Return of the Master (Again?!)

Digitial Spy have reported on the possible return of the Master, hinted at by Doctor Who producer Russell T Davies in a recent interview.

In an interview with iF Magazine, Gardner said: “It would be rude not to [leave the door open]. He’s a great character. John Simm is amazing and I would go to work every day with him. His scenes were so much fun to do.”

He’ll look a little charred though, surely…?

Elsewhere Digital Spy have continued their appraisal of Series 3, this time concentrating on the monsters and declaring the best to be a play off between two…

The accolade for scariest monsters of the season is a toss up between The Family of Blood’s hideous scarecrow army and the Weeping Angel statues from ‘Blink’. The former’s hay-filled sack for a head – with black holes for eyes – and stilted walking filled many with dread and saw sales of Wurzel Gummidge DVDs plummet amongst children. Well, perhaps.

Their classic moments section meanwhile kicks off with the story behind the return of the Daleks at the end of Series 1. Vintage stuff.

We reported last week on the fundraising for the ACCORD Hospice in Paisley were David Tennant’s mother spent her last days, and it seems that attempts to raise money for the centre have exceeded expectation…

As such fundraising is continuing, with Kasterborous artist/designer Anthony Dry submitting some pieces for auction. You can see these here at eBay, a lot of items which I think underlines both how much Ant’s work is appreciated by Doctor Who fans, but also how this fundraiser has caught our attention. Keep up the good work!

Elsewhere it has been confirmed by Julie Gardner that Freema Agyeman will appear in five episodes of Series 4, while also at, there is a clip of her speaking her mother’s native language Farsi on BBC Persian, as well as a Martha Jones-centric view of the artwork of Nick Roche, soon to appear in the forthcoming Doctor Who comic book, IDW.

A cover of the Series 3 boxset currently doing the rounds (thanks to the BBCShop) is looking very nice, but we’ll wait until the full interior design packaging is available before leading a news item with it; note also that Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones does appear on the packaging, on the reverse side. The Key To Time boxset meanwhile looks pretty spiffing.

American fans are currently watching the Doctor and Marthas take on the Daleks in Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks on Sci Fi, prompting a raft of blogging reviews. Flick Philosopher Maryann Johanson for instance didn’t like the first episode, noting:

I’ve convinced myself that Russell Davies, with this episode, is saying, “Remember how cheesy and implausible — even grading on the Doctor Who curve — so many of those old stories were? No? Well, here’s a reminder, just to make absolutely everything else we do here looks good.” That must have been the plan, right?

It’s not all bad though…

I’m not saying I haven’t watching the episode half a dozen times already. Just because the overall story is pretty laughable doesn’t mean there aren’t nice touches throughout the episode. Tallulah turned out to be a lot tougher than she looks

I like how the Doctor continues to not be able to fob off people’s questions about who he is and where he’s from, like he used to. (“I’m not a fool, Doctor,” Solomon tells him when the Doctor tries the ol’ “oh, I’m from here and there” routine.)

Oh, I thought he got away with it, really…

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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