News Roundup

icwales has published a rousing piece in light of recent claims that Doctor Who’s audience is falling. “We love… Doctor Who”, by Sally Williams of the Western Mail, gives a nostalgic look at the series from its 1963 beginnings through to the current day, and churns out all of the usual tales such as Terry Nations ballet inspiration for the Daleks and Tom baker’ job on a building site.


…Daleks are still the Doctor’s greatest nemesis with their no-nonsense cry, “Exterminate!”.

They have their own entry in the Oxford English Dictionary and made it onto a stamp as one of the enduring icons of the 20th century. Not bad for a race that famously struggles to get up stairs.

Is nothing more than lazy journalism. Sally Williams, have you actually been watching Doctor Who since its return?!

Barbara Harper is interviewed by Norfolk website Who? She made her acting debut in 1968s’ The Mind Robber during the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who at the tender age of 13 – just weeks after her mother had declared the show “too scary” for children.

“I was 13 years old and lived in Norwich but I had just started at stage school in London when I was auditioned for Dr Who.

“It was my first acting job, and it was quite ironic really as my mother had just written to the BBC complaining that a recent episode was too scary for children. I don’t remember being scared myself, but in those days children hadn’t seen monsters. There were no Star Wars then.

“I have great memories of working on the programme as I had my birthday while we were rehearsing and they presented me with a birthday cake.

“I was in a couple of episodes of The Mind Robber, and I was pleased when it came out on DVD recently so that I could convince my children that I had a ‘real’ part, and wasn’t inside a Dalek costume. They said ‘Oh look, there’s mum!'”

Mrs Harper will be appearing at a Doctor Who convention in Holt, Norfolk, on June 24-25 2006.

What’s happening with the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s coverage of Doctor Who? A quick visit to the Doctor Who page of their website reveals… well not much really, except a possible hint of something on the horizon…

Billie Piper has recently appeared at the screening of her movie “Things To Do Before You’re 30″, reports The Mirror, who suggest:

How about marry and divorce a millionaire, have a number one hit song and travel through time, Billie?

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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