DW News Kickstart SciFi Museum BBC Confirms Female Script Writers

first_imgStay on target Since last year’s closure of the Doctor Who Experience, the UK—and the world—has been without a Whovian haven.Until now. (Er … this autumn. Probably.)Neil Cole is constructing a permanent museum “of dreams and the imagination,” a gallery brimming with original movie and TV props, costumes, and published artwork.The building will consist of two sections: One chronicling the broader science-fiction genre, and the other a visual history of classic Doctor Who.Visitors can browse one of the UK’s largest collections of surviving original screen-used items, arranged as an “episode guide”—starting with William Hartnell’s First Doctor.But opening a museum to the public “is quite an undertaking for an individual,” according to Cole. While he has already made “considerable” repairs on the Georgian townhouse, he needs some extra cash to complete the task.Visit The Museum of Classic Science-Fiction’s Kickstarter page to contribute; with 23 days left in his campaign, Cole has surpassed his goal of £5,000 (£6,900).1979 ‘Doctor Who’ BBC scripts for ‘Shada’ by Douglas Adams (via Rogers Jones & Co)I wonder if Cole will put an offer in for the set of rare “Shada” scripts, up for sale today via Welsh auction house Rogers Jones & Co.The Fourth Doctor adventure, written by Douglas Adams, was meant to mark the end of the classic program’s 17th series. But union strikes interrupted shooting, leaving only fragments of a fable.The scripts, estimated at £200 to £400 ($277 to $554), are inscribed in pencil with notes from credited director Pennant Roberts. His widow, Betsan Roberts, donated the lot on behalf of Welsh housing and homelessness charity Shelter Cymru.Jodie Whittaker IS the Doctor (via BBC)All this excitement over the classic program, however, has me itching for Jodie Whittaker’s return later this year.Repping half of the human race as the first female Doctor, Whittaker will reportedly be joined this season by a handful of women writers.In response to a letter from 70-plus female TV writers critical of their lack of primetime opportunities, BBC1 drama head Piers Wenger confirmed that “a number” of scripts for the 11th series have been penned by ladies.“Having a diverse team on [Doctor Who] feels appropriate, important, and essential,” he said.No writers—male or female—have yet been named for the new series. But you can expect a slew of fresh faces as incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall preps for his debut series.Matt Smith talks ‘Doctor Who’ on Desert Island Discs (via BBC Radio 4)Doctor Who isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, though. Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith recently admitted he’d never seen an episode before auditioning for the lead role.“Not one. Not one episode in my whole life,” Smith revealed on BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs. “Look, Doctor Who‘s on at seven o’clock on a Saturday night,” he told execs during his tryout. “I’m in a boozer then.”Now it’s hard to imagine anyone but The Crown actor co-piloting the TARDIS alongside Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and River Song. But Smith did have a “wobble” before taking the part, which he called “the greatest … of my life.”“I loved every minute of it,” he added.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

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