Archive for the ‘Outside the TARDIS’ Category
The reverend father of former Doctor Who star David Tennant has gone public with his terminal illness and voiced his support for a bill legalising the right to die.
The Scottish actor’s dad, 77-year-old Reverend Sandy MCDonald, is suffering from lung condition pulmonary fibrosis, and now lives in a hospice, where he is cared for.
Following this revelation, MCDonald has called on senior religious figures in the U.K. to support the Assisted Suicide Bill, which aims to allow those who are terminally ill decide their own fate.
He tells Scotland’s The Herald newspaper, “I have pulmonary fibrosis. It just gets worse. There is no cure. I have to address it and decide what to do. I have an advance directive which says ‘do not resuscitate.’ I do not want to be fed by something in my stomach.
“What I do want is the right to a peaceful end to my life. I think we have the wrong slant, the wrong emphasis. The phrase – assisted suicide – has criminal overtones in the minds of many people. We need to take seriously the provision of a peaceful end of life for all those who want it. Of course there would have to be safeguards, and that should be discussed.”
Whovian Austenites rejoice! The Hollywood Reporter today (September 17) broke the news that Matt Smith has joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith‘s zombie charged adaptation of Jane Austen‘s most cherished novel.
Natalie Portman was initially cast as Elizabeth Bennett when the film began production in 2009. Presently, Natalie has taken a backseat as a producer of the film transmitting the role of zombie-fighting Lizzie to Lily James of Downton Abbey fame. Smith will play self-obsessed clergyman, Mr. Collins, who’s in quest of a wife—preferably one with a knack for slaying zombies.
Directed by Burr Steers (17 Again), the film centers around Austen’s heroine Lizzie in a period of stringent societal standards, pressuring parents, and… zombies! Lizzie would rather defend England from zombies than espouse (sorry, Fitzwilliam).
Smith is joined by castmates Sam Riley (Maleficent), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, Kill Your Darlings), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Douglas Booth (Noah).
Fresh from four seasons of Doctor Who, his forthcoming U.S. acting debut in Ryan Gosling‘s Lost River, and a major role in the upcoming Terminator trilogy, Smith is zooming into the stratosphere. And with Smith in the ring, we’re happy the casting and production of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies took so long to get rolling!
via BBC America.
Actress Billie Piper is believed to have been involved in a car accident with a 16-year-old cyclist.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called to Goods Way, King’s Cross, by the London Ambulance Service at 15.56hrs on Tuesday, July 29 to reports of a road traffic collision between a motor vehicle and a cyclist. The driver of the vehicle was female.”
He said that enquiries continue into the incident which involved “a black VW Golf which was in collision with a cycle being ridden by a 16-year-old male. The driver stopped at the scene.”
The Mail on Sunday reports that Piper was driving at under five miles per hour when the incident happened.
Piper, 31, who has appeared in Doctor Who and The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, is currently appearing in a play at the National Theatre called Great Britain where she plays a tabloid news editor.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 15.53 to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a bike on York Way.
“We sent a responder by car and an ambulance crew to the scene.
“We treated a boy reported to be 16 years old for a shoulder injury.
“He was taken to University College Hospital.”
The report claims that Piper was travelling in her Volkswagen Golf with her sons when the cyclist hit the back of her car.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 3.53pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a bike on York Way.
“We sent a responder by car and an ambulance crew to the scene. We treated a boy reported to be 16 years old for a shoulder injury. He was taken to University College Hospital.”
Piper is then thought to have travelled to the National Theatre for her performance in the play Great Britain.
However, her understudy Jo Dockery replaced her for the evening’s show on Tuesday (July 29). Piper returned to the stage the following night.
Scotland Yard has confirmed that an investigation into the incident has been launched.
Last night’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards were an evening of celebration for past and present stars of Doctor Who as Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper both picked up prizes for their acting.
Coleman – who returns as Clara Oswald in the forthcoming series, opposite Peter Capaldi’s new Doctor – collected her award for UK TV actress from former co-star Matt Smith who departed the series last Christmas. Piper – who joined the pair in November’s 50th anniversary special – attended the ceremony with her husband Lawrence Fox and was honoured with the theatre actress award.
The ceremony, which honours women across the industry, were attended by acting royalty Samuel L Jackson, Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren, who picked up the icon award and drew gasps from the audience with her expletive-ridden speech.
Also recognised at the Berkeley Square ceremony were Fearne Cotton radio personality, Lily James next breakthrough, Little Mix band, Naomi Campbell TV personality, Emma Willis presenter, Sam Claflin man of the year and Taylor Schilling Editor’s Special Award.
via Radio Times.
Capaldi’s outfit in this entertaining Tate film suggests he had a strong influence on his Doctor Who look – and makes you wonder what other aspects of his personality he’ll bring to the role of the Time Lord
We’re told new Doctor Peter Capaldi was heavily involved in coming up with his outfit for the show – and looking at some of his other sartorial choices it’s not too hard to believe.
In the video below, Capaldi – a former art student – explores the surrealist movement for the Tate. It’s an interesting and entertaining short film in which, among other things, he has fun pointing out the luxuriance of surrealist artists’ hair and psychoanalysts’ beards. Well worth a watch.
But while you’re doing so, you may well notice a striking similarity between what’s he wearing and his Time Lord look. There’s the same button-down white shirt, the same cardigan-waistcoat, with the same dark, tailored jacket, layered over it.
It backs up what Steven Moffat told us about Capaldi last year – “He likes his clothes. He’s got very strong opinions about clothes” – and also makes you wonder what other aspects of his artistic, surrealist, dark-humoured personality the actor will bring to his Doctor Who role…
via Radio Times.
Tom Baker, known best as the fourth Doctor in the Doctor Who series, will lend his voice in the upcoming role-playing game Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms from studio Games Farm.
Baker, who previously took on the role of narrator for the previous entry in the series Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition will play renegade high sage Krenze for this upcoming installment.
“I’m overjoyed that Tom is returning to participate in the new Heretic Kingdoms game!” lead writer and franchise co-creator Chris Bateman said in a prepared statement. “The recording sessions for [Inquisition] were amazing, and Tom took on the role of narrator and knocked it out of the park. I can’t wait to hear his take on this new role, which is integral to the story of the new game.”
The isometric action RPG will launch on Windows PC this year following its announcement in February.
Former Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill will be joining the cast of BBC1’s sweeping historical series The White Queen at the start of next month.
Arthur will be playing Harry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, a close of ally of future King of England, Richard Duke of Gloucester (played by Aneurin Bevan) and he explains that there’s “more to his character than meets the eye”.
Arthur – who played Doctor Who companion Rory Williams for two years – has certainly enjoyed a variety of roles since saying goodbye to the TARDIS last year and viewers will remember his fine performance alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman in hit ITV drama Broadchurch.
Now we see him cropping up in a medieval drama and sporting a rather fetching haircut!
Arthur probably didn’t mind growing his hair for the role, but one thing he wasn’t prepared for was the horse-riding!
“I had to to learn to ride before filming. Well ‘learn’ is a too little strong. I had an hour lesson the day before filming!”
Arthur appears in The White Queen on Sunday August 4 at 9pm on BBC1.
via What’s on TV.