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Bookmark and Share Face of Evil - BBC Four Ratings

12/31/2015 07:48:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


The BBC Four repeat of the 1977 story The Face of Evil, had mixed fortunes according to unofficial overnight viewing figures.

Part one on Monday had an average of 141,000 viewers, above the timeslot average of 79,000. Part Two, which followed directly had an average of 183,000 watching, below the timeslot average of 268,000.

However just 56,000 tuned in for Part Three on Tuesday evening, rising to 88,000 for the story's conclusion.

Final figures will be released next week, and will include those who recorded the programme and watched it later.

Parts one and Two had an Appreciation Index score of 84 with Parts Three and Four scoring 83.

Bookmark and Share In Memoriam 2015

12/31/2015 11:58:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Actor, comedian, presenter, and all-round Doctor Who aficionado Toby Hadoke has produced a video in remembrance of those cast and crew who have been lost to the Doctor Who universe in 2015.

Bookmark and Share Final Series 9 Ratings From Space Channel

12/27/2015 04:44:00 pm - Reported by Dan Collins

SPACE Logo (Credit: SPACE)The Space Channel, the Canadian broadcaster of Doctor Who, has given Doctor Who News an update on the final ratings for Series 9.

DOCTOR WHO remains the most watched program on Space with an average of 696500 viewers for Season 9. Season 9 is also the most-watched season of the series to date in the key demos of A25-54 and A18-49, with 415,500 and 405,900 viewers respectively.

While Doctor Who has remained their most watched program, the average viewership has gone down over the final few episodes. In November Doctor Who News reported that an average of 731,000 people watched per episode. All ratings only cover traditional television viewers including PVR, not those who watched via apps or online.

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special - AI:82

12/27/2015 10:27:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Husbands of River Song (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song had an Audience Appreciation 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 BBC's highest score of the evening went to Call the Midwife on BBC One which scored 88.

On BBC Three, the Boxing Day repeat of Doctor Who was watched by 0.26 million viewers.

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for The Husbands of River Song

12/27/2015 06:30:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Husbands of River Song has debuted in Australia, averaging 575,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the highest rating ABC drama of the day and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special - Press Reaction

12/26/2015 12:52:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Husbands of River Song (Credit: BBC/Jon Hall) This item contains spoilers.

Press reaction to the Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song, mostly centers of the relationship between River Song and The Doctor. The Express loved the return of Alex Kingston. "It's easy to forget what a fantastic character she is but tonight River really makes this festive episode, which could be one of the best Doctor Who Christmas specials in years."

It was a theme picked up by The Guardian "It’s a wonderful Christmas gift from Moffat to see the old River return, with a glimpse of her naughty ways when she’s having adventures without the Doctor. Meanwhile, however bleak things might have got towards the end of the recent series, it’s faintly hilarious now to remember how Peter Capaldi was initially touted as a “dark Doctor”. His bravura form here, dancing between comedy and romance, just fizzes opposite Kingston."

The Metro called it a bittersweet rom-com. "The scene in which the Doctor realises that he gets to pretend to be stepping into the TARDIS for the first time and provide his version of ‘it’s bigger on the inside’ is a joy to behold, snapping him out of his Grinch-like mood. One suspects it’s the first time the Doctor has genuinely had fun since his memories of Clara were wiped."

Radio Times, while admitting they don't like the Christmas specials, found the main duo's interaction the most appealing aspect of the story. "The Doctor is the happiest we’ve known him, even at one point flat on his back laughing – something inconceivable in the last few episodes. He’s all loved up to find River and bemused, cheesed off and, ultimately, delighted that she doesn’t recognise him."

Wales Online also love the pairing. "There were good bits, and bad. But overall, it was lovely to see Alex Kingston back in the Tardis, as River Song". The Los Angeles Times agreed "If The Husbands of River Song is less Christmasy than most of the previous specials, it is a splendid gift to fans nonetheless. River has provided one of the longest and most tantalizing threads of the series"

TV.com had mixed feelings over the meeting between River and the Twelfth Doctor. "The emotional swell I was supposed to feel during that speech and at the moment she realized the Doctor was there—that the Doctor would always be there—fell flat for me. Him cheekily stealing her catchphrase—"Hello, sweetie"—helped however, and once the blindfold came off, everything clicked into place."

AV Club felt the structure odd. "The Husbands Of River Song is one of the strangest hours in television history. For the first 40 or so minutes of its run, it’s a deeply goofy bit of slapstick space opera whimsy. And then, in the final 15 minutes, the episode shifts tones completely, going for a poignant, melancholy send-off that directly calls back and completes a narrative circle that the show began tracing way back in 2008.". However Den of Geek thought the episode was right for its intended slot. "I don't really think that The Husbands Of River Song is Doctor Who on top form, nor do I think it amongst the best Christmas specials since the show introduced them in 2005. But fun? Yes. Enjoyable? Yes. A good, solid piece of telly? Absolutely."

411 Mania was pleased the story had moved away from the more overtly Christmassy specials of the past. "I enjoy the Doctor’s forays into the holiday season as much as anyone, but things got as Christmas-y as they could last year and it was probably a wise move to ease up on that for a bit of variety". And finally IGN felt the episode nicely complemented the recently completed season. "Steven Moffat’s The Husbands of River Song is a nice, fun, wacky change of pace that still manages to touch that sweet spot of emotional resonance that the Twelfth Doctor has done so well this year."

You can read the Doctor Who News review in our reviews section.

Bookmark and Share Husbands of River Song - Overnight Viewing Figures

12/26/2015 09:39:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Doctor and River, as played by Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)5.77 million viewers watched the christmas special, Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures.

The episode had a 29.4% share of the total Television audience.

The most watched programme on Christmas Day was the final instalment of Downton Abbey, with 6.9 million watching, giving ITV the top spot.

The BBC's highest offering was the Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing, which had 6.5 million viewers. Mrs Brown's Boys and Stick Man also did well as did Coronation Street and Call the Midwife, making Doctor Who the 7th most watched programme of the day, just above EastEnders.

Official figures will be released in 9 days time.

Bookmark and Share On the Twelfth's Day of Christmas

12/25/2015 11:51:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

As darkness descends across the United Kingdom, the country's viewers will settle down to recover from afternoon excesses in front of the television to watch what has become a traditional festive line-up on the box: Eastenders, Call The Midwife, Strictly Come Dancing, Mrs Browns Boys, and of course Doctor Who - which reaches its tenth anniversary of Christmas adventures at 5:15pm.

However, to misquote another anniversary's line of dialogue, that isn't how it all started. And, to steal a phrase from another franchise enjoying a successful return this year, there is another ... as fifty years ago today the Doctor, Steven and their latest waif in time Sara were to discover Christmas Day themselves!

Now into its third year on television, Doctor Who's regular Saturday schedule meant that in 1965 it would coincide with the 25th December. At this point the Doctor and company had been embroiled in an audacious plan by the Daleks to take over the universe by means of a Time Destructor, and some six episodes in had already seen two previous TARDIS travellers killed. With a Christmas audience of the 1960s as fickle as those of today at watching television on the day (and certainly without the myriad ways to catch-up we can now enjoy) it was decided to take a festive detour from the main complex plot and "cut-away" from the Daleks to a light-hearted interlude instead.

Unlike the modern Christmas adventures this was an episode never meant to be taken seriously, or indeed take itself seriously. So, rather than the inhabitants of Skaro, the Doctor is instead apprehended by the inhabitants of a Northern England police station, who have to contend with a man who loses his greenhouse; and once he's 'escaped' its off to encounter madcap antics in a Hollywood film studio, as he and his travelling companions are chased by a number of colourful characters! In comparison with festive adventures of more recent times, it might seem a strange approach to a Doctor Who episode now - but it was produced in an era of light entertainment, slotted into contemporary programming, and wouldn't have felt too out of place for cosy Christmas television viewing of the time!

The Doctor wishes a very merry Christmas in The Feast of StevenDue to its (then) unique status as a light-hearted Christmas episode, The Feast of Steven wasn't included in any overseas package sales, and with episodes seldom repeated Saturday 25th December 1965 became the only time that anyone in the world were able to experience the tale in its original form. Fortunately the soundtrack survives, so fans can still 'live' that first dalliance with festive Who - including the Doctor's little message in the closing moments:

Here's a toast. A Happy Christmas to all of us.
Incidentally, a Happy Christmas to all of you at home!


Happy 10th and 50th anniversaries to a Christmas Doctor ...
Whose twelfth incarnation embarks upon a twelfth festive adventure!


Doctor Who around the world on Christmas Day


Unlike 1965, in 2015 Doctor Who can be enjoyed around the world 24x7. However, there is still a nostalgic feeling to watching 'live' on television, and there is plenty of episodes to be caught around the world today!

In the United Kingdom, morning-risers can enjoy the tenth Doctor's last adventures as Watch broadcasts the specials from The Next Doctor onwards. Meanwhile, in the lead-up to The Husbands of River Song on BBC One during the afternoon viewers can then immerse themselves in a classic "base-under-siege" type adventure as Horror Channel show the appropriately named Horror of Fang Rock at 3:00pm (and/or at 8:00pm if they prefer to avoid the traditional enemy, Coronation Street!).

In Northern America, both BBC America and SPACE have turned their channels over to Doctor Who, with today seing a re-run of Series Nine in preparation for their own premiere of Husbands at 9:00pm. More locally in the United States, viewers could then switch over to catch The Hand of Fear on Retro TV at 10:00pm, and those in Oklahoma could then watch Robot of Sherwood at 11:00pm. Earlier in the day, UNC in North Carolina show the final two episodes of The Time Monster from 5:00pm, whilst EBRU finish off the ninth Doctor with Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways, also from 5:00pm. The final episode for Christmas Day is The Brink of Disaster, a first Doctor outing courtesy of KMOS in Missouri.

In Europe, BBC First in the Benelux countries will show Before The Flood just after midday with The Girl Who Died later this afternoon; BBC Entertainment in Europe and the Middle East had an early morning adventure with The Time of the Doctor; and BBC HD in Poland and the Nordic countries stay festive with The Snowmen, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe and The Best of the Christmas Specials. German viewers can catch Before the Flood, The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived on FOX from 4:15pm, or the continuing adventures of the Torchwood team in Children of Earth on SyFy. And in Denmark DR3 will "Face The Raven" as that episode premieres in the country at 8:10pm.

For the rest of the world, FX in India goes festive with A Christmas Carol, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe, The Time of the Doctor and Last Christmas, whilst PRIME in New Zealands catches up with The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived. TV Cultura in Brazil have Vincent and the Doctor in Portuguese, and for the Doctor's friends, Jeem in the Middle East provides an Arabic outing for Sarah Jane Smith with Mona Lisa's Revenge in the evening.

The continuing adventures of the Doctor can be followed around the world via This Week in Doctor Who!

Bookmark and Share Sonic Screwdriver App

12/24/2015 07:37:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


The brand new Twelfth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver has been added to the official Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver app,

The new sonic was revealed in the final seconds of the season finale, Hell Bent, and will feature in this year's Christmas Special.

Useless Creations have worked closely with the BBC to make the virtual sonic screwdriver as close as possible to the real prop.

It's available now on both the App Store and Google Play.

Bookmark and Share The Husbands of River Song: when to watch update

12/24/2015 10:06:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Television


ABC have confirmed that they intend to make this year's Christmas special, The Husbands of River Song, available in Australia staight after the United Kingdom on their iView service, from 5:15am (AEDT). This makes the country the first to be able to watch the story after its premiere (at least for early risers!).

FX in India have also confirmed that they will indeed show the special on Sunday in the usual Doctor Who premiere slot of 11:00pm IST.


The Husbands of River Song: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneFri 25 Dec 20155:15pm
AustraliaABC iViewSat 26 Dec 20155:15am AEDT(6:15pm GMT)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaFri 25 Dec 20159:00pm EST(2:00am GMT)
CanadaSPACEFri 25 Dec 20159:00pm EST(2:00am GMT)
Asia PacificBBC EntertainmentSat 26 Dec 201510:00am SGT(2:00am GMT)
New ZealandPRIMESat 26 Dec 20157:35pm NZDT(6:35am GMT)
AustraliaABCSat 26 Dec 20157:30pm AEDT(8:30am GMT)
South AfricaBBC FirstSat 26 Dec 20156:00pm SAST
Europe (Benelux)BBC FirstSat 26 Dec 20158:05pm CET
IndiaFXSun 27 Dec 201511:00pm IST
United KingdomBBC TwoTue 29 Dec 20152:50am(British Signed Language)
FinlandYLE2Sun 3 Jan 20167:10pm EET
GermanyFOXThu 28 Jan 20169:00pm CET(dubbed into German)

Cinema


As well as the small screen, The Husbands of River Song will have a number of cinematic screenings, with the presentation including an exclusive interview with Alex Kingston plus a 15-minute behind-the-scenes "making of" featurette:
  • In the United States, Fathom Events are showing the episode in cinemas all over the country over the course of 28th-29th December.

  • In Canada, Cineplex will be showing the episode in select cinemas on the 28th December.

  • In Denmark Cinemaxx are showing the package at 4:45pm and 7:00pm on the 28th December at their Copenhagen, Odense and Aarhus cinemas.]

  • In Germany, Cinemaxx will be showing the package on 28th January at the same time as its premiere on television on FOX (the cinema will be presented in its original English soundtrack); theatres showing the episode are in Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bremen, Dresden, Essen, Freiburg, Göttingen, Halle, Hamburg-Dammtor, Hannover, Heilbronn, Kiel, Krefeld, Magdeburg, Mülheim, München, Offenbach, Oldenburg, Regensburg, Sindelfingen, Stuttgart an der Liederhalle, Trier, Wolfsburg, Wuppertal, and Würzburg. (updated 26 Dec)

  • In Austria, the Haydn English Cinema in Vienna will also be showing the episode on 28th January at 9:00pm.

Bookmark and Share New Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor Comics

12/23/2015 11:01:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday sees the publication of brand new tales from The Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor.

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #2.4

Writers: Si Spurrier & Rob Williams
Artist: Simon Fraser
Cover A: Josh Cassara & Luis Guerrero
Cover B: Photo cover by Will Brooks


Bounty hunters are tracking the TARDIS anywhere in time and space... which should be impossible. Alice is getting visions of the Time War... which should be impossible. The Squire's very existence... should be impossible. The Doctor does ten impossible things before breakfast... but other people doing the same? That's just cheating!

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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #15

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Daniel Indro
Cover A: Alex Ronald
Cover B: Photo - Will Brooks
Cover C: Neil Slorance
Cover D: Simon Myers


The unforgettable finale to the Twelfth Doctor's first year is here! With Earth's Sun ringed by vast and deadly Hyperion technology, set to drain our star of all energy in the ultimate solar extinction event, the Doctor and Clara must face their most challenging adventure yet – to save humanity's future!

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Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: The Fright Before Christmas

12/23/2015 05:50:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Fright Before Christmas (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books has released a brand new Lethbridge-Stewart short story online for Christmas: The Fright Before Christmas (written by Tom Dexter with cover artwork by Shaun Russell, Adrian Salmon and Nathan Hudson) features alien spheres, Santa Claus and Buckingham Palace, and is available to download for free via their website here.

Hayley Cox, Senior Publishing Coordinator at Candy Jar Books, said:
Lethbridge-Stewart has had a great 2015. We were pleasantly surprised by all the positive feedback we received, and felt that we should give something back to the fans for the holidays. This story is just for them.

Various bundles are available for the book series, both for the four published this year and those due to be published in 2016 (kicking off with Moon Blink by Sadie Miller): see the Candy Jar website for full details.

Bookmark and Share Predict the Ratings for The Husbands of River Song

12/23/2015 11:45:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

It's time for our traditional "Predict the Ratings" competition, and this year you will be in with a chance to win The Husbands of River Song on Blu-ray or DVD ... alongside the latest adventures of the twelfth Doctor when The Complete Ninth Series is released next year!

The aim is to guess the final consolidated viewing figure of The Husbands of River Song, as reported by BARB, to the nearest 10,000 viewers (i.e. two decimal places). This figure includes all those watching the episode within a week of broadcast via television, but does not include independent streaming devices.

Last year ratings on television were down across the board, with none of the Christmas Day shows managing to break the 10 million mark - Last Christmas ended up in sixth place with 8.28m viewers. In previous years, you can view the final ratings for The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, Voyage of the Damned, The Next Doctor, The End of Time part one, A Christmas Carol, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, The Snowmen and The Time of the Doctor via This Week in Doctor Who.

The show's best position occured in 2009 when The End Of Time (part one) arguably achieved the top spot with 12.05m viewers (11.57m on BBC One and 0.47m on BBC HD). However, it was the 2007 special, Voyage of the Damned that achieved the best rating in the decade of specials, reaching 13.31m viewers (but pipped at the post by Eastenders at 14.38m!).



To enter the competition, please send the following details to comp-ratings@doctorwhonews.net:

  • Your name and preferred email address
  • Your country of entry (full details will be requested only if you are the winner)
  • Your guess at the final rating to the nearest 10,000 (eg.9.99m)
  • Tie breaker: also send your guess as to what the final rating for the BBC3 repeat on Boxing Day might be - this figure will only be used in the event of a tie!

Terms and Conditions:
  • The competition closes at 08:30 GMT, 26th December 2015.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • The competition is open worldwide.
  • BARB final figures are expected in early 2016; we will contact the winner once they have been published.
  • The winner will be able to confirm the region and format of the boxed set they'd like nearer release date.


Odds on Who


At the time of writing, the (average) betting odds for the main channels are as follows:

Time       BBC One                                Odds    ITV                                Odds 
 3:00pm    The Queen                                                                         34/1
 3:10pm    Brave                                  69/1    Cameraman to the Queen               -
 4:10pm                                                   Countrywise Winter Wonderland     100/1
 4:35pm    BBC News and Weather                     -
 4:45pm    Stick Man                             100/1
 5:00pm                                                   For The Love Of Dogs              130/1
 5:15pm    Doctor Who                             28/1
 6:00pm                                                   ITV Evening News                     -
 6:15pm    Strictly Come Dancing                   9/1    You've Been Framed With Bells On  100/1
 6:45pm                                                   Emmerdale                         109/1
 7:30pm    Call The Midwife                       14/1 
 7:45pm                                                   Coronation Street                  77/2
 8:45pm    Eastenders                              9/2    Downton Abbey                       9/2
 9:45pm    Mrs Browns Boys                         7/10
10:45pm    Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show  62/1    Our Cilla                          91/1

Having been in the top spot three years running, Mrs Brown's Boys remains the favourite for this year. Eastenders, which topped the charts in 2010 and 2011, and the final episode of Downton Abbey are currently joint second, followed by Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who.

Bookmark and Share The Complete Ninth Series: Blu-ray/DVD details announced

12/21/2015 02:16:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Worldwide have released details for the forthcoming on The Complete Ninth Series, due out in the United Kingdom on Blu-ray/DVD from 7th March 2016 and in North America from 5th April 2016.

The Complete Ninth Series (DVD) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)


The Complete Ninth Series (Blu-ray) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series
Released 7th March 2016 (UK), 5th April (USA/Canada)

Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman with guests including Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams. Now that the Doctor and Clara have established a dynamic as a partnership of equals, they’re relishing the fun and thrills that all of space and time has to offer. Tangling with ghosts, Vikings and the ultimate evil of the Daleks, they embark on their biggest adventures yet. Missy is back to plague the Doctor once more, the Zygons inspire fear as they shape-shift into human clones, and a new arrival moves in cosmic way.

The DVD and Blu-ray contains all twelve episodes from Peter Capaldi’s second series in the role, with guest star’s Maisie Williams and Rufus Hound as well as the brilliant Missy (played by Michelle Gomez). The Complete Boxset also contains the 2014 Christmas Special, Last Christmas and this year’s highly anticipated The Husbands of River Song and more than four hours’ worth of VAM, including:

DVD Commentaries:
  • Under the Lake and Before the Flood: actor Sophie Stone, writer Toby Whithouse, producer Derek Ritchie
  • The Woman Who Lived: actor Maisie Williams, producer Derek Ritchie
  • Sleep No More: actor Reece Shearsmith, writer Mark Gatiss
All The Doctor Who Extras from Series 9:
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Magician’s Apprentice & The Witch’s Familiar
    Peter Capaldi reveals all, and shows off his guitar riffs, as we get the inside story on this stunning two-parter. Featuring additional interviews with Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Under the Lake & Before the Flood
    Go backstage and meet some very ghastly monsters! Discover the secret of a special celebrity appearance as Paul Kaye welcomes us on location, and we reveal how to make a big splash on set. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, writer Toby Whithouse and production designer Michael Pickwoad.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Girl Who Died & The Woman Who Lived
    Maisie Williams talks about crossing fandoms, celebrates her birthday with an impromptu quiz, and generally everyone has a lot of fun, as Rufus Hound gives us a unique view of what it’s like to make Doctor Who. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi and Maisie Williams.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Zygon Invasion & The Zygon Inversion
    The Zygons are back! We discover how a Zygon keeps fit, and Ingrid Oliver tells of her delight at once more playing the Doctor’s biggest fan, Osgood! Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Ingrid Oliver.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Sleep No More
    Mark Gatiss reveals the story behind the horror, Reece Shearsmith reviews the importance of space glasses, and we look at the challenges of making this unique episode. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Face the Raven
    Joivan Wade (Rigsy) is shocked to be back, but he’s not the only character to return for this unforgettable adventure, as we discover the perils of thinking you are invincible. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Extra: Heaven Sent & Hell Bent
    Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay reveal the challenges of creating the puzzle-box that is Heaven Sent, we get wind-blown in Fuerteventura, and we witness the departure of a companion as we go on set for Jenna Coleman’s last day of filming. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat and Rachel Talalay.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Husbands of River Song
    Matt Lucas is our guide as we join River Song, the Doctor and a star-liner full of supervillains for this festive Christmas special. We get the heads-up on the Hydroflax from Greg Davies, reveal Alex Kingston’s favourite Sonic, and we find out what Peter Capaldi is getting for Christmas. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston, and Steven Moffat.
Doctor Who Documentaries:
  • Writing Who
    The definitive guide for a would-be Doctor Who scriptwriter. We follow Sarah Dollard on her intricate journey to create her episode, Trap Street. From the highs of pitching her original idea to Steven Moffat, to the challenges of writing her first draft – faced with a blank page and typing Int. TARDIS Day - to seeing her episode becoming reality.
  • Dalek Devotion
    Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat reveal the inspiration for the return of the Daleks to the incredible season opener of series 9, how their earliest memories have shaped their devotion to the ultimate killing machine, and the journey to the Dalek homeland of Skaro.
  • The Adventures of River Song
    Join Alex Kingston and Steven Moffat as we look forward to River’s return in The Husbands of River Song. Find out how River’s character came to be created, why Alex just had to play the role, what happened when the cast discovered who River really is. Narrated by Nina Toussaint-White.
  • Doctor Who: Sublime Online
    A video selection box of the funniest, most insightful and engaging online treats from behind the scenes of Series 9. With interviews and magical moments from Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat, and featuring a host of guest stars, including Maisie Williams, Michelle Gomez, Rufus Hound, Ingrid Oliver and Slipknot.
  • Clara’s Journey
    In 2012, Jenna Coleman joined Doctor Who and took her place in television history as the Doctor’s newest companion, Clara Oswald. Having become the longest serving companion since the revival of the show, Clara’s time on the TARDIS has now come to an end, so we can now look back at just what made the Impossible Girl, well, possible. Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. Narrated by Colin McFarlane.
  • The Fan Show’s Finest
    Christel Dee gives a whistle-stop guide to Doctor Who: The Fan Show the online series that celebrates Doctor Who and the amazing creativity of the show's fans. We get a peek inside Steven Moffat’s writing lair, take a look into the Old Monster’s Retirement Home and step into the amazing world of Minecraft to find out how fans are celebrating their love for the show online. We even get face to face with the Doctor and Missy to ask them all the questions the fans want to know.
  • Other VAM includes the Series 9 US prequel - The Doctor’s Meditation, deleted Scenes, Series 8 recap and all Series 9 trailers and prologue, the 2015 San Diego Comic Con Panel and an interview with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman hosted by Wil Wheaton.

The Complete Series Nine will be available to pre-order from our Amazon Shops in the UK (Blu-ray/DVD), USA (Blu-ray/DVD) and Canada (Blu-ray/DVD), and can also be purchased from the BBC Shop and other retailers. (please note that at the time of writing only Amazon in the USA have the item up for pre-order, the others are expected to have it available shortly)

Bookmark and Share Titan Comics Announce Variant Covers

12/21/2015 09:48:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Reported by Dan Collins

Titan Comics have announced a series of variant covers for three of their ongoing Doctor Who comics. The variants are drawn by Japanese artist Question No. 6. She has previously worked on Doctor Who comics at a fan level, being involved with a webcomic adaptation of AM Audio Media’s award winning Doctor Who Dark Journey audio play.

The comics featuring Question no. 6’s art will be available early next year. The Tenth Doctor Adventures Year Two #2.6 and The Twelfth Doctor Adventures Year Two #2.2 will be available January 13th, 2016 with The Eleventh Doctor Adventures Year Two #2.6 hitting shelves on February 3rd, 2016.

Titan Comics: The Tenth Doctor #2.6 (Doctor No. 6 variant cover) (Credit: Titan/Doctor No. 6) Titan Comics: The Eleventh Doctor #2.6 (Doctor No. 6 variant cover) (Credit: Titan/Doctor No. 6) Titan Comics: The Twelfth Doctor #2.2 (Doctor No. 6 variant cover) (Credit: Titan/Doctor No. 6)

(with thanks to Droids Canada)

Bookmark and Share Legacy Christmas Update

12/20/2015 11:11:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Credit: Tiny Rebel Press Tiny Rebel Press have revealed their upcoming plans for the online game, Doctor Who Legacy.

This week sees the addition of rewards for those who unlock the Fan Area in the game. The Fan Area is a special reward area that unlocks as soon as players make their first purchase of a Handful of Time Crystals.

The Fan Area will be the home to the Signature Series which launched yesterday. Each day players will unlock an exclusive version of an ally which includes the actor's real signature. This ally series will be ongoing, but begins this week with Saibra (Pippa Bennett-Warner), Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker), Jo Grant (Katy Manning), Van Gogh (Tony Curran), Ace (Sophie Aldred), and Rigsy (Joivan Wade).

Christmas Eve for the Fan Area will add the Twelfth Doctor's fan favorite velvet jacket to his ever-growing wardrobe.

Christmas weekend will see the launch a new level based on "The Husbands of River Song" for all players with the reward of a new ally. In January, players can expect a first ever "Director's Cut" edition of the same episode with costumes galore.

Doctor Who: Legacy continues to thrive and grow, 2 years post launch, recently earning "Top Developer" status for the team on Google Play and passing the 1 million install mark on Google Play as well.

Next year's plans include the dynamic "Event" which has been hinted at in media, as well as the next instalment of Bigger on the Inside, which is being co-penned with George Mann (author of Engines of War) and more tie-ins with Titan Comics.

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Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2016

12/18/2015 09:43:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2016  (Credit: Panini ) The 100-page Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2016 has been released with all-new material, including exclusive interviews with stars Michelle Gomez (Missy), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), showrunner Steven Moffat, writers Mark Gatiss and Sarah Dollard, producer Derek Ritchie and directors Daniel O’Hara and Edward Bazalgette.

Elsewhere in the issue, Peter Capaldi shares his memories of the extraordinary photoshoot on Abbey Road, there is a look behind the scenes at November’s Doctor Who Festival and the magazine pays tribute to the Doctor Who luminaries who passed away in 2015.

Editor Marcus Hearn said
Peter Capaldi’s second series contains some of the greatest moments in the show’s history, but we’ve also explored many other corners of the Doctor Who universe. We’ve included as much as we can from a diverse year – everything from The Underwater Menace to Doctor Who: The Fan Show.
Doctor Who Magazine: The 2016 Yearbook is out on Thursday 17 December, priced £5.99 (UK) and $11.99 (US).

Bookmark and Share New Comic - The Tenth Doctor - The Fountains of Forever

12/16/2015 10:30:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Wednesday sees the publication of The Tenth Doctor Vol. 3: The Fountains of Forever, written by Nick Abadzis with art from Elena Casagrande, Eleonora Carlini, Rachael Stott and Leonardo Romero.

Returning to New York from her travels with the Doctor, Gabby has never felt more alive. But for the Doctor, Gabby and Cindy, this is only the start of their greatest adventure yet, as a secret auction, a cult organization, an ancient artifact, an aging movie idol, a cosmic conspiracy and a cosmic threat from the heart of the universe collide in NYC to threaten all of reality!
THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 (Credit: Titan)

Bookmark and Share Hell Bent - Official Rating

12/14/2015 03:36:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Hell Bent - Final Ratings
Doctor Who: Hell Bent had an official consolidated rating of 6.17 million viewers.

The rating issued by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board, or BARB, includes all those who watched the programme within one week of transmission. It does not include those watching online via iPlayer

Doctor Who was the 10th most watched programme on BBC Television, and 4th overall on Saturday, again overtaking Pointless Celebrities.

The episode finished at 29th in the weekly chart.

Strictly Come Dancing topped the ratings for the week with 11.93 million viewers. Once again the top ten was dominated by the latest series of I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here taking seven of the top ten places.

Bookmark and Share Further Husbands of River Song broadcasts confirmed

12/13/2015 11:27:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

A number of regions have now confirmed the time of broadcast for this year's Christmas special, The Husbands of River Song:

The Husbands of River Song: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneFri 25 Dec 20155:15pm
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaFri 25 Dec 20159:00pm EST(2:00am GMT) [tbc]
CanadaSPACEFri 25 Dec 20159:00pm EST(2:00am GMT)
Asia PacificBBC EntertainmentSat 26 Dec 201510:00am SGT(2:00am GMT)
New ZealandPRIMESat 26 Dec 20157:35pm NZDT(6:35am GMT)
AustraliaABCSat 26 Dec 20157:30pm AEDT(8:30am GMT)
South AfricaBBC FirstSat 26 Dec 20156:00pm SAST
Europe (Benelux)BBC FirstSat 26 Dec 20158:05pm CET
United KingdomBBC TwoTue 29 Dec 20152:50am(British Signed Language)
FinlandYLE2Sun 3 Jan 20167:10pm EET
GermanyFOXThu 28 Jan 20169:00pm CET(dubbed into German)

Of the other channels which have been showing Series 9 this year, FX in India reach Hell Bent on the 20th December, but whether they intend to broadcast The Husbands of River Song the following weekend is unknown at present (this was later confirmed to be the 27th at 11:00pm local time); similarly, Denmark's DR3 are expected to complete Series 9 in early January, and may well show the Christmas special afterwards.

The Husbands of River Song: the Doctor, River and Hydroflax (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston/Simon Ridgway)


FRANCE4 in France will kick off Series 9 on 26th December; RAI4 in Italy is also expected to show the series in the next few weeks. Both channels will be dubbed into their respective languages.

Bookmark and Share Series Nine - Ratings Update

12/13/2015 08:58:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Live +7 Figures are now available for the first half of Series Nine.

The Live+7 figure is calculated by the BBC to try to get an accurate estimate of the total unique audience for an episode of a programme. Unlike official BARB figures the Live+7 uses data to include those who watched one of the broadcast repeats of the episode and those who watched the episode on iPlayer all within 7 days of the original transmission.

The figures show an average of 60% of the audience watch Doctor Who on the day of transmission, either as a Live broadcast or as a delayed viewing via a PVR. A further 26.8% of the audience watch the programme, via a recording, within 7 days of the original transmission. 11.9% now watch on iPlayer, up from an average of 9% last year.

The number watching a scheduled repeat has dropped sharply this year, from an average of 4% last year, to an average of just 1.3% this year. With on demand services now so readily available, the audience no longer needs to seek out a scheduled repeat to catch up with the programme. The decline of the audience watching on BBC Three caused the BBC to cancel the regular repeat on BBC Three from episode four onwards. The only repeat was the late night. signed version on BBC Two, which had an average of 40,000 viewers.

Overall Doctor Who's total Live +7 ratings are down around 1.5 million on the 2014 figures, to average a total of around 6.8 million watching each episode.

Further analysis of the Appreciation Index figures are available, with a marked difference in appreciation between different age groups. The 16-34 age group appeared to enjoy the series far more than the over 55 group. While there have been small differences in AI figures previous years, the contrast this year is quite large, with the lower age group scoring the series around 5 points higher than the older viewers.

The most marked difference was for the penultimate episode featuring just the Doctor, Heaven Sent, which scored an AI figure of 85 for viewers aged 16-34, but only 76 for those aged over 55.

The female viewers rated the series slightly higher than the male viewers, although the programme is now watched by slightly more male viewers than female with an average of 52% of the audience being male, in contrast to a 50/50 split in past years.

The AI panel is also asked questions on how they see the series, with around 59% thinking it is high quality and 50% felt it was fresh and new. Around 20% of the audience felt the initial stories were thought provoking, with the figure rising to over 30% near the end of the series. 1% found them offensive.

Bookmark and Share Strictly TARDIS

12/12/2015 09:46:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Semi-finalist Jay McGuiness with dance partner Aliona Vilani danced the Charleston to 'Dr Jazz' tonight on Strictly Come Dancing, including a Doctor Who motif.

Strictly Come Dancing: Aliona Vilani, Jay McGuiness (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy) Strictly Come Dancing: Aliona Vilani, Jay McGuiness (Credit: BBC/Guy Levy)


Bookmark and Share Anatomy of a Finale

12/12/2015 06:27:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Heaven Sent: The Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)The BBC have published the scripts for the final two episodes of series 9 of Doctor Who.

The scripts for Heaven Sent/Sell Bent, by Steven Moffat, are now available to download from the BBC Website.

Also released are some storyboards from the series conclusion Hell Bent, showing part of the process employed in bringing the script to life.

Other scripts available from the site include the opening stories of this series, the script for Face the Raven, and scripts from series three.

Bookmark and Share The Husbands of River Song: press interviews

12/10/2015 07:12:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Husbands of River Song (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)The BBC have released interviews with Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston and Steven Moffat to promote the forthcoming Christmas special, The Husbands of River Song.

What can you tell us about the Doctor Who Christmas special this year?
Well the Christmas special is very Christmassy, which I’m sure everyone will be relieved to hear. It finds the Doctor in a Dickensian kind of world, in a Christmas card sort of world which he’s been brought to in order to do a favour for a king. So there’s quite a festive spirit to the episode. But the favour is more complex and isn’t exclusively for the benefit of the king, but more for the benefit of the king’s consort.

What is your favourite scene from this episode?
I have lots of favourite scenes from the Christmas episode, but I think being met by Matt Lucas on a wonderful wintery Dickensian street with the TARDIS covered in snow was delightful, because it was like a Doctor Who Christmas card. Matt is such a fabulously funny person to have around, so I loved that!

Do you like filming Christmas episodes?
Yes I do like them - last year’s was a bit scarier than this one, this is more openly festive. I like the idea of ghost stories at Christmas and frightening things seem to work rather well in the festive environment.

Would you like to see River Song return?
Yes of course, because Alex is fabulous and it’s always lovely to work with her.

Who is Nardole?
The character of Nardole is played by Matt Lucas so you can expect a lot of laughs and pathos. He is, as ever, a hugely loveable personality, a little naïve, a little out of his depth and quite cosmic.
What was it like to come back?
I was quite surprised when I was asked to come back, but I was happy to because I just thought it would be great fun. It’s such a great character, she’s become so beloved by lots of fans and I’ve had them saying it would be so great for her to come back and to see her interacting with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. I was actually thrilled when Steven decided he wanted to explore that too.

What did you think of the script?
It’s a wonderful slapstick caper. There’s a lot of great laughs, there’s a lot of fabulous River one-liners. The fans are going to love the things she says and there’s a lot of play. They’re also fighting a very interesting alien played by Greg Davies. It’s a really great episode and Steven has done my character proud.

Has this episode been challenging?
I’ve been really lucky in this episode as River gets to do an awful lot. She gets to run around in snow, I’ve been flying and have done harness work against a green screen. She’s got quite a few husbands in this episode and there’s a lot of fabulous quick-fire dialogue between her and the Doctor. She gets to snog the most handsome man in the work, his character name is Ramone. It’s all going on!

What were your favourite moments during filming?
The favourite moment so far for me was stepping back on to the TARDIS, because the interior of it has changed yet again. I’ve been on two different TARDIS incarnations, and to walk into this one and know it’s a familiar space but at the same time it’s different, was great. I love this one - everything works which is really fun, I stand there pressing all the buttons, it’s great!
Can you give us an introduction to the episode you’ve written this year?
The Doctor is an all new man and has been for a while. It may have slipped his mind that out there, in a very tangled and complicated way, is his wife that has never seen this face before and doesn’t even know about this incarnation. We’re about to stand with the Doctor and see what River is like when she doesn’t know he’s looking. We’re about to see what River thinks of Matt Smith turning into Peter Capaldi.

What made you want to write this episode?
River Song meets the Capaldi Doctor, that’s got to be fun - I’d like to write that. That’s what made me want to write. I knew it had to be a big romp for Christmas day and there’s nothing like River Song to make that evident - River brings a whole storm of camp glamour to it.

Is it any different writing a Christmas episode of Doctor Who?
Yes, you need to have a bit of Christmas in it, but that’s never felt to me like a tremendous impediment, it’s a hook to hang it on. Sometimes we go very Christmassy - ‘A Christmas Carol’ was incredibly Christmassy, so was ‘The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’ and ‘The Snowmen’ had the appearance of Christmas without being very Christmassy. Last Christmas is actually the least Christmassy episode we’ve ever done, except for the fact it actually had Santa Claus in it - I rather loved last Christmas. This year’s episode starts Christmassy and has a comedy romp!

Do you enjoy writing a Christmas episode?
I like Christmas specials - I know some people don’t. Some friends of mine don’t like Christmas specials very much and they’re always complaining about all the tinsel, the goodwill and the twinkly stars, and the lovely snow on the rooftops. I love all that, I love Christmas as a day and as a festival. I love that it’s dark, twinkly and rich red, all those things I adore so it’s no hardship for me at all.

Who is King Hydroflax?
King Hydroflax is a very bad King, who as it turns out is mostly cyborg - in fact only his head has remained. He’s a vicious, terrible and deeply stupid man and a dreadful tyrant.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 494

12/10/2015 03:53:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 494 (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 494 (in bag) (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)
The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is on general sale today (10th December), this time looking forward to this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special – The Husbands of River Song – and also features an exclusive interview with the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi...

Talking about how the Doctor going to cope with meeting River Song again:
There’s a very different dynamic. As you’ll see, she doesn’t know it’s him at first. She can’t be convinced that it is, so she’s sort of not interested in him! He gets a taste of his own medicine, from her. She treats him very coldly, and flirts with a lot of other people in front of him. He doesn’t get any flirting, which I think upsets him. Eventually – finally! – she recognises him. But then another element comes into play and… well, you’ll have to wait and see. But it’s fun...

Also inside this issue:
  • THE HUSBANDS OF RIVER SONG: DWM previews the exciting Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song and talks exclusively with writer Steven Moffat.
  • GOOD KING HYDROFLAX? We chat to Inbetweeners star Greg Davies about his upcoming role as King Hydroflax – husband to River Song – in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special.
  • ASK STEVEN: Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions about Trap Streets, Zygons and why Osgood is Osgood.
  • DRAGONS’ DEN: There’s a brand-new comic strip this issue: The Dragon Lord, written by Steve Lyons and illustrated by Adrian Salmon.
  • CHRISTMAS IS COMING: In her column Relative Dimensions, Jacqueline Rayner wonders if question-mark underpants will be available in time for Christmas.
  • HEAVEN & HELL: DWM goes behind the scenes of this year’s final two episodes, Heaven Sent and Hell Bent, and chats to director Rachel Talalay about how she went about bringing back Gallifrey.
  • RASSILON RETURNS: Actor Donald Sumpter, who previously appeared in 1968’s The Wheel in Space and 1972’s The Sea Devils, chats about meeting his third Doctor, and about his appearance as Rassilon in the recent Hell Bent.
  • ZYGON ALERT! Writer of this year’s acclaimed Zygon two-parter, Peter Harness, talks exclusively to DWM and explains how a Saturday teatime children’s show can simultaneously speak to adults about serious political issues.
  • DWM’S REVIEW OF 2015: DWM travels back in time to January to relive the Doctor Who highlights of this year.
  • CLARA’S KILLER! One of the people responsible for Clara’s death ­– Sarah Dollard, writer of Face the Raven – explains her actions!
  • THE DWM REVIEW: DWM reviews the final four episodes of the latest series: Sleep No More, Face the Raven, Heaven Sent and Hell Bent, as well as revisiting the Doctor’s first Christmas Day appearance in 1965’s The Feast of Steven. We also take a look at the latest books and audio and Doctor Who gifts which make perfect stocking fillers.
  • COMING SOON: All the latest Doctor Who merchandise releases, including the much-anticipated War Doctor audio dramas from Big Finish, Only the Monstrous.
PLUS! All the latest official news, competitions, The Watcher’s Fiendishly Festive Christmas Quiz, The DWM Christmas Crossword and a massive double-sided poster!

Bookmark and Share The Legends of Ashildr

12/09/2015 11:16:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

BBC Books have announced a new hardback book to tie in with the recent series of Doctor Who, focussing on the character of Ashildr as played by Maisie Williams:

The Legends of Ashildr (Credit: BBC Books)DOCTOR WHO: THE LEGENDS OF ASHILDR
NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORIES OF THE WOMAN WHO LIVED
Written by James Goss, Jenny T Colgan, David Llewellyn and Justin Richards
Published by BBC Books on 10th December (hardback) [pre-order]


Ten thousand hours is all it takes to master any skill. Twenty thousand, and you’re the best in the world.
Over a hundred thousand, and you’re the best there’s ever been.




Ashildr, a young Viking girl, died helping the Doctor and Clara to save her village. Brought back to life by the Doctor using alien technology, she is now immortal – The Woman Who Lived. Since then, Ashildr has kept journals, detailing her extraordinary life.

The Legends of Ashildr is a glimpse of some of those stories: the terrors she has faced, the battles she has won, and the treasures she has found. These are tales of a woman who lived longer than she should ever have lived – and lost more than she can even remember.



This title features Ashildr, as played by Maisie Williams. The Legends of Ashildr is set between her first two encounters with the Doctor, as shown in the 2015 episodes The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of The Legends of Ashildr courtesy of BBC Books, simply answer the following question:
By the time of the Doctor's encounter with Ashildr in 17th Century England, her father had become a distant memory ... what was his name?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-legends@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Don't mind Me ...". The competition is to residents of the United Kingdom only, closing date: 31st December 2015. Only one entry per household will be accepted.