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 3 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 14 May 2012

The Witchfinders - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 4 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 The Witchfinders: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Willa Twiston (Tilly Steele) (Credit: BBC Studios (Sophie Mutevelian ))
Doctor Who: The Witchfinders had an official rating of 7.21 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.03 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 78,000 watched on their PC, 57,000 watched on a Tablet device and 48,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 17th most watched programme of the week ending 18th November.

Top for the week was Monday's edition of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here getting 13.14 million watching.

The Witchfinders had an Appreciation Index score of 81.




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It Takes You Away - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 3 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 It Takes You Away: Graham (Bradley Walsh), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (Giles Kyte))Doctor Who: It Takes You Away was watched by 5.07 million viewers, a share of 25.1% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the fifth highest rated programme for Sunday and the 27th for the week ending 2nd December.

Highest for the day was ITV’s celebrity show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here which had 10.0 million watching. The X Factor Final had 5.53 million viewers. Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show had 9.10 million viewers, while Dynasties, the David Attenborough series had 5.94 million. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 2.57 million.

The week was again dominated by I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, which took seven out of the top ten places for the week, each episode getting over 8 million watching. Strictly Come Dancing still took top position for the Saturday show getting 10.0 million viewers.

Coronation Street and Emmerdale pushed The Doctor down in the overnight figures, although a top twenty place is possible when final figures are releaed next week.




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It Takes You Away - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, It Takes You Away
It Takes You Away

Writer: Ed Hime
Director: Jamie Childs

On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help.

What has happened here?

What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?
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Episode 9 Trailer | It Takes You Away | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 6.30pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 2nd December6.30pm GMT
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 2nd December8.00pm EST
CanadaSPACESunday 2nd December8.00pm EST
AustraliaABCMonday 3rd December6.00pm AEDT

Full listings here




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Kerblam! - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Kerblam! (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: Kerblam! had an official rating of 7.46 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.23 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 120,000 watched on their PC, 61,000 watched on a Tablet device and 52,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 9th most watched programme of the week ending 18th November.

Top for the week was Sundays edition of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here getting 14.17 million watching.

Kerblam! had an Appreciation Index score of 81, again scoring higher with female viewers.




FILTER: - Ratings - series 11/37 - UK

The Witchfinders - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
 The Witchfinders: Yaz (Mandip Gill), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Willa Twiston (Tilly Steele) (Credit: BBC Studios (Sophie Mutevelian ))
Doctor Who: The Witchfinders was watched by 5.66 million viewers, a share of 27.9% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The rating makes Doctor Who the fourth highest rated programme for Sunday and the 19th for the week ending 18th November.

Highest for the day was ITV’s celebrity show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here which had 9.73 million watching. Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show had 8.86 million viewers, while Dynasties, the David Attenborough series had 6.79 million. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 2.29 million.

The week was dominated by I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, which took seven out of the top ten places for the week, each episode getting over 8 million watching. Strictly Come Dancing still took top position for the Saturday show getting 9.98 million viewers.

Coronation Street and Emmerdale pushed The Doctor down to 19th place on the overnight figures.

Final figures should be available next Monday.




FILTER: - Ratings - series 11/37 - UK

The Witchfinders - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, The Witchfinders
The Witchfinders

Writer: Joy Wilkinson
Director: Sallie Aprahamian

The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz arrive in 17th century Lancashire and become embroiled in a witch trial, run by the local landowner.

As fear stalks the land, the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt. But is there something even more dangerous at work? Can the Doctor and friends keep the people of Bilehurst Cragg safe from all the forces that are massing in the land?
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Episode 8 Trailer | The Witchfinders | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 6.30pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 25th November6.30pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 25th November8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 25th November8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 26th November6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




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Demons Of The Punjab - Official RatingsBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Demons Of The Punjab: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Graham (Bradley Walsh), Hasna (Shaheen Khan), Umbreen (Amita Suman), Ryan (Tosin Cole) (Credit: BBC Studios (Ben Blackall))
Doctor Who: Demons Of The Punjab had an official rating of 7.48 million viewers, according to figures released by the Broadcasting Research Audience Board, BARB.

7.23 million watched the episode on a conventional TV set. However the BARB 4-Screen Dashboard shows that an additional 139,000 watched on their PC, 61,000 watched on a Tablet device and 51,000 watched on a smartphone These figures make Doctor Who the 8th most watched programme of the week ending 11th November.

Top for the week was Saturdays edition of Strictly Come Dancing getting 11.55 million watching. The new David Attenborough narated series Dynasties had 7.63 million viewers.

Demons Of The Punjab had an Appreciation Index score of 80, again scoring higher with female viewers.




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Kerblam! - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Kerblam!
Kerblam!

Writer: Pete McTighe
Director: Jennifer Perrott

Delivery for the Doctor!

A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer: Kerblam!
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Episode 7 Trailer | Kerblam! | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 6.30pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 18th November6.30pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 19th November8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 18th November8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 19th November6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




FILTER: - Production - series 11/37

Christmas Special Moves to New Year's DayBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who - Series 11 (Credit: BBC / Ben Blackall)Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed that this year's Christmas Special of Doctor Who will be shown on New Year's Day 2019.

The change is a radical change for the series which has been part of the Christmas Day schedule since the series returned in 2005. The series peaked in 2007 when Kylie Minogue joined the Tenth Doctor in Voyage of the Damned watched by 13.3 million viewers. Last year's Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, marking the departure of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, was watched by 7.92 million.

The episode to be shown on New Year's Day will mark the end of Jodie Whittaker's first season as The Doctor. The last episode to be shown on New Year's Day was the second part of The End of Time in 2010 where it had 12.27 million viewers.




FILTER: - Broadcasting - series 11/37 - Series Specials

Doctor Who: Episodes Nine and TenBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released details of Doctor Who Episodes Nine and Ten.

It Takes You Away (Credit: BBC Studios)Episode Nine: It Takes You Away

On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help.

What has happened here?

What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?

Guest starring Ellie Wallwork and Kevin Eldon.

Written by Ed Hime.

Directed by Jamie Childs.
The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (Credit: BBC Studios)Episode Ten: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the remains of a brutal battlefield. But as the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far more secrets.

Who is the mysterious commander with no memory? What lies beyond the mists? Who or what are the Ux?

The answers will lead the Doctor and her friends towards a deadly reckoning.

Guest starring Phyllis Logan, Mark Addy and Percelle Ascott.

Written by Chris Chibnall.

Directed by Jamie Childs.




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