Time Out Lord

Knockout collector item or cynical cash-in? Make your own mind up about Time Out’s Doctor Who In London special, complete with ten different cover. Guess, if you can, what’s on them.

Yup, the whole damn lot of them in a number of Doctor+London image pictures of varying quality and relevance.

All the covers attempt to picture the various incarnations of the Ka Faraq Gatri in front of a London landmark that supposedly bear some relevance to one of their adventures, so for Hartnell it’s the Post Office Tower; Troughton Saint Pauls; and McGann, er, the Houses of Parliament.

The Grauniad has gamely attempted to match a bit of spiel about each Doctor to the various covers, referencing the fraction of a second parliament is glanced in the TV Movie.

In fairness DWM does the multiple cover routine on a fairly regular basis these days, and the London connection is an interesting one. Whether the associated articles are remains to be seen, but the dubious quality of a couple of the badly-Photoshopped cover doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

Still, there’s interviews with Tennant and Matt Smith, and no doubt another modest and self-deprecating piece with the admittedly-entertaining RTD, plus a map of Who locations and a FREE POSTER!

I wonder if there’s an advert for ERIC?

• You can buy the whole set here for £21, which could conceivably be a good investment if you stick them in your loft for 20 years.

New Series

Matt Smith 11th Doctor trailer

So, David Tennant has hardly even departed and we’re onto Matt Smith already.

The new series, destined to commence from Spring 2010, marks the transition from the long-standing team of David Tennant, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner to Matt Smith, Piers Wenger and show-runner Steven Moffatt.

Moffat has been responsible for many of the stronger episodes in the new series, but whether the tone of new Who can radically change, and risk upsetting new fans brought up on Tennant and RTD, is another thing entirely.

This trailer from the BBC shows Smith’s Eleventh Doctor with Amy Pond – played by Karen Gillen – adventuring against Daleks and Weeping Angels, amongst others.

There’s also Alex Kingston as River Song, the Doctor’s lover, and a brief glimpse at what may be the new TARDIS interior in the trailer.

Still, the most extraordinary thing about the new 2010 Who trailer is Matt Smith’s face.