David Tennant returns to his role as the tenth Time Lord and meets his brand new companion, as filming commences on the highly anticipated third series of Doctor Who for BBC ONE.
First of all - new costume. Hmm, not so keen. I know the outfit wasn't really consistent throughout series two, but I liked the brown suit. The blue looks a bit too much like he's about to go and repair a boiler. Plus, I already bought cream Converse to match the ones from series two - now I need to get a new pair of red ones?
Martha's outfit is... well, unspectacular, really. Quite Rose-ish. Doesn't give us any clues as to where/when she's from, other than looking quite ordinarily contemporary.
"The Doctor and Martha are destined to meet William Shakespeare, blood sucking alien Plasmavores, The Judoon - a clan of galactic stormtroopers and a sinister intelligence at work in 1930's New York."
Ooh, let the speculation about Shakespeare casting begin, then! That could be fabulous. As could going to 1930's New York - gorgeous art deco sets ahoy!
Also - who fancies laying some money down now that the episode includes the line "What the Chaucer?" ;-)
The [Christmas special] features the return of the Robot Santas and also guest stars Sarah Parish as the evil, alien mastermind.
Hmm. Be interesting to see what they do with the Robot Santas this time out - presumably that's their way of making it "Christmassy"!
Writers include Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Gareth Roberts, Paul Cornell, Helen Raynor, Chris Chibnall and Stephen Greenhorn.
Good to see Cornell back, and Gareth Roberts get a "promotion" (let's face it, the track record for writers established in Who lore has been strong so far, when compared to the one for RTD just bringing in mates of his). No Gatiss, interestingly. I like how Moffat has second billing there - let's hope for more than one episode by him, this time... Of the new guys, I can't see anything particularly notable on Greenhorn's CV except for The Bill, but Chris Chibnall - glossing over the fact that he created Born and Bred - was a Life on Mars writer. He did episode seven, the one with the suspect dying in custody. Let's just hope his episode turns out better than Matthew Graham's Fear Her...
Guest stars include Anne Reid, Roy Marsden and Don Gilet.
Can't find much information on Gilet, while Marsden has cropped up in lots of random minor roles since the '60s. Reid, however, is a bit more notable - she was Ken Barlow's Electrocuted Wife in Corrie years ago, and more recently played Jean in the brilliant dinnerladies. Oh, and she's been in Who before, too - playing a nurse in The Curse of Fenric.
Slightly more disappointing news, though :
Returning cast members include John Barrowman who will be making an appearance in the series finale.
So, Jack won't be rejoining the TARDIS crew this series - we won't see him until the finale. Dang.
Still... excitementses time!