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Bookmark and Share Flatline - AI:85

10/20/2014 12:21:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Flatline had an Audience Appreciation Index or AI score of 85.

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

Overall Doctor Who rated slightly higher with men than women, the opposite of all other episodes in this series, and scored the highest within the 16-34 age group. 51% of the sample thought the programme felt 'Fresh and New'.

The Sunday repeat of Flatline on BBC Three had an overnight estimate of 0.23 million viewers, a 0.9% share of the audience.

Bookmark and Share Lynda Bellingham 1948-2014

10/20/2014 09:02:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

The actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham has died after a fight against colorectal cancer.

A regular in recent years as a co-host of daytime chat show Loose Women, Bellingham became a household name in the United Kingdom during the 1980s as the mother in the popular series of Oxo adverts, a role she was to play for some sixteen years between 1983 and 1999. Before her "gravy fame", the actress had appeared in a number of series, including General Hospital, Z Cars, and Angels. Later, she took on the role of James Herriot's wife Helen in the revived series All Creatures Great And Small, and was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1993.

For Doctor Who fans, she became a regular in 1986 series The Trial Of A Time Lord playing the Inquisitor, the Doctor's 'judge' as he went on trial once again for his (mis)adventures - a role she later returned to for several audio adventures for Big Finish, with the character now having the name Darkel.

In 2007 she appeared on the BBC's celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing, though she only managed to reach the fourth week of the show. Several tours in the play Calendar Girls followed from 2008, but plans to appear in A Passionate Woman in 2013 were cancelled owing to the diagnosis of her illness. She also presented her own cookery series My Tasty Travels, and most recently Country House Sunday.

Earlier this month she appeared on several daytime programmes to announce that her cancer was terminal and she believed she only had months to live, and made the brave decision to cease chemotherapy in Novmeber in order to "die gracefully", hoping to spend a last, comfortable Christmas with her family. Sadly she died yesterday.

Her autobiography, Lost and Found, was published in 2010, and her book on her illness, There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You was published this month.

Lynda Bellingham, 31st May 1948 - 19th October 2014

Bookmark and Share Australian overnight ratings for Flatline

10/20/2014 03:57:00 am - Reported by Adam Kirk

Flatline averaged an impressive 971,000 national viewers in Australia (these figures include the five major capital cities and regional and rural viewers). It was the ABC's highest rating drama of the day and the tenth highest rating program of the day overall. Excluding regional and rural viewers, this story averaged 637,000 viewers in the five major Australian capital cities and was also the twelfth highest rating program of the day overall in the big cities. These ratings do not include time shifted viewers.

Bookmark and Share Canadian Market Vendor Raffling Life-sized TARDIS

10/20/2014 01:44:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Reported by Alex Frazer-Harrison
Crossroads TARDIS (Credit: Alex Frazer-Harrison)Shopkeeper Lee Dubois stands next to the full-sized TARDIS he is raffling off at the Crossroads Market, Calgary, Alberta.
(Photo by Alex Frazer-Harrison).
In "Flatline," we saw the TARDIS grow and shrink over the course of 45 minutes. Lee Dubois can relate.

Earlier this year, the owner of Silverado Skies Corner Garden, a business in Calgary, Alberta, specializing in products like birdhouses and other outdoor items, started stocking birdfeeders in the shape of a miniature TARDIS (roughly the same size as the one Clara had stuffed in her handbag). Unfamiliar with Doctor Who, he was caught by surprise at how popular they were.

“One of my suppliers for my birdhouses sent me this [TARDIS] birdfeeder six months ago; I had no idea what I’d got,” Dubois says in an interview with Doctor Who News. “I had about eight of them and they were gone the first weekend, lots of fans coming in. I ordered more and, boom, they were gone, too. So someone said I should make one of those full-size.”

Visitors to Dubois’ stall at the weekend Crossroads Market can see the result: a full-size wooden TARDIS, measuring more than nine feet tall, with tempered glass spelling out the iconic “POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX” sign. A fellow market vendor supplied the “PULL TO OPEN” and St. John Ambulance labels; another provided a vintage telephone perfect for recreating “that phone call” in "Deep Breath."

“On the Internet, nobody is really free with giving out all the dimensions, so I went between three different sets of drawings, and [used] educated guesses,” says Dubois, who spent 200 hours of his spare time over more than four months building it.

Dubois is raffling his TARDIS (which weighs 450 lbs, but dismantles for transport and is on coasters, which the Doctor would have found hand-y in "Flatline") for $5 a ticket, with all funds supporting Kids Help Phone, a national non-profit helpline for youth in crisis. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold, with the draw expected in February (“or whenever I run out of tickets,” he says). Dubois says whoever wins will have the option of donating the TARDIS back to be raffled again.

Meanwhile, there are lots of pictures being taken at Crossroads, and Dubois says excited fans can borrow the key to peek inside (no blackboards, but the ceiling features the Union Jack). And, of course, he still has TARDIS birdfeeders for sale.

“It’s really iconic, and it’s part of not only BBC history, but world history,” says Dubois. “I met a guy here a few weeks ago, and he was in his 80s, and he said, ‘Back in the ‘60s, I was thrown in one of those by the cops because I was drunk and disorderly!’” (No word whether the old fellow found himself nursing a hangover while being chased by Zarbi.)

For information about Kids Help Phone, visit kidshelpphone.ca.

Bookmark and Share Mummy On The Orient Express - Final Ratings

10/19/2014 01:52:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

7.11 million watched the UK transmission of Mummy On The Orient Express according to consolidated figures available today, which include those recording the programme and watching within one week of transmission.

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

Bookmark and Share Flatline - Overnight viewing figures

10/19/2014 09:26:00 am - Reported by Marcus

4.55 million viewers watched Flatline, according to unofficial overnight figures.

Doctor Who was fourth for the day, slipping behind Pointless Celebrities which managed 4.94 million viewers at the earlier time of 5.45pm.

Top for the day was Strictly Come Dancing with 9.03 million, while on ITV The X Factor had 7.71 million viewers.

Doctor Who had a share of 19.9% of the total television audience.

Final figures should be available next Sunday.

Bookmark and Share Flatline Preview

10/18/2014 02:08:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have released an introduction to the latest episode of Doctor Who, Flatline, which premieres tonight on BBC One. Full global broadcast details here.

Meanwhile the latest Radio Times free downloadable retro poster, created by designer Stuart Manning is now available.

Manning told Radio Times:
A Doctor Who story involving street art, set in Bristol – no inspiration necessary, so just a case of picking up on the same influences as the episode itself. A Banksy-style stencil of the Doctor was just an obvious visual and it's always nice to be able to sum a story up in a single image

Flatline - Poster (Credit: Radio Times/Stuart Manning)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Extra: Flatline on the Red Button

10/17/2014 09:41:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Clara (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)The next edition of online behind-the-scenes show Doctor Who Extra, covering the ninth episode Flatline, is also available via digital television's Red Button service on BBC channels at the following times:

Tuesday10:30pm-7:55pm (Wednesday)

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who: Anatomy of a Hit

10/17/2014 01:57:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The Royal Television Society in London, is holding an event exploring why Doctor Who has become such a global success.

Doctor Who: Anatomy of a Hit will take place on Tuesday 11 November. Tickets are available from the RTS website
Delighting and scaring audiences since 1963, the latest incarnation of the Time Lord hit our screens this summer. As Peter Capaldi puts his own stamp on the world's favourite time traveller, we learn how this show continues to enthrall audiences on a global scale at the RTS Early Evening Event - Doctor Who: Anatomy of a Hit.

On Tuesday 11 November, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, producer Nikki Wilson and the BBC's drama controller and commissioner Ben Stephenson will discuss how the latest incarnation of Doctor Who went from script to screen, cementing its place as 'must-see' Saturday night family viewing.

Chaired by journalist, broadcaster and Doctor Who fan Boyd Hilton, this is a 'must see' event for the inside story of the ultimate TV hit.

Bookmark and Share Kill the Moon - Chart Placing

10/16/2014 12:31:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Kill the Moon was the twentieth most watched programme for the week on British Television, according to figures provided by Barb, maintaining the run of top twenty places for the programme.

The Great British Bake off took top position with 10.67 million viewers, ahead of the Drama Downton Abbey which had 10.15 million watching, once ITV HD and ITV+1 figures are added in. The docu-drama on the life of Cilla Black had 8.21 million watching. The X Factor also did well with all three editions rating higher than Doctor Who. The top soaps, Coronation Street, EastEnders and episodes of Emmerdale all entered the top twenty.

Full Ratings Data for week

Bookmark and Share In The Forest Of The Night - Transmission Details

10/15/2014 10:48:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC have confirmed that the tenth episode in the current run of Doctor Who, In the Forest of the Night, will broadcast in the UK on 25th October at the slightly earlier time of 8:20pm.

The programme will once more follow Strictly Come Dancing and will be followed by Casualty. On the other main UK channels the episode is scheduled against ITV's The X Factor (which airs from 8:00pm to 9:20pm), a repeat of Dad's Army, on BBC2, Walking through History on Channel 4, and World War II in Colour on Channel Five.

One morning, in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet.

Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived…

Bookmark and Share Doctor Who Magazine 479

10/15/2014 10:26:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 479 (Credit: DWM)The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine is due out in the shops on Thursday, 16th October, and sees lead writer Steven Moffat discuss the return of the Cybermen in this year's final adventure:

I really wanted to do a Cyberman story because they were always my favourites when I was a kid, and I was quite surprised that one way or another I'd never used them in any of my own scripts, except as supporting characters. So I wanted to do a proper scary one...

Also in this issue:

Bookmark and Share Michael Hayes 1929-2014

10/15/2014 09:20:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

Michael HayesThe director Michael Hayes has died, aged 85. He helmed three stories during the 1970s, Season 16's The Androids Of Tara, The Armageddon Factor, and the following year's City of Death.

Initially reluctant to take on the show, seeing it as "a children's show with dodgy effects", he was persuaded to do so by his friend Graeme MacDonald (Head of Serials) and producer Graham Williams, during which he also became friends with the lead actor Tom Baker. With his final contribution to Doctor Who, Hayes took the show to its first overseas location, filming in the streets of Paris - he also contributed to the story both with a cameo as a passenger on the Metro seen to follow the Doctor and Romana of the train at Boissière station, and to provide the voice of one of the gendarmes who inform the Doctor that the Mona Lisa has been stolen from the Louvre.

As well as Doctor Who, he directed a number of episodes of popular series such as Thirty-Minute Theatre, Z Cars, The Onedin Line, When The Boat Comes In, and All Creatures Great And Small, leading up to his last credited production, Skorpion, in 1983. He also produced and directed (and cameoed in) the 1961 sci-fi series A For Andromeda.

Bookmark and Share Minister of Chance movie seeks funding via Kickstarter

10/15/2014 08:50:00 am - Reported by Marcus

Reported by Jouni Lahtinen
The creative team behind the free, award-winning podcast series The Minister of Chance is looking to expand their saga into an episodically released motion picture. In order to achieve it, the producers have turned to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

The Minister of Chance is a spin-off from the very first Doctor Who podcast Death Comes to Time from 2001, in which The Minister was portrayed by Stephen Fry. The story continues the tale of the Minister, now regenerated and portrayed by Julian Wadham (John Steed in The Avengers from Big Finish), who steps into the middle of a power struggle between two nations, the technologically advanced Sezuan and the primitive Tanto – lead respectively by the Ambassador Durian(Paul McGann) and the Witch Prime (Sylvester McCoy). The audio series is available for free on both iTunes and the Minister of Chance website.

The original podcast drama featured a star-powered cast, ranging from the afore-mentioned McGann, McCoy and Wadham, to Sophie Aldred (Ace of Doctor Who), Paul Darrow (Blake's 7) and Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Mad Dogs). The producers have stated that a majority of the original cast is interested in taking part in the movie, naturally barring the unforeseen issues like scheduling conflicts. In fact, the only actor that is said NOT to appear for certain is Paul Darrow. The movie will be written and directed by Dan Freeman and produced by Kerryn Arcari.

In order to enter production, The Minister of Change is seeking for £ 100 000 in funding by October 31st. As always with Kickstarter, the money won't be charged from the pledgers until the campaign closes and successfully reaches its goal. The Kickstarter rewards feature a wide range of collectibles from the movie props and statuettes to musical spoons signed by Sylvester McCoy.

The Kickstarter project is live here.

Bookmark and Share Flatline: Publicity

10/14/2014 05:58:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

The BBC have released a number of publicity photos for the forthcoming episode Flatline; as well as Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara, images also feature Christopher Fairbank as Fenton, Joivan Wade as Rigsy, Matt Bardock as Al, and Raj Bajaj as George.

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The episode airs from 8:25pm on BBC One this coming Saturday, 18th October.