Riverside Daleks!

We’ve just received email from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) who inform us that Philip Madoc (Solon in The Brain of Morbius and more pertinently, Brockley in “Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD”) and Jennie Linden (Barbara in Doctor Who and the Daleks) will be appearing at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith on Sunday 22nd May 2005. The reason? The AARU-produced Dalek films are being shown this weekend! Contact (020) 8237 1111 (12 noon to 10pm) or visit the box office on-line at www.daleks-at-riverside.co.uk.

As reported some months ago on Kasterborous.com, the BBC are preparing to launch an online tv catch-up system that will enable viewers to watch missed broadcasts at their leisure. Similar to the BBC radio player which it will eventually supercede, iMP (interactive Media Player) will provide legal download/streaming of BBC output for UK residents. The BBC hope that this kind of controlled online distribution will avoid problems such as filesharing of leaked episodes of Rose…read more here. The Guardian has also reported on this.

Michael Gove of The Times has written a clever piece satirising the operation and judgement of the censors at the BBFC following yesterday’s announcement that Series 1 Volume 2 would be a 12 certificate. Gove rightly asks: “Just what planet are these Censors on?” and goes on through a list of perfectly sensible arguments about why the censors should be so narrowminded in their handing out of snips and rating certificates and quite sensibly points out:

“…children themselves have to be brought up in an environment purged of danger, conflict, risk or jagged edges. There’s not much risk of them torturing any stray Daleks in our playgrounds when they’re not even allowed conkers.”

My own view is this: at the end of the day, which is more damaging to anyones sensibilites? An obviously heavily-armoured alien machine (on first appearances) being torured, or a heroic character played by Sean Bean dying a “heroic” death involving 3 arrows piercing his flesh in slow motion in “The Fellowship of the Ring” (certificate? PG…)

Joe Ahearne, director of five episodes of the current Doctor Who series (Dalek, Father’s Day plus episodes 11-13) has confirmed he will be unavailable to direct any episodes of series 2. He is of course due to direct Christopher Eccleston in the recently announced movie “Double Life”, and says that doing 5 episodes of Doctor Who ” does take you over”. You can read more at the SFX website.

Finally, todays Daily Star tells on page 3 how playing the Doctor turned Christopher Eccleston into a “purple-skinned alien”. Always first with the facts…

This item was also reported on Digital Spy – Eccleston claimed

“There were days when I got psoriasis, I got eczema.

My face blew up in the ‘Dalek’ episode. I looked literally disfigured with tiredness and poor skin. You can’t have a life. You can’t socialise.”

Kasterborous.com believes a large number of London-based actors prominent during the 1970s are able to correct Christopher Eccleston on this last point…

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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