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Bookmark and Share Dark Water - Transmission Details

10/23/2014 10:14:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have confirmed that the penultimate episode in the current run of Doctor Who, Dark Water, will broadcast in the UK on 1st November at the slightly earlier time of 8:15pm.

The programme will once more follow Strictly Come Dancing and will be followed by Casualty. On the other main UK channels the episode is scheduled against ITV's The X Factor (which airs from 8:00pm to 10:00pm), a repeat of Dad's Army, on BBC2, Walking through History on Channel 4, and World War II in Colour on Channel Five.

In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn up.

Missy is about to come face to face with the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming.

“Death is not an end” promises the sinister organisation known only as 3W – but, as the Doctor and Clara discover, you might wish it was.

Bookmark and Share Live + 7 Figures

10/22/2014 01:09:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Live +7 figures are now available for the first four episodes of the current series of Doctor Who.

The Live+7 figure are a measure used by the BBC to estimate the total audience for a programme. Unlike the official BARB figure, it includes not only those who watch the BBC One broadcast and those who time-shift it, but also those who watch the repeats on other UK channels and those who watch the programme on i-Player. The total figure is an estimate of the total number of unique viewers who watched the episode, in the UK, within one week on broadcast.

EpisodeLive + Same DayRepeatTime ShiftiPlayerTotal Live+7
Deep Breath6.81 (63%)0.46 (4%)2.53 (23%)0.97 (9%)10.76 million
Into the Dalek5.16 (62%)0.40 (5%)2.21 (27%)0,50 (6%)8.26 million
Robot of Sherwood5.26 (64%)0.44 (5%)2.03 (25%)0.51 (6%)8.25 million
Listen4.82 (62%)0.37 (5%)2.14 (27%)0.48 (6%)7.80 million
BBC Average(85%)(6%)(7%)(3%)

Bookmark and Share Gareth Roberts no longer writing City of Death book

10/21/2014 08:43:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

CrossCult-Logo Author and scriptwriter Gareth Roberts, writer of several Doctor Who books and scripts over the past 20 years, has this evening announced on Twitter that he is no longer working on a novelisation of the 1979 Doctor Who serial City of Death, the most-watched story in the programme's history. Instead, the book will now be written by author and former BBC Doctor Who website editor James Goss. Goss's previous work includes the Torchwood novel Almost Perfect, the Tenth Doctor audio book Dead Air, and being one of the first authors to pen a novel for the Twelfth Doctor with the recent The Blood Cell. He also worked as producer of the animated Doctor Who serials Scream of the Shalka and The Infinite Quest.

City of Death was originally scripted by producer Graham Williams and script editor Douglas Adams, from a story idea by David Fisher. Transmitted under the pseudonym of "David Agnew", the story gained over 16 million viewers in the autumn of 1979, but like Adams's other scripts for Doctor Who, rights issues meant that - unlike the majority of classic series stories - a novelisation was never produced under the original Target Books run.

In October last year it was announced that Roberts would finally be penning a novelisation of City of Death, following the success of his novelisation of Adams' scripts for the unfinished serial Shada in 2012. Roberts had become particularly known for his affinity with the Season 17 era of Doctor Who during the mid-1990s, when he penned three well-received books set during that season for Virgin Publishing's Missing Adventures range of original Doctor Who novels. Two of Roberts's Missing Adventures for the Season 17 TARDIS team are currently being adapted into audio plays by Big Finish Productions.

Roberts's novelisation of City of Death had originally been expected to be released this year - there is currently no information on when Goss's eventual version of the book may be on the shelves.

Bookmark and Share New books for Germany

10/21/2014 05:52:00 pm - Reported by Pascal Salzmann

CrossCult-LogoGerman book publisher Cross Cult is planning to release three new Doctor Who books in the coming months:

  • November sees the release of Gareth Roberts's adaption of Shada, based on a script by Douglas Adams. The novel can be pre-ordered on Amazon DE.
  • In December Cross Cult is going to release the children's book Wann ist der Doktor? Ein Wimmelbuch ("When's the Doctor? A search-and-find book"), featuring illustrations by Jorge Santillan. It can also be pre-ordered from Amazon DE.
  • Finally, the publisher announced that they secured the rights for the War Doctor novel Kriegsmaschinen ("Engines of War") by George Mann. It will be released in February 2015 and can already be pre-ordered.

Cross Cult, primarily known for its german translated Star Trek novels, started publishing Doctor Who novels in 2013, when they released the 2nd Doctor novel Rad aus Eis ("The Wheel of Ice") by Stephen Baxter. They went on to publish the 10th Doctor novel Wunderschönes Chaos ("Beautiful Chaos") by Gary Russell, and the anthology 11 Doktoren, 11 Geschichten ("11 Doctors, 11 Stories").

SHADA-HighResolution (Credit: Cross Cult) Kriegsmaschinen (Credit: Amazon.de) Wann ist der Doktor (German book)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures Magazine: 357

10/21/2014 03:00:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This week's issue of Doctor Who Adventures magazine features an imposter in the Alien Babies comic strip. Could it be One Direction's Harry Styles making a surprise appearance?

In the magazine you can also find out how to invade your school with monsters and raise money for BBC Children in Need. All you’ll need is your head teacher’s permission. Included in the magazine is a monster to cut out and stick on your face.

Also this issue:
  • A look at the next two episodes, In the Forest of the Night and Dark Water.
  • Who is Missy and why does she keep appearing in the series?
  • Our favourite scares from this series so far.
  • Interview with Ellis George, who plays Courtney in the current series.
  • A round up of cool things to buy.
  • Exciting comic strip by Richard Cookson featuring the Doctor and Clara.
  • Draw a Cyberman!
  • Fact figures to cut out and keep.
  • Mega prizes, puzzles and posters!
The new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures, Issue 357, is on sale from 22 October – 4 November 2014, priced £3.99.

Bookmark and Share Inferno Fiction - Issue 18

10/21/2014 12:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Inferno Fiction Issue Eighteen of the Fanzine Inferno Fiction is now available online featuring:
  • by Nathan Mullins PART TWO: The Cybermen have control of the TARDIS, but will the Doctor help his friends stop the threat from a Cyberman invasion?
  • by Michael Baxter Dr Who arrives in 1559 Derbyshire to possibly witness the last burning, of the last victim, Alice Marsh at the hands of the Bishop Snaith. Can the Doctor persuade the Bishop to spare her life?
  • by Julie Kay PART TWO: Vastra tells of her meeting with the stranger known as The Doctor and her journey through time and space to the Ryūkyū Kingdom at a disconcerting time in the Kingdom's history...
  • by J. Arthur Rodgers "A spaceman came travelling on his ship from afar, 'Twas light years of time since his mission did start, And over a village he halted his craft, And it hung in the sky like a star, just like a star"
  • by Sean Bassett ACT II: The Musical Extravaganza continues in ACT II as The Doctor's lives are told through song and verse...
  • by Thomas Ahearn Upon visiting his friends at 13 Paternoster Row, the Doctor is invited along to investigate the strange occupants of 22 Charing Cross Road...
  • by Samuel Marks PART FOUR: The Doctor and Romana must stop the Zeronaughts and put Time back on track but at what cost?
with artwork by Colin John

Bookmark and Share In the Forest of the Night - New Pictures

10/21/2014 01:14:00 am - Reported by Marcus

New pictures have been released from the next Doctor Who episode In the Forest of the Night.

In the Forest of the Night - The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night - The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night - Ruby (Harley Bird) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)
In the Forest of the Night -  Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)
In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night - The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Maebh (Abigail Eames) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)
In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night -  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)
In the Forest of the Night - Maebh (Abigail Eames)  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014) In the Forest of the Night - Maebh (Abigail Eames)  (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)

Bookmark and Share The Doctor and the Dalek

10/20/2014 02:12:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC is to release a new children's game featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. The focus of The Doctor and the Dalek, written by new series writer Phil Ford and aimed at 6-12 year olds, will be on getting more young people in to computer coding.

Players join the action as the TARDIS materialises amidst a deadly pursuit through space – a Dalek Saucer bearing down on a Cyber-ship. But from that Cyber-ship emanates a distress call – from a Dalek! On freeing the battered Dalek from his Cybermen captors, the Doctor finds himself taking his new unlikely ally on a mission to save all of creation from destruction at the hands of his greatest enemies.

But why would a Dalek turn to its mortal foe for help? To find out, join the 'Doctor and the Dalek' in a new adventure spanning the Sontar homeworld and its vile Clone Chambers, which have never been shown on-screen before, as well as reintroducing the icy Cyber-tombs of Telos – last seen in classic Doctor Who episodes.

The Doctor said: "Oi! Short and not-very-old one! I need your help - I’ve got a Dalek and we’ve got a mission to save the universe. So get on over to the CBBC website, and play 'The Doctor and the Dalek' while there’s still a universe left! Come on! Chop chop! Make it Digital on the BBC."

BBC's Technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones tried out the game with game producer Richard Jenkins of BBC Wales Online. The video is viewable here.

The game will be made available for free at bbc.co.uk/cbbc from Wednesday 22 October as part of the BBC's Make it Digital initiative.

Bookmark and Share Flatline - AI:85

10/20/2014 12:21:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Flatline had an Audience Appreciation Index or AI score of 85.

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 men than women, the opposite of all other episodes in this series, and scored the highest within the 16-34 age group. 51% of the sample thought the programme felt 'Fresh and New'.

The Sunday repeat of Flatline on BBC Three had an overnight estimate of 0.23 million viewers, a 0.9% share of the audience.

Bookmark and Share Lynda Bellingham 1948-2014

10/20/2014 09:02:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham has died after a fight against colorectal cancer.

A regular in recent years as a co-host of daytime chat show Loose Women, Bellingham became a household name in the United Kingdom during the 1980s as the mother in the popular series of Oxo adverts, a role she was to play for some sixteen years between 1983 and 1999. Before her "gravy fame", the actress had appeared in a number of series, including General Hospital, Z Cars, and Angels. Later, she took on the role of James Herriot's wife Helen in the revived series All Creatures Great And Small, and was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1993.

For Doctor Who fans, she became a regular in 1986 series The Trial Of A Time Lord playing the Inquisitor, the Doctor's 'judge' as he went on trial once again for his (mis)adventures - a role she later returned to for several audio adventures for Big Finish, with the character now having the name Darkel.

In 2007 she appeared on the BBC's celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing, though she only managed to reach the fourth week of the show. Several tours in the play Calendar Girls followed from 2008, but plans to appear in A Passionate Woman in 2013 were cancelled owing to the diagnosis of her illness. She also presented her own cookery series My Tasty Travels, and most recently Country House Sunday.

Earlier this month she appeared on several daytime programmes to announce that her cancer was terminal and she believed she only had months to live, and made the brave decision to cease chemotherapy in Novmeber in order to "die gracefully", hoping to spend a last, comfortable Christmas with her family. Sadly she died yesterday.

Her autobiography, Lost and Found, was published in 2010, and her book on her illness, There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You was published this month.

Lynda Bellingham, 31st May 1948 - 19th October 2014

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for Flatline

10/20/2014 03:57:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Flatline averaged an impressive 971,000 national viewers in Australia (these figures include the five major capital cities and regional and rural viewers). It was the ABC's highest rating drama of the day and the tenth highest rating program of the day overall. Excluding regional and rural viewers, this story averaged 637,000 viewers in the five major Australian capital cities and was also the twelfth highest rating program of the day overall in the big cities. These ratings do not include time shifted viewers.

Bookmark and Share Canadian Market Vendor Raffling Life-sized TARDIS

10/20/2014 01:44:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Reported by Alex Frazer-Harrison
Crossroads TARDIS (Credit: Alex Frazer-Harrison)Shopkeeper Lee Dubois stands next to the full-sized TARDIS he is raffling off at the Crossroads Market, Calgary, Alberta.
(Photo by Alex Frazer-Harrison).
In "Flatline," we saw the TARDIS grow and shrink over the course of 45 minutes. Lee Dubois can relate.

Earlier this year, the owner of Silverado Skies Corner Garden, a business in Calgary, Alberta, specializing in products like birdhouses and other outdoor items, started stocking birdfeeders in the shape of a miniature TARDIS (roughly the same size as the one Clara had stuffed in her handbag). Unfamiliar with Doctor Who, he was caught by surprise at how popular they were.

“One of my suppliers for my birdhouses sent me this [TARDIS] birdfeeder six months ago; I had no idea what I’d got,” Dubois says in an interview with Doctor Who News. “I had about eight of them and they were gone the first weekend, lots of fans coming in. I ordered more and, boom, they were gone, too. So someone said I should make one of those full-size.”

Visitors to Dubois’ stall at the weekend Crossroads Market can see the result: a full-size wooden TARDIS, measuring more than nine feet tall, with tempered glass spelling out the iconic “POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX” sign. A fellow market vendor supplied the “PULL TO OPEN” and St. John Ambulance labels; another provided a vintage telephone perfect for recreating “that phone call” in "Deep Breath."

“On the Internet, nobody is really free with giving out all the dimensions, so I went between three different sets of drawings, and [used] educated guesses,” says Dubois, who spent 200 hours of his spare time over more than four months building it.

Dubois is raffling his TARDIS (which weighs 450 lbs, but dismantles for transport and is on coasters, which the Doctor would have found hand-y in "Flatline") for $5 a ticket, with all funds supporting Kids Help Phone, a national non-profit helpline for youth in crisis. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold, with the draw expected in February (“or whenever I run out of tickets,” he says). Dubois says whoever wins will have the option of donating the TARDIS back to be raffled again.

Meanwhile, there are lots of pictures being taken at Crossroads, and Dubois says excited fans can borrow the key to peek inside (no blackboards, but the ceiling features the Union Jack). And, of course, he still has TARDIS birdfeeders for sale.

“It’s really iconic, and it’s part of not only BBC history, but world history,” says Dubois. “I met a guy here a few weeks ago, and he was in his 80s, and he said, ‘Back in the ‘60s, I was thrown in one of those by the cops because I was drunk and disorderly!’” (No word whether the old fellow found himself nursing a hangover while being chased by Zarbi.)

For information about Kids Help Phone, visit kidshelpphone.ca.

Bookmark and Share Mummy On The Orient Express - Final Ratings

10/19/2014 01:52:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

7.11 million watched the UK transmission of Mummy On The Orient Express 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.

Bookmark and Share Flatline - Overnight viewing figures

10/19/2014 09:26:00 am - Reported by Marcus

4.55 million viewers watched Flatline, according to unofficial overnight figures.

Doctor Who was fourth for the day, slipping behind Pointless Celebrities which managed 4.94 million viewers at the earlier time of 5.45pm.

Top for the day was Strictly Come Dancing with 9.03 million, while on ITV The X Factor had 7.71 million viewers.

Doctor Who had a share of 19.9% of the total television audience.

Final figures should be available next Sunday.

Bookmark and Share Flatline Preview

10/18/2014 02:08:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released an introduction to the latest episode of Doctor Who, Flatline, which premieres tonight on BBC One. Full global broadcast details here.

Meanwhile the latest Radio Times free downloadable retro poster, created by designer Stuart Manning is now available.

Manning told Radio Times:
A Doctor Who story involving street art, set in Bristol – no inspiration necessary, so just a case of picking up on the same influences as the episode itself. A Banksy-style stencil of the Doctor was just an obvious visual and it's always nice to be able to sum a story up in a single image

Flatline - Poster (Credit: Radio Times/Stuart Manning)