As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, revisit the story of Doctor Who, the occasional series written for the 50th Anniversary, explaining the origins of the programme.

Episode 5 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 23 Nov 2012

Series Four tops Online PollBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 October 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Series 4 (Credit: BBC)

In a RadioTimes.com online poll that attracted over 10,000 votes, Doctor Who season 4, David Tennant's last, was voted the best series since the show returned in 2005.

The poll, which ran from 10-20 October, asked fans: What's the best series of Doctor Who? (2005 Revival era) and listed all 13 seasons giving fans a chance to look back on some classic moments and episodes as the show gears up for its 60th-anniversary celebrations.

Season 4 was the clear winner with 24% of votes.


Morgan Jeffery, Executive Editor of RadioTimes.com said:

Despite some stiff competition, Doctor Who's fourth series from 2008 has been voted the best of the modern era in this blockbuster poll, which pulled in votes from thousands of fans.

Starring David Tennant as the ever-popular Tenth Doctor and Catherine Tate as the fiery and fantastic Donna Noble, this series was a perfect showcase of everything the show can do, from the larks of Partners in Crime to the chills of Midnight and the blockbuster thrills of two-part finale The Stolen Earth / Journey's End.

It's also a result that bodes well for the programme's imminent 60th anniversary celebrations, which will see award-winning writer/producer Russell T Davies resume his showrunner mantle and Tennant and Tate both returning for new adventures in time and space.

Full details here





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Ncuti Gatwa's guide to Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
60th Anniversary Specials: The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) (Credit: BBC)

As part of the promotion for the new series and the deal with Disney, the BBC have released a video featuring the next Doctor Ncuti Gatwa discussing the role and what he'd like to see and do in his episodes.

Ncuti Gatwa's guide to Doctor Who





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Disney+ to become Doctor Who's international streaming platform for future seriesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Logo 2023 (Credit: BBC)

The BBC have announced a deal with Disney Branded Television to provide Doctor Who on its streaming platform Disney+ internationally, including a new (but familiar looking!) logo for the series.

Under a shared creative vision, the two organisations will deliver the series using Disney+ as the exclusive home for new seasons outside the UK and Ireland. The announcement was made by the next Doctor Ncuti Gatwa during an appearance on American breakfast show Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning.

The new episodes will premiere on the BBC and Disney+ beginning in late 2023 for fans all over the world.

 

The show is produced in Wales by Bad Wolf with BBC Studios Production. Showrunner Russell T Davies said

I love this show, and this is the best of both worlds – with the vision and joy of the BBC and Disney+ together we can launch the TARDIS all around the planet, reaching a new generation of fans while keeping our traditional home firmly on the BBC in the UK.

Charlotte Moore, BBC's Chief Content Officer said:

We are thrilled to announce this exciting global partnership with Disney who are the perfect partners to bring this very British show to the rest of the world.  Russell T Davies' vision for Doctor Who has always been out of this world and we are committed to ensuring that audiences across the globe get the opportunity to enjoy the Doctor's epic adventures with the scale and ambition that they deserve.  Joining forces with Disney will elevate the show to even greater heights and reach new audiences so it's an extremely exciting time for fans in the UK and across the world.

Alisa Bowen, President of Disney+ said:

We're excited by the opportunity to bring new seasons of this beloved franchise exclusively to Disney+ and introduce the show to the next generation of audiences in more than 150 markets around the world. The series is a perfect addition to our ever-growing catalog of global content that continues to make Disney+ the home for exceptional storytelling.

Ayo Davis, President of Disney Branded Television said:

Doctor Who has captivated the imaginations of families around the world for the past six decades. We are so excited about this collaboration with the BBC, and the opportunity to bring this iconic franchise – and Russell T Davies' brilliant vision – to life for a huge new global audience. Grab your sonic screwdrivers and prepare to travel through time and space!" 

Rebecca Glashow, CEO, Global Distribution, BBC Studios says:

We're delighted to join forces with a partner who shares our vision and ambition for one of the most iconic shows in British TV history. This is great news for everyone who loves Doctor Who, and for all the new fans we will reach through this powerful partnership.

Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, Executive Producers and Co-founders, Bad Wolf, said:

For Doctor Who to have the backing of two of the most innovative and respected media organizations in the world is a testament to the unique drive and vision at the heart of this show.  Bad Wolf are beyond delighted to be once again working with the genius that is Russell T Davies and, with the exciting new partnership between the BBC and Disney, we can together reach to even greater heights, producing from Wolf Studios Wales ambitious stories through time and space for audiences across the globe.

 





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The Power of The Doctor - Appreciation IndexBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Power of The Doctor: Cybermen (Credit: BBC)

The Power of the Doctor achieved an Audience Appreciation Index score of 82.

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

The score of 82 is the highest figure Doctor Who has achieved since the same score was recorded against the 2020 series finale The Timeless Children, with the intervening eight episodes of 2021/22 only averaging 76.6.

Jodie Whittaker's tenure saw the audience appreciation index range from its lowest score of 75 for Once, Upon Time to its highest of 83 with her debut story The Woman Who Fell To Earth alongside Rosa, Arachnids In The UK, and the following season's Fugitive of the Judoon.

The overall average for the whole of the 13th Doctor's era of 31 episodes is 79.6.

 

You can review the complete list of AIs scored over Doctor Who's history via our guide.





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The next Doctor(s)Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Power of The Doctor: The new Doctor (DAVID TENNANT) (Credit: BBC)

The finale of The Power of the Doctor saw Jodie Whittaker's Doctor regenerate into a surprisingly familiar face in the form of the 10th Doctor David Tennant! The actor was announced as returning back in May 2022 alongside Catherine Tate, reprising her former role as sidekick Donna. At the time showrunner Russell T Davies teased:

Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime.

However, with Tennant now revealed to be the 14th Doctor, quite why this has occured and how it will lead into the next Doctor played by Ncuti Gatwa remains a mystery, with Davies commenting:

If you thought the appearance of David Tennant was a shock, we’ve got plenty more surprises on the way! The path to Ncuti’s Fifteenth Doctor is laden with mystery, horror, robots, puppets, danger and fun! And how is it connected to the return of the wonderful Donna Noble? How, what, why? We’re giving you a year to speculate, and then all hell lets loose!

Three specials have been filmed for the 60th anniversary and are due to be shown in November 2023, with Ncuti Gatwa's first official episode to be broadcast over the following festive period.

 

60th Anniversary Specials: The Doctor (DAVID TENNANT) (Credit: BBC) 60th Anniversary Specials: Donna Noble (CATHERINE TATE) (Credit: BBC)60th Anniversary Specials: The Doctor (NCUTI GATWA) (Credit: BBC)





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The Power of The Doctor: overnight viewing figuresBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 October 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Power of The Doctor: The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) (Credit: BBC)

Jodie Whittaker's final episode, The Power of the Doctor, achieved an average audience figure of 3.71 milltion viewers last night on BBC One, with 4.04 million watching her final moments before regenerating into her successor.

It was top of its timeslot, achieving a 21.7% share against ITV shows Gino's Italy at (7:30pm, 2.1m) and The Larkins (8pm, 3.0m). The episode achieved an 21.7% share overall.

The episode was the fourth most watched programme on television for Sunday, with the top three places all taken by other BBC programmes, Strictly Come Dancing with 8.0m, Antiques Roadshow (featuring a section on Doctor Who autographs) with 5.4m, and the BBC News at 10 (featuring an interview with the new Doctor!) with 3.9m viewers.

The 7 day consolidated ratings should be released next week, where the viewing figure for Jodie's finale are expected to rise as people catch up during the coming week.





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The Temporal Logbook 3: Changed Lives.Bookmark and Share

Friday, 21 October 2022 - Reported by Marcus
The Temporal Logbook 3: Changed Lives. (Credit: Pencil Tip Publishing )

Out now from Pencil Tip Publishing is the Doctor Who charity short-story collection, The Temporal Logbook 3: Changed Lives.

“Encountering the Doctor will change your life, and not always for the better…”
 

A traveler in eternity, the Doctor has touched countless lives, bringing salvation to some and agony to others, but always making a difference. In these pages, a selection of Doctor Who fandom’s greatest writers, reveals the joys and pains a meeting with the Doctor, can bring.

 

Through galactic battles to sixties London, Temporal Logbook III: Changed Lives brings stories from Kevin Mason, R Morgan Crihfield, Matthew Kresal, Russell McGee, Luke Dyer, Greg Maughan, James Silvester, Hamish Crawford, Shaun Collins, Richard Peevers, James Hornby, Alison Winter, Paul Burns and Rob Nisbet.

 

All proceeds from the publication are being donated to SETTLED. an independent charity providing free and trustworthy information, advice and support in different languages to EU citizens in the UK.

As the UK leaves the European Union, EU citizens must make an application to stay in the UK. SETTLED helps to ensure that EU citizens gain Settled Status and to respond to the difficulties that they face – now and in the future.

 

Foreword by Yee Jee Tso (Chang Lee from the 1996 TV Movie)

 

  • Edited by James Silvester | Assistant Editor: Brenda Katzeff
  • Cover designed by John Swogger
  • ISBN: 978-1-7772108-4-7
  • 278 pages | US Trade Paperback | $26.98 CAD / $23.98 USD / $26.98 AUS/NZ / £12.98 GBP

 

Copies can be purchased from the Pencil Tip Publishing store on Lulu.com.





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100 Years of the BBCBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 - Reported by Nick Salmond

BBC Logo (Credit: BBC)Today marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the BBC.

The British Broadcasting Company came into existence on 18th October 1922, a private company owned by the leading electronics companies of the day, with a remit to provide radio broadcasts that could be heard on wireless sets manufactured by its owners. 

Its first office was at Magnet House near Covent Garden in London. On its creation, it took over control of the already up-and-running Radio 2LO, owned by Marconi, one of the BBC's investors. 

Over the next five years, new Radio stations were launched in the major cities of the UK and the BBC soon became part of national life. 

On 1st January 1927, the BBC was reborn as a Corporation under a Royal Charter and the British Broadcasting Company became the British Broadcasting Corporation led by its first Director General, Sir John Reith. 

Experimental television broadcasts were started in 1929, using a 30-line system developed by John Logie Baird, using Radio frequencies after normal programmes had closed down for the night. A regular Television service started from Alexandra Palace in November 1936, the world's first High Definition Television service. 

The outbreak of World War II in 1939 saw Television broadcasts suspended, but Radio continued with the BBC, through its home and overseas services, becoming a vital part of the information war. Winston Churchill delivered 33 major wartime speeches by radio and in 1940, French general Charles de Gaulle, in exile in London as the leader of the Free French, made a speech, urging the French people not to capitulate to the Nazis. 

The Power of the DoctorTelevision resumed in 1946, with the BBC having a monopoly of the airwaves until the arrival of ITV in 1955. Almost everything broadcast was live, including drama, with very limited ability to record items in advance.  

When Doctor Who was first broadcast, on 23rd November 1963, there were still only two television channels available in the UK. A third arrived in 1964 with the launch of BBC Two. Recording was still very elementary, and editing was costly and avoided whenever possible.  Early Doctor Who's were recorded 'as live' onto 2 inch magnetic tape. Many of these early recordings were later wiped for reuse, meaning 97 episodes are missing from the archives. 

Colour television arrived towards the end of the 1960s. Doctor Who was made in colour from the start of its seventh season which saw the arrival of the third Doctor. 

Doctor Who would be an important part of the BBC One schedule throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The suspension of the series in 1989 was met by many protests from fans around the world. 

A TV Movie was made in America in 1996 but was not deemed successful enough to merit a new series. 

It was in 2003 that Doctor Who News reported that the BBC would be bringing back the series, under the artistic direction of Russell T Davies. The return in 2005 was spectacularly successful with the series an important part of the BBC schedules ever since. The TV landscape in 2022 is a world away from that when the series launched in 1963 with hundreds of TV stations competing for viewers with hugely well-resourced streaming services. 

 

Doctor Who has been part of the BBC's identity for over half of the BBC's existence and still remains a vital part of the BBC's output. 

A special 90-minute episode, the Power of the Doctor, will screen next Sunday, part of the events to mark the 100th anniversary. The story will feature the swan song of the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.  

The episode will mark the end of the Chibnall era of the Doctor's adventures and mark the return of Russell T Davies to the helm. It is clear that Doctor Who will be part of the BBC's ethos for many years to come.

We have adventures for the Tenth Doctor in the pipeline and the series has a brand new Doctor to look forward to.  Ncuti Gatwa will be leading the TARDIS team into the BBC's second Century. 

 

 

 

 





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The Seventh Doctor's umbrellaBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 October 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Seventh Doctor's Umbrella (Credit: Lovarzi)

Lovarzi has announced a new addition to their range of Doctor Who merchandise: the Seventh Doctor's umbrella!

 

The faithful replica of the Doctor’s question mark umbrella has a large 42-inch black canopy across a strong metal frame with fibreglass shaft and handle – making it strong enough to withstand the wind, rain, and snow of Ice World, Terra Alpha, or plain old Earth…

It comes with a specially designed sleeve emblazoned with red question marks, so it can stay safe and dry, perfect for collectors, cosplayers, casual fans, and everything in between.

The umbrella certainly came in handy: it saved him from a fall in Dragonfire; highlighted his enigmatic persona with that question mark handle; and showed off his cool side as he sauntered away from the Greatest Show in the Galaxy, calmly twirling his brolly beside him as the Psychic Circus exploded!

 

 

The Seventh Doctor Umbrella will be available to order from Lovarzi, and they have provided a mailing list for further infomation on its release, which includes a 5% off offer.

 

 

The Seventh Doctor's Umbrella (Credit: Lovarzi) The Seventh Doctor's Umbrella (Credit: Lovarzi)





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Cosmic Masque XVIBookmark and Share

Sunday, 16 October 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Cosmic Masque XVI (Credit: DWAS)

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has released issue 16 of Cosmic Masque, it’s free-to-download e-magazine.

Each issue takes a look at merchandise, reviews, interviews and fiction: this edition takes a look at the world of podcasts, reviews of Doctor Who games, the most recently broadcast Legend of the Sea Devils and Redacted and other audio releases, plus much more!  

The latest edition runs to over 80 pages and is available to download via the DWAS website - previous editions are also available to download at the same location.

 




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