Further Press Coverage

MediaWeek has published confirmation of the weekend audience figures – Ant & Dec beat Doctor Who into 2nd place for the timeslot by 138,000 viewers. WIth 7.1m viewers, the last in the series of “Saturday Night Takeaway” faced off against Doctor Who’s 6.9m audience, finally winning (after wheeling in Hollywood heavyweight Will Smith). Doctor Who acheived a 34.1% share. More weekend audience figures can be found at the MediaWeek.co.uk website.

The Stage Online meanwhile discusses the casting of David Tennant as the future 10th Doctor Who, although much in the article has been written elsewhere.

Meanwhile, at Sunday evenings BAFTA awards, Rory Bremner introduced Richard Dimbleby Award winner Jon Snow thus:

“When he began his career, TV was dominated by Bruce Forsyth, the Two Ronnies and Doctor Who…”

Far-right tabloid The Daily Mail meanwhile claim David Tennant has been “forced to accept a cut-price deal from the BBC” – naturally unsubstantiated, we’ll let you search that article out for yourselves…

Updated 19.07

ThisisLondon.co.uk has run a variation on this story, claiming £600k and also that a “source” said:

‘There was some relief that Chris went as he was so expensive. The show was only going to be recommissioned if the costs were cut.’

Which we’re very sure will be news to the Production Team’s ears…

The Mirror, meanwhile have already slapped a £500,000 salary onto the same story, and suggest today that David Tennant “is terrified of messing up”. The article which can be read here quotes Tennant as saying:

“I’m so nervous about playing the Doc. It’s not sunk in yet…Maybe I can be the first actor to wear a kilt for the part.”

And finally, East Coast USA media webguide Zap2it.com reports the news of David Tennant’s casting. Naturally the news is academic until an American network buys the broadcast rights to the new series, unless of course they presume US fans are downloading the episodes from the filesharing networks…

…after all, certain figureheads in online fandom are…

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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