Anglophenia’s Fraser McAlpine wrote it better than any of us could:
I’m writing this on behalf of every Doctor Who fan who finds it hard to know what the appropriate response may be when one of the many actors who gave their favorite show life, loses theirs. I’ve never met the actress Mary Tamm – whose death from cancer at age 62 was announced today – most likely very few people reading this have, and yet, ever since her stint as the first Romana in the last ’70s, playing an impossibly glamorous Time Lady opposite Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, she (or rather Romana) has been a very real part of my mental landscape.
Here’s a cool little bit of news for your Whovians out there: this week’s Entertainment Weekly not only has Doctor Who on the cover, it’s also the first time ever that a British TV show has been featured on the front of the magazine! Guess they never got around to that “Jeeves & Wooster: Massive Spoilers Inside!” cover I suggested two decades ago OH WELL.
The issue itself features the “25 greatest cult TV shows from the past 25 years,” which is led off by Who, and also, we assume, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Jeeves & Wooster, etc.
Also of note, and why this is the focus of the magazine: it’s pretty incredible that Doctor Who has gone from intensely cult hit, to something as close to mainstream as most uber-geeky pursuits get.
According to the newspaper’s website, “Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat will give a masterclass on BBC1′s Sherlock, along with his co-creator, Mark Gatiss, and the producer, Sue Vertue, and there will be an exclusive preview screening of the first episode of the next series of Doctor Who.”
This year’s festival will take place between 23 and 25 August
Collider:What can fans expect from the new season?
SMITH:Well, fans can expect a gut-wrenching, heart-wrenching time, saying goodbye to the Ponds. But, we’ve also got dinosaurs, we’ve got daleks, we’ve got weeping angels and we’ve got New York. It feel, in scale, as big and bold as ever it has. That’s the thing with Who. It’s got to get better, all the time. Hopefully, that’s what we’re doing. Steven Moffat’s in great form, Karen [Gillan] and Arthur [Darvill] are in great form, and there are great directors and great monsters. That gives you a good chance.