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Scottish Launch of Episode 2…

Episode 2 of the new series of Doctor Who (starting next Satursday, 7.15, BBC, in case you just woke up…) has received a screening in David Tennant’s native Scotland…

Tooth and Claw is of course set in Scotland, and features Pauline Collins (who previously appeared in 1967’s The Faceless Ones as Queen Victoria. And we’re spoiled for press coverage on this…

First off, we have The Scotsman, who profile David Tennant and report from the screening of the Scottish-based episode:

We’re all here to watch “Tooth and Claw”, an episode from the new series that is set (although sadly not filmed) in Scotland. It is a terrifying romp through the gloaming that features Queen Victoria (played by Pauline Collins, aka Shirley Valentine), a particularly fearsome werewolf, and some monks who have clearly rented Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon one too many times. Beautifully shot, stylishly executed and also rather funny…

And there’s also word from Tennant about some of his future ambitions:

“Nine months of the year you’re filming, so it’s difficult to do anything else,” he admits. “But I fully intend to go back to the theatre at some point and, if it was something for the National Theatre of Scotland, all the better.”

Meanwhile, The Daily Record give some of the game away for episode 2 before New Earth has even aired – spoiler monkeys, right-click and drag…:

Taking refuge in Torchwood House (niftily sowing the seeds for the forthcoming Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood) Queen Victoria is attacked by a gang of renegade monks with a secret weapon – a werewolf with a thirst for blood.

The Daily Record also has more to say on trhe episode, concentrating mainly on the Doctor’s accent…

And the coverage continues in the BBC Programme Information release, with an interveiw with Pauline Collins about her role in Doctor Who 2006, and her thoughts about the new Doctor:

“…having seen David Tennant in action, I believe he is going to be the best Doctor ever,” she enthuses.”He seems to combine authority and humour and quirkiness which, in a way, is an amalgam of all the very best Doctors. He’s terrific in it and I think he’ll be great.”

But she provides an interesting insight into Victoria’s thoughts on the Doctor:

“It’s interesting that, in the first encounter, she’s immediately drawn to Rose. She likes

Rose very much and is drawn to her quaintness, I think; although in the Queen’s view, Rose looked rather inappropriately dressed in her modern clothes. She’s a bit wary of the Doctor; I think that manifests itself all along. For some obscure reason she challenges him constantly – she’s not sure about him.”

One things for sure – episode 2 certainly looks the part… there’s more on Thursday’s screening at Evening Times, and The Sun features closeups of the Tooth and Claw werewolves, which frankly look fantastic. You can click the link or not – the choice is yours…


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