Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Rob Shearman Radio Appearance

Rob Shearman, writer of the 2005 Episode Dalek, is scheduled to appear this evening on Tuddle Talk, on WTKS 104.1 in Orlando, Florida. The start time of the show is 7pm Eastern Time. Fans around the world will be able to listen via the station's website, and call in via the phone number on the website.

Doctor Who Adventures 79

Posted By John Bowman

The new edition of Doctor Who Adventures - out tomorrow in the UK - gives readers the chance to win a Roboform head worth 350 pounds.

The Roboform worked for the Empress of Racnoss in The Runaway Bride, and issue 79 carries the first of a three-part competition for the prize.

Also in the magazine:
  •  Free Sontaran notebook and pen
  •  Find out why Dalek Caan was the maddest Dalek of all time
  • Actor Ryan Sampson, who played Luke Rattigan in The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky, talks about working with Sontarans and his time on Doctor Who
  •  More Ood facts
  •  Tales from the Tardis takes readers back to when Rose first met the Doctor
  •  The Adventure Guide looks at Warriors of Kudlak from The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • In part two of comic strip Attack of the Mange Mites, the Doctor has been sucked into space
  • Doctor's Data is all about Bannakaffalatta - the little cyborg from Voyage of the Damned
  •  Books and the latest Doctor Who DVD can be won.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Torchwood S3 Update

Posted By John Bowman

With filming having begun on Series Three of Torchwood, the BBC Press Office today said the team would be engaged in a "battle for the future of the human race against the fiercest force they have encountered".

Co-executive producer Russell T Davies said: "The new series of Torchwood is hugely bold and promises to be bigger and better than ever - the audience is in for an amazing ride.

"This series is one big serial and the most ambitious story we've ever made, and we've got plenty of surprises in store."

Fellow co-executive producer Julie Gardner said: "We hope to make Torchwood a gripping and surprising TV event with storylines that push our team into greater danger and sacrifice.

"Joining our main cast are some fantastic guest artists who will only add to making this unmissable TV."

The guest stars are Peter Capaldi - Caecilius in the Doctor Who story The Fires of Pompeii - playing a civil servant called Mr Frobisher "who is hiding a terrible secret", Paul Copely and Liz May Brice.

The five-part series - called Torchwood: Children Of Earth - is being written by Davies, John Fay and James Moran, and directed by Euros Lyn. Produced by Peter Bennett, it will air over one week next year.

Monday, 25 August 2008

DW Tops Film Hopes Poll

Posted By John Bowman

Doctor Who has been named the show that people would most like to see adapted for the cinema.

A Radio Times online poll in July and August saw some 2,300 readers take part, and they put the revamped series top of their movie hopes. Torchwoodcame ninth.

A breakdown of the figures isn't revealed but Friends came second, Red Dwarf third, Heroes fourth, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation fifth, Spooks sixth, 24 seventh, Lost eighth and The Prisoner tenth.

Star Trek was voted the show that had made the most successful move to the silver screen, and Helen Hackworthy, the editor of radiotimes.com, said: "While Trekkers have had a number of big-screen delights, Who fans are hoping that the success of the new incarnation of Doctor Who will see it make the jump to a cinema near them."

The news follows comments made by incoming showrunner Steven Moffat at the Edinburgh International Television Festival at the weekend in which he said he had no objections to a Doctor Who film - but it would have to be "great and fantastic".

Giving cautious backing to the notion, he emphasised that if it did happen filming should not interfere with the series.

In the BBC News report, Moffat said: "I'm not against it. I don't think it's the most important thing for Doctor Who.

"A movie is one 90 minutes a year. So yes, so long as it never gets in the way of the show. If it gets in the way of the show that's appalling.

"It's been in the cinema, with Peter Cushing. It would be good to see it in the cinema so long as it's great and fantastic."

At the festival, Moffat also ruled out having an older actor play the Doctor as and when David Tennant leaves. "It's a practical issue. This is a show that's hard for even the young, super-fit David Tennant to keep up with. It might kill someone over 60," he said.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Doctor Who named Programme of the Year

Doctor Who has been named best programme of 2008 at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, a significant annual gathering of members of the British television industry.

According to the report on the BBC News website, the show's parent channel, BBC One, was named terrestrial channel of the year. Doctor Who Confidential broadcaster BBC Three took the prize for best digital channel.

The winners of these awards are selected by a panel made up of journalists and television executives. This is the second year in a row that Doctor Who has won the award for best programme.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Two New Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine 399

There is an exclusive interview with the unforgettable Donna Noble, when Catherine Tate talks exclusively to this months Doctor Who Magazine, released this week in the United Kingdom.

"What's weird is, I was going into an established, loved, successful show, so part of me was thinking, oh God, there's a responsibility there to that," Catherine tells the magazine. "But you can't go on set every day and think, I really hope I don't ruin this for everyone else involved! You just have to realise, yeah, I've taken this job, and the people around me wanted me to do it. Once you get down to the nuts and bolts of making the show, it was absolutely, and I can say this for certain, one of the best experiences of my professional life. Absolutely brilliant. There was just no down point."

Also in the Magazine.
  • She was the the original feisty redhead! Bonnie Langford, aka companion Melainie Bush, talks candidly about her turbulant time on Doctor Who in the 1980's
  • Manga Doctor Who? Miss Saigon? And the Doctor and Donna at extra-fast speed? Find out what it all means as Executive Producer Julie Gardner tells us what happened when she went to the USA with new showrunner Steven Moffat, in Production Notes.
  • There's a multitude of adventures for the Doctor and Donna in a very special 10-page comic strip, The Time of My Life, written by Jonathan Morris with art by Rob Davis.
  • It's a close shave for Peri, as The Time Team get their minds warped by The Trial of a Time Lord!
  • Pomp and circumstance, and Cybermen! DWM takes an exclusive look at August's Doctor Who Prom and talks to composer Murray Gold and the people who made it happen.
  • Some of the Doctor's most fondly remembered companions are back in an all-new series of audio adventures! DWM investigates the range and chats to the Doctor’s very first companion Susan, Carole Ann Ford.
  • An alien killer on a space bus? The Doctor on a less-than-relaxing holiday? And bees that are far more intelligent than they appear? It can only be Delta and the Bannermen! Fact of Fiction examines one of the Seventh Docto'’s most extraordinary adventures.
  • Neil Harris discovers the possible future of Doctor Who in You Are Not Alone
  • Plus all the very latest news, reviews, previews and competitions!


Doctor Who Adventures 78

This week’s Doctor Who Adventures comes complete with an inflatable Sontaran. Guarding the Sontaran on the cover is an angry Judoon. Inside you can find out more about them and the outer-space police, the Shadow Proclamation.

Also in the issue
  • Monster music! Read about the team’s trip to the recent Doctor Who prom.
  • Posters of the Doctor, The Sarah Jane Adventures gang, Judoon, and a Sontaran.
  • Ultimate Ood: Part two of the guide to the Ood!
  • Adventure Guide: Trouble for Sarah Jane in Eye of the Gorgon.
  • Tales from the TARDIS: The Doctor and Donna are captured in Planet of the Ood.
  • Secrets: How the face of Davros was created!
  • Who’s where? Take a trip to Camp Caan and find the Time Beetles.<\li>
  • Comic strip: Part one of a new adventure for the Doctor and Donna – Attack of the Mange Mites.
  • Doctor’s Data: Facts about the Seventh Doctor.
  • Time Teasers: Puzzles to strain your brain.
  • Woven wordsearch: Win some books!
  • Win: DVDs and a radio-controlled car up for grabs.

Waris Hussein Interviewed

Doctor Who's first director Waris Hussein will be guest of honour at the National Media Museum's Bite The Mango film festival, taking place in Bradford from September 19-25, 2008.

As well as receiving a lifetime achievement award and being interviewed about his 40 years as a director, Hussein will be taking part in an interview specifically about directing the very first Doctor Who serial An Unearthly Child and the lost epic story Marco Polo.

The interview will take place on Sunday, September 21 at the museum in Bradford. It will be accompanied by photographs from the museum's Daily Herald archive and a screening of the 'take one' version of the episode "An Unearthly Child". Further details and tickets will be available from the museum's website.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Australian ratings and news

Doctor Who's excellent ratings in Australia continue despite tough competition from the Beijing Olympics. It has now passed the one million mark for an unprecedented eight weeks in a row. The Doctor's Daughter rated 1,008,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, while The Unicorn and the Wasp rated even significantly more with 1,074,000. TV blogger David Dale also notes that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation 'has reaped the benefits of offering an alternative to [Olympic generated] nationalism. Its most popular shows barely suffered a dent in audience - ABC Sunday news andSpicks and Specks drew 1.1 million, Dr Who drew 1 million and a repeat of Agatha Christie's Poirotdrew 994,000 on Friday before the great writer herself met The Doctor himself on Sunday night.'

The Confidential Cutdown versions of 'Sins of the Fathers' and 'Nemesis' also had solid ratings gaining 721,000 and 692,000 viewers respectively in the five major capital cities. By way of comparison, Perfect Day: The Millennium only garnered 500,000 viewers for the ABC at 8.35pm after 'Nemesis'.

Meanwhile, in the local media Conrad Walters of The Sydney Morning Herald describes 'Unicorn' as 'quite spiffing.'CitySearch also praises 'Unicorn' noting the 'amazingly flexible format Doctor Who has. One week, it's an action thriller with aliens invading Earth, the next it's pure science fiction and DNA replicators, and then it's a murder mystery set in 1920's England! And it all works!...It's not often Doctor Who goes as blatantly comedic as it does here - look out for Agatha Christie titles littered throughout the dialogue - but it's a refreshing mid-season breather, especially given the rest of the season looks to be heading into much darker territory.' Meanwhile, Chris Hook of The Daily Telegraphgives 'The Doctor's Daughter' the 'pick of the day' and describes 'Unicorn' as 'another instalment in what is shaping up to be a cracking season.' Fergus Shiel of The Age also calls 'Unicorn' a 'spiffing mix of the English sci-fi and mystery traditions...And as [Russell T.] Davies prepares to blast off from the show that he reinvented so spectacularly, we ought to thank you for the memories and for making the Time Lord timely again and funnier than ever before.'

Meanwhile, the TV Tonight blog reports that Channel Ten will start broadcasting series two of Torchwood on its high definition channel on Monday 1 September 2008 at 10.30pm.

Thanks to contributors to the Australian forums

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Sci Fi UK Who Weekend

Classic Doctor Who comes to the Sci Fi Uk channel this Bank Holiday weekend.

Several episodes from the eras of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Doctors will be shown over the three days. Schedule may change.

    Saturday 23rd August
  • 1200/2000 The Ark in Space
  • Tom Baker in his second story fights the Wirrn.(1975)
  • 1400/2200 Revenge of the Cybermen
  • The Cybermen attempt to destroy Voga the planet of Gold.(1975)
  • 1600 The Pyramids of Mars
  • The Doctor and Sarah discover walking mummies in 1911 England.(1975)
  • 1800 The Face of Evil
  • The Doctor finds that his face is also the face of the Evil One.(1977)Sunday 24th August
  • 1200 The Pyramids of Mars
  • The Doctor and Sarah discover walking mummies in 1911 England.(1975)
  • 1400 The Face of Evil
  • The Doctor finds that his face is also the face of the Evil One.(1977)
  • 1600/2245 Logopolis
  • Tom Baker's swan song. It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for.(1981)
  • 1800 Earthshock
  • Peter Davison finds something nasty lurking in the caves.(1982)
  • 2000 Warriors of the Deep
  • The Doctor battles the combined might of the Sea Devils and the Silurians.(1984)Monday 25th August
  • 1200/2200 The Movie
  • Paul McGann battles the Master in San Francisco.(1996)
  • 1350 Logopolis
  • Tom Baker's swan song. It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for.(1981)
  • 1540 Earthshock
  • Peter Davison finds something nasty lurking in the caves.(1982)
  • 1730 The Caves of Androzani
  • Peter Davison bows out on Androzani Minor.(1984)
  • 1930 The Two Doctors
  • The second and sixth Doctors arrive in Spain and find Sontarans.(1985)Thanks to David and Lesley McIntee

Classic Who on US iTunes

Just a couple of weeks following the release of complete seasons of new series Doctor Who on iTunes in the USA, a selection of classic Doctor Who adventures are now available on the download service as well.

While most of the titles released so far have already been made available on DVD, such as "Carnival of Monsters", "Mark of the Rani" and "The Ark in Space", a number of stories have been released that are avaiable nowhere else (with the VHS releases now long out-of-print), like "The Krotons", "The Sun Makers" and "Planet of the Spiders".

The stories are avaiable episodically, and cost $1.99 per episode.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Torchwood S3 Story Title

Posted By John Bowman

The title of the five-part story that will comprise Series Three of Torchwood is Children of Earth.

Issue 8 of the programme's official magazine, out today, revealed the name.

The episodes, to be directed by Euros Lyn, will be shown over one week next spring. Principal photography starts on August 18.

Doctor Who Adventures 7

Doctor Who Adventures issue 77 is out today across the United Kingdom.

Press Release

Fearsome females in Doctor Who

In this week's Doctor Who Adventures there's a look at some of the most frightening females in Doctor Who. There have been loads throughout the series, and the DWA team have chosen five of their favourites.

We've also got a fact file, or should that be fat file, about one of the scariest ladies from the last series – Matron Cofelia. Was she really bad or did she just love the Adipose babies too much?

The issue comes with a fantastic free Adipose stationery set – which includes a notepad, pencil, ruler, erasers, clip and stickers.

PLUS:

Posters! Jabe from The End of the World, the Doctor and deadly Davros!
Ultimate Ood: Find out more about these creatures in the first of our four-part ultimate guide!
Adventure Guides: Back in time to The Fires of Pompeii and a Slitheen story with Sarah Jane Smith!
Tales from the TARDIS: The Doctor says goodbye to Donna and Rose in Journey's End.
Win a Cyber Controller head part 3 – worth almost £700!
Comic strip: A brand-new adventure called Shark Bait.
Who knows? The answers to your Doctor Who questions.
Time Teasers: Mates in a muddle and find the stowaway!
Woven word search: Find the missing word and win a toy TARDIS.
Win: Doctor Who DVDs and Lego Star Wars up for grabs!
Subscription offer: Subscribe and you'll get a FREE Doctor Who TARDIS and Doctor Files.
ALL THIS AND LOTS MORE!

Execs speak out

Incoming executive producer Steven Moffat will be interviewed on Saturday 23rd August at the MediaGuardianEdinburgh International Television Festival.

Moffat is replacing Russell T Davies who was originally scheduled to give a masterclass in the slot but withdrew due to work commitments.

Davies is still scheduled to appear at this year's Times Cheltenham Literature Festival along with John Barrowman. The event takes place on Sunday 12th October at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Davies is also scheduled to give an interview at the National Theatre on Friday 7th November, where he will be interviewed by Benjamin Cook about their forthcoming book Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

The Doctor Who Companion - Series Four

Posted By John Bowman

Tomorrow sees the publication of Doctor Who Magazine's in-depth special looking back over the latest season of adventures.

At 148 pages, The Doctor Who Companion - Series Four is the biggest DWM special so far, and gives readers a step-by-step guide to the making of all 13 episodes as well as the 2007 Christmas special Voyage of the Damned and the Children In Need scene featuring the Fifth Doctor, Time Crash.

Tom Spilsbury, the editor of Doctor Who Magazine, said: "DWM has been given exclusive access to all the scripts and shooting schedules to tell you what was shot when and where, what was left on the cutting-room floor and why, and even the truth behind a few of those rumours that hit the tabloids!

"Packed with anecdotes and comments from the men and women who make the programme, script extracts, deleted scenes, and a full list of cast, crew, transmission times and ratings, with hundreds of beautiful and previously unseen photographs, this is the ultimate guide to Doctor Who 2008."

Torchwood Magazine To Reveal S3 Story Name

Posted By John Bowman

The name of Torchwood Series Three's five-part story will be revealed tomorrow when issue eight of the official magazine is published.

Also in the magazine will be other news, an interview with executive producer Julie Gardner, a Torchwood location guide, "a dynamite FX feature" and new exclusive fiction.

Principal photography on Series Three begins on August 18, according to the press release for the magazine.

War Machines, Four To Doomsday Updates

Posted By John Bowman

The Restoration Team today released details of the forthcoming DVD releases of The War Machines and Four To Doomsday.

The War Machines, which the team first looked at 11 years ago, proved to be quite a problem, and Restoration Team member Steve Roberts goes into great detail regarding the work that has been done on the story.

The feature also includes a link to the 1min 3sec "Coming Soon" trailer for The War Machines that never made it to previous DVD releases because of last-minute schedule changes.

Extras include a then-and-now comparison of locations plus related excerpts from Blue Peter.

The extras on Four To Doomsday will include material from Peter Davison's first day in the studios as the Doctor, which has come from late producer John Nathan-Turner's personal archive, Davison's Boxing Day 1980 appearance on magazine show Saturday Night At The Mill plus a theme music video featuring a new remix of Peter Howell's arrangement.

Videotape dropout had affected the studio block 1 material but otherwise it proved to be what Roberts called "a very standard restoration job".

  • The War Machines will be released in the UK on August 25 and Four To Doomsday on September 15.

    (With thanks to Tony Clark.)
  • Saturday, 9 August 2008

    Hugo Award hat-trick for Moffat

    Steven Moffat has won his third Hugo Award in a row for an episode of Doctor Who, after his 2007 episode "Blink" won the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category in the 2008 awards, given at the WorldCon event in Denver last night. This is according to a run-down of winners on the HugoAwards.org website.

    The Hugo Awards celebrate the best of science-fiction across various media. "Blink", which was directed by Hettie Macdonald, was nominated alongside Paul Cornell's two-parter "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood" and Catherine Treganna's Torchwood episode "Captain Jack Harkness".

    Moffat is pictured right at last year's ceremony, with the Hugo Award he won for "The Girl in the Fireplace".

    Friday, 8 August 2008

    Lost Souls on Radio 4

    BBC Radio 4 has scheduled the Torchwood radio episode Lost Souls for Wednesday 10 September at 2:15PM BST (9:15AM EDT, 6:15AM PDT). This 45-minute radio episode features the cast of Torchwood shortly after the events of the Series 2 finale "Exit Wounds".

    Lost Souls will air as part of the day-long coverage of CERN's (European Organization for Nuclear Research) experiment re-creating the aftermath of the Big Bang.

    The plot synopsis for Lost Souls is in the spoiler box below. It is best viewed after seeing the Torchwood episode "Exit Wounds".
    Afternoon Play: Torchwood: Lost Souls

    2.15pm, Wednesday 10 September

    "Somewhere out there in that chaos of darkness and light, of science and protons, of gods and stars and death... somewhere there's an answer."

    The Torchwood Institute was founded by Queen Victoria in 1879 to protect the British Empire against the threat of alien invasion. By 2008, all that remains of the organisation is a small team based in Cardiff. And now, following the tragic deaths of two of their colleagues, the remaining three – Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones – have to protect the human race against another unknown force from the darkness.

    Martha Jones, ex-time traveller and now working as a doctor for a UN task force, has been called to CERN – the world's largest particle physics laboratory in Geneva – where they're about to activate the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

    The LHC is a particle accelerator which has been built deep underground in a 27km tunnel under Switzerland and France. Once activated, the collider will fire beams of protons together, re-creating conditions a billionth of a second after the Big Bang – and potentially allowing the human race a greater insight into what the universe is made of.

    But so much could go wrong – it could open a gateway to a parallel dimension, or create a black hole – and now voices from the past are calling out to people and scientists have started to disappear...

    Where have the missing scientists gone? What is the secret of the glowing man? What is lurking in the underground tunnel? And do the dead ever really stay dead?

    Torchwood is a spin-off from the award-winning BBC Wales TV production Torchwood. Written by Joseph Lidster, it stars John Barrowman, Freema Agyeman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Lucy Montgomery (of Tittybangbang) and Stephen Critchlow.

    Vote Dalek

    Doctor Who themed cover for Radio Times has been nominated as one of the best magazine covers of all time.

    The poll, conducted by industry publication Magazine Week 2008, consists of a series of covers nominated by UK magazine editors. The general public is invited to vote for their favourite.

    The Radio Times nominated cover is the Vote Dalek edition from May 2005. The edition was published in the week the first series episode Dalek was shown and the UK's last general election was held. The cover was nominated by the editor of Gardeners' World, who described the cover as capturing the essence of the mood of the nation in a brilliant and original way.

    Other covers nominated include "Posh and Becks'" wedding on the cover of OK, Diana, Princess of Wales on Vogue and a two-fingered salute on the front of Time Out.

    The winner will be announced during the week beginning 29 September.

    Thursday, 7 August 2008

    Trial DVD Delay, Doomsday Cover

    The official BBC website has announced that the forthcoming DVD release of the 1986 Sixth Doctor epic The Trial of a Time Lord has been delayed from its intended August 25th release date. It will now be released on September 29th, though no reason has been given for the delay. In its place, the First Doctor serial The War Machines starring William Hartnell, Jackie Lane, Michael Craze and Anneke Wills, will now be released on August 25th.

    Also released in the same article is a a better-quality scan of the cover illustration for the forthcoming UK DVD release of the Fifth Doctor serial Four to Doomsday starring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Matthew Waterhouse and Sarah Sutton, which is out this autumn. The cover art was originally revealed yesterday on the Amazon.co.uk website. Click on the thumbnail image below for a larger version.

    Tuesday, 5 August 2008

    Canada: Torchwood Series Two Premiere this Friday

    Torchwood Series Two will debut in Canada this Friday August 8th on SPACE: The Imagination Station at 9pm EDT. The premiere will be two hour sin length with the episodes "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" and "Sleeper" both airing.

    Series One of Torchwood was co-produced and aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation but they did not pick it up for the second series.

    The SPACE blog features an interview with John Barrowman conducted during his recent extended stay in Toronto.

    (with thanks to Luc Pomerleau)

    Tennant's Hamlet opens to positive reviews

    The Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of Hamlet starring David Tennant in the title role has officially opened with positive reviews from many British newspapers.

    Benedict Nightingale, critic for The Times, says the production "gives Tennant the chance to show the world that he has the range to tackle the most demanding classical role of all - and, praise be, he seizes it. I've seen bolder Hamlets and more moving Hamlets, but few who kept me so riveted throughout." He also has high praise for Patrick Stewart in the dual role of Claudius and the ghost of Hamlet's father. Also in The Times, directorGregory Doran discusses the cuts he made to the play's text.

    In The Daily Telegraph, Charles Spencer says that Tennant "isn't in the pantheon of the great Hamlets yet" but adds that he "discovers almost every ounce of sarky humour" and "is at his best though when he dares with his emotions and lets rip." The Telegraph has a photo gallery with images from the production. Also in the Telegraph, former National Theatre director Richard Eyre discusses the challenges of the play and the title role.

    Paul Taylor, reviewer for The Independent, notes that "it's pure snobbery to suppose that Doctor Who fans and people who can appreciate Hamlet are mutually exclusive groups." He writes, "Tennant is adept at most aspects of the role but he excels when the prince becomes a prankish provocateur."

    Writing for The Guardian, Michael Billington calls the RSC's production "one of the most richly textured, best-acted versions of the play we have seen in years" and says that Tennant "has no difficulty in making the transition from the BBC's Time Lord to a man who could be bounded in a nutshell and count himself a king of infinite space." The Guardian also has an interview with Doran and a gallery of photographs from the production.

    BBC News calls Tennant's performance "undoubtedly mesmerising. What he lacks in emotional intensity, he makes up for with wit, humour and stirring energy." It also has a video interview with Doran, who discusses casting Tennant and how the company handles the unusual attention this production has drawn.

    The prominent coverage of this production has included leading articles (editorials) in The Times and The Daily Telegraph (scroll past the bit about French holidays).

    The international press has also noticed the Hamlet madness: the Associated Press discusses the two science fiction stars leading the RSC's production.

    Thanks to the members of the Doctor Who Forum's "Media Watch" thread.

    Monday, 4 August 2008

    Australian ratings and news

    Doctor Who's excellent ratings in Australia continue despite tough competition from the commercial networks. It has now broken the one million mark for an unprecedented six weeks in a row. The Sontaran Strategem rated 1,039,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, while The Poison Sky rated slightly more with 1,064,000. The Confidential Cutdown versions of 'Send in the Clones' and 'Sontar-Ha!' also rated extremely well gaining 934,000 and 853,000 viewers respectively in the five major capital cities. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is also making the most recently broadcast episodes of 'Doctor Who' and 'Confidential Cutdown' available on the weekly 'CatchUp' section of its new ABCiView internet TV service.

    Meanwhile, in the local media Tim Hunter of The Age praises Catherine Tate and Russell T. Davies for bringing back Donna Noble despite the misgivings of many fans. CitySearch also previews 'The Sontaran Strategem' while Tim Artlett of The Daily Telegraph writes 'if your car has a GPS, best to avoid [this] episode . . . [but] although the aliens . . . might look like recycle bins or spare R2D2 parts, the fast pace is addictive and the climax will leave fans aching to know what happens next.' Catherine Deveny of 'The Age' also gives 'The Poison Sky' the pick of the day: 'Drama, comedy, science fiction all rolled together with David Tennant on top' while Melinda Houston of The Sunday Agealso gives this episode three stars.

    Meanwhile, the TV Tonight blog reports that Channel Ten still intends to broadcast series two of Torchwood, either on its main channel or its high definition channel. Last year, series one of 'Torchwood' was moved by Channel Ten mid-series from prime time to a midnight timeslot due to disappointing ratings.

    Update: 5 August 2008: David Tennant's appearance on Top Gear, in the reasonably priced car segment, has also seen Australian public broadcasterSBS score excellent ratings. The broadcaster, which has the smallest audience share of the five major Australian TV networks, received 1,042,000 viewers in the five major capital cities for the 'Top Gear' series final.

    Thanks to contributors to the Australian forums

    Two Who Picks on TV GUIDE Favorites

    Posted By Brigadier Bill

    The TV Guide listings magazine in the United States has published a list of "hottest Sci-Fi stars".

    John Barrowman was number 9 on the list with the judges saying "This man does not get enough attention in the States. He's gorgeous and possibly one of the funniest actors I've ever seen. He's so charismatic, not to mention he can kiss anyone and make it hot!"

    David Tennant came in at number 7 because "It's the mussy hair, the expressive eyes, the adorable dimples when he smiles and the accent. Or maybe it's the talent. Whatever it is, he's got it."