Bookmark and Share Amy's History Hunt

7/31/2010 12:50:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Karen GillanThe official site has released details of a new Doctor Who game, Amy's History Hunt, to be released next week.

The game will is not part the Adventure Games series and does not need to be downloaded. It stars Karen Gillan as Amy and features a series of specially shot videos. The challenge is to unlock the Doctor's safe and if you're successful you'll release a special short story by Paul Cornell, writer of Father's Day, Human Nature and The Family of Blood.

Throughout the quest you'll find out more about the Doctor's friends and places he's visited. Plus, you'll get Amy's unique point of view about some of the people she's met during her adventures with the Time Lord.

Bookmark and Share Demon Quest 1: Relics of Time - Details

7/31/2010 03:59:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Demon QuestCast Update 2nd August

Details are available for Relics of Time, the first episode of the new Tom Baker audio series Demon Quest.

The BBC Audiobook production comes in five parts and is a sequel to Hornet's News released last year. Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor and is joined once more by Richard Franklin and Susan Jameson, reprising their roles as Mike Yates and Mrs. Wibbsey respectively.
The Doctor returns to Nest Cottage but lands in trouble when a key component from the TARDIS disappears. Mrs. Wibbsey is inadvertently responsible, but all she can offer in recompense is a bag containing four curious objects. It seems that each one is a clue, and the beginning of a chase through Time. In ancient Sussex they are apprehended by primitive tribesfolk, and mistaken for wizards. Can the revered goddess Wibbsentia get them out of hot water? Who is the fearful wizard in the neighbouring village, and why is the countryside littered with bodies? The Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey are about to discover that all is not right with history.

The series also features Nigel Anthony as the Wizard and Rupert Holliday Evans and Kate Sachs as the Warriors with with Samuel West, Lorelei King, Jan Francis, Finty Williams and Rowena Cooper.

The series is written by Paul Magrs and the first part is released in the UK on 2nd September and in the US on November 16.

Bookmark and Share Moffat Writing Five Episodes for 2011 Series

7/30/2010 02:29:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Steven MoffatDoctor Who's showrunner, Steven Moffat has confirmed he will be writing five episodes of the next series of Doctor Who to be broadcast in 2011, as well as the forthcoming Christmas Special.

Talking to Den of Geek, Moffat confirmed he will be following the previous pattern established by Russell T Davies, with the Lead Writer penning five of the thirteen episodes in the series.

As previously reported Neil Gaiman will be writing one episode, thought to be the third in the series. Writers have not yet been officially confirmed for the other seven episodes in the series.

Bookmark and Share News Update

7/30/2010 03:15:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Executive Producer Steven Moffat has given an interview to Tom Harris, MP for Glasgow South and Doctor Who fan, conducted on the terrace of the Palace of Westminster. The two have been friends since 1989 when Harris was a reporter on the Paisley Daily Express.

Actor Steve North will be playing a character called Older Benjamin in the 2010 Christmas Special according to his Spotlight entry. North has had roles in Casualty, The Bill and Midsomer Murders.

World music trio Manta recently appeared on ABC Australia's music programme Spicks and Specks playing their version of the Doctor Who Theme, the results of which are on the ABC YouTube Channel.

Bookmark and Share 2010 Series DVD Boxset

7/28/2010 10:26:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Series Five BoxsetDetails have been released of the 2010 series boxset which will be released in the UK on 8th November 2010 and in North America on November 9, 2010.

Branded The Complete Fifth Series the boxset is available in DVD and Blu-ray formats. In the UK, as well as the general release, a number of sets will be available in the form of a specially limited edition.

Special features include additional scenes written by Steven Moffat and exclusive to DVD.
  • Additional scenes: Meanwhile in the TARDIS, written by Steven Moffat and featuring Matt Smith & Karen Gillan, telling the story of what happens between episodes. Why was Amy floating in Space above Starship UK, and what happened after 'that' kiss between the Doctor and Amy?
  • Monster Files - The Monster Files will get under the skin and inside the minds of the latest Doctor's most challenging opponents. With previously unseen footage and exclusive comments from cast and crew, the Monster Files take fans old and new even further behind enemy lines.
  • Outtakes
  • In-vision commentaries
  • Video Diary
  • Confidential Cut Downs
  • BBC Trails and Promos to New Series 5

See our full Release Schedule

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who news and rumours roundup

7/27/2010 09:02:00 pm - Reported by Dean Braithwaite

What a busy couple of weeks its been. Despite Series 5 of Doctor Who having finished, hardly a day goes by without some sort of Who-related news popping up.

For a fuller round-up, remember to look in on Doctor Who in the Media, but, to whet your appetite, here's a summary.

On Sunday, BBC 1 premiered the long-awaited first episode of Sherlock (see our earlier story), Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's updated version of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes, Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson and Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade. Cumberbatch has created a bit of a stir in the last few days by suggesting, first, telling Digital Spy that he may well be appearing in several episodes Doctor Who, and, then, according to the Sun that he considered becoming the eleventh Doctor before Matt Smith was cast in the role.

Again, according to the Sun, Matt Smith is eager to leave Doctor Who to pursue a career in Hollywood. However, this has been denied by both Moffat, to BBC News, and Karen Gillan, during her visit to Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park Polo Club! For a less sensational take on this, see this story and this story on Digital Journal.

Nicky Wire, of the Manic Street Preachers, caused a bit of a stir when he blogged on the band's website that he was writing a Doctor Who script. He's since clarified on Twitter that it's fan fiction and not a BBC commission.

Russell T Davies has been speaking to SFX about the fourth series of Torchwood and has also dealt with the rumours surrounding a Johnny Depp as the Doctor Hollywood movie! This story covers the original "exclusive" and RTD's debunking of it.

Finally, there was plenty of press coverage surrounding the start of filming of the 2010 Christmas special (see this Gallifrey Base story), guest-starring Sir Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins, including here, here and here.

Happy times and places!

Bookmark and Share Finished Product - Issue Four

7/26/2010 06:08:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

SFX Magazine: TorchwoodIssue four of the Finished Product, the unofficial companion to the Big Finish audio series, is due for imminent release.

This issue concentrates on the UNIT series, looking at it from inception through to final execution, as well as revealing some ideas for the never-made second series. And lots of the interviewees talk about their memories of David Tennant in one of his final roles before playing the Tenth Doctor.

Interviewees include producer Ian Farrington, writers Simon Guerrier, Iain McLaughlin, Jonathan Clements and Joseph Lidster, directors Edward Salt and John Ainsworth, actors Ian Brooker and Robert Curbishley, as well as sound designer and composer David Darlington.

In addition, there's also an interview with DWM award-winning Big Finish composer Russell Stone.

For more details and ordering information, email

Bookmark and Share SFX talks Torchwood

7/26/2010 01:12:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

SFX Magazine: TorchwoodThis month's SFX magazine has a Torchwood cover and inside, there's a four-page feature talking to Russell T Davies about his plans for the fourth series. He also comments on the recent rumours about Johnny Depp starring in a Doctor Who movie.
I’ve always had this story in mind, and when you discover what it is, you’ll go, ‘Oh, right...’ You’ll see how that can spread out [for ten episodes]. Actually, Children Of Earth could have run for ten episodes. Once you get martial law declared, we could have done three more episodes of that - if anything, we slightly rushed that ending. So this story is on that big a scale. It’s not a Lost-type story, full of mystery, and it’s not particularly complicated - it’s more linear. Ten parts just gives us a chance to move it onto the international stage where it takes place. The vast majority’s going to take place in America - and other countries as well - so it's got a size to it. It’s a proper, big, global ten-hour thriller.

Bookmark and Share Derek Pollitt 1927-2010

7/26/2010 02:19:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The actor Derek Pollitt has died at the age of 83.

Derek Pollitt had three roles in Doctor Who. In 1968 he played Driver Evans in the Second Doctor story The Web of Fear. Evans was part of Colonel Lethbridge Stewart's team, and the only survivor, other than the Colonel himself, from a fight with the Yeti. Evans always sang when scared. Pollitt returned to the series in 1970 playing Private Wright, a UNIT officer, in the third Doctor's second story Doctor Who and the Silurians. His final role in the series was not broadcast as he played A. St. John D. Caldera, a neurologist whose mind was stolen, in the cancelled story Shada.

Pollitt had a long association with Llandudno in Wales, where he and his then wife Pamela Rayner ran the Galleon Theatre Company for many years staging plays at the Grand Theatre in the in the 1960s. A keen sportsman, he played a couple of times in the 1960s for the Llandudno Second X1 cricket team and at the age of 64 he did a sponsored walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for a London hospital. He died in hospital in Surrey on July 11.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Prom

7/24/2010 12:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The first Doctor Who Prom of 2010 took place today, Saturday, hosted by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, who record the soundtrack for the series, presented a selection of intergalactic music, including Murray Gold’s music from the TV show, plus a selection of classical favourites including Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, Mars from Holst's The Planets and Orff's Carmina Burnana.

Before the concert, Matt Smith said of the Doctor Who Prom:
Utterly nerve-wracking... I think that Murray Gold is incredible, totally incredibly – a genius – and to hear all that in the Royal Albert Hall will just be one of the most soaring experiences.

The concert programme can be viewed on the Proms website, providing full details of the concert, the performers' biographies and an interview with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

The programme is now available for seven days on the BBC iPlayer.

Doctor Who Prom - Part One
  • Murray Gold - The Mad Man with a Box
  • Murray Gold - An Untimely Arrival
  • John Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • Murray Gold - I Am The Doctor
  • William Walton - Overture Portsmouth Point
  • Gustav Holst - The Planets - Mars
  • Murray Gold - Battle in the Skies

Interval Twenty Minutes - Dance of the Daleks
How do you make a sink-plunger seem scary? Matthew Sweet, who spent the Saturday tea-times of his youth peering at the television from behind the sofa, time-travels through Doctor Who's 47-year history to investigate the weird and wonderful soundworld of its incidental music. He talks with some of the composers who have contributed, in very different musical styles, to the enduring success of the programme over the decades.

Doctor Who Prom - Part Two
  • Carl Orff - Carmina Burana - O Fortuna
  • Murray Gold - Amy
  • Murray Gold - Liz, Lizards and Vincenyt
  • Richard Wagner - Die Walkure
  • Murray Gold - This is Gallifrey / Vale decem
  • Murray Gold - Pandorica Suite
  • Murray Gold - Song of Freedom
  • Ron Grainer - Doctor Who Theme

Bookmark and Share Adventure Games now available internationally

7/23/2010 06:14:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Adventure GamesThe Windows versions of the first two episodes in The Doctor Who Adventure Games are now available to download internationally.

Both City of the Daleks and Blood of the Cybermen, are now available globally from, IGN's digital retail game store.

The games are being launched to coincide with the North American season finale of The Big Bang, which airs July 24 on BBC America and SPACE, and with this year's Comic-Con festival. No Mac version has yet been made available internationally.

The games are still available to download free of charge for fans in the United Kingdom. Two more episodes are planned for release over the next couple of months.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who tops June iPlayer figures

7/22/2010 08:44:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: The Pandorica OpensFor the third month running Doctor Who has topped the monthly iPlayer request charts with the final four episodes of the series being the top four requested programmes for June.

Top of the list was The Pandorica Opens with over 1.3 million requests during the month, followed by The Lodger, Vincent and the Doctor and The Big Bang all with over a million requests. The highest programme, not related to Doctor Who, was Top Gear with 0.88 million requests. During the month Doctor Who had 6.35 million requests in total, shared between 13 episodes, just behind EastEnders which had 7 million requests for one of the 22 episodes available.

Figures for the year so far, give Doctor Who the top nine places in the download charts, and 14 of the top twenty places. The Eleventh Hour tops the list with over 2.1 million requests, by far the highest requested programme in the BBC iPlayer history. Because the whole series was on iPlayer from transmission date until July, the early episodes of the series were available for much longer and therefore had higher iPlayer figures. The final two episodes of the series will get a boost when the July figures are available.
Top IPlayer requests January - June 2010
    1 - Doctor Who 1 The Eleventh Hour - 2.16m
    2 - Doctor Who 2 The Beast Below - 1.63m
    3 - Doctor Who 4 The Time of Angels - 1.52m
    4 - Doctor Who 7 Amy's Choice - 1.51m
    5 - Doctor Who 3 Victory of the Daleks - 1.46m
    6 - Doctor Who 5 Flesh and Stone - 1.40m
    7 - Doctor Who 12 The Pandorica Opens - 1.33m
    8 - Doctor Who 6 The Vampires of Venice - 1.32m
    9 - Doctor Who 11 The Lodger - 1.29m
    10 - Top Gear Series 14 Episode 7 - 1.26m
    11 - Doctor Who 8 The Hungry Earth - 1.22m
    12 - Outnumbered Series 3 Episode 1 - 1.16m
    13 - Doctor Who 10 Vincent and the Doctor - 1.13m
    14 - Doctor Who 9 Cold Blood - 1.13m
    15 - EastEnders Live 19 Feb - 1.13m
    16 - Doctor Who 13 The Big Bang - 1.11m
    17 - Outnumbered Series 3 Episode 2 - 1.03m
    18 - Outnumbered Series 3 Episode 3 - 1.00m
    19 - Mock the Week Series 8 Episode 5 - 0.95m
    20 - Doctor Who The End of Time Part 2 - 0.94m
Full ratings for the series can be found in Gallifrey Base.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 424

7/22/2010 06:27:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine 419Doctor Who Magazine issue 424 is published this week and thee magazine talks to Arthur Darvill, aka Rory Williams, about what the future might hold for the new Mr Pond. How does Arthur feel about potentially becoming a regular next series?
Fingers crossed! If that does happen, then I’m really interested to know what happens to Rory and Amy’s relationship, and also how the relationship between the three of them works. Because there’s obviously been a big change to Rory after waiting 2000 years...!

Also in the magazine Toby Haynes, director of The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, takes readers on a journey through the making of the epic season finale, with exclusive photos revealing how he brought the script to life. There is also a candid chat with the Doctor himself, actor Matt Smith, about his hopes for the next season, the forthcoming Christmas Special and Jo Grant’s mini-skirts and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who’s head writer and executive producer, names names and lets slip a secret or two about the next series, as he takes a rollercoaster ride in the latest Production Notes!

Also in his most candid interview ever, Matthew Waterhouse talks about what it was really like being Adric in Doctor Who in the 1980s – and the many challenges he faced both in front of and behind the camera. The Doctor and Amy find themselves slave to the rhythm in Planet Bollywood, a brand new comic strip by Jonathan Morris, with art by Roger Langridge.

The Fact of Fiction takes a trip back to the swinging sixties, and discovers that there’s more than just megalomaniac computers and massive metal monsters in the groundbreaking First Doctor adventure, The War Machines. And what were the very best Doctor Who DVD, audio and book releases of 2009? And which story has been voted the favourite Tenth Doctor Specials? Discover all the winners as the magazine announces the results of the DWM Awards.

Bookmark and Share The Man Who Invented The Daleks

7/22/2010 05:21:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Terry nation"The Man Who Invented The Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation" is a new biography on the life of writer Terry Nation by Alwyn W. Turner, and is due to be published by Aurum Books during the spring of next year.

The book will focus on Nation's work during the 1960s and 1970s, covering series such as Survivors, Blake's Seven, The Avengers, The Saint, The Persuaders! and of course Doctor Who, plus his involvement with comedian Tony Hancock and Associated London Scripts.

Says Sam Harrison from Aurum:
In his acclaimed histories Crisis? What Crisis? and Rejoice! Rejoice! Alwyn has proven himself one of the most stylish and authoritative writers on British popular culture working today. By drawing together the various strands of Terry Nation's life and career, this book will offer a captivating window onto the creative melting pot without which British television today would look very different.

The author Alywn Turner is interested to hear from anyone who knew and wishes to share their memories of Terry Nation, and may be contacted by email.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Prom Programme

7/22/2010 02:56:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who PromAn full 44 page programme for Saturday's Doctor Who Prom is now available on the BBC Proms Website.

The programme lists all the music due to be played at the concert and well as containing information on each piece and interviews with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. The programme contains a credit for additional filmed material starring Matt Smith and directed by Toby Haynes, who directed The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang.

The Doctor Who prom can be heard worldwide via the BBC iPlayer on Saturday.

NB: The programme lists the monsters due to appear at the concert which may be regarded as a spoiler.

Bookmark and Share Revisitations Extras

7/22/2010 01:58:00 am - Reported by Marcus

More details are available in this months DWM on the extras to be included in the forthcoming Revisitations Box set, due for release in the UK in October.

The set will consist of three previously released stories taken from remastered and restored prints and with updated extras.
Doctor Who: Talons of Weng ChiangThe Talons of Weng-Chiang
3 Discs
  • The Last Hurrah a new documentary where producer Philip Hinchliffe visits Tom Baker at his home to discuss their final story together
  • Moving On where Hinchliffe talks about what he envisaged for the series had he stayed as producer
  • The Foe from the Future, a look at the original story which eventually became The Talons of Weng Chiang
  • Now and Then, a tour of the locations used in the story
  • Look East with Tom Baker interviewed.
  • Whose Doctor Who, presented by Melvyn Bragg - As included on the original release
Doctor Who: The Caves of AndrozaniThe Caves of Androzani
2 Discs
  • Chain Reaction, a look back at the making of the story
  • Directing Who: Then and Now - Graeme Harper talks about the changes in TV Production since he made this story
  • Archive footage from The Russell Harty Show featuring an interview with Peter Davison and Colin Baker.
Doctor Who: The TV MovieThe Television Movie
2 Discs
  • An new commentary featuring Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann
  • The Seven Year Hitch, looking at the seven year quest to get this story made
  • The Wilderness Years, looking at how the show was kept alive during the hiatus between the end of Series 26 and the TV Movie
  • Who Peter 1989-2009, the final part of the documentary looking at the special link between the two programmes Doctor Who and Blue Peter
  • Stripped for Action, the eighth Doctor in Comic Strip
  • Tomorrows Times, how the short reign of the Eighth Doctor was reported by the press at the time.

Bookmark and Share 2011 Series Production Team

7/21/2010 10:17:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Steven MoffatWriting in Doctor Who Magazine, Steven Moffat has confirmed the key members of the production team for Series 32 of Doctor Who, the sixth series since the programme returned in 2005.

The team at the top will remain the same with Piers Wenger and Beth Willis continuing their role as Executive Producers on the series. As previously reported, Sanne Wohlenberg will take over as producer on the first two filming blocks of the series, following the departure of Tracie Simpson who has left to work on The Fabulous Baker Boys.

The new Production Designer is Michael Pickwoad who takes over from Edward Thomas who is now working on Outcasts. Pickwoad has recently been working on the ITV production of The Prisoner, for which he was nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award. Other series he has worked on include Miss Marple, Sweeney Todd, David Copperfield, Kavanagh QC and Murder Most Horrid. He designed the 1987 film Withnail & I, which starred Paul McGann.

Bookmark and Share Daily Telegraph Offer was Misleading

7/21/2010 06:54:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld two complaints against The Telegraph Media Group over its free audio book offer which took place in April and which was promoted in the The Sunday Telegraph as a Free Doctor Who Audio Book read by David Tennant.

One complaint said the offer was misleading as it did not make clear that the audiobook came in two parts and that part two would be included in Monday's paper. A second complainant said the claim that the audiobooks were "free" was misleading, as under the terms and conditions customers who did not live near a WH Smith store would have to pay £12.99 to receive the audiobooks by post.

Both complaints were upheld with the paper instructed not to repeat the offence.

Bookmark and Share Sylvester McCoy appointed Chieftain at Highland Gathering

7/21/2010 11:13:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Sylvester McCoySeventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy, has been appointed this year’s Chieftain at Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon taking place in August.

The gathering is Scotland’s biggest highland games and attracts up to 23,000 spectators and over 3500 competitors from all round the world with more than 500 highland dancers and 3000 pipers competeing to win championship titles.

The role of the Chieftain is a ceremonial one whose main duties include presenting prizes to the winners of the Cowal Pipe Band Championships & the World Highland Dancing Championship. The event comes to a climax when the Chieftain takes salute during the pipe band march past when the massed bands, which make up 3000 pipers & drummers, form and play the salute to the Chieftain.

Sylvester McCoy, who was born in Dunoon, said:
I am absolutely delighted to be attending Cowal Highland Gathering at the end of August especially considering that as a child I grew up for 18 years watching the pipers marching up Argyll Street. I so look forward to revisiting the location and the happy memories. I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked.

Malcolm Barclay, Event Manager for Cowal Highland Gathering said:
I would like to thank Mr McCoy for accepting our invitation to be our honorary Chieftain at this year’s event. It is a privilege and honour to welcome Mr McCoy into this role and both myself and the team at Cowal Highland Gathering look forward to bringing him home to Dunoon this year.

McCoy played the Doctor from 1987 - 1989. He has recently been rumoured to be playing a major role in feature film The Hobbit.

Bookmark and Share Radio Times Interviews

7/21/2010 12:00:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Radio TimesBoth Matt Smith and Steven Moffat are interviewed in the new edition of Radio Times.

In a "School Holidays" special issue of the magazine, Smith is interviewed by Jack, 13:
What makes you different from previous Doctors?
- I’m younger, so my skin is a bit smoother. What would you say makes me different? Bigger ears?
You’re crazier.
- There you go, I’m crazier.
How many marks out of ten would you give yourself so far?
- That’s a tough one. Let’s say eight. I’ve two episodes left, so I can still get to ten. I don’t want to undersell myself.
We don’t often see the Doctor eating anything. My favourite food is sausage and mash. What’s yours?
- Spaghetti bolognese, banana sandwiches. I love biscuits with tea and am partial to a chocolate muffin or two.
And also in the magazine, Doctor Who Executive Producer and Lead writer Steven Moffat writes about his new project Sherlock:
When I was a little Beano-reading Doctor Who fan – about nine or ten – I was desperate to know more about Sherlock Holmes. It was a name I’d heard. I knew he was some kind of policeman, I knew he had a funny hat, and I knew he was in a film called The Hound of the Baskervilles, which once came on the telly and got me sent to bed because it was too frightening. I remember lying upstairs that night, too excited to sleep – because I could hear the baying of a terrible hound, and the rapid-fire voice of a policeman who fought monsters. I needed to find out more, because I knew already this was my kind of hero: if Doctor Who had been a detective, clearly he’d have been Sherlock Holmes.

Bookmark and Share Constellation Awards 2010

7/20/2010 11:39:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Canada's annual science fiction awards, the Constellations, have now taken place. Doctor Who and its related shows had been nominated in a number of categories:

The Best Male Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode category was won by former Doctor David Tennant, gaining 23% of the vote for his performance in The Waters of Mars; he narrowly beat Robin Dunne from Sanctuary at 22%. Torchwood star Gareth David Lloyd had also been nominated in this category, coming in at fifth place (8%) for Torchwood: Children of Earth.

However, Doctor Who itself did not fare so well in the Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2009 category; having won the award three years running, this time it only managed third place at 17%, behind Defying Gravity(22%) and Supernatural(23%).

In other categories, actress Michelle Ryan came fourth with 13% of the vote in Best Female Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode for her role as Christina in Planet of the Dead; Torchwood: Children of Earth came third for Best Overall 2009 Science Fiction Film or Television Script (20%); and finally actress Aurora Buchanan came fifth(10%) in Best Female Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series for fan-made film Doctor Who: Victimsight.

Bookmark and Share Frazer Hines reveals cancer battle

7/19/2010 10:05:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Frazer HinesFrazer Hines has recently revealed that he had been battling bowel cancer for eleven years. The actor has said that he kept his illness secret in fear of finding that he would no longer be offered work, but has now been given the all clear and is promoting awareness of the illness through Cancer Research and the Bobby Moore Cancer Foundation.

Only close family were aware of his illness, which also didn't feature in his recently published his revised autobiography Hines Sight.

Speaking to the People, the actor talked about dealing with the illness:
They said I had a 25 per cent chance of survival. The prognosis was terrifying. My brother Roy died of lung cancer aged 41, my dad of a heart attack at 62. I suddenly thought, The Hines arent going to live very long. It was like I was next in line to go.

When I got out of the hospital bed (after a bowel operation and chemotherapy treatment) I walked to the mirror and saw this grey face staring back. I told myself, "there's someone who's cheated death." After they discharged me I felt like I wanted to grab life by the horns. The first morning I was home, I went for a ride on my motorbike. Liz (Hobbs, Frazer's then wife) was furious and said I would rip my stitches out.

During the period Frazer continued to work in a panto in Grantham. I did the chemo in the morning then, with a catheter in place, I attended rehearsals and went back for chemo in the evening. I did 13 shows a week. I never told anyone in the cast. I never felt sick and was full of energy. My hair actually grew so much that I could put a bow in it by the last show. I had chemo for four months.

A scan later showed he was clear of cancer but doctors warned there was a risk it could return. For the next five years, I still didn't tell anybody and certainly didn't want it to become common knowledge in the showbiz world as I knew I would never work again. I thought if people in TV knew, they'd think "we can't have him, hes got cancer, too big a risk." I also didn't want fans to feel sorry for me and have everyone thinking I was at death's door. I wanted people to treat me like normal no matter what I was going through.

I stayed away from TV but did theatre. On stage you always have an understudy, so if I took a turn for the worse I wouldn't let anyone down. On TV you would and there would be no coming back from that.

I had six-monthly check-ups until this year when a colonoscopy confirmed I was in the clear. It felt I was finally free again. Now I can tell people and help inspire them.

Bowel cancer doesnt have to be a death sentence. You can survive. I did.
The actor is of course best known to readers of the Doctor Who News page as popular companion to the second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon - there is currently a facebook campaign to get the actor back into both Doctor Who and his other long-running acting commitment Emmerdale!

Bookmark and Share Richard Shaw 1920 - 2010

7/18/2010 01:57:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The actor Richard Shaw has died at the age of 90.

Richard Shaw had three appearances in Doctor Who. In 1965 he played the role of Lobos, the Morok governor of Xeros, in the William Hartnell story The Space Museum. He returned to the series in 1973 working with Jon Pertwee on the story Frontier in Space where he played Cross the leader of a section of the prisoners at the Lunar Penal Colony. His final role in the series was in the 1978 story Underworld, where he played Lakh, a Seer on the planet which coalesced around the P7E.

Away from Doctor Who, Shaw had an extensive career in British television spanning over 40 years. He played Sladden in the 1959 classic Quatermass and the Pit, appeared in many classic plays on BBC and ITV and appeared in such series as Crossroads, Freewheelers, Dixon of Dock Green and the film Carry On Don't Lose Your Head.

Actor Toby Hadoke has posted a tribute to Richard Shaw on his website.

Bookmark and Share People News

7/17/2010 01:07:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Sherlock, the new three part crime drama series, co-created by Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Moffat and Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss, comes to BBC One next Sunday 25th July. Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade. The series is based around Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson's adventures in 21st Century London.

Moffat has recently joined Twitter, gaining an impressive 13,000 followers within a week. His first tweet was "Oh, he's back behind the bow tie - and better than ever."

John BarrowmanJohn Barrowman returns to BBC ONE tonight in a new series of his entertainment show, Tonight's the Night.

In September Barrowman will be hosting the very first West End Bares. The show is an annual event in New York, and combines the naughtiness of burlesque and the razzle-dazzle of Broadway, where it has been running since 1992. The show will feature the hottest male and female dancers in the West End who will be 'strutting their stuff' to benefit TheatreMAD & The Make A Difference Trust. Barrowman who is a patron of The Make A Difference Trust, said: "I'm thrilled to be hosting West End Bares. What a way to make a difference – being a little naughty on stage for a wonderful cause."

Barrowman will also be performing at the BBC's Proms in the Park in Salford on 11 September. The event being held at Buile Hill Park will feature the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and special guests with Barrowman performing a 20 minute set.

David Tennnat has been filming in Scotland and on the Isle of Man for a feature film The Decoy Bride. The film stars Kelly MacDonald, Alice Eve, Michael Urie, who plays Marc in Ugly Betty, and Federico Castelluccio from The Sopranos. The Decoy Bride tells the story of a superstar actress going to marry her British boyfriend.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood 4 characters revealed

7/15/2010 01:13:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello has published details on some of the main characters that will appear in the new series of Torchwood:
I’ve gathered on the new season (airing on my new favorite cable network, Starz), the show is out to cast a new series regular — Rex Matheson, a wickedly funny (operative word: wicked) CIA agent born to make waves. Almost as key to the new season are recurring characters Esther Katusi, a CIA grunt in her early 20s who learns what she’s really made of only when she’s forced to, and Oswald Jones, a convicted murderer and pedophile who will be as shocked as anyone to learn how easily infamy and fame can be exchanged for one another.
A variant of the news also appeared in TV Guide:
And Starz's new season of Torchwood is shaping up with the search for one series regular and two supporting roles. Rex Matheson is a white, twenty-something CIA agent who sounds sort of like FX's animated Archer spy: a fearless, cocky thrill seeker. Recurring characters include Esther Katusi, a newbie Watch Analyst in the CIA who is deeply (and secretly) in love with Rex. And Oswald Jones is the dangerous psychotic villain. He's a forty-something murderer and pedophile who gets sprung from the slammer into the spotlight. Rex — catch this sicko!
John Barrowman - who is currently promoting his new series of Tonight's The Night - has reported that filming for the series will commence in January 2011. The series is expected to broadcast during that summer both in the UK and the US.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Prom - Broadcast Details

7/15/2010 11:58:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who PromThe BBC have released details of the BBC Radio Three broadcast of the Doctor Who Prom taking place on Saturday 24 July.

The Prom will be broadcast live on the station from 7.30pm - 9.45pm UK Time, and will be available worldwide on the BBC iPlayer.
The Doctor is back. Two years ago, he appeared at the BBC Proms via video link. This year, he's here in person. Thrills, spills, adventures, monsters and special guests are all guaranteed along the way in this Proms spectacular. Petroc Trelawny has the unenviable task of keeping everything in order for BBC Radio 3 – though, sadly, without the help of a sonic screwdriver.

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) and his assistant, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), join the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir for an action-packed evening. Monsters from the current run of the hugely successful BBC series threaten to disrupt proceedings. Only the Doctor – ably assisted by conductors Ben Foster and Grant Llewellyn – can save the day.

There are some classical favourites with a suitably celestial theme, including Mars from Holst's Planets Suite and John Adams's thrilling Short Ride In A Fast Machine.

We understand the following tracks from Doctor Who Composer Murray Gold, will be included in the programme.

The Madman with a Box (Prologue); An Untimely Arrival; I am the Doctor; Battle in the Skies; Amy; Liz, Lizards, Vampires and Vincent; This is Gallifrey / Vale Decem; Pandorica Suite; Song of Freedom; Doctor Who Theme.

The twenty minute interval will be filled on Radio Three with a documentary looking at the weird and wonderful sound world of Doctor Who's incidental music, Dance Of The Daleks.
Matthew Sweet spent the Saturday tea-times of his youth peering at the television, from behind the sofa, to watch Doctor Who. He time-travels through the programme's 47-year history to investigate the weird and wonderful sound world of its incidental music. He talks with some of the composers who have contributed, in very different musical styles, to the enduring success of the programme over the decades.

Bookmark and Share BBC Audiobooks Sold

7/15/2010 10:48:00 am - Reported by Marcus

BBC AudiobooksBBC Worldwide have sold 85% of BBC Audiobooks to AudioGo, a company set up by a former senior executive at Polygram, Michael Kuhn.

BBC Audiobooks currently publish a number of Doctor Who titles including the new Tom Baker series Demon Quest, narrations of Classic and current Doctor stories and the Doctor Who at the BBC series.

The deal is thought to be the first of several disposals of assets considered non-core by BBC Worldwide. BBC Magazines, which publishes titles such as Doctor Who Adventures and Radio Times, is expected to form part of this process.

A spokesman for BBC Worldwide said that the deal, which is thought to be in the region of £10m to £15m, "secures the future of the business and its staff"

Bookmark and Share Canada: InnerSPACE Live Season Finale

7/14/2010 09:07:00 pm - Reported by Mike Doran

To mark the season finale of Doctor Who in Canada on Saturday, July 24th SPACE Channel and the program InnerSPACE are planning a special edition in front of a live studio audience. The InnerSPACE Live Doctor Who season finale and after-show will take place at 299 Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario. The broadcast will take place from 9pm - 11pm ET. The special broadcast includes a panel discussion, interviews and a live web chat and will be hosted InnerSPACE's Teddy Wilson.

Fans in Toronto interested in attending being a part of the live studio audience call 416-384-LIVE (5483) to reserve tickets. For more information on the broadcast or the after-show please visit the SPACE Channel website. Those able to be a part of the live audience are requested to arrive by 8:15pm. You must have a ticket to attend the live show. Those not able attend can watch both the Doctor Who season finale and InnerSPACE after-show across Canada on SPACE starting at 9:00pm ET on Saturday July 24th, 2010.

Bookmark and Share Two new Fanzines

7/13/2010 11:37:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Fish CustardPanic MoonTwo new Doctor Who Fanzines have been launched recently.

Panic Moon features reviews of each of the stories in the recent series; explorations of the characters of the eleventh Doctor and Amy; a review of the K9 series; a look at the redesign of the Daleks; a roundup of other recent paper zines in 2010’s fanzine renaissance; a review of Big Finish’s recent output; thoughts on the work of Chris Chibnall, on the use of death in Steven Moffat’s episodes, and on madness, monsters and metaphor in Vincent and the Doctor. Plus some stunning illustrations.

Fish Fingers and Custard takes a light-hearted look at the show and its fandom. The first issue, which is available for PDF download or as a printed copy, features The Eleventh Hour Review; The infamous ‘PBS Hijacking Incident’; Interview with Doctor Who Podshock’s Louis Trapani; ‘Cracks’ an original 11th Doctor story; Invasion Convention review; ‘The Doctor In Wonderland’; It Could Have Been A Spin-off.

Bookmark and Share Guest Stars confirmed for Christmas Doctor Who

7/12/2010 02:01:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Christmas
NB: Press Release link contains spoilers for those who have not seen The Big Bang.

The BBC has confirmed veteran actor Michael Gambon and opera diva Katherine Jenkins will guest star in the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special.

Production starts today and will continue until August.

Michael Gambon is one of the UK's most respected actors, best known for his role as Philip Marlow in BBC television serial The Singing Detective and for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series.

Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh mezzo-soprano who has sold more than 4 million copies of her studio albums. This will be her first acting role. Arriving on set for her first day of filming, Katherine Jenkins said
I'm over the moon to be involved in the Doctor Who Christmas Special – I can't quite believe it as it's a part of the family tradition at the Jenkins household. I heard the news that I got the role on my 30th birthday and it was the best birthday present ever!

Steven Moffat, Lead writer and Executive Producer on the series commented:
Oh, we're going for broke with this one. It's all your favourite Christmas movies at once, in an hour, with monsters and the Doctor and a honeymoon and – oh, you'll see. I've honestly never been so excited about writing anything. I was laughing madly as I typed along to Christmas songs in April. My neighbours loved it so much they all moved away and set up a website demanding my execution. But I'm fairly sure they did it ironically.

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings for The Big Bang

7/12/2010 08:15:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Matt Smith's debut series has concluded in Australia. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's decision to 'fast-track' the latest series of Doctor Who has been vindicated by excellent ratings, the series receiving its highest consistent Australian ratings since its return in 2005 (and probably ever). The series averaged 928,000 viewers in the five major capital cities over thirteen weeks (these figures also do not include regional, time-shifted and iView viewers) and was normally the ABC's top-rating program of the day. TV Tonight reports that The Big Bang averaged 976,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. Yet again it was the ABC's top-rating program of the day, rating higher than its popular Sunday 7pm news and Little Dorrit, being the ninth highest rating program for the day overall. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated an exceptional 732,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Bookmark and Share BBC Books for Autumn

7/11/2010 10:57:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

16th September sees the release of The Only Good Dalek, a graphic novel by Justin Richards and illustrated by Mike Collins:
'Have you ever seen a Dalek? Ever fought one? Have you any idea what they are really like? I've been on the front line. I've seen whole planets destroyed. The only good Dalek is a dead Dalek.'

'Station 7 is the most secret establishment in the whole of Earth-Space. Even our own people don’t know it exists. It’s beyond top secret. There’s no way the Daleks can ever find it.'

Station 7 is where the Earth Forces send all the equipment captured in their unceasing war against the Daleks. It’s where Dalek technology is analysed and examined. It’s where the Doctor and Amy have just arrived. But somehow the Daleks have found out about Station 7 – and there’s something there that they want back.

With the Doctor increasingly worried about the direction the Station’s research is taking, the commander of Station 7 knows he has only one possible, desperate, defence. Because the last terrible secret of Station 7 is that they don’t only store captured Dalek technology. It’s also a prison. And the only thing that might stop a Dalek is another Dalek…
You can also read a preview of the graphic novel at Ebury Publishing (Random House).

30th September sees the release of The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011, a 128 page hardback book written by Clayton Hickman:
Celebrate the rebirth of the UK's number one family drama series with this lavish hardback, containing everything you need to know about the Eleventh Doctor’s first year.

Explore Amy Pond’s home village, Leadworth, read a lost section from Churchill's memoirs that covers his adventures with the Doctor, and learn all about the legend of the Weeping Angels. See how the Doctor's costume evolved, how the monsters are made and discover the trade secrets of writing a thrilling Doctor Who script. Plus interviews with all of the key players and a few secret celebrity guests…

Including contributions from executive producer Steven Moffat, stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, and scriptwriters Mark Gatiss and Gareth Roberts, among others, and packed with beautiful original illustrations and never-before-seen pictures, The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who is the ultimate companion to the world's most successful science fiction series.

28th October sees the release of Michael Moorcock's novel The Coming of the Terraphiles:
Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles
by Michael Moorcock

‘There are dark tides runing through the universe...’

Miggea – a star on the very edge of reality. The cusp between this universe and the next. A point where space-time has worn thin, and is in danger of collapsing... And the venue for the grand finals of the competition to win the fabled Arrow of Law.

The Doctor and Amy have joined the Terraphiles – a group obsessed with all aspects of Earth’s history, and dedicated to re-enacting ancient sporting events. They are determined to win the Arrow. But just getting to Miggea proves tricky. Reality is collapsing, ships are disappearing, and Captain Cornelius and his pirates are looking for easy pickings.

Even when they arrive, the Doctor and Amy’s troubles won’t be over. They have to find out who is so desperate to get the Arrow of Law that they will kill for it. And uncover the traitor on their own team. And win the contest fair and square.

And, of course, they need to save the universe from total destruction.

A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor and Amy, as played by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television written by the acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock

Also, 8th July saw the three latest three Doctor Who novels published:

Doctor Who: The King's Dragon
by Una McCormack

‘They called it Enamour. It turned minds, sold merchandise, and swayed elections. And it did its job far too well...’

In the city-state of Geath, the King lives in a golden hall, and the people want for nothing. Everyone is happy and everyone is rich. Or so it seems. When the Doctor, Amy and Rory look beneath the surface, they discover a city of secrets. In dark corners, strange creatures are stirring. At the heart of the hall, a great metal dragon oozes gold.

Then the Herald appears, demanding the return of her treasure... And next come the gunships. The battle for possession of the treasure has begun, and only the Doctor and his friends can save the people of the city from being destroyed in the crossfire of an ancient civil war. But will the King surrender his new-found wealth? Or will he fight to keep it...?

A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

Doctor Who: Nuclear Time
by Oli Smith

‘My watch is running backwards.’

Colorado, 1981. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Appletown – an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist – whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is the Doctor…

As death falls from the sky, the Doctor is trapped. The TARDIS is damaged, and the Doctor finds he is living backwards through time. With Amy and Rory being hunted through the suburban streets of the Doctor’s own future and getting farther away with every passing second, he must unravel the secrets of Appletown before time runs out…

A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase
by Gary Russell

‘Why are you here? I mean – who are you, exactly?’

An archaeological dig in 1936 unearths relics of another time... And – as the Doctor, Amy and Rory realise – another place. Another planet. But if Enola Porter, noted adventuress, has really found evidence of an alien civilisation, how come she isn’t famous? Why has Rory never heard of her? Added to that, since Amy’s been travelling with him for a while now, why does she now think the Doctor is from Mars?

As the ancient spaceship reactivates, the Doctor discovers that nothing and no one can be trusted. The things that seem most real could actually be literal fabrications – and very deadly indeed. Who can the Doctor believe when no one is what they seem? And how can he defeat an enemy who can bend matter itself to their will? For the Doctor, Amy and Rory – and all of humanity – the buried secrets of the past are very much a threat to the present...

A thrilling, all-new adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television.

Bookmark and Share Final Ratings Update

7/09/2010 06:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: TARDISFinal figures are now available for the BBC HD showing of Doctor Who: The Big Bang and give the episode an official rating on the channel of 0.58 million viewers. This, along with the previously reported figure of 6.12 million viewers on BBC One, gives the episode a total rating of 6.7 million viewers. Full details for the week are still not available, but it is likely this will make Doctor Who the 10th most watched programme of the week.

Final figures for the whole series show that, despite recent press speculation, Doctor Who is still achieving remarkable ratings for the BBC and remains one of its most successful products. Once consolidated figures are published then the five series of the show, shown since the return in 2005, have all achieved remarkably similar average ratings of around 8 million viewers. Matt Smith’s first series just out-rates David Tennant’s first two series but comes behind Tennant’s last series. The variable earlier start times given to Series 31 compared to recent series appear to have resulted in more of the audience recording the show for later viewing, meaning lower overnights, but balanced when final consolidated figures are published

In terms of Chart position, once HD figures are included, Doctor Who has finished in the weekly top twenty throughout the series, with seven episodes finishing in the top ten. The high was 3rd place for The Eleventh Hour and the low was 20th for The Lodger, shown against World Cup football. The average chart placing was 12th, which again is higher that achieved by three of the previous four series.

One of the big successes of the recent series has been the take up on iPlayer. This year was the first time the whole series has been available during its run. Over 2 million have now accessed The Eleventh Hour and it has become by far the highest accessed programme in the BBC iPlayer history. The iPlayer simply measures those who have accessed the programme and no data is available to covert this figure to ratings in the conventional sense. However the figure does give an indication of how popular the programme is with the audience.

Full ratings for the series can be found in Gallifrey Base.

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings for The Pandorica Opens

7/06/2010 04:48:00 pm - Reported by Adam Kirk

The 'fast-tracked' Doctor Who continues its strong ratings in Australia. TV Tonight reports that The Pandorica Opens averaged 890,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. Yet again it was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating program of the day, rating higher than its popular Sunday 7pm news and Little Dorrit (the latter which only averaged 645,000 viewers in the five major capitals) being the eleventh highest rating program for the day overall. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated an excellent 670,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who themed courses (Australia)

7/06/2010 10:56:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (Kensington, New South Wales, Australia) are presenting a number of short courses for children on the production of Doctor Who. Arranged in association with BBC Worldwide, the courses cover a range of activities over the next couple of weeks:

Imagine entering the fascinating world of Doctor Who these Winter Holidays. NIDA, together
with BBC Worldwide, has developed specially themed courses that will bring the world of
Doctor Who to life for you.

Acting on Screen Adventures : Doctor Who
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting as you work on scripts from the Doctor Who series. Discover how to work with green screen technology, develop skills in characterisation and rehearse and film scenes to camera.
9-11 Years, 8 to 9 July, Thursday to Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm, $195 (earlybird $180)

Acting on Screen : Doctor Who
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting as you work on scripts from the Doctor
Who series. Discover how to work with green screen technology, develop skills in characterisation and rehearse and film scene work to camera. This course is designed for
committed young people wanting to explore strategies for approaching acting on screen.
12-16 Years, 12 to 16 July, Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.00pm, $525 (earlybird $475)

Create a Doctor Who Alien
Develop skills in costume design and making as you conceptualise and create your own Doctor Who
alien costume. Create character voices and devise a performance piece to be featured in a lunchtime performance in the NIDA foyer.
9 Years+, 12 to 14 July, Monday to Wednesday, 10.00am-4.00pm, $295 (earlybird $270)

Flight of the TARDIS
Travel through time and space with the Doctor and his companions. Open doors to new realities and meet the characters that live there. Using costumes and props as a trigger, develop skills in characterisation, devising scenes, and acting with green screen technology.
6-8 Years, 15 to 16 July, Thursday to Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm, $195 (earlybird $180)

Fantasy Landscape : Doctor Who
Put yourself in control of the action by creating your own model landscape inspired by Doctor Who. Develop design and craft skills in model making with industry professionals.
8 Years+, 12 to 14 July, Monday to Wednesday, 10.00am-4.00pm, $330 (earlybird $300)

(Unfortunately at the time of reporting a couple of other courses on Designing and Film-Making had already commenenced, so haven't been detailed here.)

For more information on the courses/booking, visit the NIDA website.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Big Bang - Final Ratings

7/05/2010 04:04:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: The Big BangFinal figures for the final episode of the recent series of Doctor Who, The Big Bang, are partially available from BARB, with the BBC One showing getting 6.12 million viewers.

This was enough to make it the ninth most watched programme of the week for BBC One.

Final figures for BBC HD have not yet been released and will hopefully be available later in the week, at which time a final chart position can be calculated.

The final audience for the Sunday repeat of The Big Bang was 0.72 million.

Full ratings for the series so far can be found in Gallifrey Base.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who news and rumours roundup

7/03/2010 05:51:00 pm - Reported by Dean Braithwaite

It's a week today since Series 5 (or Series 1 or Series 31, depending on which counting system you subscribe to) ended in the UK, yet it seems only yesterday that we were all eagerly anticipating Matt Smith and Steven Moffat's first season of Doctor Who.

Viewers in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere still have the anticipation of what's to come (assuming you haven't seen the episodes over the Internet already and, assuming you haven't spoilered yourself with the deluge of articles appearing everywhere!).

And a lot's happened in the seven days since the end of The Big Bang in the UK, when we found out that the crack in time ... oops, spoilers!

But - be warned! - a hefty dose of salt may be needed before reading some of what follows ...

Matt joined Orbital on stage at Glastonbury for "Dr Who", their rendition of the show's theme tune. Meanwhile, he had to put up with a lot of nonsense from the British tabloid press concerning so-called "falling ratings" - which doesn't actually appear to stand up to much scrutiny - and William Hill slashing the odds on him remaining on the show.

Then, apparently, Moffat's script for the 2010 Christmas Special went missing and several of the writers for next year were announced (see Digital Spy).

On a positive note, as we reported on Wednesday, Barbara Kidd, who previously worked on Who episodes involving Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and Peter Davison, is returning to the show for the 2011 series.

The monster line up for the Doctor Who Live tour details were confirmed and Neil Gaiman Tweeted that he'd completed his Who script.

And, then there are the "facts" that Matt wants both Eric Cantona and Ian McKellen to appear in the show as baddies! See this article for more details.

Last, but not least, is the revelation that Johnny Depp has "definitely" signed up to play the Doctor in a big-budget Hollywood movie, written by Russell T Davies and featuring the Daleks and the Ebola virus! The BBC subsequently clarified otherwise.

There are masses of stories relating to this rumour, but this one on Digital Journal at least takes a more sober and detailed look, including on the history of Doctor Who movies, proposed and actual.

Happy times and places!

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens - Final Ratings

7/02/2010 06:09:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens
UPDATE 12 July 2010
BARB have updated the figures sent to broadcaster to include a missing episode of EastEnders, moving Doctor Who down to fifth place on BBC One and Tenth place overall.

Final figures for Episode Twelve of Doctor Who, The Pandorica Opens, show the story was watched by 7.57 million viewers.

On BBC One it is understood the programme got 6.94 million watching, enough to make it the fourth most watched programme of the week for BBC One, just being beaten by three matches in the Fifa World Cup.

As previously reported an additional 0.635 million watched on BBC HD and when added together the programme totalled 7.58 million viewers with an audience share of 37 percent.

A full top thirty is not available as figures have not been released for all channels, However we understand Doctor Who finished the week as the 9th most watched programme on British Television.

The final audience for the Sunday repeat of The Pandorica Opens was 0.52 million and the final audience for Saturdays Doctor Who Confidential, including BBC HD, was 0.85 million viewers.

Full ratings for the series so far can be found in Gallifrey Base.