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Bookmark and Share Into the Dalek: Appreciation Index

9/01/2014 12:22:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Into the Dalek had an Audience Appreciation Index score of 84.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

The score is slightly higher than that scored for the series opener, Deep Breath, last week. On the main two channels only Casualty scored higher on Saturday, with 85.

Sundays showing of The X Factor had 8.2 million watching pushing Doctor Who into 22nd place for the week, with a top twenty place likely when final figures are published next week.

The Sunday repeat of Into the Dalek on BBC Three had an overnight estimate of 0.35 million viewers, a 1.8% share of the audience.

Bookmark and Share Overnight Australian ratings for Into the Dalek

9/01/2014 05:46:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Into the Dalek averaged 1.1 million national viewers in Australia (these figures include the five major capital cities and regional and rural viewers). It was the second highest rating drama of the day (after ANZAC Girls) and the ninth highest rating program of the day overall. Excluding regional and rural viewers, this story averaged 748,000 viewers in the five major Australian capital cities and was the ninth highest rating program of the day overall in the big cities (again the second highest rating drama in the cities after ANZAC Girls). These ratings do not include time shifted viewers.

Bookmark and Share The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller

9/01/2014 02:49:00 am - Reported by Marcus

International bestselling author Joanne Harris has written an exclusive Doctor Who short story entitled The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller as part of the on-going ‘Time Trips’ digital Dr. Who series published by BBC Books.

Authors who have previously released stories include A.L. Kennedy, Jenny T Colgan, Jake Arnott and Cecelia Ahern and the complete collection – the Doctor Who: Time Trips Collection – will be released in March 2015.

A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Joanne Harris remembers watching Jon Pertwee, “her” Doctor, at a young age from a cushion fort behind the sofa.
Even then, with its cardboard sets and viewed on our blurry old black-and-white television, it was both compulsive and terrifying. By the time I was eight or nine, even the sound of the Doctor Who theme music was enough to bring on a Pavlovian thrill of terror and anticipation. ‘My’ Doctor was Jon Pertwee, and I remember feeling a fierce resistance when he was replaced by Tom Baker – though Tom Baker won me round eventually! When the series was revived, I was thrilled to watch its transition into the 21st century – just as I’m thrilled now to be contributing to this series of stories.
About the story:
On the point of death after absorbing a vast amount of radiation during his final encounter with the Spider Queen on Metebelis Three, the Third Doctor stumbles out of the TARDIS, searching for Sarah Jane Smith. Instead, he finds himself in an isolated Time Paradox ruled by an unknown psychic force, stuck on Saturday 8th April, and populated by people without names. Anyone disobeying the rules or showing any sign of dissent is swept up into the Gyre. Can the Doctor persuade whatever – or whoever – controls the Gyre to free the Village, before he dies of radiation poisoning?
About the author:
Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley to a French mother and an English father. She published her first novel, The Evil Seed in 1989. Since then, she has written thirteen novels, including Sleep, Pale Sister, Chocolat, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, Five Quarters of the Orange, Gentlemen and Players, The Lollipop Shoes, Peaches for Monsieur le Curé and The Gospel of Loki. She is also the author of two books of short stories and, with cookery writer Fran Warde, three cookbooks. Her books are published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. In 2013, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance is published by BBC Books, 4th September 2014, eBook £1.99. Available for download on NetGalley.com

The book is published by BBC Books as part of Time Trips. The complete Doctor Who: Time Trips Collection will be published in hardback March 5th 2015, price £16.99.

Bookmark and Share Deep Breath: Final UK Ratings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Into the Dalek: UK overnight viewing figures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Rise of the Planet of the Ming Mongs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Listen: Press Details

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Thursday9:00pm-6:00am (Friday)

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

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

Bookmark and Share Bill Kerr 1922-2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(with thanks to Dallas Jones)

Bookmark and Share The Doctor arrives in Minecraft

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Available on over 84 million Xbox devices worldwide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share People Roundup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Into the Dalek - New Images

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

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

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

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

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

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