Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Veteran Designer returns to Doctor Who

Veteran costume designer Barbara Kidd returns to Doctor Who this year, when she takes over costume design duties on the Christmas Special and the 2011 series.

Barbara Kidd worked on the series at the start of her career, creating costumes as early as the 1973 Jon Pertwee story, Frontier in Space. She was a regular on the series throughout the mid seventies working on The Green Death, Invasion of the Dinosaurs and The Monster of Peladon before moving on to a new Doctor in the guise of Tom Baker for The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks and Pyramids of Mars. Her final contribution was for the Peter Davison story Kinda.

Kidd is now one of the most respected costume designers working in British Television. She has won an Emmy for her work on Little Dorrit in 2008 and a BAFTA award for her work on Nicholas Nickleby in 2001. She has recently been working on Wallander.

Doctor Who will also have a new producer from the Christmas episode in the form of Sanne Wohlenberg. Wohlenberg has also recently worked on Wallander and has also produced The Whistleblowers and Murphy's Law.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Final Ratings Delayed

Final ratings data for the BBC One showing of Doctor Who, Episode twelve The Pandorica Opens, has been delayed due to data processing problems at BARB. The final data is now not expected for several days, and will appear on the news page as soon as it is available.

However final data for BBC HD is available and it gives the HD showing of The Pandorica Opens a final rating of 635,000 viewers. This is the highest rating ever achieved by BBC HD.

Doctor Who Live: Monsters Revealed

The monsters appearing in the forthcoming Doctor Who Live stage show have now been revealed:

This topically football-themed "Monsters First 11" consist of monsters from various recent Doctor Who stories: Judoon, Winders, Clockwork Droids, Silurians, Weeping Angels, Ood, Cybermen, Saturnynes, Daleks, Scarecrows and Smilers.

The Doctor Who Live show will be appearing at the following locations:
  • 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
For more details on the show visit the official Doctor Who Live site, and our previous news report from May.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Matt Smith at Glastonbury

The final evening of the Glastonbury Music Festival played host to music duo Orbital, and they finished their performance with a rendition of an old favourite, the Doctor Who Theme.

However, a special unexpected guest appeared on stage to introduce the last song of the evening - none other than current Doctor Matt Smith! With a wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey arrival Matt roused the crowd and then joined the band for the performance.

Viewers in the UK can watch Matt's appearance and the performance on the BBC iplayer (from 1:50:22) for the next week.

A number of outlets have picked up on the story, including Gigwise, NMEMetro and the BBC.

And this article also mentions that Matt wasn't the only Doctor Who veteran to make a surprise appearance at this year's Glastonbury!

Australian ratings for The Lodger

The 'fast-tracked' Doctor Who continues its excellent ratings in Australia. TV Tonight reports that The Lodger averaged 983,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. This was 88,000 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 Little Dorrit, being the tenth highest rating program for the day overall. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated an excellent 664,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Doctor Who: The Big Bang - Appreciation Index

Doctor Who:  The  Big BangThe Appreciation Index figure for Episode Thirteen of Doctor Who, The Big Bang, was 89, the highest score of the series and the highest score on any of the main four channels on Saturday.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. Any score over 85 is considered excellent. Previous series climaxes have all scored high with series 1 and 2 also achieving scores of 89, series 3 scoring 88 and series 4 scoring 91.

The Sunday repeat on BBC Three was watched by 0.68 million viewers with a share of 3.8%. It convincingly won its timeslot amongst the multi-channel stations.

With Sunday's overnight figures now available, Doctor Who is currently 20th for the week. This should rise considerably when the final figure is released next week, with a top ten place achievable.

Doctor Who Confidential recieved an AI of 86.

Big Finish Day

Doctor Who: Big FinishBig Finish Productions is to hosting a one-day internet-based event on Saturday 3 July 2010, giving fans an opportunity to download a free episode of Doctor Who.

For one day only, episode one of Cobwebs will be available to download free of charge. The story is the start of the new trilogy that reunites the Fifth Doctor with Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa for the first time in 26 years.

Executive producer Nicholas Briggs said
We were thrilled that Janet has elected to join the Big Finish fold, and I can promise that this trilogy of Cobwebs, The Whispering Forest and The Cradle of the Snake will delight all fans of that era. On Big Finish Day, you’ll get a chance to hear an early preview
of that brilliant TARDIS crew in action.

Also during the day the first 50 Doctor Who main range titles will be available to buy for just £5 each, on CD or download.

Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery said
We’re aware that some Doctor Who fans have never tried Big Finish, and we’re also aware that some people have the more recent titles but have never dipped into the back catalogue. This is a chance for them to do so.

As well as additional sale items, the Big Finish website will be offering a selection of wallpapers for download, featuring some of Alex Mallinson’s most inspired artwork.

Big Finish Day is only at

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Doctor Who - The Big Bang - Ratings

Doctor Who: The Big BangThe final episode in the current series of Doctor Who, The Big Bang, had an audience of 5.1 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The programme had 4.6 million watching on BBC One, with and additional 0.5 million watching on BBC HD. The share of the audience was 31%. Despite the early start, and baking hot weather across the UK, it was the second highest rated programme of the day and the highest rated programme on BBC One, beating Casualty by over a million viewers. The winner of the night was World Cup Live: USA v Ghana on ITV1 which had 5.7 million viewers.

Doctor Who won its time slot, with BBC Two, showing British hope Andy Murray playing at Wimbledon, coming second. In Scotland the Murray match just out-rated Doctor Who for most of the episode. The Big Bang peaked with 5.1 million on BBC One and 0.5 million on BBC HD.

Doctor Who currently stands as the 17th most watched programme of the week. Final figures, released next week, should see the programme in a significantly higher place.

On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential had 0.59 million watching, a 3.6% share of the audience

Moffat on Moffat

There is a new interview with Steven Moffat on YouTube, with an unexpected interviewer: Moffat's son Joshua! As "armytedd", Joshua discusses the season's structure with his father. The interview also touches on critics' reactions, the importance of timeshifted viewing, and why Moffat no longer visits fan forums.

For more videos from the junior Moffat, see "armytedd"'s YouTube channel.

Doctor Who: The Big Bang - Press Reviews

Doctor Who: The Big BangPress reaction to the 2010 series finale of Doctor Who, The Big Bang, has started to appear on the internet.

One of the most high-concept Doctor Who episodes ever, is how The Telegraph describes the episode, with its reviewer praising Matt Smith as superb.

The Guardian Blog calls this finale brilliant, a classic modern fairytale unfolding before our eyes and easily the most sentimentally charged finale we've had yet.

Metro goes trawling Twitter for fans reaction to the story and finds positive comments. It describes it a thrilling climax to the series which captivated and confused in equal measure. says it was an exhilarating Doctor Who finale after a somewhat mixed run, while Unreality Shout says the episode was stunning, and closes off an incredible series of Doctor Who. It praises Matt Smith as simply brilliant and says Karen Gillan and her little cousin Caitlin Blackwood were fantastic together.

Anglotopia says it was a whirlwind episode which didn't disappoint and Den of Geek loved the episode even though it made the reviewer's head hurt. They call Steven Moffat something of a genius as he "peppered his script with quotable quips and lines, and ended his maiden run in the showrunner chair with some marvellous work with Amy Pond."

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Press "expectations" for The Big Bang

Ahead of tonight's UK screening of The Big Bang, the finale to Matt Smith's first season of Doctor Who, a number of articles have appeared in the press.

Digital Journal picks up on Matt's interview with the current issue of Radio Times, in which he touches on how long he'll stay in the role.

They have also again covered the issue of nudity in Doctor Who.

The Metro reports that expectations are high for what's considered "could be one of the finest episodes since the show made its comeback in 2005".

The Sun reports that Matt Smith finds the episode "emotional", while the Coventry Telegraph takes an "exclusive look" at the finale.

Blood of the Cybermen Now Available

The second episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Game, Blood of the Cybermen, is now available for download in the United Kingdom.

The PC game is available from the BBC Doctor Who site. A Mac version will be available on June 30th. An international version is expected to be released commercially next month.

People Roundup

Colin BakerSixth Doctor, Colin Baker, has spent the last few days filming for an independent feature film, Shadows of a Stranger. The film is described as an original tale that 're-samples' Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in a dark melange of 'ghostly' visitations, psychic travelling, and the search for one's atrophied humanity. It is being shot entirely on bluescreen.

Doctor Who Composer, Murray Gold has given an interview to The Daily Anthenaeum, in which he talks about his work on the series since its return in 2005 and the pressures of the relentless Doctor Who schedule. "There is never more than two weeks for a complete turnaround," he says. "At one point we dubbed five episodes in five weeks. It was almost impossible. I would start an episode and it would need to be finished four days later."

Writer Neil Gaiman has won the Cilip Carnegie Medal, for his fantasy tale The Graveyard Book. The award for children's fiction is the second major award for the novel, about an orphaned boy brought up by ghosts. The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It was established by in 1936, in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. Gaiman has completed a script for the 2011 series of Doctor Who.

Saturn Award for Torchwood

Saturn AwardTorchwood: Children of Earth has won a Saturn Award for Best Presentation on Television for BBC America.

The 2010 Saturn Awards were presented by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, recognizing excellence in the genre fields of movie and television.

Torchwood: Children of Earth was transmitted on BBC America in July 2009, shortly after its UK Premier. The series was stripped Monday to Friday in a 75 minute slot.

Other nominees in the category included Doctor Who: The End of Time.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Cardiff Event

Doctor Who fans in Cardiff can meet Daleks and Cybermen this weekend, at a special event held at The Hayes.

Hosted by Jason Mohammad, the BBC newsreader and presenter who's appeared in The Christmas Invasion, Voyage of the Damned, Turn Left and The Stolen Earth, as well as several episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures, the event runs on Saturday from 10am until 2pm. There is the chance to play the second in the Doctor Who The Adventure Game series, Blood of the Cybermen, which is released that day. Scenes from the game will play on the big screen there'll be a limited supply of free post cards and posters available.

New Royal Mint Medals

The Royal Mint have released a collection of Monster Medals to tie in with series five of Doctor Who:
To celebrate the new Doctor Who series and the arrival of the new race of Daleks, BBC Worldwide and the Royal Mint teamed up to create this amazing new Doctor Who collectable medal. Each medal is presented in a colourful gift card containing information relevant to the character while the pop–in blister allows you to examine both sides of the collectable.

First three in the collection are the aforementioned Dalek, plus a Weeping Angel and a Smiler, as seen below:

Further medals of the Doctor, Amy and Winder will be available in the collection soon.


Building of the new BBC Studios at Cardiff Docks commenced yesterday. The press release reports:
Basic building work is due for delivery from the developer in summer 2011. Once the studios, offices and external filming lots are fully fitted out, filming will begin for Casualty and Pobol y Cwm in autumn 2011, with Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures moving from their current Upper Boat studios in 2012. The first episode of Casualty to be made in Wales will be on screens in early 2012.
The press release suggests that, as well as the forthcoming series six, series seven would also continue to be filmed at the current Upper Boat Studios, assuming the schedule follows the pattern of previous years (i.e. from Summer 2011 to Spring 2012).

Meanwhile, demolition has commenced on the BBC premises on Victoria Road in London, originally built on the site of TCC Condensers (seen in stories like The Invasion and Spearhead from Space) and subsequently used as rehearsal rooms in the production of many other classic Doctor Who stories. It is believed that the site will be developed into flats (a fate already received by the former BBC Visual Effects Unit site nearby!).

It has also been reported that the building that was once home to Shawcraft Models in Uxbridge is also threatened with demolition. Shawcraft built many specialist props for the early seasons of Doctor Who, most notably remembered for the original Daleks (you can find out more about the company in a feature on the Doctor Who DVD release of The Space Museum/The Chase).

The BBC in-house magazine Ariel published an article on the future of BBC Television Centre itself this week:
Even after it sells Television Centre, which it wants to do by 2013, the BBC hopes the building will 'live on' as part of a new creative hub in west London, chief operating officer Caroline Thomson has declared.

The listed landmark, which is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, could form the centrepiece of a community of media organisations, performing arts groups, facility providers and even fashion houses, Thomson told a conference hosted by the BBC in White City today.

'Our vision is to turn this area [W12] into a global centre for London's creative industries with the BBC at its heart,' she said. 'In doing so, we shall be shaping an entire community, replacing the buzz of Television Centre with the buzz of an entire neighbourhood.

'We see the BBC as a catalyst for a regeneration project that will provide a range of jobs in a working environment designed for people to be as creative as possible. That means not just people who work for the BBC but all our partners and all the other media people who will be attracted to the area.'

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Pennant Roberts 1940 -2010

Pennant Roberts Doctor Who Director Pennant Roberts has died at the age of 69.

Pennant Roberts was well known as a director in British television working throughout the seventies and eighties on such classic programmes as The Onedin Line, Survivors, Angels, Blake's 7, Juliet Bravo, Tenko and Howards' Way.

For Doctor Who he directed six stories. His first, in 1977, was the fourth Doctor story The Face of Evil, which saw the introduction of the character of Leela played by Louise Jameson. He returned later in the year to direct The Sun Makers , and then a year later he directed the Douglas Adams story, The Pirate Planet. He directed another Douglas Adams story, Shada, which was intended to end the seventeenth series of the programme, but which was not completed due to industrial action at the BBC. Parts of the story were later used in twentieth anniversary story The Five Doctors.

In 1984 he was given the task of bringing back The Silurians and The Sea Devils in the Fifth Doctor story, Warriors of the Deep, and in 1985 his final story for the series was the sixth Doctor story, Timelash.

Louise Jameson worked with Roberts in both Doctor Who and Tenko. Speaking to Gallifrey Base and The Doctor Who News Page she paid this tribute.
I have the sad duty of posting you the message that the wonderful Pennant Roberts died on Tuesday June 22nd at 6.30pm. The passing was very peaceful and dignified and his loving wife, Betsan, was at the hospice. He had been bravely fighting cancer for a year. He helped shape my life, not just on screen but off it too, and I feel the loss of him more acutely than I can express. However his absence will be felt by many, many more in many, many ways. He had the gift of being able to bring out the best in people, be that in a rehearsal room or around a dinner table. In his own words ‘sorry to bow out early’. Rest in peace darling Pen.

Doctor Who Magazine 423

Doctor Who Magazine 423Doctor Who Magazine 423The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine prepares for The Big Bang on Saturday as the magazine goes on set, braves the darkness of the Underhenge and talks to the people behind the finale of Doctor Who, including stars Matt Smith, and Karen Gillan, head writer Steven Moffat, director Toby Hayes and monster maker Neill Gorton.

Also in DWM 423
  • It's Payback Time
    We know what Steven Moffat thinks of the stars of Doctor Who – but what do they think of him? Executive Producer Piers Wenger asks Matt Smith and Karen Gillan what they really make of "the Mofferator" in a very different production notes.
  • Neighbours from Hell
    It was the unlikeliest flat share story ever, but The Lodger could have been even stranger? The magazine catches up with writer Gareth Roberts, who tells how he came up with his latest script, and what ideas didn’t make it onto TV. Plus, the stars of the show, Matt Smith and James Corden.
  • It's only Natural
    It’s all change for the TARDIS team as the Doctor and Amy uncover the dark secret deep within an alien jungle – but at what price? And will the Time Lord and Pond ever be the same again? Find out in Supernature Part 3, written by Jonathan Morris with art by Mike Collins.
  • Living in the Plastic Age
    They could be plastic, anything plastic – or they could look just like you. Join the Watcher as he reveals everything you need to know about the sinister Autons in the latest of his in-depth guides.
  • Turn to Stone
    Dalek operator Barnaby Edwards talks about his years of experience in operating the various designs of the universe’s most malevolent monsters.
  • Every Vote Counts
    Let everyone know what you thought of the latest season, as the magazine gives you the opportunity to rate the episodes in its annual season poll.
  • Reasons to be Cheerful
    The Happiness Patrol is put under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction.
PLUS! All the latest official news, previews and reviews of all the latest DVDs and audio releases, prize-winning competitions for the cream of Doctor Who merchandise.

This issue comes with a giant-sized, double-sided poster, depicting the Daleks on one side, and the Doctor and Amy on the other.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

TARDIS fetches over £10,000

Doctor Who: TARDISThe TARDIS used by ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston sold for £10,800, when auctioned at Bonham's earlier today.

The prop was one of several Doctor Who related items up for sale at the London auction house.

A console built for the Doctor Who exhibition at Longleat sold for £900 while a Cyberman helmet from the second Doctor stories Moonbase and The Tomb Of The Cybermen went for £7,800.

Two Daleks fetched £4,800 each and a model of K-9 was sold for £1,200.

The Sarah Jane Adventures - Series Four

Doctor Who Magazine has revealed the episode titles for the fourth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, due to be shown in the UK this Autumn.

The series will again consist of six, two-part stories. A number of guest stars are also announced including Julian Bleach, who is playing the Nightmare Man, Cheryl Campbell, Cyril Nri, Julie Graham and of course Matt Smith and Katy Manning.

  • 1: The Nightmare Man
  • by Joseph Lidster
  • 2: The Vault of Secrets
  • by Phil Ford
  • 3: Death of the Doctor
  • by Russell T Davies
  • 4: The Empty Planet
  • by Gareth Roberts
  • 5: Lost in Time
  • by Rupert Laight
  • 6: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
  • by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman

Doctor Who: The Big Bang - Clip

A new clip from the final episode of the current series of Doctor Who, The Big Bang, has been made available via the official website.

Please don't click on the link unless you have seen The Pandorica Opens as it contains a major spoiler from that episode. The link is here.

An introduction to the episode from Matt Smith is also available.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Doctor Who - The Adventure Game - Part Two

Doctor Who: The Adventure GamesThe second instalment of Doctor Who: The Adventure Game, will be called Blood of the Cybermen and will be available to download in the UK from Saturday 26th June via the BBC Site.

The details were announced at a special press launch in Scotland where writer, Phil Ford, one of the Executive Producers, Charles Cecil and voice of the Cybermen and Daleks, Nick Briggs, answered questions from around the country.

Two script extracts are available from the official site.

Extract One

Extract Two

The first part of the Adventure was released earlier in the month and has been downloaded over half a million times.

The Lodger - Final Ratings

Doctor Who: The LodgerFinal figures for Episode Eleven of Doctor Who, The Lodger, published by BARB show the story was watched by 6.44 million viewers.

On BBC One the programme got 5.98 million watching where it was the sixth most watched programme for the channel for the week. An additional 0.464 million watched on BBC HD and when added together the programme totalled 6.44 million viewers.

Final figures for ITV1 HD are not available, so a full top thirty programmes of the week can't be calculated. Doctor Who stands at 21st for the week without HD figures added. If HD figures are included, it would almost certainly rise to be the 20th 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.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens - Appreciation Index

Doctor Who: The Pandorica OpensThe Appreciation Index figure for Episode Twelve of Doctor Who, The Pandorica Opens, was 88, highest of the series so far.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. Any score over 85 is considered excellent. The score was the joint highest on any of the four main channels for the day.

The Sunday repeat on BBC Three was watched by 0.47 million viewers, with the last part winning its timeslot amongst the multi-channel stations.

With Sunday's overnight figures now available, Doctor Who is currently 16th for the week. This should rise considerably when the final figure is released next week.

Doctor Who Confidential recieved an AI of 85 on Saturday and the Sunday repeat was watched by 0.30 million viewers.

Australian ratings for Vincent and the Doctor

Vincent and the Doctor has debuted in Australia to strong ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 895,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. It was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's second-highest rating drama of the day coming a close third behind the series final of Agatha Christie's Poirot and the Sunday 7pm news. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated an excellent 714,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

The Pandorica Opens - Overnight Ratings

Episode Twelve of Doctor Who, The Pandorica Opens, got an audience of 5.9 million viewers for episode 12, The Pandorica Opens, according to unofficial overnight figures. 5.4 million watched on BBC One with an additional 0.5 million watching on BBC HD.

The episode was the most watched show of the day, with the World Cup on ITV1 only bringing in 5.2 million for the Cameroon v Denmark match.

Overall Doctor Who stands as the 14th most watched programme of the week, with just Sunday's figures to come. The programme is likely to get a boost when the final figures, including details for those who recorded the program for later viewing, are released next week and a top ten place is distinctly possible.

Doctor Who Confidential rated well with 0.62 million watching the programme on BBC Three, making it the 5th most watched programme of the day on multi-channel Television. An additional 0.14 million watched on BBC HD giving a total of 0.78 million viewers.

The Pandorica Opens - Press Reaction

Doctor Who: The Pandorica OpensNB: Some links contain spoilers from the episode.

Press reaction to Doctor Who: Episode Twleve, The Pandorica Opens, has begun appearing with the Daily Telegraph calling the episode "Sensational, propelling the viewer on a gripping adventure with plenty of shocks and surprises, leavened with more emotional and humorous material for a heady mix."

The Express calls the story "classic fairytale, aimed, as always, at a family audience, with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan now complete in their respective roles". They make a plea to the BBC to safeguard the budget for the series saying it is one of the crown jewels and should be protected.

Den of Geek say "How good was that? We’ve been salivating at the thought of what Steven Moffat could do with a finale two-parter since he first got the top job on Doctor Who. The answer? A lot". The Guardian blog says you need to watch this episode at least three times to get a proper handle on every little bit that's going on. Thing is, you'll want to.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Doctor Who: Adventure Game - Episode Two

Doctor Who: Adventure GamesDetails of the second instalment of Doctor Who: The Adventure Game will be released at a special event next Tuesday.

Lead writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat will join Nicholas Briggs, voice of the Daleks and Cybermen, at a special Question and Answer event being held at Gavinburn Primary School in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. The duo will take Questions from pupils at the school at the event which takes place at 10am. Other schools in Scotland can participate via the Glow Scotland site.

A further Question and answer session with the Doctor Who team will take place in the afternoon and will be streamed on the BBC Website.

The second game in the series is set in the Arctic and features an army of Cybermen.

Friday, 18 June 2010

DVDs lose "Next Time" trailer

A decision has been made by DVD production company 2Entertain to release the eleventh Doctor's adventures without the "Next Time" trailers, as (not) seen on the recently released Volume One; this impacts both the DVD and Bluray formats.

According to emails sent to Radio Free Skaro, the decision was made "at executive level" in 2009.

Another difference to the original broadcast has been specified as: "a slight change to the sound effects used on the transmitted version. Lightning sound effects were added, particularly as Matt and Karen’s names appear, just prior to TX that only the TX version would have." This change is expected to be corrected for the Boxed Set version due out later in the year.

TARDIS up for auction

Doctor Who: TARDISThe TARDIS used by ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston is on of many Doctor Who releated items to be auctioned at Bonhams on June 23rd.

The prop was created in 2005 and has an estimate of £8,000 to £12,000. A smaller model measuring 5ft tall, created for an exhibition has an estimate of £300 to £400.

Also up for grabs are some of the oldest props from the series ever to appear at auction, including one of the earliest surviving Daleks and a Cyberman helmet from the second Doctor stories, The Moonbase and The Tomb Of The Cybermen, which is set to sell for £3,000 to £4,000.

A number of props made specially for exhibitions are also available.

Lot No: 142W
Doctor Who: Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor,
A complete Tardis prop, circa 2005,
of painted rasped wood panel and glass construction, the base having painted parquet effect floor, panels fastening using bracket and bolt, having a pair of hinged doors, on with Yale® lock, with windows to doors and signage to front, top section of Tardis with removable 'Police Box' signs, interior of Tardis roof with a number of miniature lights, and further interior lighting, the roof with removable lamp to top, height approximately 10ft

Estimate: £8,000 - 12,000
Lot No: 126
Part believed to be from Dr. Who And The Daleks, 1964 and The Chase, 1965
A Dalek, with back section removed to reveal interior,
of wood, plastic and metal, the skirt section heavily overpainted in grey, with blue hemispheres, with quilted fabric to removed rear section edges, the shoulder, neck and dome sections created for exhibition purposes, plunger missing, slats of plastic with impressed foam between, height approximately 64 inches.

Thought to have been acquired by the BBC from the film company Aura after completion of 'Dr. Who And The Daleks', the Dalek was then used during the 1965 William Hartnell era story 'The Chase'. Subsequently, the piece was altered for exhibition purposes, including the removal of the back section.

Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000
Lot No: 127
Doctor Who: The original cover artwork for 'The Dalek Book', 1964,
watercolour and gouache on paper, unsigned, mounted, framed and glazed, together with an original copy of the annual, artwork 31.5 x 42.5cm (12½ x 16¾in)

Estimate: £500 - 700
Lot No: 128
Part believed to be from The Evil of the Daleks, 1967
A Dalek (heavily altered for Exhibition purposes),
of wood, plastic and metal construction, distressed overall, with black body and blue hemispheres overpainted grey (all now flaking), with narrow single panel set of hemispheres to rear skirt, the neck and dome sections created for exhibition purposes (plunger and eye missing), slats of metal, much of dome section missing, height approximately 61 inches

Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000

t is believed that the skirt and shoulder sections of this Dalek were used on 'Evil of the Daleks' in 1967.

The rear of the skirt section reveals a single panel of hemispheres, however Daleks skirt sections ordinarily feature two rows of hemispheres. The single panel section were used during this particular episode, it has been suggested, so that the Daleks could travel through doors whilst on set.
Lot No: 129
Moonbase and The Tomb of the Cybermen, 1967
A Cyberman helmet,
of silver painted fibreglass, having removable panel to back with hook and catch fastening, tape applied round eyes and mouth, eight drilled holes in circular shape to either side of helmet and two drill holes to neck, eyes internally covered with wire mesh, clear plastic poles to either side of head covered in silver paint (now flaking), some cracking and loss to fibreglass, interior with one foam ear protector and elasticated loop to top, height 16 inches (40.5cm)

Estimate: £3,000 - 4,000
Lot No: 130
The Seeds of Doom, January - March 1976
A Krynoid pod,
of moulded and painted resin, together with a copy of 'The Doctor Who Monster Book', signed by all of the cast and many members of the crew from the episode including Tom Baker inscribed 'Who is this Tom Baker?', Elisabeth Sladen, John Challis, Tony Beckley, Keith Gilbert, Mark Jones, Douglas Camfield and Philip Hinchcliffe a copy of the VHS of the episode and the 'Doctor Who And The Seeds of Doom' paperback by Philip Hinchcliffe, height 4 inches, width 4½ inches

Estimate: £350 - 400
Lot No: 131
Resurrection Of The Daleks, February 1984
A Dalek Guard costume, worn by Rula Lenska as 'Styles',
comprising; fibreglass helmet and chest and backplates, heavy cotton boiler suit with black and yellow vinyl patches, neck inscribed in ballpoint Rula Lenska 88=34'', black rubber gloves and moulded weapon

Estimate: £800 - 1,200
Lot No: 132
Dr. Who: a Cyberman costume,
the heavy cotton boiler suit with stud fasteners, sprayed with silver paint and with applied tubing and net panels, label to inside neck faintly inscribed Ken Baker (sic), with certificate

Estimate: £1,500 - 2,000
Lot No: 133
Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure (Stage Play), 1989
A Zog costume,
the headpiece, hands and feet of moulded foam latex, with plastic eyes, the body heavily applied with faux fur fabric, on mannequin and base, height 62 inches

People News

Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston will star in an episode of a new BBC One six-part drama Accused, by Jimmy McGovern. Eccleston plays lapsed Catholic Willy in the series which also stars Mackenzie Crook, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi and Andy Serkis. Meanwhile Eccleston's portrayal of John Lennon in Lennon Naked, will be shown as part of the BBC Four Fatherhood season on Wednesday 23rd July.

Tenth Doctor David Tennant has been cast in a remake of the 1985 film Fright Night. Tennant will play a character originally portrayed by Roddy McDowall in a Dreamworks production, which will also star Toni Collette and Colin Farrell.

Fourth Doctor Tom Baker has written the foreword to the new AA book of Haunted Britain due to be published in September 2010.

John Barrowman is to return in his entertainment series Tonight's the Night. The show will be recording at BBC Scotland's headquarters, at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, over the summer for an autumn transmission.

Sophie Okonedo been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Okonedo, who played Liz 10 in The Beast Below, described the award as 'the cherry on the cake'. It's not known if the award will be presented to the actress by Liz 2.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

The Big Bang - Schedule

The final episode of the current series of Doctor Who, The Big Bang, will be shown at 6.05pm according to the BBC Press Office. The programme will run for 55 minutes, 10 minutes longer than normal.

The early start is to avoid clashing with one of the two World Cup matches taking place on the day. One match will be on BBC One and one on ITV, but which on which will not be determined until the results of the first round matches are known the day before transmission. If England win their group, their match will be shown immediately after Doctor Who on BBC One.

ITV1 will be offering You've Been Framed! in opposition to the Doctor, with BBC Two offering Tennis as the first week of Wimbledon 2010 draws to an end. Channel 4 has Come Dine with Me while Five offers the 1970 film Chisum, staring John Wayne.

Half a Million Download City of the Daleks

Doctor Who: City of DaleksOver 500,000 people have downloaded the new Doctor Who Adventure Game, City of the Daleks, in the two weeks it has been available.

Simon Nelson, controller of portfolio and multiplatform at BBC Vision told games magazine MCV.
The result is a lot more than I was expecting, We had set ourselves some fairly stretched targets on this and we’ve blown them away.
The game is the first of four which will be released over the summer.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The Pandorica Opens - BAFTA Screening

Doctor Who: The Pandorica OpensFans in London were given a special preview of the penultimate episode of the current series of Doctor Who, The Pandorica Opens, at BAFTA earlier this evening. The screening was attended by Steven Moffat, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan who answered questions at the end of the screening.

Introducing the episode Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, paid tribute to the current prodcution team. In a speech which left no doubt to the high regard the series is held in by BBC Management, he paid particular tribute to Steven Moffat saying how no other broadcaster in the UK or the USA had such a brilliant writer producing such high quality family drama. He called The Pandorica Opens a tremendous piece of television.

Following the episode a wide range of questions were put to the team. Matt Smith revealed he had had initial doubts about the way he was playing the Doctor and often spoke to his dad for advice. He was delighted when a six year old, dressed in tweed jacket and bow tie presented him with a gift of a picture. Smith revealed he had been to a costume fitting for the next series earlier today and he was looking for something warmer to wear in the future.

Steven Moffat was asked about Steven Fry's comments yesterday, where he described Doctor Who as Children's Television. Moffat said Doctor Who always was, and always will be, family television. Designed for that special period when both children and their parents could watch together. When asked about the move of viewers from watching the programme as broadcast to watching later, either on harddisk or via the iPlayer, he called on BBC One controller Jay Hunt who was also in the audience. She confirmed the BBC was aware of the massive reach the programme had and said she didn't mind when they watched it as long as they did.

He paid tribute to the classic series, singling out Waris Hussein who was in the audience. Hussein directed the very first episode of Doctor Who, screened in November 1963. Moffat called it a wonderful half an hour of television and urged anyone who had not yet seen it to view it.

The Pandorica Opens has its début on BBC One and BBC HD this Saturday evening.

Doctor Who tops May iPlayer figures

Amy's ChoiceThe first four episodes of Doctor Who to première in May, were the top four most requested programmes for the month on the BBC iPlayer according to BBC iStats.

Top of the list was episode 7, Amy's Choice, with nearly 1.4 million requests. Episode 5, Flesh and Stone was second, followed by Episode 6, The Vampires of Venice and Episode 8, The Hungry Earth. The four episodes were the only programmes during the month, to have over 1 million requests each.

Episode 9, Cold Blood, came in at number 8 despite only being available for the last two days of the month.

Overall Doctor Who was the second most requested programme of the month with over 6.5 million requests for one of the nine episodes available. The top programme was EastEnders with over 8 million requests, although these were spread over 33 episodes. Doctor Who had the highest downloads per episode.

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

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Eccleston talks departure

EcclestonThe new Radio Times features an interview with former Doctor Christopher Eccleston. The article focusses on his role as John Lennon in the BBC film Lennon Naked (BBC4/BBHD, 9:30pm Wed 23rd), but he also discusses his departure from Doctor Who after just the one series:

I was open-minded but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn't want to do any more. I didn't enjoy the environment and the culture that we, the cast and crew, had to work in. I wasn't comfortable. I thought "if I stay in this job, I'm going to have to blind myself to certain things that I thought were wrong."

And I think it's more important to be your own man than be successful, so I left. But the most important thing is that I did it, not that I left. I really feel that, because it kind of broke the mould and it helped to reinvent it. I'm very proud of it.

The Radio Times (19-25th June 2010) is out now.

The Pandorica Opens - Radio Times Cover

Radio TimesThe new issue of the Radio Times (week commencing 19th June) joins the collection of those that feature Doctor Who on the cover; this issue promotes Karen Gillan, who is interviewed inside the magazine about playing the part of Amy Pond, and acting alongside Matt Smith.

We just kind of bounce off each other. The banter that you see on screen – that’s what we’re like all day on set. I sometimes wonder if it’s our way of keeping our energy up between scenes, but it’s all subconscious. And I think we might have been like that if we’d met in any other situation.

The one thing I never wanted to do with Amy was to base her on any kind of formula, to conform to what works – or what has worked – in a companion; you know, the whole, likeable, girl-next-door business. Amy is likeable, I hope, but she’s not ordinary. She’s quite complicated and there are layers to explore. So I was taking a few risks with her and I think it works.

This year has previously seen Radio Times covers for The Eleventh Hour and three versions for Victory of the Daleks.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Vincent and the Doctor - Final ratings

Vincent and the DoctorFinal figures for Episode Ten, Vincent and the Doctor, published by BARB show the story was watched by 6.76 million viewers.

On BBC One the programme got 6.29 million watching where it was the second most watched programme for the channel for the week, just being beaten by Tuesday's EastEnders. An additional 0.47 million watched on BBC HD and when added together the programme totalled 6.76 million viewers.

Final figures for ITV1 HD are not available, so a full top thirty programmes of the week can't be calculated. Doctor Who stands at 18th for the week without HD figures added. If HD figures are included, it will almost certainly rise one place to be the 17th 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.

Eleven Doctors in Character

Character, makers of the successful Doctor Who figures, are to release a new, combined set featuring all eleven Doctors, presented in a "TARDIS" box. All of the figures are newly moulded with different costumes/head sculptures to those previously released individually or in other sets.

The set will also be released in the USA by Underground Toys.

The Eleven Doctors set is due out in the UK in August.

The Lodger - AI - 87

The LodgerThe Appreciation Index figure for The Lodger was 87, joint highest of the series so far.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. Any score over 85 is considered excellent.

The Sunday repeat on BBC Three was watched by 0.45 million viewers, winning its timeslot amongst the multi-channel stations.

With Sunday's overnight figures now available, Doctor Who is currently 41st for the week. This should rise considerably when the final figure is released next week.

Doctor Who Confidential recieved an AI of 81 on Saturday and the Sunday repeat was watched by 0.21 million viewers.

Australian ratings for Cold Blood

Cold Blood has debuted in Australia to good ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 814,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. However, it was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's second highest rating program of the day, coming second to a new episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated a strong 589,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Meanwhile, TV Tonight also reports that the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art, based in Sydney, will hold a number of Doctor Who 'inspired' short courses over the winter holidays.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

The Pandorica Opens trailer

The Doctor's friends unite to send him a terrible warning; the Pandorica - which is said to contain the most feared being in all the cosmos - is opening. But what's inside, and can the Doctor stop it?

The Lodger - Overnight Ratings - 4.6 Million

The LodgerDoctor Who got an audience of 4.6 million viewers for episode eleven, The Lodger, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The series held up well against its strongest opposition of the series so far, as it faced the build up to England's first match in the Fifa World Cup.

On BBC One it has an average of 4.31 million watching with an additional 0.25 million watching on BBC HD. The share was down to 22.3% with most viewers choosing ITV1's football coverage which, against Doctor Who, peaked at 11 million in the fifteen minutes before the game.

The England v USA match had an average audience of 13.2 million and easily is the most watched programme of the week. It peaked at 19.4 million at 9pm, with over 1.7 million watching on ITV1 HD. The other match of the day, Argentina v Nigeria, had 4.7 million watching. The post match show, James Corden's World Cup Live, got 5.9 million watching, pushing Doctor Who down to fourth for the day and 35th for the week, so far.

Doctor Who is likely to get a substantial boost when the final figures, including details of those who recorded the programme for later viewing, are released next week.

On BBC Three, and directly up against the football match, Doctor Who Confidential had 0.25 million watching, a 1.0% share. An additional 0.14 million watched on BBC HD.

Tom Baker - Demon Quest

Tom BakerTom Baker is once more returning to the role of the fourth Doctor in a second series of audio plays, Demon Quest, for BBC Audiobooks.

Baker appeared in the series Hornet's Nest last year alongside Richard Franklin as Captain Mike Yates, this first time he had played the part of the Doctor for many years.

Demon Quest is written by Paul Magrs, who also wrote Hornet's Quest. No details are yet available about the supporting cast in the series, which will be released over five instalments.

  • 1: Relics of Time - Released 2 September
  • 2: Demon of Paris - Released 7 October
  • 3: Shard of Ice - Released 4 November
  • 4: Starfall - Released 2 December
  • 5: Sepulchre - Released 2 December

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Farewell Moths! Hello BBC!

After some three years of touring, Toby Hadoke's acclaimed one man show Moths Ate My Doctor Who will be coming to an end with a triumphant return to its roots at the Edinburgh Fringe in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 20th August. This is likely to be the last time the show is performed in Scotland, with few other shows subsequently, as Hadoke's new show is launched.

Now I Know My BBC will be a brand new show, with entirely new material for 2010 and beyond. Says the press release:
In a heartfelt love letter to Auntie Beeb, Hadoke justifies a square-eyed childhood with a romp through 30 years of TV icons: the only comedy show in history to mention Quatermass, The Clangers and Juliet Bravo. There might even be a joke about A For Andromeda. Passionate and stroppy enough to be on Points Of View (during the Wogan years).

'Always riotously funny; sometimes surprisingly touching.' (Time Out) Critic's Choice 'Recommended. Surprisingly effective show with an emotional kick.' (Times) 'Eloquent, passionate, forthright, Hadoke is charming" (Chortle)

The show is being performed at The Underbelly in Edinburgh between 5th and 29th August.

For more details, visit the Toby Hadoke official website.

Portal Awards Nominations 2010

Both Doctor Who and Torchwood have been nominated in several categories for this year's Portal Awards, held by Airlock Alpha.

Best Actor/Television sees Jack vs Doctor as both David Tennant and John Barrowman are up for the award; they are joined by Matthew Fox (Lost), Zachary Levi (Chuck), and Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13).

Both shows also appear in the Best Actress/Television category, with Karen Gillan and Eve Myles combatting against Paula Malcomson (Caprica), Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary), and Anna Torv (Fringe).

The awards wouldn't be right without the 10th Doctor's final companion, with Bernard Cribbins nominated for Best Supporting Actor/Television; he's vying for the award with Robert Carlyle (Stargate: Universe), Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse), John Noble (Fringe), and Terry O'Quinn (Lost).

Alex Kingston is nominated for her appearance and River Song in Time of Angels for the Best Special Guest/Television nominations, with her competition being James Callis (FlashForward), Felicia Day (Dollhouse), Leonard Nimoy (Fringe), and Michael Shanks (Smallville).

Finally, both Doctor Who and Torchwood trade blows in both the Best Series/Television and Best Episode/Television nominations, with other shows in the categories including Smallville, Fringe, Stargate: Universe, and Lost.

Voting for the awards commences on the Airlock Alpha website from 25th June, with readers able to vote once a day for the following 30 days. The winners will be announced in August.

Friday, 11 June 2010

The Big Bang - Press Details

The Big Bang
The Press details for the final episode of the current series have released by the BBC Press Office.

The Big Bang, written by Steven Moffat, will be transmitted on Saturday 26th June. The time will depend on the results of the first round of the World Cup, as the BBC will show one of the two matches scheduled on this day.

The Doctor is gone, the Tardis has been destroyed, and the universe is collapsing. The only hope for all reality is a little girl who still believes in stars.

Full series information can be found here.

Doctor Who Adventures - 170

Doctor Who Adventures 168Issue 170 of Doctor Who Adventures comes with a free set of mini Daleks.

Inside, you can read about the attack of the alien granny, nasty Mrs Poggit and her third green eyeball, there is a challenge to find your way round the Maze of the Dead without blinking, and you can check out what adventures lie in store for the Doctor this Saturday in the top-secret sneak preview of The Lodger!

Plus Matt Smith's diary from the set of Vincent and the Doctor, find out what was on his MP3, a new comic and four posters.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Pandorica Opens - Schedule

The Pandorica Opens
The schedule for episode twelve, The Pandorica Opens, has now been confirmed by the BBC with Doctor Who moving to 6.40pm, on Saturday 19th June.

On BBC One, Doctor Who will again be sandwiched between Total Wipeout and The National Lottery: In It to Win It.

Football once more provides the opposition on ITV1, this week Cameroon play Denmark live from Pretoria. The actual match starts at 7.30 so will not clash with Doctor Who.

BBC Two offers Athletics: European Team Championships followed by Mary, Queen of Shops with retail guru Mary Portas. Channel 4 has Channel 4 News followed by the 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding while five has the 1975 film Rooster Cogburn with John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn.

New wave of 5th Series cardboard figures

New lifesize cardboard figures are being released into the 11th Doctor collection. Tying into Victory of the Daleks we see an original, "Ironside" version of the Doctor's greatest foe, accompanied by the new Red "Drone" and White "Supreme" versions. The Daleks are joined by a "regenerating" Weeping Angel from The Time of Angels

The new figures join the existing range of 11th Doctor, Amy Pond, and TARDIS cutouts, and are expected to be released from 11th June.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

David Kincaid 1940 - 2010

David KincaidThe actor David Kincaid has died at the age of 70.

David Kincaid appeared in the 1981, fourth Doctor story, Warrior's Gate, where he played the role of Lane, a member of Rorvik's crew.

Born David Eaglesham Kincaid, he was the son of the poet John Kincaid. He started his working life as a porter on a Clyde paddle steamer before winning a place to train as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Kincaid worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre under Lord Olivier at the Old Vic. He appeared in many film adaptations of the works of Shakespeare and many television roles including Dixon of Dock Green, Dr. Finlay's Casebook and The New Adventures of Robin Hood as well as playing as the Scottish shopkeeper in the Not for girls series of Yorkie Bar commercials.

Kincaid died on May 12th and is survived by a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.

SFX Competition

SFXSFX Magazine, in association with BBC Books, have launched a competition looking for a new description for the Eleventh Doctor, written in the style of Target Books legend, Terrance Dicks.

Fans of the paperback series, which ran through the 70's and 80's will remember Dicks's classic descriptions of the various regenerations of the Doctor. A new description of the Eleventh Doctor is now needed for the new range of BBC Books and SFX are asking their readers to come up with one. Entry's need to be submitted by Twitter so need to be 119 characters or less. They must have the tag #SFXWHO at the end and sent to @SFXmagazine.

The winning phrase, as judged by Terrance Dicks himself, will be used in one of the future Eleventh Doctor books.

Davies talks Torchwood

Torchwood creator Russell T Davies has been talking to BBC News about the new series now in preperation.

He confirmed that part of the series will be filmed in Wales and that John Barrowman will be joined by a mix of British and American cast members. Part of the plot will deal with culture differences between team members.

When asked about the current series of Doctor Who, Davies said he loves the new series, he described Matt Smith and Karen Gillan as part of a glorious age, and said he wished there were twenty episodes a year.

Wilkie Dalek for Sale

Wilkie DalekThe original narrow-based Dalek from The Evil of the Daleks is being sold at Bonhams in London on the 23rd of June.

It was created to go through ordinary doors on set and was nicknamed the Wilkie Dalek after Bernard Wilkie, co founder of the BBC Visual Effects Department rescued it from a skip at Ealing Studios in the 1970’s. It is up for sale with a number of other Doctor Who exhibition items following the closure of the Doctor Who Museum in Blackpool last year.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Doctor Who wins timeslot in Canada.

SpaceCanadian Broadcaster SPACE was the most watched channel in the country during last Saturday's showing of Episode 7 of the current series, Amy's Choice.

Nearly 400,000 viewers were watching Doctor Who at 9pm ET, beating every other Canadian channel. SPACE have described the news as "a big, awesome deal for us – we are thrilled that so many are loving the new Doctor."

The series continues on SPACE this Saturday and runs through until July 24th. The final episode will be followed by a live one-hour 'InnerSpace' fan forum, with a guest panel discussion in front of a live studio audience.

Cold Blood - Final ratings

Cold BloodFinal figures for Episode Nine, Cold Blood, published by BARB show the story was watched by 7.49 million viewers.

On BBC One the programme got 7.04 million watching where it was the fourth most watched programme for the channel for the week, beating Tuesday's EastEnders. An additional 0.45 million watched on BBC HD and when added together the programme totalled 7.49 million viewers and was the 9th 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.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Torchwood International!

TorchwoodThe BBC have announced that a new series of Torchwood will be produced by the BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide, and US network Starz Entertainment.

The series will see John Barrowman and Eve Myles reprise their roles of Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen, and will comprise of ten episodes overseen by series creator Russell T Davies. Other former cast members (like Gwen's husband Rhys played by Kai Owen) have yet to be confirmed, but new faces will appear in the team, with adventures taking place around the world.

Says Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning:
We have a long history of working with many U.S. networks but it is incredibly exciting to be working with Starz for the first time, as well as to be reunited with the best of British in Russell, Jane and Julie. Torchwood will burst back onto the screen with a shocking and moving story with global stakes and locations that will make it feel bigger and bolder than ever.

Jane Tranter, EVP, BBC Worldwide Productions:
Torchwood has attracted remarkable attention and loyalty in both the UK and U.S., and in this new partnership with Starz, the next chapter will not only reward our current fans, but also introduce new viewers to the most impressive instalment yet.

Chris Albrecht, LLC, President and CEO of Starz:
We're committed to programming exceptional television that is entertaining, imaginative and provides a premium TV experience, and by any measure the new concept for Torchwood fits that mandate. I've been part of successful partnerships with Jane Tranter and the BBC previously, and I'm very much looking forward to working with them again.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Albrecht added:
It was too good an opportunity to pass up. Each season of the show, the show has evolved and "The Children of Earth" was terrific as evident in it was just named a Television Critics Press Awards nominee. I'm interested in doing sci-fi and what I like a lot about "Torchwood" is it's a very classic sci-fi entry. It's all about the story, it's not about big effects. I thought "Children of Earth" evolved the franchise to a place where it could continue to evolve on pay TV with an American partner that could bring more production resources.

At the end of "Children of Earth" Torchwood was destroyed, so when we pick up in our world the need for Torchwood arises again. A lot of this story takes place in the U.S. as well with several characters that are in the U.S. intelligence forces and end up teaming up with Gwen and Captain Jack to deal with the situation at hand.

The Hollywood Reporter also spoke to Russell T Davies:
It's very much the next step. It's not a new version, it's not a reboot. We're simply moving countries. The show was previously a format show -- monster of the week. The breakthrough was "Children of Earth" and that it became one long story. It's not going to be 'Lost' and take 20 years to find out what's going on. It's going to have a most remarkable conclusion after 10 episodes.

We're simply going to tell a good story. I wrote the pilot 7 months ago irregardless of network. BBC1 is a prime-time channel, but a brave channel. I don't worry about content.

No date for production and eventual broadcast for the series has been announced, though some media sources have suggested it premiering during Summer 2011.

Vincent and the Doctor - AI

Vincent and the DoctorVincent and the Doctor got an AI or Audience Appreciation Index score of 86.

This puts the programme once more in the excellent category and was the highest score of the day on the two main channels.

With the whole week's overnight figures now available, Doctor Who is in 30th place for the week on overnights, a position which will rise when final figures are released next Monday.

The BBC Three repeat got an audience of 0.52 million, a 2.4% share.

Saturday's Doctor Who Confidential scored an AI figure of 84.

Australian ratings for The Hungry Earth

The Hungry Earth has debuted in Australia to excellent ratings. TV Tonight reports that the episode averaged 914,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, again despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. However, it was not the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating program of the day, instead coming a close second to a new episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot which averaged 926,000 viewers. The corresponding Confidential Cutdown also rated a solid 635,000 viewers in the five major capitals.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Vincent and the Doctor - Overnight Ratings

Vincent and the DoctorDoctor Who got an audience of 5.0 million viewers for episode ten, Vincent and the Doctor, according to unofficial overnight figures.

4.7 million watched on BBC One, where it was the highest rated show of the day. An additional 0.3 million watched on BBC HD, giving a total audience of 5.0 million and a share of 29.4% of the total audience. It was the 2nd highest rated show of the day.

The winner of the day was the final of Britain's Got Talent on ITV1, which had an audience of 12.3 million, becoming the most watched programme of the week.

Doctor Who is currently 26th for the week, a position which will rise when the final figures are released next week.

On BBC Three, Doctor Who Confidential had an audience of 241,000, a 1.2% share.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Jonathan Battersby

Jonathan BattersbyThe actor Jonathan Battersby has died at the age of 57.

Jonathan Battersby recently appeared in the second story of the current series playing Winder in The Beast Below. He also appeared in an uncredited role in Victory of the Daleks.

Battersby, as well as being a well respected actor, was well known in financial circles. After graduating from RADA in 1972, he worked as an actor for a number of years, including a spell in the National Theatre. In 1981 he left acting and joined the financial industry, rising to become president of the Life Insurance Association.

He retired from the LIA in 2004, and returned to his previous career as an actor, winning roles in Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Emmerdale as well as Doctor Who.

Battersby was first diagnosed with prostate cancer during his LIA presidency. He died peacefully on 22nd May 2010, at Trinity Hospice, Clapham.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Blue Box

A new Doctor Who fanzine has been published in the UK and is now available to order.

Published by Grant Bull, issue 1 includes an interview with David J Howe conducted by Grant Bull and an in-depth interview with Paul Cornell conducted by Gareth Kavanagh.

Also in the fanzine
  • Towering Ambitions by Jez Strickley
  • Writing to the Doctor by Ian Wheeler
  • Playing Games by David Mac
  • Finding Light in a Dark Place by Bob Furnell
  • Doctor Who – A Loving Obsession by Grant Bull
  • Looking Back: Death to the Daleks by Richard Farrell

There is art throughout and the beginnings of a comic strip by Ellis Hampton and Erin. All wrapped in a cover by Draculasaurus.

The Fanzine costs £1.50 in the UK and £2.50 worldwide. Paypal orders to or email for more details on the same address.

Doctor Who Adventures 169

Doctor Who Adventures 168In this week's issue, Doctor Who Adventures takes a look at Rory and reveals what's cracking the universe.

The Magazine looks ahead to find out what is in store for the Doctor and Amy in their next adventure in the top-secret guide to Vincent and the Doctor.

This issue comes with an inflatable TARDIS!

Manning's walk for life

Katy ManningFormer Doctor Who companion Katy Manning will be doing the Crusaid Walk For Life this Sunday, 6th June, in London.

Manning played Jo Grant, assistant to the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, from 1971-1973, and will return to the character when she stars alongside new Doctor Matt Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures later this year.

She volunteered to do the walk with the deputy editor of GT magazine, Darren Scott, when she heard he had agreed to do the walk in a novelty Dalek costume. Referring to her infamous naked Dalek photoshoot from the 70s, she joked that the pair should recreate the pose, albeit fully clothed.

Crusaid’s Walk for Life is Europe’s largest fundraising walk for HIV and AIDS. The pair can be sponsored via the event website.