Graeme Harper Returns!

Right – this is probably our final news item until Sunday (see editorial), so we’ll start with the fantastic news – Series Producer Phil Collinson has announced 3 directors for series 2 of Doctor Who.

As you can see from the headline, classic series director Graeme Harper returns alongside Euros Lynn (End of the World and The Unquiet Dead) and James Hawes (The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances). Harper is best known for his work as director on the final Fifth Doctor story Caves of Androzani(1984), and also directed 1985’s Revelation of the Daleks. He also played one of the faces in the “mind battle” between the Doctor and Morbius in The Brain of Morbius. A video of the interview with Collinson is available here

A certain Mr. David Tennant pops up twice through The Guardian already this week. Yesterday they reported that the BBC musical drama “Blackpool” in which he starred had won the top award at the Banff 2005 Rockie Awards due to its “highly creative and innovative synthesis of music and drama” – and today in Pick of the Day which focuses on the radio incarnation of 1960s police classic “Dixon of Dock Green”.

Anneke Wills speaks in an in depth interview with The Mirror today. The interview by Gill Swain is titled “HARD TIMES OF THE FIRST SEXY DR WHO GIRL”, and looks at Anneke’s life since she left Doctor Who, and the break ups of her marriages. is currently running a massive review of Doctor Who, focussing on the Tom Baker era and reviews the US DVD releases of The Green Death, The Ark in Space, The Pyramids of Mars and Kasterborous favourite The Talons of Weng Chiang.

Finally, BAD WOLF… The Guardian’s series of cribbing guides, “Pass Notes” looks at the Bad Wolf phenomenon and briefly describes some of the rumours that have proliferated across the Internet.

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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