In an interview with Times Online, Doctor Who Executive Producer/Writer Russell T. Davies has stated he would have loved to have done a Doctor Who and Star Trek crossover.
I would have loved to have done a Star Trek crossover. The very first year, we talked about it. Then Star Trek finally went off air. Landing the Tardis on board the Enterprise would have been magnificent. Can you imagine what their script department would have wanted, and what I would have wanted? It would have been the biggest battle.
The interview then moves on from Star Trek to Star Wars, with Davies being asked whether or not Geoge Lucas asked him to participate in his new live-action Star Wars series.
He came knocking on every single writer’s door in the whole land. And there are British writers working for him on this Star Wars series. But I’m not allowed to say who. The writers are out there now, at Skywalker Ranch (in California). Yesterday, they were allowed into the props room; they were playing with lightsabers. It’s a lovely job. But I’m not going to do a sci-fi series that’s second-rate compared to Doctor Who (hoots of laughter).
He was also asked how much influence he would exert over Matt Smith’s version of Doctor Who:
Absolutely none. I wouldn’t want to write a single word for him. When he appears, every word will be written by Steven Moffat. He’s Steven’s, and Matt’s, character.
David Tennant was also present in the interview, which you can read here.
Yes, this is cool – an 18-inch tall, radio-controlled voice activated Supreme Black Dalek that will also guard your room and react to movement.
I’ved posted about this before, so why am I posting this again? Well apart from the fact that it’s a cool collectible, Entertainment Earth are having a huge Anniversary Sale and I notice they’ve knocked 50% off the price.
Check out this excellent promo for the upcoming Doctor Who special, ‘Planet of the Dead’. It’s apparently not an officially released trailer (the quality is evidence of that), but it still works to heighten the anticipation!
UPDATE: ‘Planet of the Dead’ premieres on BBC One on Saturday, April 11 from 6:45 to 7:45 pm.
The upcoming Doctor Who special ‘Planet of the Dead’, starring David Tennant and Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman / Merlin), will air on April 12 – but if you’re keen to see a preview of it here’s your chance.
Three different venues in the UK have been selected to show an advance screening of the special.
Whilst the previews are rumored to occur in Denby and Newport, as yet the only confirmed venue seems to be Theatr Hafren in Newton, Wales. Theatr Hafren will host the screening on April 10.
Theatr Hafren director Sara Clutton said: “We are absolutely delighted, it is something free for our customers and we are delighted to be able to open our doors and put on something different. It just builds on the success we had at the Here for You roadshow two years ago.”
Anyone who would like to attend the exclusive screening should contact the ticket line on 0330 3330560.
The special that concludes David Tennants reign as Doctor Who begins filming this Monday (30th March).
The news comes as BBC Radio 7 prepares to broadcast a question and answer session with Executive Producer Julie Gardner, Director Euros Lyn, Production designer Edward Thomas, Brand manager Ian Grutchfield and Dalek operator Barnaby Edwards. The session deals with questions about how the show is made.
If you want to listen in, head to BBC Radio 7 here. Transmision starts at 00:00 GMT on Sunday 29th March.
Note: It’s advertised with a duration of 120 minutes that includes the presence of Russell T Davies, however Davies has since pulled out and Gallifrey One state the program is only scheduled in a one hour slot.
When a London bus takes a detour to an alien world, the Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina, in this one-off seasonal special. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets, hidden in the sand. And time is running out, as the deadly Swarm gets closer.
Planet Of The Dead features David Tennant as the Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina and Lee Evans as Malcolm. It is written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts.
An exact airdate date is expected to be confirmed at the end of this week.
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jan) and Tom Baker (the 4th Doctor Who)
In what is possibly the coolest news so far this week, the Daily Express reports that Tom Baker may return for a cameo appearance once Matt Smith takes over from David Tennant as the new Doctor Who.
Insiders on the popular sci-fi series say discussions have already been held for the now 75 year old actor to return alongside Elisabeth Sladen (aka Sarah Jane Smith). Sladen first appeared with the 3rd Doctor (played by the late Jon Pertwee) and remained in the series with Tom Baker’s incarnation until 1976.
Tom Baker is the longest serving Doctor Who having played the fourth Doctor for seven consecutive seasons from 1974 to 1981. He has also appeared in a number of Doctor Who documentary specials since his final appearance in the series 28 years ago.
At this stage the BBC have not confirmed the newspaper report.
BBC One’s Tonight’s The Night is running a competition that offers the winner the chance to appear as an Alien in a specially-written Doctor Who scene. The scene will be filmed by the Doctor Who production team on the set of the TARDIS and will air in the final episode of Tonight’s The Night in April/May 2009.
Tonight’s The Night aims to help ordinary people live out their performing fantasies for real and become the most unlikely stars that Saturday evenings have ever seen. In this particular case, the wish it aims to fulfill is one that belongs to a Doctor Who fan somewhere out there.
Host of Tonight’s The Night, John Barrowman (West End / Torchwood / Doctor Who), says: “This is a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to see the winner experience performing on the set of Doctor Who.”
Here’s what you have to do: You must submit an application featuring a photograph of them in their home-made alien costume, along with information about their alien, such as where it’s from and its characteristics. But there’s a catch – you have to be a resident of the United Kingdom and over the age of 18 to participate.
A group of 50 applicants will be selected to meet a panel including John Barrowman and Doctor Who casting director, Andy Pryor. From these 50, 10 will be carried through to a final elimination where a final applicant will be selected for a trip to the Doctor Who set to spend several hours working with the award winning Doctor Who production team to bring their scene to life.
Applications close on Saturday 28 March 2009, so you better get moving!