Daily Archives: July 20, 2009

Doctor Who – First Photos From The Season Five Set And The New TARDIS

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UPDATE: MARCH 30, 2010 – Click here for the first official photos of the new TARDIS interior!

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2010Click here to see Inside Doctor Who’s New TARDIS.


The first pictures have emerged, courtesy of Blogtor Who, from today’s first day of filming on the set of Doctor Who season five.

Here are Matt Smith and Scottish actress Karen Gillan as the 11th Doctor and his new companion Amy Pond, standing in front of the new-look TARDIS exterior.

Hmmm… I know that the new series of Doctor Who is the first to be filmed in High Definition, and so – as I mentioned in this blog post – a new TARDIS exterior had to be built because the improved HD picture quality would have show up all the wear and tear and defects in the old one – but I can’t help thinking that the new TARDIS looks too shiny and, well, new.

It’s supposed to look a bit battered and battle-scarred, is it not, having been through so much during the Doctor’s lifetimes?

This one looks like it just dematerialised from the showroom!

Anyway, Blogtor Who also had a spoiler of sorts about a returning character from the Doctor’s recent past.

Don’t scroll down any further if you don’t want to know who is returning.

I mean it – there’s a photo and everything.

Last chance…

Yes, it appears that former ER star Alex Kingston is returning as River Song.

You will recall that she appeared in the season four episodes Silence In The Library and Forest Of The Dead, written by Steven Moffat, in which she recognised the 10th Doctor and seemed to have quite detailed and possibly intimate knowledge about him, his past and his future – even though he had no idea who she was.

Since Moffat is the new showrunner, taking over from Russell T Davies, it makes sense that he would bring her back for his first episode(s) in charge.

Will her appearance in season five reveal River’s first meeting (from her point of view) with The Doctor? Time will tell.

Many more photos from the first day of shooting can be found on Blogtor Who here, here and here.


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The Monday Movie – Jaws

“I’ll never wear a lifejacket again…”

There are many, many reasons to admire Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

But for me, the main attraction is the fantastic chemistry and interaction between the three main stars and their characters – Robert Shaw‘s Quint, Roy Scheider‘s police chief Martin Brody and Richard Dreyfuss‘ marine biologist Matt Hooper.

The most intriguing character of that trinity is undoubtedly Robert Shaw’s enigmatic, world-weary shark-hunter Quint, a grizzled old sea-dog with an Ahab-esque obsession with the creatures.

The root of this obsession is revealed in this chilling monologue about the fate of the USS Indianapolis, a story rendered all the more powerful by the fact that it was based on a real incident (albeit the filmmakers used a little artistic licence to tweak the facts):


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