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

World Enough and Time - Previews and IntroductionBookmark and Share

Friday, 23 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus

This week BBC One will show Doctor Who at 6.45pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 24 Jun 20176:45pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 24 Jun 20179.20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 25 Jun 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 8:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 25 Jun 201711.25pm EEST(Sun 9:55am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 25 Jun 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 25 Jun 20178:00pm BRT(Mon 12:00qm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 25 Jun 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

Full listings here




FILTER: - Publicity - Series 10/36

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Dreamer's LamentBookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 June 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Candy Jar Books have announced the next in their range of Lethbridge-Stewart novels:

Lethbridge-Stewart: The Dreamer's Lament (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Dreamer's Lament
Written by Benjamin Burford-Jones
Cover by Martin Baines


While visiting his mother, Lethbridge-Stewart is a little perturbed when Harold Chorley calls to ask for his help. A train has gone missing near Bristol, and Chorley is convinced it has something to do with the Keynsham Triangle, where over fifty people have vanished without trace since the early 1800s.

Elsewhere, Anne Travers is coming to terms with a loss in her family, and sets about preparing for a funeral. However, news reaches her that both Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley have gone missing, and her help is required to find them. And, hopefully, solve the mystery of the Keynsham Triangle.

What connects the missing train to the Triangle, what has it got to do with a Wren from World War II, and just why does it appear that Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley are in the village of Keynsham in 1815?

The answers lie in the Dreamer’s Lament, and a strange being called the Loa.

The Dreamer’s Lament is written by newcomer to the range, Benjamin Burford-Jones, who previously wrote the children’s novel Beware of the Mirror Man for Candy Jar Books. It originates from an unpublished Second Doctor novel Ben wrote several years earlier, and was an early contender in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, as range editor Andy Frankham-Allen elaborates:
Shaun (Russell, head of publishing) brought the story to me during the early days of the series, but it took me a while to get to it. I was impressed by the core story, and realised that an almost page-one rewrite would be needed, but there were enough key elements contained in the original story for me to see how it would fit Lethbridge-Stewart. The hardest part to work out was the time travel aspect.
Ben was more than happy to rework the story:
When I was asked to adapt my unpublished book, how could I resist the challenge? It was an honour to add to the continuing adventures of Lethbridge-Stewart. Of course, I couldn’t resist setting the adventure in my home town of Keynsham.

When I first saw the wonderful artwork, I was over the moon. The cover sums up the story perfectly. It was almost as if Martin had read my mind.
The cover art in question is by Martin Baines, creating his second piece of Lethbridge-Stewart work after last year’s Times Squared. Martin says:
I really wanted to do justice to such imaginative story. The mixture of voodoo and time travel, plus zombie animals makes this a story a gift for a cover artist. Coming from an advertising background I usually draw cute dogs and cats, so I found that the main focal point of the cover was a real test for me having to make them as horrific as possible.
The Dreamer’s Lament has a foreword by Shaun:
I’ve known Ben for thirty-two years, after a chance meeting at a Bristol sci-fi shop. Alongside Doctor Who, Ben has always had an interest in all things zombie. He has even made his own zombie puppet. It seems quite natural for him to combine his two loves in this book.

The novel is available for pre-order now, individually, as part of the discounted UK bundle, or as an international bundle. It is also available as part of a yearly subscription offer - full details can be found via Candy Jar's website.



In addition, Candy Jar is launching its very first Summer Bumper Sale. Deals include:
  • 2 for 1 on selected Lethbridge-Stewart novels
  • 2 for £10 on selected Candy Jar titles
  • Low-low discounts on selected other books
  • Plus a couple of freebies available too!
For more information please visit their website.




FILTER: - Books - Candy Jar Books - Lethbridge-Stewart

Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise!Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! (Credit: Penguin Random House UK)
The cover image for a seasonal edition of the Hargreaves Dr series, Dr. Tenth: Christmas Surprise! has been released.

The new book features Adam Hargreaves' take on David Tennant's Tenth Doctor, seen here for the first time in his iconic Mr Men style!

Continuing the greatest mash-up in the Whoniverse with a Christmas adventure, the Tenth Doctor stars alongside much-loved companion Donna.

Dr. Tenth: Christmas Suprise will be published on 17th October 2017 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon




FILTER: - Books - Tenth Doctor

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in SpaceBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in Space (Credit: Panini)
The TARDIS doesn’t just travel through time – stories set in space have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The inhospitable void between the stars has served as the backdrop to epic space operas and nerve-racking thrillers, while harboring some of the most fearsome adversaries the Doctor has ever encountered.

Panini’s latest entry in the Essential Doctor Who series navigates a revealing course through the space lanes of Doctor Who, with all-new articles, rare images and exclusive interviews with:
  • Bob Baker (co-writer of The Three Doctors, The Invisible Enemy and many more)
  • Nick Bullen (costume designer for The Space Pirates)
  • Jamie Mathieson (writer of Oxygen)
  • Pat Mills (comics legend and co-writer of The Song of the Space Whale)
  • Hayley Nebauer (costume designer for the 2017 series)
  • Louise Page (costume designer for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
  • Charles Palmer (director of Oxygen)
  • Sid Sutton (Doctor Who title sequence designer)
Other highlights include a look at the groundbreaking model shoot for The Trial of a Time Lord, a fresh insight into the career of the show’s original story editor David Whitaker and guides to acclaimed stories such as The Daleks’ Master Plan and The Ark in Space.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
Oxygen showed that space is one of the most hostile environments the Doctor has ever visited. This issue goes behind the scenes on that episode, and many of the preceding stories that belong in the same tradition. Bring a smartsuit – it’s dangerous out there!
The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in Space is on sale now price £9.99.




FILTER: - Magazines

New Comics Out This WeekBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
This Wednesday, June 21, sees the release of two new Comics from Titan, the latest installment from the Twelfth Doctor and the start of a brand-new arc from the Tenth Doctor featuring a special ​team-up

D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​

Writer: D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 5 (Credit: Titan)
Artist: Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean
Cover A: Antonio Fuso ​Cover B: ​PHOTO By Will Brooks ​Cover C: ​Blair Shedd ​Cover D: ​Andy Walker

After defeating the Red Jade General in Ancient China, with the help of hundreds of Cindy’s clones,​ ​Gabby took a personal moment to reflect upon an old trip to London the Doctor took her on. She learned then that the Doctor has dark hidden depths, and as the team say goodbye to Cindy’s ‘children,’​ ​the TARDIS team may have to come to terms with those hidden depths once more...
D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover A (Credit: Titan / Antonio Fuso)D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks)D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover C (Credit: Titan / Blair Shedd)D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Cover D (Credit: Titan / Andy Walker)D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 1 (Credit: Titan)D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 2 (Credit: Titan)D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 3 (Credit: Titan)D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 4 (Credit: Titan)D​octor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year 3 #6​ Page 5 (Credit: Titan)


Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​

Writer: Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )
Artist: Mariano Laclaustra
Cover A: Simon Myers Cover B: Photo - Will Brooks Cover C: Adrianna Florian Cover D: Raine Szramski

The conclusion to the Twelfth Doctor's "BENEATH THE WAVES" arc!
Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Cover A (Credit: Titan / Simon Myers )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Cover C (Credit: Titan / Adrianna Florian )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Cover D (Credit: Titan / Raine Szramski)Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 1 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 2 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 3 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor Year 3 #4​ - Page 4 (Credit: Titan )





FILTER: - Twelfth Doctor

Empress Of Mars - Official RatingBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus


Doctor Who - Empress Of Mars had an official rating of 5.02 million viewers, a share of 25.9% of the total TV audience.

The episode was the 23rd most watched programme of the week, and the 11th highest rated programme on the BBC. Doctor Who was the highest rated programme on Saturday.

Top for the week was Monday's edition of Coronation Street which had 8.39 million watching. Emmerdale and EastEnders also scored highly as did the ITV drama The Loch.




FILTER: - Ratings - Series 10/36

World Enough And Time - Publicity PicturesBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC have released a number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, World Enough And Time
World Enough And Time

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Rachel Talalay

Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy…
: Missy (Michelle Gomez), The Master (John Simm), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway/Ray Burmiston)): Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall)): Missy (Michelle Gomez) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall)): Missy (Michelle Gomez), Nardole (Matt Lucas), Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall)): Bill (Pearl Mackie), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall)): Bill (Pearl Mackie) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall)): Jorj (Oliver Lansley) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Jon Hall)): Mondasian Cyberman, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Nardole (Matt Lucas), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Mondasian Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Mondasian Cyberman, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Mondasian Cybermen (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Mondasian Cybermen (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Mondasian Cybermen (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cybermen (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cybermen (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Mondasian Cybermen, Children (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Jorj (Oliver Lansley), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Nardole (Matt Lucas), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Surgeon (Paul Brightwell) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Surgeon (Paul Brightwell) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Nurse (Alison Lintott) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Nurse (Alison Lintott) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Nurse (Alison Lintott) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Mondasian Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Mondasian Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Mondasian Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Mondasian Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Surgeon (Paul Brightwell) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Nurse (Alison Lintott) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Cyberman (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): Missy (Michelle Gomez) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway)): The Master (John Simm) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))

This week BBC One will show Doctor Who at 6.45pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 24 Jun 20176:45pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 24 Jun 20179.20pm AST(Sat 7:20pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 24 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 25 Jun 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 8:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 25 Jun 201711.25pm EEST(Sun 9:55am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 25 Jun 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 25 Jun 20178:00pm BRT(Mon 12:00qm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 25 Jun 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

Full listings here




FILTER: - Publicity - Series 10/36

Brian Cant 1933-2017Bookmark and Share

Monday, 19 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Actor and Children's presenter Brian Cant has died at the age of 83.

Brian Cant appeared in two Doctor Who stories. In 1965 he played Kert Gantry, a Space Security Agent, in the first episode of The Dalek's Master Plan. He returned to the series in 1968 playing Chairman Tensa in two episodes of The Dominators

However for most people in the United Kingdom Brian Cant will be lovingly remembered for his work on children's television.

He was working for a BBC Schools drama on The Romans in 1964 when he heard that the BBC was holding auditions for presenters on a new programme aimed at pre-school kids, Play School, due to launch on the new station BBC Two. His audition involved getting into a cardboard box and pretending to row out to sea. He joined the in its third week and stayed for twenty-one years.

His work on Play School led him to be selected as the voice on three Gordon Murray puppet series: Camberwick Green in 1966, Trumpton in 1967, and Chigley in 1969.

In 1971 the BBC launched a spin-off from Play School, Play Away, aimed at older children, featuring songs and jokes and airing on Saturday afternoons, with Cant as the main presenter alongside actors such as Toni Arthur, Derek Griffiths, Floella Benjamin, Johnny Ball, Carol Chell, Jeremy Irons, and Tony Robinson.

In 2007 Cant topped a poll of presenters with the best-loved voices in children’s TV.

The actor had been living with Parkinson’s disease in recent years and died at Denville Hall, a retirement home often used by those in the entertainment industry.

A family statement said:
It is with great sadness that we, his family, have to announce that Brian Cant has died aged 83 at Denville Hall. He lived courageously with Parkinson’s disease for a long time. Brian was best known and well loved for his children’s programmes Play School and Play Away and was honoured by Bafta in 2010. Donations would be most appreciated to Denville Hall and the Actors’ Benevolent Fund.
Cant's Play School co-presenter Derek Griffiths paid tribute on Twitter, posting a reunion picture of the team. And former Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson also tweeted: "Brian Cant was my mentor and friend on Play Away. We wrote and performed together for two years. Always patient, courteous and funny P-L-A-Y R-I-P."

Brian Cant was married twice, and had five children, including the actor Richard Cant who appeared in Blink.




FILTER: - Classic Series - Obituary

Doctor Who Adventures to Pause PublicationBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Panni has confirmed that Doctor Who Adventures is to stop publication after the next edition released on 22 June 2017.

Subscribers to the magazine have received an email saying the Magazine is 'pausing' publication, with no indication as to when, or if, publication will resume.

Digital subscriptions will be converted to subscriptions for Doctor Who Magazine or can be canceled.

DWA began life as a fortnightly magazine in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. In 2015 the Magazine moved to Panni, the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine.

In recent years Doctor Who Adventures has suffered a fall in circulation. From a high of 56,000 in 2010, the Magazine circulation had fallen to 10,364 in the last audited period, covering the second half of 2016.

By contrast, Doctor Who Magazine had an audited circulation of 22,523 in the same period.




FILTER: - DWA - DWM

The Eaters of Light - AI:81Bookmark and Share

Monday, 19 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Eaters of Light: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Nardole (Matt Lucas) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Simon Ridgway))
Doctor Who - The Eaters of Light had an Audience Appreciation or AI figure of 81

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.

The highest score for the evening on the two main channels was for Casualty, which scored 85




FILTER: - Ratings - Series 10/36 - UK