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'Doctor Who' Star's Memoir to be Published Posthumously

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 26th 2011 8:45AM
Elisabeth Sladen may not have been a household name in the U.S., but to generations of Brits who grew up watching 'Doctor Who' from behind the sofa each Saturday, she was a legend. Her untimely death from cancer earlier this year caught fans by surprise, and they were joined by 'Doctor Who' stars, writers and producers in mourning her passing.

Now it's been announced that Sladen's autobiography will be published posthumously. Publisher Aurum Press told the BBC that the original April release date has been brought forward to November 7, "with the support and participation of Elisabeth's family".

Former 'Doctor Who' star David Tennant has written a foreword to the "warm and witty" memoir, which covers Sladen's almost 40 years with the show as well as her "humble" beginnings in post-war Liverpool and her early stage and screen appearances.

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Catch Up With 'Doctor Who': 5 Essential Episodes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 9th 2011 3:30PM
So you've heard the buzz, your interest is tickled and you're ready to take the plunge into a new show. There's just one problem -- you don't have time to catch up on multiple seasons.

Have no fear, AOL TV is here. We'll be spotlighting five episodes from some of the best scripted comedies and dramas on TV that you need to see before jumping into the new season this fall.

Up now? 'Doctor Who.'

'Doctor Who'
Starring Matt Smith, 'Doctor Who' follows the adventures of the ancient, mysterious alien Time Lord known as "The Doctor." A British cultural institution, it originally aired on the BBC from 1963 to 1989, and was then resurrected as a TV series in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the title role.

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'Doctor Who' Star David Tennant to Marry Time Lord's Daughter

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 5th 2011 8:00AM
David TennantIn a move that will have them weeping in the aisles, it's been announced that former 'Doctor Who' star David Tennant is getting married. And, according to The Daily Mail, he's marrying ... his daughter.

Yes, in a strange way of keeping it all in the 'Doctor Who' family, Tennant's announced his engagement to actress Georgia Moffett. 'Who' fans will remember her from a guest spot on a 2008 episode ('The Doctor's Daughter') in which she played Tennant's feisty onscreen daughter Jenny.

And that's not the only 'Who' connection: Georgia's dad is none other than actor Peter Davison, who also used to be Doctor Who. He played the fifth Doctor from 1981-4 and was last seen in the role in 2007 when he appeared with the tenth Doctor -- a.k.a. David Tennant -- in a charity episode on British TV.

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Patrick Stewart Talks About 'Hamlet,' 'Macbeth' and His IT Guy... Wil Wheaton

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 20th 2010 2:02PM
Sir Patrick StewartMost people know the recently-knighted Patrick Stewart from his movie and TV roles, many of which are of the sci fi / fantasy variety. Of course, there's Jean-Luc Picard of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' but there's also Charles Xavier in the 'X-Men' series and the voice of Avery Bullock on 'American Dad.'

But back in his native England, Sir Patrick is just as well known for his Shakespearean work, both on-stage and on the screen. Some of that work will be on display on April 28, when he reprises the role of Claudius (he first played the role on TV 30 years ago) in PBS's production of 'Hamlet' on 'Great Performances.' As Nick mentioned yesterday, the production, with David Tennant in the title role, mixes the classic dialogue with modern dress and settings to give the play a more contemporary feel.

Stewart will also perform in the title role of 'Macbeth' for a similarly-staged production airing on PBS later this year. I sat down with Sir Patrick in January, when he presented at the TCAs; we spoke about the two productions, what his classic training brought to his 'Star Trek' role, his guest turn on 'Extras' and how his first ever IT guy was none other than Wil Wheaton.

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David Tennant and Patrick Stewart In a Classic 'Hamlet'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 19th 2010 9:02AM
David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in 'Hamlet' on PBS's 'Great Performances' If you are going to play Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, you could do a lot worse for practice than playing Doctor Who for five years. Both characters depend on a certain amount of madness, something at which David Tenant is especially adept. And there is, as Shakespeare says of his sweet prince, a certain method to that madness.

That said, the version of 'Hamlet' airing April 28 on PBS's 'Great Performances' (and appearing on DVD May 4) is not the good Doctor as Danish prince. There are flashes of that, especially in Hamlet's early scenes with Polonius (a masterful Oliver Ford Davies) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. That's where Tennant plays with a pitch-perfect blend of humor and cunning, spinning just short of out of control. And there is a beautiful sense of irony when Hamlet looks into the camera and says that time is out of join and it's his job to fix it.

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Doctor Who? Matt Smith, That's Who

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 14th 2010 2:33AM


The Doctor is back, and he's a lot younger than his predecessors.

26-year-old British actor Matt Smith is the eleventh person to take on the intergalactic Time Lord role on 'Doctor Who'; he joins a long line of acclaimed thespians, including David Tennant (who just hung up his Doctor trenchcoat last year), Chris Eccleston, and the legendary Tom Baker, who played Doctor from 1974 to 1981. While Smith looks strangely like a hybrid of Eccleston and Tennant, he brings a youthful energy all his own to the sci-fi show.

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What's On Tonight: 'Storm Stories,' NASCAR, 'Doctor Who'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 10th 2010 12:30PM
Tina Fey hosts this week's 'Saturday Night Live'Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times are Eastern). All shows mentioned are new, unless otherwise noted.

It's a boring one tonight, folks. If you have some stuff on the DVR, you may want to catch up this evening..

Starting at 7:00
  • FOX: NASCAR's Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 600 starts at 7:00
Starting at 8:00
  • TCM: 'Judgment at Nuremberg' -- 1961 drama starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, and William Shatner
  • BBC America: 'Doctor Who' -- Rebroadcast of 'End of Time,' David Tennant's final episodes
  • TVOne: Three episodes of 'The Richard Pryor Show'
8:00 to 9:00
  • G4: 'Ninja Warrior' -- Two 30-minute episodes
  • HGTV: 'Sarah's House' -- Starts at 8:30
  • The Weather Channel: 'Storm Stories' -- Two new half-hour shows
9:00 to 10:00
  • DIY: 'Renovation Realities'
  • Golf Channel: 'Donald J. Trump's Wonderful World of Golf'
  • ION: 'The Guard'
10:00 to 11:00
  • CBS: '48 Hours Mystery'
  • DIY: 'Massive Moves'
  • HBO: '24/7 Mayweather/Mosley'
  • HGTV: 'Battle on the Block'
  • ION: 'The Guard'
  • Travel: 'America's Worst Driver' -- My guess? Tiger Woods.
  • Style: 'The Dish'
11:00 and Beyond
  • NBC: 'Saturday Night Live' -- Tina Fey hosts; performance by Justin Bieber. Starts at 11:29
  • Cartoon Network (Adult Swim): 'Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood'
Check your local TV listings for more information.

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BBC America 'Best of David Tennant' Video

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 2nd 2010 11:15PM
David Tenant as Doctor WhoFor those of you still crying in your screwdrivers over David Tennant's exit from 'Doctor Who,' and waiting for Matt Smith to fill the void, BBC America has posted a three-minute video of "Tennant's greatest moments as the Doctor" to promote 'Doctor Who: The Complete Specials,' which is out today.

The clip takes us from "new teeth, that's weird" all the way up to the Master's death, with a good number of clips from the specials in between. And of course, Daleks and Cybermen. There are some nice reminders of how good Tennant was at playing both drama and comedy on the show, including his back and fourth with Sky Silvestry ("Shamble bobble dibble dooble") from 'Midnight' from series four and his exchange with a would-be companion from 'Planet of the Dead' ("People have traveled with me and I've lost them, lost them all").

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Doctor Who: Dreamland coming to DVD this May

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 28th 2010 9:00AM
A 3D animated David Tennant stars in Dreamland.David Tennant's last appearance of the The Doctor to arrive on a Doctor Who DVD will arrive this spring with the animated Dreamland.

According to a BBC America news release, the CG-animated adventure will arrive in U.S. stores on May 4 for $24.98. Voiced by Tennant, The Doctor visits Dry Springs, Nev. in 1958 in an environment deliberately reminiscent of Roswell and the would-be New Mexico UFO crash.

In the one-off episode, The Doctor befriends a young waitress, Cassie, and her friend, Jimmy. When the Doctor examines an extraterrestrial artifact, he draws the attention of a mysterious man in black, an alien warrior and Colonel Stark, commander of "Dreamland" (the military base also known as Area 51).

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David Tennant is not on NBC

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 25th 2010 11:31AM

David TennantIt is with a heavy heart that I must report that NBC has passed on the pilot Rex Is Not Your Lawyer starring David Tennant. Technically they haven't cancelled. The show has simply been put "on hold". Doctor Who was once put on hiatus too and that lasted 16 or so years (except for some charity specials and a television movie), so Rex is in good company.

Rex was originally going to fill one of the 10 P.M. slots vacated by Jay Leno. It had a strong supporting cast with Jerry O'Connell, Jane Curtin and Jeffrey Tambor. It sounded like a winner, so naturally NBC didn't want it. Still, this isn't the only bad decision NBC has made recently and it probably won't be the last.

This is especially heartbreaking news as people (like myself) will not have the opportunity to introduce David Tennant to their friends that aren't Doctor Who fans. The show might be picked up for the fall, so don't give up hope yet. Feel free to post vitriolic tirades against NBC in the comments.

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Will New Shows From J.J. Abrams, David E. Kelley and Jerry Bruckheimer Save NBC?

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 11th 2010 2:00PM
NBC just can't seem to get its peacocks in a row lately.

After announcing the controversial (but unsurprising) decision to pull Jay Leno from its primetime line-up at the TCAs this weekend, the network will look to scripted dramas to fill at least some of the void.

According to Variety, NBC has already greenlit half-a-dozen drama pilots in hopes of quickly filling the 10 PM slot.

But will it be enough to save the network in the ratings race? Business Week reports that NBC has seen a 4.6 percent drop in primetime viewers since Leno began airing at 10, causing a domino effect that resulted in a dip in audience numbers for NBC's affiliate news stations and late night programming.

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Give thanks that Davies' Doctor Who finally regenerated

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 7th 2010 10:02AM
Doctor Who can look forward to a new life under Steven Moffat.The Gallifreyan dust cleared by now on the final episode of the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who. And, after watching and digesting the final episodes of the David Tennant era, Davies couldn't move on fast enough for me.

The two-part story, "The End of Time," was watched by 10 million in the UK -- flirting with a 50 ratings share. So, it's an undeniable success. It was also an undeniable mess of a story that proved unworthy of Tennant's swan song.

Davies forever deserves credit for taking the street credit his successful work on series like Queer as Folk gave him and investing it in one shot from the BBC to bring back the network's crown jewel, Doctor Who. And he deserves credit for increasing the nerdy guy-friendly show's popularity with women by introducing "Buffy-ized" romance and humor.

But, the hard truth is Davies isn't a gifted sci-fi genre writer. And it showed in "The End of Time."

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The Doctor says farewell

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 4th 2010 8:02PM
[Warning: mild spoilers for Doctor Who: The End of Time ahead] David Tennant's tenure as Doctor Who ended this weekend, and not without a few tears (including a few from our own Brad Trechak).

On a personal note, this was the end of an era for me, because it was Tennant who pulled me back into Doctor Who a couple of seasons ago. I had heard the new series was great, but didn't manage to catch Christopher Eccleston's incarnation. I have since gone back and watched his series, but I may not have had Tennant not been such a fantastic fit for the role (Brad also explained this in out Best TV of the '00s feature).

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Review: Doctor Who - The End of Time, Part 2

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 2nd 2010 10:00PM
Doctor WhoSo who cried at the end? I cried my eyes out.

It's very difficult to write about this episode without using any kind of spoiler. Excellent performances all around with a little more credit going to David Tennant for his final bow. They also broke out the remainder of the special effects budget for this one, probably spending more on this episode alone that an entire season of William Hartnell's era. There were also surprises galore along with some familiar faces at the end. Anybody that accuses me of spoiling the fact that this is Tennant's final episode has not been reading this site for the past six months.

Real spoilers follow ...

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Doctor Who's upcoming regeneration

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 31st 2009 3:02PM
Doctor WhoBBC News has an article up regarding the upcoming changeover on Doctor Who (which is being broadcast on the BBC on New Year's Day and BBC America the day after), in which David Tennant will (presumably) regenerate into Matt Smith. They ask a few of the participating actors (minus the regeneratees, of course) as well as Russell T. Davies about the importance of regeneration in the series.

Regeneration is a brilliant idea, enabling the program to continue while changing the lead actor. This in turn allowed the program to continue on the air for 26 years before being put on hiatus, then restart a couple of times in the same universe without much fuss. The beautiful thing is that it's built into the character that every actor who plays him can be completely different. It doesn't suffer the limitations of, say, the different actors playing James Bond.

My first Doctor was Colin Baker and I started right after his regeneration from Peter Davison. Contrary to most fans, I enjoyed him in the role. For all you fans reading, which regeneration sticks in your mind?

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