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Jodie Whittaker speaks out on Doctor Who casting
Jodie Whittaker says she didn't see people's reactions to her becoming the first female Doctor Who, because she's not on social media.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music in her first broadcast interview since her casting was revealed, she said: "This will be a blessing and a curse.
"I've missed a lot of the fun stuff and probably the bad stuff."
The Broadchurch star also praised fans of the sci-fi series as "the most amazing, creative people".
And she said she had spoken to the actors who have previously played the Doctor - although she didn't ask for advice.
"The overwhelming sense was this is such an exciting journey," she said.
"It's to be enjoyed. There's no advice you can do - no person plays this part the same. What a freeing thing it is."
The reaction to Whittaker's casting was mostly positive - but a sizeable minority protested that the Doctor shouldn't be played by a woman.
"The people that are in this role, that we're excited by and we're passionate about, that we look up to, don't always have to tick the same box, and that's what's really incredible about it."
The actress said she managed to avoid most of the commentary.
"I've missed a lot of the fun stuff and probably the bad stuff because I'm not on any type of social media and never have been," she told Shaun Keaveny.
"So if I get something it's a mate screen grabbing something and sending it to me.
"They obviously edit... actually, sometimes they don't!" she added, joking that any negative posts sent on to her by friends left her confidence on the floor.
She said she had seen "an amazing video" of a young girl's reaction, as she watched the trailer revealing the Doctor's new identity.
Whittaker also admitted the role "was not in the realm of possibility" when she was growing up and that getting the part was "incredibly emotional".
The 35-year-old said that when she found out her audition had been successful: "I didn't faint - I played it really cool and cried."
She added she was looking forward to the "freedoms and fun" and the "scale of the storylines" - especially as she is going to be working with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who is the new Doctor Who showrunner.
"I already know Chris - I already know how incredible he is. The direction he's going to take it is going to be amazing. I get excited by it," she said.
"I don't even know what the journey is. Every script I read will be brand new. This certainly is very different."
And in an interview with BBC News, the actor said she felt "relief" at the news of her role being "public knowledge".
She added that she'd had "a lot of fantastic advice" about the attention she would receive as the Doctor.
"I'm lucky because I've had a body of work, so it's not like going from anonymous to recognised.
"I've worked with David (Tennant) and other people who've been part of the Doctor Who journey.
"I knew there'd be an interest in me going to the shops - I hope it dies down as it's very boring!"
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Christopher Ecclestone reveals thoughts on Jodie's casting
The internet has made a lot of noise since the casting of Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who. The first female custodian of the Tardis gets her hands on the keys this Christmas and has said that she is hoping to get some "calls of advice" from previous owners.
David Tennant has already praised Doctor Who's new "strong female lead" but one Doctor who has stayed schtum on the topic is Christopher Eccleston... until now.
Appearing on Radio 4 show Loose Ends, the actor was asked by stand-in presenter Sara Cox what he thought of the new Doctor.
"She's working class, she's northern, what can go wrong?" said the Lancashire-born actor.
Of course, Eccleston is well acquainted with Whittaker; the two starred together in National Theatre production Antigone back in 2012.
The 53-year-old played the ninth Doctor for one series in 2005, and was the first to appear in BBC1's revamped show under the stewardship of Russell T. Davies.
Whittaker's casting was announced last month, after the men's Wimbledon final, with her Thirteenth Doctor due to make her first appearance in this year's Christmas special.
Earl Cameron is the oldest person in the Whoniverse!
Today marks the 100th Birthday of the actor Earl Cameron
Earl Cameron appeared in the 1966 Doctor Who story The Tenth Planet, playing Glyn Williams one of the two astronauts on the Zeus IV.
He becomes the third actor to have appeared in Doctor Who to reach their 100th Birthday. The others being Zohra Sehgal and Olaf Pooley. He is the oldest surviving actor to have appeared in the series.
Cameron was born in Pembroke, Bermuda. He is believed to be the second black actor to have a speaking role in the series' history, following Elroy Josephs apperance in The Smugglers.
Cameron made his first stage experience in 1942 when he talked his way into a West End production of Chu Chin Chow. He went on to act in a number of plays in London, including The Petrified Forest. He has appeared in the films Pool of London, Simba, The Heart Within, Sapphire in which played Dr Robbins; and The Message, the story of the Prophet Muhammad.
Other film appearances have included: Tarzan the Magnificent (1960), No Kidding (1960); Flame in the Streets (1961), Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963), Guns at Batasi (1964), Battle Beneath the Earth(1967), The Sandwich Man (1966) and the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965), in which he played Bond's Caribbean assistant Pinder Romania.
One of Cameron's earliest TV roles was a starring part in the BBC 1960 TV drama The Dark Man, in which he played a West Indian cab driver in the UK. The show examined the reactions and prejudices he faced in his work. His other television work includes Emergency - Ward 10, The Zoo Gang, Crown Court, Jackanory, Dixon of Dock Green, Neverwhere, Waking the Dead, Kavanagh QC, Babyfather, EastEnders, Dalziel and Pascoe and Lovejoy.
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
Earl Cameron lives with his wife Barbara in Warwickshire.
Source/Doctor Who News
Lethbridge Stewart short stories competition
Candy Jar Books will be launching a short story competition for their Lethbridge-Stewart series from 17th August:
Candy Jar Books is offering an exciting, new opportunity for aspiring writers. Launching at Candy Jar Book Festival in Cardiff, writers can submit a short story based on the Doctor Who character Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart.
These stories will be included in a book to be released early next year.
Shaun Russell, head of publishing, says:
We had huge success with the previous two short story competitions and we wanted to do something different this year. With the fiftieth anniversary of the Brigadier coming up we felt that this would be a fantastic opportunity for budding writers to write their very own Lethbridge-Stewart story.
The overall winner will offered the chance to pen their very own Lethbridge-Stewart book, and work alongside range editor and creative director of the Haisman estate, Andy Frankham-Allen, and will also receive a Kindle Fire to read it on. Both the winner and runner-up will receive all the Lethbridge-Stewart novels from 2018. All winning entries will see their stories published in book form in 2018.
Lethbridge-Stewart has been an essential part of the Doctor Who universe since 1968. He was created by authors Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln for the six-part Doctor Who serial The Web of Fear. Forty-nine years since the Brigadier appeared in Doctor Who he has become one of the show’s most iconic characters, having appeared with ten different Doctors in countless TV episodes, books, audio dramas and comic strips. And his legacy continues on with his daughter appearing in Doctor Who since 2012.
The Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition will launch at Candy Jar Book festival on 17th August. Candy Jar is hosting a free event at Cardiff Central Library at 1pm: a panel with Lethbridge-Stewart authors Nick Walters, Simon A Forward, Tim Gambrell, Alyson Leedsand range editor Andy Frankham-Allen, discussing writing Lethbridge-Stewart and Doctor Whonovels and short stories. And prior to that, at 12pm, cover artist Richard Young will be hosting a drawing class.
Andy Frankham-Allen says:
It’s a unique opportunity to have so many of our authors together in one place. We’ll be talking about the differences between writing novels and short stories, and offer some hints and tips for those interested in entering the short story competition. We are extremely committed to encouraging new talent and hope the public will take the time to come along and possibly enter the competition.
The South Wales Short Story Competition will be accepting submissions from 17th August. Entrants are permitted to submit up to two short stories of no more than three thousand words. The competition is open to all unpublished writers across the UK.
Andy Frankham-Allen believes that short stories are an excellent way for writers to perfect their craft. He said:
The discipline and imagination required for creating and structuring a good short story is excellent practice for aspiring writers. The experience winning writers will gain will be invaluable in preparing them for any future writing career.
All submissions must be received by the end of September. The competition is £5 to enter per story. The terms and conditions, such as copyright restrictions, will be emailed once the entrant has paid.
Entries can be sent via the Candy Jar Book Festival website.
Or at: https://www.freewebstore.org/jellybeanbooks/product/lethbridge-stewart%20short%20story%20competition
Alternatively, they can also be posted to Candy Jar Books, Mackintosh House, 136 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 1DJ
For more information please contact Shaun Russell on 02921 157 202 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source/Doctor Who News
Video of the week
Another throwback Thursday video sees a clip from the poison sky where Donna attempts to help the doctor by defeating a sontaran. "Back of the neck!"
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