Let’s not beat about the bush: the most exciting thing that has happened this week was the interview Steven Moffat gave at the Gallifrey One convention, in which he reveals that an entire set has been created to show the rest of the inside of the TARDIS, for a story, helpfully called Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS.
Steven explained that his inspiration came from feeling let down by the TV listings of his childhood:
“I think it partly came out of my disappointment, many many years ago, when I read in the Radio Times about episode six of The Invasion of Time that there was going to be a game of cat and mouse with the Doctor and the Sontarans as they raced through the many rooms of the TARDIS, and my little heart was a-flutter at the thought that we were going to see lots and lots of the TARDIS.
“As we all know, what we saw lots and lots of was a rather ancient hospital, and that was very, very disappointing. So this time we’ve built the rest of the TARDIS, and it’s properly good, properly exciting.”
Watch the whole thing on the Gallifrey One YouTube channel.
Speaking of Gallifrey One, attendees have done a Harlem Shake video too, unwillingly introduced by the Nerdist:
Here’s what else is going on in space and time this week:
• Sad news from the weekend: Raymond Cusick, the 1960s BBC production designer who, among other things, first illustrated the way the Daleks should move by gliding a pepper pot across a dinner table, died last week, aged 84. If the Daleks are the key to the show’s first flush of popularity (and they definitely helped), he’s a man we should all thank.
• Every month, leading up to November, we’ll be running a short appraisal of one of the Doctor’s various incarnations. This month, being the second of the year, is devoted to the Second Doctor, as played by Patrick Troughton. In 1966, his unenviable job was to try and keep the audience built up by William Hartnell, who had just retired, while also taking the character in new directions (and introducing concepts that are now Time Lord staples, such as the sonic screwdriver, regeneration, and, well, Time Lords themselves).
• The Second Doctor is also very much in evidence in the children’s author Michael Scott‘s new book The Nameless City, it’s the second in the series of short novels commissioned especially for Doctor Who’s 50th year.
• Simon Schama, the internationally renowned British scholar and documentary filmmaker, has offered us his memories of early Doctor Who and why William Hartnell was so effective in the part of the First Doctor.
• BBC Worldwide Showcase, the annual trade event in Liverpool, celebrated 50 years of Doctor Who with a Symphonic Spectacular this Tuesday. Anglophenia was there and snapped a few photos.
• There’s lovely interview with Jenna-Louise Coleman on Digital Spy, in which she discusses auditioning as the new companion, saying she knew little about the show, and that this meant “that when I went into the audition with Matt Smith I could be more spontaneous because I didn’t know him as the Doctor.”
• Ever wondered what Doctor Who sounds like when dubbed into one of five languages, to facilitate international Whovian unity? Wonder no more:
• More An Adventure In Space And Time news, this time from the Telegraph: Nicholas Briggs, who of course we all know as the voice of the Daleks, has signed up to play Peter Hawkins, who was the original voice of the Daleks, back in 1963.
• A toy version of Dr. Hooves – the cartoon combination of My Little Pony and Doctor Who, is being made available to buy and, y’know, play with:
• Two blogs that will reroute your internal wiring now. The first (and oldest) comes from Alasdair Stuart, writing for SciFind.com, and it asks one simple question: who would have played the eleven Doctors, if the Doctor had always been female?
The answers, ranging from Joyce Grenfell and Hattie Jacques to Suranne Jones and Miranda Hart, are inspired, and delivered with solid reasoning.
This prompted the blogger Jef With An F to write a similar piece for the Houston Press, asking a similarly simple question: what if the Doctor was American?
Buster Crabbe, Mark Hamill, Robert Downey Jnr and Jon Hamm all get a go, but which Doctors are they playing? Read it and see…
And while we’re replacing Doctors with, er, NOT Doctors, let’s finish with this. The Big Whobowski is a brand mash-up between Doctor Who and The Big Lebowski, made by YouTuber Bob Mitsch. And no, we have no idea why: