Daily Archives: February 19, 2009

Doctor Who: Another New Companion Revealed

As the Choob reported a few weeks ago, David Tennant will be joined in the Easter Special episode of Doctor Who, Planet Of The Dead, by former EastEnders actress Michelle Ryan and comedian Lee Evans.

Now the BBC have revealed who will play The Doctor’s companion in the second of the four specials due to air this year – and it marks a departure from the younger women that have typified the Time Lord’s sidekicks since the show’s return, in favour of a more mature, experienced helper.

Veteran actress Lindsay Duncan, 58, will play a character called Adelaide, who producers describe as the Doctor’s cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet. I think Romana (both of them) might have something to say about that!

Duncan has appeared in TV shows such as GBH, Rome and the brilliant Shooting The Past. She will next be seen next Thursday (February 26) playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the BBC2 television film Margaret, which presents a dramatised account of the Tory leader’s final days in power.

Duncan said of her role in Doctor Who: “I’m thrilled to be involved in Doctor Who. I’ve never done anything like this before.”

Filming will start in the Spring, with the episode likely to air during the Summer. Four special Doctor Who episodes will air this year in the run-up to Tennant’s departure from the role and the arrival of his replacement Matt Smith, 26, who will take over when the show returns for a full season in 2010.

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Top Of The Pops Thursday: Vintage Iron Maiden

Top Of The Pops Thursday this week honours veteran rockers Iron Maiden‘s success at the Brit Awards last night, when they saw off young(ish) whippersnappers The Verve, Coldplay, Scouting For Girls and the excellent Elbow to win the Best British Live Act award (which was voted for by the public).

It’s quite a feat, considering the band have been around for 34 years now. With album sales topping 70million, they are easily one of, if not the, most successful heavy metal bands of all time – an achievement that’s all the more remarkable because they did it with little mainstream TV or radio support through the years.

To celebrate their Brit Awards success, then, we go back to the year that really propelled the band into the big time – 1982, the year they released The Number Of The Beast, their first UK No.1 album, which also gave them their first Top 10 single in the UK (Run To The Hills, which reached No.7).

All three of these performances come from Maiden’s gig at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on March 20, during the tour to support the release of Number Of The Beast.


First up, Run To The Hills:

Next, The Number Of The Beast:

And finally, the ever-awesome Hallowed Be Thy Name:

To see high-quality versions of the videos, click on them while they are playing and then select “watch in high quality” option on the YouTube page.

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