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Bookmark and Share Barrie Ingham 1932-2015

1/25/2015 06:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The actor Barrie Ingham has died at the age of 82.

Barrie Ingham played Paris in the 1965 Doctor Who story The Myth Makers.

He is perhaps better known for his appearance in the first Dalek feature film, also released in 1965, where he played Alydon, the Thal who discovered the Doctor's TARDIS in the Petrified Forest and who left a case of the Thals' anti-radiation drug for the TARDIS crew.

In his long career Ingham has been featured in over 200 British and American films and TV productions. After playing Sejanus in Granada TV's The Caesars (1968), he had a short spell as an ambitious government minister in The Power Game in 1969. In 1971 took the leading role in the series Hine, as an unscrupulous arms dealer.

He is one of a select group of actors to appear in both the "Star Trek" and "Doctor Who" franchises, playing Danilo O'Dell in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Up the Long Ladder.

On stage he played with many leading production companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mermaid Theatre Company and Royal National Theatre.

Sir John Gielgud gave him his Broadway debut and he subsequently played in many Broadway musicals, including Copperfield on Broadway, and opposite Angela Lansbury in the London production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable in 1973.

Bookmark and Share The Tenth Doctor #7 - Sneak Peek

1/24/2015 06:43:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday February 4 sees the release of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #7 - the second instalment of the brand new Tenth Doctor story by Robbie Morrison & Daniel Indro, which sees The Doctor and the Weeping Angels, in the trenches of the First World War.


Trapped in a field hospital in No Man's Land, the Doctor and Gabby are surrounded on all sides by a force of starving Weeping Angels. Their only allies - a handful of experienced soldiers, the friendly-but-exhausted Corporal Jamie Hamilton, and beds full of the walking wounded. 

As the siege stretches on and watchful eyes grow weary – who will be the first to blink?!

Comes with two covers to collect!​

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Bookmark and Share Moments in Time: Doctor Who debuts in North America

1/23/2015 11:12:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Reported by Alex Frazer-Harrison
CBC TimesBefore Doctor Who debuted on the CBC, the CBC Times published this tongue-in-cheek "warning" for parents. (Courtesy BroaDWcast.org).
“Will this man influence young minds?”

That was the question asked of Canadian parents 50 years ago on January 23, 1965, when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) became the first North American broadcaster to air Doctor Who. At this time, only two other markets outside the UK, New Zealand and Australia, had aired the show. Efforts to sell the low-budgeted series had failed in the US where glossier British imports like The Saint held sway. But the CBC was very much like the BBC and low-budgeted, studio-bound productions were common, so Doctor Who found a Canadian home.

The fact the series was in part devised by Canadian Sydney Newman, who had worked for the CBC until the late 1950s, likely was a selling point in its favour.

To mark the debut, the January 23, 1965 edition of CBC Times (long-defunct Canadian equivalent of Radio Times) got into the spirit by publishing a faux memo to the nation’s parents, “warning” them of the impending arrival of “Dr. Who” in their living rooms, illustrated with an image of William Hartnell and a pair of Sensorites.

Broadcasts began with An Unearthly Child, with the series scheduled at 5 p.m. on Saturdays, mimicking the BBC’s scheduling (some CBC affiliates aired it at different times). After episode 6 of The Daleks, however, the CBC took Doctor Who off the air for more than two weeks and when it returned it was in a new timeslot on Wednesday afternoons.

With many CBC stations broadcasting close to the border, some American markets, such as Seattle and Detroit, would have been able to see the show, nearly a decade before the Jon Pertwee-era episodes were finally syndicated there.

Ultimately, Doctor Who was destined for a short run on the CBC. After July 2, 1965, the show was abruptly cancelled after the conclusion of The Keys of Marinus (according to the research site BroaDWcast.org, it’s possible at least one affiliate was forced to pull the show midway through the serial). Ironically, the show was pulled before getting to The Sensorites, the storyline promoted in the original CBC Times memo.

Doctor Who would not be shown in Canada again until 1976 when local broadcasters in Vancouver and Ontario began showing the Pertwee era. The episodes aired by the CBC in 1965 (minus the now-lost Marco Polo, but finally including the long-delayed The Sensorites) would not be seen again until the youth-oriented cable network YTV began showing them in the late 1980s, followed by Space in 1997.

The CBC would play a role in the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, receiving a co-production credit for the first few seasons and airing the show in prime-time only a few weeks after the UK. For Series 1, the network recruited Christopher Eccleston to record special bumpers and intros and promotions for a visit-the-set contest sponsored by TV Guide; Billie Piper (donning an iconic Roots top) performed similar duties when The Christmas Invasion aired only one day after the UK. The CBC also produced its own behind-the-scenes featurettes that aired alongside the main show.

Moments in Time By 2008, however, interest in the series at the CBC (which had similarly supported, broadcast, and then cancelled Torchwood) had waned. With Series 2, the gap between UK and Canadian airings extended to months and the CBC split the season (years before the BBC ever did) between The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit. It skipped the 2007 Christmas special Voyage of the Damned altogether, and aired an international edit of Journey's End that was heavily criticized by Canadian fans. In early 2009, Space picked up the rights to air The Next Doctor and everything that followed. The CBC continued to air Modern Era reruns for the next couple of years on the main network and its digital network Bold, before quietly ending its run.

The CBC’s original broadcast of Doctor Who has retained some interest decades later due to the fact one story shown in its entirety was the now-lost Marco Polo. However, despite the fact the series aired on affiliates from St. John’s, Nfld., to Vancouver, B.C., to date no copy of this serial has emerged from the Great White North.

Learn more about the history of CBC and Canadian broadcasts of Classic Era Doctor Who at BroaDWcast.org. The site, run by Jon Preddle, John Lavalie and Steven Warren Hill, is always on the hunt for information about non-UK broadcasts of Doctor Who, including those in Canada. The ongoing adventures of Doctor Who on television in North America can be followed via This Week in Doctor Who.

Bookmark and Share Legacy: Fan Appreciation Week

1/23/2015 06:54:00 am - Reported by Marcus

This week is Fan Area Appreciation Week at Doctor Who: Legacy.

This week those who unlock the Fan Area in the online game, will find a week long 150% experience bonus and 150% time fragment drop rate along with 3 new levels based on the Titan Comics books which will reward them when completed with a costume for each of the 3 most recent Doctors and a new ally, ARC, from the Eleventh's comic book series.

Tiny Rebel Games explained why they are organising the event to pay tribute to the fans
We're a game of a 'different breed' as many of you know. We don't coerce our players to spend money with energy meters, pay walls, and tricks. We simply make a game that celebrates our love of Doctor Who and enables over 1.5 million Doctor Who fans to do the same. We also have tried to trail-blaze by adding new content continually -- aiming for weekly -- and we're now up over 60 hours of gameplay, we have every Doctor from the series and over 100 allies from both classic and modern Doctor Who!

We do this because a core group of our players get the value here -- that we'll never force them to spend money but if they do help us out by buying a handful of time crystals, we can keep this game going and growing for years. And we thank them for doing it by having a special area packed with exclusive ally and costume rewards and bonuses.

Bookmark and Share David Tennant honoured at National Television Awards

1/22/2015 03:37:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

David Tennant wins a Special Recognition award at the 2015 NTAs (Credit: National Television Awards/ITV)Former Doctor David Tennant was the recipient of an award for Special Recognition at the United Kingdom's National Television Awards ceremomy that took place last night in London. The very emotional actor thanked the many people he had worked with, including his agents, and summed up with:
Anyone who’s ever given me a shot, thank you very much, and anyone who’s ever let me into their living room on the telly, it's a real honour and a privilege to get to do that, so thank you!
He also thanked his family and in particular his father, to whom he then dedicated his award.

This is Tennant's fifth NTA award, having received ones for best Actor in 2006 and 2007, and then for Drama Performance in 2008 and 2010.

Doctor Who, which has won a number of awards over the course of its ten years back on air and regained the best Drama title last year, lost out this time to Downton Abbey. The full list of winners over the years can be found via the NTA website.

Bookmark and Share Netflix will keep Doctor Who

1/17/2015 05:34:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who will not be disappearing from Netflix in the United States, despite recent rumours that the contract with BBC Worldwide to show the programme on the streaming service was ending.

Netflix has told Variety that the rumours were false and that it would retain access to many of its most popular UK shows.

The rumours of Doctor Who's departure caused much angst amongst supporters of the show in the states, with online petitions being started to try to save the show.

Both the classic and revived versions of the show will be available, alongside Torchwood, as well as other British stalwarts such as Top Gear, Wallander, Keeping Up Appearances, Monarch of the Glen, with Tom Baker, and the original Office and House of Cards trilogy.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #4

1/15/2015 12:56:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday 21 January sees the release of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #4 by writer Robbie Morrison and artist Dave Taylor, and Titan has released a preview of the issue.


Past, present and future collide, as the Doctor, Clara and their Indian allies struggle to unravel a mystery that has been millennia in the planning!

What secrets are hidden by the Scindia family, a dynasty whose powerful roots trace back over a thousand years? What strange genetic modifications fuel the death cult of the Thuggee? And how will Rani, renegade Amazon, play into these world-changing events?

As each Thuggee sacrifice comes closer to waking the ancient Kali from her slumber, can the Doctor uncover the truth before her resurrection spells doom for India, Earth, and the galaxy?!

An unmissable epic for the newest incarnation of the Doctor!
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Bookmark and Share Sneak Peek: The Eleventh Doctor #7

1/15/2015 12:45:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Next Wednesday January 21 sees the release of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #7 by Rob Williams & Warren Pleece, and Titan has released a preview of the issue.




The day after tomorrow – and the Vrezian Confederacy and the J'arrodic Federation have brought their 'honorable' air-war to Earth.

They're not here to invade, and they're being exceptionally considerate about collateral damage, all things considered.

But human air travel is at a standstill, our culture is collapsing, the skies are clogged with toxic smog... And UNIT can't do a thing, as the aliens vaporize the weapons stockpile of any country that dares interfere!

The deadlock needs a peaceful and clever solution – let's hope the Doctor is up to the job!

And in the middle of it all... Alice is given a shocking offer she dare not refuse!
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Bookmark and Share Series Nine Update

1/14/2015 02:56:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Credit: BBCThe BBC has released details for Series Nine of Doctor Who, which began filming in Cardiff at the start of last week.

The episodes currently being filmed are written by Toby Whithouse whose first worked on the series in 2006, when he wrote School Reunion, the story which saw the reintroduction of Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 into the series. He also wrote The Vampires of Venice, The God Complex and A Town Called Mercy for the Eleventh Doctor, as well as an episode of Torchwood.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said,
An amazing guest cast for a brilliantly creepy two-parter by Toby Whithouse. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman are back in Cardiff, back in the box, and back in action - for one of our scariest adventures yet!
On set filming for the new series, Peter Capaldi added
The adventures begin again for myself and Jenna and I’m delighted to be back filming my second series of Doctor Who.
Joining the Doctor and Clara in the story will be Paul Kaye who is known for playing Thoros of Myr in the third series of Game of Thrones. In the 1990's he was better known for creating Dennis Pennis, the shock interviewer who ambushed celebrities with bizarre questions. Kaye is also well-known for being the voice of Vincent the fox on the puppet-based BBC comedy Mongrels.

Commenting on his role, Paul Kaye, said

As a kid of the 1970s, the two shows you always watched were Top of the Pops and Doctor Who, they were unmissable. I actually wrote a song called ‘Looking for Davros’ in my first punk band and I sang it like a demented Dalek. I got to present TOTP back in the mid ‘90’s and landing this role in Doctor Who completes the dream double.

Peter is a perfect Doctor and I’m loving every minute of the experience, even the five hours in make-up. What a treat, best 50th birthday present ever!
Also starring in the episodes will be Morven Christie who recently played the role of Amanda in the crime drama Grantchester and featured in Death in Paradise (2014) and Twenty Twelve.

Other guest artists in the story include Arsher Ali who played the part of Malik Suri in the critically acclaimed The Missing (BBC One) and Colin McFarlane who appeared in EastEnders as part of the Who Killed Lucy Beale? storyline. McFarlane provided an alien voice in the 2007 Christmas story Voyage of the Damned as well as appearing in Torchwood: Children of Earth.

Actress Sophie Stone also appears in the show for the first time. Stone was the lead actress in the play Woman of Flowers and has appeared in Midsummer Murders and Casualty. Also confirmed for roles in the double episode are Zaqi Ismail, Steven Robertson and Neil Fingleton.

While filming continues in Cardiff, plans are underway for location filming later in the series, with the show heading back to Spain according to a tweet from Director of photography Ali Asad. Last year's episode Kill The Moon was filmed on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, as was the 1984 story Planet of Fire. Spain has also been used for location work for The Two Doctors, Asylum of the Daleks and A Town Called Mercy.

The new series will be back in Autumn 2015.

Bookmark and Share New Torchwood radio plays planned

1/14/2015 02:53:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Reported by Alex Frazer-Harrison
is coming back, at least in audio form, John Barrowman revealed during a press conference promoting his series Arrow.

Speaking during the 2015 Press Tour hosted by the Television Critics Association, as reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Metro and other media outlets, Barrowman indicated that plans are afoot to produce several BBC audio dramas based on the series, which was last on TV in 2011.

"My sister and I are discussing the possibility of writing one of them and whether or not that leads to something [on TV]," Barrowman said, though he noted that he is "full-time" on Arrow at the moment (though he also reiterated that the producers of Arrow have indicated their willingness to allow him to film a Torchwood special if the opportunity ever arises). His sister, Carole E. Barrowman, has co-written several novels with her brother, including the Torchwood novel Exodus Code. Barrowman says "three or four" plays are planned.

No timeframe for production or broadcast was offered by Barrowman, who likewise did not say whether or not other Torchwood cast members (past or recent) will participate beyond teasing that at least one story will feature "the whole" Torchwood team. However, he did say that Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, producers of Torchwood (and, of course, former producers of Doctor Who) will be involved.

Bookmark and Share Anthony Ainley: The Man Behind The Master

1/13/2015 12:36:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Fantom Publishing have announced their plans to release a biography of Anthony Ainley, who played the Doctor's rival the Master in some nine full stories during the course of the 1980s, not to mention 'hosting' the computer game Destiny of the Doctors.

Anthony Ainley - The Man Behind The Master (Credit: Fantom Publishing)The Man Behind The Master
The Biography of Anthony Ainley
By Karen Louise Hollis

Although known to an audience of millions the world over for his portrayal of The Doctor's arch nemesis The Master in Doctor Who during the 1980's, Anthony Ainley had a prolific career which encompassed starring roles in Spyders Web and It's Dark Outside, as well as appearances in renowned dramas such as The Pallisers, Elizabeth R, Nicholas Nickleby, Upstairs, Downstairs, and cult films including Blood On Satan's Claw and The Land That Time Forgot.

But the dramas in Anthony's real life were far more fascinating than any of the many parts he played on screen. Born the illegitimate son of actor Henry Ainley, and taken into care at the Actors' Orphanage at the age of four, the hidden story behind one of Doctor Who's most enigmatic characters is brought to life by author Karen Louise Hollis.

Using exhaustive interviews with friends and colleagues from every aspect of Anthony's life, including his best friend from school, fellow children from the Actors' Orphanage, cricketing friends, colleagues, and those who remained close to him until his death in 2004, this book aims to uncover the real Anthony Ainley - The Man Behind The Master.

The book is now available for pre-order from the Fantom website and will be published exclusively through them from May 2015 until its trade release later in the year.

Bookmark and Share Crowdfunding campaign of the first Doctor Who convention in Germany launched

1/12/2015 02:05:00 pm - Reported by Pascal Salzmann

TimeLash Event 2015 A crowdfunding campain on indiegogo launched yesterday to fund the first ever Doctor Who convention held in Germany. At the same time the website to the event went online. The organisers previously only communicated via Facebook to the fans.

The event will take place in Kassel, on 24th to 25th October 2015. Guests announced so far are:
  • Catrin Stewart ("Jenny Flint")
  • Nicola Bryant ("Peri Brown")
  • Terry Molloy ("Davros")
  • Toby Hadoke (Actor, Comedian, Podcaster for Big Finish)
  • Jason Haigh-Ellery (Co-executive producer of Big Finish)
  • Terrance Dicks (Writer, Script-editor)
  • Andrew Cartmel (Writer, Script-editor)
Other guests include german dubbing-actors and -producers. According to the organisers of TimeLash, there are still more guests to be added to the line-up in the coming weeks.

Tickets are available on indiegogo. Since the launch of the campaign yesterday, the convention already achieved 40% of its goal and sold 112 weekend-tickets out of 500 available. The campaign on indiegogo runs for 60 days.

Bookmark and Share 50 Years of Doctor Who in Australia

1/11/2015 06:29:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Monday marks the 50th Anniversary of the first screening of Doctor Who in Australia.

Although New Zealand first saw the series in September 1964, the series didn't reach Australia until 1965. The series had been purchased from the BBC in March 1964 and initially planned for premiere in May. However the Australian Film Censorship Board (AFCB) classified the series' first thirteen episodes 'A', meaning they were only suitable for an adult audience, thus preventing the ABC from showing the series in the 6:30pm Sunday timeslot they'd intended to use.

The series was therefore first screened in Perth, capital of Western Australia, by ABC station, ABW-2 on Tuesday 12 January 1965.

It was the days before satellite links, so the 16mm film print of the story had to be flown around the country for broadcasts to the different states. Sydney was the second city to screen the series, three days later on January 15th along with various New South Wales Country stations and the Australian Capital Territory. This was followed by screenings on 22nd January for Brisbane and Toowoomba in Queensland. The series reached Victoria on 20th February when Melbourne and various Victorian country stations screened the series. On the 4th March it was back in Queensland in Townsville before flying South to Adelaide where it was screened on 15th March. On the 18th March it was transmitted from Rockhampton before crossing the Bass Strait for broadcast on 11th June to viewers in Hobart and Launceston.

Many ABC stations had not been opened by January 1965, 10 opened in 1965 and a further 14 in 1966. The staggered launch dates of the stations that opened after 1965 meant that viewers in the country were introduced to Doctor Who well into the run, and often part way through a story. Some areas did not even have an ABC transmitter, so missed out altogether.
Thanks to Antony Howe - Founder and 1st President, Australasian Doctor Who Fan Club, 1976 and Dallas Jones - 2nd President and currently Vice President of Doctor Who Club of Australia.

Bookmark and Share Last Christmas Chart Placing

1/09/2015 01:10:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Final figures now confirm that Doctor Who: Last Christmas finished as the 7th most watched programme on British Television for the Week.

The episode, which has 8.28 million watching, had a share of 31.6% of the total TV audience.

The Boxing Day repeat on BBC Three had a final audience of 0.48 million viewers, a share of 2% of the total audience. It had an AI of 84.

Bookmark and Share Last Christmas tops SPACE

1/08/2015 03:40:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Santa Claus (NICK FROST) (Credit: BBC / David Venni)SPACE have reported that the Christmas Special Last Christmas not only ranked as the channel's most popular show over Christmas, but also the highest ranked programme on the channel so far this broadcast year.
Space audiences skyrocketed this past December – the most-watched month in the channel’s history – making it the #1 entertainment specialty channel for the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos. Drawing in an average audience of 101,000 total viewers, December 2014 saw Space’s key A25-54 demo rise 37% and jump four spots to #1. A major contributor to Space’s record-breaking month is its signature series DOCTOR WHO and the premiere of the 2014 Christmas special LAST CHRISTMAS, which drew an average audience of 792,000 viewers, making it the top broadcast on Space this broadcast year-to-date.

Other key December audience boosters were Space’s Magical Merry Marathon which featured HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN on December 27 and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS on December 28, pulling in 510,000 and 746,000 viewers, respectively. On December 28, Space’s exclusive series THE LIBRARIANS, currently airing at Sundays at 8 p.m. ET, pulled in a series-high 675,000 viewers, making it the #2 entertainment specialty program. THE HUNGER GAMES, which aired as part of Space’s Super Team Marathon, delivered an average audience of 526,000 viewers December 29.