Pop Culture Roundup Oct. 27, 2006

A Doctor Who-themed benefit concert to raise money for disadvanaged children sold out quickly, the BBC reports.

All the tickets for the star-studded concert at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff sold out within just two hours of going on sale.

The event will feature the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing selections of Murray Gold's celebrated incidental score, accompanied by a host of stunning visuals from the most recent series of Doctor Who.

The audience can also expect live appearances from some of The Doctor's greatest enemies, including the infamous Daleks and the villainous Cybermen.

David Tennant, who plays the time-travelling Doctor, has confirmed that he will be on hand to take part in a question and answer session alongside Doctor Who writer and Executive Producer, Russell T Davies and Murray Gold.

Ticketless Doctor Who fans need not miss out because the concert will be recorded by BBC Radio Wales, to be aired at a later date.


The creators of "Arrested Development" have a new comedy series in the works.

Mitchell Hurwitz and former "Arrested Development" scribe Richard Day have signed on to develop the U.S. adaptation of the British comedy "The Thick of It."

The BBC4 series centers on a put-upon member of Parliament who is continually harassed by inept bureaucrats working for the prime minister and other politicians and civil servants. Starring Chris Langham and Peter Capaldi, it took the best new comedy trophy at the British Comedy Awards.


A live DVD featuring Elvis Costello and New Orleans legend Allen Touissant will be out Nov. 21. You can pre-order it from Amazon for $13.99.

"Hot As a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" sports nearly two hours of live performances, from "The River in Reverse" tracks like the title song, "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further" and "Six-Fingered Man" to Costello solo material such as "Monkey to Man," "Tears Before Bedtime," "Watching the Detectives" and "Clubland."


Hey Bubblegumfink: check it out: It's a Rat Fink documentary. It's out Oct. 31 and is available for pre-order now for $14.99 from Amazon. And take a look at the Finkosel!


Jewish Week writes up Cary Friedman's great book "Wisdom from Batcave," reviewed here the other day.