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

La Nuit Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 2 May 2012 - Reported by Marcus
Michael Grade France 4 is to celebrate the arrival of Series 6 to the channel with with a Doctor Who Night to be held on Saturday 19th May.

As well as the first four episodes of the series, The Impossible Astronaut, Day Of The Moon, The Curse of The Black Spot and The Doctor's Wife, the channel will be showing some episodes from the classic series, the Tom Baker stories Genesis of The Daleks and City of Death and the William Hartnell story Edge of Destruction.

Alain Carrazé and Romain Nigita will present a series of reports looking at the Doctor Who phenomenon, investigating the origins of the series, profiling the Doctors and Companions and looking to see what the future holds for the Timelord.

Interviewed during the night will be Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Freema Agyeman, Derek Jacobi and Tom Spilsbury as well as fans like François Descraques or Davy Mourier.

A visit to the Doctor Who Experience in London is also included.

The Doctor Who Night is produced by 8 Art Media and filmed partly at the Palais de la Découverte in Paris, and will be presented by Louise Ekland. A full episode listing can be found on This Week in Doctor Who.

(Thanks to Samy Kacimi of TARDIB)

FILTER: - Steven Moffat - France - Russell T Davies - Series 6/32 - Karen Gillan - Matt Smith -

2012 Hugo NominationsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 8 April 2012 - Reported by Marcus
Hugo AwardsThree 2011 Doctor Who stories have been nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

The scripts for Neil Gaiman's The Doctor's Wife and Tom MacRae's The Girl Who Waited, will compete against showrunner Steven Moffat's A Good Man Goes to War to win the award which will be presented at Chicon 7 to be held in Chicago, Illinois, at the end of August.

Doctor Who has won five previous Hugo Awards, with Steven Moffat winning for The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink and The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang, while Russell T Davies and Phil Ford won for The Waters of Mars. The awards are given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.

2012 Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form - Full Nominations
  • Doctor Who, The Doctor’s Wife, written by Neil Gaiman; directed by Richard Clark (BBC Wales)
  • The Drink Tank’s Hugo Acceptance Speech, Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon (Renovation)
  • Doctor Who, The Girl Who Waited, written by Tom MacRae; directed by Nick Hurran (BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who, A Good Man Goes to War, written by Steven Moffat; directed by Peter Hoar (BBC Wales)
  • Community, Remedial Chaos Theory, written by Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna; directed by Jeff Melman (NBC)

Also nominated this year is Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell who has received two nominations. His book The Copenhagen Interpretation is nominated as Best Novelette while SF Squeecast in which he takes part is nominated for Best Fancast.

FILTER: - Steven Moffat - Series 6/32 - Awards/Nominations

Doctor Who returns to GermanyBookmark and Share

Thursday, 8 December 2011 - Reported by Marcus
  1. FÜNF VOR ZWÖLF (Five to Twelve)
  2. DER STERNENWAL (The Star Whale)
  3. SIEG DER DALEKS (Victory of the Daleks)
  4. ZEIT DER ENGEL ( Time of the Angels)
  5. HERZ AUS STEIN (Heart of Stone)
  6. DIE VAMPIRE VON VENEDIG (The Vampires of Venice )
  7. AMYS ENTSCHEIDUNG (Amy's Decision)
  8. HUNGRIGE ERDE (Hungry Earth)
  9. KALTBLÜTIG (In Cold Blood)
  10. VINCENT UND DER DOCTOR (Vincent and the Doctor)
  11. DER UNTERMIETER (The Lodger)
  12. DIE PANDORICA (The Pandorica)
  13. DER GROSSE KNALL (The big bang)
Doctor Who returns to Germany this December when Series Five begins broadcasting on the pay TV FOX Channel.

The first episode Fünf vor zwölf, which translates as Five to Twelve will screen on the channel on 21st December at 8.15pm CET with episode two following later the same evening. The network has launched a website to tie in with the series

Series 5 will also be made available on iTunes Germany in both German and English beginning December 22nd.

German fans have yet to see broadcast the third and fourth series starring David Tennant. has a report detailing the somewhat chequered history of Doctor Who broadcasts in Germany.

Meanwhile Televisió de Catalunya, has begun transmitting series 6 in Catalan on Canal 3XL. The series continues this Friday with La maledicció de la taca negra.

(with thanks to Aurélie Demonchaux)

FILTER: - Series 6/32 - Germany - Latin America - Europe - Series 5/31 - Spain

Series 6 CD Track ListBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 November 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Silva Screen have released the tracklisting for the soundtrack to Series Six of Doctor Who, due for release in the UK on 19th December, 2011.

The two-disc set includes music from throughout the series, composed by Murray Gold and played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ben Foster. The CD is available to pre-order on Amazon.
    The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
  1. I Am The Doctor In Utah
  2. 1969
  3. The Impossible Astronaut
  4. Trust Me
  5. Help Is On Its Way
  6. Another Perfect Prison
  7. Greystark Hall
  8. Apollo 11
  9. Day Of The Moon
  10. I See You Silence
  11. The Curse of the Black Spot
  12. You’re A Dead Man
  13. Deadly Siren
  14. Perfect Reflection
  15. All For One
  16. The Curse Of The Black Spot
  17. The Doctor’s Wife
  18. I’ve Got Mail
  19. My TARDIS
  20. Run, Sexy
  21. Locked On

  22. Rebel Flesh / The Almost People
  23. The Chemical Castle
  24. Which One Is The Flesh?
  25. Scanning Me
  26. Ransacked
  27. Always With The Rory
  28. Double Doctor
  29. Tell Me The Truth
  30. Loving Isn’t Knowing (The Almost People Suite)
  31. A Good Man Goes to War
  32. River’s Waltz
  33. Pop
  34. Tell Me Who You Are
  35. Melody Pond
    Let’s Kill Hitler
  1. Growing Up Fast
  2. The Blush Of Love
  3. Terror Of The Reich
  4. The British Are Coming
  5. A Very Unusual Melody
  6. When A River Forms
  7. Pay Attention Grown Ups
  8. The Enigma Of River Song
  9. Night Terrors
  10. Bedtime For George
  11. Tick Tock Round The Clock
  12. A Malevolent Estate
  13. Night Terrors
  14. The Girl Who Waited
  15. Apalapucia
  16. 36 Years
  17. Lost In The Wrong Stream
  18. The God Complex
  19. The Hotel Prison
  20. Room Of Your Dreams
  21. Fear Enough
  22. What’s Left To Be Scared Of?
  23. Rita Praises
  24. Closing Time
  25. Stormageddon, Dark Lord Of All
  26. Definitely Going
  27. Over Your Shoulder
  28. Ladieswear
  29. Fragrance
  30. My Time Is Running Out
  31. The Wedding of River Song
  32. Tick Tock (Vocal Track)
  33. 5:02 PM
  34. The Head Of An Enemy
  35. My Silence
  36. Brigadier Lethbridge – Stewart
  37. Forgiven
  38. Time Is Moving
  39. The Wedding Of River Song
  40. Day of the Moon
  41. The Majestic Tale (Of A Madman In A Box)

FILTER: - Murray Gold - Audio - Series 6/32

TARDIS lands at WestfieldBookmark and Share

Monday, 21 November 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: TARDISThe TARDIS has landed at Westfield Stratford City bringing the Doctor and his companions to the shopping complex to launch the Series 6 Box Set released in the UK today.

Matt Smith, Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvill will all be attending the event held at the brand new mega complex adjoining the 2012 Olympic site in east London.

The three stars will be signing copies of the box-set at HMV before attending a question and answer session in the Gallery Area. Fans around the world can view the experience via the BBC Worldwide YouTube channel from 1600GMT (4PM UK, 11am ET) today. The three stars will be answering questions in a panel hosted by DJ Jo Whiley.

They'll also be updates from the event on the BBC Facebook page and Doctor Who is also taking over the BBC Worldwide Twitter channel. Fans are encouraged to tweet with the hashtag #doctorwho all day.

FILTER: - Arthur Darvill - UK - Series 6/32 - Karen Gillan - Matt Smith - Press - Blu-ray/DVD

iPlayer October FiguresBookmark and Share

Monday, 21 November 2011 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: iPlayer
Doctor Who was one of only two programmes to be accessed over 1 million times on the BBC iPlayer during October.

The series conclusion The Wedding of River Song, was requested 1.30 million times during the period it was available. It was beaten to first place for the month by the new natural history series, Frozen Planet which had 1.48 million requests.

Episode 1 of Young Apprentice was third with 0.91 million.

FILTER: - Ratings - UK - Series 6/32

Series 6 SoundtrackBookmark and Share

Friday, 28 October 2011 - Reported by Marcus
The soundtrack to Doctor Who Series 6 will be released in the UK on 5th December 2011.

The 2 Disc set from Sliva Screen features music composed by Murray Gold to accompany the sixth full Doctor Who series since the programme returned in 2005.

Final details of the release including the track list are still to be confirmed. The CD is now available to pre-order on Amazon.

FILTER: - Music - Series 6/32

Doctor Who: Series Six in SpainBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 October 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The sixth series of Doctor Who has arrived in Spain, with Syfy España broadcasting episodes on Monday evenings, dubbed into Spanish; the series kicked off last Monday with El astronauta imposible and continues tonight with El dia de la Luna at 9:30pm (CEST), repeated tomorrow at 5:00pm and Saturday at 11:00am.

More details can be found from SyFy's Doctor Who page, and channel information is also available via Facebook.

(Series Six Trailer, Syfy-España, via their Doctor Who website)
Series Description:

El Doctor Who es un extravagante aventurero capaz de viajar a través del tiempo y el espacio. En cada uno de sus viajes, Who y su compañera Amy vivirán fascinantes aventuras que les llevarán a enfrentarse a todo tipo de alienígenas y monstruos.

Doctor Who is a flamboyant adventurer able to travel through time and space. In each of his travels he and his partner Amy will go through exciting adventures that lead them to face all kinds of aliens and monsters.

Vuelve la serie más longeva de la television con todos sus protagonistas. En esta sexta temporada, tras la boda de Amy y Rory, recibirán 3 misteriosos mensajes que les urgen a congregarse en una localización en el desierto de Utah. Allí descubrirán un secreto que marcará sus destinos. Las nuevas aventuras del Dr. Who les llevarán a conocer al presidente Nixon, viajarán en un barco pirata, descubrirán que en el futuro la humanidad hace uso de la clonación y vivirán uno de los momentos clave del siglo XX en la Europa previa a la segunda guerra mundial.

La sexta temporada conmemorará el 50° aniversario de la primera emisión de Doctor Who, una serie de culto que ha entretenido a generaciones con una mezcla de fantasía, ciencia, historia y aventura. En esta temporada, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) y Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13), serán dos de las estrellas invitadas. Además, el escritor Neil Gaiman, ha sido el encargado de escribir el cuarto capítulo de la temporada, que se emitirá en España el día 7 de noviembre y será uno de los momentos más esperados por los fans de la serie.

The longest running series returns to television with all its players. In this sixth season, after the wedding of Amy and Rory, they will receive 3 mysterious messages that urge them to congregate at a location in the Utah desert. There they will discover a secret that will make their destinies. The new adventures of Dr. Who will lead them to meet President Nixon, travel on a pirate ship, discover that in the future mankind makes use of cloning, and live through one of the key moments of the twentieth century in Europe prior to the second world war.

The sixth season will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who, a cult series that has entertained generations with a mixture of fantasy, science, history and adventure. In this season, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13) will be among the guest stars. In addition, the writer Neil Gaiman has been commissioned to write the fourth chapter of the season to be broadcast in Spain on 7th November, and will be one of the most anticipated moments for fans of the series.

Next week sees the Doctor encounter La maldicion del punto negro.

As well as the most recent series, Syfy España is also currently showing Series Three episodes daily.

Meanwhile Boing has just completed a run of the fifth series (with La Pandorica se abre/El Big Bang currently available to watch online), and commence a new run of episodes next Saturday.

(with thanks to Aurélie Demonchaux)

FILTER: - Series 6/32 - International Broadcasting - Europe - Spain

The Wedding of River Song: New Zealand ratingsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 22 October 2011 - Reported by Adam Kirk
In New Zealand, The Wedding of River Song and Torchwood: Miracle Day, End of the Road (both on Prime) rated 80,490 viewers and 58,320 viewers respectively.

Thanks to Hazz.

FILTER: - Torchwood - Ratings - Series 6/32 - New Zealand - Broadcasting

Closing Time: New Zealand ratingsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 16 October 2011 - Reported by Adam Kirk

In New Zealand, both Doctor Who and Torchwood: Miracle Day have enjoyed a boost in ratings. Closing Time and Immortal Sins (both on Prime) rated 171,280 viewers and 89,710 viewers respectively. Closing Time was Prime's highest rating program of the week.

Thanks to Hazz.

FILTER: - Torchwood - Ratings - Series 6/32 - New Zealand - Broadcasting