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Rise of the Cybermen

That’s right – the name of Series 2’s Cybermen adventure has been revealed in last night’s BBC Radio 2 broadcast “Doctor Who: Regeneration”.

Featuring contributions from David Tennant, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Billie Piper, Russell T Davies, Euros Lynn, Murray Gold and many more, the show focussed on the success of the show’s return and was expertly narrated by Mark Gatiss. In one key moment early in the broadcast, the words of Christopher Eccleston were repeated from last years “Project: Who” when he made his famous “I’ve done the longhaul” speech – ah, the benefit of hindsight…

Meanwhile, top sci-fi magazine SFX is “Unwrapping the Tenth Doctor” – in other words talking to series producer Phil Collinson. Much of the talk is about The Christmas Invasion, however Phil enthuses about Davis Tennant’s performance in what he has seen so far of Series 2:

“…when I’m looking at the episodes as they start to be assembled, there’s a great confidence to his first episode of the next series, just because he’s done a bit. He’s found his feet and found the character, and as an audience we’re taken on a journey with him through Rose’s eyes.

And the January 2006 issue of SFX is onsale, which features Doctor Who on the cover:


“I wanted brass bands! I wanted Santa! I wanted a killer Christmas tree!” Exclusive to SFX: Russell T Davies reveals his plans for the tenth Doctor, plus we speak to cast and crew about the making of the Christmas Invasion (on TV on Christmas Day), and look forward to the new series in 2006.

Doctor Who news in brief now: The Scotsman features an article on Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, and mentions “David Tennant on the cusp of major television fame” among the players to have performed there this year; Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston is appearing as poet and spy Christopher Marlow and leading the cast of Peter Whelan’s The School Of Night when it opens at the Comedy theatre in February 2006; and itvt.com reports on the upcoming Attack of the Graske “red button” episode:

Viewers will have to use the arrow keys on their remote controls to perform a series of challenges, in which they will be tested on observation, dexterity, memory and–the BBC says–bravery.

That’s all for today!

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