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

John Barrowman on GMTVBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 June 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

John Barrowman will be a guest on GMTV, appearing "live from the set of Doctor Who", broadcast on ITV1, Friday 29th June 2007. Barrowman is listed in the Entertainment Today segment (starting 8.35am and ending 9.25am).
(GMTV's website).

FILTER: - People

Australian media coverageBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 June 2007 - Reported by Adam Kirk

In the run-up to The Runaway Bride's Australian debut tonight on theAustralian Broadcasting Corporation(Thursday June 28, 8.35pm), the Australian media have had a number of features on Doctor Who. The Sydney Morning Herald has a Michael Idato interview with David Tennant as does the Brisbane Courier-Mail. In the Courier-Mail interview, which includes audio, there is mention of Tennant having a breakfast meeting with the BBC Head of Drama.

The Sydney Daily Telegraph also has an interview with Tennant, where he says that his 'childhood love for Who stems from a childhood adulation of superheroes.' Their TV guide describes the Runaway Bride as 'a monumental Who adventure that barely takes its foot off the pedal.'

The SMH's online TV guide also previews the Runaway Bride while Robin Oliver describes the Christmas Special as 'a clarion call for series three'.

Torchwood has also been receiving plenty of attention from the Australian press.Ruth Ritchie of the Sydney Morning Herald reviews the show and the Daily Telegraph interviews John Barrowman. The Telegraph's latest TV guide also says: 'Torchwood - if given the right promotion by its network - should prove a stable hit. Fun viewing for time travellers and mere mortals alike.'

Channel Ten also mentions the ratings success of the show's debut in its weekly press release. Channel Ten's Torchwood website is also featuring online episodes of Torchwood Declassified.

Ratings update 29 June 2007: According to the SMH's Tribal Mind the Runaway Bride rated 846,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. It was beaten by Channel Nine's RPA: Where Are They Now? and Channel Ten's Law & Order: SVU in the 8.30pm timeslot.

Meanwhile, Crikey TV commentator, Glenn Dyer, has described the Runaway Bride as 'entertaining and good TV. 846,000 viewers agreed with me . . . [I]t was one of the best bits of TV this year for me.'

FILTER: - Press - Australia

Freema Agyeman on Richard and JudyBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 - Reported by Chuck Foster

Freema Agyeman will be a guest on this afternoon's edition of Richard and Judy, broadcast on Channel 4 from 5:00pm. Says the show writeup: "This Saturday the season finale of Doctor Who, Last of the Timelords hits our screens, full of plenty of thrills and action for Doctor Who fans everywhere. Winning over critics and fans alike as Doctor Who's sexy assistant Martha Jones, actress Freema Agyeman is one of TV's newest and brightest stars. She joins Richard and Judy on the sofa to talk about the latest series and her plans for the future."

Channel 4 Richard and Judy link (for current day's show only)

FILTER: - People

Radio Times CoversBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 - Reported by Kenny Davidson

The new issue of Radio Times, on sale Tuesday 26th, features two collectors edition covers promoting the season finale of Doctor Who. Click on the previews below for larger views of the two covers.

The third preview is the one picture formed when the covers are placed side by side, and this print is available to purchase from the Science and Society Picture Library.

The new issue of the magazine visits the set of Doctor Who for the series finale in the company of Freema Agyeman. It includes behind the scenes pictures and comments from Freema and hints from Russell T Davies on the plot. ("The final episode [Last of the Time Lords] is a massive quest, it’s very stirring, and there are some very dark moments in amongst the fun.")

FILTER: - Magazines - Radio Times

Paul McGann interviewBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 - Reported by Marcus
Eighth Doctor Paul McGann has given an interview to BBC News Online.

In it he mentions Doctor Who, his initial reluctance to take the part, what won him over, and that kiss.

Thanks to Ian Kildin

FILTER: - People

Sound of Drums - AI Figure and Sunday RepeatBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 June 2007 - Reported by Marcus
Episode 12, The Sound of Drums, achieved an Appreciation Index score of87, way ahead of any other programme on the five main channels on Saturday and the joint highest AI figure of the week.

The second highest placing on BBC1 was Jekyll which got 83 and on ITV1 the highest place went to Parkinson with 79. Of the remaining three channelsCSI:NY scored highest with 85.

The Appreciation Index, or AI, is a measure of how much the audience liked the programme. It is a score out of 100, based on responses from a carefully selected panel. The average score for drama on BBC1 and ITV1 is 77. A score in excess of 85 is regarded as excellent while a score below 60 is poor.

On BBC3 the Sunday repeat got an audience of 1.01 millionviewers, which was a5.2% share. The programme was once more the most watched multichannel programme of the day, beating The Simpsons on Sky One.

Also on BBC3, last Sundays repeat of Utopia scored an AI of 88 and SaurdaysDoctor Who Confidential scored 85.

With overnight ratings for Sunday now available, Doctor Who is the 11th most watched programme of the week. There is a slim possibility of a top ten place when official final figures are released by BARB in about nine days time.

FILTER: - Ratings - UK - Series 3/29

Last Of The Time Lords TrailerBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 June 2007 - Reported by DWNP Archive

The full trailer for Last Of The Time Lords, which aired on BBC TV yesterday, is now available to view on the official programme website.

The climax to Series Three will be shown on BBC1 this coming Saturday at 7.05pm.

FILTER: - Series 3/29 - Broadcasting

Who is the Greatest Doctor Who?Bookmark and Share

Monday, 25 June 2007 - Reported by Chuck Foster

The UK digital channel UKTV Drama will be running a special Doctor Who weekend on the 14th-15th July, and as a part of the proceedings fans will be able to vote for their favourite Doctor in an online poll.

The vote can be made from the UKTV Drama website between 29th Junethrough to 13th July.

FILTER: - Press

Canada: The Shakespeare Code on CBC and in MetroBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 June 2007 - Reported by Mike Doran

The Shakespeare Code airs tonight, Monday June 25th, 2007 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation at 8:00pm (8:30pm in Newfoundland). The episode has received a Critics' Corner recommendation in freebie newspaper Metro. Metro publishes editions in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton but not all cities are recommending Doctor Who tonight. The Doctor Who mention can be found on different pages in different cities or can be read online at the Metro website.

FILTER: - Canada - Series 3/29 - Broadcasting

Sarah Jane comes to DVDBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 June 2007 - Reported by Jarrod Cooper

BBC Shop has announced that The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion of the Bane is due to be released on Region 2 DVD in the UK on October 29th.
Sarah Jane Smith is a truly remarkable woman. She inhabits a world of mystery, danger and wonder. A world where aliens are commonplace and the Earth is constantly under threat. A world that Maria Jackson - a seemingly ordinary girl - can only dream of until she moves in next door. Nothing will ever be ordinary again. In the first adventure, there's a new drink taking the world by storm - Bubbleshock! Everyone's drinking it. When Maria's dragged along to the factory tour by her new friend, Kelsey - a girl with an opinion on everything - she's plunged into the sinister world of Bubbleshock and the mysterious Mrs Wormwood. There's something terrible behind the hype - something Sarah Jane's interested in too...

The Sarah Jane Adventures are thrilling stories for children. Big adventures, superb effects, wicked comedy.

FILTER: - Sarah Jane - Blu-ray/DVD