Dates, Times and Monsters…

So let’s get it straightened out now – Doctor Who Series 3 starts as expected at 7pm on Saturday March 31st, not 7.55pm as thought for a day or two.

The smashing is to thank for us getting the right facts there which will certainly make Saturdays easier knowing we won’t have tio wait a further 55 minutes than normal to the next adventure of the series…

The splash screen for the BBC’s Doctor Who site has changed finally as well, with a selection of images displaying the Doctor and Martha on the Moon, in Shakespeare’s England, in 1930s New York and in the far future…

Meanwhile what is the scariest creature in Doctor Who? Since 2005 twenty-nine creatures have appeared in the show, from the redesigned Daleks, Cybermen and Autons to the astonishing Ood and the Reapers. The BBC’s Official Doctor Who site wants your vote on the matter, with the votes to be announced in a few weeks (I voted Empty Child…).

Doctor Who Producer Phil Collinson speaks to Radio Times this week, talking about the amount of new monsters in the series. From Digital Spy:

“The biggest pressure is coming up with new, different and scary monsters,” he told the Radio Times this week. “This year there’s probably a bigger selection – we’ve gone a bit more monster-y.”

Creatures so far mentioned for the upcoming episodes include the rhinoceros-esque Judoon, the blood-sucking Plasmavores and the return of the Daleks.

Collinson’s view that the third season of the revived show will up the ante was backed up by David Tennant. “Each script that comes in just seems to be bigger than the last,” the Scottish actor told the magazine. “The scale is bigger, the locations are bigger,” he added.

Useful as ever, reports that Totally Doctor Who will welcome the new co-star of Doctor Who Freema Aygeman to herald the new series and the premier of the cartoon adventure Infinite Quest. Freema will also be joined by her screen-brother, DJ/actor Reggie Yates, BBC1 Monday 2 April, 5:00pm.

Finally… recently spoke to the very first companion, actress Carole Ann Ford (thanks to Steve Preston for this). It’s n interesting insight, but look how Carole denies that First Doctor William Hartnell was an old grump and then loses all credibility in her argument…

- How was working with William Hartnell?

It was delightful, I loved him dearly and we got on terribly well, he had a naughty twinkle about him. It upsets me when I hear people saying he was difficult to work with, he was very sweet. Well, he wasn’t always sweet, he was very opinionated and did occasionally flare up, it was an enormous strain to do the show. We’d go to the BBC club for a cooling-down drink after filming, but Bill related to me as a 15-year-old granddaughter rather than a 21-year-old actress and wasn’t very happy with me drinking!

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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