Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jumping Ship

The 2010 series of Doctor Who is shaping up nicely, don't you think? Not only do we have the ever brilliant Steven Moffat as Head Writer and the youthful Matt Smith as his Eleventh Doctor, but now it's been confirmed that Peter Bennett (Producer of Torchwood's "Children of Earth" series) will take over the role that Phil Collinson once occupied, as main series Producer.

The BBC's Press Office confirms his promotion, and notes that he'll share the job with Tracie Simpson (who has already produced "Planet of the Dead" as well as the Christmas 2009 finale to the David Tennant era).

Beth Willis (Ashes to Ashes - which is back next Monday, don't cha know?) steps in as the show's third Executive Producer, alongside Moffat and Piers Wenger.


I'm hearing that Torchwood's fourth season (if commissioned...) won't film until at least next February or March, as John Barrowman is looking to return to the stage at some point later this year, and then head up his usual Christmas time panto, plus there's the fact that Gareth David-Lloyd is in America for the next few months.

Hmm... what with this and whispers that the Torchwood Hub set has been torn down to make room for the new look TARDIS console room it's looking like it'll be a nervous few months for us Woodies as we wait to hear what comes next, beyond the "Children of Earth".


Anonymous said...

First of all lets point out two things. One, John has said that he might be doing the play IF he has time in his schedule. He wants to do it but might have other commitments. Two, i thought Gareth was filming a short film in Wales in the next couple of weeks so how can he be in america for the next couple of months if he is filming, also, the casting season in america is finished. Unless he is going over with his band but i didn't think that was until June time.

The whole set thing, i think we need to take it with a huge grain of salt. It might not mean anything, i mean lets face it they blow up the hub in episode one of COE, so it could be that they have built a new hub that is possibly bigger than the orginial. And that is why they might of torn the old one down, because the new version of the hub is bigger than before an might need its own studio. I don't think we are going to know anything until after COE has aired, although RTD made the comment in an interview he did when they were filming season 3 that he was already planning scripts for season 4.

Anonymous said...

Gareth is filming a short film from the 4th of May, but that's only a short shoot which will last a couple of days.

He cancelled a UK convention appearance at the start of June because he's going to be over in the US looking for (and hopefully finding) work, and while he's there, he'll be at Torchsong. He said that the pilot season was quiet, but he has contacts in the US so he may get something.

Anonymous said...

I have been hearing for months that S4 was due to start filming in late winter/early spring 2010.

In the 'Next Doctor' commentary (and other places) RTD said the Hub set was in storage, which is not the same as torn down. They wouldn't pack it way and store it unless they thought there was a good chance it would be needed again.

Anonymous said...

Whether or not Gareth David-Lloyd is available doesn't seem to be relevant given the rumours of Ianto's death in series three, probably the reason GDL is off to the US to try his luck. I do wish Barrowman would make his mind up whether he is in or out though. The longer they leave it the worse the chances for the show are in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

If the rumours about Ianto turn out to be true, the majority of fans won't even care if a season 4 is going to happen or not.

Anonymous said...

Very true. If Ianto dies I sure won't be watching any more.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe for a moment JB has still to make up his mind. He has said over and over that Torchwood is his #1 priority and that he wants to do the show for years; that he fits in all his other work around Torchwood's filming schedule, and that his schedule is booked up years in advance. I'm 100% certain
S4 filming has been at least provisionally scheduled (pending official confirmation) and JB has booked it onto his schedule.

Anonymous said...

If Ianto dies I sure won't be watching any moreSame here. If Ianto dies, so does my love.

Anonymous said...

Have to agree though not because Ianto is my fave character. I just cannot get my head around the amount of killing going on in these sci fi shows.

Brainless. Torchwood has only just reached three seasons (and one of those - No. 3 is a very short one). Let's have an end to dying !!!


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