Sunday, 14 April 2013

That Was The Week That Was 14.4.13

The third episode of the (semi) series premièred last night with 5.73 million.
Earlier in the week it was announced that the final consolidated figures for The Bells of Saint John were 8.44 million. This does not take into account nearly 400,000 viewers for the BBC3 repeat, or the million or so people who have accessed it on i-player - so far.

Biggest news of the week in the UK (and pretty much globally) has been the death of the inspiration for Paradise Towers' Helen A character. Mrs T also inspired elements of Harriet  Jones (namely her ordering of the destruction of the retreating Sycorax spaceship - which was a reference to the sinking of the Belgrano during the Falklands conflict).
There has been talk of a knee-jerk reaction to immortalise her (Baroness T that is - not Helen A) in stone in Trafalgar Square (the plinth on the north west corner has been void for a long time and has been used to host temporary sculptures. I think the 50th Anniversary should be marked with a Police Box on it).
Trafalgar Square? Brings me nicely on to the impossible-to-ignore filming for the 50th Anniversary which took place at a couple of well-known London tourist spots at the start of the week.

This image is one of loads posted on Blogtorwho. One of very few published across the web to capture a second TARDIS however. Jemma Redgrave is back as Kate Stewart, along with UNIT. Ingrid Oliver plays an apparently Doctor-obsessed UNIT employee. A snatch of overheard dialogue referred to a message for the Doctor from a certain historical personage (being played by Joanna Page).
Also marking the 50th Anniversary are the re-releases of the two Peter Cushing Dalek movies on DVD, in remastered form and with new extras (such as a Bernard Cribbins interview of the Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150AD release). The covers have now been released.

I've been checking regularly, but there is still no news about the mysterious "Regeneration Box Set" due in June.
Next week, a good old ghost story to look forward to. If you're wondering what has happened to my on-going reviews of the classic series, fear not. The Frontier In Space will be visited shortly. With work commitments and new episodes a priority, these reviews will be less frequent for a few more weeks.

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