Wednesday, 21 March 2012

New Doctor Who Companion Announced

Steven Moffat has today revealed the identity of the actress cast to replace Karen Gillan, when Doctor Who returns to BBC1 in the Autumn.
Former Emmerdale and Waterloo Road co-star Jenna Louise Coleman will debut (as the yet unnamed companion) in the Christmas special, which will now follow part five - where Amy and Rory Pond will leave the programme.
Blackpool-born Coleman appears in ITV1's new blockbuster drama Titanic (pictured, as Annie Desmond) from this Sunday. She will then join Matt Smith for the remaining 8 episodes of season 7, which will air in the show's anniversary year.
The BBC have also confirmed the return of the Daleks, and the Weeping Angels who appear in the Ponds' farewell story.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Doctor Who Target Book Reprints #2

Following the success of last summer's re-issue of six vintage Target book titles, this May sees the second wave of classic Doctor Who novelisations, again published by BBC Books. The next six stories to be released are: The Ark in Space (by Ian Marter, first published in 1977), The Ice Warriors (by Brian Hayles, 1976), The Tenth Planet (by Gerry Davis, 1976), Day of the Daleks (1974), The Three Doctors (1975), and The Loch Ness Monster (based on Terror of the Zygons, from 1976) - the latter three all by the legendary Terrance Dicks. Each title again showcases the original stunning cover artwork of Chris Achilleos, and includes new forewords by series luminaries such as Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Titanic (2012) Preview

ITV1 marks the centenary of the Titanic disaster next month with the broadcast of a new four-part mini-series. Titanic is penned by Oscar winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. The drama - filmed at Stern Studios in Budapest, and costing £11 million - is scheduled to air over four consecutive nights in the UK, and has been sold to 86 countries.
At the recent ITV press launch, Fellowes said that although A Night to Remember (1958) and James Cameron's Titanic (1997) were both wonderful films, his own version actually told "the whole story for the first time." But TV critics have already compared Titanic 2012 to 'posh' costume dramas like Upstairs, Downstairs, and have dubbed the series Downton-on-Sea.