Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - 155

2/27/2010 09:04:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

This week's issue sees an adventure guide to last year's The Waters of Mars, in which you can discover what is turning people into zombies, and how the Doctor plans to stop it. You can also find out more about the Cybershades from The Next Doctor.

The issue also comes with two free gifts: an inflatable monster, and Cybershade tumblers.

Out now in the United Kingdom.

Bookmark and Share National Doodle Day 2010

2/26/2010 01:47:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Friday 5th March sees the launch of National Doodle Day 2010, the seventh event organised by the charities Epilepsy Action and The Neurofibromatosis Association. A number of doodles from celebrities will be auctioned to help raise money to help those afflicted by those illnesses, and this year sees illustrations by Doctor Who companions Catherine Tate, Bernard Cribbins and Elisabeth Sladen, as well as other guests from the show like Michelle Ryan and Russell Tovey. It is also possible to vote for your favourite celebrity doodle.

In previous years, celebrities doodles have included those by Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Louise Jameson; many of these can be purchased on t-shirts and other items in support of the charities from PhotoBox.

The auction starts on Ebay from 5th March, and a full list of the celebrity doodles are available on the National Doodle Day website.

Bookmark and Share Tonner Figure Collection

2/26/2010 12:20:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Tonner Doll Company has recently unveiled a set of Doctor Who figures to be released this year. Displayed at the New York Toy Fair, award-winning sculptor Robert Tonner has modelled the 10th Doctor, Martha Jones, Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper.

The highly detailed 17" dolls include accessories: for example the 10th Doctor comes with a two piece suit, shirt, tie, socks and shoes, and also includes a sonic screwdriver model; a coat can be purchased separately to complete the appearance.

The limited edition figures are expected to retail between $170-$200 mark, depending on the character. See the Doctor Who and Torchwood catalogues for more details. You can also see various views of the figures from the Toy Fair Gallery.

Bookmark and Share BBC America Announces US Start Date

2/25/2010 09:57:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

BBC America has announced that their broadcasts of the new series of Doctor Who will start on April 17th. The date has been reported in the Hollywood trade paper Variety, and has been confirmed on BBC America's website and Facebook page.

The start date for UK broadcast has not yet been officially confirmed. There are reports that a trailer has aired with the date of April 3rd, but this may have been broadcast in error. The BBC's official position is that the series will debut "at Easter".

Bookmark and Share Bonhams Auction: The Aftermath

2/24/2010 06:49:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

After the last few days' media hype, the Bonhams Auction of Doctor Who prop and costumes finally took place today. As expected, of the 163 lots, the Daleks performed extremely well, with the MkI version from Remembrance of the Daleks fetching the best price of the auction at £20,400, with the Torchwood SUV second with a bid of £18,000. The other "Imperial" Dalek MkII reached £15,600. Of the Cybermen, one from The Five Doctors/Silver Nemesis fetched £9,600, with a destroyed one from The Five Doctors reaching £4,080.

Of the costumes, the Tenth Doctor costume from Voyage of the Damned fetched £5,040, whilst Astrid Peth's reached £3,120; Rose's costume from Rose achieved £1,020; the costume for the 'Next Doctor', Jackson Lake, reached £3,120.

Other items of interest include: a sarcophagus cover from Pyramids of Mars fetching £4,800; a Chancellery Guard uniform from The Deadly Assassin (as mentioned on The One Show) for £2,280; and the Malus from The Awakening at £3,000. The oldest prop from the series, the brontosaurus model from Invasion of the Dinosaurs, went for £1,320.

The cheapest item was a speaker from The Runaway Bride, which fetched £42.

You can view all of the props and their final bids below. The catalogue is currently available to see on the Bonhams website.

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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who 3D Cover for SFX

2/24/2010 03:00:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The new edition of SFX will feature a specially-commissioned 3D cover celebrating the return of Doctor Who to television at Easter. Produced in full co-operation with the BBC and the Doctor Who production team, the cover features the Doctor and Amy with a couple of Weeping Angels. The magazine includes an exclusive look at the new series, including interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Steven Moffat.

Issue 194 is on sale from 10th March - see the SFX website for more details.

(please note our cover illustration is an animated simulation of the 3D effect - if you didn't see it when reading this article, simply click on the image to see the larger-scale version)

Bookmark and Share John Baker synthesiser for sale

2/24/2010 01:09:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

John Baker worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop between 1963 and 1974, during the time when many special sounds for Doctor Who were made by the department. The auction site Ebay currently an EMS VCS3 synthesiser listed which was owned by the composer, and it has been reported as being used for Doctor Who, and possibly even used for the re-arrangement of the Doctor Who theme tune in the early 1970s (though this has not been confirmed).

The item has, unsurprisingly, attracted interest, with the bid at the time of writing at £3877. Running until 4th March, you can view the item on the auction website.

You can read more about John Baker at the Trunk Records website.

Bookmark and Share Ian Scoones

2/23/2010 08:20:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

It has been reported that visual effects designer Ian Scoones has died in Bulgaria where he lived with his wife Anastasia, on 20th January.

Scoones is perhaps best remembered for his work on Doctor Who in the 1970s for Pyramids of Mars, The Invisible Enemy and City of Death, though he had worked on many other stories, including the very first story An Unearthly Child as an uncredited special effects assistant. He was also heavily involved with the first series of Blake's Seven. As well as television, he worked on a number of films, including Quatermass and the Pit, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Haunted Honeymoon.

Having lived in Spain for a number of years he then retired to Bulgaria, but was interviewed by fellow visual effects designer Mat Irvine for the 2008 BBC DVD release The Invisible Enemy, a story he also worked upon.

Bookmark and Share Creature from the Pit confirmed

2/23/2010 04:01:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Creature from the PitDoctor Who DVD producer 2Entertain have officially confirmed that the Fourth Doctor story The Creature from the Pit is to be released on DVD.

The story has been expected since our report in January covered features for the story as having been cleared by the British Board of Film Classification. However, the release date for the story has yet to be revealed.

Bookmark and Share USA Convention Update

2/22/2010 05:47:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

In the next few weeks, American fans will have several opportunities to meet Doctor Who celebrities and celebrate the show. Coming up this weekend (February 26–28) in Los Angeles is Gallifrey One, the largest Doctor Who convention in North America. This year's guests include classic series companions Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield), Anneke Wills (Polly), Frazer Hines (Jamie), and John Levene (Sgt. Benton). From modern Doctor Who and its spin-offs, actors Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Georgia Moffett (Jenny), and Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake) will be in attendance. On the production side, guests include costume designer Louise Page, directors Graeme Harper, Colin Teague and Alice Troughton, polymath Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks, actor in Torchwood: Children of Earth, writer and producer for Big Finish Productions), script editor Gary Russell and writers Bob Baker (co-creator of K9 and the new K9 TV series), Phil Ford (head writer for The Sarah Jane Adventures, and writer for Doctor Who and Torchwood), John Fay (Torchwood: Children of Earth), Rob Shearman ("Dalek" and the short story collection Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical) and Paul Cornell ("Human Nature" and Marvel Comics). Pre-registration for Gallifrey One is closed, but on-site registration will be available from Friday morning. Gallifrey One is held at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel.

There are also events coming up for Doctor Who fans on the East Coast. On March 7, Who York will host "A Who York Evening with Russell Tovey" at Cafe 50, 50 W 22nd St, New York. Tovey played Midshipman Frame in the Doctor Who specials "Voyage of the Damned" and "The End of Time", and also stars as the werewolf George in the BBC series Being Human. The Who York event will include a Q&A and an autograph session.

If you want to see Tovey, but New York isn't convenient, you can catch him and Doctor Who legend Nicholas Courtney at a special Pub Night being hosted by Hurricane Who. Courtney, of course, has played Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart for over 40 years. "Hurricane Who: Greyhound One" will be held on March 11 at the Cricketers Arms pub in Orlando, Florida, and will include a Q&A, meet-and-greet, and episode viewings with both Courtney and Tovey.

Bookmark and Share Casting Update: James Corden

2/22/2010 03:00:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Sun's latest casting news reports that Gavin and Stacey writer/star James Corden will appear in the new series of Doctor Who later this year. The actor was said to have been seen learning his lines on train to Cardiff, and confirmed the news when approached by a fan.

The "show insider" said:
We normally keep our guest stars under wraps but you can't hide a bloke like James. He loves coming to Wales, and it gives him a chance to meet up with Ruth Jones, who co-wrote Gavin and Stacey with him and starred as Nessa. We're just delighted to have James on board. He is a great actor and he'll be a perfect fit for the new Doctor Who.
The actor's role in the series has yet to be revealed.

Bookmark and Share "Out of this World"

2/22/2010 02:30:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Out of this WorldThe Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be presenting an afternoon of sci-fi music, which will feature music from Doctor Who, amongst other sci-fi favourites:
A fantastic adventure through Time And Relative Dimensions In Space as our very own Time Lord has close encounters with out of this world favourites from large and small screens.

The programme includes music from Dr Who, a musical tribute to Star Trek, as well as music from Star Wars. Mankind’s giant leap is remembered and we pay a visit to our nearest planetary neighbour with a movement from Holst’s Planets Suite. Come in your best outer space gear for a truly intergalactic experience!

Best of all - come to the Phil from 1.30 pm to meet all your favourite Dr Who and Star Wars characters!
The concert will be presented by Alasdair Malloy, a musician who's dedicated much of his life to promoting music to children; talking to the Liverpool Echo about the forthcoming concert:
It’s extraordinary. There’s no doubt the RLPO plays to more children than any other orchestra in the UK, if not Europe. For me I think a successful family concert should have all the same things as a successful family day out. Like a theme park for example – the moment you wake up the children are excited. Then the event itself should have all these elements of excitement and surprise and discovery. Then afterwards you have the shared experience as a family and with any luck you’re going to talk about it.

The concert is on the 7th March at 2:30pm at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - see their website for further information and to book tickets.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who for Central / Eastern Europe

2/22/2010 12:58:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Worldwide have signed a deal with Sony Pictures Television for some 114 hours of entertainment to be shown across Central and Eastern Europe, including countries like Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro. The package includes Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Primeval.

Says Eddie Nelson, GM of Sony Pictures Television's networks businesses in the region:
We are delighted to secure such a fantastic selection of BBC shows for AXN and AXN SCI-FI. The addition of these exciting new titles to our schedule further reinforces our channels’ reputation as the destination for world-class TV entertainment in Central and Eastern Europe."

The press release comes from the BBC Showcase event taking place in Brighton; the show enables BBC Worldwide to promote television programmes to potential buyers from around the world.

Bookmark and Share Bonhams Auction: Public Viewing

2/22/2010 09:35:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

This Wednesday sees the Bonhams Auction of many Doctor Who costumes and props take place, and the auction rooms are now open for public viewing up until Tuesday. Entrance to both the viewings and the auction is by purchase of the auction programme, which costs £15.00 (£5.00 goes to the charity Children in Need).

Stephanie Connell, entertainment specialist at Bonhams said: "Doctor Who is without doubt one of the most important and best loved television programmes, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to offer some of the iconic costumes and props from the show."

As might be expected, the media is taking an interest in the auction, most of which revolves around the sale of two Daleks which featured in their last 'classic' story, Remembrance of the Daleks (MKI and MKII versions).

The BBC1 magazine programme The One Show is expected to run a feature on the auction on Tuesday evening, from 7:00pm.

For full details on the auction, including openings times for public viewing, see the Bonhams website.

Bookmark and Share Carey Mulligan wins BAFTA Award

2/22/2010 09:15:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The actress Carey Mulligan - best known to Doctor Who fans as popular character Sally Sparrow from Blink - has won the Orange British Academy Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film An Education. The 24 year old actress said: I was here a year ago and I didn't imagine in a million years that this would happen. I wish I could do a speech like Colin Firth and talk about fridges but I can't."

Mulligan has also been nominated for an Oscar in the 82nd Academy Awards taking place on 7th March.

The British Academy Awards are available to watch in the UK on the BBC iplayer until the 28th February.

Bookmark and Share Australian news and ratings

2/22/2010 01:39:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Part Two of The End of Time has debuted in Australia to good ratings. The special averaged 840,000 in the five major capital cities, again against stiff competition from the commercial networks, including a 20/20 international cricket match. It was up 40,000 viewers from Part One and was the ABC's top-rating program of the day, rating higher than the popular Sunday 7pm news.

The Sydney Morning Herald TV Guide has rated Part Two of 'The End of Time' its 'show of the week' with Michael Idato writing that it is 'is nearly but not quite the equal of the series's best is, instead, a strange ballet of noise and movement, a super-charged run around the block set to the outstanding musical motifs of Murray Gold, which swirls around the simpler truth of the episode's purpose-to give Tennant's Doctor a final, glorious moment of universe-saving indecision and to serve up a helping of sentiment (with a side-order of tears) as he says a fitting goodbye to his life, as we know it, and the lives of those he holds dear.' Idato and Doug Anderson also rate the finale highly in their daily online video TV guide. Melinda Houston of the The Age is less kind, writing of the departure of Russell T. Davies that 'it's been a fun ride but [he] has an undeniable taste for high melodrama and while he's brought some welcome rough edges to the new-style time lord, and a wicked sense of humour, he's also brought a fair whack of sentimental emoting that's not always so much fun.'

Meanwhile, ABC Online's 'The Drum Unleashed' has an amusing blog comparing the different hosts of the long-running Media Watch program with various incarnations of the Doctor.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who for Easter

2/20/2010 07:32:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The new trailer for Doctor Who has now been broadcast, featuring a couple of the Doctor's old adversaries and some new ones!

The new series is scheduled to arrive on UK television screens during Easter 2010.

Bookmark and Share Saturn Award Nominations 2010

2/19/2010 10:59:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Every year, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films hold the Saturn Awards; the 36th award ceremony will take place on 24th June, and Doctor Who has been nominated in a number of categories.

For the Best Television Presentation award, The End of Time is up against sister show Torchwood's Children of Earth. Other contenders include the new versions of The Prisoner and V, plus Alice and The Tudors.

Best Actor in Television includes David Tennant for The End of Time; he'll be up against Josh Holloway and Matthew Fox from Lost, Stephen Moyer from True Blood, plus Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Zachary Levi (Chuck).

Best Guest Starring Role in Television sees Bernard Cribbins nominated for his portrayal of Wilf in The End of Time; others up for the award are Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad), Michelle Forbes (True Blood), John Lithgow (Dexter), Leonard Nimoy (Fringe) and Mark Pellegrino (Lost).

In media, Best DVD Television Release sees both Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead and Torchwood: Children of Earth in the running, against Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles: The Complete Second Season, Primeval, Volume 2, Lost: The Complete Fifth Season and Life on Mars: The Complete Series

Bookmark and Share George Waring (1925-2010)

2/18/2010 01:19:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The actor George Waring has died at the age of 84.

The actor portrayed the role of Arden in the Patrick Troughton adventure The Ice Warriors. Arden was a scientist whose team discover an "Ice Warrior" buried deep in a glacier, and ultimately becomes the Martians' first victim.

Born in Eccles, Lancashire, Waring made his career in theatre and then television, appearing in a number of notable roles in shows like Six Days of Justice and Mixed Blessings. However, he will be best remembered for the character of Arnold Swain in Coronation Street.

(George Waring:born 20th February 1925; died 15th February 2010)

Bookmark and Share More Doctor Who online

2/18/2010 11:20:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

SeeSaw is the latest online streaming service to provide episodes of Doctor Who for viewing over the Internet. Stories currently available are The Space Museum, Tomb of the Cybermen, Planet of the Spiders, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Caves of Androzani, Mark of the Rani, and Survival.

SeeSaw's controller John Keeling says:
It's like having an enormous buffet... you can either just snack on it and catch up on what you've missed or gorge yourself with an entire season - it's absolutely at your fingertips and your control.

This is the tip of the iceberg, it feels to me like it did 20 years ago when I was at Sky and multi-channel TV was just beginning and you saw satellite dishes sprouting on people's homes like mushrooms

This way of watching television will be on TVs from this year. One of the fastest selling electronic goods is an HDMI cable which connects a laptop to the back of the TV and bingo, you're online and your TV has become an enormous monitor for your laptop.
SeeSaw joins existing streaming companies BlinkBox and MSN in providing Doctor Who stories online.

Bookmark and Share 3D Trailer for Doctor Who

2/18/2010 10:48:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Broadcast are reporting that - as well as the traditional '2D' trailer that will start appearing on TV from Saturday evening - a 3D version has been created by Red Bee Media and The Mill.

The 40 second trailer is expected to be seen in cinemas, and at external promotional events around the country entitled "Meet a Monster".

Says the ubiquitous BBC spokesperson:
Doctor Who is the appropriate vehicle for 3D. It just fits. It’s a great way to introduce and showcase the new Doctor to younger viewers.

Bookmark and Share Caves of Androzani Revisited

2/18/2010 12:47:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Caves of AndrozaniThe final story to be included in the forthcoming DVD Revisitations Box Set will be Peter Davison's swan song as the fifth Doctor, The Caves of Androzani.

The story, first shown in 1984, is one of the highest regarded in Doctor Who's history and was recently voted as best story by the readers of Doctor Who Magazine. The story features Nicola Bryant as Peri, John Normington as Morgus, Robert Glenister as Slateen, Christopher Gable as Sharaz Jek and Maurice Roeve as Stotz.

The story was one of the first released on DVD in June 2001. The updated version will contain new behind the scenes features. The set will also contain the 1977 Tom Baker story The Talons of Weng Chiang and the 1996 Paul McGann  TV Movie,

The set will be released in the UK later this year.

Bookmark and Share Blue Peter competition winner announced

2/17/2010 05:48:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Today's edition of Blue Peter saw the announcement of the winners for their competition to design a Doctor Who console. Of the thousands of entries received, the eventual final three designs selected from the age categories were chosen by Blue Peter editor Tim Levell, Doctor Who production designer Edward Thomas, and head writer Steven Moffat; the overall winner was then picked by new Doctor Matt Smith, who chose the design by Susannah from the 11-12 year old category.

Susannah, from Lancashire, will see her design used in an episode of the forthcoming series (to be filmed in Block 7 over the next few weeks), and will get to visit the set with Blue Peter during the production.

The winners in the other categories were Joshua in the 6-7 and Laura in the 8-10 categories. A full list of the runners up is currently available on the Blue Peter competitions page, which also includes a video of the competition winners being announced.

The episode is available to UK viewers on the BBC iplayer for the next seven days.

Bookmark and Share Tennant - Best Dressed Man of 2009

2/17/2010 01:42:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

David Tennant
David Tennant has topped Daniel Craig to become the Best Dressed Man of 2009, according to Hello Magazine. In the online poll, the former Doctor pulled in over a third of the votes, with 35.4% of the 10,254 voters, a clear 12% majority over the current James Bond star's 23.3%.

Tennant recently lost out in Hello's Most Attractive Men poll, coming in at fifth place.

Full list of results
1. David Tennant - 35.4 per cent
2. Daniel Craig - 23.3 per cent
3. Jude Law - 16.8 per cent
4. Robert Downey Jr - 15.3 per cent
5. Robert Pattinson - 6.2 per cent
6. Hugh Jackman - 1.3 per cent
7. Andres Velencoso - 0.8 per cent
8. David Beckham - 0.4 per cent
9. Barack Obama - 0.3 per cent
10. Brad Pitt - 0.2 per cent

Bookmark and Share Noel Clarke live webchat today

2/17/2010 12:08:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Total Sci-Fi Online have announced that actor/writer/director Noel Clarke will be giving an exclusive webchat this afternoon at 1:00pm from their website (via webchats).
... he’ll be handing out tips on how to get started in the film business. His aim is to encourage young talent to create an advert as part of the Doritos “King of Ads” campaign. The winner will receive £200,000 as well as watching their ad air on British national television.

Bookmark and Share New Series Montage/Trailer

2/17/2010 11:08:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released a new promotional montage shot for the forthcoming Matt Smith series, which you can download from the official Doctor Who website.

It is believed that a new trailer to promote Doctor Who will be broadcast on BBC1 this coming Saturday; the series itself is expected to start within the next couple of months.

Bookmark and Share The "political agenda" of Doctor Who

2/15/2010 11:55:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who has often flirted with politics in its past; during the Barry Letts/Terrance Dicks era of the show a number of stories dealt with political matters in a fantasy environment (for example, the recent DVD release The Curse of Peladon/The Monster of Peladon features stories that explored early 1970s issues), Robert Holmes took umbrage with taxes in The Sunmakers, and even stories from the 'modern' era (World War Three) touched upon hot political topics of the time. However, the latter years of the 1980s produced political satire in the form of stories like Paradise Towers and The Happiness Patrol - something the Sunday Times explored this weekend in an article, "Doctor Who in war with Planet Maggie". Doctor of the time, Sylvester McCoy, commented:
The idea of bringing politics into Doctor Who was deliberate, but we had to do it very quietly and certainly didn’t shout about it. We were a group of politically motivated people and it seemed the right thing to do. At the time Doctor Who used satire to put political messages out there in the way they used to do in places like Czechoslovakia. Our feeling was that Margaret Thatcher was far more terrifying than any monster the Doctor had encountered. Those who wanted to see the messages saw them; others, including one producer, didn’t.
Andrew Cartmel, script editor of the time, commented on what he outlined to producer John Nathan Turner during his interview for the position:
My exact words were: "I’d like to overthrow the government." I was a young firebrand and I wanted to answer honestly. I was very angry about the social injustice in Britain under Thatcher and I’m delighted that came into the show.
However, a BBC spokesman was reported to say that "we’re baffled by these claims - the BBC’s impartiality rules applied just as strongly then as they do to programmes now."

The Times piece was briefly discussed during BBC Breakfast on Sunday morning, alongside another popular media topic in highlighting current 'celebrity endorsement' of political parties (such as views by former Doctor David Tennant about the Conservative Party). Tonight's Newsnight on BBC2 saw a more lengthy debate on the pros and cons of political comment in Doctor Who between presenter Gavin Esler, Andrew Cartmel, and Doctor Who fan/former Conservative MP Tim Collins.

Cartmel clarified that the comment on overthrowing the government was taken out of context, and that John Nathan Turner then said that the most that Doctor Who could do is show that "people with purple skin and green skin are all equal". Collins was also quick to dismiss any intimation from the recent media interest that there was no 'secret' agenda that was hidden from the Conservatives - they were perfectly aware of the satire in the show at the time and quite happily enjoyed Doctor Who! He went on to point out that the show could be just as 'right-wing' as 'left', with the comment on tax from The Sunmakers a decade earlier targeting a Labour Government, and a mention of launching weapons in "45 seconds" from the recent revival (i.e. World War Three).

A feature accompanied the discussion, by correspondent Stephen Smith. It looked into how the BBC was being considered too "left-wing" in some quarters at the time, with comment from former BBC1 Controller Jonathan Powell; writer Adam Roberts also noted how science fiction in the UK in general had leanings in that direction. The item also included a comment by Terrance Dicks (considered ironic by Tim Collins in light of stories when he was script editor in the early 1970s!):
If you're concentrating on putting over a political message rather than on doing a really good show I think there is a danger - you know maybe you can do both, but it would be hellish difficult - and I think there's maybe a danger the show wouldn't be as good as it could or should be because you're not looking at the right aims.

Newsnight is available in the UK on the BBC iplayer for the next seven days and the story is available around the World on the Newsnight Website.

Bookmark and Share Australian news and ratings

2/15/2010 09:57:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Part One of The End of Time has debuted in Australia to respectable ratings. The special averaged 799,000 in the five major capital cities, facing stiff competition from the commercial networks, including a one-day international cricket match.

Meanwhile, David Tennant's final appearances as the Doctor has attracted some local media attention. Carolyn Stewart of the TV Week spoke to Tennant about his departure after four years, who expresses his excitement for his successor Matt Smith, saying that 'it'll be fantastic to see what he does with the role. He's a great actor and is full of ambition for the show. He's hungry for it and I'll think he'll be terrific.' Meanwhile Kerrie Murphy of The Weekend Australian writes of 'The End of Time' that while it is 'dense for those not schooled in Who mythology...once it gets going, it mixes the silly humour with adventure and an emotional undercurrent.' Erin McWhirter of the Herald-Sun also comments of the special that it is 'visually appealing and well scripted' but Conrad Walters of the Sydney Morning Herald is less kind writing that 'aside from a few lovely touches...the story is weaker than loyal viewers have a right to expect.'

Bookmark and Share Casting Update: Nina Wadia

2/13/2010 10:16:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Sun has reported that Eastenders actress Nina Wadia is to appear in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who later this year.
The actress reveals in the article that she will portray a psychiatric doctor, one who is not particularly pleasant and 'a bit of a baddie'.

The actress indicated that her role was filmed over a couple of days, and that she enjoyed working with new Doctor Matt Smith.

Bookmark and Share The Eleventh Hour is ... an hour?

2/13/2010 09:55:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Radio Free Skaro have revealed that, according to an 'official BBC release', Matt Smith's opening story The Eleventh Hour will be an hour long.

The release is also said to provide a taster of the up-and-coming travels of the Doctor and Amy:
As well as the information revealed in this month's Doctor Who Magazine, the item also reports stories set in nineteenth century France and a far future United Kingdom in space, creatures such as a Star Whale, and "a silent menace that follows Amy and the Doctor around wherever they go..."

The release has yet to be confirmed by the usual BBC outlets themselves.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures circulation falls

2/12/2010 09:45:00 am - Reported by Anthony Weight

Sales of Doctor Who Adventures have slumped by nearly 50 per cent over the past year, according to latest figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

The 26 issues distributed between 1 July 2009 and 31 December 2009 had a total average net circulation of 44,664 per edition across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

This represented a 45.7 per cent drop year-on-year - the figure for the same period in 2008 was 82,205.

Acknowledging the huge fall, Jaynie Bye, joint managing director of BBC Children's Magazines, remained optimistic, saying: "Doctor Who Adventures is down year on year, as anticipated, but is still performing well given the absence of the show from the schedules for most of this period. We are confident that circulation will increase with the return of the Doctor to our screens in 2010."

For comparative figures, see the BBC Worldwide press release.

Bookmark and Share Concept Designs online

2/11/2010 12:42:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Concept Designer Peter McKinstry has published artwork on his website featuring concepts and illustrations from his work on Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

McKinstry has been Concept Designer on Doctor Who since series two. He is responsible for coming up with the look of the series, from planets and space ships to weapons and monsters. As well as his work on the Doctor Who and its spin-offs he has also worked on the last three Harry Potter films and the Harry Potter Theme Park.

Bookmark and Share Mark Jones (1939 - 2010)

2/11/2010 02:11:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The actor Mark Jones has died at the age of seventy.

Mark Jones played the role of Arnold Keeler in the 1976 Tom Baker story The Seeds of Doom. Keeler was a botanist, working for Harrison Chase, who during the story transformed into a Krynoid.

Jones had a long career in British Television appearing in programmes such as Casualty, Red Dwarf, Blott on the Landscape, The Onedin Line and Z Cars. He also had roles in the movies Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back and Bear Island. He died on 14th January 2010 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Bookmark and Share The Doctor and Douglas

2/10/2010 09:54:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

ZZ9, the official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society, reports that BBC Radio 4 are currently preparing a documentary about former Doctor Who script editor Douglas Adams, entitled "The Doctor and Douglas". Produced by Simon Barnard and made for the BBC by the independent production company Wise Buddah, the documentary will apparently look at Adams's association with Doctor Who, from being a teenage fan of the programme in the 1960s to writing and script editing for it in the late 1970s.

This will be the fourth recent Doctor Who-related documentary to be broadcast by Radio 4, which last year transmitted programmes celebrating the Target novelisations of old Doctor Who episodes, and exploring the subject of the show's missing episodes. One of Adams's scripts for the series, Shada, featured heavily in a documentary which looked at 1970s television dramas which were abandoned during production. The network has also broadcast radio plays of the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood.

"The Doctor and Douglas" is expected to be aired sometime in either March or April.

Bookmark and Share 2010 Characters Revealed

2/10/2010 01:47:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Actress Neve McIntosh has revealed in an interview in the Perthshire Advertiser that she will be appearing in a two-parter for the next series of Doctor Who - the interview also mentions the role she will be playing, although characters are yet to be officially announced.

On the role:
Edinburgh-raised Neve (38) will be appearing in two episodes of the next series of Dr Who beside new time-traveller Matt Smith. It’s a dream-come-true for the sci-fi fan, who reckons the latest occupant of the Tardis has the potential to out-strip his predecessors Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.

She said: “I think he’s going to be really good, the best yet out of the new guys.
“The stories have got a bit darker. I play twins, and they’re big lizardwarrior women. They’re one of the Silurian tribes that have been undisturbed under the earth. And of course we get disturbed. It’s the first time I’ve worn prosthetics but I’m still recognisable if you know me well enough.
Neve is also revealed as a Doctor Who fan herself:
Neve, who also appears alongside Welsh actor Robert Pew and The Kumars at No 42’s Meera Syal, impresses as a genuine Who expert. She confessed: “I remember the end of Jon Pertwee and the awesome Tom Baker, who were bridged by Sarah-Jane. A friend gave me a copy of the first Silurian story with Jon and the Sea Devils, and they came back later with Peter Davison. It’s great. I love Dr Who.”

The two-parter itself has yet to be formally announced, but is believed to comprise episodes eight and nine; the Silurian-sounding titles are rumoured to be:
8. The Ground Beneath Their Feet
9. Cold Blood

Filming and photos for these episodes were reported on the news page back in October.

Bookmark and Share Awards and Nominations

2/09/2010 10:10:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Voting is currently taking place for the Broadcasting Press Guild's 36th Annual Award Ceremony. The Doctor Who franchise has been nominated for three awards this year, with David Tennant nominated for Best Actor (Doctor Who/Hamlet), Eve Myles nominated for Best Actress (Torchwood/Framed), and finally Russell T Davies nominated for Best Writer (Doctor Who/Torchwood). The winners are chosen by members of the Guild, and takes place between the 11th and 18th February.

The Television and Radio Industries Club hold their annual TRIC Awards on 9th March at the Grosvenor House, London; Doctor Who has been nominated in the "TV Drama Programme" category, up against Doc Martin and Shameless. Winners are chosen by members of the industry.

The revived series of Doctor Who has yet to win an award from either organisation, though actress Billie Piper won the "New TV Talent" category at TRIC's 2006 ceremony.

New assistant Karen Gillan has been nominated for "Best New Scottish Actor/Actress" at the second Scottish Variety Awards, taking place at the Glasgow Crowne Plaze Hotel on 26th March.

The SFX Weekender convention took place over the weekend, and Doctor Who fared well in the various sci-fi categories: Best Actor went to David TennantBest Actress to Eve Myles, Best Television Episode was won by Torchwood: Children of Earth Day Five, and Best Collectable to the Journal of Impossible Things. In the SFX Choice Awards, new head writer Steven Moffat was the "Hope for the Future", whilst character Ianto Jones was chosen as "Cult Hero". Russell T. Davies was present to accept the actor and episode awards, and you can read his speeches on the SFX website. The full awards will feature in a forthcoming issue of SFX Magazine.

Bookmark and Share People Roundup

2/08/2010 02:43:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Carey MulliganCarey Mulligan, who played Sally Sparrow in the 2007 Steven Moffat story Blink, has been nominated in the 2010 Academy Awards as Best Actress in a Leading Role. She earns the nomination for An Education, in which she played Jenny, an English schoolgirl who is seduced by the charms of an older man.

Paul Magrs is to take part in the Bristol celebration of the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. Magrs has written several Doctor Who novels for BBC Books as well as plays for Big Finish and the recently released Tom Baker series Hornet's Nest for BBC Audio. His other work includes gritty teen fiction such as Strange Boy, a coming of age novel about a boy discovering and learning to accept his sexuality. He will take part in a free creative writing session to be held at Bristol Central Library on February 25 from 2pm to 4pm followed by a talk at Bedminster Library from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Dan Walker, an artist on the 2005 and 2010 series of Doctor Who, will be showing off some concept work at Teesside University's Animex International Festival in Middlesbrough, England. The event runs until the 12th February.

Nicholas Briggs, who provides the voices for several Doctor Who monsters, most notably the Daleks and the Cybermen, is is presenting The 7th Dimension on BBC Radio 7. He provides the continuity for the station’s slot dedicated to science-fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Bookmark and Share Gaiman confirms he is writing for Doctor Who

2/07/2010 12:10:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Science fiction and fantasy author Neil Gaiman has confirmed he will be writing an episode of Doctor Who for Matt Smith's second series as The Doctor.

Gaiman broke the news in a special message sent to SFX Weekender as part of his acceptance speech for winning Best Comic at the SFX Awards.
Over the years SFX, and its readers and their votes in the polls, have always been very kind to me. I thought I’d return the favour with what used to be called, in journalistic circles when I was a boy, a scoop.
As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I’m a big fan of a certain long-running British SF TV series. One that started watching -- from behind the sofa -- when I was three. And while I know it’s cruel to make you wait for things, in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season but early in the one after that, it’s quite possible that I might have written an episode. And if I had, it would originally have been called “The House of Nothing”. But it definitely isn’t called that any more.
Gaiman's works include The Sandman graphic novel series, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won a Hugo Award and the 2009 Newbery Medal. His involvement in Doctor Who has been rumoured for a while.

Bookmark and Share Barrowman not drawn on Torchwood's future

2/05/2010 11:55:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

John Barrowman appeared on tonight's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, during which he discussed how Torchwood was responsible for him gaining his forthcoming role in the US series Desperate Housewives. When asked about for future of Captain Jack himself:
I don't know ... that's the answer I have to give you, I have no idea. I have no clue of what's going to happen, that's the official answer. That's what I am sticking to - I always say something else and and say something more, and I get in trouble for it, so I'm not saying anything more!
He went on to speak about meeting Matt Smith:
I did get to meet him once; we were doing some BBC publicity for Torchwood and he was being introduced to the PR department at the BBC, because he was getting briefed on what he's got to do and how his life is going to change. And he did say to me how "I'd love for our characters' paths to cross". I kind of think, with David finishing, Captain Jack might be done in the Doctor Who series. That's my feelings on it, but if they ask me to come back of course I would go back - I would go back in a second!
Jonathan Ross also confirmed that Matt Smith would be appearing on his show in a few weeks time.

The show is available on the BBC iplayer for the next seven days.

Bookmark and Share New Fifth Doctor Audios Announced

2/05/2010 02:34:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

Big Finish announced today details of the upcoming three-story season of Fifth Doctor stories, featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan and Mark Strickson as Turlough, the first time this TARDIS team had acted together since 1983.

According to executive producer Nicholas Briggs, "The three stories were recorded just after Christmas, and everyone was on brilliant form. It was quite thrilling to hear [the cast] recreating their roles so authentically. These adventures sound just like they've fallen through a time warp!"

He aded: “The mood during the recording was quite rambunctious and everyone had such a brilliant time that I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team reunited again some time in the near future…”

The series will debut in July, and the first story released will be Cobwebs by Jonathan Morris. The story guest-stars Helen Griffin (Mrs. Moore in "Rise of the Cybermen"), Raymond Coulthard of Hotel Babylon and Adrian Lukis (Peak Practice). The TARDIS crew lands on a scientific base and it becomes obvious that they've been there before...only for them it hasn't happened yet.

The second story is The Whispering Forest by Stephen Cole, set on an alien world where a colony has become obsessed with cleanliness – while strange creatures are prowling among the trees. The guest cast includes Paul Shelley (previously Persuasion in "Four to Doomsday"), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films...and Patrick Troughton's grandson) and Hayley Atwell (recently in the Prisoner remake).

Wrapping up the series, with the blessings of original creator Christopher Bailey, the Mara makes a welcome return in The Cradle of the Snake by Marc Platt, in which the TARDIS crew revisits the planet Manussa. “When we knew we could get these characters back together, we realised we wanted to bring back the Mara because it was an iconic monster from the Davison era,” says Briggs. "Marc Platt seemed the obvious choice to write it – because Marc does ‘weird’ so wonderfully!”

Please visit the Big Finish website to read the full story.

Bookmark and Share The Doctor and I

2/05/2010 01:20:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

John Barrowman has recorded a new track called The Doctor and I. The song is based on "The Wizard and I" from the Stephen Schwartz musical, Wicked. The lyrics have been changed to have references to The Doctor and Captain Jack.

Barrowman has performed the song at some of his previous concerts and it gets its first ever radio play this Sunday during Elaine Paige on Sunday on BBC Radio 2, available in the UK on FM and around the world on the BBC IPlayer.

Barrowman will be a guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross tonight.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 418

2/04/2010 11:56:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine 418This month's Doctor Who Magazine reveals the secrets of casting the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. In the second part of a in-depth interview, showrunner Steven Moffat talks about how the new TARDIS team were chosen; the controversial new costumes; the challenges in creating the new series of Doctor Who; and, after the auditions, why it was clear that Matt Smith had to play the title role.
It was very obvious it was him. It was just a really, really good audition. More than good acting – they were all good actors – he just had the tone of it straight away, the fun of it, the nuttiness of it… the unselfconscious nuttiness of it. Because, let’s be honest, Matt is unselfconsciously nutty. That’s what he’s like.
Also in the magazine, the Watcher returns and proudly presents his definitive guide to the greatest of all the Doctor’s many foes, the dreaded Daleks. There is an interview with Louise Page, Doctor Who’s costume designer from 2006-2009, about dressing David Tennant, kitting out Kylie Minogue and mixing materials for a menagerie of monsters!

Part three of "The Crimson Hand" sees Majenta finally reunited with her old gang, but what will this mean for her companion, the Doctor? And what terrors lie in store for the universe itself? Plus the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough tackle Tractators as The Fact of Fiction takes a close look at 1984’s Frontios.

Neil Harris asks, "Should Doctor Who be sexy?" There is also a catch up with sixties companion Peter Purves who talks about playing companion Steven Taylor both now and then.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - 152

2/04/2010 03:58:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures 152Be careful not to blink while reading this week’s Doctor Who Adventures magazine because the Weeping Angels are in it! The Angels are returning to Doctor Who where they will come face to face with the Eleventh Doctor. Find out how they kill and why they scare so much.

Also in the magazine, read all about the creatures called the Flood. Discover what they are, what they want, and essential survival tips. Plus the chance to ask the new Doctor Matt Smith a question, the Master’s Top 10 of evil deeds and three posters.

Out now in the United Kingdom.

Bookmark and Share Episode Titles Revealed

2/03/2010 10:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Steven Moffat has revealed the titles of the first few stories of Matt Smith's era as the Eleventh Doctor.

The series begins with The Eleventh Hour written by Moffat himself and is believed to follow directly on from the regeneration in The End of Time. Episode Two is The Beast Below also by Moffat with Episode Three seeing the return of the Doctor's greatest foe in Victory of the Daleks by Mark Gatiss.

Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat also confirmed a number of guest stars for the new series coming to the UK in the Spring.

Arthur Darvill will join the cast of Episode One as Rory. Darvill was previously seen in Little Dorrit, playing Tip Dorrit in the 2008 series.

Sophie Okonedo stars in Episode Two. She recently seen playing Winnie Mandela in the film Mrs Mandela and has previously starred in series such as Criminal Justice, Father and Son and Clocking Off. Her role as Tatiana, the wife of Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the genocide drama film Hotel Rwanda, earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. For Doctor Who she played Alison Cheney, a companion of the Doctor in the 2003 webcast, Scream of the Shalka.

Bill Paterson joins Episode Three. The Scottish actor's long career features appearances in The Killing Fields, A Private Function, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Chaplin, Richard III, Miss Potter and Creation. His television roles include Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Smiley's People, The Singing Detective and the ITV version of Doctor Zhivago. Science fiction fans will remember him from his two roles in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio dramas: as the Playbeing freighter pilot in the Secondary Phase, and as "rain god" Rob McKenna in the Quandary Phase.

Also in Episode Three is Ian McNeice. McNeice had a memorable role in the award-winning series Edge of Darkness. He has appeared in a number of films, including 84 Charing Cross Road, Day of the Dead, No Escape, From Hell and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, and is well known to TV fans as Baron Harkonnen in the Sci-Fi Channel original miniseries Dune and Children of Dune and the Forum Crier in the HBO series Rome.

Episodes Four and Five see the return of Alex Kingston as River Song. Kingston first played the role in the Tenth Doctor's episodes Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead also written by Steven Moffat. She is best known for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Corday in the NBC television series ER and has appeared in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, A Pin for the Butterfly, Croupier and Boudica.

Episode Ten sees Tony Curran join the cast playing Vincent Van Gough in the Richard Curtis episode. Curran has appeared in many films including Shallow Grave, Great Expectations, Gladiator, The Mists of Avalon and Miami Vice.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who visits Stonehenge

2/03/2010 11:56:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

One of the UK's most prestigious historical landmarks played host to the Doctor Who production team last night, with cast and crew filming at Stonehenge in Wiltshire. A report on the proceedings follows below.

Well it certainly was a mad thing to go to Stonehenge and see the filming, but I can't tell you how amazing it was seeing the Neolithic stones list up in the mist laden night sky. This is going to be such an iconic and epic scene in the finale. I can't wait to see it! We arrived there about 8.30, and there was nothing to see, lights had been placed around the stones, but hadn't been switched on. Over the next hour or so dozens of cars arrived, a coach full of extras and [special effects technician] Danny Hargreaves amongst others. Things kicked off around 11pm with Matt, Karen (in that dressing gown again) and River Song all rehearsing a scene in the middle of the stones. Braziers, propane bottles and a smoke machine were also being used. Unfortunately after about 10 minutes the heavans opened. I do wonder why they waited so long to film when it was pitch black by 6pm and not a drop of rain in sight. I do hope they managed to brave the elements, cos the cold was more than enough for us to contend with just watching!
Information and photos courtesy of Scott Frankton.

There are further photographs (i.e. spoilers) from BBC Wiltshire.

Bookmark and Share Peter Davison dismisses Doctors reunion

2/02/2010 08:44:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

During an interview on the Alan Titchmarsh Show this afternoon, former Doctor Peter Davison was asked about a possible reunion with all the remaining Doctors:
I've not heard anything about it, I doubt that it would happen. I mean, there aren't that many of us left, you see! And what would have to happen, they'd have to get replacements, people that looked a bit like the characters who are no longer with us ... I just don't see it happening - I mean I wouldn't rule it out absolutely, but I can't imagine.

Discussion also turned to David Tennant (who is going out with his daughter Georgia Moffett):
He's got the best deal in Doctor Who ... there is a version of his Doctor that is actually ageing on Earth, because there were two of them - a sort of clone - so he can be brought back at any time. It's a brilliant deal! I have to try and look thirty years younger, but he'll be absolutely fine!

Davison - who was on the show to promote his current show Legally Blonde - was also a little bemused by a clip of Mawdryn Undead being used as an introduction for him, citing that Titchmarsh has a habit of showing clips of him that are older than the previous one each time he appears on the programme!

Bookmark and Share Regeneration - Number One for Week

2/02/2010 01:36:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Official figures released by BARB reveal Doctor Who The End of Time, Part Two was watched by 12.27 million people and was once more the most watched programme of the week on British television.

The figures were finally released Monday, after a delay caused by the implementation of a new data collection system. These final ratings are more accurate than the initial overnight figures, and include those who recorded the programme to watch within seven days of transmission. The figures for BBC One give The End of Time a rating of 11.79 million viewers, second for the week behind the episode of EastEnders which directly followed the regeneration. However, unlike EastEnders, Doctor Who was simulcast on the BBC HD channel, where it was watched by an extra 480,000. If these figures are added to the BBC One number it gives Doctor Who a total of 12.27 million, enough to push the programme to the number one spot for only the third time in its 47 year history.

It makes The End of Time, Part Two the 3rd highest rated episode since the series returned in 2005. Overall the episode has the 25th highest rating in the series history.

The edition of Doctor Who Confidential, looking back at the Tenth Doctor, got a final rating of 1.21 million viewers on BBC Three with an additional 150,000 watching on BBC HD. It was the second highest rated programme on Multi Channel for the day.

As well as being the end of David Tennant as the Doctor, The End of Time also brings to an end the stewardship of Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner. Speaking after the launch of the series in 2005, the then BBC head of drama commissioning, Jane Tranter, spoke about her hopes for the series and the audience it would attract. "I told myself I'd be completely and utterly thrilled if it got 6.5 million" she said, "but there was a little voice inside whispering '4.5 million".

The fact that every single episode since the relaunch has exceeded her highest aspirations show how tremedously successful the series has become. Not only bringing large numbers of viewers to BBC One, but also drawing people towards new services such as BBC Three, the BBC iPlayer and , in the last year, BBC HD. If the number of viewers who watched the End of Time on all platforms is calculated, the total stands at around 16 million, roughly the same as the highest rating ever achieved by the classic series, 16.1 million for City of Death in 1979.

Over the last five years 60 episodes have been transmitted making a grand total of 756 since the series began in 1963. Of those sixty 10 have made the top five programmes of the week, something only one episode from the classic series ever achieved. Twenty Six episodes, over half of those made by the team, made the top ten, with only two episodes falling outside the top twenty.

The top rating story of the era was Voyage of the Damned, the Christmas story from 2007, with 13.3 million viewers, the lowest rating story was The Satan Pit with 6.1 million.

Full ratings data and audience analysis for all sixty episodes can be found in the ratings threads in the Transmission section of Gallifrey Base

Bookmark and Share Bonhams Auction Catalogue

2/01/2010 11:20:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

As previously reported, Bonhams will be holding a Doctor Who related auction on Wednesday 24th February. The catalogue for the auction is now available to view online, and includes items from both the 'modern' series of recent years, and also from the 'classic' 20th Century series - many of which originate from the recently closed Blackpool Exhibition.

There are a variety of costumes and props listed in the auction, ranging from the SUV from Torchwood through to the oldest item in the auction, a Brontosaurus model from Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

It is possible to pre-register on the site to bid in the auction on the day.

Bookmark and Share Bill Nighy in Doctor Who

2/01/2010 11:20:00 am - Reported by Anthony Weight

Actor Bill Nighy, star of films such as Love, Actually and the TV drama serial State of Play, is to appear as a guest star in the forthcoming 2010 series of Doctor Who, according to the Digital Spy website. The website quotes a "set insider" as confirming the casting, apparently in the episode written by Nighy's frequent collaborator Richard Curtis. The nature of Nighy's role, according to Digital Spy, can be found in the spoiler box below.

Nighy's name has long been associated with rumours concerning the revived version of Doctor Who, frequently attached to speculation that he might be cast as the Doctor. This began in September 2003, the day following the announcement of the new series, when then-Doctor Who Magazine editor Clayton Hickman named the actor on BBC Radio 4 as Russell T Davies's favoured choice for the role. On March 20th 2004, the very day that the BBC announced Christopher Eccleston's casting as the Ninth Doctor, early editions of the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK carried a story stating that Nighy had won the part.

According to the Digital Spy report, Nighy will be playing "a van Gogh expert with some similar fashion choices to The Doctor himself."