Posted on September 9, 2006 | |
I know, I know, I'm supposed to be on holiday, but...
Today's issue of The Sun says that David Tennant has signed up for a third series of Doctor Who, asking for and getting the princely sum of £1 million for the series. However, it continues, that he absolutely won't commit to another series after that.
Now, The Sun has been good in the past for insider info, although I suspect its accuracy varies according to the journalist writing each story - they're a territorial lot at The Sun. But, how can this be, given that
- £1 million is what Eccles-cake got for the first series (allegedly) and the ratings have been better under DT than they were under CE;
- The fourth series hasn't even been commissioned yet?
Were the Beeb waiting to see whether DT would sign on the dotted line before committing to another series? Surely, given Who's unique “let's dump the star” capabilities, they wouldn't have been that fussed.
Alternatively, maybe they thought they could keep DT's asking price down if they didn't commit themselves to another series. Theories on a postcard or stuck-down envelope to...
Posted on September 8, 2006 | |
More larks from Doctor Who Magazine. This time, RTD confirms he - and everyone else on the production side - will be back for a fourth series, should it be commissioned. Oh, like there are going to be any problems getting that to happen:
“We're planning for Series Four right now,” Executive Producer Russell T Davies tells Doctor Who Magazine, “as we're waiting to be commissioned, and the signs are very good.”
“I will stay for Series Four,” he confirms. “I think we all will – Julie [Gardner, executive producer], Phil [Collinson, producer], and I would absolutely love to do it, so we're waiting for the nod, and we're fairly confident that it will come. The BBC is so supportive, and they're delighted with the ratings – not just the ratings, cos they're not that ratings-conscious, but also the profile, and the energy of the show. They love it.
”So yes, we're making plans for Series Four. If we waited until they commissioned it, and I don't know when that'll be announced, we'd be behind already. Phil and I drove up to Manchester the other day, and we added together all of our ideas for Series Four in the space of that car journey... and we had nine episodes already! Of course, some of them will change, but it's already gathering shape...!“
Apparently, there's also going to be news about the eighth Doctor in the issue, on sale on Thursday. Ooh!
Posted on September 8, 2006 | |
You might not care about this, but I do. Five has acquired the rights to show new episodes of Thomas and Friends. According to the Media Guardian, “Producer HIT Entertainment also announced it is shooting a new series starring Reverend W Audry's famous locomotive in high definition. The series, which will air in May 2007, will include 13 new stories and see Thomas cross the Island of Sodor to new locations. New characters will also be introduced: two brand new mainline engines and a big, black truck.”
Which is all very lovely. But I have a quick question: Why is it that they won't reprint the original Thomas The Tank Engine books? I've still got mine, sitting in a box, waiting for the time we have kids. But what about parents who aren't so lucky? No proper Thomas books. That's sad.
Actually, there's a growing trade in buying up then reprinting old kids book. Maybe something to be done there, publishers?