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Published on July 13th, 2007 | by Simon Mills

Kopic’s News Round Issue #2

Welcome to the super second issue of Kopic’s News Round! Today we’ll see what Kylie looks like in lace up knee length boots, why Peter Davison is now a King and just what would you do with a life size cut-out of Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones…

First up, some news of titanic proportions (get it? titanic?) – the first publicity shot of David Tennant and Kylie Minogue in the Christmas special, “Voyage Of The Damned”. I see Mr T is back in his tux. I think he really, really wants to be James Bond, you know. Also nice to see Kylie dressed up as a waitress with kinky boots. Hmmmm, nice. This article also mentions other casting news, such as Geoffrey Palmer (respected actor and father of Charles Palmer who directed four episodes of Doctor Who this year – did YOU know who his father was? I didn’t!) and a host of others, including Jimmy Vee (“The Moxx of Balhoon”). It also lists a “Russell Tovey” in the cast – I wonder if he’s any relation to Roberta from the Peter Cushing Dr Who films? I can’t find a link – can you? You can read more about Kylie’s casting in the Melbourne Herald Sun and various other places.

The movers and shakers behind and in front of the camera are gaining power as we speak. Soon they will take over the world! Russell T. Davies is “15th Most Powerful Player” in the business (making him the top-ranked TV producer) according to The Media Guardian, who also place David Tennant at number 24 (making him the most powerful actor on the list). Way to go, guys! Outpost Gallifrey also lists other people at the Beeb who made it on to the list. This is what The Media Guardian says about DT and RTD:

David Tennant is the most powerful actor in television. The MediaGuardian 100 definition of a star is someone who can get a project off the ground simply by agreeing to be in it. Tennant is that man…Masterminded by Russell T Davies, another entry in this year’s MediaGuardian 100, the return of Doctor Who continues to pull in the viewers for BBC1 in its crucial Saturday teatime slot. It is likely to continue to do so with Tennant having signed up to appear in at least one more series of the hit sci-fi drama.

A roundup of some Freema Agyeman news now. You can read on The Age about how she was sneakily auditioned for the role of Martha. Please, please, go and vote for Freema in the National Television Awards, pleads the super freemaagyeman.com website. Apparently, you can also vote on the NTA web site for David Tennant as Best Actor and Doctor Who for Most Popular Drama. Speaking of the lovely Freema, would you like to have a life size cut-out of her as Martha Jones to stand in your hallway and admire? The Manchester Evening News reports that a local company, Cardboardcutout.net, has been given a license by BBC Worldwide to produce cut-outs of Martha, The Doctor, Dalek and Cyberman.

Good news for Canadians – The Canadian Broadcasting Company is making Series 3 available online. So far, the first three episodes are there but you should note that downloads will be restricted to those people accessing the site from a Canadian internet service provider.

iFMagazine has a rather nice review of “The Infinite Quest”, in which they reckon the quality is so good it should deserve it’s own spin-off series. They highlight the strength of animation (and comic books) as being beyond budgetary constraints:

For one thing, writer Alan Barnes’ pedigree as one of the better writers of the DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE comic strip is showing. Unlike the series that spawned it, the comic’s never had the budgetary constraints keeping it from showing alien worlds in all their splendor, and ‘The Infinite Quest’ does the same thing. From robotic spider-like oil rigs standing hundreds of feet high to sentient alien insects living in glowing towers of dung(!), the story packs into its 45-minute span all of the sorts of visuals that the live-action series simply hasn’t always had the money to show us.

Everyone wants your vote these days! First it was that rather odd Mr Saxon, now the BBC’s Doctor Who site wants you to vote for your favourite moments from the last series and SFX Magazine wants you to vote for your favourite sexiest Sci-Fi stars.

Sadly, on July 9th Peter Tuddenham, who supplied so many voices for TV shows like Blake’s 7 (Zen, Orac and Slave), and of course Doctor Who, died at the age of 88. You can read a report on the Horizon Blake’s 7 fansite who say that they will shortly publish a tribute feature celebrating his life. So go back there in a few days time to read more about the life of this lovely man. The following is from julesjones blog and shows what a gent he was:

I’d won breakfast with him one morning (breakfast with a guest is a common fund-raising raffle prize at cons), and he was late because he wasn’t feeling well — and he couldn’t apologise enough for being late, even though he was a frail man in his late seventies by then, and it was quite understandable that he was finding the con very tiring. It reflects what I’ve heard about him from other people; that he was unfailingly friendly, courteous and considerate, and appreciative of fans’ interest.

And to finish on a light note, we can report that the Daleks are returning to the stage (OH-NO-THEY-AREN’T! OH-YES-THEY-ARE! OBEY!! OBEY!!!) in a production of Aladdin at Newcastle upon Tyne’s Theatre Royal. According to the Dalek Links website,

Quite how the Daleks are worked into the plot of Aladdin is something of a mystery although the show’s leaflet says that they threaten to exterminate Aladdin’s plans to marry Jasmine. The show’s leaflet also says that this is the Daleks’ first appearance in a pantomime and we feel sure they are right.

I don’t know about you, but I think “Daleks in Manhattan” pre-dates this for their first pantomime appearance! :-)

Simon R. Mills,
Editor and Chief News’bot of Kopic’s Doctor Who and Torchwood News

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