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12/31/2006 11:34:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Episode 11 of Torchwood, Combat achived a slightly lower value in the overnight ratings for Christmas week.

The BBC2 showing on 27th December achieved a figure of 1.90m, which was a 9.4% share. The Appreciation index for this showing was 81

On BBC3 the Boxing Day showing at 2230 was watched by 369,000 which was a 2.6% share. Later that night 96,000 or 4.3% of the audience watched the 0150 showing.

On Friday 256,000 watched at 2100 which was a share of 1.5% and 75,000 or 3% watched at 0130.

The programme had an extra repeat at 2235 on Saturday when it was watched by 176,000 or 1.3% of the audience.

The final two episodes will be shown on BBC Three on New Years Day


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12/31/2006 11:34:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The third showing of "The Runaway Bride" was watched by 244,000 viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures. The share was 18.4%.

The programme, shown on BBC1 at 2.25am, was part of the BBC's sign zone, so was shown with in vision signing for the deaf. It easily won its time slot.

Part of the programme was covered by a caption pointing viewers to BBC2 where there was breaking news on the execution of Saddam Hussain.

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12/31/2006 11:33:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


December 31, 2006  •  Posted By Stephen Blake
As 2006 draws to a close and in keeping with all those end-of-the-year-type reviews, here's something to boggle your minds. A roundup of who in the world of Who has been popping up where over the holiday period.

Derek Acorah (Army of Ghosts) - The Antiques Ghost Show, Most Haunted. Joe Ahearne (Series One director) directed This Life Plus 10 and Eccleston in Perfect Parents. Bob Baker, writer of Wallace and Gromit: a Close Shave.Tom Baker - the Voice of BT txt msgng, narrating On Show, Little Britain, Little Britain Abroad. Thelma Barlow (Series Three) in Mrs Henderson Presents. John Barrowman in Torchwood, Torchwood Declassified, The Royal Variety Performance, Jack and the Beanstalk, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, It Started With Swap Shop, The Heaven and Earth Show, The Big Finish. Big Brother (Bad Wolf) - Celebrity Big Brother. Christopher Biggins (The One Doctor) in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Samantha Bond in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Invasion of the Bane.Nicholas Briggs - Blood of the Daleks, interviewed on BBC Breakfast. Jim Broadbent (The Curse of Fatal Death) in Nicholas Nickleby.

Noel Clarke The Christmas Invasion, Combat. John Cleese (City of Death) in And Now For Something Completely Different, A Fish Called Wanda. Camille Coduri The Christmas Invasion. Pauline Collins (Tooth and Claw) in Shirley Valentine. Phil Collinson - The Runaway Bride, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Invasion of the Bane. Susannah Constantine (Bad Wolf) presenting Trinny & Susannah Undress. Mark Cossey (Doctor Who Confidential) - That Life.Jon Culshaw (The Kingmaker) in the Dead Ringers Christmas Special, The Secret Policeman’s Ball. The Daleks in The Vicar of Dibley. Gareth David-Lloyd in Torchwood, Torchwood Declassified. Russell T Davies - The Runaway Bride, Torchwood, Torchwood Declassified, The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Invasion of the Bane. Peter Davison among TV's Naughtiest Blunders.

Christopher Eccleston in Perfect Parents. Huw Edwards (Fear Her) presenting BBC News. Stephen Fry (Death Comes to Time) The Story of Light Entertainment, Arena: The Archers. Julie Gardner - The Runaway Bride, This Life Plus 10, That Life, Torchwood Declassified. Mark Gatiss in Fear of Fanny, The League of Gentleman: Christmas Special, The Wind in the Willows. Don Gilet in The Runaway Bride, The Ruby in the Smoke. Burn Gorman in Torchwood, Torchwood Declassified. Richard E Grant narrated The Story of ... Fairytale of New York. Tamsin Greig (The Long Game) in The Archers, Green Wing, Arena: The Archers.

Susannah Harker (Big Finish) in Perfect Parents. Graeme Harper - Robin Hood. Konnie Huq presenting Blue Peter, playing herself in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Invasion of the Bane. Gethin Jones (Series Two Cyberman) presenting Blue Peter, playing himself in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Invasion of the Bane. Paul Kasey in The Runaway Bride, Torchwood and interviewed on BBC Breakfast. Peter Kay (Love and Monsters) in Little Britain Abroad.John Leeson/K9 in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Invasion of the Bane. Joanna Lumley (The Curse of Fatal Death) in Jam and Jerusalem. Paul McGann in Blood of the Daleks. Fulton Mackay (Doctor Who and the Silurians) in Porridge. Tom Macrae (Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel) in Parallel Worlds - a User's Guide. Anna Maxwell Martin(The Long Game) in The Wind in the Willows. Steve Meo (Random Shoes) in High Hopes. Jason Mohammad(Doomsday) presenting BBC Wales Today. Naoko Mori in Torchwood, Torchwood Declassified. Eve Myles in Torchwood, Torchwood Declassified. Sophia Myles (The Girl in the Fireplace) in Dracula.

Kim Newman (Time and Relative) in Parallel Worlds - a User's Guide. Bill Nighy in Love Actually, All Fingers and Thumbs. Roger Lloyd Pack (Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel) in The Vicar of Dibley. Billie Piper in The Ruby in the Smoke, The Christmas Invasion, The New Paul O'Grady Show, The Friday Night Christmas Project. Jonathan Pryce(The Curse of Fatal Death) with Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl. Patricia Quinn (Dragonfire) in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Wendy Richard (Dimensions in Time) in EastEnders. Gareth Roberts - The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Invasion of the Bane. Anne Robinson (Bad Wolf) presenting The Weakest Link. Andrew Sachs (Shada webcast) in The Midnight Folk. Gillane Seaborne (Doctor Who Confidential) - That Life.Elisabeth Sladen in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Invasion of the Bane. Sheridan Smith in Blood of the Daleks, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Richard Stokes - Torchwood, Torchwood Declassified. Catherine Tate in The Runaway Bride, The Catherine Tate Christmas Special, The New Paul O'Grady Show.

David Tennant in The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, Music and Monsters, Jo Whiley Meets Dr Who, Hogmanay Live, The Friday Night Project. Patrick Troughton in Jason and the Argonauts. Zoe Wanamaker (The End of the World, New Earth) in My Family. Marc Warren (Love and Monsters) in Dracula. Arabella Weir (Exile) - one of the Grumpy Old Women at Christmas, Grumpy Old New Year. Sam West (Dimensions in Time) in Random Quest.Simon Williams (Remembrance of the Daleks) in Sherlock Holmes: the Eligible Bachelor. Penelope Wilton (Aliens of London/World War Three) in The Christmas Invasion, Calendar Girls. Barbara Windsor (Army of Ghosts) in EastEnders.Trinny Woodall (Bad Wolf) in Trinny & Susannah Undress.

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12/30/2006 11:35:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


December 30, 2006  •  Posted By Stephen Blake
With Christmas fast fading and the New Year upon us, here's a roundup of some of the massive press coverage over the past couple of weeks.

The Runaway Bride

The Daily Mail writes: "New water crisis as Doctor Who drains the Thames".

"He has already caused disruption to a number of London landmarks. Now Dr Who drains the Thames in a Christmas special, The Runaway Bride, to be broadcast on Christmas Day ...

"A horde of alien spiders make their base under the Thames and when the Doctor and Donna - the runaway bride in the title played by Catherine Tate - escape from the lair, water pours in, emptying the river. The scene sees the pair standing on top of the Thames Barrier, staring out across the city minus the Thames.

"Asked what other landmarks in the capital he wanted to target, Tennant suggested Buckingham Palace. He joked: 'Let's blow that up, come on!' He added Madame Tussauds was also in the Doctor's sights. Donna, from Chiswick, becomes the first woman to turn down Dr Who's advances at the end of the programme."

The Times has an interview with Catherine Tate. On her character in The Runaway Bride, Donna "doesn’t want to be with the Doctor. She just wants to get married." 'Tate wasn’t a huge fan of Doctor Who as a girl. "I was more into The Kids from Fame," she says laughing. "I think Rose (Billie Piper’s character, now departed) is the reason so many girls are into it now." Tate’s daughter Erin, 4, is a fan – "she loves the Cybermen".

The Guardian lists this year's Doctor Who Christmas special as "unmissable TV this Christmas" and one of the "best shows on the box".

"While it feels as if the Doctor Who Christmas special is a fixture of the festive season, this is only its second such outing. Here, the Doctor has Catherine Tate at his side to fight Sarah Parish's Big Bad - half-woman, half-spider, the Empress of [the] Racnoss."

The short article goes on to mention that "there's a Jo Whiley Meets Doctor Who special on Radio 1 on Christmas Day, The Sarah Jane Adventures are on BBC1 on New Year's Day, along with, on BBC3, the explosive conclusion of Torchwood. BBC7 also plays host to a new story, Blood of the Daleks, on Hogmanay."

Meanwhile, the Sun, under the headline "It's time to lord it up, Tate", had this to say:

"Killer festive decorations, slayer Santas and a flesh-eating spider - it can only be the Doctor Who Christmas special. David Tennant is his usual quirky self, but The Runaway Bride really belongs to Catherine Tate. Her character Donna is bristling with rage at being beamed into the Tardis while half-way up the aisle. Donna is more than a bit Lauren-esque [her schoolgirl character from The Catherine Tate Show] as she screeches at the Timelord: 'No stupid Martian is going to stop me getting married.' Even when she gets kidnapped by a Father Christmas in a taxi, the Cockney secretary deadpans, 'You ARE kidding me?'

And, in the Metro's "Tate takes a trip in the Tardis": "Catherine Tate takes a trip in the Tardis with Doctor Who - and turns down the chance to be his assistant. The comedienne appears in BBC One Christmas episode The Runaway Bride - where the Doctor, played by David Tennant, ends up falling for her. In their final scenes he asks her to join him on his time-travelling adventures but she leaves him heartbroken by saying no. Catherine admitted: 'I was devastated. They'd have made a great team. They're a slightly unconventional pairing. They don't really get on at first but by the end they have rather fallen for each other so it's a bit of a shame.'"

The Telegraph covered the story with "Evil monsters from Doctor Who? Am I bovvered, asks Tate". In the article,David Tennant talked about returning to the show without Billie Piper: "Tennant admitted he has found it hard to adjust to life without her. 'It was a little bit odd going back in July - it was like going back to school and all the old team was still there except Billie, so it was very different. But I loved working with Catherine and I suppose that's what acting is about, you develop these new relationships. The show is different and just as good."

Tate is quoted about her not being asked to stay on as a permanent companion and how much fun she had on the show. The Sun also had a piece on (as they put it) Tate's "Doctor Who snub".

There's also a story about Tate and the Christmas special - "Tate's Christmas Date with the Doctor" - on line at BBC News.

In the Glasgow Daily Record's "Am I Bovvered?": "Telly funny girl Catherine Tate is set to make history by becoming the first woman to turn down Doctor Who. Catherine - whose characters include rebellious schoolgirl Lauren and the outrageous swearing Nan - joins Scot David Tennant for the Christmas Day Doctor Who special The Runaway Bride. Catherine plays the bride who finds her wedding day interrupted by an alien plot to destroy the Earth. After losing his former companion Rose - actress Billie Piper - the Doctor invites bride Donna to live in the Tardis. But she declines in the final moments."

In another on-line BBC News story, entertainment reporter Kevin Young discussed "What TV critics watch at Christmas": "With hundreds of programmes on offer throughout Christmas, what do the people who spend their lives reviewing TV shows want to watch?". He talked about a handful of programmes, including The Ruby in the Smoke (Piper) and This Life Plus 10 (Joe AhearneJulie Gardner), but singled out Doctor Who.

"There is no doubt about it - Doctor Who is this year's overwhelming festive favourite among TV critics. 'I'm so desperate to watch this that if our TV broke down, I'd just go and knock on the neighbours' door, and invite myself on to their sofa,' says Caitlin Moran, a columnist at The Times. 'Then I'd ask them to go into the kitchen for a bit so they didn't ruin the atmosphere by talking.'"

In the Mirror's, "How very dare you": "[…] Tate has told how her hopes of becoming Dr Who's new sidekick were dashed when BBC bosses snubbed her, despite starring in the Christmas special. The award-winning comic appears in The Runaway Bride as the timelord's temporary assistant Donna who is mysteriously transported into the Tardis during her wedding. But yesterday Tate claimed she was not even considered for the permanent role left vacant by Billie Piper who played Rose Tyler for two series."

There was a long article in the Manchester Evening News under the headline "Doctor Who: Bovvered?", which also made mention of the Civil Partnership of Matt Lucas, who appeared opposite Tennant in Casanova: "Tennant gave nothing away about his future at today’s first screening of the Time Lord’s latest Christmas special. It was a relatively early start in London’s Soho, bearing in mind he’d been at yesterday’s wedding of Little Britain star Matt Lucas. For those anxious to know about Matt’s panto-themed reception, David went as Buttons and Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies was, of course, a Dame."

In its article, the Western Mail, concentrated on the Sarah Parish's role as the Empress of the Racnoss in "Move aside Daleks for the scariest monster ever": "Younger viewers may find the half-human, half-spider Empress of Rachnos too scary to watch. Cutting It star Sarah Parish is unrecognisable in the role.

"She admitted that even her own family might run for cover at the sight of her character when they sit down to watch the festive episode, called The Runaway Bride. 'I've got four very excited nieces and I don't want them to hate me,' she said. 'I think it's behind-the-sofa scary, not nightmare psychiatric ward scary.' David Tennant, who plays the Doctor, added, 'It's the right side of scary.'"

The Manchester Evening News also covered this story under the headline "Cutting it as a Doctor Who baddie". As didSky News in its "(Dr) Who's The Monster?".

Though the press coverage for the Christmas special was overwhelmingly positive, not everyone was happy, however. In the process of being generally miserable about Christmas television, Nicholas Barber in the Independent, finds time for a pop at Doctor Who, too: "The second most popular programme of Christmas '05 was a Doctor Who 'special', so there's another one on this year - but how special can it possibly be? An hour in duration, it's only 15 minutes longer than the dozen other Doctor Who episodes that we've already seen this year."

John Barrowman

John Barrowman is interviewed on Rainbow Network. Barrowman remarks that: "Towards the end of Doctor Who, Jack was becoming more human - I mean human in the sense that he was starting to feel for other people rather than just thinking about himself. As Torchwood begins, he's lost some of that. He doesn't always consider other people's feelings - his priority is the good of the world.

"A life-long fan of Doctor Who, John admits that his home is stuffed with Captain Jack memorabilia, including his racy leather trousers, squareness gun and the bullets he aimed at the Daleks when we last saw him."

On the Weevils, Barrowman describes them as "one freaky bunch of aliens […] and every once in a while a Weevil goes rogue and attacks. That's when we have to step in because they can be mighty vicious."

David Tennant

Top of the Pops magazine (BBC, issue 153) has quotes from David Tennant. Asked how he feels to be the most popular actor on TV, Tennant replies: "It's nice to know that people are grateful for what I'm doing. It's a great honour." On whether he will be staying on as the Doctor: "As long as I don't get the sack, I'll do another series." And on whether Tennant is living life to the max: "I'm keenly aware, all the time, of failing in some way. That feeling never goes away. With hindsight, I'll probably wonder why I didn't make the most of it."

There is also a small interview with Yasmin Paige who plays Maria in The Sarah Jane Adventures. Paige comments that: "My character moves in next door to SJ and they end up fighting aliens together. She's very quirky, loves technology and aliens." Paige mentions that her favourite scene from the Christmas episode is "the factory explosion. I was so nervous because I haven't experienced anything like that before. It was just amazing."


Christopher Eccleston

From the Australian publication The Age comes the essay "Timeless - why I Love Doctor Who", an affectionate run-down of ten reasons that make the 2005 series of Doctor Who a hit with critics and audiences everywhere.

While, WCET 48 Cincinnati, OH has issued a press release regarding their acquisition of the Christopher EcclestonDoctor Who episodes. The full release is available here, but this is the abbreviated version: "WCET has purchased the new Doctor Who series to air this Spring. It will air Thursday nights. WCET is currently one of 4 PBS broadcasters in the US airing the classic series. Grace Hill, CET's Programming Director, noted: 'We're pleased to be bringing more Doctor Who to CET. This series has been a success worldwide, and we can't wait for the new series to come on our air.'"

Miscellaneous

In "Who's The Top Toy?", the Daily Record ran a piece about the popularity of Doctor Who toys this Christmas. "Dr Who proved the biggest hit with the kids this Christmas as merchandise from the show continued to fly off the shelves. The popularity of the BBC1 show saw supplies of Daleks, Cyberman Voice Changers and Sonic Screwdrivers outstrip demand, according to the UK's biggest toy store chain. Toys R Us said stores were forced to source Doctor Who merchandise from across the world to keep up with demand. And in-store displays were being replenished up to five times a day in November and December."

Media Guardian is running a story about how the way the music charts are calculated in the UK is to be shaken up so that it will take account of track downloads from albums, even old albums, in future. Tests show that the ELO song "Mr Blue Sky" would have registered in the chart with this new system after its appearance in the Dr Who episode Love and Monsters. Full story in the Media Guardian.

Lalla Ward received a mention in an article - "Preaching to the converted", which was an interview with her husband Richard Dawkins - in the Telegraph. The relevant piece concerns whether it was Dawkins who once said that "a dog-collar was always a sign of a low IQ"?

"At this Dawkins, quite unexpectedly, starts to giggle. 'Actually, that was my wife [the former Dr Who actress, Lalla Ward]. What, in fact, she said was that whenever she sees a dog-collar, she imagines one of those electronic streamers going round and round saying, "Low IQ, Low IQ, Low IQ…" But she was only joking,' he adds, not altogether convincingly.

"'Besides,' he says, 'I think it's important to remember that you're dealing with a whole spectrum here. If you've got a Creationist who claims that the world is only 6,000 years old, I'd say that person was both pig-ignorant and thick _ thick, because if you're that ignorant you really ought to be doing something about it. But with someone like the Archbishop of Canterbury, it would be quite wrong to say that he's thick. I'd say mistaken, put it that way.'"

(With thanks to Kenny Davidson, Benjamin Elliott, Chuck Foster, Paul Hayes, Andrew John and Peter Weaver.)

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12/30/2006 11:35:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon


December 30, 2006  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
This weekend's countdown begins toward the Monday debut of the hour-long special The Sarah Jane Adventures. The episode, broadcast Monday 1 January from 4.50 to 5.50pm on BBC1/CBBC, is the pilot episode for a limited-run series that will air later in the year and brings Elisabeth Sladen back to the screen in the title role of Sarah Jane Smith, the role she was last seen as in the last Doctor Who season's episode "School Reunion".

Joining Sladen in the episode is Samantha Bond, best known as Miss Moneypenny in the Pierce Brosnan "James Bond" films and for her role in the series "Distant Shores," as Mrs. Wormwood, and Jamie Davies as Wormwood's henchman, Davey. Sarah Jane's young sidekicks in the episode are Yasmin Page as Maria, Porsha Lawrence Mavour as Kelsey and Thomas Knight as Luke. K9 (possibly voiced by John Leeson) is to be seen briefly in the special but will not be in the series to follow.

The episode is entitled Invasion of the Bane, and is written by Gareth Roberts and Russell T Davies. Davies and Julie Gardner executive produce; Phil Collinson and Matthew Bouch are the producers.

Below is the episode's press release, as well as a collection of photos from the episode, presented here as a teaser for the Monday airing; click on each for a larger version. (As always, all photos are copyrighted to the BBC and used solely to promote the episode.)
Elisabeth Sladen -- Doctor Who's former sidekick -- is back as Sarah Jane Smith in a brand-new, fast-paced children's drama, created by Russell T Davies and from the makers of Doctor Who. The Sarah Jane Adventures ensures that children never look at fizzy drinks in the same way again...

Sarah Jane is fascinated by Bubbleshock, a strangely addictive organic drink that is taking the world by storm. She is almost oblivious to the arrival of her new neighbour, Maria, a young girl starting a new life with her father. Maria becomes intrigued by the strange goings on at Sarah Jane's house but, before she can investigate, she's whisked away by her new friend, Kelsey, to the brightly coloured, but sinister, Bubbleshock factory.

As Sarah Jane tries to find out what the mysterious Mrs Wormwood is doing at the factory, Maria and Kelsey embark on a tour which leads them into the path of a monstrous creature and a strange young boy with no name or past. When Sarah Jane and Maria discover the secret ingredient of Bubbleshock, they realise they are the only ones who can stop Mrs Wormwood and her evil plans for the human race.

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12/29/2006 11:36:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


December 29, 2006  •  Posted By Jack Borrett
Early details have been revealed about series three news in the pages of the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine, specifically the titles of four of the next season's episodes and some additional casting news.

The title for episode four is Daleks in Manhattan. The recent trailer for series three at the end of "The Runaway Bride" confirmed the Daleks would return in the new series; this episode is set in 1930's New York and is written by script editor Helen Raynor. There is currently no information on the title for episode five, the second half.

Episode six is The Lazarus Experiment. The episode features Mark Gatiss as Dr. Lazarus; in the series three trailer, Gatiss was seen both as his own age and in makeup depicting a much older person. "The Lazarus Experiment" is written by Stephen Greenhorn.

The title of the first episode (#8) of Paul Cornell's two-part story hasn't been revealed, but episode nine has: it's The Family of Blood. The two-parter features the previously mentioned Jessica Stevenson as Joan; new cast listings includes Harry Lloyd (as Jeremy Baines), Thomas Sangster (Tim Latimer), Tom Palmer (Hutchinson), Pip Torrens (Rocastle), Rebekah Staten (Jenny), Gerard Horan (Clark), Lauren Wilson (Lucy Cartwright) and Matthew White (Phillips). It has long been rumored that Cornell's two-parter is an adaptation of Human Nature, the novel he penned for Virgin Publishing as part of their "New Adventures" line; the casting information makes this seem almost certain as many of these characters (Joan, Tim, Hutchinson, Rocastle, Lucy) appear in that novel.

Episode ten, by Steven Moffat, is still untitled, but features in its cast Ian Boldsworth and Richard Cant.

Episode eleven, written by Russell T Davies, is entitled Utopia.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 378

12/29/2006 11:36:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler


December 29, 2006  •  Posted By R. Alan Siler
Details for issue 378 of Doctor Who Magazine have been released, which features exclusive coverage of "The Runaway Bride", the season finale of Torchwood, and the premiere of The Sarah Jane Adventures. To see the full size cover, click on the preview below.
(Thanks to Tom Spilsbury/DWM)
This issue, the magazine celebrates the "Best Christmas Ever" for Doctor Who, with a massive 30-page feature on the making of "The Runaway Bride", the series finale of Torchwood, and the first feature-length episode ofThe Sarah Jane Adventures.

Packed with new photographs, design drawings, and including exclusive interviews with David Tennant, John Barrowman, Elisabeth Sladen, Russell T Davies, and many more, this is one feature not to be missed!

Also this issue, a new comic strip adventure begins as the Doctor is reunited with a dear friend in the first part of "The Warkeeper's Crown"; Captain Jack, alias actor John Barrowman, faces the terror of the TARDIS tin; the Time Team watch "Time-Flight" and "Arc of Infinity" in their quest to see every Doctor Who story in order; and an exlcusive preview of the New Begnnings DVD box set, featuring "The Keeper of Traken", "Logopolis" and "Castrovalva".

Plus! Exclusive news about the adventures in store for the Doctor and Martha in the new series, including the return of the Daleks, new guest cast members, and four new episode titles revealed!

All this, plus your regular favourites in DWM 378, on sale from Thursday 4 January 2007.

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12/28/2006 11:42:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


December 28, 2006  •  Posted By Stephen Blake
Doctor Who can do more than entertain, it seems. On Christmas Day, it managed to bring together two warring brothers whose enmity towards each other has been a part of the UK's long-running radio serial The Archers (BBC Radio 4) for several months now. The Grundys - Ed and Will - fell out when the younger brother, Ed, stole Will's wife, Emma. The whole nasty business led to some of the most dramatic episodes of the 15-minute drama that the series has seen in a long time.

However, on Christmas Day, the brothers appeared at their parents' house and, according to their mother, Clarrie, remained under the same roof together for longer than they had in ages. And what was it that kept them there? The Doctor Who Christmas special, "The Runaway Bride", of course.

In the episode, their dad, Eddie, remarked that Doctor Who is "not too bad once you get used to Billie Piper not being in it". And Clarrie commented delightedly, "The boys didn't say much to each other but they both stayed for the whole of the programme."

The episode can be heard again as part of the omnibus edition of The Archers on New Year's Eve on BBC Radio 4 at 10-11.15am.

(With thanks to Andrew John for this story.)

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12/28/2006 11:41:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster


December 28, 2006  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
The BBC have issued a statement reported by the Press Association to refute any decisions made by cast or crew over the fourth series of Doctor Who.

Reported by BBC NewsCBBCicWalesPress Association24dashManchester Evening News.
Dr Who bosses have denied claims that star David Tennant is to quit the show - but said a fourth series featuring the Scot as the Timelord has not yet been ordered.

Reports claimed Tennant, 35, would leave in the middle of the fourth series of the sci-fi drama, due to begin filming next year - sparking a hunt for the 11th Timelord after less than two years in the role.

But a BBC spokeswoman said that no fourth series had even been commissioned yet and negotiations with the star would not begin until it had been given the green light.

"David is absolutely committed to the show and is currently filming the third series," said a BBC spokeswoman today.

"There is no fourth series currently commissioned yet so we could not confirm his involvement in that yet.

"David Tennant is committed to the series. When a further series is commissioned, we will be able to confirm his involvement."

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12/28/2006 11:40:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

As well as having one of the highest audiences on Christmas Day, Doctor Who was also one of the most enjoyed programmes with an AI of 84.

The Appreciation Index, or AI, is a measure of how much the audience liked the programme. It is a score out of 100, based on responses from a carefully selected panel. The average score for drama on BBC1 and ITV1 is 77. A score in excess of 85 is regarded as excellent while a score below 60 is poor.

The average score for Season Two of Doctor Who was also 84.

Only two programmes on Christmas Day received a higher score than Doctor Who. The Vicar of Dibley and Porridge both scored 85.

Doctor Who Confidential at 1pm scored 81.

Meanwhile, the BBC3 repeat of The Runaway Bride got an overnight rating of 556,000, which was a 2.8% share. It was the third highest rated show on Multi Channel TV for the day.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who feel to Dibley

12/28/2006 11:39:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


December 28, 2006  •  Posted By John Bowman
The final episode of The Vicar of Dibley, which airs on New Year's Day at 9.30pm on BBC1, will have a distinctly Doctor Who feel to it.

The character Alice Horton, who is played by Emma Chambers, dresses as the Doctor for the Time Lord-themed wedding in the storyline.

She is pictured here in costume with two "wedding guests".

Ironically, the Christmas Day episode of The Vicar of Dibley beat Doctor Who in the ratings - it was the most-watched programme on the day, while Doctor Who was fifth, based on peak five-minute figures.


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12/28/2006 11:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC One controller, Peter Fincham, has praised the success of Doctor Who as part of the BBC One Christmas schedule. In an interview with the BBC Staff magazine Ariel, Mr Fincham said

'BBC One has been at the top of its game this Christmas. Overall viewing levels are up, our performance in peak is 11% higher than last year, but most of all we've had a wonderful schedule of programmes that audiences love - Doctor Who, EastEnders, The Vicar of Dibley, Strictly Come Dancing and Little Britain have proved an irresistible combination.

'What this shows is that family viewing is alive and well and in excellent health. There's lots more to come over the festive season, which is showing once again that when the family gets together, BBC One is the place to be.'

Ariel has also published a list of Top 10 Christmas Day programmes, based on peak five minute figures.

Vicar of Dibley - 12.3m
EastEnders part 2 - 11.7m
EastEnders part 1 - 10.4m
Coronation Street (ITV1) - 10.3m
Doctor Who 9.2m
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Bookmark and Share Lis on Wardrobe: "More Black Leather!"

12/28/2006 11:38:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler


December 28, 2006  •  Posted By R. Alan Siler
An article on the January 1 debut of upcoming spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures in The Sun on Friday features comments by series star Elisabeth Sladen, reprising the title role of Sarah Jane Smith.

Amongst other things, Ms Sladen comments on her wardrobe hopes for the show: “The costume designer will be buying my outfits for the series very soon and I fancy a bit more black leather for Sarah Jane to wear.

"I think the outfits will be a combination of new and retro. But I definitely won’t be wearing heels like I did in the Seventies as I do a lot of running around in the series, so it’s flatties for me.”

Ms Sladen also shares her thoughts on such topics as remeeting old monsters, further appearances in Doctor Who, and the "amazing" positive reception of Sarah Jane's return.

You can read the full article here.

(NB: Although the story is available online, it has not been included in every print edition of the newspaper.)

Bookmark and Share Canada: CBC to repeat Eccleston Series

12/28/2006 11:37:00 pm - Reported by Mike Doran


December 28, 2006  •  Posted By Mike Doran
Starting on Friday January 19th, 2007 (Friday night/Saturday morning) the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will commence a repeat run of the 2005 Doctor Who series starring Christopher Eccleston. Starting with the premiere episode "Rose" episodes will be broadcast each Friday at 12:00 midnight (12:30am in Newfoundland and Labrador). This will be the fourth full CBC network run of Series One since April 2005.

Episodes of Series Two with David Tennant will continue on the CBC after their Christmas hiatus with "The Satan Pit" on Monday January 15th, 2007 at 8:00pm (8:30pm in Newfoundland and Labrador).

Bookmark and Share Barrowman's Partnership

12/27/2006 01:38:00 am - Reported by Anthony Weight


December 27, 2006  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
BBC News Online is running a report on the civil partnership ceremony between Torchwood and Doctor Who starJohn Barrowman and his long-term boyfriend Scott Gill, which took place at the St David's Hotel in Cardiff this afternoon. Barrowman, who wore a kilt for the ceremony reflecting his Scottish roots, is quoted as saying: "It feels great and I think more gay men and gay women should go ahead and do it as long as they're serious about it. It's not really recognition but it's important for people to see the normality of the entire situation and it forces people who don't agree with gay men and women ... to have to accept us. We deserve the rights like everybody else. It's been a long wait but we legitimised our relationship to each other a long time ago when we signed our mortgages together and this is just something that forces people who don't want to recognise it that they have to."

The story was also reported on Wales Today.

Bookmark and Share BBC confirms Dalek story setting

12/27/2006 01:38:00 am - Reported by DWNP Archive


December 27, 2006  •  Posted By John Bowman
The BBC confirmed today that the Daleks will feature in the Series Three two-parter set in 1930s New York (episodes four and five, which are currently untitled). A Dalek was featured in the recent trailer for Series Three that concluded the broadcast of "The Runaway Bride".

The story, published on its Entertainment website this morning, follows the mention in the Sun today (see below) and quotes Russell T Davies as saying: "This time, their plan is the most audacious Dalek scheme yet! Even the Doctor finds himself out of his depth."

As previously reported, appearing alongside David Tennant and Freema Agyeman in the adventure will be Miranda Raison, Hugh Quarshie and Ryan Carnes.

Bookmark and Share New series preview in the Sun

12/27/2006 01:38:00 am - Reported by DWNP Archive


December 27, 2006  •  Posted By John Bowman
Today's Sun has a colour picture special preview of Series Three. A main image of the Doctor thrown by an explosion is surrounded by shots of new companion Martha with an unidentified male, Ardal O'Hanlon as feline alien Brannigan, a Judoon, Dean Lennox Kelly as Shakespeare and the black Dalek.

The Sun today also has a report about Casualty extra Johnson Yakoob being axed from the BBC hospital-based series after 500 shows over nearly two decades for taking a picture of David Tennant. Yakoob is quoted as saying his agency has stopped his work because he broke a rule about photographing Tennant while working on Doctor Who, and says: "I can't believe it. He was happy to pose."

Bookmark and Share Elisabeth Sladen talks about The Sarah Jane Adventures

12/27/2006 01:37:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster


December 27, 2006  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
BBC Norfolk have a new video interview with Elisabeth Sladen, talking about the forthcoming The Sarah Jane Adventures special ("The Invasion of the Bane") to be seen on New Year's Day.

The interview briefly discusses how the new series came about in early January this year (she initially thought she was being approached for Torchwood!), that the series is set in the present day, but a little after "School Reunion" (her most recent appearance in Doctor Who), how she has a house that isn't quite what it seems, and that K9 will be in this special but it isn't certain about other episodes as he has another very important job to do [previously reported from her appearance onBreakfast, 8th December]. She also commented on how protective of the character she is, and pleased that there were still some surprises in store for her.

On the show itself, she believes the format is very inventive, and she has no idea what will appear in the series now that the special is rounded off. However, she is most proud of the show having the biggest explosion to date in any of the three Doctor Who shows!

The full video interview and further details are on the website.


Meanwhile, the Metro has also run an article on the show, with some additional comments from Elisabeth Sladen on the return of her character: "I thought, what can I bring to the character if she came back again? But they started telling me about this spin-off and it was just impressive what they had in mind. I thought, why am I questioning what they're doing? It's a challenge and I've just got to reach for it. How amazing."

The article also discusses the use of K9 in the series, with creator Bob Baker still pursuing a separate series using the character (K9 Adventures). On this, she adds: "I don't pretend to know what's going on behind the scenes, but if he's allowed us to use K-9 for this special then never say never."

Bookmark and Share Unconfirmed: Sun report Tennant to quit

12/27/2006 01:36:00 am - Reported by Kenny Davidson


December 27, 2006  •  Posted By Kenny Davidson
The Thursday issue of the Sun is reporting that David Tennant is to quit the title role of Doctor Who midway through the fourth series. The story is headlined on the front page (see right) with the article on page five (see quote box below).

It is worth stressing that, so far, this story is unconfirmed, and Tennant and the production team are still working on the forthcoming third series. A fourth series is yet to be officially commissioned by the BBC, but assuming it goes ahead, it wouldn't be due to hit our screens until Spring 2008 and would mark Tennant's third season in the role. Tennant's first complete story was in the Christmas special 2005.

Update: In an unhelpful move, BBC Radio One have managed to mis-report the story in the Sun this morning, with news summaries during their breakfast programme quoting a newspaper as saying that Tennant will leave "during the next series". Naturally, many listeners may assume this is referring to the forthcoming third series yet to begin broadcasting. However, this is still quoting the tabloid, even if it is a mis-quote, and does not validate the story. The Metro is also quoting The Sun's report, offering no additional information.

(Humorous footnote: There may not be any official confirmation or denial about the story as yet, but there is a "News In Briefs" comment by Thursday's page three model - Katie, 22, from Liverpool - who is reported to be "gutted" that Tennant was supposed to be leaving. She is quoted as saying: "He was brilliant in the show and it won't be the same without him. Not only was he a great actor - but I could swoon over him as well!" Additional reporting by John Bowman)
DR Who star David Tennant is to quit the show - leaving BBC bosses looking for their 11th Timelord, The Sun can reveal.

David, 35, will leave in the middle of the fourth series.

The Scot is still filming the third series of the sci-fi favourite, which is set to be shown in the spring.

He has told the Beeb he will return the following year — but will not do the entire nine-month shoot. David has been bombarded with film offers after appearing in the last Harry Potter movie.

Producers are keen to get another Scot, Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle, 45, to step in.

They are also talking to David Morrisey, who was in BBC drama Blackpool with Tennant, as well as in Basic Instinct 2.

Tennant became Dr Who when Christopher Eccleston quit after one series. David stars with newcomer Freema Agyeman in the third series. She replaces Billie Piper, who left this year.

David refused to deny he was quitting when asked earlier this month, insisting he was "non-committal" about his plans.

He joked: "From the moment I accepted this job, everyone said, 'When are you leaving?' A boy could get a complex!" A Dr Who spokesman declined to comment.

Bookmark and Share "The Runaway Bride" Overnight Ratings - 8.7 Million

12/26/2006 01:39:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Runaway Bride achieved a Christmas day rating of 8.7 millionviewers, a 37% share of the total TV audience. The programme won its time slot beating Emmerdale on ITV which achieved 7.2m. The audience grew throughout the programme with the last quarter hour being watched by 9m viewers.

The day was a triumph for BBC1 which had eight of the Top Ten places. The highest watched programme of the day was The Vicar of Dibley, with 11.4m. The two episodes of Eastenders and and the episode of Coronation Street all scored high making Doctor Who number 5 for the day.

The programme was a great success among the under 4-16s achieving an audience of 1.7m or 55% of all children watching. This made it the most watched programme of the day in the Children's chart.

Doctor Who Confidential shown on BBC1 at 1pm got a rating of 1.4m viewers, a 13.7% share and was the 31st most watched programme of the day.

Final Ratings will be issued by BARB in approximately two weeks time

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Overnight Ratings

12/25/2006 01:41:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The combination of an earlier start and it being Christmas Eve resulted in a drop in Torchwood's ratings for the first BBC3 showing of episode 11, "Combat". According to unofficial overnight figures the programme was watched by 710,700 viewers, a 3.9% share of the audience. The programme was still BBC3's highest rated of the day, and the fourth highest rated programme on Multi Channel TV, being beaten by three episodes of the Simpsons.

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12/25/2006 01:41:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster


December 25, 2006  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
The Children In Need Concert, which is available to digital viewers, has had an earlier start than previously advertised on site, with the first run commencing from 9:15am. The concert - filmed at Cardiff's Millennium Centre on 19th November - runs for approximately 90 minutes on a loop, and details of the schedule can be seen at any time by using the blue button during the concert.

The broadcast also includes a question-and-answer session with David TennantRussell T Davies and Murray Gold, plus a four-minute preview of "The Runaway Bride" (so you may not want to watch the concert until after 8:00pm!).

For those out and about and otherwise engaged in Christmas merriment, the concert will be broadcast digitally at other times throughout the Christmas season: Christmas Day (1:50-7:00pm, 8:50pm-4:00am - 1:45am for Freeview), 27th December (8:50pm-4:00am - 1:45am for Freeview), and then in the new year on 2nd/3rd January (7:50pm-4:00am - but not on Freeview). The audio-only version of the concert is also currently available from BBC Radio Wales on their "Listen Again" service.

For other coverage of the concert, don't forget this afternoon's behind-the-scenes look at the concert with Doctor Who Confidential on BBC1 at 1:00pm. Plus BBC Radio One delve into the concert in a three-hour programme with Jo Whiley from 4:00pm. This will be available on the "Listen Again" service for the next week, as is Doctor Who Back In Time, the behind-the-scenes from BBC Radio Wales broadcast yesterday.

Bookmark and Share Times Praises Runaway Bride

12/25/2006 01:40:00 am - Reported by Kenny Davidson


December 25, 2006  •  Posted By Kenny Davidson
The Boxing Day issue of The Times reviews "The Runaway Bride" as the runaway success of the Christmas Day schedules with a glowing review. As it is a review after broadcast it has spoilers for those still to see it; therefore, click on the spoiler link for the full review.
Well, the Beeb killed off Pauline Fowler in EastEnders' now-traditional reliance on a Christmas Day wedding, birth or death to rev things up a bit, but at the end of the day, it was all put to shame by Doctor Who (BBC One) flushing a spider down the plughole.

Of course, Doctor Who has the not inconsiderable advantage of being about both the whole universe and the entire span of time - rather than just the lives of down-trodden, thin-lipped peasants in Walford spiting each other.

Under Russell T. Davies's sure guidance, the Doctor happily spent Christmas Day battling the Queen of Rachnos (Sarah Parish as a colossal, mad spider), before draining the Thames into a gigantic hole - and incorporating Catherine Tate, Slade's Merry Christmas Everyone and giant, web-strewn stars hanging over London on the way. Given this kind of scope, is it any wonder that, over the last two years, the Doctor Who Christmas Special has, finally, supplanted the Christmas Day episode of EastEnders as the flagship of the Christmas schedules?

This is a show that, in all likelihood, hasn't even entered its Imperial Phase yet, but still has an awe-inspiring sureness to it. David Tennant as the Doctor is now so ensconced in the role that I dare say he could spend an episode, due to some vagary of the Tardis, speaking like Arnold from Diff'rent Strokes and wearing a dress, and still be absolutely centred. That he's looking pretty hot in those sneakers doesn't hurt.

Everyone involved in Doctor Who is very much into how hot the Doctor is. To this end, Tennant has perfected a neat, scene-ending expression that goes "What? Eh? How did I get so incredibly foxeh?" which, to my recall, was last seen on The Fonz.

The two big selling points of The Runaway Bride were, ostensibly, the guests: Parish, as the vile Empress of Rachnos, and Catherine Tate as Donna, the recaltricant, eponymous runaway bride. In reality, however, Parish seemed a little hamstrung by her prosthetics, while Tate simply reprised her "Am I bovvered?" turn, but in a wedding dress, while running down some corridors.

She certainly knew what to do with her good lines, though.

"Don't you remember?" the Doctor asked, at one point.

"The Battle of Canary Wharf? Cybermen everywhere? The sky full of Daleks?" "I was in Spain," Tate shrugs.

"They were IN THE SKY!" the Doctor boggles.

"Scuba-diving," Tate says, visibly uninterested.

The real highlights of the show, it turned out, were twists on old favourites. To be honest, the show peaked around 12 minutes in, when the Tardis had its coolest ever moment - bouncing along the Westway in a shower of sparks, in pursuit of Tate in a cab. It looked absolutely thrilling.

I hope the CGI department awarded themselves all a brand new USB splitter as a special treat.

The other big highlight came whenever the Doctor had to mention Rose. The last time we saw the Doctor, of course, he was transmitting one last message to Rose, who was trapped, forever, in a parallel universe. He, like us, is still mourning the best companion he ever had - even better than K9 - and every mention of her resulted in gratifying, palpable pain in Tennant's eyes. Not least because Tennant must miss Piper in Cardiff, during all those long months of shooting.

They used to look as if they terrorized the local Nando's together. I bet they got through a lot of chicken. Who knows how the new assistant, Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones, will pan out, when the series returns in the spring? Maybe she won't like Nando's at all. But waiting to find out is, to be honest, the best way to keep going through the Boxing Day Depression.

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12/25/2006 01:39:00 am - Reported by DWNP Archive


December 25, 2006  •  Posted By John Bowman
The Boxing Day edition of the Sun looks back at "The Runaway Bride" by reporting that fake cash used in the show is selling for five times its mock face value.

Illustrated with a close-up of one of the "London Credit Bank" tenners plus a Christmas publicity image of David Tennant as the Doctor with sonic screwdriver outside the Tardis, it describes the scene in which a cashpoint churns out a fortune in the notes and says fans scooped up handfuls of the funny money after the scene had been filmed in Cardiff.

According to the piece, a show insider says the picture of Tennant was an in-joke, adding: "We can’t have real cash fluttering about — the licence-payers wouldn’t be too impressed.” It also quotes a Doctor Who collector as saying: “Any items from the show are going for a premium. The going rate for these notes is £50."

As previously reported on Outpost Gallifrey, the notes have an illustration of Tennant instead of the Queen and, in a nod to "The Christmas Invasion", bear the legends "I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of 10 satsumas" plus "No second chances. I'm that sort of man".

The notes also carry a small picture of the Tardis in place of the usual silver security seal, as well as the initials "DT" where the "EIIR" monogram normally goes, and have a "© BBC Cymru Wales" statement.

In addition, fake £20 notes featuring an illustration of show producer Phil Collinson were printed for the special. These had a "sterling value" as opposed to "satsuma value" and stated "There's no point being grown up if you can't be a little childish sometimes" — a misquote from "Robot" — in place of the "No second chances. I'm that sort of man" lines. Click on

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who - Christmas news headline

12/25/2006 12:42:00 am - Reported by Anthony Weight


December 25, 2006  •  Posted By Paul Hayes
Tonight's Doctor Who Christmas Special, "The Runaway Bride", is effectively being given a free trailer as part of the news headlines on BBC Radio 2 this Christmas Day morning. The hourly bulletin at 9am featured as its last article a report by entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson on the "news" that Catherine Tate will be joining the TARDIS crew for this evening's special.

Paterson reported how, although set at Christmas, the episode was actually shot on some of the hottest days of the summer in Cardiff. An interview clip with Tate was played, saying how she had felt sympathy for the extras who had had to dress in coats, hats and scarves to give the impression of it being winter.

Listeners were then reminded that "The Runaway Bride" can be seen tonight at 7pm on BBC One.

Bookmark and Share Tennant on Friday Night

12/24/2006 04:30:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon


December 24, 2005 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
Below are several screen grabs from David Tennant's appearance last night on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, including a Dalek toy introducing Tennant to Ross and the audience, the singers with Tennant's face on their shirts, and even a new 'action figure' of the tenth Doctor! Click on each for a larger version. Tennant appeared on the talk show to promote tomorrow night's airing of "The Christmas Invasion" and his debut as the Doctor.

Bookmark and Share Up Close Cardiff Photos

12/24/2006 04:30:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon


December 24, 2005 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
Outpost Gallifrey has a selection of photographs courtesy contributor Rob Stradling from Up Close Cardiff, the current Doctor Who exhibition now open and running in Cardiff until February. Click on each for a larger version. Meanwhile, you can visit the exhibition's website for further details about the events there. (Thanks to Rob Stradling)

Bookmark and Share Dr Who story in Sunday Times

12/24/2006 01:43:00 am - Reported by Kenny Davidson


December 24, 2006  •  Posted By Kenny Davidson
Paul Cornell's short Dr Who story for Christmas was published today in The Sunday Times. Entitled "Deep and Dreamless Sleep", the tale is also available to read online from their website, and features the tenth Doctor in a seasonal story suitable for all ages.

Cornell, who wrote the 2005 episode "Fathers Day", is also the writer of episodes 8 and 9 in the next series of Doctor Who.

Bookmark and Share Weekend Countdown To "The Runaway Bride": Day Three

12/24/2006 01:42:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon


December 24, 2006  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
It's December 24... one day to the UK premiere of The Runaway Bride on BBC1. As we've done the past few days, to excite fans and promote the debut of the Christmas special, here's a third small collection of photos for our readers, below; click on each for a larger version. (As before, all photographs are copyrighted to the BBC and used here solely for promotion of this event!)

Bookmark and Share Series 3 in US: Summer 2007

12/23/2006 01:55:00 am - Reported by Benjamin Elliott


December 23, 2006  •  Posted By Benjamin F Elliott
The American cable network Sci Fi Channel has announced that they have secured the rights to air Series Three starting in the summer of 2007, according to a note on their Doctor Who page. Sci Fi completed the airing of Series Two with the double-bill of "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday" last night.

Series Three will air on the BBC in the UK this coming Spring; if this plan by Sci Fi in the US holds, it will be the earliest turnaround of episode broadcasts since the start of the new series (Series One having taken a full year; Series Two, six months).

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12/23/2006 01:55:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster


December 23, 2006  •  Posted By Chuck Foster
Yesterday's "GMTV" saw television critic Richard Arnold recommend "The Runaway Bride" as the one not to miss: "The money shot on Christmas Day belongs to Doctor Who - I know as much as it is the battle of the soaps this time of year, but I think this could be one of the highest rated shows of the season."

Also, the Christmas Special also made an appearance on BBC's "Breakfast", used as an illustration to the item on the increase of the BBC's licence fee, and how it's lower than expected rise could cause the BBC to reconsider it's current output in light of plans to invest in new services and technology.

Last night's "Screen Wipe" on BBC4 saw Charlie Brooker briefly mention Doctor Who as one of the popular programmes to be used on the Christmas evening, and featured a clip from "The Christmas Invasion" and also one of the notorious outtakes of Tom Baker swearing at K9. (thanks to pixel42 on the forum)

Finally, this morning's "Breakfast" featured an article, not on the Bride but instead on the "Doctor Who Confidential" that will be broadcast at 1:00pm on Christmas Day. Cyberman operator Paul Kasey and Dalek vocalist Nick Briggs were on the programme, and answered questions that had been sent in by children. The item also included clips from the Children in Need concert and a montage of monsters from the series.

Bookmark and Share New Eighth Doctor Series Begins

12/23/2006 01:54:00 am - Reported by Jarrod Cooper


December 23, 2006  •  Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Today sees the CD release of Blood of the Daleks, Part 1, the first in a new series of adventures for the Eighth Doctor, produced by Big Finish. The series, to be broadcast starting on New Years Eve at 6pm and midnight on BBC7, features Paul McGann as the Doctor alongside Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller, and is written by Steve Lyons. Included in the release is a poster and an audio featurette. Full cast and plot information is available at the Big Finish website

Meanwhile, the CD cover for Blood of the Daleks, Part Two has been released; click on the thumbnail below for a larger version.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Friday Ratings

12/23/2006 01:53:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Episode 10 of Torchwood, Out of Time was watched by another 400,000 viewers on Friday according to unofficial overnight ratings.

The 2100 showing got 264,000 viewers, a 1.6% share, while the 0155 showing got 130,000viewers, a 7.1% share.

The late night audience is large for the channel and they are the highest figures Torchwood has received in this slot. At 0200 BBC3 had more viewers than any other TV Network, apart from BBC1.

The BBC2 showing on Wednesday night received an Audience Index figure of 79.

Bookmark and Share Weekend Countdown To "The Runaway Bride": Day Two

12/23/2006 01:43:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon


December 23, 2006  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Two days to the UK premiere of The Runaway Bride on BBC1. To excite fans and promote the debut of the Christmas special, here's another small collection of photos for our readers, below; click on each for a larger version. (As before, all photographs are copyrighted to the BBC and used here solely for promotion of this event!)