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Matt Smith reiterated again in a recent interview that he is contracted through to 2014. This apparently includes, from what we've heard, at least part of Series 8 in the autumn of next year, the anniversary special, and the following Christmas special. Everyone is speculating as to whether he will go beyond that. We just don't know. He seems game.

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Oh, DOCTOR WHO. I'm midway through Season 1 (2005, that is) and I am getting so so so so obsessed and addicted. I have to cry in EVERY. SINGLE. EPISODE. Fabulosity all around!

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She's done very well since Who frankly shortchanged her as part of its Rose hangover. (They made up for it the following year and with the Torchwood offer, but still) Lots of work here and there. I'm so glad, I always just loved her. I think she'll end up being an elegant beauty and working well into old age.

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On the "charming sidenote" front, Wilf is back. Sort of.

This is rather lovely. Bernard Cribbins, who of course you’ll recognise as Donna Noble’s grandad Wilf from Doctor Who, is starring in a new TV show called Old Jack’s Boat, on the BBC children’s channel CBeebies.

The show revolves around a fisherman, his pet Salty Dog, and the stories he tells, and also stars (among other people) fellow-Who graduate Freema Agyeman. Bernard is no stranger to children’s TV, having narrated and appeared in all sorts of children’s shows, from The Wombles (a ’70s animated smash hit, that actually got revived in the late ’90s), to The Railway Children.

But in his latest show, the one thing the production team are always on the lookout for are stories. And having been taken back into the Doctor Who family by Russell T Davies, Bernard knew just the fella to ask.

Speaking of his love of broadcasting to a young audience, Bernard said: “I keep coming back to children’s television and I love writing it. Obviously you can do stuff in children’s that you can’t do anywhere else. But it’s the audience actually. In fact it’s the best audience because they’re so uncritical and they’re so critical at the same time. It’s a very, very, sharp audience. If something is dull or boring or wrong, they’ll just wander off. They’ve got better things to do. And I think if you can get the magic going, create a good children’s show, they will literally remember it for the rest of their lives!

“It’s just one of those things where you can be as real as you like, as simple as you like and if the story is good (and certainly the stories that I’ve had to read on this show have been a smashing lot of stories) you just engage one child through the lens…”

And this wasn’t Russell’s first time creating stuff for a young audience either: “Many years ago I used to be a script editor on a programme that was for very young kids. It was a nice show – it was quite hard work because they sent me a list beforehand of how to write for under fives. There has to be no repetition, there must be no jeopardy. And I was like ‘well that’s my career gone’ I thought ‘that’s all I do is repeat myself, put people in danger… what am I left with?’ So I genuinely found it hard and then I loved it, having gone through it. I was really proud of it actually.”

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Thoughts on "The Bells of Saint John"? I thought it was great but Moffat's misogynistic humor was back. (Monk asks if someone is evil, Doctor says she's a woman, monk crosses himself.) I still like Clara and I liked the concept of the souls being sucked into the Internet. I liked the return of the villain (don't want to give it away for anyone who hasn't watched yet.) I look forward to finding out more about Clara and why she recurs through time. I guess Oswin is from "Oswald for the win." I'm glad Clara laughed at the Doctor's invitation at the end and told him to come back the next day, instead of just jumping on board.

I liked the multiethnic guest cast. I felt represented by Alexei and by the guy at the beginning.

The "revert to factory settings" at the end for the main human villain was a clever, sad twist. Lots of other great twists along the way too, both by the villains and by the Doctor to guarantee cooperation from his adversaries. Great commentary on what people put on Facebook as well (though Moffat is too harsh on Twitter)!

I missed this season completely and I am wondering were I can find the episodes. Thanks!

You can buy them off Amazon or iTunes if you're still looking. We're on to the second half of the season now!

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Saw "The Christmas Invasion," Tennant's first full episode. Everything clicked in a way that has never happened before. Is it possible to be in love with Tennant after only one episode? Cos I seriously swooned every time he smiled. He is terrific at the part! And he has amazing chemistry with Piper. Sad about what happened with Harriet Jones, though.

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Saw "The Christmas Invasion," Tennant's first full episode. Everything clicked in a way that has never happened before. Is it possible to be in love with Tennant after only one episode? Cos I seriously swooned every time he smiled. He is terrific at the part! And he has amazing chemistry with Piper. Sad about what happened with Harriet Jones, though.

Glad you liked it ... I didn't feel that bad for Harriet, since she did just blow up a ship that was leaving. "Don't you think she looks tired?" "Song for Ten" was a great song at the end of this episode.

I'm jealous, you have so many more great episodes ahead of you!

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