Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Comics - WHO Shop Christmas Cover Variants

11/30/2014 05:49:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This December Titan Comics is teaming up with The WHO Shop to celebrate the store​'​s 30th Birthday with a special Doctor Who Comics Christmas triptych cover variant. Only available to purchase at The W​HO​ Shop.

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This special image featuring​ the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors was created by artist Lee Sullivan (Transformers, Thundercats, 2000AD) and ​runs across three ​Doctor Who comic issues this December​: ​Tenth Doctor #5, Eleventh Doctor #5 and Twelfth Doctor #3​ .

Bookmark and Share Hartnell wishes viewers a "Happy Christmas" again

11/29/2014 08:58:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

BBC One this evening began its countdown to the Christmas season with a special trail broadcast after tonight's edition of Strictly Come Dancing, reminding viewers of some of the Christmas programmes they have enjoyed on the channel in previous decades.

The trail, which is available on the official BBC YouTube channel, features examples of some of the channel's previous festive station idents, clips from various Christmas specials down the years... and William Hartnell, the First Doctor!

The Feast of Steven, the seventh episode of The Daleks' Master Plan in 1965, was the first Doctor Who episode to be broadcast on Christmas Day. Famously, at the conclusion of the episode, the Doctor turns to directly address the audience, breaking the fourth wall to wish: "...a Happy Christmas to all of you at home!" (Contrary to an oft-stated fan myth, this was a scripted line and not an ad-lib from Hartnell). A recreation of the scene was made as a DVD extra for An Adventure in Space and Time, and can also be viewed on the BBC's official YouTube channel, here.

The new BBC Christmas trail features the audio of Hartnell's line taken from the episode, which no longer exists in visual form, played over footage of Hartnell as the Doctor looking directly into the camera as he faces down one of the eponymous adversaries in The War Machines.

The trail also uses the TARDIS sound effect over some of the old Christmas idents to give the impression of going back in time, and features clips from more recent Doctor Who Christmas specials such as The Christmas Invasion and Voyage of the Damned.

Christmas Day television is a peak viewing time in the UK, with special editions of popular programmes gathering large audiences, and much competition to see which shows will end up at the top of the ratings. Doctor Who's next Christmas special, Last Christmas starring Peter Capaldi, is expected to be broadcast on Christmas Day in the evening, at a time yet to be confirmed. This is the tenth year in a row that Doctor Who has been accorded the prestige of a Christmas Day broadcast.

Bookmark and Share Series 8 Live+7 Figures

11/28/2014 08:06:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Figures showing the Live+7 performance of Doctor Who Series 8 are now available.

The LIve+7 figure is calculated by the BBC to try to get an accurate estimate of the total unique audience for an episode of a programme. Unlike official BARB figures the Live+7 uses data to include those who watched one of the broadcast repeats of the episode and those who watched the episode on iPlayer all within 7 days of the original transmission.

On average only 62% of the total audience of Doctor Who watch the programmme live or, as a recording, on the same day as broadcast, compared with an average of 86% across all BBC programmes. Around 24% timeshift the recording compared with an average of 6%, while 4% watch one of the repeats compared with an average of 6%. Around 9% watch on iPlayer, the BBC average being 2%.

Live +7 figures give a fairly consistent ratings across the series, with almost 10.8 million tuning in for the twelfth Doctor's debut. The average rating drops to around 8 million for the rest of the series with Death in Heaven finishing with around 8.8 million watching.

Bookmark and Share I'm coming for you on Christmas Day

11/28/2014 12:17:00 am - Reported by Marcus

BBC America has confirmed the 2014 Christmas special, Last Christmas, will be broadcast on Christmas Day.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who to Headline Bell Media’s 'Project Latte'

11/26/2014 11:52:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Canadian company Bell Media revealed today that its upcoming subscription on-demand video streaming service, code-named “Project Latte,” will give users in Canada access to 108 episodes of Doctor Who.

Project Latte, which launches next month, is aiming to be Canada’s premium subscription on-demand video streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. Project Latte will feature more than 10,000 hours of premium non-kids TV programming, with more than 350 unique TV titles. Designed to complement traditional television and available to all TV providers, to date Project Latte will be offered via set-top box to TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV subscribers at launch. The service will also be available via mobile apps, the web, game consoles, and smart TVs.

Doctor Who, which is the Number 1 series of all time on Canadian channel Space, reached new hights in the recently concluded eighth season, averaging 756,000 viewers weekly, making it the most-watched TV series on Canadian speciality television during its run.

Other shows included in Project Latte include Orphan Black, Utopia and all 726 episodes from the Star Trek franchise Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, Bell Media said
Some of the hottest TV shows on earth right now are sci-fi and fantasy-themed, so we’ve strategically curated Project Latte to deliver the best of this type of programming. In addition to our own Orphan Black and cult-hit Doctor Who, we are also proud to provide the complete Star Trek collection.

Bookmark and Share Cult Conversations on DVD

11/26/2014 07:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Cult Conversations is an exciting new range of DVDs from Fantom Films, featuring icons of British screen and television, presented by television aficionado Toby Hadoke.

The series contains in-depth interviews from many associated with Doctor Who, including Katy Manning and Terry Molloy as well as actors who have appeared in the series such as Tom Adams from Warriors of the Deep and John Carson from Snakedance. The first three Cult Conversations DVDs are now released (Katy Manning, Terry Molloy and Valerie Leon), with the rest to be published next month, individually priced £10.99 each or £54.95 for the whole series.
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Katy Manning

Katy Manning is known to audiences the world over for her role as Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor in Doctor Who. Outside of this iconic series Katy's life has literally taken her round the world. From uprooting and moving to Australia with her children in the late seventies, writing her remarkable one woman show in LA, through West End shows and the Edinburgh Fringe, even hosting her own chat show, this is the story of a lady who lives life to the full.
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Terry Molloy

Terry Molloy is an iconic name in two of Britain's most loved cultural institutions. On television he is best known as the monstrous Davros, creator of the Daleks in Doctor Who. On radio he has played Mike Tucker on The Archers for over forty years. Now the man with the distinctive voice shows his face to tell all about his extraordinary and long lasting career.
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Tom Adams

Tom Adams has been acting for five decades, and taken in a vast array of iconic and popular British series. On television he has appeared in Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Persuaders and The Onedin Line amongst others, as well being a regular in medical soap opera Emergency Ward 10. On film he appeared opposite Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. A born raconteur, Tom has a cavalcade of entertaining anecdotes from his wide ranging career.
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John Carson

John Carson is familiar to millions for his smooth villainous portrayals on television and on film. His cult television credits encompass all major classics such as The Avengers, The Saint, The Baron, Adam Adamant Lives! and Doctor Who to name but a few. On the silver screen he was a main player in some of Hammer's most horrific outings, including The Plague of Zombies, Taste The Blood of Dracula and Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter. But the real life story behind this legendary star is far greater than any of the roles he has played on screen.

Bookmark and Share Sneak Peek: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #5

11/26/2014 12:46:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Next Wednesday​ December 3​ ​2014, sees the release of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #​5 by Al Ewing and Boo Cook​.​

Titan has released ​a sneak peek​ of​ ​​the interior art ​by Boo Cook.

Still trapped aboard the SERVEYOUinc research satellite, Alice and the Doctor must unravel the mystery of the creature codenamed ‘ARC’ - while staying one step ahead of its whisper-quiet rampage through the station!

But there’s something essential the Doctor’s missing – something he’s overlooked.

Can Alice help him see it, in time to save her life… or is the story of the Doctor’s favorite sarcastic library assistant doomed to end in the icy depths of space?

Writer Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and artist Boo Cook (2000AD, Elephantmen) invite you to a high-tech race against time, with everything to play for!

Comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by Verity Glass and a photo subscription cover.
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Bookmark and Share Death in Heaven - Chart Placing

11/25/2014 04:25:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The finale of Series 8, Doctor Who: Death in Heaven finished as the 14th most watched programme on British Television for the week, according to figures from Barb.

The episode had an official 28.8% share of the total TV audience.

Top for the week was Strictly Come Dancing which had 10.52 million watching, just beating ITV's Downton Abbey, which had 10.44 million viewers.

Doctor Who was the 6th highest rated programme on BBC Television.

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special title announced

11/25/2014 12:01:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have announced that the title for this year's Christmas Special will be Last Christmas, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

In addition a new image for the episode has been released, featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara and Nick Frost as Santa Claus, plus Dan Starkey as Ian and Nathan McMullen as Wolf, two of Santa's helpers as seen in the recent preview shown on this year's Children in Need.

Last Christmas (Credit: BBC/David Venni)

The BBC Media Centre have released details on the BBC Christmas line up, which includes a brief synopsis for the episode:
The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an arctic base and under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!

Bookmark and Share Series 8 Q&A Highlights

11/24/2014 07:59:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released highlights from the special Q&A event hosted by Frank Skinner with guests Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat, to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release of DoctorWho Series 8.

The Complete Eighth Series is out now in the UK and Australia - and will be released soon to the US and Canada.

Bookmark and Share Colin Baker talks Capaldi and Five(ish) Doctors

11/23/2014 10:30:00 am - Reported by Marcus

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Collectormania 22 (Credit: Ben Morton)Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, spoke to Doctor Who News about the current series of Doctor Who and a sequel to The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot at Collectormania 22 last weekend.

Baker attended the event at Stadium:MK on Saturday alongside other Doctor Who cast and cult TV/ film stars.

Asked about Series 8 and contrasts between the Sixth Doctor and the Twelfth Doctor, Baker said:
I’ve seen the first two or three stories, up to the one about who’s under your bed (Listen). The scary story and children one. I’ve recorded all the others but haven’t seen them yet.

I think my Doctor is very similar to Peter Capaldi’s in many ways. Slightly grumpy, not tolerating fools gladly, something else going on in his mind which makes him angry and all those kind of things. I like his spikiness and other people have pointed out that he’s similar to the Sixth Doctor, so maybe every Six Doctors are grumpy!
Baker said about the experience of doing the Five(ish) Doctors.
That was Peter Davison’s idea. He wrote a very good script and he managed to get all those people to take part in it, and the end result is something I’m very proud of, and Peter should be as well for very good reasons. It’s proved enormously popular. We did it for love. Nobody paid us to do it and I gather it’s an extra on Matt Smith’s latest DVD. But everyone has been very complimentary about it. I had great fun doing it.
Baker showed great interest in doing a sequel.
“We’ve agreed we would love to do some more because we three work together very well, but in order to do more, we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better. So time will only tell.
When asked about doing a sequel somewhere else, Baker said:
“Where you base it isn’t as important as the story. It’s the story that matters. Why would Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, because that’s who we are in those stories, why would they want to do something else together? And simply going to Spain doesn’t do it really.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Legacy hits First Anniversary

11/21/2014 10:40:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Legacy, the online game based on Doctor Who, celebrates its first birthday next week, and to mark the event, Tiny Rebel Games have announced some of their plans for the future of the series.

The game launched on the 27th November 2013, with just two Doctors, and episodes from two seasons of the show. The series is now Doctor complete in that every Doctor can be obtained and added to a team.

To celebrate, the first 4 levels of the next chapter prologue will be released over the next few days, this will see the 12th Doctor join the storyline. On or about the first Birthday of the game, the final 3 levels will be released, bringing the 4th Doctor into the storyline.

Also, on the game’s first birthday, a new expert level A Madman with a Box / Happy birthday Legacy!, will be released, which will see the first Doctor face up against Zygon copies of all 13 Doctors. The level will drop the TARDIS+ “the bluest blue ever” now in grayscale along with 3 time crystals.

Over the course of Series 8, the team attempted to release content alongside each episode, around 24 hours after it aired in the USA. New levels based on encounters from the show were made available, and new enemies were added as they first appeared with new costumes available just hours after they appeared on the screen.

Tiny Rebel Games have thanked all those who worked to make this happen.
We are now very aware why nobody has tried this before. We wish to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, everyone who was part of the season 8 launch in Legacy. The production and licensing team at BBC Worldwide (esp our Producer, Peter Hickman), the amazing Doctor Who brand team, the production team in Cardiff, and the agents and representatives of the amazing stars who are now part of the Legacy world. We would like to thank those from the show who we’ve interacted with on social media, and a huge shout out to Pippa Bennett-Warner for joining us on our weekly Twitch show a few weeks back.
Future plans include the introduction of the Anthony Ainley and Eric Roberts versions of The Master, who join the Michelle Gomez, John Simm and Roger Delgado versions, as the producers move towards having every incarnation of The Master up against every incarnation of The Doctor.

The Advent Calender will return in December with new allies, Doctor and costumes from the Titan Publishing comic book series added to the game. Cinder, from the War Doctor novel, Engines of War, will be added to the game. In a set of levels with a story written by “Engines of War” author George Mann. Kylie Minogue as Astrid will be joining the game as will Frank Skinner as Perkins, and the team will also be launching content alongside the Christmas episode.

Also previewing in the Advent Calender will be Bigger on the inside , a new side story in the Doctor Who: Legacy universe which will be released in chapters over the next few months. The expansive story will see individual arcs for the 10th, 1st, 4th, 9th and War doctors, and will see episodes from as far back as The Gunfighters and The Tenth Planet.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who pop-up shop returns to Melbourne

11/19/2014 07:35:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who pop-up shop will materialise in Melbourne from November 20th at 9am, BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand has announced.

The pop-up shop, which follows the overwhelming popularity of previous stores in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, will be open until after Christmas. To celebrate, special Doctor Who prize packs will be awarded to the first 20 fans to arrive at the shop on opening day wearing Doctor Who costume.

The shop will stock a host of Doctor Who products, including a brand new TARDIS print fashion range, exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, which includes a skirt, shirt and skater dress. There will be a range of Christmas gifts for Doctor Who fans, including K-9 & Cyberman or Dalek & Sontaran cookie cutters, as well as all things TARDIS, with products such as TARDIS toothbrush holders, teapots, creamers and sugar bowls.

In addition to Doctor Who merchandise, the pop-up shop will have a ‘Sherlock Corner’, with a range of Sherlock goods including ‘Consulting Detective’ and ‘High Functioning Sociopath’ mugs, and ‘I’m not a Psychopath...’ t-shirts.

Fans also have the chance to step inside the famous blue box with the TARDIS photo booth, where they can have their photo taken on a choice of three backgrounds to share with friends via social media.

The Doctor Who pop-up shop is open from 20th November to 4th January at: Shop E09/10, Galleria, 343 Little Collins Street (Corner of Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street), Melbourne.

Bookmark and Share Peter Capaldi turned down Doctor Who

11/18/2014 10:36:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capalidi has revealed that he once turned down the chance to audition for the role of the Doctor.

The actor was speaking at a special event in London to launch the Series 8 DVD/Blu-Ray. He revealed that he was asked to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie, a role that eventually went to Paul McGann. Capaldi said he turned down the chance to play his dream role as he knew he wouldn't get the part. "I turned down the opportunity," he said. "I loved it so much that I didn’t want to have the disappointment of going for something that I would never get."

Capaldi is not the only Doctor to have turned down the chance to audition for the role in the 1990s. After he was cast as the Doctor in 2004, Christopher Eccleston also revealed that he had declined an invitation to audition for the role of the Eighth Doctor in the TV Movie.

The special event, hosted by Frank Skinner, was attended by fans who won a special competition held by BBC Worldwide. As well as Capaldi it featured Jenna Coleman and showrunner Steven Moffat who were joined onstage by Michelle Gomez, who played Missy in the latest series, and Samuel Anderson, who played Danny Pink.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Christmas Cards

11/18/2014 03:10:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

DWAS 2014 Christmas Card (Credit: Doctor Who Appreciation Society)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have created a new Doctor Who themed Christmas card for 2014. The cards are A5-sized and can be purchased worldwide - full details can be found via their website.

Profits from the sale of the cards are to be donated to the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital Trust, whose vice president is sixth Doctor and the Society's own honorary president, Colin Baker.

Bookmark and Share Bernard Cribbins awarded J M Barrie Award

11/18/2014 07:08:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Veteran actor and presenter, and former Doctor Who Companion, Bernard Cribbins has been awarded the annual J M Barrie Award for a lifetime of unforgettable work for children on stage, film, television and record.

The Action for Children’s Arts J.M.Barrie Award is given annually to a children’s arts practitioner or organisation whose work, in the view of ACA, will stand the test of time. The J.M.Barrie Award was formerly the ACA Peter Pan Award, presented as part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Awards.

Bernard Cribbins has featured in many iconic BBC Children’s programmes over the last 40 years, including Jackanory, The Wombles, and most recently Old Jack’s Boat on CBeebies. In 2007 he appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, playing Wilfred Mott. The character returned in Series 4 where it was revealed Wilfred was the grandfather of Donna Noble and he had regular appearances in the series, ultimately being the catalyst for the tenth Doctor's regeneration at the conclusion of The End of Time.

Cribbins first contact with Doctor Who came in the 1966 feature film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., where he played Tom Campbell alongside Peter Cushing's portrayal of 'Dr Who'

The award was presented at the BBC's Headquarters at Broadcasting House in central London at a ceremony attended by the BBC’s Director General Tony Hall and a range of Cribbins colleagues from across the decades, including Chris Jarvis, CBeebies presenter and writer on Old Jack’s Boat; actress Jan Francis; former Blue Peter Presenter Peter Duncan; and Kate Robertson, daughter of Elisabeth Beresford, creator of the Wombles. Messages were received from Sir George Martin, Russell T Davies and John Barrowman.

Also in attendance were Jenny Agutter and Gary Warren, who played The Railway Children in the 1970 film, which co-starred Cribbins as station master Albert Perks.

Speaking about the event Joe Godwin Director of BBC Children’s said
I’m so pleased that the BBC and ACA have joined forces to give this wonderful award to a real hero of children’s film and television. Bernard has been a big part of so many of our childhoods, and now as the star of Old Jack’s Boat, he’s a huge star for a new generation.
Russell T Davies who has worked with Bernard Cribbins on Doctor Who and most recently on the CBeebies series Old Jack Boat sent a message:
It is brilliant to see children’s arts being recognised in this way. The art, fiction and images we see as a child stay with us for the rest of our lives’

Bookmark and Share Series 8 Overview

11/17/2014 07:11:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released figures on the performance of Series 8 of Doctor Who, the first series with Peter Capaldi taking up the role of The Doctor.

The series had an average consolidated audience of 7.4m viewers every week in the UK. This an increase of 39% on the initial overnight figures reported the day after broadcast. The 9.2m average audience that watched Deep Breath, Peter Capaldi's debut episode, is the highest figure for a non-special episode (Christmas/50th anniversary) since the opening episode of series 5 (Matt Smith’s debut) in 2010. These figures show how Doctor Who has consistently achieved big audiences across the last three series – series 7a/7b combined had an average consolidated audience of 7.4m, series 6a/6b attracted 7.5m and series 5 was viewed by 7.3m.

There has been over 18.9m requests to watch Doctor Who series 8 on BBC iPlayer - an average of 1.6m requests for each of the 12 episodes.

In the US, consolidated figures for the first 10 episodes have seen Series 8 experience a 23% uplift in total audience in Live+7 on Series 7. The series 8 premiere was the show’s highest-rated series premiere ever on BBC America, and is the first BBC Worldwide series ever to simultaneously hold the #1 slot in the Main TV Season Charts across all major Electronic Sell-through platforms in the US within 48 hours of episode 1’s release on August 24th 2014.

In Canada, on the Space channel, the first 10 episodes of Series 8 have seen a 22% uplift in consolidated audience size on Series 7.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer said:
We never take it for granted, but the miracle has happened again - the nation has taken a brand new Doctor to its heart.
Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television added:
It's been an outstanding debut series for Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who and I'm very grateful to Peter, Steven Moffat and everyone involved.
Doctor Who Extra, which offers viewers a behind the scenes look at making one of the nation's best loved dramas has had 1.3m BBC iPlayer requests and reached 2.4m people on BBC Red Button to date.

Bookmark and Share Death in Heaven - Final Ratings

11/16/2014 12:34:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

7.60 million watched the UK transmission of Death in Heaven according to consolidated figures available today, which include those recording the programme and watching within one week of transmission.

The final chart position should be available later in the week.

Doctor Who's replacement on Saturday nights, Atlantis, had an unofficial overnight ratings of 4.54 million viewers and was 5th for the day.

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special 2014 - Children in Need Preview

11/14/2014 09:01:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC has aired a preview of the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas Special during the Children in Need telethon on BBC One.

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Bookmark and Share Dark Water - Chart Placing - Updated

11/13/2014 10:15:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Dark Water finished as the 15th most watched programme on British Television, according to figures from Barb.

The episode had an official 27.4% share of the total TV audience.

Top for the week was Strictly Come Dancing which had 10.93 million watching, once more beating ITV's Downton Abbey, which had 10.77 million viewers.

Doctor Who was the 7th highest rated programme on BBC Television.

Story updated to remove a double reference to Countryfile.

Bookmark and Share Moffat talks Series 8

11/12/2014 11:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Steven Moffat (Credit: RTS/Paul Hampartsoumian)This story contains plot spoilers from the final episode of Series 8.

Steven Moffat has been talking about the current series of Doctor Who, at a special Royal Television Society event in London.

The showrunner was appearing at the Doctor Who: Anatomy of a hit event alongside his fellow executive producer Brian Minchin, producer Nikki Wilson, director of Deep Breath Ben Wheatley and special effects producer Rob Mayor, to discuss how the twelfth Doctor emerged from script to screen.

Moffat said how the casting of Peter Capaldi had been inevitable as soon as the name was mentioned. We announced the actor to a nation who already knew.. He agreed that the casting of an older Doctor may have unsettled the audience that had grown up with David Tennant and Matt Smith in the role. We definitely ruffled their feathers by changing the actors. Shows don't die when they change, they die when they are comfortable. If you're watching it saying I'm appalled! Well then, you're still watching it!

He said casting for Danny Pink had been very difficult because all the actors who auditioned had been so good. He said making Doctor Who is always difficult because each story is so different. The terrifying thing is you discover at the start of every new show that you've learnt nothing in making Doctor Who.

Steven Moffat said he felt no guilt about lying about the return of the Master at an event for the launch of Deep Breath. It would have ruined the surprise. Because the reveal was filmed outside St Paul's Cathedral in London the actors mimed their lines and recorded the dialog later. To try to keep the secret the team even went to the trouble of recoding as scene where Missy identifies herself as a Random Access Neural Interface, hoping fans would pick up on the acronym and spread the word that the Rani was returning. Whenever I arrange skullduggery, no-one ever notices.

Moffat revealed he has tried the misdirection trick before, with similar success. When we did Day of the Doctor, we went to the trouble of having John Hurt’s character referred to as Omega throughout. Is nobody stealing scripts these days?

Moffat was asked about the killing of Osgood in the final episode, defending it as necessary. I was aware that the Master as a character gets cuddly very fast. If we're going to bring her back, she's got to kill someone in a. horrible way. Otherwise she becomes a slightly more naughty Doctor

Director Ben Wheatley said he was disappointed by the leaking of unfinished early episodes from Series 8 onto the internet as some fans first view of the new Doctor would be in an unfinished episode. The leaked version of Deep Breath was in Black and White. Steven Moffat admited, as a fan, he would have looked. I would have had to go and look. It would have ruined it for myself, but it was a new Doctor..

The showrunner was asked about the audience reaction to Series eight, in particular perceived falling ratings. The figures are the same - they're just the same, he said. If by 'ratings', you mean the number of people who watch the show... they are the same. The number of people who watch on Doctor Who on iPlayer has trebled. The way people watch it has changed but viewing figures have remained the same.. Brian Minchin also pointed out how well the show is doing globally now, for example the audience watching on BBC America is up 30 percent since Capaldi took over the role of the Doctor.

The team are now working on preparation for Series Nine, with Steven Moffat currently writing episode One. The list of writers has been decided but the details are secret for now.

A full set of pictures from the event is on the RTS Facebook page

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Experience: set tours extended

11/12/2014 10:03:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who ExperienceBBC Worldwide have announced that the popular studio set tours, available as part of the Doctor Who Experience, will continue into December.

The tour of the twelfth Doctor's TARDIS set in studio at Roath Lock is due to recommence on the 24th November after a temporary closure due to operational reasons. Originally planned to run to the end of November, the visits will now continue through to the 14th December.

Full details can be found via the Doctor Who Experience website.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 480

11/12/2014 03:25:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Doctor Who Magazine 480 (Credit: BBC/Panini UK/Doctor Who Magazine) The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out in shops across the UK tomorrow and features a revelation from Michelle Gomez about Missy...

She told DWM:
Everything about making the Master the Mistress kind of ups the ante, it makes everything that little bit more dangerous. It blows open this Pandora's box.
Asked whether Missy will be returning next year, Gomez replied:
Yes. 'Yes' is my answer. I'll be back. Can I say that? Am I allowed? If not... well, I guess we'll have to see how she's received...

Also in this issue:
  • DWM interviews Douglas Mackinnon, the director of Listen, Time Heist and Flatline.
  • Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions in his exclusive column.
  • DWM investigates the question: 'Is the Doctor a good man?'
  • Toby Hadoke pays tribute to the late Lynda Bellingham, the actress who played the Inquistitor in 1986's The Trial of a Time Lord.
  • Siobhan Redmond, the new Rani, talks exclusively to DWM about her first audio story.
  • The Doctor and Clara’s comic strip adventures continue in The Eye of Torment written by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • The Fact of Fiction investigates the classic 2005 Ninth Doctor adventure The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.
  • The Time Team comments on the blockbuster 2008 Tenth Doctor episode Journey's End.
  • Jacqueline Rayner has to stay up late for her Doctor's appointment in Relative Dimensions.
  • The DWM Review examines Flatline and In the Forest of the Night.
  • The Watcher looks at subtitle howlers in Wotcha!
  • The DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!
Doctor Who Magazine 480 is on sale from Thursday 13 November 2014, priced £4.99.

Bookmark and Share Children in Need Preview

11/12/2014 11:53:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

This Friday's Children in Need will feature the first preview for the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor with Nick Frost as Santa Claus.

The Doctor and Santa Claus (Credit: BBC)
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Children in Need is on this coming Friday from 7:30pm on BBC One.

Bookmark and Share Series 8 to be released with additional content in Germany

11/11/2014 10:42:00 pm - Reported by Pascal Salzmann

German DVD distributer Polyband announced on their Facebook page that they are postponing the release of the Series 8 boxed set from November 2014 to late February 2015.

Polyband originally planned to include the Christmas Special The Time of the Doctor on the Series 8 set. Due to unforeseen problems with the German dub of Series 8, they are now going to release the Special on its own in December.

The German Series 8 set will include all the UK special features. Additionally, the cinema prequel to Deep Breath and the yet-to-be-broadcast Christmas Special of 2014 will also be included, according to a statement by Polyband on Facebook.

Doctor Who: Die Zeit des Doktors (Time of the Doctor) will be released on 22nd December 2014 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon Germany on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2

11/11/2014 01:28:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Next Wednesday November 19 sees the second instalment from Titan of the brand-new Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor comic series by writer Robbie Morrison and artist Dave Taylor.

The edition comes with three covers to collect - art cover by Coal Hill Wall (cover A), subscription photo cover (cover B) and a Clara photo cover (cover C).


On a frozen planet spinning around a dying star, the Doctor and Clara stumble across the lone survivor of a species that once conquered the galaxy. Is it a prisoner? Cryogenically suspended pioneer? ...or something altogether more sinister?

Caught in a deadly mystery, Clara and the Doctor's actions will have scorching repercussions for the universe!

Plus, debuting this issue - humour strip by Colin Bell & Neil Slorance (Dungeon Fun).

Bookmark and Share Death in Heaven - AI:83

11/10/2014 04:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Death in Heaven had an Audience Appreciation Index or AI score of 83.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes. The episode scored highest with those aged 35-54 and lowest with those aged 16-34. It was enjoyed slightly more by female viewers.

On Sunday, three programmes scored higher than Doctor Who, pushing the show into 23rd place for the week. Final figures and chart position will be released next week.

The Sunday repeat of Death in Heaven on BBC Three had an overnight estimate of 0.20 million viewers, a 0.8% share of the audience.

Bookmark and Share RTS Award Nomination for The Model Unit and Real SFX

11/10/2014 03:29:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The Model Unit have been nominated alongside Real SFX for a Royal Television Society Craft & Design Award in the Special Effects category for their work on The Day of the Doctor.

A number of people who have worked on the production of Doctor Who over the years have also been nominated for their work on other programmes. These are listed below.

Costume Design – Drama
Edward K Gibbon - The Honourable Woman

Costume Design – Entertainment & Non Drama
Annie Hardinge - Rev. – Series 3

Effects – Special
Colin Gorry - The Smoke
Paul Kelly - Da Vinci's Demons

Graphic Design – Programme Content Sequences
Peter Anderson Studio - Sherlock – Series 3

Make Up Design – Drama
Davy Jones - In The Flesh – Series 2

Photography – Drama
Neville Kidd - Sherlock – His Last Vow

Editing – Drama
Iain Erskine - Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This
Jamie Pearson - Happy Valley
Philip Kloss - Stop At Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story

The full list of nominations in the shortlist for the Craft & Design Awards 2013/2014 can be found at The winners will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by Jennifer Saunders, on Monday 1 December 2014 at the London Hilton Park Lane.

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for Death in Heaven

11/10/2014 02:47:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Death in Heaven averaged an excellent 995,000 national viewers in Australia (these figures include the five major capital cities and regional and rural viewers). It was the highest rating drama of the day and the seventh highest rating program of the day overall. Excluding regional and rural viewers, this story averaged 620,000 viewers in the five major Australian capital cities and was also the highest rating drama of the day and the eighth highest rating program of the day overall in the big cities. These ratings do not include time shifted viewers.

Bookmark and Share Dark Water - Final Ratings

11/09/2014 01:58:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

7.34 million watched the UK transmission of Dark Water according to consolidated figures available today, which include those recording the programme and watching within one week of transmission.

The final chart position should be available later in the week.

Bookmark and Share Children in Need Roundup

11/09/2014 12:40:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Reported by Ben Morton
The fundraising telethon Children in Need is to return on Friday (14th November) on BBC One at 7pm. The BBC has confirmed that there will be a segment for Doctor Who. This has been the case since the show's revival back in 2005. Whether it will be in the form of a trailer or a mini-episode is currently unknown.

Children in Need have also launched an online auction on eBay, offering a once-in-a lifetime trip to the Doctor Who set in Cardiff and the chance to experience the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
An exclusive Doctor Who behind the scenes set visit!

The Doctor Who production team are kindly offering an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience for two lucky Whovians! The winning bidder plus a friend will go behind the scenes of filming for an episode of the next series, and see Peter Capaldi in action in his latest outing as The Doctor.

The winner of this package will experience:

  • Watching filming for an episode of the new series of Doctor Who
  • A conducted VIP tour of the set
  • Meeting the cast of the show (this is dependent on schedules, specific requests unfortunately cannot be guaranteed)
  • Having a photo taken on the set
  • A nice lunch with the crew

The location for filming will be confirmed at a later date by the Doctor Who production team. You will need to arrange your own transport to and from the experience plus any accommodation. The experience will take place on a date determined by the production team in 2015. The winning bidder will also need to sign a non-disclosure agreement to ensure that the new series remains a secret!

The winning bidder will be contacted by BBC Children in Need within 5 working days of payment reaching our PayPal account to confirm your package. Your details will then be passed on to the Doctor Who production team who will arrange the day with you. The BBC reserves the right to change the package.

Every single penny raised by the auction will go towards making a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

Thank you for supporting BBC Children in Need

Happy Bidding!

Another Doctor Who experience up for auction is to spend a day with the BBC National Orchestra as they rehearse for Symphonic Spectacular tour.

BBC National Orchestra Of Wales - 19/20 May 2015

Place your bids to experience a day with Radio 3’s Orchestra in Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales:

On either 19th or 20th May 2015 in Cardiff you and a guest will sit in on a rehearsal with BBC NOW and Conductor Ben Foster, see how the orchestra rehearses and get a sneak preview all of your favourite Doctor Who themes, first hand, ahead of our Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular Arena Tour.

Then get the chance to ask all of those questions you’ve been storing up over coffee with Ben Foster. After coffee you’ll be whisked off to join the BBC National Chorus of Wales in their seats and experience the rehearsal from within, make sure you’re nicely warmed up as you’ll even get the opportunity to sing along if you wish (subject to date/rehearsing schedule).

You’ll have plenty of time to fit in a visit to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay and receive a goody bag of BBC NOW merchandise, including a Doctor Who Soundtrack signed by the composer, Murray Gold.

To top off your BBC NOW experience we’re offering a pair of tickets to one of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular arena performances. In addition we’re offering the chance to see the orchestra doing something completely different with a pair of tickets to a BBC NOW concert broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. (Excludes Christmas Celebrations and St David’s Day).

Please note that transport and overnight accommodation are not included in this prize.

The winning bidder will be contacted by BBC Children in Need within 5 working days of payment reaching our PayPal account to confirm your package. Your details will then be passed on to a representative from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales who will arrange the experience with you.

Every single penny raised by the auction will go towards making a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, right here in the UK.

Signed Pudsey bears by numerous Doctor Who cast are up for auction: Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Simon Callow (Charles Dickens), Bradley Walsh (Elijah Spellman), Professor Brian Cox (Himself, The Power of Three), Matt Baker (Himself, Aliens of London / World War Three) and Greg James (Shopper, Closing Time).

Signed Pudsey t-shirt by Kylie Minogue (Astrid Peth).
All profits made from the auctions are 100% donated to BBC Children in Need.

Bookmark and Share Death in Heaven - Overnight Viewing Figures

11/09/2014 09:36:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Death in Heaven had an overnight audience of 5.45 million viewers, according to unofficial figures.

The rating, a 23.3% share of the total TV audience, made Doctor Who the third most watched programme of Saturday Night.

Top was Strictly Come Dancing with 9.37 million watching, while The X Factor had 7.9 million viewers. Pointless Celebrities, which edged ahead of Doctor Who last week, had 4.9 million.

Doctor Who is currently the 20th most watched programme of the week.

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special 2014 - Teaser

11/09/2014 03:13:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC has released a teaser trailer for this year's Christmas Special.

Bookmark and Share Peter Capaldi video message

11/07/2014 10:54:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

A special video message has been sent from Peter Capaldi to a grieving grandson; father Ross Goodall shared the actor's kind words via YouTube, saying:
A lovely message from Peter Capaldi to my 9 year old autistic son. This arrived just before Thomas' nanny's funeral and helped him to deal with his grief in a profound way. Thankyou Peter so much.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Extra: Death in Heaven on the Red Button

11/07/2014 10:28:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Missy and the Doctor (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)The next edition of online behind-the-scenes show Doctor Who Extra, covering the finale of the current series Death in Heaven, is also available via digital television's Red Button service on BBC channels at the following times:


Bookmark and Share Death in Heaven - Preview

11/07/2014 06:44:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC have released a preview clip of the second part the Series 8 finale, Death in Heaven, which premieres tomorrow night at 8:00pm on BBC One. Full global broadcast details here. They have also released a behind the scenes clip from the Doctor Who Extra episode which accompanies Death in Heaven.

Meanwhile the latest Radio Times free downloadable retro poster, created by designer Stuart Manning is now available.

Manning told Radio Times:
It's the finale! I wanted to do something really simple and stark for this, which was absolutely in no way dictated by stringent embargoes and a lack of advance plot info.

I love Rorschach-style inkblots, not least because they look like 1960s Doctor Who title sequences, and they dovetail nicely with the symmetrical shapes of the Cybermen.

It only occurred to me afterwards that the whole image is loosely influenced by Daniel Kleinman's amazing title sequence for Skyfall – if you're going to steal, steal from the best. I expect it's how the opening titles to the new exciting spin-off series Missy Master will look…

Death in Heaven - Radio Times Poster  (Credit: Radio Times/Stuart Manning)

Bookmark and Share DWA Moves To Four-Weekly Publication

11/06/2014 01:55:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Doctor Who Adventures Doctor Who Adventures magazine is moving to a four-weekly publication as of this month. The move comes after poor circulation figures for the magazine were published earlier this year. From January to June 2014 their average net circulation was just 19,966 per issue - down by 8,477 and 29.8 per cent on the previous six months.

The publisher, Immediate Media Co, told Doctor Who News today:
We regularly look at the most appropriate frequency for our magazine titles and, following research, we have decided to move Doctor Who Adventures to a four-weekly frequency, in line with the rest of the market. We’ll be focusing on an improved gift offering while continuing to deliver our young Doctor Who fans the Doctor Who content they love.
Doctor Who Adventures launched in April 2006 as a biweekly magazine, moved to a weekly in January 2008, and reverted back to a biweekly in June 2013.

Bookmark and Share In The Forest Of The Night - Chart Position

11/06/2014 10:52:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: In The Forest Of The Night finished as the 20th most watched programme on British Television, according to figures from Barb.

The episode had an official 26.3% share of the total TV audience.

Top for the week was Strictly Come Dancing which had 10.65 million watching, just above ITV's Downton Abbey, with 10.21 million viewers.

Doctor Who was the 6th highest rated programme on BBC Television.

Bookmark and Share Canada Ratings

11/05/2014 09:17:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Bellmedia PR have released a statement over how the new series of Doctor Who has been received in Canada.
SPACE Logo (Credit: SPACE)
Season 8 of DOCTOR WHO is the Most-Watched Series in Space History and Saturday Night’s Most-Watched Series

Just days shy of the Season 8 finale of DOCTOR WHO, Space confirms its #1 series of all time has hit epic proportions this season. Now averaging 773,000 viewers for Peter Capaldi’s debut season as the Twelfth Time Lord, Season 8 of DOCTOR WHO is the most-watched season of the program to date, up nearly 25% compared to Season 7 and ranking as the #1 TV series on Canadian specialty television. In fact, DOCTOR WHO is the most-watched television program on Saturday nights in Canada during its 9 p.m. ET timeslot among total viewers and all key demos.

Bookmark and Share November Audio Releases

11/05/2014 05:49:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

193. Masters Of Earth (Credit: Big Finish)Masters Of Earth available to pre-order (UK), (US), (DE)
Starring Colin Baker as The Doctor, with Nicola Bryant as Peri

The year is 2163. Ten years since the Daleks invaded the Earth. One year until the Doctor, in his first incarnation, will help bring the occupation to an end. But for now, their reign of terror goes on.

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Peri to Scotland – enslaved, like everywhere else on the planet. But there are rumours of Dalek-free islands off its coast. Places where resistors and refuseniks are coming together, gathering arms and armour, preparing to strike back against the enemy.

When the Doctor falls in with an unlikely group of freedom fighters making that dangerous journey to Orkney, he finds himself trapped – but not only by the Daleks, their robotised henchmen and their human collaborators.

By history.

Because history shows that for another year, resistance is useless...

The rebellion must fail – and as a Time Lord, the Doctor can do nothing to help

Writer Mark Wright says:
The setting came out of discussions between myself, Cav and Alan Barnes to see what would be suitable as a setting for a desolate road movie on Dalek occupied Earth. There was a notion at one point that we might go for an Australian setting, but I argued that we were more likely to find an ensemble of Scottish actors closer to home than we were Australian.
Co-Writer Cavan Scot says:
Writing for the Daleks, well, it’s the dream of every Doctor Who writer isn’t it? And set during one of my favourite Who stories too. The Daleks of Invasion are basic, and I’m not being derogatory there. Perhaps a better way of saying it is that they’re ‘pure’ Daleks. They exist to conquer and kill. When writing Masters of Earth we kept pulling out lines and concepts that were too 21st century Who, to try and make sure we kept the Daleks close to their roots.
The Early Adventures 1.3. The Bounty of Ceres (Credit: Big Finish)The Bounty of Ceres available to pre-order (UK), (US), (DE)
Starring Maureen O’Brien as Vicki/Narrator, Peter Purves as Steven/Narrator with Richard Hope as Moreland.

Ceres. A tiny, unforgiving ball of ice and rock hanging between Mars and Jupiter. It’s no place to live, and it takes a special kind of person to work there.

The crew of the Cobalt Corporation mining base know exactly how deadly the world outside their complex is, but the danger isn’t just outside anymore. The systems they rely on to keep them safe are failing and the planet is breaking in.

When the TARDIS strands Steven, Vicki and the Doctor on the base, they have to fight a foe they can barely comprehend to survive.

Writer Ian Potter says:
I’d enjoyed the way Simon Guerrier had explored Steven’s astronaut background in his Companion Chronicle and fancied doing something a little similar. That lead me to coming up with quite a ‘nuts and bolts’ near future SF story, in a sort of Arthur C Clarke-style (funnily enough that still makes it a historical adventure for Steven and Vicki) and it built from there.
Dark Eyes 3 (Credit: Big Finish)Dark Eyes 3 available to pre-order (UK), (US), (DE)
Starring Paul McGann as The Doctor with Ruth Bradley as Molly O'Sullivan, Nicola Walker as Liv Chenka, Natalie Burt as Dr Sally Armstrong and Alex Macqueen as The Master.

"Molly O'Sullivan? Hello you."

In his quest for universal domination, the Master plans to exploit the terrifying Infinite Warriors of the mysterious Eminence. The Doctor's friend, Molly, is key to that plan's execution, and now, aided by corrupted genius Sally Armstrong, the Master is close to success.

Paranoid and perplexed after his recent experience, the Doctor skirts the fringes of the fifty-year conflict between humanity and the Infinite Armies. Wary of changing the course of history, he fears that to fight the Eminence would be to do the Daleks' bidding. But when Time Lord CIA agent Narvin provides the impetus for the Doctor to act, Liv Chenka joins him in a desperate race to save their friend and stop the Master.

As the Doctor goes head to head with his oldest and deadliest rival, this war is about to get very personal indeed...

Writer Ian Potter says:
After the release of Dark Eyes, I had a meeting with Nick and Alan Barnes, ahead of Dark Eyes 2, and had some ideas about where we would end up in Dark Eyes 4, so there was a plan to work towards with regards to the Doctor and the Dalek Time Controller – and the Master and the Eminence. When Nick passed Dark Eyes 3 on to Ken Bentley to direct, and to David on the production side, I’d already decided to do a series that was Dalek-free for a change, and David came with a a brief saying, ‘Let’s make it the Doctor versus the Master,’ and I loved that, so ran with it.
Doctor Who: The Blood Cell (Credit: BBC Worldwide)The Blood Cell available to pre-order (UK), (DE)
Read by Colin McFarlane

An asteroid in the furthest reaches of space – the most secure prison for the most dangerous of criminals. The Governor is responsible for the cruellest murderers so he’s not impressed by the arrival of the man they’re calling the most dangerous criminal in the quadrant. Or, as he prefers to be known, the Doctor.

But when the new prisoner immediately sets about trying to escape, and keeps trying, the Governor sets out to find out why.

Who is the Doctor and what’s he really doing here? And who is the young woman who comes every day to visit him, only to be turned away by the guards?

When the killing finally starts, the Governor begins to get his answers...

Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters (Credit: BBC)Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters available to pre-order (UK), (DE)
Read by Katy Manning

The Doctor and Jo land on a cargo ship crossing the Indian Ocean in the year 1926. Or so they think. Far away on a planet called Inter Minor, a travelling showman is setting up his live peepshow, watched by an eager audience of space officials. On board ship, a giant hand suddenly appears, grasps the TARDIS and withdraws. Without warning, a prehistoric monster rises from the sea to attack...

What is happening? Where are they? Only the Doctor realises, with horror, that they might be trapped...