For those of you that have not had their chance to get their hands on a copy of Doctor Who Magazine as yet, the BBC has announced a special Doctor Who episode of BBC One quiz show Pointless will air on March 23rd at 6pm, just one week before Series 7b arrives on our screens!
Pointless sees contestants tested on their obscure knowledge, with the answer that is least well-known (and correct) being the most desirable.
Appearing in the special edition of Pointless will be classic Doctor Who actors and actresses including Sylvester McCoy (the Seventh Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Louise Jameson (Leela) and Frazer Hines (Jamie).
From the new series, specifically the David Tennant years, there will be Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott), Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble) and Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake Simmons). You’ll all recognise the show’s host Alexander Armstrong from his turn in Doctor Who’s 2011 Christmas special The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. He also played the computer Mr Smith for five series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
First, it confirms that Series 7 will be filming in Spain and promises some more news.
The mag features an in-depth interview with 7th Doctor companion Ace, aka, Sophie Aldred. Some choice quotes include: “Producer John Nathan-Turner looked down his nose and said ‘ Who do you think you are?’”
“I assumed Russell T Davies didn’t like the character.”
And: “It would be interesting to see what Amy Pond thought of Ace.”
Plus: The TWO Cantons; Doctor Who takes on America; School Reunion; The Keys of Marinus.
(via Doctor Who TV)
There’s a powerful argument to be made that Ace, companion to the Seventh Doctor and posh girl pretending to be street-scruff (her real name is Dorothy, y’know), is the Scrappy Doo of the Whoniverse: she’s a terrier, likes a fight, has a big mouth and a lot of what I believe you Americans like to call “addy-chewd.”
She’s also pretending to be something she isn’t (tough, in Scrappy’s case, streetwise in Ace’s) and possibly only exists because the producers of the TV show were worried about losing the younger viewers.
There again, she got rid of the over-sibilant panto bickerfest that existed between the Doctor and Mel, and that’s no small thing. Plus she walks around with a bunch of explosives on her back, and you can’t imagine Nyssa ever doing that.
read the rest (complete with clips) at Anglophenia