Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane Ratings and AI

10/31/2007 09:13:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Overnight ratings for week six of The Sarah Jane Adventures show that the second part of Warriors of Kudlak, was watched by 1.2 millionviewers, an 9.6% share of the total TV audience. This is an increase over last weeks figures and is an incredibly good audience for Children's BBC.

The programme achived an Appreciation Index of 85. Once again this puts the programme in the excellent category and makes it one of the most appreciated programmes on British television. The Appreciation Index, or AI, is a measure of how much the audience liked the programme. It is a score out of 100, based on responses from a carefully selected panel. The average score for drama on BBC1 and ITV1 is 77. A score in excess of 85 is regarded as excellent while a score below 60 is poor.

On the digital channel CBBC, the first part of Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? had 0.23 million viewers, a11.7% share of all children watching.

Bookmark and Share The Time Meddler DVD

10/31/2007 09:12:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The British Board of Film Classification has today passed The Silurians for DVD release.

Among the extras listed is a "coming soon" trailer for the forthcoming release of the 1965William Hartnell story The Time Meddler.

Along with the first Doctor, the story features companions Maureen O'Brien as Vicki and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves as Steven.

The story also stars former Carry On regular Peter Butterworth in the title role of the Meddling monk.

Other extras for the Silurians story include the documentaries "What Lies Beneath" and "Going Underground" and a Now and Then feature on the locations used in the Silurians.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who wins two NTAs

10/31/2007 09:11:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

Doctor Who has won two of the categories in which it was nominated at the 2007 National Television Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London this evening.

The awards, screened live on ITV1, are voted on by the public. The series took the Most Popular Drama category, while David Tennant won the Most Popular Actor accolade. Freema Agyeman, nominated as Most Popular Actress, did not win her category, which went to EastEnders star Lacey Turner.

In addition, new companion Catherine Tate's sketch show won the Most Popular Comedy category.

BBC News Online has a report.

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special Song Preview

10/29/2007 09:18:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

October 29, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Silva Screen Records has put the full track of The Stowaway, to be featured in the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special Voyage of the Damned, on itsMySpace page.

The song is performed by Yamit Mamo and will be included on the Series Three soundtrack CD, to be released on November 5.

WARNING: May - or may not - contain spoilers!

(Thanks to Patrick Wigfull.)

Bookmark and Share McGann Season Two Details

10/27/2007 09:19:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 27, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish has released full details on the forthcoming second season of audios featuring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, with Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller. The series will be released monthly beginning in January.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 41

10/27/2007 12:44:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

October 27, 2007 • Posted By Anna Roberts
The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures, out from the 25th October, features background on the Doctor and Donna's latest foe, the Sontarans.


Fact file - read about the Family of Blood's sinister straw army - the Scarecrows.
Tales from the TARDIS - it looks like curtains for Sally Sparrow as the Weeping Angels attack in Blink.
Comic strip - part two of Cold War. Will the Doctor be able to stop mad Mallingane's plan to melt the ice world of Isqar before Martha drowns?
Doctor’s Data - lots of scary facts on motorway monsters - the Macra. Snap!
Adventure guide / Doctor Who Confidential extra - the Doctor discovers the terrifying truth behind the Face of Boe’s prophesy in Utopia.
Posters - three exclusive posters of Luke, Clyde and a slimy Slitheen, the Cult of Skaro with their Pig Slaves, and Professor Yana and the Doctor.

The issue comes with a free gift of a scarecrow mask and talons.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane Ratings Update

10/24/2007 12:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Overnight ratings for week five of The Sarah Jane Adventures the episode Warriors of Kudlak , show that the episode was watched by1.0 million viewers, an 8.4% share of the total TV audience. The sample was too low to produce an AI figure, although this is normal for this timeslot.

Over on CBBC, the second part of Warriors of Kudlak had 0.234 millionviewers, a 13.6% share of all children watching.

Bookmark and Share Barrowman On Children In Need

10/24/2007 12:46:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

October 24, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
John Barrowman will be appearing on the BBC's Children In Needtelethon next month.

The BBC Press Office lists him among the highlights, and although his exact contribution is not specified, the inference is that it will be musical.

Also singing on the BBC One fund-raiser, on Friday, November 16, will beKylie Minogue, who plays Astrid in the forthcoming Christmas specialVoyage of the Damned, plus McFly, who had a cameo in The Sound of Drums.

In addition, and as previously reported on Outpost Gallifrey, the telethon will have a special scene featuring Fifth DoctorPeter Davison and Tenth Doctor David Tennant.

Bookmark and Share DW Sound Editor Wins Award

10/24/2007 12:46:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

October 24, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Sound editor Kelly-Marie Angell has won an award for her work onDoctor Who.

The 22-year-old was named Most Promising Newcomer at The Conch 2007- the UK Screen Association's film, commercial and TV sound awards ceremony.

Angell, who works for Bang Post Production, joined the series while on a gap year from a music and sound technology course at the University of Portsmouth.

She said in a report on BBC News: "We use all sorts of things. Celery is used for broken bones, melons for blood and guts, and hair gel for slime.

"My favourite scene was episode six of the last Doctor Who series where we had the Lazarus monster - it was a huge challenge.

"For that one, we used hair gel and lots of broken glass."

Angell also works on spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Bookmark and Share Mad Norwegian Update

10/23/2007 12:48:00 pm - Reported by Jeremy Bement

October 23, 2007 • Posted By Jeremy Bement
Mad Norwegian Press has released an update to their schedule. Says publisher Lars Pearson...
Mad Norwegian Press has announced that its two newest offerings --- "About Time 6" by Tat Wood and the "AHistory" Second Edition by Lance Parkin --- are running ahead of schedule and should be available at Chicago TARDIS convention over Thanksgiving weekend.

Subscribers who wish to pick copies up at the show are encouraged to e-mail Mad Norwegian and collect them from MNP Publisher Lars Pearson. Otherwise, copies will be dispatched in the mail as usual.

In addition, the Second Edition of "AHistory" has more content than was previously reported (nearly half again as much material as the prior version) and now incorporates nearly 800 "Doctor Who" stories. The Second Edition also features a new cover.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 389

10/22/2007 12:49:00 pm - Reported by Unknown

October 22, 2007 • Posted By Kenny Davidson

The cover for the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine has been unveiled - click on the thumbnail below to see a larger version.

As the cover suggests, the issue will preview the forthcoming Children in Need special featuring Doctors Five and Ten, as well as revealing the results of the magazine's recent season survey. Issue 389 goes on sale on 15th November.

Bookmark and Share RTD's Next Project for the BBC

10/22/2007 12:48:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

October 22, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
The Media Guardian reports that Doctor Who show-runner Russell T. Davies is currently developing a new project for BBC, which will occupy the executive producer's time during Doctor Who's 2009 break.

"It's going to be about fortysomething gay men and how jealous they are of gay teenagers," Davies said in an interview with the Guardian on Saturday. "I've been longing to write something for adults."

In the interview, Davies said that the inspiration for the new drama is a friend, a former Mr Gay UK, who split up from his boyfriend.

"He asked me: 'Why are so many gay men so glad we split up?' That remark's stayed with me for six years. I think there's a self-punishing streak in that gladness and I want to explore it."

An unnamed BBC spokeswoman said that it was "too early" to say which channel might show the drama or whether it will be produced in-house or by an independent production company.

Bookmark and Share Davison Doctor to Return

10/21/2007 12:52:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 21, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The BBC has confirmed that Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, who played the part in the classic series from 1981 until 1984, will reprise his role alongside current DoctorDavid Tennant in the forthcoming Children in Need telethon.

The mini episode, entitled Time Crash, was written by award-winning Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat and will be transmitted as part of the Children in Need fundraising evening on Friday 16 November 2007.

"It is an honour for me to be able to make the connection between the Fifth Doctor and the Tenth Doctor," noted Peter Davison. "However, now is not the time for sound-bites. I can feel the hand of history on my shoulder, even if I can't do the buttons up!"

This story has also been picked up by The Sun, with another photo of the duo.

Bookmark and Share Cummins' Work To Go On Display

10/21/2007 12:52:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

October 21, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Drawings by Target Books cover artist Jeff Cummins will be among items on display at Hertford Museum from next month.

An exhibition entitled Devoted To Doctor Who will highlight local residents' passion for the series, and will include work by Cummins, who lives in Ware, a locally-made Tardis, a K9, a Dalek, and a Doctor Who-inspired wallpaper collage by artist Kimberley Bevan.

The display runs from November 28 to April 12. Entrance is free. The museum, in Bull Plain, is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. It will be closed between December 23 and 26.

Bookmark and Share Westmaas says goodbye

10/21/2007 12:51:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 21, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Conrad Westmaas, Eighth Doctor companion C'rizz, has issued aGoodbye Statement in the Big Finish Forum at This statement follows the release of his final audio for Big Finish,Absolution. Click on the Spoiler Box below to read the statement. It does not include actual spoilers, it is just to conserve space on the news page.

Dear All,

Well, my work here is done.

Five-ish years as a Who companion are up and before Lizard Boy is consigned to his odd little place in the Hall of Obscurity, I just wanted to say some thank-yous to a few fabulous people. (I would have prepared a Sarah-Jane or Tegan-style tear-jerker, but I haven't got a pot plant and it never "stopped being fun", so I've opted for the tried & tested 'thank-you-&-gush' format instead) Here goes:

DWM: First of all, HUGE thanks to the Talented Mr Clayton Hickman for keeping the flag flying in the wilderness years and beyond and for getting me involved in the crazy, mixed-up world of Who in the first place, to my then colleagues Scott Gray, Paul Burley, Peri Godbold, Benjamin Cook & Andrew Pixley - and to the new team Tom Spilsbury, Peter Ware & Stuart Manning. Big thanks to Martin Geraghty whose artwork has given me a great souvenir of my time in the TARDIS. And speaking of dreams coming true..

Big Finish: It's no secret that's it's been a bumpy ride at times but only when Pixley's Official History of Who is written will Big Finish's role in steering the show safely back to our screens get the credit it deserves. So another HUGE thanks to the wonderful Gary Russell and Jason 'Huge-Salary' for letting me guest in 'Omega' and then inviting me back on board proper to join the Eighth Doctor crew and making Daleks, Victorian freakshows and lethal ice-cream vans all part of a day's work! Thanks also to dear Nick Briggs and Barnaby Edwards for honouring what Gary started and giving me a great send off, to lovely Nigel Fairs, Ian Farrington, John Ainsworth & Ed Salt, and to BF's fine stable of writers including Joe Lidster, Lloyd Rose, Gary Hopkins, Julian Shortman, Alan Barnes, Trevor Baxendale, Nev Fountain, Simon Guerrier, Steve Lyons, Jim Mortimore, Will Schindler, Eddie Robson, Philip Martin & Graham Duff - and to the talents of the unsung post-production heroes, Steve Johnson and the CD cover artists - much appreciated. Thanks to my Who-gurus Davy Darlington & Robert Dick and of course to BF Doctors Peter, Colin, Sylvester & Paul and all the TV & audio companions & villains I've worked with, too numerous to mention, who've made the job such a joy. Oh, and just to put 3 quick myths to bed: a) No, Nick Briggs isn't systematically 'firing'/exterminating/deleting all the BF companions (hang on, what's that knock at the door? Aaargh!) b) Yes, Mr McGann recorded every single story with us in the studio and c) Yes, we really are all as buff as we look in the DWM 'Coming Soon..' comic strips.

Thanks to Derek & all at Tenth Planet for numerous signings & conventions, Cary & co at Regenerations, Ben & all at The Oncoming Storm, Shaun Lyon & the mods & bods of Outpost Gallifrey, James Goss & all at, Barnaby et al at The Offstage Theatre Co, lovely Charlie Ross, the fabulous naughty folk of KiNda and to Ed Thomas & Liz Griffiths at BBC Wales for a set visit I'll never forget.

And to every Who fan who's taken the trouble to write, email, draw a picture, buy a drink, make me laugh or just come up to say hi - you know who you are - thanks for making my day. (And to the less-than-kind corners of fandom - thanks for the tough exoskeleton.) Whatever you think of my contribution to BF, I hope you've enjoyed the work of some of the acting chums I've put their way like Daniel Barzotti, Liz Crowther, Lizzie Hopley, Eve Polycarpou and Zehra Naqvui.

Special mention must go to Edwardian adventuress and all-round best mate India Fisher. I suspect that (sooner rather than later..) Charley Pollard will be listed up there along with Sarah-Jane and Rose Tyler as one of the finest companions in any medium, just see if I'm wrong.

I'm bound to have missed a load of people out, so thanks to everyone who's made the last five years such a wild, weird & wonderful experience - aside from making all my fanboy dreams come true (Travelling in the TARDIS! Fighting Daleks! And getting paid!!!) it's been an invaluable source of fun, support and an incredible learning experience which has opened up some interesting new avenues of work. Speaking of which, if I can end on few of blatant plugs:

'Absolution' is available from Big Finish
Check out the trailer for my new film 'The Visitor'
& I'm currently appearing in 'Othello' at the Salisbury Playhouse.

To everyone listed above and to anyone I've missed - love always and thank you for giving me the trip of a lifetime.

Conrad xxx

Bookmark and Share Destiny cover released

10/19/2007 12:55:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

October 19, 2007 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
The BBC and 2|entertain have released the cover for the upcoming DVD release of the 1979 Tom Baker adventureDestiny of the Daleks. The DVD will be released in the UK on November 26, both individually and as part of the Davros box set. The cover is by Lee Binding

Bookmark and Share More Torchwood Books Announced

10/19/2007 12:54:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 19, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
BBC Books has released details on the second trio of Torchwoodbooks. The Twilight Streets by Gary Russell, Something in the Water by Trevor Baxendale, and an as yet untitled novel by David Llewellyn are currently due for release on March 6th, 2008.
by Trevor Baxendale
Dr Bob Strong’s GP surgery has been treating a lot of coughs and colds recently, far more than is normal for the time of year. Bob thinks there’s something up but he can’t think what. He seems to have caught it himself, whatever it is – he’s starting to cough badly and there are flecks of blood in his hanky.
Saskia Harden has been found on a number of occasions submerged in ponds or canals but alive and seemingly none the worse for wear. Saskia is not on any files, except in the medical records at Dr Strong’s GP practice.
But Torchwood’s priorities lie elsewhere: investigating ghostly apparitions in South Wales, they have found a dead body. It’s old and in an advanced state of decay. And it is still able to talk.
And what it is saying is ‘Water hag’…

by David Llewellyn
Tiger Bay, Cardiff, 1950. A mysterious crate is brought into the docks on a Scandinavian cargo ship. Its destination: the Torchwood Institute. As the crate is offloaded by a group of local dockers, it explodes, killing all but one of them, a young Butetown lad called Michael Bellini.
Fifty-eight years later, a radioactive source somewhere inside the Hub leads Torchwood to discover the same Michael Bellini, still young and dressed in his 1950s clothes, cowering in the vaults. They soon realise that each has encountered Michael before – as a child in Osaka, as a junior doctor, as a young police constable, as a new recruit to Torchwood One. But it’s Jack who remembers him best of all.
Michael’s involuntary time-travelling has something to do with a radiation-charged relic held inside the crate. And the Men in Bowler Hats are coming to get it back.

by Gary Russell
There’s a part of the city that no one much goes to, a collection of rundown old houses and gloomy streets. No one stays there long, and no one can explain why – something’s not quite right there.
Now the Council is renovating the district, and a new company is overseeing the work. There will be street parties and events to show off the newly gentrified neighbourhood: clowns and face-painters for the kids, magicians for the adults – the street entertainers of Cardiff, out in force.
None of this is Torchwood’s problem. Until Toshiko recognises the sponsor of the street parties: Bilis Manger.
Now there is something for Torchwood to investigate. But Captain Jack Harkness has never been able to get into the area; it makes him physically ill to go near it. Without Jack’s help, Torchwood must face the darker side of urban Cardiff alone…

Bookmark and Share Children in Need special

10/19/2007 12:54:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

October 19, 2007 • Posted By Paul Hayes
The BBC Press Office has confirmed the long-standing rumours that this year's annual televised Children in Needfundraising night on BBC One will contain what is described as "a very special episode of Doctor Who".

No further details have yet been released. This year's telethon is on the evening of Friday 16th November, live on BBC One from 7pm.

Bookmark and Share Barrowman's Game Show Role Confirmed

10/19/2007 12:53:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

October 19, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The BBC today confirmed that John Barrowman will host new TV entertainment show The Kids Are All Right.

According to the BBC Press Office, the primetime BBC One programme will see adults competing for cash prizes in a battle of wits, with seven children aged from nine to 15 determined to stop them.

Co-executive producer Andy Rowe said: "We are thrilled to have John Barrowman as our host: he's charismatic, commanding and very funny and gives the show that big event feel."

The show has been commissioned from Endemol company Initial. A pilot edition was taped on July 22, according to Barrowman's official site.

There was no indication as to when production would begin or when the series would start.

Outpost Gallifrey reported on July 20 media speculation that Barrowman had been tipped for the job.

UPDATE (21 OCT): Barrowman's official site is now reporting that the series will comprise eight editions, and will be recorded during the daytime at the BBC's Glasgow studios from November 26 to 30.

To apply for tickets to attend the recordings, follow this link.

Bookmark and Share BBC to sell TV Centre; Doctor Who safe

10/18/2007 12:56:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Mark Thompson, the director general of the BBC, has announced plans for major cuts at the BBC, including the sale of Television Centre by the end of the 2012-2013 financial year. The complex was one of the world's first purpose-built TV studios and the home of Doctor Who production from 1966-89. The sale of the property is planned as part of a series of cuts proposed to fund digital switch-over in the UK. In a speech to BBC staff today, Thompson declined to discuss how his proposals, which also include a 10% reduction of new programme commissions and a predicted rise in repeats, will affect the BBC's commercial wing, BBC Worldwide.

However, the BBC has confirmed that one of its priorities after the cuts will be television drama, and specifically mentioned Doctor Who as an example of the programmes on which the BBC will focus:
Television drama: prioritising high-impact, distinctive drama series of wide appeal and range, from classic drama such as this autumn's new five-part drama serial Cranford starring Judi Dench to modern drama that captures the imagination of audiences, such as Life On Mars, Doctor Who and Spooks.

A BBC press release about the planned changes can be found here; BBC News covers the story (including BBC staff reactions) here and here.

Bookmark and Share Sladen to sign SJA audios

10/18/2007 12:55:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

October 18, 2007 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
As previously reported on this page, on Saturday, October 27Elisabeth Sladen will be signing the new Sarah Jane Adventuresaudiobooks at Borders on Oxford Street in London. The two audiobooks,The Glittering Storm by Stephen Cole and The Thirteenth Stone byJustin Richards, will be available at the event a week before they become available for general purchase in stores and via digital download (on November 5). Sladen will be signing copies of the audiobooks from 2 to 4 pm at Borders, 203-207 Oxford Street, London W1.

Thumbnail images of the audiobooks' covers can be seen below.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane Ratings

10/17/2007 12:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Ratings for The Sarah Jane Adventures continue to hold up, with unofficial overnight figures showing that episode four was watched by1.0 million viewers, a 9.2% share of the total TV audience. The AI figure for this episode was 85, the highest so far for the series and putting the programme in the excellent category.

Over on CBBC, episode five was up on last week's figures, with 0.289 million viewers, a 3.7% share of all children watching.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane Adventures Series Two?

10/17/2007 12:57:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

October 17, 2007 • Posted By Chuck Foster
In an interview with Elisabeth Sladen conducted by LastBroadcastthis week, she was asked on whether a second series of Sarah Jane Adventures will appear.

The article also mentions an up-and-coming signing event with the actress for the release of the original audio adventures The Glittering Storm andThe Thirteenth Stone, which will take place at the Oxford Street Borders bookstore on Saturday 27th October (2-4pm).

(thanks to Andy Keast-Marriott)
Is there going to be a second series of The Sarah Jane adventures?
I know that they're writing it and planning it, yes, but as always with these things they've not had the green light yet, but it all looks very hopeful I think. They seem pleased with how it's done, it's such a clever format.

Bookmark and Share Sun gives "Voyage" details?

10/16/2007 12:58:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

October 16, 2007 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
The Sun has reported alleged details from the upcoming Christmas Special "Voyage of the Damned", starring David Tennant andKylie Minogue.

In the past, the Sun has reported some accurate plot details about Doctor Who scripts (such as a 2005 report that the Daleks and Cybermen would face off, as they did in the episode "Doomsday") and has also printed some stories which proved to be false (such as a 2006 report that Zoe Lucker would be playing the Rani).

Time will tell which category today's story falls in; just in case it's correct this time round, the details of this story are in the spoiler box below.
The Sun reports that Minogue's character, named Astrid Peth, will share a kiss with the Doctor, and that at the end of the special the character "spins off into space in a strange 'half-form' of herself." The article also states:
  • The episode is set on board the Titanic, "which has become a spaceship run by arch-baddie Max Capricorn."
  • Astrid and the Doctor team up to save the earth from Max's scheme.
  • "Astrid tells the Doctor: 'You need someone to look after you -- can I come with you?' He agrees."
  • "The special ends with a stunning scene in which the Titanic falls from the sky and looks like crashing on Buckingham Palace."

Bookmark and Share National TV Award nominees announced

10/15/2007 01:02:00 pm - Reported by Unknown

October 15, 2007 • Posted By Kenny Davidson
Doctor Who has once again been shortlisted for the three main awards in the UK's National Television Awards, those being Most Popular Actor (David Tennant), Most Popular Actress (Freema Agyeman) and Most Popular Drama (Doctor Who).

In the past two years, Doctor Who has gone on to win those three awards, recipients including Christopher Eccleston, Tennant and Billie Piper. Voting is now open online at

Bookmark and Share Further Update on Torchwood Region 1 DVD Box Set

10/15/2007 01:01:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

October 15, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
BBCAmerica is now taking fan votes to pick the cover for theTorchwood Region 1 DVD Box Set of Season One. The channel has issued the following statement:
On January 22, 2008, BBC Video unleashes Torchwood: The Complete First Season starring John Barrowman (Doctor Who) as Captain Jack Harkness. The biggest hit and highest rated drama in BBC AMERICA's history, this action-packed, adrenalin-fuelled new sci-fi series, from Russell T Davies (writer of Doctor Who, Queer as Folk), follows the adventures of a team of investigators who use alien technology to solve crime.

And the fans have spoken - 1.6 million people alone watched the first episode. Now the fans can be a part of the show and get creatively involved with the DVD release by voting for their favorite cover artwork.

From October 15 through October 26, fans can go to a specialvoting page on and vote for their favorite cover. When the voting closes, the artwork that receives the most votes will be used for this highly-anticipated 7-disc box set, which contains over 6 hours of bonus features. In addition, 20 voters will be chosen at random to receive a copy of the DVD once available at retail.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane down under

10/15/2007 12:59:00 pm - Reported by Adam Kirk

October 15, 2007 • Posted By Adam Kirk
The Sydney Sun-Herald reports that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation will screen The Sarah Jane Adventures sometime next year. The ABC, which also broadcasts Doctor Who, is yet to confirm that it will be screening the spinoff programme.

Bookmark and Share The Doctor needs a tailor?

10/15/2007 12:59:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 15, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
The Sun is reporting that Fifth Doctor Peter Davison recently experienced a wardrobe issue while returning to the role of the Doctor for the upcoming Children In Need special. The Sun quotes an insider as saying "Peter's not exactly a fatty, but he's filled out a bit after 20 years." The article goes on to report that the costume worn by Sylvester McCoy fit.

It is to be made clear that the BBC have not confirmed ANY of the information currently circulating about the Children in Need special, including the involvement of Davison. Doctor Who Magazinehas reported that if there is any truth to the rumor, they will have full coverage. The Sun reports that the special will air on November 19th.

Bookmark and Share Eccleston on life after Doctor Who

10/13/2007 01:03:00 pm - Reported by Unknown

October 13, 2007 • Posted By Kenny Davidson
In an interview with the Daily Record, Christopher Eccleston has spoken briefly of his time on Doctor Who.
He said: "99 percent of the dramas I've made have been for adults, and this was a real opportunity to try something new. I've had experience of making drama for children with Doctor Who. I think it's important if we can provide complexity and grey areas rather than just a funfair ride. That's what appeals to me.

"I think a younger audience is much more exacting than adults actually... they're much fiercer in their attachment once they've taken you to your heart, but they have better detectors than us."

Christopher brought Doctor Who back to the BBC and to millions of fans old and new who were gutted when he quit after one series.

While Scot David Tennant has become an even bigger Doctor there have always been questions about why Christopher took on the role just to quit so quickly.

All he will say is that he "was very proud to play the Doctor."

Bookmark and Share Spring Books Update

10/13/2007 01:02:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 13, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
BBC Books has released full details on the Spring Trio of novels featuring the Doctor and Martha. All three books are currently slated for an April 14th release.
Martha in the Mirror by Justin Richards

Castle Extremis – whoever holds it can control the provinces either side that have been at war for centuries. Now the castle is about to play host to the signing of a peace treaty. But as the Doctor and Martha find out, not everyone wants the war to end.

Who is the strange little girl who haunts the castle? What is the secret of the book the Doctor finds, its pages made from thin, brittle glass? Who is the hooded figure that watches from the shadows? And what is the secret of the legendary Mortal Mirror?

The Doctor and Martha don’t have long to find the answers – an army is on the march, and the castle will soon be under siege once more…

Snowglobe 7 by Mike Tucker

Earth, 2099. Global warming is devastating the climate. The polar ice caps are melting.

In a desperate attempt at preservation the Governments of the world have removed vast sections of the Arctic and Antarctic and set them inside huge domes across the world. The Doctor and Martha arrive in Snowglobe 7 in the Middle East, hoping for peace and relaxation. But they soon discover that it’s not only ice and snow that has been preserved beneath the Dome.

While Martha struggles to help with an infection sweeping through the holidaymakers the Doctor discovers an alien threat that has lain hidden since the last ice age. A threat that is starting to thaw.

The Many Hands by Dale Smith

Edinburgh, 1759.

The Nor' Loch is being filled in. If you ask the soldiers there, they'll tell you it's a stinking cesspool that the city can do without. But that doesn't explain why the workers won't go near the place without an armed guard.

That doesn't explain why they whisper stories about the loch giving up its dead, about the minister who walked into his church twelve years after he died…

It doesn’t explain why, as they work, they whisper about a man called the Doctor. And about the many hands of Alexander Monro.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane Ratings Update

10/10/2007 01:05:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Overnight figures show that Episode Three of The Sarah Jane Adventures was watched by 1.1 million viewers, a 10.1% shareof the total TV audience. The AI figure for this episode was 83, the highest so far for the series and the highest rating on BBC1 for the day.

On CBBC, Episode Four had 0.236 million viewers, a 3% share.

Figures released by BARB show that the debut of Episode Two on the digital channel CBBC, got a final rating of 0.446 million viewers. It was not only the highest rated programme on CBBC for the week, but the highest rated programme on all the Children's channels.

Bookmark and Share Update on Torchwood Season One DVD Region 1 Release

10/10/2007 01:04:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

October 10, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
According to the TV Shows on DVD website, it was announced today by the BBC and Warner that the Season One (as it is labeled for its US and Canadian release) DVD Box set ofTorchwood will be released on Tuesday, January 22nd, rather than January 8th as originally reported.

In additional news, it is also reported that fans of the show will be able to choose the cover art for the boxset. The studio will soon launch an online poll that will allow fans to vote for their favourite cover art for the set.

More details forthcoming. Below is the product description for the boxset.
The highly anticipated spin-off from the new Doctor Who, Torchwood: The Complete First Season blazes its way to DVD. Separate from the government, outside the police, beyond the United Nations, Torchwood sets its own rules. Led by the enigmatic, ever watchful Captain Jack Harkness, the Torchwood team delves into the unknown and fights the impossible. Everyone who works for Torchwood is young. Some say that's because it's a new science. Others say it's because they die young.

Bookmark and Share Season Four Casting News

10/10/2007 01:04:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

October 10, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
Sarah Lancashire will feature in the first episode of Doctor Who Series Four alongside David Tennant and new companion Catherine Tate.

The ex-Coronation Street actress will play Miss Foster, described as an "enigmatic and powerful businesswoman".

She told the Press Association: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be in Doctor Who. It's a brilliant episode and I'm looking forward to taking the Time Lord on."

Bookmark and Share End of Season Four showdown

10/08/2007 01:06:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

October 8, 2007 • Posted By Chuck Foster
Today's Daily Star reports on a major end-of-season showdown for the Doctor and companions versus an old adversary. The story ties together several other rumours that have been circulating in recent weeks over who/what may be appearing in the 2008 series, but there is no official announcement for the Star's speculation.
DOCTOR Who bosses are set to call back FOUR of the Time Lord’s favourite assistants – including Billie Piper – for a sensational showdown. The old cast members will be reunited to help the Doc fight evil Dalek creator Davros in an explosive finale to the next series.

Leading the way in the line-up will be Billie (Piper) as Rose Tyler along with the rest of the Tyler family; they will hook up with the Tardis traveller’s latest assistants Martha Jones and Donna Noble. Also on hand to help out the Doc will be his old companion Sarah Jane Smith as well as Torchwood boss Captain Jack Harkness. Even the Time Lord’s dog K-9 will make an appearance.

The TV source said: "This is the daddy of all shows. The writer Russell T Davies really wants to pull out all the stops for the finale next year."

Bookmark and Share Tennant In Extras Trailer

10/07/2007 01:06:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

October 7, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
David Tennant is among the many stars in the Extras Christmas special trailer that has been released.

The 80-minute final offering of the comedy series by Ricky Gervais andStephen Merchant, for which Tennant has been signed up, will be shown in the UK by the BBC.

A number of sites are hosting the item, including Digital Spy. Scroll about halfway down the story for the feature. Blink, though, and you may miss both of Tennant's non-speaking appearances in the trailer!

NB: The 2' 26" item contains adult language and references.

UPDATE (10 OCT): The item is now at the bottom of the first page of the site. It will, presumably, soon be shunted on to the next page and continue down as other stories are added at the top.

Bookmark and Share Third Dimension

10/06/2007 01:07:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 6, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Telos Publishing has released the cover to the deluxe release of Third Dimension: the Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who 2007 byStephen James Walker. The hardback should be available along with the paperback edition, currently expected in November.

'The book has been, as usual, complex to prepare,' said Telos' David J Howe. 'As well as the text, which Stephen James Walker has painstakingly prepared, we have an 8 page colour photographic section as well. Therefore the availability date has slipped slightly from October to November. We're confident that the title will be as warmly welcomed as the first two books looking at the new series of Doctor Who.'

Third Dimension is a comprehensive episode guide to Series Three of the new Doctor Who, following the ongoing adventures of the Doctor.

The full build-up and background are revealed, from the aftermath of Series Two and the departure of Rose Tyler right up to date, detailing all the major news stories, press releases, casting announcements and critical response.

The spotlight is then turned on each of the 13 episodes in turn, plus the Christmas special 'The Runaway Bride', with in-depth coverage, including all the facts and figures, behind-the-scenes details, press and fan reaction and detailed and insightful analysis.

Bookmark and Share Nesbitt denies casting rumors

10/06/2007 01:07:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 6, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
In a recent interview with The Belfast TelegraphJames Nesbittdenied rumors that he was next in line to play the Doctor. Nesbitt admitted to hearing the rumors but stated that "there is no truth in it at all".

"David (Tennant) and Chris (Eccleston) were so good I don't think I could follow them. I think I would be found out!" he joked.

When asked if he would consider the role if approached, he said: "I think not."

Bookmark and Share Tennant's 1988 Dream Job

10/05/2007 01:08:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

October 5, 2007 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
David Tennant has said on numerous occasions that playing the Doctor is his dream job. Well, an enterprising individual known asderooftrouser on LiveJournal hasdiscovered proof that Tennant held that opinion as long ago as 1988. Click here to see an excerpt from a 1988 edition of "The Grammarian", a publication of Tennant's alma mater, Paisley Grammar School. Drooftrouser has a transcript of the articlehere, and a photocopy of the original article here. The article refers to Tennant as David MacDonald, his birth name; he adopted Tennant as a stage name because there was another David MacDonald in Actors' Equity.

In the article, Tennant says that he has two screen idols: John Cleese andDerek Jacobi. (Cleese made a cameo appearance in the 1979 Doctor Who story City of Death, and Jacobi appeared opposite Tennant as the mysterious Professor Yana in the episode Utopia earlier this year.)

The "Grammarian" article says: "There is however one particular role which David would love to play – Dr. WHO. The reason? 'I have a fettish [sic] about men dressed in plastic suits !!!!' " It concludes: "Who knows, maybe one day David will be as famous as Peter Howitt (Joey, from "BREAD") who was also a pupil at Paisley Grammar School."

Peter who?

(Thanks to The Researcher on the Doctor Who Forum at Outpost Gallifrey.)

Bookmark and Share Illusion On-Demand

10/04/2007 01:09:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 4, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
A new Video On Demand Channel dedicated to science fiction and fantasy,Illusion On-Demand, has launched in North America. Currently available in twenty states and is free to all digital subscribers. Illusion has announced that the Classic Doctor Who series is slated to be on the channel starting in January 2008. November sees the updated release ofThe Quatermass Experiment starring Mark Gatiss and David Tennant.

Bookmark and Share Movie Rumors Continue

10/04/2007 01:08:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

October 4, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Rumors are circulating through the media of a forthcoming Doctor Who movie. Billie Piper, rumored to be set to return as Rose for series four, is now being cited as starring alongside current Doctor David Tennant in the film. "It's all been hushed up ... but yes, it's definitely happening," a source reportedly told the Daily Star. "David and Billie were a superb combination on the small screen, so it seems only right that they appear in the film."

These reports are coming out following a statement made by BBC Head of FictionJane Tranter,who recently told Media Guardian that she is keeping the possibility of a Doctor Who film open. Tranter is quoted as saying, "I would not rule out a film version of Doctor Who, no." There has been no announcements regarding the return of Piper or a forthcoming film released by the BBC.

Bookmark and Share Tranter on Who film and future

10/03/2007 01:10:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

October 3, 2007 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
Media Guardian reports that Jane Tranter, BBC Head of Fiction, is keeping the possibility of a Doctor Who film open. Tranter is quoted as saying, "I would not rule out a film version of Doctor Who, no." The article also discusses the future of the television series for the next several years, as previously revealed; however, Tranter suggests that David Tennantmay remain in the role for Series Five in 2010.
Ms Tranter also hinted that actor David Tennant, who plays the current Doctor, was likely to return to the role for a fifth series, even though he has agreed to play Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company next year.

His decision means that the fifth series will not be shown until 2010, two years after the fourth series airs next year, effectively creating a "gap year" filled by three Doctor Who specials starring Tennant and overseen by head writer and executive producer Russell T Davies.

Ms Tranter also refused to be drawn on speculation that Steven Moffat was being lined up as a replacement for Davies - who is believed to be on the verge of leaving the show - or that actor James Nesbitt was being lined up take over from Tennant.

"All we can say is that David is a fantastic Doctor and that he is doing Hamlet," she said.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane Ratings

10/03/2007 01:09:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Episode Two of The Sarah Jane Adventures was watched by 1.1 million viewers, a 10% share of the total television audience.

This was slightly down on the BBC1 showing last week, but this episode had previously been shown on the digital channel CBBC.

The number of 4-15-year-olds watching was 0.4 million, making the programme the fifth most watched of the day by children and the top rated children's programme.

Episode Three on CBBC achieved an audience of 0.2 million viewers, a12.3% share.

The Audience Index figure for Episode One was 79 and for Episode Two 77.

Bookmark and Share Return of the Sontarans

10/02/2007 01:11:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

October 2, 2007 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
The official Doctor Who site has confirmed that the Sontarans, potato-headed monsters from the classic series, will return to Doctor Who in Series Four.

The Sontarans, a militaristic clone race, first appeared opposite the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith in 1973, in The Time Warrior, which has recently been released on DVD in the UK. Sontarans also appeared in The Sontaran Experiment (1975), The Invasion of Time (1978) and The Two Doctors (1985). More recently, the potato-headed monsters were mentioned in "The Eye of the Gorgon, Part 1", an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures which aired on CBBC on Monday.

In Series Four, the Sontaran leader will be played by Christopher Ryan, best known as Mike in the 1980s comedy series The Young Ones. Ryan appeared as another alien, the Mentor Lord Kiv, in the 1986 story The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp, opposite Sixth Doctor Colin Baker. That story also featured Trevor Laird, who played Martha Jones' father Clive in Series Three.