Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Yet another busy week in the world of Who, so here's a rundown of this week's news, in case you missed anything.
THE END OF TIME
Radio Times cover with exclusive feature and pics
More Radio Times coverage
Total TV Guide cover
TV & Satellite Week cover & feature
BBC synopses for Parts 1 & 2
Children In Need preview [video]
Next Time trailer [video]
"He Will Knock Four Times" - Russell T Davies explains [video]
THE WATERS OF MARS
Harry Hill's TV Burp sketch [video]
NEW SERIES 
Casting News [Spoiler]
Peladon Tales - DVD artwork
The Last Voyage - audio CD cover & synopsis
A Legend Reborn - audio CD cover & synposis
Doctor Who & The Ice Warriors - audio CD cover & synopsis
The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter - cover & synposis
David Tennant to read on Bedtime Story [pic]
Who On Who? - details of BBC Radio 2 documentary
Never Mind The Buzzcocks special [pic]
Hamlet synopsis [pic]
Hornet's Nest: A Sting In The Tale
The Waters Of Mars
The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Gift Parts 1 & 2
Available on CD [RRP £6.25] & Download [RRP £4.95]
A Sting In The Tale does, however, have its lighter moments. Notably at the start were we hear The Doctor sing and reappropriate Good King Wenceslas - a moment that really does remind you that Tom Baker is not of this Earth. The actor delights in the script, relishing words like the aforementioned "slober" and "slavering" - the latter evoking Richard Burton's performance on Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds.
Baker positively drools his way through having a "hot toddy" with some nuns and one did wonder if the "sting" in this "tale" would be an erotic dalliance with one of the Sisters. Sadly, this was not to be. (Maybe for another adventure though, eh?) Instead his attentions are turned to mesmerising a pig. No, really...
As I said the story takes a beastly turn in the shape of a battle between the Sisters and the slavering, menacing dogs - a fight straight out of the pages of Lord of the Rings. It's incredibly well portrayed and extremely graphic in its description of the various contretants.
A Sting In The Tale comes to a clattering climax and leaves with a cliffhanger worthy of Doctor Who (thankfully, not long to wait 'til I hear the resolution). With Baker back in form, a top tale to boot and numerous references to the show - including Krynoids, Zygons, Kraal and even the Pescatons to name but however many that was - the penultimate episode sets up the finale in some style.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Who On Who? marks the end of an era in the history of Doctor Who. In this programme Russell reveals whether he will write for the show in the future and his feelings about his successor on the series Steven Moffat. Russell also reveals the influences behind Doctor Who and why the success of the revamped series took the cast and creative team behind it by surprise.
He also reveals that he declined the BBC's original request for a series about a young Doctor studying at the Time Lord Academy. David Tennant also asks about Russell's plans for the future. They discuss why it's the right time for them both to leave the series and reveal that they made the decision to leave at roughly the same time.
"It just made sense and it's continued to make sense with hindsight," says Russell T Davies. "There's not been one moment where I've thought we've done the wrong thing."
David Tennant agrees: "It feels like we've had the right amount of time to tell a great story."
In a programme featuring clips from the last five years of one of the BBC's most successful dramas, the pair also consider how the television industry has changed in that time and the ever-changing nature of the Saturday night television schedule.
Tuesday 29 December