A couple of news items worth mentioning this Monday afternoon.
According to Wales on Sunday, Doctor Who could once again be filming at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. icwales.co.uk reports that BBC Wales have visited the stadium – normally used for rock concerts, Wales and England international football matches, the FA Cup Final and much more – and it seems that the plan was quite ambitious…
“There were members of the production team taking pictures and having a look around,” said an onlooker. “They were hoping to film at the stadium when there was a game on, they decided it was too much hassle and now they’re just looking at using it. They wanted the Doctor to be running up and down stairs and filming in the BBC commentary box.
The BBC meanwhile are naturally keeping schtumm:
“We used the stadium in series one when we shot in the tunnels. This week the crew were out looking at locations to use. They aren’t saying what part of the stadium they were having a look at or why,” a spokesman said.
Meanwhile, American TV interest websites are ablaze with news of the Doctor’s imminent landing in the USA. The Kansas City Star is just one website paying attention to the show, citing the broadcast time as 9pm on Fridays. Other online sources of this news include: The Register, as well as MSNBC who point out that the acquisition by the Sci-Fi Channel is part of their overall strategy for the coming years and will be joined by a new Steven Spielberg/Dreamworks production “Nine Lives”.
The Guardian Diary mentions the BBC is issuing the new Doctor Who Adventures magazine:
You can watch the show, buy the DVD, play with the dolls and unsuccessfully try to open locked doors with your Sonic Screwdriver. Now you can read all about Doctor Who too with the launch of BBC Magazines’ fortnightly magazine, Doctor Who Adventures. “Priced at Â£1.99, Doctor Who Adventures will be filled with authentic content,” says the BBC. Thank goodness it’s “authentic”. For a moment there Monkey thought Doctor Who might have been made up. Parents who don’t want to shell out two quid every other week should persuade their children that they have stepped into the Tardis, and that the previous issue is in fact the new one. It’ll work a treat.
Finally, Serendipity features a good review of The Christmas Invasion, which features – in time honoured Russell T Davies style – the words “slapdash”, “camp whimsy” and “lacklustre”. It’s not all bad though, and definitely worth a read.