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Bookmark and Share Torchwood 2.3 Ratings

1/31/2008 01:16:00 am - Reported by Marcus

unofficial overnight figures give Episode Three, To The Last Man, an audience of 3.2 million viewers, which was a 13% share of the total television audience.

The programme was the highest rated on BBC2 for the day, comfortably ahead of Masterchef which got 2.6 million viewers.

The programme is repeated in an edited version on BBC2 Thursday evening and is available to UK viewers for the next seven days via the BBC iPlayer.

(NB: Torchwood is not repeated on BBC Two Scotland or on BBC Two Northern Ireland, nor is Torchwood Declassified, which follows the repeats elsewhere, shown on either of those channels. With thanks to Jeanette Napier for pointing this out.)

Bookmark and Share New Trailer To Hit Big Screen

1/31/2008 01:15:00 am - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

A new 90-second trailer for Series Four will start showing at cinemas across the UK from February 1, it has been reported.

According to Digital Spy, it will run at Empire, Odeon and Cineworld venues.

Naomi Gibney, the head of marketing at BBC Vision, is quoted as saying: "This is a great opportunity for the BBC to reach new audiences with an exciting preview of the new series of Doctor Who."

Trailers for Voyage Of The Damned were shown at cinemas in December.

UPDATE: The BBC Press Office has now put online more details concerning the trailer. It says the deal is part of a BBC test with Carlton Screen Advertising to showcase BBC content. It covers 837 Odeon screens, 736 Cineworld screens and 142 Empire screens. The trailer will be shown before some of the most anticipated new releases, including Cloverfield,JunoJohn Rambo and There Will Be Blood.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood - Final Ratings

1/30/2008 01:19:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Figures released by BARB show that the first episode of Series Two,Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, achieved an official rating of 4.22 millionviewers.

Final ratings are more accurate than the initial overnights and include those who record the programme and watch it within a week.

The programme was the most watched on BBC2 for the week, beating the second placed Wonderland by a million viewers. So far the episode is the second most watched programme on the channel for the year.
BBC 2 Top Twenty (w/e 20th Jan 2008)

1 TORCHWOOD (WED 2102) 4.22
2 WONDERLAND: THE SECRET LIFE OF NORMAN WISDOM (WED 3.22
3 MASTERCHEF (THU 2001) 3.15
4 MASTERCHEF (MON 2027) 3.05
5 MASTERCHEF (WED 2032) 2.83
6 UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (MON 1957) 2.73
7 THE WEAKEST LINK (WED 1715) 2.63
8 SNOOKER (SUN 2001) 2.62
9 AN ISLAND PARISH (TUE 2001) 2.58
10 MASTERCHEF (TUE 2031) 2.58
11 THE WEAKEST LINK (THU 1716) 2.58
12 THE WEAKEST LINK (FRI 1715) 2.55
13 THE WEAKEST LINK (MON 1713) 2.55
14 THE WEAKEST LINK (TUE 1715) 2.48
15 NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS (THU 2101) 2.40
16 QI (FRI 2202) 2.40
17 BILL ODDIE'S WILD SIDE (WED 2001) 2.25
18 HORIZON (TUE 2101) 2.20
19 EGGHEADS (MON 1758) 2.13
20 FILM: SIGNS (2002) (MON 2057) 2.12
21 WILD WENSLEYDALE (SUN 1740) 2.10
22 EGGHEADS (FRI 1800) 2.01
23 THE NATURAL WORLD (FRI 2001) 2.01
24 EGGHEADS (WED 1800) 2.00
25 HAVE I GOT OLD NEWS FOR YOU (SAT 2101) 1.97
26 SNOOKER (SUN 1359) 1.93
27 EGGHEADS (THU 1801) 1.91
28 EGGHEADS (TUE 1800) 1.90
29 EXTREME PILGRIM (FRI 2102) 1.68
30 THE NATURAL WORLD (SUN 1810) 1.67

source BARB

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 49

1/30/2008 01:19:00 am - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures - published in the UK on January 31 - is running a competition to create a monster for its comic strip.

The winner will appear with their creation in an exclusive comic strip in a future issue.

Editor Moray Laing said: "We can't wait to see loads of new monsters! From the letters and drawings we get, we know how much Doctor Who Adventures readers enjoy drawing pictures of the many creatures that appear in the series.

"But with this great new comp, readers get the chance to create their very own - plus the winner will appear in an exclusive comic strip story along with their yucky monster!"

Also in issue number 49:

News: The winner of the life-size Dalek competition is revealed
Fact file: The Fifth Doctor
Tales from the TARDIS: Debbie Chazen (Foon van Hoff in Voyage of the Damned) reveals her favourite scene from the Christmas special
Activity: Learn how to stomp like a Judoon and make your own special Judoon scanner
Comic strip: Part two of Hot Metal
Secrets: How the Doctor jumped through a mirror on a horse
Doctor's Data: The Futurekind
Exclusive posters: Martha and the Scarecrows, the Fifth and Tenth Doctors, and Morvin and Foon

Doctor Who Adventures issue 49 comes with a free monster pencil and eraser set featuring the Daleks and the Weeping Angels.

Bookmark and Share BBFC passes "Voyage" and "Five Doctors"

1/30/2008 01:18:00 am - Reported by Josiah Rowe

The British Board of Film Classification, the UK regulatory agency for film and video, has passed "Voyage of the Damned" for DVD release and rated it PG. The Christmas special was passed without cuts; the BBFC's consumer advice is that the special "contains moderate threat and scary scenes".

The 25th Anniversary Edition of "The Five Doctors" has also been passed and rated PG. The previous DVD of "The Five Doctors" was rated U.

UK release of "The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition" is scheduled for March 3. "Voyage of the Damned" is scheduled for release on March 10.

Bookmark and Share Australian Dalek Auction for Charity

1/30/2008 01:17:00 am - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

Inmates at the Woodford Correctional Centre have created a full size, ride-in Dalek to be auctioned off. Proceeds are going to support the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane. The inmates were helped by Mike Burrell, Trade Instructor from Woodford Correctional Centre.

"It took six months of occasional time when we were in between production" says Burrell. "It was made mostly out of ply but there are a lot of technical difficulties. Ply's flat and most of the Dalek is round and lumpy so it was difficult. It was set up to help them with their skills and technical abilities." The dimensions of the Dalek are 1.6m high, 1.3m front to back, and 0.8m wide. It's on wheels for easy transportation and can fit through a standard sized door.

ABC Brisbane reporter Brooke Carrigan was allowed an inside look at the finished product. "I'm inside the Dalek. And then you look up and it's got this voice-altering mechanism" Carrigan explains. "I can push and pull all these things and if you lift your feet up, we've actually been cruising through the children's hospital here, up and down the hallways".

Tegan Jones, Director of Fundraising and Development at Royal Children's Hospital, encourages fans to log onto E-bay to see the finished product. The auction closes on Friday, February 8th.


Thank you to Luke Bartolo and ABC Brisbane for the information.

Bookmark and Share More news clips

1/29/2008 12:39:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Doctor Who

Doctor Who had been nominated for the The South Bank Show Awards, but lost to Channel 4's Iraq War drama "The Mark of Cain". BBC News has the story.

The Doctor Who episode "Gridlock" has been nominated for the Epiphany Prize, an award given by the conservative Christian media organization Movieguide. The Epiphany Prizes "seek to create a deeper spiritual awareness in mankind and increase man's love and understanding of God" and are awarded to "popular, entertaining movies and television programs which are wholesome, uplifting, inspirational, redemptive, and moral." "Gridlock" is up against the TV movies "Lost Holiday: The Jim & Suzanne Shemwell Story", "Saving Sarah Cain" and "The Valley of Light", and an episode of the animated Christian children's series "Friends and Heroes". Variety has a story about the nomination.

The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that Billie Piper has been welcomed into her husband Laurence Fox's family, according to his cousin Emilia Fox.

And Colin Baker is endorsing a new Department of Transport scheme for anyone over 60 or disabled to have free bus travel during off-peak hours, reports the Bucks Free Press.

Torchwood

BostonNOW reviews the Torchwood first season DVD (calling the series "thoroughly entertaining").

The Daily Record has more excerpts from John Barrowman's autobiography, "Anything Goes", including Barrowman discussing his casting as Jack Harkness.

Doctor Who and Torchwood writer Helen Raynor speaks to the South Wales Echo about her work on the series. She tells the newspaper, "Sometimes I can get a bit precious about my work but that's healthy, the minute you get complacent about your work you're dead in the water."

The Herald has a rather tongue-in-cheek preview of "To the Last Man", which will air in the UK on Wednesday and in the US on February 9.

And last, Guardian Unlimited discusses the Torchwood alternate reality game, which is available (to UK users only)here.

(Thanks to "Caffeinejunkie", "PolyG" and "admiratio" of the Doctor Who Forum.)

Bookmark and Share Fanzine Update

1/28/2008 12:40:00 pm - Reported by Mike Doran

TSV, the fanzine of the New Zealand Doctor Who fan club celebrates 75 issues and 20 years of publication with an issue wrapped in full colour artwork by Alistair Hughes. Paul Scoones takes us through the making of the first issue in 1987. Jon Preddle delves in the history of Doctor Who broadcasting in Singapore, Chris Skerrow continues his journey through the BBC Past Doctor Adventures, and Edwin Patterson gives us a collector's guide to buying Who merchandise online. Meanwhile, Series 3 is reviewed by the TSV Review Panel while Adam McGechan (and friends!) makes a case for the series 3 story arc not being about Mr Saxon at all, but is actually based on the Hartnell adventure The Chase. 100 pages, colour cover, 20 years. To purchase a copy visitThe NZDWFC / TSV Webpage.

The latest issues of the Doctor Who Information Network's fanzine Enlightenment include issue 143, which looks at Doctor Who spin-offs with reviews of the first season of the Sarah Jane Adventures and the 10 commandments of making good Doctor Who spin-offs, plus reviews of Time Crashand Voyage of the Damned, a tribute to Verity Lambert, a survival guide for fan wives and more. Issue 142 looks travels back to 1977 with an assessment of a golden year in the classic series, reviews of The Robots of Death and Horror of Fang Rock, a look back at Philip Hinchcliffe, a review of the 1978 Dr Who annual and more! Both issues are available from the DWIN website.

Bookmark and Share Press round-up

1/28/2008 12:39:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Doktor Wer?

The Sun reports that BBC Worldwide has sold the first two series of Doctor Who to Germany's ProSieben. The voices of the Ninth Doctor and Rose will be dubbed into German by Frank Roth and Maren Rainer, respectively.

The Sarah Jane Adventures

Despite Elisabeth Sladen's statement to SFX that a second series of The Sarah Jane Adventures has been commissioned, Digital Spy quotes a BBC source saying that no decision has yet been made.

Meanwhile, SFX has updated their report, suggesting that the "24 episodes" may represent two series being filmed back-to-back.

Torchwood

There are still more reviews of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" from the American press: the Chicago Sun-Times (which calls Torchwood "pretty, witty and gay"),The Sun-Ledger (New Jersey), the Orlando SentinelSci Fi Weekly andAbout.com all have largely positive reviews. (Earlier season reviews from the Associated Press and Newsday are also being reprinted in newspapers across the US.)

Eve Myles told Sci Fi Wire that the second series of Torchwood contains both action and romance. And Sci Fi Weekly has a John Barrowmaninterview, portions of which have already appeared in Sci Fi Wire.

Naoko Mori tells the Daily Record (Glasgow) what she loves and hates, and tells The Independent (London) about her week in media.

Finally, the Daily Record also has excerpts from John Barrowman's autobiography "Anything Goes".

(Thanks to "Lianne" of the Doctor Who Forum.)

Bookmark and Share Press Clips

1/26/2008 12:41:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Doctor Who

Nearly all the Doctor Who press coverage from the last couple of days is related to the classic series. It's like we've gone back in time to 2003.

The Derby Evening Telegraph has a short interview with Colin Baker, who speaks about working with his ex-wifeLiza Goddard in "She Stoops to Conquer" and his visit to the filming of "Voyage of the Damned".

In the West End, Peter Davison will leave the role of King Arthur in Spamalot on March 1; his replacement in the role will be Alan Dale, who also has a guest role in an upcoming episode of Torchwood. The Official London Theatre Guide and Playbill have details.

An actual police box has been installed at the Kent Police Museum in Chatham. The Crawley Observer has the Press Association story and BBC News has videoNB: The police box, which is on loan to the museum from its home in Glasgow, will not be on public display until Sunday, February 10, when the museum reopens.

TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that BBC Video is reducing the price of two dozen classic Doctor Who DVDs in North America.

The only press items at all related to the new series are reviews of the recent adaptation of Mansfield Park starring Billie Piper, which will air in the US on PBS stations on Sunday, January 27 as part of the Masterpiece Classic series (formerly Masterpiece Theatre). The Boston GlobeLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco Chronicle and Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) review the production.

Torchwood

TV Guide and the Radio Times both have interviews with James Marsters about his role in Torchwood. TV Guidealso recommends the show to US viewers weathering the writers' strike.

There are more reviews of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" from the Boston HeraldThe Star-Ledger (New Jersey), the South Bend Tribune (Indiana), The Deadbolt and iF Magazine.

IGN, the Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) and The Globe and Mail (Toronto) have more reviews of the Torchwood First Season DVD box set; the Globe and Mail's review is on the same page as a review of the Criterion DVD release of This Sporting Life, the film which drew William Hartnell to the attention of Verity Lambert.

(Thanks to "Austin39" of the Doctor Who Forum.)

Bookmark and Share Time Meddler and Five Doctors DVD Updates

1/26/2008 12:41:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

The Restoration Team has updated its website with details about the forthcoming DVD releases of The Time Meddlerand The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition in the UK.

In it, Steve Roberts reveals why VidFIRE hasn't been employed on The Time Meddler. The process is normally used to give a video look to film recordings so that episodes appear as they did on transmission.

As previously reported by Outpost Gallifrey, extras on that disc will include a feature examining the comic strip adventures of the First Doctor, as well as a piece using audio recordings and the script to place in context the 12 seconds that are still missing from Checkmate - the final episode of the 1965 story - after they were cut by overseas censors before the print turned up.

The two-disc Five Doctors release will include the original version of the story, lasting 90 minutes, plus the special edition, which runs for 102 minutes. Screen grabs are used in the Restoration Team's feature to illustrate the improvement in picture quality of this 1983 story.

Among the extras on the Five Doctors release are outtakes plus contemporaneous appearances by assorted cast members on the BBC TV shows Saturday SuperstoreBlue PeterBreakfast Time and Nationwide.

The Time Meddler is due out on February 4, while The Five Doctors - 25th Anniversary Edition is released on March 3.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood- Appreciation Index

1/25/2008 12:44:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday's showing of Torchwood Episode Two, Sleeper received an Appreciation Index score of 85. This puts the programme in the excellent category and was one of the highest scores on Television on Wednesday. The edited version of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang scored 82.

Meanwhile the Wednesday BBC3 repeat of Sleeper got an audience of 240,000while the BBC2 edited repeat was watched by 0.9 million viewers on Thursday evening, a 4.2% share of the audience. Torchwood Declassified on Thursday got an audience of 1.0 million.

Bookmark and Share Sladen speaks to SFX

1/25/2008 12:43:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

SFX Magazine are currently running a feature on their website, previewing a forthcoming interview the magazine has conducted with actress Elisabeth Sladen. Sladen, who plays Sarah Jane Smith, confirms in the feature that not only has spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures been recommissioned for a second series, this time of 24 episodes, but that she will also be returning to Doctor Who itself for a guest appearance in series four.

The full interview will be printed in a special edition of SFX due out in March.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures: Issue 48

1/25/2008 12:43:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures issue 48 is now available across the United Kingdom.
Press Release

Look out for new monsters!

There’s a scary new Sontaran from Series Four of Doctor Who staring out from the latest cover of Doctor Who Adventures.

Inside this week’s magazine you can find out more secrets from the exciting new series.
It’s a great year to be a Doctor Who fan… and we tell you just why! There’s everything from the return of Donna to a trip to Pompeii to look forward to as well as Doctor Who Adventures every Thursday, of course. Find out more in the issue.

PLUS:
- News! Series Four treats.
- Tales from the TARDIS The Doctor battles with the sinister Sycorax.
- Fact file Meet the Catkind from New Earth.
- This week’s activity Make a Max Capricorn mask.
- Who’s where? There’s something very wrong going on aboard the Titanic – can you find the Host haloes?
- How to… walk like a seriously scary Scarecrow.
- Comic strip Part 1 of a new adventure called Hot Metal.
- Doctor’s Data Mickey Smith.
- Time Agent Upload Featuring reader’s fantastic drawings and photographs!
- Exclusive posters! Daleks! Carrionites! The Host, Doctor and Astrid! The Lazarus Experiment – great pictures for your bedroom wall.
- Win Cool prizes could be yours!
- Puzzles! More fun with Bloodtide and Doomfinger’s woven word search and parallel pictures.

The issue comes with a brilliant free 4 in a Row game – with the Weeping Angels and Scarecrows. It’s packed with essential monster data – so don’t miss it!

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Magazine promotions

1/25/2008 12:42:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Titan Magazines has released the first issue of Torchwood Magazine this week. Full details are reported elsewhere on this page (scroll down to January 16 for the press release); the publishers also have created a Facebook group and a YouTube video to promote the magazine.

Bookmark and Share Who's on the radio?

1/25/2008 12:42:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

On Thursday, two UK radio stations broadcast interviews of people connected with Doctor Who. Colin Baker spoke toBBC Radio Ulster about his role in "She Stoops to Conquer"; near the end of the interview, he talks about how the revival of Doctor Who has given him new respect in his own household. The interview can be heard here (it begins approximately 10 minutes 6 seconds into the program).

And Gary Russell, script editor on the new series and author of Doctor Who in many different media, spoke toResonance FM's "Panel Borders" about the new Doctor Who comic book from IDW and the history of Doctor Who in comics. The interview is available as a podcast here.

Thanks to Brian Deane and Alex Fitch.

Bookmark and Share Sleeper Ratings

1/24/2008 12:48:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Episode two of Torchwood, Sleeper, achieved an overnight rating of 3.4 millionviewers, a 14% share of the television audience. The programme was the highest rated for the day on BBC Two and the 18th most watched programme across the channels.

The edited repeat of episode one, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, attained an audience of1.1 million, while Torchwood Declassified gained 1.0 million viewers.

With figures available for the whole of last week, episode one finished as the highest rated programme on BBC Two for the week, beating the second placed Masterchef by 800,000 viewers.

Bookmark and Share Kingston and Salmon for Series 4

1/24/2008 12:48:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

The BBC Press Office has announced that Alex Kingston and Colin Salmon will appear as guest stars in writerSteven Moffat's two-part story for the fourth series of Doctor Who, which is currently filming.

Kingston, who will play a character named in the press release as River Song, is best known for her regular role in the American television drama series ER. In the UK, she starred in the one-off dramas Moll Flanders and Boudecia for the ITV network. Salmon has been seen in a variety of roles in British film and television, including as the supporting character Charles Robinson in the James Bond films Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. His character in Doctor Who has not yet been named.

BBC News and The Sun have stories about the casting announcement.

Bookmark and Share BBC puts Who and Torchwood on MySpace

1/24/2008 12:46:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

BBC Worldwide has launched a video channel on MySpace TV which contains clips from new and classic Doctor Who, Doctor Who Confidential, Torchwood and Torchwood Declassified.

The clips can be embedded in webpages and blogs

A full catalog of the Doctor Who and Torchwood-related videos can be seen here.

The news of the BBC/MySpace deal is covered by many sources, including the Guardian, the Financial Times, theAssociated PressReuters,Business WeekTVWeek and news.com.au, all of which mention Doctor Who in their coverage of the deal. (The CBC illustrates the story with a still from the Peter Cushing Dalek films, which are not included on the MySpace page.)

This deal is similar to an arrangement the BBC has with YouTube; however, the BBC's YouTube channel is restricted to users from the United Kingdom. The BBC Worldwide YouTube channel, which is accessible worldwide, has clips from classic Doctor Who, Doctor Who Confidential and Torchwood Declassified, but no content from 21st century Doctor Who or Torchwood. Full episodes of classic Doctor Who are also available for rent on Vuze and, for US viewers, on Amazon Unbox, but these services are available only to users with Windows XP or Windows Vista (or TiVo, in the case of the Amazon content).

Bookmark and Share How Long Will Barrowman Stay?

1/24/2008 12:45:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By Brigadier Bill

In an interview with Sci Fi Wire John Barrowman spoke candidly on how long he will stay as Captain Jack.

"If I was asked to do Jack for the next five or six years I would do it with a big smile on my face, because I absolutely love playing him," Barrowman said in an interview. "When the time comes for us to close the page on Torchwood and Jack Harkness, I'm also then happy to do that when that decision is made. But I think it's got a bit of a life out there. Let's hope we get [season] three, [season] four and, hopefully, [season] five."

Barrowman also talks about the direction of series two and the differences between time travel on Doctor Who andTorchwood.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood in the press

1/24/2008 12:45:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

The heavy press coverage of Torchwood continues, particularly in the United States as BBC America leads up to the January 26 debut of Torchwood's second season.

iF Magazine and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette both have interviews with Eve MylesSci Fi Wire has a brief interview with Burn Gorman and one with John Barrowman(mentioned in more detail below). And the Kansas City Star also has some Barrowman quotes.

Entertainment WeeklyUSA Today, the Chicago TribunePittsburgh Post-GazetteSan Jose Mercury News and AfterElton.com have reviews/previews of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", while Newsday raves about the series as a whole. Back in the UK, Digital Spy has a review of the second episode, "Sleeper".

There are also more reviews of the Torchwood Season 1 DVD set, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and News Blaze.

Finally, AfterElton.com has a review of John Barrowman's autobiography, Anything Goes.

(Thanks to Sean Elliott and "Lianne" of the Doctor Who Forum.)

Bookmark and Share Who and Torchwood in the press

1/23/2008 12:50:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Doctor Who

On Monday, The Times published a cartoon by Morten Morland portraying Hillary Clinton as a Dalek, with Bill Clinton pushing her up a flight of stairs as she tells him, "Expiate!" It's odd that cartoonists still assume that Daleks have trouble with stairs, nearly 20 years after they were first shown levitating up them.

Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, visited Cardiff on Tuesday to celebrate the success of Doctor Who and Torchwood, and to promise continued investment in BBC Wales programming.BBC News has the story.

Readers of the Guardian's Organ Grinder blog have voted Doctor Who as their favorite TV show of 2007. This is the third year in a row Doctor Who has won the Organ Grinder poll.

Scottish novelist and comedian A. L. Kennedy, whose novel Day won the prestigious Costa Book of the Year award on Tuesday, told The Scotsman that she'd love to write a Doctor Who episode: "She's entirely serious about this, having been a fan of the series ever since she was four. 'I write asking them every six months, and I get increasingly high-ranking reject letters, each time explaining there's nothing they can do, and it's all down to [series writer] Russell T Davies.' "

The Daily Star's story about guest appearances in Series Four has been picked up by several sources, including The Press and Journal of Aberdeen and the Evening Post of Nottingham.

The Paisley Daily Express has a story about David Tennant's work as a celebrity patron for the Scottish-basedAssociation for International Cancer Research.

And Australia's New Idea magazine claims that Kylie Minogue is "putting the final touches on a deal" to return to Doctor Who as a series regular.

Torchwood

The TV Today blog at The Stage previews Wednesday's new episode of Torchwood, "Sleeper", saying that the series as a whole is "massively improved" and that "Sleeper is "sensitively, quietly told" but [feels] "the need to throw blood around with gay abandon."

The Western Mail lists Eve Myles in the "Championship" category of their "Fantasy Fame League" of Welsh celebrity -- the same level as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Charlotte ChurchGareth David-Lloyd is in "League One", the next level down.

TV GuideThe Boston GlobeThe Star of Toronto, The Province of Vancouver, iF MagazineMSN TV andMonsters and Critics all review the Torchwood Season 1 DVD set, which was released in North America on Tuesday.

The Boston Phoenix and the City Weekly of Salt Lake City preview "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" for their readers (Torchwood's second season debuts on BBC America on Saturday, January 26). Many news sources, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Arizona Republic and the CBC carry anAssociated Press article about the season. And the Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas) recommends Torchwood to viewers hungry for heroic characters during the writers' strike.

(Thanks to "PolyG", "Darnall42", "Xtatoo", "outforawalk", "aaaa" and "admiratio" of the Doctor Who Forum.)

Bookmark and Share Colin Baker Stoops to Conquer

1/23/2008 12:49:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Sixth Doctor Colin Baker is currently playing Mr. Hardcastle in a UK tour of the eighteenth century comedy She Stoops to Conquer. The play is co-produced by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (where the play opened last year) and the Touring Consortium, which has an education programme about the play available here. Dates and links to theatres' websites are listed below.

22-26 January: NOTTINGHAMTheatre Royal

29 January - 2 February: BELFASTGrand Opera House

12-16 February: EDINBURGHKing's Theatre

19–23 February: GLASGOWTheatre Royal

26 February-1 March: ABERDEENHis Majesty's Theatre

4-8 March: EASTBOURNEDevonshire Park Theatre

11-15 March: CARDIFFNew Theatre

18-22 March: RICHMONDRichmond Theatre

25-29 March: CAMBRIDGECambridge Arts Theatre

1-5 April: GUILDFORDYvonne Arnaud Theatre

8-12 April: CHELTENHAMEveryman Theatre

15-19 April: DARLINGTONCivic Theatre

21-26 April: BATHTheatre Royal Bath


The Nottingham Evening Post has a brief review of the production.

Bookmark and Share Press Clips

1/21/2008 12:52:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

People

Hello! magazine's readers have voted David Tennant the third most attractive man, after Sean Bean and Hugh Laurie.

Catherine Tate spoke to the Toronto Star about her comedy series and her return to Doctor Who as Donna Noble. "What's great about doing Doctor Who is that it has a narrative, so it means that I can approach it more as a straight acting role," says Tate. "It's just nicer to have a story arc that lasts longer than, like, four minutes."

Contactmusic.com quotes Russell T. Davies as saying that being gay helped give him "an edge" over other aspiring writers.

Eighth Doctor Paul McGann was one of the celebrities on hand for the official opening of Liverpool's year as the European Capital of Culture, reports theLiverpool Echo.

And Johnny Depp has denied rumors that he was seeking a role on Doctor Who, reports Teletext. (The story is no longer available on Teletext's website.)

Torchwood

Several news sources have published reviews of Torchwood's second series debut, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang". These includeThe Times ("good, salacious knockabout fun"), The Times again ("funny, fast and daring"), The Daily Telegraph("leaden gags" and "a fantastically ungripping plot") and The Guardian ("parts of it were very, very funny").

American media are also covering the series ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" will debut on BBC America on Saturday, January 26); the Los Angeles Times calls the series "grown-up, dark, energetic and sometimes hard to keep track of." TheOrlando Sentinel (Florida), The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel(Wisconsin), the Akron Beacon-Journal (Ohio), the Erie News-Times (Pennsylvania) and the Fresno Bee(California) all report on the second series debut and/or Tuesday's DVD release of the first series.

The Huddersfield Examiner has an interview with John Barrowman.

The South Wales Echo has excerpts from an interview Eve Myles gave to Iconz magazine, in which she speaks of her love for Cardiff.

James Marsters' girlfriend enjoyed watching him kiss John Barrowman, according to The Sun andcontactmusic.com.

Miscellany

An article in The Sunday Times about the state of children's television in Britain quotes Russell T. Davies and notes that while television labelled as being for children is suffering, "family" programming like Doctor Who is thriving. Another column points to the success of Doctor Who as a model for adapting classic adventure novels to the screen.

Indeed, Doctor Who is such a success that BBC bosses are looking to apply its lessons beyond the realm of drama. In an interview with The Guardian BBC director general Mark Thompson used Doctor Who as an example of the sort of "creative energy" which the BBC should use in political coverage. Covering Thompson's remark, the Belfast Telegraphsuggested that BBC reporters covering Northern Ireland might already feel like time travelers.

Young Doctor Who fans in the Midlands can participate in a craft competition at the Stourport Library in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire. There are three age groups for the competition: ages 5 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 to 13. Entrants can color a Doctor Who picture (available at the library) or make a Doctor Who-themed model. The Kidderminster Shuttlehas details of the competition.

The West Sussex Gazette has a feature article about classic Doctor Who filming in West Sussex.

The Doctor Who Up Close exhibition in Cardiff will be adding costumes from "Voyage of the Damned" to its collection, reports the Western Mail.

A columnist in The Scotsman notes that "apart from reality shows and similar swill, Doctor Who is the only programme that brings the nation together simultaneously: ironic, given that the Doctor is a Time Lord."

Technology website The Register describes a small flying robot being developed by the US military as a "proto-Dalek".

Doctor Who news shows up everywhere these days. Materials Handling World has a short article about the forklift featured in "Voyage of the Damned". No matter what your field is, there's nothing like a Doctor Who story to spice up your trade news, eh?

And the South Wales Echo has a story about a dad who built his kids a five-foot TARDIS replica to keep their toys in. Bless.

Bookmark and Share Series Four spoiler in Daily Star?

1/21/2008 12:51:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

The Daily Star is reporting casting and plot information for Series Four which, if true, could be considered a spoiler. Some details are listed below, and more can be seen by following the link above. (Please note that the Daily Star's website has content which may not be suitable for all ages.)

(Thanks to Joey Donovan.)

The article says that John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) and Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) will both be appearing in Series Four. The Star states that the former companions will appear in the series' finale, coming to the rescue of the Doctor, who has been seriously wounded in an explosion.

Bookmark and Share "Blink" gets Nebula nod

1/21/2008 12:51:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

The script for the 2007 Doctor Who episode "Blink" by Steven Moffat has been placed on the preliminary ballot for the Nebula Awards. The Nebula Awards are awarded yearly by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for the best science fiction written in the previous two years, using a system of "rolling eligibility". Moffat was nominated last year for his script for "The Girl in the Fireplace", but lost to the Hayao Miyazakianimated film "Howl's Moving Castle".

This year, the other entries for Best Script are the screenplays for the films "Children of Men", "The Prestige", "Pan's Labrynth" and "V for Vendetta"; an episode of the television anthology "Masters of Science Fiction" written by Harlan Ellison; and an episode of the fan-produced Internet series "Star Trek: The New Voyages".

CLARIFICATION: "Blink" is on the preliminary ballot, which is the first part of a two-stage voting process. The final ballot will be released in March.

(Thanks to Alex Frazer-Harrison.)

Bookmark and Share Sylvester McCoy comes to PBS, Channel 4 in "King Lear"

1/21/2008 12:50:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

The Royal Shakespeare Company's recent production of King Lear, starring Sir Ian McKellan in the title role and featuring Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy as the Fool, was filmed for HDTV, reports www.theatermania.com.

The production began in its run at The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 2007 before embarking on an international tour. It recently concluded its run in London's West End.

The show will be broadcast by American PBS stations in autumn and Channel 4 in December, in addition to being carried by a number of other international stations, such as NHK Japan. Plans are also in place to release the production on DVD internationally.

CORRECTION: Although theatermania.com reported that the production would be aired on "BBC Channel 4", this appears to be an error. The Stagereports that the adaptation was commissioned by Channel 4, not BBC4.

(Thanks to Ian Robinson for the correction.)

Bookmark and Share Timelash North American Release Details

1/19/2008 12:53:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

BBC Video has confirmed the April 1st North American release date for the classic series adventure Timelash, starringColin Baker as the Doctor, Nicola Bryant as Peri, and featuring a guest appearance of Blake's 7's Paul Darrow.
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The TARDIS gets caught in the Timelash, a powerful time corridor that brings the Doctor and Peri to the troubled planet of Karfel. The planet is on the brink of war and ruled by an insane and much feared dictator, who punishes Karfelons by throwing them into the Timelash. But why is their leader never seen in person? And what links Karfel with 19th-century Scotland and a young writer named Herbert? The Doctor arrives just in time to find out...

Special Features:
  • Audio Commentary by actors Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Paul Darrow
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A new Making Of documentary (25 mins)
  • Easter egg (1 min)
  • Photo gallery (8 mins)
  • DVD-ROM feature: Radio Times listings
  • Production Notes Subtitle Option
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Bookmark and Share Torchwood All Access on BBC Radio Wales

1/18/2008 12:55:00 pm - Reported by Benjamin Elliott

BBC Radio Wales will air the first installment of Torchwood All Access on Saturday 19 January at 1:33PM GMT. This will be an infrequent behind the scenes show similar to "Doctor Who Back In Time". Julian Carey will host. The episode will be available on the Radio Wales website for one week after broadcast.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood- Appreciation Index

1/18/2008 12:54:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The first episode of Torchwood, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang scored an Appreciation Index figure of 84. The programme was one of the most appreciated of the day.

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.

An edited version of episode One, suitable for pre watershed viewing, will be shown on BBC2 on Wednesday 23rd January at 7pm. Meanwhile the unedited version is available to UK viewers for the next few days, via the BBC iplayer.

Bookmark and Share News round-up

1/18/2008 12:54:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

People

John Barrowman will be returning to the National Theatre on Monday, February 11 at 6pm for a 45-minute talk about his career. He will then sign his autobiography Anything Goes. Barrowman played Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost and Billy Crocker in Anything Goes at the National.

Barrowman also has autobiography signings scheduled across England and Wales in January and February. OnThursday, January 24 he will be at theBirmingham branch of Waterstone's from 11am; on Tuesday, February 12 he will appear at Costco in Watford from 1pm. He will be signing at theBrighton branch of British Bookshops and Stationers on Wednesday, February 13 between 1pm and 2.30pm. On Thursday, February 14 Barrowman will be signing at the Waterstone's in Bluewater, Kent, from 5.30pm (the Kent News has coverage of this appearance). OnFriday, February 15 he will be signing at the Borders in Oxford from 5.30pm (noted in The Oxford Mail). OnSaturday, February 16 Barrowman will appear at the Borders inCardiff at 1pm. More details can be found onBarrowman's website.

Anneke Wills, who played companion Polly in the classic series, will be at the Who Blackpool TV memorabilia and toy store in Victoria Street onSaturday, January 26 from 11am for autographs and photos. A week later, on February 2, actor Eric Potts, who played Oliver Charles in Aliens of London, will be there for a similar session, again from 11am.

DVDs

tvshowsondvd.com reports an announcement by HBO Video that it will be releasing the Extras Christmas Special, which includes David Tennant in a spoof scene from Doctor Who, as an individual Region 1 disc on February 26.

Streaming

Voyage of the Damned was the most frequently streamed programme via the BBC iPlayer between Christmas Day and January 7, says the BBC Press Office. The Extras Christmas Special, with the previously mentioned brief Doctor Who spoof scene, was second favourite. More than 3.5 million programmes were streamed or downloaded by more than one million visitors to the site. Doctor Who's download success was mentioned by many UK news sources, including BBC NewsThe GuardianReutersScreen Digest and ZDNet. The story was also reported Down Under bynews.com.au.

Merchandise

The new edition of SFX - number 167 - includes a seven-page feature on Torchwood. The magazine went on set during the filming of episode nine of Series Two. The piece includes interview quotes from Chris ChibnallRichard Stokes,John Barrowman and Eve Myles, plus some exclusive on-set photography taken on the day.

In the feature, Barrowman says: "The writers have found where we lie. The analogy I use is that last year we were walking, finding our feet. This year we're running. The stories still have the content we had last year, but they're just maybe a little more focused, more particular.

"Last year there were individual stories that had their own beginning and end. This year there's a throughline through it all, 'cos at the end there's a huge reveal and a big cliffhanger."

Meanwhile, celebrity magazine Ikonz carries a lengthy interview with Eve Myles in which the Torchwood star reveals that the word "famous" makes her "want to be sick".

She tells Adam Yosef: "I'm completely not into celebrity and not into doing things for the sake of being famous.

"I mean, the word 'famous' makes me want to be sick to be honest with you. I can't wait to go back to theatre, I can't wait to be back in the West End. I can't wait to go back with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

"Those things really excite me. Also, getting some really good parts, that excites me. But the whole razzle dazzle, if it came about well great but it's not a path I'll be going after."

She adds: "I'm due to go out to LA next year to have some meetings. I will enjoy it, if something comes of it, wonderful but if it doesn't I haven't lost anything."

Finally, the Liverpool Daily Post has a report and video on a company making Tardis sheds.

(Thanks to Jerome Morrow, Alex Frazer-Harrison, and forum members "drwho" and "Minister of Sense".)

Bookmark and Share Big Finish Introduces Downloadable Doctor Who

1/18/2008 12:53:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

Big Finish Productions has announced the launch of a new download service launching on February 1st. With this service, listeners will be able to purchase and instantly download the audio of their choice as an mp3 file to their computer.
This includes the Doctor WhoBernice SummerfieldSapphire and Steel, and the forthcomingStargate series.

"Listening habits have changed dramatically over the last ten years," says Company Director, Jason Haigh-Ellery. "More and more people are choosing to buy their music and audio online and listen to it either on their computer or on mp3 players like the iPod. We are delighted to be able to make Big Finish's productions available in this new way."

Jason also addressed the impact that this change will have on foreign fans. "We have always done our best to keep the prices as low as possible for foreign customers," continues Haigh-Ellery. "Unfortunately though, the poor exchange rate with America, Australia and other countries has made this difficult. Now though, by offering downloadable versions of our plays, we can dramatically reduce the price as there is no extra expenditure on postage, packing and materials. We're sure that this will be good news for our foreign customers."

With the launch of the new website at BigFinish.com on February 1st, fans will be able to sample individual episodes for a small cost. The remainder of the play will be available for simply paying the remainder of the balance. Although not available at launch, a subscription service will be introduced where customers can purchase several plays in advance of their release at a discounted rate. In addition to the plays themselves, music suites, behind-the-scenes features and copies of the scripts will also be made available for download.

Fans who prefer to continue buying their Big Finish plays on CD need not worry that online downloads will herald the end of the CD versions. All new Big Finish plays will continue to be released on CD simultaneously with the download version. The download versions will be cheaper than the CDs in all territories but CD purchasers will also be entitled to acquire the download version at no extra charge.

"The new download service is a major step forward for Big Finish," says Jason Haigh-Ellery.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood - Overnight Ratings

1/17/2008 12:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Unofficial overnight figures gave Episode One of Torchwood, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, an audience of 3.7 million viewers, a 14.8% share of the total audience.

The programme was the highest rated on BBC2 for the day and the 18th most watched on all television.

These are the highest ratings that Torchwood has achieved on BBC2, although the previous series was shown on BBC3 first.

The programme was repeated on BBC3 at 2330 where it got 247,000viewers.

Bookmark and Share Interview with IDW Publisher Chris Ryall

1/17/2008 12:56:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

Chris Ryall, publisher with the comics company IDW (the company behind the new original and reprint Doctor Whotitles), is featured in an in-depth interview on the Comic Book Resources website.

While the Doctor Who titles are not the focus of the interview, Ryall does mention them along with all the other titles the company is publishing. Its a great way to get to know the home of Doctor Who in American comics.

Bookmark and Share The Qualities of Leadership

1/17/2008 12:55:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper


January 17, 2008 • Posted By Jarrod Cooper
Big Finish Productions has released information on their upcoming Short Trips Anthology, The Qualities of Leadership, which is due out in May.Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor of the volume, made the choice to have each of the stories be a little longer than past stories.

The Stories will include:

Introduction by Keith R.A. DeCandido
"From Little Acorns..." by John S. Drew
"One Fateful Knight" by Peter David
"The Slave War" by Una McCormack
"Goths and Robbers" by Diane Duane
"Good Queen, Bad Queen, I Queen, You Queen" by Terri Osborne
"The Price of Conviction" by Richard C. White
"God Send Me Well to Keep" by Linnea Dodson
"Peaceable Kingdom" by Steve Savile
"Rock Star" by Robert T. Jeschonek
"On a Pedestal" by Kathleen O. David
"Cleanup on Aisle Two" by James Swallow
"The Spindle of Necessity" by Allyn Gibson
"Epilogue" by John S. Drew
King Loran of Zalezna is dead, the victim of an attempted coup. However, with the help of the Eighth Doctor, Loran’s son and heir, Mihal, is able to stop the rebels and claim the throne. Now Mihal faces the prospect of ruling before he’s ready. By way of helping Mihal prepare for his new role, the Doctor tells him of the many leaders he’s met over the course of his lives...

Join the Doctor as he regales Prince Mihal with stories from throughout time and space. There are tales of the Roman Empire, from Emperor Theodoric to rebels Spartacus and Calpurnia to Rome’s enemy Queen Boudica. There’s King Arthur and Plato as they’ve never been seen before, Martin Luther and King Henry VIII in the midst of rewriting Europe’s religious landscape and an unexpected side of William Wallace. The Doctor also travels to such exotic worlds as Rishik and Mitidiki, and arrives at a deceptively mundane department store.

Leadership comes in many forms. Some are unexpected, some are less pleasant than you’d think and some aren’t quite what history would later paint them to be.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Magazine Debuts

1/16/2008 12:58:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon


January 16, 2008 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
As previously reported, Titan Magazines has launched the official Torchwood Magazine, the first issue of which is due out on January 24. Below is the official press release; the final cover is also available (click on the thumbnail for a larger version.)
Launch of Torchwood: The Official Magazine

Following the success of Torchwood, the BBC’s award-winning sci-fi drama, Titan Magazines presents Torchwood: The Official Magazine – the essential guide to the adrenalin-fuelled exploits of Captain Jack Harkness and his team.

Torchwood: The Official Magazine includes the latest news from the Torchwood set in Cardiff, exclusive cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes features on the show’s special effects, regular columns from Torchwood’s lead writer Chris Chibnall, and producer Richard Stokes, plus, 10 pages of original Torchwood comic strip fiction!

The launch issue includes interviews with Torchwood lead John Barrowman, and guest star James Marsters (Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), plus, exclusive photography and concept artwork of the Hub.

Explore Torchwood from a different angle, only with Torchwood: The Official Magazine!

Torchwood: The Official Magazine is published every four weeks. Issue #1 on sale at good retailers from January 24

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 47

1/16/2008 12:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The latest Doctor Who Adventures, is out across the United Kingdom on Thursday 17 January; below is the press release for the issue.
Press Release

Doctor Who Adventures – now weekly!

Stand by for more adventures in time and space! From the next issue of Doctor Who Adventures, readers can get a new monster-packed issue of the successful children’s magazine every Thursday!

In the first weekly issue, it’s battle stations as we take a look at the legendary Dalek and Cybermen fight from the end of the second series.

There are also ten ways for you to act just like the Doctor and a fact file about the brave Titanic waitress Astrid Peth.

PLUS:
News! Find out why there’s a police box in a future episode of EastEnders.
This week’s activity Move like a Cyberman and make a Cyber chest plate.
Quiz Which Doctor are you like?
Comic strip Part two of The Monster Upstairs – an alien has kidnapped Violet Hopley.
Secrets Meet the man behind the bangs in Doctor Who – Danny Hargreaves.
Doctor’s Data Are you brave enough to read about the Empty Child?
Time Agent Upload Is your letter or picture in this issue? Find out inside! Plus pictures of readers dressed as the Doctor and his friends.
Exclusive posters! A stunning Cyberman and Dalek poster, K-9, and the Doctor and Mr Copper.
Game Trouble on the Titanic – can you escape the Host and reach Deck 31?
Win – Cool prizes up for grabs
Puzzles! Look out for Host on toast and Max has got his tracks in a twist. And more from Bloodtide and Doomfinger with their Woven Wordsearch!

Doctor Who Adventures issue 47 comes with a Family of Blood notepad, pen, pencil, eraser and stickers. Miss it and miss out!

Bookmark and Share Earls Court Expo Opening Date

1/15/2008 12:58:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


January 15, 2008 • Posted By John Bowman
The Doctor Who Up-Close display at Earls Court will open on March 20, according to the revamped Doctor Who Exhibitions and Museumwebsite.

As reported last month by Outpost Gallifrey, the display will be in the Museum Hall, beneath Earls Court Exhibition Centre. It will include items fromVoyage of the Damned as well as from Series Four after their appearance on the show, says the exhibitions site.

Tickets for the Earls Court exhibition - billed as being the largest Doctor Who display in the UK - go on sale fromFebruary 18.

Meanwhile, the Land's End exhibition will be closed from January 22 to 25 inclusive for essential maintenance. TheBlackpool Doctor Who Museumis shut for the winter and will reopen on February 16.

The Up-Close exhibition in Cardiff remains open seven days a week.

Bookmark and Share Davies interviewed

1/14/2008 12:59:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe


January 14, 2008 • Posted By Josiah Rowe
Two interviews with Russell T. Davies will air this week on BBC radio and television. First, on Tuesday January 15, Davies will speak to Nemone on the digital radio station BBC 6 Music. This interview can be heard from 1:00 p.m. GMT via the internet and the BBC's iPlayer Radio service (formerly Listen Again).

Then, on Wednesday January 16th, BBC Four will broadcast Mark Lawson Talks to Russell T. Davies. The Radio Times describes this interview as follows:
This ought to be a cracking edition of the late night Q&A. Never less than generous and animated in interview, RTD has plenty to talk about, from his ratings behemoth Doctor Who to its sexy, violent spin-off, Torchwood, whose second series starts tonigh

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Series 2 HDNet Air Date

1/13/2008 12:59:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


January 13, 2008 • Posted By John Bowman
Series Two of Torchwood is poised to start showing on the United States' high-definition cable channel HDNet fromMonday, February 11.

According to the channel's website, it will air at 7pm Eastern Time, although the site also carries the disclaimer that schedules are subject to change.

HDNet is available on several cable systems as well as satellite and began showing the first series last September.

(Thanks to Tony Mason and Nick Fitzpatrick.)

Bookmark and Share Next Guide Title Announced

1/12/2008 01:00:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive


January 12, 2008 • Posted By John Bowman
Starships and Spacestations will be the next Doctor Who guide in the BBC Books series.

Written by Justin Richards, it is due to be published on May 1.

A press statement said: "The Doctor has his TARDIS to get him from place to place and time to time but the rest of the universe relies on more conventional transport.

"From the British Space Programme of the late 20th century to Earth's empire in the far future, from the terrifying Dalek fleet to deadly Cyber ships, this latest Doctor Who guide documents the many starships and spacestations that the Doctor and his companions have encountered on their travels.

"He has solved mysteries on spacestations and stopped invasions spearheaded by starships. He has been held prisoner in space, escaped from the moon, witnessed the arrival of the Sycorax and the crash-landing of a space pig.

"More than anyone else, the Doctor has seen the development of space travel between countless worlds.

"In this stunningly illustrated book, Doctor Who historian Justin Richards documents the amazing story of Earth's ventures into space, examines the many alien fleets who have paid Earth a visit, and explores the other starships and spacestations that the Doctor has encountered on his many travels."

There is no cover image as yet.

Bookmark and Share Voyage - 2nd most watched programme in 2007

1/11/2008 01:02:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Christmas special Voyage of the Damned is now officially the holder of the highest chart placing in Doctor Who's 44-year history.

The Broadcasters' Audience Research Board has published final viewing figures for the week ending 30th December 2007 giving the Christmas Special, Voyage of the Damned, a final rating of 13.31 million viewers. Final figures are more accurate than the initial overnights and includes those who record the programme and watch it within a week.

This confirms the programme not only as the second most watched on British television for the week, but the second most watched programme on British television for the whole of 2007. It out-rated such high-ranking shows as The Vicar of Dibley, Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and its old adversary Coronation Street. The only programme to score higher ratings than Doctor Who last year was the second Christmas Day edition of EastEnders.

Doctor Who has also entered the charts as the 11th most watched programme and 4th most watched BBC programme of the decade, so far. The chart lists the highest rated episode of each series or sporting event.

In terms of raw ratings Voyage of the Damned is the 8th most watched episode in the programme's history, being beaten by one William Hartnell episode and six Tom Baker ones. This is an amazing feat, considering that most of the top rated Tom Baker episodes were transmitted when ITV was on strike and the only other channel broadcasting at the time was BBC2.