POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT: Ooooh Whovians, we have some fantastic news! As we previously shared, award-winning writer Neil Gaiman has signed on to direct a forthcoming Doctor Who episode, starring former Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones. Now the celebrated English author offers a few hints to his top-secret storyline. HOORAY! But for the Doctor Who purists out there, maybe you shouldn't read on.
According to Digital Spy, Gaiman says Jones' original role as Idris might not actually be..or she could very well be "an old friend of the Doctor's with a new face." Ugh, don’t do this to me, Neil! C'mon!
The setting of Gaiman's show might look quite familiar to fans, as he was enthused by Patrick Troughton's last story, "The War Games," which premiered in 1969.
Tell me Whovians, are you counting down the days until Christmas? Don't lie now.
Gaiman's episode is slated to air as the third installment upon the BBC series' return next year.
In other Doctor Who news, David Tennant, who we all know and adore as the tenth Doctor, has nothing but kind words for our current Time Lord, Matt Smith. He doesn't hold on to any lingering regrets about leaving the show earlier this show, either.
"It felt right to pass the baton on and for it to continue to thrive. I think that was all exactly as I would wish it to be," Tennant explained to The List. "Genuinely, I think it's been brilliant. I've loved every second of it. It's a thrill for me to be watching as a viewer again. I knew Matt was going to be fantastic and he is. He's a great choice and he's knocked it out of the park."
Oh David, we still love ya!
In other news:
– Man, this week is certainly shaping up to be a generous one for hints. Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, who's gearing up for his hosting gig on Have I Got News For You next week, revealed some of his thoughts on what he'd like to see happen on the show with Collider. In addition to having three more 90-minutes episodes in the works for 2011, Cumberbatch would be keen to have Irene Adler, and possibly The Hound of the Baskervilles "crop up" in a few scenes. Wouldn't that be nice? I'm giddy with anticipation, tee hee! (Digital Spy)
– Stunning Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has turned down an offer to play Gone With the Wind starlet Vivian Leigh in the forthcoming Simon Curtis-directed drama, My Week With Marilyn. The Oscar-winning mother of two wants to stay close to home as her husband, Michael Douglas, undergoes treatment for throat cancer. What a bummer for Emma Watson, who'll be playing Lucy in the film. (The Daily Mail)
– While his estranged brother, Noel, enjoys diaper duty, Liam Gallagher is being reminded of some of his former rabble-rousing ways. Before he became one of rock'n'roll's biggest bigmouths, the Manchester-bred singer, who has long been a supporter of the Manchester City football club, used to stir up a bit of trouble for a few opposing members Manchester United. Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll admits in his new book, Oasis: The Truth, The Noel Truth, Is Nothing Like the Truth, that he and Liam once defaced cars owned by the likes of Paul Ince and Eric Cantona. (NME)
– Pop singer and budding fashion maven Lily Allen was on hand for fashion week in Paris last week, however the Mum-to-be expressed some slight nerves via her Twitter account when she witnessed a 'weird man' wielding a bottle at a taxi. She later acknowledged that perhaps her raging hormones might be to blame, "I hope I'm just being a mad paranoid pregnant lady and that he wasn't a terrorist about to unleash deathly virus." No no Lily, maybe you've just watched 12 Monkeys too many times.
– Keira Knightley has also descended the City of Lights for fashion week and debuted a shorter, yet chic new 'do at Tuesday's Chanel spring/summer 2011 showcase. You know, I thought Knightley looked fabulous when she chopped off her signature long locks for 2005's Domino, very badass. And with Emma Watson's recent Twiggy-inspired cut, who will be next? Ladies, you rule … you have waaaay more guts than I do. (The Washington Post)