3 items from 2015
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. »
The shortlist for the 2015 National Television Awards have has been announced, with Doctor Who and Sherlock once again nominated in the Drama category. Meanwhile, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated in the Drama Performance category, with the only Doctor Who presence in the shape of Sarah Lancashire (Ms Foster in 2008’s Partners in Crime)...
- Christian Cawley
Ah, the British press. They’ve pretty much lost every ounce of credibility they had (if that was ever any) by this point but they’re still managing to spurt out their usual foray of nonsensical stories and ridiculous reports.
As one of the most hotly discussed programmes on TV, Doctor Who is often at the forefront of their outlandish claims and over the years there has been a never ending supply of “Earth-shattering” exclusives relating to the Doctor’s adventures that have well and truly sent the rumour mill into overdrive.
Doctor Who has even taken the time to respond to the endless outpouring of twaddle. Russell T Davies took the chance to make a dig at the tabloids in Partners in Crime when the Tenth Doctor told an enquiring journalist to “just make it up” – and it would seem that the real life ones have taken the invitation far too seriously. »
- Dan Butler
3 items from 2015
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