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Filming has just started on Series 7 of Doctor Who in Cardiff. This series will see the last days of the Ponds as Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill return for their final, rollercoaster voyage with The Doctor.

Amy and Rory have been at the Doctor’s side for more than two series but what will he do after their heartbreaking departure? On returning for his third series as the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith says: “It’s thrilling and exciting to be back and working with two of my closest friends.” Karen Gillan adds, “It’s just brilliant to be back on the TARDIS with Matt and Arthur for our craziest adventures yet.”

New guest stars so far confirmed include David Bradley, Rupert Graves and Mark Williams. Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when The Doctor meets a new friend.

Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year. Fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.

Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales Production for BBC ONE.

US Del-Boy cast for Only Fools and Horses remake

It’s a remake that US networks have been trying to do since the early ’90s and like it or not, the American remake of Only Fools and Horses is finally going ahead.

ABC has announced that John Leguizamo will play the role made famous by David Jason. They have described Del as being “an overly confident bon vivant and con artist who trades crap out of the back of his car, cheerful and oblivious to the fact that he is a lowlife scamster.”

John Leguizamo is a very capable actor, with credits including Romeo + Juliet, ER and Ice Age.

The character will still be called Del. Rodney and the rest of the characters have yet to be cast. The show is being written by former Scrubs writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley.

Eccleston explains why he left Doctor Who

In an acting master class at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Christopher Eccleston was asked why he left a such a high paid job as Doctor Who. He responded:

“I left Doctor Who because I could not get along with the senior people. I left because of politics. I did not see eye-to-eye with them. I didn’t agree with the way things were being run. I didn’t like the culture that had grown up, around the series. So I left, I felt, over a principle.”

“I thought to remain, which would have made me a lot of money and given me huge visibility, the price I would have had to pay was to eat a lot of shit. I’m not being funny about that. I didn’t want to do that and it comes to the art of it, in a way. I feel that if you run your career and– we are vulnerable as actors and we are constantly humiliating ourselves auditioning. But if you allow that to go on, on a grand scale you will lose whatever it is about you and it will be present in your work.

“If you allow your desire to be successful and visible and financially secure – if you allow that to make you throw shades on your parents, on your upbringing, then you’re knackered. You’ve got to keep something back, for yourself, because it’ll be present in your work.  A purity or an idealism is essential or you’ll become– you’ve got to have standards, no matter how hard work that is. So it makes it a hard road, really.

“You know, it’s easy to find a job when you’ve got no morals, you’ve got nothing to be compromised, you can go, ‘Yeah, yeah. That doesn’t matter. That director can bully that prop man and I won’t say anything about it’. But then when that director comes to you and says ‘I think you should play it like this’ you’ve surely got to go ‘How can I respect you when you behave like that?’

“So, that’s why I left. My face didn’t fit and I’m sure they were glad to see the back of me. The important thing is that I succeeded. It was a great part. I loved playing him. I loved connecting with that audience. Because I’ve always acted for adults and then suddenly you’re acting for children, who are far more tasteful; they will not be bullshitted. It’s either good, or it’s bad. They don’t schmooze at after-show parties, with cocktails.”

Eccleston victim of phone hacking

Christopher Eccleston revealed today that he was a victim of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal that is currently gripping the nation. At the Theatre Royal Haymarket he spoke to aspiring actors attending his acting master class and said that the Metropolitan Police had confirmed to him he had been hacked back in 2005 when he was starring in Doctor Who. He is pursuing legal action against News International, the parent company of News of the World.

He said:

“I will be putting the boot into Murdoch”

Whooverville 3

The date for the  next Whooverville event, Whooverville 3 has been announced. It will take place on Saturday the 3rd of September 2011. The venue is The Quad, in Derby.

If you’re travelling from London, it takes about 2hrs from St.Pancras, on East Midlands Trains.

More details on the link below

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