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Published on April 26th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

The Long Game and Press Updates

Although this week could offically be declared “Dalek Week”, we do have a couple of items of news NOT related to the malevolent pepper pots. Firsly, BBC Programme Information have released detail of episode 7 (to be broadcast May 7th), The Long Game (it should be pointed out that the follwoing words contain spoilers referring to the outcome of this week’s episode Dalek):

Adam Mitchell discovers that life as a Time Lord’s companion isn’t as easy as it looks, as Russell T Davies’s adventure through time and space continues.

Adam catches a glimpse of the wonders of travelling in the Tardis, as they head to a future, where Satellite 5 broadcasts to the entire Earth Empire. But anyone promoted to Floor 500 is never seen again, and the Doctor suspects mankind is being manipulated.

Nothing escapes the eye of the sinister Editor – but just who is he working for? And does Adam have what it takes to become the Time Lord’s companion?

Christopher Eccleston stars as The Doctor, Billie Piper is Rose, Bruno Langley is Adam Mitchell, Simon Pegg is the Editor and Green Wing star Tamsin Grieg is the Nurse.

Meanwhile, The Mirror has published words from Fifth Doctor Who Peter Davison. According to Matt Laddin, the former Doctor is unimpressed by Christopher Eccleston’s departure after one season, and considers it a let down for the fans.

“I hate to see, after all the effort that went into getting the programme back on TV, Doctor Who scuppered by an actor saying ‘I don’t want to do this anymore’.”

Davison is of course only voicing his own opinions, but they will no doubt be noticed by a growing legion of fans who feel the same way about Christopher Eccleston’s solo series. Kasterborous maintains however that this was always the plan and our surprise was ruined by the BBC Press Office responding badly to questions from the Press.

To exemplify this point, it does seem that Christopher Eccleston isn’t without scruples. In the latest Sunday Times, it seems that he has turned down an approach from the Labour Party to lend support to the Governments bid for a further term in office.

A party official made an informal approach to Eccleston, who makes much of his working-class background, but the actor politely refused. As a high-profile BBC character, Doctor Who felt he should remain politically neutral.

“After fighting the Daleks and the Cybermen it was too much to ask him to take on the BBC,” says a Labour party source

Finally, back to the subject of Daleks…

The delightful Ms Billie Piper appeared on the Christian O’Connell show on XFM this week, talking about Doctor Who and was asked if Davros was still the leader of the Daleks. “The 3am Girls” who regurgitated the incident in The Mirror and alleged professional DJ Christian O’Connell have both took it upon themselves to sneer – the host calling for the star of Doctor Who to “Have a word with yourself”.

Evidently it is more important for an XFM radio presenter to be smug and self-satisfied than to show any respect for their guest.

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About the Author

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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