On this day 49 years ago, the Doctor first appeared on TV screens across the UK

first Doctor Who: William-Hartnell and 49th anniversary of the BBC Show

 

On this day 49 years ago, the Doctor, as portrayed by William Hartnell, first appeared on TV screens across the UK. 10 regenerations, almost half of century and nearly 800 episodes later and Doctor Who remains the longest running and most successful sci-fi TV show in the world!

It’s time to bring on the birthday cake because Doctor Who is 49 today!

As the BBC says on Happy Anniversary post:

On this day in 1963 the BBC broadcast that thrilling and otherworldly theme music for the first time and viewers were introduced to the Doctor and his incredible TARDIS. At the close of the episode his time machine left present day Earth far behind and began a journey, a journey that introduced the world to Daleks, Cybermen, Time Lords and the idea that bow ties really are cool. It’s a journey that still goes on today and continues this Christmas with The Snowmen…

Let me say one more time: happy anniversary, Doctor! Let’s enjoy at least 50 more years of Doctor’s adventures!

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NCIS Exclusive: Alex Kingston Cast in ‘A Very Disturbing’ November Sweeps Episode

You know her as River Song, the Doctor’s wife, Amy and Rory’s daughter. You may have remember her from the role from the ER series. He responds to the name Alex Kingston and, according to tvline.com, she is going to appear in a November sweeps episode of TV’s most watched drama series as Miranda Pennebaker, a “woman of questionable morals,” series boss Gary Glasberg tells TVLine exclusively.

This should be interesting. Especially because she will play a shady business woman who gets tangled up with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the NCIS team.

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Melody Malone: The Angel’s Kiss tie-in novelette now available!

Doctor Who: The Angel's Kiss, a Melody Malone Mystery
Doctor Who: The Angel’s Kiss, a Melody Malone Mystery

Well, do you remember the book the Doctor were reading loud for Amy and Rory in Central Park, New York City? If you’ve watched the last week episode from Doctor Who, The Angels take Manhattan, you just can’t miss it.

Well,  I found out that the book is available to buy online on Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), eBooks.com, iBooks (Apple).

If you are interest just go for it. Buy the book.

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Asylum of the Daleks reports after broadcast

As expected, the first episode of Doctor Who’s series 7 was a hit from the number of viewers point of view. The Guardian says that the Doctor return to BBC1 with more than 6 million viewers, beating the ITV1 rival Red or Black? though The X Factor remained the top Saturday show.

The BBC1 sci-fi drama averaged 6.4 million viewers and a 29.3% audience over 50 minutes from 7.20pm. ITV1’s Ant and Dec gameshow Red or Black? averaged 3.5 million viewers and a 15.7% audience share between 7.25pm and 8.10pm.

This was something of a reversal of fortune from the first weekend in September 2011, when Doctor Who – returning for the second half of last year’s series – averaged 5.5 million and 25.9% against Red or Black? with 6.6 million and 29.9%.

On Saturday, ITV1’s The X Factor averaged 8.6 million viewers and a 36.8% share from 8.10pm, then a second instalment of Red or Black? had 3.3 million and 14.4% from 9.10pm.

On the other hand, news.com.au says that more people downloaded Asylum of the Daleks legally in 24 hours than the most popular illegally downloaded show over a whole month. Breaking the iView record should count, isn’t it? 😀

The ABC received the highest amount of daily plays on iView ever after airing the premiere episode of Doctor Who on Sunday – just hours after it aired in the UK.

In comparison, the most heavily downloaded television show in Australia -  How I Met Your Mother -  was pirated 37 458 over the month of February last year, according to marketing and metrics company, Jumpwire Media.

Asylum of the Daleks received 75,900 plays in less than 24 hours after it aired on Sunday at 5.10am, in Aunty’s novel attempt to stop users from pirating the episode illegally.

That number only makes up about 10 per cent of the show’s potential TV audience, in its current Saturday 7.30pm timeslot, however the number is significant as it means that the ABC’s bid appears to have been successful.

The episode aired online almost a week before it hits TV screens on ABC1.

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Are you ready for the new Doctor Who spin-off: Pond Life?

Pond Life is a new five-part mini-series spin-off focusing on the lives of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, with one webisode available every day next week (the last week of August) at midday.

The new mini-episodes will be available to watch on BBC One YouTube Channel, on the official Doctor Who website and here too, hopefully, between Monday the 27th and Friday the 31st of August. They will also be available on the BBC’s Red Button prior to the Doctor Who series 7 opener on September the 1st.

Karen Gillan will star in Sky1’s A Touch of Cloth

 A few days ago Karen Gillan has revealed for Digital Spy that she has signed up to star in Sky1’s comedy A Touch of Cloth, the spoof police show. There were revealed no details about her character, but she will begin filming for the program soon. A Touch of Cloth, penned by Charlie Brooker, stars John Hannah and Suranne Jones as detectives in a spoof of police dramas.

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Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat completely changed one more time Amy and Rory’s exit

Rumors have existed about parts of the previous series, alternate screen plays have been written and put into pictures in order to keep the mystery until the final moment, when the episodes were released.

Well, during today Steven Moffat told Digital Spy that he “completely” rewrote the pair’s last scenes in upcoming episode, ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’. Considering the reactions of the actors I hardly expect to watch the episode… I hope you feel the same.

 Of the final script, Who star Matt Smith said: “I was very moved, very moved indeed, because not only is it two characters that I love, it’s two actors that I love working with. To see them go – and I think go so beautifully… it’s moving.”

Karen Gillan – who plays Amy – added: “I instantly phoned Matt [when I read the episode] and I was crying and laughing hysterically… because it’s so good!”

“It was like getting the last chapter of the best book you’ve ever read and being really surprised by the ending… and really satisfied,” explained Rory actor Arthur Darvill. “It was pretty emotional.

Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill will star in first West End production of Our Boys

It was announced that Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams Pond) will soon be appearing alongside Lewis’s Laurence Fox in the first ever West End production of Jonathan Lewis’s Our Boys.

The play is an account of the experiences of five young soldiers recuperating from injuries sustained in battle. It will open at London’s Duchess Theatre on Wednesday 3 October, but preview shows will begin at the Duchess on Wednesday 26 September and the play’s West End run will come to an end on Saturday 15 December.

Our Boys, which was named Best New Play at the 1993 Writers’ Guild Fringe Awards, sees the injured troops’ quiet life of TV and light-hearted banter shattered by the arrival of an unwanted authority figure in their midst: a young, hard-line officer straight from Sandhurst.

Rounding out the cast are actors Matthew Lewis, better known as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films; Cian Barry, who appeared in ITV’s Titanic mini-series; and stage talents Jolyon Coy and Lewis Reeves.

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Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman joins CW’s Arrow

John Barrowman is joining the CW network’s new fall action-drama Arrow.

As insidetv.ew.com announces, he has signed for a recurring role in Arrow’s debut season.

Producers are not saying much about his character, only revealing that he will play a “well-dressed man” who is “as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.”

Hmmm … one suspects the character is from the Green Arrow comic mythology. Philanthropist Stanley Dover Sr., perhaps? Unless they’re doing a new twist on Brick or the Green Lantern…

Barrowman is a choice that’s sure to rally fans of his Torchwood work. The actor was also cast in Shonda Rhimes’ recent ABC pilot effort Gilded Lilys.

Matt Smith will play the Doctor for two more years

The first episode of the seventh season of Doctor Who is going to be broadcast later this month, with Matt Smith as the Doctor, so it was pretty much clear that he was going the lead the new series to its glorious end. The good news, as MTV announces, is that he is going to do the same for one more year: Matt Smith has revealed that he will carry on playing Doctor Who until at least 2014.

Digital Spy reports Matt as saying: “It hasn’t been written yet but the idea is as brilliant and as mental as you’d expect from Steven. So there’s a lot to look forward to.

“When Steven was going to pitch the next season to me not long ago, he said, ‘Are you ready to cry?’ ”

Despite his success in the role, he added that the Time Lord’s shoes weren’t necessarily easy to fill.

He said: “If you remember, when I took over, no one thought it would work. I was ‘too young’. David (Tennant) had come from a stellar era. I was unknown.

“For a month or two when I started I was like, ‘This is impossible. I can’t’ — just the pressure of it. Everyone was sort of going, ‘Go on, show us what you’ve got.’ I told myself, ‘If I can get through this I can get through anything’.”

At least until now he did a great job. I hope he is going to keep it in the same manner until the end of the eight series.

An Adventure in Time and Space, the 50th Doctor Who anniversary movie

I am not sure if I should be happy or I should weep, but, as BBC announced yesterday, Matt Gatiss has been commissioned by BBC Two to write a drama to tell the story of the Doctor’s genesis. The movie is set to air in 2013 as part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations.

From my point of view, the mystery of Doctor’s origin is a part of great flavor of the the Doctor Who series. I appreciate a good movie, but I do not want a solve a mystery and leave an empty “space” instead of it. I would rather open the possibility to ask new questions, to let other mysteries enter, to be surprised.

The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50thanniversary of Doctor Who next year.

An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who since its first broadcast on 23 November 1963.  Exploring all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date, the special one off 90 minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.

Written by Mark Gatiss, it is Executive Produced by current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner.  The single drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson Controller, Drama and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC TWO.

Richard E. Grant returns to Doctor Who for Christmas special

The news of the week is that Richard E. Grant is going to return to Doctor Who for 2012 Christmas special as a villain.

I’ve never watch him in the old Doctor Who series, but Richard E Grant is an actor, author and director, that has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady (as it is said).

Before the new series of Doctor Who, when Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant took on the lead role, Richard E. Grant played “alternate” versions of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors in Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (a two-part mini-story, broadcast in 1992 as part of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day) and Scream of the Shalka (a flash-animated six-part serial written by Paul Cornell, which was webcast in 2003 to mark Doctor Who’s 40th anniversary) .

The 2012 Christmas special is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein, it will be shot this week in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studios.

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Christopher Eccleston cast as Malekith in Thor: The dark world

The rumor of the day is Christopher Eccleston’s cast as the villain Malekit in the movie of Thor series (Thor: The dark world).

Malekith the Accursed is the leader of the dark elves of Svartalfheim, who in the comics stole the Casket of Ancient Winters. Malekith also had a servant, Kurse, who ultimately turned on Malekith and killed him. The Malekith and Casket of Ancient Winters storyline was adapted for an episode of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Thor will be played by the same Chris Hemsworth as before.

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Doctor Who and Torchwood shoes

Doctor Who Converse
Doctor Who Converse

I wasn’t looking for some running shoes (the Doctor runs a lot, isn’t it?) but I found some… I recently bought some shoes, I don’t need new ones but I consider buying the Doctor Who converse… just for show.

The shoes are the creation of Etsy user Tannim, you can order a pair for the a hundred bucks. Colored the iconic TARDIS blue, the shoes have several nice touches such as the Police Box sign on the side. One thing that isn’t clear: how you can figure out what size you need if they’re bigger on the inside than the outside.

For the fans of Torchwood there are some Converse that fits your desire, even if that series doesn’t really have any iconic visuals that are instantly associated with it. They are still pretty damn cool looking.

Torchwood Converse
Torchwood Converse

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Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner at San Diego Comic Con

As it has been reported by ScienceFiction.com, Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner will have a panel and a Q&A at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

The Doctor Who presence will happen Sunday July 15th between 12:30-13:30 in Hall H, there will also be new footage from Series 7 airing on the big screens!

The details were published here. Next are only a part of them, what it’s more interesting:

DOCTOR WHO: Panel and Q&A

Sunday, July 15, 12:30-1:30pm

HALL H

BBC AMERICA’s (@BBCAMERICA) Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make their triumphant return to Comic-Con for a panel and Q&A moderated by Doctor Who pundit and creator of theNerdist, Chris Hardwick. They will be joined by star Arthur Darvill, who’s making his first pilgrimage to SDCC, along with award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and award-winning executive producer Caroline Skinner (The Fades). As fans eagerly await the new season’s premiere, BBC AMERICA has learned that Steven Moffat and team will be bringing something very special with them to reveal to fans in Hall H.

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Radio Times: David Tennant will star alongside Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill in ITV drama Broadchurch

On Monday Radio Times announced that David Tennant will star in ITV1 drama Broadchurch, a new eight-part series penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall.

Produced by Kudos Film and Television, the production company behind Spooks and Life on Mars, Broadchurch will explore what happens to a small community when it suddenly becomes the focus of a major event and is subjected to the full glare of the media spotlight.

Tennant will play DI Alec Hardy, a newly promoted police detective who arrives in the town following the death of a young boy. However, local resident DS Ellie Miller (Rev star Olivia Colman) believes the case should have been hers and has to find reserves of patience to negotiate a professional relationship with the tough and unyielding Hardy.

Vicky McClure, who recently starred with Tenannt in BBC1 drama True Love, will also feature, alongside Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Will Mellor and departing Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill, who will play town priest Paul Coates.

Noel Clarke on his new movie Fast Girls

From my point of view I want to keep an eye on the people I’ve been watching in Doctor Who series even after leaving the show. This is one of this cases.

Noel Clarke, knows as Mickey Smith, boyfriend of Rose Tyler in Doctor Who
Noel Clarke, knows as Mickey Smith, boyfriend of Rose Tyler in Doctor Who

You may know and remember Noel Clarke for playing Mickey Smith, boyfriend of Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) in Doctor Who until leaving the regular cast in 2006. Since then the actor-writer-director-producer has been mighty busy and Radio Times writes about it.

Having written hugely successful movies Kidulthood and its follow-up Adulthood (which he also directed), Clarke has recently landed a part in the much-hyped Star Trek sequel alongside fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve.
Today (Friday 15th) sees the release of his latest offering, Fast Girls, which he wrote and starred in – a feel-good movie about a group of girls training for the 2012 Olympics, only you wouldn’t know it’s London 2012 as halfway through the shoot Clarke was informed he couldn’t mention the words “Olympics” or “2012” because they were copyrighted.

Radio Times also says that:

Fast Girls – warm, sugary and uplifting – represents Clarke’s desire to make varied films. His successes with Kidulthood and Adulhood led to the industry consigning him to the ‘grime’ genre: “I wrote loads of films that were different, and people weren’t interested – they just wanted another hood movie. So I said, well I kind of grew up in that environment, but it wasn’t me. If it was me, I probably wouldn’t be writing, d’you know what I mean?”

I hope you enjoyed watching the movie Fast Girls. Anyway, you can find more information here.

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Star Trek, The Next Generation – Doctor Who: Assimilation comic book becomes first iBooks simultaneous release

As announced on Digital Spy, Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #1 has become the first single issue comic for a same-day print and iBooks release.

IDW Publishing‘s crossover miniseries became the first title to debut simultaneously on the digital platform last week, reports Robot 6.

The issue currently occupies the number one spot on the iTunes Comics & Graphic Novels chart, it’s also the first title to be released in single issues through the storefront.

The crossover is written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton and illustrated by JK Woodward, and follows a joint adventure between the Doctor, his companions and Captain Picard’s crew as they unite to take on the combined threat of the Cybermen and the Borg.

Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #1 is available from the iTunes App Store for £2.99.

Steven Moffat assures Doctor Who future

About one week ago nme.com posted an article about Steven Moffat reassurances about the future of Doctor Who. He said in one interview that BBC will not give up the show (as it happened before in 1989): the show created a worldwide community and it’s “a huge money-spinner”.

The showrunner has said in a new interview that the long-running sci-fi show is in better shape than ever and that there is no chance that the BBC will “give up” on the show, as it did it 1989 when Doctor Who went off air for 16 years.

Moffat told Richard Bacon on BBC 5 Live: “It’s a huge money-spinner. It’s doing better than ever abroad – the global number of people watching Doctor Who has just gone up and up and up. It was the most downloaded show on American iTunes last year, so [there’s] not a chance of the BBC giving up on Doctor Who.”

Moffat also disputed claims that the show is getting “shorter and shorter” seasons, pointing merely to a change the broadcast schedule. He said: “We’re just splitting it over Christmas, we’re making the same number of episodes as usual. We delayed it a few months to start it later in the year, that’s all that’s happened.”

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Radio Times and the vote for the greatest Doctor Who monster of all time

Last week the team from Radio Times asked for their readers’ help in deciding a shortlist of the best ever Doctor Who monster. The team maintaining the Doctor Who Facebook page helped spread the word and they’ve got the next list of 10 Doctor Who monsters nominated by the fans.

The list with some description can be found here, don’t forget to vote for your favourite in the poll at the bottom of the page.  You have until Friday at 2pm (that’s tomorrow!) to make your choice…

  • Weeping Angels
  • Daleks
  • The Silence
  • Cybermen
  • The Vashta Nerada
  • The Master
  • Ice Warriors
  • Zygons
  • Sontarans
  • Davros

Doctor Who-Star Trek: The Next Generation – Assimilation 2 #1 review

Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation - Assimilation 2 #1 comic
Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation - Assimilation 2 #1 comic

Do you recognize the characters? Or the scenery? Or perhaps the title and the description of the pictures gives you some useful hints to instantly recognize the Enterprise. Well, Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation – Assimilation 2 #1 hit comic book stands on Wednesday, May 30th!

I did not have the chance to buy it, so I am not writing the review for it. But you can found one over here: http://geek-news.mtv.com/2012/05/29/doctor-whostar-trek-assimilation-1-review/

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Jenna Louise-Coleman begins filming Doctor Who

A few days ago Doctor Who tv announced (as expected – we all knew from some time that she replaces Amy and Rory as Doctor Who companion) that Jenna Louise-Coleman began shooting her first scenes as new companion on Doctor Who this week.

Filming has been taking place on location at the medieval manor of Plas Llanmihangel. The manor also has a church on the grounds. There’s a bit of an eerie quality to it, so the ghost story rumour could fit. Then again, that seems to stem from Coleman’s audition script, the one that Steven Moffat said would not make it to the screen in any form.

Jenna was spotted as she was leaving the location, so this is unlikely to be her costume (click to enlarge).

Filming was behind closed doors, so no further details unfortunately. But there is speculation Jenna’s companion could be from the past, which would make for a refreshing change.

The Doctor Who night at France 4

As announced, France 4 will celebrate the arrival of Series 6 to the channel with with a Doctor Who Night on Saturday 19th May. There will be showed the first 4 episodes of series 6: The Impossible Astronaut, Day Of The Moon, The Curse of The Black Spot and The Doctor’s Wife, as well as some episodes from the classic series: Genesis of The Daleks and City of Death (written by Tom Baker) and Edge of Destruction (written by William Hartnell).

A visit to the Doctor Who Experience in London is also included.

More information are here.

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Time Leech, Doctor Who comics for charity

I’ve never read the Time Leech comics, so this info about the adventures is new for me. Whatever. I found an article about this and I consider it interested to promote: you can get a copy of this comics and you can help other people.

You may recall that the first Time Leech adventure saw the Tenth Doctor landing in a London where Churchill was Prime Minister, Silurians and Elizabethans rubbed shoulders (seriously, two years beforeThe Wedding of River Song!) and the epicentre was a giant Time Leech in the middle of eating Westminster Abbey.

Following this, the Doctor and his mysterious new companion Ruth headed into space in Hellstar, where they found a deserted prison ship, empty bar a monster and a recovery crew… but they held a terrible secret that no one could have possibly guessed.

The final part, Time Bomb, saw the discovery of a giant Time Lord weapon materializing on Earth. Naturally only the Doctor can prevent detonation, but someone else is interested in the device…

Due to licensing restrictions the three-part Doctor Who strip can’t be published and request payment (BBC’s Doctor Who characters are copyrighted. But there is at least a way to work around the legal troubles.

There will be two targets for the raised funds: Children in Need and AICR (Association for International Cancer Research).

You have two ways to purchase your copy of Time Leech. First, there is the print version, in traditional graphic novel format. This has a price of £4.99 including postage and packing (£9.99 for international orders).

The second choice is the entire adventure in PDF, available for 99p. (We also have a second electronic format, CBR, available. If you require CBR, let us know when you checkout.)

For more information read this article.

BBC Books is to republish another batch of classic Doctor Who novelisations

As Radio Times announces, BBC Books is going to republish another batch of classic Doctor Who novelisations next week with introductions by writers including Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.

The six books, republished in paperback on 10 May and priced at £4.99, comprise one story each for the first three Doctors, plus all three together in The Three Doctors and two stories based on the TV adventures of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor.

Titles are The Tenth Planet, The Ice Warriors, The Day of the Daleks, The Three Doctors, The Ark in Space and The Loch Ness Monster. The selection was made via a poll on the Doctor Who Facebook page.

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Zohra Sehgal, Doctor Who’s first Centenarian

As Doctor Who News announces, the actress Zohra Sehgal celebrated yesterday the 100th birthday, becoming the first Centenarian actress that appeared on Doctor Who series. She appeared alongside first Doctor William Hartnell in two stories: she played Sheyrah in the second episode of the 1965 story The Crusade and she also had a small role playing an attendant in three episodes of the 1964 story Marco Polo.

You can find more information about Zohra Sehgal here.

She returned to India in the mid-1990s where she has acted in several films, plays and TV series. She now lives in Delhi with her daughter, where she plans to celebrate her birthday with family and a few close friends from the artistic fraternity.

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Doctor Who star Matt Smith joins Disney poetry show for children

As BBC news and imdb.com announces, Doctor Who star Matt Smith is to take part in a Disney TV show aimed at introducing poetry to young audiences.

The 29-year-old will perform one of the readings on A Poem Is, a “short-form” series that twins celebrity poetry recitals with classic Disney animation.

Smith will read Once They All Believed in Dragons by Jack Prelutsky, the first US Children’s Poet Laureate.

The actor, who is currently filming his third Doctor Who series, said he had “always had an enthusiasm for poetry”.

He will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery. The show begins on 30 April on the Disney Junior UK cable channel.

Doctor Who TARDIS 4G USB Memory Stick

One of the funniest things I found about lately is this Doctor Who TARDIS 4G USB Memory Stick that features a blue LED light and doubles up as a keyring so it can travel with you on all of your adventures.
Shipping Weight: 0.21 pounds

You can preorder it from here. Estimated to Arrive: September 2012

Their price: $29.99

Product Number: UND10517

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