Doctor Who

A number of complaints have been received by the BBC over sexual content in an episode of Doctor Who.

The BBC had 43 complaints sent their way following the airing of the latest episode of the hit drama in which the Doctor shared an intimate scene with Amy Pond.

The uproar is over a scene where Pond (Karen Gillan) kisses the Doctor and attempts to remove his clothing before commenting on the length of time since he last had sex and propositioning a one-night stand.

“I have to say the scene was slightly out of place in a children’s programme. I thought it sailed pretty close to the wind.” A Mediawatch UK spokeswoman has said.

The BBC has shaken off the controversy, saying: “Millions of Doctor Who fans watched and enjoyed last Saturday’s episode, including the lighthearted and humorous scene in which Amy kissed the Doctor.”

Source: Digital Spy

 

Sci-fi writer Terry Pratchett has launched into Doctor Who, accusing aspects of the BBC show as being “ludicrous”.

 In an article for science-fiction and fantasy magazine SFX, Pratchett has noted that the popular series “breaks most of the laws of narrative”.

“On planet Earth it’s generally taken for granted that it’s a bad thing to introduce into a narrative some last-minute solution that was totally unexpected and unheralded … The unexpected, unadvertised solution which kisses it all better is known as a deus ex machina – literally, a god from the machine. And a god from the machine is what the Doctor now is,” said Pratchett.

“A decent detective story provides you with enough tantalising information to allow you to make a stab at a solution before the famous detective struts his stuff in the library. Doctor Who replaces this with speed, fast talking, and what appears to be that wonderful element ‘makeitupasyougalongeum’. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I would dare try to jump-start a spaceship that looks like the Titanic by diving it into the atmosphere.”

Pratchett, a bestselling fantasy author and long-time Doctor Who fan, is also dubious as whether fans should be calling the series ‘science-fiction’.

“Much has been written about the plausibility or otherwise of the Star Trek universe, but it is possible to imagine at least some of the concepts becoming real. But the sonic screwdriver? I don’t think so. Doctor Who’s science is pixel thin. I’m sorry about this, but I just don’t think that you can instantly transport a whole hospital onto the moon without all of the windows blowing out. Oh! You use a force field, do you?! And there’s the trouble; one sentence makes it all OK.

“I just wish that it was not classified as science fiction.”

Despite savaging aspects of the series in his article, Pratchett admits he is still a fan.

“I might shout at the screen again, but I will be watching on Saturday.”

Source: Guardian

The new Doctor’s popularity is well-and-truly growing around the world with a new viewership record set in the US for BBC America.

The premiere of the new Doctor Who series, starring new Doctor Matt Smith, drew 1.2 million viewers in total, which now stands as the most watched telecast the network has ever had.

BBC America also stated that Doctor Who is the most popular TV series on the iTunes store.

The premiere also set a new record in the adults 25-54 demographic, making it No. 2 in its time slot among ad-supported cable networks.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The regenerations of the Doctor are a staple part of the mythology of Doctor Who, but across the past five decades there has been another constant in the series; the changing faces of his Companion. Now, as Inverness-born Karen Gillan becomes the latest actress to join the Doctor in the TARDIS, we find out her thoughts on landing one of the most enviable roles in British television and making her mum cry…

“It was one of the strangest experiences ever; it was a really weird feeling!” exclaims Karen Gillan about her casting as Amy Pond.

“I found out on the day of my second audition with Matt, so at least I didn’t have a really long wait. It just didn’t feel real, and I couldn’t believe it!”

But auditioning for Doctor Who is unlike any other audition for the excitable, down-to-earth actress: “I knew that the audition was for the part of the Companion, but I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone about it. They even had a code name for the role because it was so top secret. The code name was ‘Panic Moon’; an anagram of Companion which I thought was really clever.”

Even after Karen discovered she had been cast as Amy Pond the veil of secrecy was not lifted: “I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone that I got the part but my boyfriend was with me when I found out so there was rather a lot of screaming!

“I decided not to tell my parents as I didn’t want to spoil the surprise but when I finally did tell them I made a special day of it and my mum took a day off work. She just couldn’t believe it when I told her. She was doing the dishes and she literally stopped in her tracks and cried. She’s a huge fan of the show, has been a fan for years. She even has Dalek bubble bath at home!”

However, when the BBC announced her casting Karen was just as curious as her parents to find out what reaction she’d get from the fans.

“I couldn’t resist it; I couldn’t stop myself from having a look online to see what people thought,” laughs Karen.

“Although after a while it all got a bit strange seeing people talking about me so I had to stop and I haven’t looked since!”

Part of the interest in Karen was due to her being a relative newcomer to the industry, so how would she explain her life so far to the public?

“I’m from Inverness in Scotland, right up in the Highlands. When I was 16 I moved to Edinburgh to study acting and I stayed there for a year, then at 17 I decided to move to London to continue my acting career,” she reveals. “I also did a little bit of modelling for two years which I enjoyed. I met some great people and it was a really fantastic experience.”

As the countdown to the new series starts, Karen is determined not to allow the intense interest in the show to distract her.

“There is no other show that brings the same level of interest and hype or frenzy around it. I don’t think it’s really registered with me yet although I’m sure it will do when it gets closer to transmission. But mainly it’s just great to know there are loads of people that are interested in the show and care about it. I think the best thing for me is to concentrate on doing the job well.”

Karen’s first day of filming the series was made even more memorable by her first encounter with the one thing which, more than any other, represents the show.

“It was great having the TARDIS there. It felt quite strange to see it on a beach in Wales; it’s such a beautiful and iconic thing.”

But seeing the exterior of the TARDIS still couldn’t prepare Karen for the moment when she first entered the blue box, as she explains: “I was in awe of the whole thing. I’d seen the old one so much on TV and then I walked into the new one and it was breathtaking; just the sheer scale of it. It was so exciting. I thought to myself that I had to remember that moment for when Amy walked into it for the first time.”

Since Doctor Who’s return in 2005, there have been a number of memorable Companions for the Doctor. How does Karen feel Amy compares to those that have gone before?

“Well, for a start Steven Moffat has written a brilliant character. I do think Amy is different from previous Companions because she’s very equal to the Doctor. She doesn’t take his word as gospel and she’s always happy to challenge him. If he tells her to do something then she won’t necessarily do it, she might go off and do her own thing which can sometimes create a rift between the two of them! They are best pals though and it’s a very up and down relationship because they are both very passionate people.”

So is it fair to say that we will see some conflict between Amy and The Doctor?

“The Doctor is definitely an alpha male and Amy is an alpha female, so when they meet, they combust. They have quite a turbulent relationship but it’s also really passionate and they care about each other. Amy can really hold her own against him and Steven’s written some great one-liners. It’s a great relationship.”

As soon as the series started filming and Karen was pictured in the media it became clear that Amy Pond has a very unique style. So how involved was Karen in the sartorial choices?

“I think it’s quite important that I feel like her when I wear the clothes. So I worked quite closely with the costume designer, Ray, and also the producers, to come up with the signature Amy look. They were generally vintage clothes, but we tried to incorporate high street styles as well because Amy is young. I think naturally there is going to be some of me in her style, as I relate to Amy and we are the same age as each other.”

And Karen feels Matt Smith, as the youngest actor ever to play the Doctor, has risen to the challenge admirably.

“I think Steven said it perfectly; Matt manages to be old and young at the same time,” explains Karen.

“That’s the great thing about the Doctor; he has the energy and mischief of a young child as well as the wisdom, age and intelligence of someone a lot older. Also, with Matt’s performance in particular, he’s so believable that he isn’t human. He has all these things that he does that make you really believe he is an alien or a Time Lord and you’re drawn in by that.”

However, as well as working with Matt, the series has also given Karen the opportunity to work with a spectacular array of guest stars.

“That’s the fantastic thing about Doctor Who, you get the most amazing people coming in as guest stars. I got to work with incredible actors; Alex Kingston is back as River Song and she’s a legend! I’m managing to learn so much from all of these people. I feel privileged and I’m always trying to pick up tips from them.”

Is there anyone who hasn’t been in the series yet that Karen would love to work with?

“As a Scot, I have to say that Billy Connolly would be really great and really funny. It would also be amazing to have someone like Judi Dench to come in and play a character. That would be mind blowing!”

If Karen were in Amy’s place and could commandeer the TARDIS for a day, where would her first stop be?

“I would like to go millions of years into the future to see how people have changed and what technology we have come up with. Also, it would be really interesting to see how far humans have advanced physically. There is this theory that people are going to get really frail and skinny with big heads because they only use their brains and not their body. If I was going to go into the past then I think it would definitely be to see Elvis in concert or visit Gracelands.”

There is one question which will be asked more than any other in the coming months and Karen is unequivocal in her answer; who is Karen’s favourite Doctor?

“That’s simple. Matt.”

It may be the eleventh time an actor has taken on the iconic role of the Doctor but Matt Smith hasn’t let that stand in his way of creating his very own vision for the world-famous character. Here the star of Party Animals and Moses Jones explains what it was like to land one of the biggest roles in television and talks about his dream trip in the TARDIS.

“It was quite weird news to receive” says Matt Smith, the youngest actor to play the title role of hit sci-fi show Doctor Who.

“I mean at that point it was a piece of information I couldn’t share with anyone so it didn’t feel tangible, but needless to say I was very pleased.

“I actually ended up walking around London listening to Sinatra on my iPod,” laughs the 27-year-old as he tries to explain the moment he found out he had won the much-coveted role of the Doctor.

“Funnily enough my mum had texted me to say she thought I should play the Doctor a week before my agent asked me to audition so she was delighted I got the part. I was also abroad when it was announced on the BBC and my phone went mad – the bill was enormous!”

Spanning five decades, Doctor Who has been a part of British culture for nearly 50 years. Since its successful return in 2005 both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant have played the title role and made their own mark on the eccentric Time Lord. Now it’s Matt’s turn to give his own portrayal of the iconic character; a challenge which some young actors may have shied away from.

“I think these things are only as intimidating as you allow them to be,” explains Matt.

“It’s a real privilege to join such a successful show; it’s a bit like joining Man Utd. It’s good to be part of something strong and long may it continue. Plus, I couldn’t have inherited the role from a nicer man. I guess it’s like anything really, the more you do something the less daunting and intimidating it becomes.”

However, Matt admits his first day of filming, which took place on a beach in wet and windy conditions, was both daunting and challenging.

“It was very tough because we were up against the tide and could only film until 3.00pm,” reveals Matt.

“It felt like being in a twilight zone because there were so many people watching and dozens of paparazzi around! It was nice that Karen was there as well though,” he continues, “because we were both going through the same experience. We were also surrounded by Doctor Who fans and every time I had to nip to the toilet they followed me. I’ve now learnt this is the norm on Doctor Who!”

Central to the story is the TARDIS which transports The Doctor across time and space to a wonderful array of worlds and universes. The TARDIS is a living creature and regenerates along with the Doctor in the opening episode of the new series. The details of the new TARDIS will remain an on-screen surprise for viewers but Matt confesses he was like a boy in a sweet shop when he first set foot in it.

“It’s like a Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche all moulded into one!” exclaims the excited actor.

“It’s so incredible because the TARDIS is an icon of our cultural history and suddenly I’m the one who’s flying it. I am quite clumsy though so I kept breaking parts of the console and the poor production team had to keep fixing it,” chuckles Matt.

“But the TARDIS is a magic concept and it provides a constant source of wonderment and adventure for both the Doctor and the viewers.”

But where would he like the TARDIS to take him if he could go anywhere?

“I would definitely travel back in time to see the dinosaurs and then I’d get the TARDIS to take me to the bottom of the sea to the lost city of Atlantis,” says Matt.

“I’d also like to go back in time and hang out with Sinatra for a bit but if I could star alongside anyone in Doctor Who it would have to be Eric Cantona. He’s a legend and he dabbles in acting now so you never know, it could happen!”

There have been 10 previous incarnations of the Doctor, each with their own traits and quirks, but what can viewers expect from this bow-tie wearing Doctor?

“He is still the same man but I think my Doctor is a bit more reckless; he’s a thrill-seeker and addicted to time travel,” reveals Matt.

“He is the mad buffoon genius who saves the world because he’s got a great heart, spirit and soul but he also doesn’t suffer fools. I hope all of these things come across but I think I’ve also injected a bit of my own personality into the role. I also helped choose the Doctor’s costume which was great fun. Steven Moffat was very keen the outfit isn’t seen as the overriding factor of the Doctor’s personality but we still needed to find something that felt right. We tried on lots of things but kept reaching a dead end and we dismissed a number of items including a long leather coat, a long blue coat and some short punky stuff! But then one day I brought in my braces and a tweed jacket and it went from there. Soon we had the whole outfit although something still felt like it was missing and I asked if I could try on a bow tie – at that point the execs all bowed their heads in concern but luckily when I tried it on we agreed it worked and it has sort of become the signature of my Doctor now.”

Joining the Doctor on his adventures throughout time and space is new Companion Amy Pond, played by red-headed beauty Karen Gillan and Matt admits the pair of them found it difficult to remain serious when filming scenes together.

“I always used to look forward to us being in make-up together, we would just make each other crack up. I think that’s important because it forms part of the energy of the show,” explains Matt.

“I also think the Doctor and Amy share a slightly mad relationship; she’s a handful and he likes the fact she challenges him and can sometimes act a bit bonkers. The way they are introduced to each other is truly magical and they form a deep affinity for one another.”

Throughout this series Amy and the Doctor go on some truly extraordinary adventures including travelling to 16th-century Venice, exploring France during the 1890s and visiting the United Kingdom in the far future, now an entire nation floating in space.

However, the Doctor’s enemies are never far behind him, including old nemeses the Daleks and Weeping Angels, plus new monsters such as alien vampires, humanoid reptiles and a silent menace that follows the Doctor and Amy wherever they go.

“I loved filming the vampire stuff in Croatia which doubled up for Venice,” reveals Matt.

“I had to climb a huge bell tower with a rain machine pummelling water at me. It was freezing cold but I absolutely loved it! I also enjoyed filming part of episode 10 when I was yanked through the air on a harness after being hit by an invisible monster. However, my favourite scene to film was in episode one when I ate fish fingers and custard with Amelia. Luckily they were actually breaded cakes so it wasn’t quite as bad as it sounds. I had to eat a lot of them but it was an enchanting scene so it was worth it.”

But what is it about Doctor Who that has turned it into a cultural phenomenon spanning five decades of British TV?

Matt thinks he has the answer: “The idea is magic. Time travel and the TARDIS are just brilliant concepts and within the context of television it gives writers the opportunity to pen amazing stories because they have the scope to go anywhere and do anything. Doctor Who is infinite in its orbit and imagination and so it has fulfilled audiences’ desires throughout the decades and will hopefully continue to do so in the future.”

Steven Moffat is a BAFTA-award winning writer whose career in television has spanned more than twenty years and produced some of the UK’s best-loved television dramas in that time. But more than that, he is a Doctor Who fan who has just been handed his dream job: being in charge of the world’s most iconic drama series.

“I suppose I could say the reason I started working in TV is because I was such a huge fan of Doctor Who,” explains Steven.

“I was absolutely fascinated and thrilled by the show. I wanted to know how the TARDIS disappeared, how all the special effects worked and why the Doctor changed. As a viewer you want to know why he looks different; it’s a show that compels you to look behind the scenes. In fact, over the years, I think I’ve bought every single issue of Doctor Who Magazine since it launched.”

But there was a long period when Doctor Who was not on screen; did Steven ever worry that he wouldn’t get the opportunity to achieve his lifelong ambition and write for the show?

“I tumbled through the door of children’s TV, became quite a cool children’s TV writer for about 48 seconds in 1989 and they basically axed Doctor Who that day!” says Steven with a chuckle. “After 26 years, just when I thought I’d finally get to write for the show, I missed out by an afternoon.”

However, fate was obviously on Steven’s side and in 2005 Doctor Who was resurrected and has become one of the biggest shows on UK television under the guidance of Russell T Davies.

“The transition has been strange and has lasted a long time for me; since I first got an email from Russell about the job in fact,” explains the Paisley-born writer.

“We’ve been saying goodbye to each other for two and a half years now – we’d really better stop before one of us drops dead in a desperate bid for closure. I hugely enjoyed working with Russell and every time I came back to Doctor Who during those years it was an absolute treat. I knew this job was going to be difficult; I was never under any illusion about it. I could see that Russell was getting tired and he has acknowledged he is a workaholic. I’ve managed to take up workaholism, but it never sits quite as easy with me.”

The actual moment of regeneration was, of course, the pinnacle of that transition and Steven’s first chance to write for the new Doctor.

“It was Russell’s courtesy to allow me to write Matt’s first scene when the regeneration happened and he was adamant about that. He’s a fan like I am and he’ll always be motivated by that. He wouldn’t like to think as a member of the audience that the old writer had written the new Doctor. In our heads that’s where the new era begins, that’s what matters to us.”

Doctor Who has already had multiple incarnations on television, so casting the perfect actor for the lead role presented some interesting debates.

“I had a clear idea, which actually turned out to be the absolute opposite of what we ended up doing – which always happens when you get the casting right,” reveals Steven.

“I actually remember at the beginning of the process when I got a little bit cross whilst looking at the list of actors as it was full of people in their twenties. I said to everyone that we couldn’t have a Doctor who is 27. My idea was that the person was going to be between 30–40 years old, young enough to run but old enough to look wise. Then, of course, Matt Smith comes through the door and he’s odd, angular and strange looking. He doesn’t come across as being youthful at all, in the most wonderful way.”

But alongside the new Doctor is a brand new Companion, played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan. What was it about her that made her perfect for the role?

“The challenge with casting the Companion is that there are only so many people that would actually go through those blue doors. It has to be someone that loves adventure and doesn’t quite feel at home with where they are,” explains Steven.

“They have to be a feisty, fun-loving and gutsy person – and now we’ve got Karen Gillan. She was just exactly right for the role despite inhabiting Amy Pond in a way that was quite different from how I originally wrote the part.”

An inevitable question that will be asked of the new series is how it differs from those that have gone before.

“I’ve never done anything differently, at least not deliberately,” says Steven. “I just try and think of all the best and maddest Doctor Who stories I want to watch, and get them made – there are worse ways to make a living. You could say that I’m more into the clever plots; I like the big twists and the sleight of hand. I like playing around with time-travel but I don’t think it should be at the front of Doctor Who in every episode.

“However, I do think it should happen more often and reinforce the fact he has an odd relationship with time. For example, no one is ever dead to him. He can’t say ‘I knew Winston Churchill’, he’d say ‘I know Winston Churchill’. Everyone in the whole universe is still alive to him and he has no sense of time passing. I find that all fascinating. If you look at the stories I’ve written so far I suppose I might be slightly more at the fairy-tale and Tim Burton end of Doctor Who, whereas Russell is probably more at the blockbuster and Superman end of the show.”

But what does Steven feel is the most important ingredient to Doctor Who?

“I think it is centrally vital for Doctor Who that at its heart and in its soul it is a children’s programme. Not one that excludes adults, but one that welcomes them in. But when Doctor Who is really working, when it really delivers, the entire audience is eight years old – whatever age they started out!”

Despite the lengthy transition, there finally came the day when all of the hard work was realised; the first day of filming of the new series.

“By accident it was the most magical beginning. We went down onto this perfect, white beach,” reveals Steven. “The TARDIS and our two main characters were there and we could just see that blue rectangle facing us. It was like a stamp stuck on a picture, it was so perfect! I remember walking down thinking this is properly magical; we’re not starting with some secondary characters that end up getting killed by an electric slug, or something. We’re actually starting with the Doctor and the Companion stepping out of the TARDIS talking to River Song.”

Steven has, in the past, described the TARDIS as the best storytelling and plot device that there is. But if he had his own, where would he choose to go?

“I have no real desire to go anywhere else because I’m genuinely so happy with my life the way it is at the moment. I’d probably like to go to the future but stay away from libraries in case I found out when I died; that would be a bit miserable. I’d like to see what the toys and gadgets are in the future and all the fun I’m going to miss out on. But most of all, I’d like to know who’s playing the Doctor!”

So, as a life-long Doctor Who fan, who is his favourite Doctor?

“The one with the two hearts that travels in the TARDIS… and word on the street is, he’s never looked finer.”

I’m probably asking for trouble when I say this… but I really don’t get Doctor Who. Tackling sci-fi and fantasy fans is like walking into a baptist church in middle America and defecating on a crucifix whilst puking up into the Stars and Stripes.

Of course, not all sci-fi fans are mental… but tell them that their chosen obsession (Star Trek, Doctor Who, Blake’s Seven, whatever) and they’ll stop being that reasonable person you know and their faces will tense up like they’ve just been caught with their member in the pickle jar.

One chap I know, who I get along with greatly, seems to have something of an unwritten rule with me and that is that we never mention sci-fi stuff beyond “Oh, that’s nice!” pleasantries because there’s a good chance we’d bore the ears of a stone gargoyle endlessly twuntering on about the pros and cons of the genre.

And so, this Christmas, a huge number of people near fainted with impossible excitement at the regeneration of The Doctor. I was going to call him Doctor Who to wind up the fans of the show, but that would be stupid… and besides, I don’t want turd posted through my letterbox again.

One of the brilliantly sneaky things about Doctor Who is that regenration enables the show to last forever. Providing, of course, there’s a will for people to watch it, which, it seems that there always will be… unless The Doctor joins up with the Scientology lot, which seems to be a surefire way of losing the respect of millions of people in one felled swoop.

Anyway, seemingly everyone was thrilled to the point of damp trousers at the Christmas Special Doctor Who. He was doing a Jesus on us. He was to die and be resurrected as that bloke from Party Animals (who, incidentally, is a very good actor – his performance in the excellent and underrated Moses Jones was wonderfully executed).

Twitter and Facebook was filled with wide-eyed enthusiasm and, naturally, pernickerty criticisms.

Suddenly, I knew what it was like for all those people that hate The X Factor. I was lost in a sea of confusing diatribes about something called Ood and people gasping and whooping at John Simm. It was like I’d stepped on a surreal minefield, exploding with stupid names and people’s tears over David Tennant.

The thing is, I know why people watch the show. It’s well executed fun and thrills… almost like a modern day Errol Flynn for scientific cynics. However, to (a chump) like me, it’s all a bit… Harry Potter.

The show is clearly aimed at children, yet, tart it up with a cover that makes it look like an adult book and, hey presto! You’ve got yourself a show that is Fun For All The Family. I’m pretty sure there’s fans of the show who know it’s just a bit of throwaway fun… but what about those nutjobs who really take it seriously? Those that clog up forums with theories and musings on which of The Doctor’s two hearts gives way first before he turns into a different person.

They scare the living crap out of me. As such, this unrequited love and mondo expectation that twirls around the programme leaves me cold and occasionally peering in wondering what the hell everyone gets so worked up about.

Please don’t kill me. I just don’t like Doctor Who.

David Tennant is joined by Lindsay Duncan and Peter O’Brien in second special episode of 2009

Mars, 2059. Bowie Base One. Last recorded message: “Don’t drink the water. Don’t even touch it. Not one drop.”

Doctor Who will return to BBC One on Sunday 15 November for The Waters Of Mars – the second of four specials airing throughout 2009.

Starring David Tennant as The Doctor and guest starring acclaimed British actress Lindsay Duncan – best known for her roles across stage and screen (Margaret, Rome) – The Waters Of Mars is set to be one of the most scary episodes of the series to date, as a creeping infection beneath the Martian surface threatens not only the human race, but also the Doctor’s most fundamental beliefs – with terrifying results.

Lindsay Duncan stars as Adelaide – the Doctor’s cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet.

Neighbours, Flying Doctors and Casualty star Peter O’Brien also guest stars as Ed, Adelaide’s second-in-command at the base.

The Waters Of Mars is the second of four specials which will air throughout 2009.

The Waters Of Mars is written by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford and is directed by Graeme Harper. The producer is Nikki Wilson.

Doctor Who: The Waters Of Mars, Sunday 15 November 2009, 7.00pm, BBC One

The official Doctor Who website this morning offered an exclusive first look at the new Doctor Who logo, which will accompany Matt Smith’s on-screen debut as The Doctor in spring 2010.

The logo is the 11th to have been used on screen in the show’s history.

Accompanying the logo at bbc.co.uk/doctorwho is an animated insignia of the show’s initials, which will be used as branding for the new series in conjunction with the logo.

Steven Moffat, the new Lead Writer and Executive Producer, said: “A new logo. The 11th logo for the 11th Doctor – those grand old words, Doctor Who, suddenly looking newer than ever.

“And, look at that, something really new – an insignia! DW in TARDIS form! Simple and beautiful, and most important of all, a completely irresistible doodle.

“I apologise to school notebooks everywhere, because in 2010 that’s what they’re going to be wearing.”

The logo, and a collection of old Doctor Who logos, is available to the media from BBC Picture Publicity website.

The new series of Doctor Who will premiere in spring 2010.

The final three episodes featuring David Tennant will be broadcast later this year on BBC One, with the existing logo on-screen.

Get this! Richard Curtis, the bloke who was a driving force behind Comic Relief, the bloke who brought us Four Weddings and a Funeral and loads of other soppy middle class quirkfests… but more importantly, he’s the man behind Blackadder… and he’s going to write an episode for Doctor Who.

Let the conspiracy begin.

Curtis will write one of the episodes starring the new doctor, Matt Smith and filming for the new series has already kicked off, with transmission due next year.

Concerning the plot, Curtis said: “There will be a monster. And a famous historical figure will battle the monster.”

“It’s tremendously good fun and a treat for my children,” Curtis told today’s Sun. “These days the things you can watch together as a family are much fewer so when you get something like Doctor Who or The X Factor it is such a pleasure to sit down as a family.”

He added: “I am very interested in time travel for some reason or other. I am writing a film about it but on a low budget with no spectacular special effects. Maybe it’s a desire to get out of being old. Sometimes you do just love the idea that you could go back in time and change things.”

So who is this famous historical character going to be? Well, a monster suggests it could be St George or something… but I’m more into the idea that it could be Blackadder himself! Imagine that? Rowan Atkinson treading out the old hangdog face, dripping in sarcasm in the face of the pipsqueak Doctor! It’d be great!

(…but unlikely… I know, I know)

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