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Doctor Who – Matt Smith Teams Up With Two Former Companions*

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[*Or three if you count K9.]

Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith will cross over for a guest appearance in the forthcoming fourth season of Doctor Who spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures.

And in the latest crowd-pleasing blast from the past, actress Katy Manning will reprise her role as former companion Jo Grant in the show, alongside Smith and Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane.

Manning accompanied Third Doctor Jon Pertwee between 1971 and 1973.

She and Smith will appear in a two-episode run of the spin-off, which is aimed at a younger audience than the parent show.

Full BBC press release here.

Sarah Jane Smith (travelled in the TARDIS between 1973 and 1976, taking over as The Doctor’s companion after Manning left. She appeared alongside both Pertwee and fourth Doctor Tom Baker.

She was reunited with The Doctor (in the guise of David Tennant) during the second series of the revived Doctor Who in 2006. The character, arguably the show’s all-time favourite companion, was then given her own spin-off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which also included occasional appearances by the Doctor’s robot dog K-9 (who was reintroduced full-time in season three).

The Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney), another long-time Doctor Who mainstay who first appeared in the 1970s, has also appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Incidentally, Katy Manning famously caused a bit of a stir when, shortly after leaving Doctor Who, she posed naked with a Dalek for a saucy nude magazine photoshoot.

The photos are pretty tame by modern standards but possibly still NSFW, so click here, here, here, here, here and here to see them.


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The Choob’s 12 Days Of Christmas: The Ghosts Of Christmas TV Past

On the tenth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob
sent to you…
A TV geek’s Christmas dream come true.

Today’s Christmas post is one for the Choob’s fellow TV geeks.

It’s a compilation of all the BBC’s Christmas idents (those little scenes with the BBC logo that accompany the continuity announcments between programmes) from 1983 right up to 2006.

For completeness, here are the 2007 idents. Note that the BBC2 ident was reused in 2008 and 2009:

Here is the 2008 BBC1 Wallace And Gromit ident, plus the shorter “stings”:

And finally, the 2009 David Tennant Doctor Who ident plus the stings:

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Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – The Doctor Who Megamix

Something a little different for this week’s classic theme tune.

Usually I like to present the best possible version I can find of the official opening and, if possible, closing credits, along with any multiple versions that were aired during a show’s run.

However, to mark David Tennant‘s last Doctor Who outing (the first part of his two-part farewell airs on Christmas Day and the second on New Year’s Day on BBC1 in the UK) here’s a rather nifty mash-up megamix of the various mixes of the show’s classic theme tune and opening titles from all 10 incarnations of the Doctor so far, from the very first, William Hartnell, right through to Tennant.

For the most part, it sticks to the official BBC versions of the music opening titles as aired, though the creator has taken a few liberties here and there.

Most notably this means tweaks to the title sequence from the 1996 TV movie (Paul McGann‘s only TV outing as the Eighth Doctor) and to the opening credits used for the ninth (Christopher Ecclestone) and 10th (Tennant) Doctors, in all three cases to add images of the Doctor, a la the classic Who opening title sequences.

When Matt Smith takes over the role next year we will have a new TARDIS, new logo, new credit sequence and almost certainly a new remix version of the theme tune.

Personally, I’m hoping for a return to the earlier style of opening credits and also a mix of the theme tune that restores the spooky, haunting, atmospheric, “squelchy” sound of the 60s and early 70s theme, which was composed by Ron Grainer and recorded by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Given new producer Steven Moffat appears to have returned the TARDIS exterior to something more closely resembling the William Hartnell-era original than more recent incarnations – and if we forget about the odd TARDIS-shaped DW abbreviation, the new logo, left, is also reminiscent of the original 1963 version – maybe he’ll go for a similar retro feel to the theme and credits. We’ll find out in a few months!

In the meantime, enjoy the megamix:

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Doctor Who: A New Tardis And Latest Pics From The Set

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

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

UPDATE: JULY 20, 2009 – Click here to see the first photos of the new TARDIS, taken on the first day of filming for season five.


The tabloid rumour mill is grinding away at Doctor Who again (see here for lots of earlier rumour-mongering).

This time, they are suggesting that Matt Smith will have a brand new Tardis interior when he takes over the role.

This rumour is, it has to be said, actually quite credible, even though it is, as always, attributed to an unnamed production “source”.

Why? Well, first of all, it gives new showrunner Steven Moffat, another, highly visible, way to stamp his individual style and authority on the show, distinguishing it from the Russell T Davies years.

It also gives the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, a fresh start as he tries to win over the fans who will be mourning the departure of the extremely popular David Tennant.

But perhaps most importantly, from the producers’ point of view, Doctor Who is going high-definition. And on HDTV, every little set defect shows up and sticks out like a sore thumb.

The current Tardis interior, which I confess I’ve never been a fan of, looks like a down-and-dirty, organic/steampunk hybrid creation held together by sticky tape – but on HD it could look like a shoddy mess and one, no doubt, showing signs of the wear and tear it has endured over five years of filming.

Talking about the new version, the source says: “It will be the most hi-tech, intricate Tardis ever.”

This sounds like it may be a return to the style of Tardis interior seen back during the show’s original run, albeit I’m sure they’ll give it a more up-to-date, modern twist.

Even in the show’s original run, the producers would regularly update the look of the Tardis interior (several version of which you can see in this post), albeit never – until the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie – straying far from the gleeming white interior and hexagonal console with a red light in the centre which moved up and down as the Tardis travelled through time and space.

The show’s source adds that the Tardis exterior will also get a facelift to make it look better in HD. This is a more problematic prospect, since surely the exterior of the Tardis is supposed to look like a beat-up old 1950s police box, the form it has been stuck in since its chameleon circuit (which should allow it to change shape to blend into the surroundings wherever it lands) broke down.

Still, if it’s true, it should be interesting to see the new look, which should leak out later in the year when filming starts on season five.

Meanwhile, SFX magazine has some early photos from the set of the second of this year’s Doctor Who specials which, as I reported here will feature Lindsey Duncan as the Doctor’s companion.


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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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Doctor Who: New Companions Named

David Tennant’s co-stars in the first of this year’s four special Doctor Who episodes, due to air at Easter, have been revealed.

He’ll be joined by former EastEnders actress Michelle Ryan and comedian Lee Evans.

Ryan,24, played Zoe Slater in the BBC soap from 2000-2005. More recently, she played the title role in 2007’s Bionic Woman remake in the US. The show flopped and was cancelled after just eight episodes.

She already has a couple of Doctor Who connection – she also appeared in the 2007 BBC drama Jekyll, a contemporary take on the Jekyll and Hyde story written by Doctor Who scripter Steven Moffat, who will also take over the running of the show when Russell T Davies departs at the end of this year.

Ryan also auditioned for the role of the Doctor’s new companion when Billie Piper left the show in 2006 but lost out to Freema Agyeman.

She will play the mysterious Lady Christina de Souzain the Easter episode, entitled Planet of the Dead.

Ryan said: “I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who and very excited to be joining David Tennant and the Doctor Who team.”

Evans will play a character called Malcolm, whose life becomes connected to the Doctor’s under extraordinary circumstances.

It has already been stated that The Doctor will have different companions/co-stars for each of this year’s special episodes, with a new permanent companion not joining the show until Matt Smith takes over the role from Tennant next year.

There had been rumours over the past week or so that Ryan was in talks for the permanent role alongside Smith. Whether her part in the Easter show precludes a more permanent role remains to be seen – but it is worth remembering that Catherine Tate played Donna Noble in the one-off, 2006 Doctor Who Christmas special then returned in the role to accompany Tennant throughout the entire 2008 season.

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