Wednesday, July 04, 2007

This is the news... happy now?

It isn't often you wake to great news so it's worth marking the occasion when you do. More often than not the seven o'clock news is full of sadness and woe. Here's a run down of what's bloody marvellous and what's not...


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Alan Johnston has been released after almost four months in the hands of the 'Army of Islam'. After the recent video of him wearing an vest covered in explosives it had seemed less likely than ever that he might be returned safe and sound. Read the full story here. The very best of luck to Mr Johnston, his family and everyone involved in his release.


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At the Harry Potter premiere JK Rowling was asked what her plans for the future were and responded that she was looking forward to a holiday. BBC Radio 2 also reported her as having mentioned that she'd been invited to write an episode of Doctor Who and was looking forward to that.There doesn't seem to be any other mention of it on the inertweb at the moment so it's unclear if they've got the wrong end of the stick or if it's actually going to happen now.


I for one took it a little personally when she declined to write for the first series so I hope it is true.


Of course this week has also seen an end to speculation that Kylie Minogue might be guest starring in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, Voyage of the Damned (brilliant title). It's not known what role she will play but it seems likely she will be the Doctor's one off companion. You know, like Donna as played by Catherine Tate in The Runaway Bride.


Oh, but wait a minute... in breaking news it seems that Catherine Tate is to return to Doctor Who for the duration of the fourth series as Donna Noble rejoins the Doctor on his adventures.


It's not April Fools is it..?


Okay then, the bright side is it's a different dynamic in the Tardis, Donna is a bit older than Martha and has a very different personality. The down side is that she wasn't great in The Runaway Bride, though she did settle in by the end of the episode. Catherine Tate is too big a name in her own right. Stunt casting is all very well for Christmas specials but thirteen episodes with a novelty companion? Finally and most significantly - we lost Martha for this?


As ever I'm sure the production team know what they're doing and I know they wouldn't cast her if they didn't believe she was suitable for the series. I'm sure it'll turn out fine. I just thought we'd get something different this time, a bloke, someone from the past, even the Doctor on his own for a bit. Instead of something different we get an old one - off. I didn't expect that.


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Writey Week 2 is going well. When they returned Rik's Records last year the BBC Writers Room asked me to send them my next script. I have finally started on a new project and it's only taken me ten months. They did tell me not to rush. It's much darker and less conventional than Riks, or at least that's the idea. I'll keep you posted on progress but at the moment I'd hope to be posting it by the end of September.

1 comment:

  1. A good day's work today. Effortlessly throwing words onto my new script. Lovely. Some of them even made sentences.

    Why isn't it always like that?

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