Bookmark and Share Cold Blood - Appreciation Index

5/31/2010 01:17:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Cold BloodCold Blood got an AI or Audience Appreciation Index score of 85.

This puts the programme once more in the excellent category.

Sunday night saw Lewis outrate Doctor Who, putting Cold Blood into 19th place for the week on overnights, a position which will rise when final figures are released next Monday. The episode will be repeated on BBC Three tonight at 7pm, a day later than usual, and on BBC HD at 00.15.

Saturdays's Doctor Who Confidential scored an AI figure of 81.

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings for Amy's Choice

5/31/2010 04:44:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Doctor Who continues its excellent ratings in Australia. TV Tonight reports that Amy's Choice averaged 973,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks and the Eurovision Song Contest final on SBS. This was the program's best overnight ratings since 1.033 million Australian viewers watched Matt Smith debut in The Eleventh Hour. Yet again it was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating program of the day, rating higher than its popular Sunday 7pm news. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated a strong 595,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Bookmark and Share Vincent and the Doctor - Trail

5/31/2010 12:49:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Bookmark and Share Cold Blood - Overnight Ratings

5/30/2010 09:53:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Cold BloodDoctor Who got an audience of 5.7 million viewers for episode nine, Cold Blood, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The figure was a million higher than last week although the share was down at 27.2% of the total audience. Up against Doctor Who, on ITV1, The Whole 19 Yards had 4.6 million watching.

Doctor Who was the third highest rated programme of the evening coming behind Britain's Got Talent and just being beaten by The Eurovision Song Contest 2010. With Sunday's ratings to come it is the 18th most watched programme of the week.

On BBC Three Doctor Who Confidential had 0.4 million viewers, a 1.8% share and was the ninth most watched programme on multi-channel Television.

Bookmark and Share Radio Times Story Guide

5/29/2010 12:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Radio TimesAfter a brief hiatus, Radio Times is resuming its online Doctor Who story guide.

Radio Times journalists Mark Braxton and Patrick Mulkern with the assistance of Radio Times historian Ralph Montagu are compiling an in-depth analysis of every transmitted Doctor Who story, from a uniquely Radio Times perspective.

There is a wealth of archive material available including links to vintage magazine covers, quirky articles, amusing and occasionally prescient readers’ letters, superb Frank Bellamy illustrations and, from 1970 onwards, every individual programme billing. You can also find some of Radio Times’s own rare photographs.

So far the project covers every story from An Unearthly Child to The Ark in Space, and the aim is to present a new entry on a roughly weekly basis.

Bookmark and Share Drama Village Update

5/29/2010 09:58:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBCConstruction company Vinci has been reported as winning the £25m contract to build the new BBC studios. The Construction Enquirer has revealed that the company, chosen by project developers Igloo Regeneration, has beaten other major players in the construction industry to build the the new Media Village at the Roath Basin on Cardiff Docks.

The project is being developed in association with Welsh Government, as reported back in January.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - 168

5/28/2010 01:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures 168With Amy in peril and an army of Silurians preparing to attack mankind, this weeks Doctor Who Adventures looks back at the best bits from last week’s episode, The Hungry Earth.

There is a sneak peek at the second part of the Silurian story, Cold Blood and an interview with actress Meera Syal, who reveals what she loved about being in Doctor Who.

The magazine also goes behind the scenes on the Croatian set of The Vampires of Venice, and includes a free Doctor Who Yo-Yo and stickers, four Doctor Who posters and a monster memory game.

Bookmark and Share The Doctor & Friends in South Shields

5/28/2010 02:43:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Colin BakerFans in the north east of England can meet the Sixth Doctor as a special Doctor Who Day at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields on Sunday 6th June.

Colin Baker will be appearing at the event, which runs from 10.30am - 5pm, along with Sophie Aldred who played Ace in the classic series, Terry Molloy who played Davros and Nicholas Courtney who for many years played Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart.

Entertainment includes:
  • Celebs in the hot seat
  • Operate a dalek
  • Photos with the actors
  • Sci - fi merchendise
  • Bake your own monster cake
  • Fancy dress
  • Face painting

Colin Baker will present a separate event at 7.30pm that evening, a concert of popular sci-fi themes, movie themes and TV themes, performed by the dynamic SoundPower Orchestra and supported by the shoeshop Quartet, South Tyneside Youth Choir of Aliens and the Poppleton School of Dance.

Tickets available from Temple Park Centre reception. Details on the website.

Bookmark and Share The Lodger - Press Details

5/28/2010 12:21:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The LodgerThe BBC Press Office has released details for the eleventh episode of the current series, The Lodger.

The story is written by Gareth Roberts and stars James Corden. It is scheduled for Saturday 12th June.
There's a house on Aickman road, and a staircase that people go up, but never down.

To solve the mystery of the man upstairs, the Doctor faces his greatest challenge yet – he must pass himself off as a perfectly normal human being, and share a flat with Craig Owens.

Bookmark and Share Vincent and the Doctor - Schedule

5/27/2010 10:32:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Vincent and the DoctorDoctor Who moves to 6.40pm for Episode Ten of the new series, Vincent and the Doctor, on Saturday 5th June.

The Saturday repeat of Junior Apprentice appears to have been dropped following its poor performance last week so Doctor Who's lead for this week will be a repeat of the 2004 film Shrek 2. It will be followed by The National Lottery: In It to Win It 2012.

Doctor Who faces The Whole 19 Yards on ITV1, a game show with Vernon Kay and Caroline Flack. BBC Two is showing Timewatch, a documentary investigating the real story of D-Day, with Channel 4 offering the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Five is offering the 2003 film The Missing with Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett.

The big winner of the night is likely to be the final of Britain's Got Talent, which starts on ITV1 at 7.30pm, and so will not overlap with Doctor Who.

Bookmark and Share DVD News

5/27/2010 02:53:00 am - Reported by Marcus

More details on forthcoming DVD releases has been published in the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine.

The August release of Revenge of the Cybermen will feature a commentary with Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in the story and David Collings, who played Vorus, along with the producer at the time Philip Hinchliffe. Extras, which were first listed here, include a 'making of' documentary and archive news footage from the location.

Its companion story Silver Nemesis will have a commentary with the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy as well as Sophie Aldred who played Ace, director Chris Clough and script editor Andrew Cartmel. Other extras include a documentary looking at the making of the story and deleted and extended scenes.

The September release, Time and the Rani will have a commentary with Sylvester McCoy, this time paired with Bonnie Langford who played Melanie Bush. This will be the first Doctor Who commentary by Langford. They will be joined by the writers of the story, Pip and Jane Baker. Extras on the disc will include a documentary, Last Chance Saloon, looking at the pressures on the series at the time, as well as a look at the first CGI title sequence, interviews with Pip and Jane Baker and Kate O'Mara and archive footage from Breakfast Time and Blue Peter.

Full details on upcoming releases can be found in our Release Schedule

Bookmark and Share SFX Vampires Collection

5/26/2010 11:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The latest SFX Collection is a Vampires special and features The Vampires of Venice on its cover.

Inside is an interview with Toby Whithouse writer of the latest story to feature blood sucking aliens in Doctor Who, as well as an interview with Terrance Dicks who wrote the classic series Vampire story State Of Decay.

The magazine comes with seven free gifts. Four Being Human coasters to help protect your table from hot beverages and test your knowledge of the show, a 100-page book of classic horror stories from the likes of Bram Stoker, MR James, F Marion Crawford and Rudyard Kipling, a double-sided poster featuring True Blood and sexy Hammer flick The Vampire Lovers, and a small build-it-yourself coffin.

Bookmark and Share Amy's Choice - Final Ratings

5/24/2010 02:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Amy's ChoiceFinal figures for Episode Seven, Amy's Choice, published by BARB show the story was watched by 7.55 million viewers.

On BBC One the programme got 7.06 million watching where it was the sixth most watched programme for the channel for the week. An additional 0.49 million watched on BBC HD. When added together the programme totalled 7.55 million viewers and was the 13th most watched programme of the week.

iPlayer requests for Amy's Choice have been considerably higher than for the rest of the series with over 900,000 requesting the programme within two days of transmission.

The BBC Three Sunday repeat did not rank high enough to get into the top 30 for the week, although it did get into the top ten programmes on BBC Three, with 0.63 million viewers.

Full ratings for the series so far can be found in Gallifrey Base.

Bookmark and Share BBC Worldwide - Record Profits

5/24/2010 12:51:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BBC
The success of Doctor Who has helped BBC Worldwide achieve record profits of around £140 million.

Director General Mark Thompson released the figure at a conference at Chatham House in London, ahead of the publication of the annual report in July. Last year the commercial arm of the BBC made £103 million.

Doctor Who is now sold to more than 50 territories, has sold over 3.3 million DVD's and in 2009 sold more than 7 million action figures.

Bookmark and Share The Hungry Earth - AI

5/24/2010 12:20:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Hungry EarthThe Hungry Earth scored an Appreciation Index figure of 86.

The AI or Appreciation Index or AI score is a measure of how much an audience enjoyed a programme. A score between 80 and 85 is considered good with a score above 85 considered excellent.

With overnight ratings for the whole week now available, Doctor Who is currently 34th for the week.

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings for The Vampires of Venice

5/24/2010 04:16:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Vampires of Venice has debuted in Australia to excellent ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 938,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. However, for the first week it was not the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating program of the day, instead coming a close third to the series final of Foyle's War and the Sunday 7pm news. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated an excellent 777,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald and TV Tonight report that, from July, the ABC will replace its high definition network with its new 24 hours news service. ABC HD currently broadcasts Doctor Who but not in full high definition, instead only in a modified 720p format. Doctor Who will continue to be broadcast in standard definition on ABC1.

Bookmark and Share The Hungry Earth - Overnight Ratings

5/23/2010 10:07:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Hungry EarthThe Hungry Earth was watched by 4.5 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The glorious weather across the UK on Saturday saw the series fall to the lowest overnight total since the series returned in 2005. 4.24 million watched on BBC One with an additional 0.30 million watching on BBC HD. The share remained consistent with 32.2% of the total audience.

Only 13.1 million were watching TV when Doctor Who started implying many were still out enjoying the hottest weekend of the year. The programme inherited an audience of 1.8 million viewers from Junior Apprentice and peaked with 4.8 million on BBC One.

The winner of the night was Over the Rainbow, with the results show topping the night with 6.2 million and the earlier show getting 5.8 million watching. Both Casualty and The National Lottery: In It to Win It 2012 beat Doctor Who with the programme coming fifth for the day. With Sunday's overnight figures to come Doctor Who is the 32nd most watched programme for the week. Against Doctor Who, ITV1 achieved 1.9 million for The Whole 19 Yards.

Final figures will be released next week and will include those who recorded the programme for viewing later. The lowest confirmed figure for the revived series so far is 6.1 million for The Satan Pit in June 2006.

On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential had 0.28 million watching and was 15th for the day on Multi-Channel Television.

Bookmark and Share Legends of Kids TV

5/23/2010 02:31:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Legends of Kids TVA new book exploring Legends of Kids TV has been published to raise money for the NSPCC Child's Voice Appeal.

The book is filled with interviews with the stars of UK Children's Television and includes such Doctor Who luminaries as Sir Derek Jacobi, Peter Purves and the legendary Bernard Cribbins, as well as other Doctor Who contributors such as Richard Briers, who also talks about his role in Torchwood, and special effects supremo Mat Irvine.

The book can be purchased online via the website.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who and the Big Yin

5/22/2010 01:26:00 pm - Reported by Dean Braithwaite

Digital Journal has published a fairly extensive piece to tie in with the UK broadcast of tonight's episode, The Hungry Earth; and has picked up on an interview Karen Gillan gave recently, in which she talked about the possibility of a Doctor Who story involving Billy Connolly and the Loch Ness Monster!

Meanwhile, the original interview with Gillan can be found here; and, as mentioned by the Doctor Who News Page earlier, ReelScotland has published an interview (including spoilers) with one of tonight's guest stars, Neve McIntosh.

The Hungry Earth can be seen tonight, on BBC 1, at 6.15 p.m. It's the first of a two-part story by Chris Chibnall. The second episode, Cold Blood, will be shown on Saturday, 29 May, at the later time of 7 p.m.

Bookmark and Share News Round Up

5/22/2010 03:29:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who has been nominated for or the title of best terrestrial programme at this year’s Channel of the Year Awards ceremony, part of the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival taking place in August. The series is up against The X Factor, Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Outnumbered and Flash Forward.

ReelScotland have published an interview with Scottish-born actress Neve McIntosh who stars in The Hungry Earth on BBC One this Saturday. Interview contains some spoilers.

The Sun claims a cave painting created 7,000 years ago shows an object not unlike the TARDIS.

A new Doctor Who Exhibition opens this Saturday in Newcastle in the North East of England. The show runs until 31st October at the Centre For Life. Thanks to "Vain Sharp Dad" for the preview pictures.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 167

5/22/2010 02:31:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures 167This week's Doctor Who Adventures has all the best bits from last week's episode, Amy's Choice: gruesome grannies spewing alien eyes, Rory with a ponytail, an ice-cold star that threatened to freeze the TARDIS and a mysterious Dream Lord!

You can also check out the ultimate Dalek battles, fast facts on the Sontarans, exclusive posters and a brand-new comic adventure.

Plus an TARDIS notebook and pen.

Bookmark and Share Three Wise Men

5/21/2010 02:46:00 am - Reported by Marcus

In which Mr Moffat looks more cheerful and Mr Curtis more deb... on Twitpic
Neil Gaiman has posted a picture on his twitter account of a recent meeting between Steven Moffat, Richard Curtis and himself.

Gaiman has now completed his script for the 2011 series of Doctor Who, although the title is still secret. He is currently travelling in the UK in advance of the Hardback release of his Stories next month.

Curtis is the author of Vincent and the Doctor, Episode Ten of the 2010 series.

Bookmark and Share Develop: Doctor Who Adventures

5/20/2010 05:01:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Online Gaming Industry conference Develop takes place in Brighton this July, and will feature the development of the game Doctor Who Adventures as a subject for the Production Track Keynote:
Whodunnit: Bringing Doctor Who to a PC Near You

A Time Lord can move through history and space on a whim, but game production has a schedule and a budget. Make that project a truly collaborative cross-media effort -- and throw a revolutionary free episodic download model into the mix -- and Dr Who: The Adventure Games becomes one of the most ambitious projects in development in the UK today. Join the BBC's Controller Portfolio and Multiplatform, Vision Simon Nelson, legendary developer Charles Cecil, and Sumo Digital's Creative Evangelist Sean Millard to hear how they tackled the creative and organisational challenges of bringing TV's most beloved time traveller to life. What have Sumo's game developers learned from TV production, and how has the BBC found its latest foray into games? And how has Charles Cecil turned the BBC scriptwriter's stories into an immersive game narrative?
Charles Cecil recently discussed how the game is progressing on the BBC's Doctor Who website; the first episode is due to be released on the 5th June.

Bookmark and Share Joanna Page denies Who rumour

5/20/2010 04:01:00 pm - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page has denied a recent rumour, printed in the tabloid Daily Star, that she has been cast in Doctor Who. In an interview with The Press Association, Page said:
"It's not true. A friend was telling me about that. I was like 'I wish it was true'."

"I think I've got to be the only Welsh actress who has never been in Doctor Who so if someone would like me to be in Doctor Who I'd love to have a part."

Bookmark and Share Torchwood episodes to rent online

5/20/2010 03:24:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Online TV-on-demand company SeeSaw have added Torchwood to the list of shows in their catalogue. All 31 episodes from the three series are available to rent online from their website.

The new arrivals to their catalogue include shows like Spooks, Planet Earth and Fawlty Towers. Pierre-Jean Sebert, SeeSaw's CEO, said:
Today’s announcement marks the next phase in the evolution of the UK’s most exciting online TV service. Since launch, SeeSaw has connected with one million TV lovers across the UK with a mixture of great content, a high quality viewing experience and simplicity of use. Going forward, we are confident that our blend of free and premium programming will enhance the appeal of SeeSaw to both viewers and advertisers.
SeeSaw also have the first two series of David Tennant's Doctor for available for rental, and currently have several classic Doctor Who stories online to watch free of charge (as reported back in February).

Bookmark and Share Vincent And The Doctor - Press Details

5/20/2010 01:36:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

 Vincent And The DoctorThe BBC Press Office has released details for the tenth episode of the current series, Vincent And The Doctor.

The Richard Curtis story is scheduled for Saturday 5th June. It stars Tony Curran as Vincent Van Gogh and Bill Nighy as Dr Black.
Terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence, but only a sad and lonely painter can see it.

Amy Pond finds herself shoulder to shoulder with Vincent Van Gogh, in a battle with a deadly alien.

Bookmark and Share Bernice Summerfield - Season 11

5/20/2010 01:18:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Cold BloodBig Finish have announced the details for the Eleventh Season of the Bernice Summerfield Adventures.

Bernice Surprise Summerfield was originally created by Paul Cornell as a new companion of the Seventh Doctor in Virgin Publishing's range of Doctor Who Novels. Big Finish have been producing audio plays featuring the character since September 1998.

Four new audio adventures will be released this year, plus a new hardback collection of short stories. This eleventh season of stories, starring the archaeologist from the 26th Century, will begin with a two-part conclusion to the long-running ‘Braxiatel’ story arc. The season midpoint, starting with the third release, will mark a new beginning in a new setting.

Story producer John Ainsworth says:
This is a really exciting turning point for Bernice Summerfield – both the character and the series, Listeners have been waiting a long time for the answers to some burning questions and now it’s time to deliver. But by concluding the ‘Braixatel’ story arc half-way through the season, we’re also giving new listeners a perfect opportunity to sample Benny and come on board. No prior knowledge of the characters or the series is required to understand and enjoy the third and fourth plays in this series. It’s a fresh start.

The series kicks off with what is effectively a two-part adventure, Resurrecting the Past (August) and Escaping the Future (September), both by Eddie Robson and starring all the regular supporting characters from The Collection. Robson, who is also editor of this year’s hardback book, Present Danger, the events of which are set between his two audio plays, says
We've been building up to a resolution on the Braxiatel arc for years, and I don't think the scale of it will disappoint. In order to really give the resolution the space it demands, we've given over this year's short story anthology to the wrapping-up events - the plays still make perfect sense if you don't read it, but it'll give you a broader view on the situation if you do. Everyone has a part to play - but will they all see the end of it?"
Present Danger will be published in September and includes stories by Kate Orman, Lance Parkin, Mark Clapham and Simon Guerrier.

Summerfield gets a new start from the third audio release in October with Year Zero by Jonathan Clements. This is followed in November by Dead Man’s Switch by John Dorney and Richard Dinnick. Each is very much a self-contained tale but both fit into a new story arc that will continue and conclude in Season 12. This new beginning takes the character back to basics and once again focuses on her skills and experience as an archaeologist.

Lisa Bowerman, who plays Bernice Summerfield, is also excited about the new direction for the series:
After the dust settles on one chapter, she’s going back to her boots and back to her roots. I can’t wait!

Big Finish have also confirmed they have commissioned a second season of Jago and Litefoot.

The first season of adventures featuring the characters of Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot will be released next month. The duo first appeared as supporting characters in the classic Tom Baker story The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

Producer David Richardson said
We had such a fun time making the first series, and I’m really proud of it – I’m optimistic that people will be scared, excited and amused by these new audio adventures. There’s a real buzz about it – and I’m delighted to say that as a result series two is already in a very advanced state of preparation. Obviously we don’t want to say too much about it yet, as people have yet to enjoy the first four stories. But I can say that we have the brilliant David Collings joining the regular cast as Gabriel Sanders, while our guest stars in series two will include Vernon Dobtcheff and Simon Williams.

Season Two, which will also be released in a five-disc box set, will be available in January 2011.

Bookmark and Share Series Ends with The Big Bang

5/20/2010 12:06:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The current series will end with an episode titled The Big Bang.

The title of the final story of the season has been confirmed by the official website.

Full series details can be found on our series guide.

Bookmark and Share Cold Blood at 7pm

5/19/2010 11:56:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Cold BloodDoctor Who moves back to a 7pm start for Episode Nine of the new series, Cold Blood, on Saturday 29th May.

The new BBC One line up is due to the showing of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest live from Oslo, Norway at 8pm that evening. Doctor Who is preceded by an edition of The Weakest Link and followed by the National Lottery Saturday Draws.

Doctor Who faces The Whole 19 Yards on ITV1, a game show with Vernon Kay and Caroline Flack. BBC Two is showing The Boats That Built Britain with Channel 4 offering the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Bookmark and Share DVD News

5/19/2010 02:42:00 am - Reported by Marcus

2 entertain have published pictures taken at the recording session for the commentary track on the forthcoming release of The Dominators. Two pictures have been published on the classicdw twitter account, the first featuring Wendy Padbury who played Zoe, Giles Block who played Teel, Sylvia James who did the make up for the story and Toby Hadoke who moderated. The second features Wendy Padbury who played Zoe, Frazer Hines who played Jamie, Arthur Cox who played Cully and Toby Hadoke who moderated, along with Commentary Producer John Kelly.
The Dominators is due for release in the UK on 12 July.

Tom Baker has confirmed he has now recorded the commentary track for the 2011 release of The Seeds of Doom, along with John Challis who played Scorby in the story and Philip Hinchcliffe who was producer at the time.

Also on the twitter account it has been confirmed that a tribute to former producer Barry Letts is being prepared for release on a future DVD. Tom Baker and Nicholas Courtney will both contribute to the documentary.

Bookmark and Share The Pandorica Opens - Preview

5/18/2010 01:04:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BAFTAThe title of the penultimate episode of the current series has been revealed as The Pandorica Opens and the episode will be exclusively previewed at a special screening at the Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA on Wednesday 16 June.

There will be a special Question and Answer session with Matt Smith talking about his first season as the Doctor and Steven Moffat talking about his first season as Lead Writer. Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will join the panel.

Bookmark and Share Press Speculation

5/18/2010 01:18:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The British tabloid, The Daily Star, is reporting that Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page is to appear in two future episodes of Doctor Who.

The paper claims the actress will play a long-lost relative of the Doctor and that the role could lead to a major part in the series.

Bookmark and Share Vincent and the Doctor - Children's Preview

5/17/2010 09:52:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

BFIThe British Film Institute is offering the chance to see a special preview of episode ten of the current series, Vincent and the Doctor, but the event is only open to those who attend with children.

The special showing will take place on Wednesday 2nd June at 1.30pm and at 2pm and will be followed by a special Question and Answer session with writer Richard Curtis and Karen Gillan.

Tickets can be booked on 020 7928 3232.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Live

5/17/2010 03:21:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


As reported earlier this week BBC Worldwide is to launch a band new Live arena tour of the UK.

Developed in association with Doctor Who’s Executive Producer and show runner, Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Live promises the same excitement, adventure and suspense that viewers have come to expect from the TV programme and will feature specially filmed new video scenes.

Opening in wartime London and concluding in an epic onstage battle, audiences should expect the unexpected as the The Doctor’s arch-enemies the Daleks are joined by some of the best-loved and most terrifying monsters from the TV series including the Cybermen, Weeping Angels, Judoon and Oods to name but a few.

Doctor Who Live will feature special FX, optical illusions and spectacular pyrotechnics building to an epic finale. Specially edited video clips, drawn from the TV Programme will be shown on a massive screen and accompanied by the music of longtime Doctor Who composer Murray Gold. These iconic scores will be brought to life by a 16 piece orchestra live on stage.

NB: Actors from the TV series will NOT be appearing live on stage.

  • London Wembley Arena: 8-10 October 2010
  • Sheffield Arena: 12-13 October 2010
  • Glasgow SECC: 14-17 October 2010
  • Birmingham NIA: 18-20 October 2010
  • Manchester Evening News Arena: 22-24 October 2010
  • Nottingham Trent FM Arena: 25-26 October 2010
  • Cardiff International Arena: 28-31 October 2010
  • Liverpool Echo Arena: 2-3 November 2010
  • Belfast Odyssey Arena: 6-7 November 2010

Tickets will go on sale 9am Friday 21st May 2010 and are priced at £38.50, £34.50 and £25.00 subject to booking fees. For the Belfast Odyssey Arena only tickets are priced at £42.50, £37.50 & £27.50 as booking fees and agency commissions are included in the ticket price.

Full details on www.doctorwholive.com

Bookmark and Share Vampires of Venice - Final Ratings

5/17/2010 02:49:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Vampires of VeniceFinal figures for Episode Six, The Vampires of Venice, published by BARB show the story was watched by 7.68 million viewers.

On BBC One the programme got 7.28 million watching where it was the fifth most watched programme for the channel for the week, just being out-rated by EastEnders. An additional 0.40 million watched on BBC HD. When added together the programme totalled 7.68 million viewers and was the 12th most watched programme of the week.

The BBC Three Sunday repeat did not rank high enough to get into the top 30 for the week.

Full ratings for the series so far can be found in Gallifrey Base.

Bookmark and Share Amy's Choice - AI and Sunday Ratings

5/17/2010 12:59:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Amy's ChoiceAmy's Choice scored an Appreciation Index figure of 84.

The AI or Appreciation Index or AI score is a measure of how much an audience enjoyed a programme. A score between 80 and 85 is considered good with a score above 85 considered excellent.

With overnight ratings for the whole week now available, Doctor Who is currently 18th for the week.

Sunday's BBC Three the Doctor Who repeat was watched by 0.60 million and was the 12th most watched programme on multi channel television. The Doctor Who Confidential cut down repeat had 0.24 million watching.

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings for Flesh and Stone

5/17/2010 04:27:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Doctor Who continues its excellent ratings in Australia. TV Tonight reports that Flesh and Stone averaged 967,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. This was 58,000 more viewers than the previous week and the program's best overnight ratings since 1.033 million Australian viewers watched Matt Smith debut in The Eleventh Hour. Yet again it was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating program of the day, rating higher than its popular Sunday 7pm news and a new episode of Foyle's War. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated an excellent 629,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Bookmark and Share The Hungry Earth - Trailer

5/16/2010 11:38:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released a trailer for The Hungry Earth, on BBC One and BBC HD, Satuday 22nd May, 6.15pm.

Bookmark and Share Amy's Choice - Overnight Ratings

5/16/2010 09:56:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Amy's ChoiceUnofficial overnight figures show Amy's Choice was watched by 6.2 million viewers.

5.85 million watched on BBC One, where it was again the most watched programme of the evening, with an additional 0.34 million watching on BBC HD.

On a day when ratings were generally down on the previous week's figures, Doctor Who retained its audience and therefore increased its share to 33.0% of viewers.

The day was won once again by Britain's Got Talent with 9.7 million watching, a drop of a million on the previous week. On ITV1 against Doctor Who, You've Been Framed! Funniest 100 had 4.2 million watching.

Doctor Who is currently 17th for the week.

On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential had an audience of 0.49 million, where it was the 5th most watched programme on multi-channel Television. An additional 0.07 million watched on BBC HD.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Here Come The Monsters

5/16/2010 02:47:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Scotsman is reporting that a new Doctor Who Stage Show will tour the UK later this year.

The BBC Worldwide show, titled Doctor Who: Here Come The Monsters will be in a similar format to the the successful Walking with Dinosaurs Arena tour last year.

The show will take place in a large staged area on the Arena floor and will feature special effects, and video scenes shot with Matt Smith. It will include stage battles between the Daleks and the Cybermen and be accompanied a live orchestra playing music by composer Murray Gold who said "The live element always adds something extra, but these will also be brand new arrangements for a new band of very talented musicians. It's very exciting."

Nine venues are to be included on the tour including the Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. The show has been developed in association with executive producer Steven Moffat, who said: "This is everything I ever wanted since I was 11. A live show, with all the coolest Doctor Who monsters, a proper story, and brand new screen material.

More details should be available shortly and tickets are expected to go on sale in the next month.

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5/14/2010 12:21:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures 166With dangerous alien fish on the loose and fangs a plenty, Doctor Who Adventures looks back at an episode that had a real bite - The Vampires of Venice.

With just weeks to go until the first Doctor Who Adventure Game, there is a look at what is in store and how you can help the Doctor defeat the Daleks and save planet Earth.

Want to know how they made the Weeping Angels? The Magazine goes behind the scenes at The Time of the Angels and Flesh and Stone shoot and finds out all the details.

Plus a preview this week’s episode, Amy’s Choice. Find out what the Doctor discovers when he visits Amy and Rory five years in their future.

Also in the magazine:

• FREE Doctor Who stationery set!
• Win your very own life-size Weeping Angel
• 10 essential facts about Amy and Rory

Bookmark and Share The Lodger

5/13/2010 11:30:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The title of Episode Eleven of the 2010 series has been confirmed as The Lodger.

The title has been confirmed by the official BBC Doctor Who site as part of a guide to extras available for each episode.

Bookmark and Share iPlayer record

5/13/2010 08:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Eleventh HourThe Eleventh Hour has become the most requested programme ever on the BBC iplayer.

The first episode of the new series has been requested, so far, over 1.78 million times. The previous record for iplayer requests was held by Episode One of the 13th series of Top Gear, screened last summer, which was requested 1.66 million times.

The first four episodes of Doctor Who were the top four requested programmes in April with over 5.2 million requests between them. EastEnders was the most requested programme in the month, with 7.69 million requests, although these were spread over twenty five episodes as opposed to Doctor Who's four.

Episodes of the current series are available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer from transmission date until Saturday 3rd July.

Bookmark and Share The Hungry Earth - Schedule Confirmed

5/13/2010 02:28:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Hungry EarthEpisode Eight of the new series of Doctor Who will be broadcast at 6.15pm on Saturday 22nd May.

The programme has a new lead in this week, a repeat of the Alan Sugar Junior Apprentice series. It is followed once more by Over The Rainbow. On ITV viewers can see The Whole 19 Yards while BBC Two has Golf: PGA Championship followed by Coast. Channel 4 has Come Dine with Me followed by Channel 4 News, with Five showing the film How the West Was Won, a 1962 Western with James Stewart and John Wayne.

Meanwhile the Press details for the second part of this two part story have been released by the BBC Press Office.

It is the most important day in the history of Earth: the dawn of a new age of harmony or the start of its final war.

The Doctor must face his most difficult challenge yet. It is a battle in which he cannot take sides and a day when nobody must die...

Full series information can be found here.

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5/11/2010 02:59:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

John BarrowmanJohn Barrowman has given an interview to STV. The entertainer was promoting his return to Scotland where he stars in Aladdin at the at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre next Christmas.

He talked about his recent guest appearance in Desperate Housewives and the secret of his new hairstyle. Barrowman confirmed his wish to return to Doctor Who saying he would return at the drop of a hat if asked. He remained tight lipped on the future of Torchwood but appeared optimistic about the prospect of a new series.

Interview here.

The story is also covered in the Evening Times.

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5/11/2010 01:26:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Theme has been voted the third most recognisable theme tune on British television.

The Doctor Who theme was composed in 1963 by Ron Grainer and was one of the first electronic music signature tunes for television. It was originally realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Since the 1960's there have been several versions of the theme with the latest, arranged by Murray Gold, accompanying the 2010 series.

The poll was conducted by the Performing Rights Society and named the Match of the Day theme as the most recognisable followed by the theme to EastEnders.
Top Five Television Theme Tunes
  • 1. Match of The Day
  • 2. EastEnders
  • 3. Doctor Who
  • 4. Coronation Street
  • 5. Countdown

Bookmark and Share The Eighth Doctor on Radio 7

5/11/2010 02:42:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Radio 7The Eighth Doctor returns to BBC Radio 7 next Sunday when the station begins airing selected stories from the third series of the Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventures.

The series stars Paul McGann as the Doctor and Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller. Four out of eight stories will be broadcast, from the series first released by Big Finish in 2009. Radio Seven has previously broadcast the first two series of the Eighth Doctor Adventures.

The series starts on BBC Radio 7 on Sunday 16th May at 6pm with a repeat at midnight BST.

Radio 7 can be heard around the world via the BBC Website.
Orbis
Written by Alan Barnes and Nicholas Briggs. Directed by Nicholas Briggs.
Starring Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Sachs, Laura Solon.
The Doctor has fallen to his death. His companion, Lucie Miller, has returned to her life on Earth, grief-stricken. Then, one night, an alien visitor arrives at her front door and shoots her. Could it be that Lucie’s days with the Doctor are not over? She will only find the answer on the planet Orbis. A planet where all forms of life are facing violent extinction.
The Beast of Orlok
Written by Barnaby Edwards. Directed by Barnaby Edwards.
Starring Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith, Miriam Margolyes, Samuel Barnet
Germany, 1827. The town of Orlok is under a curse, haunted by the memory of a spate of grisly murders that shattered the community twenty years before. At the time, townsfolk blamed the legendary Beast of Orlok, a nightmarish creature from medieval folklore. And now, it seems, the Beast has returned. As the killings begin again, the people of Orlok are understandably suspicious of two strangers newly arrived in their midst. The Doctor and Lucie must face their darkest fears as they find themselves plunged into a decidedly grim fairytale.
The Scapegoat
Written by Pat Mills. Directed by Nicholas Briggs.
Starring Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith, Samantha Bond, Clifford Rose, Christopher Fairbank, Paul Rhys.
Oh, but if you think you’ve seen and heard all that Paris by night has to offer... the exotic sights of Le Moulin Rouge, perhaps, or the horror tricks of Le Grand Guignol... if you think nothing could cause your mouth to dry and your heart to pound... you're wrong. Ladies and gentlemen, mesdames et messieurs – not forgetting our honoured guests from the Gestapo – tonight, it is my privilege to present to you the star of the Theatre des Baroque! A man who has died on stage near ten thousand times! The Most Assassinated Man in the World… Max Paul! And joining him, in a playlet we call 'The Executioner's Son' – from Blackpool, England: the enchanting Lucie Miller! Ah, la belle Lucie. She's got no idea what she's let herself in for. Heh. Should you feel faint, or nauseous – never fear. Tonight, we have a Doctor in the house! Just pray he lasts ’til the interval...
The Cannibalists
Written by Jonathan Morris. Directed by Jason Haigh-Ellery.
Starring Paul McGann, Sheridan Smith, Phil Davies, Phill Jupitus, Nigel Lambert.
From their high spire, looking out over silent streets and empty plazas, the Assemblers are waiting for the day when the humans arrive. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting… When the TARDIS brings the Doctor and Lucie to the Haven, it seems like Assemblers’ long wait might be over. Living beings! Without batteries! Protocol be praised! Except – they’re headed for the lower levels. They don’t want to do that. That’s where the Cannibalists live. And if the Cannibalists catch them – well, they won’t be living beings much longer…

Bookmark and Share Flesh and Stone - Final Ratings

5/10/2010 04:59:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Flesh and StoneFinal figures for Episode Five Flesh and Stone published today by BARB show the story was watched by 8.50 million viewers.

On BBC One the programme got 8.02 million watching where it was the fifth most watched programme for the channel for the week, just being out-rated by EastEnders. An additional 0.48 million watched on BBC HD. When added together the programme totalled 8.50 million viewers and was the 11th most watched programme of the week.

The BBC Three Sunday repeat just sneaked into the Top 30 with a confirmed audience of 0.66 million viewers.

Full ratings for the series so far can be found in Gallifrey Base.

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5/10/2010 11:49:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Vampires of VeniceThe Vampires of Venice scored an Appreciation Index figure of 86.

The AI or Appreciation Index or AI score is a measure of how much an audience enjoyed a programme. A score above 85 is considered excellent.

With overnight ratings for the whole week now available, Doctor Who is currently 18th for the week.

Sunday's BBC Three the Doctor Who repeat was watched by 0.60 million and was the 11th most watched programme on multi channel television. The Doctor Who Confidential cut down repeat had 0.26 million watching.

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings for The Time of Angels-Updated

5/10/2010 04:31:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Time of Angels has debuted in Australia to excellent ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 909,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. For another week it was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating program of the day, rating higher than its popular Sunday 7pm news and a new episode of Foyle's War. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated an excellent 687,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Meanwhile, TV Tonight also reports that local pay TV network UKTV will have a special Doctor Who June long weekend, broadcasting the full high definition version of Planet of the Dead, as well as the Confidential Greatest Moments specials. The broadcaster is also holding some competitions, including asking viewers to vote for their favourite 10 episodes at www.bbcaustralia.com.

Update: TV Tonight also reports that Doctor Who has done very well with timeshifted viewers. Victory of the Daleks had the second highest percentage increase for Sunday 2 May, 12.9%, gaining 117,000 viewers for an overall audience of 1.027 million. The Beast Below also gained via timeshifting 12.1% viewers, a total of 954,000 viewers.

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5/09/2010 09:55:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Vampires of VeniceUnofficial overnight figures show The Vampires of Venice was watched by 6.2 million viewers with a share of 30.6% of the audience.

5.90 million watched on BBC One, where it was again the most watched programme of the evening, with an additional 0.24 million watching on BBC HD.

The rating was down slightly on the previous week, most probably due to the earlier time slot. On ITV1, Funniest Ever You've Been Framed! had 4.4 million watching. The day was won by Britain's Got Talent with 10.88 million watching.

Doctor Who is currently 17th for the week.

Doctor Who Confidential suffered by not being on directly after Doctor Who finished. There was a fifteen minute gap between programmes as BBC Three does not start broadcasting until 7pm. The programme got 0.30 million watching, about 60% of its usual audience. With a 1.4% share it was 37th for the day on multichannel Television. An additional 68,000 watched on BBC HD.

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5/08/2010 12:33:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures 165Eight years after the last issue, the third edition of The Finished Product fanzine, looking behind the scenes of the Big Finish audio adventures, is now available.

The Fanzine concentrates on the first series of Eighth Doctor/Lucie adventures, with new interviews with actors, writers and members of the production team, as well as plenty of behind the scenes details.

It's 44 pages, with over 25,000 words, in the classic A5 black and white fanzine form.

It's £2.50 per copy UK, including first class postage, and £3.50 overseas.

For ordering details, send an email to editor Kenny Smith.

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5/07/2010 12:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Jimmy GardnerThe actor Jimmy Gardner has died at the age of 85.

Jimmy Gardner had two roles in Doctor Who. In 1964 he played the role of Chenchu, the manager of the way station at Tun-Huang, in the fourth story of the series Marco Polo. He returned to the series in 1978 to play the role of Idmon in the fourth Doctor story Underworld. Idmon was a Trog on the planet formed around the P7E, and the father of Idas. He tried to encourage the other Trogs to rebel, but was arrested by the Guards and selected for sacrifice. He was rescued by the Doctor and escaped his planet's destruction on board the R1C.

Gardner had a long eventful life. He was a war hero, a survivor of two shipwrecks and numerous escapades on land. After the war he trained as an actor at The Central School and had a long career in television, film and stage. He appeared in many classic TV series including The Forsyte Saga, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Dixon of Dock Green, Z Cars and The Onedin Line. In film he worked on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and had his most notorious role as Ernie the bus driver in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Independent Obituary

Bookmark and Share The Hungry Earth - Press Release

5/06/2010 11:14:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Hungry EarthThe BBC Press Office has released details for the eighth episode of the new series, The Hungry Earth.

The Chris Chibnall story is scheduled for Saturday 22nd May. It stars Meera Syal, Robert Pugh and Samuel Davies.
It's 2015 and the most ambitious drilling project in history has reached deeper beneath the Earth's crust than man has ever gone before – but now the ground itself is fighting back. In the latest episode of the time-travelling drama, the Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in a tiny mining village and find themselves plunged into a battle against a deadly danger from a bygone age.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures - 165

5/06/2010 11:02:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Adventures 165This week's Doctor Who Adventures looks back at all the frights in the Angel-packed episodes.

Alex Kingston, who plays River Song, tells all about her mysterious character. Find out what she thought of Matt Smith the first time she met him and what she thinks River’s secret is.

Also in the magazine Matt Smith talks about the episodes with the Weeping Angels and how they were the first story he recorded in his exclusive diary.

Behind the scenes inside the TARDIS! Check out all the levers, switches and gizmos in the Doctor’s amazing spaceship.

Plus:

• Preview of episode six, The Vampires of Venice
• Doctor Who bag!
• The chance to win your own life-size Weeping Angel
• 10 terrifying facts about the Angels

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5/06/2010 03:08:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Amy's ChoiceDoctor Who will move back to 6.25pm for the UK premier of Episode Seven, Amy's Choice.

The schedule for the 15th May sees the programme keep its usual place in the schedules, sandwiched between All New Total Wipeout and Over The Rainbow. On ITV viewers can see You've Been Framed! Funniest 100 while BBC Two has Young Musician of the Year. Channel has Channel 4 News, with Five showing the film The Missing, a modern Western with Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett and Val Kilmer.

Full series information can be found here.

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5/06/2010 02:25:00 am - Reported by Marcus

MediawatchThe Daily Mail has provoked a comment on the new series from an organisation with a long track record of expressing concerns about the classic series, Mediawatch-UK.

Mediawatch is the successor to the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association, the organisation founded by Mary Whitehouse in 1965. Whitehouse was extremely critical of Doctor Who during the period produced by Philip Hinchcliffe between 1975 and 1977. She made complaints about several of the serials during this era, particularly The Ark in Space, Genesis of the Daleks, The Brain of Morbius, The Seeds of Doom and The Deadly Assassin.

The latest comment comes in a Daily Mail article which claims 'dozens' of fans are upset with the BBC, accusing the production team of trying to 'sex up' the programme to attract more adult viewers. The main focus of the complaint is the final scene in Flesh and Stone, a scene which the Daily Mail was convinced would worry viewers when it previewed the episode last Saturday. In the article, Vivienne Pattison, of Mediawatch UK, is quoted as saying "I have to say the scene was slightly out of place in a children's programme. I thought it sailed pretty close to the wind."

The BBC is also quoted in the article, confirming that it had received 43 complaints about Saturday's episode. A spokesman said "Millions of Doctor Who fans watched and enjoyed last Saturday's episode, including the lighthearted and humorous scene in which Amy kissed the Doctor."

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5/04/2010 11:16:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Proms have sold out on the first day of ticket release. The two proms will take place in July at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Tickets went on sale Tuesday morning and the event was sold out by lunchtime. Over 500 Arena and Gallery tickets will be available on the day to members of the public queuing at the Royal Albert Hall. The Saturday Prom will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded for future broadcast on BBC Three.

Discworld creator Terry Pratchett has questioned Doctor Who's Sci-Fi credentials. Talking to SFX magazine, the best selling author admits he finds the series very, very entertaining, with "its heart in the right place" but thinks "its head is often in orbit around Jupiter". "I just wish that it was not classified as science fiction. Doctor Who’s science is pixel thin."

Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston has said he will like to turn his hand to comedy. Eccleston who has recently completed a John Lennon biopic for BBC4, told the Radio Times he had not worked since last year as he selects his TV roles so carefully. "I'm more slapdash about the film choices I make, whereas I choose my TV projects very carefully. But it's a tough time and I haven't worked since December because I'm choosy. I would actually like to do comedy for the rest of my life and surprise everyone and myself."

Bookmark and Share Time of Angels - Final Figures

5/04/2010 12:50:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Time of AngelsFinal figures for The Time of Angels published today by BARB show the story was watched by 8.59 million viewers.

The figure is, once more, much greater than the initial overnight figure, indicating many record the programme for watching later.

The programme got 8.13 million viewers on BBC One, where it was the fifth most watched programme for the channel for the week. An additional 0.46 million watched on BBC HD. When the figures are added together it gives Doctor Who a total of 8.59 million viewers and makes it the eighth most watched programme of the week.

The BBC Three Sunday repeat did not appear in the top ten for the week for the channel. The HD showing of Confidential did make it into the HD chart with 0.092 million watching, 9th for the channel for the week.

Bookmark and Share Flesh and Stone - AI and Repeat Ratings

5/04/2010 12:23:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Flesh and StoneFlesh and Stone scored an Appreciation Index figure of 86.

The AI or Appreciation Index or AI score is a measure of how much an audience enjoyed a programme. The score was the highest of the day on either of the two main channels.

Sunday's BBC Three the Doctor Who repeat was watched by 0.63 million and was the eighth most watched programme on multi channel television. It had a remarkable AI of 91, although it should be noted AI figures for the minority channels are usually higher than those for the main five.

Satuday's Doctor Who Confidential had an audience of 0.52 million with the cut down repeat on Sunday being watched by 0.32 million viewers.

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5/03/2010 08:30:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have uploaded the Graham Norton reference to Nortongate to their YouTube site.





The full programme, which features Karen Gillan as a guest, can be seen on BBC One Monday evening.

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings for Victory of the Daleks

5/03/2010 03:39:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Victory of the Daleks has debuted in Australia to excellent ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 915,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, despite stiff competition from the commercial networks including Masterchef Australia and the annual Logie Awards (the major Australian TV awards). The Daleks proved popular, with Doctor Who improving its ratings by 64,000 viewers from the previous week's episode. Again it was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating program of the day, rating higher than its popular Sunday 7pm news. (By comparison, the final of the mini-series Burn Up only rated 375,000 viewers for the ABC in the following 8.30pm timeslot.) The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated a respectable 523,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Bookmark and Share Vampires of Venice - Trailer

5/02/2010 11:17:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released a trailer for The Vampires of Venice, on BBC One and BBC HD, Satuday 8th May, 6pm.

Bookmark and Share Nortongate - The Aftermath

5/02/2010 09:15:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has reiterated its apology for the Nortongate incident, this time on the feedback programme Points of View. In a special programme presented from the BBC Election studio, four letters from viewers were read out along with the BBC official response which the presenter Jeremy Vine called a rare, unreserved apology. The whole programme is available on the BBC iPlayer.

Meanwhile The Sun reports that Graham Norton will poke fun on the incident as part of his BBC One show on Monday. The paper claims a Norton animation will dance on to the screen, followed by a Dalek who promptly blows him up. The programme features Karen Gillan as a guest.

Bookmark and Share The Greatest Doctor Who Weekend of All Time

5/02/2010 06:15:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

UKTVBBC Australia have dubbed Saturday 12 – Monday 14 June as The Greatest Doctor Who Weekend of all Time, with UKTV screening 10 stories from the Ninth and Tenth Doctors.

The channel is asking viewers to vote for their favourite episodes in a competition on the UKTV website. Prizes include a weekend of pop culture in Melbourne with a double Gold pass to Armageddon Multimedia Expo on October 16 & 17 where you will have photos with media guests including the seventh Doctor!

The three Greatest Adventures documentaries, shown in the UK last summer, will also form part of the weekend as well as the first Doctor Who special shot in HD, Planet of the Dead.

Bookmark and Share Flesh and Stone - Ratings

5/02/2010 04:55:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Flesh and StoneUnofficial overnight figures show Flesh and Stone was watched by 6.9 million viewers with a share of 34.5% of the audience.

6.53 million watched on BBC One, where it was again the most watched programme of the evening, with an additional 0.34 million watching on BBC HD.

The audience on BBC One once more built throughout the episode to a peak of 7.15 million, before dropping by around 2 million as the episode finished.

Britain's Got Talent once more won the evening with 10.3 million watching.

With one day to come, Doctor Who is the twelfth most watched programme of the week so far, a position which should rise when final figures are calculated next week.

Bookmark and Share Flesh and Stone - Press Reaction

5/02/2010 02:01:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Flesh and StonePress reviews for Flesh and Stone are appearing with The Telegraph praising it as a rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills. The reviewer is less sure about the final scene but feels quite a few viewers might have been rather jealous of the position Matt Smith was put in.

The Guardian says it was a classic episode, perhaps even the greatest episode of Doctor Who there has ever been, with an iconic sequence every couple of seconds.

Shadowlocked feels that Flesh and Stone wasn't able to repeat the creepiness of last week's encounter. although it praises some elements of the story it feels the story exited on a desperate note, and in a positive flurry of lucky chances.

Den of Geek calls it a blockbuster episode, a thrilling and really entertaining Saturday night adventure although the reviewer feels River Song was rather under used.

Anglotopia calls the episode hot, a perfect balance of fear, excitement, sadness and triumph.

Bookmark and Share Repeat Ratings

5/01/2010 03:31:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Friday's BBC Three repeat of The Time of Angels was watched by 0.32 million viewers according to overnight figures. Doctor Who Confidential got 0.22 million watching.

Bookmark and Share Media Roundup

5/01/2010 01:45:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Amy's ChoiceThe Daily Telegraph reports a renewed surge in popularity of bow ties thanks to Doctor Who. A spokesman for Topman says sales have shot up by 94% since The Eleventh Hour was aired. The Guild of Tiemakers chairman, John Miln, said he was pleased the unusual trend had been kicked off by the show.

Critic Charlie Brooker has continued his criticism of 'Nortongate', with a rant against the schedulers for the intrusion of the cartoon Graham Norton over last week's cliffhanger. He talked about the incident on his Channel 4 programme You Have Been Watching, calling it a travesty. The programme can be seen on 4oD.

Journalist Penny Andrews has written a long blog on the launch of Doctor Who - The Adventure Games in Sheffield last week, while TalkTalk spends five minutes in the company of Alex Kingston and TV.com asks what makes Doctor Who special.