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 4 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 25 Jul 2012

Children in Need: Auction resultsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Pudsy WhoAs reported last week, a few Doctor Who-related items were donated for auction on behalf of Children in Need; all items have now completed off, raising the following for the charity:

It is still possible to donate to the charity via the BBC website:
Donate here!

FILTER: - Charities - Auctions

SPACE confirms The Snowmen for Christmas DayBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Canadian channel SPACE have confirmed that, like BBC America in the United States, they will be broadcasting the Christmas Special The Snowmen on Christmas Day at 9:00pm ET.

Tuesday, Dec.25 – Wednesday, Dec. 26 : DOCTOR WHO MARATHON

Holy sonic screwdrivers! On Christmas Day, viewers get to relive Season 7 of DOCTOR WHO, followed by SPACE’s favourite time-traveling tradition – the premiere of the 2012 DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, The Snowmen. This year’s holiday escapade introduces a new companion, a new look for the Doctor, and a new monster.

Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor, and introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman as his new companion Clara, The Snowmen follows their adventures as they embark on a mission to save Christmas from the villainous Doctor Simeon (Richard E Grant, The Iron Lady, Dracula) and his army of icy snowmen. Then, the marathon to end all marathons continues with a TARDIS full of Time Lord-themed holiday specials.

4 p.m. ET – DOCTOR WHO Season 7 Marathon
9 p.m. ET – THE SNOWMEN *SPACE Premiere*

Australian broadcaster ABC announced at the weekend that they would be showing it locally on Boxing Day at 7:30pm; the BBC have yet to confirm time of broadcast in the UK, though in previous years it has been scheduled between 6:00-7:00pm.

FILTER: - Canada - Series Specials - Series 7/33

Bonhams: Entertainment Media AuctionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Bonhams have now released the catalogue for their next Entertainment Media Auction, which once again contains a number of items related to Doctor Who and its spin-offs. The usual assortment of costumes and props are available to bid upon, which also includes costumes worn by John Barrowman and Elisabeth Sladen in their respective roles as Jack and Sarah. Other highlights include a TARDIS phone panel, SV7's costume from The Robots of Death, original paperwork from Planet of the Spiders, Revelation of the Daleks and Remembrance of the Daleks, and Sarah's car from The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Lot No: 147 - Doctor Who: A 'Tardis' panel (1987)Lot No: 147 - Doctor Who: A 'Tardis' panel (1987)

In blue-painted wood with white lettering Police Telephone Free For Use Of Public Advice And Assistance Obtainable Immediately Officers And Cars Respond To Urgent Calls Pull To Open (29x36.5cm).

According to information from the vendor, this was supplied by the BBC to CAL, the company that animated the 'Doctor Who' title sequence for the 24th Series in 1987. Oliver Elms, the BBC graphics designer who story-boarded the sequence, sent the Tardis panel to CAL to be used as part of the design process. From the livery and typeface, this is a 1980s-style door sign.

Estimate: £400-500, €500-630, $640-800
Lot 143: Doctor Who - The Planet Of The Spiders: A group of original scriptsLot 143: Doctor Who - The Planet Of The Spiders: A group of original scripts

From March-May 1974, comprising rehearsal scripts for Episodes 1-5, and camera scripts for Episodes 3-6, with some annotations, together with a statement confirming provenance.

This story was the last to feature Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, ending with his transformation into Tom Baker. These scripts were obtained from a member of the Special Effects team.

Estimate: £1,200-1,500, €1,500-1,900, $1,900-2,400
Lot No: 144 -SV7 costume -  Doctor Who/Tom Baker: The Robots of Death, 1977Lot No: 144 - SV7 costume - Doctor Who/Tom Baker: The Robots of Death, 1977

An S.V.7 costume, comprising: a jacket, with quilted silver lamé sleeves, and plain cotton body, inscribed in black ink inside 'Miles Fothergill' ; a pair of three quarter length quilted silver lamé trousers, inscribed 'M.F.', together with a helmet, believed to be latter of coloured fibreglass, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Estimate: £2,000-3,000, €2,500-3,800, $3,200-4,800
Lot No: 151 - Torchwood, 2006 - 2011: Captain Jack Harkness costumeLot No: 151 - Torchwood, 2006 - 2011: Captain Jack Harkness costume

A full length RAF blue Great Coat, double breasted with domed gilt RAF-style buttons with raised wings and crown motif and Group Captain epaulettes, well worn with simulated bullet holes to each sleeve, labelled in the inside jacket pocket Angels, handwritten in blue ink John Barrowman, April '06, with attached BBC stocknumber

Estimate: £700-900, €880-1,100, $1,100-1,400
Lot 156: The Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 1 Pilot - Invasion of the Bane: complete Sarah Jane Smith 'Hero' costumeLot 156: The Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 1 Pilot- Invasion of the Bane: complete Sarah Jane Smith 'Hero' costume

Comprises: maroon coloured velvet 'Karen Millen' coat with beige coloured stitching; a black and brown stripe dress of cotton/ lycra mix; cerise pink 'Karen Millen' cardigan with grey coloured pearlised buttons; a pair of maroon coloured tights and a pair of flat 'Bally' black knee high 'pony skin' boots, each with BBC asset number and label attached, boots size 37 (6)

Estimate: £500-600, €630-750, $800-950
Lot No: 163 - The Sarah Jane Adventures, 2007 - 2011: Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith Sarah Jane's car - A 1991 Nissan Figaro Two-Door Targa CoupÃLot No: 163 - The Sarah Jane Adventures, 2007 - 2011: Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith Sarah Jane's car - A 1991 Nissan Figaro Two-Door Targa Coupé

This is the second registration to feature in the show, but remained Sarah Jane's vehicle until the series ended in 2011.

Estimate: £4,000-6,000, €5,000-7,500, $6,400-9,500

The auction takes place at the Knightsbridge auction room on 12th December 2012.

Full list of auction items related to Doctor Who and its spin-offs

LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
118Daleks Invasion 2150AD poster500-700
143Planet of the Spiders original scripts1200-1500
144SV7 costume from The Robots of Death2000-3000
145Revelation of the Daleks autographed scripts for episodes 1,2500-600
146Remembrance of the Daleks autographed OB Schedule250-300
147Police Box panel400-500
148Foam shark model from A Christmas Carol1000-1500
150TW: scale corpse model from Countrycide200-300
151TW: Captain Jack Harkness coat700-900
152TW: Jack's safe door500-700
153TW: Jack's bedroom hatch door300-400
154TW: Martha Jones costume from Reset300-500
155TW: Gwen Cooper costume from Meat500-700
156SJA: Sarah's costume from Invasion of the Bane500-600
157SJA: two "Slab" costumes from Warriors of Kudlak250-300
158SJA: Eve's costume from The Mad Woman in the Attic200-250
159SJA: Androvax costume from Prisoner of the Judoon and The Vault of Secrets300-400
160SJA: Clyde Langer costumes (15)350-400
161SJA: Shansheeth costume from Death of the Doctor250-300
162SJA: two Mister Dread costumes from The Vault of Secrets250-300
163SJA: Sarah's car (1991 Nissan Figaro two-door Targa Coupe)4000-6000

FILTER: - Doctor Who - Torchwood - Sarah Jane - Auctions

Overnight Ratings for The Great DetectiveBookmark and Share

Sunday, 18 November 2012 - Reported by Marcus
The Great Detective, the prequel to the Doctor Who Christmas Episode, shown as part of the BBC's Children in Need programme, was watched by 6.3 million viewers, according to unofficial overnight viewing figures.

The trail for the upcoming episode, The Snowmen, which aired an hour later, was watched by 8.6 million viewers, out-rating Coronation Street on ITV1.

FILTER: - Doctor Who - Ratings - UK

Series Six for Latin AmericaBookmark and Share

Sunday, 18 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Worldwide Sales and Distribution Latin America have announced that the sixth series of Doctor Who will be broadcast in the region via the exclusive DIRECTV Latin America channel OnDIRECTV.

Willard Tressel, OnDIRECTV's General Manager, said:
We value our ongoing partnership with BBC Worldwide, which allows us to offer a variety of high quality content on OnDIRECTV and OnDIRECTV HD to our subscribers in Latin America. Plus, after airing the recent series re-boot of Doctor Who, our subscribers have been urgently asking for more!

Helen Jurado, VP, Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide Latin America, said:
Doctor Who boasts a massive audience and fan following around the world and OnDIRECTV is the perfect home for this incredibly successful show. As one of the longest-running sci-fi programs in history, we are confident it will gain further traction with viewers and attract new legions of fans throughout Latin America as it approaches its 50th anniversary.

FILTER: - Series 6/32 - BBC Worldwide - Press - Latin America

Boxing Day debut for The Snowmen in AustraliaBookmark and Share

Sunday, 18 November 2012 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Snowmen, will make its Australian debut on Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2012 at 7.30pm on ABC1.

The previous two Christmas specials, A Christmas Carol and The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, also debuted in Australia on Boxing Day.

Media Links: TV Tonight

FILTER: - Series Specials - Broadcasting - Series 7/33 - Australia

The Snowmen: BBC America Press ReleaseBookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC America have published a press release for this year's Christmas Special, which will be broadcast on the channel on Christmas Day at 9:00pm ET/PT.


Announced today, the title of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special is The Snowmen. A new companion, a new look for the Doctor, plus a new monster will all be introduced in this movie-scale episode. Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and introducing Jenna-Louise Coleman as new companion Clara, The Snowmen follows their adventures as they embark on a mission to save Christmas from the villainous Doctor Simeon (Richard E Grant, The Iron Lady, Dracula) and his army of icy snowmen. This year’s Doctor Who Christmas special premieres Tuesday, December 25, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA.

A sneak peek was released earlier today, during the broadcast of the BBC Children in Need special, revealing a new costume for the Doctor. Additionally, a special prequel was released showing the impact of the loss of the Ponds, with old friends Vastra, Strax and Jenny trying to persuade the Doctor not to give up his adventures.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, said: "The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favorite things - but this year it's different. He's lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he's not in a good place: in fact, he's Scrooge. He's withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it's time to return to the good fight. Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman..."

Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, commented: "For this year’s Christmas special we have the wonderfully villainous Richard E Grant as Doctor Simeon. As well as lizards, Victorian assassins and deranged warriors from the future, who all return to convince the Doctor that he should board the TARDIS again and save the world. Add to that Jenna-Louise Coleman and so begins the Christmas Special 2012. I hope everyone enjoys it!"

The BBC Cymru Wales produced series will return to BBC AMERICA on December 25 and an additional eight epic episodes will premiere in the spring.

Doctor Simeon (Richard E Grant). Photo: BBC Worldwide

The BBC have also published a press release for the Special, though unlike the United States the time of transmission has yet to be confirmed.

FILTER: - USA - Series Specials - Press - Series 7/33

The Snowmen: new publicity photoBookmark and Share

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The BBC have released a new promotional image for this year's Christmas Special, featuring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara:

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman in the Christmas Special. Photo: BBC

A photo of the Doctor in front of the TARDIS was released during the week as part of the publicity for Children in Need, and during this evening's charity show the special's first full trailer was broadcast, introducing Coleman's character and revealing the title as The Snowmen.

FILTER: - Series Specials - Series 7/33

Christmas Special: title revealedBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Matt Smith and Jenna-Louse Coleman introduced on Children in Need. Photo: Press AssociationThe title of this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special has been revealed on Children in Need to be:

A trailer for the episode was broadcast tonight, which also introduced the Doctor's new friend-to-be, Clara (as played by Jenna-Louise Coleman). In addition, a special minisode was broadcast earlier in the evening to introduce the episode - The Great Detective featured the Doctor's old friends Vastra, Jenny and Strax in their attempts to coax him out of retirement ...

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FILTER: - Charities - Series Specials - Series 7/33

Big Finish: Dark EyesBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Big Finish have released details about their new adventure for the Eighth Doctor, as played by Paul McGann:
The Eighth Doctor in new costume. Photo: Big Finish"We have a long history of adventures with the Eighth Doctor," says writer/director Nicholas Briggs, "and we'd just got to the end of four years' worth of adventures with Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller. So, I wanted to create a fresh start for Paul McGann and our listeners. It's a real jumping-on point where the Doctor is embroiled in a whole new, gigantic adventure. You can listen to this without ever having heard an Eighth Doctor audio drama before and understand every word and nuance. Of course, if you want to go back and find out what happened before, you can always do that too."

Dark Eyes introduces a new companion for the Eighth Doctor in the form of Molly O’Sullivan, played by Ruth Bradley, a volunteer nurse who he meets in France during the First World War. "I wanted there to be a new companion who had something different to offer," Nick continues. "Someone mentioned that there'd never been an Irish companion in the TARDIS and I was already thinking of making her someone who was involved in the First World War, so the two things came together to make something rather unique in the form of Molly O'Sullivan. She's a girl who's seen and experienced the most terrible, harrowing things, so she's no innocent and she's not really a willing participant in the Doctor's adventures. Also, she is the 'Dark Eyes' of the title, so the adventure is all about her relationship with the Doctor."

Dark Eyes also showcases a new costume for Paul McGann’s Doctor, which was designed and made by WETA Workshop. "That's something that Paul McGann worked out with an great Australian guy called William Geradts who organises conventions Down Under," Nick explains. "He and Paul got chatting about creating a new image for the Eighth Doctor and Bill got WETA to make it for him. Paul loved it and came to us, asking if we'd be prepared to use it. Since the Eighth Doctor had had so many adventures with us, and it seemed odd that he'd keep that Wild Bill Hickok costume on for so long, we thought it was high time for a change. Our Doctors show so much loyalty, continuing to work with us over the years, so we're always happy to incorporate their ideas and this was one we were very keen to embrace. We sent the images to the BBC, they approved them, so off we went! It's a brave new era with a great new look."

As mentioned above, McGann is joined by Ruth Bradley, who recently appeared in the mini-series Titanic (which also co-starred Jenna-Louise Coleman) and is known in sci-fi circles for her role as Emily Merchant in Primeval. Peter Egan plays Straxas: the actor is about to appear in Downton Abbey this Christmas, but is probably best known from Ever Decreasing Circles; for Big Finish he previously played Moloch in Protect and Survive. Toby Jones plays Kotris: the actor's Doctor Who credentials include playing the Doctor himself - aka the Dream Lord - in 2010's series episode Amy's Choice; other credits include playing Dobby in the Harry Potter films, and also appearing in Titanic alongside Bradley.

Dark Eyes (available to order)
by Nicholas Briggs
starring Paul McGann, Ruth Bradley and Peter Egan

'I really hoped it would be a wonderful view... to look back from the end of everything... to see how things finally turned out.'

The Doctor is looking for hope. But instead, he finds himself on a mission. The Time Lords have uncovered terrifying fragments of an insane plot to destroy the universe. And somehow, at the centre of that plot is one, random female in Earth’s history, Molly O’Sullivan.

Soon, the Doctor and Molly find themselves thrown headlong into a series of dangerous and terrifying adventures, with the dreaded Daleks never far behind them.

FILTER: - Merchandise - Audio - Paul McGann - Big Finish