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Bookmark and Share Torchwood 2.7 AI figure

2/29/2008 05:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Episode seven of Torchwood, Dead Man Walking , scored an Appreciation Index figure of 86, once more putting it in the excellent category. It was highest figure for the day on the four main channels.

The edited repeat was watched by 0.9 million viewers, according to overnight figures, a 4.3% share of the total audience. Torchwood Declassifiedgot 1.4 million viewers. These figures are slightly higher than the actual overnights as they include Scotland and Northern Ireland where Torchwood was not shown.

Bookmark and Share Series Four Launch Night Party

2/29/2008 05:38:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

A special party with star guests possibly in tow is to be held in London the night Series Four starts - and readers of this page could be joining in the fun.

The free event is being organised by Doctor Who historian Jeremy Bentham, who has 100 tickets up for grabs.

Very much an informal occasion, similar parties that he has held for the start of the previous three series have proved hugely popular - last year's, for instance, saw just under 1,400 applications for tickets.

Bentham said: "We will be showing Partners In Crime, plus any other related Doctor Who programmes that are on that day, live on a big-screen plasma projection system with full surround sound - and who knows who else may drop in to join the fun and festivities?"

Among the star names at last year's party was Nicholas Courtney. Pictured at the event is a Dalek built by prop-maker Julian Vince, who also supplied a police box that materialised during the day.

This year's party will start at 3pm and finish late. A cash bar and full food menu will be available throughout the afternoon and evening, plus from 10pm onwards there will be free admission to the venue's nightclub.

Bentham said: "A draw for the tickets will take place three weeks before the confirmed series launch date, which is currently expected to be one of the Saturdays in early to mid-April."

And he stressed: "Please only apply for tickets if you know for sure that you'll be available to come to London for the party whenever Series Four starts. Alternatively, please state any Saturday dates when you will not be able to come, so that I can ensure tickets go out to those who can definitely make it."

Party hopefuls should send a postcard stating their full name, address, daytime contact number and the number of tickets they would like (maximum of two) to: DW Launch Party 2008, 13 Northfield Road, Boreham Wood, Herts, WD6 5AE.

All party entrants must be aged at least 18 and no admission will be allowed without a valid ticket. Winners will be notified by post during the week following the draw.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood 2.7 Overnight Ratings

2/28/2008 05:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Unofficial figures show that the BBC2 showing of Torchwood Episode 7, Dead Man Walking was watched by 3.0 million viewers, a12.5% share of the total TV audience.

The programme was the second most watched of the day on BBC2, being beaten by Masterchef and the 18th most watched on British television for the day. The episode had its premier on the digital channel BBC3 last week, where it was watched by 0.9 million viewers.

Episode Eight, A Day in the Death was watched by 1.05 millionviewers on BBC3, making it the highest rated programme on all multichannel TV for the day, and giving it a 5.7% share of the total audience.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood 2.5 Final Ratings

2/27/2008 05:48:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BARB has released final ratings for the week ending 17th February, giving Episode Five of Torchwood,Adam, an official rating of 3.79 millionviewers.

This, once more, makes Torchwood the highest rated programme on BBC2 for the week beating University Challenge into second place.

The BBC3 premier of Episode Six, Reset got a final rating of 0.85 million viewers. It was the 5th highest rated programme on BBC3 for the week.
BBC2 Top Ten (w/e 17 February 2008)

1 - TORCHWOOD (WED 2100) 3.79 million
2 - UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (MON 2001) 3.51 million
3 - MASTERCHEF (MON 2032) 3.36 million
4 - MASTERCHEF (THU 2002) 3.26 million
5 - MASTERCHEF (WED 2029) 3.00 million
6 - MASTERCHEF (TUE 2031) 2.89 million
7 - THE CHOIR (FRI 2102) 2.74 million
8 - AN ISLAND PARISH (TUE 2000) 2.69 million
9 - QI (FRI 2202) 2.59 million
10- THE NATURAL WORLD (FRI 2001) 2.55 million

BBC3 Top Ten (w/e 17 February 2008)

1 - EASTENDERS (Thu 2201) 958,000
2 - EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 929,000
3 - FILM: BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003) (Mon 2030) 880,000
4 - FILM: BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003) (Sat 2141) 880,000
5 - TORCHWOOD (Wed 2152) 849,000
6 - TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISP (Sun 2100 807,000
7 - EASTENDERS (Mon 2204) 759,000
8 - DAWN GETS NAKED (Thu 2102) 658,000
9 - EASTENDERS (Fri 2200) 549,000
10- 60 SECONDS (Mon 2202) 526,000


Source: BARB

Bookmark and Share Invasion of Time DVD Latest

2/27/2008 05:40:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

The forthcoming DVD release of Fourth Doctor story The Invasion of Time will have CGI effects as optional extras.

The British Board of Film Classification today passed a total of 33 effects for the six-part adventure, comprising three for episode one, five for episode two, five for episode three, nine for episode four, three for episode five, and eight for episode six.

As well as the mini-documentaries The Elusive David Agnew and The Rise and Fall of Gallifrey, reported earlier this month by this site, today's announcement stated that the DVD would also have a "making of" mini-documentary entitled Out of Time plus an Easter Egg.

A date for the DVD's release has yet to be announced.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Episode Titles

2/26/2008 05:50:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

Torchwood Magazine has announced the titles of the final episodes of the current season.

Episode 8 - A Day in the Death by Joe Lidster
Episode 9 - Something Borrowed by Phil Ford
Episode 10 - From Out of the Rain by PJ Hammond
Episode 11 - Adrift by Chris Chibnail
Episode 12 - Fragments by Chris Chibnail
Episode 13 - Exit Wounds by Chris Chibnail

Viewers in Scotland can now see the pre-watershed version of Torchwood on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.

Bookmark and Share Black Orchid in April

2/26/2008 05:49:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

It has been confirmed that the Peter Davison story Black Orchid will be released in the UK on 14th April 2008.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 53

2/26/2008 05:49:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This week's issue of Doctor Who Adventures looks at the heroes of Doctor Who. You can read about ten of the bravest people the Doctor has met. Everyone from Mickey Smith and Bannakaffalatta to Martha and Rose. But who do you think is the top hero?

There's also the chance to win tickets to a new London Doctor Who Exhibition in Earl's Court plus posters of Martha Jones, Sally Sparrow and a Weeping Angel and the Doctor and Astrid.

In "Tales from the TARDIS", Astrid saves the Earth but the Doctor loses a friend and "The Ultimate Guide to Doctor Who" features The Rise of the Cybermen to The Satan Pit

The Quiz asks "what kind of hero are you?" and you can learn how to draw Bannakaffalatta the little red cyborg. The comic strip is "The Old Kings of Skarab" part 2.

Doctor Who Adventures issue 53, is out in the UK on Thursday 28 February.

Bookmark and Share Verity Lambert Tribute Night

2/25/2008 05:50:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Guardian has confirmed that BBC Four is planning a tribute night to Doctor Who's first producer, Verity Lambert, who died last year.

The evening, which is planned for April, will feature a new documentary looking back at Lambert's work, including her pivotal role in setting up Doctor Who.

Those who have already filmed interviews for the documentary include the former Channel 4 chief executive Jeremy Isaacs. Other figures who are thought to be in the frame to feature include the Doctor Who executive producer Russell T Davies and Jonathan Creek star Alan Davies.

Thanks to Luke McCullough

Bookmark and Share News Round-Up

2/23/2008 05:51:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

Events

Colin Baker will be returning to Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent - the filming location for The Ultimate Foe section of The Trial of a Time Lord - on Sunday, May 18. This was where he filmed his last two episodes as the Doctor. Davros actor Terry Molloy will also be there. More details can be found at Colin Baker Online.

Interviews

Comic Book Resources has an interview with Pia Guerra, who is an artist for IDW Publishing's Doctor Who comic.

Newsarama has had a chat with Burn Gorman, while iF Magazine currently has the first part of a two-part interview with Naoko Mori.

Freema Agyeman's 23-minute appearance on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 5 Live show on February 20 is available to download as a podcast here until February 27.

John Barrowman and Freema Agyeman have been speaking to BBC Oxford.

Merchandise

ComicMix has a piece about Doctor Who Minimates finally being approved for production by Underground Toys, namely David Tennant's Doctor, Martha Jones and Cybermen.

DVDs

The Patrick Troughton ten-part epic The War Games is being prepared for DVD release. Both the Eastbourne Herald and The Argus in Brighton carried appeals from the Restoration Team this week for people to come forward with reminiscences, photos, etc, for accompanying features.

Covers for the 25th anniversary edition of The Five Doctors have been released. There appear to be two versions of the front. Click on the thumbnails below for larger versions. The DVD is out in the UK on March 3.

(With thanks to Rob Cope, Shane Williams, Steven Stearns, Adrian Behennah, Iain Campbell, Jonathan Barlow, Carl T Davies, Matt Evenden, Tim Bowers, Richard Harwood, and 'spiderfrommars'.)

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Ratings and AI Update

2/22/2008 05:51:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday's BBC2 showing of Episode Six of TorchwoodReset, was watched by an audience of 2.8 millionviewers, which was an 11.1% share of the total television audience. This episode had received its premiere on BBC3 the previous week, when it received an overnight of 807,000 viewers.

Episode Six of Torchwood Declassified (which, for the first time this year had its premiere on Wednesday, immediately after Reset) received an overnight figure of 1.6 million viewers.

Episode Seven, Dead Man Walking, received its first showing on BBC3 this week, where it got an overnight audience of 0.9 million.

Meanwhile, final figures released by BARB gave Episode Four, Meat an official rating of 3.2 million viewers, making it the second most watched programme on BBC2 for the week.

Finally, the AI figure for last week’s Adam was 85, while both the BBC3 premiere and the BBC2 showing of Resetscored 87, the highest score of the series to date.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 52

2/21/2008 05:52:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures - out today - has an inflatable Dalek on the cover as a free gift.

Plenty of monster shocks are promised inside issue number 52 as well, including seeing what the original Cybermen looked like. Plus:

The Ultimate Guide to Series Two, part one: The Christmas Invasion to The Girl in the Fireplace
Tales from the Tardis: Things heat up in a scene from 42
Secrets: The making of Max Capricorn
Comic strip: The Old Kings of Skarab, part one
Doctor's Data: Jackie Tyler
Make: A Tardis toy box
Posters: The Titanic crew, the inside of the Tardis, the Doctor, Cybermen, and Professor Yana.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who and Torchwood success on BBC iPlayer service

2/20/2008 10:43:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have issued a press release reporting on the success of their online iPlayer service.

The report shows the Christmas special Voyage of the Damned as the most watched programme on the service since Christmas Day, with the first threeTorchwood episodes coming in at 3rd, 5th and 10th places respectively (data up to 12th February).

The article reports that the iPlayer service is now reaching up to 500,000 visits a day, with some 17 million programmes watched over its first seven weeks of operation.

Additional information thanks to Scott Matthewman from The Stage.

Bookmark and Share The Trial of a Time Lord DVD

2/20/2008 10:42:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

DVD bonus material listed as classified by the British Board of Film Classification on their website reveals that the 1986 14-episode Doctor Who storyThe Trial of a Time Lord is to be released on DVD later this year. The serial, which saw the Doctor being placed on trial by his fellow Time Lords, encompassed the entire twenty-third series of Doctor Who, and was the last to star Sixth Doctor Colin Baker.

So far only the extras for the second segment of the serial, popularly known as Mindwarp, have been classified. These include a 20-minute "Making Of" feature; the 1985 Children in Need night feature which saw the largest ever single gathering of regular cast members from the series; and a Lenny Henry Doctor Who sketch.

Bookmark and Share Davison, Jameson and Aldred Interviews

2/19/2008 10:43:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

The Den of Geek website has published interviews with Peter DavisonLouise Jameson and Sophie Aldred.

In the individual pieces, Davison talks about wobbly sets, Time Crash, typecasting, and his opinion on the worst Doctor Who monster ever, Jameson chats about working with Tom Baker, why she turned down returning to play Leela on TV, her view on her character now, and meeting David Tennant, while Aldred discusses working with John Nathan-Turner, along with her career spanning the pre- and post-Who days.

Bookmark and Share Terrance Dicks Interview (Updated)

2/18/2008 10:44:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

EADT (Suffolk and Essex Online) is currently running an interview with Doctor Who legendTerrance Dicks.

Few people have been as active in the world of Doctor Who as author and former script editor Dicks, and in this interview he talks about his long career with the series as well as his most recent project, the Quick Reads book series, featuring his newest title Revenge of the Judoon.

In the interview, Dicks talks about his first writing jobs (with an advertising agency), how his landlord Malcolm Hulke got him started in writing for television, the new projects that he currently has on his plate, and his feelings about the current state of Doctor Who starring David Tennant.

You can read the article here.

UPDATE: Terrance Dicks will be visiting Brentwood County High School on March 12 as part of the Essex Book Festival.

Assistant headteacher Richard Davies said: "With Doctor Who so popular once again, this is a real coup for the local area and a great opportunity to listen to and meet an author who has had a big impact on the science-fiction genre."

The ticket-only event starts at 7.30pm.

(Additional reporting by John Bowman.)

Bookmark and Share Tennant and Tate's Chain Reaction

2/17/2008 10:46:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

Catherine Tate will be heard interviewing David Tennant on BBC Radio 4 on February 21 when Chain Reaction returns for a new series.

In it, they talk about working on Doctor Who - as well as playing extras on The Bill.

The show's format sees the interviewee becoming the interviewer of a different guest the following week, with them talking to people whose work they admire and appreciate.

Next week (February 28), Tennant will be interviewing Richard Wilson, who played Dr Constantine in The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, while Wilson's interviewee the week after that (March 6) will be Arabella Weir, who used to lodge with Tennant and made him godfather to her youngest child.

Weir also played the Doctor in the Big Finish drama Exile - which featured Tennant playing an unnamed Time Lord and a pub landlord. (Weir will round off the series of Chain Reaction by interviewing fellow Fast Show star Paul Whitehouse.)

The half-hour programmes start at 6.30pm. The series was recorded last year.

(With thanks to Jeremy Bentham.)

Bookmark and Share Louise Jameson Interview

2/17/2008 10:45:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

The Digital Spy website is currently featuring an interview with Louise Jameson, the actress who portrayed the companion Leela in the mid-70s alongside Tom Baker's Doctor. The interview mainly focuses on Louise's return to the role of Leela in the Big Finish audios. She talks about the differences in playing Leela now and in the '70s, working with Lalla Ward, and her desire to be invited to work on the new series.

You can read the interview here.

Bookmark and Share WETA Launches Doctor Who Mini Helmet Range

2/16/2008 10:46:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By Michael Regina

New Zealand's WETA Collectibles has announced a miniature helmet line featuring products from the classic and new series.

From the press release: 'From the Classic Doctor Who series comes a 'Cyberman Leader Helmet,' from the episode Earthshock, and 'Lord President Borusa Head-dress' from Arc of InfinityPeter Davison plays the Doctor in both episodes, while from the Patrick Troughton episode Seeds of Death comes an 'Ice Warrior Helmet'. 'Sontaran Officer Linx Helmet', rounds out the classic series selection from the episode entitled The Time Warrior, starring Jon Pertwee.' Follow the link for more

Bookmark and Share Torchwood 2.5, 2.6 overnight ratings and 2.3 update

2/14/2008 10:47:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By Stephen Blake

Unofficial overnight figures give Episode Five of TorchwoodAdam, an audience of 3.3 million viewers, which was a13.8% share of the total television audience. Both the audience and share are up on the figures for last week.

Episode Six, Reset, which saw the introduction of Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) to the series, was shown on the digital channel, BBC3, immediately following Adam, where it was watched by 807,000 viewers, a 4.5% share of the audience.

Meanwhile, final figures from BARB give Episode Three, To the Last Man a final rating of 3.51 million viewers, putting it once more as the top programme shown on BBC2 for the week.

(Thanks to Marcus.)

Bookmark and Share Beneath the Surface in North America

2/13/2008 10:50:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Our friends at TV Shows on DVD have acquired cover illustrations for the North America (US/Canada) release of theBeneath the Surface Boxed Seton DVD, due on June 3. Below are the individual covers for "The Silurans," "The Sea Devils" and "Warriors of the Deep", the three releases in the boxed set; larger covers will be made available when we get them. Click on each for a larger version. Says TVShowsonDVD, "Costs are confirmed to be $34.98 SRP for the 2-DVD release of Doctor Who - Story #052: Doctor Who And The Silurians (CA$43.98 SRP in Canada); the single-disc releases of Doctor Who - Story #062: The Sea Devils and Doctor Who - Story #131: Warriors of the Deep will be $24.98 SRP each (CA$30.98 SRP each in Canada); and the 4-DVD box set of Doctor Who - Beneath The Surface will be $59.98 SRP (CA$74.98 SRP in Canada)."

Bookmark and Share Steve Pemberton in Series Four

2/13/2008 10:49:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine confirms that Steve Pemberton, star of "The League of Gentlemen," will make an appearance in the forthcoming fourth series of Doctor Who. The Sun takes it further, reporting that "insiders said Steve will play a mysterious character called Lux who meets the Doctor during an expedition to uncover the secrets of an abandoned library." The Sun notes that the episode "also stars ER actress Alex Kingston and James Bond star Colin Salmon," confirming Pemberton will be in the same story. The new season of Doctor Who premieres this April.

Bookmark and Share Gallifrey 2008 Begins

2/13/2008 10:49:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Gallifrey 2008, aka Gallifrey One's Nineteenth Symphony, the nineteenth edition of the North American Doctor Who convention and our annual event, begins this Friday in Los Angeles.
The guest list for the convention includes Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, the seventh Doctor and Ace, together in L.A. for the first time since 1996; seventh Doctor era script editor Andrew Cartmel and composer Mark Ayres; actressDaphne Ashbrook (Grace in the 1996 TV movie); new series writers Steven Moffat ("Blink"), Paul Cornell ("Human Nature"), Robert Shearman ("Dalek") and James Moran (series four's upcoming "The Fires of Pompeii"); Lisa Bowerman, best known as Bernice Summerfield in Big Finish's audio series, along with Big Finish producer Jason Haigh-Ellery; writer Gary Russell; new series guest actors Moya Brady ("Love and Monsters"), Sean Gallagher ("New Earth") and Derek Riddell ("Tooth and Claw"); science fiction television actors Marta Kristen and Bob May ("Lost in Space"), Jennifer Rhodes("Charmed"), Richard Chaves ("War of the Worlds: The Series") and Kathryn Leigh Scott ("Dark Shadows"); Doctor Who writers Andy Lane, Simon Guerrier, Scott Alan Woodard, Caroline Symcox, Keith Topping, Thomas Powers and David J. HoweSteve Roberts of the Doctor Who Restoration Team; visual effects coordinatorMojofrom "Battlestar Galactica"; and many more!
The convention is this weekend, Friday February 15 through Sunday February 17, at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel; more information is available atour website.

Bookmark and Share Agyeman to Host Hospital Series

2/13/2008 10:48:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will be the subject of a new 8-part documentary series to air on BBC3 beginning Thursday, 14 February. The series is narrated by Freema Agyeman, who plays medical student Martha Jones on Doctor Who and Torchwood. Producers spent five months at the hospital in a bid to provide an access-all-areas insight to life at a typically busy British emergency department. The cameras focused on particularly unusual cases and followed the progress of casualties from admission to hospital, through treatment, right up until after they were discharged.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood 2.4 AI and ratings update

2/08/2008 10:51:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Episode four of Torchwood, Meat, scored an Appreciation Index figure of 85, once again putting it in the excellent category. It was the BBC's second highest figure for the day.

The edited repeat was watched by 1.0 million viewers, according to overnight figures, a 4.9% share of the total audience. Torchwood Declassifiedgot 1.2 million viewers a 5.5% share These figures are slightly higher than the actual overnights as they include Scotland and Northern Ireland where Torchwood was not shown.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood 2.4 Overnight ratings

2/07/2008 10:53:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Unofficial overnight figures give Episode Four, Meat, an audience of 2.9 million viewers, which was a 11.2% share of the total television audience.

The programme was again the highest rated on BBC2 for the day, ahead of The Weakest Link which got 2.6 million viewers.

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

Fans are treated to a Torchwood double bill next Wednesday with Episode Five, Adam being shown on BBC2 at 9pm, and Episode 6, Reset making its debut on BBC3 at 9.50pm.

Bookmark and Share Invisible Enemy and K9 on DVD

2/07/2008 10:52:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

Further information about the DVD extras of the forthcoming release of The Brain of Morbius has today been revealed on the BBFC website. Along with a documentary, "Getting a Head", and features such as "Designs on Karn", "A Letter to Robert Holmes" and "Set Tour", the disc contains a trailer for the forthcoming releases of 1977's The Invisible Enemy - which saw the first appearance of the robot dog K9 in Doctor Who - and the 1981 spin-off K9 and Company, which stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.

It is not yet clear whether or not this joint trailer indicates that the two stories will be released together in a double pack.

Bookmark and Share Invasion Of Time DVD Extras Passed

2/07/2008 10:51:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

The British Board of Film Classification today passed more than 32 minutes of extra features for the release of the six-part Fourth Doctor story The Invasion of Time, giving them a U rating.

Among them are five deleted scenes: one from episode five and four from episode six.

There will also be two mini-documentaries: The Elusive David Agnew and The Rise and Fall of Gallifrey.

'David Agnew' was a pseudonym for producer Graham Williams and script editor Anthony Read, who wrote the story together.

This site reported last month that a release of The Invasion of Time was in the pipeline. A date for it has yet to be announced.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 392

2/06/2008 10:56:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The latest Doctor Who Magazine is available across the United Kingdom from Thursday 7 February 2008.

The magazine confirms a couple of previously unreleased episode titles for Series Four.
Episode Two, which was partly filmed in Rome last year, will be The Fires of Pompeii. The previously unplacedMidnight will be Episode Ten. Episode 6, which is still unnamed will be written by Stephen Greenhorn.

The magazine also reveals that the March DVD release of Voyage of the Damned will include both the Children in Need Special Time Crash and the Christmas edition of Doctor Who Confidential.
Press Release

Actress Freema Agyman talks exclusively in DWM 392 about her visit to Torchwood and meeting the Sontarans in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who…

Freema laughs as she recalls her first encounter with the squat race of aliens: "When I first saw the guys in prosthetics I couldn’t stop giggling – I found them really cute and quite funny! Er, that’s probably not the desired reaction, is it? Russell (T Davies, Executive Producer) sent me a text saying, 'It’ll be the first time you’ve towered over a baddie' Ha ha! And I did. I felt quite tall."

Also in this month’s feature-packed issue: writer Stephen Greenhorn talks about his forthcoming Series Four episode; director Graham Harper braves questions from Out of the TARDIS Tin; the the Team Team view the voyeurs in Vengeance on Varos; The Fact of Fiction examines the murky truth behind Warriors of the Deep; there’s werewolves and weirdness in the full colour comic strip, Part 2 of Universal Monsters; Russell T Davies pays tribute to a very special lady in Production Notes; Neil Harris stresses the importance of location, location, location in You Are Not Alone; discover if Duncan James minds being interviewed on tape in Who on Earth is…; Sapphire and Steel answer your questions on Voyage of the Damned in the last ever edition of the Matrix Data Bank; plus all the latest Series Four news, previews, reviews, exclusive photos, competitions – and find out if the Doctor can bring some Valentine’s Day joy to Bradley and Stacey from EastEnders!

Bookmark and Share Sarah Jane - Series Two Confirmed

2/06/2008 10:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has issued a Press release confirming that The Sarah Jane Adventures will return for a second series.

The first series, shown on BBC1 and CBBC achieved high ratings and audience appreciation figures. The programme is the highest rated show ever shown on CBBC.

The Guardian reports the recommissioning of the series in the context of the announcement coming on the same day as the cancellation of CBBC's 30-year-old children's drama Grange Hill. The paper suggests that The Sarah Jane Adventures is one of several dramas being used by CBBC to replace the long-running programme.

Thanks to GracieLizzy and Lizo

Bookmark and Share Torchwood 2.2 Final Ratings

2/06/2008 10:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BARB has released final ratings for the week ending 27th January, giving Episode Two of Torchwood, Sleeper an official rating of 3.78 millionviewers.

The programme was once more the highest rated on BBC2 for the week. Episode One still stands as the second highest rated programme on the channel for the year, with episode two currently at 5th place.
BBC2 Top Programmes (we 27 Jan 2008)

1 TORCHWOOD (WED 2103) - 3.78
2 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 GARDENS (SUN 2101) - 3.37
3 UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (MON 2000) - 3.33
4 MASTERCHEF (MON 2030) - 3.25
5 MASTERCHEF (THU 2001) - 3.23
6 THE WEAKEST LINK (TUE 1714) - 2.75
7 MASTERCHEF (WED 2033) - 2.72
8 NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS (THU 2102) - 2.71
9 THE WEAKEST LINK (THU 1714) - 2.65
10 THE WEAKEST LINK (WED 1714) - 2.62
11 MASTERCHEF (TUE 2031) - 2.61
12 THE WEAKEST LINK (FRI 1715) - 2.57
13 THE WEAKEST LINK (MON 1714) - 2.54
14 AN ISLAND PARISH (TUE 2001) - 2.52
15 THE BEST OF TOP GEAR (SUN 2000) - 2.41
16 HAVE I GOT OLD NEWS FOR YOU (SAT 2103) - 2.37
17 THE NATURAL WORLD (FRI 2001) - 2.33
18 TIMEWATCH: THE PHAROAH'S LOST CITY (SAT 2012) - 2.26
19 EGGHEADS (FRI 1800) - 2.26
20 EGGHEADS (MON 1759) - 2.18

source BARB

Bookmark and Share Brain Of Morbius DVD On Its Way (Updated)

2/06/2008 10:54:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

The Fourth Doctor story The Brain of Morbius is to be released on DVD in the UK.The British Board of Film Classification today passed three episodes of the 1976 four-part story, giving them a PG rating.

They were passed without any cuts ordered. Consumer advice given for episodes one and two was that each had "scary scenes".

The fourth episode will, undoubtedly, be passed shortly.

A release date for the DVD has yet to be announced.

UPDATE (February 7): Episode four of The Brain of Morbius was today passed uncut with a PG rating by the BBFC, with the consumer advice that it contained "mild fantasy violence and horror".

(With thanks to Tony Clark)

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2/06/2008 10:53:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

People

David Tennant reveals some of his forthcoming work schedule in the February 9-15 edition of Radio Times. In a feature about the listings magazine's annual party for its cover stars, he says he will have all of May off and start rehearsing Hamlet for the RSC in June. (NB: Tennant is also appearing inLove's Labour's Lost in October and November, although he doesn't make reference to that in the feature.)

He appears in Hamlet from July until January 9, 2009 and says he will be back in Cardiff on January 10 to commence next year's Doctor Who specials, adding: "After that, I really don't know. Nothing has been decided . . . honestly!"

Tennant, Freema Agyeman and John Simm are all pictured at the bash.

Sophie Aldred was interviewed by BBC Norfolk while making a guest appearance in the area.

In the lengthy feature, she tells how she tried - unsuccessfully - to persuade Christopher Eccleston to attend conventions. The interview is also in three parts in an audio format. In addition, it includes video interviews with Terry Molloy and Elisabeth Sladen, as they are referred to in the piece, although these may not be playable by overseas visitors to the BBC site.

Meanwhile, BBC South East Today ran an interview with Tommy Knight, who plays Luke in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Broadcasting

Radio Times also reveals that the February 15 edition of EastEnders will feature the storyline in which the characters Stacey and Bradley visit a Doctor Who exhibition in London. The location filming for this was reported by this site in December. (Information elsewhere suggests that the February 14 edition may also include this storyline.)

The teaser for the following week's Radio Times (February 16-22) mentions the character Martha Jones joining theTorchwood team, suggesting there will be a feature about it in that edition. Her debut Torchwood episode will be shown on BBC3 on February 13 at 9.50pm. It will, presumably, be shown on BBC2 on February 20 as part of the series' run on that channel.

The February 13 edition of Late Junction on BBC Radio 3, to be broadcast from 11.15pm to 1am, will include music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and is believed to be a feature about 50 years of the workshop, including its realisation of the Doctor Who theme. UPDATE (February 7): Although the February 13 edition will indeed include music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop archive, it has been announced that it will be the February 12 editionthat will mark 50 years of the workshop with, among other items, a look at the Doctor Who theme. The show will be broadcast in its usual slot, from 11.15pm to 1am.

(With thanks to Tony Clark)

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2/05/2008 11:01:00 pm - Reported by Benjamin Elliott

SABC2 in South Africa has picked up The Sarah Jane Adventures. The 10 half-hour episodes from Series 1 air weekly beginning this Saturday at 3:30PM Central African Time (CAT).

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2/04/2008 11:03:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman


The highly acclaimed actor Kevin Stoney has died at the age of 86.

He made striking contributions to Doctor Who, playing the villains Mavic Chen in the epic story The Daleks' Master Plan (1965-66) and Tobias Vaughn inThe Invasion pictured (1968).

So impressive was Stoney's portrayal of Chen that the Daily Express named the character Villain of the Year.

His final contribution to the series came in 1975, when he played Tyrum inRevenge of the Cybermen.

Stoney also appeared in many other well-known series over the years, including I, Claudius, The Tomorrow People, Bergerac, All Creatures Great and Small and Blake's 7, which was created by Terry Nation.

There is a short obituary on Rogues and Vagabonds.

(With thanks to Tony Clark)

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2/04/2008 11:02:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

The Sci Fi Channel has confirmed earlier reports that both Doctor Who Series Four and The Sarah Jane Adventures will begin airing on the channel in April. The channel's news service, Sci Fi Wire, has the confirmation, and Sci Fi's full press release is below.

(Thanks to "GracieLizzy" of the Doctor Who Forum.)
DOCTOR WHO SEASON FOUR AND THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES COMING TO SCI FI CHANNEL IN APRIL

NEW YORK - February 4, 2008 - SCI FI Channel has acquired the fourth season of People's Choice Award-nominated Doctor Who and the phenomenally popular series' new spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures from BBC Worldwide America. Both series are slated to premier on SCI FI in April 2008.

The Sarah Jane Adventures is written and produced by the same creative team behind Doctor Who, including multi-award winning writer Russell T. Davies. Having traveled the universe with The Doctor, Sarah Jane is used to alien encounters. Accompanied by her new young friends Maria, Luke and Clyde, she becomes embroiled in an offbeat world of mystery and danger.

In season four of Doctor Who, David Tennant reprises his role as the tenth Timelord. For his latest adventures he is joined by a brand new companion, Donna Noble, played by award-winning actress Catherine Tate (The Catherine Tate Show, BBC AMERICA) who appeared as 'the runaway bride' in the previous season. 'Martha Jones,' played by Freema Agyeman, the Doctor's most recent companion, who had a dramatic role last season's finale, makes a triumphant return in the middle of season four.

"We are excited to have Doctor Who back on SCI FI for its 4th season," said Chris Regina, Vice President of Programming, SCI FI Channel. "It's an exciting franchise that continues to reinvent itself for new generations of viewers. The youthful appeal of The Sarah Jane Adventures will no doubt attract even younger new viewers."

Candace Carlisle, EVP Sales and Co-productions, BBC Worldwide Americas commented, "The imagination of Russell and the rest of the production team in Cardiff who have produced these two incredible shows is outstanding. We are so pleased that the loyal fans of the SCI FI Channel will be able to meet a whole new range of characters and aliens that are intrinsically linked to the Doctor's history. Both 'Sarah Jane Adventures' and the new season of 'Doctor Who' are jam packed with some of the most creative storylines ever produced by the BBC's brilliant team."

The third season of the new Doctor Who averaged 1.3 million weekly viewers on SCI FI.

The deals were brokered by Lisa Hofer, Vice President of Co-Production & Sales, BBC Worldwide Americas. Executive Producers for The Sarah Jane Adventures are Russell T Davies, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson. The series producer is Matthew Bouch. Doctor Who season four is produced by Phil Collinson; Executive Producers are Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies. Doctor Who season four is a BBC production in association with CBC.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

BBC Worldwide Americas incorporates the U.S., Canadian and Latin American arms of BBC Worldwide, a commercial and wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Miami, BBC Worldwide Americas has five core businesses: Channels, TV Sales, Content & Production, Home Entertainment and Digital Media. Profit from BBC Worldwide is returned to the BBC public service.

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2/03/2008 11:07:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

A few Torchwood items and a number of slightly offbeat entries this time.

Torchwood

The Star-Ledger (New Jersey) reviews Torchwood's "Sleeper".

UK SF Book News has a feature on the Torchwood comic in Titan Magazine's Torchwood Magazine.

And the Daily Record briefly reviews John Barrowman's autobiography "Anything Goes".

Odd Who News

Philip Glenister tells the Western Mail that he watches The Sarah Jane Adventures, though he doesn't quite remember the program's name correctly:
Today, his favourite TV includes unexpected fare such as The Sarah Jane Mysteries -- but that’s because of his two young daughters by his actress wife Beth Goddard; the family lives in East Sheen, Surrey, where fame hasn’t gone to his head, and where he enjoys a "normal suburban existence".

"Yes, The Sarah Jane Mysteries, it’s one of those series you think might not work -- it's an off-shoot of Doctor Who -- but my girls adore it," he says. "The girls are just getting into Doctor Who now. We never let them watch it before, because we thought they’d wake up with nightmares."
Recent issues of two American magazines aimed at "fan culture" highlight Doctor Who and Torchwood actresses. Geek Monthly puts the return of Billie Piper to Doctor Who at #7 in its "Son of the BIG List: Our yearly roundup of Stuff That Rules", and has an interview with Eve Myles. And Wizard listsFreema Agyeman at #16 in its list of the "Sexiest Women of TV".

Wales on Sunday quotes Coleen McLoughlin, the girlfriend of English football (soccer) player Wayne Rooney, as saying that she'd love to be the next Doctor Who companion.

And io9 pronounces that Kroll, the giant octopus from the 1978 Doctor Who story The Power of Kroll, is the tallest of all giant monsters, looking down on puny creatures like Godzilla and the monster from Cloverfield.

(Thanks to Larry Carter, and to "PolyG" and "Alia" of the Doctor Who Forum.)

Bookmark and Share Spirituality and Doctor Who

2/02/2008 11:08:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

A conference on Spirituality and Doctor Who will be held at Wilson Carlile Campus in Sheffield, Yorkshire onSaturday, April 19. According to the day's organizers, "Christian themes and images in Doctor Who - both classic and new - will be explored. But there will also be a respectful look at other shades and faiths in Doctor Who, including ecological and Buddhist themes in the Jon Pertwee era, mystic parables in the Peter Davison era and the optimistic atheism of current Doctor Who creator Russell T Davies." Barry Letts, producer of Doctor Who from 1970 to 1975, is one of the confirmed guests for the event. There is a press release here, and online sign-up is available here.

Bookmark and Share Phil Collinson becomes Head of Drama, Manchester

2/01/2008 11:11:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have announced that Doctor Who producer Phil Collinson will be moving to BBC Manchester to assume the role of Head of Drama. He is expected to begin his new job after the completion of Doctor Who's fourth series.

Peter Salmon, Chief Creative Officer of BBC Vision Productions, said: "Phil Collinson is a terrific addition to a brilliant top team working on in-house drama throughout the UK. His signing reflects renewed ambition and confidence here at the end of a stunning spell of output. BBC Drama Production is at the top of its game and Phil brings yet more experience and flair to in-house programme making. His arrival also marks the BBC's renewed commitment to Northern drama talent, at a time when its base in the North West of England is to be strengthened considerably throughout. BBC Drama Production will play a major role at the new BBC centre at mediacity:uk through Phil and his team."

Russell T Davies said: "Phil has been the secret hero of Doctor Who for the past four years, and we'll miss him more than I can say – but the most exciting thing about this new job is that so many more producers, writers and actors will get to work with him. I envy them!"

Full details may be found in the BBC's press release, and the news is also covered by the Guardian and The Stage.

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2/01/2008 11:10:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

In an interview with Russell T. Davies, the Los Angeles Timesmentions in passing that The Sarah Jane Adventures will be broadcast in the United States on the Sci Fi Channel beginning in April.

The article also states that Doctor Who's next season will begin on Sci Fi in April. The BBC has not announced a broadcast date for Series Four in the UK, but the program will air in Britain before any international broadcasts.

In the Los Angeles Times interview, Davies also talks about the success of Doctor Who, his attitude towards sexuality on Torchwood and past projects such as Bob and Rose.

He also notes that he deliberately keeps organized fandom at arm's length: "I think we're an unusual science-fiction franchise in taking a very big step back from fandom and having nothing to do with them. . . . Every program on the BBC has a message board on the website. I forbid it to happen on 'Doctor Who.' I'm sorry to say this, all the science fiction producers making stuff in America, they are way too engaged with their fandom. They all need to step back."

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2/01/2008 11:09:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Episode three of Torchwood, To the Last Man, scored an Appreciation Index figure of 85, once more putting it in the excellent category. It was the BBC's second highest figure for the day.

The edited repeat was watched by 1.1 million viewers, according to overnight figures, a 4.8% share of the total audience. Torchwood Declassifiedalso got 1.1 million viewers. These figures are slightly higher than the actual overnights as they include Scotland and Northern Ireland where Torchwood was not shown.

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2/01/2008 11:09:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Doctor Who

The South Wales Evening Post reports that Doctor Who is filming at a disused library in Swansea. This filming is forSteven Moffat's two-part story, which involves a mysterious abandoned library.

The estate of Terry Nation, the writer who created the Daleks, has vetoed a humorous clip featuring a Dalek from being included on the forthcoming "Five Doctors" DVD. The clip, from a 1983 edition of BBC Breakfast, featured a Dalek being interviewed by astrologer Russell Grant, to the amusement of Peter Davison and Patrick Troughton. However, the Nation estate has forbidden the use of the clip, fearing that it detracts from the Daleks' threatening image.The Sun and Metro both carry the story.

Torchwood

Burn Gorman talks to iF Magazine about his character Owen Harper. "I hope that in series two he's a changed man," says Gorman.

The Daily Mirror published a detailed preview of "To the Last Man" before it aired in the UK on Wednesday, andDigital Spy has a review.

Digital Spy also has an article about the Torchwood interactive adventure hosted on bbc.co.uk/torchwood.

The South Wales Echo has a story on Torchwood's ratings success.

People

The Arran Banner, the newspaper of the Scottish Isle of Arran, has found a 16-year-old David Tennant in its archives. Young Tennant was on Arran 20 years ago filming a short play for the children's series Dramarama. The article is accompanied by a small picture.

Christopher Eccleston was one of three judges for BBC Four's Pioneer World Cinema Award 2008. The award was given to the dark Spanish-language fantasy "Pan's Labyrinth"; Variety and Digital Spy have the story.

Another award panel, this one for the Red Planet Prize (awarded by Tony Jordan's Red Planet Pictures for new writing talent in the UK), was composed of Jordan, Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner, Doctor Who actor and writer Mark Gatiss and polymath Stephen Fry (who appeared in the Doctor Who webcast "Death Comes to Time" and was scheduled to write a script for Doctor Who Series Two before scheduling commitments forced him to withdraw). The Stage covers the award.

New Car Net recalls Third Doctor Jon Pertwee's road safety public service film with the unforgettable slogan "Splink". (If you don't know what "Splink" means, there's an old story with video on the BBC News site.)

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has rejected two complaints about risqué advertisements for Billie Piper's ITV2 series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl". The ASA ruled that the poster, which featured Piper wearing a bra and panties, was "not dissimilar to that which children would be exposed to in other advertising, for example for lingerie and designer fragrances." The ruling can be read hereBrand Republic has a story (but requires free registration to read it).

The Daily Mail finds it newsworthy to have a photographer follow Billie Piper and her husband Laurence Fox while they're grocery shopping and walking the dog.

Digital Spy has a story culled from John Barrowman's recently published autobiography "Anything Goes", in which Barrowman compares working withChristopher Eccleston and David Tennant. In the book, Barrowman writes: "I found the set to be a lighter one with David than it had been with Christopher in the lead role. I think David is a happier person, whereas I found Chris to be a bit angsty." (Digital Spy miscorrects "angsty" to "angry".)

There are reviews of "Anything Goes" at Country Life magazine and the Daily Telegraph.

TV Guide has published the second half of its interview with James Marsters; there's less about his Torchwood role here, but Marsters speaks about other roles he's playing.

Leftist Internet magazine Spiked has cited Ofcom's investigation into complaints about Catherine Tate's Christmas special as an example of "institutionalized prudishness", and notes that the 28 people who complained about the special represent 0.0004375% of the program's audience.

And This Is Hampshire has an interview with comedian Toby Hadoke, creator of "Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf".

(Thanks to Andrew Brookes, Sean Elliott and Ben Rawson-Jones.)