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Nicole   /   05.31.2012   •  

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat reckons that Jenna-Louise Coleman arrival as the new companion on Doctor Who will have a major impact on the show.

Speaking on Radio 5 to Richard Bacon, he said, “It’s just very exciting. When a new companion comes in it sort of reboots the show a little bit, it makes you look at the Doctor differently, it makes the show feel different, that’s already happening. It’s literally a new beginning, you’re back to chapter one, in a way it’s always a story of someone getting to know the Doctor, and now it’s Jenna’s character. There’s a lot of ways (her character) will be different, but I’m not telling you what they are! Jenna is just wonderful and spiky and salty and clever: again – just as Doctor Who always does – it becomes a different show, and I’m thrilled with her, everyone’s going to be.” [via Doctor Who News]

Coleman has actually started work on her first episode, but it’s not the one she’ll first appear in on screen. Instead she been filming one of the episode due to air in 2013, after the Christmas special in which she’ll make her debut (Moffat’s still writing that, apparently). Locations filmed thus far have included the Manor House at Plas Llanmihangel, Margam Country Park and Gethin Woodland Park. [also via Doctor Who News]

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Nicole   /   05.29.2012   •  

The BBC have announced that the Maxine Peake starring drama Room At The Top will finally be shown on BBC Four over a year after it failed to materialise on it’s original air date.

Room At The Top was due to be broadcast in April 2011 but following a copyright dispute between Remus Films and the estate of writer John Braine the drama was pulled from the schedules.

Adapted from Braine’s 1950’s set novel it tells the story of Joe Lampton (Matthew McNulty) a working class boy who leaves his village for the mill town of Warley with plans to marry into high society. After joining the local amateur dramatic society he finds himself torn between two women.

Production company Great Meadow said, “the producer of the TV adaptation of Room At The Top, Great Meadow Productions, is pleased to announce that the issue of copyright between Remus Films and the estate of John Braine, represented by David Higham Associates, has been resolved.”

Great Meadow added that the two part drama will be shown on BBC Four, “in the near future.”

Amongst the cast are new Doctor’s companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, Kevin R McNally (Pirates of The Caribbean) and Zoe Telford (Sherlock).
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Nicole   /   05.18.2012   •  

There’s no finer tradition than the Christmas ghost story and joining the likes of A Christmas Carol and the BBC’s aptly named A Ghost Story at Christmas anthology, will be the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

As revealed in Doctor Who Adventures’ “Rumour Alert!” section Jenna Louise-Coleman will be making her debut in what will undoubtedly be both a shamelessly festive and, hopefully, spooktacular episode.

Those with long memories might recall Jenna’s audition where she and Matt Smith performed a few small scenes where ‘Jasmine’ and the Doctor investigated a haunted house – scenes which were reprinted in Moffat’s production notes in DWM. Well, you may also recall that Moffat was so impressed with his work on these small scenes that he planned to sneak them into a future episode.

So perhaps we’ve already read part of what will go on in the 2012 Christmas Special?

While, perhaps not that much of a shock, Alex Kingston has also been spotted filming scenes for a subsequent appearance in Series 7 – hinting that it’ll very much be a family affair when the Ponds depart the TARDIS for the last time.

And, perhaps even less shocking, is the return of Sherlock co-creator, friend of Moffat and potential, future Doctor Who show runner Mark Gatiss, who’ll be joining other returnees Chris Chibnall and Toby Whithouse, who’ll be writing an upcoming episode.

Excited about a haunted Christmas tale? Looking forward to the return of River Song? Hoping that Gatiss’ presence will result in another episode like The Unquiet Dead?

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Nicole   /   05.09.2012   •  

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has teased the character of the show’s new companion.

The next series of the show will see Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill depart the show as Amy and Rory Pond, to be replaced at Christmas by newcomer Jenna-Louise Coleman in an unconfirmed role.

And now, speaking in Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat has said that while the new character will “shock”, there will be familiar elements. He said: “I’ll answer you in the show about how it’s going to be different. But because it is going to be different. It’s going to be a shock, I think. In terms of the companions all being ‘the same’ – that’s not as phony or artistically crap a thing to say as it sounds. What is the base group of people who would run away with the Doctor? They’re all going to be a bit mad. A bit dislocated. Not happy with where they are. Are they yearning for outer space? They’re going to be people who feel like they can take on the Doctor, who’s quite an intimidating sort of person. So, they’re going to be feisty – they’re going to be all those things. He sort of defines the people who are going to travel with him. The distinction comes very much from the various actors and actresses. So, you know, they’re the ones who create the differences between them. But you are always going to have the same sort of person, just because it’s the same man choosing them, and it”s the same person being chosen.”

Moffat also addressed the trend for the companions usually being young women. He said: “I think the function of a companion is pretty simple. I don’t think that’s very difficult. It’s just a question of who credibly is going to agree to go in the TARDIS? Who’s going to do it? Is it going to be a mother of 15 children? No. Is it going to be someone in their 60s? No. Is there going to be a particular age range? I mean… who’s going to have a crush on the Doctor? You know, come on! It’s more than a format. It’s evolved from good, dramatic reasons.”

Doctor Who returns for new episodes in the autumn, ahead of its 50th anniversary next year.

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Nicole   /   04.30.2012   •  

New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman has said that her character will “surprise” fans with a never-before-seen introduction.

The Waterloo Road actress was last month confirmed to be starring alongside Matt Smith in series seven of the BBC sci-fi, replacing Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.

Speaking about the upcoming debut, Coleman told viewers to expect “lots of secrets and intrigue” from her alter ego.

“I know what my introduction is,” she told Doctor Who Monthly. “And I have a general idea of where we’re going to go. There’s definitely a story arc. It sounds really interesting, really exciting. I don’t think anything’s been done like it before, but there are lots of secrets and intrigue, and I think it’s going to throw and confuse a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people.”

Coleman previously admitted that she doesn’t know the name of her character, as she asked Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat not to tell her “anything until [she needs] to know it”.

The actress also said that she expects “to have the best time ever” with Smith. Coleman’s character will make her debut in the 2012 Christmas special.

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