This is a great read. Check out this bit by famed science fiction writer Stephen Baxter about First Doctor William Hartnell:
It was surely necessary that the Doctor had to be old in his first incarnation; that sense of age has always lingered. Even today a key part of Matt Smith’s reading of the role is that he is an old man in a young man’s body. And that agedness is rooted in Hartnell’s authoritative playing. My favourite single line of Hartnell’s actually came in tenth-anniversary special “The Three Doctors” when he berates his successors: “So you’re my replacements – a dandy and a clown. Have you done anything?”
Chris Chibnall, Matt, Karen, Arthur, Jemma Redgrave, and Caro Skinner talk about ‘The Power of Three’
Who showrunner Steven Moffat promised that Chibnall’s script will bring UNIT back with “a clever little twist”.
“When I was a kid, and just getting obsessed about the Doctor (still not recovered) it was the Jon Pertwee era, and UNIT was as big a part of the show as the TARDIS itself,” said the writer.
“So when Chris asked if he could bring them back, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. And being Chris, he gave it a clever little twist which I know the fans are going to love.
Doctor Who continues this Saturday (September 22) on BBC One and BBC America.
1 – Asylum of the Daleks (by Steve Moffat)
2 – Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (by Chris Chibnall)
3 – A Town Called Mercy (by Toby Whithouse)
4 – The Power of Three (by Chris Chibnall)
5 – The Angels Take Manhattan (by Steven Moffat)
David Tennant is to star in ITV1 drama Broadchurch, a new eight-part series penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall.
Broadchurch will explore what happens to a small community when it suddenly becomes the focus of a major event and is subjected to the full glare of the media spotlight.
Tennant will play DI Alec Hardy, a newly promoted police detective who arrives in the town following the death of a young boy.
Vicky McClure, who recently starred with Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill, who will play town priest Paul Coates.
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Big news is rolling out on the upcoming season of Doctor Who: shooting will commence on February 20, BBC’s Doctor Who website has announced. The first director will be Saul Metzstein (Upstairs Downstairs), with executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat joining new EP Caroline Skinner and producer Marcus Wilson on the production team.
The show will also be getting some new digs: the new series will be produced at the BBC Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff, set to officially open in March.
Writers for the new season have been confirmed. Toby Whithouse — the brains behind the original UK Being Human and the well-received Who episodes “School Reunion,” “The Vampires of Venice,” and “The God Complex” — will contribute once again. Meanwhile, Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall will also join this year’s writing team. He has previously written the episodes “42″ and the two parter “The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.”
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