Tennant: 'Who' Season 3 Is Choc-Full Of Monsters
PLUS: Britney Spears appearance just a joke gone wrong
>ALAN STANLEY BLAIR
The following story contains MINOR SPOILERS for the third season of "Doctor
Press in the United Kingdom have already started up their "Doctor Who"
rumour mill as the third season launch date draws closer, running with
stories such as a cameo appearance by Britney Spears, a feature film based
on the series and the departure of David Tennant himself.
However, in an exclusive interview with his official Web site, the good
Doctor himself Tennant quashed all rumors and also gave a quick run down of
The third season of the show (referred to as a "series" in the United
Kingdom) is coming to a close with production well underway on the final
block of episodes, including the return of Capt. Jack Harkness (John
Barrowman) and the two-part finale.
"We are on the final furlong now really," Tennant said. "We're on the last
block of episodes now. We should be finished in about three weeks. We were
filming in a quarry last night which is the stereotypical 'Doctor Who'
location shoot. We haven't been in many quarries in this series though."
Tennant's mention of a quarry relates back to the original series of
"Doctor Who" where an abandoned quarry was constantly used as a backdrop
for an unknown or abandoned alien world with the same site appearing in
"Episode One ('Smith and Jones') is finished and I've seen that," he added.
"I was very pleased with it. I think everyone is quite pleased with it all.
Episode Two ('The Shakespeare Code') should be finished today, I think, so
I should get to see that soon. The filming of this series seems to have
gone a lot quicker than last year for some reason."
But just because the season has finished filming a little quicker, there is
no reason to expect a lack of creativity on the part of the monsters and
villains. According to Tennant, the season will be packed full of new and
"There's the Judoon in Episode One," he said. "They are like space
Stormtroopers with heads like rhinos. They are really impressive actually.
They have a prosthetically made mask which is controlled by animatronics
and Nick Briggs, who does the voice of the Daleks, is doing their voices
and it just sounds fantastic."
Although the Judoon have already been revealed in the "Coming Soon" teaser
that played following the Christmas episode "The Runaway Bride," (they were
the small task force smashing through a door) there are still a few secrets
still in store.
"In Episode Two there's the Carrionites and then in Episode Three there's
Cat People. They are different to the Cat Nuns that were in New Earth
though. Ardal O'Hanlon plays a Ginger Tom who has a wife."
But even with all the new monsters and threats out there, it just wouldn't
be a season of "Doctor Who" without his most fearsome nemesis, The Daleks.
"The Daleks are back! I think it's pretty widely known that they will be
back now. And they are back for the episode in New York," Tennant said.
Spoilers for the two-part adventure featuring the surviving Dalek from the
Cult of Skaro have already leaked out to the press, indicating they will be
located in 1930s New York with dastardly plans to take over the world and
restore his race's supremacy by disrupting the fabric of time.
"Then there's Mark Gatiss (playing Professor Lazarus) he starts off OK and
then becomes a monster," Tennant said. " Then there's The Family Of Blood,
oh, and Episode 10 by Stephen Moffatt has some very creepy monsters in it.
You get to know them by their legendary name I think. They are very creepy
Rumor has it that the "legendary" creatures Tennant is referring to is
actually vampires. However, given the Doctor's advanced knowledge of all
things, he will attempt to explain them, referring to the blood-suckers as
"Episode 10 is a bit like 'Love & Monsters' because we aren't in it that
much, although I think I am in it more than I was in 'Love & Monsters'
because of the way Stephen has written it. And then there's the series
finale and I'm not going to tell you what happens in that. You'll have to
wait and see."
However, the big question on everyone's lips is how will the series do with
its new leading lady Freema Agyeman at the Doctor's side. Agyeman, who had
a small appearance in "Army of Ghosts" last season as an unrelated
character, takes on the role of medical student Martha Jones and will help
the legendary Time Lord deal with the loss of his closest companion Rose
(Billie Piper) in a whole new relationship.
"It's similar because it's just the two of them traveling around together
having these amazing adventures and that one of them is a human," Tennant
said. "But Martha is different to Rose and The Doctor is in a very
different place because of what happened with Rose. There is a different
dynamic because The Doctor is not looking for a new best friend. Or at
least he thinks he isn't. And Martha's story is very different from Rose's
story. Different things will happen in Martha's story throughout the
series. It would have been boring to keep it the same and Russell is such a
During the interview, Tennant also commended his Christmas co-star
Catherine Tate, who stepped in as the companion in "The Runaway Bride."
Tate, whose trademark is the loud mouthed characters of her sketch show
"The Catherine Tate Show," was able to take on a more emotional role and
was there to kick-start the Doctor's healing process.
"She was great. She is a real talent," he said. "She is actually very quiet
and unassuming in real life, which you don't expect because of all these
wonderful characters that she creates. The more I got to know her the more
I liked her. She is really funny. She is also a wonderful actress. I'm
really looking forward to seeing her new drama ('The Bad Mother's Handbook')."
Series creator Russell T. Davies is reportedly attempting to bring a dash
of Hollywood to the series with an "announcement" that he was actively
pursuing Britney Spears for a role. According to Tennant, though, fans
shouldn't worry because that report is the result of a joke gone wrong.
"Yeah I heard about this," he said. "No, she's not doing it. I don't know
where that came from. Probably Russell making a joke!"
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