Published on June 21st, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
Sarah Jane Smith to Return?
Bizarre rumours surface once again. Sadly we didn’t get to see Norman Lovett as Davros, a Watcher or a return of Buno Langley as Adam in Parting of the Ways – and now populist daily redtop The Sun claim that Russell T Davies is in talks with John Leeson and Elisabeth Sladen to reprise their roles as K-9 and Sarah Jane Smith… While we would love to see Lis Sladen return to television, we’ll wait very patiently to see this one come off… Incidentally – as you might have noticed – Sarah Jane Smith is a big favourite of Kasterborous editor Christian Cawley. He wrote the article Touring Company in her honour…
Meanwhile, DWAS has reported figures for Parting of the Ways peaked at 6.7 million. Official figures are yet to be released.
Shelleyvision in todays edition of The Mirror has an interesting observation of Parting of the Ways:
Billie Piper did very well as a kind of council estate Bardot. Rose was the Bad Wolf and “the abomination”, as the God of the daleks called her – which seemed a bit harsh.
The rest of the article is in his usual irreverent style…
ManchesterOnline‘s Iain Hepburn appraised the final installment of Doctor Who, awarding it 5 stars. Comments are welcome at the end of the article, which quotes the Ninth Doctor’s final words – for the first time on Kasterborous:
And as for Eccleston? As he said himself, “You were fantastic Rose, and you know what? So was I!” And he was. Truly brilliant. Funny, cheeky, commanding – all emotion and fury and love at the same time.
And don’t forget, BBC1 has started trailing the Christmas Special ALREADY! On two nights this week at 8pm, a trailer featuring highlights of the first series has heralded the next episode – and the regeneration for those 2 million viewers out sunning themselves. This level of promotion (inlcuding a trailer at 2am) so early is surely unprecedented?!
Finally, we’ve got a very special image from EOH – the cover of Russell T Davies book Doctor Who: The Shooting Scripts! The book is published 15 October 2005, and the synopsis is as follows:
On the 26th of March 2005, Doctor Who returned to our screens after an absence of 16 years, with a new Doctor, a new assistant and thirteen thrilling new adventures. This book collects together the entire shooting scripts for the first series. Seven of the scripts are by Russell T Davies, with the remainder by Stephen Moffat, Robert Shearman, Paul Cornell and The League of Gentlemen s Mark Gatiss.
Each story contains the essential ingredients of time travel, adventure, and the mixing of the ordinary with the fantastical that have always characterized the series, while at the same time being thoroughly in tune with contemporary culture and society. This is a Doctor Who for an age defined by irony, technology and celebrity, and the shadow cast by 9/11. It is also a more cinematic series, with fast cutting and special effects that will satisfy viewers brought up on contemporary film and television sci-fi. The shooting scripts give a unique insight into how the series was visualized and acted.
Alongside the exciting action sequences and dialogue are hints about the characters emotions, and evocations of the settings in which their adventures take place. Pacey, atmospheric and thoroughly absorbing, these scripts practically read like novels. Each of the scripts will be illustrated with screen grabs, ensuring the book appeals to broad audience. Introductions by the writers will explain the inspirations for the new series and the fascinating process of creating a Doctor Who script.
As the one book that ties directly into the new series, this is a must-have self-purchase or Christmas gift for all Doctor Who fans.