Published on May 6th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
Massive News Roundup
There’s been a lot of random stuff popping up this week, so we’ll go through each in turn. On Sunday 1st May, Digital Spy reported that “Little Britain” star David Walliams would be writing an episode of the upcoming second series which will star David Tennant as the 10th Doctor Who. According to te report, Walliams has even gone as far as taking Billie Piper out to dinner in order to “to find out more about her character, Rose Tyler.”
All announcements of this type seem to be coming through Doctor Who Magazine, and as such we’ll take this “announcement” lightly until we recieve confirmation through DWM. It should be noted of course that this comes quite hot on the heels of reports that both Matt Lucas and Walliams himself would be appearing in the new series… the original story can be found here.
Monday 2nd May‘s MediaGuardian noted how this weeks epsiode of Doctor Who had turned against the BBCs Director General Mark Thompson. The Long Game is:
…set in the year 200,000 and features an all-powerful broadcast news organisation in which nonentities are rewarded by promotion – run by Spaced star Simon Pegg, who reports to the “editor in chief”. He turns out to be a huge, brown, blob-like creature hanging over his subordinate’s head – and has very sharp teeth. One of Thommo’s roles as DG is, of course, editor in chief.
It isn’t clear however if writer Russel T Davies has intentionally picked on Mr Thompson – it seems far more likely that he’s based the monster on an internationally-renowned media baron…
For a touch of light relief, and hot on the heels of Noddy Holder’s Doctor Who review two weeks ago, Kasterborous has discovered that massively popular comedian Peter Kay appeared on Noddy Holder’s radio show recently and suggested himself as ideal to play Davros! According to Dellah.com, Peter Kay is excited by the new series but was “incredulous that the Doctor “was a scally”.” (This information was originally reported on March 17th.)
May 4th saw the BBC News pages report the sale of a 1975 Cyberman helmet by auctioneers Cooper Owen. Expected to fetch Â£500, it implies that the helmet was used to promote the story Revenge of the Cybermen as opposed to appearing in it.
On the same day, the Independent’s online version ran its analysis of the weekends television, detailing the BBC1′s huge success against ITV1′s massive dumbing down and employment of Z list celebrities. Below is a excerpt of the article, detailing ITV1′s response to the Doctor Who/Lottery/Casualty ratings winner.
5.30pm, Hit Me Baby One More Time, 2.4 million viewers
Five pop stars from the past three decades attempt to make a comeback, but fail to make much of an impression
6.30pm, Celebrity Wrestling, 800,000 viewers
The prospect of glamour model Leilani Dowding taking on tennis ace Annabel Croft at wrestling didn’t capture viewers’ imagination
7.45pm, Celebrity Stitch Up, 3.2 million viewers
Paul Gascoigne was accused of being a spy in this series that pulls pranks on celebrities, but viewers were not amused
8.30pm, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, 3.8 million viewers
Chris Tarrant’s quiz show attracted more than 19 million viewers at its peak, but its audience has dwindled
9.35pm, Hell’s Kitchen, 3.3 million viewers
The penultimate episode of the restaurant reality show, which pitted celebrity chefs Gary Rhodes and Jean Christophe Novelli against one another, disappointed
BBC1′s new Saturday line-up performed much better, with Graham Norton’s Strictly Dance Fever attracting 4.1 million, Doctor Who watched by 7.8 million and the new-look National Lottery hosted by Julian Clary pulling in 6.2 million.
Finally, May 5th saw a review in the TimesOnline of the previous evenings BBC Two show “Russell T. Davies Unscripted”. Reviewer Sarah Vine appears to have enjoyed the broadcast (which covered Davies’ career in television to date) and seems to admire RTD’s work, however she finishes with these few lines:
Now that heâ€™s got homosexuality, God and Doctor Who off his chest, one hopes that he will mature into a writer who allows his private perspective to inform, but not dominate, his work. As Lawson pointed out with customary perception Davies is, after all, also a child of the groundbreaking drama of the 1960s. His maverick credentials are not in question. But he must take care not to become self-indulgent.
We wonder how history will view Russell T Davies…