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Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for Listen

9/16/2014 03:06:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Against stiff competition from the commercial networks, Listen averaged 661,000 in the five major Australian capital cities and was the twelfth highest rating program of the day overall in the big cities (these figures do not include regional and rural viewers or time shifted viewers). It was the second highest rating drama of the day (after ANZAC Girls). For the first time this series, Doctor Who also slipped outside the top ten national programs as well (which includes the five major capitals and regional and rural viewers).

Bookmark and Share Time Heist - New Pictures

9/16/2014 01:18:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a new set of pictures from the next episode of Doctor Who - Time Heist, which debuts next Saturday.
The Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse - to steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos.

With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara must fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt.
Written by Steve Thompson and Steven Moffat, and directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

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Bookmark and Share UK DVD: The Complete David Tennant Years

9/15/2014 10:02:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Worldwide are to release a DVD boxed set for the United Kingdom featuring all of the (regular) adventures of the tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant:

The Complete David Tennant Years (Credit: BBC Worldwide)The Complete David Tennant Years

In this massive 26-disc collection, the BBC brings together the complete David Tennant Years! David Tennant made his debut as the Doctor in 2005 in “The Christmas Invasion” and in the four years that followed, Doctor Who grew to new heights of popularity. This collection celebrates Tennant’s tenure by bringing together every David Tennant Doctor Who episode including The Complete Second Series (co-starring Billie Piper as Rose Tyler), The Complete Third Series (co-starring Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones) and The Complete Fourth Series (co-starring Catherine Tate as Donna Noble), all eight specials and two spin-off animated adventures, totalling over 38 hours of Doctor Who plus hours of extras. This is a must-own collection for the legion of devoted Doctor Who fans.

The boxed set was originally released for the North American region (R1) in 2011.

Bookmark and Share Germany: FOX to broadcast German dub of Series 8 in November

9/15/2014 05:23:00 pm - Reported by Pascal Salzmann

FOX Deutschland has announced today on Facebook that they are going to broadcast Series 8 dubbed into German from November 15th. They will show two episodes every Saturday at 7.15 pm.

Here is the full statement by FOX:

Liebe DOCTOR WHO-Fans, es gibt Neuigkeiten! Ab dem 15. November zeigen wir euch die deutsche Fassung der 8. Staffel immer samstags ab 19.15 Uhr in Doppelfolgen!

Alle Sendetermine in der √úbersicht:
  • Ab 15. November: TV-Premiere der deutschen Fassung immer samstags in Doppelfolgen ab 19.15 Uhr
  • Zurzeit: Samstags, 21.00 Uhr, englische Fassung parallel zur Weltpremiere
  • Zurzeit: Samstags, 20.10 Uhr, englische Fassung der Vorwoche mit deutschen Untertiteln
Dear DOCTOR WHO-fans, we have news! We will present to you the german version of Series 8 on 15th November, always two episodes Saturdays at 7.15 pm!

All broadcasting dates:
  • 15th November: TV premiere of two episodes of the german version every Saturday at 7.15pm
  • Currently: Sataurdays, 9 pm, english version in simulcast to the world premiere
  • Currently: Saturdays, 8.10 pm, english version with german subtitles of last week's episode

As previously reported FOX was forced to change their plans at the last minute, transmitting Deep Breath and every episode since in english instead of german, after BBC Worldwide failed to deliver the material needed for the dub in time. BBC Worldwide issued an apology but were unable to state when they were willing to deliver the material needed.

Bookmark and Share Angus Lennie 1930-2014

9/15/2014 01:12:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Angus Lennie (Credit: Chuck Foster)The actor Angus Lennie has died, aged 84.

A star of a number of film and television series, Lennie will perhaps be best remembered by the public for his role as Scottish prisoner of war Archibald Ives in the 1963 blockbuster movie The Great Escape.

However, for Doctor Who fans he'll be remembered for his two appearances in the show. In 1968 he played the scavenger Storr as part of a "double-act" alongside Peter Sallis as Penley, meeting an untimely end as he misjudged the eponymous antagonists of the Patrick Troughton story The Ice Warriors. He then returned to the series in 1975, portraying the indominatable, bagpipe playing Angus, keeper of The Fox Inn where UNIT made their base and whose character meets another horrific death, this time at the hands of the Zygons in the Tom Baker story Terror of the Zygons - a story also chosen to represent Baker's era last year in the special release, The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule.

A veteran of film, television and the stage, other notable roles included Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson in the film 633 Squadron and Shughie McFee in the original run of the soap Crossroads; he also appeared as Mr Tumnus in the 1969 BBC adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Able Seaman Murdoch in HMS Paradise, Hamish in One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, and was back in primetime television for his last acting role as Badger in the BBC's Monarch of the Glen.

The actor passed away in a nursing home in Acton last night after being ill in recent years.
Angus Lennie, 18th April 1930 - 14th September 2014

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have an interview with the actor on their YouTube channel (pts 1 and 2), recorded at their Who@38.con convention in 2001.

Bookmark and Share Listen - AI :82

9/15/2014 10:42:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Listen had an Audience Appreciation Index or AI score of 82.

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.

Overall Doctor Who rated slightly higher with Women rather than Men and scored the highest within the 16-34 age group.

The X factor once again topped the ratings for Sunday with Doctor Who pushed into 22nd place for the week. Final figures will be published next week.

The Sunday repeat of Listen on BBC Three had an overnight estimate of 0.35 million viewers, a 1.5% share of the audience.

Bookmark and Share Acting Course based on Doctor Who

9/14/2014 08:06:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia is to run another range of courses using Doctor Who as a basis to teach participants skills in the industry.

NIDA have run Doctor Who related classes in the past for children/young people, teaching acting and script writing techniques.

This year's courses will be hosted from late September to early October.

Doctor Who: Screen Acting @ the ABC Studios 12-15 Years (Mon 22 Sep 2014 - Fri 26 Sep 2014 )
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting and be guided through the backstage areas of the ABC Studios. Using scripts from the Doctor Who series exclusive to NIDA, rehearse and film scene work to camera, develop skills in characterisation and take your acting skills into another dimension. Perform at the end of the course for family and friends.

Doctor Who: Screen Acting 12-15 Years (Sat 04 Oct 2014 - Sun 05 Oct 2014)
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting as you work on scripts from the Doctor Who series, exclusive to NIDA. Develop skills in characterisation and rehearse and film scenework to camera.

Doctor Who: Screen Acting 15-18 Years (Sat 04 Oct 2014 - Sun 05 Oct 2014 )
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting as you work on scripts from the Doctor Who series, exclusive to NIDA. Develop skills in characterisation and rehearse and film scenework to camera.

Doctor Who Adventures: Screen Acting 8-11 Years (Sat 04 Oct 2014 - Sun 05 Oct 2014 )
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting as you work on scripts from the Doctor Who series, exclusive to NIDA. Develop skills in characterisation and rehearse and film scenes to camera..

Doctor Who Adventures: Screen Acting @ the ABC 8-11 years (Mon 22 Sep 2014 - Wed 24 Sep 2014 )
Explore Time And Relative Distance In Space: Be guided through the backstage areas of the ABC Studios and experience the essentials of screen acting. Using scripts from the Doctor Who series exclusive to NIDA, rehearse and film scene work to camera, develop skills in characterisation and take your acting skills into another dimension. Perform at the end of the course for family and friends.

Bookmark and Share Robot Of Sherwood - Final Ratings

9/14/2014 01:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Final figures for the UK transmission of Robot Of Sherwood give the episode a consolidated rating of 7.28 million viewers.

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

Bookmark and Share Listen - Overnight Viewing Figures

9/14/2014 09:32:00 am - Reported by Marcus

4.8 million viewers, a share of 23.5 % of the total TV audience, watched Doctor Who: Listen according to unofficial overnight figures.

Doctor Who was once more the second most watched programme in the UK on Saturday night, beaten by The X Factor which had 8.5 million watching. Against Doctor Who, The Chase: Celebrity Special had 4.1 million viewers.

Doctor Who is currently the 19th most watched show of the week. Final figures will be released next Sunday.

Bookmark and Share Character Options unveil Twelfth Doctor 3.75inch figure

9/14/2014 02:26:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Character Options have unveiled the much anticipated action figure for the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor, as portrayed by Peter Capaldi.

This poseable range of 3.75 inch action figures include some iconic characters from the hit TV show. The new assortment includes favourite characters from the past and present series, including the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth incarnation of the famous Time Lord, his fiery former companion Amy Pond and two versions of the Daleks; classic design and Asylum design (as seen in Asylum of the Daleks).

For collectors wishing to complete their line-up of Time Lords the Twelfth Doctor can be found in two guises; in his regenerated form as seen in the The Time of the Doctor and in his stylish new outfit which will become more familiar as Series 8 progresses; resplendent in black long-line jacket, waistcoat, trousers and boots.

This latest figure will be first of the Twelfth Doctor in his own unique style and is eagerly awaited by fans. In fact, the range is so highly anticipated that Character Options had to air freight more figures in order to meet demand. The figure promises to be one of the most successful to date…!

The new series will be available in store now. Apart from the Dalek figures, each figure costs £6.99 and is presented on its own red Doctor Who Display base.

Bookmark and Share Listen poster produced for free download by Radio Times

9/13/2014 07:00:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

Radio Times' gallery of free downloadable retro posters for the current series of Doctor Who continues to grow with the creation by designer Stuart Manning for Listen which airs tonight.

Manning said:
This is an interesting episode to try and sum up visually, as it's about as far away from kitsch as you're likely to get.

I love the posters from things like Rosemary's Baby and Halloween - just a foreboding image that gives your imagination a place to start before viewing. So, in the end, I went with a slightly abstract, less literal image - somewhere between a '70s horror film and an '80s video nasty.

Imagine it on VHS after dark with lots of drop-out.
Listen will be broadcast at 7.30pm on BBC One.

This week's digital edition of Radio Times has a 46-page guide to ten of the Doctor's companions deemed the greatest by radiotimes.com readers via a poll. The extra content includes archive interviews and unseen photographs.

Bookmark and Share What if no-one is ever really alone?

9/13/2014 03:46:00 am - Reported by Marcus

A new preview clip for this week's episode has been released by the BBC.

Listen: Preview - Doctor Who, via YouTube

Listen debuts in the UK on BBC One at 7.30pm Saturday, followed by broadcasts around the world.

Bookmark and Share The Caretaker - Press Details

9/13/2014 03:41:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released details of the sixth episode of the current series of Doctor Who The Caretaker

The episode has been confirmed for transmission on BBC One on Saturday 27th September at a time to be announced.

The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity - but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor decides to go undercover.

Bookmark and Share A Year of Adventure

9/12/2014 07:00:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Moments in TimeIt was fifty years ago today, on Saturday 12 September 1964, that first season of Doctor Who came to a close with the final episode of The Reign of Terror - Prisoners of Conciergerie.

Apart from one week's absence due to extended coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships, the series has run continuously since it launched on that dark day in November when the world was still reeling from the death of President John F Kennedy. Forty-two episodes have been screened across 8 stories, which took our heroes from the temples of the Aztec empire to the twin star system of the Sense Sphere, from the dawn of human history to the petrified remains of Skaro, and from the Himalayas of Cathay to the jungles of Marinus. On their journey they met historical characters such as Marco Polo, Kublai Khan and Robespierre, as well as beings from beyond the stars.

The series has become a ratings success. From a quiet beginning with just 4.4 million viewers watching the debut show, the arrival of the Daleks has brought a surge in interest in the series, reaching a peak of 10.4 million watching in the winter months. As spring turned into summer ratings have declined, but are still very acceptable, with 6.4 million watching the final episode of the season.

The series is also gaining attention abroad, with sales in progress for Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Although the series went off air on 12th September, production has continued with two more stories being recorded up until the end of the current cast's contracts on 24 October 1964. The break in transmission has been agreed by Chief of Programmes Donald Baverstock, to enable the production team to pause and take stock and for the BBC to decide if it actually wants Doctor Who to continue...

...For the prospects for the series beyond 1964 are far from assured. The BBC is still unconvinced the series has a long term future. It has many enemies in the upper echelons of the Corporation, men and women who see science fiction as childish rubbish and who feel licence payers would be better served by a good Dickens. Then there is the problem that the initial cast contracts had been for one year. Any new contracts would need to be negotiated with the actors agents, with a substantial pay increase likely be demanded given the success of the show. Head of Drama Sydney Newman argues that any new contracts should be open ended, but this will require a vote of faith from Baverstock, a commitment that the show would continue for the foreseeable future, a commitment he is unable to give.

As 1964 progresses, the lack of clarity on the programmes future restricts the options of the production team. Doctor Who may not continue past those first 52 episodes - if it is to continue there is a desire to shake up the cast. In the summer, Head of Series Donald Wilson outlines the problems in a memo in which he said a decision must be taken by 7th July.
If we are to lose any members of the cast - and our present thinking is that we may well drop the Jackie Hill character altogether and replace Carole Ann Ford with another younger girl - this must be decided in time so that we can write into The Return of the Daleks serial, the scenes which will make these changes work from then on.
By the end of July no decision has yet been taken. The start of the second series has been put back to 31 October, allowing a 6 week break in transmission. Barbara has now been saved, but Susan will still be leaving the series at the end of the year (Carole Ann Ford had been increasingly disillusioned with the way Susan had developed, with the character becoming far less alien than original envisaged, and was keen to move on).

If the series is to continue, the issue with the artists' contracts needs to be addressed. Producer Verity Lambert urgently needs to know if the programme has a future. On Thursday 6th August she has sends a memo to the Serials Department organiser.
If we could get an OK for a further thirteen weeks from 2 January, I would at least be able to take out an option for thirteen weeks with an option for a further thirteen. I have a feeling that, if we wait much longer, we will find ourselves in a position of losing our artists, which can only lead to a certain amount of chaos at the end of our next serial.
In response, Doctor Who is granted an extension of just four weeks, taking it to the end of January. Lambert prepares a discussion document on Tuesday 11 August setting out the stark options now facing Doctor Who, given its future was so uncertain.
If a four week extension is the best Baverstock can offer us. I feel that we should terminate Doctor Who at the end of this present series.

We had intended to write the character of Susan out..... If we are only continuing for four weeks there does not seem any point in writing Susan out.

If the series is to continue, we have to develop a character in this serial which we intend to take Susan's place... We cannot approach any artist on the basis of a six week engagement if, in fact, we are intending a six month engagement.

I think this is an absolutely insoluble problem unless we get a decision one way or another.
Baverstock's assistant John Muir sent him a memo summarising the options available.
  • You could stop transmission after Serial K (Dalek Invasion of Earth). This would require rewriting Serial K to make it suitable as a 'farewell' one.
  • You could stop at end January. This would involve the problems above
  • You could continue to end March
My own feeling is that an equivalent audience puller will be difficult to find, and that Doctor Who should go on until end March. The search for a replacement should begin now so you are able to make a choice by say November/December on what to put on after March 1965
On Thursday 14 August Baverstock meets with Lambert and finally agrees to renew Doctor Who for a further thirteen weeks, with a possibility of an additional thirteen after that. He is clear, however, that artist costs must not increase.

Now that Lambert has permission to continue she can begin negotiations with the principle agents. William Hartnell as the main character was the most important to secure. He dismisses the offer of a three month extension at the same money. He wants a rise of 25 guineas an episode taking his weekly pay to 250 guineas (£262) and he wants a contract of six months' duration. William Russell will accept the three month contact, but wants the same pay as Hartnell (he was currently on 150 guineas per week). Jacqueline Hill will also accept a three month contract but wants 200 guineas per episode, a rise of 95 guineas. Faced with such demands Lambert contacts Baverstock for advice.
As a first step you should talk to the principles and mention that if they were to hold to their demands for such very large increases, you might have difficulty recommending a continuation of the series with the same cast. Of the three Hartnell and Russell would be more valuable to you. If the two men were to show willingness to sign again for their present fees.... I would be willing to consider a commitment for six months.
In the end that commitment is given, Hartnell receives his 250 guineas an episode and Russell and Hill are both offered a rise of between 10 and 25 guineas an episode.

Doctor Who is now confirmed until the summer of 1965. New adventures await the crew, with a new companion joining the team later in the year. A new studio home has been won, freeing the team from the confines of the outdated Lime Grove complex and giving them a semi-permanent home at the BBC's Riverside studios in Hammersmith.

One year is complete, but the adventure continues...

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 354

9/12/2014 01:17:00 am - Reported by Marcus

DWA 354In the new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures you can prove how much of a Doctor Who mastermind you are, and you could win a money-can’t-buy prize, with the magazine offering one lucky reader the chance to be the Editor for a day.

Current Editor, Moray Laing, says:
This is a fantastic prize for readers that love Doctor Who and are thinking about what they want to do when they’re older. The winner will get to make decisions about what goes in their favourite magazine and also see how we write and design the pages too. To win, all they have got to do is prove that they know Doctor Who inside out…
You’ll also find the second token to enter a competition to win a life-size TARDIS for your school. If you missed the first token, don’t worry because there will be a bonus token in the following issue.

  • SIX free gifts – including stickers, a notebook, badges and key ring.
  • Check out what’s coming up in the next two episodes.
  • Tricky puzzles
  • What is the ultimate robot?
  • Dalek shocks! How can a Dalek be good?
  • Win a Doctor Who box set and figure.
  • Interview with Samuel Anderson who spills some on-set secrets.
  • More amazing fact figures!
  • Find out what the Alien Babies are up to.
  • Another exciting comic strip with the Doctor and Clara!
  • All this and loads more!
BBC Doctor Who Adventures Issue 354, on sale 10 – 23 September 2014, priced £3.49.