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Who is Pearl Mackie?

“Introducing Pearl Mackie as Bill.” So read the on-screen caption at the end of a short, sparky clip which saw Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and his new time-travelling companion hiding from the Daleks in a space station corridor.

Announced live on BBC One during half-time of the FA Cup semi-final (wonder how much crossover there is between Whovians and football fans? Stereotype would suggest not much), the identity of the Time Lord’s next companion was revealed as newcomer Mackie. She becomes the Doctor’s 41st companion and the 10th since the 2005 reboot.

It was refreshing to see the new recruit revealed through filmed footage, a new clip entitled “Friend From the Future”, rather than the actress giving interview bland non-answers in a studio interview. The fact that Mackie happens to shares a hairstyle with Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, the sole goalscorer in the match at half-time, was a slice of time-space-soccer serendipity.

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” says Mackie. “It’s such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the TARDIS my home! Peter is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character. I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space.”

What is she known for?

Londoner Mackie, who graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2010, is a relative newcomer with previous TV credits including Brit film Svengali and daytime Doctors. She also appeared in a music video for pop band Years & Years alongside Ben “Q from the Bond films” Whishaw and rising star Tuppence Middleton.

Mackie is currently starring in the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Dog in the Night-Time, which runs until June. Presumably when that wraps up, she’ll start filming at the time travel franchise’s Cardiff base.

What else do we know about her?

Not terribly much. A late flurry of bets had been placed on newcomer Mackie in the two days preceding the announcement, to such an extent that she became the 4/6 odds-on favourite for the job. Secrecy clearly wasn’t quite as tight as the BBC wanted.

As an acting tutor for children, she’s described as having “vibrant optimism” with her special skills listed as “mixing maturity and immaturity” – which sounds on-brand for Doctor Who. Peter Capaldi says he’s “very excited” about Mackie joining him in the TARDIS. “We’ve been doing a bit of work together already,” said the Twelfth Doctor. 

Mackie’s appointment makes good casting sense in response to recent suggestions that it’s time to see a non-white actor back in the TARDIS. The last companion of colour was Freema Agyeman eight years ago. As Capaldi says: “Doctor Who is at its best when it reflects contemporary culture. It’s time for us to be recognisably in the 21st century.” 

What will her character be like?

Unlike previous incumbent Clara Oswald, whose Impossible Girl status meant she had prior knowledge of the Time Lord, Capaldi says “now we have someone who knows very little about the Doctor”. That was reflected in the special preview clip, in which Bill was inquisitively lippy but ignorant of the Daleks

Capaldi had expressed a preference for a female companion, quipping: “With the best will in the world, I don’t want a bloke, because I’m frightened that they’ll give him all the action and I’ll be standing around spouting scientific gobbledygook. I just think that combo of the slightly strange, alien Time Lord with the intelligent, enthusiastic, inquisitive girl is a good combo. I don’t know why – but it just seems to work.” 

Mackie herself says: “Reading the script at the audition, I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in – I can’t wait to bring her to life and to see how she develops through the series. I always loved stage combat at drama school, so I can’t wait to get on set and kick some evil monsters into the next dimension!”

All-new double act: Pearl and the Doctor
All-new double act: Pearl and the Doctor Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston

Capaldi called her “a fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm. She’s a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures”. Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s acting Director of Television added: “Pearl brings a wonderful energy and lights up the screen. She will captivate Doctor Who fans old and new across the globe.”

Bill looks like she’ll hold her own banter-wise, while sporting jeans-and-trainers in contrast to the Doctor’s tailoring and frock coats. As is traditional with the Doctor’s sidekicks, also expect her to marvel at the dimensions of the Tardis, followed by much dashing down corridors to flee from alien danger “When I say run, run!”

Where is she likely sit in the pantheon of Doctor Who companions?

Mackie replaces the popular Jenna Coleman, who played Clara for three years – making her the longest-serving companion since the reboot – and starred alongside two Doctors: Matt “bow ties are cool” Smith before Peter “eyebrows” Capaldi. 

The BBC will hope Bill goes on to win hearts and capture the public imagination, similar to Billie Piper a decade ago as Rose Tyler – or the likes of Elisabeth Sladen (as Sarah-Jane Smith), Sophie Aldred (as Ace) or Louise Jameson (as Leela) in the classic Doctor Who era.

Mackie will start filming this summer for the series to air in spring 2017 – the final run for head writer, executive producer and all-round “Whopremo” Steven Moffat, who will be succeeded by Broadchurch boss Chris Chibnall.

What the fans say

At first, it was mainly Doctor Who fans being bored by the football analysis and annoyed the announcement was running later than advertised. Once Mackie was confirmed, though, reaction centred mainly on “who?” and her hair. 

I can imagine the anxiety and stress. Who care about the football match, get to commercial (announcement). I bit like the Super Bowl. But I just watch the commercials online and skip the game entirely.

But the BBC had a spike in their ratings for a few minutes! 🙂

Then they were tossed to and FRO but Pearl Who? 🙂

Filming of series 10 is due to start in a few weeks but the next series is not due until 2017 – so it’ll be a while until we see Capaldi on screen with his new travelling companion. (UK Telegraph)

So we still have a year to wait folks. 😦

 

 

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The Pearl Revealed

Pearl Mackie has been named as the new Doctor Who companion alongside Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord in the Tardis.

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The Londoner’s role was announced on BBC One during half time of the FA Cup semi-final match between Everton and Manchester United.

Mackie, 28, replaces Jenna Coleman, whose character Clara Oswald left the show in 2015.

Filming for the next series of the long-running science fiction show will start this year but air in 2017.

Mackie, who graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2010, played Anne-Marie Frasier in Doctors in 2014 and is currently performing in the National Theatre’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” she said. “It’s su an extraordinary British institution, I couldn’t be prouder to call the Tardis my home.”

‘Genuine delight’

She added: “Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character, I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space.”

Mackie said her new character “Bill” was “wicked”, describing her as “cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in”.

Image copyright BBC, Ray Burmiston
Image caption Mackie got her first encounter with a Dalek in the new Doctor Who trailer

Capaldi said: “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the Tardis and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures.”

Doctor Who, which was first shown in 1963, is heading for its 10th season since it was reintroduced to schedules in 2005 after a gap of nine years.

Coleman joined the show in 2012, and starred alongside two Doctors, Matt Smith and Capaldi, the 12th Doctor who joined in 2014.

She asked to be written out and left to take on the role of Queen Victoria in a major ITV drama series.

In January, it was announced that the head writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, was stepping down from the show.

The next series will be his last, after which he will be replaced by Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall.

 

The New Companion Announced

It can finally be revealed. After months of speculation.

The New companion has been announced.

The show is going to one of it’s old roots and rebooting a character that wasn’t well served back in the day because of the technology involved.

Kamelion.

As you may recall Kamelion was a shape changing robot in the late Davison stories but because of the technology at the time he made his first appearance in “King’s Demon’s” and then largely got chucked in the bin until his last story, and death, “Planet of Fire”.

But with CGI now it can be so much better in 2016 plus you can have a guest actor in every week to play the part and you don’t have to have a permanent companion.

“We can do so much more with the concept now than 30 years ago.” said Doctor Who’s Special Effects Supervisor, Danny Hargreaves.

Plus it would also add the first non-human companion in the new era of the show.

Seeing as Peter may or may not stay on after the Chibnall change it could be used as a nice bridge companion that Chibnall could dump or not, and if Peter Capaldi leaves with Steven then you can have a new Doctor and a New Companion without any carryover. Or you can just fix Kamelion in one guise and you have a new Companion for the new Doctor while having some continuity.

Steven Moffatt was quoted as saying it was another bold way to make a statement about the companion’s role and to do something innovative to keep the audience watching it brings something fresh to the show.

Co-star Peter Capaldi said: “I can’t wait to start working with the new Kamelion . It was vital to see someone very different in the role and Steven has just the ticket.”

“This way we can have good actors rotating in to play Kamelion and we don’t have to stick with just one actor or actress and we can have a variety. Kamelion can be programmed to be different and have different things happen to it each week so it keeps it fresh and interesting for an audience.” said showrunner Steven Moffat.

In my opinion, kind of like have K-9 without all the rights issues and Frobisher without the CGI costs.It has a lot of potential, especially in this vastly different technological age.

Good for you Steven. You made a good choice.

 

11 years ago today

The Return of a TV Legend happened 11 years ago today.

So it’s sorta the Doctor’s Other Anniversary. The anniversary of re-birth.

“Rose” was broadcast, complete with Graham Norton bleed-over to a public (https://vimeo.com/81533272) that hadn’t seen the show since the 1996 TV Movie and hadn’t been a regular BBC show since Dec 6,1989. (The BBC would make Graham infamous again in 2010 with a promo crawl at the end of an episode).

It started with “A New Dimension” before the appointed hour. A very Fan-y made history of the TV show. To remind those people and kids that this show was on before. 🙂

Narrated by future 10th Doctor David Tennant.

Ah, years of BBC bootlegs was born. 🙂

You know, with dial up at the time it took 24 hours to download the episode… 🙂

The excitement I felt was off the charts. Though as I have relayed before I was the recipient of a friend’s bootleg 3 weeks before the broadcast so by the premiere night I had already seen it and was not very impressed. The 2nd viewing was much better. Expectations were probably too high that night in early March 2005.

It will be around another year before Series 10 but we wait patiently.

So break out that copy of “Rose” and relive 11 years ago when The Doctor and his TARDIS appeared again.

 

Companion

Finally, it appears the new Doctor Who companion has been cast – and Jenna Coleman’s replacement could be someone Peter Capaldi has worked with before…

“We will have a new companion, and I’m excited because obviously I know who this person is,” Capaldi told Brazilian website Omelete, reportedly adding that the actor joining him in the TARDIS is someone he has worked with in the past.

However, Capaldi said it was likely to be a very different relationship to that between the Twelfth Doctor and Coleman’s Clara Oswald and that the new arrival will know “very little about the Doctor”.

“Clara had prior knowledge of the Doctor,” said Capaldi. “It was conceived as a human connected to your timeline, and so had access to the cosmic nature of the Doctor. She understood a little about how he was. And as she was already with [Eleventh Doctor] Matt [Smith], she knew the Daleks and the TARDIS. Now we have someone who knows very little about the Doctor.”

Interesting read, especially for the Clara Haters.

Me, I like Clara, but I agree that her character was difficult because she was just a Plot Device for her first year as “The Impossible Girl” which didn’t really make her a companion in a since. Then she became the part-time-full-time-sorta companion that went on an adventure and then went home to her job which never quite settled. She didn’t become an actual companion in the normal sense until Peter Capaldi.

Then there’s F*ck The Raven. Which I still hate. Her character will always be marred by that in my opinion.

The problem is illustrated also by “Can’t we the ____ Clara back? (Oswin, Nanny, etc). That kind of schizophrenia does help. Oswin Oswald was awesome. Then She died. Victorian Nanny Oswald was awesome, then she died.

“The Impossible Girl” was a Plot Device, not a character.

Then she lived.

Jenna Coleman is a wonderful actress. I was genuine broken up to see her go. Clara, by Face The Raven was a good character, and a good companion.

But that was 2015! Years later.

Her death was magnificently written. Her “save” was not. IMHO.

Doctor Who: What Went Wrong With Clara Oswald?

“Asylum of the Daleks”

Jenna Coleman’s tenure on Doctor Who set records as far as companions go, as she appeared in more separate television stories than Karen Gillan and spent more time assigned to the show than Janet Fielding (Frazer Hines remains the actor who has appeared in the most separate episodes). You can measure things in a lot of different ways, but regardless, it’s clear that Coleman was a big part of Doctor Who for a long time.

So why was Clara so…bad? I don’t mean Coleman was bad. She’s a gifted actress who managed a unique rapport with four separate Doctors, and that’s something only Elisabeth Sladen or Nicholas Courtney could previously say. There are many great Clara moments I’ll fondly remember.

However, she simply never grew as a character. Nothing ever stuck with her and nothing ever changed who she was. She drifted from being a mystery to being part of a very lackluster love triangle to finally being a proper companion. It took the writers two whole seasons to do with Clara what they can usually accomplish in two episodes with anyone else.

Consider the four other main companions and how their stories played out. Rose was a shopgirl whose life felt empty and meaningless, but then she realized her own heroic potential and was left to be that hero in a world without The Doctor. Martha was in love with The Doctor, who didn’t love her back, and she learned to accept this. Donna was terrified of not mattering in the world and eventually became the most important woman in it. Amy was afraid to commit to her husband, but stranded herself in the past away from everything to be with him.

Some of these arcs are stronger than others, but they all have a basic form. Clara never did. The entire payoff for the reveal of how the three different versions of her we saw happen was completely overshadowed by the appearance of the War Doctor and the lead-up to the 50th anniversary. Then, it was her job to nurse us through the regeneration of a new Doctor, but she was left with nothing to do or be in a season of scripts that were often mediocre at best. While Danny Pink was a good character, he never joined the Tardis crew, and as a result the love triangle that the show tried to build was hamstrung around the Coal Hill School rather than in the middle of adventures.

Doctor Who: What Went Wrong With Clara Oswald? (2)

“Face the Raven”

Once Series 9 came on and Peter Capaldi seemed to finally have his feet firmly planted in the role (banging out badass guitar solos as he stood), Clara and he brought out the best in each other right up until her stupid, stupid death. You could argue that as someone “born to save The Doctor,” Clara’s new-found reckless streak was a way for Clara to define herself apart from him, but as she ultimately ended up traveling around space and time with someone else, even that doesn’t work. There’s simply no indication that Clara was changed significantly by meeting The Doctor, and that is a cardinal Whovian sin.

The show also wasted the best versions of her character. Who didn’t fall in love with Oswin in “Asylum of the Daleks?” Soufflé Girl was strong, smart, funny and absolutely adorable, and Coleman played her ups and downs perfectly. She seemed the perfect candidate to replace Amy and Rory until she committed suicide.

Then came Victorian Clara in “The Snowmen,” and she was even better. Her double life as a serving girl and posh nanny had shades of Lady Christina, and her ability to reach a grieving Eleven melted all our hearts. According to Neil Gaiman, this was actually the original version of the character, and that may be why she’s the strongest of the bunch. In later episodes where Clara Prime would don Victorian costumes, as in “The Crimson Horror” and “Deep Breath,” these were usually the places she would best fit in.

By contrast, Clara Prime was a pale imitation of her other aspects. She was colder and more severe, and she insisted on keeping a distance between her and The Doctor by not traveling full-time with him. Sure, Amy and Rory did something similar near the end of their tenure, but that was after months, maybe years of adventures. Clara wanted to see the universe, but only on her terms, and it made her feel slightly condescending. Maybe that’s why her reckless streak in the last season stuck in my craw. Had time travel and fighting monsters become boring to her?

I think Clara as a character became a victim of very bad timing. Steven Moffat crafted a fairly interesting mystery in her, but he used it for a twist ending that dragged her into “Day of The Doctor” having to carry the companion load for three different actors. On top of that, I’m not sure anyone expected Matt Smith to quit the role when he did, and suddenly Clara is there to hand us over to a new Doctor. A few episodes into Series 8 would have been the best place to let her go, but if Capaldi had been badly received, a new companion might have been a change too much.

Fond as I am of Jenna Coleman, I doubt Clara Oswald is going to go down in many people’s books as a favorite companion, even just of the revived era. She simply carries too much baggage, and she’s a prime example of why characters should not be written simply to fill holes in The Doctor’s stories. Whoever runs with The Doctor next, I hope he or she can just be him or her.  (Houston Press)

 

Face The Bells, Clara

I vote for coincidence, or at most inspiration. But this is one of the things I most love about Doctor Who fans. We love to solve puzzles, even if one doesn’t exist. It’s fun. It’s intellectual. It’s imagination run amok! And who knows, we might just be right…

Was there a big clue about Clara Oswald’s fate hidden all the way back in Doctor Who series 7?

Was there a big clue about Clara Oswald's fate hidden all the way back in Doctor Who series 7?

By Sarah Doran

Sunday 6 March 2016 at 9:30PM

From the moment she took Rigsy’s countdown clock tattoo in Face The Raven we had a feeling Clara Oswald’s destiny was written in stone but could her fate have actually been decided while Matt Smith was still in the Tardis?

An eagle eyed fan – who goes by the name of commontao on Reddit – has spotted something rather interesting in The Bells of Saint John, arguably the first ‘regular’ episode Clara appeared in as The Doctor’s companion after The Snowmen.

Anyone trying to steal Clara’s style from the episode might have spotted that she’s wearing a pendant.

A bird pendant.

With outstretched wings.

A bit like this bird.

Which also had outstretched wings when it took Clara’s life.

Coincidence or conspiracy?

Would it really be so wild as to think that the powers that be could have planted a hint so early on?

Possibly, given that the pendant is more Aztec eagle than raven and, y’know, Coleman already one rescheduled exit storyline.

But then this is Doctor Who we’re talking about – Moffat Loop Doctor Who!

Nothing’s left to chance… or is it? We’ll let you be the judge of that one.

Louise Jameson

For those not in Dallas on June 3-4 for Peter Capaldi’s Appearance, apparently he will be at

Awesome Con
June 3-5, 2016 (Sunday only)
Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C., USA
www.awesome-con.com

also. Still can’t go… 😦

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Actress Louise Jameson, 64, played the iconic role of Leela in Dr Who in the Seventies opposite Tom Baker. She later starred in Tenko, Bergerac and EastEnders, and has many other television, theatre and film role credits to her name. She lives in Kent, is divorced from artist Martin Bedford, and has two sons, and two grandchildren.

How did your childhood influence your work ethic and attitude towards money? 

My father drummed into me that there was a history of working hard in the family when I was a teenager. At the time, I wasn’t trying very hard at school. That stuck. I was born in Wanstead but grew up in Woodford Green, Essex. My father worked in a lavatory paper factory but ended up running his own financial advice business. My mother was a star in the local amateur dramatic society and I’m sure if she could, she’d have tried her hand at treading the boards, but she stayed at home to look after my brother Russell and I.  I had a private education, but wasn’t very good at academic subjects like maths, geography or history, so I left school at 15. My English and drama teachers had inspired me though – both were very supportive of my early attempts at acting.

Has there been a time in your life when you didn’t know how you were going to pay the bills?

At Rada, from the ages of 17 to 19, I was on a full grant, plus my parents topped that up, so I was fine as a student.  When my children came along, I had to sometimes take work that paid the bills. The Bergerac job, when the children were young, which lasted four years, was an absolute life saver. Overall, I’ve been OK though. My childhood and upbringing taught me to never turn your back on a problem. If ever I thought I needed to, I went to see my bank manager to discuss my finances. There have been two or three moments when things got a bit uncomfortable, but then another job would come in and the crisis passed. I did a little temping in my 20s but I’ve worked pretty solidly as an actress since 1971.

Louise Jameson and John Nettles in Bergerac
‘The Bergerac job, when the children were young, which lasted four years, was an absolute life saver,’ explains Louise Jameson, pictured with co-star John Nettles Credit: Mike Maloney/REX/Shutterstock

 

What were you paid for your early BBC roles?

I was in one episode of Z Cars in 1972, which I can’t remember the fee for. It probably wasn’t very much.  When I started work on Dr Who, I got £120 per episode, which went up to £150. The BBC used to have this system, where you came in on a ground level and every job you get you get pushed up a little bit, so by the time I got to EastEnders I was on a pretty reasonable whack.

Most lucrative work? 

The highest I ever got paid was working in the Nineties, for a Walt Disney film, Stick with Me, Kid, which was then turned into a TV series. They still paid retainers back in those days so I was earning a lot of money.

Is ‘Dr Who’ the gift that keeps on giving?

I think so. I’ve just played a w—- in Toast of London, because Matt Berry [the co-creator and writer] liked Leela. I have certainly earned far more since appearing on the show, with conventions, TV appearances around the show, plus I have voiced audio books for Big Finish. This year I will be in New York, Chicago and LA for Dr Who conventions, plus I might be taking my one woman show Pulling Faces to New York too. It is all on the back of being known for that part.

L.I. Who
Nov. 11-13, 2016

Hyatt Regency Long Island
Hauppauge, New York, USA
longislanddoctorwho.com

 

Louise Jameson with 'Dr Who' Tom Baker
Louise Jameson as Leela alongside Tom Baker as Dr Who  Credit: © UPPA Ltd

 

What was your best business decision?

Property. I got on the property ladder in 1973 or 1974 with a housing association, buying a two-bedroom flat with a garden in West Hampstead for £13,500. As a single self-employed actress, it was the only way I could buy. I then bought and sold a few times, moving to Camden, then West London, before moving down to Kent in 1989. I did well with every sale, even though I didn’t try to do properties up specifically to make money. The cottage I own now has quadrupled in value over the years.

And your worst financial decision?

Property again. In my late 40s, I bought a second property instead of paying off the mortgage on my first. At the time it seemed like a good idea, but it has meant I am still paying off my mortgage now.  I also turned down a role in Hart to Hart, the hit US TV series, but I had just signed a contract with the Bristol Old Vic to work there. The door to Hollywood never opened again. I can’t complain, I’ve had a brilliant career.

Spender or a saver?

Spender. I like to spend on holidays, city breaks. When I am feeling flush, I will take taxis instead of public transport. I belong to a club in London so that is another little luxury. I also love buying presents for my family. I don’t have Isas or anything like that… If I do have excess funds, I will put them in Premium Bonds.

What’s been the most difficult money lesson?

Never ever do a business deal on a handshake. Always get it in writing and witnessed especially.

Do you prefer to pay by debit, credit or cash?

Credit. I have a Switch card and a MasterCard, and I tend to put all business purchases through by card. I pay my credit card off every month. I carry about £50 around with me.

Do you have a personal pension?

I have the tiniest pension in the world with Aviva. It was £24 a month but they have now decided to tax it so it is £17.50 a month. I started to draw my state pension when I was 62. I get around £200 a week, which is fantastic.

What are your financial priorities for the next five to 10 years?

My long-term financial strategy is to keep on working. Two years ago I switched to a capital repayment mortgage so I should be mortgage free in 2019, and then if I carry on earning as I am earning now, I would like to buy a tiny little property in the South of France.

Do you meet regularly with or use a financial adviser?

I will consult my brother Russell, who runs my father’s old business, David Jameson Ltd, if I need to discuss money.  I have just switched accountants. The last couple I feel have ripped me off with large fees – I think they see a well-known actress with a bit of a name and they think they can double their fee as a result of that.

Are you a good tipper?

Yes, especially if the service has been fabulous. I normally add 10pc and then add it up to whatever makes a nice neat figure so it could be as much as 20pc. But if the service has been substandard I won’t tip at all.

Do you invest in stocks and shares? 

I don’t at the moment. My brother did invest some money for me some years ago, which worked but I can’t remember the details. If I did have any money to invest in something, then I would invest in friends’ film or theatre projects.

If there was one thing you could change about the financial world what would that be?

I would get rid of the fine for submitting your tax return late. And I’d also change the way actors are taxed, from an annual basis to an average of income over three years. In this business, you can have a very high-earning year followed by very low-earning one. This would mean that paying tax when in a fallow period wasn’t a hardship.

Do you give regularly to charity?

Yes. I sponsor a child in Sudan and I give to Amnesty International regularly. I am a patron of a charity called DAVSS, Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services, and I run events to raise money for them.

Is there anything you don’t like about handling money?

No. I love money actually. It is a means to an end.

Does money make you happy in your opinion?

Yes. Money makes me very happy and if you are miserable, it is much better to be miserable rich than miserable poor. Being able to treat yourself to a massage or a weekend break can help lift your mood.

•Louise Jameson stars in the 2016 UK tour of The Mousetrap. For full dates, go to mousetrapontour.com

Thanks to the UK Telegraph.

Lizard Tales

The Silurians are one of my favorites of WHO. They are as other people have said “a movie quality” idea created in 1970 for Pertwee’s first Season.

The above video has virtually nothing on them from that era. I’m sure it’s because its old and less tech than today, focusing more on Madame Vastra than anyone.

But they have always been one of my favorites. My domain name eocenearizona.com is named after them, as Eocenes is the Doctor Who term for both the Silurians and Sea Devils.

Still waiting for the Sea Devils in Modern Who. 🙂

The idea that they were here and had a thriving civilization before humans evolved and then they went into hibernation and were awoke by Man was a great story point. But to point out that they are just as Terran/Earthling as Humans and have the same rights to the planet makes for one hell of a story.

Homo Reptilia. As the Ninth Doctor would say, “Fantastic!”

The Beginning: