Is an American Doctor Who a Possibility? Plus: Graham Norton in La Cage Aux Folles?

  • Could we Yanks be getting our own Timelord? The Stage‘s Mark Wright speculates on why Jane Tranter, the BBC controller of fiction, has headed out to L.A. “‘It’s obvious, innit?’ said a very wise and sage colleague. ‘She’s off to make a domestic version of Doctor Who tailored for the American audience?’ I should point out this is in no way based on insider information or industry gossip, it’s just wild and very idle speculation for a gloomy Wednesday afternoon. But Tranter is credited as one of the architects, along with Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner, of bringing Doctor Who back to television. The show is also one of BBC1′s biggest series and one of Worldwide’s most lucrative exports and merchandising portals. Yes, it sold to Sci-Fi in the US, and it did well by that channel’s standards. But just think about truly extending the Doctor Whobrand to reach the widest possible global audience?”
  • If there was a U.S. Doctor Who – which I’m totally against because the show is one of the most British of icons – I’d cast William Shatner. Not only is he perfect for the role, but it would get him off the travesty that is Boston Legal. Christopher Walken would also be great. And if they go younger, maybe Deadwood‘s Timothy Olyphant, Buffy‘s Nicholas Brendan, Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion, or Ed‘s Tom Cavanagh.
  • The Stage is reporting that Graham Norton is “in talks” to join the West End production of La Cage Aux Follesin a lead role. “The musical, which tells the story of a gay couple in a Saint Tropez nightclub, runs from October 20 at the Playhouse Theatre and is currently booking until early January. However, it is understood that Norton has been earmarked to join the cast of the show in a lead role from soon after that date, if the production’s run is extended.”
  • George Michael will NOT be prosecuted for possession of crack cocaine. Hmm, how strange: he’s had previous drug offenses and um, he had CRACK. Yeah, I’m sure the police’s leniency has nothing to do with Michael’s wealth and fame. (Telegraph)
  • Even Boy George is telling George Michael get off the drugs.(Mirror)
  • Roger Moore, a.k.a. “the worst Bond,” defends his facetious take on the role: “this is a man who is supposed to be a spy. And yet he turns up in bars and hotels around the world, and everyone says, ‘Ah, Mr Bond, we’ve been expecting you. Everybody knows who he is and what he wants to drink. It’s the same with the Bond girls. All the new ones say, ‘Oh, I’m going to be different from the others’, but before long it’s always the same – ‘Oh, James!’”(Telegraph)
  • Marc Forster says he increased Judi Dench‘s screen time in Quantum of Solace: “I thought that relationship between M and Bond was really interesting. It’s an interesting relationship because M is the only woman in Bond’s life who he basically doesn’t have a sexual interest in.”(Guardian)
  • Daniel Craig‘s jump from that crane in the opening scene of Casino Royale was voted the best Bond stunt by fans at RadioTimes.com. Roger Moore‘s ski chase in The Spy Who Loved Me came in second.(Telegraph)
  • The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick attempts to defend Jack White and Alicia Keys‘ horrible Bond theme as “daring.” Yes, daring…to suck.
  • Oasis has cancelled even more shows after learning Noel Gallagher has three broken ribs from that onstage attack in Toronto.(The Times)
  • Paul McCartney is receiving threats from both Islamists and Jews as he plans his first Israeli concert tomorrow night.(The Times)
  • Dylan Moran, who is currently doing a stand-up tour, says finding balance between stage, TV, and film isn’t that hard: “Juggling is exaggerated. It’s not that often that you’re on tour and you get asked if you want to do a really great film or collaborate on this script. Maybe if you’re P. Diddy and your wires are crossed and you have to promote your pajama range while selling your garden gnome accessories.”(The Independent)
  • Franz Ferdinand‘s next album will be “dancefloor-friendly”. (BBC)
  • Ray Winstone‘s daughter has confirmed her engagement to Lily Allen‘s brother.(The Sun)
  • Fans of S&M, take note: Bryan Ferry‘s son in handcuffs.(Daily Mail)
  • Jack Osbourne says Shameless actor Jody Latham cried during filming of his Fear Factor-esque show, Jack Osbourne: Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie.(The Sun)
  • Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson drag their one-year-old daughter Ruby out on her first birthday. The little nipper does not look amused.(The Sun)
  • Sad news: Jade Goody‘s cancer has spread.(The Sun)

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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