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When’s Doctor Who back?

Easter Weekend?

Some clues: the press launch is on March 28th; the first DVD box set of the second season is out on the 1st May.

Oh, and by the way: David Tennant in Romeo and Juliet at the RSC

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Totally Doctor Who lets in the teenagers

We’ve already have a few of our regulars and newcomers complaining that Totally Doctor Who, the show that CBBC is hoping will indoctrinate children into being obsessive about television from an early age, has too low an age limit. Well, the powers that be are obviously listening – and enjoy pissing people off – and have raised the maximum age to 14, which still rules out everyone who complained.

Let the birth-certificate-faking begin.

Meanwhile, trailers have been running in the US for the Christopher Eccleston season of Doctor Who, since it airs next Friday. Sci-Fi have already got a nice little micro-site up and running but clearly they reckon the new logo is far too naff and have created their own:

The Sci-Fi Channel's New Doctor Who logo

Like a gadzillion times better than the real one, isn’t it? Maybe the Beeb should take that to heart and use it for the next season? That would annoy the merchandisers no end.

That’s it. Nothing more to see here.

Still here? Oh. Of course.

Here’s a picture of David Tennant:

David Tennant in an Atari t-shirt

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Peter Kay to be guest villain on Doctor Who

Peter Kay

Peter Kay (him off Phoenix Nights and who did that song, you know the one, with Tony Christie… No, not ‘Streets and Alleyways’ or whatever it was – that was the theme to The Protectors… It’s got armadillos in it or something. Oh I don’t know. Go and look it up) is to be a guest villain on the new series of Doctor Who. Well, if Simon Pegg can do it, so can Peter Kay.

Can’t help but think they could do with a few really evil psychopaths, though, rather than comic actors who can also do serious work.

And now, for no reason at all, apparently, a picture of David Tennant (sorry about the watermark):

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K9 and Sarah Jane Smith back for another series. Again.

K9 and Company

It’s not often failed pilots get a reprieve 25 years on, but K9 and Company might have a second chance as a series according to The Sun. This isn’t new news – I’d heard whispers about it a couple of months ago – and it’s still not exactly confirmed, but given that one paper’s picked this up means it’s more likely than I’d previously thought. However, The Sun does say the target audience is children. But will kids be interested in Sarah Jane? Dads, yes, but kids…?

K9 and Company failed to make it as a series back in 1981 for a number of reasons, incidentally: as well as a transmitter going down just before it aired, killing a good portion of the potential ratings, it was spoilt by a rubbish theme tune and a title sequence that tried to make a convertible Mini Metro look exotic. The script was pretty good though. Roll on a new series, I say.

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Maybe BBC1 is taking Doctor Who a little too seriously…

Nothing kills a popular show faster than over-hyping. In their mad rush to claw huge quantities of cash and ratings out of DT and co, it’s possible they’re starting to fall into this particular trap (assuming they haven’t already). Take a look at this concept for a new CBBC show: Totally Doctor Who.

Totally Doctor Who are recruiting cadets for a Companion Academy. Eight Cadets will be picked, but only the best will make it through the gruelling physical and mental challenges of the Academy. The prize? A day on the Doctor Who set.

Or if you think you’re the biggest Who brainbox around, take the Who-ru challenge. Stump the Totally Doctor Who studio guests with your Who knowledge and you’ll walk away with some serious prizes.

And Totally Doctor Who also want to hear how much you love Doctor Who. Have you built your own time machine or held a Doctor Who fancy dress party? Send in your photos, videos, stories, pictures, or anything else.

Plus, if you’ve got a burning question you want to put to Doctor Who cast or crew, send it in and the Totally team will do their best to get an answer.

It’s like a junior nerd recruitment drive. And what’s more likely to kill off Doctor Who in the public imagination again? If it becomes really nerdy and anal. Oh dear.Kelly Reilly, David Tennant 4