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Published on March 25th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

New Theme Tune Arrangement?

According to UK red-top The Mirror, the upcoming series of Doctor Who is to feature yet another arrangement of the classic theme tune.

Apparently recorded by unknown British musician Kurgan Merrick, the paper claims:

“It will be darker than ever before – in fact it’s menacing and quite scary.

“The new theme tune is a lot slower than the one currently used. It sounds a bit like a distorted choir.”

If true, then definitely something to look forward to…

Meanwhile, Doctor Who is nominated for yet another award, and this time it is the Hugos! The 2006 nominations for the Science Fiction Achievement Awards have been announced, and the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site reports that our favourite show is nominated in the “Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form category”. The full list of nominees are:

Battlestar Galactica – Pegasus; Doctor Who – Dalek; Doctor Who – The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances; Doctor Who – Father’s Day; Jack-Jack Attack (Pixar Films); Lucas Back In Anger (Reductio Ad Absurdum Productions); Prix Victor Hugo Awards Ceremony

So two nominations in one category! Definitely good news; we wait for the 64th World Science Fiction Convention on Saturday 26 August 2006 for the results!

Meanwhile, the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site has announced that BBC cable/digital channel BBC4 is showing the Jon Pertwee classic The Green Death on Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th April 2006. It’s all part of a season of programmes looking back at the television and culture of 1973, and you can find out more on the BBC4 page devoted to 1973 programming – it’s certainly worth tuning in for some of the non-Doctor Who items too!

A bit of US coverage from Now Playing Magazine covers not only the 2005 series on the Sci Fi Channel but also aspects of the Doctor Who: The Beginning DVD release. It’s mostly background, although the site links to reviews including one last night’s broadcast of The Unquiet Dead.

And finally… free paper Metro interviewed cryptozoologist Richard Freeman in it’s 60 Seconds feature last week, and he cites Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who era as a major influence on his interest in mysterious creatures… while Bob Johnson of Newport Pagnell is planning to run the London Marathon as a Dalek, reports Milton Keynes Today!. He’s running/gliding on behalf of Willen Hospice for whom he hopes to raise £5000. Why not sponsor Bob, and look out for him on the BBC’s coverage of the race on April 23rd!

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About the Author

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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