Posted on August 4, 2006 | |
The Sun seems to have put a foot wrong for a change. The Beeb is now denying the Currant Bun's story from yesterday that Zoe Lucker is up for the role of the Rani. No word on whether The Rani will be appearing in the third season, but with a different actress playing the role.
It has been pointed out that the Rani rumour has some interesting timing, given the pretty rubbish Mark of the Rani has just come out on DVD and might need some promotion...
Posted on August 3, 2006 | |
Seeing as The Sun seems to have some kind of direct line to Russell T Davies these days, I guess we have to at least consider the possibility that Zoe Lucker from Footballers' Wives is going to play The Rani in the next series of Doctor Who.
Is this likely? Well (bearing in mind that all my theories always turn out to be wrong), I think it could be. Well, maybe not Zoe Lucker, but certainly The Rani turning up.
We already have the hint that at least one other Time Lord (for indeed The Rani is a Time Lord/Lady) survived the Time War, thanks to Russell T Davies' story in last year's Doctor Who Annual. Then there's the inherent soapiness of it all that I've already pointed out (yes, there's one Time Lord and one Time Lady remaining in the universe. Think of the possibilities for soapy love triangles). And then there's Stu's comments about how the villain next year needs to be someone who can time travel as well – someone who's The Doctor's equal, effectively.
Then there's RTD's disdain for villains without motivations. The Master - previous number one favourite Time Lord to return - didn't really have one. The Rani, on the other hand, was a scientist, albeit one with zero ethics. In the new Who, she could therefore be the Doctor's mirror image: he's the face of "good" science, she's the face of "bad" science; she explores the universe, just like him, looking for knowledge. It's just what she does with it that's bad.
Can't say I'd be entirely happy with Zoe Lucker as The Rani, but I can see how it makes sense. What do you all think?
Posted on August 2, 2006 | |
Part reality TV show, part Pop Idol, The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll will be rolling out onto The CW soon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
I won't even dignify that one with a response, other than point you in the direction of a general boilerplate statement about the decline of Western civilisation, blah, blah, blah.