Steven Moffat: “Doctor Who Should Be 40-Plus and Weird-Looking”

  • Doctor Who honcho Steven Moffat might seek an older actor when looking for David Tennant‘s replacement. “Although I loved Peter Davison and Paul McGann, probably the best two actors in the role, I don’t think young, dashing Doctors are right at all. He should be 40-plus and weird-looking – the kind of wacky grandfather kids know on sight to be secretly one of them.” Didn’t you hear Boston Legal is in its final season? William Shatner will soon be available!(The Sun)
  • The new Doctor Who could be announced as early as November 14th on the BBC’s Children In Need telethon.(Den of Geek)
  • Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are busy writing a TV version of their upcoming movie, The Man From the Pru, which is about “an insurance agent in Seventies suburbia.”(Chortle)
  • Ricky Gervais counts down the “Top 10 Stupid Things Americans Say To Brits” on Letterman.(Daily Mail)
  • Liz Hurley blames her slut-tastic fashion sense on her husband.(The Sun)
  • Kate Winslet insists her super-sexy Vanity Fair spread is not airbrushed, which is hard to believe for anyone who knows anything about magazines.(The Sun)
  • Daniel Craig makes up for his vulgar lack of nakedness in Quantum of Solace by stripping off for another movie. The Sun has a photo.
  • Rowan Atkinson admits the Mr. Bean movies were terrible: “My problem is that, although the films have undoubtedly been commercially successful…an awful lot of what we have done has not been good film-making. I find it frustrating that, apart from Four Weddings and a Funeral, I have yet to be involved in a film of which I am totally proud.” (The Times)
  • Guy Ritchie wants his kids with Madonna schooled in Britain.(Daily Mail)
  • Liam and Noel Gallagher are reportedly rowing again. And I thought Noel getting drop-kicked on a Toronto stage would bring them together.(Daily Record)
  • Dannii Minogue could lose her X Factor gig for being utterly useless: “Dannii was brought in initially to be the younger counterpart to Sharon [Osbourne], but since Cheryl Cole arrived, she has replaced Dannii in that role and become much more popular.”(Mirror)
  • A historic summit: Girls Aloud meets Take That.(The Sun)
  • Russell Brand may play the brother of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates of the Caribbean 4, reports say.(Telegraph)
  • NME thinks Crystal Castles lead singer Alice Glass is the epitome of cool.
  • Manic Street Preachers‘s next album will consist of lyrics written by their missing member, Richey Edwards.(BBC)
  • Morrissey will release his new album in February 2009. Legendary Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde sings on one track.(NME)
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar (Kumars) will appear in a documentary, That’s No Job For An Asian, which looks at British South Asian comedians.(The Stage)
  • Being Human, the wonderful British supernatural drama, will return as a full series, but it will have two of its leads recast. Thankfully, Russell Tovey will reprise his role as George the werewolf.(The Stage)

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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