Russell T Davies and Katy Manning (Jo Grant) discuss their memories of Elisabeth Sladen in this exclusive commentary clip from Sarah Jane Adventures episode ‘Death of the Doctor’. Listen here: http://bit.ly/15cAw6D
This is rather lovely. Bernard Cribbins, who of course you’ll recognise as Donna Noble’s grandad Wilf from Doctor Who, is starring in a new TV show called Old Jack’s Boat, on the BBC children’s channel CBeebies.
The show revolves around a fisherman, his pet Salty Dog, and the stories he tells, and also stars (among other people) fellow-Who graduate Freema Agyeman. Bernard is no stranger to children’s TV, having narrated and appeared in all sorts of children’s shows, from The Wombles (a ’70s animated smash hit, that actually got revived in the late ’90s), to The Railway Children.
But in his latest show, the one thing the production team are always on the lookout for are stories. And having been taken back into the Doctor Who family by Russell T Davies, Bernard knew just the fella to ask.
Look what my brother got me for my birthday
btw, the website for the book includes downloadable scripts from Series 4.
How much does Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes love the British sci-fi show Doctor Who? “I feel the two highlights of my past five years are I got to meet (former Who executive producer) Russell Davies and I got to meet the star of (Who spin-off show) Torchwood, John Barrowman, who was in one of our pilots,” reveals the prolific TV showrunner. Indeed, an episode from the most recent season of Grey’s Anatomy featured a Who fan who lost his ear at a fan convention while rushing to get a model TARDIS signed by Davies.
Rhimes talked about her love for the show in last week’s Entertainment Weekly Doctor Who cover story (see above). But she had much, much more to say about the 49-year-old TV institution — whose new season debuts on BBC America later this summer — as you can read below…
Russell T Davies on the Ninth Doctor’s death.
Doctor Who Confidential - 1.13 - The Last Battle
Russell T Davies, The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter
Oh wow amazing RTD doesn’t think TV has to be happy clappy times. I wouldn’t have gotten that impression from his work.
The BBC has signed up to a new Russell T Davies TV show, Aliens Vs Wizards for their children’s CBBC channel, something he has previously described as a “small committment”.
Revealed by his agent’s website, he is also listed as creating the show with Doctor Who writer and Sarah Jane Adventures head writer Phil Ford.
But BBC insiders tell me Ford is not alone in that and much of the crew to Sarah Jane Adventures, which finished half way through its fifth series after the death of lead actress Elizabeth Sladen, are working on the show.
The series is being written by familiar Sarah Jane Adventures writers including Gareth Roberts and Joseph Lidster, is set in the present day and will follow the Sarah Jane Adventures formula of twelve two part half hour episodes.
a traditional gallifreyan carol by lionversusbear
on the first regeneristmas, the (companions) gave to me
susan gave to me, a stolen sexy time machine
jamie gave to me, two beating hearts
jo grant gave to me, three neutron flow reversals
sarah gave to me, 4 knit scarves
tegan gave to me, 5 gold celery
peri gave to me, 6 garish rainbows
ace gave to me, 7 question marks
grace gave to me, 8 one-off movies
rose gave to me, 9 leather jackets
donna gave to me, 10 converse trainers
amy gave to me, (11 cool things) a jammy dodger, a fez, a bowtie, space helmet, a stetson, a tweed jacket, a pirate hat, green coat, a crayon, fish fingers and custard
russell t davies gave to me 507 total regenerations
Russell T Davies, the writer who brought Doctor Who back to TV, has put his career on hold indefinitely following his partner’s diagnosis with brain cancer.
He and Andrew Smith have left their base in Los Angeles and returned to their former home in Manchester.
Mr Smith has already had surgery and faces months of chemotherapy.
Mr Davies had been working on a new series called Cucumber, a BBC Worldwide and US network collaboration.
The Swansea-born writer told PinkNews.co.uk the TV companies had both been accommodating and sympathetic to his situation.
He said the couple’s life in LA had “closed down overnight” following the diagnosis, which came after Smith complained of severe headaches.
Our thoughts and wishes go out to RTD and his family.
…and, you lucky Davies.
I think Russell sees it as essential that every companion and the Doctor have a bit of a kiss of some description. It’s become a law of modern Doctor Who.