Note in the diaries, those of you in East Anglia and able to travel – Doctor Who monsters are at the Royal Norfolk Show this week, on 29-30 June. The Official BBC Doctor Who pages lists:
Norfolk based actor Terry Molloy, who played Davros in the original series, will be there to answer questions and sign autographs. Dalek patrols, the TARDIS and even a Cyberman will be there too.
The BBC’s regional Norfolk website has further details of the event, including some words from three times Davros actor Terry Molloy:
“Physically it was one of the most demanding jobs I’ve ever done. The chariot was solid wood with car batteries on a supermarket trolley frame â€“ it was awful, quite awful… That aside, the actual doing of it was great fun. It was interesting to see how people reacted to me when I got into the mask,”
Terry Molloy appears on stage everyday at 12pm and 3pm.
Meanwhile, the BBC Doctor Who pages include 4 more fascinating video diaries covering the production of the last series, three from director Joe Ahearne and one from Will Cohen of visual effects house The Mill.
Dalek writer Rob Shearman has an upcoming play on Radio 4 – “Teacher’s Pet” is being broadcast at 2.15pm on Tuesday. The play is directed by occasional Doctor Who guest star Martin Jarvis. There’s more here.
And finally, David Liddiment talks in The Guardian about the current state of British Television. The “Coronation Street” Producer, a veteran of the industry, discusses how US schedules are awash with UK reality imports and how cyclical the nature of television is:
Is there a genre that has faded away for no apparent reason that the audience may, unknowingly, hanker after? Can we try a familiar genre in a new slot? This is the kind of thinking that produced Doctor Who (contemporary reinterpretation of a former hit and spectacular revival of whole-family viewing), Strictly Come Dancing (ditto, with added celebrities), and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (smash reinvention of the most ancient of TV formats, the game show).
As with any risk, luck and good timing are important. And money helps. The BBC had the good sense to hire top-notch writers and performers for the new Doctor Who, and had a Â£1.2m budget for each episode. Hats off to them for taking such an expensive punt on resuscitating a show – and a genre – that everyone had written off.
So perhaps all is not lost for Star Trek after all…