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New Doctor Who companion news

May 29th, 2009 (01:18 pm)

They've gone for the unknown:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8073734.stm

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Posted by: Edmund Schluessel (st_lemur)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)

"This is Karen Gillan's biggest role yet". No shit, her last role was as "young girl in bus station".

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)

It's tempting to view Doctor Who as now being poured into the BBC family drama mould with youthful and largely unknown leads, in the wake of Robin Hood and to a lesser extent Merlin, as far as series five is concerned, though it's still really too early to tell.

Edited at 2009-05-29 12:27 pm (UTC)

Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
tardis

Interesting that they've sort of gone for a Maxil Syndrome, in that she did have a bit-part in Who before this... (does one call it a Benton Syndrome where a companion, rather than a Doctor, is concerned?)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)

Given that Freema had played another character in Doctor Who before playing Martha, this is almost policy...

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)

So had Lalla Ward.
Why do they always have twenty-something girl companions nowadays? There used to be more variety.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
SarahJaneSmith

Sadly opinion at the BBC is firmly that audiences will be alienated if there isn't a young contemporary character alongside the Doctor, so the idea that Martha should come from the early twentieth century was vetoed... and while there have been male companions in the new series they've been short-term, at least as regular TARDIS-travellers.

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)

I wish I knew who it is that forms opinion at the BBC, as I would like to meet him and hit him on the head with any blunt instrument that came to hand.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)

Well, Martha's pre-World War One origins were vetoed by Jane Tranter, then head of BBC Fiction, now at BBC America West Coast in Los Angeles; but the present imposer of conformity, if one wants to cast one, is presumably Ben Stephenson, head of drama commissioning.

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)

Thank you; I'll bear his name in mind. I assume it's RTD, though, that imposed a soap family on each companion? From interviews I've read I get the impression that he doesn't actually know what a real-life family is like.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Eccleston

I liked the Jackie-Rose set-up; Jackie Tyler reminded me a lot of one of my aunts, who lives on a council estate with a similar air of hopelessness to the Powell Estate in Doctor Who - though in a house rather than in a flat. However, the dominating, tunnel-vision mother seems to be the only character Russell can do, and he recognizes it, hailing Sylvia as in the tradition of Jackie during the commentary on Partners in Crime.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
K9

Martha's pre-World War One origins ...

That casts a whole new light on Human Nature ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
DavidIcon

I'm sure that paulcornell2 has said that in an earlier draft Martha was returning to visit her family in this story.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'vegotasportscar

Twenty-something?

I think you've just made Catherine Tate's day!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 29th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)

My brain has switched off, as I'd forgotten Donna...