Bookmark and Share The Wooden King and Queen arrive at the Doctor Who Experience

12/30/2011 03:53:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor Who Experience have announced the arrival of the Wooden King and Wooden Queen to the exhibition, as seen in this year's Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.


The two costumes will be in a special display at the exhibition, alongside the existing array of monsters including the Daleks, Cybermen, Silurians and the Silence.


The Doctor Who Experience is open in London until 22nd February 2012, and will then re-open at its new home by the BBC Studios at Cardiff Bay later in the year.

Bookmark and Share BBC Competition: Win Series 6 on Blu-Ray

12/29/2011 12:48:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC Doctor Who page on Facebook are running a competition for one lucky winner to win the Complete Series 6 Boxed Set on Blu-ray, plus a 32" HDTV and Blu-ray player to watch it on!


The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom who are eighteen years of age or over; in order to enter simply ensure you "Like" the Doctor Who page, and then provide your name, address and other contact details via the competition entry form by 2nd January 2012.


The winner will be announced the week after closing date.




You can find the full terms and conditions for the competition here.

Please note that in order to enter this competition you must be a registered user of Facebook, and allow access to the Softwind Competitions! application.

Bookmark and Share Regional Roundup

12/28/2011 08:35:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

United Kingdom

Last week we reported on the party thrown for terminally ill children in Downing Street; mother Jane Berman from Chigwell was there with her son Ross and said: "“Ross was absolutely thrilled to meet Doctor Who. He's a real fan. Matt Smith came running down Downing Street and ran up to Ross and said 'I've come all the way from Gallifrey to see you'" [Epping Forest News, 20 Dec 2011]

Matt Smith, who is an ambassador for organisers Starlight, said: "Thousands of children will spend this Christmas in hospital and, along with a White Christmas, this year I am wishing for some much-needed festive cheer for these kids." [Watford Observer, 20 Dec 2011]

Fan Erica Quinn from Glasgow has turned her front door into the TARDIS doors: ""I call it my double take door. People walk by and just stop and stare. People have started calling me the Doctor Who House Lady. Once I was getting a taxi on the other side of Glasgow - and I went up to the taxi rank and asked to go to the West End. One of the drivers said: 'I'll take you, because I want to go past the Doctor Who House. I was like, 'That's my house'." Erica also has life-sized figures of the 10th, 11th Doctors, Daleks and Captain Jack amongst others: "They switch around and sometimes they come out of the windows They are an excellent deterrent against having your house broken into because it looks like someone is watching." [Belfast Telegraph, 26 Dec 2011]

Daleks and K9 were on hand to entertain visitors to Robots Live at Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville. Organiser Alan Young said: "It was a great day and a lot of fun. I think it's safe to say the Daleks stole the show. We normally stage big arena events but this was a chance for people to get up close and personal with the robots and the people who built them." [Leicester Mercury, 28 Dec 2011]

BBC Radio Leicester presenter Karl Cooper is an avid Dalek collector: "They adorn windowsils and the fireplace at home. When friends are short on gift ideas, the collection seems to grow!! A life long fan of The Doctor (Jon Pertwee era is his fave), he'd love a full sized Dalek but complains he has neither the cash or space to get one. He's also not sure how the two cats would react to such an invasion!!" [BBC Radio Leicester, 28 Dec 2011]

Australia

New series Outland writer and comedian Adam Richard reveals his Doctor Who inspiration: "My scariest TV moment was when ... Noah took his hand out of his pocket and it had mutated into green bubble-wrap. (The Ark in Space). I decided a television career was for me when ... I started noticing my favourite episodes of Doctor Who seemed to be written by the same man (Robert Holmes - genius)" [Sydney Morning Herald, 22 Dec 2011]

Bookmark and Share Ratings Update

12/28/2011 01:35:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Tuesday repeat of the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe had an audience of 1.1 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures.

The show had a 9.5% share of the audience available, winning its timeslot. All Star Family Fortunes, which was scheduled against Doctor Who again, also had an average of 1.1 million watching, however Doctor Who had the higher ratings while the shows were pitted against each other.

Meanwhile more details have emerged about the Christmas Day showing. Among children aged 4-15, as well as adults aged 45-54, Doctor Who was the most watched programme on Christmas day. The only group for which Doctor Who lost out to All Star Family Fortunes was viewers aged 65+.

Doctor Who was the only programme on Christmas Day post-3pm which had an exact 50/50 male/female split.

Bookmark and Share Christmas Appreciation Index Score

12/27/2011 10:49:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe achieved an Appreciation Index, or AI, score of 84.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes. This year's score is slightly up on last year's Christmas Special.

The score was the highest on BBC One for the evening, with most programmes scoring around the 82 mark. The prize for the most appreciated programme of Christmas evening was taken by ITV1 with Downton Abbey, scoring a massive 92.

Bookmark and Share Australian ratings for The Doctor, the Widow and The Wardrobe

12/27/2011 09:34:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Doctor, the Widow and The Wardrobe has debuted in Australia to solid ratings. TV Tonight reports that Doctor Who averaged 749,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It came second in its time-slot, was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's top-rating drama of the day and the thirteenth highest rating programme of the day overall.

Meanwhile ABC2 will repeat the entire run of the new series, Mondays-Fridays at 7.30pm, starting with Rose on Monday 2 January 2012.

Bookmark and Share The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe: Media Reviews

12/26/2011 01:08:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

After the positive previews of the story, Boxing Day introduces us to the media aftermath of The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe - below are some of the thoughts of reviewers of the festive adventure (click on the their names for the full reviews).

You can read our own review of the episode here.

Please note that reviews contain plot points that may be considered spoilers for those who have yet to see the episode.













Guardian

Welcome back, merry Christmas, and straight into the reason you're probably welling up right now. Putting aside the now-mandatory doomed spaceship that now must surely always feature, this was the smallest – yet perhaps the most enchanting – Christmas special we've had to date. A story where the threat is not to the universe but to the happiness of one family, and the only real enemy are some misguided and underdeveloped polluters. Any other time of year I would gnaw holes all over this, but it's Christmas, and today it felt perfect.



Oh good, our own planet is involved, and the past. I feel more comfortable there and then. There's also a door into a different world, a snowy winter wonderland where magic sparkling baubles hang from the pine trees. Yes, there's more than a nod to Narnia, but without all the God-bothering, as far as I can see. The message, if there is one, is an eco one.

It's warmhearted and twinkly, and Matt Smith is ever so slightly annoying. But the kids like him, that's what counts.


Independent

Every year the Christmas special comes back with something vastly different to the previous year and usually it proves to be on par if not stronger than the one before. The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe had the perfect recipe for a Christmas special. It had a simple story that could be easily understood without too much concentration and as specials go, it avoided being sickly sweet. By the end audiences were likely to be left with a warm glow created by the mixture of comedy, tragedy and general festive cheer that never became overly sentimental.


Telegraph

This was packed full of festive magic, with ingenious use of Christmas trees, angels, stars, baubles, even woolly winter cardigans. The only problem? It was too busy being cute and clever to create a sufficiently memorable monster. The wooden Pagan king and queen weren’t quite hide-behind-the-sofa scary, more the sort of thing you’d see down the garden centre.

Still, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe succeeded in being the kind of broad fairytale fun that unites the generations. "A brilliant idea for a Christmas trip," as the Doctor himself said.


Mirror

THIS year’s was not a classic Doctor Who, but a good one and a perfect piece of Christmas English whimsy.

"Crying when you’re happy!" the Doctor puzzled. "That’s so human!" - this is Doctor Who at its best, tapping into/manipulating our emotions.


Metro

Whether we were born before the war, or decades after it, we all feel like we know what it's like to have survived on rations and be evacuated to the countryside - romantic dramatisation of the war is part of our national common experience, even if actual wartime isn't.

Moffat captured this perfectly as he took us back to war-torn Britain, where we met eponymous widow Madge and her children Lily and Cyril, whose escape from Blitzkrieged London to rural Dorset paved the way for a suitably Christmassy tale.

By virtue of there being so many of them, Doctor Who Christmas specials have some stiff competition when it comes to deciding which is the most gripping festive Timelord adventure of them all. However, fans of the series will probably agree that The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe is up there with the best of them.


Radio Times

When I heard Marge Arwell (Claire Skinner) saying, "This Christmas is going to be the best Christmas ever," I got a sinking sensation. Not just because by nature I’m a bit of a Scrooge, but because I’ve had enough of being promised "the most Christmassy Doctor Who ever". As if that were a good thing and something I’d want once in every 14 episodes. Bah!

Well, I should have had more faith in Steven Moffat, Matt Smith and co, who have pulled a cracker, and almost - almost, I say - given this Ebenezer a Christmassy glow. How can anyone resist The Doctor, the Witch and the Wardrobe?


Scottish Daily Record

Unashamedly emotional, but always just cynical enough to keep it away from stale stilton, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe is the riskiest story Moffat has created – he referenced Star Wars, the Battle of Britain and Narnia in the first five minutes! But the Doctor once again delivered. This episode didn’t just have a great ending, it had two weepy finales – even the Doctor was teary. And Matt Smith continues to make it seem like he has played the part for 49 years. Doctor one, Downton nil.


SFX

Newcomer director Farren Blackburn brings style to spare, conjuring a 1940s rich in period atmosphere and dripping with People's Friend nostalgia, all home-knits, rainy lanes and hazy streetlamps. He also has a fine eye for the evocative visual: whether it be a Lancaster Bomber soaring into the time vortex or Halo-style armoured warriors walking the snows of a Narniaesque forest, this is, ultimately, an episode that trades in the kind of brilliant, reality-mashing juxtapositions that feel uniquely and unmistakably Doctor Who.


Den of Geek

The Doctor Who Christmas special, as both Moffat and Russell T Davies have noted over the years, is a slightly different beast. Accepting that a large bulk of people watch it after a bloated day, and not short of either sugar-laden or alcoholic beverages, its tone tends to be just a little lighter. Moffat works that very much in his favour, but doesn’t shy away from the darkness in the background. Madge’s choice is never far away.

It was a treat to have a gentle, well told, standalone story, that proved you don’t have to veer away from an emotive and adventurous story, just because it’s Christmas time. A lovely piece of television, and a smashing way to spend a Christmas night in front of the telly. Pass the turkey sandwiches...


Assignment X (United States)

There’s a solid pro-nature element that fits very well with the best of socially and ecologically conscious Doctor Who (Green Death, anyone?), but ultimately this story’s strongest theme is the celebration of the power in a mother’s love. While some have already found problems with the notion, I think it’s important to remember that every individual character in every story does not have to represent every other member of their gender. In this one instance, it’s a lovely, inspirational message for this very family-oriented time of year, and it doesn’t detract at all from any other strengths that female characters might and should exhibit.



io9 (United States)

You know the story's a bit underwhelming when the characters have to keep commenting noisily about how cool it really is. Every few minutes, Matt Smith puts all his formidable gusto into announcing that Madge Arwell is flying a forest through the time vortex with her mind, and that this is really really cool. Really. Even though to all appearances, we've just spent the last half hour listening to characters stand around discussing plot devices inside a harvester set and a tree-castle set.

Luckily, because this is a Moffat episode, even the slow middle part is crammed with quotable, memorable dialogue that would be in your .sig file if anybody still had .sig files.

Of course, the task of a Doctor Who Christmas special is generally to be entertaining fluff, without much in the way of darkness or complicated plots to overtax the brandy-soaked gray matter. And "Wardrobe" moves fast enough, and is inventive enough, that you can sort of slide past some of the muddled bits and enjoy Matt Smith doing what he does best. And it's nice that, coming so soon after the tribute to Craig's fatherhood, we get an extended tribute to motherhood.



Digital Journal

This year there was plenty of action, some good scenes and witty dialogue. There is less 'toing and froing' back and forth in time as the story is played out in a more linear fashion than recent episodes of the last TV series. Possibly a bit too much Spielbergian sentimentality, but hey it's Christmas. The comic elements were provided by Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir.

Personally, although I've enjoyed the Christmas Doctor Who episodes I've also been slightly disappointed with them compared with the regular series (many Doctor Who fans are often a little disappointed with the festive fare). I think it is because the something is sacrificed in aiming for the general viewer, who will tune in whilst munching a minced pie, whereas the series can develop a more intricate story and cater for the ardent fan.


Bookmark and Share Christmas Overnight Viewing Figures

12/26/2011 09:06:00 am - Reported by Marcus

8.9 million watched the Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe according to unofficial overnight figures.

Doctor Who was the third most watched programme of the day, with the two soaps taking the top two spots with EastEnders winning the day with 9.9 million and Coronation Street just beating Doctor Who with 9.0 million watching.

Downton Abbey took the fourth spot with 8.1 million watching.

Against Doctor Who, All Star Family Fortunes managed 6.1 million viewers.

Doctor Who had one of the the highest audience shares for the day with 34.2% of the available audience.

BBC One took six of the top ten places with ITV1 taking four, a contrast to the previous few years which have seen BBC One dominate the top ten chart for Christmas Day. All viewing figures are considerably down on recent years.

Doctor Who is the fourth most watched programme of the week on overnight figures.

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.
 

Bookmark and Share The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe: Media Previews

12/25/2011 04:39:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

With just a few hours to go before the real reason Christmas television exists, here's a brief roundup of what the papers say ...

Guardian

Moffat becomes quite unashamedly romantic at this time of year. It gives little away to say that this second world war-set, Narnia-inspired tale is one of the smallest stories we've seen on Doctor Who in recent years. But it also delivers the most effective emotional suckerpunches.

After the events of The Wedding of River Song, The Doctor is, in the eyes of the universe, dead; to kill time before the next storyline arc, he's larking around on doomed spacecraft and doing favours for random evacuated families. When wartime yummy mummy Madge Arwell helps him out of one of such scrapes, he goes to exceptional lengths to return the favour, and inevitably the whole thing ends up going calamitously wrong. Supported by a pair of unusually tolerable child actors, Claire Skinner carries the episode with a soulful performance, while Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir clock on to balance things out with the laughs.

Admittedly it lacks, for instance, a gigantic Cyberman stomping across Victorian London, and the story feels ludicrous even by festive Who standards. But only the stoniest-hearted viewer will finish watching this without finding something in their eye.



From the depths of a silent forest beckons a wintry tale of wartime pluck. Steven Moffat's latest festive panto is a typically lavish affair, with the Doctor and a resilient 1940s widow (Claire Skinner) embroiled in an ingenious take on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Spielbergian sentimentality (dead pilots, preternaturally sensible youngsters) gets a bit Sensodyne Extra at times, but there are proper chills (time portals, talking trees, pulsing bauble things) and larks (Bill Bailey) and, as with all the best Christms specials, the sense that all is well with the world.


Telegraph

"Whopremo" Steven Moffat's suitably seasonal take on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. It’s a witty, wintry wartime adventure with added spaceships and Lancaster bombers. As cockle-warming as mulled wine, merrily magical and a real family treat.


Belfast Telegraph

Last year, EastEnders knocked Dr Who into second place, with viewing figures peaking at 11.7m, but Sky Bet spokeswoman Helen Jacob said the science fiction family favourite might well be the dark horse to sneak through with most viewers on Christmas Day this year.

The show fronted by livewire and 11th Time Lord, Matt Smith, appeals to all age groups. Quirky comedian Bill Bailey is just one of the stars drafted in to ensure Dr Who fans enjoy this Sunday’s one-hour episode and its exploration of a magical wintry world.


Los Angeles Times

In Great Britain, this event amounts to a national tradition; but for followers here, it is no less of a calendar moment, a candle in winter coming months after the end of the last season and months before the beginning of the next, when the days are actually at their darkest.

Like Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," Moffat's "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" — something of a giveaway, again — is set during World War II and concerns children evacuated to a country house, where a "dimensional portal thingy" leads to a wooded world all covered in snow. (And Lewis' description of heaven as a place that grows larger the further in you go has always reminded me of the Tardis, the Doctor's bigger-on-the-inside time machine.)

In the spirit of the season, its signal images are of trees and lights, and by Moffat's usual time-twisting standards, it's a relatively straightforward narrative, a sci-fi fairy tale catalyzed by a wish and watered with the old magic of human tears. Moffat is all about the old magic.


Scotsman

Matt Smith excels as usual, but he’s ably supported by Claire Skinner from Outnumbered as a mother who’ll stop at nothing to protect her kids – the episode is fundamentally a touching paean to parenthood – and Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir as comically ineffectual “antagonists”. It also pits the sonic screwdriver against its ultimate foe, finds the Doctor gaining a nifty new soubriquet, and tosses in the obligatory throwaway reference for old-school fans to go “Ooh!” at. It’s not just the spirit of the season making me giddy – this is truly beautiful television.





Watch out tomorrow for a roundup of what the papers have to say about the festive adventure post-broadcast, and you can also read our own review of the episode later tonight.

Bookmark and Share Matt Smith chats on The Graham Norton Show

12/24/2011 01:32:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Matt Smith appeared on The Graham Norton Show tonight, during which he chatted about his Christmas plans, his brushes with fandom, and of course about a certain show he's become associated with that airs on Christmas Day!


When asked about the recent announcment regarding Karen Gillan's departure from the show, he said:
I've known a while, actually, because we've known for a couple of months. It's by mutual consent - I think really those stories just come to a point where it reaches its conclusion, and the very essence of the show is that it constantly re-invents itself.

(on whether he'd go at the same time) I'm very happy to stay, I love it, I love making the show, but I'll miss Karen because she's a good mate, one of my best mates. She's a cracker - mad as a box of cats - but she's a firecracker, she really is.


Talking about fandom, both he and fellow guest Gillian Anderson discussed attending Comic-Cons, with Matt mentioning how he met up with all the other 'Doctors', and when he and co-star Karen Gillan met 'themselves':

Matt Smith and Gillian Anderson discuss Comic-Con, BBC, via the YouTube (may not play outside United Kingdom)

The full show can be watched in the UK via the BBC iPlayer until the 30th December.



Karen Gillan will be a guest on The Graham Norton Show on the 6th January 2012.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Screening: Q&A Highlights

12/23/2011 11:34:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released three videos covering highlights from the Q&A that followed the press screening of The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe last week. The session was hosted by Radio 5 Live presenter Richard Bacon, and included a discussion of the episode that had been shown, the announcement over Amy and Rory's future, and answering questions posed by the audience.


Discussing the Christmas Special, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site (may not play outside United Kingdom)

Discussing Amy and Rory's Future, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site (may not play outside United Kingdom)

Fielding Questions from the audience, BBC, via the BBC Doctor Who site (may not play outside United Kingdom)

Bookmark and Share Elysium to crash in Ipswich

12/23/2011 06:52:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor Who immersive theatre experience, The Crash of the Elysium is to be recreated at the Ipswich Arts Festival from 15th June to 8th July 2012, as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrating the Olympic Games taking place in the summer.

The event was originally created by Punchdrunk for the Manchester International Festival that took place last June/July, and is described as:
A live Doctor Who adventure in which the audience is the star of the show. The production is unlike anything audiences will have ever experienced. This is their story, their mission, the audience are the hero. No two shows are ever the same, no individual adventure is ever repeated. There is no stage, there is no comfy seating, there is no division between the world of the audience and the world of the show.
The performances will take place at the Crown Car Park, and is sponsored locally by the New Wolsey Theatre; there will be three variations of the show, catering for schools, families with children aged 7-12, and for those aged 13 and older.


Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, said
I'm delighted that we can confirm that Ipswich will be the host for this brilliant show. The production will be a highlight of the London 2012 Festival and is sure to be a hot ticket. Our thanks go to Arts Council England for their funding support.’
Ipswich Borough Council Leader David Ellesmere said:
This is fantastic news and something the Council is really pleased to be a partner in. The Crash of the Elysium will be a huge event for Ipswich and the region in 2012. It will also be a welcome boost for the local economy as it will bring thousands of people into the town. I would like to thank all our partners who will be helping us to put this together next June.
Sarah Holmes, New Wolsey Theatre Chief Executive said:
We are very proud and excited to welcome the world-renowned Punchdrunk to the east for the first time but doing so as part of the London 2012 Festival and working with London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and with Manchester International Festival makes it even more exciting. The Crash of the Elysium will undoubtedly be one of the cultural highlights of the 2012 celebrations and it’s happening in Suffolk. This is an incredible opportunity and one not to miss.
Councillor Kathy Gosling, Suffolk County Council's portfolio holder for sport, culture, diversity, health and wellbeing, said:
Suffolk County Council has been working hard to make sure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games leaves a positive legacy for Suffolk. This news is a welcome boost to our ongoing campaign to capture some of the magic of the Games for local people to experience and enjoy. We are delighted to be working with London 2012, the New Wolsey Theatre, the Arts Council and Ipswich Borough Council to bring The Crash of the Elysium to Suffolk to our county town.’
Andrea Stark, Executive Director, Arts Council England, said:
We are thrilled to support Ipswich Borough Council and the New Wolsey Theatre in their presentation of Punchdrunk’s live Doctor Who adventure The Crash of the Elysium. It's great to see a high-quality show with such universal appeal coming to the East of England. As a principal funder of the Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements, we are especially pleased that The Crash of the Elysium will form part of this. Its inclusion in the London 2012 Festival will bring unprecedented and well deserved national profile to Ipswich and the region.


There is a website for the event, though at the time of writing it is not currently active.

Bookmark and Share People Roundup

12/23/2011 10:45:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

David Tennant has recorded the audio version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, the sequel to the original book/film by Ian Fleming. The actor was chosen by the Fleming family, with his niece saying: "We are thrilled that David agreed to read the audio book. He is such a talented actor and his voice brings Frank Cottrell Boyce's story to life. Chitty could not have been in safer hands with him behind the wheel." Tennant also commented on the accompanying audio interview: "The idea of a flying car is hard to better. I think we would all love to have a car that would take off, escape the traffic and fly you to any country in the world." [BBC News, Press Association, 21 Dec 2011]

Steven Moffat talks about his immediate future with Doctor Who: "I genuinely haven’t got a plan, except I'll probably have to stop at some point or I'll die. And dying would be bad. But my main concern is not so much how long I do it, but that I absolutely, definitely am going to be handing it on to somebody else. I want it to be in great shape, and some day I want somebody else to come in and knock my socks off with what they do with it. You don't want to be the last person in the relay race, do you?" [The Scotsman, 20 Dec 2011]

Bill Bailey reflects on watching Doctor Who as a child: "My grandparents lived with us, and I remember watching Doctor Who with my granddad on his new telly. These were the days before remote controls but my granddad, being quite a resourceful sort of chap, had fashioned his own remote control – which was a length of bamboo pole with a bit of cork that he’d glued on the end." [Telegraph, 22 Dec 2011]

Alexander Armstrong cites Matt Smith as his (now) favourite Doctor: "He has such tremendous charisma, he has such an extraordinary face and voice and his manner ... everything about him, I think. He's perfect, spot on!" [Telegraph, 23 Dec 2011]

On being asked if she'd like to be in Doctor Who, actress Helen Mirren commented: "I would like to play the new female Doctor Who. I don’t want to just be his sidekick." [Daily Star, 20 Dec 2011]


The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe

The guest stars give their views on being in the festive adventure:

Arabella Weir: "I was genuinely surprised and completely thrilled. I must confess, though, that this is not because I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since childhood. I don’t subscribe to the Doctor Who magazine and we’ve only got the normal amount of Doctor Who fridge magnets. That said, I do love the show - my kids and I have watched it religiously since its return. And I did watch it as a child, completely terrified out of my wits, accompanied by my braver, older brothers who marvelled at the horrifying monsters while I cowered in the corner of the sofa, occasionally peeping over the top of a cushion. The real reason I was thrilled was because it’s such a fantastic show, brilliantly written and produced, and here they were, wanting me to be part of it! I instantly said yes, without even reading the script. When I did finally read it, I got even more excited since it turned out I was to play an alien from the future alongside Bill Bailey and would get to wear a proper, full-on, metal-with-flashing-lights alien outfit and hold a shiny gun!" [Telegraph, 22 Dec 2011]

Alexander Armstrong: "I'm acting with Claire Skinner in a little World War II setting - it's a very sweet Christmas story, very nice, very touching, very stirring - very exciting indeed! I'm really pleased to have got in, particularly while Steven (Moffat)'s in his pomp. It's a sort of 'purple patch' of Doctor Who and it's lovely to be right in there!" [Digital Spy, 22 Dec 2011]

Bill Bailey: "When I arrived at the set, it was quite breathtaking ... this beautiful forest, decked out in snow – it looked amazing. And then us as forest space farmers clanging around, it was such fun. It was a juxtaposition of all that is the essence of Doctor Who for me." [Telegraph, 22 Dec 2011]

Bookmark and Share Official Doctor Who Convention: update

12/21/2011 09:07:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Worldwide have announced that Arthur Darvill will be joining Matt Smith and Steven Moffat at the Official Doctor Who Convention, taking place at Cardiff in March.

Other guests at the weekend include actors Stuart Milligan (President Nixon, The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon) and Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium, The Pandorica Opens/Let's Kill Hitler/The Wedding of River Song.

Also joining the previously announced behind-the-scenes crew Danny Hargreaves (special effects supervisor), Michael Pickwoad (production designer), and Marcus Wilson (producer) are Andy Pryor (casting director), Tom MacRae (author and writer of last year's The Girl Who Waited), Stephan Pehrsson (director of photography), and Caroline Henry (script editor).

The Convention is a full day event that will give Doctor Who enthusiasts an amazing chance to delve into the inner workings of the hit TV show and learn how it is created – a journey from script to screen. With unique access to the cast and production crew, this event offers fans a rare chance to see behind-the-scenes of the world’s longest running sci-fi show.

Tickets include three panel discussions with key cast and crew and Doctor Who production teams showing live pyrotechnics and prosthetic demonstrations, PLUS a chance to talk to the creators of some of the iconic costumes in the props and costume exhibit.

See the Official Convention website for full details of the event.

(newslink: BBC Press Release)

Bookmark and Share Worlds In Time: trailer/behind-the-scenes

12/21/2011 12:25:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who: Worlds in Time have now released a trailer and a behind-the-scenes video for the new multiplayer game that went into public preview yesterday afternoon:


Worlds in Time Trailer, via YouTube

Behind the scenes of Worlds in Time, via YouTube



Bookmark and Share Worlds in Time enters public preview

12/20/2011 04:29:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

After a period of invited testing as mentioned at the weekend, the "massively multiplayer online" (MMO) game Worlds in Time has now entered public beta with everybody invited to try out the game.
Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is designed for devotees of the show looking for a quick pick-up-and-play game, and life-long gamers and sci-fi enthusiasts seeking increased social engagement. Players choose among four races and endless possible character combinations to create their avatars. They can join together in missions identified by the mysterious Time Lord to defend civilization by undertaking interventions against infamous villains bent on creating chaos and destruction in the universe. Throughout the game, players will explore deep immersive worlds (e.g., Skaro, Messaline, The Library and New New York) featuring iconic monsters (e.g., Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels), delivering the authentic experience of being part of the Doctor Who realm.

The game is free to play, though players will be able to progress faster in the game by purchasing 'chronons' to assist with missions, equipment etc.

Robert Nashak, executive vice president, BBC Worldwide Digital Entertainment and Games, said:
Our goal with Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is to expand engagement with the immensely popular Doctor Who brand and allow fans to deeply immerse themselves in that universe. The game’s multiple worlds, its varied, wonderful characters and monsters, and changing story arcs will appeal to both Doctor Who fans and casual gamers alike.
Daniel James, CEO of Three Rings Design, Inc., said:
As a huge Doctor Who fan, the chance to develop this game with BBC Worldwide was a dream opportunity. We’ve worked to provide Doctor Who fans an experience that matches the quality and imagination of the TV show, and a forum to introduce casual gamers to this remarkable world with an experience accessible to players of all levels.

To register for the game, visit the Worlds in Time website and select "Play".

(newslink: BBC Press Release)

Bookmark and Share BBC/Netflix deal for UK

12/20/2011 03:10:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Worldwide have announced a deal to provide programming content to Internet streaming service Netflix in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company already streams BBC programmes including Doctor Who and Torchwood in the US, Canada and Latin America.

Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said:
BBC shows are a big favourite of our over 20 million streaming members in the US, Canada and Latin America. Members love watching back-to-back episodes of BBC series where and when they want, at the click of a button. We are incredibly proud to make these high quality programmes available to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland.
Steve Macallister, President and Managing Director for Sales and Distribution at BBC Worldwide, said:
With our content already available on Netflix in North and Latin America, we're delighted to be a launch partner for Netflix in the UK and Eire, offering viewers the chance to watch some of our best loved shows on the platform from day one. UK audiences have really grasped the experience that online viewing can bring, and our programming has proven to be particularly popular with this digital audience.
Shows like Doctor Who are already available online in the UK through Internet Service providers like BT Vision and Virgin Media (and of course recent programming domestically through the BBC's own iPlayer service); Netflix's service also opens out programming to a number of internet-enabled platforms including the Xbox360, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PS3, plus a variety of blu-ray players, televisions, and mobile devices.




The BBC have also announced an enhanced content service with Virgin Media, bringing what they term as next generation BBC TV services to the cable provider's Tivo platform. Jane Weedon, Controller of Business Development, BBC Future Media said:
With its pioneering BBC iPlayer service now available on more than 300 different internet-connected TV devices, the BBC has successfully taken catch-up TV beyond the PC and into the living room. Having partnered with Virgin Media to bring BBC iPlayer to TV back in 2008, we have since brought a vastly-improved, fully-integrated experience of BBC iPlayer to Virgin Media’s TiVo Service. With the addition of the BBC News app and enhanced BBC Sport services – all accessible via the Red Button – we plan to build on this partnership and continue to innovate in connected TV through 2012.

(newslink: BBC Press Release)

Bookmark and Share Breakfast with Steven Moffat

12/20/2011 12:39:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Steven Moffat appeared on BBC's Breakfast this morning to chat about his two festive 'blockbusters', Doctor Who and Sherlock. Speaking of the Doctor at Christmas, he said:
It's the right and proper thing, he's the ideal hero for Christmas Day, he's as close as a hero can come to actually being Santa Claus!
Talking about the storyline for the Christmas Day special, he said:
There's a slight flavour of Narnia in this one, yes - it's not the same story at all by any means. Last year we pretty much did A Christmas Carol beat-for-beat, but this time it's just a sort of flavouring of that really.

The Doctor ends up in debt to someone, his life is saved by someone, and a few years later he returns to save their Christmas because these children have just lost their father - of course being the Doctor he just endangers them terribly, but that's sort of what he's like.

Inevitably the movie came up, to which he re-iterated:
It's an imaginary film. David Yates - a very brilliant director - was talking off the cuff and slightly off-message. We're not going to do a film of the nature that he described, which would be rebooting the story and having a different Doctor and being in a different continuity - that would never happen, that would be insane and that would be insulting to the audience. I hope one day we will do a film, maybe even soon, but it will be very much an offshoot of the television series with the same Doctor and all that. (and you doing it?) Yes.
The interview is available to watch via the BBC Breakfast site until the 27th December.


Meanwhile, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe guest stars Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir talk about their experience filming the episode in the latest BBC behind-the-scenes clip:


Bill Bailey and Arabella Weir, BBC, via YouTube (also via BBC Doctor Who Adventure Calendar)

Bookmark and Share Fan Productions

12/19/2011 03:48:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Planet Skaro - Season Four

Planet Skaro Audios began life in 2006 as a one off fan project by the members of the Planet Skaro forum which proved to be so enjoyed by all involved a series of four more plays appeared in 2007 which make up the first season. A second season of seven stories followed in 2008 and a third season in 2009.

The fourth season began last year and after a few delays the range continues with the latest release:

Asylum
A three part story by Martin Penny and Si Hunt.

The Doctor finds himself trapped with no memory and no idea which of his past and present companions can be trusted. Meanwhile an evil scheme is unfolding that threatens to bring about the end of the universe, with far reaching consequences for the Doctor and his companion Rob McCow.

The story can be heard by freely downloaded from the following links:
  • Part One - Why has the Doctor lost his memory and who isresponsible?
  • Part Two - Can the Doctor really trust either of his companions?
  • Part Three - Is it curtains for long-time companion Rob McCow?
A late addition to the season is also due to be released this month!
Merry Christmas Rob McCow!
By Richard Brinck-Johnsen

Set before the events of "Asylum", this story finds the Doctor taking his young companion Rob home for a family Christmas he'll never forget! More details soon from Planet Skaro.
Details of earlier releases can be found on the Planet Skaro audios website.

(with thanks to Richard Brinck-Johnsen and Si Hunt)

Enlightenment Issue #164

The latest issue of Enlightenment, the official fanzine of the Doctor Who Information Network, can now be ordered from their website.

In this issue:
  • CHRONIC FATIGUE - Editor Cameron Dixon suggests that this is the most fan-friendly season of the revived series to date.
  • WHOLINE - The latest news from the worlds of Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  • FLUID LINKS - Robert Smith? examines the opening episodes of the series in a surprising manner.
  • SPRING 2011 REVIEW - Greg McElhatton isn't terribly besotted with The Curse of the Black Spot.
  • BLOCK TRANSFERS - Julie Chaston praises our discovery of who The Doctor's Wife is, in every sense.
  • LOVE AND MONSTERS - Friends, Romans, countrymen; Deborah Stanish comes to praise Rory Williams, not to bury him.
  • CRATER OF NEEDLES - Gian-Luca di Rocco sees no need to vent his spleen about The Rebel Flesh.
  • THE TEMPERED SCHISM - Peter McAlpine follows a good man to war, and finds that it's not as problematical as it appears.
  • LIONHEARTED - David J. Lamb bemoans the loss of one of the classic series' characteristics: the Doctor's asexuality.
Also, Graeme Burk reviews The Complete Fifth Series on DVD -- as well as The Ark, Planet of the Spiders and Terror of the Autons, The Awakening and Frontios, The Sunmakers and Paradise Towers, and Day of the Daleks. Plus, reviews of the April 2011 Eleventh Doctor novels, the Lost Stories Animal and Earth Aid, the BBC graphic novel The Only Good Dalek, and Time, Unincorporated: Volume 3.
(with thanks to Cameron Dixon)

The Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Quiz Book

The Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Quiz Book is a trivia quiz book compiled by Don Krouskop and covers all Doctors and televised story from An Unearthly Child through to A Christmas Carol. It is available to order from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.

It's a trivia quiz! It's an episode guide! It's bigger on the inside than the outside! Test your knowledge of the most popular, enduring science-fiction series in the world with this comprehensive Doctor Who trivia quiz. With more than 1000 questions, covering every period in the program's five-decade history, it's the ultimate challenge for fans of television's #1 cult classic.

In these pages, you'll find questions like:
  • Who knitted the Fourth Doctor's trademark scarf?
  • "The Doctor's Daughter" guest star Georgia Moffett is the real-life daughter of what former Doctor Who star?
  • What alien race built the Genesis Ark?
  • The first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast just one day after what real-life tragedy?
  • How many holes are there inside the lock on the TARDIS door?
  • Dalek creator Terry Nation co-produced what iconic 1980s U.S action series?

Are you ready to put your Time Lord expertise on trial? Can you be the Master of Doctor Who minutiae? Only time will tell....
 :
(with thanks to Don Krouskop)

The Dalek Project

This is a new project being undertaken by Tara Gill, kicking off in the New Year.
I will spend an entire year making Daleks. This all started because of a distant cousin in law's child. My husband's distant cousins, wife contacted me on Facebook some time ago. We became friends and she has these two awesome little girls. One is super girly girl but the other ... oooooh the other. She's a geek in training for sure. She adores Daleks.

I run an Etsy business and for years was primarily a knitter. But knitting can be expensive and it takes me quite a while to make enough items to stock a store. Wanting my business to be more successful I turned to polymer clay. It gave me the freedom to create more pieces and to rest my wrists when I really need it.

I made a Dalek for my cousins little girl. And then ... I made another. While I worked on them I saw limitless potential for what you can form a Dalek to look like.

Making something every day for a year is a daunting task but it can definitely be done. I want something more than JUST pictures taken with my phone or just kind of randomly snapped by one of my cameras. So I started to form a team. I've got a couple of photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists to help make the pictures look far better than they would have otherwise.
The project will be available to see through Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr - details to follow soon.

(with thanks to Tara Gill)

Doctor Who Timeline

A complete timeline of Doctor Who from 1963 to present, including episodes, seasons, companions, villains, and more has been made available here.

Bookmark and Share Tom Baker in vintage festivities

12/19/2011 03:10:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Back in November, the BBC Northern Ireland programme Those Were The Days broadcast a vintage clip of Tom Baker visiting a school, which had been part of a number of news items following the actor as he visited Belfast during the 1970s. The clips were discovered by archivist Evan Marshall when researching for the archive television series, which as well as the school also included the actor visiting a hospital, 'mobbed' in a shopping centre, and doing an interview for BBC Radio Ulster.

Additionally, Tom Baker was filmed as he turned on the Christmas lights, and the BBC's Adventure Calendar has now made both this festive themed clip and the original raw school footage shown in Those Were The Days alongside the shopping centre appearance available to watch online.


Tom Baker turns on the Christmas Lights, BBC Northern Ireland, via the BBC Doctor Who site (may not play outside United Kingdom)

Tom Baker visits a school and shopping centre, BBC Northern Ireland, via the BBC Doctor Who site (may not play outside United Kingdom)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who face masks

12/18/2011 08:42:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Star Cutouts have launched a new range of licensed cut-out face masks based on characters from Doctor Who; the first releases include the Eleventh Doctor and Amy, alongside a Cyberman, Weeping Angel, a Silent, plus the Empty Child!



The 11th Doctor
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Amy Pond
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Weeping Angel
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Cyberman
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Silent
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The Empty Child

The cut-out face masks join the existing range of full life-sized cut-outs from the company.

In the run-up to the 50th Anniversary the company plan to release a wider range of life-sized cut-outs encompassing both the 21st and 20th Century series; this kicks off with one of Rory which is hoped to be released in January, followed by a 'classic' Doctor cut-out for February.


Eagle-eyed readers will note the similarity between these masks and those provided as part of the recent Come Round party pack to celebrate the release of the Complete 6th Series boxed set last month - Star Cutouts produced those on on behalf of the BBC and have since modified some of the images for the commercial range.

Bookmark and Share People Roundup

12/18/2011 07:53:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Matt Smith talks about an incident with the police: "I was running for a train, on my way to film in Bristol, when I was stopped by anti-terrorist police for a routine check. I ended up missing my train and being late for my call. I must have been looking particularly dodgy." And on his best present at Christmas? "A snooker table - although my SEGA Mega Drive comes close. I also used to love getting pyjamas and wearing them all day." [Standard, 16 Dec 2011]

Praise was also heaped upon the actor by Daventry's MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, who having seen the Christmas Special at the press preview, said: "I’m very much a Doctor Who geek, so I loved it. It was a perfect show for Christmas Day and I’ll look forward to watching it again then. It was also nice to hear Matt speaking about the show, he came across as a really nice, pleasant guy with a lovely sense of humour. I think he’s a great representative of Northamptonshire." [Northamptonshire Chronicle, 18 Dec 2011]

Jane Espenson (writer) talks about the differences in the creative process in writing for Torchwood and Once Upon A Time: "Torchwood was a very different process from everything else, since it functioned as a sort of hybrid version of the UK system – less room time, more one-on-one with the showrunner. Once is more similar to Buffy – we work in a writers' room figuring out the story, and then we take turns writing complete drafts that are then polished by Eddy and Adam. And, also like Buffy, we're being allowed to make the show that the guys envisioned. It's a very smooth and very productive process." [Blogcritics, 16 Dec 2011]

Sarah Smart (Jennifer, The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People) talks about being broody after meeting Billie Piper (Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me co-star Laurence Fox's wife), and also on her time in Doctor Who: "We will of course be watching the Doctor Who Christmas special, but I will see it in a completely different light now I’ve been in it. Matt Smith is absolutely brilliant, but my favourite Doctor will always be Peter Davison, because he was my dad in At Home With The Braithwaites." [Sunday Mercury, 18 Dec 2011]

Robin Squire ("main Auton", Spearhead from Space) has written a new 'reality novel' entitled The Making of Britflick and is described as all about the vicissitudes of being a writer on a feature film that manages to get made despite all the odds. It is currently available as an e-book from Amazon, with a hardcopy available next spring. [with thanks to Richard Bignell, 17 Dec 2011]


Meanwhile, the announcement by Steven Moffat that Amy and Rory would be departing has set the bookies off on their predictions of who might assume the vacancy in the TARDIS, though predictably lacking the imagination to consider a male as the Doctor's next sidekick.

Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay is considered the favourite by Ladbrokes at 4/1, with The Curse of the Black Spot's Lily Cole at 6/1, Matt Smith's close friend Daisy Lowe at 10/1, and Strictly Come Dancing runner up Chelsee Healey at 12/1.

Bookmark and Share Worlds in Time update

12/17/2011 09:39:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor Who "massively multiplayer online" (MMO) game Worlds in Time moves a stage closer with the platform having now been made open to invited users in order to test and give feedback upon the initial gameplay.


Having been "invited" to join the Doctor in the TARDIS, initial registration for the game enables players to select their character name and race, choosing from four different races, Human, Silurian, Cat-person and Tree-person. Character avatars can then be adjusted to suit player preference before the final registration page.

Please note that in order to proceed into the game itself, those participating in the trial must agree to the terms and conditions; in particular:
You acknowledge that you have "early access" to the game in an incomplete form. By proceeding, you agree to hold strictly confidential any information about the game until it becomes public.

(with thanks to Vitas Varnas)

Bookmark and Share Regional Roundup

12/17/2011 12:32:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

United Kingdom

A Dalek lent its aid towards 'exterminating' prejudice and inequalities at Sunderland College. Joe Leggett, director of learning support, said: "We were trying to think of a creative way of explaining diversity and engaging with the students. In Dr Who, the Daleks have a very hierarchical society, with prejudices within their ranks based on their colour." [Sunderland Echo, 13 Dec 2011]

Meanwhile, another Dalek has been immortalised in Lego by the Addis family in Huntingdon. The seven foot Christmas-themed creation was constructed from over 100,000 bricks as part of a eighteen year personalised Christmas card tradition. Catherine Addis said: "'We thought we'd have a bit of fun this year and build something a bit out of the ordinary - but obviously, we want to keep it quite festive. You get a great feeling of satisfaction once the model it complete - all our friends are so complimentary of it, it really makes all the hard work worthwhile." [Daily Mail, BBC News, 15/16 Dec 2011]

A Cyberman went on patrol at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, as part of a promotion for the forthcoming Big Blue Box convention being held there on 14th January. The event is raising money for the local charity which helps disabled people, Compaid, and will see a number of Doctor Who names appearing including Louise Jameson (Leela), Paul Magrs and Jonathan Morris (writers). Compaid's chief executive Stephen Elsden said: "Big Blue Box marks the first ever fan convention for Doctor Who in Tunbridge Wells, which has a long history of associations with the show. From a screening of a classic Peter Cushing Dalek movie to more recent fan films, we will be taking full advantage of Trinity’s superb theatre." [Stephen Elsden/Compaid, Kent News, 14 Dec 2011]

Basil Brush is appearing at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton in Aladdin, and imparted a joke from his co-star: "I like Bobby Davro. I collect jokes and he told me a good one. What is Dr Who’s favourite food? Dalek bread. He is my friend for life now." [Northampton Chronicle, 16 Dec 2011]

United States

Rory Williams aka Arthur Darvill has made it through the first round of Chicago Redeye's Best TV Character Tournament. The Doctor Who character was up against True Blood's Eric Northman and won the face-off with 50%/49%. Round two has started with Rory facing Breaking Bad's Walter White and continues until the end of the week. [Chicago Redeye, 14 Dec 2011]

Update: Rory made it through round two, easily beating Walter White with 63% to 36%. The quarter final sees him against Sons of Anarchy's Clay Morrow, which at the time of writing sees the Doctor's travelling companion way ahead with 71% to 28%. Voting ends on Tuesday.

Skokie resident Allegra Rosenburg is a local Doctor Who fan celebrity thanks to her love of "Trock Rock" aka "Time Lord Rock", a sub-genre of pop that celebrates the show. The teenager is popular at conventions, and has even been praised by writer Neil Gaiman who said: "Took me 3 years of scribbling and rewrites to make 45 minutes of Dr. Who, summed up in 2:29 by a smart girl with a ukulele." [Chicago Tribune, 14 Dec 2011]

Australia

Cultureshock Events have announced two special evenings with sci-fi actor Mark Sheppard (Canton, The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon), taking place in February. The actor will be the guest for Q&As in Sydney (7th) and Brisbane (8th), following on from hosting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in Melbourne on the 4th February. [Dallas Jones/Cultureshock Events, 17 Dec 2011]

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special: Latest Images

12/17/2011 10:14:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released new promotional images for the forthcoming Christmas Special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.

The ten new images are made up of screen captures depicting a number of scenes and effects from the story.
 





Bookmark and Share Bonhams Auction Results

12/16/2011 11:49:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Yesterday saw Bonham's Entertainment Memorabilia auction take place, in which a range of costumes from 21st Century Doctor Who were available to bid upon, originating from Angels The Costumiers, plus the preliminary artwork for the 1964 The Dalek Book and a spaceship prop from Battlefield.

The Battlefield spaceship (#154a) reached its estimate of £5000, but the surprise sale of the auction turned out to be the Clockwork Droid costume (#162), estimated at £400 but also going for £5000!

Unsurprisingly the Doctor's costumes all performed well at the auction, well in excess of their estimates: John Smith's teacher costume (#173/£1500/£2125); John Smith's suit (#174/£600/£938); John Smith's pyjamas (#175/£600/£1125); John Smith's coat/hat/scarf (#176/£400/£1250); and the Doctor's wedding outfit from The Big Bang (#191/£1800/£2625).

Other items that far exceeded their original estimates include: The Dalek Book artwork (#154/£700/£1500), William Shakespeare's costume (#166/£500/£1625), Martha's maid costume (#167/£400/£1000), Rosita's costume (#184/£350/£1375), Van Gogh's costume (#188/£450/£1250), and Dorium's costume (#185/£350/£1375).


The final prices of the items are listed below, which is inclusive of the Buyer's premium.

LotDescriptionEstimate (£)Final Price
154Preliminary artwork for The Dalek Book (1964)500-7001500
154aSpaceship model from Battlefield4500-50005000
155Doctor Constantine costume from The Empty Child400-500813
156Adherent of the Repeated Meme costume from The End of the World250-300750
157Partial Sycorax costume from The Christmas Invasion350-400563
158Sisters of Plenitude tunic from New Earth200-300875
159Maid's costume from Tooth and Claw100-150400
160The Host cloak from Tooth and Claw150-200475
161Guardian monk's robes from Tooth and Claw200-300438
162Clockwork Droid costume from The Girl in the Fireplace300-4005000
163Two Roboform costumes (one pos worn by Tennant) from The Runaway Bride400-500437
164A Slab guard costume from Smith and Jones300-400225
165Lilith's nightdress and slippers from The Shakespeare Code150-250325
166William Shakespeare's costume from The Shakespeare Code400-5001625
167Frank's costume from Daleks in Manhattan500-600400
168Tallulah's costume from Daleks in Manhattan150-200688
169Laszlo's human and pig slave costumes from Daleks in Manhattan300-400475
170Two Pig Slave costumes from Daleks in Manhattan250-300500
171Mr. Diagoras's costume from Daleks in Manhattan200-300438
172Solomon's costume from Daleks in Manhattan250-300250
173John Smith's Teacher costume from Human Nature1000-15002125
174John Smith's suit from Human Nature500-600938
175John Smith's pyjamas from Human Nature400-6001125
176John Smith's overcoat/hat/scarf from Human Nature300-4001250
177Martha's maid costume from Human Nature300-4001000
178Baines's costume from Human Nature200-300625
179Lucy/Jenny/Rocastle costumes from Human Nature300-4001063
180Futurekind Chieftain costume from Utopia400-500600
181Lucius Petrus Dextrus's costume from The Fire of Pompeii300-400375
182Quintus and Lucius costumes from The Fires of Pompeii400-500688
183UNIT Trooper part costume from The Sontaran Strategum200-300563
184Rosita's costume from The Next Doctor250-3501375
185Four Smilers costumes from The Beast Below400-5001500
186Four Winders part costumes from The Beast Below250-350813
187Guido's costume from The Vampires of Venice600-700unsold
188Vincent Van Gogh's costume from Vincent and the Doctor350-4501250
189Dorium Maldovar's costume from The Pandorica Opens250-3501375
190Rory's Wedding outfit from The Big Bang400-600688
191The Doctor's Wedding Guest outfit from The Big Bang1200-18002625