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Series 2 Goes To Oz

As reported by forum member Anthony MacFarlane, and forgotten by me (amongst the excitement of Billie leaving) until now, Series 2 of Doctor Who will descend upon Australian viewers in July

There’s a preview piece on the ABC website, and our veritable source tells us the series commences on Saturday July 8, 2006, at 19:30 hours.

Also on the ABC website is a very interesting article by Gary Kemble, who interviews science fiction writer Terry Dartnall on what defines a “cyborg”…

On the matter of Billie’s departure, there’s yet more attention on Freema Agyeman, and www.david-tennant.com states (Look away now, spoiler-phobes!):

Adeola, played by actress Freema Agyeman, will appear in the last two episodes of the current series, Army Of Ghosts and Doomsday.

She is rumoured to work for Torchwood and she will help the Doctor battle the Cybermen as Rose bows out of her time travelling adventures.

There has been no official word on who will be the new assistant. But reports in today’s News Of The World state that Captain Jack, played by John Barrowman, will rejoin the Doctor as he struggles to come to terms with Rose’s departure.

Filming of the new series starts later this summer.

Shooting two series at the same time, John?

We’ve seen how well hardback editions of the Target novelisations are doing on eBay.com – but do you remember the Doctor Who chess set, available piece by piece through a glossy insert in Doctor Who Magazine? Well there’s one for auction, as reported by www.bayraider.tv:

You’ll probably dribble over this auction for a rare Doctor Who chess-set made by Danbury Mint in the early ’90s to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary. Instead of White v Black, it’s Good v Evil with characters from the series as the various pieces – including daleks as pawns (they can move one space forward and can’t go up stairs etc etc). £320 so far after seven bids, but trust me, this will go higher.

You can view the chess set here

Finally, the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site informs us that Doctor Who will be getting a new producer. Susie Liggat is taking over from Phil Collinson for a few months while he takes a holiday; she’s an experienced lady, with work as diverse as Beautiful Thing (1996) and The Magdalene Sisters (2002), and TV shows such as Teachers and Russell T Davies’ Casanova. Best of luck, Susie, and happy holidays Phil!

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