Go on my child, peer into the eye of harmony and absorb…the latest Doctor Who news! Yes, that’s right! Get ready for another Kasterborous News Blast which, amongst its superabundance of fact and nonsense, includes geek crushes, powerless Lords, a bit of TARDIS stroking and the perks of being Captain Jack Harkness.
David Tennant: “Not Sexy” Said BBC
Not sexy? Not sexy!?!
Okay, it’s not going to top ‘It’s unsinkable’ but it’s hard to imagine BBC executives of today making a similar worried proclamations regarding everyone’s favourite geek crush David Tennant. Hindsight is a beautiful thing…
Speaking at the Hay Festival, Steven Moffat said that the BBC was initially wary of stars David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch:
They said of casting David Tennant as Casanova, ‘Damn, you should have cast someone sexier. With Benedict Cumberbatch, we were told the same thing. ‘You promised us a sexy Sherlock, not him.’
It follows on from comments made earlier this month about the Doctor’s looks, saying he preferred actors who were ‘utterly compelling, attractive in a very odd way.’
I always thought Matt [Smith], while a very young man, had something of the demeanour of a much older man, whereas Peter [Capaldi] is a man in his 50s but is terribly boyish and young at times … I like the doctors to have mixed messages about what age they are – you can’t really pin them down.
Can A Time Lord Help An Actual Lord? A Lord of Drama!
Hoping to follow in Doctor Who’s footsteps, Lord Fellowes has rung the chamber bell and requested that the powers that be come and simultaneously broadcast the period drama, Downton Abbey around the world, less they feel the back of his cane!
Speaking to The Mandrake, Julian Fellowes said he had been inspired by the innovations made by Doctor Who:
The BBC have shown it can be done because they did it with Doctor Who so all this talk that it’s impossible is wrong. I don’t mean exactly the same time so people have to stay up all night but instead the same day in order for everyone to have a chance to watch it.
Still, even Lord Fellowes doubts he has enough ‘sway’ to bring about the changes:
I don’t have enough sway to choose my own clothes. It’s what I’d like but who cares what I think.
Last Time In The TARDIS…
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if those ‘next time’ trailers summarised forthcoming events by giving you a little guide into the history of Doctor Who – imagine the next time the Daleks loom on the horizon, the trailer cut across space and time, showing you every battle, every close escape and every moment of heartbreak from all the Doctors?
That’s quite the gauntlet to cast hastily to the floor but imagine the goose bumps!
With that in mind, how about a little potted history of the Doctor and his most important companion of all, the TARDIS, in this, a stirring, fan made ‘coming soon’ trailer designed to be aired just before last year’s Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS.
Pretty impressive, right?
John Barrowman’s Face Off
There are many perks to being Captain Jack Harkness; not only do you get to be a polysexual, military coat wearing force for good, but you also occasional get sweet hosting gigs on shows with horrifying sounding names.
That’s right, John Barrowman will be taking on hosting duties on ABC’s Sing Your Face Off – a show that comes loaded with the promise of contestants literally shearing their own faces off with the power of their ballads – a promise it spectacularly fails to deliver.
No, rather its host of celebrity singers trade faces; performing as some of the world’s most recognisable icons through the alchemy of make-up and mimicry – so it’s kind of like John Carpenter’s Stars in Their Eyes.
The UK version was called Your Face Sounds Familiar which as a title works a thousand times more if you imagine it being said by Colombo.
Speaking about his legacy as a defender of the galaxy, Barrowman said he has no problem with being known as Captain Jack:
Some people only know me as Captain Jack from Doctor Who and I have absolutely no problem with that. Getting the role of Captain Jack a dozen years ago was a dream come true. As an actor, a role like Captain Jack can change your life.
Jack has opened up so many other doors for me.
The talent lined up for this series includes Jon Lovitz as Elton John and Luciano Pavarotti; Sebastian Bach as Adam Levine and Lady Gaga and Lisa Rinna as Dolly Parton and Britney Spears.
Sing Your Face Off airs 9 p.m. May 31 on ABC. Miss it.
More Alternative Doctor Who Titan Comic Covers
Finally, Jetpack Comics are one of several retailers dedicated to the Phantom Variant Project – a shadowy cabal of retailer working together to produce limited edition exclusive comics designed to create a buzz between retailers and fans alike – and what’s more, they have a set of fabulous Doctor Who Tenth and Eleventh Doctor variant sets available for pre-order now.
Limited to a thousand copies each, both sets come with the regular cover, a sub cover, the variant and a blank cover for sketching your own Doctor Who comic cover!
Head over to Jetpack Comics now for a full breakdown of each set.