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TV Squad TCA Report

TV Squad's Joel Keller has the following report from the TCA press tour:

Normally, I'd give the classic remake of the sci-fi classic its own post, but John Lewinski did a good job of covering the bases when he spoke to David Tennant at SDCC.
Tennant's in his last series as the Doctor, as we all know; his final episode will be 75 minutes (probably expanded to 90 minutes or 2 hours here to account for commercials) and air around Christmas. According to BBCA chief Garth Ancier, they've gotten better at airing shows soon after they bow in the UK, and the last Tennant show will be no exception.
As far as the overjoyed reception the show got at SDCC, Tennant had a great line: "I wanted to crowd dive but they were all sitting down. It was disappointing."
Russell T. Davies, who Ancier called the "David E. Kelley of Britian," has now written for two Doctors played by two very different actors. But he's not conscious of that when he writes. He writes more to…

iFmagazine.com At TCA

Carl Corez and Emmerson Parker of iFmagazine.com report the following from David's appearance at the TCA summer press tour:

At the TCA event held today, BBC America’s DOCTOR WHO cast and crew were on hand to discuss the future of the show, the last few episodes and more.

The first thing, David Tennant says about his version of the Doctor is that he likes being the Doctor and is against the idea of dying. “You see it [in the WATERS OF MARS],” Tennant says. “He’s raging against dying in the light. He knows the sands of time are running out – the bell is toiling for him and he doesn’t want to go quietly – that’s how we play it.”

Executive producer Julie Gardner says that with THE WATERS OF MARS and the finale that is two parts “it is a huge goodbye for the last doctor and the last four year …”

Russell T. Davies, primary writer and creator of the modern day DOCTOR WHO, concurred. “It’s … so many things actually. It’s very exciting and very sad, thrilling to be handing over the show in suc…

Photos Of The Doctor Who Panel At TCA

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David, Julie Gardner, Russell T Davies and Euros Lyn took to the BBC America stage at TCA Summer Press Tour in Pasadena, California, yesterday. More photos from the panel can be seen here.

David Talks Rose Tyler At TCA

David spoke to Zap2it about why his clone Doctor is better than the real deal....

Planet Of The Dead USA DVD Release

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Planet Of The Dead is now available to buy on DVD in the USA. It is also released on HD Blu-ray. You can purchase the standard and Blu-ray DVDs for from as little as $9.99 via our US shop here.

Comic-Con Pics Update

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Lots of new Comic-Con photos have been added to the image archive thanks to Anna Altheide.
You can view them here.

Monters And Critics Comic-Con Report

Article by Tracey Brown of Monstersandcritics.com:

This year at San Diego’s Comic-Con, fans of the BBC’s flagship Sci-Fi show, Doctor Who, were treated for the first time to an appearance by The Doctor himself, David Tennant.
This is not only Tennant's first Comic-Con appearance, but also his first ever at a fan convention. Adding to the excitement for fans is the fact that Tennant is leaving the show and has already finished filming his final three there specials, which will air in the UK later this year. (Air dates for the specials on BBC America have not been announced yet.)
Before their panel appearance, David Tennant and producer Julie Gardner (who has also just concluded her time working on Doctor Who) met with the press to discuss the final specials and to tantalize fans with a few glimpses of the specials. Both also showed a fondness for each other, both professionally and personally, that set a refreshingly friendly, fun tone to the interview.
Remarking on how he had develope…

Audio Interview With David & Julie Gardner

Discover has an audio interview with David and Julie Gardner for you to download here.
There is also an audio interview with Russell T Davies and Euros Lyn here.

Doctor Who Named Most Successful Sci Fi Show

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Guinness World Records has named Doctor Who the most successful science-fiction series. It is the second Guinness record that the show now holds, it also holds the record for longest running Sci Fi series.
The new honour was based on a combination of ratings and DVD and book sales.
"It is too good a show to have just one record," Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said after handing over the award at the Comic-Con on Sunday to the Doctor Who panel.

Exclusive Comic-Con Pics

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Click here to view all images from Comic-Con...

Doctor Who Panel Video

Thanks to Whedonopolis

IGN.com Interview

Cindy White of IGN.com interviewed David, Julie Gardner and Euros Lyn before the Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con:


IGN: David, have you processed that you're not going to go back and get in the suit again ever, or at least for a long while?

Tennant: It don't really know. It's funny, when we finished there was a chance that I was, wasn't there? We were going to go a little extra thing which has unfortunately fallen through. So I always had that. And now that's not happening. But I don't know. Not necessarily an articulate answer, is it?

Gardner: Where is the suit?

Tennant: Well, a version of the suit is hanging up in my wardrobe at home.

IGN: Did you keep it?

Tennant: I got sent it. I don't know if I'm even allowed to admit that. That probably breeches some sort of BBC policy guideline. I'll probably have to be hauled across some bureaucratic coal for that.

Lyn: And in the two-parter, we did trash more than one of the suits.

Tennant: We did. Yes.

Lyn: Of which t…

Comic-Con Pics

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More new photos of David at Comic-Con have been added here.
Thanks to Kelly Jordan.
And while we're at it, check out cknepher's amazing Comic-Con pics here.

David On MTV News

Movie Trailers - Movies Blog

"The Internet is a curious place, isn't it?" Tennant told MTV News.
"I think someone sits in their bedroom in Saskatchewan and comes up with an idea and they post it. And within minutes it's around the world and I'm getting phoned up by journalists and friends of mine saying, 'When are you off to shoot with Guillermo [del Toro]?'" said Tennant. "It's not something I know anything about."
"No one's talked with me," he added.
While Tennant's no stranger to special effects, he doubted even the most impressive computer's ability to bring him down to Hobbit size.
"I'm a bit tall, aren't I?" he joked. "I know they do things with CGI now, but I'm 6'1". Hobbits are little. I do have quite hairy toes, though."

The video can only be viewed by fans in the USA.

New Waters Of Mars Trailer

Digital Spy At Comic-Con

Neil Wilkes from Digital Spy gives his report on Doctor Who at Comic-Con:

9.49am: After getting up super early this morning and waiting in a queue for 90 minutes (90 minutes, would you believe it, don't you know who I am, etc), I'm now seated inside Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center practically wetting myself in anticipation of the Doctor Who panel.

9.57am: There appears to be eight mics up on stage today. As well as some preview clips of the final specials, we're also expected to get confirmation of a Doctor Who movie today.9.58am: At this point I am probably allowed to share the insider info I got on this movie a couple weeks back. Apparently, the film will feature Rose and The Other Doctor, set in the parallel world.

10.00am: Laptop is fully charged today so there'll be no need to bribe stagehands. By the way, feel free to add comments as we go along using the little comment slip below.10.04am: Panel not started yet as people are still streaming in from th…

Airlock Alpha Comic-Con Report

Airlock Alpha article by Michael Hinman on David's Comic-con appearance:

It's July, but it already feels like Christmas is right around the corner. And instead of getting the fun holiday story that we're used to, we're instead going to get a great two-parter that will not only mark the end of David Tennant's run on the show, but the beginning of a new era with Matt Smith in the iconic role and Steven Moffat as the showrunner.
While there might be a little trepidation to accepting a new actor in the role, Tennant says Smith deserves a fair shake in the role.
"You'll watch the finale and then in a few weeks, you'll think that Matt Smith is the best that's ever been," Tennant told attendees at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con. "Change is part of the show. I'm very proud to be a part of history, but I'm also proud that we're handing it over in good health and that it carries on."
The run has been a special one for Tennant, who leav…

More Comic-Con Pics + Jonathan Ross Chat

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Have added more pics from the San Diego trip to the Image archive here. Including this fab one of David and Russell with Jonathan Ross's lovely kids..




And this one of David auditioning for Rear Of The Year:

Credit: Jonathan Ross.
Our friends over a www.bitchbuzz.com have an exclusive interview with Jonathan Ross which is well worth a look! Check it out here.

Comic-Com News In Brief

So now it's all over..boo...
But! We do have some fabulous news from the Doctor Who Comic-Con panel.
For a more detailed look at everything that happened click here if you just want to cut to the chase and get the facts read on...
"Spoilers" are inevitable...


David was treated to a rock star reception, screaming women, standing ovations, the full works...There are no plans for the much rumoured Doctor Who movie starring David as The Doctor...boo...hiss etc...but the idea of a film is being looked at, whether it would include David is another matter.The audience were treated to previews of David's last Doctor Who episodes.A blonde John Simm returns as The Master. Catherine Tate returns as Donna Noble..crowd goes wild...Tissues will be necessary for the final...that was a given...The Doctor's coat was stolen from set whilst filming the final...check eBay now!When asked if he would return to the show David said : "Well, nothing's planned, no one knows what migh…

David And Russell On TV In San Diego This Morning

David and Russell T Davies appeared on TV channel CW6 in San Diego this morning. Watch the interview below:

Doctor Who Panel Live Blogging From The Guardian

The Guardian are live blogging the Doctor Who panel at Comic-Con..
Click here to keep up!

11.15am: The panel ended, and about 3000 people left the room. Remarkable (while completely expected, of course. Hurrah! What ho chaps and God save the bally queen etc) - I'll come back and liveblog the Torchwood panel in this post too, just so as not to take up more room on the blog. But not for a few hours.
Pip pip! Cheerio! etc.Sorry, I'm feeling terribly proud to be British for a moment. (Like I have ANY part at all in the creation of Doctor Who...)

11.11am: From another TV writer I know is in the audience, on his twitter account: "He's very enthused and full of energy and he's quite clearly going to be brilliant, which is annoying." Tennant on Smith.
And he was, they were all very positive, and glowing about the eleventh doctor. "There is no one who has worked with Matt in the UK who doesn't rave about him" said Tennant, who also told a really lovely story …

The TV Squad Interview

Another Comic-con interview with David..
This time with John Scott Lewinski of The TV Squad.
Read the article below:


It's safe to say David Tennant wasn't prepared for what he was running into at Comic-Con International.

"I've never been to San Diego before, lets alone Comic-Con," Tennant told me in the Scottish accent he hid while playing The Doctor for five years on the BBC's crown jewel, Doctor Who. "The fan response here has been incredible -- just walking to the elevator. I can't imagine what'll be like during the panel (Sunday)."

Tennant is attending Comic-Con with former Who show-runner and Torchwood creator Russell T. Davies to promote the final specials featuring Tennant in the lead role. And, with mere hours to go before Sunday morning's Doctor Who panel (one of the major events of Comic-Con's closing day), he insists that's the only reason he's there -- besides meeting the fans.

"I've heard we're supposed t…

Comic-Con Video: Planet Of The Dead Intro & John Barrowman Kiss

David was at Comic-Con yesterday to introduce a special screening of Planet Of The Dead.. and managed to get a kiss with John Barrowman too!

A video of his appearance can be seen below:

More Comic-Con Pics

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Jonathan Ross has uploaded the above photo of David and his friend Tommy Lee Edwards at Comic-Con to his Twitter account here.

More photos of David at Comic-Con will be uploaded to our Image Archive here.

io9 Interview

David chatted to Charlie Jane Anders of io9 at yesterday's Comic-Con.
Read their interview below and visit io9 here....
Contains some casting spoilers...

David Tennant has already filmed his final episodes as the Doctor, the time-traveling champion in Doctor Who, but his past is still our future. He explained to us what happens in those episodes, and why they're the most emotional yet.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Doctor Who star David Tennant, plus executive producer Julie Gardner, (re)creator Russell T. Davies and director Euros Lynn, along with a handful of other reporters. We'll post more of their answers to our searing questions next week, but here's the breaking news. Oh, and there are spoilers below...
First of all, Tennant and Gardner insist that there's no news about a possible Doctor Who movie, and they want to damp down speculation that tomorrow's Who panel will include some kind of announcement. There's no announcement, just them talking up …

Twitter Your Questions For Comic-Con

There are a couple of journalists on Twitter asking fans to submit questions for the Doctor Who panel tomorrow.

Click the following links to submit a question:
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First Photo Of David At Comic-Con

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David meets up with a Predator in the hotel lobby...

Credit: Empire Magazine
If you have any more photos of David at Comic-Con that you would like to share then email us here.

David At The Comic-Con

In support of BBC AMERICA’s U.S. premiere of four Doctor Who Specials, the Doctor himself, David Tennant, is appearing alongside writer/executive producer Russell T Davies at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. They will take part in a Doctor Who panel along with executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn, Sunday July 26, 10:00-11:00am PT.

David has travelled to Comic-Con, fresh from the Doctor Who set, having shot his final scenes as the tenth Time Lord. He and fellow panelists will discuss the latest incarnation of television’s longest running science fiction series and take questions from the floor. There will also be exclusive sneak peeks from the upcoming specials.

Fans can visit the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629) to capture their own photograph alongside part of the Doctor Who set - as well as purchase exclusive merchandise including David Tennant figures.

Fans of BBC AMERICA’s highest rated show ever, Torchwood, which will have just completed the five-part special, Childre…

Planet Of The Dead Premieres On Space

Planet Of The Dead makes it premiere in Canada tonight at 21:00pm on SPACE.
It will be followed by The Next Doctor at 22:25pm

Visit SPACE's Doctor Who site here.

David To Narrate New Doctor Who Audio Adventure

The next exclusive to audio, Doctor Who adventure, The Day Of The Troll, will be narrated by David.
The CD is released on 8th October 2009 and can be pre ordered from the shop here.

Doctor Who Out To Conquer America

Doctor Who is often seen as a quintessentially English character -- an eccentric fearlessly fighting Daleks and Cybermen with the help of his TARDIS time machine in the shape of a 1950s London police box.
Now the TV hero is out to conquer America, where, despite enjoying a loyal following, he has yet to compete with other science fiction series like "Star Trek."
David Tennant, the 10th actor to play the "Time Lord," has made four special episodes for the BBC series that will be shown in 2009 and 2010, filling the gap before his successor, Matt Smith, appears on screens.
On July 26 the first episode "Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead" will be aired on BBC America, part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and available in stores there two days later on DVD and Blu-ray.
"Growing up with Doctor Who, I was aware it had an international life," Tennant said in a telephone interview to publicize the U.S. launch.
"It has never quite conquered America i…

See We Are Astronomers For Free In Edinburgh (25-26 July)

In a special event to mark Homecoming 2009 and the 10th anniversary of Our Dynamic Earth, the leading Edinburgh visitor attraction is opening its doors to the public for free this weekend, 25-26 July. Open Doors weekend, which takes place at the same time as The Gathering in neighbouring Holyrood Park, will enable visitors of all ages to delve inside a fascinating story of Planet Earth, with free access to galleries and exclusive performances.

Intrepid explorers can plunder through a sticky rainforest, feel the earth move beneath their feet and touch a real iceberg within captivating and interactive displays. A climax to the journey will be We Are Astronomers, the new full dome projection film which immerses the audience in the stars as they travel through far off galaxies, narrated by David Tennant.

A number of exclusive tours and performances will also take place over the course of the weekend, bringing science to life for kids of all ages. Two kilted buskers will be roaming withi…

RSC Open Day Photos & Reports

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As you may know the RSC held it's Open Day last weekend and a number of members of our forum were lucky enough to go along and join in the action.


Among the exhibits on display was one of David's costumes from Hamlet. Some visitors on the guided tour also got to see the dressing room at The Courtyard Theatre that David used whilst performing there last year.
You can read about the fans experiences on the forum here. And the RSC have a virtual Open Day on their website here. More photos can be seen here.Photo Credits: Tiddybeth, The Angel, antontroy Briscoe

Doctor Who Series 3 Repeats To Air On ABC2

Doctor Who fans in Australia will have a second chance to see series 3, featuring David Tennant, when the 13 episodes screen on ABC2, starting Monday 24th August at 9.30pm. Each episode will be followed by Doctor Who: Confidential Cutdown, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes, to see the making of the episode.

Doctor Who At The BBC: A Legend Reborn

The BBC are releasing a new audio CD on 5th November 2009.
Doctor Who At The BBC: A Legend Is Reborn is a fascinating volume of interviews and behind-the-scenes features from the world of Doctor Who, as first featured on BBC radio and television. Featuring the voices of David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Christopher Eccleston, Kylie Minogue, Freema Agyeman, Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner, Phil Collinson and many others, this is a retrospective look at the return of Doctor Who to our screens in 2005, following the story up to 2008 and the impending departure of David Tennant as the Doctor.

You can pre order Doctor Who At The BBC: A Legend Reborn in our shop here.

Australian TV 27th July - 3rd August 2009

Doctor Who: Fear Her
27th July 21:30pm ABC2 Australia
In London for the 2012 Olympic Games, Rose and The Doctor find children are disappearing, car engines are failing for no apparent reason and a lonely young girl has been taken over by a very lonely alien.

Doctor Who Confidential: The Fright Stuff

27th July 22:15pm ABC2 Australia
Mark Gatiss examines some of the show's scariest moments, that have sent the nation scurrying behind the sofa. Featuring clips from both the classic series and the modern-day revival.

Doctor Who: Army Of Ghosts

3rd August 21:30pm ABC2 Australia
The Doctor and Rose are drawn to the Torchwood Tower, but a mighty invasion force is ready to march.

Doctor Who Confidential: Welcome To Torchwood
3rd August 2:15pm ABC2 Australia
Specially filmed as a companion piece to Doctor Who. Includes behind-the-scenes filming and interviews with the cast, writers and production team as they bring our favourite Time Lord back to our screens.

US TV - 26th July - 2nd August 2009

Doctor Who: Planet Of The Dead
26th July 20:00pm BBC America USA
When a London bus takes a detour to an alien world, the Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina, in this one-off seasonal special. But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets, hidden in the sand. And time is running out, as the deadly Swarm gets closer.

Spine Chillers: Bradford In My Dreams
2nd August 02:00am Chiller TV USA
A man is tormented by lack of sleep because of a recurring dream in which he is woken up in the middle of the night and made to drive 250 miles from London to Bradford to deliver a briefcase. Every morning he wakes up exhausted and fears he is going mad. Black comedy, starring Chris Langham and David Tennant.

Spine Chillers: Bradford In My Dreams

2nd August 03:30am Chiller TV USA
A man is tormented by lack of sleep because of a recurring dream in which he is woken up in the middle of the night and made to drive 250 miles from London to Bradford to deliver a briefcase. Every…

UK TV - 23rd July - 4th August 2009

Top Gear
23rd July 17:00pm Dave UK
In the last programme of the series, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May take the new BMW M3, Mercedes C63 AMG and Audi RS4 down to Spain for a thorough test of performance. David Tennant swaps the Tardis for the Reasonably Priced Car, James test-drives and new Jaguar XF and Richard wonders what happened to that ultimate symbol of Sixties grooviness - the beach buggy.

Doctor Who: Gridlock
25th July 22:00pm Watch UK
The Doctor takes Martha on a trip to New New York, but secret lies at the heart of the city...

Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride

26th July 21:45pm Watch UK
Bride-to-be Donna mysteriously vanishes as she prepares to marry her boyfriend Lance in a glittering ceremony on Christmas Eve. She suddenly appears, to her complete astonishment, in the Tardis with the Doctor.

Doctor Who: The Parting Of The Ways
31st July 20:00pm BBC Three UK
Rose Tyler has seen danger and wonders alongside the Doctor, but now their friendship is put to the test...

Signed Cards For Headway

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As you may know David signed some more cards to raise money for Headway Essex recently.
If you haven't already got one then make sure you get your hands on one as soon as possible.

Ordering details follow:

UK Fans :Click here to download the order form. You must print the order form, complete it and send it with a cheque made payable to Headway Essex. Each card requires a minimum donation of £20:00 plus £1:00 Postage. When you have done that send the form and your cheque to: Headway Essex, 58b Head Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PB
Overseas Fans: If you are from overseas and would like to purchase one of the cards that David has signed to raise money for Headway then please email town.office@headwayessex.org.uk for payment instructions.

New Doctor Who Story Online

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To celebrate forty years since the NASA Apollo 11 Moon Mission the BBC Doctor Who site are publishing a brand new Doctor Who adventure featuring David as the Tenth Doctor. Blue Moon is written by Oli Smith
The prologue and chapters 1 & 2 are online already.
Click here to start reading...

LA Times Invites Questions For Comic-Con

The LA Times are inviting readers to submit questions for David and the rest of the Doctor Who panel to answer at this year's Comic-Con.
Click here to find out full details.

Glorious 39 To Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival

Glorious 39 will get it's premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film is a period piece set in 1939, as war looms over Europe. David stars in the film as Hector.

Essential Shakespeare CD

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Following the success of "The Essential Shakespeare", the British Library and the Royal Shakespeare Company are proud to present a second audio set of live Shakespeare recordings, "Essential Shakespeare Encore".
The two discs feature scenes and speeches taken from RSC productions in Stratford-upon- Avon and London, recorded by the British Library and the RSC over a period of almost half a century. As in the first volume, all the recordings are being published for the first time.
The extracts, chosen by RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran, are taken from productions that were not included previously, so as to complement the first volume. The roll-call of prestigious portrayals runs from Paul Robeson's legendary Othello in 1959 to David Tennant's highly-acclaimed Hamlet in 2008.
Among the other memorable productions are Peter Hall's "Henry IV Part 1", Trevor Nunn's "The Winter's Tale", John Barton's "The Merchan…