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October 27, 2006

Silly Who rumour of the week

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Tennant fun

It seems the “episode without the Doctor” possibility is really driving fans nuts. We've already had Love and Monsters in series two, and the expectation is that there'll be another episode that's Doctor-lite, thanks to hellish filming schedules. So how will the production team cope?

We've already had one possibility thrown at us: the Doctor and new companion are regressed into children by mad scientist Mark Gatiss and so child actors will take the place of Freema Agyeman and David Tennant. Since there's that exciting competition for some lucky fan to land a part on the show, maybe that'll tie in nicely.

Paul McGannBut now, we have another one, which has the virtues of a 1% chance of being true and all the hallmarks of a conspiracy theory. In this exciting possibility, Martha Jones turns round, says “Tell me all about regeneration, Doctor”, and low and behold, we have a Tennant-narrated tale of life being Paul McGann. That would fill me with joy if it happened, because it's about time McGann got to be something more than a footnote in Who history*.

Sheridan Smith with a DalekWhere the conspiracy theory element comes in is the BBC7 series starting in the New Year. The idea is that that will act as a primer for the public to accept McGann as a previous Doctor and more importantly to get them used to Sheridan Smith as his companion, who will then legitimately be able to appear on-screen as the Doctor's companion and be an audience draw. Smith, of course, has a big youth following from Two Pints of Lager (although not from Grown Ups).

Not at all plausible, particularly since the rumour also says it's going to be set during the Time War, but I liked it anyway.

Incidentally, the Big Finish web site now has more details on those BBC7 audio plays. One thing I spotted that I hadn't seen elsewhere: Sheridan Smith's character is going to be with the Doctor thanks to some form of Time Lord Witness Protection Programme (very Big Finish). Even she doesn't know what she's supposed to have seen, though.

*Footnote: Technically, Paul McGann is the longest running Doctor, since he was the official Doctor between 1996 and 2005, appearing in the TV movie, comics, books and audio plays, all of which were licensed by the BBC.

UPDATE: The rumour mutates and combines with the earlier rumour! Now the suggestion is that when the Doctor and companion are zapped by Mark Gatiss, he turns back into Paul McGann. Now that's the hallmark of a great rumour.

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October 23, 2006

Review: Torchwood 1x1-1x2

Posted on October 23, 2006 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Torchwood

In the UK: Sundays, 10pm, BBC3. Then repeated on BBC2 on Wednesdays at 9pm and every cowing day of the week on BBC3.
In the US: Might be a bit too wild for the SciFi channel, but could potentially go out on BBC America or something else “open to experimentation”

So here it is. The first full-blown spin-off from Doctor Who. Like Bod, it's been ambling amiably towards us for the best part of a year, with frequent references to it throughout the second series of Who. Now it's arrived, has it been worth the wait?

Yes. I think.

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October 11, 2006

Third-episode verdict: Dexter

Posted on October 11, 2006 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Dexter

A slightly speedy third-episode verdict, I know, but that's the power of the preview for you. Anyway, to cut a long story short, after a very promising first episode, Dexter has gone on only to impress. Darkly comic yet scary, it really is a great show.

Michael C Hall is truly upsetting and outstanding as the apparently normal Dexter, and although the other members of the cast are more than acceptable, it's on Hall's shoulders that the entire show rests. He's more than up to the task

It would have been easy for the show's producers to create a show that watered down the motivations of the average serial killer to create a nearly loveable anti-hero, but although Dexter does indeed only pick on bad people, at no point do you feel like you're being asked to root for Dexter or to feel much sympathy for him.

So catch it if you can: it's on Showtime on Sundays in the US, and will be on FX in the UK next year.

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