Published on July 19th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
David Tennant has spoken! That’s right, not only is there an interview in Doctor Who Magazine with the new Doctor (see other news), he’s also spoken briefly at a BBC America press review in Beverly Hills! The article at SciFi.com talks about the actor’s previous admiration for the series, and he speaks about it i his own words:
“It’s very exciting and fantastically daunting that you come to L.A. and everyone here knows about it as well, because there’s a lot of attention…It’s very scary right now, because I haven’t started… I grew up watching it, as everyone you know, as everyone in Britain did,”
Tennant’s real-life girlfriend, Sarah Parish, interjected: “He knew about it? He was obsessed!”
Tennant smirked and added: “I was a bit of a fan. So, yeah, I was very, very aware of it.”
Tennant also speaks about his previous work with Russell T Davies and being approached for the role:
“I was working with Russell T. Davies, who is the main writer and kind of creative head of [Who],” Tennant said. “I did a show that he’d written, called Casanova, at the end of last year, so I knew him through that. And, I guess, unbeknownst to me, that was my audition. So it just came up after that, I guess, when they knew that Chris Eccleston was moving on. They just came to me and asked me to do it.”
BrandRepublic’s Digital Bulletin report that the BBC are investigating the possibilities of selling downloads of its output such as Doctor Who to foreign web users (something that has been suggested elsewhere since the leak of Rose. As well as this, running adverts on the site only visible to foreign surfers has been suggested, as 44.1m users visit the BBC website a month, 22.8m of these from overseas.
According to DigitalSpy(first reported in sunday tabloid The People), the BBC is stepping up its search for missing Doctor Who episodes. 108 are still lost, presumed destroyed.
Ian Levine, long time fan of the show, has said:
“Some shows are the Holy Grail of Doctor Who… I have been on a quest to find all the missing 16mm films since the 1970s when the BBC burnt some of the originals. I’m sure they’re out there.”
Finally, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy have touched down for the launch at the weekend of their tour of Australia and New Zealand. They are joined on the tour by Katy Manning (Jo Grant, companion to Jon Pertwee’s Doctor) and host Tim Ferguson. If you haven’t seen previous reports on Kasterborous about this tour (see the news archive), more information is available here.