Doctor Who Press Pack Phase 4

Doctor Who Press Pack Phase 4 has been released, which features an interview with distinguished actress Penelope Wilton (“Ever Decreasing Circles”, “The Borrowers”, “Shaun of the Dead”) and concentrates on the second installment of Aliens of London. She plays an MP, Harriet Jones, who plays a major part in the storyline featuring the invasion of the Slitheen. While proud of her role in the series, she does however confess:

“I can vaguely recall watching a couple of the early episodes,” she says, “but I don’t think Saturday tea-times in my younger days were a good time for me to watch television – I was probably on stage a lot.”

And as for the flatulent nature of the Slitheen…

“I imagine any young boys watching will die of laughter!” she jokes.

The full press release can be read at the BBC Press Office

Meanwhile, the BBC Programme Information reveals the follwoing about episode 5 of the New Series.

With The Doctor, Rose and Harriet Jones trapped inside Downing Street, the world edges towards mankind’s first Interplanetary War in the second part of a two-part episode written by Russell T Davies.

But the real danger is much closer to home.The Doctor, Rose and Harriet race against time to unmask the villainous Slitheen – but only Rose’s mum, Jackie, and boyfriend, Mickey, hold the key to salvation. Can the missiles be stopped?

Christopher Eccleston stars as The Doctor, Billie Piper is Rose, Penelope Wilton is Harriet Jones, Camille Coduri is Jackie Tyler and Noel Clarke is Mickey Smith.

The new story, due to begin transmission Saturday 9th April, is hugely anticipated by Kasterborous, and will of course be reviewed soon after transmission.

Hopefully the episode audience figures can level out over the next two-to-three weeks as well – confirmation of the figures for Rose (10.81 million) put it 3rd in the audience ratings table for the week ending March 27th 2005.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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