More often than not ITV always excels when it comes to producing a good crime drama. The ridiculously popular Vera and Lewis sit alongside such gems as the critically acclaimed Broadchurch. But every now and then the channel produce a rare dud and a case in point is their newest crime drama Chasing Shadows. On the surface a drama about a brilliant detective assisting the Missing Persons Bureau sounds like a fine idea but in practise the results are very different.
John Barrowman simply can’t stop talking about Doctor Who at the moment.
For the last few months he has been discussing the 50th anniversary special – how he was taking part then, after it was announced he wasn’t, how gutted he was.
Now that he is well and truly out of the running for the celebratory episode to be aired this November to mark the shows landmark birthday, he has moved on to the subject of Matt Smith’s replacement. Read more & comment »
Alex Kingston has revealed she knew Matt Smith was thinking of leaving Doctor Who before he made the announcement.
Kingston, who played the Doctor’s wife River Song, appeared on The One Show last night and said that sometimes you have to move on as a young actor, “otherwise if becomes too difficult” to steer away from being associated with a particular role. Read more & comment »
As if the Doctor Who series 7 finale wasn’t exciting enough, the BBC has revealed that there will be a Doctor Who prequel available via red button for the week leading up to it!
According to Radio Times, the episode, entitled He Said, She Said, will feature both the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in a dream like style as they both talk directly to the camera, discussing how well they really know one another. Read more & comment »
Ahead of the much-anticipated series finale of Doctor Who, The Name of the Doctor, it has been reported that the episode is set to unveil many secrets, and some pretty harsh consequences too!
The name alone suggests that we are in for a treat, especially after show runner Steven Moffat revealed that a huge secret that would change the dynamics of the show forever would be revealed. Read more & comment »
Fans of Doctor Who will of course know that the show is back tonight with the episode entitled The Bells of Saint John…
And as the series continues, we’re apparently to see that the Doctor’s sidekick Clara Oswald falls for the Time Lord – who is of course, for now at any rate, played by Matt Smith – which would be fine and dandy were it not for the fact that his wife, River Song (Alex Kingston) returns in the new run of the show!
Writer Steven Moffat – who as we reported recently has hinted he may not remain with the show for much longer – has teased the return of Kingston’s character, telling MTV Geek that he suspected the Doctor would “come across” River Song on his travels in this series… Read more & comment »
Near the beginning of this week’s Doctor Who, the last before the mid-season break, The Doctor rips out the page of the current detective novel he’s obsessed with as he doesn’t like endings which is an ironic statement to make as we all know this is the end of the road for companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams.
BBC One’s hugely anticipated revival of legendary drama Upstairs Downstairs, which was a smash hit with viewers old and new, attracting audiences of over 8.4 million, begins filming six episodes with two stellar additions to the star-studded line-up: Alex Kingston and Kenneth Cranham. Alex Kingston (Moll Flanders, ER, Doctor Who), and Kenneth Cranham (The Night Watch, Made In Dagenham) will join the cast when viewers return to the famous Eaton Square, London address, two years on, in 1938 when Chamberlain is in power.
Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed that he doesn’t want River Song to become the Doctor’s full time companion, because she’s the only woman who makes the Doctor go “whoa”.
BANG Showbiz report that 28-year-old Matt – who of course plays the latest Time Lord in the sci-fi series – loves shooting scenes with Alex Kingston, who plays archaeologist River Song, but he thinks the character would lose her shock value if she became a permanent inhabitant of the TARDIS.
He told BANG, “I think River’s too independent to ever be a full-time companion…
“I think that’s what makes River great as a character. The companions and The Doctor are doing their thing then whoosh in comes the hair!
“It just messes the Doctor up and makes him go, ‘Oh Christ, River’s here,’ and it frightens him.
Alex Kingston has played a big part in keeping the intrigue alive in the current series of Doctor Who and her character River Song is set to be at the centre of this Saturday’s mid season finale episode.
The former ER actress has confessed that she never expected fans to take to her alter-ego when Russell T. Davies first offered her the part, but admitted that now she realises people see River as a ‘role model.’ Read more & comment »
Alex Kingston has admitted that much as she enjoyed kissing Matt Smith in the new series of Doctor Who, she liked slapping him even more.
The former ER star – who plays time travelling archaeologist River Song – got to film a whole series of emotions for the sixth series of the hit BBC sci fi show and speaking about their feistier scenes she laughed:
“I had to slap him many times, and his cheek was getting redder and redder and he was actually getting irritated. He lost his sense of humour I think after slap five, I don’t pull my punches. But the kiss was nice too. I didn’t have to kiss him so many times as I had to slap him. But they were both quite fun.”
Alex Kingston has admitted that she accidentally “hit” a child on the set of new ITV drama ‘Marchlands’.
The ‘Doctor Who’ actress – who plays fraught mum Helen Maynard in the supernatural ITV1 series – confessed that she got caught up in an emtoional scene, in which she lashes out at her young daughter Amy (Sydney Wade) after suspecting she had left the bath running as a practical joke.
She told BANG Showbiz: “We’d had a stunt guy in to absolutely make sure I wouldn’t hurt Sydney in any way when I was smacking her. Needless to say, the first time we actually shot it something had happened with the water and I was really frustrated. I turned around and Sydney was there and I accidentally hit her.
10 weeks of principal photography have begun on The Oaks (working title) a brand new five-part drama from ITV Studios.
This is the first commission to come from the creative collaboration between ITVS and Fox. The new series is written for ITV by Stephen Greenhorn (Glasgow Kiss, Doctor Who) and is based on an original US pilot from David Schulner.