Weekend News Roundup

Yet more news from the set of Doctor Who, this weekend, as BBC News reports on the use of the Magor Brewery, near Newport in South Wales, for scenes in the new series.

According to site manager David Ginley:

“Everybody was so excited about it – Doctor Who is so high profile and everyone was really excited and interested to see how something like that is made. There were aliens and things. I didn’t see any daleks though, but you never know, do you?”

At Entertainmentwise.com, there’s yet more coverage of This Planet Earth’s replica Daleks. They’re not ready until April, however the company – who have been making replica Daleks for several years now – have been flooded with deposits of £500 for the £2000 exterminators. Managing Director of This Planet Earth, Ian Clarke said:

“I think the model is the ultimate toy, although it’s actually a big ornament. It’s desirable because it’s such a big thing. It’s really impressive. We have received countless deposits. People just want to say they own a Dalek.”

You can view pictures of – or even order! – a 2005 style Dalek by visiting the website of This Planet Earth

Merchandise of a much cheaper variety now, as www.moneysavingexpert.com‘s weekly mailout has drawn attention to the sale price of the Doctor Who Interactive Board Game at Debenhams. It’s reduced from £30.00 down to £9; whichever way you look at it, that has got to be a bargain. (Thanks to Simon Mills for the heads up on that)

We’ve just heard from eyeofhorus.org.uk that UK catalogue shop Argos has a Character options exclusive – a Ninth and Tenth Doctor regeneration pack with 2 interchangeable heads, as well as a Tenth Doctor and K-9 pack whic will be available in other outlets. They are believed to be available from February.

Television news in brief: Captain Jack actor John Barrowman continues to impress in the ITV take on celebrity dancing shows “Dancing on Ice“, appearing in the live show just moments after the prerecorded BBC show “The Sound of Musicals”, while David Tennant appeared in BBC2’s “The Romantics”. Eagle-eyed Who fans would also have noticed Trevor Martin (The War Games and Terrance Dicks’ stage play Doctor Who and the Seven Keys to Doomsday from 1974) appearing as well.

Doctor Who’s triumphant worldwide conquest continues, meanwhile, and is halfway through it’s run in Italy. We’ve picked up a couple of Italian weblinks that talk about the show in some depth… Fantascienza.com is an Italian sci-fi magazine, while Jimmy is the channel that broadcasts Doctor Who in Italy; and judging by the content of the Jimmy page, they’ll be screening Season 2 as well…

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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