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• Jemma Redgrave appeared as The Brigadier’s daughter Kate Stewart in the Season 7 episode “The Power of Three,” and she’s already filmed her part in the series’ 50th anniversary special in November. She spoke to What’s On TV about the vow of secrecy she took upon being cast: apparently, she was not allowed to tell her children about the role for over a month. It wasn’t until filming in Trafalgar Square that they finally found out. The job was like “joining bloody MI6,” but she can promise that it will be brilliant.
“I think it’s an astonishing script,” she says. Steven Moffat is an outrageously good writer and as always with Doctor Who, it’s philosophical, it’s deep, it’s an adventure story and if you’re a kid, you’re going to be taken on an extraordinary ride. It raises all sorts of interesting questions for anyone who wants to go deeper with it. It’s funny and then on a sixpence it breaks your heart. It’s just wonderful!”
• Den of Geek talked with Bernard Cribbins, who confirms that his lovable Wilf will not appear in the upcoming 50th anniversary special.
• This week, we were graced with yet another field report from Strax, this time on the Doctor’s greatest secret:
• Also, how does actor Dan Starkey become Strax, the stentorian-voiced Sontaran? It’s a painstaking process that takes two hours, as this video demonstrates:
• We also get a look at 11 other versions of The Doctor throughout the show’s history to highlight the introduction of John Hurt. The Doctor/Donna makes the list.
• Last week, we took a look at Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor, whose Time Lord helped to shape the template for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.
• The Guardian highlights six clips from the 1960s Doctor Who Dalek movies starring Peter Cushing.
• The Houston Press suggested an alternative history of Doctor Who with 11 American female Doctors. Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson as No. 4 had us howling.
• Former 007 Sir Roger Moore tweets that he’d be “wonderful” on Doctor Who or Sherlock.
It was in response to a compliment from Doctor Who and Sherlock scribe/actor Mark Gatiss:
@Markgatiss thank you. I might be equally wonderful in Dr Who or Sherlock if asked!
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 26, 2013
(via Digital Spy)
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.