Talks are under way to try to prevent 2entertain, the company responsible for issuing DVD's of classic Doctor Who stories, from going into administration.
The retail part of Woolworths, which owns 40% of 2entertain, is expected to be put into administration late on Wednesday evening. BBC Worldwide, which owns 60% of 2entertain is believed to be trying to purchase the Woolworths shares for £100 million to prevent the firm closing. BBC Worldwide is seeking fast-track approval from the BBC Trust to buy the business.
Another Woolworths subsidiary, Entertainment UK, which supplies books and DVDs to supermarket groups, is being put into administration. It is unsure how this will affect 2entertain as the company distributes about 35% of its DVDs and CDs to outlets such as Zavvi, Sainsbury's and Asda.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has revealed that the skull used by Tennant for the "Alas, poor Yorick," scenes in 22 performances of Hamlet at Stratford-upon-Avon had been donated to the RSC after the 1982 death of Pianist Andrew Tchaikowsky. In his will Tchaikowsly wrote that his skull "shall be offered by the institution receiving my body to the Royal Shakespeare Company for use in theatrical performance".Since then it has only been used in rehearsals because no actor felt comfortable enough using it on stage in front of an audience.In 1989 actor Mark Rylance rehearsed with it for a while, but in the end it was decided using the skull for performances would not be appropriate and the real thing was returned to the props department, where it resided in a tissue-lined box for almost 20 years.It remained there until Greg Doran, who directed Tennant in Hamlet, retrieved it for his production. "It was sort of a little shock tactic. Though, of course, to some extent that wears off and it's just André, in his box," Doran told the Daily Telegraph. He added that he did not want the story to get out before Hamlet opened. He said: "I thought it would topple the play and it would be all about David acting with a real skull."It is thought the skull will also be used when Hamlet transfers to London on 9 December.
Warwick Davis wants to be time lord
Warwick Davis has revealed that he would love nothing more than to step into the role as the next incarnation of the Doctor.
The actor said: "I want to be in Doctor Who. I would kill to replace David Tennant and become the next Time Lord."Davis, who will be known by Harry Potter fans as Professor Filius Flitwick (below), has even come up with his own regeneration storyline.
"I had a great idea," he explained at the Memorabilia Show at the NEC, Birmingham. "Doctor Who is going to change, regenerate, but something goes a bit wrong. For just a couple of episodes it would be me as the Doctor, they go in the TARDIS and inside it's not vast, it's tiny and they all bang their heads!"
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