Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Classic Series DVD Releases

Posted By John Bowman

DVD site Zeta Minor has given UK release dates for various classic-era stories later this year. According to its newly updated releases page, they are as follows:

K-9 Tales - box set comprising The Invisible Enemy and K-9 plus Sarah Jane Smith spin-off story K-9 And CompanyJune 16

The Brain of MorbiusJuly 21

The Trial of a Time Lord box set: August 18

Four To DoomsdaySeptember 15

The War MachinesOctober 13

BattlefieldNovember 17

In addition, Revenge of the Slitheen and Eye of the Gorgon, both from spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, are slated to be released on one DVD on January 12, 2009.

Please note, however, that the information has been gathered from various sources and the dates could change.

(With thanks to Tony Clark.)

Doctor Who Adventures 62

Posted By John Bowman

The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures - out in the UK tomorrow - has the first part of a three-part competition to win a lifesize Ood head.

Issue 62 also promises to prepare readers for a battle with the Sontarans, with a look back at The Sontaran Stratagem and a look ahead to The Poison Sky - this coming Saturday's conclusion to the two-parter.

Also in the magazine:
  •  Three posters: The Doctor and Donna, The Sontaran Stratagem and the Sisters in The Fires of Pompeii.
  •  Tales from the TARDIS: Mickey activates the Dalek Genesis Ark by accident.
  •  Quiz: How well do you know the Sontarans?
  •  Activity: Make a Pyrovile mask.
  •  Secrets: Behind the scenes with Doctor Who Confidential - find out how the Adipose came to life.
  •  Doctor's Data: The Adipose.
  •  Comic strip: The Doctor uncovers a secret in Vienna.
  •  Time Teasers: Puzzles to solve – hunt the hands and untangle the Ood tentacles.
  •  Who knows: Who made the sonic screwdriver and which Doctor has had the most companions?

Issue 62 comes with a free Doctor Who Adventures keyring plus a set of monster bouncy balls featuring some of the series' creatures.

Planet of the Ood - Final Ratings

Final figures released by BARB give episode three of Series Four, Planet of the Ood, an official rating of7.50 million viewers. The programme was the 12th most watched for the week on British Television. On BBC1 it was the 4th most watched for the week, behind three editions of EastEnders.

On multi-channel television, the Sunday BBC3 repeat was watched by 1.30 million viewers and was the 3rd most watched programme on multichannel for the week. The Saturday showing of Doctor Who Confidential got 0.71 million and was the 26th most watched programme for the week.

Full ratings data, including data for iPlayer downloads can be found in the Doctor Who Forum.
Top Programmes w/e 20 April 2008

1 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SAT 2005) - 10.96 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 10.75 - ITV1
3 CORONATION STREET (MON 1933) - 10.44 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 10.18 - ITV1
5 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 10.09 - BBC1
6 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1933) - 9.93 - ITV1
7 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 9.59 - ITV1
8 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 8.69 - BBC1
9 EASTENDERS (THU 1929) - 8.32 - BBC1
10 FOYLE'S WAR (SUN 2003) - 7.92 - ITV1
11 EMMERDALE (MON 1901) - 7.63 - ITV1
12 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1819) - 7.50 - BBC1
13 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 7.43 - BBC1
14 EMMERDALE (FRI 1902) - 7.27 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (WED 1859) - 7.26 - ITV1
16 EMMERDALE (THU 1903) - 7.23 - ITV1
17 WAKING THE DEAD (MON 2100) - 7.19 - BBC1
18 WAKING THE DEAD (TUE 2059) - 7.12 - BBC1
19 EASTENDERS (TUE 1929) - 6.92 - BBC1
20 EMMERDALE (TUE 1859) - 6.92 - ITV1

Top Multi Channel Programmes w/e 20 April 2008

1 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 1,359,000 - BBC3
2 GAVIN AND STACEY (Sun 2101) 1,354,000 - BBC3
3 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2000) 1,304,000 - BBC3
4 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (Sun 1958) 1,174,000 - ITV2
5 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1539) 1,143,000 - Sky Sports
6 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Thu 1930) 1,010,000 - Sky Sports
7 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1300) 994,000 - Sky Sports
9 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Sat 1230) 946,000 - Sky Sports
10 EASTENDERS (Mon 2201) 934,000 - BBC3
11 SKINS (Mon 2159) 853,000 - E4 In
12 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 841,000 - Fiver (was
13 HOLLYOAKS (Tue 1859) 838,000 - E4 In
14 BIONIC WOMAN (Tue 2100) 819,000 - ITV2
15 60 SECONDS (Sun 2059) 801,000 - BBC3
16 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 799,000 - Fiver (was
17 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 798,000 - Fiver (was
18 HOLLYOAKS (Fri 1900) 796,000 - E4 In
20 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 771,000 - BBC3

Source BARB

Torchwood On iTunes In USA

Posted By John Bowman

US residents can now buy and download Torchwood from the iTunes Store.

The Doctor Who spin-off is among the BBC Americaprogramming available as part of the strategy of BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, to secure the broadest possible distribution for its TV shows.

People can buy single episodes and complete seasons.

Also among the programmes available is the comedy series Little Britain, for which Tom Baker provides the narration.

Beth Clearfield, the vice-president of digital media and business development for BBC Worldwide America, said: "The BBC is delighted to provide US audiences with the unique ability to purchase and download select award-winning BBC America programming on the iTunes Store.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Doctor Who Magazine 395


David Tennant and the cast of the latest Doctor Who adventure discuss the war-loving, potato-headed, baddies in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine.

"Sontarans are great," beams David, while sitting on a deck chair, and watching a troop of Sontarans march across the Doctor Who set. "I think that's partly because they come from a very specific world. That back story gives them a great context. Robert Holmes didn’t just create a race, back in the 1970s: he created a world that they came from. Even if you never saw that planet, you understood why they did what they did."

Also this issue:

  • An exclusive interview with Georgia Moffett on what it’s like being the Doctor’s Daughter.
  • Previews of the next four episodes of Series Four - The Doctor’s Daughter, The Unicorn and the Wasp and Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead – featuring new and previously unpublished photos!
  • Russell T Davies reveals all about Partners in Crime’s top secret scene in Production Notes.
  • There’s a crisis in the Caribbean as Donna makes her comic strip d├ębut in Part One of The Widow’s Curse.
  • DWM visits Rome and reveals the true story of how a disaster was created, in an exclusive report on the making of The Fires of Pompeii – featuring interviews with actor Francois Pandolfo and writer James Moran.
  • Rose returns? Missing planets?! Vanishing bees?!? What can it all mean? We look at the clues.
  • What are Ood, but a reflection of ourselves? Find out as we go behind-the-scenes on the Ood-sphere and talk to the cast and crew of Planet of the Ood, including Keith Temple, Tim McInnerny, Paul Kasey and Adrian Rawlins.
  • Actress Louise Jameson tells what it was really like to work with Tom Baker in Doctor Who.
  • The Time Team discover if Karfel is really as awful as its reputation, as they watch Timelash.

PLUS all the latest news, exclusive photos, reviews, previews, competitions and even more!

Doctor Who Magazine is out on Thursday 1 May 2008 across the United Kingdom.

Final Ratings - Torchwood

Final ratings and audience profile data for Season Two ofTorchwood is now available in the Doctor Who Forum.

The final episode, Exit Wounds achieved an Appreciation Index of90, the highest score the series has ever received. It was most appreciated by Welsh females aged 16-34.

The episode was also the highest rated on BBC2 for the week, with an official rating of 3.13 million viewers.

K9 Tales box set extras

The Doctor Who Restoration Team website has published an article confirming the release of the K9 Tales box set later this year, and announcing the extras package being provided for the two stories - 1977's The Invisible Enemy and 1981 spin-off adventure K9 and Company.

The extras for The Invisible Enemy are:

A commentary Louise Jameson, John Leeson, Mat Irvine and Bob Baker.

Documentary feature Dreams and Fantasy, looking back at the making of the story.

Studio Sweepings - behind-the-scenes studio footage.

Visual Effect - a look at the visual effects work on this and other stories.

Blue Peter - an extract showing K9's first appearance on the famous children's magazine show.

Optional CGI effects.

Trailers and continuity announcements, on-screen production notes, a photo gallery, coming soon trailer, and PDF files of Radio Times billings.

On K9 and Company:

A commentary with Elisabeth Sladen, John Leeson, Linda Polan and Eric Saward.

The K9 Files - a documentary looking at the making of this production.

K9 - A Dog's Tale, K9 is interviewed about his life.

Pebble Mill at One - K9 appears on the BBC1 lunchtime chat show.

BBC trailers and continuity announements.

PDF files of K9 Stories, four books starring the dog originally published in the 1970s.

A Photo Gallery, Coming Soon trailer, Radio Times Billings PDFs, Programme subtitles and Subtitle Production Notes.

Monday, 28 April 2008

Sontaran Stratagem - AI and Digital Ratings

Episode four of series four, The Sontaran Stratagem, achieved an Appreciation Index of 87. This was the highest score for the day on any of the four main channels.

With overnights now available for the whole week, Doctor Who is currently the 18th most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released byBARB in 9 days time.

Saturday's edition of Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.55 million viewers, according to unofficial overnights. The programme, which had a share of 3.2%, was the 5th most watched on multi channel television on Saturday.

Sunday's BBC3 repeat of The Sontaran Stratagem got an overnight audience of 0.87 million, a 4.1% share and was the 4th most watched programme on multi channel TV for Sunday. Doctor Who Confidential got an audience of0.51 million for the repeat showing.

Meanwhile last Friday's repeat of Planet of the Ood got an audience of 0.51 million and was the 5th most watched multi channel programme for the day.

Radio Times

This week's Radio Times features an interview with Freema Agyeman who, last week, returned to Doctor Who in the role of Martha Jones, now a fully fledged member of UNIT. Has joining the Unified Intelligence Taskforce toughened her up? "It's affected her definitely" says Agyeman, "but she's still the same Martha underneath. She still wants to help and heal people,"

And who thought sparks would fly between Martha and Donna (Catherine Tate). "Too obvious!" laughs Agyeman. "Everyone was expecting that, so it's brilliant to have wrong-footed them." What about the Sontarans? Was she able to keep a straight face opposite them? "Tiny little warriors who look like potatoes, Well, they look cute, but they’re totally obsessed with war and bloodlust and death and honour. I think they're suffering a bit from small-man syndrome."

The Radio Times Website also contains a couple of articles related to the return of UNIT, including an interview with the Brigadier, Nicholas Courtney.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Sontaran Stratagem - Overnight Ratings

Unofficial figures show that episode four of Series Four,The Sontaran Stratagem, was watched by 6.4 million viewers, giving it a 35.5% shareof the total television audience.

The programme was the second most watched of the day, being beaten by ITV1's Britain's Got Talent, which was 3 million viewers ahead of any opposition with 9.4 million viewers. Doctor Who won the time slot, beating Animals Do the Funniest Things, which got 3.3 million viewers and it was the highest rated programme on BBC1 for the day.

The programme is currently the 17th most watched for the week. Final figures will be released by BARB in ten days' time.

BAFTA Cymru triumphs

Doctor Who has won six categories at the 17th annual BAFTA Cymru Awards, given to films and television programmes produced in Wales. The ceremony was held tonight at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

The programme took the awards for Best Drama Series (Phil Collinson, for "Voyage of the Damned"), Best Screenwriter (Steven Moffat, for "Blink"), Best Sound (BBC Wales Sound team), Best Director, Drama (James Strong, "Voyage of the Damned"), Best Director of Photography (Ernie Vincze for "Voyage of the Damned") and Best Make-Up (Barbara Southcott and Neill Gorton at Millennium FX for "The Shakespeare Code".)

Spin-off series Torchwood took one award, Best Costume for the episode "Captain Jack Harkness".

IC Wales and BBC News both have reports.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Torchwood comes to Radio 4

Team Torchwood is slated to make an appearance on Radio 4 this summer. The 45-minute show, airing as Radio 4's Afternoon Play, has been written by Joseph Lidster (A Day In The Death) and will feature the voices of John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd and Freema Agyeman. Recorded in March, the story will be transmitted on Radio 4 as part of a day's programming dedicated to the CERN project, expected to air in June or July. According to an interview in Torchwood Magazine with writer Joseph Lidster, Martha calls the team while investigating strange goings-on at the CERN nuclear facility in Switzerland, leading to Torchwood's very first international adventure!

The story will be the first time that Torchwood has not featured Burn Gorman and Naoko Mori, though Lidster says their characters Owen and Tosh, who died at the end of series two, do have a part to play in the story.
"But the story isn’t about death," says Lidster, "and I think it will appeal to those Radio 4 listeners who don't usually watch Torchwood, as well as the fans."

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Tristram Cary 1925 -2008

Classic Series composer Tristram Cary has died at the age of 82, at his home in Adelaide, South Australia.

Cary worked on many of the earliest stories of Doctor Who, providing incidental music for some of the most memorable episodes. He scored the very first appearance of the Daleks in 1963 and his last contribution for the programme was for The Mutants in 1972.

Cary holds a unique place in contemporary music. While serving as a wartime naval radar officer in 1945, he independently conceived the idea of electronic and tape music, and was a world pioneer in this field. His work ranged from concert and entertainment musical repertoire to pure electronic music and from instrumental solos to orchestral and choral works covers.

He provided the scores for many well known British films including the Ealing comedy The Ladykillers in 1955 and the Hammer productions of Quatermass and the Pit in 1967 and Blood from the Mummy's Tomb in 1971.

Cary was a citizen of both Australia and Britain, and in 1991 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Australian music. In 1999 he received the SA Great Music Award for the year, and in 2001 he gained the degree of Doctor of Music at Adelaide University.

Radiophonic Workshop - 50 years

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop would have been 50 years old this month. Disbanded a decade ago, the Workshop - based at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London - was the in-house audio special effects team responsible for the majority of the special sounds, sound effects and electronic music heard in the classic series of Doctor Who.

To commemorate the anniversary of the Workshop, the BBC News website has today published a feature looking back at its work, including embedded video content. Interviewed are Dick Mills and Mark Ayres, both of whom worked extensively on Doctor Who, with Ayres still being involved in the sound restoration for classic series DVD releases.

Speaking about the creation of the iconic voices of the Daleks, Mills says: "We tried to give the impression that whenever a Dalek spoke, it wasn't speaking like we do, it was accessing words from a memory bank, so they all sound the same - dispassionate, mechanical and retrievable."

Both Mills and Ayres are scheduled to appear on Breakfast on BBC One tomorrow. According to a posting by Ayres on the Restoration Team forum today, they will be on about 9.45am. He adds: "In other words, any time between 9.30-10.00am, as long as a more important story does not break."

(Additional reporting by John Bowman, with thanks to Tony Clark.)

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Fires of Pompeii - Final Ratings

Final figures released by BARB give episode two of Series Four, The Fires of Pompeii, an official rating of 9.04 million viewers. The programme was the 10th most watched for the week on British Television. On BBC1 it was the 4th most watched for the week, beating an episode of EastEnders.

On multi-channel television, the Sunday BBC3 repeat was watched by 1.03 million viewers and was the 8th most watched programme for the week. The Saturday showing of Doctor Who Confidential got 0.63 million. Friday's repeat of Partners in Crime got0.74 million viewers and was the 25th most watched programme for the week.

Full ratings data and audience profile can be found in the Doctor Who Forum.

Top Programmes w/e 13 April 2008

1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 11.18 - ITV1
2 CORONATION STREET (MON 1931) - 11.03 - ITV1
3 EASTENDERS (MON 2001) - 10.60 - BBC1
4 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 10.17 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 10.08 - ITV1
6 CORONATION STREET (WED 1931) - 9.85 - ITV1
7 EASTENDERS (FRI 2000) - 9.49 - BBC1
8 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (SAT 1949) - 9.44 - ITV1
9 EASTENDERS (THU 1929) - 9.04 - BBC1
10 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1846) - 9.04 - BBC1
11 EASTENDERS (TUE 1930) - 8.94 - BBC1
13 EMMERDALE (MON 1901) - 7.92 - ITV1
14 FOYLE'S WAR (SUN 2004) - 7.74 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (WED 1900) - 7.35 - ITV1
16 EMMERDALE (FRI 1902) - 7.34 - ITV1
17 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 7.32 - BBC1
18 EMMERDALE (TUE 1859) - 7.20 - ITV1
19 EMMERDALE (THU 1900) - 7.04 - ITV1
20 CASUALTY (SAT 2051) - 6.76 - BBC1

Top Multi Channel Programmes w/e 13 April 2008

1 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1533) 2,308,000 - Sky Sports
2 GAVIN AND STACEY (Sun 2102) 1,401,000 - BBC3
3 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1300) 1,300,000 - Sky Sports
4 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE (Wed 1900) 1,210,000 - Sky Sports
5 60 SECONDS (Sun 2101) 1,189,000 - BBC3
7 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 1,043,000 - BBC3
8 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2002) 1,029,000 - BBC3
10 EASTENDERS (Mon 2202) 963,000 - BBC3
11 EASTENDERS (Thu 2200) 937,000 - BBC3
12 UEFA CUP (2007- 2008) (Thu 1927) 932,000 - ITV4
13 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 875,000 - Five Life
14 BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT (Sun 1847) 870,000 - ITV2
15 COME DINE WITH ME (Sun 1742) 834,000 - More4
16 COME DINE WITH ME (Sun 1816) 819,000 - More4
17 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 801,000 - Five Life
18 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 798,000 - Five Life
19 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 787,000 - Five Life
20 SKINS (Mon 2200) 766,000 - E4

Source BARB

Doctor Who Adventures - 61

Doctor Who Adventures issue 61, is now out across the United Kingdom.

Ood news!

This week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures is an really Ood issue. There’s a menacing red-eye Ood staring out on the cover and inside we look at our favourite moments of last week’s scary episode! You can also test out how well you know the Ood with our tricky quiz.

The issue comes with a FREE Judoon notepad, a set of monster tags and there’s also the final part of our giant Doctor Who double-sided poster. On one side you get a picture of Donna and on the other you get all the monsters from the last series!
Three brand-new posters: Miss Foster, Planet of the Ood and the Master.
The Sontaran Stratagem: special preview of the next Doctor Who episode.
Tales from the TARDIS: the Titanic is about to hit Buckingham Palace…
Fact file: all you need to know about the Pyrovile.
Activity: make a cool 3-D Cyber head!
Doctor's Data: Foon Van Hoff.
Create your own monster winner: we reveal the winning monster – who also stars in a special comic strip with the Doctor.
Time Teasers: Ood food and Bloodtide and Doomfinger with a fun word search.
Who knows! Are Cybermen from Earth and can Weeping Angels fly?
Win: answer the questions correctly and you could win loads of prizes!
Subscription offer: if you subscribe you’ll get a FREE Doctor Who audiobook – The Feast of the Drowned.

Sadly, DWA is not available on the Ood home planet.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Christmas Special Cast Member Revealed

Posted By John Bowman

David Morrissey has been reunited with his Blackpool co-star David Tennant for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.

According to a report by the Press Association, the pair appeared on set yesterday in the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral.

Further details are given in the spoiler box - which may contain information you do not want to know. The PA report - with pictures - was carried today by the Daily Mail. Again, do not click on the link if you want to remain spoiler-free.
According to PA:

"College Green was covered with artificial snow for the scene filmed today, in which mourners in Victorian costume marched in front of a horse-drawn cart carrying a coffin.

"Tennant was dressed in the Doctor's trademark ankle-length brown coat, while Morrissey was kitted out in full period garb - a tan knee-length jacket and red waistcoat.

"A security guard sat in front of the Tardis, which was tucked down a nearby alleyway, covered by a white sheet.

"Tennant waved to the crowds as the crew prepared the intricate set and covered the surrounding historic buildings with fake snow.

"Secrecy surrounds the Christmas episode's storyline, but it's believed to feature the Cybermen - the Doctor's deadliest enemies."

Elsewhere, it has been reported that Dervla Kirwan is also in the special.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Radio Times cover revealed

The official Radio Times website has revealed a preview of the Doctor Who themed cover for next week's edition of the magazine, which is released to newsstands in the UK tomorrow.

The cover features an image of a Sontaran from the forthcoming two-part story "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky", which begins this Saturday at 6.20pm on BBC One.

The cover of the magazine also advertises the free CD of part one of the Doctor Who audiobook "The Resurrection Casket", which is being given away free with the magazine. The concluding part will be included with the following week's edition.

Planet of the Ood - AI and Digital Ratings

Episode Three of series four of Doctor Who, Planet of the Ood, achieved an Appreciation Index of 87.

With overnights now available for the whole week, Doctor Who is currently the 15th most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released byBARB in 9 days time.

Saturday's edition of Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.65 million viewers, according to unofficial overnights. The programme, which had a share of 3.3%, was the 4th most watched on multi channel television on Saturday.

Sunday's BBC3 repeat of Planet of the Ood got an overnight audience of 1.03 million, a 4.7% share and was the 4th most watched programme on multi channel TV for Sunday. Doctor Who Confidential got an audience of 0.55 million for the repeat showing.

Meanwhile last Friday's repeat of The Fires of Pompeii got an audience of 0.43 million and was the 7th most watched multi channel programme for the day.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Planet of the Ood - Overnight Ratings

Unofficial figures show that episode three of Series Four, Planet of the Ood, was watched by 6.9 million viewers, giving it a 33.4% share of the total television audience.

The programme was the second most watched of the day, being beaten by ITV1's Britain's Got Talent, which got a massive 10.3 million. It won the time slot, beating Animals Do the Funniest Things, which got 4.0 million viewers.

The audience grew by nearly two million during the programme and peaked in the last quarter hour at 7.5 million. The programme is currently the 14th most watched for the week. Final figures will be released byBARB in ten days' time.

Radio Times Cover

Next week's edition of Radio Times will once more feature a Doctor Who cover. Details are secret but the episode featured includes the return of the Sontarans. The cover will be revealed on the Radio Times website at 4pm on Monday 21st April.

The Radio Times will also contain a free BBC Doctor Who audio CD - part one of a two-CD set of The Resurrection Casket, written by Justin Richardsand read by David Tennant.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Doctor Who Adventures 60

Doctor Who Adventures issue 60 is out now across the United Kingdom.
Press Release

Catherine Tate interviewed in this week's Doctor Who Adventures magazine.

You can't have failed to notice that there's a new person travelling aboard the TARDIS – Donna Noble, as played by Catherine Tate. In this week's Doctor Who Adventures Catherine Tate tells the magazine about the fun she's having playing the character.

Did she watch Doctor Who when she was growing up? "No! I remember the theme tune but it was never as interesting to me as Basil Brush. I didn't know the Doctor regenerated until Christopher Eccleston turned into David. It was incredible!"

About stunts: "Kneeling in the TARDIS is like kneeling on razor blades! I've got black and blue knees! I got absolutely battered during the first episode. David wants to do all his own stunts, though!"

If she could really time-travel, would Catherine go and meet herself in the past? "If someone came in now and said, 'Hi, I'm you at 50!' you wouldn't say, 'Oh, go on, take a seat!' I can't answer without my head exploding!"

Read the whole interview in this week's Doctor Who Adventures magazine. Free with this week's issue is a deadly Dalek pen and notepad and the second part of a massive double-sided poster – inside the TARDIS on one side, and the monsters of Series Two on the other.

Four cool posters: The Fires of Pompeii, an Ood, Donna and a Dalek!
The Fires of Pompeii: our favourite bits from last week's episode.
Planet of the Ood: be prepared for a trip to an alien world.
Quiz: test your knowledge on The Fires of Pompeii.
Activity: make your own Son of Mine mask.
Draw: create your own Dalek Sec Hybrid!
Doctor's Data: discover Third Doctor facts.
Puzzle: work out our Krillitane conundrum.
Comic strip: the final part of The Poison Planet.
Time Teasers: Tummy of Terror and a parallel picture!
Who knows! What happened to Margaret Slitheen and why did Lucy shoot the Master?
Win: goodies up for grabs!
Subscription offer: if you subscribe you'll get a FREE Doctor Who audiobook – The Feast of the Drowned.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Tennant And Tate For Festival

Posted By John Bowman

David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be star speakers later this year at the Times Cheltenham Literary Festival, it was announced today.

They will talk about working with the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as on Doctor Who.

The event runs from October 10 to 19. Precise dates for appearances have yet to be announced.

Reported by thelondonpaper and the Press Association.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Classic Series Toys Pics

Character Options has released the first photos of the upcoming Classic Seriesrange of 5 inch toys. Each figure pack will include a different part of the giant K-1 robot from the fourth Doctor's first story, Robot in 1974. When all eight packs are collected, the giant robot will be complete.

The first wave will include The Fourth Doctor, The Fifth Doctor, The Sixth Doctor, a Sea Devil, a Zygon, Magnus Greel and Mr Sin, SV7 and D84 (Robots of Death).

Also being launched is a Doctor Who 5 inch Classic Dalek Set – this set will include Daleks from The Dead Planet, (1963), The Planet of the Daleks, (1973) and Genesis of the Daleks (1975).

More information on this line can be found at

Thank You to John Davies from the Doctor Who Forum for assistance with this story!!

BBC Wins Dalek Book Battle

Posted By John Bowman

The BBC's commercial arm won a High Court battle today concerning a book about the Daleks.

Publisher JHP, which brought out four Dalek-related books in the 1960s that had input from Dalek creator Terry Nation, claimed that BBC Worldwide's The Dalek Survival Guide, which was published in 2002, had infringed its copyright by using material from one of the books.

But according to a report on BBC News, Mr Justice Norris said that although JHP had the licence to bring out the original books - three annuals plus The Dalek Pocketbook and Space-Travellers' Guide - it did not own the copyright.

In 2001, both sides had started working together on a new venture involving the original books plus fresh material, but it foundered after JHP disliked BBC Worldwide's plans.

JHP had claimed that the subsequent Dalek Survival Guide copied The Dalek Pocketbook and Space-Travellers' Guide material. However, the judge ruled that no substantial copying had taken place, and said it was "inherently improbable" that Nation, who died in 1997, would have assigned copyright to JHP.

Partners in Crime - Final Ratings

BARB give episode one of Series Four, Partners in Crime, an official rating of9.14 million viewers. The programme was the 10th most watched for the week on British Television. It was the highest rated non-soap programme for the week.

On multi-channel television, the Sunday BBC3 repeat was watched by 1.398 million viewers and was the 5th most watched programme for the week. The Saturday showing of Doctor Who Confidential got0.95 million with the Sunday repeat getting 0.82 million. Thursday's repeat of Voyage of the Damned got 0.61 million viewers.

On BBC Four, the three episodes shown on Saturday of the 45 year old repeat of The Daleks all made it into the Top Ten programmes on the channel for the week. The highest rated episode was episode three, The Escape, which got 0.43 million viewers.
Top Twenty programmes (we 6 April 2008)

1 CORONATION STREET (MON 2029) - 10.86 - ITV1
2 EASTENDERS (MON 2000) - 10.60 - BBC1
3 CORONATION STREET (MON 1932) - 10.60 - ITV1
4 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2029) - 10.47 - ITV1
5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 10.27 - ITV1
6 CORONATION STREET (WED 1931) - 10.14 - ITV1
7 EASTENDERS (TUE 1928) - 9.83 - BBC1
8 EASTENDERS (FRI 1959) - 9.59 - BBC1
9 EASTENDERS (THU 1928) - 9.30 - BBC1
10 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1819) - 9.14 - BBC1
11 EMMERDALE (WED 1900) - 7.55 - ITV1
12 CASUALTY (SAT 2030) - 7.52 - BBC1
13 EMMERDALE (MON 1900) - 7.45 - ITV1
14 EMMERDALE (TUE 1859) - 7.36 - ITV1
15 EMMERDALE (FRI 1902) - 7.30 - ITV1
16 HEARTBEAT (SUN 1959) - 7.13 - ITV1
17 BBC NEWS (SUN 1900) - 6.97 - BBC1
18 I'D DO ANYTHING (SAT 1909) - 6.97 - BBC1
19 EMMERDALE (THU 1859) - 6.88 - ITV1
20 THE APPRENTICE (WED 2100) - 6.73 - BBC1

Top Twenty Multi-Channel programmes (we 6 April 2008)

1 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE (Wed 1900) 1,676,000 - Sky Sports
2 GAVIN AND STACEY (Sun 2100) 1,601,000 - BBC3
3 LIVE FA CUP FOOTBALL (Sun 1532) 1,570,000 - Sky Sports
4 FORD SUPER SUNDAY (Sun 1300) 1,407,000 - Sky Sports
5 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2001) 1,398,000 - BBC3
6 BIONIC WOMAN (Tue 2101) 1,215,000 - ITV2
7 EASTENDERS (Thu 2159) 1,078,000 - BBC3
8 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2103) 1,056,000 - ITV2
9 EASTENDERS (Tue 2200) 1,028,000 - BBC3
10 LIVE FORD FOOTBALL SPECIAL-MATCH (Sat 1200) 998,000 - Sky Sports
11 COME DINE WITH ME (Sun 1821) 967,000 - More4
12 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1911) 957,000 - BBC3
13 HUGHIE GREEN, MOST SINCERELY (Wed 2100) 895,000 - BBC4
14 SHAMELESS (Tue 2303) 887,000 - E4
15 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 878,000 - Five Life
16 HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1829) 836,000 - Five Life
17 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 827,000 - Five Life
18 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 819,000 - Five Life
19 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sun 2051) 817,000 - BBC3
20 COME DINE WITH ME (Sun 1748) 783,000 - More4

Source: BARB

Monday, 14 April 2008

Fires of Pompeii - AI and Digital ratings

Episode Two of the new series of Doctor Who, The Fires of Pompeii, achieved an Appreciation Index of87. The figure puts the programme in the excellent category and was the highest scored by the two main channels on Saturday.

With overnights now available for the whole week, Doctor Who is currently the 11th most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released byBARB in 9 days time.

Saturday's edition of Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.57 million viewers, according to unofficial overnights. The programme, which had a share of 2.8%, was the most watched on multi channel television on Saturday.

Sunday's BBC3 repeat of The Fires of Pompeii got an overnight audience of 0.82 million, a 3.8% share and was the 5th most watched programme on multi channel TV for Sunday. Doctor Who Confidential got an audience of 0.53 million for the repeat showing.

Meanwhile last Friday's repeat of Partners in Crime got an audience of 0.61 million and was the 2nd most watched multi channel programme for the day.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Fires of Pompeii - Overnight Ratings

Unofficial figures show that episode two of Series Four,The Fires of Pompeii, was watched by 8.1 millionviewers, giving it a 36.7% share of the total television audience.

The programme was the most 2nd most watched of the day, being beaten by ITV1's Britain's Got Talentwhich got 8.8 million. It won the time slot, beating All Star Mr and Mrs which came third for the day with 6.3 million viewers.

The audience peaked in the last quarter hour at 8.5 million. The programme currently stands as the 11thmost watched of the week. Final figures, will be released by BARB in ten days time.

Last of the Time Lords Commentary

The commentary track for The Last of the Time Lords featuring David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, and John Barrowman, is currently available for download from BBC America. The track was available on the Region 2 release of the Series Three DVD set, but was left off of the Region 1 release due to rights issues. There is also a feature on the site that will allow fans to run the commentary in sync to the episode as it airs on April 19th.

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Series Four Volume One Certifications

Posted By John Bowman

The British Board of Film Classification has indicated that forthcoming episode Planet of the Ood is not as suitable for youngsters as others are by giving it a 12 rating for its DVD release.

The BBFC's consumer advice says the story contains a moderate gory moment.

It will be the third episode of the first three from Series Four on the DVD, which is due to be released in the UK on June 2. The preceding two episodes,Partners In Crime and The Fires of Pompeii, have each been given a PG rating.

While both Partners In Crime and The Fires of Pompeii have running times in excess of 48 minutes, Planet of the Ood clocks in at 43 minutes and 38 seconds.

Doctor Who Adventures: 59

Doctor Who Adventures issue 59, is out now across the United kingdom.
Press Release

David Tennant talks about Doctor Who!

Doctor Who made an action-packed return to BBC One last Saturday! In this week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures, you’ll find an interview with actor David Tennant, who talks about Donna and all things Who…

On Donna: "Usually I get all the funny lines but this year it's more shared out. The Doctor can get a bit pompous now and again – and Donna will cut him dead if he’s getting too big for his boots!"

On his favourite control in the TARDIS: "My favourites are the ones I can rely on. Sometimes they just come away in my hand! I like the big lever that is the take-off switch. It's probably the only one I haven't broken yet!"

On meeting the Fifth Doctor: "It was very exciting for me because I was a proper fan when he was the Doctor. It was all a bit too much for me to be honest! The first time we ran through the lines it was a very out-of-body experience. I was slightly nervous and overcome!" Read the whole interview in the issue!

This week’s Doctor Who Adventures magazine comes with a free set of Doctor Who magnets and the first part of a massive double-sided poster – with the Doctor on one side and all the monsters from series one on the other. Miss it and miss out!

Posters: Pig Slaves, Partners in Crime, the Doctor, Martha and Judoon
Tales from the TARDIS: Lucy Saxon shoots the Master
Partners in Crime: top thrills from last week’s episode
The Fires of Pompeii: get ready for a trip to 79AD!
Fact file: 10 reasons why Doctor Who is the best show on TV
Activity: make a scary Scarecrow mask!
Doctor's Data: Rickston Slade – facts about the rude businessman from Voyage of the Damned.
Comic strip: part two of The Poison Planet – more danger on an alien world.
Time Teasers: Caan Confusion and Monster Mares – more puzzles, hosted by Bloodtide and Doomfinger.
Who knows! Is Jack the Face of Boe and who fought in the Time War?
Subscription offer: if you subscribe you’ll get a FREE Doctor Who audiobook – The Feast of the Drowned.

Episode 4 Press Release

The BBC Press Office have released details of Episode Four of Series Four, The Sontaran Stratagem.

The episode will be broadcast on Saturday 26th April on BBC1, and features guest stars Freema Agyeman, reprising her role of Martha Jones, and Christopher Ryan.
Martha Jones summons the Doctor back to modern-day Earth, but an old enemy lies in wait, as Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama continues. With the mysterious ATMOS devices spreading across the world, Donna discovers that even her own family is not safe from the alien threat – but is it too late to save them?

Friday, 11 April 2008

Christmas Filming Begins

While the rest of the world is fighting Adipose and travelling to Pompeii, the BBC has begun filming for this year's Christmas special.

The South Wales Argus has published a photo of filming taking place in St Woolos cemetery in Newport. Please be aware that this article containsMAJOR SPOILERS for the forthcoming Christmas special.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Moths nominated for Sony Award

Toby Hadoke's play Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarfopened in London's West End last night, and a successful performance was topped off by the news that the radio version of the production had been nominated in the Best Drama category of the prestigious Sony Awards.

Famous faces at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, on
Wednesday's opening night included Fenella Woolgar(Bright Young Things, Steven Moffat's Jekyll and soon to be Agatha Christie in the current series of Doctor Who, and seen right with Hadoke), Justin Edwards (Perrier Award nominee and star of BBC4's The Thick Of It) and Ian Boldsworth (a.k.a. comedian Ray Peacock, who also appeared in the Doctor Who episode Blink).

Hadoke's press release claims that Doctor Who luminaries Paul CornellRob Shearman and Louise Jameson will also be attending to support the show during the run.

The remaining dates are 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th April (7.30pm start time, except 12th and 19th, when it's a 3.30pm start).

The BBC 7 Radio adaptation, also available as an audio book, is now in the running for a Sony Award, the radio equivalent of the Oscars and the highest accolade a radio production can receive. The awards themselves take place on May 12th.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Doctor Who at the Proms

This year's BBC Proms will feature a special Doctor Who evening on Sunday 27th July, presented by Freema Agyeman. The show is expected to feature compositions related to time and space, with such items as Holst'sThe Planets and Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, as well as the Doctor Who theme tune.

The show will also include a special Doctor Who scene starring David Tennant, written by Russell T Davies.

After recent controversy in the news surrounding the relevance of the Proms to modern day Britain, director Roger Wright denied the presence of Doctor Who would mean the world-famous music festival was being dumbed down, reporting that the musical emphasis would still focus on the British Isles, with other compositions from Eastern Europe.

The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and may also be broadcast as part of the Proms season on BBC2.

The BBC's guide to the Proms is due to be published on the 11th April, and full details on the concerts and booking may be found on the BBC Proms website. Coverage of the announcement of Doctor Who at the proms has been published by BBC NewsStandardGoogleThe Times, and the Daily Mail.

BBC iplayer report

The BBC have issued a press release reporting on how their iplayer service has performed during the first quarter of 2008, with Doctor Who andTorchwood both performing well in the top 20 watched programmes.

1. The Apprentice BBC One 26/03/2008
2. Louis Theroux: Behind Bars BBC Two 13/01/2008
3. Ashes To Ashes BBC One 07/02/2008
4. Torchwood - Fragments BBC Three 21/03/2008
5. Dawn ... Gets Naked BBC Three 14/02/2008
6. Torchwood - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang BBC Two 16/01/2008
7. Doctor Who - Voyage Of The Damned BBC One 25/12/2007
8. Torchwood - Dead Man Walking BBC Three 20/02/2008
9. Gavin And Stacey BBC Three 23/03/2008
10. Dawn ... Goes Lesbian BBC Three 21/02/2008
11. Ashes To Ashes BBC One 21/02/2008
12. Torchwood - Something Borrowed BBC Three 05/03/2008
13. Ashes To Ashes BBC One 28/02/2008
14. EastEnders BBC One 21/03/2008
15. Torchwood - From Out of the Rain BBC Three 12/03/2008
16. Torchwood - Adrift BBC Three 19/03/2008
17. Torchwood - A Day in the Death BBC Three 27/02/2008
18. Ashes To Ashes BBC One 06/03/2008
19. Six Nations Rugby 2008: France v England BBC One 23/02/2008
20. EastEnders BBC One 16/03/2008

Ratings in Crime

Posted By Stephen Blake

The ratings success for the first episode of series 4 of Doctor WhoPartners in Crime, has been widely reported in the press, a selection of which can be read by following the links below.

While most of the news stories concentrate on the viewing figures for the opening episode, in its piece, "Up Pompeii: Tate and Tennant head for ancient Rome as nine million viewers watch series opener", the Daily Mailtakes a look at the forthcoming second episode The Fires of Pompeii as well as discussing Peter Davison’s daughterGeorgia Moffett and her appearance later in the series.

Adfero AOL EntertainmentBBC News onlineBrand RepublicBroadcastCBBC NewsroundCongoo,, the Daily Star,DiggDigital SpyGlasgow Daily Record, the Guardian, the Herald, online,, theLondon PaperMetro, the MirrorMSN NewsNews on FeedsNottingham Evening PostPress AssociationRedTram, the Scotsman,Sheilds, the TelegraphTeletext, This is Lancashire, This is Local London, TopixVirgin TV NewsWhat’s on TV,Wigan TodayWikipediaYahoo! News, and the Yorkshire Post.

Monday, 7 April 2008

Partners in Crime: AI figure and Ratings update

Episode One of the new series of Doctor Who, Partners in Crime, achieved an Appreciation Index of 88. The figure, which puts the programme in the excellent category, was the highest scored on Saturday. The episode was most enjoyed by English females in the 35-55 age group.

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.

With overnights now available for the whole week, Doctor Who is currently the 10th most watched programme of the week. Final figures will be released byBARB in 9 days time.

Top Twenty Overnights (w/e 6 April 2008)

1 …. 10.3 (43.2%) …. EastEnders (20:00) BBC1 - MON
2 …. 10.1 (45.4%) …. Coronation Street (19:30) ITV - MON
3 …. 10.0 (40.5%) …. Coronation Street (20:30) ITV - MON
4 …. 9.8 (47.0%) …. Coronation Street (19:30) ITV - FRI
5 …. 9.7 (43.1%) …. EastEnders (19:30) BBC1 - TUE
6 …. 9.6 (41.1%) …. Coronation Street (20:30) ITV - FRI
7 …. 9.5 (42.3%) …. Coronation Street (19:30) ITV - WED
8 …. 9.2 (41.7%) …. EastEnders (20:00) BBC1 - FRI
9 …. 9.0 (42.5%) …. EastEnders (19:30) BBC1 - THU
10 …. 8.4 (39.4%) …. Doctor Who (18:15) BBC1 - SAT
11 …. 7.4 (36.2%) …. Emmerdale (19:00) ITV - WED
12 …. 7.4 (37.1%) …. Emmerdale (19:00) ITV - MON
13 …. 7.1 (30.8%) …. Casualty (20:30) BBC1 - SAT
14 …. 7.0 (36.5%) …. Emmerdale (19:00) ITV - FRI
15 …. 6.9 (31.2%) …. BBC News and Weather (19:00) BBC1 - SUN
16 …. 6.8 (30.4%) …. The National Lottery Draws (20:15) BBC1 - SAT
17 …. 6.8 (30.3%) …. I'd Do Anything (19:00) BBC1 - SAT
18 …. 6.7 (25.6%) …. Heartbeat (20:00) ITV - SUN
19 …. 6.6 (32.8%) …. Emmerdale (19:00) ITV - TUE
20 …. 6.4 (26.7%) …. I'd Do Anything Results (19:30) BBC1 - SUN

Weekend Multi Channel Ratings

Saturday's edition of Doctor Who Confidential was watched by 0.89 million viewers, according to unofficial overnights. The programme, which had a share of 4.6%, was the 2nd most watched on multi channel television on Saturday, just behind Live Ford Football Special on Sky Sports 1.

Sunday's BBC3 repeat of Partners in Crime got an overnight audience of 1.20 million, which was a 5.3% shareand the highest rating the programme has ever received on this channel. It was the fourth most watched programme for the day. Doctor Who Confidential got an audience of 0.85 millionfor the repeat showing.

On Saturday, Doctor Who was BBC4's most watched programme of the day and the 8th most watched programme on Multi Channel TV, outrating everything on channels such as Sky One and UK Gold. Episode Three of The Daleks, The Escape, got an audience of 0.42 million, a 2.2% share. Episode Two, The Survivors, got 0.40 million and Episode One, The Dead Planet, got 0.33 million. The documentary Verity Lambert: Drama Queen was watched by 0.25 million.

Richard Dawkins in Doctor Who

Professor Richard Dawkins, the celebrated biologist and writer, is to appear as himself later in the current series of Doctor Who. Executive Producer Russell T Davies made the announcement in an interview with the Independent on Sunday. He said the show's crew were delighted to see Dawkins on set: "People were falling at his feet ... We've had Kylie Minogue on that set, but it was Dawkins people were worshipping."

Dawkins is the author of many best-selling non-fiction works, fromThe Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker to The God Delusion, and is apowerful communicator of both Darwin's evolutionary theory and the merits of atheism.

He holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, though he is perhaps equally well known amongst some Doctor Who fans as the husband of Lalla Ward, who played former companion Romana! He was also a close friend of former script editor Douglas Adams, to whom he dedicated The God Delusion.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Partners in Crime - Overnight Ratings

Unofficial figures show that the first episode of Series Four, Partners in Crime, was watched by 8.4 million viewers, giving it a 39.4% share of the total television audience. It was the most watched programme of the day, beating the second placed Casualty by over 1 million viewers.

The overnight figures are slightly up on the last two season premiers, both of which benefited by being in a later time slot.

The programme got almost double the audience of its main ITV1 opposition, You've Been Framed, which got 4.7 million watching.

The audience peaked in the last quarter hour at 8.7 million, with the BBC1 audience dropping by nearly 3 million when the programme finished. Final figures, which will be released by BARB in ten days time, are likely to be higher as the programme was transmitted slightly later than its published time slot.

The programme currently stands as the 10th most watched of the week, behind several episodes of EastEnders and Coronation street.

The children's audience was 1.3 million, which was a 51.0% share of all 4-15 year old's watching.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Torchwood 2.13 Overnight Ratings

Unofficial figures show that the BBC2 showing of the final episode of Torchwood Series Two, Exit Wounds was watched by 2.7 millionviewers, a12% share of the total TV audience.

The programme was once more the most watched of the day on BBC2, outrating Gardeners' World. It was the 20th most watched on British television for the day. The timeslot was won by ITV's Benidorm.

Torchwood: Declassified which followed the episode got 1.9 million viewers.

Final figures will be released by BARB in two weeks time. Full audience date for Torchwood, including Audience reaction figures is available in the Doctor Who Forum.

Scotland To Get Exhibition

Posted By John Bowman

Glasgow is to host the UK's largest Doctor Who exhibition next year.

A report in The Herald says that the display, currently at Earls Court, will head north of the border to be installed at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the city after its run in London ends.

According to the article, the exhibition will open in Scotland in March 2009 and run until early 2010. Organisers believe attendance figures will better the 165,000-plus total reached for a recent Kylie Minogue show.

The display is expected to include monsters and props, etc, from Series Four as well as items from the Christmas 2008 special.

The Earls Court exhibition closes on September 19.

(With thanks to Anne Fitzsimons.)

Friday, 4 April 2008

Johnny Byrne

Several sources are reporting the death yesterday (April 3) of Johnny Byrne. Byrne penned three stories for the classic Doctor Who series: The Keeper of Traken starring Tom Baker (in which the character Nyssa, played by Sarah Sutton, eventually became a companion), Arc of Infinity and Warriors of the Deep starring Peter Davison.

Byrne also penned a film script for the series which was not used. In addition, he wrote eleven episodes of "Space: 1999" as well as episodes of "All Creatures Great and Small", which co-starred Davison, and "Heartbeat" as well as other series and miniseries.

According to his entry on Wikipedia, Byrne "traveled extensively in his youth as a traveling poet. In the 1960s he worked as a literary editor and wrote poetry and short stories which was [sic] published in Science Fantasy Magazine.

"His other works include Groupie (1969), Season Of The Witch (1971). and the scripts for the films Adolf Hitler, My Part In His Downfall (1972), and Rosie Is My Relative (1976)."

Born in 1935, he died on April 3 due to undisclosed causes.

Episode Nine Title Changed

Posted By John Bowman

The title of episode nine of the new series has been changed to Forest of the Dead.

Earlier this week, all Series Four episode names bar the penultimate one were announced in a Radio Times feature. In it, the ninth episode - the concluding instalment of this series' second two-parter - was named as River's Run, but CBBC Newsround now says it has exclusively been told of the title alteration.

The story has been written by Steven Moffat and has Alex Kingston and Colin Salmon as the guest stars.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

BAFTA Cymru nominations

This year's nominations for the BAFTA Cymru awards have been announced, and sees Doctor Who and its spin-offs nominated in several categories:
  • Best Drama Series: Doctor Who (Voyage of the Damned);Torchwood (End of Days)Belonging (which also stars Torchwood's Eve Myles!)
  • Best Childrens Programme: The Sarah Jane Adventures(Whatever Happened To Sarah Jane?)AtomYoung Dracula
  • Best New Media TV or Film Related: Doctor Who Comic MakerCoal House InteractivePlaned Plant Bach
  • Best Director of Photography - Drama: Ernie Vincze (Doctor Who - Voyage of the Damned); Richard Wyn (Caerdydd II)Jonathan Bloom (Daddy's Girl)
  • Best Sound: Doctor Who (Voyage of the Damned)The History of Mister PollyY Pris
  • Best Design: Doctor Who (Voyage of the Damned)Caerdydd IIThe History of Mister Polly
  • Best Costume: Doctor Who (The Shakespeare Code)Torchwood (Captain Jack Harkness)The History of Mister Polly
  • Best Make-Up: Doctor Who (The Shakespeare Code)Calon GaethThe History of Mister Polly
  • Best Screenwriter: Steven Moffat (Doctor Who - Blink)Ed Talfan (Caerdydd II)Tim Price (Y Pris)
  • Best Original Soundtrack: Ben Foster (Torchwood - End of Days)John Rea (Coal House)John Hardy/Rob Love (Y Pris)
  • Best Director - Drama: James Strong (Doctor Who - Voyage of the Damned)Gilles Mackinnon (The History of Mister Polly)Gareth Bryn(Y Pris)
  • Best Actress: Eve Myles (Torchwood - End of Days)Rebecca Haries (Belonging)Anne Marie-Duff (The History of Mister Polly)

The award ceremony takes place at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Sunday 27th April; you can find out more about it from the BAFTA Cymru website inEnglish or Welsh.

MediaGuardian effects preview

The MediaGuardian website has published an article by Stephen Brook previewing some of the work effects house The Mill has performed for the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who. The article looks at how the Adipose were created for the episode, including images.

Stephen Regelous, who worked on the episode, is quoted as saying that: "When I first found out that the Mill was working on Doctor Who, I was quietly hoping that Massive might be used to create hordes of Daleks or Cybermen and with series 4, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved. It's been very fulfilling to be a fan from about three or four years old and finally be able to contribute to the Doctor Who universe."

There is some spoiler content, so those not wishing to learn anything about the episode until its transmission should not read the piece.

Tennant Interview

David Tennant was interviewed by Simon Mayo on BBC Radio Five on Wednesday. APodcast of the interview is available for the next seven days.

A reminder that David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be guests on Friday nights Jonathan Ross show on BBC1.

Thanks to Daniel Smith

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Radio Times Details

In this week's Radio Times, Russell T Davies talks about how he goes about casting Doctor Who. "You can't really write with a guest star in mind - well, only in very exceptional cases. Kylie Minogue was one. There's a great danger in writing for someone and then they get offered a film, or they just don't fancy it. So it's dangerous territory to enter."

One of the things I love about this job is working with actors. It's such a strange process where you hand the script over to a bunch of complete strangers, but you have to trust them, and when you cast it well, that trust is paid back. Undoubtedly, they have fun doing it, but not so much fun that it looks like fun on screen." Every guest actor says, "My children would have killed me if I hadn't taken the part." Even those who haven't got children have nephews and nieces. Not just some of them say it – every single one of them does. It's a litany as they arrive. And it's absolutely true!"

Catherine Tate tells of her reaction when asked to reprise the role of Donna Noble, "I couldn’t have been more surprised. I went out to lunch with [executive producer] Julie Gardner and I thought we were just there to chat. When people say, “My jaw hit the floor". I know what they mean!". David Tennant talks about the Doctor's reaction to the reunion. "He’s pretty gobsmacked. Donna’s quite a force of nature, she doesn’t really take no for an answer."

The Magazine also contains an article on first producer Verity Lambert, and looks ahead to the tribute on BBC Fourthis weekend. It was to Lambert’s 60s version that Davies turned for inspiration when kick-starting new Doctor Who in 2005, because, "It was before the series became bogged down in any continuity. There was just mystery. An open road – that’s what she created."

Press Reviews

BBC News Online features an article on the press launch of Series 4. The executive producer Russell T Davies tells how he wants David Tennant to stay on forever. When quizzed about his own future with the programme, Davies told reporters it was "none of their business. Never mind what happens behind the scenes," he said "it's what happens on Saturday night that's important." The website includes video interviews with Tennant and Tate and clips from the new series.

The launch is also featured in a number of national newspapers. The Telegraph reviews the first episode and asks Who is the best Who? The Mirror andThe Sun also review the first episode.

Time Slot will change later in Series

The start time of Series Four of Doctor Who is likely to return to 7.00pm around Episode Five or Six according to the BBC's internal magazine Ariel.

The show's Executive Producer, Russell T. Davies, interviewed at the Series Four Press launch, admitted he would have preferred a later time slot, but was diplomatic about the scheduling decision which he said last week could lose the show a million viewers.

"It's not a time slot I agree with, but I know that no one wants to damage the brand", he said calmly. "In the past we’ve got higher figures when it went later, but it will shift later on in the run, around episode five or six, which the BBC was going to do anyway."

Also at the launch Ariel spoke to Jane Tranter, BBC controller BBC Fiction who thanked the "loyal, professional and all round excellent team" in Cardiff, most of whom have worked on all 56 episodes. "The success of Doctor Who is to a great extent theirs," she said. Tranter described new companionCatherine Tate as "the most empathetic, big hearted and extraordinary of the Doctor's companions", praising her "versatility, bravura and humanity as an actress".

Meanwhile David Tennant promised the series four finale would be the "biggest, boldest, maddest, saddest, most exciting story we've ever done".

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

TV Times

This week's TV Times features an article on the return of Doctor Who. The magazine is running a competition to win a bronze Dalek, to tie in with the start of Series Four. The Dalek is worth 2500 pounds and is currently being custom made by This Planet Earth. The competition is open from 1st April and is runs until 2nd May.

You can either enter by post through TV Times magazine or online at the magazine's website,

Radio Times

The website of the BBC's listings magazine, the Radio Times, has revealed that the magazine has once again givenDoctor Who the honour of gracing the magazine's cover for the start of the new series. This time there will be four different versions of the cover available. The new issue, which also extensively previews the series inside, will be available across the UK from tuesday.

Tha magazine reveals the almost complete list of Episode titles for Series 4. Episode 12's title is being kept secret for the time being.

Series Four Episode Titles
  • 1. Partners in Crime
  • 2. The Fires of Pompell
  • 3. Planet of the Ood
  • 4. The Sontaran Stratagem
  • 5. The Poison Sky
  • 6. The Doctor's Daughter
  • 7. The Unicorn & The Wasp
  • 8. Silence in the Library
  • 9. River's Run
  • 10. Midnight
  • 11. Turn Left
  • 12. TBA
  • 13. Journey's End

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 58

This week's Doctor Who Adventures celebrates the return of Doctor Who to UK Television. The magazine is out across the United Kingdom on Thursday 3 April.
Press Release

Who is back!

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on this Saturday at 6.20pm, so make sure you don’t miss this week’s issue of Doctor Who Adventures for a sneaky look at the first episode!

Inside you’ll find new pictures of the Doctor and Donna in action in the exciting first story of series four, Partners in Crime.

You’ll also find a special Time Agent tracker for you to rate the episode’s scares and shocks.
The issue comes with a free TARDIS trainer bag – which is perfect for carrying space boots or copies of your favourite magazine…

Posters: Dalek Sec Hybrid, Partners in Crime, Voyage of the Damned, Mr and Mrs Master.
Tales from the TARDIS: The Doctor and Martha run into trouble when they bump into an escaped alien.
Puzzle: A deadly Dalek crossword.
Activity: Who am I? game with cool cards to cut out and play with!
Facts: What is the longest-ever story or the most-battled monster? Find out all this and much more in our Who Book of Records.
Who’s where: Trouble for Donna and Jackie Tyler in this week’s search.
Doctor's Data: Find out about the Second Doctor.
Comic strip: Trouble for the Doctor on a planet called Death’s Door in part one of a new three-part comic strip adventure.
Time Teasers: Lots of puzzles to solve!
Who knows! Answers to readers’ questions about the Fall of Arcadia and the Master.
Win: Answer the questions to win goodies.
Subscription offer: Subscribe today and you’ll get a free Cyberman watch!

Series Four Press Launch

Ian Wylie of the Manchester Evening News posted a report from today's press launch for Series Four.

The evening began with an introduction from Controller of BBC Fiction Jane Tranter, who enthused that "this fourth series of Doctor Who is our best yet".

The first two episodes (Partners in Crime and The Fires of Pompeii) were screened, followed by a question-and-answer session with Executive ProducerRussell T Davies and series stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

Wylie relates some of the highlights of the evening and promises more detailed reports in days to come. The article is mildly spoiler-ridden.

Also reported by BBC News.