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The Doctor Who Policy

The BBC has released its Statements of Programme Policy (SoPPs) for the next year, stating how it intends to maintain and improve the quality of its output for the public. Among the content priorities, the Beeb will strive to create ambitious UK drama which obviously includes Doctor Who. The report delves deeply into what the…

Who Aye, Man

South Tyneside has become the latest in a long line of cities to host a Doctor Who exhibition. The event looks absolutely fantastic, full of heroes and villains from the shows start in 2005 up to the present. Cybermen, Weeping Angels, Smilers and Sontaran props all put in an appearance. As well as a planetarium,…

Operation: Platinum Age, Part 2

Continuing Elton Townend Jones’ appraisal of Series 5/Season 31… Fortunately, The Hungry Earth has put things back on track. It’s been clear throughout the season that Moffat has been the strongest writer for the new regulars, but he also seemed to lack the equivalent of himself that Russell T Davies had. Perhaps Chris Chibnall will…

Moffat Pilot Snuffed

Digital Spy reported this week that the pilot episode of Steven Moffat’s planned BBC drama Sherlock is not set to air.  The programme itself, which will star Martin Freeman as fiction’s most famous mystery-solver and co-created by another Who veteran, Mark Gatiss, intends to entertain its viewers over a three-part run this summer, but the…

Clarke: “I didn’t rehearse”

Mickey-Mick-Mickey Smith himself Noel Clarke has been talking to The Guardian about his struggles in the early days of nuWho. Clarke, whose film 4.3.2.1. (a transatlantic all-girl diamond heist) is released on the 2nd June, told the paper how he failed to grasp the tone of the show on its return. “I came in and…

Operation: Platinum Age, Part 1

New contributor Elton Townend Jones surveys Doctor Who, Series 5/Season 31… At the close of The Hungry Earth, the Eleventh Doctor is peering down on the deliciously volcanic subterranean metropolis of Homo Reptilia. What happens next won’t be known for another week, but with five episodes to go before we can safely get back on…

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