Something is Afoot…

The Doctor Who rumour mill has been going into overdrive recently, with questions over the format of Series 5, David Tennant and Russell T Davies’ future with the show, and strange casting announcements.

To confound it all, however is the ever-increasing rumour that Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant is set to appear in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s next production of Hamlet, pencilled in to start June 2008. This would of course interfere terribly with a fifth series of Doctor Who scheduled to shoot and broadcast as the previous 4 have done.

So… just what is going on?

Several theories have been postulated:

  • RTD & David Tennant are leaving, with Steven Moffat set to take over Series 5 (if this happens, expect to see news of Moffat being heavily involved in the latter stages of the Series 4 production)
  • RTD and David Tennant are staying on, with Doctor Who set to continue in a series of Only Fools and Horses-style seasonal specials…

Remember, nothing has been confirmed, and no solid dates are known – so we wait, and see what the future brings! (Incidentally, thanks to forum member Amber for drawing my attention to the developing RSC news.)

Will the future bring Spiders from Mars? A notorious tabloid has reported that David Bowie is set to appear in Series 4. The Metro recounts:

The 60-year-old singer, famous for such songs as Space Odyssey, Life On Mars and Changes – is set to play an evil alien abductor who kidnaps crime writer Agatha Christie.

And he will clash with David Tennant’s Dr Who character during the course of the programme, which will be shown on BBC1 next year.

A spokesman for the star said that there is no truth in the rumour, but insiders reveal that he would be interested in the role as long as he doesn’t have to spend hours putting on make-up.

Bowie in Doctor Who? Slightly bonkers casting to the nth degree, surely?

But if you want total bonkers, why not follow SFX’s lead, and wear a Doctor Who mask to work?

And I don’t want to hear the excuse that they work for a sci fi mag, and you work in the Ministry of Defence.


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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