For someone who does not care for fiction (made-up stuff about things that didn’t really happen), I have an unusual admiration for Doctor Who. I have a special reverence for Russell T Davies, the creative storytelling genius who revived, updated and played with an old story, and for Christopher Eccleston, a serious actor who took [...]
Following on from the short trail at the end of The Day of the Doctor back in November, we have finally been given a longer trailer of the Doctor Who Christmas special and it’s all getting pretty tense. There are Weeping Angels, Daleks and Cybermen and lots of explosions (naturally).
Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further, John Hurt is not the name of the Doctor. I’m referring to all those people who tweeted that John Hurt was the Doctor’s name at the end of The Name of the Doctor. Phew, now we’ve got that out of the way we can carry on.
After waiting nearly six months since the last instalment of Doctor Who, the BBC has released a trailer marking 50 years of the show.
So hurrah! Several more lost episodes of Doctor Who have been recovered, this time from a disused television relay station in Nigeria. It hasn’t come a moment too soon considering the 50th anniversary is only around the corner.
Between 2008-2009 Doctor Who had a hiatus of sorts. Instead of a full series there were several specials that saw the Doctor (David Tennant) travelling without a regular companion.
This is David Tennant’s last full series as the Doctor before he decided to leave and become a hard-bitten cop on Broadchurch and play Hamlet alongside Patrick Stewart a.ka. Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
‘Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck.’ Those are the most chilling words ever to be said on Doctor Who.
Another year and another Doctor, Christopher Eccleston only stayed for one series before moving on to other projects. The ninth Doctor regenerated after kissing Rose and absorbing all the power from the time vortex at the end of The Parting of Ways. And so the era of David Tennant’s tenth incarnation commenced.
It all started at a party. Writer Russell T. Davies had a brief conversation with television executive Jane Tranter about resurrecting Doctor Who. Davies had been campaigning for years to get Doctor Who back on the box and finally here was his chance.
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