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Published on March 14th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

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Higson begs RTD For Gig

Comedian/writer/producer Charlie Higson – currently enjoying much success with his “Young James Bond” series of books – has spoken to SFX recently and expressed his wish to write for Doctor Who…

“I’d love to write for Doctor Who,” Higson confessed to SFX, “but I haven’t been asked. I think it’s brilliant what Russell T Davies has done. He’s managed to pull off what I tried to do with the remake of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), which was to bring back fantasy to our screens.

… I tried to bring back a sense of fun and fantasy in doing Randall and Hopkirk. Whether we were before our time or I just didn’t get it right, we met very strong resistance with that. People couldn’t quite take on board that you’re not trying to be realistic.

Elsewhere new Series 3 companion Freema Agyeman has been snapped on location with guest actor Tom Ellis on Whitmore Beach, South Wales. Pics are in The Sun, who note that Martha Jones is kitted out in SAS-style gear for the evening shoot…

Incidental music maestro Murray Gold is the main focus of an article by Dan Cairns about the Doctor Who theme tune in the Sunday Times (11th March). Along with Delia Derbyshire, anyway, and although the piece is pretty much a filler about the modern incarnation of the theme tune –

“As a matter of taste, I didn’t do what I had at the back of my mind, which was to fill out the theme with orchestral instruments; and then, as a matter of function, I did” could be seen as a red rag to a bull. But it’s also testament to the attitude that has rescued the drama from oblivion and written it a new chapter of family-viewing high ratings and critical acclaim.

– says Gold it does give credit where due to the late Delia Derbyshire who was responsible for the arrangement (and more) of the original Doctor Who theme in 1963…

The TARDIS has been spotted! In Manchester, it seems, where the Doctor Who exhibition has moved to in time for its March 31st opening at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Finally the BBC Radio Wales site is asking for questions for its new three part series of Doctor Who Back In Time, which begins on Saturday 30 March(?). While the first edition – “New Rose” – focuses on Martha Jones, the third and final part is called “Interrogation”, and is where the fans come in. If you have a question for the cast and crew, click the link above and submit it at the BBC Wales site!

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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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