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Published on June 14th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

Bard Wolf?!

The BBC’s Official Doctor Who site has revealed an appearance by a literary great in the next series of Doctor Who…

Following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens in Series 1′s The Unquiet Dead, the Bard himself – William Shakespeare – will feature next year, according to Julie Gardner:

At the BBC Worldwide Licensing Showcase event held this week in St Albans, Doctor Who’s Executive Producer Julie Gardner gave the assembled delegates a few exciting hints about what’s to come. “We’re in pre-production on Doctor Who 3″, she said. “We’ll be filming for 34 weeks, beginning with a Christmas special.”

Julie then went on to say that the TARDIS will be travelling into the future during the third series: “…and into the past, where we will meet Shakespeare – and why wouldn’t you?!”

Quite so! And as Peter Kay appears in this weeks episode of Doctor Who – Love & Monsters – let’s bring it all together with one of his classics:

“William Shakespeare walks into a pub. The landlord says ‘Get out – you’re Bard!”

Priceless.

Following on from news that Billie Piper is appearing as feisty herione Sally Lockhart in “The Ruby in the Smoke”, there have been sightings of the drama being filmed. Lancashire Evening Press features photos of a very proper-looking Ms Piper at Sunderland Point near Lancaster, while The People reported:

An onlooker said: “Billie looked amazingly supple as she warmed up. She seemed to ease backwards like a super-fit gymnast.”

But Billie, who plays a Victorian orphan in the period drama Ruby In The Smoke, pulled off another remarkable twist.

She wore curlers and hairnet in between takes in Morecambe, Lancs – without looking awful!

Couple of briefs to finishi this bulletin with: Mike Collins – the artist who creates master-images for the DWM strip – has featured in a political piece on icwales.co.uk concerning the dislike artists have of drawing Welsh and Northern Irish Secretary Peter Hain; also in the same organ, Cardiff resident Derek Creedon writes to the South Wales Echo in defence of Billie Piper, noting that she is “the heart and soul of the programme”; and Jac Rayner’s latest BBC Books release The Stone Rose is assessed by Bramley Book Buddies group from Bramley Primary School, Leeds on the Official site – there’s also space for your own reviews…

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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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