Coleman does not come from a long line of performers. She was born in Blackpool (“a great place for a Doctor Who episode: it’s weird, quite romantic, but it’s not found what it’s supposed to be now”) and her dad – who has a business, with her brother, fitting the interiors of bars and shops – would watch her in school productions and wonder where the acting bug had come from. Aged 11, Coleman appeared as a bridesmaid in the musical Summer Holiday with Darren Day, and the singer gave her a Debenhams voucher as a thank you.
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SFX has an exclusive interview with Steven Moffat about John Hurt’s time on set for The Day of The Doctor:
SFX: John Hurt is a huge piece of casting for the show. What does he bring to the mix?
Steven: “Well, you get to see John Hurt play the Doctor, which by any standards is incredibly cool.”
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With 3D and cinema screening, the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be looking to the future. However, An Adventure in Space in Time, which will also be celebrating the show’s half-century, will dramatise its beginnings at the BBC.
Written by Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, An Adventure in Space and Time stars David Bradley as original Who actor William Hartnell and Jessica Raine as the show’s producer Verity Lambert. Steven Moffat, executive writer and producer behind Doctor Who, is also producing the one-off drama.
Gatiss, who is a life-long Doctor Who fan, said that he had wanted to tell the story behind the makings of Doctor Who and the people involved for years. An Adventure in Space and Time is his “love letter to Doctor Who”, he says, and he hopes that the fans, as well as Who rookies, will enjoy “the struggle of talented people (almost) accidentally creating a legend”.
David and writer David Wolstencroft joined BBC Breakfast to talk about the programme but before they did, there was a small matter of David Tennant’s hair style that needed discussing.
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Archive television recovery expert Phillip Morris, recalls how he found the film cans of The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear sitting on a shelf, at a TV relay station in central Nigeria.
He goes on to explain how the prints - the largest single haul of episode returned since the junkings were halted - were part of the ‘bicycling’ system of sharing TV programmes between territories, and shares his fond childhood memories of Target’s Doctor Who novelisations. Stories that can now be seen on screen for the first time in decades…
A unique, rediscovered TV interview, showing First Doctor William Hartnell shortly after leaving Doctor Who, comes to DVD this month.
Hartnell was filmed for BBC regional news programme, Points West in his dressing room, as he prepared to perform in the pantomime Puss in Boots in Taunton.
When asked about the Daleks, Hartnell claimed that “They were difficult to play to, because you’re not looking into human eyes, you’re looking at a metal object.” He goes on to say he found this “distracting”.
And when pressed about his ability to shake off the association with Doctor Who and its extraordinary public popularity, Hartnell assuredly claims that he’ll do it by “by making a success in something else” because he’s “a legitimate character actor – of the theatre and film”.
The interview appears in the DVD release of Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet. Read the rest at DoctorWho.tv