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Richard E. Grant has been cast in the upcoming 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special. The news came from a tweet from Doctor Who Magazine today. It's interesting to see an official-unofficial past Doctor actor return to the series. You may recall that Richard E. Grant was the original 9th Doctor in the Scream of the Shalka, a story written by Paul Cornell. This animated adventure was produced prior to the television series being relaunched in 2005. We reviewed Scream of the Shalka not too long ago in Doctor Who: Podshock 267. In it, we discussed Richard E. Grant's portrayal of the Doctor and how Scream was the forerunner of Rose.
I am sadden to report that once again we have lost someone in the Doctor Who community. A month after the news of Caroline John (Liz Shaw) passing, we have lost another actress that played a companion on Doctor Who, Mary Tamm. You will remember her for her role as the original Romana in the Tom Baker era. She introduced us to the Time Lady companion, Romana in 'The Key to Time' series of 1978 to 1979.
The Mirror reports that she lost her long battle against cancer this morning. She was only 62 years old.
"Today marks 27 years since the organization was formed."
That is quite an achievement Louis.
It's a while since I posted a Blog item here but I feel i should use this moment to thank Louis for all his hard work through over the years.
I'm sure Louis would be the first to say this isn't just his anniversary and would thank Ken , James and all the Podshock Correspondents during these years - alongside of course - the Subscribers, Readers and Listenners of Podshock.
Keep up the great work Louis as we head towards the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who
This is what has become an annual posting here on the 18th of June each year… The Gallifreyan Embassy anniversary. Today marks 27 years since the organization was formed. What can I say that I haven't already said in my previous anniversary postings? Yeah, I can't believe so much time has passed… I believe I had said it before. Perhaps these photos that I took last week on the Long Island Raid Road say it all. We have come a long way since 1985. I never thought then that I would see train posters referencing Doctor Who in them as these do for BBC America.
So that you all don't bored the two part mini adventure written once again by UK school children, is finally here for your Perousal! ENJOY....PS Happy Towel Day.
The first two series of Matt Smith as the Doctor has been recreated in a video simulating an old style (I would say 16-bit) video game running just over 4 minutes long. Be warned, there are spoilers pertaining to the these two series (if you are not up to date).
Thanks to @EoghannIrving for the heads up on this one.
And so we lose another great actor who's appearances in Doctor Who are long and note worthy.
Philip Madoc died today Monday, 5th March after a short illness at the age of 77. His agent Michael Hallet said he passed away in hospital in Hertfordshire surrounded by his family.
It saddens me to say that we've lost another Doctor Who vetran. Peter Halliday passed way on the 19th of February. It's taken a while for the information to filter out, Peter for most shall be remembered as the unfortunate, violence happy Packer in The Invasion along side Patrick Troughton and Kevin Stoney. But it was not to be his only role, he also did voices for The Silurians and Ambassadors of Death in Jon Pertwee's 1st full Season. Then going on to star as Plectrac in Carnival of Monsters.
Later he appeared along side Tom Baker in the City of Death, as a soldier, and finally along side Sylvester McCoy in Remembrance of the Daleks as the Vicar in the closing moments of Episode 4.
The shooting for Series 7 is due to start on the 20th February, with rehersals starting this Monday on the 13th.
Writers so far include Steven Moffat, Mark Gattis & John Fay the latter was part resposible for Torchwood Children of Earth. To them Gareth Robberts and Chris "42" Chibnell have also been added, Chris's episode being looked at, at this moment in time for Episode 3.
So spoiler-phobes from the 20th of February fingers in ears and chant the mantra, It's not on TV yet, It's not on TV yet, na na na na na! But I'll see it soon enough....
We Review the Latest and Final Series of The Sarah Jane Adventures in Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi 20
Less than a year ago we lost Elisabeth Sladen. At that time, only six of the twelve episodes for the fifth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures were shot. Fortunately, we got to see those six episodes starting last October on the CBBC. In this latest episode of Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi we review this abbreviated and final series. Join Dave, Graeme, and myself as we bid farewall to the series.
Plus other news including Blake's 7 and the new forthcoming Aliens vs. Wizards and more.
Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 20
Running Time: 1:33:49
The latest and final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures (Series 5) reviewed ('Sky', 'The Curse of Clyde Langer', 'The Man Who Wasn't There'), plus news and more.
Both Matt Smith and Karen Gillan won thier catagories at the NTA or National Television Awards.
Matt won for best for Best Performance Male Drama, and Karen for Best performance Female Drama.
Doctor Who was nominated for the Best Drama catagory but lost out to Downton Abbey, which stars Hugh Bonniville. Who most who fans will remember as the Captain from the Series 6 Episode "Curse of the Black Spot"
On the red carpet it seemed like Matt has caught Moffeteitis in that he gave two different accounts of how long he was going to stay as the Doctor. The Youtube clip are underneath, you can decide fro yourself.
This is just a quick heads up to let you know that a new episode of DW Podshock and Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi have been recorded and are both currently in post production now. They should be arriving in your feeds later in the week.
Included in the upcoming Podshock episode is a review of the classic Jon Pertwee DVD Doctor Who and the Silurians and the conclusion of the Frazer Hines interview.
We review series 5 of The Sarah Jane Adventures in the upcoming Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi.
Former Doctor Who executive producer and lead writer Russell T Davies who was also responsible for two Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures will now be spearheading a new series on CBBC, Aliens Vs Wizards.
This new series consisting of 12 half-hour episodes is being created with Phil Ford who Davies worked with on Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures series. It is set to debut in autumn of this year on CBBC. It is being produced by BBC Wales in association with FrementleMedia.
Nana Visitor played Olivia Colasanto in Torchwood: Miracle Day, but is known best for portraying Kira Nerys in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for seven years. She joins Sylvester McCoy, Daphne Ashbrook, Frazer Hines, Colin Spaull, and Steve Gostelow at Icon 31 this March.
Jeremy Bulloch is also scheduled to attend. Known most famously for portraying Boba Fett in the Star Wars saga, he also guest stars in the William Hartnell story "The Space Museum" and Jon Pertwee's "The Time Warrior".
Icon 31 will be held March 30, 31, April 1st 2012 at the State University of New York at Stonybrook. Details can be found at www.iconsf.org.