In the wake of the praise heaped on BBC1 in the BBC’s Annual Report, all sorts of projects have been announced. Of most interest to Doctor Who fans is the news that Billie Piper will be appearing in a contemporary version of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” due for broadcast in the Autumn season, according to The Scotsman.
Elsewhere, both MediaGuardian and The Stage talk about the mooted return to television of another perennial favourite – Robin Hood (possibly written by Dominic Minghella, brother of director Anthony) – to serve as yet another focus for Saturday evening family drama on BBC1 between seasons of Doctor Who. BBC1 controller Peter Fincham said:
.”…The success of Doctor Who had “perceptibly changed the landscape of Saturday night” by reviving the idea of whole families watching TV programmes together.
He added that the BBC was developing a number of new family dramas, including Robin Hood, for the Doctor Who slot at 7pm on Saturday nights.”
Doctor Who is mentioned elsewhere online in The Guardian in an article discussing the return of another old favourite, celebrity story book reading show Jackanory.
More brief mentions are made of Doctor Who are made in The Guardian, with Mike Molloy describing a trip to the Cotswolds…
All the faces were white. As they were in all the corner shops and the petrol stations I called at. It was like being in an episode of Doctor Who where I had been transported back to the 1950s.
Finally, online Press reaction to the Rose following broadcast in New Zealand; The NZHeralds’ Frances Grant doesn’t seem to have been impressed overall by the first episode, and is particularly critical of Ms Piper’s acting:
The special effects may be marginally more sophisticated than the original show but the acting isn’t. Most of the episode we got to watch Billie Piper chewing on her lower lip as she tracked down the mysterious doctor who had saved her from those killer mannequins.
The lip-sucking continued as she tried to decide between a council estate future on the dole with a no-prospects boyfriend or a career gallivanting through time and space – choice of stop-offs anywhere in the universe.
Nevermind, not everyone likes Doctor Who, Frances. oh what’s this? Ahhh, a cheap shot…
Perhaps it’s the Doctor’s return just as London gets hit by a real terror attack that makes the whole thing seem awfully silly. The Time Lord’s timing needs work.
I think your conscience may need a little work too Frances…