The Beauty and… Jo Grant. And 11. And RTD.

20th April 2010 • Blog Post by Jonathan Capps •

I’m willing to put my neck on the line say this is definitely the weirdest New Who news you’re likely to hear this year.  Just let that sink in for moment (unless, you know, you’ve read this days ago – we’re nothing if not devastatingly current.)

For a start, I still find it slightly strange that SJA even exists.  I mean, in telly terms it’s very successful and acclaimed and all that but it still feels weird having this RTD spin-off still hanging around.  Does Moffat have any creative control or is it entirely out of his hands?  Are they going to make any effort at all to co-ordinate with one another?  Of course, a lot of that is answered with this news, but it still feels a little off.However, given that SJA is establishing itself as the show where old characters can easily return (aside from the title character, we’ve had K9, Raxacoricofallapatorians, Judoon, Sontarans and The Brig) another old companion being brought back doesn’t seem all that surprising, but Jo Grant?  Really?  I’d sooner have Jamie.  Or, if Ben Paddon’s schedule allows, Turlough. Maybe I’m being unfair to old Jo but she’s never struck me as someone people are crying out to be brought back, especially since Sarah Jane made her character looks positively antique by the time she came along.

Anyway, on top of all that, we’ve got the Eleventh Doctor making an appearance (!) and the whole shebang is going to be written by LA’s Russell T Davies (!!!)  So, that’s RTD, not six months after he left Doctor Who writing for his successors Doctor for an episode of a spin-off that he still owns, all the while trying to get a US version fo Torchwood off the groun and, if rumours are true, a Doctor Who movie.  It’s… just… weird, and I’m not sure I like it at all.

Jonathan Capps‘ name translates in the old Draconian tongue as “The Oncoming Storm”. Curiously enough, when spelled out backwards, it translates in Kaled as “Gobby Northerner Who Likes Sandwiches”.


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