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Bookmark and Share World Enough And Time - Overnight Viewing Figures

6/25/2017 03:35:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))
Doctor Who: World Enough And Time had an audience of 3.37 million viewers, a share of 22% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The day as a whole suffered from very low ratings with the highest rated show, Casualty, only getting 4 million watching. Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.38 million while Pitch Battle had just below 2 million.

Over on ITV the highest rated show was the children's version of The Voice which had 3.80 million watching.

Official figures will be released next week.

Bookmark and Share World Enough and Time - Reaction

6/25/2017 10:53:00 am - Reported by Marcus

This item contains spoilers.

Reaction to this week's episode of Doctor Who: World Enough and Time, is overwhelmingly positive, with many reviewers describing it as the best episode for years, if one of the darkest.

The Telegraph called it a dizzying ride. "Doctor Wow, more like. This two-part finale marks showrunner Steven Moffat’s last regular episodes and he’d saved the best until second last. It was darkly thrilling, mountingly tense, genuinely scary and brimming with smart ideas – but stayed just the right side of over-clever, as Moffat is often criticised for being."

The Mirror was impressed with the way the Cybermen were used. "The true grit of World Enough And Time is the rise of the Cybermen and their creepy conversion hospital. It's as close to horror-film than Who has gone to in a long time. Anyone who wondered if the 60's low tech Cybermen could scare modern audiences needn't have worried. Bill awakening on a hospital bed with chest full of retro cyber-tech, rows of half converted patients screaming in pain, the show's own take on Nurse Ratchett silencing the victims' volume dial - it's chilling"

Macabre and riveting is how Radio Times described the story, also focusing on the return of the original Cybermen. "What horror, what disfigurement lurks beneath the knotted bandages of these proto-Cybermen? It really is clever how Steven Moffat embraces the perceived weaknesses of the original 1966 cloth-and-plastic design – scorned and abandoned after their only screen outing in The Tenth Planet – and makes them sting."

Digital Spy felt the number of plot points revealed in advance diminished the impact of the story. "You don't have to be a Doctor Who super-fan, trawling every spoiler thread on every message board, to know that the Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm's Master are in this episode – even if you somehow missed the news, they both appeared in last week's Next Time trailer. The former reveal isn't such a problem. The episode plays the arrival of the Mondasians more as dramatic irony, an open secret it's teasing throughout. It's more a chilling inevitability than a jaw-dropping twist. But Simm's return? That was clearly intended to be a secret."

TV Fanatic agreed "Oh, to live in a day without spoilers. Most of the time, I don't mind them so much, to be honest. But no two ways about it: Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 12 would have been perfect without all the spoilers. Two of the big reveals at the end of the episode -- the returns of the classic Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm as the Master -- were both spoiled by the BBC's own promotional material! How frustrating."

Den of Geek, while also bemoaning the number of spoilers released for publicity reasons, felt the episode was impressive. "I thought World Enough And Time was at several times quite superb. Director Rachel Talalay and Steven Moffat are clearly a potent creative combination, and the middle of the episode in particular, as Bill creeps through a hospital evoking memories of The Empty Child and Asylum Of The Daleks was tonally outstanding."

Games Radar enjoyed the episode but felt the pacing in the middle act was too slow. "The sections with Bill in the hospital and the pre-Cybermen converts are utterly fantastic in terms of pure sci-fi, with the scares bordering on unwatchable for young children but it’s just too slow and filled with exposition."

IGN enjoyed the exploration of the characters of the time lords in the story "Much is also done to explain the bond between Missy and the Doctor. It does make sense that the enormous life experience of Time Lords would lead to a connection between them that other species could never fathom. But that relationship will be tested during the climax of the episode -- and in next week’s finale, no doubt"

AV Club felt the story was bursting with ideas. "None more fascinating than a massive colony ship caught in different time zones because of the gravitational distortion of a black hole. There’s the mad conceit of having Missy pretend to be the Doctor, with Michelle Gomez pulling off the seemingly impossible by making a whole string of “Doctor Who” gags not utterly cringeworthy. There’s the horrific plight of those stuck at the decaying bottom of the ship, which gets closer than any family-friendly Doctor Who story ever has in understanding the true body horror the Cybermen represent."

Ars Technica felt it was a return to form for the series. "We're back on firm ground with World Enough and Time. It's a very strong episode that manages to weave an agreeable timey-wimey spaceship yarn into the climax of this season's gently brewing Missy story, complete with Cybermen. The big reveal doesn’t disappoint, either"

Finally, Flicking Myth thought the episode was one of the best. "You know when you’re watching a fantastic episode of Doctor Who when the credits roll up at the end and you’re convinced that forty-five minutes can’t have passed that quickly. World Enough and Time plays with your emotions from start to finish, from the opening moments where your jaw falls and is left-hanging, and to Missy owning the show ,and again we’re back to silence as we’re left in a state of true shock."

Doctor Who News Review can be found here.

Bookmark and Share World Enough and Time - Previews and Introduction

6/23/2017 06:14:00 pm - Reported by Marcus


This week BBC One will show Doctor Who at 6.45pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 24 Jun 20176:45pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 24 Jun 20179.20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 25 Jun 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 8:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 25 Jun 201711.25pm EEST(Sun 9:55am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 25 Jun 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 25 Jun 20178:00pm BRT(Mon 12:00qm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 25 Jun 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

Full listings here

Bookmark and Share Lethbridge-Stewart: The Dreamer's Lament

6/22/2017 09:50:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Candy Jar Books have announced the next in their range of Lethbridge-Stewart novels:

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Dreamer's Lament (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Dreamer's Lament
Written by Benjamin Burford-Jones
Cover by Martin Baines


While visiting his mother, Lethbridge-Stewart is a little perturbed when Harold Chorley calls to ask for his help. A train has gone missing near Bristol, and Chorley is convinced it has something to do with the Keynsham Triangle, where over fifty people have vanished without trace since the early 1800s.

Elsewhere, Anne Travers is coming to terms with a loss in her family, and sets about preparing for a funeral. However, news reaches her that both Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley have gone missing, and her help is required to find them. And, hopefully, solve the mystery of the Keynsham Triangle.

What connects the missing train to the Triangle, what has it got to do with a Wren from World War II, and just why does it appear that Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley are in the village of Keynsham in 1815?

The answers lie in the Dreamer’s Lament, and a strange being called the Loa.

The Dreamer’s Lament is written by newcomer to the range, Benjamin Burford-Jones, who previously wrote the children’s novel Beware of the Mirror Man for Candy Jar Books. It originates from an unpublished Second Doctor novel Ben wrote several years earlier, and was an early contender in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, as range editor Andy Frankham-Allen elaborates:
Shaun (Russell, head of publishing) brought the story to me during the early days of the series, but it took me a while to get to it. I was impressed by the core story, and realised that an almost page-one rewrite would be needed, but there were enough key elements contained in the original story for me to see how it would fit Lethbridge-Stewart. The hardest part to work out was the time travel aspect.
Ben was more than happy to rework the story:
When I was asked to adapt my unpublished book, how could I resist the challenge? It was an honour to add to the continuing adventures of Lethbridge-Stewart. Of course, I couldn’t resist setting the adventure in my home town of Keynsham.

When I first saw the wonderful artwork, I was over the moon. The cover sums up the story perfectly. It was almost as if Martin had read my mind.
The cover art in question is by Martin Baines, creating his second piece of Lethbridge-Stewart work after last year’s Times Squared. Martin says:
I really wanted to do justice to such imaginative story. The mixture of voodoo and time travel, plus zombie animals makes this a story a gift for a cover artist. Coming from an advertising background I usually draw cute dogs and cats, so I found that the main focal point of the cover was a real test for me having to make them as horrific as possible.
The Dreamer’s Lament has a foreword by Shaun:
I’ve known Ben for thirty-two years, after a chance meeting at a Bristol sci-fi shop. Alongside Doctor Who, Ben has always had an interest in all things zombie. He has even made his own zombie puppet. It seems quite natural for him to combine his two loves in this book.

The novel is available for pre-order now, individually, as part of the discounted UK bundle, or as an international bundle. It is also available as part of a yearly subscription offer - full details can be found via Candy Jar's website.



In addition, Candy Jar is launching its very first Summer Bumper Sale. Deals include:
  • 2 for 1 on selected Lethbridge-Stewart novels
  • 2 for £10 on selected Candy Jar titles
  • Low-low discounts on selected other books
  • Plus a couple of freebies available too!
For more information please visit their website.

Bookmark and Share Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise!

6/21/2017 08:35:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! (Credit: Penguin Random House UK)
The cover image for a seasonal edition of the Hargreaves Dr series, Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! has been released.

The new book features Adam Hargreaves' take on David Tennant's Tenth Doctor, seen here for the first time in his iconic Mr Men style!

Continuing the greatest mash-up in the Whoniverse with a Christmas adventure, the Tenth Doctor stars alongside much-loved companion Donna.

Dr. Tenth: Christmas Suprise will be published on 17th October 2017 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon

Bookmark and Share The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in Space

6/21/2017 04:26:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in Space (Credit: Panini)
The TARDIS doesn’t just travel through time – stories set in space have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The inhospitable void between the stars has served as the backdrop to epic space operas and nerve-racking thrillers, while harboring some of the most fearsome adversaries the Doctor has ever encountered.

Panini’s latest entry in the Essential Doctor Who series navigates a revealing course through the space lanes of Doctor Who, with all-new articles, rare images and exclusive interviews with:
  • Bob Baker (co-writer of The Three Doctors, The Invisible Enemy and many more)
  • Nick Bullen (costume designer for The Space Pirates)
  • Jamie Mathieson (writer of Oxygen)
  • Pat Mills (comics legend and co-writer of The Song of the Space Whale)
  • Hayley Nebauer (costume designer for the 2017 series)
  • Louise Page (costume designer for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
  • Charles Palmer (director of Oxygen)
  • Sid Sutton (Doctor Who title sequence designer)
Other highlights include a look at the groundbreaking model shoot for The Trial of a Time Lord, a fresh insight into the career of the show’s original story editor David Whitaker and guides to acclaimed stories such as The Daleks’ Master Plan and The Ark in Space.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
Oxygen showed that space is one of the most hostile environments the Doctor has ever visited. This issue goes behind the scenes on that episode, and many of the preceding stories that belong in the same tradition. Bring a smartsuit – it’s dangerous out there!
The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in Space is on sale now price £9.99.

Bookmark and Share New Comics Out This Week

6/20/2017 10:51:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

This Wednesday, June 21, sees the release of two new Comics from Titan, the latest installment from the Twelfth Doctor and the start of a brand-new arc from the Tenth Doctor featuring a special ​team-up

D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​

Writer: D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 5 (Credit: Titan)
Artist: Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean
Cover A: Antonio Fuso ​Cover B: ​PHOTO By Will Brooks ​Cover C: ​Blair Shedd ​Cover D: ​Andy Walker

After defeating the Red Jade General in Ancient China, with the help of hundreds of Cindy’s clones,​ ​Gabby took a personal moment to reflect upon an old trip to London the Doctor took her on. She learned then that the Doctor has dark hidden depths, and as the team say goodbye to Cindy’s ‘children,’​ ​the TARDIS team may have to come to terms with those hidden depths once more...
D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover A (Credit: Titan / Antonio Fuso) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover C (Credit: Titan / Blair Shedd) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover D (Credit: Titan / Andy Walker) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 1 (Credit: Titan) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 2 (Credit: Titan) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 3 (Credit: Titan) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 4 (Credit: Titan) D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 5 (Credit: Titan)


Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​

Writer: Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )
Artist: Mariano Laclaustra
Cover A: Simon Myers Cover B: Photo - Will Brooks Cover C: Adrianna Florian Cover D: Raine Szramski

The conclusion to the Twelfth Doctor's "BENEATH THE WAVES" arc!
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Cover A (Credit: Titan / Simon Myers ) Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks ) Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Cover C (Credit: Titan / Adrianna Florian ) Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Cover D (Credit: Titan / Raine Szramski) Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 1 (Credit: Titan ) Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 2 (Credit: Titan ) Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 3 (Credit: Titan ) Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )

Bookmark and Share Empress Of Mars - Official Rating

6/20/2017 08:12:00 pm - Reported by Marcus



Doctor Who - Empress Of Mars had an official rating of 5.02 million viewers, a share of 25.9% of the total TV audience.

The episode was the 23rd most watched programme of the week, and the 11th highest rated programme on the BBC. Doctor Who was the highest rated programme on Saturday.

Top for the week was Monday's edition of Coronation Street which had 8.39 million watching. Emmerdale and EastEnders also scored highly as did the ITV drama The Loch.

Bookmark and Share World Enough And Time - Publicity Pictures

6/20/2017 12:15:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released a number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, World Enough And Time
World Enough And Time

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Rachel Talalay

Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy…
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This week BBC One will show Doctor Who at 6.45pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 24 Jun 20176:45pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 24 Jun 20179.20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 25 Jun 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 8:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 25 Jun 201711.25pm EEST(Sun 9:55am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 25 Jun 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 25 Jun 20178:00pm BRT(Mon 12:00qm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 25 Jun 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

Full listings here

Bookmark and Share Brian Cant 1933-2017

6/19/2017 08:44:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Actor and Children's presenter Brian Cant has died at the age of 83.

Brian Cant appeared in two Doctor Who stories. In 1965 he played Kert Gantry, a Space Security Agent, in the first episode of The Dalek's Master Plan. He returned to the series in 1968 playing Chairman Tensa in two episodes of The Dominators

However for most people in the United Kingdom Brian Cant will be lovingly remembered for his work on children's television.

He was working for a BBC Schools drama on The Romans in 1964 when he heard that the BBC was holding auditions for presenters on a new programme aimed at pre-school kids, Play School, due to launch on the new station BBC Two. His audition involved getting into a cardboard box and pretending to row out to sea. He joined the in its third week and stayed for twenty-one years.

His work on Play School led him to be selected as the voice on three Gordon Murray puppet series: Camberwick Green in 1966, Trumpton in 1967, and Chigley in 1969.

In 1971 the BBC launched a spin-off from Play School, Play Away, aimed at older children, featuring songs and jokes and airing on Saturday afternoons, with Cant as the main presenter alongside actors such as Toni Arthur, Derek Griffiths, Floella Benjamin, Johnny Ball, Carol Chell, Jeremy Irons, and Tony Robinson.

In 2007 Cant topped a poll of presenters with the best-loved voices in children’s TV.

The actor had been living with Parkinson’s disease in recent years and died at Denville Hall, a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry.

A family statement said:
It is with great sadness that we, his family, have to announce that Brian Cant has died aged 83 at Denville Hall. He lived courageously with Parkinson’s disease for a long time. Brian was best known and well loved for his children’s programmes Play School and Play Away and was honoured by Bafta in 2010. Donations would be most appreciated to Denville Hall and the Actors’ Benevolent Fund.
Cant's Play School co-presenter Derek Griffiths paid tribute on Twitter, posting a reunion picture of the team. And former Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson also tweeted: "Brian Cant was my mentor and friend on Play Away. We wrote and performed together for two years. Always patient, courteous and funny P-L-A-Y R-I-P."

Brian Cant was married twice, and had five children, including the actor Richard Cant who appeared in Blink.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Adventures to Pause Publication

6/19/2017 07:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Panni has confirmed that Doctor Who Adventures is to stop publication after the next edition released on 22 June 2017.

Subscribers to the magazine have received an email saying the Magazine is 'pausing' publication, with no indication as to when, or if, publication will resume.

Digital subscriptions will be converted to subscriptions for Doctor Who Magazine or can be canceled.

DWA began life as a fortnightly magazine in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. In 2015 the Magazine moved to Panni, the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine.

In recent years Doctor Who Adventures has suffered a fall in circulation. From a high of 56,000 in 2010, the Magazine circulation had fallen to 10,364 in the last audited period, covering the second half of 2016.

By contrast, Doctor Who Magazine had an audited circulation of 22,523 in the same period.

Bookmark and Share The Eaters of Light - AI:81

6/19/2017 09:17:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Eaters of Light: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))
Doctor Who - The Eaters of Light had an Audience Appreciation or AI figure of 81

The Appreciation Index in an indication of how much viewers enjoyed the episode. It is based to the reactions of a selected panel of viewers, who rate the episode shortly after transmission.

The highest score for the evening on the two main channels was for Casualty, which scored 85

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for The Eaters of Light and final ratings for The Lie of the Land

6/19/2017 04:14:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

The Eaters of Light has debuted in Australia, averaging 396,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, The Lie of the Land averaged 497,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 69,000 extra viewers it was the fourth highest time-shifted program of the day (the highest time-shifted program had 164,000 extra viewers) and the tenth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers.

Bookmark and Share The Eaters of Light - Reaction

6/18/2017 01:00:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Eaters of Light: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)) Press reaction to this week's Doctor Who, The Eaters of Light, is mixed, with most reviews calling it a solid, if flawed, episode.

Radio Times enjoyed the story calling the script beautifully written. "What’s often rewarding about Doctor Who is that – beyond rewrites, budget constraints, casting and performance – it allows an authorial voice to sing through. It happened for Munro in 1989’s Survival and does so again in The Eaters of Light. It’s a beautifully written script that feels at one with half-remembered Celtic myths."

Digital Spy agreed the story had a both a strong sense of place and a formidable grasp on character. "Some fantastic location work – many evocative shots of a moody, misty Scotland – helps bring Munro's script to life as she milks the 2nd-century setting for its worth. She finds both humour and pathos in the past, such as the Doctor's using a totally anachronistic bag of popcorn to frighten the natives, followed by Bill's horror at the shockingly low age of soldiers on the battlefront."

The Telegraph also appreciated the Direction. "Director Charles Palmer made full use of the sweeping Highland landscape, while the script had fun with the Scots theme, with references to the permanently damp weather and a fatal absence of sunlight being “death by Scotland”. By the end of the episode, Capaldi even wanted to stay."

The Mirror felt the story was safe filler material with some niggles. "The Light Eaters are visually glorious and using them sparingly helps build the tension for their screen appearances. This series of Doctor Who continues its tightrope act of exactly how gory can corpses get before the watershed and this is pretty gruesome. The bodies of the fallen soldiers and villagers are truly unpleasant, but more than enough to punctuate the danger for anyone who crosses the Eaters' path."

AV Club praised the script written by veteran Doctor Who writer Rona Munro "She skillfully mixes the political and the personal here: The Roman army is a weapon premised solely on overwhelming force, one that relies on taking hundreds of scared teenagers and siccing them on a bunch of peaceful farmers who are in the way. The empire is terrible and vast, but only in aggregate, and that reality makes the cowardice of the surviving soldiers all but inevitable."

Ars Technica felt the story was a good introduction to the series "There's a portal that has trapped a hungry beast between dimensions; the Doctor jigs his way through problem-solving while reminding Nardole and the audience that he's an old hand at this kind of thing and a classic Who story device features, sidekick Bill is separated from her time-travelling pals for much of the episode—leaving her to untangle yet more of the Time Lord's powers, such as the telepathic link from the TARDIS that auto-translates any language to English."

However Games Radar felt the threat in the story was confusing "Unfortunately the monsters are pretty badly explained; we know they eat light, but somehow being exposed to light in great amounts is their greatest weakness. They serve no other purpose than to be the baddies of the episode, and are (as usual) billed as a threat to the entire universe. No nuance, just lots of teeth and Medusa-y tentacles"

Den of Geek also felt the episode was missing something. "What The Eaters Of Light lacked for me was a sense of threat, a strong monster or force to push against. The creature we got was an impressive looking beast for the most part, the one who keeps popping through a portal when able and allowed to wreak havoc. But whereas there are moments in this run of Who that have really dug under the skin and been quite creepy, this time it felt like we got a decent enough creature, yet the sense of peril didn’t come across for me."

IGN praised the supporting cast "The supporting players of Romans and Scots are all pretty good and an improvement over many of the guest stars from earlier this year. Bill’s interplay with Lucius (Brian Vernel, who Star Wars fans might recognize from The Force Awakens) regarding his romantic intentions is pretty funny, and the pain of the girl Kar (Rebecca Benson), who has lost everything, rings true."

The Reel Bits felt the episode was old school Doctor Who "The Eaters of Light’ is a solid if not outstanding historical adventure. Spinning its wheels slightly, it’s reminiscent of the show’s original ethos of being an educational outing for kids. Indeed, if the special effects and outfits hadn’t been updated, a episode that primarily hangs around in a handful of locations with Roman soldiers in stock BBC costumes would fit right in with the original series."

Finally TV Fanatic felt it was a solid episode. "There was plenty to enjoy here, from Nardole "blending in" with the natives to the Doctor's speech about crows being in a huff to Bill's realization about the TARDIS's translation feature. Though once the Doctor volunteered to guard the gate, every likely viewer knew that someone else would stand up and do the job in his stead. Seriously, there are two more episodes left in this season after this one!"

Bookmark and Share The Eaters of Light - Overnight Viewing Figures

6/18/2017 09:40:00 am - Reported by Marcus

The Eaters of Light: Kar (Rebecca Benson) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)) Doctor Who - The Eaters of Light, had an audience of 2.89 million viewers, a share of 22% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The overnight rating is the lowest the series has received in its history, just below that received by The Lie of the Land, which was up against the Britain's Got Talent final.

Doctor Who faired relatively well compared to other programmes on Saturday with all suffering from the good weather across the UK on Saturday with the highest rated programme, BBC News, getting just 4.09 million watching. Casualty had 3.75 million while Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.40 million. Pitch Battle, which followed Doctor Who had just 2.03 million watching.

ITV peaked with just 3.11 million viewers for The Voice Kids, while the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason had just 1.60 million viewers.

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

Bookmark and Share New Doctor Who Finale Image

6/18/2017 01:12:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Missy (MICHELLE GOMEZ), The Master (JOHN SIMM), The Doctor (PETER CAPALDI)  (Credit: BBC Simon Ridgway/Ray Burmiston)


The BBC has released a new image for the Doctor Who series 10 finale, which sees Missy (Michelle Gomez) and the Master (John Simm) together for the first time.

The pair are seen either side of the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) as they put their own chilling spin on the poster image that previously accompanied Doctor Who’s 50th-anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor.

Simm will return to Doctor Who as the Master for the first time since New Year’s Day 2010, when he was responsible for the regeneration of the Tenth Doctor. This time the Master will come face-to-face with Missy, his later regeneration, and battle the Doctor during the series’ two part finale which begins next weekend.

The episodes will also feature the return of the Cybermen - including the original Mondasian Cybermen, for the first time in over 50 years - plus Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) in an adventure that promises to change Doctor Who forever.

Doctor Who’s series finale begins in the UK with episode 11, World Enough and Time, at 6:45pm on Saturday 24 June on BBC One, followed by broadcasts around the world. It concludes on Saturday 1 July with Episode 12, The Doctor Falls – an extended, 60-minute episode.

Bookmark and Share The Eaters of Light - Introduction

6/17/2017 02:48:00 pm - Reported by Marcus



This week BBC One will show Doctor Who at the earlier time of 6.45pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 17 Jun 20176:45pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 17 Jun 20179.20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 17 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 17 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 18 Jun 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 8:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 18 Jun 201712:05pm EEST(Sun 10:05am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 18 Jun 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 18 Jun 20178:00pm BRT(Mon 12:00qm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 18 Jun 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

Full listings here

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Actors Honoured by Queen

6/17/2017 12:25:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Several Doctor Who alumni have been mentioned in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.


Veteran actress and comedienne June Whitfield has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

June Whitfield played Minnie Hooper, active member of the Sliver Cloak, in the 2010 Doctor Who story The End of Time.

She is one of the UK's best loved actresses having first come to the attention of the public in the 1950's in a succession of Radio comedys. In 1968, June Whitfield and Terry Scott began their long television partnership which peaked with roles as husband and wife in Happy Ever After followed by Terry and June . Since 1992, Whitfield has appeared in Jennifer Saunders's sitcom Absolutely Fabulous playing Edina Monsoon's mother. In recent years she has played a regular character in Last of the Summer Wine as well as a recurring character in The Green Green Grass.

The actress Sarah Lancashire has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire or OBE.

Sarah Lancashire appeared in the 2008 story Partners in Crime where she played Miss Foster,, employed by the Adiposian First Family to breed a new generation after their breeding planet was lost.

Lancashire first came to public attention appearing in the long running soap Coronation Street. Other roles include parts in costume dramas such as Oliver Twist, Lark Rise to Candleford and the BBC1 crime thriller Happy Valley, for which she recieved the 2017 British Academy Television Award for Best Actress.

Actor David Walliams has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

David Walliams played Gibbis in the 2011 story The God Complex.

Walliams is best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch show Little Britain. Since 2012 he has been a judge on the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent. Walliams is also a writer of children's books. To date he has sold more than 12.5 million copies and his books have been translated into 46 languages.

Walliams, who has raised a considerable ammount of money fnor Sport's Relief, recieved the award for services to charity and the Arts.

Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire or MBE.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw plated Tish Jones, sister of Martha, in Series Three of Doctor Who.

Mbatha-Raw played a supporting role in the Tom Hanks comedy Larry Crowne, and had starring roles on the short-lived television series Undercovers and Touch. She appeared in the British period drama Belle and the romantic drama Beyond the Lights.

In 2015 she played the title role in Jessica Swale's play Nell Gwynn, winning a nomination for an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress.
The awards are presented by HM Queen Elizabeth on the recomendation of the British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Bookmark and Share Derek Jacobi returns as the Master for Big Finish

6/16/2017 01:00:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The War Master (Credit: Big Finish)Sir Derek Jacobi will be reprising his role as the Master in new set of Audio Doctor Who adventures from Big Finish Productions.

The esteemed actor first appeared in Doctor Who ten years ago today when he brought back to life the character of The Master in the Doctor Who episode, Utopia. Sir Derek is now returning to the character in four brand new adventures, made by arrangement with BBC Worldwide, to be released in December.

Producer and Director Scott Handcock talked about the return
His incarnation is very much the ‘Hannibal Lecter’ of Time Lords – intelligent, charming, but thoroughly ruthless – we had a lot of fun in studio bringing the War Master back to life. It’s been a gift of a project, and we can’t wait for listeners to hear it!
Sir Derek said he was delighted to be playing the role once more
I didn’t expect to come back to it all these years later, but I was thrilled to be remembered. The plots in all these episodes have been very good indeed, very interesting, very dramatic, and beautifully written. The whole process has been a delight!
Doctor Who: The War Master Volume One follows the exploits of the Doctor’s arch-enemy during the course of the devastating Time War, featuring stories from acclaimed Doctor Who writers James Goss, Guy Adams and Nicholas Briggs – as well as new writing talent from Janine H Jones.

Guy Adams, who has written the final part of the story said
Once I got over the idea that giving my words to Sir Derek was rather like filling the Holy Grail with Special Brew, I allowed myself a brief cry of joy! Writing for villains is always a pleasure because a writer is roughly ninety percent more ‘stares at cat and awaits inspiration’ than ‘boils planet alive for fun’.
While Big Finish Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs added
I was lucky enough to have directed Sir Derek fourteen years ago in Deadline, so I was delighted to be able to work with him once again. The thrill for me has been just how fascinating and exhilarating it is to write a series when the leading character is a bad guy. Writing my own script and working on the others with Scott has been such a rewarding challenge. I’m really keen to do it again, and further explore exactly what the Master did get up to in the Time War.
James Goss has written part three of the series
What was exciting about this was that normally the Master loses. He puts in the hours, he works through all these elaborate plans and yet it all goes wrong. It’s not fair! It’s brilliant that Big Finish have finally awarded him for all that hard work. And, even better, it’s the most intriguing, exciting barely-glimpsed actor to have ever played the Master. What did Sir Derek do in the Time War? It’s thrilling to have helped find out.
The four stories announced are
  • 1. Beneath the Viscoid by Nicholas Briggs
  • On the ocean planet Gardezza, deep beneath the Viscoid, a mysterious capsule is recovered from the Time War, and an equally mysterious stranger found within. The Doctor’s reputation precedes him, even here… but can he be trusted?
  • 2. The Good Master by Janine H Jones
  • The Time War rages around Arcking - a planet serving as a sanctuary for the sick and injured. But Arcking is protected by a mysterious, powerful force: a force the Master will stop at nothing to harness… even if time itself is against him.
  • 3. The Sky Man by James Goss
  • When his new companion decides to save a planet, the Master indulges this most futile of requests. Materialising on a primitive, agrarian world, both the strangers quickly find their place in it… until fallout from the War invades their happy paradise.
  • 4. The Heavenly Paradigm by Guy Adams
  • With his plans approaching fruition, the Master travels to Stamford Bridge in the 1970s: a location he believes might hold the key to his success. But what terrible secret lurks under the stairs of No. 24 Marigold Lane? And what sacrifices will the Master make in the name of ultimate victory?




The War Master Volume One is available for pre-order from bigfinish.com on CD (box set) £23 and download £20. It is also available for pre-order in a bundle with upcoming releases Gallifrey: Time War and Tales of New Earth on CDs £63 and download £54.

Full details on the Big Finish website.


Scott Handcock, Derek Jacobi, Nicholas Briggs (Credit: Big Finish) Sir Derek Jacobi (Credit: Big Finish)

Bookmark and Share Delia Derbyshire honoured with Blue Plaque

6/16/2017 12:27:00 am - Reported by Marcus

A blue plaque has been unveiled at the childhood home of the woman who realized the original Doctor Who theme music, Delia Derbyshire.

The mark of respect is one of 47 Blue Plaques unveiled as part of BBC Music Day, to commemorate people or places that have influenced the UK’s musical landscape. Those honored include singers, musicians, songwriters, producers, and broadcasters, as well as significant locations that played a major role in the UK's musical heritage.

People commemorated include John Peel and David Bowie, while places getting a plaque include the Brighton venue where Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest.

The final list was selected from BBC Local Radio listeners’ suggestions, as well as those of a committee including music industry experts and BBC representatives.

David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC English Regions, said:
It is hugely prestigious to receive a British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque, as usually only around two are awarded each year. To mark BBC Music Day across BBC Local Radio with 47 blue plaques is a fitting way to commemorate our listeners’ passion and pride for where they live and to celebrate our musical heritage.
The plaque honouring Delia Derbyshire was unveiled by Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant who played Peri, who joined BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Vic Minett to officially perform the ceremony.

Bookmark and Share The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years

6/14/2017 07:36:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Koch Media have released the second in their collection of interviews from Reeltime Pictures with stars from Doctor Who, this time focussing on the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton's era.

The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years
Produced by Keith Barnfather (order from Amazon)

A new double-DVD release in the highly regarded series exploring the world of TV’s Doctor Who in what will build into a complete work on The Doctors.

This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who to life, offering a whole new insight into the making of the classic science fiction series.

  • Includes a special tribute to PATRICK TROUGHTON containing messages from a host of stars and production staff from DOCTOR WHO.
  • Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
  • Quality in-depth interviews with, Anneke Wills (Polly), Michael Craze (Ben), Frazer Hines (Jamie), Deborah Watling (Victoria) and Wendy Padbury (Zoe).
  • This 2 DISC special collectors edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of Doctor Who.
  • Includes special feature: Introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years courtesy of Koch Media, simply answer the following question:
Which of the second Doctor's companions travelled with him for the longest time?
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-kochmedia@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Oh my word!". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 30th June 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Experience to Close 9th September

6/14/2017 11:38:00 am - Reported by Marcus

BBC Worldwide have confirmed the Doctor Who Experience will close on Saturday 9th September 2017

The Experience, based at Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, opened in July 2012 after a brief run in London. During its five-year tenure, it has welcomed many fans to the welsh capital with its interactive experience and displays of sets and props from the series.

The Experience has planned a number of special events throughout the summer with tickets for the final period being released from midday on Friday 16th June.

The Filming Location Walking Tours will return from the 8th July. These are a 75-minute walk around Cardiff Bay and features sites from Series 10 and memorable locations from previous series.

Series 10 content will be brought into the Experience, with the finished exhibition being unveiled on the 8th July. This will include props, costumes and sets from Series 10, that will join the Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie costumes which are already part of the exhibition.

Earlier this year it was announced that the Yeti from The Web of Fear, during Patrick Troughton’s incarnation as the Doctor, was voted by fans as the Doctor Who monster they’d most like to see restored as part of the ongoing Restoration Project. So to celebrate, Model Unit expert, Mike Tucker will also be on hand on the 8th July to reveal the final, renovated monster in all its glory to visitors.

On 22nd July, the Experience will host its final Monster Event, with the Cybermen at its theme. The day will include workshops and question and answer sessions with monster-makers, Millennium FX; a chance for fans to be converted into Cybermen; as well as live Mondasian Cybermen roaming the Experience floor. The day will be completed with a viewing of the final two-part episode, first screened on BBC One on 24th June & 1st July, screened in the Experience’s exhibition area.

Later in the holidays, on the 5th August, fans can look forward to the biggest Doctor Who Experience Cosplay Celebration yet. Fans will be invited and encouraged to visit dressed as their favourite Doctor Who character or monster.

Ticket information is available from doctorwhoexperience.com

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Countdown Concert

6/13/2017 07:47:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have announced a special screening of Episode 11 of Doctor Who, complete with a live music accompaniment from the The National Orchestra of Wales will take place in Cardiff on June 24th

The episode will be screened at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre. It will be followed by an on-stage Q&A with some of the team behind the show, including Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts) and lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat.

The evening will be hosted by Jason Mohammad and promises monsters and surprises. Fans will be invited to submit questions for both Pearl and Steven through the BBC’s official Doctor Who website and social feeds. For those unable to attend in person, the live Q&A with Pearl will be live streamed on the BBC One Facebook page and the Doctor Who YouTube Channel.

Tickets are free and will be allocated via a random ballot. Applicants need to be able to attend the event in Cardiff and make their own arrangments for travel and accommodation.

To enter the ballot you need to Tweet #DWFinaleCountdown to @bbcdoctorwho.

Fifteen winners will be selected at random from all entries. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets for the event.The winners will be contacted by Direct Message just after 3pm Wednesday 14 June, so you must be following @bbcdoctorwho. If you do not reply within the time specified in the Direct Message the tickets will be offered to another entrant selected at random.

Full details on the BBC Webpage

Bookmark and Share New Eleventh Doctor Comic

6/13/2017 03:22:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The latest Eleventh Doctor comic is published by Titan this Wednesday.

DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR YEAR 3 #6

Writer: George Mann
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Cover A: Wellington Diaz Cover B: Photo - Will Brooks Cover C: Simon Myers

New story arc! "The Memory Feast" begins with the Eleventh Doctor - as played by Matt Smith!
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