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Here's the scoop on all your Doctor Who goodness for The Christmas Special and Series 6 (Series 32 for us true Who-ers).

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By hush - 10/6/2010
Let's start with news on the Christmas Special, titled 'A Christmas Carol'. In the BBC Autunm/Winter clip (available on YouTube) shows The Doctor refer to himself as 'The Ghost of Christmas Present'. Also starring in this years festive episode will be Michael Gambon. I am looking forward to this as I have really enjoyed Steven Moffats run so far and have absolutely fallen in love with Matt Smiths rendition of The Doctor... but that might be due to my love for Patrick Troughton, who was my favorite Doctor to date.

Filming for the Christmas Special took place not far from me and unfortunately I was unable to get any pictures or inside scoops. Better luck next time.

As well as all these festive frolics new news has come regarding Series 6. Legendary comic book writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman) writing episode 3 of the new series, and Doctor Who regular writer Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen) will be writing episode 4, titled 'What are little boys made of?'.

And on top of all this, Katy Manning is returning to the Whoniverse and appearing in a two part episode of The Sarah Jane Adevtures (Katy portrayed Jo Grant, the Third Doctors companion prior to Sarah Jane Smith). Also appearing will be The First, Second, Third, Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctor. In what way, I don't know. We shall have to wait and see.

AND if this isn't enough to get your screwdriver sonicing then Suranne Jones (Coronation Street) is also appearing as 'an old friend of The Dcotors with a new face'- as stated by Neil Gaiman. Could this be The Rani? Or (hopefully) the return of Romana?

Series 6 will be split into two - one half showing in the usual Spring slot for 8 episodes and the latter half of the series showing in Autumn 2011. I do know there will be a cliffhanger at the series break... although I only know a rumor there will be a death of a character. And I'm not saying who until I know for sure.

I have high hopes for this series as I felt the last series was truly brilliant and am really enjoying Matt as The Doctor, I hope you all are also.
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loganoneil - 10/6/2010, 9:56 AM
I've got mixed emotions with the new series. There were times (especially with Eccleson's interpretation and Tennant's early work) that I thought were spot-on CLASSIC 'Doctor Who'. As the series progressed, it seems to me that science FICTION has been replaced with science FANTASY (and quite frankly, got a bit silly). I had high hopes for Smith & company (what with Steven Moffat taking over RTD's spot), but the 'WTF' moments that seem to plauge the end of Tennant's run are still popping up. I still have hope, or as Peter Davison's Doctor was so fond of saying "Brave heart..." Only time will tell (pun intedended).

Katy Manning's back? FANTASTIC! I say the more ties to the clasic series, the better (just don't go overboard). Any bets that Suranne Jones will be playing the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan Foreman regenerated? She DID remain on future-earth after the 'Dalek Invasion', so she might not have been involved in the Time War.

According to the 'Shada' re-imaging on BBC's classic 'Doctor Who' website (don't know if that's considered 'cannon'), Romana returned from E-space and became President of the High Council. That means that she'd have been on Gallifrey at the start of the War (and we all know what happened to it!).
marvel72 - 10/6/2010, 10:01 AM
@ hush

i'm not a big dr.who fan,i liked the tom baker run thats about it.

32 series thats impressive.

i'm definetly gonna watch the neil gaiman episode.
loganoneil - 10/6/2010, 10:03 AM
deadpool - it's the longest-running and biggest science fiction show in the world (as verified by the Guinness Book of World Records).
LEEE777 - 10/6/2010, 10:12 AM
Good on DR WHO!
hush - 10/6/2010, 10:13 AM
I think Romana got over thrown/abdicated due to The Great Time War and Rassilion took her place. It's possible she might still be out there. Or in E-Space again, which would mean The Doctor is the only Time Lord in the Universe. I believe Omega will be the series big bad - which would be excellent if it is true. Mad booming voice 'n' all.

I loved Eccleston - he was fantastic. Tennant annoyed me constantly, I found him to be 'too mockney' and almost become a parody of himself. Still, he certainly has a massive fan base so he must have done something right. Smith rees of Troughton and Pertwee and I find it delicious he has reverted back to a less heroic almost bumbling character with that dark undertone. I think now he is established and hopefully a few less 'bow ties are cool' we shall be in for a treat. Especially with Neil Gaiman writing. Neil Gaiman said on BBC news that this was a very 'spooky episode'. Awesome.
loganoneil - 10/6/2010, 10:47 AM
Hush - Possible, but is Rassilon really THE Rassilon, or is that just a name? THE Rassilon was eternally resting in the Death Zone as of 'The Five Doctors' - was Timothy Dalton's character 'just a name', or is he 'the ORIGINAL' (as Richard Hurndall's Doctor once said) awakened to lead when the War broke out?

Agreed - Eccleston's run is by far the best, though CERTAIN Tennat episodes (like 'School Reunion' or 'Blink') were spot-on CLASSIC. The plots were solid and intelligent, and the acting first-rate. It seems (in my opinion) that the series has degraded a bit - 'dumbed-down' to supposedly appease younger viewers ...Tennant's Doctor falling hundreds of feet through plate glass and coming off with only scratches?! ...airplanes in SPACE with propellars/engines running?!! ...multi-colored 'Skittle' Daleks (they're the DALEKS for crying out loud, not the bloody Tele-Tubbies!)?!!! Sure, DW is supposed to be for the 'family', but kids these days are more sophisticated. They can handle (and expect) something more challenging. Moffat and company need to remember who their writing for - the POINT of 'Doctor Who' is those 'hiding behind the sofa' moments, not the 'WTF, this is silly' ones. There's already a show in the DW Universe that's specifically made just for little kids - 'The Sarah Jane Adventures', they don't need two!
aimedatu - 10/6/2010, 11:02 AM
i never really watched the old series, i got into doctor who with Eccleston and i loved it, and then david tennant got on and i loved it even more, personally david tennant is my favorite doctor who and the new guy smith isnt doing to bad either
hush - 10/6/2010, 11:05 AM
loganeil - Rassilion was 'brought back' to fight The Time War as the people had lost their faith in Romana. I only found this out recently as I haven't read the all the novels. So yeah, for all accounts and purposes it is the same Rassilion.

On when Ten fell through the glass roof I literally cringed. And I haven't cringed at Doctor Who since Ace jumped and shouted 'Ace'.

I think 'Vincent and The Doctor' was one of the best episodes of Doctor Who I have ever seen, it was beautiful. Ok, not overly sci-fi but still brilliant. And the opening episode of series 6 was excellent. Prisioner Zero (definitely a couple of behind the sofa moments there), stroppy Doctor, fich custard. And I really enjoyed 'The Beast Below' as well. Very well written and some lovely moments between The Doctor and Amy. And 'The Lodger' was pretty good - I even managed to tolerate James Corden for the entire episode without throwing stuff at the TV.
hush - 10/6/2010, 11:07 AM
Excuse my sloppy spelling there. I do get a bit a head of myself.
hush - 10/6/2010, 11:11 AM
@ aimedatu - try 'The Five Doctors' if you fancy a story which you can watch without requiring any background info, five Doctors (ok, four because Tom Baer didn't want to do it... o.. three because William Hartnell was dead and someone else played the part) but there are also Daleks, Cybers, The Master, Time Lords and a weird grey thing that does a freaky jumpy thing. Definitely worth a watch.

For Tom Baker at his best try 'Genesis of The Daleks'. I loved that story. Yknow... if you get the urge to try some old school Who...
loganoneil - 10/6/2010, 11:25 AM
Hush - With regards to Rassilon, that may be, but are the novels cannon? Are they accepted by DW production and the BBC as part of official DW history, or just over-glorified fan-fiction?

Agreed 'Vincent' was CLASSIC DW (and one of my favorites of this past season). I'm not saying that 'the latest model' is complete cheese, but there are some 'WTF' moments that I hoped would have been eliminated with the changing of the guard.

James Corden and throwing stuff at the TV - ROFLMAO! True...

William Hartnell's replacement in 'The Five Doctors' was Richard Hurndall (YES, I am a DW geek and proud of it - LMAO!).

hush - 10/6/2010, 11:52 AM
@ logaeil

It was Richard Hurndall :D If I had points to give I'd give 'em. I love The Three Doctor and The Five Doctors, the way Two and Three just can't get along.

I know the Shada storyline and some of Sevens stuff with Ace (or The Professor and Alice as they were called) was non cannon, but y'know... wibbly wobbly timey wimey.

And that's a good shout at it being Susan. A very good shout indeed.
Eviltwin - 10/6/2010, 11:54 AM
Great article Hush, thanks for the info.

I love Dr.Who. I've really enjoyed Eccleson, Tenant, and now Smith's versions.

Looking forward to this upcoming season.
loganoneil - 10/6/2010, 12:09 PM
Hush - Let's not forget 'The Two Doctors' v2.0 (aka 'Time Crash) - absolutely BRILLIANT ("Two mintues to Belgium!")!

Did you ever get to meet Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee in person? They were HYSTERICAL together! I had the chance to meet both at the TARDIS 20 & 21 conventions here in Chicago. They were the best of friends, but would ALWAYS ham it up and play off of each other for the crowds. Troughton had a little game he's play with the sound guys at the panels - he'd pretend that his mic would keep cutting out, saying only every third word or so but keep mouthing words as if he were still talking. The sound crew would run around like chicken with their heads cut off trying to figure out what was wrong, while he (and people in the know) would chuckle.
hush - 10/6/2010, 12:20 PM
@ Eviltwin - thanks :D

@ loganeil - that's hilarious about Pertwee and Troughton, especially Troughton teasing the sound men. I have had the pleasure of meeting Colin Baker and Peter Davison - but unfortunately not at the same time. Two Doctors was excellent, I am a staunch defender of Colin Baker and that serial really worked for him and his version of The Doctor.

I only live a train stop from Cardiff where they film Who and Torchwood, so I really should get my butt in gear and go over there.
loganoneil - 10/6/2010, 12:25 PM
I for one will never bash Collin Baker's interpretation - his darker take on the good Doctor was refreshing, and very reminiscent of Hartnell. I'd like to see Smith's Doctor touch upon that every once in awhile (just to shake things up and keep everyone on their toes).

'Wonderful chap, ALL of them..."
-Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart

You LUCKY bastard (LOL)! I want to make a pilgrimage to Cardiff just to watch them work on DW and Torchwood - my wife thinks I'm a 'nutter'!
hush - 10/6/2010, 12:45 PM
@ loganneil - Ha! You might not have to go as far as you think for Torchwod. If rumors are true some of or most of it is going to be filmes in the US. IF that one turns out to be true.

And I agree, I'd love to see Eleven become a bit darker, have that sinister side. When Rory entered the TARDIS nad knew exactly what it is, The Doctor turned to him and said 'I like it when they say it's bigger on the inside' and for a second there is a hint of annoyance, a touch on sinister before he smiles again. I loved that moment.
loganoneil - 10/6/2010, 1:00 PM
According to Torchwood Magazine, RTD is over in California working on Torchwood USA. I BELIEVE it's supposed to be a spin-off of the original. Rumor has it that some of the UK regulars (hell, there are only two left - can we say 'Captain Jack'? ...anyone? ...anyone?) will make guest-star appearances to tie into the original series, but it will center around new character in the US Hub. Oh, to be a fly on THAT wall....!
hush - 10/6/2010, 1:53 PM
I think I read somewhere Gwen and Jack are signed up for the whole of series 4 of Torchwood.

I have a wee bit of a soft spot for Gwen so I reeeeeally hope she is in all of them.
loganoneil - 10/6/2010, 2:21 PM
Me too - she HAS to stay, there's only her and Jack left! I was hoping that Mickey and Martha would join 'Team Torchwood' to fill in the ranks (talk about a perfect fit!), but I've heard that Freema Agyeman is now on 'Law & Order UK'. Who's left, Rhys? I guess he could take Ianto's spot as 'Man Friday', but Gwen MIGHT get a little jealous if Jack trys anything with him (LMAO!)!

Actually... since Jack's left, Gwen would more than likely pick up the pieces and carry on. She would have set up shop (or 'Hub' in this case) and gotten a new team together by the time Jack comes back. So in that respect, Rhys could be Gwen's Ianto (or 'Man Friday')! There'd be lots of tension and drama between the three of them (remember, this isn't the first time Jack's run off, and Rhys never truly liked or trusted Jack from the beginning), and the new team would be loyal to Gwen. Not only would Jack have to find a way to bury the hatchet with Gwen (and to a lesser extent, Rhys), but would also have to EARN the trust of all the new members (which would be kinda' hard to do when they can see that Gwen is pissed off at him for leaving in the lurch - AGAIN!). Since Gwen now runs the show, Jack would be relegated to the role of 'consultant' (she still realizes what an asset Jack is, but won't give him back control for fear he might 'jack-rabbit' again). This could set up the 'Torchwood USA' tie-in. Jack realizes after the 'Children of Earth' fiasco that Torchwood Cardiff was caught with its pants down. He goes on a mission to unify the lost Hubs under one 'Torchwood' banner.

I can see it now - the pilot episode of 'Torchwood USA' woud have everyone doing their thing (thus presenting the opportunity to intoduce each character and set up the Hub dynamics. All the while, a 'mysertious stranger' (Jack, shown only in shadowy profile and back-shots) spys on them. Eventually he infiltrates their Hub and introduces himself - the scene could go something like this:


Leader: "So you're 'Captain Jack Harness'?"

Jack: "In the flesh..."

Someone hands the Leader a very old file. He begins reading...

Leader: "Jack Harkness - real name unknown. Height - 6 feet, brown hair, blue eyes. Weight - 205 pounds..."
Jack: "Uh, 185..."

[Leader, annoyed, glances at Jack then continues] "Birth Date - unknown, Age - unknown...

Jack: "I like to keep people guessing."

Leader [looking coldly at Jack]: "Indeed..."
[reads to self, then mumbles]"...apparently immortal... Interesting..."

Leader calmly closes file, quickly draws his firearm and shoots Jack in the chest dead. Team members obviously freak out.

Leader [calmly]: "Wait for it..."

Jack revives, to the amazement of the team.

Leader: "Had to make sure..."

[Jack slugs Leader]: "Haven't you ever heard of fingerprints?! ...a retinal scan?!!"

Leader: "This file is over a hundred and fifty years old - LONG before the age of fingerprint catalogs and retinal scans. And if you are who you say you are, you would know that there are ways around those 'tests'. Anyways, you're immortal... or so it would seem."

Jack: "It stil... HURTS."

[Jack begins coughing and eventually spits out the bloody bullet] "DON'T.... ever do that again."

Leader: "You'll live. Coffee...?"


By unifying all the Hubs, this would be the PERFECT setup for some KILLER cross-overs. Plus, it would be an IDEAL way to eventually introduce the good Doctor to a larger audience.

Hmmmm.... holy @#$!, it would work! God, I should be a DW/Torchwood writer (LMAO!)!
hush - 10/6/2010, 11:11 PM
Ha! I actually love that!

'Don't do that again'

You should be doing some fan fiction for this site.
cavemanoo - 10/7/2010, 5:43 AM
Now I admit Tennant did get a bit comical at times...but come on...look at "the end of time"...he did great in that.

Eccleson's interpretation is to me still the best of the new stuff though.
loganoneil - 10/7/2010, 7:13 AM
cavemanoo - I'm not knocking Tennant's performance (far from it), I' just trying to shine a light on the 'WTF' moments that have plagued the new series. 'The End of Time' is a PERFECT example of that - Tenant's Doctor JUMPS from a spacecraft flying at incredible speed, FALLS how many hundreds of feet, CRASHES through a plate-glass ceiling and SMASHES into a stone floor, and we're supposed to believe that he's able to walk away from that with just a few scratches?! Tom Baker's Doctor (in 'Logopolis') fell a SIGNIFGANTLY shorter distance off the scaffolding of a radio telescope, and he REGENERATED (...and HE landed on grass!)! Most of the BEST stories (from both the classic AND new series) are firmly grounded in reality. Sure, the whole idea of an alien time traveller with a dimnsionally transendental ship is PURE science fiction, but the situations and his actions exist in a realistic universe with respect to the laws of science (hence the phrase 'SCIENCE fiction) and common sense. THAT'S one of the reasons those stories so compelling - you WANT to believe (and hope) that it could happen!

I'm just saying that the writers SHOULD be wary of the 'WTF' moments, that's all. Kids are young, but they're not stupid. It seems that at times the writers write DOWN to 'humor' them (or maybe because they're too lazy to come up with more plausable scenarios).

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