Report: David Tennant NOT Leaving Doctor Who…For a While

  • David Tennant will stay on as Doctor Who‘s Timelord until at least 2011, The Daily Telegraph is reporting. Insiders say he has one caveat: there must be a Doctor Who movie.
  • David Tennant and co-star Catherine Tate will face off for Outstanding Drama Performance at Britain’s National Television Awards.(The Times)
  • Could all seven surviving Doctor Whos – Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, and David Tennant – appear together on BBC’s Children in Need telethon?(Telegraph)
  • Russell T. Davies calls Prince Charles “a miserable swine” for turning down a cameo on Doctor Who.(BBC)
  • Steve Coogan says he’d accept the role of Doctor Who if asked. “But I’d have to go away and think about it for a little bit…I mean, you don’t want to appear to be too keen.” The point could be moot if Tennant decides to stay on.(Liverpool Confidential)
  • Eve Myles brings out the big guns for the new season of Torchwood. And the ones in her hands are pretty slick, too. (The Sun)
  • British nominees for International Emmys include Life On Mars and the upcoming Britz.
  • Jamie Bamber hopes his new UK Law & Order will help rid British TV of soaps and reality TV. “Those shows don’t make ground-breaking telly. They have no form or structure. I prefer programs like The Office and Little Britain which have a beginning, middle and ending.”(The Sun)
  • Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson…on a motorcycle?(Daily Mail)
  • A crazed stalker threatened Mel B. and her husband, Stephen Belafonte, at Heathrow.(Daily Mail)
  • Jude Law, sporting a moustache for his role as Dr. Watson.(Daily Mail)
  • Daniel Craig talks about his ambivalence toward his country: “I’m always trying to self-mock. I’m always trying to put it down, or laugh it off, and you’ve got to be careful because false humility is not a great trait. It’s kind of horrible, in fact, but it’s also where I’m from. The tall poppy syndrome is a way of life in this country. We cut them down to size. On the one hand I f***ing hate it, because I get on the receiving end of it occasionally, but on the other hand that’s how we are, and there’s something I always liked about that. Of course I never thought I’d be a tall poppy myself. It was supposed to be some other tosser.”(Telegraph)
  • Marc Forster talks about his Bond movie – and that ridiculous title, Quantum of Solace. Initially, he had his misgivings, but he has grown to like it. “I just felt, ‘That sounds a little strange. How commercial is this’ I just wasn’t so sure. But the longer I have lived with the title, the more I like it. I think it really works.”(The Times)
  • Diana Quick says her Brideshead Revisited sex scene with Jeremy Irons was anything but hot: “Jeremy started to climb on top of me in great big Harris Tweed trousers. I said ‘You’ll have to take those trousers off or I’ll be scratched all over.’ He very reluctantly agreed to take them off. The director was slightly embarrassed by the whole process, I think. He came over and said ‘Yes, that’s all right. But Jeremy can you be a bit more ecstatic? Jeremy said ‘Certainly.’ Then we got the crew in and started filming. I looked up to see Jeremy bashing his head against the headboard and bellowing – and I burst out laughing.” (Telegraph)
  • Who put a crab in Ringo Starr‘s octupus garden? The usually genial Beatle says he’ll not sign another autograph, and he’ll throw away all fan mail sent to him postmarked after October 20th.(BBC)
  • Boy George called Little Britain star Matt Lucas a “prissy, niggly diva” when they worked on Taboo together. Now George is sorry, and Lucas won’t accept his apology: “I wrote Matt an email a while ago. I apologized to him for the things I said but he didn’t respond. But that’s irrelevant. It’s about what you have done and holding your head up high.”(Daily Record)
  • Björk has collaborated with Thom Yorke for the first time since the Dancer in the Dark soundtrack: the Radiohead lead singer has contributed backing vocals for her new single, “Nattura.”(NME)
  • A member of Babyshambles was arrested for alleged crack possession – and it wasn’t Pete Doherty.(NME)
  • Robert Plant won’t do a Led Zeppelin reunion tour…so allegedly, the group has hired a new lead singer, a man by the name of Myles Kennedy. Or so says Dee Snider.(Guardian)
  • There’s a wonderfully bizarre interview with Grace Jones in The Guardian.
  • KT Tunstall wants to move to Greenland: “I love it here and I don’t want to leave. It’s so dreamlike. I feel like I could live in Uummannaq – it feels like a good town with good people in it. But this is an exceptionally hard place to live.” And even harder to pronounce, it seems.(Daily Record)
  • Alexa Chung talks about living with her boyfriend, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. “I naturally wake up early, maybe 9 am, and the first thing I do is kiss my boyfriend. I’ve just moved into a really sweet house with Alex. He’s a very neat, clean boy and I’m a really messy girl. My clothes are strewn everywhere.” I hope she at least she brushes her teeth before she lays the smooch on her man. There’s nothing worse than stank breath in the morning.(The Times)
  • Pizza Hut to become “Pasta Hut” in the UK. “This means that as well as the traditional deluxe pizzas, customers will also have the option of ordering more sophisticated dishes such as tomato and mozzarella mezzaluna and prawn and crayfish arrabiata. The re-branding is part of an £18 million revamp package designed to attract new customers and move it into more upmarket terrain.” (Telegraph)

    Pink is showing some stamina, holding on to the No. 1 spot on the UK chart this week with “So What?” Wait, where’s Oasis? Boyzone? Both took sharp drops out of the Top 10 this week. Meanwhile, look at those Kaiser Chiefs debuting at No. 5 with their new single. Will they drop precipitously next week as well? Time will tell: meanwhile, between Katy Perry and Pink, Britain is loving those American pop bad girls.

    1. Pink – So What
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    2.
    Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
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    3. Sugababes – Girls
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    4. Rihanna – Disturbia
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    5. Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat
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    6. Ne-Yo – Miss Independent
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    7. Katy Perry – I Kissed a Girl
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    8. The Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up
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    9. Gym Class Heroes ft. The Dream – Cookie Jar
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    10. Iglu & Hartly – In This City
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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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