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

Doctor Who nominated for RTS drama awardBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 February 2007 - Reported by Kenny Davidson
Doctor Who has been nominated in the Best Drama Series category at the Royal Television SocietyProgramme Awards 2006.

The awards will be presented on Tuesday 13th March at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Other nominees in this category are Life on Mars and The Street.

This is the second year running that Doctor Who has been nominated in this category. Last year it lost out to the BBC Three medical drama Bodies.

FILTER: - Awards/Nominations

Houston PBS looking for Who fansBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 February 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive
The Houston PBS station is about to get new Who and are actively looking for Who fans in the area to get involved with their programming.

I've contacted the station and their Community Education/Outreach Director, Ann Crider, has confirmed that they are indeed looking for Who fans and groups in the Houston Texas area.

If you are from Texas or know any Who organizations in the area you need to contact:
Ann Crider
Director, Community Education/Outreach
4343 Elgin
Houston, Texas 77004

or email her at:


Survival CoverBookmark and Share

Monday, 26 February 2007 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
2Entertain have released the cover illustration for the forthcoming UK DVD release of Survival starring Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred. The DVD release will be out later in the year. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.
(Thanks to 2Entertain)

FILTER: - Classic Series - Blu-ray/DVD

Spaced OutBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 February 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive
Ever since it was announced that Doctor Who was returning to our television screens, Britain's LGBT publications (along with most others, it seems) have taken the show to their hearts, regularly reporting on the show (and its spinoffs).

In particular, Millivres Prowler - who publish Gay Times (recently restyled as GT), Divaaxm, the free Pink Papernewspaper and the online magazine Puffta - have devoted many column inches to Who. Here's a flavour.

In recent weeks, two Doctor Who-related articles appeared in the Pink Paper, with Darren Scott Gleeson interviewing Who stars Elisabeth Sladen (about her return to Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures) and John Barrowman.

Forget the girl, it's the woman I want

Gleeson says of Sladen, "Forget Billie Piper, the best Doctor Who companion was Sarah Jane Smith.

"Following her heart-breaking return to the programme [in 2006], her own series looks set to be the latest in a long line of hits for Russell T Davies."

A self-professed Doctor Who fan, Gleeson admits that it was "intrepid reporter Sarah Jane that first got me interested in journalism".

In the article, Sladen says it's incredible what Doctor Who has done, and she recounts the time a Who fan who's gay thanked her: "He said he had a very difficult childhood and would switch on Doctor Who on a Saturday and identify with it because it was about a loner and he felt very alone. He said it was just that half-hour when he actually believed everything would be all right."

Roberts' Code

There was also a short accompanying article, "Who's that boy?", about Gareth Roberts, which mentioned his Doctor Who novels, audios, Tardisodes, interactive episode (Attack of the Graske) and his Series 3 story The Shakespeare Code. Roberts said, "It's going to be pretty fab, they've done things which I can't quite believe. This is the kind of television I've always wanted to do. I'm very happy with The Sarah Jane Adventures too [...] I love working with BBC Wales, I'm not going anywhere until they kick me out."

He nose, you know

In the second interview, Barrowman talked to Gleeson about Live and Kicking, Doctor Who, Torchwood, and being the recipient of the "Entertainer of the Year" award at the first Annual Stonewall Awards.

"I'm really pleased about the award because that's being recognised by - if we have to put ourselves into categories - my community. It's a community I'm very proud of. I'm very proud to be gay and I don't see it as a detriment at all, as some people look at it.

Unfortunately, due to work commitments, Barrowman was unable to collect the award in person and so Sir Ian McKellan did so on his behalf. "I look up to Ian. Follow in his footsteps," Barrowman said of his friend.

During the interview, Barrowman talks about his civil partnership to long-time partner Scott Gill, his thoughts on religion, his Doctor Who mobile ring tone - "I'm really proud of that, dude [...] that's bought me a couple of homes" - and his six-inch Captain Jack action figure: "I turned down three or four different prototypes as the chin and nose [and] cheekbones weren't right, I was particular about it."

He also talks about how great it is being part of the whole Doctor Who/Torchwood family: "I love every second of it [but] I don't Google myself and dissuade my family from doing it because you read a lot of things that aren't true." Of the Dr Who Weakest Link Christmas Special, he says Anne Robinson (Bad Wolf) confided that they were the best celebrity group the Weakest Link had ever had!

Finally, of Series 3 of Doctor Who, he teases, "You're going to love it!"

The Captain Dances

The Pink Paper interview (mentioned above) was conducted in Stirling, Scotland, during Barrowman's official opening of his cousin Mark Barrowman's new business, MB Disco Supplies. Barrowman (Mark) said that although the shop started trading in July 2006, this was a private ceremony as "a thank you to our suppliers, key business partners and family members. We then opened the doors to the public and John mingled with his fans, signing photographs and his CDs."

The Pink Paper also published the winners of its annual Pink Paper Readers' Awards. "Best TV Show" went to Doctor Who. Davies accepted the award, saying, rather cheekily, "Thanks very much. I've always said the gay audience is cleverer, more imaginative and frankly more good-looking than anyone else, and now you've gone and proved it!" The Catherine Tate Show came second in the same category.

Who's Got Attitude?

Barrowman and Mark Gatiss both appeared in December's Attitude magazine.

Barrowman was asked "Any Queries?" by readers. He answered a diverse set of questions, including homophobia in Hollywood, his time on Live and Kicking, civil partnerships, watching Doctor Who as a child and not winning Dancing On Ice.

Gatiss was interviewed to coincide with the publication of his second Lucifer Box novel The Devil in Amber. As well as his books, he talked about playing Johnny Craddock in Fear of Fanny and Ratty in The Wind in the Willows, and briefly mentioned how thrilled he is to be in Series 3 of Doctor Who: "Another dream come true. I can't say much but it's a brilliant part and I can't wait to work with my old friend David Tennant."

Asked what it's like being involved with the show, Gatiss replied, "It's been a total joy. Really, it's been unbelievable. Doctor Who is the number one show and I don't think any of us believed that we'd ever see that again. Kids are obsessed with Daleks, they have wall-charts and stuff. It's like 1973 all over again! Russell T Davies presides over it all with his incredible enthusiasm and tirelessness. It's like a big family really. It's like UNIT. I'm Jo Grant!"

The Church and the Crown

The current issue of the Pink Paper reports on Barrowman's desire to have children, and his response to the recent row in the UK between the church and Parliament over the rights of gay people to adopt: "If people think of a family unit as being something from the past, then I'm happy to get the Doctor to take them back to the Dark Ages in the Tardis [sic]. We don't need them in our future."

Earlier, in Gay Times (December 2006), Terry Sanderson in his "Mediawatch" column, commented, happily, that the Daily Mirror reported Barrowman and Gill's desire to become parents "without a whisper of censure or judgementalism" on the tabloid's part.

Age of Enlightenment

Elsewhere in the current issue of the Pink Paper covers the story of Sylvester McCoy joining McKellan in the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of King Lear, and the news that Lynda Baron (Enlightenment) will be hosting a 10-year birthday celebration of Amnesty International's LGBT UK Network on 27 February, which is also supported by Simon Callow (The Unquiet Dead).

Glad to be Kay

Also reported in the Pink, Peter Kay (Love and Monsters) is to play Roger de Bris, "the theatrical gay icon and world's worst director", in a new production, at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, of Mel Brooks's classic musical comedy The Producers.

"I've always been a huge fan of The Producers, ever since I first saw the film on telly when I was 11," Kay said. "[This] is definitely, for me, a real dream come true. I can't wait."

The story was previously reported in the Bolton News.

Naked Lunch

Gay Times and Attitude both recommended the 2007 Philip Olivier calendar from Slow Dazzle. No mention of Doctor Who - Olivier plays Seventh Doctor companion Hex in the Big Finish audios - but the piece briefly talks about his role as a gay schoolteacher in Hollyoaks: In the City.

At Home with the Barrowman's

The same issue of Gay Times has a three-page article about how Barrowman and his agent, Gavin Barker, met. Barker recounts that Barrowman's casting as Captain Jack in Doctor Who "was the quickest offer in the history of BBC Drama".

New Girl

Meanwhile, the restyled GT tests new Doctor Who companion Freema Agyeman on her Who knowledge in a light-hearted piece, "Doctor, Doctor". Asked what's the best thing about being the Doctor's companion, Agyeman replies, "[...] all the adventures you go on. You don't know from one minute to the next where you're going to be, who you're going to be encountering. It's a real roller-coaster ride. And for me personally this part has no stereotypical limitations as a black female, which I may have encountered in the past."

Huge Who

The new issue of Out Northwest (March 2007, available from 28 February), the free magazine published by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, reports on Series 3 of Doctor Who and the "Huge Who exhibition" at the Museum of Science and Industry. The cover shows a full-page publicity shot of the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones inside the TARDIS and proclaims: "The Doctor Lands in Manchester".

Billie and the Boys's online magazine details Billie Piper in their "Icon One Series": "Billie Piper. Only 23 years old but she's just published her autobiography, ditched the Doctor but we'd rather she release another album!" The article presents a potted biog of Piper, including quotes from the actor and RTD.

Charlie not Charley

In its online archive, ScotsGay magazine has an article on all things Doctor Who, including an interview with, as the piece puts it, "the openly gay Glaswegian comedian" Charlie Ross, a favourite on the UK Doctor Who convention circuit, who also appears as Lest in Big Finish's Eighth Doctor/Charley/C'rizz audio drama Memory Lane. "It's a dark, comic piece with a twist [...] a traditional Dr Who story of the best kind," Ross says.

The article states: "Charlie has been a fan his whole life. He grew up watching Tom Baker and Peter Davison - 'Who I've been lucky enough to meet' [and who, together with a couple of classic Daleks, he appeared with on the front cover of the print magazine] - and often includes Dr Who material in his stand-up act."

ScotsGay's "Top 6 Websites" lists Outpost Gallifrey as their "Best Dr Who Fan site".

Just Spaced

Away from matters pink, the current issue of Hotline magazine (January-March 2007) from Virgin Trains has a two-page interview with Simon Pegg (The Long Game). He talks about Shaun of the Dead, appearing opposite Tom Cruise inMission: Impossible III, his new film Hot Fuzz and his part as the Editor in Doctor Who: "It was amazing, the very idea of being part of Doctor Who was great."

He also recounts how, at the age of eight, he met Tom Baker: "I have a book somewhere [...] autographed by Tom Baker. It says: 'To Simon, 8, from Tom Baker, 888.' [...] he signed it for me and offered me a jelly baby. If someone had come to me then, some sort of emissary from the future, and said that years later I would be in Doctor Who, it would have fried my mind."

FILTER: - Books

New Covers and Titles AnnouncedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 February 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper
The covers for the March releases of the new 10th Doctor and Martha novels are now available.

Also announced are the new titles and authors for the next 3 books, which are slated for a September release. They are:
Sick Building by Paul Magrs
Forever Autumn by Mark Morris
Wetworld by Mark Michalowski

June sees the release of Calling the Shots: Directing the new series of Doctor Who by Graeme Harper

July has a new series of Decide Your Destiny novels from Penguin Character books. They are:
The Corinthian Project by Davey Moore
The Time Crocodile by Colin Brake
Frozen Earth by Kay Woodward
Arena by Richard Dungworth

Later in the year will see Penguin releasing an activity collection, family planner and desk calendar.

FILTER: - Books

DW warning to hopefulsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 February 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive
Budding stars are being warned to avoid agencies that say they can secure them parts on programmes such as Doctor Who.

The UK's Department of Trade and Industry has published advice to help would-be entertainers and models avoid unscrupulous outfits, and names Doctor Who as a prime example of the type of show that rogue casting agencies make false promises about.

The information campaign follows cases where agencies have advertised casting sessions in local newspapers then used hard-sell tactics to take payments on false promises about success and stardom.

Employment minister Jim Fitzpatrickpictured, said: "Most agencies are reputable and will tell you that the entertainment industry is tough to break into.

"Beware of anyone who promises to make you a star overnight. If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Our advice is designed to help stop rogues turning people's dreams into nightmares."

Listed among the DTI's top tips for aspiring models and entertainers is the following:

"Beware of adverts claiming to provide artists for popular TV programmes like EastEnders or Doctor Who. Directors for these shows usually use agencies and individuals they have used before."

FILTER: - Production

Tennant on TwoBookmark and Share

Saturday, 24 February 2007 - Reported by Marcus
David Tennant spent 90 minutes in the Jonathan Ross studio this morning promoting his Sunday night appearance in the BBC drama Recovery.

Tennant was quizzed about the new series, promising a few tearjerkers along the way.

The whole programme is available via the BBC Listen again service on the Radio Two Website. for the next seven days. Tennant's appearance starts around one hour into the programme.

FILTER: - David Tennant - Radio

Cardiff filming in The SunBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 February 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive
The Sun today has a short picture piece about David Tennant and John Barrowman filming Series Three in Cardiff.

It also makes reference to a comment made in Doctor Who Magazine by Barrowman about Tennant, and says the pair were filming with Freema Agyeman.

There are no spoilers.

FILTER: - Production - Press

Piper West End debut delayBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 February 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive
The Daily Mail says Billie Piper's West End debut in Treats has been delayed.

It reports there are fears the play - currently in preview at the Garrick Theatre - is not yet ready, although it is apparently supposed to be officially opening there next Wednesday.

London Theatreland says the play is scheduled to run from March 1 to May 26.

Earlier this week, Piper - who is appearing in Treats with boyfriend Laurence Fox - was pictured breaking down in tears and being consoled by ex-husband Chris Evans.

According to producers, however, the play has been delayed to avoid a clash with the RSC production of The Tempest, which stars Patrick Stewart and is also set to open - at the Novello Theatre - on Wednesday.

In an earlier interview, Piper was quoted as saying she was "stressed out" by the impending debut.

"It's really hard in the theatre and the level of concentration is terrible. I am still working it out and trying to find my feet . . . I am quite stressed and am having a tough time," she said.

No new official opening date has been given yet.

Also reported at Digital Spy

FILTER: - People - Billie Piper

Davison in The MirrorBookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 February 2007 - Reported by R Alan Siler
Peter Davison is the focus of a short but career-spanning article in today's edition of The Mirror. The article, entitled "All Roles Great and Small," covers (not in any depth) Davison's early days as an actor, some of his most prominent roles (The Tomorrow PeopleAll Creatures Great and SmallDoctor Who) and his current comedy series Fear, Stress and Anger.

To read the article, visit The Mirror's website.

FILTER: - Press - Peter Davison