Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Live - First Glasgow Performance Cancelled

9/30/2010 09:51:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The performance of Doctor Who Live scheduled for the Glasgow SECC on 14th October has been cancelled for what is described as logistical reasons.

Ticket holders should contact the box office which is offering refunds or seats at alternative performances during the run.

Bookmark and Share Frank Jarvis 1940 - 2010

9/30/2010 09:16:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Frank JarvisThe actor Frank Jarvis has died at the age of 70.

Jarvis played characters in three Doctor Who stories. He first appeared in the 1966 story The War Machines as a corporal; then it wasn't until Tom Baker assumed the role that he returned to the series to play Ankh in the 1978 CSO-laden story Underworld. A year later he featured as swampie Skart in The Power of Kroll.

Outside of Doctor Who, he had a variety of roles in film and television, including the character of Roger in the original The Italian Job film with Michael Caine, and alongside former Doctor Colin Baker in the BBC series The Brothers.

Frank Jarvis died on 15th September 2010.

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane's Alien Files

9/30/2010 03:35:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have announced that a series of special shows will accompany The Sarah Jane Adventures on CBBC. The specials, entitled Sarah Jane's Alien Files, will allow Sarah Jane and her friends to "recount their adventures each week – the ultimate guide of everything you could possibly need to know when facing hostile aliens."

The first episode of Sarah Jane's Alien Files will follow part one of The Nightmare Man, at 5:45-6:20pm on CBBC.

Note: the 'terrestrial' repeat of The Nightmare Man will be on BBC2 on Wednesday 13th/Thursday 14th October (due to Commonwealth Games coverage) - the series will continue on BBC1 for the following adventure, The Vault Of Secrets.

Bookmark and Share New Christmas Clips

9/29/2010 09:01:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a Drama Showreel showcasing the new drama output coming up on the BBC over the next six months, featuring clips from the 2010 Christmas Special of Doctor Who.

The showreel was previewed at an event marking two years in post for BBC Controller of Drama, Ben Stephenson.

Other dramas featured include performances from the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors:

  • Christopher Eccleston stars in an episode of Accused, a new drama series from Jimmy McGovern for BBC One.
  • David Tennant plays Dave in Single Father coming to BBC One on Sunday 10 October.
  • Matt Smith plays Christopher Isherwood in Christopher and his Kind coming to BBC Two next month.

  • Bookmark and Share Exhibitions Close - New Attraction Planned

    9/29/2010 01:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who:ExhibitionsBBC Worldwide has announced the closure of the Doctor Who Exhibitions currently running in Cardiff, Newcastle and Land's End.

    A new and larger attraction is being developed at a new location in Cardiff.

    A statement from BBC Worldwide says
    We have consulted with the City Council for the past 18 months regarding our plans and we are confident that the new attraction’s features, size and location will draw many more fans to the Welsh capital from across the UK.

    The current Cardiff Exhibition has drawn over half a million visitors since it opened in December 2005 at the Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay. It will run until 27th March 2011. The Land's End exhibition will close on 2nd January 2011 and the Newcastle one on 31 October 2010.

    Further details regarding the new Cardiff attraction will be published shortly.

    Bookmark and Share Fish Fingers and Custard - Issue 2

    9/29/2010 10:10:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    Fish Fingers and CustardIssue 2 of the fanzine Fish Fingers and Custard is out now and be downloaded or purchased in print from the website.

    In the Issue:
    • Series 5 Reviews
    • Proms Report
    • Fives
    • Where Should Classic Doctor Who Have Ended?
    • Memories of PBS Pledge Drives
    • The Latest Tabloid Newspaper Rumours
    And Much More.

    Bookmark and Share The Nightmare Man

    9/29/2010 01:46:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    Sarah Jane Adventures: The Nightmare ManThe BBC has released synopsis for The Nightmare Man, the first story in the new series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

    The series will premiere on CBBC on Monday 11th October at 5.15pm, with Part Two being shown the following day.

    In a change to the DWM infomation, the BBC One repeats will now be on Wednesday and Thursday at 4.30pm.
    Part One
    In the first two-part adventure, The Nightmare Man, Sarah Jane's adopted son, Luke, faces life-changing events and Bannerman Road will never be the same again when he has his first nightmare and is haunted by a dark figure from his dreams. A strange entity is reaching out to our world, with terrible consequences for the whole human race.

    With Luke, Clyde and Rani trapped in a bizarre dreamscape, Sarah Jane must fight alone in the concluding part of the first story in the fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
    As the Nightmare Man grows stronger, only K9 might hold the key, but can Luke summon the courage to face his adult life before the whole world becomes trapped in an endless nightmare?

    Bookmark and Share Series One Wins + New Offer - Updated

    9/28/2010 08:14:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who: See SawDoctor Who has overwhelmingly won the vote held by See Saw and as a result the entire Series One of Doctor Who will be available  to rent from  their website from Tuesday 28th September for 99p. Although the series needs to be purchased today, viewers then have up to 90 days to watch the series.

    Because the competition was so popular, SeeSaw, has announced a second Tight Tuesday promotion, just for readers of The Doctor Who News Page.

    Voting will be between Doctor Who Series 2, Doctor Who Series 3 and Doctor Who Series 4.
    It was intended to have Torchwood as the fourth option, but this has had to be removed due to admin reasons. Instead the three Doctor Who Series are up against Series One of Battlestar Galactica.

    Votes need to be made at

    Bookmark and Share Louis Marks 1928 - 2010

    9/27/2010 09:52:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    The writer Louis Marks has died at the age of 82.

    Louis Marks wrote four stories for Doctor Who. In 1965 he wrote the first story of Season Two, Planet of Giants, the first contemporary story in the series since the first episode. He returned to the series in 1972 to plot the return of the Daleks after a gap of several years in Day of the Daleks a story which saw the introduction of the Ogrons.

    For the Fourth Doctor he penned two stories, Planet of Evil in 1975 was set on the far distant planet Zeta Minor on the edge of the universe, while The Masque of Mandragora a year later was set in 15th century Italy.

    His work away from Doctor Who included The Man Who Finally Died (1967) for the BBC and Special Branch for Thames Television (1970). He wrote for Danger Man with Patrick McGoohan, and for the Doomwatch series. His work as a producer included The Lost Boys (1978), Fearless Frank (1979) and the BBC's adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch (1994).

    Louis Marks died on 17th September, 2010.

    Bookmark and Share Extras for The Mutants cleared

    9/27/2010 08:45:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

    The following extras have been cleared for a future DVD release of the Jon Pertwee adventure The Mutants by the British Board of Film Classification:
    00:01:35:07 (BLUE PETER) (CLIP FROM BLUE PETER IN 1970S)
    The clearance of extras is usually an indication that the story is due to come out relatively soon on DVD; however, producer 2Entertain have not given an official date for release at present.

    Bookmark and Share Dalek discovered at school!

    9/27/2010 08:07:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

    Staff and students had a surprise last week when they discovered a Dalek in their school, West Exe Learning Centre in St. Thomas, Devon. The prop appeared to have been abandoned, with no clue as to where it had come from.

    Sue Willey, deputy manager of West Exe Learning Centre, said:
    We're not sure where he has come from or who he belongs to. It is a full-size replica and stands at about 5ft tall. You can even sit inside him. It's not every day you get a Dalek arrive at your school and he did cause a bit of a stir to start with. The kids liked him but I think they're starting to lose interest now. I don't think they're into Doctor Who really. We'd like to return him to his owner if possible because he's taking up quite a lot of room and is living in a cupboard at the moment."

    Police were also involved in the incident but were unable to trace the owner. Detective Constable Caroline Prince, of Exeter's burglary team, said:
    We believe this Dalek has come from somewhere in Exeter, but we have had no one reporting a stolen or missing Dalek so we don't know who it belongs to. If anyone can help us identify the owner of the Dalek, we would be very grateful so we can return it to its rightful owner."

    With no owners having come forward to claim it, the Dalek now resides at a film and television memorabilia store in Exeter. Shop owner and Doctor Who enthusiast John Hadlow said:
    I felt so sorry for him being stuck in a school cupboard so I've brought him to the shop and he is stood next to the other Dalek. He is also going to have a bit of a refurb and be tidied up. No one has come forward to claim him since the appeal in the Echo so we can only assume he was dumped.

    If you have any information as where this Dalek may have come from, you can contact Detective Constable Prince at Exeter burglary team on 08452 777444.

    Bookmark and Share Yellow Dalek exclusive for Hastings Entertainment

    9/27/2010 05:08:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

    Yellow Daleks!Yellow Daleks!
    Underground Toys have announced that entertainment store Hastings will be selling an exclusive Yellow Dalek action figure as part of a promotion that will run in association with BBC Worldwide.

    Stores in the North American chain will feature a special 6x4ft display unit to highlight key merchandise from Doctor Who.

    For more details, see the Undergound Toys and Hastings Entertainment websites.

    Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane Transmission Date

    9/24/2010 12:40:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    Sarah Jane AdventuresDoctor Who Magazine reports that The Sarah Jane Adventures will return to BBC Television on Monday 11th October 2010.

    The series will be shown twice each week, with episodes first being shown on CBBC on Mondays and Tuesdays before being repeated on BBC One on Thursdays and Fridays.

    Dates are subject to change and will be finalised the week before transmission.

    The Sarah Jane Adventures - Series Four.
    • 1: The Nightmare Man
    • by Joseph Lidster
    • 2: The Vault of Secrets
    • by Phil Ford
    • 3: Death of the Doctor
    • by Russell T Davies
    • 4: The Empty Planet
    • by Gareth Roberts
    • 5: Lost in Time
    • by Rupert Laight
    • 6: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
    • by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman

    Bookmark and Share Casting News

    9/23/2010 11:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who: Surrane JonesThe official Doctor Who site has confirmed that former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones has been cast in the role of Idris in the third episode of the 2011 series of Doctor Who.

    Jones is best known for playing the role of Karen McDonald in ITV1's soap over a period of four years. She has also appeared in the detective drama series Vincent, and on the West End stage in A Few Good Men opposite Rob Lowe. Other roles include the London based black comedy, Dead Clever. In autumn 2007, she toured the UK in the play Terms of Endearment and she has recently appeared in a number of plays for BBC Radio 4. In January 2009, she appeared in Unforgiven, a three-part drama on ITV1, where she plays Ruth Slater, a woman released from prison after serving a 15-year prison sentence for the murder of two policemen.

    Last year Jones appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures episode, Lisa's Revenge playing the Mona Lisa.

    The third episode, which started filming this week is written by Neil Gaiman who said
    Suranne is marvellous. She's beautiful, funny and strange. It's the kind of role that people will remember forever, so we needed someone who was able to pull that off, and to keep up with Matt Smith. And bite him. Suranne does all three.

    Jones talked about how excited she was to be given the role.
    As an actor, it's hugely exciting to be cast in Doctor Who. I'm a massive fan of the show and I was blown away when I read Neil's script and uncovered what's in store for my character. I'm sworn to secrecy so viewers will just have to wait until next year to find out any other juicy details!

    Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 426

    9/23/2010 10:16:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who Magazine 426This months Doctor Who Magazine talks to the man who provides the voices for the Doctor’s greatest enemies, the Daleks and the Cybermen. Nicholas Briggs tells all about his time as a Dalek, his life-long love of Doctor Who and just what he can do with his ring voice modulator
    It’s great for people to be able to hear the voice on set. The way I say my lines does change depending on how David, Chris, or Matt say their lines to me. The Daleks actually being there makes such a difference. Much of the time, the cast is acting against silver balls on sticks, in front of a green screen, but Daleks move around, flash their lights, speak like they want to kill you, like a voice from hell

    Also in the magazine
    • He’s one of the best-loved and most respected authors in the world – and now he’s written a Doctor Who book. Michael Moorcock talks to DWM about his new novel The Coming of the Terraphiles – plus there's also an exclusive extract.
    • Toby Haynes, director of the 2010 series finale, concludes his exclusive Director’s Diary and tells DWM how Doctor Who changed his life.
    • Tokyo’s children are turning into Axons – and the Doctor, Amy and UNIT are involved in a breathtaking fight for their lives! All in the second part of the DWM comic strip The Golden Ones, by Jonathan Morris with art by Martin Geraghty.
    • What do the Eleventh Doctor, Jo Grant and K9 have in common? They’re all in the fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, which is back on TV in October. DWM previews all twelve new episodes and talks to all the writers – Russell T Davies, Phil Ford, Joseph Lidster, Rupert Laight, Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman.
    • The Doctor and his companions appreciate the gravity of the situation as they leap around on the Moon and encounter the sinister Cybermen! The Fact of Fiction scrutinizes the 1967 adventure The Moonbase and extracts a wealth of information from this classic Second Doctor tale.
    • DWM presents the ultimate guide to the men of steel – the Cybermen. Discover how they’ve evolved over the decades, as the Watcher reveals everything you need to know – and some surprising secrets, about one of the Doctor’s most persistent foes.
    • He’s back. Former UNIT Captain Mike Yates has returned to action alongside the Fourth Doctor in the new audio series Demon Quest. DWM catches up with the man who plays him, actor Richard Franklin, and finds out what he thinks about Yates’ comeback – and his opinion of Doctor Who today.
    • Doctor Who’s showrunner Steven Moffat provides some clues as to what adventures lie in store for the Doctor, Amy and Rory, and has the last word on what the next season should be called – in Production Notes.

    Bookmark and Share Series One for 99p?

    9/23/2010 12:07:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who: See SawVideo on Demand service See Saw is giving fans the chance to vote to see the entire Series One of Doctor Who for just 99p.

    Christopher Eccleston's performance as the Ninth Doctor is up against Grey's Anatomy, Robin Hood and The Hills in a promotion to find the most popular series. Whichever gets the most Facebook 'like' votes by next Monday morning will be made available to watch for the next ninety days for just 99p.

    Votes need to be made on the See Saw website.

    Bookmark and Share The Ark - Coming to DVD

    9/23/2010 11:32:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who: MeglosThe BBFC has classified an trailer for the first Doctor story The Ark, indicating it is due for DVD release in the next few months.

    The Ark was the sixth story of Season 3, and was first broadcast between 5th March and 26th March 1966. Alongside William Hartnell as the Doctor it stars Jackie Lane as Dodo and Peter Purves as the Steven Taylor.

    The story is set in the 57th segment of time, some 10 million years in the future, when the Earth has been destroyed by the sun going nova. A giant spaceship carrying all the Earth's surviving plant, animal and human life is on a 700 year journey to a new home on the planet Refusis II.

    The story was written by Paul Erickson and Lesley Scott and directed by Michael Imison.

    The Ark was first released on VHS in 1998 and is also available on CD with linking narration by Peter Purves.

    Bookmark and Share Colin Baker Signing

    9/23/2010 12:01:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    Colin BakerColin Baker will be signing copies of his new audiobook release Kangazang! at Forbidden Planet International, Cardiff on Saturday 25th September at 10am.

    The sixth Doctor uses a multitude of voices to tell the story of troubled Earthman, Jeff Spooner and his barber, Ray Scump.

    Lucy Beese, manager at Forbidden Planet International, Cardiff, said:
    It’s always great to have stars of Doctor Who dropping by to meet the fans. Colin Baker’s performance in Kangazang! is out of this world. We are very enthusiastic about Kangazang! both the book and the CD. It reinforces British comedy stereotypes just like Red Dwarf and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads did in the past.

    Baker is currently performing on stage as Inspector Morse in the stage play 'House of Ghosts'. As well as signing copies of Kangazang!, he will also be signing his own portrait photos.

    For those people unable to attend the event, Candy Jar is offering the first 25 minutes of Kangazang as a free download.

    Bookmark and Share The Seeds of Doom cover / Meglos details

    9/22/2010 06:29:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

    Doctor Who: The Seeds of DoomHere is the cover for The Seeds of Doom, released on DVD in the United Kingdom on 25th October. Its special features include:
    • Pod Shock (The making of) 37'14"
    • Playing in the Green Cathedral (Featurette) 10'02"
    • So what do you do exactly? (Featurette) 15'35"
    • Stripped for Action - The Fourth Doctor in comic form 20'17"
    • Easter Egg 1'13"
    • Easter Egg 0'08"
    • Photo Gallery 4'45"
    • TV Continuity 1'23"
    A more detailed description may be found in our earlier article.

    Doctor Who Magazine has revealed details on the features for January's release of Meglos:
    • Commentary by Lalla Ward (Romana), Christopher Owen (the "Earthling"), John Flanagan (one of the writers), and both music composers Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell.
    • Isolated Score from the story.
    • Meglos Men, a feature on the writers John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch, with script editor Christopher H. Bidmead.
    • The Scene Sync Story looks at the pioneering camera technology used in the story.
    • Jacqueline Hill - A Life in Pictures celebrates the life and career of the actress.
    • Entropy Explained, a short documentary by Dr Phillip Trowga.
    • The usual production notes, photo gallery, and PDF materials
    Full details in the latest DWM (#426). 

    BBC Worldwide have also confirmed that the second Doctor Story The Dominators will also be released in North America in January as part of the plan to synchronise the release schedule. The Dominators was released in the UK last July.

    Bookmark and Share Geoffrey Burgon 1941–2010

    9/22/2010 06:18:00 pm - Reported by Unknown

    Film and television composer Geoffrey Burgon has died, aged 69.

    Burgon composed the music for the Doctor Who stories Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom.

    He went on to win Ivor Novello awards for his scores to the BBC's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in 1979 and for Granada's Brideshead Revisited in 1981.

    More recently Burgon had won BAFTAs for Best Television Music to Granada's The Forsyte Saga and Channel 4's Longitude.

    Amongst many other works, Burgon scored the BBC's Chronicles of Narnia adaptations and the cult Monty Python film The Life of Brian.

    Alongside his commercial success, Burgon continued to produce many acclaimed serious works, two of which were an opera based on Dickens's Hard Times in 1991, and a concerto for the percussionist Evelyn Glennie in 1994.

    James Rushton, of his publishers Chester Music, said: "Geoffrey Burgon was one of very few composers in recent times whose music has truly touched the hearts of the international public.

    "The music and unforgettable melodies that Geoff wrote for the great classic BBC and ITV TV series over the past 40 years have established themselves as standards, both within their genre and as pure music."

    Burgon was interviewed for the DVD release of The Seeds of Doom, which is due to be released in the UK on October 25th.

    Bookmark and Share Filming wraps on Episode Four

    9/22/2010 04:13:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

    September has seen the Doctor Who production crew busy filming the Mark Gatiss-penned storyline for the fourth episode of next year's series. Principle photography has now completed for the first episode to be recorded, undertaken over the last sixteen days at three main locations - the bulk of which has been outside of Wales!

    Week commencing 6th September saw the crew filming at a private location, Pembroke House in Pontcanna, Cardiff; this was followed a week later with filming in the more public National Trust property Dyrham Park; and finally last weekend moved to the very public Waring House estate in Bristol where many fans and professional photographers were in attendance!

    This episode is also the first to enable fans to interact with the director through the social communication tool Twitter! Fans have been able to follow production snippets during the course of the shoot, and also view a few photos of the filming process reminiscent of the BBC's WhoSpy from the early series. He also introduced us to a couple of the production crew:
    Owen Mcpolin
    Owen Mcpolin
    Director of Photography
    Michael Pickwoad
    Michael Pickwoad

    The following sections may contain spoilers for the episode, so as always only read them if you wish to know more about the episode.

    A rather wet and rainy week had little impact on the crew, who were filming in the old nursing home off Conway Road in Pontcanna, Cardiff. As might be expected, there was little chance for fans to witness filming at the location, though, tidbits were provided by director Richard Clark himself via Twitter:

    6th 09:56 First shot in the can.
    6th 22:24 Matt's performance a joy. Wonderfully talented actor. Sadly can't reveal anything about guests, except that I'm delighted.
    7th 07:56 Takes 13 days (nights) to shoot one ep. Each director shoots 2 eps back to back. The Xmas special gets longer to shoot.
    7th 07:58 Every day is different. Much of this block (2 eps) will be shot at night.
    8th 08:21 Day 3. Sun shining. Unfortunately we'll be stuck inside a small dark space for the next 12 hrs.
    9th 19:12 Just shot a wonderfully funny 2 hander. Great performances from Matt & 'bob'. When Dr Who sparkles it's magic.
    10th 07:07 Seriously up against it today. One v complicated scene + still to hoover up shots we've dropped.
    10th 18:43 Brilliant days shoot. Great FX set piece. Seriously old school. One hour remaining to really nail it.

    As might be expected, fan photos of activity were few and far between, but coffee-making facilities were very much to be seen!

    Location Pembroke House:

    Production Base at Sophia Gardens:

    Filming took place in the manor house at Dyrham Park, a site that is open to the public at certain times of the week! On 16th September, ibanks5 on Gallifrey Base reported:
    I have just returned from Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire, where I headed after hearing the rumour of filming there.

    I arrived just after lunchtime and as soon as I entered the car park, I could see it had been overrun by F.A.T.T.S. and Panalux lorries, trailers and several silver Mercedes with tinted glass.

    There was some movement amongst the vehicles, but nothing significant to speak of. The trailers were obscured by the large lorries and so I could not make out any names on the doors.

    On speaking to the National Trust lady at the desk, sher confirmed that they had arrived last Saturday and will be filming for "about a week".

    The stately home itself is closed to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but I was able to walk reasonably close and could see more lorries and vans with backs open outside the mansion and people moving about. Also there was a bright light flashing continously inside the house.

    Unfortunately, I did not see any specific filming taking place or any stars or guest actors (or dogs!!!) but at least we now know for sure where Rickard Clark's tweets are emanating from........

    Fans were able to visit during the course of Friday:
    Being a National Trust property the house is open to the public today, and you can actually walk around the rooms they are filming in. Occasionally rooms get closed for a few minutes and there's a take, then the rooms are re-opened again! For example, in a bedroom and the Banqueting Room.

    There are a number of pretty women hanging around in white dresses - the clothes are a little similar to the Vampire ones last year, but are more like dolly costumes. One of the NT guides observed that these are the monsters in the show, without their heads on at the moment. During a take you can hear what sounds like crowing sounds coming from inside the rooms. The house itself looks like an immense dolls house, so a lovely setting for the story!

    There may be night shooting going on, nobody "famous" in sight, but they are definitely filming during the day today, maybe a second unit. Crew are quite relaxed, with some playing frisbee in the sun outside. Also, an orange vaguely TARDIS-shaped cube is being assembled on the lawn, though whether that is a prop or a film aid not so sure! Various vehicles are clustered up together, maybe to hide some better known cast members!

    Once again director Richard Clark offered his view of the production:

    13th 19:00 I'm scared filming this. The kids are gonna freak.
    14th 09:03 Big finale today. Complex. Lots to co-ordinate. But it's looking seriously gorgeous.
    14th 14:06 Just rehearsed finale. Never laughed so hard as when 'bob' prepared to do battle.
    14th 21:11 Another relentless day lifted by a set visit from the writer. Lights refused to play ball and one of the poor performers fainted.
    15th 07:42 More of the same today. 'Bob' wielding his weapon as the forces of darkness close in. All hope lost..
    15th 20:16 Well that was one hell of a day. Now standing in the set for the next ep. Absolutely brilliant. The art dept have worked miracles.
    16th 07:29 A days filming free of stunts, monsters, mayhem and madness. It's barely Dr Who at all. Although there is of course a giant foot.
    17th 07:12 Royally knackered. Fiddley shoot today. Loving that the editor emails me cut scenes from the previous day as we shoot. So far so good.
    17th 19:43 FX shots. We have to shoot different parts of the action against a green screen to make the CGI work. V time-consuming.
    17th 22:07 Watching Dr Who assembly from wk2. I shouldn't tempt fate but... Scary. Funny. Even beautiful on occasion. We may just have something here.

    The final main shoot for episode four took place on a housing estate adjacent to the Bristol General Hospital at Redcliff Hill in Bristol. Being a much more public area meant that many fans were able to finally see some filming for this series!

    This was also the first of what is expected to be many night shoots in the coming weeks.

    For 18th September whome on Gallifrey Base reported:
    As I arrived there were 2 ladies stood by an open door into the block of flats. I assumed they were residents so I asked them if they'd seen much and how long they'd been there. They said 'not much and not long, we'll be going soon' 30 mins later they got into one of the chauffeur cars to be driven back to base to collect stuff to bring back. Oops. Not residents then.

    I stood in one spot most of the time, and then after I moved Matt Smith walked past the place where I had been stood on his way to a break. (which was infact inside the door where the other ladies had been stood)

    Someone called Jamie wrapped at about 11.00. I didn't see who this was but I heard someone ask the driver to take him/her back to base.

    The ladies who weren't residents but working on the show brought 3 dress making dummies out of the room behind the door into a minibus.

    Security guy said they're pulling out on Tuesday.

    A peaceful Sunday with the cast and crew having a day off before kick-off once more on Monday. Everything was left on site in readiness for the following day's action.

    Onto the evening of Monday 20th September. Softie from Gallifrey Base:
    Just got back - not much news. Filming is all concentrated near some walkways and some bins and rubbish that are apparently props - not actual bins. We also heard that the TARDIS is parked near some garages out of sight, and at one point the small crowd of us, some schoolkids and passers by was moved because we were in shot. Night filming today and tomorrow between 6pm and 3pm.

    I have to say, I'm incredibly impressed that someone from the production team went and found out when Matt Smith would be arriving and came back with the news that it wouldn't be for a while yet. This definite information meant we could get the kids home at a reasonable time without having a long, possibly fruitless wait, because even my kids know they're not allowed to stay up past 7pm. Thanks! It's nice you took the time to do this.
    Cyber Matt:
    A friend and I nipped down to the location for about an hour, between 9.30-10.30, and caught a few snippets:

    From that walkway we could see down into the big bins, and apart from normal rubbish there were some green-painted circular podiums (about the size and shape of bass drums), which had presumably been used for some kind of green-screen business. Also a cardboard box which I suspect had been used for carrying props, since it had "George's Flat" written on the side. Plus, loitering between the bins, was an Arthur Darvill, having a smoke with another actor or member of the crew...

    The only filming we saw, was four or five takes of a little (very little) old lady trudging along a walkway with some heavy bags. I suspect the bags contained alien fungus pods.

    After this, Matt and Karen passed us, into the building. They may have been filming in a stairwell, since from the outside you could see lights set up there. No doubt this is where the T-Mat machine was located.

    Whilst Arthur returned to the bins for another smoke, and the old lady was driven away in a silver car, Matt & Karen then went back to the green room for a while - no doubt to insert fangs and contact lenses. A little later they went back up the path to the film unit, running the gauntlet of a couple of paps with long lenses on their cameras, even though they were only six feet away.

    Matt was wearing a long dark coat - no doubt in an attempt to hide his new polka-dot waistcoat - and the big news is that his bow-tie was a sort of burgundy colour (I think).
    Times Champion:
    The first time I have ever attended a shoot, something I have wanted to do for ages and never managed to make the dates fit etc. I have to say i had an amazing time.

    I will talk a little about what we saw later in the night (didnt leave until 3am sadly enough!) but first can I say a quick word about the crew in particular. These guys are amazing. So polite and friendly even though it must be a pain for 30/40 people to show up and take pics and generally want to know exactly whats going on and forget this isnt a convention or a premier, its a working TV shoot on a very tight schedule. Regardless of that we had the casts personal security guards chatting to us about the production, cast frame of mind etc, runners having a laugh with us (particularly when she told us she was carrying scripts and we tried to blag a look by telling her we had parts!) getting people autographs and were even asked at one point whether 'THEY WERE LOOKING AFTER US WELL ENOUGH!' I honestly wasnt expecting much more than being looked at in a vaguely hostile way and be told to keep out of shot, but these guys do a fantastic job under difficult circumstances. Please if you are going along tonight and I imagine the crowd will be bigger try to respect that.

    Secondly the cast in particular Matt (although Arthur did have a few photos with fans) was lovely. He waved at us when he arrived and said hello a couple of times, and although more or less kept his head down when moving between set and the green room he said goodbye to those of us left at the end and told us to look after ourselves. Oh, and he ruffled a kids hair! The funny thing is that even when chatting with Arthur walking down the road he still came across as the Doctor in his delivery and mannerisms etc.

    OK so finally what did I see? A lot of people have already detailed the filming at the top of the hill of the scene with the old lady and the rubbish bags, and I arrived at about 7pm so could only see them film this at a distance. Later on though although we didnt see it according to the radios that the security guards had a scene was filmed in a lift.

    We then saw them moving cameras around to the side of the location wehere we knew the TARDIS was, so managed to get around the back. We were basically the other side of a wall from the TARDIS and got some great shots when it was uncovered. (if someone tells me how to post photos on here I would happily oblige) the main cast then arrived and proceeded to rehearse and film the TARDIS arriving scene mere feet from where we were standing! We heard most of the dialogue etc of this scene and even though they knew we were there (the security guard even waved at us!) we were quiet and when asked to move as we were in back of shot it was politely and we did as requested. If others want to post the dialogue if they heard it thats fine, but although I am happy to post what I saw (there arent spoilers that the TARDIS arrives after all!) I personally feel it would be a bit of a betrayal of the wonderful crew to post exact details of the dialogue itself. Suffice to say that Rory seems as suprised at where the TARDIS has landed as some posters on here! Oh, and at one point Matt was walking around 'getting his head together' behind the TARDIS, inches the other side of a wall we were standing next to - very surreal!

    When they finished filming that shot we went back round to the entrance of the building and then saw them film the follow on scene of the TARDIS crew walking up towards the flats where they earlier filmed the 'bin bag' scene. They had a couple of teenagers riding bikes in the background.

    Final night of shooting, 21st September, and Twitter was practically a running commentary of how the filming unfurled over the course of the evening!

    18:39 Currently shooting around by the garages where the Tardis landed last night. Doctor, Amy and Rory.
    18:54 Setting up a shot of Amy looking up. Into the sky? Up at a balcony? A tall stand in position for eye line.
    18:59 Ooh i wonder what that big white sheet is for! They've laid something big and white out on the ground where the Tardis is/was.
    19:02 They measured the distance from camera to the pole on stand. Could be for CG reference. Amy shot from behind. Stand now removed.
    19:06 Out comes the silver ball on a stick. Definitely something CG. Diffuser now held in front of lighting.
    19:19 Amy looked up at CG thing, Rory joined her but didn't look up. Brief dialogue, then they walked away.
    19:23 That's that scene done for Karen. She heads off inside carrying her pink dressing gown. 2 Paps in attendance, 1 new.
    19:32 Over-the-shoulder shot of Doctor sat on the grass inspecting what looks like a Polaroid photograph. Then Matt is whisked away to base.
    19:36 Confidential crew are up on the top walkway filming the big light being lifted up into position.
    19:41 Man with dog with crew. With them or resident? Lighting whatsit being set up next to the Premier Shop.
    19:44 Security bloke tells children: "Doctor Who has left and won't be back." His name isn't Doctor Who!!!
    19:49 Karen's back - pink dressing gown
    19:53 Karen is leaning over the balcony
    20:02 Karen has took her dressing gown off. Alas, fully clothed.
    20:02 One lucky little fellow had a chat with Matt earlier. He also got the obligatory hair ruffle!
    20:19 They've just done a scene inside upstairs involving blonde twin girls, dressed identically. Proper scary!
    20:21 Call out on the radios: "Has anyone seen Karen?"
    20:24 They're now blacking out the emergency lighting on the fifth floor outside the lifts.
    20:26 Wow, they're setting up next to me. Pile of rubbish bags. Stunt men falling into it.
    20:36 Woman told boy Karen will come out to see the crowd soon! Old lady and Arthur just arrived - Arthur signed something for a boy.
    20:44 Confidential just filmed the stunt arrangers planning a stunt by the bins. There's a reason those rubbish sacks look so soft.
    20:46 The big light has been brought down lower over the bins area.
    20:48 Lighting rig being lowered over the bin set up. Creepy twins are creepy! They've just come back.
    20:59 Shooting Karen up on fifth floor balcony. Amy knocks on flat door and is let inside. Dialogue spoiler coming up!
    21:01 Karen knocks on door. It opens, she goes "hiiii!", Brief exchange with whoever opened the door, then it slams shut.
    21:02 Amy dialogue spoiler: "Hi." :-p
    21:04 She will knock four times!
    21:04 Sinister twins have gone now
    21:06 That's a wrap on Sophie and the twins.
    21:10 There is a dog involved in the filming. Now 100% confirmed. They just sent for it.
    21:13 Gorgeous woman about 30. She has a German-ish accent. Crew. I think it's Sanne. Sanne's a woman yeah?
    21:15 Stunt lady has become old lady in dress and wig. Looks like stunt is coming up next.
    21:19 About to film the old lady fall onto the rubbish I think.
    21:20 Dog is here. Little fat thing. Pissed up wall then got lead in.
    21:22 Amy screams. Arthur yells. "Oh my god!"
    21:27 Dog handler and canine artiste have arrived on set. ;-)
    21:29 A couple of takes of two people screaming their lungs out in terror. Much grinning and chuckling off set.
    21:32 It's the same double for the stunt as Mrs Poggit last year!
    21:43 Lunch.
    22:56 Looks like they're getting closer to doing the stunt. Talk of "B Camera" getting ready. First take after lunch just begun.
    23:00 Stunt arranger and stunt lady just talked Confidential through the set up by the bins. Big reflector being put up.
    23:04 Mrs Poggit stunt woman getting ready for a take.
    23:07 SFXmagazine: Jawdropping Who Exclusive one: one scene features a door slamming. And someone who may be Amy saying "Hello".
    23:07 SFXmagazine: Jawdropping Who Exclusive two: there's also some amusingly protracted screaming. Possibly in a lift. Possibly plummeting. We're not sure.
    23:08 SFXmagazine: Jawdropping Who Exclusive three: watching a female stunt double practising diving into a giant pile of binbags is surprisingly amusing.
    23:08 SFXmagazine: That bit was genuinely quite good, actually.
    23:16 Further rearrangement of the soft stunt bin bags and the steps beneath them. They're aiming for a steeper trajectory.
    23:25 Shot with canine artiste being done on fourth floor walkway. Abusive resident breaks the silence. He gets bored quickly and moves on.
    23:32 Tardis is still here
    23:34 Karen is back
    23:37 Karen sits and has her make-up touched up, while (real) old lady runs through her lines under her breath nearby.
    00:01 Lots of crew gather around the set to see the show. Someone is about to take a nasty tumble!
    00:13 Big light number two is active! There is much big light.
    00:13 Old lady dialogue; "Is that you George? You little devil. I'll tell your mum and dad! Show your face!"
    00:20 All the crew asked to hide around the corner to keep out of the actress's eye line. She's looking for someone.
    01:00 Old lady scene continues, shooting down towards the road. Cast and crew huddle round monitors hidden round the corner.
    01:02 Confidential shooting the scene from balcony above.

    A more succinct report from Cyber Matt on Gallifrey Base:
    Just back from the location - here are a few snippets:

    9.30pm - Whilst the main crew was filming elsewhere, a stunt arranger and friend set up bin-bags in the rubbish area, and a young stunt-woman dressed as the old lady practised diving into the heap of bags, with her legs waving in the air(!)

    10-11pm - The crew broke for "lunch", so we went off for a drink, since little seemed to be happening...

    11pm - When we returned they were building up the rubbish pile, practising the stunt, setting up lights etc. The real Old Lady and stunt double were being briefed by the stunt arranger...

    Whilst all the onlookers were watching this, I noticed from the road that the crew were filming on a 2nd-floor balcony: Arthur/Rory knocks on a door, and has an agitated conversation with the person who answers, then the door is slammed in his face. They filmed this a few times from the walkway, then took the camera into the flat to film reverse angles looking out at Rory.

    Next, some filming out of sight indoors, which must have involved Arthur & Karen, since they both came out into the rubbish area afterwards...

    Midnight - The Old Lady was briefed by (presumably) the Director, and rehearsed a scene where she approaches the rubbish bags, poking them with (I think) a broom, and saying (paraphrasing): "Is that you, George? Scaring an old lady to death... Show your face, you little devil... I'll tell your mum and dad..." (Possibly not in that order...) The Director then briefed the crew on the order of shots, etc...

    Anyway, they rehearsed that a few times, and started setting up the camera and lights, so we left at about 12.30am, since it was probably going to take a while...

    No doubt this scene leads up to the old-lady-into-rubbish-pile stunt...

    Anyway, it looks like it might be quite a good episode, so let's hope my presence didn't jinx it - the only other time I've seen any filming on Who was for The Lazarus Experiment!

    And finally, the director's "cut":

    18th 14:41 First night shoot. One of many. Final location. 3 more days and ep4 is done. Well, shot at least.
    19th 09:42 Finally. A day off. Still only 5hrs sleep. Why can't I sleep late? Frustrating. Time to read and get me head round Neil Gaiman's ep.
    19th 14:33 Just finished re-reading Neil's ep. The simple truth of the matter is that Who fans are gonna to flip.
    19th 19:45 Editor has dropped off a rough assembly of ep 4. Still 2 nights shooting remaining but let's see how it's looking so far...
    20th 13:51 Watched ep4 assembly. Delighted. Performances a joy. And those things... SCARY! Two more nights and we'll have nailed this puppy.
    20th 19:15 Well it's no secret where we're filming. We're surrounded. What's more the paparazzi are on to us.
    21st 12:32 I need more sleep. Last night of filming Ep4. Tomorrow we tackle Neil's Magnus Opus.
    22nd 02:55 Dr Who series 6, ep 4 is officially in the can. (apart from some green goo shots tomorrow - I kid you not) One down, one to go.

    Production will now begin on episode three, by Neil Gaiman - also to be directed by Richard Clark.

    Bookmark and Share Martin Shaw on Doctor Who, Collinson on Coronation Street, Moffat on 2011

    9/22/2010 02:33:00 pm - Reported by Dean Braithwaite

    A number of news outlets have picked up from the Radio Times that the British actor Martin Shaw (The Professionals, Inspector George Gently) turned down the chance to play James Bond in the late 1970s. Digital Journal, however, leads on the fact that Shaw would consider playing the Doctor, albeit if the commitment was a lot less than is currently expected of Doctor Who's leading actor!

    Elsewhere in Radio Times, Phil Collinson is interviewed about his plans for Coronation Street as it approaches its 50th anniversary and beyond, which has been reported here. RT attributes Collinson's savviness on Who under Russell T Davies as being part of the reason ITV Studios have entrusted him with Corrie's birthday celebrations, which Digital Journal has picked up on, too.

    Steven Moffat, meanwhile, has been talking in Doctor Who: The Brilliant Book and Doctor Who Magazine about the 2010 Christmas special and the cliffhanger between the two 2011 series (Easter and autumn) of  Doctor Who. His comments have already been picked up by a number of outlets, including Den of Geek, Digital Journal and Digital Spy.

    Bookmark and Share NTA Nominations

    9/21/2010 05:01:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    NTANominations have opened for the 2011 National Television Awards, with Doctor Who one of 33 nominees in the Best Drama category along with Steven Moffat's other hit from the summer, Sherlock.

    Matt Smith and Karen Gillan are both nominated for Best Drama Performance, along with 48 others.

    Initial voting is now open until Monday 11 October and the winners will be announced at the ceremony on ITV1 in January. Doctor Who has won the last five awards for Best Drama.

    Bookmark and Share Doctor Who wins Best TV Programme

    9/21/2010 12:25:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    FantasyConDoctor Who has been awarded Best TV programme at the British Fantasy Awards.

    The programme beat Battlestar Galactica, Being Human, Lost and Torchwood: Children of Earth, to win the award for the second year running.

    Rob Shearman, writer of the Doctor Who story Dalek, accepted the award on behalf of former showrunner Russell T Davies at a ceremony held at FantasyCon 2010.

    Shearman also won the award for Best collection for Love songs for the shy and cynical poduced by Big Finish. Other Doctor Who connected winners were David Howe who won The PS Publishing Best Small Press Award for Telos Publishing, and Neil Gaiman who won Best Comic//Graphic Novel for his work with Andy Kubert on Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?.

    Bookmark and Share The Adventure Games - Recommissioned

    9/20/2010 02:36:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    The Adventure GamesThe BBC has recommissioned The Adventure Games for a second series, due to be released next year.

    Series One of The Adventure Games has been a great success with over 1.6 million downloads so far. Three parts of the four part story have so far been released, with the final part due out later this year.

    UK players can download the game free of charge from the BBC official site while Windows users outside the UK can purchase and download the game from Direct2Drive.

    The new series will be developed by the same team with Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Anwen Aspden producing and it will be developed by Sumo Digital.

    The BBC’s head of multiplatform in vision Simon Nelson told MCV:
    Given the success of the first series, we'd be daft not to recomission. But it's not just about the numbers; the feedback we've had has been overwhelmingly positive. Our audience has been introduced to a new form of drama – and, for many, these have been the first computer games they have downloaded. We've set new standards in audience participation - and we think we've really helped push the concept of families actively playing together. I can't wait to see what the team does next.

    Bookmark and Share News Round Up

    9/19/2010 08:07:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who Live has launched an official Twitter account. The feed provides news and updates from the team behind the live show, due to tour the UK this Autumn.

    Details of David Tennant's new 4 part drama series, Single Father, have been released by the BBC Press Office. In the series, filmed in Glasgow, Tennant plays a photographer facing the seemingly impossible job of bringing up four kids alone after the sudden death of his wife, Rita. The Daily Record has been reporting on how Tennant prepared for the role.

    A Doctor Who inspired stage adventure is being performed at the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre in Carshalton in South West London. Hell Blossom, by Ian Wheeler, is part of a trilogy of Doctor Who plays. It runs from 30th September - 2nd October.
    The story begins when our time traveller and his companion, Shaatara, a Valkyrie warrior from the New Asgard colony, visit Professor Gardener, another time lord, now living in exile in Victorian London. The Professor is helping Chief Inspector Potts with his investigation into a series of grisly murders in the East End. A strange creature is responsible for the murders - and, when it kills, a mysterious man is seen near the scene of the crime, whose incredible get-aways have earned him the nick-name 'Spring-heeled Jack'.

    The actress Margaret Hickey has died. Hickey played Mary Smith, an inhabitant of Salamander's underground community, in the Second Doctor story The Enemy Of The World.

    Bookmark and Share Dead Air named Best Audiobook - Updated

    9/18/2010 09:31:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who: Dead AirThe Doctor Who Audiobook Dead Air has been named the 2010 Audiobook of the Year.

    Written by James Goss and read by David Tennant the story was the seventh and final exclusive-to-audio adventure to feature the Tenth Doctor.

    The award was selected by voters visiting the Audiobook store. It beat other books nominated including Adrian Mole, The Prostrate Years, Othello, Animal Farm, Shakespeare in Love and War Horse.

    James Goss told the Doctor Who News Page he wished to thank all the fans who voted for the story.
    I'm absolutely thrilled that Doctor Who: Dead Air has won - it's an amazing reading by David Tennant, and I'm really chuffed that it's gone down as well as it has, not just with Doctor Who fans but with the public as well.

    Michael Stevens, Commissioning Editor for AudioGO said
    This is a gratifying achievement which pays tribute to the combined talents of writer James Goss, reader David Tennant, and the AudioGO production team who created a multi-layered adventure for the Doctor combining voice, music and atmospheric special sound.

    The winner was announced at 5pm on Saturday 18th September, at Chiswick Book Festival.

    Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane - Death of the Doctor Preview

    9/17/2010 04:47:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    The British Film Institute is giving fans in London a chance to see a special preview of The Sarah Jane Adventures story, Death of the Doctor. The two part story by Russell T Davies not only features a special appearance from Matt Smith as The Doctor but also sees the return of Katy Manning to the role of Jo Grant, a part she last played on television in 1973.

    The showing will be followed by a special panel discussion with Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Brian Minchin (Producer), Gary Russell (Script Editor) and Edward Russell (Brand Manager). The event will be hosted by the BFI's Justin Johnson.

    The special showing is on Tuesday 12th October at 8pm and takes place at the NFT1 on London's South Bank.

    Tickets cost £9, concs £6.65 and are available from the BFI Website or by ringing the box office on 020 7928 3232.
    Press Release

    Sometimes being a Doctor Who fan doesn't seem fair. Why should children get to have CBBC, their own channel with the top rating show The Sarah Jane Adventures shown at weekday tea times. Well, as a special treat for those of you who have to work for a living, the BFI, CBBC and BBC Wales gives you the opportunity to come and bathe in the preview of a new Sarah Jane story but this time on the big screen, with a like minded audience and best of all, cast and crew in attendance. But this isn't just any SJA story. This is the story where she comes face to face with both the new Doctor (Matt Smith) and ex-companion Jo Grant (Katy Manning). It's too good to be true.

    When the Doctor is declared dead, old companions Sarah Jane and Jo Grant meet for the very first time, and join forces to discover the truth. As an interstellar conspiracy gathers around UNIT HQ, Clyde finds that he holds the fate of the Time Lord in his hand – quite literally.

    Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane Adventures Quiz

    9/16/2010 02:17:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Sarah Jane AdventuresThe BBC has announced that a Sarah Jane Adventures Quiz will be available on the BBC Red Button service this October.

    The quiz will allow viewers to test their memory and observational skills by watching clips from the show and then answering questions put to them by the Bannerman Road Gang. Participants who make the grade then can go to the website and download a special certificate saying they have passed the "Red Button" level of the Sarah Jane Academy.

    The show is due to return to BBC One and CBBC this October. No start date has officially been confirmed but the series is expected to start around Monday 11th October.

    Bookmark and Share Guinness World Records

    9/16/2010 03:01:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    guinness world recordsThe 2011 edition of Guinness World Records contains a whole spread dedicated to Doctor Who with a number of facts and figures on the what is officially the world's Most Successful sci-fi Series.

    The show was awarded the title last year based on the show's perfomance in ratings, DVD and book sales, and downloading popularity. It also holds the record for Longest running sci-fi series and Doctor Who Magazine has been named Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series.

    The book lists other statistics including naming Tom Baker as the longest serving incumbent Doctor, Fraser Hines as the longest serving companion and Matt Smith as the youngest actor to take on the role of The Doctor, something picked up by many papers.

    Guinness World Records 2011, published Thursday, is the latest edition of the world's best-selling copyright book. Guinness World Records is the globally-recognised authority on record-breaking achievements.

    Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - 184

    9/15/2010 04:26:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who Adventures 182This week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures comes with a free growing monster. Just add water to grow your own Weeping Angel.

    If you have ever wanted to learn how to draw one of the most powerful creatures in the universe then the magazine shows you how to draw a Dalek, the Doctor’s oldest enemy.

    Also this week, backstage secrets from the man who decorates the sets of Doctor Who and the story of River Song, the only person to know the Doctor’s real name.

    All this, plus: some jokes, a comic strip and a puzzles section, including a Weeping Angel word search.

    Issue 184 of Doctor Who Adventures magazine is out in the UK on Thursday.

    Bookmark and Share BBC News

    9/15/2010 02:18:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    BBCThe controller of BBC One, Jay Hunt, is to leave the corporation to join Channel 4. No departure date has yet been announced but Hunt takes up her new role in January.

    As controller of BBC One since 2008, Hunt was ultimately responsible for commissioning and scheduling of Doctor Who. She expressed her support for the series when speaking at the summer BAFTA showing of The Pandorica Opens and recently agreed with Executive Producer Steven Moffat to split the 2011 series in to two halfs. However there has been some criticism for the way Doctor Who was scheduled this year with varying start times and of the decision to show the animated Graham Norton over the end of The Time of Angels.

    The BBC's director of vision, Jana Bennett, will take temporary charge of BBC One until a replacement is appointed.

    Meanwhile the broadcasting unions have served notice to the BBC of four days of strike action to take place in October. The Unions are in dispute with the BBC over changes to the BBC staff pension plan. It is not known what effect, if any, strike action would have to the current filming schedule of Doctor Who.

    Bookmark and Share Meglos confirmed as first 2011 release

    9/14/2010 10:50:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

    Doctor Who: Meglos2Entertain have now confirmed the Fourth Doctor story Meglos will be the first DVD release of 2011. This follows on from the press item by BBC America last week which mentioned the story for simultaneous releases in both the US and UK.

    The company has also confirmed that the story will also be released in Australia/New Zealand (R4) at the same time.

    Bookmark and Share News Roundup

    9/14/2010 08:10:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    A long lost ITV play starring Second Doctor Patrick Troughton has been found stored at the Library of Congress in Washington. Freedom in September was originally shown as part of the Play of the Week strand in September 1962. Troughton plays Prince, a journalist who helps a Russian dissident. The play is one of a number of missing plays found in part of the archive of the New York-based public service television station WNET.

    John Barrowman wowed a crowd of thousands at Salford's Proms in the Park on Saturday. The actor, who plays Captain Jack in Doctor Who and Torchwood, performed numbers from The Pink Panther and Mack and Mabel as well as Don't Rain On My Parade and I Am What I Am. Barrowman said: “I've had a wonderful time. I think it's a really great opportunity for people to come and hear a variety of different types of music - from the classical Proms music to my kind of entertainment. It's what the BBC do so well bringing different types of music all across the country."

    Colin Baker's tour as Inspector Morse arrives at the New Theatre Oxford this week and Baker has been talking to the Reading Post. He told the paper that he’s also a big fan of the new series especially Matt Smith. "I’m very pleased with the new one, I think he’s brilliant", he says.

    Meanwhile filming continues in Cardiff on the 2011 series of Doctor Who with Director Richard Clark tweeting "I'm scared filming this. The kids are gonna freak", and "Big finale today. Complex. Lots to co-ordinate. But it's looking seriously gorgeous."

    Bookmark and Share Finished Product - Issue Five

    9/14/2010 04:14:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who: Finished ProductIssue Five of The Finished Product, the unofficial companion to the Big Finish audio series, is available from this week.

    This issue kicks off with a look at the genesis of the Companion Chronicles, and first season stories Frostfire, Fear of the Daleks, The Blue Tooth and The Beautiful People, plus the full episode one of 'lost' story Psychomorph.

    It then moves on to series three, season two will feature soon, and looks at Here There Be Monsters, The Doll of Death and Home Truths.

    Interviewees include Nicholas Briggs, Mark J. Thompson, John Ainsworth, Ian Farrington, Alan Barnes, cover artist Simon Holub, writers Marc Platt, Patrick Chapman, Nigel Fairs, Jonathan Morris, David Richardson, Lisa Bowerman, Andy Lane and Simon Guerrier, sound designers and musicians David Darlington, Richard Fox and Lauren Yason, actors Jane Goddard and Niall Macgregor, and Katy Manning.

    There's also Andrew Smith exclusively previewing The Invasion of E-Space, his first Doctor Who work since Full Circle and some rare Doctor Who pictures.

    For more details and ordering information, email

    Bookmark and Share DVD Global Release Schedule Synchronised

    9/13/2010 04:20:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who DVDClassic Doctor Who DVDs will in future be released simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic.

    In the past fans in North America, Australia and New Zealand have had to wait several months after the UK release to get their own versions of Classic Doctor Who stories. BBC America has confirmed this will change for North America in the New year and it is expected that the change will also apply to Australia and New Zealand.

    Starting with the January release of the Fourth Doctor story Meglos, it is expected that most Doctor Who DVDs around the world will be released the day following the UK release. In order to catch up with the backlog extra releases will be scheduled during 2011 to bring the overseas schedule in line with the UK one.

    Bookmark and Share John Fay talks Torchwood

    9/13/2010 02:40:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    TorchwoodWriter John Fay has been talking to scyfilove about his work on Torchwood.

    Fay was responsible for two episodes of Children of Earth, the third series of Torchwood, including the episode which saw the demise of Ianto Jones. It was announced in the Summer that he will be part of the writing team for Series Four, The New World.

    Fay recently returned from three weeks in Los Angeles working on the plotlines for the new 10 episode series. He talked about his respect for his fellow writers on the series and for showrunner Russell T Davies, and the global focus the series will have for its fourth outing.
    I’m very excited about The New World. Like anything in life you can rest on your laurels, or you can try to push on again and achieve something new. That is what Russell has done. On Children of Earth he had a very clear and defined vision, but what he has outlined for The New World is equally, if not more ambitious than before

    Fay also talked about the controversial decision to kill off Ianto Jones, one of the series most popular characters, something that caused dismay within a group of fans who sent petitions protesting the death to the BBC. Fay has no regrets
    Russell wanted that to happen, although they are my words. It was absolutely the right thing to do though from the point of view of the story and what it gave to the last episode. The strength of Torchwood is that you don’t know the heroes are going to survive.

    Bookmark and Share Casting News

    9/11/2010 10:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who: CastNews of some guest stars for Series Six comes via the Alphabet Kidz website which reports that one of their young actors, Jamie Oram, has won a role of Harry in episode four, currently being filmed in Cardiff. This will be Oram's first TV drama role although he has appeared in a number of commercials. Alphabet Kidz is a Children's and Young Performer's TV Acting, Modeling and Voice Over Agency.

    The website also gives details of the actors playing his parents.

    Emma Cunniffe, who plays the mother, has appeared in The Lakes, Great Expectations, All the King's Men, Clash Of The Santas, Appointment With Death, Clocking Off, and alongside Christopher Eccleston in Flesh and Blood. In 2004, she played Mozart's wife Constanze in the acclaimed BBC docu-drama about the life of the famous composer, The Genius of Mozart. On stage she won the Barclays Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The Master Builder in 1999.

    Daniel Mays, who plays the father, appeared in the Mike Leigh films All or Nothing in which he played Jason, a thug who abused his girlfriend, and Vera Drake, in which he played Sid, the protagonist's son. He starred as Adam, a young heroin addict in the improvised BBC drama Rehab which saw him awarded the Best Actor award at the Palmare-Reims Television Festival in 2003. TV work includes Top Buzzer, Funland, Atonement, White Girl and Ashes to Ashes. In addition to his TV and film work, Mays has also starred in six stage plays at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

    Information on the Spotlight website indicates the episode is titled What are Little Boys Made of?, although titles can change right up until transmission date.

    Harry is described as a troubled young boy who has a nervous disposition. Shooting is for two weeks and is apparently taking place now, indicating it is actually for episode three, the Neil Gaiman episode.

    Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Extended Prom - Ratings

    9/11/2010 05:01:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who: PromThe extended edition of the Doctor Who Prom was broadcast on BBC Three yesterday where it was watched by an average of 0.28 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures. The programme had a 1.4% share of the audience. The audience rose steadily throughout the 90 minute programme with the final half hour wining the timeslot on multi-channel television.

    Monday's 60 minute version of the programme had an Appreciation Index of 89.

    The Prom is now available to viewers in the UK on the BBC iPlayer and a High Definition version of the 60 minute programme will be broadcast on BBC HD today at 5.25pm.

    The BBC have also added several clips from the Prom onto their YouTube site. Clips may not be available outside the UK.

    Doctor Who Theme Tune
    David Tennant regenerates into Matt Smith
    Symphony of The Daleks
    Monsters and Female Vampires

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    9/11/2010 04:00:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who: Katy ManningActress Katy Manning has launched a new website called Katy's World.

    Manning played Jo Grant, alongside Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, for three seasons in the early seventies. She is due to make a guest appearance in the upcoming fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures alongside Matt Smith.

    The new website contains a welcome message from Manning, a biography, a Question and Answer section, a picture gallery and news about how she feels about returning to the character of Jo Grant nearly 40 years after she created her.
    It was wonderful playing Jo again. The script was by Russell T Davies and it's superb. We find out what happened to Jo since she parted company with the Doctor at the end of The Green Death

    Katy Manning wants fans to know that the website is her only online presence and she is not on Twitter, Facebook or any of the social networking sites.

    Bookmark and Share Silurian warrior

    9/10/2010 01:26:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who - SilurianStar Stills are giving fans the chance to share their bedroom with a life size version of a Silurian warrior.

    The cardboard cutout, which is released on Monday, measures 180cm high and is described as "the perfect focus point of any themed party or a gift sure to delight the most avid fan."

    Other cutouts are already available, including versions of Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and several monsters including Cybermen and Daleks. All cutouts are designed to be self supporting and are assembled within seconds. Alternatively it is possible to leave the supports flat and wall mount the standee as you wish. All lifesize standups fold down for easy storage.

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    9/10/2010 01:43:00 am - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who Make-up artist, Davy Jones, has been talking to scyfilove about his time on the series. Jones first worked on the 2005 series with Christopher Eccleston. "I knew Chris, but watching him on set you really believed he was the Doctor, saving the universe against any monster you want." Jones returned to the series this year for the Silurian two-parter with Matt Smith. "I was able to tell him that I had been talking to Chris Eccleston recently, who said he'd seen Matt in a couple of plays and thought he was a great choice for Doctor Who."

    John Barrowman has been talking to Alan Simpson on BBC Radio Ulster about his touring show and his tweeting habits. The interview can be heard for the next seven days on the BBC iPlayer. It starts one hour into the programme.

    Comedian David Mitchell has caused some press comment with his views on Children's Television in which he includes Doctor Who. In his weekly Soap Box he asks why adults watch things that are primarily made for children.

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    9/09/2010 01:26:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Doctor Who - The SpecialsSilva Screen have delayed the release of Doctor Who - The Specials, the latest in the line of music from the television series, by two weeks, giving a new release date of Monday 4th October.

    The set will feature music from the gap year specials. It has also been revealed that two additional tracks, The Cyberleader Runs Amok and Never Too Old To Shoot And Fly, will be available exclusively on iTunes to buyers who buy the whole album as a download bundle.

    Talking about the release Composer Murray Gold said
    This collection is a bit different to the previous releases on Silva Screen. It’s a double CD, of course, and the tracks are drawn from four stories. Previously a single episode has had, at most, three tracks. This time, we linger somewhat longer, and there’s perhaps more a sense of passage through the stories. In some ways, it’s a more conventional soundtrack, with less zipping about through styles. We could have compressed everything onto a single disc, but Silva Screen offered to put out a double. It seemed the better route.

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    9/08/2010 11:51:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    2|entertain have supplied full details of the forthcoming DVD releases will a full contents listing of each disc.

    Time and the Rani features Sylvester McCoy as the newly regenerated seventh Doctor and is released in the UK on 13th September.
    Doctor Who: Talons of Weng ChiangTime and the Rani.
    After being attacked by the Rani, the TARDIS crash-lands on the planet Lakertya. On the floor of the console room, the Doctor begins his sixth regeneration.

    In his post-regenerative confusion the Doctor is separated from his young companion Mel and tricked into assisting the Rani in her megalomaniac scheme to construct a giant time manipulator.

    Lost on the barren surface of the planet, Mel has to avoid the Rani's ingenious traps and her monstrous, bat-like servants, the Tetraps. She joins forces with a rebel faction among the Lakertyans, desperate to end the Rani's control of their planet.

    The Doctor must recover his wits in time to avoid becoming a permanent part of the Rani's plan to collect the genius of the greatest scientific minds in the Universe.

    Disc 1
    4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.

    · Commentary - stereo. With actors Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford, writers Pip and Jane Baker.

    · The Last Chance Saloon– by 1987, senior executives at the BBC were on the point of killing-off Doctor Who in the face of stiff fan opposition. Instead, they decided to give the show one last chance… With actors Sylvester McCoy and Kate O’Mara, producer John Nathan-Turner, director Andrew Morgan, script editor Andrew Cartmel, writers Pip and Jane Baker, BBC Head of Series & Serials Jonathan Powell and graphic designer Oliver Elmes. Written by Nev Fountain and narrated by Richard Heffer.

    · 7D FX – a look behind-the-scenes at the creation of the story’s impressive visual effects. With visual effects designer Colin Mapson, visual effects assistant Mike Tucker and video effects designer Dave Chapman.

    · Helter-Skelter– Graphic designer Oliver Elmes and animator Gareth Edwards talk about how they created the first CGI title sequence in Doctor Who’s history.

    · Lakertya – writers Pip and Jane Baker talk about their original vision for the lush forest planet Lakertya and director Andrew Morgan explains why he ended up shooting it in a desolate quarry instead…

    · Hot Gossip – Kate O’Mara recalls the fun of working with gossiping friends. With Sylvester McCoy and Andrew Morgan.

    · On Location– BBC Breakfast Time’s reporter Guy Michelmore visits the production during location filming for the story’s exterior scenes and talks to John Nathan-Turner, Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and Kate O’Mara.

    · Blue Peter – Janet Ellis welcomes newly appointed Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy to the Blue Peter studio.

    · Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.

    The Revisitions Box Set No 1 is released in the UK on 4th October.
    Doctor Who: Talons of Weng ChiangThe Talons of Weng-Chiang
    In the first of the adventures, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, our inimitable Doctor Who and his assistant Leela are confronted by sinister and seemingly inexplicable occurrences in this gripping thriller set in the shadowy depths of nineteenth century London. With the help of Professor Litefoot, the Doctor investigates the gruesome murder of a cabbie and the mysterious disappearances of young girls. Whilst being chased by giant rats and forced to pit his wits against an evil doll and a merciless illusionist, he comes face-to-face with his most deadly enemy to date: Magnus Greel - a fifty-first century war criminal posing as Weng Chiang, an ancient Chinese god.

    Disc 1

    · 6 x 25 min colour episodes with mono audio.

    · Commentary - with actors Louise Jameson, John Bennett and Christopher Benjamin, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and director David Maloney.

    · Coming Soon - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.

    · Programme Subtitles

    · Subtitle Production Notes

    Disc 2 (DVD9)

    · The Last Hurrah - Tom Baker and Philip Hinchcliffe meet at Tom’s home to discuss the making of what would be their final story together. Also featuring actors Louise Jameson, Trevor Baxter, Christopher Benjamin, director David Maloney, designer Roger Murray-Leach and costume designer John Bloomfield.

    · Moving On - ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ was to be Philip Hinchcliffe’s last story as the producer of Doctor Who. In this featurette he looks back at the ideas he had for the next season.

    · The Foe from the Future - a look at the original concept idea for the un-made story ‘The Foe from the Future’, which eventually became ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’. With writer Robert Banks Stewart and producer Philip Hinchcliffe.

    · Now & Then - the latest instalment of this series visits the locations used in the story and compares how they looked on screen in 1977 to how they look now.

    · Look East - in January 1977, the BBC’s local news programme paid a visit to the filming of ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ in Northampton Repertory Theatre, where reporter David Cass interviewed Tom Baker.

    · Victoriana and Chinoiserie - a discussion of the literary references that can be found within the story. With producer Philip Hinchcliffe and University of Westminster lecturer in English Literature, Dr. Anne Witchard,

    · Music Hall - ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ is set within a music hall, a theatrical tradition which is upheld to this day by groups of dedicated performers. This documentary looks at the history of the music hall and features performances by those who continue to uphold its traditions. Hosted by Michael McManus, with Gerald Glover, Pamela Cundell, Johnny Dennis and Victor Spinetti, featuring songs performed by Katy Baker.

    · Limehouse - A Victorian Chinatown - Limehouse, in the old docklands area of London’s East End is not only the setting for ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ but for many other stories in English literature. Dr. Matthew Sweet investigates the area and its history. With Roehampton University’s Dr. John Seed, Dr. Tom Wareham, the curator of the Museum of London Docklands and University of Westminster lecturer in English Literature, Dr. Anne Witchard.

    Disc 3 (DVD5)

    · Whose Doctor Who (dur. 58' 42") - a 1977 documentary from BBC2's 'The Lively Arts' strand, looking back at the history of the programme and its psychological impact on the viewers, particularly children. Introduced by Melvyn Bragg.

    · Blue Peter Theatre (dur. 25' 58”) - starts with a 1974 introduction, featuring a strike-bound Blue Peter team having to leave their usual studio and present the programme from the set of the first Tom Baker story, then continues with a series of articles from 1977 in which the team make a Doctor Who theatre, complete with sets and monsters and, with the help of Dick Mills, show how to make your own sound effects to accompany the performance.

    · Behind the Scenes (dur. 24'00") - very poor quality (ex DW production office timecoded Shibaden tape) but exceptionally rare footage from the studio recording of the story.

    · Philip Hinchcliffe Interview (dur. 11' 30") - series producer Philip Hinchcliffe interviewed on 'Pebble Mill at One' about the show and the possible effects of on-screen violence. Ex Philips 1500 off-air recording.

    · Trails and Continuity (dur. 2'24”) - trails and continuity announcements (mostly derived from off-air domestic recordings) for 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang' and 'Whose Doctor Who'.

    · Photo Gallery (dur. 3’ 24”) - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.

    · TARDIS-Cam No.6 (dur. 1’ 41”) - originally produced for the BBC Doctor Who website, this animation shows the TARDIS encountering a pod of space whales.
    Doctor Who: The Caves of AndrozaniThe Caves of Androzani
    The Caves of Andozani takes place on the barren world of Androzani, where the Doctor and Peri find themselves embroiled in a long running underground war. Military troops mount an armed blockade whilst gunrunners bring in weapons for the sinister, masked renegade, Sharaz Jek. Meanwhile, lethal androids guard the caves, where a deadly creature lurks in the shadows, killing all in its path. At the heart of the conflict is a substance called Spectrox - the most valuable item in the universe...and the deadliest! Will the Doctor make the ultimate sacrifice to save his young friends life?

    Disc 1 (DVD9)

    · 4 x 25 min colour episodes with mono audio.

    · Commentary with actors Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and director Graeme Harper.

    · Behind the Scenes - The Regeneration (dur. 7’ 53”) - a look inside the studio during the shooting of the climactic regeneration scene. Features an optional commentary track.

    · Audio 1: Studio sound

    · Audio 2: Commentary with Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Graeme Harper

    · Behind the Scenes - Creating Sharaz Jek (dur. 5’ 04”) - inside the character of Sharaz Jek, courtesy of an audio recording of the late Christopher Gable talking about his role in the story, photographs from Gable’s own collection and footage from the studio recording.

    · Extended Scenes (dur. 4’ 12”) - three extended scenes taken from the original film sequences and timecoded production tapes. The first has an optional commentary track.

    · Audio 1: Studio sound

    · Audio 2: Commentary with Peter Davison and Graeme Harper

    · Trailer (dur. 0’ 28”) - BBC1 trailer for the first episode.

    · News (dur. 5’ 21”) - a compilation of news reports and interviews about Peter Davison leaving the series.

    · Isolated Music - option to view the episodes with isolated music scores.

    · Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release. See Notes below.

    · PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.

    · Programme Subtitles

    · Subtitle Production Notes

    Disc 2 (DVD5)

    · Chain Reaction (dur. 36’ 04”) - cast and crew look back at the making of the story that is regularly voted as the best Doctor Who story of all time. With actors Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant, Maurice Roëves, Robert Glenister and Martin Cochrane, director Graeme Harper, script editor Eric Saward, production designer John Hurst and composer Roger Limb. Written and presented by Matthew Sweet.

    · Directing Who: Then & Now (dur. 11’ 44” ) - Graeme Harper is the only director to have worked on both the classic and new series of Doctor Who. In this featurette he talks about the different production techniques used on both.

    · Russell Harty (dur. 8’ 36”) - Peter Davison and Colin Baker appear on the Russell Harty Show in the week between Davison’s last episode and Baker’s first.

    · Photo Gallery (dur. 4’ 55”) - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.
    Doctor Who: The TV MovieThe Television Movie
    Paul McGann stars in his only outing as the eight Doctor in Doctor Who: The Movie. Returning home to Gallifrey with the remains of his arch enemy, the Master, the TARDIS is forced off course, landing the Doctor into the middle of a street gang's gun battle in downtown San Franciso. Critically wounded in the shoot out, the Doctor has to regenerate to save his own life. And he's not the only one - the Master too has a new body with which to wreak havoc. As the clock counts down to the start of a new millennium, the Doctor has to stop the Master destroying all life on Earth. But at what cost...?

    Disc 1 (DVD9)

    · 86 minute movie with stereo audio.

    · Commentary 1 (2001) – original DVD release solo commentary by director Geoffrey Sax.

    · Commentary 2 (2009) – new commentary with actors Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy, moderated by Nicholas Briggs.

    · The Seven Year Hitch (dur. 53’ 53”) – This documentary looks at executive producer Philip Segal’s seven-year quest to return Doctor Who to the screen, from his initial contact with the BBC shortly before its cancellation in 1989, through to the production and transmission of the movie in 1996. Featuring Philip Segal, BBC executive producer Jo Wright, BBC Head of Series Peter Cregeen, BBC1 controller Alan Yentob, writer Matthew Jacobs and Graeme Harper, the director of BBC Enterprises' abandoned Doctor Who movie. Narrated by Amanda Drew.

    · The Doctor’s Strange Love (dur. 17’ 10”) – writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier discuss how they stopped worrying and learned to love the TV Movie with comedian Josie Long.

    · Photo Gallery (dur.3’ 46”) - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.

    · Isolated Music - option to view the movie with isolated music score.

    · Music Tracks – four music tracks from the production presented in full: ‘In a Dream’, ‘All Dressed Up’, ‘Ride into the Moonlight’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

    · Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.

    · PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.

    · Programme Subtitles

    · Subtitle Production Notes

    Disc 2 (DVD9)

    · Pre-Production:

    · Paul McGann Audition (dur. 7’ 38”) – Paul McGann’s audition for the role.

    · VFX Tests June 1994 (dur. 0’ 50”) – early video effects tests by Amblin Imaging in 1994, featuring the ‘Spider Dalek’ design.

    · VFX March 1996 (dur. 2’ 32”) – video effects build-ups presented as mute timecoded ‘work in progress’ shots from the CGI effects department.

    · Production:

    · EPK (dur. 15’ 36”) – the Electronic Press Kit put out by Fox in 1996 included a short documentary and interview segments to allow other broadcasters to put together their own packages about the movie.

    · Behind the Scenes (dur. 4’ 47”) – on set and on location during the filming of the movie.

    · Philip Segal’s Tour of the TARDIS Set (dur. 2’33”) – executive producer Philip Segal shows us around the TARDIS control room set.

    · Alternate Takes (dur. 1’ 02”) – two alternate versions of scenes from the movie.

    · BBC Trails (dur. 1’ 00”) – BBC television trails for the movie.

    · Who Peter 1989-2009 (dur. 26’ 42”) - since the birth of Doctor Who in the sixties, it has shared an almost symbiotic relationship with the long-running BBC children’s magazine show ‘Blue Peter’. In the second part of this special documentary series, some of those involved look back over the history of that relationship in the ‘new series years’. With new series executive producer Russell T. Davies, Blue Peter editor Richard Marson, brand executive Edward Russell, writers Robert Shearman and Clayton Hickman and competition winners William Grantham and John Bell. Presented by Gethin Jones.

    · The Wilderness Years (dur. 23’ 29”) – in the seven years between the end of the classic series and the broadcast of the TVM, Doctor Who survived in print, video and audio, kept alive by fans within those industries who were determined not to let it die. With BBC head of serials Peter Cregeen, former Doctor Who Magazine editor John Freeman and current editor Tom Spilsbury., Virgin Books editor Peter Darvill-Evans, BBC Books consultant Justin Richards, script editor Andrew Cartmel, video producers Keith Barnfather and Bill Baggs, director Kevin Davies and Big Finish producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. Narrated by Glen Allen.

    · Stripped for Action – The Eighth Doctor (dur. 19’ 45”) – the final part of the series looking at the Doctor’s adventures in comic-strip form. With writers Scott Gray, former Doctor Who Magazine editors Gary Russell, Alan Barnes and Clayton Hickman, artists Lee Sullivan, Martin Geraghty and Roger Langridge, author Paul Scoones, historian Jeremy Bentham.

    · Tomorrow’s Times – The Eighth Doctor (dur. 10’ 47”) another in the series looking at Doctor Who’s contemporary coverage in daily newspapers and other publications. Presented by Nicholas Courtney.

    The Fourth Doctor story The Seeds of Doom is released in the UK on the 25th October.
    Doctor Who: The Seeds of DoomThe Seeds of Doom.
    It’s 20th Century Earth and a research team based in the Antarctic unwittingly digs up two mysterious pods which have lain buried in the snow for twenty thousand years.

    Yet the identity of the pods is no mystery to the Doctor, they are Krynoid, a hostile, alien species of life. The Doctor’s fears are confirmed when one of the pods opens and attacks a scientist.

    Unfortunately, the Doctor is not the only one interested in the seeds - an insane millionaire, Harrison Chase, is desperate to get his hands on a pod at any cost - even murder. But why?

    As the remaining pod hurtles to England, splitting open to reveal a ferocious Krynoid carnivore, can the Doctor arrest its development? As its strength grows every moment, it threatens to turn Earth's vegetation hostile too. Its germination could jeopardize the security of mankind itself...

    This exciting adventure is presented over two discs and includes some fantastic specially created content including a making of with cast and crew and audio commentary from the main cast including Tom Baker and John Challis.

    Disc 1:-

    · 6 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.

    · Commentary - stereo. With actors Tom Baker, John Challis, Kenneth Gilbert and Michael McStay, producer Philip Hinchcliffe, writer Robert Banks Stewart, replacement designer Roger Murray-Leach and Joggs Camfield (son of the director, the late Douglas Camfield).

    · Isolated Music – option to watch the episode with the isolated music score.

    · Programme subtitles.

    · Subtitle Production Notes.

    Disc 2:-

    · PodShock (dur. 37’ 15”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors John Challis, Kenneth Gilbert and Ian Fairbairn, producer Philip Hinchcliffe, writer Robert Banks Stewart, production assistant Graeme Harper, original designer Jeremy Bear, design assistant Jan Spoczynski, visual effects designer Richard Conway and composer Geoffrey Burgon.

    · Now and Then (dur. 8’ 56” ) – our long running series visits Athelhampton House, a quarry in Reigate and the BBC Television Centre to explore the locations used in ‘The Seeds of Doom’.

    · Playing in the Green Cathedral (dur. 10’ 03”) – composer Geoffrey Burgon talks about his involvement in Doctor Who.

    · So What Do You Do Exactly? (dur. 14’ 23”) – ever wondered what the job of a Production Assistant or a Production Unit Manager entails? Graeme Harper explains…

    · Stripped for Action – The Fourth Doctor (dur. 20’ 18”) – our series on the Doctor’s comic-strip adventures looks at the portrayal of the fourth Doctor in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine’s regular graphic stories. With former DWM editors Dez Skinn, Gary Russell and Alan Barnes, writer Pat Mills, artist Dave Gibbons and consultant Jeremy Bentham.

    · Trail and Continuity (dur. 1’ 23”) – an off-air trail for the story’s first episode and continuity announcements for its fifth.

    · Photo Gallery (dur. 4’ 46”) - production, design and publicity photos from the story.

    · Coming Soon (dur. 1 min approx.) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

    · Radio Times Listings and Douglas Camfield’s paper edit for a compilation version of the story in Adobe PDF format.