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April 2008

29/04/2008, 14:02pm BST
 
RSC Director Interview
 
Greg Doran, who will be the director of Hamlet and Love's Labours Lost, has given an interview to the RSC during which he talks about the productions and David's role in them. We have a few extracts below and you can read the whole interview here.
 
What are the qualities that David Tennant will bring to the role? Why did you cast him?
 
It is a play that waits for the right actor to come along. It is a self-defining role.
The Hamlet will be to some extent who David is. At the same time you have to have an actor who can be, as Ophelia describes him, ‘the poet, the soldier,
the scholar.’ You have to have someone who is all those things – someone who is charismatic and can be brutal and course and can be witty and moving and can physically take on the demands of the part – not just the fighting, but the sheer length of the role. It’s the longest role in Shakespeare. And it needs someone who can give you something of those prismatic colours that the role contains.
Hamlet is both fatalistic and aspirational. He is both forlorn and melancholy and very witty and there are parts of the role that David will play with great ease. His skills with language are exceptional. It might be that there are areas of his melancholy and his reflection that David may have to tackle. David has great intelligence to tackle this role. It feels that there is no such thing as a definitive Hamlet - there are only an infinitive number of Hamlets.
What I think he will get is the excitement of the role, the drive – Hamlet’s experience of grief, his experience of what it is to grow up. All those things I think he will approach with a freshness, a kind of ‘new.’
Having worked with David before, I don’t think he will be haunted by the line of Hamlets that came before him. Of all the parts, since it was first performed in the 1600s, it’s been going on somewhere in the world ever since. There’s been an unbroken line from Richard Burbage right through to David Tennant.
Even through the closure of the theatres in 1642, you can trace the line.
Richard Burbage we know handed it on to Joseph Taylor (his apprentice and understudy). We know that William Davenant saw Taylor play the role and taught it to Betterton when he took over the role and the restoration. And then right through to Garrick to Kean, Irving, Gielgud, Olivier, Branagh etc. There is this unbroken line of people experiencing Hamlet and in this particular company since 1879 after the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre was built, Hamlet has never been far from the repertoire. It isn’t that long since Toby
Stephens played Hamlet in Michael Boyd’s production, nor indeed that Sam West did it. I think it’s a glory. When we closed the RST last year we had a special performance to mark the very last moment in the theatre. During the event – Toby Stephens spoke the first line of the ‘To be, or Not to be’ soliloquy and then Sam West stood up, then Mark Rylance, Alex Jennings, Michael Pennington and right back to David Warner, who is currently in the company. David played it for Peter Hall back in 1965. So you had a long wonderful handing on of this role. I think that actors hand on some of the experiences and practical advice of performing the role. For example, the first few lines of the play, the first drive of the play through the ghost scenes, you
are carried by the momentum of the play. Then there is the long stretch of the play within the play to the closet scene which you drive. Then you get a little breather, then you have to do the duel right at the end. So actors tell each other how to pace themselves. But I think that David won’t be working out what Alex Jennings or Sam West did, or indeed what David Garrick did, as there is plenty of reference for all of this.
Funnily enough, I am usually a great historical ferreter of theatrical tradition.
On this one I haven’t. Because if the play is self-defining for the actor playing Hamlet, it is also, I feel, defining for the director too. I’m aware with the simple act of cutting the play that you are already shaping your own likes and dislikes and prejudices. My own personal sense of the play is structured by David and the audience that may be attracted to this production and also by the other actors that we’ve got. If we’ve got Patrick Stewart playing Claudio, Penny Downie playing Gertrude and the wonderful Oliver Ford Davies playing
Polonius and Mariah Gale playing Ophelia it makes you look at those
particular parts in a particular way with a kind of respect that they are about to be tackled by those brilliant actors. I remember John Barton saying to me once, cast actors like that in those leads and they will sort that out. It’s more important that you sort out those other parts. How Rosencrantz is distinguishable from Guildenstern, and what exactly Osric doing in the part and how you’ll get the humour from the grave-diggers.

How did you come to cast David Tennant?

I was reading the ‘bad quarto’ which includes lines like ‘To be or not to be, Aye, there’s the point’ which could maybe be replaced with the folio line ‘To be or not to be, that is the question.’ I thought you could discover a two hour Hamlet which could really exciting. And just as I was playing around with the idea I was watching TV, and David Tennant was on ‘Who do you think you Are’ on BBC1. He happened to go to a church in Northern Ireland, where they had been doing some work, and excavating the church floor. And there amongst the planks on the floor was a skull. And David, dressed in this great coat, picked it up and I thought – that’s like an audition for Hamlet. In fact, I texted him that night and said ‘I saw your audition for Hamlet ’ and later we chatted. I asked if he had ever thought about playing Hamlet. He said that the two roles he really wanted to do were Hamlet and Berowne in Love’s Labours Lost. I had already decided that I would be directing Love’s Labours Lost as it had been fifteen years since we’d done it and thought it was an extraordinary coincidence The part waits for the actor to be ready and readiness is all. It all came together in a perfect flash of coincidence and synergy. There was a long time where we had to keep it under our hats whilst the BBC sorted out his temporary vacation of the Tardis.

Can you tell us something about the costumes for the three plays?

It’s early days, and I may change my mind, but essentially I can’t see David Tennant in tights. He’s not quite a doublet and hose man. Dream, in terms of costumes, will be pretty much as they were before. For Love’s Labour’s Lost we’re pitching it in its period. It will be delightful to get the RSC’s fabulous costume department to do their very best – producing a few roughs and doublets and farthingales. We don’t do it too often, so it’s nice when we do.

 
28/04/2008, 17:32pm BST
 
Doctor Who Triumphs At BAFTA Cymru
 
Doctor Who triumphed at the BAFTA Cymru Awards for the third year running, winning in six categories.

The ceremony, held for films and television programmes produced in Wales, was held in Cardiff's Millennium Centre.

Doctor Who won the awards for: Best Drama Series (Phil Collinson, for Voyage of the Damned), Best Screenwriter (Steven Moffat, for Blink), Best Sound (BBC Wales Sound team), Best Director, Drama (James Strong for Voyage of the Damned), Best Director of Photography (Ernie Vincze for Voyage of the Damned) and Best Make-Up (Barbara Southcott and Neill Gorton at Millennium FX for The Shakespeare Code).

27/04/2008, 14:30pm BST
 
Send In The Clones
 
April 27 2008 09:09:45. April 27 2008 09:09:56. April 27 2008 09:10:11.
 
Screen caps from last night's new episode of Doctor Who Confidential, Send In The Clones, are now online here. The episode is available to view on BBC iplayer here.
 
 
The Sontaran Stratagem Overnight Viewing Figures
 
Unofficial overnight viewing figures suggest that The Sontaran Stratagem was watched by 6.4m viewers. It was the second most watched show of the day.
  •  Visit The Sontaran Stratagem section here.

 

26/04/2008, 20:50pm BST
 
The Sontaran Stratagem Update
 
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Yet another brilliant episode of Doctor Who, and wasn't it great to have Donna AND Martha on board, let us know what you thought of The Sontaran Stratagem on the forum.
Screen caps from the episode are online now and can be viewed here.
The episode can be viewed on BBCi Player here.
 
 
26/04/2008, 14:10pm BST
 
The Sontaran Stratagem Tonight At 18:20pm
 
 
Martha Jones summons the Doctor back to modern-day Earth, but an old enemy lies in wait, as Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama continues. With the mysterious ATMOS devices spreading across the world, Donna discovers that even her own family is not safe from the alien threat – but is it too late to save them?
 
The Sontaran Stratagem sees the return of the lovely Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones. Speaking about tonight's episode Freema says "There's a twist which means we will see a whole new side to Martha! It's a very exciting development - fans will be blown away."
Will Martha still be pining with unrequited love for the Doctor? Apparently not.. "Martha's got someone new in her life. She’s engaged – to another doctor as it happens. Martha left the Doctor to be with her family and complete her medical training,” she explains. "But because of all the experience she had battling aliens as his companion she also works for [paranormal investigation agency] UNIT. That's made her tougher and more independent from the Doctor. In the last series they had a kind of student-teacher relationship, whereas now she knows how to tackle dangerous aliens on her own. In a way, she’s outgrown him."

The Sontaran Stratagem airs at 18:20pm on BBC One tonight.
Don't forget to switch over to BBC Three at 19:05pm to watch the new Doctor Who Confidential episode. You can see a sneak peek over on the BBC Site now.
Join us on the david-tennant.net forum at 20:00pm to discuss the episode in our Live Chat.
  • Visit The Sontaran Stratagmen section here.

 

25/04/2008, 16:44pm BST
 
Partners In Crime Premieres On Sci Fi Tonight
 
 
Donna Noble is determined to find the Doctor again – even if it means braving the villainous Miss Foster and her hordes of sinister Adipose, as Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama returns for a fourth series. But when the alien threat escalates out of control, can Donna find her Time Lord before the march of the Adipose begins?
 
Partners In Crime airs tonight on The Sci Fi Channel at 9/8 C.
 
  • Click here to vist the Partners In Crime section.
  • Click here to view the Sci Fi Channel Partners In Crime trailer.

 

24/04/2008, 16:35pm BST
 
David Not To Take Part In Football Tournament Or Literary Festival
 
We've just had it confirmed that David will not be taking part in the celebrity football match at Wembley this weekend nor will he be speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.
 
 
23/04/2008, 16:24pm BST
 
Congratulations To Michael Curran On His Marathon Success!
 
Everyone here at David-Tennant.com would like to congratulate Michael Curran on completing the London Marathon in 5hrs 11mins 23sec!
We're sure you'll all remember Michael, he was running to raise money for ACCORD Hospice and so far he has managed to raise well over 2000 with donations still coming in!!
Michael has asked us to pass on his thanks to all of you who were kind enough to sponsor him.
And it's not to late! Click here to donate to Michael's sponsorship page.
 
 
The Sontaran Stratagem Clip
 
April 23 2008 10:56:17. April 23 2008 10:56:19. April 23 2008 10:56:44.
 
The BBC Doctor Who site has a fantastic exclusive clip of The Sontaran Stratagem. Click here to watch it.
 
 
22/04/2008, 13:58pm BST
 
Book Tickets To The Doctor Who Proms
 
Doctor Who at the Proms - Book Now.
 
Tickets for the Doctor Who event at the Proms can now be pre booked via the BBC site here.
A family concert featuring music from the BBC’s Doctor Who series, and including a specially filmed scene, written by Russell T Davies and starring David Tennant.
There's also a selection of classical favourites with a strong flavour of time and space. Join Freema Agyeman (aka Martha Jones), and others from the Doctor Who cast, for an intergalactic musical adventure – with a little help from Daleks, Cybermen and other aliens from the series!
 
 
Doctor Who Computer Game Released In May
 
Top Trumps: Dr Who (Nintendo DS)
 
The long awaited Doctor Who computer game will finally be released on 16th May and will be available on PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and PC DVD Rom.
 
 
21/04/2008, 18:00pm BST
 
The Sontaran Stratagem
 
April 20 2008 07:51:08. April 20 2008 07:51:11. April 20 2008 07:51:15.
 
Photos, wallpapers and videos, including a new trailer, can all be seen in the new The Sontaran Stratagem section here.
 
 
20/04/2008, 13:14pm BST
 
Oods And Ends
 
April 20 2008 07:42:01. April 20 2008 07:42:05. April 20 2008 07:42:04.
 
Screen caps from last night's new episode of Doctor Who Confidential, Oods And Ends, are now online. The episode is available to view on BBC iplayer here.
 
 
The Planet Of The Ood Overnight Viewing Figures
 
Unofficial overnight viewing figures suggest that The Planet Of The Ood was watched by 6.9m viewers. It was the second most watched show of the day.
  •  Visit The Planet Of The Ood section here.
 
19/04/2008, 21:00pm BST
 
The Planet Of The Ood Update
 
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Yet another brilliant episode of Doctor Who, let us know what you thought of The Planet Of The Ood on the forum.
Screen caps from the episode are online now and can be viewed here.
The episode can be viewed on BBCi Player here.
 
 
19/04/2008, 13:48pm BST
 
The Planet Of The Ood Tonight At 18:20pm
 
 
The Doctor takes Donna far into the future, visiting her first alien world. The duo discover shocking truths about the human race while on the planet Ood-Sphere, as the enslaved inhabitants struggle for survival.
 
The Planet Of The Ood includes some amazing scenes and David did his own stunts for the episode refusing to use a trained specialist to shoot fight scenes with a giant mechanical claw.
David says: "I wasn't doubled for any of it because it was throwing yourself around, which I enjoy."
He wore knee and elbow protectors under his clothes to smash into barrels and leap over containers.
Speaking of the Doctor's reunion with the Ood David said: "The Ood heads are so squeezable, you just want to bite them."
 
The Planet Of The Ood airs at 18:20pm on BBC One tonight.
Don't forget to switch over to BBC Three at 19:05pm to watch the new Doctor Who Confidential episode. You can see a sneak peek over on the BBC Site now.
Join us on the david-tennant.net forum at 20:00pm to discuss the episode in our Live Chat.
  • Visit The Planet Of The Ood section here.
 
Pest Control Available To Download Now
 
March 08 2008 11:36:21.
 
The new and exclusive to audio Doctor Who story, Pest Control, is now available to download on itunes and at www.audible.co.uk
The story is narrated by David and features the Doctor and Donna Noble. It will be released on CD on 8th May. You can pre order it from our online shop here.
 
Extract:
There was another squealing sound from high above. Donna wondered what it was. The Doctor already seemed to know, and dragged her protesting over the sodden ground and towards the truck. 'Take cover!' he yelled. 'The bombardment has started!' 'Incoming!’ bellowed Harrison from the middle distance. A dull crump sounded from beyond the truck, and a fountain of black earth spurted up into the air and scattered over them. There was a fizzing sound of energy. The remaining soldiers leapt out of the transport vehicle, fresh weapons in their hands. Harrison had appeared by Donna's side. He was looking to her for orders, she realised. She wasn't in uniform, she wasn't able to command him, and all because of a simple misunderstanding. Harrison's eyes glazed over. He toppled face forward and sprawled in the mud. Only then did Donna know what the fizzing sound was. Weapons were firing. Harrison had been shot dead in front of her. The dun-coloured shapes of more soldiers scurried past, taking positions. It took Donna a moment to work out what they were doing: they were aiming their rifles upward. She followed the direction of their weapons. She stared in disbelief. Donna could make out thin legs on fat, swollen bodies dropping from the invisible sky. The air was alive with gunfire as the creatures fell through the fog and clattered to the ground. 'Oh my God,' she breathed. 'Doctor, they're dropping ponies on us!' Not exactly,' he said, pulling her behind the truck. Donna slithered in the mud, and landed on her bum. She could feel the water soak right through. The Doctor was still talking: 'Look again. Horses don't have parachutes.'
 
 
18/04/2008, 12:51pm BST
 
Happy Birthday David
 
Everyone at David-Tennant.com would like to wish David a very happy 37th birthday!
We know a lot of you were asking about this so if you would like to make a donation to one of the charities that David supports in honour of his birthday you can do so by clicking a link below.
 
David To Speak At Times Cheltenham Literary Festival
 
David will be one of the star guest speakers at this year's Times Cheltenham Literary Festival.
He will join his co-star from Doctor Who, Catherine Tate, to talk about their work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as their roles in the BBC series. David is expected to speak of the challenges of playing Hamlet.
The festival runs from 10th - 19th October 2008.
 
 
Voyage Of The Damned Premieres On Sci Fi Tonight
 
 
American fans get to see the new series of Doctor Who kicking off from tonight with the 2007 Christmas Special Voyage Of The Damned.
This will leave viewers in the USA just three weeks behind fans in the UK as each new episode from the 2008 series will continue on the Friday night.
 
Voyage Of The Damned airs tonight on The Sci Fi Channel at 8.30/7.30 C.
 
  • Click here to vist the Voyage Of The Damned section.
  • Click here to view the Sci Fi Channel Voyage Of The Damned trailer.
 
17/04/2008, 16:41pm BST
 
Trick Or Treat
 
David has been doing a bit of time travelling with the help of magician Derren Brown.
He was fooled into thinking he could see into the past and future for a stunt on the new series of Trick Or Treat.
Derren swooped after hiding in David’s make-up truck, on the set of Doctor Who, he said: "David's the only person who has ever screamed when I surprised them. But he reacted well to the trick, which used visualisation and suggestion techniques. He seemed to enjoy it."
Derren's Trick Or Treat will start airing on Channel 4 on Friday 2nd May. Visit his official website here.
 
 
Partners In Crime Official Rating
 
Final figures from BARB are now in and give epidode one of the new series of Doctor Who, Partners In Crime, an official rating of 9.14m.
 
 
Doctor Who Episode Synopses
 
The BBC Press Office have released the following synopses for the Sontaran's episodes of Doctor Who:
 
The Sontaran Stratagem | 26th April 18:20pm

Martha Jones summons the Doctor back to modern-day Earth, but an old enemy lies in wait, as Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama continues. With the mysterious ATMOS devices spreading across the world, Donna discovers that even her own family is not safe from the alien threat – but is it too late to save them?

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Catherine Tate plays his new companion, Donna Noble. Freema Agyeman and Christopher Ryan guest star.

The Poison Sky | 3rd May TTBC

The Sontarans activate their masterplan and begin to choke the whole of planet Earth, as Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama continues. UNIT is left defenceless, with a traitor in their ranks. And as interplanetary war edges closer, the Doctor has to fight to keep both Martha and Donna alive – but will he have to make the ultimate sacrifice?

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Catherine Tate plays his companion, Donna Noble. Freema Agyeman and Christopher Ryan guest star.

 
16/04/2008, 16:30pm BST
 
The Last Of The Time Lords Commentary Available  For US Fans
 
Fans in over in the US who were unable to hear the commentary recorded by David, Freema Agyeman and John Barrowman, to accompany The Last Of The Time Lords can now download the full thing over on the BBC America website by clicking here.
 
 
15/04/2008, 17:24pm BST
 
In The Company Of...
 
You can listen again to last night's  In The Company Of ... David Tennant over on the Radio 1 website here.
Or download the file as an MP3 for your iPod here.
Right click save target as..
 
 
14/04/2008, 15:31pm BST
 
The Planet Of The Ood Promos
 
April 14 2008 10:30:07. April 14 2008 10:30:09. April 14 2008 10:30:10.
 
The BBC have released the above promotional photos of the new episode of Doctor Who, The Planet Of The Ood.
 
 
Colin Murray Tonight
 
Don't forget to listen to David on Radio 1 tonight at 22:00pm. He'll be chatting to Colin Murray.
 
 
Hello Magazine Most Attractive Man Poll
 
David has been nominated as Most Attractive Man of the week over on Hello Magazine's website, if you would like to vote for him click here.
 
 
The Big Questions Part Two
 
Part Two of 'The Big Questions' interview with David and Catherine is available to watch on the BBC site here.
 
 
13/04/2008, 13:49pm BST
 
The Italian Job
 
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Screen caps from last night's new episode of Doctor Who Confidential, The Italian Job, are now online. The episode is available to view on BBC iplayer here.
 
 
The Fires Of Pompeii Viewing Figures
 
Unofficial overnight viewing figures suggest that The Fires Of Pompeii was watched by 8.1m viewers. It was the second most watched show of the day.
 
 
12/04/2008, 21:42pm BST
 
The Fires Of Pompeii Update
 
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Yet another exciting episode of Doctor Who, let us know what you thought of The Fires Of Pompeii on the forum.
Screen caps from the episode are online now and can be viewed here.
The episode can be viewed on BBCi Player here.
 
 
12/04/2008, 13:31pm BST
 
The Fires Of Pompeii Tonight At 18:45pm
 
 
The Doctor and Donna travel back into ancient history, in the second episode of Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama. When they arrive in 79AD, however, they discover psychic powers and beasts of stone running riot in the streets of old Pompeii. The time-travellers face their greatest challenge yet – can established history be changed, or must the Doctor let everyone die?
 
The Fires Of Pompeii airs at 18:45pm on BBC One tonight.
Don't forget to switch over to BBC Three at 19:35pm to watch the new Doctor Who Confidential episode. You can see a sneak peek over on the BBC Site now.
 
Join us on the david-tennant.net forum at 20:20pm to discuss the episode in our Live Chat.
 
  • Visit the The Fires Of Pompeii section here.
 
New David Interview
 
Click here to read about some of David's favourite bits of the new series of Doctor Who.
 
 
New Doctor & Donna Novel Details
 
New Doctor Who Novels
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A set of three new novels featuring the Doctor and Donna, as played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate, will be released on 4th September 2008.
 
Shining Darkness by Mark Michalowski
 
For Donna Noble, the Andromeda galaxy is a long, long way from home. But even two-and-a-half-million light years from Earth, danger lurks around every corner...A visit to an art gallery turns into a race across space to uncover the secret behind a shadowy organization. From the desert world of Karris to the interplanetary scrapyard of Junk, the Doctor and Donna discover that appearances can be deceptive, that enemies are lurking around every corner, and that the centuries-long peace between humans and machines may be about to come to an end...because waiting in the wings to bring chaos to the galaxy is The Cult of Shining Darkness!
 
Doctor Trap by Simon Messingham
 
Sebastiene was human...once. He might look like a nineteenth-century nobleman, but in truth he is a ruthless hunter. He likes nothing more than luring difficult opposition to a planet, then hunting them down for sport. And now he's caught them all - from Zargregs to Moogs, and even the odd Eternal. In fact, Sebastiene is after only one more prize. For this trophy, he knows he is going to need help. He's brought together the finest hunters in the universe to play the most dangerous game for the deadliest quarry of them all. They are hunting for the last of the Time Lords - the Doctor!
 
Ghosts Of India by Mark Morris
 
India in 1947 is a country in the grip of chaos, torn apart by internal strife. When the Doctor and Donna arrive in Calcutta, they are instantly swept up in violent events. Barely escaping with their lives, they discover that the city is rife with tales of 'half-made men', who roam the streets at night and steal people away. With help from India's great spiritual leader, Mohandas 'Mahatma' Gandhi, the Doctor and Donna set out to investigate these rumors. What is the real truth behind the 'half-made men'? Why is Gandhi's role in history under threat? And has an ancient, all-powerful god destruction really come back to wreak his vengeance upon the Earth?
 
 
Doctor Who Adventures #59
 
April 12 2008 08:06:43.
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David Tennant talks about Doctor Who!

Doctor Who made an action-packed return to BBC One last Saturday! In this week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures, you’ll find an interview with actor David Tennant, who talks about Donna and all things Who…

On Donna: "Usually I get all the funny lines but this year it's more shared out. The Doctor can get a bit pompous now and again – and Donna will cut him dead if he’s getting too big for his boots!"

On his favourite control in the TARDIS: "My favourites are the ones I can rely on. Sometimes they just come away in my hand! I like the big lever that is the take-off switch. It's probably the only one I haven't broken yet!"

On meeting the Fifth Doctor: "It was very exciting for me because I was a proper fan when he was the Doctor. It was all a bit too much for me to be honest! The first time we ran through the lines it was a very out-of-body experience. I was slightly nervous and overcome!" Read the whole interview in the issue!

This week’s Doctor Who Adventures magazine comes with a free set of Doctor Who magnets and the first part of a massive double-sided poster – with the Doctor on one side and all the monsters from series one on the other. Miss it and miss out!

PLUS:
Posters: Pig Slaves, Partners in Crime, the Doctor, Martha and Judoon
Tales from the TARDIS: Lucy Saxon shoots the Master
Partners in Crime: top thrills from last week’s episode
The Fires of Pompeii: get ready for a trip to 79AD!
Fact file: 10 reasons why Doctor Who is the best show on TV
Activity: make a scary Scarecrow mask!
Doctor's Data: Rickston Slade – facts about the rude businessman from Voyage of the Damned.
Comic strip: part two of The Poison Planet – more danger on an alien world.
Time Teasers: Caan Confusion and Monster Mares – more puzzles, hosted by Bloodtide and Doomfinger.
Who knows! Is Jack the Face of Boe and who fought in the Time War?
Subscription offer: if you subscribe you’ll get a FREE Doctor Who audiobook – The Feast of the Drowned.
AND LOADS MORE!
 
 
 
09/04/2008, 15:51pm BST
 
Headway Update
 
If you are from overseas and would like to purchase one of the cards that David has signed to raise money for Headway then please email town.office@headwayessex.org.uk for payment instructions.
Full details of the cards can be found here, along with a form for UK fans to print off to order.
 
 
Doctor Who Goes To The Proms
 
BBC Proms 2008
 
A new Doctor Who story will be screened at a special Prom dedicated to the TV show this summer.
The exclusive scene starring David Tennant and written by showrunner Russell T Davies will be shown at a Doctor Who concert for families.
The event will be hosted by Freema Agyeman, who plays the Timelord's assistant Martha Jones in the hit BBC1 show.Daleks and Cybermen will "invade" the venue at the special Prom on 27th July.
The event will feature music from Doctor Who, including the programme's iconic theme tune, and other compositions related to time and space, including Holst's Jupiter, from The Planets.
Plans for the new Doctor Who story were revealed today at the official launch of the 114th season of the Henry Wood Proms which kicked off with a recital by Nigel Kennedy on an electric violin in front of the Albert Hall in London.
All the concerts between July 18 and September 13 will be broadcast on Radio 3. Some 26 of them - including the Doctor Who special - will be shown on TV.
 
 
08/04/2008, 17:50pm BST
 
The Fires Of Pompeii Update
 
The Fires Of Pompeii section has been updated with behind the scenes photos, articles and wallpapers. Click here to view them.
 
 
06/04/2008, 14:59pm BST
 
8.4 Million Tune Into Partners In Crime
 
The new series of Doctor Who was back with a bang last night as 8.4 million people tuned into to see the Doctor reunited with former companion Donna Noble.
A BBC spokesperson said: "This is a great start for the new series of Doctor Who. The show kicked off a fantastic night of family entertainment on BBC One which pulled in big audiences across the evening."
 
 
A Noble Return
 
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Screen caps from last night's new episode of Doctor Who Confidential, A Noble Return, are now online. The episode is available to view on BBC iplayer here.
 
 
Sunday Times Interview
 
Today's edition of The Sunday Times has a very nice interview with David conducted by his friend Arabella Weir. Click here to read it.
 
 
The Italian Job
 
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David Tennant heads up Pompeii and climbs Mount Vesuvius in this latest Doctor Who Confidential exclusive.
In this exclusive episode, Doctor Who Confidential steps out from behind-the-scenes to reach brand new heights with the Time Lord himself, David Tennant
Scaling Mount Vesuvius in the bay of Naples, the active Doctor Who star ascends 4,200 feet to the summit of one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes.
"To be honest I'm quite excited at the prospect that it could blow at any second!" quips David, "...it's quite life-affirming somehow!"
For this special edition of BBC Three's top-rated show, David also takes a guided tour around the ancient archaeological site of Pompeii.
 
Nearly 2,000 years after the devastating eruption, the excavations have unearthed in amazing detail the secrets of a city at the height of the Roman Empire.
As he witnesses first-hand, many of the buried buildings are incredibly well-preserved and shockingly so too are the bodies of those killed in the 79 AD disaster.
"You see the shapes of their bodies and the way they ended their existence and you can grasp how appalling and shocking the terror of that moment was," explains a clearly moved David in the streets of Pompeii.
Broadcast on BBC Three on Saturday 12 April 2008, cameras also follow the Doctor Who crew to the Italian capital as they film the Time Lord's latest volcanic voyage at the world-famous Cinecitta Studios.
 
"Taking the production abroad was something we talked about a long time ago," says producer Phil Collinson, "and to come here actually to Rome is such a thrill."
 
But travelling the long road to Rome was far from straightforward for the Cardiff-based production team and Confidential was backstage every step of the 2,500 mile round trip.
Late lorries, a tight schedule, a large cast of extras (including rabbits, donkeys and chickens!), complex CGI sequences and an eruption on an epic scale, all combined to make this shoot an Italian job of colossal proportions.
"I'm delighted that none of the organisation of moving an entire crew across Europe falls to me," jokes David Tennant, "I would imagine Phil had several sleepless nights... I certainly overheard the odd screaming phone call."
Despite the logistical difficulties, the filming in Rome was a delight and Doctor Who Confidential was there to chart every twist in the cast and crew's adventures in Italy.
 
"We haven't really done this before," comments executive producer and head writer Russell T Davies.
"This is a massive event in history, and an event I think that children have always been fascinated by. I remember learning the story of Pompeii at a very young age and being thrilled by it."
 
05/04/2008, 21:09pm BST
 
Partners In Crime Update
 
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Wow! What an amazing start to the series! We loved Partners In Crime, what did you think? Let us know on the forum!
Screen caps from the episode are online now and can be viewed here.
The episode can be viewed on BBCi Player here.
 
 
05/04/2008, 15:40pm BST
 
Partners In Crime Tonight At 18:20pm
 
 
Donna Noble is determined to find the Doctor again – even if it means braving the villainous Miss Foster and her hordes of sinister Adipose, as Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama returns for a fourth series. But when the alien threat escalates out of control, can Donna find her Time Lord before the march of the Adipose begins?
 
Partners In Crime airs at 18:20pm on BBC One tonight.
Don't forget to switch over to BBC Three at 19:10pm to watch the new Doctor Who Confidential episode. You can see a sneak peek over on the BBC Site now.
Join us on the david-tennant.net forum at 20:00pm to discuss the episode in our first Live Chat of the series.
  • Visit the Partners In Crime section here.
 
05/04/2008, 15:04pm BST
 
Friday Night With Jonathan Ross
 
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If you managed to miss David and Catherine on last night's Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, then fear not, you can watch their fabulously funny interview here.
You can also view screen caps from the show here.
 
 
04/04/2008, 18:06pm BST
 
Friday Night With Jonathan Ross
 
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Don't forget that David and Catherine are guests on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross tonight on BBC One at 22:35pm.
Catherine reveals that, unlike David, she isn't a life long fan of Doctor Who:
"I didn’t watch when I was little, I wasn’t a fan. I thought it was quite boring.. but when David starting doing it, I started watching."
She also jokes about Donna's lack of romantic interest in the Doctor:
"Donna gets that he’s great-looking but she knows he's an alien."
 
 
04/04/2008, 14:38pm BST
 
Radio Recap
 
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David and Catherine have been doing the rounds of the radio stations again today and the first batch of interviews are done and ready for you to download.
First up was Capital Breakfast with John Barrowman and Denise Van Outen.  David and Catherine chatted to John and Denise about filming the latest series of Doctor Who, Catherine revealed who her favourite monster is and David got all coy about being a sex symbol.  Plus, John managed to persuade Catherine to join in on a little classic karaoke!
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The fun continued over on BBC 6 Music where David and Catherine joined George Lamb.
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Christian O'Connell also got in on the action after David and Catherine left his studio he decided to hijack another of David's interviews..
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Catherine and David were also chatting to Steve Wright over on Radio 2. Click here to listen again.
 
 
03/04/2008, 17:50pm BST
 
Dates For Your Diary
 
Tomorrow is another packed day with lots of TV and radio appearances planned for David.
He will be chatting to John Barrowman and Denise Van Outen on Capital's Breakfast show, and also dropping in on The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show.
GM:TV's Entertainment Today section will have an interview with David and Catherine Tate.
Then there's more radio with stints on George Lamb's 6 Music show and Steve Wright In The Afternoon.
The day will be rounded off with David and Catherine's Appearance on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.
  • Click here to visit the diary to make sure that you don't miss out anything!
 
02/04/2008, 19:06pm BST
 
Promotional Photos
 
April 02 2008 13:54:02. April 02 2008 13:54:07. April 02 2008 13:54:10.
 
HQ publicity shots and stills have been added to the gallery. Click here to see the latest editions.
 
 
02/04/2008, 13:53pm BST
 
Press Launch Update
 
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As you know David attended the launch of the new series of Doctor Who in central London last night.
The main question asked by press was, as usual, how long would David be staying on as the Doctor...
Russell T Davies is certainly keen to keep David onboard saying "I want David to stay on forever". Join the club Russell!
In a twist on the theme the press then asked David if he thought Russell was leaving..."I don't think Russell is about to leave," said David. "I think he's about to start writing the specials."  So that's cleared that up.
David and Catherine also spoke about the dynamic between their characters. Unlike Rose Tyler and Martha Jones, Catherine's character Donna Noble, will have no romantic inclinations towards the Doctor.
"Donna knows he's an alien," joked Catherine. "She knows he's got two hearts and she doesn't want to see what else he's doubled up on. There was so much sexual tension off-screen, it would have been boring to have to watch it as well."
"We've had a love story, we've had an unrequited love story - let's have a non-love story," remarked David.
"The Doctor's very different with Donna than he was with Martha or Rose. I think it sets the series off on a whole new dynamic."
David also promised the season finale would be "the biggest, boldest, maddest, saddest, most exciting story we've ever done".
The audience were shown a sneak preview at what was to come in later episodes of the series and a glimpse of a Dalek promted theories that Davros was to return...
"I'm sure we'll find someone marvellous to play him, if that were ever to happen." said David.
  • Watch videos of David at the press launch here
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Radio Recap

Highlight for Album: 1Xtra Breakfast Show | April 2008 Highlight for Album: Radio 1 Scott Mills Show | April 2008 
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If you missed David and Catherine chatting on Radio 1 and 1Xtra this morning or Simon Mayo this afternoon then you can use the listen again facilities on the iPlayer radio section here.
 
April 02 2008 12:00:35.
 
David signed photos for fans who were waiting outside the radio studios earlier today.
 
 
Doctor Who Adventures #53
 
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Doctor Who returns to BBC One on this Saturday at 6.20pm, so make sure you don’t miss this week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures for a sneaky look at the first episode!

Inside you’ll find new pictures of the Doctor and Donna in action in the exciting first story of series four, Partners in Crime.

You’ll also find a special Time Agent tracker for you to rate the episode’s scares and shocks.
The issue comes with a free TARDIS trainer bag – which is perfect for carrying space boots or copies of your favourite magazine…

Doctor Who Adventures is released on Thursday 3rd April 2008.
 
01/04/2008, 19:22pm BST
 
Press Launch Tonight
 
April 01 2008 14:30:20. April 01 2008 14:30:20. April 01 2008 14:42:15.
 
The Doctor Who Series 4 press launch is currently taking place so keep your eyes peeled on the various news channels. BBC 24 will be there at 21:30pm tonight! Photos are being added as we get them.
 
 
01/04/2008, 15:43pm BST
 
Radio Times Collectors Covers
 
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Make sure you getyour hands on the above set of Radio Times Doctor Who collectors covers! They are available now and there are four to collect!
 
 
Cover Stars
 
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David and Catherine are all over the front covers of nearly all the TV magazines this week, make sure you head to your newsagents and stock up today!
 
 
New Articles
 
Scans of the latest articles and interviews with David have been added to the site. Click here to view them.
 
 
Radio Reminder
 
Just a quick reminder that David and Catherine will be doing a couple of radio interviews tomorrow.
First up is The Chris Moyles Show with Scott Mills on Radio 1 between 06:00am and 10:00am. If you have a question for David or Catherine that you would like Scott to ask on air then text it to 81199 now.
 
After that they'll be heading to the 1Xtra studios to chat to their Breakfast Show between 08:00am and 11:00am. You can text the studio with questions on 88111.
 
 
TV Times Competition
 
The new issue of the TV Times not only has an exclusive feature on the new series of Doctor Who, but also the chance for you win a life size Dalek! You can enter in the magazine or online here.