Bookmark and Share Comic Con France to premiere Series Six

5/31/2011 09:20:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The third annual French Comic Con takes place at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center between the 30th June and 3rd July, during which the two opening episodes of Series Six, The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, will make their French debut.

The two episodes form part of a series of events taking place around special Guest of Honour, Doctor Who's head writer Steven Moffat; timings have yet to be confirmed, but include:
  • a public Masterclass on his work as a scriptwriter
  • a public meeting on Doctor Who
  • a signing session
  • the screening of the French premiere of the first two episodes of Series Six
  • a screening of A Study In Pink, the first episode of Moffat's other creation, Sherlock

Moffat appears courtesy of a partnership with BBC Worldwide, France 4 and France Television Distribution.

(with thanks to Aurélie Demonchaux/Beans on Toast)

Bookmark and Share A Good Man Goes To War - Introduction/Publicity

5/31/2011 06:31:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released two introductions to this weekend's mid-series finale, A Good Man Goes To War, the first featuring director Peter Hoar and the second with Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat, Alex Kingston and Arthur Darvill teasing over the identity of River Song. (warning, the videos contain some plot discussion):

Introduction by Peter Hoar, BBC, via BBC Website

Introduction by Steven Moffat, Alex Kingston and Arthur Darvill, BBC, via BBC Website

Bookmark and Share The Rebel Flesh - Chart Position

5/31/2011 01:32:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who RatingsBARB have now issued final ratings for the week ending 22nd May making Doctor Who: The Rebel Flesh the 13th most watched programme of the week.

The show was once again the highest non-soap drama of the week and held the 6th position in the BBC One chart.

The chart does not include iPlayer figures where over 1 million have already accessed this episode.

Bookmark and Share Radio Times: Moffat talks Daleks

5/31/2011 01:03:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

This week's Radio Times once again features Doctor Who on its front cover - though for once centre of attention falls to the Doctor's companion Amy Pond! (Please note the cover may be considered a spoiler for those who haven't seen the preceeding episode, The Almost People)

The magazine includes an interview with head writer Steven Moffat, who was asked about the future of the Doctor's most popular adversary, the Daleks:
Oh yes, the Daleks. Actually, they aren’t going to make an appearance for a while. What? Yes, we thought it was about time to give them a rest. There’s a problem with the Daleks. How come? I thought they were invincible. They are the most famous of the Doctor’s adversaries and the most frequent, which means they are the most reliably defeatable enemies in the universe. They have been defeated by the Doctor about 400 times. Surely they should just see the Tardis approaching, say, ‘Oh. It’s him again’, and trudge away.

Unsurprisingly the media picked up on these comments, with some suggesting that the Daleks were to be rested indefinitely; Moffat clarified his statements this morning on Twitter:
Daleks: I was talking about THIS series. Stand down.

News links: Radio Times, BBC News, The Sun(1), The Sun(2), Metro, Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Express, Anglotopia, Aberdeen Press and Journal, On The Box, The Register, NME

Other recent related Radio Times covers featuring Doctor Who/Matt Smith:

Bookmark and Share Doctor Pooh - Qwertee T-Shirt Offer

5/30/2011 11:51:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

"Once upon a time (and some dimension in space), in the Hundred Acre Wood.."

Europe's largest daily T-Shirt website Qwertee have launched their latest Doctor Who inspired design; it is created by artist/designer robpwood.

This is a limited edition print which will only be available to purchase for two days (i.e. until 11:00pm Wednesday 1st June).

Readers of Doctor Who News will be able to take advantage of a special 40p/50¢ discount off the usual £8/€10/$13.50 price of this t-shirt - simply enter this promotional code when ordering:

The t-shirt can be ordered from the Qwertee website.

Meanwhile, we are once again delighted to announce a competition in association with Qwertee - full details are on the Competitions page.

Bookmark and Share The Almost People - Appreciation Index

5/30/2011 01:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: The Almost PeopleDoctor Who: The Almost People had an Appreciation Index or AI score of 86, once more putting into the excellent category. The score was one of the highest of the day.

The Sunday evening BBC Three repeat had 0.39 million watching, a 1.6% share of the audience.

Sunday night was a much stronger night than Saturday in terms of overnight figures, with 4 programmes rating higher than Doctor Who, pushing the programme down into 32nd place for the week.

Britain's Got Talent was the highest rated show of the week with 10.3 million watching.

The official figures will be published next Monday which should see Doctor Who rise considerably in the weekly chart.

Bookmark and Share BAFTA Cymru 2011 - The Results

5/29/2011 09:58:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Tonight saw the 2011 BAFTA Cymru Awards Ceremony take place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures were nominated for a number of awards, and unlike last weekend's BAFTA Television Awards they did triumph in a number of categories.

The Children's Programme award went to The Sarah Jane Adventures and its producer Brian Minchin for last year's Death of the Doctor. Meanwhile, Doctor Who won two of its categories: Tim Rickett received the Sound award for his work on A Christmas Carol, whilst Mark Hutchingson won the Lighting award for The Eleventh Hour.

Other nominations included Music and Entertainment Programme, where Doctor Who at the Proms lost out to Young Musician 2010: The Final; Make Up and Hair saw Sherlock's Claire Pritchard Jones beat last year's winner in this category, Barbara Southcott (nominated for Vampires of Venice); and William Oswald was nominated for Editing: Fiction for The Time of Angels, but the award eventually went to John Gillanders for The Indian Doctor.

Steven Moffat's other show Sherlock did well at the Awards, winning five of the categories; as well as Make Up and Hair above, awards were given for Director of Photography: Fiction (Steve Lawes), Production Design (Arwel Wyn Jones), Director: Fiction (Euros Lyn), and the coveted Television Drama award.

A complete list of winners at the BAFTAs may be found on the BAFTA Cymru website.

Bookmark and Share The Rebel Flesh - Final Ratings

5/29/2011 09:13:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Rebel Flesh achieved a final official rating of of 7.35 million viewers, representing a 34.1% share of the audience who watched the programme within seven days of broadcast.

This number sees an increase of some 1.65 million viewers since the unofficial overnight figures released the day after broadcast.

Full ratings, which will reveal the chart position of the episode, should be released in the next couple of days.

Bookmark and Share The Almost People - Overnight Figures

5/29/2011 09:52:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: The Almost People5.0 million viewers watched episode six of Doctor Who: The Almost People, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The second half of the two part story, written by Matthew Graham, attracted 24.4% of the overnight audience, with 0.57 million watching on BBC One HD.

Although this represents the lowest overnight figure of the series so far, in terms of placing the episode continues the trend of all previous weeks of being the second most-watched programme of the day, a million viewers ahead of third placed Casualty. The UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona v Manchester United took the top spot for the day , with some 7.9 million watching the match on ITV1.

More people watched Doctor Who than the Football during the period they were on together, although the overnight share was lower than in previous weeks. Figures also indicated around two million viewers switched from BBC1 to ITV1 as Doctor Who ended, reflecting their preference to watch the Doctor first!

Television viewing across the day was down, with many families away from home at the start the half term holiday. The final official ratings, which includes those who record the programme and watch it later, will be available next Sunday.

Doctor Who currently stands as the 27th most watched programme of the week.

On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential had an overnight audience of 0.34 million.

Bookmark and Share The Rebel Flesh: Australian ratings

5/29/2011 04:05:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Rebel Flesh has debuted in Australia to excellent ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 823,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. Again, it won its national timeslot, was the top-rating drama of the day and the fourth highest rating programme for the day overall (only beaten by news programs). The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated a respectable 598,000 viewers in the five major capitals. These overnight figures, however, do not include regional, rural and time-shifted viewers and hence significantly understate the actual national ratings.

Bookmark and Share Out Of This World Exhibition

5/28/2011 10:28:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Out Of This World is a new exhibition that has opened at the British Library in London, and explores science fiction in its many forms.
The exhibition will trace the development of the genre from True History by Lucian of Samosata written in the 2nd century AD to the recent writings of Cory Doctorow and China Miéville, showing how science fiction has turnednfrom a niche into a global phenomenon.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover an interactive space based on ‘other worlds’ presented by science fiction. These will include: Alien Worlds; Future Worlds; Parallel Worlds; Virtual Worlds; the End of the World and the Perfect World. Each area will draw on a variety of exhibits, multi-media interactives, film and sound to experience new surroundings and ask questions such as: ‘who are we?’, ‘why are we here?’, ‘what is reality?’ and ‘what does the future hold?’
It features a selection of the Library's extensive collection in this genre, from some of the earliest science fiction manuscripts like Thomas More's Utopia from 1516 through to modern best-sellers like The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; these are supplemented with exhibits covering film, television and radio.

The guest curator of the exhibition, Andy Sawyer (Director of Science Fiction Studies, University of Liverpool), said:
There is no doubt that science fiction has split literary experts for decades and remains a source of debate and discussion across the world. What this exhibition shows is that science fiction is a way of asking questions about the world, its future, and our place in it that has roots in a number of literary traditions and cultures. What we call ‘science fiction’ has a long tradition and will continue to dominate popular culture for a long time to come.
Katya Rogatchevskaia, British Library co-curator, added:
This exhibition aims to show that science fiction provides a window on the world and society in which we live today. It pushes the boundaries of our imagination into uncomfortable and pleasant places and appeals to our desire to understand a deeper meaning of other worlds. We hope that visitors’ perceptions of science fiction will be challenged by this exhibition so that we can both celebrate the genre and use it as a warning for the future.

Of course a project like this wouldn't be complete without reference to Doctor Who, and amongst the displays visitors can encounter exhibits such as the TARDIS, steampunk K-1889, and composer Francis Chagrin's original score for The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

The show is also represented amongst the series of events running alongside the exhibit:
The Art and Science of Time Travel
10th June, 6:30-8:00pm

From A Wrinkle In Time to Doctor Who and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 the concept, appeal and paradoxes of time travel have inspired many mind-boggling flights of the imagination. Join the creators of two superb recent experiments with the idea: Stephen Baxter, whose The Time Ships is a sequel to HG Wells, and Audrey Niffenegger, the author of the best selling The Time Traveler’s Wife. Plus acclaimed science writer John Gribbin as the evening’s authority on the theory and logic of time travel, and Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell. Chaired by legendary SF publisher Jo Fletcher.

The Discovery Channel are broadcasting a number of associated programmes to accompany the exhibition, and there is also a tie-in book by Mike Ashley. BBC News reported on the exhibition's opening on the 19th May (video).

Out Of This World runs until 25th September, admission free.

Bookmark and Share Next Time: A Good Man Goes To War

5/28/2011 07:35:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who takes a mid-summer break after next week - but not before A Good Man Goes To War! The mid-series finale is due to be broadcast at 6:40pm in a 50 minute time slot, and the BBC have now released the third in their online "prequel" episodes to set the scene for the episode, alongside its trailer:

Prequel: A Good Man Goes To War, BBC, via BBC Website

Trailer: A Good Man Goes To War, BBC, via BBC Website, also via YouTube

A Good Man Goes To War will premiere on BBC1/BBC1HD at 6:40pm, 4th June in the United Kingdom; it then follows a week later (11th June) on SPACE in Canada at 8:00pm ET, BBC America in the United States at 9:00pm ET, and on ABC1 in Australia at 7:30pm.

Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her as the drama continues. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap.

In her cell in Stormcage, River Song sadly acknowledges that the time has come at last – today will mark the Battle of Demons Run and the Doctor's darkest hour. Both sides will make their sacrifices and River Song must finally reveal her most closely guarded secret to the Doctor.

Bookmark and Share Day of the Moon - Overnight New Zealand ratings

5/27/2011 08:20:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

101,760 viewers tuned in to watch the debut of Day of the Moon on Prime in New Zealand last night, according to overnight figures. This is a drop of 44,760 from last week.

Against Doctor Who, Lorraine Kelly's Big Fat Challenge on TV One had 375,450 viewers, No Ordinary Family on TV2 with 298,840 and Bones on TV3 got 297,100 viewers.

Prime is the seventh national free-to-air television station in New Zealand and is owned by Sky Network Television. TV One and TV2 are operated by the state-owned Television New Zealand and TV3 is owned by MediaWorks New Zealand.

Bookmark and Share Piers Wenger to leave the BBC

5/26/2011 11:20:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC Doctor Who website has confirmed that Piers Wenger, currently one of three executive producers on Doctor Who, is leaving the BBC.

Wenger commented:
It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to Doctor Who and BBC Wales, and all of the extraordinary people who work on its shows. But Film4's output, with its ethos of encouraging film-makers to produce their most authored and original work, could not be closer to my heart.
He replaced Julie Gardner as Head of Drama for BBC Wales in January 2009 and in July of that year became executive producer of Doctor Who and took a central role in the casting of Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor. His other executive producer credits on Doctor Who include The Adventure Games and Doctor Who Confidential. Away from Doctor Who, he worked on Ashes to Ashes, Christopher and His Kind and Upstairs Downstairs.

In March 2011 Wenger stepped down as Head of Drama but remained at BBC Wales to continue as a creative developer. His position will be filled by Faith Penhale from Kudos in June.

Wenger is leaving the BBC to join Film4 in September, where he will become the senior commissioning executive under Tessa Ross, Channel 4 controller of film and drama, who commented:
(he is) a hugely talented executive who will bring to Film4 real vision at a time when we are embarking on an exciting new phase in our development.

His successor as executive producer of Doctor Who will be filled in the coming months by head writer Steven Moffat and the BBC's controller of Drama Commissioning, Ben Stephenson, who said:
I will be very sad to see him go. He's been a fantastic colleague and friend - but I know that film is a huge passion of his and this is a great new role for him."

Bookmark and Share Doctor versus Doctor at the 2011 Constellation Awards

5/26/2011 03:22:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor goes up against Doctor in the 2011 Constellation Awards, with both Matt Smith and David Tennant nominated for their role as The Doctor in the Best Male Performance - Television category.

The Awards, now in their fifth year, are Canada's premier awards rewarding excellence in science fiction film and television. Because they cover programmes broadcast in 2010, both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor's are eligible. Tennant for his performance in The End of Time - Part Two, and Smith for his performance in last year's Christmas special, A Christmas Carol. David Tennant was given last year's award for his performance in The Waters of Mars. Also nominated is Tony Curran for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent and the Doctor.

Karen Gillan is nominated for Best Female Performance - Television for her role in Amy's Choice and faces Katherine Jenkins nominated for A Christmas Carol.

Doctor Who is also nominated in the Best Science Fiction Television Series category, a category it has one three times before although it lost out in last year's awards to Supernatural, which has also been nominated for 2010.

Murray Gold earns a nominaton for Doctor Who's music in the Best Technical Accomplishment category, with Steven Moffat and Richard Curtis both being nominated for Best Overall 2010 Science Fiction Film or Television Script, Moffat for The Eleventh Hour and Curtis for Vincent and the Doctor.

For a full list of nomanees see the awards website.

The awards will be announced at a Ceremony on July 16, 2011 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North hotel.

Bookmark and Share A Good Man Goes To War - Update

5/26/2011 02:27:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor WhoDoctor Who will face the double peril of live football and Britain's Got Talent, for the final episode before the mid season break, according to schedules published today.

A Good Man Goes to War, which showrunner Steven Moffat promises will contain a 'game-changing cliffhanger', has been given a 50 minute slot between 6.40 and 7.30pm on Saturday 4th June. It will follow So You Think You Can Dance Live on BBC One and is followed by The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins.

As Doctor Who goes on air, ITV1 will be showing England playing Switzerland with live Football Coverage of the Euro 2012 Group G qualifier at Wembley Stadium, although the match should be over before Doctor Who starts. At 7pm they go into the Britain's Got Talent - Final, the show that has been winning the ratings on Saturday nights, but which has not yet been placed directly against The Doctor. BBC Two will show Dad's Army while The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the film on Channel 4.

The BBC has issued more information about the episode. Steven Moffat has confirmed that everything on the BBC Website is approved and not a spoiler, but those wishing to avoid all information about the forthcoming episode should avoid the news below.

The BBC have confirmed that episode 7 will feature the Cybermen, Silurians and Sontarans, last encountered by the Doctor during The Pandorica Opens.

In the video below, Director Peter Hoar talks about shooting one of the Doctor's most famous enemies:

Director Peter Hoar discusses the Cybermen, BBC, via BBC Website

Bookmark and Share Big Finish Week and Convention

5/25/2011 06:40:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

WonderCon Big Finish has announced a series of one-day sales called "Big Finish Week". The weeklong sale starts on 6th June and features a selection of Doctor Who CD releases which are available to buy from the Big Finish website for just £5.00 each for one day only. These one-day sales are as follows:
  • 6 June – Doctor Who releases 1-10
    The Sirens of Time, Phantasmagoria, Whispers of Terror, The Land of the Dead, The Fearmonger, The Marian Conspiracy, The Genocide Machine, Red Dawn, The Spectre of Lanyon Moor and Winter for the Adept
  • 7 June – Doctor Who releases 11-20
    The Apocalypse Element, The Fires of Vulcan, The Shadow of the Scourge, The Holy Terror, The Mutant Phase, Storm Warning, The Sword of Orion, The Stones of Venice, Minuet in Hell and Loups-Garoux.
  • 8 June – Doctor Who releases 21-30
    Dust Breeding, Bloodtide, Project: Twilight, The Eye of the Scorpion, Colditz, Primeval, The One Doctor, Invaders from Mars, The Chimes of Midnight, Seasons of Fear.
  • 9 June – Doctor Who releases 31-40
    Embrace the Darkness, The Time of the Daleks, Neverland, Spare Parts, …Ish, The Rapture, The Sandman, The Church and the Crown, Bang-Bang-A-Boom!, Jubilee
  • 10 June – Doctor Who releases 41-50
    Nekromanteia, The Dark Flame, The Pirates, Creatures of Beauty, Project: Lazarus, FlipFlop, Omega, Davros, Master, Zagreus
The sale will end on 11 June, with the Big Finish Day Convention in Barking, Essex. Guests in attendance will include Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred, Katy Manning, Miles Richardson, Nicholas Briggs, Lisa Bowerman. More details on this event can be found on the 10th Planet Events website.

Bookmark and Share Collectormania 17 - Milton Keynes

5/25/2011 12:48:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

WonderCon A number of actors from Doctor Who will be attending Collectormania in Milton Keynes over this coming weekend (Saturday 28th to Monday 30th May 2011).

Former Doctors Peter Davison and Colin Baker will join Alex Kingston (River Song), Stuart Milligan (President Richard Nixon, Colonel Stark, Tannoy), Anthony Head (Mr. Finch, School Reunion, Baltazar, The Infinite Quest) John Leeson (K-9), John Challis (Scorby, The Seeds of Doom), Roger Lloyd-Pack (John Lumic, Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel), Dean Lennox Kelly (Shakespeare, The Shakespeare Code), Nigel Planer (Vorgenson, Doctor Who Live), Christopher Ryan (General Staal / Commander Stark), Miranda Raison (Tallulah, Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks), Darren Morfitt (Marco, The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone), Ralph Morse (Foster Guardian, The Keeper of Traken), Les Conrad (Various - uncredited), Stephen Calcutt (Various - uncredited), Dean Mitchell (Armed Soldier, Aliens of London - uncredited) and Jill Curzon (Louise, Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.).

You can find a full list of guests and show information on the Collectormania website.

Bookmark and Share The Doctor's Jacket - re-worn

5/24/2011 11:38:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

After the controversy raised by Scottish media last weekend over the commercial sale of replicas of the Doctor's coat, Canada's premier news agency Postmedia investigated further from the perspective of the country where replica producer AbbyShot Clothiers are based.

BBC Worldwide spokesperson Emma Finlay clarified that AbbyShot approached them with the proposal:
... as rights-holder, we obviously don't dictate to our licensees where they make their products or other aspects of the product's manufacture (but that we) insist that they meet our ethical sourcing criteria, prohibiting products made from unregulated, sweatshop labour.
The agency also confirmed that the adapted jacket worn by Matt Smith for the current series was not a Chinese replica as intimated in the earlier reports, but was actually tailored into a warmer version for the actor by a Saville Row shop - though using a substitute for true Harris Tweed. The replica being produced by AbbyShot is a wool-acrylic blend based on that design.

Last year, AbbyShot received a Canadian SME Innovator of the Year award from Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. The company specialises in making screen-accurate representations of popular iconic clothing seen on television and in movies.

Bookmark and Share Alex Kingston on The Graham Norton Show this Friday

5/24/2011 09:08:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The Graham Norton Show Alex Kingston will be a guest on The Graham Norton Show this Friday (27th May) at 10:35pm on BBC One. Other guests on the show are Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Rob Lowe.

Following transmission, the show will available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.

The official BBC YouTube channel has uploaded three preview clips from tonight's episode but none of them feature Alex Kingston.

Bookmark and Share The One Show / The Almost People Publicity

5/24/2011 07:35:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

One ShowMatt Smith appeared on the The One Show this evening, where he chatted about finding football more nerve-wracking than the BAFTAs, his stunt work in Doctor Who, and of course next week's The Almost People - as much as could be revealed at any rate - during which he also described the Doctor as the "cleverest and vainest man in the world, sadly". The item was accompanied by a previously unseen clip from Saturday's episode.

When asked if he's carrying on in the role, Matt answered he would be for the foreseeable future, and on next season: "I hope so! If not then I'm panicking!". A short Q&A session occured at the end, in which Matt said Day of the Moon was his favourite episode (so far!), the Silence were the scariest monster, and the Silence/Weeping Angels as his favourite (host Matt Baker also commented on how he'd been lambasted by fans for calling the character "Doctor Who" when soliciting for the questions Twitter earlier in the day!).

The programme is available to watch in the UK on the BBC iplayer for the next seven days.

The BBC have now the made the clip available to watch online:

Preview Clip from The One Show, BBC, via BBC Website