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Published on September 2nd, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

John Says No Jack in Series 2

Actor John Barrowman appeared on BBC Breakfast News this morning, I’m informed, during which he confirmed that he wouldn’t be returning to Doctor Who as Captain Jack until the third series due to his stage commitments. (Thanks to the lovely Ms Ceri Buckton for that snippet.)

Remarkable (for all the wrong reasons) daily tabloid red-top The Sun reported yesterday on the favourite for top toy this Christmas (3 and a half months away…) and it is of course the RC Dalek from Character Options!

THIS remote-controlled new-look Dalek is set to be this year’s No1 toy.

The 12in tall, scaled down model from the new Dr Who series has flashing lights, an illuminated eye and their trademark synthesised speech.

Kids will hide behind the sofa as it issues commands including, “Halt-or-you-will-be-exterminated.”

Jerry Healy, of maker Character Options, said: “Daleks have brought some of the most dramatic moments in TV history.

“These models will give hours of play to anyone wanting to escape into the role of something as exciting as a Dalek.”

They cost £39.99 and will be available in toy shops next week.

Ninth Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston is running the BUPA Great North Run this month (September 18th) and raising money through sponsorship for Leukemia Research. As you may know we don’t normally get involved with socio-/political issues on Kasterborous, but as Cancer is a subject close to all of our hearts, for many different reasons, I think it is only right to post the link here: www.justgiving.com/chriseccleston

unitnews.co.uk have reported that the BBC’s world-renowned Research & Development Department is opening its doors on the 10th and 11th of September for visitors. The open days will featurean an interactive ‘virtual reality’ demonstration and a lot more. More information can be found at unitnews.co.uk or the BBC’s R&D website.

Celestial Toyroom – the magazine of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society – is available to DWAS members now. Issue 329 features an interview with the original series’ first producer, Verity Lambert and also has a stunning, glossy, full-colour front cover featuring the First Doctor, the Zarbi and the Menoptera. More information is availabe from DWAS

Finally, the Cybermen are at last to feature in there own Big Finish audio adventures, reports the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site. Conceived by Nicholas Briggs (he of the Dalek voices), it looks to be a very interesting series indeed:

In part one, Scorpius, “The human race is about to become extinct. Mankind is fighting a long and costly war with its android creations in the Orion System. The deadlock must be broken at all costs. The president of Earth must think the unthinkable.”

More information on this is of course available from the Official site and from Big Finish.

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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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