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Published on April 12th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

And We March On…

The Doctor Who media-avalanche is in full-swing, and with barely enough time to bring a warm cup of tea to my lips, here are some more snippets from the Press reports of the new series…

First off, we’ve a couple of appearances in various versions of The Mirror. If you want to know what the Doctor and Rose have got on underneath their usual garments, look no further than The Sunday Mirror, who reveal that:

David Tennant…wears long johns under his costume – and so does shapely co-star Billie Piper.

David… pulls on two pairs of thermal undies for filming – and says they make him look like the old man from TV’s Steptoe and Son.

“I don’t exactly look ready to save the universe,” he says. Billie, 23, thought it “a bit pervy”. But as the winter grew colder she gave in and wore them too.

You just cannot beat that level of in-depth reportage. I wonder why no one has lent their name to the item? Still, there’s more to come from the daily incarnation of the nations favourite Labour red top. Where else but in The Mirror could you learn what Billie does on her days off?

“I just sit on the sofa for two days. I don’t really want to talk to anyone at the weekends. I like to sit in my flat and be completely selfish. I watch TV, eat far too much and drink some beers.”

On a more serious note, however, they do tell us how Billie feels about not being nominated for a BAFTA:

“I would be lying if I said it didn’t mean anything – it does. It’s a really wonderful event and it’s great to be acknowledged and recognised….I’m 23 so I’ve got the rest of my life to do it.”

Elsewhere in this roundup, you may know that the Sci Fi Channel news page Sci Fi Wire has spoken to Russell T Davies about Series 2 in some depth, and Russell is as usual quite certain about what he will do in terms of introducing older elements from the show:

Davies believes there is a danger in bringing back too many familiar faces all at once. “You don’t want to do too much of it, otherwise you’re just doing a greatest-hits album. But if you can find a new way to reinvent something and tell a new story and not contradict the past and have a bit of nostalgia at the same time, I think that’s a winning recipe. I think while we’ve been very free with our stories, nothing we’ve transmitted has contradicted the past history of Doctor Who, and that’s nice for the people who care about that sort of thing.”

And we close with some good news – Christopher Eccleston has a job! It’s an ITV drama called “Perfect Parents”, which looks at least as interesting as his pre-Doctor Who tv work. He stars “alongside Susannah Harker in a thriller about a couple who pretend to be Catholic to get their daughter into a good school”, reports The Stage.

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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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