Peter Ling and Roundup

The Times has published a full of obituary of former Doctor Who scriptwriter Peter Ling, who died last week aged 80.

Ling was responsible for penning the 1968 serial The Mind Robber, which saw the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe trapped in a bizarre fictional realm. Ling was more famously the co-creator of the popular soaps “Compact” and “Crossroads”, and had written for “The Avengers”, “Whirligig” and “Dixon of Dock Green”. Peter Ling had also written for the legendary boy’s comic Eagle.

Our respects are with his surviving family.

Julie Gardner, Executive Producer of Doctor Who, has another job! Staying with the BBC, Julie has been appointed head of drama commissioning, reports The Stage, who add:

Gardner, who will continue in her current role as head of drama for BBC Wales and to executive produce shows such as Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures with Russell T Davies, also has additional responsibility for implementing a cohesive independent drama strategy across the UK. She reports to controller of fiction Jane Tranter.

There’s also news of this at the Official Doctor Who pages, who quote former BBC Drama boss Jane Tranter:

“Julie is a creative powerhouse with an awesome track record for producing some of the most talked-about drama of recent years,”

Here’s a rare one for you: Eighth Doctor companion Chang Lee – actor Yee Jee Tso – has been appearing in “Smallville” podcasts, reports the Gallifreyan Embassy. The formative years of Clark Kent show uses the podkasts in a similar war to the BBC’s TARDISODES, and Yee Jee Tso has a regular part in them. Should also be a good time to point out that Yee Jee Tso was due to be appearing at Dimensions 2006, but has sadly had to pull out. Still scheduled however remains Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Daphne Ashbrook, Lisa Bowerman, Nicholas Courtney, Eric Saward and Philip Hinchcliffe from the classic series and Ronny Jhutti and Myanna Buring, both from The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit.

Briefly back to Yee Jee Tso, it’s worth pointing out that he has a very good personal website – is definitely worth a browse.

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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