New Earth is Coming…

Lots of news coverage in the UK National Press in anticipation of the new series. The Mirror, for example, has a list of past Doctors with an interesting selection of views on each one…

Jim Shelley for instance declares Peter Davison as “..not dark enough for an alien time traveller”, and Paul McGann as “always better as the bloke-next-door type”. Perhaps he hasn’t seen “Withnail & I”? Or, perhaps, he has just reused an older article from last year and stuck entries on Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant at the bottom? There’s also comments from a line of slightly famous people, including Series 2 guest…

ANTHONY Head – a character called the Headmaster in the new Dr Who series: “Chris Eccleston was extremely good, but he was trying a little hard to be weird. William Hartnell didn’t try. He was just weird. David Tennant just is the Doctor. When he turns on the charm and the humour, it’s quicksilver, and then he’ll turn on the steel.”

Elsewhere, there is coverage of the show from across the pond in which features plenty of input from Doctor Who fan and writer Jean-Marc Lofficier (the subject of one of Kasterborous’ early interviews). The article definitely worth reading. It’s not 100% factually correct, but includes some interesting opinions from Lociffier:

” ‘Doctor Who’ is a unique phenomenon in the world of sci-fi TV,” Lofficier said of its enduring appeal. “Unlike that other sci-fi legend, ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Doctor Who’s’ flexible format does not limit its stories to straight space opera. ‘Doctor Who’ is able to encompass many different genres, such as historical stories, fantasy and mild horror.”

But what new series lauch would be complete without some interesting coverage of new Doctor Who gadgets…

Doctor Who Talking Pens! What a great idea! Apparently there are two designs to choose from – a TARDIS and naturally a Dalek – and by clicking the top of the pen you

…activate the sounds and hear phrases including “Seek, Locate, Annihilate”, or “Exterminate” from the Dalek pen, or go for the sounds of the Doctor’s famous time machine itself, from the sleek blue TARDIS version. Both pens play the Doctor Who theme tune as well.

The new Doctor Who-themed Radio Times is out of course and there are a few Doctor Who goodies available on the magazines website. If you haven’t seen the excellent gatefold cover, click here.

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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