Is the lack of Classic Doctor Who financial?

I, along with many other Who fans have been disappointed with the lack of Classic20130213-093655.jpg Doctor Who episodes being shown in the 50th anniversary year. With BBC America airing them as well as broadcasters in New Zealand and Australia doing the same, it seemed that BBC Worldwide were only concerned with fleecing the UK fan-base.
But, could the absence of classic who be financial? Christopher Biggins once stated in an interview that every time the BBC repeated an episode of Porridge, he, along with the other actors in the episode were paid £1,000. But, if UK gold played it, or it aired overseas they didn’t get a penny. I guess paying every actor involved in a classic story £1,000 per episode, just isn’t a viable option for them.
What do you think? Is the lack of Classic Who, down to the BBC’s financial constraints or, are BBC worldwide just interested in fleecing the fans?


New Thunderbirds

It was announced today that ITV are making a new version of everybody’s20130204-123418.jpg favourite kids tv show, Thunderbirds. The new series will be a co-production with Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop. It has already received a 26-episode order, which is unheard of on British tv. It will be a CGI series, instead of the old school supermarionation.
Our good friends, nights at the round table recently discussed Thunderbirds in their two part tribute to Gerry Anderson. Listen to part 1 here and part 2 here.


Game of Thrones Star Peter Dinklage to Attend London Film and Comic Con!

The hit HBO series Game of Thrones has taken the UK by storm with tyrion_lannister_10245c536af7fdcbits first two amazing seasons, now to celebrate the much anticipated third season returning to Sky One this year London Film and Comic Con will be host to some of the shows most beloved characters including PETER DINKLAGE, JASON MOMOA, KRISTIAN NAIRN and CLIVE RUSSELL who will taking part in signing autographs, professional photshoots and talks!
Peter Dinklage is best known for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the critically acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones. His performance saw him collect an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2012.
Dinklage will be joined by Jason Momoa, other wise known as Khal Drogo the leader of the Dothraki Nomads. Momoa, who is also known for his role as Ronan Dex in Stargate Atlantis was the last person to be cast for the Game of Thrones TV pilot, but Drogo left a lasting imprint on fans worldwide.
Kristian Nairn, known for his role as the loveable Hodor who is never seen far from Bran Stark’s side, and new cast member Clive Russell who will be playing Brynden Tully in series three will also be attending London Film and Comic Con this July.
All four of the Game of Thrones stars will be taking part in signing autographs, professional photo shoots and on stage talks over the weekend. Tickets are available from the Showmasters On-line Shop now! But be sure to check out the other stars attending too, including guests from Terminator, E.T, Star Trek, Star Wars and many more!
Event Details

London Film and Comic Con
Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July 2013
Earls Court 2, London

Tel: 01908 671138 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm)

JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars?

Unless this is the only website you visit, you will have alread20130125-104243.jpgy heard that JJ Abrams is reportedly in talks to bring his lens flare direction to the next Star Wars movie.
According to the Hollywood reporter Abrams is about to sign on the dotted line. The film is slowly gaining memento. A few months ago Toy Story 3 writer, Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) was confirmed as the writer. I’m sure it won’t be long until we hear some casting news.
What do you think about the choice of Abrams as director, leave a comment below.

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.”

B.W reporter Martyn

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”

BW reporter Martyn

Hand of fear viewing figures

BBC4’s showing of Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear, had 203,000 watching part one, with 276,000 watching part two, according to the overnight figures..

Episode Three, had 168,000 watching, with the audience soaring to 294,000 for part four.

The show, was broadcast as a tribute to Elisabeth Sladen, who sadly passed away last month.

Unfortunately the episodes are not available on the iPlayer due to copyright issues.

A facebook campaign, attempting to get BBC4 to repeat more classic Doctor Who, was joined by over 600 people, within a few hours of episode four airing. You can join the facebook page here:!/pages/Get-BBC-Four-to-show-More-Classic-Doctor-Who/172723179447746

Arthur Darvill to star in Doctor Faustus

The Shakespeare’s Globe have announced casting for their upcoming play, Doctor Faustus.
The role of Doctor Faustus, will be played by Paul Hilton. Arthur Darvill will be playing, the evil spirit Mephistopheles. Arthur Darvill is probably best known for his role as Rory Williams, in Doctor Who.

Arthur Darvill’s television credits include Doctor Who, Little Dorrit for the BBC and He Kills Coppers on ITV. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards in 2007 for his role as Rex in Swimming with Sharks (Vaudeville), his other theatre credits include Tierre Haute (Trafalgar Studios) and Stacy (Arcola). Arthur is a musician and composer and has collaborated with playwright Ché Walker in writing songs for The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Been So Long (Young Vic/UK Tour).

The play runs from 18th June until the 2nd October 2011. For more details on the production, see the Shakespeare’s Globe website, at

Matt Smith’s BAFTA nomination

Matt Smith has been nominated for his first BAFTA, for his portrayal as The Doctor.
He is nominated for best leading actor.
His competition are, Jim Broadbent, for Any Human Heart. Benedict Cumberbatch, for Sherlock, and Daniel Rigby, for Eric and Ernie.