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Dalek Operator John Scott Martin Has Died

Monday, January 12th, 2009

john scott martin, dalek operatorJohn Scott Martin, who appeared in over 70 episodes of Doctor Who, has died at the age of 82.

Though they may not recognize his name, fans of the classic series of Doctor Who have seen his work again and again, as he played Daleks and many other aliens and monsters over the years, including a the Zarbi (The Web Planet), the Mechanoids (The Chase), a Mutt (The Mutants),  the Nucleus of the Swarm (The Invisible Enemy) and more.

While Martin mainly played monsters in the classic series, he also occasionaly played human characters including a miner named Hughes (The Green Death), although he was not always credited.

David Tennant to Undergo Back Surgery; May Delay New Doctor Who

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

David Tennant back surgeryAccording to the Royal Shakespeare Company, David Tennant will be undergoing back surgery for a slipped disc.

Tennant has been experiencing back problems for some time, and has recently been unable to perform in the most recent productions of Hamlet, where he has played the title role some 60 times.

Now it seems he will not be returning to the role at all, since he was already scheduled to finish his run in the production on January 10th, and it seems unlikely he would be able to do so so quickly after surgery.

Timelord Rock – The New Genre of Music?

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

A Doctor Who fan named Alex Day has invented a new genre of music… Time Lord Rock, or “Trock” for short.

It seems Alex tried to get into “Wrock” which apparently is “Wizard Rock” for Harry Potter fans. I’d never heard of it before, but then I’m not really into Harry Potter, so there you are.

Alex tells the story of how he invented a new type of music just for Doctor Who fans in his YouTube video below, as well as demos the first Trock song.

Oh, and apparently his band’s name is Chameleon Circuit, which is a great name.

Doctor Who Wins Best Program For Second Time

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

doctor who wins best programme awardDoctor Who has been awarded Best Program for the second year running at The Edinburgh TV festival’s annual awards, confirming what Who fans worldwide knew anyway — Doctor Who is the best show on TV.

BBC One, where Doctor Who airs in the UK, also won best terrestrial channel of the year. Like Doctor Who in its category, this is BBC One’s second win in a row.

All of the winners at the festival were chosen by a panel of television executives, as well as journalists.

Guess there’s a lot of Doctor Who fans in the panel.