Saturday, 6 January 2007

Doctor Who Magazine 378

Those lovely boys in Tunbridge Wells have brought us a rather fabby issue, mainly devoted to a 32-page report of the on-set shenanigans for "The Runaway Bride", SJA's "Invasion of the Bane" and Torchwood's "End of Days" - not too difficult as they all share the same Upper Boat mega-studio in Cardiff. There's interviews with David Tennant, Elizabeth Sladen, Eve Myles and Burn Gorman. John Barrowman deftly manages some filthy responses to the readers' questions picked out of the TARDIS tin (pictured below).

There's also the biggest burst of news yet on the forthcoming series 3 of "Doctor Who" (probably the only bit that warrants the cover picture) with the titles of episodes 6, 9 and 11 confirmed as "The Lazarus Experiment", "The Family of Blood" and "Utopia" respectively. Less welcome is the banal title revealed for episode 4: "Daleks in Manhattan". It may well do what it says on the tin but you can do better than that surely? More totty casting too for Paul Cornell's eps 9 and 10 - they've nabbed Will Scarlett (Harry Lloyd) from "Robin Hood"!

Russell T Davies - unusually - will please the hardcore element with the admission in Production Notes that, despite reports, at least 3 stories are set off-Earth. I think these are eps 3 (the one guest starring Ardal O'Hanlon), 7 (the one written by Chris Chibnall) and 11 (the one where Captain Jack resurfaces) And that the monsters in eps 8&9 are competing with those from episode 10 for perceived scariness.

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