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And The Doctor’s Next Companion Will Be …

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There will be a new companion in the second of four Doctor Who specials this year.

BBC announced today that acclaimed stage and screen actress Lindsay Duncan has been cast as Adelaide, companion to David Tennant’s Doctor in the yet to be titled second special of 2009.

Exec producer/writer Russell T. Davies commented:


“Lindsay is an incredibly talented actress and I’ve been an admirer of her work for some time. We are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team and playing the Doctor’s most strong-minded companion yet.”

This second Doctor Who special will go into production this spring. There’s no word yet whether Duncan is being considered for the role of companion to our next Doctor, Matt Smith, although it would make for quite an interesting age contrast – Duncan is 58, and Smith is 26.

Duncan TV resume includes HBO’s Rome and the upcoming BBC2 drama Margaret in which she portrays The Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher.

So, what are your thoughts on this casting choice?


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Smith Gets a Million for 5-Year Who Contract

Details of Matt Smith’s Doctor Who contract have been revealed.

According to Wired blog
The Underwire, this past Wednesday, Smith signed on for 3 years with an option for 2 more – all at a cool £1 million (just over $1.4 million US).

This may not seem like much money, and it is less than David Tennant is earning for the same role, but Smith will most likely make up for it in assignments he picks up during hiatus from Doctor Who.


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Smith Already Getting Doctor Who Fanmail

Matt Smith hasn’t even shot a scene yet as the Eleventh Doctor, but the fan mail’s already started, according to
BBC News, and he’s hoping to respond to all of them!

While it hasn’t yet reached the point of fans approaching Smith on the street, he has jumped head first into the deep end when it comes to preparing for this iconic role. He’s put some thought into Eleven’s attire, and if he has a say in his costume, he’s looking to Tom Baker’s incarnation of The Doctor for inspiration. Smith commented:


“I’m a big fan of long coats and rather dashing scarves in everyday life, so who knows?”

I have to say yes, I’ll miss David Tennant, but I am looking forward to seeing Smith take on this role, knowing how intensely he’s preparing for it. I think he recognizes the challenge that lies ahead for him.

I’d like to know what everyone’s thoughts are, a month after Matt Smith was named as the Eleventh Doctor. Is the excitement starting to build for fans now that the initial surprise is over?


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Will Martha Jones Return to the TARDIS?

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So there’s a rumour that The Doctor may not have seen the last of Martha Jones.

According to UK tabloid The Sun, Freema Agyeman may reprise her role on Doctor Who in one of this year’s specials.

At this point, the BBC hasn’t made any announcements about bringing Agyeman back for one of David Tennant’s final episodes as The Doctor, so I’ll reserve my excitement until that time. I do recall The Who Camp was rather displeased with Agyeman after their plans to give her a starring role on Torchwood were thwarted when she accepted a role on Law and Order: London.

Think we’ll see Martha Jones return before The Doctor regenerates?


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Is Ryan One Step Closer to being The Doctor’s Next Companion?

There has been speculation that Michelle Ryan (EastEnders, Jekyll, Bionic Woman) will be the next companion on Doctor Who. With today’s news that she has signed on for the upcoming DW Easter Special, she may be on her way to landing this coveted role.

BBC announced today that Ryan will star opposite David Tennant in “Planet of the Dead”, one of this year’s four Doctor Who specials, slated to air in April. Exec Producer/Writer Russell T. Davies had the following to say about casting Ryan, and shared a bit about her role:


“Michelle is one of the most sought after young actors in the country and we are delighted to announce that she will be joining the team … As always the script is being kept strictly under wraps – however we can reveal that Lady Christina is a woman with a mysterious past who’s going to have a huge impact on the Doctor!”

I admit, I only know Ryan from her work on Bionic Woman. Even though I wasn’t impressed with the show, I did recognize her talent, and saw her potential. And I’ve heard she was quite good in Jekyll (which I plan to watch in the near future).

What are your thoughts on Ryan potentially becoming the Doctor’s next companion? Personally, I can see her as a great addition, and a fine match for Matt Smith’s incarnation of the Doctor.


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Barrowman Writes Captain Jack Comic Strip

Missing Torchwood? I know it’s not the same as some brand spanking new episodes, but if you pick up the next issue of Torchwood Magazine, you’ll find an original comic strip written by none other than Captain Jack Harkness himself, John Barrowman.

According to the Torchwood Magazine Facebook Page, the comic strip, titled “Captain Jack and the Selkie”

sees Captain Jack facing a deadly threat on a remote Scottish island, where people are disappearing one by one… To his horror, Jack starts to suspect he may know who – or perhaps more specifically what – is responsible…

And John wasn’t the only Barrowman involved – it was co-written by his sister, Carole E. Barrowman.

If you’re a fan of the Torchwood Magazine Facebook Page, you’ll be the first to preview exclusive imagery from the comic strip.

You can pick up your very own copy of Issue #14 of Torchwood Magazine on March 17th in the US and Canada, or February 19th in the UK and Ireland.


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The Day After Matt Smith was Cast as The Doctor

A day has passed since the powers-that-be at the BBC declared Matt Smith, an actor with a brief resume and emo locks that would instantly qualify him for honorary membership with Panic at the Disco, the Eleventh Doctor. What has the reaction been so far from fellow TV bloggers and devotees of the Doc-tah? Mixed, to say the least. I’ve decided that I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt until his first episode as the Doctor.

Annie Wu at CliqueClack seems to agree with me to a certain point, although she is “worried” they didn’t go with someone “older and rougher looking”, citing Bill Nighy as an example. Ducky at Ducky Does TV wasn’t expecting the new Doctor to be so young, and says it “might take some getting use to”. Jace at Televisionary was surprised as well, but remarked that “it’s perhaps a blessing to cast a relative unknown in the iconic role.”

From what I’ve seen of fan reaction so far, some think he’s too young, others think his brief resume will be a detriment. Some think Smith is cute, while others are still mourning the loss of their beloved David Tennant. I’ve noticed the common thread that there are a significant number of people who are going to wait until they’ve seen Smith in action. An observation made by Televixen reader Sheryl (and mirrored in several other blogs I’ve read) is the whole “Benjamin Button” effect – The Doctor gets younger with each regeneration.

Honestly, I am going to reserve my opinion until I see his debut. With Steven Moffat at the helm, I have no doubt that Smith is in good hands. And keep in mind, hair can always be cut.

In case you missed Matt Smith’s reaction, you can watch the clip HERE.


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And the Eleventh Doctor is …

It’s official – Matt Smith will be the Eleventh Doctor on the hit BBC series Doctor Who, according to BBC One’s Doctor Who Confidential.

Matt Smith will be the youngest Doctor ever – at just 26 years old. David Tennant’s successor will make his debut in 2010 for Series Five.

Check out this announcement from the BBC.

More info, and reactions to this news, in a blog post later today! Are you happy with this choice? Comment below and be heard!

Learn more about Matt Smith HERE.


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Torchwood’s Gareth David-Lloyd @ Polaris

It’s no secret that one of my favourite TV shows is Torchwood. So imagine the thrill that was a press conference with Gareth David-Lloyd, Torchwood’s Ianto Jones, at Polaris 22 last month. Not only was this my personal highlight of that weekend, I got so much information from the half-hour press conference, including some video clips! Be warned, there are some major spoilers in this if you haven’t seen Series Two of Torchwood as of yet.

Torchwood is, without a doubt, an international phenomenon. Its success has not only made it one of the UK’s best loved series, it has become the highest rated program on BBC America. When asked about his thoughts on Torchwood’s success, Gareth said, “When I joined the project, I knew it was something special, just by the scripts. And I knew Russell (T. Davies) was involved, and I was a big fan of his. It has grown into something far beyond what I ever imagined. It’s a bit overwhelming at times, flattering, and I get flown over to beautiful countries like this.”

Torchwood’s success has prompted a move from BBC3 to the more mainstream, family-friendly BBC1, sparking some concerns that the tone of the show would have to be toned down for Series Three. Gareth reassured us that the move is a positive one, and will not change the tone of the show. “It is more family orientated, BBC1, but I think Torchwood will be going on at the post watershed time, so the adult themes are going to be there. I think within the BBC that it’s sort of a promotion. It’s more of a mainstream channel, and because of (Torchwood’s) popularity and the success, they felt it was worthy of BBC1, which is our main channel in the UK. So it’s a bit of a promotion for us, it’s really exciting.” He shared, “I’ve read the first script of the next season, which is the beginning of what is going to be one big storyline. All together, it’s going to be like a 5 hour film really. The tone, as far as I’m concerned, doesn’t seem any more tame. It’s very much still Torchwood, Torchwood in the most vulnerable situations they’ve been in so far.”

The vulnerability Gareth mentions stems from the loss of two major characters at the end of Series Two, Owen (Burn Gorman) and Toshiko (Naoko Mori). Filming began this month for the abbreviated Series Three, consisting of five hour-long episodes as part of the re-launch on BBC1, a move that Gareth said will help establish its mainstream identity, and then they’ll revert to the standard 13 episode series.

I had the chance to ask Gareth about the departure of Owen and Tosh, particularly how he and his castmates found out that two major characters wouldn’t be returning, and their reactions to the news. He said it was near the end of filming Series Two. “It was a decision by Burn and Naoko to come and tell us they’d been made aware. It was ambiguous to me where the decisions came from or how they came about, but they decided to tell us. We were all sort of mortified, it came out of nowhere. It was just as surprising for us as it was to the fans, and the emotions that you see at the end of the series where we’re deleting their files and putting their things away, that this is all very real emotion because we had developed a family atmosphere. We were very close, spending that amount of time with somebody, you do naturally.” I was also curious to know that final episode required any additional preparation, knowing that Burn and Naoko were no longer going to be a part of the Torchwood family. “We tried to approach it the same way, but we tried to have a bit more fun behind the scenes because we knew they were leaving, and we knew we were going to miss them. So we tried to make as much of the time as possible while they were still there.”

Of course, Torchwood fans are curious to know who will replace Tosh and Owen, and if the replacement will happen as soon as Series Three. And apparently, at the end of the most recent season of Doctor Who, it was hinted that we may see both Martha and Mickey on Torchwood. Gareth was asked to comment on this possibility. “I can tell you that they’re both mentioned, but I can’t really divulge much more information beyond that really. Certainly their presence is going to be felt there. As far as two new members, I think we’re going to be joining (Torchwood) at a point where they’re still recruiting, they’re still very much feeling the loss of Tosh and Owen, that sort of adds to the vulnerability they I was talking about. As far as two new fully-fledged members, you’ll just have to wait and see.”


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Televixen News … and a Pic!

It’s been a while, but I thought I’d give you a quick update on what’s going on in The Televixen’s world.

Within the next few days, this blog is going to have its own, brand-spanking-new domain name, thetelevixen.com. I’m just in the process of getting it all set up.

Once that’s in place, I’ll return to more regular posts, including the rest of my coverage from Polaris 22 in July, and getting ready for Fan Expo 2008 later this month!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a little story. In June, I was on vacation in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia when I got an e-mail from a friend at work saying that John Barrowman – you may know him as Doctor Who and Torchwood’s Captain Jack Harkness – would be stopping by the radio station as he promoted the reality show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? In case you didn’t know, he was a judge on the CBC program based out of Toronto that searched for a girl to take the coveted role of Maria in a new production of The Sound of Music. Alas, I was miles away, and missed it. I made a wish that he’d return, and sometimes, wishes do come true. He returned, and I was there! Here’s a pic of Captain Jack and I. Enjoy!


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