Yet More New Zealand Coverage

Yet more press coverage of the new series in New Zealand: “Dr Who makes his comeback” is the title of another new series preview article at The article follows the familiar pattern of highlighting the series past highlights, the new stars and the successful blend of humour and drama in the revived version. And frankly I find it difficult to argue with any writer who states:

What made the earlier Doctor Whos great, too, was their uncanny ability to make mundane English settings utterly eerie. Quaint country villages took on a Midwich Cuckoos feel, suburban London appeared totally alien, and who has ever looked at Loch Ness the same since Terror of the Zygons?

Which gets me thinking – we didn’t have any curious country villages in the Ninth Doctor stories did we? Let’s hope we get one next year!

Meanwhile, the oft-mentioned “Inside The Tardis” tour lands in New Zealand in August – and one of the venues is Westpac St James Theatre, Wellington on Friday 5th August, at 8.00pm. More information about this particular venue is available here

Finally, you know when Doctor Who is back when… MPs call for the return of Police Boxes! Yes really… in today’s News of the World, it’s reported that Gordon Prentice, MP for Pendle in Lancashire, believes

“blue Tardis boxes linked to nearby police stations can reassure crime-hit locals in remote country towns”.

Which just goes to show how far Doctor Who fandom has come in the last 2 years – especially when one considers the article immediately preceding it tells of a council boss in Montana, USA, who turned up at a meeting dressed as Darth Vader and claimed rebels had infiltrated the council!

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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