Sci Fi Pulse have made quite an astounding declaration that affects future series of Doctor Who, and more particularly Torchwood.
These rumours, supposition and even theories – for none is confirmed as fact by the BBC – could well be true as the source has proved correct in the past. However I recall more than one occasion when the said source has been proved…”muddled”, shall we say?
Of course you can never be too sure – so it’s spoiler time!
With regards to our favourite show, it is suggested that Catherine Tate is appearing in one series only because Donna Noble isn’t particularly nice, and her actions will lead to the return of Captain Jack, Sarah, Martha and Rose.
These rumours will also do nothing to quell mention of Robert Carlyle, who has again been linked to the role of the Doctor after David Tennant leaves, allegedly regenerating during the final moments of the 2009 Christmas special.
Interestingly, no actor has been as strongly linked to the role as Carlyle has since Tennant was cast.
Harder to believe as fact is the statement that filming for the 2008 Christmas special is underway, with two mid-year specials for 2009 following it, and concluding with the 2009 Christmas special. Whether there are Tennant-lite episodes in Series 4 or not, whole new actors and crew would be needed right now to work on the next Christmas installment, and we haven’t heard anything regarding that particular production.
As far as Torchwood is concerned, Burn Gorman (Owen Harper), Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato) and even John Barrowman are all expected to leave, with Barrowman contracted to make occasional appearances. The series will also be scheduled for Saturday evenings in the Doctor Who slot when the main series is off air, and will star Eve Myles and Freema Agyeman – and probably air opposite Primeval.