Archive for the ‘2009 Specials’ Category

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars Comic Con Trailer

July 27, 2009

dw_wom_trailer2The BBC have released a new trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who special, which is due to be aired in November. The trailer, that was shown as part of the Doctor Who panel at the San Diego Comic Con 2009, contains previously unseen clips. The unseen clips include shots of the Mars Base and of the Doctor in the spacesuit that has been previously used in the Impossible Planet and the Satan Pit. You can seen the trailer on the Planet Who News YouTube channel here. Julie Gardener has also confirmed that there will not be a Doctor Who Movie, however things can change…

Rose Returns and Filming Wraps Up

May 26, 2009

rose_returnsLast week filming carried on in and around Cardiff, one of the main places that filming took place was the Brandon Estate, which is most commonly known as the  Powell Estate which was the home of Rose and Jackie Tyler in series 1 and 2 of Doctor Who. The scene in which Rose and Jackie return is the pair walking through the snowy estate, only to be met by a man holding on to a wall in a long brown coat. David Tennant and Billie Piper went to talk to onlookers and asked them not to take photo’s or report any spoilery content, however some information that was released is that it is New Year in 2005, which is before Rose met the Doctor. Also seen on set was Ood Sigma, who previously appeared in the series 4 episode Planet of the Ood and has been seen filming for The Water’s of Mars. Finally filming wrapped up on the 2009 specials last week after 6 months of filming, the wrap party which saw the end of the Tennant/Davies era was held in Cardiff on Friday night, that went on into the middle of the night. More information on the specials will be posted when it is released .

Filming Continues on the Final Specials

April 15, 2009

special_3_4_filming_news2Filming has continued on the final two specials this week, welcoming back some more guests and introducing some new ones.


Russell T Davies and David Tennant let more news out about the specials!

April 10, 2009

rtd_special_newsOn Tuesday morning Russell T Davies appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about the upcoming easter special, Planet of the Dead which hits our screen tomorrow. Firstly, he told us that Planet of the Dead finished post-production at 11.30pm Monday night, this is the reason why there is no press launch or exclusive clip like there normally is, next he then let slip that the second special, which we will get to know the title of tomorrow, will air around November, he lastly told us that Bernard Cribbins will be the companion for the last two specials. Speaking on a radio show on Wednesday, David Tennant said that the last two specials would air on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, David also officially confirmed that Catherine Tate has been filming for the last two specials and that he has six weeks filming left to go.

Filming begins on the last 2 specials and welcomes back some very important people…

April 7, 2009

special_3_4_filming_newsFilming is now well underway on the last two specials, the filming began the other week in a bookshop, last week the production crew returned to Tredegar House where some of The Next Doctor was filmed and yesterday the production crew moved to an even more familiar place… Read more for spoilers. (more…)

Special #2 News from DWM 407

April 3, 2009

special2_dwm_newsThe 407th issue has revealed more news from the upcoming special to be screen later this year. The first slice of news is that in just over a week when Planet of the Dead has aired, at the end the title for 4.16 will be revealed along with a little teaser, which will of course be posted on here sometime the next day. DWM have also revealed new and returning cast members that will join Lindsey Duncan in 4.16, the first returning cast member is Chook Sibtain, who previously appeared in the Sarah Jane Adventures episode Warriors of the Kudlak, the second and final returning cast member is Alan Ruscoe who has appeared in Bad Wolf as the robotic Anne Robinson. New cast members include Peter O’Brian, Sharon Duncan Brewster, Aleksander Mikic, Gemma Chan, Cosima Shaw and Michael Goldsmith plus more names are to be revealed. The final bit of news is that 4.16 will not be shown in the christmas period as previously thought, many sites are now predicting that 4.16 will be shown at Hallowe’en or early December and that the final two specials will be shown on Christmas Day and New Years Day, more information will be posted when it is officially revealed.

David Harewood in the 2009 Specials

March 29, 2009

david_harewood_2009_specialsEariler this week in a radio interview with Jonathan Ross the British actor David Harewood revealed that he will be appearing in one of the upcoming 2009 specials to be screened later this year and early next year. David, who is appearing as Friar Tuck in the latest series of Robin Hood, told Jonathan Ross that he is ‘sworn to secrecy’ and did not say anything else about the role. The news has sparked plenty of discussion on the internet with some sites saying that he will be in the final episode as the Master, but nothing has been officially confirmed by the BBC. More information about the role David will be portraying will be posted as soon as it is released.

Lindsey Duncan to be Companion in the 2nd Special

February 19, 2009

Yesterday many newspapers and news website published a story that actress Lindsey Duncan is to be the companion to the 10th Doctor in the second 2009 special, which is current un-named. The BBC then posted a press release confirming the story. Lindsey, who is to appear in the highly-anticipated BBC 2 drama Margaret, is to play Adelaide, the Doctor’s most strong-mined companion yet. Lindsey has also appeared in a stage play with new doctor, Matt Smith, called That Face. The full press release can be read here.

2009 Specials to be filmed in HD!

February 5, 2009

DWM #405 have officially revealed that all 4 of the 2009 specials will be filmed in High Definition and will be broadcast on BBC HD. Julie Gardener said that this has been the plan since the show was revived in 2005. James Strong, the director of Planet of the Dead has had experience filming in HD as he directed the first episodes of the new series of Hustle. As the episodes are being filmed in HD, a HD DVD release is expected.

David Tennant expected to be fit to film 2009 specials

December 19, 2008

BBC News have released an article stating Russell T Davies has said, at The Next Doctor press launch last night, that David Tennant is expected to be fit to film the first doctor who 2009 special in January, after he had recent back surgery and had to pull out of Hamlet at the Neovello Theatre in London a few weeks back. Russell T Davies has also said at The Next Doctor press launch that Doctor Who will be out of the UK for 4 days because of filming abroad for the first special, which will start filming on 19th January. View the full article here, which also include some spoilers for The Next Doctor.

Doctor Who to film in the USA?

August 26, 2008

The News of the World have reported that Doctor Who is to be filmed n the USA for 2 of the 2009 specials next year and that one of the companions for the specials is also to be a American. Read the full article here. Please note that this information has not been officially confirmed by the BBC. In other news the Sun is also reporting that there will be another gap year between series’ 5 and 6 and will be filled with a Doctor Who Movie, also not confirmed by the BBC, this comes after Steven Moffat said to not rule out a movie at the 2008 Edinburgh TV Festival last weekend, Doctor Who has also been named The Program of the Year at the festival, with BBC One winning Terrestrial Channel of the Year and BBC Three winning Digital Channel of the Year.

2009 Specials: Writers Announced

July 24, 2008

Russell T Davies, speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, has announced the writers for the 2009 specials. Russell T Davies will be 2 on his own, 1 will be co-written by Russell and Gareth Robers and 1 will be written by Russell and Phil Ford. Russel has also confirmed that all together including the 2008 christmas special there will be 5 specials, meaning Russell will be writing 3 of the specials on his own.

2009 Specials Update

July 14, 2008

Recently Julie Gardener, Executive Producer, was interviewed by the Telegraph and told them that the second 2009 special would air at easter, the first being this christmas and the last would air next christmas. Here is what she had to say;

“Our main motivation for giving Doctor Who a break is that we want the audience to remember how much they love it,” she said. “Come 2010, we want people to be cheering its return.” 

“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.”

Some people around the whoniverse are also speculating that one of the specials or an episode for series 5 may be set in Egypt and one episode may star Winston Churchill.

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