Radio Times 30-5th November 2021

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time for a change

TELEVISION’S GREAT TIME traveller returns this week with a new series of Doctor Who starting on Sunday. But for Jodie Whittaker it’s the beginning of the end. As Jodie tells us in our interview on page 8 – and on The Radio Times Podcast, episode 8 – she and show supremo Chris Chibnall only signed up for a three-series stint when they took over in 2017. How time flies. Back then it seemed like a big deal that the Doctor had regenerated into a woman. Does it matter any more? The world has moved on and fortunately for us, Jodie is still around to save it – for now at least. Her last full series will reach its climax in December, and though she returns in three one-off specials next year,…

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this week 30 october—5 november 2021

WHAT I’M WATCHING… JOANNA LUMLEY ‘I’ve been longing for Succession to come back,” says the actor and presenter. “And I’m going to try to watch Squid Game – that’s on my secret list…’ My friend Sacha, the Human Swan — page 20 MYANNA BURING ‘I watch lots of TV and I raced through My Brilliant Friend on the Now streaming service,” says the actor. “I read Elena Ferrante’s books, but I would argue that the TV adaptation has managed that rare feat of creating something that is as good, if not better, than the novel.’ ‘I am Superwoman!’ — page 38 LENNY HENRY ‘I’m still recovering from having to watch Normal People with my 93-year-old mother-in-law,” says the comedian, actor and writer. “She was with us for lockdown and she watched the entire series again, just to make…

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is there anybody there?

Do ghosts exist?” As divisive questions go, it’s up there with Brexit, and “how long do you leave the tea bag in?” Whatever you believe, we’ve reached a time of year, at Halloween, when it’s impossible to escape the ghostly. And even though putting on a mask and confronting scary things may not be that novel any more, we as a society have a renewed fascination with the supernatural. I’ve spent most of the past two years writing about ghosts. My Radio 4 podcast The Battersea Poltergeist, telling the true story of a 1950s haunting, became a global hit earlier this year and my play 2:22: a Ghost Story, starring Lily Allen, has just finished its run in London’s West End. But my work is part of a wider trend –…

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from the rt archive…

WHAT WE WATCHED London’s Leicester Square was about to play host to the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first blockbuster film based on the adventures of JK Rowling’s boy wizard. At the time, 12-year-old lead actor Daniel Radcliffe was feeling sanguine about the prospect of fame. “I’m just going to enjoy it — after all, I might do this film and then disappear, or something might go horribly wrong and I’ll never act again. Or in a couple of years, I might have changed so much that I look wrong for the part,” he said. Radcliffe did, of course, go on to shoot all of Rowling’s Potter books and will be seen next with Sandra Bullock in 2022’s The Lost City of D. WHAT YOU SAID Romantic drama…

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the clocks are ticking…

FOR DEPARTING DOCTOR Who star Jodie Whittaker, the clock is ticking. “I’m still very much the Doctor. I will be until I’m no longer on screen as the Doctor,” she says as she wraps filming on her final episode, roughly a year before viewers see her regenerate into whomever comes next. “When it’s my last day of shooting, that will certainly feel as if a huge part of my life is over. But as far as being the Doctor, I get to drag it out for as long as they put the episodes on for.” “It’s only now in the last week or so there’s been some tears shed,” adds Whittaker’s co-star Mandip Gill, who has played Yasmin “Yaz” Khan since 2018. “There is definitely something in the air now. We all…

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time of change

Following this six-part Doctor Who series Flux, Jodie Whittaker will be back for three more specials in 2022, including her regeneration in a BBC centenary special that marks the corporation’s 100th birthday. The next Doctor is expected to first appear in that episode, before Russell T Davies (left) takes over the show in 2023. Sunday 31 October—5 December 2021 Doctor Who (Flux) aka series 13 New Year’s Day 2022 The festive special The spring special Autumn 2022 BBC centenary special, and Jodie Whittaker’s swansong 2023 Doctor Who 60th anniversary special, overseen by screenwriter Russell T Davies…