Saturday, July 12, 2008

Update on DW Specials.....

Doctor Who's co-executive producer Julie Gardner has revealed transmission details for two of next year's specials.And in the interview in today's Daily Telegraph about the shows future, the head of drama for BBC Wales says the cutback in 2009 is a good thing for the programme.

She says: "Aside from Series Five, which will have a full 13 episodes and transmit in 2010, we are making four one-hour specials. The first, which we've already filmed, will go out this Christmas. The next will go out the following Easter.

The other specials have yet to be scheduled, although one will definitely be on at Christmas 2009."In the interview, Gardner says: "The reduced schedule for 2009 acknowledges the fact that the show should continue not just for another one or two years, but for another five or 10. It needs to be nurtured, loved and looked after."

The article states that Russell T Davies is writing two of the specials and co-writing the other two. It is not revealed who the other co-writer is.

Filming Schedule:Filming has wrapped for the 2008 Christmas special. Filming for the 2009 specials will commence in January 2009 (Tennant will begin filming on the 9th Jan) with the filming for series 5 starting later that Spring.

DT confirmed four on the Andrew Marr show. DWM 397 also confirmed four specials for 2009. The Guardian said there were five in total. The latest information from Julie Gardner mentions four specials (including Christmas 2008) then mentions DT coming back to film them.

Speculation: One of the Specials may be taking place partially or entirely in a location outside the UK.

For the Christmas Special: Many have speculated this is based on the audio "The One Doctor" - according to "very good, close sources", this episode is indeed based on that audio, and is a light comedy after the tearjerker of the finale.

DM is the fake Doctor, and the Cybershades are fakes made by Morrissey's character, only for the real Cybermen (and the real Doctor) to show up...

Casting :

  • Ace (Sophie Aldred)
  • McGann rumoured to return in the second 2009 special, in an episode directed by Graham Harper (heard by a few people but apparently the "latest sources" say this is not happening)
  • Brian Blessed may make his return to the show
  • Agynes Deyn is reported as being in one of the specials.
  • Rumour on IMDB that Bad Girls star Alicia Eyo has been offered a companion role for one of the specials; a role that may play into full-time companion for series 5
  • John Simm - instead of a small cameo in series 4, plans were changed to bring the Master in a much bigger way in the specials Heroes and Villains
  • Sea Devils. "The return of The Sea Devils is definitely planned and all preliminary work has long since been concluded."
  • Winston Churchill (for specials or series 5) - reputedly TV people asked for his removal from "Revenge of the Judoon" so he could be kept in reserve.

According to Julie Gardner, characters and story lines from last series will not necessarily be picked up for the specials.

SERIES 5: RTD is leaving and Moffat taking over for series 5. It'll be back to the original 13 episodes format. As for writers of the episodes, there are rumours abound that Neil Gaiman and Rob Shearman may be writing episodes for series 5. When asked what he knew about the rumour Rob Shearman replied "Only that it's news to me!"

Gaiman says on his blog that Gaiman HAS had dinner with Moffet but "if it ever gets to the point where I know that I'm actually, definitely, for certain, writing an episode of Doctor Who, I'll post it here. In big red letters. Or green. You'll know when it happens, trust me."

According to DWM, apparently "THEY'RE BACK"Although we don't actually know what or who "They" are. RTD refuses to say whether Tennant will return for series 5. RTD says he "knows when David is leaving..." DT has made his decision and the BBC knows what it is. He then went on to say that he blatantly lies about the future of Doctor Who....

According to the Sun, DT will leave after the four specials "and a movie". A rumour has been said that Andy Pryor has cast DT's replacement. There was a short list of names - including one woman. The rumour also suggested DT would not be in all specials...

Also, you have DT stating that he would still like to be the Doctor but no one has even asked him to come back yet.

Then you have the rumour of DT being offered 100,000 GBP per episode.

There is also a rumour that the last special is being filmed with two endings to allow DT maximum time to consider his return (they did this for Parting of the Ways as well)

Supporting Cast:

  • Kylie to return? Old rumours from early 2008
  • Negotiations in train to get back Alex Kingston (River Song) and Georgina Moffett (Jenny) for series 5?
  • Tom Baker?! Rumor says he wants to come back as the MASTER!!!???