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Bookmark and Share April Novel Information

7/31/2008 06:09:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

Covers and Blurbs have now been released for the three New Series novels set for release in April. The novels, each featuring a New Series villain, will feature the 10th Doctor travelling alone.
Judgement of the Judoon by Colin Brake

Elvis the King Spaceport has grown into the sprawling city-state of New Memphis - an urban jungle, where organized crime is rife. But the launch of the new Terminal 13 hasn't been as smooth as expected. And things are about to get worse... When the Doctor arrives, he finds the whole terminal locked down. The notorious Invisible Assassin is at work again, and the Judoon troopers sent to catch him will stop at nothing to complete their mission. With the assassin loose on the mean streets of New Memphis, the Doctor is forced into a strange alliance. Together with teenage private eye Nikki and a ruthless Judoon Commander, the Doctor soon discovers that things are even more complicated - and dangerous - than he first thought... Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit BBC Television series.

The Slitheen Excursion by Simon Guerrier

1500BC - King Actaeus and his subjects live in mortal fear of the awesome gods who have come to visit their kingdom in ancient Greece. Except the Doctor, visiting with university student June, knows they're not gods at all. They're aliens. For the aliens, it's the perfect holiday - they get to tour the sights of a primitive planet and even take part in local customs. Like gladiatorial games, or hunting down and killing humans who won't be missed. With June's enthusiastic help, the Doctor soon meets the travel agents behind this deadly package holiday company - his old enemies the Slitheen. But can he bring the Slitheen excursion to an end without endangering more lives? And how are events in ancient Greece linked to a modern-day alien plot to destroy what's left of the Parthenon? Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit BBC Television series.

Prisoner of the Daleks by Trevor Baxendale

The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding in to Earth's space. The Earth forces are resisting the Daleks in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance... The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Earth Command will pay them for every Dalek they kill, every eye stalk they bring back as proof. With the Doctor's help, the bounty hunters achieve the ultimate prize: a Dalek prisoner - intact, powerless, and ready for interrogation. But where the Daleks are involved, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. Before long the tables will be turned, and how will the Doctor survive when he becomes a prisoner of the Daleks? Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit BBC Television series.

Bookmark and Share North American DVD Release Update

7/31/2008 06:05:00 pm - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

BBC Worldwide Americas have announced a pair of releases for November. The Complete Fourth Series and The Infinite Quest will both be released in North America on November 18th, 2008.

The Complete Fourth Series box-set will include Voyage of the Damned, as well as Children in Need skit Time Crash, which was not shown in North America.

The Infinite Quest will be a single disc release of the animated adventure featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha.

TVShowsOnDVD.com has provided some information about the special features for each release. According to the site, The Complete Fourth Serieswill include cut-down versions of Doctor Who Confidential and commentaries for all episodes. The Infinite Quest will include "over 30 minutes of terrific bonus material", which is presumably the same as the features on the Region 2 release (cast interviews, David Tennant's animation test, behind-the-scenes features on the animation and voiceover, animatics of episodes and deleted scenes, character profiles and a photo gallery).

In other DVD news, a box set of the first season of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be released in North America on October 7th, 2008, and in the UK on November 10th. The set will have four discs, and will include the pilot Invasion of the Bane and all ten episodes from the program's first season. The set will include the following special features:
  • Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • Synopses for All Stories
  • Investigating Tools: A Gadget Glossary
  • Quiz, with Special Outtakes as Prizes
  • A Sarah Jane Smith Video Timeline
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Character and Alien Profiles
  • Photo Galleries
  • UK BBC TV spots
  • Trailers


Cover images below are courtesy of TVShowsOnDVD.com

Bookmark and Share Proms coverage

7/28/2008 06:11:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe


The Doctor Who concert at the BBC Proms has received substantial coverage in the British press. BBC News has a story which includes a brief video interview with Russell T Davies about the concert. In The Times, Caitlin Moran writes about "the hottest ticket in town this week". The concert is also covered by The IndependentThe Guardian,The Daily MailThe Evening Standard and The Sun.

The Doctor Who Prom is available on the BBC iPlayer for the next 6 days. Link to Part One and Part Two.

Thanks to "PolyG" of the Doctor Who Forum.

Bookmark and Share Tate and Agyeman nominated for award

7/28/2008 06:10:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

BBC News reports that both Catherine Tate and Freema Agyemanhave been nominated in the "Favourite Female TV Star" category at this year's British version of the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice awards.

The awards, run by digital children's television channel Nickelodeon, see children vote for their favourite personalities and programmes. Tate and Agyeman are nominated alongside Miley Cyrus and Miranda Cosgrove. In the "Favourite Male TV Star" category, David Tennant is nominated, facing competition from Dylan Sprouse, Josh Peck and Robin Hood star Jonas Armstrong.

Doctor Who itself is nominated as "Favourite Family TV Show", up against three ITV shows - The X-Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Harry Hill's TV Burp. The Daleks are nominated as "Favourite Baddie", alongside Simon Cowell, Plankton and Randy Orton.

The BBC News report claims that these four nominations are a record for one programme. Votes can be cast on the Nickelodeon website. The awards ceremony will be held in London on the 13th of September.

Bookmark and Share BBC Proms

7/26/2008 06:12:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Prom takes place this Sunday, 27th July at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The BBC Proms, also known as The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, take place every summer in London and have been running since 1895, with the BBC taking charge in 1927. Most famous for the Last Night of the Proms, which features patriotic music, the series takes place over an eight week period and features over 70 concerts.

The Doctor Who Prom takes place at 11am UK time and runs for about two hours. It can be heard on BBC Radio Three via FM Radio in the UK or via theBBC Website.

The concert will be hosted by Freema Agyeman and features a specially written scene starring David Tennant.

Full details of the music will be on the proms website about 1 hour before broadcast and the concert will be available on the BBC iPlayer for 7 days after broadcast.
Programme to include:

Murray Gold Concert Prologue* (3 mins)
Copland Fanfare for the Common Man (3 mins)
Murray Gold All The Strange Strange Creatures* (4 mins)
Mark-Anthony Turnage The Torino Scale (UK premiere) (4 mins)
Holst The Planets - Jupiter (8 mins)
Murray Gold The Doctor Forever* (4.30 mins)
Murray Gold Rose* (1.30 mins)
Murray Gold Martha v The Master* (4.30 mins)
Murray Gold Music of the Spheres (including theme original)* (7.30 mins)
Wagner Die Walk├╝re - The Ride of the Valkyries (5 mins)
Murray Gold The Daleks & Davros* (8 mins)
Murray Gold Donna, Girl in Fireplace, Astrid* (4 mins)
Prokofiev 'Montagues and Capulets' from Romeo and Juliet (5 mins)
Murray Gold This is Gallifrey* (3.30 mins)
Murray Gold Doctor's Theme / Song for Freedom * (5.30 mins)
Murray Gold Doomsday* (5 mins)
Murray Gold Song for Ten* (4 mins)
Murray Gold Doctor Who Theme* (1.30 mins)

Bookmark and Share News from DWM

7/25/2008 06:16:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

Issue 398 of Panini's Doctor Who Magazine was published in the United Kingdom yesterday, and contains several pieces of information of interest concerning the forthcoming special episodes of Doctor Who.

It is confirmed that the title of this year's Christmas episode - which will be 60 minutes long - is not "The Return of the Cybermen", as some have surmised from the teaser trailer at the conclusion of "Journey's End". This was merely a teaser description of the episode. It is also confirmed that actors David MorrisseyDervla Kirwan and Velile Tshabalalawill be guest- starring in the episode, with Kirwan playing a character named Miss Hartigan. Andy Goddard directs, withSusie Liggat producing.

Of the four further specials which will follow in 2009, it is announced that Russell T Davies will write two of them solo, with the other two to be co-written with Gareth Roberts and Phil Ford respectively. Roberts penned "The Shakespeare Code" and "The Unicorn and the Wasp" for Doctor Who, while Ford wrote "Eye of the Gorgon" and "The Lost Boy" for The Sarah Jane Adventures - the series for which he is now chief writer - and "Something Borrowed" for Torchwood. His work on the special will make him the only writer after Davies to have written for all three shows.

Elsewhere in the magazine, information is given on release dates for the remaining classic series DVD releases of 2008. "The Trial of a Time Lord" comes out on August 18, "Four To Doomsday" on September 15, "The War Machines" on September 29 and finally "Battlefield" on December 29.

Bookmark and Share Big Finish: Stage Play Reprisals, New Unbound

7/25/2008 06:14:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Big Finish Productions has announced some casting news for its upcoming audio adaptation releases of the three Doctor Who stage plays from years past.

Trevor Martin, who played the Doctor in the 1974 stage play "The Seven Keys to Doomsday," will reprise the role for the audio adaptation, whileCharlie Hayes will play companion Jenny; Hayes is the daughter of actress Wendy Padbury, who played Jenny during the play's initial run and also played Zoe Heriot in the late 1960s TV episodes with Patrick Troughton. Colin Baker reprises the role of the Doctor in "The Ultimate Adventure" and is joined by David Banks as Karl, reprising his role from that play; Banks is also familiar to Doctor Who fans as the Cyberleader from 1980s Doctor Who, and also understudied the role of the Doctor in several performances during the play's original run. Finally,"Curse of the Daleks" features actor Michael Praedas the lead character, Ladiver; he is joined by actor John Line, who played Ladiver in the original play's run back in 1965 and here plays Professor Vanderlyn.

The audio adaptations of the stage plays will be released by Big Finish in late September (The Ultimate Adventure), October (The Seven Keys to Doomsday) and November (Curse of the Daleks).

Meanwhile, the company has also announced the scheduling of The Masters of War, the long awaited eighth installment of their "Doctor Who Unbound" audio series by Eddie Robson, for December release. The play features the return of David Warner as the alternate third Doctor, which he created in "Sympathy for the Devil", alongsideNicholas Courtney playing the version of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart that goes traveling with the Doctor at the end of the previous tale. Terry Molloy returns to the role of Davros for the installment.

Bookmark and Share RSC Bans Sci-Fi Autographs for Hamlet

7/25/2008 06:13:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By Brigadier Bill

The Royal Shakespeare Company has set limits on what fans can bring to be signed by David Tennant and Patrick Stewart during the upcoming production of Hamlet. BBC NEWS reports that sci-fi related murchandise will not be allowed for the actors to sign.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) says only programmes and other Hamlet merchandise can be autographed at the stage door. "Due to the huge amount of interest in the RSC's current production of Hamlet, only Royal Shakespeare Company or production related memorabilia will be signed by members of the company," the RSC said. "It is very flattering that there is so much interest in this production, but the sheer volume of requests means that we need to set some limits which will be as fair as possible for everyone."

Tennant and Stewart are starring in the RSC production at the Courtyard Theatre, in Stratford.

The play opens on 5 August.

Bookmark and Share Agyeman Cast in Law and Order

7/24/2008 06:36:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

In addition to filming the new remake of the Terry Nation series The Survivors, her appearance as Tattycoram in Dickens' Little Dorrit and rumours that she will be appearing in the upcoming third series of Torchwood, it was announced today that Freema Agyeman will be starring in the new ITV production Law and Order: London.

Agyeman will be playing the main prosecutor in the show. Her co-stars include Coronation Street'sBradley Walsh and Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber. According to Bamber, "The show is [with] London judiciary and London cops," said Bamber. "It's got the same premise as the original American Law and Order, same everything, just with a UK production company and UK actors."

Showrunner for the new series is Chris Chibnall, former head writer of Torchwood. Filming is to begin next month.

Bookmark and Share John Barrowman: The Making of Me

7/24/2008 06:34:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

At 9pm BST tonight (Thursday), BBC One will air John Barrowman: The Making of Me, the first part of a series in which celebrities investigate the causes behind their "defining trait". In subsequent instalments, violinist Vanessa-Mae will investigate the roots of her musical talent, and sprinter Colin Jackson will investigate what makes him fast; in tonight's segment, Barrowman will investigate what makes him gay. The programme considers factors both social (Barrowman visits his family and talks about his childhood) and biological (he undergoes brain scans and genetic testing).

Barrowman and his sister Carol have co-written an article about the question for BBC News Magazine. One segment from the programme can be seen on the BBC Magazine page, and another is also available on BBC News' site. Barrowman has also been interviewed by The Guardian in conjunction with the special; the New Statesman also has a review.

Bookmark and Share Moffat Interviews from SDCC

7/24/2008 06:31:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

Steven Moffat found time in his very busy schedule at the San Diego Comics Convention to give interviews with ComingSoon.netSciFi.comand io9.

In the ComingSoon.net interview, Moffat talks about growing up as a fan of the show, dipping into the Classic Series for ideas, tackling the enormous tasks of merchandising and continuity, and spin-offs. He also confirms that there will be five special episodes before the beginning of Series Five: one at Christmas of this year, and four more after that.

He talked to SciFi.com about the difference between his experience as a writer for the show and the responsibilities he's taking on as executive producer.

And in the io9 interview, Moffat explains why Doctor Who is a children's show and why that's not something adults should be ashamed of:
It's aimed at kids and adults. And why should anyone care about this? If you watch it, then it's for you. It shouldn't matter. I mean the specific thing about it being a children's program, is that it follows the imperatives and narrative rules and the joy of children's fiction. If you watch Doctor Who at 9 pm at night [as you do in the United States] it's going to seem a bit odd. It's energetic. The Doctor walks straight out of the TARDIS and into trouble, and you accept it. The Master becomes Prime Minister of Britain, and you accept it. It's got all the brio and vigor of Harry Potter, Narnia and Star Wars. That doesn't mean it doesn't appeal to adults. Star Wars, the most successful film franchise ever, is explicitly for children, but adults love it. Doctor Who is my favorite thing in the world. If you're in Britain, we'll show you the sticker books [and] the lunchboxes. In the schoolyard on Monday, they're all talking about Doctor Who. That doesn't mean it's childish. It's very sophisticated.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who on iTunes in USA and ABC iView in Australia

7/23/2008 06:39:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

As reported by The Futon Critic website, BBC America has announced at the ComicCon convention that the first three series of the revival of Doctor Who have now been made available to purchase on the US version of the iTunes download store.

This is the first time that the programme has been available to purchase for downloading.

Fans in Australia can take advantage of ABC iview which contains a lot of ABC and international content, including Doctor Who and the cut down Confidential episodes.

Thanks to Jason Saunders

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 398

7/23/2008 06:37:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This month's Doctor Who Magazine features Davros himself, actor Julian Bleach, talking exclusively about taking on the role of the Daleks' creator.

Is the fact that other actors have played the part in the past a help or a hindrance? "That can make it harder to approach it afresh," considers Julian, "but it's more of a problem if you're trying to find a new interpretation of the character. What I was trying to do with Davros was to recreate, and match as closely as possible, a previously established character." So what’s Julian's take on Davros? Twisted megalomaniac? Mad scientist? Misguided genius? "All of those things, but I'd say the character was very probably originally inspired by Hitler, and I found that to be quite a useful reference point, particularly in some of his more dogmatic speeches!"

It's not just Davros who’s quizzed this issue, DWM features exclusive interviews with David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman, Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Eve Myles, Penelope Wilton, Jacqueline King, Bernard Cribbins, Noel Clarke, Camille Coduri, Adjoa Andoh, Elisabeth Sladen, Thomas Knight, John Leeson, Alexander Armstrong, Nicholas Briggs, Julian Bleach and Richard Dawkins. Find out which former companion had to have an injection to stop her vomiting. Discover whose bottom to hold onto in a crisis, and whose gave Catherine Tate a shock. Learn which actress is happy to "mug away in the background." And establish who would win in a Dalek Crucible-based wind-breaking competition!

PLUS!
  • The Doctor and Donna’s battle with the Sycorax reaches its explosive climax in the final part of the latest full colour comic strip The Widow’s Curse.
  • Showrunner Russell T Davies reveals exclusively what won't be in Series Five.
  • The chance to vote for your favourites in DWM’s annual Season Survey
  • The latest news on the forthcoming Doctor Who Specials and Series Two of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

AND... all the latest news, exclusive photos, reviews, previews, competitions and a choice of FOUR covers to collect!


Bookmark and Share Doctor Who No. 2 on Virgin iPlayer

7/21/2008 06:46:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

Doctor Who was the second most-watched show in the month of June on the new version of the BBC iPlayer catch-up service available to subscribers of the Virgin Media cable television platform. According to a report in The Guardian, the Virgin Media version of the iPlayer - which is also available to UK broadband internet users via the BBC website - attracted 10 million users to its programming during its first full month in operation.

The top ten most-viewed programmes were, according to The Guardian:
1. EastEnders
2. Doctor Who
3. Holby City
4. Casualty
5. Top Gear
6. Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
7. The Apprentice
8. Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
9. In the Night Garden
10. The Apprentice: You're Fired

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings and news

7/21/2008 06:40:00 pm - Reported by Adam Kirk

Doctor Who's excellent ratings in Australia continue with it topping the one million mark for the fourth week in a row.The Fires of Pompeii rated 1,101,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, while Planet of the Ood rated 1,092,000. The Confidential Cutdown versions of 'The Italian Job' and 'Oods and Ends' also rated extremely well gaining 875,000 and 936,000 viewers respectively in the five major capital cities. By way of comparison, series three of Doctor Who only averaged around 846,000 viewers in its old Saturday night timeslot with a top rating of 928,000 for 'Smith and Jones'.

Meanwhile, 'Doctor Who' continues to attract some local media. Graeme Blundell of 'The Weekend Australia' writes affectionately of a programme he and his children grew up with and where 'there is still a highly enjoyable kind of campiness at work...Tennant is perfect comic strip-style Doctor ... [while] wonderful Tate provides a nice comic turn as Donna, shades of the many characters from her own series ghosting across her face as she chases after the Doctor.'Ruth Ritchie of The Sydney Morning Herald is a bit more ambivalent about series four though, suggesting that Catherine Tate may be too much of a good thing. She writes that 'when both leads have funny bones, when the story involves an extreme dieting conspiracy where the fat is harvested from obese Britons to make babies for beings from another thingy and when the fat-babies are animated globules that leap from the back-fat of women in pubs … you can see how that sort of material might not benefit from the inclusion of a wild-eyed redhead who makes Lucille Ball look shy. This week they go to Rome - well, Pompeii - on "volcano day", as the Doctor so succinctly points out. It leans heavily towards Carry On Up The Toga territory.'Tim Hunter though praises Tate's 'down-to-earth, no-nonsense attitude that keeps the Doctor on his Time Lord toes.' CitySearch and The Sydney Morning Herald also preview recent episodes.The Sydney Morning Herald has also reprinted the 'New York Times' interview with Russell T. Davies. MeanwhileChris Hook of The Daily Telegraph says 'with the Doctor on TV, everything else should pretty much stop' thoughMelinda Houston of The Sunday Age suggests 'there's a slight shadow falling across the reinvented Doctor Who. We got a taste of it at the conclusion to the last season – that is, the elevation of the Doctor to some kind of godhead, often at the expense of irreverence and therefore its (and his) charm.'

Thanks to contributors to the Australian forums

Bookmark and Share Mail reports Moffat chose Who over Spielberg -- UPDATED

7/19/2008 06:55:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

The Mail on Sunday newspaper in the United Kingdom is running a news story titled 500,000 pounds Mr Spielberg? Sorry, I've got a date with the Beeb, says the new Dr Who writer, in which it claims that incoming Doctor Who executive producer and chief writerSteven Moffatturned down a lucrative deal to write the second instalment of the new Tintin film franchise in order to take over the running of Doctor Who.

Moffat tells the Mail that he had originally signed up to write the first two Tintin films of the planned trilogy, to be directed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. However, after completing the script for the first film, Moffat was offered his new position with Doctor Who, and pulled out of the deal.

"I was offered the Doctor Who job and accepted immediately," Moffat is quoted as telling the paper. "I hope you won't make what happened sound too dramatic. I talked to Steven and he understood completely. I could not work on the second Tintin film and work on Doctor Who. So I chose Doctor Who. Steven is a fan and he understood my passion for the series completely."

"There are no bad feelings between Spielberg and me, but Doctor Who has to come before Hollywood."

Moffat further adds that current executive producer and chief writer Russell T Davies is working on four specials, and then Moffat will take over the running of the series.

UPDATE, July 21:
Moffat has described the Daily Mail report as "a bit misleading" in an interview with BBC News. Moffat told the BBC that he had planned to finish his work on Tintin before beginning his Doctor Who work, but the former was interrupted by the US writers' strike. He also says that "nothing less than Doctor Who could have torn [him] away" from Tintin. He called Tintin a "stunning project" he was "proud" to be part of, but added that it was "the proper duty of every British subject to come to the aid of the TARDIS".

Moffat also noted that although the Daily Mail report called Steven Spielberg "a fan" of Doctor Who, in fact he merely "knows and admires" the programme. Of the two directors working on the Tintin project, it is Peter Jackson who is a Doctor Who fan, according to Moffat.

Finally, Moffat told the BBC that the figures quoted in the Daily Mail article are "entirely speculative and wildly inaccurate".

The first Tintin film, directed by Spielberg based on Moffat's script, will star Thomas Sangster in the title role; Doctor Who fans will remember Sangster as Tim Latimer in last year's story "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood".

Bookmark and Share Series Five Pay Offer To Tennant?

7/18/2008 07:04:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

Today's edition of The Sun says David Tennant is being offered one and a half million pounds to stay on as the Doctor for Series Five.

In what it claims to be an exclusive, it quotes a source as saying: "He's interested. Everyone thought he was going, but it's not as open and shut as that."

Click here for the full report - but beware, as at the end it names a character it says is returning in one of the specials.

Bookmark and Share Delia Derbyshire's Body of Work Brought Into Digital Age

7/18/2008 06:58:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler


Delia Derbyshire's extensive collection of recordings has been taken up by academics at Manchester University for cataloguing and digital conversion.After she died in 2001, the recordings were entrusted to composerMark Ayres by her estate, as he was a friend of hers and because of his involvement with the Radiophonic Workshop archive.Derbyshire, who created the original arrangement of the Doctor Who theme music, composed by Ron Grainer, left behind a stockpile of 267 tapes. Her groundbreaking work is credited as having influenced the likes of The Crystal Method and Portishead.David Butler, a lecturer in screen studies at the university's School of Art, Histories and Culture, said: "We have just started to scratch the surface. The collection includes her freelance work and really does give us a better sense of her range. Many of the tapes have no labels so it is a case of using detective work to find out what they are.
"Delia Derbyshire never really received the recognition she deserved as one of our most influential composers of the past 30 or so years.

"Though brilliant, the Doctor Who theme is just one small example of her genius which was held in high esteem by figures across music, television, theatre and film, including Paul McCartney and John Peel, the disc jockey."

Ayres told The Doctor Who News Page: "Unfortunately, it became apparent that I was not going to be able to find the many months (possibly years) of time that researching the material properly would take, so I have passed the material on to the University of Manchester and David Butler on permanent loan so that they can do it properly."

He remains the titular owner of the material on behalf of Derbyshire's estate and is working closely with Butler as a consultant on the collection.

Ayres said: "The aim is to cross-reference it with the Radiophonic Workshop archive and hopefully end up, in due course, with a definitive study of Delia's life and work."

Probably the most surprising discovery in the collection is a piece of music that sounds like a contemporary dance track which was recorded, it is believed, in the late-Sixties.

Paul Hartnoll, formerly of the dance group Orbital and a great admirer of Derbyshire's work, said the track was "quite amazing".

"That could be coming out next week on [left-field dance label] Warp Records," he noted. "It's incredible when you think when it comes from. Timeless, really. It could be now as much as then."

For the full story and to listen to sound clips from the collection, visit the BBC News website.

The story is also covered by The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 73

7/17/2008 07:06:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

Posted By John Bowman

There are Daleks everywhere in the new edition of Doctor Who Adventures out today.

It has a fact file about the Supreme Dalek plus part three of the win a life-size Dalek competition. In addition, there is the first part of a cut-out mini mag about the Daleks.

The free gift is Ood slime and a set of Ood eyeballs.

Also in issue 73:

  • Three posters: The Supreme Dalek, Mr Halpen with an Ood, and Matron Cofelia

  • Adventures Guide: Partners in Crime. Donna meets the Doctor again . . .

  • Tales from the TARDIS: There's something on Donna's back in a scene from Turn Left

  • Quiz: A Quintus from Pompeii quiz

  • Make: A Doctor mask

  • Doctor's Data: Find out about the Sixth Doctor

  • Comic strip: In the year 3269, trouble is waiting for the Doctor and Donna

  • Time Teasers: Shadow Monsters and TARDIS Scanner

  • Win: Lots of goodies - including Doctor Who DVDs

  • Find out: How to become a Time Agent and receive a free newsletter every week
  • Bookmark and Share Journey's End - Officially Number One

    7/16/2008 07:29:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Official figures released today by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board confirm that Journey's End, the final episode of Series Four, was the UK's most watched television programme of the week with an official rating of 10.57 million viewers.

    It is the first time in Doctor Who's 45 year history that the programme has achieved this position. Not only did the programme top the chart but it did so in style, getting over 1.5 million more viewers than the second placed programme, Monday's Wimbledon coverage. Journey's End got over 2 million more viewers than any episode of Coronation Street and 3 million more than any episode of EastEnders.

    This previous highest chart position was achieved by the 2007 Christmas special,Voyage of the Damned, and last week's The Stolen Earth, both of which came second. The highest chart position the classic series achieved was 5th for the second episode of the 1975 Tom Baker story The Ark in Space.

    Only 31 episodes of Doctor Who have ever made the top ten, eight starring William Hartnell, one starring Jon Pertwee, one starring Tom Baker, one starring Christopher Eccleston and twenty starring David Tennant.

    The high chart position, combined with the outstanding Appreciation Index scores, make the two final episodes of Series 4 undoubtedly the most successful episodes of Doctor Who ever made. With the repeats on BBC3 and the IPlayer downloads included, the final episode has been seen by nearly 13 million viewers within a week of broadcast.

    Doctor Who also topped the Multi Channel Chart, with Saturday's Confidential making number one with 1.46 millionwatching. The Sunday repeat of Journey's End was 2nd with 1.21 million and the Friday repeat of The Stolen Earthgot 0.74 million and was the 11th most watched programme.



    Bookmark and Share Tate Injured - UPDATED

    7/16/2008 07:27:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

    Posted By John Bowman

    The first preview night of Under The Blue Sky had to be scrapped yesterday after cast member Catherine Tatesuffered an ankle injury.

    What caused the injury - sustained during the last dress rehearsal - is unknown but BBC News said it was hoped the actress would be well enough to take to the stage tonight.

    The results of an X-ray are being awaited.

    The play, by David Eldridge, is on at the Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End.

    UPDATE - 18 July: Today's Sun carried a report saying that Tate was performing the play aided by a crutch. It said she had twisted her ankle in a fall during rehearsals.

    Bookmark and Share Catherine Tate Bares All in New Play

    7/15/2008 07:33:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

    Donna Noble actress Catherine Tate is to star in the upcoming West End production of Under the Blue Sky.

    David Eldridge's award-winning, funny and touching play portrays three subtly connected love stories that reveal in turn the roller-coaster ride of lust in its prime, the sacrifices of a life in public service and its unrequited passions.

    As Michelle, the hilariously promiscuous 38-year-old maths teacher who has just been dumped by the love of her life, Tate strips off for a revenge sex scene with her nerdy teacher colleague. "She doesn’t apologise for having slept with all these people," says Tate. "I think it’s very honest and refreshing to have someone who goes, 'Yeah, I have a lot of sex.' It just strips away the nonsense."

    Tate is very thankful to Russell T. Davies and her success on television, including Doctor Who, for bringing her more theatrical roles. "Now theatre people say: 'Would you like to come and do a play?' When I went to drama school that was all I really wanted to do. You don't go there to learn how to act on TV and film."

    She credits Davies for taking what she calls a "gamble to take on someone like me who is known, by the vast majority of people, for wearing wigs and comedy teeth."

    The play runs for ten weeks beginning 15 July at the Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, London.

    For more information about the play, tickets, and video interviews with the cast, please visit the official website athttp://www.underthebluesky.co.uk/

    To read the full interview with Tate, go to thisislondon.co.uk.

    Bookmark and Share Davies Awarded Honorary Fellowship

    7/15/2008 07:31:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler

    Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T. Davies has received an honorary fellowship by Cardiff University for achieving international distinction in his field.

    Born in Swansea, Davies became the lead writer and executive producer behind Doctor Who's successful return to the small screen.

    In his speech to a packed auditorium, Davies spoke of his pride in his work in Cardiff.

    "For those of you who don't know, we make Doctor Who in this city, and over the past four years we have made Cardiff like the surface of Mars and Pluto.

    "We’ve made it look like Italy, we’ve made it look like Delhi and we’ve made it look like Belgium.”

    He added: "It only just goes to prove you can do anything, anywhere, it doesn’t always mean you have to go London."

    Bookmark and Share Repeat Ratings

    7/14/2008 07:35:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Sunday saw repeats of the two final episodes of Series Four on BBC1.

    The Stolen Earth shown at 1730 got 1.6 millionwatching, and was the 21st most watched programme of the day. The programme won its time slot.Journey's End, shown later at 1815, got 2.6 millionwatching and was the 13th most watched programme of the day.

    Journey's End was also repeated on BBC3 on Friday evening, where it got 0.54 million watching and was the 2nd most watched programme of the day on multi channel television.

    The entire fourth series gets a repeat showing on BBC3 starting today.

    Bookmark and Share Russell T Davies to receive fellowship at Cardiff University

    7/11/2008 07:41:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster


    Doctor Who's head writer Russell T Davies is to receive an honorary fellowship at Cardiff University next Monday (14th July) during their annual degree ceremonies.

    These degrees are conferred upon those who have been seen to achieve international distinction in their fields of expertise. Amongst those included this year are television personality Carol Vorderman and Welsh rugby legend Gerald Davies.

    This award follows on from Davies's recent nomination for an OBE in the Queen's honours.

    For more information see the University's details on the awards, and reports from The South Wales Echo and This is Swansea.

    Bookmark and Share DW Specials Transmission Update

    7/11/2008 07:38:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

    Posted By John Bowman

    Doctor Who's co-executive producer Julie Gardner has revealed transmission details for two of next year's specials.

    And in the interview in today's Daily Telegraph about the show's future, the head of drama for BBC Wales says the cutback in 2009 is a good thing for the programme.

    She says: "Aside from Series Five, which will have a full 13 episodes and transmit in 2010, we are making four one-hour specials. The first, which we've already filmed, will go out this Christmas. The next will go out the following Easter. The other specials have yet to be scheduled, although one will definitely be on at Christmas 2009."

    In the interview, Gardner says: "The reduced schedule for 2009 acknowledges the fact that the show should continue not just for another one or two years, but for another five or 10. It needs to be nurtured, loved and looked after."

    The article states that Russell T Davies is writing two of the specials and co-writing the other two. It is not revealed who the other co-writer is.

    Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Storybook - 2009

    7/10/2008 07:43:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    The third of Panini's fully illustrated Doctor Who Storybooks is due out in August.

    The Doctor and Donna travel to previously unseen times and places in this new collection of adventures, full of monsters, thrills and scares, and all illustrated in full colour. The time travellers face mythical beasts on a desert island in the company of Jason and his Argonauts, square up to a terrifying Ice Warrior in the wastes of the Arctic Circle, battle the cute-but-deadly denizens of a theme park gone mad, get tangled up in the mystery of the Bayeux Tapestry, and try to prevent an entire planet from being kidnapped.

    The book contains seven brand new short stories, featuring writers from the TV series itself.

    • Hello Children, Everywhere, written by Paul Magrs, illustrated by Brian Williamson.
    • Grand Theft Planet! written by James Moran (The Fires of Pompeii), illustrated by Daryl Joyce.
    • Cold written by Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot's Lantern), illustrated by Ben Willsher.
    • Bing Bong written by Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp) & Clayton Hickman, illustrated by Dan McDaid.
    • Island of the Sirens written by Keith Temple (Planet of the Ood), illustrated by Adrian Salmon.
    • The Puplet written by Gary Russell, illustrated by Andy Walker.
    • Hold Your Horses written by Nicholas Pegg, illustrated by Jon Haward & Nigel Dobbyn.

    Plus there's a comic strip, The Immortal Emperor written by Jonathan Morris with art by Rob Davis, and A Letter from the Doctor as told to new showrunner Steven Moffat (The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead).

    The 80-page hardback also features a new painted cover by Alister Pearson and a frontispiece by David A Roach. It's published by Panini Books and edited by Clayton Hickman.

    Bookmark and Share Stolen Earth - Final Ratings

    7/09/2008 07:49:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


    Final figures released by BARB give episode twelve of series four, The Stolen Earth, an official rating of8.78 million viewers.

    The episode was the second highest rated programme of the week, only the second time in the series' 45 year history that it has achieved such a position. The other episode to score so high was last Christmas's Voyage of the Damned.

    The programme beat all the soaps for the week and was only outrated by the the European Championship Final edition of Match of the Day, which got just 60,000 more viewers.

    The Sunday repeat on BBC Three was watched by 1.01 million viewers, and was the 3rd most watched programme on multi-channel for the week. The highest rated programme on multi-channel was the Saturday showing of Doctor Who Confidential which got 1.27 million viewers.

    Full ratings data, including data for iPlayer downloads, can be found in the Doctor Who Forum.
    Top Programmes w/e 29 June 2008

    1 EURO 2008: MATCH OF THE DAY LIVE (SUN 1856) - 8.84 - BBC1
    2 DOCTOR WHO (SAT 1911) - 8.78 - BBC1
    3 EASTENDERS (MON 1959) - 8.61 - BBC1
    4 CORONATION STREET (MON 1933) - 8.56 - ITV1
    5 CORONATION STREET (FRI 2031) - 8.53 - ITV1
    6 CORONATION STREET (MON 2030) - 8.46 - ITV1
    7 CORONATION STREET (FRI 1934) - 8.44 - ITV1
    8 EASTENDERS (FRI 2002) - 8.24 - BBC1
    9 CORONATION STREET (WED 1930) - 7.66 - ITV1
    10 EASTENDERS (THU 1929) - 7.42 - BBC1
    11 EURO 2008: MATCH OF THE DAY LIVE (WED 1929) - 6.95 - BBC1
    12 EURO 2008 LIVE (THU 1929) - 6.77 - ITV1
    13 TEN O'CLOCK NEWS (WED 2200) - 6.45 - BBC1
    14 EMMERDALE (MON 1902) - 6.37 - ITV1
    15 EASTENDERS (TUE 1928) - 6.24 - BBC1
    16 EMMERDALE (FRI 1902) - 6.13 - ITV1
    17 EMMERDALE (WED 1900) - 5.98 - ITV1
    18 CASUALTY (SAT 2050) - 5.88 - BBC1
    19 EMMERDALE (THU 1859) - 5.85 - ITV1
    20 BBC NEWS (SUN 2215) - 5.32 - BBC1

    Top Programmes (Multi Channel) w/e 29 June 2008

    1 DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL (Sat 1959) 1,272,000 - BBC3
    2 EASTENDERS (Tue 2159) 1,201,000 - BBC3
    3 DOCTOR WHO (Sun 2002) 1,009,000 - BBC3
    4 60 SECONDS (Sat 1958) 876,000 - BBC3
    5 HOME AND AWAY (Thu 1829) 855,000 - Fiver
    6 HOME AND AWAY (Mon 1829) 767,000 - Fiver
    7 EASTENDERS (Mon 2202) 758,000 - BBC3
    8 HOLLYOAKS (Fri 1859) 743,000 - E4 In
    9 HOME AND AWAY (Fri 1828) 727,000 - Fiver
    10 SUPERNATURAL (Sun 2104) 709,000 - ITV2
    11 HOME AND AWAY (Wed 1829) 694,000 - Fiver
    12 HOLLYOAKS (Thu 1859) 690,000 - E4
    13 HOME AND AWAY (Tue 1829) 688,000 - Five
    14 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (Fri 2102) 674,000 - ITV2
    15 GLADIATORS (Sun 1800) 656,000 - Sky One
    16 60 SECONDS (Sun 2001) 650,000 - BBC3
    17 HOLLYOAKS (Tue 1859) 640,000 - E4
    18 KATIE AND PETER: THE NEXT CHAPTER (Thu 2100) 615,000 - ITV2
    19 HOLLYOAKS (Mon 1859) 599,000 - E4
    20 HOLLYOAKS (Wed 1859) 596,000 - E4
    Source: BARB

    Bookmark and Share Major classic series character returns in SJA

    7/09/2008 07:47:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

    The Doctor Who News Page is delighted to be able to confirm the return of a popular and much-loved character from the classic series of Doctor Who. The character appeared in many classic series stories, and will be seen in a two-part story in the next series of spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, starring Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.
    The returning character is Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, played by Nicholas Courtney. The character - who for much of the classic series was the commanding officer of the UK branch of UNIT, and one of the Doctor's closest allies - first appeared in 1968 opposite the Second Doctor, and went on to appear in stories with the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Seventh.

    Courtney has also played the Brigadier opposite the Sixth and Eighth Doctors in officially-licensed audio dramas from Big Finish Productions.

    The same Sarah Jane Adventures story will also apparently see the return of the Sontarans, seen in several classic series stories and more recently in series four of Doctor Who. Samantha Bond is also believed to be returning as Mrs Wormwood, the character she played in the pilot episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

    Bookmark and Share No Who in Primeval

    7/09/2008 07:44:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

    Posted By Brigadier Bill

    The creators of Primeval, the British time-travel series coming to BBC America, told SCI-FI WIRE that they are trying to shake off any comparisons to the wildly popular Doctor Who.

    "It's the one question I've been getting asked about the most: people comparing the show to that Doctor," Douglas Henshall, who stars as an evolutionary zoologist who deals with creatures from the past and the future, said in an interview at the Television Critics Association's press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., this week.

    Of course, comparisons with that other British SF series are inevitable: Primeval counts among its writing staff Paul Cornell, who wrote for the newDoctor Who TV series and authored more than a dozen novels about the Doctor and his companion, Bernice Summerfield.

    But don't expect any crossovers with Doctor Who. "No, absolutely not will we have a Doctor Who character pop in on Primeval," producer/writer Tim Haines insisted. "They have very different worlds and realities. Anything can happen on Doctor Who."

    The world of Primeval is more reality based, said co-creator Adrian Hodges. But he admitted that he was tempted to sneak in a few Doctor references or inside jokes. "Every time I was tempted to even put in a vague Who reference, I stopped myself," Hodges said. "The worlds are very different. ... At one point, we considered a sly Doctor reference when someone got angry at another character and threw a box set of Doctor Who at them, but we thought not."

    Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale

    7/08/2008 07:59:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

    This autumn, BBC Books will publish Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale, a close look at the work of chief writer and showrunner Russell T Davies on Series Four of Doctor Who. The book is co-written by Davies and Doctor Who Magazine journalist Benjamin Cook, and is scheduled for publication on25 September 2008. The publisher's blurb is below.

    The book has a foreword by bestselling novelist Philip Pullman and an afterword by Tenth Doctor David Tennant.

    Davies and Cook will participate in a discussion about the book and Davies' tenure on Doctor Who at the National Theatre on 7 November 2008, as part of the theatre's "Platforms" series.

    Thanks to "Gregor" of the Doctor Who Forum.
    A unique look into the BBC's most popular family drama, Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale is a year in the life of the hit television series, as told by the show's Head Writer and Executive Producer. A candid and in-depth correspondence between Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, the book explores in detail Russell's work on Series Four, revealing how he plans the series and works with the show's writers; where he gets his ideas for plot, character and scene; how actors are cast and other creative decisions are made; and how he juggles the demands ofDoctor Who with the increasingly successful Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures spin-offs.

    Russell's scripts are discussed as they develop, and Russell and Ben's wide-ranging discussions bring in experiences from previous series ofDoctor Who as well as other shows Russell has written and created, including Queer As FolkBob and Rose, and The Second Coming. The reader is given total access to the show as it's created, and the writing is everything you would expect from Russell T Davies: warm, witty, insightful, and honest.

    Fully illustrated with never-before-seen photos and artwork – including original drawings by Russell himself -The Writer's Tale is a not only the ultimate Doctor Who book, but a celebration of great writing and great television.

    Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Forgotten

    7/08/2008 07:55:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

    In August, American comics publisher IDW will release the first issue of Doctor Who: The Forgotten, a new comic book miniseries starring the Tenth Doctor and Martha, and also containing flashback stories for each of the previous nine Doctors. Thecomic is written by Tony Lee, who previously wrote for the Tenth Doctor and Rose in the Doctor Who Magazine strip "F.A.Q." (DWM 369-371). It is illustrated by Canadian artist Pia Guerra, who is best known for her work on the Vertigo comic Y: The Last Man. Guerra has described herself as an "insane" fan of Doctor Who (see her studio for proof) and is a past winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Art. Covers for the series are provided by Nick Roche, who illustrated IDW's previous Tenth Doctor miniseries. That series, written by Gary Russell, will be available in trade paperback asDoctor Who: Agent Provocateur in August.Comic Book Resources has an interview with Lee, along with sample art from the first issue of The Forgotten.IDW also publishes Doctor Who: Classic Comics, which reprints Fourth Doctor comics from Doctor Who Weekly in full color.

    Thanks to Margaret Roberts and Shane Williams.
    In Doctor Who: The Forgotten, the Doctor finds himself stranded in a strange Museum that's dedicated to him; and with no TARDIS in sight. The Doctor and Martha must make sense of their surroundings, hindered by one small fact… the Doctor has lost his memories of every one of his previous incarnations! With items relevant to each Doctor in their possession, the Doctor must try to use them to regain his memories before it's too late.

    Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 72

    7/08/2008 07:53:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

    The next issue of Doctor Who Adventures is out tomorrow, 10 July, across the UK. The cover and press release are below; click on the thumbnail image for a larger version.

    What to do when Doctor Who isn't on TV!

    Missing the Doctor and Donna already? Do Christmas adventures with Cybermen seem far off? Then get a copy of this week's Doctor Who Adventures! It's full of monster facts, things to make and you could even win a life-size Dalek!

    The big story this issue is Donna Noble's sad farewell in last week’s episode. Doctor Who Adventures looks at the life of the temp from Chiswick, and see how she changed after meeting the Doctor.

    We've also got a monstrous fact file about the creator of the Daleks, Davros.

    And the issue comes with a cool FREE inflatable Toclafane AND set of Doctor Who monster Power Rollers!


    PLUS:
    • Four brilliant posters: Journey's End, the Judoon, Cybermen and K-9!
    • Tales from the TARDIS: Trouble for the Doctor on the planet Midnight.
    • Quiz:Test your knowledge on Journey's End.
    • Make: A Supreme Dalek mask.
    • How to: Draw a skeleton monster!
    • Doctor's Data: The Duplicate Doctor and Rose.
    • Comic strip: The Doctor and Donna land in a strange new world in CitiZen's Arrest.
    • Time Teasers: Tyler Talk and Smith or Jones, along with Bloodtide and Doomfinger's Woven Word Search.
    • Who knows!: What did the Ood mean when they were talking about the Doctor's song ending and can the Doctor marry a human?
    • Win: Fantastic goodies up for grabs including Doctor Who DVDs!
    • Subscription offer: Subscribe and you'll get a FREE Doctor Who – Creatures and Demonsbook!
    • ALL THIS AND LOADS MORE!

    Bookmark and Share Australian ratings and media

    7/07/2008 09:20:00 pm - Reported by Adam Kirk

    Excellent Australian ratings continue for Doctor Whodown under with it topping the elusive one million mark for the second week in a row. Partners in Crimerated 1,112,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, coming third in its timeslot and was the the top ABCprogramme for the day (and 9th overall). TheConfidential Cutdown version of 'A Noble Return' also rated very well gaining 921,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The record-breaking Voyage of the Damned was also the ABC's top-rating programme of the week (coming 23rd overall).

    Meanwhile, Crikey has previewed 'Voyage' and Series 4 saying '[f]orget about reality and indulge in a top class piece of escapism every Sunday evening . . . Let a Doctor banish any Sunday night blues for the next 14 weeks.' Karen Brooks of The Courier-Mail also writes of the good Doctor's appeal in that 'he continues to celebrate and believe in humanity's unquenchable goodness and our ability to survive and help each other.' CitySearch also describes 'Partners' as having 'some great laugh-out-loud moments' and 'a promising start to an interesting season.'

    Meanwhile The Weekend Australia has described Catherine Tate as 'lovely and talented' and Sarah Lancashire as 'superb' in its preview of 'Partners' while Scott Jenkins of 'The Daily Telegraph' also previews 'Partners', calling it 'one that should please fans and newcomers alike' and is 'great fun.'

    Thanks to LanzaroteLad and Theta Sigma

    Bookmark and Share Media round-up

    7/07/2008 08:06:00 pm - Reported by Anthony Weight

    In the wake of the transmission of the final episode of Series Four on Saturday, interest in Doctor Who across the British media continues to be at a high.

    On Saturday evening, after the episode was broadcast, Doctor Who Confidential producer Gillane Seabourne was interviewed live in studio on the BBC News channel, explaining - and, to an extent, having to defend from an irritated-seeming presenter! - the content of the episode.

    One of the presenters commented to Seabourne how he had been unable to log on to a certain fan website that evening because it had shut down due to the number of users attempting to log on.

    Seabourne's interview can be seen online on the BBC News website here, as part of a report on the high overnight viewing figure for the episode.

    The impressive ratings performance is also the subject of pieces from The Daily TelegraphThe TimesThe ScotsmanDigital Spy,MediaGuardianThe Guardian and The Daily Record.

    Reaction to the finale was by no means limited to coverage of the ratings, however. As soon as they were able to, the websites of several sources had published reports summarising what had happened in the episode, such was the interest generated: The Telegraph ran such a piece, as did BBC News,The IndependentMetroThe Observer and theSunday Express. The website of The Guardian also published a blog inviting comments on how well Russell T Davies had succeeded with the finale.

    Reviews of the episode have come in from all quarters, as might be expected. While an article on the BBC News website suggests that amongst fandom there has been a "mixed reaction" to the finale, reviews amongst the majority of the mainstream media have been very positive. John Preston of The Telegraph felt that "As usual, Doctor Who served up a lot more than mere excitement. There was also plenty of heartbreak and heroism – clearly discernible emotions, even to the inhabitants of Planet Adolescence." In The Guardian, Lucy Mangan comments that " I think we can safely say there was something for everyone in that, can't we?" Andrew Billen of The Times had one or two reservations, but on the whole felt that "Davies did not sell us short in a spectacular finale." The finale is also reviewed by - among many, many others - Now MagazineSFXThe Herald (an Irish paper), TV Scoop and theRadio Times website.

    Elsewhere in the media, The Guardian has an interview with Russell T Davies, looking back at his time on the programme over the past few years, the inner workings of the BBC drama department and his own future career. He says of Doctor Who: "I am more in love with it than ever, but that's probably the best time to get out - not when you're bored." The Telegraph has a piece wherein Davies adds that: ""We don't want the audience to get bored of Doctor Who. When we come back in 2010, the amount of publicity we get will make what is happening now look like small fry." The Daily Mail, meanwhile, has an article alleging that 2,500 fans attempted to call the Doctor's mobile phone number, shown on screen in "The Stolen Earth". Sky News has picked up on the same story.

    The Sun looks ahead to this year's Christmas special, based mostly on the few details seen in the teaser trailer at the end of Saturday's episode. TheLiverpool Echo wonders what to do on Saturday nights now that Doctor Who has finished its current run, while the Boston Herald generally sings the praises of the programme.

    Thanks to all on the Doctor Who Forum media thread.

    Bookmark and Share Forthcoming UK DVD Schedule - UPDATED

    7/07/2008 08:05:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

    On Saturday, Doctor Who News featured a forthcoming schedule for Doctor Who DVD titles for North America. After receiving several queries from UK readers, following is the current forthcoming DVD schedule for the United Kingdom (Updated on July 7th with further information):
    • The Brain of Morbius (Tom Baker), 21 July
    • The Trial of a Time Lord Boxed Set (Colin Baker), 18 August
    • Four to Doomsday (Peter Davison), 15 September
    • The War Machines (William Hartnell), Late September
    • The Complete Fourth Series (David Tennant), Mid-November
    • Battlefield (Sylvester McCoy), Date to be confirmed
    Details on the next two of these releases are as follows:
    The Brain of Morbius: Commentary by Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Philip Madoc (Solon), Christopher Barry (director), Philip Hinchcliffe (producer); "Getting a Head," a documentary on the making of the story; "Designs on Karn," with interviews with designer Barry Newbery; "Set Tour," a 3D CGI tour of the studio; "Sketch Gallery" with original design sketches and concept art; photo gallery, trailerse, Radio Times PDF, subtitles, production notes.
    The Trial of a Time Lord Boxed Set: Commentary by Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Tony Selby (Glitz), Adam Blackwood (Balazar), Eric Saward (script editor), Philip Martin (writer), Michael Craig (Commodore), Pip and Jane Baker (writers), Chris Clough (director); "The Making of The Mysterious Planet," "The Making of Mindwarp," "The Making of Terror of the Vervoids" and "The Making of The Ultimate Foe" featurettes; documentaries including "Now and Then: On the Trail of a Time Lord" (locations of "Mindwarp"), "A Fate Worse than Death?" (Peri's fate with Yrcanos), "The Lost Season" (about the aborted season 23), "Now Get Out of That!" (cliffhangers) and "Trials and Tribulations" (Colin Baker's tenure); clips from "Lenny Henry," "Wogan," "Saturday Picture Show," "TV Talkback," "Blue Peter," "Points of View," "Open Air" and "Saturday Superstore"; the 1985 "Doctor in Distress" music video along with media footage on the 1985 hiatus and the 1985 Children in Need special; the full 35mm film sequence of the opening visual effects of episode 1; deleted and extended scenes, DVD/PDF material, trailers and continuity segments, music videos, photo galleries, production notes.
    Recent UK releases (in case you haven't picked them up) included the "Beneath the Surface" Boxed Set (which included "Doctor Who and the Silurians," "The Sea Devils" and "Warriors of the Deep") on 14 January, "The Time Meddler" on 4 February, "The Five Doctors: 25th Anniversary Edition" on 3 March, "Black Orchid" on 14 April, "The Invasion of Time" on 5 May and "K9 Tales" (featuring "The Invisible Enemy" and "K9 and Company") on 16 June.

    Bookmark and Share Journey's End - AI and Digital Ratings - Updated

    7/07/2008 08:02:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    The final episode of Series Four, Journey's End, was the most-watched programme of the past week, according to unofficial overnights.

    Although the men's final at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships peaked with an audience of 12.7 million, the average for the whole programme was only 7.4 million.

    If this is confirmed when final figures are published byBARB in nine days' time then Journey's End will have achieved the highest chart position in Doctor Who's history.

    The Appreciation Index for the programme was once more an incredible 91. For a minority programme on a digital channel, a score of over 90 is very unusual. For the most watched programme of the week to score this high is is virtually unprecedented and a massive achievement for the programme.

    Sunday's BBC3 repeat got an overnight audience of 0.99 million viewers. It was a 4.4% share of the multichannel audience and the most-watched programme on all multichannel TV for Sunday, with nearly twice the audience of the second-placed Family Guy. Another 400,000 viewed or downloaded the episode using the BBC iPlayer over the past two days.

    Saturday's edition of Doctor Who Confidential was watched by a record 1.32 million viewers, the highest ever achieved for this programme. It had a share of 7.6 % and was the most-watched on multichannel television on Saturday. The Sunday repeat had 0.42 million watching.

    Doctor Who was also number one on Friday's multichannel list, with the repeat of The Stolen Earth getting 0.59 million watching. The earlier repeat ofTurn Left got 0.35 million viewers and was 12th for the day.

    Both The Stolen Earth and Journey's End will be repeated next Sunday afternoon on BBC1.

    Bookmark and Share Davies vows clean break from Doctor Who

    7/07/2008 08:01:00 pm - Reported by R Alan Siler


    As Series Four draws to a close, Executive Producer and Head Writer Russell T Davies talks about his involvement with Doctor Who, the show he was part of reviving after a 16-year hiatus in 2005. Answering fans' questions on the BBC News website, he says that once he leaves he will no longer be involved with the show even for an occasional writing stint. He hands the reins over to Steven Moffat in 2010.

    "I think Steven's more than his own man. He doesn't need me at all. I won't write for it in the future. I'm done with it. It's time to move on and I'd hate to be just a ghost haunting the corridors that I used to walk.

    "And who needs me? Because Steve's brilliant and they've got a thousand million plans. I'll just be old news and it's about time."

    He said he would most miss the people he had worked with. "They are genuinely brilliant people, our designers and producers and the crew at BBC Wales. They are fantastic and they're part of the reason I've stayed for so long."

    Despite his intial fears of low budget and a non-peaktime slot, he was pleased with the way the BBC treated the show. "I thought there'd be a lot of compromise, I thought we'd be compromised on budget. We could have ended up with no ratings and a Sunday afternoon slot, so absolutely nothing [was compromised] and that really is the honest answer. We got to make everything that I wanted to make.

    "I knew what we'd made was good. So I knew I could sleep at night. I knew even if no one watched it, I could sit there and say I had done a great piece of work."

    He added: "None of us ever saw this much success coming. I didn't even envisage a spin-off would be possible."

    When asked about his favourite line of dialogue, he replied: "I did love Donna, played by Catherine Tate, in a show we did two weeks ago called Turn Left. She said: 'You liar, you told me I was special' to Rose, when she feels her life has been betrayed and lied. I think she delivers that line with such venom - I love that moment."

    Asked which villains or creatures he might have brought back if he'd continued with Doctor Who, he said: "I've used a lot of the classics but the Silurians were always very good. They were a race of lizard people who were the original owners of the Earth. I always thought it was a very clever idea that there was a civilisation before us. I'm not bringing them back but they're ripe to be returned one day."

    Bookmark and Share Journey's End - Overnight Ratings

    7/06/2008 09:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

    Unofficial figures show that the final episode of Series Four, Journey's End, was watched by 9.4 millionviewers, giving it a 45.9% share of the total television audience.

    Not only was the programme the highest rated on Saturday, beating the second placed Casualty by nearly 4 million viewers, it is currently the highest rated programme of the week. If no Sunday programme manages to beat it then this will be the first time in the series' long history that it has ever been the top rated programme of the week.

    Fifteen minute breakdowns show that Doctor Who peaked with 9.8 million viewers while the highest rating ITV1 got against the programme was 2.4 million viewers. After it finished BBC1 lost 5 million viewers. ITV1's highest rated programme on Saturday was New You've Been Framed! with 4.2 million.

    Final figures will be released by BARB in ten days time.

    Bookmark and Share Classic-Era Studios May Get Special Status

    7/06/2008 09:22:00 pm - Reported by DWNP Archive

    Posted By John Bowman

    The BBC TV studios where Doctor Who was recorded during most of its classic era may be given special status.

    English Heritage, the UK government's statutory adviser on the historic environment, is urging the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to recognise the architectural and cultural significance of Television Centre - which is at White City in London - and list parts of it at grade II.

    This would classify them as of special interest and would ensure their historic and architectural interest was considered carefully before any alterations - internally or externally - were agreed.

    Doctor Who was produced at TV Centre for the majority of its stories made between 1966 and 1989. Last October, this site reported that the centre, in Wood Lane, was being put up for sale.

    Peter Beacham, heritage protection director for English Heritage, said: "As one of the first purpose-built TV studios in the world, it represents the moment when Britain led Europe into the television age. The BBC itself is an important part of our British identity and Television Centre has acquired an iconic presence.

    "The nation has an immense fondness for this building and what it represents for our culture. We all feel we know areas such as the Blue Peter garden and the studios where people have watched significant moments in broadcasting over the last 50 years: from early Doctor Who to Top of the Pops."

    He said the aim was to ensure the site remained flexible to adapt to changing technology or new uses, "despite being of undeniable national interest and one of very few monuments to television history".

    English Heritage has assigned special interest to the scenery workshops, with their barrel-vaulted ceiling and rows of circular rooflights, the 1950s canteen that overlooks the Blue Peter garden, and the distinctive circular drum that houses offices and the main studios.

    A BBC spokesman said: "The BBC is happy to discuss with English Heritage any proposal it has and we will comment to the Secretary of State on the historic and architectural merit of TVC in due course.

    "The BBC has announced that it does not intend to occupy the whole of TVC after 2012 but any reference to detailed development plans for the building and site is premature.

    "We recognise the historical importance of the building and will be looking for a solution that best preserves the interests of the BBC and licence-fee payer, but there are no firm plans currently on the table."

    Already listed is Alexandra Palace in Wood Green, London, from where the world's first regular public television service came and where an establishing shot was filmed for The Idiot's Lantern in January 2006.

    Bookmark and Share Big Finish Release Schedule

    7/06/2008 09:21:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

    Big Finish Productions have announced their offerings for the remainder of 2008, with seven installments of their main Doctor Who series forthcoming in the next six months, as well as the two concluding episodes of the Eighth Doctor second series. Also in the pipeline are the first half of a year of offerings in their Companion Chronicles short story readings, with the series now becoming monthly and a full year's worth of details (until next summer) revealed.

    Additionally, two new miniseries will begin in the next half-year: Big Finish is adapting the threeDoctor Who stage plays into audio recordings ("Curse of the Daleks," "The Ultimate Adventure" and "Seven Keys to Doomsday"); and next January features the beginning of their three-story Key 2 Time series with Peter Davison, which will be included as episodes 117-119 of the regular monthly series.
    The release schedules are below, while full details (as much as has been released) about the stories can be found in thespoiler note section (click on 'spoiler' to reveal).
    Monthly Releases
    • The Boy that Time Forgot (#110; Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton) - July
    • The Doomwood Curse (#111; Colin Baker) - August
    • Kingdom of Silver and Keepsake (#112; Sylvester McCoy) - September
    • Time Reef (#113; Peter Davison) - September
    • Brotherhood of the Daleks (#114; Colin Baker) - October
    • Forty Five (#115; Sylvester McCoy) - November
    • The Raincloud Man (#116; Colin Baker) plus special Return of the Krotons - December
    • Key 2 Time Parts 1-3 (#117-119; Peter Davison) - January to March 2009
    Eighth Doctor Series
    • Sisters of the Flame (#2.7) - July
    • Vengeance of Morbius (#2.8) - August
    Companion Chronicles
    • Here There Be Monsters (#3.1; Carole Ann Ford) - July
    • The Great Space Elevator (#3.2; Deborah Watling) - August
    • The Doll of Death (#3.3; Katy Manning) - September
    • Empathy Games (#3.4; Louise Jameson) - October
    • Home Truths (#3.5; Jean Marsh) - November
    • The Darkening Eye (#3.6; Sarah Sutton) - December
    • The Prisoner's Dilemma (#3.7; Sophie Aldred) - January 2009
    • Resistance (#3.9; Anneke Wills) - March 2009
    • The Magician's Oath (#3.10; Richard Franklin) - April 2009
    • Ferril's Folly (#3.11) - May 2009
    • Releases to be announced (#3.8 and 3.12) - February and June 2009
    Other Releases
    • The Ultimate Adventure (Colin Baker) - September
    • The Seven Keys to Doomsday - October
    • Curse of the Daleks - November
    MONTHLY SERIES

    The Boy That Time Forgot by Paul Magrs: In a weird jungle valley, the Victorian explorer Rupert Von Thal saves Bloomsbury novelist Beatrice Mapp from a ghastly death in the grip of a monstrous mantis. But this is no Lost World of the dinosaurs. According to their travelling companions, the Doctor and Nyssa, all four have been transported back to a primitive Earth that should never have existed! Further down the valley is the vast city where the scorpions live. Walking, talking, intelligent scorpions, ruled over by their cruel and sinister master. The Doctor and Nyssa are being drawn ever tighter into the clutches of... the boy that time forgot. With Peter Davison (The Doctor), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Andrew Sachs (The Scorpion King), Harriet Walter (Mrs Beatrice Mapp), Adrian Scarborough (Rupert Von Thal), Oliver Senton (Kranlee), Claire Wyatt (Madam Teegarna)

    The Doomwood Curse by Jacqueline Rayner: England, 1738. On the trail of a lost book, the Doctor and Charley arrive at the beautiful country estate of Sir Ralph and Lady Sybil. But all is far from idyllic. There’s a murderer on the loose, and the nearby woods are the haunt of the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin. And that’s not all. Something else has journeyed here. Something that could destroy the very fabric of reality. The Doctor and Charley have just forty-eight hours to solve the mystery before the whole world succumbs to The Doomwood Curse. With Colin Baker (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charlotte Pollard), Nicky Henson (Dick Turpin), Jonathan Firth (John), Hayley Atwell (Eleanor), Trevor Cooper (Sir Ralph), Geraldine Newman (Lady Sybil), Daisy Douglas (Susan), Suzie Chard (Molly)

    Kingdom of Silver by James Swallow: The Doctor arrives on Tasak in search of refreshment, armed with nothing more than a kettle. But this is a time of crisis for a civilisation about to enter an industrial age. Mindful that a devastating war is only recently over, the wise and revered Magus Riga will do almost anything to save his people from the follies of the past. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And the planet Tasak is host to ancient powers buried deep and long forgotten. Can visitors from another world avert disaster or will their intervention drag this innocent world into the Orion War? With Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Neil Roberts (Temeter), Kate Terence (Sara), Terry Molloy (Magus Riga), James George (Merel), Bunny Reed (Ardith), Holly King (Etin), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen)

    Keepsake by James Swallow: Sifting through the technological junk of Reclaim Platform Juliet-November-Kilo, the Doctor discovers evidence of a personal tragedy involving some friends of his. Where will the story of their fate lead? With Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Neil Roberts (Temeter), Kate Terence (Sara), Terry Molloy (Examiner 2), James George (Corvus), Nicholas Briggs (Examiner 1)

    Other monthly installments: Time Reef by Marc Platt, with Peter Davison (the Doctor) and Sarah Sutton (Nyssa);Brotherhood of the Daleks by Alan Barnes, with Colin Baker (the Doctor) and India Fisher (Charley); Forty Five with Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor); The Raincloud Man with Colin Baker (the Doctor) and India Fisher (Charley), which also includes the special disc Return of the Krotons.

    EIGHTH DOCTOR SERIES

    Sisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius by Nicholas Briggs: The richest man in the galaxy has just bought a backwards planet with no obvious mineral wealth in the outer reaches of the universe. An obscure mystical sect has been revived after centuries of neglect. A new race of aliens are hunting for prey. Why? As the Doctor and Lucie attempt to discover the answer, it becomes clear that someone is attempting to resurrect the past - and they need a Time Lord to help them achieve it. With Paul McGann (the Doctor), Sheridan Smith (Lucie Miller), Kenneth Colley (Zarodnix), Samuel West (Revenant), Alexander Siddig (Rosto), Nickolas Grace (Straxus), Barry McCarthy (Bulek and Eurelz Captain), Nicola Weeks (Haspira and Trell), Katarina Olsson (Orthena and Trell), Barnaby Edwards (Galactinet)

    COMPANION CHRONICLES

    Here There Be Monsters by Andy Lane: The distant future. The TARDIS, with the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara aboard, is drawn out of the Vortex and lands aboard the Earth Benchmarking Vessel Nevermore, where Captain Rostrum is navigating by punching holes in the very fabric of space. The Doctor is appalled by this act of vandalism, and fearful that it could unleash monsters from the dark dimensions. As the benchmarking holes begin to fray, the fate of the universe is at stake. And while the Doctor contemplates a terrible sacrifice, Susan befriends the Nevermore’s First Mate - someone she will remember for the rest of her life… With Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Stephen Hancock (The First Mate)

    The Great Space Elevator by Jonathan Morris: The Great Space Elevator is a marvel of human engineering; a transit tube stretching from the equator up to a space station held in geosynchronous orbit. When the TARDIS lands in Sumatra in the future, the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are captured by guards just as the station loses power. Together with Security Officer Tara Kerley, the three travellers take a one-way trip on the elevator to fix the problem, and find themselves confronted by a powerful alien force that threatens to wreak chaos on Earth… With Deborah Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield), Helen Goldwyn (Tara Kerley)

    The Doll of Death by Marc Platt: While investigating a temporal anomaly in Central London, the Doctor and Jo Grant meet Professor Harold Saunders, a man who possesses an unstable alien artefact, and who is seemingly haunted by the ghosts of dolls. Who is the mysterious Mrs Killebrew? Why is a pack of hounds hunting them in reverse? And can Jo pick up any bargains while backwards shopping on Oxford Street? With Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Jane Goddard (Mrs. Killebrew)

    Empathy Games by Nigel Fairs: After a disaster aboard the TARDIS, the Doctor and Leela arrive at the capital city of Synchronis, a world renowned for peace and civility. But an attack by a vicious creature leaves the Doctor in a coma, and Leela is persuaded to fight in the forthcoming Empathy Games, where she discovers that nothing on this world is as it seems. With Louise Jameson (Leela)

    Other Companions Chronicles installments: Home Truths by Simon Guerrier, with Jean Marsh (Sara Kingdom);The Darkening Eye by Stewart Sheargold, with Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) and Derek Carlyle (The Dar Traders); The Prisoner's Dilemma by Simon Guerrier, with Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Laura Doddington (Zara); Resistance by Steve Lyons, with Anneke Wills (Polly) and John Sackville (the Pilot); The Magician's Oath by Scott Handcock, with Richard Franklin (Mike Yates) and Michael Chance (Diamond Jack); Ferril's Folly by Peter Anghelides.

    OTHER RELEASES

    The Ultimate Adventure by Terrance Dicks, with Colin Baker (the Doctor); The Seven Keys to Doomsdayby Terrance Dicks; Curse of the Daleks by David Whitaker and Terry Nation; all three with Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks).