Who Zealand

Doctor Who Series 2 comes to New Zealand this week, kicking off on Prime on Thursday July 6th.

There’s coverage of the show in the New Zealand Herald, which includes his recent interviews, and this snippet which I must have missed in the media onslaught:

Tennant was the son of a minister. His father became the Moderator of the Church of Scotland – “that’s our equivalent of the Archbishop of Canterbury”.

His mother looked after him and his older sister and brother as they grew up amid the usual bustle of a minister’s house. “There were always people dropping by, but it was what I’d grown up with so I never thought, how odd, why isn’t my father going to an office?”

What are you doing next Saturday evening? Watching Doctor Who you say? Ah, but where? This is Lancashire reports that The Who Shop has organised a special screening of Doomsday at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Paradise Rooms next Saturday, July 8, which will be attended by special guests writer and K9 co-creator Bob Baker, Series 2 guest actor Eugene Washington and the eternal Elisabeth Sladen! Tickets are £25 – fee includes a “sit-down buffet meal” – and can be purchased from www.thewhoshop.com.

The Who Shop was also recently featured in The Sun, and it was interesting to see that since the shows return it hasn’t been all plain-sailing for owners Ian Clarke and Alexandra Looseley-Saul:

Doctor Who’s latest resurgence hasn’t gone all Alex’s way. She has found herself having to compete with supermarket giants like Tesco who have suddenly decided to get in on the act, selling products like toy Daleks.

However, Alex still does a roaring trade in items relating to classic Doctor series.

She says: “There’s been a huge increase in all the old stuff, which is great for us.

Elsewhere, Russell T Davies has once again been honoured, reports icwales, this time joining opera singer Katherine Jenkins as recipient of an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for “outstanding contribution to the arts and entertainment.”

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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