Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Kopic's Doctor Who & Torchwood News

Kopic's Doctor Who & Torchwood News

The Dalek Daily News for Monday, July 26 - Motley Fool (blog)

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 02:07 PM PDT

The Dalek Daily News for Monday, July 26
Motley Fool (blog)
I missed a couple days last week due to family obligations. Fortunately I stockpile the stuff and try to only pick things with lasting relevance, ...

BBC Proms: Doctor Who, Royal Albert Hall, London - Independent

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 10:19 AM PDT

BBC Proms: Doctor Who, Royal Albert Hall, London
... form under conductors Ben Foster and Grant Llewellyn) as they dodged the streams of Daleks, Cybermen, Silurians and Judoons that infiltrated the hall. ...

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Join Us in Celebrating 5 Years of Doctor Who: Podshock Wherever You Are!

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 09:25 AM PDT

It's summer for those in the northern hemisphere, and for many of us, it has been a hot and sticky one. Now is your chance to turn up the AC (or turn it down really) and join Doctor Who: Podshock hosts, correspondents, friends, and listeners in celebrating 5 years of the show without even leaving the comfort of your home!

There are no secret locations or handshakes needed. No long car or train rides. No worrying about parking or finding a seat. No worrying about what to wear (at least not in the physical sense). No worrying about travel fares, dinner checks, tips, or who paid for the last round. Just kick back in front of your computer with your favourite beverage and/or snack and join other Doctor Who, Torchwood, and alike fans coming together on Second Life. All at no extra cost to you.

Second Life Meet Up August 2010

It's our summer�Second Life�meet up taking place on Saturday, 21 August 2010 and what better way to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Doctor Who: Podshock and the �25th anniversary of the�Gallifreyan Embassy. Come together with other�Doctor Who�and�Torchwood�fans no matter where you are geographically located, all you need is broadband internet and a computer capable of running the free�Second Life�software.

Our seasonal meet ups are a fun and fantastic way to connect with other fans without even leaving the comfort of your own home. Each meet up has been grown larger and larger.

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Prom 12: BBC Philharmonic/Vassily Sinaisky - The Guardian

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 08:16 AM PDT

Prom 12: BBC Philharmonic/Vassily Sinaisky
The Guardian
The disappearance in the late 20th century of the traditional Viennese night at the Proms was not to be mourned. Invented in the 1950s, its surreptitious ...

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Glee-fully Barrowman!

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 08:01 AM PDT

"And Barrowman looked out over the breadth of his publicity and wept for there were no more shows/media outlets to conquer…"

HTorchwood star John Barrowman, about to break into song. Again.ere at JohnBarrowmanNews.com (have you gone mad? – Ed) we can't wait to hear what our favourite (group) Captain is up to – and allegedly he may be tapping his toes and singing his way over to the set of Glee.

As reported earlier this month Barrowman had met with the producers of the global hit, stating his dream to play one of Racheal Berry's (Lea Michele) Gay dads. Barrowman had told Now magazine that:

"I met with their casting people and I said I'd love to be in it. The ball's in their court, though."

It seems that ball has come top-spinning its way back to Barrowman now those initial talks have developed into…well talks, for an unspecified role in a future episode.

Previously Producer Ian Brennan had denied that Barrowman had been in touch. Asked if any contact had been made, he replied:

"Not that I know of! It would be exciting though. It's not like we're dying to get guest stars, because we have a pretty good cast as it is."

Glee, the global smash post-modern-love it or want it to drown  in its own smugness,  musical follows the fortunes of a high school show choir as they belt out old show stoppers and chart toppers and is set to return on 21st September.

Aside from returning to Torchwood for the fourth season as (Group) Captain Jack Harkness, Barrowman will be badgering the producers of Holby City for the role of Jazz harmonica player whose hands are blow off in an 'unfortunate kettle incident' and will be presenting the BBC's A Journey for Jake; a talent show where Barrowman plums the depths of Britain to search for a star to fill the role of Jake for a Blues Brothers musical I just made up (nurse, he's gone again! – Ed).

(via Digital Spy)


Restarting Torchwood Series 4

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 06:56 AM PDT

The SFX website has spoken to Russell T Davies recently regarding the new series of Torchwood, due to air in 2011, and how the series continues from Children of Earth.

Russell doesn't reveal all that much in terms of spoilers but commented on the new way that the series would be developed and made with one of the big changes being a "writer's room."

Torchwood creator Russell T DaviesDavies has written the first episode of the new series but may not write anymore as there are plenty of interested parties wanting to write a script themselves. Russell finished by mentioning what viewers could expect from the 2011 series, which follows on from Children of Earth

"For faithful viewers you'll see the same people in the same world, following on. Though it also starts from scratch, because there's a brand new Starz audience there sitting waiting to be scooped up, new viewers coming to it.

"I restarted Doctor Who in 2005 from scratch, so I know what I'm doing.

"I did it with Children Of Earth, actually – that practically tripled Torchwood's audience, and no one said to me that they were lost. So it's a new starting point and yet… It's still Gwen, it's still Jack, and hopefully more. You'll feel very comfortable with it. And there's great new American characters coming into it.

"Bear in mind, of course, Captain Jack, he's American as well, so it doesn't seem quite as alien, I think, as if you suddenly introduced American characters into Emmerdale or something!"

Check out the article at SFX.co.uk for the full interview and also a snazzy Torchwood picture of Jack and Gwen looking very "Angel" (as in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin off).

SHERLOCK (BBC) "A Study in Pink" Review - Daemon's TV (blog)

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 06:33 AM PDT

Daemon's TV (blog)

SHERLOCK (BBC) "A Study in Pink" Review
Daemon's TV (blog)
Although updated and featuring more SFX than you can shake a stick at, producer Mark Gatiss and writer/producer Steven Moffat (better known for Doctor Who) ...

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Forbidden Planet Exclusive August Toys

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 06:15 AM PDT

Forbidden Planet Exclusive August Toys
News Dated: 26/7/2010

Forbidden Planet are releasing two more exclusive Doctor Who figure packs this August:

The 5th Doctor & The Master (Planet of Fire)
Forbidden Planet Exclusive

The 5th Doctor

His youthful appearance belied his wisdom and experience, but this Doctor still found it frustrating that so many people questioned his judgement, especially his companions. While on an alien planet he and his companion Peri contracted a disease and the Doctor gave Peri the only cure, necessitating another regeneration…

The Master from Planet of Fire
The Fifth Doctor and Turlough are on the island of Lanzarote because the TARDIS has detected a mysterious signal being transmitted from an unknown, recently salvaged artefact. They meet a young American botany student named Peri Brown, whose stepfather has been replaced with a shape changing robot as part of a plot by the Master. He plans to bring the TARDIS to the planet Sarn, so he can use that world's revitalising Numismaton gas to restore his body, accidentally shrunken in an accident. The Master (Anthony Ainley) is apparently defeated when the stream of gas turns to a normal hot flame. The Doctor destroys the shape changing robot, Kamelion, at the robot's own bidding as it has become completely unstable. Turlough leaves to return home, while Peri leaves with the Doctor.

The 5th Doctor & The Master is released in August 2010, priced £24.99.
Order Now Exclusively from Forbidden Planet International.

The 5th Doctor in Regeneration Outfit (Logopolis / Castrovalva)
Forbidden Planet Exclusive

Following the events at the Pharos Project which caused his regeneration, the Fifth Doctor escapes with his companions back to the TARDIS. Suffering from post-regeneration trauma, he only narrowly manages to save the ship from destruction as it plunges back through time to Event One, the hydrogen in-rush that preceded the creation of the universe.

The Doctor then seeks sanctuary, with companions Tegan and Nyssa, in the peaceful domain of Castrovalva, only to discover that it is an illusory, dimensionally paradoxical trap set for the him by the Master, unwillingly aided by Adric, whom he has kidnapped. The Doctor eventually wins the day by enlisting the help of the Castrovalvan people who, although also part of the Master's creation, are nevertheless able to exercise free will.

The 5th Doctor in Regeneration Outfit is released in August 2010, priced £14.99.
Order Now Exclusively from Forbidden Planet International.

[Source: Forbidden Planet]

Doctor Who Prom Reviews

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 05:38 AM PDT

Doctor Who PromsDrum roll please…the verdict for the Doctor Who Prom at this years BBC proms is…cymbal crash… Excellent.  Though while the spectacle was loved by children and similarly excited parents, some reviewers have scoff at the event calling it a "Pantomime."

The Guardian while quick to praise any event that tries to foster a love of classical music in children accepted that the event was not about the music but about the brand.

"Gold's themes, of course, are written as accompaniment, so no disservice was done them by having 5,000 or so people craning towards the screens, rather than gazing at the conductor, and the gasps of excitement as Silurians, Judoon, Cybermen and the Vampires of Venice patrolled among the prommers made plain that the main attraction of the evening was not the music, but the chance to feel part of an adored televisual institution."

As well as showcasing Murray Gold's excellent contribution to the show, the prom also threw in some recognisable classics such as surfer's favourite Richard Wagners' Die Walk├╝re – The Ride of the Valkyries and John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

The evening was ably hosted by Karen Gillan with help from an in character Matt Smith, who received special praise in The Daily Telegraph.

"In the end, however, it was all about the Doctor – witness the rock-star welcome that greeted Matt Smith's second-half appearance. Smith's Doctor gave his customary manic performance, enlisting the help of a mini-me audience member in braces and bowtie to save the Albert Hall from a 'wibbly-wobby, explodey-wodey thing'."

Doctor Who Proms 2010The Prom also featured many of the Doctors greatest foes including an 'Ironside' Dalek who rose from a platform to offered the audience tea and biscuits before being told to 'decend or be exterminated' by a Persil-white Supreme Dalek who then bossed composer Ben Foster to play the Dalek's theme.

The delectable Vampires (from Venice) enticed a man in the audience with a bewitching dance. While others such as the Silurians, Cybermen, Judoon  and the Weeping Angels all roamed the audience looking for the Doctor.

BBC News have a video showing clips from the concert and reaction from one particular family whose two boys denied they were scared of the Cybermen- they were (Incidentally, check out costumes worn by some fans in the background of this clip.)

The two hour show featured the London Philharmonic Choir, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Singers Yamit Mamo (Doctor Who, Death at a Funeral)  and Mark Chambers (Singing voice of the Ood,  The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) and Composers Ben Foster (Doctor Who, Nine) and Grant Llewellyn (BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales)

A recording done for BBC Radio 3  is available in two parts on the iPlayer until the 1st August while the event itself will be broadcast on BBC Three next month.

Fezzes are cool!

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 04:15 AM PDT

You concur with the Doctor, fezzes are cool.

Finished Product - Issue Four

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 04:08 AM PDT

SFX Magazine: TorchwoodIssue four of the Finished Product, the unofficial companion to the Big Finish audio series, is due for imminent release.

This issue concentrates on the UNIT series, looking at it from inception through to final execution, as well as revealing some ideas for the never-made second series. And lots of the interviewees talk about their memories of David Tennant in one of his final roles before playing the Tenth Doctor.

Interviewees include producer Ian Farrington, writers Simon Guerrier, Iain McLaughlin, Jonathan Clements and Joseph Lidster, directors Edward Salt and John Ainsworth, actors Ian Brooker and Robert Curbishley, as well as sound designer and composer David Darlington.

In addition, there's also an interview with DWM award-winning Big Finish composer Russell Stone.

For more details and ordering information, email thefinishedproduct@hotmail.co.uk.

The boys of manga: We love 'em 'cos they're vague - Comic Book Resources

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 04:03 AM PDT

The boys of manga: We love 'em 'cos they're vague
Comic Book Resources
Tom Baker — not the actor who played the fourth Doctor Who, but a writer who regularly covers manga for the Daily Yomiuri in Japan— recently had a ...

UK Headlines: Living Bags Nikita and Chase - TV.com (blog)

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 03:44 AM PDT

UK Headlines: Living Bags Nikita and Chase
TV.com (blog)
That's almost two million more than the last Doctor Who finale, also written by Steven Moffat. [The Guardian] ...The BBC has finally decided on a One Show ...

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Dalek ensures fair visitors obey charity collectors - Get Surrey

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 02:21 AM PDT

Dalek ensures fair visitors obey charity collectors
Get Surrey
A DALEK was the menacing attraction as the Ewell Village Fair became the first fundraising event this year for the chosen charities of the ...

Doctor Who Prom - Pink Paper

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 02:08 AM PDT

Pink Paper

Doctor Who Prom
Pink Paper
An 'Ironside' Dalek rose from the floor to offer the audience a cup of tea and a biscuit (no, really), only to be told it was to be exterminated when the ...

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London gets invaded by Doctor Who? - NewsTime

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 02:02 AM PDT

London gets invaded by Doctor Who?
Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon, Silurians, Weeping Angels and the Vampires of Venice all 'attacked' the historic concert venue as it played host to the 'Doctor ...

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Davies praises new 'Torchwood' format - Digital Spy

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 01:56 AM PDT

Davies praises new 'Torchwood' format
Digital Spy
Torchwood creator Russell T. Davies has revealed that he is happy with the show's new ten-episode format. He told SFX that the new series ...

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Time traveller Sherlock will be a hit - Herald.ie

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 01:12 AM PDT

Time traveller Sherlock will be a hit
Steven Moffat, the guiding hand on Doctor Who at the moment, and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss, who's written a few Who episodes, have also done ...

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Sherlock - a Study in Pink | TV Review - TV Pixie (blog)

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 12:27 AM PDT

TV Pixie (blog)

Sherlock - a Study in Pink | TV Review
TV Pixie (blog)
Steven Moffat's script and Paul McGuigan's directing are both a delight. Their enjoyment in pulling the programme together is palpable. ...

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We watch TV so you don't have to - Watch With Mothers

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 12:16 AM PDT

We watch TV so you don't have to
Watch With Mothers
It isn't the latest Mel Gibson cop movie, it's the new Steven 'Doccy Who' Moffat and Mark 'League of Gentlemen' Gatiss's modern day reimagining of Sherlock ...

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In pics: Doctor Who at the Proms - CBBC Newsround

Posted: 26 Jul 2010 12:08 AM PDT

CBBC Newsround

In pics: Doctor Who at the Proms
CBBC Newsround
What a pro. But he saw the Dalek - looked like they made friends! There was no sofa to hide behind as the Cyberman came out! This vampire didn't look like ...

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Sherlock and the IT Crowd - Artrocker.com (blog)

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 11:47 PM PDT

Sherlock and the IT Crowd
Artrocker.com (blog)
I hope that Gatiss and fellow writer Steven Moffat can write some sex into her role, as she confessed in interview that she had always fancied herself as a ...

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In pics: Doctor Who at the Proms - CBBC Newsround

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 11:45 PM PDT

CBBC Newsround

In pics: Doctor Who at the Proms
CBBC Newsround
What a pro. But he's seen the Dalek - looks like they're making friends. There was no sofa to hide behind as the Cyberman came out! ...

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Moffat Tears Into Press Lies

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 11:32 PM PDT

Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat has given an exclusive interview to HeyUGuys.co.uk about his well-received Sherlock re-imagining (co-written with Mark Gatiss) and of course Doctor Who.

Doctor Who boss Steven MoffatThere is plenty to read, from The Grand Moff's thoughts on Russell T Davies' The Writer's Tale to the future of British television and his own future, as well as the typical comparisons between Sherlock Holmes and the Doctor.

However it is the question of ratings, and Steven Moffat's reaction to recent reports, that are of most interest. On the matter of whether Sherlock will eventually spawn a full series (it is currently 3 feature length episodes), Moffat put the ball in the court of the viewers pretty much said that it is down to a decision based on viewer reaction and ratings:

SM: …we faced it all the time on Doctor Who: it's got to retain it's ratings. Which it did, by the way, despite entirely fallacious, completely made up news stories. Bastards. I was tearing into them saying: 'You can't just make our ratings'.

HUG: People were saying it wasn't doing as well as thought?

SM: Well there was a whole news story, which was remarkable in ratings in that since it's come back, it's barely changed.

HUG: If anything I thought it would have gone up.

SM: If you were allowed to include iPlayer, then it has. You're not allowed to include iPlayer

It isn't entirely clear why iPlayer isn't included in audience figures, although it may be down to the fact that BBC iPlayer allows delayed viewing of specific BBC content only; until a universal system is adopted, it is unlikely that iPlayer will be a factor in audience totals.

(Via John Freeman/Down the Tubes)

SFX talks Torchwood

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 11:12 PM PDT

Doctor Who Magazine 419This month's SFX magazine has a Torchwood cover and inside, there's a four-page feature talking to Russell T Davies about his plans for the fourth series. He also comments on the recent rumours about Johnny Depp starring in a Doctor Who movie.
I've always had this story in mind, and when you discover what it is, you'll go, 'Oh, right...' You'll see how that can spread out [for ten episodes]. Actually, Children Of Earth could have run for ten episodes. Once you get martial law declared, we could have done three more episodes of that - if anything, we slightly rushed that ending. So this story is on that big a scale. It's not a Lost-type story, full of mystery, and it's not particularly complicated - it's more linear. Ten parts just gives us a chance to move it onto the international stage where it takes place. The vast majority's going to take place in America - and other countries as well - so it's got a size to it. It's a proper, big, global ten-hour thriller.

Doctor Who monsters invade London - FemaleFirst.co.uk

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 11:04 PM PDT

Doctor Who monsters invade London
Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon, Silurians, Weeping Angels and the Vampires of Venice all 'attacked' the historic concert venue as it played host to the 'Doctor ...

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After Sherlock, which classic tales should Steven Moffat update next? - The Guardian (blog)

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 10:44 PM PDT

The Guardian (blog)

After Sherlock, which classic tales should Steven Moffat update next?
The Guardian (blog)
With Sherlock, Steven Moffat, the universally lauded successor to Russell T Davies in the engine-room of the BBC's Doctor Who juggernaut, has brought us a ...

Johnny Depp is no Doctor Who - The Fan Carpet

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 09:56 PM PDT

The Fan Carpet

Johnny Depp is no Doctor Who
The Fan Carpet
This news comes amidst reports of Matt Smith possibly being dropped as the Doctor following a drop in viewership for "The Big Bang. ...

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More Sherlock please! - RTE.ie

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 09:54 PM PDT


More Sherlock please!
There is more than a whiff of Doctor Who about it but that's not surprising considering it was created by writer and producer Steven Moffatt (he of Who) and ...

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Proms 2010: Prom 10: Dr Who Prom - Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 09:04 PM PDT

Proms 2010: Prom 10: Dr Who Prom
Rating: * * * * By Robert Colvile Given the number of alien menaces that Doctor Who has seen off over the decades, winning over a slavishly enthusiastic ...

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Situation Vacant Reviewed

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 08:49 PM PDT

At Christmas, the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller parted ways for good. Now that he's had some time on his own to get over his latest break up, the Doctor's ready to find a new friend to travel with and that's how season 4 of the Eighth Doctor Adventures kicks off.

Doctor Who - Situation Vacant from Big Finish stars Paul McGannSituation Vacant revolves around four potential companions gathered in a hotel function room who have responded to an advert to travel time and space. The Doctor turns up and informs them that there's a mystery to be solved and the person who performs the best will win the role of his latest travelling companion. It's very akin to The Apprentice and X Factor (the cover for the play even emulates the latter).

What follows is a strong season opener much like 2008's Partners in Crime - a lightweight episode with a friend trying to prove themselves to the Doctor, a jaunty upbeat incidental score, a middling threat to be resolved and some layering of mysteries yet to be solved.

McGann is on form as the Doctor as always and the auditioning companions are well rounded and acted out well. We won't tell you who the Doctor chooses (if he in fact chooses anyone) but the end results are extremely satisfying.

The loss of Sheridan Smith is felt in Situation Vacant, her brash northern twangs have become so loved and expected in this run of plays that when they don't appear it starts to raise alarms but as always with the Doctor, there's so much going on that there's little time to look back as the TARDIS team are thrown into the present.

Judging by this play alone, this looks set to one of the strongest Eighth Doctor series yet.

Situation Vacant is available this month on CD or download from www.bigfinish.com!

Sherlock, BBC One, Sunday - Herald Scotland

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 08:44 PM PDT

Sherlock, BBC One, Sunday
Herald Scotland
(Moffat is, of course, behind the currently brilliant Doctor Who, and Sherlock sometimes resembles an experiment in a crankier incarnation, stranded without ...

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Daleks are in control as Doctor Who takes over Proms - This is London

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 08:38 PM PDT

This is London

Daleks are in control as Doctor Who takes over Proms
This is London
Which brings us to the second Dr Who Prom (the first was in 2008). Dr Who has been good box-office since time immemorial, and plenty of stops had been ...

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Vote K-9!

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 07:23 PM PDT

The SFX website is canvassing votes for their 200 Greatest SF and fantasy characters ever poll in celebration of SFX's 200th edition, which features in the August – and this week they're looking for robots!

Doctor Who - Vote K9!With heroes, heroines, monsters and superheroes all covered already – ideal if you want to vote for the Doctor, Jack Harkness, Rose Tyler, Donna Noble or Daleks – this is your chance to vote for a legend among Doctor Who characters, K-9!

So successful was he after one episode (1977's The Invisible Enemy) that K-9 remained in the TARDIS for 4 years, before being left in E-Space at the close of 1981's Warrior's Gate. With an earlier version already left on Gallifrey in The Invasion of Time, the Doctor even thought to send another build of his faithful robot dog to Sarah Jane – the reason behind K-9 and Company in 1981 and a piece of continuity that lasts right the way to the modern day with The Sarah Jane Adventures.

And of course latterly, K-9 has had his own spinoff series, which is set to air on Channel 5 later this year.

So if you want to get K-9 top of a list that includes R2-D2, the Terminator and Star Trek: The Next Generation's Commander Data, head on over to the SFX website and get voting

Curiously, however, there is no mention of Kamelion in the list…

Sherlock Holmes: Doctor Who in waiting? - expressandstar.com (blog)

Posted: 25 Jul 2010 05:10 PM PDT

expressandstar.com (blog)

Sherlock Holmes: Doctor Who in waiting?
expressandstar.com (blog)
It is believed that Matt Smith is going to hang up the tweed and realise bow ties are not cool at the end of the next series. ...

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