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BBC Offers Bursary Schemes for New Writers to Join “Doctor Who”, “Call the Midwife”

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The BBC, as a public service entity, gives back as much as it can. It has a brief to educate and inform on top of entertain. And part of that brief is to provide educational resources.

One thing the BBC likes to do is nurture the next generation of writers through various programs. They also have online resources like their Writer’s Room website, which offers sample scripts and tips on writing and submitting to the BBC.

Now Doctor Who and Call the Midwife have offered bursaries to new writers to submit scripts. A bursary is like a scholarship. According to Deadline Hollywood, the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund offers aspiring writers a chance to work with the writers of current major British TV shows. The goal is to write a speculative script for a single episode and get it ready for production. A playwright named Zoe Cooper has delivered a script for Call the Midwife under the scheme. A new writer will join the Doctor Who writing team for Series 13. The bursary pays £15,000 (US$20,000) to the winning writers, which is a living wage.

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Sounds pretty neat doesn’t it? When I was in college, I came to write radio plays for the BBC after attending BBC writing workshops. I can attest that the BBC genuinely cares about discovering and nurturing new writers. The ScreenSkills bursary is probably only eligible for UK-based writers, but the BBC Writer’s Room website is open to everyone everywhere with an internet connection.

So if you’re an aspiring screenwriter with an interest in writing for TV – and we know many of you read this site – you really should go to the BBC Writer’s Room site. It’s one of the best resources for screenwriters out there. You get access to interviews, tips, submission guidelines and scripts, all for free.

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“Dracula”: BBC One Stakes Out New Year’s Day for Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss Limited Series Premiere [VIDEO]

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More than a month after Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) dropped the first teaser trailer for their highly-anticipated Dracula limited series at MCM London Comic Con, viewers are learning when Claes Bang‘s (The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Borgen) bloodthirsty count will be haunting their screens – and now, they know.

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The three-part drama – which finds Dracula travelling from 1897 Transylvania to wreak havoc against Victorian London – will premiere on a date many of us Doctor Who fans have been hearing about a lot this week: January 1, 2020 (New Year’s Day – and also premiering on BBC iPlayer).

Here’s a look at the BBC One announcement video, via Twitter – followed by teaser trailer and a rundown of the network’s holiday schedule:

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BBC One’s Dracula stems from Sherlock producer Hartswood Films and will air on BBC One in the U.K. and Ireland and then on Netflix in the U.S. and internationally.

The cast of Dracula also includes Jonathan Aris (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), Sacha Dhawan (The Boy With the Top Knot), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), Catherine Schell (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Youssef Kerkour (Jack Ryan), Clive Russell (Game Of Thrones), Lyndsey Marshal (The League of Gentlemen), Chanel Cresswell (This Is England), Matthew Beard (The Imitation Game), Lydia West (Years & Years), Paul Brennen (Happy Valley), Sarah Niles (Catastrophe), Sofia Oxenham (Poldark), John McCrea (God’s Own Country), Phil Dunster (Humans), John Heffernan (The Crown), Joanna Scanlan (No Offence), Dolly Wells (Can You Forgive Me?), Morfydd Clark (Crawl), and newcomer Millicent Wong.

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Westworld‘s Jonny Campbell is set to direct the opening episode, with Damon Thomas (Killing Eve) and Paul McGuigan (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) helming the second and third outings, respectively. Moffat and Gatiss are writing the series, and will also appear in the series in currently undosclosed roles. While few specifics are known about the project, the producers have stated in the past that it will be a reinvention of the Bram Stoker classic for a 21st Century audience – similar to how they approached Sherlock.

“It’s seriously delightful that our new ‘Dracula’ is being shot at Bray Studios, the former home of Hammer Films. This wonderfully atmospheric and legendary studio gave birth to so many famous monsters and stars – most memorably Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. As we watch Transylvania once again rise on the sound stages of Bray, it’s amazing to be able to say that Count Dracula has finally come home.”

– Mark Gatiss

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Gatiss, Moffat, and Sue Vertue executive produce for Hartswood Films and Ben Irving for the BBC, with Larry Tanz and Carolyn Newman representing Netflix. Filming commenced at Orava Castle in Slovakia before moving on to England and Bray Studios – once owned by iconic U.K. horror producer Hammer Films.

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“Doctor Who” Series 12: BBC America, Fathom Events Hosting “Spyfall” Early Screening; Q&A w/ Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole & Mandip Gill

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Last month, Doctor Who fans learned that Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Goran Višnjić, and Robert Glenister would be joining Jodie Whittaker‘s 13th Doctor during Series 12, and received a new teaser with tagline (“Space. For Everyone.”).

With November 23 marking the anniversary of the first airing of the show, viewers got the real deal when the BBC released the official trailer (see below) – with Doctor Who listed at the time as being set to return early 2020.

Well, now we know that “early 2020” means New Year’s Day as the Doctor and her companions Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Graham (Bradley Walsh) materialize back on to BBC One and BBC America screens with two-part series-opener Spyfall. Written by showrunner and head writer Chris Chibnall, the second-half of the series premiere will air on Sunday, January 5 – with subsequent episodes airing on Sundays.

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Now BBC America and Fathom Events are teaming up to give Who fans the chance to screen the Spyfall wrap-up early. On January 5, viewers can take part in a one-day-only event that includes a screening of the entire series opener (before it airs on BBC America); after the screening, Whittaker, Cole, and Gill will take part in a live Q&A session set to be simulcast over 600 cinema screens nationwide.

Ticket information and a list of participating theaters/locations will be available on Fathom Events website starting Friday, December 6 (check it out here).

“What better way to ring in a new decade than with our favorite Time Lord? BBC AMERICA is excited to kick off the New Year with New Who, including a thrilling New Year’s Day premiere followed by new episodes every Sunday this winter. Last year, thousands of Whovians packed Madison Square Garden to celebrate Jodie Whittaker’s landmark debut as the first female Doctor. This year, we’re thrilled to partner with Fathom Events to bring that unique experience to fans all across the country, as Doctor Who embodies the idea of space for all. Let the New Year’s countdown begin!”

– Courtney Thomasma, Executive Director, BBC America

BBC America’s celebration of Doctor Who doesn’t end there, however. From Tuesday, December 24, through Wednesday, January 1, the network will air full seasons and specials highlighting all of the modern Doctors (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, and Jodie Whittaker). Don’t think BBC America forgot about “Classic Who” fans, though: on Thursday, December 26, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the network will debut animated “lost episodes” titled The Macra Terror

Speaking with RadioTimes recently, Chibnall explained that the goal of this season is to give both new and long-time Doctor Who fans a better appreciation of the scope of the Doctor’s universe:

“Last year was a recruiting year for the show, and I think we managed to recruit some people for the show. That’s exciting. And obviously we kept the existing audience and built on that. I think this year we’re developing that, so for all the people who are new to Doctor Who we’re going to go ‘Look at the amazing world of Doctor Who, look at all the treats that are in there.’

So we’re building on last year. There are lots of new faces, a few old faces. There are some things trickling through which might be important. It’s different! I think you always need to take new, big risks from a storytelling point of view.

Doctor Who has to exist in the modern television landscape. There is so much drama, there are so many shows. We have to continually find new reasons to be existing. But also there’s loads of things the show hasn’t done before. I think you saw last year that we took a lot of risks, and I think that they paid off, and I think that we’ll continue to take some big risks this year.

But you can do that and also give people all the stuff they love about Doctor Who as well. You balance the two.

Risk is built into Doctor Who, from day one in 1963. No question of that.”

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Spyfall

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The BBC have now confirmed Doctor Who will return on New Years Day with the first part of the new series, Spyfall.

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The Thirteenth Doctor is in her TARDIS on her way back to BBC One for a thrilling ten-part series which will land on New Year’s Day 2020, with subsequent episodes airing on Sundays.

Starting with a blockbuster action packed two-part episode entitled Spyfall, the Thirteenth Doctor is well and truly back with a bang. As Jodie Whittaker takes charge of the TARDIS once again, the Doctor will be joined by her friends Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham). The twelfth series will also welcome a host of famous faces including Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Robert Glenister and Goran Višnjić to name just a few.

Add to that some familiar faces including the Judoon and the Cybermen, series twelve is set to be an epic action packed rollercoaster for everyone, just don’t stray too far from behind the sofa...

Spyfall has been written by Chris Chibnall, Showrunner.

Update 3rd Dec: time of broadcast is confirmed as 6:55pm on BBC One. A new, longer trailer for the premiere has now been released:

Watch the trailer on YouTube

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“Doctor Who” Star John Barrowman Suffers “Severe Neck Injury”; Cancels Shows, Goes for MRI Testing

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Entertainment multi-talent John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) suffered a major health scare this weekend, sharing that he was rushed to the hospital with a severe neck injury that left him (in his own words) “impossible for me to sing & move.” The injury forced the celebrity to cancel his upcoming performances at the Bristol Hippodrome show and the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow.

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Here’s a look at what Barrowman had to say about his injury in his initial post:

“I’m devastated to have to tell you that due to a severe neck injury, which has made it impossible for me to sing & move, I’ve been rushed to hospital for a diagnosis. The Doctors have advised me to not perform this weekend while I try and recover, so I’ve had to make the very difficult decision to cancel my performances at the Bristol Hippodrome on Saturday 30th November and at the SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, on Sunday 1st December.

I am so disappointed and upset as I was looking forward to seeing you all, I feel I am letting everyone down, but it’s simply not possible for me to do the show in my current condition. We have thankfully managed to open the Oxford New Theatre concert (Sat 14th December) for Bristol audience members to transfer to, and we have managed to move the Glasgow date to Tues 3rd December so I really hope you will be able to still see me have A Fabulous Christmas. All my love, John x”

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I'm devastated to have to tell you that due to a severe neck injury, which has made it impossible for me to sing & move, I've been rushed to hospital for a diagnosis. The Doctors have advised me to not perform this weekend while I try and recover, so I've had to make the very difficult decision to cancel my performances at the Bristol Hippodrome on Saturday 30th November and at the SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, on Sunday 1st December. I am so disappointed and upset as I was looking forward to seeing you all, I feel I am letting everyone down, but it's simply not possible for me to do the show in my current condition. We have thankfully managed to open the Oxford New Theatre concert (Sat 14th December) for Bristol audience members to transfer to, and we have managed to move the Glasgow date to Tues 3rd December so I really hope you will be able to still see me have A Fabulous Christmas. All my love, John x

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Hours later, Barrowman returned to social media to update fans on his condition: heading out to get an MRI scan on his neck and then waiting for a diagnosis from the medical team:

“Heading to hospital for an MRI scan on my neck!
I’ll Keep you all posted on my progress – Bless you all and thanks for all your good wishes.. JB”

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Heading to hospital for an MRI scan on my neck! I’ll Keep you all posted on my progress – Bless you all and thanks for all your good wishes.. JB #Fabulous @scottmale @deccarecords @cuffeandtaylor

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The injury forced the celebrity to cancel his upcoming performances at the Bristol Hippodrome show and the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow. Ticket holders for those shows were given an opportunity to exchange their tickets for future shows:

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Tories Go Goebbels and Threaten Channel 4 after Humiliation on Climate Change Debate

One of the defining features of every dictatorship has been rigid control of the press. In the former USSR and Soviet bloc until Gorbachev, the media was owned and controlled by the state, and it dutifully followed the party line. The leader was praised, and his opponents were vilified. Before being rounded up, imprisoned and shot, of course. It was exactly the same in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. The newspapers there were privately owned, but even so had to follow the party line. In Germany, this was set by Josef Goebbels, the infamous ‘Minister for Public Enlightenment’. The Tories also have an intolerant attitude to the media. Most of the newspapers are owned by proprietors, who support the Tories and so have a strong Tory bias. The Tories therefore expect the press and media to follow their line. When they don’t, they start flinging around accusations of bias. When it’s state-owned companies, like the Beeb, they start making threats of ending the license fee or privatising the corporation, as I remember them doing so in the 1990s. With private broadcasters they threaten to remove their broadcasting license. Thatcher did this to London Weekend Television in the 1980s following the company’s documentary, ‘Death of the Rock’. This showed that the SAS team that killed an IRA terror squad in Gibraltar had acted as a death squad. The terrorists had been under army surveillance during their entire journey through Spain, and could have been picked up at any point with minimal bloodshed. The programme concluded that they had been deliberately executed. Thatcher went berserk at this demonstration of British lawlessness, and withdrew LWT’s broadcasting license. It was replaced instead by Carlton, no doubt named after the infamous Tory club.

And the Tories were making the same threats yesterday to Channel 4, after the programme humiliated Johnson in its leaders’ debate over climate change. Johnson has now resorted to Tweezer’s tactic of running away from possible tough or hostile interviews. He refused to turn up to be grilled by Andrew Neil on his show on the Beeb, which has embarrassed our state broadcaster, as they got Corbyn on his show by falsely telling him that they would be interviewing Boris this week, and that it had all been agreed with the Tories when it hadn’t. Fearing a repeat of last Friday’s leader debates, when Britain’s oafish Trump junior was properly shown to be a blustering moron, Johnson scarpered again. Channel 4 therefore took the decision to go ahead with the debate, but put in a melting ice sculpture to represent the BoJob.

Realising that a Conservative non-appearance didn’t look good, the Tories decided to send Boris’ father and Michael Gove, his best mate. Who weren’t allowed on the programme for the simple reason, as Channel 4’s news editor Ben de Pear pointed out, that as lovely and charming as they were, they weren’t the party’s leader. Gove started lying about how he turned up at Channel 4, but was turned away because Corbyn and Sturgeon didn’t want to debate a Conservative. This was disproved by Robert Peston, who tweeted

Classic Vote Leave tactics this whole ‘Gove turns up’ while CCHQ complains to regulator Ofcom about Ch4 barring him. It is all about proving to supporters that the London media establishment are against them (don’t laugh) while trying to intimidate all broadcasters.

Unable to get their own way, the Tories have complained about the debate to Ofcom, claiming that the channel has broken its legal requirement to be impartial and that the refusal to admit Gove and Stanley Johnson was a partisan stunt. They also told Buzzfeed News that if they’re re-elected, they would review Channel 4’s broadcasting license.

Sunny Hundal pointed out the sheer hypocrisy behind this.

If Corbyn had threatened Channel 4’s license over climate change debate, every newspaper in Britain would rightly be calling it ‘Stalinist’. Yet the press is silent and BBC is treating it as a legit story.

Zelo Street concluded

‘Tory commitment to free speech does not include dissent. Who’s being Stalinist now?’

See: https://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2019/11/tories-threaten-to-curtail-free-speech.html

The Tories don’t like freedom of speech at all. They withdrew LWT’s broadcasting license after ‘Death on the Rock’, and had a Panorama documentary how the party had an overlapping membership with the BNP, National Front and other Fascists, ‘Maggie’s Militant Tendency’ suppressed. And during their coalition government with the Lib Dems, they passed legislation providing for a system of secret courts. If the government decides it is necessary for reasons of national security, the accused may be tried in courts from which the press and public are banned. They may not know the identity of their accusers, nor the crimes of which they are accused or the evidence against them. It a system from the pages of Kafka’s The Trial and The Castle, and is the same as the perverted judicial systems of Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia. And Cameron also wanted to make street demonstrations more difficult by passing legislation that would restrict the right to march and demonstrate under the pretence of protecting local residents from ‘nuisance’.

With this latest threat to Channel 4, the Tories have shown themselves not only cowards and bullies, but an active threat to freedom of speech. Get them out, and Labour in!

Don’t Believe the Media Propaganda: Tory Lead in Polls Is Falling

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Mike has put up a very informative piece contradicting today’s latest piece of media propaganda about Tory popularity. According to today’s I and a number of other papers, a polling company has predicted that the Tories will get a 68 seat majority in the Commons at the coming election. This apparently comes from a company that got the result of the 2017 election right.

But Mike notes that the information used as the basis for the poll is dated. And an analysis of the Tories election strategy by Dr Moderate has shown that they moved from offence to defence. They’ve shifted from targeting Labour seats with large majorities to ultra-marginals and trying to defend Tory seats. And Mike’s article also notes that Johnson’s own behaviour hardly demonstrates the calm confidence with which their supporters are trying to impress us. Johnson is showing his made of the kind of mettle Tweezer was: he’s running scared, and running away from tough interviews. Andrew Neil interviewed the Labour leader last week, and was supposed to give Boris the same kind of grilling he dished out to Corbyn. But this ain’t happening, folks. Johnson has scarpered. He is also not going to appear on Channel 4’s election leaders’ debate today on the climate crisis. And he isn’t going to attend the Beeb’s 7-way leaders’ debate tomorrow, though Corbyn won’t either.

Mike comments

It seems the cowardly Johnson is afraid that he may face questioning over his own sexism, racism and attempts to spread Islamophobia, the many lies he has told – including to the Queen, and perhaps about his alleged financial connections with Russian money and with hedge fund bosses who apparently supported his bid to become Tory leader in return for a “no deal” Brexit.

It seems Boris was originally going to be represented at the debate by Dominic Raab. But Raab isn’t going to be there. He’s been replaced instead by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak. Raab has some questions to answer himself, as he deliberately excluded the family of Harry Dunn, the teenager allegedly killed by Anne Sacoolas at a constituency hustings.

And the polls over the past few weeks have also been all over the place. For example, on Monday, 25th November 2019, the I carried a story by their political editor, Nigel Morris, that the Observer had published a poll at the weekend stating that the Tories had a 19 point lead over Labour. Their popularity was at 47 per cent, while Labours was at 28 per cent. Other polls, the article said, had given the Tories leads of 13, 12, 11, and 10 points. And the article opened by claiming that polls showed that the Conservatives had an average lead of 12-13 points.

Which is interesting, as I seem to remember that a week before that, the papers, including the I, had been yelling that the Tories had a 20 point lead.  

And the Tory lead in the polls seems to have fallen still further. The following day, Tuesday, 26th November 2019, another article by Morris revealed that after the publication of the Labour manifesto the Tories’ lead fell to just 7 points. The new poll findings placed the Tories on 41 per cent and Labour on 34 per cent.

And Dr Moderate in his Twitter analysis has noted that Labour’s polling has increased by 4.3 per cent. This is despite the Tories launching their own manifesto and trying to revive the anti-Semitism smear campaign.

Mike concludes his article with

Support for Labour is increasing day by day and Tory attempts to stop it have failed.

But the Tory-supporting media, including the BBC, are telling you the opposite at a time when the law says they must be impartial.

Never mind the polls – the Tories are terrified and Boris Johnson is running away from scrutiny

Quite. The trend for Labour in the polls is upward. And the Tory press and media are terrified of people being inspired by it.

 

Your Friendly Reminder: “Doctor Who” is a Kids’ Show, and Kids Love Jodie Whittaker

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 29/11/2019 - 1:45am in

If you listen to the loudest and most obnoxious voices on social media, you’d think that Jodie Whittaker taking over the role of Doctor Who was a total disaster. That’s the way with the same opinions expressed in a bubble. A mean troll bubble.

The truth is, Doctor Who is doing just fine.

Yes, Series 11 was slightly jarring as showrunner Chris Chibnall treated the show as something completely new, refusing to include continuity throwbacks. Only sexist manbabies who hate change threw the loudest tantrums. The season’s writing had flaws but families still tuned in. Kids and female fans were excited that the Doctor was now female. The ratings held steady and consistent.

Sorry, “Doctor Who” Haters

At the end of the day, what really matters is what children think of the show. And children love the Doctor. Especially little girls.

I’m not seeing any kids here complaining about SJWs ruining the show or “woke” culture destroying Doctor Who.

Little girls are excited to have a female heroic role model in the Doctor. From what I’ve witnessed, it’s very similar to their reaction to Elsa from Frozen. Frozen and Frozen 2 are deliberately rewriting the heroic fantasy to create a female hero’s mythical journey.

The Doctor doesn’t need a reason to be heroic. She is heroic simply because it’s the right and kind thing to do. The Doctor simply is. She is the one of the heroes in pop culture who doesn’t need a traumatic past to push her to be heroic.

Representation matters. Little girls are learning from these stories that they don’t need to be the damsel in distress. They don’t need to be the girlfriend waiting for the hero to finish doing his hero thing. They can be a hero as much as any boy or man.

It’s interesting that Doctor Who and Frozen 2 are occurring at the same time in pop culture as touchstones for epic mythical female heroism for children.

After all, kids have to start somewhere – and girls finally have their headstart.

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Video Summary of BBC Horizon Programme ‘The Hunt for Gravity Control’

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And now for something a little different. Trev, one of the great commenters on this blog, asked me a little while ago about anti-gravity in a comment on a piece I’d put up about UFOs. Way back in 2016 the BBC’s Horizon science programme had an edition, ‘The Hunt for Gravity Control’, which dealt with the hunt by British, American and Russian scientists to create an anti-gravity device. This began in Britain with the aerospace scientist Ron Evans at BAE, who started Project Greenglow. At the same time the Americans had a similar project, NASA’s Advanced Propulsion physics Programme, under the direction of Marc Millis. This aimed to discover alternative methods of space propulsion to rockets. A Russian scientist, Eugene Podkletnov, believed he had also discovered a method of creating anti-gravity through the use of superconductors and a spinning disc. However, this has not been replicated, and one of the scientists interviewed on the programme dismisses Podkletnov’s claims as ‘crap’. A Black physicist, who I don’t think is named in the clip, explains why scientists believe anti-gravity is impossible: it would need an object with negative mass, which instead of creating a kind of hole in spacetime would produce a type of mound around it instead.

There has, however, been a breakthrough of sorts. At the end, Dr. Evans is shown a device which uses quantum physics to detect bodies as small as that of a human through the tiny gravitational attraction they cause, at a distance of a meter. This gives Evans hope that one day, humans may be able to master gravity.

The full documentary’s about 50 minutes or so long. It was repeated a few months ago on BBC 4, and I think it might be available on BBC iplayer. The narrator’s Peter Capaldi, who was the last Dr. Who before Jodie Whitaker took over.

“Doctor Who” Series 12: So Who Exactly IS Goran Višnjić Playing? Our Thoughts…

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Goran Višnjić is establishing himself as a mainstay in genre TV shows these days. He has appeared in recent fan favourite shows like Timeless, The Santa Clarita Diet, the upcoming second season of The Boys, and now the upcoming series of Doctor Who. He and veteran actor Robert Glenister are both joining BBC‘s Series 12, along with Lenny Henry and Stephen Fry.

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For Višnjić, it’s about what it means to go from fan to family member: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Doctor Who, so when the offer to play one of my favorite people in history came, it made me so happy to be part of the show and it turned into this awesome, dream job!”

Executive producer Matt Strevens believes it is a testament to the show that actors of Višnjić’s caliber want to be a part of it:

“One of the great joys of Doctor Who are the legendary actors who want to come and join in the Doctor’s adventures. We were thrilled to welcome Goran and Robert, whose worked we’ve loved and admired for years. They create two iconic characters who are going to delight and entertain.”

So who is Višnjić going to play on the show?

I’m calling in some mindless speculation now:

He’s playing Nikola Tesla.

Višnjić said he was playing one of his favourite characters in history, so he’s not playing some anonymous made-up guy. It’s a historical episode. It’s got to be someone significant in history. Višnjić is from Croatia, and so was Tesla.

Tesla is one of the coolest and strangest people in history. He’s responsible for so many technological things we take for granted in our everyday lives. He also invented a lot of strange and wonderful things he never got a chance to make. He is a figure of endless speculation amongst Science Fiction writers. He’s a lot of people’s favourite historical figure. It would make sense for Višnjić to be playing his countryman whom he admires. And looks like it’ll be funny.

Hey, if I’m wrong, I’ll totally own it. If I’m right, then you read it here first. And it’s always fun to speculate.

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