Wilf, The Doctor and The Master

“WAIT for the New Year’s Day episode.

“Your brain will blow up,” promised Russell T Davies.

Tonight I was among a lucky few hundred people invited to BBC TV Centre to see Doctor Who: The End Of Time…part one.

Followed by a Q&A with Russell, John Simm and Bernard Cribbins.

The Doctor and Adelaide

THE end of an era for Doctor Who approached on a screen in central London today.

“It’s been something that I’ll be forever proud of,” David Tennant told us afterwards.

“Filming the very, very final scenes was very sad.”

The Waters Of Mars is as dark and as thrilling an episode of Doctor Who as any I’ve ever seen.

It’s the second of four farewell specials starring David as the tenth Time Lord.

And it foreshadows his departure in a final two-part story to be screened at Christmas.

The hour-long episode, premiered at the press launch today, will be broadcast on BBC1 at 7pm on Sunday Nov 15.

There’s a full transcript below of this morning’s post-screening Q&A with David and outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies.

But first a little background.

SO now we know the identity of the new Doctor Who.
A flurry of late bets put Matt Smith’s name firmly in the frame to play the 11th Time Lord.
Within the last hour, the BBC confirmed his casting as the youngest ever actor to play the Doctor – and web forums are already in meltdown.
Many appear never to have heard of Northampton-born Matt, 26.
Which means they must have missed him as Danny in BBC2’s cruelly axed Party Animals.
Or as Jim, alongside Billie Piper in The Ruby In The Smoke and The Shadow In The North.
Not to mention the guest role of Ian – one of two cousins caught up in an incident with a taxi driver – in the second series The Street.

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.