Published on August 3rd, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
Silent 10th Planet…of the Doctor!
Ok where to start? The excellent online-only CBC.ca production Planet of the Doctor is up to it’s sixth edition, titled “Doctor Who and Culture 2″, which looks at the Doctor’s influence on culture, and vice versa. The whole series so far has been astonishing, so get it watched.
Pluto has a larger neighbour – a much larger neighbour! There has been talk of a tenth planet being discovered in our solar system this week, nicely timing with the return of the Cybermen (whose home planet Mondas was Earth’s twin). However, as bbc.co.uk’s Magazine discusses, Pluto may not be a planet at all…
…In the late 1960s scientists found that Pluto’s size had been over-estimated. It was first thought to be around as large as Earth, whereas accepted thought now suggests that the planet’s mass is only around a fifth of the moon’s. And a number of distant objects around the same size of Pluto have been found in recent years, including Quaoar (found in 2002) and Sedna (detected in 2004).
It is widely accepted that the struggle to provide an adequate definition of a planet is the crux of the problem.
So, let’s calm down the petitions to name this new planet “Mondas”, eh?
The BBC’s Official Doctor Who site has made a request for silence and consideration should anyone come across any Doctor Who location filming, following recent incidents of flashes and beeping cameras.
Simon Callow, co-star of The Unquiet Dead, is making his West End debut as Count Fosco in Andrew Lloyd Webberâ€™s The Woman in White from August 29 at the Gielgud, so tells The Stage. Graham Crowden (“almost fourth Doctor” and Soldeed from The Horns of Nimon) also appears.
Finally. nowplayingmag.com has a review by “Arnold T Blumberg” of the second Ninth Doctor novel, Stephen Cole’s The Monsters Inside. You can read the review at the link above – we’ll have our own in the reviews section shortly.