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The Women of Doctor Who (Pic: BBC)
The Women of Doctor Who (Pic: BBC)
The Women of Doctor Who (Pic: BBC)

Sunday (March 8) was International Women’s Day, and the Doctor Who production team took the opportunity to salute the extraordinary array of female talent that has worked on the show over the years. It began with this shot of the women of Doctor Who Season Nine in the TARDIS (which must technically count as a woman too, given “The Doctor’s Wife” and all):

And then, in a series of tweets, they paid tribute to such defining figures as Verity Lambert

Delia Derbyshire

Paddy Russell

…and Julie Gardner.

And of course all of your favorite recent companions were featured too. This quote seemed particularly apt:

• This then got taken up across Tumblr, with exultant posts like these:

http://followthattrebuchet.tumblr.com/post/113111575144

http://trevsplace.tumblr.com/post/113150055198/having-reached-and-passed-the-midnight-hour

http://the-fifteenth-wheel.tumblr.com/post/113077441923/happy-international-womens-day-p

http://tardisarchives.tumblr.com/post/113113005573/international-womens-day-my-favourite-women-of

http://onsideofangels.tumblr.com/post/113102492915/internationalwomensday

Quite right too, as the Tenth Doctor might say.

Here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:

• Steven Moffat told Doctor Who magazine that Jenna Coleman had informed him of her intention to leave Doctor Who last year, at the end of “Death In Heaven”.

He explained: “That was her last episode. Then she asked me if she could be in [the] Christmas [episode]. So I said, ‘OK, I’ll write you out in Christmas.'”

“She came to the read through and did the ‘write out’ version—and again changed her mind. But the truth is I never wanted her to go. And with ‘Last Christmas,’ I’d already written the alternative version where she stayed, and I preferred that version. Frankly, I didn’t want to lose her. She’s an amazing actress, and she never stops working to make Clara better.”

• In the same interview, he also revealed that in the new season—which will feature more two-part episodes than previously—the Doctor won’t be quite as flinty as he has been. Not necessarily a new man, but a bit less sharp:

“We aren’t bringing him back the way we left him,” Steven explained, “Peter magnifies anything that is dark so I’m pushing him the other way. I am writing him funny this year. What I’ve been saying to him is: ‘You’re not the stern Doctor. You’re not the rude Doctor. You’re not the brusque Doctor. You’re kind of the ‘don’t give a damn’ Doctor.’”

• Speaking of being a little ‘devil-may-care,’ this is Michelle Gomez‘s contribution to World Book Day, on Friday March 6:

And did you spot the author’s photo? Masterfully done.

Match your personality to a specific Doctor Who story.

• Radio Times has a new quiz: Doctor Who said what?

• In fact, they have two: can you match the fact to the companion?

• Coming Soon: From March 31 the collected first Titan Comics stories of the Eleventh Doctor and Tenth Doctor are being released in hardback.

The Eleventh Doctor Titan Comics

Check Amazon for details. Here’s the Eleventh Doctor, and here’s the Tenth.

Game of Thrones star (and significant other of Jenna Coleman) Richard Madden says he’d love a role in Doctor Who, but perhaps not while Clara Oswald is still aboard the TARDIS, for obvious reasons.

• Who wants to see selected highlights of Season Eight cut as if they are the opening credits to Friends?

• And finally, let’s go out with something musical and magnificent from celebrated masters of trock (time lord rock) Legs Nose Robinson. An entire song devoted to “Listen,” and things that go bump in the night:

TTFN!

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By Fraser McAlpine