Well, we’ve got something like nine months before there’s a new season of Doctor Who. As we struggle through these months awaiting new Who we must latch on to just about every bit of Whovian news. Collected here are some Who-related bits, like Steven Moffat talking to the Radio Times about series seven, a video about how Who was made in the 1970s, as well as a gallery of photos featuring Karen Gillan as 1960s model, Jean Shrimpton. A role she’ll be playing in the new BBC film, We’ll Take Manhattan.

The Radio Times recently caught up with Steven Moffat, demi-god of the Whoniverse, and had a few questions for him about, surprise!, the next season of Doctor Who. Moffat promised we’d have “at least” 14 episodes next season. That’s 13 regular season episodes and a Christmas special. Good to know after this drought a lot of new Who is heading our way.

Also on the horizon is Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary in 2013. “There will never be a better time to be a Doctor Who fan, I absolutely promise you that,” Moffat says. Ooh. That exciting. I really hope they pull out all the stops for the 50th anniversary. It’s an impressive milestone for any television series, but particularly one that’s been, mostly, consecutive.

Watch the short, sadly un-embeddable, interview with Moffat at the Radio Times.



For fans of Classic Who this will be a treat. On BBC America’s blog, Anglophenia, they’ve  released a video about how Doctor Who was made in 70s.

The Doctor Who production team were faced with exactly this dilemma in 1974, when they were making Invasion of the Dinosaurs. The story called for abandoned London streets, from which the Doctor and Sarah Jane would have to try and figure out exactly what was going on (although, let’s be honest, the title of the story is a dead giveaway).

Now, for the first time, some of that production team have been describing exactly how they managed it, as part of the DVD release of The UNIT Files, a compilation of Invasion of the Dinosaurs and the Tom Baker adventure The Android Invasion.

It’s definitely an interesting look at television production from a bygone era, and it surely makes you thankful for the advancements in Doctor Who‘s special effects as well as their budget. Still, you can’t help but be impressed with the results.

Check out the featurette below as well as the finished scene.


And now, finally, let’s take a look at the Doctor’s current companion, Amy Pond, or rather Karen Gillan, as if she were traveling in the TARDIS during the swinging 60s. These images come from Gillan’s newest project, We’ll Take Manhattan, a new drama on the BBC.

Based on the story of David Bailey’s 1962 photoshoot in Manhattan with model Jean Shrimpton. Against the wishes of his editor at British Vogue, Bailey disregards the conventions of contemporary fashion photography and sets out to create distinctive, original images. During the course of a week in New York, both he and his muse accidentally change the course of their lives, as well as the world of fashion. 

Okay, so these photos are in no way related to Who at all, but can you really say no to beautiful shots of Ms. Gillan? I didn’t think so.

Source: Radio Times

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