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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Extra

8/20/2014 06:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has today announced Doctor Who Extra - a brand new series, exclusively on BBC iPlayer.

Doctor Who Extra will follow Peter Capaldi every step of the way throughout the creation of his first season as the Doctor. Over the course of 12 programmes it will trace the highs and lows of Doctor Who’s most ambitious run of episodes yet, getting the inside take on series 8 from the people who made it.

The Doctor Who Extra team had unparalleled access to stars including Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson (series regular Danny Pink) plus guests Frank Skinner, Keeley Hawes, Michelle Gomez, Ben Miller, Foxes and many more. Writers, such as Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, and directors also contribute as they spill the beans on the on and off-screen drama.

Casual viewers will enjoy the fun, fast pace and lighter side of Doctor Who Extra but there’s plenty for fans, too, with a quick dip into the archive for every edition, reflecting on how Doctor Who’s history is echoed in this current series.

Doctor Who Extra is described as essential viewing for everyone who’s ever watched Doctor Who and wondered what it’s a like to be a part of the team that brings this global phenomena to our screens.

Doctor Who Extra is produced by BBC Cymru Wales and executive produced by Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin and Jo Pearce. Each 10 minute Doctor Who Extra episode will be available after that week’s Doctor Who episode on BBC One. It will also be available via the BBC's Red Button.

Bookmark and Share World Tour in Rio

8/20/2014 06:00:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who World Tour has made its final stop in the South American city of Rio de Janeiro.

The Doctor Who YouTube have created a spectacular video at Christ the Redeemer using a GoPro Drone cam

Credit: BBC WorldwideCredit: BBC Worldwide

Some stats on the World Tour
  • 7 cities in 7 countries across 7 different timezones and 5 continents in just 12 days (Cardiff, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro)
  • Over 11000 fans got to see preview of Deep Breath during 7 fan and Q&A shows with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman (and Steven Moffat) in each stop
  • Over 35000 miles travelled in total
  • 6 iconic photo-shoots including Cardiff Castle, South Korea's Bosingak Bell, New York's Top of the Rock, Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Rio's Christ The Redeemer.
  • Met with over 250 international media, including 4 press conferences and photocalls in Sydney, New York, Mexico City and Rio
  • Prominent coverage in some of the world's biggest news outlets including Reforma (Mexico), Veja Magazine (Brazil) and The Sydney Morning Herald
Next stop: Leicester Square on Saturday.

Bookmark and Share Germany: FOX unable to produce German dub of Deep Breath for premiere

8/20/2014 03:25:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Reported by Pascal Salzmann
FOX Deutschland have announced on Facebook that they are not going to air the German dub of Deep Breath on Saturday, but instead will only broadcast the original English language version. According to the channel this decision is due to the BBC's enhanced security after the leaks, which resulted in the material arriving later than usual and making it impossible to finish the German dub on time.

FOX have apologised to viewers, and stated that they will make the German-dubbed episode available through On-Demand services from Sky and Kabel Deutschland as soon as possible.

Here is the full statement by FOX:

Liebe FOX-Fans, unser Ziel ist es, euch deutsche Erstausstrahlungen so zeitnah wie möglich zur Weltpremiere zu präsentieren - in Originalsprache und auf Deutsch. Mit THE WALKING DEAD, THE BRIDGE - AMERICA und DA VINCI‘S DEMONS ist uns das erfolgreich gelungen. Daher waren wir stolz, euch auch DOCTOR WHO Staffel 8 zeitgleich zur UK-Premiere zeigen zu können. Und euer sehr positives Feedback hat uns gezeigt, dass das der richtige Weg ist.

Im Produktionsprozess der Serie ist ein Drehbuch an die Öffentlichkeit gelangt ( http://bit.ly/1tgwjcR ), was zu höheren Sicherheitsmaßnahmen und damit erheblichen Verzögerungen in der Materiallieferung und der Synchronisation geführt hat. Daher können wir nur einen Teil unseres Versprechens einlösen: Ihr werdet DOCTOR WHO Staffel 8 am gleichen Tag wie in UK auf FOX erleben, jedoch in der Originalfassung. Das tut uns sehr leid!  Die deutschen Folgen werden wir euch im VOD-Bereich von Sky und Kabel Deutschland anbieten. Sobald diese verfügbar sind, erfahrt ihr es hier auf Facebook!
Dear FOX-fans, it is our goal to present to you German premieres as near as possible to their world premieres - in the original language and in german. We did this successfully with THE WALKING DEAD, THE BRIDGE - AMERICA and DA VINCI'S DEMONS. That is why we were proud to announce a simulcast broadcast to the UK premiere of Series 8 of DOCTOR WHO. And your very positive feedback showed us that this is the right thing to do.

During producing of the show a script was leaked to the public ( http://bit.ly/1tgwjcR ) which lead to advanced security politics and later arrivals of material and dubbings. This is the reason why we are only able to fulfill one part of our promise: You will be able to experience Series 8 of DOCTOR WHO on FOX on the same day as the UK, but only in its original version. We are very sorry! The German episodes will be presented to you on your VoD account at Sky and Kabel Deutschland. As soon as they are available, you will get a notice from us here at Facebook.

Doctor Who: Deep Breath will air this Saturday at 9 PM on FOX.

Bookmark and Share New Zealand airdate announced

8/20/2014 08:28:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: Ray Burmiston, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)PRIME in New Zealand have announced that they will be broadcasting the new series of Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi from Sunday 31st August, at 7:30pm.

In recent years regular series episodes have aired in the country two Thursdays after broadcast in the United Kingdom, so the new timeslot marks a shorter interval to wait for viewers. However, for those able to get tickets, the series premiere Deep Breath can be seen a week ahead in cinemas - some presentations within a few hours of UK transmission.

(with thanks to Aman Jamwal, Nathan Hall)

Bookmark and Share Full Circle: Frazer Hines cast in "Outlander", which he inspired

8/20/2014 05:38:00 am - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Frazer Hines, who played the Second Doctor's stalwart companion Jamie McCrimmon from 1966 to 1969, has been cast in the television adaptation of the time-travel romance Outlander, reveals TV Guide.com. Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander novels, has previously stated that she was inspired to write the series after watching an episode of Doctor Who featuring Hines as Jamie:

I rarely watch TV, but at the time I was in the habit of viewing weekly PBS reruns of Doctor Who..., because it gave me just enough time to do my nails. So, while pondering the setting for my hypothetical historical novel, I happened to see one very old episode of Doctor Who featuring a "companion" of the Doctor's—a young Scottish lad named Jamie MacCrimmon, whom the Doctor had picked up in 1745. This character wore a kilt, which I thought rather fetching, and demonstrated—in this particular episode—a form of pigheaded male gallantry that I've always found endearing: the strong urge on the part of a man to protect a woman, even though he may realize that she's plainly capable of looking after herself.

I was sitting in church the next day, thinking idly about this particular show (no, oddly enough, I don't remember what the sermon was about that day), when I said suddenly to myself, Well, heck. You want to write a book, you need a historical period, and it doesn't matter where or when. The important thing is just to start, somewhere. Okay. Fine. Scotland, eighteenth century.

Gabaldon gave the male protagonist of her series the first name "Jamie", after the character which inspired her creation. The character's surname is "Fraser"; however, Gabaldon says that this is a coincidence:

No, actually, Frazer has nothing to do with Jamie’s last name—owing to the local PBS station cutting off the “Dr. Who” credits in order to run pledge appeals, I didn’t know the actor’s name until some years later, after the first book had been written. I did send a copy to Frazer then, though, thanking him for the kilt.

Now, Frazer Hines will appear in the television series based on the books he inspired. Hines will play Sir Gordon Fletcher, an English prison warden, in an episode which will air in the second half of the first series (currently scheduled for early 2015).

Frazer HinesDiana Gabaldon and Frazer Hines, 2009 (Credit: Jean Brittain, via Diana Gabaldon) Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in "Outlander" (Credit: Starz)

Bookmark and Share Blue Peter to broadcast 12th Doctor Special

8/20/2014 05:18:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

Tomorrow's edition of CBBC magazine programme Blue Peter will be a special programme dedicated to Peter Capaldi as the incoming Doctor and featuring the winners of last year's competition to design sonic devices for the Paternoster Gang of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Commander Strax.

The 12th Doctor: A Blue Peter Special - presented by Barney Harwood, Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya - takes the three young contest winners Connor, Arthur and Amber behind the scenes of Doctor Who to see their sonic gauntlet, lorgnette and hat pin in action, where they also meet Capaldi.

In addition, Dan Starkey, who plays Strax, talks about how he is turned into a Sontaran via prosthetics, while the make-it will be a TARDIS T-shirt.

The programme, which airs at 5.30pm, will be repeated on Saturday at 8.20am and then at 6.25pm as part of a range of Doctor Who-related programmes being shown on CBBC from 1.40pm - also comprising episodes from The Sarah Jane Adventures as well as the animated adventures The Infinite Quest and Dreamland plus documentary 12 Again - in the run-up to the broadcast of Deep Breath that evening.

The show will also be available to TV licence-payers in the UK for a limited time via the BBC iPlayer.

As part of its celebration of the new series of Doctor Who, the Blue Peter website also has details about how to make Doctor Who character masks as well as Doctor Who T-shirts, and is inviting people to invent a new Doctor Who character.

Bookmark and Share Bumper 100-page issue for new Doctor Who Magazine

8/19/2014 10:07:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

The new edition of Doctor Who Magazine catches up on set with Peter Capaldi for what is billed as his most extensive and revealing interview to date.

In issue 477 – on sale this coming Thursday – the publication asked him how he had gone about making the part his own:

"Well," says Peter, "you begin with yourself. You begin with those elements of yourself that you feel would be at home in the role. There's an old actors' adage that you don't become the role, the role becomes you. It's trying to find those parts of you that will fit with the Doctor, and understand those bits that don't come so naturally to you, that you have to fabricate. I kept looking for people in my life who I thought had elements of the Doctor about them, and were inspirational in some ways. I composed a list of those . . . "

"Also, it's recognising what's been written," Peter continues. "My Doctor is written slightly differently from some of the other Doctors, and the Doctor changes quite dramatically from episode to episode. Some demand more of your comedy chops, graver or more serious episodes demand a more sombre creature. All these variations have to live in the same body, in the same face. Putting all that together is tricky . . ."
The new DWM, which is a bumper 100 pages this edition, includes a giant double-sided poster featuring Capaldi on one side and a Dalek on the other (pictured below) plus:
  • Read extensive previews of the first four episodes of the new series – Deep Breath, Into The Dalek, Robot of Sherwood and Listen – as DWM talks exclusively to writers Steven Moffat, Phil Ford and Mark Gatiss
  • Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions and reveals more behind-the-scenes secrets in his exclusive column
  • DWM reunites former Doctor-and-companion team Tom Baker and Louise Jameson with their producer, Philip Hinchcliffe, to chat about the new Doctor Who adventures that they're working on and to reminisce about the 1970s adventures
  • Louise Jameson writes a very special letter to herself, exclusively for DWM
  • A new comic strip – The Eye of Torment – begins, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty
  • DWM examines the unique scrapbooks of Peter Hawkins, the man who was one of the first voices of the Daleks in the 1960s
  • The Fact of Fiction takes a detailed look at the 1964 First Doctor adventure The Reign of Terror
  • Legendary writer Terrance Dicks talks about his later work on Doctor Who – and what he thinks of the series today
  • The Time Team face an unknown horror as they watch the 2008 Tenth Doctor adventure Midnight
  • Jacqueline Rayner writes about the perils of watching Doctor Who on a dodgy TV in Relative Dimensions
  • The Watcher extols the virtues of not giving in to temptation in Wotcha!
  • Reviews and previews of the latest CDs and books
  • Official news, the DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and more

Bookmark and Share Poland: Doctor Who on Sundays at 6:00pm

8/19/2014 11:25:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: BBC)Poland is the latest country to have the new series scheduled, with the premiere of Deep Breath on the BBC Entertainment channel being broadcast on Sunday 24th August at 6:00pm, with each subsequent episode at the same time over the following weeks.

This brings the currently known channels broadcasting Peter Capaldi's first series to nine, with the premiere dates listed below:

United KingdomBBC One23 August7:50pm (+0100)
AustraliaABC124 August4:50am (+0900)
GermanyFOX23 August9:00pm (+0200)
CanadaSPACE23 August8:00pm (-0400)
United StatesBBC America23 August8:15pm (-0400)
Latin/South AmericaBBC Entertainment23 August10:00pm (-0500)
PolandBBC Entertainment24 August6:00pm (+0200)
FinlandYLE224 August7:10pm (+0200)
New ZealandPRIME31 August7:30pm (+1200)

(if you are aware of Deep Breath being shown locally which isn't listed above please let us know!)

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath - New Images

8/19/2014 02:00:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a set of new images from the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, Deep Breath, which launches on Saturday.

Doctor Who Series 8. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Jenna Coleman as Clara. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who Series 8. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh). Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Strax (Dan Starkey). Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Jenna Coleman as Clara. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014 Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Photos: BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014

Bookmark and Share Radio Times

8/19/2014 12:00:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Next week's edition of the Radio Times continues the tradition of a Doctor Who cover for the new series, with Peter Capaldi gracing the front as the magazine introduces readers to a new series and a new Doctor.

Inside there is a new exclusive interview and cover short with Capaldi, plus a guide to all twelve of the episodes from the lead writer Steven Moffat. The issue also advertises itself as a "Blippar special", and includes additional Doctor Who content where the Blippar logo appears.

On being unveiled as the new Doctor in August last year, Capaldi says:
There was a lot of cloak-and-dagger stuff on the way to the studio; the BBC genuinely felt it had to maintain secrecy so I was taken to a car park, dropped off by one car and put in another car with a blanket over my head. For all I knew, because I couldn't see or hear anything, there might have been no one there and it could all have been a load of baloney.
Radio Times (23-29 Aug 2014) (Credit: Radio Times) Radio Times (23-29 Aug 2014) - digital edition (Credit: Radio Times)

The Radio Times is available digitally, and in newsagents and other shops from today.
(with thanks to Radio Times and Tony Clark)

Bookmark and Share Episode Titles Released

8/18/2014 01:18:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine has released the full list of episode titles for the 34th Season of Doctor Who.
The next edition of the Magazine is published on Thursday and will contain previews of the first four episodes in the series.

Bookmark and Share BBC America: Make Your Own Sunday

8/18/2014 10:58:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC America are offering viewers the chance to vote for their favourite regular and special episodes from the modern series of Doctor Who, to be shown across an eleven hour marathon on Sunday 24th August from 10:00am. The poll is open until 12:00pm EST today.

BBC Amercia: Make You Own Sunday (24 Aug 2014) (Credit: BBC America)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Tour reaches Mexico

8/17/2014 11:22:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have received a deafening reception from over 3000 Mexican Doctor Who fans in the latest leg of the Doctor Who World Tour.

The TARDIS two appeared on the stage of the Teatro Metropólitan in the centre of Mexico City for a special event which included a screening of the 2014 series premiere Deep Breath

The team have also been undertaking other media events in the capital before the tour departs for the final stop, Rio, on Monday.

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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who loses out at 2014 Hugo Awards

8/17/2014 10:12:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Hugo AwardsGame of Thrones which has won the 2014 Hugo award for for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form beating Doctor Who for the second year running.

The Day of the Doctor and The Name of the Doctor were both nominated, as was An Adventure in Space and Time and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. However Game of Thrones came through to win the award with the episode The Rains of Castamere.

It was a disappointing night for Doctor Who fans with other Who related nominees losing out in their categories. The winners were announced on Sunday evening at the ExCel Converntion Centre in London.

Full results are here.

Bookmark and Share US Midnight Screening

8/16/2014 10:36:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide, in association with Fathom Events, have announced a special Midnight screening of the Doctor Who season premiere Deep Breath, on Saturday night, in selected cinemas across the United States.

The event will feature bonus content exclusive to cinemas including a prequel before the feature presentation and 'behind the scenes' after.

Full details of participating theatres here.

The main nationwide showing of the story in the US is on Monday, August 25th. Full list here.

NB: Please note that attending in costume is fine, however masks, face-concealing make-up, fake weapons, tools, accessories (like sonic screwdrivers) as well as any costumes that conceal what you are carrying, your natural body shape or face are strictly prohibited.

Deep Breath is also screening in Cinemas around the world. Main details here.

In addition Spanish cinema chain Cinesa have announced that they will be showing Deep Breath in their Barcelona, Madrid, Oviedo, La Coruña, Sevilla, Bilbao, Valencia, Murcia, Valladolid, Zaragoza and Valencia theatres on Saturday 23rd August at 20:45pm. (with thanks to Papel Psíquico)