Bookmark and Share Torchwood: Children of Earth teaser and preview screening

4/28/2009 03:12:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

A new teaser for Torchwood: Children of Earth was broadcast on Australia's UKTV today, in conjunction with the final episode of Torchwood Series Two. UK readers can see the teaser on the BBC's Torchwood site.

"Torchwood: Children of Earth" is a five-part miniseries, which will air this summer on BBC One and BBC America. An official air date has not yet been announced, but the British Film Institute will host a preview of the first episode in London on Friday, 12 June, at BFI Southbank(formerly known as the National Film Theatre). This preview will be followed by a question and answer session with members of the cast and crew.

The BFI has released a summary of the preview, which can be seen in the spoiler box below.

(Thanks to "xanderl" of the Doctor Who Forum.)
1965: Twelve children are gathered on a deserted moor, before being surrounded by a harsh, bright light .... and then they are gone!

Today: all over Earth, children stop moving. Stop playing, stop laughing. Then, as one, they begin to speak with the same voice, announcing the imminent arrival of a new alien threat. "We are coming...".

As the British government closes ranks, it issues a death warrant against Captain Jack and Torchwood...

Bookmark and Share Planet of the Dead - Final Rating

4/22/2009 03:15:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Final figures released by BARB give Planet of the Dead an official rating of 9.54 million viewers, making it the 5th most watched programme of the week.

The rating is over a million higher than the initial overnight estimate. Final figures are more accurate than the overnight number and include people who record the programme and watch it within seven days.

Planet of the Dead is one of only eight episodes in the programme's long history to make the top five.

An additional 200,000 viewers watched the programme in High Definition on BBC HD as a simulcast with BBC1. This is the highest figure ever achieved by BBC HD.

The Sunday repeat on BBC3 was watched by 0.91 million viewers.

Bookmark and Share Planet of the Dead on iTunes

4/22/2009 03:14:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

UK residents can now buy the latest Doctor Who special, "Planet of the Dead", at Apple's iTunes store. The programme can be purchased in either high definition or standard definition here.

All other new series episodes and many classic series serials are also available at the UK iTunes store. The US iTunes store has several classic stories and new series episodes through "Journey's End".

"Planet of the Dead" is scheduled to be released on Region 2 DVD on June 29, 2009.

Bookmark and Share More "Guardian Trilogy" DVD extras

4/22/2009 03:14:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

In addition to the previously reported DVD extras for Enlightenment, the BBFC has classified DVD extras forMawdryn Undead and Terminus. The three stories, starring Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, are listed as part of The Guardian Trilogy box set. The extras indicate that there will be an option to view these stories with new CGI effects.
Mawdryn Undead:

00:00:55:03 (CONTINUITY)
00:03:25:14 (FILM TRIMS)
00:00:47:23 (EASTER EGG 1)
00:00:32:10 (EASTER EGG 2)
00:07:18:24 (LIBERTY HALL)

00:01:50:07 DR WHO - TERMINUS
00:00:30:04 (EASTER EGG 1)
00:00:51:16 (EASTER EGG 2)
00:22:49:17 BREAKING POINT

Additional Disk:

No release date has been announced for this set.

Bookmark and Share Planet of the Dead in Australia

4/21/2009 03:34:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

ABC Television have scheduled Planet of the Dead for transmission on Sunday 31st May at 7.30pm.

The timeslot was confirmed by Audience and Consumer Affairs in an email to a member of the Doctor Who Forum.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Theme Voted 'Best Ever'

4/20/2009 03:35:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

In a poll conducted by the Total Sci-Fi Website to find the best sci-fi television theme tune of all time, the Doctor Who theme, originally composed by Ron Grainer and arranged by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop in 1963, came top.

The groundbreaking theme was realized by combining a tape loop of a struck piano string with the sound of test oscillators and filters among a whole host of techniques.

Total Sci-Fi editor Matt McAllister comments: "The poll result proves that in addition to being one of the most popular science fiction shows ever created, Doctor Who also boasts the most iconic sci-fi theme tune. Grainer and Derbyshire’s theme manages to convey the outlandish quality of the show and is instantly recognisable to fans throughout the world just by its opening bars."

Other themes in the top 10 include Star Trek, Red Dwarf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Thunderbirds. See Total Sci-Fi for the complete list.

Bookmark and Share Welsh Bafta nominations

4/16/2009 03:36:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Bafta Cymru, the Welsh division of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has announced the nominees for the 18th Annual BAFTA Cymru Film, Television and Interactive Media Awards. Doctor Who has been nominated in nine categories, Torchwood in two, and The Sarah Jane Adventures in one.

The nominations include:
  • Best Drama Series/Serial for Television: Doctor Who
  • Best Interactive:
  • Best Director Of Photography: Drama: Rory Taylor, "Silence in the Library"
  • Best Sound: Doctor Who sound team, "Midnight"
  • Best Editor: Phillip Kloss, "Midnight"
  • Best Make-up: Barbara Southcott, "The Next Doctor"
  • Best Screenwriter: Russell T Davies, "Midnight"
  • Best Original Music Soundtrack: Murray Gold, "Midnight"
  • Best Director: Film/Drama: Euros Lyn, "Silence in the Library"
  • Best Design: Edward Thomas, "Adrift" (Torchwood)
  • Best Costume: Ray Holman, "From Out of the Rain" (Torchwood)
  • Best Children's Programme: The Sarah Jane Adventures

In addition, Torchwood actress Eve Myles was nominated in the Best Actress category for her work on the BBC Wales drama Belonging.

A full list of nominees (PDF) can be found on the Bafta Cymru website. The winners of the Bafta Cymru Awards will be announced on Sunday, 17 May in a ceremony at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Bookmark and Share New producers announced

4/15/2009 03:37:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

The BBC Press Office has announced the successful applicants to succeed Phil Collinson as the producer of Doctor Who. Collinson left the series at the conclusion of the fourth production block, to take up a new post as Head of Drama for BBC Manchester.

Collinson is to be succeeded by two people: Tracie Simpson and Peter Bennett. Simpson was the producer of the Easter Special, Planet of the Dead, and was a production manager on the programme for several years. Bennett is the producer of the forthcoming five-part third series of the Torchwoodspin-off, entitled "Children of Earth".

Also joining the production team as a third executive producer alongside Piers Wenger and Steven Moffat will beBeth Willis. Willis was formerly the producer of successful BBC One drama Ashes to Ashes, and will join the production team as part of a new remit to work alongside Wenger on a range of BBC Wales dramas.

Lead writer and executive producer Moffat is quoted as saying of the appointments:

"Beth and Tracie and Pete aren't the A Team, they're the people the A Team call. Tracie and Pete are the backstage stars of Doctor Who and having them on board as producers isn't just the best possible news for Matt Smith's first series, it's a massive relief. And Beth Willis, fresh from the brilliant Ashes To Ashes, is joining Piers and I as an executive so finally there'll be someone to wear the trousers."

Bookmark and Share Press reports on filming

4/15/2009 03:36:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

The press has been following filming for David Tennant's final Doctor Who story. Reports have focused on new filming by Catherine Tate, who confirmed on Radio 2 last Saturday that she and Bernard Cribbins will be appearing in the two-part Christmas story. Also spotted during filming are actress June Whitfield ("Terry and June", "Absolutely Fabulous") and actors Barry Howard ("Hi-de-Hi!") and Karl Collins ("The Bill").

Recent filming in Swansea has been covered by The Western MailThe South Wales EchoThe South Wales Evening Post (with stories Mondayand Tuesday), The Daily Mail, and The Sun.

The Sun also claims that Russell T Davies is considering a spin-off series built around the characters of Malcolm Taylor (Lee Evans) and Capt. Erisa Magumbo (Noma Dumezweni), who appeared in "Planet of the Dead". The newspaper also managed to make a story out of the trailer for The Waters of Mars.

Finally, the Liverpool Echo has an interview with Elisabeth Sladen about her life and career. Sladen will be co-presenting a concert titled "Music from Outer Space" at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall this Saturday.

Thanks to the posters on the "Media Watch" thread on the Doctor Who Forum.

Bookmark and Share Planet of the Dead - AI and repeat ratings

4/14/2009 03:38:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

With overnight figures now available for the whole of last week, Planet of the Dead rated as the 8th most watched programme on British television. When final figures are released the programme stands a good chance of obtaining a place in the top five.

As well as being one of the most watched programmes of the week, it was also one of the most appreciated, gaining an Appreciation Index score of 88. 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.

The Sunday repeat on BBC3 was watched by 0.76 million viewers and was the most watched programme on BBC3 on Sunday night. It was the fifth most watched digital programme of the day.

Monday's BBC One showing was watched by 1.8 million, winning the timeslot, with another 30,000 watching on BBC HD. The AI for the repeat was 89.

Bookmark and Share Planet of the Dead Ratings

4/12/2009 03:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

According to unofficial overnight figures, Planet of the Dead was watched by 8.41 million viewers, a 39.6% share of the audience. An additional 184,000 watched the programme on BBC HD, the channel's highest rating so far.

Doctor Who was the most watched programme on BBC1 for the day and had the second highest rating on all TV. ITV1 got the highest rating of the night with 10.52 million watching Britain's Got Talent. Up against Doctor Who, Primeval got only 2.71 million. Robin Hood got 5.26 million watching.

This makes Doctor Who the eighth most watched programme of the week so far.

On BBC3 Doctor Who Confidential, got 0.46 million watching, a 2.2% share.

Final figures will be released in 10 days time.

Bookmark and Share Saturday Round Up

4/11/2009 03:42:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Saturday's Daily Telegraph has an interview with Russell T Davies in which he talks of his love for the series and his plans for a grand finale. An extended version is available here.

Davies is also interviewed in this week's Time Out.

Davies's co-writer on Planet of the Dead, Gareth Roberts, is interviewed in the Pink Paper. The paper also features a preview of Katy Manning's new show and a photo news story on Russell T Davies at BAFTA.

To celebrate the Easter Special the Telegraph is offering a free Doctor Who Adventures USB stick. There are only 25,000 units available and these are not available in any shop, it is a one off, strictly limited promotion. Postage and Packing costs apply. Applications can be made online.

The Weeping Angels have been voted the scariest Doctor Who monster of all time, according to a poll of young Doctor Who fans. Although the statues only appeared in one episode of the TV series, 2 out of 5 readers of Doctor Who Adventures magazine voted the Weeping Angels the monster they're most likely to dive behind the sofa at the sight of. The poll, conducted to coincide with the Easter special, saw the Weeping Angels secure 41% of reader votes with the Daleks coming in second with 22% of votes, followed third by the Cybermen with 8% of the votes. has just published some new content. There is now a Planet of the Dead homepage featuring two galleries, one taking a look behind the scenes and one previewing the episode with 60 images.

This month's edition of the UK Internet magazine .Net has a four page feature about the origins and the future of theDoctor Who Website, written by designer and writer Paul Wyatt. With behind the scenes information on creating exclusive web content for the show and an interview with Rob Francis, Doctor Who web producer. The article also reveals titbits about the new branding expected for next year. This article is available from newsstands in the UK and in the States under the name Practical Web Design.

A signed Doctor Who script is one of the items being auctioned for the charity Beat Bullying. The script to The Sontaran Stratagem was donated byCatherine Tate and signed by herself and David Tennant.

The Radio 2 show hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate and featuring John Barrowman, is available tolisten again for the next 7 days. Pictures of Tennant arriving at the studio, and being mobbed by fans, are here.

Tennant also appeared on this morning's edition of BBC Breakfast talking about kissing co-stars Kylie Minogue andBillie Piper, leaving the show and why he is named after a Pet Shop Boy.

Bookmark and Share The Waters of Mars

4/11/2009 03:40:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

A brief trailer for the next Doctor Who special was shown at the end of tonight's BBC One premiere of Planet of the Dead. The trailer confirmed that the next special, the second of four to be shown this year to round off David Tennant's time as the Tenth Doctor, will be called The Waters of Mars. No specific broadcast date was given - it was stated that the episode will be shown later this year.

For viewers in the United Kingdom, David Tennant's fifth video diary is now online.

Bookmark and Share Tennant radio blitz

4/08/2009 03:42:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

David Tennant is participating in a media blitz in the run-up to "Planet of the Dead" (airing at 6:45 pm Saturday on BBC One). Today, Tennant appeared on three radio programmes and discussed "Planet of the Dead", his feelings about winding up his time on Doctor Who and his future plans.

In the morning, Tennant appeared with Christian O'Connell on Absolute Radio's Breakfast Show. On O'Connell's show, Tennant confirmed that along with Bernard Cribbins, Catherine Tate will be appearing in his final two-part story, which is currently filming.

At midday, Tennant joined Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1. Tennant discussed the remaining Doctor Who specials, and mentioned that discussions are underway for a television adaptation of the RSC's production of "Hamlet".

And in the afternoon, Tennant was interviewed by Colin Murray, standing in for Simon Mayo on his BBC Radio 5 Live programme.

All the programmes are available on the internet:Additionally, Michelle Ryan promoted "Planet of the Dead" on CBBC's Blue Peter and on The Paul O'Grady Showon Channel 4.

Thanks to the posters in the Doctor Who Forum's Media Watch thread.

Bookmark and Share Dalek invasion of Northern Ireland

4/07/2009 03:45:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

A 100-foot high picture of a Dalek, made entirely from bed linen laid out on the ground, has appeared on the side of a hill overlooking the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The Dalek was placed on the hillside to promote a science-fiction charity event themed around Doctor WhoSarah Jane and Torchwood to be held on the 3rd of May. It was created by Denis Rush of the group UT Events. He gained permission from the owner of the field in which the Dalek appeared due to the fact that proceeds from the convention will be going to charity.

Other stunts have been giant projections of Daleks on city buildings and local landmarks and even costumed characters like Ood and Clockwork Droids roaming the streets

The Dalek was made from 500ft worth of bed linen pegged into the mountain slope, it stands aprox 100ft high and took two days to make. Local radio stations who have been receiving alot of calls and have been teasing the listeners with invasion plots and other possible reasons before spilling the beans on the event.

More details on the event and the Dalek can be found on the UT Events website.

BBC News also has a report on the Dalek.

Bookmark and Share BAFTA Craft Awards nominations

4/07/2009 03:44:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominees for the BAFTA Craft Awards, and Doctor Who has been nominated in three categories. Russell T Davies has been nominated in the Writing category for "Midnight"; The Mill has been nominated in the Visual Effects category, for their work on the episode "The Fires of Pompeii"; and Philip Kloss has been nominated in the Editing Fiction/Entertainment category for his work throughout Series Four.

Doctor Who has been nominated for the BAFTA Craft Awards several times since its return to television, and has won once. The series received five nominations in 2008, including a win in Writing for Steven Moffat's "Blink" script. Doctor Who was also nominated in two categories in the 2007 awards, and in three categories for the 2006 awards (each honoring television broadcast in the previous year).

The winners of this year's BAFTA Craft Awards will be announced on Sunday, 17 May at a ceremony in London.

Bookmark and Share Wilf Returns

4/07/2009 03:44:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who executive producer Russell T Davies has confirmed that Bernard Cribbins will be returning to the series.

Speaking this morning on BBC Breakfast Davies said Cribbins would be the Doctor's companion in David Tennant's last two episodes, due to be shown at Christmas 2009.

Bernard Cribbins first played Wilfred Mott, Donna's Grandad, in the 2007 Christmas special and throughout Season 4. His return was expected after members of the Doctor Who Forum photographed Cribbins on the Doctor Who set. At the age of eighty, Cribbins becomes the oldest companion in Doctor Who history.

Also on the programme Davies confirmed that Saturdays special, Planet of the Deadwas only completed late Monday night. He said he expected the next special to be shown "Novemberish".

Davies' BBC Breakfast interview can be seen on the BBC News website.

Bookmark and Share New Home for Doctor Who in Canada?

4/07/2009 03:43:00 pm - Reported by Mike Doran

According to the website of the Doctor Who Information Network there's a new home for Doctor Who in Canada. Reports have been received that cable networkSPACE is the new permanent home for the series. The first four series of the newDoctor Who aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC was a co-production partner for at least part of those four seasons. Despite an initial strong commitment to Doctor Who the CBC came into criticism from fans and viewers in recent years for delays in broadcasting new episodes, decreasing promotion and failing to air the annual Christmas specials in 2007 and 2008.

Upcoming special Planet of the Dead will air on SPACE on Saturday June 20th, 2009. It is reported that Series Five will follow in 2010.

Doctor Who premiered on SPACE in March when the channel aired The Next Doctor but it was not known at that time if the the move was permanent or just a one-off.

Bookmark and Share Big Finish Announces Details of Lost Season

4/06/2009 03:46:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Big Finish has released details - including titles and release schedule - of its upcoming of Doctor Who: The Lost Stories season, starring Colin Bakerand Nicola Bryant as the Doctor and Peri.

In 1985, as the the 23rd Series of the programme was well into the planning stages, the show was placed on hiatus. Plans for Series 23 were scrapped, and when the show returned to screens 18 months later, at the end of 1986, it was with a new Series 23, the "Trial of a Time Lord" season. Big Finish is now releasing new adaptations of the stories that were lost as result of that hiatus.

Doctor Who: The Lost Stories season will include:

The Nightmare Fair, written by Graham Williams, adapted for audio by John Ainsworth

Mission to Magnus, written by Philip Martin

Leviathan, written by Brian Finch, adapted by Paul Finch

The Hollows of Time, written by former script editor Christopher H Bidmead

TBA (details are not yet available)

Point of Entry, written by Barbara Clegg and Marc Platt

Paradise 5, written by PJ Hammond and Andy Lane

The Space Whale, written by Pat Mills

The Nightmare Fair will be released November 2009, and the season will run through June 2010. The series is available for pre-order and subscription.

Please visit the Big Finish website for full information on all of these stories

Bookmark and Share Planet of the Dead gets three Easter outings

4/04/2009 03:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has confirmed that Planet of the Dead will get three transmissions over the Easter Weekend.

As reported the first showing will be Saturday on BBC One at 6.45pm. This broadcast will be simulcast with the BBC HD channel, which is available free to air on Freesat as well as on Sky and Virgin Media. The programme is sandwiched between the Disney film Finding Nemo and the drama seriesRobin Hood. ITV1 will be showing Primeval from 6.15 - 7.15 clashing with the first half of Doctor Who. The second half is up against New You've Been Framed. On BBC2, Doctor Who faces the natural history series Planet Earth while Channel 4 is showing the News followed by Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant.

Planet of the Dead gets a second showing on the digital channel BBC Three at 7pm on Easter Sunday. For this showing satellite and cable viewers will be able to access a Red Button commentary from David Tennant, Julie Gardner andJames Strong.

The final showing will be on BBC One on Easter Monday at 5pm. This showing will follow the Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks and will be up againstTaste the Nation on ITV1. It will be simulcast on the BBC HD channel which is also showing the HD version of Doctor Who at the Proms on Monday afternoon.

Doctor Who Confidential also gets a number of showings over the weekend with a programme exploring behind the scenes as the cast and crew travel to Dubai. First shown on Saturday at 8.30pm on BBC3, the programme is repeated on Sunday at 4.10am and 8pm.

Bookmark and Share Media round-up

4/04/2009 03:47:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

As we begin the run-up to "Planet of the Dead", the British media has been full of Doctor Who coverage. In a wide-ranging interview in The Times,Russell T Davies and David Tennant talk about the writing and filming of the Tenth Doctor's last adventures. Tennant says that he cried while reading Davies' last script (currently being filmed in Wales), while Davies reveals that he considered a Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover before the last Star Trek series went off the air. Davies is also interviewed by Scotland on Sunday, including some intimate details about the themes which surface in his writing.

The Sun has several Doctor Who stories this week. They started off with an item about Eighth Doctor Paul McGann(who light-heartedly suggests thatMatt Smith was cast because of his hair), and followed it up with items on David Tennant (recycled from The Tennant Tapes videos on the BBC's Doctor Who site and quotes from Doctor Who Magazine) and Michelle Ryan (who says that her appearance in "Planet of the Dead" is only a one-off). The latter story was also picked up by the Press Association, while Hello! picks up the Sun's Tennant item.

County Times reports that Theatr Hafren in Newtown, Wales will host a theatrical viewing of "Planet of the Dead" on Good Friday. Newtown is one of three towns where special viewings will be held; according to Digital Spy, the other two are Denbigh and Newport.

Digital Spy also has an interview with Freema Agyeman, in which the actress primarily discusses her work on Law and Order: UK, but also mentions Doctor Who.

For fans of classic Doctor Who, The Times has an essay by novelist Esther Freud about her role as the Cryon Threst in the 1985 serial Attack of the Cybermen. Freud is married to "The Next Doctor"'s David Morrissey.

Finally, several sources have reported on actors who have been spotted on location during filming of David Tennant's final story. Those who wish to avoid spoilers should not follow these links, or read the text in the spoiler box below. The news of the actors seen on location, reported by Den of Geek (twice),io9 (twice) and Wired, has been largely drawn from set reports in the Doctor Who Forum's Set Reports/Photos thread. The Sun also had a story on the filming, using (without credit) a photograph taken by a Forum member.

Thanks to Chuck Foster, Ron Mace and "PolyG" of the Doctor Who Forum.

Bookmark and Share Tennant and Tate for BBC Radio 2

4/03/2009 03:49:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

On Saturday 11th April, David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be standing in as the presenters of Jonathan Ross's BBC Radio 2 show, live from 10.00am to 1pm. Guests will include Tennant's favourite band, The Proclaimers (playing live), and John Barrowman. Further details will be available on the programme's website from tomorrow.

The programme will also be broadcast live, and available to listen to again for one week following transmission, on the BBC iPlayer. This applies internationally, BBC radio programming being freely available outside of the UK.

Bookmark and Share Delta and the Bannermen DVD Extras

4/03/2009 03:48:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBFC have now classified DVD extras for the Sylvester McCoy story Delta and the Bannermen; these are listed as:

00:03:16:20 DOCTOR WHO
00:05:39:20 CLOWN COURT

The story is currently cited for release on 22nd June 2009 on DVD retailer websites

Bookmark and Share First K9 series trailer

4/02/2009 03:49:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

A preliminary trailer for the forthcoming K9 series has been released on YouTube and can be seen below.

The trailer was made to promote the series at the MIPTV festival in Cannes. Series co-creator and associate producerPaul Tams notes that "All music and titles and K9's voice are for demo purposes only and [are] not the actual voice, etc. that will be used in the programme." Tams also says that monsters designed for the series remain "under wraps".

The trailer shows the first glimpses of the redesigned K9 in action, as well as revealing the series' human characters. Filming for K9 continues in Australia through April; the BBC is not involved in the series' production. K9 is expected to air on Australia's Network Ten and UK digital channel Jetix/Disney XD in the autumn.

Bookmark and Share Enlightenment DVD Extras

4/01/2009 03:51:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBFC have now classified DVD extras for the Peter Davison story Enlightenment, cited as part of "The Guardian Trilogy". Details of the extras are listed as:


There is no information as to when the boxed set may be released.

Bookmark and Share Planet of the Dead date and time

4/01/2009 03:50:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

The BBC Press Office has stated that the Doctor Who Easter special, "Planet of the Dead", will air on BBC One on Saturday, April 11 from 6:45 to 7:45 pm. The Saturday date was posted last week on the Press Office's website, and subsequently withdrawn; it has now been reposted. The episode will also be broadcast on the BBC HD channel.

A trailer for the episode is now available on the BBC Website.

According to this month's issue of Doctor Who Magazine the title of the next in the series of specials will be revealed at the end of Planet of the Dead, along with a short trail. The second special, directed by Graeme Harper, features the Doctor plunged into a world of terror. It is expected to air in the autumn.

Update: the trailer broadcast on BBC1 Wednesday evening confirmed that the episode will be broadcast on Saturday, April 11.