Bookmark and Share A Colin Baker Experience

9/30/2015 04:34:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Sixth Doctor's Costume (Credit: Chuck Foster)Colin Baker is to visit the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff on Saturday 10th October, and will also take part in a Q&A session:

Colin played the Sixth Doctor from 1984 – 1986 and was an explosion of colours, words and emotions. Passionate, sometimes quick to anger, this was a Doctor you did not want to make enemies with. Baker recently returned to the role and has featured in the Big Finish Productions Audio Drama, The Last Adventure. Colin returns to the Doctor Who Experience after he filmed the Five (ish) Doctors Reboot in 2013 with Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy for the 50th Anniversary, and will be available for photos and signings during the day. And, if you are keen to cosplay as the Sixth Doctor there couldn’t be a better day to visit! There is no charge for this event and is included in the price of a standard ticket.


The Experience will also be holding a Dalek Day later in the month:

Following the explosive two part opener of Doctor Who Series 9, and the return of the terrifying Daleks along with their creator Davros, The Doctor Who Experience is celebrating one of the Doctor’s greatest foes with a Dalek Day event on Saturday 24th October followed by a week of Dalek half term activities for fans and families. Visitors to the Doctor Who Experience will be able to
  • Go on an interactive adventure and visit Skaro - the home of the Daleks
  • Get up close to the fearsome Daleks who will be roaming throughout the Experience
  • See the Daleks that featured in the opening two-parter of Doctor Who Series Nine
  • Learn how to operate a Dalek and take part in a Q&A session with a Dalek operator
  • See the revealing of the restored original Davros by Mike Tucker, part of Doctor Who Experience refurbishment programme
More details about the Dalek Day/Week will be available shortly.

Bookmark and Share Michelle meets Missy ... times two!

9/30/2015 04:09:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Details have been released about a very special photo-shoot ...

It’s Double Trouble for Michelle Gomez!

Michelle Gomez with Missy x 2! (Credit: Evolution PR)Following the launch of Character Options’ double helping of Exclusive Doctor Who Missy Figures last week, the actress who plays Missy, Michelle Gomez, has been photographed with her miniature alter egos.

The figures have whipped up storm with Doctor Who fans since they were revealed on Thursday 24th September by way of a virtual press conference hosted by Character’s product development director Alasdair Dewar. Missy is otherwise known as The Master; an arch enemy of the Doctor, but favourite with the fans who have been calling for a collector’s piece of her for some time.

When coming face to face with the figures whilst in New York last week Michelle said:
I absolutely adore my new figure! I can just imagine thousands of Missy’s taking over the world one very small step at a time

Al Dewar added:
Working with Michele Gomez has been so much fun; she was one of the best subjects we’ve ever scanned, patiently holding the perfect pose in both positions for a long period of time. We know that many collectors have been waiting to see if Missy would be included within our collection, it’s great for her finally come to fruition.

(with thanks to Evolution PR)

Bookmark and Share More details about the discovery and loss of Web of Fear 3

9/30/2015 01:43:00 pm - Reported by Pascal Salzmann

During last weekend's Pandorica Convention in Bristol, Philip Morris described for the first time in detail his discovery of the 12 film cans in a TV station in Jos, which included all episodes of The Web of Fear and The Enemy of the World. He also reveals that the third episode of Web of Fear was among the cans but went missing again, presumably stolen:

Philip Morris (Credit: Tony Chamberlain)This is a little bit of a revelation here now. There were twelve cans there, The Web of Fear was complete, the Enemy of the World was complete. I photographed them, the items were recorded, I knew exactly what was there. I said to one of the guys that was there with me, who works for me “make sure you put these films somewhere safe”. Because normally when you find something, you know it might disappear. I certainly didn’t want that to happen. So he put the films somewhere but as he was doing so the station manager came up and said “I’ll take that” and took one can, which was Episode 3, to his office. I didn’t know about this until later on. [...] When they were sent back episode 3 was missing. I highlighted it to the head of the NTAs and he said "are you sure? It was there". I said "there’s the photograph, it was complete". He then went back to the head of the station who said "Oh I put it back on the shelf. He said it must have gotten sent back up again and I didn’t believe that. Because it would have been there, it really would. It broke my heart that this piece was missing and I wanted to know why. Now I had let somebody know that I had found it, it was a big mistake, I realise that. And obviously that information leaked out. So, episode 3 was missing.

Philip Morris then continues that he is still searching for episode 3 and believes that it is in the hands of a private collector in Australia or the UK:

I went back to Nigeria this year to chase this one down. I spoke to the guy who was the station manager. He said "I put it back on the shelf". I said "I’ve got a photograph here, it was there". I said if it was there it would have been sent back. And then he just said “Well I don’t know anything about missing episodes". And I thought what a strange thing to say. And two days later after that Jos Station was on fire. [...] When I produced the photograph he was "oh dear, he's got proof that this was here." So the strangest thing was when he said to me "I don't know anything about the missing episodes" and I said "well I never mentioned missing episodes" and that was the big cat out of the bag, really so someone's obviously said "that's a missing episode" and offered him money.
It was completely the wrong thing to do, it should have come out with the rest of the story. That's why, you know, we have a sort of long recovery, getting it back to the UK, restoration, waiting on part 3, for that, because it should have been there and I thought it would come back.

And looking at it, this is what I personally think: Somebody rang up, they offered him money, he has taken that, it's been sent by courier, which you would have thought would be within Jos' area, it would be one of the courier companies. I have somebody actually looking at that now for any records... I'm not saying I'm going to print somebody's name online or anything like that, but if I get some kind of contact details I will be writing to the guy and asking them to do the right thing, but we'll see where that leads. Hopefully he'll do it on his own. So that's basically what happened. When you go to a station, you're not allowed to remove programmes, you've got to catalogue what you see, photograph what you see, and then, obviously you go back to the head of the station and you say "this is there, that's over there", and he'll just say "ok" then it goes back to Central, in Nigeria it goes back to Abuja, everything is catalogued so we know what's gonna leave the country, and then it's sent back to the UK.

(Question from an attendee) Do you think it's still in Nigeria, or did it actually make it to the UK? Do you think it's in the UK somewhere?

Phillip Morris: Hmmmmm, no, maybe not in the UK. It might be in Australia, somewhere like that. I don't know, it might be in the UK, but it was somebody - I trusted somebody. And within the space of a week the information was out there, as in someone had mentioned the station, this station had purchased Doctor Who, which it hadn't, and I thought "well hang on a minute, every single state in Nigeria has a newspaper to give you the programme listings, why has this one been pinpointed?" When the whole system worked, everything moved around someone obviously is not aware of that you can only find those details if you're actually aware of them. So it wasn't helpful, and with the project going forward people think "well, he's really secretive" but I have to be. I have to protect those things that come forward until we can tell the story.

(Question from attendee) Do you think that one has been taken because it was the Brigadier's first story?

Phillip Morris: No, it was coincidence. You've got to say, when that guy intervened, and went "I'll take those", it was random. I wish it had been episode one, or Enemy of the World episode three! It really must have been the luck of the draw.

You can listen to the complete audio panel and a followup conversation here:

Thanks to Philip Morris and Fantom Films for allowing us to distribute these files, which were recorded without permission and originally posted without their consent. There are still tickets available to attend their forthcoming signing event on 31st October for The Underwater Menace, which will finally be released on DVD on 26th October.

Bookmark and Share The Stone Tapes

9/30/2015 10:46:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Podcast version of Vol 5 of THE STONE TAPES has a distinctly Doctor Who flavour and is now live to listen to and download

The show is hosted by horror writer Sam Stone, and features special studio guest Frazer Hines chatting about his time on Doctor Who, plus BBC Effects designer and writer Mike Tucker discussing his and Stephen Nicholas' new book Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds

Patricia H Ash reviews The Map of Time by Felix J Palma, Robin Pierce looks at the TV Century 21 Comic Strips, and David J Howe leads the discussion about the film Doctor who and the Daleks

The music comes from Risa Hall, Linzi Gold, The Timelords and Muse ... The show producer is Alex Lewczuk.

All episodes are available to download and listen to online with more information about The Stone Tapes and future episode details available on the Facebook Group

Bookmark and Share Under The Lake: Publicity

9/29/2015 07:42:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released publicity imagery for the forthcoming episode, Under The Lake.

Under The Lake: synopsis

When an Underwater Base comes under attack, the Doctor and Clara must save the frightened crew and defeat an impossible threat. But what is behind these terrifying events? And can they really be haunted by ghosts?

Writer: Toby Whithouse
Director: Daniel O’Hara
Producer: Derek Ritchie

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Images feature Paul Kaye as Prentis, Colin McFarlane as Moran, Zaqi Ismail as Lunn, Arsher Ali as Bennett, Sophie Stone as Cass, and Morven Christie as O'Donnell.

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Under The Lake: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 3 Oct 20158:25pm
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 3 Oct 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 3 Oct 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am BST)
Asia PacificBBC EntertainmentSun 4 Oct 201510:00am SGT(3:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 4 Oct 20157:30pm NZDT(7:30am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 4 Oct 20157:40pm AEDT(9:40am BST)
Europe (Benelux)BBC FirstTue 6 Oct 20159:00pm CEST
United KingdomBBC TwoFri 9 Oct 20151:15am(British Signed Language)
FinlandYLE2Mon 12 Oct 20156:05pm EEST
South AfricaBBC FirstSat 24 Oct 20157:30pm SAST
GermanyFOXThu 10 Dec 20159:00pm CET(dubbed into German)

Bookmark and Share The Magician's Apprentice - Official Rating

9/28/2015 02:04:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who The Magician's Apprentice has an official consolidated 7 day rating of 6.54 million viewers.

The rating issued by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board, or BARB, includes all those who watched the programme within one week of transmission.

The final rating is slightly down on last year, where the majority of the season rated around 6.9 million viewers.

The rating puts Doctor Who at the 13th most watched programme of the week on all UK Television, and the 4th most watched programme on BBC One. The Great British Bake Off topped the charts with a consolidated audience of 12.35 million viewers, over 2 million higher than its nearest rival, ITV's Downton Abbey, which had 9.9 million viewers.

The figures do not include those who watched on the BBC iPlayer, where The Magician's Apprentice had over 1.3 million download requests in the week following transmission.

Bookmark and Share The Witch's Familiar - AI:83

9/28/2015 09:45:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Witch's Familar: Peter Capaldi as The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway) Doctor Who: The Witch's Familiar had an Audience Appreciation 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 feature length version of The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar had an audience of 0.64 million viewers on BBC One on Sunday afternoon, a 6.4% share of the audience. The programme was once more up against Rugby on ITV, this time Scotland v USA which had an average of 2.1 million viewers.

The Saturday night showing finished as 53rd for the week. Consolidated figures should be available next Monday.

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for The Witch's Familiar

9/28/2015 03:16:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Witch's Familiar has debuted in Australia, averaging 541,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the second-highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eighth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight

Bookmark and Share The Witch's Familiar - Press Reaction

9/27/2015 11:08:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Witch's Familar: Michelle Gomez as Missy with the Daleks (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)Press reaction to the second episode of Series Nine is once more overwhelmingly positive.

The Independent felt much of the success of the episode was down to Julian Bleach's performance as Davros. "Steven Moffat’s dialogue was on top form this week, but it shone thanks to Bleach’s superb performance. It’s incredible how much physicality he brought to the role considering how limiting the costume is, utilising body language and facial expressions to maximum effect and pairing them with a powerful vocal performance"

The Guardian also liked the Davros/Doctor dynamic. "Peter Capaldi and Julian Bleach crackled with such warped chemistry", with Radio Times agreeing "Capaldi and Julian Bleach are superb in these moments. There’s a coup de théâtre when, for the first time, the wizened Davros opens his eyes. We’d always assumed he had none. No one but Steven Moffat would have thought to do this."

The Express said you can't help but love the villains."Missy is like a deliciously dangerous cocktail of dry wit laced with a sneaky shot of psychosis. She pulls you in with hers charms and makes you feel comfortable, then the moment you let your guard down or even consider trusting her, she'll have you strung upside down from a tree". The Registrar also loved Michelle Gomez. "Missy once again delivers some of the best lines, such as: "The friend inside the enemy, the enemy inside the friend. Everyone's a bit of both. Everyone's a hybrid.".

TV Fanatic loved the pairing of Clara and Missy "I lost it when Clara mentioned throwing a stone down into the sewers and Missy pushing her in saying. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of The Mistress, but I already can't wait for another team up like this one. " Mashable also loved the duo. "A fantastic comedy double act of psycho and straight person, fighting their way through Skaro towards the Doctor with nothing but a sharpened stick", a sentiment agreed with by 411Mainia. "I know not everyone is in love with Missy, but Michelle Gomez is a highlight of the first two episodes. She is able to have some more wicked fun, which is an important balance since the Doctor is busy being deadly serious"

The Metro loved the pace of the story. This was a thoughtful character piece in which the Doctor saves the day with an act of mercy rather than a simple wave of his sonic. I found that pleasingly old-school, while The Daily Mail loved the fact that Doctor Who can still come up with something fresh. "Seeing the Doctor’s assistant Clara Oswald strapped, trapped, inside a Dalek and only able to communicate like them was ingeniously vivid – palpably claustrophobic and perilous: the fairground ride from hell.".

Not all was positive with disliking the conclusion to the episode "this climax was dumb. Daleks turning on one another is fine enough, but the sludgey poo of not-quite-dead Daleks attacking their comrades was just... dumb.", while IGN thought the episode a bit of a letdown. "It just can’t satisfactorily resolve some of the bits and pieces showrunner Steven Moffat left dangling last week in the grand first episode."

Digital Spy however thought the episode bleak but rewarding. "Scenes between our effusive hero and a creepily still Davros are dark and uncompromising, they're also utterly scintillating."

You can read Doctor Who News's review of the episode on our reviews site.

Bookmark and Share The Witch's Familiar - Overnight Viewing Figures

9/27/2015 09:33:00 am - Reported by Marcus

3.7 million, a 16.6% share of the audience, watched Doctor Who, The Witch's Familiar in the UK, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures.

Doctor Who suffered by being placed directly opposite live coverage of the Rugby World Cup on ITV, where England playing Wales attracted an average of 8.3 million viewers, pushing the overnight audience for Doctor Who down to below 4 million for the first time since the series returned in 2005.

The Rugby coverage topped the day peaking at 10.8 million viewers, a 47.6% share. It pushed Strictly Come Dancing into second place for the day with 7.7 million viewers. Casualty had 3.8 million watching just ahead of the Doctor which was also beaten by the late news resulting in Doctor Who being fifth for the day.

On overnight figures Doctor Who is currently 47th for the week. Final consolidated figures, which should see Doctor Who's audience rise dramatically, will be released next week.

A feature length version of the first two episodes of the series, is being broadcast on BBC One later today.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Extra - The Witch's Familiar

9/26/2015 11:32:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Extra (Credit: BBC) The BBC have released clips looking behind the scenes of this weeks episode of Doctor Who, The Witch's Familiar.

A full review of the episode can be found on Doctor Who Reviews

Bookmark and Share Whatever Happened to Web of Fear 3 ?

9/26/2015 07:09:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

From left: Ralph Watson as Captain Knight, Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, and Nicholas Courtney as Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart in The Web of Fear. (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Missing episode hunter Philip Morris, the man responsible for recovering nine missing episodes of Doctor Who, has told fans at a convention that he also located the missing Episode Three of The Web Of Fear, only for it to be stolen before it could be returned to the United Kingdom.

Previously missing episodes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 of Enemy of the World were recovered in 2013, alongside episodes 2, 4, 5, and 6 of Web of Fear, two stories from the fifth Season of Doctor Who, originally screened in 1967/8. The films had been found gathering dust in a store room at a television relay station in Nigeria.

These finds completed the two stories, with the exception of Episode Three of The Web of Fear, an important episode in the history of the series as it introduces the character of the Brigadier. At the time it was claimed that this episode was not located with the other finds. The third episode was reconstructed by the BBC Doctor Who Restoration Team, for the DVD release of the story.

However, speaking at the Pandorica 2015 convention, being held in Bristol this weekend, Philip Morris announced that when he initially located the episodes, episode 3 was indeed part of the collection.

The negotiations for the return of the episodes took over six months, and when the episodes were finally returned to the UK, episode three had vanished. Morris said he believed that after word of the find leaked out an offer was made to a member of staff at the Nigerian station, and that the episode had been sold to a private collector.

Currently 97 episodes of Doctor Who remain missing from the BBC archive.

Bookmark and Share US Release for Dark Water / Death in Heaven in 3D

9/26/2015 10:35:00 am - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide America have released a Blu-ray + DVD Combo release of the 3D version of last year's season finale of Doctor Who: Dark Water / Death in Heaven

The release comes hard the heels of the recent cinema event, Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven 3D, which saw the two-part season eight climax shown in movie theaters across the United States.

Special features on the Blu-ray 3D + DVD combo pack include The Doctor’s Meditation – the special prequel scene to the first episode of season nine – and a 45-minute extended interview with Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, hosted by Wil Wheaton of Star Trek fame.

Order on Amazon

Bookmark and Share Capaldi at Radio Times Festival

9/26/2015 01:55:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Fans at the Radio Times Festival were treated to an extended Doctor Who session tonight, when the main star of the series, Peter Capaldi, having defeated Daleks and Cybermen, and conquered time, fell foul of the Friday night rush hour traffic on the M4, and arrived 30 minutes late for the session.

The actor had been filming all day at the Doctor Who studios in Cardiff, and had been whisked by car to London when he was greeted by a capacity audience in the main festival tent. The organisers extended the session to make sure the crowd had a full hour to enjoy a conversation with the Doctor.

The session was hosted by comedian and rabid Who fan Frank Skinner and also featured executive producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. With last week's episode fresh in everybody's mind the trio discussed The Magician's Apprentice and Julian Bleach's impressive performance as Davros. You wait until you see the next episode said Moffat, He is amazing.

Peter Capaldi told of how some of the most surreal moments in filming the series came when acting with the Daleks. You rehearse with the guy who sits inside the Dalek, he said. His eyelevel is the same as a Daleks eyestalk, so you rehearse with him just standing there wriggling. I found it very funny.

Moffat denied an ancient fan rumour that there was a contractual duty to include the Daleks in each series of Doctor Who. My mother in law was Terry Nation's agent when he created the Daleks. Believe me there is no such clause in the contract.

One question that was met with a grimace from the Executive Producer came when Skinner asked about the plans for Series 10 and whether, contrary to rumour, there would be a full series of Doctor Who in 2016. Moffat seamed irritated by the question and said he wished people would concentrate on this series. We don't even know if the Doctor will survive until Christmas. Moffat did confirm he had signed up for series 10, but said that was only done 'very recently'.

The team discussed Jenna Coleman's departure from the series, which has been confirmed as taking place this year. Coleman had originally wanted to leave at the end of Series Eight, but had then decided to stay on for the Christmas special. It was on the World Tour that we ambushed her, said Capaldi, and persuaded her to stay for another season. I said it would be so much fun Moffat said he has no idea who the new companion will be.

All members of the team were adamant that they would not be able to produce more Doctor Who episodes per year. We started filming in January and we finish tomorrow, said Capaldi. The crew need a break. They are exhausted.

Peter Capaldi spoke of his costume and how he didn't want his doctor to have a specific costume, but more a look, in the same way Tom Baker's Doctor had a look. I loved his first season where he just grabbed some clothes and ran around looking like a tramp. He was asked about his recent comment that he didn't feel he had nailed the role in Series Eight. I don't think you ever really nail a role. Capaldi said he would happily be typecast as The Doctor. I don't mind being typecast as Doctor Who. I mean what's wrong with that? It's great, you know, if that's the stigma that's attached to you, how lucky you are.

Bookmark and Share Russell T Davies defends the BBC

9/25/2015 06:22:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Reported by Marcus
Russell T Davis with Alison Graham at the Radio Times Festival (Credit: Maggie Gibbons) Russell T Davies has made a strong defence of the BBC and the licence fee and the values it stands for, but warned the battle may already be lost.

Speaking at the Radio Times Festival, he urged people to consider the alternatives to the compulsory licence fee, such as a subscription model and to look at the schedules of current subscriber services such as the American premium cable network HBO and see what subscribers get for their money. He said: "couple of high class dramas. No news. No weather, no radio stations. Google their schedules and see if that is what you want?"

Davies was being interviewed by Alison Graham for the first ever Radio Times Festival, which is being held at Hampton Court in West London. He said his favourite memory of working on Doctor Who was the laughter he had. "It was hard work but we did have fun". He revealed he most enjoyed writing dialogue for Daleks. "They are so clever. I love them".

He also spoke of how proud he was of Doctor Who. "It's indestructible. Imagine if they tried to cancel it now. There would be riots in the streets".

Speaking on writing for the Doctor: "you get the secret of writing for the Doctor when you realise he is much cleverer than you are. Then it falls into place".

He talked about how he started in the industry and advised aspiring writers to just write. "get all the experience you can, not necessarily on your pet project but say for your local youth theatre".

He talked about his current project, a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for the BBC. "It's something I've always wanted to do, he told the audience. It has a fantastic cast, and the whole play finishes with a joyous dance choreographed by Arlene Phillips. It's going to be on Saturday night in prime time. Only the BBC would do that".

Davies finished the session by talking to fans and signing autographs.

(Maggie Gibbons for the photo)

Bookmark and Share BBC One to repeat The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar

9/25/2015 10:53:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC One have made a late change to their schedules on Sunday afternoon by adding a special feature-length broadcast of The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar. The 90 minute omnibus is to be broadcast from 3:15pm, replacing the previously scheduled repeats of Eat Well For Less? and The Great British Bake-Off, with an episode of Escape To The Country following afterwards to plug the gap before Points Of View at 5:15pm.

Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez as The Doctor, Clara and Missy in The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)

No reason has currently been given for the repeat of Doctor Who's opening story, but it is possible that this is to enable viewers to catch up on the Doctor's adventure who might have missed Saturday's episode owing to the England vs Wales Rugby World Cup game, broadcast live on ITV from 7:15pm.

It isn't often that Doctor Who receives an unexpected broadcast - the previous time this occured was back in 1974, when a compilation of The Sea Devils was shown in the morning of Monday 27th May instead of the scheduled cricket match coverage, which was lost owing to one of the regular BBC union industrial actions of the era.

This itself wasn't a precedent, though - owing to the tragic events that occured in the United States the day before the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, was broadcast, the BBC decided to repeat it a week later at 5:06pm, leading to a slightly truncated Grandstand and the scheduled Doctor Who episode The Cave Of Skulls pushed back from 5:15pm to 5:30pm instead.

Bookmark and Share New Products from Lovarzi

9/25/2015 10:16:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Four new Doctor Who products are being launched by Lovarzi, including the company's first foray into the revived series with a scarf based the Matt Smith story Vincent and the Doctor.

The Pandorica Opens Scarf is 100% Pure Silk Scarf! and based on the painting by Vincent van Gogh of the same name: a warning to his Time Lord friend that the universe is cracked, and the ultimate prison is opening. The picture captures the disaster that led to total event collapse – the TARDIS exploding.

The scarf comes complete with a presentation box (adorned with foil-printed Doctor Who and BBC logos), this is the first time Lovarzi has specifically celebrated the Matt Smith era of the show.

After the success of the Seventh Doctor Jumper and Paisley Silk Scarf, Lovarzi is launching the Seventh Doctor Hanky, digitally-printed in Italy.Designed by Ken Trew, the BBC purchased about 20 red hankies to wrap around the Time Lord's panama hat, and Sylvester McCoy stepped out in 1987 in Time and the Rani. This intricate hanky, also presented in a gift box, is made from 100% Cotton.

Lovarzi's original screen-accurate replica of the Fourth Doctor Scarf remains a bestseller, and now the company is to launch a shorter version: at 25 x 200cms. It's still made of 100% premium-quality Acrylic yarn, and comes in a special carry-case.

Fourth Doctor fans can also enjoy Lovarzi's exclusively-designed Knitted Tie takes those same colours in that same pattern and makes a unique product for anyone who wants to show off their love for the longest running Doctor. Also presented in a gift box, foil-printed with the Doctor Who logo, the Fourth Doctor Knitted Tie is made in Italy from 50% Wool and 50% Acrylic.

Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi, says:
The year-long work we put into our Doctor Who products is always worth it when we see the smiles of enthusiastic Whovians at conventions. I'm sure these four new products will be welcomed by fans new and old – and very much look forward to seeing cosplayers and collectors wearing them with pride whenever we're exhibiting our ever-expanding range. And yes, we're already planning next year's releases!
Lovarzi, the UK’s leading online scarf retailer and is the only official licensee of Doctor Who scarves in the UK.

Bookmark and Share Behind the Scenes at the Abbey Road Photshoot

9/24/2015 04:37:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Last week the BBC released a photograph of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman posing on the Abbey Road zebra crossing in London, recreating the famous cover photo from the Beatles album, with the help of a couple of Daleks.

The picture was taken on Saturday morning, and the BBC have now released a video showing how quickly it was achieved to avoid disrupting traffic in the area.

Abbey Road is a main thoroughfare running north from Lords Cricket Ground near Regents Park in Central London. Its famous crossing lies just outside the Abbey Road studios where The Beatles recorded much of their music. The crossing featured on the cover of their 1969 Abbey Road album, making the crossing a well visited tourist crossing, with many attempting a recreation of the picture. The attempts can be viewed live on the Abbey Road WebCam.

The law in the UK states that motorists must give way to pedestrians at zebra crossings, even if the pedestrians are two Daleks, a Time Lord and an Impossible Girl. So to avoid total gridlock the photo session needed to be completed in as short a time as possible.

This is how it was done.

Bookmark and Share Character Options launch Missy Action Figure

9/24/2015 04:07:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Character Options has today unveiled details of a brand new Limited Edition Doctor Who 5.5” scale action figure.

Missy, played as by Michelle Gomez will be available in two variants; a purple outfitted version with hat from the series finale episodes; and alternatively in her ‘Heaven’ outfit, hatless with black jacket and manic grin.

The Missy figures each have 18 points of articulation. Each figure head can also be swapped so that both heads can be incorporated with either outfit, and they both come with accessories.

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4,000 units of each of the two figures will be available in exclusive UK packaging at for a price of £19.99 each (excluding P&P)

Bookmark and Share More guests added to the Sydney Doctor Who Festival

9/24/2015 01:45:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

Doctor Who Festival - Australia, 21-22 November 2015 (Credit: BBC Worldwide) BBC Worldwide has announced further guests to the Australian Doctor Who Festival. Sylvester Mccoy, Billie Piper and Dan Starkey will join Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss in Sydney on the 21st and 22nd November 2015. Piper and McCoy will appear on stage at the festival in a series of fan Q&As hosted by Adam Spencer. Billie Piper’s attendance at the Doctor Who Festival is subject to her filming commitments.

Sylvester Mccoy said:
I’m over the moon, quite literally, as I’ll be coming by TARDIS!

Dan Starkey said:
I made a flying visit to Australia a few years ago and I'm really looking forward to coming back and spending a little longer this time. In his long and illustrious military career I'm sure that Strax has conquered jet-lag and I'm certain I will too!

  • New! Millennium FX Monster Show - see the work that goes into creating some of the iconic monsters from Doctor Who with a live monster make-up demonstration and, as a special treat for fans, a brand new never-before-seen series nine monster will also feature on stage.
  • New! Drama School With The Monsters – alongside Dan Starkey (Strax) and Jon Davey (monster actor), learn what it takes to be a monster on the set of Doctor Who in this hands-on drama school session.
  • New! Production Village – get a glimpse of life on set in the ‘Production Village’ with Gary Russell (Script Editor). Learn about the different roles in television production and what it’s really like to work on set. How early are the call times? Who arrives first and who leaves last? Who has the most difficult role, and most importantly, who looks after the key to the TARDIS? In the Production Village these questions and more will be answered, as fans are offered an exclusive insight into the many parts involved in bringing them the world’s longest running sci-fi program.
  • New! Science Of Doctor Who - on this amazing journey through space and time, comedian Rob Lloyd explores the scientific mysteries of Doctor Who. Featuring original scenes from the iconic BBC television series, this interactive session investigates the science of time travel, asks if regeneration is possible, and explains how the TARDIS can be bigger on the inside.
  • New! Iconic Set - direct from Cardiff a unique setting from this season’s Doctor Who will be coming to Australia for the first time ever.
  • Q&As - see the writers and cast from the series as they talk about how to make an idea become reality on a series as big and bold as Doctor Who.
  • Photo And Autograph Opportunities - a limited number of opportunities for photos and autographs with selected talent.
  • Writers’ Masterclass – ask Mark Gatiss how a Doctor Who script is crafted and discover the techniques behind the art of dramatic scriptwriting and how to get work published.
  • SFX Display – witness first-hand some of the spectacular effects seen in the series such as explosions and fireballs, elemental and atmospheric effects, mechanical rigs and pyrotechnics.
  • Wardrobe Department – a fantastic exhibition of costumes and props.
  • Cosplayers’ Showcase - fans can showcase their impressive Doctor Who-themed outfits with a special prize awarded to the best dressed.
  • Doctor Who Quiz – this is the ultimate Doctor Who quiz, where fans can show off their in-depth knowledge of the Doctor, his adversaries and the many adventures he’s had through space and time.
  • The Fan Challenge - fans young and old can battle it out and test their Doctor Who knowledge.

(BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand)

Bookmark and Share The Witch's Familiar: publicity photos

9/22/2015 03:43:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released a number of publicity images for episode two of the new series.

The Witch's Familiar: synopsis

Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire: no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Hettie Macdonald
Producer: Peter Bennett

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The Witch's Familiar: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 26 Sep 20157:45pm
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 26 Sep 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 26 Sep 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am BST)
Asia PacificBBC EntertainmentSun 27 Sep 201510:00am SGT(3:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 27 Sep 20157:30pm NZST(8:30am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 27 Sep 20157:40pm AEST(10:40am BST)
Europe (Benelux)BBC FirstTue 29 Sep 20159:00pm CEST
United KingdomBBC TwoFri 2 Oct 20151:45am(British Signed Language)
FinlandYLE2Mon 5 Oct 20156:05pm EEST
South AfricaBBC FirstSat 24 Oct 20156:45pm SAST
GermanyFOXThu 3 Dec 2015~10:00pm CET(dubbed into German)

Bookmark and Share Season Premiere Breaks Records in the United States

9/21/2015 11:27:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in The Magician's Apprentice (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)Doctor Who The Magician's Apprentice was Doctor Who's biggest ever première in the states for the key demographic of Adults aged 18-49.

Overall the episode had 2 million watching, with 1.1 million being between 18-49, nearly doubling the S8 average, making BBC America the third most watched channel in that demographic for the timeslot.

The channel beat the big 4 broadcast networks and ranked only behind college football on ESPN and the finale of Sábado Gigante on Univision. Out of 100 returning dramas, Doctor Who is one of just 14 dramas to show any growth from its prior season premiere.

Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA said
Doctor Who is unlike anything else on television, a storied franchise that is as fresh and contemporary as ever, with brilliant writing and superb performances. We couldn’t be more thrilled that new and returning Doctor Who fans tuned into the live première in record numbers and we look forward to bringing more of the Doctor to this passionate audience.
All tracked demographics showed increases from the season 8 average with the most significant increases seen among the younger viewers.

The episode was the #1 most social drama of the night based on ListenFirst's Digital Audience Ratings for Television. It was the #1 TV brand on Tumblr, the #1 drama on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and the #2 drama on Instagram, following The Walking Dead. It was the #1 most social drama of the week.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Legacy - New Releases

9/21/2015 09:36:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Legacy (Credit: Tiny Rebel Press)Doctor Who: Legacy has announced a weekly content release to tie in with Series 9 of Doctor Who, and campaign going through to the Christmas episode in December.

Every Sunday night, the team will release at least one new level based on that Saturday's television episode. This began last night with The Magician's Apprentice, rewarding players with Ohila, the High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn.

Next Sunday night, the day after The Witch's Familiar, players will get to take on Davros himself and be rewarded with a new costume for the Twelfth Doctor, complete with guitar.

Also, for the next few days, Google Play fans can purchase Sonic Adventures premium area for 40% off (and also purchase Series 8 of the TV series for 40% off in US, UK, Canada, and Australia.)

Doctor Who: Legacy, is played by nearly 2 million fans. It now has over 100 hours of playable content and includes all 13 Doctors, over 140 playable allies and companions. The game also includes enemies from throughout the 51 year history of the show, extended universe content from Big Finish, Titan Comics, and George Mann’s Engines of War novel, as well as the Bigger on the Inside 8-bit style retro adventure.

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Bookmark and Share The Magician's Apprentice - AI:84

9/21/2015 10:20:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: The Magician's Apprentice had an Audience Appreciation or AI score of 84.

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 score is on a par with the scores for Series Eight of Doctor Who, which averaged 83.3.

52% of the viewers responding, strongly agreed the programme was Fresh and New .

Doctor Who was 29th for the week on UK Television. However an additional 1.1 million viewers watched the episode on catch up on Sunday.

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for The Magician's Apprentice

9/21/2015 04:09:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

ABC The Magician's Apprentice has debuted in Australia, averaging 653,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the top-rating ABC drama of the day and the eighth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight

Bookmark and Share The Magician's Apprentice - Press Reaction

9/20/2015 11:33:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as the Doctor and Clara in The Magician's Apprentice (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway) This story contains plot spoilers.

Press reaction to this years season première, The Magician's Apprentice has been overwhelmingly positive, with most of the reviewers enjoying the storyline and the performances in the episode.

Rare praise for the BBC came from the The Daily Mail whose reviewer thought "Doctor Who was ridiculously good - a sharp, fast, thrilling, piece of historic, futuristic, television: the BBC at its best". The Telegraph was less convinced by the show's storyline but more by its lead actor. "Rarely has a show been so dependent on the skills of a single actor - and Capaldi is a good one: able to bring just enough emotional depth to a comicbook caper to render it dramatic".

The Mirror thought the show belonged to Missy. "Michelle Gomez steals the episode as the demented Time Lady who kills for fun and prances around in the face of greater evil". While The Express thought the episode should have been Peter Capaldi's first episode. "The Davros genesis story is a stroke of genius by Steven Moffat. We've seen the maniacal Nazi-esque creator of the Daleks as a craggy old man, hellbent on destroying the Doctor, but rarely have we seen how the mad genius came to be. And that's exactly what fans got with this episode.".

The Guardian also enjoyed Julian Bleach's performance as Davros. "The bleak devastation he wreaks by the end of the episode is more powerful than any madcap plot to enslave the universe that has come before. And Julian Bleach, returning to the role, wrings every drop of menace.". The Evening Standard called the episode a "gripping start to the latest series. Ray-Bans on, an electric guitar swinging from your neck. To the ever-expanding list of abilities that the last(ish) of the Time Lords has, we can now definitively add one more: Doctor Who can shred."

Patrick Mulkern in Radio Times calls the boy Davros a brilliant idea and says the episode rattles along with barely a bum note, with the gradual reveal of Skaro being beautifully realised.

Over in the States Entertainment Weekly said "From the minute the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver flies through the air and lands at the feet of a child yet to be named, The Magician’s Apprentice feels like coming home"., while Forbes thinks the show is back to its rare form and called the opener "an edge-of-your-seat thriller for recent Who fans and absolute magic for old-school Whovians".

Over in Australia the Sydney Morning Herald praised Michelle Gomez, "A breathtaking performance as Missy, full of gasps, one-liners, moments that lurch from underplayed to overplayed in a breath"

Online Digital Spy thought the episode was mixed. "Not everything works, but with the ideas, twists and gags being packed in at such a rate of knots, there's enough that does - and some of it very well indeed.". CNET described the show as" one of the most idea-packed and high-stakes episodes I can remember", while IGN said it was a "cracking opener to the season with a combination of exciting action, creepy visuals, and tense situations". Games Radar called the episode "a supremely confident series première, and said the show was full of wit and menace, unafraid to take on the show’s museum piece classics."

The Register thought Season 9 a brought Doctor Who back on form with a bang, "from the eerie handmines, to the glorious return of Missy to some excellent clowning around from Capaldi, this episode had it all.", while said the "episode made me care about Doctor Who and its characters by playing on the show's strengths—especially the relationship between the Doctor and the Master, who's still stealing scenes thanks to a perfect performance from Michelle Gomez"

The episode can be viewed on iPlayer in the United Kingdom, on iView in Australia and on YouTube in the United States, where BBC America have released the whole episode.

You can read Doctor Who News's review of the episode on our reviews site.