Claire Bloom - Is This Doctor Who's Mother?
The UK Telegraph is reporting that actress Claire Bloom will be starring alongside David Tennant in his final story as Doctor Who – and she’ll be playing his mother.
Bloom, who is 78, now resides in London. It is well known that her Hollywood film career was sparked after being discovered by the renowned Charlie Chaplin, since which she went on to appear in more than a hundred films and television series.
A friend of the actress apparently told the Daily Mail: “The script is a very closely guarded secret, as the producers are desperate for Claire’s appearance to be a surprise.”
Bloom’s American Manager Marion Rosenberg reportedly said: “It is happening. They are filming at the moment. I have been organising her schedule.”
With the BBC declining to comment, we’ll have to add this one to the rumor basket for the time being.
Cyber Controller from 'Doctor Who' - The Age of Steel (click for larger image)
Some collectibles are must haves when it comes to serious fans, and this replica Cyber Controller from the 2006 David Tennant Doctor Who episode ‘The Age of Steel’ fits that category.
Sculpted by Weta Workshop’s David Tremont and Ben Hawker, it stands (or is that sits?) 31cm high and will become a sure-fire rare collectible since it’s a Limited Edition of only 900 pieces.
Buying one will set you back NZD$488.00 (around US $277) which is really quite cheap considering these are not only limited editions, but they are A+++ perfect high quality scale replica’s. Honestly, this is one #$%@%@ awesome collectible that we are going gah gah over.
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Replica from the Doctor Who episode 'Dalek'
Here’s an amazing collectible from Doctor Who. It’s a perfect 1:6 scale replica model of the Dalek from the Christopher Eccleston episode titled ‘Dalek’ (first aired 14 April 2006).
Doctor Who fans will know the episode well, it was certainly one of the best Dalek episodes ever. In the episode, a billionaire collector holds the last relic of an extinct alien race, the oldest and deadliest of the Doctor’s foes, a Dalek! When the metal encased mutant escapes its prison and captures Rose (Billie Piper), her death seems assured, but surprising everyone, the Dalek spares her. In emotional turmoil, the Dalek opens its armoured frame to let sunlight play over the pitiful being inside, the creature exhibits tenderness and vulnerability uncharacteristic of its maniacal brethren. When the Doctor arrives to rescue Rose, she pleads for the Dalek, forcing him to choose between compassion and revenge for the extermination of his people.
This model, sculpted by Weta Workshop’s David Tremont and Daniel Cockersell, highlights that moment from the episode with exact detail.
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Doctor Who: Wet Exclusive Cyberman Leader Helmet
This is a very cool Doctor Who collectible exclusive to Weta.
If you’re a Doctor Who fan and you remember the 1982 story ‘Earthshock’ (when Peter Davison was the Doctor) then this collectible will be very familiar to you.
This ‘Cyberman Leader Helmet’ is made from cast metal and comes with a polystone display stand. It was created by Weta model maker and Doctor Who fan, David Tremont.
It weighs 1 kg, measures 19cm x 10cm x 8cm, and costs NZ $120 (but will really set you back NZ $132.35 with tax/pre-order fees). That’s a pretty damn good price when you consider it’s a Limited Edition of only 500 pieces.
Here’s the trailer from the Doctor Who story in which it appears:
Visit Weta for more details.
ABC Television have finally announced when the Doctor Who easter special, ‘Planet of the Dead’, will air in Australia.
Australian’s can tune into the ABC at 7pm on Sunday May 31st.
The timeslot was confirmed by Audience and Consumer Affairs in an email to a member of the Doctor Who Forum.
Source: Outpost Gallifrey
Gillian Anderson may play 'The Rani' in Doctor Who
Gillian Anderson, aka Scully in the X-Files, may appear in an upcoming Doctor Who story with the new Doctor, Matt Smith.
According to a report by the UK Telegraph, the producers of Doctor Who are keen for Anderson to appear as the renegade Time Lady ‘The Rani’, a scientific genius and dangerous enemy of the Doctor.
The Rani has previously been played by UK actress Kate O’Mara.
From The Telegraph:
An insider told the Daily Express newspaper: “Gillian obviously has a massive sci-fi following and it’s felt that it would be a major coup to have her appear in Doctor Who.
“The team behind the show are keen for the next Doctor to have lots of new enemies and Gillian would be a glamorous and impressive addition to the list.
“The Rani would be a perfect role for her as the character used to be regarded as one of the Doctor’s most deadly opponents.”
Full article here.
Lee Evans As UNIT Tech Expert Malcolm Taylor
The UK Sun is reporting that a new Doctor Who spinoff series is on the mind of series boss Russell T. Davies.
The new series will be dedicated to two specific characters. The first is UNIT technology expert Malcolm Tayor (Lee Evans), who first appeared in the recent Easter special, ‘Planet of the Dead.’ The second is Capt. Magambo (Noma Dumezweni) who also appeared in the same special.
Davies was so impressed with the performance of both characters that he now sees potential in them holding their own series as a leading double-act. He even went as far to say as the new series could make it to screens by the end of the year.
So what are the exact plans for the new series?
“It’s too early to reveal these plans,” Davies adds.
Matt Smith is the 11th Doctor Who
BBC Wales has announced three key Doctor Who production team appointments as the series readies itself for the arrival of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.
Tracie Simpson (producer of Doctor Who: Planet Of The Dead) and Peter Bennett (producer of the forthcoming Torchwood series) have been appointed as producers.
Beth Willis, producer of BBC drama series Ashes To Ashes, will join new Lead Writer Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger as an executive producer.
Willis will work closely with Bennett and Simpson on the day-to-day running of the new series as part of her executive role.
Doctor Who Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat said: “Beth and Tracie and Pete aren’t the A Team, they’re the people the A Team call. Tracie and Pete are the backstage stars of Doctor Who and having them on board as producers isn’t just the best possible news for Matt Smith’s first series, it’s a massive relief.
BBC Wales Head of Drama Piers Wenger said: “Having Beth, Pete and Tracie on board is nothing short of thrilling. In their time on the show, Tracie and Pete have worked miracles. Joining forces with a talent like Beth will ensure that Doctor Who remains one of the most exciting and, frankly, formidable production teams around.”
Pre-production begins in May with shooting due to get under way later in the summer in and around the Cardiff area.
There are three more Doctor Who specials left with David Tennant starring in the lead role as the Doctor. ‘Waters of Mars’ will air in November, the second will air on Christmas Day, then the third will air on New Years Day 2010.
Planet Gallifrey have posted images from the sets where the final two specials are being filmed. We can’t be sure if these images are from the Christmas Day or the New Years Day episodes, or a mixture of both.
Obviously images from the set could be deemed spoilers, so it’s up to you if you want to look.
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The Doctor gets an ominous warning in 'Planet of the Dead'
Outpost Gallifrey are reporting that the latest Doctor Who special, ‘Planet of the Dead’, was the most watched programme on BBC1 for the day and had the second highest ratings on all UK TV. According to unofficial figures, the Easter special attracted 8.41 million viewers making it the eighth most watched programme of the week.
‘Planet of the Dead’ is the first of four hour-long specials. Unfortunately there’s going to be a long wait before fans get to see them all. The second special, titled ‘The Waters of Mars’ won’t air until November. The third will air on Christmas Day in the UK, and the fourth on New Years Day in 2010.
It is said the remaining specials will each have a connection that edges towards the final Doctor Who episode with David Tennant, and that the remaining specials will take a darker turn (which is quite evident in the trailer to ‘The Waters of Mars’.) It was also evident at the end of ‘Planet of the Dead’ when a mysterious psychic handed the Doctor an ominous warning:
“You be careful, because your song is ending sir. It is returning, it is returning through the dark..and then Doctor..oh but then…he will knock four times…,” she says.
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