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Doctor Who leads Welsh regeneration

31 December 2009 11:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

He can travel across time and the universe and has an unlikely ability to regenerate himself, but there is one place to which Doctor Who will always return: Cardiff. And, it seems, plenty more television characters are following him.

The long-running BBC1 drama, in which David Tennant will appear for the last time in the title role tomorrow night, has been based in the Welsh capital since it returned to the small screen in 2005.

Now the streets of Cardiff and some of the most familiar landmarks in south Wales are to appear more frequently on the small screen as a slew of television dramas follow Doctor Who's lead, including a new adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, a remake of Upstairs, Downstairs, and BBC1's long-running hospital drama, Casualty, which is to relocate from Bristol.

Ahead of the opening of the BBC's huge new centre in Salford in 2011, Cardiff currently has »

- John Plunkett

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What 'Doctor Who' Mementoes Did David Tennant Take Home — And When Will He Be Back?

31 December 2009 10:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

From Movies Blog: While much of the world is busy bidding farewell to 2009, "Doctor Who" fans will be saying a different type of goodbye on January 1 when series star David Tennant concludes his celebrated run on the long-running BBC science-fiction series. One of the most popular actors to ever play the iconic role, Tennant has been the face of "Doctor Who" since 2005 and led the series to its most successful run (both in the UK and abroad) in its 47-year history.

As MTV's resident "Doctor Who" geek, I sat down with Tennant for a chat about the looming end to his run as the time- and space-traveling adventurer known as The Doctor. Along with discussing what he'll miss most about the role, he also revealed the mementoes he's taking with him from his time as The Doctor — and when he might return for a cameo appearance like so many past Doctors. »

- Rick Marshall

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Top 5 Writers/Creators Currently On Television

30 December 2009 6:21 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Alan Ball, True Blood

The debate was fierce in TV Overmind back offices but I managed to come out with a list of the Top 5 Writers/Creators Currently On Television.  The stringent criteria were three-fold and eliminated several contenders.

Qualification #1 – The writer/creator must have had more than one hit, which knocked Marc Cherry of "Desperate Housewives" and "Supernatural"s Eric Kripke out of the running.

Qualification #2 – The shows must be original entities and not spin-offs.  Sorry Shonda Rhimes of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice", and Russell T. Davies of "Doctor Who", "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures".

Qualification #3 – They must currently have a series on the air.  David E. Kelley's "Boston Legal" ended in 2008, so his vast legacy, which includes "Picket Fences", "Ally McBeal", and "The Practice", doesn't get a shot.  And Aaron Sorkin ("Sports Night", "The West Wing", and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") is also between projects. »

- Featherlite

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Concern over David Tennant `overkill` on BBC

30 December 2009 4:35 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Doctor Who star David Tennant will have made 75 appearances in three weeks on BBC TV channels and radio stations by the end of the Christmas period. The 38-year-old appears in a two-part farewell as the time-traveller in Doctor Who: The End of Time, as well as starring in a production of Hamlet and presenting celebrity quiz shows. He has also been featured as a guest on Desert Island Discs and read stories for a children's programme between December 14 and January 3. Conservative MP Nigel Evans, who sits on the Culture Media and Sport select committee, accused the BBC of ignoring young acting talent while promoting Tennant. He said: 'Relying on such an overkill of one »

- Ellie Pratt

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BBC criticised over 75 Tennant appearances

30 December 2009 2:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A Conservative MP has accused BBC executives of promoting David Tennant at the expense of other actors. Tory politician Nigel Evans made his comments after research showed that Tennant will have made 75 appearances in three weeks on BBC television and radio stations by the end of the festive period. It is understood that 28 of the Doctor Who star's appearances are in new programmes, while 47 are repeats. Evans, who sits on the Culture Media and Sport select committee, told The Daily Telegraph: "Relying on such an overkill of one particular person is freezing out a lot of opportunity for a lot of up and coming people. "Even (more) »

- By Daniel Kilkelly

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Merlin star Colin Morgan: Darker themes and 'big things to come' in third series

28 December 2009 6:47 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Actor Colin Morgan is most famous for playing the title role in the BBC1 fantasy adventure series Merlin, which follows the early years of the sorcerer at Camelot.

Born in Armagh, Northern Ireland, the 23-year-old has also appeared on the Catherine Tate Show and in the acclaimed Doctor Who episode Midnight in 2008.

The second series of Merlin recently ended on BBC1 and will be out on DVD in February. A third series has been commissioned and in a new interview, Colin has spoken about what's coming and also what he would like to see in the show.

How Did Working On The Second Series Of Merlin Compare To The First Run?

When we first started on the series, filming was new to me. So whenever you start on a second series you're familiar with the technical things for a start. Also there's the character - you know how to approach a scene, »

- David Bentley

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Top of the Crops: Where do Triffids come in the countdown of killer plants?

28 December 2009 6:23 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Tonight sees the new adaptation of John Wyndham's novel The Day Of The Triffids begin on BBC1, with the concluding part tomorrow.

And with not so much as the hint of a tendril in the publicity shots, sci-fi fans have been wondering what the latest incarnation of the fictional flora will look like.

Triffids are probably the most well-known venomous vegetation on the big or small screen but far from the only example. So, with the Triffids about to wield their deadly stingers once again, it's time to take a look at the top horticultural horrors.

Please note that the following list will include fungi which were previously considered to be plants but are now classified in their own kingdom separate from animals, plants and bacteria. In fact, genetic studies have shown fungi to be more closely related to animals than plants. Nevertheless, mushrooms are grown as crops and eaten as vegetables, »

- David Bentley

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Even Vatican City Has ‘Simpsons’ Fans

28 December 2009 2:37 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Showing the world that they too sneak off to watch cartoons every now and then, the “semi-official” paper of the Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano, ran an article congratulating The Simpsons on its 20th year of television.  The folks at TV Squad tipped us off.  Quotes after the jump!

Yahoo! supplied some highlights from the article, entitled “Aristotle’s Virtues and Homer’s Doughnuts”:

“…many today wouldn’t know how to laugh [without the citizens of Springfield]… realistic and intelligent writing… excessively crude language… a mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels toward faith… Homer finds in God his last refuge, even though he sometimes gets His name sensationally wrong“

 

The Holy City: if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.  Between regular church attendance (from some family members), a devout neighbor and the occasional deal with the devil over doughnuts (who could forget, “mmmm… sacrilicious“?), all things »

- Scott Miller

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Stan Lee's Birthday, War Machine, And 'Avatar' In Today's Twitter Report

28 December 2009 11:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Today marks the birthday of a comics icon, and the Twitter Report joins Christos Gage, Brian Michael Bendis, Tony Lee and most of this column's follow list in wishing the Marvel Universe's lead architect a hearty excelsior as he celebrates. Birthday boy Stan Lee, meanwhile, closed his daily Twitter meditations Sunday with the realization that his leadership role on a private island country he's planning may produce conflicts of interest with his mayorship in "Marvel Super Hero Squad."

In other tweets, Kevin Smith was blown away by the new "Iron Man 2" trailer and relayed his War Machine thoughts to Jon Favreau. Check those posts out after the jump along with Jock's Batwoman and Judge Dredd-related tasks, Simon Pegg on video games and fatherhood and another "Avatar" reaction.

It's all in the Twitter Report for December 28, 2009.

Stan Lee pt. 1: @Christosgage Happy Birthday @smilinstanlee! I owe you my job, »

- Brian Warmoth

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EastEnders, Victoria Wood's Midlife Christmas, Cranford, Victorian Farm Christmas, Nan's Christmas Carol | TV review

28 December 2009 3:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

EastEnders was murder, but Victoria Wood was a match for Morecambe and Wise, says Nancy Banks-Smith

The life expectancy of any landlord of the Queen Vic is always brief. It is a peculiarly hazardous job, like diving from a great height into a damp sponge. Den Watts, for instance, was murdered twice, but Archie Mitchell's tenure of office set some sort of new sprint record. After only one day as landlord, most of it spent in a darkened bar staring moodily into a snow globe, he was struck smartly over the head with the bust of Queen Victoria and expired on the spot. If this wasn't EastEnders (BBC1), I'd call it a homage to Citizen Kane, who was dying with his own snow globe at that very moment on BBC4. As it was EastEnders, I'd call it a knock-off.

You will be eager to know who did it. Almost anyone, »

- Nancy Banks-Smith

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Familiarity breeds success for BBC TV at Christmas

27 December 2009 12:12 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV viewers on Christmas Day could be forgiven a sense of deja vu.

Between Doctor Who at 6pm and Catherine Tate's Christmas special at 10.30, the same three actors had appeared six times in peak hours BBC1 shows.

One of the actors, Mathew Horne, who appeared twice as Gavin in Gavin and Stacey, and then as Catherine Tate's grandson in her sketch show, which was screened straight after, confessed to feeling overexposed.

At 2.34am on Boxing Day, he tweeted: "I can only apologise on behalf of the Beeb for this scheduling. Even I'm bored of me and I am me."

First at 6pm, Catherine Tate, 41, appeared as David Tennant's assistant Donna Noble in Doctor Who, watched by 10m people.

Four-and-a-half hours later, families still lounging on the sofa saw Tate again in a one-off edition of her own comedy show: Nan's Christmas Carol, which averaged 7.13m viewers.

Then at 8pm, »

- Helen Carter

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The Sainted Physician: The Doctor Faces His Greatest Threat on "Doctor Who: The End of Time (Part One)"

27 December 2009 10:30 AM, PST | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

Time itself has caught up with the Doctor. The latest Doctor Who Christmas special, Doctor Who: The End of Time (Part One), found the Doctor attempting to fight his fated death... or at least the prophesied end of this incarnation of the solitary Time Lord. But it's not just the prophecy of the end of the Doctor's song ("he will knock four times") that provides the focus of this, the penultimate Doctor Who episode starring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. It was an installment that featured the return of several familiar faces, including John Simm's The Master (reborn in a matter of speaking), Bernard Cribbins' Wilfred, and Catherine Tate's Donna Noble. Along with the alien Ood, who telepathically tap into a global nightmare pattern involving the Master and alert the Doctor to impending doom in the form of the titular end of time. Written by »

- Jace

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'Doctor Who' . The End Of Time (Part 1)

27 December 2009 7:06 AM, PST | AirlockAlpha.com | See recent Airlock Alpha news »

This review may contain spoilers. Four years ago, I wrote an article saying goodbye to my Doctor and it truly was a bittersweet event. I say my Doctor because Christopher Eccleston was the first Doctor I watched from start to finish as part of its original run and it was tough to see him go - he was essentially in resurrecting the series and brought a level of credibility and sophistication to what has to be classed as an "out-there" science-fiction series. Then again, his departure allowed for me to experience something unique but also matter of fact . a "Doctor Who" regeneration. Sure, I'd seen the repeats as a child on various television channels and I now own a selection of the DVD's, but the passing of the Tardis keys from Eccleston to David Tennant was my first regeneration. And »

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Doctor Who The End of Time Part One: Master stroke or a leap too far?

27 December 2009 4:23 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Broadcast in the UK last night (December 25) and on BBC America today (December 26), Doctor Who's portentously-titled Christmas special The End of Time is also the end of David Tennant's tenure as the Time Lord.

This first part of Tennant's final adventure saw the return of John Simm as The Master, Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott and June Whitfield as Minnie Hooper.

But the return of The Master wasn't all the Doctor had to worry about, as we learned of a darkness coming that heralded the threat spelled out in the foreboding title.

Timothy Dalton's role - described as The Narrator in publicity material - turned out to be something far more, as the final scenes indicated (with rather a lot of saliva).

All in all, this was very much a mixed episode and I found that only the final scene gave me a real sense of excitement, »

- David Bentley

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"Doctor Who" Spoilers, Clips, Ratings

26 December 2009 9:48 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The first part of "The End of Time", David Tennant's final adventure as The Doctor on "Doctor Who", aired Friday evening in the UK and just a few hours ago States-side. In Britain the episode pulled in ten million viewers, down nearly two million on the previous year though all programs on Xmas Day this year saw notable audience drops.

Us ratings have yet to be released, though BBC America is firmly planting its foot in the 'Who' basket with plans to run a non-stop marathon of all of David Tennant's 48 episodes starting with "The Christmas Invasions" at midnight on New Year's Day right through to its premiere screening of "The End of Time Part Two" the following evening at 8:30pm.

Reviews proved quite mixed for the episode with complaints of padding and it essentially serving as pure setup with all the big stuff saved for next week's 75-minute finale. »

- Garth Franklin

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"Doctor Who" Spoilers, Clips, Ratings

26 December 2009 9:48 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The first part of "The End of Time", David Tennant's final adventure as The Doctor on "Doctor Who", aired Friday evening in the UK and just a few hours ago States-side. In Britain the episode pulled in ten million viewers, down nearly two million on the previous year though all programs on Xmas Day this year saw notable audience drops.

Us ratings have yet to be released, though BBC America is firmly planting its foot in the 'Who' basket with plans to run a non-stop marathon of all of David Tennant's 48 episodes starting with "The Christmas Invasions" at midnight on New Year's Day right through to its premiere screening of "The End of Time Part Two" the following evening at 8:30pm.

Reviews proved quite mixed for the episode with complaints of padding and it essentially serving as pure setup with all the big stuff saved for next week's 75-minute finale. »

- Garth Franklin

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Boxing Day is 'Doctor Who' Tennant finale day on BBC America

26 December 2009 1:00 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Boxing Day is today, Wren's Day, or the feast of St. Stephen to some, and it is also the BBC America day to reveal the finale to the era of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, is one of the most eagerly anticipated adventures in the history of Doctor Who. As previously announced, Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars premiered Saturday December 19, 9:00pm Et/Pt on BBC America. The final two specials, Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part One and Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part Two, will premiere over the holiday season starting December 26 on BBC America. Guest stars include John Simm, Timothy Dalton, Catherine Tate, Lindsay Duncan and Bernard Cribbins set »

- April MacIntyre

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Moen: 'Matt Smith is too young for Who'

26 December 2009 12:20 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Alexandra Moen has admitted that she will miss David Tennant when he leaves Doctor Who. Moen, who plays the Master's wife Lucy Saxon, added that she is still unsure about his replacement Matt Smith. Speaking to The Mirror, she said: "I don't know about Matt. For me, it will always be David. Matt's too young. David is definitely my favourite Doctor. The thing about him is he's a genuine Doctor Who fan." Moen praised Tennant, describing him as "genuinely interested in people", "caring" and a "hard worker". "He also has a geeky charm and dry wit," she added. "He has this swoony effect because he is so approachable. He (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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David Tennant's Hamlet – what did you think?

26 December 2009 12:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

On stage, David Tennant's performance had 'demonic energy, airy lightness and caustic humour'. How about on TV with no interval?

This is turning out to be something of a David Tennant Christmas. We've already seen him in the first of his two Doctor Who farewell episodes. He's played a Russell Brand-alike Christmas ghost in the Catherine Tate special. And he's done a stint on the seasonal Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Now comes his Hamlet, in a BBC2 film of the RSC production.

When he took the role on stage under Gregory Doran's direction, his performance was widely regarded as definitive. But how do you think it transferred to the screen? Did it still hold the "demonic energy, airy lightness and caustic humour" that Michael Billington praised when he saw it during its 2008 run? Is it up there with the all-time greats? Or are you now just curious to »

- Tim Lusher

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The Top 10 TV Characters of the Decade

26 December 2009 10:15 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Without a doubt, the aughts (my favorite name for this past decade) have been the absolute best decade for television, ever. Shows such as Lost, The Wire, and The Sopranos made audiences think like never before. Of course, all these dense storylines were nothing without the characters who played them out. Memorable characters have come from television throughout the decade, from sitcoms to serial (killer) dramas.

I've selected my top ten favorite television characters from the past decade, and we'll take a look at them as we go through the list. Of course, it's all quite a matter of opinion, and you'll probably disagree with many selections on my list — so argue with me in the comments section and tell me who you think should have made the list, and who shouldn't have.

For the record, my list comprises of all characters who were first introduced in the aughts, and did not exist before. »

- Sam McPherson

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