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Bookmark and Share Deep Breath: Final UK Ratings

8/31/2014 12:44:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Final figures for the UK transmission of Deep Breath give the episode a consolidated rating of 9.17 million viewers.

The final figure is a much more accurate one than the initial overnight report. It includes all those who watch the programme within one week of transmission. Apart from the Christmas specials and The Day of the Doctor, this rating is the highest rating since Matt Smith's début episode The Eleventh Hour.

The final rating makes Doctor Who the second highest rated programme for the week on British television, behind The Great British Bake Off which had 9.28 million.

The Thursday late night repeat of Deep Breath had an overnight audience of 0.12 million viewers, a share of 5.9% of the total TV audience, while the Friday BBC Three showing had 0.32 million watching, a 1.6% audience share. The AI for the Friday repeat was 86.

The cinema screening of Deep Breath took £522,908 at the UK box office last weekend, making it the 8th highest-grossing feature of the weekend in the UK, despite only having one showing.

Bookmark and Share Into the Dalek: UK overnight viewing figures

8/31/2014 09:32:00 am - Reported by Marcus

5.2 million people in the UK watched Into the Dalek, a share of 24.7% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures.

Doctor Who was the second-highest rated programme of the night, which was won by the return of the talent show The X Factor on ITV, which had 9.3 million watching. Against the Doctor, The Chase: Celebrity Special had an audience of 4.2 million.

Episode two of the new series of Doctor Who did not suffer any loss of viewers during the clash with The X Factor, with ratings stable throughout the episode. Around 2 million viewers switched to ITV as Doctor Who finished. The second-highest rated programme on BBC One was Casualty with 3.9 million watching.

Doctor Who is currently 21st for the week. Final figures will be released next week.

Bookmark and Share Into The Dalek poster produced for free download by Radio Times

8/30/2014 08:07:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

Radio Times has produced a free downloadable poster for tonight's episode Into The Dalek.

It has been designed by Stuart Manning, who said:
This episode's poster is based loosely on Disneyworld's 1950s Tomorrowland poster art. The Daleks obviously came a little later, but visually they're very Sputnik-era aliens.

The tunnel of shrinking Doctors is taken from one of Jon Pertwee's title sequences. As a childhood viewer of the Third Doctor, I think it's a visual reference Peter Capaldi might approve of.
Last week's Series 8 opener Deep Breath was similarly afforded a Radio Times poster, which was also designed by Manning. Whether this means there will be a poster for each episode of this series is not yet known.

In previous years, the BBC has produced movie-style posters for Doctor Who episodes, but there has been none from the corporation so far for this series. Last October, Radio Times produced free downloadable Manning-designed retro posters to celebrate the return of the nine episodes from The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear.

Into The Dalek is scheduled to be broadcast at 7.30pm on BBC One.

This week's iPad and iPhone edition of Radio Times has a gallery of unseen and rare Dalek images plus an interview from 1964 with the writer Terry Nation, who created the Daleks.

Bookmark and Share Rise of the Planet of the Ming Mongs

8/30/2014 12:59:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The latest edition of the fanzine Planet of the Ming Mongs is now available as a free download.


Ming Mong (n.) - an obsessive fan of Doctor Who

Rise of the Planet of the Ming Mongs (n.) - a free online fanzine celebrating Doctor Who fandom

A suspicious number of years in the making, Rise of the Planet of the Ming Mongs is literally stuffed with contents, from alphanumeric characters to punctuation symbols - all carefully arranged into vaguely coherent sentences!
  • GASP at Charles Daniels' incredible story of how Doctor Who saved him!
  • SAVOUR an academic take on spoilers by Professor Matt Hills!
  • MEET questionable fan Conway in Giacomo Lee’s fabulous fiction!
  • UNCOVER what Garr and Suthers have been up to in their dingy basement archive!
  • READ JUICY DETAILS of Peri and Yrcanos's private life!
  • SALIVATE over recently-uncovered deleted scenes from the 1975 Blue Peter annual!
  • RECOIL IN HORROR as we subject a non-fan to near-lethal doses of Doctor Who!
  • STARE IN DISBELIEF at our borderline-libellous Writer's Tale parody!
…and lots more besides! Fifty fun-filled pages, all dripping with the warm juices of fandom.

Rise of the Planet of the Ming Mongs. What could possibly go wrong?

Bookmark and Share Listen: Press Details

8/29/2014 07:00:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released details of the fourth episode of the upcoming series of Doctor Who Listen.

The episode will show on BBC One on Saturday 13th September. No transmission time has yet been set.

When ghosts of past and future crowd into their lives, the Doctor and Clara are thrown into an adventure that takes them to the very end of the universe.

What happens when the Doctor is alone? And what scares the grand old man of Time and Space?

Listen!


Meanwhile the UK transmission time for Episode Three, Robot Of Sherwood, has now been set at 7.30pm. On BBC One it will follow the fifth episode of Tumble the celebrity gymnastics show. Against the Doctor ITV will offer a celebrity edition of the quiz show The Chase followed by The X Factor.

Bookmark and Share Into the Dalek: Red Button Extra and preview clips

8/29/2014 03:38:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Credit: Ray Burmistan, BBC Worldwide 2014The next edition of online behind-the-scenes show Doctor Who Extra, covering the second episode Into The Dalek, will also be available via digital television's Red Button service on BBC channels at the following times next week:

From 9:30pm on Saturday, we delve into the world of the Time Lord as Peter Capaldi arrives on set early to watch the Daleks in action and talks about his first encounter with them. We also ask Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson about their on-screen romance.

Saturday9:30pm-10:20pm
Sunday4:20pm-7:00pm
Sunday9:00pm-10:00pm
Wednesday4:00pm-7:25pm
Thursday9:00pm-6:00am (Friday)
Friday7:00pm-7:25pm


There will also be a final chance to catch the first episode at 6:00am-8:55am and 6:00pm-7:00pm tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the BBC have made a number of video clips available to promote the forthcoming episode of Doctor Who, which airs at 7:30pm on BBC One, Saturday.


Bookmark and Share Bill Kerr 1922-2014

8/29/2014 11:54:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Australian actor Bill Kerr, has died at the age of 92.

Bill Kerr played Giles Kent in the 1967 Doctor Who story The Enemy of the World. Five missing episodes were recovered last year bringing a new appreciation to a story, the vast majority of which had not been seen since its initial transmission.

Kerr was born in Cape Town in June 1922, born into an Australian showbiz family while they were on tour in South Africa. His stage role began at just a few weeks old when he played a babe in arms during the tour.

He grew up in Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia, where he became a radio and vaudeville star. His first major role was in one of Australia's first talking films, The Silence of Dean Maitland.

In 1947 he moved to the UK where he appeared in the BBC radio series Variety Bandbox. In the 1950's he won the role which would make him famous across the UK, that of the Australian lodger in the BBC radio comedy series Hancock's Half Hour, staying with the show for six years. In the theatre he played the Devil in the original West End production of Damn Yankees, directed by Bob Fosse. He worked with Spike Milligan appearing in the stage play The Bed-Sitting Room. In 1972 he co-starred with Anthony Newley in the long-running Newley/Bricusse musical, The Good Old Bad Old Days.

His film appearances include The Dam Busters and The Wrong Arm of the Law. Other TV work included Citizen James, Compact, Dixon of Dock Green and Adam Adamant Lives!.

He returned to Australia in the 1979 where he appeared in the Peter Weir films Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously. He had a number of roles in Australian TV shows such as Minty, Snowy, Sons and Daughters and Anzacs as well as appearing on stage in musicals such as My Fair Lady.

In January 2011 Kerr received the 2011 Walk of Honour in his home town of Wagga Wagga. He died at his home in Perth at the age of 92.

(with thanks to Dallas Jones)

Bookmark and Share The Doctor arrives in Minecraft

8/28/2014 08:19:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Worldwide have announced that the award-winning virtual world game Minecraft is to receive a visit from the Doctor from September.

DOCTOR WHO COMES TO MINECRAFT ON XBOX

BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce a deal with Microsoft Studios and Mojang which will bring Doctor Who - the world’s longest running science fiction drama – to ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’.

From September 2014, Minecraft players will have access to a range of Doctor Who assets which will allow them to change their avatar to resemble their favourite characters from the show. The first pack will include a character inspired by the Twelfth Doctor as well as five other Doctors, each of their on-screen companions and some of the Doctor’s most well known adverseries including his arch-nemeses, the Daleks.

The Twelfth Doctor on Minecraft (Credit: BBC Worldwide) The Daleks on Minecraft (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

Rikesh Desai, Digital Entertainment and Games Director at BBC Worldwide says:
We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring Doctor Who content to our loyal fans. Working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’ve created an exciting new product which will allow Doctor Who fans to create their own brand new adventures in the heart of the iconic world of Minecraft.
The deal will bring more packs as time goes on, introducing many of the most recognisable characters from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. Each skin pack will feature at least six Doctors and will be released regularly following the broadcast of the first episode.

Minecraft is one of the fastest selling Xbox game of all time with over 13 million sales to date. The deal to bring Doctor Who to Minecraft builds on BBC Worldwide’s successful partnership with Microsoft, which has seen Microsoft publish Forza racing games complete with Top Gear themed challenges and features.

Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

Available on over 84 million Xbox devices worldwide.

Packs will be available to purchase by players from the XBox Game Store, with the first pack priced at £1.99/€2.85/$2.99/$2.95AUS.

Bookmark and Share Around the World in Twelve Days with the Twelfth Doctor

8/27/2014 09:51:00 pm - Reported by Marcus



The BBC has released a video highlighting the Doctor Who world Tour.

Meanwhile Reetu Kabra, a publicist for BBC Worldwide who set up international press coverage for the new series has been telling the BBC staff magazine, Ariel, about her highlights of the trip.
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and the TARDIS at the historic Bosingak bell at the National Museum of Korea.  (Doctor Who World Tour - Seoul) (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Seoul

The Korean fans came out in full force as we stepped off the plane with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman reaching veritable rock star status.

More than 1,000 people attended the screening - tickets sold out in two minutes - and gave Peter and Jenna treats such as ornamental silk fans, luxury boxes of ginseng and, as expected, heaps of fan-made art. In return, Peter and Jenna greeted their audience in Korean on stage, while the media hung on their every word, frantically typing on their mind-boggling keyboards.
Credit: BBC Worldwide Sydney

Our photo call at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge attracted fans and paparazzi alike with many of the national newspapers running picture stories the following day.

It's odd to think that most British people go to Australia for the holiday of a lifetime, yet our team was there for 48 hours. We had little time to soak up the city and the jet lag was starting to creep in. But most of us got selfies with the Opera House.
Credit: BBC Worldwide New York

The American screening took place at the iconic Ziegfeld Theatre in midtown Manhattan. A vintage yellow taxi brought the cast to the venue where photographers snapped them on a Tardis-Blue carpet. As the event began, the crowd raised their sonic screwdrivers and cheered. One fan even screamed The first Italian Doctor!

After the press rounds, we eventually made it to the Top of the Rock - the Rockefeller Centre - where we did a photo shoot against the iconic New York skyline.
Credit: BBC Worldwide Mexico City

On arrival at the airport, dozens of fans greeted us with sombreros, singing made-up DW-related songs in Spanish. We could feel the warmth, physically and emotionally, of Latin America. Of all the events we put together for the world tour, the crowd in Mexico were, in my opinion, the most receptive and loudest. It was also the biggest event of the tour with more than 3,000 fans.

The morning after our arrival, a group of fans congregated outside our hotel. As I stood outside watching them, one of them actually came up to me and said "I follow you on Twitter - thank you so much for coming to Mexico". At that point, I really started to feel that we as a group - cast and crew - were connecting with fans whom we previously had little idea about. They were so immensely grateful for our visit that we couldn't help but feel overwhelmed.
Credit: BBC Worldwide Rio de Janeiro

The Brazilian press had already been warmed up earlier in the year by a visit from Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, so their appetites were whetted and ready for Peter, Jenna and Steven's arrival.

Following a successful press conference, the final screening was attended by 2,000 Brazilian fans, with Peter high-fiving people as he walked past. The morning of our departure was probably one of the most surreal of the trip - our team visited the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio.
The full article can be read online.

Bookmark and Share Win a life-size TARDIS for your school

8/27/2014 12:29:00 am - Reported by Marcus

BBC Doctor Who Adventures Issue 353This week's Doctor Who Adventures gives you a chance to win a life-size TARDIS for your school.

Editor Moray Laing says:
Don’t miss the latest issue as we’ve got an amazing competition. We’re giving away life-size TARDIS to one lucky reader for their school classroom or playground. It’s a perfect replica of the Doctor’s amazing time machine – and although, sadly, it isn’t actually bigger on the inside, it’s a massive prize to win!
This TARDIS is worth £4,000 and to enter, readers have to collect two tokens. You’ll find the first token in the current issue and the second one appears in the issue out on 10 September.

Plus:
  • Five fantastic gifts! A magnetic TARDIS box, special key, a sonic screwdriver and two more magic, moving lenticular cards.
  • Special door hangers to cut out and pop on your door.
  • Exclusive interview with actress Jenna Coleman who tells us what it’s like to be the Doctor’s companion.
  • Two amazing fact figures of the new Doctor and a Weeping Angel.
  • Preview pictures from the next two episodes.
  • A special appearance from Cheryl Cole in the Alien Babies comic strip.
  • Loads of activities and puzzle pages.
  • Dalek secrets.
  • Strax’s guide to the Half-Face Man.
  • Two posters.
  • Read an exciting comic strip with the Doctor and Clara.
BBC Doctor Who Adventures Issue 353, on sale 27 August – 9 September 2014, priced £4.99.

Bookmark and Share People Roundup

8/26/2014 01:25:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat has won the 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series or Movie for the Season 3 episode of Sherlock His Last Vow.

Moffat was presented with the award at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday evening. Diana Rigg who was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in Game of Thrones, lost out to Allison Janney.

Paul Cornell has achieved a life's ambition with an article in the new issue of Fortean Times

The article is about the history of Fortean themes in Doctor Who (that is, the appearance of UFOs, ghosts, the Loch Ness Monster, etc.)

It’s based on a lecture the author delivered several years ago at the Fortean Times Unconvention, but has been updated to include the whole of the current series thus far.

ABC have released the pilot of Selfie, the new comedy starring Karen Gillan

Based on the My Fair Lady story, Gillan plays young woman Eliza Dooley, who is desperate to become famous via social media, but gets lessons in how to make real friends from an ettiquette expert.

She stars alongside Star Trek and Harold and Kumar actor John Cho as well as Homeland's David Harewood in the series which debuts on the US network ABC on September 30th.

The channel has added the whole programme to its Twitter feed.

Bookmark and Share Into the Dalek - New Images

8/26/2014 02:08:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released new images from the second episode in the new series of Doctor Who, Into The Dalek.

Doctor Who: Into the Dalek. Photos: Ray Burmistan, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Into the Dalek. Photos: Ray Burmistan, BBC Worldwide 2014 The Doctor: Into the Dalek. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Journey Blue (Zawe Ashton) and Colonel Morgan Blue (Michael Smiley) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014) Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: Ray Burmistan, BBC Worldwide 2014) Into The Dalek (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014) The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014) Colonel Morgan Blue (Michael Smiley) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014) Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014) Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Journey Blue (Zawe Ashton) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014) Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014)


A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… With the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side. Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever, he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, “am I a good man?”

Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, and directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List)

The episode introduces Samuel Anderson (History Boys) as Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) also teaches.

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath: Canadian Ratings

8/25/2014 11:28:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


Viewers tuned into Canadian channel Space in record numbers on Saturday night where the debut of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Time Lord, Deep Breath, delivered 805,000 viewers, making it the number 1 program of the day on all of television among the key A25-54 and A18-49 demographic, and the most-watched Space episode this broadcast-year-to-date, reaching nearly 1.4 million viewers overall.

On Twitter, #DoctorWho garnered more than 5,000 tweets on Saturday, creating an estimated 6.5 million estimated impressions on the social media platform in Canada. Throughout the day, multiple Doctor Who related topics appeared in the Top 10 trending list.

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath: US Ratings

8/25/2014 10:53:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Deep Breath has an audience of 2.6 million on BBC America, the biggest ever audience for a series opener on the channel.

The initial screening, scored 2.2 million, slightly down on the record breaking figure of 2.4 million achieved by the 50th Anniversary story, The Day of the Doctor, last year, but up by 46% on the last equivalent premiere.

The total of 2.6 million includes plays and same-day views.

In the demographic of adults 25-54, Doctor Who had just over 1 million viewers.

During the premiere on Saturday evening, Doctor Who was the most-watched show on cable. It dominated Twitter for the day among TV shows.

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath: Appreciation Index

8/25/2014 10:41:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Deep Breath had an Audience Appreciation Index score of 82.

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.

The score, while lower than Doctor Who has achieved in recent years, still puts the programme as one of the most appreciated of the weekend.

Ratings on Sunday were incredibly low, meaning Doctor Who retains its place as the third highest rated programme, on overnights, for the week. The highest BBC One could manage on Sunday was 5.1 million for the News, while ITV scored 2.4 million with its highest rated programme Come On Down: The Game Show.

On BBC Two the repeat of the drama on the origins of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Time and Space, had an audience of 0.6 million, a 4.6% share of the total TV audience.

Final figures for the week will be published next Monday.

Bookmark and Share Updated: Overnight Australian ratings for Deep Breath and Australian simulcasts to continue

8/25/2014 07:44:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Deep Breath averaged 1.187 million national viewers in Australia (these figures include the five major capital cities and regional and rural viewers). It was the highest rating drama of the day and the eighth highest rating program of the day overall.  Excluding regional and rural viewers, Peter Capaldi's debut averaged 710,000 viewers in the five major Australian capital cities and was the ninth highest rating program of the day overall in the big cities (the second highest rating drama in the cities after ANZAC Girls). The 4.50am broadcast simulcast with the UK also averaged an impressive 260,000 national viewers. These rating do not include time shifted viewers.

Update: The ABC has also confirmed that it will continue to simulcast Doctor Who with the UK for the remainder of series eight, and will also continue to make each episode available on its iview player from Sunday morning.

Bookmark and Share Into the Dalek: Next Time trailer

8/24/2014 11:53:00 pm - Reported by Marcus



Welcome to the most dangerous place in the universe… The Daleks are back and the Doctor embarks on his deadliest mission ever.

Bookmark and Share 6.8 Million watch Deep Breath

8/24/2014 09:34:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Deep Breath has an audience on BBC One of 6.8 million viewers. It had a 32.5% share of the total TV audience.

Doctor Who was by far the most watched programme of Saturday night, getting over two million more viewers than the second placed Casualty, which had 4.2 million watching. Tumble, the programme leading into Doctor Who had 3.3 million. The BBC took the top five places of the day with ITV's highest rated programme being Tipping Point: Lucky Stars with 3.3 million viewers.

The audience rose slowly through the episode, peaking at 7.0 million towards the end.

Doctor Who is currently the third highest rated programme for the week, with The Great British Bake Off leading the charts with 7.4 million.

Figures for the week are generally lower than average due to it being towards the end of the holiday season in England and Wales, with many families being away from home. The last season opener Asylum of the Daleks, shown 1st September 2012, had an overnight figure of 6.4 million.

The overnight figure is an estimate of the numbers watching when the show was transmitted and on catchup the same day. It does not include those watching at the Cinema. A full consolidated figure, including those who watch the programme within 1 week of transmission, will be released by BARB next week. The consolidated figure is likely to be substantially more then the initial overnight and could see Doctor Who reaching top place in the charts.

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath: media reaction

8/24/2014 08:25:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

A roundup of some of the reaction from mainstream media for the premiere of Deep Breath last night - links to full reviews can be found via the author's name.

Please note that as these are reviews, spoilers may be present within the text!



This was a wise and thoughtful opening gambit from Moffat, and from the wonderful Capaldi – if you can utterly disregard the demented plot. Granted, this might be like saying "apart from that, 6 August was a typically pleasant day in Hiroshima", but the underlying, and cleverer, theme was of age, and ageing, and looks, and perception, very nicely summed up when Clara (Jenna Colman, in a performance of great nuance if you can forget that last faux-Scots diphthong) asks the pretty lesbian lizard-lady, "When did you suddenly stop wearing that veil?" "When you stopped seeing it," comes the reply.

The whole thing is daft, some say. Certainly the plots, much of the bangy noise, and all of the hype. But some tremendous subtleties emerge. The restaurant scenes were genuinely scary. And Commander Strax, that cross between R2D2 and a pepperoni Wayne Rooney, for instance taught last night's teenagers a great difference by saying "it is to be hoped" (correct) rather than the over-misused "hopefully".

Euan Ferguson, The Observer
In the spirit of empathy, you might have wondered what younger viewers – if children still watch Doctor Who – were supposed to make of such existential hand-wringing while they were waiting for the fighting to start. To be fair, there was a smattering of comedy to enjoy as Clara exchanged amusing cultural misunderstandings with some of the Doctor's old plasticky alien acquaintances, but the jeopardy – clockwork zombie androids harvesting body parts – was a long time coming and lazily derivative in form (knowing acknowledgements to Burke and Hare and Sweeney Todd didn't make it less so). The excitement was over before Capaldi had the chance to stamp his personality on things.

Phil Hogan, The Observer
Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor has probably been the most fiercely anticipated new leading man in the show’s history. And in the end he was … probably exactly how you would imagine Peter Capaldi playing the Doctor to be. Not the Malcolm Tucker clone that Tumblr had so much fun anticipating, but far from an easy sell, either. We saw, at the end, the vulnerability underneath, but it took a bloody long time to get there. And when the 11th Doctor turned up at the end to reassure Clara that this was the same man (surprise! And well done if you managed to avoid that spoiler), he was pretty much doing the same for the audience.

Deep Breath was a gothic period drama, true to promises of a show with a grittier tone and longer, more grounded scenes. In many ways, it was surprisingly low-key for a series opener. In reality, it maybe could have done with being shaved down to an hour.

It’s a measure of Doctor Who’s madness that our familiar territory is the Victorian household of a lizard detective, her ninja housemaid wife and their Sontaran butler, but here we are, and it’s lovely and familiar to have them back. Neve McIntosh as Madame Vastra is emerging as a true star of the show, and she gets fleshed out, with her blunt condemnation of Clara’s attitude and her lustful manipulation of Jenny. Here is an inter-species lesbian couple in the 19th century that you can actually believe in.

Dan Martin, The Guardian
Writer Steven Moffat’s smart dialogue got the jump on viewers by second-guessing how they would be commenting from the sofa: there were references to Capaldi being grey, wrinkly and Scottish (like Moffat himself). His first word was “Shush!”, as if silencing potential naysayers. Capaldi signals a conscious break from the Doctor’s boyish recent incarnations. A blend of Doctor Doolittle and Sherlock Holmes, he crackled with fierce intelligence and nervous energy. Whether riding a horse in his pyjamas or dismissing Earth as “planet of the pudding brains”, he was a class act. His unpredictable air added dramatic tension. Twice he abandoned Clara and it was uncertain whether he would come back for her.

Along with its new leading man, the show had taken the opportunity to spruce up in other aspects. There was a new credits sequence (with the usual time tunnel being replaced by rather literal clocks and cogs), a tweaked, squeaky theme tune and a redecorated Tardis (an industrial look which rather complemented Capaldi’s all-black outfit). The tone seemed different, too, quieter and more thoughtful – less about running down corridors holding hands, more about self-discovery and redemption.

Michael Hogan, Telegraph
Look, I know that I’m the voice of bitter old fans who think New Who was rubbish from conception, but I’ve stuck with the show and I want it to succeed. I also want it to be daring in more than just a visual or political way. I want it to be sophisticated, fun science fiction that opens kids’ minds to intellectual possibility. Maybe this new series will move in that direction, maybe not. But I will still be watching it. If only to find out what that crazy lady with the umbrella is up to.

Tim Stanley, Telegraph
‘Deep Breath’ is fun enough but is unlikely to become an instant classic in the same way as Smith’s introduction in ‘The Eleventh Hour’. Ben Wheatley’s superb direction keeps things creepy and adult. The special effects and cinematography are dazzling.

Meanwhile Moffat’s script is suitably darker and more mature to match the new Doctor, yet the Time Lord's dialogue is side-splittingly funny to balance the darkness. Within the story he even addresses everything from Scottish independence, the Doctor's age and Clara's relationship with the previous incarnation, which is an impressive feat in itself.

Neela Debnath, Independent
Capaldi plays the tartan time traveller as a serious thinker, an almost troubled being, with a burden. An independent soul, he is not ?nding his way in the world – he has already been there. In short, the new Doctor is one of us; older, kindly, grumpy at times, and with regrets. “I’ve made mistakes,” he says solemnly.

Once he gets over his post-traumatic regeneration disorder, this worldly Doctor could become a classic but do not expect the scarf to make a return. He may be an avuncular Doctor in a frock coat but he will not be reaching for the pipe and slippers.

David Stephenson, Express
Deep Breath is simultaneously familiar and yet unfamiliar. It’s a familiar ‘new Doctor’ episode which touches on the after-effects of regeneration. Steven Moffat’s clockwork droids from The Girl in the Fireplace return. And we’re reunited with the Paternoster Gang of Vastra, Jenny and Strax, who help uncover the droids’ murderous attempts to repair their spacecraft and reach the promised land. At the same time, however, everything is different. The Doctor himself certainly is, with both he and Clara struggling to come to terms with his new appearance and personality.

This is unmistakably a new style of story for a new Doctor. While there’s plenty of Moffat’s rapid-fire wordplay and humour, we’re no longer constantly hurtling from one hyperactive setpiece to the next. Instead the characters are allowed to carry the story. Will this continue when we return to standard length episodes? We’ll have to see.

Tim Liew, Metro
Not much is natural in Doctor Who. But Peter Capaldi’s debut as The Doctor was so astute and assured it quickly confirmed that he has the type of wily charisma that makes it a role he was born to play. In fact Capaldi was so confident about his selection as only the twelfth actor to portray one of television’s great icons that he even let himself be upstaged on his big night – not once but twice.

Capaldi’s low-key start was a welcome change to the zany antics of both Matt Smith and David Tennant when they burst into the show and which set the tone for The Doctor’s previous two incarnations. It was always hard to shake the suspicion that the way Smith and Tennant played The Doctor with such ostentatious gusto was more about making themselves popular than just playing him. Their grinning idiocy didn’t leave much room for The Doctor’s fabled gravitas, borne of 2000 years time travel. In Capaldi’s capable hands this will return, while The Doctor’s problems adjusting to his regeneration were less madcap and had more pathos.

All in all, it was an impressive, entertaining start for the new era, which will surely see Capaldi coming more and more to the fore.

Jim Shelley, Daily Mail
It's almost impossible to wade into Doctor Who. You can't just settle on the sofa and switch it on carelessly. If you're a novice you need to prepare. You must study the history and the recurring characters. It's like trying to understand the Second World War: you need to go back and understand the First, and to understand the First you need to go back further still and try to understand Imperialism and the intricacies of the European balance of power…it's exhausting.

You can't just turn up, fresh-faced and keen, hoping to innocently enjoy some Saturday night TV. There is just too much history and backstory with Doctor Who and it feels like it's groaning under the weight of its own continuity as well as under the demands of its fans.
Julie McDowall, Herald Scotland
I never had any doubt that Peter Capaldi would be brilliant. He is. On the evidence of Deep Breath, he’s the Doctor I’ve longed for since the series came back in 2005 – quite frankly, since 1981 when Tom Baker’s Doctor plunged to his demise. For many I’ve spoken to, he’s the perfect choice. They’re already convinced. But, in Deep Breath, the programme itself seems overly anxious that its now global audience won’t take to an older, craggier Time Lord. It is willing those millions attuned to, nay moistened by, the geeky good looks of Messrs Tennant and Smith to have faith in Capaldi.

Patrick Mulkern, Radio Times
As a standalone episode of Doctor Who, it had almost everything a fan can hope for. But more importantly, and more interestingly, it set us up for a turbulent series, which we now know culminates in the departure of Clara Oswald... although we don’t yet know how.

One certainty remains. Whether you love or hate Steven Moffat-written episodes, and in spite of Moffat’s love for neatly packaged, filmic individual episodes, he remains the master of the story arc.

If you watched Deep Breath and you don’t want to watch the rest of series 8, then there truly is something wrong with you (indeed, you may need help from a Doctor).
Richard Beech, Mirror
Never was it clearer that this was a regeneration, not a rejuvenation, in Doctor Who’s most hallowed traditions, that much will be demanded of its youthful audience. But, if the challenges may be great, so too will be the rewards. Judging by Peter Capaldi’s debut episode, the Tardis is, once again, in very safe hands.

Caroline Frost, Huffington Post
Capaldi’s incarnation of the sci-fi icon is a more mature, no-nonsense expression of Who-ishness, lacking the rubbery physicality of Smith but remaining as quick-witted and free spirited as ever. He’s a throwback to darker tones of the first few Whos—intentionally, per the behind-the-scenes feature that accompanied the episode. That modality is captured by the look he’s chosen for himself, a fitted long black coat streaked with crimson on the inside, suggesting power, danger, and a little whimsy. He’s a top hat and longer tails away from resembling an old-school stage magician. This is not another romantic, “boyfriend” imagining of Doctor Who, and it isn’t another reckless, rogue/borderline anti-hero version of the franchise, either. At least, not yet. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes,” he tells companion Clara (Jenna Coleman). “It’s time I did something about that.” We’ll see how that goes.

As bold and refreshing as this out-with-the-old, in-with-the-older regeneration promises to be, I resented the manipulative ways in which the premiere demanded we roll with things. The new era of Doctor Who should do the hard work of earning our affection and loyalty—not vice versa.

Jeff Jenson, Entertainment Weekly

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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Extra: Red Button times

8/22/2014 07:26:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, with Jenna Coleman as Clara (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)The new online behind-the-scenes programme Doctor Who Extra will also be available on British television via the BBC's Red Button service at the following times over the course of next week:

Sunday6:15pm-7:00pm
Tuesday5:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesday10:00am-4:00pm
Thursday5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday3:45pm-11:00pm
Saturday2:00am-6:00am

Doctor Who Extra will be available online via the BBC iPlayer.


Bookmark and Share The Shadow Proclamation - Cancelled

8/22/2014 03:54:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Shadow Proclamation, a convention planned for this weekend in Middlesbrough has been cancelled.

A statement was made on the event's facebook page by the organiser Graeme Parry
I am posting this up today as the quickest way of contacting everybody at the same time to let you all know of the sad news that we are having to cancel the event completely due to a range of issues.

All guests will be contacted individually but if you want to pass things on that would be appreciated. Any individual who has paid to attend the event will be refunded shortly.

Thanks for all your help and understanding. I am extremely sorry we have had to do this at the last minute, regrettably I felt this was the best and fairest action to take for all concerned. A fuller message will be sent later with a full explanation.
The convention had attracted a number of high profile guests including Colin Baker, Louise Jameson and Nicola Bryant. However earlier in the day a number of guests pulled out citing major contractual problems.

Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant will be attending WhoCon14 at the Ritz Cinema in Lincoln, which is offering half price tickets to Who Con for any Shadow Proclamation ticket holders.

Bookmark and Share Actors respond to leaving rumour

8/22/2014 03:22:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: BBC)Both Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman have responded to questions over recent media speculation about the latter leaving Doctor Who this year.

Speaking on BBC One's The One Show last night, Capaldi said:
Well I'm not looking for a new assistant. I don't know where these rumours have started. I mean I've read that she might be leaving at Christmas but I don't even know if she'll get to Christmas. You've just got to watch and wait and see what happens!
Meanwhile, Coleman addressed the rumour herself on ITV's This Morning:
The truth is ... I don't want to tell you the truth because I quite like these rumours. I think it's really interesting because, suddenly, people don't know what's going to happen in the series, people don't have any idea, so this speculation is quite good. People can now watch the show not knowing if I am or not, and that is quite exciting.

The rumour first stemmed from a report about Coleman leaving in The Mirror last weekend, leading to inevitable speculation during the course of this week as to who would be in the running replace the actress in the show.

Bookmark and Share Germany: subtitled episodes for new series

8/22/2014 03:03:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Reported by Pascal Salzmann and Chuck Foster
In a followup to yesterday's report on the status of Doctor Who in Germany, broadcaster FOX have received an update from BBC Worldwide on how the series will be presented in the country, at least for the present:

We are happy to announce that we found a preliminary solution for the German speaking DOCTOR WHO fans. We guarantee to deliver episodes with German subtitles on time for their weekly repetition Saturday evenings on FOX. We are still working on a timeline for the delivery of German dubbed episodes.
Wir freuen uns eine vorläufige Lösung für deutschsprachige DOCTOR WHO Fans bekanntgeben zu können. Wir garantieren, Episoden mit deutschen Untertiteln rechtzeitig für die Wiederholung am Samstag abends auf FOX zu liefern. Wir arbeiten aktuell noch an einem Zeitplan für die Lieferung der Folgen auf Deutsch.

In previous years, FOX has presented Doctor Who fully dubbed into German; however, the leak of several episodes online last month via a BBC Worldwide server in Miami has led to more stringent controls being put into place over how the series is distributed internationally.


Bookmark and Share Who Guide to Glasgow

8/22/2014 02:17:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who may be made in Cardiff, but the new time-lord grew up around Glasgow and the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau has produced a Doctor Who Fan's guide to the city.

From the iconic blue police boxes dotted around Glasgow which inspired the Doctor's time travelling machine, to the Glasgow School of Art where Peter Capaldi studied before he was thrust into the spotlight, to the riverside mural of the giant Dalek which is said to sit at the bottom of the River Clyde … there are dozens of Doctor Who locations to discover in Scotland's biggest city.

Doctor Who buffs can also brush up in preparation for the first episode with some fun facts about the shows links with Glasgow. For example, did you know that Capaldi isn't the only Doctor Who actor to hail from Glasgow - John Barrowman, Adrienne Corri and Andrew Marr were also born in the city, while Carol McIntosh attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Showrunner Steven Moffat was born in Paisley, just outside the city.

Glasgow has also featured in numerous episodes - for example Commander Strax of the Sontaran Empire often travelled to Glasgow in the 1890's to take a holiday; and in the 1967 story The Moonbase we learned that the Doctor is in fact a real Doctor, taking his degree in Glasgow in 1888.

Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, commented:
As the nation gears up for Doctor Who mania we wanted to create this guide to showcase Glasgow’s long and warm relationship with all things Doctor Who. Whether you're a Doctor Who devotee, a Peter Capaldi fan, or are just interested in seeing a unique side of the city, the Whovian Guide to Glasgow is a fun and interesting way to enjoy some of the city’s finest sights.
The full guide can be downloaded from the council website.

Bookmark and Share TARDIS Crash-lands in Parliament Square

8/22/2014 12:50:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor and Clara made a surprise appearance in central London this morning when the TARDIS made a crash landing in Parliament Square, near the seat of the British Government.

A specially constructed set greeted commuters and tourists outside the Palace of Westminster, where Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman posed for pictures to promote the worldwide screening of Deep Breath tomorrow.

The square is dominated by the Elizabeth Tower, housing the world famous Big Ben, now repaired following the attack by the Slitheen in 2005.

TARDIS Crash lands (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy) TARDIS Crash lands (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy) TARDIS Crash lands (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy) TARDIS Crash lands (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy) TARDIS Crash lands (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy)


Deep Breath can be seen in the UK on BBC One at 7.50pm Saturday, followed by screenings around the World.

Bookmark and Share Capaldi thanks the fans

8/21/2014 11:02:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Peter Capaldi has thanked Doctor Who fans around the world for their support for the series

Speaking in Rio at the end of the World Tour, Capaldi said Doctor Who belongs to the fans and it is thanks to them that the World Tour took place. The actor in now back in London where he appeared on The One Show on BBC One. The actor discussed the upcoming series, and press speculation about cast changes, as well as guessing the price of Doctor Who eBay items and teaching the presenter, Matt Baker, how to pronounce Zarbi.

The edition is available to UK viewers, on the iPlayer for the next six days.

Bookmark and Share BBC Worldwide statement on episode dubbing in German

8/21/2014 05:27:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Reported by Chuck Foster and Pascal Salzmann
FOX in Germany have published a statement from BBC Worldwide over the channel being unable to broadcast a German-dubbed version of Deep Breath this coming Saturday:

Wir bedauern, dass es aufgrund von Änderungen in den Produktions-Timelines von Doctor Who BBC Worldwide nicht möglich war, FOX die notwendigen Episoden rechtzeitig zu liefern, damit eine deutsche Übersetzung zur gleichzeitigen Ausstrahlung mit der englischen Fassung angefertigt werden kann. Wir können jedoch garantieren, dass FOX die deutsche Fassung zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt zeigen wird. Wir hoffen, dass durch eine Ausstrahlung der beiden Sprachversionen so viele Fans wie möglich in den Genuss der achten Staffel von Doctor Who kommen werden. Leider können wir FOX bis heute keine Details über die Materiallieferungen für die Synchronisation der kommenden Episoden geben.
We regret that due to changes in the production timelines it was not possible for BBC Worldwide to deliver the required episodes of Doctor Who to FOX in time for them to translate and transmit the series in German simultaneously with the UK broadcast. We can guarantee that FOX will be showing the German-language version of the series as well. We hope that with FOX showing both language versions that as many fans as possible will be able to enjoy season 8 of Doctor Who. Unfortunately, as of now we can’t give Fox any further details about delivery timelines for the dubbing of the upcoming episodes.

Deep Breath airs on FOX this Saturday at 9:00pm.

Bookmark and Share Robot Of Sherwood: Press Details

8/21/2014 04:35:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released details of the third episode of the upcoming series of Doctor Who Robot Of Sherwood.

The episode will show on BBC One on Saturday 6th September. No transmission time has yet been set.

In a sun-dappled Sherwood forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood.

With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes really exist?


Meanwhile the UK transmission time for Episode Two, Into the Dalek, has now been set at 7.30pm, the heart of the Saturday night schedule. On BBC One it will once more follow Tumble the celebrity gymnastics show. Against the Doctor ITV will offer a celebrity edition of the quiz show The Chase and the brand new series of The X Factor.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Legacy - Tie in with new series

8/21/2014 11:44:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Tiny Rebel Games have announced a huge expansion to the award winning Doctor Who: Legacy Mobile and Facebook game, with a groundbreaking tie-in to the upcoming season of Doctor Who

When the new season of Doctor Who premiers this weekend, fans will find new content released each week which will incorporate new enemies, allies, costumes, and set backgrounds.

The release of Doctor Who: Legacy 2.3: The Hunt For Greyhound One, now available on all platforms, finds the incarnations of the Doctor banding together in their efforts to fight the Master. Joining the Doctors in the latest update is the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), along with the much loved classic ally, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, as well as Rose Tyler, Wilfred Mott, Ace, Idris, the Third Doctor’s trusty car Bessie, and even the Whomobile.

Doctor Who: Legacy recently surpassed one million installs across supported platforms and was recently was named Best Brain and Puzzle Android Game of 2013 by Bestappever.

Lee Cummings, Creative Director at Tiny Rebel Games said
When we launched Doctor Who: Legacy back in November, we couldn’t have imagined the amazingly engaged and supportive fan community that it would inspire. We are so thrilled and honored at the privilege the BBC has allowed us in supporting the upcoming season of the show with the 12th Doctor and his allies on their new adventures. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with our fans!” adds Susan Cummings, Executive Producer of Doctor Who: Legacy.
In coordination with the release of a new level for Doctor Who: Legacy, a special livestream will take place at 12pm Pacific on Sunday August 24th on Twitch. For joining on Twitch, viewers will be the first to receive a new costume for Jenny – the very first costume Doctor Who: Legacy will release for Season 8. Viewers can watch the Twitch livestream at 1900GMT on Sunday, August 24th.

The Hunt For Greyhound One is now available globally as an update to the game on all supported platforms including Amazon Appstore, Google Play, iTunes, and on Facebook.

Bookmark and Share Radio Times - 10th Anniversary Radio Times special

8/21/2014 08:39:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The new digital issue Radio Times, available iOS on Apple’s Newsstand, celebrates the dawn of a new Doctor with exclusive additional Doctor Who content, including a digital reproduction of the Doctor Who 10th Anniversary Radio Times special. The 68 page supplement was first published in 1973 and inspired the then 15 year old future Doctor, Peter Capaldi, to write to Radio Times in praise of the special edition.

The 10th anniversary supplement features the third Doctor Jon Pertwee on the cover and includes episode guides for the first 10 years, a guide to build your own Dalek and a (then) new Dalek story by Terry Nation.

The Radio Times digital special also features a unique animated Doctor Who cover, only available with the digital edition, featuring Peter Capaldi; plus a picture gallery of the new Doctor from an Radio Times exclusive photo-shoot.

Features inside the new issue include an exclusive interview and cover shoot with star Peter Capaldi; showrunner Steven Moffat’s guide to all 12 episodes of the new series; an exclusive interview with José Mourinho by comedian and author David Baddiel; David Walliams; James Corden; plus comprehensive TV and radio listings for 23-29 August.

Radio Times on iPad contains all the features, interviews, reviews and comprehensive TV and radio listings for 146 channels available in the print issue, alongside additional interactive features to enhance the readers’ experience. The additional features in the digital issue include:
  • Specially designed contents page for quick and easy direct access to daily choice and listings pages
  • Direct links to the week’s recommended programmes on-demand and catch-up TV services, including Netflix, BBC iPlayer and 4OD
  • Photo galleries, including exclusive behind the scenes videos from photo-shoots and interviews
  • Pinch and zoom TV & radio listings for ease of use
  • Comprehensive TV and radio listings, including BBC local radio, with handy links so you can jump to your desired day of the week.
This week’s Radio Times digital issue is available at special summer half-price promotional rate of just 99p. Radio Times is available on the Apple Newsstand every Tuesday, for iPad and iPhone, at £1.99 per issue, £6.99 for a monthly subscription or £79.99 for an annual subscription. The digital issue is initially available on Apple devices and will be rolled out across other mobile and tablet platforms thereafter.

Radio Times - 10th Anniversary Edition

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Extra

8/20/2014 06:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has today announced Doctor Who Extra - a brand new series, exclusively on BBC iPlayer.

Doctor Who Extra will follow Peter Capaldi every step of the way throughout the creation of his first season as the Doctor. Over the course of 12 programmes it will trace the highs and lows of Doctor Who’s most ambitious run of episodes yet, getting the inside take on series 8 from the people who made it.

The Doctor Who Extra team had unparalleled access to stars including Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson (series regular Danny Pink) plus guests Frank Skinner, Keeley Hawes, Michelle Gomez, Ben Miller, Foxes and many more. Writers, such as Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, and directors also contribute as they spill the beans on the on and off-screen drama.

Casual viewers will enjoy the fun, fast pace and lighter side of Doctor Who Extra but there’s plenty for fans, too, with a quick dip into the archive for every edition, reflecting on how Doctor Who’s history is echoed in this current series.

Doctor Who Extra is described as essential viewing for everyone who’s ever watched Doctor Who and wondered what it’s a like to be a part of the team that brings this global phenomena to our screens.

Doctor Who Extra is produced by BBC Cymru Wales and executive produced by Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin and Jo Pearce. Each 10 minute Doctor Who Extra episode will be available after that week’s Doctor Who episode on BBC One. It will also be available via the BBC's Red Button.

Bookmark and Share World Tour in Rio

8/20/2014 06:00:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who World Tour has made its final stop in the South American city of Rio de Janeiro.

The Doctor Who YouTube have created a spectacular video at Christ the Redeemer using a GoPro Drone cam



Credit: BBC WorldwideCredit: BBC Worldwide


Some stats on the World Tour
  • 7 cities in 7 countries across 7 different timezones and 5 continents in just 12 days (Cardiff, London, Seoul, Sydney, New York, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro)
  • Over 11000 fans got to see preview of Deep Breath during 7 fan and Q&A shows with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman (and Steven Moffat) in each stop
  • Over 35000 miles travelled in total
  • 6 iconic photo-shoots including Cardiff Castle, South Korea's Bosingak Bell, New York's Top of the Rock, Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Rio's Christ The Redeemer.
  • Met with over 250 international media, including 4 press conferences and photocalls in Sydney, New York, Mexico City and Rio
  • Prominent coverage in some of the world's biggest news outlets including Reforma (Mexico), Veja Magazine (Brazil) and The Sydney Morning Herald
Next stop: Leicester Square on Saturday.

Bookmark and Share Germany: FOX unable to produce German dub of Deep Breath for premiere

8/20/2014 03:25:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Reported by Pascal Salzmann
FOX Deutschland have announced on Facebook that they are not going to air the German dub of Deep Breath on Saturday, but instead will only broadcast the original English language version. According to the channel this decision is due to the BBC's enhanced security after the leaks, which resulted in the material arriving later than usual and making it impossible to finish the German dub on time.

FOX have apologised to viewers, and stated that they will make the German-dubbed episode available through On-Demand services from Sky and Kabel Deutschland as soon as possible.

Here is the full statement by FOX:

Liebe FOX-Fans, unser Ziel ist es, euch deutsche Erstausstrahlungen so zeitnah wie möglich zur Weltpremiere zu präsentieren - in Originalsprache und auf Deutsch. Mit THE WALKING DEAD, THE BRIDGE - AMERICA und DA VINCI‘S DEMONS ist uns das erfolgreich gelungen. Daher waren wir stolz, euch auch DOCTOR WHO Staffel 8 zeitgleich zur UK-Premiere zeigen zu können. Und euer sehr positives Feedback hat uns gezeigt, dass das der richtige Weg ist.

Im Produktionsprozess der Serie ist ein Drehbuch an die Öffentlichkeit gelangt ( http://bit.ly/1tgwjcR ), was zu höheren Sicherheitsmaßnahmen und damit erheblichen Verzögerungen in der Materiallieferung und der Synchronisation geführt hat. Daher können wir nur einen Teil unseres Versprechens einlösen: Ihr werdet DOCTOR WHO Staffel 8 am gleichen Tag wie in UK auf FOX erleben, jedoch in der Originalfassung. Das tut uns sehr leid!  Die deutschen Folgen werden wir euch im VOD-Bereich von Sky und Kabel Deutschland anbieten. Sobald diese verfügbar sind, erfahrt ihr es hier auf Facebook!
Dear FOX-fans, it is our goal to present to you German premieres as near as possible to their world premieres - in the original language and in german. We did this successfully with THE WALKING DEAD, THE BRIDGE - AMERICA and DA VINCI'S DEMONS. That is why we were proud to announce a simulcast broadcast to the UK premiere of Series 8 of DOCTOR WHO. And your very positive feedback showed us that this is the right thing to do.

During producing of the show a script was leaked to the public ( http://bit.ly/1tgwjcR ) which lead to advanced security politics and later arrivals of material and dubbings. This is the reason why we are only able to fulfill one part of our promise: You will be able to experience Series 8 of DOCTOR WHO on FOX on the same day as the UK, but only in its original version. We are very sorry! The German episodes will be presented to you on your VoD account at Sky and Kabel Deutschland. As soon as they are available, you will get a notice from us here at Facebook.

Doctor Who: Deep Breath will air this Saturday at 9 PM on FOX.

Bookmark and Share New Zealand airdate announced

8/20/2014 08:28:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: Ray Burmiston, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)PRIME in New Zealand have announced that they will be broadcasting the new series of Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi from Sunday 31st August, at 7:30pm.


In recent years regular series episodes have aired in the country two Thursdays after broadcast in the United Kingdom, so the new timeslot marks a shorter interval to wait for viewers. However, for those able to get tickets, the series premiere Deep Breath can be seen a week ahead in cinemas - some presentations within a few hours of UK transmission.

(with thanks to Aman Jamwal, Nathan Hall)

Bookmark and Share Full Circle: Frazer Hines cast in "Outlander", which he inspired

8/20/2014 05:38:00 am - Reported by Josiah Rowe

Frazer Hines, who played the Second Doctor's stalwart companion Jamie McCrimmon from 1966 to 1969, has been cast in the television adaptation of the time-travel romance Outlander, reveals TV Guide.com. Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander novels, has previously stated that she was inspired to write the series after watching an episode of Doctor Who featuring Hines as Jamie:

I rarely watch TV, but at the time I was in the habit of viewing weekly PBS reruns of Doctor Who..., because it gave me just enough time to do my nails. So, while pondering the setting for my hypothetical historical novel, I happened to see one very old episode of Doctor Who featuring a "companion" of the Doctor's—a young Scottish lad named Jamie MacCrimmon, whom the Doctor had picked up in 1745. This character wore a kilt, which I thought rather fetching, and demonstrated—in this particular episode—a form of pigheaded male gallantry that I've always found endearing: the strong urge on the part of a man to protect a woman, even though he may realize that she's plainly capable of looking after herself.

I was sitting in church the next day, thinking idly about this particular show (no, oddly enough, I don't remember what the sermon was about that day), when I said suddenly to myself, Well, heck. You want to write a book, you need a historical period, and it doesn't matter where or when. The important thing is just to start, somewhere. Okay. Fine. Scotland, eighteenth century.


Gabaldon gave the male protagonist of her series the first name "Jamie", after the character which inspired her creation. The character's surname is "Fraser"; however, Gabaldon says that this is a coincidence:

No, actually, Frazer has nothing to do with Jamie’s last name—owing to the local PBS station cutting off the “Dr. Who” credits in order to run pledge appeals, I didn’t know the actor’s name until some years later, after the first book had been written. I did send a copy to Frazer then, though, thanking him for the kilt.


Now, Frazer Hines will appear in the television series based on the books he inspired. Hines will play Sir Gordon Fletcher, an English prison warden, in an episode which will air in the second half of the first series (currently scheduled for early 2015).

Frazer HinesDiana Gabaldon and Frazer Hines, 2009 (Credit: Jean Brittain, via Diana Gabaldon) Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in "Outlander" (Credit: Starz)

Bookmark and Share Blue Peter to broadcast 12th Doctor Special

8/20/2014 05:18:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

Tomorrow's edition of CBBC magazine programme Blue Peter will be a special programme dedicated to Peter Capaldi as the incoming Doctor and featuring the winners of last year's competition to design sonic devices for the Paternoster Gang of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Commander Strax.

The 12th Doctor: A Blue Peter Special - presented by Barney Harwood, Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya - takes the three young contest winners Connor, Arthur and Amber behind the scenes of Doctor Who to see their sonic gauntlet, lorgnette and hat pin in action, where they also meet Capaldi.

In addition, Dan Starkey, who plays Strax, talks about how he is turned into a Sontaran via prosthetics, while the make-it will be a TARDIS T-shirt.

The programme, which airs at 5.30pm, will be repeated on Saturday at 8.20am and then at 6.25pm as part of a range of Doctor Who-related programmes being shown on CBBC from 1.40pm - also comprising episodes from The Sarah Jane Adventures as well as the animated adventures The Infinite Quest and Dreamland plus documentary 12 Again - in the run-up to the broadcast of Deep Breath that evening.

The show will also be available to TV licence-payers in the UK for a limited time via the BBC iPlayer.

As part of its celebration of the new series of Doctor Who, the Blue Peter website also has details about how to make Doctor Who character masks as well as Doctor Who T-shirts, and is inviting people to invent a new Doctor Who character.