6 items from 2012
Goofy followup to 2009's Nativity!, which sees David Tennant as a supply teacher in a school trying to win a Christmas song competition
Debbie Isitt's followup to her popular Christmas comedy Nativity! from 2009 is silly, goofy and pretty groanworthy. But it is unpretentious and is, after all, aimed at very young children. David Tennant plays Mr Peterson, the nice new supply teacher at a chaotic school whose kids are keen to enter the Song for Christmas competition, encouraged by their crazy teaching assistant, Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton). But they're up against some nasty poshies from the nearby independent school, led by uptight Mr Shakespeare (Jason Watkins). The pupils are given loads of kids-say-the-funniest-things dialogue, there's the traditional "audition montage" and the whole thing is like a particularly unsubtle panto. Jessica Hynes has a nice cameo as the fading pop star Angel Matthews, who presides over the X Factor-style final. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The dangers of alien snow will rock the Doctor’s Christmas in this year’s exciting Christmas Special. Are you ready to go to the video!? We have your first look at a Doctor Who Christmas for the year 2012.
The episode is titled, “The Snowmen” and is narrated by the Silurian, Madame Vastra, acted by Neve McIntosh. The snowmen in question are frozen baddies with razor sharp teeth; not exactly the type of gift little boys and girls are eager for. I’m sure the Doctor has a plan. The episode is set in the Victorian era.
Season 7 marked a lot of loss for the Eleventh Doctor. He is missing Amy and Rory and even though the holidays have come, he’ll have to learn to like his new companion quickly.
- Sasha Nova
This evening, Joe and Colin headed off to London’s Leicester Square for the World premiere of Nativity 2 (Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger). The first movie starred Martin Freeman who has now moved onto a small movie based on The Hobbit with a chap called Peter Jackson but fear not as David Tennant has filled the a-list shoes and he was on the carpet this evening. Our interview with him unveiled some info as to why he took on the role, what it was like playing two characters and acting opposite himself and as much as he tried, Joe was unable to get any info on the Postman Pat movie from him.
- David Sztypuljak
The BBC just scooped that beloved fantasy author Neil Gaiman will work for the Doctor Who series one more time. The author of the Sandman series, American Gods and children’s novel, Coraline, has written an all new episode. Gaiman calls his script “The Last Cyberman,” but the title for the episode itself hasn’t been revealed yet.
You know what that title means! Cybermen are coming! These troublesome cyborgs making a come back with the top notch writer should really thrill fans. But wait! There’s more.
- Sasha Nova
Whovians are in for a treat in 2013.
BBC has announced that acclaimed author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Coraline) will return to pen another episode of Who, which is slated to air next year as part of the show’s eight-episode spring run. Another reason to get excited? The episode will feature the Cybermen, the menacing cyborgs that have plagued the doctor since 1966!
Warwick Davis, Tamzin Outhwaite, and Jason Watkins are set to co-star in the hour-long episode, alongside Matt Smith and new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will make her debut in the upcoming Christmas special.
“Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! »
- Sandra Gonzalez
The first time he wrote a script for "Doctor Who," acclaimed fantasy author Neil Gaiman picked up a Hugo award for his work on the episode which was entitled 'The Doctor's Wife'. Widely considered the best episode of the sixth season, Gaiman will now attempt to top himself with his next adventure following the man from Gallifrey.
Though his involvement was announced a few months back, Gaiman himself today revealed that the episode will involve the return of the Cybermen. Also onboard are guest stars Warwick Davis, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Watkins as a "band of misfits on a mysterious planet".
"Harry Potter" second unit director Stephen Woolfenden will helm the episode which will go to air with the eight episode second half of season seven in the Spring.
Source: BBC »
- Garth Franklin
6 items from 2012
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