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?”
Let’s see, what happened?
• Arthur Darvill revealed that he was the first of the cast to work out the identity of River Song. Alex Kingston had already been told, but was sworn to secrecy by Steven Moffat. When he figured it out, he asked Alex if it was true, and she just looked deep into his eyes and said “hello Dad.”
He also said his first reaction when he found out that his friend Matt had first got the job as the Doctor was “I can’t wait to get a pencil case with Matt’s face on.”
• Community fans! Karen Gillan loves Inspector Spacetime! She had to explain it to Matt and Steven and Arthur though. Then Steven promised, as they were having an affectionate pop at his show, to “take the rip” back. The question is not whether he will do this, but when.
In answer to a question about returning monsters, he also pointed out that the Daleks must be the most easily-thwarted Doctor Who villains ever. Oh sure, they always come back trying, but just at the last minute here comes the Doctor again to wreck their plans, “with a twig.”
• Earlier in the day, at a panel devoted to the writing and production of The Girl Who Waited, writer Tom MacRae admitted his chief inspiration when developing the handbots was that they could be made into a toy. Sadly this has not yet happened.
He also offered this sage advice to anyone who wishes to write for a living: learn to touch-type. Then you can get all your ideas down in one go.
• Fact: Everyone dressed as the Tenth Doctor struts around with his (or her) hands in his (or her) pockets.
• Matt Smith was seen handing out jammy dodgers at the first Meet The Stars panel. He had clearly run out by the time of the second one, which was interrupted by the sudden arrival of a Judoon, and then a Silurian. Clearly they’d heard about the free biscuits.
Doctor Who writer Tom MacRae talks about the lost scene that didn’t make it into The Girl Who Waited
There’s been some debate about emotion and romance in Doctor Who and how much is too much - what are your thoughts?
“I think if it came to a point where the story of the week was that the Doctor turns up, falls in love and gets married, then yes, Doctor Who has gone too far into that territory. But at the moment, he turns up and there’s monsters, chaos and scares - that’s always there. If there’s a bit of human emotion along the way, of which love is the most powerful, then I don’t think anyone who’s got any sort of grasp on how television works can complain that human stories have got human characters in them.”
From BBC America:
Watch an exclusive introduction to the all new, heart-breaking episode of DOCTOR WHO, “The Girl Who Waited” from star Karen Gillan and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who: “Rise of the Cybermen”).
Don’t miss the premiere of “The Girl Who Waited” this Saturday, September 10 at 9/8c only on BBC America, and see why Karen thinks this episode “explores brand new territory in the character of Amy Pond.”
Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague — a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day. The Doctor can use the TARDIS to smash through time and break in, but then Rory is on his own. Can he rescue Amy before she is killed by kindness?
Writer Tom MacRae, who [like Matt Smith is from Northampton] has written an episode called The Girl Who Waited for the hit BBC programme, which is due to take to the screens again in the autumn.
He had previously written two episodes of the show when David Tennant was playing The Doctor, but told the Chron that writing for his friend, Northampton-born actor, Matt Smith, added a whole new dimension to working on the programme.
He said: “It’s wonderful writing for Matt, he’s such a fantastic actor and a genuinely lovely guy.
“He’s about the same age as me, we’re from the same town and we’ve got a lot of friends in common, so it was great to work with him.
“And as The Doctor, I admire him so much. I’m a huge fan of what he’s done on the show, I would say he’s ‘my Doctor’.”
Mr MacRae’s episode will be screened later this year and will revolve around the Doctor’s assistant, Amy Pond, played by Scottish actress, Karen Gillan.
“It’s a real tear-jerker of an episode and it’s very much focused on Karen.
“Her acting in it is amazing. I know she’ll break the viewers’ hearts in two when they watch it, it’s so emotional.”