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Bookmark and Share Deep Breath - Live +7

9/20/2014 12:08:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who - Deep Breath has a final Live+7 UK TV audience of 10.76 million viewers.

The Live+7 figure includes not only those who watch the BBC One broadcast and those who time-shift it, but also those who watch the repeats on other UK channels and those who watch the programme on i-Player. The total figure is an estimate of the total number of unique viewers, who have watched the episode on television, within one week on broadcast.

The Deep Breath figure was made up of
  • 6.807 million - Watched Live or by delayed recording on the same day
  • 0.456 million - watched a repeat
  • 2.525 million - watched on Time-shift
  • 0.971 million - watched on iPlayer
66% of the audience watched it Live or on the same day compared with a BBC average of 87%. 22% watched on time-shift where the average is 6%, and 9% watched on iPlayer compared to an average for all BBC programmes of 3%.

The figure does not include those who watched only at a cinema.

Robot of Sherwood has now been confirmed as finishing 10th in the weekly chart. Is the sixth episode in a row to reach the UK top Ten

Bookmark and Share Special Event at Hamleys

9/19/2014 05:59:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Starting this weekend, a special Doctor Who event take place at five Hamleys Toy Shops in locations around the UK, when a series of uniquely numbered exclusive posters will be available for fans to get their hands on.

The posters are the first and only collector’s posters ever created by the producers of the official Doctor Who figures, Character Options. On each poster the entire collection of 3 ¾ inch figures they have released to date are shown. Only 250 of the posters have been produced for the five Hamleys stores (London Regent Street, Glasgow, Cardiff, Dublin and Manchester) and each is uniquely numbered from 1-250 for authenticity.

The poster has been created to celebrate the launch of the latest series of Doctor Who figures, which have been produced to commemorate the new TV series and the brand new Twelfth Doctor played by Peter Capaldi. The new figure of the Twelfth Doctor in his chosen outfit has been shipped to Hamleys especially for this event

To be eligible fans must purchase an item from Hamleys’ Doctor Who collection. The posters will be available as a free gift with that purchase but only while stocks last. There is no minimum spend, but as the gift is unique it is restricted to one per customer.

Grant Yuill, Marketing Manager of Hamleys commented
Our free limited edition Doctor Who poster day is a very exciting event for our shops. Doctor Who has so many fans that like to collect the figures and other memorabilia but now with the chance of owning one of these very exclusive posters we expect there to be a huge demand. What’s more we have an added bonus of 25 goodie bags for fans that come dressed in Doctor Who costume. These will be distributed free of charge on a first come first served basis.
The posters will be available from the following stores on the selected dates;
  • London Regent Street – 20th September 2014 from 9:30am
  • Manchester – 20th September 2014 from 9:30am
  • Glasgow – 20th September 2014 from 9am
  • Cardiff – 27th September 2014 from 9:30am
  • Dublin – 28th September from 10am

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special cast announced

9/19/2014 01:42:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have announced the guest cast for the forthcoming Christmas Special, which will almost certainly follow tradition and be broadcast on Christmas Day:

Cast Chairs for the 2014 Christmas Special (Credit: BBC)Nick Frost, actor and screen writer, has starred in numerous hit film and television roles, including Spaced, The World’s End, Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Cuban Fury and Paul, which he also wrote.

Nick comments:
I'm so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I'm such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream "No spoilers!” Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!
Michael Troughton (Breathless, The New Statesman), who has recently returned to acting, will follow in his father’s footsteps by appearing in Doctor Who. His father, Patrick Troughton, played the second incarnation of the Doctor.

They will be joined by Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Ideal, Strictly Come Dancing), Faye Marsay (Pride, The White Queen, Fresh Meat) and Nathan McMullen (Misfits, Casualty).

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says:
Frost at Christmas - it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS.
The Doctor Who Christmas special will air on BBC One. Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Combat Kids, and the forthcoming Kill The Moon and Mummy on the Orient Express this series), it is being shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios.

Bookmark and Share Germany: FOX confirm time for The Caretaker

9/19/2014 11:14:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Reported by Chuck Foster and Pascal Salzmann
With an 8:30pm timeslot for the new Doctor's sixth adventure The Caretaker announced by the BBC earlier this week, German broadcaster FOX have now confirmed that they will amend their schedule to accomodate the later time. The channel has to date aired the series at 9:00pm European time, a little later than the BBC One broadcast, but from the 27th September German viewers will be able to enjoy the episode simulataneously with those in the United Kingdom.

FOX told us:
Tatsächlich wird die BBC in UK am 27. September eine neue Sendezeit für "Doctor Who" testen. An diese Zeit müssen sich selbstverständlich alle ausstrahlenden Länder halten, um die Folgen nicht vor der Weltpremiere zu zeigen. Episode 6 ist am 27. September um 21.30 Uhr gleichzeitig zur UK-Ausstrahlung auf Fox zu sehen.

It is indeed the case that the BBC in the UK is going to test a new airtime for "Doctor Who" on 27th September. All broadcasting countries have to change their schedules, of course, to not broadcast the episode before the world premiere. Episode 6 will be shown at 27th September, 9.30pm, at the same time as in the UK.

The series is currently broadcast in English on Saturday evenings, preceeded by the previous episode with subtitles; the entire series is due to be repeated with a German soundtrack from the 15th November.

Bookmark and Share Meet the gang - Time Heist

9/18/2014 11:56:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


Meet the gang - Time Heist: Preview
The Doctor and Clara find out more about their fellow robbers' super powers...

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 478

9/18/2014 09:07:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 478 (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)The new edition of Doctor Who Magazine was published today, and features an exclusive interview with Mummy on the Orient Express guest star, comedian Frank Skinner, who discusses his role as Perkins in the episode:
I don’t know how I’ll feel when they say, ‘And that’s a wrap for Mr Skinner. I’m sure I’ll go through a mix of emotions. When footballers are in cup finals, the managers always say, ‘Savour every moment,’ and that’s what I’m doing. Every moment is ‘wowee’!

Also in this issue:

Doctor Who Magazine issue 478 is out now.

Bookmark and Share Moments in Time: the first international broadcast

9/18/2014 08:40:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Reported by Paul Scoones and Chuck Foster
Moments in TimeOn the 23rd November 2013 the world celebrated Doctor Who reaching its fiftieth anniversary, receiving a Guinness World Record as some 94 countries were officially recorded as having shown the anniversary episode. However, the 18th September 2014 sees another milestone celebrated as, fifty years ago, An Unearthly Child was to receive its first-ever international broadcast.

The country in question was New Zealand, with the Doctor's very first appearance outside the United Kingdom to be broadcast by Christchurch's CHTV-3. The episode was shown at 7:57pm, sandwiched between news programme NZBC Reports... and a documentary about Dr. Gordon Seagrave, The Burma Surgeon Today, and was introduced by the weekly magazine The New Zealand Listener as:

The first of a new adventure series about an exile from another world and a distant future, travelling with his granddaughter and two London school teachers through time and space. Starring William Hartnell as Doctor Who and Carol Ann Ford (sic) as his granddaughter. In tonight's episode Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, two school teachers, decide to try and find out more about one of their pupils who is puzzling them.

You can read the country's introduction to the Doctor from the Listener below.

CHTV-3 Schedule for 18 Sep 1964 (Credit: The Listener) Article on series (Credit: The Listener) Article Image (Credit: The Listener)

Bookmark and Share Ghost Light soundtrack to be released on Vinyl

9/18/2014 01:25:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Ghost Light (vinyl) (Credit: Silva Screen)Silva Screen have announced that a double LP version of the soundtrack from Ghost Light, the final recorded story from the series' original run. (Re)Released on CD last year, the soundtrack is presented more closely to the original broadcast. Composer Mark Ayres says:
This newly-remastered release presents the score in story order and is compiled from new transfers of the original analogue stereo master tapes. Consecutive cues have been combined into longer tracks. It is a particular delight to hear this music on vinyl. It was some of the last work I mixed to analogue 1/4” tape before digital took over, and suits the medium well. It also allows me to dedicate a side to each episode, keeping the cliff-hangers and reprises intact…plus the original demo version of Episode 1 on side 4.
The soundtrack is due out on the 13th October, and can be purchased from Silva Screen's website.

Bookmark and Share The Caretaker time confirmed for 8:30pm

9/17/2014 06:30:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Listen (Credit: BBC,  Ray Burmistan)With the return of Strictly Come Dancing to Saturday evenings from the 27th September, the BBC have confirmed that the sixth episode in the current run of Doctor Who, The Caretaker, will air from 8:30pm in the evening. On the other main UK channels the episode is scheduled against ITV's The X Factor (which airs from 8:00pm to 9:20pm), The Ryder Cup on BBC2, Grand Designs on Channel 4, and World War II in Colour on Channel Five.

This is only the second occurrence in the history of the show that a new episode has ever been scheduled so late in the evening, with only the singular outing for Paul McGann in the TV Movie being broadcast at the same time in 1996.

The later time-slot does not impact the North American broadcasts on BBC America and SPACE, and the early morning Australian simulcast on ABC will be adjusted accordingly - however, FOX in Germany currently have the episode scheduled for 9:00pm (8:00pm UK time) - it is expected that this will be revised shortly.

The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity - but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor decides to go undercover.

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath released on DVD/Blu-ray

9/17/2014 10:20:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Peter Capaldi's debut story Deep Breath is now available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD, and the BBC have release a short clip from the story's 'prequel' which was originally shown alongside the episode in cinemas last month.


Deep Breath (Blu-ray) (Credit: BBC)The release also includes behind-the-scenes material and the live programme Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor which introduced the world to Capaldi as the latest incarnation.

The episode is available to buy from our Amazon shop on Blu-ray (UK/US/CA) or DVD (UK/US/CA).

The Complete Series Eight boxed set is also available for pre-order, due out on the 17th November in the UK (BD/DVD) and on the 9th December in the US (BD/DVD) and Canada (BD/DVD).

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who earns top spot in US Box Office

9/16/2014 10:53:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Figures released show that the US theatrical screening of Doctor Who Deep Breath achieved top spot at the US Box office.

The screening, organised by BBC America and Fantom Events, broke box office records on 25th August. According to Rentrak, the event was screened in more than 650 theatres nationwide where it ranked No. 1 at the box office compared to all other films that Monday night.

In addition, Doctor Who Season Premiere: Deep Breath stands as the No. 1 alternative content event in U.S. theatres this year.

Soumya Sriraman, BBC Worldwide North America’s EVP Home Entertainment and Licensing said
Doctor Who continues to grow in the U.S. and it is thrilling to see the fans come out for the theatrical screening experience as we’ve embarked on new adventures with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. We’ve enjoyed partnering with Fathom Events and our accomplishment in the box office is a testament to the successful collaboration between our two companies.
Fathom Events CEO John Rubey added
To say we are extremely pleased with the performance of the Doctor Who Season Premiere event in cinemas would be an understatement. The fact that it did so well compared to top summer blockbusters shows that this series continues to inspire a dedicated and passionate fan following. We look forward to partnering with on future events to bring audiences more of the programs they love and want to experience in theaters together.
In addition Doctor Who ranked number One in the Rentrak TV engagement rating, also known as the Stickiness Index, which ranks primetime ad-supported cable and broadcast telecasts by level of viewer engagement. Doctor Who was the programme with the highest viewer engagement on Cable TV for the week ending 24 August.

Bookmark and Share Classic DVD release schedule for Germany announced

9/16/2014 05:06:00 pm - Reported by Pascal Salzmann

Siebter Doktor: Volume 1 (Credit: Pandastorm)German DVD distributor Pandastorm Pictures announced today the upcoming plans for DVD releases of the classic series in a newsletter sent out to fans. As previously reported the first volume of seventh Doctor stories includes the complete Season 24 on four discs, all the bonus features of the UK DVD's and will be released on 28th November 2015.

Additionally, Pandastorm Pictures is going to release the following sets:

  • Siebter Doktor Volume 2 (Season 25, 5 discs, release date: 27th February 2015)
  • Siebter Doktor Volume 3 (Season 26, 7 discs, release date: 24th April 2015)
  •  Die Fünf Doktoren (The Five Doctors, 2 discs, release date: tba)
  • Sechster Doktor Volume 1 (The Twin Dilemma & Season 22, 7 discs, release date: tba)
  • Sechster Doktor Volume 2 (Season 23, 4 discs, release date: tba)
  • Doctor Who - The Movie (2 discs, release date: tba)

According to the newsletter there are currently rights issues that need to be resolved before the TV Movie can be released.

There are no German dubs to any other episodes available, so further releases are unlikely. However, the distributor has told fans that it would consider dubbing more classic episodes if the DVD's are going to sell extremely well.

Der Siebte Doktor Volume 1 can be pre-ordered from Amazon Germany.


Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for Listen

9/16/2014 08:08:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Against stiff competition from the commercial networks, Listen averaged 661,000 in the five major Australian capital cities and was the twelfth highest rating program of the day overall in the big cities (these figures do not include regional and rural viewers or time shifted viewers). It was the second highest rating drama of the day (after ANZAC Girls). For the first time this series, Doctor Who also slipped outside the top ten national programs as well (which includes the five major capitals and regional and rural viewers).

Bookmark and Share Time Heist - New Pictures

9/16/2014 01:18:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a new set of pictures from the next episode of Doctor Who - Time Heist, which debuts next Saturday.
The Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse - to steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos.

With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara must fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt.
Written by Steve Thompson and Steven Moffat, and directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

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Bookmark and Share UK DVD: The Complete David Tennant Years

9/15/2014 10:02:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Worldwide are to release a DVD boxed set for the United Kingdom featuring all of the (regular) adventures of the tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant:

The Complete David Tennant Years (Credit: BBC Worldwide)The Complete David Tennant Years

In this massive 26-disc collection, the BBC brings together the complete David Tennant Years! David Tennant made his debut as the Doctor in 2005 in “The Christmas Invasion” and in the four years that followed, Doctor Who grew to new heights of popularity. This collection celebrates Tennant’s tenure by bringing together every David Tennant Doctor Who episode including The Complete Second Series (co-starring Billie Piper as Rose Tyler), The Complete Third Series (co-starring Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones) and The Complete Fourth Series (co-starring Catherine Tate as Donna Noble), all eight specials and two spin-off animated adventures, totalling over 38 hours of Doctor Who plus hours of extras. This is a must-own collection for the legion of devoted Doctor Who fans.

The boxed set was originally released for the North American region (R1) in 2011.

Bookmark and Share Germany: FOX to broadcast German dub of Series 8 in November

9/15/2014 05:23:00 pm - Reported by Pascal Salzmann

FOX Deutschland has announced today on Facebook that they are going to broadcast Series 8 dubbed into German from November 15th. They will show two episodes every Saturday at 7.15 pm.

Here is the full statement by FOX:

Liebe DOCTOR WHO-Fans, es gibt Neuigkeiten! Ab dem 15. November zeigen wir euch die deutsche Fassung der 8. Staffel immer samstags ab 19.15 Uhr in Doppelfolgen!

Alle Sendetermine in der Übersicht:
  • Ab 15. November: TV-Premiere der deutschen Fassung immer samstags in Doppelfolgen ab 19.15 Uhr
  • Zurzeit: Samstags, 21.00 Uhr, englische Fassung parallel zur Weltpremiere
  • Zurzeit: Samstags, 20.10 Uhr, englische Fassung der Vorwoche mit deutschen Untertiteln
Dear DOCTOR WHO-fans, we have news! We will present to you the german version of Series 8 on 15th November, always two episodes Saturdays at 7.15 pm!

All broadcasting dates:
  • 15th November: TV premiere of two episodes of the german version every Saturday at 7.15pm
  • Currently: Sataurdays, 9 pm, english version in simulcast to the world premiere
  • Currently: Saturdays, 8.10 pm, english version with german subtitles of last week's episode

As previously reported FOX was forced to change their plans at the last minute, transmitting Deep Breath and every episode since in english instead of german, after BBC Worldwide failed to deliver the material needed for the dub in time. BBC Worldwide issued an apology but were unable to state when they were willing to deliver the material needed.

Bookmark and Share Angus Lennie 1930-2014

9/15/2014 01:12:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Angus Lennie (Credit: Chuck Foster)The actor Angus Lennie has died, aged 84.

A star of a number of film and television series, Lennie will perhaps be best remembered by the public for his role as Scottish prisoner of war Archibald Ives in the 1963 blockbuster movie The Great Escape.

However, for Doctor Who fans he'll be remembered for his two appearances in the show. In 1968 he played the scavenger Storr as part of a "double-act" alongside Peter Sallis as Penley, meeting an untimely end as he misjudged the eponymous antagonists of the Patrick Troughton story The Ice Warriors. He then returned to the series in 1975, portraying the indominatable, bagpipe playing Angus, keeper of The Fox Inn where UNIT made their base and whose character meets another horrific death, this time at the hands of the Zygons in the Tom Baker story Terror of the Zygons - a story also chosen to represent Baker's era last year in the special release, The Fourth Doctor Time Capsule.

A veteran of film, television and the stage, other notable roles included Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson in the film 633 Squadron and Shughie McFee in the original run of the soap Crossroads; he also appeared as Mr Tumnus in the 1969 BBC adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Able Seaman Murdoch in HMS Paradise, Hamish in One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing, and was back in primetime television for his last acting role as Badger in the BBC's Monarch of the Glen.

The actor passed away in a nursing home in Acton last night after being ill in recent years.
Angus Lennie, 18th April 1930 - 14th September 2014


The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have an interview with the actor on their YouTube channel (pts 1 and 2), recorded at their Who@38.con convention in 2001.

Bookmark and Share Listen - AI :82

9/15/2014 10:42:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Listen had an Audience Appreciation Index or AI 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.

Overall Doctor Who rated slightly higher with Women rather than Men and scored the highest within the 16-34 age group.

The X factor once again topped the ratings for Sunday with Doctor Who pushed into 22nd place for the week. Final figures will be published next week.

The Sunday repeat of Listen on BBC Three had an overnight estimate of 0.35 million viewers, a 1.5% share of the audience.

Bookmark and Share Acting Course based on Doctor Who

9/14/2014 08:06:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia is to run another range of courses using Doctor Who as a basis to teach participants skills in the industry.

NIDA have run Doctor Who related classes in the past for children/young people, teaching acting and script writing techniques.

This year's courses will be hosted from late September to early October.

Doctor Who: Screen Acting @ the ABC Studios 12-15 Years (Mon 22 Sep 2014 - Fri 26 Sep 2014 )
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting and be guided through the backstage areas of the ABC Studios. Using scripts from the Doctor Who series exclusive to NIDA, rehearse and film scene work to camera, develop skills in characterisation and take your acting skills into another dimension. Perform at the end of the course for family and friends.

Doctor Who: Screen Acting 12-15 Years (Sat 04 Oct 2014 - Sun 05 Oct 2014)
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting as you work on scripts from the Doctor Who series, exclusive to NIDA. Develop skills in characterisation and rehearse and film scenework to camera.

Doctor Who: Screen Acting 15-18 Years (Sat 04 Oct 2014 - Sun 05 Oct 2014 )
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting as you work on scripts from the Doctor Who series, exclusive to NIDA. Develop skills in characterisation and rehearse and film scenework to camera.

Doctor Who Adventures: Screen Acting 8-11 Years (Sat 04 Oct 2014 - Sun 05 Oct 2014 )
Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting as you work on scripts from the Doctor Who series, exclusive to NIDA. Develop skills in characterisation and rehearse and film scenes to camera..

Doctor Who Adventures: Screen Acting @ the ABC 8-11 years (Mon 22 Sep 2014 - Wed 24 Sep 2014 )
Explore Time And Relative Distance In Space: Be guided through the backstage areas of the ABC Studios and experience the essentials of screen acting. Using scripts from the Doctor Who series exclusive to NIDA, rehearse and film scene work to camera, develop skills in characterisation and take your acting skills into another dimension. Perform at the end of the course for family and friends.

Bookmark and Share Robot Of Sherwood - Final Ratings

9/14/2014 01:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Final figures for the UK transmission of Robot Of Sherwood give the episode a consolidated rating of 7.28 million viewers.

The final chart position should be available later in the week.

Bookmark and Share Listen - Overnight Viewing Figures

9/14/2014 09:32:00 am - Reported by Marcus

4.8 million viewers, a share of 23.5 % of the total TV audience, watched Doctor Who: Listen according to unofficial overnight figures.

Doctor Who was once more the second most watched programme in the UK on Saturday night, beaten by The X Factor which had 8.5 million watching. Against Doctor Who, The Chase: Celebrity Special had 4.1 million viewers.

Doctor Who is currently the 19th most watched show of the week. Final figures will be released next Sunday.

Bookmark and Share Character Options unveil Twelfth Doctor 3.75inch figure

9/14/2014 02:26:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Character Options have unveiled the much anticipated action figure for the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor, as portrayed by Peter Capaldi.

This poseable range of 3.75 inch action figures include some iconic characters from the hit TV show. The new assortment includes favourite characters from the past and present series, including the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth incarnation of the famous Time Lord, his fiery former companion Amy Pond and two versions of the Daleks; classic design and Asylum design (as seen in Asylum of the Daleks).

For collectors wishing to complete their line-up of Time Lords the Twelfth Doctor can be found in two guises; in his regenerated form as seen in the The Time of the Doctor and in his stylish new outfit which will become more familiar as Series 8 progresses; resplendent in black long-line jacket, waistcoat, trousers and boots.

This latest figure will be first of the Twelfth Doctor in his own unique style and is eagerly awaited by fans. In fact, the range is so highly anticipated that Character Options had to air freight more figures in order to meet demand. The figure promises to be one of the most successful to date…!

The new series will be available in store now. Apart from the Dalek figures, each figure costs £6.99 and is presented on its own red Doctor Who Display base.

Bookmark and Share Listen poster produced for free download by Radio Times

9/13/2014 07:00:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

Radio Times' gallery of free downloadable retro posters for the current series of Doctor Who continues to grow with the creation by designer Stuart Manning for Listen which airs tonight.

Manning said:
This is an interesting episode to try and sum up visually, as it's about as far away from kitsch as you're likely to get.

I love the posters from things like Rosemary's Baby and Halloween - just a foreboding image that gives your imagination a place to start before viewing. So, in the end, I went with a slightly abstract, less literal image - somewhere between a '70s horror film and an '80s video nasty.

Imagine it on VHS after dark with lots of drop-out.
Listen will be broadcast at 7.30pm on BBC One.

This week's digital edition of Radio Times has a 46-page guide to ten of the Doctor's companions deemed the greatest by radiotimes.com readers via a poll. The extra content includes archive interviews and unseen photographs.


Bookmark and Share What if no-one is ever really alone?

9/13/2014 03:46:00 am - Reported by Marcus

A new preview clip for this week's episode has been released by the BBC.

Listen: Preview - Doctor Who, via YouTube


Listen debuts in the UK on BBC One at 7.30pm Saturday, followed by broadcasts around the world.

Bookmark and Share The Caretaker - Press Details

9/13/2014 03:41:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released details of the sixth episode of the current series of Doctor Who The Caretaker

The episode has been confirmed for transmission on BBC One on Saturday 27th September at a time to be announced.

The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity - but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor decides to go undercover.

Bookmark and Share A Year of Adventure

9/12/2014 07:00:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Moments in TimeIt was fifty years ago today, on Saturday 12 September 1964, that first season of Doctor Who came to a close with the final episode of The Reign of Terror - Prisoners of Conciergerie.

Apart from one week's absence due to extended coverage of the Wimbledon tennis championships, the series has run continuously since it launched on that dark day in November when the world was still reeling from the death of President John F Kennedy. Forty-two episodes have been screened across 8 stories, which took our heroes from the temples of the Aztec empire to the twin star system of the Sense Sphere, from the dawn of human history to the petrified remains of Skaro, and from the Himalayas of Cathay to the jungles of Marinus. On their journey they met historical characters such as Marco Polo, Kublai Khan and Robespierre, as well as beings from beyond the stars.

The series has become a ratings success. From a quiet beginning with just 4.4 million viewers watching the debut show, the arrival of the Daleks has brought a surge in interest in the series, reaching a peak of 10.4 million watching in the winter months. As spring turned into summer ratings have declined, but are still very acceptable, with 6.4 million watching the final episode of the season.

The series is also gaining attention abroad, with sales in progress for Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Although the series went off air on 12th September, production has continued with two more stories being recorded up until the end of the current cast's contracts on 24 October 1964. The break in transmission has been agreed by Chief of Programmes Donald Baverstock, to enable the production team to pause and take stock and for the BBC to decide if it actually wants Doctor Who to continue...

...For the prospects for the series beyond 1964 are far from assured. The BBC is still unconvinced the series has a long term future. It has many enemies in the upper echelons of the Corporation, men and women who see science fiction as childish rubbish and who feel licence payers would be better served by a good Dickens. Then there is the problem that the initial cast contracts had been for one year. Any new contracts would need to be negotiated with the actors agents, with a substantial pay increase likely be demanded given the success of the show. Head of Drama Sydney Newman argues that any new contracts should be open ended, but this will require a vote of faith from Baverstock, a commitment that the show would continue for the foreseeable future, a commitment he is unable to give.

As 1964 progresses, the lack of clarity on the programmes future restricts the options of the production team. Doctor Who may not continue past those first 52 episodes - if it is to continue there is a desire to shake up the cast. In the summer, Head of Series Donald Wilson outlines the problems in a memo in which he said a decision must be taken by 7th July.
If we are to lose any members of the cast - and our present thinking is that we may well drop the Jackie Hill character altogether and replace Carole Ann Ford with another younger girl - this must be decided in time so that we can write into The Return of the Daleks serial, the scenes which will make these changes work from then on.
By the end of July no decision has yet been taken. The start of the second series has been put back to 31 October, allowing a 6 week break in transmission. Barbara has now been saved, but Susan will still be leaving the series at the end of the year (Carole Ann Ford had been increasingly disillusioned with the way Susan had developed, with the character becoming far less alien than original envisaged, and was keen to move on).

If the series is to continue, the issue with the artists' contracts needs to be addressed. Producer Verity Lambert urgently needs to know if the programme has a future. On Thursday 6th August she has sends a memo to the Serials Department organiser.
If we could get an OK for a further thirteen weeks from 2 January, I would at least be able to take out an option for thirteen weeks with an option for a further thirteen. I have a feeling that, if we wait much longer, we will find ourselves in a position of losing our artists, which can only lead to a certain amount of chaos at the end of our next serial.
In response, Doctor Who is granted an extension of just four weeks, taking it to the end of January. Lambert prepares a discussion document on Tuesday 11 August setting out the stark options now facing Doctor Who, given its future was so uncertain.
If a four week extension is the best Baverstock can offer us. I feel that we should terminate Doctor Who at the end of this present series.

We had intended to write the character of Susan out..... If we are only continuing for four weeks there does not seem any point in writing Susan out.

If the series is to continue, we have to develop a character in this serial which we intend to take Susan's place... We cannot approach any artist on the basis of a six week engagement if, in fact, we are intending a six month engagement.

I think this is an absolutely insoluble problem unless we get a decision one way or another.
Baverstock's assistant John Muir sent him a memo summarising the options available.
  • You could stop transmission after Serial K (Dalek Invasion of Earth). This would require rewriting Serial K to make it suitable as a 'farewell' one.
  • You could stop at end January. This would involve the problems above
  • You could continue to end March
My own feeling is that an equivalent audience puller will be difficult to find, and that Doctor Who should go on until end March. The search for a replacement should begin now so you are able to make a choice by say November/December on what to put on after March 1965
On Thursday 14 August Baverstock meets with Lambert and finally agrees to renew Doctor Who for a further thirteen weeks, with a possibility of an additional thirteen after that. He is clear, however, that artist costs must not increase.

Now that Lambert has permission to continue she can begin negotiations with the principle agents. William Hartnell as the main character was the most important to secure. He dismisses the offer of a three month extension at the same money. He wants a rise of 25 guineas an episode taking his weekly pay to 250 guineas (£262) and he wants a contract of six months' duration. William Russell will accept the three month contact, but wants the same pay as Hartnell (he was currently on 150 guineas per week). Jacqueline Hill will also accept a three month contract but wants 200 guineas per episode, a rise of 95 guineas. Faced with such demands Lambert contacts Baverstock for advice.
As a first step you should talk to the principles and mention that if they were to hold to their demands for such very large increases, you might have difficulty recommending a continuation of the series with the same cast. Of the three Hartnell and Russell would be more valuable to you. If the two men were to show willingness to sign again for their present fees.... I would be willing to consider a commitment for six months.
In the end that commitment is given, Hartnell receives his 250 guineas an episode and Russell and Hill are both offered a rise of between 10 and 25 guineas an episode.

Doctor Who is now confirmed until the summer of 1965. New adventures await the crew, with a new companion joining the team later in the year. A new studio home has been won, freeing the team from the confines of the outdated Lime Grove complex and giving them a semi-permanent home at the BBC's Riverside studios in Hammersmith.

One year is complete, but the adventure continues...

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures 354

9/12/2014 01:17:00 am - Reported by Marcus

DWA 354In the new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures you can prove how much of a Doctor Who mastermind you are, and you could win a money-can’t-buy prize, with the magazine offering one lucky reader the chance to be the Editor for a day.

Current Editor, Moray Laing, says:
This is a fantastic prize for readers that love Doctor Who and are thinking about what they want to do when they’re older. The winner will get to make decisions about what goes in their favourite magazine and also see how we write and design the pages too. To win, all they have got to do is prove that they know Doctor Who inside out…
You’ll also find the second token to enter a competition to win a life-size TARDIS for your school. If you missed the first token, don’t worry because there will be a bonus token in the following issue.

Plus:
  • SIX free gifts – including stickers, a notebook, badges and key ring.
  • Check out what’s coming up in the next two episodes.
  • Tricky puzzles
  • What is the ultimate robot?
  • Dalek shocks! How can a Dalek be good?
  • Win a Doctor Who box set and figure.
  • Interview with Samuel Anderson who spills some on-set secrets.
  • More amazing fact figures!
  • Find out what the Alien Babies are up to.
  • Another exciting comic strip with the Doctor and Clara!
  • All this and loads more!
BBC Doctor Who Adventures Issue 354, on sale 10 – 23 September 2014, priced £3.49.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Greatest Companions

9/11/2014 08:35:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Top 10 Doctor Who CompanionsThe new digital issue Radio Times, available iOS on Apple’s Newsstand, includes an exclusive 46 page supplement of the Top 10 Doctor Who Companions as voted for by readers of Radio Times. The supplement includes archive interviews and photoshoots with the Doctor’s most memorable companions.

The new issue of Radio Times also includes interviews with Jenna Coleman on the rumours of her departure from the hit show, working with Peter Capaldi and her experiences of launching the new series around the world; Cilla Black, ahead of the ITV drama based on her life; the panel of BBC’s Would I Lie to You; and Nicholas Lyndhurst; plus comprehensive TV and radio listings 13-19 September 2014.

The Radio Times digital special also features an exclusive photo-galleries of Sherlock star Andrew Scott; the cast of BBC One’s Would Like Lie to You; and a behind the scenes look at new drama The Great Fire.

Radio Times on iPad contains all the great 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.
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.

Bookmark and Share Into the Dalek: Chart Place

9/11/2014 07:10:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Final figures for the UK transmission of Into The Dalek confirm the episode was the ninth most watched programme on British television for the week.

The final rating of 7.29 million includes those who watched the programme within one week of transmission. Doctor Who benefits from delayed viewing more than most other programmes, resulting in a chart position much higher than that based on the initial overnights. The final share was 30.4% of the total TV audience.

Doctor Who was the second most watched programme on BBC Television for the week, with The Great British Bake Off topping the chart for BBC One with 10.25 million watching. The highest rated episode of the soap EastEnders was Monday's with 6.82 million watching. Top for the week was Saturday's X Factor with 10.6 million. Other entries in the top ten were the Sunday edition of The X Factor and the five episodes of Coronation street.

The Sunday repeat of Into The Dalek had a final consolidated rating of 0.39 million viewers and a share of 1.9% of the total TV audience. The AI for the repeat was 78.

Bookmark and Share Guinness World Record for largest Doctor Who collection

9/11/2014 10:54:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Guinness World Record for Largest Doctor Who Collection, 6 Sep 2014 (Credit: Ian O'Brien)A fan from Manchester in the United Kingdom has been recognised by Guinness World Records for having the largest collection of Doctor Who memorabilia worldwide. Ian O'Brien's collection comprises of some 1,573 items at the time of recognition on 6th September 2014, with more added since that date!

Ian told us:
It feels absolutely amazing to be have achieved this. To be in the Guinness world records is blooming marvelous and as it's a Doctor Who record its the icing on the cake.

Full details on Ian's record can be found via the Guinness World Records website.


Doctor Who and its fans are not strangers to the Guinness Book of World Records, which celebrates its own 60th Anniversary this year. Rob Hull was recognised in 2011 for having the largest collection of Daleks, Doctor Who Magazine became the "Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series" in 2010, and the series itself was recognised in 2009 as the "Most successful sci-fi series". Last year's 50th Anniversary episode, The Day Of The Doctor, was also officially recognised as "the world's largest-ever simulcast of a TV drama".

Bookmark and Share Time Heist - Press Details

9/10/2014 06:40:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released details of the fifth episode of the upcoming series of Doctor Who Time Heist.

The episode has been confirmed for transmission on BBC One on Saturday 20th September at 7.30pm

The Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse - to steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos.

With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara must fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt.


The episode will follow Pointless Celebrities, the quiz show based on guessing the least likely answer, and will be followed by The National Lottery: In It to Win It. Against the Doctor ITV will once more offer a celebrity edition of the quiz show The Chase and the next edition of The X Factor.

Bookmark and Share Jane Baker has died

9/10/2014 12:05:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The classic series writer Jane Baker has died.

Jane Baker, along with her husband and writing partner Pip, was one of the best known writers from the mid 80's era of Doctor Who, writing eleven episodes for the series. Together they created the Rani, a female Time Lord scientist who was brought to life so vividly by the late Kate O'Mara, as well a creating the companion Mel.

Pip and Jane Baker began writing together in the 1960's working on the films The Painted Smile, The Break, The Night of the Big Heat and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City. On Television they worked on the children's thriller Circus as well as episodes of Z-Cars and Space 1999.

In 1985 they were commissioned by producer John Nathan Turner to write for the first full series of the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, producing the story Mark of the Rani. The story was well received and the couple returned the following year to pen Terror of the Vervoids the third segment of the Trial of a Time Lord Season, envisaged as a whodunnit in space.

Later that year the couple were called into rescue the series following the departure of the then Script editor Eric Saward, following a disagreement with Nathan Turner. Saward had withdrawn his script for the final episode of the season leaving the Bakers to come up with an alternative ending, without access to anything already written, and without creating anything which needed a new set to be built. They had just three days to come up with a script capable of concluding a season they had very little part in conceiving. Jane Baker later described to Doctor Who Magazine the period as challenging rather than exciting, but rated the script produced as one of her favourites.

After the transmission of the season, Phi and Jane Baker found themselves defending their scripts on the BBC's feedback programme Open Air, facing criticism from some fans including future script writer Chris Chibnall. It was an experience Jane found perplexing. "We were presented with four young men, who seemed to say on the one hand it was to complicated and on the other it was too simple".

The Bakers returned to Doctor Who at the start of the next season, introducing the seventh Doctor in Time and the Rani, a script which brought back their most enduring creation The Rani.

In the early 1990's they created the children's programme Watt on Earth which ran for 24 episodes on BBC One.

Tributes to Jane Baker have been led by Colin Baker, who posted on twitter
So very very sad to learn that Jane Baker of Pip and Jane fame - Doctor Who writers from my era - has died. My thoughts are with Pip.

Bookmark and Share Series 5 to receive Japanese DVD release

9/09/2014 02:07:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who: New Generation (Credit: BBC Worldwide/ Kadokawa Shoten Co. Ltd.)Though the modern series of Doctor Who has yet to be established as essential viewing on television in Japan, fans in the country will now be able to enjoy the series in their native language thanks to an initiative announced by production company Kadokawa for this Autumn.

Doctor Who: New Generation will see the Matt Smith era released in the country starting with his debut series on 3rd October 2014, with the sixth and seventh series following over the next few months. The episodes will be fully dubbed into Japanese, with the voice of the eleventh Doctor portrayed by Tokuyoshi Kawashima, Amy by Kana Uetake, Rory by Yoshiki Nakajima, and River Song by Kozue Harashima.

The Series 5 Boxed set will be presented with Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo soundtracks in Japanese and the original English, plus Japanese subtitles; as well as the thirteen episodes of the series, the seven disc set will also include the 2010 Christmas special, A Christmas Carol:

  • Disc 1: 11番目の時間 (The Eleventh Hour); 眼下の獣 (The Beast Below)
  • Disc 2: ダーレクの勝利 (Victory of the Daleks); 天使の時間 (The Time of Angels)
  • Disc 3: 肉体と石 (Flesh and Stone); ヴェネチアの吸血鬼 (The Vampires of Venice)
  • Disc 4: エイミーの選択 (Amy's Choice); ハングリー・アース (The Hungry Earth)
  • Disc 5: 冷血 (Cold Blood); ゴッホとドクター (Vincent and the Doctor)
  • Disc 6: 下宿人 (The Lodger); パンドリカが開く (The Pandorica Opens)
  • Disc 7: ビッグバン (The Big Bang); クリスマス・キャロル (A Christmas Carol)
The DVD is available to pre-order via Amazon.

Bookmark and Share Listen - Publicity Images

9/09/2014 01:45:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC has released a new set of pictures from the next episode of Doctor Who, Listen, which debuts next Saturday.
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?
Written by Steven Moffat, and directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Ray Burmistan, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Ray Burmistan, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Ray Burmistan, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Adrian Rogers, BBC Worldwide 2014 Doctor Who: Listen. Photos: Ray Burmistan, BBC Worldwide 2014
Listen: Official Teaser Trailer, via YouTube

Bookmark and Share More Who on Horror

9/08/2014 08:16:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Horror Channel has announced an additional seventeen Doctor Who stories are to be added to its line-up from October:

Following the success of the Who On Horror season, that saw 30 classic Doctor Who stories broadcast on Horror Channel, BBC Worldwide and Horror Channel have agreed to an additional set of 17 re-mastered episodes, starting on Monday 13th October.

For the first time on UK television, Horror Channel viewers will be able to watch re-mastered episodes that were only released on DVD by BBC Worldwide last year. There will be more from the Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee eras with additional stories featuring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy.

The iconic adventures continue with the Doctor Who and The Silurians serial, starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor and his roadster, Bessie. The series then leads into weekday double-bills in daytime and evening slots.

Available to watch from October are such stories as Inferno, Carnival of Monsters, The Time Warrior, The Sontaran Experiment, The Sun Makers, and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.

Alina Florea, Director of Programming for Horror Channel, said:
It's been great to be able to offer our regular fans the classic Doctor Who content, but it’s equally exciting to see Time Lord devotees flock to Horror Channel in greater number and take part in the various on and off air activities that resulted in a surge in viewership and social media interaction. With the newer batch of re-mastered episodes, there will be even more reasons for our viewers to tune in and stick around for more fright, thrill and shock.

Who On Horror has attracted over 3.8 million people since its launch in April. (data from BARB/Techedge)

Horror Channel broadcasts can be found via This Week in Doctor Who.

Bookmark and Share Robot of Sherwood - Appreciation Index

9/08/2014 01:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood had an Audience Appreciation Index or AI 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 is the same as that scored for the series opener, Deep Breath. On the main two channels Casualty scored the highest for Saturday, with 86.

Sundays's launch of Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor pushed Doctor Who into 20th place for the week. Final figures will be published next week.

The Sunday repeat of Robot of Sherwood on BBC Three had an overnight estimate of 0.36 million viewers, a 1.4% share of the audience.

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for Robot of Sherwood

9/08/2014 01:55:00 pm - Reported by Adam Kirk


Robot of Sherwood averaged 1.085 million national viewers in Australia (these figures include the five major capital cities and regional and rural viewers). It was the second highest rating drama of the day (after ANZAC Girls) and the ninth highest rating program of the day overall. Excluding regional and rural viewers, this story averaged 681,000 viewers in the five major Australian capital cities and was the ninth highest rating program of the day overall in the big cities (again the second highest rating drama in the cities after ANZAC Girls). These ratings do not include time shifted viewers.

Bookmark and Share Into the Dalek - Final Ratings

9/07/2014 06:32:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Final figures for the UK transmission of Into The Dalek give the episode a consolidated rating of 7.29 million viewers.

The episode should finish around 9th for the week. A full chart should be available Monday.

Bookmark and Share Robot of Sherwood - Overnight Viewing Figures

9/07/2014 09:32:00 am - Reported by Marcus

5.2 million viewers watched Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood, a share of 25.4% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating, the same overnight figure as last week, once more puts Doctor Who as the second rated programme of the day. ITV was top with The X Factor, which had 8.7 million watching, a drop of half a million from the previous week. The Chase: Celebrity Special was third with 4.4 million viewers. Casualty was the second highest programme on BBC One with 3.9 million watching.

With one day to go Doctor Who is the 17th highest programme for the week.

Final figures will be available next Sunday, which could see a top ten final place.

Bookmark and Share Germany: Complete Season 24 DVD boxed set in November

9/06/2014 01:02:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Written by Pascal Salzmann
German DVD distributor Pandastorm have announced the release of the DVD boxed set Siebter Doctor Volume 1 (Seventh Doctor Volume 1).

The set contains the complete Season 24, featuring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, and includes all special features that were present on the single story DVD releases in the UK. According to the website of Pandastorm's distribution partner wvg the discs will run for approximately 350 minutes plus 328 minutes of bonus features. Audio and subtitles will be in English and German.

The description for the DVDs reads as follows:

Complete Season 24 (German DVD Release)Die erfolgreiche Sci-Fi-Kultserie öffnet die Tore zu ihrer Vergangenheit. Die Abenteuer des siebten Doctors erstmalig in Deutschland auf DVD. Mit über 5 Std. Bonusmaterial und Booklet. Sylvester McCoy's (Radagast aus „Der Hobbit“ Trilogie) erste Staffel in der Rolle des siebten Doctors ist ein schriller, bunter und witziger Trip durchs All. Dabei begegnet er einer gefährlichen Widersacherin: Die Rani. Diese hat sich mit einem Volk menschengroßer Fledermauswesen verbündet, um die Macht über das Universum zu übernehmen. Auf einem Eisplaneten muss er zudem gegen den skrupellosen Schatzjäger Sabalom Glitz und den Sklavenhalter Kane kämpfen, der mit einer einzigen Berührung seine Gegner zu Eis gefrieren lassen kann. Und trifft schließlich auf die junge Ausreißerin Ace, die den Doctor fortan auf seinen Reisen begleitet und sich als einer der beliebtesten Companions der Seriengeschichte entpuppen soll.

The most successful Sci-Fi cult series opens the doors to its past. The adventures if the seventh Doctor on DVD for the first time. Featuring over 5 hours of bonus material and a booklet. Sylvester McCoy's (Radagast from "The Hobbit" trilogy) first season in the role of the seventh Doctor is a jarring, colourful and funny trip through the galaxy. On it he meets a dangerous enemy: the Rani. The Rani has an alliance with a race of huge bat-like creatures in her plan to rule the universe. On an Iceplanet he fights against the ruthless treasure hunter Sabalom Glitz and the slave trader Kane, who is able to freeze someone to ice with a single touch. And finally he meets the young runaway Ace, who is going to travel with the Doctor and who is seen as one of the most popular companions in the history of the show.

The DVD boxed set will be released on 28th November 2014 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon Germany.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2

9/06/2014 03:02:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2 is out next Wednesday, September 10 and Titan have released a sneak preview.
When the Doctor last visited Rokhandi, it was a planet of such stunning natural beauty that an entire solar system had sworn to preserve it. What better place to take new companion Alice Obiefune on her first off-world adventure?

And it would have been a magical vacation… if the TARDIS hadn’t overshot by fifty years. Now the austerity-hit pleasure planet has become a ‘theme safari’ corporate hell, overrun by eerie, giant-headed mascots and a trillion tramping tourist feet!

But there’s something more sinister at play than rampant commercialism and ecological devastation… and the Doctor and Alice need to uncover all of Rokhandi’s long-buried secrets if they’re to escape with their lives!

Writer Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and artist Simon Fraser (Grindhouse) request that you have a nice day, whichever system you’re from. We hope to SERVE YOU again in the future!


Next week also sees the release of second printings of both sell-out debut issues of Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1. These feature two bold second printing covers by Alice X Zhang.

Bookmark and Share Robot of Sherwood poster available for free download

9/06/2014 12:50:00 am - Reported by John Bowman

A free downloadable retro poster for tonight's episode Robot of Sherwood has been made available by Radio Times.

It follows the posters produced by the listings magazine for the preceding two episodes of Series 8 and, as with those, has been designed by Stuart Manning, who commented:
Gotta love a robot!

This one has definite shades of Metropolis, particularly on the logo itself and the symmetrical robot image. It's a great, lurid episode title, so I took the lead from that.

The end result is probably somewhere between a pulp novel and the packaging for a '50s tin-plate toy. I'd happily buy a wind-up Doctor Who robot knight, now you mention it.
Radio Times has said there will be a poster for every episode this series.

Robot of Sherwood is scheduled to be broadcast at 7.30pm on BBC One.

This week's iPad and iPhone edition of Radio Times has a preview gallery for the episode plus an interview from 2005 with Mark Gatiss, who has written tonight's episode. In the interview, he talks about celebrity historicals in Doctor Who.


Bookmark and Share Deep Breath: Canadian Ratings update

9/05/2014 10:45:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) (Credit: BBC)Having already been reported as the best performing episode on Canadian channel SPACE this year, BellMedia have now announced that new series premiere Deep Breath has become the second-most watched broadcast on the channel of all time - beaten only by another episode of Doctor Who, the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.

The final number are in: Space confirms its Season 8 premiere of DOCTOR WHO on Aug. 23 drew an average of more than 1 million viewers, giving the series its highest-ever audience for a regular season episode. Peter Capaldi’s debut, "Deep Breath," was the second most-watched Space broadcast ever, behind the DOCTOR WHO 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor", last November. In fact, it is the fourth-ranked specialty airing this broadcast-year-to-date for total viewers among all Canadian entertainment specialty channels. Audiences for the Season 8 premiere are up nearly 40% compared to the Season 7B premiere.

Leading into the Season 8 premiere, a special episode of INNERSPACE drew an average of 747,300 viewers during its 8 p.m. ET broadcast, making it the most-watched episode ever for Space’s flagship entertainment news program.