It’s time for another Doctor Who news blast, in which we round up some of the less vital but nevertheless fascinating items of the past few days. This time, MBEs, legacies, script editors, returns and some spoiler TARDIS snaps…
Birthday Honours: MBEs for Barrowman and Gardner
First of all, if you’re at all interested in awards from people who live in castles and command armies, you’ll be thrilled to learn that a pair with Doctor Who connections have been awarded an MBE: John Barrowman and former executive producer Julie Gardner.
Says Gardner of her Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list:
“I have filmed all over the world. But the talent, stamina and sheer fun of the writers, cast and crews I’ve worked with in Wales is beyond compare. I am lucky; I get to keep this award. But I am accepting it for all those brilliant people who have made my job such an absolute joy, and for my dad who will be the talk of Glynneath. My proudest achievement has been to successfully bring Doctor Who to Wales. From there, through Torchwood, Casualty and Da Vinci’s Demon’s, Wales’ position in the global television industry goes from strength to strength. I am hugely proud to have been a part of that journey and will work hard so that this is just the beginning.”
Meanwhile Captain Jack actor John Barrowman – currently filming the second series of Arrow – had this to say:
Andrew Cartmel Recalls Script Editing
He was the man with a Master Plan: Andrew Cartmel, Doctor Who script editor from 1987-1989, has recently chatted with the Doctor Who News and Opinion blog about his time on the show, and perhaps more interestingly, his thoughts about other eras.
Cartmel is also frank about his first story, Kasterborous reverse-favourite Time and the Rani:
I really wish I could have done a better job on that, and that it had turned out better, but failing that, I think I should have not had my name on it as Script Editor, because I cannot take any credit…..for people who loved that show, it was really nothing to do with me, and for people who hate it…..I refuse to take any blame!
How Far, Doctor Who: Legacy, How Long Have You Lived?
Fans of the popular smartphone game Doctor Who: Legacy will be interested to learn about a comprehensive blog post from the game’s creative director, in which a few things are explained (such as the game’s refusal to spam friends on Facebook) and outlined (some thoughts for the future, for example).
Anyone who has wondered just how long they might be playing the game should take note of tihs:
When we say “we’ll keep going all the way back to an unearthly child” we really mean it – we’ll keep doing this as long as you want us to be here =)
You should really read that article. Honestly. ALL OF IT.
Toby Hadoke Returns!
Toby Hadoke has apparently been in hiding after receiving threats believed to be from a wiry haired Scot. The reason? His superb interviews with Russell T Davies, former Doctor Who “supremo” (oops, we’ve turned into a tabloid) which rocketed the much-loved Welsh giant (whose fingers LITERALLY BEAM WORDS INTO YOUR MIND) back into the Doctor Who fan consciousness gestalt.
Fortunately after the microphone-headed skirt wearer was dealt with by authorities when returning from Lanzarote, Hadoke has been able to resume his highly important work in speaking to people involved with Doctor Who‘s 50 years in order to get stories about every single episode. In the latest Who’s Round, Toby Hadoke talks to none other than David Troughton, son of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, who has made four appearances in the show, most recently in 2008′s Midnight.
(Note: some of the above may not be true.)
TARDIS Spoilers, But Not Here
Looking for some Doctor Who Series 8 spoilers but were afraid to ask? It’s just 12 weeks until the August Bank Holiday weekend, and we’re expecting our favourite show to return by then. So with this in mind, you’ll understand why we’re not showing you some recent photos of the Doctor (Peter Capaldi, yay!), Clara (Jenna Coleman) and the TARDIS (um, a frankly magnificent time ship) on location.
Seriously, you will kick yourself if you check this out on Blastr.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.