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Welcome to this week’s pick ‘n’ mix of as many of the Doctor Who-related things we could find and cram into one small space.
The biggest news of the week was definitely the announcement that MI-5 star Hermione Norris will be joining Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman for a story in Season Eight.
While making the announcement Steven Moffat said something that is sure to set tongues wagging among fans of the classic series: “For the first time since 1984, the Doctor Who production team is heading to Lanzarote. The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure – but there have been sinister changes since his last visit.”
Which is quite a tough statement to unpick for clues. If the suggestion is that Hermione will be taking part in a sequel to the last Doctor Who adventure that was filmed on Lanzarote, that’s the Fifth Doctor’s penultimate adventure “Planet of Fire.” Here’s a clip:
That metal fellow there is Kamelion, a robot companion of the Doctor’s that is prone to being taken over by the Master, and the triangular symbols on Turlough’s arm are significant to the people of the fiery planet of Sarn. So that’s one possibility.
There again, Doctor Who being the kind of show it is, it’s entirely possible that the location and the story won’t tally up as neatly as that, although given the heat, you can probably exclude the Ice Warriors.
Here’s what else is going on in space and time this week:
• Huge congratulations to Karen Gillan, whose ABC social media sitcom Selfie has been commissioned for a full series.
• Speaking of whom, Radio Times has a guide to stealing Karen’s Doctor Who style, as well as those of Billie Piper and Jenna Coleman.
• And she recently revealed that her time on the Doctor Who set was, shall we say enlivened by regular pranks by Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill: “I was at the receiving end of most of the pranks, because I was the only girl. Matt used to hide in my trailer. I would go in and wouldn’t know he was hiding in the corner, and he would jump out really aggressively screaming absurdities. It was really scary.”
• At the same conference panel, Matt revealed that he’s been keeping tabs on the Who production team: “I rang Steven Moffat up the other day and found out everything about the new series. It sounds really good! I was really jealous actually.”
• Oh LOOK! Alisa Stern, the creative genius behind Doctor Puppet, had a nice day out in Central Park with her friend, the puppet First Master (source: Doctor Puppet tumbr):
• Rainbow Loom fans, should you ever want to create your own Weeping Angels or Ood, Kate Schultz is the person you need to talk to. Here’s her Ood tutorial:
• Think you know the career history of your Doctor Who actors? Try this Guardian quiz.
• A big floppy felt hat-tip to Andrew Younger, who took a zip-wire ride from the Tyne Bridge dressed as the Fourth Doctor—sonic screwdriver and everything—to raise money for the premature baby charity Tiny Lives:
• David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill have all been confirmed for the second season of Broadchurch. The American Fox remake, Gracepoint, also stars David Tennant and will be appearing this fall.
• Here’s a niche clip. Alternative credits for Season Two, in the style of the latter-day Smallville credits. Nice work, fandom!
• As Sunday was Mother’s Day, we had a little roundup of some of the worst mums in British popular fiction, including Donna Noble’s sharp-tongued mum Sylvia.
• Unreality TV have this interesting post, pointing out that Doctor Who is quite the thing to have on an actor’s resume these days.
And finally, let’s go out with a song. The trock rock collective Legs Nose Robinson have once again come up trumps, with “My Beautiful Idiot,” a poignant ditty sung from the perspective of a certain multi-dimensional time and spaceship:
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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