Bookmark and Share Jane Asher Cast In SJA

7/31/2007 03:02:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 31, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Jane Asher will be a guest star in The Sarah Jane Adventures, according toThe Sun today.

It is not Asher's first involvement with the world of Doctor Who, as she portrayed the Doctor's granddaughter in the BBC Radio 4 play Whatever Happened To . . . Susan Foreman? in 1994.

The Sarah Jane Adventures will be part of the CBBC autumn season.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - 35

7/31/2007 03:02:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Scarecrows are waiting for you in the latest edition of Doctor Who Adventures with a fact file about the Family of Blood. You can find out about the Family's fate and everything you need to know about the fearsome four.

Also in this issue, a fact file about the Sun-Possessed, a Dalek or two, and news of the returning friendly foes, the Ood.

There is also a look back at the best scenes of the last series, from severely scary to just plain brilliant and the Comic strip, part two of The Last Soldier.

With a Scary mask you can become a Weeping Angel and dare your friends to blink! And there are four exclusive posters of the Master, a Pig Slave, Captain Jack clinging to the TARDIS and Yana and Chantho from Utopia.

This issue comes with a set of four bouncy balls and holographic stickers.

Doctor Who Adventures issue 35, is out across the UK, on Thursday 2 August.

Bookmark and Share Helen McDonald Appeal Update

7/31/2007 03:01:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 31, 2007 • Posted By Brigadier Bill
More than 6,000 pounds has been collected by fans as part of an appeal in memory of David Tennant's mother Helen McDonald who died recently.

BBC News reports that members of the fan site have so far have donated more than 4,000 pounds to the collection, which is in aid of theACCORD Hospice.

They also plan an auction to help raise more money for cancer research. Items up for auction include rare artwork and a 2 foot tall ceramic Dalek.

Tennant told the website, "At this difficult time, I can't tell you what it means that you are doing this."

He added: "Thanks to everyone who has been able to make a donation. I promise you, your money will be well spent."

The idea for the collection was first proposed by a group of Outpost Gallifrey Forum members. They have so far raised nearly 2,000 pounds.

Donations can still be made at People who donate are asked not to mention David Tennant in the comments section, in order to protect his privacy

Bookmark and Share Minogue Mistake By OAP

7/31/2007 03:01:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 31, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
A pensioner thought Kylie Minogue was a real-life waitress during filming for the Doctor Who Christmas special, reportsBBC News today.

Minogue plays the role of Titanic waitress Astrid in Voyage of the Damned, and while filming was taking place outside Morgan's hotel in Swansea an elderly customer confused the singer for a member of staff.

An eyewitness said: "It was absolutely comical. Kylie is an international star but obviously this old dear didn't know who she was.

"She said to Kylie: 'Excuse me, love, is it too late for a cup of tea?'

"Kylie saw the funny side and just laughed."

FOOTNOTE: The Sun reported today that Minogue had been comforting David Tennant over the death of his mother from cancer.

Bookmark and Share John Normington

7/30/2007 03:03:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

According to a report at, the actor John Normingtonhas died at the age of 70.

Normington was best known to Doctor Who fans for his highly-acclaimed role as the villain Trau Morgus in Peter Davison's final story as the Fifth Doctor, The Caves of Androzani, in 1984.

He later appeared again in the series in the Sylvester McCoy serial The Happiness Patrol in 1987, and finally guested in 2006's Ghost Machine, an episode of the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood.

Normington was a busy working actor right up until this year, appearing at the Old Vic opposite Robert Lindsay in The Entertainer. A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he also appeared in television series such as Coronation StreetYes, Prime Minister and Casualty.

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey, the artistic director of the Old Vic, said in tribute: "We were honoured to have enjoyed John's company for as long as we had him. His spirit and influence remained throughout and now that same spirit joins the other great actors who have played the Old Vic stage, where he will always be remembered with admiration and affection.

"They don't make them like him any more. We send our love and condolences to John's partner, family and friends."

Bookmark and Share Gardner Rules Hopper Out

7/30/2007 03:03:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 30, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
iF Magazine has an interview with BBC head of drama commissioning Julie Gardner in which she talks about a range of subjects concerning Doctor Who,Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, all of which she also co-executive produces.

In the interview, she quashes speculation that Dennis Hopper will be appearing on Doctor Who. "That's an unfounded rumor I'm afraid. He's not going to be on the show. It was all over the place, but he's not coming," she says.

However, Gardner gives a strong indication that the Master will be returning.

"It would be rude not to, and he’s a great character. John Simm is amazing and I would go to work every day with him. His scenes were so much fun to do," she says.

Bookmark and Share K9 Series Funding

7/27/2007 03:09:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 27, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Australia's Film Finance Corporation has approved funding for the spin-off series featuring K9.

news release says financial backing was agreed at the organisation's July board meeting, although the exact amount of money involved is unknown.

It says: "When we meet him in the new 26-part Australian kids' show K9, this highly intelligent creature is guarding an abandoned prison transportation craft."

The series, previously understood to have been called K9 Adventures and K9 - The Series, has been created and is being written by Doctor Who classic era writerBob Baker, says the FFC.

TV distribution agent Park Entertainment says the half-hour episodes, to be made by Jetix Europe, will be live action and CGI.

The FFC is the Australian government's main agency for funding film and TV production in Australia.

UPDATE: C21 is reporting that Australia's Network Ten has also "come on board" the series.

The TV company will be paying a certain percentage of the production budget in return for rights to air the programme once it is made.

The show was understood to be already in pre-production but C21 quotes Park Entertainment chief executive Jim Howell as saying it was hoped the show would be in pre-production by October.

(Thanks to Adam and Ed Waller.)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Comic

7/27/2007 03:08:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

July 27, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper has announced that IDW will begin publishing a new title based on the tenth Doctor, with stories written by TV show script editor Gary Russell and art by Nick Roche.

IDW chief Chris Ryall told Newsarama that in addition to the new Tenth Doctor comic book, IDW would be reprinting classic Doctor Who comics drawn by Dave Gibbons, with all-new coloring.

Gary Russell told Newsarama's interviewer:
"Can't get enough Martha. As for Tennant, 'cos he's the current one, simple as that. It's about putting characters from one medium into a totally different, and utilizing the strengths (and weaknesses) the new medium has to offer. So I gain from a bigger budget, more extras and louder bangs, yet the storytelling has to be as concise, clever and charming as the TV show is, but in a wholly different way. I have now just scared myself beyond belief..."

" Old monsters are all very well, but using the big guns like Daleks, Cybermen, the Master - it's a bit gauche. If you're going to use recognizable elements from the show - and I think you should where the story allows it - [it should be] a story that enables you to go "oooh I could put MONSTER X in here, that'd be cool" over to "oooh I need to write a story about MONSTER X" now and again, because people like to spot elements they're familiar with, then they need to be fun. Our first issue does feature something from the current show, and a later issue or two features something from waaaaay back in the series history, but these things should be done sparingly or it's no longer an event, it's the norm. And normal is dull."

Bookmark and Share Agyeman On BBC Persian

7/27/2007 03:07:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 27, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The BBC Persian website has posted an interview with Freema Agyeman.

She begins and ends by speaking in Farsi, but for the rest of the eight-minute-plus piece she speaks in English that is dubbed into Farsi.

Agyeman's mother is Iranian and the actress revealed during her interview onFriday Night With Jonathan Ross in May that the tattoo on her right arm includes the word "free" in Farsi in recognition of her heritage.

The interview is currently near the bottom left-hand side of the page.

(Thanks to David C MacKenzie.)

UPDATE - JULY 30: The interview has now gone from the page but if you click on its replacement towards the bottom left-hand side you get the Agyeman interview as an option on the RealPlayer pop-up.

Bookmark and Share Scarifyers on BBC7

7/27/2007 03:07:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

July 27, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Cosmic Hobo Productions has announced that the first adventure of The Scarifyers will be broadcast on BBC 7 in August.

The Nazad Conspiracy stars classic Doctor Who actors Nicholas Courtney andTerry Molloy in a tale of supernatural adventure set in 1930s London. The first episode will be broadcast 1800-1830 on Saturday 25th August in BBC 7's 7th Dimension sci-fi slot.
Christmas 1936. Ghost story writer Professor Dunning (Terry Molloy) doesn't believe in the supernatural. So he's more than surprised when an invisible winged demon appears in his drawing room.

The Metropolitan Police's longest-serving officer, Inspector Lionheart (Nicholas Courtney), doesn't believe in the supernatural either, wings or no wings. So he's less than impressed when Russian emigres begin dying impossible deaths all over London.

Together, Lionheart and Dunning must face quarrelsome Generals, sinister clowns and Russian demons as they unravel THE NAZAD CONSPIRACY.

Bookmark and Share More on Who Comic

7/27/2007 03:06:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

July 27, 2007 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
Comic Book Resources News has a story about the newly announced Doctor Who comic book from IDW, along with some sample art from artist Nick Roche. Roche, who has previously drawn IDW's Transformers comic, told CBR News that as a teenager he watched repeats of Jon Pertwee stories, but considers the new series his favorite version of Doctor Who. He also talks about the challenges of drawing David Tennant.

The comic book will star the Tenth Doctor and Martha. The CBR story has more background from Roche and series writerGary Russell. To see Roche's sample art, click on the thumbnails below; please note that the sketches may not be representative of storylines in the comic.

Bookmark and Share DVD Release Information

7/27/2007 03:06:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

July 27, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper has announced some dates on the upcoming DVD releases in North America.

November 6th sees a trio of releases in North America. Arc of Infinity and Time-Flight are the classic series releases, with The Complete Series Three of the new series rounding out the day.

Series Three is currently slated for release in the UK on November 27th, although the BBC Shop is listing a November 5th release date.

January 8th will see the DVD release of Torchwood: Series One in North America.

Bookmark and Share Video Game Coming

7/27/2007 03:05:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

July 27, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
As reported on David-Tennant.comTop Trumps have revealed their plans for a Doctor Who video game to be released in time for Christmas 2007. An advert for the game appears in the new Doctor Who Top Trumps card pack. No definite information is available at this time regarding which gaming platforms will be required. We will report more details as we receive them.

Bookmark and Share WETA Collectibles Information

7/27/2007 03:05:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

July 27, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
This week at the San Diego Comic Convention, Weta Collectibles revealed the prototypes of the initial two pieces that will start their Doctor Who statue range.

The first piece, titled 'Dalek', is from the Doctor Who episode of the same name, featured in the new series in 2005. The second piece, titled 'Cybercontroller', is from the Age of Steel episode from the second series in 2006.

Two more statues are forthcoming, but have not yet been revealed. For more information and images of the Dalek and Cybercontroller statues, see Weta's website.

Bookmark and Share DW Goes Online in Canada

7/26/2007 03:10:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Viewers in Canada can currently watch episodes of series three online via theCBC website.

The content is region protected and only accessible in Canada.

Bookmark and Share Helen McDonald appeal

7/26/2007 03:09:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

A group of forum members have have launched a fundraising appeal in memory of David Tennant's mother, Helen McDonald, who died recently.

The appeal is in aid of the ACCORD Hospice, based in Paisley, in Scotland. Mrs McDonald was a voluntary worker at the hospice for many years and it was where she was cared for in her final days.

Fans who donate are asked not to mention David in the comments section, in order to protect his privacy at a difficult time for him and his family.

Donations can be made at

The fan website has launched a similar appeal.

Bookmark and Share Return of the Ood

7/25/2007 03:10:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

July 25, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
One of the New Series' most popular monsters, the Ood, are scheduled to reappear in the Fourth Series, according to the Times Online and confirmed on the Official Site.

The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna (Catherine Tate) will encounter the fearsome aliens in an episode called "Planet of the Ood".

Show runner Russell T. Davies commented: "We're delighted the Ood are making a welcome return to Doctor Who. They were last seen falling into a black hole back in series two and we think it's only fair for the viewers to find out what the Ood have to say for themselves. Donna is certainly in for a shock."

According to the article, the episode will delve into the Oods' origins. No word yet on when in the series this episode occurs.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 385

7/23/2007 03:13:00 pm - Reported by Unknown

July 23, 2007 • Posted By Kenny Davidson
In the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Freema Agyeman gives the inside scoop on how Martha will have changed when she next meets up with the Doctor in Series Four... "She'll actually be in a relationship by that point, so that part of her soul is fulfilled," Freema hints, "so I think she'll look at her relationship with the Doctor with fresh eyes - older and much, much wiser. The last time they will have seen one another is after she's just saved the world, so she went out on a high. And then they meet up again so I imagine that they'll be sizing each other up a bit!"

Also this issue, the mag goes behind the scenes on the Master's death scenes - and travels back to his very first appearance with a Fact of Fiction article on 1971'sTerror of the Autons. Plus, take a trip to the year 100 Trillion with Blue Peter winner John Bell, and the Doctor Who design team reveals the special effects secrets behind the Master trilogy - with exclusive artwork, design drawings and photographs.

Meanwhile, the Doctor finds himself caught in traffic in DWM's new comic strip adventure, Bus Stop, and the Time Team witness the Resurrection of the Daleks.

Plus there's some exclusive news on Donna's return to the TARDIS; the latest on this year's Christmas Special, Voyage of the Damned, starring Kylie Minogue; and your chance to vote for your Series Three favourites in the DWM Season Survey.

The new issue is sale from Thursday 26 July. Click on the thumbnail below to see the cover.

Bookmark and Share Time Warrior DVD Update

7/23/2007 03:12:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 23, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The Restoration Team updated its website today with details about the release ofThe Time Warrior on DVD in the UK.

The four-part story from December 1973 to January 1974, which started the final season of Jon Pertwee as the Doctor and introduced not only Elisabeth Sladenas companion Sarah Jane Smith but also the Sontaran race, will be out on September 3.

It will be the first time it has been available unedited.

Bookmark and Share Key To Time DVD Extras

7/23/2007 03:12:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 23, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The official programme website has released details of the extensive extras on the forthcoming seven-disc Key To Time DVD box set release in the UK.

The six stories that comprised the 16th season, which aired in the UK between September 1978 and February 1979 and starred Tom Baker as the Doctor andMary Tamm as Romana, will be released on September 24.

The extras will include a documentary looking at the tenure of producer Graham Williams, deleted scenes and outtakes, excerpts from Blue PeterNationwideand Pebble Mill At One, location visits, Tom Baker reading five stories from the 1978 series Late Night Story, and the festive sketch recorded on the set of season finale The Armageddon Factor for the 1978 BBC Christmas Tape.

The Restoration Team website was updated today with full details as to the work done on the stories plus more about the extras.

Bookmark and Share Australian media coverage

7/23/2007 03:11:00 pm - Reported by Adam Kirk

July 23, 2007 • Posted By Adam Kirk
Australian media coverage of Doctor Who and Torchwood continues. Kelsey Munro of the Sydney Morning Herald previews 'Daleks in Manhattan', which Ian Cuthbertson of the Weekend Australian describes as 'finely made, with the production values of a feature film and starring those seemingly eternal 'Doctor Who' villains in top form.' Meanwhile Robin Oliver, also of the Sydney Morning Herald, writes that 'Evolution of the Daleks', 'features the most spectacular Dalek action in Doctor Who's history' and that 'writer Helen Raynor provides unusually strong dialogue, which David Tennant employs with great effect.' Fergus Shiel also notes Tennant's amusing appearance onParkinson on the same Saturday night (28 July, ABC, 10.15pm) where he is introduced as 'Doctor Wow!'.

The Melbourne Age's AnnMaree Bellman in previewing Countrycide says 'it's Famous Five Go Camping meets The Blair Witch Chainsaw Massacre'. Ian Cuthbertson also notes that this episode has 'a terrifically creepy beginning to an equally creepy episode . . . Lonely crofters cottages will never look innocent again.'Naoko Mori has also started appearing in Channel Ten 'I believe . . . seriously' promotional trailers, in addition to the similar Ten trailers featuringJohn Barrowman and Eve Myles.

Meanwhile in the Aussie ratings, 'Daleks in Manhattan' scored 839,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals, coming second to the Dame Edna Treatment on Channel Nine. Meanwhile, Torchwood's 'Countrycide' scored 673,000 viewers, these ratings probably affected by a twenty minute delay in its start due to an overlong episode of the local version of Big Brother. For more ratings details see the Sydney Morning Herald's Tribal Mind.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Magazine

7/22/2007 03:14:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

July 22, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Titan Magazines has announced that they will begin publishing Torchwood Magazinebeginning in 2008. This monthly release will include interviews, behind the scenes reports and original fiction. This new magazine is currently slated to coincide with the airing of series two.

Bookmark and Share New Torchwood Audio

7/22/2007 03:13:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

July 22, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The John Jarrold Literary Agency has announced that Steven Saville, editor of the recent Short Trips Anthology Destination Prague, has been signed on to write a newTorchwood audio. The title will be Hidden, and the story will be delivered in August, for an autumn recording by BBC audiobooks.

John Jarrold said: "The storyline is under wraps, however, I've read the synopsis, and it's terrific! As one of those who remembers watching the first episode of Doctor Who in November 1963 and still watches both the original and Torchwood, I can't wait to hear it!"

Bookmark and Share Tony Blair Wanted for Episode Cameo

7/21/2007 03:14:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 21, 2007 • Posted By Michael Regina
ANI is reporting that Doctor Who producers are keen to get former British PM Tony Blair in for a cameo on Series Four of Doctor Who.

"Everyone knows Blair did The Simpsons and has appeared with Catherine Tate who is the new companion for the Doctor. So we're sure he'd be more than open to the offer of a cameo on the show," a BBC insider said.

Bookmark and Share Voyage of the Damned Filming Delayed

7/20/2007 03:15:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 20, 2007 • Posted By Michael Regina, citing the Paisley Daily Express, reports that filming of"Voyage of the Damned" will be delayed this weekend so David Tennant can attend his mother's funeral.

Tennant's mother, Helen McDonald, died on Sunday, July 15th after a long battle with cancer. She was 67, and was a founding member of Paisley's ACCORD Hospice, where she spent her final days. The funeral will take place at Renfrew North with the Very Rev. James Simpson -- a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II -- officiating.

Filming is expected to resume next week for the Christmas special which will premiere on Dec. 25 on BBC One. The fourth season of "Doctor Who" will air in early 2008, with the third season currently airing Friday nights in the United States on SciFi Channel.

Bookmark and Share John Barrowman To Host New TV Game Show

7/20/2007 03:15:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

July 20, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
According to the Sun, Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowmanhas been tipped to host a new Saturday night show for the BBC. The Kids Are Alright is a primetime show in which adults battle super-smart kids.

The new show will see a team of seven brainy kids battling against four adults in a series of challenges. For every event the adults win, they pocket thousands. The kids can also get top prizes.

The show is being made as a pilot but will become a series if it goes well. No word yet on air date and time.

John Barrowman will also be guest host on the Friday Night Project on Friday 27th July, on Channel 4. In previous series, David Tennant and Billie Piper have appeared as guest hosts, alongside regular presenters Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins.

Bookmark and Share Weta Collectibles

7/19/2007 03:17:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The New Zealand based firm Weta have announced the release of a series ofDoctor Who Collectibles as part of their Weta Collectibles series.

The line will incorporate key moments Doctor Who. The initial series will consist of four pieces, all of which capture a nostalgic scene from the series. Each piece will be made at 6th scale, be free standing, and made out of high quality polystone.

Weta Limited Manager Jamie Wilson said "Doctor Who is such an iconic series, with a huge following all over the world. We have chosen memorable moments from the series that capture the power, emotion and transformed them into dynamic collectible pieces. "

Selected pieces will be on display at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con from 25 - 29 July. The official images of the pieces will be revealed the following day, on 26 July.

Bookmark and Share New monster revealed

7/19/2007 03:16:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 19, 2007 • Posted By Anna Roberts
The SunThe Mirror and The Western Mail have published pictures today that were taken during location filming for Voyage of the Damned.

They feature an alien played by Jimmy Vee, who has previously appeared in The End of the World and Aliens of London as the Moxx of Balhoon and the space pig respectively. A few additional details can be found below.
The newspapers report that the alien is "nicknamed" Porg and infiltrates the Titanic's launch party in 1912.

Bookmark and Share Final Ratings

7/19/2007 03:16:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Final data now available for Doctor Who Confidential gives the programme an average rating of 0.70 millionviewers. The average share was 4%.

Totally Doctor Who got an average rating of 0.75 million viewers which was a8% share of the audience. The highest rated show was programme 10, with 0.92 million.

Full ratings data for Season Three, including audience breakdown and Appreciation figures, is now available in theForum.

Bookmark and Share Rare Pictures Surface

7/18/2007 03:18:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 18, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The Science and Society Picture Library has added to its site what are believed to be never-before-seen photographs of Jon PertweeKaty ManningNicholas Courtney and John Levene.

The set of seven pictures shows them at the opening of the BBC Visual Effects exhibition at the Science Museum in London in 1972.

Last month, the library made available for sale a print of the picture formed by joining together the two collectors' edition covers of Radio Times featuring the Doctor and the Master.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 34

7/18/2007 03:18:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 18, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures is published on Thursday, July 19 with the second part of its 2007 guide to Doctor Who.

Also in the magazine:

* Monsters - Shocks from the last series

* Find out if there are aliens in your family with a special chart

* Part one of a new comic-strip adventure called The Last Soldier

* Doctor Who questions answered

* The Macra get snappy in Tales from the Tardis

* Exclusive posters of Daleks in the sewers, the Doctor and the Master, and the Carrionites

* Win goodies

* Puzzles

Issue 34 comes with a set of two spinners, and there are two sets to collect. Choose from a Cyberman and Ood set or a Dalek and Slitheen one. Click on the thumbnail below for a larger image of the cover.

Bookmark and Share Marsters Knocked on Torchwood's Door

7/18/2007 03:17:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 18, 2007 • Posted By Brigadier Bill
In a brief interview with BBC NewsJames Marsters talks about his appearance in series two ofTorchwood.

"I am a huge fan of Doctor Who and Torchwood so it was me who knocked on their door," Marsters says.

He refuses to say too much about the part but calls his character "naughty and a bit of a psychopath".

Also interviewed is Alan Dale, who has recently appeared in the US in Lost, The O.C., Ugly Betty and The West Wing.

Dale admits to being a huge fan of British drama and says he is thrilled to be in Torchwood.

Bookmark and Share Series Three Vol 4 Cover

7/17/2007 03:19:00 pm - Reported by Unknown

July 17, 2007 • Posted By Kenny Davidson
Outpost Gallifrey has received the cover illustration for the forthcoming UK release ofSeries 3 Volume 4 on DVD. Due for release in the UK on August 20th 2007, the disc will feature the final episodes from the past season, including Utopia,The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the cover.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane Will Air In Autumn

7/17/2007 03:19:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 17, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The BBC has confirmed that spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures will be broadcast this autumn.

press office story about the rebranding of CBBC says that the show will be part of the autumn season.

A precise date for when The Sarah Jane Adventures will start is yet to be given. The series will comprise five two-part stories.

The new look for CBBC, designed to attract a wider audience of children aged six to 12, will be unveiled at the end of the summer.

Bookmark and Share Barrowman on Torchwood S2

7/17/2007 03:19:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 17, 2007 • Posted By Brigadier Bill
SCI FI WIRE reports on an interview with John Barrowman at the Television Critics Association press tour in California. Barrowman informed the press that the second season of Torchwood would delve more in to Captain Jack's complicated back story.

"You don't know the exact date when Jack returned yet," Barrowman said. "We do know he was left on Satellite Five [at the end of season one of Doctor Who]. He was brought back to life. He then came back to Earth and arrived back in another time and had to live through it to get to the point where the Doctor came back. In [season] two of Torchwood, there's some of that revealed."

Barrowman also briefly discusses the way other characters will change and guest appearances in the series.

Torchwood's first season will begin airing on BBC America on Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Interviews, Casting

7/16/2007 08:20:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

July 16, 2007 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
John Barrowman recently spoke to American television journalists at a BBC America panel promoting Torchwood; in conjunction, the BBC Press Office has released a press release about developments for the second series, which is reproduced below.

Details of the panel, and concurrent interviews with Barrowman, can be found on blogs affiliated with the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Multichannel News. In the Chicago Tribune interview, Barrowman describes a scene between Captain Jack and the character played by James Marsters as "so hot, so horny, so violent..." and concludes with a phrase the Tribune's reporter couldn't get past her editor. SCI FI WIRE has more details about Marsters' appearance. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's television reporter also mentions Barrowman in her blog, but focuses on his Milwaukee-based sister Carole Barrowman, who is helping her brother write his autobiography.

In other Torchwood news, the Sun has reported that New Zealand-born actor Alan Dale will be appearing as a "baddie" in Torchwood's second series. Dale is known for his roles in the Australian soap opera Neighbours and several US television series including The O.C.Lost and, most recently, comedy series Ugly Betty.

The first series of Torchwood will air on BBC America beginning September 8; the second series debuts on BBC Two early in 2008. The press release is below (click on the spoiler tag; there are very mild spoilers including a couple of minor story points.
Torchwood, the smash-hit thriller drama created by Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies, is currently filming for a new series which will be shown on BBC Two early next year.

Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Gwen (Eve Myles), Owen (Burn Gorman), Tosh (Naoko Mori) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) return as the close-knit team of investigators solving alien and human crimes as they delve into the underworld of modern day Cardiff.

The high-octane storylines, filmed in and around Cardiff, include Torchwood's encounter with a rogue Time Agent; a tragic time-slip from World War One; and a memory-thief who uncovers long-forgotten secrets among the entire team.

Making a special guest appearance in the first episode is James Marsters who starred as Spike, the punk-goth vampire, in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Commenting on his role in Torchwood, James says: "I am a huge fan of Doctor Who and Torchwood so it was me who knocked on their door.

"I am really excited about the character I am playing. I can't say too much about him, except he is naughty and a bit of a psychopath."

Later on in the run Alan Dale makes a star appearance. Alan is currently appearing in Ugly Betty as Bradford Meade and he is well known for his roles in The O.C., Lost, The West Wing and as Jim Robinson in the Australian hit soap Neighbours.

He said: "I am thrilled to be working on Torchwood and delighted to be in England again. I am a huge fan of British television drama."

Another familiar face among the surprise guest stars is Doctor Who's gorgeous companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) who brings her time-travelling expertise and medical skills to the team halfway through the series.

She says: "I'm really looking forward to working with the Torchwood team and can't wait to start filming.

"It's a huge new challenge and a wonderful opportunity to develop and expand the character of Martha Jones."

Russell T Davies said: "Filming is well underway in Cardiff, and we're aiming to make the show bigger and bolder than ever, as we move to our new home on BBC Two.

"It's too early to start giving things away, but we've got some amazing guest stars, fearsome new aliens, and compelling new storylines that will push the Torchwood team further than ever before."

The 13-part series is written by Chris Chibnall, Catherine Tregenna, Helen Raynor, James Moran, Joseph Lidster, Peter J Hammond, JC Wilsher and Matt Jones.

Created by Davies, with Chris Chibnall as co-producer and lead writer, the first series, which aired on BBC Three last year, achieved the channel's highest ever ratings – with an audience of 2.5 million for the first episode.

Torchwood is executive produced by Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, Head of Drama in BBC Wales. The producer is Richard Stokes.

Bookmark and Share Moffat Talks about the Future

7/16/2007 08:19:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 16, 2007 • Posted By Brigadier Bill
SCI FI WIRE reports on a panel with Steven Moffat at the Television Critics Association press tour in California. Despite being there to promote his own series Jekyll there were questions concerning the future of Doctor Who. He particularly addressed rumors that the possible departure of Russell T. Davies at the end of series four would also be an end to the series. "Here's an answer that people should listen to. No broadcaster lets go of a show like Doctor Who. They'd have to be out of their f---ing minds."

Moffat goes on to mention the popularity of the series and Outpost Gallifrey but neither confirms nor denies rumors he would replace Davies.

Bookmark and Share Australian media coverage

7/16/2007 03:20:00 pm - Reported by Adam Kirk

July 16, 2007 • Posted By Adam Kirk
The Australian media continues its coverage of Doctor Who and TorchwoodTim Hunter of the Melbourne Ageinterviews Freema Agyeman and Fergus Shiel in previewing Gridlock says 'David Tennant's second series as the Time Lord is shaping up as one of the best.'

Meanwhile Adam Richard, writes in the Age's Green Guide, that Torchwood is 'a bit of spooky sexy sci-fi fun. Like all British drama, it still has a bit of tongue lodged in its cheek, so it's not as overwrought as 'Supernatural' or 'Lost'. Plus it features scads of girl-on-girl action for the boys, boy-on-boy action for the girls and boy-on-girl-on-purple-smoke-creature action for the exhaust fans that might be watching.'

The Sydney Morning Herald's Keith Austin also writes of Torchwood's 'Small Worlds' that it has 'a wonderful but doomed love story, terrific titles, good use of music and the CGI for the scary fairies is marvellous. Nice to see, too, that they didn't shy away from a difficult ending.'

Meanwhile in the Aussie ratings, 'The Shakespeare Code' scored 806,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals while 'Gridlock' rated 792,000 viewers. Both episodes were up against very popular repeats of Harry Potter movies. Meanwhile, Torchwood's 'Cyberwoman' scored 756,000 viewers and 'Small Worlds', up against the season final of 'Brothers and Sisters' on a rival network, scored 768,000 viewers. For more details see the Sydney Morning Herald's Tribal Mind.

Bookmark and Share How Barrowman Gave Tegan a Home

7/16/2007 03:20:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 16, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
John Barrowman was a guest star today on the new series Animal Rescue Live.

While on the BBC1 show, he talked about his dogs Lewis and Tiger - the latter of whom was a Dogs Trust rescue animal originally called Tegan.

He told interviewer Selina Scott that he and partner Scott Gill decided to give a pet a home rather than swap rings for their civil partnership so went to the Dogs Trust - where a dog called Tegan had just been taken.

Telling the co-host of the Doctor Who connection, he said: "So I figured it's fate and it had to be."

Barrowman is a celebrity patron for Dogs Trust.

View his appearance here.

(Thanks to Dan.)

Bookmark and Share Peter Tuddenham

7/12/2007 08:21:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

July 12, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Actor and voice artiste Peter Tuddenham has died at the age of 88 after a short illness.

His vocal talents were used in Doctor Who for The Ark in SpaceThe Masque of Mandragora and Time and the Rani, but he will also be well-known to cult TV fans for providing the voices of Zen, Orac and Slave in Blake's 7, which was created by Terry Nation.

In addition, Tuddenham was in the Kaldor City audio spin-offs Occam's Razor and Death's Head, which were Doctor Who/Blake's 7 crossovers produced by Magic Bullet.

(Thanks to David and Lesley McIntee.)

Bookmark and Share Last of the Time Lords - Final Ratings

7/11/2007 08:25:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Official figures released by BARB show that the final episode of Season Three, Last of the Time Lords was watched by 8.61 million viewers, making it the 7th most watched programme on British television for the week.

The programme got higher ratings than three editions of EastEnders, one edition of Coronation Street and all editions of Emmerdale.

The Sunday repeat was the 3rd most watched programme on multi channel Television with 0.87 million viewers.

It was beaten by the Saturday edition of Doctor Who Confidential, which topped the multi channel charts with 1.02 million viewers, the highest rating the programme has ever achieved on this channel, narrowly beating the rating for last years season climax which had 1.01 million.

The Friday repeat of Episode Twelve, The Sound of Drums was 17th in the list with 0.62 million watching.

Final figures are much more accurate than the initial overnights and include those who recorded the programme and watch it within 7 days.

Top Twenty Programmes (we 1st July 2007)

1 CONCERT FOR DIANA (SUN 2010) - 12.22 - BBC1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 9.97 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 9.91 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 9.35 - ITV1
5 EASTENDERS (MON 1959) - 9.31 - BBC1
6 BBC NEWS (SUN 2230) - 9.24 - BBC1
7 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1905) - 8.61 - BBC1
8 EASTENDERS (TUE 1929) - 8.21 - BBC1
9 EASTENDERS (THU 1931) - 8.08 - BBC1
10 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 7.97 - BBC1
11 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 7.82 - ITV1
12 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 7.53 - ITV1
13 CONCERT FOR DIANA (SUN 1530) - 7.39 - BBC1
14 EMMERDALE (TUE 1902) - 7.12 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (THU 1903) - 7.05 - ITV1
16 CASUALTY (SAT 2013) - 6.98 - BBC1
17 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1928) - 6.92 - ITV1
18 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 6.67 - ITV1
19 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 6.33 - ITV1
20 THE BILL (WED 1959) - 6.30 - ITV1

Top Twenty Multi Channel

1 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1957) 1,017,000 - BBC3
2 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (2007) (Fri 2125) 977,000 - ITV2
3 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 1902) 807,000 - BBC3
4 FILM: LETHAL WEAPON 3 (Thu 2105) 777,000 - ITV2
5 FILM: LETHAL WEAPON 3 (Thu 2157) 752,000 - ITV2
6 EASTENDERS (Thu 2159) 714,000 - BBC3
7 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 695,000 - Five Life
8 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 680,000 - E4 In
9 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 670,000 - Five Life
10 ENTERTAINMENT NEWS UPDATE (Thu 2156) 667,000 - ITV2
11 HOLLYOAKS (Mon 1859) 648,000 - E4 In
12 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 645,000 - Five Life
13 EASTENDERS (Tue 2159) 644,000 - BBC3
14 LAST MAN STANDING (Tue 2101) 643,000 - BBC3
15 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 642,000 - E4 In
16 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1828) 633,000 - Five Life
17 DOCTOR WHO (Fri 2101) 618,000 - BBC3
18 HOLLYOAKS (Tue 1859) 617,000 - E4 In
19 EASTENDERS (Mon 2200) 585,000 - BBC3
20 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (2007) (Sat 1833) 567,000 ITV2

Source: BARB

Bookmark and Share First Glimpse at Voyage of the Damned

7/11/2007 08:23:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

The BBC has today released the first official publicity photograph from the forthcoming 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, production of which began in Cardiff earlier this week. The image, seen at right, shows David Tennant as the Doctor along with the episode's main guest star Kylie Minogue, who according to a report on the official BBC Doctor Who website will be playing a character named Astrid, a waitress on board the Titanic. A larger version of the publicity picture can be found on the same page.

The BBC report also confirms casting details for the special, including two names reported earlier by Outpost Gallifrey, classic series veterans Geoffrey Palmer (who plays the Titanic's Captain) andClive Swift. Additional actors in the episode are Gray O'Brien,Debbie ChazenClive RoweRussell ToveyGeorge Costiganand Jimmy Vee, previously seen in the programme as the Moxx of Balhoon in series one.

Reports on the publicity picture can also be found at BBC News OnlineThe SunThe Times, the Daily Mail and This is London.

The MediaGuardian's report on the image runs in their Media Monkey diary column (requires free registration to view), which also quotes BBC One controller Peter Fincham on the subject of Doctor Who from today's press launch for his channel's forthcoming autumn season line-up. "Today at the BBC1 autumn launch the channel's Cyber controller Peter Fincham dodged a question about the casting of Catherine Tate, depriving viewers of Martha Jones, one of the few black role models on television. 'They want to top each previous series with the new one,' Fincham told hacks. 'I wouldn't put pressure on Russell in any way to do anything,' Fincham said. We kind of guessed that from the overblown season finale this year, Pete."