Travel behind the scenes in the company of David Tennant,
Elisabeth Sladen, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, Catherine
Tate, Sarah Parish, Jessica Hynes, Thomas Sangster and many
other stars of Series Two and Three of the new Doctor
Who. Learn more about how the show is made from Russell
T Davies, Susie Liggat and Edward Thomas, and eavesdrop on
an unusual phone call to Executive Producer Julie Gardner!
Along the way, enjoy many fascinating Who-related items
from Blue Peter, Breakfast, Friday Night With Jonathan
Ross, Front Row and Jo Whiley Meets Doctor Who,
plus a host of extracts from BBC Radio Waless very own
Doctor Who: Back in Time series...
For this volume of audio interviews and behind-the-scenes
excerpts from BBC radio and television, Elisabeth Sladen (alias
Sarah Jane Smith) deals exclusively with the tenure of Doctor
number ten, David Tennant. Despite his having been in the
role for less than three years at the time of writing, theres
no shortage of material to choose from.
Indeed, only edited highlights are presented from Radio Waless
regular Back in Time series and from the three-hour
Christmas 2006 Radio 1 special Jo Whiley Meets Doctor Who.
Clips from the 2005 Radio 2 documentary Regeneration
are conspicuous by their absence. I would have thought that
this volume was the perfect vehicle for presenting that documentary
in full. Perhaps a complete release of that programme is to
come - lets hope so.
Not that this two-hour double CD is short on entertainment
value - far from it. The Jo Whiley excerpts are full
of genuine excitement and enthusiasm on the part of both the
presenter and the interviewees, as are the clips from Back
in Time, hosted by Julian Carey (not Julian Clary, as
I initially misread on the inlay listing!). Disc 2 also includes
a complete instalment of the Radio Wales show, from Christmas
Eve 2006, in which Julie Gardner receives a phone call from
a very scary-sounding enthusiast! In the same programme, Catherine
Tate predicts the future as she expresses her desire to become
a regular companion. And talking of companions, we also hear
a post-Rose Billie Piper on Friday Night With Jonathan
Ross (20 October 2006), expressing light-hearted but,
in part, genuine jealousy regarding her successor Freema Agyeman.
Some clips work better than others. A few snippets from television
shows sound a little odd in audio only, including Blue
Peter presenter Gethin Jones saying that hed better
take socks off Elisabeth Sladen. He means, of course, the
eighth Blue Peter cat, Socks! The Christmas 2005 clip
from Dead Ringers, featuring multiple incarnations
of the Doctor, is also rather confusing without the visuals
to help us tell who is who (or do I mean Who?).
I would have happily sat through three or four discs of unedited
material from Back in Time, Jo Whiley Meets Doctor
Who and, indeed, Regeneration. Please, BBC, can
I have some more...?