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This week, it’s (finally!) 42, and there seems to be quite a lot of interest – could it be due to the guest cast?

We’ll start off with the BBC Programme Information listing – note the start time!

Doctor Who – 42 Ep 7/13

Saturday 19 May

7.10-7.55pm BBC ONE

The Doctor (David Tennant) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) are trapped on board an out-of-

control spaceship. In a distant galaxy, a spaceship hurtles out of control towards a boiling sun with the Doctor and Martha trapped on board, as Russell T Davies’s Doctor Who continues. They’ve only got 42 minutes to uncover the saboteurs, but, with a mysterious force starting to possess the ship’s crew, the Doctor is running out of time.

David Tennant plays the Doctor and Freema Agyeman plays his companion, Martha Jones. Michelle Collins guest stars.

Meanwhile, Newsround‘s Lizo is naturally among the legions of people who have seen 42 already. As we know by now, 42 is an adventure played out in real time; 42 minutes of our lives equals the 42 minutes that takes place on screen. There’s also a monster, possibly possessed by the very sun that the spacecraft in 42 is falling into. We know this, as we are faithful viewers.

Now, shocking as it might seem, not everyone watches every single episode of Doctor Who. But those faithful viewers who do are rewarded by seeing how things link together from episode to episode. And this story beautifully develops some of the themes that have been raised earlier in the series.


42 guest star Michele Collins (best known to viewers as EastEnder‘s Cindy Beale, but also a successful actress in her own right) has a few words in the current Radio Times, reports the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site:

“We were running around in vests and combats covered in baby oil and sprayed with water” (to simulate the sweat from being trapped in a spaceship heading towards the sun).

“It was very uncomfortable,” she added, recalling her Doctor Who debut as cargo spaceship captain McDonnell. “Baby oil makes you feel really yucky, and I had to have it on my hair and hands, and my hands had to be filthy.”

42 was certainly a break from some of the former EastEnder’s more glamorous roles. “You got used to it,” says Collins. “It was quite liberating not wearing even a bit of mascara, because if I had done it would have been all over my face in two minutes. I was a bit worried about that no-make-up look to start with, then I just thought, ‘Oh, go for it!'”

Meanwhile, FreemaAgyeman.com reported earlier in the week that Martha’s MySpace blog entry about the events in 42 was accidentally published for a short time. FreemaAgyeman.com even had a copy of the entry on their site, until asked to remove it by Taylor Herring Public Relations… Also from the FreemaAgyeman.com site are pictures of everyone’s favourite companion in the next episode.

Finally – as if you didn’t know/work it out for yourself, the password is SAXON.



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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