Tuesday’s “hopefully more accurate” news

Doctor Who

  • Steven Moffat doesn’t like Doctor Who Confidential being cancelled

Film

  • John Cusack joins The Numbers Station
  • Jason Sudeikis joins Will Ferell and Zach Galifianakis in Dog Fight
  • Michelle Monaghan joins Fort Bliss
  • Ben Affleck to direct Matt Damon and Casey Affleck in Whitey Bulger mobster story
  • Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Forest Whitaker, Kevin Durand and Deborah Kara Unger to star in The Truth
  • Principal photography finishes on Jess Whedon‘s unexpected Much Ado About Nothing

Theatre

  • Tom Stoppard adapting Shakespeare in Love for the West End

British TV

US TV




  • bob

    Jess Whedon? Is this a joke I don’t get?

  • MediumRob

    “Jess Whedon? Is this a joke I don’t get?”
    The clue is in the title, following Monday’s slight cock-ups

  • Is Doctor Who Confidential THAT expensive to make? And I expect it WILL be missed (plus, its another less extra for the DVD: we’re practically down to vanilla box-sets now aren’t we?!)
    Admittedly, I’ve been less keen on watching these this year – in fact they’ve mostly been a bit too lovey ‘aren’t we brilliant?!’ since Moff took over — can you believe that Moff is actually more gratuitously OTT than RTD was? No, I didn’t think it was possible either, but if you scrape off the irony, it sure is so.
    I do sometimes turn over for it: The one for the finale this year (Wedding of River Song) was a delight with its time-storyline for River through the series; and the one for The Doctor’s Wife was a joyful historical walk through DW through the ages.
    But otherwise: not so much a must see. I know I had the gratuitous pleasure factor of David Tennant, but I also watched the full-length ones for CE’s series.
    Maybe lots of others have felt the same way? How have ratings fared?
    I can understand SM being hacked off: still, maybe that bit of budget can go to the Mill for some effects next year (to add to the thruppence they seem to now get).

  • SK

    I always assumed Doctor Who Confidential was a cheap schedule-filler — get a bunch of new media grads desperate for work to take some of those non-HD-cameras you have going spare and follow around a bunch of other people who are making a TV programme they were going to be making anyway, edit it down to twenty minutes, pad it out with clips from the programme that people have just watched, and hey presto — an extra forty-five minutes of programming for presumably very little marginal cost!
    Well, except when they decide to send the actors on mini-Jim’ll Fix It sprees, but they didn’t do that before and they could stop doing it.
    I haven’t noticed them being more lovey this year either — I stopped watching them during the Tennant era, because I just didn’t want to see a load of talking heads telling me how the pile of crud masquerading as a travesty of the programme I had once loved was actually the greatest televisual event since Edge of Darkness.
    I have, however, noticed that they’ve started getting the writers to explain the plots in them. It’s not that great to expect people to have to watch another programme if they wanted Doctor who to make sense (this is a departure form the Davies era, when nobody involved with the programme seemed to care whether it made any sense or not, so long as something was either exploding or about to explode).
    So anyway, yes, the decision to cut Doctor Who Confidential did rather surprise me as I assumed that it was already a cost-cutting measure! Still, I suppose, the BBC3 schedule can easily be filled by repeating a documentary about teenagers with embarrassing ailments who are even so hotter than their daughters.

  • SK

    I always assumed Doctor Who Confidential was a cheap schedule-filler — get a bunch of new media grads desperate for work to take some of those non-HD-cameras you have going spare and follow around a bunch of other people who are making a TV programme they were going to be making anyway, edit it down to twenty minutes, pad it out with clips from the programme that people have just watched, and hey presto — an extra forty-five minutes of programming for presumably very little marginal cost!
    Well, except when they decide to send the actors on mini-Jim’ll Fix It sprees, but they didn’t do that before and they could stop doing it.
    I haven’t noticed them being more lovey this year either — I stopped watching them during the Tennant era, because I just didn’t want to see a load of talking heads telling me how the pile of crud masquerading as a travesty of the programme I had once loved was actually the greatest televisual event since Edge of Darkness.
    I have, however, noticed that they’ve started getting the writers to explain the plots in them. It’s not that great to expect people to have to watch another programme if they wanted Doctor who to make sense (this is a departure form the Davies era, when nobody involved with the programme seemed to care whether it made any sense or not, so long as something was either exploding or about to explode).
    So anyway, yes, the decision to cut Doctor Who Confidential did rather surprise me as I assumed that it was already a cost-cutting measure! Still, I suppose, the BBC3 schedule can easily be filled by repeating a documentary about teenagers with embarrassing ailments who are even so hotter than their daughters.

  • Mark Carroll

    Oooh, “Edge of Darkness” looks interesting, thanks, the series is actually available on DVD.

  • Mark Carroll

    Oooh, “Edge of Darkness” looks interesting, thanks, the series is actually available on DVD.