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Doctor Who's David Tennant is teaming up with Lena Dunham for her remake of Camping

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Doctor Who's David Tennant will collaborate with Lena Dunham for his next major TV series.

Tennant has been cast in a leading role in Dunham and Girls collaborator Jenni Konner's remake of the British comedy series Camping, according to TheWrap.

Jennifer Garner previously signed on to star in Camping as housewife Kathryn Siddell-Bauers, who organises a weekend excursion into nature to celebrate her husband Walt's (Tennant) 45th birthday.

However, the trip goes south when Kathryn's sister and judgy best friend bring along a free-spirited wild child. Before the weekend is over, a crime will have taken place and a marriage will have been tested.

This is the latest of a few US roles for Tennant, who most recently made a brief re-appearance as the mind-controlling super-villain Kilgrave in the second season of Netflix's Jessica Jones.

Tennant also currently voices Scrooge McDuck in Disney's animated reboot of the DuckTales series, and is set for a co-starring role with Michael Sheen and Jon Hamm in Amazon Prime and BBC Two's adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's beloved novel Good Omens.

Camping will be Lena Dunham and writing partner Jenni Konner's comeback to US premium channel HBO, after wrapping their influential dramedy Girls last year.

The original Camping, which was written by and starred Julia Davis, aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK in the spring of 2016. Its US adaptation will comprise eight episodes.

An HBO air date for Camping in the US hasn't been announced yet. No UK broadcast is attached at this stage either.

Source: Digital Spy


Who is the best Doctor Who, according to the fans?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Who is Doctor Who's greatest ever Doctor?

It's a big and divisive question. Everyone's got their opinions, and Digital Spy has tackled the issue a couple of times: we placed Patrick Troughton top of our own list, while you lot overwhelmingly named David Tennant your favourite in a 2013 reader poll.

But now, we might have the most definitive ranking to date, with proper data behind it and everything.

Using IMDb user rankings, we've crunched the numbers: adding up the scores of all the episodes from each Doctor's era, then working out an average score for that doctor's episodes. Pretty technical, right?

(A couple of things to note before we get going – this ranking only takes into account full-length televised episodes, with no minisodes or spin-offs. And the War Doctor doesn't feature, since he doesn't have a bona-fide 'era', his two TV appearances taking place in Eleventh Doctor stories.)

12. Paul McGann

Average episode score: 6.4 out of 10

Pity the poor Eighth Doctor, who – judged solely by the 1996 TV movie – is fans' least favourite incarnation. That divisive film scored just 6.4 and, since it was McGann's only full-length outing on telly, that's also his average score.

(An important note: we're sticking to our guns regarding minisodes, but McGann's comeback in 'The Night of the Doctor' scored a terrific 9.2, which would have bumped up his average to 7.8 and transport him from last to 5th place.)

11. Colin Baker

Average episode score: 6.5 out of 10

Colin's first full series – the 13-part season 22 – averaged at 7.08, while his second, the 14-episode epic 'The Trial of a Time Lord', works out at 7.14.

But his unpopular first story – 'The Twin Dilemma', which makes up the final four episodes of season 21 – scored a paltry 5.3 out of 10, lowering his overall average score and landing him near the bottom of our list.

10. Sylvester McCoy

Average episode score: 6.9 out of 10

Unsurprisingly, the divisive season 24 (McCoy's debut) polls pretty low with an average of 5.8 out of 10. But from there, it's up and up: season 25 scores an average of 7.3, with season 26 at 7.6, earning the seventh Doctor an average episode score just short of 7 out of 10.

9. William Hartnell

Average episode score: 7.3 out of 10

The original (you might say), Hartnell's first season – which ran for a mammoth 42 episodes from November 1963 to September 1964 – averaged at 7.2 out of 10.

The 39 episodes which makes up his second season average at 7.3, while his third season, including stone-cold classics 'The Massacre' and 'The War Machines', is considered his best, with an average of 7.4.

Hartnell departed Doctor Who eight episodes into its fourth season, with his final two stories – 'The Smugglers' and 'The Tenth Planet' – averaging out at 7.3 out of 10.

8. Peter Davison

Average episode score: 7.34 out of 10

The Fifth Doctor's final run, season 21, is considered his best, scoring 7.5 out of 10 (though that average is bumped up considerably by the high score of his four-part swansong, 'The Caves of Androzani', which itself comes in at 8.75 out of 10).

Next is his debut, season 19, with an average of 7.27, then his middle run of episodes, season 20, which manages a score of 7.24 out of 10.

7. Patrick Troughton

Average episode score: 7.57 out of 10

After taking over from Hartnell, Second Doctor actor Patrick Troughton appeared in 35 of season 4's 43 episodes, with his batch scoring an average of 7.6 out of 10.

His second run, Doctor Who's fifth season, is often considered one of the show's very best and here averages a very respectable 7.78.

Season six is considered Troughton's weakest, with an average of 7.36 lowering his overall score. Oh my word!

6. Jon Pertwee

Average episode score: 7.61 out of 10

According to these IMDb stats, Pertwee came out of the gate incredibly strong, with his first season (the show's seventh) earning an 8 out of 10 average. 'Spearhead', 'Silurians', 'Ambassadors of Death', 'Inferno'... you can't knock it, really.

The average scores for his remaining four seasons go as follows: season 8: 7.5 out of 10; season 9: 7.3; season 10: 7.8; and season 11: 7.4.

High averages for 10th anniversary special 'The Three Doctors' and Jo Grant's exit 'The Green Death' (both at 8.1) help season 10 to an impressive showing, there.

5. Tom Baker

Average episode score: 7.7 out of 10

The great Tom, only at number five? Look, don't blame us, we're just the numbers guys.

Early Tom is considered to be the show at its best, with high scores for his first three seasons: season 12 – 8.02 out of 10, season 13 – 8.25, and season 14 – 8.25.

But with the departure of fan-favourite show boss Philip Hinchcliffe comes a dip in episode scores. Season 15 averages out at 7.39 out of 10, with season 16 (the 'Key to Time' year) a little better at 7.42.

Season 17 gets an average score of 7.31 – sure, 'City of Death' is great (8.85), but then there's 'The Horns of Nimon' (6.15). There's a slight rise for Tom's final year, with season 18 scoring 7.34.

4. Peter Capaldi

Average episode score: 8.06 out of 10

The most recent era of Doctor Who is ranked as one of the show's very best. His first run of episodes, series eight, averages at 7.9 out of 10, while his last, series 10, works out at a slightly higher 7.96.

Perhaps surprisingly, it's his middle run that's been voted Capaldi's best, with an average of 8.31 out of 10. That average is bumped up considerably, though, by the high score afforded to 'Heaven Sent'.

At 9.6, 'Heaven Sent' is the second-best Doctor Who episode ever (according to IMDb scores, that is). It's bested only by 'Blink', which gets a near-perfect 9.8 out of 10.

3. Christopher Eccleston

Average episode score: 8.07 out of 10

Though he stuck around for just 13 episodes, Eccleston's one series of Doctor Who scores high, with an average of 8.069 out of 10. Fantastic!

Highlights according to these scorings include 'The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances' (9.2) and 'The Parting of the Ways' (9.1), while the lowlight was 'Aliens of London / World War Three' (7.1).

2. David Tennant

Average episode score: 8.2 out of 10

DT, not at the top?

Nope, he's been pipped to the post, though his three series and the five specials that followed all boast a healthy and pretty consistent score.

Series two is thought to be his weakest, with an average of 8.02 out of 10, while series 3 – which includes classics like 'Blink' (9.8) and 'Human Nature / The Family of Blood' (9.1) – averages out at an even-better 8.14.

Even that's nothing compared to series 4, which – with an average score of 8.4 out of 10 – is the highest scoring series from Doctor Who's entire 55 year run!

Tennant's final five specials, from 'The Next Doctor' to 'The End of Time - Part 2', earn an average score of 8.2 out of 10, just in case you were wondering.

1. Matt Smith

Average episode score: 8.3 out of 10

Lucky number eleven!

Yes, totalling the IMDb user scores on his episodes, Matt Smith is officially the greatest Doctor of them all. *Cue fan rage*

Here are the stats: his first series (and Steven Moffat's) averages out at 8.25 out of 10, while the follow-up – series six – can't quite match it, with an average score of 8.23.

Series seven sees another dip, to 7.93 out of 10. Helping to bump up the average quite a bit, though, is a 8.95 combined score for Matt's two 2013 specials. His final episode 'The Time of the Doctor' gets 8.5 out of 10, but fans absolutely adore 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor' which scores 9.4 out of 10.

So there you have it. The big question. Finally resolved.

Well, until Jodie arrives, that is...

Source: Digital Spy


Michelle Ryan returns to Doctor Who as Lady Christina With Big Finish

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Michelle Ryan is returning to Doctor Who as Lady Christina de Souza makes a comeback to the Whoniverse.

In September 2018, the EastEnders and Merlin actress will star in four new Big Finish audio productions.

The mysterious thief appeared in the Doctor Who episode Planet of the Dead in 2009 alongside David Tennant, and these new audio adventures will reveal what happened after she flew off on a double decker bus.

Ryan said: “Being asked to revisit the role of Lady Christina was a very easy decision. Adventure, a sunny climate and mind-boggling scenarios are included in the scripts, everything I remember of my Doctor Who experience.

“Alas no David Tennant, but there’s a host of new characters to help along the way. I love that we get to see a little more of her heart in the stories, that she does care about the greater good whilst also satisfying her curiosity for life.”

Luther actor Warren Brown will co-star alongside Ryan in the audio adventures, as well as Jacqueline King who reprises her role of Donna’s mum Sylvia Noble.
The four new stories will be called: It Takes a Thief by John Dorney, Skin Deep by James Goss, Portrait of a Lady by Tim Dawson and Death on the Mile by Donald McLeary.

Source: Radio Times


Doctor Who: Series 11 to revisit US civil rights movement

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New Doctor Who boss Chris Chibnall is keen to make the show as educational as it is entertaining – just as it set out to be in the 1960s.

With that in mind he has embarked on a mission for the Doctor’s new friends Ryan and Yasmin to be transported back in time to witness historical events that are particularly relevant to their own ethnic backgrounds.

The teens, played by former Hollyoaks stars Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, have already filmed with Doctor Jodie Whittaker in Cape Town, South Africa which doubled as 1950s America.

In the plot the Time Lord comes face to face with American civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who in 1955 famously refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white passenger, sparking the beginning of the end for segregation.

Thanks to the TARDIS, the time travellers will witness Alabama bus driver James F Blake telling Rosa to give up her seat, and her brave refusal.

And that’s not all.

The production is now heading off to India, where the gang will find out more about the country’s past and perhaps Yasmin’s own family heritage.

One source said: “The Doctor has all of space and time to explore so it’ll be fascinating to see the gang from 2018 having a good rummage around in big, important events which have changed the course of history.”

When it launched in 1963, Doctor Who was intended by creator Sydney Newman to be an educational series for children.

During the William Hartnell years, viewers learned about Marco Polo, the Aztecs, the crusades, the French Revolution and the Romans, but the practice ended in Patrick Troughton’s era.

Previous foreign filming locations on Doctor Who included Paris, Amsterdam and Lanzarote for the original series.

Since the reboot the various Doctors have visited New York, Rome, Dubai and Fuerteventura while Paul McGann’s TV movie was shot in and around Vancouver.

The next series of 10 episodes, which hits BBC1 in the autumn, will see three stories set in the future, three in the past, and the rest in the present day.

Bring. It. On.

Source: Daily Mirror


Christopher Eccleston says Doctor Who exit almost destroyed his career

Monday, March 12, 2018

Christopher Eccleston has claimed that his exit from Doctor Who almost destroyed his career in a new interview.

Speaking to The Guardian, Eccleston reflected on his decision to leave the iconic show after just one series and didn't hold back on the BBC's handling of the situation, as well as his role in rebooting the classic show.

"What happened around Doctor Who almost destroyed my career. I gave them a hit show and I left with dignity and then they put me on a blacklist," he alleged.

"I was carrying my own insecurities as it was something I had never done before and then I was abandoned, vilified in the tabloid press and blacklisted. I was told by my agent at the time, 'The BBC regime is against you. You're going to have to get out of the country and wait for regime change.'"

Digital Spy has reached out to the BBC for comment.

Since his Doctor Who exit, Eccleston has appeared in BBC shows like The Shadow Line and The A Word, but famously turned down the chance to appear in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special, something Steven Moffat spoke about earlier this year.

"Christopher Eccleston said no, and that was awful, that was just awful. I was so depressed that day, because I'd written most of the script and he was in it. I didn't know what to do," he recalled.

Doctor Who series 11 is expected to premiere later this year on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.

Credit: Digital Spy


How the 11th Doctor nearly ended up playing professional football

The Crown star Matt Smith has opened up about the back condition which ended his promising football career.

The actor, 35, suffers from spondylosis and only took up acting after the injury scuppered his chances of making it as a footballer when he was released by Leicester City aged 16.

He told Kirsty Young on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: “It was a tough time because I just felt unfulfilled, to be honest, I felt like I was so certain that that is what I was going to do.

“It was very difficult for me to tell people that I had been released because the vain part of me was like, I am that and I am the footballer, you know, and at school I was the footballer and suddenly I wasn’t that,” the former Doctor Who star said.

“Fortuitously there was a drama teacher, Terry Hardingham, who said, ‘you were never meant to be a footballer, I always thought you were really great at acting’.”

Smith said he considered acting to be “a bit girly” at the time, adding: “I kept it secret for a bit.

"But, I got the same sense of freedom doing that, which is really difficult now as an actor, that I did playing football.”

The actor also revealed he had been “thinking about kids quite a lot” and would like “a lot of them”.

“A lot of my friends are having children and dare I say it I think I’d be quite a good dad," he said.

"I guess in the fantasised version of my life I have a big family and loads of dogs and all that,” he said.

Asked about the doubts raised by fans over his age and experience when cast in Doctor Who, Smith said: “I’d walk down the street and people would say things like ‘don’t break it’.

“But I think I’d be quite a good boxer, like I think I’m quite good on the ropes. If you back me into a corner, I’ll come out punching.”

Among his song choices were The Notorious B.I.G’s Juicy, LCD Soundsystem’s All My Friends and Luciano Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma.

Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday at 11.15am.


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