"It is beyond, beyond whatever I could have imagined, coming back."
"To get another go at being in this world, and working with David and working with Russell and having all the family back together, plus more, you know what I mean, is just 'DCT' - dream come true."
"So there are actual live - I think they're called 'Zircons' - the actual pellets, which sounds like another alien race itself."
"It's real bullet-proof plexiglass, is that right? I think it is. But it still hits them, yeah, so they make a real bang and a real crash and flash. It's quite easy to act, therefore; a nice day at work."
"I just love the relationship that Shirley and the Doctor have. You can tell they - it's like their souls have met before, which I think is really, really lovely. She's not one to let him get away with much and I love that."
"I didn't know what the first episode was going to be. The script pinged through on an email and it says on the front page: 'Written by Russell T. Davies, adapted from 'The Star Beast' by Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons.' I remember that comic strip; I was nine or ten. I remember it REALLY vividly. I couldn't quite believe that this had happened. It seemed like such an unlikely bit of source material, and then of course you think: 'Well of course it's not; it was such a great story.'
The fact that I remember it so clearly from, I don't know, 40 years ago, clearly says something about how tenacious it is as a piece of story-telling. That meeting of the domestic and the fantastical, which I think Doctor Who does particularly well and Russell does brilliantly, all sort of meets in that story. So, initially being kind of gobsmacked that we were retelling a story that I'd first read in Doctor Who Weekly, when I was tiny, after kind of reeling for a moment, I thought: 'That does make perfect sense.'"
Jahns: Please don't die!
Jahns: PLEASE DON'T DIE!
Jules, confused: Why are they yelling at a plant?
Bernard, watching while eating popcorn: They bought it together and Jahns wants Marnes to accept it as their kid.
Pierre Cardin Spring/Summer 1958 Haute Couture Collection.Bernard Devaux hats. Photo Gleb Derujinsky. Models Ruth Neumann and Iris Bianchi.
Pierre Cardin Collection Haute Couture Printemps/Été 1958.chapeaux de Bernard Devaux. Photo Gleb Derujinsky. Mannequins Ruth Neumann et Iris Bianchi.
The news of the day in May 1933 included a visit to the U.S. by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, a controversial Diego Rivera mural at Rockefeller Center, the abandonment of the Gold Standard, and the continuing saga of legal beer.
May 13, 1933 cover by Adolph K. Kronengold.
Writing under the pseudonym Guy Fawkes, Robert Benchley opined on the state of the print media in “The Wayward…
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Doctor Who - Wild Blue Yonder
Tardis impazzito, caos totale… Dove e quando finiranno Donna ed il Dottore? In quale immane casino? Beh, sappiamo una cosa: sono ai confini dell’universo… ed il Tardis li abbandona lì!
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'Ever since Russell T Davies announced his return to Doctor Who, there's been anticipation in the air. We've all been waiting, it has now become clear, for The Giggle.
We can't say too much about the third and final 60th anniversary special, which will see out David Tennant's Fourteenth Doctor and Catherine Tate's Donna Noble - not least because a chunk of it is still being kept under wraps until Saturday night. But, oh, we're in for a treat - a beautiful, colourful, chaotic, onslaught of a treat.
After the Doctor and Donna returned to Earth in the final scenes of Wild Blue Yonder, The Giggle picks up with the world in chaos. As Bernard Cribbins declared in his final scene as Wilfred Mott, "It's everybody. It's everything. They're all going mad."
Why? Well, the answer has to do with one man. Neil Patrick Harris makes his Doctor Who debut as The Toymaker, an iconic classic villain from the early years of the sci-fi, taking over from Michael Gough. Davies has previously said that Harris had "never heard" of Doctor Who before he was cast (an impressive feat in itself). It's an astonishing thought when you see him on screen, stealing the show with all the joy, wit, swagger and unnerving-ness of an actor who's done this a thousand times before.
Of course, there are some incredible returning stars, including Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne Bingham and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart - comebacks that pack a punch. "How do we fight the human race?" Kate asks the Doctor in a genuine moment of horror. It goes without saying that Tennant and Tate are spectacular as always - hilarious in one moment, tear-jerking in the next. We see new sides to Tennant's Fourteenth Doctor - yep, the man is still surprising us after all this time.
But all of this would be futile without the story they've been handed. The Giggle grabs you in minute one and doesn't let you go. Visually, it's beautiful. Audibly, it's beautiful (all hail Murray Gold). It feels like old-school RTD, like the returning showrunner is flexing muscles he hasn't used in a long while, harking back to older tales in obvious and less obvious ways. But it also feels fresh and bigger. And not a moment is wasted.
It's not really that Doctor Who has a new budget (although that doesn't hurt), or that it's beaming out to a bigger audience than ever (also doesn't hurt). The boundaries of the show when it comes to the storytelling have been pushed further and further and, from what Davies has said about the Christmas special and beyond, it sounds like that's certainly not stopping here.
There are more magical moments that have to stay unmentioned and still so much to see, including the next regeneration and a whole new Doctor to meet in the form of the glorious Ncuti Gatwa - undoubtedly, the most important part of the special. But if it's knocked out of the park like the rest of the episode is, this could be one for the ages.
It's not an easy skill to muster up a genuine sense of danger in Doctor Who - after all, the Doctor always wins, right? Right?! But with a writer like Davies, an actor like Tennant and a story like this, when we're standing on the precipice of a whole new age for Doctor Who, who knows what will happen?
See you Saturday night for the show. Allons-y!'