/* *********** TRACKING ******* */

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Legacy hits First Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Peter Capaldi turned down Doctor Who

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Christmas Cards

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Bernard Cribbins awarded J M Barrie Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Series 8 Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Death in Heaven - Final Ratings

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special 2014 - Children in Need Preview

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

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

Donate here!

Bookmark and Share Dark Water - Chart Placing - Updated

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

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

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

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

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

Story updated to remove a double reference to Countryfile.

Bookmark and Share Moffat talks Series 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Experience: set tours extended

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 480

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Children in Need Preview

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

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

The Doctor and Santa Claus (Credit: BBC)
Donate here!

Children in Need is on this coming Friday from 7:30pm on BBC One.

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

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

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

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

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

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