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BBC Newsround VOTD Coverage

The BBC’s own children’s news show Newsround has been previewing Voyage of the Damned in several ways recently, from a comprehensive selection of stills to coverage yesterday of the Press Screening, which featured a chat with David Tennant.

There was also 2 and a bit seconds of the revamped theme tune, plenty of footage from the episode (mainly of the Doctor and Astrid) as well as on-screen confirmation of his commitment to the series as far as is currently known – upto the end of the 4 specials in 2009 and presumably the end of Russell T Davies’ involvement with the series.

I should add that the small snippet of the theme tune that was heard is reminiscent of the 1980-1984 version that graced the final season of Tom Baker’s era and all of Peter Davison’s…

On the matter of Ms Billie Piper, Tennant revealed that he hasn’t filmed any scenes with her, implying that this may well be a major plot point, and that we’ll understand when we see it – could the episode be set at some point in Rose’s past on our Earth?

Back to Voyage of the Damned, however, and it seems that the Doctor is telling some white lies again, telling Astrid that he travels “alone”… and of course having a bit of a kiss with her, as you can see in the accompanying image…

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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