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Published on January 18th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

The Spoiler Stratagem


Snap happy Doctor Who fans caught a very special Kodak moment last week during filming for what is believed to be episode 7 (Game-Changing Cliffhanger!) or part of the odds and sods left over to be shot for episodes 5 & 6 (The Rebel Flesh/Gangers) of the new series – a lone Sontaran keeping vigil over the TARDIS!

If it is the Game-Changing Cliffhanger, then it seems odd that the only villain present would be a Sontaran rather given the (unconfirmed) information already released about the Matthew Graham two-parter it seems more likely that this would be from those episodes.

Whats more at odds with this picture is the comments made by Piers Wenger that there would be no classic monsters featuring in the new series.

So, is this genuine or did the production team dress the work experience kid up to fool those clickety, clicking Who fans? (Or have the BBC finally started work on my Doctor Who script Planet of the Builders?)

Let us know what you think of possible return of Mr. Potato Head

(via DoctorWho TV)


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

8 Responses to The Spoiler Stratagem

  1. avatar domino says:

    So you give a great big SPOILER ALERT headline splash … with a completely unavoidable photo of the thing you’re spoilering against?? Seriously??!! That’s the sort of careless attitude that turns people away from websites like yours.

  2. avatar Leosw4 says:

    Ermmm no, I think Mr M would be in trouble with BBC execs for wasting money on stunts to fool fans. The pic(s) where on a number of sites (and have now been taken down) and its a full prostehic Mr Potatoe Head, which would take a lot of work.
    As for the no classic monster statements,was that really what was said. As I understand it, Piers W said that they where concentrating on new monsters, which to me, in light of this revelation, suggests that most of the monster budget may be spent on newbies, rather than creating rehashes (or hashes?) of classic series foes.
    Using previously available costumes in some of the stories makes sense given that money is tight at the Beeb.
    I’m actually excited about this. I thought the last full potatoe head appearance in series 4 was pants.They deserve another chance. And I cant wait to see what the current production have done to the Ood(which where in the trailer so not spoiling anything).
    I’m excited.Yes really.

  3. Dear Domino

    The presence of the Sontaran images was totally an editorial mistake that wasn’t realised until far too late (that’s spin for I’m poorly, I didn’t read the full item, and I wanted to go to bed.)

    If you will forgive us, we’d like another chance. However you will find that there isn’t another website quite like this one. As we’ve been online since late 2004 and are one of the most popular resources for Doctor Who news – not to mention the most updated – it doesn’t look as though many people are being turned away as you suggest.

    I suspect there is another agenda at work here, so why don’t you come clean?


  4. avatar domino says:

    Hello, Christian

    I like your website, but I don’t like spoilers. You normally flag up when you’ve got a spoiler coming, give loads of warning, even shade spoiler-ish words. This time – BANG! There it was, right in our faces. Sontarans appearing next season? Totally spoiled. It’s irritating and careless. My agenda is this: please don’t do it again.

    Thanks, Domino

  5. Hi Domino

    Fair enough; it is irritating, and it was an honest mistake. We’ll take care to avoid this happening again.


  6. avatar CelebrateApathy says:

    After seeing “Rebel Flesh”, the idea of the Sontarans appearing is not at all unexpected. The technology used for the ‘gangers’ appears to be the same used to duplicate Martha Jones in “The Sontaran Stratagem”/”The Poison Sky”. The Doctor also mentions this is a young technology implying that he new what it would be used for in the future. This also coincides with the fact that the flesh is now able to be run without human control, but can be imprinted with a personality, much like clone Martha.

    In fact, we know the Sontarans are a clone race but we don’t know how they are cloned. The Sontarans may actually all be grown from this flesh technology.

  7. avatar CelebrateApathy says:

    Sorry, I saw the current date at the top and thought it was the date of the article. Didn’t realize this was posted in January. Now I get why it was a spoiler. :)

    • That’s ok – good to have your thoughts here on Kasterborous!

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