Month: May 2009

Who’s Next in the Tardis? Companion Revealed…


On Friday 29th May 2009, the BBC announced that the fifth series’ companion will unfortunately not be Hannah Murray from Skins fame.

Instead, it’s the rather surprising choice of  relative unknown, and I hate to say that because it’s such a horrible term, Karen Gillan.

Karen Gillan

Some official snippets:

“Gillan said: "I am absolutely over the moon at being chosen to play the Doctor’s new companion.

The show is such a massive phenomenon that I can’t quite believe I am going to be a part of it.

"Matt Smith is an incredible actor and it is going to be so much fun to act alongside him – I just can’t wait to get started!"

Lead writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, added: "We saw some amazing actresses for this part, but when Karen came through the door the game was up.

Funny, and clever, and gorgeous, and sexy.

Or Scottish, which is the quick way of saying it.

A generation of little girls will want to be her. And a generation of little boys will want them to be her too.""

BBC Official Press Release

What that article doesn’t say is that Karen has actually appeared in Doctor Who previously…. in series 4, no less. Don’t feel bad if you can’t remember her though… she appeared in “The Fires of Pompeii” (good episode, check my review ^_^)  as one of the Sybilline Sisterhood. A lot of makeup, and heavy headwear.

My thoughts?

She looks perfect. Not what I expected, and yet there’s something just quirky enough about how she looks to belong in Doctor Who.

It’s just another indication of how confident the BBC are in Doctor Who as a property and Steven Moffat as a programme producer. The emphasis here is on ability, not star names. I refuse to believe that Moffat would be casting these younger actors if he didn’t believe they were up to the job! He’s a self professed fan of the show. With some of the most critically acclaimed episodes of nuWho under his already ample belt.

All eyes are looking to him and fellow Producer Piers Wenger to keep the show going without RTD.  I’m feeling most especially confident they will do more than just fine.

The only thing I want now is to see Eleven in costume. C’mon cream coloured short style detective anorak coat…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-24


Star Trek, Star Wars, Transformers Warp into New Merchandise # Exclusive video interview with Land of the Lost’s Sid & Marty Krofft # JumpCon Founder Bankrupt # Retro Review: Darmok # Abrams: Making Star Trek XI […]

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-17


Angels & Demons is tops; Star Trek stays strong # Video: Star Trek vs. Star Wars? # William Shatner Talks, But Not About Star Trek # Star Trek’s Chris Hemsworth will play Thor, star in Red Dawn […]

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Star Trek surpasses box office estimations



Star Trek continues to impress, this time at the box office.

The studio had estimated the movie’s weekend box office haul would be in the region of $50 million, but turned out to be a whopping $76.5 million.

What’s more, the movie haul improved from $26.8 million on Friday to $27.4 million on Saturday, which, according to analysts, suggests the film will have “legs” and hopefully a long successful run.  It should certainly benefit from word of mouth.

Experts are now confident the movie should take in $200 million in the United States this summer, and Star Trek is a show which should benefit from a strong international market as well.  Abrams’ Trek could be on its way to becoming the most successful Star Trek of all time.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-10


Looks like the UK are not getting the fancy BSG Blu Ray Box Set! # Death Star Annihilates Star Trek’s Spotlight-Hogging Enterprise # Nimoy: Spock Prime’s Place In Star Trek XI # Star Trek XI Continues With […]

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Star Trek Review


In Brief:  It’s lived long, and now it finally prospers. In Detail:  It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve watched the popular folk around me gasping as photon torpedoes smash into something. Even longer since I’ve heard the […]

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Onion News takes on Star Trek


Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’ Onion News, well known for its satire, has taken a hit at the new Star Trek movie. As always, it’s professional and fantastic.  Well worth a look.

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