Smile - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Sunday, 23 April 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: Smile (Credit: BBC / Simon Ridgway)Doctor Who - Smile had an overnight viewing audience of 4.25 million viewers, a share of 22.9% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial figures.

Top for the day was the ITV show Britain's Got Talent, with 9.21 million watching, a massive 44% of the total audience. The remainder of the evening was dominated by BBC One with All Round to Mrs Brown's getting 5.03 million. The FA Cup averaged around 5 million viewers pushing Doctor Who into fourth place for the day.

Official ratings data, included those who timeshift the episode, will be released in 8 days time.

The early morning signed repeat of The Pilot, shown on BBC Two at 4.10am, had an average audience of 129,000 viewers, a 13.9% share of the available audience.




Smile - New PicturesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 April 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have released new pictures taken from the upcoming episode of Doctor Who - Smile.
Smile

Writer: Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Director: Lawrence Gough

The language of the future is emoji! The Doctor takes Bill to a spectacular city on a distant planet - but where are the colonists? A band of 'cute' droids hold the deadly answer.
The episode premieres on BBC One this Saturday at 7.20pm, followed by transmission around the world. Full details here
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New Comics ComingBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 - Reported by Marcus
This week sees the release of the latest editor of the Titan Comic series featuring the Tenth Doctor.

On sale next week​, are two new Doctor Who titles; including an interlude issue for Twelfth Doctor's Year Three - from writer James Peaty and artist Warren Pleece, and a brand-new side to the Ninth Doctor with SIN EATERS Part 2; from writer Cavan Scott and artist Adriana Melo!

Titles out 19th April

THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean
Cover A: Wellington Alves Cover B: Photo Cover C: Simon Myers Cover D: Iolanda Zanfardino

New adventures of the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant
THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4 Cover A (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4 Cover B (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4 Cover C (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4 Cover D (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4 Page 1 (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4 Page 2 (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4 Page 3 (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4 Page 4 (Credit: Titan) THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #4 Page 5 (Credit: Titan)

Titles out 26th April


TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR 3 #2

Writer: James Peaty
Artist: Warren Pleece
Cover A - Regular Claudia Ianniciello Cover B - Photo Will Brooks Cover C - Linked Set Of Four Ryan Hall Cover D - Pasquale Qualano & Amoona Saohin Cover E - Iolanda Zanfardino Wholanta Exclusive Cover - Kelly Yates

Special INTERLUDE issue! What is the mystery of "THE BOY WITH THE DISPLACED SMILE?" New adventures of the twelfth Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi
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DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Adriana Melo
Cover A - Cris Bolson & Marco Lesko Cover B - Photo – Will Brooks Cover C - Linked Set By Ryan Hall Cover D - Pasquale Qualano

New adventures of the ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston!
DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12 Cover A (Credit: Titan CRIS BOLSON & MARCO LESKO) DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12 Cover B (Credit: Titan WILL BROOKS) DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12 Cover C (Credit: Titan RYAN HALL) DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12 Cover D (Credit: Titan PASQUALE QUALANO) DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12 Page 1 (Credit: Titan) DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12 Page 2 (Credit: Titan) DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12 Page 3 (Credit: Titan) DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12 Page 4 (Credit: Titan) DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #12 Page 5 (Credit: Titan)





Penguin Podcast: Jon Culshaw in conversationBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Jon Culshaw in conversation with Meera Syal (Credit: Penguin)This week's Penguin Podcast is a special Doctor Who edition, featuring Jon Culshaw.

Chatting to Meera Syal, he covers topics as diverse as astronomy, comedy and ZX Spectrums, as well as his favourite Doctors and just why he - and millions like him - first fell in love with the series. He also reveals which two classic Doctor Who novelisations he’ll be reading next.

The podcast can be heard via the Penguin website.




The Pilot - AI 83Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Pilot - The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)Doctor Who - The Pilot had an Audience Appreciation or Ai figure of 83

The Appreciation Index in an indication of how much viewers enjoyed the episode. It is based to the reactions of a selected panel of viewers, who rate the episode shortly after transmission.

83 is considered a good score, roughly similar to the scores achieved by the last series of the show,

The highest score for the evening was shared by Dad's Army on BBC Two and the film The Imitation Game on Channel 4, both of which scored 87.




Overnight Australian ratings for The PilotBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 April 2017 - Reported by Adam Kirk
The Pilot has debuted in Australia, averaging 495,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the eighth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.
Media Links: TV Tonight




The Pilot - Overnight Viewing FiguresBookmark and Share

Sunday, 16 April 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Pilot - The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway)Doctor Who - The Pilot had an overnight viewing figure of 4.64 million viewers, a share of 24.8% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial viewing figures.

Saturday's top show was Britain's Got Talent on ITV which had 8.65 million watching.

Doctor Who was BBC One's second highest rated show for the evening, just behind All Round to Mrs Brown's which had 4.67 million. It just beat Pointless Celebrities which had 4.34 million watching. Casualty had 3.48 million.

Final figures, including those who timeshift, will be released next Monday, which should see Doctor Who substantially increase its audience.




The Pilot - Media RoundupBookmark and Share

Sunday, 16 April 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Pilot - Bill, as played by Pearl Mackie (Credit: BBC/Des Willie)The new series of Doctor Who hit UK screens last night, but what did the media make of the latest adventure for the Doctor, and of his new fresh-faced companion?

The Telegraph's Ben Lawrence was pleased with the pairing: "their relationship, on the basis of this sensitively written episode, looks set to be the best since Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler and David Tennant’s Doctor flirted through time and space over a decade ago.". Clair Woodward in the Express had similar thoughts: "showrunner and writer Stephen Moffatt has pulled off what many thought was an impossible feat by bringing some much-needed humanity back to the series, a great deal of which comes from new female companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, who has a really lovely chemistry with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. I can’t remember the old sod smiling so much." Colleague Neela Debnath for the Sunday Express added: "newcomer Pearl feels totally natural in the role and is a strong fit for Doctor Who, with elements of Eighties companion Ace (Sophie Aldred), thanks to those patches on her coat but also her intelligence. You get the sense that she might have a science background like Ace’s extensive knowledge of chemistry, although there is nothing to prove it - and she is simply working in the university canteen.".

Of course there's always those who don't take to the show so easily. The Mail on Sunday chose to focus on Bill's sexuality, citing feminist campaigner Julie Bindel's thoughts: "This is something that is clearly done for the benefit of those who just think of it as girl-on-girl titillation. I don’t want to have representations of lesbians which is all about sexism, double entendres and sexualised behaviour. It’s just taking two women and using the blueprint of sexist heterosexuality."

Daniel Jackson in the Mirror noted: "it’s quite telling that the director pulled focus to a photo of The Doctor’s granddaughter during her introduction - it reaffirms how Moffat sees the new coupling.". Patrick Mulkern from the Radio Times added: "Susan has barely been mentioned since her departure in 1964. Carole Ann Ford reprised the role in The Five Doctors (1983), we saw a blur of Susan fleeing Gallifrey in The Name of the Doctor (2013), and of course Susan was An Unearthly Child, the focus of the original “Pilot Episode” in 1963. For now, I’m not reading too much into this sudden reminder of her existence."

Summing up the feel of the episode as a whole, Patrick continued: "The Pilot has a lovely visual flair and is given an energetic snap from director Lawrence Gough. The effects of the menacing puddle and the watery transformations are expertly handled. But there’s a simple pleasure to be had in the presentation of our old friend, the Tardis. Never has it looked more stunning than in the gradual zoom-out from Bill at the police box doors as the lights and mechanisms flicker to life.. Jeff Robson of the i commented: "Bill was totally hooked – and, with reservations, so was I. It was amazing that in a set-up seen quite a few times before Moffat, director Lawrence Gough and the two leads still managed to serve up plentiful helpings of sharp dialogue and pulse-racing moments. Mackie could well be the breath of fresh air the series needs. She’s more down to earth than Jenna Coleman’s Clara, but believably gobsmacked by it all too."

With the story overall, Ben commented: "this episode may not have pushed all the buttons, but it was a reminder of how good Doctor Who can be when it tugs at the heartstrings, and moves from pyrotechnics into a more thoughtful, psychologically ambitious orbit.". Clair's thoughts: "This first episode brought Doctor Who’s humanity back, after a long, chilly spell. “What are any of us looking for? We’re looking for someone who’s looking for us,” said the Doctor about Bill’s crush on Heather, but it obviously applied to the way he felt about his new companion as well. I think viewers will find the new partnership equally loveable, and plotlines more understandable." Dan Martin of the Guardian observes: "it’s ironic and impressive, for a showrunner who gets criticised for reusing ideas, that Steven Moffat has delivered one of his freshest openers for his final run. It would indeed be a good place to join the show. In fact, I might start my little nephew off right here." Daniel noted: "more importantly, this episode nails the mellowing of the 12th Doctor. Perhaps his 50-year stint on Earth has done him good? Capaldi’s Doctor is certainly showing his more caring side."


Additional views and reviews of The Pilot can be found at: Belfast Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Mail, Mirror, Metro, Digital Spy, Wales Online, TV.com, The Quietus, Vox, A.V. Club, Screener.




Twelfth Doctor Comic - Year ThreeBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 April 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Twelfth Doctor begins his third year in comic form this week.

The Year Two team of George Mann, Rachael Stott and Mariano Laclaustra return. The Doctor is ready for a brand new set of adventures in time and space. This is an accessible jumping on point for new readers, Year Three will be available monthly.

Alongside these series' debut issue, this week sees the release of some more Eleventh Doctor in the second part of Alex Paknadel / Simon Fraser​'​s two-parter "THE TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR" as well as new Torchwood

TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Mariano Laclaustra
Cover A: Josh Burns Cover B: Photo variant Cover C: Rachael Smith Cover D: Mariano Laclaustra Cover E: Antonio Fuso Cover F: Pasquale Qualano

The astounding Year Two team of George Mann, Rachael Stott and Mariano Laclaustra returns!

The Doctor is ready for a BRAND NEW set of thrilling adventures in time and space...

A super-accessible jumping on point for new readers, Year Three will now ship monthly.
Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Cover_A (Credit: Titan) Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Cover_B (Credit: Titan) Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Cover_C (Credit: Titan) Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Cover_D (Credit: Titan) Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Cover_E (Credit: Titan) Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Cover_F (Credit: Titan) Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Page_1 (Credit: Titan) Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Page_2 (Credit: Titan) Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Page_3 (Credit: Titan) Twelfth_Doctor_3_1_Page_4 (Credit: Titan)


ELEVENTH DOCTOR YEAR 3 #4

Writer: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Simon Fraser
COVER A - REGULAR By Wellington Diaz COVER B - PHOTO By Will Brooks COVER C - By Rachael Smith COVER D - By Arianna Florean

The adventures of the Eleventh Doctor continue!
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TORCHWOOD: STATION ZERO #3

Writer: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
COVER A - CLAUDIA CARANFA COVER B - WILL BROOKS COVER C - KELLY YATES

The team have uncovered a plot by the alien Navigators to harvest the Earth for their own purposes. Captain John Hart and Lady Karina sought the astrolabe, so Karina could give it to the Navigators, but the pair were captured by Torchwood. However, the Navigators have begun their plan to ‘compost’ Earth, causing dormant volcanoes around the planet to erupt...
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Radio TimesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Radio Times (15 - 21 Apr 2017) (Credit: Radio Times)The latest edition of the Radio Times celebrates the return of Doctor Who on television this weekend with a front cover featuring Peter Capaldi and new companion Pearl Mackie.

Inside the magazine, Pearl explained how she went up for a part in "Mean Town":
It transpired it was an anagram for Woman Ten, the companion in the tenth series, because if agents had known it was a Doctor Who casting, they'd have put every client up for it. Just walking through the foyer (of the Soho Hotel) was nerve-racking, I rocked up in my Afro and bright yellow trainers and a baggy T-shirt, into this big glossy octagon foyer and they told me to wait in a room till they were ready for me - I almost ran away.
Capaldi was happy to reassure her, however:
I think you looked very cool there. You didn't seem fazed, you seemed to have a life beyond the scene. It was like Bill ha existed rather than saying lines for an audition.

The full interview can be read in the magazine, which also includes a brief synopsis of each episode this series by Steven Moffat - who also confirms that the episodes of his two-part finale will be called "World Enough And Time" and "The Doctor Falls".


The Radio Times is out now in the United Kingdom