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16 items from 2015


10 Worst Doctor Who Performances Ever

15 August 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The history of Doctor Who has been littered with a plethora of superbly written characters who were cast and performed beautifully by their actors.

David Tennant was majestic; Matt Smith danced his way between crazy, compassionate and genius; Clara was brought to life through the warmth and strength displayed by Jenna Coleman and John Simm gave The Master a whole new level of depth as a villain. Ecclestone tried desperately to conceal his pain and Tom Baker truly wrestled with his morality. Tony Curran’s Van Gogh was a masterpiece and Jessica Hynes complimented the Doctor perfectly as Joan Redfern.

In spite of these performance highs, the show has had some absolute clangers over the years too. Some performances were just a little average, and some took the show to whole new lows that relegated even the most positive of Whovians to huffing and grunting at the TV.

 

10. Richard Briers »

- David Fribbins

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15 of the most ridiculous Doctor Who rumours (that never came true)

13 August 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Doctor Who returns to our screens in a little over a month - and you can read our 100% accurate guide to the new series right here.

But while it's always useful to have the facts, it's also great fun to indulge in some wild speculation - and Doctor Who has generated plenty of that over the years.

These are 15 of the most ridiculous rumours about the BBC's sci-fi smash that never came true - from Hollywood stars taking over the Tardis to an untimely exit for Peter Capaldi.

Warning: Contains perilously high levels of nonsense.

1. Jason Statham was in line to replace David Tennant

Reports emerged in early 2007 that professional tough guy Jason Statham was the BBC's top pick to play the 11th incarnation of our Time Lord, in what was pitched as Doctor Who "meets gangland".

"Doctor Who is still seen as a bit geeky but Jason will add »

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The Almeida announces huge casting for ‘The Iliad’

13 August 2015 3:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve just heard some exciting casting news about tomorrow’s durational reading of The Iliad at The Almeida Theatre. A company of more than 60 artists will bring The Iliad to life in a durational reading on Friday 14 August. The reading will begin at the British Museum and culminate on the Almeida stage. The marathon reading is the latest event in the theatre’s Almeida Greeks Festival.

Homer’s The Iliad is the source myth of Greek drama and the greatest story of heroism, betrayal and war in literature. Directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold and Associate Director Robert Icke, the marathon event’s 60 strong cast will include Nikki Amuka-Bird, Adjoa Andoh, Pippa Benett-Warner, Katie Brayben, Lorna Brown, Simon Callow, Bertie Carvel, Oliver Chris, Simon Coates, Brian Cox, Sinead Cusack, Joe Dixon, Monica Dolan, Amanda Drew, Noma Dumezweni, Tim Dutton, Lisa Dwan, Caroline Faber, Will Featherstone, Stephen Fewell, Susannah Fielding, »

- Paul Heath

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Modern Doctor Who: an episode roadmap for beginners

11 August 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Want to catch up with post-2005 Doctor Who but don’t have 85 spare hours to watch the whole thing? We’ve some tips for you…

Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do »

- simonbrew

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The Library Has Been Breached: Doctor Who Legacy’s Weekly Roll-Outs Commence!

23 April 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | Kasterborous.com | See recent Kasterborous news »

Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

An exciting new chapter has been unveiled for Doctor Who: Legacy, the ever-popular game that launched just after Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary! Chapter 4 begins the final confrontation between the Master (plus his Toclafane), and the Doctor, a storyline that started in the Chapter 2 Epilogue, in March 2014, with the release of John Simm as the troublesome Time...

The post The Library Has Been Breached: Doctor Who Legacy’s Weekly Roll-Outs Commence! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

- Philip Bates

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Code of a Killer tops Monday with 4.6m, Game of Thrones gathers 1.5m

14 April 2015 2:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Code of a Killer topped the ratings outside of soaps on Monday (April 13), according to overnight figures.

The John Simm drama brought in 4.55m (21.0%) for ITV at 9pm, with a further 271,000 (2.0%) tuning in on ITV+1. Earlier, Wild Ireland brought in 2.83m (12.6%) at 8pm (166k/0.7%).

On BBC One, MasterChef continued with 4.29m (18.4%) at 9pm. It followed Suicide in the Family, which was seen by 2.39m (10.7%) at 8.30pm.

Meanwhile, the return of Game of Thrones to Sky Atlantic brought in an impressive 1.52m (6.5%) at 9pm. The figure is Sky Atlantic's best overnight performance to date.

On BBC Two, Collectaholics continued with 1.28m (6.7%), before University Challenge interested 2.71m (12.1%), and Food and Drink gathered 1.62m (7.2%) at 8.30pm. Inside Harley Street followed with 1.34m (5.8%) at 9pm.

Channel 4's Food Unwrapped interested 980k (4.4%) at 8pm (143k/0.6%), while Travel Man: 48 Hours in Iceland transported 1.28m (5.7%) at 8.30pm (138k/0.6%). Skint was seen by 1.38m (5.9%) at 9pm »

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Code of a Killer review – this white-coated automaton is no Turing or Hawking

6 April 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

David Threlfall’s detective hunts a serial killer while John Simm’s DNA profiler wrestles with a corny script in this ‘based on real events’ drama

As if it hadn’t already been a busy enough year for academic biopics and the city of Leicester, now the two come together in a two–part ITV drama exploring the birth of a scientific technique that would revolutionise police work the world over.

Code of a Killer (ITV) tells the story of the moment the inventor of DNA profiling meets a detective unable to solve a murder case in 1980s Leicestershire. Or at least it does when we finally get to that part, a few minutes before the end of episode one. John Simm is almost, but not quite, convincing as Dr Alec Jeffreys, a bearded academic with a slavish devotion to his work. It’s unusual to see Simm swap his contained, »

- Julia Raeside

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Code of a Killer, Come Dine with Me

6 April 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Code of a Killer: ITV, 9pm

Part one in a new drama series based on the true story of a pioneering scientist (John Simm) and a detective (David Threlfall) who worked together on one of the biggest achievements in modern policing - the ability to read an individual's DNA fingerprint.

Gotham: Channel 5, 9pm

The story of Gotham before the Dark Knight continues.

Bullock and Gordon continue their investigation into Gerald Crane, Fish Mooney attempts to build a reputation in prison and Bruce tries to learn more about his father.

Moone Boy: Sky1, 9pm

Final episode of the third series of the Chris O'Dowd-starring comedy about a young boy and his imaginary friend.

It looks like Granddad has an imaginary friend of his own, who turns up to help him complete his bucket list, with the help of Martin, Sean and Crunchy Haystacks.

Made in Chelsea Does Come Dine with Me »

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Code Of A Killer: tank tops, bad bobs and the dawn of DNA profiling

6 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

John Simm and David Threlfall star in ITV’s new crime thriller, which resurrects a grisly 1980s Midlands murder in painstaking detail

It’s well documented that in the Godfather movies, an orange is a symbolic portent of death. Don Corleone even makes some fake teeth out of orange peel to amuse his grandson, foreshadowing his heart attack. I suspect Michael Crompton had this in mind when scripting two-part police thriller Code Of A Killer, which opens with a close-up of a Feu Orange traffic-light air freshener dangling from a rear-view mirror. Its “delightful fragrance” was enough to turn your Ford Fiesta Mk II into a Terry’s Chocolate Orange on wheels. Dare we assume this one belongs to a harbinger of death?

A very specific caption tells us that we’re in Narborough, Leicestershire on 21 November 1983, 7.30pm. It’s the true story of the rape and murder of two teenage girls, »

- Andrew Collins

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Doctor Who: 60 things we learned from The Writer's Tale

26 March 2015 2:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

To end a week celebrating New Who's 10th birthday, here's a bumper list of Doctor Who titbits from Russell T Davies' The Writer's Tale...

We’ve touched on why The Writer’s Tale, the 2008 (expanded in 2010) compendium of correspondence between Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, deserves a space on your bookshelf here.

In short, The Writer’s Tale is both a screenwriting masterclass and an unparalleled look behind the scenes of new Doctor Who. As well as following the production triumphs and emergencies as the show lurches “from one crisis to another”, it lets you witness story ideas being created in the wild. See pivotal Doctor Who moments tottering unsurely out of Davies’ mind like new-born giraffes and watch them transform into sleek, galloping beasts of majesty! Think of it like a classy David Attenborough doc on storytelling, with bonus David Tennant photos and chat about Tony from Skins. »

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Doctor Who 10 years on: Where are the class of 2005 now?

23 March 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.

But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?

Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.

The Cast

After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.

Post-2005, the Northern actor went Stateside to take on the role of invisible man Claude in the Us series Heroes. From there, he popped up in a very amusing Doctor Who-esque cameo as Dr. »

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10 years of new Doctor Who: nerdy in-jokes from series 1

22 March 2015 11:51 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Autons to tribophysics via Kronkburgers, here's a pick of the best nerdy in-jokes and references from the 2005 series of Doctor Who...

Ten years ago, the world was about to be re-introduced to one of the most enduring and exciting television characters of all time, Doctor Who. The programme's new 2005 sheen brought with it a cheeky self-referential side (though it did do a bit of that in the 80s) and a knowingly raised pop culture eyebrow. From films such as E.T. to Barbarella to Star Trek to modern literature (The Lovely Bones) and icons (Michael Jackson) - everything was in the Time Lord’s gaze.

So let’s take our very own trip back in time and have a look at the more notable and interesting references and in-jokes from Doctor Who Series One, starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper.

Rose

Most obviously, this opener saw the return of the »

- simonbrew

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Intruders: Cancelled by BBC America, No Season Two

27 February 2015 4:49 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

As suspected, the Intruders TV show has been cancelled after one season of eight episodes. BBC America and BBC Two have decided not to order a second season.

On Intruders, a former Lapd detective (John Simm) investigates strange occurences which lead him to a secret society whose members seek immortality by taking over the bodies of others. The rest of the cast includes Mira Sorvino, Tory Kittles, James Frain, and Millie Brown.

Executive producer Glen Morgan broke the news of the cancellation on Twitter and wrote, "Well, Reverti, this life is over. Intruders will live only in 8 episodes. We can't thank those that supported us enough... #Intruders such an intelligent audience willing to be challenged and face tough questions. Hope we will all be triggered in 9 years. What goes around, comes around. #Intruders. Thank you! 9!"

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Intruders cancelled after one series

27 February 2015 2:41 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The BBC has called time on the John Simm-headlined Intruders, after eight episodes...

Sad news today for fans of the BBC America/BBC Two co-production Intruders: there's not going to be a season two.

The show, which starred John Simm and Mira Sorvino, had completed its first season run of eight episodes. Based on the novel The Intruders by Michael Marshall Smith, there were plans for more episodes, but they've come to nought.

The news of the show's demise was Tweeted by its showrunner and lead writer, Glen Morgan....

Well, Reverti, this life is over. Intruders will live only in 8 episodes. We can't thank those that supported us enough... (more)

Glen Morgan (@GlenMrgn) February 27, 2015

Season one of the show didn't set ratings alight in either the UK or the Us, and its dark subject matter always meant it was facing an uphill battle. It's available on DVD now. »

- simonbrew

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Intruders axed: No second season for John Simm's BBC America series

27 February 2015 1:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Intruders has been cancelled by the BBC.

Showrunner Glen Morgan confirmed that the John Simm series "will live only in eight episodes" after failing to impress the broadcaster with its performance.

The BBC America and BBC Two co-production stars Simm as Whelan, who has escaped a dark, violent past for a quiet life in the Pacific Northwest.

Morgan tweeted: "Well, Reverti, this life is over. Intruders will live only in 8 episodes. We can't thank those that supported us enough..."

Meanwhile, author Michael Marshall Smith - who wrote the book the series was adapted from - praised Morgan and his team for the 'brilliant' job they did on the series.

He wrote: "It was never a given there would be more - though we did discuss ideas for future arcs - and for a variety of reasons the first season had to out-perform the norm in order to continue. Unfortunately it did not. »

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Win tickets to the National Television Awards 2015 with Digital Spy

6 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the National Television Awards 2015 will celebrate the best and most popular TV, and are exclusively voted for by viewers.

If you're a fan of the biggest and best in British television - Sherlock, Doctor Who, The X Factor - Digital Spy is giving you the chance to attend alongside all the celebrities.

We're giving away one pair of VIP tickets to the star-studded ceremony, which will take place at London's O2 on January 21.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

Step One: Follow our Twitter feed: @DigitalSpy

Step Two: Answer the following question, presented to you by Dermot, by clicking on the correct answer:

A) Peter Capaldi

B) John Simm

C) Benedict Cumberbatch

D) David Tennant

This competition is open for one week and closes on January 13. Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult. »

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