Monday, 30 April 2007

Radio Times

There is no Radio Times cover this week, but the magazine does promise full coverage of Saturday's episode The Lazarus Experiment.

There is an exclusive interview with guest star Mark Gatiss, who is only the third man ever to both write and appear inDoctor Who, as well as a preview of the episode from The Mill (details below).

There is also the last chance to get the exclusive Doctor Who stickers.

Radio Times is available throughout the United Kingdom from Tuesday 1st May 2007.

The monster is a CGI creation from The Mill, based on [Stephen]Greenhorn's notes, but what they dreamt up astonished the writer. "I'd written a bit about the scientific theory behind where this monster comes from, and a vague idea of how I thought it might look," says Greenhorn. "The guys at The Mill saw that and thought, 'We can do better than that!' They regard themselves as the torch-holders of 'behind-the-sofa' moments - and they reckon this is one of the scariest things they've done."

Sunday Ratings Update

Doctor Who was once more top of the Multi Channel Charts, with the BBC3 repeat of Evolution of the Daleks being watched by1.03 million viewers, beating Lost on Sky One which got 0.82 million.

With the Sunday overnights now available, Doctor Who is the 19th most watched programme for the week. This position is likely to rise once the final figures, which include figures for those who record the programme, are released in 9 days time.

Back on BBC3 Doctor Who Confidential was 9th for the day with 0.44 million viewers.


Evolution - Appreciation Index

Saturdays BBC1 showing of Evolution of the Daleks received an Appreciation index, or AI score of 85. This once more places the programme in the excellent category. It was the second highest rated programme on Saturday, being narrowly beaten by CSI:NY on Channel 5

On BBC3, where scores tend to be higher, the Sunday repeat ofDaleks in Manhattan scored 84 and the Friday repeat 88. This weeks Doctor Who Confidential scored 83 while last Sundays repeat scored 78.

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.


Doctor Who On Demand


April 30, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Doctor Who will be among the programmes to be made available on demand via the BBC's iPlayer service, it was announced today.

A story on BBC News says the service will be launched later this year.

People will be able to watch selected shows online for seven days after their first broadcast. Episodes will also be able to be downloaded and stored for up to 30 days.

The iPlayer has been given the go-ahead by the BBC Trust after consultations with the public.

Initially, the iPlayer application will only be available to people with Windows PCs. But the trust wants the application to run on different systems within "a reasonable time frame".

It is unclear at present whether access will be limited to UK users.

Eighth Doctor Comic Strips Vol 4


April 30, 2007 • Posted By Kenny Davidson
Panini Books have released the cover and a press release for their final volume of comic strips featuring the eighth Doctor, as previously featured in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine.

The full-colour softcover book runs to 228 pages and is due in UK shops in early May 2007. It includes the following eight stories:
  • Where Nobody Knows Your Name
  • Doctor Who and The Nightmare Game
  • The Power of Thoueris!
  • The Curious Tale of Spring-Heeled Jack
  • The Land of Happy Endings
  • Bad Blood
  • Sins of the Fathers
  • The Flood!

The last two will feature newly-extended conclusions. The book will also feature a behind-the-scenes feature in which writers Scott Gray and Gareth Roberts reveal the background and origins to each story, alongside sketches from the artists. You can also learn about the regeneration that never was in an eye-opening feature by Clayton Hickman on the new TV series' effect on the comic strip, with comments from Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies. Plus, in full, the alternative, unused script for Part Eight of "The Flood"!

Sunday, 29 April 2007

The future of animated episodes


April 29, 2007 • Posted By Chuck Foster
Daniel Hall, commissioning editor for DVD publisher 2Entertain, has recently made an announcement concerning the future for animated episodes of Doctor Who. Speaking on the Restoration Team's Technical Forum, he stated: "After due consideration and for the foreseeable future, we are withdrawing from co-commissioning and co-producing any "classic" Doctor Who animations. I feel our energies will be better spent working on existing stories. With the New Series such a success, and the forthcoming animations for Totally Doctor Who, the BBC is in a far superior position to develop this idea. After all, the original commission of The Invasion came from them."

Having recently made a request for animators to get in touch with them, 2Entertain have now said that they will pass any details on to the BBC. Says Hall: "Please continue to express your support for this excellent and innovative idea. The quality of creative response from my earlier post was thrilling, and bodes well for the future possibilities of animated stories."

Evolution - Overnight Ratings

Unofficial overnight figures show that Evolution of the Dalekswas watched by 6.5 million viewers.

The programme was the second most watched for the day, being beaten byCasualty, which benefited from a later time slot. It was however the top rated show by share.

The programme also has the highest quarter-hour peak audience of the evening, with 7.3 million watching between 1915 and 1930. It comfortably beat its direct opposition on ITV1, Vernon Kay's Gameshow Marathon, which managed just over half of theDoctor Who audience.

Doctor Who dominated the children's chart with 1.4 million under 16s watching, a massive 64% share. This compares with BBC One's average children's share for the day of 18%.

On BBC Three Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.58 millionviewers and was the second most watched programme on multichannel television.

Final figures will be published by BARB in around 10 days time.


Why isn't Doctor Who broadcast in High Definition?


April 29, 2007 • Posted By Chuck Foster
In response to a viewer question on why the BBC chose to broadcastTorchwood in high definition but not Doctor Who on the BBC opinion programme Points of View, producer Phil Collinson explained:

"Torchwood is shot in HD, and Doctor Who isn't. Quite simply, Torchwood has about a third the number of special effects shots that Doctor Who has. In that way its a much simpler series and so because they have less special effects its going to take less time to make those special effects.

"So the simple answer is we wouldn't be able to deliver a series of Doctor Who in high definition every year. It would probably take us twice as long to make so therefore viewers wouldn't get a series every year, they'd get a new series every 18 months."


Later in the programme, Mary Fitzpatrick, Editorial Executive for Diversity, responded to another viewer's question on the lack of prominent black people in BBC programmes, citing the Doctor's new assistant as played by Freema Agyeman as an example of how such actors are appearing in popular shows.

Presenter Terry Wogan also commented that Doctor Who is the most discussed series on the Points of View messageboard on the BBC website!

Confidential Update


April 29, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Doctor Who Confidential has released more information about the upcoming episodes for series 3.
6. Monsters Inc. - An episode of Doctor Who just wouldn't be the same without a monster to scare the living daylights out of you!

The creation of such a beast is never easy - especially when it's purely computer generated!

Confidential is on set throughout this chilling episode, spends some quality time with guest star Mark Gatiss and takes a look at some of the fantastic prosthetic and computer generated monsters created since the series made its welcomed come-back in 2005.

7. Space Craft - It's back into outer space for Doctor Who and this time it's an adventure set entirely on a spaceship.

Join Confidential as we gain exclusive access to Doctor Who's art department and take you on a tour of the spaceship's sets and locations. Confidential also journeys back in time to show you some of the best off the wall spaceship designs seen in five decades.

Guest star Michelle Collins discusses her role as the ship's captain, and how she felt performing stunts on her very first day on set.

From models on wires to cutting edge CGI, this is a space craft extravaganza.

8.Alter Ego - With aliens in hot pursuit, the Doctor and Martha find themselves in 1913 England.

Confidential is right beside them to delve deeper into the alter ego of the nation's favourite Time Lord.

Amidst all the stiff upper lips, we follow the advancing 'aliens' and their army, with exclusive backstage footage of the mayhem caused as the outer-space enemies close in on their prey.

Filmed almost entirely on location, Confidential was on-set with cast and crew in the winter wind, rain and mud for the nail-biting first episode of this two-part story.

Features interviews with writer Paul Cornell, whose original novel forms the basis of Human Nature, David Tennant and Freema Agyeman.

9. Family Ties - With The Family of Blood breathing down the neck of the Doctor, time is running out.

Confidential follows the action backstage as we glimpse a life more ordinary (for the Doctor) as well as a vision of the dark future ahead.

The complexities of filming this powerful episode are revealed, as well as the logistics behind the explosive ending.

Features interviews with head writer, Russell T Davies and Freema Aygeman on one of her toughest TARDIS assignments yet.

10. Do you remember the first time? - This week, David Tennant directs his very own Doctor Who Confidential. TV's top Time Lord has been given complete control to film his own very personal account of the making of Doctor Who and to take a nostalgic voyage of discovery to find out the secret behind the success of Doctor Who.

In this unique piece of television, David roams around the BBC, talking to cast and crew and fans of the show, uncovering the secret behind the success of Doctor Who.

From BBC bosses through to the Dead Ringers team, David is hunting for what makes Doctor Who so magical. He chats to the Daleks in the Blue Peter Garden, and discusses with Mark Gatiss the joy of playing a Doctor Who monster in the Lazarus Experiment.

Head writer, Russell T Davies and producer, Phil Collinson chat with David about how they've always had such fondness for the show and how it inspired their creative drive. Executive producer Julie Gardner and drama commissioner Jane Tranter reveal how and why the series was brought back and the unprecedented response it's had.

Stephen Moffat joins David on a hunt around Television Centre, looking for the studios where the classic series was filmed. They end up on the set of Newsnight.

Confidential also features exclusive backstage footage of Blink; one of the scariest episodes to date and candid chats with two of the week's most prominent stars, Carey Mulligan and Finlay Robertson who talk to David about their experience working on the show and on becoming part of the Doctor Who legacy.

Saturday, 28 April 2007

Week Six Schedule

For the transmission of episode six, The Lazarus ExperimentDoctor Who moves back to a 7pm start. It is once more placed between The People's Quiz and Any Dream Will Do.

ITV1 counters with Vernon Kay's Gameshow Marathon, this week recreating Name that Tune.

Over on BBC2 there is more Snooker with the second semi-final of the World Championships while on Channel 4 there is a documentary series,Unreported World, a look at land reform to help Bolivia's indigenous peoples.

Five has the 1993 film Grumpy Old Men, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau

Friday Overnight Ratings

The third showing of Daleks in Manhattan was watched by 388,000viewers on BBC Three, making it the 8th most watched programme on multichannel television for the day.

Doctor Who Confidential had 308,000 viewers.

On BBC1, Totally Doctor Who suffered from an earlier start time and achieved an overnight rating of 0.5 million viewers, a 7.6% share of the audience.


Doctor Who sweeps Welsh BAFTAs


April 28, 2007 • Posted By Paul Hayes
Doctor Who has dominated the BAFTA Cymru Awards for the second year in succession, winning eight of the thirteen categories in which it was nominated. As reported earlier this month on Outpost Gallifrey, both Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood were nominated for a slew of the awards, given by the Welsh branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which celebrates achievements by Welsh productions for the big and small screens.

The winners were announced at a ceremony held in the Cardiff International Arena this evening. Doctor Who won the categories for Best Actor (David Tennant), Best Screenwriter (Russell T Davies), best lighting director - not camera (Mark Hutchings); best editor (Crispin Green); best original music soundtrack (Murray Gold); best make-up (Sheelagh WellsNeill Gorton); best costume (Louise Page), and best director: drama (Graeme Harper).

However, the series lost out to Torchwood for Best Drama, with the spin-off also picking up the Best Actress award (Eve Myles), best director of photography: drama (Mark Waters), and best design (Edward Thomas).

In the BBC News report, Controller of BBC Wales Menna Richards is quoted as saying: "I'm very proud indeed of the success of all those who've made such wonderful programmes for BBC Wales. It's great to see BAFTA Cymru recognising the talents of all those who make programmes of the highest possible standards."

(Thanks to Graham Brown.)

Friday, 27 April 2007

Parkinson to interview Tennant


April 27, 2007 • Posted By Kenny Davidson
David Tennant will be a guest on the first edition of the next series ofMichael Parkinson's high-profile chat show on ITV1. The vetran interviewer will talk to Tennant on a programme that will also feature comedian David Mitchell, actress Amanda Holden and singer Michael Buble.

The episode is provisionally scheduled for May 5th.

Interactive Comic Book


April 27, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Digital Spy carries a report today about an interactive Doctor Who comic book being launched on the official programme website.

It quotes series co-executive producer Russell T Davies as saying: "For the very first time, fans of the show will be able to create their own magical Doctor Who adventure and bring it to life."

People will be able to incorporate a photo of themselves in their stories, with guidance being given on creating adventures.

Davies adds: "The amazing Comic Maker will allow fans to interact with every aspect of the exciting world of Doctor Who."

New Media Age carried a report earlier this month about the BBC producing a Comic Maker for the site.

NB: Due to rights restrictions, the Flash version of the site is only available to users based in the United Kingdom.

(Thanks to Paul Gregory.)

Davies dismisses Kylie rumour


April 27, 2007 • Posted By Paul Hayes
Doctor Who executive producer and chief writer Russell T Davies has dismissed the rumour spread by several media sources this week that Australian pop singer and actress Kylie Minogue was to appear in the 2007 Christmas special of the show.

The rumour originally appeared in last Sunday's edition of the News of the World newspaper, as reported at the time by Outpost Gallifrey, and was subsequently picked up by several websites and other newspapers. However, speaking to the BBC's weekly in-house magazine Ariel, Davies has rubbished the suggestion.

"Don't be stupid," he told the publication. "I haven't even written the script yet, and a woman like that is booked up two years in advance."

Series Three Air Date In US


April 27, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The Sci Fi Channel has announced it will start airing Series Three ofDoctor Who in the USA fromJuly 6 at 9pm.Outpost Gallifrey reported four days ago that the channel had acquired the series. The press release said Sci Fi would be showing the programme in July but a precise date was not given by the company then.

(Thanks to Scot Ferre.)

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Pig Farming Helped Carnes Prepare for Role as Laszlo


April 26, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
The Daily Record is currently featuring an interview with American actorRyan Carnes, best known for his role as Justin in Desperate Housewives, about his experience under heavy pig makeup as Laszlo inDaleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks.

Ryan had many years of research for the role under his belt even before being approached for it - he grew up on a pig farm: "It's ironic as my father and grandfather raised pigs until around the time I was 10. I used to help feed and call the pigs daily. And to make this part even more spooky, I grew up in Pike County, Illinois, which at one time was the 'pork capital of the world'. So playing a pig after working on a pig farm in the world capital of pigs is all very strange."

Ryan was not a fan of Doctor Who or of science fiction, but he says he "didn't have to really think too hard about taking the role" as he was familiar with the show's global appeal: "I wasn't a fan, but I'd known about it because a friend of mine had a Doctor Who pinball machine in his basement when I was a teenager, so that was my first introduction as an American."

Ryan also talks about the isolation of being under that much makeup, his desire to become an action figure, and his newfound respect for the Daleks.

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

DW Toys Bump Up Profits


April 25, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Doctor Who toys have helped the Character Group post a 122 per cent jump in profits.

Pre-tax profits rose to 6.3 million pounds in the six months to February 28, up from nearly three million pounds last year, part of which was down to the demand for its "highly successful" Doctor Who toy range.

It said it also expected to benefit from strong interest in its forthcoming Dalek Sec voice-changing helmet, after the success of the Cyberman voice-changing helmet last year, as well as toys from The Sarah Jane Adventures, which is due to air in the autumn, according to the Press Association.

Also reported at Telegraph.co.uk, which states that the new voice-changer will be of Dalek Sec Hybrid.

Infinite Quest Preview Online


April 25, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The Totally Doctor Who website has a 15-second preview of the next episode of cartoon series The Infinite Quest.

According to the official programme website, it will be updated every Monday.

Fifth Doctor meets Dracula

April 25, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has released more information about their upcoming September release Son of the Dragon. James Purefoy, known to fans from his roles in Rome and Beau Brummell, will be guest starring as Dracula in this release which sees the legendary vampire take on the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), Peri (Nicola Bryant), and Erimem ( Caroline Morris). Photos from the recording are currently available from the Big Finish Productions website.

Gridlock - Final Ratings

Figures released by BARB show that episode three, Gridlock, achieved a final official rating of 8.41 Million viewers, making it the7th most watched programme on British television for the week.

The programme was the BBC's second highest rated programme, beating all but Monday's edition of EastEnders. The only other programme to beat it was ITV1's soap Coronation Street.

On multichannel television, the Sunday BBC Three repeat gained0.83 million viewers and was the 4th most watched programme.

Saturday's Confidential was 19th with 0.58 Million in the multichannel charts, and Sunday's Confidential repeat got 0.47 million making it 34th in the list.

Finally the Friday repeat of The Shakespeare Code was watched by 0.53 Million, making it the 26th most watched programme.

Final figures are accepted as the industry standard, being much more accurate than the initial overnights. They include viewers who record the programme and watch it within seven days.

Top Twenty Programmes (w/e 15th April 2007)

1 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) - 10.96 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 10.83 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1935) - 9.91 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1930) - 9.63 - ITV
5 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 9.33 - ITV1
6 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 9.11 - BBC1
7 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1940) - 8.41 - BBC1
8 EMMERDALE (MON 1903) - 8.33 - ITV1
9 EASTENDERS (FRI 2001) - 8.30 - BBC1
10 THE ROYAL (SUN 2001) - 8.05 - ITV1
11 FOYLE'S WAR (SUN 2105) - 7.89 - ITV1
12 EMMERDALE (TUE 1900) - 7.77 - ITV1
13 EASTENDERS (THU 1930) - 7.64 - BBC1
14 NEW TRICKS (MON 2100) - 7.58 - BBC1
15 EASTENDERS (TUE 1930) - 7.56 - BBC1
16 LIFE ON MARS (TUE 2059) - 7.44 - BBC1
17 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) - 7.39 - ITV1
18 EMMERDALE (THU 1900) - 7.39 - ITV1
19 EMMERDALE (SUN 1903) - 7.24 - ITV1
20 EMMERDALE (WED 1858) - 7.05 - ITV1

Top Twenty MultiChannel TV

1 LIVE FA CUP FOOTBALL (Sun 1530) 1,503,000 - Sky Sports
2 LOST (Sun 2200) 1,094,000 - Sky 1
3 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE (Tue 1929) 1,088,000 - ITV4
4 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2001) 826,000 - BBC3 
5 EASTENDERS (Tue 2159) 772,000 - BBC3
6 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE (Wed 1900) 755,000 - Sky Sports
7 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Wed 2300) 707,000 - E4
8 FILM: INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996) (Fri 2100) 693,000 - Film4
9 LIVE FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Mon 1710) 687,000 - Sky Sports
10 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 685,000 - BBC3
11 BONES (Thu 2100) 677,000 - Sky 1
12 34 STONE TEENAGER: SIX MONTHS ON (Sun 2101) 627,000 - BBC3
13 SUPERNATURAL (Sun 2105) 617,000 - ITV2
14 AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (Mon 2100) 608,000 - Living TV
15 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2134) 600,000 - ITV2
16 UGLY BETTY (Wed 2101) 596,000 - E4
17 FILM: JAWS (Fri 2154) 593,000 - ITV3
18 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2031) 585,000 - ITV2
19 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 2026) 581,000 - BBC3
20 FORD MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Mon 1930) 562,000 - Sky Sports

Source BARB

Doctor Who Magazine 382


April 25, 2007 • Posted By Kenny Davidson
Issue 382 of Doctor Who Magazine is due out next Thursday, 3rd May 2007 and it includes a free double sided giant A1 poster. Click on the thumbnails below to see both the cover and the posters. And below those is the press release for the new issue.
THE GOOD, THE BARD AND THE UGLY!
First up we're off to the Globe Theatre and a meeting with Shakespeare, as we fall under the spell of the Carronites. We speak to writer Gareth Roberts, star Dean Lennox Kelly and even 1965's Bard, Hugh Walters - plus find out 14 facts you never knew you didn't know about The Shakespeare Code. But all that's nothing to the thrills and spills of the David vs Freema Shakespeare Quotes Quiz...

"Um, is that from A Midsummer Night's Dream?" asks Freema, plaintively. "I'm not even going to pretend that I know. My God, I'm awful. I bet David got them all right. Maybe it rhymes? Um - 'By the pricking of my thumbs / I'll end up smacking those big bums.' Ha ha! I've really shamed myself, haven't I? It's unfair, 'cos David's done loads of Shakespeare. I hope my old English teacher doesn't read this..."

BOE TIES
Next up a trip to the year Five Billion-and-Fifty-Three - and make it snappy! Haha! Do you see what we did there? We poke about under the bonnets of New New York's automobiles, talk to cast and crew, stroke some kittens and find out why and how the Macra returned to celebrate their big four-oh...

"If you had to make a poll of monsters least likely to make a reappearance," grins David Tennant"the Macra would probably be fairly near the top! So it's kind of cool, isn't it? If you're gonna do giant crabs, there's no point them being anything other than Macra, seeing as they already exist. It's one of the joys of being involved with a series which has got all this history for free. You can just sprinkle in all these nuggets of recognition for those who'll get them."

SEC'S IN THE CITY
Back by popular demand after his revealing Satan Pit diaries last year, director James Strong opens up his frank and funny Daleks in Manhattan journal to DWM readers in the first of a major two-part feature - a day-by-day, blow-by-blow account of the making of an ambitious Doctor Who story. With Daleks. And Stateside filming. And pigs. How can you resist?!

PLUS!
Writer Paul Cornell tells us all about writing the Doctor's Human Nature in the penultimate Script Doctors!
Exclusive previews of The Lazarus Experiment, 42, Human Nature and The Family of Blood - plus brand new photos from these new stories!
Part Two of our fabulous new comic strip The Woman Who Sold the World - and the Doctor's been put on hold!
The Time Team celebrate reaching 600 episodes with The King's Demons and The Five Doctors!
More from showrunner Russell T Davies in Production Notes, where he's suffering from a bit of Quantum trouble. Poor lamb.
Not forgetting the best news coverage around, a quite incredible encounter between screen legends in Matrix Data Bank On Tour, a preview of Robot on DVD, a tribute to writer Dave Martin, a ratings roundup in Public Image, and full reviews of Episodes 1 and 2!

Doctor Who Adventures 28

The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures features the new look for Dalek Sec on the cover.

Inside, there is a special preview of Evolution of the Daleks and there's also a look at The Lazarus Experiment - with photos from Martha's first trip home.

You can also discover loads of facts about those hags called the Carrionites and there's a pull-out guide to the blood-sucking Plasmavore.

Martha Jones joins the comic strip for the first time in an adventure aboard the astroliner Tritanic in part one of The Skrawn Inheritance, and there are posters of The Shakespeare Code, Evolution of the Daleks, The Infinite Quest and the Face of Boe.

The issue comes in a gift pack – with five different gifts inside! There’s a Doctor Who stencil notebook, a pencil, part one of a TARDIS poster, a sticker booker and stickers.

Doctor Who Adventures issue 28, is out in the UK on Thursday 26 April.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Season Three Releases Update


April 24, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Doctor Who Magazine has announced another vanilla release for season three. As previously reported, Volume One will be released on May 21st and will include Smith and JonesThe Shakespeare Code, and Gridlock. The second volume will be released on June 18th and will include Daleks in ManhattanEvolution of the Daleks and The Lazarus Experiment. The remaining volumes will be released later in the year, with a box set for the whole series being released in the autumn.

More books in September


April 24, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
BBC Shop has released information about the next set of Tenth Doctor novels which are slated to be released on September 6th.
Wetworld by Mark Michalowski

When the TARDIS makes a disastrous landing in the swamps of the planet Sunday, the Doctor has no choice but to abandon Martha and try to find help. But the tranquillity of Sunday's swamps is deceptive, and even the TARDIS can't protect Martha forever.
The human pioneers of Sunday have their own dangers to face: homeless and alone, they're only just starting to realise that Sunday's wildlife isn't as harmless as it first seems. Why are the native otters behaving so strangely, and what is the creature in the swamps that is so interested in the humans, and the new arrivals? The Doctor and Martha must fight to ensure that human intelligence doesn't become the greatest danger of all.

Sick Building by Paul Magrs

Tiermann's World: a planet covered in wintry woods and roamed by sabre-toothed tigers and other savage beasts. The Doctor is here to warn Professor Tiermann, his wife and their son that a terrible danger is on its way.
The Tiermann's live in luxury, in a fantastic, futuristic, fully-automated Dreamhome, under an impenetrable force shield. But that won't protect them from the Voracious Craw. A gigantic and extremely hungry alien creature is heading remorselessly toward their home. When it gets there everything will be devoured.
Can they get away in time? With the force shield cracking up, and the Dreamhome itself deciding who should or should not leave, things are looking desperate...

Forever Autumn by Mark Morris

It is almost Halloween in the sleepy New England town of Blackwood Falls. Autumn leaves litter lawns and sidewalks, paper skeletons hang in windows, and carved pumpkins leer from stoops and front porches.
The Doctor and Martha soon discover that something long-dormant has awoken in the town, and this will be no ordinary Halloween. What is the secret of the ancient chestnut tree and the mysterious book discovered tangled in its roots? What rises from the local churchyard in the dead of night, sealing up the lips of the only witness? And why are the harmless trappings of Halloween suddenly taking on a creepy new life of their own?
As nightmarish creatures prowl the streets, the Doctor and Martha must battle to prevent both the townspeople and themselves from a grisly fate...

Dalek Masterplan Play Trailer


April 24, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
Interalia Theatre has released a special trailer for its forthcoming production of The Dalek Masterplan.

As reported earlier by Outpost, the 12-part Hartnell epic has been adapted and condensed for the stage, to be performed at the New Theatre Royalin Portsmouth from Wednesday, October 24 to Saturday, October 27.

Nick Briggs, who voices the Daleks for Doctor Who on TV, will be helping the non-professional company in a similar capacity.

This will be the fourth and final presentation of a "lost" Doctor Who story by the company.

Special links and CGI action have been shot for the play, and producer Rob Thrush said: "It's going to be a spectacular sign-off to our Who stage shows."

To view the trailer, which begins with action from Interalia's production ofThe Evil of the Daleks last year, click here.

New DVD Special Features Announced


April 24, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Doctor Who Magazine has released information on the special features for this summer's DVD releases. Robot is currently set to be released on June 4th, while Timelash will follow on July 2nd.
Robot will include the following special features:
- A 40-minute documentary called Are Friends Electric? will look at Tom Baker's introduction to the series and the making of his first story. This documentary will include contributions from Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Terrance Dicks, Philip Hinchcliffe, and Barry Letts.
- A clip from Blue Peter recorded on the Robot sets
- A 15-minute featurette called "The Tunnel Effect" which focuses on the creation of the Fourth Doctor title sequence
- A photo gallery
- Subtitle Production noted
Radio Times listings in pdf format
- Commentary from Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Barry Letts, and Terrance Dicks


Timelash will include the following:
- A 25-minute documentary called The Good, the Bad and the Uglynarrated by Terry Molloy and featuring contributions from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Paul Darrow, and Eric Saward.
- A photo gallery
- Subtitle Production notes
Radio Times listings in pdf format
- Commentary from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, and Paul Darrow
- There will also be a 'Coming Soon' trailer for the next DVD release

Monday, 23 April 2007

Sunday Night Ratings and AI Figure

Sunday night's BBC Three repeat of episode four, Daleks in Manhattan, achieved a record audience of 1.10 millionviewers, the highest the programme has achieved on this channel. This made it by far the highest rated programme on multichannel television for the day and gave it a6% share of the audience.

Half that audience stayed for the repeat of Doctor Who Confidential, giving it a rating of 0.59 Million viewers and making it the fourth most watched multichanel programme of the day.

Overnight figures for the whole week show Doctor Who is presently the 20th most watched programme of the week. Final figures, released next week, will include figures for those who recorded the programme and should see the programme move up the charts.

Meanwhile, Saturday's BBC One showing achieved an Appreciation Index (AI) figure of 86, once again placing the programme in the excellent category and made it the most appreciated programme of the day.

Last Sunday's BBC Three repeat of Gridlock achieved an AI figure of 86.


Series Three Coming to Sci Fi


April 23, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
In a press release issued today, SCI FI Channel and BBC Worldwide Americas announced a major acquisition deal for the US premiere of the third season of Doctor Who. The series will debut on SCI FI in July 2007, kicking off with the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Runaway Bride, guest-starring award-winning comedy actress Catherine Tate.

Chris Regina, Vice President of Programming, SCI FI Channel, said "Doctor Who has become a favorite among SCI FI audiences. We are happy to bring the show back for its third season and look forward to following the Doctor's continuing adventures with his newest companion."

Candace Carlisle, COO, BBC Sales Company, commented, "SCI FI Channel has been a fantastic platform for the Doctor Who series in the US. We're excited for the Season Three launch and think American audiences will simply love the Doctor's hip new companion."

BBC Video will continue to work with SCI FI Channel on joint marketing promotions to support the Doctor Who brand in the US.

Burton Cromer, Senior Vice President, Consumer Products, BBC Worldwide Americas said: "Our promotional partnership with the SCI FI Channel, both on-air and online, was a significant factor in the fantastic success we've had with the new Doctor Who. It's also helped drive awareness and sales of our 40 plus line of classic Doctor Who titles."

The second season of the new Doctor Who earned impressive ratings during its airing on SCI FI, delivering an average of over one million viewers each week.

Read the entire press release here.

Sunday, 22 April 2007

Kylie Minogue cast?


April 22, 2007 • Posted By Paul Hayes
The British Sunday tabloid newspaper the News of the World is running a report this morning claiming that Australian actress and pop star Kylie Minogue has been cast in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special. Minogue, best known internationally for a string of chart hits including "I Should Be So Lucky" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head", began her career as an actress in the popular soap opera Neighbours in the late 1980s. She has also appeared in films such asStreet Fighter (1994) and Moulin Rouge (2001).

Says the News of the World's report:

"A BBC insider said: 'Kylie jumped at the chance to be in the show and is really looking forward to acting again. She is flattered to be asked to be in such a classic TV show.

'The Doctor Who team are delighted they've got someone as sexy and high profile as Kylie to ensure they win the annual ratings battle with ITV.'"

The report also claims that Minogue was persuaded to take the role by her friend and stylist Will Baker, a Doctor Who fan who has included several sets and costumes inspired by the programme in her stage tour in recent years. The paper also claims that she will appear in the programme as a Cyberwoman, but this is not supported in any of their "insider" quotes.

The paper adds:

"The show spokesman added: 'Russell [T Davies] is just putting the finishing touches to the episode and it will be TV dynamite.' Russell, who has met Kylie to discuss the part, said: 'I imagined she'd be booked up for the next two years'."

Dalek Overnight Ratings

The earlier start combined with the hot weather across the UK, meant that the overnight ratings for Daleks in Manhattan were6.3 million, a share of 34.9%.

Although lower than the previous three weeks, the programme was still the most watched programme on British television, narrowly beating Casualty, which came second with 6.2 million.

Doctor Who comfortably beat its main opposition on ITV1, Vernon Kay's Game show Marathon, which achieved 3.8 million viewers.

Overall, with one day to come, the programme is the 16th most watched of the week.

On BBC3, Doctor Who Confidential achieved 486,000 viewers and was the third most watched programme on multichannel television.

Saturday, 21 April 2007

Friday Ratings

Friday night's BBC Three repeat of episode three, Gridlock, was watched by 328,000 viewers according to unofficial overnight ratings, a share of1.8% of the total television audience.

It was the 9th most-watched programme of the day on multi channel television.

Totally Doctor Who on BBC One had a rating of 0.7 million viewers.

Week 5 Schedules

For the transmission of episode five, Evolution of the Daleks, Doctor Who again moves its start time, this time to 6.45pm. Once more the programme is sandwiched between The National Lottery: The People's Quiz and Any Dream Will Do with Graham Norton.

ITV1 counters with the latest in Vernon Kay's Gameshow Marathon, this week recreating The Golden Shot.

BBC Two keeps Snooker addicts happy with three hours of second round of the World Championship 2007 while Channel 4 viewers can seeChannel 4 News followed by Prince Charles: The Bachelor Years, a programme recreating the days when Prince Charles played the field and dated a number of beautiful women.

Channel 5 has the film Blind Date postponed by one week.

Friday, 20 April 2007

Colin Baker Interview


April 20, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
The online edition of the News Shopper currently features an interview with Sixth Doctor Colin Baker about his upcoming appearance in the Alan Ayckbourn play Bedroom Farce at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

Bedroom Farce is a comic assault on the middle-class, revolving around three couples and the conversations and encounters within their three bedrooms.

"Alan Ayckbourn is a genius. I've done four Ayckbourn plays and they have always been the best fun I've ever had. I've never been to an Ayckbourn I haven't enjoyed and never taken part in one the audience haven't enjoyed. It's the main ingredient for success I think, Alan Ayckbourn."

Colin talks about his long career (both acting and writing), his entry into the Eurovision Song Contest last year, and about his co-star in the play, Louise Jameson.

"Around 90 per cent of what I do (in Bedroom Farce) is with Louise Jameson, who I know terribly well. We've worked together two or three times before and we're great friends. We even have a show we do together called Love Letters. This means rehearsals will be fun. She's always ticking me off for misbehaving."

Daleks Top Online Poll


April 20, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The Daleks are Doctor Who's scariest villains, according to a new survey.

An online poll of Doctor Who fans was commissioned by the BBC for theofficial programme website to mark the Daleks' return to the show tomorrow night in the UK.

More than 21,000 voted, and Nick Briggs, who voices the monsters, said: "I've been fortunate enough to provide the voices for a wide variety of Doctor Who villains over the years, but the Daleks seem to have stood the test of time as the scariest and most iconic space terrors that the Doctor has ever encountered."

Doctor Who lead writer and co-executive producer Russell T Davies said: "Every time the Daleks return we make them bigger and better than ever before, and this time, their plan is the most audacious Dalek scheme yet."

He added: "Even the Doctor finds himself out of his depth."

Second in the poll were the Empty Child Zombies from 2005, while the Beast from last year's two-parter The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit was third.

The top ten are detailed below.
1. The Daleks
2. The Empty Child Zombies
3. The Beast
4. The Cybermen
5. The Clockwork Droids
6. The Ood
7. The Empress of Racnoss
8. The Werewolf
9. The Autons/Nestenes
10. Chloe's Dad

Posters Promotion


April 20, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The Western Mail newspaper, based in Cardiff, has a promotion starting tomorrow and running every day until Friday, April 27 in which a series of exclusive, glossy, double-sided, official Doctor Who posters featuring different characters and villains will be given away free.

Click on the image below for a larger version of one of the posters.

Smith And Jones Shooting Script Online


April 20, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
The full shooting script for Smith and Jones has been put online at theBBC Writers Room.

Series head Russell T Davies gave the go-ahead for the script to be made available, according to the official programme website.

The Writers Room is used by the BBC to find and champion new talent.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to download the script.

Robot DVD Cover


April 20, 2007 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
From our friends at Tenth Planet, we've received the cover illustration for the forthcoming UK DVD release of Robot, the first Tom Baker serial from 1974. The DVD will be issued on 4th June 2007. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the cover.

Thursday, 19 April 2007

In Their Own Words 3


April 19, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Doctor Who Magazine has released the third installment of their In Their Own Words series. This Special Edition covers 1977 to 1981 and features interviews with Tom BakerLouise JamesonGraham WilliamsJohn LeesonRobert HolmesMary TammDouglas AdamsLalla Ward,John Nathan TurnerChristopher H BidmeadMatthew Waterhouse and hundreds more - plus an Afterword by Shakespeare Code writer Gareth Roberts!
"I was the great children's hero. I was known all over the world. I didn't need credit cards, I was welcomed into everybody's house. The Doctor isn't just what I did in the studio, you see.

I had to carry the concept of this semi-perfect man into my own life so that, of there were children around, I wouldn't be seen as a disappointment! It was very, very exhausting at times, but rewarding as well. Being Doctor Who comes with this responsibility..."

Bloodtide At The Globe


April 19, 2007 • Posted By John Bowman
According to the official exhibitions website, Bloodtide - one of the witches from The Shakespeare Code - will be appearing for a limited period at Shakespeare's Globe in London, where some of the Series Three episode was filmed, as part of the tour and exhibition.

Information on the Globe's website would suggest, however, that it is actually the Carrionite's costume that is on display at the exhibition rather than the actress who played Bloodtide, Linda Clarke, taking an interactive part.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Shakespeare Code final ratings

According to the latest figures released by BARBThe Shakespeare Code gained an official viewing figure of 7.23 million, placing it 14thin the British television viewing charts for the week. It was beaten in the charts by all of the week's episodes of Coronation Street andEastEnders, and all but one episode of Emmerdale.

The figure places the episode 21st out of the 30 episodes of new Doctor Who for which the final viewing figures are known, withGridlock's final viewing figure due this time next week. The 14th position in the chart maintains the programme's extremely strong run in the top twenty. Since the return of the series two years ago, only The Empty Child has failed to make the top twenty, finishing 21st in its week.

In the multichannel charts, Doctor Who was the most watched programme of the week with an official rating of 1.039 Million viewers; an impressive achievement for a programme shown on BBC One the night before. Saturday's Confidential was 8th with 656,000 viewers, while Sunday's repeat was 22nd with 560,000 viewers.

Top Twenty Programmes w/e 8th April 2007

1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) 13.07
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1934) 11.76
3 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) 10.10
4 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) 10.05
5 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) 9.22
6 EASTENDERS (TUE 1930) 9.06
7 CORONATION STREET (SUN 1929) 8.36
8 EASTENDERS (FRI 1959) 8.26
9 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) 8.14
10 EMMERDALE (TUE 1901) 8.08
11 EASTENDERS (THU 1930) 7.94
12 EMMERDALE (WED 1858) 7.29
13 EMMERDALE (FRI 1903) 7.27
14 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1859) 7.23 
15 THE ROYAL (SUN 2001) 7.10
16 EMMERDALE (THU 1900) 6.75
17 MY FAMILY (FRI 2030) 6.65
18 LIFE ON MARS (TUE 2100) 6.39
19 CASUALTY (SAT 2112) 6.35
20 GEORGE GENTLY (SUN 2059) 6.33

Multi Channel Top Twenty

1 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2001) 1,039,000 - BBC3 
2 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 958,000 - BBC3
3 MY BIG BREASTS AND ME (Thu 2100) 946,000 - BBC3
4 EASTENDERS (Tue 2159) 835,000 - BBC3
5 LOST (Sun 2201) 824,000 - Sky 1
6 60 SECONDS (Sun 1959) 766,000 - BBC3
7 FILM: THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (2004) (Tue 2249) 692,000 - ITV2
8 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1946) 656,000 - BBC3 
9 ENTERTAINMENT NEWS UPDATE (Tue 2248) 653,000 - ITV2
10 FILM: THE MUMMY RETURNS (Thu 2023) 653,000 - ITV2
11 60 SECONDS (Thu 2157) 647,000 - BBC3
12 BONES (Thu 2101) 647,000 - Sky 1
13 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Wed 2302) 633,000 - E4 In
14 HOLLYOAKS (Tue 1859) 623,000 - E4 In
15 AMERICAN IDOL (Fri 2131) 620,000 - ITV2
16 FILM: THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (2004) (Tue 2205) 607,000 - ITV2
17 THE REAL HUSTLE (Thu 2229) 593,000 - BBC3
18 EASTENDERS (Mon 2200) 589,000 - BBC3
19 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 574,000 - E4 In
20 AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (Mon 2100) 573,000 - Living TV

Source BARB

Torchwood Series Two in 08


April 18, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
In a recent interview with The StageJulie Gardner confirms that series two of Torchwood, set to begin filming on Monday April 30th, will be returning to screens on BBC2 in January 2008.
"Last year, we started filming in March and we were on air with 13 episodes from late September, which was just so, so hectic. And we didn’t really have enough time – it was absolutely frantic from day one of prep, it was all hands on deck.

And so, it just works for the BBC2 schedule that we can go in January. So it’ll just give us a little bit more time in our post-production. Which would be lovely, because we were delivering an episode every single week for transmission. It was incredibly tight. So it was just as well we didn’t have any last-minute technical difficulties last year!"

The Viyrans invade Big Finish


April 18, 2007 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
In the latest issue of Doctor Who MagazineBig Finish Productionsannounced that a new race of monsters will be making their first appearance before the end of the year. The Viyrans will be introduced through an extended storyline called The Virus Strand. This story thread will consist of the single episode stories which accompany the new three-parters on double cd releases.

The first installment of this series, due out this month, is Urgent Calls.Urgent Calls is set to be released with three-part story I.D., with both featuring Colin Baker.

May sees the release of the second installment, Urban Myths, alongsideExotron. Both stories feature Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant.