Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in New York

BBC America has announced that Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, along with show-runner Steven Moffat, will make a promotional trip to New York in the week leading up to the launch of the new series in North America on April 17.

The trip will include a special screening of The Eleventh Hour on Wednesday, April 14, at 7:00 PM at the Village East Cinema in Manhattan, to be followed by a Question and Answer session with Smith, Gillan and Moffat.

The screening, which is free, will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis.

More details on the BBC America Facebook page.

The Beast Below - Schedule

Schedules for the 10th April have now been fixed and Episode Two of the new series, The Beast Below, will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC HD at 6.15pm, one of the earliest slots in which the show has been shown since it returned in 2005.

The programme will be preceded on BBC One by All New Total Wipeout, a new series of what is described as TV's biggest, brashest, daftest game show. Doctor Who will be followed by the latest edition of the search for Dorothy in Over the Rainbow.

For the first time, Doctor Who will face opposition from FA Cup football on ITV 1 where they are showing the Semi-Final between Aston Villa and Chelsea. The last FA cup match to be shown in this timeslot was Chelsea V Stoke on 6th March, which got 3.46 million watching.

BBC Two will be showing the 2004 biopic The Aviator, charting the life of eccentric film director Howard Hughes over a 20-year period. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett. Channel 4 will show reality series Come Dine with Me while Five has the 1994 film I Love Trouble, a romantic comedy about two rival reporters who constantly try to out-scoop each other, starring Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte.

Doctor Who Confidential is on BBC Three at 7.00pm and finds out just what makes the sinister Smilers tick as well as talking to Oscar-nominated actress Sophie Okenedo  about creating her extraordinary character. BBC HD is showing Golf: The Masters on Saturday so the HD broadcast of Confidential will be on Sunday 11th April at 6.10pm.

K9 Official Site Launches

The official site for the new K9 Television series has launched at www.k9official.com.

As reported here the series launches in the UK and Australia this Saturday.

The new website features character guides, exclusive video clips, and episode guide to the series.

The series also has an official page on Facebook.

Meet Tom Baker

The online retailer Play.com is giving its customers as chance to meet the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker plus an overnight stay in London and £100 pounds towards travel. The competition is only open to those aged 18 or over and residing in the UK.

The meeting with Baker will take place just before he records the DVD commentary for the season 13 story The Seeds of Doom, which will be released in the UK in 2011.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Doctor Who Magazine 420

Doctor Who Magazine 420Doctor Who Magazine 420 comes with two different covers featuring new Doctor Matt Smith and new companion Karen Gillan who reveal all about playing the Doctor and Amy Pond.

In the magazine, Smith talks about how the Doctor’s costume may evolve, the nicknames that he and Gillan have for each other and playing football with James Corden for a scene in Episode 11.
This has made my list of Top Five Shooting Days! Pushing Top Three! There were no aliens, no Daleks, nothing. We were just playing football. Then again, I suppose there was a big time loop...

Gillan, meanwhile, tells of Amy’s complicated relationship with the Doctor and Amy’s boyfriend Rory, what she thinks about wearing surprisingly short skirts, and her approach to playing the role of the Doctor’s new best friend:
Amy should never take anything for granted – she doesn’t know she’s the companion and she’s not familiar with the set-up that the Doctor has a female companion. So this is all brand-new to her and I have to keep reminding myself of that. As far as she knows, she’s the first companion… ever!

Also in the magazine:
  • What have you got for me this time?
  • The first five episodes of the new series – The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks, The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone – with never-before-seen photos and revelations from head writer Steven Moffat!
  • I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!
  • Steven Moffat talks candidly about the perils of being recognised in public as Doctor Who’s head writer – and finds time to answer your questions about the new series – in Production Notes.
  • And it’s goodnight from me
  • Neil Harris looks back fondly at 47 years of farewells in Doctor Who – and discovers how the series has always had its softer side – in You Are Not Alone.
  • McNeice to see you, to see you, McNeice!
  • Churchill himself, actor IAN McNEICE, talks to DWM about his role in the forthcoming story Victory of the Daleks – and reveals what it’s like to encounter the metal meanies in real life.
  • Give her a big hand!
  • It’s the final end! The Doctor and Majenta engage in the ultimate battle with the Crimson Hand in the very last comic strip to feature the Time Lord’s Tenth incarnation. Will anyone survive the apocalypse? Don’t miss the conclusion to The Crimson Hand, written by Dan McDaid, with art by Martin Geraghty
  • Is it cos I’s blue?
  • It’s the most remarkable machine in the universe – and yet it looks like a blue twentieth-century police box! The Watcher uncovers the many and varied secrets of the Doctor’s time and space machine, the TARDIS!
  • You’re hired!
  • On the planet Vulcan, the colonists decide to employ the services of creatures that they have discovered buried in a mercury swap – the Daleks! Can a newly-regenerated Doctor, armed only with his recorder and a rather natty bow tie, save the day? Find out, as The Fact of Fiction digs up some details about the classic Second Doctor story from 1966 The Power of the Daleks!
Plus! All the latest official news, reviews, previews and competitions – including the chance to win an 32” HD-ready widescreen TV. The magazine is out in the UK on 1st April.

Moffat on Radio 4

Radio 4Executive Producer Steven Moffat will be a guest on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on Tuesday evening to talk about taking over from Russell T Davies as show-runner of Doctor Who.

The programme is broadcast at 7.15pm BST and will be available worldwide via the BBC iPlayer.

Myths and Legends for North America

Time MonsterThe three stories comprising the Myths and Legends Box set will be released in North America on July 6, 2010.

Unlike the UK release the stories will be issued as individual titles. The three releases are the Third Doctor story The Time Monster, and the two Fourth Doctor stories Underworld and  Horns of Nimon.

The First Doctor Box set comprising The Space Museum and The Chase will also be released on 6th July.

A full release schedule can be found in our Releases section.

Radio Times Cover

Radio TimesThe new issue of the Radio Times is released in the UK today, and gives an exclusive glimpse into the new TARDIS with a special pull-out gatefold cover.

The magazine talks to new Doctor Matt Smith. Smith is a graduate of the University of East Anglia, where he studied drama and creative writing, and has his own way of accessing the enigmatic Doctor.

I was thinking, ‘Who in the world has a brain and a silliness which is close to the Doctor?’ and then I saw that photograph of Albert Einstein poking his tongue out and it just clicked. I found this book of quotes by Einstein – which I recommend as a life choice, he was such an insightful man – and I started writing short stories about Einstein and the Doctor, where the Doctor was getting irritated with the great man’s buffoonery. He’d be saying, ‘Come on, Albert, keep up!’ and I think that, more than anything, was my way in to the part.


Also Karen Gillan is the girl who grabbed the role every actress would die for: the companion to the eleventh Doctor. Fans camped outside the Doctor Who set are a reminder of the show’s unique place in British culture.
I was never really into science fiction when I was growing up, though my mum was a big Doctor Who fan. Now I’ve turned into a real sci-fi geek. Once you get sucked into that world, it has its own logic and laws, which is why I think people are so passionate about it.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Episode Seven Title

The title of Episode Seven of the new series has been revealed as Amy's Choice.

The title is revealed in next week's edition of Radio Times, which is released tomorrow. The story is written by Simon Nye and directed by Catherine Morshead.

The magazine confirms the titles of the first seven episodes of the series, the first six of which were previously known. There is, however, some confusion over the title of Episode Six; although Doctor Who Magazine and Matt Smith have referred to it as Vampires in Venice, the script's author, Toby Whithouse, and the BBC preview discs have confirmed the title is Vampires of Venice.

A selection of photos from the new TARDIS interior are available on the Radio Times Website.

The Radio Times cover will be available on the Doctor Who News Page from 12.01am BST tomorrow.

Planète Morte Evaluations

Last year's Easter special, Planet of the Dead, made its debut in France earlier this week where it was watched by 423,000 viewers.

The episode, called Planète Morte, was dubbed into French and shown on France 4 at 8.35pm. David Manet provided the voice of Le Docteur with Maia Barar playing Christina, Monique Clemont playing Capitaine Magambo, Oliver Cuvellier playing Malcolm and Yeves Degen playing Chauffeur de bus.

You can read more about the process of translating the show into French here, and you can discuss the translation here.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Special Radio trail

Radio 2This week's Paul O'Grady show, on BBC Radio 2, will feature a Doctor Who related trail.

It has been made specially for the programme and will only be broadcast once. Paul O'Grady is on Radio Two between 5pm and 7pm BST and the trail should be broadcast before 5.20pm. The programme is available worldwide via the BBC iPlayer.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Opening Scene Online

The first scene of The Eleventh Hour is now available to viewers in the UK on the official BBC website and on the Red Button service.

Fans in the United States can watch the clip on the BBC America website.

Vampires of Venice - Clip

A clip from the upcoming series of Doctor Who has been shown in the UK as part of Matt Smith's interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.

The clip is from the sixth episode of the series Vampires of Venice by Toby Whithouse, which is due to be shown in the United Kingdom towards the end of April.



A link to part of the interview is also available on the BBC YouTube site.



Friday, 26 March 2010

Fifth Anniversary

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the revival of Doctor Who.

On 26 March, 2005, at 7 p.m., “Rose” was first broadcast on BBC1. The episode was written by Russell T Davies, and starred Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Billie Piper as the eponymous Rose.

In total, almost 11 million viewers proved the naysayers wrong. Doctor Who proved to be a popular and continuing success, and Davies showed that family television viewing was alive and kicking.

In one week’s time, the whole process starts again. On 3 April, 2010, at 6.25 p.m., BBC1 will broadcast Matt Smith’s first full episode, “The Eleventh Hour”.
See full story here.

Doctor Who Adventures - 159

Doctor Who Adventures 159This week Doctor Who Adventures checks out the 3-D trailer for the new series of Doctor Who and finds out some sneaky secrets from the first six episodes.

They go behind the scenes with the Who crew to find out how they filmed David Tennant regenerating into new Doctor, Matt Smith, and take a look back at the Tenth Doctor’s final battle in this week’s story guide.

Also in the magazine a gift pack, 3 posters, the top 10 amazing endings and a final comic strip for the Tenth Doctor.

This is the last issue before the magazine regenerates next week. The revamped issue will feature the first in a series of exclusive diary reports from actor Matt Smith. In addition there is a sneak peek at The Doctor's first episode, The Eleventh Hour, a star interview with Matt Smith, a free TARDIS clock and the chance to win your very own life-size Dalek.

Matt Smith on Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross welcomes Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith onto his Friday night chat show tonight.

In the programme, recorded yesterday, Smith talks about becoming the Doctor:
My Doctor is clumsy, a little reckless, but becomes more assured as the series develops. I couldn't tell anyone for three months, To my mind it's the best part in British TV history. I spoke to David briefly, he said 'enjoy the ride'
On the TARDIS, he reveals there have been some changes:
It's bigger on the inside, has different levels, other rooms including a library, and is a different shade of blue outside. I hope to do at least another year, it's a wonderful part and I want to keep it.

There's also an exclusive sneak preview of episode six of the new series, the Doctor's encounter with vampires.

Smith is joined on the programme by Emma Thompson and Professor Brian Cox. The programme is on BBC One/BBC HD at 10.35pm and will be shown on BBC America at a later date. NB: Quotes are taken verbatim from the studio recording and may not actually be included in the transmitted version of the programme.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Classic Who on UK Sci-Fi

The UK Sci-Fi channel is devoting much of the Easter holiday weekend to repeats of episodes from the classic series of Doctor Who.

Stories from the 4th, 5th and 6th Doctors are being shown starting at 2pm on Good Friday.

Schedule
Friday 2nd April
1400-1600 - The Ark in Space
The Doctor investigates sinister goings-on at a space station used as a deep-freeze for the whole future population of Earth. He discovers that the station has been invaded by giant alien insects, the Wirrn.
1600-1800 - The Face of Evil
The Doctor meets the Tribe of Sevateem on a jungle planet - and finds himself hunted as the Evil One.
1800-2000 - Pyramids of Mars
When an archaeologist uncovers an ancient Egyptian tomb in 1911, he also awakens Sutekh, the alien god of evil, who is trapped in his prison on Mars.
2000-2200 - Ark in Space (Repeat from 2pm)

Saturday 3rd April
1400-1600 - Face of Evil (Repeat from Friday)
1600-1800 - Pyramids of Mars (Repeat from Friday)
1800-2000 - Logopolis
The Doctor and his companions travel to Logopolis, a planet of brilliant mathematicians, in order to repair the chameleon circuit in the TARDIS. It's Tom Baker's last adventure as The Doctor.
2000-2200 - Earthshock
The Cybermen plan to crash a spaceship into prehistoric Earth, deleting the human race from history.

Sunday 4th April
1200-1350 - Logopolis (Repeat from Saturday)
1350-1540 - Earthshock (Repeat from Saturday)
1540-1730 - Revenge of the Cybermen
The Doctor faces an old enemy on the planet of gold.
1730-1930 - The Caves of Androzani
When the Doctor faces a shadowy adversary on the planet Androzani Minor, he and companion Peri are lethally poisoned with Spectrox.
1930-2200 - The Two Doctors
Two versions of the time-travelling hero face both the warrior Sontarans and an alien race that is obsessed with food in Spain.

Monday 5th April
1200-1350 - Warriors of the Deep
In 2084, a cold war rages on Earth while deep beneath the oceans, intelligent reptile creatures from the time of the dinosaurs plot to destroy the human race.
1350-1540 - Revenge of the Cybermen (Repeat from Sunday)
1540-1740 - Caves of Androzani (Repeat from Sunday)
1740-2010 - The Two Doctors (Repeat from Sunday)
2010-2200 - Warriors of the Deep (Repeat from earlier)

The Beast Below - Details

The BBC Press Office has released details of the second episode of the new series The Beast Below.

The story by Steven Moffat will air in the UK on 10th April. The time not confirmed at present, but the talent show Over the Rainbow is scheduled for 6.30-8.00pm, implying Doctor Who could be on as early as 5.45pm.

All schedules are provisional and will be confirmed next Wednesday.
The Doctor takes Amy to the distant future, where she finds Britain in space. Starship UK houses the future of the British people, as they search the stars for a new home. But as Amy explores, she encounters the terrifying Smilers and learns a deadly truth inside the Voting Booth.

K9 - UK and Australian premier on 3rd April

The K9 adventure series will premier in the UK and Australia on Saturday 3rd April 2010.

In the UK the series will launch at 4pm on the Disney XD channel with episode two showing the following day also at 4pm.

In Australia series will launch at at 9.30am on the TEN network

The new 26 episode children's series features an animated version of the robot dog which appeared in Doctor Who from 1977-1981 before returning in the 2006 story School Reunion.

The series has been jointly created by Bob Baker and Paul Tams. Baker, working with his then writing partner, Dave Martin,  created the original K9 for the fourth Doctor story The Invisible Enemy. John Leeson once more voices the character of K9.

The series is currently showing in Scandinavia where it premièred in January. It was shot between December 2008 and May 2009 in Brisbane, Australia. It is co-produced by Stewart & Wall Entertainment and London-based Park Entertainment.

K9 - Episode One - Regeneration
Whilst Starkey and Jorjie are trying to escape the police they take refuge in a large detached house, now the residence of reclusive scientist, Professor Gryffen. They come across two Jixen warriors and a robot dog, K-9 Mark I.

Daily Mail objects

The Daily Mail has taken exception to the length of Amy Pond's skirt in the upcoming series of Doctor Who.

Writing in the Femail section, columnist Allison Pearson displays a woeful ignorance of the series when she asks "since when was Doctor Who's assistant supposed to be sexy?" and makes a plea to keep Doctor Who as family TV.

As any Doctor Who fan could tell her, the Doctor has a long tradition of travelling with sexy companions in short skirts which dates right back to the sixties.

What's next she asks, "Cybermen become Cyberchicks with metal boobs?" Perhaps she should view Torchwood's Cyberwoman.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Official Website updated

The official BBC Doctor Who website has been updated in preparation for the launch of the new series on April 3rd.

The website features exclusive videos and features on the new series as well as archive material from the programme's long history.

The first minute of The Eleventh Hour will be available online from Saturday at 6.25pm, one week before the series launch.

The website also confirms the return of Doctor Who Confidential. The first episode, Call me the Doctor, captures all the backstage excitement from Matt Smith's first episode and gives a taster of life as the Doctor. There's an exclusive look at the read-through for The Eleventh Hour and Production Designer Edward Thomas and Matt Smith give a guided tour of the new look TARDIS.

Coming Up

With the new series just around the corner, prepare for a deluge of UK television and radio coverage! As with Christmas, the Doctor Who News Page is presenting a summary of coverage, which you can find from our Coming Up menu tab at the top.

If you come across anything we haven't listed, please do let us know!

Gay Times

Gay TimesMatt Smith becomes the first Doctor to grace the cover of a gay magazine when he features on the front of this months Gay Times.

The magazine has unprecedented coverage of the new series, with exclusive content including the first ever interview with the latest addition to the cast, Arthur Darvill. They speak with the Doctor’s assistant Karen Gillan, head writer Steven Moffat, executive producer Piers Wenger and and writers Mark Gatiss and Gareth Roberts, who reveals that Matt Smith is set to appear pretty much naked in episode eleven. Costume designer Ray Holman tells what kind of underwear the new Doctor prefers.

Matt Smith on his new role as the Doctor:
What’s gorgeous about it is that I get to sort of confess to my imagination every day. So I get to play around in a mad, imaginary world every day, which is limitless and timeless, and endless and boundless. You know, that is as close as you get to sort of magic really, I suppose, in many ways.
On being described by executive producer Steven Moffat as “Patrick Moore in the body of an underwear model”:
“The thing is, right, I’ll take Patrick Moore, fine. But I definitely haven’t got an underwear model’s body, no way, not on this schedule. All my gym’s gone out the window. God no, I take that as a gross over-compliment to be honest. And also! When the hell has Steven Moffat seen me in my pants alone?”

The magazine also features additional interviews with Tom Ellis and Tracy-Ann Oberman and a special competition to win signed photos of Smith and Gillan, new sonic screwdriver toys, books, action figures and DVDS.

April’s issue of GT Magazine is on sale in the UK from Today. It is also available around the world by mail order or as a digtal download.

Start Time Confirmed

The new series of Doctor Who will premier on BBC One and BBC HD at 6.20pm on Saturday 3rd April.

The Eleventh Hour is proceeded by the game show Total Wipeout, which got 4.7 million viewers when last shown in January. It will be followed by the new talent series Over the Rainbow, in which Andrew Lloyd Webber tries to find a star for his new production of The Wizard of Oz.

ITV1 have put up their now traditional opposition to a new series of Doctor Who, a Harry Potter film, this week, The Prisoner of Azkaban. This film premièred on ITV1 in January 2007 when it got 8 million viewers. It was repeated in July 2009 when it got 3.9 million watching.

On BBC Two Doctor Who faces Private Life of a Masterpiece looking at the stories behind iconic pieces of art, whilst Channel Four has put up Come Dine with Me a Cookery-based reality show in which amateur chefs compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host. On Five you can see the western Two Mules for Sister Sara with Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine.

The Doctor Who start time is one of the earliest since the series returned in 2005. Episodes in the first three series started around 7pm. Only the first few episodes of Series Four started at 6.20 after which it was moved back to around 6.45pm following criticism from Russell T Davies over the programme's time slot.

Doctor Who Confidential will be shown on BBC Three at 7.25pm.

New Series Roundup

With the launch date of the new series rapidly approaching, Matt Smith makes a number of appearances on UK Television and Radio over the next few days, including as a guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross this Friday and on Blue Peter next Wednesday.

The 1 minute teaser on the BBC Red Button service appears to have been pushed back until the weekend. Final transmission times of The Eleventh Hour will be confirmed sometime today so details can be sent to listing magazines.

BBC America will screen Doctor Who, The Ultimate Guide on Saturday April 17, just before the US premier of The Eleventh Hour. The program is described as an original, all-access look inside the world's biggest, most successful sci-fi television program.

A number of new stills from The Eleventh Hour have been released.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

BBC America update website

BBC America have updated their Doctor Who Website in preparation for the new series launching on the channel on April 17.

The updated site includes profiles on The Doctor and Amy Pond and a photo gallery from The Eleventh Hour as well as guides to the series and a trailer.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Moffat Interview

Executive Producer Steven Moffat talks to The Guardian today about his hopes and plans for the new series. He talks about taking over one of the BBC's biggest brands and his fears for the BBC should there be a change of government this year.

Moffat speaks of his excitement in writing both the opening and closing episodes of the series and of how he wanted to do more fun, following his reputation as a writer of darker episodes. Although no past characters appear in the forthcoming series, Moffat hints he would not be averse to Captain Jack meeting Matt Smith's Doctor in the future.

Delia Derbyshire celebrated

Delia DerbyshireSculptress of Sound - The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire is a new documentary commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to celebrate the life and work of the BBC Radiophonic composer; presented by broadcaster and Doctor Who fan Matthew Sweet, it will investigate the wealth of material of her work that has been passed onto researchers at the University of Manchester.

Production company Made in Manchester's producer Phil Collinge says:
Delia’s realisation of the Doctor Who theme is just one small example of her genius and we’ll demonstrate how the music was originally created as well as hearing individual tracks from Delia’s aborted 70’s version. We’ll also feature the make-up tapes for her celebrated piece ‘Blue Veils and Golden Sands’, and hear Delia being interviewed on a previously ‘lost’ BBC recording from the 1960s.
The documentary also examines her work with poet Barry Bermange, her 1971 piece marking the centenary of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, and also includes a 1960s track composed for The Dance from children's programme Noah

The show forms part of the Archive on 4 strand on the radio channel, and will be broadcast between 8:00-9:00pm on Saturday 27th March.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

New Series Trailers

A new trailer has been broadcast by the BBC for the forthcoming series; like the first one broadcast on New Year's Day, this one features a variety of clips of scenes and monsters that we can look forward to in the series, though the broadcast date has still yet to be formally revealed, again simply cited as "Easter 2010".



There is one key difference between the official broadcast trailer and the one that has recently appeared unofficially on sites such as Digital Spy in that the end shot of the Doctor has been changed from him holding a gun to him simply talking to screen!

BBC America have also released a trailer for the series, starting in the USA and Canada on the 17th April. This version is a variation of the UK one, presenting a number of different clips to the former.


Both the UK and US versions will appear on official sites soon.

Friday, 19 March 2010

BBC Press Pack

With the press launch of Doctor Who last night, the BBC Press Office have now released more information on the forthcoming 2010 series. As well as a brief listing of cast and crew (see our side bar for more details), the pack also includes interviews with the stars and production team.


New Doctor Matt Smith reflects on his version of the Time Lord, and the role of the TARDIS:
He is still the same man but I think my Doctor is a bit more reckless; he's a thrill-seeker and addicted to time travel. He is the mad buffoon genius who saves the world because he's got a great heart, spirit and soul but he also doesn't suffer fools. I hope all of these things come across but I think I've also injected a bit of my own personality into the role. I also helped choose the Doctor's costume which was great fun. Steven Moffat was very keen the outfit isn't seen as the overriding factor of the Doctor's personality but we still needed to find something that felt right. We tried on lots of things but kept reaching a dead end and we dismissed a number of items including a long leather coat, a long blue coat and some short punky stuff! But then one day I brought in my braces and a tweed jacket and it went from there. Soon we had the whole outfit although something still felt like it was missing and I asked if I could try on a bow tie – at that point the execs all bowed their heads in concern but luckily when I tried it on we agreed it worked and it has sort of become the signature of my Doctor now.

[The TARDIS is] like a Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche all moulded into one! It's so incredible because the TARDIS is an icon of our cultural history and suddenly I'm the one who's flying it. I am quite clumsy though so I kept breaking parts of the console and the poor production team had to keep fixing it. But the TARDIS is a magic concept and it provides a constant source of wonderment and adventure for both the Doctor and the viewers.

Karen Gillan considers her character and the relationship with the Doctor:
Well, for a start Steven Moffat has written a brilliant character. I do think Amy is different from previous Companions because she's very equal to the Doctor. She doesn't take his word as gospel and she's always happy to challenge him. If he tells her to do something then she won't necessarily do it, she might go off and do her own thing which can sometimes create a rift between the two of them! They are best pals though and it's a very up and down relationship because they are both very passionate people.

The Doctor is definitely an alpha male and Amy is an alpha female, so when they meet, they combust. They have quite a turbulent relationship but it's also really passionate and they care about each other. Amy can really hold her own against him and Steven's written some great one-liners. It's a great relationship.

I think it's quite important that I feel like her when I wear the clothes. So I worked quite closely with the costume designer, Ray, and also the producers, to come up with the signature Amy look. They were generally vintage clothes, but we tried to incorporate high street styles as well because Amy is young. I think naturally there is going to be some of me in her style, as I relate to Amy and we are the same age as each other.

Head Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat discusses the casting process for the two principle characters of the series:
I had a clear idea, which actually turned out to be the absolute opposite of what we ended up doing – which always happens when you get the casting right. I actually remember at the beginning of the process when I got a little bit cross whilst looking at the list of actors as it was full of people in their twenties. I said to everyone that we couldn't have a Doctor who is 27. My idea was that the person was going to be between 30–40 years old, young enough to run but old enough to look wise. Then, of course, Matt Smith comes through the door and he's odd, angular and strange looking. He doesn't come across as being youthful at all, in the most wonderful way.

The challenge with casting the Companion is that there are only so many people that would actually go through those blue doors. It has to be someone that loves adventure and doesn't quite feel at home with where they are. They have to be a feisty, fun-loving and gutsy person – and now we've got Karen Gillan. She was just exactly right for the role despite inhabiting Amy Pond in a way that was quite different from how I originally wrote the part.

Beth Willis, Executive Producer, reflects on the making of the new series:
It has definitely been a big challenge taking on this show because we love it so much, and why tinker with something that has been as popular, successful and brilliant as it has been? But at the same time we are terribly aware we have to look forward and work out how the show is going to survive in the future. In 2005 the team looked at what was fresh and new then and we have to do a bit of that ourselves. Looking at the episodes we've filmed so far we're starting to see the impact of those changes; what the team has managed to achieve is pretty thrilling.

Head of Drama for BBC Wales, Piers Wenger, explains the aim for the series:
The thing which is most important to us is telling a good story at the end of the day; that's always the thing the audience is going to be most demanding about. Beyond that, any changes we have made have been motivated by giving the show the best production values money can buy. It's the nation's favourite, and that means it deserves the best.

It is the biggest show on British TV in terms of the level of technical expertise everyone has to be versed in. There were new challenges for Beth and I as we had limited experience in dealing with prosthetics and complex CGI. However, I think the biggest challenge was to move everything forward and make the right calls on what to change and what not to.


Finally, what makes Doctor Who the show it is?
Matt Smith: The idea is magic. Time travel and the TARDIS are just brilliant concepts and within the context of television it gives writers the opportunity to pen amazing stories because they have the scope to go anywhere and do anything. Doctor Who is infinite in its orbit and imagination and so it has fulfilled audiences' desires throughout the decades and will hopefully continue to do so in the future.

Steven Moffat: I think it is centrally vital for Doctor Who that at its heart and in its soul it is a children's programme. Not one that excludes adults, but one that welcomes them in. But when Doctor Who is really working, when it really delivers, the entire audience is eight years old – whatever age they started out!

See the press pack for the full interviews.

2011 Series Confirmed

Matt SmithDoctor Who's Executive Producer Piers Wenger has confirmed the series has been commissioned for a 32nd series, due to be shown in 2011.

Speaking at the press launch for the 2010 series, Wenger confirmed Matt Smith will return next year in his second series as The Doctor as well as appearing in a Christmas Special at the end of this year.

Shooting on the current series wraps this weekend giving the cast a break before returning to work on the Special and the 2011 series in early July.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

BBC Press Screening for the 2010 Series

This evening saw press and celebrities gather to see a special screening of the first episode in the new series of Doctor Who, The Eleventh Hour, which took place at the Cineworld in Cardiff. Though the actual screening was restricted to invited guests, there was plenty else to see, including interviews with both Matt Smith and Karen Gillan themselves undertaken by the BBC's Entertainment Correspondent Lizo Mzimba.

Some photos of the event below, courtesy of Sarah Morgan

Red Button Preview of The Eleventh Hour

Matt SmithUK viewers will get an exclusive preview of The Eleventh Hour from next Wednesday when the first minute of the episode is made available on the BBC Red Button service.

The clip will launch on 24th March and will be available at various times until the series launches at Easter Weekend. On day one the clip is expected to be available from 6am-2pm, from 3pm to 5.50pm and then from 9.10pm onwards.

The BBC red button service can be viewed on digital platforms in the UK. Details on the BBC Website.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Tom Baker to record for Big Finish? (UPDATED 18 March)

Tom BakerAnswering questions on his official website, Fourth Doctor Tom Baker has said that he has agreed to record a Big Finish Audio production.

Baker was answering a question asking what story he would do if he was given carte blanche to create any story he wanted. He replied that he has been in talks with Big Finish and that they have accepted some of his ideas. Baker recorded Hornets' Nest for BBC Audio last year, but has never worked for Big Finish before. Any project is likely to be in early stages of production and has not been confirmed by Big Finish. (But see update below.)

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UPDATE, 18 March:
Big Finish has posted a confirmation, of sorts, on their website:
In the wake of a large amount of speculation on the internet about the possibility of Tom Baker working on Doctor Who audio productions with Big Finish, we thought we'd state the facts as they are now.

Tom Baker would like to confirm that "warm contact" has been made with Big Finish and that he's "enthusiastic" to work with us. He adds, wryly, "In my twilight years, I am looking forward to a tremendous Big Finish and the sooner the better."

Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs: "Tom and I have been communicating about possible projects for some time. There is really no firm news other than that, but we are both keen to make something happen. Lis Sladen, Louise Jameson and Nicholas Courtney have also expressed an interest in being involved, but no storylines have been written or approved yet and we don't anticipate anything being available before 2011."

Louise Jameson today said, "I'm delighted at the possibility of working with Tom again now we have this new found friendship. I've always rated him as a brilliant and unique actor with the most marvellous voice, Big Finish must be over the moon that he has agreed to re-visiting the sci-fi world."

Big Finish would like to stress that any audio productions it may make featuring Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor would not clash with or affect Tom's continuing, highly successful work with BBC Audiobooks.

So, to summarize: as the Nucleus of the Swarm once said, contact has been made; however, nothing solid is yet in the works.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Moffat talks to Radio Times

Radio TimesIn the run up to the launch of the New Series in April, Executive Producer Steven Moffat this week gives an interview to Radio Times.
Steven Moffat is Doctor Who’s new “showrunner” – the flashy American term, adopted over here, to describe a visionary writer/producer/TV seer who is charged with the creative evolution of a big series.

So what grand monsters (and tiny terrors) can we look forward to this series? Moffat doesn’t want to give too much away, but the new Doctor, Matt Smith, and his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) are inevitably up against foes old and new, with a star-dusting of special guest-scarers, including Helen McCrory as “a sexy scary vampire-woman and Sophie Okonedo…” here Moffat pauses. As what? “I couldn’t possibly say. But she was in the trailer for the new series, and nobody noticed!”

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Start date and time revealed?

The BBC Programme Information site is saying the new series will begin on Saturday 3rd April at 6.25pm.
The Doctor has regenerated into a brand new man, but danger strikes before he can even recover. With the TARDIS wrecked, and the sonic screwdriver destroyed, the new Doctor has just 20 minutes to save the whole world - and only Amy Pond to help him.
The date and time have not been confirmed by the BBC Press Office and are subject to change. The series is referred to as Series Five on the website and the duration of the episode is noted as 60 minutes.

UPDATE: The reference to Series Five has now been removed from the site and replaced with New Series.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Greatest Screen Doctor

Online market research site OnePoll have recently ran a poll on who is the best doctor on the screen, and The Doctor came out on top. The Time Lord beat off opposition from other well known doctors such as Doctor Watson, Doctor Dolittle, and Dr Emmett Brown (Back to the Future).

A OnePoll spokesperson said:
Doctor Who is a national treasure who has been on our screens for almost half a century now. David Tennant reinvigorated this fictional character and the show has seen huge success since.

The Top Ten Screen Doctors:
1.The DoctorDoctor Who
2.Doc BrownBack to the Future
3.Doctor KennedyNeighbours
4.Doctor EvilAustin Powers
5.Spock(!)Star Trek
6.Ross GellerFriends
7.Doctor DolittleDoctor Dolittle
8.Perry CoxScrubs
9.Douglas RossE.R.
10.Doctor WatsonSherlock Holmes

Friday, 12 March 2010

BBC7 reads Doctor Who

BBC Radio 7BBC Radio 7 will be broadcasting a number of Doctor Who related programmes in their 7th Dimension science fiction segment in the coming months.

The memoirs of Barry Letts will be broadcast over seven weeks from the end of March; "Barry Letts - Who and Me" is read by the late producer himself, delving into his career up to and including Doctor Who. (The autobiography is still currently available in print from publisher Fantom Films.)

In April, three BBC Audio Books will be broadcast; The Giant Robot, The Brain of Morbius, Creature from the Pit are all adaptations of the original Target novelisations, and are read by the 'Doctor' himself, Tom Baker.

The 7th Dimension is presented by the modern voice of the Daleks and Cybermen, Nicholas Briggs; the strand in the past has often featured Doctor Who, including new adventures for the Eighth Doctor as portrayed by Paul McGann.

Nintendo to develop Doctor Who game?

According to the Sun, BBC Worldwide has inked a reportedly £10 million contract with Nintendo to develop a Doctor Who game for the Wii and DS consoles.

The game, still in the early stages, is said to feature Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor as well as key adversaries such as the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Silurians.

A BBC insider reportedly told the Sun, "This has been in the pipeline for years. We're delighted to have finally nailed down a deal. We went with Nintendo as they have huge appeal for families and Doctor Who is very much a family brand. The Wii console is key for us as it's something families play together."

The Sun quotes David Tennant as saying that the element that kept this from getting off the ground before now was how developers treated the character of the Doctor. "The video game was quite actively developed, but it's difficult to nail as the Doctor doesn't blow things up. He's not Batman, who goes around smacking people in the head."

The insider added: "BBC Worldwide, which licenses BBC shows, has been trying to find some way of doing it. But you can't have Doctor Who blowing things to bits with a laser gun. That would massively change the nature of the show."

According to the Sun, the plan is to have the game in shops in time for the 2010 Christmas season.

Read the full article here.

Andrew Smith Returns to Doctor Who

According to an interview that appeared in today's Rutherglen Reformer, Andrew Smith, author of the 1980 Doctor Who serial Full Circle, has been commissioned for a new script by Big Finish.

Smith wrote Full Circle at the age of 18. The story involved the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K9 entering the universe of E-Space. The story is notorious for introducing the character of Adric.

The new script, entitled Invasion of E-Space, has been written for the Companions Chronicles line with Lalla Ward as Romana telling the story, which features the Fourth Doctor and Adric.

Big Finish Producer David Richardson said: “I met Andrew at a convention in Glasgow last year. I was a fan of Full Circle, which was such a clever and inventive script, so I was delighted when he said he might be interesting in writing for Big Finish. It was an instant yes from me - and over the subsequent weeks we set about formulating ideas for a Companion Chronicle featuring the Fourth Doctor, Romana and Adric.”

Andrew told the Reformer: “I wanted the dialogue to sound naturalistic, as if it’s being spoken, not read off the page. You want it to sound like a normal conversation, not an unrealistic description of green and verdant hills, or whatever. I've done the first draft, and this is with (script editor) Jac Rayner now, while David at Big Finish is reading it. They will come back with notes and I'll do the next draft in the next two or three weeks."

To read the full interview, visit the Rutherglen Reformer website.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Doctor Who preview at WonderCon

Attendees will be able to see a special preview showing of the new series opener The Eleventh Hour at WonderCon, an event taking place at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco over the 2nd-4th April. WonderCon is an event operated by the company that puts on the annual large-scale media event in San Diego, California, Comic Con International, which BBC America exhibits at annually.
BBC America Presents the U.S. Premiere Screening of the new Doctor Who only at WonderCon!

On April 17 a new era of the BAFTA-winning series, Doctor Who, premieres on BBC AMERICA. From new lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the series follows the adventures of The Doctor, the mysterious traveler who, with his human companions, journeys throughout all of time and space, facing a variety of foes and righting wrongs. This latest series sees Matt Smith's debut as the new, Eleventh incarnation of the famous Time Lord alongside a new travelling companion, the enigmatic Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).

Doctor Who is television's longest running science fiction series. Here's your chance to see the very first episode weeks before it premieres! Doctor Who premieres Saturday, April 17, 9:00 PM ET/PT on BBC AMERICA.
The episode will be shown twice on Saturday 3rd (the same day as the series is expected to start in the United Kingdom), at 6:30pm and 7:45pm.

For full details of the convention see the WonderCon website.

Doctor Who Adventures 157

Doctor Who Adventures 157This weeks Doctor Who Adventures asks remember River Song, the Tenth Doctor’s mysterious friend? Alex Kingston, who plays her, tells the magazine all about it.

This week’s story guide is about the animated episode of Doctor Who, Dreamland. Find out what happens and who’s who, in the adventure that sees the Doctor discover aliens at a secret military base.

No Beatles outside Europe

It has been revealed that the short clip of The Beatles, featured in episode one of The Chase, will only be included on the Region 2 DVD's and will be removed from the masters of the discs produced for regions outside Europe.

The short clip of the group playing Ticket to Ride, was taken from the BBC's Top of the Pops programme, and features as part of the sequence where the TARDIS crew look at various events from history on the Time-Space Visualiser.

The music is covered by a blanket agreement for use in the UK but this does not apply to the rest of the world. It may have been possible for the same masters to have been used for the international copies, as there is nothing in the BBC paperwork to indicate that the clip of the Beatles exists in the story. However the distributors have received so many queries about the inclusion of the clip that it became impossible to ignore its presence, so it has been removed from the edit.

In other DVD news, online retailers in the States are reporting the Region 1 DVD release of the animated story Dreamland has been pushed back to October.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Doctor Who available early on ABC's iView

ABC Television in Australia have announced that the new series of Doctor Who is to be made available on their online iView service, a couple of days before broadcast on television. Director of Television Kim Dalton said:
iView is an additional way for Australian audiences to watch ABC TV's content generally after, but in this special case before, its television broadcast. We hope the lure of Doctor Who will provide incentive for more viewers to discover iView.
Previous series of Doctor Who were available on the iview service, becoming its highest rated programme last year with some 378000 views between April and December. TV Tonight blog reports The Eleventh Hour will make its Australian debut on the ABC on Sunday 18 April 2010 on ABC1 at 7.30pm. It will be available on the iview service from 12am on Saturday 17 April 2010.


Meanwhile, in the UK the BBC's iplayer service still proves very popular, with figures for January showing some 68.2m viewers catching up on television. The 10th Doctor finale The End Of Time Part Two was the second most-watched programme with 831000 requests, with Top Gear performing best overall with some 1.1m requests for its final episode of the current series.

Doctor Who wins TRIC Award

TRICThe Television and Radio Industries Club held their annual TRIC Awards yesterday at the Grosvenor House, London, during which Doctor Who won the award for "TV Drama Programme"; the show was up against ITV1's Doc Martin and Channel 4's Shameless. The award was accepted by Bernard Cribbins.

This is the first time that Doctor Who has won a TRIC award, though actress Billie Piper received the "New TV Talent" award in 2006.

You can find the winners of all categories at the TRIC website.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Doctor on Tour

The BBC have issued a press release reporting that in the run-up to Doctor Who airing at Easter there will be a national tour featuring Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. The two stars will travel to five locations in a specially themed Doctor Who bus, and each venue will also feature a regional premiere of the first episode, The Eleventh Hour.

The tour has been arranged in association with BBC Outreach, whose remit is to take the BBC into specific communities and sections of society, and the focus here is to reach relatively under-served communities by the BBC.

The bus will be at the following places on tour:
29th March, Belfast
30th March (am), Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, (Karen Gillan's home town!)
30th March (pm), Sunderland
31st March (am), Salford
31st March (pm), Northampton (Matt Smith's home town!)

There will also be three big screen showings at selected BBC locations in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Plymouth and Swansea; these will take place between the 1st and 3rd April.

The events will feature exclusive footage – including the chance to see the Doctor Who trailer in 3D – and giveaways, and fans can also get their photo taken tumbling through the giant vortex. Visitors will also be able to meet monsters.

Says Executive Producer Piers Wenger:
"This is a great opportunity for the new Doctor and his Companion to interface directly with the people who matter most to Doctor Who: the fans. The chance to visit them in their hometowns will ensure that the 11th Doctor's maiden voyage is an utterly magical one.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Filming Roundup 5th March

This week saw filming taking place for the seventh and last block of the new series, for episodes 7 and 11. The beginning of the week saw the crew out in a village near St. Athan, whilst the latter half has been spent back on the streets and parks of Cardiff.

Filming on the 1st saw the TARDIS parked up outside a house; scenes witnessed included a number of elderly people seen to carry items into the house, and the Doctor attempting to access it through a window. Amy was said to be held inside.




Filming over the course of these two days have involved the Doctor staying at a house as a lodger with characters played by guest stars James Corden and Daisy Haggard.

Thursday concentrated on scenes at their house (filmed on Westville Road, Cardiff), with scenes of running from the house, some football antics between Matt Smith and James Corden during the day, and in the evening with the Doctor examining 'junk' (believed to be components for the 'alternative' TARDIS console as designed from the Blue Peter competition).


Friday, on the other hand, involved the Doctor engaged in a game of football at Victoria Park in Cardiff; Paul Mount and Ryan Farrell report:
Paul: Matt Smith and James Corden, in football rig, are, with a full team, playing football. The Doctor's clearly very good at this and he scores a spectacular goal. The rest of the team go nuts. The 'crowd' (ie about six onlookers!) chant "Doc-tor! Doc-tor!" as he scores. the triumphant Doctor runs around, shouting, alternately "I love this game!" or "What a game!"

Ryan: The Doctor's team won! They all pick him up and he says "please, you're too kind. I feel like the emperor!". They've moved and now Matt has his tweed coat over his kit. Greenscreen being set up. Confidential are here too. Matt was having a right laugh! He went right up to the camera and said something like "Matt Smith. The Doctor. Defender". He seems to be getting on with James Corden off camera. By the way, Matt knows what he's doing because he originally aspired to be a professional footballer before he had an accident. He played for Leicester under 21s I think. I'd say this scene was written with Matt in mind.

Later, a scene was filmed of the Doctor exiting the TARDIS (believed to take place at the start of the adventure).



2|entertain's future secured

BBC Worldwide have announced that they now fully own DVD distributor 2|entertain, the company closely associated with the release of Doctor Who DVDs over the last six years. The fate of the company has been uncertain since BBC Worldwide's partner Woolworth went into administration back in 2008.

John Smith, CEO, BBC Worldwide, said:
I am pleased that we have finally concluded these negotiations, and have secured the future of 2|entertain. This comes as good news for a variety of stakeholders. 2|entertain's retail partners know it is now backed by a stable owner. Consumers can continue to enjoy BBC content on DVD in their own homes. The independent production sector already works closely with 2|entertain. And licence fee payers will continue to benefit from 2|entertain's contribution to BBC Worldwide, which helped us return a total of £153m to the BBC in the last financial year.
Paul Dempsey, CEO of 2|entertain and Managing Director, BBC Worldwide Home Entertainment, added:
The 2|entertain business has not been distracted by the events of the past 18 months, continuing to deliver impressive results. Under full BBC Worldwide ownership, it now looks forward to a more settled period and playing an important role in BBC Worldwide’s future plans.

Doctor Who Magazine 419

Doctor Who Magazine 419This months Doctor Who Magazine interviews Beth Willis and Piers Wenger, who, along with head writer Steven Moffat, are the new executive producers of Doctor Who. “We wanted to give the look of the series a slightly more storybook, fairy-tale feel,” reveals Piers. “It wasn’t about suddenly becoming Tim Burton, but it was a pinch of that, a pinch of Twilight, a pinch of Harry Potter – but it’s still absolutely, slapbang, mainstream Doctor Who…”

Also in the magazine a brand new audio adventure to download, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Turlough and Tegan – FREAKSHOW by Mark Morris. Mark Strickson and Toby Longworth star in this full-length story in which the TARDIS crew encounter a caged menagerie of the most unusual aliens. There is the penultimate instalment of the latest comic strip The Crimson Hand, written by Dan McDaid with art by Martin Geraghty. And DWM goes behind the scenes of the brand new K9 series with exclusive interviews with the cast & crew and new pics.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Australia to see new series in April

It has been reported that ABC in Australia will be showing the new series of Doctor Who from April, though no day has been scheduled at present; Matthew Galvin, from ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs, said:
"I am pleased to let you know the ABC will have the rights to screen series five of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith, from April this year. Scheduling is yet to be finalised, however visit our guide regularly for updates.
The news indicates that Australia, Canada and the United States will all show the new series within a few weeks of the UK premiere transmission.

Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4 (and 5!) commissioned

The BBC Press Office have announced that the Doctor Who Children's Television spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures has been recommissioned for a further two series. Both series will consist of twelve, twenty-five minute episodes.

Says CBBC Controller Damian Kavanagh:
We are thrilled to be making many more episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures. It is been a huge ratings and critical success on CBBC and we hope our viewers are going to be hooked on Sarah Jane's action-packed adventures for some time to come.
BBC Wales Head of English Language Programmes, Clare Hudson, added:
The idea for The Sarah Jane Adventures sprang from the success of Doctor Who and it has since rocketed in popularity in its own right, thanks to the vision, talent and hard work of the show's brilliant cast and crew.
The fourth series starts production at the end of March (believed to be the 29th), for transmission in Autumn. The new producer has been named as Brian Minchin (former script-editor for Doctor Who/Torchwood), who will work alongside co-producer Phil Ford, with Russell T Davies and Doctor Who producer Nikki Wilson as executive producers; writers include Ford, Joseph Lidster, Rupert Laight, Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman, and the series will be script-edited by Gary Russell.

The show will feature all three main stars Tommy Knight (Luke), Daniel Anthony (Clyde) and Anjli Mohindra (Rani), as well as the title-star Elisabeth Sladen as investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith; however, no mention has currently been made of K9.
The new adventures will feature the usual mixture of thrills, scares and fun with enemies old and new, including the terrors of the Nightmare Man, the sinister Shansheeth, the series' first visit to an alien world, and even a dangerous journey back into history.

The fifth series is expected to go into production next year.

SPACE announces Canadian start date

Canadian broadcaster Space have announced that they will be broadcasting the new series of Doctor Who from the 17th April, the same evening as BBC America for the United States. The show will go out at 9:00pm ET.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

RTS award for Who Peter Documentary

The DVD documentary Who Peter has helped earn its director and writer, Chris Chapman, a Royal Television Award, the Andrea Wonfor trophy, for Best Newcomer. The 30 minute feature will form part of the Myths and Legends Box Set due to be released in the UK at the end of March. The judges described Chapman's potfilio of work for Dene Films, which included Who Peter, as breathtaking for the quality of skills on show.

In other DVD news a couple of the additional extras for the re-issue of The Caves of Androzani as part of the Re-visitations box set have been announced. The disc will include 8 minutes of Peter Davison and Colin Baker's appearance on a chat show as well as a documentary looking at Graeme Harper's work on Doctor Who.

New Titles Revealed

Three new episode titles have been revealed by Executive Producer Steven Moffat in his Production Notes column in this month's Doctor Who Magazine.

Occupying slots 4 and 5 of the new series will be The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone. This two-part story is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Adam Smith and sees the return of Alex Kingston as River Song. It was the first story to be recorded. It is stressed that the titles are working titles and may be changed before transmission.

Slot 6 will be filled by Vampires in Venice. This story is written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Jonny Campbell.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Matt Smith - First DVD release date

Amazon have listed the first DVD release for the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. The disc, available in DVD and Blu-Ray format, is due for release in the UK on June 7th will contain the first three stories of the new Doctor, "The Eleventh Hour", "The Beast Below" and "Victory of the Daleks". Amazon currently have the title listed as Series Five - Volume One, at odds with the previous statement that the series would be promoted as Series One.

The disc will contain a special feature, The Monster Diaries. Produced by the same team who make Doctor Who Confidential, the documentary will contain previously unseen footage and comments from cast and crew.

Sarah Jane Adventures nominated for RTS Award

As the award season continues apace, the latest nomination comes from the Royal Television Society with The Sarah Jane Adventures up for their Children's Drama award. The show faces two other CBBC-produced shows MI High and Roy. The award ceremony takes place at the Grosvenor Park Hotel on Tuesday 16th March - the venue also sees the annual TRIC awards a week beforehand where Doctor Who is up for best TV Programme Drama (see our award report last month for more details).

The Royal Television Society is Britain's leading forum for television and related media, and has existed for over 80 years. It produces the monthly industry magazine Television.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Doctor Who Launch Party 2010 (UK)

In a tradition dating back to series one, a free-to-enter event will be taking place in London to celebrate the return of Doctor Who to television. This year, however, will see a change of venue for the party, for which registration will be required - full details below.

'Eleventh Hour' Launch Party

A venue in the City of London will be playing host to a major, free-to-enter launch party to celebrate the arrival of 11th Doctor Matt Smith on Saturday 3 April.

Those familiar with previous parties at The Printworks in London may be dismayed to learn that the venue has not only changed hands, but changed its identity too. However, no fewer than three new, similarly equipped establishments in the City are in the running to stage this year's party, although final choice of venue will be decided by the number of people who would like to attend.

The party is open to anyone aged 18 years or over, and will run from 2:00pm-10:00pm. Early arrival is recommended to secure best viewing points for the largest screens. All major Doctor Who programming will be screened in high-definition, surround-sound, and a licensed bar and full food service will be available all day.

Entry is free, but YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET. Bear in mind also this will be Easter weekend, so check out any public transport issues before registering your request for tickets.

To request tickets, send an email to organiser Jeremy Bentham stating your name, your email address (for replies), the number of people in your party, and your likely arrival time.

N.B: All registration requests must be received by 10:00pm Sunday 14 March. If your application is successful, you will receive details of the confirmed venue, plus your individual or group tickets, during the week commencing 22 March.

MFX Warehouse ends Replica line

The MFX Warehouse have announced that they have ceased their lines of replica Doctor Who props.

The Warehouse produces replicas designed by its award-winning parent company Millennium FX. With that company having worked on Doctor Who and its spin-offs since production resumed in 2004, the last five years have seen the Warehouse produce fully licensed authentic hand-made replicas of a number of their designs, including items such as Cyberman and Ood heads, Clockwork Man masks, and the sonic screwdriver.

However, the announcement has stated that this line has now ended, and that their remaining stock of sonic screwdrivers - on sale at a reduced price - will no longer be available to purchase from April.

IDW announce first US Doctor Who Annual


IDW Publishing have announced a new Doctor Who Annual to be released in the United States in 2010. Revealed at the Gallifrey One convention at the weekend, editor Denton Tipton explained:
The U.K. annuals are always reprints, oversized stuff, where this will be something new and different that hasn't been done before. The annual is a Tardis-centric issue - it's not really a Doctor Who book, it's more of a Tardis book, so we've got some pretty cool ideas there."
The annual will be written/drawn by three established writers for IDW's Doctor Who range - Tony Lee, Al Davison and Matthew Dow Smith - plus Hollywood screenwriter Jonathan L Davis who has written the main story.

The annual also features a short story by Matthew Smith and Tony Lee that leads into IDW's final arc of their ongoing Tenth Doctor range of comics (issues 13-16, entitled Final Sacrifice). The comic series itself continues from March with issue 9 starting the Don't Step on the Grass story by Tony Lee; the new story will also feature the Doctor's companion Martha Jones.

You can read more about IDW's Doctor Who range in a report by Comic Book Resources from the convention.