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Published on June 6th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Graeme Harper Writes…

Veteran Doctor Who director Graeme Harper has made time – between gigs on Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures – to write a book, report The Gallifreyan Embassy.

Calling the Shots: Directing the New Series of “Doctor Who” is the first book to be written about the art of directing Doctor Who, and is is released June 30th and is available from Amazon for £9.89.

One of Harper’s greates Doctor Who successes was Caves of Androzani, and its str, Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment. That’s not to say that the star has ever been off our TV screens for any significant duration (memorably sending himself up on ITV’s Hardware a couple of years ago being a highlight), however if you’re looking for opinions on his recent comedy Fear, Stress and Anger or the warm favourite of The Last Detective, there’s a nice summary here.

Eighth Doctor Paul McGann and (slightly – for BBC online) animated Ninth Doctor Richard E Grant team up again for the first time since the classic Withnail & I for the short film Always Crashing in the Same Car, reports The Galifreyan Embassy.

Millenium FX master of the mask Neill Gorman is to open a new graduate degree show, according to the website.

Neill was delighted to be asked to officially open this annual model makers recruitment fair at the Candid Arts Trust in Islington.

The work featured will be from two of the leading model making courses in the country.

What does a Cyberman costume taste like? Ask wine expert Jilly Goolden, who in a recent edition of The Scotsman said:

“We used to have a wine lecturer,” I tell her, “who, every time he tasted a New World sauvignon, would quote your ‘tiptoeing naked’ line and then try to invent his own witty analogy. It started off as a joke, but it soon became a competition to see who could come up with the weirdest description. We stopped when someone came out with a used Cyberman costume.”

As you do…

Colin Young, 39, hospital cook and Dr Who afficionado, has opened his doors to The Herald. Colin is a moderator on www.richardwho.com, and has a house full of memorabilia, Daleks, Cybermen helmets, Zygons, the works.

Every Dr Who fan has his favourite and Colin’s is William Hartnell who left in 1966. So what does he make of Russell T Davies’s version? “Frankly, they’re children’s programmes,” he says. Where the big business of Dr Who collecting is concerned, though, the boom can only help.

Finally, Peterborough has never been so popular with Doctor Who fans. Peterborough Evening Telegraph have reported on the event again, and it seems to have been an unbridled success, after nine days attaning 20,000 visits.

Andrew Tibbles (9), from Wimblington, near March, bounced up and down as he explained his passion for Doctor Who.

Turning round to show off his Dr Who rucksack, he said: “It’s brilliant. This is my second visit this week.”

The exhibition has now closed, however.

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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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