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Bookmark and Share Listen - Consolidated Ratings

9/21/2014 02:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

7.01 million watched the UK transmission of Listen according to consolidated figures available today, which include those recording the programme and watching within one week of transmission.

The figure means no episode of Doctor Who this year has yet dipped below 7 million viewers on final figures.

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

Bookmark and Share Time Heist - Overnight Viewing Figures

9/21/2014 09:32:00 am - Reported by Marcus

4.93 million watched Doctor Who - Time Heist, according to unofficial overnight figures, a share of 23.8 % of the total TV audience.

Doctor Who was second for the day with ITV's The X Factor taking the lead with 8.4 million viewers. Doctor Who's direct opposition, The Chase: Celebrity Special, was third with 4.2 million watching. The Doctor Who lead in Pointless Celebrities had 3.9 million viewers, giving the programme a higher inheritance than last week.

Overall Doctor Who is currently 20th for the week.

Final figures will be released next Sunday.

Bookmark and Share Tim Quinn & Dicky Howett Doctor Who Art

9/21/2014 01:09:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Miwk Publishing are publishing a complete collection of Tim Quinn/Dicky Howett Doctor Who work in a new book to be published next year.

For over a decade Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett provided a regular comic strip Doctor Who? for Marvel Comics' Doctor Who Magazine. For the first time all their strips will be collected here, together with strips from specials, annuals and yearbooks as well as their two previously published books It’s Bigger on the Inside and The Doctor Who Fun Book.

Where possible, the publishers are attempting to source original artwork to use to ensure the best material is used in the compilation. If you have a piece of Dicky Howett's Doctor Who artwork - much of which he sold or gave away - and are willing for it to be scanned for the book, please get in touch on info@miwkpublishing.com. Please do not email large scans to that address, just a contact email for now.

Each strip will be restored and come with commentary from Tim and Dicky.

The book will be available as a limited edition A4 hardback and standard A4 paperback.

Miwk Publishing will be donating £1 for every copy sold to Giggle Doctors – Theodora Children’s Trust.
With thanks to Tony Clark

Bookmark and Share Radio Times - Time Heist Poster

9/20/2014 11:31:00 am - Reported by Marcus

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

Manning said:
Slinky Miss Delphox was the starting point for this one. Keeley Hawes' publicity pic had such a great silhouette that I immediately wanted to include it. I did a poster for Mad Men a couple of years back, using a similar treatment on Joan, and the idea stuck in my head.

The other influence was the heist movie inspiration of the episode itself, which got me thinking about things like Ocean's 11 and the Rat Pack. In my head, this a sorta special Saul Bass-style title sequence for the episode, playing alongside a Henry Mancini sax-and-harpsichord arrangement of the Doctor Who theme.
Time Heist will be broadcast at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Time Heist (Credit: Radio Times/Stuart Manning)

Bookmark and Share Time Heist: Doctor Who Extra: BBC Red Button times

9/20/2014 08:36:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The Doctor (Credit: Adrian Rogers, BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)The next edition of online behind-the-scenes show Doctor Who Extra, covering the fifth episode Time Heist, will also be available via digital television's Red Button service on BBC channels at the following times next week:

In this week’s edition, step into the most secure bank in the universe as the Doctor and Clara attempt to break in. Peter Capaldi and guest-star Keeley Hawes are on hand to reveal the secrets of the Time Heist.


Bookmark and Share Deep Breath - Live +7

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Special Event at Hamleys

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Christmas Special cast announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Germany: FOX confirm time for The Caretaker

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Meet the gang - Time Heist

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

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

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 478

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

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

Also in this issue:

Doctor Who Magazine issue 478 is out now.

Bookmark and Share Moments in Time: the first international broadcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bookmark and Share Ghost Light soundtrack to be released on Vinyl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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