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News: Updates

Doctor Who and Angel News

K-9

What's happening in the world of Cult TV…

• The BBC have confirmed that the new season of Doctor Who will see the return of robot companion K-9, played once again by John Leeson. The character will appear in Episode Three, School Reunion, alongside Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.

Who producer Phil Collinson commented on K-9’s return, noting that, "A whole generation fondly remember him as an ever-faithful companion and best friend to Tom Baker's Doctor. I hope the new generation of viewers will fall in love with him in the same way – I'm sure he's going to prove an invaluable help to the Doctor in the fight against intergalactic evil."

School Reunion, which also guest stars Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Anthony Stewart Head, sees David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor investigating sinister goings-on at a modern comprehensive school, and taking on the evil Krillitanes.

Doctor Who and Red Dwarf will be coming to an even smaller screen near you, thanks to a licensing deal between BBC Worldwide and ROK Player which is set to see a number of BBC properties released for full-length, full-screen play on mobile phones. Among the initial titles licensed as part of the deal are Doctor Who: The Five Doctors and the Red Dwarf episodes Marooned (Series Three), Quarantine (Series Five) and Cassandra (Series Eight). Other shows are set to be released in coming months; TV Zone will provide details of the upcoming titles as they become available.

• A conclusion to the cliffhanger ending of Angel’s fifth and final season may be in the offing, as news broke on the Whedonesque website that Angel writer/producer Tim Minear is set to pen a TV movie based around the popular character of Spike.

‘I had lunch with Joss [Whedon, Buffy creator] and he asked me if I wanted to write and direct some blond Vampire movie thing’, Minear noted. ‘Should I do it? (I of course said yes right off, still…) Anything under 13 hours scares me. And anything over 13 hours... um. I got nothin.’ Although the news hasn’t been officially confirmed by The WB or Whedon’s Mutant Enemy production house, it seems likely that something’s in the offing.

Spike, the peroxide Vampire played by James Marsters, first appeared on Buffy The Vampire Slayer before making the transition to Angel in Season Five. The actor is currently working on the new season of The WB’s Smallville, playing the classic Superman villain Brainiac.

Catch up on the latest news, in
TV Zone #194

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