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September 2007

30/09/2007, 15:10pm BST
BAFTA Screening Of Learners
There will be a BAFTA screening of Learners on Wednesday 3rd October at 19:00pm at Princess Anne Theatre in London.
Tickets are 10 each or are availble free to Academy members.
To reserve a place in advance, please e-mail or call 020 7292 5858.
The show will be followed by a Q&A with writer/actress Jessica Hynes, director Francesca Joseph and producer Ruth Caleb.
Ask David
Do you have a question you've always wanted to ask David? Well know you have the chance to!
Doctor Who Magazine want fans to submit their questions for an interview with David that will be published in the Christmas edition of the mag.
You can ask up to three questions and the closing date is 18th October 2007.
25/09/2007, 07:45am BST
Chain Reaction Part Two Tickets
David will be interviewing Richard Wilson for part two of the Chain Reaction series. You can apply for tickets here. But hurry as a limited number are available.
The show will be recorded on Sunday 21st October at 14:00pm.
All Tickets have now been allocated.
When In Rome...
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The Doctor and his new companion Donna are set to travel back in time to the Roman Empire for the fourth series of Doctor Who.
In one of the most ambitious episodes to date, The Doctor, played by David Tennant and Donna (Catherine Tate) arrive in Pompeii in AD 79, on the eve of the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
The Time Lord and his companion are posed with an immediate dilemma; should they warn the residents of Pompeii of the forthcoming catastrophe or leave them to fend for themselves?
"Arriving in Pompeii marks the start of another exciting adventure for the Doctor and Donna," said Doctor Who's Executive Producer and Head Writer, Russell T Davies. "Donna is stunned to find herself in the midst of history's most famous volcanic eruption. Viewers can expect many more ambitious storylines and a whole host of guest stars in 2008."
The Thick of It actor Peter Capaldi guest stars as Caecillius. He's joined by Quadrophenia and Rose and Maloney actor Phil Davis as Lucius. Further guest stars include Howards Way and Born and Bred Actress Tracey Childs, who plays Metella.
The filming of the episode took place at Cinecitta studios in Rome, which the Doctor Who team expertly transformed into Pompeii for a week of filming in September of this year.
SFX No.1 Sexiest Man Award
David has been voted Sexiest Man In Sci Fi by SFX Magazine. The full results are in the latest issue which is out now.
20/09/2007, 13:07pm BST
DWM 387 Details
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Catherine Tate has revealed her surprise and delight at being invited to reprise her role as Donna for Series Four of Doctor Who.
"When I was asked to do it, I genuinely couldn't believe they'd asked me," she told the mag. "I was having lunch with Julie Gardner and it was the last thing I thought we were going to have a conversation about. She said it, and I nearly... well, I... even now, I just can't believe it. I'm speechless."
Catherine also confesses that she's not quite up to speed with Doctor Who mythology yet. "This is how un-into-it I was before: I didn't know that there was more than one kind of alien; I just thought it was always the Daleks."
Also the new issue, there's an exclusive preview of The Sarah Jane Adventures; Russell T Davies chats about secrets, lies and roller skates, as he answers questions from the Out of the TARDIS tin; the people behind the Doctor Who DVD range talk about future releases; and what happened when the Sixth Doctor arrived on the set of Voyage of the Damned is revealed in Production Notes.
On top of all that, there are interviews with no less than FIVE Doctors as David Tennant, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann celebrate Big Finish's 100th Doctor Who CD release. Doctor Who Magazine 387 goes on sale on Thursday 20 September.
Daily Record Interview
Yesterday's Daily Record featured an interview with David, click here to read it.
The Guardian Hamlet Poll Results
With the news that both David and Jude Law will be playing Hamlet in seperate productions next year, the Arts section of The Guardian asked readers to vote for who they thought would make a better Prince?
The resounding answer, with 89% of the votes, was David!
12/09/2007, 16:10pm BST
RSC Press Release
The Royal Shakespeare Company have released their official press release for their  2008 Artistic Programme.
It announces David's appearances in Hamlet and Love's Labour's Lost:
Hamlet will see the return of David Tennant to the RSC in the title role. Now best known as the latest incarnation of Dr Who on TV, David has appeared at the RSC in two previous seasons; in 1996/7 in As You Like It (Touchstone), The General From America and The Herbal Bed, and then in 2000/1 in The Comedy of Errors, The Rivals and playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
You can read the full press release here.
David Becomes Cancer Charity Patron
David has recently become a celebrity patron for the pioneering cancer charity Association for International Cancer Research.
He says: "I know only too well that cancer strikes without regard to age or race, country or creed, fame or fortune."
Chief executive Norman Barrett said he was delighted that David would be helping raise awareness of the charity and its research.
"As Dr Who, David is expert at fighting aliens: we hope his support will help us in the biggest medical fight we face - the fight against cancer."
For further information about the Association for International Cancer Research click here.
Doctor Who Books News
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BBC Books has announced details of it's next Doctor Who Quick Reads novel.
Written by former Classic Series script editor Terrance Dicks, Revenge Of The Judoon sees the TARDIS bringing the Doctor and Martha to Balmoral in 1902.
Here they meet Captain Harry Carruthers – friend of the new king Edward VII. Together they head for the castle to see the king – only to find that Balmoral Castle is gone, leaving just a hole in the ground. The Doctor realises it is the work of the Judoon – a race of ruthless intergalactic mercenary space police.
While Martha and Carruthers seek answers in London, the Doctor finds himself in what should be the most deserted place on Earth – and he is not alone.
With help from Arthur Conan Doyle, the Doctor and his friends discover a plot to take over the world. With time running out, who will fall victim to the revenge of the Judoon?
Revenge of the Judoon will be published by BBC Books as part of the Quick Reads range on 6 March 2008, priced at 1.99.
Details of the Spring 2008 stand-alone Doctor Who novels have been announced by BBC Books.
All three will feature the Tenth Doctor and Martha and all will be published on 1 May 2008.

Martha in the Mirror - by Justin Richards

Castle Extremis - whoever holds it can control the provinces either side that have been at war for centuries. Now the castle is about to play host to the signing of a peace treaty. But as the Doctor and Martha find out, not everyone wants the war to end.

Who is the strange little girl who haunts the castle? What is the secret of the book the Doctor finds, its pages made from thin, brittle glass? Who is the hooded figure that watches from the shadows? And what is the secret of the legendary Mortal Mirror?

The Doctor and Martha don't have long to find the answers - an army is on the march, and the castle will soon be under siege once more.

Snowglobe 7 - by Mike Tucker

Earth, 2099. Global warming is devastating the climate. The polar ice caps are melting.

In a desperate attempt at preservation the Governments of the world have removed vast sections of the Arctic and Antarctic and set them inside huge domes across the world. The Doctor and Martha arrive in Snowglobe 7 in the Middle East, hoping for peace and relaxation. But they soon discover that it's not only ice and snow that has been preserved beneath the Dome.

While Martha struggles to help with an infection sweeping through the holidaymakers the Doctor discovers an alien threat that has lain hidden since the last ice age. A threat that is starting to thaw.

The Many Hands - by Dale Smith

Edinburgh, 1759.

The Nor' Loch is being filled in. If you ask the soldiers there, they'll tell you it's a stinking cesspool that the city can do without. But that doesn't explain why the workers won't go near the place without an armed guard.

That doesn't explain why they whisper stories about the loch giving up its dead, about the minister who walked into his church twelve years after he died.

It doesn't explain why, as they work, they whisper about a man called the Doctor. And about the many hands of Alexander Monro.

The Infinite Quest DVD Details
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BBC Children's DVD have announced details of their upcoming release of The Infinite Quest.
Starring David Tennant and Freema Agyeman, the special episode was a highlight of the last series of Totally Doctor Who.
Buffy star Anthony Head and Lisa Tarbuck guest-starred in the thrilling tale of space pirates and really big bugs.

As well as the episode, the DVD will feature the following extras:

  • Exclusive cast interviews
  • David Tennant's animation test
  • Animation and Voiceover behind the scenes features
  • Animatics of episodes and deleted scenes
  • Character profiles
  • Photo gallery

The Infinite Quest will be released on 5 November 2007.

07/09/2007, 10:42am BST
RSC Booking Details
We have had hundreds of enquiries about booking tickets to see David when he appears with the RSC next year. Below is a rough itinerary of how things should work:

12/09 - postal priority for RSC full members
19/09 - web and telephone booking for RSC full members
24/09 - postal booking associate members
10/10 - web and telephone booking associate members
15/10 - public booking

Performance Dates are as follows:


July 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31 (24-28 previews)
August 1,2,4 (director talk) ,5 (press), 6, 8, 9(M), 11, 13, 15, 16(M), 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30
September 1, 3, 4(M), 5 (post show talkback with cast), 6(M), 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18(M), 19, 20(M, workshop), 23, 24, 26
October 13, 14, 18, 21, 23, 25 (M, 'demonstration of theatre skills'), 27, 29, 30(M)
November 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12, 15

Love's Labour's Lost

October 2, 3, 4, 6, 7(director talk), 8, 9, 10, 11(M+E), 15(workshop), 16, 17, 18(M), 20, 21(Public Understudy Run), 25, 30, 31(post show talkback with cast) (2-6 previews)
November 1(M), 5, 6(M), 10, 14, 15

18th October, 25th October, 30th October, 1st November, 6th November, 15th of November do both on one day - generally 1pm and 7.15pm, with some variations.
Tennant's Extra
David is expected to make a guest appearance in the Extras Christmas Special this year. He will play himself in the 80 minute show to be aired on BBC Two during the festive period.
The Best Ever Switch On
The local press in Blackpool are hailing Friday's switch on as the best ever. The Citizen says:

Blackpool's Illuminations switch-on has been hailed as the best ever by leading figures in the town.

Around 35,000 people packed the arena and surrounding streets as an array of stars helped launch the ten-week show of light.

Dr Who, actor David Tennant, flicked the switch to light-up the town, despite an attempt from a dalek to scupper the moment.

The resort's director of tourism Jane Seddon hailed a fantastic weekend: "It was a massive crowd and people came from all over the UK to enjoy the whole weekend. It was a great success."

The weekend's entertainment also included a parade of Honda Goldwing motorbikes and Russell Brand performing his Radio Two show live from an ice cream van on Saturday. The first heat of the World Fireworks Championship was held on Sunday.

Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Robert Wynne, said: "It was the best switch-on I've ever attended, it was well staged and the publicity was great. It should launch an excellent Illuminations season, and while other towns are quiet, we will be hitting our busiest period."

The 18,000-strong crowd squeezed into the arena on Friday night were treated to a free concert starring McFly, Natalie Imbruglia, Natasha Bedingfield, The Ghosts and Gareth Gates.

Council leader Peter Callow said: "I can't remember a more successful switch-on, it was a universal success.

"The team pulled out a great effort in securing David Tennant as an early switch-on star, and it was great to see the locals there, as this event is as much for them as it is for tourists."

04/09/2007, 16:36pm BST
David To Tread The Boards Once More
David will be taking a break from Doctor Who to make a welcome return to the RSC. He will play Hamlet from Thursday 24th July 2008 to Saturday 15th November 2008 in Stratford Upon Avon. He will also tackle the role of Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost.
David Picks Up Best Actor Award!
David walked away with the award for Best Actor at last night's TV Quick / TV Choice Awards.
It was the second year running that he picked up the gong for his role as the Doctor in Doctor Who.
Speaking at the awards he said:
 "I'm having the time of my life making Doctor Who and if people like it as much as they seem to, it really means the world to me."
He said he was sorry that his co-star Freema Agyeman and Catherine Tate could not be at the ceremony but joked: "Someone has to look after the universe while Captain Jack and I are swanning around."
The show also picked up the Best Drama award.
David Lights Up Blackpool
David was on hand to flick the switch at the Blackpool Illuminations on Friday. He was watched by a crowd of about 18,000, as he flicked the switch to turn on 2.4m of twinkling lights
Series Five Of Doctor Who To Air In 2010
The BBC have issued the following statement:

After months of media speculation, the BBC can confirm that the BAFTA award-winning Doctor Who will return for a fifth series in Spring 2010. Viewers are in for a treat this Christmas, as a special episode starring David Tennant and Kylie Minogue will be broadcast on BBC One in December 2007.

Series Four, which went into production in July 2007, will hit UK screens in Spring 2008, followed by a special episode for Christmas 2008. In 2009 Doctor Who will return with three specials starring David Tennant, with Head Writer, Russell T Davies.  The full-length fifth series will transmit in 2010.

Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, says: "Doctor Who is one of the BBC's best loved and most successful dramas. Its journey over the past three series has been one of the most ambitious and exciting that we have had, and I'm delighted to be able to confirm not only three exciting specials for 2009, but a fifth series in 2010. "

Menna Richards, Controller, BBC Wales, says: "The success of Doctor Who is a fantastic tribute to the dedication and expertise of the production team at BBC Wales who have worked on the project from the outset. This announcement is marvellous news for all involved, and more importantly for the programme's amazing fan base and audience. BBC Wales is looking forward to producing the fifth series."

Following the critically acclaimed season three finale, the BBC has announced that Catherine Tate is set to return to the TARDIS for the complete 13-week run of series four, reprising her role as Donna from the 2006 Christmas special.

Freema Agyeman, who won praise for her portrayal of Martha Jones in series three, is also set to return mid series four.