Sunday, 24 March 2013

That Was The Week That Was 24.3.13

Let's get the negatives out of the way first.
Sometimes being newsworthy can be a curse. British newspapers have been printing various stories about Matt Smith leaving after the 2013 Christmas episode - and Steven Moffat is following him out of the TARDIS door. The Sun ran a poll for who should replace Smith, and Benedict Cumberpatch came top. Ladbrokes, on the other hand, have him at odds of only 6-1, with Rory Kinnear in the favourite position, followed by David Harewood.
Conspiracy theorists are claiming that Being Human's abrupt conclusion is a sign that Toby Whithouse is taking over from Moffat.
All this based entirely on rumour and supposition - as both Smith and Moffat have refused to comment on their involvement on the programme beyond the anniversary year.
More alarmingly, a chapter in the new JNT biography has been turned into a "news" story by another paper. I'm not going to go into it here, but SFX have a review which will tell you what it is all about.
Anyway, onto other things.

Entertainment Weekly offered a choice of 2 Doctor Who covers. There are some photographs of the new Cybermen contained within.
Matt Smith confirmed that the Doctor's bedroom won't be seen in Journey To The Heart Of The Tardis.
An unexpected guest star for The Bells of Saint John was revealed by the BBC this week - then hastily withdrawn... I expected the return of the character - but not necessarily the actor.
More photographs were released for the series opener, as well as a couple of clips and a trailer. Yesterday the prequel was revealed - in which the Doctor has his first (or is it the third?) meeting with Clara Oswald (though he does't realise it).
After reports that the 50th Anniversary story would start filming on Monday, it is now going to commence next month. John Barrowman confirmed on Twitter that he is not participating.
Something which Matt Smith has said suggests the story is episodic in nature - a single adventure made up of smaller elements.

Thursday saw the release of the latest DWM Special - featuring telesnaps from a number of missing Hartnell stories / episodes. There are some excellent photographs from the stories also, including a fine portrait of Julian Glover as King Richard. A Troughton edition is not a foregone conclusion, so do go buy this.

Lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed Pointless Celebrities last night. Congratulations to the Mott-Noble partnership for not only winning the competition, but for securing the jackpot for their respective charities.
As for the week ahead, don't forget the Radio Times on Tuesday. And watch The Bells of Saint John at 6.15pm on Saturday of course.

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