BBC TVC Memorabilia up for auctionBookmark and Share

Friday, 26 September 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC TVC Memorabilia: 11th Doctor Canvas (Credit: BBC/PPAuctions)A large variety of old items from BBC Television Centre are to be sold off in an online auction taking place over the first week of November, including a large, 3.5m wide by 2.5m high canvas backdrop that was used to promote Doctor Who during the eleventh Doctor's era.

The auction is being held by PPAuctions, which comes as the Television Centre itself is formally handed over to its new owners, Stanhope plc, at the end of the month; an earlier auction of BBC memorabilia was undertaken during June.





Kill the Moon - Press DetailsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 September 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have confirmed that the seventh episode in the current run of Doctor Who, Kill the Moon, will broadcast at 8:30pm in the evening.

The programme will once more follow Strictly Come Dancing, the original UK version of the Dancing with the Stars franchise, and will be followed by Casualty. On the other main UK channels the episode is scheduled against ITV's The X Factor (which airs from 8:00pm to 9:20pm), a repeat of Dad's Army on BBC2, Grand Designs on Channel 4, and the spaghetti western Joe Kidd on Channel Five.

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle, making a suicide mission to the Moon.

Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma.

When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.





Tom Baker AutographsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - Reported by Marcus
Tom Baker has announced, via his website, a new way to obtain autographs from the Fourth Doctor.

The actor will no longer accept requests sent through his agents as demand has become unmanageable. However fans can now purchase autographs here from his website, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex.

As well as signing cards and photographs, Baker will sign personal paper based items such as video/DVD or CD cover, photo or other picture of himself. If you want an autograph for your copy of Baker’s autobiography or The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, please do not send the books, but send the dust jacket.

Please check the website for full details.




Doctor Who Adventures - Issue 355Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The winners of the ultimate Doctor Who family competition, have been announced by BBC Doctor Who Adventures magazine

Moray Laing, Editor of Doctor Who Adventures, says:

Earlier this year we launched our search to find a family that live and breath Doctor Who unlike any other. We were really impressed with the response and it wasn’t easy choosing the overall winner because we got some amazing entries!

However, the ultimate award goes to the Fishpool family from Cleveland. In their entry they explained how the boys, Dylan and Noah, have a TARDIS blue bedroom, have amazing Doctor Who parties and love playing Doctor Who all the time… and they even have a dog called Tennant.
The family win a year’s worth of Doctor Who Adventures, an action figure and a Doctor Who calendar. Three runner-up families win goodies too.

Also this issue:
  • A sneaky look at the next two episodes of Doctor Who.
  • Which monster should be crowned the grossest creature of all time?
  • The chance to win Doctor Who – Deep Breath on DVD plus a complete set of Doctor Who Regeneration stickers from Topps.
  • Essential facts about the Dalek Prime Minister.
  • Fun puzzles, quizzes and things to cut out and keep.
  • Interview with Ben Miller, who recently played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Who.
  • Comic fun and danger for the Doctor, Clara and also the Alien Babies.
  • Bonus token to win a life-size TARDIS for your school.
The new issue of BBC Doctor Who Adventures, Issue 355, is on sale from 24 September – 7 October 2014, priced £3.99. The issue comes with a A2 Doctor Who poster to celebrate the launch of the new Topps Regeneration collection, plus 13 Doctor Who stickers, including exclusive ones.




Listen - Chart PositionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - Reported by Marcus

Listen has now been confirmed as being the 7th most watched programme on British Television for the week ending 14th September 2014.

The episode, with 7.01 million viewers, was the second most watched programme on BBC Television, only being beaten by The Great British Bake Off which had 10.13 million watching.

Saturday'sThe X Factor on ITV, topped the chart with 10.21 million watching.

The chart position continues the run of episodes in the UK top ten, with the last seven stories reaching that position.

The longest run of stories in the top ten was from Midnight in June 2008 to The Beast Below in April 2010, a run of eleven episodes, but which covered a number of specials.

Series Eight is the first series where, on final figures, the first four episodes have all reached the top ten.




The Caretaker - New PicturesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released a new set of pictures from the next episode of Doctor Who - The Caretaker, which debuts next Saturday.
The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity - but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor decides to go undercover.
Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat, and directed by Paul Murphy.

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The Caretaker: official trailerBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 September 2014 - Reported by Chuck Foster




The Two Doctors: revised release clarificationBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 September 2014 - Reported by Alex Frazer-Harrison and Chuck Foster
The Two Doctors (R2) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)After receiving recent reports that the DVD of The Two Doctors no longer includes A Fix With Sontarans as an extra, we checked with BBC Worldwide over the status of the story's release and they have verified:

The Fix It special master copy has been amended from all further DVD sales after the Savile issues came to light. The sleeves and menus on the amended release should have been changed to reflect that.

We’ve now notified the online distributors so this will be amended.

At the time of writing, online retailers such as the BBC Shop and Amazon still list the extra; purchasers of the story should verify which version they are buying as retailers may hold either version in stock at present.





The Complete Matt Smith - Blu-ray Gift SetBookmark and Share

Monday, 22 September 2014 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Home Entertainment in the United States, has announced a massive collection in honour of the Eleventh Doctor and the man who portrayed him with the release of Doctor Who: The Complete Matt Smith Years Limited Edition Blu-ray Gift Set, which will be released in time for the holidays on November 4, 2014.

Matt Smith made his first appearance as the Doctor in 2010, and went on to star in three seasons of Doctor Who, written and executive produced by Steven Moffat.

The set features the complete adventures of the Eleventh Doctor – every season, every special, every episode. It also includes, for the very first time on a special bonus disc, Doctor Who Proms 2013, The Day of the Doctor: From Script to Screen, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot and Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide. It also includes the two part special The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Death of the Doctor and the docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.

Doctor Who at the Proms 2013 – It’s always a thrilling night when the BBC’s annual classical music festival, the Proms, features the music of Doctor Who. Hosted by none other than the 11th Doctor himself, Matt Smith, plus companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) and a fantastic assortment of special guests (and monsters), Murry Gold’s iconic music from the program has never sounded better than in this live concert, which was a highlight of the build-up to DoctorWho’s 50th Anniversary.
The Day of the Doctor: From Script to Screen – Witness the initial table read for Doctor Who’s legendary 50th Annivesary episode, The Day of the Doctor, and then see the episode come to life on screen through interviews with Matt Smith, David Tennant, Steven Moffat and others as well as footage from the filming. It’s an exciting look inside the process of bringing Doctor Who to life.
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot – In the build-up to Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, rumors were swirling wildly about which former Doctors would be featured in the anniversary episode itself. In this hilarious comic spoof, former Doctors Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and Paul McGann poke fun at the mystery and themselves in hysterical fashion. With cameos from Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat, Russell T Davies and others.
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide – Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) introduce this insightful look back at the remarkable 50-year history of Doctor Who featuring interviews with the cast and the people behind the scenes, past and present, plus a host of celebrity fans. Doctor Who – The Ultimate Guide delves deep into the history of the Doctor, profiling his many incarnations and charting the progression of his character from his old-fashioned, black and white origins to his more complex, many-layered, modern-day persona and the multi-faceted menaces he has faced through the years. This is the defining documentary of Doctor Who, the perfect way to celebrate a rich 50-year old marvel.
Sarah Janes Adventures: The Death of the Doctor - The Eleventh Doctor makes a special appearance in the spin-off series Sarah Janes Adventure. In the two part special written by Russell T Davies, Sarah Jane is reunited with another of the Doctor’s former companions, Jo Grant (Katy Manning), as they investigate the fate of the Doctor at his own funeral. Things get more complicated when they’re joined by the Eleventh Doctor himself in an alien-busting adventure featuring brand-new vulture aliens, the mysterious Shansheeth and a trip to an alien planet.
The set is available for pre-order from Amazon.