Interview: Russell T Davies chats about adapting ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

As part of the BBC’s Shakespeare season, former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has adapted A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC One. The 90-minute TV adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play stars Maxine Peake (Silk) as Titania, Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as Bottom, John Hannah (Atlantis) as Theseus, Eleanor Matsuura (Spooks) as Hippolyta and Hiran Abeysekera (Lion In The Tent) … >

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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas countdown Day 6: ‘The End of Time’

First things first: why the heck is Martha married to Mickey? As far as swan songs go, ‘The End of Time’ certainly is one. Doctor Who bids farewell to the Tenth Doctor over two episodes that run the emotional range from zany to heartbreaking to downright ridiculous (often within the same scene), concluding with a … >

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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas countdown Day 5: ‘The Next Doctor’

Poor old Tenth Doctor does go through an awful lot of feelings: all by his lonesome after memory wiping his best pal and saying bye to his lady love as she disappears into a different universe with a dude who looks just like him. Thank goodness he makes a new friend in ‘The Next Doctor’, … >

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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas countdown Day 3: ‘The Runaway Bride’

Donna Noble at her splendid shoutiest: what more could anyone want from a Doctor Who Christmas, really? Just what we needed after a very sad Tenth Doctor burned up a sun to say bye to Rose Tyler, 2006’s ‘The Runaway Bride’ is unapologetically silly, with just enough punch of emotion. The Robot Santas from ‘The Christmas Invasion’ … >

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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas countdown Day 2: ‘The Christmas Invasion’

It was a time of uncertainty for Doctor Who: after a single successful season, Christopher Eccleston had chosen to regenerate, and for the second time in 2005, viewers watched with a mix of curiosity and trepidation as a new Doctor found himself. A whole new generation of viewers were being introduced to that heady mix … >

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Cast announced for Russell T Davies’ adaptation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

BBC One has announced a stellar cast for Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies’ upcoming A Midsummer Night’s Dream film. The 90-minute TV adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play will star Maxine Peake (Silk) as Titania, Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as Bottom, John Hannah (Atlantis) as Theseus, Eleanor Matsuura (Spooks) as Hippolyta and Hiran Abeysekera … >

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‘Doctor Who’ team adapting ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for BBC One

BBC One has commissioned a new one-off adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies. The 90-minute film is described as “bold and accessible” with “attitude and invention”, and will be a “truthful version of the play”, using the original words. The commission was announced by Charlotte Moore, … >

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What are David Tennant and Russell T Davies doing in Cardiff?

Doctor Who actor David Tennant and former showrunner Russell T Davies have been spotted in Cardiff this week. Davies’ final work on the show was 2010’s ‘The End of Time: Part 2’, featuring the Tenth Doctor’s regeneration into Matt Smith, while Tennant was last seen in 2013’s ‘The Day of the Doctor’. The pair were … >

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