Shakespeare Code Preview #2

With the second episode of Doctor Who Series 3 set to air Easter weekend, several sources are drawing attention to the guest star Dean Lennox Kelly and the subject matter, “Witches in Shakespearean England”… spoke to David Tennant and Freema Agyeman about the episode while Russell T Davies says:

“The Shakespeare episode is, without doubt, one of our most ambitious projects to date. It’s incredible to have a working replica of London’s most famous theatre in which to film the new series. Viewers can look forward to Shakespeare giving the performance of his life in order to save the earth from destruction.”

The BBC’s Doctor Who site has been updated meanwhile, with trailer, photos, and Fear Factor 4…

0) It’s like Romeo and Juliet, decides Adam. “Yeesh!” says Samuel, “I wish we were watching this in the daytime!”

(1) “Oh, that’s freaky!” gasps Samuel. Amy dives behind her chair. “This,” predicts Harry, “will be a scary one!”

(3) Toilet humour amuses the boys. Amy wrinkles her nose. “Eww!” groans Samuel.

Major kudos however to who have a three minute preview of the adventure. Granted, this is quite long and may give more away than you would like, but as a showcase of what the BBC Wales production staff have done – recreate Shakespeare’s London for 45 minutes with witches and street sewers and the like – The Shakespeare Code is shaping up to be one of the most visually astonishing Doctor Who adventures yet…

George Sewell Dies

We’ll end this bulletin with the sad news that British character actor George Sewell has died at the age of 82. Best known to Doctor Who fans as the misguided fascist Ratcliffe in 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks, Sewell was also known to fans of fantasy television as Colonel Alec Freeman in the TV serial UFO and the preceding film, as well as the movie Doppelganger (check that one out kids!) and This Sporting Life alongside the original Doctor Who, William Hartnell.

A full obituary is available in The Telegraph; for a list of Sewell’s stage and screen appearances, check out the IMDb entry for the actor.

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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