Doctor Who

The BBC will screen the recent Doctor Who Prom on BBC Three in September.

The Prom will be cut down to an hour-long special set to screen at 8.30pm on September 6.

Along with the Prom, BBC Three will also show the documentary special Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments and also a repeat of this year’s series finale as a build-up.

The Matt Smith and Karen Gillan-hosted Prom took place on July 24 this year and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Source: Digital Spy

The One Show performing well

The new-look One Show has continued to perform well on BBC One with an audience of 4.29 million on Monday night. The magazine programme, hosted by Alex Jones and Jason Manford is only down a meagre 250k week-on-week.

Doctor Who video games launched

A Doctor Who video game is set to be launched on Nintendo DS called Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth and Wii called Doctor Who: Return To Earth. The games are aimed to be family focussed and centre around the Daleks and the Cybermen.

Spielberg planning comic book series

Steven Spielberg is to team up with Star Trek producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to develop a TV series around the comic book Locke and Key. The story centres around the Locke children as they attempt to recover from the murder of their father.

Hurt Locker TV series on the way

American network G4 is developing a new reality show inspired by the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker. The ten-episode series entitled Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan will follow a US Navy unit as they go about their lives in the war zone.

 

The BBC has released the full cast list for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.

Previously announced guests Michael Gambon, Katherine Jenkins and Danny Horn will be joined by Laurence Belcher, Leo Bill, Micah Balfour and Pookey Quesnel.

Bill has worked previously with Who’s Steven Moffat on Jekyll in 2007 as well as blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, while child star Belcher has popped up in BBC’s Little Dorrit.

Balfour will be familiar for fans of The Bill, with the actor playing PC Benjamin Gayle and Quesnel as Rachel Branning in EastEnders.

The special has completed its principal filming with the crew now looking ahead to Matt Smith’s second season outing as the Doctor.

Source: Digital Spy

Daleks voted greatest villain

Daleks have topped a recent poll which sought to find the greatest monsters in sci-fi history. The Doctor Who villains edged out Angel character Lorne and Gollum from The Lord of the Rings to take out the title in the SFX survey.

X Factor not funding Kylie appearance

X Factor bosses have said they will not be funding an appearance from Kylie Minogue on the upcoming season of the reality show. Word spread that Kylie was set to join sister Dannii on the Judges Houses section of the show but producers have said they will not pay for this to happen as the pop star is too expensive.

Prince to feature in reality show

Prince Harry will feature on a new reality TV show which will look to find a new group of talented British musicians. Harry will team with  a DJ friend on the BBC show which is all about “mentoring and encouragement” rather than contestants getting laughed at or voted off.

More Emmy presenters announced

The third wave of Emmy presenters has been announced with Joel McHale, LL Cool J, Matthew Perry and Keri Russell joining the likes of Tina Fey, Ricky Gevais and Sofia Vergara for the August 29 ceremony.

Kevin Spacey developing new show

Actor Kevin Spacey has signed a deal with HBO which will see him develop a new series with the network based a round a cult. The project, entitled The Crux, will centre on a charismatic cult leader and Spacey is looking to both star and direct.

England v Hungary pulls 6.25m

England’s first football match since their World Cup exit pulled an average of 6.25m viewers on Wednesday night. The 2-1 win against Hungary was watched by 28.7% of the audience share in the evening slot on ITV1.

E4 confirms School of Comedy return

School of Comedy has been confirmed for a second season run next month by E4. The sketch show will return to the network on September 13 with a range of new young cast members including Son of Rambow star Will Poulter.

Skins actor cast in new series

Former Skins actor Joe Dempsie has reportedly been cast in new series Game of Thrones alongside Lord of the Rings actor Sean Bean and 300’s Lena Headey. Dempsie, who played Chris in the first two seasons of the teen series, will play the armourer’s apprentice Gendry in the HBO series.

Doctor Who mini-eps to feature on DVD

A pair of Doctor Who mini-episodes will be included on the upcoming season five DVD. The two recently-filmed sequences called ‘Meanwhile, In The Tardis’ will show what the Doctor and Amy get up to between episodes.

MTV to release web-only series

MTV UK & Ireland has announced the launch of a digital-only series to be broadcast on the internet. The live-action show, called Being Victor, follows a teenage Scot as he struggles through teenage life helped out by his online alter ego, blogger Victor Sage.

Apart from having an excitingly English name, Benedict Cumberbatch is currently a busy boy. He’s the star of the new BBC series, Sherlock.

As soon as we lay eyes on him and saw the way he went about his business, it was clear who his inspiration was.

It seems that, as Sherlock, he’s essentially been asked to play the role as if he was the Doctor from Doctor Who.

This, naturally, saw us thinking that perhaps, he could be a future Doctor. It makes a lot of sense.

However, he reportedly turned down the chance to play the lead role in Doctor Who according to D:S.

That’s not to say he’s not a fan of the show. Apparently, he will be appearing in future episodes of the long-running sci-fi thingy.

According to The Sun, Cumberbatch was in the frame to replace David Tennant and spoke to the former Whovian about the opportunity but decided not to pursue the role, which of course, was given to Matt Smith.

Cumberbatch said: “David and I talked about it but I thought it would have to be radically different. “And anyway I didn’t really like the whole package – being on school lunchboxes.”

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Doctor Who DVD details

The DVD box-set of Doctor Who’s fifth season will feature specially filmed scenes which reveal what happened in the Tardis between episodes. Other features will be a video diary by Matt Smith and special editions of behind-the-scenes show Doctor Who Confidential.

More stars attached to Strictly

The lattest celebrities to be linked to the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing are soap Nathalie Emmanuel and model Sophie Anderton. The pair have reportedly been approached by producers to appear.

Justin Lee Collins to remain on Five

Five have announced that despite reports Justin Lee Collins’ shows have been axed the comedian will remain an integral part of the Five family. The network confirmed that Good Times has not been cancelled but did not comment on whether or not heads or Tails will return.

Chris Isaak for American Idol judging spot?

Chris Isaak has emerged as a frontrunner to take Simon Cowell’s place on the judging panel of American Idol. The singer has been approached to take the spot of the departing Cowell on the next season which has begun auditions in the US.

BBC seeking imposter Stig

The BBC has vowed to track down an imposter Stig who is going around pretending to be the celebrated racing driver. Reports have said a person has been travelling around the country in a car labelled with a Top Gear logo and has stopped to pose for photos with fans wearing the famous white racing suit and helmet.

 

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan host Doctor Who extravaganzas this weekend: Saturday 24 July, 7.30pm-c9.30pm and Sunday 25 July, 11am-c1pm.

Doctor Who returns to the BBC Proms for two family spectaculars, bursting with Daleks, Weeping Angels and of course, the famous Tardis. The concerts will be hosted by stars from the current series – Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) and special guest Matt Smith (The Doctor).

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, who record the soundtrack for the series, present a selection of intergalactic music – including Murray Gold’s music from the TV show, plus a selection of classical favourites including Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Mars from Holst’s The Planets and Orff’s Carmina Burnana.

Matt Smith says of the Doctor Who Proms: “Utterly nerve-wracking… I think that Murray Gold is incredible, totally incredibly – a genius – and to hear all that in the Royal Albert Hall will just be one of the most soaring experiences.”

More than 1,000 standing tickets are released on the day and families are encouraged to come along and Prom for £5. Seated tickets are now returns only.

Doctor Who first came to the Proms in 2008 and the concert dedicated to the hit series proved to be one of the hottest tickets that season. This year the concert returns not once, but twice, as part of the BBC Proms rich programme of family-friendly events throughout the 2010 season. The Proms Plus events on Saturday 24 July give families the opportunity to learn to play the Doctor Who music, and also to learn about the series from the behind-the-scenes staff.

The concert programme can be viewed on the Proms website, providing full details of the concert, the performers’ biographies and an interview with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

Live pictures will be available on the day.

Doctor Who Prom – Programme to include:

Murray Gold

Music from the Doctor Who series*

 

John Adams

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

 

Holst

The Planets – Mars

 

Orff

Carmina Burana – O Fortuna

 

Wagner

The Ride of the Valkyries

 

Karen Gillan – host

Matt Smith – host

London Philharmonic Choir

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

*Ben Foster – conductor

Grant Llewellyn – conductor

 

The Doctor Who Prom on Saturday 24 July is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded for broadcast in early September on BBC Three and BBC HD. It is audio-streamed live via the BBC Proms website at bbc.co.uk/proms and available via the BBC iPlayer for on-demand listening for seven days after broadcast.

 

Rumours are flying around saying that Matt Smith is going to jack-in his role in Doctor Who… and he could be doing it as soon as next year.

Currently filming the Christmas special, Smith is hoping to crack Hollywood by landing more movie roles.

Of course this means that, in recent years, the Doctor has had to regenerate with a lot more frequency than previous outings.

“Matt plans to quit after the next series,” a friend told the paper.

“He is eager to try new things and thinks Hollywood beckons.”

A BBC spokesperson added: “Matt is filming the Christmas special and then goes on to film the second series. Beyond that, the BBC and Matt won’t speculate on things.”

That said, recently, Smith noted that he wasn’t going to “give it up any time soon”, cheekily saying that he would be happy to continue in the role for “50 million years”.

What do you think? Can he win round fans like Tennant did?

Imagine The 11th Doctor has just finished Regeneration “Still not ginger” Amy pond says. “It is Electric Cooper” The Doctor (Rhys Darby) says.

These were the opening lines one Doctor Who fan wrote when he started a new Facebook page dedicated to scoring Rhys Darby with the role of the twelfth doctor.  This was on July 3rd.  However, now that rumors exist that Matt Smith may be planning to quit at the end of the next season, could the former Flight of the Conchords manager be in with a real chance?

On twitter, Darby wrote:

I would love to be the next Doctor Who. I tried to be the last one but got the frosty ‘it can’t be a non Brit’…

If you’d like to encourage this campaign beyond the 571 people who already like the idea of having Rhys Darby as the next Doctor Who, you can check out the Facebook page here.

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