Bookmark and Share New Torchwood Series 4 details

12/31/2010 11:45:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The official Torchwood Facebook page has added new a synopsis for Torchwood: The New World.

It does contain spoilers but if you do want to know just click 'reveal' to view the the new details.




Jane Epenson (Writer for three episodes of The New World) recently confirmed on her Twitter page that a read-through of the first episode is due to take place sometime next week.

Bookmark and Share The Next Doctor Ratings

12/31/2010 10:45:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The repeat of the 2008 Christmas special, The Next Doctor, had an audience of 1.3 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The programme which stars David Tennant as the tenth Doctor and David Morrissey as Jackson Lake, had a 12.0% share of the audience and won its timeslot.

The repeat series continues today on BBC One with Planet of the Dead showing at 1.10pm.

Bookmark and Share People Roundup

12/31/2010 10:15:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Matt Smith tells Now Magazine that he isn't worried about being type-cast: "playing the Doctor hasn't prevented Christopher Eccleston or David Tennant from taking on other parts." He also commented on the length of Karen's Gillan skirts in the series: "I know those short skirts caused a furore but I say bring them on. I see nothing wrong with celebrating women and their sexiness. There's absolutely nothing exploitative or demeaning about it."

Karen Gillan made a special appearance on Monday at her old haunt the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness, where she was called onto the stage to help clean it and then get gunked in goo as part of the show's "grotty totty". Says theatre marketing manager Laurie Piper: "all the way through the show the writer, Iain Laughlan, incorporated 23 Dr Who jokes, so some audience members might have had an idea what was going on. When Karen was called on to the stage, the kids loved it and everyone was delighted. She did it in great spirit." The actress recently became Arts Education Ambassador at the theatre. [Aberdeen Press and Journal]

John Barrowman has had to pull out of his pantomime Aladdin (SECC, Glasgow); the theatre reports: "In terms of future performances, as time goes on it is a case of evaluating his health prior to a performance to see if he is match-fit. John is genuinely disappointed at not being able to make the performances he has missed due to the flu virus – he is a professional who will always perform should he be able to. He is doing everything he can to make a full recovery." Meanwhile, his role is being played by his cousin Greg Barrowman. [Glasgow Evening Times, Herald Scotland]

Former Doctor David Tennant came fourth in a poll of the "most sexy celebrity in glasses", carried out by the College of Optometrists. He was beaten by fashion designer Gok Wan, actor Johnny Depp and comedian Alan Carr.

Finally, the New Years Honours list sees a couple of Doctor Who guest stars honoured: Burt Kwouk (Lin Futu, Four to Doomsday) is to be awarded an OBE and actress Sheila Hancock (Helen A, The Happiness Patrol) will receive a CBE for services to drama. [more details and video for Hancock at BBC News]

Bookmark and Share Big Finish Short Trips: Rise and Fall

12/31/2010 07:00:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

Big Finish are offering a free download of Rise and Fall from Doctor Who: Short Trips Volume I. More details from their blog post below.

As a special thank you to all our listeners, and in the spirit of the festive season, we're offering the first Short Trips story (from Doctor Who: Short Trips Volume I - out now) as a free podcast download.

The story, entitled Rise and Fall, is written by George Mann, read by William Russell and features the first incarnation of the Doctor. Doctor Who: Short Trips Volume I features seven other stories, featuring Doctors 2 to 8, read by David Troughton, Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred and India Fisher. The second volume, featuring another eight stories, will be available in February 2011.

'Naturally we hope this might whet the appetite of those who haven't yet ordered the first volume of Short Trips,' confesses executive producer Nick Briggs. 'But in any case, I just wanted us to share this rather special story with all our listeners at what is, for many people, a very special time of year. Writer George Mann has really captured the essence of Doctor Who in a truly engaging, moving tale. I'd particularly like to pay tribute to William Russell's brilliant reading and Martin Montague's lovely sound design.'

Download it from here (MP3)

Bookmark and Share DVD Update

12/30/2010 11:34:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: SnakedanceDoctor Who: KindaThe two stories comprising The Mara Tales will be released in North America as separate stories on April 12, 2011. Kinda and Snakedance feature the Fifth Doctor and are released as a boxset in the UK a month earlier.

Meanwhile it has been confirmed that Australia will see the release of the Third Doctor story, The Mutants, on February 3, 2011, just a few days after its UK release.

2|entertain have announced, via their Twitter feed, that they hope to launch a YouTube channel in January on with they will post trailers and additional material made to complement the release of classic Doctor Who DVDs.

For full details of the global DVD release schedule see our product page.

Bookmark and Share Matt Smith makes Christmas Visit

12/30/2010 03:40:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Matt SmithA young Doctor Who fan had his dream come true when he got the chance to meet Matt Smith thanks to Smith's local paper the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

Alfe Game was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma when he was just five and spent last Christmas in Hospital. He went into remission in the summer and has since dedicated hours of his time to helping children in a similar position to himself, collecting toys for presents for children and designing Christmas cards to be sold to fund presents for friends who have relapsed with leukaemia.

As a thank-you for his hard work, the paper set up a surprise Christmas Eve visit from the Eleventh Doctor, who was born and grew up in Northampton.

After the visit Alfe Game said
Meeting Doctor Who was fantastic. When I heard I was going to meet him I was so excited I was crying inside and when I saw him on my doorstep I was so happy. I’ve got what I wanted for Christmas. This has been the best Christmas yet.

Smith told the Chronicle & Echo
We talked a lot about Doctor Who and what he wanted for Christmas, and then he showed me his presents, but we were just hanging out really. It’s nice to see how inspired children are by Doctor Who and how much of a difference it can make sometimes, when you hear about them meeting in hospital, talking about it and bonding over it. This has been a wonderful experience.

More details and a video clip of the meeting can be seen on the paper's website.

Bookmark and Share Voyage of the Damned Ratings

12/30/2010 12:49:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Voyage of the DamnedThe BBC One lunchtime repeat series continued on Wednesday when of the 2007 Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, had an audience of 1.4 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The programme which stars David Tennant as the tenth Doctor and Kylie Minogue as Astrid Peth, had a 12.7% share of the audience. The second half of the programme won its timeslot outrating Oliver Twist on ITV1.

The repeat series continues Thursday with The Next Doctor at 2.10pm.

Bookmark and Share New Doctor Who Maxi Busts

12/29/2010 05:35:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Titan Merchandise have added two new 8" 3/4 length busts to their the Doctor Who Masterpiece Collection.

This beautifully-sculpted 8" maxi-bust of Captain Jack Harkness perfectly-replicates John Barrowman's effortlessly-charismatic performance as the rogue time agent, Torchwood leader, and sometimes-companion of the Doctor! With his swirling RAF greatcoat and his signature vintage revolver at the ready, this Doctor Who fan-favorite is captured amazingly accurately in this astonishingly detailed three-quarter length premium sculpt.



The most evil being the Time Lords have ever produced, The Master has vexed the Doctor for decades. Sculpted by Titan, this beautiful 8" maxi-bust of The Master celebrates John Simm's acclaimed performance as The Doctor's arch-enemy, British Prime Minister Harold Saxon - better known as the Master! An evil grin and his laser screwdriver at the ready, the universe's most evil Time Lord is captured amazingly accurately in this astonishingly detailed three-quarter length premium sculpt.



These are to be released in April 2011 and can be pre ordered in the USA from BigBadToyStore.com

Bookmark and Share Runaway Bride Ratings

12/29/2010 01:26:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Runaway BrideThe Tuesday BBC One lunchtime repeat of the 2006 Christmas special, The Runaway Bride, had an audience of 1.5 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The programme which stars David Tennant as the tenth Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble, had a 12.3% share of the audience and won its time slot.

Meanwhile this year's Christmas special, A Christmas Carol has shot to the top of the US iTunes chart.

Bookmark and Share BBC America Ratings

12/29/2010 12:32:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who:A Christmas Carol had an average audience of 727,000 viewers for its first showing on BBC America on Christmas Day.

TV by the Numbers report the figure, which is for the 9-10.20pm showing on the channel. Last year the first part of The End of Time, which was shown the day after Christmas, achieved 671,000 viewers in the same timeslot.

Figures are not yet available for the other showings on the channel.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who returns to Italy

12/27/2010 11:54:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: RAIDoctor Who returns to Italy next month, when the state broadcaster RAI brings the show to their entertainment channel RAI 4 available on digital terrestrial television in Italy and digital satellite television through Tivù Sat.

The channel has acquired all five series of modern Doctor Who as well as the specials. Day and time of broadcast are, at present, still under development but the channel has confirmed via their Facebook page that the series will start sometime in January.

The first three series were previously shown on satellite television in Italy and RAI will be using the same dubbed transmission tapes when they show the series. The fourth and fifth series will be new to the country. The translation is being handled by BBC Worldwide.

For a full roundup of Doctor Who around the world, see our sister site This Week In Doctor Who.

Bookmark and Share A Christmas Carol: Appreciation Index

12/27/2010 04:41:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol achieved an Appreciation Index or AI score of 83.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. Although the score is down slightly on previous years, it was still the second highest AI on BBC One for Christmas Evening with just The Royle Family scoring more with 84.

The Sunday evening BBC Three repeat was watched by 527,000 viewers.

With overnight ratings available for the whole week, Doctor Who finished fourth, with a decent chance of moving up the chart when the official figures are released next week.

Bookmark and Share People Roundup

12/27/2010 05:45:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) has won the Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing. He told the Daily Mail that on the possibility of hosting the dance show: "If [Bruce Forsyth, current host] were to offer those dancing shoes to me, I would gladly take them. It would be an incredible gig.".

Katherine Jenkins (Abigail Pettigrew, A Christmas Carol) was due to sing for the troops with James Blunt in Afghanistan but because of the snowy weather hitting the UK the plane was unable to take off. She posted to her Twitter account: "Am so gutted - words can't describe how disappointed we all are." The BBC have a video of Katherine singing for the troops on board the plane.

Jane Espenson (Writer, Torchwood: The New World) has indicated via her Twitter page that she'll be producing the episodes that she writes for The New World.

David Harewood (Joshua Naismith, The End of Time) has joined the cast of forthcoming US Showtime drama pilot Homeland. Deadline has more information about his role.

Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow, Blink) is on the front cover of ELLE UK for January 2011 which features an interview with her. There is a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot for the magazine. Click here for more details about the issue.

Daphne Ashbrook (Grace Holloway, TV Movie) has released her first music CD entitled Grace Notes. It is available to download from iTunes and other online stores. Daphne was talking about her new CD and musical career with The Happiness Patrol podcast.

David Tennant has narrated Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice. The BBC YouTube channel has uploaded 3 preview clips. 1, 2 and 3.

Bookmark and Share A Christmas Carol debuts down under

12/27/2010 01:56:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

A Christmas Carol has debuted in Australia to good ratings. TV Tonight reports that Carol averaged 880,000 viewers in the five major capital cities, despite stiff competition from the commercial networks. It won its time-slot, was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating drama of the day and was the eighth highest rating programme of the day overall. Doctor Who at the Proms also rated a respectable 141,000 viewers at the early timeslot of 5pm.

The fast-tracking of the Christmas special has also attracted considerable local media, including a number of interviews with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. Gillan has been interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald and the Canberra Times, while Smith has spoken to the Herald-Sun, the Sunday Telegraph and the Sun-Herald where he expresses the hope of visiting Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald has also rated 'A Christmas Carol' its 'show of the week' with Michael Idato writing that it 'is sure to be the firmest and finest footprint in the life of the 11th doctor so far.'

Boxing Day shoppers and restaurant goers got an unexpected surprise in the middle of Melbourne when the giant screen in Federation Square switched from the end of Australia's tragic day's play in the Ashes to a live feed from ABC TV showing the entirety of the 2010 Christmas Special!


Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Experience: Pilot test days

12/27/2010 01:30:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

BBC Events are offering fans the chance to take part in pilot days to test the Doctor Who Experience attraction before opening up to everyone.

The test days will take place on Saturday 5 February and Wednesday 9 February. You can enter the random draw at any time until 4pm on Friday 14 January.

More information below from the events listing.

Step into the TARDIS and be part of the adventure.

BBC Worldwide invites you on a journey of a lifetime. The Doctor Who Experience promises to be an unmissable adventure featuring an exhilarating and unique walk-through experience and an awe-inspiring exhibition.

You'll be invited to step through a crack in time to become the Doctor's companion on an adventure. Your challenge will be to reunite the Doctor with the TARDIS whilst fending off threats from a Dalek spaceship and Weeping Angels along the way, before exploring the wonders of Doctor Who at an out-of-this-world exhibition.

Prior to opening to the public on Sunday 20 February 2011 at Olympia Two, we are inviting an audience to take part in two pilot days to fully test the attraction. These audiences will be the first lucky people to view the new attraction, therefore their patience and understanding will be required due to the fact that it will be a test day.

The test days will take place on Saturday 5 February and Wednesday 9 February.

Due to the popularity of this attraction we are operating a random draw and limiting ticket requests to four tickets per household per day.

You can enter the random draw at any time until 4pm on Friday 14 January.

Further information:
The Doctor Who Experience operates a timed ticket entry. You will be allocated an arrival time between midday and 2.30pm. Guests are asked to arrive 20 minutes before their allocated time slot to allow for queuing time, ticket checks and security checks.

Like the television series, the new Doctor Who Experience includes monsters and scenes that young children may find scary, so parental guidance is recommended.

Visitors are not permitted to take any pictures, video or audio recordings of the Doctor Who Experience pilot event or disclose any other information about the Doctor Who Experience pilot event without BBC Worldwide's prior written approval. BBC Worldwide reserves its right to bring legal action for breach of this condition.

CCTV will be in use at this event for your security and safety.

Please note filming will be taking place, by attending you give BBC and BBC Worldwide the right to use the whole or part of your contributions in all media and markets throughout the world.

Please note that by applying for tickets you are agreeing to your details being passed to production who may contact you before the event.

To enter the random draw visit the BBC Events Website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who 2011 Series Trailer

12/26/2010 09:10:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

BBC America have posted the trailer for the 2011 series of Doctor Who to their Anglophenia blog. The trailer originally aired after the end credits of A Christmas Carol. The next series of Doctor Who is expected to air sometime in Spring. You can read our summary guide for series 6/32 by clicking here.




Update (29/12)
BBC America have also been playing a specially made promo video featuring The Doctor and Amy Pond on their network:

Bookmark and Share A Christmas Carol: UK press reaction

12/26/2010 06:35:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

UK press coverage in the aftermath of A Christmas Carol have been muted so far, with only a few of the broadsheets reviewing the episode; of those, both Dan Martin from the Guardian and Phil Hogan from the Observer were positive on what they saw:

Dan Martin: Moffat scripts are always ingenious, but A Christmas Carol is a remarkably small-scale caper. There's no malevolent alien invasion force – just Michael Gambon perfectly cast as a lonely old man with a grudge against the world in general and Christmas in particular. Because we need a behind-the-sofa sequence there's the flying shark, but "Clive" (as she was dubbed by the production team to ward off spoilers) turns out not to be a baddie after all. And while we don't want to belittle the lives of 4004 people, the stakes are remarkably low – no threat of enslavement of a population, no nuclear Armageddon circling the Earth, no madmen flirting with the end of reality. Which feels right – because Christmas isn't really about those things. It's about the kind of warm and shameless sentimentality in which this episode deals, a time where it always snows and love always saves the day.

A Christmas Carol riffs magnificently and faithfully on the beauty and simplicity of its source material. At Christmas people always talk about the Greatest Story Ever Told in other terms, but this is a sumptuous triumph from start to finish.

Read the full review here.
Phil Hogan: It was a pity that Sardick's journey to niceness via fear and self-loathing had to bring so abrupt an end to his excellent scathing wit, but I suppose you don't want an audience grinning too much through the heart-thawing and ground-out repentance. Things worked out in the end, though not without some syrupy longueurs as the now twentysomething Sardick fell in love with the fragrant Katherine (playing the fragrant Abigail) only to find – after umpteen slightly uneventful secret outings from her cold prison – that she only had one day left to live. I'm sorry to say that in my mind's eye I could only see hordes of philistines wandering off to the kitchen for a mini pork pie during her big aria, but what's the point of hiring a world-class Welsh mezzo-soprano if you're not going to give the girl a bit of quality emoting time?

Read the full review here.

However, not everybody was happy with the Christmas serving of Doctor Who, with Chris Harvey of the Telegraph being quite negative about it:

Phew, that was a bit rich, wasn’t it? I think I’ve eaten too much. I’m not sure if it was that festive sleigh-ride across the rooftops in a carriage pulled by a giant fog-breathing shark that had been tamed by the sweet song of a cryogenically frozen maiden that did it, but I actually feel rather queasy.

Of course, Matt Smith’s first Christmas Special as the Doctor had been written with the word “Christmassy” in mind, it’s not really for old curmudgeons like me, who got more of a kick out of Michael Gambon’s miserly Kazran Sardick when he was sneering and snarling at the beginning of the episode than when he had been thoroughly heartwarmed by the end.
But there was just something so overblown about the whole thing, it reminded me of the worst excesses of the Russell T Davies era, when everything just kept getting bigger, louder, more operatic… feebler.

Read the full review here.

In other places, the Metro concentrated on how Katherine Jenkins was being received by people on social communication tool Twitter, quoting several fans for and against the singer's first acting role.

Further reviews may be found from Seenit, Den of Geek and On The Box; further links will be added via Doctor Who in the Media over the forthcoming days.

Bookmark and Share 10.3 Million watch A Christmas Carol

12/26/2010 09:39:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor WhoUnofficial overnight figures show Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol was watched by an audience of 10.3 million on BBC One and BBC One HD last night.

The programme was the second highest rated for the day with EastEnders taking the top place with 11.4 million. The new Matt Lucas / David Walliams comedy, Come Fly With Me was third with just a few thousand viewers short of Doctor Who.

Once again the BBC triumphed with eight of the top ten places. Against Doctor Who ITV scheduled Emmerdale, which got 7.2 million watching. Doctor Who got a share of 39.8% of the total audience.

So far Doctor Who is the fourth most watched programme for the week, behind one Coronation Street and two EastEnders.

1.3 million watched the programme on BBC One HD.

Last year, Doctor Who achieved an overnight rating of 10.4 million watching on BBC One and BBC HD, and was third for the day.

On BBC Three Doctor Who Confidential had 207,000 watching, a 0.8% share of the audience.

It is important to note that the overnight figures are an initial estimate. Final figures, including those who record the programme and watch it within a week, will be published by BARB in around 8 days time.



NB: The 9am Christmas Day repeat of The Sarah Jane Adventures, Death of the Doctor, got an overnight rating of 1.4 million, far higher than its initial showing on the channel.

Bookmark and Share BBC America TARDIS Building Contest

12/25/2010 01:50:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

BBC America have launched a competition to find the best homemade TARDIS.

The first place winner will be awarded the grand prize of a Doctor Who screening event at a venue in their area in September 2011, with a maximum of 50 guests, plus one copy of every episode of Doctor Who currently available on DVD in the United States.

Judging will be based on documentation of the following:
  • Most original design of the TARDIS
  • Most creative use of materials
  • Most creative placement in a public location
  • Most Facebook likes on wheresthetardis.com


The competition is open only to legal residents of the Continental United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) who are eighteen years of age or older at the time of entry.

More information can be found at WheresTheTARDIS.com

Bookmark and Share And now on BBC One ...

12/25/2010 08:31:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

It's Christmas Day, and after a day of celebration evening draws in and its time to settle down to ...

And now on BBC One ...

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol - 6:00pm UK, 9:00 US (ET)


See how the Doctors celebrated their own Christmas back in 2005 ...


(from the Dead Ringers Christmas Special 2005 - via BBC Comedy Greats on YouTube - may not play in all regions)


And a Happy Christmas to all of you at home, from the Doctor Who News Team!


Bookmark and Share BBC America TARDIS Building Contest

12/25/2010 01:10:00 am - Reported by Marcus

BBC America have launched a competition to find the best homemade TARDIS.

The first place winner will be awarded the grand prize of a Doctor Who screening event at a venue in their area in September 2011, with a maximum of 50 guests, plus one copy of every episode of Doctor Who currently available on DVD in the United States.

Judging will be based on documentation of the following:
  • Most original design of the TARDIS
  • Most creative use of materials
  • Most creative placement in a public location
  • Most Facebook likes on wheresthetardis.com


The competition is open only to legal residents of the Continental United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) who are eighteen years of age or older at the time of entry.

More information can be found at WheresTheTARDIS.com

Bookmark and Share Shadows of the Vashta Nerada: Trailer

12/24/2010 10:56:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have put a trailer for the fourth Doctor Who Adventure Game, Shadow of the Vashta Nerada, up onto their official YouTube channel.

So you've learnt to fly the TARDIS and defeat the Cybermen and Daleks. But how will you fare against the fearsome Vashta Nerada? In an underwater base. While being attacked by alien sea monsters. Do you think you're ready?



The game is available to download for free in the UK from the BBC Doctor Who website.

Bookmark and Share Charlie and the Doctor's Badger

12/24/2010 02:59:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The fourth of the Doctor Who Confidential Red Button previews of A Christmas Carol is now available online. Today video blogger Charlie McDonnell looks for the Doctor's Badger.

The clip will be on the Red Button service later today.


Video may not be available outside the United Kingdom.

Bookmark and Share Matt Smith talks about his fan mail

12/24/2010 12:29:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Matt Smith has been telling Graham Norton about his fan mail. He is a guest on the chat show this week alongside Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

The whole interview can be seen in the UK tonight on BBC One at 10.30pm and in the United States on BBC America at 10.20pm Christmas Day. It was shown in Australia on Christmas Eve there, and is repeated on Christmas Day (10:00pm, ABC1)


Bookmark and Share Tinsel Takeover on BBC Radio One

12/24/2010 10:34:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Tomorrow (Christmas Day) sees BBC Radio One present The Tinsel Takeover 2010, a programme running throughout the day featuring twenty-seven Radio One listeners getting to present a fifteen minute show.

At around midday, Doctor Who gets a look-in with fan Adrian Davies taking on the mantle of presenting, as he tells the Doctor Who News Page:

I wanted to let you know I’m really excited and thrilled because I’m going to on the UK BBC Radio 1 on Christmas Day, they are doing an event called The Tinsel Takeover where listeners have had the chance to submit ideas for a 15 minute show including clips and music and they liked mine which I called Doctor Who at Christmas!

I’m going to be on tomorrow around 12pm, this link goes to a nice festive photo of me and I think will then include a link to the iPlayer for listening to it for up to 7 days after the show has been on.

I’m very excited about the show, but also rather nervous in case it doesn’t sound great, but we’ll see!! And being on a BBC channel on Christmas Day and when a new Doctor Who special is on BBC 1 later that day as well is incredibly thrilling……

Unfortunately as I had a cold and sore throat when I recorded Doctor Who at Christmas my voice isn’t at it’s best, oh well I was hoping I might sound good for voice overs but it’s such a fantastic opportunity and I’m so thrilled about it and hope it’s a bit of very un-cynical fun where I delight in the Christmas Doctor Who stories. Hopefully I don’t sound too geeky on it….. Oops….

Today saw a celebrity takeover of the radio station with the Top Ten of 2010; the 8:00-9:00am slot featured Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan presenting their favourite songs for the year - the show is repeated on Boxing Day at 2:00pm and is available to listen to on the BBC iPlayer until New Year's Eve.

Bookmark and Share BBC America to air Series Six alongside UK?

12/24/2010 08:24:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

CNN have reported that plans are afoot to broadcast the sixth series of Doctor to the United States within hours of airing in the United Kingdom.

Addressing the issue of fans downloading episodes via the Internet way ahead of their broadcast in the USA, the vice president of programming at BBC America, Richard de Croce, said:
(It) means fans love the shows so much they can't wait to see them.

And that's the world we live in, in terms of technology, quite honestly. So let's air these shows as quickly as we can post the UK's transmission.

Plans are in the works for season six of "Doctor Who" to be broadcast the same day in the United States as well.
Tomorrow's broadcast of A Christmas Carol will be the first time American fans will be able to watch Doctor Who on the same evening as those in the UK, with Australia and Canada following suit a day later.


However, Doctor Who hasn't always aired first in the UK; the 1996 TV Movie aired in the USA and Canada a couple of weeks before the BBC, and back in 1983 some American fans actually got to see the 20th Anniversary story The Five Doctors on PBS two days before those in the United Kingdom!

Bookmark and Share The Twelve Doctors of Christmas

12/24/2010 02:27:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor WhoTor.com is publishing a series or articles entitled The Twelve Doctors of Christmas, in which a host of special guest writers celebrate the many men (and one woman) who are known of as The Doctor.

The series starts 26th December.
  • George Mann the author of The Affinity Bridge, The Osiris Ritual and Ghosts of Manhattan, celebrates the First Doctor, William Hartnell.
  • Nick Abadzis the Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist and children’s book author, celebrates the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton.
  • Paul Cornell the writer of the Hugo-nominated Doctor Who episodes, Father’s Day, Human Nature, and The Family of Blood, celebrates the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee.
  • Nicholas Whyte who works as the Brussels representative of Independent Diplomat, celebrates the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker.
  • Pia Guerra winner of an Eisner Award in 2008 for her illustration work on the multiple award-winning Vertigo comic series Y: The Last Man, celebrates the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison.
  • Josiah Rowe writer for our very own Doctor Who News Page, celebrates the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker.
  • Seanan McGuire whose work spans the fantasy, romance, and science fiction genres, celebrates the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy.
  • Steve Mollmann who reviewes the Big Finish audio adventures for Unreality SF, celebrates the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann.
  • Graham Sleight who has an extensive backlog of reviews and critical essays regarding science fiction and fantasy works, celebrates Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston.
  • Nasty Canasta who performs original burlesque shows in New York City, celebrates the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant.
  • Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea, who curated and released Chicks Dig Time Lords in early 2009, an essay collection from female viewpoints along with Mark Waid who is Boom Studios! editor-in-chief, celebrate the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith.
  • Jason Henninger who is a Tor.com blogger, celebrates the Twelve Doctors That Very Briefly Were.

Bookmark and Share Eleventh Hour tops iPlayer requests

12/23/2010 04:53:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Eleventh HourMatt Smith's debut as the Eleventh Doctor is the most watched programme on the BBC iPlayer for the year so far according to the BBC.

The BBC iPlayer celebrates its third Birthday this Christmas with over 1.3 billion requests being made throughout 2010. The Eleventh Hour accounted for 2.2 million of these hits with the rest of the series averaging around 1.5 million hits each.

Top Gear was the second most requested programme, with over half a million fewer requests than Doctor Who.

Daniel Danker, General Manager, Programmes and On Demand, said:
BBC iPlayer has had a remarkable year – with well over 100 million requests for programmes each month of 2010 and over 1.3 billion programmes played through the year. In 2011 we will bring BBC iPlayer to even more licence fee payers, dramatically increasing our investment in BBC iPlayer on mobile and TV, and laying the foundation for an incredibly interactive London 2012 experience.

As part of the BBC's commitment to increase the reach of BBC iPlayer, the service is now available on around 40 different devices. For those who enjoy watching on-demand from the comfort of the living room, BBC iPlayer can be found on a range of TVs including Samsung, LG, and Sony Bravia, Blu-Ray disc players, Nintendo Wii and PS3 games consoles, and Virgin Media and Freesat set-top boxes. For those on the go, the BBC iPlayer mobile site can be accessed from phones and tablets including Apple iPads, iPhones and selected models of BlackBerry, Android, Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Sony Ericsson phones.

TV Top 20: best-performing episode per title/series, 1 January 2010 to 17 December 2010

1 Doctor Who, Series 5, The Eleventh Hour, Episode 1, BBC One, 2,241,000
2 Top Gear, Series 15, Episode 1, BBC Two, 1,680,000
3 Sherlock A Study in Pink, Episode 1, BBC One, 1,403,000
4 Top Gear, Series 14, Episode 7, BBC Two, 1,255,000
5 Outnumbered, Series 3, Programme 1, Episode 1, BBC One 1,157,000
6 EastEnders Live 19/02/201,0 BBC One 1,130,000
7 Live at the Apollo, Series 5, Episode 6, BBC One, 1,076,000
8 The Apprentice, Series 6, Bakery Episode 3, BBC One, 1,050,000
9 Doctor Who, The End of Time Part 2, Episode 2, BBC One, 1,015,000
10 Russell Howard's Good News, Series 2, Episode 3, BBC Three, 982,000
11 Mock The Week, Series 9, Episode 3, BBC Two, 944,000
12 Mock The Week, Series 8, Episode 5, BBC Two, 940,000
13 The Incredibles 2010, BBC One, 904,000
14 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2010, BBC One, 870,000
15 Gavin And Stacey, Series 3, Episode 6, BBC One, 839,000
16 Legally Blonde 2010, BBC Three, 807,000
17 Junior Apprentice, Episode 1, BBC One, 795,000
18 Tracy Beaker Returns, Full Circle Episode 1, CBBC, 776,000
19 World Cup's Most Shocking Moments 01-Jun-10, BBC Three, 730,000
20 Madness In The Fast Lane 10-Aug-10, BBC One, 720,000

Bookmark and Share Charlie - Decorating Bus

12/23/2010 12:28:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The third of the Doctor Who Confidential Red Button previews of A Christmas Carol is now available online.

It will be on the Red Button service later today.

Video may not be available outside the United Kingdom.

Bookmark and Share Twisted Media to work on Torchwood Series 4

12/23/2010 12:25:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

Twisted Media, "a creative collective producing audio, visual and interactive media" have been hired to work on Torchwood: The New World.

The company first announced via their Twitter page that they have been hired to create graphics for the upcoming series of Torchwood. The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday about Twisted Media's work on another TV show called Leverage and mentioned the work on Torchwood.

Derek Frederickson has landed another TV series. He was just hired to work on 10 episodes of "Torchwood," the spinoff of the long-running "Dr. Who" series. Frederickson described the show as "sort of a 'X-Files'-ish division that investigates alien and supernatural activity." Previous seasons of the show have already aired on BBC America; the new season (which will include Bill Pullman and Mekhi Phifer as series regulars) changes the setting from Wales to the U.S. and will air on Starz.

"It's actually a perfect show for Twisted Media because it's aliens and sci-fi and all sorts of computers and technical, science stuff," Frederickson said. "The first script was a total page-turner Â-- I was going nuts reading it. Being a fan of the show, too, and reading this, I'm like, 'Oh my God, I can't wait to see this on-screen.'"

Which means the next few months will be busy for both Frederickson and [Tom] Slattery. "Torchwood" begins shooting in January.

Bookmark and Share Planet of the Ming Mongs

12/22/2010 07:45:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

A new Doctor Who fanzine was released earlier this month. Planet of the Ming Mongs takes a satirical look at Doctor Who fandom.
Ming mong (n.) [miŋ mơŋ] - An obsessive Doctor Who fan (usually disparaging)

PLANET OF THE MING MONGS is a new and/or exciting online fanzine, celebrating Doctor Who fandom in all its weird and sometimes disturbing glory. Bravely poking its nose into the live nest of Who fans, PLANET OF THE MING MONGS is a cornucopia of comedy, parody, art and articles virtually guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes.

Special features to look out for within POTMM include an exclusive interview with Doctor Who Magazine illustrator Ben Morris, comic strips by Jonathan This, Doctor Who facts with Garr and Suthers, "Oi, Spaceman!"'s first convention, and growing up hating Doctor Who with Tommi ‘The Tomlette’ Grey. Also, Tom Bradford explores some of fandom's more baffling myths surrounding Who mythology, and primary school teacher Rebecca Foster talks to us about the effect Doctor Who has had on the children in her class.

Plus, in a scoop more scandalous than Wikileaks, we feature some juicy and 100% not-made-up (honest) unpublished extracts from Russell T Davies and Ben Cook's email opus, The Writer's Tale.

But perhaps best of all, it’s completely free - or your money back.

PLANET OF THE MING MONGS
Edited by Nicholas Blake and designed by Richard Kirby

You can follow updates from the fanzine on Twitter and Facebook.

Bookmark and Share Seven Years of Torchwood?

12/22/2010 05:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

TorchwoodJohn Barrowman has told The Scottish Sun that the BBC and the Starz Network are planning to make seven years of Torchwood.

Barrowman, who is currently appearing in Aladdin at Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium told the paper:
I have turned down a load of other shows to make Torchwood. We'll be filming it in LA as it's now a collaboration between the BBC and the Starz Network in America. They're planning to make it for the next seven years. So I'll be spending six months a year in Hollywood and six back in the UK.

Torchwood: The New World is currently in production for transmission in the summer of 2011.

Bookmark and Share K9: UK DVD release update

12/22/2010 05:00:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The official press information for the forthcoming release of K9 on DVD has clarified that it will be entitled Series One Volume One, and not The Complete Series as previously indicated by online retailers for pre-order. The first thirteen episodes are due to be released on 31st January 2011, with the latter half of the series following on 7th March.

K9 BLAST BLASTS INTO HIS OWN LIVE ACTION SCI-FI ADVENTURE SERIES COMBINING COMEDY, ACTION AND SUSPENSE!

Originally created for the classic British sci-fi show Doctor Who in 1977, K9 has long been an iconic television character. He was created by Bob Baker & Dave Martin, who had been long standing contributors to the show from the Jon Pertwee days through to the Tom Baker era. The robotic dog worked his way into the nation’s hearts and he made on screen come back in 2006 showing up in the David Tennant story School Reunion.

K9 now blasts into his own sci-fi/adventure series combining comedy, action and suspense, which is being shown on shown on Five in the UK. The series combines live action and stunning visual effects and comes from his original creators Bob Baker and Dave Martin.

Synopsis:

London, the near future: Orphan teenager Starkey, ultimately plans to bring down the system but for the time being he is prepared to simply slip through the cracks. He and his friend Jorjie hide out in the residence of reclusive scientist, Professor Gryffen and his errand boy Darius, who are experimenting with alien technology. The Professor blows a hole in the fabric of space/time and they are attacked by two reptilian warrior JIXEN, but they are saved by a small dog-like robot, K9, who follows the Jixen through the portal.

K9 and Starkey, with the assistance of Jorjie, Darius and Gryffen, become the earth’s front line defence against dangers threatening from anywhere and anytime in the galaxy. They will have a lot of fun, adventure, and some scares along the way, saving the earth from alien creatures, monsters and more than a few human threats.


K9 is currently being broadcast in the United Kingdom every morning over the holiday period on Channel Five, and all episodes shown so far are available for those in the UK to watch on their Demand 5 service. The series has been achieving ratings of around 200,000 viewers, about average for the timeslot.

Bookmark and Share Shadows of the Vashta Nerada - Out Now

12/22/2010 02:35:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Adventure GamesThe BBC has released the fourth Episode in The Adventure Games Series: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada in the United Kingdom.

The game was expected on Christmas Day, but today has been made available to download from the BBC Website.

The game is written by Phil Ford - author of the first 'gamisode' in the series, City of the Daleks and is available in a Windows and a Mac version.

As with the previous games, Shadows of the Vashta Nerada will be available for purchase worldwide on the PC platform at a later date from Direct2Drive, who will release both this and the third game TARDIS together as a bundle; however, the Mac version will not be available outside the UK.

Bookmark and Share Charlie and the TARDIS

12/22/2010 02:33:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The second of the Doctor Who Confidential Red Button previews of A Christmas Carol is now available on the BBC's YouTube Channel.

It will be on the Red Button service later today.


Video may not be available outside the United Kingdom.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Comic Book - Best Licensed Series

12/22/2010 02:27:00 am - Reported by Marcus

MTV SplashMTV Splash has named the IDW Doctor Who Comic Books as the Best Licensed Series in their review of the best of 2010.

The books by by Tony Lee, Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison, Blair Shedd, and others have been published since 2008. The 2009/10 series is sometimes marketed with the unofficial title of Doctor Who Ongoing and consists of 16 issues and one annual featuring the tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant.

Lee managed to craft a series of adventures that not only played in the same world as the "Doctor Who" television series but made notable additions to it, too. The "Doctor Who 2010 Annual" and Lee's heartbreaking farewell to The Tenth Doctor in issue #16 is not to be missed,

Bookmark and Share BFI Discussion Online

12/21/2010 11:20:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: BFIThe British Film Institute has uploaded an 8 minute clip taken from the recent Q & A with Matt Smith, Katherine Jenkins and Stephen Moffat, which took place after the South Bank screening of the episode earlier this month.

The clip is on the BFI Live page and contains spoilers from the episode.

Bookmark and Share Torchwood Magazine Issue 25

12/21/2010 08:25:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

The latest and final issue of Torchwood Magazine has been released. The official Torchwood Magazine Facebook page posted earlier today: "The final issue of Torchwood Magazine is now on sale. Make sure you get your copy as this is going to be a collector's item!".

In the editorial notes of issue 24 the magazine posted:
"Finally, in less happy news, the next issue of Torchwood magazine will be the last for a while, Everything changes, and with the TV show on its way back as a BBC/Starz co-production, there's a whole new world of merchandising to be worked out, and plenty of new projects in the pipeline. Hopefully, by this time next year, interest in the series will be at an all-time high, and Torchwood magazine will rise again - whether with the same old team or in a whole new guise......"


Issue contents:
  • Interview: John Barrowman reveals his thoughts about being Captain Jack and returning in Torchwood: The New World.
  • We talk to Eve Myles about playing Torchwood's action mum, Gwen Cooper.
  • For our final issue, we take a look back at some of the most memorable things the stars said about Children of Earth.
  • Archivist Andrew Pixley charts the development and day-by-day production of the episode that saw Owen face up to life, death and Tintin.
  • In the last ever Beyond the Hub, Kate Lloyd takes a flying trip through the remaining worlds of weirdness we never quite got round to...
  • A brand new Toshiko Sato adventure by James Moran, with art by Adrian Salmon.
  • Owen Harper waves a ghostly tale in a new adventure by Trevor Baxendale, with art by Ben Willsher.
  • A time travel adventure in the midst of the Cardiff Blitz, by Gary Russell and John Ridgway.
  • Gwen is forced to go it alone in an epic adventure by Steve Tribe and James Goss, with art by Mike Dowling.
The first issue of the magazine was released on 24 January 2008 and was originally printed every four weeks until Issue 14 when they moved to being a bi-monthly production with a larger page count. [Wikipedia]


Some page samples for the issue can be viewed from the BBC's official Torchwood Facebook page

Bookmark and Share A Christmas Carol introduction by Matt Smith

12/21/2010 06:40:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Today's Adventure Calendar from the BBC's Doctor Who site features Matt Smith (aka the Doctor) presenting a special introduction to Saturday's Christmas episode, A Christmas Carol.


This video is served by the BBC may not play outside of the United Kingdom

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Red Button Blog

12/21/2010 05:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Confidential preview of A Christmas Carol is now available via the Red Button service on Freeview and Sky/Virgin media.

The preview is Day One of a video blog by Charlie McDonnell, who explores the Doctor Who set. Further segments are expected at 6pm each day, leading up to the broadcast of the episode itself on Christmas Day.

The schedule for the red button service is listed here.


The preview is also available on the BBC's YouTube Channel:


Video may not be available outside the United Kingdom.

Bookmark and Share Soundtrack release for A Christmas Carol

12/21/2010 05:30:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Silva Screen have announced that a new Doctor Who soundtrack will be released early next year.

The soundtrack, which is due for release in February, will cover music from this year's Christmas Special, A Christmas Carol and will include a performance from Katherine Jenkins (Abigail Pettigrew), who will be singing Abigail’s Song

The music is composed by Murray Gold and performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Crouch End Festival Chorus. The album will be available both on CD and for download.

Bookmark and Share Monster Invasion for 2011

12/20/2010 04:08:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Magazines will be launching a new partwork magazine in April 2011, entitled Doctor Who: Monster Invasion.

The magazine was first published in April during Matt Smith's first series, but was only available in southwest England in a test run to see how it might be received. This original series of six issues introduced a new card game with some 90 cards to collect; there were also special 3D cards that enabled the collector to interact with the magazine's website, which also provided further information about the cards and magazine, and also games to play.

(This website is still active, and it is possible to sign up for a newsletter for more information on developments.)

It isn't clear as yet whether the April launch will be a completely fresh start or will build upon the card series previously released.


Comic artist Jamie Smart has recently announced that he is working on the project, via his blog:
(Jamie successfully submitted a test piece in 2009) Just before Christmas I was called up to the BBC, given a hard drive filled with top secret images from the (as yet unscreened) new series, and sent away to work on six more pieces. The magazine was released in a test area of the country, and then for the most part of this year I sat and waited.

Word came in a little while ago that it had gone well, they were to roll the magazine out across the UK, and would I consider carrying on? A long-term contract like this, to produce weekly work for over a year, is usually a dream to freelancers, but I did have concerns. There are already a handful of other projects I need to be working on next year, and I’ve been real worried that I’m trying to take too much on. But then the sense of reason kicks in, it’s Dr Sodding Who. What an opportunity.
 


"Partwork" magazines are those that are regularly published as part of a series, normally to build up a collection, and Doctor Who is no stranger to the format! Back in 2006, Battles in Time also revolved around a collectible card game, and was published until 2009. Last year then saw the launch of the Doctor Who Files, a DVD collector series which initially released the first four series of 21st Century Doctor Who, but has since continued with classic series stories (as well as completing the David Tennant Specials in the next couple of months).

Bookmark and Share WhoNews Charity Appeal Updates

12/20/2010 02:00:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

From Monday there are just four days left of the WhoNews iOS app charity appeal. WhoNews is a Doctor Who news application which offers news from over 30 websites. For a full list of features please click here.

Paul Gee, creator of the app is donating all profits from sales to charity between 23rd November and 23rd December. Below are updates from his blog.

9th December: From 9th - 23rd December all profits from WhoNews will be going to Cure Leukaemia, a charity that enables patients access to potentially life saving, ground breaking drugs and treatments. The charity supports the Haematology Centre at the University Hospital Birmingham, UK and also those hospitals working with the centre through joint research into the condition. This includes Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Stoke on Trent, Dudley, Worcester, Stafford, Heartlands and Sandwell. Check out their website for more details.

16th December: I thought I’d also give you a little update on Andrew the young boy who inspired the appeal. Andrew turned 13 on Monday but had to spend the day in hospital topping up his platelet levels which were very low. On Tuesday he was rushed to hospital after his speech became slurred and the Doctors suspected this may have been caused by a small clot which resulted in a mini-stroke. On Wednesday his speech had improved and he under went an M.R.I scan and we hope to hear the results very soon..


Just by purchasing WhoNews from the App Store either via iTunes or on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you will make a donation of £1.45 in the UK or $2.80 in the US to Cure Leukaemia. Just click here to be taken to the app store.

Bookmark and Share Bonhams Auction Items Sold

12/20/2010 12:05:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Wednesday saw the latest Entertainment Memorabilia Sale take place at Bonhams; the auction included three items from the classic series of Doctor Who, the results of which are given below:


Lot 101: a black jacket worn by Jon Pertwee

Estimate: £3,000-£4,000
Sold for: £3,240

Lot 102: a script from Resurrection Of The Daleks

Estimate: £200-£300
Sold for: £240

Lot 103: a Sea Devil Costume from Warriors of the Deep

Estimate: £800-£1,200
Sold for: £2,280

 
For more details on the lots, see our original article on the auction.


Bookmark and Share The Chattath Factor

12/19/2010 10:35:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Fineline Productions have released the first part of a new Doctor Who adventure in their original story series:

The Chattath Factor
by Will Hadcroft

An inhuman creature is stalking the English countryside, leaving murder in its wake. The Doctor and Jenny arrive to investigate, but before long the Doctor is fighting for his life in the home of a dangerous scientific radical, whilst Jenny and the local vicar are besieged by creatures driven by the darkest passions.

» Production Notes
» Download Part One.
 

The Chattath Factor has been a long time in development, with author Will Hadcroft commencing work on the story in 2002 after publication of his children's book, Anne Droyd and Century Lodge. On developing the story, Hadcroft recounts the influence of the successful partnership of Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks on his approach:
I watched the Reeltime Myth Makers videos interviewing Barry and Terrance to remind myself how they went about putting a story together. Something that stood out was their insistence on having a theme, a thread running through the adventure. It wasn’t that the writer should lecture the viewer/listener about a moral point or some political issue, but rather choose a theme that served as a foundation to the story and stick to it.

So I settled on the theme of man’s dual nature, the saint and the sinner, Number Six and Number One, in the same person. I also wove in as a secondary theme my preoccupation with the spirituality versus reason debate, and had the two opposing views represented by Pastor Daniel Jacobs and Doctor Joseph Winston.

Keen to make my Doctor Who story a good one, I pondered on what tended to work best in the TV series. Adventures set in the Middle Ages, the 19th century or the war years always hit the spot. The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Horror of Fang Rock, The Visitation, and The Curse of Fenric were all highly regarded. So I set my story in the 19th century.

Gareth and I treated the project the way Barry and Terrence used to handle the TV series: the writer does three rewrites, and then if it still isn’t up to scratch, the script editor tidies it up.
It has been produced and directed by Gareth Preston:
This is in part a homage to the Philip Hinchcliffe/Robert Holmes era of the programme, a period myself and Will are very fond of. Probably the biggest challenge production-wise was getting the sound of the monsters right. Hope you like them.

It was also marvellous to have John Ainsworth in the cast. Back in the eighties he had played recurring timelord villain Askran in the Audio Visuals, the fan audios which originally inspired me to create Fine Line. So I was delighted to have John and his cultured voice in one of my productions.

Thanks to all the actors and Will for their talents and patience with me getting around to sharing their efforts with the rest of the world.
The story was recorded in 2006, but with other projects taking priority, it wasn't until last year that it was finally mixed; since then, music has been especially written by Peter Dudley for Will Hadcroft in the style of Dudley Simpson, with part two in preparation for release in the next month or so.


You can find the first and successive episodes of The Chattath Factor from the Fineline Productions website, along with the previous stories in the series.


Bookmark and Share People Roundup

12/19/2010 05:37:00 pm - Reported by Harry Ward

Barney Harwood (Totally Doctor Who, The Infinite Quest) is to become the 35th presenter of the long running BBC children's show Blue Peter. He joins joins current presenters Helen Skelton and Andy Akinwolere on 17 January 2011. [BBC Press release]

Sophie Okonedo (Liz Ten, The Beast Below, The Pandorica Opens) was award with an OBE for services to drama in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for 2010. She received press attention when the medal fell from her dress and landed at the feet of the Prince of Wales, from where she had to retrieve it. The ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace on 17 December.

Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) will feature in Sky 1's Little Crackers tomorrow (Monday) night at 9pm. Catherine has written and directed a short 10 minute film about her time as a shy schoolgirl who "would rather wet herself in class than put her hand up to ask to go to the toilet". You can watch a preview of her film and more on the Little Crackers website.

David Tennant and Derek Jacobi (Professor Yana/The Master, Utopia) will be reading Bedtime Stories for CBeebies over the Holiday period. Full schedule here.

Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) and Katherine Jenkins (Abigail Pettigrew, A Christmas Carol) have done Q&A's with Digital Spy about their time working on this year's Christmas special.

Bookmark and Share Odds on a Who Christmas (2010) Update

12/18/2010 11:20:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Last month we listed odds on shows broadcasting over Christmas Day from betting company Paddy Power; with one week to go before the festive programmes go head-to-head once more for the largest audience of the day, here's a sample of the odds you can find online as of tonight:
 
                                      Paddy Power    Ladbrokes      William Hill    Odds Bet
                                       On the Day   For the Week    For the Week   On the Day
BBC1  2:00  Top of the Pops             100/1         100/1            66/1            -
comb  3:00  The Queen                    33/1            -             20/1          33/1
BBC1  4:30  The Gruffalo                   -             -               -          100/1
BBC1  5:00  The One Ronnie               50/1          50/1            50/1         125/1
BBC1  6:00  Doctor Who                    9/2           9/4             4/1           5/1
ITV1  6:00  Emmerdale                    16/1          33/1            25/1         125/1
BBC1  7:00  Strictly Come Dancing        50/1            -               -          125/1
BBC2  7:00  Top Gear                     33/1          33/1            25/1            -
ITV1  7:00  Coronation Street             7/1           7/1             3/1          25/1
BBC1  8:00  Eastenders                    4/9           2/5             1/2           1/2
ITV1  8:00  All Star Family Fortunes       -             -            100/1         150/1
BBC1  9:00  The Royle Family              4/1           4/1             7/2           7/2
ITV1  9:00  Poirot                         -             -               -          150/1
BBC1 10:00  Come Fly With Me             10/1          20/1            16/1          28/1
BBC1 10:30  BBC News                     33/1           -                -             -

Other programmes are also under consideration for the Christmas week, which include Upstairs, Downstairs, The Nativity, Harry Hill's Christmas TV Burp, and Rock and Chips.

It is quite clear from the charts that the top four programmes for Christmas Day are consistently Doctor Who, Coronation Street, The Royle Family and Eastenders, with the latter ranked highest by all companies! All four performed well last year; though the Doctor Who top spot was 'muddied' by BBC1/BBCHD rating considerations, this year the results should be clear ...

... tell everyone you know to watch A Christmas Carol!

Bookmark and Share Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in The Sun Buzz

12/18/2010 01:46:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Buzz Magazine - the free TV listings magazine that comes with The Sun on Saturdays - today features Matt Smith and Karen Gillan on the front cover, with the issue itself featuring the two Doctor Who stars chatting together.



Matt on his friendship with Karen:
We’ll go to the supermarket every night, get a sandwich, and trot home to learn lines. Sometimes we’ll phone each other and say: ‘How’s it going? Really badly? Me too. Do you want to come over and practise?

I’m terribly fond of Karen - we’re good pals. I’ve learnt how to make her laugh during filming. I can say a word in a silly voice, and she’ll go. Karen can do it to me to. It’s that old Smith-Gillan banter - it’s become quite famous on set.
Karen agrees:
We have such a laugh, except when he does his ‘moth thing’ because I am scared of moths.

The Sun is also giving away a DVD featuring David Tennant's final story The End of Time and Matt Smith's first, The Eleventh Hour.