Bookmark and Share Brian Minchin Appointed As Co-Executive Producer

4/30/2013 03:35:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

Brian Minchin has been made executive producer on Doctor Who alongside showrunner and lead writer Steven Moffat with immediate effect, it was announced this afternoon.

He replaces Caroline Skinner, who stepped down last month to join BBC Drama Production in London.

Minchin is an executive producer for BBC Wales's drama department, where he has been working on The Game, a new Cold War spy thriller from Toby Whithouse for BBC One, and Wizards vs Aliens, the Russell T Davies and Phil Ford co-creation for CBBC. He has also worked as BBC executive producer on Dirk Gently - based on the novels by Douglas Adams - and Being Human (another Whithouse creation).

He has been a script editor on Doctor Who and was a producer for spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures as well as the UK sections of Torchwood: Miracle Day, and was assistant producer on Torchwood: Children Of Earth.

Having grown up in Aberystwyth, Minchin joined the BBC Wales drama department in Cardiff in 2005 as a script editor working on the BBC One Wales production Belonging, before moving to network dramas Doctor Who and Torchwood in the same role.

He said:
I'm thrilled and excited to be joining Steven Moffat on a show that has meant so much to me over the years. I've watched in awe as Steven has taken Doctor Who to wild and imaginative places and I can't wait to get started on many more adventures with the Doctor.
Faith Penhale, the head of drama at BBC Wales, said:
I've no doubt Doctor Who will enjoy a very exciting time with Brian at the helm working alongside Steven. Since joining BBC Wales in 2005, he's proved he has a fantastic eye for story and a sharp awareness of what makes a drama like Doctor Who unmissable.
And Moffat added:
When I first took over Doctor Who, Brian was there as script editor, and in the most difficult time of a new Doctor and a new era was completely brilliant. We lost him to producing The Sarah Jane Adventures at the end of our first run. Rising talent keeps rising, is how I comforted myself back then - but now I am beyond happy that Brian has risen all the way back to Doctor Who in his new role of executive producer. I look forward to getting hopelessly lost in space and time with him.

Bookmark and Share Next Time: The Crimson Horror

4/30/2013 11:10:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

This weekend's adventure for the Doctor and Clara will be The Crimson Horror, written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Saul Metzstein. The episode will premiere on BBC One in the United Kingdom on Saturday at 6:30pm.

The Crimson Horror: Publicity Poster (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston/Adrian Rogers)There’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people.

There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!

The Doctor - Matt Smith
Clara - Jenna-Louise Coleman
Mrs Gillyflower - Diana Rigg
Ada - Rachael Stirling
Jenny - Catrin Stewart
Madame Vastra - Neve McIntosh
Strax - Dan Starkey
Angie - Eve de Leon Allen
Artie - Kassius Carey Johnson
Edmund / Mr Thursday - Brendan Patricks
Amos - Graham Turner
Effie - Olivia Vinall
Abigail - Michelle Tate
Urchin Boy - Jack Oliver Hudson

Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Produced by Marcus Wilson
Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner

Some minor changes to the schedule this weekend. The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins continues to follow on BBC One, but on ITV, Britain's Got Talent shifts to 7:15pm, no longer overlapping with Doctor Who; it is preceeded by You've Been Framed! Top 100 Weddings. BBC Two presents Dad's Army at 6:30pm followed by World Snooker at 7:00pm, Channel 4 has the news followed by Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses also at 7:00pm, and the Channel 5 movie for this week is Stone Cold.


Internationally, The Crimson Horror will be broadcast in the United States and Canada on BBC America and SPACE respectively at 8:00pm ET the same evening, and then on Sunday it can be watched in Australia via ABC at 7:30pm, Poland via BBC Entertainment at 6:00pm, and South Africa via BBC Entertainment at 7:00pm. Meanwhile, New Zealand viewers will see Hide this Thursday on PRIME at 8:30pm.

See This Week in Doctor Who for more details on scheduling and repeats.

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Bookmark and Share Campaign To Save Studios Renewed

4/30/2013 09:57:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

Campaigners are renewing their efforts to save film studios that have close links to Doctor Who.

Bray Studios, near Maidenhead in Berkshire, are probably most famous for the Hammer horror films that were made there, including some starring Peter Cushing, but they have also hosted TV work as well as band rehearsals.

Doctor Who used the facilities for six stories between 1972 and 1979 - namely, Frontier In Space, The Invisible Enemy, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Power of Kroll, and City of Death - and the studios were also used by Gerry Anderson for his shows.

The now-dilapidated site, owned by showbusiness agent Neville Hendricks, is set to be turned into seven executive homes but the Save Bray Studios campaign, headed by Robert Simpson, aims to halt the bulldozers in their tracks.

Mr Simpson told Doctor Who News:
Over the years the studios have been home to hundreds of films, television productions, including model work for Doctor Who, and music. They are now set for demolition and conversion into housing following a successful planning application, but the campaign is looking into halting this and exploring any options that would allow them to continue functioning as studios.

Director Terry Gilliam and Rocky Horror's Richard O'Brien have now lent their support publicly, and other big names are in the wings.
An online petition has been launched, which can be signed here.

Bookmark and Share Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS AI:85

4/29/2013 05:56:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS had an Appreciation Index, or AI score, of 85.

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.

Doctor Who scored higher than most of Saturday's output. The highest scoring programmes of the day were Casualty with 87, Dad's Army with 88 and Law and Order with 89.

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

4/29/2013 02:17:00 pm - Reported by Adam Kirk




Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS has debuted in Australia, averaging 725,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the ABC's top-rating drama of the day and the ninth highest rating program of the day overall. These ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight

Bookmark and Share Sounds from the Inferno: limited copies still available

4/28/2013 11:19:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Signum Books have a limited number of their special vinyl release of John Smith and the Common Men: Sounds from the Inferno available for order from their website.

The record - which featured Three Guitars Mood 2 from An Unearthly Child and music from The War Machines - was released for this year's Record Store Day, and is limited to 1000 copies.

Copies are on a first-come, first-served basis, and Signum Books will ship to the UK, Europe and the United States.


(with thanks to Marcus Hearn)

Bookmark and Share Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: Overnight Audience

4/28/2013 10:38:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: The Doctor (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS achieved an overnight audience of 4.9 million viewers, a share of 26.7% of the total TV audience.

Doctor Who was third for the day, beaten by the usual suspects for the evening. Its final quarter hour overlapped the day's highest-rated show Britain's Got Talent on ITV, which was top for the day with 9.3m (9.8m with +1) watching, capturing a 43.9%(46.4%) share of the audience. The BBC's talent show, The Voice, on later in the evening, was watched by 8.0 million (35.5% share).

Final ratings will be released next week, which normally sees a substantial increase in Doctor Who's audience once those who timeshift the programme are factored in.

Bookmark and Share Harvest Of Time Book Details Released

4/27/2013 06:23:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

BBC Books has released details of the forthcoming adventure Harvest of Time featuring the Third Doctor and the Master as well as UNIT.

Announced in July 2011, it has been written by Alastair Reynolds, who won a British Science Fiction Association award in 2001 for his novel Chasm City.

After billion of years of imprisonment, the vicious Sild have broken out of confinement. From a ruined world at the end of time, they make preparations to conquer the past, with the ultimate goal of rewriting history. But to achieve their aims they will need to enslave an intellect greater than their own . . .

On Earth, UNIT is called in to investigate a mysterious incident on a North Sea drilling platform. The Doctor believes something is afoot, and no sooner has the investigation begun when something even stranger takes hold: the Brigadier is starting to forget about UNIT's highest-profile prisoner. And he is not alone in his amnesia.

As the Sild invasion begins, the Doctor faces a terrible dilemma. To save the universe, he must face his arch-nemesis – the Master.

The 386-page book, which has an RRP of £16.99, will be published on Thursday 6th June and is available to pre-order.

Reynolds gained a PhD in astronomy and worked as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency before becoming a full-time writer. His book Revelation Space was short-listed for both the Arthur C Clarke and BSFA Awards, while House of Suns was short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award.

Bookmark and Share The Robots of Death and City of Death on UKTV

4/27/2013 11:21:00 am - Reported by Paul Scoones


UKTV

Sunday 28th April sees the broadcast of two four-part Tom Baker stories, The Robots of Death (1977) and City of Death (1979) on Australian and New Zealand television. The two stories, screened back-to-back, are the 17th and 18th instalments in the 50th Anniversary season of Doctor Who stories on the UKTV channel.

The stories are scheduled in New Zealand at 2:30pm and 4:10pm, and in Australia at 2:30pm and 4:30pm respectively. New Zealand has an additional screening on Monday 29th April at 2:20am and 4:00am.

The Robots of Death was first broadcast in Australia in 1978 and in New Zealand in 1979. Both countries saw City of Death in 1980.


The UKTV billing describes the stories as follows:
The Robots of Death The Fourth Doctor & Leela land in the cargo hopper of a sandminer, whose crew are being murdered one by one. Suspicion falls on the two visitors, but they are freed by Poul.
City of Death The Fourth Doctor & Romana sense that someone is tampering with time. Who is the mysterious Count Scarlioni? & how many copies of the Mona Lisa did da Vinci paint?
UKTV is showing stories throughout the year in the lead-up to the anniversary in November. The Robots of Death and City of Death are the last in a set of six stories featuring Tom Baker's Doctor broadcast during April.

Next month showcases Peter Davison's Doctor, with six of his stories scheduled: Kinda (5 May), Earthshock and Snakedance (12 May), Frontios and Resurrection of the Daleks (19 May), The Caves of Androzani (26 May).

Up-and-coming broadcasts from both 20th and 21st Century series of Doctor Who can be found via UKTV's Doctor Who sections for Australia and New Zealand.

Bookmark and Share AudioGo: May releases

4/27/2013 09:35:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

May will see the release by AudioGo of the next encounter for the Doctor in their ongoing 50th Anniversary series Destiny of the Doctor, this month reaching his fifth incarnation. Meanwhile, the latest audio adaption of the Target novelisations takes listeners on a trip to Peladon with the Third Doctor. Plus, readers also enter our competitions to be in with a chance to win copies.

Destiny of the Doctor: Smoke and Mirrors (Credit: AudioGo)Destiny of the Doctor: Smoke and Mirrors
Starring Janet Fielding, with Tim Beckmann

The Doctor answers a psionic distress call sent from England in the 1920s. There, in the environs of a fairground, he is reunited with an old friend: Harry Houdini. To Adric and Nyssa the name means very little, but to the Doctor's companion Tegan he is a legend. Escape artist extraordinaire, Houdini's reputation will last for decades. But how does Houdini know so much about Tegan herself? Is it really just guesswork, as he says? Is Houdini right to be concerned about the fairground's fortune teller, who claims to have supernatural skills? Both he and the Doctor suspect an alien influence may be at work.

What neither the Doctor nor his friends realise is that, somewhere in the shadows, a sinister and all too familiar presence is lying in wait for them...

Doctor Who: Smoke and Mirrors (Destiny of the Doctor 5) is an original adventure by Steve Lyons, a prolific writer of Doctor Who fiction, and is available as a CD or download from 2nd May. It’s performed by Janet Fielding, who played Tegan in the original TV series, and Tim Beckmann. The series is produced for AudioGO by Big Finish Productions.

To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Smoke and Mirrors courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
As mentioned above, Harry Houdini is an old friend of the Doctor's, and he recently featured in a festive online tale alongside the Eleventh Doctor - what was the name of that story?
Please send your answer to smoke-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Now get out of that!", along with your name, address, and where you saw this competition. Only one entry is allowed per household. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is the 5th May 2013.

Doctor Who and The Curse of Peladon, read by David Troughton (Credit: AudioGo)Doctor Who and The Curse of Peladon
Written by Brian Hayles
Read by David Troughton

When the TARDIS materializes on the primitive planet Peladon, the Doctor and Jo become embroiled in political machinations. What is the secret behind the killings on the planet, and how are his old enemies the Ice Warriors involved?

Again, the terrifying cry rang out. The Doctor quickened his pace along the gloomy tunnels of the castle. Suddenly, from the darkness lumbered the mighty Aggedor, Royal Beast and Protector of the Kingdom of Peladon! The Doctor fumbled in his pocket. Would the device work? As he trained the spinning mirror on the eyes of Aggedor, the terrible claws came closer and closer...

What is the secret behind the killings on the planet of Peladon? Is Aggedor seeking revenge because the King of Peladon wants his kingdom to become a member of the Galactic Federation? Will the Doctor escape the claws of Aggedor and discover the truth?

Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon is Brian Hayles’ complete and unabridged novelisation, first published in 1974 by Target Books. It is read by David Troughton, who played King Peladon in the original BBC TV episodes. It is based on the original 1972 TV serial of the same name, featuring the 3rd Doctor (as played by Jon Pertwee). Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon is available as an audiobook from AudioGO, on CDs or as an audio download, from 2nd May.


To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of The Curse of Peladon courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
David Troughton played Peladon in the tale, but this wasn't his first appearance in Doctor Who - name his first role.
Please send your answer to peladon-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "By the spirit of Aggedor!", along with your name, address, and where you saw this competition. Only one entry is allowed per household. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is the 5th May 2013.

In addition, AudioGo have also released an audio adaptation of the latest adventure for the Eleventh Doctor, Plague of the Cybermen:

Plague of the Cybermen (Credit: AudioGo)Plague of the Cybermen
Written by Justin Richards
Read by David Warner, with Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen

When the Doctor arrives in the 19th-century village of Klimtenburg, he discovers the residents suffering from some kind of plague - a 'wasting disease'. The victims face a horrible death - but what's worse, the dead seem to be leaving their graves. The Plague Warriors have returned ...

The Doctor is confident he knows what's really happening; he understands where the dead go, and he's sure the Plague Warriors are just a myth. But as some of the Doctor's oldest and most terrible enemies start to awaken he realises that maybe - just maybe - he's misjudged the situation.
 

To be in with a chance to win one of three copies of Plague of the Cybermen courtesy of AudioGo, answer the following question:
Plagues, viruses and Cybermen go hand-in-hand, but in which story did they spread 'infection' through the use of sugar?
Please send your answer to plague-competition@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "You know our ways!", along with your name, address, and where you saw this competition. Only one entry is allowed per household. The competition is open worldwide, and the closing date is the 5th May 2013.

Bookmark and Share DVD Update: The Green Death (SE)

4/26/2013 10:48:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Green Death. Photo: BBCThe BBFC have now classified the special features that are to appear on the forthcoming special edition release of The Green Death, currently scheduled for the 5th August in the United Kingdom.

00:11:38:12 VISUAL EFFECTS (FEATURETTE)
00:07:40:04 (STEWART BEVAN INTERVIEW)
00:05:38:01 WHAT KATY DID NEXT (FEATURETTE)
00:06:49:21 (ROBERT SLOMAN INTERVIEW)
00:10:51:09 GLOBAL CONSPIRACY? (FEATURETTE)
00:02:27:21 (WALES TODAY) (ARCHIVAL TV FOOTAGE)
00:00:38:18 (EASTER EGG NO. 2)
00:09:49:23 THE GREEN DEATH - PHOTO GALLERY
00:23:07:06 DR. FOREVER! - THE UNQUIET DEAD (FEATURETTE)
00:26:21:18 THE ONE WITH THE MAGGOTS - MAKING THE GREEN DEATH
00:01:23:10 ORIGINAL CONTINUITY ANNOUNCEMENTS - 
            SATURDAY MAY 12TH 1973 TO SATURDAY JUNE 16TH 1973 - 5.50PM BBC1
            (EASTER EGG NO. 1)
00:02:43:03 REPEAT CONTINUITY ANNOUNCEMENTS - 
            SUNDAY JANUARY 2ND 1994 TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6TH 1994 - 12.00PM BBC2
            (EASTER EGG NO. 1)

Features that are new to this DVD release are highlighted above.



Since the previous update, the current series finale The Name of the Doctor has been classified for its DVD release as part of the Series 7 Part 2 boxed set in May, with a running time of 44m 26s.

Bookmark and Share An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend

4/26/2013 08:52:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

Journey into the Unknown
The ninth in our series of features looking at events leading to the creation of a true TV legend.

The story so far: Initial planning has taken place on a new science-fiction series to run on BBC television on Saturday evenings, filling the gap between Grandstand and the pop music show Juke Box Jury. Following a meeting on 26th March 1963, chaired by script department head Donald Wilson, the script writer Cecil Edwin "Bunny" Webber produces an initial character and set-up plan, while his colleague Alice Frick writes up a report of the meeting, outlining ideas on transport, communication, themes, and format.

It was in April 1963, 50 years ago this month, that BBC Head of Drama Sydney Newman, the man who had commissioned the new series, considered the initial programme suggestions. The reports, which exist in the BBC's written archives, show Newman making a number of handwritten comments showing his thoughts on the proposals. He was not keen on the idea of a flying saucer, saying it was "Not based in reality - or too Sunday press", and he dismissed the idea of a team of troubleshooters with the one emphatic word "No". Newman was keen to get a youngster involved in the action. "Need a kid to get into trouble" he wrote, and "make mistakes". In addition, he gave short shrift to Webber's thoughts on villains - the possibility of a recurring one, perhaps a politician or industrialist, or "ad hoc villains for each story, as needed" - bracketing the whole section of the plan "corny".

Overall, Newman thought the proposals from the team were too unimaginative and highbrow. He was trying to bring fresh thinking to the BBC and was worried the idea was too safe, too derivative of other BBC dramas. He felt a better model for the series would be Pathfinders - three serials he produced at ABC - where a strong storyline was followed each week with a dramatic cliffhanger in much the same way as the classic cinema serials such as Flash Gordon had done. Indeed, the BBC had produced similar serials, such as Stranger From Space, The Lost Planet, and Return To The Lost Planet. (Stranger From Space - part of the children's programme Whirligig - can lay claim to being Britain's first TV sci-fi cliffhanger serial. It ran for two series in 1951 and 1952 and included in its cast Valentine Dyall and Peter Hawkins.)

One thing of which Newman did approve, though, was the idea of a time machine. He later recalled:
How wonderful, I thought, if today's humans could find themselves on the shores of England seeing and getting mixed up with Caesar's army in 54BC, landing to take over the country; be in burning Rome as Nero fiddled; get involved in Europe's tragic Thirty Years War; and so on.
Newman was happy with the proposal of a handsome young man hero to lead the action, alongside a well-dressed heroine aged about 30. As noted above, he wanted a young teenager to join the action, to be a link with the many children he expected to be watching. However, it was with the third character outlined in the report - the maturer man aged 35 to 40 "with some 'character' twist" - that he had the most influence, and he set out his thoughts on this in a memo to Wilson, replacing Webber's maturer man with somebody quite different . . .

Although now lost from the archives, Newman's memo detailed the character who would lead the show and become its focus. Newman wanted a grumpy, frail, old man to be the centre of the series, a man on the run, cut off from his own faraway planet and highly advanced people from whom he had fled, stealing a time machine in the escape. Newman even gave the character a name, and in doing so, 50 years ago this month, he created one of the most iconic characters in television history. This man would simply be known as the Doctor.

By now, the script department had made way for the serials department, of which Wilson was in charge, and it was this new department that would be tasked with making the new show.

While planning the basic set-up of the series, a number of decisions were being made on a more practical level, detailing just how the series would be made and how it would be resourced. The new series had been allocated Studio D at Lime Grove. The BBC had bought the Lime Grove studio complex in 1949 as a stop-gap to provide studio space in central London while the new Television Centre was being built at White City. The studios were built for film, where they were home to the Ealing comedies and the famous British film The Wicked Lady. Converted for use by television, they became home to many productions in the 1950s, including the famous dramatisation of Nineteen Eighty-Four starring Peter Cushing, as well as the comedy series Steptoe and Son (whose title music was composed by Ron Grainer) and the early soap opera The Grove Family, which took its title family from the studios, was created and written by Jon Pertwee's father and elder brother, Roland and Michael, and whose cast included Peter Bryant.

In a memo sent on Friday 26th April 1963, exactly 50 years ago today, Drama Group Administrator Ayton Whitaker set out the plans for the new series. The memo gives an intended transmission date of the end of July, some four months before the series would eventually appear. It sets out the budget - £2,300 per episode - and notes how facilities such as back projection and inlay would be needed.
I understand that facilities are available for recording the Saturday serial weekly in Studio D on Fridays, starting from 5 July (Week 27), the first transmission to be in Week 31 on Saturday 27 July.

The serials, which will in all run for 52 weeks, will average six episodes and every serial will require one week's filming at the Television Film Studios. For the most part this filming will be confined to special effects, but artists, with therefore attendant wardrobe and make-up facilities, will be required on occasions. The first two serials are each of four episodes.

. . .

Moving and Still BP [back projection] will be required in the studio on all recording days, so there should be a block booking for 52 weeks, starting on the Friday of Week 27. Inlay and overlay will also be required as a regular facility.

The series will cost £2,300 per episode, and an additional £500 will be needed to build the space/time machine which will be used throughout the 52 weeks.
He is subsequently told that the design department should be able to cope with the new series, so long as no more than 500 man-hours on the first episode and 350 man-hours per successive instalment are needed.

Next EpisodeNothing At The End Of The Lane
Compiled by:
Marcus and John Bowman
SOURCES: BBC Archive - The Genesis of Doctor Who; The Handbook (Howe, Walker, Stammers; 2005); Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction (Fulton; 2000); BFI Screenonline

Bookmark and Share Fundraising in memory of Caroline John

4/25/2013 09:48:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Ben Beevers, the son of the late Caroline John, is fundraising in his mother's memory:

Caroline John (Credit: Big Finish)Last year, Caroline John - who played Liz Shaw, the Third Doctor's assistant - passed away after a long battle with cancer. During her illness Caroline and her family received amazing support from the Princess Alice Hospice.

On 4th August 2013 her son, Ben Beevers, will be cycling the London-Surrey 100 (a 100-mile cycle ride through London and Surrey!) for Help for Hospices in memory of Caroline.

Ben said:
The Princess Alice Hospice cared brilliantly for my Mum and this care allowed her to spend more time with us as a family and come back home in the final few weeks. We will always be grateful for those last days with Mum and so we are attempting to raise money for the hospices, particularly Princess Alice's. We want to give something back and continue to give others the support they need at the most difficult of times, making the unbearable that little bit easier.

If you can spare anything please visit Caroline John’s Just Giving page, or you can text MUMM71 (followed by the amount you want to donate, e.g. £5) to 70070
 

(with thanks to Big Finish)

Bookmark and Share DVD Update: Doctor Who: Regeneration

4/25/2013 03:22:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who: Regeneration - R2 DVD Cover (Credit: BBC Worldwide)The BBC have finally confirmed that the Regeneration set that has been listed on Internet sites such as the BBC Shop and Amazon will indeed be released in June.

As the title implied, this release deals with the Doctor's regenerations, and will be presented as a limited edition, "coffee-table" book which will include six DVDs covering the adventures associated with the change of actor - and includes the premiere of the newly animation-enhanced The Tenth Planet on DVD.

The full list of stories are: The Tenth Planet, The War Games, Planet of the Spiders, Logopolis The Caves of Androzani, Time and the Rani, Doctor Who: The Movie, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, and The End of Time.

Regeneration will now be released on 24th June and not 10th as originally scheduled.

Bookmark and Share Big Finish: The Beginning

4/25/2013 09:59:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Big Finish have released details on a special Companion Chronicle for the 50th Anniversary:

The Beginning (Credit: Big Finish)In November 2013, Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, Big Finish is releasing The Companion Chronicles – The Beginning, which tells the very first Doctor Who story ever!

When the First Doctor and his grand-daughter Susan escape through the cloisters of Gallifrey to an old Type 40 Time Travel capsule, little do they realize the adventures that lie ahead… And little do they know, as the TARDIS dematerializes and they leave their home world behind, there is someone else aboard the ship. He is Quadrigger Stoyn, and he is very unhappy...


The Beginning stars Carole Ann Ford as Susan, and Terry Molloy (who also played Davros in the classic TV series) is Quadrigger Stoyn. The script is by Marc Platt, who has written many Big Finish audio plays and who also wrote Ghost Light for the Seventh Doctor and Ace on TV.
 

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Prom: schools composition competition

4/25/2013 09:44:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who Prom 2013 - Promotional Image (Credit: BBC/Chris Christodoulou)The BBC have launched a new Doctor Who related competition for schools, this time focussing on creating music for the show; winners will hear their compositions at the Doctor Who Prom this summer.

The competition is being run in conjunction with BBC Learning and BBC Proms, the aim of which is to produce a new soundtrack for one of the 'clean' clips provided from last Christmas's The Snowmen. It is open to UK secondary school pupils in two categories, aged 11-14 and 15-16, and entries are to be judged by a panel of music education experts appointed by BBC Proms. Winners are to be judged based upon these criteria: Musical idea, Originality, Creative use of soundtrack methods, and Interpretation of action through soundtrack.

Full details, including the terms and conditions, can be found on the BBC's competition page, including an introductory video by composer Murray Gold and arranger Ben Foster on creating music for the series.


BBC Learning have run Doctor Who related competitions for schools over recent years, with their Script to Screen initiatives resulting in the production of minisodes Death is the Only Answer in 2011 and Good As Gold in 2012.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Miscellany To Be Published

4/24/2013 05:39:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

BBC Books is to bring out a fact-filled Doctor Who publication next month. Entitled Who-ology: Doctor Who - The Official Miscellany, the 384-page hardcover book, compiled by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, will be available from Thursday 2nd May.

Do you know your Sontarans from your Silurians? What are the 40 best ways to defeat a Dalek? What are the galactic co-ordinates of Gallifrey?

Test your knowledge of the last Time Lord and the worlds he's visited in Who-ology, an unforgettable journey through 50 years of Doctor Who.

Packed with facts, figures, and stories from the show's entire run, this unique tour of space and time takes you from Totter's Lane to Trenzalore, taking in guides to UNIT call signs, details of the inner workings of sonic screwdrivers, and a reliability chart covering every element of the TARDIS.

It also includes tables, charts, and illustrations, as well as fascinating lists and exhaustive detail.
Scott has written books, audio dramas, and comics strips based on series including Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Skylanders, and Judge Dredd. He has also written about the Doctor's adventures in Doctor Who Magazine and SFX.

Journalist and author Wright, who is also a regular contributor to DWM, has written audios, short stories, and comic strips featuring new adventures for the Doctor, along with tie-ins to other series such as The Sarah Jane Adventures and The Power Rangers.

Who-ology is available to pre-order.

Bookmark and Share BFI Screenings: Fifth Doctor Guests And Sixth Doctor Title Announced

4/24/2013 01:44:00 pm - Reported by John Bowman

Actors Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, and Janet Fielding will join director Graeme Harper and Radiophonic Workshop composer Roger Limb as the special guests at the BFI Southbank big-screen showing of The Caves of Androzani next month.

The four-part story is being shown on Saturday 4th May to mark the Fifth Doctor's era, as part of the BFI's Doctor Who At 50 season.

The adventure saw the Doctor regenerate into his sixth incarnation, played by Colin Baker, and today the BFI revealed that the story picked to mark the Sixth Doctor's era will be The Two Doctors, to be shown on Saturday 15th June at 2pm.

The three-part adventure, written by Robert Holmes, co-starred Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor and was first broadcast in 1985, pitting both Doctors against the Sontarans. It also saw the return of Frazer Hines as Second Doctor companion Jamie. Location filming was carried out in Spain.

BFI Champions and members are entitled to priority booking for the event, whose guests will be announced nearer the time, but because of the overwhelming popularity of the Doctor Who At 50 season a ballot system will be in operation once again for tickets. Two ballots are being run - one each for Champions and members - via e-mail to memberballot@bfi.org.uk. Champions can enter from Monday 6th May, while members can enter from Tuesday 7th May. Champions can enter both ballots.

The ballots will close on Friday 10th May and will be run over the weekend of 11th and 12th May, with all entrants being notified on Monday 13th May as to their success or failure. Any tickets that have been reserved for Champions and members through the ballot will be held until 8.30pm on Friday 17th May, and those left unclaimed will be released for public sale on Saturday 18th May.

However, on Wednesday 15th May the official Doctor Who Facebook page will have a small number of tickets set aside for purchase by members of the public, whereby people will have to correctly answer a question to be in with a chance of booking.

Although all the celebratory screenings have been immediate sell-outs, returns and stand-bys are a strong possibility, so if all else fails do keep checking with the BFI!

Bookmark and Share Details announced of Splendid Chaps: "Five/Fear"

4/24/2013 06:27:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

.As previously reportedSplendid Chaps is a year-long performance/podcast project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who hosted by comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon CrawlMelbourne Museum Comedy Tour) and writer John Richards (ABC1 sitcom OutlandBoxcutters podcast)

Described by its creators as part intellectual panel discussion, part nerdy Tonight Show, Splendid Chaps is a combination of analysis, enthusiasm and irreverence. The first episode went to number 1 on the iTunes TV & Film Podcast chart in Australia, and to number 4 in the UK.  The podcasts to the first few episodes are now available at www.splendidchaps.com or at  iTunes.

Tickets are now on sale for their 5th Doctor show!
On Sunday May 19 they’ll be celebrating the era of the 5th Doctor, the cricket-and-celery-loving Peter Davison, and exploring the notion of Fear in Doctor Who. When is Doctor Who scary, and why? Guests will include comedian Tegan Higginbotham (from comedy duo Watson and The Comedy Channel’s Whatever Happened To That Guy?) and horror author Narrelle M Harris. That’s at The Public Bar, 238 Victoria Street, North Melbourne, at 5pm.

Splendid Chaps: A Year Of Doctor Who: "Five: Fear"

Space: The Public Bar, 238 Victoria Street, North Melbourne
Time: Saturday 19 May 2013, 5 PM
Accessibility: This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Tickets: All tickets $15 (plus booking fee where applicable)
Bookings: via trybooking.com, or buy tickets at the door (subject to availability)
Podcast: not yet available, released 23 May 2013.

With thanks to John Richards

Bookmark and Share Next Time: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

4/23/2013 11:18:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

This weekend's adventure for the Doctor and Clara will be Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, written by Steve Thompson and directed by Mat King. The episode will premiere on BBC One in the United Kingdom on Saturday at the earlier time of 6:30pm.

Credit: BBCA spaceship salvage team drags the TARDIS on board, sending its systems into meltdown.

As the Doctor marshals the motley salvage crew outside, he realises Clara is still trapped within his malfunctioning ship, pursued by a dangerous group of ossified monsters. He has just 30 minutes to find Clara and save his TARDIS before it self-destructs.

The Doctor - Matt Smith
Clara - Jenna-Louise Coleman
Gregor van Baalen - Ashley Walters
Bram van Baalen - Mark Oliver
Tricky - Jahvel Hall

Writer - Steve Thompson
Director - Mat King
Producer - Marcus Wilson

Continuing last week's line-up, The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins! follows Doctor Who at 7:15pm, with ITV again broadcasting You've Been Framed! Favourites from 6:00pm and Britain's Got Talent from 7:00pm. Similarly, BBC Two remains the same with Flog It! at 6:30pm and World Snooker at 7:00pm, and Channel 4 finishes Come Dine with Me at 6:40pm, with the News then followed at 7:00pm by Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses. This week's film offering from Channel 5 is The Caine Mutiny.


Internationally, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS will be broadcast in the United States and Canada on BBC America and SPACE respectively at 8:00pm ET the same evening, and then on Sunday it can be watched in Australia via ABC at 7:30pm, Poland via BBC Entertainment at 6:00pm, and South Africa via BBC Entertainment at 7:00pm. Meanwhile, New Zealand viewers will see Cold War this Thursday on PRIME at 7:30pm.

See This Week in Doctor Who for more details on scheduling and repeats.

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Bookmark and Share Final Australian ratings for Cold War

4/23/2013 06:13:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk


Cold War has picked up an additional 114,000 time-shifted Australian viewers, giving it a final, or consolidated, ratings average of 842,000 viewers in the five major capital cities.  This was the fourth largest number of time-shifted viewers for a program broadcast on Sunday 14 April. The final or consolidated ratings includes all 'time-shifted' viewers who record the program and watch it within a week.

Based on these final figures, Cold War was the top-rating ABC program of the day and the ninth highest rating program of the day overall (this compares to it being the tenth highest rating program based on its overnight figures of 728,000 viewers). These ratings do not include regional viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight

Bookmark and Share Hide AI: 85

4/22/2013 01:26:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


Hide had an Appreciation Index, or AI score, of 85.

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.

Doctor Who scored higher than most of Saturday's output. The highest scoring programmes of the day were Casualty with 87, Walking Through History with 87 and The Many Faces of Michael Crawford with 87.

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for Hide

4/22/2013 05:05:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk



Hide has debuted in Australia, averaging 648,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was the ABC's top-rating drama of the day and the tenth highest rating program of the day overall. These ratings do not include regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight

Bookmark and Share Hide: Overnight Audience 5.0 Million

4/21/2013 01:04:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Hide had an overnight audience of 5.0 million viewers, a share of 24.5% of the total TV audience.

Doctor Who was fourth for the day. Its final half hour was opposite Britain's Got Talent on ITV, which was top for the day with 9.7 million watching and 43.9% share of the audience.

The BBC's talent show, The Voice, had 7.9 million watching - a large increase on the previous week. Casualty was third with 5.2 million viewers.

Final ratings will be released next week, which should see Doctor Who substantially increase its rating once those who timeshift the programme are factored in.

Bookmark and Share Hide: Behind the Scenes

4/20/2013 08:36:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released a behind-the-scenes confidentialette on the making of tonight's episode, Hide, cast and crew interviews undertaken during the filming of the episode, and also featuring Steven Moffat. There is also a an introduction to the episode by Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, and some preview clips for those who haven't seen the episode itself yet(!).

The Next Time trailer for Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS is also now available to watch.

Bookmark and Share DWAS Charity Auction for Blood Cancer Research

4/20/2013 04:17:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society is currently running a charity auction in aid of Blood Cancer Research:

Philip Jessett was a keen Doctor Who fan throughout his life and for a number of years helped to run the Cardiff DWAS local group. Philip sadly died of Leukaemia not too long ago and his family has bequeathed his Doctor Who collection to the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.

Some of the charity auction items (Credit: DWAS)
Some of the charity auction items (Credit: DWAS)

By agreement with Phllip's mother Paula, the items in the collection are now available to bid on via our eBay site. 100% of each item's sale price will be donated (via eBay's charity partner Missionfish) to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The full list of items that are available can be found via DWAS's eBay auction page.

(with thanks to Paul Winter/DWAS)

Bookmark and Share Pyramids of Mars and The Hand of Fear on UKTV

4/20/2013 11:56:00 am - Reported by Paul Scoones

UKTVSunday 21st April sees the broadcast of two four-part Tom Baker stories, Pyramids of Mars (1975) and The Hand of Fear (1976), on Australian and New Zealand television. The two stories, screened back-to-back, are the 15th and 16th instalments in the 50th Anniversary season of Doctor Who stories on the UKTV channel.

The stories are scheduled in New Zealand at 2:15pm and 4:00pm, and in Australia at 2:30pm and 4:30pm respectively. New Zealand has additional screenings on Monday 22nd April at 2:20am and 4:05am.



The two stories were both first broadcast in Australia in 1978. New Zealand also saw Pyramids of Mars in 1978, but The Hand of Fear first screened in 1979.

The UKTV billing describes the stories as follows:
Pyramids of Mars
The Doctor & Sarah are returning to UNIT HQ on earth when the TARDIS is caught up by a mysterious force. Sarah sees an evil face materialise which terrifies her.

The Hand of Fear
The Doctor & Sarah are caught in a mining explosion. Sarah is found clutching a fossilised hand, when she begins to act possessed, the Doctor suspects that it may be alive.
UKTV is showing stories throughout the year in the lead-up to the anniversary in November. Pyramids of Mars and The Hand of Fear are the third and fourth in a set of six stories featuring Tom Baker's Doctor broadcast during April.

The schedule of upcoming stories includes: The Robots of Death and City of Death (28th April), Kinda (5 May), Earthshock and Snakedance (12 May), Frontios and Resurrection of the Daleks (19 May), The Caves of Androzani (26 May).

Up-and-coming broadcasts from both 20th and 21st Century series of Doctor Who can be found via UKTV's Doctor Who sections for Australia and New Zealand.