=-=-=-=-= Society of the Rusting TARDIS Newsletter (#30, 01/22/96)

>>>  Items of interest to British media fans and Seattle-area residents, 
>>>  and whatever else I feel like spewing about.  You have been warned. 

Hopefully this will be the last newsletter with that huge header.  I'll be
going to a "majordomo" setup soon, which should streamline the whole
I'm mentioning this because there may be a few burps in the next couple of
weeks until I get it all figured out and stable.

The big news this time is the new Doctor.  But we do have some other
goodies, too:
	Quick news items
	The new Doctor is announced
	Biography of Paul McGann (the new Doctor)
	ANGLICON 9 in Seattle, 5/3/96 - 5/5/96 (First Guest Announced!)
	A chat with Stephen Fry
	Upcoming SotRT events


Subject: Quick news items

Sound bites:

	In addition to casting the new Doctor (Paul McGann - details below),
	according to ITV the new companion will be Daphne Ashbrook (who
	apparently was on "Falcon Crest"), and the Master will be Eric

	To tie in with "A Close Shave", Nick Park has licenced all kinds of
	goodies, including shirts, cards, alarm clocks, etc.  (Anyone going
	to the UK soon?)

	Hattie Hayridge ("Holly") will not be appearing in the next season of
	"Red Dwarf".  She was told she would not be needed.

	"Red Dwarf" seventh season update: Filming to start in March, airing
	in January of 1997.  And no live audience this time.

	It's a little late now, but Comic Relief released a set of Christmas
	cards in the UK featuring various comedy stars (e.g., Mr. Bean).
	They're probably sold out by now, so just forget you read this.

	Last year this newsletter reported that Bill Cosby would be starring
	in an American version of "One Foot in the Grave".  Well, it gets
	worse.  (Surprised?)  The deal is for 44 episodes over two years, and
	the show will be given a more positive-sounding title.

Local news:

	January 26, 27, and 29 are part of a special pledge weekend on KBTC.
	Friday the 26th is a "Mystery" marathon.  Saturday the 27th is an
	"EastEnders" / "Doctor Who" / "Blake's 7" marathon.  And Monday the
	29th is a repeat of Saturday's "Doctor Who" and "Blake's 7"
	programming.  Yes, "Blake's 7" could be back depending on what kind
	of response it receives.  Pledge-$$$-wise, that is.  The "Doctor Who"
	shown will be the only-recently-released to the U.S. first episode of
	"Invasion of the Dinosaurs" followed by the remainder (in movie
	format).  Haven't you ever wondered how the Doctor and Sarah find
	themselves under arrest in the back of a jeep at the beginning?
	Well, what you thought was episode one was really episode two.  Tune
	in and all will be revealed.  After this weekend, "Doctor Who" will
	return episodic format, with two episodes every Saturday (repeated on
	Monday).  Pledge early, pledge often.

	The Varsity will have an Anime festival January 26-31, with two
	different films every night.  Call 632-3131 for info.

	Festival Hong Kong reappears on the Varsity's schedule on February 1
	with two by Ringo Lam (and starring Chow Yun-Fat).  "City on Fire"
	was the "inspiration" (and that's putting it mildly) for Quentin
	Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs", and "Wild Search" was not.

	The Seattle International Film Festival is holding a "Women in Cinema"
	mini-festival at the Harvard Exit, January 26-31.  Call 324-9996 for
	more info.


	Jeff's movie pick-of-the-month: "From Dusk Till Dawn" - I kinda
	picture Quentin Tarantino halfway through a pretty straightforward
	(but still quite good) bad-guys-on-the-run script, not knowing how
	to finish it.  He then just happens to rent "Army of Darkness", and
	the rest is history.  I didn't think so at first, but the first half,
	by being so different in _every_ way, makes the second half that
	much better.  See if _you_ can spot the "Pulp Fiction" reference.
	Jeff-Bob says check it out.

	A few weeks ago someone asked me if there was a Wallace and Gromit
	website, and I said not to my knowledge.  Well, now my knowledge has
	increased.  Check out: http://www.iol.ie/~lestat/lesgrom.html

	How about a "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" webpage with 42 links?
	Try: http://www.en.com/users/xvr27/otherguide2.html

	Private Eye has a "Private Xmas Books Online" page at:

	Here's a pointer to a Billy Connolly homepage:

	The 21st century has arrived: The Spam Gift Catalogue is on the web
	at http://spam.co.net/spamgift


Subject: The new Doctor is announced

The following is extracted from one of the rec.arts.drwho FAQs...

From: morgans@cobra.uni.edu (Siobahn Morgan)

THE WEEKLY FAQ FOR rec.arts.drwho. (updated January, 1996)

1. The Return of Doctor Who?

***Is it true that Doctor Who will be returning?***

Yes.  The two-hour film for television, which has entered pre- production
in Vancouver, is a major co-production between BBC
Worldwide - the commercial arm of the BBC, and Universal
Television. DOCTOR WHO is produced in Canada by Universal
Productions Canada for distribution by BBC Worldwide and MCA
Television Ltd. It will be broadcast on the Fox Network in the
United States and BBC-1 in the UK, later this year.

There does seem to be every effort to keep the film in the spirit of the
BBC, with the use of a British actor for the role of the Doctor and
Sylvester McCoy regenerating.  It seems that the first film will be set in
San Francisco in contemporary times.

The director is Geoff Sax, who is British. The companion will be a medical
doctor. The movie will be filmed in Vancouver with second unit shooting in
San Francisco. The second movie (if there is one) will be set in space.
Sylvester McCoy will shoot his regeneration scene next month. 

Below is the press release announcing the new Doctor

Official BBC Worldwide Television News Release  (provided by S. A.
January 9, 1996


Paul McGann has been cast in the starring role of DOCTOR WHO in the
BBC's new film for television based on the long-running and phenomenally
popular BBC Television series.

Paul McGann, 36, who will become the eigth DOCTOR WHO since the programme
first appeared on 23 November 1963, has had starring roles spanning
theatre, television and feature films. His television credits include The
Monocled Mutineer, The Hanging Gale, Nice Town, and
Drowning in the Shallow End. His film credits include Aliens III, The
Three Musketeers, Paper Mask and The Rainbow.

"Taking on such a role hasn't really sunk in yet," said Paul
McGann. "It's just beginning to dawn on me what all this means.
Sylvester McCoy is a friend so he's told me everything I need to know!
I loved DOCTOR WHO as a kid - William Hartnell used to terrify me. My
favourite villain was the Yeti, but the Daleks never did it for me - they
couldn't run upstairs," he added.

The two-hour film for television, which has entered pre-production in
Vancouver, is a major co-production between BBC Worldwide - the commercial
arm of the BBC, and Universal Television. DOCTOR WHO is produced in Canada
by Universal Productions Canada for distribution by
BBC Worldwide and MCA Television Ltd. It will be broadcast on the Fox
Network in the United States and BBC-1 in the UK, later this year.

Paul McGann added; "The film will be loyal to the spirit of past series,
but will find a fresh appeal too."

Alan Yentob, Controller BBC-1, said; "We're delighted that Paul McGann is
playing DOCTOR WHO, and particularly pleased to be working in collaboration
with Universal and Fox on such an exciting project."

Juliet Grimm, Director of Co-productions and Business Development, BBC
Worldwide Television added; "We are on-track to bring DOCTOR WHO back to
the small screen and, now with Paul McGann on board, we can move forward
with this major new co-production."

Trevor Walton, Senior VP Longform Programming for Fox said; "It's about
time that DOCTOR WHO became as famous and beloved in America as he is in
England. I am thrilled that Paul McGann has come on board. He is a truly
worthy successor."

The first DOCTOR WHO appeared in 1963 played by William Hartnell and was
followed by Patrick Troughton in 1966, Jon Pertwee in 1970, Tom
Baker in 1974, Peter Davison in 1982, Colin Baker in 1984, and, finally
Sylvester McCoy in 1987.

Further cast and production details will be issued shortly.

(See the Doctor Who Movie FAQ for more details)


Subject: Biography of Paul McGann (the new Doctor)
From: hawke@hawke.uucp.portal.com (Andrew Harris)

                         BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION FOR
                                  PAUL MCGANN
                           Date of birth (location)
                              Liverpool, England
                    Where are they now (career information)
        Paul has just recorded the part of Benedick on a new musical of
         "Much Ado", based on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing".
                      The musical is by Bernard J Taylor.

                    Paul McGann's biographical information.
       1. "Catherine The Great" (1994) (mini) .... Potemkin
       2. Three Musketeers, The (1993) .... Girard
       3. Alien 3 (1992) .... Golic
       4. Afraid of the Dark (1991) .... Tony Dalton
       5. Fraile, El (1990)
       6. Innocent Victim (1990) .... Barry
             ... aka Tree of Hands (1990)
       7. Monk, The (1990)
       8. Paper Mask (1990) .... Matthew Harris
       9. Dealers (1989) .... Daniel Pascoe
      10. Rainbow, The (1989) .... Anton Skrebensky
      11. "Monocled Mutineer, The" (1987)
      12. Empire of the Sun (1987) .... Lieutenant Price
      13. Withnail and I (1987) .... ...& I
      14. Importance of Being Earnest, The (1986) (TV) .... John Worthing
      15. John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985) (TV) .... John Lennon
      16. "Hanging Gale, The" (????)


Subject: ANGLICON 9 in Seattle, 5/3/96 - 5/5/96 (First Guest Announced!)

			      ANGLICON 9

			    May 3-5, 1996
	 Quality Inn, 17101 Pacific Hwy S, SeaTac, Washington

		This year's Guests of Honor (so far):

	"Doctor Who" companion Polly, from the Troughton years

     (additional guests will be announced as they are confirmed)

Anglicon is the Northwest's premier British (and international) media
It is a celebration of all things British, but special attention is given
to media (television, film, books, etc).  The three-day convention

	Question-and-answer sessions and autograph sessions with the guests...
	art show...art & charity auction...panel discussions...movie
	previews...two video tracks with over 90 hours of British and
	Commonwealth video...dealers' room...dance and masquerade ball...
	casino...gaming...and much more!

Membership is $40 until April 1, 1996 ($45 thereafter).  Dealer tables and
artist panels are also available.  All prices are in U.S. funds.

Anglicon is a non-profit convention with all proceeds benefitting PBS
KBTC-TV, Tacoma, WA.

Anglicon would like to thank last year's guests, Nigel Bennett and Randy
Rogel, for making Anglicon 8 a success.

For info and updates:
	Call 206-789-BRIT
	Write to Anglicon, P.O. Box 75536, Seattle, WA 98125
	E-mail to onan@eskimo.com
	Visit our Web page: http://www.eskimo.com/~rkj/anglicon.html


Subject: A chat with Stephen Fry

The following is extracted and condensed from "Britcomedy Digest", which is
a mailing for, well, you can figure it out.  I've added some explanations

From: Britcomedy Digest 


Todd Brandon Miller (aka "Melchitt") has created a Black Adder fan
club/mailing list on America Online. "We exchange sound files, banter,
discuss the show and, yes, have chats. We were fortunate enough to have
Stephen come chat with us." AOL staff has no participation nor endorsement
in this club.

For more information about the AOL Black Adder, which started only a month
ago, contact Todd at .

OnlineHost:     Stephen11 has entered the room.
GenMelchit:     Stephen! Welcome...
Stephen11:      Hello there -- thank God I made it!
GenMelchit:     Stephen, are you living in the US or just visiting?
Stephen11:      Gen: I've bought an apartment here in NYC, I'll spend some
                time here ...
Calvin1995:     Stephen11:  coming out with any new books soon?
Stephen11:      Just finished a screenplay for Paramount and now have to
                concentrate on a new nov. by Spring
Stephen11:      Cal: Hugh is gigging at the moment with Lenny Henry and
                Ade Edmondson of Young Ones ... very good band
Tintagel67:     (Stealing computer back from husband) Steph, What shows do
                you watch when you get a chance?
Stephen11:      Tint: over here, Seinfeld and Larry Sanders especially.
                Otherwise mostly movies. They don't show Vic and Bob over
                here ["Reeves and Mortimer"], or Alan Partridge whom I love
                in England.
Stephen11:      Supahz: I have a terrible confession to make: I've >never<
                actually seen Red Dwarf -- v. embarrassing since Rob and
                Doug, the authors are friends of mine. I just never managed
                to watch, not out of disapproval, but I've always been out
                whenever it's on.
Holly5120:      That's it, I'm outta here!
Stephen11:      Holly: sorry to offend you. Is Red Dwarf bitchingly good
Holly5120:      It's in-smegging-credible
Stephen11:      Holly: no >wonder< I haven't seen it. Smegging? Does that
                mean anything in circumcised-obsessed USA?
Supahz:         Steph: Didn't you know Emma Thompson at university? Any
Stephen11:      Supahz: yes, she introduced me to Hugh in fact. Stories?
                Well, there was the time she shaved her...
Supahz: Steph:  Shaved her WHAT?
Stephen11:      ... head and we were in the same seminar group on The
                Winter's Tale and took her hat off to make a point and
                caused the professor to get terribly upset. She was quite
                wacky as a girl. I henna-ed my hair at the same time --
                strange days.
Stephen11:      I was in a ... hem ... bookstore in the village the other
                day and saw a porn video called Peter's Friends, which gave
                me quite a turn ...
Supahz:         Stephen: I watched Bladder and Dr Who last night and
                dreamed of you as the Doctor.
Stephen11:      Supahz: I do apologise. Send me any laundry bills ...
Stephen11:      The apartment I've bought here was found for me by JC [John
                Cleese] who lives here too sometimes
Stephen11:      He's just made a new movie and is >very< worried about it
Supahz:         The Wanda sequel?
Stephen11:      Same cast but not a sequel exactly.
Stephen11:      Original title: Death Fish 2
Stephen11:      Now called Fierce Creatures. A lot of it takes place in and
                around a zoo. Mike Palin, Kevin Kline, J. Leigh Curtis,
                etc. Also Robert Lindsay

==> Many thanks to Todd Brandon Miller  and John Wright
 for contacting "Britcomedy Digest."

Britcomedy Digest (ISSN 1077-6680) Copyright (c) 1995, 1996 by Melinda
Casino. Reproduction for personal and non-profit use is permitted only if
this copyright notice is retained. Any other reproduction is prohibited
without permission from the Editor.


Subject: Upcoming SotRT events

Currently planned for the next Rusting Tardis video night (January 24), at
Round Table Pizza, 5111 25th Ave. NE (in Seattle):

	Goodnight Sweetheart: Series 2, episode 6

	Fist of Fun: Episode 2

	The Lenny Henry Show (with guest Robbie Coltraine)

	Downtime: A "Doctor Who" Yeti story that, although it has no Doctor,
	_does_ have the Brigadier, Sarah Jane, and Victoria, as well as
	other actors who have had "Doctor Who" roles.

Coming soon: The latest season of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie".

The next social is Tuesday January 30, at Round Table Pizza, 5111 25th Ave.
(in Seattle):

See you on Wednesday.

			"He looked down inside his mind introspectively."
				--"The Watching World", Robert Lionel

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