inside]
After Kad & Olivier sign off and the Satisfaction production logo fades, viewing audiences are oftentimes treated to a cold open of an empty talk show set... one that quickly becomes the impromptu dance floor for a shameless Frenchman making an absolute giddy fool of himself while lip-syncing pop songs alongside a menagerie of... wait, *what*?!
That's right. The Late Late Show
's Craig Ferguson appears to have a not-so-secret French admirer
-- one who's not above ripping off both his opening titles and his signature dance sequences
(including the iconic animal puppets
by The Jackson 5, "Flashdance"
by Irene Cara, "On the Floor"
by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, "Waka Waka"
by Shakira, "Men in Black"
by Will Smith, "Let's All Chant"
by the Michael Zager Band, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
by Wham!, "It's Raining Men"
by The Weather Girls, and "Vive Le Vent (Jingle Bells)"
by Tino Rossi.
Luckily, Ferguson's sense of showmanship is more prodigious than litigious
-- he responded to Arthur's "homáge
" by booking a pair of translatlantic crossover shows, with Arthur visiting LA that week and Ferguson flying out to Paris just last month. Video of both shows (plus lots more) inside! [more inside]
Last month, the BBC's Comic Relief
Night (Red Nose Day, previously
) featured the premiere of a two-part mini-sketch from "Doctor Who" penned by current showrunner Steven Moffat: Time
. [more inside]
During the month of December, tor.com has been publishing essays on the Twelve Doctors of Christmas
. Today artist Pia Guerra gives us the gift of an extended metaphor: the fifth Doctor as a Volvo
. [more inside]
Multiverses collide this week with the publication of "The Coming of the Terraphiles
," the first canonical Doctor Who
story written by the legendary Michael Moorcock
. [more inside]
The Doctor is set to regenerate once again as David Tennant calls time on Doctor Who. "When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me
" Tennant, widely acknowledged as one of the most popular actors ever to play the Doctor, said. "Now don’t make me cry. The 2009 shows will be my last playing the doctor.” [more inside]
As of 2010 Steven Moffat will be replacing Russell T. Davies
as lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who
. In 2005 Davies revived the series
, which had been dormant (bar the odd US co-production or audiodrama
) since 1989, for BBC Wales
. It won awards and was successful enough to spawn the spin-offs Sarah Jane Adventures
and the popular-in-America Torchwood
. He is replaced by Moffat
, one of the regular writers on the show, whose highly acclaimed episodes
have won a number of awards
. "I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say toughest 'cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing."
The geekiest thing you will see this month is this fan-made comic called The Ten Doctors
. Unexpectedly awesome, though!
The Two Doctors:
"David Tennant's Tenth Doctor is set to meet Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor in a special scene commissioned for BBC One's Children in Need." [more inside]
The Doctor is in!
After passing on the series last year
, the Sci-Fi Channel has decided to bring the BBC's new version of Doctor Who
to American viewers. Neither the Beeb's news release
explain the turnaround. In any case, good news for stateside Whovians, as well as those who have not yet made the good Doctor's acquaintance.
Newest Doctor Who David Tennant
received his first showcase tonight on the BBC's Children in Need Appeal
in an excellent special episode written by Russell T Davies and also starring Billie Piper. In case anyone missed it, it's available online at their website
, in streaming Real format. Fantastic!