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The Silence

Matt Smith has his own ideas as to which of Doctor Who monsters is the scariest. Naturally the Weeping Angels are right up there at the top, but as far as he’s concerned, the Silence, those light-bulb-headed men in black, are a close second: “They are the best monsters since the Weeping Angels – they are certainly some of the scariest. What is wonderful is that they toy with your psyche. They mess with what you know and don’t know and what you can and can’t remember – they can influence your mind. They look horrendous and are really mean. So if you’re under the age of ten, a good sofa to hide behind is essential.

“That’s what Doctor Who should be about: ‘I don’t want to watch this, but also I do!'”

Also in this interview, Matt expresses his intentions to remain with the show. “We work very long hours every day for nine months. The schedule is pretty brutal, but I’d never complain about it. I love playing this role, and I don’t want to give it up any time soon,” he continued.

“I feel very lucky. In the current climate for actors, I’d never say, ‘This is too much’ – quite the opposite, in fact. I’d say, ‘Bring it on’.” (via PA)

• When Karen Gillan leaves Doctor Who, she wants there to be no possibility that Amy Pond can return. And if that means killing her off, Adric-style so be it.

She told the Mirror: “Death would be an option. I don’t want Amy to pop up again every so often, because for me it would take away from the big, emotional goodbye. Once she’s gone, she’s gone.

“I want people to remember the Amy Pond era as a good one.”

• For more of Karen’s words of wisdom, including the inside skinny on her West End debut, her attitude towards the Who fans, and whether she’s leaving the show soon, here’s the interview she gave on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show over the weekend:

• And while we’re showing you interviews, here’s the British comedian Bill Bailey, being interviewed while cooking, on the BBC show Something For The Weekend, during which he drops several hints about the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

• If you’re still champing at the bit to find out more about the Christmas Special, fret not. There will be a special preview on the BBC’s Children In Need telethon, on Friday November 18. I expect that will be available on YouTube fairly shortly afterwards.

• Speaking of Christmas, the soundtrack to Season 6, written by Murray Gold, will be released as a double CD on December 19. Just in time to make the perfect present for the rabid Whovians in your life.

Digital Spy recently held a poll to determine the scariest TV series of all time. And you’ll never guess who won?

Wait, sorry, I wrote that wrong. What I meant to say is: and you’ll never guess, Who won!

• Also, congratulations are in order for Billie Piper and her husband Laurence Fox: they are expecting their second child. Piper’s pregnancy will not interfere with her role in a London production of Neil LaBute‘s Reasons to be Pretty: the playwright has tweaked the play to accommodate the actress.

Here’s the trailer for the play featuring Piper:

• Halloween may be over, but the holidays are still to come. Here’s a guide to throwing your own Doctor Who party, complete with food suggestions (yep, fish fingers and custard are included), music, and step-by-step instructions to putting together your Time Lord costumes.

• Whovians swept BBC America’s costume contest, taking home prizes in all five categories. View the winners here. And if that doesn’t satisfying your appetite for Whovian cosplay, check out the 24 costumes selected as honorable mentions.

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By staff