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Before we get started, could we please all be upstanding, glasses in hand, to raise a toast to a very happy couple?
David Tennant and Georgia Moffett have tied the knot, and before we get bogged down in the details of what that means in terms of Whoniverse logic (she played the Tenth Doctor’s clone daughter, and she’s the daughter of the Fifth Doctor in real life), we should take a moment to salute their happiness.
It was a small affair, on December 30, followed by a big New Year’s Eve party at the Globe Theatre, in the company of friends like Stephen Fry. David had proposed the previous Christmas, before the birth of their daughter Olive, in March.
Now, here’s the news:
• Doctor Who‘s brilliant 2011 has been rewarded with three nominations at Britain’s audience-selected National Television Awards, including Best Drama, Matt Smith for Best Drama Performance: Male, and Karen Gillan for Best Drama Performance: Female. The show competes with Downton Abbey, Merlin, and Waterloo Road for Best Drama.
Smith faces former Doctor’s companion John Barrowman, who is nominated for Who spinoff Torchwood. Also up for the award are Shameless‘s David Threlfall and Doc Martin‘s Martin Clunes (who appeared on Doctor Who way back in 1983 in the four-parter “Snakedance.”)
Meanwhile, Gillan competes with two fellow Doctor Who alums in the Actress category: Eve Myles, who cut her Whoniverse teeth in the Season One episode “The Unquiet Dead,” is shortlisted for playing Gwen Cooper in the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood. And Suranne Jones, known to Whovians as Idris from this past season’s “The Doctor’s Wife,” is nominated for her role as DC Rachel Bailey in the cop drama Scott & Bailey. Waterloo Road star Jaye Jacobs rounds out the category.
You can vote for the National Television Awards here. The trophies will be handed out Sunday, January 25.
• Blogtor Who has posted the BBC 2012 trailer, which teases the London Olympics as well as Matt Smith’s role as British Olympic rower Bert Bushnell in the ’40s-era drama Bert & Dickie at around 0:24. Watch it below:
• Speaking of the Who cast’s side projects, Blogtor Who reviews We’ll Take Manhattan, the ’60s-set BBC telefilm starring Karen Gillan as UK supermodel Jean Shrimpton. And they have photos, one of which you can see below:
We’ll Take Manhattan is currently scheduled to air February 11 on Ovation here in the States.
• Did you know that the fiery opening sequence to the Doctor Who Christmas special was shot in a real power plant? Matt Smith talks about the blazing location shoot in this video released by the BBC:
• Should you be lucky enough to be heading over to London over the next month, and planning to visit the Doctor Who Experience at the O2 Arena, well the good news is they’ve just taken delivery of the Wooden King and Queen from the Christmas Special. You (ahem) wooden wanna miss that! (via Seenit)
• If you’re interested in delving into the long and winding past of Doctor Who, and need a bit of help, SciFiNow have published a couple of helpful things. First (and best) is their infographic covering the evolution of the show, including major villains, which Doctor battled which foe the most times, and all the companions.
Then there’s their equally helpful Top 5 to the best adventures of the Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy. So feel free to explore in safety.
• Fans of home-made Doctor Who stuff will enjoy this chess set, made from that bakeable modelling clay. The pawns are either Adipose (for the goodies) or Daleks (baddies), and there are Weeping Angels, Captain Jack, TARDIS rooks and even a couple of Oods. Checksterminate!
• Steven Moffat and Matt Smith took to the stage at BBC Television Centre in London on December 15 to discuss the Christmas special, and it was during that event that Moffat made his announcement about the future of the Ponds on the series. Watch the video below. Also: see Part 1 of the Q&A and Part 3, which features questions from the audience.