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Friday, October 31, 2008

DAVID TENNANT: THE DOCTOR WHO DOES IT BETTER

I saw this video by PootlesHat on YouTube and thought it was so appropriate considering David's announcement about leaving 'Doctor Who'.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

DAVID'S BBC INTERVIEW ABOUT LEAVING DOCTOR WHO

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I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around David leaving. I hate to think what kind of shape I'll be in when I see his final scene. I imagine I'll be through a box of kleenex before the first half of his last episode.

Even though I'm down about it, I find myself looking forward to all his future acting roles. I've read 'Einstein and Eddington' is being broadcast sometime in November. Who knows, maybe there will be a movie version of 'Hamlet'.....I sure hope there's a movie. Whatever David does, I know it will be well worth watching!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

DAVID TENNANT WINS NTA AWARD AND IS LEAVING DOCTOR WHO

David Tennant won the National Television Award for best actor. He accepted his award from Stratford-Upon-Avon during a break in Hamlet. During his acceptance speech, he announced he will be leaving Doctor Who after next year's specials. You can see his speech below. Read the official announcement of his leaving Doctor Who at the Doctor Who website.

I'm both so happy he won the award and so depressed to find out he's leaving the show. Doctor Who just won't be the same after he leaves. :-(

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

TEASER CLIP OF 'THE NEXT DOCTOR'

Doctor Who festive teaser planned

A two-minute teaser clip from this year's Doctor Who Christmas special is to be shown during the BBC's Children in Need charity evening next month.

Viewers will see the opening moments of The Next Doctor, which again features David Tennant in the title role, alongside guest star David Morrissey.

The snippet will be broadcast on BBC One on Friday, 14 November.

The festive schedule has yet to be confirmed but the Doctor Who special is usually screened on Christmas Day.

Last year's edition - featuring singer Kylie Minogue - was seen by 13.3m people.

This made it the second-highest audience of the year, behind the EastEnders Christmas episode.

Further guests and plot teasers are likely to be revealed in the run-up to the festive season.

I have no doubt that this clip will turn up on YouTube by November 14.

DOCTOR WHO ON BBC AMERICA (10-25-08 & 10-26-08 )

  • The Family of Blood - Saturday @ 6PM ET
  • Blink - Saturday @ 7PM ET & Sunday @ 2PM ET

Thursday, October 23, 2008

DOCTOR WHO ON SCI-FI (10-24-08)

The horrible truth behind the Ood's willingness to serve mankind is discovered by the Doctor and Donna in Planet of the Ood. This series 4 episode airs at 5AM ET on Sci-Fi.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

DAVID IN ANIMATED FILM

Free Jimmy (15)
16 October 2008

AN animation purely for adults.

It's an interesting idea and the animation is pretty cool, but FREE JIMMY (15) will really only appeal to the 15-24 age group.

Four anti-heroes are offered a job with a Russian circus where the star attraction is Jimmy, an elephant controlled by a cocktail of drugs.

When Jimmy escapes, they embark on a cross country chase to recapture him.

But some Icelandic mafia and a group of hopeless animal liberationists are also on his trail.

Woody Harrelson, Simon Pegg, Phil Daniels, Samantha Morton, Emilia Fox, David Tennant and Kris Marshall are among the stars providing the voices.

David does the voice of Hamish....one of the members of a trigger happy Scottish hunting party.

Unfortunately, I've read some bad reviews of this movie. The only reason I would ever watch it would be to hear David's voice.

If you want to know more about Free Jimmy, go to the Free Jimmy website.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A TEEN'S VIEW OF HAMLET

Theatre: 14- to 18-year-old category
Winner: Tilly Spencer, 17

guardian.co.uk, Monday October 13 2008 09.16 BST

Hamlet: Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon

The set for the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet was a perfect metaphor for the atmosphere of the play: the two-way mirrors and reflective surfaces of the walls and floor gave a feeling of suspicion and constant surveillance. The opening scene in which the spirit of Hamlet's father appears to the guards and Horatio was truly eerie, the darkness on stage broken only by torchlight and some rather worrying overacting on Barnardo's part.

There has been disagreement over the repositioning of the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy. Initially, I agreed with those who had described it as disjointed and misplaced before the entrance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (as in the First Quarto version of the play), but when I read director Gregory Doran's notes on the change and reread the play with this in mind, it seems much more logical to have it after we have seen Hamlet's initial madness and heard of his deranged state from Ophelia.

David Tennant's Hamlet is funny and full of the maniacal energy that has become synonymous with Tennant's performances. His interpretation reinvigorated the well-known speeches: the familiar lines felt different, as though, like Hamlet himself, the audience was hearing the words for the first time. When his father's spirit appears to him in act one, all the composure he displayed in his first appearance is gone, and his transformation from dignified Prince of Denmark to the lost and distraught child pleading with his father not to leave him was absolutely believable and deeply moving.

Patrick Stewart's performance as Claudius was excellent; but the real surprise was Mariah Gale as Ophelia. In her scene with Claudius and Gertrude after her father has been killed, she is the personification of maddened grief. Although the physical acting was that of a toddler throwing a tantrum in a supermarket – running, stamping, screeching and jumping up and down – she captivated the audience's attention, and made this behaviour seem rational: a product of her bereavement, and so poignant rather than funny, as it would have been in a lesser actor's hands.

Overall, it was an incredible production – well deserving of the standing ovation it received.

It's interesting to read a teenager's perspective on David's Hamlet. The fact that these younger people have been interested in seeing a play by Shakespeare speaks volumes about how popular David really is.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

DOCTOR WHO ON BBC AMERICA (10-18-08 & 10-19-08 )

  • Human Nature - Saturday @ 6PM ET
  • The Family of Blood - Saturday @ 7PM ET & Sunday @ 2PM ET

Friday, October 17, 2008

DAVID AND CATHERINE TATE CONTEND FOR THE SAME AWARD

Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate in awards showdown

By David Bentley on Oct 13, 08 12:10 PM in TV show

DAVID TENNANT is to go head-to-head with his former Doctor Who sidekick Catherine Tate at this year's National Television Awards.

Both stars have been nominated for Outstanding Drama Performance for their roles as the Time Lord and his assistant Donna Noble in the hit BBC sci-fi drama.

This year will be the first time male and female stars have been pitted against each other in the acting category.

Outstanding Drama Performance is a new category, replacing the awards for Most Popular Actor and Most Popular Actress.

Tennant previously won two National Television Awards. Tate, 40, and Tennant, 37, will also compete against Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister, 45, and Alex Walkinshaw, 34, who plays Sgt Dale Smith in police drama The Bill.

The awards, now in their 14th year, take place at Royal Albert Hall in London and will be broadcast live on ITV1 on October 29.

Tate will reprise her role as assistant Donna Noble for one of the four Doctor Who specials planned for next year.

Donna's memory of her adventures with the Doctor was erased in last year's series finale, but Tate had expressed her desire to return to the cult show, saying: "In science fiction, anything is possible."

You can vote for Tennant or Tate in the National Television Awards at www.nationaltvawards.com or by phone on 0901 888 2008.

I voted! Click on the link and cast your vote too. Remember to vote for Doctor Who for Best Drama also.

KAREN FRICKER'S 'LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST' REVIEW

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Posted: Tue., Oct. 14, 2008, 5:44pm PT

A Royal Shakespeare Company presentation of a play in two acts by William Shakespeare. Directed by Gregory Doran.

Berowne - David Tennant
Ferdinand, King of
Navarre - Edward Bennett
Longaville - Tom Davey
Dumaine - Sam Alexander
Don Adriano de Armado - Joe Dixon
Moth - Zoe Thorne
Princess of France - Mariah Gale
Rosaline - Nina Sosanya
Katherine - Kathryn Drysdale
Maria - Natalie Walter
Boyet - Mark Hatfield
Holofernes - Oliver Ford Davies
Costard - Ricky Champ

Rising above a tsunami of hype, Brit TV star David Tennant ("Dr. Who") offers an effortless-seeming star turn as cynical Berowne in his second RSC appearance (after the well-received and London-bound "Hamlet") this season. Tennant reveals bang-on comic timing, an intelligent, easeful way with the often obscure language of "Love's Labour's Lost," and a quality of mirthful knowingness that both fits the character and embodies what director Gregory Doran seems to be aiming for in this production. Show overall is lavishly pretty, well-acted, and full of quality laughs, even if it sometimes lapses into excessive shtick.

The play has one of the spottiest records in the Shakespearian canon: Called "mean, childish, and vulgar" by Dr. Johnson in 1765, it had no professional productions between Shakespeare's time and the early 19th century. Modern scholarship and productions have recovered it by celebrating the contrast of its frothy, romantic-comedy quality with its uniquely dark ending -- it is the only Shakespeare comedy that doesn't end with marriage.

For most of its first act, Doran's prod strikes a highly entertaining, ironic tone, acknowledging the daftness of the dialogue and situations. The look is pleasingly Elizabethan -- ladies in gorgeous brocaded gowns, men in breeches and hose -- combined with set designer Francis O'Connor's nicely non-representational touch of strands of green-colored glass hanging from the flies to represent the sylvan setting.

Wisely, Doran has Navarre (Edward Bennett) and his courtiers, including Tennant's Berowne, enter during the preshow and loll about the set, thus getting the inevitable star-spotting kerfuffle over with.

The plot, such as it is, involves Navarre and his men agreeing (despite Berowne's initial resistance) to forswear society -- including the company of ladies -- in the play's first scene. They then of course fall madly in love with the Princess of France and her three handmaidens.

Minor complications ensue, some sillier than others (the men dressing up as Cossacks is definitely the silliest), but what Doran's production gets just right is an overall lightness of tone: We know all along everything will end up as it should, and the performers transmit the sense that they do, too. Tennant in particular demonstrates mastery in creating audience complicity, and finds a strong comic match in Nina Sosanya's lovely, quick-witted Rosaline.

While the lovers' scenes are delightful, Doran's efforts to liven up the subplots feel strained: It's a funny gag to have pompous Spaniard Armado (Joe Dixon) dress his page Moth (the almost terrifyingly pert child actress Zoe Thorne) exactly like him, down to the mini-coxcomb, but Armado's mangling of the English language ("Men of piss, well encountered") quickly outlives its welcome. The redoubtable Oliver Ford Davies fares better as Latin-spouting schoolmaster Holofernes -- we may seldom know what he's talking about, but he's always funny.

The final, shocking tone-switch into darkness is handled with moving simplicity, and the audience's willingness to accept this shift is evidence of the production's overall effectiveness. It's gratifying that the new auds that are flocking to Stratford to see Tennant are being exposed to such an entertaining take on Shakespeare.

Sets, Francis O'Connor; costumes, Katrina Lindsay; lighting, Tom Mitchell; original music, Paul Englishby; sound, Martin Slavin; movement, Michael Ashcroft; production stage manager, Simon Ash. Opened Oct. 8, 2008. Reviewed Oct. 11. Running time: 2 HOURS, 50 MIN.

With: Keith Osborn, Jim Hooper, Riann Steele, Ewen Cummins, Robert Curtis, David Ajala, Samuel Dutton, Ryan Gage, Andrea Harris.

Karen Fricker's description of David's "bang-on comic timing" doesn't surprise me. He is a truly amazing actor who can do both comedy and drama well.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

DOCTOR WHO ON SCI-FI (10-17-08)

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything. This past week has been so unbelievably busy, I haven't had a bit of time to do anything on my computer. But, you're not here to read about me.

The Sci-Fi 5AM ET Doctor Who episode is The Fires of Pompeii. This is the episode where Catherine Tate really convinced me that she is a great actress. The scene near the end where Donna and the Doctor are back in the TARDIS and Donna is pleading with him to save just one family was played wonderfully by Catherine Tate. That was the first of many scenes throughout series 4 that made me want Donna to stay with the Doctor forever.....just like Donna wanted to do.

Friday, October 10, 2008

DOCTOR WHO ON BBC AMERICA (10-11-08 & 10-12-08 )

  • 42 - Saturday @ 6PM ET & Sunday @ 9AM ET
  • Human Nature - Saturday @ 7PM ET & Sunday @ 10AM ET

Thursday, October 9, 2008

DOCTOR WHO ON SCI-FI (10-10-08)

I'm very glad to see the 5AM ET SciFi showing of 'Doctor Who' has moved on to series 4 with 'Partners in Crime'. The Doctor reunites with Catherine Tate's Donna Noble for the first time since 'The Runaway Bride'. In my opinion, this is the best season of 'Doctor Who' with the Tenth Doctor. Catherine Tate is brilliant in the role.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

LOVE IN THE 21st CENTURY: REPRODUCTION

I finally found the entire episode of 'Reproduction' from the series 'Love in the 21st Century'. I have to thank two people for uploading this at YouTube. They are cassandrakitten1999.....I love her wallpaper.....and Tiddybeth.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

DAVID WRITES FORWARD TO "WE ARE ALL BORN FREE"

TV star David: ‘We’re all in this together’

DR WHO star David Tennant has written a foreword to the book.

“When I first heard about Amnesty International I was a teenager, just beginning to take an interest in what was going on in the world and continually shocked at how cruel and selfish human beings could be to each other. Amnesty International represented such a simple idea: that everyone everywhere deserved to be treated fairly,” he writes.

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is clear and uncomplicated. It reads like a list of common sense – maybe everyone should have a copy pinned up in their bedroom.

“There are so many of us humans squeezing on to this wee planet and there’s no Tardis coming to spirit us away.

“We need to look after each other and in this beautiful book you’ll find 30 rules for the world to live by.

“We’re all in it together.”

If you are interested in buying the book, click on the picture to purchase it from Amazon.com.....where you can also look inside the book. You can also read more about this book at Amnesty International's UK website.

I think it would make a great Christmas gift for kids.

Friday, October 3, 2008

DOCTOR WHO ON BBC AMERICA (10-4-08 & 10-5-08 )

  • The Lazarus Experiment - Saturday @ 6PM ET & Sunday @ 9AM ET
  • 42 - Saturday @ 7PM ET & Sunday @ 10AM ET

Thursday, October 2, 2008

DOCTOR WHO ON SCI-FI (10-3-08)

Friday's 5AM ET episode is the series 3 finale, 'Last of the Time Lords'.

MARYANN JOHANSON'S HAMLET REVIEW

If you haven't read MaryAnn's Hamlet review over at the FlickFilosopher, go there now! I always love MaryAnn's views on the many TV shows and films she's seen. And, since she's such a big David Tennant fan, it makes for even more exciting reading. I can't wait to read her reaction to Love's Labour's Lost.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

DAVID'S MISSING DOCTOR WHO

David Tennant has said that he has missed being on the 'Doctor Who' set while taking a break to do theatre.

The actor told Doctor Who magazine, "I'm excited to be doing 'Hamlet', but I have got very at home in Cardiff."

"I love that crew. I love that set-up. I love the show, so I'm missing that. I miss Russell's writing."

Tennant is due to return to the 'Doctor Who' set next year to film four special episodes of the show.

The actor said: "It's nice to know that I'm coming back."

"Shakespeare's all right, but he's lacking in spaceships."
I'm glad he's been missing Doctor Who. Hopefully, he's been missing it so much that he'll be more likely to stay for series 5 in 2010.

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