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Billie Staying Put?

Doctor Who Ten, David Tennant appeared on this week’s “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross” accompanied by a rather fetching chocolate brown velvet suit. Not only did the new star of Doctor Who look rather dapper, so did his doll!

That’s right, for the first time the Tenth Doctor figure was on display, in all its suited glory. It also comes complete with a sonic screwdriver, and according to Tennant has “14 action points”. It also has a fabric coat – no Darth Vader PVC capes here!

David also has one important thing to say regarding his co-star:

“Billie is hanging around. Despite what you may have read.”

Although top tabloid The Sun reveals that she is guest presenting an episode of the next series of Channel 4’s “The Friday Night Project”.

Naturally, the Press is continuing to lap up Doctor Who as we approach the Christmas episode. icwales.co.uk has already declared the new Remote Controlled Dalek as the”must-have” Christmas toy of 2005. And, as Chris Davies of the Cardiff branch of The Entertainer toy chain, it isn’t just because the show is filmed in Cardiff:

“We thought that might just be because it was filmed in Cardiff, and so might have been popular here because of that, but then we phoned our other shops around Wales and found it had been going just as well there as well.

“They’ve just been flying off the shelves. Last Thursday we got 50 in, and by the next morning they were only four left.

“Most of the rest of the range has been going nearly as well. It’s easily outselling things like Star Wars, which aren’t even in the same league as it at the moment.”

Heh, never was really, though, was it? The article’s writer Paul Rowland also spoke to Ben Keywood of Galaxy 4 who supple Doctor Who merchandise by mail order:

“It’s been very difficult to meet the demand. The problem has been that nobody really anticipated that it would be quite so popular, and so the companies who were licensed to produce it didn’t make enough.

“It’s only been in the last couple of days that we’ve had enough radio-controlled Daleks on our hands to fulfil all the pre-orders we’ve had, and so it wasn’t until then that we could post them out for Christmas.”

Meanwhile icwales.co.uk are also reporting on the impact Doctor Who has had on tourism in Wales. A spokesman for the Welsh Tourist Board says:

‘Having a highly popular TV series like Doctor Who shot on locations in Cardiff and other parts of South Wales helps viewers in Wales feel that they live in a modern and attractive part of the UK. In addition, given that nine out of 10 visitors to Wales come from elsewhere in the UK, scenes of Cardiff and the surrounding area shown on Doctor Who could attract visitors and help Wales maintain its share of the tourism market.

‘As far as the economy is concerned, when films and TV programmes are shot on location, the cast and crews spend money on local hotels and restaurants, giving the local economy a boost.’

The article goes on to reveal that actor Roger Lloyd-Pack – John Lumic in Rise of the Cybermen – has filmed scenes for the story at Talygarn Manor in the Vale of Glamorgan…

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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