Bookmark and Share Doctor Who - less interesting than politics?

4/29/2010 07:52:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

A report released by the polling organisation YouGov on their website claims that their survey group has found the recent leaders' television debates in the UK general election campaign to have been the most interesting things broadcast on television over the past two weeks - and specifically highlights that they are regarded as having been "more interesting" than Doctor Who!

The debates, between the leaders of the UK's three main political parties, have been shown on ITV1 and Sky News, with a final debate to be shown on BBC One later this evening. They are the first of their kind ever to have been held during a UK general election campaign. 29% of those asked by YouGov declared that they found the confrontations between Nick Clegg, Gordon Brown and David Cameron (pictured left to right) to have been the most interesting programmes of the past fortnight. That compares to 17% saying Doctor Who was the most interesting, but this still places the Time Lord comfortably ahead of ITV1's ratings heavyweight Britain's Got Talent, which only 10% regarded as the most interesting programme.

Bookmark and Share Green Party Uses Daleks in Election Ad (UPDATED)

4/29/2010 07:00:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

A few weeks ago, the Radio Times published a new version of its 2005 "Vote Dalek" cover, this time using the new coloured Daleks to riff on the three main parties in the upcoming UK general election (red for Labour, blue for the Conservatives, and yellow for the Liberal Democrats). Now the Green Party has presented their own Dalek-themed comment on their official YouTube page.

It is unknown whether the Greens have the permission of Terry Nation's estate for this use of the Daleks; however, given the estate's past objections to humorous uses of the Daleks, it is unlikely. The BBC, who share the copyright for the Dalek image, do not allow the use of their copyrights for party political purposes.

UPDATE: The video has been removed from YouTube. For the benefit of those who did not see it while it was up, it depicted a screen divided into four quadrants; three quadrants contained a coloured Dalek (red, blue, or yellow), and the fourth contained a green rabbit. The tune of the Sesame Street song "One of These Things Is Not Like The Others" played in the background. After the tune had finished, the rabbit shot and destroyed the Daleks with red laser beams from its eyes.

It is likely that the video was removed due to copyright complaints.

Bookmark and Share Amy's Choice - Press Details

4/29/2010 06:26:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Amy's ChoiceThe BBC Press Office has released details for the seventh episode of the new series, Amy's Choice.

The Simon Nye story is scheduled for Saturday 15th May. It stars Audrey Ardington as Mrs Poggit, Toby Jones as the Dream Lord and Joan Linder as Mrs Hammill.
It's been five years since Amy Pond last travelled with the Doctor, and when he lands in her garden again, on the eve of the birth of her first child, she finds herself facing a heartbreaking choice – one that will change her life for ever.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - 164

4/29/2010 06:08:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who AdventuresThis week's Doctor Who Adventures looks back at The Time of Angels and the chilling return of the Weeping Angels to Doctor Who.

There’s a chance to test your knowledge of the Doctor’s oldest and deadliest enemies in this week’s Dalek quiz and the magazine also goes behind the scenes to find out how the Who team made River Song fall through space.

All this, plus:
• Weeping Angel mask!
• Win the chance to be editor of Doctor Who Adventures for a day
• A sneak peak at episode five, Flesh and Stone
• Subscription offer

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine - 421

4/29/2010 05:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine 419There are Vampires, Silurians and life-changing choices to be made, in this month's Doctor Who Magazine.

Four forthcoming episodes are previewed, The Vampires of Venice, Amy’s Choice, The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood and there are interviews with writers Toby Whithouse, Simon Nye, Chris Chibnall and Steven Moffat, and never-before-seen photos!

Talking about the new-look reptile people of The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, Chris Chibnall reveals,
These new creatures don’t negate the original Silurians, they’re a different exploration of the same idea. They’re close cousins. And once you see Neve McIntosh (who plays Silurians Alaya and Restac) and Matt Smith acting their socks off together, I’m hoping you’ll feel the idea paid off.

Also in the magazine
  • Head writer Steven Moffat gets his head flushed down the loo and tells what else happened when Matt Smith and Karen Gillan went back to school with the Doctor Who team, in Production Notes!
  • It’s the most incredible ship in the entire universe – the Doctor’s trusty TARDIS! Join the Watcher as he leads you through his indispensible in-depth guide to the Time Lord’s astonishing time and space machine.
  • They’re bigger than before. And they’ve had a paint job! Writer Mark Gatiss, actors Nick Briggs and Barnaby Edwards and designer Ed Thomas explain just how and why the brand new Daleks have come about.
  • The Eleventh Doctor and Amy visit a jungle planet that’s full of scary surprises, as they make their DWM comic strip debut in Supernature, written by Jonathan Morris with art by Mike Collins.
  • Just who is the smart, sexy and teasingly enigmatic River Song? DWM catches up with the actress who plays her, Alex Kingston, and finds out exactly what she knows about the secrets of her elusive character.
  • DWM meets the Terrence Hardiman, who chats candidly about his sinister role in The Beast Below – and what it’s like to be best known for terrifying children!
  • Just how is a Doctor Who script translated from script to screen? DWM finds out just how it done as it talks to Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Caitlin Blackwood and Steven Moffat about bringing The Eleventh Hour to life.
Out now.

Bookmark and Share David Myerscough-Jones 1934-2010

4/28/2010 11:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Set designer David Myerscough-Jones has died at the age of 75.

David Myerscough-Jones was Designer for three stories in the classic series. He first worked on the 1968 second Doctor story The Web of Fear. Set in a London tube station, the BBC refused to pay the high fee demanded to film in the actual location so Myerscough-Jones was given the task of replicating the London Underground system in a television studio. He achieved this so admirably, with a replica so lifelike, that the BBC recieved a letter of complaint from London Underground alleging that filming had taken place on their property without permission.

In 1970 he returned to the series working on the third Doctor story The Ambassadors of Death and two years later he worked on Day of the Daleks were he was responsible for designing rooms in a stately home as wall a a futuristic control centre.

Outside of Doctor Who, Myerscough-Jones has a long successful career. His most notable achievement was designing the sets for a television version of Britten’s opera Peter Grimes.

He died of cancer on April 21, 2010, and is survived by his wife, Pelo, to whom he was married in 1963, and their four children.

Times Obituary

Bookmark and Share Week 6 Schedule Update

4/28/2010 08:44:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Vampires of VeniceDoctor Who moves to its earliest slot since the series returned, for The Vampires Of Venice with the programme, on 8th May, now confirmed for a start time of 6pm.

The earlier spot appears to be to accommodate a longer edition of Over The Rainbow. It is understood that the production team of the talent show were reluctant to be scheduled against Britain's Got Talent and wanted Doctor Who to be moved to an earlier slot.

Doctor Who will be up against You've Been Framed on ITV1, Dad's Army on BBC Two and Come Dine with Me on Channel 4.

Bookmark and Share Matt Smith to play Christopher Isherwood

4/28/2010 08:18:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Matt Smith is to play the novelist Christopher Isherwood in a new drama for BBC Two.

Titled Christopher and his Kind, the drama is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Isherwood in 1976. It covers the ten years in the writer's life-from 1929 to 1939, when he left England for Berlin, the capital of the young Weimar Republic, drawn by its reputation for sexual freedom. It talks about the gay Berlin of the 1930s and Isherwood's struggles to save his companion, a German man named Heinz, from the Nazis. Isherwood's experiences in the city later inspired him to write his 1939 novella Goodbye to Berlin on which the Broadway musical Cabaret was based.

The drama will also star Lindsay Duncan, who played Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars, as Isherwood's mother. It will be directed by Geoffrey Sax, who directed the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie.

The drama is written by acclaimed playwright Kevin Elyot (My Night With Reg) and produced by Celia Duval for Mammoth Screen.

Filming on Christopher and his Kind starts in May. The 90-minute drama is likely to screen on BBC Two in the autumn.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures Magazine website launched

4/28/2010 07:14:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have issued a press release reporting the launch of a new website for the weekly magazine Doctor Who Adventures.

The website has been designed by Monoroot and built by BBC Worldwide's web team, and is aimed at the magazines target readership (6-12 year olds). It is expected to be updated every day whilst the series is still broadcasting, covering features like wallpapers, competitions, updated on the current magazine, and also a blog from the magazine team.

Moray Laing, editor of the magazine:
The launch of is fantastic for the magazine. Readers can now have constant interaction with us and keep up to date with all the latest monster news!

Bookmark and Share Hamlet on PBS

4/28/2010 04:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

David Tennant's acclaimed performance as Hamlet Prince of Denmark comes to PBS Wednesday evening as part of the Great Performances series. Immediately following the broadcast, the film will be available online in its entirety on the Great Performances Web site.

Hamlet aired in the UK on Boxing Day 2009 to an audience of more than 900,000. In an article in The Observer, Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote: “Like many people, I had my love of Shakespeare reawakened by David Tennant’s TV portrayal of Hamlet over Christmas.”

Tennant made his debut in October as the host of MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY on PBS. His many other credits include his recent portrayal of Barty Crouch Junior in the big-screen blockbuster Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Tennant has also received numerous awards from the theatre community for his lead roles in several Shakespearean productions and other classic plays.

Veteran stage and screen actor Sir Patrick Stewart reprises his 2009 Laurence Olivier Award-winning role of Claudius in the screen version, which is directed by Gregory Doran, who also returns to reprise his stage direction of the production. Co-produced by Illuminations Television and the RSC for the BBC, in association with Thirteen for WNET.ORG and NHK, the adaptation recreates the tone and atmosphere of the stage production in a film-style interpretation shot in HD on location at St. Joseph’s College in Mill Hill, London. The production is produced for television by John Wyver and Sebastian Gran.

Check local listings here.

Bookmark and Share DVD schedule

4/28/2010 02:17:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

2 entertain have confirmed in DWM the release date for the next three UK DVD releases
A full release schedule for all Doctor Who products can be found on our Release Guide.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Tour

4/28/2010 02:22:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Brit Movie ToursA Doctor Who Tour is being launched this summer by Brit Movie Tours.

The independent London based company already runs tours based around other TV and film locations, including subjects such as Harry Potter, Notting Hill and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The 10 hour Doctor Who tour departs from London's Earls Court and travels to Cardiff, to take in such locations as Amy Pond's home village, Rose Tyler's department store, the church attacked by the Reapers and the entrance to the Torchwood Hub. The trip includes a visit to the Cardiff Doctor Who Exhibition. Classic and new series episodes will be shown on the bus during the journey.

The tour runs fortnightly from Thursday 10th June until 28th October 2010 and costs £75.

Bookmark and Share Victory of the Daleks - Final Ratings

4/27/2010 01:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Victory of the DalekFinal figures for Victory of the Daleks published today by BARB show the story was watched by 7.82 million viewers.

The total is over 1.5 million higher than the initial overnight reported figure.

The programme was the fourth highest on BBC One and the eleventh highest on all British television for the week. An additional 0.381 million watched on BBC HD, however as this week's episode was not simulcast with the BBC One showing, the figures are not added onto the final total. Even if they were the programme would still be eleventh in the chart.

This is the first time the programme has dropped out of the top ten since the series four story, Silence in the Library, which was 27th. Since then the number of iplayer requests for the programme have dramatically increased.

The BBC Three Sunday repeat did not appear in the top ten for the week for that channel.

Bookmark and Share Mara Tales

4/27/2010 10:41:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

2entertain have announced on their offical Twitter feed that the two stories Kinda and Snakedance are to be released during 2011, in a boxed set entitled Mara Tales. The company have released a Next Time Trailer for the set, which also features a glimpse of new CGI for the Mara's manifestation as a snake.

The trailer will appear on a future, currently unspecified Doctor Who release.

Bookmark and Share Radio Times Kingston Interview

4/27/2010 07:32:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Radio TimesThis weeks Radio times contains an interview with actress Alex Kingston about returning to the role of River Song.

Kingston last appeared in Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead in 2008 – in which she perished to save David Tennant’s Doctor. Kingston reprises her role alongside Matt Smith's time traveller in a battle against the Weeping Angels, last seen in Blink in 2007.

In this current two-parter River is a younger version of the one who previously met, and admitted to having intimate knowledge of, the Doctor. Time travel can be confusing, but it does give the Surrey-born actress something of a unique perspective on the whole Doctor Who phenomenon, having played opposite both Tennant and Smith.

When she first took on the part, she spoke of the Doctor being her lover but now she’s not so sure. “I was absolutely certain. That’s what I’d assumed. But when I was reading The Time of Angels, I suddenly thought, “My God, she’s his mother!’ ”While Kingston, 47, and Tennant, 39, couldn’t have pulled that off, Smith is 20 years her junior. So is that how she’s playing it this time? A mother/son relationship? 

“Well, no, the flirtation between them still indicates they have a much more intimate relationship further down the line – and I sort of hope it is that. I hope they’re married,” she laughs, “Otherwise, if she’s his mother, the flirtation isn’t quite appropriate!"

Bookmark and Share The Hungry Earth

4/27/2010 02:35:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The title of episode eight of the new series has been confirmed as The Hungry Earth.

The title is listed on the cover of the edition of Doctor Who Magazine due out this week and posted on the magazine's Facebook account.

A full series summary can be found on our 2010 series guide.

Update: Episode Nine will be titled Cold Blood.

Bookmark and Share Revenge Extras

4/27/2010 01:41:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Revenge of the CybermenExtras have been cleared by BBFC for the forthcoming release of the fourth Doctor story Revenge of the Cybermen.

Extras Cleared:
  • Commentary
  • Cheques Lies and Videotape - 28'15"
  • Easter Egg - 21"
  • The Tin Men and the Witch - 25'22"
  • Location Report - 5'53"
  • Photo Gallery - 4'35"
No release date for the story has yet been announced.

Bookmark and Share Flesh and Stone - 360 Picture

4/27/2010 12:28:00 am - Reported by Marcus

A new 360 degree picture trailing Flesh and Stone has been released by the BBC. The second part of the Weeping Angels story can be seen in the UK on Saturday.

Bookmark and Share Formal Apology

4/27/2010 12:13:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has formally replied to the complaints received over the Nortongate incident.

The response goes further than the statement issued by a spokesman yesterday which just apologised for the timing of the caption. The formal response admits the caption was wrong and promises it will not happen again.

The BBC statement says
The Over the Rainbow trail in Doctor Who should not have played out on Saturday and we apologise to all Doctor Who fans whose enjoyment of the show was disrupted. We recognise the strength of feeling that has been expressed and are taking steps to ensure that this mistake will not happen again.

It is understood that the instruction to run the caption was made by BBC One management and was made without consulting the programme's producers or senior management at BBC Wales.

Bookmark and Share Time of Angels - AI

4/26/2010 12:19:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Time of AngelsThe Time of Angels scored an Appreciation Index figure of 87, the highest of the series so far.

The AI or Appreciation Index or AI score is a measure of how much an audience enjoyed a programme. The score was the highest of the day on either of the two main channels.

Doctor Who Confidential had an AI figure of 84.

On BBC Three the Doctor Who repeat was watched by 0.55 million.

The BBC has updated its story on the controversial trail for Over the Rainbow which spoiled the cliff-hanger for many, reporting that, so far, 5,583 complaints have now been received.

The children's news programme Newsround is also asking for viewers feelings on the intrusion.

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings for The Beast Below

4/26/2010 06:59:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Beast Below has debuted in Australia to very respectable ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 851,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. Again it was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating program of the day, rating higher than its popular Sunday 7pm news (By comparison, the mini-series Burn Up only rated 367,000 viewers for the ABC in the following 8.30pm timeslot). The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated a respectable 536,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Meanwhile in local media, Ruth Ritchie of the Sydney Morning Herald writes of The Eleventh Hour that 'a very, very young Doctor, with an almost childlike first take on his new body, is now an obvious choice to engage younger viewers. Smith already displayed an adorable alien quality in Party Animals. Our introduction to him through the eyes of Amelia Pond, a lonely little girl who hears voices through the cracks in her walls, is vintage Doctor Who. He unsuccessfully samples baked beans, bacon, yoghurt and most of the pantry in a display of adult food-spitting we've not seen since Tom Hanks in Big. After a feast of fish fingers dipped in custard, Smith's Doctor Who takes us on a wild and witty science-fiction ride.' The Sunshine Coast Daily also features an interview with Matt Smith where he indicates he might visit Australia next year. No incumbent Doctor has visited Australia since Peter Davison in 1983.

Bookmark and Share BBC apologises for advert intrusion

4/25/2010 04:19:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Norton PromoAfter thousands of complaints about the trailer featuring an animated Graham Norton promoting Over The Rainbow during the closing moments of Doctor Who last night, the BBC have apologised for the occurrence.

In an article on the BBC News site:
The BBC often promotes programmes in this way but the corporation has acknowledged that in this case the scheduling was inappropriate.

A BBC spokesman said: "We apologise for the timing of Saturday night's trail."

The BBC received around 3000 complaints about the incident which affected viewers to BBC One in England.

Bookmark and Share Time of Angels - Audience Figures

4/25/2010 11:04:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Time of AngelsThe Time of Angels was watched by 6.8 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

BBC One had 6.5 million watching with an additional 0.3 million watching on BBC HD. The total share was 36.7%. Doctor Who was again the second most watched programme of the day with Britain's Got Talent getting 10.5 million. Third placed was Casualty with 5.5 million watching.

The cartoon Graham Norton didn't prevent over two million leaving BBC One once Doctor Who finished. The average audience for BBC One between 7.00-7.05 was 7.01 million and the average between 7.05-7.10 was 4.81 million.

Overall Doctor Who currently stands at twelfth for the week with a final top ten place almost certain.

On Multi-Channel Television, Doctor Who Confidential received 0.57 million viewers on BBC Three, with an additional 57,000 watching on BBC HD.

Bookmark and Share The Return of Norton

4/25/2010 04:08:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Norton PromoGraham Norton's second appearance in Doctor Who has provoked a storm of complaints, with many viewers upset at the appearance of a cartoon version of the Irish comic over the cliffhanger of the BBC One showing of The Time of Angels.

The appearance seems to be a bid by the BBC to prevent viewers leaving the channel once Doctor Who has aired. Last week nearly two million viewers left BBC One at the end of Victory of The Daleks. The appearance came at the climax of the episode, covering part of Matt Smith's face. Once the credits were rolling another promo for the Dorothy programme was broadcast.

A number of comments on Twitter have complained about the intrusion with critic Charlie Brooker tweeting "Why don’t the BBC just wipe s*** all over the screen during the final scene of Dr. Who next week? I hope Moffat is bellowing down a phone to someone right now." Simon Pegg, who starred in The Long Game, added "Congrats to the BBC for ruining the climax to Doctor Who with a cartoon Graham Norton telling about another xxxxxx talent show."

Graham Norton first made his presence felt during the first showing of Rose, when crossed wires resulted in a audio feed of his BBC Three programme being transmitted across the first episode of the relaunched Doctor Who series.

Anyone with strong feelings on the appearance can make a complaint via the BBC website, or by phone to 0370 010 0222.

Bookmark and Share New BBC One ident

4/23/2010 07:34:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

The MediaGuardian website has made available a video of a new BBC One ident for its Saturday night line-up, created for the channel by Aardman Animations, the company behind the award-winning Wallace and Gromit series, amongst many other successful projects. The ident - used to identify BBC One and provide a backdrop to continuity announcements introducing each programme - features the Eleventh Doctor assisting Graham Norton in battling a Dalek attack on BBC Television Centre, and highlights Doctor Who along with its Saturday night stablemates Total Wipeout and Over the Rainbow.

Bookmark and Share Moffat delighted with series reception

4/23/2010 02:33:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Steven MoffatExecutive Producer Steven Moffat has expressed delight on the reception of the new series and the publics reaction to the Eleventh Doctor. Speaking in Los Angeles, where the Doctor Who team have been stranded due to the ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Moffat said
I thought it'd take four or five weeks to get to where we got after the first broadcast, but people just seem to have fallen in love with him instantly.

Moffat said how the series gets super-scary with the next three episodes which see the return of the Weeping Angels.
We're now going for proper scares in four and five, so some good spine chilling stuff on its way. If you took a vote amongst the playgrounds of Britain they'd all be saying 'make it scary, you're meant to be behind that sofa!
Moffat has also written a Blog in which he describes the two-part story as a highly coloured, loud, action-movie and talks of Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor as halfway between Indiana Jones and Stan Laurel.

He talks about the first day of filming on the series and describes visiting the location and seeing the TARDIS sitting on the beach followed quickly by the arrival of several paparazzi and a number of fans with cameras.
I was stood on set with my phone, looking at pictures of myself which fans had taken already on the web. On one occasion I saw a photograph of myself watching the filming, which had been uploaded so quickly that I hadn't moved from the position I was in by the time it was on the web!

BBC Gloucestershire have published an article looking behind the scenes at another location for the story, Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean. The 14-acre site features deep gullies and dramatic rock formations known as scowles. It has also been used for location filming for the BBC series Merlin since 2008 and the same forest is said to have inspired JRR Tolkien to write The Hobbit.

Bookmark and Share Vampires of Venice - Press Details

4/23/2010 01:59:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Vampires of VeniceThe BBC Press Office has released details for the sixth episode of the new series, The Vampires of Venice.

The Toby Whithouse story, which stars Helen McCrory as Rosanna Calvierri, is scheduled for Saturday 8th May.
Dessicated corpses, terror in the canal and a visit to the sinister House of Calvierri – the Doctor takes Amy and Rory for a romantic mini-break, as the Tardis touches down once again. But 17th-century Venice is not as it should be. The city has been sealed to protect it from the Plague, although Rosanna Calvierri may have other plans...

Meanwhile schedules for 1st May have been confirmed with the second half of the Weeping Angels story, Flesh and Stone, being shown at 6.25pm on BBC One and BBC HD. ITV1 offers You've Been Framed! as an alternative, with BBC Two showing Newsnight. More News can be seen on Channel 4 while Five has the feature film Two Mules for Sister Sara starring Clint Eastwood.

Bookmark and Share The End of Time - French translation

4/22/2010 06:49:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The first week in March saw the recording of the French translation of David Tennant's final adventure, The End of Time. The recording took place at the Dubbing Brothers studios in Brussels, Belgium, with dialogue written by François Dubuc, and the session directed by David Macaluso.

The role of the Doctor was assumed by David Manet, who has played both the Ninth and Tenth Doctors throughout the series' return. However, the Eleventh Doctor finds a new 'voice' in the form of Belgian stage actor and dubbing artist Marc Weiss. Similarly returning is Franck Dacquin as the Master - he has been John Simm's 'alternative' since Life on Mars.

The principle cast in the story have been dubbed by the following artists:
CharacterActorVoice Artist
The Tenth DoctorDavid TennantDavid Manet
The Eleventh DoctorMatt SmithMarc Weiss
Wilfred MottBernard CribbinsDaniel Dury
The MasterJohn SimmFranck Dacquin
The Narrator / Lord PresidentTimothy DaltonPatrick Donnay
Joshua NaismithDavid HarewoodClaudio Dos Santos
Abigail NaismithTracy IfeachorRaphaelle Bruneau
AddamsSinead KeenanFanny Roy
RossiterLawry LewinFrédéric Haugness
Lucy SaxonAlexandra MoenCécile Boland
Donna NobleCatherine TateCarole Baillen
Sylvia NobleJacqueline KingIoanna Gkizas
Shaun TempleKarl CollinsAlexandre Crepet
Rose TylerBillie PiperGeraldine Frippiat
Jackie TylerCamille CoduriNathalie Hons
Martha Smith-JonesFreema AgyemanMélanie Dermont
Mickey SmithNoel ClarkePhilippe Allard
Captain Jack HarknessCaptain Jack HarknessSébastien Hébrant
Sarah Jane SmithElisabeth SladenJacqueline Ghaye
Luke SmithThomas KnightGauthier de Fauconval
Verity NewmanJessica HynesFabienne Loriaux
MinnieJune WhitfieldNicole Shirer
Other roles include: Nicole Shirer (Woman); Romain Barbieux (Oods+Ood Sigma); Robert Guilmard (Ood elder+Winston); Jean-Paul Landresse (Oliver); Frederic Meaux (Mr Danes); Jean-Marc Delhausse (President)

There is currently no information as to when The End of Time (or its predecessor The Waters of Mars) will be broadcast in France.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - 163

4/22/2010 05:52:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who AdventuresThis week Doctor Who Adventures goes behind the scenes of Victory of the Daleks and meets the new Daleks for the first time. Also, Matt Smith reveals all about them in the diary.

Plus this week's gifts include Dalek stationery and a Supreme Dalek poster.

DWA163 is out now, 22nd April.

Bookmark and Share The Dominators Confirmed for DVD

4/22/2010 02:38:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The DominatorsThe BBFC have cleared extras for the DVD release of the Second Doctor story The Dominators.

This 1968 five-part story has been expected ever since an official promo for the story was leaked to YouTube at the end of last year. The story stars Patrick Troughton as the Doctor along with Frazer Hines as Jamie and Wendy Padbury as Zoe.

The story is set on the planet Dulkis, under threat from two alien Dominators, Rago and his subordinate Toba, who have landed in a spaceship. It features the robot Quarks.

Guest stars include Ronald Allen, who was well known at the time for his starring role in the soap opera Compact and later for his role in Crossroads and Brian Cant who was a staple of Children's television in the sixties and seventies, well known for his work on Play School and Play Away and for his narration on the popular Trumpton, Chigley and Camberwick Green puppet series.

Extras Cleared:
  • Commentary
  • Recharge and Equalise - Featurette - 22'55"
  • Easter Egg - 2'34"
  • The Dominators - Photo Gallery - 5'46"
  • Tomorrow's Times - How the media reported on the Second Doctor - 13'12"
No release date for the story has been confirmed but it is likely to be released in July or August.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Returns to the Proms

4/22/2010 12:28:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Two Doctor Who Proms have been announced by the BBC and will take place over the weekend of 24th/25th July 2010.

This will be the second time music from Doctor Who has been featured at the Proms. Founded in 1895, the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts are an eight-week summer season of orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington. Since 1927 they have been run by the BBC. In 2008 a Doctor Who Prom showcased the work of Murray Gold, who has composed the incidental music for Doctor Who since its return in 2005 along with other space related pieces of classical music.

The 2010 season will follow the same format comprising a mix of traditional and modern music. The two proms will have the same running order and both will be hosted by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan and feature the London Philharmonic Choir and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

A number of Who related events have been organised over the weekend.

Tickets will go on sale, online, by telephone and in person on Tuesday 4 May at 8.00am.

2.00pm Proms Plus: Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus
You know how the theme tune to Doctor Who goes, now come and play it! At the Royal College of Music. Sign up for this event.
5.45pm Proms Intro
Join members of the Doctor Who sound design team to discover how they create the stunning sound scapes for the BBC TV series. Presented by Matthew Sweet. At the Royal College of Music.
Prom 10: 7.30pm–9.30pm
Venue Royal Albert Hall
Tickets £7–£35, price band A or Prom for £5
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Recorded for future broadcast on BBC Three. Available worldwide on iPlayer for 7 days.

Programme to include:
  • Murray Gold Music from the Doctor Who series(c40 mins)
  • John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine (5 mins)
  • Holst The Planets – Mars (6 mins)
  • Orff Carmina burana – 'O Fortuna' (5 mins)
  • Wagner Die Walküre – The Ride of the Valkyries (5 mins)


Prom 11: 11.00am–1.00pm
Venue Royal Albert Hall
Tickets £6–£12, price band G or Prom for £5

Programme to include:
  • Murray Gold Music from the Doctor Who series(c40 mins)
  • John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine (5 mins)
  • Holst The Planets – Mars (6 mins)
  • Orff Carmina burana – 'O Fortuna' (5 mins)
  • Wagner Die Walküre – The Ride of the Valkyries (5 mins)
1.45pm Proms Plus: Proms Family Orchestra and Chorus
You know how the theme tune to Doctor Who goes, now come and play it! At the Royal College of Music. Sign up for this event.

Bookmark and Share First game title revealed

4/22/2010 11:51:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The TARDIS materializes in 1963 - and London is in ruins. The Daleks have seized control of time and the only chance of saving Earth lies in a desperate quest to Skaro, the Daleks' home planet - before time catches up with Amy, the last survivor of the human race!

The BBC have announced the name of the first part of the Doctor Who Adventures games. As expected from the trailer this weekend and the publicity yesterday in Sheffield, the Daleks play a major part in City of the Daleks, due to be released for download from 5th June.

The first part is written by Phil Ford:
This is quite a series opener. We destroy London even before the credits role - so you can only begin to imagine where we travel to from there. City of the Daleks is as big-budget as you can imagine: from London we head to Kaalann, the capital city of the Daleks, one constructed from pure anger and hate. And these new Daleks don't like to be messed with, so players are about to enjoy a new interactive episode which is as heart-pulsing as anything you've seen before.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Costumes to be auctioned

4/22/2010 09:12:00 am - Reported by Anthony Weight

A knight's cape from the 1965 William Hartnell story The Crusade is one of a number of Doctor Who-related items going under the hammer next month.

Cameo Fine Art Auctioneers in Midgham, Berkshire, is holding a sale of costumes originating from TV, film, and theatrical costumier Angels on Sunday 23rd May.

The cape has an estimate of £400-£500. Other items from Doctor Who include a pair of brown leather shoes worn by Tom Baker throughout the series - these have an estimate of £200-£300 - and a waistcoat worn by Peter Davison in the 1984 story Planet of Fire (est £800-£1,200).

Bookmark and Share K9 comes to Five

4/22/2010 01:43:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The K9 series is coming to Five in the UK this Autumn.

The series, developed by Bob Baker and Paul Tams, is currently showing in the UK on the Disney XD channel. The broadcast on Five will bring the show to a much wider range of viewers. Disney XD is only available on subscription to digital viewers, whereas Five is a terestrial channel available free to air in most of the UK.

The 26 part series was made by Stewart & Wall Entertainment in Australia.

Bookmark and Share Fox withdraw from American Torchwood

4/22/2010 01:22:00 am - Reported by Marcus

TorchwoodThe Fox Network has decided not to continue with plans for a US version of Torchwood.

BBC Worldwide have issued a statement saying that
BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized 'Torchwood' format. We are currently in discussion with several interested networks.

Fox's involvement in developing an American version of the series was first reported in January. Russell T Davies was reported to be writing a pilot script, with Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter acting as executive producers. Tranter said that despite the withdrawal of Fox from the project, it is "still very much ongoing and very much alive."

Tranter has also dismissed rumours that an American version of Doctor Who was being planned. "It may well be confusing to have a British Doctor and an American Doctor at the same time" she said, "there is only one Doctor, so I don't see that happening".

Bookmark and Share Daleks Invade Sheffield

4/21/2010 04:14:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The new versions of the Daleks were spotted at Sheffield Railway Station on Wednesday morning, at a special event to make the launch of the new Doctor Who Adventure Games.

The first of these interactive episodes will be available to download from 5 June. At the Sheffield event a number of journalists and children were able to test the games for the first time.

Nick Briggs was on hand to provide the Dalek Voices.

Dalek Storm was also spotted at the event. Dalek Storm is a special weapons Dalek built by fan Alan Clark.

Thanks to Jason Smedley for the video

Bookmark and Share Telegraph Giveaway Update

4/21/2010 03:00:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Telegraph has released more details of its Audio Adventures give-away starting this weekend, first reported here.

On Saturday the paper will include a brand new adventure for the Eleventh Doctor, The Runaway Train read by Matt Smith, followed on Sunday by part one of Pest Control, read by David Tennant.

Over the following week the paper will print vouchers which can be exchanged in WH Smith for a range of Doctor Who Audio Adventures.
The Runaway TrainSaturday 24th April

Free with paper

The Runaway Train - An original story, read by Matt Smith.

Arriving on Earth in the midst of the American Civil War, the Doctor and Amy must get a posse together to help them retrieve an alien artefact. The duo are chased across the Wild West by the alien race, their only hope of escape catching the 3.25 to Arizona.

Pest ControlSunday, April 25th

Free with paper

Pest Control – Part One. An original BBC audiobooks story, read by David Tennant.

The Doctor and Donna face monstrous insects and a ruthless robot exterminator in this thrilling story and the TARDIS is lost in battle on a distant planet.

Monday, April 26th

Pest Control - Part Two. An original BBC audiobooks story, read by David Tennant.


The Doctor and Donna face monstrous insects and a ruthless robot exterminator and the TARDIS is lost in battle on a distant planet in this thrilling story.
Tuesday, April 27th

Slipback – Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Valentine Dyall star in this BBC Radio 4 adventure from 1985.


The Doctor and Peri board an alien craft which the TARDIS has materialised inside, to investigate time experimentation. Which turns out not to be the only illegal activity onboard.
Wednesday, April 28th

Exploration Earth – Tom Baker and Sarah Jane Smith star in this special BBC School Radio episode from 1976.


The Doctor and Sarah witness the Earth’s development. But, as the Earth evolves from a mass of heat and gas, Megron the High Lord of Chaos has his own designs on our homeworld.
Thursday, April 29th

Geneisis of the Daleks – Tom Baker narrates an abridged audio version of the 1975 television adventure.


The Doctor, Sarah and Harry are sent to Skaro, where crippled scientist Davros has created protective casings for the genetic mutations with his race will become as a result of the 1,000-year war of attrition between the Kaleds and the Thals.
Friday, April 30th

Mission to the Unknown – The soundtrack to a Doctor Who adventure from 1965, but which famously does not feature the Doctor himself, with linking narration by Peter Purves.


In this one-off prelude to The Daleks’ Master Plan, can Special Space Service Agent Marc Cory survive the vegatation on the planet Kembel and prevent the Daleks’ plans for galactic domination?

Bookmark and Share Katy Manning talks to SFX

4/21/2010 02:36:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Katy Manning has been talking to SFX about her feelings on returning to the role of Jo Grant 37 years after she made her television farewell to the character in The Green Death.

In the interview she talks about her delight in being asked to work on the show.
I don’t think that anything nicer could have been offered to me. It is an absolute gift. And that Matt. Ooh, what a little darling he is! And as an actor, y’know, lovely actor. You get it straight away.

The magazine also contains a report on the read through which took place last Monday. They describe the script as very moving, with echoes of School Reunion and absolutely stuffed to the gills with in-jokes and little nods for the fans.

Bookmark and Share Cybermen for DVD

4/20/2010 02:46:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The British Board of Film Classification has cleared a trailer for a forthcoming double DVD release of Revenge of the Cybermen and Silver Nemesis.

Revenge of the CybermenRevenge of the Cybermen is a fourth Doctor story first shown in 1975. As well as Tom Baker it stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith and Ian Marter as Harry Sullivan. Written by Gerry Davis, the co-creator of the Cybermen, and Robert Holmes, the story is set on Nerva Beacon and on Voga the fabled planet of gold. It was the first story for the Cybermen since they appeared in the 1968 second Doctor story The Invasion and their last until Earthshock in 1982. Other cast members include Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Christopher Robbie, Jeremy Wilkin, William Marlowe, Michael Wisher, Kevin Stoney and David Collings. This story was the first Doctor Who story to be released on VHS in October 1983 with a retail price of £39.99.

Silver NemesisSilver Nemesis was a seventh Doctor story, first shown in 1988. Alongside Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, the story starred Sophie Aldred as Ace. Written by Kevin Clarke the story was part of the 25th year celebrations for the series. Other cast members included David Banks, Mark Hardy, Anton Diffring, Courtney Pine, Fiona Walker and a special appearance from film star Dolores Gray. In 1993 an extended version of this three-part serial was released on VHS. It is understood that this special edition will not be included on the DVD release, nor, due to rights issues, will the accompanying VHS documentary.

There is no date announced for this release, but the classification of the trailer indicates the stories are likely to be available in July.

Bookmark and Share Canadian Ratings

4/20/2010 12:46:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

SpaceThe premier Canadian showing of The Eleventh Hour, was watched by an average of 0.47 million viewers according to BBM Canada. It was the number 1 non-sports specialty program of the day.

The programme had nearly a million viewers who watched at least part of the episode. During the broadcast, SPACE hosted a live chat on featuring a panel of Doctor Who experts, including Innerspace reporter Natasha Eloi, Sanctuary star Robin Dunne and award-winning artist Pia Guerra. The two and a half-hour chat clocked up 1,300 comments, paralleling the number of comments made in The Juno Awards chatroom the previous night on The episode is available for the next four days on demand at

Bookmark and Share BBC America Ratings

4/20/2010 01:09:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who on BBC America has broken records for the channel with 1.2 million viewers watching the series premier, The Eleventh Hour last Saturday evening.

The audience was for those watching Live or Same Day and aged above 2.

The programme also gave the channel its best Live + Same Day audience in the 25-54 age group and ranked BBC America number 2 among all ad-supported cable networks in its time period for this age group. The rating is higher than that achieved by the SyFy channel in this age group for the season premiers of Series 1-4.

Doctor Who is also currently the Number 1 TV series in the US and Canadian iTunes store.

Bookmark and Share Eleventh Doctor and Jo Grant to visit Sarah Jane Adventures

4/19/2010 05:09:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Sarah Jane AdventuresThe BBC Press Office has announced that The Sarah Jane Adventures will have two special guests when it returns for a fourth series this autumn. In a special two-part story written by Russell T Davies, Matt Smith will appear as the Doctor, and Katy Manning will guest as the Doctor's former companion Jo Grant. Manning starred in Doctor Who opposite the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, from 1971 to 1973. Manning has recorded audio adventures for Big Finish Productions, but this will be the first time she has played Jo Grant on television in thirty-seven years.

The press release includes reactions from Elisabeth Sladen, who plays Sarah Jane Smith, Manning, and Sarah Jane Adventures executive producer Nikki Wilson:
Elisabeth Sladen, who plays Sarah Jane comments: "It's a fantastic script and I can't wait to work with another Doctor and hope Matt has fun with us. I've known Katy for ages and I am delighted to be working with her. I last met her in LA but this time we will be in Cardiff. LA was good but Cardiff is better."

Katy Manning, who recently returned to live in the UK again, adds: "Playing Jo Grant again is something I never really considered. I was gob-smacked when they told me and I am over the moon. What an incredible little treat. I come home and this is one of the first things that happens."

Executive producer Nikki Wilson says: "We are absolutely thrilled to be introducing Sarah Jane and the gang to both The Eleventh Doctor and Jo Grant, and to have a script penned by Russell T Davies is the icing on the cake!

"Viewers are in for a real treat, with an action-packed story full of Russell's usual wit and warmth, which takes the gang inside a secret base beneath Snowdon and introduces brand-new vulture aliens, the mysterious Shansheeth. All this, plus a trip to an alien planet – a first for The Sarah Jane Adventures."

Bookmark and Share Beast Below - Final Figures

4/19/2010 04:37:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Beast BelowFinal figures for The Beast Below published today by BARB show the story was watched by 8.42 million viewers.

The total is once more much higher than the initial overnight reported figure, implying many time-shifted the episode.

On BBC One the story had 7.93 million watching, enough to make the story the fifth most watched on the channel for the week, behind four editions of EastEnders, and the eleventh most watched on all British television. However an additional 494,000 people watched the simulcast on BBC HD, the identical audience to the week before. This gave the story a total audience 8.42 million, making it the tenth most watched overall.

On BBC Three the Sunday repeat had 0.82 million watching and was the sixteenth most watched programme on multi-channel for the week.

Bookmark and Share Eleventh Doctor Sticker Collection

4/19/2010 04:33:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Sticker collectibles producer Topps will be releasing a new edition of their Doctor Who Stickers and Album collection, "following the Eleventh Doctor and his brand new assistant on their amazing journey through time and space".

Ruth Leonard, Entertainment Marketing Director, Topps Europe, said:
We are delighted yet again, to be releasing an all new Doctor Who collection! Doctor Who fanatics are on the edge of their seats as the new series continues, and we are expecting sales of the sticker collection to reflect the phenomenon that is Doctor Who.

We are teaming up with to reward purchasers of the collection a chance to win some exclusive Doctor Who prizes and are looking forward to a great reaction from the fan base.

As well as the new Doctor, the new collection will also feature the 2009 specials, and also the most popular characters in the series, aliens, Cybermen, and of course the Daleks. There will be some 260 stickers in total to collect, with the 48 page album also featuring an A2 wall chart.

The collection is expected to launch during the first week of May.

Bookmark and Share Victory of the Daleks - AI and Ratings Update

4/19/2010 11:49:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Victory of the DaleksVictory of the Daleks scored an Appreciation Index figure of 84.

The AI or Appreciation Index or AI score is a measure of how much an audience enjoyed a programme. Although the score is slightly lower than recent episodes of Doctor Who, it is still one of the highest scores of the day.

Doctor Who Confidential had an AI figure of 85.

The Sunday repeat had an audience of 0.59 million watching.

With the whole week's ratings now available, Doctor Who currently is seventeenth for the week. This will almost certainly rise when the final figures are reported next week.

Bookmark and Share The Time of Angels

4/19/2010 12:46:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a trailer for Episode Four of the new series, The Time of Angels.

The episode is written by Steven Moffat and stars Alex Kingston as River Song, Simon Dutton as Alistair and Iain Glen as Father Octavian. It can be seen in the UK next Saturday at 6.20pm on BBC One and BBC HD.

Bookmark and Share Victory of the Daleks - Ratings

4/18/2010 09:33:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Victory of the DaleksVictory of the Daleks was watched by 6.2 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures.

With a share of 32.7% the rating is the second highest of the day. Britain's Got Talent stole the night with 10.6 million viewers and a 44% share of the audience. Doctor Who was still nearly a million viewers ahead of the third placed programme, the BBC News.

An additional 231,000 watched the later showing on BBC HD, although as the showing wasn't simulcast the figures won't be added together.

Doctor Who is currently sixteenth for the week, a position which should rise when the official ratings are released next week.

On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.59 million with a share of 3.1%. An additional 0.12 million watched on BBC HD.

Bookmark and Share The Eleventh Doctor a hit down under! - Updated

4/18/2010 05:25:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Eleventh Doctor has debuted in Australia to excellent ratings on both TV and the internet. TV Tonight reports that The Eleventh Hour averaged 1.033 million viewers in the five major capital cities, despite stiff competition from the commercial networks, including the final of The Biggest Loser. It was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating program of the day, rating higher than its popular Sunday 7pm news (By comparison, Part Two of The End of Time only rated 840,000 viewers in the five cities back in February). The episode and the corresponding Confidential Cutdown have also debuted on the ABC's iView service. TV Tonight reports that 'The Eleventh Hour', which appeared on iView almost two days before its televison debut, was also a big internet hit for the national broadcaster, having 112,000 views over the weekend (By way of comparison, the iView service had a total of 224,000 visitors, 540,000 visits and 2.8 million page views in the week ending 18 April). Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have also appeared in especially filmed ABC trailers directly inviting viewers to tune into ABC1 to watch the program on Sunday evening.

The debut of Matt Smith has also attracted considerable local media, including a number of interviews with the star on ABC Local Radio (including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney local ABC) and the national ABC youth radio network Triple J, during which Matt has reflected on the long history and enduring popularity of 'Doctor Who' in Australia. In an amusing interview with TV Tonight, Smith even asks if an Australian version of Doctor Who has ever been considered! The actor has also been interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sunday Telegraph and TV Week where he expresses the hope of filming a future episode in Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald has rated 'The Eleventh Hour' its 'show of the week' with Michael Idato writing that 'the real surprise is the manner in which Matt Smith owns the role completely from the very first frame. Any fear there might be teething problems or some lingering affection for his predecessor...failed to materialise. The verdict? Great, big, wallopy, timey-wimey brilliant.' Dianne Butler of the The Daily Telegraph also gives the program four stars, while Kerrie Murphy of the The Weekend Australian writes it 'is a pretty darn fantastic first full outing for the 11th doctor...Not only is Smith great but so is the story, which sees the Doctor crashing into the life of a feisty young girl who is visited by an unusual escapee prisoner. It nails the Doctor Who formula, mixing comedy with genuine tension and emotion.' Scott Ellis of the Sunday Age also writes of the new Doctor that he 'will take some getting used to but, by the end of this first adventure, Smith shows he has what it takes to reinvent the character again.' The Sunday Age also makes the episode one of its picks of the day also writing, 'Steven Moffat - the man who brought us two of the best-ever Doctor Who eps (Blink, The Girl in the Fireplace) is now head boy. Add the fabulous Matt Smith to the mix as the new Doctor and we're set for a superb series.' Moffat is also interviewed by David Knox of TV Tonight.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Super Saturday

4/17/2010 04:44:00 pm - Reported by Dean Braithwaite

Just a reminder that the new series of Doctor Who - starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond - premieres in Australia, Canada and the US this weekend.

In the US, The Eleventh Hour, by Steven Moffat, hits TV screens on BBC America tonight (Saturday), at 9 p.m. ET. The opening episode will be preceded at 8 p.m. ET by Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide, a documentary introducing the world of Doctor Who to new viewers.

Canada premieres The Eleventh Hour tonight (Saturday) on SPACE, also at 9 p.m. ET, with Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide showing before it at 8 p.m. ET.

In Australia, The Eleventh Hour will be broadcast on ABC 1 on Sunday (April 18) at 7.30 p.m. The series has already premiered in Australia on ABC iView, the station's Internet broadcasting service. Also, Series 1 of K9 continues to be broadcast weekly on Saturdays on Channel Ten.

The new series is receiving masses of press attention in all three countries. Digital Journal continues its coverage, running three separate pieces for the US launch, the Canadian launch and the Australian launch.

Meanwhile, in the UK, Matt Smith's Series 1 (Doctor Who, Series 31) continues tonight on BBC 1 at 6.30 p.m. with Victory of the Daleks, by Mark Gatiss. A report on the history of the metal menace has appeared on BBC News. As reported by us yesterday, immediately after this episode, there will be a trailer on BBC 1 for the fortcoming downloadable episodes of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games. Episode 3 of Doctor Who Confidential follows on BBC 3 at 7.15 p.m.

Bookmark and Share Friday Ratings

4/17/2010 01:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Friday's BBC Three repeat of The Beast Below had an audience of 0.48 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures. The programme was the 6th highest rated for the day on multi-channel television.

The cut-down version of Doctor Who Confidential got 0.35 million watching and was the 18th most watched multi-channel programme.

Bookmark and Share Reminder: Utopia Competition

4/16/2010 08:09:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Just a quick reminder of our competition to win tickets to the Fantom Films convention Utopia is still open until midday, Sunday - full details here!

Bookmark and Share The Adventure Games - BBC1 Trailer

4/16/2010 07:58:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Adventure GamesThe BBC will be broadcasting a special trailer for the forthcoming downloadable Adventure Games immediately after broadcast of tomorrow evening's episode Victory of the Daleks on BBC1, at around 7:15pm.
Why would the first footage of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games be screened after this particular episode? Find out on Saturday night!
The clip will be also be available online on the BBC's Doctor Who website.

Bookmark and Share iPlayer Record

4/16/2010 07:46:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who has set a new record for BBC's iPlayer downloads. The Eleventh Hour has achieved the highest number of requests in a week, with 1.27 million requests to view seven days after it was screened by the BBC. An episode of Top Gear was the most watched programme of 2009 with 1.6 million views, and it is possible The Eleventh Hour could exceed this figure when final figures are calculated.

As reported earlier this week, over 10 million watched the initial broadcast on BBC One and BBC HD.

Meanwhile Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have continued their wooing of the American media with a appearance on Fox News's Strategy Room talking about the series and explaining how the sonic screwdriver works.

Bookmark and Share Canadian Update

4/16/2010 03:33:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

SpaceCanadian Broadcaster SPACE have announced they will be showing the documentary Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide at 8pm ET this Saturday, immediately before the Canadian premier of The Eleventh Hour. The documentary is also being shown on BBC America and is described as an original, all-access look inside the world's biggest, most successful sci-fi television program.

The network have uploaded the recent Skype conversation with Steven Moffat, which took place at the recent screening party in Toronto. Matt Smith also gave an interview to Q, CBC Radio's mid-morning broadcast. The interview begins about 22 minutes into the podcast.

Press coverage of the imminent arrival of The Eleventh Doctor to North America continues with items in the Chicago Sun-Times, Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and Reuters.

Bookmark and Share Audio Adventures with The Telegraph - Updated

4/16/2010 01:20:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Telegraph is to give away a series of Doctor Who Audio adventures starting next weekend with an early release of Matt Smith reading a brand new adventure for the Eleventh Doctor, The Runaway Train. It is understood this will be in the paper on Saturday 24th April.

The news comes from Doctor Who author Peter Anghelides, whose own story, Pest Control, featuring the Tenth Doctor and read by David Tennant, will be the second story released on the 25th and 26th April.

The promotion is part of a deal with BBC Audiobooks. Commissioning Editor Michael Stevens says
It’s a thrilling collection of unique original audio stories, rarely-heard radio adventures and classic TV soundtracks, featuring the voices of much-loved Doctors, companions and monsters – including the brand new current Doctor, Matt Smith.

Other stories included are: Slipback, the Colin Baker story originally heard on BBC Radio 4 in 1985; Genesis of the Daleks and Exploration Earth featuring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen; and finally Mission to the Unknown, the soundtrack of the 1965 story, which was the one Doctor Who television episode not to feature the Doctor or any of his companions.

Bookmark and Share Schedule Update

4/15/2010 11:02:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Flesh and StoneThe BBC Press Office has released details for the second part of the Weeping Angels story, Flesh And Stone. Episode 5 of the new series will be shown in the UK on Saturday 1st May. The episode summary contains spoilers for part one of the story.
There's no way back, no way up and no way out. Trapped among an army of Weeping Angels, the Doctor and his friends must try to escape through the wreckage of a crashed space liner.

Meanwhile, in the forest vault, the Doctor's companion, Amy Pond, finds herself facing an even more deadly attack.

Meanwhile schedules for the 24th April have been confirmed with the first half of the story, The Time of Angels, scheduled for 6.20pm on BBC One and BBC HD.

The programme is once more scheduled between Total Wipeout and Over The Rainbow. ITV1 will be offering the Best of You've Been Framed with Harry Hill. Viewers not wanting to face a Weeping Angel can face Jeremy Paxman on BBC Two in a special Saturday election edition of Newsnight with Channel 4 offering Channel 4 News. Five will be showing the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

Doctor Who Confidential will be at 7.05pm on BBC Three and at 8:25pm on BBC HD and reports on Matt Smith being photographed, scanned and 'rotoscoped' for the new online Doctor Who Adventure Games.

Bookmark and Share North American Tour continues

4/15/2010 06:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Matt SmithThe Doctor Who promotional tour of the states continues with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan making appearances ahead of the series launch on BBC America this Saturday.

The official site has a report on the preview showing of The Eleventh Hour at the Village East movie theatre on Wednesday night. The event, attended by Smith, Gillan and executive producer Steven Moffat, drew fans from around the country with the queue forming as early as 6.30am. The Daily Mail reports on the event, continuing its fascination with the outfits of Karen Gillan. BBC America have uploaded video of Matt Smith signing his first head to their Facebook page.

Meanwhile the Paley Centre for Media has uploaded a video of the question and answer session which took place last Monday, and there is a report on the event on Newsarama. BBC America have uploaded a video of Smith and Gillan at the Apple store in SoHo.

The stars have also given interviews to a number of local TV stations such as WCSH6 based in Portland, Maine, with Steven Moffat talking to FilmSchool Rejects.

Doctor Who was even mentioned on the BBC's flagship current affairs programme Newsnight, when a guest from Washington said the leadership debates, taking place in the UK tonight, may draw an audience as big as that achieved by the arrival of a new Doctor Who.

In Canada a special preview of The Eleventh Hour took place last week and is covered by The National Post. Steven Moffat talked to the event via Skype. We understand a 9 minute clip of The Eleventh Hour is available as a free download from iTunes Canada.

On the other side of the world the new series also launches in Australia this weekend. Fans are reporting that the ABC is so heavily promoting the fact that the first episode will be available online from midnight on Friday via its iView service that a lot of viewers are missing the fact that it will actually be shown on ABC1 on Sunday, with ABC announcers specifically mentioning the iView showing but not the Sunday one.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - 162

4/15/2010 03:51:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who AdventuresThis week Doctor Who Adventures looks at the best bits from last week’s episode, The Beast Below.

Matt Smith reveals all about the filming of the episode in his Doctor Who Adventures diary, with lots of filming facts. And the magazine asks who needs the Doctor’s help is this week’s brand new adventure? Find out in the sneak peak at episode three, Victory of the Daleks.

Plus Doctor Who gifts, Cyberman Fast Facts, Essential info on Earth Invaders and five posters.

Bookmark and Share New Clips Online

4/15/2010 03:50:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Three new clips from Victory of the Daleks, as well as an introduction to the story from Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, are now available on the official BBC website.

Video content may not be available outside the United Kingdom.

Bookmark and Share Auton: Shock & Awe

4/15/2010 03:20:00 am - Reported by Marcus

AutonA compilation book containing the best bits of the notoriously-childish Doctor Who fanzine, Auton, is to be published by Hirst Books this September.

The book will include the best of the 19 issues originally published in the nineties, plus what is described as an absolute ton of new and previously unpublished inanity. The book will be large format (180mm x 260mm), full colour throughout and around 200 pages. The Restoration Team's Steve Roberts has written a foreword.

As with the magazine, the book contains adult themes and isn't intended for children.

All the authors proceeds and fees are being equally divided between The MS Society, Foundation For The Study of Infant Death, and The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who and the Son of Doctor Who

4/14/2010 01:40:00 pm - Reported by Dean Braithwaite

This article asks: “Is this the Doctor Who general election? And are Labour hoping that some of the popularity of the show will rub off on them?” The forthcoming UK general election and Doctor Who do seem to be becoming evermore interlinked.

The new issue of Radio Times, harking back to its 30 April to 6 May issue from 2005 (opposite), shows the Daleks in the colours (blue, red and yellow) of the three main UK political parties, David Tennant, earlier this year, declared his support for the UK’s Labour Party and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the party’s current leader. Earlier this week, the Labour Party turned to the Doctor and a son of the Doctor in it’s campaign to win re-election in the contest.

The first party-election broadcast of the campaign premièred on YouTube before airing on UK television channels. In the Labour Party broadcast, The Road Ahead, the third Doctor Jon Pertwee’s son, Sean Pertwee, appeared, while the tenth Doctor David Tennant provided the voice-over.

See our earlier story about this week’s Radio Times and the interview with Brown, who reveals that Tennant is his favourite Doctor, and that he saw him recently in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

In recent months, both Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat have separately warned against David Cameron’s Conservatives winning the election, fearing the future of the BBC would be under threat. Citing Moffat’s comments, the Daily Mirror claimed that Saturday’s episode, The Beast Below, featured a message blasting the Tories:
A livid Doctor says: “Once every five years everyone chooses to forget what they have learned. That’s democracy.”
A source said: “This almost echoes what Labour has been saying about how people should not forget what they learned in the 80s. They think the Tories will drag the country down again and it looks like the Doctor feels the same.”

In February, the Sunday Times claimed that writers wove anti-Tory propaganda into Doctor Who scripts in the 1980s.

As for the Liberal Democrats, their candidate for Blaenau Gwent, Wales, is one Matt Smith!

Bookmark and Share Constellation Awards Nominations

4/14/2010 12:06:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor Who bookshelf of awards eyes up Canada next, with a number of nominations in the categories for the Constellation Awards.

Former Doctor David Tennant is up for his third award for Best Male Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode with The Waters of Mars; he previously won in the 2006 and 2007 ceremonies. This time he is up against Gareth David Lloyd for his performance as Ianto Jones in Torchwood: Children of Earth (Day Four). Other nominations include Jenson Ackles (Supernatural), John Noble (Fringe), Misha Collins (Supernatural), Robin Dunne (Sanctuary) and Ron Livingston (Defying Gravity).

The Best Female Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode sees guest star Michelle Ryan nominated for her role as Lady Christina in Planet of the Dead. This was won last year by Catherine Tate for her role as Donna Noble in Turn Left, and in 2008 by Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow in Blink). Michelle's competition includes Agam Darshi (Sanctuary), Alona Tal (Supernatural), Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary), Erin Karpluk (Being Erica), Laura Harris (Defying Gravity) and Lena Headley (Sarah Connor Chronicles)

Doctor Who is (of course!) up for Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2009 for the fourth time, having won this category in all three previous ceremonies. This year it is up against the likes of Sanctuary, Supernatural, Stargate Universe, Defying Gravity, Flash Forward and Being Erica. (The series also won the Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television at the first ceremony in 2007.)

Best Overall 2009 Science Fiction Film or Television Script sees Torchwood: Children of Earth (Day One) nomimated; last year this was won by the Doctor Who episode Silence in the Library. Torchwood is up against Stargate Universe, Defying Gravity, Being Erica, Flash Forward and District 9.

In addition, the Best Female Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series category yields an unusual entry in the form of actress Aurora Buchanan, who has been nominated for the fan-made film Doctor Who: Victimsight. This is the only fan production to make the entire award nominations, and Aurora is up against major Hollywood actresses/entries like Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), Zoe Zaldana (nominated twice for both Star Trek and Avatar), and Dakota Fanning (Push).

The Constellation Awards are Canada's annual science fiction awards, and focus on rewarding excellence in science fiction film and television. This is the fourth year of the Awards, which are voted for by the Canadian public; it will take place at the Polaris 24 convention on 17th July 2010.