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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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Finally! First Official Photos Of Doctor Who’s New Season 5 TARDIS Interior

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At last, with less than a week to go before season five of Doctor Who launches (season five in post-revival terms, that is – season 31 overall) and Matt Smith‘s reign as the eleventh Doctor begins (the first episode airs in the UK on Easter Saturday, April 3, on April 17 in the US and Canada and on April 18 in Australia), we finally have our first proper look at the new TARDIS interior.

We already knew that the console room would be split over two levels and have been promised a look at some other rooms in the TARDIS but for now, all the shots are of the main level of the console room.

If, like me, you were a bit confused that the Doctor and Amy (played by Scots actress Karen Gillan) appear to be standing in front of two different versions of the Tardis console, in fact they are standing on the perspex platform in the top picture and down on the “Swiss-cheese”-style main floor in the others.

So, what do you think? Comments welcome.

More pics over at Radio Times.


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Inside Doctor Who’s New Tardis

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

The first episode of the new series of Doctor Who (the fifth since the series was revived), starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, received its world premiere in Cardiff on Thursday night.

We already knew that the TARDIS gets a makeover, inside and out, during the first episode but the interior is still being kept a closely guarded secret.

However a few clues have slipped out – we know that the console room will be split over several levels, linked by a spiral staircase. We are also promised we will finally see some other of the TARDIS’s other rooms for the first time since the series was revived.

This is the view from outside the TARDIS looking in (a cloth backdrop is used during filming to give the impression of a large interior):

This is taken from the BBC trailer for the new series and appears to show The Doctor sitting in a swing seat on the upper level of the console room:

And finally, for now, from fan website Inside The Tardis, we have this, which appears to be the wardrobe room (EDIT: oops, just realised that this is actually the old (9th/10th Doctor) TARDIS, from the scene in The Christmas Invasion in which 10th Doctor David Tennant was choosing his new outfit):

Watch this space (including Time And Relative Dimensions)..!


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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 – 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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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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