JUST back from tonight’s launch for series four of Doctor Who.
We saw episodes one and two, followed by a Q&A with David Tennant, Catherine Tate and Russell T Davies.
The talk was of Doctor Who’s daughter, the Time Lord and Donna Noble just being “mates” and the return of the Sontarans.
Both David and Russell refused to comment about their futures with the show after this 13-part series and four further specials.
Catherine also said she couldn’t comment when asked if she was in the specials.
OK, looking now at the clock, the launch was technically last night.
As it’s late, I’ll take events in chronological order ahead of more in the MEN over the next few days.
Controller of BBC Fiction Jane Tranter introduced the screening at a cinema in London’s West End.
She pointed out that the Doctor Who team had been involved over the last four years with 56 episodes, including this year’s yet to be filmed Christmas special.
HERE’S the first picture of Doctor Who with his new companion.
Well, that’s if you leave aside the time David Tennant and Catherine Tate starred together in Christmas special The Runaway Bride.
As the universe and his wife knows by now, Donna Noble returns in the fourth series, currently being filmed in Cardiff.
Expected to be Tennant’s last appearance in the role, the new series sees Donna tracking down the Time Lord during an alien emergency in modern day London.
The BBC today released further details of one of the storylines, which finds Donna and the Doctor travelling through time for an encounter with murder mystery author Agatha Christie.
She will be played by Jekyll actress Fenella Woolgar, while Rosemary and Thyme “lord” Felicity Kendall co-stars as Lady Clemency Eddison.
DOCTOR Who fans are still busy on web forums talking about last Saturday’s stunning episode.
The Family of Blood was the conclusion of a two-part story, written by Paul Cornell.
Set in the England of 1913, it was heavy with foreboding for the First World War to come a year later.
Some believe it was the best episode of the time travel series ever screened.
And many have reported they were in tears at the unexpected conclusion, depicting a modern day service of remembrance for those who died in the war.
It saw the poppy-wearing Doctor and Martha standing in the distance to pay their respects to a now aged veteran Tim Latimer.
WE always knew there was a devil buried somewhere deep within Mavis Wilton, didn’t we?
Once Rita’s faithful companion in The Kabin – think Norris in a skirt – Mavis spent 26 years on Coronation Street.
It’s now almost 10 years since she did the papers for the last time and left Weatherfield to run a B&B in the Lake District.
But actress Thelma Barlow, who played Mavis, still had a tear in her eye as she watched an archive clip of her farewell scene on today’s edition of This Morning.
“It was brilliant,” she said of her time on the cobbles. “It just gave me a wonderful life.”
Middlesbrough-born Thelma, 77, has gone on to star in many more roles, including parts in Dinnerladies and Mrs Henderson Presents.
And she makes her much heralded appearance in Doctor Who this Saturday as baddie Lady Thaw.
HE’S one of Manchester’s finest exports – even if he was born in Wales.
Now Doctor Who writer and executive producer Russell T Davies wants to come home.
But not just yet.
There’s an interview with Russell in today’s edition of trade magazine Broadcast, in which he again says he’s fully committed to the Cardiff-based BBC1 show.
But he confirms that he will eventually be moving on and has been talking to Manchester-based Red Production Company.
“I’ve certainly got things lined up – I want to work with Nicola Shindler again, and I want to live in Manchester again. My house is in Manchester.
JUST back from the world premiere of the third series of Doctor Who.
A few dozen fans, many with cameras, were gathered outside the Mayfair Hotel in central London to see the cast arrive, along with some other famous faces.
Tenth Time Lord David Tennant was there to introduce the Doctor’s new companion Freema Agyeman, 27, who plays Martha Jones.
Also arriving as I made my way in through the doors was Sophia Myles – David’s real life girlfriend, who played Madame de Pompadour in the second BBC1 series.
Having travelled to Cardiff for the last two series launches, this was the first one to be held in London.
Spotted under the grand chandelier was Manchester-based writer and executive producer Russell T Davies, sharing a joke with Jonathan Ross, who had brought along his three children.
DOCTOR Who star David Tennant gave nothing away about his future at today’s first screening of the Time Lord’s latest Christmas special.
It was a relatively early start in London’s Soho, bearing in mind he’d been at yesterday’s wedding of Little Britain star Matt Lucas.
For those anxious to know about Matt’s panto-themed reception, David went as Buttons and Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies was, of course, a Dame.
Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride is an hour-long festive adventure which will be shown on BBC1 at 7pm on Christmas Day.
Catherine Tate guest stars as woman in white Donna Noble, a grown-up and toned down version of her schoolgirl comedy character Lauren – but still very definitely “bovvered”.