As reported back in May, tonight sees David Tennant flicking the switch for the annual Blackpool Illuminationsparty tonight (31st Aug). The event will take place around 9:30pm and will also be broadcast live on a BBC Radio 2show presented by Dale Winton (8:30-9:30pm).
Jackie Potter, Strategic Director, Tourism and Regeneration said on 22nd August:
We are absolutely delighted that David Tennant has accepted our invitation to switch on the Lights on Friday 31 August 2007. Blackpool’s Switch On celebrations are enjoyed by a huge family audience and we are sure this will be a popular choice.
The free concert during which he will throw the switch marks the start of Blackpool’s Big Switch On Weekend. We hope that thousands of fans of David, and of Blackpool, will join us in the celebrations and that they stay to enjoy all the free events Blackpool will be hosting throughout the weekend and indeed during the Illuminations Season.
The 2007 Illuminations will also be a delight for Doctor Who fans, as Illuminations bosses are soon to unveil plans for a new display featuring characters and creatures from forthcoming episodes.
Tennant joins an illustrious list of stars to have launched the lights including the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, who illuminated the town as Doctor Who back in 1975.
Sci-Fi fans are in for a real treat with the 2007 display, as the most menacing, mysterious, and mean monsters from the most recent series of Doctor Who make their Illuminations debut. These new displays are situated outside the Dr Who Exhibition.
After Elton, a popular gay-themed blog hosted by the Logo network, has invited SyFyPortal.com founderMichael Hinman and the popular former science-fiction radio personality Meredith Hogan to host a series of Vlogs (video logs) that will highlight each episode of "Torchwood's" first season.
The Vlogs will run between 10 to 15 minutes, and will talk about different aspects of each episodes, as well as some of the gay themes present in each show.
Each Vlog will appear on the After Elton Web site by the Monday following each episode's broadcast. Hinman is already a fan of the series, and will be giving a perspective from someone who is watching the show for the second time as it airs on BBC America. Hogan, however, will be a newcomer to the show (and practically to the 'Doctor Who' universe), so she will provide a fresh, "new fan" perspective to the show.
"We've always been true practitioners of Gene Roddenberry's philosophy of infinite diversity in infinite combinations," Hinman said. "I know that has become almost a cliche in science-fiction, but up until shows like 'Torchwood,' that cliche didn't seem to exist when it came to our friends in the gay and lesbian community."
Whatsonstage.com has posted a 20 question interview with Peter Davison, who is seen below in his role as King Arthur in Spamalot. Davison had the following to say about his time with Doctor Who.
You're quite well known to many as being the fifth incarnation of Doctor Who. Does it all seem so long ago?
Not really, no. You're always connected with Doctor Who in some shape or form. I still do the occasional audio CD, and I'm always being asked to come in and do commentaries on the re-releases of the episodes that I did. You're always connected to it. The people who are making it now are fans of the shows from when I used to be in it, and I know quite a few of them personally.
The Friday Night Project, a variety show airing in the UK on Channel 4, has included a question which furthers a casting rumor for Series Four. One of the questions was, "Which rockstar is set to appear in Doctor Who?", to which the answer by them was David Bowie. This follows from a week of rumors, which have all been denied by representatives for Bowie.
The BBC has hit back at claims of racism by citing Freema Agyeman as an example of how it is nurturing ethnic talent.
TV writer Jimmy McGovern made the accusation during an interview on BBC Five Live to promote his new stage play King Cotton, which is among commemorations marking the bicentenary of Britain abolishing the slave trade.
BBC News says interviewer Simon Mayo asked him if the country was less racist than it once was, to which McGovern replied: "I have got to say this, you will not like this. But I've worked a lot in the BBC, you know.
"I love the BBC as an institution and as an organisation and you do see lots of black faces in the BBC. But you see them in the canteen. You do not see them in positions of power.
"It would appear to me that one of the most racist institutions in England is in fact the BBC."
Mayo called it "a very serious allegation", saying the BBC would respond, and later read out a statement in which the corporation said: "What really matters is that we reflect our audiences through our programmes.
"The BBC's ambition is to reflect the ethnic and social mix of people around the country. We're actively seeking and nurturing ethnic talents both on and off the air.
"This has been coming through in our output with a range of presenters and reporters across our peak-time programmes, for example Freema Agyeman in Doctor Who, the forthcoming Omid Djalili show, Dance X, and dramas such asWaterloo Road.
"It is something we are always looking to improve on."
Last year in an interview, showrunner Russell T Davies refuted McGovern's claim that there was little decent drama on ITV at 9pm and disagreed with him over how drama could portray world truths.
The Royal Shakespeare Company have announced their 2008 line-up, which featuresDavid Tennant in two roles. From July 24th until November 15th 2008, Tennant will be starring in the title role in Hamlet, alongside Patrick Stewart playing Claudius. Fans of the new series will also be excited to note that from October 2nd until November 15th 2008, Tennant will be playing Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost. Love's Labour's Lost was a major plot point in Series 3 episode The Shakespeare Code.
The BBC have issued a statement reminding fans to be alert and watch out for online imposters. "There have been several recent cases of people posing as David Tennant in internet chat rooms and forums - as well as setting up social networking profiles in his name. David would like to point out that neither he, nor Catherine Tate use these kinds of sites, chatrooms or forums, and wouldn't want fans to be disappointed or misled if they thought they were talking to the real actors. We would strongly advise all Doctor Who fans for their own safety to ignore any such postings and not be fooled by impersonators - it will never be David or Catherine online."
Follow-up statement from the Outpost Gallifrey site editor: "We support this statement by the BBC. While David Tennant has indeed visited Outpost Gallifrey in the past -- he has stated so several times in interviews with Doctor Who Magazine and other sources -- he has not posted in our Forum, nor is he likely to, and anyone attempting to post in his name would be immediately removed."
The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures is released today and includes a chance to win a life-size bronze Dalek!
Beware the Carrionites on the cover. Inside the magazine, you can read a bigger and better Tales from the TARDIS all about the Doctor defeating the hideous hags from the Deep Darkness.
News – our first picture of the Doctor and Donna. Fact file – take a look at medical student turned time traveller, Miss Martha Jones. Adventure guide / Doctor Who Confidential extra – things get hot for the Doctor and Martha in the episode 42. Comic strip – the concluding part of Signs of Life. Doctor’s Data – former TARDIS traveller, Sarah Jane Smith. Scary mask – the Lazarus monster – perfect for games of hide and seek! Who knows? – your Doctor Who questions answered. Posters – three exclusive posters from 42, The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords. Win – goodies up for grabs. Puzzles – loads of Time Teasers – and don’t miss out on Bloodtide and Doomfinger’s Woven word search!
Please note: Daleks that survived the Time War are NOT allowed to enter the Dalek competition, but humans everywhere are.
Matt Roush, the main critic for TV GUIDE reports just how much he enjoys Torchwood.
He writes, "Over the years, I've somehow resisted the lure of the iconic British fantasy Doctor Who, in all of its incarnations. So imagine my surprise to be hooked on Torchwood, a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off."
To read the entire review, click on the TV guide link above. The full review contains a few spoilers.
David Bowie's website has debunked a story in The Sun that claimed Bowie would be appearing in Doctor Who as "an evil alien abductor". The Sun connects the Bowie rumor with the upcoming Agatha Christie story, which they erroneously describe as a two-part special. Bowie's website says, "... the whole story is as much news to [Bowie fans] as it is to him. David Bowie is not planning to star in Dr Who and the whole story is 'absolute tish and tosh'." The Bowie site goes on to mention Dalek operator and Big Finish regular Nicholas Pegg, who is also author of The Complete David Bowie.
UPDATE: BBC News has also released a story debunking the Sun's claim. The BBC's story adds that "a spokeswoman for the BBC One show also denied the story.
Amazon.co.uk has added listings for the first new novels and audios for 2008.
February sees a trio of Torchwood audios released. In The Shadows, Hidden, and Everyone Says Hello are all listed for release on February 4th. No further plot or narration information is available at this time.
May sees a trio of new Doctor Who novels alongside a new reference book. Martha in the Mirror,Snowglobe 7, and The Many Hands all see release on May 1st. Starships and Spacestations by Justin Richards will be out on that day also. Further plot and author information will be posted as it becomes available.
SCI-FI WIRE has announced a list of the features to be included in the series 1 release of Torchwood. The boxed set is scheduled to hit the shelves on January 8, 2008.
The bonus features include: Welcome to Torchwood; Torchwood on the Scene; Torchwood Out of this World; Torchwood Sex, Violence, Blood and Gore; Torchwood on the Road; The Team and Their Troubles; Torchwood: Moments in the Making; The Captain's Log; Torchwood on Time; and Torchwood Declassified. The DVD will also feature deleted scenes, audio commentary on all 13 first-season episodes and outtakes.
The US premier of Torchwood is Saturday, September 8 at 8:00 pm CST on BBC AMERICA.
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, series producer Phil Collinson has announced that Bernard Cribbinswill be making a guest appearance in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned.
It's the third time Cribbins has appeared in Doctor Who, but the first time he's appeared in the TV series! He's probably best known to fans through his appearance as a companion to Peter Cushing's Doctor, the bumbling policeman Tom Campbell, in the 1966 film Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD. He also appeared, earlier this year, as Arnold Lane alongside Paul McGann in the Big Finish/BBC7 eighth Doctor story Horror of Glam Rock.
"This is the icing on the cake, a wonderful addition to an already phenomenal cast," Phil Collinson told Doctor Who Magazine. "It's a wonderful cameo, which kept the entire cast and crew entertained."
On Sunday 26th August, hundreds of Doctor Who fans descended upon Manchester to break a world record for the largest number of Daleks (or people wearing Dalek costumes) in one place. Also in attendance was Dalek designer Ray Cusick. The attempt was organised by The Museum of Science and Industry, which also boasts the fantastic Doctor Who Up-Close Exhibition.
With a grand total of 68 Daleks in attendance, the previous record of 50 Daleks was broken.
Noel Clarke, who previously played Mickey Smith will be playing the lead role but Big Finish is keen to point out that this is not a return of Mickey Smith. Noel plays Kade, a tough, hard-bitten soldier. 'It's a completely different character for Noel,' explains writer and director, Nick Briggs, 'and it was a delight to watch him lap it up. I think people will see a side to Noel they never knew about. He has such incredible range as an actor, and breath-taking emotional power. You wait until you hear Kade angry. I'm surprised the Daleks didn't just pack up and go home!'
While Noel appeared in the very latest incarnation of Doctor Who on television, his Dalek Empire co-star was involved in the earliest days of the series. Maureen O'Brien was the First Doctor's companion, Vicki, but here she plays a very different sort of character. 'I knew I wanted Maureen to be in this the moment I saw her working on The Companion Chronicles last year,' says Nick. 'She plays General Agnes Landen, a really tough lady, single-minded, convinced she's right. And she and Kade clash!
There is a Windows Media preview for this title available here.
The Daleks are conquering our galaxy. Nothing can stop them. But Commander Agnes Landen has an idea.
On the outer planet Talis Minor, Salus Kade is struggling to keep his colony alive. The last thing he needs is a war to fight.
Simon Guerrier, who has overseen the last two year's of Bernice Summerfield releases for Big Finish, is handing over the reigns as Producer to Eddie Robson. "I've had a brilliant time on Benny, working with some extremely talented, funny and helpful people," says Simon."But I was originally taken on by Gary Russell to get us to the end of Season 8, and now that's pretty much done I think it's time to let someone else have a go. I'll still be overseeing the books and audios up to the end of this year, but as of now I am answering to Eddie Robson. And his piranha fish." Guerrier's latest book, Bernice Summerfield - The Inside Story will be available in October. A preview is available on-line here.
Robson has already been hard at work and can now announce the 2008 releases for the Bernice Summerfield range. The ninth series of audio dramas will consist of four single-CD plays. These are: 9.1Beyond the Sea by Eddie Robson; 9.2 The Adolescence of Time by Lawrence Miles; 9.3 The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel byJim Smith; and 9.4 The Diet of Worms by Matthew Sweet. There will be one Bernice Summerfield book for 2008 and this will be the novel Terra Incognita by Ben Aaronovitch.
While the output is smaller, John Ainsworth of Big Finish assures that this is not a plan to phase Benny out. "The main reason for the reduction in the amount of Benny CDs and books for 2008 was to give Eddie a more manageable workload. This was the recommendation of outgoing producer Simon Guerrier. Although Simon has done a magnificent job of looking after Benny for the last two years, he did find it to be quite demanding of his time. The books are particularly time consuming to prepare. As the Benny range sells considerably less than the equivalent items in the Doctor Who range, the budget is that much smaller. This means that Simon, and now Eddie, can't give up the day job in order to work on Benny, so returning to four CDs and one book release makes it easeier to keep on top of."
The song, Children of Tomorrow, as heard in the Eighth Doctor audio drama Horror of Glam Rock, is now available to download form iTunes. The song, sung by Stephen Gately with Clare Buckfield was written by Barnaby Edwards with music by Tim Sutton
Billie Piper is currently working on a new drama series for ITV2 called The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl.
The woman known as Belle de Jour published her diaries in 2005 and, despite many attempts to discover her true identity, remains anonymous. Her no-holds-barred account of her experiences as a prostitute is frank, funny and highly compelling.
The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl is the story of a 21st-century Moll Flanders (played by Billie Piper), an illuminating glimpse behind the scenes of the high-class sex trade. It is an insight into the secret life of an extraordinary young woman whose conventional family have no idea that she is leading a double life.
Actress Billie Piper has been socialising with real-life prostitutes to help develop her character. An ITV spokeswoman said: “They do have a dominatrix on set to advise. It's about prostitution and they want to get it right."
The Secret Diary of a Call Girl will air on ITV2 at 10pm on Thursday, September 27.
Big Finish has announced a new cast member for the Bernice Summerfield audio range.Thomas Grant, whose credits include the films Vanity Fair and Dummy and roles in TV dramasMidsomer Murdersand Mayo, will be joining the cast playing Benny's son Peter. He will appear in the forthcoming The End of the World, and then in The Wake in December.
'We're delighted Thomas can join us in a regular role,' says producer Simon Guerrier. 'He comes highly recommended and is very much in demand. Which is just as well, as he's got a crucial role to play in the next few plays - one that'll change Benny's life forever.'
Due to his other commitments, Thomas recorded his scenes at the end of July. 'Which means I've decided to delay the release of The End of the World to early September,' says Guerrier.
With delaying The End of the World in his first appearance, Peter will be a strong character in the range for the upcoming season.
BBC News Online reports that Doctor Who has been awarded the Programme of the Year title at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, with its broadcaster BBC One being acclaimed as Channel of the Year.
According to the report, "the winner of the best programme prize was chosen from the shortlist by almost 200 young people who were invited to attend the festival as a way of showcasing the next generation of TV talent." Producer Phil Collinson said that to receive the award "from young people coming into this industry is a particular honour". He also praised the BBC, saying that without it, "Doctor Who would never be made, would never be so good and would never be so well supported".
The other nominees in the terrestrial channel award were BBC Two, ITV1,Channel 4 and Five.
Doctor Who took its award over E4's programme Skins, plus fellow BBC One series Life on Mars and Planet Earth.
In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Russell T Davies has confirmed thatDavid Tennant will be playing the Doctor for the entire run of series four of Doctor Who.
When asked if the constant tabloid rumours that Tennant would be quitting the show halfway through the next series were true, Davies answered, "No, he's doing the whole series. It was never even discussed that he might leave after six episodes. That's completely invented by the papers."
Perhaps it's Time Lord intervention, but Big Finish has announced that the August release for the Bernice Summerfield range, The End of the World, will now be released in September. This release features the character of Jason Kane, who first appeared in the New Adventures series novel Death and Diplomacy in 1996.
"So for a long time – years now, really – I've had this growing suspicion that everything was, well, everything was just wrong…"
Jason Kane – author, adventurer, hero and inveterately polysyllabic hyperbolist. Now join him on his most exciting adventure yet!
He's going to Hell and back on an impossible quest to stop a man with the powers of a god. Along the way there's monsters and explosions and unseemly contretemps in the odd posh restaurant.
The battle will be hard and require every last iota of Jason's famous cunning. What can possibly go wrong?
PR-Inside.com has released a story that includes possible spoilers for upcoming seasons of Doctor Who, although they are sourced from off-hand comments made by Russell T Davies in his latest Doctor Who Magazine interview. Please Click on the Spoiler icon below to see the full article.
The next actor to play DOCTOR WHO on the hit British sci-fi show has been found - TV star HARRY LLOYD. The show's boss Russell T Davies was impressed with Lloyd when the actor appeared on a recent episode as a student at a posh school.
And when current Doctor Who David Tennant leaves the series, which is rumoured to be in two year's time (09), Davis [sic] is convinced he has found a ready made replacement.
He says, "After his audition I sent a note to the casting director saying, 'He's not just good for Baines (his character), that's the next Doctor.
Seriously. He's so brilliant." Lloyd currently plays Will Scarlett in the British TV series Robin Hood.
Mad Norwegian Press has issued an update regarding two of their upcoming books. About Time 6, by Tat Wood, will be released in December(with a slightly higher price than previous volumes due to an expanded page count) and information has now been released about the new second edition of Lance Parkin's AHistory.
AHistory Second Edition: Written by Lance Parkin, with additional material by Lars Pearson. The Second Edition of AHistory amends and vastly expands the work of the sold-out First Edition, continuing to incorporate the whole of Doctor Who into a single timeline.
Among other things, the Second Edition will cover: all Doctor Who TV episodes up through "Last of the Time Lords", the Series 3 finale; all Doctor Who novels from Virgin and the BBC, up through the New Series Adventure "Wooden Heart"; the Big Finish audio range up through "The Wishing Beast" (#97); all Torchwood Series 1 episodes and novels; the Sarah Jane Adventures pilot; and all Telos novellas.
In addition, the Second Edition will incorporate the Doctor Who Magazine comic strips that have been running since 1979.
Big Finish has released a cover and full details on Absolution, the October release featuring The Eighth Doctor. This release will also see the departure of companion C'rizz.
Confession. Penance. Absolution.
The Tardis breaks down in a forbidden sector of space. Ghostly voices cry out for salvation and only C'rizz, the Doctor's Eutermesan companion, can answer their call - for only he knows the secret of the Absolver. But will he use it to rescue his friends or save the universe?
The Doctor's sins are catching up with him and the infernal beast Borarus is hungry. Time is running out and Judgement Day is at hand.
Julie Gardner, executive producer of the BBC series Torchwood and head of drama development for BBC Wales, tellsSCI-FI WIRE that Torchwood'sroots lie in a fascination with American science fiction shows - particularly those in the boom of the 1990s.
She talks about an early series she and Russell T Davies developed calledExcalibur which centered around a paranormal investigation team.
"It was a kind of [an] urban-landscape, present-day series," Gardner said.
"And the scene that Russell in his two-page pitch described was the scene where there was this sexy group of investigators in an alleyway at night, it's raining, a corpse is on the ground, and one of them brings out a glove and is able to bring the corpse back to life, which is, of course, the central first scene in Episode 1 of what became Torchwood."
Big Finish have announced that Noel Clarke and Maureen O'Brien are joining the cast of the upcoming series Dalek Empire: The Fearless.
Clarke won't be reprising his Mickey Smith role from the new TV series but, instead, will be playing a new character called Kade - "a tough, hard-bitten soldierfrom the distant future", according to Doctor Who Magazine. Meanwhile, O'Brien (who originally played Vicki, a companion to the First Doctor) will be playing General Agnes Landen in the series. The Fearless is currently slated for a September release.
Following a story which was first announced here on Outpost Gallifrey Saturday, The Sun has issued an article explaining the recall of the Doctor Who 2008 Annual. According to The Sun, the show's title was printed on the cover as Doctor Hwo.
THOUSANDS of Doctor Who books have been pulped — because of a spelling mistake on the front cover.
Publishers Penguin had sent the 2008 annual — featuring current Doctor David Tennant — to shops before the error was spotted.
But a red-faced insider, who refused to reveal the gaffe, said: “It’s embarrassing. The books are cherished so the publishers decided to recall them.”
Russell T. Davies and his role in the successful revival of Doctor Whohas been featured in an interview with Tim Hunter of the Melbourne Age. In response to rumours that he will be leaving Doctor Who after the fourth series, Davies is quoted: 'The show is commissioned one year at a time, so life is booked up until next June, but from there, we'll see how it goes.'
Meanwhile, Lucy Beaumont, also of the Age, writes that the 'Doctor needs to get his mojo' in '42.' She also notes the 'special shade of Doctor Who-green that is used well and often' in Human Nature. Kelsey Munroof the Sydney Morning Herald also notes, in a review of this episode, that 'David Tennant makes an excellent Doctor, even considering his lamentable lack of Tom Baker curls.'
The Canberra Times has also reported that the recent Canberra launch of the 15th Australian Science Festivalsaw the surprise appearance of five Daleks. The Daleks 'threatened' the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Ms Julie Bishop MP, with 'extermination' as she launched the festival.
Finally, in the ratings, 'Doctor Who' has dipped a little: '42' scored 830,000 viewers in the 5 major capitals while 'Human Nature', despite still being theABC's top rating Saturday programme, scored only 790,000 viewers. Meanwhile,Torchwood's ratings have risen in the Tuesday midnight timeslot on Channel Ten. After 'They Keep Killing Suzie' only rated 98,000 viewers in the new timeslot, 'Random Shoes' recovered to 149,000 viewers and 'Out of Time' also received 151,000 viewers. For more ratings details see the Sydney Morning Herald’s Tribal Mind.
Barry Letts, writer, director, and producer of the Classic Series, has published the first volume in his autobiography. The book, entitled Who and Me, is available exclusively online here. The second volume is currently slated for release next year.
UKTV Drama has released the results of its Who is the Greatest Doctor Who Poll?. Following weeks of voting, David Tennant has landed first place with over eight thousand votes! A full list of the results is below.
1st Place - David Tennant - 8866 votes 2nd Place - Tom Baker - 2891 votes 3rd Place - Christopher Eccleston - 2694 votes 4th Place - Jon Pertwee - 1527 votes 5th Place - Patrick Troughton - 513 votes 6th Place - Peter Davison - 392 votes 7th Place - William Hartnell - 373 votes 8th Place - Colin Baker - 331 votes 9th Place - Sylvester McCoy - 314 votes 10th Place - Paul McGann - 140 votes
The cover image for the forthcoming UK DVD release of The Time Warriorhas been made available. Click on the thumbnail below for a larger version.
The Robert Holmes four-parter, which originally aired from December 1973 to January 1974, was the first story in Jon Pertwee's final season as the Third Doctor, and introduced not only Elisabeth Sladen as companion Sarah Jane Smith but also the Sontaran race.
It is out on September 3 and will be the first time the adventure has been available unedited.
(Thanks to Carl T Davies.)
Extras on the disc include:
Commentary - with Elisabeth Sladen, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks Beginning the End - a 'Making Of' featurette partially shot on location at Peckforton Castle, with contributions from Elisabeth Sladen, Donald Pelmear, Jeremy Bulloch, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and designer Keith Cheetham. Narrated by Simon Ockenden Optional new CGI Effects 1974 Doctor Who Annual pdf Radio Times listings pdf Photo Gallery Coming Soon trailer Trails and Continuity
The Sun has released an article about the forthcoming Children In Need special for Doctor Who. The article comes two days after a similar spoiler was spoken by Sylvester McCoy in New Zealand. As always, nothing has been confirmed by the BBC. Currently the Children In Need telethon is on scheduled for November 16th. Please click on the Spoiler tag below to view the article.
Doctor Who legend Peter Davison is to step back into the Tardis – and come face to face with the current Doctor.
Peter, 56, who played the Timelord in the 1980s, will pull on his famous trenchcoat once again for a Children In Need special.
Bosses are tight-lipped about the storyline, written by Who scribe Stephen Moffat.
But an insider revealed: “The Doctor is forever travelling though time so there’s no reason why he couldn't catch up with a former incarnation.
“Peter was top of the writer’s list to make a comeback."
This year’s Children In Need charity telethon takes place on BBC1 on Friday, November 16.
BBC Worldwide's Digital Media division has announced a new content partnership with mobile operator O2.
BBC Worldwide will provide over 300 individual pieces of content under the deal, including video clips, wallpapers and ringtones from programmes such as The Office, Little Britain, Doctor Who, I'm Alan Partridge and League of Gentlemen. The content will be sold through the O2 Active mobile portal.
Grahame Riddell, head of strategic content partners at O2 UK, said the deal 'paved the way' for access to BBC material in a range of formats. BBC Worldwide said the range of programmes and formats available under the deal is expected to grow over time.
Peter Mercier, head of mobile at BBC Worldwide, said: "This is clearly a great deal for us in terms of getting our content in front of consumers and demonstrating how BBC Worldwide continues to innovate in the digital media sector."
Seventh Doctor Actor Sylvester McCoy released a possible spoiler at the Day With A Doctorevent in Auckland, New Zealand. McCoy sited the source of the information as Peter Jackson. There has been no Official Announcement of this from the BBC. Please click on the Spoiler link below.
McCoy claimed that Fifth Doctor Peter Davison is due to return for Series 4 in a Multi-Doctor episode.
Digital Spy has announced a casting rumor for Series 4. The story was originally broken by News of the World. There is still no confirmation from the BBC about the rumor at this time. Please Click on the Spoiler button below for more information.
Iconic British actress Joan Collins has reportedly signed up to play a time-travelling villain in the forthcoming season of Doctor Who.
The News of the World claims that 74-year-old Collins, best known for her role as Alexis Carrington Colby in the soap Dynasty, has already signed up for the role of The Doctor's arch nemesis The Rani, a scheming Gallifreyan scientist who appeared twice in the classic series.
The tabloid quotes an insider in the show as saying: "The Doctor Who team are delighted they've managed to sign Joan. It's a real coup. [She's] perfect for the role... like Alexis Colby with a sonic screwdriver."
The Rani was originally portrayed by Kate O'Mara in 1985's 'The Mark of the Rani' opposite Colin Baker and in Sylvester McCoy's debut story 'Time and the Rani' in 1987. O'Mara, who reprised the role in a 1993 Children In Need special, also played Collins' younger sister Cassandra in Dynasty.