Wednesday, 30 December 2009
05/06 Feb 2010
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
David Tennant and the gorgeous Catherine Tate appear on...
Alan Carr: Chatty Man New Year’s Special: Channel 4, 10.20pm.
- Last year 72% of the world's total executions took place in China, the charity estimates.
- It applies to 60 offences, including non-violent crimes such as tax fraud and embezzlement.
- Those sentenced to death are usually shot, but some provinces are introducing lethal injections.
OUT WITH THE OLD IN THE WITH THE WHO
By Sara Wallis; Jon Horsley 26/12/2009
THE BEST SHOW ON TV
Christmas Day may be behind us but the great seasonal TV goes on. Here's our round-up of all the tasty telly treats between now and next year!
Which one's he? Doctor No 10.
How old is he? 38.
What else has he done, then?
Lots of Shakespeare.
Best Doctor credential? Snappiestdressed time lord since Tom Baker.
He says: "It was very emotional saying cheerio.
Filming the final scene was very, very sad.
Doctor Who meant so much to me."
They say: "I think David has taken the Doctor beyond where anyone thought it would go," comments co-star Catherine Tate. "And he has brilliant hair!"
We say: We'll all miss David's boggled-eyed wit, but this is a fantastic, tension-laden ending for the current Doctor.
Which one's he? Doctor No 11.
How old is he? 27.
What else has he done, then? The BBC's Party Animals.
Best Doctor credential? He has the trademark crazy hair.
He says: "I feel proud and honoured to have been given this opportunity. I hope to learn from the standards set by David and do the show justice.
I can't wait."
They say: "He's a really nice guy and I think he's going to be great," reckons John Barrowman.
And Billie Piper thinks Matt has the "right energy" for the role.
We say: Don't worry, Matt Smith will no doubt fill David Tennant's Converse basketball boots to perfection.
- Unreality Shout
- Behind the sofa
Digging A Hole
Mr E - I think Matt Smith will be awesome! I'm really looking forward to watching Doctor 11.
While some say ‘twenty-ten’, others are referring to ‘two thousand and ten’ and even ‘two-o-one-o’.
The subject was raised in a programme on Radio 2 on Boxing Day – which was hosted the Doctor Who actors David Tennant and Catherine Tate.
Tennant, 38, referred to the year as ‘twenty ten’, when telling a listener to have a “wonderful new year”.
Tate, said: “Oh twenty-ten – get you! Who’s been reading the compliance rules!’”
Tennant told their guest, Bernard Cribbins: “We’re supposed to say twenty-ten.”
But Cribbins said he believed most elderly people would prefer to say two thousand and ten.
Miss Tate added: “You’re not allowed to say two thousand and ten…The people in there are exploding!”
The BBC has a unit which decides on uniform pronunciation. However, the BBC said there had been no ruling on 2010.
A spokesman said: “Prior to the show, it was decided “twenty ten” was the easiest way to pronounce the year. It was not breaking any rules to say it in an alternative way.”
Mr E - DOES IT REALLY MATTER?!
The above programme aired on BBC1 last night (28/12/09). Part 2 can be seen this evening (29/12/09).
Sunday, 27 December 2009
We're nearing the Apocalypse, the end of time is near… and The Master has returned from the dead wearing a hoodie. Give him an ASBO.
This terribly twisted Time Lord is determined to achieve world domination. But after the appalling way he ate his turkey, I think he should work on his table manners first.
Hey Mr Master… no one’s going to listen to you if you can’t use a knife and fork.
Is it me… or was Doctor Who’s Christmas excursion a pile of pretentious cobblers?
Actooors with deep voices booming verbose garbage like: “A shadow is falling over civilization… something vast is stirring in the night.” Ooh-er ducky!
Anyway, with David Tennant’s last exit looming, those guys with entrail beards called The Ood seem convinced the clock is ticking for mankind.
And, shamelessly hamming it up as the mad Master, John Simm keeps leaping thousands of feet into the air. How come the Doctor can’t do that?
But this nonsense is not for normal people.
David Tennant's Hamlet – what did you think?
On stage, David Tennant's performance had 'demonic energy, airy lightness and caustic humour'. How about on TV with no interval?
The Dr Who actor told Radio 4's Kirsty Young that his mum Helen, who died of cancer in 2007, gave him a great childhood.
On Desert Island Discs, broadcast this morning, David said: "I feel very fortunate to have had the upbringing that I had."
Asked if his mother had told him how proud she was of his success, he said: "She did and she was so thrilled by it."
Tennant, 38, whose girlfriend is actress Georgia Moffatt, 24 - daughter of fifth Doctor Who Peter Davison - also revealed he wants to start a family as soon as possible.
He said: "I'm only 38 but my parents had had three kids by this age."
Saturday, 26 December 2009
This is a very positive review about 'The End of Time Part One'.
David Tennant takes one step closer to the exit, courtesy of the return of John Simm's The Master in Doctor Who: The End Of Time Part One...
Friday, 25 December 2009
Watch: Exclusive Scene - The End of Time, Part Two
Thursday, 24 December 2009
But this is perhaps the most bizarre and clever of all a comic retelling with Catherine Tates acid-tongued Nan as Scrooge.
The writers have taken some bleedin liberties with the original story (Tiny Tim is a dog and the ghost of Christmas Present wears skinny jeans) but its a laugh-fest from beginning to end.
The three ghosties are played by Ben Miller, Roger Lloyd Pack and an almost unrecognisable David Tennant, who all attempt to convince Nan to swap her miserly ways for some seasonal cheer.*
*Daily Mirror 24/12/09.
CLICK HERE to watch video and read article:
"I don't actually know what I'm doing for Christmas yet. That's a debate that has to be had with various family members.
I'm not quite sure what we're doing yet. But I'm sure I'll be with some family and friends. That's how everyone should spend Christmas, right?
It's a big family occasion. I remember having a big Scalextric and my auntie helping me build it - then I was upstairs for the rest of the day playing with it".
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
I had the pleasure of watching John Barrowman in panto yesterday afternoon... what a complete joy! I laughed from beginning to end, it was totally awesome! I was sat in the stalls, so had a fantastic view of the stage... in any event it is a wonderfully intimate theatre!
I watched JB in panto in Cardiff a couple of years ago, he starred in Jack and the Beanstalk. (Last year he was in panto in Birmingham playing Robin Hood). Anyway, I had a fab time then, watching JB as Jack... but the production yesterday surpassed that!
During the performance yesterday, in character as Robin, JB mentioned...
- that he had a friend who owned a TARDIS and he could ask him for help!!
- that he was more than willing to go looking for merry men!!
- he also quoted Bart and said at one point to 'eat my shorts'!
JB also had an interesting conversation with the Churchill dog prop, when he was brought onto the stage as part of the panto! JB mimicked the dog... very funny! (Yeah, you had to be there I think!!)
During the end of the first half of the performance, most of the stage was filled with an ice rink. JB did a mighty fine job skating and singing Brian Adams song 'Everything I do, I do it for you'.
A few times during the performance JB was in a fit of giggles after the audience were making up their own adult jokes!! at one point he said that he had a few things (jokes) he could say but wouldn't, and to write to him if we wanted to know!!
Throughout the performace, along with the sheriff, there was an eight foot monster, which I thought resembled a Silurian!... During the panto JB did say that it looked like a Doctor Who monster!
The Lost Episodes
"THE DOCTOR AND WILF ARRIVE IN THE STABLES OF A LARGE MANSION HOUSE...
Find out what they discover on BBC 1, Christmas day at 6.00pm"
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You will love this page :-)
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
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Monday, 21 December 2009
On the ice in 2010, for your pleasure and their ego and profile, we have...
- Sinitta (X Factor)
- Emily Atack (Inbetweeners actress) ...Who???
- Hayley Tamaddon (Soap star) ...Who???
- Danniella Westbrook (Soap star)
- Heather Mills... break a leg love!
- Tana (Gordon Ramsay's wife) ...Well whatever the f**k next?!
- Sharron Davies (Olympic swimmer)
- Bobby Davro (Comedian) ...Spare us, and choose Butlins instead...please!
- Mikey Graham (Boyzone)
- Dr Hilary Jones (GMTV) ...Really?!
- Gary Lucy (The Bill) ...The hunk to win! :P
- Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks) ...Who???
- Jeremy Sheffield (Holby City) ...Who???
- Danny Young (Coronation Street) ...Who???
Spice girl Emma (Baby Spice) is a new judge.
I have never been a fan of this show, (Ice) but might try and catch some of it... what am I saying? What has life come too?! Haha!
Will post Celebrity Big Brother news as soon as I hear of it! (Please don't I hear you cry!).
WHILE Brussels sprout-hating kiddies around the country cry EXT-URGH!-MINATE! at the Christmas dinner table, Doctor Who will be facing a different kind of little green terror.
These are the Vinvocci, aliens who look a lot like a certain festive veggie.
The shape-shifters pop up - or GERMINATE! - in episode one of a two-parter of the BBC hit on Christmas Day.
The seasonal special, which concludes on New Year's Day, also sees the Doc's arch nemesis The Master make an appearance.
He's played by John Simm, who will battle David Tennant, acting out his final scenes as the Doctor before being replaced by Matt Smith.
The pair fight it out from the "wastelands" of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate as they struggle to cheat death.
All in all, it looks like veg of yer seat stuff.
(News of the World 19/12/2009)
- Shutter Island.
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the fourth time.
A US Marshal investigates a woman's disappearance from a hospital for the criminally insane.
- Alice In Wonderland.
Tim Burton brings his distinct style to this film.
Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen and Stephen Fry.
- Green Zone.
Matt Damon. Director Paul Greengrass.
An action-thriller set in Iraq.
- Robin Hood.
Russell Crowe. Director Ridley Scott.
- The Karate Kid.
Will Smith's son Jaden learns about waxing on and off from Jackie Chan's martial arts mentor.
- Toy Story 3.
It's been more than a decade since Toy Story 1!
Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley.
I aint getting on no plane FOOL!
What films are you looking forward to watching next year?
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Patrick Stewart will reportedly be made a knight in the New Year's Honours List.
The Star Trek legend will be honoured for his services to drama, in a film and television career which has spanned 50 years.
According to The Mirror, sources at Buckingham Palace claim that the Queen is an admirer of the 69-year-old star.
"He is a man at the very top of his trade who has mastered both popular TV and classic roles," a source said.
Stewart, who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films.
Source: Digital spy
SIR Tom Baker next?
Season 2 Episode 13 of 13
The Last Dragonlord The Great Dragon is finally free, and attacks Camelot. With the castle crumbling, the knights cannot hold out much longer - only a Dragonlord can kill such a beast and Uther wiped them all out years ago, or so it is believed. Gaius reveals one such man may still be alive and in hiding, so Arthur and Merlin set out in search of him, before the kingdom is destroyed. But even if they find him, can they persuade him to help his old enemy Uther? Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Richard Wilson and Anthony Head star, with a guest appearance by John Lynch. Last in the series.*
It sounds like a good one, not to be missed!
Friday, 18 December 2009
Rating: Two stars out of five.
“We’re going to be showing you some very special, very secret things tonight,” says the BBC man who is introducing this special advance screening of the Doctor Who Christmas special. “So can you please switch off any electronic devices and any recording equipment before we begin.”
“What about my pacemaker?” a lone voice calls out. It is unmistakeably Bernard Cribbins, sat in the audience with his co-stars John Simm and Catherine Tate, and the arch-regenerator himself, Russell T Davies. “Can it take pictures?” asks the BBC man. “Yes, it’s very modern,” replies Cribbins. The audience is delighted.
And that’s entirely appropriate, because while this might be the first part of David Tennant’s swansong as the Tenth Doctor, it’s Cribbins who is centre stage for much of this episode, bringing festive laughs and tugging at the heartstrings in equal measure. As Donna’s granddad, Wilfred Mott, he starts the episode seeking solace from the bad dreams that are haunting the whole world, before he finds himself at the centre of events that threaten the very fabric of Time.
For the Doctor, the continued significance of Wilf is too much of a coincidence, and the Time Lord hints that there may be more to the old man than meets the eye. Yet the pair team up regardless, and share some heartfelt moments on the nature of mortality before embarking on the adventure proper. Partnering Tennant with the 80-year-old actor adds pathos to the dying days of this 900-year-old Doctor, and gives both men the opportunity to prove that, regardless of age, they are simply very good actors indeed.
But then, The End Of Time is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to casting, with brief but memorable contributions from both June Whitfield and Timothy Dalton, and, of course, the return of John Simm as the increasingly deranged but utterly brilliant Master. This rival Time Lord may have been killed back in series three, but the door was left open for his return when a mysterious female hand was seen to take his discarded ring at the end of that series. Here we finally get to see whose hand that was – and it’s no one you were expecting!
Along with Cribbins, Simm is the driving force of this episode, utterly different from his Harold Saxon persona from two years back, yet totally the same character in his wild-eyed, evil genius. Several Master moments in the episode are genuinely scary, and yet wonderfully funny at the same time. It’s a perfect combination for a man who reviles yet revels in his own lunacy, and makes for unforgettable telly. The fact that the Master seems to have no distinct plan until late in the episode makes it all the more breathtaking when it finally kicks in – and reminds us how terrifying a Time Lord can be, if you don’t have him on your side.
With the return of Wilf and the Master – not to mention Ood Sigma, and Donna and her mum – this episode could easily have become bogged down in continuity, and off-putting for a Christmas Day audience, but once again Russell T Davies has pulled off the trick of pleasing long-term fans within the confines of an easy-to-understand, rollicking fantasy adventure. The perfect example of this is the resurrection of the Master, which manages to be both a brief and functional device to get the story moving, yet also pivotal to the development of the character. True, the story relies on a few flashbacks and some linking narration to fill in gaps that might have been more artfully explained, but Davies has never been one to miss an opportunity, and there’s a definite sense that ‘The Narrator’ will turn out to be much more than just a narrator …
So whether fan or gran, viewers should find this the perfect Christmas present when they settle down after the biggest dinner of the year, and one entirely deserving of the fanfare BBC1 has afforded it. Just make sure you do eat before you watch it – because the Master’s hungry, and his table manners might just put you off your food…
The half-hour special, which was hosted by David Tennant, pulled in 2.93m (14%) between 10pm and 10.30pm, easily beating last week's performance of 2.08m (10.8%).
Posted by Chuck Foster on Facebook.
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Times Online article
CLICK HERE to read it:
(Thanks to Jamie Jones for the link).
CLICK HERE to watch 3 minute video:
The two-part Doctor Who Christmas special, 'The End of Time', will also be David Tennant's last outing as the Time Lord.
The story will see the Doctor once more pitted against The Master (John Simm) - before the character's regeneration into his latest incarnation, who will be played by Matt Smith.
The BBC's Lizo Mzimba went to meet David Tennant to find out how he was feeling about bowing out of the series.
(Thanks to Shaun Holder for the link).
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Buzzcocks: The Doctor Who Special
Season 14 Episode 12 of 14
David Tennant hosts a special edition of the quiz show with team captains Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding. The guests are actor Bernard Cribbins, who stars as Wilf Mott in the episodes that see the 10th Doctor regenerate into Matt Smith, actress and former Time Lord's companion Catherine Tate, musician Jamie Cullum and Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley.*
Our previous entries from Russell in the Countdown To "The End Of Time" have all been SFX.co.uk exlusives. But that’s not all SFX has to offer. In the latest issue of SFX – on sale now – there are yet more revelations from Russell, some of them even more tantalising than what we've published here in the past couple of weeks (plus a massive free Doctor Who poster!). It's the perfect way to get you in the mood for the Christmas specials. And to tempt you even more in buying the issue, here’s just a snippet of what Russell has to reveal:
SFX: So will that final scene kill us?
Russell: “It’s the biggest farewell in the world. He knows death is coming. I think viewers will have a choice of scenes that get to them, in a way. You’re talking about five or six scenes. There’s one very big scene – that isn’t the regeneration – that’s the scene that gets everyone. It comes about ten minutes before the regeneration, when you finally realise it’s on its way, and it’s magnificent. So it depends which one will click with you.”
Speaking on the Radio 4 show Night Waves yesterday, Steven Moffat confirmed what many fans sites have been speculating - the Weeping Angels will return to face the eleventh Doctor next year.
Who’s new showrunner was being interviewed by journalist Matthew Sweet on the programme. After discussing various aspects of what it was like being in charge of Doctor Who, Sweet asked Moffat if he could reveal one piece of information known to nobody outside of the production team – and the return of the monsters from "Blink" was his response. *
(Listen to the first 10 mins).
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Monday, 14 December 2009
What can you tell us about your final two-part adventure called The End of Time?
“Well it’s my finale and it definitely won’t disappoint. It’s just huge and the cliffhanger between the two episodes amazingly keeps going on and on. It’s brilliant in its scope because you keep thinking, that’s the cliffhanger and then something else happens, then something else and you think well that’s it it’s finished – and then something brilliant you never see coming happens. It’s great to have some returning stars back too. John Simm is The Master, Catherine Tate is Donna again, and Bernard Cribbens is her grandfather Wilf.”
Is Donna quite central to the story?
“Well Donna was last seen at the end of series four when she was made not to remember any of her adventures with the Doctor. We were told all hell would break loose if she did remember. So when the Doctor bumps into her grandfather Wilf again it’s clearly imperative that they don’t bump into Donna, or that Donna isn’t aware of what’s going on. I think it’s fair to say that Russell T Davies wouldn’t write that into a script unless it’s seen through. You can probably imagine the chaos that’s going to happen there.”
There are some Ood as well, aren’t there?
“Yep you see one at end of Waters Of Mars. In this we get to visit the Oodsphere again where the Doctor’s told ‘Your song will be ending soon’. The Ood are actually calling time on the Doctor and for him that’s where the story begins. But we find out that he hasn’t gone straight there and he’s running and trying to pretend his incarnation isn’t doomed. But the Ood tell him he should have got there sooner because time is moving against him and the rest of creation in the shape of The Master who has miraculously been brought back to life. The story iunravels from there pretty much.”
So do you meet the Master early on?
“Not too early on as there’s a bit of hide-and-seek going on between the Doctor and The Master. Unlike the last time you saw The Master when he was the Prime Minister Harold Saxon, he’s in a slightly more feral state this time. He’s hiding not only from the Doctor but from humanity at large. And the process of bringing him back to life hasn’t left him the healthiest creature in the world. There’s also a desperateness to him this time. He wasn’t the most sane of characters at the best of times but John Simm is just sensational - he kind of just eats the screen up with a feverish intensity, it’s extraordinary. And the Doctor knows he’s dying so needs to find the Master. The Doctor’s relationship with The Master is confusing because he knows he has to sort of shut him down. At the same time he wants to reach out to him because he’s the only vestige of the Time Lord’s people that’s left. There’s that kind of Bond there.”
What are the exchanges like between you and The Master?
“There’s lots of dialogue between them, and John Simm’s brilliant. John really enjoys the part as well. He gets to go barking mad which he did the last time and you thought that was as bad as it got, but this time he’s off the scale! He also gets to blow things up which he enjoyed. There are a lot of fireballs going off at various points. When things start to explode behind you it’s tricky to look cool. Everyone’s trying to crank it up for the finale and make everything that little bit bigger than before. I remember the heat on the back of my head was incredible at one point. But then you look back and realise how cool it looks when you see the scene!”
The Doctor spends a lot of time with Wilf doesn’t he?
“You get these incredible scenes with these two old men – Wilf who’s 80 and the Doctor who’s 906 or so and it’s incredibly moving to see these old boys talking about life and death. He’s as much the Doctor’s companion in this as anyone is. He gets on board the Tardis and has a trip with the Doctor, which is fantastic because Bernard Cribbens last did that in 1966 with Peter Cushing in the movie. Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD.”
Are these dark, scary episodes?
“It’s got a different scale to it. It’s kind of like a fable, with fairytale elements. It starts with this narration from Timothy Dalton in this booming voice. He says something like: ‘In the last days of the human race everyone was having bad dreams’ and it’s got that kind of epic scale to it and every ten minutes or so Timothy comes in with a bit more spooky narration. There’s a huge long sequence where nobody says anything and the Doctor and the Master are simply trying to find each other. It’s different from anything we’ve done before. Russell’s so clever and knows exactly how you can kind of tease these things out and just when you think it’s getting a little bleak he sprinkles in a little bit of comedy. It’s a beautifully constructed story.”
What’s June Whitfield’s role in the story?
“She plays Minnie the menace, who had an incident in a police box once – not the Tardis another police box - and she likes to remember that when the Tardis comes along. She’s one of Wilf’s pals and she’s in it right throughout actually.”
Are John Barrowman and Billie Piper back as Captain Jack and Rose?
“They’re not in the Christmas episode. New Year? – you’ll have to wait and see...”
We’ve heard there are some weddings, is that right?
"Yep Donna’s getting married. In fact that’s when The Doctor meets Donna again, he also meets her husband-to-be and they’re all set to get married. But clearly that’s not going to work out. Well certainly not as smoothly as she might anticipate."
Was it strange being in the Tardis for the last time?
“That actually came in the Sarah Jane Adventures which I filmed after. In a way that was a nice decompression week which I think was probably for the best. I think if my last day had been my last Doctor Who scene I’d have been a wreck, so as it was I was spared all that.”
Is the Doctor obviously heading towards regeneration throughout this?
“Well I think he knows he is in trouble from the end of The Waters Of Mars. He realises he went too far there and the universe is catching up with him and the Ood have come to call him to his fate. He says quite early on in the Christmas Day episode 'I’m going to die'. He knows it’s coming, he feels it coming and there’s something broken about him. At the beginning of the story you see him trying to cope with that knowledge in a bizarre fashion like wearing a silly hat and talking nine to the dozen to the Ood trying to make it all OK. But he knows he’s running from the inevitable. These episodes seem bigger and scarier and the whole scale of it is kind of imposing, because it feels like there’s a drive towards his end that is inescapable for everyone involved.”
Do you run about a lot in this adventure?
“There’s not as much running as normal which is fair enough because Bernard Cribbens is 80, and we wouldn’t want to kill him off. Although saying that, he’s pretty good, he did keep up. He’d never give up he was so fearless. I’m strapped down for one sequence so had to be wheeled about. There were lots of big stunts and lots of things blown up behind, and a bit of wire work, too. I don’t think I got body-doubled in this. I was allowed to do everything.”
Why did you pick now as the time to leave Doctor Who?
“It was less about fear of being typecast, than if I stayed I’d never have the guts to leave because I love it so much. It would have been very easy just to keep going. It’s felt a very special and unique time, not just a job. I’d hate it to become just that. So this felt like the brave thing to do. If I’d stayed much longer you’d have never got rid of me.”
Did you give any advice to Matt Smith about taking over from you as the Doctor?
“I haven’t given him any advice. What would you say really? It would be patronising and inappropriate. We’ve chatted of course and he’s got such enthusiasm and focus for it. But I wouldn’t presume to tell him what to do. I’m quite jealous in that I recognise that he’s starting out on a journey that will be amazing. It’s exciting and overwhelming. It’s funny, on the day Matt started shooting, there were photos released. I hadn’t expected it. It was up on the internet so I went and had a look. I was genuinely surprised and excited. That doesn’t mean when it comes on telly I won’t be going, ‘Oh he’s better than me!’. At the moment I’m just really excited to see what they do next.”
Doctor Who has been a huge chunk of your life hasn’t it?
“Absolutely and a very special time. I’ll always look back on this time very fondly. Life changing yeah, and unique, it will be unlike anything else I’ll ever do. With the appeal it has and the range of attentions it gets it’s pretty unique.”
Have you taken any mementoes?
“I haven’t taken anything from the set though I got given a sonic screwdriver. And I got given some versions of the costume, then panicked and had to put them somewhere else because I thought what if my house gets robbed or burns down. I can go visit them I suppose.”
Did you have any fears about this being your last hurrah?
“Clearly you want your last one to be big and special and feel epic. And feel like an end to something. But as soon as I read the script I knew that was going to happen. Russell T Davies has managed to create a story quite unlike what we’ve done before. I just wonder how he keeps managing to re-invent things. But he does it and my admiration for him grows and grows.”
Is there anything you won’t miss about being Doctor Who?
“Not really. There are two sides to Doctor Who and I never anticipated being a celebrity – it’s not something that sits very easily with me. So there are sides to that I won’t be sorry to see the end of. So if some of that died down a bit that would be ok.”
Will you be sitting down watching on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day?
“Yes along with the millions of others – I gotta keep the viewing figures up. My family enjoy watching it with me - they enjoy the hoo-ha of it. There’s undeniably something special about being a part of something like a TV event. People talk about the Doctor Who Christmas special being like the Morecambe and Wise Christmas specials. But we’ve only done four and it’s a relatively new thing. My first episode was the very first Doctor Who Christmas special they’d ever done. I feel very chuffed that we’ve become part of the Christmas furniture and the family, like me, enjoy that sensation.”
Doctor Who: The End Of Time parts 1 and 2 will be shown on BBC1 at 6pm Christmas Day and 6.40pm on New Year’s Day.
A new The End of Time clip has been posted on 'Doctor Who Spoilers' Facebook group.
Here is a link to the video clip:
"I was born in 1963 so I can remember black-and-white images of 'Doctor Who' from that age. My mother used to sit and make me watch it, she loved it so. The whole of Britain watched 'Doctor Who.' Now it does again, fortunately. In those days every child watched it. There was just no question, no debate. It was a show that everyone watched so a lot of people grew up and became teenagers. I just stayed with it."
Davies, who's been writing the series for six years, is parting ways with his flashy hero. "I've loved it but it's time to move on. I wanted to get out while I still loved it before I got bored. I'm excited. I feel like I made the right decision and it's an achievement It's been the No.1 program in Britain. Not the No.1 drama - the No. 1 program."
The last two of his episodes, "The End of Time," air Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 on BBC America.
As fond as he is of the character, writing is another matter. "It's hard work," he shakes his head, "it's never enjoyable ... I like the end of it when something's made and I'm happy with it and I watch it. And I've watched things I've made many times, mostly because I can't believe the luck and the relief having gotten to the end of it.
"I'm building up to writing a script right now, and I'm not liking this process. It's nights of worry and torment. However, it's better than being a nurse or a teacher in an inner city school," he sighs with relief.
"Writing is like putting your brain on paper, which is not natural and not easy but in the end, it's the joy of it when it works, when it clicks. Then something magic happens."
The magic didn't happen at first. Davies grew up in South Wales and never entertained the idea of being a writer. He was good at drawing and scribbled cartoons for school papers.
"It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I looked on it as a possible job never thinking it was possible (for me). Then fortunately I met the right people and worked very hard to get the right contacts and opportunities. It took a long time to realize it was even an option," he says.
"I moved to Manchester and learned my trade there. Granada Television is based there which is a big, old television station dating back to the 1960s, a very prestigious company. I learned so much there. I just knocked on doors begging for jobs and writing things for nothing and standing in line and waiting - well everyone has to do that really.