Russell T. Davies Out, Steven Moffat In at Doctor Who

  • I guess The Sun was right all along: Russell T. Davies has officially announced his departure as executive producer of Doctor Who. He will stay with the show for the upcoming specials, and staff writer Steven Moffat will replace him for the fifth series that will air in 2010. This is great news for viewers: Moffat is a fan favorite. Moffat claims that his “entire career has been a secret plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back because the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven.” Davies seems to want to return to kitchen-sink dramas like Queer As Folk – which remains his best work, in my opinion.
  • Guess where I was last night. I attended the NewNowNext Awards, held by the LOGO TV network, which celebrates LGBT people and gay icons in pop culture. BBC AMERICA’s own Torchwood was up for two awards, Best Show You’re Not Watching (which it lost to The Sarah Silverman Program) and Brink of Fame Actor for John Barrowman (which was won by Dirty Sexy Money‘s Candis Cayne, who was also the show’s co-host). Every gay who ever gayed was present, but the only Brit presence there was budding diva Leona Lewis, who didn’t sing but was as gracious and beautiful as ever. She accepted “The Kylie Award” for International Crossover stars. A passing of the pink baton, perhaps?
  • There are blurry cell phone photos circulating the web of Jude Law attempting to eat Kimberly Stewart‘s entire face. The unlikely duo were caught “snogging in the VIP area of 195 Nightclub in Epping, Essex,” according to The Sun, which adds, “It’s the kind of place where you would normally find Jade Goody, reserve players from West Ham and a host of reality TV rejects sipping Bacardi Breezers.” Certainly not the kind of place where you’d see the Oscar-nominated likes of Jude Law. An onlooker tells the paper: “They were really going at it and barely came up for air.”
  • Afghanistan may be a dangerous war zone, but Jude Law wants the media to report more happy news about the conflict. “It stuns me, and I’ll be honest with you, appalls me that the media in the West only report bloodshed, murder, the violence. Because I met people over there, reconstructing, with incredible pride and hope. And little girls who had been shot at by Taliban going to school the next day because they wanted to, to be teachers and doctors. That’s really, really moving stuff and real stuff and that should be reported.” Perhaps he should angle for a gig at Fox News.(The Times)
  • Sienna Miller and Rhys Ifans‘ romance is in jeopardy due to Rhys’ “controlling behavior,” which Sienna reportedly claims is “just like being with Jude.”(Daily Mail)
  • Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary in prison.(Hello!)
  • Victoria Beckham lives vicariously through her sons, meaning that they eat and she doesn’t. The Daily Mail is concerned that Posh is feeding her sons Turkey Twizzlers, which contains “34 per cent turkey, plus water, pork fat, rusk, wheat starch, three sweeteners, including the controversial additive aspartame, hardened or hydrogenated vegetable oil, and colorings and flavorings.”
  • Telegraph readers answer that burning question: why do so many Brits leave the UK? The ridiculously high cost of living is a reason cited by many.
  • Christian Bale has signed on for three Terminator sequels.(BBC)
  • Coldplay have released a second video for “Violet Hill” – this one featuring George Bush and Tony Blair.(NME)
  • Lewis Hamilton dared to upstage Steven Spielberg at the Indiana Jones premiere at Cannes.(Digital Spy)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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