No, it’s Mark. Allow me to quote from the bible NME: Lose It (In the End) Co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums, this short but sweet tune is one of two songs to feature vocals from Ronson. Taking lessons from Lady Gaga’s singing coach in preparation, his soft vocals appear alongside a gruffer Ghostface Killah.
The song with the guy from Phantom Planet is “Introducing the Business”.
Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Steven Moffat has announced that the next series of Doctor Who will be split in two with a ‘gamechanging’ cliffhanger in episode 7.
“The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!”
The BBC press office describe the split transmission as the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. “By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.”
The Guardian, who host the annual television festival, have uploaded a video clip of Moffat making the announcement here.
Because this is important news and yet for some reason only has 7 notes.
IMHO it’s brilliant, because although I love the mad rush of 13 episodes, the dark times are just insufferable. And this way, my dreading school in the autumn will be offset by the promise of new Doctor Who!
Yes! I mean, it’s hard to write him off completely because he did revive the show and there are plenty of great moments in the four series he helmed, but there really are some gaping holes that could’ve made Who explosive if he’d just plugged them. If it weren’t for Tennant his mistakes would be much less tolerable.
Most of the “great moments” were written by better people - mainly Steven Moffat. Seriously, think about it. What are the best New Who episodes [from Davies’ era]? “The Empty Child”/”The Doctor Dances”, “Blink”, “The Girl in the Fireplace” … all written by Moffat.
That said, RTD has had his moments. The way he wrote the Master was brilliant. That probably owes a lot to John Simm’s portrayal, but some of those scenes were hilarious - the one where he’s grinning like a maniac while wearing a gas mask [and killing everyone] comes to mind, as does his wonderfully awesome singalong to the Scissor Sisters’ “I Can’t Decide”. Donna’s reunion with the Doctor in “Partners of Crime” was excellent, too. In fact, that was probably one of RTD’s best episodes, in terms of plot.
The main issue with the way Russell writes Doctor Who, aside from feeling the need to bring back every minor character he’s ever created for every single season finale [and the whole Rose thing, but I’m just not going to think about that], is his episode structure. Sometimes he can come up with the most wonderfully complex situations for the Doctor and friends to enocunter, but the resolution is always rather pathetic. Oh, you need to push a button, and then it’s all over. Oh, everyone in the world needs to call out for the Doctor at the same time, and then it’s all over. Oh, Rose needs to breathe in the soul of the TARDIS, and then it’s all over. Everything always seems so simple in the end.
Unlike Moffat, who weaves the element of time and travel through his stories. In Moffat’s Who, time is just as important a character as the Doctor himself. For Davies, time is a means of putting the Doctor and companion in a place where they can do things. They go to a place, solve a problem, of sorts, and then leave. He would never have thought of someone like River Song - the idea that she’s known him for so much of her life, but he’s only just met her. With RTD, time is rarely used as a plot device, let alone an intrinsic part of the Doctor’s being.
Which is why, with Doctor Who now in the hands of God [or, as you may know him, Steven Moffat], we can hope to truly see the show reach its true potential.