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Published on April 18th, 2008 | by Simon Mills

Kopic’s Newsround: The “Kopic Goes Up Pompeii!” Edition

The Prologue! Well, here we are. It seems not so long ago that we were all salivating like demented loons (or was that just me?) awaiting the new series and we’re already up to week three!

Nice article from The Daily Mail which talks about the ratings success of Partners In Crime and has some pictures of “The Fires of Pompeii”, but what’s most interesting about this article is the background it gives on Georgia Moffett (Fifth Doctor Peter Davison’s daughter) who appears in episode six, The Doctor’s Daughter. It reveals that she became pregnant at 16 during her GCSEs and was too scared to tell her father. Most bizarrely, though, she was best friends with sixth Doctor Colin Baker’s daughter at school. How spooky is that???

OG and DWO both report on final BARB official viewing figures for Partners In Crime which stand at 9.14 million viewers. That makes it the 7th most watched episode of NuWho, by my rough calculations. More people watched this than such modern classics as Blink, Human Nature, The Girl In The Fireplace and all three series finales.

Go figure.

From the Storm in a Teacup Department we have the revelation that this year’s BBC Proms concerts will feature some space-time themed content including music from Doctor Who and a specially written Doctor Who scene. The Doctor Who Proms will be on Saturday 27th July from 11am to 1pm at the Royal Albert Hall and is to be hosted by the delectable Freema Agyeman. This is what The Grauniad has to say on the subject

The Daleks and Cybermen are promised at a Doctor Who Prom, a family concert which will include the Doctor Who theme, the most famous product of the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, which was founded 50 years ago. The event will be hosted by Freema Agyeman, aka Dr Who’s assistant Martha Jones, and will include a specially-written Doctor Who scene by Russell T Davies. The concert will feature music that “focuses on time and space” – including Holst’s The Planets and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new work The Torino Scale; the title refers to a method of assessing the probability of asteroids falling to Earth.

If you want tickets, and you’d better be quick… check out the official site where you can find all the details.

Over at The Herald they have a piece entitled “Doctor is an example of art’s malady” which talks about the dumbing down of “the arts” in order to spoon feed the masses… who don’t want or need spoon feeding! They touch on The Proms event and also neatly encapsulate the modern Tate crisis (see how clever I was there – I’m spoon feeding you a pun)

A greatly unappreciated problem in the debate about high and low culture is that the popular, as much as the traditional, is damaged by the pernicious influence of assuming the audience are stupid and need spoon-feeding. The lowering of standards affects pop as much as Proust, Banksy as well as Beethoven. This is amply demonstrated by the changes to Doctor Who on TV, by the headline-grabbing, slavish courting of celebrity assistants (Catherine Tate this time) rather than good actors, chosen in keeping with the plot. They need to wise the Doctor back up or the fans, a cerebral lot, will desert them.

Well said! We’re all very cerebral here at Kasterborous. In fact, Kopic is so cerebral he’s lost most of his hair and bears more than a passing resemblance to the fine thespian that plays “Phil Mitchell” in Eastenders. Either that or a Sontaran. You choose.

It seems that the people at The Mirror have some “friends in the know” that reveal this tasty titbit about the upcoming Planet Of The Ood

One of the monsters – talking through a mouth full of tentacles – asks the Doctor to sing with them and, when he declines, says “I think your song must end soon.”

My sources say the Time Lord regenerates in the Christmas 2009 special. But maybe the Ood know better…

Now, I’ve been waiting a long time to say this… but with fronds like that, who needs enemies? Ha Ha.

There’s an interview with Russell T Davies over at the Kidderminster Shuttle which doesn’t tell us much we didn’t already know or suspect, but gives him the opportunity to tell us once again how fantastic Catherine Tate (oh, and that Tennant chap) is (or are)

“She’s absolutely fantastic,” he says. “That’s why we wanted to bring Donna back and why I wanted to write more for her. Obviously Catherine can do comedy with her eyes shut, and there’s a lot of comedy in Doctor Who, but when she hits the tragedy – and there’s a lot of tragedy for her character in this series – Catherine gives the most stunning performance.

“Seriously, when I pack my bags on Doctor Who, I am knocking on Catherine’s door and asking what we’re doing next. She’s brilliant.”

…and…

“There’s a danger we don’t talk about David often enough,” Russell explains. “He’s so powerful, and brave, and scintillating as The Doctor, there’s almost a danger of him blinding everything else. That’s why we have to have an equal aboard the Tardis in the companion. Suddenly it becomes a different dynamic and we see David upping his game to compete with Catherine. It’s amazing.”

…and more hints about the “darkness” level for this series…

“We never want him to have an easy life either, so this year there’s more, darker material for David, but also funny stuff for him too because he’s so good at playing that.

“I can say monster race the Ood are back, and they look fantastic, plus there are various other surprises, with everything building toward the most staggering climax you will ever see!”

I think Russell likes the Ood, don’t you?

I was going to talk about John Barrowman’s (or Barryman!) Botox confessions, Russell the T’s annoyance at being named as Most Influential Gay, David Tennant’s birthday today (18th April – Happy Birthday!), a fun interview with John Barrowman and The Londonist in Second Life giving us the weirdest sentence ever used, “That’s Londonist sat upon the Dalek’s head, in an attempt to coin the term ‘cyborgorgy’.” (I’d have gone with ‘cyborgy’ myself)…

…but I won’t.

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