Hours to Go!

With a bunch of Smith and Jones pictures on CBBC Newsround and the Scotsman once again profiles David Tennant – he’s Scottish, you know? – there’s plenty more to report as we have just hours to go before Doctor Who Seires 3!

It’s an entertaining profile, too, with mention of Tennant’s first Big Finish play opposite Sylvester McCoy, his relationship with Sophia Myles, friendship with James McAvoy, and a former landlady…

After that he moved to London and rented rooms from Fast Show actress Arabella Weir, a landlady with the gentle yielding qualities of Davros, leader of the Daleks. Using the dishwasher was verboten, and she rarely allowed Tennant to switch on the central heating. “We used to live in near-freezing temperatures. Of course, the fact that I was from Scotland delighted her, because she thought: ‘Oh well, you’re used to it, you’ll be fine.'”

If you’re going to read any of these links today, read that one…

That bird who used to be in Doctor Who and got poorly on her stage debut was mentioned in The Guardian recently. Playwright Christopher Hampton – responsible for Treats – is interviewed there by Michael Billington. As the man in the know, what was wrong with Billie…?

…All the stuff about Billie has been extraneous. I like Billie very much and, given that this is the first thing she’s done on stage, I’m very impressed with her. But the simple truth is that she got ill and missed two performances. She was not ‘tired and emotional’. The poor girl was genuinely sick.

Finally, David Tennant appeared on Radio 2 on Wednesday on Steve Wright’s “Biggest Show” to promote Series 3. He described the role of the Doctor as “an honour” and when questioned on the series longevity pointed out that it “never went away”, pointing out that newspapers would print pictures of Dalek wherever they could fit the pepperpots into a story. Tennant also revealed that everyone involved loves the show, and that “making this show is something special” and “easy to stick with” despite the long hours, because it is so different every time.

On the matter of Einstein and Eddington (in which Tennant whill appear alongside Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis – see Hollywood Reporter for more), David explains that Edington helped to prove Einstein’s theories, and that the two only communicated by correspondence.

The interview ended with some of the Doctor’s favourites – currently his favourite song is the comic relief track by the Proclaimers; his favourite movie is Twelve Angry Men, his favourite colour is TARDIS blue and his favourite assistant is Freema…

I’m now off for an interview with Smash Hits…

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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