The Idiot’s Lantern Preview

The Cybermen have been quickly disposed of – so we’re on a journey to the 1950s!

Mark Gatiss’ much anticipated (in K Towers, anyway!) The Idiot’s Lantern airs next Saturday – normal time – and the BBC Press Office Programme Information has this to say…

Doctor Who – The Idiot’s Lantern Ep 7/13

7.00-7.45pm BBC ONE

It’s 1953, the Coronation year of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and the people of Great Britain huddle round their television sets to witness the great event. But behind the celebrations there are rumours of monsters on the streets, and the tormented Mr Magpie is hiding a strange and alien secret, in Doctor Who – The Idiot’s Lantern.

David Tennant plays the Doctor, Billie Piper plays Rose and Ron Cook plays Mr Magpie.

What’s happening with Torchwood? Is it a smokescreen? Common-sense says “no”, but let’s speculate for a moment anyway… Good, now on with the news!‘s Scott Nance reports that the spin-off series – which will star John Barrowman reprising his role as Captain Jack Harkness – began production early in May. Executive Producer Russell T Davies says:

“I actually vaguely pitched the idea for the program to Executive Producer Julie Gardner before ‘Doctor Who,’ when we were working together on a production of ‘Casanova.’ We both love science fiction, and we used to talk about shows like ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ and one of the great joys of working together was discovering that we both loved that sort of material. She said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to do that sort of thing in Britain?’ So I pitched the opening scene there and then in an e-mail, and she said it was marvelous. So after ‘Doctor Who’ became a success, we began talking about it.”

Davies is also it seems more than happy with the profile of his lead actor John Barrowman who will appear alongside the lovely Eve Myles…

“We also had an enormous response to John Barrowman, who just became a star overnight in a supporting role,” he said. “People just loved him, and he had been a star-in-waiting for many years, so we were lucky to have grabbed him at the right time.”

New BBC1 costume drama “The Ruby In The Smoke” will star Billie Piper alongside actress Julie Walters, reports The Sun. Filming begins in London and Liverpool this month, and features Billie’s character Sally Lockhart – a young Victorian heroine – attempting to discover the truth about her father’s death. Walters will play her enemy, Mrs Holland…

“The Ruby In The Smoke” is based on a novel by Phillip Pullman and is the first of four books. The BBC Press Office reports that

The Ruby In The Smoke will be followed by the second novel The Shadow In The North, which films later this summer and will be aired in 2007.

So if Sally Lockhart is the lead character of all of these books – what then for Rose Tyler…?

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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