Published on August 7th, 2014 | by Drew Boynton
News Blast: Billie in Car Incident; Writing Tips from Moran; and Make Your Own TARDIS!
Faster than a Sontaran raid on a potato farm, more powerful than a Dalek’s singing voice, and more unexpected than a Cyberman using a can opener… It’s the Kasterborous News Blast! In today’s Blast, the Time Lord gets crafty, Sylvester McCoy stuns in the USA, Joss Whedon puts down the Doctor, and Billie Piper sadly has a frightful day:
Billie’s Scary Situation
The Daily Mail is reporting that Billie Piper (companion Rose Tyler) was involved in a scary real-life accident on Tuesday afternoon. As per the site: “She is understood to have been driving at under five miles per hour as she crossed Goods Way into the path of the teenage cyclist who was travelling downhill at a significant speed.”
The 16-year-old cyclist ran into the back of her car and sustained “serious injuries” including a “severe shoulder injury.” An eyewitness called the police, who later questioned and released Piper. The current health of the cyclist is not known, but Piper was said to have been so shaken up by the incident that she was not able to perform in the West End play, Great Britain.
The Real Louisville Slugger
The Louisville Fan Fest was last weekend in Kentucky, USA. A cool new blog post by Jenna Foster on Louisville.com has some great photos and commentary on the third and last day of the convention. Seventh Doctor and raconteur extraordinaire, Sylvester McCoy, was there to entertain the guests with his stories–and it looks like he was up to his old tricks of running around the audience with a microphone! Let’s just hope that he wasn’t supposed to be filming on the set of those flash-in-the-pan Hobbit films!
Joss Giveth and Joss Taketh Away
Buffy and Marvel’s Avengers guru Joss Whedon – who, at 50 years old, is now exactly the same age as Doctor Who - does not have kind words for our favorite Time Lord. In his new memoir, Joss Whedon: The Biography, the geek mastermind has this to say: “I watched one episode of [classic] Doctor Who and I was like, ‘Did they film that in my basement?’ because it looked cheesy.”
And that was the end of his Who interest. He also mentions that he also was not interested in other British sci-fi shows such as Blake’s 7 or Red Dwarf, which he must have tried to watch while he attended school for a time in the UK.
The Terror of the Peg People!
The Sonic Screwdriver doesn’t work on wood, you know. But an artist on the craft-tastic Etsy website is selling super-cute versions of Doctor Who characters… that are made out of wooden pegs.
The artist, MakingsfromMommyLand, colorfully paints the pegs so that resemble characters from the Tenth Doctor to Martha Jones to the Cybermen. A full set of 20 is available for $165, and smaller sets are for sale as well.
A Titanic Performance
Kylie Minogue, perhaps most famous (or not…) for playing one-off companion Astrid Peth in the Voyage of the Damned 2007 Christmas special, received rave reviews for her performance at the closing of the Commonwealth Games. The tiny stick of entertainment dynamite did a showy seven song set to close out the games and signal their move to Australia in 2018. After Kylie’s great chemistry with David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor in Voyage of the Damned, wouldn’t it be great to see Astrid revived for an adventure with the Twelfth?
The TARDIS May Well Have Been Made Out Of Paper…
A set of Doctor Who coloring book pages, a cut-outable TARDIS, and even River Song’s Diary are now available to print out on the crafty Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom webpage. The projects look to be extremely well-done and fun to make… and best of all, are totally free-of-charge!
Kids of all ages will enjoy putting this new batch of projects together, and other previous Who paper-based projects are also available on the site. Now where did I put my Sonic Scissors?!
The Pen is Mightier Than The Sofa (Or Hiding Behind It)
Doctor Who and Torchwood writer James Moran appeared at the Leaky Con last weekend, and Leaky News has details on how he approaches the creative process. For example, The Fires of Pompeii scripter says he avoids “getting stuck” by making a playlist of music and using that as a sort of soundtrack for what he is writing. Moran has been busy, and recently wrote the movies Cockneys vs. Zombies and Tower Block, which coincidentally starred Russell Tovey (Midshipman Frame) and Sheridan Smith (Big Finish companion Lucie Miller).
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That’s it for this installment of the big Blast, Kasterborites! Can’t wait for the next News Blast? Think of how a Yeti trapped in a subway feels!
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