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Friday, 5 December 2008

Radio Times - Poster and Xmas

We have received information and the cover for the latest issue of Radio Times, which, this week (or two) is the Christmas Bumper Special, with two whole weeks included in the guide. The magazine, out tomorrow, not only has many features other than Doctor Who, like the main cover stars, Wallace and Gromit (their new episode being broadcast this Christmas), but has a short section written by showrunner, Russell T. Davies, telling us what will be coming up in the special, hopefully not giving too much away, and any mild plans that he has for the future of the show, going into 2009. We haven't got a preview for this, but we do for interviews with David Tennant and David Morrissey, the two Doctors in 'The Next Doctor'. But are they both the same Doctor? You can read this preview below, courtesy of the BBC;

David T on David M

“It’s a real thrill to work with him again,” says David Tennant of David Morrissey, with whom he previously starred in BBC1 drama Blackpool in 2004. Morrissey, Dervla Kirwan (opposite page) and Velile Tshabalala, who plays Morrissey’s companion, Rosita, came in for the special at the end of the gruelling nine-month series-four shoot. “There was, I suppose, a danger we’d all be exhausted by the Christmas special,” says Tennant. “But to have David, Dervla and Velile come in with so much energy, always being funny and bright and up for anything, I think it spurred us on. We all got on very well.”

David M on David T

“The show has caught the public imagination. That’s in no small part down to David Tennant,” says David Morrissey (far right). “He absolutely inhabits the role of the Doctor. He’s a fabulous actor. Did you see him in Einstein and Eddington the other week? Brilliant!”

Are you surprised at the level of interest in your casting as the “other” Doctor?

“I’m proud of the episode, so I’m happy with whatever attention comes from that. It was a joy to do. It’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever worked in. It’s a full-on drama. That’s what I love about it.”

So you’ll be watching The Next Doctor at home this year?

“Of course. I have a four-year-old, but I don’t think I’ll let him watch. He might find it too strange to see Daddy fighting Cybermen.”

Of course, you’re the bookies’ favourite to take over from David as the 11th Doctor. Are you tempted to have a little flutter?

“[Laughs] It’s just flattering to be in the frame. What David has done is phenomenal, and whoever gets it after him will be a very lucky person. You’d want to keep the spirit of the Doctor, but do it in your own way.”

Inside the issue is also a Doctor Who poster offer, the second this year! You will be able to collect two tokens, one from this issue, and one from the one after that (out in two weeks), and put them together with £2.99, and send them to the Radio Times, and in 28 days at most, you will receive a brilliant Christmas special double-sided poster. The front side features the Cyber Leader and some Cybermen, while on the other, you will see the two Doctors, Miss Hartigan and some more Cybermen.
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